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Victoria Derby-winning three-year-old Colt Thirty One was crowned Queensland Harness Horse of the Year at the 2018 UBET Queensland Harness awards in Brisbane on Sunday.   The award capped a night of accolades for trainer Grant Dixon, who was again recognised as the Queensland Trainer of the Year. The Dixon stable also picked up the Queensland Trotter of the Year title with Our Overanova. Nathan Dawson was crowned Queensland Driver of the Year and Concession Driver of the Year following a highly successful season in which he steered more than 200 winners statewide. Pete McMullen was also recognised for winning his first Metropolitan Drivers’ premiership. The Kevin and Kay Seymour-owned Colt Thirty One also picked up the award for Three-Year-Old Pacer of the Year, while Group 1 winning juvenile Smart As Camm Be won Two-Year-Old Pacer of the Year and Filly or Mare of the Year. Bodhi Tree capped his remarkable return to the racetrack and to form by winning the Aged Pacer of the Year award. Kevin and Kay Seymour’s Solid Earth Pty Ltd also won the awards for Owner and Breeder of the Year. The dam of Colt Thirty One, Charm Personified, was named Queensland Broodmare of the Year. Racing Queensland CEO Brendan Parnell said the awards night was an important opportunity for the industry to join together and celebrate all they had achieved in the past season. “Racing is a 24/7 industry and it’s not often participants get the time to stop and celebrate their achievements, which is why nights like these are so important,” he said. Mr Parnell thanked the night’s major sponsors UBET for their continued support of the harness racing code in Queensland. “Without sponsors such as UBET nights like these would not be possible. We must also thank UBET for their generous $120,000 sponsorship of this year’s Winter Carnival, which allowed Racing Queensland to offer bonuses to attract some of Australia’s best horses and participants to Queensland,” he said. Racing Queensland also wishes to thank individual award sponsors: Albion Park Harness Racing Club, Marburg Pacing Association, Redcliffe Harness Racing Club, Kevin and Kay Seymour, RadioTAB, QRIC, Garrard’s Horse and Hound, Australian Pacing Gold (APG), Ladies In Racing, McGarry Equine Veterinary Services, Seelite Windows and Doors and Sky Racing.   2018 UBET Queensland Harness Award Winners   Albion Park Harness Racing Club Horse of the Year GLENFERRIE HOOD Albion Park Harness Racing Club Metropolitan Drivers Premiership PETE MCMULLEN Albion Park Harness Racing Club Metropolitan Trainers Premiership GRANT DIXON Albion Park Harness Racing Club Owner of the Year SOLID EARTH P/L Albion Park Harness Racing Club Mare of the Year VILLAGE WITCH Redcliffe Harness Racing Club Horse of the Year CALCAVADO Redcliffe Harness Racing Club Drivers Premiership NATHAN DAWSON Redcliffe Harness Racing Club Trainer Premiership GRANT DIXON Redcliffe Harness Racing Club Concession Driver of the Year NATHAN DAWSON Redcliffe Harness Racing Club Mare of the Year SPLASH OF GOLD Marburg Harness Racing Club Horse of the Year LIVING FREE Marburg Harness Racing Club Drivers Premiership MATT ELKINS Marburg Harness Racing Club Trainer of the Year DARREL GRAHAM BOTRA Rising Star – Male MITCHELL DAWSON BOTRA Rising Star – Female ALEX CAIN BOTRA Centurion Medal Trainer GRANT DIXON, DARREL GRAHAM, CHANTAL TURPIN, JACK BUTLER BOTRA Centurion Medal Driver   NATHAN DAWSON, PETE MCMULLEN, GRANT DIXON, ADAM SANDERSON   Kevin and Kay Seymour Queensland Young Achiever Award - Male NATHAN DAWSON Kevin and Kay Seymour Queensland Young Achiever Award –  Female DANNI-ELLE MCMULLEN Redcliffe Pegasus Award presented by Lin and Laurie Feehely NOEL & CHRISTINE DENNING & FAMILY RadioTAB Queensland Concession Driver of the Year NATHAN DAWSON Garrard’s H&H Queensland Owner of the Year SOLID EARTH P/L QRIC Queensland Breeder of the Year SOLID EARTH P/L QRIC Queensland Broodmare of the Year CHARM PERSONIFIED APG Queensland 2YO Pacer of the Year SMART AS CAMM BE Queensland 3YO Pacer of the Year COLT THIRTY ONE Garrard’s H&H Queensland Aged Pacer of the Year BODHI TREE Ladies In Racing Queensland Filly or Mare of the Year SMART AS CAMM BE McGarry Veterinary Services Queensland Driver of the Year NATHAN DAWSON Garrard’s H&H Queensland Trainer of the Year GRANT DIXON Seelite Windows and Doors Queensland Trotter of the Year OUR OVERANOVA UBET Queensland Harness Horse of the Year COLT THIRTY ONE   Racing Queensland

