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The Western Australian Standardbred Breeders Association is conducting a Stallion Service Tender in conjunction with Alabar Bloodstock, Allwood Stud Farm, Cobbity Equine Stud, Egmont Park Stud, Empire Stallions, Larkhill Vets, Woodlands Stud and Pinjarra Harness Racing Club. This is a great opportunity for breeders across Australia to get an exceptionally well-credentialed stallion at a reasonable price. Tender is for the 2017/18 season. The 15 fantastic stallions available are: Alta Christiano 1:54.2 - $309,163. Sensational son of Christian Cullen, from the Black Watch female line. Beaten only once in Australia. Won Grp 2 Western Gateway in 1:55.4 at his first Australian start, then stunning winner of 2013 WA Derby. Oldest foals are 2yo in 2017/18. Standing in WA. Art Major 1:48.8 - US$2,727,224. One of the world’s greatest pacing sires of all time. Champion racehorse and Breeders Crown winner. Sire of winners of over $150 million. In Australasia sire of For A Reason, Sushi Sushi, Follow The Stars, Avonnova, Vincent, Fight For Glory, Major Reality, Nostra Villa, etc. Standing in Victoria. Betterthancheddar USA 1:48, - US$1,634,314, Retired fastest and richest son of Bettors Delight at stud. Won Breeders Crown, Cane Pace etc. Set world records on 1/2 & 5/8 mile track. Dam a US Hall of Fame Broodmare. with 9 in 1:55. First season sire with Group 1 winner and record holder My Sweetchillyfilly. Standing in Victoria. Bling It On 1:50.8 - $1,591,076. Australasia’s richest and fastest son of American Ideal, o/o dual Australian Broodmare of the Year Alldatglittersisgold. Australian 2yo and 3yo Pacer of the Year. Multiple Group 1 winner incl Hunter Cup beating Smolda etc. Unlucky in 2016 Inter Dominion. Standing in NSW. Fly Like An Eagle 1:53.9 - $756,178. Outstanding performer by the mighty Mach Three out of a Falcon Seelster dam. Dam a half sister to Anvil Vance $450,729 and family of Chokin and Changeover. Won Breeders Crown, Harness Jewels, New Zealand Derby. NZ 2yo of the Year. Won from 1600m to 3000m. Standing in WA. Follow The Stars 1:53.8 - $707,237. By super sire Art Major from a Cams Card Shark mare. Multiple Group 1 winner. 19 wins and 9 places from only 29 starts. Won 10 of 11 starts as a 2yo. 2014 Australian and New Zealand 2YO of the Year. Oldest progeny are yearlings in 2017/18. Standing in WA. For A Reason 1:49.4 - $1,111,470. Fastest Australasian son of super sire Art Major. Won 11 of his first 14 starts and won 9 in a row including 2 Group 1s as a 3yo. Australian 3yo Pacer of the Year. Won Victoria Cup beating Beautide, Smoken Up etc. 10 individual winners from first crop of only 33 foals. Standing in NSW. Gotta Go Cullect 1:57 - $87,682. By Christian Cullen out of Live Or Die’s champion daughter Elect To Live 1:55.5 $577,992. Only 9 career starts for 5 wins. Sire of 73 individual winners incl Southland Oaks Winner Royal Counsel, Gotta Go Henry, Nek Time, Offtocullect, Al Raza etc. Standing in Qld. Grinfromeartoear 1:50.2 - US$1,746,009, son of Artsplace. Woodrow Wilson, Metro Pace and Breeders Crown winner. Millionaire sire of millionaires Mister Big, Mr Feelgood and Australia's Smiling Shard, also, Make Me Smile 1:54.6 $517,518, Rocknrolla, Whats Emma Got, Jilliby Jagger, Mister Jadore, etc. Standing in Victoria. He’s Watching 1:46.8 - US$1,116,450. Millionaire son of champion racehorse and sire American Ideal. US 2yo Colt of the Year. Undefeated at 2, setting 5 track records and 2 world records. Fastest ever race winning 2yo on both 1/2 and 5/8 tracks. Youngest winner of the Meadowlands Pace as a 3yo. Standing in NZ. Heston Blue Chip USA P3 1:48, - US$1,781,881. American Ideal’s richest son. 3YO Breeders Crown Champion. 2012 US 3YO Pacing Colt of the Year. Won 11 of 13 at 2, 14 from 18 at 3, raced successfully through to 5yo season. Oldest crop are yearlings in 2017/18. Standing in Victoria. Highview Tommy 1:55.2 - NZ$1,021,904. By champion sire Bettors Delight out of a Christian Cullen mare. Winner of Harness Jewels and Southern Supremacy. Raced in top company throughout his career. Beat Smoken Up, Sushi Sushi etc in Group 1 Ballarat Cup. Oldest foals are 2yo in 2017/18Standing in NZ. Hurrikane Kingcole 1:47.6 - US$582,807. World Record of 1:48.2 as a 3yo on a 5/8 mile track. By sire of Bettors Delight in Cams Card Shark. Exceptional point to point speed. Timed in 1:46.2 for the mile at Mohawk after missing the start. Oldest foals are yearlings in 2017/18. Standing in Qld. Shadow Play 1:47.4 - US$1,549,881 Won Little Brown Jug in two heat world record, Adios Pace in World Record 1:48.2 for 5/8ths track, and US Pacing Championship. Sire of Group 1 winning 2yos Shadow Sax, Shadow Runner, Castalong Shadow. Sire of Natural Disaster (26.6 qtr on GP ½ mile track). Standing in Victoria. Sunshine Beach 1:47.4 - $971,037. World champion son of Somebeachsomewhere, second only to Captaintreacherous. From the great Golden Miss female line. Full US book in 2017. Oldest progeny yearlings in 2017/18. Standing in Australia for the first time at Alabar Victoria. Funds raised on behalf of WASBA from the Stallion Tender go into Stakes, subsidies and other incentives, broodmare credits and rehoming. All proceeds from Betterthancheddar and Shadow Play go to Pinarra Harness Racing Club as part of Alabar Bloodstock’s sponsorship arrangement with Pinjarra Harness Racing Club. Part proceeds from the remaining stallions provided by Alabar Bloodstock will be directed towards rehoming. WASBA strongly supports the rehoming initiatives and this will be the third year that WASBA, in conjunction with Alabar, has donated funds for this purpose. WASBA is assisting WA BOTRA with their fundraising by including in this tender the stallions provided solely to WA BOTRA for this purpose (Follow The Stars, Gotta Go Cullect, Highview Tommy and Hurrikane Kingcole). Larkhill Vets are assisting both WASBA and WA BOTRA. WASBA would like to sincerely thank all the studs concerned for their generosity: Alabar Bloodstock - Allwood Stud Farm – Cobbity Equine Stud - Egmont Park Stud - Empire Stallions - Larkhill Vets – Woodlands Stud For the Full flyer with all the details and the Tender form, use this link , or go to  or call/SMS 0447 053 040 to get more information or a Tender Form. by Jeanine Diederich, WASBA

