Mark Reed

Reed gives Kiwi Legend a big chance

Star reinsman Mark Reed is far from unhappy that stylish four-year-old Kiwi Legend has drawn the inside of the back line in the $35,000 John Higgins Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he gives the gelding a strong winning chance in the Group 3 feature harness racing event. “He has come back really good in this preparation and seems to be improving with every run,” he said. “We’ve got a draw on Friday night that I think could be a good draw; we’ll be behind the leader or three back on the pegs at the worst. “It’s a pretty classy field and there should be plenty of pace on. All we’ll need is a bit of a look at them. I’ll be driving him patiently and he’ll need a bit of luck. I’m sure he will be hard to beat.” Kiwi Legend, trained by Reed’s father Mike, has struck top form. Two starts ago, last Friday week, he began speedily from out wide at barrier eight before working hard outside the pacemaker Gaz Wannabet and then revealing great determination to get up and beat that pacer by a nose after final quarters in 27.7sec. and 28.5sec. Then last Friday night the Art Major gelding was restrained to the rear after starting from the No. 9 barrier. He impressed in finishing powerfully from tenth at the bell to be second to the pacemaker Glenferrie Affair over 2130m. Kiwi Legend arrived in Western Australia with a big reputation after winning at his only two starts in New Zealand. He made a great Australian debut, starting at 11/2, leading and winning a prelude of the WA Derby in March 2015, in which 3/1 on favourite Beaudiene Boaz worked hard in the breeze before wilting to finish eighth.  Kiwi Legend rated a smart 1.54.7 over the 2130m journey. “He had a hard run which knocked him around a bit,” Reed said. “He then had a few issues during his second preparation, but this time, touch wood, he’s come back really good. He’s still a bit immature, but he is a class horse and I expect him to go through the classes.” Leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond hold an extremely strong hand in Friday night’s race in which they have five of the 12 runners --- Char Do Neigh, Bungalow Bill, Mighty Major, Better Scoot and Our Regal Ideal. Char Do Neigh, who will be driven by Ryan Warwick from barrier four on the front line, is unbeaten at his first three starts in Western Australia after arriving from New Zealand where he had 30 starts for five wins and nine placings. Char Do Neigh warmed up for the Higgins Memorial in fine style at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon when he settled down in tenth position before dashing forward, three wide in the first lap to work hard in the breeze. He fought on grimly to win the 2130m event from Mister Ardee and Livura, rating 1.56.3. Bungalow Bill (barrier six) and Better Scoot (seven) also are racing in fine form, with Bungalow Bill, a winner at nine of his 18 starts, working hard in the breeze when a head second to Three Bears in a qualifying heat at Pinjarra last Monday week after winning easily at Gloucester Park and Bunbury at his two previous outings. Better Scoot’s past eight starts have produced five wins and three seconds and he has the ability to overcome his wide draw. Gary Hall jun. will drive the Michael Brennan-trained four-year-old Rub Of The Green, who has drawn the coveted No. 1 barrier. “The aim will be to lead,” said Hall. “I have driven him only once and that was at his latest start in a heat of this race when we had no luck at all and were lucky to scrape into the final by finishing fourth behind Three Bears.” Brennan has a good second-string runner in Im Master Charlie, who will be driven by Chris Voak from the outside of the back line. Im Master Charlie sat behind the pacemaker and stablemate Naughty Maravu and fought on gamely when third to that pacer in the 2503m BOTRA Cup last Friday night.  Ken Casellas

Clint Hall

Clint Hall chooses Glenlochar

Ace harness racing reinsman Clinton Hall has driven talented four-year-old Mynameskenny at his past seven starts for seven wins, but he has opted to drive eight-year-old Glenlochar in the $25,000 Colin Hammersley Memorial Chandon final at Gloucester Park on Friday night. What swayed him was the fact that Glenlochar drew the prized No. 1 barrier and that Mynameskenny drew the outside barrier (three) on the back line in the 2130m event. Banjup trainer Annie Belton was delighted that Hall chose Glenlochar ahead of Mynameskenny and declared that Glenlochar would take plenty of beating. “The plan is to lead, definitely,” she said. “Glenlochar has good gate speed and he worked well in a Byford trial on Sunday morning when he worked his way to the front in the first lap for Nathan Turvey and went on to win, unextended without the ear plugs being released.” Glenlochar competed against extremely moderate opposition in the trial in which he rated 1.58 over the 2150m trip, with final quarters in 28.8sec. and 28.2sec. He defeated Skewsy Newsy by seven and a half lengths. It was only by chance that Belton is training the New Zealand-bred Glenlochar for Horsham owner Shannon Hoffmann, the owner of interdominion championship runner Easy On The Eye in WA late last year. “We met him at the Inters in Perth last November and became good friends,” Belton explained. “He considered that Perth racing would suit Glenlochar and he also sent me Change Gear and Jivin Cullen.” Hall brought up his seventh successive victory with Mynameskenny last Friday night when the horse trailed the pacemaker Ima Connoisseur before getting off the pegs 250m from home and finishing fast to beat that pacer at a 1.56.2 rate over 2130m, with a final quarter of 27.8sec. That took Hall’s record behind Mynameskenny to 15 wins from 24 drives. Glenlochar has raced 15 times in WA for three wins and seven placings. Hall has driven the gelding six times for two wins, two seconds, one third and one fourth. Hall’s younger brother Gary will drive American Boy in preference to Ricimer in Friday night’s race. Ricimer has set the pace and won at each of his past four starts, all at Gloucester Park. Hall jun. was in the sulky for three of those wins, including an all-the-way success over American Boy last Friday night. “I’ll drive American Boy because Ricimer cannot lead from barrier five this week,” Hall said. “In saying that I must admit that American Boy faces a tough task and is likely to struggle from barrier eight.” Ken Casellas

