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It took Exeter reinsman Conor Crook took just two minutes and 46.36 seconds to secure the BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers title on Friday night guiding Similan Beach to an effortless fifth heat victory in the opening race on the Launceston Pacing Club card. Conor entered the final round of Heats with a handy six-point lead over Allister Woods and was able to take full advantage of the perfect inside front line on the classy Marc Butler-trained pacer. Similan Beach held the lead in the run to the first corner and Conor dictated terms on top, rating the three-year-old to perfection to record a last half of 58.2 seconds and a stroll away for a 5.7-metre victory over Inner Light, driven by Lee Simmonds, with the Allister Woods-driven Flying Wingard a further 7.3 metres away third. Samantha Freeman drove a sensational race aboard the in-form Thomas Jackson-trained Finn Mac Kee in the sixth and final heat. Samantha positioned the seven-time winner on the leader Ima Ginger Rogers back and bided her time until turning for home where she peeled off the peg line and stormed to the lead before dashing clear in the stretch to win by 10.7-metres. Wade Rattray flashed though late on Modern Chic to grab second place with the early leader Ima Ginger Rogers finishing third for Chris Aylett. BOTRA Claiming Novice Driver Final Points Tally 58 Conor Crook 51 Samantha Freeman 46 Allister Woods 44 Matthew Cooper 40 Lee Simmonds 38 Wade Rattray 37 Samantha Gangell 28 Brady Woods 25 Chris Aylett 24 Charlie Castles With his confidence sky high Crook steered the Deborah Williams-trained Jaccka Len to victory in the Tasmanian Horse Transport Pace. Conor took Jaccka Len to the front inside the 400 metre mark and had a sustained look over the shoulder as the field turned for home. Jaccka Len had the favourite Illegal Immigrant on its back on straightening, but kicked strongly in the stretch to hold the fast-finishing The Aussie.   Shane Yates

"It's a pretty special night," Trots Vision on-track MC Rob Auber said as he welcomed all to a huge night of racing at Tabcorp Park Melton, home of tonight's Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series pacing finals. Six big Group 1 races showcase the night and, through thetrots.com.au's live blog, we will celebrate the victories that will give connections and competitors a potentially life-changing result.   Live blog: All the highs of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series pacing finals   The Trots

Group one winning trainer, Ange Pace, 82, has passed away after a battle with illness. He was a well respected horseman in harness racing circles and widely admired for his innate horsemanship and friendly nature. His fellow horsemen held him in the highest esteem, and that is the ultimate compliment in his profession. One of 12 children Pace had a tough life growing up. Originally from Malta he emigrated to Australia in 1953 and worked in multiple jobs while slowly forging a career in harness racing. His first winner as a trainer was Irish Lace who ended up winning 16 races. Over the years he trained some quality horses the likes of Gozo Heritage, Artlimond and Demiliner. Gozo Heritage captured the 1999 Breeders’ Crown with Pace’s son, Ray, in the sulky. Ange Pace was truly a master horseman and enjoyed the respect of everyone who knew him   Harnesslink Media

