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Enhanced coverage for Vicbred Super Series heats

Harness Racing Victoria’s Trots Vision at thetrots.com.au will deliver extended coverage of the 2018 Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series (VSS18) first round of heats tonight and tomorrow night from Bendigo and Kilmore. Tonight’s coverage will feature live streaming of all races from Bendigo, including the two-year-old pacing Empire Stallions VSS18 races at thetrots.com.au, with caller Lachie McIntosh’s pre-race thoughts, followed by post-race interviews by Bendigo’s Kirsten Graham. AFL star Josh Jenkins will also be on track and part of the coverage. Tomorrow night Dan Mielicki will be the voice of the thetrots.com.au from Kilmore for the three-year-old Empire Stallions VSS18 pacing races, with Trots Media’s Cody Winnell track side for the live streamed post-race interviews. RSN and HRV have also teamed to deliver RSN listeners exclusive Good Form late-mail thoughts in the lead-up to all Empire Stallions VSS18 heats tonight and tomorrow, with Blake Redden and Jason Bonnington on hand with their thoughts eight minutes prior to each race. All the action can also be viewed on Sky Racing 1, channel 526 on Foxtel. Don’t miss any of the action, live and free, at thetrots.com.au and join the social media discussion on all platforms using the hashtag #VSS18 CODY WINNELL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER HARNESS RACING VICTORIA 

Ben Yole,harness racing

Yole charging to Tassie ton

The state’s leading trainer Ben Yole has his third straight Trainer’s Premiership Title all parcelled up and to cap it off is closing in on his third successive century milestone. Ben trained 107 winners in Tasmanian in 2015/16 and followed up last season with 124 victories in his adopted state. On Sunday night in Launceston, the Yole stable applied the polish to four of the seven winners on the card to catapult his winning Tasmanian tally to 98. When you add the three interstate winners for the season provided by Jeans Mattjesty and Washies Chance the stable tally sits at 101. “We’ve enjoyed another successful season so far and it was very satisfying to take home four winners from the meeting on Sunday,” said Ben. “That takes us to within two of the ton locally, I like to look at the Victorian wins as a bonus so we are working off the number of wins for the season as 98 and we are looking forward to cracking triple figures three years on the trot, it would be just reward for our team who have put a lot of hard work in like many other stables around the state.” Ben’s spectacular night kicked off in style thanks to magical drive on No Apachemee by Rohan Hillier. “No Apachemee has been a great money spinner for connections, that’s his fourth win for the season, Rohan drove him a treat coming from outside the second line to find a spot behind the leader, only coming off the pegs to sprint over them late,” said a smiling trainer. Rocknrollhighlight was the second winner for the stable on the night continuing her tremendous form with a narrow but courageous victory over Fortino, she was softened up in the run but still had enough up her sleeve to be lifted over the line by Rohan Hadley to score by a half-head. “That was her seventh win of the season, we have changed up her training routine and she now does a lot of swimming and she’s improved in leaps and bounds and getting stronger all the time so we will be sticking with the new regime that for sure,” said Ben. Rohan Hillier landed his second winner for the stable on the programme in race four over 2200-metres when he held up Im Full Tilt for one last crack at them in the home straight. “Im Full Tilt needs to be smothered up with cover to produce his best, he’s not over ambitious out on his own but does have a sharp sprint which he was able to pull out in the run to the post,” said the Sidmouth mentor. Four-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Fight Fire With Fire mare Ready To Fire made it win number six for the season with a neck win over Aunty Rita after coming from outside the second line. “She is potentially a very smart type but she also has a mind of her own and can do a few things wrong particularly in the score up so we will continue to work on that issue because if we can straighten that out she will be hard to hold out in any race we find for her,” said Ben looking forward to the future. With Harness racing in Hobart on Friday and backing up in Launceston on Sunday the Ben Yole stable looks almost certain to crash through the 100 barrier this week and then with 16 meetings remaining in the season set off in search of the stables state record of 124 winners.   Shane Yates

