Day At The Track
Governor Jujon,Harness racing

Stars on show for carnival features

Star Queensland three-year-old Governor Jujon fined tuned his preparation for next week’s Gr.2 $50,660 Garrrards South East Derby with a sparkling trial at Albion Park last night (Friday). The Grant Dixon trained and driven colt led throughout in the 1660m public trial in a time of 1:53.9. He paced sectionals of 27.7, 31.1, 27.8 and 27.4 seconds. Governor Jujon scored by a widening margin of 22.5m defeating former New Zealand pacer Jive and Convair Hustler. “It was a nice trial; I needed to give him a decent hit-out before next week and he was comfortable doing that so hopefully he’s ready because it’s hard to gain a race start with his rating.” Dixon said. The John Mammino owned pacer has not started since winning the Gr.3 $35,550 Redcliffe Yearling Series Final on June 19. A winner of 9 of his 13 starts this term; Governor Jujon has already feature race trophies following victories in the Gr.2 $50,000 Simpson Memorial at Menangle, Gr.2 $50,660 QBRED Triad Final and the $21,170 APHRC Members Cup. Governor Jujon was a runner-up behind Line Up in the Gr.1 $200,000 Victoria Derby following a heat victory. Last start Breeders Classic winner Big Wheels also stepped out in a trial and finished second behind Amarone in a time of 2:01.6. The gelded son of A Rocknroll Dance is being readied for the Gr.1 $100,550 QBRED Triad Final on the final night of the Albion Park winter carnival, July 25. Prepared by Chantal Turpin, Big Wheels is the winner of 2 races from 6 starts to date. And quality trotter Majestic Simon also looked sharp winning a 2138m stand start trial easily defeating Shegotsass and Il Pirata in a time of 2:03.8. The Chantal Turpin trained performer started from a handicap of 50m. Il Pirata made a break at the home turn. Over the next two weeks, Majestic Simon will contest the Gr.3 $21,270 Trotters Cup and the Gr.3 $25,770 Queensland Trotters Cup.   Chris Barsby

Dayle Brown,Harness racing

Update on HRV response to COVID-19

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) CEO Dayle Brown jumped online with Paul Campbell earlier tonight to provide the latest update on Victorian trots’ response to COVID-19. Watch the video below. HRV is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation daily. A full list of HRV protocols can be viewed by clicking here. HRV has set up a specific industry participant welfare hotline (03) 9214 0663, which is operated from 8.30am-5pm Monday to Friday. Follow @TheTrotsComAU on social media and HRV on Facebook for more news.   Media enquiries: cwinnell@hrv.org.au     Harness Racing Victoria  

The Harness Trading Ring (HTR) NZ

New way to sell your horse at no cost

In what is great news for New Zealand Harness Racing, the Friday 10th July 2020.  The Harness Trading Ring (HTR) NZ is the only free website available to buy and sell all things harness racing including racehorses, broodmares, gear, floats, properties, kidz kartz, memorabilia and even rehoming and retired horses.  Following the success of the Harness Trading Ring Australia (which receives on average 7,500 page views per day and is growing rapidly) the Harness Trading Ring New Zealand has been developed to provide the same, free classifieds service to NZ harness racing participants. The HTR website was the brain child of Joanne Andersen (also a co-founder of Bred In The Blue with John Coffey), when the Australian harness.org.au Trading Ring decided to close their free classified service, that was at the time, used by the majority of Harness Racing participants in Australia. Joanne established a partnership with website designer, Karen Kemp who developed the site which was launched on 1 November 2020 www.harnesstradingring.com.au  The HTR AUS website is receiving great feedback from sellers, with many listings selling within hours of being posted.  Participants find the site easy to use and have the ability to upload up to three images per advertisement, which is a fabulous selling point. All advertisements are approved by the Site Administrators to ensure they comply with guidelines and contain the necessary information/contact details.  The HTR NZ website will operate the same basis as the Australian site – users simply go to www.harnesstradingring.nz.co :  1. Register 2. Upload your advertisement (with or without images) 3. Submit – it’s that easy. Administrators approve listings twice daily (am & pm) so your advertisement will go live within hours of posting. Once your item is sold, you have the ability to login and remove the ad from the website so you don’t receive further calls/emails.  All negotiations are done between the buyer & seller – we take no commissions!!!  In order to keep the service free for participants, businesses are able to buy banner advertisements which appear on every page of the website. We are currently offering discounted introductory advertising rates to businesses (contact us today for further information harnesstradingring@gmail.com) If any studs, trainers, feed merchants etc are interested in advertising, contact us and we will be happy to discuss.  Let’s hope www.harnesstradingring.co.nz becomes as popular as the Australian website - which will benefit all in the industry. If you have any enquires or require further information, contact Joanne Andersen on (AUS) 0011 61 414 936663  

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Weekly Spotlight on Breeding

Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound WA Gold Bracelet winner Just For Love, the season’s latest two-year-old classic winner, in beating a useful field in the $30,000 WA Gold Bracelet, gives the impression that she could develop into one of next season’s top three-year-olds. Sold for a modest $17,000 at the 2019 APG Perth sale, Just For Love is a strongly built filly by Mach Three from Harper Grace, who had a record of 1:55.5 and won three races at Gloucester Park and $47,185. Harper Grace is a Grinfromeartoear mare from Tiz Herself (2:01.4), by Exotic Earl from the Dale’s Gift mare Laurick’s Pride, who established a great winning line for Bendigo breeder Rick Hasty. She left 14 individual winners including the Vicbred 3YO champion Her Sparky Self 1:58.8 ($221,271), a sister to Tiz Herself, the Victorian country cups winners Robric Jonboy and Send Me A Dream and the Gawler Cup winner Robyn’s Boy, all $100,000 earners. Harper Grace is a half-sister to a top Victorian juvenile in Bus To Harland 1:55.6 ($317,869), the winner of 17 races including the APG Final, the Melton winners Majestic Cruiser (1:55.4) and Eljulio (1:55.9) and Jo Louleonie (2:00.6), who, in turn, is the dam of Magic In Her Moves 1:57.9 (7 wins to date). This is the family which produced Yejele Hammer, winner of last year’s Vicbred Super Series 2YO Colts Final, the SA Oaks winner Gem Of Reibey and the NSW Listed winner Katha Me Girl.   Its Back In The Day is cups material   Its Back In The Day, who won the East Versus West Pace Final at Melton and is regarded as cups material of the highest order, is a six-year-old gelding by Washington VC from Bragato, a lightly raced mare in NZ.  Its Back In The Day after winning at Melton with trainer John Nicholson   – Stuart McCormick photo   Its Back In The Day has won 11 of his 22 lifetime starts and $80,190. He is a member of an old-time family, which was represented by the winner of the Westbred 2YO Fillies Classic in Black Jack Baby a week earlier.  Bragato was an Ermis mare from Chipover (2:01.9), by Holmes Hanover from Lucky Chip, by Transport Chip from Luckyship, a mare by Lordship. Chipover was the dam of a useful pacer in Waterhorse (1:55), who won 11 races including Melton. Chipover was a sister to the NZ and US winner Yachi Da (1:55) and a half-sister to the Nelson Winter Cup winner Piper Heidsieck (1:53.4), Mr Williams 1:56.7 ($118,223) and also to Slangevar, a Cameleon mare who left a very smart pacer in Triple Eight 1:55.7 (231,201), the exported Prince Of Pops 1:51.6 ($177,086) and the Albion Park victor Cheers Kathy (1:54.7). In the back removes of Its Back In The Day’s pedigree are pacers of the calibre of Courage Under Fire, the Inter Dominion champion Vedette, Glenferrie Alexis, Hickstead and Mac De Stroyer (1:49.8) and trotters in the same class as Sundon’s Way, Idid It Myway, Any Old Way, Christine Maree, and others.   Soho Burning Love in 1:48.2 Soho Burning Love, who became the fastest ever Australian bred pacer when she clocked 1:48.2 at The Meadowlands last Saturday, is a West Australian bred mare with an interesting and successful family background. Bred by Robert Watson, of Perth she was got by Auckland Reactor from Soho Bordeaux, a mare by the Western Hanover horse Western Terror. Soho Burning Love, who took a record of 1:52.6 as a three-year-old, ran up the tidy score of 12 successes and 16 placings from 43 starts in Australia. Soho Burning Love’s dam, Soho Bordeaux, was a lightly raced mare by Western Terror, a Breeders Crown winner from the Medio family, and who proved a successful sire in both NZ and Australia. Soho Bordeaux is out of a capable racemare in Lombo Portrait, who took a mark of 1:59.9, won 14 races and $94,998 in stakes and became the dam of winners in Soho Monroe (1:57.4, the winner of eight races), Portly Mach (1:57.8) and I Am Posh, and the non-winning Soho Summer, dam of the Tasmanian classic winners Sunny Sanz and Colby Sanz. Lombo Portrait was a Perfect Art mare from the Group 1 winner Lombo Adreamin (1:56.8), by Classic Garry from the good producer My Image NZ, by Windshield Wiper and tracing back through top sires in Overtrick, Light Brigade and U Scott to the Inter Dominion winner Parisienne.  Lombo Adreamin, an Oaks and Breeders Crown winner, was a half-sister to eight winners including the smart racemare Tosca Lombo 1:59.5 ($110,695), Dominate Line (1:57.3), Lombo Pied Piper (1:58) and Carbon Crest (1:59). Persimmon, a half-brother to Soho Burning Love and a NSW Inter City Pacer winner, won in 1:50.2 at The Meadowlands recently and a Captaintreacherous half-brother has been nominated for the 2021 APG Sydney sale. Soho Bordeaux, who is now being bred from by Dubbo breeder Robert Ross, is carrying a positive test to Art Major.   Up and coming youngsters Two of Victoria’s star three-year-old trotters at present, and both recent winners who promise to be a force in the upcoming classics, are the close relatives Illawong Stardust and Cover Of Darkness. Both bred by Martin and Kaye Hartnett are by Muscle Hill and Majestic Son respectively.  Illawong Stardust, a placegetter in last year’s Breeders Crown, is out of the Sundon mare Lunar Landing, who left the outstanding square-gaiters Spidergirl Tr 1:56.8 ($317,657) and Illawong Armstrong Tr 1:56 ($230,652), both Breeders Crown champions. Illawong Moonshine Tr 1:58.1 (10 wins), a sister to Spidergirl, ranks as the dam of Cover Of Darkness, who is unbeaten in three attempts so far, and the two-year-old winner Illawong Moonbeam. Lunar Landing was by the Arndon horse Sundon (13 times leading trotting sire) from Maorimoon, by Entrepreneur from the Red Coach Glory mare Maori’s Glory, a granddaughter of Maori Miss, who founded the greatest family of trotters in Australia today.   Illegal Immigrant on top  Illegal Immigrant, who overcame a 20 metre handicap to win at Launceston, has now won 19 races and is rated as one of Tasmania’s top stayers.  Illegal Immigrant                                                --Peter Staples photo   He ranks as a seven-year-old half-brother by American Ideal to the prolific Perth winner Condrieu 1:51.5 ($269,520), the Albion Park winner Intrepid Traveller (1:54.8) and to Weka Lass (2:01.5), the dam of the top flight Victorian mare Reciprocity 1:53 ($158,400). Their dam, Oaxaca Lass, had a record of 1:55.8, won 19 races and $426,585 in stakes and was one of NZ’s most outstanding racemares of her time. She was by Holmes Hanover from Ismay, by Ok Bye from Catarina, by Smooth Fella from Cedar Myth, by the NZ Cup winner True Averil and tracing to the noted taproot Tondeleyo. Oaxaca Lass was a sister to the good NZ and US winner Another Homer 1:52.2 ($243,116) and a half-sister to Ides Of May (by Albert Albert), the dam of the Ian Daff Memorial winner Victoria May, who took her record of 1:51 in America, and U May Cullect (1:52.2). Another half-sister, On The Prowl (by Jaguar Spur), became the dam of the Listed Menangle winner Midnight Prowler 1:53.6 ($129,253) and recent Albion Park winners The Doorman (1:53.2) and The Cruise Missile (1:54.2).   Brothers win at Shepparton The unusual feat of full brothers winning on the same program was recorded at Shepparton recently with the three-year-old Kyvalley Senator and the four-year-old Kyvalley Chief. Both are by the Muscles Yankee horse Muscle Hill (the top sire of straightout trotters). Love Ya Doosie, the dam of Kyvalley Senator and Kyvalley Chief, was out of a capable trotter in Sheezadoosie, who had a record of 2:04.2 and won seven. Besides Love Ya Doosie, she was also the dam of the dual Inter Dominion Trotting champion and NZ Trotter of the Year I Can Doosit Tr 1:55.5 ($1.3million) and the Group winner Sno’s Big Boy Tr 1:58.4 ($215,308). Love Ya Doosie was out of the American-bred mare Becalm Lobell (Tr 2:06.3), the dam of nine winners including a smart NZ trotter in Golden Blend Tr 1:55 ($305,911), Dipendra (Tr 1:58.8) and the Dream Vacation mare Big O E (Tr 2:07.2), who, in turn, left the Breeders Crown 4YO Final Aldebaran Ay M (Tr 1:58.8) and Aldebaran Southland (12 wins).   Blue blooded filly Lillies, who broke maiden ranks at the Albion Park midweek meeting, is a two-year-old filly who can claim some worthwhile blood. By Roll With Joe, by Cam’s Card Shark from Classic Wish, by Armbro Emerson, she is out of the Christian Cullen mare Save Me Christian (1:57), a half-sister to the million dollar winners Miss Galvinator (1:50.6) and Fleur De Lil (1:51.4), Our Galvinator 1:51.4 ($643,243) and Epaulette 1:50.6 ($376,775). Their dam, French Flair (2:00.6), won 14 races and was the dam of eight winners. Others from French Flair have been Living It On (2:01.2), Parisian Pearl and Flair For Life, the dam of recent Melton winner American Zest 1:53.8 ($118,853). Lillies ranks as a half-sister to the good Menangle and Albion Park winner Fortyeighthenson 1:54.5 (121,159).   Three wins in a week! The Elsu four-year-old Areuohkay won three races at Globe Derby Park in the space of a week. The gelding, who commenced racing as a two-year-old and had been winless from 36 attempts before breaking through in May, has now won four races. Bred by former AFL footballer Jeff Hogg, Areuohkay is out of the unraced Armbro Operative mare Jagged Lady, a sister to the South Australian Derby winner Jagged Knight 1:55.8 ($185,912). Their dam, Royal Franco (by Holmes Hanover), left four winners and was a granddaughter of the broodmare gem Roydon Dream, the dam of the high class NZ pacers in Roydon Glen and Roydon Scott.   Broodmare double The Talk About Class mare Lady Joy, a former Australian Broodmare of the Year, left winners on consecutive nights in Canada recently. General Joy, a six-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere, won at Woodbine Mohawk Park in 1:51.6, while his younger brother Premier Joy scored at Grand River Raceway in 1:53.8. Premier Joy won again at Grand River in 1:54. Lady Joy is the dam of eight winners - all inside 2:00 – from 11 foals of racing age and they have amassed more than $1.8 million in prizemoney. The best of her progeny is the triple Derby winner and two-year-old mile record holder Captain Joy 1:51.4.   by Peter Wharton  

