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Warm up with hot trotting action tonight

There have been some frosty nights of late but no matter what the weather, Saturday night's 10-race program at Melton promises to be a crackerjack meeting. The Tabcorp Park Melton Cup Final, the Blacks A Fake Free for All and the Sumthingaboutmaori Trotters Free for All are the feature events with Race 1 kicking off at 5.30pm. This week's Trots/AFL Saturday night special is one for the Cats fans in Top 4 Expectations, while Victoria's own Smoken Up will have his last South Australian run on Sunday before the curtain falls once and for all at Melton next month. ............................................................................................   The Game Plan for Tabcorp Park Melton with Jason Bonnington (@jasonbonnington) Best Bets ($100 All-Up) Smudge Bromac (Race 3 no. 7) $1.80 Keayang Cullen (Race 4 no. 6) $1.40 Best Value ($10 Win $30 Place) Stoned I Am (Race 5 no. 7) $16/$3.30 TAB Fixed Odds Beauty Secret (Race 7 no. 7) $10/$2.63 TAB Fixed Odds Metro Mike (Race 7 no. 6) $12/$3 TAB Fixed Odds The Money Races Race 3 ($60 Flexi First 4's) 7/ 4,8,9,10/ 4,8,9,10/ 4,8,9,10. $24 gets 100% 7/ 4,8,9,10/ 4,8,9,10/ Field. $36 gets 50% Race 10 ($60 Flexi Trifectas) 4/ 1/ 2,3,7,8. $40 gets 1000% 4/ 2,3,7,8/ 1. $10 gets 250% 1/ 4/ 2,3,7,8. $10 gets 250% The Early Quads (x4 for $130) 2/ 1,3,5,8,9,10/ 7/ 6. $48 gets 800% 1,8,12/ 1,3,5,8,9,10/ 7/6. $72 gets 400% 2/ 4,7/ 7/ 6. $4 gets 200% 1,8,12/ 4,7/ 7/ 6. $6 gets 100% Get the full Game Plan, speed maps and more .................................................................................................................... Top 4 Expectations - this weekend's TAB/Trots specials The Trots/AFL TAB special this week celebrates the mighty Cats and top-notch trotter My High Expectations. If Geelong defeats North Melbourne by more than 8.5 points on Saturday and My High Expectations wins Race 5 at Melton, punters will collect on the special! Opening price for Top 4 Expectations is $4. To access the special online visit tab.com.au and follow the links to Sports/Racing Extras/Harness Specials. You can also bet on the special at the track, your local TAB outlet or via the TAB app. ........................................................................................................ Victorians to contest Southern Cross finals Sunday's Southern Cross Finals meeting at Globe Derby in South Australia will have a strong Victorian flavour. Several Victorian horses have qualified for the Southern Cross Finals, which are worth $60,000 each, while champion Melton pacer Smoken Up will have his final South Australian start in the SA Farewells Trigger Pace. READ MORE ................................................................................................... Will Keayang Cullen make it five straight? Keayang Cullen will be shooting for a fifth straight win on Saturday night in the Blacks A Fake Free for All at Tabcorp Park Melton. But after finishing behind the expected odds-on favourite at its past two starts - beaten 4.1m two runs back and 3.6m last time out - Restrepo can keep cutting into Keayang Cullen's margin, according to the horse's trainer Clayton Tonkin. READ MORE ..................................................................................... Cramp duo head to Melton in winning form Shayne Cramp will take two horses in winning form to Tabcorp Park Melton tomorrow night. The Mildura master, who last month trained the entire card at a meeting at his home track, will bring impressive four-year-olds Philtra Phella and Cenosilocophobia to town in a bid to win his fourth metro race this season. READ MORE ........................................................................................... Filly on track to add another Crown to her belongings Whereibylong scored a seemingly effortless win in heat eight of the Breeders Crown three-year-old fillies' series at Bendigo on during the week. Driven by Gavin Lang for Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin, Whereibylong finished over eight metres clear of runner-up Our Santa Catalina in a rate of 1:58.6. READ MORE ............................................................................................ The Wraps are getting bigger A fluke is defined as "an unlikely chance occurrence, especially a surprising piece of luck". So one could mount an argument that to pinch a win over a highly rated opponent in horse racing is a fluke, but to do it twice in two starts? Not so much. READ MORE Harness Racing Victoria

Leading Mildura trainer Shayne Cramp

Cramp duo winning chance at Melton

Shayne Cramp will take two horses in winning form to Tabcorp Park Melton tomorrow night. The Mildura master, who last month trained the entire card at a meeting at his home track, will bring impressive four-year-olds Philtra Phella and Cenosilocophobia to town in a bid to win his fourth metro race this season. Cramp believes both his horses are live chances at Melton, with Philtra Phella drawn to get a nice trail behind speedy Bettor Sweet, while Cenosilocophoba has drawn to potentially lead from gate two in Race 6. “Philtra Phella is going really good at the moment and he beat the free-for-all horses in Astronaut and Caribbean Crest last start and they’re both M1, so he looks up to an M0,” he said. “It looks like he’s got a good chance. “Cenosilocophobia has also been going really good. She’s got blistering gate speed and can lead from anywhere off the front row. “She’s up against the mares and there doesn’t look to be any standouts except maybe the bottom one (Tandias Bromac). “She likes to lead and bowl along so hopefully that’s how it can go from the gate.”' Stay in touch with HRV's Good Form blog for game plans for the Saturday night metro meeting. Related Links Fields for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 02 August 2014 Form guide for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 02 August 2014    

