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Reinswoman Jocelyn Young and trainer Debra Lewis teamed up to claim winning trebles together and steal the show last Friday night at the Albany Harness Racing Club. Pierre Whitby started a great night for the duo in race four of the nine-race card, the four-year-old gelding justifying his $2.80 quote by winning the Zero Harmdash Pace (2690m), edging out Allwood Glow by a half head on the line. Young and Lewis then made it a race-to-race double in race five when $1.34 favourite American Tour proved too strong for her rivals in the Jimmy’s Tribute Pace (2265m) prevailing by more than 6m. Less than an hour later the pair had three winners for the evening at Harold Reid Paceway after Right Royal Cheer brought up her third career win, saluting by more than 5m in race seven, the Scooters Finale Fillies and Mares Pace (2265m). Driver Jocelyn Young claimed a treble on Friday night teaming up with the Debra Lewis Leading trainer-driver Nathan Turvey also tasted success, saddling up two winners and driving three to victory himself. In race three Miracle Moose, the $1.50 favourite, took home the money after winning the HE McAleese Minute Pace (2265m) by 6m over Faiselle. Miracle Moose trained and driven by Nathan Turvey winning the H.E McAleese Minute Pace (2265m) The Terry Ferguson-trained Beiderbecke won by a half neck to The Glass Ceiling in race six, the Hanson Handicap Pace (2247m). Then Turvey added a third winner when his own runner Alfredi dominated the final race, the Hanson Quarry Run 3YO Pace (2265m), winning by 22.7m. Leading Albany reinsman Corey Peterson guided Batavia Silverline home in the first race. Then the Albany Cup winning combination of driver Emily Suvaljko and trainer Barry Howlett teamed up with Ohoka Titan to win race two, the Spuds Sprint Pace (2265m), by 1.2m. AHRC will host their memorial night tomorrow from 6.35pm. By Taj Stubber  Reprinted with permission of The West Australian

Jocelyn Young has joined Kellie Kersley as the most successful female driver in Western Australia, after she teamed up with Remit Me Whitby in the WA Sires Day Westbred Pace (2185m). The Debra Lewis-trained filly bought up Young’s 194th win in the sulky for her career and joined Kersley on the mark. It was fitting the Mach Three filly bought up the milestone for Young, who she has driven at each of her 13 career starts, three of which have been wins.  Remit Me Whitby was able to cross to the front from barrier five and then held off race favourite Bee Jays Boy to win by 2.4m. It caps off an outstanding year for Young, who took out the Group 1 WA Oaks earlier this year with the Justin Prentice-trained Has No Fear. Elsewhere at the Pinjarra, Arma Indie made it three wins in a row to start her campaign. The four-year-old mare found the front comfortably from barrier three and led all the way.    Tim Walker 

Friday night's Group 2 Perth Plasterboard Centre Diamond Classic (2130m) for the three-year-old fillies shapes up as an intriguing edition of the feature. Trainer Justin Prentice's WA Oaks winner Has No Fear headlines the 12 horse field, along with stablemate Majorpride. Has No Fear has a significantly easier barrier in four for this week's event, but her stablemate may prove to be the hardest to beat from barrier one. Jocelyn Young retains the drive on Has No Fear, while Gary Hall Jnr will team up with Majorpride. Majorpride drew barrier one in a WA Oaks Prelude last month and was able to hold the front, before finishing third to Fake News. Hall Jnr said Majorpride's last start second to Countess Grace suggested she could hold the front again on Friday. "She went terrific last start in the breeze," Hall Jnr told GPTV. "I think she's in the form that suggests from this draw she can win the race. "We will be trying to make every post a winner from the draw and the way she's going I give her a big shot." The Mike Reed-trained Countess Grace and the David Thompson-trained Mandy Joan took out the two heats of the Diamond on May 14 but had contrasting fortunes at the barrier draw. Countess Grace will start from the outside of the front row in barrier nine, while Mandy Joan has drawn well in 12.  It was also quite the achievement from trainer Barry Howlett to qualify four fillies for the final, with All The Bells, Hello Hotshot, My Prayer and Millwood Gucci all doing enough in their heat runs. La Roue De Lamour, Bettor Pack It, Better Than Mint and Soho Interceptor round out the field.  The ever consistent La Roue De Lamour may have been a touch disappointing on face value in her heat, but barrier two is sure to see her play a prominent part in the final. Prior to her heat performance, the Annie Belton-trained filly had to be retired out of the WA Oaks in unfortunate circumstances.  The Bettors Delight filly was well respected in heading into the Oaks though, following meritorious displays in Oaks Preludes.  Belton said she was hopeful La Roue De Lamour had overcome issues stemming from her last start fifth to Mandy Joan. "After the last run I was disappointed," Belton told GPTV. "I got bloods done and she did have a virus and she'd carried it for a couple of weeks. "I'm not saying Mandy Joan wasn't a good horse, but I would've expected her to go straight past her. "When she (Mandy Joan) sprinted, we didn't so I knew there was something not quite right with her. "Hopefully I've got on top of it and she goes into the race on Friday nearly 100 per cent." Belton said she would leave it up to reinsman Kim Prentice as to whether La Roue De Lamour would try and cross Majorpride to lead the race. There was a welcome boost for Belton earlier this week when she found out Lady De La Renta would remain in her care for at least another month. The mare was set to head to America after her run in Friday night's Cubic Group Pace (2130m), but a change in plans to the transport arrangements has delayed her departure. Lady De La Renta was at her brilliant best in winning last weekend and will need to call on all that class to win from barrier eight on Friday night.  Belton said it was a hard decision to sell the mare to America, but the offers became too great to pass up. "Every day I look at her and wish I hadn't said yes," she said. "I just love her. "If she could win again for the Americans, I would be so delighted. "It's not going to be easy...if she's driven the same as last week, who knows." The Gary Hall Snr-trained Mister Bushido and Tact Major look set to be the major threats to Lady De La Renta, as do El Hombre and Chiaroscuro.   Tim Walker

