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STAR Tasmania pacer Ignatius has set another track record and this time it was at least an Australasian best for a three-year-old. Ignatius led throughout to win a heat of the Australasian Breeders Crown series at Menangle on Tuesday with his mile rate of 1.53.5 over the 2300-metre trip shattering the previous best set by Sushi Sushi and The Black Prince (1.54.1) by six-tenths of a second. The James Rattray-trained gelding led and set scintillating sections coming home his last 800 metres in 56 seconds. According to Rattray there was a helicopter parked in the centre of the arena and he was frightened it might break his stable star’s concentration so he placed a racing hood over the horse’s head but that only led to the three-year-old becoming “fired up”. “Putting the hood on sort of back-fired but he did a great job all the same.” Ignatius had scored by 15 metres at his previous outing in the final of the Group 1 Breeders Challenge series which he won by 15 metres and hard-held but on Tuesday the winning margin was only 2-1/2 metres ahead of Royal Gamble. “The margin might not have been as big as in previous wins but he still did it comfortably and there was a bit in reserve.” Rattray said he would wait and see how the horse pulls up before deciding whether he needs another run before tackling the Breeders Crown semi-final at Bendigo in Victoria on August 18 with the final to be run at Tabcorp Park, Melton, the following week. Peter Staples

The final leg of the 2017/18 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit takes place this weekend. And the destination is Brisbane. The Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship will conclude the eight leg series and global superstar Lazarus will be crowned Grand Circuit champion following a shocking injury to Soho Tribeca last weekend. Heading into the final leg, Lazarus held a 99 point lead over Soho Tribeca but victory for the latter would’ve secured a thrilling victory but, unfortunately, a leg fracture sustained in the Sunshine Sprint has wiped out any chance of securing the title. So, with Lazarus guaranteed the title of Grand Circuit champion for the second straight year, the door has been left open for others to improve their position on the leaderboard or even perhaps, get on the leaderboard for the first time this season. The Sunshine State feature named after the greatest champion of all-time is staged over the 2680m and features some very richly talented pacers including last week’s feature race winner Tact Tate. The Amanda Turnbull trained and driven gelding scorched around the Breakfast Creek oval in a time of 1:53.0 taking the sprint feature and now looks to complete the Brisbane feature race double. In recent times, Hectorjayjay (2017) and Im Themightyquinn (2014) have completed the Queensland double and Tact Tate has a terrific chance of joining that exclusive club. Possessing blinding gate speed, Tact Tate will start from gate 6 and looks a great chance of finding the pegs early again. A major threat for Tact Tate could come from within with Atomic Red, prepared by Amanda’s father Steve; the ultra-talented four-year-old produced an eye-catching effort last week behind Tact Tate when fifth after starting from a nasty second-line draw. The rise in distance will suit Atomic Red and the ideal front-line draw (4) is another major plus. With the Turnbull name synonymous in harness racing, the father/daughter combination have filled a top two finish on many occasion but are yet to achieve the feat in a Grand Circuit event. Can they etch their names into the record books this weekend? Champion trainer Tim Butt is no stranger to Grand Circuit glory and is represented by a pair of outstanding chances with My Field Marshal and Let It Ride. My Field Marshal (1:46.9), the fastest pacer in Australasia, is looking to bounce back following a flop performance last week in the Sunshine Sprint when finishing at the rear of the field after racing three-wide throughout. A runner-up in this event last year, My Field Marshal will start from gate 11 with Anthony Butt taking the drive. Let It Ride, a proven Gr.1 winner, will start from gate 3 with Dexter Dunn booked to drive. A winner of his past five starts, Let It Ride makes his debut at the Grand Circuit level but looks ready following his victory at the track last week. Victorian trainer Dean Braun is chasing his maiden Grand Circuit victory with classy mare Carlas Pixel, the Gr.1 Ladyship Mile winner must overcome gate 13 – the outside of the second-line. The regally bred mare will again have the services of star reinsman Luke McCarthy. Cruz Bromac, a winner of the Gr.1 Len Smith Mile two starts ago makes his Albion Park debut and faces a second-line draw after landing gate 10. The Kevin Pizzuto trained gelding disappointed last start at Menangle when finishing 7th. Perennial Albion Park performer Ultimate Art returns to Brisbane and tackles the staying feature following some strong efforts of late at Menangle. Under the care of Queensland born but Sydney based Shane Sanderson while regular trainer Michael Formosa holidays in Malta, Ultimate Art will start from gate 9. Ultimate Art finished third in this race back in 2016 behind Ohoka Punter and Hectorjayjay. Young Cameron Hart takes the drive. Another Sydney trained runner is Celestial Arden for Kerryann Turner and Robbie Morris, the talented gelding has drawn poorly in gate 7 – the outside of the front-line. Celestial Arden was a runner-up last week behind Tact Tate in the Sunshine Sprint. Leading trainer Grant Dixon is duly represented by Alleluia (gate 1) and 2016 winner Ohoka Punter (gate 12). Both pacers are racing in excellent form. Proven Albion Park feature race winner Glenferrie Hood starts in his second Blacks A Fake (9th in 2016) and will start from gate 5. Pete McMullen takes the drive for trainer Wayne Graham. Bodhi Tree tackles his biggest challenge to date the injury prone pacer continues to defy the odds and boasts outstanding recent form. Prepared by Peter Greig and Patrice Madden, the Blissfull Hall gelding will start from gate 2. Giant former New Zealand gelding Hughie Green is listed as the emergency (gate 8). In total, the 13 runners have won 265 races while amassing more than $5.48 million in stakes. The UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship is scheduled as race 8 and listed to start at 8.40pm local time.   Chris Barsby