Bruce Christison

New Chief Executive for principal club

The Board of the New South Wales Harness Racing Club met yesterday and decided to offer the position of Chief Executive Officer to Mr Bruce Christison.  The Board is delighted to announce that Mr Chistison has accepted this position effective from today. Mr Christison first joined the administrative staff of the Club in January 1994 as Financial Controller, and has been the Business Operations Manager since March 2004. Mr Christison has been an integral part of the Club’s management for many years and will bring extensive business and administrative skills combined with a detailed knowledge of the Club’s operations to the position of Chief Executive.  The Board believes that this appointment will continue the development of the Club following the sale of Harold Park and development at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Mr Christison will work with departing Chief Executive Officer Mr John Dumesny to ensure a seamless handover before Mr Dumesny assumes his position with Harness Racing New South Wales on 1 September 2014.  The Board believes that this transitional process will be of mutual benefit to all parties and the industry. For further information please contact NSWHRC Chairman Ray Sharman on (02) 4645 2200.

Master reinsman,Gavin Lang

Gavin Lang on fire at Melton

Thursday’s Tabcorp Park Melton meeting belonged to Riddell trainer Adam Kelly and stable reinsman Gavin Lang, Kelly chalking up a stable treble and Lang a driving quartet. Four-year-old Mach Three/Going Royce gelding Pushkin was first to greet the judge in the SEW-Eurodrive Pace for R2 to R4 class over 2240 metres. Trapped in the open from gate three in the early stages, Pushkin extended to cross the surprise pacemaker Danish King and Pushkin enjoyed a sweet time at the head of affairs. Kicking clear at the straight entrance, Pushkin just lasted from a flying Jeans Mattjesty, which had been at the tail of the field for most of the trip, scoring by a nose in a rate of 2:06.5, with Voce (one/one – three wide home turn) an eye-catching third when first-up since April. Kiwi-bred Art Major/Strathrowan filly Dazzling Arded was next to come along in the Alabar 3YO Pace over 1720 metres. First-up since June and on debut in Australia, Dazzling Arden starting from gate two on the second line raced three-wide for most of the trip, with the polemarker Shes Pinkalicious retaining the front running. Showing plenty of intestinal fortitude, Dazzling Arden outstayed her rivals to record a 2.8-metre victory in 2:01.5 over the first-starter Kristy Ann Hanover along the sprint lane after trailing the leader. Richly Deserved (four-wide home turn) from last looked a big chance on straightening and finished third. Ex-Sunraysia seven-year-old gelding Eyes On The Sky, having his first outing since May 2013, was a tough victor of the Woodlands Stud Pace for C1 class over 2240 metres. Making his first appearance for the stable, Eyes On The Sky a son of D M Dilinger and Gipsy Belle who’s most recent victory had been at Mildura on May 26, 2013 raced in the open from gate five, proving too strong over the concluding stages for Pas Mate (one/two – three wide home turn) which joined him halfway up the running appearing to be going better, with Bucksaroo third after following the runner up throughout. The mile rate 2:05.1. Lang was the “punters pal” on the day, also snaring the Pegasus Club 3Y0 Pace over 1720 metres aboard the Sue Hunter (Melton) trained Kenneth J/Artistic Dash gelding Kool Kenny. Given a beaut trip one/one from gate five, Kool Kenny was switched to the sprint lane on straightening, scoring by a half-neck from Gowan Loch, which led from the pole, and Daddywho (three back the markers) The mile rate 2:00.6. It was a great day for the Macedon Ranges district with Kyneton duo Greg and Steve Leight taking the Aldebaran Park 3Y0 Trotters Handicap over 2240 metres with Lawman/Kellybrooke gelding Law Legend, leading all of the way from barrier two, accounting for Eureka Encounter and Fire To Rain in a rate of 2:12.3 in appalling conditions. Four-year-old Britewell/Jenola Bay gelding Our St Pierre gave Bolinda’s Brent Lilley another winner for the week when successful in the tab.com.au Trotters Handicap for TRO & TR1 class over 2240 metres in a rate of 2:09.5. With Chris Alford in the spider, Our St Pierre starting from the 10 metre mark settled six back along the markers, with Atego Turbo beginning like a rocket from outside 10 metres to lead. Moving to be one/one racing for the bell, Our St Pierre was eased three wide on the final bend and finished strongly to gain the day in advance of Our Elvis which moved to face the breeze at the bell before striding clear on the home turn. Only One Aussie which trailed the weakening pacemaker finished third. Len Baker - Harness Racing Victoria  

HRSA has received a report from Racing Analytical Services Ltd in relation to a urine sample taken from KING GALLEON NZ after it competed in a trial at Betezy Park, Globe Derby on 15 June 2014.  This sample was found upon analysis to contain the prohibited substance DEXAMETHASONE. This finding has been confirmed by the Racing Science Centre in Brisbane. Trainer Scott Forby has been interviewed in relation to these findings and will be required to attend a stewards inquiry which will be conducted at a time and date to be fixed. BARBARA SCOTT Chair of Stewards.  

