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Former New Zealand pacer Thatswhatisaid is being considered as a Queensland Derby contender. The Well Said three-year-old has impressed greatly in both starts since being purchased by clients of the astute Brad Hewitt stable. A runaway first-up victory at Canberra on May 21 was followed by a dominant front-running victory at TABCORP Park, Menangle today (Tuesday). He rated a brilliant 1:52.5 on a rain affected track. Splits of 26.6, 30.1, 29.4 and 26.4 seconds. “Yeah, he went good and looks like he has plenty of natural talent. Both victories have been impressive and we’re still learning about him, hopefully he keeps stepping up and can make it for the Queensland Derby.” Hewitt said. The Gr.2 $75,540 Queensland Derby is scheduled for July 21, the final night of the Albion Park carnival. Other attractions for connections of Thatswhatisaid include the Gr.3 $30,630 Premiers Cup on July 7 plus the Gr.3 $30,540 South East Derby the following week. Goulburn based Hewitt has enjoyed strong success in previous Queensland campaigns with the likes of Spare Me Days and Sweet Molly Oshea. In-form mare My Casino Belle could be a travel companion for Thatswhatisaid; the Bettors Delight has won 4 of her 6 starts this campaign. Local star Colt Thirty One, already a winner of the Gr.1 Victoria Derby earlier this season is being primed for his home state feature and continued with his excellent form with his routine victory in the Redcliffe Derby last Friday night.   Chris Barsby

Producing a sustained powerhouse display of speed and stamina, Untitled broke the harness racing track record at Wagga on Tuesday night which is likely to stand the test of time. Untitled clocked a mile rate of 1.55.6 – seemingly an unheard of speed for the 1755 metres – to better the previous benchmark held by Florist at 1.56.5 The five-year-old raced wide, burst to the front and opened up a gap on his rivals from the 500 metres to defeat a gallant Rocking. Trainer-driver Brad Hewitt now holds two track records at Wagga which are likely to remain untested before the move to the new harness racing complex at Wagga later this year. Our Triple Play won the Wagga Cup over 2575 metres in March and now Untitled has set a new mark which is unlikely to be bettered. Untitled's track record performance “I don’t worry too much about records. The prize money in these country series races is great and you get to race for a $20,000 final at Menangle,” he said. “He has always been a nice horse and he just took my eye when he was a C0 with his previous trainer. He is a C5 class horse now and is doing a great job. “We own him so it makes it a bit better. “He has run well in some nice races before this at Menangle and I knew when they were going so fast in front it would suit him.”  Untitled winning at Wagga in 2016 when with Matthew Harris Untitled has won 10 of his 41 starts with a further 14 placings for earnings of $56,000. He will now go onto a $20,000 final at Menangle on March 26 – the same night the other country series heat winner, Arma Hot Shot, will run in a final after her impressive victory. She clocked one second slower than Untitled, but still ran a slick 1.56.6 impressing trainer-driver Neil Day. Day was pleased to see the mare deliver after a slight setback leading up to her previous start. “She fought on really when the the second horse, Geldof, challenged her,” he said. “She has always been a good mare, from a strong family, and hopefully she can run up to that effort in the final.” Reprinted with permission of The Daily Advertiser

