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'The maestro of Melton' Dan Mielicki produced another virtuoso performance as Harness Racing Victoria's morning trots trial roared to life at Tabcorp Park today. Mielicki, the voice of harness racing in Victoria, delivered one of the more memorable calls as the rain fell at Melton – referencing a classic Seinfeld racing line in Race 3. Rather than tell you what was said, check it out for yourself below in the video! The morning trots are being beamed around Australia via Sky Racing and into the United States for wagering and viewing on Saturday mornings for a three-week trial period. The US folk would undoubtedly have appreciated the Seinfeld line and will be looking forward to the next two Saturday morning Aus time (Friday night US) programs. Michael “King” Cole and Greg “The Candyman” Sugars took driving honours on the seven-race card with winning doubles.   HRV - Cody Winnell

About his in-form pacer Betternbetter, Keith Cotchin is circumspect. The Elmore horseman would be forgiven for being up and about and declaring big things for the impressive son of Betterthancheddar after his third straight win last night at Bendigo. But on his jet, Cotchin’s jets remained cool. “He seems to be coming back to some sort of form,” he told today's Trots Review. “The horse seems to have matured and is really starting to race with that keenness again to find the line.” Driven by Tayla French, 23, whose star is on the rise, Betternbetter (pictured) is three-from-three. “She’s done a great job,” Cotchin said. “She’s a nice girl and she’s been under a bit of pressure with him being an odds-on favourite. And it’s hard when you say you don’t want to be whizzing around to the death and that. She’s done a great job and has really clicked with him.” There is little doubt French’s star is on the rise. At Betternbetter’s last couple of wins the 23-year-old has remained ultra-composed and been able to extricate the pacer from tricky positions in the run. “I’m rapt for her,” Cotchin said. “She’s a good driver and this will give her a good kick-along.” During region-raced racing Cotchin said he would take it “day by day” with Betternbetter. “As far as medical and soundness viewpoints go the horse is fine and there’s no reason we can’t keep racing but we probably won’t do a lot until the regions open up again,” he said. “He’s a hard horse to rate because he’s just a very average track-worker and doesn’t set the world on fire, but when he goes to the races he goes to another level and that showed again last night. “Hopefully he’ll keep going through the classes. He is exciting.” Last night’s win takes Betternbetter’s record to 11 wins from 22 starts for over $75,000 in stakes. French finished with a winning double after earlier success aboard Joeys Hangover for her dad, trainer Terry French, in the Illusion Emblems Digital Printing Service Pace to open the program. Other winners were Lola Devereux in the North West Ag Services Trot, Mascott in the Share Media Trot, Ringer Russ in the Sheahan Plumbing Pace, Gobsmacked in the Bendigo Party Hire Pace, Ozzie Battler in the J L King & Co Pace, and Our Doreen Days in the Yorkshire Park Standardbreds Pace. Meanwhile at Shepparton Josh Aiken piloted a winning treble aboard Watchmedazzle in the Central Tyre Service 2YO Pace, Joonior Brown in the Your Sold Real Estate Pace and Janjuc in the Barastoc Pace. David Moran finished with a winning double aboard Santa Casa Beach in the Hunter Rural 3YO Pace and RNR Windemere in the Saddleworld Shepparton Pace. Other winners were Fullofmischief in the Alabar Maiden, Royal Admiral in the Cottrell Electrical Maiden and Rockin In Memphis in the Neatline Homes Pace.   First-Starter Form Your guide to today’s trots debutants   Ballarat tonight Race 2 – Ballarat Mazda 2YO Pace Dougs Babe (2yo filly by Western Terror out of Dougs Courage, trained and driven by Geoff Webster) First foal from a 23-time winning daughter of Courage Under Fire.   Platinum Sparkle (2yo filly by Bettors Delight out of Bollinger Baby, trained by Emma Stewart and driven by Jodi Quinlan) Full-sister to five-time winning Bossanova Bay, out of Christian Cullen mare who won 10 races and $67k in stakemoney.   Tuppence (2yo gelding by Lincoln Royal out of Star Crossed, trained by Geoff Webster and driven by David Murphy) Out of a daughter of Art Major, who won 12 races from 36 starts. This is her first foal.   Tough Tilly (2yo filly by Captaintreacherous out of Beninjurd, trained by Emma Stewart and driven by Kate Gath) Out of Art Major mare Beninjurd, this girl’s a half-sister to star juvenile Centenario and Somedan.   Act Now (2yo colt by Somebeachsomewhere out of Mollys Ideal, trained by Emma Stewart and driven by John Caldow) First foal to the races from a daughter of American Ideal.   Sumomentsomewhere (2yo gelding by Somebeachsomewhere out of Special Moments, trained by Jess Tubbs and driven by Greg Sugars) First foal from three-time winning daughter of Bettors Delight.   HRV - Cody Winnell

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) and the Victorian Harness Racing Club (VHRC) are pleased to announce a significant new media partnership. HRV’s live digital streaming service Trots Vision will broadcast The Parade Ring sponsored by the VHRC – Victorian harness racing’s preeminent club for trots owners – at every Tabcorp Park Melton Saturday night meeting. The VHRC also joins the RSN family through this HRV partnership with the long-time weekly trots show Gait Speed now sponsored by the VHRC. “The VHRC is firmly committed to working alongside HRV to add value to our industry and promote the great game wherever possible,” VHRC’s Rob Auber said. “Trots Vision is a wonderful media platform which provides great value for owners and participants who cannot be at the track and now they are able to see their horse in The Parade Ring brought to you by VHRC. “We are also thrilled to align our VHRC brand to RSN’s Gait Speed program, which can be heard every Monday on RSN Central with Gareth Hall. Dan Mielicki and I are regulars on that show and we’re looking forward to continuing to bring great stories to life for the benefit of the listeners and the industry. “We are honoured to partner with HRV and this will be the first of many exciting VHRC projects. We hope all owners and industry lovers will support our club with its membership initiatives for 2020-21 and we’re confident the harness industry will only grow if we are prepared to all support each other and pull in the one direction.” HRV General Manager of Marketing Andrew English welcomed the new partnership and spoke highly of the role VHRC has played over many years. “The VHRC has been an integral part of the Victorian trots industry for a long time and HRV is excited to extend this partnership to encompass two of our key media brands in The Parade Ring on Trots Vision and Gait Speed on RSN,” English said. “I congratulate the VHRC team, and Rob Auber in particular, not only for the exemplary work he does as one of our hosts on Trots Vision, but also for the way in which he is working so effectively in his role with the VHRC and for the greater good of our industry as a whole. “HRV is thrilled to be working so closely with the VHRC to develop our mutual vision, which will only strengthen the entire harness racing industry for many years to come.”   HRV - Cody Winnell

Long-time harness racing aficionado Ken Whelan was back in the winners’ stall yesterday at Ballarat trots. The astute horseman produced four-year-old trotter Charlie Walker to win the TAB, Long May We Play Trot. Driven by John Caldow, Charlie Walker (pictured) settled three back on the fence from the pole as a 50-1 shot in Well Deserved set the pace. Turning for home Caldow was angling for runs, and when Well Deserved galloped he was able to steer around that horse and manoeuvre into the gap for a narrow triumph. The victory was win No.1 for Charlie Walker at his 12th start, but there’s no doubting his ability, showing several glimpses of a breakthrough before yesterday. “When I broke him in, I thought he’d be really smart because he could skip over the ground pretty good without asking him to run and he’s never been a silly horse,” Whelan said. “He is a bit hesitant to do something new on the racetrack and he shies a bit, but I think he’ll make a nice racehorse.” And Whelan would know. The horsemanship history among his family goes back generations. His father’s parents and grandparents had the “cabs and coaches” business at Maryborough dating back to the goldrush days. “They would tell me that they often would carry 50 or 60 miners pulled by eight horses in hand and my father drove the cabs from the station as a boy and the hearse to the cemetery,” Whelan said. Whelan’s father, Bill Whelan, “WJ”, trained horses successfully over many years, picking up club premierships at tracks like Maryborough, St Arnaud, Charlton and Ouyen and having periods of dominance at the Showgrounds during the 1960s. “We had nice horses back then. I think we had about five horses go to free-for-all company. We had Doxa Joe too, who was the fastest Australian bred horse ever to go America at the time, named after the Doxa Youth Centre at Malmsbury and its founder Father Joe Giacobbe,” Whelan said. “Geoff McDonald was very friendly with him and he bred Doxa Joe and Robin Guy. We had them both. Doxa Joe was sold to American and went 1:53.0.” Ken and his father had an enormous setback in 1985 after the central Victorian bushfire, which started in Avoca, burnt out their property. “I shifted to Smeaton, which is now Lawrence, and started up,” Ken said. Some of his best winners along the way since have been Gerry Leigh, Kenfig Boy and Puhinui Jim “They were handy horses. Puhinui Jim was first class but he had a bad accident one night at Moonee Valley and only ever won one race after that. He won 18 or 19 races from about 24 starts and broke two minutes most times he went around,” he said. In September of 1995 Whelan broke his back in a race fall when at the peak of his powers, having won multiple club premierships in the weeks leading up to that accident. “I crushed vertebrae and was in lot of trouble for a long time. I still wear a brace. A horse fell on top of me upside down on the cart,” he said. Whelan also explained that long-time harness figure Len Baker and his father raced numerous horses with the family over the years. Asked about his best memories, Whelan said a win of Roman Chapel one night at Globe Derby was “pretty special” driving for Trevor Spry. But those wins such as Charlie Walker are the most satisfying. “When you break one in, get him going and then train him, it doesn’t matter what race it is, that is the greatest pleasure you get,” Whelan said. One of Charlie Walker’s owners, Geoff Walker, has a grandfather whose second name is Charlie, Ken explained, adding “he was going to call him something ridiculous and my wife, Merna, said, ‘Why don’t you just call him Charlie Walker?’ So that’s how he got his name.” Other winners at Ballarat were Indigo Dancer (A Rocknroll Dance-Tauto Jane) for Ricky Ryan and Caldow, Ofortuna (Majestic Son-Fortunate Phoenix) for Craig Demmler and Jodi Quinlan, Better Boppa (Betterthancheddar-C C Bopper) for Emmett and Richard Brosnan, Jobells Image (Always A Virgin-Arts Image) for Emma Stewart and Greg Sugars, Abouttime (Art Major-Limerick Star) for Stewart and Sugars, Im A Denny Too (Art Major-Pricillas Girl) for Dennis Grieve and Sugars, and Pradason (Shadow Play-Stylish Jasper) for trainer-driver Allan McDonough. At Shepparton last night the winners were Santa Casa Beach (Somebeachsomewhere-Lombo Sleek Street) for Russell Jack and David Moran, Hateitwhenyourrite (Lucky Chucky-Adhesive) for David Abrahams and Brent Thomson, Well Well (Well Said-Johnola Babe) for Rosemarie and Paul Weidenbach, Hanover Sunshine (All Speed Hanover-Beverley Button) for Mark Buckingham, Sofala (Safari-Sass And Bling) for Donna Castles, Blingittothemax (Art Major-Alldatglittersisgold) for David and Josh Aiken, Alta Mach (Mach Three-Alta Vista) for Shayne Eeles, and Golden Sand (Somebeachsomewhere-Fususi) for trainer-driver Laura Crossland. First-Starter Form A quick guide to today’s trots debutants Bendigo tonight Race 1 Keilah (3yo filly by Art Major out of Shakeilah, trained by Luke Stapleton and driven by Alex Ashwood) Out of a Bendigo debutant winning daughter of In The Pocket, who has already produced 13-time winner Thatswhatisaid (by Well Said) and I Will Rock You (by Rock N Roll Heaven). They went 1:51.4 and 1:52.5 respectively. The mare has a 100% strike rate for her foals to the races, so that suggests there’s a win in this girl at some stage. Roxy Royale (3yo filly by Pet Rock out of Baroda Bess, trained and driven by Ross Graham) This filly is out of an unraced Armbro Operative mare, who has so far produced Animated (1:53.6, 21 wins from 103 starts and still racing well) and Sports Bounty (eight wins, 1:55.5).   Race 2 Tellmesumthingirl (3yo filly by Julius Caesar out of Parisian Operative, trained and driven by Dylan Marshall) This filly is from a one-time winning daughter of Armbro Operative who has not yet produced a foal to the races.   HRV - Cody Winnell

