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Harness racing in Australia has often been described as a family sport with offspring following their parents into the game. Many such involvements are in their third and sometimes fourth generation. Here in the Ipswich footprint, we have yet another such dynasty on the rise. Based at Calvert, the Elkins family is well and truly on the way. Father Greg, turning 61 next month, has 40 years "hands on" experience, all of it here in Queensland after moving from Victoria. His stats are impressive having driven 175 winners and 468 placings while training no less than 340 with 834 placings. There are two sons in the pipeline. Matt, who is fully employed in the home stable, has greeted the judge on 250 occasions while placing a further 650 times. The youngest member is Justin, who is getting on the board with 10 wins and 29 placings from a small number of drives. The horse numbers rarely exceed the current tally of 15 of which 10 are actively racing at this time, a very high percentage indeed. Greg Elkins is not particularly happy with the state of harness in Queensland at present, declaring that races are programmed with too many conditions, especially barrier draws based on "dollars earned in last three or six starts. This he says, guarantees that an honest horse, racing consistently, is assured of an unfavourable draw in many races. On this principle he does not nominate on many occasions, preferring to stay home rather than go round with no realistic chance of earning. Held together on the home front by Lynn, "Team Elkins" is far enough up the ladder to weather most storms. Expect them to be around for a long time to come. Upset threat in rich series TONIGHT at Melton Victoria, all the big questions asked in the past fortnight will be answered. In the Trotters Inter-Dominion Grand Final, the No 1 barrier falling to Speeding Spur, tends to equalise the anticipated head to head contest with $1.60 favourite Tornado Valley, which will start from gate six. The same factor improves the chances of Save Our Pennys, Big Jack Hammer, and Kyvalley Blur. By the same token, there are no mugs in this field. A mistake by any of the top five can change the whole outcome. In the pacers Grand final, it is hard to go past the Purdon/ Rasmussen pair Spankem and Cruz Bromac. They have dominated in the series and barrier draws appear to be of little consequence, both having the ability to make their own luck. The most likely upset may come from the No 1 horse, Galactic Star. The usual but peculiar discrimination that exists between the lateral and diagonal gaits exists here. On a night when HRV is distributing $915,000, the pacers Grand Final is of $500,00 and the Trotters, who, after all, founded the sport and the breed, do battle for $150,000. Strange but true. Christmas meeting at Marburg CHRISTMAS is just 10 days away, but you can have a sneak preview of Santa Claus at Marburg tomorrow week. The gentleman in the red suit is likely to make his entry and departure on the back of the mobile barrier, but the goodwill, and, importantly, the lollies, are sure to be in the festive tradition. The happy folk of the Marburg Pacing Association will be serving up a strong card of country harness racing on December 23. There will be a $100 free bet voucher for some lucky racegoer, drawn after Race 1. The pick The Last Six Winners Jackpot is up to $2100, and your $500 "funny money" is in the racebook. There are 20 prizes in the Leukaemia Foundation raffle, and the ever popular petting zoo for the kids. Check out the Mini trotters and Pat A Pony, always a hit with kids and adults alike make Marburg trots affordable family entertainment. Admission is adults $5, members and pensioners $3 and race books $3. Come and get close up to the speed and excitement on the 700 metre circuit. Gates open at 11am. Handy tips SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight. R1: Box trifecta 1-6-8: Shards Halo (B Barnes)-Vettel (T Dawson)-Clintal Do (N Dawson). R2: Box trifecta 1-2-8: Ranfurly Rulz (J McCarthy)-Mark Of Integrity-Squire (R Morris). R3: Box trifecta 1-6-8: Duke Of Albany-Classy Guy-Comply Or Die (N McMullen). R4: Quinella 1-8: Eleniark (G Dixon) and Admiral Bronski (T Dawson). R5: Quinella 1-8: Nerio (B Barnes) and Rich Virgin (T Dawson). R6: First four 2-3-4-12: Astral Ruler (T Dixon)-Monaro Mia (D Hancock)-Miracle rising (G Dixon)-Needle (G Whitaker). R7: Quinella 1-8: Aqua Miss T Dixon) and Fame Assured (G Dixon). R8: First four 2-4-7-13: Glenferrie Hood (P McMullen)-Bodhi Tree (L Cain)-Ohoka Punter (A Donohoe)-Colt Thirty One (G Dixon). R9: Box trifecta 2-4-5: Im Norma Jean (P McMullen)-Trilight Brigade (G Dixon)-Farrah Fowler (B Barnes). R10: Box trifecta in four 1-6-9-10: Honey Please (G Whitaker)-Red River Debba (L Weidemann)-Justabitcoco (D Lee)-Mister Oz (G Dixon). Honour board Narissa McMullen lights up the driver's side of the leader board this week, her rate of 300 coming from six wins. Closest were Matt Elkins and Nathan Dawson, each rating 200 from four wins apiece. Top trainer for the first time was Greg Elkins with a blistering four winners at Marburg, nosing out Ron Sallis, ever consistent on three. Most pleasing were the emergence of Newmerella Mollie as a serious talent for "Team Towns" and the six winners at Marburg, all hailing from Calvert, for Warren Hinze, Ray Cross and Greg Elkins. Maybe, the Fernvale/Brisbane Valley hoodoo is broken. Albion Park, December 7: Werelivingthedream (Nathan Dawson for Peter Greig); Vettel (Trent Dawson); Comply Or Die (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis); Taxi Meter (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith); Wattlebank Flyer (Gary Whitaker for Bianca Hooper). Albion Park, December 8: Battleborn (Nathan Dawson for Trevor Lambourn); Franco Totem (Jacob Wallace for Darrell Graham); Sports Bounty (Matt Elkins forDarren Elder). Marburg, December 9: Inciter (Greg Elkins); Newmerella Mollie (Brett Towns for Max Towns); Honey Please (Matt Elkins for Ray Cross); Under The Kilt (Leonard Cain for Warren Hinze); Takitimu Express (Greg Elkins); Crowning Glory (Narissa McMullen for Greg Elkins); Jumping Jolt (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins). Albion Park, December 11: Left A Terror (Adam Richardson for Chris Monte); Caesars Astrum (Pete McMullen for Richard Hutchinson); Tom Me Gun (Narissa McMullen). Redcliffe, December 12: Chirpy Chuckles (Pete McMullen for Ron Sallis); Tuesdays Fella (Kelli Dawson for Trevor Lambourn); Colombian Gold (Gary Whitaker for Gary Gerrard); Annas Best (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen); Idle Hands Nathan Dawson for Troy Williams); Cowgirl Chick (Dannielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers); Scott Tom (Narissa McMullen for Mick Benham). Redcliffe, December 13: Our Doug (Gary Whitaker for Mark Lichtwark); Montana Chief (Darrell Graham); Franco Tariq (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith); Springfield Spirit (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis). By Denis Smith Reprinted with permission of The Queensland Times

It was a day in August that harness racing Kevin Pizzuto will never forget – the day he thought his Inter Dominion dream for Tiger Tara was over. The owner-trainer was taking his star with a couple of other horses to work at Bankstown from his Leppington base when  another car went through a stop sign. “A lady pulled out in front of me, going straight through a stop sign. I t-boned her and the truck smashed into two trees,” Pizzuto said. “I’m still trying to get over it . . . I’m really scared of driving. I’m still scared on the road at the moment. To read the full story in the Sydney Morning Herald click on this link.