Beaudiene Boaz

Hall is wary of Cyamach

Champion four-year-old Beaudiene Boaz is one of the favourites for the interdominion championship later this year, but his harness racing driver Gary Hall jun. is apprehensive about his prospects in the $23,000 Ron Gallop Memorial Pace over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night, citing stablemate Cyamach as a major danger. Beaudiene Boaz made a superb return to racing after a six-month absence when he crushed his rivals in a 1730m sprint last Friday week to improve his record to 22 wins from 30 starts for earnings of $997,784. Hall was full of praise for Beaudiene Boaz’s first-up performance, but he admitted that the horse faced a stern task this week from the outside barrier (No. 9) against stablemate Cyamach (Mach Three), who will be driven by Lauren Jones from the No. 5 barrier. “I don’t think that Beaudiene Boaz is a good thing, second-up and over 2536m,” he said. “Mind you, I was pretty impressed with the way he went first-up. However, the way Cyamach is going, he’s a big danger. His run last week was probably his career best.” At his return to racing last Friday week Beaudiene Boaz raced three wide early before surging to the front with 1000m to travel. He sprinted over the final 400m in 27.7sec. and won by just under a length from stablemate Run Oneover at a 1.53 rate over 1730m. Cyamach started out wide at barrier eight and was eighth at the bell before finishing powerfully to be third. Then last Friday night Cyamach started from the No. 6 barrier and raced in the breeze outside stablemate Run Oneover. He refused to give in and fought on grandly to be second, less than a length behind Run Oneover. “Cyamach is the best horse I’ve driven and he has a heart of gold,” said Jones. Beaudiene Boaz and Cyamach are prepared by Gary Hall sen., who also has My Hard Copy and Waylade engaged in Friday night’s race. He has sound prospects of landing the quartet. Ken Casellas

Mister Big

Mister Big filly on the way up

Champion harness racing reinsman Gary Hall jun. celebrated his 34th birthday by driving the Michael Brennan-trained Awesum Teddy to victory in a 2503m stand at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night and he hopes to continue in good form by landing Maidenimpression a winner of the third race, the Bill Steer Memorial Pace for three-year-old fillies, on Friday night. Hall has driven Maidenimpression for Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice at the filly’s past three starts for a fast-finishing win in the Dainty’s Daughter Classic at Pinjarra, an unlucky fifth behind Jasmin Amal and an easy win in a heat of the Breeders Classic at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon. Maidenimpression is somewhat awkwardly drawn at barrier six in Friday night’s 2130m event, but Hall believes the filly by the $4 million earner Mister Big has the ability to overcome this disadvantage. “She led from barrier one and got it all her own way on Monday,” he said. “But she still ran decent sectionals (30.6sec., 30.1sec., 28.4sec. and 27.7sec.). She’s a big-striding filly and she goes quicker than what you think she’s going. It felt like that she won in second gear. “This will be a test from barrier six, but she’s probably good enough to go forward. Eventually she will be a role player from any draw.” Ross Olivieri, an eight-time premiership trainer in WA, said that he Sheer Rocknroll was a big chance in the race if she was able to get to the front from the No. 2 barrier. Sheer Rocknroll has won at eight of her 26 starts and is a splendid frontrunner. But Olivieri is concerned that she might not be able to cross the polemarker Maia Maguire, a filly trained by Prentice who made most of the running when an easy winner at Bunbury two starts ago. Sheer Rocknroll will be handled by her usual reinsman Stuart McDonald, who was suspended on Tuesday night for four weeks after the stewards found him guilty of an unacceptable drive behind Sheer Rocknroll when she finished fifth and last behind Maidenimpression on Monday afternoon. The stewards ruled that McDonald erred by electing to move Sheer Rocknroll from a one-wide position early in the race to the pegs, where he was unable to gain a clear run for the remainder of the race. McDonald’s penalty will start from midnight on Friday night. Ken Casellas