Balmoral trainer Janet Exell is happily carrying on a family dynasty started by her grandfather, Arthur, and carried on by her father, Ken.  Ken trained in the Wimmera town of Goroke for years, as did Arthur, but when he passed away three years ago Janet took out her trainer's licence and continued the family's green silk colours.  Last night five-year-old trotting gelding Show Me The Moolah, trained by Janet, won the Southwest Conveyancing Trotters Handicap over 2180m with Jason Ainsworth in the sulky.   Janet, who also has show horses that she takes around the country for competition, now has five in work and has won eight races since taking up her trots licence in 2016-17. “My dad passed away three years ago and that’s when I decided I’d take out my trainer’s licence,” Janet said. “I’d always worked horses with him ever since I was big enough to be able to hold the reins. I got my licence because I wanted to keep his colours going because he got those when he was 16 in 1949.” Show Me The Moolah has now won three races for Janet this year, and that number could be higher as the son of Allawart Ray – a Wimmera trotter who actually contested an Inter Dominion at Harold Park and ran third behind Pride of Petite in a heat of the 1998 Australasian Trotting Championship – has made mistakes at his two runs between those wins. Janet said Show Me The Moolah was “a difficult animal”. “He’s really anxious. He pulls hard. Even at home I try and keep him relaxed but he just wants to go flat out the whole time. I have broken in many, many, many harness horses in my time and he is the slowest and dumbest learner I’ve ever had,” she said. “I’ve persisted because I always knew he had talent, but he’s tested my patience to the nth degree. I used to spend all my times at the trials getting off a bar. He’d break, break, break, break. “But I’ve tried to do things differently at home to settle him down. And Jason (Ainsworth) is a lovely fella and he’s been listening. He’s a great guy. “Ray Holbertson has also been a huge help. Since my father passed away Ray has helped me so much.” But the penny appears to be dropping with Show Me The Moolah. “I used to get frustrated and upset. I knew he was fast and could do good things. He hasn’t actually been put under any real pressure yet,” Janet said. Janet’s other trotter, Keepthedream, which ran third to Show Me The Moolah last night, will be retired to a breeding career at the end of the season. “She’s been so reliable, the ‘beautiful redhead’,” she said. “She’s off to stud at the end of the season and will go to Great Success.” Kolovos scored success first-up for Aaron Dunn, the latest of Stevie Blacker’s stable acquisitions – a Bettors Delight gelding out of New Zealand, in the Warrnambool Hydraulics Pace. Kolovos rated 2:01.7 to defeat Sporty Culture as a short-priced favourite. Peter and Kerryn Manning combined to win the Cervus Equipment Terang 2YO Pace with Alta Christiano filly Jaziah, which rated 1:56.7 to upstage Keayang Kamikaze by 2.4m. Dunn and Blacker doubled up in the Mt Noorat Freighters 3YO Pace with three-year-old Art Major colt Silent Major upstaging Kowalski Analysis in 1:59.6. Impressive Shadow Play colt Troubadour continued his rise with victory in the Morsbearings Pace for trainer Jeff McLean. Driven by son Tim, Troubadour showed enormous depth to lift off the canvas from the home turn for a 1.9m win in the breeze over Jilliby Galwaygirl in 2:00.1. Trotter Travel Bug took out the Terang Co-Op Rural Store Handicap over 2180m from the stand for Jason McNaulty and James Herbertson. The four-year-old Dream Vacation gelding defeated champion Sparkling Success by 4.7m, the latter starting from a 40-metre handicap, with the winner off 20m. Driver Sofia Arvidsson produced a peach of a steer aboard Crime Writer to take out the Phonse Hickey Memorial Plate for trainer Matthew Craven. Initially leading, Crime Writer took cover when Jackie Barker made a dashing move aboard Im Sir Blake with a lap to go. Crime Writer sprinted sharply up the lane late to score a 3m win over Stroke Of Luck in 1:58.4. Jilliby Sylvester took out the last race, the Goodtime Lodge Pace, for Marg Lee and Jason Lee by a short half-head in 1:56.1 over Rollova. Trainer Brent Lilley was the dominant force at Kilmore last night, training four winners. Lilley produced Here Comes Kyvalley to claim the MC Labour 2YO Trotters Handicap, Robbie Royale to win the Kilmore Trackside Trot, Kyvalley Clichy to capture the North Central Review Trot, and talented fast-class pacer Sicario for success in the Momentum Gaming Pace. Three of the four winners were driven by champion reinsman Chris Alford, with Brad Chisholm aboard Kyvalley Clichy. Charlie Farrugia and Darren Zahra combined to win the Beraldo Coffee Pace by a head to open the program, the eight-year-old son of Safari narrowly defeating Lola Montez. Express Beauty won the Bendigo Club 3YO Pace for in-form trainer-driver David Miles, the daughter of Art Major well too good for her rivals in 1:58.1. Red White An Bloom won the Jet Roofing 3YO Trot for trainer-driver Chris Lang by a neck over Van Sank, while Nota Replica for Lisa Miles was victorious in the C & M Build Group Pace.   First-Starter Form Your guide to today’s debutants Ballarat Today Race 2 Beautiful Woman (3yo filly by Art Major out of Kabbalah Karen B, trained by Emma Stewart and driven by Greg Sugars) Beautifully bred daughter of nine-time winning Western Terror mare, who has produced Our Little General (78 starts, 25 wins, 1:49.8, $685k) and Kasbah Kid (53 starts, 14 wins, 1:54.3, $155k). Beautiful Woman is a full-sister to Kasbah Kid.   Shepparton Tonight Race 3 Payup Orleave (4yo gelding by Live Or Die out of Orta Be Ruthless, trained by Shane Pangrazio and driven by Josh Aiken) Out of a 19-time winning mare from 54 starts, this debutant is a half-sister to Weeks End (51 starts, 14 wins, 1:56.8, $84k), Ruthless Armbro (15 wins from 84 starts, 1:53.2, $87k) and Ortabe Good who won three races. Macwrecker (5yo gelding by Grinfromeartoear out of Illawong Katrina, trained by Fiona Widdup and driven by David Moran) Out of a maiden mare, who was a daughter of Presidential Ball. The dam has produced one to the races, Illawong Knight, who won two races.   HRV - Cody Winnell

For the first time ever Harness Racing Victoria and Greyhound Racing Victoria will host Saturday morning trots and dogs meetings from May 9. Victorian harness and greyhound meetings will feature on Saturday mornings for an initial three-week period from May 9-23. Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) CEO Dayle Brown and Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) CEO Alan Clayton issued a joint statement to announce the news this morning. “Saturday morning racing presents an important strategic opportunity for our racing codes. The additional race meetings will provide extra earning potential for our hard-working participants and enable our products to reach new audiences during a period when people are hungry for sporting entertainment. We thank our Victorian Racing Industry (VRI) partners and Tabcorp for backing this initiative and welcome the initial three-week arrangement. Each of these meetings will be thoroughly reviewed from a wagering, broadcast and brand perspective. This will help guide our future strategy regarding Saturday morning racing. We are also pleased to be working so collaboratively on this project.” Tabcorp Park Melton will host the three Saturday morning trots meetings, while the greyhound meetings will be held Ballarat, May 9 and May 16, and Shepparton, May 23.   HRV - Cody Winnell

Four more winners to Alex Ashwood has him leading driver of the Central Region by two after last night’s Bendigo trots at Lord’s Raceway. From six drives Ashwood scooped the four wins plus two thirds. It means Ashwood has a winning strike rate of over 30 per cent under the regional model. The first of the quartet last night came aboard Trevor Patching-trained seven-year-old Julius Caesar mare Pippa One Two, who was lining up for just her second start after an almost four-year layoff in the first race, the Charlton & District Community Bank Maiden Pace. Pippa and Ashwood had to fight hard though to overcome early leader Will He Star, who refused to lie down in the straight under the urging of Shannon O’Sullivan, the $23 outsider only beaten a head at the post. Ray Cross and Rodney Lakey combined for a winner in the Illusion Emblems Digital Printing Service 3YO Trot, with Imperial Count filly Countess Chiron overhauling odds-on favourite Lotta Fuss late for a 4.9m win. Ashwood combined with partner Kate Hargreaves to claim the Bush’s Produce 3YO Pace with Pet Rock filly Wicked Azz (pictured), scoring by 1.1m over Lets Make Tracks, who made a sustained bid for victory around the outside for Mick Carbone. Ashwood’s treble came in the fourth, the Gold Central Victoria Trotters Handicap, aboard Kent Harpley-trained Belltopperboy, which drew clear of Delarose late for a 7.7m win. Trevor Patching brought up a training double as Ashwood made it four in the TLC Carpentry Pace, seven-year-old gelding Busters Grin proving a neck too good for short-priced favourite Exciter in the first leg of the quaddie. Veteran reinsman Brian Gath continued his terrific affinity with Ross Graham-trained Nephew Of Sonoko, winning his second straight race aboard the four-year-old in the Oxley Feed Mill Trotters Handicap. Gath sent Nephew Of Sonoko to the front via a dashing mid-race move and the son of Danny Bouchea always travelled strongly from there, drawing clear at the finish to rate 2:02.2 over 2150m to score by 9m over Well Defined, with Aleppo Murphy in third. The brilliant form of Ace Duigan continued in the Bendigo Sky Boat Centre Pace, with Shannon O’Sullivan guiding the Michael Mannix-trained eight-year-old to an all-the-way win. Ace Duigan has won three and placed four of his last eight starts, including two wins on the spin. Last night he rated 1:56.3 over 2150m to defeat The High Roller by 7m with Belittled in third. Clarenden Dazzler, trained and driven by Glenn Douglas, completed the program with victory in the Northern Rivers Equine Veterinary Clinic Pace, scoring by a half-neck over Von Ponder in 1:59.0. Meanwhile, yesterday’s daytime trots spotlight was on Tabcorp Park Melton where John Justice picked up a training/driving double. Talented four-year-old trotter Hatchback saluted for Justice in the Aldebaran Park Trotters Handicap in 2:04.8 from the stand over 2240m, defeating Ginger Gleeson’s consistent tryer Majestic Eyes by 3m. That win capped a race-to-race double for Justice, who also won the Pryde’s EasiFeed 3YO Pace with Long Weekend, which bolted home by 8.4m over Matts Delight in 1:57.8. Rhys Nicholson took out the first race, the DNR Logistics Pace, aboard John McCullagh-trained Art Major mare Yannarie, the four-year-old scoring by 14m over Luv Me Or Hate Me in 2:01.8. Trotter Carnera appreciated a drop in grade to take out the Dynamic Print Group Trotters Handicap for trainer-driver Lance Justice, saluting by 2.6m over Celtic Rose in 2:04.7 from the stand. Michael Cole’s four-year-old gelding Auckland Red won the third, the Allied Express Pace, in 1:56.3, defeating David Murphy’s Ghostly Silence by 7.1m. Anne-Maree Conroy-trained Querencia won the Talking Trots on SENTrack Trot, Race 4, with Glenn Conroy in the sulky. The four-year-old son of Andover Hall charged home to overhaul Im Notta Trotter, who produced a bold frontrunning display for Brooke Sadler only to be nabbed late. Well-backed Speedy Mach won the Beraldo Coffee Pace for trainer Chris Mifsud and driver Joe Pace, while the meeting finished with a long-shot victory to Tiwanaku in the TAB, Long May We Play Pace, for trainer Steve Zammit and reinsman Luke Tabone.   First-Starter Form Your guide to today's trots debut runners  Kilmore Tonight Race 2: Pepperberry (3yo filly by Major Bronski out of Rock Melody, trained and driven by Monique Burnett) Out of a two-time winning daughter of Pacific Rocket, this filly is a half to one-time winner Have No Choice. Broadway And Fifth (3yo filly by Art Major out of Broadway Play, trained by Shannon McLean and driven by Chris Alford) Out of the brilliant Safely Kept mare Broadway Play (65 starts, 20 wins, $173k, 1:57.3), this filly is a full sister to Live On Broadway (10 wins from 12 starts). Comfortable trial winner at Cranbourne on April 18.   Race 3 Im Josephine (2yo filly by Im Stately out of Spannerintheworks, trained and driven by Joe Attard) Out of a two-time winning daughter of Safely Kept, Im Josephine is a half-sister to talented 13-time winning trotter Ten Spanners. Whos The Man (2yo gelding by Angus Hall out of Oh Yes Indeed, trained and driven by Chris Svanosio) Out of eight-time winning daughter of Sundon Oh Yes Indeed, who has produced six impressive winners, including Earl Of Stanton (10 wins from 155 starts, $64k, 2:03.6), My Mate Mal (14 wins, 164 starts, $73k, 2:05.6), The Boss Man (20 wins from 82 starts, $265k, 1:58.6) and Anywhere Hugo (9 wins from 39 starts, $146k, 1:57.8). Aldebaran My (2yo filly by Father Patrick out of Aldebaran Daisy) Out of an eight-time winning daughter of Eilean Donon. This is her second foal. Sovereign Tiger (2yo gelding by Majestic Son out of Dawn Tears) Out of a six-time winning daughter of Earl. This debutant is her first foal. Granddam was Golden Teardrops, who threw six-time winner Dawn Tears and four-time winner Sovereign Minx.     HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

