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One of New Zealand’s best pacers Turn It Up is heading to Queensland to try and resurrect his career. The former Auckland Cup winner and three-time Group 1 victor headlines one of three horses the huge All Stars stable of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen are sending to Queensland next week. The others are outstanding three-year-old One Change and the emerging Dina Bolt. “There’s three going this week, but we’re considering sending another couple as well,” Purdon said. Turn It Up and One Change, last season’s NZ 2YO of the Year, will join Vicki Rasmussen’s stable. Dina Bolt, a three-year-old with three wins from just nine starts, will continue his career with Darren Weeks and his partner, Kylie Rasmussen. One Change, who boasts eight wins from just 14 starts and $519,542 in earnings, will return a spell and add plenty of class to next Saturday night’s South-East Derby at Albion Park. “He’s a lovely horse, but would’ve had to race the best open-class horses if he stayed here, so Queensland is a great option for him,” Natalie Rasmussen said. One Change’s nine runs this have netted three wins, including the Group 1 NZ Sires Stake final, and six placings. He hasn’t raced since a third in the Group 2 Flying Stakes in Christchurch on March 20. Turn It Up was NZ’s most exciting pacer last season, but persistent feet issues have sidelined him since winning the Group 1 Harness Jewels final in Christchurch on June 1, last year. “It’s a real shame with him, but hopefully Vicki can get him back,” Purdon said. “There’s no guarantee, but she wants to have a go with him and swim him in the hope she can get him back to what he was.” Turn It Up, still only a five-year-old, has raced just 15 times for 11 wins and four seconds. Purdon expects Dina Bolt to thrive in Queensland. “He’s lightly-raced and a real up-and-comer. He’s come back well this time and goes across in great order,” he said.   Adam Hamilton | TAB Media

Matt Craven was reluctant to throw his top trotting filly Pink Galahs into the deep end on Saturday night, but after making one heck of a splash, he's now surely eyeing some of the state's top features with confidence. The three-year-old made it four successive victories this preparation with a sprint-lane success at Bendigo and it appears the sky is the limit for the daughter of Skyvalley, who has now won eight of 13 career runs. "I was very apprehensive coming into tonight," Craven admitted post-race. "It's a little, tiny three-year-old filly taking on horses that have been racing against open company ... free-for-all horses. "I felt it was a huge step for her tonight. The thing that she had on her side was the barrier draw, but even then the pressure is different in this sort of company." Craven confirmed there were some bold plans for the horse, who has placed at the elite level earlier in her career. "The idea is the Oaks and the Vicbred are her grand finals. But she has to, and she is, learning all the time and she's been a much better racehorse this preparation," the Ecklin South trainer-driver said. "Although tonight she was quite keen, she's been much more relaxed and the main thing was to get some racing into her to teach her some race craft. "It's a big ask against these horses, but we felt we had to race these horses and be competitive to be thinking that we're a chance in those bigger races." Pink Galahs' co-owner Caleb Lewis is married to Laura, who is the daughter of Bryan Healy and granddaughter of Ric. The Healy family bred Maori Miss, the mare who instigated arguably Australia's most famous trotting breeding, line which includes the famed Maori's Idol but also Maori Mia, the great-great granddam of Pink Galahs. It was another squaregaiter that produced one of the highlights during Saturday night's Bendigo meeting, which replaced the originally scheduled Melton card. Andy Gath-trained import C K Spur scored victory at his first Australian start, finishing too strong for his rivals despite a tough run. The son of Pegasus Spur was well tried in New Zealand, having had 48 starts for nine wins and more than $130,000 in stakes. Saturday night was his first race track appearance since a down-the-track finish at Cambridge in January. Gath's wife Kate, who drove the horse to victory, forecast more from the six-year-old in upcoming races. "He didn't eat as well as we would have liked when he initially arrived, for a few days," she said. "Then he did and he does now. He's a guts now. I wouldn't be surprised if there's a little bit of improvement in him next time he steps out." While racing was switched from Melton to Bendigo on Saturday, Victorian harness racing headquarters was back in action on Sunday afternoon with an eight-event card. HEAR FROM ALL THE WINNING DRIVERS FROM BENDIGO ON SATURDAY NIGHT:   HRV - Tim O'Connor

It’s been a busy and joyous time in recent weeks for a trio of Queensland based drivers. The Sunshine State has a proud and rich history of producing outstanding talent, both male and female, in both the training and driving of Standardbred stars. This ever-expanding list continues to grow year by year. Just recently, Lola Weidemann surpassed 3000 career victories; the milestone moment was reached at a nondescript Sunday night meeting at Redcliffe aboard Prettycompact in the final event on the program. But in many ways, the victory had gigantic ramifications. With over 3000 career victories, Weidemann now sits clearly at the top of the list of female drivers in the state while only Grant Dixon has more wins with over 4600 and still climbing. Only Kerryn Manning has more wins in the country as a female with close to 4000 wins to date. Sitting behind both Manning and Weidemann is Jodi Quinlan with over 2100 wins to date while Amanda Turnbull is closing in on 2000 wins. Weidemann is a highly respected figure within the industry and her skillset was on full display on Saturday night with her winning drive behind Kid Montana in the Garrards Horse & Hound Pace. At the same meeting, third generation horseman Pete McMullen registered his 2000th victory following the thumping win of exciting rookie pacer Uncle Shank in a time of 1:54.8 in the Burwood Stud Pace. Uncle Shank is prepared by Pete’s wife, Chantal Turpin. By reaching the 2000 win club, McMullen achieved the feat by becoming the youngest driver to do so in the country. McMullen is 28 years and 10 months old. It backs up his record as the youngest driver to reach 1000 wins after he eclipsed the record which was then held by Amanda Turnbull. McMullen is the son of John and Jennette and the Grandson of the late J.C ‘Hollywood’ McMullen. Younger sisters Narissa, Dannielle and Taleah all regularly compete against their record setting big brother. McMullen had the honour and privilege of driving millionaire pacer Im Themightyquinn, one of the all-time greats of the sport back in 2014 at Albion Park. He has also driven in North America, competing against the likes of Hall of Famer’s John Campbell and Ron Pierce at the Meadowlands as an 18yo. The full list of drivers that have 2000 or more victories includes Chris Alford, Gavin Lang, Grant Dixon, Daryl Douglas, Chris Lewis, Kerryn Manning, John Caldow, Greg Sugars, Gary Hall Jnr, Lance Justice, Lola Weidemann, Brian Gath, Colin Brown, Luke McCarthy, Shane Graham, Greg Bennett, David Harding, Steve Turnbull, Peter Greig, Ted Demmler, Darrel Graham, Geoff Webster, Jodi Quinlan, John Justice, Mathew Neilson and Ryan Hryhorec. And the young talent within the state keeps coming with Angus Garrard stamping himself as a genuine star in the making. Last week at Redcliffe, Garrard brought up his maiden century in his first full season of driving when the Donny Smith trained Arbit Major scored in the Stevie Redback Pest Control Pace. It was part of another winning treble for the recently turned 17yo. Garrard now becomes the youngest driver in Australian harness racing history to register 100 wins in a season. The son of Daren and Gayle is still attending school while undertaking his driving commitments. Angus is the Grandson of Chris and Maureen Garrard, founders of Garrrads Horse & Hound company, generous sponsors and benefactors to the racing industries throughout the southern hemisphere. Here’s hoping the winners keep flowing for these outstanding drivers.   Chris Barsby