Chris Alford’s season of dominance will likely see him smash a longstanding national record and has also delivered some dilemmas. The champion reinsman looks on track to top Daryl Douglas’ 388 wins in a season, set in 2007-8, having amassed 369 victories with more appearing certain in tonight's Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series’ pacing finals. Alford attributes a good portion of that success to trainer Emma Stewart, who qualified a stunning 19 horses for tonight's racing. “A big part of it is due to Emma (Stewart) and (her partner) Clayton (Tonkin), and there are others whose horses I’m driving who have also been going well at the right time,” Alford said. “It would be pretty special (to record the most wins in a season).” But Alford will have to pull the right rein in more ways than one, having had to choose between a host of talented Stewart runners. He’s had plenty to rake through this week, in particular regarding the tonight’s Empire Stallions three-year-old colts and geldings’ final, with NSW Derby winner Poster Boy and new sensation Ride High in the picture. Alford said Tonkin “leaves it up to me” but had “a fair bit of input and “suggested I should stay with Poster Boy over Ride High, because I’ve driven Poster Boy most of the time”.   “If Ride High had have drawn the front I probably would have gone with him, but they will probably run 1:55.0 and Ride High will be off the track most of the way,” Alford said. “He is going to have to be every bit as good as we think he is.” Alford also had a difficult decision in the two-year-old colts and geldings, settling on Australian Pacing Gold winner Centenario (gate two) over well-hyped Stewart stablemate Hurricane Harley (gate one). “I’m probably on the wrong one there after the draw but I’ve driven him all the way through,” Alford said. “I started on Centenario and then Hurricane Harley improved, improved and improved. “It probably would have been easy to swap because of the barrier draw, but Clayton said in track work Centenario is a 20m better horse than Hurricane Harley, but Hurricane Harley improves on race day.” And then there’s decision three, where he’s stuck fat with last year’s Victorian filly of the year Nostra Villa over Speak No Evil. “Nostra Villa’s been good to me and is probably the more well-rounded filly. I drove her all last year, but come Breeders Crown it could be the other way around,” Alford said. “It’s a hard but it’s part of driving for a big stable, you can’t drive them all. I could have a really good night, I could go away disappointed, but all the horses got through their semis really well. These are the nights we all want to be a part of.”   Michael Howard

GAVIN Lang’s rollercoaster week took another twist when he wound back the clock and snared a Group 1 Vicbred trotting double at Melton last night. Lang was on cloud nine after Hectorjayjay’s winning return at Kilmore last Saturday night, but in the dumps just a couple of days later when it was revealed the comeback star has aggravated the injury which sidelined him for a year.  But, like all great sportsman, Lang stayed focused and drove like an inspired man last night.  His first win came when he both trained and drove recent stable addition Moonshine Linda to snatch victory late over hot favourite Pretty Majestic in the $90,000 3YO Trotting Fillies’ final.  It was Lang’s biggest training triumph and continued his phenomenal strike since returning to training ranks earlier this year.  Lang then teamed with popular young horseman Chris “Snooze” Svanosio and Anywhere Hugo to win the 3YO Trotters’ Colts and Geldings final.  It was Svanosio’s first Group 1 training win, but he missed the drive as he instead took the reins on stablemate Kyvalley Finn, who ran fourth.  “I didn’t know until well after the line my other horse had won, I was so busy driving Kyvalley Finn to the line. It’s a heck of a thrill,” Svanosio said.  Anywhere Hugo lifted late to gun-down buzz trotter Wobelee, who overraced throughout, pinched a big break at the top of the straight, but just couldn’t find enough late for a desperate and clearly frustrated Chris Alford.  Anywhere Hugo’s win followed success in the Holmfield earlier this season and put him ahead of Wobelee, at least on performances, so far this season.  The gelding is raced by renowned vet Dr Alastair MacLean and his daughter, Elizabeth.  _________________________________________________________________________________ THE growing force that is Yabby Dams, Pat Driscoll and Anton Golino flexed its muscle again last night.  The team landed two of the Vicbred Group 1 finals: the 2YO Trotting Colts and Geldings with Always Ready (driven by Nathan Jack) and the 4YO Trotting Mares’ with Kinvara Sue (driven by Jason Lee).  They went so close to a Group 1 treble when Pretty Majestic led and looked the winner until Moonshine Linda charged home and snatched victory by 1.1m.  Golino did train a treble for the night with his brilliant mare Dance Craze barely raising a sweat in the opening race, winning by 7.2m.  It was her second win from as many starts back home after a luckless third in the Harness Jewels final and took her career record to 10 wins from just 14 starts.  “She’s just never been really sound this mare. She’s done a great job. She’s got so much speed,” Golino said.  _________________________________________________________________________________ ANTHONY Butt joined the Group 1 party last night when two-year-old filly Fear The Yankee showed perfect manners to win her Vicbred final.  While seven of the 11 finalists made mistakes, the Shane Gallagher-trained Fear The Yankee began well, found herself in front and found plenty to hold-off the fast-finishing Sleepee.  _________________________________________________________________________________ CHRIS Alford jagged one of the Group 1’s last night, but just not with the trotter most expected.  Wobelee was the spruik trotter of the night, but had to be content with second in his final.  Alford’s win came aboard Peter Lane’s Kheiron, who won the 4YO Mares’ final in a desperate three-way go ahead of Next Thru and Illawong Byron.   Adam Hamilton

