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Trainer-driver David Moran has conceded his Miracle Mile dream is over with Lochinvar Art. Moran notified NSW stewards and Club Menangle this morning (Friday) he had given up the fight to nurse Lochinvar Art through a hoof injury. “This horse has changed my life and I have to do what’s right for him. He can have a break now, I’ll get him right again and we’ll be back in a few months time,” Moran said. “The hoof wasn’t getting better, certainly not quickly enough. It wasn’t fair to keep pushing on for him or other horses trying to get into the race.” Lochinvar Art pulled a shoe and pricked a hoof last Friday which forced his scratching from the Group 1 Newcastle Mile that night. His Miracle Mile hopes rested on a workout between races one and two at Menangle tomorrow night where he needed to satisfy vets, stewards and Moran. “I haven’t been able to get any work into him at home. It was time to pull the pin.” Lochinvar Art, off the back of a dominant past year including Victoria and Hunter Cup wins, was the $1.70 prepost Miracle Mile favourite before last Friday’s setback. Now he’s out, defending champion King Of Swing is into $1.80 after being as much as $3 last Friday. King Of Swing is a $1.25 to win his Miracle Mile qualifier – the Group 1 Schweppes Sprint – at Menangle tomorrow night. Only a top two finish will guarantee him a berth in tomorrow week’s Miracle Mile. The only confirmed runners so far are last week’s Chariots Of Fire winner Expensive Ego and Newcastle Mile winner The Black Prince. The remainder of the field will be finalised after tomorrow night’s two qualifying sprints and the Group 1 Ladyship Mile at Menangle.   Adam Hamilton

The race for a start in the $1 million Miracle Mile will go right down to the wire for Australasia’s best harness racing pacer Lochinvar Art. Trainer-driver David Moran admitted this would “be the hardest week of my career and of Lochinvar Art’s career as well.” Lochinvar Art pulled a shoe and stepped on a nail late Friday morning, which forced his scratching from the $100,000 Group 1 Newcastle Mile that night. The scratching earned Lochinvar Art a 10-day ban from racing, which meant he had no opportunity to contest a Miracle Mile qualifying race. Emergency talks between Club Menangle and HRNSW created a lifeline for Lochinvar Art’s Miracle Mile hopes, with a clause stating any horse accepted in the final field of a qualifying race but unable to compete for extenuating circumstances was eligible for a Miracle Mile invitation. The Miracle Mile is on Saturday week at Menangle, but Moran only has until this Saturday to prove Lochinvar Art’s fitness. Club Menangle CEO Bruce Christison confirmed Lochinvar Art would not be invited to the Miracle Mile unless he proved his fitness in a public workout between races one and two at Menangle on Saturday night. “We pick the field and the barriers are drawn Saturday, so that’s the cut-off,” he said. Moran said Lochinvar Art’s hoof soreness had improved since Friday and he was growing in confidence his six-time Group 1 winner will recover in time. “He was about 80 per cent Friday. It was better Saturday and is better again today, but we’ve still got some work to do,” he said. “It’s hard to predict these things as hoof issues are tricky, but given the improvement since Friday, I’m pretty confident we’ll get him right in time.” Moran said if Lochinvar Art recovered and worked at Menangle on Saturday, he would be given “a race-like” hitout. “It has to be a really serious workout. I’m talking a 1min50sec mile or the like, with a galloping pacemaker,” he said. “That’s not about anything he’s got to prove, but he’s going to need a hitout like that for his fitness. “It’ll be a month between runs if he starts in the Miracle Mile and I’ve always been open in saying this horse thrives on hard racing and is better when he’s races are close together.” Adam Hamilton Reprinted with permission of Racenet

He might be harness racing's hot property now, but Shepparton horseman David Moran took a little while to find his niche. The 33-year-old trainer-driver's rise to prominence alongside champion pacer Lochinvar Art would perhaps suggest a talent that was nurtured from birth. But conversely, Moran spent stints as a shearer and an explosives worker before a life-changing decision to turn to full time harness racing. "I didn't have any family history at all in the sport, but I did get introduced into it when I was 13. But a few years later I went off doing other things," Moran said. "Like most young kids I didn't know what job I really wanted to do. My dad Nick is a diesel mechanic and at one stage I thought that would be okay, but then changed my mind." He might have turned his back on the mechanics game, but you can bet Moran will have his champion pacer Lochinvar Art "tuned to the minute" for his next assignment-Saturday night's $500,000 Group One Del-Re National A.G. Hunter Cup at Melton. "His trackwork has been really good. And I've actually been swimming him a lot more. It just keeps him off his legs a little and it's something different," he said. A winner of six Group One races and $1,083,456 in stakemoney, Lochinvar Art (Modern Art-Ponder In Paris (Ponder) goes into the Hunter Cup as a short-priced favorite. His form has been scintillating in recent weeks with victories in the 4yo VicBred final at Melton; the Shepparton Gold Cup and the Petstock Ballarat Cup. Moran and "Artie" have drawn barrier nine, two off the inside of the back row, in the pinnacle event to Victoria's TAB Summer of Glory. “Artie” in motion: Lochinvar Art and David Moran (Stu McCormick Photo) "I haven't made too many race plans. You really have to see how things