A member of Victoria's legendary Gath family is on the cusp of making a return to harness racing ranks. Accomplished former reinsman Glenn, 47, is a son of champion trainer Neville and grandson of one of the Australian great, the (late) wily George, has had a comeback on his mind for quite a while. "Up until a few months ago, I was working at Lloyd Williams' racehorse-training complex, Macedon Lodge. I was in charge of the feed room, but I'd also get called on to tack on shoes and other day-to-day stuff that came up," Glenn said. "I absolutely loved it. I was there for 10 years and had a ball. If Lloyd and his son Nick didn't decide to 'put the cue in the rack' and put the property on the market, I'd probably still be there," he said. But Glenn wouldn't be a Gath if the lure of harness racing didn't linger. "I honestly did still think about harness racing a fair bit while I was at work," he said. "I think I missed the competitiveness of it. If you're in a big race, or even a little race, it's a pleasure to be there and of course there's the adrenaline rush. I really did enjoy driving." Gath said when the Williams father-and-son team decided to shut down the stable last December, most of the staff were made redundant. "That certainly made the decision for me to return to harness racing. I'd had itchy fingers to make a comeback- now I'm ready to go and looking forward to it," he said. "I'm paid up and just need to pass a medical, which is hard to do at the moment because of the coronavirus pandemic. Hopefully in the next month or so l'll get something sorted out." Gath is the youngest in a family line that oozes just so much talent in the harness racing industry. Glenn Gath His brothers Phillip and David were both success stories in training and driving, while Peter showed he had an eye for a nice horse, owning a number of smart ones. And, of course, Andy is one of the current leading Australian trainers, forming a lethal combination with his wife Kate, an extraordinary driver. Both Neville Gath and his brother Brian are Hall of Famers, along with their father George; and Brian's son Matthew, a trainer and driver, completes the remarkable family story. Glenn said while his last winner was back in May of 2012, he'd had only occasional drives since then with two or three "steers" in 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons. "I always put Macedon Lodge and Lloyd first. I got along well with him. My job required a 5am start and it was seven days a week with a few afternoons off when it worked out," he said. "I'm sure Lloyd wouldn't mind me telling the story of when I first started there, and I was learning the ropes. I mentioned to him that I was driving a pacer at Melton that night for my brother Andy. He told me he would remind his butler to put the race on and watch it. "Well it didn't turn out all that great and we ran sixth or seventh. The following day I was told that the feed room was my area of work and Lloyd had given me a $20,000 rise. I don't know to this day if he felt sorry for me, but it was a generous gesture! "And from then, each year I got a small rise. But I think Lloyd knew not to get involved with pacers!" Lloyd Williams won four Melbourne Cups with Efficient (2007), Green Moon (2012), Almandin (2016) and Rekindling (2017) and Glenn said being at Macedon Lodge for a number of the wins was a highlight. "Just to see the huge amount of work that went into it and to be associated with a couple of cup winners was something I won't ever forget," he said. The 120-hectare Macedon Lodge ranks as one of the best training establishments in the Southern Hemisphere. It can accommodate up to 100 horses, boasts more than 15 kms of tracks for training as well as a 75 metre horse pool. There's also 75 boxes, 25 grass day yards and 20 spelling paddocks. Gath and his partner Virginia Brosnan, a well-known and respected veterninary surgeon employed by Garrard's Horse and Hound, have been dabbling in the horse breeding side in recent years. "I may try my hand at training one or two, but I'll keep breaking-in the babies which is something I really enjoy," he said. Official statistics show that Gath has driven 297 winners, while as a trainer, he's prepared 79 winners and 159 placegetters for stakes of $395,000. "It will be interesting to see if I've still got it-hopefully I have," he laughed.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura Web: www.newsalertpr.com.au Twitter: https://twitter.com/newsalertpr

Buyers looking to take advantage of the increased opportunities for young trotting stock will find a couple of gems at the Mixed Standardbred Online Auction, to be conducted by Darren Ebert & Co from July 17 to 19. The offering includes two weanling colts by the world champion square-gaiter Sebastian K Tr 1:49 ($2.9 million), one out of the American-bred Jessie Bessie and the other from the Love You mare Feona Joy NZ. A weanling filly from the first crop of the former top American juvenile Centurion ATM Tr 1:53.4 ($731,374) from Lucky Love NZ (by Love You) will also go up for auction.  There’s a wide selection of pacers for sale as well including racehorses, young untried stock, yearlings, weanlings and broodmares.  The list of going stock is headed up by last year’s QBred Breeders Classic 2YO Final winner Amaya Becomes, the Albion Park winners Uncle Shank, Feel The Reign and Captain Thunderbolt NZ, today’s Redcliffe winner Melton Max Gentle, and Doolittle Di, a younger sister to Queensland’s champion three-year-old Governor Jujon. Other two and three-year-olds are by highly promising young sires such as Boom Boom Hall, Quality Cam and Melton Gunna. The broodmare contingent includes the Presidential Ball mare Presidential Night, the dam of three in 2:00 including Uncle Shank and Hedges Avenue, the Ultimate Falcon mare Flirt Takes Flight, a half-sister to six winners, and the successful Chiola Hanover mare Hiona Mountain NZ, who is carrying a positive test to Sebastian K. Bidding will open on Friday, July 17 at 10am and close on Sunday, July 19 at 4pm. Bids can be registered by logging on to the website www.darrenebertauctioneer.com.au and following the link to Elite Auctions. Further information from Darren Ebert on phone 0410 688 176 or email ebertancoauctioneer@bigpond.com   by Peter Wharton

Kima Frenning has given a unique insight into what its like to sit in the sulky behind some of the hottest property in Australasian trots, Ride High. The talented reinswoman joined Trots Talk this week to reflect on the Clayton Tonkin-trained five-year-olds stunning return to racing, when in consecutive runs at Tabcorp Park Melton he obliterated rivals and posted extraordinary times. "The feel he gives you is just crazy," Frenning said. "I haven't asked him to go yet, I just give his head a tiny little bit and off he goes. "The way he does it is so fascinating, because you go 29 (second) quarters and it feels like you go 33 (second) quarters, because he just does it so easily. When you let him rip and he rips off a 52 or 53 (second) last half it's just insane. I've never felt anything like that. "He's just a complete racehorse. He's got the speed, he's strong, the way he covers ground is insane. He's really well gaited." HEAR MORE FROM KIMA FRENNING IN THIS WEEK'S TROTS TALK: Trots Media - Harness Racing · Trots Talk: Kima Frenning on Ride High   Harness Racing Victoria

Samantha Davison is looking forward to proudly displaying a photo of last week’s Kilmore winner, Nightmares, on her office wall. Racing Victoria’s Equine Welfare Officer was more than a little chuffed to have played a role in the four-year-old gelding’s debut success for Cranbourne trainer Charlie Wootton and his partner Viv Tomren. Davison is a passionate life-after-racing supporter and, in addition to working with off-the-track thoroughbreds, has a genuine soft spot for standardbreds. Her personal herd includes eight-year-old pacing mare Quirky, who was an abject racing failure, notching just one placing from 17 starts before transitioning to a new life under saddle. It was an RV associate, however, who asked her to “have a play” with an immature three-year-old Roll With Joe gelding, who had had a preparation with a race trainer but was considered too weak and slow to make the grade at that stage. “The idea was that I’d get him going under saddle and fill in a bit of time while he grew into himself and hopefully improved,” she explained. While in her care, Davison offered the horse known affectionately as 'Duke' to Tomren, who was planning a trip with the iconic Snake Island Cattlemen’s Association and needed to improve her riding fitness. “I borrowed him for six weeks to get myself back in the saddle and he was just so nice to ride and have around,” Tomren recalled. “He was so quiet and easy going for a three-year-old, we’d lead horses off him while I was riding and in the cart and nothing bothered him. “He seemed to move quite nicely too, so we made a few inquiries and the owners agreed that we could give him a go.” One promising trial sparked the stable’s optimism, but a subsequent disappointing effort convinced them the horse needed more time and he was turned out for a spell. This preparation, Nightmares had a single trial, which obviously captured the attention of punters who sent him out a $2.90 favorite for his race track debut over 2190 metres with Chris Alford in the sulky. “I went out to see him work before his win and he looked like he was going quite nicely,” Davison said. “But it was so awesome to see him do it on race day. He’s such a sweet horse, still a big baby in many ways, but really kind and funny.” While Tomren is reserved about Duke’s long-term racing prospects, she acknowledges the horse is still a largely unknown quantity. “He’s such a laid-back character, he hasn’t really learned how to let down yet. He takes a while to get wound-up on the track but he seems to be able to keep going once he does. “Regardless of how far he goes, he is already guaranteed to have a lovely life-after-racing, he’s just so chilled even though he has plenty of character. “The horse doesn’t have an evil bone in his body and is going to make someone very happy when he retires – I could definitely see him as a Riding for the Disabled mount, or even a Clerk of the Course." Nightmares will have his next outing at Cranbourne this Sunday in a 51 to 54 grade race.   HRV HERO - Tanya McDermott

Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park features the running of the Group 1 $100,000 2YO Golden Slipper (2130m). Most members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have found their best bets in other races, but longshot guru Pat Harding has made Black Jack Baby, the only filly in the Slipper, as his star bet for the night. “After a very tough night last Friday at GP, punters and tipsters alike are looking to fightback,” Harding said. “My best bet of the night comes up in the Golden Slipper. In my view Black Jack baby is the best two-year-old in the State and coming out of barrie two I think she will continue on her merry way and make it four wins in a row.” Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft believe Cyclone Banner can record an all-the-way victory in the third race on the card. “Race three at Gloucester Park on Friday night abounds with pacers blessed with excellent gate speed and splendid frontrunning capabilities,” Casellas said. “And I’m tipping that Cyclone Banner will be able to take full advantage of the No. 1 barrier and turn the tables on Infatuation. I am expecting Cyclone Banner will be able to defy any early challenges from fellow four-year-olds Infatuation, American Delight and While They Pray, and I’m happy to make him my best bet.” And Havercroft agrees. “Cyclone Banner is drawn to repeat his success of two starts ago and is undefeated in Western Australia when starting from the inside gate,” Havercroft said. “He stuck on well to run third last week when unable to cross Infatuation at the start, but the draw is reversed this week making Cyclone Banner the one to beat.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning has opted for smart squaregaiter Mr Sundon as his best bet. “Victorian import Mr Sundon appears to have a class edge in the trotters event after seven wins from 11 starts since his WA arrival late last year,” Manning said. “He has not raced for more than three months, but boosted his fitness with a third at Pinjarra trials last Sunday. He is adding to a list of wins by horses that Melbourne owner Merv Butterworth has sent to trainer Ross Olivieri.” TABradio’s Hayden King believes the speedy Lord Rosco can bring his winning country form to town. “Lord Rosco should sizzle off the mobile and I think he can find the lead,” King said. “If he does lead, he won't be stopped. He has been untouchable recently.” Media Guild president Wayne Currall is keen on Gee Jay Kay in race two. “Gee Jay Kay has been a non-winner of late,” Currall said. “The four-year-old gelding hasn’t saluted since November last year, but this race appears to map well for him. He’s drawn handily in gate three, should relish the longer trip and has champion reinsman Chris Lewis in the gig.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart has made Mandy Joan his best for the night. “On what looks a good night for the No. 1 saddlecloth, Mandy Joan appeals as the standout of the night,” Wishart said. “Drops in class and is better drawn. Should lead and win easily.” VALUE BETS PAT: My value bet comes up in race three with No. 5 Infatuation. Despite an excellent win last week he is at a good price this week. I believe he can make it five wins from six starts and give punters a nice return. KEN: For value, I suggest Stephen Reed’s speedy Lord Rosco in race seven, a 1730m sprint. Lord Rosco continues to excel on South-West tracks, impressing with his sparkling gate speed and as a freewheeling pacesetter. RYAN: In the same race as my best bet, Anime will drop in behind Cyclone Banner and will get the perfect chance to follow the favourite and run into the placings. ERNIE: Tuas Delight has won only once from his past nine starts, but is holding a place in Gary Hall’s strong stable and another victory could be imminent. The gelding has drawn better than when he ran seventh last Friday night. HAYDEN: Our Rhythm N Blues started near enough to favourite last run and could be at long odds this time. He breezed and stuck it out valiantly on that occasion. He doesn't win often but will be in the mix. WAYNE: Euphoric Moment appeared to have every chance last start when finishing a disappointing fourth. However, this horse isn’t a sit and sprint type - he takes time to wind up and can motor home off a hot hot pace. Can surprise at big odds. WARREN: Lord Rosco is on the quick back up after an impressive win at Bunbury on Tuesday. His early speed will put him in a forward position and the indicative price of $9 is most appealing. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting.    Wayne Currall

Punters wagering on the first event, the 2536m Choices Flooring Northam Pace, at Gloucester Park on Friday night are perplexed as they face the dilemma of selecting a winner in an out-of-form field of 12, with none of the runners being placed at his past three starts and with the field having an overall winning percentage of just 9.57. The 12 runners have a combined losing sequence of 180 (which includes a mere 16 placings). Therefore, barrier positions should prove vital when assessing the prospects of the 12 horses who have amassed a combined tally of 1666 starts for 174 wins and 356 placings. Shannon Suvaljko has provided punters with an important lead by electing to drive Twentynine Twelve, a seven-year-old who has managed just two placings from his past 16 starts and has a poor winning record of eight per cent (from his nine wins from 108 starts. Suvaljko chose Twentynine Twelve ahead of Regal Ambition (barrier No. 7), Charlie El (barrier two on the back line) and Tanaka Eagle (barrier three on the back line). Regal Ambition will be handled by Jocelyn Young, Kyle Harper will drive Charlie El and Peter Tilbrook will handle eight-year-old Tanaka Eagle, a veteran of 288 starts. One of the main prospects appears to be the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Courage Tells, a 12-year-old gelding with a record of 261 starts for 37 wins and 62 placings. Courage Tells will start from the inside of the back line and leading reinsman Ryan Warwick should have him in a prominent position throughout. The youngest runner and most recent winner is Collie trainer Errol Ashcroft’s four-year-old Euphoric Moment, who will be driven by the in-form Deni Roberts from the outside of the front line. Euphoric Moment was a fast-finishing winner at Bunbury six starts ago but has been unplaced at his five subsequent starts. In other news, Dylan Egerton-Green has been engaged to drive lightly-raced five-year-old Lord Rosco in the 1730m Choices Flooring Busselton Pace. He replaces Aimee-Lee Wood, who has driven the gelding ten times for seven wins, two seconds and one third placing. Lord Rosco possesses brilliant gate speed and is capable of charging to the front from the No. 6 barrier. He warmed up for Friday night’s assignment in fine style when Wood drove him to an effortless all-the-way victory at a 1.57.4 rate over 2100m at Bunbury on Tuesday night. Lord Rosco, polemarker Walsh and Art Tutor appear the major players, with Walsh (whose nine wins include five when he has set the pace) expected to make a bold bid to set the pace from the coveted No. 1 barrier. Walsh, trained and driven by Aiden de Campo, has unwound spirited finishing bursts for two thirds and a fourth from his past three starts. Art Tutor, trained and driven by Aldo Cortopassi, is favourably drawn at barrier three and is sure to be prominent. He impressed at $51 last Friday night when he worked hard in the breeze throughout and fought on grandly to be a close second to Bolta.   Ken Casellas