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard a matter in regards to charges issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 190(1) and 239A against licensed trainer Mr Jason Sant.  ARHR 190(1) reads as follows: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances.  ARHR 239A reads as follows:  A person whose conduct or negligence has led or could lead to a breach of the rules is guilty of an offence.  The charges issued by HRV Stewards against Mr Sant related to a pre-race blood sample collected from the horse ‘Bobby Maravu NZ’ before it competed in Trial 5, at Bacchus Marsh on 14 November 2015. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the blood sample revealed the sample to contain the prohibited substances heptaminol, phenylbutazone and its metabolite oxyphenbutazone. The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) in New South Wales reported confirmation of these findings in the reserve portion of the relevant blood sample. Mr Sant pleaded not guilty to the charge under AHRR 190(1), though did not contest the evidence of the laboratory, veterinary or stewarding officials, instead submitting that the relevant trial was not a race in accordance with the AHRR. Mr Sant pleaded guilty to the charge issued under ARHR 239A. After hearing submissions from Mr Sant and the HRV Stewards, Mr Sant was found guilty of the charge issued under AHRR 190(1). In deciding an appropriate penalty for the offences, the HRV RAD Board considered the nature of the substances involved, other previous cases involving the substances in Victoria, Mr Sant’s co-operation throughout the investigation and Mr Sant’s clean record throughout his eight year training career. In considering all of these matters, the HRV RAD Board imposed an aggregate fine for the 2 offences of $5000, with $3000 of the fine fully suspended for a period of 24 months. Mr Sant was therefore fined $2,000 in total with a further $3,000 to be imposed should he breach a relevant rule within the next 2 years. Bobby Maravu NZ was disqualified from the relevant trial. The HRV RAD Board also noted the definition of the word “Race” within the AHRR. Race: means a race or official trial or official time trial or event in which harness horses race or participate.   The Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board (RADB) is established under section 50B of the Racing Act (1958). The RADB is an independent Board established to hear and determine appeals in relation to decisions made under the rules to impose penalties on persons and to hear and determine charges made against persons for serious offences. 

Perthville harness racing trainer Chris Frisby is hoping to land another feature race success this weekend. The popular horseman has escaped the brutal cold weather from his base near Bathurst and made his annual pilgrimage to Queensland for his working holiday and this week’s Redcliffe Gold Cup is the target. Frisby is no stranger to success owing to the deeds of tough pacer Dinki Di, a winner of 25 races and more than $300,000 in prizemoney just over a decade ago. Dinki Di finished 4th in the Redcliffe Gold Cup behind Winning Grin, Home Of Jack and Sparkling Melody back in 2005 edition. The current stable star is Uncle Lile, a more than useful type that heads to the Gr.3 $30,000 Moreton Bay Regional Council Redcliffe Gold Cup this Saturday night. Uncle Lile heads to the 2613m standing start feature in peak form following his ‘PB’ performance last week at Albion Park last weekend. The Dawn Ofa New Day gelding rated 1:53.5 in his come from behind victory. “He’s in great shape and he’s racing very well, his winning effort last week was very good because he started from a second-line draw and then got a bit of interference at the 600m point before rounding them up. He deserves his chance in this type of race and I believe he’ll race well again.” Frisby said. Again, Uncle Lile must overcome a wide draw after landing gate 6, the outside of the front-line but the in-form pacer has been plagued by awkward draws throughout his latest campaign. And this is first official start under these conditions but Frisby isn’t worried. “He’s a sensible type with really good manners, I don’t see any issues with the stand but it would’ve been nice to draw in a little closer. If he had drawn in close, I would be really confident because I can’t fault him right now and Dean Cernovskis  (driver) is in great form too. “This horse has done a really good job throughout his career, he’s earned over $200,000 and he just seems to miss that slice of luck when it counts most. He’s either battled bad draws or bad luck in running but he keeps turning up and performing at a high level. “It would be great to win a race like this, I’ve been coming north every winter for so many years now and I love it up here. The weather is great and the racing is strong and it’s always good to be up here at this time of the year.” Uncle Lile is rated as a $14 chance with UBET. While the immediate focus is the Redcliffe Gold Cup, Frisby said future plans with Uncle Lile remain unclear but hinted a future in North America could be a possibility. “I’m just tossing around a few ideas and maybe that might be the best way to go with him because he’s sound, tough and fast. Let’s just get through this weekend first before thinking about anything else.” The Redcliffe Gold Cup is scheduled to start at 7.13pm. Chris Barsby Fields for Redcliffe, Saturday 30 July 2016 Form guide for Redcliffe, Saturday 30 July 2016

A former horse trainer found guilty of race-fixing in relation to the 2013 Tamworth Cup has admitted to similar corrupt conduct in harness racing. Robert James Clement, 51, was due to face a sentence hearing on Thursday in Sydney's District Court after a Tamworth jury found him guilty of engaging in conduct to corrupt the betting outcome of the Cup. His co-accused, horse trainer, Cody Glenn Morgan, 30, was found guilty of the same charge and two other offences. The Crown argued the pair had an agreement to obtain a financial windfall and drenched the winner Prussian Secret just hours before the race. On Thursday, Acting Judge Colin Charteris was told Clement had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of illegally possessing a firearm. Before the judge, he then pleaded guilty to facilitating corrupt conduct in relation to a Tamworth harness race and asked the court to take into account two similar matters. His case was adjourned to September 13. Morgan is due to give evidence on Thursday afternoon in relation to his sentencing. Reprinted with permission of the au.news.yahoo.com site