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard a matter in regards to charges issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Rules of Harness Racing (ARHR) 190(1) and 90A(2.9)(a) against licensed trainer Mr Anthony Peacock and ARHR 196A(1)(ii), 190(1), 204, 187(2) and 239A against licensed stablehand Mr Chris Hillman.  ARHR 190(1) reads as follows:  A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. The charge under ARHR 190(1) issued by HRV Stewards against Mr Peacock and Mr Hillman related to a post-race urine sample taken from the horse ‘Azumah The Booma’ after it finished first in Race 6 the ‘Central Goldfields Shire 3YO Pace’ at Maryborough on 24 April 2014. Mr Peacock was the registered trainer of the horse at this time and Mr Hillman had been authorised to present the horse to race at Maryborough on behalf of Mr Peacock. ARHR 190(3) reads as follows: If a person is left in charge of a horse and the horse is presented for a race otherwise than in accordance with sub rule (1), the trainer of the horse and the person left in charge is each guilty of an offence.  Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample collected from ‘Azumah The Booma’ revealed the sample contained the prohibited substance Hydrocortisone Hemisuccinate. The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) in Sydney reported confirmation of these findings in the reserve portion of the relevant urine sample. The Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board (RADB) is established under section 50B of the Racing Act (1958). The RADB is an independent Board established to hear and determine appeals in relation to decisions made under the rules to impose penalties on persons and to hear and determine charges made against persons for serious offences. Mr Peacock pleaded not guilty to the charge under ARHR 190(1), however was subsequently found guilty to the charge. After hearing submissions regarding penalty, the HRV RAD Board imposed a fine of $6,000 upon Mr Peacock. Mr Peacock was fined a further $250 under ARHR 90A(2.9)(a) for failing to ensure Mr Hillman had held an appropriate licence prior to and on 24 April 2014.  Mr Hillman pleaded guilty to the charge under ARHR 190 and ARHR 196A(1)(ii), which reads as follows; A person shall not administer or cause to be administered to a horse any prohibited substance: (ii) which is detected in any sample taken from such horse prior to or following the running of any race. Mr Hillman made admissions during the investigation to the administration of the product solu-cortef approximately 48 hours prior to Azumah The Booma racing at Maryborough on 24 April 2014. After considering submissions regarding penalty, the HRV RAD Board imposed a disqualification of Mr Hillman’s licence for a period of 6 months. Mr Hillman pleaded guilty to ARHR 204 for carrying out the duties of a stablehand for a considerable period of time leading up to and including 24 April 2014, whilst not being the holder of a relevant licence. The HRV RAD Board imposed a disqualification of Mr Hillman’s licence for a period of 1 month, which was ordered to be served concurrently with the disqualification imposed under ARHR 196A(1)(ii). Mr Hillman pleaded guilty to the charge under ARHR 187(2) for giving false information to stewards when initially interviewed by HRV Stewards on 16 May 2014 where he advised that he was unable to explain the presence of the prohibited substance in the urine sample collected from ‘Azumah The Booma’. For this offence, the RAD Board imposed a fine of $1000. Mr Hillman also pleaded guilty to the charge under ARHR 239A for failing to advise Mr Peacock of the administration of solu-cortef, which has led to a breach of the Australian Rules of Harness Racing as the treatment failed to be recorded in Mr Peacock’s log book. For this offence the RAD Board imposed a fine of $250. Under ARHR 195, the HRV RAD Board ordered that ‘Azumah The Booma' be  disqualified from Race 6 at Maryborough on 24 April 2014. Harness Racing Victoria Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board