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Over the hill

MENANGLE Park to Bathurst is amore than a three hour float trip but it’s been a worthwhile excursion on many occasions lately for KerryAnn Turner and Robbie Morris, when bringing well-graded horses over the mountains to Gold Crown Paceway. Last week’s trip produced a three-from-three result for driver Robbie Morris, in successive races. He scored with Milwaukee Stryder for Londonderry trainer Richard Camilleri, before adding a double for his and Turner’s stable with Stormont Star and Kleened Out NZ. With the driving duties completed after race four, and back on the road for the downhill run home  before seven o’clock, he would have been doubly pleased, by the perfect result and the prospect of being tucked up in bed well before midnight. Milwaukee Stryder cleared maiden ranks at start 17. After leading early, Morris handed up to Karloo Bentwofifty, and he came out of that trail rounding the home turn to draw level with the leader, grabbing him right on the line in a slogging finish, with a 58.2s last half and a  1:56.7 mile rate. Stormont Star began well from the middle of the second line in a C1 sprint and was well positioned in the leading division, launching his claim with a 28.1s third quarter before holding off the closing Lucky Lyla in 29.7s for a sharp 1:55.7 victory. The winner, a half-brother to the top-class Stormont Czar which races out of the stable,  is owned by Robbie’s mother Margaret, making this second Bathurst win even more enjoyable for the driver, who believes the horse has a nice future. “And I’m a fan of his sire For A Reason, which is doing a good job, with a number of nice horses,” he added. Although clocking in fractionally slower, in a C2-C3 sprint, Kleened Out NZ was the most impressive winner of the meeting, sitting outside the well-performed Callmequeenbee and upping the ante over a gruelling 56.2s final half before forging clear in the straight from Snoop Stride, which worked home well. Despite the strong support for the local filly, which was looking for a hat-trick, Morris was expecting a strong performance from his horse, and drove him accordingly. “I thought as a five-year-old he had the edge in race experience and toughness over Mat Rue’s nice filly, and he’d put in some very good runs recently down at Menangle. I considered this race suited him really well, and I’m certainly not surprised by the win,” he indicated on returning to scale. And that long drive he makes most weeks? “ It’s a fair hike, but I’m not complaining. It’s no different for Steve, or Bernie, when they bring their horses to race at Menangle, and they do it every week, some weeks even twice,” he acknowledged. Other winners at a true mid-winter meeting up on the tablelands: Jeradas Delight, strongly supported into favouritism in 3YO fillies class, and bringing up a hat-trick courtesy of Mark Hewitt’s classy drive - gradually working his way inside and outside into the race before bursting clear - that earned him the Drive of the Night award from racecaller Luke Marlow Volaticus (John O’Shea for Ed Collins ), sitting in the death and far too good for his  maiden opponents  at start number 18, his last half in 57.3s suggesting that he’ll be winning more races in coming starts for his very popular owner/trainer Navua Girl, for Steve Turnbull in the first  of two 2YO fillies events, well deserved after being runner-up at her previous three starts, and the Sportswriter daughter likely to have another couple of runs before going for a spell Soundslikeart (Gemma/Mat Rue ) in the second division, scoring her second win in succession by leading throughout, and a blistering 27.1s final quarter enabling the Art Major youngster to romp in for the easiest win of the night Captain Cosmonaut (Chris Frisby/ Amanda Turnbull ),the three-year-old enjoying a change of tactics in this CO sprint, sitting back in the field and set loose over the final 600 metres in one sustained run, remarkably Amanda’s only drive of the night. Some meritorious individual performances, from both horses and drivers, but without question, the honours belonged with Robbie Morris. Over the hill (literally) and far away the best of the night.   Terry Neil

Shez All Rock,Harness racing

Shez All Rockin' towards Breeders Crown

Megastar filly Shez All Rock returns to the All Stars’ stables this week. And she’s only a few weeks away from a racetrack return. Mark Purdon said the last-start Harness Jewels winner would resume in a qualifying heat of the Breeders Crown at Addington on July 13. From there it’s back to Australia where Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen will try to complete the most dominant of three-year-old filly season’s by adding the Breeders Crown title to the Jewels, NZ Oaks, NSW Oaks and Victoria Oaks victories. “It’ll be good to get her back in the stable this week and she won’t have lost much in her time out,” Purdon said. “She’ll go to the Crown heat here (Christchurch) and then we’ll work out what to do with her between that and the Crown semi-finals.” The Crown semis are at Ballarat on August 18 with the Grand Final at Melton a week later. There has been plenty of talk Shez All Rock could stay Down Under for her four-year-old season. But Purdon said he and US-based owner Chris Ryder would not final finalise future plans with Shez All Rock until after the Crown. Shez All Rock has raced just 10 times for nine wins, a luckless second and pocketed $445,192. Adam Hamilton

Australians are increasingly using mobile phones to place bets - but fewer are taking a punt, according to a study by Australian research company Roy Morgan. Some 3.4 million Australians bet on a sporting event, horse racing, harness racing (trots), greyhound racing or some other event in the 12 months ending in March 2018, Roy Morgan said in figures released on Monday. That figure was down from more than 3.7 million Australians six years ago.  More than one-third of Australians (34.1%), make their bet using the Internet compared to 15.7% six years ago. Tabcorp Holdings was used by 17.4% of bettors, while Sportsbet.com.au was second with 12.9% of users. Crownbet had 6.5% of users. While fewer Australians are gambling, those who do place a bet are using their mobile devices more often. "The growth is clearly being driven by the increasing use of mobile phones to place bets," Roy Morgan said, adding that 22.7% use their mobile phone now compared to 5.6% in 2012.  Most bets are not placed online, however. “A majority of Australians who bet still don’t bet via the Internet. Over two-fifths of Australians who bet have not used the Internet to place a bet and these are the key market companies offering online betting need to target to grow their revenue," Michele Levine, CEO of Roy Morgan, said in a statement after the results were released. The Australian market has significantly changed over the years.  Tabcorp merged with Tatts Group in late 2017, Sportsbet was bought by the Irish Paddy Power Betfair, and 80% of Crownbet was acquired by the Canadian gaming company, the Stars Group, in March.  By Nicole Gheller Reprinted with permission of The Gambling Insider 

