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Corbiewood, UK - On Friday 15th June, Corbiewood played host to the SHRC 3YO Derby divisions for colts & geldings and fillies, and it was the visiting Haythornthwaite Stable which dominated in both harness racing divisions. In the fillies race, Casimir Royalflush led out from pole position with James Haythornthwaite at the reins. Betting favourite Rhyds Sapphire (William Laidler) faltered as the duo battled for the early lead, leaving Casimir Royalflush clear to dictate from on top. The leader was then strongly pressed by Ayr Majorette (Brian Gilvear); then after seeing off that challenge was faced with a further challenge from Ayr Empress (Hugh O'Neil Jr Jr). Ultimately she had enough in reserve to draw away to a two length victory, with Shebesport (Gordon Gilvear) running on for a second by a nose from Ayr Empress. In the colts & geldings division which immediately followed, Oakwood Spur (William Drysdale) led out, with betting favourite DKs Happy Forever (Andrew Cairns) going off stride in the early stages. Oakwood Spur remained free to dictate the pace until challenged by both Crack A Smile (James Haythornthwaite) and DKs Happy Forever, who raced three wide as they crossed the line with a lap to go. Under a strong drive, Oakwood Spur held the inside line and shot three lengths clear, looking in command as he did so. However, turning for home, Crack A Smile began to chip away at the leader's advantage, eventually wearing him down in the stretch to take victory by a length. DKs Happy Forever finished third. Congratulations to owners Claire and Shane Fletcher who have won this race multiple times in previous years, including with Long Slow Kisses (2012) and Porcelain Seelster (2016). The other feature race on the card was the first leg of the Greentree Standardbreds Mares Pacing Series, which saw 8 of the 11 entrants face the starter. Saunders Hoochie (William Drysdale), fresh from her impressive win the week before, made full use of post position 1 to lead out. Millie May West (John Allan) faltered at the start and became detached, however as the field went through the half, they were tightly bunched. Another winner from the week before, Dynamic Ace (William Greenhorn) mounted the sole challenge to the leader as the field turned for home, however on this occasion it was not enough and Saunders Hoochie ran out a 1 1/2 length winner from Dynamic Ace. The youngest mare in the series, the 4 year old Victoria Camden (Grant Cullen), ran on well in the stretch to finish third. Earlier in the evening Starsintheireyes gave Grant Cullen the first of his driving double on the night, winning the maiden & novice combined event by 4 1/2 lengths from Ladyford Warrior (William Greenhorn). Grant's second win came from Tyler Camden in the Grade 2-4 event, with the visiting English horses All Good Hanover (Brian Gilvear) and Rhyds Hokey Cokey (Mick Lord) taking the minor honours. Justanotherday (William Greenhorn) was impressive on her seasonal debut when taking out the Grade 1 race with an all-the-way victory, showing a great turn of foot to lead out from the widest gate position. That's Life Again was an eye-catching second with Ryan Inglis at the reins, making his career driving debut. Richard Haythornthwaite added another win to his leading tally at the track with the fastest time of the night to boot when guiding Carol McPhail's Vyrnwy Smoke to an impressive victory in the re-run of the Grade 4 & 5 pace. Having been in the lead with a lap to go in the first running, an accident in the back field resulted in the race being stopped as driver Stuart Mackenzie hit the deck for the second time on the night. On the second go, Richard drove a replica race to win by half a length from Lady Mary (William Drysdale) in 2.02.36. Lady Mary is entered in the Greentree Standardbreds Mares Pacing Series and will be a live chance in future legs based on that performance. The next meeting at Corbiewood will be Thursday 21st June featuring the second leg of the Greentree Standardbreds Mares Pacing Series. First race 7.30pm. by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink

WALES, UK - It was a first class night of racing at Tir Prince Raceway, north Wales, on Saturday 9th June as the track played host to the NWHOA 2 and 3 year old divisions for colts and fillies, as well as the first heat of the Crock of Gold. The first race on the card was a maiden and novice event, which saw the heavily-backed Teatime Preacher (William Laidler) take up the running at the half and go further and further away from the field, with only Triplicity (Jonathan Dunne) putting up any sort of chase. This was the four-year-old mare's first start for the Laidler stable and she made it an impressive one, breaking the track record for her age category in 1.59.1. This half-sister of top racehorse Stamp Hill looks to be going places. The next race was the Le Trot/TrotBritain Silver Division trot over a mile and a half and in a repeat of the race at Appleby two weeks earlier, Bora Bora De Seg (Andrew Cairns) led the field into the final turn with Amazing (Jason Ali) hot on its heels. The leader put in a replica performance and broke stride when being strongly pressed, leaving Amazing a clear run home to notch up its second consecutive win since being imported to the UK. The Brightwells-sponsored 2YO Fillies pace was dominated by two fillies, eventually being won by the sales-topping filly from last October, Oakwood Starcam (John Richardson), who led out and made all. The Mockingjay (Marc Jones) put in a strong show to finish second and clear of the field. The winner set a new track record for her age division in 2.01.1. The 3YO fillies followed, and it was another Irish-trained filly which dominated. Last year's record-breaking 2YO filly and BHRC Overseas Horse of the Year, Robyn Camden (Clive Kavanagh), led out and was never to be headed, setting a new track record for her age division in 1.57.3. Rhyds Sapphire (William Laidler) and Ayr Empress (Hugh O'Neil Jnr Jnr) were the best of the rest, finishing some 16L behind in second and third respectively, with only a nose splitting them. After the VDM Fillies Final winner had notched up her first victory of the 3YO season the VDM Colts Final winner Matticulous (William Laidler) was set to do the same. The BHRC 2YO Colt of the Year settled mid-pack in the early part of the race, and then tipped three wide in the last quarter to take up the running, closely pursued by Monsieur Bibeau (John Richardson) who could never match the leader in the stretch. The winner pulled up in 1.58.6. The first Crock of Gold heat for Free For All pacers looked set to be dominated by last year's joint winners Evenwood Sonofagun and Miraculous, and the four-year-old track record holder Rhyds Rock Star who was drawn in pole position. As expected, Rhyds Rock Star (James Haythornthwaite) led out and set good fractions. At the three quarters, Rockin Mambo (Marc Jones) tipped out to challenge and cleared the leader with ease. He was followed by Coalford Tetrick (Alan Wallace Snr) but was never to be challenged and came home in an overall track-record equalling time of 1.56.1 much to the delight of owner/trainer/driver Marc Jones and his wife Jenny. The five-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover was purchased by Marc and Jenny at Harrisburg as a weanling, as was his mother Mambo Western at the same sale. The fifth leg of the BHRC & Standardbred Horse Sales Co. Star Makers series went to Borntorun (James Haythornthwaite), who had previously put in a good performance in the first leg at Tregaron before going on to win at Appleby two weeks ago. Borntorun joins the other leg winners in the grand final at Tir Prince on Saturday 14th July. The penultimate race of the night was the Le Trot/TrotBritain Gold Division trot over a mile and a half and the unbeaten this season Valseur Du Cygne (William Laidler) dominated throughout to take victory. The Irish visitor, Ultimo D'ouville (Billy Roche), the winner of the FFA Trot at Portmarnock at the VDM weekend last year, put in a good show to finish second over the extended distance, with the 2 mile World Record Holder Vichy De Moem (Jonathan Dunne) finishing third on his debut for new connections in the UK. The last race on the card was the Brightwells-sponsored 2YO Colts & Geldings division for pacers. Takemetothelimit (Alan Haythornthwaite), the half-brother to earlier winner Borntorun, won on his career debut in an eventful race which saw multiple horses make mistakes. The winner was flawless and did not appear fazed by the magnitude of the occasion to land the spoils. Christy Camden (William Laidler) put in an eye-catching performance to finish strongly in the stretch to take second. Long-time leader Anglesey Fallguy (Patrick Kane Jnr) faltered on the last bend when in front, losing his position, before recovering and running on for third, however broke stride again on the line and was demoted to fourth position behind betting favourite Rhyds Seeandbeseen (James Haythornthwaite). Racing returns to Tir Prince on Saturday 30th June featuring five Group 1 races, a STAGBI Future Broodmares Race and heats of the 3YO and 4YO Le Trot/TrotBritain Series Finals. If last night is anything to go by, then we are in for another treat in three weeks' time! by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink

CORBIEWOOD, UK - On Friday 8th June, Corbiewood Stadium played host to the first of two STAGBI Future Broodmares races for pacing mares aged 4 and older. Seven mares faced the starter in the Open Preferred Handicap, all seven of which are entered for the Greentree Standardbreds Mares Pacing Series which begins next week. Seasonal debutante Tarawood Joy (Hugh Menzies) led out from the gate from post position three, passing Dynamic Ace (William Greenhorn) and Victoria Camden (Grant Cullen) who were drawn inside her. The former settled in second on the rail with the latter finding herself parked two wide. The leader set good fractions with the field remaining largely unaltered in formation until Porcelain Seelster (James Haythornthwaite) tipped out down the back straight on the final lap to go three wide, looking a danger to the leader. Victoria Camden began to tire heading into the straight which allowed Dynamic Ace the room to deliver her challenge having enjoyed the pocket trip. Lady Mary (William Drysdale) followed Dynamic Ace through but found herself with little racing room in the closing stages, and Dynamic Ace went on to head long-time leader Tarawood Joy for a length victory in 2.05.9. Lady Mary was beaten a neck back in third. The track also played host to the fourth BHRC & Standardbred Horse Sales Co. Star Makers heat, with five horses lining up. Al Jolson (John Smart), who was returning to the racetrack following three seasons away from racing, led out from post position three and dictated the race from on top. Brywins Mayhem (William Greenhorn) challenged the leader in the first half; Ceiron JD (Richard Haythornthwaite) then tipped three wide to mount his challenge, a challenge which proved to be short lived. It was then Dynaramic (Hugh Menzies) which popped out of the pack to become the danger to the leader however a mistake around the stable bend left the leader clear to record a five length victory on his seasonal debut. Al Jolson now progresses to the grand final at Tir Prince on Saturday 14th July where he will join Laneside Layla (Leg 1), Soul Search (Leg 2), Father Ted (Leg 3), Borntorun (Leg 5) and Ithon Orbit (Leg 6). Three legs of the series remain, with the third and final Scottish leg due to be staged on Thursday 21st June at Corbiewood. The evening featured two open preferred heats and a handicap final, with the first heat going the way of Saunders Hoochie (William Drysdale), a victory which ended a 30-run losing streak. The second heat was won by Stoneriggs Banner (Hugh Menzies) making this his 24th career victory; both winners led out and made all in their respective races. Claire & Shane Fletcher's three-year-old filly Ella Mana Mou (James Haythornthwaite) broke her duck when she led out and made all in the maiden and novice combined event. The final race of the night was the Grades 1-10 handicap final which provided the finish of the night. Killarney Howard (Hugh O'Neil Jnr Jnr), who scraped into the final with a fourth-place finish in heat one, managed to hold his position in the final to lead out. Stoneriggs Banner (Hugh Menzies) briefly headed the leader coming into the stretch however Killarney Howard found extra to gain the upper hand; Robhall (Gregor Menzies) came with a four-wide power-packed finish to get up in the shadow of the post. Stoneriggs Banner stayed on to finish third. This was Robhall's 20th lifetime win with it being catch driver Gregor Menzies' first time behind the horse. Racing returns to Corbiewood on Friday 15th June featuring the first leg of the Greentree Standardbreds Mares Pacing Series and the SHRC 3YO Derby divisions for fillies and colts & geldings. First race 7.30pm. by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink

Corbiewood, UK - After a couple of years of racing failing to get started in May in Scotland, the Scottish Harness Racing Club was pleased to stage two meetings during the penalty free period. The gates opened on Friday 18th May for an 8 race card, with the feature races being the second leg of the national BHRC and Standardbred Horse Sales Co Star Maker Series (the first of three to be staged in Scotland) and the open handicap final for grades 1 to 10. The first of the four heats saw David 'Buster' Moncrieff's three-year-old DKs Happy Forever (Richard Thomson) lead from start to finish, with GDs Hazzard (Andrew Cairns) finishing a clear second. The second heat went the way of Bono (William Greenhorn), another all the way winner, with Royal Mint Howard taking the runner up spot under a catch drive from the Tim Tetrick-sponsored BHRC Drive of the Year winner James Haythornthwaite. Heat three was re-run after a lengthy delay following an accident in the first running which resulted in driver John Allan being taken to hospital by ambulance. Fortunately John was not seriously injured and made a speedy recovery to return for the following week's meeting. In the re-run, it was Live In Star (Grant Cullen) who showed a good turn of foot to deliver a three-wide challenge and assume control in the stretch. The long-time leader Whosurbaby (Scott Murray) was a gallant second. The last of the four heats saw stable companions Indie Hanover and Porcelain Seelster land the 1-2 for brothers Richard and James Haythornthwaite to complete the line-up for the final. The maiden and novice divisions were run as two races of 4 horses following a late withdrawal of the ninth runner which had forced the split. In the first division it was a popular victory for Mahogany Martini, owned by the Castalongshadow syndicate under the guidance of Gregor Menzies as the mare wore down her earlier foe, Hawthorns Dream (William Greenhorn). In the second division, Talavaryterminator made all to give Richard Haythornthwaite his second win of the night from from I Live To Party (William Greenhorn) and the strong-finishing Busking Boy (Lee Fletcher). The second leg of the Star Maker Series saw five horses from the pool of 33 nominations face the start, and despite the small field it turned out to be a thrilling event. The betting favourite, Dynaramic (Hugh Menzies) was the early pace setter, closely followed by Ceiron JD (Richard Haythornthwaite), with Soul Search (William Drysdale) settling in third. The race developed in the same manner, but as the pace quickened, Soul Searcher tipped out to challenge around the last bend and came out on top down the stretch with a well-timed run from one of Corbiewood's most experienced drivers. The crowd gave trainer Charles Inglis Jr a hearty reception as he led the horse into the winner's circle, as not only does he train at the track but he is one of the sport's greatest characters. Soul Searcher, a 5-year-old gelded son of Soulofthematter out of the Todays Man mare Bigreddog, progresses to the grand final on July 14th at Tir Prince Raceway, where he will join the winner of the first leg, Laneside Layla. The next leg in the series will be staged at Corbiewood on June 1st. The last race on the card was the open handicap final run almost under the cover of darkness. The judge disqualified the back markers Indie Hanover and Porcelain Seelster at the start for being through their handicap trail, leaving six remaining to fight it out. DKs Happy Forever (Richard Thomson) led out and held his position for the first lap, however he was soon headed by Live In Star (Grant Cullen) who took up the running and just went further and further clear to record a very impressive victory for owner Robert Miller and first-season trainer Keir Cullen. Full results from the meeting can be found here - http://www.bhrc.org.uk/racing/results-2018/?meet=1628&date=18-May&track=Corbiewood# Racing returned to Corbiewood less than a week later, with the second meeting staged on Thursday 24th May. The first race, which was the first of three heats for the final, saw Oaks Telstar (Richard Haythornthwaite) lead out, and although briefly challenged at various stages by numerous rivals, he dominated the race throughout and was in complete control at the finish. Imogen Camden (Grant Cullen) and Carlo Camden (William Greenhorn) filled the minor placings. In the second heat, Lets Party (Hugh Menzies) led out from Miami Seelster (William Greenhorn). Young Stephen (John Smart) tipped out just before the half to go three wide and take up the running in a blistering first half. As the race progressed, Bowriver (Richard Haythornthwaite) took the shortest route up the rail to come with a late challenge in the stretch to get up close home. A lengthy stewards enquiry into a potential pylon violation by the winner delayed the result being given until after race three, however the result stood with Bowriver beating Young Stephen by a nose. In the third heat, James Brown (John Smart) led out from post position 2 and set level fractions throughout, with Dreamfair I Say (Brian Gilvear) always breathing down his neck. In the stretch, the long-time leader looked set to just hold on, however Dreamfair I Say got up in the shadow of the post. The fourth race was a maiden and novice combined event; I Live To Party was given a forceful drive from start to finish by new driver Grant Cullen, overcoming early leader Goodtime Hal (Hugh O'Neil Jnr Jnr) and seeing off his main challenger, Ladyford Warrior (William Greenhorn). Despite being challenged at the three quarters he streaked clear in the closing stages to run out a convincing winner. The penultimate event was a consolation final for horses which did not qualify for the main final, and six horses faced the starter. Mooreside Watson (John Allan) was the early leader, however approaching the half, Indie Hanover assumed control and held off a late challenge from Lyons Nant Hall (Grant Cullen) to win by a neck and give Richard Haythornthwaite his driving treble on the night. The final, run in lines as opposed to yards, saw Oaks Telstar (Richard Haythornthwaite) win the early battle with Imogen Camden (Grant Cullen). Just before the half mile marker, James Brown (John Smart) rushed through the field from the rear to take up a prominent position on the outside of the leader. Swinging off the final turn the full field of seven were stacked up, but Oaks Telstar held them all at bay to win by a length from Imogen Camden and James Brown who dead heated for second in a thrilling blanket finish which saw the entire field cross the line within half a second from first to last. Congratulations to Richard Haythornthwaite on his four-timer! Full results can be found here - http://www.bhrc.org.uk/racing/results-2018/?meet=1629&date=24-May&track=Corbiewood The next meeting at Corbiewood will be Friday 1st June featuring the third leg of the BHRC & Standardbred Horse Sales Co Star Maker Series. First race 7.30pm. By Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink

On Saturday 12th May, the BHRC Star Makers Series sponsored by the Standardbred Horse Sales Company (USA) kicked off with its first leg of nine at Tregaron. The Alexis Laidler-trained mare Laneside Layla held off a strong challenge from Colin Bevan's Laughing Buck to secure her place in the grand final, to be staged at Tir Prince Raceway on Saturday 14th July. The series was developed for horses aged 4YO+ with lifetime earnings of £1000 or less. The remaining 8 heats are scheduled to be staged at a variety of hard and grass tracks across Scotland, England and Wales in the coming weeks. Thirty-three horses were originally staked, with heat winners automatically progressing to the final. Those horses which have not won a heat, can enter the remaining heats an unlimited number of times in an attempt to secure their places in the final. The tenth horse in the final will be the highest point scorer from the heats (with a reserve list to account for subsequent withdrawals from the final). The horses which have been staked for the series are: Al Jolson Ayr Freedom Blytheview JJ (1 run) Borntorun (1 run) Brywins Mayhem Cash All Ceiron JD Coalford Insignia Coffee Mate Country Major Dynaramic Father Ted Finley Wells GDs Hurricane Hawthorns Melinda Hilltop North Art (1 run) Ithon Orbit Ladyford Warrior Laneside Layla (1 run - WINNER OF HEAT 1) Laughin Buck (1 run) Lyons Aceofspades Lyons Comet Lyons Saint Marys (1 run) Mahogany Charmer Natalie Camden Olivia Camden Rhyds Girlpower Rodney Camden Soul Searcher Springhill Calaburn The Dark Destroyer The Lion King Wye Joels Best The remaining heats are as follows: Corbiewood - 18th May Presteigne - 25th May Corbiewood - 1st June Amman Valley - 3rd June Tir Prince - 9th June Evenjobb - 10th June Corbiewood - 21st June Pikehall - 1st July The grand final at Tir Prince, the home of the Crock of Gold, has an estimated purse of £6000 and will be the feature race on the card on Saturday 14th July. With entries from all corners of the UK, the series has captured the imaginations across the board and promises to be a competitive and prestigious event. British Harness Racing would like to take this opportunity to thank the Standardbred Horse Sales Company (USA) for their continued support of harness racing in the United Kingdom and hope that this series will become a regular event in the calendar in years to come. by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink      

Following on from the success of the Oakwood Stud Mares' Pacing Series at Corbiewood in 2017, the Scottish Harness Racing Club has approved the return of the series for 2018 with the same format of six legs and a grand final to be staged on Thursday 9th August. The 2018 running of the series will welcome a new sponsor in Greentree Standardbreds, run by the Clark family based in County Durham, north England, who recently imported the impressive grey stallion Smack Talk to stand his first season at stud in the UK. Conditions for the series remain largely unaltered, with nominations invited on or before Sunday 3rd June. Last year's series saw five different mares win the six qualifying legs, with Starzapan (2016 Scottish Horse of the Year) the only mare to win twice. The aggregate winning distances across the six legs and final was only 8 and a half lengths, illustrating the close and competitive finishes throughout the series. It was the Gilvear family's DONTSTOPTHEPARTY (Dreamfair Vogel-Party West-Western Hanover), the winner of the fifth leg, who landed the spoils in a thrilling final with a well-timed run to take up the lead in the closing stages of the race. In addition, there will be two STAGBI Future Broodmares races staged at Corbiewood in 2018, complimenting a solid programme of races for mares racing in Scotland this year. "The aim of the Greentree Standardbreds Mares' Pacing Series, in conjunction with the STAGBI Future Broodmares races," said Sarah Thomas, who created the series in 2017. "is to provide the owners and trainers of mares not only in Scotland but in neighbouring regions who race at Corbiewood with the opportunity to keep mares in training longer before considering the option of breeding.  "These races add real merit to any mare's CV," Thomas explained. "and the grand final for a decent purse rewards connections who defer going down the breeding route for an additional season or two.  It was hoped that these races would be the type that connections really wanted to win and based on the atmosphere on the night of the final last year, this was certainly achieved.  With some of last year's mares already known to be back in training, plus the potential pool of mares who will become eligible this year, the 2018 series should be a really exciting prospect!" A new drivers' series is currently in the final stages of production and more details of this will follow in due course. Corbiewood will stage in excess of 20 meetings this year with the season kicking off on Sunday 6th May. Come Harness Racing!! by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink      

England, UK - Today, Friday 8th December, sees the official launch of a new organisation set to work towards securing the future of racing in the UK. The British Harness Racing Development Fund (BHRDF), founded by Coalford Stud's Joseph Maw, seeks to generate sufficient funding to purchase a suitable piece of land for the development of a half mile hard track in a central location for the benefit of all BHRC licence holders to race on in 2019. In a statement to be published in the British Harness Racing Club's (BHRC) membership calendar, the BHRDF describes the present situation as follows: "British harness racing is currently at its lowest ebb; we are at rock bottom and if we continue on our current path then harness racing will cease to exist in Britain in the not so distant future. Over the last 10 years the fixture list has been reduced dramatically. The main reason? The sport's two main facilities (York Harness Raceway & Tir Prince Raceway) are owned/operated by private individuals who, for various reasons, choose not to operate a regular weekly fixture list and can take the venues away at any time (York Harness Raceway is currently for sale). Corbiewood Stadium has been purchased for development and is currently rented for each racing season, thus making it inadequate for the future development of harness racing. Tai'r Gwaith (Amman Valley) also does not operate a regular weekly fixture list. There is absolutely no sense in buying, owning, breeding, training, racing and investing in Standardbreds if we do not have regular all-weather facilities where we can race them. No sense whatsoever. The only people who can save this sport are ourselves." Under the tagline 'Save our sport - back this plan', the BHRDF has set out a detailed action plan to raise the much-needed funding to proceed with the plan to purchase land and build an all-weather track. A steering committee, featuring 15 of the UK's leading breeders, owners, trainers, drivers and commentators, has been formed to forge ahead with this plan with the full backing of the country's harness racing governing body, the BHRC. In addition to money pledged by members of the steering committee, licence holders will be asked to pay an annual membership to the fund which, further down the line, will reward them with certain benefits once the track is up and running and give them stakeholder status. The message is that this will be a track run by the members, for the members, and will secure the future of harness racing in the UK. In conjunction with the official launch of the Development Fund, a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BHRDevelopmentFund) has been set up which will feature regular updates on the progress of the steering committee. Another key feature of the organisation is transparency, and the committee wishes to keep interested parties up to date via an easily accessible platform. Finally, the BHRDF has set up a GoFundMe account (https://funds.gofundme.com/dashboard/britannia-parklets-make-it-happen) and it is hoped that harness racing enthusiasts from every corner of the earth will hear their plight - UK harness racing has an enthusiastic and unique array of participants and this may well be our last chance at saving this wonderful sport on our shores before it is too late. by Sarah Thomas, for the BHRCF  