Champion 'local' harness racing driver KerryAnn Turner struck first blood for NSW when she beat some of Australasia's greatest reinswomen in the opening race at Tabcorp Park Menangle tonight. Turner, fresh from a winning double at Newcastle the previous night, continued her spectacular form of recent weeks when she piloted five-year-old pacer Kenrick to a strong win in the Lexus of Macarthur Lady Drivers Invitational. Trained by Brad Hewitt at Goulburn, Kenrick got the perfect run just off the speed behind front-running Taurisi who quickly found the front in a lightning opening split of 27.6 seconds. Lauren Tritton managed to back off the speed slightly with a second split of 29.2 seconds and still had the lead turning for home, although the challengers were beginning to mount. Stanley Ross Robyn (Ash Grives) and Lovin Miss Daisy both made strong runs in the straight but Turner timed her run to perfection as Kenrick came on nicely to record a one and a quarter metre win over Stanley Ross Robyn with Lovin Miss Daisy three metres further back in third with defending champion Martelle Maguire excited to finish such an eye-catching third. Turner had a busy night preparing Charlaval for a tilt at the Miracle Mile. "He's probably the biggest outsider of the field but he'll run an honest race," she said. "Driving in races like these invitationals is always a pleasure and I don't get the chance that often as I usually have runners I am training in the race. "Tonight it's been for a really good cause, the Teal Pants Campaign and it's just an honour to win another race and add to the money we've raised for such a good cause." Disappointment of the race was the well-backed Mrs Browns Boy which raced without cover and dropped out quickly for Kerryn Manning as the field turned for home. . Sean Vella SVella@clubmenangle.com.au     1 6:17pm LEXUS OF MACARTHUR LADY DRIVERS INVITATIONAL (PENALTY EXEMPT RACE) 1609M $25,000 M0 Only. RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 KENRICK NZ      Fr3 3 Brad Hewitt KerryAnn Turner   $ 3.50       BROWN HORSE 5 by BETTORS DELIGHT USA out of TOAST TO CULLEN (NZ) (CHRISTIAN CULLEN NZ)  Owner(s): G I Peart, K E Peart, S Weeks, H Sproule, A W Rudd, D W Rudd, D D Leppard, J A Turnbull  Breeder(s): Biddlecombe Equine Ltd 2 STANLEY ROSS ROBYN NZ      Fr4 4 David Hewitt Ashlee Grives 1.4m $ 10.90     3 LOVIN MISS DAISY NZ      Fr6 8 Mark Callaghan Martelle Maguire 4.2m $ 21.60     4 TAURISI      Fr1 1 James Rattray Lauren Tritton 4.7m $ 4.50     5 OUR WALL STREET WOLF NZ      Fr7 9 Chris Frisby Natalie Rasmussen 9.9m $ 11.70     6 RAVE MOONRAKER NZ      Fr2 2 Mark Callaghan Madi Young 17.4m $ 16.40     7 SIR MAJOR STRIDE NZ      Fr5 7 Darren Binskin Emma Turnbull 18.0m $ 35.30     8 MRS BROWNS BOY NZ      Fr10 12 Nathan Turnbull Kerryn Manning 20.2m $ 3.20 fav    9 BIG BANG LEONARD      Fr8 10 Margaret Lee Angela Hedges 23.2m $ 28.10     10 GOODTIME SLATER      Fr9 11 Joe Conolly Ellen Rixon 27.0m $ 62.60     Scratchings   REDBELLY JACK 5 VALOROSO HANOVER 6 Track Rating:   Gross Time: 1:51:4 Mile Rate: 1:51:4 First Quarter: 27.6 Second Quarter: 29.2 Third Quarter: 27.5 Fourth Quarter: 27.1 Margins: 1.4m x 2.8m    

Brad Hewitt and Our Triple Play have joined the $30,600 Inter City Pace’s illustrious honour-roll with a harness racing victory on the post in a thrilling final at Maitland on Saturday night. Hewitt needed another track record-breaking effort by his four-year-old gelding to beat his uncle Bernie Hewitt and Royal Story on the line. A photo finish was needed to separate the two runners with Mark Jones’ Delightful Memphis third. Both Hewitt’s praised Our Triple Play’s incredible guts and staying power to get the win after being caught one-out for the majority of the race. As predicted the pace was on from the start and the three favourites emerged to take advantage. James Rando’s The Times A Changing and Quick Income finished fourth and fifth respectively. Ellalong trainer Michael Formosa’s Mondooley Heaven was seventh, while Cessnock trainer Clayton Harmey’s two starters Apollo Thirteen and Jimmy The Editor took out eighth and 10 places respectively.  Michael Hartshorn Reprinted with permission of The Maitland Mercury    

He may not have been racing a V8, but harness racing driver David Hewitt still had plenty of horse power to work with when it came to the Bathurst Shootout Final on Friday. It was in the form of a seven-year-old gelding called Modern Era. In a nod to the Bathurst 1000, the Bathurst Harness Racing Club this year staged the inaugural shootout series. Time trials were conducted at the track on Wednesday night, with the fastest eighth qualifiers advancing to the decider. Modern Era, trained in Goulburn by Brad Hewitt, was the fastest qualifier with a time of 1:23.2 over the 1,200 metres. He got his pick of barrier for the final and selected one. With David Hewitt in the gig for the final, Modern Era live up to his $1.50 favouritism. The son of Modern Art clocked a 1:24.6 to win by 3.2m over Smack Dab Shannon ($4.80), taking the sit early before pulling ahead with 50m remaining. By Anya Whitelaw Reprinted with permission of the Western Advocate  