unfold, but obviously I'd love to settle in front of my main dangers, including King Of Swing," he said. "It's surreal to think that here I am competing with people like Luke McCarthy and Anthony Butt and some of the other great drivers. When you are young and starting out, you don't imagine for a minute that you will ever be up against them, let alone beating them." But now, there is an air of confidence around the way Moran drives Lochinvar Art and he's earnt respect from his peers. "I'm feeling fairly relaxed and looking forward to the next four or five weeks with the really big races coming along. They are the benchmarks. Lochinvar Art is spot on and seems to be getting better and better," Moran said. The talented horseman was introduced to harness racing through his friendship with school mate David Aiken junior, whose father David Snr is one of the leading trainers-drivers in our country. "We lived nearby, and I ended up working on-and-off for the Aiken stable for ages. David Jnr isn't involved in the sport now, but he still lends a hand at the family farm when he's needed," Moran said. "After school finished, I tried some other things. I took off shearing for more than 12 months at one point. I didn't mind that and was taught by one of the best in the district in 'Spud' Sidebottom," he said. "Then later I got a job with an explosives company. We basically blew rock out of open cut mines. There was a lot of travelling and we could only transport the explosives at certain times so we worked big hours." Moran then took the decision to return to harness racing on a full-time basis, initially as a driver. He was Victoria's leading concession reinsman for a number of seasons. "They were great times and two of the toughest junior drivers were Ellen Tormey and Glen Craven, who have both gone on to carve out great careers," he said. Nine years ago, Moran made the Shepparton Harness Racing Club complex his base, preparing half a dozen horses. Moran's fortuitous association with Lake Macquarie businessman and owner Kevin Gordon began in 2014 and it's a relationship clearly based on mutual respect. Gordon, who had a long history in greyhounds, as well as interests in harness racing, said he first met Moran when he approached the young trainer about placing his former Kiwi pacer Smo. "I had the horse with Sydney trainer John Binskin who won a few with him. When the horse developed a few problems, John suggested he may find his form again in country Victoria - he suggested that I get in touch with David," Gordon said. "David did the job and Smo won six races over the next 18 months before I then sold him over to the west." The passion and excitement of Gordon, and the skill and humility of Moran have gradually come to notice since a day in 2017 when, as has been well-documented, Moran selected Lochinvar Art for Gordon at a ready to run. An impressive two-year-old colt, purchased for $29,000, Lochinvar Art has proved to be the bargain we all dream about-with his record standing at 49 starts for 27 wins, 14 runners-up cheques and five third placings. The fresh energy of an emerging team just "enjoying the ride" to the top with their superstar has captured the imagination of not only harness racing followers, but Moran and Gordon are just taking things "one step at a time". Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

An ambitious plan for a mid-year harness racing campaign in the United States is on the radar for Australasia's best pacer, Lochinvar Art. While there are a lot of "ifs and buts" to bring the plan to fruition, trainer David Moran and owner Kevin Gordon have actively been canvassing the concept of spending the Australian winter campaigning in the USA. "We've got a pretty exciting program ahead of us over the next three months or so, with Shepparton, Ballarat and Hunter Cups, then the Newcastle Mile and hopefully the big one, the Miracle Mile," Moran said. "But if he's still going well, we'll look at a short letup then that's when the States would come into play," he said. Obviously, the ongoing COVID-19 situation is one of the key uncertainties the camp will need to take into consideration, as well as flight logistics and finding a suitable base. "It would be the trip of a lifetime for me. I'm 33 and I've never been to the USA, and would just love the opportunity," Moran said. "If I could take him over there and train him myself that would be ideal, but if we have to place him with another trainer over there, then that will be another option." David Moran Lochinvar Art has had 18 starts for 12 wins and four placings this season, with Group One successes in the Victoria Cup, Chariots of Fire and Four-Year-old Bonanza, along with a second in the Miracle Mile. He tonight lines up at Melton in the $130,000 Ultimate Machete Vicbred Super Series final and with a barrier one draw, the race will be an intriguing tactical affair at 9.23 pm. Lochinvar Art won his semi-final in dominant fashion, defeating his Victorian rival Hurricane Harley. He'll meet the truly elite in Australasian company in February's Del-Re National A. G. Hunter Cup and March's Miracle Mile, among them, King Of Swing (NSW), Chicago Bull (WA) and Self Assured and Spankem. As Moran is the first to admit, four months ahead is a long time in racing, but at the moment, he's relishing the thought of what might be. "I don't even have a passport yet, so it's a long way off, and there are lots of uncertainties. But we think he's the best we have down here, and it would be great to give him the opportunity over there," Moran said.