Durham, UK - On Friday 29th September the grey stallion, Smack Talk, is due to land in the UK in preparation for the 2018 breeding season where he will be standing at Greentree Standardbreds, County Durham, England. The six-year-old son of Cams Card Shark will join the 16-strong broodmare band where Western Jackpot (Western Ideal-Caesars Jackpot-Big Towner) has stood in previous years. A winner of six starts at 2, with a record of 1:50.4 and earnings of $90,254, Smack Talk will be the first grey stallion to stand in the UK since Young Commander and Coalford Laag. His sire, Cams Card Shark, hails from one of the strongest sire lines in modern history (Meadow Skipper-Most Happy Fella-Cam Fella-Cams Card Shark), all being noted 'sire of sires'. Sire of Bettors Delight, Million Dollar Cam and Timesareachanging, all winners of the Little Brown Jug (half mile track). Bettors Delight himself a sire of two Little Brown Jug winners (Vegas Vacation & Betting Line). His dam, Chippie Gabby, from 7 foals the dam of 7 winners in North America. His maternal grand-dam, Chippies Ruler, was the USHWA Dan Patch Award winner for Two Year Old Pacing Fillies and a winner of over $440,000 with a prolific two-year-old career which included victories in the Matron Stakes Final and the Three Diamonds. As well as Chippie Gabby, also the dam of Whitefish Falls (Cams Card Shark), p, 2, 1.52 ($384,358), elimination and final winner of the prestigious early season two-year-old flagship race at the Meadowlands, the Woodrow Wilson where he set his mark. Smack Talk, a beautiful, striking grey stallion, brings to the UK a modern pedigree full of early speed and has all the credentials required to be a top sire. Co-owner John Clark said "We are very excited about Smack Talk joining us. He's by the sire of sires Cams Card Shark who crosses well with all of our mares as well as showing great early speed. We can't wait to get some of foals on the ground". Smack Talk will be Breeders Crown & Sire Stakes nominated for 2018. For more information please contact John Clark at 07918 934379. by Sarah Thomas      

BANNOCKBURN, Scotland - On Thursday, 13th July, Corbiewood played host to the fourth leg of the Oakwood Stud Mares Pacing Series and once again it was another different winner in the form of last year's Scottish Horse of the Year, Starzapan. The 7-year-old daughter of Genghis Pan led out from the widest gate position after an early battle with Lady Mary (William Drysdale) and set the fastest fractions witnessed so far in the series and on the night on a track which had succumbed to heavy rainfall prior to racing. It was evident that driver Stuart MacKenzie had a forceful drive in mind as they went through the half in just over a minute with no signs of letting up the pace. It wasn't outside the realms of possibility that the winner would come off the pace with the leader setting such strong fractions, however Starzapan was not for stopping and as the challenge came down the back stretch for the final time from Lady Mary, the leader showed her class to go away from the field and win decisively. Lady Mary finished second, with San Diego (Angus Kyle) running on well for third. All three lowered their personal best times at the track in the fastest leg of the series so far. The top grade handicap featuring the eight highest graded horses saw old-timer Jasper Hill (Thomas MacKenzie Jnr) lead out, quickly challenged by Camden Casper (Grant Cullen). The duo had a ding dong battle throughout until the three quarter marker when Camden Casper took up the running. The energy expelled in the tussle with Jasper Hill left him vulnerable to a strong finisher, and it was Jennas Gold (Scott Murray) who came with the first challenge as they rounded the final turn, quickly followed by American Gigolo (William Drysdale) however Camden Massino (William Greenhorn) went widest of all and got up close home under a calculated drive. The first race of the night saw an all-the-way victory for Littlemill Jo who won impressively when losing her maiden tag. The homebred filly's win was a real family affair, with breeder/owner/trainer/driver Steven Henderson's two children, Jamie (7) and Emma (5) both assisting with the training at home in the build up to the race whilst on school holidays. This was the first winner for the family's homebred stallion, Littlemill Rogue, the current 3YO track record holder. After some bad luck in previous starts, Merringtonmoonlite got off the mark for the season for Corbiewood-based duo Karen & Mark Kennedy with a well-timed, three wide challenge under Gordon Gilvear. Stephen Cairney sent Porterstown Keith to the lead in race three, and despite the field appearing to queue up behind him with various horses looking threatening at one stage or another, no challenge was forthcoming and the long-time leader sailed to victory. Corbiewood stalwart K And M Redpandana notched up his first win of the season after numerous consistent runs, having been sent to the front by Hugh Menzies, he dictated sensible fractions and ran out a comfortable winner. The next meeting at Corbiewood is Thursday 20th July on the eve of the two day festival of harness racing at Musselburgh Racecourse, featuring a C Class drivers event. First race 7.30pm. by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink Race 1 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/836916743149843/ 1st Littlemill Jo (Littlemill Rogue-Hendos Star) - S Henderon 2nd Rogue Comet (Rogue Hall-Angelas Cosmo) - G Cullen 3rd Bettorbybest (Pro Bono Best-Bettorbynine) - Stuart MacKenzie 5 Ran  Time: 2.09.35 Dist: 3 3/4L & Neck Race 2- https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/836917606483090/ 1st Merringtonmoonlite (Check On Jack-What A Commotion) - G Gilvear 2nd Dynamic Ace (Windsong Dynamite-Dillys Red Ace) - W Greenhorn 3rd Lets Party (Dreamfair Vogel-Party West) - H Menzies 6 Ran  Time: 2.08.25 Dist: 2L & 1/2L Race 3 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/836919196482931/ 1st Porterstown Keith (The Panderosa-The Pana Sutra) - S Cairney 2nd Y Not Wait N C (Todays Man-Riverbank Mybatross) - G Cullen 3rd Greentree Destiny (Rogue Hall-Ultramarine) - W Drysdale 6 Ran  Time: 2.08.23 Dist: 3/4L & Head Race 4 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/836920043149513/ 1st K And M Redpandana (The Firepan-Rosy Red) - H Menzies 2nd GDs Baby (Daylon Alert-GDs Twin) - H O'Neil Jnr Jnr 3rd Styx N Stones (Daylon Alert-Styx Soprano) - S MacKenzie 6 Ran Time: 2.09.25 Dist: 2L & Nose Race 5 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/836920979816086/ 1st Camden Massino (Art Major-Sheeza Sakra) - W Greenhorn 2nd Jennas Gold (Allamerican Ingot-Jennas Desire) - S Murray 3rd American Gigolo (Village Jasper-American Beauty) - W Drysdale 8 Ran   Time: 2.06.63 Dist: 3/4L & Head Race 6 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/836922399815944/ 1st Starzapan (Genghis Pan-Starry Nite) - S MacKenzie 2nd Lady Mary (Playwithafulldeck-Marys Solitaire) - W Drysdale 3rd San Diego (Pro Bono Best-San Carra) - A Kyle 5 Ran  Time: 2.03.86 Dist: 2 1/4L & Neck  