Control The Moment 3, 1:48.4 ($1,227,832), the Canadian 2YO Pacing Colt of the Year in 2015, and Foreclosure 1:48.8 ($807,746), a leading percentage sire of three-year-olds in America with his first crop last year, will be available to breeders in Australia for the first time this spring. They are a royally-bred pair of young sires. The frozen semen for both stallions can be accessed through KTC Bloodstock, conducted by prominent Perth breeders Kody and Kevin Charles. Control The Moment’s fee is $4,400 including GST and Foreclosure at $2,500 including GST. “We are delighted to offer these two brilliant, young stallions to broodmare owners in Australia,” Kody Charles said. Control The Moment was one of the most talented youngsters of his year. He won eight of his nine starts at two and earned $461,457 in stakes including the elimination and $685,000 final of the Metro Pace in 1:49.4. He also won an elimination of the Breeders Crown and a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes, peeling off a final quarter in 26.4, and made a clean sweep on the Dream Maker Series at Mohawk. As a three-year-old Control The Moment bankrolled $737,463 from four wins and three placings in nine starts and was among the top bracket of his age, gait and sex. He took his record of 1:48.4 from the front end winning the $732,050 Meadowlands Pace, beating Racing Hill, Check Six and co. He also captured the $320,000 Cane Pace in a 1:49 rate over 1 1/8 miles at The Meadowlands and finished third in the $1-million North America Cup behind Betting Line and Racing Hill in a Canadian record 1:47.4 and third in the Battle of the Brandywine. Control The Moment is the richest and fastest son of Well Said (1:47.6), a son of Western Hanover and the sire of the winners of over $31-million in America and now making an impact in Australia and New Zealand. Lifeslittletreasure (1:51.4), the dam of Control The Moment, won 32 races and $415,417 and at the stud has left three sub 1:57 winners from six foals. His grand-dam, Treasure For Trish (2, 1:54.6), threw eight in 1:59 and four in 1:55 from 10 foals, while his third dam, Sonspree, produced 14 foals for 11 winners with nine in 1:59 or better. Control The Moment, who stands at the prestige Tara Hills Stud in Canada where his first crop are very impressive foals, belongs to the same tribe as champion sires Rocknroll Hanover, Panorama, Grinfromeartoear and Safely Kept. Foreclosure, who was bred in USA and foaled in NZ, did his entire racing career in North America. At two he won five times, including victories in the New Jersey Sire Stakes Championship at Freehold's half-mile track in 1:54.6 and a Breeders Crown elimination where he set his freshman mark of 1:52.2. While at three Foreclosure finished third in a North America Cup elimination and second in a Meadowlands Pace elimination and in both finals he started from the No. 10 gate, yet still managed to finish fourth both times, beaten less than three lengths in each. In his one aged season, Foreclosure posted a further six wins including an amazing victory in the final start of his career in the American National at Balmoral Park. Pitted against top pacers such as Foiled Again and Golden Receiver, Foreclosure carved out fractions of 26.2, 26.8 and 26 before winning by six-and-a-half lengths in a career-best equalling 1:48.8. Upon his retirement Foreclosure was represented by a single crop of 21 foals in the USA and now racing as four-year-olds, they have earned over $1.26-million through their three-year-old season with 10 going in 1:55 or better. He finished sixth on the sires’ list for average earnings for three-year-old pacers in 2017, ahead of Bettor’s Delight, Sportswriter and Rock N Roll Heaven. Among his best performers have been Up On The Outside (1:49.6), Drunk On Your Love 3, 1:51.2 ($336,218), the Ohio Sires Stakes 3YO champion and Ohio 3YO Colt of the Year, and Rosemary Rose 3, 1:51 ($303,282), the track record holder for three-year-old fillies at Northfield Park, and whose wins include several legs of the Ohio Sires Stakes and the Grand Circuit event, the Courageous Lady. A foal of 2008, Foreclosure is a son of world champion racehorse and sire of sires Rocknroll Hanover (1:48.6) and the Fake Left mare Pleasing Package 1:50.4, the winner of 38 races and $359,380. For further information and bookings go to Peter Wharton

