Day At The Track
Pegasus Spur with Woodlands Stud NZ

Horsham hosts service tender to Pegasus Spur

The Horsham & District Harness Racing Club in conjunction with naming rights sponsor of the 2018 Horsham Trotters Club, Woodlands Stud NZ, have today launched their 2017/18 trotting stallion service tender. As part of the Cup sponsorship agreement, Woodlands has made available a service to their proven strike rate stallion, Pegasus Spur CA 1:54.0 $US 1,302,599.   Horsham's tender opportunity gives breeders of the squaregaiter a chance to send their broodmare to a quality entire at a discounted price. Interested breeders are invited to submit their tender on the official form, for the service (imported, fresh, chilled semen) to Pegasus Spur (value $AU3300) by Friday September 8th, 2017. For a copy of the tender form, please email the Club at horsham.harness@bigpond.com or text/phone Tony Logan on 0427 857411.      

Hows The Memory

Bill's Memory comes flooding back

Harness racing trainer-driver Bill Trembath is rapt to just have a runner in the Race To Royalty, but in Hows The Memory he may have much more than just a competitive starter. Trembath’s two-year-old filly announced herself with an impressive victory in her TAB Breeders Crown heat at Shepparton, upstaging a well-rated rival. “I have been down and watched a few times, but never had a runner there,” he said of the Breeders Crown, but that all changed when Hows The Memory ran down Australian Pacing Gold winner Nostra Beach last Tuesday. “We had one nominated a few years ago but they never lived up to it, this one has. To be in the running is something special.” Making it all the more so, Hows The Memory – owned and bred by Dennis and Joanne Howe – is by Mach Three out of Distant Memory, Trembath’s talented juvenile who won a Vicbred Super Series and a Bathurst Tiara Final as a two-year-old in 2013. They remain the greatest stakes wins of Trembath’s 30 years-plus training career and it makes the new filly’s emergence all the more satisfying. “When you have done it all the way through and had them as a foal and broken them in, then when they race it means so much to you,” Trembath said. Hows The Memory certainly hasn’t been rushed into emulating her mare. “I gave her a trial early on, then put her out for six weeks to help her relax, and she has just kept stepping up each time.” A debut win at Leeton on July 3 preceded a second placing at Shepparton on July 21 and a further victory at Bathurst on July 30, all in country class. Last Tuesday signalled her first step into the metropolitan class spotlight and she was outstanding against a formidable rival, with Nostra Beach’s nine starts having delivered $189,400 in stakes courtesy of four wins and three second placings. “We gave ourselves a bit of a chance because at Bathurst she ran home in 26.7,” Trembath said. From gate one Trembath kicked along early and ensured Nostra Beach’s driver Mark Pitt had to earn the lead, then come the straight it was a race in two and Hows The Memory emerged from leader’s back to pinch the win by a half-neck. The 2:01.1 mile rate was the quickest of the night’s Breeders Crown heats. “It was good. We were lucky we drew well, but to beat one of Emma’s is not easy,” he said. He will now hope to turn a heat win into a semi-final top six placing that will deliver him a shot at the big dance. “Your draw plays a big part, we will just be hoping to get through to the finals,” he said.   Race programme for Tabcorp Park Melton, Friday 18 August 2017

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New General Manager of Integrity appointed

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has appointed Brent Fisher as General Manager of Integrity.  Mr Fisher has held the role of Manager Investigations and Compliance at HRV since August 2015. Prior to joining the HRV integrity unit Mr Fisher had a distinguished investigative career with Victoria Police. "Since joining HRV, Brent has led many initiatives which have strengthened and promoted integrity within the harness racing industry," HRV Integrity Council Chairman John Doherty said. HRV CEO David Martin said: "It cannot be understated how important integrity is within sports and racing industries. HRV remains committed to strengthening our integrity team to ensure a level playing field for all participants." Mr Fisher said he was humbled to be entrusted with this opportunity. "We have a great team and I'm honoured to be given the chance to lead it as General Manager of Integrity," Mr Fisher said. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)  

