Bettor Biaggi

Well earned win for Trafalgar pacer

Trafalgar pacer Bettor Biaggi scored a well earned maiden victory at the Yarra Valley harness racing meeting on Monday afternoon. Bettor Biaggi's trainer/driver, Tamie Frith, has certainly been patient with the horse, who scored win one at start 19. The Bettor's Delight four-year-old is unlucky not to have won previously, having recorded six seconds, two thirds and three fourths before winning on Monday. The horse led throughout from barrier one and was a well supported second favourite in betting with punters. Tamie is a past graduate of the Gippsland Harness Racing Training Centre - she has trained and driven other winners before, and perhaps Bettor Biaggi will go on to win more races now that the horse has "found the line" for his initial victory. Kyle Galley

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Golino's numbers stack up

Harness racing trainer Anton Golino had his first runner in a race in October 2013. After spending years travelling overseas and gaining international experience with various horsemen, Golino returned to Australia and took out a training licence. Since then the 34-year old has had 48 runners for 16 winners and 18 placings but his trotting strike rate is even better. Golino trained trotters have won nine of the 15 races they have competed in with a further three finishing second. Arboe won Saturday night's Gr. 3 La Cooaracha at Tabcorp Park Menangle while stablemate My Tribeca finished second in the NSW Trotters Oaks. "It was a great night for the stable, Arboe is a really good horse, she is only lightly raced but she was a little difficult to get going when she first arrived," said Golino. "The daughter of french stallion Love You has a mind of her own but she's starting to put it all together now and I think she has got a bright future." Arboe defeated classy mare Claudys Princess on Saturday night but Golino is not getting too carried away. "The La Coocaracha was a very good field, I thought if she found the front she would be very hard to beat, Claudys Princess was very good in defeat, it was a huge run and if you reverse the draws it probably would have been a different result. "Arboe is really tough so over a mile we had to go forward from the draw but I think she'll get over distance and the further the race is the better she will be." Golino will now take Arboe to Victoria in a fortnight and driver Todd McCarthy will be offered the drive. "Todd will get the option to come if he wants, he's definitely going to retain the drive on Arboe and My Tribeca that's for sure." Arboe is raced by Pat Driscoll's Yabby Dam Farms Pty Ltd and Golino was full of praise for him. "Pat is an unbelievable guy, he is really passionate about trotters and I really think he can change the sport down here in Australia. "He puts a lot of time, money and research into his breeding, he has imported some really nice horses but it is just the beginning because in five years time he will have had a massive impact on the sport." My Tribeca ran an impressive race when finishing second in the NSW Trotters Oaks despite galloping soon after the start and will now also head to Victoria. "The filly by another French stallion called Goetmals Wood was a little unlucky, she got flattened at the start, hit a wheel and galloped but she put in a massive run for a horse having her second lifetime run. "She's a big filly physically, I think she would weigh close to 500 kilos now, I am tipping when she is fully grown she'll be 16 hands plus." Greg Hayes

Trevor Casey is enjoying a lot of success with his team

Trevor's trotter triumphs

New Zealander Trevor Casey is enjoying a lot of success with his team of harness racing horses both sides of the Tasman. The popular owner has 30 horses including Australasia's best trotter Stent, leading two year olds Our Waikiki Beach and Lazarus and Saturday night's NSW Trotters Oaks winner My Arya. Saturday night's victory meant a lot to Casey as he bred the talented daughter of Angus Hall. "I did breed her and she's the only daughter that Belle Galleon (Stent's mother) has had and I certainly will be retaining her as a broodmare at the end of her career," said Casey. "I raised her right from day dot, watched her grow up, then saw her get broken in and have since watched her all the way through." Casey chose to target the New South Wales Trotters Oaks rather than the NZ Harness Jewels after a narrow defeat in the Menangle feature twelve months ago. "My Arya could have got into the Harness Jewels and she would have been a show but I wanted to win the NSW Oaks because I ran second last year with Daenerys Targaryen and I wanted to come back and have another go at it and we were successful." "We won't be coming back for the NSW Trotters Derby next week, the Victorian Oaks is the week after which means she would have to race four weeks in a row and I just don't think that's fair on her." While at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night Casey took the opportunity to speak with club officials about Stent returning to race on the 1400 metre track. "Stent will be back, I actually said to the team here tonight I'd like to see a mile race here for the open trotters again, I would really love to see the horse at Menangle over the mile again because I think he could go 1:52.0." My Arya's trainer Brent Lilley was excited with the victory and thought her manners took her a long way. "She's proved over here she's the best trotting filly at the moment but I thought the run of the second horse (My Tribeca) was great, My Arya has got manners but the gap between her and the rest is definitely closing," said Lilley. "In saying all that, we still wouldn't swap her for any of them, so after the Victorian Trotters Oaks she will head towards the Breeders Crown and then spell." Greg Hayes