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Successful Shepparton-based harness racing trainer-driver David Moran has every reason to be excited as he looks toward the next few weeks with his boutique stable. Champion grand circuit pacer Lochinvar Art is probably a fortnight away from heading to the trials, while highly talented youngsters Lochinvar Chief and Patsbeachstorm could be seen as early as next week. "I really couldn't be happier with those three. I just can't wait to get back at the races again with them," Moran said. "Artie (Lochinvar Art) had nearly four weeks off and he's returned in really good order. I was pleased that while he was out spelling this time, he didn't get too big. He can be a good doer," he said. "But he usually comes to hand very quickly because he's such an athletic type. At this stage, the plan is to send him around at the Shepparton trials in about two weeks-and then play it by ear as far as targeting some races." Warners Bay NSW businessman Kevin Gordon paid $29,000 for Lochinvar Art (Modern Art-Ponder In Paris (Ponder) after Moran selected the horse at a ready-to-run sale in Sydney. Gordon, the owner of Multicam Routing Systems, is well known for his roles in greyhound racing, but has had pacers "on the side" since the 1970s. Lochinvar Art has won five of his eight starts this season-with his biggest scalp being the Group One $200,000 Chariots Of Fire at Menangle on February 22. A fortnight later he was so gallant in defeat when runner-up to King Of Swing (Luke McCarthy) in the $1M Miracle Mile in a blistering 1.48. Group One $200,000 Chariots Of Fire Moran then kept the four-year-old ticking over while he waited for a clearer picture as to the impact on racing of the developing coronavirus pandemic. Lochinvar Art raced at his home track on April 21 and May 1 for two strong wins. In the latter of those, Artie established a new track record of 1.53-2 along the way, before the four-year-old was sent to the spelling paddock. His career record now stands at 17 wins, 12 seconds and four thirds from 36 starts for $669,000. "It all became a little hard with COVID, with some of the features being put on hold. It was great that we were able to keep racing, but I couldn't see any real top races for him, so I probably had no option than to give him a break," Moran said. Lightly-raced two-year-olds in Lochinvar Chief (Captaintreacherous - Always a Target(Always a Virgin) and Patsbeachstorm (Somebeachsomewhere -Charissa Tee (Sportswriter) showed enormous potential in their first race campaigns earlier this year. "We got Patsbeachstorm out of the Melbourne sales last year. He's raced by Shaun Kelly, along with some of his family and friends. I think he will develop into a real nice horse," Moran said. "The other one in Lochinvar Chief is owned by Kevin Gordon as well, and he's all ready to go. This horse was great in all of his five starts, but I do think that he will make a better three-year-old. Patsbeachstorm defeated the 'chief' when they clashed in their racing debuts. But then in their next start, the roles were reversed. "There's 10 in work at the moment and I plan to keep it around that number. A casual worker comes to the stables which is terrific, but I'm actually in the process of trying to find a full-time worker," Moran said. While the stable has been relatively quiet of late, Moran still has an impressive driving strike rate this season-finishing in the top three placings at 48%. His stats read: 43 wins and 62 placings from 217 starts for $651,000. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

One of the real excitement machines in Australian harness racing returned to the action at the weekend and gave a clear message that he's again going to be a major player. Four-year-old stallion Lochinvar Art (Modern Art-Ponder In Paris (Ponder) was first-up for four months but cruised home for trainer-driver David Moran to score nicely in the G3 $35,000 Jim Phillips Memorial Cobram Pacing Cup. "We were very pleased because the Cup was over the longer distance of 2678 metres and the horse had only been to the trials on one occasion," owner Kevin Gordon said. "David had hoped to get at least another trial under his belt, but they got called off. So, with more racing, he will strip fitter and it won't be long before we see the very best of him," Gordon said. "The horse had a hard campaign last season and has returned bigger and stronger from a decent spell. We've picked out a few nice races for him and can't wait." Gordon said he spoke with Moran prior to the Cobram Cup, and they agreed on a plan to allow Sicario (Chris Alford) to go to the front and sit on his back. "We were just then hoping that we could outsprint them. He certainly showed a super turn of speed and David is hoping he can continue to drive him like that this campaign," he said. Ella Moran tries on the winner’s garland                                (Cobram HRC Photograph) Sicario was returning to racing after competing honorably in the recent NZ InterDominion series with a fourth in the final round of heats and seventh (beaten 15m) in the final. His Cobram cup second was solid after being rated to perfection by Alford. Following splits of 30.2, 30.4 and 28.2, Alford went for home on the corner. Moran was able to shift off the pegs and packed too many guns in the run to the line, winning by six metres with third placegetter Pick Up Line, the only mare in the field, a further nine metres away. Gordon, who rates Moran up there with the best horsemen of our country, paid $29,000 for Lochinvar Art. "David selected him as a yearling and I will admit that we've had some attractive offers at times. But we'd rather have the horse and enjoy the excitement of racing him," Gordon said. "He will most likely have his next start in the Shepparton Gold Cup and then the Group One Bonanza later in the month." Lochinvar Art