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NSW trainer Craig Cross is plotting a Queensland Winter Carnival raid, but the flying Cash N Flow won’t be part of it. Despite the Queensland Carnival being stripped right back because of COVID-19, Cross has picked out a batch from his in-form team to head north at different times. But who will drive them is the burning question. That’s because Queensland’s borders remain closed, meaning any people who enter the state are required to complete 14 days or quarantine. “Unless the borders open, I won’t be able to pop up and drive them,” stable driver Luke McCarthy said. “It’ll be a month before any of ours start racing there, but there’s talk it could be September before the Queensland government opens the borders. Hopefully it’s much sooner. “We’ll deal with the driver issue when we get closer to it, but we’ll send one of staff up soon to do the quarantine and be ready for when the horses start heading up in a few weeks.” Cash N Flow won his six successive Menangle mile free-for-all last Saturday night and that’s why he won’t be going anywhere. “He’s in the zone. He’s a miler, who loves the Menangle and prefers his races spaced a couple of weeks, more like a thoroughbred does,” McCarthy said. “He’ll be staying here. There’s usually a mile free-for-all for him every couple of weeks and for good money. He just keeps earning here.” Cash N Flow’s enjoyed a terrific season with 15 starts netting eight wins, four seconds and $159,550 in stakemoney. He’s now won 24 of his 58 career runs and pocketed $425,141. McCarthy quickly added Cross’s two other stable big guns, Miracle Mile winner King Of Swing and Alta Orlando, certainly wouldn’t be Queensland-bound either. “They had good breaks after the Miracle Mile and won’t be back racing until late July,” he said. “The plan is to have a few Menangle runs in August and September before heading to Melbourne is they still run the Victoria Cup in mid-October.”   by Adam Hamilton

COMEBACK star Hectorjayjay will step-out again at Albion Park next Saturday night. The $1.16 million earner has thrilled trainer Jack Butler since winning easily at his second run back from almost two years out at Albion Park on May 12. “We just gave him a few easy days after the win and he’s raring to go again,” Butler said. “He’s come through those first two runs back so amazingly well. “We are starting to think about what to set him for. One race I’d love to go for is the Shirley Turnbull Memorial back in Bathurst (Butler’s home town) around Christmas time.” ____________________________________________________________________________________________ YOUNG trainer Justin Prentice’s star continues to rise. And his decision to team with Gary Hall Jr as stable driver continues to pay dividends. Prentice teamed with Hall Jr and the very exciting Kiwi-bred juvenile filly Always An Angel to win the $100,000 Group 1 2YO Fillies Diamond Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park last Friday night. The daughter of Art Major – out of Christian Cullen mare Angel Of Destiny – ran third on debut and since won five on end. But she went to another level last Friday, sustaining a huge three-wide run the field on a very track and treating her rivals with contempt. The other talking point of the race was Greg and Skye Bond’s filly Unconditional, who looks to ooze talent, but still has lots to learn. She caused a false start when she straddled the outside fence at the first score-up, then was wayward outside the leader and eventually galloped under pressure at the top of the straight while still a chance of filling a minor placing. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ CHICAGO Bull earned “little freshen-up” after his Gloucester Park win last Friday night. It was his seventh run in as many weeks on the comeback trail, which have returned four wins and three placings. And this win was little more than trackwork when main danger Ocean Ridge, who is best suited driven with a sit, led early and handed over to Chicago Bull after 400m. Gary Hall Jr then dawdled through a 63.4sec middle half on a rain-sodden track before finishing off in 28.8 and 28sec flat to beat Ocean Ridge by 1.5m. “He’s really needed the hard racing to get the weight off,” Hall Jr said. “It was good to get an easier run compared to the work he’s had to do most runs this time back.” Hall Jr landed four wins on the night, including promising Kiwi-bred three-year-old Master Publisher. The son of A Rocknroll Dance made it three wins on end and six from his 11 starts for Gary Hall Sr when he worked to find the front, but scored easily in a 1min57.5sec mile rate for 2130m. On the same card, Merv Butterworth and Graeme Rogerson combined with former handy Kiwi filly Queen Shenandoah and trainer Ross Olivieri for a big upset in a strong mares’ race. Some driving magic from Chris Voak helped her to snatch an unlikely nose win over the leader and hot favourite Typhoon Tiff. Star former Kiwi mares Dracarys (third) and Balcatherine underlined the strength of the race in third and fourth spots. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ MULTIPLE Group 1 winner Big Jack Hammer has certainly made the most of Victoria’s COVID-19 zoned racing. David Aiken’s star trotter made it three wins on end – and three wins from just four runs during the zoned racing – when he unleashed huis trademark speed to score at Bendigo last Friday night. Big Jack Hammer, who didn’t handle Alexandra Park during last year’s Inter Dominion, now boasts 20 wins from his 81 runs with another 24 placings and is edging close to $400,000 in earnings. “He’s an absolute gem of horse. I’m so bloody luck to have him,” owner Dom Martello said. Victoria’s zones are eased and metropolitan racing returns from July 1 so it’ll be great to see Big Jack Hammer back against the likes of McLovin in the Melton free-for-alls. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ STAR trotter McLovin made it two wins from as many runs this campaign when he cruised to victory against a moderate bunch at Melton last night. The former Kiwi gelding worked forward from the outside draw (gate six) to find the front, dictated terms and really just ran home a quarter in 28.8sec to win as he liked in a cosy 1min59.1sec mile rate for 2240m. He is a class above the trotters he’s facing at Melton under the zoned racing for the rest of this month. Also at Melton, Major Times made the most of not having stablemate Poster Boy to contend with by winning the fast-class race. He’s been a fantastic pacer for Emma Stewart and connections, having now won 16 of his 39 starts with another 16 placings and almost $210,000. Kerryn Manning and husband, Grant Campbell, combined for a double on the night with recent stablemate addition Glenavril King and Merv Butterworth’s handy former Kiwi gelding Yankee Lincoln. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ANOTHER week and another Menangle win for the flying Cash N Flow. The former All Stars’ pacer made it six Menangle free-for-all wins on end, but it was closer than expected as a $1.12 favourite with stablemate Replaced Eye getting within a neck. It was a 1min50.2sec mile, but essentially just a sprint home in 54 flat and 26.3sec. Paul Court’s Hail Christian improved second-up for third, albeit 10.4m from the winner. Cash N Flow was the third leg of a treble for trainer Craig Cross and driver Luke McCarthy, who also scored with Speak No Evil in the opening race and Hows The Memory in a strong mares’ race. Hows The Memory blazed a 1min50.8sec mile to beat stablemate Love My Sister. Cross just missed the trifecta with Molly Kelly finishing fourth. The disappointment was classy former Kiwi mare Havtime, who did the work outside the leader, but weakened right out to last, beaten almost 40m. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ THE buzz keeps growing rapidly around former Kiwi pacer Speech Is Silver in Queensland. The Mach Three five-year-old started his career with the All Stars’ barn with three runs netting a win and two seconds. He’s now with Darren Weeks and Kylie Rasmussen and looks better every time he steps out. Speech Is Silver made it 10 wins from just 12 runs in Queensland when stormed home to win as he liked in a 1min53.8sec mile rate for 1660m at Albion Park last Tuesday. He’s blessed with electric speed and looks every bit a feature race player in the making.   Adam Hamilton

