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WA Trotting Media Guild thoughts 7th June,Harness racing

WA Media Guild thoughts 2 October

The $50,000 JP Stratton Cup (2130m) highlights a quality nine-event card at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Group 2 event beings together the best two pacers in WA - Chicago Bull and Shockwave - and promises to be another titanic battle between the pair. Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have, however, bypassed the feature when finding their best bets on the program. TABradio’s “young guns” Hayden King and Matt Young believe punters can strike early with the consistent Collie-trained pacer Euphoric Moment in the opening event. “Euphoric Moment is drawn to perfection in the first,” King said. “He's been knocking on the door for a win and this looks his chance to break through.” And Young agrees with his fellow racecaller. “Euphoric Moment powered home last start to be an eye catcher,” Young said. “He obtains the prized barrier No.1 draw and should lead throughout over the longer trip.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart is keen on Rock Me Over in the fourth race. “My best bet is No.2 in race four Rock Me over,” Wishart said. “Looks a suitable race for him from the good draw. Good effort last week and I think he can win.“ The West Australian’s Ernie Manning has made Jack William his star bet for the night. “Jack William, who showed courage when fighting on to finish a close second after facing the breeze last Friday night, gets his chance to break through for a win,” Manning said. “A Gloucester Park minor placegetter at his last three starts, he has drawn gate three and reinswoman Emily Suvaljko should be able to position him well. The gelding has won 13 races.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft believes Soho Hamilton can continue on his winning way. “Soho Hamilton drops back from winning the Group 3 The Warwick last week to a metropolitan three-year-old field this Friday,” Havercroft said. “He led on his ear last week when only second-up in the State and so is likely to be further improved for this week’s task.“ Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas, who will be cheering loud and hard for his beloved Claremont in Sunday’s WAFL grand final, has opted for Leap Of Faith as his best bet. “Lightly raced four-year-old Leap Of Faith has resumed after a spell in fine form for trainer-reinsman Luke Edwards and I’m making her my best bet to emerge triumphant on Friday night,” Casellas said. “She finished strongly from the rear when a half-length second to Be My Rock at Pinjarra three Mondays ago when the final 400m was covered in  a smart 27.1sec. That followed her strong-finishing effort to win from Blissfullabbey and Tiffany Twirl at Gloucester Park at her previous outing.” Longshot guru Pat Harding is confident tipsters and punters can bounce back after last week’s dismal effort, even if he doesn’t agree with Casellas. “After a very disappointing night last Friday for punters and tipsters alike, fortunes could well turn around with some interesting races and runners this Friday night,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in race seven with the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Starlight Destiny. She hasn't had a great deal of luck recently, but with very little form from the rest of the field I think she can breakthrough for a well-earned win.” Guild president Wayne Currall is keeping his powder dry until race nine. “I think Princess MILA can lead and post an all-the-way victory in the last on the program,” Currall said. “Her first-up run at Pinjarra after a four-month break was full of merit. She was terrorised in front by Mr Sundon, but still managed to fight on and just went down in a slogging finish.” VALUE BETS HAYDEN: Blissfullabbey is a classy mare. If the speed is on and she can get off the pegs, there is every chance she can zoom over the top to win. MATT: Hotfoot It has trialled up nicely for a return run. Looks to have a nice run just in behind the speed and could be dangerous late. The Woodworths do a great job with their small team. WARREN: Hard to know how the market will assess Little Bitof Fun after being beaten Monday at odds-on, but this draw is a huge plus for him and I think he is a great each-way play. ERNIE: Black Jack Zac, beaten at his past 36 starts, gives the impression he could break a drought if having a little luck. He could have a change of fortune with barrier two, after being one out and four back when unplaced in his past two races. He is a winner of six Gloucester Park events. RYAN: Delightfulreaction has been racing well and draws inside Rock Me Over who is the odds-on favourite in the indicative market. The price difference between the two looks too great for mine and I like the mare from the pegs draw. KEN: For value, I suggest Delightfulreaction from barrier one in race four. Her recent efforts have been excellent and she is poised to fight out the finish. PAT: My value bet of the night comes up in race two with No.3 Henwood Bay. He was my value bet last week and finished fourth, but I think he is better than that and has a real chance in this race. WAYNE: Mcardles Gem is drawn to get a lovely run just off the speed. Looks each-way value all day from the pegs. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting.    Wayne Currall

PCFA silks,Harness racing

Almost $11,000 pledged

The winning ways of Mick Bellman and John Caldow will see Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) pledge $8000 to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA), while the trots generous community has poured in almost $3000 more. The outstanding initiative saw Bellman and Caldow wear commemorative PCFA silks throughout September, raising awareness about the cancer that affects about one in six men by the age of 85. But the partnership also raises critical funds, with HRV donating $500 every time either Bellman or Caldow won in September, when the pair combined for 16 victories. A further $2900 will also be donated to the PCFA after a groundswell of support. Ararat Harness Racing Club and its supporters raised $1840, including $760 from Carissa Ward, who donated $20 ever time Bellman had a first three placing, and $300 from Luke Ralph, who donated $20 for every second placing. Other fantastic contributors in that total were Phil and Sharon Ralph, H. A. Syndicate, Rick Ryan, Daryl and Erin Bertram, Gary and Tracey Hull, Clare Payne, Rod Carberry and Katrina Fitzpatrick. A further $660 was pledged by Stawell Harness Racing Club and Lisa McIlvride. And Horsham Harness Racing Club donated $250, with a further $50 pledged by Robbie Connolly, Darryl Edwards and Aaron Dunn. Bendigo Harness Racing Club also partnered with Garrards Horse and Hound to offer a $500 voucher, with was won via a trainers’ draw. Katrina Fitzpatrick was the winning trainer, with trainers getting a ticket into the draw every time Bellman or Caldow steered one of their horses at Bendigo. The partnership will help the PCFA to improve awareness of the disease and raise understanding of options for early detection and treatment, while supporting Australian men and families with the long-term impacts of their illness.   Harness Racing Victoria

