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Yabby Dam racing's Beau Garcon's strong win in the Group 3 Breeders Crown 2YO Silver Trot was the icing on the cake for his sire Orlando Vici's impressive first season crop Down Under. With big race driver Anthony Butt in the sulky, Beau Garcon, took over the lead a lap out, stared down race favourite Alpha Male's challenge, and when he broke under pressure down the back straight, strode away from the field to win easing up to win by 14 metres from Yabby Dam Racing stablemate Hallaboutme. Trained by Anton Golino at Cardigan, Beau Garcon was Orlando Vici's third individual winner, from an Australian crop of 11 foals, with no less than six making the races, and, with his only New Zealand colt included, four making the Breeders Crown finals last weekend.  Trainer Anton Golino and Driver Anthony Butt, pictured with Beau Garçon Orlando Vici has been a standout sire in Europe, a consistent top ten stallion in France and a top five stallion in Sweden, whose progeny have won age-group black type in six nations and whose durability, is shown by his veteran son Un Mec d'Heripre capturing the Cagnes-sur-Mer GP des Alpes-Maritimes in the past week at the age of 10. Beau Garcon is a product of all- French breeding, with his imported dam Glenferrie Unixa having produced group winners with her first two foals, her previous offspring being the multi-Group one winning filly Une Belle Allure, who completed the Victoria Trotters Derby and Oaks double last season.   Dave Sanders  

Always Ready rewrote Maryborough's record books with a blistering run in the final Breeders Crown heat, setting the stage for a ripping finals night at Tabcorp Park Melton. Thursday's heats at Maryborough narrowed the Breeders Crown contenders for the prized finals on August 25, with $90,000 up for grabs in the two-year-old classes and $75,000 in the three-year-olds. None were more impressive than Yabby Dam Farms trotter Always Ready, with the Vicbred and Tatlow Stakes winner and Redwood Classic runner-up stopping the clock at a 2:00.8 mile rate, cutting a second off Wobelee's two-year-old track record. That was the eighth of the days heats and provided a clearer picture of who would contest the Crown finals, though final fields will not be declared until the commencement of tomorrow night's meeting at Bendigo in line with the pacing finals. Below are the fields as they stand ahead of the barrier draws, which will feature as part of the festivities for tomorrow's pacing semi-finals at Lords Raceway. The draws will be streamed live at www.thetrots.com.au in a special barrier draw telecast hosted by Rob Auber and Craig Rail. Tune in from 5pm. For more details click here. Yabby Dam Racing Breeders Crown 3YO trottting fillies final: Drawn on Trots Live after race 3 (6.02pm) on Saturday night at Bendigo. CADENAS DAMOUR NZ DI LI HADES SKY MAR PACIFICO MEADOW VALLEY SKY MOONLIGHT DREAM MOONSHINE LINDA OUR SHOW GAIT NZ PARISIAN OPERA PRETTY MAJESTIC THE GREAT REDEEMER NZ WILKES BARRE ALEPPO JEWEL (1st Em) Aldebaran Park Breeders Crown 2YO trotting fillies final: Drawn on Trots Live after race 4 (6.34pm) on Saturday night at Bendigo. COMMAND ME DENEUVE STAR EMERALD STRIDE GATESYS ALLEY GEORGIAS PRIDE IMSETTOGO MY LITTLE COMET ORLANDO STORM SLEEPEE SO TICKLE ME PINK NZ STARLIGHT RED WALKABOUT SUNRISE DELAROSE (1st Em) Woodlands Stud Breeders Crown 3YO trottings colts and geldings final: Drawn on Trots Live after race 5 (7.02pm) on Saturday night at Bendigo. ALDEBARAN PETE ALDEBARAN WILLO NZ ANYWHERE HUGO FIELDS OF KYVALLEY IMPERIAL WHIZ NZ KYVALLEY FINN LA GRANGE MAJESTIC COURTNEY NZ MAJESTIC PLAYER NEXTA NUNN STRESS FACTOR NZ WHIZZBANG DAN DELLSUN (1st Em) Aldebaran Park Breeders Crown two-year-old trotting fillies final: Drawn on Trots Live after race 6 (7.30pm) on Saturday night at Bendigo. ALDEBARAN ROCKY ALWAYS READY ARCHLEO CALIGULA NZ DREAM MASTAR JILLIBY BULLDOG KYVALLEY CLICHY MAJESTUOSO NZ MONTPELLIER ONEOFTHECLAN ORLANDO JOLT NZ XEBEC GLAD ALL OVER CRITICAL ADVANTAGE (1st Em) Michael Howard Trots Media