TABtouch Perth Inter Dominion

First nominations received for Inter Dominion

The first harness racing nominations have been received for the TABtouch Inter Dominion, which commences at Gloucester Park on Friday 24 November 2017. Hall of Fame trainer and three-time Inter Dominion series winner Gary Hall Sr has nominated seven horses for the $1.8M series, headlined by the state’s best horse Chicago Bull, the winner of both the $450,000 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup and the $300,000 Retravision Fremantle Cup earlier this year. Hall has also nominated the 2016 TABtouch Inter Dominion third placegetter Beaudiene Boaz and two-time heat winner Run Oneover, as well as Norvic Nightowl, American Boy and top mare Ideal Alice. Interestingly, Hall has also nominated Lets Chase The Dream, who has spent his career under the tutelage of the all-conquering Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen stable, amassing $469,000 in prizemoney with 13 wins and nine placings from 33 starts, including a campaign in Western Australia as a three-year-old, running second in the 2016 Sky Racing WA Derby behind Chicago Bull  Hall won three Inter Dominion Grand Finals with champion pacer Im Themightyquinn, including the 2012 series on his home circuit of Gloucester Park. Chicago Bull, who is the $4.60 favourite for the series with TABtouch, has drawn comparisons with Im Themightyquinn and has even been dubbed ‘Mini-Quinny’. Of the other local nominations, dual Pacing Cup winner, My Hard Copy has been nominated by his new trainer Clinton Hall, who has recently taken up training in his own right. Mike Reed has nominated Shandale, while Northam trainer Jess Moore has nominated star mare Tricky Styx.  From NSW there have been nine nominations so far, headed by six from the Kevin Pizzuto stable including star pacer Tiger Tara. Amanda Turnbull has nominated Majordan, as has Michael Formosa with Ultimate Art. Shane and Lauren Tritton have nominated Ya Yas Hotspot. Nominations for the 2017 TABtouch Inter Dominion close with the offices of Racing and Wagering Western Australia by 4pm (WST) Friday, 8 September 2017. Conditions and nominations forms can be downloaded at www.perthinterdominion.com.au. The TABtouch Inter Dominion will commence with the first set of heats on Friday 24 November, before travelling to Bunbury for the second set of heats on Tuesday 28 November. The third set of heats returns to Gloucester Park on Friday 1 December and the $1.1M Grand Final will conducted on Friday 8 December.   For further information regarding the series visit www.perthinterdominion.com.au. Media Contacts: Barry Hamilton,                                                       Michael Radley, Harness Racing Manager RWWA                          CEO Gloucester Park 08 9445 5310                                                          08 9323 3510 barry.hamilton@rwwa.com.au                                mradley@gloucesterpark.com.au

Who Killed Kenny looked right at home in taking out the Newcastle City Holden Pace last at the Newcastle Paceway on Saturday night. Trained by Danny Mackney at Nemingha the Kenneth J – Fakin Romar gelding reigned supreme in the 1609m harness racing event and was unchallenged in his attempt to take the lead. “He got an easy way to the lead,” said Mackney who also handled the driving of the six year old gelding. “Once he got to the pegs he was going to hold the top.” Who Killed Kenny was joined by race favourite I’m Major Harry (Will Rixon), who elected to pull back into the one by one and allow Our Midnight Mayhem (Jake Hughes) to race out in the breeze. “He got a cheap second quarter so he felt good,” Mackney said with Who Killed Kenny going on to set a mile rate of 1.58.0 for the distance. “They sort of got lost off the first turn,” he said of the race favourite (I’m Major Harry)  “The 57 secs last half bought a couple of the back markers undone as well.” Who Killed Kenny was taking some big strides to cover the race territory with sectionals of 28.6secs for the first quarter, 31.5 secs for the second, 29.1secs the third quarter and a 28.8secs final quarter. Mackney elected to take a risk on the run out of the back straight on the final occasion to slip away from the field and trying not to overthink that he was leading the field home. “It’s a long way down that Newcastle home straight but he felt good – it was just a matter of could be stay – the straight is longer than Tamworth,” he mused. “He got a cheap second quarter so he felt good.” “He set at PB with the mile rate.” Who Killed Kenny had a 5.2m win over another local in Uralla pacer Yellow Taxi (Breanna Lindsay) which is trained by Mitch Faulkner at Uralla, with I’m Major Harry a metre away third. Who Killed Kenny enjoyed his last win back in January this year as part of the Golden Guitar Carnival at Tamworth before heading for a spell. “He had seven weeks in the paddock to let him think about life and he filled out a bit and grew in that time,” Mackney said. He has given Who Killed Kenny his last four race starts on the Newcastle Paceway, only due to the fact of his own work commitments. “He has been going good down there,” he said. “He likes the even quarters – it’s consistent.” “He is a tough little fella – he just keeps on giving.” The win of Who Killed Kenny topped off a good week in the Mackney household with wife Kellie receiving the Young Business Executive Award at last week’s Tamworth Quality Business Awards night. “It topped off a good week after Kellie winning her award,” Mackney said. By Julie Maughan Rep[rinted with permission of The Northern Daily Leader

