After finishing second in the Treuer Memorial at Bankstown, Jim Douglass believes former Victorian Derby winner Scandalman is nearly back to his best. Scandalman was having his fourth run back from a lengthy spell and has improved steadily with each run this campaign. "Ian (Wilson trainer) gave him four trials to get him ready to race and while the trials were good hit-outs he needed to get some racing under his belt," Douglass said. "He is a stallion and during his break he was very big and fat and it has been a job to get the weight off him but he is definitely getting fitter and fitter with each run." Douglass expected a good performance at Bankstown but was even more confident of a forward showing after completing the warm up. "He felt very sharp in the preliminary on Saturday night, he felt like he was ready to run a race and I actually thought on the turn I was a chance of beating Washakie but he held us to about a length all the way up the straight. "Scandalman won't be going to the Newcastle Cup, he chased very hard in the Treuer and has had four runs in four weeks so he won't be racing this weekend but I'm sure Ian will have him in somewhere the following week, there are a couple of options coming up including the Shirley Turnbull Memorial at Bathurst." Scandalman is still assessed M0 but Douglass expects him to take the next step in his career within twelve months. "I think we all expect this season to be the one when Scandalman starts racing against the better opposition and I'm sure he is ready to make that step up, he will benefit from the experience of chasing home horses like Washakie." "The Treuer was a good race for the stable because Tori Jack finished fifth as well and it was good to see him run so well." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
Young reinsman Chris Geary drove the first winner in his short career when Western Gailes won at Bankstown on Saturday night. Trained by Geary's father John, Western Gailes settled in the one-one before racing past the leader Junior Johnson in the straight to record a comfortable victory. "I have only had my licence just over a week and it was nice to get a winner early on and to drive it for my dad was pretty special too," Geary said. "Western Gailes got a good trip, he's not known for his speed, he can be a bit lazy and normally takes some time to wind up but he showed a nice turn of speed when I pulled him into the clear and it was quite a thrill." Geary works for Belinda and Luke McCarthy at Cobbitty and enjoys being around horses constantly. "Luke and Belinda are great, there is a great bunch of people out there at the stables and it makes going to work every day very easy." "I used to help out at the stables whenever I got the chance, weekends and school holidays and times like that but an opportunity came to go full time as I was coming towards the end of Year 10 and I jumped at the chance." As a former competitor in mini and maxi trotting in New South Wales, Geary has had a very good grounding in the sport. "I drove a very good pony called Energizer, he was state champion five times and I also got the chance to compete in the maxi trots as well when it first started." "I've watched a number of top drivers closely, guys like Luke McCarthy, Mat Rue, Blake Fitzpatrick and Robbie Morris, they are all very successful and my aim is to be a top driver too, maybe one day I might branch out into training but at the moment I'm very happy to concentrate on driving." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
Great Western's Manning family - father Peter and daughters Kerryn and Michelle may have created history at the nearby Ararat HRC fixture held on Tuesday December 10, by winning every race on the six event card. Peter prepared four winners Sunnyandcher, Znana, Rinashi and Valentino Rustler, Kerryn drove three Sunnyandcher, Znana and Suerte which she also trains, while Michelle scored aboard Shanira for herself and Rinashi. Seven year old ex-Kiwi mare Sunnyandcher a daughter of Sundon and Cherourwishes who at times can be a little risky, was successful in the Bricklayers Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2165 metres. Settling mid-field in the moving line from a 20 metre handicap, Sunnyandcher was sent forward three wide solo in the back straight on the final occasion to give chase to the leaders. Finishing determinedly, Sunnyandcher proved too strong for the ever reliable Stunning Jasper which raced outside the pacemaker Family Decision before leading into the straight, with Mister Beckham (one/one) third. The mile rate 2-06.7. Art Major/Ananz