Columbias Deejay - Set for the Vicbred Super Series

Columbias Deejay on the up

Life is about to get tougher for the handy harness racing performer Columbias Deejay.   Racing in ultra-consistent fashion this season, Columbias Deejay has been set for the rich Vicbred Super Series following his victory at Geelong yesterday.   Pleased with the four-year-old’s progress, trainer David Magri believes the Bacardi Lindy gelding is capable of making his way into the Final.   The $60,000 decider is scheduled to be run at Tabcorp Park Melton on July 3 as part of a stellar weekend, which will see 12 Group Ones conducted at the venue across two nights.   “He has come along really well this season and is capable of mixing it with some of the better ones in his age,” Magri said. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying he will come out and win the Final, but he is good enough to get into it.   “Once you’re in the race you never know what might happen.   “He’s certainly capable of winning a heat, so that’s the way we will head. The heats are still a few weeks away, so I will give him another start or two before then, including Melton next Friday night.”   With Magri in the cart during his latest win, Columbias Deejay led throughout from three to score by eight-and-a-half metres from Tommy Kay, with Tawonga South a metre-and-a-half away third.   “Once he got to the front I knew they wouldn’t run him down,” Magri said. “He was down in class on what he has been racing against, so I felt he would be hard to beat.”   Paul Courts

Lennytheshark made it back-to-back 4YO & 5YO harness racing Championship wins last night at Tabcorp Park Melton. Only two horses had ever done it before, the great mare Tailamade Lombo and modern day superstar Smoken Up – and Lenny displayed true champion qualities last night after scorching through a 27.6 secs second quarter and a 29.3secs third split, forced to work overtime to find the top when he came hunting at the bell. Anthony Butt (Major Secret) had been riding the breeze outside race leader Bryce Cooper and he wasn’t eager to simply let Lenny cruise by. Chris Alford had to go full-throttle well before he’d envisaged and Lennytheshark finally got to the front turning out of the straight the final time. Desperately in need of some reprieve Alford applied the brakes in a bid to save Lenny up for one final burst to the wire. Off the back Major Secret hit the wall and Hectorjayjay and Simone Walker arose three-wide to stake their claim. Hectorjayjay clearly headed the Shark on the bend but you got the feeling there was another twist in the tale as Alford got to work. Although the pair went stride for stride in the early part of the home run, and logic suggested this would be Hectorjayjay’s night, the Shark was not going to be culled without one hell of a fight. The son of Four Starzzz Shark rallied and stuck his head back in front, Hectorjayjay valiant but simply not able to match his rival. Chilli Palmer was the one final hurdle Lennytheshark had to clear as the powerful pacer thundered down the centre of the track late and got past Hectorjayjay. But he couldn’t nab Lenny, falling 1.2m short. The winner rated 1:55.9 after a 27.3 third quarter. “The speed was slow early so I had to make a decision and when I went I went quick,” Alford said. “Anthony Butt kicked up, which made things a bit awkward for me. “Hectorjayjay probably got 2m on me on the corner … but being as good as Lenny is he dug deep.” Hectorjayjay held on for third with Hotasel (Simon Jardine) working home with Upanatom for fourth and fifth. The win was Lennytheshark’s 19th from 38 starts. by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Charlie Runkle and Princess Phoenix won last night’s Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic Finals at Tabcorp Park Melton for harness racing two-year-old trotters. Charlie Runkle (by Angus Hall out of Star Spangled Banner) took out the colts and geldings’ final for trainer Gary Quinlan and driver Chris Alford, while trainer David Aiken and reinsman son Josh combined with Princess Phoenix (by The Pres out of Dodo Rocket) to win the fillies’. From gate two Charlie Runkle showed gate speed from the 1720m start and easily found the pegs after polemarker Sundons Courage galloped away. Alford handed up to Aiken on Skyflyer and waited for his turn along the sprint lane, Charlie Runkle finishing fast for a 3.4-metre victory in a rate of 2:00.6. “(He) came out really well and got a bit keen being his first time under lights, but he was travelling well at the turn and once the sprint lane opened he got to it like an old pro,” Alford said. Race favourite Cruisin Around ran third after covering ground three wide with no cover. Princess Phoenix rated 2:03.7 for her win. At the 400m she was eased three-wide by Aiken but was still 15m off frontrunner Truscott Law, who had trotted opening quarters of 32.7, 31 and 30.3. Princess Phoenix sprinted sharply and went on to put her opposition away with apparent ease due to an impressive 400-metre burst. “She’s a fast filly. I said the other day she might be a pretty serious filly. And she’s confirmed that,” Josh Aiken said. Plenty of punters found both the Home Grown winners, each backed in late to $3.30. “I think the owners might have tipped a few into her on the way here,” Aiken quipped. Aiken explained Princess Phoenix had fired up during the warm-up but relaxed better when the mobile started to roll. “It’s very daunting for the babies to come here under the lights. She turned it on a bit during the preliminary but once they were scoring up she became a racehorse.” Truscott Law held down second while Maoris Got Muscle and reinsman Caleb Lewis finished third. by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

