Day At The Track

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered a charge issued against licensed trainer Mr Boris Devcic under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 193(1) relating to a stable inspection conducted by HRV Stewards on 4 January 2017.  AHRR 193(1) states:  A person shall not attempt to stomach tube or stomach tube a horse nominated for a race or event within 48 hours of the commencement of the race or event.  The particulars of this charge were that on 4 January 2017 Mr Devcic stomach tubed the horse ‘Flagbearer’ which was engaged to race at the Mildura harness racing meeting that evening.  Mr Devcic pleaded guilty to this charge and after considering submissions regarding penalty the HRV RAD Board imposed a 9 month disqualification, to commence at midnight on 18 June 2017.  In determining penalty the HRV RAD Board considered the following: Mr Devcic’s early guilty plea and co-operation with the Stewards. Mr Devcic’s awareness of the relevant rule Previous penalties for similar offences.  Specific and general deterrence.  That breaches of this rule are serious offences and the need to send a message that such offences are unacceptable. The Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board (RADB) is established under section 50B of the Racing Act (1958). The RADB is an independent Board established to hear and determine appeals in relation to decisions made under the rules to impose penalties on persons and to hear and determine charges made against persons for serious offences.  HRV RAD Board – Boris Devcic 

The Glenn Elliott-trained Soho Wall Street would have to be one of the most improved pacers going around in Western Australia. The Four Starzzz Shark gelding's biggest payday came more than 12 months ago when he led all the way for harness racing driver Chris Lewis to win the $25,000 3YO Colts & Geldings Sales Classic Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park. It was a strong win and there was much optimism in the horse's camp that he would progress to bigger and better things. However since his victory in the Sales Classic, Soho Wall Street has promised to deliver plenty, without actually delivering much at all. The horse had won twice in 21 starts since mid November last year - once at headquarters and once at Narrogin - and finished in the placings on a number of occasions. Soho Wall Street was frustrating Elliott, connections and punters, who had all but labelled the four-year-old as a "gay deceiver". That was, however, up until about six weeks ago. The turning point came at GP in early May when Soho Wall Street tramped three deep, then sat in the breeze before cruising home his last 400m in a slick 27.8 to annihilate his 11 rivals and Soho Wall Street has gone on with the job since then. At his very next start, Soho Wall Street was trapped three-wide throughout in a 1730m scamper, but had the audacity to take the lead at the top of the straight before being run down late. Two more sterling victories followed and then a gutsy second behind Naughty Maravu after doing all the work in the breeze. The Hopeland-based Elliott, considered to be non-committal around the media, opened up to GPTV's Gareth Hall last week when he was "ambushed" while watching a race on a TV monitor at Gloucester Park. "I'm pretty happy with him," Elliott said of Soho Wall Street. "He's definitely on the improve - we'll just see where it all ends. He's trained on well since his last run." While serious judges gave Soho Wall Street little chance of beating Chicago Bull last week, he didn't disgrace himself by finishing a workmanlike fourth behind the little champ. Elliott told Hall during the interview that he didn't really know how Soho Wall Street had "turned it all around". So to Friday night when Soho Wall Street goes around in the Gloucester Motel & Restaurant Pace (2130m) at the ribbon of light. Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr, who has driven the horse to most of his wins, gets back in the spider after reining Chicago Bull to victory. Soho Wall Street, now an M3-class pacer, has drawn out wide in gate eight in the preferential barrier draw against a quality field and will probably have to work hard to win but it would take a brave man to suggest this much-improved pacer won't take the next step and progress to fast-class ranks. Wayne Currall