Feature Cup events in the winter and early spring will be on the agenda for star six-year-old Handsandwheels, who will resume after an absence of just over four months when he contests the Choices Flooring Joondalup Free-For-All over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The WA-bred stallion, trained and driven by Aiden de Campo, is a first-up specialist and his clash this week with champion Chicago Bull, Vultan Tin and Motu Premier should result in an exciting spectacle. Handsandwheels has an excellent first-up record. He won on debut as a two-year-old at Pinjarra in February 2016, and his following first-up performances are: first at Albany in January 2017, first at Pinjarra in October 2017, third at Bunbury in June 2018, first at Gloucester Park in October 2018, second at Gloucester Park in July 2019 and first at Gloucester Park in November 2019. He is awkwardly drawn on Friday night at barrier six at his first appearance since starting from the back line and finishing a sound fifth behind Vampiro in the 2692m Pinjarra Cup on March 2 this year. He was successful in $50,000 2130m feature events at Gloucester Park at his three previous outings, beating El Jacko in the City of Perth Cup, Galactic Star in the Governor’s Cup and Rock Me Over in the RWWA Cup. Handsandwheels is a versatile performer, who possesses sparkling gate speed and is a powerful frontrunner, as well as having the ability to unwind strong finishing bursts from back in the field. De Campo is sure to go into the race with an open mind and will assess the situation when the mobile barrier releases the eight runners. The five runners (Bettor Be Oscar, Im Soxy, Chiaroscuro, Rock Me Over and Motu Premier) drawn on the inside of Handsandwheels all have good gate speed and are excellent frontrunners. Therefore, I predict that de Campo is quite likely to take the conservative option and restrain Handsandwheels at the start and rely on the horse’s ability to unwind a strong finishing burst. Bettor Be Oscar will start from the No. 1 barrier and will be driven by Mark Johnson. He is rising in class and racing with a sit could be his best option. Im Soxy (Ryan Warwick) loves to lead, but he might not have sufficient early brilliance to hold out the horse on his outside at barrier three, the Murray Lindau-trained Chiaroscuro. Chiaroscuro has resumed after a spell in good form and is set to improve on his first-up fourth behind While They Pray and his solid third behind Vultan Tin and Chicago Bull over 2536m last Friday night. Ross Olivieri produced Motu Premier in fine fettle for his excellent first-up run last Friday week when he led from barrier No. 1 and finished third behind Chicago Bull and Ocean Ridge. He will find it tougher to lead from the No. 5 barrier this week. Vultan Tin will start out wide at barrier seven and Chris Voak is unlikely to have the opportunity to send the tough eight-year-old to the front in the first lap, like he did from barrier three when he took up the running after 450m, set a fast pace and beat Chicago Bull by just under a length over 2536m, rating 1.56.7. Chicago Bull again will start from the outside barrier, but he is racing with typical spirit and is sure to fight out the finish and prove hard to beat.   Ken Casellas

Sixty odd years ago the brilliant Three Aces was an outstanding pacer in Western Australia and at Gloucester Park on Friday night astute trainer Mike Reed holds three aces in the final event, the Choices Flooring Midland Pace for three-year-olds. Reed was only six years old when Three Aces, owned by Alf Charleson, trained by Dan Egan and driven by Ted Greig for most of his illustrious career, won a two-mile heat of the Inter Dominion Championship at Addington in 1961. This week Reed is hoping his talented trio of Valentines Brook, Power And Grace and Macz Brother will hold all the aces in the 2130m event. Between them, they have won 17 races and been placed 15 times. Outstanding young reinsman Michael Grantham has been the regular driver of the trio (who are owned by Albert Walmsley) and he has  given punters a strong lead by choosing to handle Power And Grace, who will start out wide at barrier six in a quality field of seven runners. Shannon Suvaljko will drive Valentines Brook from the No. 3 barrier and Dylan Egerton-Green has been engaged for Macz Brother (barrier No. 7). For the record, Grantham has handled Power And Grace at his past eight starts for four wins, he has driven Macz Brother in all of his ten starts for four wins, and has driven Valentines Brook eight times for three wins, including his three most recent outings for a third to To Fast To Serious, a victory over Lightning Jolt and a last-start second to the brilliant Magnificent Storm. Power And Grace, a New Zealand-bred colt by Somebeachsomewhere, impressed at his first five starts after resuming from a spell four wins and a close third behind Copy N Pace before a disappointing last-start ninth behind Master Publisher on May 29 when he faded from sixth at the bell. He has been freshened up and is capable of a bold effort at his first appearance for six weeks. Reed’s three runners are likely to meet with plenty of opposition, with Manning, trained and driven by Justin Prentice from barrier five, sure to be popular with punters after his strong performance to race in the breeze before finishing stoutly to win by a length from Batavia Silverline over 2130m at Pinjarra on Monday of last week when the final 800m was covered in 56sec. That was Manning’s fifth win from 18 starts, with the highlight of his career being his victory in the $100,000 Pearl Classic for two-year-olds just over 12 months ago. The promising Alta Blues, prepared by Gary Hall Snr, should be prominent at his Gloucester Park debut at only his third start in a race. Alta Blues, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, is ideally drawn at barrier two. He started from barrier No. 5 and was restrained to last before dashing forward to move alongside the pacemaker Alta Engen at the bell in a 2100m event at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park on Tuesday night. He fought on tenaciously over the final 800m in 56sec. to finish a half-length second to Alta Engen, who rated a smart 1.56.7. This followed his splendid debut, over 2185m at Pinjarra three Mondays ago when he surged home from the rear to win by two lengths from Miss Merit. Prentice’s No. 2 runner in Friday night’s event is The Stars Above, to be driven by Cody Wallrodt from the No. 1 barrier. The Stars Above is a seasoned performer who has raced 24 times for four wins and 12 placings. He started from the outside barrier (No. 6) when he finished gamely from seventh at the bell to be a well-beaten third behind Alta Engen and Alta Blues at Bunbury on Tuesday night.   Ken Casellas

Black Jack Baby, the only female pacer in the field to contest the $100,000 Choices Flooring Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park on Friday night, is poised to upstage the colts and geldings and become the ninth filly to win the Group 1 event. The classic for two-year-olds has been run 52 times, with a filly, Sordice, trained and driven by Vince Chalker, winning the inaugural event at a 2.14.4 rate in 1968. Since then the successful fillies have been Omista (1971), Via Vista (1980), Mazzini Magic (1988), Whitbys Miss Penny (1990), Whitbys Merit (1993), Spirit of Navajo (2005) and Arma Xpress (2012). Fourteen fillies have competed in the rich feature event in the past five years, with only three placegetters Dodolicious (second to Sprinter in 2015), Sheer Rocknroll (third to Sprinter) and Cott Beach (second to Jack Mac in 2017). Black Jack Baby has been extremely impressive in her short career for breeder-owner-trainer Shane Quadrio, winning at seven of her eight starts, and her prospects on Friday night rose sharply when she drew favourably at barrier No. 2 on the front line. Quadrio has implicit faith in Black Jack Baby and is in awe of her brilliant turn of foot. Both he and reinsman Chris Voak consider that Black Jack Baby is at her best when driven as a sit-sprinter. But with such a favourable draw they are most likely to attempt an all-the-way victory. Black Jack Baby also started from barrier two at her latest appearance when she was untroubled to lead and stroll to victory over Just For Love in the 2130m Group 1 Westbred Classic for fillies last Friday week. She was not put under any pressure at any stage and was able to set a dawdling early pace, with a lead time of a slow 39.2sec., followed by two 32.3sec. quarters before a third section of 29.5sec. followed by a dazzling closing 400m of 26.6sec. She is certainly most unlikely to be afforded such latitude by her rivals this week. Looming large as Black Jack Baby’s major rival is the only unbeaten runner in the field, the brilliant New Zealand-bred Jett Star, who will be driven by Ryan Warwick from the inside of the back line. Trained by Greg and Skye Bond, Jett Star has won at each of his five starts, including a superb victory in the Group 1 Pearl Classic two starts ago. He started from the outside of the back line and raced in eighth position before starting a three-wide move 1050m from home. He moved to fifth at the bell and sustained his effort to take the lead with 250m to travel and go on and beat the pacemaker Lavra Joe by a length, rating 1.56 over the 2130m, with final quarters of 28.1sec. and 27.5sec. Then, at his next start, at Gloucester Park last Tuesday week, he overcame a bad beginning when he was keen in the score-up and his nose struck the mobile barrier, causing him to gallop and lose about six lengths. He raced without cover for much of the way and dashed over the final 400m sections in 27.4sec. and 28.5sec. to beat Seeryanfly by a head. Greg Bond prepared Ohokas Bondy for his victory in the 2010 Golden Slipper before he and his wife trained Mitch Maguire for his win in the 2016 classic. Warwick, who led from the No. 1 barrier and won with Mitch Maguire, also was successful in the 2005 event with Spirit of Navajo.    The Bonds also have an excellent second-string runner this week in Give Us a Wave, who will start from barrier No. 6 with Dylan Egerton-Green in the sulky. Give Us A Wave made the most of the No. 1 barrier when he led and scored an easy victory over Mighty Ronaldo and Machnificent in the Group 1 Westbred Class for colts and geldings last Friday week. Gary Hall Jnr has chosen to handle the Kat Warwick-trained Machnificent in preference to the Justin Prentice-trained Mighty Ronaldo. Machnificent, who will start from the No. 2 barrier on the back line, ran home strongly from sixth at the bell when third to Give Us A Wave. Mighty Ronaldo enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing a sound second. Prentice will drive Mighty Ronaldo from the worst draw, the outside (No. 9) on the front line. Chris Lewis, who has won the Golden Slipper a record eight times, will drive the Ray Jones-trained Lavra Joe from out wide at barrier eight. Jones prepared Disco Force for his brilliant victory in the 2000 Golden Slipper. Lavra Joe is one of the State’s best two-year-olds (with six wins and four placings from 14 starts), but he will need luck from his poor draw.   Ken Casellas

