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Jack dominates at Melton

Talented harness racing driver Nathan Jack to the honours during last night’s harness racing meeting at Melton. One of Victoria’s leading reinsman, Jack registered a quartet on the 10-race program in what was a career equalling best performance. Jack kick-started his evening with the Michael Hughes-trained Call Me Bond, which led throughout from barrier five. A promising son of Courage Under Fire, Call Me Bond rated a slick 1:56.5 for the 2240 metres, taking his record to eight wins and three seconds from 16 starts. Jack then combined with astute mentor Wayne Potter to secure the main event of the night – The Tailamade Lombo. Partnering rank outsider Sophies Deal, Jack produced the drive of the night to score at $58.90 on the tote. Finishing stoutly along the home straight, the daughter of American Ideal accounted for Tandias Bromac and Glenferrie Ej. Owned by Stephen Walker, Sophies Deal lowered her best time to 1:53.5. Jack completed a running double when Scruffy Major proved too good over 1720 metres. After leading from barrier four, Jack elected to take a trail behind the hot favourite Jilliby Master during the middle stages. Regaining the front halfway along the home straight, the son of Art Major scored by three-and-a-half metres from Jilliby Master, with The Noble Steed six metres away third. A member of the Gary Quinlan stable, Scruffy Major extended his record to 10 wins and 13 placings from 39 starts by rating 1:54.6 for the 1720 metres. Jack rounded out his evening with the Emma Stewart-trained Jadahson, which travelled two-back along the pegs before beating Arber and Johnny Quid in 1:53.9. By Falcon Seelster from Jadah Rose, the stallion is a half-brother to pacing sensation, Guaranteed. PAUL COURTS

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Gabby joins elite sorority

Classy mare Sensational Gabby joined an elite harness racing sorority at Gloucester Park last night. Continuing her super form for leading trainer Ross Olivieri, Sensational Gabby upstaged the ‘boys’ again to capture the prestigious Mount Eden Sprint. In doing, Sensational Gabby became just the seventh mare to secure the event since its inauguration almost six decades ago. Sensational Gabby’s six ‘sorority sisters’ include Dainty’s Daughter, which was triumphant in 1970, followed by Pyramus (‘71), Virgil Queen (‘77), Kiwi Cloud (‘78), Line On (‘86) and Whitby Miss Penny in 1992. Showing her usual gate speed with Chris Lewis in the cart, Sensational Gabby was untroubled to lead from the pole as Famous Alchemist worked on her outside. Fending off the initial challenge on the home turn, the daughter of Yankee Sensation was untouched on her way to a three-metre win from Dredlock Rockstar, with Bettors Fire three-and-a-half metres away third. Successful at three of her last four starts, Sensational Gabby rated a brilliant 1:53.7 for the 1730 metres, with her time just six tenths of a second outside Livingontheinterest’s track record established in June 2013. To be given a light week, the six-year-old has been aimed towards the Norms Daughter Classic in a fortnight, followed by the Mares’ Classic the next week. PAUL COURTS

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Cooper recipient of top HRA award