Young Harness Racing Club will be playing host to another great night of racing this Friday night at Young Paceway starting at 5.07 pm with cool and clear conditions expected. The opening race has some very consistent pacers engaged and the eventual outcome looks hard to predict.  Last start winner and front running Bathurst trained pacer Gregs Legacy is looking to secure a hat trick and with Amanda Turnbull at the controls, he looks the winner.  The Josh Turnbull trained Timmy May can spring a surprise if given a clear run through from gate six while Miles Above for Wendy and Emma Turnbull could make it a Turnbull trifecta.  A roughie in the race at good odds could well be Kyalla Luke for Amy Rees.  The second race is a Harness Breeders Bonus Scheme Pace and again has attracted a good quality capacity field.  Bold Outlaw has been around the money of late and again has the services of Amanda Turnbull from a favourable gate.  Back markers Keep Quiet and Ma Koo Loo Frankie are both last start winners and are racing in good form with the Wendy Turnbull trained Edge Of The Starzz also being a last start winner in good time, an interesting race to sat the least. Race three is an Encouragement Stakes with special handicap conditions, most noticeable that the trainer has not trained more than two winners this season.  With that in mind, local trainer Peter Hanson could spring a surprise with the improving Sway from gate one a definite chance if the race is run to suit.  Others with claims include Chivas Shark, Forest Fury and Rocketer at long odds.  The Wagga Wagga connection of Rob Woodhouse and Roger Strong have a great chance to take home the cash in race four with Padrisimo from gate four.  A winner of his last two races, this New Zealand import has shown improvement at every start and certainly looks the winner here.  Dangers include last start winner Dillon, the evergreen Beetson and possibly Holdonsu for Steve Turnbull. Trainers of three year olds have been given the chance to chalk up a win before their runners hit open company and the race has drawn together a very competitive field. Many keen followers of the sport will no doubt be watching with interest the Amy Day trained Two Real who will carry the colours once worn by Max McHillhatton who had great success with Billy Adios, Gregory Lee and Sir Ringo amongst others, black jacket with a red sash and white sleeves.  The form of this improving pacer could see it break through for a win with El Gran Senor, Abilene Shannon and Lucky Lyla the main dangers.  Local owner and breeder Peter Sykes has an opportunity to record another win with his home bred pacers in race six with Ma Koo Loo Hambo draw well in gate one. Having been placed in its last four starts, the opportunity to break through for a win here is highly likely.  Other chances in the race include Lucky Yo Make It from a wide gate and Black Magic Shannon for regular visitor Peter Bullock and McKayler Barnes.  The final race of the night has a small field of six and gives Dennis Picker the chance to claim another victory with last start winner Point Danger.  The small field should suit and Blake Hewitt will give this improving pacer every chance over the 2100 metre journey.  Dangers include Bee Bee Elle and Ma Koo Loo Queen with some thoughts for the pole marker Its Alltherightmoves for Wendy and Emma Turnbull. RACE FIELDS KEY: (f) Form (t) Trainer (d) Driver. Race 1 TAB PACE 5.07 pm – 2100 m  1 PONTE MILVIO NZ – (f) 3294s, (t) AS Turnbull, (d) Steve Turnbull.  2 ALABAMA TYSON – (f) 33993, (t) RV Lemon, (d) Rodney Lemon.  3 GREGS LEGACY: (f) 51811, (t) JS Turnbull, (d) Amanda Turnbull.  4 ALABAMA ACE: (f) 48657, (t) RV Lemon, (d) Michael Souden.  5 CAPTAIN COONEY: (f) 13548, (t) SG Hillier, (d) Cameron Hart.  6 TIMMY MAY: (f) 61167, (t) JS Turnbull, (d) John O’Shea.  7 MILES ABOVE: (f) 11519, (t) WJ Turnbull, (d) Emma Turnbull.  8 HARD TO HEAR: (f) 35448, (t) DG Picker, (d) Dennis Picker.  9 KYALLA LUKE: (f) 33103, (t) SL Rye, (d) Amy Rees. Race 2 AUSTRALIAN HOTEL HARNESS BREEDERS NSW BONUS SCHEME PACE 5.35 pm – 1720 m  1 SUNOFASIS – (f) 97057, (t) MW Johnson, (d) Maurice Johnson.  3 ALWAYS ANNIE – (f) 35688, (t) AF Garaty, (d) Aaron Garaty.  4 EDGE OF THE STARZZZ – (f) s9961, (t) WJ Turnbull, (d) Emma Turnbull.  5 HIGHVIEW STARZZZ – (f) 097s5, (t) SL Rye, (d) Monique Parsons.  6 HAKA SHANNON – (f) 42929, (t) PC Bullock, (d) McKayler Barnes.  7 KEEP QUIET – (f) s2431, (t) SG Hillier, (d) Blake Jones.  8 BETTORBETBIG –  (f) 53085, (t) AJ Turner, (d) Nic Dewar.  9 MA KOO LOO FRANKIE –  (f) s6361, (t) TJ Fletcher, (d) Nathan Hoy.  10 MOD CONNS – (f) 55769, (t) TG Powter, (d) Jessica Prior. Race 3 YOUNG HOTEL ENCOURAGEMENT STAKES 6.07 pm – 1720 m  1 SWAY – (f) 25345, (t) PL Hansen, (d) Peter Hansen.  2 SYLVIE RAINE – (f) 10689, (t) JG Brown, (d) Jeff Brown.  3 CHIVAS SHARK – (f) 60533, (t) AM Day, (d) Amy Day.  4 SPOOKY DREAMS – (f) 17426, (t) MR Turton, (d) Molly Turton.  5 ROCKETER – (f) 18336, (t) PL Phillips, (d) Paul Phillips.  6 CONCERTINA – (f) 60747, (t) MJ Prest, (d) Glenn Wilmot.  7 KINGOFTHERAINBOW – (f) 39500, (t) RN Turner, (d) Raymond Turner.  8 FOREST FURY –  (f) 23338, (t) JM Brown, (d) Nic Dewar.  9 HIJACKED – (f) 66505, (t) ER McDermott, (d) Eric McDermott. Race 4 NEWS XPRESS/JAYCAR YOUNG PACE 6.43 pm 2100 m  1 COOLA BAR BOY –  (f) 89757 (t) MH Souden (d) Rodney Lemon.  2 GO SCOTTY – (f) 14184 (t) TG Powter (d) Blake Jones.  3 CORRINYAH CONMAN – (f) 28747 (t) SG Hillier (d) Cameron Hart.  4 PADRISIMO NZ – (f) 26811 (t) RB Woodhouse (d) Roger Strong.  5 DILLON – (f) 437811 (t) AS Turnbull (d) Amy Rees.  6 INTRANSIT – (f) 661r9 (t) AS Turnbull (d) Amanda Turnbull.  7 HOLDONSU – (f) 82832 (t) AS Turnbull (d) Steve Turnbull.  8 FIOKI – (f) 357s6 (t) DG Picker (d) Nic Dewar.  9 BEETSON – (f) 51103 (t) PD Trevor-Jones (d) John O’Shea. Race 5 RAY WHITE REAL ESTATE YOUNG THREE YEAR OLD PACE 7.10 pm 2100 m  1 ABILENE SHANNON – (f) 346s3 (t) PC Bullock (d) McKayler Barnes.  2 LUCKY LYLA – (f) 91828 (t) JS Turnbull (d) John O’Shea.  3 DAENERYS – (f) 2s (t) BK Woodhouse (d) Brett Woodhouse.  4 EL GRAN SENOR NZ – (f) 57204 (t) AS Turnbull (d) Amanda Turnbull.  5 TWO REAL – (f) 724 (t) AM Day (d) Amy Day.  6 MAKO BAY – (f) 6034s (t) GR Wilmot (d) Glenn Wilmot.  7 PATTYS ANGEL – (f) 45268 (t) LA Primmer (d) Seryn Adams.  8 MASTERCHIEF – (f) 8 (t) CL Bourke (d) Jody Bryant. Race 6 YOUNG HOTEL PACE 7.44 pm 2100 m 1 MA KOO LOO HAMBO – (t) AS Turnbull (d) Amanda Turnbull. 2 BLACKMAGIC SHANNON – (t) PC Bullock (d) McKayler Barnes. 3 MAGIC SENSATION – (t) MJ Prest (d) Nic Dewar. 4 ALABAMA TIFF – (t) RV Lemon (d) Rodney Lemon. 5 CAESARS ASTRUM – (t) RN Turner (d) Raymond Turner. 6 LUCKY TO MAKE IT – (t) MH Souden (d) Michael Souden. 7 RAVE ON RABBITS – (t) DG Picker (d) Dennis Picker. 8 ONE TUFF MELODY – (t) NS Hoy (d) Nathan Hoy. Race 7 YOUNG CAR WASH PACE 8.14 pm 2100 m 1 ITS ALLTHERIGHTMOVES NZ – (t) WJ Turnbull (d) Emma Turnbull. 2 POINT DANGER – (t) DG Picker (d) Blake Hewitt. 3 MAH KOO LOO QUEEN – (t) TJ Fletcher (d) Nathan Hoy. 4 BEE BEE ELLE – (t) AF Garaty (d) Aaron Garaty. 5 JET ON ICE – (t) AS Turnbull (d) Amanda Turnbull. 6 CONROD KENZE – (t) PL Dennis (d) Blake Jones.   By Staurt Maxwell   Reprinted with permission of The Young Witness      