IT has been a while between drinks, but Dexter Dunn will be out to an extend his unbeaten run aboard Let It Ride in Saturday night’s $200,000 Group 1 Blacks A Fake at Albion Park. Dunn drove the Tim Butt-trained pacer to win his first four starts – all at Addington – but hasn’t taken the reins since. The most recent of those wins was on March 31, last year. But Dunn was more than happy when told Anthony Butt had opted to stick with My Field Marshal as his drive in the Blacks A Fake, meaning Dunn would be aboard Let It Ride. “I’d have been happy to drive either horse. It was great to get the call-up from Tim,” Dunn said. “I actually went across this time last year to Brisbane and finished second on My Field Marshal in the Sunshine Sprint. “But Let It Ride is an exciting horse. I know Tim’s always had a big opinion of him and he’s taking him along really well. “He’s been racing well, has the good draw and Tim obviously thinks he’s ready to step-up to a race like this.” Dunn said this would be “about my seventh or eight trip to Albion Park” and his most recent major win came aboard Terry Chmiel’s filly Nek Time in the 2016 Queensland Oaks.   Adam Hamilton

Hazelmere trainer Mike Reed is hopeful Angel Of Harlem’s win at Pinjarra is a much-needed confidence boost and a sign of better things to come. The former high-priced Kiwi filly, driven by Reed’s son Mark, raced away over the final 100m to easily win the $30,000 Dainty’s Daughter Classic (2185m). Rating 1.56.0, Angel Of Harlem defeated Amelias Courage with hot favourite Infinite Symbol weakening to third after leading for Ryan Warwick. Previously trained by Barry Ward in New Zealand, Angel Of Harlem landed in Perth with a big reputation after placings in the Harness Jewels and Australasian Breeders Crown as a two-year-old last season. But from the time of her purchase nothing has gone Angel Of Harlem’s way with a series of frustrating issues holding her back, a WA Oaks prelude victory the only bright spot in her maiden Perth campaign. Reed said he breathed a sigh of relief after Angel Of Harlem won on Monday. “He is one of the unluckiest horses I have ever had,” Reed told Tabradio. “When we bought her we flew her to Melbourne and she was there for nearly a month waiting for a plane. “After we finally got her back she got a cold, then she raced and choked down behind the leader. “Even in the Oaks final if she had a bit of luck she would have won it. “She has just been one of those unluckiest of horses. “Hopefully she keeps improving and we see the real Angel Of Harlem.” Angel Of Harlem’s victory took her record to five wins and seven placings for prize money of $117,210. Reed said he had no firm long-term plans for Angel Of Harlem, other than to take a patient and cautious approach. “We will just race her through the classes,” Reed said. “She has pulled up good and will race at Gloucester Park on Friday night.” Meanwhile Reed said Bletchley Park, a close runner-up to Franco Edward in Friday’s Golden Slipper, had been spelled. “He will have six to eight weeks off,” Reed said. “He will bulk up which I think he needs to do. “He will come back looking magnificent.”   Julio Santarelli