BANNOCKBURN, Scotland - The Oakwood Stud Mares Pacing Series saw the third different winner in as many legs on Thursday 6th July at Corbiewood, when STAGBI Future Broodmares winner Loriznitestar bounced back to form. A maximum field of eight faced the starter in leg three, in which San Diego (John Allan) assumed control of the early fractions. As the race progressed, the leader seemed content bowling along in front and slipped the field by six open lengths, looking to be in control. However, as the leader swung into the stretch the complexion of the race altered dramatically as three chasing horses gradually closed the gap with San Diego's stride shortening. Lorizenitestar (Grant Cullen), Porcelain Seelster (James Haythornthwaite) and Sureamsomething (William Greenhorn) all came into contention simultaneously, challenging San Diego from all sides. The four horses thundered to the line in a pulsating finish, in which Loriznitestar showed great tenacity to get up by half a length from Sureamsomething, with Porcelain Seelster half a length behind in third, and San Diego beaten a neck into fourth. A steward's enquiry followed, in which Sureamsomething was disqualified for a pylon violation rendering Porcelain Seelster the runner up, and San Diego placed for the third consecutive week. In the high grade OPH, Indie Hanover (Richard Haythornthwaite) and Vyrnwy Smoke (Lauren Moran) became embroiled in an early speed duel, with the latter going off stride into the first bend. This allowed Indie Hanover to assume a comfortable lead, until Ayr Majesty (Hugh Menzies) circumnavigated the field to join the leader and race stride for stride until the three quarter marker. As the challenger faded, Bayrigg Millionayr (Dougie McKenzie) and Robhall (Grant Cullen) emerged from the pack as the most likely dangers, however the leader, despite being all out, managed to hold on. Camden Massino (William Greenhorn) finished strong when finding racing room to deny Robhall third place. The first race of the night saw a very impressive debutante in the homebred DKs Happy Forever (Richard Thomson) who led from pillar to post and won in effortless fashion. This two-year-old looks to have a bright future for the Corbiewood-based Moncrieff/Moore barn. Cole Connection (William Greenhorn) was another all-the-way maiden winner on his seasonal debut. Valentine Camden (William Drysdale) came off the pace with a four wide challenge down the stretch to run down the betting favourite Cash (Richard Haythornthwaite) in the closing stages of the Grade 1 & 2 OPH. The Grade 2 to 4 OPH saw back to back wins for Camden Rocco, who came from off the pace to take up the running off the final bend and won going away in an impressive time of 2.04.22. The next meeting at Corbiewood is Thursday 13th July, featuring the fourth leg of the Oakwood Stud Mares Pacing Series. First race 7.30pm. by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink RESULTS Race 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd7jBtuuJWw 1st DKs Happy Forever (Soulofthematter-DK Happy Moments) - R Thomson 2nd Daylon Vacation (Daylon Alert-Coalford Quest) - W Greenhorn 3rd Rogue Comet (Rogue Hall-Angelas Cosmo) - G Cullen 4 Ran  Time: 2.07.76 Dist: 2 3/4L & 1L Race 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR-Jhv17QMI 1st Cole Connection (Horselaughter-Hot Connection) - W Greenhorn 2nd Mooreside Watson (Harmony P-Wayside Lady) - R Thomson 3rd Littlemill Jo (Littlemill Rogue-Hendos Star) - S Henderon 4 Ran  Dist: 2 1/4L & 1L Race 3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJeMeEoWNFI 1st Valentine Camden (Pro Bono Best-Lets All Boogie) - W Drysdale 2nd Cash (Hasty Hall-Cherokee) - R Haythornthwaite 3rd K And M Redpandana (The Firepan-Rosy Red) - H Menzies 7 Ran  Time: 2.07.76 Dist: 1L & 2L Race 4 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdqHZC0jKV4 1st Loriznitestar (Dreamfair Vogel-Starry Nite) - G Cullen 2nd Porcelain Seelster (Camluck-Pantecostal) - J Haythornthwaite 3rd San Diego (Pro Bono Best-San Carra) - J Allan 8 Ran   Time: 2.05.91 Dist: 1L & Neck Race 5 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEHXGdCxNoM&t=6s 1st Camden Rocco (Arts Conquest-Magical Sign) - W Greenhorn 2nd Wellfield Alfie (Village Connection-Garys Advice) - G Cullen 3rd ATM (Genghis Pan-Yoko Hall) - D McKenzie 8 Ran  Time: 2.04.22 Dist: 4L & 1 3/4L Race 6 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk8gGtDzeh8 1st Indie Hanover (Well Said-Incredible Margie) - R Haythornthwaite 2nd Bayrigg Millionayr (Genghis Pan-Ayr Millennium) - D McKenzie 3rd Camden Massino (Art Major-Sheeza Sakra) - W Greenhorn 8 Ran  Time: 2.04.20 Dist: 1/2L & Nose      

Bannock, Scotland - On Thursday 29th June, five mares faced the starter in the second leg of the Oakwood Stud Mares Pacing Series at Corbiewood. Track conditions were less than ideal following persistent heavy rain throughout the course of the day however the track held up reasonably well for the seven-race card. Last week's long-time leader GDs Baby (William Drysdale) once again showed good gate speed to take up the running in the early stages of the race. Yokalady (William Greenhorn) found herself parked and endured a tough trip throughout whilst keeping the leader under sustained pressure.   San Diego (John Allan) and Starzapan (Stuart MacKenzie) travelled through the race sitting on the rail and approaching the three quarter marker as Yokalady began to tire, both both mares looked to mount a challenge. It was San Diego who emerged as the leader's biggest danger as she drew alongside GDs Baby in the final eighth and perhaps looked the likely winner considering the outcome of last week's race; however, Drysdale had kept something in reserve and asked his mare to quicken.   She dug deep and went on to win by three quarters of a length. Starzapan delivered her challenge three wide and although never threatening the winner will no doubt strip fitter for her seasonal reappearance and last year's SHRC Horse of the Year is expected to be competitive in the remainder of the series. The top grade handicap saw Stoneriggs Banner (Ian Hay) lead from pillar to post where he held off a determined challenge from American Gigolo (William Drysdale) by a neck in an exciting finish. This victory was a first driving win for Ian Hay in over 10 years having semi-retired from the sulky; a regular groom for the stable, he is called up for driving duties on occasion when required and it was clear to see his delight at returning to the winner's circle. The evening began with a maiden pace featuring an all-the-way victory for Johnny Cash and Gordon Gilvear. Regular driver Logan Fowler was forced to cheer on from the sidelines following an accident which will see him on "box rest" for a number of weeks.   The second race went the way of Royal Mint Howard (G Cullen), who finally overcame long-time leader Littlemill Jo (Stephen Henderson) in the stretch to notch up his second win of the season. The runner-up lost nothing in defeat and looks sure to go one better in the coming weeks.   The Grade 1 and Grade 2 races were both won by horses who were victorious at the first meet: Millie May West (John Allan) streaked clear in the closing stages to record her second win of the year; Wellfield Alfie (George Drysdale) led out, made all and cruised home in the fastest time of the night in what was a very impressive performance. There seems no reason why either of these can't win again.   Another impressive winner was the eight-year-old mare, Ayr Pandemic (William Greenhorn), who recorded her 16th lifetime win in the Grade 3 & 4 OPH, in a career that has spanned almost 7 seasons. The manner in which she blazed to victory would suggest she is as good as ever. The next meeting at Corbiewood is Thursday 6th July, featuring the third leg of the Oakwood Stud Mares Pacing Series. First race 7.30pm.   by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink Race 1 1st Johnny Cash (Soulofthematter-Halfabootie) - G Gilvear 2nd Ayr Caledonia (Hasty Hall-Ayr Wing) - G Keith 3rd Hawthorns Melinda (Pierce Seelster-Dot Comm) - R Leary 6 Ran  Time: 2.08.82 Dist: 2 1/4L & 1L Race 2 1st Royal Mint Howard (Village Marquis-Gold Sovereign) - G Cullen 2nd Littlemill Jo (Littlemill Rogue-Hendos Star) - S Henderson 3rd I Live To Party (Dreamfair Vogel-Party West) - B Gilvear 5 Ran  Time: 2.07.87 Dist: 1L & 11L Race 3 1st Millie May West (Hasty Hall-Aprilmaywest) - J Allan 2nd Miami Seelster (Pierce Seelster-Miamicrombie) - R Leary 3rd Live In Toyboy - (Village Jasper-Live In Lover) - G Cullen 6 Ran  Time: 2.06.96 Dist: 3 3/4L & 1 1/2L Race 4 1st Wellfield Alfie (Village Connection-Garys Advice) - G Drysdale 2nd Camden Candyman (Yankee Lariat-Tacambaro) - W Greenhorn 3rd Caraghs Comet (Soulofthematter-Flyers Comet) - T MacKenzie Jr 7 Ran  Time: 2.04.37 Dist: 2L & 2L Race 5 1st Ayr Pandemic (Daylon Alert-Poudine Du Pan) - W Greenhorn) 2nd West End Alf (The Cammissioner-Red Emilie) - G Drysdale 3rd Ladyford Lad (Hasty Hall-Just Disraeli) - L Moran 7 Ran  Time: 2.05.3 Dist: 4L & 1 1/4L Race 6 1st GDs Baby (Daylon Alert-GDs Twin) - W Drysdale 2nd San Diego (Pro Bono Best-San Carra) - J Allan 3rd Starzapan (Genghis Pan-Starry Nite) - S MacKenzie 5 Ran  Time: 2.08.11 Dist: 3/4L & 1/4L Race 7 1st Stoneriggs Banner (Banner Yankee-Thepansquickrnthei) - I Hay 2nd American Gigolo (Village Jasper-American Beauty) - W Drysdale 3rd Camden Massino (Art Major-Sheeza Sakra) - G Cullen 7 Ran Time: 2.05.5 Dist: Neck & 3 3/4L Video replay's are below: Race 1 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/829296210578563/ Race 2 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/829301053911412/ Race 3 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/829305633910954/ Race 4 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/829327827242068/ Race 5 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/829327827242068/ Race 6 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/829330617241789/ Race 7 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/829337797241071/