The J P Stratton Award is the highest recognition afforded by Harness Racing Australia. The Award is named after the distinguished Western Australian administrator, John Peter Stratton - owner, breeder and studmaster is awarded to recipients for …significant achievement, leadership, distinction, eminence, repute, renown, foresight, initiative, innovation and creativity on an international or national basis, over a significant period of time. Therefore it was with great pleasure that HRA Chairman Geoff Want has announced the esteemed award has been bestowed upon another Western Australian, Ross Cooper. “I have always believed it is extremely important that we pay tribute to the people who contribute so much to our industry, regardless of whether they are involved as a driver, trainer, owner, breeder, administrator, or in some other capacity,” Want said. “I am therefore grateful for the opportunity to do just that - to recognise someone who has been quite outstanding in the work he has done for harness racing.” Cooper grew up with horses - his father, Mick, was a trainer-driver - and harness racing has been a life-long passion, something he has also passed on to his children, Chelsey and Trent. He forged a highly successful career as a bookmaker - some say he was the biggest trots bookie in Australia for several years - and was well-regarded by all he encountered on racetracks in WA and interstate, from battlers to billionaires. After 25 years as a ‘bookie’, Cooper retired in 2001 before taking up a position with the WA TAB. In 2003, he was appointed as the harness racing director on the inaugural Racing and Wagering Western Australia Board, where he served with distinction until retiring in July. He is held in such high regard that he was never challenged in any election for the position on the RWWA board. Cooper was an active participant at Harness Racing Australia meetings throughout his tenure, but more so when he joined the Executive as part of the expansion to include all states in 2009. He immediately assumed the position of Treasurer and has performed a number of other critical roles during this time, including chairing both the Constitution and Handicapping Reviews in 2009, as well as the recent Wagering Working Party, and being an Australian representative on the Inter Dominion Event Committee. Cooper has also been a strong supporter of international industry relations, having attended four World Trotting Conferences and chairing the Animal Welfare Committee at three of these. “It is difficult to quantify the value of someone like Ross, but he has made an enormous contribution to our work at HRA in recent years,” Want added. “His experience, his considered assessment of issues and his abundant common sense have been greatly valued by myself and all who have worked with him.” Cooper has made a great contribution to harness racing over several decades, always supported by his effervescent wife, Landra. RWWA nominated him for this award, which was unanimously endorsed by the HRA Executive. HRA Media

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Menangle honours ANZAC heroes

Without horses there would be no harness racing. And to a large degree, no equines could also have meant the Australian way of life as we know it wouldn’t exist! Horses played a major role in Australia’s efforts during the World War, with the Light Horse Brigade now recognised around the globe for its heroics. None more so than the brave men on horseback which fought enemy forces with distinction during the Battle of Beersheba. A series of allied attacks took place on October 31, 1917, with the Anzac Mounted Division among the first in action. Shortly afterwards, a mounted infantry charge by the Australian Mounted Division’s 4th and 12th Light Horse Regiments (4th Light Horse Brigade) took place. With bayonets in their hands and their rifles slung across their back, the Aussie’s captured Beersheba and part of the enemy garrison as it was withdrawing. The victory proved to be a significant turning point of the war by breaking the Turkish defensive line from Gaza to Beersheba. To commemorate the anniversary of the battle, the New South Wales Harness Racing Club conducted a special service at Menangle this morning. While the world class venue is now the site of the Southern Hemisphere’s premier racetrack, during the war the land was used as a training ground for divisions of the Australian Light Horse Infantry Regiment based at Holsworthy. As such, the club held the Battle of Beersheba Breakfast, which was well-received by all who attended, including the state Governor, David Hurley. Hurley participated in the laying of the wreath in memory the 800 ANZACS who defeated 4000 Turkish Soldiers against all odds to liberate the wells of Beersheba. “We purchased this site in the 1950s and we’re proud to uncover the heritage and history which includes our time as a First World War makeshift army camp used to train troopers in the Australian Light Horse,” club chairman Ray Sharman said. “Many hundreds of men and horses left these very grounds for foreign shores and today we pay tribute to their gallantry and memory. “I would like to mention local Menangle resident Sue Peacock as it was her passion and love of the Australian Light Horse story and our history that led her to contact our previous chief executive John Dumesny. “Her letters brought this inaugural Breakfast to reality.” Expecting the breakfast to grow stronger in years ahead, Sharman stated the club plans to unveil a special statue to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle in 2017. “Our ultimate goal in 2017 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba is to unveil a bronze cast of the Australian Light Horseman and his stead,” Sharman declared. “Our industry is indebted to the relationship of man and horse.” PAUL COURTS