All of the action and excitement of live harness racing continues at Sydney's Bankstown Paceway this month as part of the Canterbury Bankstown City Council Cup winter festival of racing. Last month saw the exuberant trackside crowd go wild with cheers as seven-year-old bay mare Forestspider - the daughter of American all-star sprinter Yankee Spider and Cheldean Maori - took out the track's all-time 1740 metre trotting race record on Christmas in July Race Night, Friday, July 21st, 2017. While, last Friday, August 11th, saw cashed up punters revelling in standout wins by drivers Amanda Turnbull with four-year-old bay mare Tact Rousey NZ and eight-year-old brown gelding Mister Clooney NZ, in the James Scott Free For All, and Chris Geary with four-year-old bay horse Fortyeighthenson for local trainer Mick Watkins. This Friday night, August 18th, sees the running of the 2017 National Mares Final while Thursday night, August 24th, will feature the pinnacle event of this winter's racing festival - the Canterbury Bankstown City Council Cup. Families can expect a spectacular night out with live trackside entertainment, jumping castle, rides, face painting and tasty club-priced food and drink from either the open-air kiosk or the comfortable surrounds of Champions Restaurant - located in the Phil Lopez OBE Grandstand. The 2017 Winter Carnival of Harness Racing continues at Sydney's Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, this Friday, August 18th, 2017 (National Mares Final), and next Thursday, August 24th, 2017 (Canterbury Bankstown City Cup Race Night). Gates open at 4:30 pm - with racing scheduled for between 5 pm and 9 pm.  

Is the standoff over the future of Albion Park causing the delay in other infrastructure project allocations and announcements? Racing Queensland chief executive Eliot Forbes was quoted in February saying advice to government on infrastructure plans would be given “towards the end of March” but as we sit here in mid-August, the only major announcement has been funding for Ipswich. Gold Coast continues to wait in the wings on what its allocation, if any, will be from the available funds. The club has been waiting since 2011, when it was allocated infrastructure funding under former RQ chairman Bob Bentley. RQ has $53 million at its disposal for infrastructure as part of the 2014 UBET deal, but is clearly hoping to swell that pot. Albion Park and the Tabcorp merger with Tatts are the two immediate possibilities of achieving that. RQ’s initial plans to sell Albion Park were scuttled by council. The Albion Park Harness Racing Club countered with a Kevin Seymour-inspired proposal that would keep the track and provide for a big capital injection. However, it assumed all profits would go to harness racing and provocatively offered RQ “rental space” at the refurbished premises. RQ is in no doubt it is the legal owner of Albion Park, a point acknowledged by APHRC chairman David Fowler in a recent Radio TAB interview with Forbes. The proposal put forward by Seymour is a good one — if the two parties can agree on how the spoils are shared. A joint venture would seem the logical way forward, but right now, it’s a stalemate — to the detriment of other urgently needed projects. ****** No doubt the Eagle Farm debacle hasn’t helped infrastructure announcements, given money will be taken from that pot to fund the rebuild. A “project control group”, including RQ and the BRC, has been established and will meet ON Monday to discuss the final elements of the scope of the project and finalise “critical timelines”. Specifications are being finalised so that a tender can go out over the next month. Racing Queensland is in the process of investigating options for sand and turf supplies. “Talks are underway with several quarries for the sand required. Testing of sand samples is continuing to find the right material for the job,” RQ said in a statement. “Initial discussions have also been held with turf suppliers to ensure the right turf can be supplied in the quality and quantity required.” By Nathan Exelby, The Sunday Mail (Qld) Reprinted with permission of The Courier Mail