French super stallion Ready Cash scored his first group one successes in Australia with Always Ready winning the Vicbred Super Series 2YO Colts and Geldings Final and followed that up with a group one placing with 2YO filly Par Ici. Bearing the stamp of Ready Cash in both looks and action Always Ready kicked the Vicbred Super Series finals off with an all the way win in the 2YO Colts after fighting hard to get to the lead, controlling the tempo and then impressively kicking away from the field from the 600m mark. Later in the evening Ready Cash filly Par Ici was shuffled back on the inside rail, but finished on gamely to pick up a third placing in the Group one Vibred Super Series 2YO Fillies Final. Anton Golino trains the pair at Yabby Dam Farms in Cardigan, Victoria. Yabby Dam Farms proprietor Pat Driscoll secured a small amount of Ready Cash frozen semen before his sons and daughters created a storm on the track through the likes of Prix d’Amerique winners Bold Eagle and Readly Express and multiple group one winners Brillantissime and Bird Parker. Anton and Always Ready The winner of 40 races, 8 at Group one level including two Prix de Amerique, Ready Cash has topped the French sires premiership in each of the six crops he has sired. And his son Brillantissime has just began his stud career in sensational fashion leading the French qualifiers with 22 qualifiers already with Love You and Ready Cash superstar Bold Eagle joint second on 12. Bold Eagle is out of a Love You mare. Ready Cash himself Is joint fourth on the table with 10 qualifers, while Bird Parker another son of Ready Cash has 9 qualifiers.  Yabby Dam Farms and Haras des Trotteurs are standing the first son of Ready Cash in New Zealand this year, in En Solitaire, who is bred on the same cross as Bold Eagle.   Dave Sanders

Haras des Trotteurs and Yabby Dam Farms are delighted to announce the arrival at their Ballarat stud of exciting new stallion En Solitaire, who is the first son of French siring phenomenon Ready Cash and will be available fresh to breeders in both Australia and New Zealand for the upcoming season. Yabby Dam Farms owner Pat Driscoll has bought a 50% share in the stallion with En Solitaire’s breeder Jean Pierre Dubois who stands Love You and a bevy of France’s top stallions at the prestigious Haras de la Brosse in Normandy. Breeders in Australia and New Zealand will this season be able to access the genetics of the French siring sensation Ready Cash who has dominated European trotting since with the likes of 15 time Group 1 winner Bold Eagle and Group one winners Readly Express, Bird Parker, Django Riff, Charly du Noyer, Cash Crowe, Brillantissime, Avila, Vash Top, Vamp Kronos and recent winner Traders. Bred on same cross as the sensational Bold Eagle and the Group winning new sires Atlas des Joudes and Cash And Go, En Solitaire represents the cutting edge of French breeding which is taking the trotting world by storm. Ready Cash, his sons Bold Eagle and Brillantissime and established sires Orlando Vici and Love You are in high demand in Scandinavian trotting powerhouses Sweden and Norway, producing horses which this year won the likes of trotting’s most prestigious race the Prix d’Amerique in France. En Solitaire is from a Love You sister to millionaire group one winning sire Kaisy Dream, and group winning sire Paisy Dream plus 15 other winners including two others who subsequently stood at stud in France. Sold for a big sum after showing outstanding ability as an early 2YO, En Solitaire suffered a serious injury in transit to his new owners and was returned to Haras de la Brosse and was subsequently, unable to stand up to training in time to take part in the rich age-group racing programme which ultimately decides French stallion careers. French racing opportunities are based solely on earnings, and En Solitaire lost a race against time in order to take part in the 4YO season and Haras de la Brosse reluctantly pulled the pin. En Solitiaire will however be put into training in Australia at Yabby Dam Racing’s adjacent stable at Cardigan under Anton Golino with a view of competing in Australasia if he is able to recover fully from his injury, but this will not affect his ability to serve mares during the upcoming season. En Solitaire is likely to provide a great outcross for New Zealand mares, bringing a powerful mix of the most modern bloodlines seen repeatedly in world class horses. EN SOLITAIRE carries the breed changing US stallion Speedy Somolli, and the highly influential French stallion Caprior doubled up in the maternal line, through the combination of his dam Daisy Chain and of course his sire, Love You who has been so successful with New Zealand mares. En Solitaire will stand alongside fellow European stallions, exciting Group winner Used To Me, is part owned by la Perrière and Love You entire Dreamcatcher, who is part-owned by French stud Haras des Rouges Terres. Like Haras des Trotteurs other resident stallions, all of EN SOLITAIRE's New Zealand foals are Vicbred eligible. The stud fees for all Haras des Trotteurs stallions will be announced in the near future. Harnesslink Media  