filly Znana brought up a hat-trick by taking out the Plumbers Pace for C0 class over 1790 metres in a rate of 2-01.7, much to the delight of Adelaide's Cormack family who also race Sunnyandcher. Speeding across the face of the field from outside the front line to lead, Znana treated her rivals with contempt, scoring by 4.5 metres over The Jiggler which led out from gate two before handing over to the winner. Onlyeconomyclass ran on late from mid-field to finish in third place. Former Kiwi six year old gelding Suerte (Falcon Seelster/Atomist) opened his Australian account by easily taking the Plasterers Pace for C1 class over 2195 metres. Making his third appearance on Australian soil, Suerte was never in any danger, leading throughout from gate three to register a 11.6 metre victory in advance of Thewaytolive which trailed from the pole, with Mayorshinetown third after racing in the open. The surprise winner of the evening was 5-Y-0 Armbro Operative/If Iseeyouinheaven mare Shanira in the Earthworks Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 1790 metres. Starting from gate two on the second line, Shanira enjoyed a cosy trip, with the well supported Viva Courage burning to the front from gate three. Sent forward three wide in the approach to the final bend, Shanira ran on gamely to gain the day by 1.9 metres over the pacemaker in a rate of 2-01.7, with Mystic Soldier (three back the markers) 12.9 metres away in third place. Four year old Town Champion/Epona Sunshine mare Rinashi was tough in her 1.8 metre victory of the Engineers Pace for C0 class over 1790 metres. Despite racing parked from gate five outside Artois Stone (gate three) from the outset, Rinashi surged to the front in the last lap and defied a strong challenge from Peters Ace all the way up the running. Shalamint which trailed the weakening front runner finished third 5.3 metres away. Tough as teak six year old Rustler Hanover/Cuddle Me Good gelding Valentino Rustler registered his 4th victory in 69 outings by winning the Builders Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1790 metres in a rate of 1-59.5. Taking a concession for Terang's Jason Lee, Valentino Rustler momentarily settled one/one from gate two with the pole marker Spiral Jet leading from Gnotuk (gate four). One the tempo slowed, Valentino Rustler was eased three wide to assume control racing for the bell and from that point, the race was as good as over. Racing clear on the home turn, Valentino Rustler was untroubled to score by 9.3 metres over Our Burning Desire (three back the markers) and Garabaldi Union (one/one) a stablemate of the winner. Len Baker
Roughly three weeks after Cousin Dylan Ferguson drove his first winner, Micheal has done the same. The sixteen-year-old son of Brian Ferguson and nephew of top reinsman of Peter Ferguson was successful on the Gary Hall Snr trained Yougottawanna at Williams in Western Australia on Sunday. Ferguson sent Yougottawanna forward from his handy alley to find the front, before dictating terms and kicking clear on the home bend to win by 9.7 metres. Micheal, like Dylan, celebrated the win with a brilliant victory salute. Ferguson, who moved to Perth fourteen years ago with his parents, had earlier in the day finished third aboard All In Grin, who is trained by his father Brian. Ferguson still attends Cecil Andrews Senior High School, but helps out Gary Hall Snr during the school holidays. Meanwhile I’m Themightyquinn’s little brother Themightynadal, who was purchased by Hall Snr out of the Premier Yearling Sales in Christchurch, got his career of to the best possible start by a winning his debut earlier in the card. By Mitchell Robertson
When the term 'Ponzi scheme' is mentioned these days, the names Bernard Madoff and Allen Stanford instantly spring to mind. The pair of them ran multi-billion dollar frauds (US$60bn and $8bn respectively) that destroyed the lives of thousands of investors who had put their life savings into a 'wonderful' investment strategy. How so many people were sucked into the scheme is baffling to those on the outside. The lifestyle, the sales pitch, the success stories of the early investors - I suppose it all adds up. So where does this link to racing you ask? A prominent Australian 'racing identity' this week has been reported to have lost access to a bank account with punters' club funds of $194m in it. Firstly - is there a worse term for anyone to be labelled with that 'racing identity'? It ALWAYS ends up meaning shonky crook! Secondly - who the hell has a punters' club with an active bankroll in the tens of millions? It simply can't be