It is quite a long time since arrests were made in South East Queensland harness racing, related to alleged "race fixing" practices. As is normal, the unusual event was followed by a flood of rumour, innuendo, and perhaps invention. At this point, with little information released by QRIC, the whole episode appears bogged down in the legal process, as certain statutory requirements must be met to ensure, among other things, that the principles of "natural justice" are satisfied. It seems that both harness racing and QRIC would benefit by a modification of the Rules Of Harness Racing (Qld) to include time limits for matters to be dealt with. The presumption of innocence, and the granting of continuing "stays of proceedings'', do nothing for the trainer or driver who applies their skills in strict accordance with the rules. He or she is compelled to compete against participants who may or may not have an advantage of one type or another. Those honest people deserve at least the same level of protection, as is afforded under the "presumption of innocence" to those whom the Integrity suspects may not be so. If you would like a balanced view of the above proceedings you could read ace race caller David Fowler's blog at www. horseracingonly.com.au Fowler's points are well made. Omen bet ON the odd occasion we will hear of a winner described as "an omen bet", followed by "we should have been on that". One such opportunity may have gone begging in the last race on day one of the Redwood Carnival recently at Maryborough in Victoria. Maybe no planets were aligned at the time but here is the list of related factors. The race name was Olympus Feeds Australasia Trot. The runner in question was FATouche. The dam of FATouche was UR WHATU EAT. A $14.60 winner went begging because us mugs did not do our form in sufficient depth. Overseas challenge AUSTRALIAN representative Shane Graham is headed across the inter- national date line to Canada. He will be going round in the first leg of the 2017 World Driving Championship (WDC) at Century Downs in Balzac, Alberta. All legs of the WDC will be televised live on Sky Racing, starting tomorrow morning Australian time. Eleven of the top harness racing drivers from around the globe will compete in the first of five legs. Drivers will earn points based on their finishing position. The top point- earner will be declared the 2017 World Driving Champion and win $25,000. The defending champion, New Zealand's Dexter Dunn, represents the International Trotting Association. The World Driving Championship will also consist of the following top-ranked international competitors: Shane Graham of Australia; Gerhard Mayr of Austria; Ric Depuydt of Belgium; James MacDonald of Canada; Mika Forss of Finland; Noel Baldacchino of Malta; Mark Purdon of New Zealand; Eirik Hoitomt of Norway; Bjorn Goop of Sweden; and Marcus Miller of the United States. The Century Downs leg consists of five races, with the WDC races slated for races 4-8. Each race will feature 11-horse fields. Handy tips SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight. R1: Box trifecta in four 4-5-7-9: Frankie Rocks (G. Dixon)-Outlaw Fella (G. Dixon)-Drive The Dream- Catcha Lefty. R2: Box trifecta 1-2-7: Strawberry Courage (G. Dwyer)-Written In Red (P. Diebert)-Bettor Promise (M. Neilson). R3: E/w 5: Polished Rocks (M. Neilson). R4: Quinella 2-4: Onedin Highlander (M. Falkner) and Pompidou (G. Dixon). R5: E/w 11: Only The Brave (G. Dixon). R6: Quinella 3-4: Ark Patrol (G. Dixon ) and Arts Treasure (J. Rattray). R7: Quinella 2-6: Lenny The Legend (C. Owen) and Philanderer M. Neilson). R8: Box trifecta 1-7-8: Lancelot Bromac (N Dawson)-Ultimate Art (A. Sanderson)-Alleluia (G. Dixon). R9: Quinella 2-3: Karloo Mac (H. Barnes), Ruato Bay (C. Petroff). R10: Quinella 2-8: Heavens Hint (N. Dawson) and Rockin Riches (G. Dixon). Honour board Nathan Dawson reigned supreme as driver on the leader board with seven wins, including trebles at Albion Park Tuesday and Recliffe Thursday. Training laurels were spread thin with Darrell Graham and John McMullen dead heating on just two winners apiece. Most pleasing was Adam Richardson, re-inventing himself after a stint back home in Wagga NSW with three winning drives. Albion Park, August 4: With Authority (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen); Alpha Styx (Adam Sanderson for Colin Frisby); Blazing VC (Rob Gorman for Ray Jenkins); Franco Totem (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham); Charms On A Roll (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin). Albion Park, August 5: Royal Jacquard (Nathan Dawson for Greg Elkins). Marburg, August 5: Ole Sun (Nathan Dawson for Mal Charlton); Zenmach (Paul Matis); Machbino (Gary Whitaker for Tess Neaves); It's All Go (Nathan Dawson for Matt Elkins); Domestic Art Hayden Barnes for Wayne Davis). Albion Park, August 8: Lavros Segil (Narissa McMullen for Brad Connelly); Glenferrie Baby (Trent Dawson); Culley Backy (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham). Redcliffe, August 9: Royal Taz (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen); Tarin Kowt (Nathan Dawson for Ron Sallis); The Restauranteur (Adam Richardson); The Harlem Hammer (Gary Whitaker for Doug Lee); Living Grand (Hayden Barnes for Steven Furey); Digby Diva (Mathew Neilson for Jason Carkeet). Redcliffe, August 10: Vanto Hanover (Nathan Dawson for Aileen Smith); Fon Ideal (Adam Richardson for Donny Smith); Handy Bonus (Nathan Dawson for Terry Hancock); Merrylands Miss (Rob Gorman for Neil Coy); No Confession (Adam Richardson for Tayla Gillespie); Smiling Armada (Anthony Gorman for Trevour Lambourn); Ketut (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith); The Shady One (Rob Gorman for Trevor Lambourn). TROT TACTICS with Denis Smith Reprinted with permission of The Queensland Times

Further to the historic announcement that the Trots are returning to the Wayville Showgrounds on Friday 27 October 2017, HRSA are also delighted to announce the 12 Drivers invited to compete at the race meeting. The invited harness racing drivers are as follows: Dani Hill Wayne Hill Scott Ewen Kate Gath Josh Holberton Ryan Hryhorec John Justice Lance Justice Anthony Robinson Ken Rogers Greg Sugars Geoff Webster  The level of interest in this event has been unprecedented, and the announcement of the drivers to compete is expected to generate even more hype and excitement. The list features some of Australia’s best drivers, with all of the invited drivers having a current or past connection with South Australian harness racing. Many of the drivers also have a very strong connection and long lineage with Wayville including Holberton and Webster who were household names at Wayville in its golden era. Both families will be represented at the race meeting by Josh Holberton (grandson of Alby) and Geoff Webster (son of Lloyd). Planning for the race meeting is well underway. Importantly, the Independent Gambling Authority has given its regulatory approval for the race meeting, with more  information to be announced in the coming weeks.     by the Office of the Chief Executive Officer: John Lewis