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) today officially announced the return of the time-honoured Inter Dominion (ID) Trotting Championship.   The ID Trotting Championship was placed in a period of hiatus after the win of I Can Doosit at Tabcorp Park Melton in 2012, no longer forming part of the annual Inter Dominion carnival in following years in New South Wales and Western Australia.   However, the recent decision by Harness Racing Australia (HRA) to rescind a previous motion “preventing the use of the term and conduct of the Inter Dominion Trotting Championship” paved the way for the current Inter Dominion hosts – HRV, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) and Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ) – to reinstate the ID Trotting Championship.   “It is a wonderful outcome for the trotting gait, to have the Trotting Inter Dominion reinistated alongside the pacers’ Inter Dominion,” HRV CEO David Martin said.   “There has been significant growth in trotting in recent years and the 2018 Australasian Premier Trotting Sale produced strong results.   “The Inter Dominion Trotting Championship has a rich history and has been won by some famous horses, including Sundons Gift, who went back-to-back at Moonee Valley in 2009 and 2010, Lyell Creek, Pride Of Petite, True Roman and Scotch Notch.   “We’re proud to announce the Inter Dominion Trotting Championship will feature as a key part of our ID18 line-up of races and we look forward to hosting the best trotters in Australasia as they target this illustrious series.”     Victorian Square Trotters Association (VSTA) President Nick Youngson celebrated the decision.   “The promotion of the squaregaiter through the Inter Dominion series has always been enormously important and the VSTA wishes to thank HRA and the Inter Dominion hosts HRV, HRNSW and HRNZ for this action,” Mr Youngson said.   “We can’t wait to see the best trotters vying it out for the Inter Dominion trophy at Ballarat, Cranbourne and Tabcorp Park Melton later this year.”     CODY WINNELL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER HARNESS RACING VICTORIA

South Australian concession reinsman Matt Bailey landed his first winner at Globe Derby Park on Sunday. Bailey, 26, drove Celestial Daybreak to an all-the-way win in the DPR Insurance Brokers Pace (1800m). Specked from $41 into $30.40, Celestial Daybreak, trained by Shane Loone, beat stablemate Just Read My Mind ($4.80) by a neck with Addarichone ($2.20 fav), a metre away third. Bailey said he had had “50-odd” drives before Sunday’s win. “I have had a few placings but today is a great thrill,” he said. “When Dani (Danielle Hill) came up on Just Read My Mind in the home straight I thought I might be headed for another placing, but my horse refused to give in and I was able to land the win.” Bailey said he had a family involvement in harness racing from a young age. “I started off helping out Scott Ewen but have also had stints in Victoria with Lance Justice and Andy Gath.“I love harness racing and currently have three horses of my own, and actually have just moved into the stables which Lance Justice used when he was based in South Australia. “I have a full-time job so days are pretty busy with work and the horses, but I love it. “I have to thank my partner Ash (Ashleigh Smith), she has been a tremendous supporter.  “Shane (Loone) has also been great in giving me a lot of drives.” A quick beginner, Bailey had no trouble crossing from gate three on Celestial Daybreak and rated the six-year-old perfectly with 31.7 and 31.9 second quarters for the first 800 metres of the last 1600m. The gelding was able to come home in 29.4 and 30.4 final sectionals to just hold off Just Read My Mind which had looked the winner on the home turn when it loomed up. Graham Fischer

Harness Racing South Australia (HRSA) advises that following an assessment of its current financial situation it has reassessed its position with respect to the engagement of externally contracted personnel. The HRSA Board has determined that many functions, currently undertaken by external contractors will now fall within purview of existing HRSA staff.     HRSA Board Chairman Gary Crocker stated. “Changes in the way we conduct our business are necessary in order to assist HRSA bridge a significant deficit resulting from both a decline in wagering revenues and the introduction of the Point of Consumption tax by the previous government.”   The Point of Consumption Tax and the impact of our product being shown on Sky2 is set to cost HRSA in excess of $400,000.00 in the current financial year. Mr Crocker added “Oliver Bott (HRSA Finance Manager) and Ross Neal (Chairman of Stewards) are currently conducting a thorough and comprehensive review of all operational and race day functions with the aim of ensuring the long-term sustainability of harness racing within South Australia.” This report will be submitted and considered by the Board at its next meeting on 27th June and the outcomes will be advised to the industry following the meeting. For further information please contact: GARY CROCKER | CHAIRMAN (08) 8285 2899 •  gcrocker@saharness.org.au Mobile:  0408 945 755