now has the impressive record of 13 wins and 15 placings from 29 starts for over $331,000 in stakes. The only time he's been unplaced in a sparkling career was fifth (beaten four metres) in the Crown 3yo C & G final at Melton last August-his last run before going for a spell. While the Sydney-based Gordon and his wife Leonie have owned pacers since the late 70s, he is also known for his roles in greyhound racing. He won the Group One Paws of Thunder with Lochinvar Meadow and was also a member of the NSW Greyhound Industry Alliance that took on the State Government over the State's greyhound racing ban. The ban was announced in July, 2016, to come into effect the next year, in response to allegations of widespread cruelty. But lobbying by the Alliance helped broker an agreement for the ban to be overturned several months later. The first pacer owned by the couple was Lochinvar Girl, trained by Vic Frost, who now lives at Sleepy Hollow on the Tweed coast. "She won quite a few feature races including 14 at Harold Park," Gordon said. "We have raced a great number since including the Darren Binskin-trained Our Crown Lady who ended up getting sold to America," he said. "She also provided Lauren Panella (now Tritton) with her first metro winner at Menangle."   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Skillful harness racing reinsman David Moran, is hot property at the moment. Moran, based at Kialla, near Shepparton, landed a winning treble at his home track on Monday and four days later was at his very best with a bag of four winners at Wagga Wagga. "To be honest they all did look to be strong chances on paper at Wagga, but we've probably all learnt not to get ahead of ourselves in this caper!" Moran said. "It all worked out okay this time and I think I have been lucky enough to get four previously at Wagga, Leeton and Shepparton," he said. Moran's Shepparton meeting got off to a flying start with the boom youngster Lochinvar Art (Modern Art USA-Ponder In Paris (Ponder USA), trained by Moran with partner Laura Crossland, cruising to victory in a tick over 1.57 for 2190m. A relative newcomer to their stable, Mamas New Dude (Western Terror USA-Shake It Mama (Mach Three), looked good in bringing up Moran's second winner, taking out the Alabar 3YO Pace. To complete the trio of winners, Moran then piloted the Patrick Ryan-prepared Starsbythebeach (Somebeachsomewhere USA-Maid For You Lombo (Sportswriter USA) to take out the BMW 2yo Pace. (Bendigo conditioner Glenn Douglas, who has his team absolutely up-and-about at the moment, shared the honors with Moran at Shepparton-also landing a treble.) Moran said he was pleased the way Lochinvar Art went about his business. "He had a bit up his sleeve and it was his first start back after taking out the Gold Chalice Final at Bathurst about seven weeks ago," he said. "We're aiming him for the Breeders Challenge semi-finals and final at Menangle next month, so we are on target. "We chose the Breeders Challenge rather than the prestigious IRT Harness Jewels in Addington, NZ, next Saturday because over there we would have come up against a 'handy horseman' by the name of Mark Purdon!" Moran was the punter's pal in his trip over the border to Wagga Wagga on Thursday, duly getting the prize on three favorites and a second-favorite. It was again none other than the Kevin Gordon-owned flying machine Lochinvar Art, getting the ball rolling, zipping over the 1740m trip in 1.53-8. Moran then landed a double for the powerful Stewart/Tonkin team at Ballarat with Victoria Brew (Sportswriter USA-Charlotte Brew NZ (Mach Three) and Hardhitter (Mach Three-Grace Robinson (Perfect Art). His fourth for the day was for Victorian Gippsland co-trainers Gary and Deb Quinlan, of Drouin, in Rocknroll Pearl (Rock N Roll Heaven-Jazzam (Christian Cullen NZ). "It's nice to pick up a few drives for Emma and Clayton and it's good to do okay for them and stay in the mix because they have a lot of horses going around," Moran said. Moran's four-win efforts are not his best, though - he joined a select group of drivers in March, 2015, when he bagged five winners at a meeting. "That was exciting, and I remember it well because it was the Albury Pacing Cup meeting and I won five of the eight races on the card," he said. The in-form driver is also enjoying a great season as a trainer, with his partner and co-trainer Laura Crossland. The training partnership was formalised recently and has 11 wins, 16 placings from 44 starts. "Laura is a bit under-rated as a driver, because the horses do run for her," Moran said. "I'm always happy to watch her take the reins and I do think it's a bit surprising that more trainers don't use her services," he said. Demonstrating the commitment required of today's professional reinsmen, after driving at Wagga, Moran caught a plane to Shepparton and then drove his car to the Ballarat meeting that night. "The fairytale unfortunately didn't continue - I had one drive and didn't do any good as the horse jumped a shadow and ended up back in fifth spot in the 3yo Classic," he said. Moran, who has been at Kialla for eight or nine years, got involved in harness racing through well-known and highly successful trainer-driver David Aiken, of Avenel. "I grew up with his son David junior. We were best mates as kids," he said. "It was a natural transition to start with the Aiken stable once I finished school."   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura      