A Queensland harness racing trainer who allegedly assaulted a steward has successfully appealed to have his licence reinstated. Justin Abbott was in February disqualified for two years by Racing Queensland after an inquiry found him guilty of assaulting stipendiary steward Paul Zimmerman the month before. That decision was quashed and set aside by the Brisbane Supreme Court on Wednesday. Justice David Jackson found the inquiry lacked impartiality because the chief steward, who was chairman of the panel that handed down the decision, failed to disclose conversations he had with Mr Zimmerman before and after the alleged incident. Justice Jackson ordered the allegation against Mr Abbott be referred to a different panel of stewards for a new hearing. Reprinted with permission of the 9news.com.au site  

Having amassed more than $300,000 for harness racing connections in the 2015 calendar year Flaming Flutter’s 2016-17 campaign begins in earnest Friday night, en route to a third Inter Dominion. Quite fittingly stepping out in a race named after the Inter Dominion king, Blacks A Fake, Geoff Webster’s six-year-old will race for stakes at Tabcorp Park Melton for the first time since running seventh in the February 6 Del Re National Hunter Cup. The latter capped a campaign that began on July 10, 2015, and climaxed with third place in the Inter Dominion final at Gloucester Park on December 13. The Bettors Delight/Twice As Hot entire earlier placed second in the March 2015 Inter Dominion at Menangle. “He had a great season, second in the Inter Dom and third in the Inter Dom in the one year,” his Bannockburn trainer-driver said. “He had a long campaign and these Group 1 horses, they have to have a break at some stage.” Friday night’s return follows Flaming Flutter running second in trials on June 20 (behind Major Star) and June 28 (behind Stunning Grin), and Webster said it had been a slow burn. “He takes a long time to come back up once he has had a spell,” he said. “He is only a small horse, but he takes time to come around to where I want him. He is not too far off the mark, having had a couple of trials.” There will be little time for Flaming Flutter to find his feet in the Blacks A Fake Free For All, with fellow Grand Circuit horse Messini second-run back and classy types Ive Gottalife, Maximan, Major Crocker, Metro Mike and Five Star Anvil joining veteran Smudge Bromac in the eight-horse field. Webster said he’d learn more about how Flaming Flutter was travelling on race night, but that “he has been quite consistent throughout his career”. In the short-term next month’s Breeders Crown graduates race is on the agenda, with a long-term view to returning to Gloucester Park later in the year for the November 25-December 9 TABtouch Inter Dominion. “We will pick and choose along the way,” Webster said. “Hopefully he is quite consistent across the season.”  Michael Howard Harness Racing Victoria

Harness racing trainer Jack Butler is hoping to end his unbelievable season with a bang. The former Bathurst horseman made the move to Brisbane around 18 months ago, relocating his entire family and business to the sunshine state and the astute horseman hasn’t looked back. Butler purchased the property of another former Bathurst based horseman in John McCarthy at Logan Village, mid-way between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, a fully established training property that was once the home of champion pacers like Be Good Johnny, Slipnslide, Mr Feelgood and Fleur De Lil just to name a few. And he was determined to hit the ground running. “It was quite daunting at first, moving Tara (wife) and the kids plus the business to a foreign place but I’ve been to Queensland so many times before, I kind of knew what to expect but when you’re training on a different track, times can be a little hard to sort out while the horses are adjusting to their new environment. It took some time but we’re all sorted now and we love it.” Butler said. Last Friday night at Redcliffe, the Butler trained Barynya won the Listed $25,000 Chris Garrard’s Patrons Purse when leading throughout defeating Applause and Bio Marinus. But it was case of double celebration. Not only did Barynya provide Butler with another feature race success following her recent victory in the Fleur De Lil Ladyship Stakes at Albion Park during the winter carnival, the victory also notched his 100th training success in Queensland for the season. “I’m not into all the stats but it’s a nice achievement and extra rewarding to do it winning a feature event like that, the mare is going really well and it was a race I thought she had a good shot at so it worked out nicely. “I’ve had good success at Redcliffe this season so it was fitting that I got the milestone at this track, most of the horses that have entered my stable have started at Redcliffe before progressing to Albion Park. Let’s hope the winners keep coming, we won’t be slowing down just because we’ve got the century.” The Redcliffe Harness Racing Club will play host to a rare Saturday night meeting this weekend and the feature event is the Gr.3 $30,000 Moreton Bay Regional Council Redcliffe Gold Cup, a stand start feature over 2613m. And Butler is lining-up Barynya again. The former Australian three-year-old filly of the year slid into the wilderness after that stunning season which netted her the Gr.1 Victoria Oaks at Melton, victories were few and far between and a switch to Sydney failed to reignite her flame plus a potential sale to North America fell through. With owners Lloyd and Judith Whish-Wilson relocating to Queensland, they decided to move their mare also and Butler was the chosen trainer. Barynya is now back in the zone with victories at her past three starts, two of which being feature events and she looms as a legitimate threat again this weekend. “When mares are in form, they normally hold it so we’re hopeful of another forward showing again this weekend. This is obviously a lot tougher but she deserves her chance, she begins well and the distance won’t be an issue. Last week, she beat the boys so she can clearly match it with them so we’ll just need some luck going our way. “I’m sure she had travel sickness or something to that effect when in Sydney so it took some sorting out, she’s just a plain little mare but she clearly has a big motor. I think she’s back to full fitness and health and that’s why her form has turned around. “Win lose or draw this weekend, she’ll be going for a well-earned break and then will look at her options after that. Ultimately, I think Lloyd and Judith will be happy to breed from her but you never know.” Butler also has a good chance in the other feature on the program, the Listed $25,000 Hustler Redcliffe Oaks with Zaras Delight and Vinland representing the stable. Both fillies should prove very competitive in the 2040m event. Hoofnote; Butler currently sits third in the state trainers premiership with only Grant Dixon and Chantal Turpin having prepared more winners. Chris Barsby Fields for Redcliffe, Saturday 30 July 2016 Form guide for Redcliffe, Saturday 30 July 2016

