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It wasn’t with the horse most expected, but Shane and Lauren Tritton broke through for a special Newcastle Mile win in dramatic fashion on Friday night. Yayas Hot Spot, the first emergency when fields were released and an $81 Fixed Odds chance, made the most of an inside run with Lachie Manzelmann in the gig to beat Little Rascal by a nose and pacesetter Picard by a half head in 1:54:7. Odds-on favourite, track record-holder and defending champion Majordan galloped at the start and never recovered in the race which was delayed by almost an hour because of a rain-affected track and nearby lightning. The rest of the meeting was abandoned after the group 1 race. The surprise victory gave the Trittons, who were raised in the Hunter and dominated pacing in the region before moving to Menangle Park three years ago, another group 1 but their first Newcastle Mile title. Yayas Hot Spot earned a start in the $1 million Miracle Mile on March 2 at Menangle with the win. Yayas Hot Spot, on the inside, gets the win Yayas Hot Spot, now eight, had finished third in the group 3 Newcastle Mile in 2018 and was eighth in 2016. Sydney trainer Kevin Pizzuto was expected to win with Majordan or Picard and the Tritton-trained Maximan was next best in betting. But it was the Adam Sofoulis-owned Yayas Hot Spot, which had barrier two and gained a start after Rakarolla was scratched, that flew late from a sit three back on the pegs. It’s most recent start was a ninth in the Inter Dominion consolation.  “It’s definitely a special one, especially for that horse,” Shane Tritton said. “The owners have been big supporters of Newcastle for a long time and this horse has been here two years when no one wanted to come because it was only worth $30,000, and he just deserves it. I’m really proud. “He’s been working super. You can’t go off how old they are and what they’re doing. At the end of the day, he’s feeling good. He’s raced the best horses in the Inter Dominion and he came out of that great. “He’s been to the Miracle Mile before, the Hunter Cup, the Victoria Cup and the Inter Dominion, so you knew he was good enough. Just sometimes people forget. “We got a bit of luck. The track surface might have helped us. It brought a few of them back to us. Instead of going 1:50, they’re going 1:54, and at the end of the day, he’s first past the post and that’s all you can ask.” The group 1 win was a first for Manzelmann. Craig Kerry Reprinted with permission from Newcastle Herald

It seems that harness racing at Menangle suddenly has a plethora of future stars with several young drivers poised to dominate the sport for the next few years. And that might start today at Tabcorp Park Menangle with amazing talent expected to dominate this afternoon’s eight-race card. Race one looks the perfect case in point with four of our ‘young guns’ to do battle. Cameron Hart will handle polemarker Aichbechateaunoir for former Victorian trainer Shane Sanderson while Jason Grimson will be aboard outsider Vivian Knox for Troy Williams; the seasoned young ‘veteran’ Chris Geary drives No Transactions for Tim Butt while Codi Rauchenberger will partner Majestic Whiz for Peter Carson. All four drivers have been in good form around the provincials in recent weeks and could easily pull off an upset here. While Geary, Grimson and Hart are in heavy demand in other races, another young reinsman will be hoping to add to what is already becoming an outstanding strike rate when former Queensland reinsman Lachie Manzelmann [pictured] drives Countdown for Leon Jurd in Race Four. Manzelmann took a massive gamble when he left his home state to take up a spot working for the powerful Shane and Lauren Tritton stable at Menangle a few months ago. His gamble has worked a treat as he is working horses, including some of the best in training, most mornings on the best harness track in the Southern Hemisphere and his efforts are now beginning to catch the eye of other trainers. “I’m glad I made the move to Menangle because I had never left home before and it has done me the world of good,” said Manzelmann, who gives Countdown a good show Menangle in Race four today and believes his chances might be further improved if he can hold the lead. “I think that’s when Countdown ran his best races when he was in Queensland,” he said. “But I’ll have a talk to Leon [Jurd] before the race and see what we’ll do.” Manzelmann says he found the pace of the racing in Sydney took a bit of getting used to when he first made the move south. “They go a lot faster down here and there’s no real backing off of the speed,” he said. “But I am loving the challenge and no, I haven’t really felt homesick. “I went back to Queensland for a drive last week and managed to get into a little bit of trouble with the stewards, but it was just a one off and I am happy to stay here.” Manzelmann has one horse in work himself but has been delighted to sit behind horses like Franco Nelson and Reaza Grunter. “I think Reaza Grunter is probably the fastest horse I’ve driven in a race, at this stage,” he said. Michael Court

