Day At The Track
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Diamond in the rough to make debut

Deb and Chris Lewis may have found a diamond in the rough! Their 3yo filly set to debut this week after a solid Pinjarra trial performance was destined to become a family pet before finally showing some spark in the gig. Watch the full interview here   Ken Casellas

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Mr Leigh Sutton – Inquiry Conducted

HARNESS Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry on Thursday 9 August 2018 into licensed driver Mr Leigh Sutton recording an alcohol concentration in excess of 0.02% on a breath analyser at the time he presented to drive at the Bathurst harness meeting on Sunday 29 July 2018. Mr Sutton pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 250(1)(a) as follows: AHHR 250. (1) A driver commits an offence if:- (a) A sample taken from him is found upon analysis to contain a substance banned by Rule 251, AHHR 251. The following substances and/or their metabolites, artifacts, and isomers are declared as banned substances in drivers when present in a urine sample (unless otherwise stated) at a concentration above the applicable cut-off level:- (c) All diuretics (0μg/L): Probenecid: (0μg/L): Alcohol (at a concentration in excess of 0.02% on a breath analyser): Mr Sutton’s driver’s licence was wholly suspended for a period of six months to commence from 29 July 2018, the date upon which he was stood down. Mr Sutton was also provided with an opportunity to have the suspension reduced to five months if he completed sessions with an alcohol counsellor approved by HRNSW. Mr Sutton was informed that an application would be considered by HRNSW Stewards for him to return to trackwork two weeks prior to the end of the relevant suspension period. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following: Mr Sutton’s first offence for such matter; Seriousness of the offence; The concentration of alcohol recorded being 0.095%; Mr Sutton’s guilty plea, licence history, personal and financial subjective facts.   Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 33 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by a Board of Directors and is independent of Government. To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gadams@hrnsw.com.au

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Mandy Joan to carry WA hopes

David Thompson is banking on the guile and skill of champion reinsman Gavin Lang to help Mandy Joan overcome an awkward barrier draw in the Breeders Crown final at Melton on Saturday. Thompson admits Mandy Joan will have her work cut out to win after drawing barrier five, but takes comfort that he relies on Lang to drive her in the Group 1 feature race for two-year-old fillies. “We didn’t draw that good, but she is very well,” Thompson told Tabradio. “We will rely on a bit of luck to get across or get in somewhere. “The barrier is what it is and we can’t do anything about that.” Thompson said Mandy Joan had come through her semi-final run at Bendigo last week in good order, running a solid fifth from barrier seven behind Miss Streisand. The Byford-based trainer believes Mandy Joan has thrived since travelling east. “I’m sure she is no worse,” Thompson said. “Her work is good and I’m really happy with her. “She is eating up and everything. “She is going really good and Gavin is happy with her work.” Thompson believes Our Princess Tiffany poses the biggest threat to Mandy Joan. From the powerful Mark Purdon stable, the Art Major filly is unbeaten from eight career starts. “She has drawn barrier six and I don’t know if there is anything that wants to hold her out,” Thompson said. “And I don’t know if Gavin (Lang) will want to come out underneath her.” Thompson says Mandy Joan’s path to the Breeders final has been supported by two of his training contempories in Perth. “We had a few dramas getting her going,” Thompson said. “She went really good at Byford, but when we get to the races she would go rough. “I couldn’t work it out but Ross Oliveri at the trials gave me something to try out. “That helped no end and then I was talking to Glen Elliot. “He said with his Art Major she didn’t go good until he took the head check off. “Both of them have been a big help to me.” Julio Santarelli

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Major Secret for Allenby Lodge

