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The Barrier Draw has been conducted for the 2019 Retravision Fremantle Cup worth $300,000 at Gloucester Park this Friday night. The big winner was Australasia’s fastest pacer, My Field Marshal who came up with barrier two. The Tim Butt trained star will now be a short price favourite to take out the time-honoured Group One event. Despite having seven runners, the Greg and Skye Bond Stable were not so lucky in the draw, with their main chances Galactic Star drawing inside the back line (10) and Vampiro on the outside of the front line. Their inform pacer, El Jacko has come up with their best draw, following out My Field Marshall from the second line in barrier 11. Local favourite Vultan Tin is in barrier three with the Justin Prentice trained and Gary Hall Jr driven Rocknroll Lincoln outside him in barrier four. The only mare in the field Maczaffair has draw barrier six. The Barrier draw for the $300,000 Retravision Fremantle Cup for 2019 is as follows; Saying Grace My Field Marshal Vultan Tin Rocknroll Lincoln Runrunjimmydunn Maczaffair Our Jimmy Johnstone Mitch Maguire Vampiro Galactic Star El Jacko Our Max Phactor The Bucket List (1st Emg) Waylade (2nd Emg) The first race 5.50pm WA time Gloucester Park

During February/March 2019, Victoria’s Racing Integrity Commissioner (Commissioner), Sal Perna, will be conducting his annual roadshows in regional and metropolitan locations throughout Victoria.   In 2019, the roadshow sessions will be in the form of a “Q&A” approach, in a less formal presentation format used in previous years and will be conducted at race clubs on race days. This new approach is in response to feedback received from previous roadshow attendees.   The sessions are aimed at building on those undertaken in the previous seven years to create a greater understanding and awareness of the role and responsibilities of the Commissioner, the work the office has undertaken and an overview of what is in place to ensure that the Victorian Racing Industry operates free from the influence of crime and corruption.   The Commissioner’s attendance will provide anyone attending the race meeting an opportunity to raise questions and hear first-hand of the Commissioner’s perspectives on integrity in the racing industry.   For details of the Commissioner’s attendances click here!         Linda Tomassi

Every horse has the dream of writing their name in the history books, and some accomplish just that. But in recent years, there was one special Australasian pacer who was so captivating on the track and also captivated the hearts of so many off the track that he was simply too memorable for a place in just the history books. The only fitting testament to his greatness was for him to have his very own book. So, his co-owner Marcus Kirkwood, a Hunter Valley resident in Australia, set out to do just that. Gathering some of Smolda’s best mates who were all eager to tell their stories of the champion, who to them was a friend more than a horse, a book quickly began to take shape. Marcus’s dream of having a book about Smolda was becoming a reality.  In the end, this book has not one author, but many; making it truly one of a kind. You are probably wondering how I fit into this story about a story. Well, I became friends with Marcus through social media. After many messages via Twitter, Marcus and I met in person when I attended the prestigious Miracle Mile in 2016, in which Smolda was a contender, as a part of my trip to Australia. It was nice to finally be able to put a face to the name.  After that, we remained connected through social media. When he told me about the idea for a book about Smolda I thought it was a great idea. When he told me how it was going to be written by people who were friends of Smolda,  I thought it was an even better idea. Who better to tell the story of a champion than the best friends of the champion.  One day I received a message from Marcus giving me an update on his horses and how the idea of writing a book about Smolda was getting lots of positive feedback from industry participants he had been talking to. Reading this message, I was very happy for him. This is when the message took a surprising turn, which had me at a loss for words. Marcus asked me if I would be interested in contributing to Smolda’s story. As my fingers hovered over my keyboard  I tried to find the right words to say. I felt so honoured to be asked that I was not sure what words to use that would fully convey how honoured I truly felt.     I wrote back to Marcus expressing how grateful I felt that he asked me, but I mentioned that I was concerned about how much I would be able to contribute as I had only had the pleasure of watching Smolda race in person on one occasion. Nevertheless, I got to work as I waited for a response. Thinking back to my time of meeting Marcus and the night of the Miracle Mile.  Soon Marcus responded to my concern and told me told not to worry. That is when I had a realization, which had a profound effect on me, and the piece I was working on. I realized that when it comes to Smolda and me, like in many friendships the length of time you have known one another is not always the most important aspect, it is about how close you become in a short amount of time.  With this in mind, I had a new source of inspiration. I was a friend of Smolda and Smolda gave me Marcus as a friend. Smolda touched my life in more ways than I previously realized. His greatness touched my life beyond watching him race; without him, Marcus and I would not have the friendship we do. Soon, a short chapter lay before me. Writing the chapter provided me with great joy and a chance to reflect on what Smolda and Marcus meant to me. As I typed the last words, I was filled with a greater sense of appreciation of not only of the champion racehorse Smolda was but what he meant to me on a personal level and the true friend I gained through him.  Marcus kept me updated on how the book was progressing. Then one day I got a message saying that it was complete! I was so happy for Marcus and Smolda, and I felt truly honoured to have been included.  Marcus kindly put a copy in the post for me. It arrived at my home address while I was away at university. My mom sent me a message to say it had arrived and tucked the precious package away until I came home for Christmas break a few weeks later. With a slit to the envelope, I pulled out the special contents. On the front cover in a stunning colour photo was Smolda,  and in a charming font, it read Our Mate Smolda and I was in awe. I opened the front cover to heartwarming surprise. On the first page, Marcus had inscribed it to me. This made an already cherished gift even more of a treasure.  I delicately turn the pages, stopping to admire the photos which were woven throughout the book. Then my eyes fell on the page that had my name on it. Seeing my name in print, as a part of a  unique collection was truly surreal. I knew what I had written just a few months prior, but seeing those same words as a chapter, complete with photographs made it more overwhelming, real and, it ‘hit home for me’.  Even after a minute or so, a part of me remained in disbelief. Here is my writing in with some of the greatest people in the sport of harness racing. They were names I look up to, and most of them I only by association or through social media, or I met them once or twice. But, one horse… one common friend brought us all together, and his name was Smolda. But my story is not about me. It is about Smolda and his everlasting legacy. To an outsider who does not know who Smolda is, this story, which in a way is his biography, offers a window back in time to experience his greatness. To those who knew him best and worked with him every day, this serves as a reminder of the unforgettable times and accomplishments they shared over the years. To those who were there in the grandstands when he raced, it acts as an opportunity to reminisce about memories made not so long ago. No matter who you are or how you are connected to Smolda, this collection of anecdotes can mean something to you. That is why it so precious, everyone can still be a part of his legacy if they are not already. The unique multi-perspective biography which tells the life of Smolda ensures everyone can be a part of his journey to greatness and beyond. Just how they say many hands make light work, it takes many hands, and hearts to write a wonderful book about a remarkable pacer. This story is one that everyone who loves harness racing should read, at least once. To learn more about Smolda and his book, or to purchase a copy and become a part of his legacy, please visit: https://www.ourmatesmolda.com.au/product/our-mate-smolda/   By Sydney Weaver, for Harnesslink