The Lord’s Raceway story was Rod Lakey last night, the resuming reinsman who, after 14 years out of the sulky, has not missed a beat since his racetrack return earlier this month. Lakey’s winning double last night came aboard two long-shots, and he is quickly making a name for himself as someone who can land the knockout blow aboard unwanted commodities in the betting. The first winner came in the opener, the World’s Best Hoof Oil Pace, aboard Tiza Nightmare for trainer Shane Organ (pictured absolutely dominating his rivals!). Tiza Nightmare, a nine-year-old son of Tiz A Masterpiece, drew away for a 13.7-metre win in a mile rate of 1:59.2 over 2150m. Lakey then struck in the seventh race, the Aldebaran Park Trot, aboard Ray Cross-trained Honey Please. The $29 shot upstaged $2.4 favourite Zarem in a rate of 2:00.8. Jayden Brewin and Ellen Tormey also drove winning doubles on the card. Brewin steered three-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding Adam Crocker to a 1.9m win over All Whitey Then in 1:54.7 over 1650m, before doubling up a race later aboard smart mare Leigha Miller – a Gary Donaldson-trained daughter of Art Major. Tormey’s successes came aboard Wicked Azz for trainer Kate Hargreaves, the three-year-old Pet Rock filly upstaging stablemate Naamark by a head in 1:56.2 over 1650m, and Courageous Saint at odds in the Schweppes Pace for trainer Glenn Douglas. Meanwhile, Betternbetter took out the Alabar Bloodstock Pace for trainer Keith Cotchin and talented young driver Tayla French, while Paying Your Way captured the Great Ocean Road Real Estate Pace for trainer Daryl Pace and driver Matt Gath.   First-Starter Form Your guide to today’s trots debutants Kilmore Tonight Race 4 Jo Rocks (2yo filly by Pet Rock out of Our Ruby Banner, trained by David Miles and driven by Jayden Barker) Jo Rocks is out of 10-time winning mare Our Ruby Banner, who pocketed $101k and rated 1:54.0. She is Our Ruby Banner’s first foal to the races. Our Ruby Banner was a half-sister to multiple winners Dudley Poplar and Mister XJ. Holi Starzzz (2yo filly by Four Starzzz Shark out of Paintball, trained and driven by David Miles). Holi Starzzz is the third foal to the races from well-performed Art Major mare Paintball. Holi Starzzz is a half-sister to The Pantheist, who has won four from 13 for David Miles, and also Balterra. Paintball won 11 races from 55 starts and finished fourth in the 2011 Vicbred Super Series 2YO Fillies Final behind Secret Desire, La Machane and Blazeaway Macray. Asante Sana (2yo filly by Courage Under Fire out of Braeview Creation, trained by Alison Alford and driven by Chris Alford) A half-sister to Braeview Bondi, Asante Sana is out of Caprock mare Universal First, whose progeny included Lils Dream.   Thetrots.com.au - Cody Winnell

Shane Hall is celebrating everything about last night’s win aboard Dynamic Diesel (pictured) in the Schweppes 2YO & 3YO Trotters Handicap at Bendigo because “you never know when the next one’s coming”. For Hall, 53, it was just his second win as a driver but 18th as a trainer. “It’s pretty special to be able to breed the horse, train the horse and drive your own horse, so I enjoy every moment and celebrate every win,” he said. Dynamic Diesel stepped superbly from the 30-metre tape last night, running to the front and absorbing plenty of pressure from Countess Chiron in the run before holding off Quaker Maker late to clock a 2:08.2 rate for the standing start success. “My bloke was doing it pretty easily and I knew he’d stick on,” Hall said. “He’d been trialling well and I didn’t have to move on him much at the end. I just had to keep talking to him.” While observers may at first glance assume the pressure Rod Lakey put on aboard Countess Chiron at the bell may have made it harder for Dynamic Diesel to win, Hall believes it actually helped. “It wasn’t until Lakey came up that my boy started wanting to go. He can be a fizzy sort of horse and he races better with another horse beside him, so it actually did him a favour. Early when he was out in front he nearly switched off a little bit. As the race wen on he just got better and better and felt more comfortable in himself,” he said. Hall admitted getting “nervous as … anything” in the lead-up to a race he’s to drive him but said once in the cart he’s fine. “I only drive my own horses and it was great to get my second win. And the horse picks up the bonus which keeps the cogs turning,” he said. Meanwhile, legendary reinsman Brian Gath was back in the winners’ stall last night at Bendigo after taking out the Aldebaran Park Trot aboard Nephew Of Sonoko. The four-year-old gelding from the stables of Ross Graham has prodigious ability but seemingly also a strong mind of his own, which has many times brought him undone on race day. But for B.R. Gath, who has driven Nephew Of Sonoko at his past two starts for a second placing and now a win, the son of Danny Bouchea has looked only the professional. Last night’s win was 75-year-old’s Gath’s fourth this season, having previously driven seven winners in seasons 2017-18 and 18-19, which followed eight in 16-17. If you go back to 2006-07, Gath drove 163 winners from 774 starters for a ridiculously good strike rate of 21 per cent. ‘Comeback kid’ Lakey drove a double courtesy of Lynne Mercieca-prepared Art Finest in the Best Accounting & Audit Pace and Hashtag for trainer Shaun McNaulty in the Garrards Horse & Hound Pace. Trish McVeigh trained and driven Angus Bromac finished second to Art Finest, McVeigh almost nailing her first winner in the sulky since season 2014-15. She has only driven 11 times in that five-year period. For the trivia buffs, her last win was aboard the then five-year-old Angus Bromac at Albion Park on September 1, 2014. And Glenn Douglas and Ellen Tormey combined for a winning double via Torrid Saint in the Max Bakery & Café Pace and Elegant Jewel in the Yabby Dam Racing Pace. David Murphy took driving honours at Tabcorp Park Melton yesterday with four-year-old Romany Brown successful in the COGS Pace for trainer John Murphy, and Karlene Tindale-trained Ammichhi winning the Talking Trots on SENTrack 3YO Pace. Today’s double-header kicks off with Shepparton trots before tonight the spotlight turns to Kilmore. Check out Trots Centre for a detailed preview. First-Starter Form for Today A look at those horses making their debut today at the trots…   Shepparton Race 1 Romances (3yo filly by Yankee Boy out of The Secret Dance) Dam was a US-born two-time winner in Queensland by Keep It A Secret. This is her first foal to race. Registered a confidence-boosting win at the Shepparton trials in a leisurely rate of 2:17.0 in March.  More recently was second in 2:05.8 beaten 20m by Sultan Sass. Trained and driven by Cameron Maggs.   Race 2 Watchmedazzle (2yo gelding by Hes Watching out of Shoom Shoom) Second foal to race from the Grinfromeartoear mare who was unraced. Granddam was African Dancer, who won 21 races and produced several winners, including Prophesy (13 wins from 66 starts, 1:53.2 and $131k), Redbank Blaze (18 wins from 111 starts, 1:51.2 and $230k), Bamako Mali (13 wins from 33 starts, 1:55.6, $259k) and Shezallatitude (11 wins from 23 starts, 1:55.1 and $252k). Trained and driven by David Aiken. More detail in the Trial File extract below via Craig Rail.   Upright (2yo colt by Art Major out of Pretty Interest) Second foal to race from this mare, who also produced Interest Me (3 wins from 11 starts to date). Granddam was Pretty Smooth, mother of Anvil Vance, a 17-time winner for $450k in stakemoney, Anvil Vance was a fast-class star and placed third in the 1998 A.G. Hunter Cup behind Try A Fluke and Sovereign Hill. Trained by Steve Duffy, driven by Bec Bartley, won a recent trial, which is detailed below via Craig Rail’s Trial File.   Giannis Ay Macray (2yo gelding by Grinfromeartoear out of Macray Rosewood) Bred by well-respected breeder Ian Kitchin, this gelding is out of a Rustler Hanover mare who didn’t race but several of her siblings did for moderate success. Also referenced in the below extract from most recent trial. Trained and driven by Justin Torney.         Race 3 Gallifrey Direct (3yo gelding by Changeover out of Oliveleven) Dam was a three-time winner by Kinney Hanover and a half-sister to two other winners, Sharman (9 wins from 102 starts, 2:00.1, $47k) and Kankkunen (11 wins from 94 starts, 1:55.9, $55k). Trained and driven by Luke Bryant. Trialled OK for fifth at Bendigo on 30 March.   Jukebox Jet (3yo gelding by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Beautifulsmile) This horse’s mother raced 10 times for two wins and five minors. This is her first foal. Trained by Peter Hall and driven by Ryan Sanderson. Has trialled at least seven times during the past 12 months with three minor placings but no wins.   Kilmore Race 1 Split Ear (3yo gelding by Night Of The Stars out of Voce) From a Red River Hanover mare who won six races from 50 goes. One of just two foals by Night of the Stars, who won nine races and is a son of Christian Cullen. Trained by Brent Lilley and driven by Chris Alford. Showed strong gate speed in recent trial and fought on bravely to be overhauled late by Theultimate, who is showing terrific promise, and they rated 2:01.6 with a 58.1 last half.   Ideal Cullect (3yo gelding by Big Jim out of Cullectakiss) First foal from unraced Gotta Go Cullect mare. Trained by Don Gee, driven by Rod Petroff. Ran fifth in Shepparton trial on March 17.   Race 3 Hotel Kyvalley (2yo colt by Father Patrick out of Lindys Two Step) From a four-time winning daughter of Muscles Yankee, who has also produced Glenferrie Belle (9 wins from 67 starts, 2:00.9, $59k) and Morgan Mylee, a three-time winning squaregaiter who showed promise as a youngster by winning an Oaks Trial and placing fifth in the Breed for Speed Bronze. Trained by Brent Lilley and driven by Chris Alford. Sure to be well-educated in this camp off the back of several trials. If you check out the Search function at the trots.com.au (see magnifying glass under teal ribbon at home page) and type in a horse’s name, you can view all of Craig Rail’s Trial File commentary about each horse. That would be handy for this fella.   Here Comes Kyvalley (2yo colt by Muscle Mass out of Nice One Kenny) From two-time winning Sundon mare, this guy is a half-brother to Princess Kenny, which has already amassed eight wins from 19 starts. Produced a solid second placing in a recent trial. Trained by Brent Lilley, driven by Josh Duggan.   Kyvalley Heist (2yo colt by Muscle Mass out of U Dream) Dam is a two-time winning daughter of Love You. This is her first foal. Granddam was Galleons Dream, who produced the brilliant Galleons Sunset (14 wins from 50 starts, 1:58.9, $315k), winner of the 2008 Inter Dominion Grand Final as well as the Bill Collins Trotters Mile. Has trialled twice for a fourth and a second. Another trained by Brent Lilley, driven by Brad Chisholm.   Watch And Act (2yo gelding by Skyvalley out of Misty Elle) First foal from unraced Pegasus Spur mare. Granddam produced Frances Annie, a 15-time winner who earnt over $100k in stakemoney. Comes to the races with the benefit of four trials and under the guidance of trainer-driver Chris Svanosio, who is doing a stellar job with trotters.   HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) CEO Dayle Brown (pictured) says Victorian harness racing will come out of the current COVID-19 pandemic a stronger, more united and resilient industry. Speaking on the inaugural Trots Media CEO Pod, Brown said HRV’s business model was “changing exponentially each day” and he praised industry participants and stakeholders for “rallying together”. “We are one in this,” Brown said. “We are going to come through this as a much greater and stronger industry. This gives us the opportunity in a really dire set of circumstances to reimagine what harness racing is.” Listen to the full podcast here or via your favourite podcast app by searching for ‘Trots Media’.     HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