ALL of the action took place inside the Clubhouse when the awards for last season were presented at a highly enjoyable Gold Crown Paceway function last Friday. Guests included Harness Racing New South Wales Chairman Rod Smith, Board Member Peter Nugent, Bathurst Regional Council Mayor Cr Graeme Hangar and NSW Owners Association representatives Peter and Marie Neil, the current Gold Crown Honourees. The Chairman, in a brief address, touched on several current topics:  the $200,000 funding increase for the Gold Crown (which will provide four Group 1 finals in 2019, for the first time);  the decision to stage a  Group 1 series for both four and five-year-olds at Wagga next season (eligibilty for horses which were paid up as juveniles for the Bathurst Gold Crown) ; and the extension of the current drought assistance to participants. He then made the presentation for Trainer of the Year to Steve Turnbull, who trained 63 winners, including five trebles, 15 doubles and Group wins with Art Series in the Gold Bracelet and NSW Regional Final. Steve’s children Amanda and Mitchell completed a family trifecta of major premierships, by taking out the Senior and Junior Driver of the Year Awards respectively, to the evident pride and delight of their grandfather 'A.D.' Tony Turnbull, the legend himself. Amanda’s 49 winners included five winners at one meeting, back in October 2017, the Soldiers Saddle Final, Oberon Cup, Sales Graduate Final and both feature wins by Art Series. In making the presentation to Amanda, Mayor Hangar recalled his days as a teacher at Kelso High School, reminding Amanda that she still owed him a history assignment from back in Year Nine! Amanda’s focus then was clearly on the future, and not writing about the past, and nothing’s changed since. Mitchell was dux of a very strong class of Bathurst junior drivers  - the likes of McKayler Barnes, Justin Reynolds, Doug Hewitt and Jake Davis - with 17 wins for the season, which included a treble and several doubles. Three of his wins came courtesy of the Bathurst sprint lane. HRNSW Board Member Peter Nugent made presentations for Horse and Juvenile Horse of the Year and UDR Trainer and Driver of the Year. Bathurst couple Lester and Linda Hewitt accepted the trophy and rug for Horse of the Year. What A Jolt, a four-year-old Village Jolt gelding, registered seven wins during the season, including three consecutively at one point. Hewitt paid tribute to driver John O’Shea, who formed a strong connection with the horse, using his brilliant gate speed to advantage many times. Jenny Turnbull, mother of Amanda, received the award for Juvenile Horse of the Year Shoobee Doo. The two-year-old Shoobees Place colt lined up at Bathurst seven times for four wins, which included heat and final of the Graeme Board Sales Graduate series, and a heat of the NSW Breeders Challenge. Bathurst was a regular destination for a number of metropolitan stables last season, including KerryAnn Turner and Robbie Morris from Menangle, and the UDR Trainer and Driver winners, Cobbity-based Craig Cross and Luke McCarthy. Luke drove a winner every 2.9 starts, including a number for other stables, while Craig was successful every 3.6 starts, with winners such as Majestic American, Blackened, Rocknroll Dude, Zahven Banner and Darkershadeofpale. With Craig and Luke lining up with  Mach Doro in the following night’s Victoria Cup, the awards were collected on their behalf by Matt McCarthy, a Bathurst HRC director and the uncle of Luke. Jake Davis, likewise, represented his grandparents Ray and Pat Davis in accepting their Owner of the Year award from NSWSOA representative Marie Neil. The Davis family milk 650 cows twice a day at their Browns Creek dairy near Blayney, yet still find time to race a nice team of horses, mainly at Bathurst, the likes of Browns Creek Boy, Studleigh Kristen and two-year-old winners Nifty Studleigh and Rainbow Comet. Jake, who expresses a hope of making a full-time career in harness racing, does most of the stable driving, alongside father Leigh and uncle Brett. Art Major was acknowledged as the leading sire of winners at Bathurst, with 28 individual winners during the season. Bernie Hewitt, runner-up in the Trainer and Senior Driver premierships, was acknowledged for his achievement in winning his first Bathurst Gold Crown, with College Chapel, and spoke about the outstanding season for the youngster, finishing with his hopes for the coming season. Which was possibly the thought uppermost in most minds as folk headed home after this year’s awards.   Terry Neil

Last night’s Harness Racing Awards Dinner brought exciting news for junior drivers and cousins Nathan Dawson and Dannielle McMullen when they were announced winners of the 2018 Kevin and Kay Seymour Young Achievers Award. The award comes with an unbelievable all-expenses paid trip to North America working and learning under the watchful eye of successful harness racing trainer and former Australian Ross Croghan. The trip will be an incredible learning curve for the youngsters and will include opportunities to visit the stables of prominent standardbred trainers such as Jimmy Takter and Ron Burke, touch base with ex-pats such as Andy McCarthy, Noel Daley and Chris Ryder to name but a few, visit renowned racetracks such as the Meadowlands, Yonkers and Freehold as well as the possibility of securing a race drive. Young Achiever nominations were selected on a monthly basis throughout the season by a panel of industry experts. Other nominees included Trent Moffat, Hayden Barnes, Brittany Graham, Narissa McMullen, Isobel Ross, Mitchell Dawson, Alex Cain and Matt Elkins. Nathan Dawson was the obvious preference for the male award recipient given his unbelievable driving record in the 2017/2018 season and being nominated for the award on three occasions. He secured the Queensland Driver of the Year Premiership and was the only driver to land a double century of wins. Dawson’s career best month was in August where he landed 40 winners and 42 placings from 149 drives. In that month he drove four winners on two occasions, trebles on three occasions and recorded his 500th lifetime winner. “I hadn’t kept count of the winners that month, I just went out there and did my best. I had a really good season and it’s great to be rewarded for the hard work” Dawson stated. He was also selected to represent Queensland in the upcoming Australasian Young Drivers Championship held at Albion Park and Redcliffe in November. McMullen also enjoyed plenty of success last season finishing within the top 10 on the state drivers, metropolitan drivers and concession drivers premierships with 78 winners from 595 drives. Along with her sister Narissa, McMullen represented the state in the Australian Female Drivers Championship in Tasmania where she finished in 2nd place, as well as competing in the Reinswomen Invitational series at Globe Derby. Narissa was selected as last year’s Kevin and Kay Seymour Young Achiever and ironically the sisters finished on the same number of wins last season. “I’m really looking forward to the trip, it’ll be a really great learning experience and I know it wouldn’t be possible without the sponsors Kevin and Kay Seymour”, said McMullen. While the trip details are yet to be confirmed it has been suggested that the drivers will set off in August next year and their trip will coincide with the one million dollar Hambletonian Stakes at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Albion Park Harness Racing  