A bold experiment by Victorian harness racing on Saturday morning race fixtures looks to have paid off - although the peak body is not yet releasing the full wagering details of the trial. Harness Racing Victoria jumped at the chance to schedule three Saturday morning fixtures in May - an initiative it's been actively considering for some time - with the goal of building a profile and wedging a toehold in lucrative North American markets. HRV CEO Dayle Brown said the Melton meetings (which began around 8.30 am Eastern Standard Time) were primarily timed to maximise Friday night coverage in America, taking advantage of the shutdown of US racing due to COVID-19. "The Saturday morning Melton meetings were an important first step in really reinvigorating our international approach and were beamed into North America during prime time on Friday nights," Brown said. "Wagering turnover in the US on week one was enormous - it just surpassed all our expectations," he said. "We will confirm the figures and release them in due course, but I can say that on the first Saturday it was more than six times the average USA turnover on an Victorian harness racing meeting. It was extraordinary." Brown said on the HRV Podcast this week the experiment was now the subject of a full review before any decisions would be made on the future of Saturday morning fixtures. "Weeks two and three were a little softer, as we knew. There was a resumption of racing in America, so we started to compete with thoroughbreds and some other harness products," he said. "We did this trial to get our footprint into the US market in this period when there was minimal racing and no sport. We wanted to demonstrate that we could gain traction in this market by Amercanising our product as well and building that relationship with the US." HRV CEO Dayle Brown Brown said the HRV would continue to work with industry and wagering bodies in the US, as well as prominent owners and breeders such as Gordon Banks and Duncan McPherson, who are passionate for globalisation of the sport. "It will be in cooperation with harness jurisdictions not just in the US, but also in Europe, across Norway, Sweden and France with the ATG (Swedish Wagering Company) and PMU (French Wagering Company). When PMU come back online we will certainly be talking to them about heading into France," he said. Work would also continue with Sky Racing and TABCorp, to ensure opportunities could be maximised. "We want to ensure they understand fully this globalisation strategy we are undertaking and (that we are) finding the right slots internationally that complement the domestic slots here so they both have that lovely cross-fertilisation to get upside on both ends," Brown said. "It's an exciting opportunity for us for growth in the new markets." Brown said the Victorian industry would continue to take a forward-thinking approach to its challenges. "I have said through this period and I will say it again - when you go through a very, very difficult period and there are challenges, the people who rise to the challenge and then look for the opportunity will come out much better and stronger," he said. "That goes for all industries not just sport, not just racing, but across the board." Brown paid tribute to industry personnel who had got on board to make the experiment work. "I really thank our kindred bodies for their cooperation and input and also the Victorian Trainers and Drivers Association, because without them coming together as one these opportunities would be missed. "It is a real reflection on how the industry is one now, that we are working together collaboratively and coming up with the best answers, the best outcomes that are possible and I look forward to that continuing well into the future." Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura               P 0498 490 672   E hello@newsalertpr.com.au   W www.newsalertpr.com.au      

Burwood Stud (QLD) harness racing sire Changeover left the winners in three different countries and three States last week. Leading the charge were the highly promising mare Kotiro NZ, who outfinished her rivals in 1:54.5 at Albion Park, and Still Of The Night NZ, who won in a career-best 1:55.3 at Menangle. Other Australian winners have been the three-year-old filly Which Hunt (Redcliffe) and Sandoval NZ (Mildura). In New Zealand, the four-year-old Stinger Lindenny notched his fourth success at Invercargill, while the NZ bred Glenferrie Bronte scored in 1:53.4 at Scioto Downs, Ohio. Changeover has sired 93 winners in Australia and NZ to date this season and they have amassed almost $1.6 million in stakes. By Peter Wharton               Sent from Mail for Windows 10          

Ellalong harness racing reinsman Michael Formosa will look to Beersinmypocket to repeat his debut effort at Newcastle Paceway on Monday. Formosa had a training double at the track on Saturday night with Si Si Senor and Jackeroo Shannon but will be a driver only on Monday. The best on his book is the Ray Harkness-trained four-year-old Beersinmypocket, which Formosa steered to a 29-metre win in the wet at Newcastle on May 18. He will start from the second line on Monday in race three. "It looks above average so hopefully he has a trouble-free run tomorrow and he should go close to winning again," Formosa said. On Saturday night, Jackeroo Shannon led all the way with Formosa aboard, while Jack Callaghan gave Si Si Senor a perfect run behind the pace before he finished over the top of Regal Rock. Formosa is training Jackeroo Shannon for Tamworth's Sarah Rushbrook while she recovers from injuries suffered in a fall in March. Si Si Senor came back from a poor last-start run when ninth. "He's a pretty nice horse when he's right and I was confident he would run well," he said of Si Si Senor. "He had a bug then he ran a really good race after he recovered. But I backed him up a week later and he just couldn't go." "I've just got to space his runs out a bit now." By Craig Kerry Reprinted with permission of The Newcastle Herald