It has taken John Caldow more than 30 years – and 26,215 races – to land an Inter Dominion final drive. After tomorrow night the veteran Melton reinsman will have driven in two. Caldow will pilot Wilmas Mate in the TAB Inter Dominion Trotting Championship Grand Final at Tabcorp Park just after 9pm before taking the reins behind Cash N Flow in the pacers’ final at 9.45pm. Wilmas Mate (gate 12) and Cash N Flow (gate 13) have copped horror draws, but bad luck hasn’t dampened Caldow’s mood. “I have been to a lot of the Inter Dominions; if I haven’t been there I have certainly been watching them,” Caldow said. “It is a race everyone wants to win, unfortunately we have drawn bad but it is nice to be in it anyway.” Caldow said he was expecting the finals to be intriguing affairs, especially the pacers. “I think it is going to be a great race; the one (Galactic Star) will hold up for starters and who he decides to hand up (the lead) to, or whether he decides to (hand up) or not, will be interesting,” he said. “The draw has brought everyone in with a winning chance so there is going to be a lot of moves for that reason. “Gavin (Lang) has drawn 3 (on Im Pats Delight) and he will be going forward. The speed will be on early with everyone looking for their positions." Caldow said he would “be out the back watching it all unfold”. “I imagine I will be going the short cuts and seeing what happens. I need them to go mad to give him any possible chance, especially early,” he said. In the trotters’ final, Caldow said he expected Speeding Spur to make favourite Tornado Spur’s bid for the lead harder than he had been accustomed to in the heats. “I am sure the one (Speeding Spur) will get out a lot quicker this time after getting crossed at Ballarat and they will be going hard,” he said. “Wilmas Mate is going OK, she seems to be getting better with each race. (We’ll) need it to be a true, good staying race to give her any chance whatsoever.” Caldow, who has driven more than 100 winners in a season on 20 occasions, said ID18 was only the second Inter Dominion he had been involved in. “I won a heat in Perth (in 2004) with Mister D G and we had Nolarama in the (same) series,” he said. “But I have never driven in a final so I am looking forward to it.”   Shaun Campbell

Star horseman John McCarthy is not getting ahead of himself. The former multiple Albion Park Premiership winner has recently returned to take part in the 2018 Racing Queensland Summer Carnival at Albion Park where he grabbed the spoils on the opening night when Rakarolla proved too classy in the Gr.3 $31,400 Be Good Johnny Sprint on December 1. It has been the one and only start McCarthy has given the giant gelding in Brisbane. Until now. McCarthy will head back to Albion Park this Saturday night searching for another feature race victory when Rakarolla takes his place in the Gr.2 $50,660 Egmont Park Stud Queensland Cup, the final feature of the carnival. The 2138m mobile start event features rising star Colt Thirty One, the reigning Queensland Horse of the Year and McCarthy believes he’s the real deal. The Grant Dixon prepared Mach Three four-year-old had his first taste of open company last week when he quickly dispatched a tidy field in the Christmas Cup in race record time when coming from near last. “He’s a very good horse; he was brilliant last week and despite a nasty draw this weekend, he’s the horse we all have to beat. I had a good look at him at the wash bay and he’s a good looking horse, he’s got class written all over him.” McCarthy said. Colt Thirty One has drawn the outside of the second-line (gate 13) while Rakarolla has drawn nicely in gate four which gives McCarthy several options. Rakarolla took inside runs to win the sprint feature two weeks ago but McCarthy is adamant his versatility will have him as a key rival. “Despite his age, he’s actually quite an immature type who’s still learning but he’s adaptable to different situations. I think he’ll be even better next year and could measure up for some better races. “The fact he raced week in and week out in lead-up to the Brisbane trip has worked to his advantage, he raced six weeks straight and was really fit for the Be Good Johnny. “He’s trained on well since that victory and should prove competitive again, I was happy to bypass last week and focus on this week’s event.” UBET has listed Colt Thirty One at $1.90 while Rakarolla is quoted at $6.50. Rakarolla is raced by his New Zealand based breeder, Brendan Fahy. The Queensland Cup is listed as race 8 and is scheduled to start at 9.37pm local time.   Chris Barsby

Sitting on top of Kyle Harper’s Christmas wish list right now is a scratching from tomorrow night’s Group 1 Retravision-Golden Nugget at Gloucester Park. One scratching would open up the opportunity for Harper to get a drive in the Golden Nugget with Paula Petricevich’s Bettor B Abeliever and it would also see the likely scratching of that pacer from the Better Your Bet With TABtouch Pace (2130m) on Saturday night at same venue. Should Bettor B Abeliever come out of Saturday night’s event, it will make Harper’s Golden Slipper winner Franco Edward’s job of winning second-up significantly easier. Franco Edward made a low key winning return last Saturday night at Gloucester Park, where he sat in the breeze and ran home in 57.7 to finish over the top of Ginas Ingot. The three-year-old has barrier seven this Saturday night and Harper said he expected further improvement from the pacer in what he expected to be a tougher assignment. “I’m really pleased with him, but he needed the run badly last week,” he said. “He pulled up a lot bigger than I expected him to. “He did it the tough way, but he found the line like a good horse. “I never like to be too hard on my runners first-up, but it was good last week because he showed me where he’s at. “It looks a lot harder this week…Bettor B Abeliever is a pretty slick horse and probably should’ve been in the Golden Nugget.” Harper said the Victoria Derby, to be run on Australia Day, was Franco Edward’s main aim this campaign and indicated it may only be a very light three-year-old season. “There is a bit of talk that we could go over for the Victoria Derby, but that does depend a little bit on Saturday night,” he said. “Nothing is set in stone for him. “If everything goes to plan this preparation, he might only have 10 or 12 starts.” Meanwhile, Harper said Bettor B Abeliever was capable of playing a significant part in the Golden Nugget if he gains a start in the Group 1. “With a good barrier draw, he’d be a chance,” he said. “He’d probably need a draw like barrier 10. “He’s got really good gate speed.” Greg Bond’s trio Ana Malak, Mighty Conqueror and Bettor Aim head up the TABtouch market for the Golden Nugget, while Bettor B Abeliever is rated a $34 chance. Outside of the feature event tomorrow night, Harper said he rated Debt Free Charlie from barrier two as one of his better chances on the program in the Retravision Online Christmas Gift Heat (2130m). Tim Walker

Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild are united in their view that a runner from the  yard of husband and wife team Greg and Skye Bond - the leading trainers in WA this season - will win Friday night’s $200,000 Group 1 Golden Nugget (2536m) at Gloucester Park. But the $64,000 question, or more correctly the $128,000 question - the first-prize cheque for winning the Nugget - is which of the six Bond runners will reign supreme? Most believe it will be Ana Malak, who won the $125,000 4YO Classic (2130m) a fortnight ago when he was having only his eighth start in a race and his first look at headquarters. He draws the same gate as he did two weeks ago and Ryan Warwick will be looking for another all-the-way victory. RWWA’s racing communications co-ordinator Tim Walker and longshot maestro Pat Harding have made Ana Malak their best bet for the night. “Expect star four-year-old of the season Ana Malak to complete a clean sweep here,” Walker said. “The draw has helped him again. He should be able to hold the front as he did a fortnight ago and lead home what could be a stable first four with some luck.” And Harding agrees. “I believe the Bond stable will dominate the Golden Nugget and my top selection is Ana Malak coming from barrier one,” Harding said. “His last two runs have been spectacular and I expect him to make it three in a row.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas and veteran tipster Stuart Lowe are keen on Our Angel Of Harlem. “Our Angel of Harlem should appreciate starting from the No. 1 barrier for the first time in 16 starts in WA when she begins from the pole in race six on Friday night,” Casellas said. “I recommend that you completely overlook her 10th behind Millview Sienna last Friday night.” Lowe is in agreement with his colleague. “My best bet is Our Angel Of Harlem, who struck severe interference in last week’s Westral Classic and finished out of the money,” Lowe said. “Her previous form was outstanding and with the pole draw this looks her race.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and the racing co-ordinator at The West Ryan Havercroft believe Saying Grace can win again. “Saying Grace, shaping to be yet another class performer for the all-conquering Bond stable, has the class to overcome gate eight,” Manning said. “Astutely handled since arriving from New Zealand early this season, he can score his second Gloucester Park victory.” Havercroft is of the same mindset. “Saying Grace exploded once he saw daylight upon straightening for home last week,” Havercroft said. “Form prior to that had been good and he looks to have the class to overcome a wide draw in his Christmas Gift heat.” Budding racecaller Hayden King has thrown out Runaway Three as his best for the night. “Runaway Three should settle close enough in the run and is racing in career-best form,” King said. “Very confident that he'll get the right run and prove too classy.” TABradio’s Matt Young is keen on the chances of comeback pacer Mr Mojito. “Mr Mojito has had two runs back from a spell and both have been impressive, looks his race on Friday night,” Young said. Guild president Wayne Currall believes champion reinsman Chris Lewis can hunt Bettor Finish out from his rails draw and lead all the way in the seventh race on the card. “Bettor Finish is not blessed with speed from the machine,” Currall said. “But Chris Lewis is a master at getting horses away quickly from the mobile and he’ll be mighty hard to run down if he does find the top.”   VALUE BETS Tim: Gotta Go Gabbana had little luck last week in the Mares Classic. She’s good enough to bounce back here and has her main danger outside of her. Pat: My value bet for the night comes up in race nine with No. 2 Campora. Lauren Jones has a habit of bobbing up on horses from the Gary Hall stable, particularly when they have drawn well. I think Campora will give punters a very good sight. Ken: For value, I suggest Scoobys Delight in race eight in which the Matt Saw-trained six-year-old is favourably drawn at barrier one and should make the most of his gate speed and frontrunning capabilities.  Stuart: My value bet is Bettor Aim, who has won all five WA starts brilliantly. He steps up in class here but is well drawn and has good each-way claims. Ernie: Thereugo, a winner of 13 races at Gloucester Park, should never be underrated. He has drawn the front line, after running fifth from the second row at his last start. Ryan: Walkinshaw never got into the race when three wide for a lap before being restrained and finishing at the tail of the field two weeks ago. Can improve sharply. Hayden: Bettor Aim missed the 4YO Classic but should secure a soft trip just off the pace and finish with brilliance. Fitness may not be an issue as a gentle tempo - relative to other G1s - looks likely. Will have his work cut out to beat the stablemate though. Matt: Runaway Three is racing well and is an each-way chance in the small field. Wayne: American Dynasty is racing in career-best form with three wins from his last four starts. He should get a nice run from his second-line draw and will be charging home late. Members of the Guild wish Greg and Skye Bond, Ryan Warwick and connections the best of luck with their Inter Dominion Final runner Galactic Star on Saturday night at Melton. The WA pacer has drawn ideally in gate one and is capable of winning with the right run in transit. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting     Wayne Currall

Champion reinsman Chris Lewis has given punters a strong pointer by choosing to drive Bettor Finish in preference to Beltane, Innocent Affair and Destined To Rule in the Retravision Lowest Price Guarantee Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He has handled the Barry Howlett-trained Bettor Finish in 28 races for six wins, ten seconds and two thirds and he will be aiming to take full advantage of the prized No. 1 barrier on the front line by attempting an all-the-way victory. Bettor Finish has good gate speed and is a noted frontrunner. The five-year-old led from barrier one when a fighting second to crack three-year-old Bletchley Park in a 2185m event at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Two starts before that Bettor Finish led from barrier one and won from Northern Emperor and Luis Alberto over 2130m at Gloucester Park. Lewis drove four-year-old Beltane to a decisive 8m victory over Luis Alberto at Gloucester Park two starts ago and at Gloucester Park last Saturday night trainer Nathan Turvey was in the sulky when Beltane impressed greatly when he charged home from the rear to finish a nose second to Major Rush. Turvey will again drive Beltane on Friday night. Lewis has driven Innocent Affair, a four-year-old mare trained by his wife Debra, at 22 of her 23 starts for seven wins and eight placings. Innocent Affair is in top form, with her past five starts producing three wins and two placings. Jocelyn Young will drive Innocent Affair, who will start from barrier five. Deni Roberts will drive Destined To Rule for her mother, Millendon trainer Sonia Zucchiatti. Lewis has enjoyed a successful association with Destined To Rule, with his 33 drives on her producing six wins, two seconds and six thirds. One of the best bets on the ten-event program should be Our Angel of Harlem, who will enjoy the luxury of starting from the No. 1 barrier for the first time in 16 starts in Western Australia when she contests a heat of the Coulson Pace. The New Zealand-bred four-year-old has yet to lead all the way in any of her races, but trainer Mike Reed is confident she will lead and win on Friday night. Her chief rival will be the Justin Prentice-trained Our Major Mama, an effortless first-up winner at Pinjarra on November 12. Ken Casellas