A driver of almost 1000 starts who crossed codes and become a thoroughbred foreman, Ricky Frew has been remembered as a passionate horse man and true friend. Ricky passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family Sunday night after earlier suffering a heart attack. A father of four and grandfather of one, Ricky's driving career started in 1980, when he spent time with Ted Demmler's stable along side Ron Hall.  Over the next 15 years he was able to achieve great success in both the harness and thoroughbred industries. As a trots driver in Victoria he had 72 wins, 77 seconds and 79 thirds from 837 starts. More recently he has been stable foreman for Tony Vasil, and has spent the last 15 years as assistant trainer/foreman with team Hawkes based in Flemington - working with such horses as Chataqua, All Too Hard, MaLuckyDay and his favourite, Longeron.  A funeral will be held in his honour at Le Pine Funerals, 484 Geelong Rd, West Footscray, at noon on Monday, October 22. Rick's eldest daughter has arranged a Go Fund me account to help raise money for the funeral. Click here for more information: https://www.gofundme.com/ricky-frew039s-last-wish  Harness Racing Victoria sends its condolences to Mr Frew's family and friends.   Harness Racing Victoria

When harness racing 4yo Please Shuddup won at Saturdays Gore meeting, it capped off a commendable couple of days for his sire Auckland Reactor.   Well known for his deeds on the racetrack, Auckland Reactor is now making a name for himself as a Group 1 winning sire, headlined by his award winning son Chase Auckland.   Chase Auckland (Auckland Reactor - Delicata) swept all before him last season as a three-year-old winning eight of his nine raceday starts including the Great Northern Derby (Group 1), New Zealand Sire Stakes Final (Group 1), Elsu Alabar Classic (Group 2) and the New Zealand Yearling Sales Final (Listed).    He was named three year old of the year at the prestigious New Zealand harness racing awards and finished the season holding two New Zealand records, the 2700 metre mobile all-comers record of 3:16.8 and also the 1950 metre mobile all-comers record of 2:16.1   Although his season ended with an minor injury, Chase Auckland is now well healed and the striking four year old is back in full work hoping to be ready to race early in the new year or just before.   Chase Auckland - NZ Sire Stakes Final - New Zealand Record     Chase Auckland - The Great Northern Derby New Zealand Record     At Gore, the Murray Brown trained Please Shuddup (Auckland Reactor - Blah Blah Blah) was too good for his opposition, trailing early then jogging to the lead with 150m to go and winning as he liked without the removable deafeners being pulled.    Auckland Reactor picked up another milestone of sorts last Friday night when his daughter As Free As Air (Auckland Reactor - Cloud Cuckooland) won her first trotting race in the hands of driver Maurice Mckendry at Alexandra Park .   That win was Auckland Reactor's first trotting winner as a sire and it also gave Maurice Mckendry a total of six driving wins in the one night a feat he had accomplished only twice before.   As Free As Air     Amazingly the second of Mckendry's six wins on the night also came courtesy of the progeny of Auckland Reactor when Red Reactor (Auckland Reactor - Edernay) zipped home for an impressive win in quick time.   Mckendry who trains Red Reactor says the gelding is still improving and will be a better horse next year, a comment we have also heard being made by several trainers of Auckland Reactor bred pacers in both New Zealand and Australia.   Red Reactor     And then to top the week off Sergei (Auckland Reactor - Jane Of Eden - Strong Life) a gelding, won his third race in a row and fourth from his last six starts in NSW.   Sergei makes it three in a row     In New Zealand Auckland Reactor has had 21 individual winners to date and in Australia he has had even more with 32 winners already on the board.   That is a total of 53 winners with total stake earnings of $1,700,000 between both Countries.   He has had 96 qualifiers or starters in New Zealand and 80 in Australia to date.    He bred 76 mares in New Zealand and 112 in Australia for the past season.   In New Zealand Auckland Reactor finished third on the three-year-old sires list for the past season a great effort for his first crop to the races.   Leading HorsesSiresBroodmare Sires for the 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 1983 1982 1981 1980 1979 1978 1977 1976 1975 1974 1973 1972 1971 1970 1969 1968 1967 1966 1965 1964 1963  Season     Pacers OnlyTrotters OnlyCombined Gaits     All Ages2 year olds only3 year olds only4 year olds only5 years old and older 10/10/2018@11:18:32 Sires $Won ▾ Starters Foals Winners Starts Wins 2nds 3rds Bettor's Delight 2,320,600 93 195 62 806 135 126 94 Mach Three 747,078 64 117 49 489 77 51 58 Auckland Reactor 596,037 39 156 15 231 29 18 14   When you consider the great sires behind Auckland Reactor on this list such as Art Major, Somebeachsomewhere, American Ideal and Christian Cullen, Auckland Reactor has performed exceptionally well and is assured a bright future. In Australia Auckland Reactor has had 80 starters to date with 32 winners including the top filly Soho Burning Love who is probably the most unlucky and underated filly in all of Australia.  Soho Burning Love (Auckland Reactor - Soho Bordeaux - Western Terror) has had 30 starts for $157,170 to date with a record of 1:52.6 over 1720 meters winning by 34 meters but the real story with this filly was the shocking amount of bad draws in all her starts against the best Group horses in Australia. I believe she only drew inside post 8 three times in her three-year-old starts. She has had mostly second row draws. She had 21 starts as a three-year-old for 6 wins 10 seconds 3 thirds a ffith and a 10th. She won a heat of the Bathurst Gold Bracelet (second in the Group 1 Final), second in the heat and final of Group 1 New South Wales Oaks, second in the Group 2 Vicbred Classic and she was third in the Group 1 Victoria Oaks. Soho Burning Love winning in a 1:52.6 mile rate over 1720 meters. Auckland Reactor had 9 two-year-old winners in Australia and $148,527 in earnings for the last season. He had  20 three-year-old winners earning $402,523 for that season. He had 4 additional stake placegetters. Besides Soho Burning Love in Australia, Auckland Reactor has sired the Group 1 winning Gold Reactor, De La Tourbie (third in the Group 1 Westbred Classic), Delightfulreacion (second in the Group 1 Westbred Classic) and You Ninety Two who finished second in the Group 1 Vicbred Classic. Harnesslink Media