IT’S almost a year since Dance Craze was a hard luck story at the Harness Jewels, but she’s had some fun back home since. Anyone who thinks a Jewels trip could be detrimental to their horse only needs to look at her to see it’s been the opposite. In 13 starts since the Jewels raid, Dance Craze has posted seven wins and four seconds. The wins include Australia’s biggest trotting race, the Great Southern Star, and she added the Group 3 La Coocaracha at Menangle last night. She’s won almost $250,000 since that Jewels trip. Dance Craze looked the class act of the La Coocaracha back against her own sex and despite drawing the outside. She sat back and blew them away late to win by an increasing 1.8m over stablemate Pizza Queen in a 1min55.6sec. Tim Butt’s emerging mare Sassy Pants did the work and ran a creditable third despite galloping across the line. _________________________________________________________________________________ INTER Dominion hero Tiger Tara is back in work and being set for the Queensland Winter Carnival. Trainer Kevin Pizzuto gave the update after his emerging pacer Persimmon won the free-for-all in strong style at Menangle last night. “He’s been back a week, so it’s still early, but Queensland is the plan with he and a few others,” Pizzuto said. _________________________________________________________________________________ “DID that just happen?” Those were the magical words from Jocelyn Young after landing her first Group 1 driving win and causing a huge upset aboard Has No Fear in last Friday night’s $150,000 Group 1 WA Oaks at Gloucester Park. The race was supposed to be dominated by boom Kiwi import Dracarys, especially after the late scratching of major rival Balcatherine, but produced one of the “roughest” trifectas in modern feature race history. Nobody got the trifecta on the home TAB. Has No Fear was a $41 shot. The placegetters, Delightfulreaction ($101 the win) and Majorpride ($71 the win), paid $16.10 and $9.20 the place. Justin Prentice trains Dracarys, but also Has No Fear and the third-placed Majorpride. It was Young’s first Group 1 win and there were no shortage of well-wishers given Has No Fear is raced by the Pacing WA Syndicate, with many first-time owners to the sport. “It’s the first horse we syndicated when we resurrected the syndicate,” Gloucester Park CEO Mick Radley said. “This is so awesome.” That’s how Young felt. “They went hard, which suited me and I thought I had them on the home bend. She finds when they come at her,” she said. “This is absolutely a career highlight for me.” Dracarys drew inside the back row, Gary Hall Jr quickly had her into the clear and, although she had to spend some petrol to whiz around the field and take the lead, it was a shock she was spent on the home bend. She tired to finish sixth. _________________________________________________________________________________ EMMA Stewart has long felt Tell Me Tales could become Australia’s best mare. She’s well on her way judging by an utterly dominant $30,000 Group 3 Make Mine Cullen at Melton last night. Despite being three-wide early around the field from a back row draw, then sitting parked, Tell Me Tales won easily in a scorching 1min52.4sec mile rate for 1720m. It was the first leg of Victoria’s mares’ triple crown and she is very clearly the one to beat in the main leg, the Group 1 Queen Of The Pacific on what we saw last night. Steve Telfer’s Kiwi mare Our Step Up continued her fantastic Victorian form with a late-closing second, albeit being no match for the winner. Tell Me Tales record is an impressive 25 starts for 18 wins, four placings and now over $300,000. _________________________________________________________________________________ THE bubble burst on buzz Victorian filly Sleepee in the $40,000 Group 2 NSW Trotters’ Oaks. Sleepee headed into the race with five wins and a second from her six starts, grab the lead easily, dictated the terms and was still easily rundown by $26 outsider Royal Charlotte. All credit to Victorians Paul and Kari Males who made the trip to Menangle with a roughie and snared the prize with the daughter of Majestic Son. The other key runner, local Princess Kenny, galloped at the start and again on the home bend before finishing second-last. The race lost some depth when another key runner, last year’s Redwood winner Emerald Stride, was scratched. _________________________________________________________________________________ ONE-TIME budding superstar Jilliby Kung Fu is still sidelined with injury, but a few others of the “clan” are still firing. Marg Lee’s classy pair Jilliby Chevy and Jilliby Bandit both won at Melton last night. Jilliby Chevy prevailed by a whisker in the $30,000 Group 3 Country Clubs Championship final in a 1min56.1sec mile rate for 2240m with Jason Lee aboard. Two races later, Jason Lee took the reins on Jilliby Bandit for an all-the-way fast-class win in a 1min53.7sec mile rate for 1720m.   Adam Hamilton