Shepparton harness racing team Laura Crossland and David Moran have made a golden start to their official training partnership. The couple have shared the load of training a growing team at Kialla for many years, but they landed their biggest winner, their first Group One success, just two days after the joint training arrangement was formalized. Stable star Lochinvar Art (Modern Art USA - Ponder In Paris (Ponder USA) made a one act affair of the $104,000 Bathurst Gold Chalice Final for colts and geldings at Bathurst on Friday night. “He absolutely deserved that win as he’s had some terrible barrier draws and bad luck in some of his other big races,” Crossland said. “There’s no doubt that the horse could have claimed a big scalp prior to this, but I guess that’s racing and you’ve got to take the good with the bad. “The Bathurst feature race looked really suitable on paper and we thought, without getting ahead of ourselves, that it was his chance to win a Group One.” Lochinvar Art and David Moran (Ashlea Brennan Photo) There was also gold for another Victorian stable, with the strong Margaret Lee team taking home the Tooheys New Gold Crown Group One Final. Unbeaten colt Jilliby Nitro (Bettors Delight-Kiewa Valley (Safely Kept) scored impressively in the two-year-old colts and geldings event, brilliantly handled by young Jason Lee. Jilliby Nitro posted a career-best in 1:53-8 (including quarters of 27.4 and 27.6) in his dominant all-the-way victory. While Moran and Lochinvar Art headed off to Bathurst, Crossland stayed home to look after the couple’s other 12 stable representatives. “It was certainly a bit different sitting home with our kids watching the race on television, that’s for sure,” Crossland said. “I would have loved being there, but you can’t just jump up and go to where you want to because there’s always work to be done at home. “And besides we have four runners at the Wagga meeting tomorrow (Sunday) and that means leaving Shepparton at 7am.” Crossland admitted that she had a celebration after the race with a few beers. “David was fairly ecstatic and probably a bit relieved as well. And it was not only great for us, but also our owner in Kevin Gordon, who’s from Sydney,” he said. “Kevin has been fantastic. The Chalice is a prestigious race and we are rapt to be able to get that win for him.” Lochinvar Art and all the winning connections Connections have decided against a New Zealand trip to Auckland to contest the $150,000 Jewels. “Our plan is to stay at home and chase the Breeders Challenge in Sydney as well as all the Sires events in Melbourne,” Crossland said. “We thoroughly enjoy any long trips to Sydney because they go out of their way to look after you. They really know how to spoil you. “Lochinvar Art will now have a freshen-up in the paddock. We were in two minds about that, though, because he thrives so much on racing.” Moran got the perfect score of 10 out of 10 for his drive at Bathurst, which just had “brilliant” written all over it. Lochinvar Art After starting from the inside back row draw, Moran was off the pegs in a flash. The leaders rolled along at a steady clip, posting a first half of 58.1, with Lochinvar Art settling second last. Moran made a three wide move coming to the bell to sit outside leader and main rival in Shoobee Doo (Amanda Turnbull).  With 400 metres to go, it was evident Lochinvar Art was full of running with the fuel gauge of a few of his rivals sitting on orange. Moran released his stranglehold and immediately put two lengths on the field, with final splits of 28.1 and 28 seconds. Lochinvar Art, courtesy of four slaps of the rein on his rump, won by 12 metres from College Chapel with a further four metres to Straddie. The overall mile rate for 2260m was 1.54-5. Laura Crossland and David Moran “We got to know Kevin after a horse named Smo (McArdle-Laurent Perrier NZ (Sokys Atom) was sent to us. I think (Menangle trainer) Darren Binskin had him for a while and we ended up with him,” Crossland said. “Smo was actually one of my favorite horses. He was one of the nicest horses you could have, with a beautiful nature. “We won six races with him and then he went to WA. He ended up winning 13 with 15 placings for nearly $110,000.” The Crossland/Moran partnership has since prepared such horses for Kevin Gordon as Lochinvar Delight, Lochinvar Hugo and of course, the stable star Lochinvar Art. Kevin Gordon and Lochinvar Art “Kevin’s got greyhounds as well, but he’s got the harness racing bug for sure with a two-year-old going nicely and a recent purchase of a yearling,” Crossland said. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura    

A plan hatched over a month ago to target a rich New South Wales Riverina race saw one of the most spine-tingling harness racing performances seen at Leeton by a two-year-old, on Tuesday night. Young successful harness racing duo David Moran and Laura Crossland headed from their Shepparton base to travel nearly four hours up the highway to Leeton for the $30,000 Breeders Plate Group 3 this week with their unbeaten youngster The Tiger Army (Sportswriter-Scottish Glamour (Elsu). And the colt didn’t let them down with a phenomenal display of his ability. “My heart was racing when we got tangled up with a few of the other horses just after the start and lost valuable ground, but he’s such a lovely horse he just wanted to win,” driver Crossland said. Settling near the rear of the field after the skirmish and at least 50 metres off the lead, Crossland gradually made up her ground to move three wide approaching the bell. “I wasn’t really concerned because he still felt full of running,” she said. Crossland simply changed gears down the back straight and in the blink of an eye The Tiger Army launched wide and dashed to the front to score an unbelievable win. “We actually sat down with the owners after winning the first two-year-old event of the season at Maryborough on December 21 and it was tossed around that we might target the Breeders