Born and into the harness Racing industry in 1990, Finnbarr helped his father Sean McCaffrey, a well-known New Zealand trainer, at their stables in Cambridge doing boxes since the young age of five. Although he has been in the game for over 20 years, Finn has never driven in the gig and preferred to stick to the tractor. Sticking to the tractor paid off for Finnbarr, in 2016 he made the move from across the Tasman to Tabcorp Park Menangle to extend his knowledge in track management. He is now a well-respected employee at Harness Racing New South Wales working at the Menangle Park Training Centre as a Maintenance and Horticulture Worker. At the age of 24 Finnbarr had already started succeeding in his profession, becoming the Track Manager at the Cambridge Greyhound racetrack. At 25 he decided making the move to NSW would benefit him in the long run gaining experience and developing skills. He believes that the Australian Racing Industry has a greater prospect than back home and took the opportunity to work here as soon as the position arose. Finnbarr hopes to travel the world working throughout American and Europe at different racetracks, furthering his knowledge and hoping to direct everything he learns along the way into a Turf Management role. In 2015 Finnbarr lost his hero, his grandfather Jim Wilson. Finnbarr and Jim had a close relationship and admired that Jim taught him the ways of life, taking pride in the work ethic he has now, thanks to his father and grandfather. "There's always something to do and if in doubt grab a broom" - Finnbarr was often told as a child. Struck by tragedy in 2013, Finnbarr was building in Hamilton, New Zealand when he injured his back out, rupturing a disc. After having surgery, Finnbarr spent a long six months on the couch and shortly after commenced rehabilitation, essentially having to learn how to walk again. Finnbarr describes this time in his life as low, putting on 19 kilograms in the six months however he is better for it and has learnt to respect and to look after his body. Sadly with the accident, Finnbarr had to say goodbye to his sporting career. Although his sporting career was short lived, he accomplished playing Rugby Union in the Curtain Raiser game for the Chiefs at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton New Zealand. Favourite food: Homemade crumbed beef schnitzel that mum makes Favourite drink: Since moving to Oz, nothing beats a good can of Solo Footy team: Rugby Union will always take priority so, ALL BLACKS! AMANDA RANDO

One of Australia’s top three-year-old fillies Rocknroll Magic looks to have a stranglehold on the Sky Racing Southern Cross harness racing three-year-old fillies final (2230m) this Saturday night at Globe Derby Park. The Emma Stewart-trained filly won the two-year-old Southern Cross final at Port Pirie last year and will be at a prohibitive quote to repeat the victory in this season’s three-year-old version at Globe Derby Park. A money-back $1 favourite, Rocknroll Magic, driven by Mark Billinger, had no trouble leading from gate one and set a pedestrian 33.0 first quarter before stepping it up with 31.3, 29.1 then a sizzling 27.9 to dash away and scored by 9-1/2 metres from Swaffham Water ($41.10) and Queen of Sharkz ($12) a metre away third. Managing part-owner Bruce Cameron said he was pleased the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven had an easy run recording a mile rate of 2.01.9. “She has had a big campaign and still has the Breeders Crown to come,” Cameron said. “Mark drove her beautifully and all is on track for this week’s final.” Billinger said Rocknroll Magic was a wonderful filly to drive. “She is running good sectionals, then you hardly breathe and she peels off a 27 quarter,” Billinger said. “There is no doubting her quality.” While Rocknroll Magic appears to have a mortgage on the final, the second semi-final on Saturday night produced a great story. Trainer-driver Ryan Hryhorec purchased the filly Lily Thesinger for just $2500 and in three starts for the stable the filly has already picked up nearly $10,000. “When I bought her I was thinking we would try to pick up a Vicbred bonus to cover the cost,” Hryhorec said. “I didn’t really plan to run her in the Southern Cross but one of the new owners said why not so I threw her in.” Lily Thesinger won her heat the previous Saturday night, then on Saturday, was a $5.50 chance from gate four but began quickly and Hryhorec took her to the front. Just Wantano ($3 into $1.80 favourite), driven by Dani Hill, came across strongly from gate five and really kept the pressure on and after as 31.8 first quarter stepped up for a 29.9 and 28.1 second and third quarters before coming home in 29.2. Lily Thesinger answered the challenge and drew away in the home straight to score by 1-/2 metres from Morning Stories ($18.40) and Just Wantano fading to be 5-1.2 metres away third. “She really has surprised me,” Hryhorec said. “I never expected her to be doing this, she has just kept improving.” by Graham Fischer Race programme for Globe Derby Park, Saturday 30 July 2016