Messini’s rise to harness racing stardom continued last night at Bendigo. The pacer, whose racing style is to keep his head low, stick his neck out and storm forward like a bullying gridiron hulk barging through would-be tacklers, never looked like getting beat. With Chris Alford in the sulky for trainer Brent Lilley, Messini came home with a 57-second last half to score a 4.6-metre victory in the ninth heat of the Roll With Joe Breeders Crown Series for three-year-old colts and geldings. The high-class son of Art Major led from gate three and toyed with his rivals, only Glen Craven’s lightly raced Jilliby Jagger able to get within a bull’s roar of the winner at the end, the Terang pacer 4.6m behind in second. With a 1:57.5 mile rate – easily the quickest of the three Crown heats on the night – Messini looks cherry ripe for the semi-finals, with a decision to be made regarding whether the pacer remains with Lilley for the business end of the series or heads back to Lilley’s close mate and New Zealand’s leading trainer, Mark Purdon. Purdon sent Messini and Kept Under Wraps to Lilley for the lead-up to the Breeders Crown and Lilley has both horses firing on all cylinders. Messini Other heat winners last night were Will Mach My Word for trainer Geoff Webster with Emmett Brosnan in the chair, the son of Mach Three leading from go to whoa, and Dream Away gelding Hectorjayjay for Bill and Simone Walker, which scored by over 12m in a rate of 2:00.4 in the last race on the card. Will Mach My Word Hectorjayjay by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Tabcorp Holdings Limited (“Tabcorp”) today announced that it has agreed with the ACT  Government to acquire ACTTAB for $105.5 million.  ACTTAB is a Territory-owned provider of totalisator and fixed odds wagering, Keno and  Trackside products. The business offers its services and products through a distribution  network comprised of 53 retail outlets located throughout the ACT as well as telephone  and internet platforms.  As part of the acquisition, the ACT Government will issue to Tabcorp a 50 year exclusive  totalisator licence, a sports bookmaking licence for an initial term of 15 years with further  rolling extensions to a total term of 50 years, and ongoing approvals to offer Keno and  Trackside products for 50 years.  The ACTTAB totalisator and sports bookmaking licences are highly attractive. Ongoing  payments to be made by Tabcorp in respect of the totalisator are limited to an annual  licence fee of $1 million and CPI increases. There is no wagering tax payable to the  Territory on the totalisator licence. The wagering tax payable to the Territory on the sports  bookmaking licence currently has an expected effective tax rate of less than 1% of turnover.  Tabcorp's close proximity to the ACT market, as well as existing pooling and fixed odds  management arrangements with ACTTAB, provide operational alignment and a deep  understanding of ACTTAB's market.  Tabcorp's Managing Director and CEO, David Attenborough, said: "The acquisition of  ACTTAB presents a unique opportunity for Tabcorp to secure long-term licences on highly  favourable terms in a jurisdiction that is complementary to our existing Wagering and  Keno businesses in Victoria and New South Wales. We look forward to leveraging our  capabilities to strengthen the product offering available to ACTTAB customers and to  deliver the best outcome for the racing industry and other stakeholders including our  venue and community partners."  Tabcorp intends to fund the acquisition from existing bank facilities. Tabcorp expects the  acquisition will generate EBITDA of approximately $14 million in the year following  completion of integration of the business and will be EPS accretive. Integration is  expected to take around 12 months.  The ACT Government has agreed to certain protections which provide greater regulatory  certainty in respect of the key terms of the licences.  The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals, including ACCC clearance. Tabcorp  expects to announce completion of the acquisition within the next few months.  Tabcorp is recognised as a world leader in sustainability and in the responsible service of  gambling. The 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability Index has ranked Tabcorp as the global  gambling industry leader for eight of the past nine years.  NICHOLAS TZAFERIS GENERAL MANAGER CORPORATE AFFAIRS

June's postponed Cowra TAB Carnival of Cups harness racing meeting will take place at the Cowra Showground this Sunday afternoon. With great prizemoney on offer, Cowra will feature the running of the $13,000 Tritech Refrigeration Cowra Cup, the $9,000 Sam Agostino Memorial along with a $9,000 3YO Pace to attract local trainers. The Cup is a fairly even affair with Steve Turnbull's Cheyenne Warrior likely to be fancied. The four-year-old should be on the pace throughout and will vie for the lead with pole marker Benoah who does have gate speed. The Nathan Hurst trained Usher will have admirers. Although drawn wide he is racing well enough to be successful. The meeting has eight races programmed with plenty of attractions on offer for racegoers including a chance to win a brand new Toyota Yaris to be drawn at the HRNSW Awards night on October 25 at The Sofitel Sydney. Club Secretary Robin Dale said the club is expecting a good crowd. "We have plenty of entertainment with music, dancers and monster raffles," she said. "The club couldn't more pleased with the prizemoney it puts us in a good place for the future." The first event will commence at 12:42pm. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |  

Whereibylong scored a seemingly effortless win in heat eight of the Breeders Crown three-year-old fillies’ series at Bendigo on last night. Driven by Gavin Lang for Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin, Whereibylong finished over eight metres clear of runner-up Our Santa Catalina in a rate of 1:58.6. Whereibylong finished off in a last half-mile of 56 seconds, running her opponents ragged despite not leaving second gear, says Tonkin. “Gavin never had to pull the plugs,” Tonkin said. “I’d actually say it was a soft run.” Whereibylong dominated the recent Breeders Challenge series at Menangle, romping home in the Group 1 final by almost seven metres after proving too good in the heat and semi-final. The fact she seems completely adept on the sometimes tricky Menangle track was a big tick, said Tonkin, and should bode well for her in coming seasons. “She’s a great filly. She came through Sydney really well. “She’ll definitely (go on to) race in open class.” Already a Breeders Crown champion (as a two-year-old), Whereibylong has had 13 wins and three minor placings from 21 starts for prizemoney of $340,457. David Moran trained-and-driven Our Santa Catalina boxed on for second after working in the breeze, while Charlie Wootton trained Madison Louise finished third for driver Greg Sugars. The other three-year-old fillies’ Crown heat last night was taken out by David Aiken trained Quick Draft for driver Chris Alford. Quick Draft, which started $1.30 on the tote, romped home by 12.1 metres despite working three-wide early and punching the breeze thereafter. Her winning mile rate was 1:58.0 with a last half of 57.8 seconds. Tuscan Breeze ran second for Stewart/Tonkin and Lang, while Kiss Kenny was third beaten 24.1m for trainer Greg Hansen and driver Danielle Lewis. By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Victoria)