Major Secret, a Group winner in three States and one of the best performed sons of supersire Art Major, will stand at one of South Australia’s best known breeding establishments, Allenby Lodge Stud for proprietors Steve and Teresa Norman this season. His service fee is $1,500 including GST. Major Secret was a top racehorse from a juvenile through to cup class, winning in Group and Listed company from two to seven years. From only 53 starts he recorded 22 wins and 15 placings, for earnings of $464,872 – an impressive total for a brief career. He ran second in the $54,000 Southern Cross 2YO Final at only his second start and won the $50,000 Tasmania Cup in Hobart in one of his final outings before succumbing to a fetlock injury. As a two-year-old Major Secret won five of his nine starts, highlighted by a win in the $100,000 Vicbred Super Series Final, defeating Hectorjayjay, Messini and co. His other successes at 2 included a heat of the Australian Breeders Crown (5th in the final) and heats of the Vicbred and Southern Cross. At three he crowned his career with a world record-breaking win in the $200,000 NSW Derby, covering the 2400 metres journey in 2:52.4, a mile rate of 1:55.6 while leaving Bling It On, Isaiah and Major Crocker in his wake. He also picked up another Vicbred heat and finished third in a Victoria Derby heat. Following a nine month let-up, Major Secret made a clean sweep of the time-honoured Central Victorian Championship before embarking on a highly successful open age career. Possessed of strength and stamina, the entire showed his liking for long distances, winning the $70,000 Horsham Cup in a 1:55.7 rate over 2700 metres to smash the track record by an amazing 2.4 seconds, the Geelong Cup (2570m), the Italian Cup (2240m) at Melton and Tasmania Cup (2579m). A magnificent individual, Major Secret is also quality young horse bred on a classic cross of blood – that of Art Major his sire and Safely Kept his maternal sire. Art Major, sire of Major Secret, is Australia’s leading sire and broodmare sire of two-year-olds. A champion pacer himself, with a record of 1:48.8, Art Major was the USA and Canada 3YO Pacing Colt of the Year and Aged Pacing Male of the Year and ran up a then record tally of $3,273,217 to the end of his four-year-old racing. On his dam’s side, Major Secret belongs to a family which has distinguished itself by the number of fine juveniles it has produced. His own dam, Secret Life (1:58.6), a winner at Moonee Valley and Gloucester Park, has thrown seven winners from seven foals, five of whom took records of better than 2:00, including a crack racemare in Beauty Secret 1:52.4 ($425,921), Vanderley (1:54.2) and Perfect Life (1:58). Secret Life is also the grand-dam of the Southern Cross Final winners That’s Perfect (1:56.6) and Perfect Look (1:53), the Melton winner Striking Beauty (1:54.7), and others in Seaside Beauty (1:55.7), Paintball (1:54.4) and Stay And Play (1:55.5). Secret Life ranked as a half-sister to the Southern Cross winners Lovelist 1:53.2 ($222,889)  Punch Line (1:54.2) and Royal Crime 1:55.7 ($100,753), being out of Lifeline, by Classic Garry from the broodmare gem Larrakeyah Lady (by Windshield Wiper). Larrakeyah Lady, a Group 1 winner herself, became the dam of nine individual winners including the A. G. Hunter Cup and SA Cup winner Safe And Sound ($990,006), Gold Rocket ($393,387), Massarua ($282,692) and The Good Times ($201,024), all top performers. Rocknroll Magic, a Vicbred and Breeders Crown champion, Exciteusinthecity, Starburst Girl, Ample Power and a capable young pacer in Ride High are a line up of smart performers from the same family as Major Secret. The Larrakeyah Lady tribe is one of the most highly prized in Australia today. Major Secret is a young stallion with the bloodlines, racing performance and conformation to commend him to the most discriminating breeder anywhere in Australia and his acquisition by Allenby Lodge ranks as one of the greatest boosts to the SA breeding scene for many years. Peter Wharton

With 12 days of the current season remaining, a question needs to be asked. Can Grant Dixon crack the 300 mark? As it stands, no trainer in Australian harness racing history has ever prepared more than 300 winners in a single season but that record is under immense pressure. Ironically, the current training record belongs to W.F Dixon, Grant’s father Bill, who prepared 299 winners during the 2010/11 season. But both Emma Stewart and Grant himself are rapidly closing in on that magical and somewhat mythical figure of 300, the Victorian based Stewart has trained 286 winners while Dixon has a tally of 284. Extraordinary numbers indeed. During the current term, harness fans and historians have witnessed champion reinsman Chris Alford break the record for most wins in a single season with his tally currently at 434 and still climbing. The previous mark belonged to Daryl Douglas at 388. Fair to say, the 2017/18 season has been a season of record breaking achievements. For Dixon, this current season will be his best as he will eclipse the mark he set last term when he prepared 286 winners. Since taking over from his father Bill at the commencement of the 2011/12 season, Grant has trained in excess over 200 winners every year since with figures of 265, 226, 260, 282, 246 and 286. During that time frame, Dixon has been the leading state trainer plus the leading trainer in the country! In fact, the Dixon name has sat atop of the National Premiership since the 2007/08 season. And during that reign, over 200 winners have been churned out each and every season. In the next 12 days, Dixon has 9 meetings in his home state while he will also compete at the Breeders Crown meeting at TABCORP Park, Melton this Saturday night. But he isn’t represented at tomorrow’s meeting at Albion Park while he has three runners engaged at Redcliffe on Wednesday night. And more are expected later this week. So, can he do it? Only time will tell but it’s quite remarkable given Queensland races only five times a week while the odd extra meeting is added here and there but most times the Dixon is not represented at those additional meetings. Many other states race seven days a week while at times, they stage 2 meetings per day. Bottom line, the Dixon numbers are very impressive. On nine occasions, he has prepared 5 or more winners at a meeting. And he’s achieved that feat on three occasions this season, twice at Albion Park (11/11/17 & 12/5/18) and once at Redcliffe (4/4/18). His best effort was 6 winners at a Gold Coast meeting back on June 14, 2013. The watch is on and time is ticking. Chris Barsby