The Emma Stewart-trained Our Celebrity was back on her best behavior winning the Sky Racing Southern Cross semi-final for harness racing two-year-old fillies over 1800 metres at Globe Derby Park. Such has been the attrition race of eligible two-year-old fillies, the semi-final was actually a prelude with the same field able to compete in this week’s final. In her heat, on a stormy night, Our Celebrity was upset by both the weather and a false start then subsequently over-raced and faded to finish fourth behind the Ray Holberton-trained Ellen Louise. On Saturday night, Our Celebrity (Mach Three), the $1.60 favourite, came out quickly from gate three and was taken to the front by Mark Billinger and given a very easy first quarter of 32.6 then stepped it up coming home in 30.5, 29.4 and 28.4 making it impossible for her rivals to catch her. Miss Mappinga, backed from $5.50 into $3.30, sat behind the favourite but couldn’t match her and was beaten 7-1/2 metres with Acacia Avenue ($21.80) three metres away third. While the winner was never troubled, Acacia Avenue, trained and driven by David Jack, ran well and unleashed a powerful sprint coming off the back after being hampered and losing valuable ground going into the back straight. Ellen Louise finished fourth and also came home nicely but was well beaten finishing 29 metres behind the winner. Bruce Cameron, managing part-owner of Our Celebrity, said he was relieved the see the filly back in form. “I think it was a combination of things last time, and she was an inexperienced two-year-old filly away from home,” Cameron said. “Emma said she settled in really well when she went home so we made the decision to come back and tonight showed she is back on song.” On Saturday night’s race, Our Celebrity will be at a short quote to take off this week’s final. by Graham Fischer Race programme for Globe Derby Park, Saturday 30 July 2016

The two semi-finals of the Sky Racing Southern Cross for harness racing two-year-old colts & geldings (1800m) has set the stage for a rematch between two exciting pacers Globe Derby Park. Emain Macha (Safari), with his semi-final win, became Australia’s most winning two-year-old taking his number of victories this season to seven, one ahead of a group on six. However, he has tasted defeat once, at the hooves of Deeceeten, which was a brilliant winner of the other semi-final meaning the barrier draw will be of big significance on Tuesday. Backed from $2 into $1.60 favourite, Deeceeten showed in his semi-final that he is not a once dimensional pacer. Nykea Courage ($2.20 to $3.50), a stablemate of Emain Macha, drove through from gate two to hold out the David Jack trained-and-driven Deeceeten which began well from barrier six. At his debut run, Deeceeten had led and run along, but on Saturday night, Jack opted to drop in behind Nykea Courage and take a trail and the big horse settled well. The Jill Neilson-trained Opinionated made a lightning move around the outside to sit outside the leader and driver Dani Hill put the pressure on and went clear coming off the back allowing Jack to bring Deeceeten off the inside and come wide. Glenrae Hanover, trained and driven by Dale Afford, sprinted very quickly past the 300m mark and looked likely to swoop to the lead but Opinionated responded, then Deeceeten wound up and dashed through. On the line, Deeceeten had six metres to spare from Opinionated ($17.40) with Glenrae Hanover ($8.90) four metres away third. Jack was delighted with the further improvement by Deeceeten and very happy the colt had shown he could settle back in a field. Emain Macha was an unbackable $1 money back favourite in the second semi-final of the Sky Racing Southern Cross but didn’t have everything his own way with the Ray Holberton-trained Stars Of Courage proving again he is a racehorse with plenty of ability. Stars Of Courage has shown ability but is still learning about racing and can get fired up which doesn’t help his winning prospects. Emain Macha, trained by Greg Scholefield at Naracoorte and driven by Jock Dunlop, led from gate two but Dani Hill had Stars Of Courage ($13.80) away quickly from barrier four and had a dip for the lead but the favourite was keen to stay in control. Stars Of Courage again raced quite keenly but the pair raced side by side for the rest of the race. With quarters of 30.9 and 31.7 early the race was set for a sprint home and so it proved with 29.3 and 28.0 final quarters and Emain Macha prevailed by 1-1/2 metres but the third horse Aquaflight ($11.80) was 18 metres away third. While Emain Macha will be further improved by the run and will go into the final at peak fitness, Deeceeten and Stars Of Courage showed enough that the final should provide an exciting contest. by Graham Fischer Race programme for Globe Derby Park, Saturday 30 July 2016