Mighty Ronaldo was a second thought When talented Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice went to the 2019 APG yearling sale in Perth he had no intention of purchasing lot 566, a colt by Alta Christiano out of the New Zealand-bred mare Millwoods Delight. He and stable client John Lohman had condensed their thoughts to about six youngsters. “Funnily enough, we didn’t have him pencilled in in a batch of about a half-dozen we had highlighted, said Prentice. “But once I saw this Alta Christiano colt at the sales I took a liking to him. I saw him in the box and Trevor Lindsay (breeder) got him out and I really liked him. “At the time I was training an Alta Christiano filly Suing You, and I liked her.” Even though lot 566 was out of Millwoods Delight, who had not been successful at stud, Prentice was guided by his instincts and thought, just on type, this colt was worth serious consideration. He bought the colt for $22,000 and his judgment has been thoroughly justified. The colt, named Mighty Ronaldo, boosted his earnings to $104,069 (not including Westbred bonuses) when he stormed home from the rear to score a dashing victory in the group 1 Choices Flooring Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Prentice, who drove a patient and well-judged race to guide Mighty Ronaldo, an outsider at $31.20, to victory by one and a half lengths over Give Us A Wave, is one of about 20 part-owners, including Lohman, Glen Mortimer, Gavin Thorn, Ross Fitzgerald, Bruce Jones, Angelo Vallis, Tony Florio, Rod Brennan’s Family Racing Syndicate and Keith Woolfenden’s Hillbillies Bowling Syndicate. Friday night’s stirring victory was some consolation for the owners who had the disappointment of watching their gelding Major Martini thunder home from ninth on the home to finish a head second to Jaspervellabeach in last year’s Golden Slipper. Millwoods Delight was part-owned by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond when she won five times from 44 starts in Western Australia, and the Bonds surely had nostalgic thoughts when Mighty Ronaldo defeated their smart colt Give Us A Wave, a $10 chance who raced three wide before bursting to the front after 550m and then setting a brisk pace. Prentice decided to drive Mighty Ronaldo only after champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr opted to handle the Kat Warwick-trained colt Machnificent, a $9.50 chance who was handily drawn at barrier two on the back line, with Mighty Ronaldo drawn poorly on the outside ( No. 9) on the front line. “When the draw came out I thought our chances were stuffed,” Prentice said. “I snagged early and we lobbed almost last. When Ryan (Warwick) came off the fence (with the $2.20 favourite Jett Star 200m after the start) there was a massive gap on the fence and I thought that four fence would be a good spot. “So, I went four fence, but when Dylan (Egerton-Green) took the lead (with Give Us A Wave) I was five fence. However, the speed was so genuine I thought that I was in the right position as long as I could get out. “There was a bit of traffic down the back, but I was able to get off the pegs.” Mighty Ronaldo was still well back in ninth position with 450m to travel, with Give Us A Wave still racing strongly in the lead. Mighty Ronaldo went five wide on the home turn and burst to the front 50m from the post. In an up-tempo affair, the four quarters of the final mile were covered in 28.8sec., 28.8sec., 28.4sec. and 29.8sec., with Mighty Ronaldo rating 1.55.6 over the 2130m to set a race record, with the previous best being Mitch Maguire’s 1.55.9 in 2016. Prentice, who celebrated his 32ND birthday on Sunday, said that Mighty Ronaldo would be sent out for a break and that the colt’s main mission next season would be the rich WA Derby next April. “I’m now going on holidays and will be in Exmouth for the next two weeks,” he said. “I’m looking forward to some warmer weather and, definitely, there will be some fishing involved.” The Bond camp had little luck with Jett Star in the Golden Slipper, with the colt looking a strong prospect with 900m to travel before he was inconvenienced and forced four wide when Talks Up A Storm broke into a bad gallop, out three wide, when surging forward into third place in the home straight with a lap to travel. Jett Star fought on to finish sixth. Black Jack Baby, the only filly in the event and second fancy at $3.50, led for the first 550m before trailing the pacemaker Give Us A Wave and wilting in the final circuit to finish a distant eleventh. Machnificent, who started a three-wide move after a lap and then worked hard in the breeze, was an excellent fourth, with Robbie Rocket ($41) running on from seventh at the bell to be third.   American trip is on hold The coronavirus pandemic has prevented a planned American career for the New Zealand-bred pacer Son Of A Tiger, who will be set for a $30,000 Four And Five-Year-Old feature event in three weeks after scoring an impressive all-the-way victory in the 2130m Choices Flooring Myaree Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Prominent owner and horse dealer Frank Ranaldi purchased Son Of A Tiger for $40,000 three months ago with the firm intention of on-selling him to American interests. “The plan was to send him to America,” said Byford trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper. “But with the borders shut down because of the Covid, Frank asked me if I would take the horse and play around with him and see what I thought. “I gave Son Of A Tiger a couple of trials and I really liked him and suggested that we give him a race start.” So, the gelding returned to racing after a three-month absence when he started off 40 metres in a 2503m event last Friday week in which he caught the eye by finishing solidly from last approaching the bell to be fifth behind Rebel With A Grin. “Frank said that if I thought the horse was good enough to stay here and earn some good money, that would be the way to go. But if he wasn’t up to scratch on too hard a mark, he would sell him off to the United States,” Harper explained. “The way he’s going at the moment I’m inclined to tell Frank to hold off for a bit, and now I’m setting him for that feature event for four and five-year-olds. “After his good first-up run in the stand I was quietly confident tonight, but I still had a lot of respect for Stroke Of Luck. The slow lead time (39.5sec.) and slow first quarter (32.1sec.) were essential after running a 28sec. quarter coming into the bell. “Even after the early soft sectionals I thought that there are not too many horses who can run 28sec. into the bell and keep going with 28.3sec. and 28sec. quarters. My horse did and so did Ross Olivieri’s horse Stroke Of Luck.” Son Of A Tiger, favourite at $2.30, set the pace from barrier two and fought on grandly to defeat $2.35 chance Stroke Of Luck by a half neck at a 1.57.8 rate. Stroke Of Luck, who started from the back line, moved to the breeze after a lap and looks set for a profitable career in Western Australia. Son Of A Tiger’s first two runs for Ranaldi have netted him $10,075. The gelding, a son of American Ideal, had been a wonderful performer for owner Tim Blee and trainer Matt Scott, having 33 starts for them for eight wins (including the Northam Cup in February this year) and six placings. Ranaldi and Harper have enjoyed tremendous success with Bettors Fire, combining for 29 wins with the speedy and powerful pacer who, at 11 years of age, is still performing wonderfully well in America where he has won 17 races to take his earnings to $1,038,177.   Reed’s purple patch Stephen Reed, a full-time mechanical engineer with Alcoa in Bunbury and Pinjarra, continues to enjoy his involvement in harness racing and is on the crest of a wave, with his past nine starters giving him nine wins. However, he quickly points out that 22-year-old Aimee-Lee Wood deserves great credit for her work with his three pacers, Lord Rosco, Bletchley Park and Pocket The Cash, who are owned by Albert Walmsley. Dylan Egerton-Green drove Lord Rosco, the $2.30 favourite, to a commanding all-the-way win in the 1730m Choices Flooring Busselton Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park on Saturday night Wood was successful in a 2569m event with the three-year-old Pocket The Cash, who settled last after being restrained from the outside barrier and then moved to the breeze after about 650m before getting to the front 250m from the post. “I have only Lord Rosco, Bletchley Park and Pocket The Cash in work,” Reed said. “I don’t work the horses; Aimee does. I haven’t worked a horse for a year. She rides them and I just get the job of bringing them to the trots and feeding them at night. I get the glory for winning races, but Aimee should take the credit for doing all the hard work. “Aimee does the work on Lord Rosco; she gets along very well with him and she knows the horse better than anyone. She is still learning the craft a bit but does a really good job.” Lord Rosco had raced only five times at Gloucester Park before Friday night --- for two seconds, a fourth, an eighth and a tenth placing. But his first victory on the track was never really in any doubt once Egerton-Green sent him straight to the front at the start. He coasted home to win at a 1.56 rate by almost a length from Art Tutor, who raced in the breeze for most of the way. Reed said that Lord Rosco’s outstanding form (four wins from his past four starts and seven from his past eight outings) could be attributed to some gear changes. “I’d say plenty of gear changes for a start, to help him keep in his gear, and probably a change in training has helped him,” he said. “And probably a change in training, keeping him off the hard tracks by not hoppling him much. He just does his jog work at home on the sand and he goes to the beach occasionally. “He doesn’t overrace; he’s a pretty relaxed horse who conserves his energy.”   