It was a great weekend for Darrel Graham. But overall, it’s been a great year for his stable. The Fernvale horseman landed winners at each of the three meeting staged in the South East; Albion Park on Friday afternoon followed by Kilcoy on Saturday afternoon before backing up at Albion Park later that night. His winners came via Regal Rock, Franco Totem and Springbank Eden. A mixture of pacers and a trotter. Graham is a great supporter of grass track racing and provided plenty of support for the Kilcoy meeting with eight runners for the three events staged. When Franco Totem scored, he led home a first four result for the stable with Ruffalo, Tact Ollie and Itz Pleasurable filling the placings behind him. And it was the same again in the following race, My Mastercraftsman is prepared by Graham’s foreman Adam Sanderson, the talented performer defeated the Graham trained trio of Rory Mach, Mafuta Vautin and Drive The Dream. A quasi result for the Fernvale stable. “We had some luck and got some good results at Kilcoy, it’s always a great day and it’s something different for both horse and driver. It works really well in New Zealand and it’s a different spectacle compared to the traditional way of racing.” Graham said. The victories across the weekend have added to what is the best season for the respected horseman, his tally now sits at 143. Only Grant Dixon has prepared more winners in his home state while he is fourth in the national premiership race with Emma Stewart, Dixon and Kerryann Turner having prepared more winners. While Graham has driven more than 2000 winners, his training results have been equally impressive. Prior to the current term, his hauls have netted him figures of 107, 89, 125, 122 and 131. His best season came during the 2012/13 season before easily eclipsing that mark this year. With time ticking on the current season, can he break into the 150’s? “We’re close now so we’ll give it a go, it would be a major effort to train over 150 winners and there are a lot of people that have played a significant role in that success. You can’t achieve figures like this on your own so I’d like to thank everyone for their help. “Obviously my wife Linda and two daughters Brittany and Stephanie plus Adam (Sanderson) and Jacob (Wallace) have been the backstop; it’s really a team effort with the help of Fev and Dougie. “And the owners have been great too, Dean (Shannon), Jodie (Scott) and Adam (Sofoulis) among many others. As we know, without owners we have no industry.” And he capped his weekend by heading to the EKKA (Royal Queensland Show) with his family watching the trotting action on display. Darrel Graham has trained 2505 winners throughout his career to date. Chris Barsby

The TAB Breeders Crown series – Australasia’s premier futurity – will conclude with an exciting crescendo this Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton. And while this year’s champs will be crowned, it is likely we’ll see the next handful of industry megastars step up and put their names in lights. The winner of the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings’ final is sure to become an idol of the future, such is the depth of talent involved this year. Ignatius is a $3 favourite right now at TAB.com.au with his powerful antagonist Poster Boy marginally ahead of Ride High on the second line of betting at $4.2 versus $4.5. By virtue of the plum gate one barrier draw Brisbane star Colt Thirty One is $5 and Konan – drawn to follow the pride of the sunshine state in eight – is the same price. Trainer Emma Stewart continued her superb season at Bendigo on Saturday night by winning six of eight TAB Breeders Crown Semi-Finals. Stewart’s winners were Pistol Abbey and Speak No Evil in the 3YO fillies, Ride High and Poster Boy in the 3YO colts and geldings, and Centenario and Hurricane Harley in the 2YO colts and geldings. Meanwhile, how about Mark Purdon’s comment that Our Princess Tiffany was “as good as any two-year-old we’ve ever had”? The daughter of Art Major has won eight from eight and will be super short odds onSaturday night in the final. But there’s potential for an upset via Kualoa, who produced a stellar effort in the Semi-Final to finish 5.7m behind the perfect Purdon filly at the weekend. Read more here   Cody Winnell Trots Media

Saturday nights Globe Derby winner Soho Crucio is proving to be a shrewd purchase for her new connections. After hearing a ‘whisper’ the daughter of Art Major could be bought for the right price, South Australian horseman Chris Neilson quickly made the move to have Soho Crucio at his stable. Since the transfer the filly has won her two starts in impressive fashion, including the Two-Year-Old Classic. “I think she will be a fair bit of fun to be involved with,” Neilson said. “She is pretty mature for her age and should hopefully continue to get better. “She has won both her starts for us and you can’t ask for anymore than that.” With popular reinsman Wayne Hill in the cart, Soho Crucio showed good gate speed to lead from barrier three, with the remainder of the 1800-metre trip a formality. Never seriously challenged, the two-year-old scored by four metres from Martys Party, with Eye See Double three metres away third in 1:58.2. “I was very confident with her as I knew she was going to be a big improver since her first run just under two weeks earlier,” Neilson said. “Between her last run for Michael Stanley and her first run for me she had two weeks off and was only in work for about 10 days before I raced her in the Breeders’ Crown heat. “She had an unorthodox build up to the heat, but a much better routine before this.” Predicting the youngster will develop into a handy three-year-old, Neilson plans to give Soho Crucio one more start before sending her for a break. “I will head over to Mildura if the race holds up try to win her Vicbred bonus,” Neilson said. “After that I will give her a long spell. “There is no reason why she won’t come back better again after a break and more time to mature, so that’s the way I will go with her.”   HRSA Media