In-form three-year-old pacer Little Bit of Big delivered another stellar harness racing performance to score an impressive all-the-way win at the Luxbet Racing Centre over 1680 metres in Launceston on Sunday night. Little Bit of Big made it three wins for the season when she made the most of the pole position to lead throughout in a 3C0-C0 race that boasted a quality line-up. With Rohan Hadley in the sulky, the Shelley Barnes-trained filly by Mister Big from Vanstand stepped well from the mobile and despite being attacked early she withstood the challenge to lead comfortably and then had to call on her courage to fend off rivals in the home straight. Little Bit of Big joined Barnes' stable recently and she is hoping the owners will allow her to retain the filly beyond the winter months. Listen to what trainer Shelley Barnes had to say about Little Bit of Big's latest win. Peter Staples

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Star reinsman Mark Reed is far from unhappy that stylish four-year-old Kiwi Legend has drawn the inside of the back line in the $35,000 John Higgins Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he gives the gelding a strong winning chance in the Group 3 feature harness racing event. “He has come back really good in this preparation and seems to be improving with every run,” he said. “We’ve got a draw on Friday night that I think could be a good draw; we’ll be behind the leader or three back on the pegs at the worst. “It’s a pretty classy field and there should be plenty of pace on. All we’ll need is a bit of a look at them. I’ll be driving him patiently and he’ll need a bit of luck. I’m sure he will be hard to beat.” Kiwi Legend, trained by Reed’s father Mike, has struck top form. Two starts ago, last Friday week, he began speedily from out wide at barrier eight before working hard outside the pacemaker Gaz Wannabet and then revealing great determination to get up and beat that pacer by a nose after final quarters in 27.7sec. and 28.5sec. Then last Friday night the Art Major gelding was restrained to the rear after starting from the No. 9 barrier. He impressed in finishing powerfully from tenth at the bell to be second to the pacemaker Glenferrie Affair over 2130m. Kiwi Legend arrived in Western Australia with a big reputation after winning at his only two starts in New Zealand. He made a great Australian debut, starting at 11/2, leading and winning a prelude of the WA Derby in March 2015, in which 3/1 on favourite Beaudiene Boaz worked hard in the breeze before wilting to finish eighth.  Kiwi Legend rated a smart 1.54.7 over the 2130m journey. “He had a hard run which knocked him around a bit,” Reed said. “He then had a few issues during his second preparation, but this time, touch wood, he’s come back really good. He’s still a bit immature, but he is a class horse and I expect him to go through the classes.” Leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond hold an extremely strong hand in Friday night’s race in which they have five of the 12 runners --- Char Do Neigh, Bungalow Bill, Mighty Major, Better Scoot and Our Regal Ideal. Char Do Neigh, who will be driven by Ryan Warwick from barrier four on the front line, is unbeaten at his first three starts in Western Australia after arriving from New Zealand where he had 30 starts for five wins and nine placings. Char Do Neigh warmed up for the Higgins Memorial in fine style at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon when he settled down in tenth position before dashing forward, three wide in the first lap to work hard in the breeze. He fought on grimly to win the 2130m event from Mister Ardee and Livura, rating 1.56.3. Bungalow Bill (barrier six) and Better Scoot (seven) also are racing in fine form, with Bungalow Bill, a winner at nine of his 18 starts, working hard in the breeze when a head second to Three Bears in a qualifying heat at Pinjarra last Monday week after winning easily at Gloucester Park and Bunbury at his two previous outings. Better Scoot’s past eight starts have produced five wins and three seconds and he has the ability to overcome his wide draw. Gary Hall jun. will drive the Michael Brennan-trained four-year-old Rub Of The Green, who has drawn the coveted No. 1 barrier. “The aim will be to lead,” said Hall. “I have driven him only once and that was at his latest start in a heat of this race when we had no luck at all and were lucky to scrape into the final by finishing fourth behind Three Bears.” Brennan has a good second-string runner in Im Master Charlie, who will be driven by Chris Voak from the outside of the back line. Im Master Charlie sat behind the pacemaker and stablemate Naughty Maravu and fought on gamely when third to that pacer in the 2503m BOTRA Cup last Friday night.  Ken Casellas
Ace harness racing reinsman Clinton Hall has driven talented four-year-old Mynameskenny at his past seven starts for seven wins, but he has opted to drive eight-year-old Glenlochar in the $25,000 Colin Hammersley Memorial Chandon final at Gloucester Park on Friday night. What swayed him was the fact that Glenlochar drew the prized No. 1 barrier and that Mynameskenny drew the outside barrier (three) on the back line in the 2130m event. Banjup trainer Annie Belton was delighted that Hall chose Glenlochar ahead of Mynameskenny and declared that Glenlochar would take plenty of beating. “The plan is to lead, definitely,” she said. “Glenlochar has good gate speed and he worked well in a Byford trial on Sunday morning when he worked his way to the front in the first lap for Nathan Turvey and went on to win, unextended without the ear plugs being released.” Glenlochar competed against extremely moderate opposition in the trial in which he rated 1.58 over the 2150m trip, with final quarters in 28.8sec. and 