One of Western Australia’s all-time great harness racing trainers and drivers Les Poyser died on Friday morning at the age of 83 years. Poyser sits in 22nd place on the all-time list of this State’s drivers with a career tally of 756 winners with 512 of those in the city. He also trained more than 630 winners. Born on 20th December 1931 Les Poyser was an outstanding driver from the outset when he graduated from the WATA’s Reinsman’s School where he learned the finer points of race-driving under the tutelage of Frank Kersley. Poyser’s great feel for a horse was reminiscent in many ways of the “magic hands” of Kersley and in 1952 he finished third in the Trainee Reinsman’s Graduate Trophy won by Phil Coulson. Poyser drove his first winner for trainer Bob Williams behind Kratsa Dan on 19th January 1952 at Richmond Raceway and the colt was regarded as a leading fancy for that year’s WA Derby. The pair eventually finished third in the Derby behind Beau Don and Oros Image. During the sixties Poyser reined three WA Derby winners in Swahili (1962), Satanas (1963) and Volutis (1966) and only Hall Of Famers Fred R Kersley and Chris Lewis have won more WA Derbies. Poyser also trained a WA Oaks winner in Ala Moana (1975) and a pair of Fremantle Cup winners in Peter Patrick (1968) and Little William (1978). Poyser was a keenly sought after freelance reinsman due to his patience and concern to look after the horses he drove and drove Pure Steel to six wins including the 1980 WA Pacing Cup and was behind the Sean Harney trained Jack Morris for two of that champion’s wins. Poyser handled a number of outstanding horses during his career with his most prolific winners including the likes of 1967 Inter Dominion heat winner Velocipede (20 wins), Surfer’s Guide (19), Keystone Express (19), Satanas (17), Swahili (16), Baytana (15) and Volutis (13). He enjoyed an amazing run of success with former Tasmanian pacers winning a Brennan and August Cups with Speedy Ben, a Brennan and Bunbury Cup with Rio Butler and a Brennan Cup with Melfield Tyros and a string of races with the likes of San Eltrym and Dek’s Special. Les Poyser is survived by his wife Norma and daughter Natalie. by Alan Parker

Steam Washed has long been near the top of the crop in the Australian harness racing mares’ scene and tonight at Tabcorp Park Melton was her night in the spotlight. The six-year-old from the Ruth and Noel Shinn stables produced an all-the-way win in the Pegasus Club Queen of the Pacific for reinsman son Chris Shinn. It was the second career Group 1 for the daughter of Washington VC / Laura Lace, who has now won 19 races and over $260,000 in stakes. She had run second in the Queen of the Pacific last year. “She was terrific,” Chris Shinn said post-race. “She’s been racing against the best colts, too. She’s been terrific.” Steam Washed stepped from the tapes like a consummate stand-start professional, spearing across from barrier seven to find the lead. But it was also this early move that meant she had to win the race on the track and then again in the stewards’ room, with Nathan Jack, the driver of second horse Berisari, protesting against the winner on the grounds the runner-up was hampered early. Stewards agreed with Jack that there was interference caused by Shinn aboard Steam Washed but Chairman of Stewards Shane Larkins said the stewards could not be satisfied the second horse would have won given the final margin (1.2m) and despite the interference the protest was dismissed. Steam Washed paced through a lead time of 87.6secs before splits of 28.3, 29.6 and 28.5. Turning for home the final time Berisari in the breeze was sticking on gamely and making it clear that if Steam Washed was to relent, she was ready to strike. But Shinn and his girl found plenty, Steam Washed digging in for the fight and holding her rival off with a 30.6secs final quarter to win by 1.2m at odds of $12.40. "I was holding my breath up the straight," said Ruth Shinn. "She did deserve it, she's bright as a button. She's terrific." Berisari was gutsy, losing no supporters whatsoever on the strength of her effort, the $2.30 shot holding off stablemate The Good Times by 0.7m with Majorly Foxy Styx fourth for Michael Stanley. The winner’s mile rate was 1:59.3. Race favourite Frith finished ninth.  by Cody Winnell