Frank Turner is the latest trainer to take advantage of Harness Racing South Australia’s recently implemented Concession Driver policy, whereby a horse driven by a concession driver who qualifies under the policy does not incur a penalty. Turner engaged concession driver Brett Lowe to drive Rocking With Charm in the Maughan Thiem Ford Ranger Pace at Globe Derby Park, despite the horse not requiring a concession claim for the event. With the pole marker and $1.30 favourite Steinman NZ galloping right on dispatch, Lowe was able to spear Rocking With Charm across from barrier three and was in front before the first turn. Rocking With Charm was unchallenged until Stones Corner utilised the sprint lane on the final occasion, however Rocking With Charm held Stones Corner at bay and was victorious by 1.9 metres, rating 1:58.0 over the 1800m event. In doing so, connections pocketed close to $4,000 for the win. As a result of the Concession Drivers Policy, Rocking With Charm remains a C1 assessed horse and is free to compete against similar opposition next week. What is likely to change however, is his starting price. Rocking With Charm started at $47.20 on the SA TAB, but on the strength of his win Saturday night he will probably start much shorter at his next start. Saturday nights win was the first for Lowe this Season, so trainers still have an opportunity to follow Turner’s lead and help promote one of our younger drivers whilst helping themselves. The full list of concession drivers in South Australia is available at http://www.saharnessracing.com/site/concession-drivers-2018-19/ HRSA Media