done. The media has just started to scratch the surface on this case: - Racing identity Bill Vlahos denies punting club losses - $5m bill for Caviar's brother unpaid - Punters' club man faces suit over Black Caviar's half-brother but my sources tell me there is a lot left to expose. Let's examine the alleged punters' club run by Bill Vlahos: There was no prospectus for potential investors, no contracts securing their investments, nothing at all in writing. No public records of the club activity. All members were sworn to secrecy. (Anyone hearing alarm bells?) Members would put money into the club and then receive regular dividends. Members were promised a return of over 6% per quarter, adding up to 25% annual profit on investment, and that's what the early investors received. It was a betting syndicate. Since when are betting returns consistent? All the dodgy betting investment scams in Australia are based on the Gold Coast, so surely this one had to be legitimate? The syndicate was allegedly betting on Melbourne and Sydney racing each week, but with 'offshore outlets' via a broker. Punters worldwide will tell you that getting on is harder than ever. As soon as you start winning, your cards are marked and the industry works against you to shut you down. Corporate bookies shut or heavily restrict your account. Betfair hits you with a Premium Charge of up to 60% of your profits. There simply aren't offshore outlets who will let you bet millions on Australian racing, and there certainly aren't charitable betting firms out there who will let you win a million dollars per quarter to keep up with your promised 6% quarterly return. There is more truth in a Harry Potter novel! The master system behind this money tree: "Mr Vlahos developed his system during a two-year stint living near Randwick racecourse when he was not working full-time. He said he used his mathematical training gained during his La Trobe University psychology degree to come up with a way to beat the odds. Mr Vlahos said that members of his club trusted him despite the lack of written contracts, and accepted that he collected five per cent of the winnings. "There's nothing in writing because it's a punting club and it's a trust punting club, the people that are in it have made the decision that they understand how the punting club works between me and them," he said." "Mr Vlahos said that the maths-based system he used for the punting club brought constant quarterly profits back into the common pool." The "mathematical training gained during a psychology degree" allowed him to develop a system, which he coincidentally did while living next door to one of the biggest racecourses in the country. I'm calling bullshit on that one. Wagering is an incredibly complicated business which requires an enormous workload just to keep up with continually evolving markets. Maths alone will not make you a profit. Form study alone will not make you a profit. The best money management scheme of all time will not make you a profit. Anyone who tells you they can make consistent, unlimited profits on horse racing has as much credibility as a politician.... The reference material for a successful and disguised Ponzi scheme is the success of the early members. They make their money from introducing new members, although it is highly likely they are unaware of the mechanics of it. Every new member brought into the syndicate bring new liquidity, which is actually the profit they supposedly make every week from their betting investments. The ground-floor investors do very well out of it, and continue to innocently provide glowing references for anyone else considering joining. For them, everything seems above board. So Bob is considering putting money in, he looks at Jim who has been in for a year and done well, then he looks up to Max who has been in for longer and is genuinely displaying the lifestyle of someone making solid, regular profits from their investments. So Bob thinks he's onto a good thing, everyone knows each other and believes what they see, and injects more money into the 'club'. This cycle continues with everyone profiting until it gets too big. Suddenly the rate of signing up new members starts to fall away, the liquidity dries up and so does the flow of profits. Vlahos claims that they had only lost money in one quarter in eight years - that's all it needs to start crumbling.... One piece of anecdotal evidence I have heard is of an early member in regional Victoria who had an incredible run signing up new members - while they all bought cars and swimming pools with their profits, he kept