Can't Refuse,Harness racing

Cant Refuse ready to fire

A seven-year-old pacer, an Inter Dominion championship finalist two years ago who has been placed in Group 1 feature events behind star performers Our Waikiki Beach, Lazarus and Chicago Bull will reappear after a three-month absence when he meets moderate opposition in the Vili’s Family Bakery Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He is the New Zealand-bred Bettors Delight gelding Cant Refuse, whose Eastern States owners decided to curtail his racing on the spacious Menangle track and give him a strong chance to prove his worth in Western Australia. They chose Corey Peterson to train and drive the gelding because they were delighted when he took over the preparation of another of their pacers, Runaway Three, who had ten starts for him in March and April this year for three wins, two seconds, one third, three fourths and a seventh placing. Cant Refuse has not raced since he worked hard in the breeze before wilting to a two-length seventh behind Scoob Operator over 1609m at Menangle on July 4. “He has been here for a couple of months,” said the 20-year-old Peterson. “He had a couple of weeks off after arriving here and he should’ve raced at the start of September, but I had a few issues with abscesses. “You can definitely tell he’s a good horse by the way he handles himself around the stables and his attitude to trackwork. When you pull him out, he just knows when to go and switch on. “The owners considered that the mile racing at Menangle didn’t suit him, and it was thought he would be better suited over a longer trip. And he was on a Free-For-All mark in Sydney, whereas here he can win three more races before he gets to Free-For-All company.” Cant Refuse, who has had 81 starts for 14 wins, 24 placings and stakes of $259,056, will start from barrier five in a 2536m event on Friday night, and Peterson said it was his intention to go forward at the start in a strong bid for the lead. “I’d say we will press forward and see what they (those drawn inside of him) do early,” he said. “I’ll let him settle and then I think that all the horses drawn inside of us should hand up. I’ll drive him like the best horse.” Cant Refuse won once from ten starts in New Zealand when prepared by Barry Purdon. His victory was as a three-year-old when he finished strongly along the sprint lane to gain the verdict in a blanket finish from Shandale, Kimani, Walkinshaw and Zach Maguire over 1700m at Alexandra Park. He then was trained in Victoria by Matt Craven and by Craig Cross in New South Wales. Cant Refuse warmed up for Friday night’s engagement in excellent fashion with an impressive victory at a 1.56.8 rate over 2185m in a trial at Pinjarra on Sunday morning. He raced three back on the pegs in an Indian file affair before Peterson dashed him to the front 650m from home. Cant Refuse sped over the third quarter of the final mile in 26.5sec. and covered the final section in 28.7sec. to beat Rosies Ideal by three lengths, with Argyle Red two lengths farther back in third place.    “I was surprised that he ran that time down the back, because when I pulled him out, he didn’t feel like he was going that fast,” said Peterson. “As soon as he ran past the other horses he switched off. He needs a horse next to him to get him going.” Cant Refuse was brought to Gloucester Park by Craven for three runs in March and April 2016 when he finished second to Chicago Bull in a WA Derby prelude, third to Chicago Bull in the Western Gate Classic and 4th behind Chicago Bull in the WA Derby final. Earlier that year Cant Refuse finished fourth behind Lazarus in the Victoria Derby and second to the brilliant, unbeaten Our Waikiki Beach in the NSW Derby. He ran seventh behind Tiger Tara in the 2760m Inters final at Melton in December 2018 when he finished a nose behind the sixth placegetter Galactic Star.   Ken Casellas

Chicago Bull,Harness racing

Chicago Bull jumping out of his skin

Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr is bubbling with confidence about Chicago Bull’s winning prospects in the $50,000 J P Stratton Cup over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night, declaring that the pacing superstar is at his peak for another clash with rising star Shockwave. “Chicago Bull has been jumping out of his skin since his win in the Navy Cup,” Hall said. Chicago Bull was at his awesome best in the Navy Cup last Friday week when he raced outside the pacemaker Galactic Star before careering away to win effortlessly from Bletchley Park at a 1.53.7 rate over 2130m  a week after finishing a half-head second to Shockwave in the 2536m Brennan Memorial. This week Chicago Bull will start from the No. 4 barrier on the front line, with Shockwave at barrier two on the back line. “Shockwave went super last week and I’m glad we’ve got the draw advantage over him this week,” said Hall. “It’s hard not to be confident about Chicago Bull’s chances this week after his latest start. And there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be going as good again. So, I’m pretty confident. “It will be a good race and the early plan will be to go forward (at the start). I reckon The Bird Dance from barrier one should be able to hold the others in the early stages and then you would imagine that he would be happy to sit on Chicago Bull. If The Bird Dance tries to hold out Chicago Bull, it would be detrimental (to his prospects).” Chicago Bull should notch his 56TH victory and give the Hall of Fame father and son combination of Gary Hall senior and junior their fifth win in the Stratton Cup after scoring with Bengeeman (2002), Alzona (2011), Waylade (2015) and Chicago Bull (2018). Chicago Bull also finished third behind Shandale and Soho Tribeca in the 2017 Stratton Cup after working hard in the breeze for the final 1200m. Four-year-olds Shockwave and The Bird Dance are expected to provide plenty of opposition for Chicago Bull, with Shockwave chalking up his 16TH win from 39 starts when he led from barrier one and cruised to victory over Chiaroscuro and Our Jimmy Johnstone in the 2536m Media Guild Cup last Friday night. The Bird Dance has won at 16 of his 24 starts and star trainers Greg and Skye Bond produced him in fine fettle for his first-up victory last week. He is sure to be improved by that run. His reinsman Ryan Warwick has yet to taste success in the Stratton Cup, but the Bonds have won the event with Russley Rascal (2012) and Vampiro (2019). Vampiro, who finished strongly to win by a head at $17.20 from stablemate and $2.50 favourite El Jacko in last year’s Stratton Cup, was handled by Colin Brown, whose previous wins in the race were behind Demoralizer in 2007 and Russley Rascal. The Bond stable has four runners in this year’s Cup The Bird Dance (Warwick), Vampiro (Dylan Egerton-Green), Galactic Star (Brown) and Ocean Ridge (Deni Roberts). Ocean Ridge is a consistent five-year-old, but he faces a tough task on Friday night from the outside barrier (No. 9).   Ken Casellas