CHICAGO Bull is Gary Hall Sr’s stable top seed, but rejuvenated veteran My Hard Copy isn’t far behind him. And, if came down to emotional connections, My Hard Copy might even be on top. The rising nine-year-old entire returned from a spell to beat a good field easily and post his 27th career win at Gloucester Park last Friday night. My Hard Copy boasts more than $1.25 million in stakemoney, largely through his two Fremantle Cup wins (2015 and this year),  two WA Cup wins (2015 and 2016) and even a third in a Hunter Cup. “We love him. I hoped hew drew well first-up because his work at home had been so good. He’s come back better than even we think,” Hall Sr said. My Hard Copy drew the pole, Gary Hall Jr used his early speed to lead easily and then kept-up a strong tempo to win without being extended by 3.9m over a gallant Galactic Star, who sat parked, with The Bucket List (behind leader) in third spot. The mile rate was a strong 1min56.7sec, which considering the winter conditions, compared well with the track record 1min54.5sec set by Lazarus on night one of last year’s Perth Inter Dominion. Interestingly, My Hard Copy has beaten home Chicago Bull at two of their past three clashes. While Chicago Bull, who will likely race at Gloucester Park net Friday, will travel to the Victoria Cup in Melbourne then onto the NZ Cup, My Hard Copy is staying home. “I’ll just take him through the free-for-alls here and get ready for another go at the Fremantle and WA Cups,” Hall Sr said. ________________________________________________________________________________________ SHADOW Sax has served his “apprenticeship” and now its time for the big league. Emma Stewart’s exciting open-class player looms as one of the key contenders for races like the Victoria Cup and Melbourne Inter Dominion. Stewart took Shadow Sax through a string of country cup wins this season, but dipped him into the elite company for a second to Soho Tribeca in the Kilmore Cup, a win over the same horse in the Melton Plate and a third in the Ballarat Cup. He’s won 11 of 14 starts this season with the only flop, a mystifying one, being a 12th in the Hunter Cup. Shadow Sax brilliantly won the Horsham Cup on April 22 then had a break before resuming with a no-fuss win in the Minuteman free-for-all at Melton last Friday night. Chris Alford used gate three to lead, cruised through a cosy 47.1sec lead time, steady 61.8sec middle half, the zipped home in 55.8 and 26.9sec to score by 3.5m in a 1min58.3sec mile rate for 2240m. Shadow Sax will back-up in next week’s Breeders Crown Open free-for-all then build towards the Victoria Cup on October 15. ________________________________________________________________________________________ GLAMOUR mare Our Golden Goddess earned a crack at Shadow Sax in the Breeders Crown Open free-for-all after winning the mares’ only version last night. It was closer than punters hoped and expected, but Our Golden Goddess led, smashed the clock and just held-out reigning Ladyship Mile winner Carlas Pixel by a neck. They went a slick 1min53.1sec mile rate for 1650m. ________________________________________________________________________________________ TEAM Tritton bring so many horses across from NZ, it takes something special to standout. A few years back Shane Tritton spruiked a mare called Arms Of An Angel before she had her first run for him and we all know hood good she was before being cutdown by injury at her prime. Tritton beamed similar confidence about a three-year-old Tintin In America gelding called Gods Spirit a before he stepped-out for his first run for the stable at Menangle last Tuesday. Gods Spirit won his only start in NZ for trainer-driver Nicky Chilcott by just a neck at a Manawatu meeting back on December 14, last year. “He went a 1min51sec mile at the (Menangle) trials and it was the first time he’d seen the mobile in seven months,” Tritton said. “He could be a freak.” Gods Spirit ran right up to expectations and his trial when he won his first Aussie run by an increasing 26.3m at Menangle last Tuesday. Despite a cosy 57.6sec first half, the gelding ripped home in staggering splits of 53.4 and 26.5sec for a 1min51sec mile, seemingly with Lauren Tritton just nursing him. No three-year-old has gone faster in Australia this season. ________________________________________________________________________________________ VETERAN mare Lola Jones is becoming quite the giant-killer. Kevin Pizzuto’s rising eight-year-old stormed home to upstage her more highly-fancied rivals in the Group 3 Baby Bling at Menangle last night. The leaders went hard through a 55.3sec first half which set-up the overall 1min51.7sec mile. The hardluck story of the race was classy former WA mare Major Reality, who had no racing room when it mattered at her first run for new trainer Craig Cross.   Adam Hamilton