Fans have been dished-up an unexpected treat at Menangle on Saturday night. Trainer Kevin Pizzuto telegraphed early his plans to back-up Tiger Tara, but the twist in the race came when David Aiken opted to run Hectorjayjay as well. So, just eight days before the Group 1 Len Smith Mile, we get a mini preview with two of Australia’s best pacers locking horns in the Family Dun Day Sunday Pace (2300m). As impressive as Tiger Tara was storming home off a slow pace to beat Lennytheshark and others in last week’s Golden Mile, all the early money is for Hectorjayjay to beat him on Saturday. Amazingly, Hectorjayjay was smashed from $1.60 into $1.45 and then again in $1.35 within minutes of the Aussie TAB opening its fixed odds market. Tiger Tara has eased from $2.60 to $3. Both will start from the back row, but Hectorjayjay looks to be drawn better starting from two-out on the back as he can potentially through better and settle in front of Tiger Tara. Tiger Tara has the inside back row (gate 11) and follows out rank outsider Demolition Dave, meaning driver Todd McCarthy will surely snag and look to get straight away from the inside into the running line. It means he will settle near last. Against that, Tiger Tara’s great strength is his stamina and the stretch from last week’s 1609m to 2300m plays to his favour. The glamour pair are classes above their rivals and it promises to be a fascinating race of tactics and an ideal “teaser” to the best Len Smith Mile in recent memory. Saturday night’s Menangle card also features semi-finals of the NSW Breeders Challenge for three and four-year-olds. By far the biggest name stepping-out in them is NSW and NZ Derby winner Vincent, who is a $1.04 favourite from gate four in the second of the three-year-old colts and geldings division. Luke McCarthy is down to take the drive. Another highlight of the card is the Group 3 Frith Stakes (1609m) where the key players are Cyclone Kate (gate 14), Rocker Band (12) and Miss Riviera Belle (five). Kiwi mare Rocker Band has moved from Craig Demmler’s Victorian stable to Mark Jones’ Menangle satellite stable and Ashlee Grives is down for the drive on Saturday night. Rocker Band and Cyclone Kate share $3.40 favourite in the Aussie TAB’s early fixed odds market. Adam Hamilton