Australian Standardbred Breeding Association (ASBA) President, Mr John Coffey, says confidence among Australian breeders is as high as he has seen for many years. Coffey, a breeding industry leader with over 40-year experience, believes the recent Harness Racing Australia (HRA) rule changes including the introduction of Stallion Limits and the Change in Season to a calendar year is behind this confidence. “Although restricted by Covid protocols, I’ve managed to conduct some seminars as well as provide advice to breeders across the country as the season gets underway.  I am yet to encounter any broodmare owner who hasn’t thought these were a good idea.”, Coffey said. “The vibe is extremely positive, and I’d be surprised if there is a drop in services during the 2020/21 breeding season, even with some of the current difficulties with semen transport between Australia and New Zealand which is beyond our control. “The fact that Australian bred Sires, Poster Boy and Soho Tribeca, had broken through the 100-mare bookings mark by the end of September is further testament to that. “That’s good news for all sectors of the Australian harness racing industry.”, he said.   Note: There were 188 Sires registered and 4,341 mares served in Australia last breeding season.   For further information please contact: ANDREW KELLY | CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER p:  +61 3 9227 3000    e:  akelly@hra.com.au 

“Her first-up run was super, and she gets her chance to win another race on Friday night,” said reinsman Gary Hall Jnr when assessing Princess Mila’s prospects in the Choices Flooring Trot over 2536m at Gloucester Park this week. Princess Mila will start from barrier No. 4 and her clash with star trotter Mr Sundon (barrier six) and the in-form Dark Secret (barrier one) should produce some exciting racing. These three trotters met in a 2185m event at Pinjarra last Monday week when Princess Mila set the pace and was placed under considerable pressure by the hard-pulling Mr Sundon before Dark Secret, who had a comfortable passage on the pegs in third place, finished strongly to get up and beat Princess Mila. “Mr Sundon declared Princess Mila on all the way, and she was able to beat him home,” said Hall. “She held him out and she should beat him home again, even though the small field (of six) probably suits Mr Sundon better. I think we will press forward again.” While Princess Mila and Mr Sundon make strong appeal, it would be unwise for punters to disregard Dark Secret, who will be driven by Morgan Woodley for Waroona trainer Nigel Johns. Hall is also hopeful that My Carbon Copy will make amends for his narrow defeat at the hands of Rakasinc last Friday week when the smart New Zealand-bred four-year-old will clash with Rakasinc, last-start winners Jimmy Mack and Talkerup and the Bond stable’s talented four-year-olds Justasec and Taroona Bromac in the 2536m Westral Pace on Friday night. My Carbon Copy started from the outside barrier in a field of eight last Friday night when he was restrained to last before improving to sixth in the one-wide line at the bell. He then made a fast move which took him to the lead by a half-length from the pacemaker Rakasinc 270m from home. However, Rakasinc fought back tenaciously to regain the lead in the home straight to win by a neck from My Carbon Copy, with the winner rating 1.57.4 over the 2536m. The final three quarters were covered in 28.7sec., 27.8sec. and 28.6sec. “I was a little bit disappointed with My Carbon Copy’s run,” said Hall. “He got to the front really easily but didn’t finish it off. I thought he should have won. He might have been a little flat after his run in the Navy Cup the week before (when third behind Chicago Bull and Bletchley Park). “I guess Jimmy Mack (barrier two) will want to lead, and My Carbon Copy should get a good run.” Jimmy Mack, handled by Chris Lewis for trainer Ross Olivieri, gave a strong performance last Friday night when he raced in the breeze before getting to the front 550m from home and winning from the fast-finishing Rock Me Over over 2130m. The Nathan Turvey-trained Rakasinc is in terrific form, with six wins from his past eight starts and is poised for another powerful performance. Justasec and Taroona Bromac have excellent potential and will have many admirers.   Ken Casellas

Ace trainer-reinsman Kim Prentice firmly believes that Soho Hamilton is best suited when he leads and that will be his intention when he drives the powerful three-year-old from barrier five in the 2130m Catalano Truck And Equipment Sales Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “At this stage I think I’ll go forward,” Prentice said. “Whether we can cross the polemarker Little Bitof Fun is another thing. Well just play it by ear and see what happens.” Prentice said that Soho Hamilton had pulled up well after he led and held on to win by a half-length from the fast-finishing Radiant Amber over 2130m last Friday night when he dashed over the final 800m in 56.6sec. The American Ideal gelding, a full-brother to former champion and millionaire pacer Soho Tribeca, has had only 14 starts an is still on a steep learning curve as Prentice guides him towards the rich four-year-old classic early next year. Little Bitof Fun, trained at Wanneroo by Julie O’Neill, possesses excellent gate speed and relishes the role of pacemaker. He was an all-the-way winner over Anvil Rollover over 2185m at Pinjarra three starts ago and then finished strongly from sixth at the bell to be third behind Henrik Larsson over 2130m at Gloucester Park four days later. Then, in a race over 1684m at Pinjarra on Monday Little Bitof Fun dashed to the front after 300m and set a solid pace before being overhauled by The White Rabbit 50m from the post. It will be interesting to witness the tactics of Shannon Suvaljko. Trainer Kyle Harper has engaged Gary Hall Jnr to handle the promising Medieval Man from barrier No. 4. Medieval Man made most of the running when he finished a close second to Alta Engen over 2185m at Pinjarra two starts ago.   Ken Casellas