Champion three-year-old Ignatius was awarded Tasmanian Harness Racing’s 2017/18 Horse Of The Year at Saturday night’s Annual Hall Of Fame and Awards Presentation Dinner at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston. The star pacer, owned by Lyrae Rattray (pictured with husband Todd), enjoyed another sensational season on the track winning 11 of his 13 starts, following his remarkable efforts as an outstanding two-year-old winning five of six appearances. Bred by the Rattray Family Trust the Roll With Joe – Ashkalini gelding, trained by James Rattray is a Dual Group 1 winning performer, remarkably returning an identical sizzling mile-rate of 1.51:3 on both occasions. Ignatius’ dam Ashkalini, bred and owned by The Rattray Family Trust, was named Broodmare Of The Year after another stellar season. Popular Tasmanian Harness Racing participant Chester Bullock was honoured with the prestigious Edgar Tatlow Medal for his life-long dedication, service and commitment to many aspects of the industry including ownership, breeding, training, administration and sponsorship. It was an exciting evening of presentations: Hall of Fame inductees Trainers/Drivers – Tom Terry, Bob Kernan, Don Peck. Racehorses – Jean Logan, Stanley Rio, Karalta Gift. Breeding – Fred & Pauline Barker, Globe Dobell, Prancing Ruby. Associates –  John Vranisan, Robin Wilson, Noel Salter. Aged Horse of the Year awards 2YO Colt or Gelding  – Resurgent Storm 2YO Filly – Karalta Moondance 3YO Colt or Gelding – Ignatius 3YO Filly – Ideal Bliss 4YO Mare – Call Her Julie 4YO Gelding or Entire – Harjeet Broodmare – Ashkalini Horse Of The Year – Ignatius Medalists Edgar Tatlow Medal – Chester Bullock Halwes Medalist – Todd Rattray Beautide Medal – Ignatius Young Achiever Award – Conor Crook Achiever Award – Pam Krushka Recognition Award – David Mace Media Award – Mark Yole Welfare – Sue Streit Mini Trot – Brodie Davis Participants Awards Trainer – Ben Yole Driver – Todd Rattray Female Trainer – Juanita McKenzie Female Driver – Hannah van Dongen Junior – Conor Crook   Shane Yates

Tiger Tara is tough. He’s fought in most big fights….he’s won some and he’s lost some. But he’s always in for the fight. And he never takes a backward step. With the 2018/19 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit series officially underway, the New South Wales trained eight-year-old showed great tenacity when defying his rivals to score a major victory, leading throughout in the Gr.1 $200,000 Pryde’s Easifeed Victoria Cup at TABCORP Park, Melton tonight (Saturday). The Kevin Pizzuto trained star easily defeated Chicago Bull and Carlas Pixel in a time of 1:53.4 to register his maiden Grand Circuit success. Starting from gate two, driver Todd McCarthy urged the Bettors Delight entire off the gate and defied Mach Doro the early lead which forced a major reshape of tactics of rival drivers. Settling into a comfortable looking stride, Tiger Tara led the way in the 2240m contest while Mach Doro and Franco Nelson were forced to cover extra early ground before eventually gaining a trail on race favourite Chicago Bull who quickly made his move when the pace steadied. The lead time was covered in a moderate 44.2 seconds. Placed in the same event twelve months earlier, Tiger Tara was looking for redemption and rivals allowed McCarthy to dictate terms easily in front with little or no moves being made in the first part of the event. The first half was covered in 30.7 and 28.9 seconds. It spelt disaster for his rivals. Entering the back straight for the final time, McCarthy let Tiger Tara off the chain and rapidly increased the pressure which gave rivals in the second half of the field little or no chance of improving. Tiger Tara was in full-flight while Chicago Bull and Shadow Sax were left working overtime deeper off the track. The back straight quarter was covered in a punishing 26.3 seconds. Approaching the top of the straight, Tiger Tara found separation and raced clear with a widening margin while the race for the place was on in earnest. At the line, Tiger Tara ($7.90) scored by 12.2 metres from Chicago Bull ($1.80) while Carlas Pixel ($77.90) rattled home via inside runs to grab third spot. The final split was covered in 27.7 seconds. The winning mile rate of 1:53.4 is well outside of the track record held by Lennytheshark at 1:52.4 set earlier this year. “He was awesome tonight, he felt the best he’s ever felt for some time and that was an unbelievable feeling. He’s such a courageous animal and thoroughly deserved to win a race of this magnitude.” Winning driver Todd McCarthy said. The gifted young reinsman joins his father John (Be Good Johnny – 2005) and big brother Luke (Mr Feelgood – 2010 & For A Reason – 2013) as a winner of the Victoria Cup. Since joining the stables of Pizzuto, Tiger Tara has won 16 of his 37 starts while his earnings are now in excess of $1.5 million. Tiger Tara is now headed back to New Zealand for another shot at the $800,000 New Zealand Cup at Addington on November 13 before returning to Melbourne in December for the $500,000 Inter Dominion series. Last season, he finished third in both the New Zealand Cup and Inter Dominion. Following his Victoria Cup triumph, Tiger Tara amassed maximum points and is looking to claim the title of Grand Circuit champion this season. He finished third behind Lazarus and Soho Tribeca last term. And it’s another fight he’s ready for, you wouldn’t expect anything less. Chris Barsby