HRV was saddened to learn of the passing of Jack Munnerley. Mr Munnerley was a highly respected man in the harness racing industry as a breeder and owner, racing horses with his late wife Nola. Mr Munnerley enjoyed success with Nolarama for John and Maree Caldow, as well as Johnorama and La Machane with the Sugars family. A funeral for Mr Munnerley will be held on Tuesday (tomorrow, 19 June, 10am) at La Pines in Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley. HRV extends sincere condolences to Mr Munnerley's family.   Harness Racing Victoria  

You can put the pen through Australia’s most exciting pacer Jilliby Kung Fu for the Len Smith and Queensland Winter Carnival. Trainer Marg Lee is only focused on the Vicbred 4YO series now with the Chariots Of Fire winner and Miracle Mile runner-up. Jilliby Kung Fu, who sadly missed the Harness Jewels after a minor hiccup, returned from a spell with a narrow but ultra-impressive Shepparton win last Friday night. Forced to sit parked at his first run since the Miracle Mile, Jilliby Kung Fu kept lifting under pressure for driver Glen Craven and snatched a neck win over the underrated and emerging leader, Wrappers Delight. They paced a 1min56.8sec mile rate for 2190m on a cold wet night, which was just 1.1sec outside the track record. “I doubt he’ll travel in the short term, we’re only thinking about the Vicbred for now,” Marg Lee’s son, Jason, said. “The long term plan is the (Melbourne) Inter Dominion because we think he’ll love the long trip.” Jason confirmed his cousin Glen Craven would drive Jilliby Kung Fu through the Vicbred series and he would partner another of the family’s promising pacers, Jilliby Chevy. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Leviathan owner-breeder Rob Watson has found his next star. Kiwi-bred American Ideal colt Franco Edward oozes X-factor. Trained and driven by Kyle Harper, Franco Edward made it three wins from four starts when he arrogantly thrashed a crack field in the $100,000 Pearl Classic final (1730m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night. In contrast to his heat win when he raced greenly and did plenty wrong, Franco Edward looked a real professional in the final, zooming out to lead from the pole and winning as he liked in a 1min56.4sec mile rate. “He’s really exciting. It looks like we’ve got another really nice one,” Watson said. The run of second-placed Shockwave was also fantastic considering he came wide and made-up plenty of ground and the last three quarters were paced in 28.3, 28.8 and 28.0sec. The disappointment was Bling It On’s baby brother, Bletchely Park, who blazed a 1min53.6sec mile rate for the same trip a week ago, but weakened after sitting parked last Friday and ran seventh. Back to Harper and it both ends of the spectrum for him last Friday with baby Franco Edward winning and stable veteran and stalwart Bettors Fire also saluting. It was the nine-year-old’s 39th win from 100 starts and edged him very close to $800,000 in earnings. _______________________________________________________________________________________ The news is a lot better than first feared with high-class former Kiwi pacer Shandale. Now based in WA with Mike Reed, Shandale seemed to trip and crash heavily to the track in the free-for-all at Gloucester Park last Friday night. He was tended to for a long time on the track, but a relieved Reed later said Shandale had cuts, abrasions and would require some time off, but seemed to have escaped really serious injury. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Champion driver Luke McCarthy had a night to remember at Menangle last night. McCarthy drove both semi-final winners of the rich NSW Breeders Challenge series for two-year-old colts and geldings with Victorian raiders Lochinvar Art and Hardhitter. The Laura Crossland-trained Lochinvar Art toyed with his rivals in the first semi, sitting off the pace then blowing them away to win by 8.8m in a 1min55.4sec mile. Hardhitter showed he was yet another Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin juvenile star when he blasted to the front and smashed the clock to beat buzz baby Muscle Factory in the second semi. Despite the fact he went a 1min52.7sec mile – much quicker than Lochinvar Art – McCarthy confirmed he would drive Lochinvar Art in the July 1 final. It’s expected Chris Alford will take the reins on Hardhitter. McCarthy also partnered the Darren Reay-trained Rollin With Holly for a dominant win in the first semi of the Challenge for two-year-old fillies in a 1min54.3sec mile. That series was thrown wide-open when nominal final favourite Miss Halfpenny was narrowly upset by Cee Cee Armbro in the second semi in a 1min54.9sec mile. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Leviathan NSW-based owner Emilio Stride has found his next star. Improving mare Cherry Stride sparkled winning the first semi-final of the NSW Breeders Challenge for flour0-year-old mares and looks to have a mortgage on the July 1 final. Trained by KerryAnn Turner, it was her husband Robbie Morris who worked forward to find the lead after the start on Cherry Stride and played with their rivals. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover opened right up to win by 21.4m in a sizzling 1min51.4sec mile signailing she is a bit special. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Another Victorian trotting feature and another win for Andy Gath’s former Kiwi gelding Tornado Valley. Owned by Norm Jenkin of Flashing Red fame, Tornado Valley was blasted to the lead from outside draw (gate seven) by Kate Gath and always looked in control. He cruised around in a 1min59.5sec mile rate for 2240m to post his ninth win from just 12 starts since crossing the Tasman to join the Gaths’ stable. _______________________________________________________________________________________ The buzz around WA three-year-old Jack Mac hit a slight snag when he beaten but certainly not disgraced at Gloucester Park last Friday night. On face value, he seemed to be beaten by a very smart former Kiwi gelding in Bettor Aim, who has sparkled winning all three WA runs for Greg and Skye Bond. Driver Ryan Warwick drew six and inside Jack Mac (eight) and used that advantage to work to the front and park Jack Mac. They blazed a 1min55sec mile rate for 2230m, including a 27.4sec split down the back straight, but Bettor Aim found plenty to beat Jack Mac by 3.9m. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Brilliant former Kiwi mare Reaza Grunter continues to zoom through the grades for Shane and Lauren Tritton. The four-year-old daughter of Christian Cullen led and thrashed a handy field in her most impressive Aussie win yet at Menangle last night. She ran the mile in a slick 1min51.5sec, won by almost 11m and posted her 10th win from just 15 starts since crossing the Tasman.   Adam Hamilton