Bannock, Scotland - The visiting mare Porcelain Seelster was the first to score in Corbiewood's inaugural mares series on Thursday 22nd June in a competitive affair which saw the first six horses cross the wire with less than a second separating them. It was GDs Baby (William Drysdale) who was first to show as the field settled into Indian file by the first quarter, with the leader coasting through the half and three quarters in good fractions. It was at this stage that the race came alive, with San Diego (John Allan), who had closely tracked the long-time leader, first to mount a serious challenge. Entering the home stretch San Diego nosed in front, yet as soon as she had taken up the running Porcelain Seelster (James Haythornthwaite) had reached top gear and delivered a well-timed challenge along with Dontstoptheparty (Brian Gilvear) who by this stage was having to challenge four wide. As they crossed the line in a pulsating finish, it was Porcelain Seelster who came out on top. Dontstoptheparty snatched second with San Diego in third. The other feature race of the night was billed as a match between the previous two top grade OPH winners from the first two meetings of the season: Indie Hanover (Richard Haythornthwaite) and Robhall (Stuart MacKenzie). The former led out, as his anticipated early rival Stoneriggs Banner (Hugh Menzies) made a break, gifting him an uncontested lead. They headed through the half in 1.02, which compared to last week's sizzling 59 seconds seemed pedestrian. Approaching the three quarter marker there were three obvious dangers: American Gigolo (William Drysdale), Bayrigg Millionayr (Dougie McKenzie) and Camden Massino (Grant Cullen). Of the three, Bayrigg Millionayr emerged from the chasing pack and despite his best efforts, Indie Hanover could not shake off his challenger as Bayrigg Millionayr sprinted to victory. American Gigolo got up for second with the long-time leader finishing third. GDs Hazzard was the first of two wins for English driver Andrew Cairns when going off a hot favourite in the maiden race, following on from his third placed run in the SHRC 3YO Derby the week prior. Cairns' second win came from a catch drive on Camden Rocco in the Grade 1 for Corbiewood-based trainer Alex Taylor. Another winning catch drive secured victory in the maiden and novice combined race, when Richard Haythornthwaite steered the Gregor Menzies-trained Cash home in front. Live In Toyboy (Grant Cullen) made his second start of the season a winning one in the Grade 1 -3 OPH and the multi-disciplined Jasper Hill (Thomas MacKenzie) returned to winning ways in the Grade 3 & 4 OPH. The next meeting at Corbiewood is Thursday 29th June, first race 7.30pm. Featuring the second leg of the Oakwood Stud Mares Pacing Series. by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink Race 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VhxnmwgjKE 1st GDs Hazzard (Mypanmar-Jambo Cam) - A Cairns 2nd Lets Party (Dreamfair Vogel-Party West) - B Gilvear 3rd Beach Blizzard (Radiant King-Jennas Desire) - S Murray Time: 2.05.48 Dist: 4 1/2L & 6L Race 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UDlbrcHcNA 1st Cash (Hasty Hall-Cherokee) - R Haythornthwaite 2nd Red Romeo (Daylon Alert-Red Sarah) - W Drysdale 3rd Royal Mint Howard (Village Marquis-Gold Sovereign) - G Cullen Time: 2.08.81 Dist: 6 1/2L & Neck Race 3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHO1_NqNyE0 1st Camden Rocco (Arts Conquest-Magical Sign) - A Cairns 2nd Evenwood Coolsting (The Firepan-Lamour La Plott) - S MacKenzie 3rd Springhill Catch (Best Sunshine-Springhill Kate) - W Greenhorn Time: 2.06.49 Dist: 10L & 3/4L Race 4 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_efJfFyKZI 1st Live In Toyboy (Village Jasper-Live In Lover) - G Cullen 2nd Wellfield Alfie (Village Connection-Garys Advice) - G Drysdale 3rd Valentine Camden (Pro Bono Best-Lets All Boogie) - W Drysdale Time: 2.05.77 Dist: 2L & 1 1/2L Race 5 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfvBWrJ44GM 1st Jasper Hill (Village Jasper-Eyes Wide Open) - T MacKenzie Jnr 2nd Camden Casper (Yankee Lariat-Lets All Boogie) - G Cullen 3rd Mega Star (Genghis Pan-Party West) - W Greenhorn Time: 2.07.33 Dist: 3/4 & 3/4L Race 6 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n79hmxmTyWM 1st Bayrigg Millionayr (Genghis Pa-Ayr Millennium) - D McKenzie 2nd American Gigolo (Village Jasper-American Beauty) - W Drysdale 3rd Indie Hanover (Well Said-Incredible Margie) - R Haythornthwaite Time: 2.04.46 Dist: 1L & 1 1/4L Race 7 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ0L32XyHZc 1st Porcelain Seelster (Camluck-Pantecostal) - J Haythornthwaite 2nd Dontstoptheparty (Dreamfair Vogel-Party West) - B Gilvear 3rd San Diego (Pro Bono Best-San Carra) - J Allan Time: 2.06.91 Dist: Neck & 3/4L  