Smynanna Mickey’s Tasco Petroleum Pace win at Mildura last night capped driver Danny Weinert’s first career double. And the Merbein horseman is predicting bigger things for the four-year-old mare (pictured second from left), trained by Chris Smythe, who upstaged the most seasoned horses in the region to register her sixth career win. In the interview conducted for Trots Media's new Trots Review column, Weinert spoke of the positive impression the mare had made on him.  “She’s actually a very nice horse but she’s still learning to adjust to the tempo against that class,” he said. “But she’s gone from racing against the old C1s and C2s to suddenly racing against the best horses we’ve got. “It wasn’t long ago she was racing against one I had called Crowbar Johnson, all of a sudden it’s Murranji Track and horses like that.” From gate one last night, Smynanna Mickey allowed Causenfriction to run to the lead early, and the subsequent lead time was posted at 40.7 seconds (half a second outside the record, reported race caller Luke Humphreys). The heat didn’t dissipate for the following 1200m either, Causenfriction posting a 29.5 first quarter, a 29 second and 29.4 third split. With about 1000m to go Murranji Track made his move to try to eyeball the leader – but the blistering second stanza saw reinsman Allan MacDonald urging the veteran fast-class pacer to get on terms. All the while Weinert sat patiently on the backs of the pacemakers as the trio broke well clear of the peloton down the back straight. “Coming around that final corner I was thinking, had she had enough or was she just bludging? She was just bludging,” Weinert said. Just as he eased the mare to the outside of the lead horses, Weinert had to click up Smynanna Mickey and she found enough to grind home best in a 31.6 last quarter. “To drive her, you think this horse has no idea what she’s doing … she just switches off in the run and you do have to wake her up a bit, but as a four-year-old, to be beating those horses, she’s doing a great job. She’s got upside, a catchy name, a good temperament and she’s only had 15 starts. “She makes her own luck. As Chris said last night, he’d like to see her driven cold off the gate. And I used her off the gate for a short distance, but she still got home all right.” In the previous race, the One Stop Wholesaler Pace, Weinert combined with trainer Andrew Vozlic to win with six-year-old Euston Flyer. “I thought he was my winner for the night. I had to beat Twobobjack, who I drove last week, and I thought should have won. I thought ‘if I can out-drive him and get the right run then we could win’ and we got the luck," Weinert said. “He’s got a good turn of speed for a couple of hundred metres. He sprints really well and can take advantage of an opening when the run comes.” Weinert had eight drives and said he was “unlucky not to finish with three wins” as Bezzaboma was beaten a head by Graceful Art in the Tankard Dental Pace (Race 4). Fair to say he’s enjoying the region-based racing model. “I think the best part of it is there’s money staying in the region. We can’t be lucky like this all the time and we know we can’t live in a bubble, but it’s just going great for local horses, local people and that’s fantastic for trotting,” he said. Meanwhile, Sandra O’Connor notched just her second career winner as a driver – and first since Ohokas Cullen in May 2014 – when she piloted Trooper Mossman home in the Gateway Pace. It was career win number 145 for O’Connor as a trainer. Reinsman Reece Moore continued his region-based racing dominance in the Sunraysia with a winning double, victorious aboard Rhyflective in the Park Douglas Printing Pace, for 85-year-old trainer Laurie Callick, and Mister Jimaringle for trainer Terry Gange.   Ashwood, Tormey dominate  At Bendigo yesterday the Alex Ashwood show rolled on big time. Ashwood finished with four winners from the eight-race card, one more win than Ellen Tormey, who secured a winning treble, with Glenn Douglas the other winning reinsman at Lord’s. Busters Grin brought up the first of Ashwood’s successes in the Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisers Pace for trainer Trevor Patching in Race 1. The gun reinsman then followed with victories aboard Belltopperboy for Kent Harpley in the Sheahan Plumbing Trot, Well Defined for Kate Hargreaves in the Bendigo Sky Boat Centre Trot, and Above Average for Justin Brewin in the Race Services Pace.   Today's trots The spotlight turns to Headquarters today for a daytime Tabcorp Park Melton meeting kicking off at 1.18pm, with Lord’s Raceway firing up again tonight for an additional Bendigo meeting.   First-timers Melton Race 5: Union Boss (4yo entire by Union Guy out of Torrential Hannah) Yet to see much to get excited about at the trials. His dam was a 10-time winner with over $50k in stakemoney. This fella is a half-brother to Flying Hannah, who won five races and rated 1:56.1 when winning at Bendigo in 2018.   Bendigo Race 3: Barbs Gift (2yo filly trotter by Bacardi Lindy out of Catchya Taddy) Another who hasn't done much at the trials. She’s the first foal of Catchya Taddy to get to the races.   HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

The Miracle Mile is “the race” to win, says champion harness horseman Lance Justice.  He acknowledges “it’s not very Victorian of me” but Justice, 60, grew up full of admiration for the New South Wales based Australian Grand Circuit sprint. “It’s a special race,” he said. And Justice knows how to win one. In fact he knows how to win four. Since the turn of the millennium, Justice has produced four of Victoria’s five Miracle Mile winners – Sokyola back-to-back in 2003 and ‘04 and Smoken Up in 2010 and ’11. “I’d finally done something in harness racing that actually stood out,” he said this week recalling the moments immediately following his first Miracle Mile win in ’03. He was sitting in the sulky behind Sokyola and he realised he'd made it. He'd joined a list of drivers that he always saw as "immortal".  The build-up to the 2003 Miracle Mile was an interesting journey for Justice.  For starters he had to sweat as invites were handed out one by one before Sokyola was finally awarded his ticket very late.  “I didn’t think they were going to put him in. It was like they weren’t taking his Victorian form into account,” Justice said. At the eleventh hour officials extended the dream offer. And come race night, Justice prevailed. A different era, the fledgling pre-race coverage of the day on Sky Channel saw drivers asked for their tactics heading into that Miracle Mile. Justice remembers feeling like everyone had forgotten Sokyola possessed early toe. “He’d been drawing the back row a lot due to the system we had at the time. They said to me, ‘Sokyola’s not renowned for his gate speed is he?’,” Justice recalls. “I responded, ‘I’m just happy to be here’.” But Justice knew what was under the hood and largely his tactics had been decided in his mind, but he was still refining his thinking very late – in fact during the pre-race warm-up. “I got out on the track with Sokyola and I was running him down the front straight and I looked at the signs on the outside fence. There was an airline company sign, I think maybe Qantas, and I looked it and thought if I could aim for the tail of the aeroplane on that sign I knew I’d have some breathing space to get across the field at the start,” he said. Sure enough Justice and Sokyola jetted off the arm, gunned it to the tail end of that sign and glided across the face of the field to assume the top. “Being the last one invited the last thing I wanted to do was knock them over in the Miracle Mile,” he said. In the run Justice was measured, a couple of times having to hold himself back from launching too early.  “I remember going down the back straight and thinking I had the favourite (The Falcon Strike) beaten. He’d loomed up and started to eyeball me and said to me, ‘I’m taking the top’. I said no you’re not and we went just outside the track record. “I thought I might kick for home ... but instead I said no, count to three. "Then I told myself don’t panic coming off the back and so I counted to three again. Then I asked him to stride.”  And stride like a superstar did Sokyola. Game over. He ripped home for a famous win as a $14 outsider. “I was actually a bit overwhelmed when I first got there (that night). I looked at the racebook and thought I was getting $12,000 minimum for going around. Win, lose or draw he’s a winner for being here already.” Twelve months later Sokyola and Justice were back in town and chasing another Miracle, but this time Justice was confined to the grandstand after copping a suspension in the lead-up at Yarra Valley. “It was shattering,” Justice said of the ban. “I took it to appeal and the judge only had to lift one day off so I could drive, but they wouldn’t allow it.” Justice needed a catch driver for Sokyola and he turned to Jodi Quinlan. “She’s a really good driver and I wanted to factor in the weight, too. Jodi weighs nothing,” he said. This time around Sokyola was the first horse invited and drew gate one, almost a complete reversal compared to the build-up the year prior. Except the end result was the same. “The two hardest things to do in the Miracle Mile are firstly, get into the field, and secondly draw a good gate,” Justice said. Most would agree you can probably throw in a third task. Winning it. Sokyola and Quinlan led, controlled the first half of the mile in 59.2seconds before dashing home in 56.7secs for a comfortable win. “It was funny because after the win I went down to give Jodi a hug and she was heavier because it turns out she had all these lucky charms on,” Justice laughed.  “She had a horseshoe and other things around her neck… I’m thinking I’ve put her on to save weight and she’s carrying 20kg worth of charms!” Six years later and Justice claimed his third Miracle Mile, this time behind stable champion Smoken Up (aka Trigger). And Justice was supremely confident. “I just had a feeling he’d win," he said. "He was racing really good, he loved Menangle, and the year before people forget he’d actually run third in the Inter Dominion final there (at Menangle) and second in the Miracle Mile the year before when Melpark Major sat outside him and took us on all the way. “We were a sitting shot to get beaten at the end that year and Monkey King dived at us on the post. Smoken Up’s run was huge. I just knew he was going to win.” To secure his third victory however Smoken Up would have to overcome mighty Queenslander Blacks A Fake.  “Blackie drew well. I drew outside him and straight away I knew I was going to have trouble leading Blackie,” Justice said. “He was one horse I’d struggle leading. I could muscle across pretty much all the others, but Blackie was one I struggled to get across because he was just so dominant and strong.” So Justice hatched a plan. "I decided I was going to come out of the gate without trying to even get the front. I drove to beat Blacks A Fake, that’s all. I sat outside him, I made sure every quarter the pressure was enough for Blackie not to be comfortable.” Justice said Blacks A Fake was always under a touch of pressure during the run.   “Smoken Up could do that – he could worry a horse to death when sitting outside. Lots of horses just don’t like another horse niggling away at them the whole time.” When Mr Feelgood launched down the back straight to make a line of three upfront, Justice said that actually aided Smoken Up’s cause. “It helped because Smoken Up worked up to the other horse even more and Blackie didn’t appreciate it," he said.  Turning for home Blackie and Smoken Up were neck-a-neck and they duly engaged in one of the most memorable one-on-one stoushes of all time up the straight. It was only in the shadows of the post, when both charges had dug well beyond their reserves and were pulsing on sheer guts and determination, that Smoken Up got his head in front for the narrowest of victories. “It’s strength and it's instinct,” Justice said. “So many races Smoken Up turned for home with horses all around him and you just knew when they got to the post when the others had enough, they just couldn’t last like he could.” The last of Justice’s Miracle Miles to date came in 2011 as Smoken Up made it back-to-back wins after overcoming an early shock. Drawing gate one, most had envisaged Smoken Up would be leading early doors. But Trigger’s West Australian foe Im Themightyquinn crossed him soon after the mobile arms folded back. “It was purely pilot error,” Justice admits. “Mighty Quinn was hanging back at the start so I thought I’d get the same flyer as him. Smoken Up wasn’t that sort of horse though. He was a horse that liked to be up on the gate and just storm out at top speed. I tried to turn him into a horse to get a fly-in and it didn’t work. “When the gate went Mighty Quinn got past and actually contacted our legs getting by. He did exactly what I didn’t want to do on Sokyola in that first Miracle Mile. “He (Gary Hall Jr) knew I was upset with him so I suppose he expected me to take it out on him.”  Justice peeled straight off the fence and drove forward. “I went up to say, ‘OK Mighty Quinn, let’s see how good you are’, because we had a good rivalry and we had a lot of fun. I was going to do the same as I did to Blacks A Fake, but instead Mighty Quinn just handed straight up to me.” Justice found himself in front and jammed on the brakes. “I thought I’d probably gutted him a little bit early trying to do that fly thing, then working around, so I thought I’d have a little rest. That’s not the best thing for Smoken Up but it worked all right.” In the straight Smoken Up kicked on strongly, having the measure of Im Themightyquinn, and fending off a late and rather unexpected challenge from veteran Karloo Mick. “When he (Karloo Mick) loomed up to my wheel I thought, ‘no you don’t, you’re too old to win’. He kept coming and I thought he can’t win. I kept thinking ‘you should not be there’... But we held him off and I looked back to Mighty Quinn and he was just floundering.”  And just like that Justice was a four-time Miracle Mile champion. “It is pretty special looking back,” he said. “I was standing outside the drivers’ room at Menangle one night and Brian Hancock walked up, and for all the winners he’d had, he’d never driven a Miracle Mile winner. He said he would have given his eye teeth to drive a winner in that race. "It’s the race to win.” The 2020 Miracle Mile will be held on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Menangle with Lochinvar Art and Code Bailey carrying Victoria's hopes of victory.   HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