Giant pacer Ultimate Art is back in Brisbane. With the 2017 Queensland winter carnival wrapping up this weekend, Ultimate Art has arrived and will campaign in the Sunshine State in the coming months for trainers Shannon Price and Scott Miller. Originally, the Modern Art gelding was being considered for the open class features in recent weeks but he didn’t find his best form and connections felt the trip wasn’t warranted. Last year, when previously under the care of Price/Miller, Ultimate Art won 9 of his 14 starts which included 8 in a row at Albion Park. The multiple feature race winner is raced by Mick and Kirsty Formosa. ********************************************************************************** The bulk of the visiting stars of the winter carnival have returned to their respective homes. But My Field Marshal has remained in the Sunshine State. The last start Blacks A Fake runner-up behind Hectorjayjay will spend the next two weeks in the winter warmth of Brisbane having a well-earned break before heading south for his next campaign. Trainer Tim Butt is eyeing the Victoria Cup and Inter Dominion series in Perth later this year. *********************************************************************************** Millionaire pacer Bling It On will be available to breeders in the upcoming breeding season. The American Ideal entire will stand at Cobbitty Equine Farm in New South Wales and will command a fee of $3000. Bling It On has been sidelined following a crash at Albion Park in the Lucky Creed Pace on June 17 as a result of interference and immediately ended his winter carnival campaign. The half-brother to Miracle Mile winner Baby Bling heads to stud with a record of 42 wins and 17 placings from 77 starts for earnings of $1,591,076. ************************************************************************************ A notable omission from Friday’s Listed $25,000 Chris Garrard Patrons Purse at Redcliffe is the richly talented Mattgregor. Prepared by Chantal Turpin and Pete McMullen, the Rob Roy Mattgregor gelding was sent straight to the spelling following his 5th placing behind Hectorjayjay in the Sunshine Sprint at Albion Park on July 8. A winner of 10 races from 22 starts, connections are looking at heading interstate again next season. Mattgregor is being aimed at the $75,000 4 & 5yo Championship at TABCORP Park, Melton on November 11. McMullen has withdrawn his appeal against a three-week driving suspension he incurred from the Lucky Creed race fall at Albion Park on June 17. ************************************************************************************* Connections of classy fillies Shartin and My Casino Belle are looking at options before seasons end. Both fillies were gallant when filling the minor placing’s behind The More The Better in last week’s Queensland Derby. Trainer Dean Braun is keen to start Shartin again given how well she has come through her Brisbane campaign while trainer Brad Hewitt is keen to push on with My Casino Belle in the coming weeks. Shartin is not eligible for the Australasian Breeders Crown series while My Casino Belle was placed in last year’s 2yo Final behind Partyon and Petacular. ************************************************************************************** Leading Queensland trainer Grant Dixon is heading to Melbourne next month with his exciting prospect Colt Thirty One for the Australasian Breeders Crown series. Fresh from his demolition of his rivals in last week’s Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad Final at Albion Park in 1:53.9, connections are keen to test their rising star against the best. Unbeaten in Queensland from six starts, his only defeats came earlier this season at Menangle during the Australian Pacing Gold series. The Mach Three colt is drawing comparisons with former freakish juvenile Majestic Mach, also prepared by Dixon. Making the trip with Colt Thirty One is feature race winning filly Red Charmer. The winner of the Wayne Wilson Memorial Paleface Adios earlier this season, Red Charmer finished 7th behind Arts Treasure last week in the Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad Fillies Final. **************************************************************************************** Inter Dominion winning horseman James Rattray has remained in Brisbane. Last week, Rattray claimed the Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad 2yo Fillies Final with Arts Treasure and will focus on another feature before seasons end. Up next for the Roll With Joe filly is the Gr.1 $100,000 Australian Pacing Gold Brisbane Graduates series starting on August 4, the final is scheduled for August 12. Rattray will start last start Rising Stars Championship winner The Bettormack at Albion Park this weekend. ***************************************************************************************** Last start feature race juvenile Lucky Unlucky arrives back in Brisbane today (Thursday) for a well-earned break. Lucky Unlucky proved successful in last week’s Gr.2 $50,000 NSW Breeders Challenge Blue Final at TABCORP Park, Menangle in a time of 1:54.0. Owned by Vicki Rasmussen, the Roll With Joe youngster has campaigned in Sydney in recent months for trainer Craig Cross. Lucky Unlucky won twice from 11 starts during his rookie term while banking close to $50,000 in stakes. ****************************************************************************************** Leonard Cain makes his Saturday night debut this weekend. The fresh-faced rising star has enjoyed considerable success during his first season of race driving which has netted him 49 winners to date. A third generation horseman, Cain is a key member of the Vicki Rasmussen and Shane Graham stable. ****************************************************************************************** Redcliffe curator Greg Franklin will finish his role with the bayside club next week. The talented horseman retires from his role with the club and will spend more time with his small team of pacers from Knight Street for the time being. Franklin has enjoyed considerable success with the likes of African Violet and Motor Parade while his current performer is the classy Remember Them. ****************************************************************************************** Gold Coast trainer Graeme Gavin has sent around his final runners. Last Friday night at Albion Park, Gavin prepared Mickey McRooney and Hotshot Anvil before sending them home with different trainers. Formerly from New South Wales, Gavin has been based on the Gold Coast for a number of years and enjoyed good success with the likes of Cracka Stride, Real Magic, Jack Starzzz, Black Shiraz, Therufusonfire, Nash Street Matt, Scarecrow and Intense Gold among many others. Gavin trained close to 300 winners. Happy retirement Graeme. ******************************************************************************************* And that’s a wrap for the 2017 Queensland winter carnival…..until next year. Chris Barsby