Harness racing progeny of Yirribee Pacing Stud stallions won in three different countries last week. Tintin In America, the sire of world champion mare Shartin, produced a 'new' three-year-old winner in American Eyre at Invercargill, New Zealand and the talented The Bull Pen NZ, who scored at Stawell in a career-best 1:57.5. The multiple Group winning sire Renaissance Man, a recent addition to the Yirribee Stud roster, was represented by the Bunbury three-year-old winner Longreach Bay, who won in a lifetime best 1:57.6. Million Dollar Cam and Lombo Pocket Watch left winners at Wagga in the three-year-old Olinsky (1:59.1) and the Yirribee Stud bred and raced Nobby's Clock (1:53.6) respectively. To complete a big week, Deprived, a six-year-old daughter of former world champion Warrawee Needy, scored in 1:54 at Northfield Park, Ohio. By Peter Wharton

Regionalisation measures have paid off. Bathurst's leading harness racing pacers will be able to travel to Menangle Saturday meetings from July 13, as zone restrictions to combat COVID-19 are slowly being wound back. By July 1 Harness Racing New South Wales will have removed all zone restrictions in the state, allowing trainers to send their horses to any track they wish with no constraints. Regionalisation was came into effect during March as the coronavirus threatened to put a stop to the industry. The measures prevented trainers from sending their horses outside of their own zone, and in the western region Bathurst was the only track hosting events. The Lagoon's Steve Turnbull said the restriction easing couldn't have come at a more crucial time for the stable, as they faced pressure to shift their stronger horses to Sydney trainers in order to race for bigger prizemoney. "They wanted us to send horses down to Menangle to race and we didn't really want to do that because you can lose your clients," he said. "There's different things we do with our horses that just wouldn't suit them in the environment down there. Being able to hold onto those horses instead of sending them to other trainers is great news. "Atomic Red is a prime example of that. He needs a lot of attention given to his legs. He's the sort of horse you strive to get in this game, and you'd hate see him move to another trainer." The path opening to Menangle gives the western region's best horses a shot at bigger prizemoney. After the recent 20 per cent cut to prizemoney across the state Bathurst currently races for a maximum of $6,000 in regular events while horses at Menangle are regularly racing for $18,000 - or more for Group races. The Menangle change is one of several big steps being taken by the industry over the coming month. From Monday Bathurst will no longer be the only track in the western region hosting meetings, as racing gets set to return to Dubbo, Young and Parkes. Turnbull said that's a massive plus for those tracks and for trainers struggling to find appropriate events for their horses. "Our tighter assessed horses are only getting a run only every two to three weeks so that's going to be really good," he said. "We've all got horses who like racing in the bush on the smaller tracks and that will be a good change. "We've been getting a bit slack on the travelling part. The only worry is if we're only racing for $4,000 then you've got the travel costs on top of that, but in saying that guys from Parkes and Dubbo have had to travel here racing for less money." The removal of restrictions still comes with strict measures being taken at tracks to ensure everyone's safety. "Established COVID-19 Protocols will be retained at all tracks until such time as rescinded by NSW Health," the statement from HRNSW said. "HRNSW will monitor health concerns and continue to follow the lead of Government in respect of the COVID-19 pandemic." By Alexander Grant Reprinted with permission of the Western Advocate