David Hewitt mightn't have the numbers to challenge the domination of the Turnbull clan in the harness racing training and driving premierships at Bathurst but the Goulburn harness racing mentor is finishing the season in scintillating fashion with his juvenile runners. He was successful in the final two races at last Wednesday's Group One Feeds Paceway fixture - for the second week in a row - and trained the quinella in one of them, for good measure. Both were two-year-old races, emphasising the strength of his juvenile team, and he will undoubtedly be looking forward to further successes with them in the new season that beckons. The small field of just five runners didn't lessen the interest and excitement of a desperately close finish to the colts and geldings division, where Hewitt elected to bring trailer Boyd Writer to the outside at the top of the lane to challenge the leader Lifes A Jungle, just as his stablemate Weona Luke came with a strong run out wider after enjoying the one-one sit throughout. The three of them settled down for a real battle the length of the straight, with Boyd Writer winning the fight over his stablemate, not far ahead of the gallant Lifes A Jungle. At just his second start, following a debut third at the track three weeks earlier, the Sportswriter gelding rated a commendable 1:57.3 for the sprint trip, earning high praise from his trainer-driver who indicated that he hadn't asked him for much until quite recently. "I think a lot of him," was high praise indeed from the measured and normally understated Hewitt. In the fillies division, he dictated terms with Modern Art daughter Madame Leza, easily holding off the death-seating Alex Pollizzi, and rating just a touch slower than his stablemate earlier, though the final half of 57.7s was better. It was the third win in seven starts for the youngster, who will most likely have some time off now before taking on better races next season. That's an easy decision for Hewitt, who co-owns the filly with his wife Maree. This week's duo, and Stone Cracker, a heat winner who placed fourth in the Gold Crown Final back in March, will give him a strong hand in the new season's three-year-old events. Amanda Turnbull might have the bigger team, but she is also coming home with a wet sail, scoring a training/driving treble, and filling the runner-up spot in a further three races , at Wednesday 's meeting. She used the sprint lane to score a narrow win with Dream To Share NZ in C0/C1 grade and led throughout with Miss Vera Mac NZ in C2/C3 company, both of those in Menangle Country Series heats, and then led from mid-race with Our Apache Miss in a C0 sprint, to complete the hat-trick. The last-named is a recent newcomer to her stable, and when offered the roan Armbro Operative daughter by Blake Micallef, she jumped at the opportunity, mainly because of that colour. The "I love greys!" explanation will remind most people of Amanda Turnbull partnering one of her all-time favourites Im Blue Double Dee to a string of Cup wins en route to more than $200,000 in earnings. No wonder she was sporting a big smile as she said it! Her runners-up Sportygal (behind Casino Tommy, for Nathan Turnbull in C2-C4 class) and Hidden Courage ( to repeat winner Karloo Damajor, for John O'Shea in the fast-class) both sit just one win off the leaders in the Horse-of -the-Year and Juvenile Horse-of-the-Year titles, with just two meetings remaining this season. Stephanie Burley, who scored her third Bathurst win with Our Emancipation NZ, leading and holding on in a desperate struggle with Quaint Glen in a conditioned class for mares, received the Drive-of-the-Night award from racecaller Anthony Manton. Her Auckland-based parents, for whom she trains the Real Desire daughter, no doubt welcomed the win as a diversion from the week's Kiwi-Aussie political crisis! by Terry Neil Fields for Bathurst, Wednesday 23 August 2017 Form guide for Bathurst, Wednesday 23 August 2017

The two-year-old pacing males Breeders Crown Final shapes as one of the toughest nuts to crack from a harness racing punting viewpoint this coming Sunday at Tabcorp Park Melton. Last night’s Semi-Final winners, Sicario and King Of Swing – both Kiwis – were awesome, and Poster Boy was enormous in defeat.  Then there’s Colt Thirty One, who made up many lengths from the back for Grant Dixon – a renowned presenter of young talent when he treks to Victoria, Master Moonlite – another Kiwi, and his trainer Cran Dalgety doesn’t visit Melton without a live chance – and then the sleepers, probably spearheaded by Braeview Bondi, who promises to deliver a big blow on the big stage at some stage. Sicario, which hails from the all-conquering Mark Purdon Allstars camp, was at his career best so far last night at Bendigo, comfortably handling his opposition and clocking the second-fastest mile rate of the night, only behind potential free-for-all star mare Amaretto. “The last six to eight weeks he’s gone to another level,” said winning reinsman Luke McCarthy shortly after climbing out of the cart aboard Sicario. “His trials and races have been very good and tonight he just felt fantastic. He ran super. Especially on a cold night – it’s gotten quite cold now, that time is fantastic.” Earlier in the night King Of Swing went 1:55.1 to win his two-year-old boys’ division semi-final for trainer Ray Green and reinsman David Butcher. And his run was enormous. Three-wide the last lap without cover, King Of Swing held off the two horses who followed him into the race. “He’s improving with every run and I can’t fault the run (tonight),” Butcher said. “Hopefully we can do the job on Sunday. I think he’ll improve off (tonight) … he seems to get better all the time.” Of the beaten brigade last night boom youngster Poster Boy was brave to run second after being inconvenienced early then parking for the last lap. He lost no admirers. The draw for Sunday’s Woodlands Stud sponsored final has made life tricky for Sicario (gate 10), while Poster Boy also lobbed the second row (gate nine). Meanwhile, King Of Swing landed the pole draw, which shortened his odds dramatically. Colt Thirty One has gate six and Braeview Bondi barrier five. WATCH THE REPLAY OF THE 2YO BREEDERS CROWN C&G 1st SEMI-FINAL WATCH THE REPLAY OF THE 2YO BREEDERS CROWN C&G 2nd SEMI-FINAL $285,000 Woodlands Stud Breeders Crown Series 20 (2yo colts & geldings) Final (Group 1) 1 - King Of Swing NZ by Rocknroll Hanover from a Artsplace mare - David Butcher 2 - Kasbah Kid by Art Major from a Western Terror mare - Greg Sugars 3 - Forte Courage by Courage Under Fire from a Aces N Sevens mare - Glen Craven 4 - Tam Major by Art Major from a Camluck mare - Rodney Petroff 5 - Braeview Bondi by Somebeachsomewhere from a Badlands Hanover mare - Josh Duggan 6 - Colt Thirty One by Mach Three from a Perfect Art mare - Grant Dixon 7 - Beltane by Bettor's Delight from a Artsplace mare - John Caldow ........................................................Second Row....................................................... 8 - Joe Nien by Shadow Play from a Art Major mare - Greg Sugars 9 - Poster Boy by Somebeachsomewhere from a Artsplace mare - Chris Alford 10 - Sicario by Somebeachsomewhere from a Bettor's Delight mare - Luke McCarthy 11 - Mister Moonlite NZ by Art Major from a Christian Cullen mare - Anthony Butt 12 - Seeuinnashville by Mach Three from Fake Left mare - Nathan Jack 13 - Tin Roof Raider by Mach Three from a Life Sign mare - Michael Bellman  Em 1 Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