Boom pacer San Carlo is on trial for the Queensland harness racing winter carnival. The outstanding Victorian gelding, fresh from his success last weekend at Bendigo, is being considered for the final leg of the 2016/17 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit season – the Gr.1 $200,000 UBET Blacks A Fake on July 15. It’s the biggest event staged in Queensland, the 2680m mobile start feature takes place at Albion Park. And co-trainers Steve O’Donoghue and Rebecca Bartley are very interested in dipping their toe in the water with their rising star. A winner of 14 races from 16 starts, the Mach Three six-year-old gelding made a massive statement when he demoralised his rivals last Saturday night at Lords Paceway after sitting wide throughout before racing clear over the concluding stages. San Carlo scored easily by 5m while rating 1:55.4 for the 2150m. “That was a big step forward into making Brisbane a reality, he performed in such a great manner and Steve thinks the Blacks A Fake is a good target for him but he’s got to prove himself once more before any decision is made.” Bartley said. And that next assignment comes up next Thursday (June 22). San Carlo will start in the Leo Crameri at Maryborough, a race that has historically produced plenty of high quality performers. The event will be staged over 2190m. “That’s his next target and it’s likely he will meet plenty of classy rivals but it will also tell us if Brisbane is one or off. A victory will go a long way in making the northern trip a reality, Brisbane will be tough but it looks a good opportunity for him. “I don’t think he shocked us in anyway last week because we’ve known for some time how good he really is but to do it in the manner in which he did was the best part. He was really strong. “And that’s his best asset; he’s a very strong horse.” O’Donoghue, the boss of Morley Park (of Classic Garry fame), believes San Carlo is the best horse he has worked with and rates him higher than Barclay Court (23 wins – $99k) and Triple Vance (20 wins - $182k). San Carlo is raced by John Eichhorn. Chris Barsby

Harness racing connections of in-form mare Summertime Lizzie are now eyeing off winter carnival riches. The former Sydney mare has thrived since being placed in the care of leading Logan Village training partnership of Vicki Rasmussen and Shane Graham. During her stint in the Sunshine State, the Santanna Blue Chip six-year-old has built up a fine record of six wins and six minor placings from 16 starts to date. But the recent form surge of 6 victories from her past 8 starts now has connections eyeing the mares feature during the carnival. The $20,500 Fleur De Lil Ladyship Stakes is scheduled for July 8 at Albion Park. “It’s definitely on the radar given her recent form; the conditions of that race look really suitable for her and she’s now proven she can run a very good mile. Given how she performs in her next start will determine what path we choose.” Graham said. Summertime Lizzie returned to the winners circle yesterday (Tuesday) rating 1:54.7 at Albion Park following two defeats. Prior to that, the speedy mare recorded five straight victories at Albion Park including a career best effort of 1:51.9 when successful in the $15,540 Seymour Rising Stars Championship Final on May 14 when defeating the highly regarded Mattgregor. “It was a solid effort yesterday but the early burn helped us greatly, when I turned her loose down the back she really felt sharp and in control. I think her best efforts have been at the shorter trips. “Plenty were disappointed when she suffered those recent defeats but when you sit down and study her efforts, they were more than reasonable and her sectionals will back that up. “The Fleur De Lil will be a strong race with the likes of Smooth Showgirl and Rocker Band among others headed that way but with a good draw, I don’t think she’ll be too far away.” Summertime Lizzie is raced by Adam Sofoulis. Last year, classy mare Barynya scored in the Fleur De Lil Ladyship Stakes in a time of 1:53.9. Barynya is now racing in North America for trainer Chris Oakes. Chris Barsby