Jodi Quinlan produced a stellar drive and My Kiwi Mate did his bit with a scintillating run to take out the Colin and Heather Holloway 3YO Classic tonight Friday 22nd of May at Bray Raceway, Ballarat. The Craig Demmler-trained former New Zealand pacer went within 0.6 seconds of the track record held by Smoken Up and Abettorpunt over the mile, the three-year-old's winning time a brilliant 1:53.7. The tempo was breakneck early, Show Me The Bling challenging Jilliby Royal hard for the front and eventually finding it. But the early burn would prove detrimental to both the pacesetters, a 26.8secs first quarter setting things up for the backmarkers. The leader was able to ease the pace between the 1200-800m, clocking 30.6secs for the second split before the foot went down again up the back stretch (28.4secs third quarter). Victoria Derby winner and race favourite Menin Gate stalked the leaders before running to the front at the 600m for driver Chris Alford. Padrisimo and Kate Gath looked a chance off the back, looming up on the outside of Menin Gate and working into second before the fresh horse on the scene, My Kiwi Mate, peeled around three-wide to stake his claim. In the straight My Kiwi Mate chased down Menin Gate, the son of Bettors Delight/Classic Nymph sprinting home in 27.9secs to win by a short half-head. Jilliby Royal lifted himself off the canvas to run third, beaten 6m, a valiant performance, while filly Morton Plains hit the line hard for fourth and Padrisimo was close-up behind her in fifth. Show Me The Bling weakened out of the money to run sixth while Mister Wickham wasn’t himself and came in tailed off. Double for Team Tubbs Father/daughter team Alan and Amy Tubbs combined for a winning double at Ballarat. Impressive three-year-old Million Dollar Cam/Im Making Waves gelding Milliondollar Wave took out the Active Electrical Collingwood & Morwell Pace over 2200m in 1:58.1, holding off Starzzz Of Icon and Gavin Lang by 6.5m with a 21m margin back to Thanknbonnie in third. Team Tubbs backed it up in Race 7, the Nextra Wendouree Newsagency Pace over 1710m, four-year-old Artistic Fella/Marilyn Macray gelding Macterra Lad explosive in the straight to take the prize. From the wide alley Amy Tubbs took the gelding back to last early. Turning for home Macterra Lad was eased to the outside and once he hit top gear there was no stopping him, the $2.70 race second-favourite overpowering Citysneak (Glen Craven) and Hes Just Rusty (Kate Gath) for a head win in 1:57.4 (last quarter 28.2secs). Other winners were Lifes Tough (So Thats Life / Illawong Lily) for Brooke Sadler in the Active Electrical Bendigo & Moorabbin Pace Final in a rate of 1:57.4, Yeah Right (Whatagain / Belles N Roses) for Laura Crossland and David Moran in the Active Electrical Thomastown & Bayswater Claiming Pace in 1:58.8 over 2200m, Paris Pepperell (Armbro Variable / Pepperell Mistal) for David Van Ryn and Haydon Gray in the Gullock Plumbing Trot over 2200m in a rate of 2:02.2, Keayang Starzzz (Four Starzzz Shark / Sayaka) in the 2200m Active Electrical Distributors Pace in 2:01.2 for Marg Lee and Jason Lee, Jilliby Jagger (Grinfromeartoear / Jilliby Ruby) for Glen Craven in the P.F.D. Food Services Pace over 2200m in 1:57.9, and Vapar Grin (Grinfromeartoear / Armbro Affair) in the Active Electrical Geelong & Shepparton Pace over 1710m in 1:56.1 for Ashleigh Herbertson and Matthew Craven. VIDEO: Re-live the 2015 Colin and Heather Holloway 3YO Classic by Cody Winnell