Concern over a range of wagering matters prompted Harness Racing Australia to appoint a special committee, the Wagering Working Party, to examine wagering issues and make recommendations as to how turnover can be boosted, with a resultant increase in industry funding. The members of the Working Party appointed by the HRA Executive were Ross Cooper, Sam Nati, Harvey Kaplan and Shane Anderson, with the Terms of Reference set: To determine ways to grow wagering turnover on harness racing To identify ways to broaden the appeal of Australian harness racing as a wagering proposition To examine ways of making information more readily accessible to the punting public To examine ways to attract and retain both new and existing customers Cooper formally tabled the Wagering Report and provided a presentation detailing the recommendations on behalf of the Working Party at the HRA Annual General Meeting on 13 October 2014, explaining to Members that “the Report has aimed to deliver the Executive with both an important understanding of harness racing wagering customers and practical recommendations to improve the sport.” Cooper also made the case for national adoption, adding, “The Working Party could not be clearer - the implementation of these recommendations is essential and should be undertaken on a national basis to have full effect.” HRA chairman Geoff Want praised the efforts of this important work, “Wagering is critical to fund the harness racing industry and under constant pressure from a range of sources.  Our industry funding model requires careful management and constant monitoring, so we are thankful for this work, its insights and the positive changes that can come of it.” A copy of the Report is available by clicking here.  Note this is an edited version as the on-line survey component of individual (confidential) responses has been removed. HRA Members have been asked to respond to the recommendations by 1 December 2014, at which time an implementation plan will be determined. HRA Media

It’s that time of the week as Harnesslink presents another ‘Flashback Friday’, written by multiple award-winning journalist PAUL COURTS. If you have any past champions or magical moments you’d like to relive, contact Paul who will be glad to hear from you…enjoy! One of the greatest pacers produced anywhere in the world – Mount Eden - will return to the spotlight at Gloucester Park tonight. The former idol will be honoured with the running of the $50,000 Mount Eden Sprint. While the highly-talented performer’s career ended almost four decades ago, his incredible feats on the racetrack will live on for some time. In fact, just earlier this week, former media man Bill Hutchison declared Mount Eden’s 1971 Miracle Mile performance as the greatest he has seen. In a time when the Group One was still in its infant stage, Mount Eden produced an effort still unequalled in the rich sprint. Having bettered two-minutes on five consecutive occasions leading into the Miracle Mile, the Jack Miles-trained stallion was the star attraction for the fifth edition of the Harold Park-based feature. As expected a top field was assembled for the encounter, with Mount Eden competing against Deep Court, Neutrodyne and Bay Foyle, along with New Zealander raiders, Stella Frost and Manaroa. The most-lightly raced runner in the field, Mount Eden boasted 13 wins, a second and a third from just 19 starts for earnings of $21,790. The field had a mixture of speed and stamina, but no one was aware they were about to witness one of the greatest efforts seen in Australasia. Mount Eden’s legion of supporters, who backed him into 6/4 favouritism, felt their hearts slump, however, when he wanted to trot in the score-up. The son of Morris Eden then went into a wild gallop just before the field was released, but to the delight of punters, the starter, Clive Salkeld, declared a false start. The field re-assembled, but once again Mount Eden preferred to trot a few strides in his hopples. Miles restrained him as he broke into a gallop, but this time there was no third chance. Just as everyone was expecting another false start, Salkeld let them go, resulting in loud booing from the big crowd. The official stewards’ report read: “The starter deferred the start when Mount Eden mixed its gait and became out of touch with the field. In the second run-up Mount Eden repeated this behaviour, but as the starter believed that on this occasion it was in touch with the field, he proceeded with the start”. Galloping wildly, Mount Eden was 10 lengths off the field as Stella Frost and Bay Foyle raced head-and-head into the first turn. In what was regarded at the time to have been the fastest quarter run by a standardbred, Mount Eden caught the field and was a close fourth as they hit the first blue light. Miles allowed his charge to ‘catch a breath’ during the middle stages before sending Mound Eden to the lead with a lightning move at the 600-metre mark. Bolstered by a huge roar from the stellar crowd, Mount Eden careered away for a 15-yard win from Deep Court and Bay Foyle. “The terrific roar at the home turn really excited me,” Miles was quoted as saying. Mount Eden stopped the clock in 1:58.8, with his time only two-tenths of a second outside the track record set by Halwes in the 1968 Miracle Mile. He became the eighth pacer to run two minutes or better at Harold Park, joining Avian Derby, Ribands, James Scott, Robin Dundee, Halwes, Adaptor and Lucky Creed. Hutchison referred to Mount Eden’s success “like when JFK got shot, or man first landed on the moon, for me it was one of those occasions when you remember exactly where you were at the time…which for me, was the Botanic Hotel in South Yarra. “No horse should be able to do what he did that night in a field as strong as that and win. “Shame he didn’t have the brain to go with his ability, but pound-for-pound on sheer ability, I have never seen a better horse.” Mount Eden was sold to American interests not long after when Miles and Ogden received an offer too good to refuse. Although no figure was released at the time, it was later reported to be $300,000 – the highest price paid for a horse – galloper, pacer or trotter - in Australia. The previous highest was $250,000 for South Australian thoroughbred, Tobin Bronze. Mount Eden was spelled in Sydney before his journey America, where he was set for the $180,000 International Pace series at Yonkers Raceway in June. The ‘Aussie Wonder’ tragically broke down with a bowed tendon in the near-side front leg before making his American debut and was retired to stud. Ironically, unlike Australian breeders, who thrive on imported stallions, Americans were unwilling to risk sending their mares to a ‘foreigner’. In 1978 Mount Eden returned to stand at stud in Western Australia, but by then broodmare owners had all but forgotten his great feats, which saw him receive little patronage. In 1991, the New South Wales Harness Racing Club brought Mount Eden out of his retirement paddock in Victoria to lead the Miracle Mile field onto the track in what was his final public appearance. Miles, who was too frail from illness to make the trip from Western Australia to join Mount Eden, passed away the morning after Christopher Vance captured the Miracle Mile in 1:57.2. Having enjoyed a peaceful retirement, Mount Eden died a couple of years later. PAUL COURTS