Morsels of trivia by their very definition are trivial. So it matters very little that no horse has won a Del-Re National Italian Cup and an Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Final in the same year, because if Soho Tribeca proves ID18 king of Victoria this coming December he’ll obviously have created all kinds of history. That said, I did find it interesting that My Lightning Blue, somewhat relatively similar to Soho Tribeca in that he was famous in the mid to late 1980s for his toughness, won the ’86 Italian Cup and went on to win the ’87 Interdom. Tonight at Tabcorp Park Melton, Michael Stanley produced a racehorse perfectly placed to grab command of the Grand Circuit spotlight in coming months and seasons, Soho Tribeca, to take out this year’s Del-Re National Italian Cup. The talented Burrumbeet trainer/driver in fact, for just the first time ever, had the reins behind the authoritative five-year-old son of American Ideal in a race situation. He’s driven the horse to countless laps of his training track, but this was something else. Despite being only “about 80 per cent” according to Stanley post-race, Soho Tribeca thoroughly thrashed his rivals in the 2240-metre fast-class feature from the extreme second-row draw, cruising home in a 1:54.5 mile rate and in a style that made it crystal clear he could have significantly lowered that mark if required.                                                                                               -Stuart McCormack photo Stanley spoke of the “privilege” of being involved with a horse like Soho Tribeca post-race. “That’s the first time I’ve had the privilege of sitting behind him in a race and that was something special,” he said. “I’ve never felt that before. We’re really excited to see what’s in store for the rest of the preparation.” It’s a preparation that will take in New South Wales and Queensland in coming weeks, and the superstar pacer’s race-fitness levels will only improve each time he steps out until his Queensland Grand Final in the Blacks A Fake. “He’s 80 per cent, I’d say. We’ll press on to the Len Smith (Mile) in two weeks then we’ll go to Queensland for the Blacks A Fake. The whole preparation is aimed at that last run in Queensland,” he said. Soho Tribeca and Stanley wasted no time getting into the action tonight from barrier 11, working around the field for the first 600m or so before taking up the running. The Kilmore Cup winner and Hunter Cup runner-up then produced a final half-mile of 56.1 and cruised home by 5.2m ahead of a gutsy Sams The Master in second for Greg Sugars, with a further 9.4m back to Magical Marn in third place. Stanley acknowledged all his training as a “team effort”, making special mention of wife Gen and the stable’s gun rising star reinsman Ryan Duffy, and he lauded Soho Tribeca’s maturation in the previous 12 months. “This time last year he won the four-year-old Vicbred, and what he has done since then has been amazing,” he said. “I’m just very grateful from Robert and Annette Watson to have the opportunity with Soho Tribeca and hopefully he’s the one to step up and take that place (at the top of the Grand Circuit ladder).” Tonight’s trotting feature, the Wagon Apollo Trotters Free for All, went to another rising open-age star in Tornado Valley for trainer Andy Gath and reinswoman wife Kate Gath. The six-year-old son of Skyvalley led from gate seven in the 2240m race and held off a flashy Kyvalley Blur by 2.5m in a rate of 1:59.5. Driver Kate Gath dictated terms perfectly from the front in full knowledge her major danger, Tough Monarch, was following her helmet. Approaching the final bend Gath saw Alford and Kyvalley Blur coming out wide and upped the ante aboard Tornado Valley, the gun squaregaiter responding to make it nine wins from his past 10 starts (and nine wins out of 12 since joining the Gath stable from New Zealand). “I saw Puppet (Alford) coming so I thought ‘I have to ask him now’,” Gath said. “When you got a little bit slower like that it does bring other ones in, so you do have to be careful but it worked out well tonight. “He’s just done such a good job. He’s been up a long time but he’s relishing where he is and he just knows how to find the line.” Gath said the Trotters Inter Dominion later this year was the major aim for Tornado Valley. Earlier tonight Lance Justice produced Rishi for a narrow win in the M0 Allied Express Pace over 2240m from gate two. The four-year-old gelding by Bettors Delight held the front early, which proved invaluable, and then held off an audacious Artful Christian for Chris Svanosio to win by a half-head in 1:58.0. Punters who took the $1.5 about the favourite may have been nervous as the margin got shorter and shorter in the home stretch, but Justice said he always felt confident. “It felt like he was always going to do the job. That’s the sort of horse he is, he just does what he has to do. There are plenty of races left him, that’s for sure,” Justice said, going on to nominate the Breeders Crown as the target after a freshen-up. And trainer Dean Braun told Trots Vision that Duplicated, his three-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere, would head to Queensland for a Derby tilt after an effortless win in the Nicola Pace Final over 2240m with Nathan Jack in the gig. Duplicated has a four-out-of-four win record since crossing the ditch and did it very comfortably tonight in 2:01.7. Other winners were Solarsonic for Chris Svanosio in the DNR Logistics Pace, Kinvara Sue for Anton Golino and Jason Lee in the TAB Multiplier Trot, Deltasun for Terry Young and Gavin Lang in the Alabar 4YO Trot, Classy Western for trainer/driver Allan McDonough in the Pasticceria Padova Claiming Pace, Eleniark for Qld’s Grant Dixon and reinsman John Caldow in the DRN Gold Vicbred Pace, Hot Breakfast for Malcolm Phillips and James Herbertson in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Country Series O Final and Flyin Around for Anne-Maree and Glenn Conroy in the Bertocchi 3YO Trot.   Cody Winnell