Before he was a teenager Anthony Essex was considering a career in harness racing. He fondly recalls going to Albion Park trots as a ‘little tacker’, with his father Rob, now a greyhound trainer, sparking his interest further when he started racing standardbreds. When those horses had success Anthony confesses he was hooked on the sport of racing. Anthony is Racing Queensland’s newest operations employee, winning selection for the harness racing handicappers job after a national search for the position. Anthony started in his new role on Monday, replacing handicapper Darren Clayton who left RQ to travel overseas. The handicapping role is a new challenge for Anthony after working in casual roles at RQ in greyhound racing administration and integrity as well as formerly managing the Capalaba Greyhound Racing Club.  The 42-year-old is well versed in procedures at the Deagon racing office and with the rules of racing. “My previous roles at RQ have been a great step towards my future within the racing industry and I’m now keen to expand my knowledge and skills within the harness racing industry,” Anthony said. “I’m sure the handicapping role will be a steep learning curve but I am certain I will enjoy the challenge and I’m eager to learn the craft from (chief handicapper) Brett Rail. I’m really looking forward to being a member of the team” Anthony believes that he has had a good foundation for the handicapper job and says his family history in the sport has given him a good insight. “Going to the trots was a normal thing for me to do when I was younger, I loved to watch the races and I reckon harness racing is the most exciting racing to watch,” Anthony said. “Rob (Dad) raced successful pacers Badge Of Honour; Dinnygone; Group 1 winner Maywyn Jasper and Maywyn Tonz, a dual Group 2 race winner so there is plenty of fond memories there as well,”. Multi-skilled, entrepreneurial, with an artistic flair Anthony had other options for his career path but he firmly believes that he has made the right choice and that there has never been a better time to be involved in harness racing. “Harness racing in Queensland has increased prizemoney and new industry initiatives, it’s pretty positive at the moment,” Anthony said “I am really looking forward to seeing and handicapping the quality races with our top locals taking on the might of the southern states and New Zealand during Queensland Winter Racing Carnival. Let’s hope there is fantastic racing with close finishes that can excite everyone on and off the track.” by David Aldred

Harness racing driver twenty year old Kristy Sheehy is poised to win a second Garrard’s Concession Drivers Challenge as she currently holds a five point lead over Maddison Brown and a seven point lead over Cody Wallrodt heading into tomorrow night’s final race of the Challenge at Bunbury. With a maximum ten points available tomorrow night Brown and Wallrodt would need to win and Sheehy finish worse than fifth to lose the title and the $2,000 cash prize and associated trip to Sydney to represent Western Australia in the NSW Rising Stars Series. In the event of a tie on points Sheehy is better placed than her rivals as three of her five wins this season have come in heats of the Garrard’s Challenge. Brown has won one heat and Wallrodt two heading into tomorrow’s race. The battle for the Series Three prize of a $500 Garrard’s voucher plus trophy prize is far closer and any one of the leading six drivers could take out the prize depending on finishing positions as just three points separate the leading six drivers. POINTS SERIES THREE 2014/15 GARRARD’S CONCESSION DRIVERS CHALLENGE   BUNBURY PINJARRA NORTHAM Total Sheehy, K S (Kristy) 4 10 5 19 McDonough, B L (Bailey) 6 8 4 18 Wallrodt, C L (Cody) 10 3 4 17 Ferguson, M B (Micheal) 7 2 8 17 Jones, L C (Lauren) 1 6 10 17 McDonald, S A (Stuart) 3 7 6 16 Chabros, B A (Bronson) 5 4 4 13 Miller, M C (Mitchell) 8 1 3 12 Brown, M K (Maddison) 1 5 2 8 Young, J A (Jocelyn) 0 0 7 7 Hamilton-Smith, C M (Caris) 2 1 1 4 Green, B E (Brayden) 1 1 1 3 Justins, J R (Jack) 1 0 0 1           OVERALL POINTS 2014/15 GARRARDS CONCESSION DRIVERS CHALLENGE   SERIES 1 SERIES 2 SERIES 3 Total Sheehy, K S (Kristy) 23 24 19 66 Brown, M K (Maddison) 29 24 8 61 Wallrodt, C L (Cody) 18 24 17 59 Ferguson, M B (Micheal) 10 17 17 44 Jones, L C (Lauren) 22 4 17 43 Grantham, M P (Michael) 26 12 0 38 McDonald, S A (Stuart) 20 0 16 36 Barron, L (Letitia) 17 18 0 35 Hamilton-Smith, C M (Caris) 8 18 4 30 McDonough, B L (Bailey) 0 12 18 30 Justins, J R (Jack) 14 12 1 27 Chabros, B A (Bronson) 13 0 13 26 King-Davies, C P (Cheyenne) 0 17 0 17 Green, B E (Brayden) 6 8 3 17 Miller, M C (Mitchell) 0 3 12 15 Foster, C L (Chienoa) 0 9 0 9 Matthew, H J (Harley) 7 0 0 7 Young, J A (Jocelyn) 0 0 7 7 by Alan Parker