RWWA Stewards yesterday concluded an inquiry into comments that had been posted on a Facebook page concerning a Senior RWWA Racing Official. Harness Owner Mr A. Kirke pleaded guilty to a charge relating to the publication of offensive comments about the Stewards and was issued with a fine of $1,200. A portion on that fine ($600) is suspended for a period of 12 months on the condition that no further breaches to this or similar rules occur (Rule 248 RWWA Rules of Harness Racing). In considering the penalty Stewards took into account: Previous penalties issued in Western Australia and South Australia in regards to comments made within the same Facebook page. That the inquiry was able to be completed by way of written submissions from Mr Kirke who acknowledged culpability for the breach of the rules and thus expedited the process. The obvious remorse and that a written apology was made for the comments. The need to send a clear message to Mr Kirke and the wider racing industry that Stewards performing their duties are entitled to be protected from offensive comments. Media Contact: Russell Quinn Manager Corporate Communications Ph: 9445 5418 E: russell.quinn@rwwa.com.au

This Saturday night at Globe Derby Park will see recent Kadina Cup winner Bettor Party attempt to overcome a 40m handicap in the Lion Pty Ltd Pacers Discretionary, a race that looks to be the highlight of the night with several runners that are capable of winning the event. In his most recent standing start race on May 12 at Globe Derby Park, Bettor Party overcame a 30m handicap, where he circled the field mid race and raced without cover before prevailing by 3.3m. This was on the back of winning the Kadina Cup, held at Port Pirie, by a comfortable 9.9 metres in a blistering time of 1:53.5 over the mile journey. Tezz Khora finished second to Bettor Party on the May 12 meeting, however given the fact that he meets his rival 10m bettor off Saturday night, he will certainly prove tough opposition. Tezz Khora has a great standing start record of late, winning three of his last four standing start events and the 20m handicap is not beyond him. This event is far from a two horse race however, with a host of chances on the front and 10m handicaps that are all capable of winning if things go their way. Floyd Mayweather NZ finished third behind Bettor Party and Tezz Khora on June 17 and subsequently ran well at Melton before winning last start at Globe Derby Park in claiming company, whilst horses like Keayang Storm, Assassinator, Mohegan Sun and Star Of Dionysis have all performed well in standing start events in the past and then there is Magic Trump who is a known good beginner and will run a solid race if it finds the front. Added in to the mix are the two horses competing in this grade for the first time in Clarenden Hustler, who has progressed rapidly this preparation and Straight Thru Blue NZ, who is first up after having a victory in his final run last campaign. This interesting and open race kicks of the UBET Quaddie on Saturday Night, which carries a $1,000 Jackpot. It is also worth noting that there is a $5,722 Exacta Jackpot on Race 1 on the program, to give punters a kick start to the meeting. Harness Racing SA

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards have issued a charge against licensed trainer Gary Quinlan under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1) which states: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. It is alleged that Mr Quinlan presented ‘Most Happy Cullen’ to race at Cranbourne on 19 April 2018 when not free of arsenic, a prohibited substance when evidenced at a concentration above the allowable threshold. The charge will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed.   Harness Racing Victoria