Lightly raced harness racing pacer Vrai Amour proved too strong for his rivals in Friday night’s feature race, the Wellington & Reeves Sales RWWA Feature Series Westbred Pace (2258m) in Albany on Friday night. The $10,000 feature at Harold Reid Paceway had nine starters, and driver Jocelyn Young sped across with Vrai Amour from gate two on the front line to take up the lead. Young was able to dictate terms for the remaining journey on the $2 favourite, which found plenty in the concluding stages to win by 4m over Avivo on the line. Trained by Hopeland’s Debra Lewis, Vrai Amour is a seven-year-old that has had his fair share of troubles after winning on debut in Pinjarra back in 2015. After winning two successive races last July, the gelding was spelled and then returned to have two unplaced runs at Gloucester Park before his Albany success to make it four career wins in nine starts. It was a big evening for Lewis and Young as they scored a winning treble on the nine-race Albany card. Luis Alberto broke through for his first win since April last year when Young was able to save him up for a strong sprint home in the Harold Reid Memorial Pace (2258m). Lewis and Young then combined to round out their treble with the well-supported Lot Twenty One, who won a thrilling finish to the Peter Thompson Memorial (2242m). Lot Twenty One held off race favourite Disco Under Fire in the concluding stages to win by a neck. Disco Under Fire leads the pacer of the year standings after another minor placing. The Alfred Paganoni prepared runner sits on 17 points to be two clear of Marilyn Said. Peter Anderson has a 15-point lead over Barry Howlett in the trainers’ premiership despite Anderson not having a winner on Friday. Howlett continued his wonderful strike rate in Albany this season, making it 11 winners from 21 starters after Smart Fortune won the Tom Minchin Memorial (2683m). Albany Harness Racing Club has two meetings remaining this season. The penultimate fixture comes up this Friday night. By Cameron Newbold Reprinted with permission of The Albany Advertiser

Jocelyn Young looks set to get away to a winning start by guiding smart harness racing four-year-old Carter Micheal to victory in the opening heat of the Garrards Junior Drivers Challenge at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Nathan Turvey-trained Carter Micheal has made an impressive start to his career, with his first 29 starts producing 12 wins and seven placings. The first heat looks likely to develop into a spirited challenge between Carter Micheal and another New Zealand-bred four-year-old Heez Manly, who will be handled by Deni Roberts. Heez Manly set the pace and held on to win narrowly from Courage To Live over 2130m on Thursday of last week. That took the Gary Hall Snr trained gelding’s record to seven wins and seven placings from 18 starts.       Jack Justins will drive Athabascan from barrier three and the gelding is capable of a bold showing from the No. 3 barrier. Young and Roberts also have strong claims in the second heat of the challenge, at Bunbury on Saturday night when Young will drive Riri Rihanna from the outside of the back line and Roberts will be in the sulky behind Mago Man, who will start from barrier two on the back line. Others with sound prospects include Jimmy Recard (Madeleine Young) and The Marble Ridge (Mitch Miller). One of the best bets on the ten-event program at Gloucester Park on Friday night should prove to be nine-year-old Bettors Fire in the $25,000 Sky Racing.com.au Pace over 2130m. Bettors Fire, trained and driven by Kyle Harper, will start from barrier six and his clash with dual WA Pacing Cup winner My Hard Copy, up-and-coming star Zennart, Our Jimmy Johnstone, Vultan Tin and Runrunjimmydunn should produce plenty of fireworks. Bettors Fire gave a wonderful performance when a close second to outsider Importer Exporter in the 2902m Easter Cup on Thursday of last week when he was the backmarker off 50m and charged home from tenth at the bell. “His run was outstanding,” said Harper. “And if he carries his form across from last week he’s a very good chance.” Ken Casellas