Just over three years ago at the age of 89, harness racing owner Ron Hutchinson purchased his first racehorse, the then seven-year-old New Zealander, Barney Maguire which took 47 attempts to win its first race. On Sunday Ron, now 92 hopes to cheer home his veteran pacer to victory, a win that would see the rising 11-year-old maintain a perfect record on the Beaudesert turf track. Sunday is the Beaudesert Hibernian Club charity race day and it features a 10 race card, three harness races and seven thoroughbred races on the turf. The trots will be over a mile (1609m) starting in the home straight with the horses travelling a full circuit of the picturesque track. “The races are a real crowd pleaser,” deputy chairman of harness stewards Larry Wilson said. “Last year everyone loved seeing the trots here and I just hope the locals turn up early to watch so they don’t miss the harness racing action. The 10 race TAB card starts at 10.20am with the three harness races run before the fourth race, the first thoroughbred race at 11.55am. All races will be telecast on Sky Racing with the harness races on Sky 2, the first four gallops on Sky 1 and the last three gallops on Sky 2. Barney Maguire will start from gate three in the mobile start, race two, the Hygain Feeds Pace. Ron’s son Richard, a long time harness racing participant and breeding authority, is the trainer of Barney Maguire and said the pacer, the only horse he now trains at his Tamborine property, has really made a difference to his father’s life. “Dad has not been well lately but this horse is a real tonic for him,” Richard said. “He just just loves to watch him race and replays the races over (on the TV). “Hopefully we can both be at the track and see him win again on Sunday.” Barney Maguire may have the oldest owner in the race but he will be ably supported by one of the youngest drivers in the race, talented young gun Brittany Graham. Brittany is counting the days until she travels to the US for a month driving experience overseas, a prize she won for her high achievements in Queensland last year. With the knowledge of Barney Maguire’s grass track win, Brittany will sure to have the In The Pocket pacer in the firing line from go to whoa. “He is not a horse that you can bottle up, in fact if he cops to much shoving he will turn it up,” Richard said. “At Albion Park on Tuesday he copped a check and that was it but his previous form this month, a second and fourth placing at Redcliffe suggests that he is racing good enough to keep his perfect grass track record intact. The only other horse on the program with a Beaudesert win beside its name is Major Lefty which will start off the second row in the third race, The Ubet For the Thrill of It Pace (1609m). Major Lefty trained by Cristina Monte has been out of form the past few months but the Art Major seven-year-old gelding is more than capable of turning the form around on the grass. Charlie Cini who was in the cart for last year’s grass track win will again take the reins. Steamline Boy trained by the driver Steven Doherty looks the one to beat in this race, starting from the pole mark position. The eight-year-old Artesian gelding has won two of his past three starts with both wins at Redcliffe. Last year he showed a liking for the turf, finishing third on the Beaudesert track. The first of the three TAB harness races on the program starts at 10.20am with coverage of all three races on Sky Racing 2. Concession driver Trent Moffat teams up with Jimboomba local Gary Gerrard in this race to drive 4yo mare Latin For Lovable, a Redcliffe winner last month by David Aldred Related Links Fields for Beaudesert, Sunday 24 May 2015 Form guide for Beaudesert, Sunday 24 May 2015 Race programme for Beaudesert, Sunday 24 May 2015

Harness racing trainer Amanda Turnbull is thrilled after snaring a couple of plum barriers for next Saturday’s Harness Jewels meeting at Ashburton. Turnbull’s four-year-old mare Just Cala, racing as Cala, has come up with barrier two in the 4YO Diamond, while Glenferrie Bronte has secured gate four in the 3YO Diamond for fillies. “We were pretty lucky with both of them,” Turnbull said. “I can’t wait now to get over there.” Partner Nathan Jack will drive Glenferrie Bronte and Turnbull will pilot Just Cala herself on Jewels Day. The news out of the barrier draws wasn’t as positive for connections of three-year-old gelding Burnaholeinmypocket, who pulled gate nine – outside the front line. “It’s not good news,” said trainer Andy Gath. “But it is what it is. We appreciate the opportunity to go over there and compete. It’ll still be a good experience for the horse and we'll all have a good time over there. “He can go around in a C1 heat in Victoria next week, which are run regularly, or he can go over there and run in the Jewels. … It’s a great opportunity.” Meanwhile, Blake Fitzpatrick-trained trotter Valerie has got barrier three in the 4YO Ruby Trot and Shane Tritton-trained Salty Robyn will start from barrier three for reinswoman Lauren Panella in the 2YO Emerald. Click here for Harness Jewels final fields CODY WINNELL COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA MANAGER