Sunday’s Birchip meeting has been postponed after the town received half its annual rainfall in recent weeks, with a further 50mm of rain falling overnight. And Kilmore's track (pictured) was washed away overnight after 80mm of rain fell on the town forcing the relocation of tonight's meeting to Tabcorp Park Melton. “We’ve copped six inches of rain in less than a month – the annual rainfall is 9-11 inches,” club secretary Brad Sharp said. “We got 50mm overnight, which was a lot more than predicted. “The track’s fine but the float car park and surrounds are all under water and it is just going to be too hard to manage. “It’s devastating but there’s not much we can do about it.” Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) General Manager of Racing Stephen Bell said HRV would work with Birchip to find a new date for its annual meeting. “This is disappointing for the club because they’ve put so much work and promotion into what is always a great day, but we’ll explore all options with the club to help them find a new date on the calendar,” Bell said. Kilmore CEO Ben Murphy was disappointed to lose tonight's meeting but said it was important an early decision was made for the benefit of industry participants.  “There’s a need for remedial work on the track because the base has been washed away,” Murphy said. “It’s disappointing but we’ve had over 80mm overnight and we've made the call early.” HRV has advised participants of schedule changes via text message alert. More information will be provided throughout the day as it comes to hand. Follow this website, @TheTrotsComAU on Twitter and HRV’s Facebook page for the latest information.     HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

Jodi Quinlan has been involved with Team Teal since day dot and says she is enormously proud of the campaign’s reach in 2020. Speaking with Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Trots Media on Saturday night, Quinlan recalled the ovarian cancer and fundraising initiative kicked off with “a set of colours”. Six years one the powerful message has been embraced not only nationally with women drivers in all Australian harness racing states now wearing teal pants, but also into New Zealand. “It’s a privilege to be involved. I was one of the fortunate ones to start off with it with a set of colours and form there we’ve gone to pants and sulkies and it’s gone global now, which is really rewarding,” Quinlan said. “My mother was diagnosed with the disease about 10 years ago and she’s one of the lucky ones touch wood, she’s been a survivor. It’s a killer disease and it creeps up on people before they realise it so I hope everyone out there can dig deep and give to Team Teal.” At Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night HRV officially launched another Team Teal campaign, teaming up with wagering partner Tabcorp to donate $400 for every ‘teal’ winner during the campaign period (February 1 to March 15). As of this morning $4000 has been donated by the HRV/TAB team via 10 Team Teal winners, with Ellen Tormey (x2), Kylie Sugars, Kate Gath, Kerryn Manning, Lisa Miles, Shannon O’Sullivan, Anne-Maree Conroy, Kima Frenning and Rebecca Bartley all driving at least one winner since the weekend launch. “HRV is proud to have been involved with the Team Teal campaign since the very beginning. It’s a wonderful initiative and it’s so important because it’s promoting the work of ANZGOG (Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group), and our drivers are so committed to this, which is great to see,” HRV Board member Judy Rothacker said. “Harness racing has promoted Team Teal in every possible way and Duncan McPherson has just been wonderful with all his work behind the scenes and we’re very grateful for what he does as well.” Monique Burnett, who is one of HRV’s Team Teal ambassadors alongside Quinlan, Kate Gath, Kerryn Manning, Jackie Barker, Rothacker and Pony Trots driver Courtney Laker, said she was proud to be wearing teal. “Harness racing in Australia and New Zealand has done such an amazing job to get this message out there and raise awareness and do as much as we can for Duncan and Lyn and every other person who is dealing with such a horrible thing,” Burnett said. ANZGOG CEO Alison Evans described harness racing and McPherson’s commitment to the cause as “just amazing” and added the campaign “enabled more research across a whole lot of sites in city, regional and remote areas, where women can be treated for ovarian cancer”. Tabcorp Park Melton and HRV will again host the Team Teal major fundraiser on Saturday night February 29, an event which everyone in the industry is encouraged to support. “We need to raise as much money as we can and I encourage everyone to come along on the 29th and bring your friends,” Rothacker said.       HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