The big-race barrier curse of Petacular has been lifted. The marbles fell the way of the harness racing star Burrumbeet filly last night at Bendigo shortly after her Breeders Crown Race to Royalty Semi-Final win. Petacular drew gate three for Sunday’s $190,000 Woodlands sponsored three-year-old fillies Breeders Crown Final at Tabcorp Park Melton, a welcome change for connections who have endured horror luck at the draws in big races over the last 12 months. Petacular has also been made to work hardest several times in key qualifiers, so last night’s comfortable win was music to trainer/driver Michael Stanley’s ears. “It worked out really well,” he said of the Somebeachsomewhere daughter’s Semi-Final win, which saw her rate 2:00.8 after the 2150-metre race became just a dash up the straight (26.5s last quarter) after opening sectionals of 33.5s, 33s and 30.5s. “I was happy to go as slowly as I could once I was able to get to the lead because she’s had a few hard runs this year, and most of her semi-finals have been hard,” Stanley said. “It’s good that she’s had an easy one for a change. Hopefully we can go in (to next Sunday’s Breeders Crown Final) with a different game plan this time.” Partyon was a significantly quicker Semi-Final winner last night for trainer Mark Purdon and driver Luke McCarthy. The Allstars filly stopped the clock at 1:56.1 in the first semi, also leading throughout, but will have to negate a back-row draw on Sunday. Partyon has drawn gate nine, trailing out Gilty Hanover in two, whose runner-up effort to Petacular last night was full of merit for Kari Males and Zac Phillips. New South Wales filly Shezallapples will start from pole, which brings her absolutely into contention with the coveted leader’s back position behind Petacular a logical aim for reinsman Jimmy Douglass. Fellow NSW raider My Casino Belle has barrier four for the final, inside Better B Chevron, Perfect Look and Oaks winner Miss Graceland rounding out the front row. Tasmanian El Jays Mystery has the inside-back-row draw, just inside Partyon, with Lincolns Superstar, Six Elements, Be Not Afraid and Petacular’s stablemate Soho Angel, giving Stanley two runners in the final, rounding out the back row. Emma Stewart also has two runners qualified – Miss Graceland and Perfect Look. Video replay: Woodlands Stud Breeders Crown 3YO Fillies 1st Semi-Final at Bendigo Video replay: Woodlands Stud Breeders Crown 3YO Fillies 2nd Semi-Final at Bendigo $190.000 Woodlands Stud Breeders Crown Series 19 (3yo Fillies) Final (Group 1) 1 - Shezallapples by Sportswriter from a Fake Left mare - Jim Douglass 2 - Gilty Hanover by Rocknroll Hanover from a Courage Under Fire mare - Zac Phillips 3 - Petacular by Somebeachsomewhere from a Western Ideal mare - Michael Stanley 4 - My Casino Belle NZ by Bettor's Delight from a Christian Cullen mare - Brad Hewitt 5 - Better Be Chevron NZ by Bettor's Delight from a In The Pocket mare - Luke McCarthy 6 - Perfect Look by Art Major from a Live Or Die mare - Sidney Van Den Brande 7 - Miss Graceland by Rocknroll Hanover from a Fake Left mare - Chris Alford ........................................................Second Row....................................................... 8 - El Jays Mystery by Live Or Die from a Perfect Art mare - Anthony Butt 9 - Partyon NZ by Bettor's Delight from a Beach Towel mare - Luke McCarthy 10 - Lincolns Superstar NZ by Mach Three from a Beach Towel mare - Ashlee Grives Em 1  11 - Six Elements - by Art Major from a Classic Garry mare - David Miles 12 - Be Not Afraid by Courage Under Fire from a Lucky Camilla mare - Rodney Petroff 13 - Soho Angel by Bettor's Delight from a Artsplace mare - Michael Stanley Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

So long the plaything of Emma Stewart’s stable this season the two-year-old fillies’ class was turned on its ear at Bendigo in the Race To Royalty. Despite an enormous performance, Nostra Villa’s unbeaten streak was broken by Cran Dalgety’s Our Bettor Joy, while Queensland’s Red Charmer stunned all comers in the second semi-final when saluting at $71. Pivotally, fancied My Sweetchilliphilly, Nostra Beach and Molly Kelly all qualified for the final amid a wall of competitors hitting the line, only to have their chances hindered at the barrier draw for Super Sunday’s $285,000 Always B Miki Breeders Crown final. While Kiwis Our Bettor Joy and Our Angel Of Harlem drew gates two and three respectively, Stewart’s trio were assigned gates 11 (Molly Kelly), 12 (Nostra Beach) and 13 (Nostra Villa), just outside Shane Tritton’s previously unbeaten Mysweetchilliphilly (gate 10). It’s clearly advantage Our Bettor Joy and driver Gavin Lang said Dalgety’s visitor was up to the task. “To get over a filly (Nostra Villa) that’s won seven from seven is no mean feat,” Lang said post-race. “At Shepparton in her heat she sat behind the leader, was too quick in the straight. Tonight she was back last, come wide with a trail, but still had to add another string to her bow and just prove that she’s pretty versatile. (It’s very positive for her going forward.” Saturday night’s semi-final was Lang’s first time seated behind the Bettors Delight filly, but there was plenty of familiarity in reuniting with Dalgety and it has thus far proven a fortuitous fit. “Cran Dalgety, I’ve been associated with him for a lot of years, one thing I’ve always learned with Cran – his horses are generally well mannered and this one’s no different,” Lang said. “(It’s a) long way for them to come to race in this season, I know it costs a lot of money, but they have still got to be a horse of some repute to come this far. Cran’s been here before, had a lot of success here before and knows what it takes. I wouldn’t discount her chances.” The draw didn’t do any harm to Red Charmer’s assault on the Breeders Crown, with the Queenslander taking advantage of the front runners hefty early pace to pounce late for trainer-driver Grant Dixon. “I’m glad we got a winner and was really pleased with the run,” Dixon said, having earlier guided favourite Colt Thirty One to second place in the night’s first semi-final. “You never know until you get down here and race. We have been happy with her all season, just some runs have been better than others. We knew she was a neat little filly.” Nicole Molander's Passions Delight finished a close second and drew the pole mark for the final, giving her a likely crack at the big prize come the August 27 Group 1 final. Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator) Race programme for Tabcorp Park Melton, Sunday 27 August 2017