Bungaree harness racing enthusiast and newly elected Treasurer of Harness Breeders Victoria, Maurice Hanrahan, has a background in developing policies and strategies. ​He served as the Director of Policy in the Premier’s Department and worked for three Victorian Premiers in Jeff Kennett, Steve Bracks and John Brumby for seven years and also worked for Heritage Victoria as a policy and finance assessor. ​He also worked on projects at the Melbourne Showgrounds, David Hayes’s Lindsay Park stables at Euroa, and with James Cain, the son of Victorian Premier the late John Cain, at the Melbourne Ports. Now Hanrahan is using his business acumen to establish a model for breeding and racing standardbreds. ​Maurice belongs to a family steeped in harness racing. Well known clans in the Ballarat region such as the McGuigan’s, Mahar’s, Prendergast’s and Simpson’s are all relatives. ​“I grew up around horses and good stock,” Maurice said. “Now I’m hoping to get some good racing stock of our own.” Maurice’s father, Tom Hanrahan, dabbled in breeding and racing for a short time. ​His first broodmare, Tiki Belle whom he purchased off the late Andy Prendergast, left only one foal for him but Tiki Jazz (by Jazzy Spark) won a total of 15 races – including two at Moonee Valley – under the tutelage of Vin Mahar. ​Maurice himself has also experienced success as an owner. Valla Reine (by Cam’s Fool), a $5,500 buy at the APG Melbourne sale, gave him his biggest win in the Group 2 $50,000 APG Melbourne Autumn Sale Final at Melton in July 2018. Whilst by an unfashionable but handy sire in Cam’s Fool, she was selected on the basis of nice conformation and being linebred to a nice mare in Bret’s Romance. ​The Melton winner Safely Loaded (8 wins) and Blissfull Spanker (5 wins) were other handy performers part-owned by Maurice. ​Maurice, who conducts a 300 acre potato and cattle property with his wife Jacinta, and owns the Munster Arms hotel in Ballarat, has added standardbred breeder to his resume. ​He is gradually building a group of young, well bred broodmares. “We are discreetly getting together a collection of broodmares and sending them to nice stallions. They’re probably not always commercially appealing stallions but we’re looking at the winning post I suppose. ​“That’s our aim,” he stated. ​Maurice’s broodmare herd recently increased and comprises: It’s Girl Power, a 1:57.5 winner of 10 races by Christian Cullen Artistic Wish, a nice young Artistic Fella mare that was injured as a juvenile and bred by the astute Dianne and Bernie Kelly from NSW. She is a half-sister to the good winner Spring Walton  Jilliby Ebony, a 1:59.5 Artiscape half-sister to Vicbred 3YO champion Jilliby Melody Adherent, a Yankee Paco half-sister to Vicbred 2YO Final winner Master Maori and to the dams of Group 1 winners Spidergirl, Illawong Armstrong, Kinvara Sue and Pretty Majestic Annie Jones NZ, a winning McArdle mare from the family of Breeders Crown champion Flying Pocketlands and Bling it On Daisy Adele, an Artesian mare whose wins include Tas. Yearling Sale Classic and Belmont. She is a half-sister to the Jane Ellen winner El Jay’s Magic Jilliby Ebony is carrying a positive test to Lennytheshark; Adherent has produced a yearling filly by Yankee Spider; Annie Jones has dropped a two-year-old colt by American Ideal and is in-foal to For A Reason; and Daisy Adele has left a Four Starzzz Shark weanling filly. ​Another mare, Rhodium Castle, whose nine successes included the Victoria Youthful Stakes, died after foaling a colt by Shadow Play. Maurice said the progeny will all be broken in by John Murphy and trained by his brother David, one of the State’s leading professionals. ​“We’re working on a syndication model where we’ll lease the progeny of these mares,” Maurice said. “We’ll take a share and David and John Murphy will both take a share. ​“We’re working on a breed-to-race model. We’re not interested in the yearling sales.  Unless you’re really at the top end it’s a hard road to hoe. “Our model going forward is that if we breed good quality horses and give them every chance and get a number of people involved in the experience and hopefully they’ll enjoy it and keep reinvesting,” he said. ​Hanrahan is philosophical about the future of standardbred breeding. ​“Now is not to a bad time to get into breeding. I know there’s a number of challenges out there but in terms of getting a nice broodmare band together going forward and aiming to breed good horses, now is a good time. ​“I know you’ve still got to get them to the racetrack and doing everything right but I think in terms of challenging there is also opportunity in challenge,” Maurice said.   by Peter Wharton reprinted with permission of Australian Standardbred Breeders Association

The Australian Anti-Doping Authority has taken an interest in the family of Bronson Xerri and its colourful history as it investigates criminal links around the supply of anabolic steroids following the Cronulla teenager’s positive drugs test. Xerri, 19, has been provisionally stood down and is facing a suspension of up to four years after returning a positive A-sample to the banned substances exogenous testosterone, androsterone, etiocholanolone and 5b-androstane-3a,17b-diol when target tested following a tip-off last November. While the doping violation is yet to be confirmed with a B sample, the attention of ASADA investigators is now very much on trying to establish whether there are criminal links to the distribution of the substances found in Xerri’s system. It was a year-long Australian Crime Commission investigation into sports, prohibited substances and organised crime that preceded the Cronulla and Essendon doping scandals in the last decade. According to a source with knowledge of ASADA's Xerri probe, there is a particular interest in the player's family. The Herald can reveal the Sharks youngster’s 28-year-old brother Troy was sentenced to an aggregate term of five years imprisonment in 2014 over drugs charges. Troy was initially one of eight men, including two teenagers, who were charged over drugs supply in south-west Sydney eight years ago. An array of illegal substances from prescription drugs including steroids, valium and xanax, ammunition and a bayonet knife were seized during raids on premises in Merrylands, Greystanes, Ermington and Granville. Police also found more than $50,000 in cash. It resulted in Troy Xerri facing Parramatta Local Court on charges of supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and take part in supply of a prohibited drug. His jail term included a non-parole period of two years and six months. ASADA investigators seized Bronson Xerri’s phone briefly this week to download data from it. A call to the Xerri home on Friday went unanswered. Xerri has previously spoken of the importance of his family, which has connections to the harness racing industry, during his rapid rugby league rise. His other older brother Dylan presented him with his maiden first-grade jersey before his NRL debut last year. To read the full article in The Sydney Morning Herald click on this link.

The French stallion Orlando Vici, a winner of nine Group races and now a leading sire in France and Sweden, has the joint highest entry with three harness racing runners in this year’s Elitloppet, to be contested at Solvalla, Sweden on Sunday night (May 31). Orlando Vici’s three contestants in the ‘Sprint World Championship of Trotting’ are Chief Orlando, a seven-year-old Norwegian bred gelding, the brilliant Norwegian bred, Danish owned seven-year-old gelding Looking Superb, and the fast Swedish seven-year-old entire Racing Mange. Chief Orlando (barrier 5) and Looking Superb (7) will contest the first heat, while Racing Mange will start from the No. 6 gate in the second elimination. The three are all expected to be well in line for a Grand Final berth. Looking Superb captured the Prix Tenor de Baune in 2018 and the Prix de L’Atlantique in 2019 and finished runner-up to Belina Josselyn in the 2019 Grand Prix d’Amerique; Racing Mange has won Group races in Sweden, Denmark and Finland and is the fastest trotter in Sweden this year, while Chief Orlando has won at Group level in Finland and was narrowly beaten in last year’s Sweden Cup. Racing Mange is the fastest trotter in Sweden this year Besides his successes at the stud in Europe, Orlando Vici has made a spectacular start as a sire in Australia. In his first season he left 11 foals – now four-year-olds - and all 11 have raced, and 10 are winners.  They include the NSW Trotters Derby winner Xebec (Tr 1:58), Beau Garcon, winner of the Breeders Crown 2YO Silver), Deneuve Star (Tr 1:56.6), Just Believe Tr 1:59 (Vicbred 3YO Silver), Belltopperboy (Tr 1:59.2), the Melton winners Montpellier (Tr 1:59.8) and Brandlo Prince, and Orlando Storm (Maryborough Oaks). Orlando Vici’s frozen semen is available to breeders in Australia and New Zealand from Haras Des Trotteurs, where Love You, Quaker Jet and Volstead head a select sire list. By Peter Wharton