Saturday's Australian Pacing Gold (APG) Brisbane Graduates Final for the first time has been granted harness racing Group 1 status featuring stakes of $100,000. The APG initiative, supported by Racing Queensland, was introduced to incentivise purchases at the Brisbane Sale.  The decision has been a winner providing buyers with an achievable target in their own state in addition to the main APG finals for $350,000 and breeders with increased sales prices.  In 2014, prior to the introduction of the race, the sales average was $11,147, in 2017 this grew by 68% to just under $19,000. To-date the Fillies have had the wood on the colts with Georgia Grace victorious in 2015, and Jossie James in 2016. The early market from UBET suggests this trend could well continue, with the James Rattray-trained Arts Treasure the $1.90 favourite.  Form analysist Darren Clayton concurs with the market placing Arts Treasure on top following her recent win in the QBRED Fillies final with the Mark Dux trained Pinup Boy his second elect. FULL PREVIEW OF THE ALBION PARK MEETING HERE The field for this year’s final including purchase price is outlined below;   Horse Sire Dam Purchase Price ($) Pinup Boy  Sportswriter Victree Bette $30,000 Gone Bust Grinfromeartoear The Third Category $13,000 Ark Patrol Grinfromeartoear Ark De Jeanne $28,000 (Reserve - Passed in) Arts Treasure Roll With Joe Art Start $21,000 Sister Feelgood Mr Feelgood Likeness $13,000 Mickee Cullen Christian Cullen English Elegance $60,000 Zindel Mr Feelgood Girl Of The Moment $15,000 Miss Costalot Lanercost Manhattan Montana $24,500 Kathleen Grace Mr Feelgood Magic In Motion $15,000 Digby Diva Shadow Play Evelyn Dee $8,000 (Reserve - Passed In) Naughtynheaven Rock N Roll Heaven My King Of Girl $22,000   The APG Brisbane Graduate Final is race 6 (8.10pm) of a strong 10-race card which commences at 5.43pm. Racing Queensland Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 12 August 2017 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 12 August 2017 Race programme for Albion Park, Saturday 12 August 2017

Australian Pacing Gold is offering a generous bidder the opportunity to feel good on two levels. The first instance is by securing a weekend away in the name of charity, while the second is purchasing a harness racing yearling at the Ladbrokes APG Sales in Perth. After learning about Aleisha Hausler’s terrible cancer ordeal, APG has provided three night’s accommodation and flights for two people to Perth for its Sale in March. Hausler is the daughter of astute trainer Ian Stanley and sister of popular horseman, Michael Stanley, who have enjoyed their share of success with APG stock – including Michael’s current star, Petacular. Four months ago the 33-year-old discovered a small lump on her breast, which doctors diagnosed as Stage 3 invasive ductal carcinoma, a cancer traditionally found in woman over 60. “I just figured it was a cyst or blocked milk duct and planned to wait to see if it went away,” Hausler said. “I pretty much dismissed it.” “When I mentioned it to the doctor he told me it was literally a matter of four to six weeks between it being terminal and treatable.” As for APG’s donation, it is part of a fundraising event at Wheatsheaf Hotel in Terang on Sunday, which includes an auction of numerous fantastic items. Part two of the Perth trip is the Yearling Sale, which is scheduled for March 4, 2018. Last season’s Perth Sale produced five two-year-old Group One winners, highlighting the potential for buyers to strike it rich in Perth. Roughly 100 yearlings will go through the ring, with all yearlings eligible for more than $1million in Western Australian two-year-old features, along with the APG Final. Some of the WA-based majors include $100,000 Sales Classic Final, $100,000 Pearl Classic, $100,000 Diamond Classic, $100,000 Westbred Final, $35,000 Gold Bracelet, $125,000 Golden Slipper, and of course, the $350,000 Australian Pacing Gold Final. APG heats winners which qualify for the Final are also eligible for $15,000 travel subsidy! So what are you waiting for – dig deep in the name of charity by clicking here by APG Media