Everything you thought you knew about the established top order of Australasian harness racing has been thrown into further disarray by Saturday night’s Sunshine Sprint at Albion Park. Going into the Group 2 event Soho Tribeca was hot favourite and widely regarded as the nation’s pre-eminent pacer. Most believed that success in the Sunshine Sprint and next week’s Blacks A Fake would confirm that fact and set up a magical meeting with Chicago Bull in Melbourne’s Inter Dominion series. Sadly though, a fractured leg sustained when trying desperately to overcome a cluttered run on Saturday night will see Soho Tribeca off the racing scene for a prolonged period. While his was the seminal story to come from the Sunshine Sprint it wasn’t the only one. Unlike Soho Tribeca, Miracle Mile king My Field Marshal did not sustain a serious injury but did produce one of the worst races of his career; dropping out badly after working hard in transit. At this stage he is pushing on to Saturday Night’s $200,000 Blacks A Fake but with an obvious cloud surrounding him after such a performance. The good news narrative from Brisbane’s feature weekend sprint was the winner Tact Tate. Off the scene for some time following a misdiagnosed injury Amanda Turnbull’s gifted ambush artist had produced encouraging runs at his two efforts back this time in. But he went to another level when blazing off the arm to lead and then trail before sprinting home with purpose for his biggest ever success. Part owner Steve Salter, who made the trek from Melbourne to witness ‘Mighty Mouse’s’ big win, was full of praise for the entire team behind the comeback kid. “I came up here with hope more than expectation; all we wanted was to see him back somewhere near his best,” Salter said. “All credit goes to Nathan (Jack) and Amanda for getting him back and also for an inspired drive – we have had so much fun with this horse and I can only hope there’s plenty more to come.” Jason Bonnington Trots Media

POPULAR Bathurst horseman Darryl ‘Darb’ Munro had plenty of reasons to celebrate after the exciting win of Keeping it Real at his home track on Wednesday. Driving the three-year-old Armbro Operative filly for his suspended brother Michael, he scored a literal last-stride win in the 2260 metres C0 class Bathurst Toyota Pace, which saw the first five horses finish within a metre-and-a-half of each other. Munro settled towards the tail of the field, tracked Neil Day’s Classic Grange through the race and made his run with that horse as they straightened in, the two of them collaring leader and race favourite Trunkey Digger, right on the line. To add to the very busy photo, Family Ambition came hard along the sprint-lane to stake a claim and Lucky Nutter, which had death-seated throughout, fought on strongly to be right in the mix. It was as close a finish as you would want to see. It was a delighted Darryl Munro that made his way back for the race presentation. The highly-experienced horseman, who learned his craft working for Tony Turnbull at The Lagoon  for many years, hasn’t done much race-driving at all in recent years, concentrating instead on breaking-in and educating young horses for other trainers from his base at the  Bathurst Showgrounds. He is highly regarded in this role. Not only was it his first win on the new Bathurst track ( which opened in late 2014 ), it was his first win anywhere for at least that long. “I’m struggling to actually remember my last win- I think it might have been at Orange, before they moved to the new grass track, with Wicker Veejay. It would have to be three or four years back, for sure,” he speculated. A check of the records reveals that  particular win with Wicker Veejay came back in November 2011, almost seven years ago. A case of ‘it just seemed like yesterday’ or perhaps ‘time flies while you’re having fun’ ? Either way, many of us will readily relate to Darb’s memory lapse and forgive it ! “When I drove this filly last week for Michael, I quite enjoyed just hopping in to take the reins - I quite like this freelancing caper, I thought. Now, I’m even more certain that it’s a great idea,” he laughed. And to complete an already satisfying night, he was the recipient of racecaller Craig Easey’s Drive of the Night award, for his perfectly-timed effort. Other winners: C C Jones NZ, in 3YO class, and Cherry Stride in C2-C3 grade, for Kerryann Turner, sharing the night’s best time of 1:56.6 , the latter winner blasting home in a 27.1s quarter to extend Kerryann’s  lead over Steve Turnbull in the NSW trainers’ premiership Shandance NZ, in a C1 sprint, and Smithstars Lexus in the 2260 metres fast-class, for Steve and Mitch Turnbull, both horses repeating their wins of a week earlier, and the former maintaining her undefeated record since crossing the ditch Rainbow Comet, all-the-way  in 2YO class, for Leigh and Jake Davis, a third win in 13 starts for the strapping Grin colt, which found this a big drop in class from the “1:51 and change” Breeders Challenge final, which was a memorable first Group 1 experience for his young driver Lifes A Jungle, leading throughout for Bernie Hewitt in a second 3YO sprint reduced to just four runners following withdrawals, and the race providing a perfect hit-out for the filly in preparation for Saturday evening’s Breeders Challenge Blue Final at Menangle. Terry Neil