The trio of Queensland pacers who ventured south chasing the big riches on offer has achieved their first target. Qualifying for the big dance next week. The Grant Dixon trained duo of Colt Thirty One and Red Charmer have made their way into their respective three-year-old finals while rookie filly Betamerica also stamped her ticket for two-year-old fillies final after competing in semi-finals at Bendigo. Pitted against some of the best talent spread throughout Australasia, each performed with distinction and will rightfully take their place in next week’s finals. The finals will be staged at TABCORP Park, Melton next Saturday. Colt Thirty One, starting as the $3 favourite, finished a close-up 5th behind the Emma Stewart trained quartet of Ride High, Konan, Major Times and Tam Major in a time of 1:56.3 for the 2150m event. The time was significantly slower in comparison to the other semi-final won by Poster Boy (Emma Stewart) who ran down race favourite Ignatius in a time of 1:54.2. In the final, Colt Thirty One will start from the coveted inside draw. Last season, Colt Thirty One finished third in the final behind King Of Swing and Poster Boy. Red Charmer finished a tidy 4th after having little racing room over the concluding stages in the semi-final taken out by Pistol Abbey (Emma Stewart). The time was 1:56.7 – slower than Speak No Evil (Emma Stewart) who rated 1:55.2. Red Charmer has drawn gate six in the final. The Gr.1 3yo Finals carry prizemoney of $195,000. Betamerica, having her first start for new trainer Jess Tubbs, finished a handy 4th behind Miss Streisand in a time of 1:58.4. In the other semi-final, unbeaten New Zealand star Our Princess Tiffany rated 1:59.1 The American Ideal filly is still raced by Raboki Pty Ltd, Shannon Price and Scott Miller. Betamerica will start from gate 9 in the $290,000 Final. ** Emma Stewart trained 6 winners throughout the program last night (Saturday).   Racing Queensland  

Tasmania’s superstar pacer Ignatius is through to the IRT Breeders Crown Final after running a sensational second to Poster Boy in his $20,000 Semi-Final tonight at Bendigo. The James Rattray trained and driven dual Group 1 winning three-year-old was forced to sit in the death seat outside the Emma Stewart-trained Tasmanian Derby winner Maraetai. Maraetai kicked on the home corner and led Ignatius by four metres but the Tasmanian champion was in for the fight. “I called on him at the 400-metre mark as the leader sneaked away and he responded like the fighter he is, slowly but surely he was closing the gap on the front-runner and then Chris Alford came with Poster Boy and put his head in front but Ignatius kept coming and he’s only gone down by a half neck,” said James full of admiration. “To cap it off the Semi was run in track record time of 1:54.1 and he never wilted at any stage, it was a courageous effort, he had the seven-hour float trip earlier in the week and he now has another week to acclimatise and ready himself for the Final, the tough run will just top him off nicely.” Leading Victorian trainer Emma Stewart dominated the earlier Semi-Final with her four stable runners filling the first four placings. Ride High made it seven wins from eight career starts, including a win in Launceston on Final night of the Bandox and Glode Derby in May, with a brilliant display accounting for stablemates Konan, Major Times and Tam Major, but the race was run in much slower time than the second Semi recording 1:56.3. “We didn’t get any favours with the barrier draw in the Final starting from three on the second line,” said James. “But both of Emma’s top hopes are drawn out the back as well so it could have been worse, I’m confident he will do us proud in the Final.” The draw for next Saturday nights IRT Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Colts and Geldings Final. 1 Colt Thirty One 2 Tam Major 3 Braeview Bondi 4 Diamonds N Cash 5 Major Times 6 Brackenreid (emerg) 7 Maraetai —–Second row—– 8 Konan 9 Poster Boy 10 Ignatius 11 Duplicated 12 Ride High 13 Alpha Charlie   The Paul Ashwood-trained Max Delight, driven by Rohan Hillier, ran a huge race at odds of $58 when fourth behind Centenario in his Semi Final of the Two-Year-Old Colts and Geldings Division, beaten 10.6-metres.Max Delight has drawn outside the front line in seven for the Final. Shane Yates

Harness racing superstars Poster Boy and Ignatius put on a spectacle in the 3yo Breeders Crown 2nd semi final at Bendigo last night, with only half a neck separating the pair at the end of a record run 2150m.  At the finish Poster Boy after leading up the three wide line over the last lap narrowly edged out a game Ignatius who was forced to sit parked for the entire journey in a sizzling 1-54.2 mile rate. Both horses have drawn the second line in the final of the Breeders Crown series to be run this coming Saturday night, adding even more intrigue into an already fascinating end of series decider for the 3yo pacing colts and geldings.   See the barrier draws below for all divisions courtesy of Harness Racing Victoria. 2YO Trotting Fillies 2YO Trotting Colts And Geldings 3YO Trotting Fillies 3YO Trotting Colts And Geldings 2YO Pacing Fillies 2YO Pacing Colts And Geldings 3YO Pacing Fillies 3YO Pacing Colts And Geldings