Tasracing will officially welcome back the trotting gait to Tasmania’s Standardbred harness racing industry from 1 July next year. Tasracing chief executive officer Vaughn Lynch said trotting races would be regularly scheduled from next year. “Trotting is the most popular gait internationally, especially throughout France and in Scandinavian countries where they race trotters exclusively,” he said. “It is an important step forward for the local industry. “We are confident that this will give Tasmanian harness racing the opportunity to be exported around the world.” The announcement that trotting is set to return to Tasmania coincided with Yabby Dam Racing, a leading Victorian-based trotting establishment, becoming the naming rights sponsor of the 2017 Australian Drivers’ Championship to be held in Hobart on 28 October 2017. Principal Pat Driscoll said sponsorsing the drivers’ championship in Hobart was the perfect way for Yabby Dam Racing to engage with the Tasmanian industry. “I am obviously very supportive of the reintroduction of trotting in Tasmania from next year,” he said. “We are very much looking forward to working with local owners and trainers to build the trotting population in the state.” TasRacing

A big camp’s investment and a young man’s persistence both paid off with Une Belle Allure claiming the $60,000 IRT Need For Speed Prince Final at Tabcorp Park Melton. The victory delivered harness racing driver Zac Phillips his first Group 1 success less than a week after his 21st birthday and capped a dominant performance by trainer Anton Golino and owner Pat Driscoll’s Yabby Dam Farms. Having qualified six for the $60,000 final for three-year-old trotting fillies, Golino’s crew preceded to fill the first four placings with Une Belle Allure winning by a half-head from favourite Dance Craze, with Nieta 5.7m back in third and My Chimera claiming fourth. “It’s a great thrill,” Golino said. “We worked hard for this, it was a big night, we had a lot of horses in it. It doesn’t always mean that you get the job done, this is satisfying.” That it was his Angus Hall three-year-old who saluted was no surprise to Golino. “I thought she was our best last year as a two-year-old. She had a horrible prep, a few things went wrong, she got sick, she got kicked. We sort of rushed her there and she didn’t probably perform as well as we thought she could. “She’s come back super this season and she’s shown that again tonight.” Phillips guided Une Belle Allure to the front from gate three with Diz Luck on his outside when they settled before Dance Craze joined him at the bell. A 32.3 second quarter sured up the leaders’ control of the race and after a 29.8 third quarter they would have plenty left in the final straight. Dance Craze loomed in Gavin Lang’s hands but Une Belle Allure fought on and when they hit the line a half-head was enough to give Phillips his crowning moment. “It’s a massive thrill. I’ve dreamt of winning a Group 1 for as long as I can remember and to do it on trotting’s night of nights, it really means a lot to me,” Phillips said. “To Anton and the team, for them to give me the opportunity, I really can’t explain how grateful I am to them. “It just shows the quality of people they are, they do a great job with their team and put a lot into the sport.” Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