2015 world champion driver Dexter Dunn has this morning confirmed he will drive at Saturday’s $500,000 UBET Blacks A Fake meeting at Albion Park. Dunn, who has driven more than 2000 winners in his decorated career, will guide either My Field Marshal or Let It Ride in the Group 1 UBET Blacks A Fake for trainer Tim Butt. He has also been invited to take part in the $20,000 Driver’s Invitation Race. Dunn won the 2015 World Driving Championship in record-breaking fashion. He scored an unprecedented 200 points across 20 heats, more than 50 points ahead of his nearest rival. Dunn is no stranger to the Albion Park circuit, with his most recent visit coming in 2017 when he guided My Field Marshal to finish second behind Hectorjayjay in the G2 Sunshine Sprint.  His recent successes at 'The Creek' include a 2016 Queensland Oaks with Nek Time.    Racing Queensland

Pint-sized pocket rocket Tact Tate is in the box seat. The dual Group One winner landed a knockout punch when he rattled along the Albion Park sprint lane last Saturday night to secure the Gr.2 $50,540 Garrards Sunshine Sprint defeating Celestial Arden and Ohoka Punter in 1:53.0. This weekend, he will take his place in the Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship and look to complete the big Sunshine State double. And recent history is on his side. Twelve months ago, millionaire pacer Hectorjayjay landed both features while champion pacer Im Themightyquinn also did the double back in 2014. Im Themightyquinn set a track record of 1:50.4 when successful in the Sunshine Sprint, the record still stands. “The Albion Park Harness Racing Club has a proud and rich history; the names on the rolls of honor are a clear indication of the champion qualities required to succeed at this high level. The fact that Tact Tate has the chance to complete the double only adds to the excitement of the night.” APHRC Chairman David Fowler said. The feature this week will be staged over the staying distance of 2680m and Tact Tate boasts strong credentials at the distance range. Prepared by Amanda Turnbull, the McArdle gelding scored a great victory in the Gr.1 $100,000 Bohemia Crystal FFA at TABCORP Park, Menangle over the distance of 2400m while he also scored a victory in the Gr.2 $50,000 Treuer Memorial at Bankstown over the distance of 2540m last year. If successful, connections will pocket an extra $50,000 while a $15,000 bonus will be paid out if he is placed second or third courtesy of Racing Queensland and UBET. Following the barrier draw, Tact Tate will start from gate six and looks the likely early leader again after crossing from the outside gate last week. Gambling giant UBET has installed Tact Tate as a $4.80 chance. The Steve Turnbull trained Atomic Red is listed as the punters elect at $3.20.   Chris Barsby