Classy Soho Tribeca returns to the track on Friday night and harness racing trainer-reinsman Kim Prentice is looking forward to getting back in the bike behind his star four-year-old entire. Soho Tribeca makes his reappearance in the Karri Forest Motel Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park and, despite starting from the outside of the front line, appeals as the horse to beat. Bred and owned by prominent owner Robert Watson, Soho Tribeca did his early racing in Victoria under the guidance of Jayne Davies where he competed against the best youngsters in Australia. He won nine races on the east coast and ran many placings, but he has blossomed since Prentice took over his training in October last year. The Oldbury horseman raced Soho Tribeca six times at headquarters for three wins and two placings. One of those wins was in the $200,000 Golden Nugget where he defeated Chicago Bull and his two placings were a second in the $300,000 Fremantle Cup and a third in the $450,000 WA Pacing Cup, both times behind Chicago Bull. Prentice said Soho Tribeca had benefited from a "really good spell" and had been back in work for about three months. "He's a very, very nice horse," Prentice said. "He's the best horse in the race, but it's not going to be easy from where he's drawn. You know, you get a horse like Rabchenko who can lead and run 1:56 for the trip and we're doing it tough out wide - it just makes it hard and I don't want to gas him first-up. But in saying all that, I'm confident he can get the job done on Friday night." Prentice said if Soho Tribeca performs as well as he expects at his return and pulls up soundly, then it's all systems go for the rich Vic Bred Series over the next couple of weeks. "He'll be on a plane next Tuesday for Victoria if all goes according to plan," Prentice said. "There's heats coming up for the series next weekend and then there's a $125,000 final for the four-year-olds. After that he'll come back home and we'll give him a break before setting him for the Inters." Prentice knows what it takes to win an Inter Dominion Final. He trained and drove WA champion Baltic Eagle to an all-the-way victory in the 2003 Inters in Christchurch. In the same year Baltic Eagle won the WA Pacing Cup and retired with more than $746,000 in prize money. Prentice is reluctant to compare horses from different eras, but he knows he has a good one in Soho Tribeca. "Soho Tribeca is something special," Prentice said. "I don't know if I'll ever get another one as good as him. He's not a push-button horse. He can over-race at times and seems at his best when he finds the front and can relax. Hopefully he'll be too good for them on Friday night and then we'll be off to Victoria on Tuesday." Wayne Currall

The Queensland winter working holiday for harness racing trainer driver Mark Jones is off to a great start. And that’s before it actually starts. The former world driving champion touched down on Brisbane soil last Sunday night and greeted his pair of troops in Delightful Memphis and Kowhai Monarch on Monday morning. Both Delightful Memphis and Kowhai Monarch travelled by road from Sydney and took no harm while classy mare Rocker Band remained behind to contest the Gr.3 $31,800 Garrards Frith Stakes at TABCORP Park, Menangle on Saturday before heading north. Jones heads to Albion Park this Saturday night and looks likely to strike early. “We’re off to a good start and both horses have arrived in good shape and look ready to kick-off their Brisbane campaign this weekend. Both have come up with good draws and should prove very competitive, obviously it’s hard to line up the form of the rivals but I’m told they look well placed.” Jones said. Classy filly Delightful Memphis is the ace in the pack for Jones and will chase the Listed $25,000 Egmont Park Stud Provincial Oaks at Albion Park on July 1 before starting in the Gr.2 $75,000 Queensland Oaks the following week. A last start runner-up behind arch rival and freakish filly Spanish Armada in the Gr.1 $150,000 Diamond on Jewels day at Ashburton in 1:52.1 on June 3 will start from gate three in the final event, the APHRC Winter Carnival Begins July 1 Mares Pace over the 1660m. Boasting a record of 6 wins and 15 minor placings from 22 starts to date, Delightful Memphis has finished as runner-up behind Spanish Armada on ten occasions. It was expected Spanish Armada was also Brisbane bound before injury forced a change of plans. And that news has Jones with an extra spring in his step. “Look it’s very disappointing for connections and fans alike that we won’t see this super filly competing but it certainly gives us a chance of securing a big race victory. The whole reason for this trip for us was to pick up an Oaks title and when it was announced that she was also coming, we certainly had reservations. “You can’t run and hide forever and obviously we made the trek across the ditch, we’re here now and things have certainly fallen in our favour. This run this weekend will have her ready for her two main targets. “We’ve been so close in many major events this season but it would be great to end her three-year-old term with an Oaks victory, I think she deserves it.” An added bonus for Jones this weekend is securing the drive behind millionaire pacer and Craig Cross trained Bling It On in the Listed $25,000 Lucky Creed Open Pace. The Hunter Cup winner resumes and is being readied for the Gr.2 $50,000 Garrards Sunshine Sprint on July 8 followed a week later by the Gr.1 $200,000 UBET Blacks A Fake. “I wasn’t expecting this drive, it came as a real shock and I’m quite humbled by it actually, he’s a mighty horse with a great following. “He’s had a couple of trials and looks nicely drawn off the front-line (gate 5) but there looks to be a number of hardened runners in the field.” Regular reinsman Luke McCarthy has elected to remain in Sydney where he has a number of key bookings including the richly talented three-year-old colt Vincent for Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen in a semi-final of the Breeders Challenge series. Chris Barsby