Courage Tells is a marvel Old age is not diminishing the competitive spirit of Courage Tells, who is proving a remarkable moneyspinner. The New Zealand-bred 12-year-old celebrated his 262ND start by finishing strongly to win the 2536m Choices Flooring Northam Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His victory over the fast-finishing Euphoric Moment took his record to 38 wins and 62 placings for stakes of $429,008. After two wins from three starts as a two-year-old in New Zealand, a second from one appearance in Tasmania (in Launceston) in March 2010, seven wins and six placings from 23 starts in New South Wales and eight wins and 13 placings from 34 Victorian starts, Courage Tells has raced in Western Australia 201 times for 21 wins and 42 placings. He won 11 races for trainer Colin Joss in WA before Joss took a break from horses in late 2016 and sold him for a reported bargain price of $12,000. And the old gelding’s new owners Greg and Skye Bond have managed him wonderfully well during his 126-start career for them which has produced ten wins, 11 seconds and 14 thirds for $198,497 in prizemoney. Courage Tells is also a favourite with the staff at the Bond training establishment at Forrestdale, who share in the spoils of his successes. One of the highlights with the Bonds was when Ryan Warwick drove him to victory at tote odds of $114.50 at Gloucester Park in December 2017. For Joss, one of his wins was at $66.80 when Nathan Turvey was in the sulky for a half-head win in February 2016. By Courage Under Fire, Courage Tells is the second foal out of Tellalie, who won four races and $28,450 from 37 starts in New Zealand. Full-brothers of Courage Tells in We Tellthetruth and Tella have both raced in WA, with the former managing one win from 47 starts and the latter six wins from 87 WA starts.   Wallrodt breaks the drought Boyanup horseman Cody Wallrodt landed his first metropolitan-class winner for 13 months when he drove the Justin Prentice-trained gelding The Stars Above to an all-the-way victory in the Choices Flooring Midland Pace for three-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 26-year-old Wallrodt, a full-time assistant at the Prentice stable, drives only sparingly in the city and his previous Gloucester Park metro win was when Adda Tarantella led and defeated Georgie Mae in the Westbred Classic consolation for three-year-old fillies on June 21 last year. The Stars Above, a $9.80 chance (but only $5.50 on the fixed market), led from the No. 1 barrier and was able to dawdle through the lead time in a very slow 40.9sec. and the first quarter of the final mile in an ambling 31.8sec. He sprinted over the final quarters in 28.1sec. and 27.5sec. and held on to beat the fast-finishing $2.20 favourite Alta Blues by a neck at a 1.59.7 rate over 2130m. “I thought that to get away with what we could in the early stages should leave The Stars Above with the speed at the finish to hold them off,” he said. “We got it a lot easier than I thought we could. I thought we had it sewn up at the top of the straight. But when Alta Blues came late it was a bit scary.” The Stars Above, owned and bred at Bob Fowler’s Allwood Stud Farm, now has had 25 starts for five wins, 12 placings and $41,779 in prizemoney. The gelding is by Follow The Stars and is the last of the progeny of the Albert Albert mare Miss Jeffries. The Stars Above completed a successful night for breeder-owner Fowler, who was successful at the meeting at Wagin with two three-year-old fillies by Follow The Stars in Star In Art and Star Of The  Class as well as with four-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding The Righteous, with that trio being prepared by Byford trainer Peter Anderson. Another Follow The Stars three-year-old filly, Our Star Carly, trained and driven by Dean Miller, was also successful at the Wagin meeting.   It’s No. 49 for Chicago Bull A change of tactics by champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr paved the way for Chicago Bull’s dashing victory in the 2130m Choices Flooring Joondalup Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Hall had restrained Chicago Bull from wide barriers in small fields at the seven-year-old’s three previous starts which resulted in a win over Ocean Ridge and seconds to that pacer and to Vultan Tin. On Friday night Hall decided to roll the dice from the outside barrier, No. 7, and urged the star pacer forward when the mobile barrier released the field. “Chicago Bull has been flopping out of the gate in recent starts and I decided to go forward in a bid to lead,” Hall said. “Vultan Tin was holding him out in the early stages before we were able to get to the front (after about 220m). It was a soft win, really.” Chicago Bull, favourite at $1.70, beat Im Soxy (who trailed the pacemaker) and Chiaroscuro, who ran on from fifth at the bell, rating 1.56.3, with final quarters of 27.4 and 27.1sec. This was the champion pacer’s 49TH win from 77 starts and boosted his earnings to $1,832,036. Top-flight pacer Handsandwheels put in a solid effort at his first appearance after a spell. He was restrained at the start from barrier five and raced in sixth position before finishing solidly into fifth place.   One Bid Buys surprises Six-year-old One Bid Buys, the only mare in the field, surprised when she started at $27.60 and ended a losing sequence of 16, stretching over 12 months, by beating the pacemaker Tokyo Joe ($4) and Mr Sundon ($2.10) in the 2503m Choices Flooring Osborne Park Trot at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Waroona by Bob Mellsop and driven by Michael Grantham, One Bid Buys enjoyed a perfect passage behind Tokyo Joe, who was untroubled to get to an early lead after Lifes Delight and Dark Secret galloped and the 40m backmarker Mr Sundon broke badly after 50m and settled down almost 100 metres from the pacemaker. Grantham bided his time with One Bid Buys before he urged the mare to the front with 100m to travel. Mr Sundon, having his first start for three and a half months, gave a remarkable performance to make up so much lost ground to finish third. One Bid Buys raced 20 times in New Zealand for three wins and nine placings and seven times in Victoria for two wins and one placing before she was purchased by Kevin and Annette Charles. Her 49 WA starts under the care of Mellsop have resulted in seven wins and 18 placings. This was her first success at Gloucester Park at her 14TH appearance at the track. “Manners is the secret for a successful trotter,” said Mellsop, who has just retired the outstanding ten-year-old square gaiter Lord Liam after he had raced 104 times for 32 wins, 31 seconds and nine thirds for stakes of $281,550. For Mellsop, Lord Liam had 47 starts in WA for 19 wins, 16 seconds, five thirds and four fourths.   While They Pray is too fast Up-and-coming four-year-old While They Pray, described by star reinsman Gary Hall jnr as a handful and a nightmare, maintained his sparkling form for Pinjarra trainer Michael George when he proved too speedy for his rivals in the 2130m Vale Lyn Norman pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. While They Pray, second fancy at $4.80, began with his usual alacrity from barrier six and challenged the polemarker Cyclone Banner, the $1.45 favourite, in the early stages before charging to the front after about 450 metres. He then dictated terms in front and won by almost a length from Cyclone Banner, with Arma Indie ($31) finishing solidly to be third. The winner sped over the final 800m in 55.8sec. and rated 1.54.7. He has now had 28 starts for George for 13 wins, seven placings and $94,612 in stakes. “He went super,” said Hall. “Up to the gate, he’s a nightmare, and sometimes in running he can pull. But tonight, he was pretty good. But I guess not many pull when you run a 35.6sec. lead time. He actually let me back him off. Manners are a big thing when you get up in grade. If he happened to draw to lead in a Free-For-All at this time of the year, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him win.” While They Pray gave Hall the second leg of a driving treble. Earlier, he had scored an all-the-way win with $1.40 favourite Mister Bushido in the 2536m Choices Flooring Bunbury Pace, and he completed the treble with Chicago Bull’s victory later in the program. Mister Bushido, prepared by Gary Hall snr, has raced 39 times in WA for seven wins and nine placings for a career record of 60 starts for 11 wins, 14 placings and stakes of $132,340.   Century for de Campo Outstanding reinsman Aiden de Campo brought up his one hundredth winner for the 2019-20 season when he set the pace and scored an effortless win with Mandy Joan in the 2130m Choices Flooring Rockingham Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. For the 28-year-old Capel horseman it was also his 71ST training success for the season. Mandy Joan, the $1.10 favourite from the prized No. 1 barrier, was not extended as the field of eight raced in Indian file for much of the journey. Mandy Joan sprinted over the final 400m in 27.3sec. and won by almost two lengths from the $5.50 second fancy My Prayer, who trailed the leader throughout. Mandy Joan, a four-year-old mare by Art Major bred and owned by Steve Johnson, has earned $110,349 from nine wins and nine placings from 34 starts.   Ken Casellas