Nominations for the 61st Southern Central Engineering Leeton Breeders’ Plate close on Friday November 7. The carnival will run over three nights with the $5000 heats to be conducted on Boxing Day, December 26. The final, to be run in conjunction with the club’s TAB Carnival of Cups meeting, is worth $25,000 - plus a horse float to the winning trainer. Day 2 of the Carnival, December 27, will include heats of a $10,000 4YO+ C0 event with the Final to be run five days later. The $200 nomination for the Breeders’ Plate can be submitted at any of the following contacts;   ph/ fax 02 69532982,   PO BOX 430 Leeton or email   lhrc@bigpond.com.au HRNSW Media

Harness Racing New South Wales concluded an inquiry into a report received from the Australian Government National Measurement Institute that cobalt above the threshold was detected in a post race urine sample taken from BIEN HOA NZ following its win at Newcastle on 29 May 2014. The “B” sample and associated control sample were confirmed by the ChemCentre in Western Australia. Glenn Hayward pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 190 (1), (2) and (4) in that he did present BEIN HOA NZ to race not free of a prohibited substance. Hayward further pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 187(2) in that he gave false and/or misleading evidence at the inquiry on 1 September 2014 regarding any contact and/or meeting he had previous with Shannon Wonson. Hayward was disqualified for a period of 10 years in respect of the charge under Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4) to commence from 1 August 2014, the date upon which he was stood down. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following; This was Hayward’s third offence for Rule 190 breaches, that Cobalt is deemed a Class 1 substance under the HRNSW Penalty Guidelines,The level recorded being 570ug/LMr Hayward’s licence history and other personal subjective facts In relation to the charge under Rule 187(2), Hayward was disqualified for a period of 12 months, to be served concurrently with the period imposed for the Rule 190 breach. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, BEIN HOA NZ was disqualified from the abovementioned race. HRNSW Media