re-investing his profits to create that golden nest egg for retirement. I'm told he believed his share of the syndicate pot was as much as a third - in the vicinity of $60-120m! I'm tipping he'll be rather disappointed. The Westpac account allegedly containing the $194m hasn't been locked by the bank, it hasn't gone missing, they haven't lost the account due to a computer glitch. It never existed in the first place. Bill Vlahos doesn't exactly have the cleanest of connections in the racing industry - he has a link to Tony Mokbel, the big time drug dealer who laundered much of his cash flow through various forms of gambling. When the heavy hand of the law started closing in on Mokbel and his associates, it was Vlahos who took over ownership of a horse owned by Tony's brother Horty Mokbel, Pillar of Hercules. The chances of that being coincidental are very slim. And it was this love of horses which reports say, saw him come up with another front for the Ponzi scheme. Vlahos was most famous for his backing for BC3 Thoroughbreds - a new age bloodstock syndication company who entered the market with a bang, paying huge prices for yearlings, including $5m for a half-brother to Black Caviar. It seemed over the top at the time, their attitude was "we weren't going to be outbid on this one". And now we know why. Value didn't seem to matter to them. So long as the horse could attract investors, they'd be fine. The sales company, Inglis, have yet to be paid for the horse. This isn't uncommon, trainers often take a while to syndicate horses, but they have to pay interest on their debts. It is reported that several people have paid cash for shares in the blue-blood colt, but none of that money has been passed onto Inglis - the allegations are that it has all been tipped into the Ponzi scheme. If all this is true, and I have no reason whatsoever to doubt my sources who have seen this building up for several years, there are many highly respectable people caught up in this, completely innocently. Investors from Melbourne society, football clubs, players and administrators. Highly respected administrators who have left their jobs to become part of the BC3 'success story'.... My sources tell me that BC3 staff were told this morning Australian time that the company is no longer. I'd expect most of them knew nothing of all this until very recently. The interest started to mount up on 'Jimmy', the half-brother to Black Caviar. Pressure was on to find more funds to put into the club - surely this sham would last forever? Vlahos allegedly relocated to Singapore earlier in the year - to secure more suckers? To get away from the front-line pressure of the scheme? To stay away from investigators and start preparing an escape route? Theories of what has happened to 'Jimmy' are plentiful. The SMH article said 'the insurance policy can only be paid out in death'. Spider bite, heavy dose of anti-biotics from a vet which is rumoured could be linked to laminitis, a potentially fatal disease.... If the horse survives this ordeal which he is still recovering from, a successful life on the racetrack must be highly improbable now. A stud career for an unraced colt, no matter how esteemed the bloodlines, will be nowhere as lucrative as it could have been with a few wins under his belt. This scandal has only just started to hit the courts, brought upon by legal proceedings from an unhappy member who is unlikely to ever see his money again. Vlahos' assets have been seized, his passport taken away. Criminal reporters will dig further into this, further than the traditional racing media who are always reluctant to expose/embarrass people within the industry. I'm told investigative journalists from The Age have been close to breaking this story but were holding back - articles from their rivals may now force their hand. The fallout from this will be enormous. Racing can't afford to have thousands of people with significant sums of money involved become disenchanted with the sport. When the Nathan Tinkler empire crumbled, the people who felt it most were the businesses and staff he owed money to. This scandal goes so much wider. And yet it's not a new blight on the racing industry. Go back to the 80s and a Melbourne conman called Joe Talia did something similar, using the gift of the gab to convince people to invest in his schemes. There were no miracle investment schemes, it was just him pissing the money away at the racetrack, in casinos or living far above his means. Courtesy of Scott Ferguson "This article written by and reprinted courtesy of Scott Ferguson, seasoned betting industry expert and editor of www.sportismadeforbetting.com blog. You can also follow him on Twitter via @borisranting"