Welcome to thetrots.com.au coverage of the Australian Pacing Gold and Australasian Premier Trotting Sale today (Sunday 2nd February) live from Inglis Oaklands Junction. We're off and selling from Inglis Oaklands Junction.  Lot 51 to kick off went for $17,000, a colt by Rocknroll Heaven out of Ultimate CC. He's a half-brother to last night's winner Cee Cee In America!  Lot 56, filly by American Ideal out of Unique Desire becomes the sales topper at $24,000 early and is quickly joined at that price by a half-brother to 15-time winner Gallifrey Mystique, by A Rocknroll Dance out of Whata Impact, who also goes for $24,000 at Lot 57. Lot 59, a beautifully bred Pet Rock-Whisper Jet colt has been passed in at $30,000.  Lot 61, a filly by Bettors Delight out of Whatahottie has been passed in at $15,000. From a strong family and out of the super sire.  A daughter of the handy mare Aussie Made Lombo and by Always B Miki at Lot 63 has just gone for $18,000. She's a half to Soho Interceptor Grand-dam was the magnificent Tailamade Lombo! Fun times ahead there?  Maajida's half-sister, a filly by Betting Line out of Arterial Way is Lot 65 and she has just been passed in at $25,000. Breeding says she'll be pretty good!  New auctioneer takes the stand...   Lot 68, the filly by Captaintreacherous out of Courage Under Fire mare Arctic Fire. She's a ripper looking filly and she's been passed in at $42,500. Lot 69 is Aldebaran Macha's half-brother. This colt is by A Rocknroll Dance. A bit of an arm-wrestle between a couple of bidders gets the price to $19,000, but more is required there. Passed in. New clubhouse leader for Sales Topper! Lot 70, a half-sister to that very good goer Goodtime Grace. Filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of Art De Triomphe. Hammer drops at $72,000! An Art Major colt out of Aleppo Heiress has just gone for $37,000, he's a half to Fourbigmen! That is lot 74.  Lot 76 is the Follow a Foal Harness Breeders Victoria filly with 5% of the proceeds of her sale going to some wonderful causes. Read more here. Katie Alford joins coverage to drop the hammer, and bang! Sold for $15,000. The filly is by Hes Watching out of Art Critic.  Lot 78, a Captaintreacherous colt by Aniteattheopera has gone for $32,500. A filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of a sister to Vincent (that's pretty snazzy) in Artistic Pleasure has just fetched $46,000 as Lot 79.  And we have another auctioneer change there at 11am, and for good reason because these folks' voices are working triple overtime! It's quite the craft. Sounds like a Seinfeld character... the fast talker.  Beach Shack was an absolute pearler on the track! Her second son is a colt by Bettors Delight, also known as Lot 82... He's just fetched $90,000. Bought by David Aiken. This is your new Sales Topper, folks.  Lumineer's half-brother steps into the ring. Lot 84 by Art Major out of Birds Can Sing. This should go well. He goes for $36,000.  No surprise to see lots of interest in Lot 87! He's by Captaintreacherous out of Beninjurd, making him a half-brother to Centenario! He quickly got to $80,000 in the bidding... and the hammer drops. Photo of the well-related colt above right by Nikkita Ross.        A colt by Courage Under Fire out of Crown Defender is Lot 94, making him a half-brother to New Zealand Cup winner Cruz Bromac. The bidding HAS to be hot and heavy for this one... and sure enough, it is. Could this one be the Sales Topper? He's quickly got to $90,000. And bang, we have our first $100,000 bid! What's he going to go for... $105,000 now. Make it $110,000. Make it $115,000... no, now $122,500 and the hammer drops! New clubhouse leader for Sales Topper. Picture on the right by Nikkita Ross. Darren McCauley, the voice of WA takes the microphone at 11.30am. Welcome to him!  Lot 98 is by Captaintreacherous out of that family that we know oh so well! Larrakeyah Lady and her progeny have produced winner after winner at black type. This filly is out of Celebrity Lass and she's gone for $46,000.  We're into the triple figures on the lot numbers. Lot 100 is by Sporstwriter out of Charming Ruler. From same family as Cosmic Flight and Cosmic Legacy, who between them won 65 races! This filly has been passed in at $14,000.  Lot 102 is a colt by the super sire Bettors Delight out of a North American mare by Western Ideal who went 1:50.6. One of just six Bettors Delights in the sale today. The bids have gone to $21,000... hammer's up, sold!   Lot 103, a colt by Captaintreacherous out of Christian Cullen mare Coppagoodone is receiving some competitive bids here. Up to $75k, make it $76k, nope, $77k, nope now $80k. Hammer... hang no, late one, now $82,000. Goes for 82 grand.  Just ticked by midday and we have Lot 112 (pictured right by Nikkita Ross), a colt by Captaintreacherous out of Eye Catching, related to Eye See Diamonds, Two Eye See, Hardhitter etc. He looks a striking type. Competitive bidding, no surprises there. He's gone for $120,000! Just falls short of being the clubhouse leader for Sales Topper, but a big result all the same. Lot 114, an Art Major colt out of Five Star Rocker has just fetched $60,000. American Zest's half-brother in the ring now, a colt by Sweet Lou out of Flair For Life. Has quickly got up to $70,000, now $72,500, now $75,000. Will that see us through for this one? Nope, $77,500 now. Make it $80,000... hammer's up... bang! That's him on the right hand side below in the photo.      Keayang Secret's half-brother is now in the ring. Lot 118 a colt by Always B Miki out of Feel The Magic. Bidding gets to $26,000 but that's not going to be enough. Passed in.  Lot 119 is a colt by Captaintreacherous out of Giveusachance. Giveusachance won 13 races and has so far produced Soho Berlin (nine wins, 1:56.4) and Anychance (15 wins, 1:53.5). Good competitive bidding coming through, up to $90,000 and sold!  A Betting Line-Flying Miss Mac filly is in the ring as Lot 121. This is the dam's first foal and the grand-dam, Fleet's Pocket, produced nine winners including Mighty Flying Thomas and Mighty Flying Deal. Goes for $34,000.  Gumdrops was a real favourite mare on the racetrack. She won 19 races including the Group 1 Queen of the Pacific. She's got a colt in the ring now, a son of American Ideal at Lot 125 and he has been passed in for $31,000. I'm looking forward to following her progeny, I must admit (pictured below right). Lot 127 is a colt by Captaintreacherous out of Glitterazzi, who is a daughter to that wonderful producer Alldatglittersisgold. She produced Baby Bling, Bling It On, Show Me The Bling, Blintittothemax and Bletchley Park. He's been passed in at $45,000. Will this fella keep the fabulous family winning strike rate going?          Beach Garden's half-brother and Major Gait's full-brother is Lot 129, a colt by super sire Art Major out of Canadian bred mare Garden Gate Tina. Goes for $47,500.  A half-brother to the unbeaten Goodtime Sammy (four out of four) is Lot 135, a colt by Always B Miki out of Graces Beach. Passed in at $20,000.  Lot 138 is a colt by Somebeachsomewhere out of Indigenous, making this one a half to Spiritofaustralia (18 wins), Lanista (12 wins) and Nostra Ideal (1:52.2). Goes for $45,000.  Keppel Bay, Blatant Lie, Mr Nickel etc. Lot 141 hails from a strong family of juveniles. History says this colt by Art Major out of Iridium Castle might be an early goer. Bought for $35,000.  Majadore is up and about at the moment and has won eight races. His half-brother is Lot 143. This fella's by Art Major out of Jadore Bromac. A spirited looking yearling! Goes for $10,000.  A son of the brilliant filly Jazzam steps into the ring! This guy's by Always B Miki. Jazzam has already produced eight-time winner Rocknroll Pearl. Goes for $30,000.  The half-sister to brilliant Shez All Rock is Lot 149. A filly by Pet Rock out of Just Irish Loch. Shez All Rock won 10 out of 11 starts. She's been passed in today at $12,000. She has to be worth much more than that. Lierre Noir was a lovable mare, winning 15 races including a Group 2. She was a daughter of Bettors Delight. Lot 151 is a filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of Lierre Noir. Bidding hits $25,000. Sold.  The half-sister to the mighty Our Little General steps into the spotlight. Lot 153 a filly by Bettors Delight out of Kabbalah Karen B. The dam also produced Kasbah Kid. Sold for $38,000.  The daughter of Led Suitcase, a filly by American Ideal, is Lot 155 today. Passed in at $32,000. Only just missed the mark!  18-time winner Life Inthefastlane has produced three foals for three winners, Its Beaulolais, Solid As A Rock and Ebonyallstarzzz. Her Art Major colt is in the ring now as Lot 157 and sells for $50,000.  The half-brother to Victoria Derby winner Muscle Factory is Lot 164, a son of Shadow Play out of Malena. What a win by Muscle Factory in that Derby! Will this fella be able to emulate that feat? Or even go better? Who knows. Goes for $44,000. Lot 167 must be one of the best bred horses on paper today, a son of Art Major and Mint Julep. Mint Julep is a sister to Guaranteed and Jadahson, and has already produced Pacifico Dream herself. This colt is proving popular. We have a new clubhouse leader for Sales Topper! This colt goes for $160,000.  Young Modern's three-quarter brother just fetched $25,000, Lot 168, a colt by Betting Line out of Miss Cool Falcon.  Lot 171, a Somebeachsomewhere-Musical Delight colt goes for $40,000.  A son of American Ideal out of Bettors Delight mare Miss Athens is up now at Lot 174. He's a half-brother to the talented Brallos Pass. Bought for $37,500.  The half-brother to WA performer Askmeilltellya, Lot 177, a colt by Always B Miki out of 15-time winner Mollys Lucky Star is in the ring. He snares $33,000.  Lot 179 is a striking colt by American Ideal out of Modern Girl. Modern Girl has produced Magical Delight (10-time winner). From same family as Hexham Heartbeat and Royal Verdict. Fetches $42,500.  A daughter of Bettors Delight out of a 29-time winning mare by Dream Away, My Double Dream, has just sold for $32,500.  The first foal from a full-sister to San Carlo is Lot 184, a colt by Bettors Delight out of Machthreewishes. He has been passed in after his bids reached $40,000.  A beautifully bred filly by Bettors Delight out of National Gallery is in the ring now (Lot 189). This one's a half-sister to Rocknroll Icon (12 wins, 1:53.0) and Mach Up (eight wins, 1:55.1). A spirited bidding contest between a live bidder and someone following on at home. The online bidder wins, $36,000 sold.  Lot 190 is a colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Nosotros, which makes him a half-brother to Stars Align and Red Vee Hanover. Goes for $17,000, which feels value.  A member of the prolific South Australian Uncork family in the ring at Lot 193. This is a filly by Always B Miki out of Our Little Artist (an Art Major mare). This one is simply bred to win! Passed in for $7500. Surprising. Got to love that family.  The first foal from eight-time winner Picobello (a daughter of Christian Cullen) struts into the ring as Lot 199. This colt is by super sire Art Major. The bidding reaches $35,000 but it's not enough. Passed in.  Pelicanrama has done it all both on and off the track. The cracking mare won 55 races and has produced six winners. She has thrown Lot 201 here, a colt by A Rocknroll Dance. Bidding a little slow early but momentum has built up and we're over $10,000. Now $11,000, will it be enough? Sold. Katie Alford in charge as the Hes Watching filly out of Art Critic makes $15k with 5% donated to charity     A half-brother to Pandering is in the ring. This fella's by Hes Watching. The dam, Pandalay Bay, has produced nine foals and every one of them has won. He fetches $16,000.  Pembrook Caesar won 10 races from 22 starts on the racetrack, including the Ladyship Cup. She has produced Lot 205, a colt by Captaintreacherous and the bidding has started strongly, quickly launching to $60,000! Fetches $60,000. This one's a half-brother to Jo Dina.  41-time winning mare Repelem (a Dream Away mare) has already produced the exciting Revolt. Lot 206 is a colt by Somebeachsomewhere out of Repelem and he's just  sold for $65,000.  Our Uncle Sam's full-brother (Lot 207), a colt by Sportswriter out of Rooftop Fairy, has just been secured for $30,000.  Mother Courage's granddaughter is Lot 212, a filly by Captaintreacherous out of Ruby Slippers. She looks handy! Bidding quickly rips up to $20,000 but it's not quite enough. Passed in.  A Bettors Delight colt out of Rockaround Sue has just fetched $43,000 as Lot 215. Looks handy!  The half-sister to The Storm Inside was just passed in at $37,500. Lot 221, a filly by Betting Line out of Spirited Storm.  Lot 222 is a filly by Captaintreacherous out of Smyrna Duruisseau, making her a half-sister to the ultra-talented Follow The Stars. She fetched $45,000 today.  A striking colt by Bettors Delight out of Soho Berlin has just sold for $44,000 as Lot 223 after a spirited bid-off. Shadow Play colt a half-brother to Vic Derby winner Muscle Factory sells for $44k to Gary Barton.    Lot 224, a colt by Roll With Joe out of Sparks On Nudgee, has gone for $6000 and the seller, John Yeomans, has said 50% of that will be donated to Gavin Lang. Well done John.  Hurricane Harley's half-brother has just gone for $85,000. The colt is by Art Major out of Christian Cullen mare Sugarland. This one's exciting on paper!  A son of Mach Three is Lot 231, out of 1:52.1 winning mare Shesa Killer Queen (nine wins and over $155,000 in stakemoney). The colt has sold for $40,000.  Exciting this one, Lot 237, a full-sister to Ideal For Real (13 wins from 22 starts and 1:54.4). The filly is by American Ideal out of Tamara Hall. There has been some spirited bidding in $1000 increments and she's gone for $40,000! (Her full-sister earned over $324,000!)  The magical Bettors Delight and Christian Cullen cross features in Lot 239, a colt by Bettors out of a mare named Tori Maguire. The last Bettors Delight in the catalogue today attracts some energetic betting at Inglis and over the phone and in the finish he fetches $60,000.  An American Ideal filly out of The Baggy Green is Lot 241. This filly's grand-dam was the brilliant Lady Waratah, who won 20 of her 36 starts, and she threw five foals for five winners. Today's filly sold for $27,000.  Mirragon's half-brother has just entered the ring here at Inglis. This fella's by Always B Miki out of Mach Three mare The Waratah and it's a spirited bid-off between someone in the auditorium and an online bidder! Who wins? It's an arm-wrestle between the hand-raiser and the mouse-clicker! And the winner is... the mouse-clicker! Bought for $60,000.  Lot 244 is by a super sire in Somebeachsomewhere and out of a super mare in Trebla Trebla (who has produced Bettor Downunder and Ideal Lifestyle, just to name a couple). This colt looks ultra-relaxed for his age! Competitive bidding good to see at this time of the day. He fetches $55,000.  Gavin Lang's framed helmet cover has just fetched $2000, with that money donated straight to the Caduceus Club's fundraising effort to help Gavin and his family during this tough time. Find out more and help out a mate by clicking here. A filly by Betting Line out of Trend Setter is Lot 247. Trend Setter herself is a Group 1 winner, but she has also thrown three winners, including Heavens Trend, who won 21 races from 35 starts. This filly has fetched $26,000.  And the last of the pacing lots, Lot 250 sells for $15,000, a colt by Betting Line out of The Princess Poet. The Gavin Lang framed silks have just fetched $6000 towards his GoFundme Fundraiser. Just a magnificent effort by all those involved in pulling this together and of course the generous bidders.  For official sale results click here Gavin Lang's colours sell for $6k (APG buy) and his cap for $2k (Club Menangle) at APG Sales to raise money for Gav's treatment. Great effort all.   The first lot, Lot 251, in the Australasian Premier Trotting Sale has fetched $11,000, a Used To Me-Verbier colt. A Love You-Yankee Sister colt, Lot 254, has just fetched $11,000.  A son of Kvintet Avenger out of Britewell mare Brite N Lucky (Lot 261) goes for $10,000.  Lot 262, a half-sister to Sval Queen and and Brandlo Prince has sold for $12,000.  Jodi Quinlan, wearing the teal cap, now speaking about the Team Teal fundraiser, which kicked off last night. Quinlan is one of HRV's Team Teal ambassadors. All women drivers are wearing teal pants during the upcoming month and $400 ($200 each from HRV and TAB) for every 'Team Teal' winner will be donated to the cause.  Lot 263 will see funds raised donated towards the teal Women Can cause. This is a filly by Aldebaran Eagle out of Aldebaran Maori. And she's grabbed $10,000. A full brother to Caabello has just sold for $15,000 to become the highest priced trotter so far today. The colt by Majestic Son out of Drop Us Aline was purchased by Andy Gath.  Lot 267 is a colt out of a New Zealand Oaks winner in Commander Jewel, out of Used To Me. He has grabbed $8000.  The half-brother to unbeaten trotter Keayang Ignite (four starts, four wins) has just been sold as Lot 268 for $9500. This guy is by Aldebaran Eagle out of Aldebaran Revenue.  A Muscle Hill colt (Lot 271) has become the sales' topper for the APTS so far today. The son of Kadabra mare Glenferrie Dash attracted some spirited bidding before eventually being sold for $50,000.  Lot 273, a colt by Quaker Jet out of Edge Hill hails from a strong family that includes My Skypocket. He's just sold for $14,000.  Lot 275 is a filly from the great family that includes A Touch of Flair, Mighty Maori, Son of Flair and Down Under Muscles, just to name a few. The Father Patrick-Gypsy Flair yearling has fetched $37,500.  A Cardigan Boko colt out of Its Only Words has commanded the attention of couple of spirited bidders and got to $27,000.  Lot 281 looks a professional, a son of Majestic Son out of Lady Mackendon. Hammer falls at $31,000. A half sister to Shes An Image (20 wins), Gentle Image (21 wins) and Godofthunder has just drawn $30,000. The filly is by Father Patrick out of the stunning producer Joyces Choice.  