By Dave Di Somma - Harness News Desk     Yet another member of the Foreal family is linking up with Sydney-based Kiwi trainer Tim Butt. Trained and driven by Kirk Larsen, Forsure made it three wins from 11 starts at Ascot Park last Thursday and now the three year old gelding is heading to Butt’s barn at Menangle. There he’ll join his full brother My Field Marshal, who Butt has trained to 29 wins and $1.5 in earnings. Among his best wins were the 2016 Taylor Mile and the Messenger and the 2018 Miracle Mile. Both My Field Marshal and Forsure are by Art Major out of Foreal, another horse Butt had big success with. Foreal (Washington VC – Krystle) won 18 from 57 and over $600,000. All three (Foreal, My Field Marshal and Forsure) were bred by and raced by Shona and Syd Brown from Mosgiel. After Forsure’s win Larsen told Harnesslink that although he’s sad to see Forsure leaving the stable the move makes sense. “He’s paid up for a series in Australia. He’s going to Tim’s at Menangle and the horse will love the fast mile racing. Syd’s got plenty of young ones at home by Betting Line and Captaintreachous so there’s plenty coming on.

The Club Menangle Board has taken the first step in addressing the prizemoney reductions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. From 21 July 2020, the principal club’s Tuesday prizemoney will increase to $8,000 per race. The Club has been heavily impacted by the projected decline in TAB revenue. Whilst recent forecasts are more optimistic, the budgeted revenue for the principal club has gone from $14.1M for the 2020 financial year to only $11.5M for the 2021 financial year, a fall of $2.6M. The Club will carefully monitor activity over the next two months however given the enormity of the funding shortfall will need to see improved results and not just rely upon more favourable conditions. The economic position is still very volatile, which has been exacerbated by the rapidly declining situation in Victoria. There is a significant risk of a negative impact on NSW as evidenced by the outbreaks in south west Sydney reported over the weekend. The Club must therefore proceed with caution. The Club is in the difficult position of setting prizemoney levels based upon a funding projection issued by HRNSW at the beginning of each year. The actual funding received each year is based on the performance of the wagering operators. This is normally within 1-2% of the projection however the COVID-19 crisis has dramatically impacted actual results for FY2020 and projected results for FY2021. For example, as recently reported in the Financial Review, the TAB have projected a 16% decline in earnings for FY2020, which will flow through to the racing industry. The reality is the Club’s revenue for FY2020 will be impacted by as much as $6M. This includes the impact on wagering revenue and the investment portfolio. The Club’s business plan is to use investment earnings to supplement prizemoney. The downturn in financial markets will result in no contribution from the investment fund for the current year. The Club’s investment policy is underpinned by the economic principle of protecting the investment capital to ensure the long term viability of the Club however in times like this the Club is fortunate to be able to draw upon these funds to protect the short term viability of the business. The Club will continue to monitor the performance of our wagering partners and the investment portfolio and as revenue improves the priority will remain the restoration of bread and butter prizemoney on both midweek and metropolitan programs.   For further information relating to this media release please contact Club Menangle Chief Executive, Bruce Christison, on (02) 46 45 2200.   Club Menangle