With partners Braeden and Caroline Whitelock otherwise occupied at a rugby ground in Sydney, Phil Creighton made a lightning return trip to  Melbourne on Saturday to witness Princess Tiffany score an impressive win in her Breeder's Crown semi-final. He was pleased to hear Mark tell him everything was on schedule for the final next weekend and thrilled when Mark told an interviewer after the race he doubted he had had a better juvenile filly than Princess Tiffany, now unbeaten in eight starts and an emphatic favourite for the BC Final after an authority-stamping end to end victory home in 27.1 "Mark said to me the draw was a wee bit of a worry and he might try for the front rather than end up parked and it worked out well" said Phil who bred the filly's dam, big winner Dancing Diamonds with Stu Gillan and raced her with the Whitelocks. An earlier foal of the mare, Rock Diamonds, bred by the Whitelocks is a good winner in Perth. "I thought I should make the effort to go and see the semi. She is a very special filly. You  love to watch your own horses even if you have to make the effort and Mark's words made it worthwhile. He has had some very smart juvenile fillies, like Dream About Me and many more" Phil, who also races Ultimate Machete a G1 winner in Australia this season,  has since lost Asabella the dam of Dancing Diamonds whose two previous foals had been smart pacer Code Red and the high class pacer Ohoka's Bondy. Phil and wife Margaret have recently cut back on their commercial breeding interests but Princess Tiffany will be claiming a lot of his attention for some time.   Courtesy of All Stars Racing Stables   View the video here!   2 5:34pm ALWAYS B MIKI ALABAR BREEDERS CROWN SERIES 21 (2YO FILLIES) (1ST SEMI-FINAL) 2150M $20,000 2YO Fillies. RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 OUR PRINCESS TIFFANY NZ      Fr4 4 Mark Purdon Mark Purdon   $ 1.50 fav  PRS GS L 1 SWAB   BAY FILLY 2 by ART MAJOR USA out of DANCING DIAMONDS (NZ) (BETTORS DELIGHT USA)  Owner(s): B J Whitelock, C J Whitelock, P J Creighton, M C Creighton  Breeder(s): B J Whitelock, C J Whitelock 2 KUALOA      Fr3 3 Emma Stewart Chris Alford 5.70 $ 3.00   RRAS LCD B LCRT 4 3 SWIMSUIT EDITION      Fr1 1 Emma Stewart Mark Pitt 11.30 $ 11.10   RRAS WI 2 4 ENCHANTED STRIDE      Fr7 7 David Miles David Miles 14.10 $ 33.00   PRS GS INC 6 5 LARAJAY MACRAY      Sr1 8 Jess Tubbs Greg Sugars 17.70 $ 35.30   5 RR SHO 6 MY GIRL PEARL      Fr2 2 Ahmed Taiba Monique Burnett 17.90 $ 76.70   GS 3 7 MY ANNA RANI      Fr5 5 Roy Roots Jnr Kima Frenning 19.90 $ 79.80   RES 8 8 ROSIE SAMBROSIE      Fr6 6 Chris Svanosio Chris Svanosio 35.10 $ 150.00   RAS 9 9 ILLAWONG ASTRO      Sr2 9 Jodi Quinlan Craig Demmler 61.60 $ 215.00   7 TIRE NAT Scratchings   NO WIN NO FEED 10 Track Rating: GOOD Gross Time: 2:39:2 Mile Rate: 1:59:1 Lead Time: 39.5 First Quarter: 32.5 Second Quarter: 31.6 Third Quarter: 28.4 Fourth Quarter: 27.2 Margins: 5.7m x 5.6m  

IT DIDN’T take an Australian Pacing Gold graduate long to make its way into the winners’ circle during tonight’s Breeders’ Crown semi-finals. In fact, a filly purchased at the 2016 Sydney Sale captured the opening event on the card. Prepared by premier horsewoman Emma Stewart and driven by in-form reinsman Mark Pitt, Pistol Abbey proved too slick for her rivals to book her berth in next week’s Group One Final. After enjoying the perfect one-one trip from barrier two, the daughter of Western Terror was angled to the pegs around the home turn before finishing stoutly along the sprint lane. Rating 1:56.7 over 2150 metres, the three-year-old stretched her record to four wins and four placings from 12 starts for earnings of $61,990. Pistol Abbey captured her Breeders’ Crown heat at Shepparton 10 days ago when first-up since last February. “After getting a good trip like that she was always going to be hard to hold out,” Stewart said. “It was a good drive from Mark and the filly hit the line well. “That was only her second run from a six-month break and will top her off perfectly for the Final. “Without knowing the draw, but all things being even, she will be hard to beat in the Final.” APG Media