Its decision time for Brad Hewitt. The ultra-talented Goulburn harness racing horseman is weighing up his options with his in-form pacer Our Triple Play; he’s either north to Brisbane for the Queensland Derby or going south for the Vicbred Super Series in Melbourne. It won’t be both. The speedy three-year-old scored another arrogant victory at Canberra last night (Monday) when leading most of the way in the Ray & Anne Grubb Pace over 1770m in a time of 1:58.7. Our Triple Play has now recorded back to back victories at Canberra following an easy romp the previous week. “I’m thrilled with the way he’s going right now, obviously it’s going to get harder in the coming weeks but he’s ready to take it up a notch. He felt really strong through the line at his past two wins and right now, I’m probably leaning towards the Queensland Derby.” Hewitt said. The Queensland Derby is scheduled for July 15 at Albion Park. Our Triple Play has won 4 of his 12 starts with 6 minor placings this season which includes victories in the Canberra and Young Derby’s while finishing as the runner-up in the Simpson Memorial and the Wagga Derby. The Shadow Play – Triple Sec colt qualified for the Gr.1 New South Wales Derby back in February after finishing third in his heat behind eventual winner Vincent but could only manage 8th placing in the final. “He’s come back a much better horse this campaign but I expected that, he showed enough once he arrived from New Zealand last season and the time away has certainly helped him this season. “He’s a versatile colt with good speed and that helps him in the bigger races, you can drive him to suit the conditions. He’ll be competitive in any race he starts in but I’ll sit down with connections and get things sorted out.” Another possible Brisbane raider for Hewitt is the classy filly Our Casino Belle, the Bettors Delight filly is being aimed towards the Queensland Oaks on July 8. My Casino Belle has not raced since finishing third behind Partyon and Petacular in the Gr.1 Australasian Breeders Crown 2yo Fillies Final at TABCORP Park, Melton last August. The former New Zealand filly has been placed in all three Australian runs to date. Hewitt is no stranger to success during the Queensland winter carnival after winning the 2015 Gr.2 $50,000 4yo Championship with the talented mare Sweet Molly Oshea. Hewitt’s talented performer Spare Me Days raced well in both the Queensland and Gold Coast Derby features that same year finishing just behind the winner Menin Gate. The 2017 Queensland winter carnival starts this week at Redcliffe and culminates on July 15 at Albion Park. Chris Barsby

Goulburn horseman Brad Hewitt is still pinching himself following his dominant feature race haul at Young’s TAB Carnival Of Cups meeting last Saturday night. With just four horses nominated at the meeting, the recently turned 28-year-old won with all of them. And the biggest upset of them all was the horse that set the tone of the evening, Our Triple Play. It was Hewitt’s first winner of the night and the colt beat the $1.30 favourite Astride convincingly in Young Derby at odds of $10.70. “The race didn’t actually pan out as I expected it would but I can’t not be happy with how it turned out,” Hewitt said. “I thought I would end up behind Astride but he didn’t come out of the gate as I expected so I had to go to Plan B. “I did a bit more work in the run than what I wanted to do but the horse went enormous.” As a result of rating the third quarter in 26.4 seconds, one of the fastest 400m seen at the Young track, Our Triple Play clocked the final mile in a rate of 1:56.8, setting a new track record for the 2100m distance in the process. Hewitt caused a minor boilover in the following event when Spare Me Days ($5.40) beat the $2.20 public elect Yayas Hot Spot in the Group 3 Cordina Chicken Farms Young Cup. Spare Me Days made it back-to-back Young Cups after gaining a dream run when initially being pocketed three back on the pegs. “I thought me bloke was good enough to win,” Hewitt said. “He’s been going super just has had no luck.” Hewitt was back in the bike the following race and took out the Young Oaks with Sheza Sharpie. The $3.50 chance held on in the shadows of the post from a fast finishing Shezallapples and the $2.10 favourite Don’t Think Twice close behind in third. Hewitt’s next winner Recipe For Dreaming was much shorter at $1.20 with the New South Wales TAB. The gelding led throughout to rate a personal best 1:56.8 at just his third start in Australia. “I didn’t expect to come away with four winners,” Hewitt said. “I thought Recipe For Dreaming was my best chance of the night and Sheza Sharpie was my next best.” The wins of Recipe For Dreaming and Sheza Sharpie helped raise money towards the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Prostate Cancer Support Group on the night as the Young Club and Harness Racing NSW donated $500 each when a horse that carried a number four saddlecloth finished in the top three placings. AMANDA RANDO