Junee trainer Bruce Harpley only has three horses in work currently.  Frith is the star of the team and she has been entered at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night but Harpley's other two horses, Sokys Bigbullet and Justanotherslippa were able to provide him with his first metropolitan double at Menangle when they won their respective races on Saturday night. "I'm pretty sure that is my first metro training double, it definitely is my first metro training double at Menangle, I've driven a few winners for Bernie Kelly at Harold Park and Menangle but to train a double was very exciting," Harpley said. "What made it even better was that both races were Country Series Finals which means all three of the horses in my stable have won $25,000 feature races in the past couple of weeks which makes it a lot easier to get up and work them in the morning, that's for sure." Sokys Bigbullet proved too strong for short priced favourite Millwood Liberty rating 1:55.6 for the mile. "There was a bit expected of him after he made such a good start to his career but what a lot of people don't know is that he had a soft palate operation last season and it has taken him a while to put it all together." "Actually it has only been in the last month or so that he has really started to feel like his old self again, I have nominated him again for Menangle on Saturday night and then he can have a spell." Justanotherslippa brought up the second win of his career when he took out race six. "It wasn't an overly strong race and I thought it was going to come down to who got the most luck and it all worked out nicely for me." "These country finals are great for us country trainers, up until I won two heats at Bathurst before these finals I had never won a heat, let alone a final so it was nice to win a couple on the same night." By Greg Hayes (Harness Racing NSW)

The Board of Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr John Dumesny as its new Chief Executive. The HRNSW Chairman Mr Rex Horne announced the appointment this morning. “The process has been extensive and involved a sub-committee of the Board, which met on numerous occasions, to review the long list of candidates presented by Watermark International”, Mr Horne said. The full Board met on Tuesday and interviewed the final four candidates. It was subsequently decided to offer the position to Mr Dumesny. Mr Dumesny has a long and distinguished career in harness racing. He commenced with the New South Wales Harness Racing Club (NSWHRC) in 1988. He has been Chief Executive of the Club since 2004 and prior to that was the Racing Manager from 1988 to 2004. John was the driving force behind the sale of Harold Park in 2010 and the extensive upgrade of the Menangle Park facility to world class status. Mr Horne went on to say that without John’s drive and passion much of what we have today would never have occurred. “We have a world class track and associated facilities, higher prizemoney and a much stronger industry”, he said “The Board believes that John will bring similar drive and passion to HRNSW”. Mr Dumesny commences with HRNSW on Monday 1 September. CHIEF EXECUTIVE MOVES ON John Dumesny will be leaving his position as the Chief Executive Officer of the New South Wales Harness Racing Club to take up the position of Chief Executive of Harness Racing NSW effective from 1 September 2014. John joined the staff at our Club in 1988 as Racing Manager, and remained in that role until 2004, at which time he took up his current position of Chief Executive Officer. John has also filled positions as a Director and secretary of Australian Pacing Gold and as the Club’s representative on the Harness Racing Clubs Committee. John has provided 26 years of dedicated service to the Club and the industry during which time he has shown a great passion for the sport of harness racing and an unrivalled work ethic. John has a great knowledge of harness racing, and his experience and management expertise have ensured that he is acknowledged as a respected leading administrator in our industry. John has many achievements to his name during his time at our Club, but the most significant is his leading role in the sale of Harold Park and the relocation of the principal club to Tabcorp Park Menangle. His vision and drive ensured that a sale was achieved that has consolidated the financial future of both the Club and the industry. He has also overseen the development of the Menangle Park precinct with the construction of the track, administration building, stables and grandstand. As a result of his efforts we now have a world class facility and a financial platform that ensures the future viability of harness racing. While John has always given his unqualified commitment to our Club, he has also recognised that the Club is part of a broader industry. While his resignation is a great loss for our Club, I am sure that he will apply his skills and knowledge in his new role at Harness Racing New South Wales to continue the development of harness racing in our state. On behalf of the Board, staff and Members of our Club I thank John for his many years of dedicated service and wish him the best for the future. HRNSW