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered a charge issued against licensed trainer-driver Ross Graham under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1), that states:  A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances The charge related to a post-race urine sample collected from the horse ‘Sonetto’ after it won Race 2, the ‘Elite Horse Transport Trot’, at Shepparton on 27 July 2016. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely cobalt, at a level of 298 micrograms per litre (µg/L), which is above the allowable threshold (at the time) of 200 µg/L in urine. Mr Graham pleaded not guilty to the charge.  The HRV RAD board considered statements from Investigative Steward Neal Conder, RASL Scientific Manager Paul Zahra and Veterinary Pharmacologist Professor Paul Mills, along with evidence from Veterinarians Dr Jim Vasey, Dr Richard Cust, Dr Greg Hargreaves and Swabbing Assistant Gordon Warner. After considering all the evidence tendered at the hearing and submissions from both parties, Mr Graham was found guilty of the charge.  The HRV RAD Board considered further penalty submissions from the HRV Stewards that included the seriousness of the charge; that the integrity of racing is protected; and comparable prohibited substance cases. Ross Graham’s penalty submissions were also considered, including his personal circumstances and a 25-year involvement in the industry with an excellent record. In considering all of these circumstances, in addition to both specific and general deterrence and consistency of penalty, the HRV RAD Board imposed a 15-month suspension of Mr Graham’s trainers licence. The HRV RAD Board ordered the suspension to commence at midnight on Sunday 13 August 2017. The HRV RAD Board also ordered that ‘Sonetto’ be disqualified from Race 2 at Shepparton on 27 July 2016 and that the placings be amended accordingly. Harness Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board 

Punters take note, Our Bettor Joy (Bettors Delight-Joyfulbelle) is a serious, serious filly.  That's the take of Anthony Butt, who piloted the Cran Dalgety-trained speedster to a Breeders Crown heat win in the two-year-old fillies' section on Tuesday night at Shepparton. Butt spoke glowingly in fact of both Dalgety juveniles that won B/C heats in recent days, with Art Major-Miss Moonlite colt Master Moonlite also successful at Kilmore last night. Meanwhile, Butt gave us an insight into veteran trotting superstar Keystone Del, who resumed with a win on Sunday at Maryborough ahead of this weekend's second-up assignment at Tabcorp Park Melton.   https://soundcloud.com/hrv-2/trots-media-trotline-anthony-butt-10817   Cody Winnell Trots Media

The powerful combination of eight-time premier trainer Ross Olivieri and champion reinsman Chris Lewis has high hopes of continuing its successful run in the $25,000 Allwood Stud Marathon Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night by winning the 3309m listed classic with up-and-coming star Motu Premier. Lewis and Olivieri have combined to win the Marathon Handicap with Nickelmeldon in 2009, Chief Thundercloud (2015) and Our Jericho (last year). Chief Thundercloud and Our Jericho are owned by Merv Butterworth, who also races four-year-old Motu Premier, the youngest and least experienced runner in this week’s race. Motu Premier has shown the class to overcome the disadvantage of starting off the 30-metre mark, with only The Bucket List (off 40m) behind him. He has yet to contest a standing-start event in Australia, but has a good record in stands in New Zealand. His 23 New Zealand starts produced seven wins and ten seconds. He raced six times in stands for three wins. His final race in New Zealand was on the grass track at Methven where he began off 40m and ran on from sixth at the bell to win from Johnny Eyre. This week’s Marathon Handicap should suit Motu Premier ideally. The Bettors Delight gelding has won twice over 3000m. Twelve months ago Our Jericho, a 6/1 chance off the 10m mark, enjoyed a perfect trail, one-out and one-back, before finishing strongly to win by a length from the pacemaker, the Michael Brennan-trained Naughty Maravu. Motu Premier arrived in Australia early in April this year and raced four times in New South Wales for three wins and a second placing. His five WA starts have produced four wins and a second. He maintained his splendid form when he started out wide at barrier eight, raced wide early and then in the breeze before finishing powerfully to win the 2130m Chandon final from Mach Time and Natural Disaster last Friday week, rating 1.55.9. Brennan hopes to go one better than his second placing with Naughty Maravu last year and his four runners on Friday night are all capable standing-start performers. He will be represented by The Bucket List, the sole backmarker off 40m who will be driven by Michael Grantham, Rub Of The Green (Gary Hall jun.), Cut For An Ace (Aiden de Campo) and Im Master Charlie (Chris Voak). The Bucket List is a quality pacer who has earned $317,935 from 19 wins and 31 placings from 75 starts. His four starts since resuming from a spell have produced a win over Our Jimmy Johnstone and Beaudiene Boaz and seconds to Tricky Styx (twice) and Chicago Bull. The Bucket List is an experienced standing-start performer and a redoubtable stayer, who finished a nose second to Firebomb in the 2970m York Cup at Northam in November 2015. Rub Of The Green has a splendid record of 19 wins, seven seconds and a third from only 33 starts. He has been freshened up since he was seventh early before racing in the breeze for almost two circuits and getting to the front on the home turn and winning from Robyns Raider in a 2503m stand on July 14. He will start from 30m on Friday night and will have many admirers. Im Master Charlie (front) and Cut For An Ace (10m) are not foolproof in stands, but are capable of figuring in the finish. Always Arjay is in outstanding form for Serpentine trainer Matt Scott, who has engaged Nathan Turvey to drive the five-year-old after Lewis opted for Motu Premier. Always Arjay, who will start off 10m, is a versatile pacer who has won in stands at his past four starts. Turvey won the 2013 Marathon Handicap behind Balleybofey. Tommy Be Good and Rycroft are racing keenly and will start off 20m. Stuart McDonald will drive the Katja Warwick-trained Tommy Be Good, who impresses with his spirited finishing bursts. Rycroft set the pace and won a 2503m stand last Friday week for Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed. The New Zealand-bred five-year-old will be handled by Kim Prentice, who drove Serious Pursuit to victory in the 2003 Marathon Handicap. Kim Young, who drove To San Jose when he dead-heated for first with Sir Lektor in the 1996 Marathon, will be represented by veteran standing-start specialist Maximum Demand, who will be driven by Jocelyn Young and should be prominent from barrier one on the front line. Ken Casellas