We received an unfortunate reminder of how dangerous the sport can be after a nasty fall in the first attempt of the third race in Launceston on Sunday night. Driver Adrian Duggan remains in the Launceston General Hospital with further surgery required to his ankle. The Stars Cool Water Paddy – bounced back into the winners list in Launceston on Sunday night with a 2.9-metre win in a rating 70 to 79 event in a slick last half mile. Illegal Immigrant – was well driven to victory once again by his trainer Troy Hillier when the gelded son of American Ideal defeated a handy field in the Great Northern Super Crisp Discretionary over 2200 metres when starting from a 20-metre handicap. Agouda Ruler – continued on his winning way when he scored in the Tassie Wash two-year-old. The John Castles-trained pacer was first-up from a break and didn’t have a trial under his belt but was still able to get the job done courtesy of a confident drive by Gareth Rattray. Kosimo – owner-trainer Mark Jones elected to send the Major Bronski gelding to Victoria during the COVID shutdown of Tasmanian racing where the mission paid off with a victory in Bendigo in late May. The pacer has been placed in two starts back in Tasmania before scoring on Sunday. Resurgent Storm – broke the $100,000 mark in prizemoney when he scored his 11th career win in Hobart on Friday with Rodney Ashwood taking the drive for trainer, owner and breeder Roger Whitmore. Multiple Winners Hobart – Friday evening No participants recorded multiple wins. Launceston – Sunday evening Rohan Hillier – driving double; Kosimo and Emjays Black Chip. Troy McDonald – driving double; Altana Blue and Brian Who. Ben Yole – training double; Altana Blue and Brian Who. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart – Friday evening Ozzie Major 57.56s, Guys Bettor Bet 57.78s, Monarkmac 57.85s, Capitallee 57.92s and Lord Stark 57.93s. Launceston – Sunday evening Lip Reader 55.18s, Reign Of Pain 55.50s, Cool Water Paddy 55.59s, Buster William 55.63s and Courageous Katee 55.69s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart – Friday evening Hit’s: Capitallee $1.55 into $1.40, Lord Stark $6.50 into $5.50 and Resurgent Storm $5.50 into $4.80. Defied The Drift: One Yankee Ginga $4.40 out to $4.80 and Black Ops $2.90 out to $3.30. Missed: My Ultimate Romeo $4.40 into $4.00, Karalta Kruise $21 into $17, Royal Reactor $14 into $7.00 and Wandary Muscat $4.20 into $3.50 and Sign Of Oro $17 into $9.50. Launceston – Sunday evening Hit’s: Agouda Ruler $2.50 into $1.90, Kosimo $1.65 into $1.22, Altana Blue $10 into $7.00, Illegal Immigrant $5.50 into $4.80 and Brian Who $6.00 into $5.50. Defied The Drift: Southern Gnp $8.50 into $6.50, Ideal Karalta $3.90 into $3.20 and Betterbsweet $6.00 out to $6.50. Missed: Hillbilly Band $7.00 into $5.00, Black Centurian $6.50 into $4.60, Island Rocknroll $7.00 into $5.00, War Chest $12 into $4.60, and Salvator Mundi $5.50 into $4.40. Trial File Hobart – Friday afternoon As we have seen in recent weeks, there has been a significant national rating range in trials where the highest rated horses have dominated and again that was the case in Hobart on Friday where Go In Style scored. The former Victorian trained mare has joined the Tony Petersen stable, and she scored by 11.3 metres in Friday’s trial under a stronghold by Ricky Duggan. The time for the mile trip was 2m 2.5s. Launceston – Sunday afternoon Three trials were staged prior to Sunday’s meeting. Jimmy Mischief had to win the education trial, she was the only starter and recorded a mile rate of 2m 7.0s. Im Full Tilt led all the way to score in the second trial by 5.6-metres in 1m 58.7s. A half-neck separated the first three placegetters in trial three which was won by Mighty Spark, who led all the way in 2m 5.3s. Trial Replays You can view all trials since the resumption of the COVID shutdown by clicking here. Week Ahead Launceston is the venue for Friday night racing with a seven-event card on Sky Racing 2. Race six, the Tassie Wash Pace sees a strong field go around over 2200 metres. Smart three-year-old Colby Sanz has drawn barrier five and will be chasing back-to-back wins on the track. The pacer can expect strong opposition from Buster William and Taurisi who have second row draws. The meeting commences at 17:55. The Tasmanian Trotting Club Pace for the two-year-olds is the first of eight races in Hobart on Sunday night. Trainer Paul Hill has a terrific strike rate with juvenile pacers, and the record is set to continue with Rocknroll Nitro drawing the pole position for the 1609 metre event, and the pacer looks the one to beat after his last-start second. While speaking of the Tasmanian Trotting Club, their syndication initiative of getting new owners into the industry had something to celebrate on Monday when Beau Garcon scored a 23.3-metre win at Shepparton. Some Tasmanian pacers doing battle over the next few days at metropolitan venues include; Melton – Saturday night  Both Lip Reader and El Jays Mystery were engaged to compete at this meeting which has since been abandoned due to the current COVID – 19 situation in the metropolitan area of Victoria. Another meeting at metropolitan level meeting will be held in Bendigo on Saturday night with fields for this meeting to be released later this afternoon. Menangle – Saturday night Race 2 Horse 6 No Apachemee. Race 3 Horse 3 Timely Sovereign and Horse 9 Ignatius.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Young Queensland harness racing driver Dannielle McMullen will be politely passing up any celebration drinks this month. Dannielle, of Alberton, 40 minutes from the famous Gold Coast, has joined the challenge to ‘Go Dry this July’ and raise much-needed funds for people affected by cancer. “I’ve always thought about doing it – and I’m now so happy that I’m actually a part of it,” she said. And offering plenty of support is her partner, well known trainer Ryan Veivers, who was one of the first to kick in with a $200 donation. Dannielle describes herself as a social drinker, with the odd cocktail and wine her usual tipples. “I’m certainly not a big drinker, but over the past few months prior to the challenge I probably had a few extras, being stuck at home and not going out during the coronavirus pandemic,” she said. The money raised over the month will go toward making difficult times that little bit easier for cancer patients, their families and carers. This could mean access to an informative voice, specialist nursing services, therapy programs or the provision of a bed close to treatment centres. Dannielle said raising funds for the ‘Go Dry this July’ challenge was something close to her heart. “We lost Ryan’s dad Peter last year through cancer and there’s been quite a few other family members affected by the disease,” she said. “The support I’ve so far received has been enormous, and I just hope it continues.” Dannielle has so far raised nearly $500 for the cause, and said she made a pledge at the beginning of the challenge that if she broke the rules and had a drink, she would match the total of promised donations. “But there’s no way known that will be happening, I can guarantee it. If there’s one thing I like as much as a drink, it’s saving my hard-earnt dollars! I just won’t be slipping up,” she said. Dannielle is one of more than 37,000 people who have agreed to go dry and $5.1M has so far been raised. The harness racing industry has been urged to get behind Dannielle in this important fund-raiser and donate by going to dryjuly.com and search for Dannielle McMullen.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