On Thursday June 28, 2018 RWWA Stewards conducted the Stewards inquiry in relation to the report received from the ChemCentre in Perth, that the pre-race blood sample taken from TRISON prior to it competing in Race 1 at Gloucester Park on June 15 2018, has been found to have a level of total carbon dioxide content (TCO2) in excess of 36.0 millimoles per litre in plasma. Evidence was heard from RWWA Investigator Ms. F. Bennett, RWWA Industry Veterinarian Dr. J. Medd, Chem Centre Analyst Ms. M. Raghvani and trainer Mr. C. Suvaljko. Mr. Suvaljko pleaded guilty to the following charges: Charge under HRR190 (1),(2) Presentation free of prohibited substances,  with the particulars of the charge being that “Mr. Suvaljko as the trainer, presented TRISON to race in Race 1 at Gloucester Park on June 15, 2018 not free of the prohibited substance alkalinising agents, as evidenced by a concentration of TCO2 in excess of 36.0mm/L in plasma.” Charge under HRR 196C Administering Substance, with the particulars of the charge being that “Mr. Suvaljko did administer the alkalinising agent NEUTRADEX to TRISON, which was engaged to race in Race 1 at Gloucester Park on June 15, 2018, on Thursday June 14, 2018 which was within one clear day of the commencement of the race contrary to the provisions of Rule 196C.” Stewards, having reserved their decision with respect to penalty, advised Mr. Suvaljko yesterday that a disqualification of 12 months was being imposed with respect to the offence under HR190 and a fine of $2,000 for the offence under 196C. TRISON which finished 8th in the event was also disqualified. In determining the penalty Stewards took into account, amongst other things: The length and depth of Mr. Suvaljko’s involvement in harness racing and prior record which included three previous offences in relation to prohibited substances rules. The high level of TCO2 reported by both the Chem Centre (>39.0mm/L) and RASL (38.8mm/L) The serious nature of these offences and the need for deterrence both general and specific     Media Contact: Russell Quinn Manager Corporate Communications Ph: 9445 5418 E: russell.quinn@rwwa.com.au   RWWA

Sydney trainer Kevin Pizzuto has confirmed a Brisbane winter carnival campaign. But it comes with a twist. While Racing Queensland officials were confident of seeing last start Gr.1 Len Smith Mile winner Cruz Bromac heading north for the open class riches on offer, nobody was expecting his companion. Stable star Tiger Tara is also expected to make the trip and contest the main event, the Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship on July 21 at Albion Park. Tiger Tara has not raced since finishing fourth behind My Field Marshal in the Miracle Mile at TABCORP Park, Menangle in 1:46.9 back on February 24. The $1.3 million earner is a major inclusion for the final leg of the 2017/18 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit which sets up as a must win race for Soho Tribeca. If successful, Soho Tribeca can snatch a one point victory from champion pacer and now North American based Lazarus. Tiger Tara sits third on the leaderboard and even if he is triumphant, he can’t secure the title of Grand Circuit champion. “He’s been back in work for a number of weeks and he’s returned in such great order and come to hand very quickly so we’re going to give it a go. I’ll have both Tiger and Cruz Bromac starting in the Blacks A Fake.” Pizzuto said. Tiger Tara was the beaten favourite in the 2017 version after being run down by Hectorjayjay and My Field Marshal in the 2680m feature. Defending champion Hectorjayjay won’t be returning despite making a successful return at Kilmore last weekend in the Popular Alm Sprint. Now prepared by master horseman Gavin Lang, it was his first start since winning the Blacks A Fake.   Chris Barsby

Hectorjayjay’s comeback could be over just run after it began. The multiple Group 1 winner has been scratched from Melton tomorrow (Saturday) night and managing owner Matt McLellan confirmed the gelding had “an issue.” “I’m away in England on holidays, but I can confirm there is an (injury) issue, but we don’t know the full extent as yet,” he said. “Gavin (Lang, trainer-driver) has scratched him from this week’s race and we want to find out more about the issue before making any longer term decisions.” Hectorjayjay was sidelined for almost a year with a suspensory ligament issue following his career-best Group 1 Blacks A Fake win at Albion Park last July. He returned with a sparkling win at Kilmore last Saturday and many tipped him to become Australia’s top pacer. Lang was always cautious when talking plans, noting the significance of any suspensory ligament injury.   Adam Hamilton