Tiger Tara tore shreds off his rivals to score a remarkable 12.2-metre win in the Pryde’s EasiFeed Victoria Cup at Tabcorp Park Melton. The New South Wales-trained eight-year-old clawed his way to the lead early for reinsman Todd McCarthy, defying the challenge of fellow Sydneysider Mach Doro, and powering past polemarker Gotta Go Ya Hu, before ripping home with a 54-second last half. That made it virtually impossible for anything to make ground from out the back following a 44.2secs lead time and 59.6 first half. “Being able to lead on him worked out perfectly,” McCarthy said. “We got that breather early and were ready to roll after that. Full credit tonight to (trainer) Kevin Pizzuto; he had him absolutely at the top of his game.” Chicago Bull lost no admirers, boxing on gamely to run second, covering ground in the breeze and holding off third-placed Carlas Pixel – the mare running a bottler to finish third – and Franco Nelson, who did his share of work early, finishing fourth, just ahead of stablemate My Alpha Rock. Chicago Bull remains the favourite for the TAB ID18. Ameretto, who finished last, was scoped post-race and showed signs of mucous, according to trainer-driver Kerryn Manning, which may explain the performance. Tiger Tara will now head to New Zealand for a tilt at the $800,000 New Zealand Trotting Cup, one of the international jewels of the sport, before returning to Victoria for the TAB Inter Dominion from December 1. Ranked No.3 in the Inters earlier this month, there would be every chance Tiger Tara could launch to the top of the charts when rankings are updated this week. “We’ll definitely be back for the Inter Dominion,” an elated Pizzuto said. “He’s such a great horse with a big heart.”   CODY WINNELL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER HARNESS RACING VICTORIA 

Tornado Valley may head to New Zealand for a crack at the feature Kiwi trot races next month before returning home for the TAB Inter Dominion Trotting Championship after winning tonight’s Group 1 Aldebaran Park Bill Collins Trotters Sprint at Tabcorp Park Melton. First-up from a spell, Tornado Valley was aided by a 10-out-of-10 Kate Gath drive, going hard enough early for potential pest Conon Bridge to drop on to her steed’s back. “I thought if I keep on running through early it’s a chance of dropping on my back and that made a big difference. As soon as he did, I was able to ease the tempo straight away,” Gath said. Tornado Valley trotted his first split in 29.3 and his second in 31.1, which forced major danger Kyvalley Blur to launch from the back earlier than he would have liked, and the rest was elementary. Tornado Valley got home in 56 seconds. Dance Craze rattled home into second place for Anton Golino and Rodney Petroff, while Kyvalley Blur sustained his long effort to finish in third. Tornado Valley’s mile rate was 1:55.7. “I think he’ll be good with a sit as well,” Kate Gath said when asked about Tornado Valley’s plans in coming months. “I don’t think he has to be driven this way (tonight). At home, he’s really good with a sit. I think he’s versatile.” Tornado Valley – a son of Skyvalley – is now the clear TAB Inter Dominion Trotting Championship favourite. Representing race sponsor Aldebaran Park, Duncan McPherson remarked “to see Skyvalley sire the winner is a great thrill for us”.  Skyvalley stands at Aldebaran Park. Read about Tiger Tara's enormous Pryde's EasiFeed Victoria Cup victory Book your ID18 tickets online now   Cody Winnell Trots Media

The Justin Prentice-trained Rocknroll Lincoln has made it back-to-back wins to start the new season, taking out the Fred Doy Memorial (2130m) at Gloucester Park last night. Reinsman Gary Hall Jnr fired the $2.50 TABtouch favourite Rocknroll Lincoln to the lead early in the race, a move which proved to be a race winner. Rocknroll Lincoln’s closest rival in the market was Mister Versace ($2.80), who was forced to settle directly behind Hall Jnr after the early move. The five-year-old came home in 56.5 to hold off a game Kasey John and Soky’s Bigbullet, while Mister Versace was couldn’t get clear running and had to settle for fourth. Trainer Justin Prentice said he left it up to Hall Jnr to decide how he would drive the son of Rocknroll Hanover and was pleased with how the race panned out. “It was good,” he said. “Junior changed his mind on the track and decided to go forward. “He showed really good speed and he got a got breather in the middle which he probably needed. “It was good for him to hit the line strongly.” It was one of three wins on the night for Hall Jnr, who also teamed up with King Of Swing in the Retravision Online Pace (2130m) and You Gotta Have Faith in the Kelvinator Pace (2130m). King Of Swing kept his Golden Nugget preparation firmly on track with his sixth win from seven starts this campaign. Hall Jnr went to the front from barrier three and never looked in danger of being beaten, despite a game effort from his stablemate Extreme Prince, who got within a metre over the closing stages. Meanwhile, Tanaka Eagle has recorded his first Friday night win at Gloucester Park since January, taking out the Electrolux Pace (2130m). Reinsman Mark Reed had little problem finding the front with Tanaka Eagle and he was able to control the tempo of the race from there. Tanaka Eagle, who competed in the Inter Dominion series last year, recorded his 20th win from 196 starts last night, much to the delight of his trainer Reg Phillips. Elsewhere at Gloucester Park, star mare Eden Franco made a strong return to the track in the Retravision.com.au Pace, where she defeated Mitch Maguire. Kyle Harper also drove a double on the night, one he trained in Thereugo, before he teamed up with the Errol Ashcroft-trained Kissmecougar in the penultimate event of the night. Tim Walker