It’s been a long road, but Damian Wilson has made the trip back into harness racing’s winners’ circle. Given the ‘all clear’ by doctors last month, Wilson has been building up to a win after almost two years on the sidelines as a result of injuries he sustained during a horrific fall at Kilmore in October 2012. Wilson’s success came behind the Vince Vallelonga-trained Fergus Maccool at Mildura last night. Thrilled to break the drought, Wilson hoping the victory is the beginning of his return to the top bracket of drivers in Victoria. “To be honest, I was starting to think I was never going to win again,” Wilson said. “Things have been pretty slow on the uptake, but hopefully that won’t last long. “It’s a great feeling to get back into the winners’ circle, and with a bit of luck, I’ll be there a lot more frequently.” Beginning swiftly to lead from the pole, Fergus Maccool was untouched on his way to a three-and-a-half metre win from Witzend, with Macray Soiree three-and-a-half metres away third. “Once he held the lead from the pole he pretty much had the race won,” Wilson said. “He’s done it quite easily and had a bit up his sleeve on the line.” Although frustrated with the past two years, Wilson admits the alternative would have been a lot worse. Rushed to the hospital with a broken leg from the fall, Wilson was soon informed by attending doctors he was in danger of losing his limb. Surgeons were concerned about the risk of infection settling into Wilson’s leg, which was extensively damaged from the accident. Wilson didn’t just break it - he “snapped” his fibula, tibia and ankle. “It wasn’t good there for a while and I’m just thankfully they didn’t take off my leg,” Wilson said. “The last two years have been tough, but I’m just looking to put that behind me and focus on the road ahead. “Getting my first winner out of the way certainly helps.” PAUL COURTS

It was has become the ‘norm’ at Mildura, premier harness racing trainer Shayne Cramp dominated proceedings last night. Although his evening began with a second, Cramp won four of the following six races, while finishing third in another. Paint The Hammer opened Cramp’s account before the horseman scored with Gotango, Spokeswoman and Tibytoa. The record-breaking mentor also drove each of his stable’s winners. As impressive as a quartet is, it pales in comparison to some of Cramp’s other feats, including a clean sweep of the eight-race card at Mildura last July. Cramp has also prepared four sextets, the most of any Australian trainer, with each registered at Mildura. Cramp also boasts a record 15 provincial quintets…with Mildura again playing host on each occasion. Western Australian trainer Gary Hall, who Cramp previously worked for, holds the national record for the most metropolitan quintets, a feat he has achieved 14 times. Lance Justice (March 17, 1989) and John McCarthy (June 19, 2010) hold the metro record of seven victories on a card. Queensland’s Bill Dixon holds the mantle for the most wins in a day – nine – across two race meetings. PAUL COURTS

Harness Racing New South Wales has received a report from the Australian Government National Measurement Institute that cobalt above the threshold was detected in a post race urine sample taken from MISS ARTISTIC TARA following its win in at Menangle on 16 September 2014. The “B” sample and associated control sample have been sent to the ChemCentre in Western Australia for confirmatory testing. The Trainer of MISS ARTISTIC TARA, Dick Inskip, was previously stood down on 20 October 2014 pursuant to Rule 183 following a report from the Australian Government National Measurement Institute that cobalt above the threshold was detected in a post race urine sample taken from MISS ARTISTC TARA on 26 August 2014. HRNSW Media

It was the year Bob Hawke became Prime Minister, Ash Wednesday fires tore through Victoria and South Australia, Australia II won the America’s Cup, the movie Phar Lap was a smash hit and Thor actor Chris Hemsworth was born. 1983 was also the year the inaugural M H Treuer Memorial – named the Truer Cup - was run for $30,000 and captured by Double Agent. Since then the feature’s stakemoney has risen and fallen several times, with its peak of $198,000 coming in 1996 when Our Sir Vancelot emerged triumphant. Sadly, the former prestigious event – once part of the Grand Circuit - has slipped further down the scale by returning to its original prizemoney level of $30,000...losing its Group One status along the way. Although listed as $100,000 at the beginning of the season, the December 6 edition has been reduced - without any publicity from the club – to its 1983 level! Furthermore, the conditions of the race have also been removed, with the club yet to advice what class the Treuer Memorial will cater for. Just last month, President Les Bentley declared prizemoney for the club’s flagship event would rise to $105,000 next season. “We are hoping to increase the stake to $105,000 in 2015,” Bentley said. Support races on the card have also been subject to prizemoney cuts. It’s believed the club has had to make the dramatic decision as a result of a long-running legal battle, which is causing immense strain on every area of its operation. No club official was available for comment when Harnesslink called its office. PAUL COURTS