Sean McCaffrey described his last drive at Cambridge Raceway yesterday (Tuesday) as one of his most satisfying. The 57-year-old, who leaves for Australia this month to work at Yabby Dam Farms in Ballarat, won the $6,000 Sean McCaffrey Farewell Mobile for the R50 to R57 pacers behind the Ross Paynter trained Lambros. McCaffrey and Paynter were training partners up until this month. It was Lambros's third win in 20 starts and his second on the track. He was the $19.60 sixth favourite. “This feels pretty special. One of my more satisfying wins you could say. It’s a great way to bow out all right. I’ve lived in Cambridge for 50 years and this is a special way to say goodbye,” McCaffrey said in the winner’s circle immediately after the race. “The horse went super. I’m delighted for Ross,” he added. McCaffrey and Lambros led from gate two and stayed there throughout. As they crossed the finishing the line, McCaffrey gave the small crowd a big assertive army-like salute. “Did you like that? That was the last salute,” he joked. The R52-rated Lambros paced the 2200m mobile in 2:43.3 (mile rate 1:59.4) with final 800m and 400m sectionals of 60.8 and 29.5. The brown Bettor's Delight 3-year-old gelding had two-and-a-half lengths and half a head to spare over Are You Ready Girl (David Butcher) and Tact Ollie (Peter Ferguson). “He’s been unlucky in his last few races and if I ever wanted to win behind him, it was today. He felt real good and hopefully it won’t be his last for Ross,” McCaffrey said. McCaffrey has lived in Cambridge for 50 years and will be farm manager at Pat Driscoll’s Yabby Dam Farms. “I went to the Sales with Pat last September and built up a good rapport with him. Then not long ago he asked me if I wanted to relocate to his magnificent farm and after some thought my wife, Joanne, and I agreed to move,” said McCaffrey. Meanwhile, Thames trainer Paul Springall believed one-on-one training was the secret behind The Last Gamble’s sudden form reversal following the 4-year-old mare’s third consecutive win in his colours at Cambridge Raceway yesterday (Tuesday). The trotter than finished 100 lengths last at the Thames meeting on January 21 has now won at Cambridge Raceway twice (also February 16), and New Plymouth (March 2) “Jay (Abernethy) knew I was on the lookout for a trotter and he gave her to me at our Thames meeting. I haven’t even had her for two months and already she’s developing into one of the best horses I have trained,” Springall said. “Tender loving care, the big Thames track and good tucker I think are some of the reasons why she has thrived,” he added. The Last Gamble simply out-stayed her seven opponents in yesterday’s $7,000 Garrard's Horse & Hound Handicap for the $9 and faster trot. Driven by Arna Donnelly for the first time, the Great Success mare trotted the 2700m stand in 3:32.9 (mile rate 2:06.8) with final 800m and 400m sprints of 61.9 and 30.8. She was the $8.20 fourth favourite. "I think she appreciates working on a big track compared to say amongst other horses in a big team. She really enjoys her work and can do eight rounds of the Thames track at good speed. “That’s why I thought she might out-stay them today. She has quite a bit of stamina and can grind her opposition down if she gets her own way,” Springall said. Donnelly agreed. “That was a great pick-up drive. All I had to do was just sit there and steer really. She did the rest. A real armchair drive,” the modest Cambridge horsewoman said. The Last Gamble was disqualified from her first three starts last October because of branding issues when racing under a different name. But Abernethy said he was now delighted for Springall. “We had trouble getting her to go away and we did a few saddle trots with her. I always liked her and I thought she might thrive on a change of scenery. Good on Paul. I hope he gets a few more wins out of her too,” Abernethy said. Duane Ranger