The 2017 TAB Breeders Crown barrier draws have been completed in front of a big harness racing crowd at Lord’s Raceway Bendigo. This weekend's Super Sunday will see eight Group 1 finals at Tabcorp Park Melton as the Race to Royalty draws to an electric finale. $190.000 IRT Breeders Crown Series 19 (3yo colts & geldings) Final (Group 1) 1 - The More Than Better NZ by Bettor's Delight from an In The Pocket mare - Luke McCarthy 2 - Solid As A Rock by Rocknroll Hanover from a Life Sign mare - John Caldow 3 - Our Little General by Mach Three from a Western Terror mare - Chris Alford 4 - Alabrock by Rocknroll Hanover from an Albert Albert mare - Christopher Shinn - Em 1 5 - Mista Lombo by Somebeachsomewhere from a Blissfull Hall mare - Emmett Brosnan 6 - Big Mach NZ by Mach Three from an Elsu mare - Nathan Jack 7 - Cruz NZ by American Ideal from a Dare You To mare - Gavin Lang ...........................................Second Row................................................ 8 - Stars Align by Art Major from a Albert Albert mare - Anthony Butt 9 - Wrappers Delight by Bettor's Delight from a Christen Cullen mare - Greg Sugars 10 - Motu Meteor NZ by Bettor's Delight from a Falcon Seelster mare - Kerryn Manning 11 - King Solomon NZ by Bettor's Delight from a Badlands Hanover mare - Anthony Butt 12 - Jilliby Kung Fu by Four Starzzz Shark from a Perfect Art mare - Glen Craven 13 - Rock Diamonds NZ by Rocknroll Hanover from a Bettor's Delight mare - Luke McCarthy   $190.000 Woodlands Stud Breeders Crown Series 19 (3yo Fillies) Final (Group 1) 1 - Shezallapples by Sportswriter from a Fake Left mare - Jim Douglass 2 - Gilty Hanover by Rocknroll Hanover from a Courage Under Fire mare - Zac Phillips 3 - Petacular by Somebeachsomewhere from a Western Ideal mare - Michael Stanley 4 - My Casino Belle NZ by Bettor's Delight from a Christian Cullen mare - Brad Hewitt 5 - Better Be Chevron NZ by Bettor's Delight from a In The Pocket mare - Luke McCarthy 6 - Perfect Look by Art Major from a Live Or Die mare - Sidney Van Den Brande 7 - Miss Graceland by Rocknroll Hanover from a Fake Left mare - Chris Alford ........................................................Second Row....................................................... 8 - El Jays Mystery by Live Or Die from a Perfect Art mare - Anthony Butt 9 - Partyon NZ by Bettor's Delight from a Beach Towel mare - Luke McCarthy 10 - Lincolns Superstar NZ by Mach Three from a Beach Towel mare - Ashlee Grives Em 1  11 - Six Elements - by Art Major from a Classic Garry mare - David Miles 12 - Be Not Afraid by Courage Under Fire from a Lucky Camilla mare - Rodney Petroff 13 - Soho Angel by Bettor's Delight from a Artsplace mare - Michael Stanley   $285,000 Woodlands Stud Breeders Crown Series 20 (2yo colts & geldings) Final (Group 1) 1 - King Of Swing NZ by Rocknroll Hanover from a Artsplace mare - David Butcher 2 - Kasbah Kid by Art Major from a Western Terror mare - Greg Sugars 3 - Forte Courage by Courage Under Fire from a Aces N Sevens mare - Glen Craven 4 - Tam Major by Art Major from a Camluck mare - Rodney Petroff 5 - Braeview Bondi by Somebeachsomewhere from a Badlands Hanover mare - Josh Duggan 6 - Colt Thirty One by Mach Three from a Perfect Art mare - Grant Dixon 7 - Beltane by Bettor's Delight from a Artsplace mare - John Caldow ........................................................Second Row....................................................... 8 - Joe Nien by Shadow Play from a Art Major mare - Greg Sugars 9 - Poster Boy by Somebeachsomewhere from a Artsplace mare - Chris Alford 10 - Sicario by Somebeachsomewhere from a Bettor's Delight mare - Luke McCarthy 11 - Mister Moonlite NZ by Art Major from a Christian Cullen mare - Anthony Butt 12 - Seeuinnashville by Mach Three from Fake Left mare - Nathan Jack 13 - Tin Roof Raider by Mach Three from a Life Sign mare - Michael Bellman  Em 1   $285,000 Always B Miki Breeders Crown Series 20 (2yo Fillies) Final (Group 1) 1 - Passions Delight by Bettor's Delight from a Modern Art mare - Gavin Lang 2 - Our Bettor Joy NZ by Bettor's Delight from a Road Machine mare - Gavin Lang 3 - Our Angel of Harlem NZ by Mach Three from a Bettor's Delight mare - Anthony Butt 4 - Red Charmer by Mr Feelgood from a Fake Left mare - Grant Dixon 5 - Amelias Courage by Courage Under Fire from a Art Major mare - Kerryn Manning 6 - Hows The Memory by Mach Three from a Troublemaker mare - Bill Trembath 7 - Angel Of Arts by Art Major from a Artiscape mare - Josh Aiken ........................................................Second Row....................................................... 8 - Goodtime Heaven by Rock N Roll Heaven from a Village Jasper mare - Glen Craven 9 - Captured Delight by Bettor's Delight from a Million To One mare - Chris Voak Em 1 10 - My Sweetchilliphilly NZ by Betterthancheddar from a In The Pocket mare - Chris Geary 11 - Molly Kelly by Four Starzzz Shark from a Albert Albert mare - Chris Alford 12 - Nostra Beach by Somebeachsomewhere from a Fake Left mare - Mark Pitt 13 - Nostra Villa by Art Major from a Sands A Flyin mare - Chris Alford   $65,000 Woodlands Stud Breeders Crown Series 19 (3yo Trotting Colts & Geldings) Final (Group 1) 1 - Our Fast Forward by Skyvalley from a Dream Vacation mare - Chris Alford 2 - The Male Model NZ by Muscle Mass from a Sundon mare - Anthony Butt 3 - The Spanyen by Blissfull Hall from a Yentls Image mare - Jullian Attard Em 1 4 - Aldebaran Prince by Angus Hall from a Muscles Yankee mare - Lisa Miles 5 - Kheiron by Majestic Son from a Great Success mare - Chris Alford 6 - Clarkes Hill by Metropolitan from a Chiola Hanover mare - Chris Svanosio 7 - War Spirit NZ by Monarchy from a Gee Whiz 11 mare - Kath Gath ........................................................Second Row....................................................... 8 - Claudys Prince by Bacardi Lindy from a Wind Cries Maori mare 9 - Empire Bay by The Prez from a Monarchy mare - Greg Sugars 10 - Truscott Hall by Angus Hall from a SJ's Photo mare - Brad Angove ODM 11 - Mano De Dios by Great Success from a Keystone Salute mare - Anthony Butt ODM 12 - Hammers Law by Lawman from a Safely Kept mare - Gavin Lang ODM 13 - Jilliby Babavska by Sundon from a Continentalman mare ODM   $65,000 Yabby Dam Racing Breeders Crown Series  (3yo Trotting Fillies) Final (Group 1) 1 - Hotjane Bling by Eilean Donon from a Muscles Yankee mare - Josh Aiken  2 - Chevron Express NZ by Muscle Mass from a Sundon mare - Anthony Butt 3 - Four Walls by Armbro Variable from a Ganymede mare - Matthew Craven 4 - Iona Spider by Yankee Spider from a Our Sir Vancelot mare - Chris Alford 5 - Dance Craze by Muscle Hill from a Safely Kept mare - Nathan Jack 6 - Breezin Around by Skyvalley from a Windsong's Legacy mare - Greg Sugars 7 - Hiding My Heart Fin by Like A Prayer from a Super Punk mare ........................................................Second Row....................................................... 8 - Une Belle Allure by Angus Hall from a Onyx Du Goutier mare - Zac Phillips 9 - Andyou by Majestic Son from a SJ's Photo mare - Kerryn Manning 10 - Skyeski by Angus Hall from a Wagon Appolo mare - Rodney Petroff 11 - Kinvara Sue by Yankee Spider from a Pegasus Spur mare - Jason Lee 12 - Downtown Miss by Majestic Son from a SJ's Photo mare - Ellen Tomey - ODM Em 1 13 - Bigonluck by Muscle Mass from a Malabar Maple mare - Alex Ashwood - ODM   $90,000 Aldebaran Park Breeders Crown Series 20 (2yo Trotting Colts & Geldings) Final (Group 1) 1 - Kyvalley Frank by Majestic Son from a Sundon mare - Anthony Butt 2 - Wobelee by Down Under Muscles from a Sundon mare - Chris Alford 3 - Smashthemcalder by Lucky Chucky from a Balanced Image mare - Anthony Butt 4 - One Muscle Hill NZ by Muscle Hill from a Earl mare - Gavin Lang 5 - Majestic Eyes by Majestic Son from a Maori's Idol mare - Ginger Gleeson 6 - Maziah by Bettor's Delight from a Our Sir Vancelot mare - John Caldow 7 - La Grange by Muscle Hill from a Safely Kept mare - Zac Phillips ........................................................Second Row....................................................... 8 - More Shades Of Gold NZ by Majestic Son from a Evander's Gold mare - Nathan Jack 9 - Whizzbang Dan by Danny Bouchea from a Classic Adam mare - Christopher Shinn 10 - Imperial Whiz NZ by Imperial Count from a Gee Whiz 11 mare - Jim O'Sullivan 11 - Runaway Success by Great Success from a Ok Bye mare - Greg Sugars 12 - Bebubbalouie by Louey Louey Louey from a Keystone Salute mare -  Brett Shipway - ODM 13 - Tomahawk Phoenix by Angus Hall from a Sundon mare - Josh Aiken - ODM Em 1   $90,000 Aldebaran Park Breeders Crown Series 20 (2yo Trotting Fillies) Final (Group 1) 1 - Our Renezmae NZ by The Prez from a Lindy Lane mare - Anthony Butt 2 - Miss Kaikoura NZ by Majestic Son from a Dream Vacation mare - Alex Ashwood 3 - Princessa Ruth by Down Under Muscles from a Wagon Apollo mare - Josh Aiken 4 - Moonshine Linda by Majestic Son from a Sundon mare - Nathan Jack 5 - Louieville Lass by Louey Louey Louey from a Earl mare - Brett Shipway 6 - Moresuccess by Great Success from a Wagon Apollo mare - Greg Sugars 7 - Amour De Frere NZ by Love You from a Sundon mare - Zac Phillips ........................................................Second Row....................................................... 8 - Meadow Valley Sky by Skyvalley from a Wagon Apollo mare - Josh Duggan 9 - Hades Sky by Skyvalley from a The Wrath Of Pan mare - Tony Xiriha 10 - Fairytale Hall by Angus Hall from a CR Commando mare - Nathan Jack 11 - Aleppo Jewel by Angus Hall from a Safely Kept mare - Kerryn Manning 12 - Di Li by Louey Louey Louey from a Dr Ronerail mare -  Brett Shipway  Em 1 13 - Allthemoves by Muscles Yankee from a Sundon mare - Chris Alford Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Arguably Australasia’s three best pacers have nominated for the 2017 TABtouch Inter Dominion at Gloucester Park, with connections of Lazarus, Hectorjayjay and Lennytheshark this week nominating for the $1.8M harness racing series. Trained by the champion New Zealand combination of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, Lazarus was crowned Grand Circuit champion last season winning 12 races including the NZ and Victoria Cups. As reigning Grand Circuit Champion and with the retirement of 2016 winner Smolda, Lazarus will be ranked number one when rankings are released by RWWA’s Chief Handicapper Warren Wishart. The Purdon/Rasmussen stable have also nominated former boom pacer Have Faith In Me. Hectorjayjay, who won the last Grand Circuit race of the season in the Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship at Albion Park in July, was favourite throughout the 2016 series, convincingly winning three heats before running second in the Grand Final to the Mark Purdon trained and driven Smolda. Lennytheshark dominated the 2015 Inter Dominion at Gloucester Park, before being withdrawn on the eve of the 2016 Inter Dominion Grand Final. Interestingly, Lazarus is part-owned by the owners of the two previous Inter Dominion winners, in Phillip and Glenys Kennard (Smolda) and Kevin Riseley (Lennytheshark). From the locals, Kim Prentice has nominated the Retravision Golden Nugget and 4YO Vicbred Final Winner, Soho Tribeca as well as highly talented, but injury plagued The Odd Lover. Nominations for the 2017 TABtouch Inter Dominion close with the offices of Racing and Wagering Western Australia by 4pm (WST) Friday, 8 September 2017. Conditions and nomination forms can be downloaded at The TABtouch Inter Dominion will commence with the first set of heats on Friday 24 November, before travelling to Bunbury for the second set of heats on Tuesday 28 November. The third set of heats returns to Gloucester Park on Friday 1 December and the $1.1M Grand Final will conducted on Friday 8 December. For further information regarding the series visit by Gloucester Park