Considerable interest will surround the debut of New Zealand-bred three-year-old The Pima Indian when the gelding makes his debut in the $18,000 Yearling Preparation at Allwood Stud Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Pima Indian, trained at Serpentine by Gary Hall sen., is favourably drawn at barrier three on the front line in the 2130m event and should prove hard to beat after scoring easy wins in two trials at Byford on the past two Sundays. He rated 1.58.6 when he beat Major Fitz by 40 metres in a three-horse 2150m trial last Sunday morning and he sprinted home over the final 400m in 28.5sec. when he won a five-horse trial from the promising Neighlor the previous Sunday. The son of Changeover will be driven by Gary Hall jun., who preferred him to the Glenn Elliott-trained polemarker Illusionation, who possesses sparkling gate speed and has won at two of his past three starts. The Pima Indian has a family tradition to uphold at his first appearance in a race in Australia. His maternal granddam Cherubic had four of her progeny race in Australia --- and all won at their Australian debut --- Franco Conquest (Newcastle, December 1999), Franco Concord (Globe Derby, December 2000), Franco Croupier (Strathalbyn, December 2001) and Franco Cruz (Bendigo, November 2011). The Prima Indian faces some strong opposition from the outstanding filly Maczaffair and Tisadream, who are racing in excellent form. Maczaffair, to be driven by Chris Lewis for Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed, has amassed $247,295 in prizemoney from 11 wins and seven placings from 23 starts. She will start out wide at barrier eight on the front line. Maczaffair also started from the No. 8 barrier last Friday week when she raced wide early and then in the breeze before winning by almost two lengths from Pick My Pocket, rating 1.55.4 over 1730m. Tisadream, trained at Capel by Andrew de Campo, finished third in the WA Derby earlier in the year and he is in splendid form, winning by big margins over 2536m at Gloucester Park and 2100m at Bunbury at his latest outings. He will start from the outside of the back line and should be charging home in the final stages. Pick My Pocket, to be driven by Tom Buchanan for Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice, is racing with admirable enthusiasm, but will need some luck after starting out wide at barrier seven. Tyler Bret, to be driven by Colin Brown for Banjup trainer Dylan Egerton-Green, should be prominent from the No. 2 barrier. He covered a lot of extra ground before finishing strongly to win from Bravo Tex over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon. Ken Casellas