Plate,” she said. “Then when we won at Kilmore about a fortnight later it was unanimous that we head to Leeton for the series.” After a heat win of the rich series on January 11, it was a confident “army” of followers who travelled to watch the final. The Tiger Army (known as Frank the Tank) has a perfect record of four starts for four wins for over $29,000. And there’s an opportunity to purchase his Captaintreacherous half-brother at the Melbourne APG sale on Sunday (lot 115). Crossland, Moran and some stable owners ventured to last year’s sale after looking over the catalogue. “The ones we picked out were going for too much money,” Crossland said. “One of our owners, Peter Lawlor, and David were looking out the back where some were waiting to be paraded into the sale ring, and thankfully, spotted a Sportswriter colt (The Tiger Army) bred by Lauriston Bloodstock. “Then when he came out into the ring, he looked amazing, so we ended up with him for about $16,000.” Crossland said The Tiger Army was like a seasoned horse from day one and was broken in by experienced horseman Doc Wilson, of Ardmona. “He’s just perfect.  He doesn’t wear a headcheck, he’s in an open bridle and no knee boots,” she said. “In the early days he wanted to get up and go a bit too much, but when he settled down, we knew he would make an early two-year-old.” The rising star is now taking a well-earnt spell before his next campaign is mapped out. “It’s really exciting. He’s eligible for all the feature series and with some natural improvement, we are sure there’s fun times ahead,” Crossland said. His race name seemed reasonably obvious, but just to clarify... Sure enough, the majority of the owners are Richmond Football Club supporters in the Australian Football League competition. But in a strange twist, David and Peter - the two who picked out the pacer- barrack for Essendon (known as the Bombers). So surely, in recognition of their uncanny ability to select a good one, it could have carried the name of an Essendon star like Daniher, Fantasia, Saad or Heppell. “That was never going to happen. It just had to have something to do with the Tigers and a few of us are now wishing we had opted for ‘Dusty’ in honor of our superstar player Dusty Martin,” Crossland, a staunch Richmond fan, said. The Crossland-Moran team has 12 in work, with several more to come back in the next few weeks. Last season they prepared 61 winners, while this season is also ticking along okay with 17 wins, 15 placings from 40 starters. They use an 800metre track, nearby to the Shepparton Paceway, to prepare their team. Speedy three-year-old Lochinvar Art, who ran a brave third to Muscle Factory in the Victorian Derby Final at Melton last Saturday, is likely to contest the NSW Derby in February-March. *Hoofnote: 3yo filly Vena May (Art Major-Tara Royale (Live Or Die) and 5yo mare Share The Road (TinTin In America-High Tops Hanover (Western Hanover) gave Crossland a training double at Bendigo last night. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered charges issued against licensed trainer-driver David Moran under Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 216 and 187(2) relating to the nomination of ‘Alla Art’ to race at Ballarat on 19 April 2017.  AHRR 216 states: A person whether alone or in association with others shall not fraudulently or improperly nominate or start a horse in a race.  AHRR 187(2) states: A person shall not refuse to answer questions or to produce a horse, document, substance or piece of equipment, or give false or misleading evidence or information at an inquiry or investigation. It was alleged that Mr Moran, as representative for trainer Laura Crossland, improperly nominated the horse ‘Alla Art’ for the Ballarat race on 19 April 2017 for the purpose of ensuring the race went ahead and knowing that ‘Alla Art’ was injured and would not start in that race. Mr Moran was also charged with giving false evidence during the investigation.  Mr Moran pleaded guilty to both charges and the HRV RAD Board heard submissions regarding penalty.  After considering penalty submissions relating to AHRR 216, which included recent comparable penalties, Mr Moran’s offence record and the seriousness of this particular offence, Mr Moran was issued with a fine of $2000.  In relation to the charge under AHRR 187(2), the HRV RAD Board considered that the false evidence was later acknowledged and was followed by an admission of the facts. Mr Moran was fined the sum of $500 on this charge. HRV RAD Board – David Moran Harness Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board 

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards have issued two charges against licensed Trainer-Driver David Moran under Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 216 and 187(2) in relation to the nomination of ‘Alla Art’ on 13 April 2017. Charge 1 - Rule 216: A person whether alone or in association with others shall not fraudulently or improperly nominate or start a horse in a race. It is alleged that on the On 13 April 2017, Mr Moran nominated the horse ‘Alla Art’ to race at the Ballarat harness racing meeting scheduled for 19 April 2017 when at that time ‘Alla Art’ had suffered an injury and was unfit to compete in a race. Charge 2 - Rule 187(2): A person shall not refuse to answer questions or to produce a horse, document, substance or piece of equipment, or give false or misleading evidence at an inquiry or investigation. The particulars of this charge are that on 20 April 2017, Mr Moran provided false and misleading evidence to HRV Stewards during the course of their investigation. The charges will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed. Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards concluded an Inquiry today into the betting activities of licensed Trainer and Driver Mr David Moran, including a bet placed in Race 4 at the Leeton Harness Meeting on 30 January 2015, a race in which Mr Moran was engaged as a driver. Mr Moran again appeared at the inquiry. Evidence including telephone records was entered into evidence. Further evidence was also taken from Ms Laura Crossland (via telephone. Mr Moran was issued with two (2) charges pursuant to Rule 173 (1) & (3) which states: 173. (1)  A driver shall not bet in a race in which the driver participates.  (3)  A driver who fails to comply with any provision of this rule is guilty of an offence. The particulars of the charges issued against Mr Moran are as follows: On 15 January 2015, Mr Moran placed a bet via the Wagering Operator Tabcorp, on BENOAH which competed in Race 6 at the Wagga Harness Meeting on that day. Mr Moran drove that horse and the bet to win was $50. On 30 January 2015, Mr Moran placed a bet via the Wagering Operator Tabcorp, on SMO, a horse trained and driven by his partner Ms Laura Crossland, which competed in Race 4 at the Leeton Harness Meeting on that day. The bet to win was $50 and Mr Moran drove MAJOR JULES in that race. Mr Moran pleaded guilty to the charge relating to 30 January 2015 and the charge relating to the 15 January 2015 was found proven by the Stewards. In respect of the charge relating to 15 January 2015, Mr Moran was fined the amount of $500. In respect of the charge relating to 30 January 2015, Mr Moran was disqualified for a period of 3 months to commence from midnight 28 July 2015.  In determining penalty, Stewards took all circumstances of this matter into consideration and were mindful of Mr Moran’s licence history, personal subjective facts including personal and financial hardships and Mr Moran’s guilty plea in respect of the matter relating to 30 January 2015. Reid Sanders

Talented harness racing driver David Moran enjoyed his most successful night in the sulky when he won five of the eight races at Albury’s Carnival Of Cups meeting last Saturday.  Moran had driven four winners at a meeting previously, and while proud of his achievement, thought it could have been even better. “I have driven four winners at a meeting three times before,” Moran said. “I did it at Wagga not that long ago and I’ve also had four at Leeton and Shepparton, but to get five on the one card was my best. “I went to the meeting at Albury and I thought I could get four and with a bit of luck maybe one or two more. “I thought Grand Anse was one of my better drives on the night in the String Of Pearls and she just didn’t handle the track but it was still a great night.” Two of Moran’s winners were for leading horsewoman Amanda Turnbull, with both Chumlee and Hes Okey Dokey were very impressive. “It was good to get a couple of drives for Amandaand Nathan (Jack), they were in Sydney at the APG sales on Saturday and then had the races at Menangle on Sunday,” Moran explained. “I was just helping out and they will be back doing the driving, but getting a couple of winners for them means that next time they are away I might get the chance to drive a few more.” Another feature meeting will be run this Saturday night at Wagga and Moran expects to be driving at the meeting. “Yeah I’m based near Shepparton and have been doing a lot of travelling lately,” Moran said. “Probably a little too much, but you have to do what you have to do. “With the Wagga Cup meeting this Saturday night I will be back over the border by the looks of it.” I’m working a team of around 10 horses, it is enough to keep us busy.” HRNSW Media

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards commenced an inquiry yesterday into the betting activities of licensed trainer and driver Mr David Moran This included a bet placed in Race 4 at the Leeton Harness Race on 30 January 2015, a race in which Mr Moran was engaged as a driver. Mr Moran appeared and gave evidence at the inquiry. Additional evidence including Mr Moran’s betting records and race results were also entered into evidence. The inquiry has been adjourned to a date to be fixed to allow further investigations to be conducted by HRNSW Stewards. Harness Racing New South Wales  

Kialla trainer-driver David Moran enjoyed a winning double with two of his in-form pacers last night at Tabcorp Park Melton. Both The Baggy Green (a four-year-old mare by Art Major out of Lady Waratah) and Our Santa Catalina (a three-year-old filly by Rocknroll Hanover out of San Sophia) carried their strong Breeders Crown form into last night's meeting and both recorded strong victories. The Baggy Green, who ran second to Frith in the four-year-old mares’ Breeders Crown Final last time out, found the back of early leader Earth Angel last night used the sprint lane at the finish to wind up for a 2.3-metre victory in the Alabar Pace, Race 1, over 1720 metres. Earth Angel led for Josh Aiken with Isabelle Delacour (Jason Lee) parking in the breeze after a failed attack for the front. Glenferrie EJ (Jodi Quinlan) ran second after a sustained run three-wide, while Earth Angel boxed on gamely for third. The Baggy Green started at $2.20, kicking the night off on a winning note for punters. Moran’s second winner came up in Race 4, the Harness Breeders Vic 3YO Classic over 1720 metres. He drove Our Santa Catalina, who scored an upset win over last-start Group 1 winner Just Cala (Amanda Turnbull) by 1.8 metres, with Madison Louise (Chris Alford) third. With 1200 metres to go Moran and Our Santa Catalina eased three-wide from the one-out-one-back spot and moved to the breeze outside race leader Dazzling Arden. At this stage Turnbull had the $1.40 favourite Just Cala in last