The all-important line-ups (pre-barrier draw) for the Group 1 TAB Breeders Crown trotting gait finals were today announced by Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) following yesterday’s heats at Maryborough. Brilliant juvenile Wobelee, a son of Down Under Muscles, was at his finest yesterday for reinsman Chris Alford in the Aldebaran Park 2YO Trotting Colts/Geldings third heat, destroying his rivals by 15.5 metres at the prohibitive odds of $1.04. As the skinny odds suggest, the trouncing was predictable and Wobelee will be shooting for his 10th straight triumph come next Sunday at Tabcorp Park Melton. He looks the day’s ‘moral’ already. La Grange (by Muscle Hill out of La Coocaracha) was the other male 2YO to salute in his heat for the powerful Anton Golino camp. In fact, Golino put the polish on three heat winners yesterday so has plenty of soldiers representing Yabby Dam Racing next week. Reinsman Zac Phillips meanwhile jagged a winning double to continue his stellar season.  La Coocaracha, a freakishly talented trotting filly and mare in her day, nowadays is renowned as a producer of quality squaregaiters. Yesterday two of her progeny tasted Race to Royalty success in their heats, with dynamo 3YO filly Dance Craze – a full-sister to La Grange – also victorious in her qualifier. Dance Craze will take a power of beating on Grand Final day at Melton, but stablemate Une Belle Allure cruised home in her 3YO heat, the Angus Hall-Glenferrie Unixa filly swaggering home with almost 10m to spare over her nearest rival Skyeski. Yesterday’s mile rates saw Une Belle Allure – who beat Dance Craze to win the Derby at Maryborough earlier this month – clocking 2:03.3 and Dance Craze stopping the clock at a quicker 2:01.7. Will that mean much come next Sunday? It’s going to be a heck of a clash. In terms of sheer dominance yesterday Kerryn Manning’s Angus Hall-Insulated 2YO filly Aleppo Jewel couldn’t have been more emphatic. After a couple of unplaced runs behind the tapes that resulted in her displaying head-banging moves more akin to a fan at an ACDC concert, Aleppo Jewel’s youthful exuberance became a thing of the past. She moved faultlessly and had her rivals absolutely thunderstruck, romping in by almost 25m in 2:05.5. Not to be outdone Kiwi Our Renezmae took out her 2YO fillies’ heat but had to dig for it, challenged fiercely by Moonshine Linda at the finish and it took a photo finish to separate them. The final margin was the shortest of half-heads in favour of the bay by The Pres out of City Lane for trainer Jack Harrington and reinsman Anthony Butt. Wife and husband team Kate and Andy Gath combined in the Woodlands Stud Breeders Crown 3YO male division third heat to achieve success with War Spirit, which won by 2.2m over Empire Bay. War Spirit, by Monarchy, was inconvenienced early and the race probably didn’t go as planned. But horse and driver worked their way through it and got the job done in style, rating 2:02.3. An exciting Sundon gelding by the name of Jilliby Babavska will clash with War Spirit and co. in the 3YO boys’ final after he blitzed his rivals in the fourth heat, making it three wins on the spin. Trained out of Terang by Paddy Lee and driven by Glen Craven, Jilliby Babavska clocked a 2:03.1 mile rate. The Race to Royalty spotlight turns to the pacers tomorrow night at Bendigo for Semi-Finals night. Trots Media will have all the action from the night, including interviews with trainers, drivers and of course the live barrier draws as they occur via Catch the action live on Sky Racing 1 (Channel 526 on Foxtel), RSN at 927am on radio or streamed online. Check out all the Breeders Crown markets at Breeders Crown Trotting Finals Fields 3YO Trotting C&G ALDEBARAN PRINCE CLARKES HILL CLAUDYS PRINCE EMPIRE BAY HAMMERS LAW JILLIBY BABAVSKA KHEIRON MANO DE DIOS ON FAST FORWARD THE MALE MODEL NZ TRUSCOTT HALL WAR SPIRIT NZ THE SPANYEN (1st Emerg) 3YO Trotting Fillies ANDYOU BIGONLUCK BREEZIN AROUND CHEVRON EXPRESS NZ DANCE CRAZE FOUR WALLS HIDING MY HEART FIN HOTJANE BLING IONA SPIDER KINVARA SUE SKYESKI UNE BELLE ALLURE DOWNTOWN MISS (1st Emerg) 2YO Trotting C&G BEBUBBALOUIE IMPERIAL WHIZ NZ KYVALLEY FRANK LA GRANGE MAJESTIC EYES MEZIAH MORE SHADES OF GOLD NZ ONE MUSCLE HILL NZ RUNAWAY SUCCESS SMASHTHEMCALDER WHIZZBANG DAN WOBELEE TOMAHAWK PHOENIX (1st Emerg) 2YO Trotting Fillies ALEPPO JEWEL ALLTHEMOVES AMOUR DE FRERE NZ FAIRYTALE HALL HADES SKY LOUIEVILLE LASS MEADOW VALLEY SKY MISS KAIKOURA NZ MOONSHINE LINDA MORESUCCESS OUR RENEZMAE NZ PRINCESSA RUTH DI LI (1st Emerg) Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager) Fields for Bendigo, Saturday 19 August 2017 Form guide for Bendigo, Saturday 19 August 2017