HE is bred to pace and riddled with niggling issues, but boy On Thunder Road can trot. Trainer-driver Darren Hancock labelled it one of most satisfying wins when he nursed On Thunder Road back to peak form and fitness after some recent back issues to dominantly win the $100,000 Group 1 Australian Trotting Grand Prix (2240m) at Melton last Saturday night. The son of Bettors Delight missed a couple of recent home state NSW features after developing back issues following a failed Melbourne raid. But he returned to Melbourne and showed his best form by leading throughout in the Grand Prix in a sizzling 1min57.7sec mile rate. The race changed with the scratching of favourite Speeding Spur, but the way On Thunder Road went he would have been very hard to beat regardless. Hancock drove aggressively early and took the lead from much-improved recent Kiwi import Clover Mac. Classy mare Sunny Ruby, heavily-backed to start a $2.10 favourite, sat parked briefly, grabbed the one-one trail, loomed as a big threat on the home turn, but ran way below her best in eighth spot. On Thunder Road easily held-off a gallant Clover Mac to win by 2.5m with the much-travelled Daryl Boko in third spot. BACK-TO-BACK Young Cup wins with stable star Spare Me Days capped a defining night in Brad Hewitt’s career last Saturday. Hewitt made the big country cup night his own by training and driving four of the nine winners, including the three features. Spare Me Days returned to his sparkling best when he stormed home from well back to snatch Young Cup victory from Miracle Mile contestant Yayas Hot Spot in a slick 1min58.4sec mile rate for 2480m. It followed a dominant win in the Cup 12 months earlier. Hewitt’s other feature wins came with Our Triple Play, who thrashed hot favourite Astride by a big space in the Young Derby. Our Triple Play is part-owned by Canberra Raiders captain Jarrod Croker. Croker and Hewitt’s night got even better when the heavily-backed Sheza Sharpie led throughout to win the Young Oaks. Hewitt’s other win on the night came when Bettors Delight four-year-old Recipe For Dreaming led throughout in race seven. THE Miracle Mile came around a bit quickly for Tiger Tara, but it’s clear the former star Kiwi pacer is going to be a big player in Australia. Having just his third Aussie run for trainer Kevin Pizzuto, the six-year-old produced a monster run to win in a 1min50.8sec mile at Menangle last Friday. Tiger Tara drew wide, raced three-wide much of the trip and still kept finding plenty in the run home for driver Todd McCarthy to stave-off the fast-finishing Mach Doro by a half-neck. It was McCarthy’s first drive on Tiger Tara and capped a massive day at Menangle for him. McCarthy snared four wins at the meeting, the others coming on Rakarazor (1min53.9sec), Match Point (1min51.9sec) and Outrageous El (1min52.3sec). It will be interesting to see if Pizzuto whisks Tiger Tara down to Melbourne to tackle Lennytheshark in next Saturday night’s Group 2 Kilmore Cup. DON’T be surprised if Australia’s hugely successful Teal Pants campaign spreads to NZ next year. The brainchild of Duncan McPherson, who lost his wife Lyn to ovarian cancer in 2010, this year’s Teal Pants campaign raised over $110,000 for the Women’s Cancer Foundation – Ovarian Instuitute. Participating female drivers compete in teal pants and between them an amazing 288 races in the 39 days of the campaign from February 1 to March 11. KIWI horseman Gavin Smith had an armchair drive on former Kiwi trotter Great Things Happen in a support race on the huge all-trotting card at Melton last Saturday night. The five-year-old son of Love You, now in the care of Greg Sugars, was on his best manners, speared to the front from gate three and won by 15m in a slick 1min58.5sec mile rate for 2240m. It some consolation for Smith after his three-year-old trotting filly Dix Luck worked hard early and tired for eighth in the Group 1 Need for Speed final earlier in the night. SOMETIMES a certain driver just clicks with a horse. We’ve seen it plenty of times before and it certainly seems the case with young NSW driver Martelle Maguire and Epaulette. Maguire teamed-up with the Craig Cross-trained Epaulette by chance when she drew the gelding as her drive in the Ladies Invitational drivers’ race at Menangle on Miracle Mile. In career-best run, Epaulette blazed his way to an all-the-way 1min50.8sec mile win. Cross and connections then booked Maguire again for last Friday’s Menangle meeting and the result was a similarly impressive all-the-way win, this time in a 1min51.1sec mile. IT is Bathurst’s big time of year with the huge Gold Crown Carnival starting this week. Bathurst golden girl Amanda Turnbull has returned “home” for the carnival and launched it with a treble last Friday night – all three winners trained by her father, Steve. Amanda led throughout on Cherry Mahoney in race two, the third on Zaras Choice and race seven on Royal Aurora. GAVIN Lang can thank Kate Gath’s fascination with Justin Bieber for landing the winning pick-up drive on big, burly former Kiwi pacer Maximan at Bendigo last Friday night. Gath was part of sell-out crowd to watch “Biebs” in full flight at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. Meanwhile, Lang took the reins on Maximan as he returned to form and came from the back row to win in a slick 1min53sec mile rate for 1650m. FORMER Kiwi trotter Al Bundy is loving life in Adelaide. The Great Success gelding made it two wins from as many runs – both off big handicaps -  for new trainer Greg Norman when he came from 40m behind to win the Gawler Hambletonian last Saturday night. The Gawler Pacing Cup went to Les Harding’s gelding Bettor Party. Adam Hamilton