Group 2 Sunshine Sprint winner Tact Tate has drawn barrier six for Saturday’s $200,000 Group 1 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship at Albion Park. The barriers were drawn at a function hosted by the Albion Park Harness Racing Club tonight in Brisbane, which can be viewed at the UBET, Racing Queensland or Puntersland Facebook pages. UBET installed Atomic Red as the $3.20 favourite after drawing barrier 4, with Tact Tate ($4.80) and Let It Ride ($7.50) holding down the second and third lines of betting. In what is the flagship race meeting of the 2018 UBET Queensland Winter Harness Racing Carnival, Albion Park will host three Group 1 races among six black-type events on Saturday night. The meeting also acts as a final chance for participants to share in $120,000 in UBET Grand Slam bonuses, with the connections of Tact Tate in line to earn $50,000 if the gelding can complete the Sunshine Sprint/Blacks A Fake double. Racing Queensland Harness Manager David Brick said the bonuses had helped attract some of Australia’s best horses and participants, leading to heightened interest from punters nationwide. “Punters have responded to the quality racing on offer, with Racing Queensland recording wagering growth of close to 20% for the carnival to date,” Mr Brick said. “With enhanced promotions via social and traditional media platforms in the lead-up to this weekend’s $500,000 race night, Racing Queensland will aim for that trend to continue.” Horse Barrier UBET Odds Alleluia 1 $26 Atomic Red 4 $3.20 Bodhi Tree 2 $101 Carlas Pixel 13 $8 Celestial Arden NZ 7 $34 Cruz Bromac NZ 10 $8 Glenferrie Hood NZ 5 $71 Hughie Green NZ (Emergency) 8 $51 Let It Ride NZ 3 $7.50 My Field Marshal NZ 11 $8 Ohoka Punter NZ 12 $12 Tact Tate NZ 6 $4.80 Ultimate Art 9 $12 2018 UBET Blacks A Fake Night – Albion Park – Saturday 21 July 2018   $200,000 UBET Blacks A Fake (Group 1)   $100,000 QBRED Triad 2YO Fillies (Group 1)   $100,000 QBRED Triad 2YO Colts + Geldings (Group 1)   $75,000 Queensland Derby (Group 2)   $30,000 Four-year-old Championship (Group 2)   $20,000 Trotters Marathon (Group 3)   $20,000 Drivers Invitation Race   About the $120,000 UBET Grand Slam Bonuses   UBET’s generous sponsorship of the 2018 Queensland Winter Harness Racing Carnival has allowed Racing Queensland to offer up to $120,000 in bonuses, including:   $50,000 UBET Grand Slam Bonus  - Offered to the connections of any horses that can win both the Garrard’s Sunshine Sprint (July 14) and the UBET Blacks A Fake (July 21).   $15,000 UBET Slam Bonus – Available to the connections of any horse that can place in both the Blacks A Fake and Sunshine Sprint, or, win one and place in the other.   $20,000 Trainers’ Slam Bonus – Available to any trainer who wins two or more of the following feature races:   Queensland Derby UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Oaks Queensland Trotters Cup   Racing Queensland

On 12 July 2018, the Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board considered charges issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 190(1) and 190B(1) against licensed trainer John F Ryan. AHRR 190(1) reads as follows: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. The charge under AHRR 190(1) related to a urine sample collected from the horse ‘Diamond Grace’ after it finished first in Race 2, the ‘Egmont Park Stud Pace’, at the Cobram harness racing meeting on 5 February 2018. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of that urine sample revealed the sample to contain arsenic in excess of the allowable threshold. Mr Ryan was also charged with a breach of AHRR 190B(1) being that he failed to keep and maintain a log book in accordance with the rules. Mr Ryan pleaded guilty to both charges before submissions on penalty were heard from HRV Stewards and Mr Ryan. In deciding an appropriate penalty, the HRV RAD Board considered Mr Ryan’s guilty plea and cooperation throughout the investigation; Mr Ryan’s excellent record in regard to prohibited substance matters over 37 years in the industry; both general and specific deterrence; the circumstances of the matter; the significance of prohibited substance matters; and the onus being on participants to be aware of industry issues. Mr Ryan was subsequently fined $3000, of which $1500 was suspended for a period of 12 months. In relation to the log book charge, Mr Ryan was fined the sum of $250. Harness Racing Victoria

Leading reinsmen Chris Alford and Greg Sugars will stage an exciting battle for the Warragul drivers' premiership at the club's next race meeting on August 26. Alford drove a treble at the latest race meeting at Warragul yesterday (Sunday), while Sugars drove one winner and three minor placings, with both horsemen sitting at the top of the premiership table heading into the final race meeting of the season. Both Alford and Sugars could have several drives at the August meeting, so an enthralling battle may take place. Alford's treble were trained by local horseman Gary Quinlan - courtesy of pacers Roll With Rocky and Heavens Showgirl, and trotter Omy Son, while Sugars drove Illawong Maestro to win the fourth race for his father, Ross. Top young horseman Darby McGuigan also drove two winners at the Sunday meeting, courtesy of Undaliner and Into You. The performance of Into You in particular was one of the better wins of the day. The Rob Evans trained mare came with a strong finishing burst in the home straight, claiming leader Mystic Castle in the shadows of the post. Locally trained, Into You has won at the last two Warragul meetings, and is towards the top of the table for the Warragul "Horse of the Year" award for season 2017/2018, heading into August's season close. A further win at the August meeting would sew up victory in the award for connections. Surprisingly, Into You went around as a $14.90 chance on the TAB on Sunday, despite having won last month at Warragul in close to track record time. Four-year-old mare Yourgottabelucky made it two wins in succession with victory in the second race on Sunday for trainer/driver Richard Caruana.   Kyle Galley