The two-year-olds flew around Hobart last week in the finals of the Sweepstakes which were taken out by Rocknovertime and Melnrowley on a night where there were many highlights. The two-year-olds will be back out in force on Sunday week in Hobart with heats of the Sires Stakes Series. This week harness racing heads to Launceston for a nine-race card with the $12,000 Tasmanian Horse Transport Show Cup the feature. The Stars Rocknovertime – was able to overcome the outside of the second row draw over the sprint trip to take out the Colts and Geldings Sweepstakes Final with Rohan Hillier in the sulky. After leading up the three-wide line for the final 1100 metres, the gelding broke the 2YO age track record and gave his trainer Paul Hill his eighth Sweepstakes win. Melnrowley – had to burn the candle at both ends of the race to score in the Sweepstakes Fillies Final. The Craig Hayes-trained, Gareth Rattray driven pacer had the mile rate of 1m 58.4s to equal the 2YO Fillies Aged Record. Bronte Miller – drove her first winner at her ninth race drive when she teamed up with the Ben Yole-trained Jakes A Joy to score by 10.10 metres in the Crown Lager Pace. Ben Richardson – returned to the winner’s list after a run of outs when he trained Damitsam to a narrow victory in the Rexel North Hobart Pace. Mark Yole – trained and drove a double on the card with Black Ops who continued his consistent form and Chilla Breeze in the Claimer who recently re-joined Yole’s stable. Cold Crusher – Deborah Williams-trained trotter recorded a dominant win in the trotter’s event, the gelding’s last three wins have all be in mobile start races. Multiple Winners Hobart – Sunday evening Mark Yole – training and driving; Black Ops and Chila Breeze. Gareth Rattray – driving double; Karalta Invader and Melnrowley. Ricky Duggan – driving double; Cold Crusher and Damitsam. Ben Yole – training double; Jakes A Joy and My Celebrity. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart – Sunday evening Rocknovertime 56.61s, Agouda Ruler 57.60s, Lancelot 57.72s, Damitsam 57.95s and Mia From Memphis 57.98s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart – Sunday evening Hit’s: Karalta Invader $2.50 into $2.20, Melnrowley $1.70 into $1.55, Christian Major $7.00 into $5.00 and My Celebrity $4.00 into $3.30. Defied The Drift: Rocknovertime $2.30 out to $2.90, Damitsam $12 out to $16 and Chilla Breeze $12 out to $17. Missed: Micton Aroha $14 into $5.00, Stepping Stones $9.00 into $7.50, Living On Prare $15 into $11, Kardesler $5.00 into $2.80, Somedan $9.00 into $7.00, Victoria Pass $5.00 into $3.80, Got The Goods $9.00 into $7.00, Sign Of Pro $4.00 into $3.40, Always A Stride $3.40 into $2.70, Im Barney Rubble $12 into $8.50 and Jeans Mattjesty $10 into $5.00. Trial File Carrick Park – Saturday morning Emjays Black Chip recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the six trials when leading all the way to take out a 46 to 75 rating trial, that saw the field compete over the mile trip as opposed to the 1670-metre that has been used at Carrick Park for over 12 years. The Michael Laugher trained pacer was driven by Gareth Rattray for a five-metre win in 2m 3.4s. Other winners included; The Shady One (2m 6.7s), Barooga Rock (2m 10.4s), Kens Chips (2m 11.2s), Albatross (2m 7.1s) and Tisu Spirit (2m 13.2s). You can view the replays by clicking here. Week Ahead Nine races will be staged in Launceston on Sunday night where the Tasmanian Horse Transport Show Cup is the feature race on the card. A field of 14 will contest the 2200-metre Discretionary Handicap where Ignatius faces a tough ask off a 30-metre handicap. Other handicap runners in the race include Scooterwillrev, Full Speed Ahead, and Shelby Bromac off 10 metres while Izaha and Call Me Hector face a 20-metre handicap. The $12,000 event is also the first leg of the quaddie at 19:33. Currently, only the last eight races are listed for Sky Racing 1 and the first race on Sky Racing 2. The first race is scheduled for 17:36 but both the start time and television schedule have changed closer to race day in recent weeks. Some Tasmanian pacers doing battle over the next few days at metropolitan venues include; Melton – Saturday night Race 4 Horse 13 Blingittothemax.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Trainer Clayton Tonkin insists this is just the challenge his pacing sensation Ride High needs ahead of the Victoria Cup. Ride High faces by far his biggest test this campaign from outside the back row over a sprint trip (1720m) in Saturday night’s $50,000 Group 2 Smoken Up Sprint at Melton. He’s going for his 17th win from just 18 starts. “I’m actually glad he drew poorly and he’s got to get back in a big field and find a way to overcome it,” Tonkin said. “If he’s lacking anything it’s experience and I hoped he’d learn through his runs this campaign, but instead they’ve all been easy kills. He’s probably worked harder at home than he has in a lot of those wins. “I won’t be stressed if he gets beaten this week but learns from the experience. In saying that, I don’t think he’ll get beaten though.” Tonkin played down talk he’d changed plans by skipping last week’s Minuteman free-for-all and opting to run Ride High just a week out from the Victoria Cup in this week’s Smoken Up. “To be honest, I almost ran him in all three races, last week, this week and the Victoria Cup,” he said. “Running this week and backing-up seven days later won’t fuss him in the slightest. “He should get a good, strong hit out this week and it’ll top him off nicely for the big one next week.” Tonkin wouldn’t buy-in to the tactics driver Kate Gath might employ from the tricky barrier. “There’s a fair bit of speed on that front line, so I do think they’ll go hard early, but you can’t have any set plans in races like this,” he said. “He’s really well going into it, it will bring him on that little bit more for the Victoria Cup, but he’s a pretty special horse and they’ll want to be good to beat him.”