Form guide for Harness Racing at Albion Park Tuesday 8th of January RACE ONE MISTER OZ (5) is knocking on the door with placings in 3 of his past 5 starts the latest in open company on Sat night. Finding the pocket trail he was solid to the line when 8m from the winner IVANOV. He closed strongly here 2 starts back and from the 30m tape can cash-in. NORTHERN MUSCLE (6) will strip fitter after returning from a freshen here over the 2138m last start. Starting fav he was working home in good order wide out but was no match for the winner who skipped clear. Putting together a stretch of 4 wins in his past 6 he looms as a danger in this. JUSTABITLIKEMUM (2) will take further benefit from her latest run when 2nd up from a break. Her return run had merit after striking trouble and with a safe getaway can give some cheek here. EL SWAVO (4) went back-to-back with success in similar races before meeting some tougher types at his past 3 runs. His run last start was a nice effort against open performers and he can chime in here. SELECTIONS: MISTER OZ (5), NORTHERN MUSCLE (6), JUSTABITLIKEMUM (2), EL SWAVO (4) SUGGESTED BET: MISTER OZ (5) to win   RACE TWO OUTLAW FELLA (1) will be tightened from his latest start when returning from a break. Starting from gate 5 he worked forward to find the breeze and was in for the fight when only 4m from the winner. He finds his best gate in recent outings and can look to capitalise. LUCIFERS LEGEND (4) is also 2nd up from a break and comes out of the same race as OUTLAW FELLA. Starting from the 2nd line in that contest he was angled to the pegs for a cosy trip and was hitting the line in good order when 7m from the winner. Fitter he can find position and be closing late.   IMA GRUMPY POSSUM (8) did some early work in a slick opening panel on Sat night and after finding cover was strong to the line when only 4m from the winner. With a cosy trip on offer here look for her taking a closing shot. LANCELOT BROMAC (9) has started to work his way back into some form after going through a lean patch. He found the line nicely last start behind SIR JULIAN and with early options is in the mix here. SELECTIONS: OUTLAW FELLA (1), LUCIFERS LEGEND (4), IMA GRUMPY POSSUM (8), LANCELOT BROMAC (9) SUGGESTED BET: OUTLAW FELLA (1) to win     RACE THREE GOD SAKE (1) chased gamely to hold 3rd behind MAJOR CROCKER at Menangle 2 starts back and then when returning to Qld didn’t have many things in his favour when down the line behind COURAGEOUS LEO. He started fav last time out and from the ace gate here he looks to get his chance to atone. THE MUSE (8) will be sweating on the 1 looking for an all the way effort as that will bring her right into contention. Finding the pocket trail last start she chased hard when holding on for the bronze behind the in-form LINCOLN ROAD. With the cosy trip available she will be ready to strike. EVERYTHING (9) had a dip for the front last start and despite looking to have crossed couldn’t get to the pegs. Takin cover in the run he then never had a shot at them. Racing tough in previous starts he can throw down a challenge in this. GRINVIL (6) took on mares company on Saturday when chasing home well to be 4m from the winner DARKERSHADEOFPALE. The wider gate hurts her chances but she can be thereabouts with even luck. SELECTIONS: GOD SAKE (1), THE MUSE (8), EVERYTHING (9), GRINVIL (6) SUGGESTED BET: GOD SAKE (1) to win     RACE FOUR MONTANA CHIEF (1) was after a hat-trick of victories last start when forced to work hard in the breeze from gate 4. With the solid tempo he couldn’t see it out when fading in the closing stages to finish mid-field. He took them all the way from this gate over the 2138m 2 starts back and can dictate here. JUST DEAL IT (10) made her debut back on Dec 18 when starting from gate 1 she was given plenty of time balance up and take a trail. When sent into space she hit the line nicely and extended away in good style to victory. With the experience from that run she will be a big threat in this. PINUP BOY (8) was working home wide off the track last start and hitting the line in good order to grab the silver when 5m from the winner TUESDAYS FELLA. He will be coiled and ready to strike after a soft trip. ONE OFF (6) has been down the line at his past 2 starts after finishing in the top 3 in 7 successive starts when arriving in Aus. Finding a spot without being too far back will be key here and he can chime in late. SELECTIONS: MONTANA CHIEF (1), JUST DEAL IT (10), PINUP BOY (8), ONE OFF (6) SUGGESTED BET: Flexi trifecta 1-6-8-10     RACE FIVE STEVIE DEE (3) had been struggling to show her best until her last start when finding a suitable target and from a long way back in the pack was able to finish over the top to score. Only 6m from VALTONA in a mares qualifier the start prior, she can go back-to-back in a wide open contest.   IMA TOP TYCOON (9) was closing out in good order from a long way back at Redcliffe 3 starts back to be 3m from the winner in solid time. He finished best through a strong closing 800m split to score at Marburg 2 starts back and was tough from the breeze last start. Despite the gate he can feature.   MACHIN OUT (10) went back from a wide gate last start and then was never in the hunt against the closing tempo. That followed a run where he didn’t have a great deal of luck and he can be sharper here. GOODTIME STRIDE (4) has been 5m from the winner at each of her past 2 starts with the latest a tidy effort from the 2nd line over the Redcliffe 2040m. With the right trip she will be in the mix. SELECTIONS: STEVIE DEE (3), IMA TOP TYCOON (9), MACHIN OUT (10), GOODTIME STRIDE (4) SUGGESTED BET:     RACE SIX BALLYMORE BOY (9) took on a qualifier last start and after racing wide to find the position outside the leader he was in for the fight when 6m form the winner COURAGEOUS LEO. Absolutely luckless the start prior when probing for space that never arrived. With a nice trail through early he can break a run of frustrations. MARETTI (5) features in a stable change and will line up for Cristina Monte for the 1sttime. His run 4 starts back was strong when fighting in the breeze and only beaten a half-neck and last start he was grabbed late after doing some early work. Despite the tricky gate he will be right in the fight. MACHEASY (4) made the most of the passing lane on Sat night to claim a 2nd division qualifier. Finding the front form gate 6 the start prior he was grabbed right on the line and will be close here. KEY LARGO (2) started fav on Sat night and was forced to do the heavy lifting after pressing ahead from gate 6. He can hold an early spot here and if limiting the work can be in a great spot to strike. SELECTIONS: BALLYMORE BOY (9), MARETTI (5), MACHEASY (4), KEY LARGO (2) SUGGESTED BET: BALLYMORE BOY (9) to win     RACE SEVEN LIFEONTHEBEACH (11) rolled forward from gate 7 over the 2138m here 2 starts back and was working in the run when fighting gamely to claim the silver behind CHARMING MAJOR. He started fav last start and after easily holding the lead threw his chances away with a gallop. With some good temp in this he can atone. TOM ME GUN (10) is racing in good touch and has been in the money at 5 of 7 starts since returning from a spell. He closed out strongly last start when a 2m 2nd to the in-form LINCOLN ROAD which followed a tough run from the breeze. With even luck from the tricky gate he can challenge. SOMWHEREOVARAINBOW (4) will take further benefit from his latest run when 2nd up from break. Beaten for early speed from gate 2 he was closing out strongly when 2m from the winner. He will be in the mix. MY SECRET TORQUE (1) will be 2nd up after returning at Redcliffe when using the passing lane following a cosy run to grab a 1m 2nd to LIFEINHEAVEN. With the options from the gate she looks a place contender. SELECTIONS: LIFEONTHEBEACH (11), TOM ME GUN (10), SOMWHEREOVARAINBOW (4), MY SECRET TORQUE (1) SUGGESTED BET: LIFEONTHEBEACH (11) to win   Racing Queensland    