Waterloo trainer Vanessa Brockman has high hopes her lightly framed harness racing mare Alkiras Desire can win Friday night’s R H Trotter & Co. The Lombardo Fillies and Mares Qualifying Heat 2 (2130m) at Gloucester Park. The first four mares across the line in the three heats qualify for the $25,000 Final at headquarters at the end of June. Artistic Lilly led all the way in last week's first heat. She qualified for the final alongside the three other mares who finished behind her - Shes Turbo Charged, Talkerup and Giuliana Rancic. The third and final heat will be run next week. Alkiras Desire's chances of success improved immensely when the consistent four-year-old mare drew gate 10, right behind speedy beginner and likely leader Falling Starzzz and with champion reinsman Chris Lewis in the bike, Alkiras Desire looks hard to beat. "It looks like a good trailing draw for her," Brockman said. "I just hope Chris can weave his magic at some stage and get her off the fence. She's trained on well since her last-start second behind Shes Artful a fortnight ago." Alkiras Desire was game in defeat on that occasion. Lewis took hold of her from the wide draw over the sprint trip of 1730m, while Ryan Bell sent Shes Artful to an early lead from her inside draw. Lewis then set Alkiras Desire alight over the last 800m after Bell "walked the field" through the first half of the race. The little mare tramped three deep and then in the breeze when Shes Artful came home in a slick 56.3. Alkiras Desire almost got on terms with Shes Artful on the turn, but the earlier effort told and she was running on empty up the straight. "She's only a little thing and I try and space her races as much as I can," Brockman said. "We're hoping she qualifies for the final and then she can run in that. She'll probably go for a spell after that - it would be nice to go out on a win. We don't like to tax her too much." Brockman's father Neville bred Alkiras Desire and races the mare in partnership with a couple of friends. The Brockman family also bred and raced Alkira Jet - the dam of Alkiras Desire. Alkira Jet, a black mare by Jet Laag, had a powerful finish and ended her career with 17 wins and 8 placings from 45 starts for more than $134,000 in prize money. Alkiras Desire, with 6 wins and 4 placings from 14 starts and a little over $36,000 in earnings, has a long way to go before she can match Mum, but she's starting to show the promise that the Brockman family always knew she had. "She's only lightly framed and I tried to get her ready for some of the early two-year-old races," Brockman said. "But she just wasn't ready to go to the races, so we gave her time to mature. That's the reason she's only had the 14 starts." Alkiras Desire had her first start just over a year ago when she won by more than 25m in a 1684m C0 at Pinjarra. Her last quarter that day was run in a blistering 26.9 and C. Lewis did the steering that day. Alkiras Desire must have impressed the master reinsman because he's been at the helm in all of her races since. Wayne Currall Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 16 June 2017 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 16 June 2017

Plans for two of New Zealand’s leading harness racing ladies have drastically changed. Originally, brilliant open class mare The Orange Agent and the freakishly gifted three-year-old Spanish Armada were both set to grace Brisbane during the 2017 Albion Park winter carnival. Both had a number of targets being mapped for the month of July. The Orange Agent was set to take on the boys in the Gr.1 $100,000 Len Smith Mile at TABCORP Park, Menangle on June 25 before heading north for the Gr.2 $50,000 Garrards Sunshine Sprint on July 8 with the Gr.1 $200,000 UBET Blacks A Fake the following week while Spanish Armada was being readied for the Listed $25,000 Egmont Park Stud Provincial Oaks on July 1 followed by the Gr.2 $75,000 Queensland Oaks a week later. But injury has ruined plans for both pacers. The Orange Agent was found to have a hairline fracture in a fetlock after being scratchy in her work upon returning home from winning the Queen of the Pacific at Melton in Victoria last month. Trainer Brian ‘Bunty’ Hughes is forced to give his star pupil three months off, in which most of that time will be spent boxed before resuming light duties. The Orange Agent has won 23 of her 33 starts while banking more than $745,000 in stakes. Spanish Armada, a last start winner of the Gr.1 $150,000 Diamond on Jewels day at Ashburton on June 3 arrived in Sydney late last week. Her arrival in Queensland was set for this week but a slight leg bump before leaving was picked up but not tipped as super serious and is expected to bounce back quickly. Connections are hopeful the filly will be right to contest the Australasian Breeders Crown in Melbourne in August. The Bettors Delight filly has won 14 of her 19 starts while banking more than $787,000 in stakes. The all-conquering All Stars stable of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen is now left with New South Wales Oaks winner Partyon and classy colt More The Better as their leading lights for the carnival. Chris Barsby