Mount Gambier conducted their first meeting of the season and while it was a big punting weekend at the Mount with Thoroughbreds & Greyhound meetings during the day the twilight fixture still drew a good crowd to the trots. President Phil Wood could not have been happier with the result " our gate was good as were takings at canteen and the bar". The committee has worked hard to make the venue more family friendly during the off season and this was well received by patrons. On the track the action was hot - three of the six winners broke the magical two minute barrier, another two rated just over two minutes while Caleb Lewis was allowed to walk on the Kevin Brough trained Amberlu Lilly. Driving honours went to David Dury who won with Alta Antonio, the promising Big Gorilla and former Kiwi filly Our Mackalena who was having her first SA start after having trialled impressively winning a trial by 25 metres, the Christian Cullen filly started at the lucrative odds of $5.60. Caleb Lewis also drove a double, while Rodney Baker won the Boarder Watch Pace heat for his father Jim on board Dee Cees Desire. The final of this race is to be held at Hamilton next Monday. The Mount Gambier club has negotiated with a Victorian club to run five heats. The final will be run at either Hamilton , Horsham or Terang, Phil Wood said "it gives the opportunity for local trainers to qualify for $5000 finals in Victoria and also encourages Victoria trainers to boarder hop and come to Mount Gambier for the heats" Gary Newton
VETERAN pacer Our Chain of Command continued his domination of the free-for-all class in Tasmania with another emphatic win at Tattersall's Park in Hobart last Sunday night. Our Chain of Command faced the breeze for the last half of the race but made light of the task to go on and score a comfortable victory over smart mare Laterron with Slick Bromac making up good ground late to grab third ahead of Drifting West. The Juanita McKenzie-trained eight-year-old gelding was coming off an equally impressive win in the Cannonball Charge on November 24. Our Chain of Command is being aimed at the $40,000 Tasmania Cup in Hobart on December 22 and given his recent form the gelding will make his presence felt in the Tasmanian Pacing Club's major event of the season. TPC has arranged a big day with popular Tasmanian band The Wolfe Brothers booked for a two-hour concert at Tattersall's Park from noon as a prelude to the racing that day. The Wolfe Brothers have returned from an international tour with race reviews and the club expects the concert that is restricted to only 400 patrons, to sell out before the cut-off date of next Wednesday (December 18). The concert will be held from noon to 2 pm with racing to start at 2.15pm and only those who purchase tickets prior to close of business on December 18 will be allowed to attend the concert. General admission to the race meeting is $10 for adults and $5 for pensioners with children under-16 admitted free. Peter Staples
The Gold Ace has finally found where he belongs in the pacing world - and it isn't New Zealand. The former multiple group one winner was in danger of becoming a cautionary tale in harness racing, a superstar 3-year-old who never fulfilled his potential in the big time. While he won the NZ Free-For-All and Flying Mile at Cambridge last season for trainer and co-owner Steven Reid, The Gold Ace was troubled by expensive niggling injuries and a lack of consistent standing start manners. For a horse once valued at more than A$1 million ($1.1 million), such spasmodic returns were not enough. So Reid bit the bullet with the Harness Jewels and NZ Derby winner this season, ignoring the New Zealand Cup meeting to campaign him in Sydney. And when that only partially worked, and with a team at home needing his attention, Reid adopted the "if you can't beat them, join them" attitude. He transferred The Gold Ace to superstar NSW trainers Belinda and Luke McCarthy and the results have been instantaneous and lucrative. After winning a A$50,000 free-for-all in Sydney 10 days ago be bolted away with last Saturday's A$100,000 Cranbourne Cup at group one level. The Gold Ace used his gate speed to lead before driver Andy McCarthy unleashed a stunning 26.7sec, second last 400m to establish a winning break. That earned him automatic entry into next Saturday's A$425,000 Victoria Cup. "They have done a great job with him and I was stoked by that win," said Reid. Luke McCarthy, who has a sensational team, said The Gold