Country Victorian harness racing trainer-driver Brett (Shippy) Shipway is a full-of-life kind of guy who thoroughly enjoys a bit of fun and laugh Shipway, based at Carisbrook, near Maryborough, is still sporting a big smile after some missteps and good fortunes presented him with a surprise win at Charlton on Monday afternoon with bay mare A Nip Will Do. “We’ve been having some bad luck in our last few goes, so I guess it was time things swung our way,” Shipway laughed. “I’d describe most of our horses as average, so that means following others and driving for luck. But I thought our girl went good at Charlton anyway,” he said. “She is our old workhorse; an old pet that we have around the place. She doesn’t do a great lot of work at home because we only gear her up race day.  But she’s been good to us—she pulls in about $1000 a month.” A Nip Will Do (Bacardi Lindy-Earls Gold (Earl), starting at 16/1, took out the $7000 Charlton Welcomes Tetrick Racing Trot in what developed into an action-packed affair. “Someone said to me it was a ‘Bradbury’ type victory, but the name of the game is to keep trotting-and we did that,” he said. A Nip Will Do was tucked away three back the pegs for most of the way, and turning for home appeared no hope.  But Shipway grabbed the opportunity to angle out into the clear in the final straight – just in time to avoid the washup from two of the leaders breaking up. A Nip Will Do strolled to the line, grabbing a deserved win for her owners, Shipway, his partner Colleen Batson along with Stan Lythgo. Brett Shipway and his mare A Nip Will Do after their Charlton success The mare has now won four races this season with nine placings. Her lifetime racing career stands at 181 starts, six wins, 13 runner-up cheques and 35 thirds for over $90,000. Shipway, who says he’s been around horses for as long as he can remember, has five racehorses in training with another 10 two and three-year-olds ready to come back in. “I was prepping most of them up and then a few meetings got called off due to coronavirus, so when I wasn’t sure what was going to happen I turned a lot of them out,” he said. “They are all square-gaiters. I haven’t had a pacer for years. I’ve never really had the passion for them. “Dad always had horses around the place—back in those old days everyone had trotters. I remember when you used to drive around the district, you’d always see a jinker or a gig outside the front gate of the farms. Horses are an addiction. “We came from the Hawkesbury and Richmond region, outside of Sydney. Dad raced at those tracks as well as Penrith.” Shipway does all of his own shoeing but admits to being in the wars of late. “I’ve had one foot that’s been worrying me for a while, and then the other day a horse stood on my good one. But we all get mad horses now and again. “Earls Gold, the dam of A Nip Will Do, was a bit crazy. She could also be nasty, but she could run. As a two-year-old she set an Australasian record.” Shipway said it was easy to nominate the best horses he’d been involved with over the years. “Dad had merry-go-round horses and all the carnival gear and he’d do promotional work with them. I was only 16 or 17, but the money they would drag in was unreal! “We’d have to replace their glass eyes now and again because the kids would pull them out, but they didn’t need much looking after!”   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Pacing and trotting stallions representing the best bloodlines in Australia, New Zealand, North America and Europe have been made available for the 2020 Terang Stallion Tender. The Stallion Tender is being conducted by the Terang Owners, Trainers and Supporters’ Group to raise funds for the new stable complex at Dalvui Raceway. The Tender will open on Thursday, October 1 at 10am. The closing date for bids is Monday, October 19 at 6pm. The minimum tender is 60 percent of published service fees. Confirmed stallions with the stud and their service fees inclusive of GST are:   PACING STALLIONS Auckland Reactor (St Fort Stud: $3,000) Follow The Stars (Allwood Stud, standing at Goulburn Valley Equine: $3,300) Jilliby Kung Fu (Goodtime Lodge: $2,200) Soho Tribeca (Northern Rivers Equine: $3,000) The Storm Inside (Alabar Bloodstock: $2,500)   TROTTING STALLIONS Cardigan Boko (Goodtime Lodge: $1,980) Great Success (Niota Bloodstock: $1,320) Skyvalley (Aldebaran Park: $2,000) Speeding Spur (Woodlands Stud: $2,750)   Bids are required in writing to email: mxt1225@hotmail.com   Enquiries and further information from Margaret Lee 0417 922 747.   by Peter Wharton

The brilliant He’s Watching three-year-old filly Rose Run Victoria captured her second Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division when she won the $104,800 feature at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday (September 29). Driven patiently by Jody Jamieson, the filly powered home from midfield to score by 1-3/4 lengths in a career-best 1:50.8. Rose Run Victoria’s next assignment will be the $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final on October 17. He’s Watching was represented by important two-year-old winners at Bathurst and Melton recently. Jay Bracken took full advantage of a perfect trip to win a heat of the NSW Breeders Challenge in a new lifetime mark of 1:57.1, while Rendezvous led from end to end at only his second outing at Melton. Another ‘new’ winner by He’s Watching was the four-year-old Texas Tara, who won at his second start on the grass at Motukarara Raceway, New Zealand. Other He’s Watching winners in Canada have been the two-year-old Always Watching (1:54) and the three-year-old fillies Moosette (1:57.8) and Lady Eliza (1:57.8).   by Peter Wharton

Former Kiwi superstar Lazarus, who is standing his second season at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW), has a number of top Australian broodmares and racemares booked to him this spring. The list includes Kabbalah Karen B, the dam of the dual Breeders Crown champion and Victoria Derby winner Our Little General 1:49.8 ($685,795) and Melton winner Kasbah Kid 1:53.1 ($182,420); Rock Setter, a sister to the former Australian two-year-old mile record holder Heavens Trend 1:52.1 ($385,683); and the dual Breeders Crown winner Whereibylong 1:53.8 ($448,910). Among other well credentialled mares booked to Lazarus are Maddy White 1:56.9 ($110,824), a half-sister to the WA Derby and cups winner Handsnwheels 1:53.2 ($666,739) and the Listed winner Rock Me Over 1:53.8 ($253,716); and The Blue Lotus NZ, a multiple 2:00 producing half-sister to Tintin In America 1:53.2 ($906,422), a member of the Yirribee Pacing Stud sire roster. Lazarus colt foal out of Anakena NZ, a half-sister to Harry Hoo ($250,695) Tintin In America, the sire of champion racemare Shartin, produced a winning double at Pinjarra recently with the two-year-old American Bullitt and the three-year-old American Colt NZ. The Little Brown Jug winner Million Dollar Cam and world champion Warrawee Needy, who are both standing at Yirribee Stud, have received a terrific boost from the results of North American racing recently. Million Dollar Cam has sired a swag of winners in USA and Canada, while Warrawee Needy, a leading percentage sire with his first Australian crop, ranks as a brother to the USA 2YO and 3YO Filly of the Year and the fastest two-year-old filly of all-time in Warrawee Ubeaut 1:48.6 ($1.7 million) and to the Stakes-winning three-year-old colt Warrawee Vital (1:48.4)     Peter Wharton