Ryan Warwick is driving with wonderful aggression and skill and punters who believe in omens will support him to win the opening event, the Retravision Christmas Gift first heat, at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He will handle evergreen veteran Courage Tells, who is favourably drawn at the No. 2 barrier in the field of nine in the 2130m event. Warwick was also in the sulky behind Courage Tells in the corresponding meeting 12 months ago when the gelding, a rank outsider at $114.50, finished boldly from four back on the pegs at the bell to win from Johnny Disco and Three Blind Mice. The 11-year-old Courage Tells, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, has been a consistent performer throughout his 200-start career which has produced 33 wins (two in New Zealand, eight in Victoria, seven in New South Wales and 16 in Western Australia) as well as 50 placings for earnings of $339,093. Courage Tells was far from disgraced in a 2631m stand at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon when he raced five back on the pegs and finished strongly to be third behind Tanaka Eagle and Importer Exporter. At Pinjarra the previous Monday Courage Tells took the lead in the middle stages and won by almost three lengths from Sweet N Fast, with a final 800m in 56.7sec. Warwick is enjoying an outstanding season and has already chalked up 81 wins from 171 drives to be the State’s leading driver, 34 wins ahead of Chris Lewis. The Bonds also are setting a cracking pace on the trainers’ premiership table, with 78 winners from 168 starters a lead of 51 over their nearest rival, Gary Hall Snr. Courage Tells cannot be disregarded on Friday night, despite the presence of several in-form pacers, including The Art Form, Gotta Go Gabbana, Carter Micheal and Livura. The Mike Reed-trained The Art Form deserves favouritism and should prove hard to beat from barrier six. The six-year-old has been gallant in defeat at his past two starts when second to Fizzing and second to Tisadream, two excellent efforts following a sequence of six successive victories. The Art Form started from barrier nine last week and settled down in eighth position before he commenced a three-wide run after a lap. He quickly moved into the breeze and fought on determinedly to finish a neck second to the pacemaking Tisadream. Gotta Go Gabbana, the only mare in the field, is racing with tremendous heart for trainer Annie Belton and reinsman Chris Voak and looks set to fight out the finish. The Nathan Turvey-trained pair of Carter Micheal and Livura are racing keenly and are sure to be prominent. Turvey will handle Livura and Jocelyn Young will drive Carter Micheal, who is overdue for a change of fortune after several recent excellent performances. Ken Casellas

Star reinsman Ryan Warwick has fond memories of his first Group 1 driving success when he brought 8/1 chance Gee Whiz Fizz home with a sizzling late burst to snatch a thrilling last-stride, half-head victory over the 2/1 favourite Precious Dylan in the Golden Nugget championship on December 16, 2005. Gee Whiz Fizz, trained in Bunbury by Steve Burton, started from the No. 1 barrier, but was outgunned in the early stages by Precious Dylan and Warwick had to be content to take the trail behind the pacemaker before Gee Whiz Fizz, veering out wide on the track, stormed to the front in a dramatic finish. Warwick, now 40 and at the peak of his powers as a top-flight reinsman, is quite understandably thrilled that Ana Malak has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier for the $200,000 Retravision Golden Nugget for four-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The lightly-raced and comparatively inexperienced New Zealand-bred horse, prepared by the State’s leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, is in superb form and Warwick will be looking for an all-the-way success over the 2536m trip and hoping for a less traumatic and spine-tingling finish than he experienced with Gee Whiz Fizz. Ana Malak, who has been successful at six of his eight starts, revealed excellent gate speed from barrier one when he comfortably resisted an early challenge from the speedy Golden State in the $125,000 Yes Loans Four-Year-Old Classic over 2130m last Friday week. Ana Malak dashed over the first quarter of the final mile in 28.8sec. before an easy 30.1sec. second section, followed by two final quarters of 28.4sec. He defied a strong late burst from the fast-finishing Ideal Liner to beat that gelding by a half-neck, with the classy Mighty Conqueror, a stablemate of the winner, surging home with a powerful three-wide burst from second-last in the middle stages to be an eye-catching third. Warwick, the Bonds and part-owner Rob Gartrell will be hoping for an Ana Malak victory before Warwick drives Galactic Star, from the coveted No. 1 barrier in the $500,000 Inter Dominion championship final at Melton on Saturday night. Galactic Star has excellent winning prospects. The Bonds hold a powerful hand in the Golden Nugget. Apart from Ana Malak, they will be represented by Bettor Aim, Mighty Conqueror, Fizzing, Thisbeachrighthere and Bright Diamond. The only previous time a trainer had six runners in a Golden Nugget championship was in 2014 when Gary Hall Snr was represented by Waylade, Majorly Foxy Styx, Classic American, Soho Lennon, A Boy Named Rosie and VC Manoeuvre. Waylade, the 11/8 favourite, raced in 11th position and met with interference in the final circuit before finishing with great determination to be a 2m second to Libertybelle Midfrew. Mighty Conqueror, to be driven by Dylan Egerton-Green from barrier three, has won at seven of his nine starts and is certainly capable of testing Ana Malak. Colin Brown will drive Bettor Aim, a winner at six of his nine starts, from the No. 2 barrier. He possesses great gate speed and is a brilliant frontrunner, but he is unlikely to muster enough early speed to get past Ana Malak and take up the running. Aiden de Campo has been engaged to handle the consistent and improving Fizzing from barrier four, Nathan Turvey will drive Thisbeachrighthere from the outside (No. 9) on the front line and Chris Lewis will be in the sulky behind Bright Diamond, who looks set to enjoy an ideal passage after starting from the inside of the back line. Lewis has been successful in the Golden Nugget with Vero Prince (1987), Flashing Star (1994), Saab (1998) and Dasher VC (2010). Hall has won the Nugget with Valley Champ (as a driver in 1993), The Gold Ace (2011) and Beaudiene Boaz (2015) and he will need plenty of luck with his three runners, Ideal Liner (Gary Hall Jnr), Think About Me (Stuart McDonald) and Benhope Rulz (Clint Hall), all of whom have drawn poorly. Ideal Liner, the least experienced runner in the race, with two wins and a close second to Ana Malak from three starts, has wonderful potential, but his prospects slumped when he drew out wide at barrier eight. Think About Me will be at long odds from the No. 6 barrier and Benhope Rulz faces a massive task from the outside of the back line. Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed has prepared three Nugget winners Tricky Vic (2002), Bonavista Bay (2009) and Libertybelle Midfrew (2014) and he refuses to concede defeat, despite his runner, Golden State, drawing barrier two on the back line, which robs the horse of his greatest asset, his dazzling gate speed. “Golden State can also produce a sparkling sprint,” Reed said. Golden State was shuffled back to ninth at the bell and was 11th at the 250m mark before being hampered for room until the final stages, when he finished full of running to be a splendid fifth behind Ana Malak in the Four-Year-Old Championship. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri, who has won the Nugget with Saab and Dasher VC, is pinning his faith on Stefsbest, a winner at five of his 20 starts. Stefsbest will start from the No. 5 barrier and will be at liberal odds. The only mare in the race is the Kristian Hawkins trained Dontstopbelievin, who faces a monumental task from barrier seven. This week’s classic has been robbed of considerable interest by the absence of the brilliant Jack Mac, who notched his 16thvictory from 18 starts in Western Australia when he scored a stylish win in a Nugget prelude last Friday night. Jack Mac is suffering from a fractured near fore pedal bone. Ken Casellas