Early indications are that this year’s three-year-old top pacing boys’ division is a bumper crop. Ignatius stamped his authority at Menangle last weekend in the Group 1 Breeders Challenge to take his record to 14 wins from 15 starts. Is he the benchmark? Some are comparing him to Beautide – but that may be merely because both were trained by Jimmy Rattray. The picture should be clearer – but of course could be muddied – after Saturday night’s Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series final at Tabcorp Park Melton. Emma Stewart-trained Ride High carries a 100 per cent win strike rate into the $125,000 big dance but has to overcome barrier 12 against an outstanding field, including rising star stablemates Poster Boy and Konan. Poster Boy is the reigning Vicbred champ and New South Wales Derby winner, while Konan has looked every bit the barbarian in his Vicbred heat and semi-final wins. Whichever young prodigy wins Vicbred has legitimate claims to be part of the ‘best three-year-old’ discussion, but if Ride High overcomes the draw and delivers a KO despite doing a power of work in the run, he might just be No.1 seed. Among the conversation are Brisbane gun Colt Thirty One from Grant Dixon’s stable, who outpointed Poster Boy in the Victoria Derby, reigning Breeders Crown champ and WA Derby winner King Of Swing and south-west Victorian luminary Lumineer, last year’s APG Final victor. Then there's the mystery of the Kiwis. Chase Auckland has a magnificent record with eight wins from nine starts, including victory in the Great Northern Derby for the Mark Purdon All Stars team, while Jewels winner Pats Delight for Cran Dalgety is a serious youngster.  Deciding which beast is best this year is hard enough, predicting how the alumni will be positioned looking back years from now is next level difficult. However, there are parallels between this season’s young guns and that of the super draft of 2012-13. The latter crop contained superstar Lennytheshark, millionaire earners Ohoka Punter and Bit Of A Legend, Dixon-trained Majestic Mach and Stewart-prepared Guaranteed. Of the most impressive three-year-olds in recent seasons only some have gone to be genuine Grand Circuit stars – think Bling It On (2013-14), Chicago Bull and Lazarus (2015-16). Others like Menin Gate – Victorian Horse of the Year at three in 2014-15 – and Our Waikiki Beach – 11 out of 12 at three in 2015-16 – looked potential world-beaters at three but are yet to necessarily replicate that at open-age. So will the next champion please stand up? Cody Winnell

Well, for Tony and Karen Turpin, that dream is set to become a reality this weekend when their two children Chantal and Jake step onto the big stage in their respective codes. Chantal is chasing a victory with her richly talented pacer Mattgregor in the Listed $25,540 Egmont Park Stud Mr Feelgood Open at Albion Park on Saturday night, the opening night of the 2018 Racing Queensland winter carnival. The following day, Jake will make his NRL debut at hooker when he steps out for the Brisbane Broncos against the Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Stadium. The 21-year-old is in his maiden season with the Broncos after spending the early part of his career with the Melbourne Storm learning under the watchful eye of champion rake Cameron Smith. “It’s going to be big weekend, exciting and stressful all rolled into one I guess. Bear (Mattgregor) is the stable favourite and the kids have done a great job with him since we bought him unraced from New Zealand a few years ago while Jake has been working towards this moment for a very long time, we’re so excited for him because he’s sacrificed a heck of a lot.” Tony Turpin said proudly. Mattgregor possesses all the skills and speed to be a future topliner and this campaign has been geared to see him springboard to the next level which see him compete regularly against the best pacers in the country. He has shown glimpses of brilliance throughout his career to date including some terrific efforts in features at TABCORP Park, Menangle and Melton. The hulking five-year-old was unplaced last week when resuming from a freshen-up in the Wondais Mate when finishing seventh behind Glenferrie Hood in 1:52.2. If successful, he will be exempt from ballot for the main event during the winter carnival, the Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship on July 21. Mattgregor will start from gate nine, two off the second-line in the 2138m mobile start feature and takes on the likes of millionaire pacer Ohoka Punter, Frankie Rocks, Our Triple Play, Anychance and Hughie Green among others. “He will be better this week but he probably needs to be against this opposition, there looks like there will be solid pressure in this race and that will suit him. “We know he’s got the ability to go with the good ones but we just need some luck, if he gets it he’ll be right there with them.” While a strong support crowd will be trackside on Saturday night, an even bigger support crew will heading to Robina on Sunday afternoon for the rugby league. Following some strong form in the Intrust Super Cup competition for the Redcliffe Dolphins, young Jake has been granted a huge opportunity while Queensland State of Origin representative players sit out. “I suppose it’s been a long time coming but opportunities at this level can’t be taken for granted, he’s worked his butt off and we’re super proud for him and this moment. “He’s had some setbacks with injuries along the way but that’s all part of the journey and I’m sure he’ll relish the moment. We’ll have a number of family members and friends at the game cheering him on. “Hopefully, we’ll be there cheering on another winner, imagine if the big horse can get the job done on Saturday. Wouldn’t that be something?” Mattgregor is raced by Jake and Karen Turpin along with Denis Golinski.   Chris Barsby