28.2sec. He defeated Skewsy Newsy by seven and a half lengths. It was only by chance that Belton is training the New Zealand-bred Glenlochar for Horsham owner Shannon Hoffmann, the owner of interdominion championship runner Easy On The Eye in WA late last year. “We met him at the Inters in Perth last November and became good friends,” Belton explained. “He considered that Perth racing would suit Glenlochar and he also sent me Change Gear and Jivin Cullen.” Hall brought up his seventh successive victory with Mynameskenny last Friday night when the horse trailed the pacemaker Ima Connoisseur before getting off the pegs 250m from home and finishing fast to beat that pacer at a 1.56.2 rate over 2130m, with a final quarter of 27.8sec. That took Hall’s record behind Mynameskenny to 15 wins from 24 drives. Glenlochar has raced 15 times in WA for three wins and seven placings. Hall has driven the gelding six times for two wins, two seconds, one third and one fourth. Hall’s younger brother Gary will drive American Boy in preference to Ricimer in Friday night’s race. Ricimer has set the pace and won at each of his past four starts, all at Gloucester Park. Hall jun. was in the sulky for three of those wins, including an all-the-way success over American Boy last Friday night. “I’ll drive American Boy because Ricimer cannot lead from barrier five this week,” Hall said. “In saying that I must admit that American Boy faces a tough task and is likely to struggle from barrier eight.” Ken Casellas
Champion four-year-old Beaudiene Boaz is one of the favourites for the interdominion championship later this year, but his harness racing driver Gary Hall jun. is apprehensive about his prospects in the $23,000 Ron Gallop Memorial Pace over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night, citing stablemate Cyamach as a major danger. Beaudiene Boaz made a superb return to racing after a six-month absence when he crushed his rivals in a 1730m sprint last Friday week to improve his record to 22 wins from 30 starts for earnings of $997,784. Hall was full of praise for Beaudiene Boaz’s first-up performance, but he admitted that the horse faced a stern task this week from the outside barrier (No. 9) against stablemate Cyamach (Mach Three), who will be driven by Lauren Jones from the No. 5 barrier. “I don’t think that Beaudiene Boaz is a good thing, second-up and over 2536m,” he said. “Mind you, I was pretty impressed with the way he went first-up. However, the way Cyamach is going, he’s a big danger. His run last week was probably his career best.” At his return to racing last Friday week Beaudiene Boaz raced three wide early before surging to the front with 1000m to travel. He sprinted over the final 400m in 27.7sec. and won by just under a length from stablemate Run Oneover at a 1.53 rate over 1730m. Cyamach started out wide at barrier eight and was eighth at the bell before finishing powerfully to be third. Then last Friday night Cyamach started from the No. 6 barrier and raced in the breeze outside stablemate Run Oneover. He refused to give in and fought on grandly to be second, less than a length behind Run Oneover. “Cyamach is the best horse I’ve driven and he has a heart of gold,” said Jones. Beaudiene Boaz and Cyamach are prepared by Gary Hall sen., who also has My Hard Copy and Waylade engaged in Friday night’s race. He has sound prospects of landing the quartet. Ken Casellas
Champion harness racing reinsman Gary Hall jun. celebrated his 34th birthday by driving the Michael Brennan-trained Awesum Teddy to victory in a 2503m stand at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night and he hopes to continue in good form by landing Maidenimpression a winner of the third race, the Bill Steer Memorial Pace for three-year-old fillies, on Friday night. Hall has driven Maidenimpression for Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice at the filly’s past three starts for a fast-finishing win in the Dainty’s Daughter Classic at Pinjarra, an unlucky fifth behind Jasmin Amal and an easy win in a heat of the Breeders Classic at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon. Maidenimpression is somewhat awkwardly drawn at barrier six in Friday night’s 2130m event, but Hall believes the filly by the $4 million earner Mister Big has the ability to overcome this disadvantage. “She led from barrier one and got it all her own way on Monday,” he said. “But she still ran decent sectionals (30.6sec., 30.1sec., 28.4sec. and 27.7sec.). She’s a big-striding filly and she goes quicker than what you think she’s going. It felt like that she won in second gear. “This will be a test from barrier six, but she’s probably good enough to go forward. Eventually she will be a role player from any draw.” Ross Olivieri, an eight-time premiership trainer in WA, said that he Sheer Rocknroll was a big chance in the race if she was able to get to the front from the No. 2 barrier. Sheer Rocknroll has won at eight of her 26 starts and is a splendid frontrunner. But Olivieri is concerned that she might not be able to cross the polemarker Maia Maguire, a filly trained by Prentice who made most of the running when an easy winner at Bunbury two starts ago. Sheer Rocknroll will be handled by her usual reinsman Stuart McDonald, who was suspended on Tuesday night for four weeks after the stewards found him guilty of an unacceptable drive behind Sheer Rocknroll when she finished fifth and last behind Maidenimpression on Monday afternoon. The stewards ruled that McDonald erred by electing to move Sheer Rocknroll from a one-wide position early in the race to the pegs, where he was unable to gain a clear run for the remainder of the race. McDonald’s penalty will start from midnight on Friday night. Ken Casellas
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