Ace was the real deal. "He is a really good horse and we will be aiming him at all the group ones, maybe with the exception of the Hunter Cup because of the standing start," he told the Herald. The Gold Ace will be joined in the Victoria Cup by Christen Me as the other Kiwi rep, with the latter pleasingly returning to Auckland after this week's race to compete at Alexandra Park and Cambridge over the New Year. The win capped a remarkable night for Reid and his association with the McCarthy family, albeit one step removed on another front. Less than an hour before The Gold Ace won, the former Reid-trained pacer Washakie created a special place in history when he won his fifth straight Treuer Memorial at Bankstown for trainer-driver John McCarthy, Luke's father. Reid sold Washakie seven years ago when he was in the shadow of the great Monkey King and he has since gone on to win more than A$1.8 million. And on the home front Reid and McMullen also have plenty to look forward to, with Easy On The Eye suggesting he is in for a big summer with his effortless win in Friday night's Franklin Cup. Meanwhile, champion mares Adore Me and Bettor Cover Lover headline a huge premier meeting at Alexandra Park on Friday when they clash in the $100,000 Queen Of Hearts. Golden move * The Gold Ace is back to his best in Australia. * He is now one of the favourites for Saturday's A$425,000 Victoria Cup. * He will be joined in that huge race by Christen Me, who will then return to Auckland to race. * Great mares Adore Me and Bettor Cover Lover clash at Alexandra Park on Friday. By Michael Guerin (Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand)
The first round heats of the much sought after Snowball Series for C0 class horses four year old and older were held at the Charlton Graduation class meeting on Monday December 9, 2013. A unique series where stake levels increase as the series progresses - Heats $3,000, Semi-finals $5,500 and the Final $10,500 Heat one over 2100 metres was taken out by Great Western trainer/driver Kerryn Manning's Washington VC/Robyne Measure 4-Y-0 gelding Willow Robyn in a rate of 1-59.9. Beginning brilliantly from gate four, Willow Robyn a prohibitive $1.10 favourite, led throughout to street his rivals in winning by 18 metres over a death-seating Sassy man and Playing The Ace. Heat two saw South Australian visitor Sparks On Nudgee, a four year old daughter of Life Sign and Big Brown Eyes successful in a rate of 2-01.2. Driven by Greg Sugars for Globe Derby Park trainer Andrew Mitton, Sparks On Nudgee was sent out with a rush from gate three, but was unable to head off the polemarker Miss Toolern Vale, with Sugars easing to take a trail. Using the sprint lane in the shadows of the post, Sparks On Nudgee ($3.20) finished best to gain the day by a head from Shes Even Cooler (one/two - three wide home turn), with Miss Toolern Vale a half neck away in third place. Smart Lombo Pocket Watch/Road To Paris four year old gelding Clancys Fobwatch snared Heat three in the fastest rate 1-57.7 from gate three. In what was a great staying test, Clancys Fobwatch ($2.10) trained at Hopetoun Park (Bacchus Marsh) by Ross Sugars and driven by Greg, raced outside the highly fancied Seven And A Half (gate four), before prevailing by a half neck in a thrilling duel all the way up the running. Tearitup which led out before being eased to follow Seven And A Half finished 37.4 metres away in third place. Two Semi-Finals over 2190 metres will be held at Maryborough on December 18, with the 2200 metre Final at Ballarat on December 26. Len Baker
The summer months are the best time to breed your mare to maximise her chances of conceiving says Harness Breeders (Vic) President, Dr Tony Britt. “As we move into the summer months, some breeders abandon attempts to get their mares in foal. I do not know why as the peak of mare fertility in the southern hemisphere occurs in the December to January period,” Britt said. “It is surprising that breeders make such an effort to get their mares in foal in early October when the weather is still cold and daylight hours are limited. Photoperiod is the most important factor in determining a mare’s fertility. Breeders need to use this to their advantage by breeding their mares during the months when daylight hours are longest. “Statistically there is basically no difference in the number of starts per foal for foals born in the September to November period, compared to those born between December and February. The chances of winning a two-year-old, three-year-old or four-year-old race are also basically the same. “Some of