Harness racing teenage horseman Lachie Manzelmann is heading interstate. The 18-year-old Queenslander has taken up the opportunity to join the leading Sydney stables of Shane and Lauren Tritton at Menangle. Manzelmann, the son of leading thoroughbred trainer John who is based in central Queensland, has enjoyed stints with leading stables of Chantal Turpin and Pete McMullen while more recently working under the eye of Darrel Graham. The talented reinsman will join his new team later this month. “I just thought it was a great opportunity to expand my knowledge and see things from a different perspective, I’m really looking forward to it because I know I will grow in areas as a trainer and a driver.” Manzelmann said. The mini-trotting graduate landed 23 winners last season while he has 16 winners to date for the current term. He returns to race driving tomorrow (Tuesday) after serving a recent four week suspension. Two weeks ago, Manzelmann prepared his maiden metropolitan winner when Sicilian Slumber proved too good for his rivals. Amy Rees took the winning drive. “That was a great feeling but I’m thinking a winner at Menangle will be even better, I’m looking forward to driving on the big track. “Shane and Lauren have a number of quality performers in their care and I’ll be happy with any opportunities that come my way while the driving colony is high quality and there’s a lot to learn. “Queensland will always be home but this opportunity came at the right time, I’m keen to learn as much as possible.” Shane and Lauren Tritton are currently 5th in the New South Wales premiership with 33 winners to date. Chris Barsby

Young harness racing driver Lachie Manzelmann won’t forget 2017. The 18-year-old has flashed his skills in the sulky which has netted him a number of victories but last Saturday night at Albion Park he achieved another milestone. Manzelmann prepared his maiden metropolitan winner when Sicilian Slumber shot the passing lane to snatch victory from Gangster Boy and Croft Bay to win the Hurrikane Kingcole @ Egmont Park Pace. Sicilian Slumber was handled by Amy Rees with Manzelmann currently serving a driving suspension. Only two weeks earlier, Sicilian Slumber provided Manzelmann with his maiden winner as a trainer when successful at the Albion Park midweek meeting. “It’s a great feeling, I had my doubts with him running a strong 2138m but Amy gave him a really good trip and he came through strongly at the finish. I think he actually goes best when the girls drive him and his form backs that up.” Manzelmann said. During the year, Manzelmann switched from the Chantal Turpin/Pete McMullen stable and linked with Darrel Graham while taking on his trainers licence. He claimed Sicilian Slumber at a price of $7000 from a race at Albion Park on November 28; it’s proving to be a wise investment. Manzelmann had prior knowledge of the eight-year-old gelding during his time with the Turpin/McMullen stable and thought he was the right horse to start his training career. “I was able to drive him in track work plus I had a couple of drives behind him on race day, I knew a fair bit about him and thought he was the horse for me. “His best asset is his gate speed and that should be beneficial going forward, I can probably drop him back in grade with a claim again before looking at putting him back in the claiming grade. “He’s definitely paid for himself, he hasn’t missed a cheque since I got him and he has a bit left in him too, I’m hoping he can pick up a few more yet.” Sicilian Slumber is the star of the two horse Manzelmann team with Magnussen currently spelling. Manzelmann landed 23 winners last season while he has 16 winners to date for the current term and he’s keen to expand on that. “I definitely want to keep building on my totals, I was happy with last season but I’m keen to do better this season. “I’m getting good support from owners and trainers and want to keep repaying the faith their showing in me. And more Saturday night winners would be great too.” Manzelmann returns to race driving on Tuesday week (January 9). Chris Barsby

The first Metropolitan harness racing meeting of the new season at Albion Park also ushered in the first Saturday night triumph for promising young reinsman Lachie Manzelmann. The seventeen-year-old steered the Shane Parrish Cruisin Carl to success in the Pryde’s Easifeed Pace defeating Rory Mach by a nose margin in a time of 2:00.1 for the 2138m event. It was the first training success for Parrish in seven years while it was the first time that Cruisin Carl was back in the winner’s enclosure since May 22, 2015. Shorty Noonan was the last winner for Parrish while his last Saturday night success came via Speed Gypsie back in 2001. Parrish claimed Cruisin Carl from an event at Redcliffe back on July 15, 2015 when the Western Terror gelding was prepared by Grant Dixon. Cruisin Carl is one of only two horses in work for Parrish at his Plainland property, lightly raced rookie Angelofspeed being the other. Starting from the inside gate, Manzelmann allowed Cruisin Carl to settle comfortably behind the leader The Muse and therefore gaining a perfect trail. In the straight, Cruisin Carl finished strongly via the passing lane while Rory Mach charged hard deeper off the track. “My initial reaction was victory and then I seemed to think maybe I got beat, I knew Darrel (Graham – Rory Mach) had all the momentum and he finished very quickly. Luckily, my number went into the frame and I was quite relieved and quite excited too.” Manzelmann said. With his first full season of race driving now complete and a Saturday night victory against his name, Manzelmann now sits with 28 lifetime winners. Last season, he landed 23 winners and 62 minor placings from 277 drives. In his maiden season (2015/16), he partnered 4 winners from 51 drives. The young horseman is the son of leading central Queensland thoroughbred trainer John Manzelmann and Stace Sallis, wife of respected Wanora trainer Ron Sallis. Manzelmann started his career with the Chantal Turpin/Pete McMullen operation before switching to the Fernvale stables of Darrel Graham. “I’ve always been around horses all my life and I enjoy working with them and obviously I got my grounding from Mum and Dad. When I moved down to Brisbane, I wasn’t that keen but then I started working more with the Standardbreds and then it just snowballed. “It was a good experience with Pete and Chantal and I got my start with them and some good opportunities, I got to drive Munroe which was really good. I’ve kept learning since being with Darrel and I’m really enjoying it. “My goal this year is to drive as many winners as possible but I’d like to out drive my claim (40 winners) and I’m on the board with one so that’s a good start.” It could be the first of many visits to the winners circle for Manzelmann on a Saturday night this season, but he won’t forget his first. by Chris Barsby