Racing Queensland has released the field for Saturday’s $200,000 UBET Blacks A Fake, with the barrier draw to be conducted in Brisbane tonight (Monday). Some of the headline acts include My Field Marshal, Cruz Bromac, Carlas Pixel, Ultimate Art and 2016 Blacks A Fake winner Ohoka Punter. Hughie Green is listed as the Emergency Runner. Winter Carnival major sponsors UBET, along with Racing Queensland and Puntersland, will stream the draw live via Facebook. Horse Alleluia Atomic Red Bodhi Tree Carlas Pixel Celestial Arden NZ Cruz Bromac NZ Glenferrie Hood NZ Hughie Green NZ (Emergency) Let It Ride NZ My Field Marshal NZ Ohoka Punter Tact Tate NZ Ultimate Art   Racing Queensland  

The middle night of the 2018 Brisbane winter carnival belonged to the interstate visitors. On the opening night last weekend, the local stables of Grant Dixon stood tall and claimed the bulk of the features but tonight (Saturday), the riches headed over the state border. And even across the Tasman Sea. The Gr.2 $75,540 AQWA Constructions Queensland Oaks was taken out by New Zealand filly Sociable who finished strongly defeating Major Occasion and Miss Hooligan in the 2138m feature. Prepared by Rangiora horseman Andrew Stuart, the Buy Kiwi Made filly was expertly handled by champion reinsman Luke McCarthy after sitting three backs on the pegs throughout. Working clear at the top of the straight, the filly charged to the line to beat the game Major Occasion. The victory provided McCarthy with back to back triumphs in the Oaks after scoring last year with Shartin. New Zealand bred fillies have won the past seven editions of the Oaks classic. In the Gr.2 $50,540 Garrards Sunshine Sprint, speedy Bathurst trained pacer Tact Tate surged to victory along the passing lane to beat Celestial Arden and Ohoka Punter in a time of 1:53.0. Trained and driven by Amanda Turnbull, the McArdle gelding led from the outside post before taking cover on Ohoka Punter by the end of the opening split. While heavy favourite Soho Tribeca got caught in bad traffic, Tact Tate was ready to pounce and shot through along the inside for a deserving victory. Soho Tribeca finished 10th while My Field Marshal finished at the rear of the field after racing three-wide throughout. Tact Tate has provided his connections a chance of picking up a $50,000 cash bonus if successful in next week’s UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship. The Gr.2 $30,540 Seelite Windows & Doors Queensland Trotters Cup went to Victorian performer Our Dreamlover who finished best to win the 2647m standing start feature. Trained and driven by Mattie Craven, the Love You gelding worked home from a long way back to defeat Gee Up Neddy and Our Overanova in a time of 2:02.2. Starting at massive odds, Our Dreamlover scored his first victory in over twelve months. The Gr.3 $30,540 Egmont Park Stud South East Derby went the way of the Victorian trained Duplicated who led throughout and sprinted well clear of local star Colt Thirty One and The Bus to claim an easy victory in the 2138m feature. Unbeaten in five starts for Dean Braun, Duplicated stamped himself as the horse to beat in next week’s Queensland Derby. The Somebeachsomewhere gelding rated a stunning 1:54.6 while covering his final half in 54.6 seconds. Trainer Dean Braun snared himself a feature race double after scoring in the Listed $25,540 Egmont Park Stud Fleur De Lil Ladyship Stakes with Carlas Pixel scoring in emphatic style defeating Come Cullect and Elle Yeah in a time of 1:53.5 for the 1660m feature. Having her first local start, the Ladyship Mile scored easily despite racing over the concluding stages. Connections will now focus on next week’s UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship. Next Saturday night, the final night of the Albion Park winter carnival, features will include the Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship, the Gr.1 $100,540 QBRED Triad Finals for 2yo pacers, the Gr.2 $75,540 Queensland Derby, the Gr.3 $30,540 4yo Championship and the Gr.3 $20,630 Trotters Marathon.   Racing Queensland