In a major boost to the Western Australian harness racing breeding industry Racing and Wagering Western Australian has announced a major revamping of the highly successful Westbred Bonus Scheme. The changes which will benefit breeders and owners of locally-bred stock and are a result of consultation between RWWA and representatives of the WA Standardbred Breeders’ Association and WA BOTRA. Recognising the need to provide an immediate stimulus to encourage breeders to remain active in the face of increasing costs, and to provide further incentives for owners to race a Western Australian-bred horse, RWWA announced a number of changes to the Westbred Bonus. Country Staked 2yo and 3yo races The Westbred Bonus on races carrying a stake of less than $15,000 has been increased from $3250 to $3750 with the payments brought into line with the Metropolitan Staked Westbred Bonus of paying from first through fourth place. Breeders will also benefit from this increase with the 12.5 per cent Breeder Bonus being calculated on the higher Westbred Bonus figures. Breeders’ first win bonus The Westbred Breeders’ first win bonus will double from $1000 to $2000 and will continue to be paid on the occasion of the horse’s first win Owners’ first win bonus A $2000 first win bonus will be paid to the race book owner of a Westbred on the occasion of the horse’s first win regardless of the type of race in which the first win is recorded or the age at which the first win occurs. Previously this bonus was not paid to owners whose horse recorded its first win in a race carrying a normal Westbred Bonus. Double Westbred Bonus for WA Sired winners Should a Westbred Bonus for first place be earned in a two or three-year-old race by a Westbred which is also sired by a stallion registered and located in Western Australia at the time of service, then the Westbred Bonus will be doubled. The double Westbred Bonus for WA sired Westbreds will only apply to the winner and not to placegetters. Eligibility The new levels of Westbred Bonus will apply to Westbred foals born after September 1, 2011 which are racing as two and three-year-olds in the 2014/2015 season. The new Westbred Bonus will be backdated to commence on September 1, 2014 with connections who have received any form of Westbred Bonus since that date to be paid an adjustment to bring them up to the new Westbred Bonus levels. ALAN PARKER

Reigning Maryborough Pacers’ and Trotters’ Cups champions Michael Thomas and Im Corzin Terror will return to defend their harness racing crowns. Michael Thomas is chasing consecutive wins as a squaregaiter, while Im Corzin Terror will be out to retain his pacing title. Michael Thomas led throughout for trainer Lisa Miles last year to account for Paparazzi Snapshot and Lightning Joy in the 2690-metre event. Successful off the front line, Michael Thomas, which is first-up from a 10-month spell, faces a 10-metre handicap this time around. The Kari Males-trained Tsonga is the only other handicapped runner and will share the back mark with Michael Thomas. Boasting four wins from five starts for trainer Brent Lilley, former European stallion, Kvintet Avenger remains the one to beat as he aims for his second Cup triumph of the season. Kvintet Avenger captured the Swan Hill Trotters’ Cup in fine style a fortnight ago. Lilley has a high opinion of the son of Love You and is working the six-year-old towards key targets such as the V L Dullard Cup and Great Southern Star. As for Im Corzin Terror’s task at hand, the Amanda Grieve-trained gelding will have to overcome a large field and a 20-metre handicap. An eye-catching second behind boom pacer Guaranteed in last weekend’s Kilmore Cup, Im Corzin Terror is primed for a win after four runs this campaign. Like she did with Guaranteed, prominent horsewoman Emma Stewart will be looking to extend Im Corzin Terror’s bridesmaid status. Stewart, who prepares her team with Clayton Tonkin, will be represented by Hes Kinky and Goodtime Mike. Stewart is one of three trainers with dual representation, with Itdontmattertome and Highview Conall from the Amanda Turnbull stable, while Lance Justice has Im Barney Rubble and Machin Out engaged in the feature. PAUL COURTS