This time last year Canberra Raiders captain Jarrod Croker was not in town to witness his harness racing pacer Tullow win the Canberra Cup due to his rugby league commitments. But this year the ‘Green Machine’ skipper has certainly made up for that loss with a two-pronged attack in Sunday’s $25,000 TAB.COM.AU Canberra Cup (2570m). Croker has shares in the mare Supriya and the rig Im Jay Tee and is hoping one of his two pacers can take out the Listed Classic. “It would be great to go back-to-back in the Cup,” Croker said. “I missed the race last year as I was playing in the Auckland Nines but that’s not the case this time so I’m looking forward to heading to the track.” The 26-year-old believes Supriya is his best chance in the feature after drawing well in barrier four. She is also part-owned by Canberra Raiders Head Coach Ricky Stuart and fellow players Luke Bateman, Shannon Boyd, Elliot Whitehead and former Raiders star Sam Williams. “She is the better chance,” Croker said. “She is the Green Machine horse and she has done a great job. “She has run more seconds than a stopwatch and has hardly missed a cheque, the boys don’t realise how lucky they are to have her as their first horse.” The first standardbred Croker owned was Im Jay Tee and it’s this sentimental connection that would make Croker just as happy to see him win the Cup. “Im Jay Tee is the first horse I ever bought and it’s just great to see him back running,” Croker said. “He had an accident and broke his pelvis and has had a few starts back, he even won at Goulburn a few weeks ago. “It will be a thrill to see him win the Cup too.” Both Supriya and Im Jay Tee are trained by Goulburn horseman Brad Hewitt, a long-time friend of Croker’s. “I’ve been mates with Brad and Josh Stapleton (owner) for many years and it was in 2014 that they twisted my arm to buy a horse and that was Im Jay Tee,” Croker said. “He won five races straight and it just continued from there, I own six horses now. “The Hewitts are a great family and they put in a lot of hard work out there at Goulburn and they’ve had a bit of success in recent years which is nice to see.” This success continued with a new pacer Croker bought into also trained by Hewitt called Sheza Sharpie. The former New Zealand filly that won first up in Australia last Sunday at Goulburn. Sunday’s meeting at Canberra culminates the Goulburn/Canberra Summer Carnival.  AMANDA RANDO  Fields for Canberra, Sunday 05 February 2017 Form guide for Canberra, Sunday 05 February 2017    

It's been 10 years since Brad Hewitt received his licence in harness racing and on Saturday July 16 he drove in his 2,000th race behind his star five-year-old, 2016 Canberra Cup winner Tullow. Three races later Brad and Stanley Ross Robyn finished third-placed in the Group Two, Queensland Derby. Among a group of other trainers that escape the cold in winter, Brad took a team of three to the Sunshine State to compete in the Winter Carnival for the third year in-a-row. Born and bred into the harness racing industry, along with his brothers Sam and Scott and sister Jess on their family property in Crookwell, Brad first jumped in the sulky when he was eight and hasn't looked back, going on to take out the Drivers Encouragement Award in 2009, competing in the 2009 Rising Stars Series and being selected to go to America for the World Drivers' Championship in 2011. Other than harness racing, Brad enjoys the thrill of playing in the local rugby league team. It was through the sport, he met friend and Canberra Raiders captain, Jarrod Crocker. Jarrod and Brad both played on the same team, the Goulburn Stockmen and Jarrod took an interest in the horses with Brad in 2014 when he purchased shares in Im Jay Tee. The owner/trainer partnership now have seven horses together and celebrated a treble in 2015 at Canberra with My Trial By Jury, Monterey Jack and Tullow. Tullow proved himself to the boys being purchased for just $10,000 and now having won over $100,000. Brad explains his greatest win as a trainer was in the Breeders Challenge Blue Final in 2015 with Spare Me Days and his greatest drive was behind the same horse when they took out the 2016 Bulli Cup. With currently eight horses in work of his own and around 30 combined at his father's stables along cousin Blake, Brad hopes in the long run to have set himself up on a property, training some nice horses with his long-term partner Milly. Who do you think is the best driver? Mark Purdon Who is the best looking person in Harness Racing? Miracle Mat Rue If you could be one celebrity for a day who would it be? Hugh Hefner What is your worst vice? Road rage with bad and slow drivers AMANDA RANDO