Steve Turnbull is the leading harness racing trainer in New South Wales and it is no longer a case of 'if' he will train 200 winners this season in the state, it is just a case of 'when'. Turnbull came so close last year when he finished with 199.5 winners and admits he has targeted the double century this time around. "Yeah, when the season started after we got so close last year the aim was to get 200 winners and just over a month ago I thought we might miss but we got seven winners in a week not long ago and that put a big dent in the number we needed," Turnbull said. "The only other goal I would like to achieve is to train a derby winner, I've won Western Districts Derbies in the past but I would really like to win a state derby, that would cap everything for me." Turnbull's daughter Amanda has been a big part of his success and he acknowledges it might be difficult to achieve the feat again with her commitments in Victoria growing. "We haven't fully worked out how much she will be home next season, but we have the new Bathurst track opening up and it would be great if she would come home and drive for me at Bathurst and Menangle, especially Menangle because I only seem to be able to win races there from the stand." "It is obviously going to have some effect but it just means that Mitch and I will have to do a bit more of the driving and hopefully there will still be plenty of winners." With Turnbull only four winners away from the 200 he would love to get to the magical number with one of his Menangle horses. "The horses I had in on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Menangle have been really good for the stable this season. Horses like Christian Ruler, Heza Thrill, So Kool Harry and Ardle McArdle have all won their fair share of races and it would nice for one of them to bring up the 200." By Greg Hayes | Harness Racing New South Wales |    

Hunter Valley harness racing trainer Shane Tritton enjoyed plenty of success during his recent trip to Queensland for the Winter Carnival and with the Breeders Crown series in Victoria less than a month away, he has confirmed he will be taking a strong team south. However before heading off Tritton has a large contingent in at Tabcorp Park Menangle this Saturday night including two exciting prospects, Lombo Kotakinabalu and Fearless Leader. "We have a big team in on Saturday night and I'm looking forward to producing a couple of horses that look to have big futures going forward," Tritton said. "Fearless Leader was sent to us with the idea of getting him on the big track at Menangle and so far we haven't even given him a start there because we took him to Queensland for the carnival but I really think he is going to be suited on the 1400 metre track." Fearless Leader has already had three starts at Menangle in his career and has only been placed on one occasion. "He's only little but he has got a tremendous attitude and Lauren (Panella) has told me that he really likes to find the line in his races so I'm expecting a big performance this weekend." "The plan is to take him back to Melbourne for a Breeders Crown graduate race next month." Lombo Kotakinabalu has only had one start at Menangle and he was a big winner on that occasion, taking out a Country Series Final on Breeders Challenge Final Day. "He is a very exciting horse, he has been winning his races very easily and he is a free rolling type which I think will be better suited over the mile so the 2300 metres will be something different this weekend." "The plan is to take him to Melbourne as well. I'm planning on taking eight at this stage including horses like Suave Stuey Lombo, Controversial, Marty Monkhouser and Im Supersonic." By Greg Hayes  | Harness Racing New South Wales |  

Queensland warrior Destreos is hoping for a change of luck. The Ken Rattray trained veteran gelding lines up in his fifth Redcliffe Cup this Saturday night at the bayside club and victory is proving to be quite elusive. But this could be the year. The Gr.3 $40,000 Moreton Bay Regional Council Redcliffe Gold Cup has drawn together a very strong field highlighted by a huge representation from the leading stables of Grant Dixon who has five entrants including last year’s winner Only The Brave. While club officials were hopeful of attracting champion pacer Im Themightyquinn who swept all before him recently at Albion Park, a competitive field has been assembled. Destreos returns from a successful three start Sydney campaign and heads to Redcliffe in great form leaving connections hopeful of forward showing. The best result for Destreos so far was back in 2010 when a runner-up behind Nickys Falcon. “He’s returned from his Sydney trip in very good order and knowing that Im Themightyquinn and Avonnova are not starting gives me plenty of confidence. We’ll still need plenty of luck but you can’t knock his recent form, I thought he performed really well in all of his starts in Sydney including his latest effort behind Freyberg and Smoken Up in 1;51.7.” Rattray said. Destreos starts from a 10m handicap and will follow out last start winner and in-form pacer Majestic Major. Regular pilot Kelli Dawson will reunite with the Astreos gelding. “In recent times I’ve tried to restrict his racing to mile events but he’s performing really well currently and I thought he deserved his chance in this race again. We’ve been close on a few occasions in the past including his narrow second to Nickys Falcon so hopefully we can win it this time around. “He’s got a good record at Redcliffe and he’s never had any issues with the track despite boasting a great record at Albion Park. If we get a good trip from the draw, I think he’ll be right in this finish. “His last start sixth in Sydney was very good because we got left without cover and he was still in the mix until the final 75m and the time was very good on a cool night. We went to Sydney to avoid the winter carnival stars but still ran into the likes of Smoken Up and a few others.” Rattray was quick to highlight star mare Forever Gold as one of the hardest to beat despite the fact she must overcome a 20m back mark handicap. The Darren Weeks/Kylie Rasmussen prepared mare caught the eye last start when running on strongly behind Im Themightyquinn in the Gr.1 $100,000 Blacks A Fake at Albion Park on July 19. “That mare went super last start at Albion Park and I’m sure she will prove very hard to beat, she’s such a professional and she always rises to the challenge. “It’s a very even field and most could win it with even luck, this is a race that can throw up a roughie.” The $20,000 Redcliffe Oaks is the other feature on the program and a strong field has also been gathered. Last start Queensland Oaks placegetters Charming Allie and Beef City Safari must overcome second-line draws while speedy fillies Heavenly Cullen and Morethanmeetstheye have drawn ideally. The first of nine races is scheduled to start at 5.35pm. By Chris Barsby (Harness Racing Australia)