APG would like to take this opportunity to advise our loyal and accomplished breeders that entries into the 2020 APG NATIONAL MIXED SALE close this Sunday 31 May.    This year’s sales event will launch on Wednesday, July 22 and operates similarly (like last year) to an e-bay style online auction.  This format has been proven to provide the safest and most cost effective way to trade some of the elite Standardbred families available in this country. APG is pleased to advise that the strength of entries already received across all categories of horses (broodmares, racehorses, stallions, yearlings and weanlings) looks to have built considerably on last year’s listings. Last year’s sale produced some outstanding weanling pinhooking opportunities.  A great example of this would be lot 578 at our APG Sydney Yearling Sale which was a striking looking colt by Badlands Hanover that sold for $50,000 and was purchased for just $16,000 from the 2019 APG NATIONAL MIXED SALE. APG has already announced it won’t place a clear-cut limit on the number or quality of the horses that will ultimately make it into the sale.  However, we do want to look after the best interests of all parties involved and therefore do not wish to accept horses that may not have a reasonable chance of finding a new home (i.e we will consider both the commercial appeal of the horse and also the vendor's expectations as reflected in their nominated reserve.)   Entry Fees, Commission Rates and Sales Dates Entries for APG’s National Mixed Sale are now open, and will close on 31 May. The Entry Fee is $330 per entry. All sold lots will attract commission at the rate of 8% plus GST, whilst there will be no commission payable on passed-in lots. The auction will run from Wednesday July 22 and conclude by the Sunday July 26.   How To Enter Potential vendors are invited to submit the details for any potential entries by clicking on the link below, which will take you to the Online Entry form Once accepted, APG will issue an invoice for your entry fee(s) which needs to be paid prior to 30 June. Importantly, to ensure the smooth running of the sale, vendors will also be required to provide the following to APG prior to the commencement of the sale: Signed transfer forms;   In the case of mares that are being sold “in foal”, a vet certificate confirming that the mare is in foal (test must be performed between 1 July and the commencement date of the sale);   In the case of horses that are on agistment at a stud / agistment centre, an E-mail from the stud / agistment centre confirming that they irrevocably consent to the release of the horse from their property in the event that the horse is successfully sold at APG’s National Mixed Sale (APG will provide you with a standard e-mail for you to forward to the stud / agistment centre seeking their confirmation that they will allow the horse to be released) If vendors have any questions prior to the closing date for submitting entries, we encourage you to email deanb@apgold.com.au or call Dean on 0459 215 333. http://www.apgold.com.au/yearling-sales/enter-for-apgs-2020-national-mixed-sale/

Penny A Packet was in fine fettle in taking out the M & M Office National Tamworth Pace on Thursday afternoon at the Tamworth harness racing meeting. And for hobby trainer Russell Murray he was both happy and relieved to see the seven-year-old mare back to her best form in having a half neck win over Cronin (Maddison Simon) and Just Tommy (Sam Ison), who was 1.4 metres away third. "It is over two years since she had a win, that's a long time" Murray, who trains for his wife Rachael, stated with a confident grin. "She strained a tendon so she had twelve months off," he added. Penny A Packet picked up her last win back in June 2017 at the Tamworth Paceway and with only the one horse in his stables Murray has nursed his pride and joy back to the winner's circle. "It is something to get me out of bed of a morning - I will be 74 in November and I started in harness racing back in 1964," he reflected. "Sometimes it is a long time between wins but you just have to keep battling on." Since her third placing at Tamworth back on May 17, Penny A Packet has been displaying some good track work on her home track at the Tamworth Paceway. "She had every chance last start - they were just too good on the day but she has improved out of sight, she showed me that in her track work through the week," added Murray. "I wasn't that confident today because of the draw but everything turned out really good so I am really pleased." "She is starting to get back into gear but twelve months off is a long time. She is very consistent and she will keep that up if she can just have a little bit of luck in her races." From the seven barrier Penny A Packet was placed back on the inside running line while Commanche (Scotty-Jon Welsh) and Just Tommy (Sam Ison) headed the field into the final lap of the 1980 metre race. "I thought she would be stuck on the fence but Blake (reinsman Blake Hughes) managed to get her out at the 400 and she sprinted really well," Murray said.  All smiles: A very happy trainer Russell Murray with reinsman Blake Hughes. Photo: Julie Maughan   The inform reinsman was happy with the mares' racing performance. "She was pretty good and had a good run through and finished the race off well," said Hughes, who had to switch Penny A Packet five wide around the final turn for a sprint home to grab the race on the line. "I was three back on the pegs and got out on the turn. She is a pretty good horse to drive and she is going good." "She let down pretty good so I felt confident on the line - she did it easy." After commencing his winning streak at the meeting with Penny A Packet, Hughes went on to produce three winners for the meeting with I'm So Better for the Tony Missen stables taking out the Multiquip Transport Pace and Max Power the Furney's Stock Feeds Tamworth Pace for trainer Clayton Harmey. Julie Maughan Reprinted with permission of The Northern Daily Leader

Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound. Riverina Championship winner Rocky Creed, who won the $100,000 Riverina Region Championship Final at Wagga, is a Pet Rock gelding from the same family as that which produced a top Victorian youngster in Sky Strike. Rocky Creed, a four-year-old gelding, was a winner at two and posted three wins as a three-year-old last season. By American-bred Pet Rock, a Rocknroll Hanover horse, he is out of Miss Toolern Vale (1:57.2), by Bettor’s Delight from Armbro Sunshine, by Armbro Operative from the Good Humor Man mare Sunshine Blue, a half-sister to the talented Riverina juvenile Solarious. Miss Toolern Vale, who won six races in Victoria, is also the dam of recent Wagga two-year-old winner Stravinsky (1:57). She is a half-sister to a smart juvenile in Cullen’s Crown, winner of the Victoria Sapling Stakes and MIA Breeders Plate, True Happiness 1:57.1 (SA Breeders Plate) and the Melton winner Lucky Metro (1:57.4). Other ‘black type’ performers further back in this pedigree have been Banjo Miss (Vicbred 4YO Final and Queen Of The Pacific), Bellair Park, Starzzz Of Icon and Truscott Flyer and the top trotters Truscott Steel and Bad Boy Truscott.   By He’s Watching Runner-up in the Diamond Classic as a two-year-old last season, Blockjorg downed the top three-year-olds in the Diamond Classic at Gloucester Park last Friday, including a top ranking filly in Double Expresso. Blockjorg                                                    -- Jodie Hallows photo   It was Blockjorg’s fifth success for the season and she has a bankroll of $78,621. Blockjorg has not enjoyed the best of luck during her career, but has proved herself a young pacer of great ability. By He’s Watching, and one of the first crop of the American horse to race in Australia, Blockjorg is out of Toobee Three, by Legacy Of Power (son of No Nukes) from Ozzi Miss (2:02.1), by Lucky Cam from the Maple Lanes Strike mare Niugini Gold. He’s Watching, the sire of Blockjorg, has left several smart types from his first crops in Australia and NZ. They include Private Eye, winner of the George Croxford Tribute, the metropolitan winners Born To Be Watched, Raksjameson and Experia and the Breeders Crown finalist Star Hunter.   Wolf Stride is Inter Dominion material Wolf Stride, who won the $100,000 Metropolitan Region Championship Final at Menangle and is regarded as Inter Dominion material of the highest order, is a four-year-old entire by Rock N Roll Heaven from Lilac Stride, a top racemare who took a record of 1:54.4 and earned $276,140. He is a member of an old time NZ family, which was represented by the winners of this year’s WA Derby and Oaks in Patronus Star and Sports Package respectively. Lilac Stride was an Art Major mare from Labretta Franco NZ (1:58.5), a Fairfield Golden Easter Egg winner by Falcon Seelster from Looks The Part, a noted producer by Nero’s B B. Lilac Stride was a sister to the good Menangle winner Gypsy Stride (1:54.9), dam of the Newcastle Oaks winner Olive Stride, and a half-sister to Mister Cool Stride (1:57.2) and Miss Labretta, dam of Four Starz Pride (1:54.4). Wolf Stride ranks as a three-quarter brother to Cherry Stride (1:51.2), $128,370, who won nine races including the NSW Go Girlfriend Series. Both were bred by prominent Sydney identity Emilio Rosati.   Leading sire’s absence a loss Racing at the Qbred feature meeting at Albion Park further demonstrated the loss of Hurrikane Kingcole to breeders. With only a few representatives racing, he sired the quinella pair in the Breeders Classic for two-year-old fillies in Vanish Hanover and Talent To Spare; Tancaltra Lis, winner of the Breeders Classic Consolation for two-year-old fillies; Left A Hurrikane, who finished third in the Triad Consolation for three-year-old colts and geldings and Wannago, the third placegetter in the two-year-old fillies’ Breeders Classic Consolation. Fearless Faith, a winner of three races at Albion Park, Youaremy Sunshine, winner of the VHRC 3YO Classic at Melton, Venus Jujon (1:52.4), Sugarkane and Left A Hurrikane have been other recent winners from Hurrikane Kingcole’s first crops.   NSW Group 1 winner has strong bloodlines A bright future is being predicted for the Rock N Roll Heaven four-year-old Kanye Crusader, whose success in the $100,000 Hunter Region Championship Final at Newcastle was his fourth this season. Kanye Crusader, who was bred and is trained by Clayton Harmey, has a good deal in his favour on the score of blood. Apart from being by Rock N Roll Heaven, and one of his fourth crop, Kanye Crusader is out of the Fake Left mare Khloe (1:59.2), a capable racemare who was very successful broodmare leaving four winners – all inside 1:58 – from foal foals. Khloe, who won 16 races and $58,141, was out of Concise Lass (2:02.5), by Golden Fulla from Concise, by Real Light (Light Brigade-Reality-U Scott) from Meadow Stream, by Chamfer from the Medoro mare Medopark. This family has produced some useful pacers over the years. They include cup class pacers in Medowie Prince and Just Jasper, the top racemare Rocknroll Angel, Fastnfurious (1:54.7), River Wild and others.   Up and coming youngsters Two smart young horses to win at the Qbred feature meeting at Albion Park were the three-year-old Fond Memories and the two-year-old Captains Pick, both bred and raced by Kevin Seymour and both from the same maternal family. Fond Memories, who took out the $50,660 Qbred Triad Final, is a filly by Mach Three from a fine racemare in Forever After 1:56.2 ($172,808), a winner of 20 races including the Qbred Triad 4YO Final. She ranks as a half-sister to the Qbred Triad and Breeders Classic 3YO winner Guitarzan 1:56.9 ($216,956), being by Presidential Ball from the top racemare Girl From Ipanema (1:57.6), by Vanston Hanover from the Oaks winner Goldrush Girl TT1:55.3 ($151,619), by Transport Chip from Call Girl. Captains Pick, who won the Breeders Classic Consolation, is a colt by Captaintreacherous from the dual Qbred Triad winner Charming Allie 1:53.9 ($266,329) and the first of her produce to race. By Mr Feelgood, Charming Allie is a half-sister to the champion Colt Thirty One 1:51.3 ($834,246), being out of Charm Personified, by Perfect Art from the Vanston Hanover mare Charming Reminder, a half-sister to Goldrush Girl, the third dam of Fond Memories. This family traces back to the foundation mare Lady Antrim, dam of the NZ Derby winner Croughton. Other classic winners belonging to this noted family include  Good Lookin Girl, the dual Oaks winner Cherry Cheer, Rhapsody In Red, Get In The Groove and more recently,  Fame Assured and boom four-year-old Leos Best.   Arden Voyager in top form One of the most capable young pacers racing in Victoria at present is Arden Voyager, who has quickly won his way through the classes. Arden Voyager                                                   --Stuart McCormick photo Arden Voyager has a wealth of blood to back up his claims to further promotion, being by Somebeachsomewhere from a fine racemare in Arden’s Darlin 1:57.2 ($245,829), by Bettor’s Delight from Achieve A Dream (2:01.5), by In The Pocket from the Son Of Afella mare Arden’s Dream (2:00.5), and tracing to the taproot Moonbeam (by Rothschild). Arden’s Darlin, a winner of five races and the top ranking two-year-old filly of her year, is also the dam of Celestial Arden 1:51.4 ($176,466), a prolific winner at Menangle and now competing successfully in America. The third dam, Arden’s Dream, left nine winners – including five in 2:00 - and really established the Moonbeam to some purpose. She was also the dam of the NZ Sires Stakes 2YO champion Arden Banner 1:58.4 ($114,572), the cups winners Arden’s Legacy (1:56.1) and Arden Tetrick and the exported Fantastic Dream 1:53.2 ($213,285) and Arden’s Heritage (1:52.2).   Brothers win at Bendigo It was no mean feat for the full brothers Kyvalley Senator and Kyvalley Chief to win the two trotters’ races at the Bendigo club’s recent meeting.   Both are by the Muscles Yankee horse Muscle Hill (a top sire of straight out trotters). Love Ya Doosie, the dam of Kyvalley Senator and Kyvalley Chief, was out of a capable trotter in Sheezadoosie, who took a record of 2:04.2 over 2600 metres. Besides Love Ya Doosie, she was also the dam of the champion I Can Doos It Tr 1:55.5 ($1.4 million), who won 18 races on end at one stage, and the Group winner Sno’s Big Boy Tr 1:58.4 ($215,308). Sheezadoosie was out of the American-bred mare Becalm Lobell (Tr 2:06.3), the dam of a smart trotter in Golden Blend Tr 1:55 ($305,911), Dipendra (Tr 1:58.8) and the Dream Vacation mare Big O E, who, in turn, left the Breeders Crown champion Aldebaran Ay M (Tr 1:58.8) and Aldebaran Southland (Tr 2:00.1), runner-up in the NSW Trotters Derby.   Maori Time in foal Maori Time, Australasia’s fastest ever trotting mare, has returned a positive test to the Prix d’Amerique winner and European champion Readly Express. Maori Time                                                  --Stuart McCormick photo The winner of 24 races and $420,000 in stakes, Maori Time competed in the 2018 Elitloppet in Sweden and has remained in the care of the famed Menhammar Stuteri stud since she finished racing. Maori Time won 12 times at Group level including the Bill Collins Mile in three consecutive years and took her record of 1:51.5 winning the NSW Trotters Cup in 2018.   Auckland Reactor to NSW The Mach Three horse Auckland Reactor, who had previously stood stud at Alabar Bloodstock, has been relocated to Tony Peacock’s Moama property. Auckland Reactor’s oldest stock are five-year-olds and among them are some really smart types. Chase Auckland, winner of the NZ Free-for-all, Great Northern Derby and Sires Stakes Championship, is one of this number, as is Soho Burning Love, winner of the Victoria Silver Chalice and Blossom Lady, and the highly touted three-year-old Willie Go West. Chase Auckland                                                                 --Harnesslink photo Reactor Now, joint holder of the Kilmore track record and rated one of the best young sprinters in Victoria, Delightfulreaction, a multiple Group 1 placegetter in WA, the good Melton winner Shining Oro, Gold Reactor and Gobsmacked (1:52.5) have been other Australian winners by Auckland Reactor from his first crops. Auckland Reactor has sired 67 individual winners in Australia to date this season for more than $930,000 in stakes, while in New Zealand, he is currently ranked fifth on the All Aged List and third on the five-years-old and older table.  Auckland Reactor proved himself a brilliant pacer on his day, taking a mile record of 1:52.9 and winning 32 races and $1.7 million in stakes.   by Peter Wharton  