NEXT year’s Chariots Of Fire at Menangle will be the main aim for exciting new pacer Gods Spirit. The New Zealand-bred gelding made his Australian debut at Menangle on Tuesday leading all the way and rating the mile in 1:51.0. Trainers Shane and Lauren Tritton could not contain their excitement when the son of Tintin In America produced his final two quarters in 26.9 and 26.5 seconds. That was Gods Spirit’s second start. “He just has untapped potential,” said Shane. “It’s been a long time coming, we’ve worked him right up from a spell and we’ve pretty much known he’s been good from day one so it’s been pretty hard to hold him back. “But it’s good to get the first one out of the way and look forward to things to come.” This victory made Gods Spirit the fastest three-year-old in Australia for the season, eclipsing Ignatius’ winning time in the Alabar Breeders Challenge Final by three-tenths of a second. “I’m very aware that there are a lot of horses in his so called category like Ignatius, so if he’s going to be really good he’s going to find stiff competition but I’m very excited,” said Shane. “He’s one of the purist speed horses I’ve ever trained, it will be interesting to see what he does when he is fully wound up.” Gods Spirit made his racing debut in New Zealand last December, where he won at Manawatu in a mile rate of 2:03.8. And Tuesday was his first race start since then. “One of the things the owner said is give this horse time, he could be pretty special and we’ve done that and he was 100 per cent right,” said Shane. “He’s very exciting and we’re just trying to not get too ahead of ourselves.” The Chariots Of Fire is the only race earmarked for this impressive pacer at this stage. “The Chariots is the only one we’re aiming at, the rest of it is just him trying to learn how to race,” said Shane. “He’ll predominately stay at Menangle and race over the miles which he relaxed quite well today (Tuesday) which he hasn’t done a lot of his career. “If he can relax that maybe opens a few more doors. “Today was good just to see him get to the track and do what we thought he could do.” Team Tritton will be keeping a close eye on some of Gods Spirit’s potential rivals this Saturday in Semi-Finals of the Breeders Crown in Victoria. The likes of Colt Thirty One and The Black Prince will clash in one of the qualifiers at Bendigo while Ignatius and Poster Boy will go head-to-head in the other.   AMANDA RANDO | MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