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There have been some frosty nights of late but no matter what the weather, Saturday night's 10-race program at Melton promises to be a crackerjack meeting. The Tabcorp Park Melton Cup Final, the Blacks A Fake Free for All and the Sumthingaboutmaori Trotters Free for All are the feature events with Race 1 kicking off at 5.30pm. This week's Trots/AFL Saturday night special is one for the Cats fans in Top 4 Expectations, while Victoria's own Smoken Up will have his last South Australian run on Sunday before the curtain falls once and for all at Melton next month. ............................................................................................   The Game Plan for Tabcorp Park Melton with Jason Bonnington (@jasonbonnington) Best Bets ($100 All-Up) Smudge Bromac (Race 3 no. 7) $1.80 Keayang Cullen (Race 4 no. 6) $1.40 Best Value ($10 Win $30 Place) Stoned I Am (Race 5 no. 7) $16/$3.30 TAB Fixed Odds Beauty Secret (Race 7 no. 7) $10/$2.63 TAB Fixed Odds Metro Mike (Race 7 no. 6) $12/$3 TAB Fixed Odds The Money Races Race 3 ($60 Flexi First 4's) 7/ 4,8,9,10/ 4,8,9,10/ 4,8,9,10. $24 gets 100% 7/ 4,8,9,10/ 4,8,9,10/ Field. $36 gets 50% Race 10 ($60 Flexi Trifectas) 4/ 1/ 2,3,7,8. $40 gets 1000% 4/ 2,3,7,8/ 1. $10 gets 250% 1/ 4/ 2,3,7,8. $10 gets 250% The Early Quads (x4 for $130) 2/ 1,3,5,8,9,10/ 7/ 6. $48 gets 800% 1,8,12/ 1,3,5,8,9,10/ 7/6. $72 gets 400% 2/ 4,7/ 7/ 6. $4 gets 200% 1,8,12/ 4,7/ 7/ 6. $6 gets 100% Get the full Game Plan, speed maps and more .................................................................................................................... Top 4 Expectations - this weekend's TAB/Trots specials The Trots/AFL TAB special this week celebrates the mighty Cats and top-notch trotter My High Expectations. If Geelong defeats North Melbourne by more than 8.5 points on Saturday and My High Expectations wins Race 5 at Melton, punters will collect on the special! Opening price for Top 4 Expectations is $4. To access the special online visit tab.com.au and follow the links to Sports/Racing Extras/Harness Specials. You can also bet on the special at the track, your local TAB outlet or via the TAB app. ........................................................................................................ Victorians to contest Southern Cross finals Sunday's Southern Cross Finals meeting at Globe Derby in South Australia will have a strong Victorian flavour. Several Victorian horses have qualified for the Southern Cross Finals, which are worth $60,000 each, while champion Melton pacer Smoken Up will have his final South Australian start in the SA Farewells Trigger Pace. READ MORE ................................................................................................... Will Keayang Cullen make it five straight? Keayang Cullen will be shooting for a fifth straight win on Saturday night in the Blacks A Fake Free for All at Tabcorp Park Melton. But after finishing behind the expected odds-on favourite at its past two starts - beaten 4.1m two runs back and 3.6m last time out - Restrepo can keep cutting into Keayang Cullen's margin, according to the horse's trainer Clayton Tonkin. READ MORE ..................................................................................... Cramp duo head to Melton in winning form Shayne Cramp will take two horses in winning form to Tabcorp Park Melton tomorrow night. The Mildura master, who last month trained the entire card at a meeting at his home track, will bring impressive four-year-olds Philtra Phella and Cenosilocophobia to town in a bid to win his fourth metro race this season. READ MORE ........................................................................................... Filly on track to add another Crown to her belongings Whereibylong scored a seemingly effortless win in heat eight of the Breeders Crown three-year-old fillies' series at Bendigo on during the week. Driven by Gavin Lang for Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin, Whereibylong finished over eight metres clear of runner-up Our Santa Catalina in a rate of 1:58.6. READ MORE ............................................................................................ The Wraps are getting bigger A fluke is defined as "an unlikely chance occurrence, especially a surprising piece of luck". So one could mount an argument that to pinch a win over a highly rated opponent in horse racing is a fluke, but to do it twice in two starts? Not so much. READ MORE Harness Racing Victoria
Shayne Cramp will take two horses in winning form to Tabcorp Park Melton tomorrow night. The Mildura master, who last month trained the entire card at a meeting at his home track, will bring impressive four-year-olds Philtra Phella and Cenosilocophobia to town in a bid to win his fourth metro race this season. Cramp believes both his horses are live chances at Melton, with Philtra Phella drawn to get a nice trail behind speedy Bettor Sweet, while Cenosilocophoba has drawn to potentially lead from gate two in Race 6. “Philtra Phella is going really good at the moment and he beat the free-for-all horses in Astronaut and Caribbean Crest last start and they’re both M1, so he looks up to an M0,” he said. “It looks like he’s got a good chance. “Cenosilocophobia has also been going really good. She’s got blistering gate speed and can lead from anywhere off the front row. “She’s up against the mares and there doesn’t look to be any standouts except maybe the bottom one (Tandias Bromac). “She likes to lead and bowl along so hopefully that’s how it can go from the gate.”' Stay in touch with HRV's Good Form blog for game plans for the Saturday night metro meeting. Related Links Fields for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 02 August 2014 Form guide for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 02 August 2014    