Champion sire Timoko is the latest French stallion to join Haras des Trotteurs’ roster for this year’s breeding season in Australia and New Zealand. He stands at Hingstdepan in France alongside Bold Eagle and Brillantissime, which are also new to Haras des Trotteurs this season. Timoko was a stunning on the track and is now enjoying an outstanding stud career. The son of Imoko stamped himself as one of Europe’s best trotters by joining elite company as a two-time Elitloppet in 2014 and 2017. He would ultimately become France’s highest all-time stakes earner  with Eu5,006,731 in stakes. Timoko won 36 races, including 16 group 1 events. A 2007 foal, Timoko began his racing career as a two-year-old and continued on the track until he was 10, the age at which he won his second Elitloppet. He started his stud career as a five-year-old and this month had his 500th individual winner. TIMOKO is available in Australia and New Zealand this Breeding Season. New Zealand: SERVICE FEE: $7,000 + GST. Frozen Semen payable on live foal. Australia: SERVICE FEE: $7,700 (Incl. GST) Frozen Semen payable on live foal For more information, please contact: Louise Toulmin 0428 792 834 louise@harasdestrotteurs.com.au Book via their website: https://www.harasdestrotteurs.com.au/timoko

Always Ready's route to Group 1 racing runs via Dalvui Raceway tonight, when trainer Anton Golino’s four-year-old hunts a sixth successive victory and attempts to build on a burgeoning reputation. And though it’s a distant thought at this stage for the lightly-raced Ready Cash entire, whose 13 starts have produced nine wins, reputation matters with the Haras des Trotteurs and Yabby Dam Farms stable optimistic he will one day become a coveted stallion. “Being a colt and by Ready Cash, the dream is eventually to stand him at stud,” Golino said. “For a son of Ready Cash he is a very intelligent, he’s a beautiful horse to look at, he’s got a good head and confirmation and great pedigree.” But before any more thought is given to that future he has a lot of racing left to do, beginning with tonight’s Murfett and Whiting Electrical Sales & Services Trotters Handicap. Starting off 10 metres in the middle-distance standing start, Always Ready’s expected to begin in red figures on the tote, despite being first up since late April. That campaign served up five unbeaten starts between March 4 and April 25, which followed a tick under two years on the sidelines after Always Ready suffered a "freak injury" when running third as a $1.20 favourite in a $95,000 Group 1. “Still to this day I can’t explain how he broke a bone in his foot in the Breeders Crown final as a two-year-old," Golino said. “He had a lot of time off and then came back and won five starts in a row. We gave him a little let up when covid hit, he got to the point where he was a little stuck for opportunities. “He seems to have come back good. He has had a few trials and I am happy enough with him.” Tonight he begins a campaign that Golino is hopeful will make amends for his Breeders Crown misfortune when the series is held in November, and can then roll into further good times in December’s Aldebaran Park Vicbred Super Series. “They are our main targets,” Golino said. “He’s obviously a very good horse, as long as he stays sound. The horse has a lot of ability, he’s very well bred. “I have a lot of time for him. He’s pretty versatile, has a ton of gate speed, but can also come off the pace. He is a very good gated horse, pretty good manners. I think he can progress to the open ranks, whether is this time or next time we’ll see.” And while Golino said we might not see the best of him when first-up tonight, he’s ready to compete. “He is a little fat, which is probably why I didn’t race him at Melton first up,” he said. “He’s definitely not screwed right down yet, but he is fit enough to start racing. “I will tell (reinsman) Jason (Lee) just to keep him relaxed, especially in the preliminaries. No race is easy, they are all hard to win.” Golino’s focus will soon turn to Saturday night when his stable star Dance Craze will attempt to overcome her tricky gate eight draw in the Aldebaran Park Chris Howe Trotters Free For All. The brilliant mare finished fourth and second in her two starts this campaign and her trainer said he was happy with how she’d come on. “She needed the (last) run and benefitted a lot from it. She came out of it good and ate up,” he said. “The draw is not ideal. It will be tricky from there, but I am happy with her. She will need luck and I see Tornado Valley trialled really good today at Melton. He’s the benchmark and when he’s at his best he’s awesome.” In addition to Saturday night the duo are also likely to lock horns on October 10, night of the $300,000 Pryde’s EasiFeed Victoria Cup. The headline trotting race will be the $50,000 Aldebaran Park Bill Collins Sprint and Golino confirmed that was Dance Craze’s aim. He will also have Imsettogo step out on Saturday, with the four-year-old mare having impressed this season, when she’s won eight of 15 starts. However, Golino said “by her standards she was disappointing” last start, having led at Melton but faded in the final 100 metres to finish fifth. “I was probably a touch kind to her going into the race,” he said. “She fibrillated the start before at Ballarat. I don’t know why, I have never had one do it before. “I have found in the past she does better when I do back her up and I do expect she will be better this week. She’s a horse just getting better and better, which is typical of the French breed.” Imsettogo is being set for November’s Breeders Crown and December’s Aldebaran Park Vicbred Super Series.   HRV - Michael Howard