Former world champion and US 2YO Colt of the Year He’s Watching (1:46.8), who now stands at Luke Primmer’s Tipperary Equine stud, Young (NSW), sired three ‘new’ two-year-old winners in the space of three days! Mostpeculiarmumma, a filly, started the ball rolling with a come-from-behind success at Globe Derby Park on Tuesday (May 26). The following night Hes Sweet, a two-year-old gelding, led, handed up and then outfinished his rivals at Bathurst, rating 1:57.6 over 1730 metres with a last 800 in 57.2. Jay Bracken, a two-year-old colt, completed the treble when he led from end-to-end at his second start at Penrith on Thursday night (May 28). The youngster averaged a 1:59.4 rating over 1720 metres and scored effortlessly by 9.2 metres. He’s Watching is also the sire of the promising youngster Watchmedazzle, a double winner at Shepparton earlier this month. Interestingly, Watchmedazzle, Hes Sweet and Jay Bracken are all out of daughters of Artsplace line stallions. He’s Watching’s first crop of three-year-olds includes Blockjorg (1:55.5), winner of the Group 2 $50,000 WA Diamond Classic, the unbeaten Private Eye (1:54.6), winner of the George Croxford Trubute, the Tatlow placegetter and APG finalist Star Hunter (1:57.7) and the APG 2YO Championship runner-up Magnifico To Watch (1:56).   by Peter Wharton