It is hard to believe that three-year-old filly Missin Rock hadn’t won a race in 10 starts this season until Sunday night’s victory in Hobart. The daughter of Pet Rock had registered five placings for the season including a second in the Three-Year-Old Fillies Championship and the Group 3 Tasmanian Oaks. On Sunday the Eric Jacobson-trained pacer was sent out as the $1.75 favourite in the Tasmanian Equine Veterinary Services Pace, and the filly didn’t let favourite punters down leading all the way to score by 3.5-metres over Shady Story with Gauci a further 12.5-metres away third in a mile rate of 2m 1.6s for the 2090-metre trip. “She had a good run behind Watchmylips last start and was hitting the line well, and I thought she would go close tonight,” said Eric Jacobson after the race. The filly has been noted to pull in her races but relaxed well in front for her driver Troy McDonald. “Troy got off her tonight and said she was like a professional tonight,” said the winning trainer. “She has got a bit of gate speed, and that gets her out of trouble, that’s what I like about her,” added Jacobson who has taken a step back from the large number of horses that he once trained. The filly takes another four rating points with the win which is going to cause some headaches for Jacobson. “She is rated 58 now, and it is going to be very hard to place her,” he said. One race on the radar is the Group 2 Bandbox with the heats of that race scheduled for 1 November in Launceston. “I will probably give her one more start and see what happens and worry about those big races as they come,” the trainer said. Ricky Duggan was the standout driver of the Hobart card with a treble. He drove the Paul Hill-trained Rocknroll Nitro to victory in the two-year-old event, before driving Still Hungover and Full Speed Ahead to success. The win of Full Speed Ahead capped off a massive weekend for trainer Marc Butler who also put the polish on Raymonds Judge who scored earlier in the night to give the trainer four winners for the weekend. Taylor Ford is another in-form driver, and she scored with Big Bang Raj, who she also trains, in the third event. Jocund scored in a rating 52 to 54 event for trainer-driver Todd Rattray, which continued a good weekend for the Rattray family after the win of Ignatius at Menangle on Saturday night. While Paul Williams was back in the winners stall with Debt Till We Part who scored his first win since February 2018 in the Nutrien Ag Supplies Sprint Lane Pace.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

The open class events in Brisbane in the coming weeks will boast strong depth. And that was evident on the opening night of the 2020 Queensland winter carnival last night (Saturday) with the longstanding 1660m track record held by champion pacer Im Themightyquinn falling. The ‘wonder from the west’ set the track record at 1:50.4 back in 2014 when successful in the Sunshine Sprint. While many have dared to dream of breaking the mark, it’s largely stood untested. Until Sydney pacer Cruz eclipsed the mark with his all the way victory in the $21,160 Wondais Mate Pace with a time of 1:50.3 defeating reigning Queensland Horse of the Year Colt Thirty One and Watch Pulp Fiction. He covered the sprint trip with sectionals of 27.1, 29.2, 27.7 and 26.5 seconds. Prepared by Craig Cross, the American Ideal gelding was handled by Leonard Cain. The open class feature this week is the Listed $25,770 Mr Feelgood Pace which will be staged over the 2138m before they step up to the 2680m in the Listed $25,770 Lucky Creed Pace the following week. Another high quality performer expected to contest the above mentioned features is the Chris and Anthony Frisby trained Our Uncle Sam. The multiple feature race winner is expected to trial on Tuesday afternoon at Albion Park in readiness for his latest Queensland campaign. Our Uncle Sam was surprisingly beaten first-up at Bathurst on July 1 as a short priced favourite behind Fouroeight in a time of 1:55.8. “We’re going to give him a trial at this stage before starting up here, maybe some were disappointed with his effort the other night but he was probably a little underdone so another trial will tighten him further.” Driver Anthony Frisby said. The Frisby stable is all smiles following the victory of classy filly Jenden Strike in the Gr.2 $50,660 Changeover South East Oaks at Albion Park last night. The Betterthancheddar filly scored a narrow yet decisive victory over local fillies Miss Ruby Sunshine and Fond Memories in a time of 1:55.9 for the 2138m event. “It was a deserving victory in many ways because she’s been a little unlucky in some of the better races this season but it played out well for us and we got the right luck,” Frisby said. “I think Dad (Chris) is planning on backing her up this week in the South East Derby so that will be interesting.” He added. Jenden Strike has won six of her 12 starts to date while banking more than $66,000.   Chris Barsby

Former Kiwi champion Changeover, who stands at Burwood Stud in Queensland, sired important winners in both hemispheres last week. Our Friend NZ led the charge on the home front, winning his sixth race at Albion Park at a 1:54.5 rate, while Aqua Cruiser (1:58.1) and Chang both rung up number one at Redcliffe. Changeover was also represented by a pair of Addington winners in Wee Ring The Changes (1:59.2) and the talented Adam Patron, while, in North America, Sudden Change NZ (1:54) and Bronze Over NZ (1:54.4) both saluted at Yonkers, New York. Adam Patron winning at Addington Changeover has left 95 individual winners to date this season in Australia and NZ and progeny earnings of almost $1.8 million.   By Peter Wharton