Big dreams are bubbling in Andy Gath’s harness racing stable as Tornado Valley’s Victorian domination lays the groundwork for a European tilt. The seven-year-old Skyvalley gelding continued his winning ways with victory at Tabcorp Park Melton in Saturday night’s Aldebaran Park 2019 Maori Mile, stopping the clock in a 1:54.1 mile rate, just 0.2 of a second outside the record set by Sparkling Success last year. Comparisons are noteworthy given Sparkling Success was set for a Yonkers campaign before injury cruelled John Meade’s trotter only days before he was about to head to New York, and now the international spotlight has fixed firmly on Tornado Valley. The former Kiwi trotter has been linked with the May 26 Elitloppet in Sweden, contested last year by fellow Victorian Maori Time, and interest is building as briskly as the Group 1 wins are being notched. Andy Gath told trots interviewer Paul Campbell he and Tornado Valley’s owner Norm Jenkin met with Harness Racing Australia chair Michael Taranto in the wake of Tornado Valley’s TAB Inter Dominion win. “Probably before then we didn’t have a lot of interest, but since we sat down, spoke to Michael we are pretty keen,” Gath said. “The timing of it’s perfect for him, because he’s not missing out on anything on this side of the world. We will get a few more big races and then sit down and work out which way we are going to go with him. “If he comes through it good, we’d love to go. There’s no doubt about that. It’s a great opportunity.” Principle among those “big races” is the January 26 Whatthehill Great Southern Star, the $250,000 trot that’s part of night one of the TAB Summer Of Glory. It will be an opportunity for Tornado Valley to add to his four Group 1 wins since joining Gath’s stable in February, success that has continued with his present eight-race winning streak. “He’s 18 out of 22 since we got him in Australia and a couple of times he got beat we had a few excuses for,” Gath said. “To keep getting the job done against quality opposition, it’s a great thrill to have a horse like him.” Those qualities were on display Saturday night when he found the front with ease and controlled proceedings, winning by 1.3m from Gavin Lang’s Save Our Pennys. “Obviously his gate speed’s such a great weapon and he used it again tonight. Such a beautifully gaited horse, he’s a pleasure to train, keeps winning these Group 1s and it’s lucky for us to have him.” Tornado Valley’s potential European bid is music to the ears of Aldebaran Park principal Duncan McPherson, whose stud sponsored Bendigo’s showcase trot. “A horse such as Tornado Valley can put Southern Hemispherical racing on the map around the world and follow in the footsteps of Maori Time and the opportunities offered to Sparkling Success,” Mr McPherson said. “To think that in the space of 12 months potentially there are three international invitations to our trotters. They are starting to take our product down here as a serious threat on a global scale and I think it’s just absolutely wonderful. “I’d love to see Tornado Valley take them on overseas, he’s got blinding gate speed and we saw that again tonight. That’s a weapon we should be able to use. The rest of the world was watching tonight and they were watching after the Inter Dominion. There are invitations there.” Trots Media - Michael Howard

Sidmouth harness racing trainer Ben Yole claimed half of the card at Burnie on Sunday including the $12,000 7BU Burnie Cup with Perfect Mach. The Mach Three-Pixel Perfect eight-year-old (pictured) scored his first win for the stable since arriving in the state in November. “That was his thirteenth start for us since we claimed him in Victoria, he ran a top second behind Riverboat Jasper in the NWTLHA Cup at his first run in Tasmania, we bought him with the Country Cup circuit in mind so it was great to see him find his best form at Burnie, he will now head to Scottsdale on Friday for the North-Eastern Cup,” said Ben. “The driving appointment was like a merry-go-round, Sam (Gangell) had driven Perfect Mach at his last four outings, she gave the drive up to Troy (McDonald), then Troy went and landed a double on Friday night in Launceston and lost his claim so we had to grab Hannah at the last minute, but it all worked out well as she drove him a treat.” Ben, in quest of his fourth straight trainer’s premiership, is enjoying another runaway lead in the 2018/19 season but was quick to share the success of the stable with the team. “Tim (Yole) is a vital cog in the wheel, he does a fantastic job as stable foreman and runs a well-oiled machine, Samantha (Gangell) and Troy (McDonald) are vital in their roles, we have a lot of horses so we are lucky that the team is all in there working for each other, any success we have we can put down to a team effort,” said an appreciative trainer. Mark Yole had another successful day chipping in with three winning drives to increase his lead in the Driver’s Premiership. “Mark has been in great form in the sulky, his drive on Northview Dave to come from outside the 10-metre line to lead after 250-metres was sensational,” said Ben. “That was on the back of winning efforts with Heidi Go Seek and the Karalta Dazzler in the opening two races.” 07 January 2019 | Shane Yates  