The story of tonight’s Natale and Camera Italian Cup Pace at Mildura was the long-awaited return of 2018 TAB Inter Dominion contender San Carlo. Given the obvious origins of the pacer’s name, omen players may have ignored the fact San Carlo was deep in the red and just taken the $1.04 on offer. And truth be told, he never looked like losing, although he did have to do it the hard way. In-form local Brocks Territory and Luke Watson weren’t going to relinquish top billing in the run and San Carlo's driver, Bec Bartley, would have to breeze aboard her champ. Despite covering extra ground however, the eight-year-old eventually drew clear for a 5.5m win in a rate of 1:55.9, simply proving too classy for his rivals as San Carlo took his important first steps towards ID18. "We're really happy with him," Bartley said. "He pulled up really good and we're looking at either Swan Hill or Cranbourne (Cup), but will see how he travels home.  "He's probably about 90 per cent at the moment and needed the run tonight." San Carlo won a heat of last year's Inter Dominion in Perth before finishing ninth in the grand final. The victory was the second leg of a winning double for Bartley and trainer Stephen O’Donoghue, who combined to win the fifth race at Mildura with honest six-year-old Willem.   Cody Winnell

Trainer Gary Hall Sr couldn’t have scripted Chicago Bull’s build-up to tomorrow night’s $200,000 Group 1 Victoria Cup (2240m) any better. Well, maybe he’d have drawn the pole and not barrier three, but everything else has been world perfect. “I won’t have any excuse in the world if he’s beaten,” Hall Sr said. “He’s had a perfect build-up, handled the trip across really well on Wednesday, settled in superbly and the draw is certainly good enough. “This has been his first major target for six months now and everything has fallen into place. “It’s now just a matter of whether he’s good enough and we certainly think he is.” Chicago Bull has eased slightly from $2.20 to $2.25 with the Aussie TAB since Tuesday’s barrier draw, mainly because of strong support for rivals Shadow Sax ($6.50 to $5.50) and Mach Doro ($26 to $10) along with talk barrier three could prove tricky. “Of course we’ve looked long and hard at the draw and thought of all the possibilities, but it’s over to Junior (driver Gary Hall Jr). That’s his job and there’s nobody better at it in these big races,” Hall Sr said. “He’s got more speed than a lot people realise, but the danger in going too hard early is how much petrol we have to spend and the risk of not finding the lead.” Hall Sr did, however, hint at his preferred driving tactics. “My horses traditionally go better when they’re not used too hard at the start. It’s always been the case. It must be the way I train them,” he said. “Ultimately it’s Junior’s call what he does at the start, but this little bloke is versatile enough to win a few different ways. I even think he could win sitting parked as long as the leader had to do some early work to hold the front.” Hall Sr conceded tomorrow night was an obvious class rise from Chicago Bull’s recent WA dominance which has seen him win past nine starts and 12 of his past 13. “You could say he’s been beaten glorified claimers at home, but it’s the way he’s been doing it and the sectional times he’s been running,” he said. “And let’s not forget he competed so well against the best of the best in the Inter Dominion last year. “I’ve got no doubt, none at all, that’s he’s a better horse now than when he ran second to Lazarus in last year’s Inter final. “And I couldn’t have asked for a better preparation. I’ve left something in tank along the way, but I’ve wound him up for this and then it’s onto NZ.” Chicago Bull is booked on a flight from Melbourne to Auckland next Thursday and plans remain for him to tackle a 2200m standing-start race at Alexandra Park on October 26 ahead of going south for the NZ Cup. “He’ll thrive on this hard racing. Look how well he handled the Inter Dominion series last year,” Hall Sr said.   Adam Hamilton

Queensland's premier trainer Grant Dixon finds himself in familiar territory a month into the new harness racing season.  As of 11 October the talented horseman sat on 30 wins nationwide for the season, five clear of Victoria's Emma Stewart.  Dixon has won Queensland's state premiership every year since taking over the reins from his father, Bill Dixon, in the 2011/12 season.  If he continues on his winning ways in 2018/19, the Victorian Derby winning trainer will also crack the 2000 career wins mark. He would then join the likes of Darrel Graham, Gary Hall Sr, Andy Gath and Steve Turnbull as trainers inside the current top-20 national standings to have achieved the mark.  Trainer Milestone report here.  Driver Milestone report here.    Racing Queensland