The 2017/18 breeding season is about to commence and if you have a broodmare in foal Harness Racing New South Wales wishes breeders all the best for the safe arrival of its progeny. No doubt breeders are in the process of choosing which stallion they will be sending their valuable broodmare to this season. For information HRNSW has compiled the 2017/18 NSW Breeding Schemes, Stallion Guide & Accredited Body Information Booklet. The Booklet which can be viewed by clicking here provides information about what is on offer in NSW in terms of Breeding Schemes and Bonuses, Race Series’, Stallion’s and the Accredited Bodies. Be sure to check out the Stallion Discounts on offer for Harness Breeders NSW Members. Should you have any general queries please contact Adam Fairley at or on 02 9722 6614. Should you have any specific queries please contact the listed Staff or Committee Member within the Booklet. Further information can be found on the varied websites which are also listed in the Booklet (most email addresses and websites in the Booklet are hyperlinked so simply click on the link). The Board & Management of Harness Racing NSW thank you for considering patronising a NSW based Stallion, the NSW Breeding Schemes & Bonuses and becoming a Member of a NSW Accredited Body.  

On 26 August 2016 Mr Mark Reed was requested to provide a urine sample to enable testing for banned substances. The initial sample provided at that time did not meet the required criteria’s and accordingly Mr Reed was directed to provide a second sample. Mr Reed refused to provide such second sample. Following this refusal Mr Reed was stood down under Rule 183(d). Stewards yesterday conducted an inquiry into Mark Reed refusing a reasonable direction from Senior Investigator Paul Criddle to provide a second urine sample at Gloucester Park on 26 August 2016. Evidence was taken from Paul Criddle and Mark Reed. Mr Reed was charged under Rule 238 which states: 238. A person shall not fail to comply with any order, direction or requirement of the Controlling Body or the Stewards relating to harness racing or to the harness racing industry. In determining penalty stewards took into account: His guilty plea His personal circumstances His time away from the industry The serious nature of the offence. Stewards were of the opinion that any refusal of a direction impacts on the ability of the stewards to regulate the industry and enforce the rules. Mr Reed was disqualified for 6 months effective immediately. Barbara Scott - Chief Steward Harness Ph: 9445 5176  

Stewards have refused Skye Bond’s application to continue training from her Forrestdale harness racing stable in the wake of her husband Greg’s 12-month disqualification. Stewards determined Skye Bond was entitled to retain a licence to train pacers because Greg’s disqualification did not relate to the training of pacers. But she was not granted permission to train from the Forrestdale stable where the husband and wife training partnership are based. Stewards visited WA’s leading stable on Monday and noted the limited segregation of the Bonds’ house from the stabling complex. Under the rules of harness racing, a disqualified person cannot enter any premises used for the purposes of the harness racing industry. Greg Bond was disqualified for giving false information to stewards and behaving in a way that was prejudicial to the industry. He has lodged an appeal with the Racing Penalties Appeal Tribunal. Stewards also announced today a six-month disqualification for reinsman Mark Reed for refusing to comply with a direction from senior investigator Paul Criddle. Reed provided a urine sample when requested to on August 26 last year, but it did not meet the required criteria. He then refused to provide a second sample. By Jay Rooney Reprinted with permission of The West Australian  