BANNOCK, Scotland - On Friday 16th June, Corbiewood played host to the prestigious SHRC 3YO Derby, with Grant Cullen partnering the winners of both the fillies division and the colts and geldings division on a night that saw him record a hat trick of driving wins. Victoria Camden put in an impressive performance to reverse last year's SHRC 2YO Futurity placings when beating old rival Crosshill Ace (Andrew Cairns). She overcame a bad draw to take up the running just after the 3/4 marker, with long-time leader Crosshill Ace staying on for second and another Scottish-owned filly, She Be Rockin (Gordon Gilvear) taking the minor honours. Betting favourite Greenhilldebateable did not figure from the worst barrier draw. No Brakes led out and made all, although was tracked throughout by English raider All Good Hanover (Lee Fletcher). The latter could never get within striking distance of the all-the-way winner, who recorded an eye-catching personal best of 2.03.45 in victory. GDs Hazzard (Andrew Cairns) put in a good run to finish third. Betting favourite Tyrion Hanover finished fourth. Cullen's third win on the night came on board a non-winner in three seasons, Wellfield Alfie. Having not won since July 2014, the 8-year-old son of Village Connection debuted this year with a return to winning ways. He took up the running in the final quarter of the race and stayed on to win convincingly from the fast-finishing Camden Rocco (William Drysdale) and San Diego (John Allan). The high grade handicap attracted top quality competitors and what looked like a fantastic race on paper turned out to be even better in reality. Stoneriggs Banner (Ian Hay) led the field through the half in 59 seconds, the fastest this year, and then was forced to fend off several challenges. First challenge came from Camden Casper (Grant Cullen), then Ayr Majesty (Hugh Menzies) as the field stacked up behind them. Approaching the final bend with an eighth of a mile to go, a blanket covered the field and it was Robhall (Stuart Mackenzie) with a four-wide challenge who emerged from the pack to win impressively, with the grey Coalford Chief (Mick Lord) who had faltered early to find himself detached from the field, finishing second. The mare, Sureamsomething (William Greenhorn) found a gap on the rail in the stretch to snatch third. The beginning of the evening saw the first winner of the year for the O'Neil stables from Ayr, with their debutante Ayr Bird (Hugh O'Neil Jnr Jnr) who took up the running at the quarter marker and never looked back. Springhill Catch (William Greenhorn) wore down the long-time leader Tarawood Kiki (Andrew Cairns) in the stretch to win the Maiden & Novice event. Vyrnwy Smoke returned to winning ways when partnered by SHRC Young Driver of the Year 2016, Lauren Moran, for the first time this year at Corbiewood, coming with a well-timed but bold challenge off the final turn to win from Ontop Accountable (Grant Cullen). The next meeting at Corbiewood is Thursday 22nd June featuring the first leg of the Oakwood Stud Mares Pacing Series. First race at 7.30pm. by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink Race 1 1st Ayr Bird (Dreamfair Vogel-Grinfromayrtoayr) - H O'Neil Jnr Jnr 2nd Red Romeo (Daylon Alert-Red Sarah) - W Drysdale 3rd Beach Blizzard (Radiant King-Jennas Desire) - S Murray Time: 2.06.45 Dist: 4L & 2L  5 Ran Race 2 1st Springhill Catch (Best Sunshine-Springhill Kate) - W Greenhorn 2nd Tarawood Kiki (Kikikolt-One Mile Meg) - A Cairns 3rd Cardigan Flashman (Doonbeg-Ayr Flight) - R Haythornthwaite Time: 2.06.05 Dist: 1L & Neck  5 Ran   Race 3 1st Wellfield Alfie (Village Connection-Garys Advice) - G Cullen 2nd Camden Rocco (Arts Conquest-Magical Sign) - W Drysdale 3rd San Diego (Pro Bono Best-San Carra) - J Allan Time: 2.05.28 Dist: 5L & 1/2L  7 Ran Race 4 1st Vyrnwy Smoke (Backnthesaddleapan-Vyrnwy Victory) - L Moran 2nd Ontop Accountable (The Preacher Pan-Accountable Joe) - G Cullen 3rd K And M Redpandana (The Firepan-Rosy Red) - H Menzies Time: 2.06.79 Dist: 1 1/2L & 1L   7 Ran Race 5 1st Robhall (Dreamfair Vogel-Yoko Hall) - S MacKenzie 2nd Coalford Chief (Coalford Laag-Life Signs Image) - M Lord 3rd Sureamsomething (Wolfdancer Mindale-Sureamsmart) - W Greenhorn Time: 2.03.95 Dist: 2L & 2L   8 Ran Race 6 1st Victoria Camden (Mypanmar-Penn Kinki Touch) - G Cullen 2nd Crosshill Ace (Cams Card Shark-Vain In Spain) - A Cairns 3rd She Be Rockin (Rocknroll Hanover-Utopia Hanover) - G Gilvear Time: 2.06.10 Dist: 2L & 1 3/4L  8 Ran Race 7 1st No Brakes (Hasty Hall-Panama Canal) - G Cullen 2nd All Good Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-All Tucked Up) - L Fletcher 3rd GDs Hazzard (Mypanmar-Jambo Cam) - A Cairns Time: 2.03.45 Dist: 2 1/2L & 4L  6 Ran  

BANNOCK, Scotland - The season started with a bang at Corbiewood on Friday 9th June, with an eight race card which saw eight different winning drivers. The feature races were the STAGBI Future Broodmares Pace and the Open Preferred Handicap Final which both went the way of Corbiewood stalwarts. Loriznitestar picked up her first victory in the highly competitive STAGBI Future Broodmares Pace which guarantees connections a spot at the national harness racing and breeding awards next spring. The eight-year-old daughter of Dreamfair Vogel was the first to break the 7-horse Indian file when driver Grant Cullen committed her approaching the half. From this point, her and long-time leader Sureamhasty (William Greenhorn) matched strides until the former proved the strongest down the stretch, winning by a length. Caraghs Comet (Thomas MacKenzie Jnr) finished half a length off Sureamhasty in third. The other feature race was the Grades 1-6 OPH Final, with three heats run earlier on the night providing the runners. The first heat went the way of Willie Kyle's Millie May West (John Allan), who toughed a two wide trip for most of the race to give new connections a win by a neck from the three-year-old Victoria Camden (Grant Cullen) who in turn got up in the shadow of the post to steal second from long-time leader Killarney Howard (Hugh O'Neil Jnr Jnr). The second heat saw another long-time leader headed in deep stretch, when the eleven-year-old Jasper Hill (Thomas MacKenzie Jnr) snatched victory from betting favourite Valentine Camden (William Drysdale). Camden Rocco (William Greenhorn) stayed on for third. The third of the three heats bucked the trend, as long-time leader Indie Hanover (Richard Haythornthwaite) shot clear coming home after seeing off the sole challenge of Ayr Pandemic (William Greenhorn) who faded after tough fractions. Stoneriggs Banner (Hugh Menzies) was the best of the rest, finishing five lengths behind the winner, with Bayrigg Millionayr (Richard Thomson) half a length behind in third. Seven horses faced the starter in the final, as Stoneriggs Banner withdrew. Valentine Camden (William Drysdale) showed a good turn of foot from the gate to take the early lead. Indie Hanover (Richard Haythornthwaite) was a persistent challenger throughout as they went through the half in a minute. Coming to the three quarter marker, Indie Hanover slipped the field, however Bayrigg Millionayr (Richard Thomson) emerged from the pack with a determined challenge and despite hooking wheels on the final turn, dug deep to record his 19th lifetime win. Indie Hanover stayed on for second with Jasper Hill (Thomas MacKenzie Jnr) finishing third. The first of the two maiden races was won impressively by the Rocknroll Hanover filly She Be Rockin (Gordon Gilvear) who made all the running to win in comfortable fashion. Her next assignment will be the SHRC 3YO Derby Fillies Division at the next meeting. The second maiden pace was won by Royal Mint Howard (William Drysdale) who went one better than his impressive debut at Appleby by leading from start to finish. The Corbiewood-trained Billy Wilk (William Greenhorn) won the novice pace in decisive fashion. The next meeting at Corbiewood is Friday 16th June, featuring the SHRC 3YO Derby Colts and Fillies divisions. First race is 7.30pm. by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink Race 1 1st She Be Rockin (Rocknroll Hanover-Utopia Hanover) - G Gilvear 2nd Ayr Caledonia (Hasty Hall-Ayr Wing) - G Keith 3rd Hawthorns Melinda (Pierce Seelster-Dot Comm) - W Greenhorn Time: 2.07.48 Dist: 7L & 1/2L Race 2 1st Millie May West (Hasty Hall-Aprilmaywest) - J Allan 2nd Victoria Camden (Mypanmar-Penn Kinki Touch) - G Cullen 3rd Killarney Howard (Todays Man-Cams Legend) - H O'Neil Jnr Jnr Time: 2.07.56 Dist: Neck & Head Race 3 1st Jasper Hill (Village Jasper-Eyes Wide Open) - T MacKenzie Jnr 2nd Valentine Camden (Pro Bono Best-Lets All Boogie) - W Drysdale 3rd Camden Rocco (Arts Conquest-Magical Sign) Time: 2.09.2 Dist: Head & 2L Race 4 1st Indie Hanover (Well Said-Incredible Margie) - R Haythornthwaite 2nd Stoneriggs Banner (Banner Yankee-Thepansquickrnthei) - H Menzies 3rd Bayrigg Millionayr (Genghis Pan-Ayr Millenium) - R Thomson Time: 2.04.18 Dist: 5L & 1/2L Race 5 1st Royal Mint Howard (Village Marquis-Gold Sovereign) - W Drysdale 2nd Ayr Superior (Daylon Alert-Whos Laughing) - H O'Neil Jnr Jnr 3rd Daylon Vacation (Daylon Alert-Coalford Quest) - W Greenhorn Time: 2.09.98 Dist: 1L & 3/4L Race 6 1st Billy Wilk (Backnthesaddleapan-Southlands Lady) - W Greenhorn 2nd New London Hanover (Dragon Again-Natural Paradise) - G Gilvear 3rd Fools Delight (Mypanmar-Bettorbynine) - H Menzies Time: 2.06.46 Dist: 6L & 3 1/2L Race 7 1st Loriznitestar (Dreamfair Vogel-Starry Nite) - G Cullen 2nd Sureamhasty (Hasty Hall-Sureamsmart) - W Greenhorn 3rd Caraghs Comet (Soulofthematter-Flyers Comet) - T MacKenzie Jnr Time: 2.06.38 Dist: 1L & 1/2L Race 8 1st Bayrigg Millionayr (Genghis Pan-Ayr Millenium) - R Thomson 2nd Indie Hanover (Well Said-Incredible Margie) - R Haythornthwaite 3rd Jasper Hill (Village Jasper-Eyes Wide Open) - T MacKenzie Jnr Time: 2.04.61 Dist: 1L & 1L        