AN up-and-coming young trainer-driver combination hasn't wasted any time in getting into the winner's circle after a recent re-location. Trainer Michael Gadsden and his partner, driver Denbeigh Wade have been based at the purpose-built Charlton Training Centre for a few weeks and are almost certain to continue making their presence felt in future. A quick trip down the Calder Highway to Bendigo on Saturday night was rewarding with recent addition to the stable in Markleigh Jill (Shadow Play-Markleigh Princess (Safely Kept) scoring in the Schweppes Pace (1650m) at 10/1. The pair previously prepared their team at Ararat but decided on a move after outgrowing their property. Gadsden said a visit to the Charlton complex was a deal clincher when they looked at the facilities on offer. There's an all-weather 820 metre track, a 2000m straight track, lock-up harness and feed area, and stables and day yards. "We sat down and worked out that there's 11 tracks within a few hours-that's of course when we get back to our normal racing," he said. The pair have six in work with a similar number to resume including an exciting former Kiwi pacer. Former South Australian trainer Greg Norman has been based at the Charlton complex for over 12 months and has produced many winners in that time. *Hoofnote: A competition conducted by the innovative Charlton Club to find the best punter going around at the moment, was taken out by Jayson Frankum, who was cool under pressure over the four weeks of tipping. Greg Norman exploded from the barrier in the first round and although he was eventually pegged back, he held on gallantly to second place. Others of note were Jason McNaulty, Dixie Horig and Marisa Byrne. ________________________________________________________________________________________ THE long-awaited debut of leading reinswoman Lauren Tritton to show her renowned driving skills in the US arrived on Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Pennsylvania. Tritton had two drives for her husband Shane-sporting impressive new colors (which had been on order for some time) featuring the pink trident already familiar to Australian fans. The brilliant reinswoman finished eighth on Salty Robyn before taking the reins five races later on one of her all-time favorites in Flaming Flutter. And the old-timer didn't let her down with a nice third placing in 1.51-1. Lauren will team up with My Rona Gold, back at the Pocono circuit, in race 13, due to start at 10am (AEST) today. Asked later if it felt weird leaning so far back to drive in the US-style, Lauren said the new style would take some getting used to, as "the rocks hit you in the face". Meanwhile, Shane has rocketed into the top-25 trainers' table at Meadowlands, and topping the "Who's Hot?" trainers' list at the venue since racing resumed. Shane has a 45 percent winning strike rate as a trainer at Meadowlands. From his 11 starters, he has recorded five winners. Pictured: Lauren Tritton made her driving debut for Team Tritton at the weekend ________________________________________________________________________________________ THERE'S never big numbers of unhoppled pacers getting around, but those who dare to shift from the conventional rule of thumb, just sometimes hit the jackpot. Legendary horseman Jim O'Sullivan, based at Heathcote, near Bendigo, is one having success with bay gelding Neanger Guy (Live or Die-Art Bubble (Art Major). The pacer won his first race while free legged at Ballarat on January 18 and then returned to the same venue last Thursday to repeat the dose. And the victory was a milestone for O'Sullivan's daughter Shannon, 21, one of our young bright lights in the driving ranks. The win was the 50th in her promising career. "To get a win on a horse prepared by dad was special, but to reach 50 made it even more memorable," she said. And it was somewhat of a family affair as Jim's wife Terresa races the pacer, who now has three wins and nine placings from 32 race starts. Pictured: Shannon O'Sullivan after her success with Neanger Guy at Ballarat ________________________________________________________________________________________ KEEN north-west Victorian harness racing competitor Luke Watson had every reason to be wearing a bigger smile than normal after last Friday afternoon's Mildura meeting. Watson landed his first-ever treble as a trainer-and a thoroughly deserved one as he and his wife Kathy put in many hours at their Merbein South property, on the outskirts of Mildura. South Australian-owned four-year-old gelding Timmy Limousine (Sportswriter-Cunning Kate (Armbro Operative) started the ball rolling with a tough effort in the Park Douglas Printing Pace. After doing it hard, the pacer, raced by popular SA vet Toby Ryan, packed too many guns to notch his second win from his past three starts. Bold front-runner Passionate Pursuit (Courage Under Fire-Passionate Embrace (Art Major) always had things under control in the Vale Les Caldwell Pace. The mare was perfectly rated by Watson at the head of affairs. Bargain basement gelding, Stonebridge Star (Stonebridge Regal-Be All Dillinger (D M Dilinger), a $500 purchase by Kathy, who was the winning driver, made it a treble for Luke when the horse posted his fifth lifetime win. But Luke is the first to admit that his wife plays a major role in any success that may come his way. "Kathy just loves getting out on the training track all day with them. After being a late starter in the sport, she now enjoys every minute." Pictured: Luke and Kathy Watson   Terry Gange Consultant   Web: www.newsalertpr.com.au Twitter: https://twitter.com/newsalertpr

YOU can expect to see plenty of Australasia’s most exciting pacer Ride High in coming months. Trainer Clayton Tonkin has a busy schedule planned and it’s all about gaining him experience and ringcraft ahead of the $300,000 Group 1 Victoria Cup at Melton on October 10. Such is the hype around Ride High, he is already $3 prepost favourite with the Aussie TAB for what shapes as a hot Victoria Cup. The five-year-old will chase his third successive win on the comeback trail at Ballarat next Saturday night and victory would take his record to 13 wins from just 14 starts. “As good as he is, you don’t want to take a horse into a Victoria Cup at his 16th start or something like that,” Tonkin said. “It’s crazy to think where’s got to so quickly, but he needs more experience and that’s the plan with the time we have.” Tonkin was planning a surprise Menangle raid to “change-up” Ride High’s preparation, but that’s been thwarted by Victoria’s latest COVID issues.  “We were keen on that, something different. The trip away would’ve been good for him, but also racing at a different track, a different type of racing and new horses,” Tonkin said. “It doesn’t look like we’ll be able to do that for a while, so we’ll just race him every second week down here.” Thankfully, Harness Racing Victoria’s latest COVID-driven zoned racing will enable consistent free-for-all options for Ride High and the other star open-class pacers, albeit at regional tracks like Ballarat and Bendigo. Ride High has effectively led throughout for two sparkling wins this campaign, but Tonkin both wants and cannot wait for his stable star to camp off the speed. “I know people often say it, but you’ll see something special when he gets to stalk the leaders and use his speed. I think that’s when he’ll be at his absolute best,” he said. “We took him to the trials one day and he sat off some handy horses and we clocked him running 52 and change his last half and doing it easily as he blew them away. “He’s just got the most amazing speed and, as good as he’s looked these couple of runs back, he’s still building and the best is yet to come.” In other stable news, Tonkin said he and co-trainer Emma Stewart’s exciting juvenile trotter Utopia is having a freshen-up after winning on debut by almost 90 metres. “He’s really good. We love him,” Tonkin said. “There’s not a lot around for him, so he’s having a let-up and we’re setting him for the Home Grown series in October.” Another of their small but select team of trotters, the injury-plagued Alpha Male, is still “about three weeks away” from resuming. “We had him set to go and he had a little hiccup, nothing serious, but he’s back into now and not far off. Wait until you see him, he’s grown into a monster. He’s enormous and he’s got so much talent,” Tonkin said. Last season’s Australian 2YO of the Year, Be Happy Mach, is another nearing a racetrack return. “He’s one of a big batch we’ve got who are about 4-6 weeks off racing,” he said. “The likes of Maajida, Demon Delight, lots of our best two-year-olds … they are all coming-up well and not too far away.” It’s clear the stable has a massive opinion of Be Happy Mach. “His suspensory looks good and he’s really well. He’s a top horse, a really serious horse this one,” Tonkin said.   Adam Hamilton