Star-studded fields will grace Tabcorp Park Melton tomorrow for Tuesday's harness racing trials which set to be a great taster for the TAB Summer Of Glory. Kicking off after the 11.45am elimination heats, the 14 trials include a host of Group 1 winners with trial six among those sure to draw attention. TAB Inter Dominion finalists Cruz Bromac, Im Pats Delight and Spankem will both contest the 2040-metre hit-out, with the star New Zealand runners drawn against Emma Stewart's talented pair Poster Boy and Tell Me Tales. CLICK HERE FOR THE TRIAL FIELDS That pearler of a hit-out takes the limelight amid a host of talented young types, many of whom are the 15 entrants from Stewart's stable. That lot includes three-year-olds Centenario, Hurricane Harley, Hardhitter, Fourbigmen and Kualoa, likely on a path to the Downbytheseaside Victoria Derby. And there are also four-year-olds Maraetai, Ride High and Konan among the fields of quality and quantity. Be sure to tune in to the live stream via www.thetrots.com.au tomorrow. CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE STREAM SITE Trots Media

“It wasn’t a surprise as she is probably the best of the four with raw ability” was how Sydney harness racing trainer Jarrod Alchin summed up the win of Our Ultimate Julie in Sunday’s the Pit Express 3YO Starmaker Prelude at the Tamworth Paceway. “She (Our Ultimate Julie) worked with I’m A Mystery Girl last week and I’m A Mystery Girl won at Menangle on Saturday night so it wasn’t a surprise that the filly won.” Alchin said, adding that “she will take a lot of benefit from the win” With four runners in the race from the Alchin stables Our Ultimate Julie had the edge over stablemates Our Ultimate Mary who finished second while My Ultimate Major (Ricky Gordon) finished fourth and My Ultimate Romeo (Darren Elder) ninth. “It was good to quinella the race - we will be back for the Final on the 20th for sure,” Alchin said. Maitland based reinsman Brad Elder was engaged to take the reins behind Our Ultimate Julie, who broke through for her first win at race start eight. “It was a terrific drive by Brad and he summed up the situation - we didn’t expect her to be in front,” Alchin said. From the two barrier Our Ultimate Julie came out strong along with the Ernie Mabbott-trained Tralee Rocks (Mitch Faulkner) from the four barrier, with Our Ultimate Julie gaining the lead and certainly dictating the terms out in front. “When the field came out and Jarrod called me to see if I would like the drive, I thought the filly was  a pretty good chance,” Elder said. “She is a nice strong mare and did it easy.” “She had no problems going around at Tamworth so hopefully I will retain the drive in the final.” “It is the first time I have driven the Mach Three filly but I have driven a couple of times for Jarrod before and had a win or two - but I think she has got a bit of ability - she is a big free running horse.” Our Ultimate Julie held a 6.9 metre win over Our Ultimate Mary (Jarrod Alchin) with Maitland runner Rococo (Jamie Bond) 11m away third.   “Her lead time was pretty quick and I just kept her rolling,” Elder said with Our Ultimate Julie clocking quarters of 30.1 sec; 30 sec;30.2 sec and covering the final quarter in 30.3 seconds for a mile rate of 1.59.1 for the 1980m. “Don’t want to pump the tyres up too quick” added a jovial Elder “but I think she is a pretty good chance in the final.” Elder had a driving double at the meeting when he guided the Jarred Hetherington trained Tap It In to a win in The Pub Group Gold Nugget Race Meeting Wednesday 16 January Pace. “We landed in a good spot out of the barrier,” Elder said. “I won on him last week and he felt good in the run tonight.” Landing in the one by one with Tap It In while Pacific Coin (Stacey Weidemann) led the field, Elder made his race move with Tap It Out as the field raced out of the final turn to seize Pacific Coin by half a neck on the line with Kudos Bert (Dean Chapple) 22m away third. “We took off turning into the back straight and ended up coming away and getting them on the line,” he said. “The horse (Tap It In) is going pretty good - Jarred’s team is flying at the moment.” Hetherington himself also had a training double with Lexy Can Wait taking out the Hygain Golden Guitar Final Thursday 24th January Pace with Tom Ison in the gig. By Julie Maughan Reprinted with permission of The Northern Daily Leader    