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The $50,000 JP Stratton Cup (2130m) highlights a quality nine-event card at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Group 2 event beings together the best two pacers in WA - Chicago Bull and Shockwave - and promises to be another titanic battle between the pair. Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have, however, bypassed the feature when finding their best bets on the program. TABradio’s “young guns” Hayden King and Matt Young believe punters can strike early with the consistent Collie-trained pacer Euphoric Moment in the opening event. “Euphoric Moment is drawn to perfection in the first,” King said. “He's been knocking on the door for a win and this looks his chance to break through.” And Young agrees with his fellow racecaller. “Euphoric Moment powered home last start to be an eye catcher,” Young said. “He obtains the prized barrier No.1 draw and should lead throughout over the longer trip.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart is keen on Rock Me Over in the fourth race. “My best bet is No.2 in race four Rock Me over,” Wishart said. “Looks a suitable race for him from the good draw. Good effort last week and I think he can win.“ The West Australian’s Ernie Manning has made Jack William his star bet for the night. “Jack William, who showed courage when fighting on to finish a close second after facing the breeze last Friday night, gets his chance to break through for a win,” Manning said. “A Gloucester Park minor placegetter at his last three starts, he has drawn gate three and reinswoman Emily Suvaljko should be able to position him well. The gelding has won 13 races.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft believes Soho Hamilton can continue on his winning way. “Soho Hamilton drops back from winning the Group 3 The Warwick last week to a metropolitan three-year-old field this Friday,” Havercroft said. “He led on his ear last week when only second-up in the State and so is likely to be further improved for this week’s task.“ Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas, who will be cheering loud and hard for his beloved Claremont in Sunday’s WAFL grand final, has opted for Leap Of Faith as his best bet. “Lightly raced four-year-old Leap Of Faith has resumed after a spell in fine form for trainer-reinsman Luke Edwards and I’m making her my best bet to emerge triumphant on Friday night,” Casellas said. “She finished strongly from the rear when a half-length second to Be My Rock at Pinjarra three Mondays ago when the final 400m was covered in  a smart 27.1sec. That followed her strong-finishing effort to win from Blissfullabbey and Tiffany Twirl at Gloucester Park at her previous outing.” Longshot guru Pat Harding is confident tipsters and punters can bounce back after last week’s dismal effort, even if he doesn’t agree with Casellas. “After a very disappointing night last Friday for punters and tipsters alike, fortunes could well turn around with some interesting races and runners this Friday night,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in race seven with the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Starlight Destiny. She hasn't had a great deal of luck recently, but with very little form from the rest of the field I think she can breakthrough for a well-earned win.” Guild president Wayne Currall is keeping his powder dry until race nine. “I think Princess MILA can lead and post an all-the-way victory in the last on the program,” Currall said. “Her first-up run at Pinjarra after a four-month break was full of merit. She was terrorised in front by Mr Sundon, but still managed to fight on and just went down in a slogging finish.” VALUE BETS HAYDEN: Blissfullabbey is a classy mare. If the speed is on and she can get off the pegs, there is every chance she can zoom over the top to win. MATT: Hotfoot It has trialled up nicely for a return run. Looks to have a nice run just in behind the speed and could be dangerous late. The Woodworths do a great job with their small team. WARREN: Hard to know how the market will assess Little Bitof Fun after being beaten Monday at odds-on, but this draw is a huge plus for him and I think he is a great each-way play. ERNIE: Black Jack Zac, beaten at his past 36 starts, gives the impression he could break a drought if having a little luck. He could have a change of fortune with barrier two, after being one out and four back when unplaced in his past two races. He is a winner of six Gloucester Park events. RYAN: Delightfulreaction has been racing well and draws inside Rock Me Over who is the odds-on favourite in the indicative market. The price difference between the two looks too great for mine and I like the mare from the pegs draw. KEN: For value, I suggest Delightfulreaction from barrier one in race four. Her recent efforts have been excellent and she is poised to fight out the finish. PAT: My value bet of the night comes up in race two with No.3 Henwood Bay. He was my value bet last week and finished fourth, but I think he is better than that and has a real chance in this race. WAYNE: Mcardles Gem is drawn to get a lovely run just off the speed. Looks each-way value all day from the pegs. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting.    Wayne Currall
The winning ways of Mick Bellman and John Caldow will see Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) pledge $8000 to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA), while the trots generous community has poured in almost $3000 more. The outstanding initiative saw Bellman and Caldow wear commemorative PCFA silks throughout September, raising awareness about the cancer that affects about one in six men by the age of 85. But the partnership also raises critical funds, with HRV donating $500 every time either Bellman or Caldow won in September, when the pair combined for 16 victories. A further $2900 will also be donated to the PCFA after a groundswell of support. Ararat Harness Racing Club and its supporters raised $1840, including $760 from Carissa Ward, who donated $20 ever time Bellman had a first three placing, and $300 from Luke Ralph, who donated $20 for every second placing. Other fantastic contributors in that total were Phil and Sharon Ralph, H. A. Syndicate, Rick Ryan, Daryl and Erin Bertram, Gary and Tracey Hull, Clare Payne, Rod Carberry and Katrina Fitzpatrick. A further $660 was pledged by Stawell Harness Racing Club and Lisa McIlvride. And Horsham Harness Racing Club donated $250, with a further $50 pledged by Robbie Connolly, Darryl Edwards and Aaron Dunn. Bendigo Harness Racing Club also partnered with Garrards Horse and Hound to offer a $500 voucher, with was won via a trainers’ draw. Katrina Fitzpatrick was the winning trainer, with trainers getting a ticket into the draw every time Bellman or Caldow steered one of their horses at Bendigo. The partnership will help the PCFA to improve awareness of the disease and raise understanding of options for early detection and treatment, while supporting Australian men and families with the long-term impacts of their illness.   Harness Racing Victoria