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered charges issued against licensed trainer-driver Paul Grech under Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 190(1) and 190B(1). Charge 1 – AHRR 190(1) reads as follows: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances    This charge related to a post-race urine sample collected from the horse ‘Mister Oz’ after it placed 2nd in Race 1, the ‘Hargreaves Hill Trotters Handicap’, at Yarra Valley on 17 February 2016. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely cobalt, at a level of 237 micrograms per litre (µg/L), which is above the allowable threshold (at the time) of 200 µg/L in urine.    Charge 2 - AHRR 190B(1) reads as follows:    A trainer shall at all times keep and maintain a log book   The particulars of this charge related to the stable inspection conducted on 18 March 2016 by HRV Stewards, when Mr Grech was found not to keep and maintain a logbook as required.    Mr Grech pleaded guilty to both charges    The HRV RAD board heard evidence from Investigative Steward Stephen Svanosio, RASL Scientific Manager Paul Zahra and Veterinary Pharmacologist Professor Paul Mills. Each of those witnesses was cross-examined.   The HRV RAD Board also heard submissions from Ms Wood (for the HRV Stewards), Mr Grech and Mr Grech’s representative, Brian Lyngcoln.    In determining penalty, the HRV RAD Board considered Mr Grech’s 35-year involvement in the industry, his record which had two prior prohibited substance offences, the impact of any penalty on Mr Grech both specific and general deterrence and consistency of penalties in relation to cobalt cases. Taking all of these matters into account the HRV RAD Board imposed a 15-month suspension of Mr Grech’s trainers and drivers licences. The HRV RAD Board ordered the suspension to commence at midnight on Saturday 19 August 2017. On the second charge (relating to the log book) the HRV RAD Board imposed a $250 fine.   The HRV RAD Board also ordered that ‘Mister Oz’ be disqualified from Race 1 at Yarra Valley on 17 February 2016 and that the placings be amended accordingly   Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board    Harness Racing Victoria  

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) was saddened to learn overnight of the passiong of Kevin 'Boofa' Innes. Last year HRV's Harness Racer scribe, Lucy McCormick, filed this story on 'Boofa's life in the trots. HRV extends its condolences to Kevin's family and friends. Kevin's funeral will be held 23rd of August at St Mary's Inglewood from 11am.  KEVIN ‘BOOFA’ INNES A FAIR DINKUM TROTS CHARACTER By Lucy McCormick Experience is something special; something to be valued.  Kevin ‘Boofa’ (a nickname given to the rough and ready Kevin after a particularly enthusiastic school yard brawl) Innes has it in spades.  A rare person combines that experience and knowledge with a keen interest in changing trends and attitudes.  Kevin Innes manages that as well – easily.  He misses nothing, forgets little, and applies a thoughtful and analytical mind to the world around him.  That’s not lip service being paid by a lazy journalist to a man with eight decades on the planet to his credit – it’s an observation of a keen mind that a person of any age would be proud to possess. Kevin is a member of the celebrated Innes clan from Inglewood, in Central Victoria. “I think the first Innes’ came to Inglewood in 1851. My daughter used to say she can’t marry anyone from Inglewood, because she’s related to them all,” says Kevin. ‘Boofa’ is enjoying some well-earned relaxation on the couch after breaking a kneecap six or seven months ago in a track work incident.  Not that it seems to be bothering him too much; he’s got plenty of time to keep up with the trots on television. “I do follow them,” Kevin says. “I don’t miss many, and I do have a bet.  I like to sit in the chair and drive a race as much as anyone.” With an illustrious career both as a trainer and in the sulky, it’s a safe bet that Kevin Innes is a more than handy ‘grandstand driver’.  His name is associated as a trainer/driver with many handy horses, including Lea Sands, Imatoff and Stormy Morn to name a few. Kevin is typically circumspect about his bigger triumphs, however that doesn’t seem to be what interests him the most.  “I’ll tell you something,” he declares, doing just that, “I like winning with the horses that were no good. Some people never get a good horse. Imagine that. Luck is a very, very important thing.  You have to have luck to buy a good horse at the sales, to get it going, keep it sound, find a race for it, find and owner and get a draw. And they still make a liar of you.” Funny, interesting or quirky stories seem to be of greater interest to Kevin, such as the time he had a strong chance in a standing start race – the favourite in the race being his only worry.  “I told the owner it only had a 20-metre handicap – I couldn’t beat it off that,” he remembers. “So I was leading, waiting for the favourite to run past me. Toward the finish, I heard it coming, and it ran straight past all right – minus the driver.  He’d fallen out of the cart and I won the race. Just lucky.” The Innes family have always been heavily involved in one sporting pursuit or another – Kevin himself being a champion bike rider of his time.  “My Uncle Roy was a good bike rider, so he dared me to have a go.  It turned out I was quite good at it as well.”  So good, in fact that for many years Kevin was able to make a living from bike riding, riding the ‘board track’ for many years.  “We trained hard.  Bike riding was very big back then, we’d train and ride three or four times a week.” Kevin’s riding career spanned four Herald Sun Tours, a Warrnambool to Melbourne and a Sydney to Melbourne race, to name a few.  “It definitely gets you in – it was long hours,” he muses.  “But like anything, horse racing included, you only get back what you put in. We trained hard. I never drank, and I still don’t.  I’ve seen that many athletes, great ones too, brought down by alcohol.” Lucky with injury too, Kevin can only remember a sore ankle – as well as the requisite scrapes and abrasions from tumbles on the wooden boards of the velodromes. He still enjoys watching all the big bike races when he can.  “You can watch them race all over the world – France, Sweden, Germany.  “To be honest I sit up and watch them with my son and we get just as much of a kick looking at the countryside than anything else.  It’s so different to when I was racing.” Betting on the bike racing was big in Kevin’s day as well, and some of the bookies Kevin saw betting on the bike racing, he saw at the Showgrounds betting on the trots on a Friday or Saturday night.  “Racing was different back then.  There would be twelve thousand people at the showgrounds – they don’t have to come anymore, it’s just as easy to watch it on the TV.”  Kevin remembers in those days that drivers had to ‘weigh in’ as well – everyone who drove needed to weigh ten stone (just under 65 kilograms).  It’s something he remembers fondly.  “I know not everyone will.”  Kevin won’t be drawn on the subject of favourite drivers, either.  “Look.  Driving is different now.  No disrespect to current drivers, but you had to think a lot more on a three furlong track than they do now on the bigger tracks.  You had to drive with brains.  And I really believe that good horses make good drivers.  The horses are very good these days.  Today’s drivers – your Gavin Langs, Chris Alfords – they’re thinkers, and brains will beat brawn every time.  The girls are just as good now too.  You only have to look at Kerryn Manning.” A garrulous and popular character, Kevin has trained horses for the likes of legendary Richmond player Jack Dyer, and also spent his fair share of time hosting sportsman’s nights, holding his own with the likes of Ron Barassi.  On one such night, they had flown in a light aircraft to their destination.  During their show, Kevin noticed their pilot, sitting in the front row, laughing appreciatively.  There was one problem.  He had a beer in his hand, and was consuming it with some enthusiasm.  As the night wore on, the pilot became more and more inebriated, and Kevin became more and more disturbed, knowing that this was the same pilot who was to fly them home when they finished.  Unbeknownst to Kevin, however, the flight had been cancelled and the pilot hadn’t told anyone, instead deciding to take full advantage of his client’s hospitality. For now, Kevin is happy living in Inglewood with partner Barbara.  Son Grant and daughter Carla aren’t far away (both work at the Bendigo Harness track, and Carla has held both a trainer and driver’s licence).  His granddaughter, Barclay Sands, was born on the same day of the demise of their star performer, Lea Sands, and may give the biggest hint yet just how important the world of harness racing is to Kevin ‘Boofa’ Innes. Trots Media