The Trotters will again rewrite the history books in Hobart on Friday night when the Tasmanian Pacing Club stage the first ever Mobile Start trotting race in the state. It will be the sixth race on the Hobart card which will see a field of six horses face the starter. The meeting in Hobart on Friday is the first of two Tasmanian Harness Racing fixtures with the Devonport Harness Racing Club staging a competitive eight-race card on Sunday evening. Saturday night is also another big night on the Tasmanian Harness Racing scene when the award winners from the 2017-2018 season will be crowned at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston.   The Stars Bianca Heenan and Taylor Ford – teamed up for a long-priced double on Friday night in Hobart with Jacks Command and Bounty Eyre. Ben and Mark Yole – also teamed up for a training and driving double with Iam Aw Sam causing an upset win before the team come up with three-year-old filly Mornings who remains unbeaten since joining Ben’s stable. Couta Rocks – seven-year-old Art Major gelding bounced back into the winner’s circle with an easy 22.8-metre victory. It was the injury plagued pacers first win since December 2016. Laredo Torpedo and Ten Cassies – both horses continued their recent good form of late and were back in the winner’s circle on Friday night.   Multiple Winners Hobart Friday Ben Yole – training double; Iam Aw Sam and Mornings, Bianca Heenan – training double; Jacks Command and Bounty Eyre, Mark Yole – driving double; Iam Aw Sam and Mornings, Ricky Duggan – driving double; To The Rescue and Laredo Torpedo, Taylor Ford – Jacks Command and Bounty Eyre.   Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart - Friday Full Speed Ahead 57.66, The Aussie 57.69, Rocknrollhighlight 57.71, Jaccka Len 57.90 and Jacks Command 57.98. You can view sectionals from every runner from the meeting and more Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here.   Tasracing Official Price Hobart - Friday Hit's: To The Rescue $6.00 into $4.00, Laredo Torpedo $2.20 into $1.70 and Couta Rocks $4.00 into $3.80. Defied The Drift: Ten Caisses $2.50 into $2.20, Jacks Command $21 out to $41 and Bounty Eyre $17 out to $21. Missed: Ready To Fire (2nd) $14 into $8.00, Albayzin (2nd) $2.80 into $2.50 and Major Callum (2nd) $21 into $15.   Trial File Carrick Park on Monday evening. Five trials were staged at Carrick Park on Monday evening, with the Carrick Park Pacing Club reverting back to Monday night trials during the daylight savings period. The quickest time of the trial session was recorded by Timely Sovereign in Trial 4. The Kent Rattray trained gelding worked to the lead in the first 400-metres of the trial and was able to dictate the tempo of the trial. Driven by Hannah Van Dongen, Timely Sovereign was able to pull away over the concluding stages to win the trial by 10-meters over Vinnie Torretto, with Western Karamea six-meters away third. The mile rate for the 2150-metre trial was 2:03.4 and was just the quickest trial of the night. The remaining trials were won by; Miss Atomic Betty (2:.9), Invest (2:08.8), Keep Playing (2:03.8) and Statement Please (2:10.2)   Week Ahead We are back to two meetings on the one weekend for the first time this season and the team at Ubet have come to the party with a $5,893 Quinella Jackpot on the opening race in Hobart on Friday night. The Deborah Williams trained Our Percius gets into the race well with the concession claim for driver Conor Crook, who guided the horse to a brilliant win in Launceston two starts back. The Live Or Die gelding followed that performance with a third placing behind To The Rescue in Hobart on October 5 when only defeated a half neck after starting from the second row over the 1609-metre trip. Ubet also have a $1,000 Quaddie Jackpot on the Hobart card with the first leg kicking off with Race Two which is set down to start at 17:59. Sunday Night racing returns to Devonport for an eight-race card. The opening race, that gets underway at 18:07, looks to be a good battle between three north-west trained pacers. Recent Carrick Park trial winner, Keep Playing has drawn in barrier two for driver Gareth Rattray. The Shadow Play gelding has drawn nicely in barrier two and ended last preparation in good form with one win and three second placings in his last four starts. He faces strong opposition including the Paul Ashwood trained duo Miracle Marcus and Krafty Boy. Miracle Marcus hasn’t been seen since winning in Hobart on July 27 which was his third start back since rejoining the Paul Ashwood stable after an interstate campaign while Krafty Boy is also first up from a spell and hasn’t been seen since finishing third to Island Bliss in a 1680-metre standing start race in Launceston in mid-June. Both Tasmanian harness race meetings will be telecast on Tasracing TV at tasracing.com.au. With the meeting in Hobart to be shown on Sky Racing 2 with Devonport card to be televised on Sky Racing 1. Interstate this week at Metropolitan venues across Australia we see; Melton – Saturday night Race 1 - Horse 11 Star Chamber, Race 5 – Horse 1 Resurgent Spirit. Menangle – Saturday night Race 3 - Horse 2 Rykov Leis and Horse 10 Pachacuti. Don't forget you can get all the form for this week's meetings on Tasracing's new form service, FORMPLUS, by clicking on the form guide tab on tasracing.com.au Duncan Dornauf

Comeback pacer The Art Form will look to make it six wins in a row, when he lines up in the Retravision Lowest Price Guarantee Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park tomorrow night.  The six-year-old returned from a 26 month absence from the track in July when he finished fourth and has gone on to win his subsequent five starts.  Trainer Mike Reed will give the son of Art Major his first start at Gloucester Park in Friday night company this campaign tomorrow night, where he has drawn barrier eight. Reed said he was pleased with how The Art Form had handled his return to racing this campaign. “He’s has gone really well since he injured himself in the paddock 18 months ago,” he said. “I think it’s the fittest he’s been. “His work the other morning was unbelievable.” Reed said the barrier draw was some concern heading into tomorrow night’s event, but was confident The Art Form was versatile enough to overcome it. “Mark (Reed) might come out and use his gate speed,” he said. “He may be able to slot in somewhere if he can’t lead. “If he can’t get in, he can always go back as well. “He’s just as good from behind as he is in front.” Reed said The Art Form could develop into a Fremantle and WA Pacing Cup contender later this season if he was able to continue his progression through the classes. Atchoo and After Lunch represent the Reed stable in the second qualifying heat of the Preux Chevalier Pace (2130m) for the fillies and mares. Reed said he leant slightly to After Lunch in the $18,000 event. “After Lunch has got a lot of ability, but has had a lot of problems,” he said. “Her work was good this week. “Atchoo will need a lot of luck.” Meanwhile, a number of Reed’s up-and-coming pacers are nearing a return to the track ahead of their summer campaigns. Three-year-old Bletchley Park will be put in hobbles for the first time on Saturday morning, following a prosperous two-year-old campaign which featured a Golden Slipper Prelude win. Four-year-olds Golden State and Bechers Brook will be first-up at Pinjarra on Monday, or Gloucester Park on Tuesday.  Tomorrow night’s Gloucester Park meeting gets underway at 5.22pm.  Tim Walker