National Trotguide’s Amanda Rando has looked at Saturday night’s harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Menangle and believes there are a couple of good bets.  The quaddie looks an attractive option too with a $20,000 jackpot courtesy of the TAB.  The feature race is the sixth event, the $40,000 Gr.1 NSW Trotters Oaks with some very talented fillies engaged. Amanda’s best bet, Arboe will compete in race seven the Gr. 3 La Coocaracha.  The lightly raced Arboe is trained by Anton Golino and has already won three of her four race starts.  This will be her toughest test to date with strong opposition from Claudys Princess and Spidergirl. For more value Amanda suggests following the Kerryann Turner trained Stormont Czar in race three.  The son of Bettors Delight has won five of his last six starts with his only defeat in that period coming in the Gr. 2 Carousel.  Regular driver Robbie Morris will return to the sulky. BEST BET – Race 7 Number 4 Arboe NEXT BEST – Race 3 Number 5 Stormont Czar AMANDA’S JACKPOT QUADDIE –    Leg 1       2. Blazin N Cullen. 4. Bettor Bet Black, 8 Smolda Leg 2       4. My Tribeca, 7. My Arya, 8. Fiery Mountain Girl Leg 3       3. My Valerie, 4. Arboe, 9. Claudys Princess Leg 4       2. On Thunder Road, 3. Vincennes, 4. Supper Waltz Wilson Greg Hayes  

With only two horses in work at his Muckleford camp, harness racing trainer Chris Angove would achieve quite a remarkable feat if he were able to secure a Group 1 winning double at Tabcorp Park Melton tomorrow night. But he’s a genuine live chance with his pair of juvenile trotters both well in the market in the finals of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic Finals. Sundons Courage (by Sundon out of Truscott Photo) has won three from four starts and defeated Charlie Runkle in his Platinum heat by 2.1 metres. Having secured gate one for tomorrow night’s final over 1720 metres, the impressive young squaregaiter has to be considered a huge chance at securing the lion’s share of the $50,000 stake money with reinsman Haydon Gray in the cart. Angove then puts the polish on Truscott Law (by Lawman out of Yankee Truscott) in the fillies’ final, the last-start Maryborough heat winner to come out of gate four for driver Ashley Matthews. The Home Grown Classics are Races 3 and 4 on the Melton card and will be run at 6.28pm and 6.57pm. VIDEO: Sundons Courage wins his Vicbred Platinum heat by Cody Winnell Related Links Fields for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 23 May 2015 Form guide for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 23 May 2015