Local harness racing participants continue to contest regional meetings with trainers having both major and minor successes at Leeton, Parkes, Bathurst and Wagga. Tuesday night four local trainers traveled to Wagga with Young driver Blake Micallef having a win and placings on the nine race program. Glenn Wilmot started off the night with a creditable 4th with Annatto after being awkwardly placed on the inside line, the eventual winner Doctor Feld ($32.80) in a mile rating of 1:56.9.  Wilmot handed driving duties to Nic Dewar in the second behind the consistent Casino Grin. After being three wide at the bell, the more fancied Wagga pacer Split Second Lombo circled the field to secure an impressive 15 m win over the local pacer in a mile rating of 1:59.9. Mako Bay contested the third race but lady luck was not kind and the pacer finished toward the tail of the field after starting from the inside line. Race four resulted in an impressive win for Micallef who drove the recent arrival to the stable, Another Fireball ($11.70) to victory in a mile rating of 1:59.2.  Previously racing in Queensland, the Mach Three mare has now won 10 races from 50 starts for her owners. Once the decision is made to send her to the breeding barn, her best winning mile rate of 1:55.1 and wins in all three eastern states will surely stand her in good stead for the future. Blake almost made it back to back wins when family favourite Crusty ran within a short half head second in race eight behind Kiki Diva ($3.60) favourite after going forward at the bell.  The winners mile rate of 2.02.2 was a creditable performance and both Blake and Crusty can look forward to many more exciting times in coming months. The final race of the night resulted in Elegant Heaven ($2.50) and favourite, handing in a good performance for Bruce Harpley, the locally trained Sunofasis for Maurice Johnson found form with a fast finishing second behind the more fancied runner with the Kevin Powderly trained Miami Ruler again pulling hard early and finishing out of a place, the winner recording a 2:03.0 mile rate. Local trainers then travelled to Bathurst on Wednesday night and raced with moderate success, no doubt in readiness for the forthcoming meeting to be conducted by the Young Harness Racing Club next Friday night August 25.  Participants are reminded that the annual presentation night will be held on Saturday night September 23 at the Young Golf Club, tickets are available from Chloe Powderly or at the track next Friday night. By Stuart Maxwell Reprinted with permission of The Young Witness

It will not be long until Lauren Tritton's name starts appearing as a harness racing driver in formguides again. The 23-year-old plans to be back on track as early as next month according to her husband, co-trainer Shane Tritton. "Lauren's hoping to be back driving in the new season as early as September," Shane said. "She's had a few drives in trackwork and is very excited to get back." Lauren has not driven in a race since finishing second with Yayas Hot Spot at Tabcorp Park Menangle on January 7, 2017. Shortly after this, it was announced that her and Shane were expecting their first child together and just recently baby Levi Shane Tritton was born. "Levi is three weeks' old and everything is going really well," Shane said. Despite having not driven in a race for eight months, Lauren is still ranked amongst the top 10 metropolitan drivers in New South Wales for the 2016/17 season. Before putting the reins aside, Lauren had driven 38 winners and 27 placegetters in 134 drives this term. And it looks as though Lauren will have another big start in the new season with the hopeful return of their Group-winning mare Arms Of An Angel and Yayas Hot Spot being nominated for the 2017 Inter Dominion in Perth. "Arms Of An Angel is fast working and has had about three to four weeks of fast work," Shane said. "We want to bring her back slowly and hopefully be back at the races by October, November. "As for Yayas Hot Spot, we believe he has done enough to earn a crack at the Inter Dominion this year and he'll suit the Gloucester Park track. "We've been trying to get there the last couple of years and hopefully they give us a shot as his form this season is certainly strong enough." AMANDA RANDO

It’s a classic case of tearing out your hair and then curling the mo. That’s the rollercoaster ride of Oldbury horseman Donald Harper with pint-sized gelding Thereugo, the first pacer he has bred. Four-year-old Thereugo, a handful as a two-year-old, has blossomed recently, revealing dazzling gate speed and winning at five of his past six starts and at Gloucester Park on Friday night he faces a moment of truth when he clashes with the brilliant Nathans Courage in the third qualifying heat of the Schrader Pace. Thereugo is raced by Harper’s octogenarian grandfather Don Harper, who played 11 league matches for Claremont in 1952 and 1953 as a hard-nut half-forward flanker and rover. He went on to become a successful trainer-reinsman, whose successes included winning the 1959 Country Derby and WA Derby at Gloucester Park with Pauls Gift. Thereugo, by American-bred sire McArdle, is out of the New Zealand-bred mare Janice Franco, who had 110 starts for eight wins, 19 placings and stakes of $76,782. “I was driving for Tracey Reed about seven or eight years ago and she was training Janice Franco,” Donald Harper said. “Janice Franco then came up for sale and I bought her for $10,000 and won a couple of races with her. Her first foal was Thereugo, who gave me quite a few problems as a youngster. I was pulling my hair out a bit with him; he was just pulling so hard. He was running good times on the track, but I couldn’t get him to sit up and kick home.” It was then that Harper decided to give Thereugo to his younger brother Kyle to train in a hope that he could cure the pacer’s problems. “I had a few in work and giving him to Kyle seemed an easy option at the time. “He’s inherited his speed from McArdle and he’s definitely toughened up as he’s got older. He still doesn’t look like a four-year-old; he looks more like a three-year-old. The whole way through he’s been six months behind; as a two-year-old he was smaller than all the others. “He has drawn barrier five on Friday night and I think he’ll probably find the front. If he does, I think he can win. I know he can rate around 1.56 over 2130m.” Thereugo improved his record to ten wins and two thirds from 24 starts for earnings of $55,790 when he started from the outside barrier (No. 9) and raced three and four wide early before bursting to the front after 500m and setting a brisk pace and winning easily from Debt Free Charlie and Abraxas Blues over 2130m last Friday night. That followed all-the-way wins from barriers five and seven at his two previous outings. The appearance of Nathans Courage, who will be driven by Michael Grantham from barrier seven, will be one of the highlights of the ten-event program. The four-year-old, who has won at 11 of his 25 starts, has not raced since he led from the No. 4 barrier and won the 1730m Nights of Thunder from American Boy and Bettor Offer at a 1.53.4 rate at Gloucester Park on January 13 this year. He had given a sample of his class and wonderful potential in December when second to Mr Mojito in the Four-Year-Old Championship and second to Soho Tribeca in the Golden Nugget. Trainer Michael Brennan is looking forward to another exciting and successful campaign from Nathans Courage and he said that he is confident of a strong first-pup performance after the gelding had led and finished a half-head second to Smokey The Bandit in a 2185m trial at Pinjarra last Sunday week, rating 1.57 after final quarters of 27.3sec. and 28sec. Gary Hall jun. has given punters a good lead in this event by choosing to drive Overboard Again in preference to stablemates Ideal Justice and Campora, who will be handled by Clint Hall and Lauren Jones, respectively. Overboard Again, a winner at nine of his 23 starts, will start out wide at barrier eight, but is capable of a bold showing. Ken Casellas

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