The Turnbull clan is headed back to the Sunshine State. And the Brisbane winter carnival riches beckon. The famous Bathurst family made annual pilgrimages during the 1970’s and 80’s spearheaded by the legendary A.D (Tony) and knocked up winning races on a consistent level at all tracks in the south-east corner plus Tweed Heads. While the trips north haven’t been so frequent in recent times, the Turnbull name is still a constant. The three night carnival at Albion Park officially starts this Saturday night and continues over the next fortnight and the Turnbull’s will play a role on the final two nights. Both Steve and daughter Amanda are eyeing feature targets. “I’m bringing Tact Tate and dad (Steve) is bringing up Atomic Red, Conviction and Art Series at this stage.” Amanda said. Tact Tate, a dual Group One winner finished a close-up sixth behind Cruz Bromac in last week’s Len Smith Mile at TABCORP Park, Menangle in a time of 1:50.1. The Albion Park track and style of racing could prove beneficial for the speedy performer and the Gr.2 $50,540 Garrards Sunshine Sprint followed by the Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship are within reach given luck. Both Atomic Red and Conviction come out of the same race at their most recent start, in last Sunday’s Gr.1 $100,000 Breeders Challenge 4yo Final. Conviction finished as the runner-up behind Let It Ride while Atomic Red finished a courageous fifth after engaging in a frantic early speed battle. The winning mile rate was 1:49.4. Both four-year-olds boast very strong overall records. The Gr.2 $75,540 AQWA Constructions Queensland Oaks next weekend is the target for Art Series, a regally bred filly. Back in March, Art Series won the Gr.2 Bathurst Gold Bracelet Final defeating smart Victorian filly Soho Burning Love. So, the very familiar blue and red livery returns to Brisbane and looks set to play a strong hand. Chris Barsby 