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Trafalgar pacer Bettor Biaggi scored a well earned maiden victory at the Yarra Valley harness racing meeting on Monday afternoon. Bettor Biaggi's trainer/driver, Tamie Frith, has certainly been patient with the horse, who scored win one at start 19. The Bettor's Delight four-year-old is unlucky not to have won previously, having recorded six seconds, two thirds and three fourths before winning on Monday. The horse led throughout from barrier one and was a well supported second favourite in betting with punters. Tamie is a past graduate of the Gippsland Harness Racing Training Centre - she has trained and driven other winners before, and perhaps Bettor Biaggi will go on to win more races now that the horse has "found the line" for his initial victory. Kyle Galley
Harness racing trainer Anton Golino had his first runner in a race in October 2013. After spending years travelling overseas and gaining international experience with various horsemen, Golino returned to Australia and took out a training licence. Since then the 34-year old has had 48 runners for 16 winners and 18 placings but his trotting strike rate is even better. Golino trained trotters have won nine of the 15 races they have competed in with a further three finishing second. Arboe won Saturday night's Gr. 3 La Cooaracha at Tabcorp Park Menangle while stablemate My Tribeca finished second in the NSW Trotters Oaks. "It was a great night for the stable, Arboe is a really good horse, she is only lightly raced but she was a little difficult to get going when she first arrived," said Golino. "The daughter of french stallion Love You has a mind of her own but she's starting to put it all together now and I think she has got a bright future." Arboe defeated classy mare Claudys Princess on Saturday night but Golino is not getting too carried away. "The La Coocaracha was a very good field, I thought if she found the front she would be very hard to beat, Claudys Princess was very good in defeat, it was a huge run and if you reverse the draws it probably would have been a different result. "Arboe is really tough so over a mile we had to go forward from the draw but I think she'll get over distance and the further the race is the better she will be." Golino will now take Arboe to Victoria in a fortnight and driver Todd McCarthy will be offered the drive. "Todd will get the option to come if he wants, he's definitely going to retain the drive on Arboe and My Tribeca that's for sure." Arboe is raced by Pat Driscoll's Yabby Dam Farms Pty Ltd and Golino was full of praise for him. "Pat is an unbelievable guy, he is really passionate about trotters and I really think he can change the sport down here in Australia. "He puts a lot of time, money and research into his breeding, he has imported some really nice horses but it is just the beginning because in five years time he will have had a massive impact on the sport." My Tribeca ran an impressive race when finishing second in the NSW Trotters Oaks despite galloping soon after the start and will now also head to Victoria. "The filly by another French stallion called Goetmals Wood was a little unlucky, she got flattened at the start, hit a wheel and galloped but she put in a massive run for a horse having her second lifetime run. "She's a big filly physically, I think she would weigh close to 500 kilos now, I am tipping when she is fully grown she'll be 16 hands plus." Greg Hayes
New Zealander Trevor Casey is enjoying a lot of success with his team of harness racing horses both sides of the Tasman. The popular owner has 30 horses including Australasia's best trotter Stent, leading two year olds Our Waikiki Beach and Lazarus and Saturday night's NSW Trotters Oaks winner My Arya. Saturday night's victory meant a lot to Casey as he bred the talented daughter of Angus Hall. "I did breed her and she's the only daughter that Belle Galleon (Stent's mother) has had and I certainly will be retaining her as a broodmare at the end of her career," said Casey. "I raised her right from day dot, watched her grow up, then saw her get broken in and have since watched her all the way through." Casey chose to target the New South Wales Trotters Oaks rather than the NZ Harness Jewels after a narrow defeat in the Menangle feature twelve months ago. "My Arya could have got into the Harness Jewels and she would have been a show but I wanted to win the NSW Oaks because I ran second last year with Daenerys Targaryen and I wanted to come back and have another go at it and we were successful." "We won't be coming back for the NSW Trotters Derby next week, the Victorian Oaks is the week after which means she would have to race four weeks in a row and I just don't think that's fair on her." While at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night Casey took the opportunity to speak with club officials about Stent returning to race on the 1400 metre track. "Stent will be back, I actually said to the team here tonight I'd like to see a mile race here for the open trotters again, I would really love to see the horse at Menangle over the mile again because I think he could go 1:52.0." My Arya's trainer Brent Lilley was excited with the victory and thought her manners took her a long way. "She's proved over here she's the best trotting filly at the moment but I thought the run of the second horse (My Tribeca) was great, My Arya has got manners but the gap between her and the rest is definitely closing," said Lilley. "In saying all that, we still wouldn't swap her for any of them, so after the Victorian Trotters Oaks she will head towards the Breeders Crown and then spell." Greg Hayes
Life is about to get tougher for the handy harness racing performer Columbias Deejay.   Racing in ultra-consistent fashion this season, Columbias Deejay has been set for the rich Vicbred Super Series following his victory at Geelong yesterday.   Pleased with the four-year-old’s progress, trainer David Magri believes the Bacardi Lindy gelding is capable of making his way into the Final.   The $60,000 decider is scheduled to be run at Tabcorp Park Melton on July 3 as part of a stellar weekend, which will see 12 Group Ones conducted at the venue across two nights.   “He has come along really well this season and is capable of mixing it with some of the better ones in his age,” Magri said. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying he will come out and win the Final, but he is good enough to get into it.   “Once you’re in the race you never know what might happen.   “He’s certainly capable of winning a heat, so that’s the way we will head. The heats are still a few weeks away, so I will give him another start or two before then, including Melton next Friday night.”   With Magri in the cart during his latest win, Columbias Deejay led throughout from three to score by eight-and-a-half metres from Tommy Kay, with Tawonga South a metre-and-a-half away third.   “Once he got to the front I knew they wouldn’t run him down,” Magri said. “He was down in class on what he has been racing against, so I felt he would be hard to beat.”   Paul Courts
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