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Star Queensland three-year-old Governor Jujon fined tuned his preparation for next week’s Gr.2 $50,660 Garrrards South East Derby with a sparkling trial at Albion Park last night (Friday). The Grant Dixon trained and driven colt led throughout in the 1660m public trial in a time of 1:53.9. He paced sectionals of 27.7, 31.1, 27.8 and 27.4 seconds. Governor Jujon scored by a widening margin of 22.5m defeating former New Zealand pacer Jive and Convair Hustler. “It was a nice trial; I needed to give him a decent hit-out before next week and he was comfortable doing that so hopefully he’s ready because it’s hard to gain a race start with his rating.” Dixon said. The John Mammino owned pacer has not started since winning the Gr.3 $35,550 Redcliffe Yearling Series Final on June 19. A winner of 9 of his 13 starts this term; Governor Jujon has already feature race trophies following victories in the Gr.2 $50,000 Simpson Memorial at Menangle, Gr.2 $50,660 QBRED Triad Final and the $21,170 APHRC Members Cup. Governor Jujon was a runner-up behind Line Up in the Gr.1 $200,000 Victoria Derby following a heat victory. Last start Breeders Classic winner Big Wheels also stepped out in a trial and finished second behind Amarone in a time of 2:01.6. The gelded son of A Rocknroll Dance is being readied for the Gr.1 $100,550 QBRED Triad Final on the final night of the Albion Park winter carnival, July 25. Prepared by Chantal Turpin, Big Wheels is the winner of 2 races from 6 starts to date. And quality trotter Majestic Simon also looked sharp winning a 2138m stand start trial easily defeating Shegotsass and Il Pirata in a time of 2:03.8. The Chantal Turpin trained performer started from a handicap of 50m. Il Pirata made a break at the home turn. Over the next two weeks, Majestic Simon will contest the Gr.3 $21,270 Trotters Cup and the Gr.3 $25,770 Queensland Trotters Cup.   Chris Barsby
Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) CEO Dayle Brown jumped online with Paul Campbell earlier tonight to provide the latest update on Victorian trots’ response to COVID-19. Watch the video below. HRV is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation daily. A full list of HRV protocols can be viewed by clicking here. HRV has set up a specific industry participant welfare hotline (03) 9214 0663, which is operated from 8.30am-5pm Monday to Friday. Follow @TheTrotsComAU on social media and HRV on Facebook for more news.   Media enquiries: cwinnell@hrv.org.au     Harness Racing Victoria  
In what is great news for New Zealand Harness Racing, the Friday 10th July 2020.  The Harness Trading Ring (HTR) NZ is the only free website available to buy and sell all things harness racing including racehorses, broodmares, gear, floats, properties, kidz kartz, memorabilia and even rehoming and retired horses.  Following the success of the Harness Trading Ring Australia (which receives on average 7,500 page views per day and is growing rapidly) the Harness Trading Ring New Zealand has been developed to provide the same, free classifieds service to NZ harness racing participants. The HTR website was the brain child of Joanne Andersen (also a co-founder of Bred In The Blue with John Coffey), when the Australian harness.org.au Trading Ring decided to close their free classified service, that was at the time, used by the majority of Harness Racing participants in Australia. Joanne established a partnership with website designer, Karen Kemp who developed the site which was launched on 1 November 2020 www.harnesstradingring.com.au  The HTR AUS website is receiving great feedback from sellers, with many listings selling within hours of being posted.  Participants find the site easy to use and have the ability to upload up to three images per advertisement, which is a fabulous selling point. All advertisements are approved by the Site Administrators to ensure they comply with guidelines and contain the necessary information/contact details.  The HTR NZ website will operate the same basis as the Australian site – users simply go to www.harnesstradingring.nz.co :  1. Register 2. Upload your advertisement (with or without images) 3. Submit – it’s that easy. Administrators approve listings twice daily (am & pm) so your advertisement will go live within hours of posting. Once your item is sold, you have the ability to login and remove the ad from the website so you don’t receive further calls/emails.  All negotiations are done between the buyer & seller – we take no commissions!!!  In order to keep the service free for participants, businesses are able to buy banner advertisements which appear on every page of the website. We are currently offering discounted introductory advertising rates to businesses (contact us today for further information harnesstradingring@gmail.com) If any studs, trainers, feed merchants etc are interested in advertising, contact us and we will be happy to discuss.  Let’s hope www.harnesstradingring.co.nz becomes as popular as the Australian website - which will benefit all in the industry. If you have any enquires or require further information, contact Joanne Andersen on (AUS) 0011 61 414 936663  
Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound WA Gold Bracelet winner Just For Love, the season’s latest two-year-old classic winner, in beating a useful field in the $30,000 WA Gold Bracelet, gives the impression that she could develop into one of next season’s top three-year-olds. Sold for a modest $17,000 at the 2019 APG Perth sale, Just For Love is a strongly built filly by Mach Three from Harper Grace, who had a record of 1:55.5 and won three races at Gloucester Park and $47,185. Harper Grace is a Grinfromeartoear mare from Tiz Herself (2:01.4), by Exotic Earl from the Dale’s Gift mare Laurick’s Pride, who established a great winning line for Bendigo breeder Rick Hasty. She left 14 individual winners including the Vicbred 3YO champion Her Sparky Self 1:58.8 ($221,271), a sister to Tiz Herself, the Victorian country cups winners Robric Jonboy and Send Me A Dream and the Gawler Cup winner Robyn’s Boy, all $100,000 earners. Harper Grace is a half-sister to a top Victorian juvenile in Bus To Harland 1:55.6 ($317,869), the winner of 17 races including the APG Final, the Melton winners Majestic Cruiser (1:55.4) and Eljulio (1:55.9) and Jo Louleonie (2:00.6), who, in turn, is the dam of Magic In Her Moves 1:57.9 (7 wins to date). This is the family which produced Yejele Hammer, winner of last year’s Vicbred Super Series 2YO Colts Final, the SA Oaks winner Gem Of Reibey and the NSW Listed winner Katha Me Girl.   Its Back In The Day is cups material   Its Back In The Day, who won the East Versus West Pace Final at Melton and is regarded as cups material of the highest order, is a six-year-old gelding by Washington VC from Bragato, a lightly raced mare in NZ.  Its Back In The Day after winning at Melton with trainer John Nicholson   – Stuart McCormick photo   Its Back In The Day has won 11 of his 22 lifetime starts and $80,190. He is a member of an old-time family, which was represented by the winner of the Westbred 2YO Fillies Classic in Black Jack Baby a week earlier.  Bragato was an Ermis mare from Chipover (2:01.9), by Holmes Hanover from Lucky Chip, by Transport Chip from Luckyship, a mare by Lordship. Chipover was the dam of a useful pacer in Waterhorse (1:55), who won 11 races including Melton. Chipover was a sister to the NZ and US winner Yachi Da (1:55) and a half-sister to the Nelson Winter Cup winner Piper Heidsieck (1:53.4), Mr Williams 1:56.7 ($118,223) and also to Slangevar, a Cameleon mare who left a very smart pacer in Triple Eight 1:55.7 (231,201), the exported Prince Of Pops 1:51.6 ($177,086) and the Albion Park victor Cheers Kathy (1:54.7). In the back removes of Its Back In The Day’s pedigree are pacers of the calibre of Courage Under Fire, the Inter Dominion champion Vedette, Glenferrie Alexis, Hickstead and Mac De Stroyer (1:49.8) and trotters in the same class as Sundon’s Way, Idid It Myway, Any Old Way, Christine Maree, and others.   