The barrier draws for the Alabar Breeders Challenge Two-Year-Old Finals were conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle tonight. Semi-Finals for this age group were held earlier in the evening with reinsman Luke McCarthy winning three of the deciders. This included both colts and geldings Semi-Finals with Lochinvar Art and Hardhitter while McCarthy also drove Rollin With Holly to victory in one of the fillies Semi-Finals. The Wayne Sullivan trained and driven Cee Cee Armbro won the other fillies Semi-Final. The $125,000 Group 1 Alabar Breeders Challenge Finals will be held at Menangle on Sunday July 1.   Alabar Breeders Challenge 2YO Colts & Geldings Final   1 Leonidas 2 Make Mine Memphis 3 Mach Le More 4 Lochinvar Art 5 Hardhitter 6 Shoobee Doo 7 Tsunami Charlie (EM2) 8 First String (EM1) 9 Animal 10 Hurricane Roy 11 Muscle Factory 12 Rainbow Comet       Alabar Breeders Challenge 2YO Fillies Final   1 Belongtolou 2 Kept In Play 3 Delightful Jackie 4 Miss Halfpenny 5 Taylors Mill 6 Kiamasrosie (EM1) 7 Casuarina Belmer 8 Ally Rogan (EM2) 9 Cee Cee Ambro 10 Lady Swiss 11 Rollin With Holly 12 Sheeza Malteeza     AMANDA RANDO MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

There are few boys as good to their connections as Bad Billy and Gary Lawlor's Inter Dominion bound pacer will again look to run 'pasta' plenty of opponents in Saturday's Del-Re National Italian Cup. Having burst into second behind Moonrock in last weekend's feature Bad Billy appears on course for another quiet pegs run at Tabcorp Park Melton for this weekend's feature, having drawn gate eight behind veteran Kotare Roland. It's a tricky draw given the likes of Soho Tribeca and Im The Boss loom large in the middle-distance pace, and Lawlor - who joined Blake Redden and Michael Howard on RSN's Gate Speed this week - said his country cups winner would just take his opportunities as they present. "Every time he goes around he puts in 110 per cent," Lawlor said. "I can never remember in any race he's ever had a horse pass him in the last 200m, even when he has been beat. He always puts in, just loves to run." December's Inter Dominion remains the carrot at the end of Bad Billy's pursuit and so good showings now are important to have him prominent in handicappers' eyes to gain a shot at ID18.  "He'll run on Saturday night (but) we won't overtax him, the long-term plan is to take him to the Inter Dominion," Lawlor said. "That's always been the plan with him from day one. We've always treated him as a cup horse, we've had that plan for four or five years and we've just followed it through. "We will just take him along quietly. Because we own him we don't have to be pushed into anything. We will take him along easily and let him make the moves. He'll tell us what he wants to do. "It's very, very exciting. It's a big thrill to go to (the big) races, and it's even bigger when each time you present him he just answers the question." Michael Howard

Anne-Maree Conroy appointed to Advisory Council   The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Board advises that Ms Anne-Maree Conroy has been appointed to the Harness Racing Advisory Council (HRAC).   The Daylesford trainer/driver has an extensive background in the harness racing industry.   “We’re delighted to welcome Anne-Maree to the Harness Racing Advisory Council,” HRAC Chair Elizabeth Clarke said.   “Anne-Maree’s vast experience and knowledge will prove invaluable and I’m very much looking forward to working closely with her.”   The HRAC is maintained in accordance with section 44B (3C) of the Racing Act 1958.   Trots Media