Former outstanding young pacer Kiwi Legend has recovered from a serious tendon injury and will resume racing after an absence of 638 days when he contests the Retravision Your Air Conditioning Specialist Free-For-All over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Now a seven-year-old, Kiwi Legend has responded to the diligent and patient care of Bunbury trainer Stephen Reed. Constant wading in the Leschenaultia estuary has contributed to the gelding’s successful rehabilitation. Kiwi Legend has not raced since he set the pace and won easily from Ideal Tyson and Risk in the Four and Five-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester Park in March 2017. That took his record to 31 starts for 12 wins, nine seconds and two thirds for $191,230 in stakes. He finished second to Beaudiene Boaz in the Golden Nugget in December 2015 and led and won the Lord Mayor’s Cup in January 2017. Kiwi Legend warmed up for his return to racing with a smart win in a three-horse 2116m standing-start trial at Pinjarra five Sundays ago. After a leisurely opening quarter of the final mile in 32.3sec., Kiwi Legend took the lead after 900m and dashed over the final three quarters in 28.6sec., 28.8sec. and 28.6sec. He was not extended in defeating ten-year-old Batali by five lengths at a 2.1.9 rate. Mark Reed will drive Kiwi Legend, who will start from the No. 4 barrier in the field of nine. The gelding is sure to derive considerable benefit from his first-up run. Reed is the regular driver of talented mare Maczaffair, who is trained by his father Mike and will start from barrier six. Mark Reed has enjoyed a great association with Maczaffair, having driven her 14 times for seven wins, one second, two thirds, two fourths and two unplaced runs. Maczaffair, an all-the-way winner over Gotta Go Gabbana and Tricky Styx two starts ago, will be handled by Dylan Egerton-Green. Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr has given punters a strong lead by choosing to drive the Justin Prentice-trained Rocknroll Lincoln in preference to the well-performed Runrunjimmydunn, who is trained by Gary Hall Snr. Hall Jnr drove Runrunjimmydunn when the five-year-old bounced back to strong form last Friday night when he worked hard without cover before hitting the front 100m from the post and dead-heating for first with Vultan Tin. Clint Hall will drive Runrunjimmydunn this week. Rocknroll Lincoln will be hard to beat from the No. 2 barrier after his strong finishing effort to win the 2569m Bunbury Cup from Vampiro and Im Soxy last Saturday week. One of his chief rivals appears to be the polemarker Talktomeurmattjesty, who looks the likely pacemaker from the coveted No. 1 barrier. Talktomeurmattjesty, trained in Busselton by Barry Howlett, showed a welcome return to form last Friday night when he took the lead after 320m, set a solid pace and covered the final quarters in 27.7sec. and 28.7sec. and finished a close second to Im Soxy. Vultan Tin, trained at Coolup by Phil Costello, should also be prominent after he finished strongly from the rear to dead-heat with Runrunjimmydunn last week. Ken Casellas