A seven-year-old pacer, an Inter Dominion championship finalist two years ago who has been placed in Group 1 feature events behind star performers Our Waikiki Beach, Lazarus and Chicago Bull will reappear after a three-month absence when he meets moderate opposition in the Vili’s Family Bakery Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He is the New Zealand-bred Bettors Delight gelding Cant Refuse, whose Eastern States owners decided to curtail his racing on the spacious Menangle track and give him a strong chance to prove his worth in Western Australia. They chose Corey Peterson to train and drive the gelding because they were delighted when he took over the preparation of another of their pacers, Runaway Three, who had ten starts for him in March and April this year for three wins, two seconds, one third, three fourths and a seventh placing. Cant Refuse has not raced since he worked hard in the breeze before wilting to a two-length seventh behind Scoob Operator over 1609m at Menangle on July 4. “He has been here for a couple of months,” said the 20-year-old Peterson. “He had a couple of weeks off after arriving here and he should’ve raced at the start of September, but I had a few issues with abscesses. “You can definitely tell he’s a good horse by the way he handles himself around the stables and his attitude to trackwork. When you pull him out, he just knows when to go and switch on. “The owners considered that the mile racing at Menangle didn’t suit him, and it was thought he would be better suited over a longer trip. And he was on a Free-For-All mark in Sydney, whereas here he can win three more races before he gets to Free-For-All company.” Cant Refuse, who has had 81 starts for 14 wins, 24 placings and stakes of $259,056, will start from barrier five in a 2536m event on Friday night, and Peterson said it was his intention to go forward at the start in a strong bid for the lead. “I’d say we will press forward and see what they (those drawn inside of him) do early,” he said. “I’ll let him settle and then I think that all the horses drawn inside of us should hand up. I’ll drive him like the best horse.” Cant Refuse won once from ten starts in New Zealand when prepared by Barry Purdon. His victory was as a three-year-old when he finished strongly along the sprint lane to gain the verdict in a blanket finish from Shandale, Kimani, Walkinshaw and Zach Maguire over 1700m at Alexandra Park. He then was trained in Victoria by Matt Craven and by Craig Cross in New South Wales. Cant Refuse warmed up for Friday night’s engagement in excellent fashion with an impressive victory at a 1.56.8 rate over 2185m in a trial at Pinjarra on Sunday morning. He raced three back on the pegs in an Indian file affair before Peterson dashed him to the front 650m from home. Cant Refuse sped over the third quarter of the final mile in 26.5sec. and covered the final section in 28.7sec. to beat Rosies Ideal by three lengths, with Argyle Red two lengths farther back in third place.    “I was surprised that he ran that time down the back, because when I pulled him out, he didn’t feel like he was going that fast,” said Peterson. “As soon as he ran past the other horses he switched off. He needs a horse next to him to get him going.” Cant Refuse was brought to Gloucester Park by Craven for three runs in March and April 2016 when he finished second to Chicago Bull in a WA Derby prelude, third to Chicago Bull in the Western Gate Classic and 4th behind Chicago Bull in the WA Derby final. Earlier that year Cant Refuse finished fourth behind Lazarus in the Victoria Derby and second to the brilliant, unbeaten Our Waikiki Beach in the NSW Derby. He ran seventh behind Tiger Tara in the 2760m Inters final at Melton in December 2018 when he finished a nose behind the sixth placegetter Galactic Star.   Ken Casellas
Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr is bubbling with confidence about Chicago Bull’s winning prospects in the $50,000 J P Stratton Cup over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night, declaring that the pacing superstar is at his peak for another clash with rising star Shockwave. “Chicago Bull has been jumping out of his skin since his win in the Navy Cup,” Hall said. Chicago Bull was at his awesome best in the Navy Cup last Friday week when he raced outside the pacemaker Galactic Star before careering away to win effortlessly from Bletchley Park at a 1.53.7 rate over 2130m  a week after finishing a half-head second to Shockwave in the 2536m Brennan Memorial. This week Chicago Bull will start from the No. 4 barrier on the front line, with Shockwave at barrier two on the back line. “Shockwave went super last week and I’m glad we’ve got the draw advantage over him this week,” said Hall. “It’s hard not to be confident about Chicago Bull’s chances this week after his latest start. And there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be going as good again. So, I’m pretty confident. “It will be a good race and the early plan will be to go forward (at the start). I reckon The Bird Dance from barrier one should be able to hold the others in the early stages and then you would imagine that he would be happy to sit on Chicago Bull. If The Bird Dance tries to hold out Chicago Bull, it would be detrimental (to his prospects).” Chicago Bull should notch his 56TH victory and give the Hall of Fame father and son combination of Gary Hall senior and junior their fifth win in the Stratton Cup after scoring with Bengeeman (2002), Alzona (2011), Waylade (2015) and Chicago Bull (2018). Chicago Bull also finished third behind Shandale and Soho Tribeca in the 2017 Stratton Cup after working hard in the breeze for the final 1200m. Four-year-olds Shockwave and The Bird Dance are expected to provide plenty of opposition for Chicago Bull, with Shockwave chalking up his 16TH win from 39 starts when he led from barrier one and cruised to victory over Chiaroscuro and Our Jimmy Johnstone in the 2536m Media Guild Cup last Friday night. The Bird Dance has won at 16 of his 24 starts and star trainers Greg and Skye Bond produced him in fine fettle for his first-up victory last week. He is sure to be improved by that run. His reinsman Ryan Warwick has yet to taste success in the Stratton Cup, but the Bonds have won the event with Russley Rascal (2012) and Vampiro (2019). Vampiro, who finished strongly to win by a head at $17.20 from stablemate and $2.50 favourite El Jacko in last year’s Stratton Cup, was handled by Colin Brown, whose previous wins in the race were behind Demoralizer in 2007 and Russley Rascal. The Bond stable has four runners in this year’s Cup The Bird Dance (Warwick), Vampiro (Dylan Egerton-Green), Galactic Star (Brown) and Ocean Ridge (Deni Roberts). Ocean Ridge is a consistent five-year-old, but he faces a tough task on Friday night from the outside barrier (No. 9).   Ken Casellas
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