Just days after being installed one of the favourites for the NZ Cup, Aussie superstar Soho Tribeca will undergo surgery for a broken leg. In a horrible aftermath to last night’s messy Group 2 Sunshine Sprint won by Tact Tate, owner-breeder Rob Watson confirmed the severity of the injury sustained when trainer-driver Mick Stanley was looking for a clear run rounding the last bend. “That’s where it happened, when Mick was desperately trying to get into the clear after being stuck in a pocket the whole race,” Watson said. “Messy is the right word for the race and it ended very badly for us. His leg was badly swollen straight after it, he was rushed to the vet and they confirmed the break. “They say the break is in a ‘good’ spot if you know what I mean. They say if the surgery goes as planned he’ll need six months off then can start his rehab.” Watson said he had already been contacted by stud farms asking about Soho Tribeca standing as a stallion, but the plan is to focus on a racetrack return. “I feel like there is unfinished business. He’s just now getting to his prime and those last two races aren’t the way we want hi to go out,” he said. Soho Tribeca galloped at the start of last month’s Group 1 Len Smith Mile and took no part in the race as a $1.40 favourite. He was $1.60 favourite in last night’s Sunshine Sprint. Soho Tribeca’s injury and a mystifying flop by Miracle Mile winner My Field Marshal has thrown next Saturday night’s $200,000 Group 1 Ubet Blacks A Fake at Albion Park wide open. My Field Marshal was trapped wide and worked hard, but failed to beat a runner home and left trainer Tim Butt shaking his head. “We don’t know what to make of it,” he said. “Sure he had a hard run, but he still should’ve finished fourth or fifth in a race like that. “He can do that, throw in a bad one, but we thought we had him spot on. “He seemed good after the race and is fine today, but I’ll get him scoped tomorrow (Monday) just to be sure before we press on to the Blacks A Fake.” The drama of the Sunshine Sprint has left Butt contemplating a change of plans with his exciting four-year-old Let It Ride, who sparkled winning a support race at Albion Park last night. “He was headed to the 4YO feature next Saturday, but, yes, we are weighing-up things up now. It’s a $200,000 race the Blacks A Fake and not as deep as we first thought,” he said. “We’ll make a decision tonight (Sunday), but there’s a real chance he could run in the big one.” Amanda Turnbull’s comeback pacer Tact Tate won the Sunshine Sprint by bursting to the lead from a wide draw, taking a trail, then out-sprinting them late to beat Celestial Arden and 2016 Blacks A Fake winner Ohoka Punter. The final field and barrier draw for the Blacks A Fake is decided at 5pm tomorrow (Monday). Adam Hamilton

Trainer Gary Hall Sr wants to set the record straight, on two fronts, Firstly, he’s aware of varying reports about NZ Cup plans with his stable star Chicago Bull. Bottom he’ll be there unless something unexpected happens between now and November. Secondly, the driving force behind the planned Addington raid is itch left to scratch after three aborted trips across with Hall Sr’s former champion pacer Im Themightyquinn. “No doubt, that’s part of the fire in the belly. The fact I’d set Quinny for race so many times only to have things go wrong,” he said. “I’ve been to the NZ Cup, it’s such a great event and raceday, and I’d always wanted to be part of it. Quinny would’ve been the perfect horse, but this little guy will give it a real shake if we can get him there at his top. “It’s just about arranging the travel. I want to get across early to have a lead-up run, they all say it’s crucial. “So it’s likely I’ll go the Victoria Cup at Melton a month before the NZ Cup then go across to Christchurch from there.” It’s pretty clear. This is no “possible” trip. It’s happening unless anything derails. Judging by Chicago Bull’s arrogant first-up win at Gloucester Park last Friday night, he’s come back as well as ever. And Hall Sr estimated he was “only about 75 per cent” wound-up. Chicago Bull settled back, buzzed around the field early to take the lead, and cruised home to win as he liked, albeit against B-graders. “It’s just the sort of run we hoped for first-up. He’s come through it well,” Hall Sr said. “I got a call last night asking if I’d whiz him across to Brisbane for the Blacks A Fake this week after all the drama of the Sunshine Sprint, but that’s a definite no. He’s not ready and it’s not part of the plan. “There are no feature races here for him. He’ll just go through the free-for-alls, there’s another one next Friday, then we’ll work out if the Victoria Cup fits the travel plans to get him to NZ.” The inevitable comparisons come between Chicago Bull and Imthemightyquinn, but Hall Sr shuts them down pretty quickly. “Put it this way, when I took Quinny to the races I expected to win most of the time, with this little guy I hope to win,” he said. “But, what I will say is that Chicago Bull is still on the up and he’s done more at this stage of his career than Quinny had done so it’s exciting to see where he can end up.” Adam Hamilton

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