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The Horsham & District Harness Racing Club in conjunction with naming rights sponsor of the 2018 Horsham Trotters Club, Woodlands Stud NZ, have today launched their 2017/18 trotting stallion service tender. As part of the Cup sponsorship agreement, Woodlands has made available a service to their proven strike rate stallion, Pegasus Spur CA 1:54.0 $US 1,302,599.   Horsham's tender opportunity gives breeders of the squaregaiter a chance to send their broodmare to a quality entire at a discounted price. Interested breeders are invited to submit their tender on the official form, for the service (imported, fresh, chilled semen) to Pegasus Spur (value $AU3300) by Friday September 8th, 2017. For a copy of the tender form, please email the Club at horsham.harness@bigpond.com or text/phone Tony Logan on 0427 857411.      
Harness racing trainer-driver Bill Trembath is rapt to just have a runner in the Race To Royalty, but in Hows The Memory he may have much more than just a competitive starter. Trembath’s two-year-old filly announced herself with an impressive victory in her TAB Breeders Crown heat at Shepparton, upstaging a well-rated rival. “I have been down and watched a few times, but never had a runner there,” he said of the Breeders Crown, but that all changed when Hows The Memory ran down Australian Pacing Gold winner Nostra Beach last Tuesday. “We had one nominated a few years ago but they never lived up to it, this one has. To be in the running is something special.” Making it all the more so, Hows The Memory – owned and bred by Dennis and Joanne Howe – is by Mach Three out of Distant Memory, Trembath’s talented juvenile who won a Vicbred Super Series and a Bathurst Tiara Final as a two-year-old in 2013. They remain the greatest stakes wins of Trembath’s 30 years-plus training career and it makes the new filly’s emergence all the more satisfying. “When you have done it all the way through and had them as a foal and broken them in, then when they race it means so much to you,” Trembath said. Hows The Memory certainly hasn’t been rushed into emulating her mare. “I gave her a trial early on, then put her out for six weeks to help her relax, and she has just kept stepping up each time.” A debut win at Leeton on July 3 preceded a second placing at Shepparton on July 21 and a further victory at Bathurst on July 30, all in country class. Last Tuesday signalled her first step into the metropolitan class spotlight and she was outstanding against a formidable rival, with Nostra Beach’s nine starts having delivered $189,400 in stakes courtesy of four wins and three second placings. “We gave ourselves a bit of a chance because at Bathurst she ran home in 26.7,” Trembath said. From gate one Trembath kicked along early and ensured Nostra Beach’s driver Mark Pitt had to earn the lead, then come the straight it was a race in two and Hows The Memory emerged from leader’s back to pinch the win by a half-neck. The 2:01.1 mile rate was the quickest of the night’s Breeders Crown heats. “It was good. We were lucky we drew well, but to beat one of Emma’s is not easy,” he said. He will now hope to turn a heat win into a semi-final top six placing that will deliver him a shot at the big dance. “Your draw plays a big part, we will just be hoping to get through to the finals,” he said.   Race programme for Tabcorp Park Melton, Friday 18 August 2017
Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has appointed Brent Fisher as General Manager of Integrity.  Mr Fisher has held the role of Manager Investigations and Compliance at HRV since August 2015. Prior to joining the HRV integrity unit Mr Fisher had a distinguished investigative career with Victoria Police. "Since joining HRV, Brent has led many initiatives which have strengthened and promoted integrity within the harness racing industry," HRV Integrity Council Chairman John Doherty said. HRV CEO David Martin said: "It cannot be understated how important integrity is within sports and racing industries. HRV remains committed to strengthening our integrity team to ensure a level playing field for all participants." Mr Fisher said he was humbled to be entrusted with this opportunity. "We have a great team and I'm honoured to be given the chance to lead it as General Manager of Integrity," Mr Fisher said. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)  
The first harness racing nominations have been received for the TABtouch Inter Dominion, which commences at Gloucester Park on Friday 24 November 2017. Hall of Fame trainer and three-time Inter Dominion series winner Gary Hall Sr has nominated seven horses for the $1.8M series, headlined by the state’s best horse Chicago Bull, the winner of both the $450,000 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup and the $300,000 Retravision Fremantle Cup earlier this year. Hall has also nominated the 2016 TABtouch Inter Dominion third placegetter Beaudiene Boaz and two-time heat winner Run Oneover, as well as Norvic Nightowl, American Boy and top mare Ideal Alice. Interestingly, Hall has also nominated Lets Chase The Dream, who has spent his career under the tutelage of the all-conquering Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen stable, amassing $469,000 in prizemoney with 13 wins and nine placings from 33 starts, including a campaign in Western Australia as a three-year-old, running second in the 2016 Sky Racing WA Derby behind Chicago Bull  Hall won three Inter Dominion Grand Finals with champion pacer Im Themightyquinn, including the 2012 series on his home circuit of Gloucester Park. Chicago Bull, who is the $4.60 favourite for the series with TABtouch, has drawn comparisons with Im Themightyquinn and has even been dubbed ‘Mini-Quinny’. Of the other local nominations, dual Pacing Cup winner, My Hard Copy has been nominated by his new trainer Clinton Hall, who has recently taken up training in his own right. Mike Reed has nominated Shandale, while Northam trainer Jess Moore has nominated star mare Tricky Styx.  From NSW there have been nine nominations so far, headed by six from the Kevin Pizzuto stable including star pacer Tiger Tara. Amanda Turnbull has nominated Majordan, as has Michael Formosa with Ultimate Art. Shane and Lauren Tritton have nominated Ya Yas Hotspot. Nominations for the 2017 TABtouch Inter Dominion close with the offices of Racing and Wagering Western Australia by 4pm (WST) Friday, 8 September 2017. Conditions and nominations forms can be downloaded at www.perthinterdominion.com.au. The TABtouch Inter Dominion will commence with the first set of heats on Friday 24 November, before travelling to Bunbury for the second set of heats on Tuesday 28 November. The third set of heats returns to Gloucester Park on Friday 1 December and the $1.1M Grand Final will conducted on Friday 8 December.   For further information regarding the series visit www.perthinterdominion.com.au. Media Contacts: Barry Hamilton,                                                       Michael Radley, Harness Racing Manager RWWA                          CEO Gloucester Park 08 9445 5310                                                          08 9323 3510 barry.hamilton@rwwa.com.au                                mradley@gloucesterpark.com.au
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