An emerging trotting powerhouse fired its first shot in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series, with Aldebaran Eve winning the three-year-old fillies’ final at Tabcorp Park Melton Friday night for harness racing trainer Anton Golino and owner Pat Driscoll. Having established Yabby Dam Farms at Cardigan, near Ballarat, Driscoll and Golino won with the filly by Skyvalley out of Aldebaran Dream, who Greg Sugars put into the box seat from barrier one and had the most tickets left in the straight. “It’s a real thrill for Pat and Anton to score a winner in the Vicbred series, their first since setting up and moving down to Victoria,” Sugars said. “They are a terrific outfit and great group of people, not only those two but all the workers around them. It’s a privilege to be associated with them.” Golino said he “appreciated” the win “a lot”, lauding “all my staff and Greg for such a great drive”. Aldebaran Eve was steered to the leader’s back from barrier one, with favourite Into The Unknown taking the breeze outside the leader, second favourite Princess Phoenix. Come the final straight and Into The Unknown found the challenge too much, enabling Aldebaran Eve to peel off the leader’s back and run a 29.8 final quarter to win by 1.7m in a 2:00.6 mile rate. “She’s a nice little filly, she’s getting better with every start and we said after the heat we just need a good draw, one would be nice and that’s what she got and that’s what won us the race.” The win came as something of a surprise for the stable, with Sugars admitting this one had “probably been at the bottom of the list” of the Yabby Dams crew. For owner Driscoll, it made victory all the sweeter. “It’s quite a thrill,” he said. “A bit unexpected, because she was probably the least of the runners we have here tonight. It was a great drive by Greg and a wonderful training performance by Anton.” Michael Howard Harnes Racing Victora

Harness Racing Trainer Anton Golino and owner Pat Driscoll combined to win Saturday night’s NSW Trotters Oaks at Tabcorp Park Menangle with talented filly Pizza Queen.  The daughter of Credit Winner was purchased from the 2014 Harrisburg Sale for $100,000 and produced a big upset as she ran down short priced favourite High Gait in the shadows of the winning post. Golino had three runners in the NSW Oaks and Pizza Queen was the longest priced filly of his trio. “I thought she would need a good trip to win but in saying that she has always had ability and she did run second and third behind High Gait in the heats of the Need For Speed,” Golino said. “I wasn’t overly confident or anything but I thought she’d be in the finish with the right run.  Her work in the lead up to the Oaks was great and she had come on a fair bit in the last fortnight.” Pizza Queen is out of top race mare Armbro Domino.  She won $275,000 during her career on the track and was sold for $260,000 after the birth of her first foal in 2008. “Pizza Queen is beautifully bred, she’s by Credit Winner, he is a great sire in America and he stands in New York.  Her mother performed very well on the track.” “Noel Daley picked her out for us from Harrisburg, he did all the research and he got it right so we’re very happy.” While Golino has decided to keep fourth-placed finisher Courchevel in Sydney for next Saturday night’s NSW Trotters Derby, Pizza Queen and Dream Island will return to Victoria. “They’ll both come home for the Victorian Oaks, they left Sydney on Monday.  Courchevel’s run was really good on Saturday night, she got a little bit too far back but she got home well and hit the line strongly. “Courchevel is awkwardly gaited, she’s got a lot of ability when she does everything right.  She’s had a few little niggling issues, we’re starting to get on top of them but I think she’ll develop into a very nice mare next season.” Golino confirmed he has enjoyed the transition from New South Wales to Victoria. “Yes I’m loving it, there are plenty of racetracks to pick from.  The farm is coming along very well and full credit must go to Pat Driscoll because he has worked his butt off to get this place up and going. “We’re getting there slowly, it’s been a good time here so far but winter’s coming up and I’m definitely not looking forward to that.” Greg Hayes