Second foal, a colt by Captaintreacherous, out of the Western Ideal mare Eye Catching, a half to Two Eye See makes $120k. Will have Stride in his name. Prep Benstud.   A half-brother to Iona Grinner is Lot 290. He's by Bacardi Lindy out of Meredith Castle, a broodmare who has produced seven foals for five winners (51 wins in total). He's just fetched $20,000. Im Daddy Warbucks' half-brother has been passed in for $22,000 at 6.08pm. The colt is by Andover Hall out of Miss Warbucks.   The beautifully bred half-brother to Moonshine Linda and Marvellous Max has just fetched $55,000 and we have a new APTS clubhouse leader for sales-topper! The colt is by Muscle Hill out of Maori Sunshine.  The late action continues with Lot 297, a filly by Father Patrick out of Our Sunny Rose selling for $45,000.  $50,000 for a colt from the same family as Nieta (Lot 299 by Orlando Vici out of Royal Treat). Fair bit of black type about Lot 301, a colt by Cardigan Boko out of Poet Laureate, and he goes for $7000. Good buy that for mine.  As mentioned earlier, you can't knock the Shes An Image (Joyces Choice) family. Lot 302 is a cracking colt by Andover Hall out of Shes An Image and the hammer has just dropped for "The Hammer" Dom Martello at $55,000. Equal clubhouse leader for APTS sales topper. A solid result for Lot 305, filly by Father Patrick from Courage Under Fire mare Social Fireball. Hammer drops at $35,000.  A Trixton colt from Sundons Babe, obviously a Sundon mare, drew competitive bidding before the hammer dropped at $51,000. Lot 307. One to follow IMO!  Another one goes for over $50,000 late in the day, this time Lot 309, the colt by Love You out of The Sun Goddess. $52,500.  Swede Dreams was a ripper mare on the track and her son, a colt by Creatine, just went for $42,500. Lot 310.  Lot 311 caps the day. $9000 for the Used To Me-Tricia Powell filly. And that brings us to the end of our live sales blog! Hope you've enjoyed the coverage and good luck to all who have bought a ticket in the dream that is horse ownership today/tonight!  For official Sale results of this Trotting section click here   Sales results as they happen:   Lot 51: Colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Ultimate CC: $17,000 Lot 52: Passed in Lot 53: Filly by Well Said out of Vickymurphy: Passed in Lot 54: Colt by Always B Miki out of Vouvray: $22,500 Lot 55: Colt by He's Watching out of Whatacorka: $9,000 Lot 56: Filly by American Ideal out of Unique Desire: $24,000 Lot 57: Gelding by Betting Line out of Vixen Hanover: Passed in Lot 58: Colt by A Rocknroll Dance out of Whata Impact: $24,000 Lot 59: Colt by Pet Rock out of Whisper Jet: Passed in at $30,000   Lot 60: Filly by Sportswriter out of Watch The Dream: Passed in at $17,500 Lot 61: Filly by Bettors Delight out of Whatahottie: Passed in at $15,000 Lot 62: Filly by Western Terror out of Zora Paree: Passed in at $4000  Lot 63: Filly by Always B Miki out of Aussie Made Lombo: $18,000 Lot 64: Colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Artys Delight: $13,000 Lot 65: Filly by Betting Line out of Arterial Way: Passed in at $25,000 Lot 66: Colt by Betting Line out of Arivee: Passed in at $24,000 Lot 68: Filly by Captaintreacherous out of Arctic Fire: Passed in at $42,500 Lot 69: Colt by A Rocknroll Dance out of Aldebaran Bromac: Passed in at $19,000 Lot 70: Filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of Art De Triomphe: $72,000 Lot 72: Filly by Sweet Lou out of Almihata: $25,000 Lot 74: Colt by Art Major out of Aleppo Heiress: $37,000 Lot 75: Colt by Sportswriter out of Atlarak: $20,000 Lot 76: Colt by He's Watching out of Art Critic: $15,000 Lot 77: Colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Arty Chick: $20,000 Lot 78: Colt by Captaintreacherous out of Aniteattheopera: $32,500 Lot 79: Filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of Artistic Pleasure: $46,000 Lot 80: Colt by A Rocknroll Dance out of Buy Back Peg: Passed in at $10,000 Lot 81: Colt by Betting Line out of Bonton Lady: $9000 Lot 82: Colt by Bettors Delight out of Beach Shack: $90,000 Lot 83: Colt by Always B Miki out of Balcony: $24,000 Lot 84: Colt by Art Major out of Birds Can Sing: $36,000  Lot 85: Colt by Auckland Reactor out of Bridget Franco: $6000 Lot 86: Colt by Heston Blue Chip out of Bring Her Back: Passed in at $10,000 Lot 87: Colt by Captaintreacherous out of Beninjurd: $80,000 Lot 88: Colt by American Ideal out of Best Expression: $15,000 Lot 89: Colt by Betting Line out of Bettes Rose: Passed in at $29,000 Lot 90: Colt by Betting Line out of Billion Smiles: Passed in at $9000 Lot 91: Filly by Bettors Delight out of Breeze On Bronski: $20,000 Lot 92: Filly by Well Said out of Bettor Abs: Passed in at $10,000 Lot 94: Colt by Courage Under Fire out of Crown Defender: $122,500 Lot 95: Filly by Pet Rock out of Chloe Sheffield: $6000 Lot 96: Filly by Betterthancheddar out of Christa: $11,000 Lot 97: Colt by Sportswriter out of Chrissy Styx: Passed in at $11,000 Lot 98: Filly by Captaintreacherous out of Celebrity Lass: $46,000 Lot 99: Colt by A Rocknroll Dance out of Carlisle Queen: $20,000 Lot 100: Filly by Sportswriter out of Charming Ruler: Passed in at $14,000 Lot 101: Filly by Art Major out of Cool Machrista: Passed in at $14,000 Lot 102: Colt by Bettors Delight out of Carolsideal: $21,000 Lot 103: Colt by Captaintreacherous out of Coppagoodone: $82,000 Lot 104: Filly by Sportswriter out of Darlin Springfield: $8000 Lot 105: Colt by Roll With Joe out of Dolly Bird Lombo: $22,000 Lot 106: Filly by Always B Miki out of Cosmic Delight: Passed in at $15,000 Lot 107: Colt by Captaintreacherous out of Delight In Decree: Passed in $32,500 Lot 109: Filly by Always B Miki out of Digital Art: $26,000 Lot 110: Filly by A Rocknroll Dance out of Daisy Maisy: Passed in at $4000 Lot 112: Colt by Captraintreacherous out of Eye Catching: $120,000 Lot 113: Filly by Racing Hill out of Floweronthewall: Passed in at $8000 Lot 114: Colt by Art Major out of Five Star Rocker: $60,000 Lot 115: Colt by Pet Rock out of Four Zoe: $17,000 Lot 116: Colt by Sweet Lou out of Flair For Life: $80,000 Lot 117: Filly by Betting Line out of Forest Bliss: $37,500 Lot 118: Colt by Always B Miki out of Feel The Magic: Passed in at $26,000 Lot 119: Colt by Captaintreacherous out of Giveusachance: $90,000 Lot 120: Colt by Betting Line out of Geejaylee: Passed in at $13,000 Lot 121: Filly by Betting Line out of Flying Miss Mac: $34,000 Lot 122: Filly by Sweet Lou out of Glenferrie Shuffle: $15,000 Lot 123: Filly by Betting Line out of Golden Illusion: $10,000 Lot 125: Colt by American Ideal out of Gumdrops: Passed in at $31,000. Lot 126: Filly by A Rocknroll Dance out of Gee Shes Mighty: Passed in at $17,500 Lot 127: Colt by Captaintreacherous out of Glitterazzi: Passed in at $45,000 Lot 128: Filly by Pet Rock out of Golden Valour: $9000 Lot 129: Colt by Art Major out of Garden Gate Tina: $47,500 Lot 130: Filly by Guaranteed out of Goodtime Ruby: Passed in for $7500 Lot 131: Colt by Well Said out of Harrys Joy: $6000 Lot 132: Colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Illawong Bella: $10,000 Lot 133: Filly by Falcon Seelster out of Hayley Franco: Passed in at $4000 Lot 134: Filly by Four Starzzz Shark out of In A Rose Tattoo: $10,000 Lot 135: Colt by Always B Miki out of Graces Beach: Passed in at $20,000 Lot 136: Filly by Always B Miki out of Im Living The Dream: Passed in at $22,500 Lot 137: Colt by Always B Miki out of Illawong Sister Styx: $8000 Lot 138: Colt by Somebeachsomewhere out of Indigenous: $45,000 Lot 139: Colt by Western Ideal out of Its Girl Power: $15,000 Lot 140: Filly by American Ideal out of Im Elsa: $30,000 Lot 141: Colt by Art Major out of Iridium Castle: $35,000 Lot 142: Colt by Hes Watching out of Indie Jazz: Passed in at $14,000 Lot 143: Colt by A Rocknroll Dance out of Jadore Bromac: $10,000 Lot 144: Filly by Four Starzzz Shark out of Jasmine Sheffield: $10,000 Lot 145: Colt by Always B Miki out of Jazzam: $30,000 Lot 146: Colt by Four Starzzz Shark out of J K Luckbealady: Passed in at $5000 Lot 148: Filly by Always B Miki out of Just Look At Me: $12,000 Lot 149: Filly by Pet Rock out of Just Irish Loch: Passed in at $12,000 Lot 150: Colt by Western Terror out of Kool Clementine: $15,000 Lot 151: Filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of Lierre Noir: $25,000 Lot 153: Filly by Bettors Delight out of Kabbalah Karen B: $38,000 Lot 154: Colt by Betting Line out of Lots A Blue: Passed in at $8000 Lot 155: Filly by American Ideal out of Led Suitcase: Passed in at $32,000 Lot 156: Colt by Art Major out of Lombo Cloud Nine: $28,000 Lot 157: Colt by Art Major out of Life Inthefastlane: $50,000 Lot 158: Filly by Art Major out of Limerick Star: $30,000 Lot 159: Filly by Captaintreacherous out of Magical Molly: $10,000 Lot 160: Colt by Sportswriter out of Macray Amore: $16,000 Lot 161: Colt by Art Major out of Miss Mach Kana: $10,000 Lot 162: Filly by Shadow Play out of Magical Mocca: $8000 Lot 163: Colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Maid For You Lombo: $32,000 Lot 164: Colt by Shadow Play out of Malena: $44,000 Lot 165: By Rock N Roll Heaven out of Married To The Mob: $20,000 Lot 166: Colt by Shadow Play out of Macray Soiree: $8000 Lot 167: Colt by Art Major out of Mint Julep: $160,000 Lot 168: Colt by Betting Line out of Miss Cool Falcon: $25,000 Lot 169: Filly by Well Said out of Mitzi M Hanover: Passed in at $22,000 Lot 170: Filly by Betting Line out of Miss Astronomical: $8000 Lot 171: Colt by Somebeachsomewhere out of Musical Delight: $40,000 Lot 172: Colt by Pet Rock out of Mustang Sassy: Passed in at $5000 Lot 173: Filly by Always B Miki out of Misty Forever: Passed in at $4000 Lot 174: Colt by American Ideal out of Miss Athens: $37,500 Lot 175: Filly by A Rocknroll Dance out of Missy Elliott: $4000 Lot 176: Colt by Hes Watching out Mistylyn: $21,000 Lot 177: Colt by Always B Miki out of Mollys Lucky Star: $33,000 Lot 178: Colt by Four Starzzz Shark out of Molly Pitcher: $22,000 Lot 179: Colt by American Ideal out of Modern Girl: $42,500 Lot 180: Colt by Art Major out of Miss Fantastic: $7000 Lot 181: Filly by Bettors Delight out of My Double Dream: $32,500 Lot 182: Colt by Racing Hill out of My Prima Bella: Passed in at $22,500 Lot 183: Colt by American Ideal out of Nola Mayhem: Passed in at $10,000 Lot 184: Colt by Bettors Delight out of Machthreewishes: Passed in at $40,000 Lot 185: Colt by Pet Rock out of No Good At Maths: Passed in at $5000 Lot 186: Filly by Captaintreacherous out of Nikkis Delight: Passed in at $27,000 Lot 187: Colt by Four Starzzz Shark out of Nats Survival: $13,000 Lot 188: Filly by Art Major out of Nightshade Franco: $36,000 Lot 189: Filly by Bettors Delight out of National Gallery: $36,000 Lot 190: Colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Nosotros: $17,000 Lot 191: Colt by Captaintreacherous out of No More Trouble: Passed in at $17,500 Lot 192: Colt by American Ideal out of Our Options: Passed in at $20,000 Lot 193: Filly by Always B Miki out of Our Little Artist: Passed in at $7500 Lot 194: Filly by Sunshine Beach out of Our Pocket Princess: Passed in at $4000 Lot 195: Colt by Art Major out of Our Southern Rose: Passed in at $17,000 Lot 196: Filly by Art Major out of Our Santa Catalina: $24,000 Lot 198: Colt by Racing Hill out of Precious Macray: $8000 Lot 199: Colt by Art Major out of Picobello: $35,000 Lot 201: Colt by A Rocknroll Dance out of Pelicanrama: $11,000 Lot 202: Colt by Hes Watching out of Pandalay Bay: $16,000 Lot 203: Filly by American Ideal out of Pastels: $14,000 Lot 204: Colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Philtra Girl: Passed in at $11,000 Lot 205: Colt by Captaintreacherous out of Pembrook Caesar: $60,000 Lot 206: Colt by Somebeachsomewhere out of Repelem: $65,000 Lot 207: Colt by Sportswriter out of Rooftop Fairy: $30,000 Lot 208: Colt by Roll With Joe out of Rocktheniteaway: Passed in at $12,000 Lot 210: Filly by Roll With Joe out of Rock Two Times: Passed in at $16,000 Lot 211: Colt by Auckland Reactor out of Sappheiros: $5000 Lot 212: Filly by Captaintreacherous out of Ruby Slippers: Passed in at $20,000 Lot 214: Filly by Betting Line out of Shes Got It All:  Passed in at $21,000 Lot 215: Colt by Bettors Delight out of Rockaround Sue: $43,000 Lot 216: Filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of Serenity Franco: Passed in at $17,500 Lot 217: Colt by Art Major out of Sharm El Luli: $8000 Lot 218: Filly by Sunshine Beach out of Shezaterror: Passed in at $10,000 Lot 220: Filly by Sportswriter out of Rockin Tammy: $17,000 Lot 221: Filly by Betting Line out of Spirited Storm: Passed in at $37,500 Lot 222: Filly by Captaintreacherous out of Smyrna Duruisseau: $45,000 Lot 223: Colt by Bettors Delight out of Soho Berlin: $44,000 Lot 224: Colt by Roll With Joe out of Sparks On Nudgee: $6000 Lot 225: Filly by Racing Hill out of Shadow Flag: Passed in at $7500 Lot 226: Colt by Sunshine Beach out of Sassy Rose: $8000 Lot 227: Colt by Betterthancheddar out of Smooth Sista: Passed in at $11,000 Lot 229: Colt by A Rocknroll Dance out of Shes In Vogue: $4000 Lot 230: Colt by Art Major out of Sugarland: $85,000 Lot 231: Colt by Mach Three out of Shesa Killer Queen: $40,000 Lot 232: Filly by Betting Line out of Soho Socialize: Passed in at $12,500 Lot 233: Colt by Betting Line out of Sapphire Lil: $15,000 Lot 234: Filly by Four Starzzz Shark out of Supersonic Bek: Passed in at $4000 Lot 235: Filly by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Somesorta Philtra: $9000 Lot 236: Colt by Well Said out of Swift Retort: Passed in at $4000 Lot 237: Filly by American Ideal out of Tamara Hall: $40,000 Lot 238: Colt by A Rocknroll Dance out of Talk Safely: $12,000 Lot 239: Colt by Bettors Delight out of Tori Maguire: $60,000 Lot 240: Filly by Betting Line out of Tantallon: $20,000 Lot 241: Filly by American Ideal out of The Baggy Green: $27,000 Lot 242: Colt by Betting Line out of Three Secrets: $36,000 Lot 243: Colt by Always B Miki out of The Waratah: $60,000 Lot 244: Colt by Somebeachsomewhere out of Trebla Trebla: $55,000 Lot 245: Colt by Pet Rock out of The Elusive One: $12,500 Lot 246: Colt by Art Major out of Tigress Franco: $42,500 Lot 247: Filly by Betting Line out of Trend Setter: $26,000 Lot 248: Filly by Sweet Lou out of That Chill Devine: Passed in at $5000 Lot 249: Colt by Life Sign out of Trulyawork Of Art: Passed in at $22,000 Lot 250: Colt by Betting Line out of The Princess Poet: $15,000 APTS RESULTS Lot 251: Colt by Used To Me out of Verbier: $11,000  Lot 252: Filly by Used To Me out of Wild Isis: $4500 Lot 253: Colt by Dreamcatcher out of Xena Hest: $4000 Lot 254: Colt by Love You out of Yankee Sister:  $11,000 Lot 256: Filly by Majestic Son out of Aldebaran Etta: $8000 Lot 257: Filly by Bacardi Lindy out of Always Treasure: $6500 Lot 259: Colt by Used To Me out of Aspiring Eva: $4000 Lot 260: Filly by Aldebaran Eagle out of Aldebaran Daisy: Passed in at $8000 Lot 261: Colt by Kvintet Avenger out of Brite n Lucky: $10,000 Lot 262: Filly by Dreamcatcher out of Bohemian Queen: $12,000 Lot 263: Filly by Aldebaran Eagle out of Aldebaran Maori: $10,000 Lot 264: Colt by Majestic Son out of Drop Us Aline: $15,000 Lot 265: Filly by Bacardi Lindy out of Efficacious: $4000 Lot 266: Colt by Majestic Son out of Emmylu Springfield: $9500 Lot 267: Colt by Used To Me out of Commander Jewel: $8000 Lot 268: Colt by Aldebaran Eagle out of Aldebaran Revenue: $9500 Lot 269: Colt by Peak out of Forgetfulljane: Passed in at $4000 Lot 270: Colt by Majestic Son out of Four Lillies: Passed in at $7000 Lot 271: Colt by Muscle Hill out of Glenferrie Dash: $50,000 Lot 272: Colt by Tennotrump out of Gloriadon: Passed in at $4000 Lot 273: Colt by Quaker Jet out of Edge Hill: $14,000 Lot 274: Colt by Skyvalley out of Backina Lifetime: $6000 Lot 275: Filly by Father Patrick out of Gypsy Flair: $37,500 Lot 276: Filly by Used To Me out of Maidstone Miss: $8000 Lot 277: Colt by Cardigan Boko out of Its Only Words: $27,000  Lot 278: Filly by Muscle Mass out of Icantremember: Passed in at $12,500 Lot 279: Colt by Tennotrump out of Jewel Of The Night: Passed in at $5000 Lot 280: Colt by Skyvalley out of Jingling Silver: $6000 Lot 281: Colt by Majestic Son out of Lady Mackendon: $31,000 Lot 282: Filly by Father Patrick out of Joyces Choice: $30,000 Lot 283: Filly by Used To Me out of Kool Kelly: Passed in at $7000 Lot 284: Colt by Quaker Jet out of My Serene Queen: $9000 Lot 285: Filly by Lawman out of Kosmanoid: Passed in at $5000 Lot 286: Colt by Creatine out of Lime And Lemonade: Passed in at $16,000 Lot 287: Filly by Used To Me out of Panbrake: $4500 Lot 290: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of Meredith Castle: $20,000 Lot 291: Colt by Andover Hall out of Miss Warbucks: Passed in at $22,000 Lot 292: Filly by Used To Me out of Purplepeopleater: Passed in at $4000 Lot 293: Colt by Muscle Hill out of Maori Sunshine: $55,000 Lot 294: Colt by Sebastian K out of Illawong Shimmer: $6000 Lot 296: Colt by Royalty For Life out of Miss Adelaide: $25,000 Lot 297: Filly by Father Patrick out of Our Sunny Rose: $45,000 Lot 298: Gelding by Lawman out of Packed Up Early: $11,000 Lot 299: Colt by Orlando Vici out of Royal Treat: $50,000 Lot 300: Filly by Love You out of Lindys Two Step: $14,000 Lot 301: Colt by Cardigan Boko out of Poet Laureate: $7000 Lot 302: Colt by Andover Hall out of Shes An Image: $55,000 Lot 303: Filly by Dream Catcher out of Pink Diamond: $13,000 Lot 304: Colt by Creatine out of Shining Sun: $7500 Lot 305: Filly by Father Patrick out of Social Fireball: $35,000 Lot 306: Filly by Royalty For Life out of Solana: Passed in at $7500 Lot 307: Colt by Trixton out of Sundons Babe: $51,000 Lot 308: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of Sunny Folly: Passed in at $7500 Lot 309: Colt by Love You out of The Sun Goddess: $52,500 Lot 310: Colt by Creatine out of Swede Dreams: $42,500 Lot 311: Filly by Used To Me out of Tricia Powell: $6000 Photos by Nikkita Ross HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