Each week, Queensland Harness Racing commentator Chris Barsby does a ring around and gets the inside info on a big list of Australasian based runners. Queensland trainer/driver Darrell Graham heads back to a specialist on Monday, his broken leg is healing well. Champion Perth trainer Gary Hall headed for operation on his hand next Monday. Has constant swelling. He will be out of action for a couple of weeks Talented Sydney trotter Cyclone Lucky Seven headed to Menangle trials next week for trainer Alex Alchin. - Last start was mid march. Star pacers for Shane Tritton, Arms Of An Angel & Salty Robyn both back doing pace work. No set plans for either speed machine. Last start Group 1 runner Three Of The Best is back in Queensland, starts Friday week in Breeders crown heat, decisions to be made after that. In-form couple Nathan Jack and Amanda Turnbull arrive in Queensland next week with 3 runners. Fcee, Neon Sky & Eye See Diamonds. Reigning Australian Driver of the Year Shane Graham, already has over 200 winners this season and celebrates his 52nd birthday today. Millionaire mare Frith will have one more start before a well-deserved break. Starts Saturday week in the Adore Me mares event at Menangle. Top Goulburn horseman Brad Hewitt arrives in Brisbane today with his winter carnival team headed by Spare Me Days. Talented 3yo Stanley Ross Robyn has also made the trek north and will start in both the Gold Coast and Queensland Derby classics. Victorian trainer Andy Gath will make final decision on Three Ways & possible Queensland Derby trip after he starts next Tuesday at Bendigo. Birthday celebrations today for Gareth Hall – he's planning a big party in Brisbane next week when he cheers home Hectorjayjay. Good race tomorrow at Albion Park when Queensland Derby aspirants Kimani (Matt Craven) & Mattgregor (Chantal Turpin) clash. Smart pacer My Kiwi Mate is headed to the Winter Championship series next week at Melton. Good trial this week after NZ Campaign. Despite an impressive trial this week, former Kiwi 3yo He Can Fly will remain in Sydney. Connections were eyeing Queensland Derby Last start Group 2 Breeders Classic winner Maestro Bellini is bang on target for Qbred triad Final on July 16. Starts new week. North American speedster Hurrikane Kingcole is facing a battle to make a successful comeback down under. Team McCarthy working overtime. Plans remain intact for SA Derby winner Brallos Pass to head north for Queensland Derby on July 16. Faces poor draw in Group 1 Vicbred Final this week Chris Barsby

In-form Goulburn harness racing horseman Brad Hewitt has quickly turned the page on last week. Heading into last Sunday’s feature race day at Menangle, Hewitt was hopeful with stable star Spare Me Days and emerging talent Arma The Gun in their respective Gr.1 Breeders Challenge Finals but came home short. Both pacers ran the punters elect but both missed the place. Hewitt has already switched his focus to his next target, the Brisbane winter carnival which starts this weekend at Albion Park and runs over three consecutive weekends. On Saturday night, Hewitt starts Spare Me Days in the Gr.3 $30,000 Horsepower Nutrition 4yo Championship. “The Brisbane campaign will wrap up his season; he goes straight to the paddock after the Blacks A Fake on July 16 for a well-deserved break because he’s done a super job this season. He’s really stepped it up this season and he’s proven that he’s going to be competitive in the open class arena, his win in the Bulli Cup proved that when he beat some nice horses in very good time at Menangle.” Hewitt said. Spare Me Days has drawn the second-line in the 2138m mobile start feature and meets talented types Major Cam, Birdy Mach and Major Coup among others. But Hewitt knows he’s got the form horse of the race. “I was very happy with his effort last Sunday because he had a poor draw and was forced to do plenty of work while they were running strong time; he kept fighting all the way up the straight. On a positive note, he’s taken no harm from the race and he seems in good order. “Barrier draws haven’t been kind to him lately and again this weekend we’ve got some work in front of us but the draws will hopefully turn around in the coming weeks. Obviously Birdy Mach is a talented type while the likes of Major Cam and Major Coup are still on the way up so it should be a competitive race. “We’re definitely going to start in the Blacks A Fake but a decision on the Sunshine Sprint won’t be made until after this weekend, it’s probably a little unlikely given the recent racing he’s had. I think the genuine speed in the Blacks A Fake which will be generated by the open class stars will suit him nicely.” Hewitt’s father Dave is considering sending talented three-year-old Stanley Ross Robyn north for the Gr.1 $75,000 Sure Duz Mosquito Candle Queensland Derby on July 16. The former New Zealand gelding continues to improve and was narrowly beaten yesterday (Tuesday) at Menangle when third behind Miss Riviera Belle and Look And Listen in a time of 1:52.7. A decision is expected soon. Chris Barsby

Cobbity harness racing trainer John McCarthy made the Treuer Memorial his own with talented pacer Washakie when he won the event on five successive occasions.  History also shows McCarthy has a dominant record in Penrith’s flagship race, the Renshaw Cup.  The Miracle Mile winning trainer has won three of the past four Renshaw Cups and could add another to his collection this Thursday night. The McCarthy stable will be represented by giant-killer Blazin N Cullen in this week’s $50,000 Group Two event.  The gelding became the first pacer to defeat Beautide over 2300 metres at Menangle last Saturday night handing the dual Inter Dominion winner just his second loss in races further than a mile at the track. Blazin N Cullen won the 2014 Renshaw Cup for McCarthy and was a fast finishing third behind New Zealand star Smolda in last year’s event.  Washakie won the race in 2013 while Terrorway won it in 2012.  The son of Christian Cullen is well bred.  His mother Rye Hanover is a full sister to stallions Red River Hanover, Rustler Hanover and Righteous Hanover while her half brother was $3 million winner Rocknroll Hanover. Punters should not be concerned about the recent workload for Blazin N Cullen as it will be his third run in the space of twelve days.  He came through an arduous Inter Dominion campaign late last year and raced four times in the space of seventeen days.  The final run of his Inter Dominion campaign saw him finish fourth in the Inter Dominion Consolation. Yayas Hot Spot looks the hardest to beat for Blazin N Cullen after the five-year-old gelding drew the front row.  The son of Jeremes Jet has the speed to cross to the front should Lauren Panella choose to fire him out of the gate.  He led for most of last year’s Renshaw Cup before being collared in the shadows of the post by Smolda.  Spare Me Days will start from barrier one if the emergencies are withdrawn.  The Brad Hewitt trained four year old defeated Frith in the Young Cup two starts ago and looks to be another of the winning chances in Thursday’s event. TAB has Blazin N Cullen equal favourite for Thursday’s race with last year’s runner up Yayas Hot Spot at $3.50.  Spare Me Days is next in the market at $4.60 while My General Lee is priced at $5.00. Greg Hayes  