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Deb and Chris Lewis may have found a diamond in the rough! Their 3yo filly set to debut this week after a solid Pinjarra trial performance was destined to become a family pet before finally showing some spark in the gig. Watch the full interview here   Ken Casellas
HARNESS Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry on Thursday 9 August 2018 into licensed driver Mr Leigh Sutton recording an alcohol concentration in excess of 0.02% on a breath analyser at the time he presented to drive at the Bathurst harness meeting on Sunday 29 July 2018. Mr Sutton pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 250(1)(a) as follows: AHHR 250. (1) A driver commits an offence if:- (a) A sample taken from him is found upon analysis to contain a substance banned by Rule 251, AHHR 251. The following substances and/or their metabolites, artifacts, and isomers are declared as banned substances in drivers when present in a urine sample (unless otherwise stated) at a concentration above the applicable cut-off level:- (c) All diuretics (0μg/L): Probenecid: (0μg/L): Alcohol (at a concentration in excess of 0.02% on a breath analyser): Mr Sutton’s driver’s licence was wholly suspended for a period of six months to commence from 29 July 2018, the date upon which he was stood down. Mr Sutton was also provided with an opportunity to have the suspension reduced to five months if he completed sessions with an alcohol counsellor approved by HRNSW. Mr Sutton was informed that an application would be considered by HRNSW Stewards for him to return to trackwork two weeks prior to the end of the relevant suspension period. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following: Mr Sutton’s first offence for such matter; Seriousness of the offence; The concentration of alcohol recorded being 0.095%; Mr Sutton’s guilty plea, licence history, personal and financial subjective facts.   Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 33 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by a Board of Directors and is independent of Government. To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gadams@hrnsw.com.au
David Thompson is banking on the guile and skill of champion reinsman Gavin Lang to help Mandy Joan overcome an awkward barrier draw in the Breeders Crown final at Melton on Saturday. Thompson admits Mandy Joan will have her work cut out to win after drawing barrier five, but takes comfort that he relies on Lang to drive her in the Group 1 feature race for two-year-old fillies. “We didn’t draw that good, but she is very well,” Thompson told Tabradio. “We will rely on a bit of luck to get across or get in somewhere. “The barrier is what it is and we can’t do anything about that.” Thompson said Mandy Joan had come through her semi-final run at Bendigo last week in good order, running a solid fifth from barrier seven behind Miss Streisand. The Byford-based trainer believes Mandy Joan has thrived since travelling east. “I’m sure she is no worse,” Thompson said. “Her work is good and I’m really happy with her. “She is eating up and everything. “She is going really good and Gavin is happy with her work.” Thompson believes Our Princess Tiffany poses the biggest threat to Mandy Joan. From the powerful Mark Purdon stable, the Art Major filly is unbeaten from eight career starts. “She has drawn barrier six and I don’t know if there is anything that wants to hold her out,” Thompson said. “And I don’t know if Gavin (Lang) will want to come out underneath her.” Thompson says Mandy Joan’s path to the Breeders final has been supported by two of his training contempories in Perth. “We had a few dramas getting her going,” Thompson said. “She went really good at Byford, but when we get to the races she would go rough. “I couldn’t work it out but Ross Oliveri at the trials gave me something to try out. “That helped no end and then I was talking to Glen Elliot. “He said with his Art Major she didn’t go good until he took the head check off. “Both of them have been a big help to me.” Julio Santarelli
Major Secret, a Group winner in three States and one of the best performed sons of supersire Art Major, will stand at one of South Australia’s best known breeding establishments, Allenby Lodge Stud for proprietors Steve and Teresa Norman this season. His service fee is $1,500 including GST. Major Secret was a top racehorse from a juvenile through to cup class, winning in Group and Listed company from two to seven years. From only 53 starts he recorded 22 wins and 15 placings, for earnings of $464,872 – an impressive total for a brief career. He ran second in the $54,000 Southern Cross 2YO Final at only his second start and won the $50,000 Tasmania Cup in Hobart in one of his final outings before succumbing to a fetlock injury. As a two-year-old Major Secret won five of his nine starts, highlighted by a win in the $100,000 Vicbred Super Series Final, defeating Hectorjayjay, Messini and co. His other successes at 2 included a heat of the Australian Breeders Crown (5th in the final) and heats of the Vicbred and Southern Cross. At three he crowned his career with a world record-breaking win in the $200,000 NSW Derby, covering the 2400 metres journey in 2:52.4, a mile rate of 1:55.6 while leaving Bling It On, Isaiah and Major Crocker in his wake. He also picked up another Vicbred heat and finished third in a Victoria Derby heat. Following a nine month let-up, Major Secret made a clean sweep of the time-honoured Central Victorian Championship before embarking on a highly successful open age career. Possessed of strength and stamina, the entire showed his liking for long distances, winning the $70,000 Horsham Cup in a 1:55.7 rate over 2700 metres to smash the track record by an amazing 2.4 seconds, the Geelong Cup (2570m), the Italian Cup (2240m) at Melton and Tasmania Cup (2579m). A magnificent individual, Major Secret is also quality young horse bred on a classic cross of blood – that of Art Major his sire and Safely Kept his maternal sire. Art Major, sire of Major Secret, is Australia’s leading sire and broodmare sire of two-year-olds. A champion pacer himself, with a record of 1:48.8, Art Major was the USA and Canada 3YO Pacing Colt of the Year and Aged Pacing Male of the Year and ran up a then record tally of $3,273,217 to the end of his four-year-old racing. On his dam’s side, Major Secret belongs to a family which has distinguished itself by the number of fine juveniles it has produced. His own dam, Secret Life (1:58.6), a winner at Moonee Valley and Gloucester Park, has thrown seven winners from seven foals, five of whom took records of better than 2:00, including a crack racemare in Beauty Secret 1:52.4 ($425,921), Vanderley (1:54.2) and Perfect Life (1:58). Secret Life is also the grand-dam of the Southern Cross Final winners That’s Perfect (1:56.6) and Perfect Look (1:53), the Melton winner Striking Beauty (1:54.7), and others in Seaside Beauty (1:55.7), Paintball (1:54.4) and Stay And Play (1:55.5). Secret Life ranked as a half-sister to the Southern Cross winners Lovelist 1:53.2 ($222,889)  Punch Line (1:54.2) and Royal Crime 1:55.7 ($100,753), being out of Lifeline, by Classic Garry from the broodmare gem Larrakeyah Lady (by Windshield Wiper). Larrakeyah Lady, a Group 1 winner herself, became the dam of nine individual winners including the A. G. Hunter Cup and SA Cup winner Safe And Sound ($990,006), Gold Rocket ($393,387), Massarua ($282,692) and The Good Times ($201,024), all top performers. Rocknroll Magic, a Vicbred and Breeders Crown champion, Exciteusinthecity, Starburst Girl, Ample Power and a capable young pacer in Ride High are a line up of smart performers from the same family as Major Secret. The Larrakeyah Lady tribe is one of the most highly prized in Australia today. Major Secret is a young stallion with the bloodlines, racing performance and conformation to commend him to the most discriminating breeder anywhere in Australia and his acquisition by Allenby Lodge ranks as one of the greatest boosts to the SA breeding scene for many years. Peter Wharton
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