position. Down the back, though, Turnbull started her move, taking the Dennis Picker trained filly around the field three-wide. But the leaders quickened up with middle sectionals of 29.9 and 28.4, Just Cala forced to work hard for the bulk of the final lap. Once the field straightened up for the run to the judge, Our Santa Catalina shook off Dazzling Arden and then hit the line in a 27.8 final quarter. Just Cala simply didn’t have the firepower at the finish as Our Santa Catalina – who ran third in a Breeders Crown semi-final at Ballarat two starts back – showed enormous grit in the run to the line. Our Santa Catalina has now won seven of 20 starts. Leading reinsman Nathan Jack was the other driver to pick up a winning double last night, piloting Bad Habbott to a 2.7-metre triumph in the Home Timber and Hardware Melton 3YO Trot for trainer Russell Commens before finishing the program aboard Shared Interest, the Russell Jack trained gelded son of Angus Hall obliterating his rivals by 18.1 metres in the Haley Toulmin 2YO Trot over 1720 metres. Other winners on the card were Action Kosmos for Geoff Webster and Emmett Brosnan in the Trot and Game We Play in the Empire Stallions 3YO Pace Final for trainer-driver Craig Turnbull, the son of Courage Under Fire too strong as the long odds-on favourite in the race Karkarooc who finished a well-beaten seventh. In-form mare Tandias Bromac won the Pet Rock Pace for trainer Amanda Grieve and driver Chris Alford while the Michael Stanley trained and driven Young Modern won the Woodlands Stud Pace over 1720 metres. Gumdrops won for trainer Steve Zammit and driver Rodney Petroff in the Breeders Crown Broodmare Noms Close 1 Sept Pace, and the Chris Lang trained and driven Lord Liam won the Aldebaran Park Trotters Handicap. The Victorian harness racing spotlight turns to Cranbourne tonight (Saturday) with the first of 11 races at 5.35pm. Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria

Xanderxav overcame an early speed duel to win the Woodlands Stud Breeders Crown Trotters Graduate at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight. The Linton Power trained trotter had the pole draw, which helped him hold out the early challenge from fellow mobile-start firebrand squaregaiter Mister Gunsen. With regular driver David Moran in the spider Xanderxav, who hails from Marungi, continued his recent strong form, the wily eight-year-old racing more like a spritely four-year-old. At the 500-metre mark it became clear Xanderxav comfortably had the measure of race favourite Zedalite, which was beginning to struggle in the breeze. El Paco reaced by pulling out of the one-one to stake its claim three-wide, while Stoned I Am snagged back to the markers near the rear of the field and saved enormous ground around the final turn. But old Xanderxav is tougher than a cheap steak and the son of glorious trotter Wagon Apollo added a Group 2 victory to his kitbag, scoring a 4.9-metre win over runner-up Stoned I Am (Simone Walker). Xanderxav’s mile rate for the 2240-metre trip was 1:59.4. The Group 2 Breeders Crown Pacers’ Graduate was taken out by Keayang Cullen for Terang trainer Marg Lee and driver Jason Lee. The in-form free-for-all star is headed towards the Miracle Mile long-term and tonight he defeated Shane Tritton trained Suave Stuey Lombo by 2.1 metres, while the winner’s stablemate, Keayang Steamer, finished third for driver Glen Craven. Keayang Cullen zipped around the field early to find the lead and then kept on kicking for a good win in a rate of 1:56.0, with a last half-mile of 55.7secs. Earlier in the night Grant Dixon trained and driven Feel The Faith was too strong for Glenferrie Blade in the Betterthancheddar @ Alabar Breeders Crown two-year-old fillies’ consolation, while Boasson Hagen took out the American Ideal @ Woodlands two-year-old boys’ Breeders Crown consolation for Tasmanian trainer Christian Salter and leading reinsman Gavin Lang. Boasson Hagen beat runner-up Pompidou by a head with Hez The One third for Heywood trainer Bec East. John Justice delivered a perfect front-running drive aboard Shakti Bromac to land the Alabar Breeders Crown Graduate Pace over 2240 metres, too strong for runner-up Valley Of Diamonds, while Wounded ran third. Rockbank trainer Joe Vassallo enjoyed success in the Breeders Crown Graduate Trot with four-year-old Village Jasper gelding Stunning Jasper scoring a half-head win over race favourite Jeter with Speedy Rambo third. Michael Stanley, who has Soho Tokyo in the two-year-old fillies’ Breeders Crown Final on Sunday, captured the Breeders Crown Broodmare Noms Close 1 September Pace over 2240 metres with four-year-old Presidential Ball gelding Hilltop Hustler, which powered home by five metres over runner-up The Good Times and third placegetter Turnpike Cruiser. Four-year-old D M Dilinger gelding Crazy Dave broke his metropolitan maiden status in the eighth race, the TAB.COM.AU Pace over 2240m. The winner came from the Gary Bailey stable at Portarlington and was driven by Michael Bellman. Essbee Doubleyou ran second for Jodi Quinlan, while Tyler Bromac was third for Matthew Craven. Valley Ess Jay won the last race, the Aldebaran Park Breeders Crown two-year-old trotting consolation. Trained and driven by trotting master Chris Lang, the Skyvalley gelding fought back doggedly after being headed by The Third Son late to win by 1.9 metres. The Third Son held on for second for John Caldow, while Glenferrie Belle was well beaten in third place. Racing returns to Tabcorp Park Melton on Sunday for the 10-Group 1 Breeders Crown Finals Day, where a huge crowd is expected. Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria  

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