Goulburn trainer Brad Hewitt admits he is unsure which Spare Me Days will turn up to compete in the haarness racing  Renshaw Cup at Penrith on Thursday night.  The four-year-old Ifihadyourluck gelding can look like a ‘world beater’ one week and struggle the next and Hewitt finds it impossible to predict in what mood the gelding will be in. After winning the Young Cup two starts ago defeating Group One winning mare Frith in the process, Spare Me Days performed well below his best at Bathurst at his next run. “I never know what I’m going to get with him, his run at Young was so good and he felt so strong but then at Bathurst he was plain and I could tell after I made the move to the chair that he was having one of his off nights,” Hewitt said. “What makes it harder to predict is that he is a dreadful track worker so you never get a clear indication whether he is going well or not because his work is poor.” Hewitt believes the Shane Tritton trained Yayas Hot Spot has the pace to cross from out wide on the front row in the Renshaw Cup which would put Spare Me Days behind the leader.  However Hewitt does not want to get shuffled back any further. “Yayas Hot Spot has got the speed to cross us all and if Spare Me Days can race on the back of the leader I think he has a great winning chance but they have been driving Yayas Hot Spot with a sit so if he crossed and then handed up to something else we’ll find it tough. “From three back on the pegs he would need a lot of luck.  He handles the small tracks really well as he proved at Young, the half mile track is no concern at all.” Thursday’s trip to Penrith will be a rare one for Hewitt especially during the colder months as he is normally training with his rugby league team the Goulburn Bulldogs. “Thursday night is normally training but I was lucky this week because the coach had a coaching clinic to go to so he transferred training to Friday night. “I normally start the year in first grade but I miss a few training session and a couple of games because of the horses and I end up getting dropped back to reserves.  I play in the centres, we’ve had one game this year and had a win so it has been a good start.” Spare Me Days will need to compete in one of the two remaining Carnival Of Cups feature races to be eligible for the $20,000 bonus that is up for grabs.  Horses must compete in four of the six events to qualify for the Carnival Of Cups bonus and after racing in the Goulburn and Young Cups he has already earned vital points.  After Thursday night’s Renshaw Cup, the final two legs will be conducted at Bankstown and Menangle. Greg Hayes

The David Hewitt trained Bon Accord Gal has put together a very strong harness racing record in a short time. The five-year-old daughter of Elsu has won eight of her thirteen career starts and bad manners have cost her victory in four of her five defeats. The only mare to have beaten Bon Accord Gal when she has paced throughout an entire race is the Shane Tritton trained Arms Of An Angel and regular driver Brad Hewitt is looking forward to a rematch. "I think if you swap the barrier draws around when they met it would have made it interesting, Arms Of An Angel is potentially a star mare but we think our mare is every bit as good as her," Hewitt said. "I have a really big opinion of Bon Accord Gal, she did it very easily on Saturday night when she won at Menangle and the Ladyship Mile qualifiers in February are her target." Bon Accord Gal is raced by Phil and Denise Thurston and was purchased from the New Zealand yearling sales. "Phil and Denise have a number of horses with us, after they purchased her out of the sales they sent her to us to try and get her going. "She's always been a bit silly and highly strung, she's also had a few little issues with her knees but we've got on top of those." In time, Hewitt expects Bon Accord Gal to overtake Sweet Molly Oshea as the family's leading mare. "I said to Dad (David) a month ago I thought Bon Accord Gal was as good if not better than Sweet Molly OShea, definitely over a mile because Bon Accord Gal has a lot more brilliance and speed. "Over distance Molly has proved in Queensland how good she can go, she lacks a bit of high speed and that's all that lets her down." Bon Accord Gal was the first leg of a driving double at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night for Hewitt with Tullow providing him his second victory on the night. "Saturday night was probably the best he has gone for me, he was three wide for the first half and they ran a very quick couple of sectionals. "We'll keep taking him back to Menangle on Saturday night and depending on how he is going we might put him into the Chariots of Fire heats, I think he can run 1:51.0 with everything run to suit." Greg Hayes

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