The All Stars stable of Natalie Rasmussen and Mark Purdon knows no boundaries. Their pursuit of excellence continues to defy belief, constantly rewriting the pages of history, producing brilliant talent season after season and across all age groups. The Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Final is a time honoured feature that tugs at the heartstrings of both Rasmussen and Purdon. After all, Rasmussen and her mighty champion Blacks A Fake won the event a record four times while Purdon has lifted the trophy on six occasions – 3 pacers and 3 trotters. This will be Rasmussen’s 7th Inter Dominion Grand Final, her previous six coming with Blacks A Fake – 4 wins and 2 seconds. In fact, the last time the Pacing Grand Final was staged in Melbourne (2008 - Moonee Valley), it was Rasmussen and ‘Blackie’ that proved victorious. And now they’re chasing another slice of history this weekend. The All Stars have qualified two runners for the Gr.1 $500,000 TAB Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Final, the top two point scorers following the three rounds of heats over the past week. Cruz Bromac and Spankem are the two combatants, both striving to provide the stable their third straight Inter Dominion hero. Yet all with different horses after Smolda scored in 2016 while Lazarus took honours last year. And here’s the magic, no stable has won the Inter Dominion three times and with a different champion each time. The famous stables of Bob and Vin Knight fell short back in 1990 after both Our Maestro and Jane Ellen scored in the previous. It was Thorate who scored at Globe Derby while the Knight trained Jane Ellen and Rockleigh Victory were both unplaced and therefore denied the Victorian stable a three peat. Obviously Rockleigh Victory would’ve created history if successful - three different winners in three consecutive years. But now the All Stars can claim this record if either Cruz Bromac or Spankem deliver. And both have undeniable chances, Spankem will start from gate five with Purdon driving after Rasmussen elected to stick solid with Cruz Bromac despite drawing gate nine. Purdon is taking his 9th Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Final drive; he has won three finals previously with Mark Hanover, Smolda and Lazarus while he has won 3 Trotting Finals with Pride Of Petite and I Can Doosit (twice). Cruz Bromac is the only runner during the series to win all three qualifying heats. With the series undertaking several changes throughout recent years, the last pacer to clean sweep a series (3 heats & Final) was the champion performer Im Themightyquinn back in 2012 at Gloucester Park in Perth while Elsu also achieved the feat in 2005 at Alexandra Park, Auckland. So, can Cruz Bromac and Rasmussen achieve the sweep? Will it be his stablemate, rising star Spankem? The professional four-year-old has thrived during the series winning two of his three heats and looks like he’ll relish the 2760m distance. Another New Zealand four-year-old I’m Pats Delight is also relishing the hard grind of the series and looms as a serious player for a formidable combination in Cran Dalgety and Gavin Lang. Between them, they have won more features than they care to remember. However, the Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Final trophy has proven elusive for both future Hall of Famers but can they etch their names into the record books this weekend? This will be Lang’s 10th Inter Dominion Grand Final drive and second for Dalgety after partnering London Legend back in 2006. I’m Pats Delight will start from gate three. Perth powerhouse Greg and Skye Bond are represented by the ideally drawn Galactic Star (gate one) and the Bettors Delight gelding has been outstanding throughout the series to date with top three finishes in each of his three heats. Last year, Galactic Star finished 5th behind Lazarus. In 2012, the Bond’s also finished 5th with Can Return Fire behind Im Themightyquinn. Ryan Warwick takes his third Inter Dominion Grand Final drive when he reunites with Galactic Star. Interestingly, the only proven Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit winner in the field this year is the tough Sydney trained millionaire Tiger Tara. And his maiden Grand Circuit victory came recently when successful in the Victoria Cup here at TABCORP Park, Melton when leading throughout. Placed third last year behind Lazarus and Chicago Bull, the Kevin Pizzuto trained and Todd McCarthy driven will need to overcome gate seven, the outside of the front-line. McCarthy is taking his 4th Inter Dominion Grand Final drive. The Bettors Delight entire was placed in all three heats including his victory last weekend at Cranbourne. Local star San Carlo lines up again following his impressive efforts last year in Perth where he won a heat but in the final, he finished 9th behind Lazarus after drawing poorly. Although winless during the heats and starting from gate eight, the inside of the second-line, San Carlo still rates as a winning hope. Prepared by Steve O’Donoghue and handled by Bec Bartley, the Mach Three gelding will carry plenty of local support. Another local which will have plenty cheering is the David Aiken trained and Kima Frenning driven up and comer Wrappers Delight. A winner in the sprint heat at Ballarat on night two, the Bettors Delight gelding needs to overcome gate 11. This opportunity provides Frenning with her first Inter Dominion Grand Final drive. One of the surprise packets of the series is the Mattie Craven trained and driven Can’t Refuse, responsible for some eye-catching efforts throughout the heats. The Bettors Delight gelding will start from gate two. Like Frenning, this is Craven’s first Inter Dominion Grand Final drive. Another pacer that has thrived throughout the series is the Bathurst prepared Our Uncle Sam for father/son combination of Chris and Anthony Frisby. Blessed with sharp speed and great determination, the Sportswriter gelding is looking at bringing another Inter Dominion trophy back to the famous region. Memories of Honda Grattan and Smooth Satin come flooding back when assessing the chances of Our Uncle Sam. The five-year-old will start from gate 10 and this is Anthony’s first Inter Dominion Grand Final drive. There’s no doubt rejuvenated pacer Maximan will have the biggest cheer squad, the one-time claimer has thrived under the care of Shane and Lauren Tritton. It will be their 3rd Inter Dominion finalist. Boasting owners from all parts of the country, the veteran performer will start from gate six. And Craig Cross is represented by two runners, just like the All Stars, speedy pacer Mach Doro starts from gate four while Cash N Flow is looking to overcome gate 13, the outside of the second-line. Luke McCarthy partners Mach Doro while John Caldow takes the drive behind Cash N Flow, McCarthy is lining up for his 7th Inter Dominion Grand Final drive while Caldow is taking his maiden drive in a Pacing Grand Final. McCarthy has finished third four times previously but is still chasing his maiden victory. Interestingly, Cash N Flow is a former member of the All Stars operation before joining Cross earlier this year. Owner Dominic Martello races both Wrappers Delight and Mach Doro. Audi Hare (gate 12) is listed as the emergency runner. Chris Barsby

PROMISING Menangle reinsman Josh Gallagher seems destined for big success in coming years, but he will never score a more important, or special, win than Wednesday’s HRNSW Rewards Series Final with Pacific Cullen, at Gold Crown Paceway. And those privileged to see the win, and the scenes that followed it, are never likely to forget it. The 18-year-old had made the trek up to Bathurst to drive KerryAnn Turner’s four stable runners at the meeting, still reeling from the death of his father Damien, in tragic circumstances, earlier in the week. The usual orange-and-black stable colours stayed in the kit bag on this night, replaced by his Dad’s blue and green diagonal striped livery. A large group of the Gallagher family, and friends, was there to support Josh, and will him on. Earlier in the meeting, semi-finals of the Soldiers Saddle series had provided two outstanding wins, in identical 1:54.7 runs, by Scarlet Babe and Ominous Warning, but for many on track, the real story of the night was going to be the quartet of races, from five through to eight,  featuring Josh in those colours. He began with a couple of thirds. Our Bondi Beach ran on well in the fast-class behind the 1:54.1 flyer Future Stride and Kleened Out NZ chased hard behind The Times A Changing NZ in the sixth, before Text Message finished a well-beaten fifth in a dramatic C1 sprint where Coolie Kid NZ won on protest. So it all came down to Pacific Cullen in the Rewards Series Final. She started a $2.25 favourite on the strength of a dominant win in the previous week’s heat, with Kerryann in the bike, but she was faced with a difficult draw outside the front, against a decidedly stronger field. When Josh made his intentions clear straightaway by spearing across the field to lead at the first corner, he might have been echoing those famous Invictus lines of William Henley: I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul. Heading up the back straight the final time, he laid it all on the line with a flat-out 27.0s quarter, and headed for home with whatever was left in the tank. Fifty metres out, it was clear they weren’t going to be headed. The crowd roared, racecaller Fred Hastings switched to overdrive, and as he hit the line, Josh raised his whip skywards in a gesture with so much meaning it seemed to defy description. To call the post-race scenes “emotion-charged” would be something of an understatement. The young driver was surrounded in the warm embrace of his family, and of his trainer, whose care and concern for him had been evident all night. As he returned to scale, and right through the race presentation, the crowd added their support with spontaneous, generous applause. The winning horse might be a Cullen, but her driver is definitely a Courage Under Fire job, displaying resolution and bravery throughout this week that filled his family with pride and the rest of us with admiration. His final words “ I love you Dad” perfectly captured in words that winning gesture we’d witnessed a few minutes earlier. There are salutes, and then there are salutes. Terry Neil