The Board of the New South Wales Harness Racing Club met yesterday and decided to offer the position of Chief Executive Officer to Mr Bruce Christison.  The Board is delighted to announce that Mr Chistison has accepted this position effective from today. Mr Christison first joined the administrative staff of the Club in January 1994 as Financial Controller, and has been the Business Operations Manager since March 2004. Mr Christison has been an integral part of the Club’s management for many years and will bring extensive business and administrative skills combined with a detailed knowledge of the Club’s operations to the position of Chief Executive.  The Board believes that this appointment will continue the development of the Club following the sale of Harold Park and development at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Mr Christison will work with departing Chief Executive Officer Mr John Dumesny to ensure a seamless handover before Mr Dumesny assumes his position with Harness Racing New South Wales on 1 September 2014.  The Board believes that this transitional process will be of mutual benefit to all parties and the industry. For further information please contact NSWHRC Chairman Ray Sharman on (02) 4645 2200.
Thursday’s Tabcorp Park Melton meeting belonged to Riddell trainer Adam Kelly and stable reinsman Gavin Lang, Kelly chalking up a stable treble and Lang a driving quartet. Four-year-old Mach Three/Going Royce gelding Pushkin was first to greet the judge in the SEW-Eurodrive Pace for R2 to R4 class over 2240 metres. Trapped in the open from gate three in the early stages, Pushkin extended to cross the surprise pacemaker Danish King and Pushkin enjoyed a sweet time at the head of affairs. Kicking clear at the straight entrance, Pushkin just lasted from a flying Jeans Mattjesty, which had been at the tail of the field for most of the trip, scoring by a nose in a rate of 2:06.5, with Voce (one/one – three wide home turn) an eye-catching third when first-up since April. Kiwi-bred Art Major/Strathrowan filly Dazzling Arded was next to come along in the Alabar 3YO Pace over 1720 metres. First-up since June and on debut in Australia, Dazzling Arden starting from gate two on the second line raced three-wide for most of the trip, with the polemarker Shes Pinkalicious retaining the front running. Showing plenty of intestinal fortitude, Dazzling Arden outstayed her rivals to record a 2.8-metre victory in 2:01.5 over the first-starter Kristy Ann Hanover along the sprint lane after trailing the leader. Richly Deserved (four-wide home turn) from last looked a big chance on straightening and finished third. Ex-Sunraysia seven-year-old gelding Eyes On The Sky, having his first outing since May 2013, was a tough victor of the Woodlands Stud Pace for C1 class over 2240 metres. Making his first appearance for the stable, Eyes On The Sky a son of D M Dilinger and Gipsy Belle who’s most recent victory had been at Mildura on May 26, 2013 raced in the open from gate five, proving too strong over the concluding stages for Pas Mate (one/two – three wide home turn) which joined him halfway up the running appearing to be going better, with Bucksaroo third after following the runner up throughout. The mile rate 2:05.1. Lang was the “punters pal” on the day, also snaring the Pegasus Club 3Y0 Pace over 1720 metres aboard the Sue Hunter (Melton) trained Kenneth J/Artistic Dash gelding Kool Kenny. Given a beaut trip one/one from gate five, Kool Kenny was switched to the sprint lane on straightening, scoring by a half-neck from Gowan Loch, which led from the pole, and Daddywho (three back the markers) The mile rate 2:00.6. It was a great day for the Macedon Ranges district with Kyneton duo Greg and Steve Leight taking the Aldebaran Park 3Y0 Trotters Handicap over 2240 metres with Lawman/Kellybrooke gelding Law Legend, leading all of the way from barrier two, accounting for Eureka Encounter and Fire To Rain in a rate of 2:12.3 in appalling conditions. Four-year-old Britewell/Jenola Bay gelding Our St Pierre gave Bolinda’s Brent Lilley another winner for the week when successful in the tab.com.au Trotters Handicap for TRO & TR1 class over 2240 metres in a rate of 2:09.5. With Chris Alford in the spider, Our St Pierre starting from the 10 metre mark settled six back along the markers, with Atego Turbo beginning like a rocket from outside 10 metres to lead. Moving to be one/one racing for the bell, Our St Pierre was eased three wide on the final bend and finished strongly to gain the day in advance of Our Elvis which moved to face the breeze at the bell before striding clear on the home turn. Only One Aussie which trailed the weakening pacemaker finished third. Len Baker - Harness Racing Victoria  
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