Two of the most impressive winners at Gloucester Park last Friday night were Bettor's Delight mares Bettor Be Supreme and Chevrons Champion --- and their clash in the $20,000 Princi Butchers Pace on Friday night  at Gloucester Park promises to be a highlight of the ten-event harness racing program. Both mares will be attempting to notch four wins in a row and they should fight out the finish, despite drawing awkwardly, with Bettor Be Supreme at No. 7 and Chevrons Champion at No. 6. Bettor Be Supreme is best known as a frontrunner, while Chevrons Champion has produced powerful finishing bursts to win at her past two outings.       Last Friday night Bettor Be Supreme (trained at Busselton by Barry Howlett) set the pace from barrier three and was untroubled to win from Jungleface Jake, rating 1.56.5 over 2130m. Later in the night Chevrons Champion (trained at Baldivis by Nathan Turvey) started from the outside of the back line and raced in seventh place in the one-wide line before sustaining a strong three-wide burst to win easily from Auctioneers Elsu and Mary Catherine at a 1.57.8 rate over 2130m. Chris Lewis was full of praise for Bettor Be Supreme after her win last week, saying: “There’s more improvement in her. And after a break she’s going to be stronger, mentally, I think.” Jocelyn Young has formed a wonderful association with Chevrons Champion, having driven her six times for four wins. Chevrons Champion is extremely well bred, with her dam Dreamsaregold being a full-sister to former champion pacer and outstanding sire Christian Cullen, who amassed $1,249,150 from his 22 wins. Foxy Dame (Shannon Suvaljko) and Jungle Jewel (Ryan Warwick) will have admirers in Friday night’s race. Foxy Dame, trained by Mike Reed, led when a winner over Sheez Edgy and Stunin Eyes Only four starts ago. She is the solitary runner off the back line and should be in a prominent position throughout. Jungle Jewel, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, will start from barrier five and is capable of unwinding a strong finishing burst. She caught the eye last Friday night when she ran home strongly from eighth at the bell to finish third behind Bronze Seeker and Kiwi Legend. That followed two solid performances after resuming from a spell. She was a first-up fast-finishing second to Bettor be Supreme at Pinjarra and then fought on well when fourth behind Bettor Be Supreme at Gloucester Park. Bettors Gem bounced back to her best form when she set the pace and won the 1780m Village Kid Sprint over 1780m at Northam last Saturday night. But she faces a hard task from out wide at barrier eight on Friday night. The Colin Brown-trained Gota Good Lookadda is getting back to her best form and has claims from barrier No. 2 on the front line. She rattled home, out six wide on the track, from eighth at the bell to finish an excellent third to Chevrons Champion two starts ago. Ken Casellas

Young driver Jocelyn Young took home her first metropolitan winner at Gloucester Park on Friday night behind the Nathan Turvey trained Wynberg Terror. Sent out at odds of 20/1, Wynberg Terror was not fancied by harness racing punters after finishing 11th at his last start for champion driver Anthony Butt. The Possum, as she is known in her home town of Pinjarra, sent the brown gelding to the breeze soon after the start and settled her steed after a slow first quarter. Siding up with the leader Extreme Dreams at the 400m mark, Jocelyn looked to have every runner beaten by the point of the bend. Finding ground late was the Debbie Padberg trained Must Be Nice who issued a final challenge under hard driving from Chris Voak, but was unable to gain the upper hand from Wynberg Terror whose nose was just in front on the line. “I was a little surprised, I thought Voaky had me being on the outside, but I was extremely happy” said Jocelyn to GPTV after the run. “It’s come a little sooner than I would have expected, it’s good to have Nathan (Turvey) who’s been very good to me”. Young chose to come to town for one race after knocking back regular drives at the country front Wagin meeting on the same night – a move that has paid dividends and, according to her boss, could potentially gain her future starts at Gloucester Park metropolitan meetings. “I left the decision up to her, I told her she could have the drive on Friday Night… I knew she could drive here at GP and we needed the barrier… It all worked out well in the end” - Nathan Turvey.  GPTV caught up with the happy Jocelyn after race, to watch the interview, click here…  by Scott Hamilton

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