In a major coup for harness racing NSW Breeders, Yirribee Stud is excited to announce that after extensive negotiations with Rob Watson, Gary Lyons and other owners of this Syndicate, we have been able to purchase outright, the multiple Derby & Grand Circuit winning legendary stallion “Courage Under Fire”. We feel this will be a huge shot in the arm for NSW Broodmare owners as it has been a long time since NSW has had such a high profile proven Sire standing at Stud. Courage is currently sitting between 3 & 4th on the top of the  All Age Sires list. He will stand for the same Service Fee as the previous season and will make NSW Breeders eligible for the additional $3000 Blue Bonus. In addition, he  will also be eligible for the NSW Colonial Stallion rebate. He will join our strong line up of stallions including the new boy on the block Tintin In America, our exciting new Super Sire prospects, Caribbean Blaster & For A Reason, and our other proven gentlemen, Lombo Pocket Watch & Million Dollar Cam. Smolda by Courage Under Fire winning this year's TABtouch Inter Dominion Grand Final

Tiger Tara will back-up again at Menangle on Saturday night to prime him for the Group 1 Len Smith Mile eight days later. Trainer Kevin Pizzuto believes another strong hitout is just what the former top class Kiwi pacer needs ahead of chasing his biggest win since moving to Australia. That’s despite Tiger Tara unleashing a withering finishing sprint off a relatively slow space to rundown Mach Doro and Lennytheshark in last Saturday night’s Group 3 Golden Mile at Menangle. He was privately timed to run a 53.9sec last half. “I’ve changed a few things around, including his training and his feed, and he’ll benefit from another run this week,” Pizzuto said. “I’m sure he’s better now than he was before the little break we gave him after the Bulli Cup. “The way we’re doing things now, he will hit line better … finish off his races better. “Another run this week is just what he needs before the Len Smith. He thrives on the racing.” Pizzuto said the other key improvement with Tiger Tara during the time in his stable has been his gait. “It’s something we’ve worked on and he’s certainly pacing a lot better now. Look at the way he came around the last bend at top speed last weekend,” he said. “He’s also shown he’s at home on tight tracks with the way he’s won and the times he’s run at Penrith. “I think he’s still on the up and I’m looking forward to the Len Smith then getting up to Queensland for their Carnival.” Interestingly, Pizzuto said he may focus on the staying race, the Blacks A Fake, and bypass the Sunshine Sprint in Queensland. “He’d better suited to the Blacks A Fake, especially around the smaller track at Albion Park compared to Menangle,” he said. Tiger Tara will be one of the major players in what shapes as the strongest Len Smith Mile in many years. Other probable starters include Lennytheshark, Hectorjayjay and My Field Marshall, who was luckless in the Golden Mile last weekend. All the big names of the Len Smith are then expected to head north for the Queensland Winter Carnival.   Adam Hamilton

The Harness Racing South Australian Board are delighted to announce that the Trots are returning to the Wayville Showgrounds on Friday 27 October 2017. This will be the first race meeting at a Wayville meeting since 1973. Home to the South Australian harness racing from 1925 to 1973, the Wayville Track was described as racing in a coliseum. Especially during the 1950s and 60s, crowds flocked to the track in the halcyon days of the sport with names such as Webster, Holberton, Messenger and Shinn being household names. Wayville was also the scene of some of harness racing greatest ever moments including the 1963 Inter Dominion won by New Zealand champion Cardigan Bay before a record crowd of 45,000 people. Cardigan Bay was the first horse to win $1 million in prizemoney. In addition, Wayville hosted countless memorable South Australian Cups featuring outstanding horses including SA champion, Minuteman. With Wayville’s proximity to the city and excellent public transport options, the HRSA Board is expecting a massive crowd in attendance with a great night of racing and entertainment with a back to the 70s retro theme.  Planning for the race meeting is well underway and the race meeting also has been endorsed by UBET and Sky Racing and final regulatory approval from the Independent Gambling Authority is anticipated expected within the coming weeks.  More information John Lewis, HRSA CEO Ph:  0417 855 300