MUCH-IMPROVED former Kiwi pacer Cruz has something in common with former champion Im Themightyquinn. They now share the Albion Park 1660m track record at 1min50.4sec after Cruz scored the most important win of his career in the Wondais Pace Pace on Saturday night. Im Themightyquinn set the record with his Sunshine Sprint win back on July 5, 2014. Cruz matched it when he burned straight to the front and dazzled with closing splits of 54.2 and 26.5sec to easily hold-off local star Colt Thirty One to win by four metres. Buzz local Speech Is Silver’s seven-race winning streak came to and end, but he smashed the clock making late ground for fifth and will get his chance in longer free-for-alls in coming weeks. Stable spokesman Luke McCarthy said it was a last-minute decision to send Cruz from NSW to Queensland late Thursday. “He wasn’t going, but then we thought he’d have to race our other stars like Alta Orlando, Cash N Flow and King Of Swing if he stayed home, so we put him on the truck with five others to campaign in Queensland,” he said. “He actually fibrillated (irregular heart beat) after his last Menangle run. It’s the first horse we’ve had fibrillate in six years, but, for some reason, so many horses go like jets the next run after they fibrillate. “He’s a horse who’s keep improving and toughening up with the hard racing at Menangle and even though he beat some nice horses last night, it was a bit of a drop in grade for him. “There’s good free-for-alls for him again the next two weeks. “It was a good night for us with Culture King and Roll One Over winning easily as well.” As well as the three Albion Park winners, McCarthy and head trainer Craig Cross also two winners at Menangle – Replaced Eye and Better Enforce – on the same night. ___________________________________________________________________________________ ANTHONY Butt has scrapped a planned Queensland raid with Perfect Stride. The Victoria and NSW Derby placegetter didn’t please Butt and owner Emilio Rosati when down the track at Menangle on Saturday night. “We both just felt he should’ve gone a bit better,” he said. “It was always going to be hard from the draw and settling so far back, but he’s better than that  “There’s no point taking him away unless he’s spot-on. We’ll get him checked-out in case he’s got a bug.   Adam Hamilton

THE Frisby clan love a Queensland raid. And there latest trip north with a team has quickly gathered momentum with Jenden Strike’s fighting win in last night’s Group 2 South-East Oaks (2138m) at Albion Park. Anthony Frisby, driving for his father Chris, snared the one-one early on the Bathurst filly and must have been giggling as star local Pelosi drifted back to last from a wide draw and effectively took no part. Jenden Strike fought-off challenges from all angles in the last 100m to win by a neck and get a deserved big race win after being so competitive in the Victoria and NSW Oaks series’ earlier this season. Given they ran home in 57.2 and 28.6sec, Pelosi’s effort to come five and six-wide around the field and get within 4.4m in fifth spot was monstrous. Jenden Strike and Pelosi could back-up against the boys in the South-East Derby next Saturday night. ___________________________________________________________________________________ WHAT a marvellous horse Replaced Eye has been for Craig Cross and his team. The rising eight-year-old looked to have a done a good job making his way through to open-class, but since getting there he’s just kept improving. His gate speed is a weapon and it won him another free-for-all, this time beating star stablemate Alta Orlando, at Menangle last night. While Replaced Eye led and dictated through a 56.2sec first half, Alta Orlando drifted back to a second-last from an outside draw and had an impossible task. Todd McCarthy dashed away around the home bend and Replaced Eye ran his last half in 54.5sec to win by 9.3m over Alta Orlando, who must have broken 53sec for his last half to snare second spot. Alta Orlando was first-up since his Miracle Mile placing in early March and connections would’ve been thrilled with his racetrack return. Back to Replaced Eye and a great trivia question would be who trained him at his first start? It was Victoria’s Peter Manning, but he had just the one run before going a miss and having more than two years off the track. Cross is his third trainer since then and he’s now won 19 of his 81 starts and gone past $200,000 in earnings. ___________________________________________________________________________________ CHAMPION driver Gary Hall Jr pulled a surprise to help star pacer Chicago Bull return to winning form at Gloucester Park on Friday. Few expected it, but Hall Jr unleashed Chicago Bull from the outside draw (gate seven) at the start and rushed across to take the lead in the free-for-all. The race was effectively over when he found the pegs. Chicago Bull cruised around and dashed home in 54.5sec to make it six wins, four seconds and a third from his 11 starts on the comeback trail. The other class runner, Handsandwheels, settled back and made some late ground without even being a factor to finish fifth. ___________________________________________________________________________________ ALMOST weekly we get reminders what a tragedy the premature death of Alta Christiano has been. Cut short in his prime on the racetrack with 13 wins from just 18 starts and almost $310,000 in earnings, the Kiwi-bred WA Derby winner was just starting to make his mark at stud when he died of a colic attack in late March.  Alta Christiano only has three crops racing and landed another major win when Mighty Ronaldo (Alta Christiano-Millwoods Delight) won WA’s biggest juvenile race, the $100,000 Group 1 Golden Slipper, at Gloucester Park Friday night. Trained and driven by Justin Prentice, Mighty Ronaldo enjoyed the hotly-contested affair and caused a major upset as a $26 shot in beating Give Us A Wave by 4.4m in a slick 1min55.5sec mile rate for 2130m. Prentice doesn’t drive too often these days, but he was at his best, escaping a four pegs pocket to gradually to work to the outside then storm around them on the home bend to win easily. Team Bond’s Give Us A Wave was brave in second spot after working to lead and carving out slick fractions through the middle stages. Alta Christiano sired a double on the night with four-year-old While They Pray running a slick 1min54.7sec for 2130m to win the third event. ___________________________________________________________________________________ COULD C K Spur be the next great “find” out of NZ for the Norm Jenkin/Team Gath combination? Jenkin has an imposing list of trotting success with Kiwi purchases and the immediate signs were most encouraging with C K Spur winning his first run for Andy and Kate Gath at Bendigo last night. The Pegasus Spur gelding, who contested the Auckland Inter Dominion late last year for trainer Arna Donnelly, was first-up since a fifth at Cambridge on January 11. And he did it the hard way at Bendigo, making a midrace move to park outside main danger Emerald Stride and proving too strong and classy in a brisk 1min59.3sec mile rate for 2150m. “He won nine races over there, but got in really in the handicapping system here. In saying that, it was actually a strong first-up test for him the way the field came together,” Andy Gath said. The six-year-old pulled clear late to win by 3.4m and should quickly march through the grades. In the fast-class trot of the night, exciting three-year-old filly Pink Galahs underlined her potential by whizzing home along the sprint lane to beat favourite and classy former Kiwi Robbie Royale. ___________________________________________________________________________________ HE is still a work in progress, but Whereyabinboppin oozes potential. The big-striding gelding made it 11 wins from just 16 starts when he scorched a 53.5sec closing half at the end of a 1min50.5sec mile and won by as far as he liked in the Group 3 Farmer Joes Outlet final at Menangle last night. In contrast to recent runs when he’s had to sit parked or work hard in the early and middle stages, this time he waltzed to the front and always looked in control. It was an armchair drive for Cameron Hart as Whereyabinboppin coasted to a 10.1m win. Victoria and NSW Derby placegetter Perfect Stride only beat two home, but he covered ground off the pegs and tried to make ground in that scorching last half  Anthony Butt is still expected to push ahead with a Queensland trip for the Group 2 South-East Derby against One Change and some classy locals next Saturday night at Albion Park. ___________________________________________________________________________________ ONE-TIME buzz pacer Ignatius kick-started a campaign Jimmy Rattray hopes will take him back to the top with a win at Menangle last night. The former star two, three and early four-year-old is yet to make his mark in open-class, but he’s still just five.  Rattray drove a gem of a race to land the one-one trail from a wide draw, hit the front at the top of the straight and just staved-off a late lunge from Our Wall Street Wolf to win in a 1min51sec mile.It was only Ignatius’ two win from 10 runs this season, but took his career record to 20 wins from 37 starts and almost $440,000 in earnings.   Adam Hamilton