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Talented harness racing driver Nathan Jack to the honours during last night’s harness racing meeting at Melton. One of Victoria’s leading reinsman, Jack registered a quartet on the 10-race program in what was a career equalling best performance. Jack kick-started his evening with the Michael Hughes-trained Call Me Bond, which led throughout from barrier five. A promising son of Courage Under Fire, Call Me Bond rated a slick 1:56.5 for the 2240 metres, taking his record to eight wins and three seconds from 16 starts. Jack then combined with astute mentor Wayne Potter to secure the main event of the night – The Tailamade Lombo. Partnering rank outsider Sophies Deal, Jack produced the drive of the night to score at $58.90 on the tote. Finishing stoutly along the home straight, the daughter of American Ideal accounted for Tandias Bromac and Glenferrie Ej. Owned by Stephen Walker, Sophies Deal lowered her best time to 1:53.5. Jack completed a running double when Scruffy Major proved too good over 1720 metres. After leading from barrier four, Jack elected to take a trail behind the hot favourite Jilliby Master during the middle stages. Regaining the front halfway along the home straight, the son of Art Major scored by three-and-a-half metres from Jilliby Master, with The Noble Steed six metres away third. A member of the Gary Quinlan stable, Scruffy Major extended his record to 10 wins and 13 placings from 39 starts by rating 1:54.6 for the 1720 metres. Jack rounded out his evening with the Emma Stewart-trained Jadahson, which travelled two-back along the pegs before beating Arber and Johnny Quid in 1:53.9. By Falcon Seelster from Jadah Rose, the stallion is a half-brother to pacing sensation, Guaranteed. PAUL COURTS
Classy mare Sensational Gabby joined an elite harness racing sorority at Gloucester Park last night. Continuing her super form for leading trainer Ross Olivieri, Sensational Gabby upstaged the ‘boys’ again to capture the prestigious Mount Eden Sprint. In doing, Sensational Gabby became just the seventh mare to secure the event since its inauguration almost six decades ago. Sensational Gabby’s six ‘sorority sisters’ include Dainty’s Daughter, which was triumphant in 1970, followed by Pyramus (‘71), Virgil Queen (‘77), Kiwi Cloud (‘78), Line On (‘86) and Whitby Miss Penny in 1992. Showing her usual gate speed with Chris Lewis in the cart, Sensational Gabby was untroubled to lead from the pole as Famous Alchemist worked on her outside. Fending off the initial challenge on the home turn, the daughter of Yankee Sensation was untouched on her way to a three-metre win from Dredlock Rockstar, with Bettors Fire three-and-a-half metres away third. Successful at three of her last four starts, Sensational Gabby rated a brilliant 1:53.7 for the 1730 metres, with her time just six tenths of a second outside Livingontheinterest’s track record established in June 2013. To be given a light week, the six-year-old has been aimed towards the Norms Daughter Classic in a fortnight, followed by the Mares’ Classic the next week. PAUL COURTS
The J P Stratton Award is the highest recognition afforded by Harness Racing Australia. The Award is named after the distinguished Western Australian administrator, John Peter Stratton - owner, breeder and studmaster is awarded to recipients for …significant achievement, leadership, distinction, eminence, repute, renown, foresight, initiative, innovation and creativity on an international or national basis, over a significant period of time. Therefore it was with great pleasure that HRA Chairman Geoff Want has announced the esteemed award has been bestowed upon another Western Australian, Ross Cooper. “I have always believed it is extremely important that we pay tribute to the people who contribute so much to our industry, regardless of whether they are involved as a driver, trainer, owner, breeder, administrator, or in some other capacity,” Want said. “I am therefore grateful for the opportunity to do just that - to recognise someone who has been quite outstanding in the work he has done for harness racing.” Cooper grew up with horses - his father, Mick, was a trainer-driver - and harness racing has been a life-long passion, something he has also passed on to his children, Chelsey and Trent. He forged a highly successful career as a bookmaker - some say he was the biggest trots bookie in Australia for several years - and was well-regarded