An incredible $12,000 was raised at Ballarat and District Trotting Club last night when it hosted its annual Girls Night Out fundraiser. The event has long raised much-needed funds for charity groups that either support or raise funds to fight breast cancer and this year’s supported the Love Your Sister Charity founded by Gold Logie winning actor Samuel Johnson and his beloved late sister Connie. Samuel made a special trip to be on-course on the night, which added a personal touch to an already popular evening. Once the details of the event were released the 380 available dining packages were sold within weeks. The night was a huge success with the $12,000 raised on-course on the night through raffles, sponsorship of races, live auctions in addition to the trotting club donating $10 from every dining package to the cause. Club spokeswoman Belinda Eden said the support of local businesses and the response from the community was a key reason the night was such as success. "The local businesses that either donated prizes or gave up their time to offer their services on the night was such a big reason this fundraiser was such a success and puts into perspective on why clubs play such an important role in our community," she said. Samuel played a key part in the night, entertaining the sold out event with stories, book signings and photos. His energy and passion for the cause was infectious. He also tried his hand at harness racing, participating in the HRV pony trot challenge where he raced against leading reinswomen Kerryn Manning, Kate Gath and Jodi Quinlan, who are also Team Teal ambassadors, the Harness Racing Victoria fundraiser for Women’s Cancer Foundation.   The Trots Victoria