Chase Auckland is the outright favourite for the Del-Re National A.G. Hunter Cup after the barrier draw tonight at the MCG. Punters swarmed on $3.3 and backed the Kiwi five-year-old after he draw gate four. Unlucky in the Ballarat Cup last time out when an eye-catching third to A G’s White Socks, Chase Auckland drew much better than that horse for Saturday night’s $500,000 Hunter Cup.  A G’s White Socks will have to come from gate 11. Four-year-old freak Lochinvar Art, who shocked Australasia with his blistering track-record run of 1:48.6 in the 4YO Bonanza, drew gate seven tonight, while Mach Shard (pictured, by Stuart McCormick) is a live chance from barrier two, one spot outside of Alta Orlando in gate one. Craig Demmler had no luck at the gate draw, pulling barrier 13 with My Kiwi Mate. Despite the alley, Demmler is far from conceding. “On his run the other night I was rapt. I think he was a little bit short of a run. He’s an opportunist, I’ve always said that. But I always go back to 2000 and he just reminds me so much of Breenys Fella and this guy gives me so much joy. I just hope he can help our supporters out and get home. I’m really happy with how he’s working,” Demmler said. The barrier draw was also conducted for the What The Hill Great Southern Star, with full details here.   GoodForm analyst Blake Redden breaks down the Del-Re National A.G. Hunter Cup chances runner-by-runner immediately post-barrier draw 1. Alta Orlando ($7.5 at TAB) Underrated pacer who was outstanding in the Blacks A Fake over winter. The big question is whether he can hold Mach Shard early, if he doesn’t he’ll likely end up shuffled back and playing for luck. 2. Mach Shard ($4 with TAB) Quick beginner who will hand over to an appropriate rival if he finds the pegs early. The way he is going right now he deserves to be one the second favourite. 3. King Of Swing (Emergency $10 with TAB) – X-factor horse who ripped around Menangle recently and if he gets a run he’ll make his presence felt. 4. Chase Auckland ($3.1 with TAB) Only continues to enhance his reputation after a run of the race performance in the Ballarat Cup. Is tonight the night the All Stars pull the trigger and fire him forward in search of the lead? 5. Cash N Flow ($21 with TAB) Definite question marks about this guy over a staying trip and while he does have some early toe, he may not want to use it here. 6. Triple Eight ($21 with TAB) Progressive pacer who stepped up to be competitive through the Inter Dominion. He will need plenty to go right but he might just be the best of the roughies with the right run. 7. Lochinvar Art ($8.5 with TAB) The excitement horse of the race but he’s been dealt a cruel blow at the draw. Probably looks to slide back early and get a cart in late. 8. Our Uncle Sam ($21 with TAB) This draw will either be a blessing or a curse but this will be a tough ask even if a few things go his way. 9. Code Bailey ($11 with TAB) Follows out a quick beginner. He’s still unlikely to find the front which will make it pretty difficult. 10. Bling It On ($9 with TAB) Versatile pacer who looks to be getting back to his mind-boggling Victoria Cup form from earlier in the season. If there is any chink in his rivals armory, he can expose it. 11. A Gs White Socks ($7 with TAB) Ballarat Cup winner who is by no means a one trick pony. He will drift from what was equal favouritism pre-draw but I’m expecting him to have supporters on the night. 12. San Carlo ($41 with TAB) Gets his chance to be driven ice cold in a big race which has worked for him in the past. Expect to see him driven quietly and rushing home late if there’s speed on. 13. My Kiwi Mate ($51 with TAB) Dynamic sit/sprinter at this level but he’ll need plenty of favours to win here.   HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

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