Outstanding European stallion Orlando Vici’s small first Down Under crop is only two but already they are making an immediate impact on the harness racing track as they have in every country he has been available. Orlando Vici sired the 2YO quinella in the Mary Mifsud Memorial 2YO Trotters Handicap at Kilmore on the weekend. New Zealand-bred Orlando Jolt showed impeccable manners in his debut to go to the front for John Caldow, and set the pace while his stablemate Montpelier dropped into the trail. Turning for home the two went clear, with Jason Lee steering Montpelier down the passing lane to get the victory. Montpellier and Orlando Jolt are both trained by Anton Golino at Yabby Dam Racing’s  Cardigan, Victoria stables. From just 19 Australasian foals in his first crop, now 2YOs, Orlando Vici has already had seven to the track for two individual winners and four individual placings plus a number of other qualifiers to date. The French-bred Orlando Vici, a nine-time group winner himself, continues to be a top stallion in the two powerhouses of European trotting, France and Sweden. There are more than 200 sires in Sweden including all the top American ones and more than 500 active sires in France. A sire of champions in half a dozen countries, Orlando Vici has continued to produce stars wherever he has been available, with classic performers in France, Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands and Germany. Orlando Vici’s progeny have won close to 32 million euros. Montpelier . 4 6:34pm MARY MIFSUD MEMORIAL 2018 2YO TROTTERS HANDICAP 2150M $7,000 2YO. 2T0 Or Better. RBD. Stand Final Results Pl  Horse Prize- money Hcp Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 MONTPELLIER  $ 3,990 FT Fr1 2 Anton Golino Jason Lee   $ 9.00   3 CMP D/CCMP USL   BAY COLT 2 by ORLANDO VICI (FRA) out of THE KAHMOTION NZ (DREAM VACATION (US))  Owner(s): Yabby Dam Farms Pty Ltd  Breeder(s): Yabby Dam Farms Pty Ltd 2 ORLANDO JOLT NZ  $ 1,050 FT Fr4 5 Anton Golino John Caldow 3.50 $ 16.60   L 1 3 WALKABOUT SUNRISE  $ 700 10m Fr2 9 Greg Lewis Neil McCallum 11.50 $ 33.20   9 RR 4 STARLIGHT RED  $ 350 FT Fr5 6 Brian Bourke John Newberry 19.70 $ 111.00   5 5 ONEOFTHECLAN  $ 210 FT Fr3 4 Anton Golino Vincent Robillard-Voisin 85.20 $ 26.20   BX2 NAT 17 6 FLINGANDWINGIT  $ 140 FT Fr2 3 Steven Duffy Ryan Duffy 118.30 $ 4.20   L BX2 B NAT 17 7 ALL CASHED UP  $ 140 20m Fr1 10 Anton Golino Nathan Jack 136.70 $ 1.70 fav  SCAS BX2 NAT 17 8 ACTOR UP  $ 140 FT Fr6 7 Rita Burnett Rita Burnett 177.00 $ 108.00   BB CODS 7 B 9 NORQUAY  $ 140 10m Fr1 8 Anton Golino Anthony Butt 212.40 $ 10.80   RS LCD BX2 NAT 17 Scratchings   FLAKE 1 Track Rating: GOOD Gross Time: 2:53:2 Mile Rate: 2:09:7 Lead Time: 46.4 First Quarter: 32 Second Quarter: 32.6 Third Quarter: 31 Fourth Quarter: 31.2 Margins: 3.5m x 8.0m    

New Zealand filly Sociable is chasing back to back feature race victories. Fresh from her success last start in the Redcliffe Oaks on June 8, the Andrew Stuart trained three-year-old is the favourite to win Saturday night’s Gr.3 $30,540 Egmont Park Stud South East Oaks at Albion Park. The fillies feature is the final lead-up to next week’s classic, the Gr.2 $75,540 AQWA Constructions Queensland Oaks. Sociable will start from gate two this weekend and Stuart is confident of another forward showing but is mindful she will be at her absolute peak the following week. “We’ve had a month between runs and I haven’t given her a trial but the draw is a major plus, so far so good with draws in Brisbane and it makes a big difference. After Redcliffe, she got a little sick but has bounced back well in the past fortnight and her work this week has been solid.” Stuart said. While punters could walk with caution given the break between runs and a slight setback, it hasn’t dinted their confidence given the good draw. Sociable is listed as the punters elect at $2.10 with UBET. Ace reinsman Luke McCarthy replaces regular pilot John Caldow owing to the rich Vicbred Finals in Melbourne this weekend and Stuart believes his filly is the horse to beat. “When John advised he was staying in Melbourne this weekend, I jumped at the opportunity to engage Luke and I’m confident she can repeat what she did at Redcliffe. Being on the fresh side doesn’t concern me because she’s a naturally athletic filly who takes good care of herself. “The barrier is a massive win because she looks the leader and she’s capable of running a good final half so that it makes it tough for her rivals, the Grant Dixon trained fillies loom as the biggest threat, they’re all classy types with great records. “Whatever my filly does this weekend, I know there is more improvement to come for next week and this run will top her off nicely. Our plan all along was to win an Oaks feature and gain some black type, so far so good but the job is not complete yet.” Last season, the New Zealand trained Partyon proved successful in the South East Provincial Oaks. Since 2010, New Zealand bred fillies have won this feature. And the last six Queensland Oaks winners have been New Zealand bred fillies. Chris Barsby

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