Soho Burning Love in 1:48.2 Soho Burning Love, who became the fastest ever Australian bred pacer when she clocked 1:48.2 at The Meadowlands last Saturday, is a West Australian bred mare with an interesting and successful family background. Bred by Robert Watson, of Perth she was got by Auckland Reactor from Soho Bordeaux, a mare by the Western Hanover horse Western Terror. Soho Burning Love, who took a record of 1:52.6 as a three-year-old, ran up the tidy score of 12 successes and 16 placings from 43 starts in Australia. Soho Burning Love’s dam, Soho Bordeaux, was a lightly raced mare by Western Terror, a Breeders Crown winner from the Medio family, and who proved a successful sire in both NZ and Australia. Soho Bordeaux is out of a capable racemare in Lombo Portrait, who took a mark of 1:59.9, won 14 races and $94,998 in stakes and became the dam of winners in Soho Monroe (1:57.4, the winner of eight races), Portly Mach (1:57.8) and I Am Posh, and the non-winning Soho Summer, dam of the Tasmanian classic winners Sunny Sanz and Colby Sanz. Lombo Portrait was a Perfect Art mare from the Group 1 winner Lombo Adreamin (1:56.8), by Classic Garry from the good producer My Image NZ, by Windshield Wiper and tracing back through top sires in Overtrick, Light Brigade and U Scott to the Inter Dominion winner Parisienne.  Lombo Adreamin, an Oaks and Breeders Crown winner, was a half-sister to eight winners including the smart racemare Tosca Lombo 1:59.5 ($110,695), Dominate Line (1:57.3), Lombo Pied Piper (1:58) and Carbon Crest (1:59). Persimmon, a half-brother to Soho Burning Love and a NSW Inter City Pacer winner, won in 1:50.2 at The Meadowlands recently and a Captaintreacherous half-brother has been nominated for the 2021 APG Sydney sale. Soho Bordeaux, who is now being bred from by Dubbo breeder Robert Ross, is carrying a positive test to Art Major.   Up and coming youngsters Two of Victoria’s star three-year-old trotters at present, and both recent winners who promise to be a force in the upcoming classics, are the close relatives Illawong Stardust and Cover Of Darkness. Both bred by Martin and Kaye Hartnett are by Muscle Hill and Majestic Son respectively.  Illawong Stardust, a placegetter in last year’s Breeders Crown, is out of the Sundon mare Lunar Landing, who left the outstanding square-gaiters Spidergirl Tr 1:56.8 ($317,657) and Illawong Armstrong Tr 1:56 ($230,652), both Breeders Crown champions. Illawong Moonshine Tr 1:58.1 (10 wins), a sister to Spidergirl, ranks as the dam of Cover Of Darkness, who is unbeaten in three attempts so far, and the two-year-old winner Illawong Moonbeam. Lunar Landing was by the Arndon horse Sundon (13 times leading trotting sire) from Maorimoon, by Entrepreneur from the Red Coach Glory mare Maori’s Glory, a granddaughter of Maori Miss, who founded the greatest family of trotters in Australia today.   Illegal Immigrant on top  Illegal Immigrant, who overcame a 20 metre handicap to win at Launceston, has now won 19 races and is rated as one of Tasmania’s top stayers.  Illegal Immigrant                                                --Peter Staples photo   He ranks as a seven-year-old half-brother by American Ideal to the prolific Perth winner Condrieu 1:51.5 ($269,520), the Albion Park winner Intrepid Traveller (1:54.8) and to Weka Lass (2:01.5), the dam of the top flight Victorian mare Reciprocity 1:53 ($158,400). Their dam, Oaxaca Lass, had a record of 1:55.8, won 19 races and $426,585 in stakes and was one of NZ’s most outstanding racemares of her time. She was by Holmes Hanover from Ismay, by Ok Bye from Catarina, by Smooth Fella from Cedar Myth, by the NZ Cup winner True Averil and tracing to the noted taproot Tondeleyo. Oaxaca Lass was a sister to the good NZ and US winner Another Homer 1:52.2 ($243,116) and a half-sister to Ides Of May (by Albert Albert), the dam of the Ian Daff Memorial winner Victoria May, who took her record of 1:51 in America, and U May Cullect (1:52.2). Another half-sister, On The Prowl (by Jaguar Spur), became the dam of the Listed Menangle winner Midnight Prowler 1:53.6 ($129,253) and recent Albion Park winners The Doorman (1:53.2) and The Cruise Missile (1:54.2).   Brothers win at Shepparton The unusual feat of full brothers winning on the same program was recorded at Shepparton recently with the three-year-old Kyvalley Senator and the four-year-old Kyvalley Chief. Both are by the Muscles Yankee horse Muscle Hill (the top sire of straightout trotters). Love Ya Doosie, the dam of Kyvalley Senator and Kyvalley Chief, was out of a capable trotter in Sheezadoosie, who had a record of 2:04.2 and won seven. Besides Love Ya Doosie, she was also the dam of the dual Inter Dominion Trotting champion and NZ Trotter of the Year I Can Doosit Tr 1:55.5 ($1.3million) and the Group winner Sno’s Big Boy Tr 1:58.4 ($215,308). Love Ya Doosie was out of the American-bred mare Becalm Lobell (Tr 2:06.3), the dam of nine winners including a smart NZ trotter in Golden Blend Tr 1:55 ($305,911), Dipendra (Tr 1:58.8) and the Dream Vacation mare Big O E (Tr 2:07.2), who, in turn, left the Breeders Crown 4YO Final Aldebaran Ay M (Tr 1:58.8) and Aldebaran Southland (12 wins).   Blue blooded filly Lillies, who broke maiden ranks at the Albion Park midweek meeting, is a two-year-old filly who can claim some worthwhile blood. By Roll With Joe, by Cam’s Card Shark from Classic Wish, by Armbro Emerson, she is out of the Christian Cullen mare Save Me Christian (1:57), a half-sister to the million dollar winners Miss Galvinator (1:50.6) and Fleur De Lil (1:51.4), Our Galvinator 1:51.4 ($643,243) and Epaulette 1:50.6 ($376,775). Their dam, French Flair (2:00.6), won 14 races and was the dam of eight winners. Others from French Flair have been Living It On (2:01.2), Parisian Pearl and Flair For Life, the dam of recent Melton winner American Zest 1:53.8 ($118,853). Lillies ranks as a half-sister to the good Menangle and Albion Park winner Fortyeighthenson 1:54.5 (121,159).   Three wins in a week! The Elsu four-year-old Areuohkay won three races at Globe Derby Park in the space of a week. The gelding, who commenced racing as a two-year-old and had been winless from 36 attempts before breaking through in May, has now won four races. Bred by former AFL footballer Jeff Hogg, Areuohkay is out of the unraced Armbro Operative mare Jagged Lady, a sister to the South Australian Derby winner Jagged Knight 1:55.8 ($185,912). Their dam, Royal Franco (by Holmes Hanover), left four winners and was a granddaughter of the broodmare gem Roydon Dream, the dam of the high class NZ pacers in Roydon Glen and Roydon Scott.   Broodmare double The Talk About Class mare Lady Joy, a former Australian Broodmare of the Year, left winners on consecutive nights in Canada recently. General Joy, a six-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere, won at Woodbine Mohawk Park in 1:51.6, while his younger brother Premier Joy scored at Grand River Raceway in 1:53.8. Premier Joy won again at Grand River in 1:54. Lady Joy is the dam of eight winners - all inside 2:00 – from 11 foals of racing age and they have amassed more than $1.8 million in prizemoney. The best of her progeny is the triple Derby winner and two-year-old mile record holder Captain Joy 1:51.4.   by Peter Wharton  
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