In youth we learn; in age we understand. That could well be the message to Hayden King, the newest and youngest member of the WA Trotting Media Guild. King was confidence personified when he claimed Mister Versace would lead all the way in the $22,000 Fred Doy Memorial (2130m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “Mister Versace will be able to hold up from the inside draw and was responsible for an outstanding effort from last at the bell at his last start,” King said. “He reeled off brilliant closing sectionals and this looks at his mercy.” Bold words indeed. Most of the older, wiser members of the WATMG know through bitter experience that “there’s no such thing as a good thing”. But King was undaunted and went on to proclaim another of his selections, Tanaka Eagle, as “unbeatable”. “Although not much value, I recommend taking Tanaka Eagle with my best bet,” he said. “He will lead from the advantageous gate and finds a race he can't lose.” Brash words when you consider Tanaka Eagle hasn’t placed at his past five starts. A much more cautious approach was adopted by three other members of the WA Trotting Media Guild when assessing their best bet. Veteran tipster Stuart Lowe, long-serving harness racing writer at The West Australian Ernie Manning and TABradio racecaller Matt McDermott have labelled former Kiwi pacer Our Max Phactor as their best. “My best bet is the former New Zealander Our Max Phactor, who has won all four WA starts,” Lowe said. “He was very impressive in winning here last week after racing in the breeze throughout. Should be too good here.” Manning also was singing the praises of Our Max Phactor. “This versatile former Kiwi should be able to handle his switch to a mobile start after racing from stands at three of his local appearances,” Manning said. “His tally from 19 mobile starts is nine wins and seven places.” McDermott is of the same opinion. “Our Max Phactor looks a nice pacer with four unbeaten starts in WA from various distances and start conditions,” McDermott said. “Back to a mobile on Friday night over 2536m he should be rolling forward and, if not leading, could possibly breeze and control things from there.” Longshot guru Pat Harding (watch him folks, he’s yet to strike this season) believes Mitch Maguire can continue on his winning ways. “My best bet comes up in race two with No.4 Mitch Maguire,” Harding said. “This is a very consistent horse and should win again. There's not a huge amount of opposition and I expect him to go to the front and lead all the way.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas hasn’t let Rocknroll Lincoln’s wide draw dampen his spirits. “Drawing the outside barrier is a significant disadvantage at Gloucester Park,” Casellas said. “But Rocknroll Lincoln has the class to overcome this and is my best bet on Friday night. The Justin Prentice-trained entire was most impressive first-up last Friday week when he revealed wonderful acceleration to charge home from the one-out, one-back position to win from Speed Man.” TABradio’s Matt Young, like King, believes veteran pacer Tanaka Eagle can return to the winners’ list. “Tanaka Eagle has drawn to lead and meets a moderate field and thought he would lead and win this race,”Young said. The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is keen on the Kristian Hawkins-trained Dontstopbelievin. “Dontstopbelievin was classes above her rivals at Kellerberrin on Sunday and her form prior to that was more than sound,” Havercroft said. “She looks to have a bright future and appears well-placed in the Preux Chevalier heat this Friday.” Guild president Wayne Currall is at odds with Havercroft and has made the other Hawkins mare, She Could Be Good, as his best bet. “I know She Could Be Good is returning to racing after a three-month break, but the last time she drew the pole over 2130m she led all the way in a slick 1:56.9,” Currall said. “If she can run anywhere near that time they won’t be catching her on Friday night”   VALUE BETS Hayden: Not much value here, but Tanaka Eagle will lead and win. Double him up with Mister Versace, my best bet, for some value. Stuart: My value bet is Qtown Rip Roaring, who is racing better than his numerical form indicates. He is aided here with a drop in class and a good draw and should go close. Ernie: Collie mare Kissmecougar ran last in a six-horse field a week ago, but she had difficulty getting clear and should have finished closer. Her nine wins include two at Gloucester Park. Matt M: Whoswhointhezoo turned in a nice run on Monday, leading easy and sticking with the winner beaten only two metres in a 56.4 last half. Not sure what price he'll start with other chances in the race but drawn well enough to take advantage. Pat: My value bet is Mister Versace. Coming out of barrier one, he is ideally placed to repeat his performance four starts ago when he led from this draw and won. With Chris Voak aboard, I expect him to run really well. Ken: For value, I suggest Bettor Finish, the polemarker in race four. He has been placed at three of his four starts since resuming from a spell and is close to a win. Matt Y: Glow Bright is a throw at the stumps, could race close and handy and worth a small bet at big odds to open the program. Ryan: Sokys Bigbullet has had three runs since resuming and drawn to be in the breeze, which is where he wants to be. Others have better numerical form, but he’s not without claims. Wayne: Chiaroscuro was responsible for an outstanding effort last start at GP. He tramped three wide for the last 800m, which was run in a slick 56.8, when a gutsy third behind Mighty Flying Deal. With better luck in running he can win this at odds. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting Wayne Currall

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