Trainer Anton Golino will hold a strong hand when the gates open for the $50,000 Group 1 trotting final for two-year-old fillies. The Cardigan trainer’s fillies Nieta and Sval Queen won their Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic heats at Shepparton last Wednesday, booking qualification for the May 21 final at Tabcorp Park Melton. Both were debutants for Pat Driscoll’s Yabby Dam Farms, whose investment in trots racing continues to garner great dividends. Golino, who trains exclusively for Driscoll, said Wednesday night’s results were pleasing after the fillies met their first race-day test. “You can never be overly confident with two-year-old trotters,” Golino said. That included Nieta, who started the first heat a short-price and he said while she had “definitely shown she can go a little bit, she is obviously still learning the caper”. “I thought it pretty brave taking the $1.70 for a two-year-old trotter at her first start.” But in Greg Sugars’ calm hands Nieta never missed a beat, finding the front from barrier one and finding separation when the moment arrived. “(Greg) let her come out of the gate on her own, she had an easy middle half and she ran it out on her own stead,” Golino said. “She won it fairly handy. It was a good way to start.” The task was greater for Sval Queen in heat two, with Anthony Butt having to punch the breeze for much of the running. “Sval Queen did it tough. She had to sit in the death seat the trip and the fact that she could do that made me real happy with her.” From cover, favourite Illawong Shimmer loomed up late but Sval Queen had the answers to win by 2.2m and reward her trainer’s faith. “Nieta’s probably a little bit more talented, but Sval Queen has better manners,” he said. “She’s a readymade racehorse and has been from day one. I am probably more confident with Sval Queen if anything. She was impressive, it was very workmanlike.” The promising fillies will only enhance owner Driscoll’s dominance in the category. “Pat’s very passionate, hard working and does a lot of research on pedigrees,” Golino said. “He’s choosing the right stallions, having gone down the path of French stallions, and is seeing a lot of benefit from that. He deserves all the success he gets.” Michael Howard

HRNZ have made significant moves today to confirm several more Australian Harness Jewels invites. The latest runner to be officially invited is 4yo Armbro Invasion trotting mare Reina Danzante, trained by Nicole Molander. Owner Pat Driscoll is said to be delighted to have received an invite, and quickly snapped up his chance to come over and compete. Nicole Molander is very keen to have a jewels starter and is looking forward to the trip with her handy mare. Reina Danzante becomes the 5th invite, joining Arms Of An Angel, Heza Bromac, My Kiwi Mate and Illawong Byron as the other Australians set to cross the ditch and do battle. Owners of Eljaykay Phoenix and Princess Phoenix, along with their trainer David Aiken appreciated the interest shown in their two stars, but declined invites today with both set to focus on home features. HRNZ are not finished and are working on several other options for the remaining invites. Andrew Fitzgerald

The outstanding trotting race mare Kincaslough has had the plug pulled on her racing career after she pulled up a touch lame after Cup week. Co-trainer Aimee Edmonds was philosophical about the decision. " She was a touch lame after Cup week and we had her knees xrayed early last week." "The arthritis in her knees had got worse even though we had been treating her and the decision was made on Thursday last week to retire her." " She was too good to take any risks with," Aimee said. The daughter of Love You burst onto the national trotting scene early last season when she put a string of outstanding performances together, cumulating in her great run for third behind Jaccka Justy in the $255,000 Dominion Handicap. Troubled by those arthritic knees, Kincaslough has struggled to reproduce that sparkling form this spring and goes to the broodmare paddock the winner of ten races and over $133,000. Owned by Pat O'Driscoll of Yabby Dam Farms Ltd in Australia and Aimee Edmonds, Kincaslough is headed to Australia. " She is going to Pat's property at Ballarat and will be served once she has arrived." " The two stallions we are looking at are Ready Cash and Andover Hall and it just depends on sorting out the availability of the semen before a decision is made, Aimee said. While very disappointed to lose the services of the top line trotting mare on the track, Aimee says that is compensated by what is in store in the future. " Some of the progeny will make it back here for us to try so that will be very exciting when it happens," Aimee said. It is never easy to call time on a top race horse's career  but the owners here are to be applauded for putting Kincaslough's interests first and they should reap the rewards down the line with her progeny. Harnesslink Media

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