Former top free-for-all harness racing pacer Savesomtimetodream is the 2019 Alabar HERO Series Champion. The 11-year-old Village Jasper gelding defeated 19 rivals to claim the state’s richest and most prestigious standardbred showing championship at Bendigo on Sunday. The Alabar HERO Series Final carried $1000 in prizemoney for the overall winner and was staged under the auspices of Victorian Agricultural Shows Limited’s prestigious Saddle Horse Championships. Savesomtimetodream was also named Best Newcomer, securing a $500 cheque. The Award recognised the best performed competitor less than two years off the track. Bred, trained and owned by the Rowse family at Ballarat, he retired from a six-and-a-half-year racing career on August 25, 2017, with $222,625 in stake earnings in his bankroll. The pacer notched 20 wins and 33 placings from 113 race starts, highlighted by successes in the Gunbower, Yarra Valley and Ararat Pacing Cups, and a semi-final of the Vicbred Super Series. In May 2018, he was recruited by Harness Racing Australia under the banner of There Is No Finish Line to feature in a Track To Hack project documenting the transition of a retired standardbred from racing to riding. The project included a series of on-line video diaries and regular features in Horse Deals magazine. HRA Animal Welfare Officer and accomplished show rider Kathleen Mullan oversaw the horse’s re-education – prior to joining her care, Savesomtimetodream had never had a saddle on his back. He was therefore the richest racehorse and least experienced riding horse in the HERO Series Final. A three-person panel, including licensed harness racing trainer Courtney Slater and SA guest  Holly Alcorn, adjudicated on the final, with just one point separating Savesomtimetodream and runner-up Maxwell Smart, who raced as Equity Wizzbang. The second place getter was also runner-up in 2018 after winning the inaugural Alabar HERO Series Final in 2017 for owner Eboni Knights. An Owner/Rider category, carrying $500 in prizemoney, was introduced for the first time this year.  It was won by Rebecca McGee riding Mighty Boy Lombo, a Northern Luck gelding who retired in 2013 after a moderate racing career in the NSW Riverina, which notched two wins from 28 starts. The Child’s Ridden Standardbred went to Double Art, an Artiscape gelding who failed to place in 13 race starts, who was ridden by Emily Barton. Maxwell Smart was the Champion Led Standardbred for Julie Knights and Rebecca Mackay was named Champion Rider in the Standardbred ring aboard Style Of Art, an unraced daughter of Kenneth J. The Best Presented Standardbred was Kelly Stuart-Mitchell’s Gowan Brae. The Alabar HERO Series would not be possible without the ongoing support of principal sponsor Alabar Bloodstock, and Victorian Agricultural Shows Limited. All pictures are by Belinda Richardson of Alabar Farms.

The pin-up boy of Victoria’s Northern Region, the exciting Ouyen-based pacer Mallee Reactor, faces his biggest test when he lines up at the harness racing meeting at Swan Hill on Wednesday night. The three-year-old, who is undefeated in five runs for unassuming trainer Murray Jardine, has drawn barrier four in the prestigious feature event, the $9000 2019 Pearl Blue Classic. “We are all looking forward to it because there’s some nice horses in the race – it will be a good guide to find out just where we are at,” Jardine said. “The spacious Swan Hill track should suit Mallee Reactor, but in saying that he’ll still be driven quietly early and hopefully work home hard when it counts.” Jardine is a cool customer renowned for keeping his feet on the ground but is thrilled by the raw ability shown by the son of the emerging star sire Auckland Reactor. “Some of his closing sectionals in his races have been pretty good,” he said. Jardine never races a big team, preferring the breaking and educating side, has another handy Auckland Reactor at home in Ian Raymond. “He’s a four-year-old who has three wins from six starts and goes along quite nice.” After combining farming and successfully preparing horses for many years, Jardine and his wife Barbara made the decision nearly 30 years ago to concentrate on harness racing. The couple established a picturesque complex on the edge of town, featuring an impressive 900metre track and open, shady paddocks. “It was more a lifestyle thing for our children, but it has worked out well for Murray because he’s done well over the years with the horses,” Barbara said. Jardine certainly had one of the best mentors when he spent two years with legendary horseman Alf Simons as a teenager. “I wish I’d stayed with Alf longer, but I was a farm boy and came back home,” Murray said. The eight owners of Mallee Reactor must be pinching themselves as his half-brother Carload has already provided them with many thrills in recent years. The group was offered Carload’s dam, the unraced broodmare Our Angel Flight, who was in foal at the time – the result being none other than Mallee Reactor. According to Jardine, who broke in both racehorses, they showed ability from day one, with Mallee Reactor being more relaxed. And it seems there just could be another bright prospect on the horizon with a beautifully-conformed two-year-old full sister to Carload (by Village Jasper). When asked future plans for Mallee Reactor, Jardine said he would use a well-worn cliché and say “we’ll take it one run at a time”. “There’s a heats and final series coming up at Mildura in a few weeks and then we’ll have to sit down and go from there. He may be looking for a break because he’s still growing, but we’ll wait and see.” Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