The last time an Inter Dominion Trotting Grand Final was staged, it was 2012. It was staged in Melbourne at TABCORP Park, Melton. And the Kiwi’s got ‘Lucky” when brilliant squaregaiter I Can Doosit proved triumphant for champion horseman Mark Purdon. In fact, it was New Zealand domination with the first four placegetters all hailing from the Shaky Isles. Now, the Inter Dominion Trotting Grand Final returns to the feature race calendar and again, it will be staged in the garden state. The Gr.1 $150,000 TAB Inter Dominion Trotters Grand Final is the second leg of the 2018/19 Australian Pacing Gold Trotting Masters and takes place this Saturday night. While the Kiwi’s are well represented, the locals hold the whip hand through the Andy and Kate Gath prepared Tornado Valley. Bred in New Zealand and raced by Queensland based Norm Jenkin, the Skyvalley gelding has been a revelation since being under the tutelage of the Gath couple. A clean sweep of his three heats has him listed as the punters elect and he’s hoping to join I Can Doosit who swept the 2012 series. But back in 2012, there was only two heats and a final. Throughout this year’s series, Tornado Valley has looked as safe as a bank with the only concern coming last weekend in his final heat after his hind leg bandage starting to unravel with 300m left to run. As it turned out, the star trotter never missed a beat. A winner of 16 of his 20 starts on Australian soil, Tornado Valley will start from gate six in the 2760m mobile start feature while his main danger, New Zealand star Speeding Spur has drawn the ace. Having met in the second round at Ballarat, Tornado Valley took glory with his all the way victory over his Kiwi rival. Interestingly, Tornado Valley led Speeding Spur in that event despite drawing on his outside. But Speeding Spur is a high quality performer, a trotter that is no stranger to the big stage. And his record at Melton underlines his class, with four wins from eight starts including features and excellent form throughout the series, it shapes as a classic Trans-Tasman battle. The stunning looking entire won two of his three heats while placed behind Tornado Valley in the other and the John and Josh Dickie prepared gun is looking to crack the million dollar mark if successful this weekend. While Tornado Valley and Speeding Spur have hogged the limelight throughout the series, several others are looking to take centre stage including several locally trained performers. And most have strong Inter Dominion connections. Legendary father/son combination of Graeme and Gavin Lang will combine with in-form trotter Save Our Pennys, a runner-up in all three heats throughout the series. Both Graeme and Gavin know what’s required to score an Inter Dominion Trotting Grand Final, they have five trophies combined. Back in 2012, they combined with Save A Sixpence who finshed 6th behind I Can Doosit. Save Our Pennys will start from gate three. Over the past 45 years, the name Lang has been synonomous with Inter Dominion Trotting Grand Finals. Astute horseman David Aiken is looking for success with the talented Big Jack Hammer, a runner-up in his past two heats. Again, the rising star will be handled by Kima Frenning and will start from gate five. While Aiken has lofted an Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Final trophy, his best finish in a Trotting Grand Final is 5th (twice) with Twebby Twotter (2002) and Im Dejazzman (2012). Richly talented young horsemen Mick Stanley and Ryan Duffy are looking for their piece of history with the talented Sky Petite, but the mare will need to overcome gate seven. Former New Zealand horseman Brent Lilley is chasing his second Inter Dominion Trotting Grand Final after scoring back in 2002 at Harold Park with Game Bid. Representing his stable is the North American bred evergreen Kyvalley Blur, the 11-year-old gelding will start from gate eleven. Kyvalley Blur scored a stylish heat victory in the second round of heats at Ballarat and will again be handled by champion reinsman Chris Alford. Speedy mare Red Hot Tooth is looking to provide Kari Males and Zac Phillips with their biggest triumph but face a massive challenge after landing gate thirteen. The Yankee Paco mare was placed behind Tornado Valley and Save Our Pennys in her final heat last week at Cranbourne. Andy Gath is duly represented in the final with Kingdom Come lining-up from gate ten, young Alex Ashwood will take the drive. The state of New South Wales will have a triple threat through the deeds of Rompers Monarchy (gate four), Tough Monarch (gate nine) and Wilmas Mate (gate twelve). Husband and wife combination of Joe and Mary Rando along with driver David Morris are hoping for their biggest success through Rompers Monarchy while Rickie Alchin is also chasing the ultimate prize with his talented performer Tough Monarch for the first time. Champion trainer Tim Butt, now based at Menangle, is chasing his fourth Inter Dominion Grand Final trophy after scoring previously with Lyell Creek and Take A Moment (twice). Back in 2012, he finished second with Vulcan behind I Can Doosit. Butt is preparing the talented mare for Christchurch trainer Paul Nairn, a winner of the 1995 Inter Dominion Grand Final with Call Me Now. And New Zealand horseman Phil Williamson is hoping it’s five times a charmwhen he sends out Monty Python, the talented gelding will start from gate two. Williamson has previously qualified Allegro Agitato (2005 – 12th), One Over Kenny (2008 – 7th) and Springbank Richard (2011/12 – 8th & 7th). The locally trained Illawong Armstrong is listed as the emergency runner, he will start from gate eight if he secures a start. The Inter Dominion Trotting Grand Final is steeped in great history and and now another chapter is about to be written this weekend. Chris Barsby