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Harness Racing Victoria’s Trots Vision at thetrots.com.au will deliver extended coverage of the 2018 Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series (VSS18) first round of heats tonight and tomorrow night from Bendigo and Kilmore. Tonight’s coverage will feature live streaming of all races from Bendigo, including the two-year-old pacing Empire Stallions VSS18 races at thetrots.com.au, with caller Lachie McIntosh’s pre-race thoughts, followed by post-race interviews by Bendigo’s Kirsten Graham. AFL star Josh Jenkins will also be on track and part of the coverage. Tomorrow night Dan Mielicki will be the voice of the thetrots.com.au from Kilmore for the three-year-old Empire Stallions VSS18 pacing races, with Trots Media’s Cody Winnell track side for the live streamed post-race interviews. RSN and HRV have also teamed to deliver RSN listeners exclusive Good Form late-mail thoughts in the lead-up to all Empire Stallions VSS18 heats tonight and tomorrow, with Blake Redden and Jason Bonnington on hand with their thoughts eight minutes prior to each race. All the action can also be viewed on Sky Racing 1, channel 526 on Foxtel. Don’t miss any of the action, live and free, at thetrots.com.au and join the social media discussion on all platforms using the hashtag #VSS18 CODY WINNELL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER HARNESS RACING VICTORIA 
The state’s leading trainer Ben Yole has his third straight Trainer’s Premiership Title all parcelled up and to cap it off is closing in on his third successive century milestone. Ben trained 107 winners in Tasmanian in 2015/16 and followed up last season with 124 victories in his adopted state. On Sunday night in Launceston, the Yole stable applied the polish to four of the seven winners on the card to catapult his winning Tasmanian tally to 98. When you add the three interstate winners for the season provided by Jeans Mattjesty and Washies Chance the stable tally sits at 101. “We’ve enjoyed another successful season so far and it was very satisfying to take home four winners from the meeting on Sunday,” said Ben. “That takes us to within two of the ton locally, I like to look at the Victorian wins as a bonus so we are working off the number of wins for the season as 98 and we are looking forward to cracking triple figures three years on the trot, it would be just reward for our team who have put a lot of hard work in like many other stables around the state.” Ben’s spectacular night kicked off in style thanks to magical drive on No Apachemee by Rohan Hillier. “No Apachemee has been a great money spinner for connections, that’s his fourth win for the season, Rohan drove him a treat coming from outside the second line to find a spot behind the leader, only coming off the pegs to sprint over them late,” said a smiling trainer. Rocknrollhighlight was the second winner for the stable on the night continuing her tremendous form with a narrow but courageous victory over Fortino, she was softened up in the run but still had enough up her sleeve to be lifted over the line by Rohan Hadley to score by a half-head. “That was her seventh win of the season, we have changed up her training routine and she now does a lot of swimming and she’s improved in leaps and bounds and getting stronger all the time so we will be sticking with the new regime that for sure,” said Ben. Rohan Hillier landed his second winner for the stable on the programme in race four over 2200-metres when he held up Im Full Tilt for one last crack at them in the home straight. “Im Full Tilt needs to be smothered up with cover to produce his best, he’s not over ambitious out on his own but does have a sharp sprint which he was able to pull out in the run to the post,” said the Sidmouth mentor. Four-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Fight Fire With Fire mare Ready To Fire made it win number six for the season with a neck win over Aunty Rita after coming from outside the second line. “She is potentially a very smart type but she also has a mind of her own and can do a few things wrong particularly in the score up so we will continue to work on that issue because if we can straighten that out she will be hard to hold out in any race we find for her,” said Ben looking forward to the future. With Harness racing in Hobart on Friday and backing up in Launceston on Sunday the Ben Yole stable looks almost certain to crash through the 100 barrier this week and then with 16 meetings remaining in the season set off in search of the stables state record of 124 winners.   Shane Yates
MENANGLE Park to Bathurst is amore than a three hour float trip but it’s been a worthwhile excursion on many occasions lately for KerryAnn Turner and Robbie Morris, when bringing well-graded horses over the mountains to Gold Crown Paceway. Last week’s trip produced a three-from-three result for driver Robbie Morris, in successive races. He scored with Milwaukee Stryder for Londonderry trainer Richard Camilleri, before adding a double for his and Turner’s stable with Stormont Star and Kleened Out NZ. With the driving duties completed after race four, and back on the road for the downhill run home  before seven o’clock, he would have been doubly pleased, by the perfect result and the prospect of being tucked up in bed well before midnight. Milwaukee Stryder cleared maiden ranks at start 17. After leading early, Morris handed up to Karloo Bentwofifty, and he came out of that trail rounding the home turn to draw level with the leader, grabbing him right on the line in a slogging finish, with a 58.2s last half and a  1:56.7 mile rate. Stormont Star began well from the middle of the second line in a C1 sprint and was well positioned in the leading division, launching his claim with a 28.1s third quarter before holding off the closing Lucky Lyla in 29.7s for a sharp 1:55.7 victory. The winner, a half-brother to the top-class Stormont Czar which races out of the stable,  is owned by Robbie’s mother Margaret, making this second Bathurst win even more enjoyable for the driver, who believes the horse has a nice future. “And I’m a fan of his sire For A Reason, which is doing a good job, with a number of nice horses,” he added. Although clocking in fractionally slower, in a C2-C3 sprint, Kleened Out NZ was the most impressive winner of the meeting, sitting outside the well-performed Callmequeenbee and upping the ante over a gruelling 56.2s final half before forging clear in the straight from Snoop Stride, which worked home well. Despite the strong support for the local filly, which was looking for a hat-trick, Morris was expecting a strong performance from his horse, and drove him accordingly. “I thought as a five-year-old he had the edge in race experience and toughness over Mat Rue’s nice filly, and he’d put in some very good runs recently down at Menangle. I considered this race suited him really well, and I’m certainly not surprised by the win,” he indicated on returning to scale. And that long drive he makes most weeks? “ It’s a fair hike, but I’m not complaining. It’s no different for Steve, or Bernie, when they bring their horses to race at Menangle, and they do it every week, some weeks even twice,” he acknowledged. Other winners at a true mid-winter meeting up on the tablelands: Jeradas Delight, strongly supported into favouritism in 3YO fillies class, and bringing up a hat-trick courtesy of Mark Hewitt’s classy drive - gradually working his way inside and outside into the race before bursting clear - that earned him the Drive of the Night award from racecaller Luke Marlow Volaticus (John O’Shea for Ed Collins ), sitting in the death and far too good for his  maiden opponents  at start number 18, his last half in 57.3s suggesting that he’ll be winning more races in coming starts for his very popular owner/trainer Navua Girl, for Steve Turnbull in the first  of two 2YO fillies events, well deserved after being runner-up at her previous three starts, and the Sportswriter daughter likely to have another couple of runs before going for a spell Soundslikeart (Gemma/Mat Rue ) in the second division, scoring her second win in succession by leading throughout, and a blistering 27.1s final quarter enabling the Art Major youngster to romp in for the easiest win of the night Captain Cosmonaut (Chris Frisby/ Amanda Turnbull ),the three-year-old enjoying a change of tactics in this CO sprint, sitting back in the field and set loose over the final 600 metres in one sustained run, remarkably Amanda’s only drive of the night. Some meritorious individual performances, from both horses and drivers, but without question, the honours belonged with Robbie Morris. Over the hill (literally) and far away the best of the night.   Terry Neil
Megastar filly Shez All Rock returns to the All Stars’ stables this week. And she’s only a few weeks away from a racetrack return. Mark Purdon said the last-start Harness Jewels winner would resume in a qualifying heat of the Breeders Crown at Addington on July 13. From there it’s back to Australia where Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen will try to complete the most dominant of three-year-old filly season’s by adding the Breeders Crown title to the Jewels, NZ Oaks, NSW Oaks and Victoria Oaks victories. “It’ll be good to get her back in the stable this week and she won’t have lost much in her time out,” Purdon said. “She’ll go to the Crown heat here (Christchurch) and then we’ll work out what to do with her between that and the Crown semi-finals.” The Crown semis are at Ballarat on August 18 with the Grand Final at Melton a week later. There has been plenty of talk Shez All Rock could stay Down Under for her four-year-old season. But Purdon said he and US-based owner Chris Ryder would not final finalise future plans with Shez All Rock until after the Crown. Shez All Rock has raced just 10 times for nine wins, a luckless second and pocketed $445,192. Adam Hamilton
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