A new mares’ series to be staged at Corbiewood in 2017 is to be sponsored by Oakwood Stud (Co Offaly, Ireland).   The series, which will be staged over 7 weeks, will be run by the Scottish Harness Racing Club (SHRC) for its members and is open to mares aged 4 and above with a BHRC handicap of Grade 1 or above.   Mare owners must be members of the club at the date the entries close.  SHRC members do not need to reside in Scotland. The Oakwood Stud Mares’ Pacing Series will be limited to the top 12 BHRC handicapped mares which enter, with the handicap mark to be determined on the date the nominations close (Friday 9th June).   The series will consist of 6 legs, with the first 3 legs run as open preferred handicaps in two lines as per the BHRC handicap system (lowest earnings drawn 1, highest earnings drawn 8) and the remaining 3 legs run as open preferred handicaps in two lines based on monies won within the series.   The series will culminate with a £1500 purse final for the top 8 highest earners in the series, with the winner receiving £1000 as well as a rug and trophy also sponsored by Oakwood Stud. Derek Delaney, speaking on behalf of Oakwood Stud, was quick to get on board with the idea: “We love to be involved in great start up ideas in UK & Irish Harness racing from the beginning and we believe there needs to be more racing for the mares and love the idea of them racing their own sex as older mares and not only juvenile stakes racing.  When Sarah Thomas told me her thoughts, I was immediately interested in supporting her forward thinking.” Each of the 12 mares will be guaranteed 4 runs in the series should they enter for all of the legs, with the purse for each leg set at £550.  The nomination fee to stake a mare is £150, with the entry fee for each leg being £40.  The final will be run in two lines with all 8 mares to ballot for position. The order of priority for the first leg will be the top 8 BHRC handicapped mares; any mares returned from the first leg will take priority for the second leg. The order of priority for the remaining legs will be as follows: Any mares returned from the previous leg; Mares with the lowest number of runs within the series; Mares with the lowest earnings within the series; Highest BHRC handicap mark. The idea for the series stemmed from the success of the three STAGBI Future Broodmares races staged at Corbiewood in 2016.  All three races were fully subscribed and provided competitive and thrilling finishes in the open preferred handicap format.  In 2017 there will be a maximum of two STAGBI Future Broodmares races sponsored by STAGBI, which will supplement the mares’ series. Further details of the series will be published via the SHRC and BHRC websites and social media pages in due course, however if anybody has any queries regarding the series, please contact Sarah Thomas. by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink

The second annual British Harness Racing Club (BHRC) and Standardbred and Trotting Horse Association of Great Britain and Ireland (STAGBI) joint awards dinner will this year feature the inaugural 'Drive of the Year' award which is being sponsored and supported by none other than world famous USA reinsman, Tim Tetrick. The six shortlisted drives were selected by a small panel from within the awards night organisation committee and the winner will be chosen by a public poll which closes at midday on Tuesday 14th February - For the link to vote click here. Before casting your vote, take a look at the drives which have been selected: Race 1 - James Haythornthwaite & Porcelain Seelster - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQkY9hcg9xA James Haythornthwaite comes from last to clinch the Victor Carson Memorial Final with a well-timed run at Corbiewood on board 3YO filly, Porcelain Seelster (September 2016) Race 2 - John Nicholson Jr & Cochise - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ius55lcwff8 Sixteen-year-old John Nicholson Jr holds off 2015 Leading Driver William 'Rocker' Laidler to win the Red John Memorial Hurricane Pace at Musselburgh (one of the major handicap events of the calendar) in a cool drive on board Cochise (June 2016) Race 3 - Ian Pimlott & Thundier Jiel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMBpWvX21w4 Seasoned campaigner Ian Pimlott guides Thunder Jiel to the trotter's first win on British soil since being imported from France, at the inaugural fixture at Chelmsford City Racecourse which followed the Thoroughbred card and was televised live on At The Races (November 2016) Race 4 - Mick Lord & Shaba Hanover - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRjl9ntkpB8 Mick Lord with what commentator Darren Owen described on the day as a 'perfectly timed' drive to guide Shaba Hanover to victory at York, having painted the outside fence to pass the leading horses in a thrilling finish (October 2016) Race 5 - Richard Haythornthwaite & Ayr Majesty - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwjPd9Z2sik Richard Haythornthwaite guides former top British juvenile Ayr Majesty to an impressive victory when winning the Tregaron leg of the Standardbred Sales Company Battle of the Big Guns, which was the horse's sole win in the toughest of top flight company all season (August 2016) Race 6 - Vicky Gill & Rhyds Mystique - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBxw6ZD0tbY Vicky Gill passed the field coming home on Rhyds Mystique for the BHRC 2YO Filly of the Year's first of 8 victories from 9 starts in 2016 when winning the NWHOA 2YO Championship. This performance was only the first indication of what was to come from the champion performer (June 2016) The winner will be celebrated at the awards dinner on Saturday 25th February and presented with a trophy and prize package provided by world champion driver Tim Tetrick. by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink  

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