Having helped turn Oh Oh Noo into oh oh yes trainer Scott Rains is optimistic his latest project will also bring further cut-price joy. The reinsman debuts Babylon Bambi in tonight’s Alabar Maiden Pace at Shepparton, and while the inside back row draw will mean luck will be a player in tonight's result the trainer-driver’s optimistic the Western Terror five-year-old mare will give a good account of herself. “She’s getting better and better all the time and is definitely capable of winning races,” he said. “I just hope she handles the race pressure.” Babylon Bambi follows in the footsteps of Oh Oh Noo, who Rains and partner Emily Harris purchased cheaply last year and then enjoyed consecutive victories and a series of placings. Babylon Bambi was snapped up for $1500 via Harness Trading Ring in February off previous owner Pam Tomlin of Maitland, New South Wales. “We are always on the look-out for cheap horses who we can give a go,” Rains said. “We asked Pam to send us a couple of photos and (Babylon Bambi) looked quite correct, like a tidy little mare. Off that we paid the $1500 asking price. “She’s a Western Terror out of an Artiscape mare, that’s a pretty good start.” Purchased in February, Babylon Bambi was transported to Paul Weidenbach’s farm where “he jogged her up and put a cart on her”, and from where Rains would later collect her along with “another little horse I had spelling there at the same time, Illawong Jovial”. “I got serious with (Babylon Bambi) in March, she’s had two education runs and a trial,” he said. “She’s quite speedy and led in all three of them. “She’s got pretty good gate speed and ran the trial out quite nicely in her first go over 2150 metres, she just got run down in the straight by one of Bruce Morgan’s horses (Sweet Appeal).” In his Trial File column at thetrots.com.au, Craig Rail accredited Babylon Bambi for “setting up a reasonable speed” and running on well to finish just seven metres shy of the trial winner, with a further 120 metres back to third placed Leotardandlace. The performance booked Babylon Bambi’s ticket to a race start and, 19 days on from her Bendigo trial, she kicks off her racing career tonight at Sheparton in race two, which streams at 5.36pm on Trots Vision. “We were hoping for a front row draw, but inside the back row for a mare having her first start is not the worst draw,” Rains said. “We will just have to go with the draw and see what happens. She will need a bit of luck, but definitely has got ability.” Any success will certainly be enjoyed by the reinsman’s wider family, with Babylon Bambi owned by Rains’ mum Sharon Threadwell, brother Sean Rains and partner Ebony Harris. As for Oh Oh Noo, he is now enjoying retirement, having had 16 starts for Rains for three wins and three placings before they called it quits at the end of 2019. “He succumbed to a past injury, which is a niggle in his suspensory, so we retired him,” Rains said. “He has moved on to a lady who does trial riding and camp draughting and he seems to have taken to that like a duck to water.” TALKING TROTS ON SENTRACK: Hosts Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden have another big line-up for today's Talking Trots on SENTrack, which runs weekdays from 11am-1pm on 1377AM in Melbourne, 657AM in Perth and 1575AM in Wollongong. Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app.   The good oil from the Vic trials circuit Mildura, R2 N7, Pattys Delight Settled down last of the five runners and moved away from the inside with 500m remaining. She sustained a good run to finish in second. REPORT & REPLAY Shepparton, R4 N3, Aldebaran Showdown Was slowly away and lost 30m at the start but was able to give chase and found the lead at the 1600m when his stable mate ONEOUTOFTHESQUARE galloped. He then hopped and skipped and pulled his way to victory in slow time. REPORT & REPLAY   HRV - Michael Howard

A harness racing movement that began six years ago with a simple goal to raise awareness about women's cancer has raised a record $210,000 this year. Since 2014, for six weeks through February and March the Team Teal campaign has promoted awareness about ovarian cancer and raised much-needed funds for research and support by reinswomen racing in teal driving pants. Each time a Team Teal member crosses the line first, industry bodies and their wagering partner Tabcorp each commit $200 for the campaign period. The deal delivers $400 towards programs such as the ANZGOG Research Nurse Grant Program and the Survivors Teaching Students Program for every victory. During the 2020 campaign, female drivers won 453 times (Vic 128 wins, NSW 94, Qld 75, NZ 72, WA 37, SA 32 and Tas 15). The Australian total was $136,200, and New Zealand $28,800, for a Team Teal total of $165,000. Associated fundraisers and contributions added another $55,000 to the tally. Founded by Duncan McPherson in 2014 after the loss of his wife Lyn to ovarian cancer, the campaign has grown from a modest Victorian crusade to a fundraising Australia-wide juggernaut each February and March. And for the past three years, the campaign has involved New Zealand drivers as well. For all the participants, the campaign is personal, but for inaugural Team Teal participant Jodi Quinlan, it has an added dimension. "It's no secret that my mum was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 10 years ago, and touch wood, she's one of the lucky ones and a survivor so far," Quinlan said. "But it's a killer disease and it creeps up on people before they realise it, so it's important to raise the awareness and raise the funds," she said. "It's been an absolute privilege to be involved. I was one of the fortunate ones initially, when we started off with a set of colors, then we went to the pants and the sulkies. To see how far it's come and what it's achieving now, with all the girls driving in teal pants, and now going global, it's really rewarding." HRV Board Member and campaign supporter Judy Rothacker paid tribute to Mr McPherson's enduring commitment to the campaign. "He is to be commended for all his work behind the scenes. It's significant money that will directly help provide care to those with cancer," she said. "Everyone has someone who has been touched by cancer and this is a cancer that has confounded experts, so it's important to find a cure." And while the campaign is all about the cause, make no mistake there is intense rivalry between the 287 Team Teal members. Long Forest reinswoman Kate Gath led the charge with 23 winners for the campaign and her Victorian counterpart Kima Frenning recorded 14 individual victories. Kate Gath "To drive a winner is always exciting, but when you're driving in the teal pants, it's just that bit extra special when you get a winner," Frenning said.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

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