PACERS It will be an intriguing Pacers Grand Final as nobody is quite sure who will lead as the mobile gate pulls away and therefore who will win.  In saying that, it appears that there are only six realistic chances – they being Galactic Star (1), Im Pats Delight (3), Spankem (5), Tiger Tara (7) San Carlo (8) and Cruz Bromac (9). Galactic Star has raced extremely well throughout the series, winning at Melton on opening night in 1-54.1 by leading all of the way. His Ballarat third in 1-53.5 after racing wide was excellent, as was his second at Cranbourne last Saturday in 1-58 after breezing from the bell. Im Pats Delight’s runs have been full of merit in all three heats. His opening night second to Spanken in 1-54.3 was full of merit after making a mid-race move, then taking a sit, while his all the way Ballarat victory looked to be a soft success in 1-52.1, as did his second to Cruz Bromac last week in 1-56.5 after receiving the run of the race. His 2.3 metre Kaikoura Cup second to Spankem was strong after racing exposed. Spankem has been the revelation of the series. A 1-54.3 victory on opening night after racing wide from the bell was outstanding, as was his Ballarat third to Wrappers Delight in 1-53.6 when finishing late. At Cranbourne he treated his rivals with contempt after taking over at the bell, winning in a rate of 1-58. His part-owners Phil and Glenys Kennard have shared in the past two Interdom winners Smolda and Lazarus and have a great chance in making it three. Bulldog Tiger Tara can never be under estimated in any race he contests. One only has to watch his nose second to The Fixer in the 3200 metre NZ Cup last month where he raced uncovered for the last half of the journey to give him a major chance. On opening night his third to Spanken in 1-54.3 when flashing home after being held up was excellent, followed by a death-seating second to Wrappers Delight in 1-53.6 at Ballarat and a virtual all the way victory at Cranbourne in 1-57.1. San Carlo has raced well all through the series. Second on the first night to Galactic Star (1-54.1) after racing wide was full of merit, before a most unlucky fifth to Wrappers Delight after being held up until too late. His tough third at Cranbourne to Tiger Tara (1-57.1) after working to race without cover and going down fighting was a strong guide to his chances. Unfortunately all through the series, he has had no luck with the barrier draws. Cruz Bromac is the only runner in this Grand Final to go through the series undefeated. He coasted to victory on opening night in 1-53.8 after taking over just after the bell, raced wide at Ballarat (1-53.5) before proving much too classy and at Cranbourne found the front early in the piece before winning unextended in 1-56.5. For first four players Maximan (6) has to be included, however his barrier makes it hard. Our Uncle Sam (10) flashed home along the sprint lane from three back the markers when second to Tiger Tara , but will probably need a similar trip here and it is hard to knock Wrappers Delight’s efforts in all three heats, but the barrier draw has been unkind to his chances. TROTTERS The Trotters Grand Final looks a lot easier with only five horses looking to snare the major prize – they being Speeding Spur (1), Save Our Pennys (3), Tornado Valley (6) and Tough Monarch (9) and Kyvalley Blur (11). Speeding Spur is a brilliant beginner and possible leader from the pole, however arch rival Tornado Valley was able to cross him from outside the front line at Ballarat when Speeding Spur started from gate five, the pole draw here is a distinct advantage. After leading throughout on opening night in 1-58.7, prior to a game third to Tornado Valley (1-56.1) when racing uncovered, then another all the way victory at Cranbourne in 2-01.3, he looks one of the leading chances. Tornado Valley has hardly put a foot wrong since crossing the Tasman and his form going through the heats undefeated after leading in the majority of each race gives him a great chance. Can he sit outside Speeding Spur? That’s the question most are asking. Save Our Pennys has not put a foot wrong all through the series, finishing second to Tornado Valley on each occasion after receiving the run of the race. Should the two favourites cut at one another, he will be poised ready to strike if the opportunity presents itself. Tough Monarch from his favourable inside second line draw should the emergency come out is the other blow out chance. He looked disappointing at Cranbourne when fourth to Tornado Valley, joining him on the final bend after a sweet one/one trip, but his runs in all heats have been sound. Kyvalley Blur is always a chance in any race he contests, but will need them to go hard to finish his race off. His second to Marcoola in the two mile Dominion Handicap at Addington on Show Day was a great guide to this race.  Rough place chances can be given to Monty Python (2) as he should be suited by the journey, Big Jack Hammer (5) despite the horror draw and Kingdom Come (10) a stablemate of Tornado Valley.   Harness Racing Australia

Ana Malak has drawn the pole and consolidated favouritism for the Group 1 Retravision Golden Nugget Championship (2536m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night.   One of six runners in the four-year-old feature for trainers Greg and Skye Bond, Ana Malak is unbeaten from his two starts in Perth since crossing from New Zealand.   The Bettors Delight colt is hoping to replicate his victory from an identical position in the Yes Loans 4YO Classic Pace (2130m) on November 30, when he held out Ideal Liner.   In another massive boost for the Bond camp as they strive to win their first Golden Nugget, Bettor Aim has come up with barrier two and Mighty Conqueror in gate three.   Bettor Aim has recovered from a mini setback and passed a vet examination after he was forced to miss the 4YO Classic, the bay gelding is unbeaten from five starts.   Bright Diamond (10), Fizzing (4), and Thisbeachrightthere (9) round out a wonderful barrier draw for Perth’s leading co-training partnership.   FULL BARRIER DRAW 1- Ana Malak (1) 2- Benhope Rulz (12) 3- Bettor Aim (2) 4- Bright Diamond (10) 5- Don’tstopbelievin (7) 6- Fizzing (4) 7- Golden State (11) 8- Ideal Liner (8) 9- Thisbeachrightthere ODM (9) 10- Mighty Conqueror (3) 11- Stefsbest (5) 12- Think About Me (6) 1st Emg Bettor B Abeliever 2nd Emg The Great Dane     Julio Santarelli

The leading harness racing sires from North America, New Zealand and Australia will be represented with progeny at the 2019 Allwood Stud Farm SA Yearling Sale on Sunday, February 10. The Magic Millions Sales Complex will see the first youngster offered in South Australia by the leading USA first crop sire Captaintreacherous go through the ring. 'Captain' is the sire of this year's highest money-winning two-year-old colt Captain Crunch 1:49.2 ($616,113), winner of the Breeders Crown and Governor's Cup. Bettor's Delight, the leading sire in Australia and NZ for the last seven years, will also be represented by his first yearling ever to go up for auction in Adelaide. Art Major, the seven-time champion sire of two-year-olds in Australia, and Somebeachsomewhere, the premier sire of three-year-olds in America for the last three years, also have stock in the catalogue. Follow The Stars, the 2014 Australian and NZ 2YO Colt of the Year who stands at Bob and Marilyn Fowler's Allwood Stud near Perth, heads an impressive list of stallions with their second crop at the sale. Other sires with their second offering include Heston Blue Chip, the sire of the multiple USA Stakes-winning filly Zero Tolerance; Hurrikane Kingcole (3, 1:47.6); and the 2011 NZ 3YO of the Year The Gold Ace. The catalogue also features yearlings by the established sires Rock N Roll Heaven, Four Starzzz Shark, Roll With Joe, Western Terror, Shadow Play, Mr Feelgood, For A Reason, Changeover, A Rocknroll Dance and Pet Rock. There are 37 yearlings listed for sale by 25 different sires. Catalogues are available from Globe Derby Park, Port Pirie and all other SA country tracks as well as major intestate venues. By Peter Wharton

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