On 13 June 2017, Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards conducted an inquiry in relation to an incident at the Australasian Premier Trotting Sales held at the Inglis Complex in Oaklands Junction on 2 April 2017. As a part of this investigation, HRV Stewards had obtained evidence from industry participants Roy Spencer, Jamie Quinlan, Michael Taylor and Duncan McPherson.  Upon consideration of all the evidence, Mr Spencer pleaded guilty to a charge of misconduct under Australian Harness Racing Rule 231(2). The particulars of the charge being that at the Australasian Premier Trotting Sales at the Inglis Complex in Oaklands Junction on 2 April 2017, Mr Spencer made inappropriate comments towards Mr Taylor whilst in the presence of the other two aforementioned industry participants. Mr Spencer was fined $500 with a portion of $250 suspended for a period of two years provided Mr Spencer does not reoffend under the same rule within that period. In assessing penalty Stewards took into account the following factors: • Mr Spencer’s guilty plea and previously unblemished record in the industry over approximately 45 years; • Mr Spencer’s forthright evidence and obvious remorse shown for this occurrence; • The need for consistency of penalty in relation to such matters of misconduct. VIC - HRV Stewards Inquiry - Mr Roy Spencer Harness Racing Victoria  

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered charges issued against licensed trainer-driver David Moran under Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 216 and 187(2) relating to the nomination of ‘Alla Art’ to race at Ballarat on 19 April 2017.  AHRR 216 states: A person whether alone or in association with others shall not fraudulently or improperly nominate or start a horse in a race.  AHRR 187(2) states: A person shall not refuse to answer questions or to produce a horse, document, substance or piece of equipment, or give false or misleading evidence or information at an inquiry or investigation. It was alleged that Mr Moran, as representative for trainer Laura Crossland, improperly nominated the horse ‘Alla Art’ for the Ballarat race on 19 April 2017 for the purpose of ensuring the race went ahead and knowing that ‘Alla Art’ was injured and would not start in that race. Mr Moran was also charged with giving false evidence during the investigation.  Mr Moran pleaded guilty to both charges and the HRV RAD Board heard submissions regarding penalty.  After considering penalty submissions relating to AHRR 216, which included recent comparable penalties, Mr Moran’s offence record and the seriousness of this particular offence, Mr Moran was issued with a fine of $2000.  In relation to the charge under AHRR 187(2), the HRV RAD Board considered that the false evidence was later acknowledged and was followed by an admission of the facts. Mr Moran was fined the sum of $500 on this charge. HRV RAD Board – David Moran Harness Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board 

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an Inquiry today into a report received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that synephrine had been detected in the urine sample taken from VOLATICUS following its win in race 6, the GOLD CROWN COCKTAIL PARTY 24TH MARCH PACE (1730 metres) conducted at Bathurst on Friday 10 March 2017. The ‘B’ sample was confirmed by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria. Mr Collins appeared at the inquiry. Evidence including the Reports of Analysis was presented to the Inquiry. Mr Collins presented evidence in relation to his registered training establishment and a report from an Upper Macquarie Country Council Weeds Officer that confirmed the presence of the plant species, Juncus usitatus, at his training establishment. These plants are commonly known as Common Rush, Pin Rush or Mat Rush and produce the substance synephrine. It was noted that a previous warning issued in 2012 is published on HRNSW’s website. HRNSW Stewards also presented a report from The Royal Botanical Gardens, National Herbarium of NSW confirming that plant samples obtained by HRNSW Stewards during a stable inspection at Mr Collins’ training establishment on 10 April 2016 included the species Juncus australis and Juncus laeviusculus.   Mr Collins pleaded guilty to a charge issued pursuant to Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4) for presenting VOLATICUS to race not free of a prohibited substance, being synephrine. In respect of that charge, Stewards did not impose a penalty on Mr Collins as they were satisfied that the detection of synephrine had resulted from inadvertent environmental contamination.  However, Mr Collins was cautioned that he must take all reasonable measures in future to manage his training establishment and horses to ensure that his horses were presented in accord with the Rules. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following; •    Mr Collins’ licence history over a long period, and other personal subjective facts; •    Mr Collins’ had no prior offences of this nature; •    That Mr Collin’s had been proactive in investigating the circumstances; and •    The analytical results in this instance had occurred through inadvertent environmental contamination. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, VOLATICUS was disqualified from the abovementioned race. Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibilityfor commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 33 racing clubs across the State. HRNSW is headed by a Board of Directors and is independent of Government.  Harness Racing New South Wales