Last week's general observation that a Young Driver's Series often throws up a harness racing driver with more than average talent appears to be holding true. The overall winner Lachie Manzelmann has only been licenced since April 2016. In that 12 months, he has been around on 159 occasions for 16 wins and 31 placings, banking $57,000. Just 17 years of age and now a full-time member of Team Turpin-McMullen at Patrick Estate, Manzelmann has his feet firmly planted on the road to harness success. He will make his first Saturday night appearance tonight when he pilots Magnussen for the home stable in race two. With one trophy in the cabinet, and many more to come, the sky is the limit for Lachie. Special qualities FOR readers who appreciate the difference in gait, and the special qualities that a talented traditional trotter brings to the race track, here is an excerpt from the Harness Racing Australia website and the pen of Brisbane's ace trot caller Chris Barsby: Remember Habibti, the chestnut speed machine of some seasons back, possessed of a big finish. Habibti Ivy is the full sister. This is the New Zealand saga of the Paul Nairn trained Habibti Ivy being crowned the 2016/17 Australian Pacing Gold Trotting Master following her stunning return to racing. The former Oaks winner has returned from the racing wilderness - nearly 22 months side lined by injury - to win five of her six races this campaign including the Group 1 Anzac Cup before finishing a narrow second in the Group 1 Rowe Cup behind Temporale last Fri- day night at Alexandra Park. Her two efforts in Auckland were enough to snatch victory and complete a remarkable comeback. Heading into the two final legs of the series, Australian trotter On Thunder Road held the smallest of margins but connections decided to bypass the Auckland features. The title to be crowned the Trotting Master was going right down to the wire. And the chestnut five-year- old daughter of French super stallion, Love You pounced on the point score through her Auckland heroics. In her six starts to date this season, Habibti Ivy has amassed more than $113,000 while taking her overall earnings past $160,000. 'Greatest' sale online WHAT is billed as Aus- tralia's greatest broodmare sale is about to take place. Kevin and Kay Seymour are putting 41 broodmares on the market through an Australian Pacing Gold online sale. All horses will be subject to extremely reasonable reserves as Kevin and Kay Seymour are serious about dispersing their entire stock to make room for the 30 or so fillies and mares that are due to come off the track and enter the breeding barn in the near future. Thirty-one of the 41 mares are in foal to a range of stallions, including Art Major (1), Captain- treacherous (3), Hurrikane Kingcole (7), Mach Three (3), Mr Feelgood (11), Rock N Roll Heaven (5) and Some- beachsomewhere (1). Prospective buyers must register with APG from Monday, May 15. Norway lessons IN the ongoing matter of whips, rather than relying on imperfect knowledge and what some of us would like to be the case, we have the Norwegian policy which has been successfully applied for more than 40 years. In Norway, the ban on using whip has been in force since the mid 70's. Our drivers are not allowed to carry with them any form of device during the race or when warming up the horses. According to our rules and regulations all goading of the horse shall be administered gently with the lines/reins. When correcting a horse which misbehaves in a manner that can pose a risk to the driver or other attendants, the drivers are dependent on using the lines/reins, in addition to their loud voice maybe. In such cases, our stewards will allow a somewhat more excessive urging with the lines towards the horse. In our opinion, there is no basis for claiming that more or more dangerous situations occur due to unruly horses as a result of the ban on using the whip. I hope my answer was helpful to you. From Med vennlig hilsen. Hanne Sæbø Sportsmedarbeider|Det Norske Travselskap Refstadveien 27 | Postboks 194 Økern | N-0510 Oslo. TROT TACTICS with Denis Smith https://www.qt.com.au/news/sky-the-limit-for-young-driver/3174444/Reprinted with permission of The Queensland Times

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