The Hambletonian champion Trixton continues to churn out the winners in North America. The 3YO colt Jula Trix Treasure followed up his second placing in the New Jersey Sire Stakes Final last week with a season’s record 1:51.4 success in a $44,150 Reynolds Memorial division at The Meadowlands on Saturday (July 11). He came three-wide around the home turn with a 27.2 final quarter. The NY Sire Stakes winner Play Trix On Me was edged out in his $44,650 Reynolds division in 1:52, while the 2YO Trixton filly Presto won her $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes division in 1:57 on a sloppy track after starting from No. 11. Trixton is currently in second position on the US 3YO trotting sires’ premiership. In Australia, the Trixton 3YO filly Everysecondcounts notched her second success at Bendigo. Trixton has left five winners from six starters in Australia.   By Peter Wharton

A reduction of the stock owned by prominent Queensland breeder and studmaster George Michael, of the Melton Stud, Toogoolawah, will underpin the Mixed Standardbred Online Auction, to be conducted by Darren Ebert & Co from July 17 to 19. The offering includes recent Redcliffe winners Melton Max Gentle and Melton Lucky, four two-year-old colts and a yearling colt by the Blissfull Hall horse Boom Boom Hall, a three-year-old colt and filly by the Camluck import Quality Cam (1:51.4) and a two-year-old colt by Melton Gunna. All are eligible for the rich QBred bonuses for two, three and four-year-olds. Another feature of the sale is brilliant youngster Uncle Shank, a runaway winner at a 1:54.8 rate at Albion Park last Saturday and now the winner of two of his three starts. The Warrawee Needy colt will be one of the leading fancies for the $100,000 QBred Triad Final later this month. Other entries include the 2019 QBred Breeders Classic 2YO Final winner Amaya Becomes, the Albion Park winners Feel The Reign and Captain Thunderbolt NZ, Doolittle Di, a younger sister to Queensland’s champion three-year-old Governor Jujon, and two weanling colts by the world champion trotter Sebastian K and a weanling filly by the brilliantly fast Centurion ATM. Bidding will open on Friday, July 17 at 10am and close on Sunday, July 19 at 4pm. Bids can be registered by logging on to the website www.darrenebertauctioneer.com.au and following the link to Elite Auctions. Further information from Darren Ebert on phone 0410 688 176 or email ebertancoauctioneer@bigpond.com   by Peter Wharton

Friday, July 10 was a red-letter night for one of New South Wales’s leading standardbred nurseries, Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga. The farm landed a winning treble with the homebred Warrawee Needy two-year-old colt The Mountain (1:57.1), the unbeaten Tintin In America three-year-old gelding Boston Busker (1:56.2) and the stud bred and owned three-year-old filly Bated Breath (1:58). Warrawee Needy, the former world champion, was also represented by the brilliant Albion Park juvenile winner Uncle Shank (1:54.8), the winner of two of his three starts, and the Canadian three-year-old victors Need Arocket (1:52.6), High Flyin Jamie and Ajknight. The Little Brown Jug winner Million Dollar Cam left winners in three different states in the three-year-old filly Didnt I (1:57.6, Bendigo), Sword And Shield (Redcliffe) and the Yirribee Stud bred three-year-old gelding Dollarsign (Newcastle). Renaissance Man, a newcomer to Yirribee this season, led in the three-year-old winners Medieval Man (Pinjarra) and Apologize (1:58.6, Globe Derby Park) and the four-year-old Another Snag (Bunbury). Other stud-sired winners were The Bull Pen NZ 1:56.9 (by Tintin In America) and Taylors Watch 1:59.3 (by Lombo Pocket Watch). Besides The Mountain, Bated Breath and Dollarsign, Yirribee Pacing Stud bred a further two winners last week in the two-year-old filly Honey Chicken (Penrith) and Snoop Stride (1:56.1, Albion Park).   by Peter Wharton

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