The annual Hewitt Memorial race day rolls around again this Sunday afternoon, January 13, and the Goulburn Harness Racing Club is hopeful of another great event celebrating not only the memory of Tom and Angela Hewitt, but also those of Aubrey Frost and Robert Allport. What started off as a race to honour two great stalwarts of the harness racing industry, the Hewitt Memorial race day has evolved into an afternoon of high class harness racing action and community engagement. While also remembering the contributions of Aubrey Frost, and from this year on Robert Allport, the afternoon is also recognized for its support of the Crookwell Community Trust charity. “The Crookwell community has really got behind the day, and each year it seems to get a little bit bigger with really good crowds getting to the track” said club secretary Mark Croatto. “We’re always looking to add to the day, and this year we’ll have the singing talents of brothers Lachlan and Thomas Bensley who perform as Short Notice” added Croatto. The brothers, who are great grandnephews of Tom Hewitt, will perform between races throughout the afternoon. With Thomas commencing his second year at NIDA, and Lachlan to commence his first year at the renowned JMC Academy, both boys are well entrenched in careers in the performing arts and will be a welcome addition to the afternoon. As in the last couple of years, the afternoon of racing also doubles as an important fundraiser for the Crookwell Community Trust. The Crookwell Community Trust provides aid to people of the Upper Lachlan Shire who have experienced extreme difficulties due to personal trauma and or natural disaster. The shire includes Gunning, Crookwell, Taralga, Binda, Bigga and Tuena, and each year tens of thousands of dollars are provided to those who have suffered. Tim McCarthy, Chairperson of the Trust and local solicitor at Crookwell, was delighted with the ongoing partnership between the Trust and Goulburn Harness Racing Club. “We’re looking forward to another wonderful afternoon, and we’re delighted with our ongoing relationship with the harness club. The funds we raise go to help the many people who require our assistance and we are forever grateful to the many who help us do that” said McCarthy. As in previous years, Trust members will conduct a major raffle with multiple prizes including a Reflections Holiday Park accommodation package for a family of four, a $150 dinner voucher at The Argyle Inn where patrons can delight in the delicacies of the world class kitchen. Other prizes include a McGeechans Farm Supplies gift voucher and a carton of quality wine bottles. Community Trust members will set up inside the Grace Millsom Function Centre and the harness club encourages all those attending the race meeting to generously purchase tickets in the raffle. All funds raised on the day will be used to bolster a pool of money that can instantly be made available to people who are in distress, when they needed it the most, which is usually immediately after the emergency has arisen. To meet the needs of those who require help, the Trust must remain financial and Sunday’s raffle is but one of the annual fund raising efforts the Trust conducts. The $12,720 Tom and Angela Hewitt Memorial has been won by an array of quality horses with last year’s event taken out by the Bernie trained and driven Royal Story. One of three sons of Tom and Angela Hewitt, Bernie had not previously met success in the race. Royal Story confirmed her quality as a race horse going on to win a further six races including a $20,000 Country Series Final at Menangle last October. Supporting the Hewitt Memorial will once again be the $12,720 Walla Walla Stakes for the C4 and better grade pacers. With the immortal pacer buried adjacent the Goulburn Paceway’s home straight, the Walla Walla Stakes is being held for the fifth year and provides trainers with the ideal lead up race to the Group 3 $31,800 Goulburn Soldiers Club Frank and Edna Day Goulburn Cup scheduled for the January 28 Carnival of Cups meeting. Goulburn harness racing is brought to fans by the kind support of Tabcorp, Goulburn Soldiers Club, Hollingworth Crane Hire Service, Randwick Equine Centre, Southern Highlands Equine Centre, Sun Solutions Goulburn, Semco Equipment Sales, RSM Accountants, and a host of smaller businesses including Top Water Carters Crookwell, First National Real Estate Goulburn, Goulburn Livestock Transport, Landmark Southern Livestock Agenices, J.A. Communications, Crust Gourmet Pizza, Glen Mia ACT Saddlery and Ranvet. For all the latest Goulburn harness racing news visit the club’s website at www.goulburnpaceway.com.au and don’t forget to like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/goulburnpaceway/ Goulburn Harness Racing Club Reprinted with permission of The Crookwell Gazette 

Trainer David Vozlic claimed a hat-trick on Thursday night at the Mildura Harness ­Racing Club Sunraysia Daily Family Fun Night, including the Sunraysia Daily Summer Cup.  Vozlic’s Causenfriction took out the night’s main race and training honours for the night, but overall it was the South Aust­ralians who gained revenge from their ­defeat the previous week in the State of Origin ­series against Victoria.  Danielle Hill drove a treble and her brother Wayne scored a good win, driving Frank Mercieca-trained Our Little Actress. To read more on this article click on link; Reprinted with permission of The Sunraysia Daily