Australasia’s best horses were summer foals. Amongst them is the champion two-year-old pacing colt, Bling It On, Changeover, Mysta Magical Mach, Smiling Shard, The Gold Ace, De Lovely, and champion trotter, I Can Doosit. “If your mare this season has still not conceived, persevere. Ring your stud master, and organise for her to be served for several more cycles. “A pregnant mare is no burden. An empty mare at the end of the breeding season is a wasted opportunity. “With the recently announced increase to $7,000 in the first win bonus for Vicbred eligible horses, new races for lucrative prizemoney under the Vicbred Platinum banner, and further benefits for breeders in the pipeline, this is the season to get your mare in foal.” HRV Media
The weather was stifling, and so were the times at the third annual Garrards 2YO Trialling Sale at Tabcorp Park, Menangle, last Sunday. A crowd of 500 or so people sweltered in 38 degree heat to see 45 youngsters trial then go under the hammer. The top price, at $115,000, was a New Zealand-bred Gotta Go Cullect filly, from Russian Rocket, offered by Christchurch-based horseman, Greg Payne, and bought by veteran Victorian enthusiast, Jack Knight, to join the astute Wayne Potter stable. The filly electrified the crowd with her half mile trial with splits of 28.1s and 27.6s, never flinching. Knight and Potter also signed for a $70,000 Somebeachsomewhere colt from More Sassie Lombo, which was offered by Young-based studmaster, Ken Smith, and which finished off with a solid 27.8s on the back of a 31s first quarter. Alliex Express' father-and-son team of Colin and Dean McDowell bought two youngsters - a Somebeachsomewhere gelding from Scoots Away for $30,000, and $36,000 for another Gotta Go Cullect filly, from Glowable. Industry virtual newcomer Brad Canty, whose background is in the greyhound industry, was active with four purchases, three for Brisbane's Mat Neilson and another for local horseman Blake Fitzpatrick, who is training a New Zealand-bred, the only Bettors Delight progeny in the sale, a filly from Beaudiene Bianca, which brought $44,000. Neilson took home a $9000 colt by The Globe from Just Sweet, a $30,000 Real Desire colt from My Spirit Of Tara and a Sportswriter-Tycoon Tess gelding for $13,000. Experienced Riverina-based horseman, Steve Harris, brought two colts, which sold well: a Sportswriter-Stylish Storm to Rob Davis for $44,000 and a Quick Approval half-brother to Majorlicious, which went to Doug Johnson for $32,000, while Trec Saverio paid $50,000 for a Victorian-bred Modern Art gelding from Soaring Franco. Veteran South Coast New South Wales identity Bill Green spent $30,000 on the half-brother to Jedi Mind, a colt by Live Or Die, to join Robbie Morris and Kerry Ann Turner, who also took home a striking syndicate-owned New Zealand-bred Santanna Blue Chip colt for $35,000 from Payne. The crowd included enthusiasts from as far afield as Western Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and Victoria, with the likes of young Perth-based horsemen Ryan Bell and Kody Charles, north-western Tasmanian owner, Michael Filleul, Queensland trainers Daren Garrard, Darrel Graham and Mat Neilson and Victorians David Aiken, Michael Stanley and the father-and-son combination of Peter and Matt Craven. Local figures in the throng included Jarrod Alchin, Darren Binskin, Ron Cooper, Neil Day, Blake Fitzpatrick, Paul Fitzpatrick, Damian Gallagher, Anton Golino, Darren McCall, John McCarthy, Luke McCarthy, Robbie Morris, Kerry Ann Turner, Steve Turnbull and Peter Walsh. The day proved a complete entertainment package, with a performance by singer-songwriter Luke Koteras and the Garrards Industry Day and Trade Fair. A small number of bought-back lots are still on the market, through the agency of Australian Standardbred Consultancy Pty Ltd, by contacting Kerry Baker on 0402 336 598 or at firstname.lastname@example.org Courtesy of Harness Racing NSW Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales | 22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200 T: 02 9722 6600| F: 02 85805792 | E: email@example.com| W: www.hrnsw.com.au & www.trotstv.com.au Warning to recipients: This email and any attachments are confidential and subject to copyright. If you are not the intended recipient any use, disclosure or copying is unauthorised. If you have received this email in error please advise us immediately by reply email and delete all copies. It is your responsibility to examine this email and any attachments for viruses. Any personal information in this email must be handled in accordance with privacy legislation.