by all he encountered on racetracks in WA and interstate, from battlers to billionaires. After 25 years as a ‘bookie’, Cooper retired in 2001 before taking up a position with the WA TAB. In 2003, he was appointed as the harness racing director on the inaugural Racing and Wagering Western Australia Board, where he served with distinction until retiring in July. He is held in such high regard that he was never challenged in any election for the position on the RWWA board. Cooper was an active participant at Harness Racing Australia meetings throughout his tenure, but more so when he joined the Executive as part of the expansion to include all states in 2009. He immediately assumed the position of Treasurer and has performed a number of other critical roles during this time, including chairing both the Constitution and Handicapping Reviews in 2009, as well as the recent Wagering Working Party, and being an Australian representative on the Inter Dominion Event Committee. Cooper has also been a strong supporter of international industry relations, having attended four World Trotting Conferences and chairing the Animal Welfare Committee at three of these. “It is difficult to quantify the value of someone like Ross, but he has made an enormous contribution to our work at HRA in recent years,” Want added. “His experience, his considered assessment of issues and his abundant common sense have been greatly valued by myself and all who have worked with him.” Cooper has made a great contribution to harness racing over several decades, always supported by his effervescent wife, Landra. RWWA nominated him for this award, which was unanimously endorsed by the HRA Executive. HRA Media
Without horses there would be no harness racing. And to a large degree, no equines could also have meant the Australian way of life as we know it wouldn’t exist! Horses played a major role in Australia’s efforts during the World War, with the Light Horse Brigade now recognised around the globe for its heroics. None more so than the brave men on horseback which fought enemy forces with distinction during the Battle of Beersheba. A series of allied attacks took place on October 31, 1917, with the Anzac Mounted Division among the first in action. Shortly afterwards, a mounted infantry charge by the Australian Mounted Division’s 4th and 12th Light Horse Regiments (4th Light Horse Brigade) took place. With bayonets in their hands and their rifles slung across their back, the Aussie’s captured Beersheba and part of the enemy garrison as it was withdrawing. The victory proved to be a significant turning point of the war by breaking the Turkish defensive line from Gaza to Beersheba. To commemorate the anniversary of the battle, the New South Wales Harness Racing Club conducted a special service at Menangle this morning. While the world class venue is now the site of the Southern Hemisphere’s premier racetrack, during the war the land was used as a training ground for divisions of the Australian Light Horse Infantry Regiment based at Holsworthy. As such, the club held the Battle of Beersheba Breakfast, which was well-received by all who attended, including the state Governor, David Hurley. Hurley participated in the laying of the wreath in memory the 800 ANZACS who defeated 4000 Turkish Soldiers against all odds to liberate the wells of Beersheba. “We purchased this site in the 1950s and we’re proud to uncover the heritage and history which includes our time as a First World War makeshift army camp used to train troopers in the Australian Light Horse,” club chairman Ray Sharman said. “Many hundreds of men and horses left these very grounds for foreign shores and today we pay tribute to their gallantry and memory. “I would like to mention local Menangle resident Sue Peacock as it was her passion and love of the Australian Light Horse story and our history that led her to contact our previous chief executive John Dumesny. “Her letters brought this inaugural Breakfast to reality.” Expecting the breakfast to grow stronger in years ahead, Sharman stated the club plans to unveil a special statue to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle in 2017. “Our ultimate goal in 2017 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba is to unveil a bronze cast of the Australian Light Horseman and his stead,” Sharman declared. “Our industry is indebted to the relationship of man and horse.” PAUL COURTS
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