Consistent pacer El Jacko has added to trainer Greg and Skye Bond’s strong artillery for the upcoming Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups, taking out the Direct Trades Supply Free-For-All at Gloucester Park last night. With Inter Dominion champion Tiger Tara being scratched earlier in the week from both Cups, along with the Bond’s star four-year-olds Ana Malak and Mighty Conqueror, together with El Jacko’s two consecutive Free-For-All wins, means the gelding is now well placed for the features. El Jacko was perfectly driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, settling on the back of Runrunjimmydunn, who was in the breeze, while short price favourite Vultan Tin led throughout. In similar circumstances to last week though, El Jacko was well poised on the turn and showed a tremendous finishing burst to win by a head to Vultan Tin. Egerton-Green said El Jacko had a few key traits that would hold him in good stead for next week’s feature. “It was a good win and he probably had that little bit of luck go his way at his last two starts,” he said. “He’s capitalised on it and his quick turn-of-foot probably pays dividends at the end of the day.” Greg Bond said he had seven runners nominated for next week’s Fremantle Cup, headlined by last month’s Inter Dominion Final runner Galactic Star and consistent performer Vampiro. My Field Marshal remains the favourite for both races, following his win in the Village Kid Sprint last week. In the other feature event of the night, trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice was able to steer Sun Of Anarchy to victory in the $50,000 Trotters Cup. Tenno Sho opened up a big lead throughout the running of the 2503m event and looked the winner for much of the home straight, before Sun Of Anarchy eventually got passed him in the final 50m. Elsewhere on the night, trainer-reinsman combination Mike and Mark Reed teamed up with half-siblings Golden State and Maczaffair to score a winning double. Tim Walker

EARLY tactics will be vital in tonight’s Group 2 Simpson Memorial at Menangle according to reinswoman Lauren Tritton. The premiership winning driver is taking the reins behind the $1.33 TAB Fixed Odds favourite Muscle Factory and drawing barrier one with the colt has not made the situation any easier Tritton admitted. “It’s an awkward barrier for him as he does have early speed but for his whole two-year-old season we drove him with handbrakes on early and just drove him out easy to stay out of trouble,” said Tritton. “This draw won’t allow us to do that and this is a pretty fast front line.” One rival Tritton will have her eyes on early is Victorian visitor Lochinvar Art. The colt is the only other starter in single figure odds at $4.20 and will begin from outside the front line. “It will be interesting to see what they do with him early and it will be interesting to see Muscle Factory and Lochinvar Art race each other again,” said Tritton. “Muscles is tough whereas Lochinvar Art has a quick last half in him. “Lochinvar Art has been running some ridiculous sectionals in Victoria and just drawn where he has, you would expect that they will have to put him into the race at some stage.” Muscle Factory and Lochinvar Art clashed in the Breeders Challenge Final last June with the pair finishing third and second respectively. Lochinvar Art has had two starts this season for a win and a second while Muscle Factory is first up from a spell. “We couldn’t have him any better,” said Tritton. “He went super winning his trial and there has been some good form come out of that trial too.” Meanwhile, Tritton’s other two starters have already raced this season. This includes Petes Big Jim which finished sixth at Menangle on December 18. “He got himself beat last start over-racing, pulling outside the leader which is not his go,” said Tritton. “He is the fastest two-year-old out of the gate that I’ve ever driven so should be suited by his draw.” Tritton’s other starter is Petes Said So. “He has blistering early speed as well,” said Tritton. “He is the highest assessed horse in the race so deserves his spot in the field.” Petes Said So will be driven by Lachie Manzelmann while Josh Aiken has obtained the drive on Petes Big Jim.   AMANDA RANDO MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Nominations for the $500,000 Group 1 Del-Re National A.G. Hunter Cup (2760m, mobile start) at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night February 2 closed today at noon and are listed below. Trainers can still enter horses for the Grand Circuit classic as per the race conditions, which state:  Late nominations for this race close at Noon on Friday, January 25. A late nomination fee of $5,000 will be applicable.  Acceptance time for this race will be at 2.30pm on Tuesday, January 29.  All Acceptors, regardless of nomination time, will be considered equally in field selection. Horse                               Trainer Bettermatch                     Tim Butt Buster Brady NZ              Kima Frenning Cant Refuse NZ               Matthew Craven Conviction                        Steve Turnbull Cruz Bromac NZ              Mark Purdon & Natalie Rasmussen Flaming Flutter NZ           Geoff Webster Galactic Star NZ              Greg & Skye Bond Gottashopearly                Richard Williams Ideal World NZ                 Aaron Bain Im Pats Delight NZ          Cran Dalgety Jilliby Bandit                     Margaret Lee Jilliby Chevy                     Margaret Lee Joes Star Of Mia              Steve Turnbull Let It Ride NZ                  Tim Butt Love Ina Chevy NZ          Lance Justice Motu Gatecrasher NZ      Geoff Webster My Field Marshal NZ       Tim Butt Our Max Phactor NZ        Greg & Skye Bond Our Triple Play NZ           Brad Hewitt Our Uncle Sam                Chris Frisby Raukapuka Ruler NZ       Tim Butt Rishi NZ                           Lance Justice San Carlo                         Stephen O'Donoghue Spankem NZ                    Mark Purdon & Natalie Rasmussen Star Galleria NZ               Steven Reid The Bucket List NZ          Michael Brennan Thefixer NZ                      Mark Purdon & Natalie Rasmussen Tiger Tara NZ                   Kevin Pizzuto Utmost Delight NZ           Steven Reid Vampiro NZ                      Greg & Skye Bond Wrappers Delight            David Aiken   Cody Winnell

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