Day At The Track
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Alabar and Nevele R strike again

Alabar and Nevele R are thrilled to announce that they have joined forces to secure the lifetime rights to the reigning US Horse of the Year, Always B Miki – the fastest horse in the history of harness racing. He will stand at Alabar’s Victorian farm with his fresh semen available throughout Australia and New Zealand. Always B Miki is undoubtedly a modern day cult hero in North America. He won the crowds over with his incredible will to win. The battles in the free-for-all ranks were epic – but Miki proved again and again that he had the heart of a champion. And he put an exclamation mark on his career when he won in 1:46 at The Red Mile on October the 9th 2016 - the fastest mile ever. With Miki being such an imposing equine athlete, the world record is something that many harness racing followers felt was an inevitable achievement for him. At the end of 2016, Miki was rewarded not only with the Pacer of the Year title but also the overall Horse of the Year title.  The voting for which he dominated 102-32 He retired at the end of his all-conquering 2016 season to stand at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania where he commands a fee of US$12,500. He is currently serving a full book of mares which includes the virtual who’s who of North American broodmares.   The Always B Miki phenomenon is best put into perspective by his Hall of Fame trainer, Jimmy Takter. After all, Takter has been six times the US Trainer of the Year - including the last three years straight. He’s trained as many great horses as anyone ever has. Many people would say he’s the greatest trainer in harness racing – and it’s not hard to make that case. When Jimmy Takter talks horses you tend to listen – and Always B Miki is a horse he knows better than anyone else. He knows Miki is not only a champion – but maybe, just maybe he’s the best there’s ever been. The Jimmy Takter quotes on Always B Miki are captivating. After winning the William Haughton Memorial in what was his third straight world record performance, Takter was moved to say “I think this could be the greatest horse that ever lived.” And then, through the tears after Miki’s world record performance at Lexington, Takter stated: “I get very attached to my horses. He’s just a wonderful horse. He’s the greatest horse I’ve ever been around in my life, and I’ve been around the best horses in the world, like Moni Maker and those horses. This horse is my number one horse that I’ve been around … He’s a big horse but you’re not going to see everything inside. He has probably the best lungs ever, the biggest heart ever and the smartest horse ever.” And later: “He’s my all-time favourite. He is the greatest. He has such charisma, it’s unbelievable.” Miki was a talented two-year-old and a tremendous three-year-old finishing an astonishing second in the Meadowlands Pace (where He’s Watching set his world record) after being three wide the entire trip. Tragically, later as a three-year-old and as the Breeders’ Crown favourite, he suffered a serious injury and raced the rest of his career with multiple screws in his hind pasterns - making what he achieved as a four and five-year-old even more incredible. Jimmy Takter said after his world record at Lexington, had it not been for these problems: “He would have smacked at least another second off the record” All told, Miki won 30 races and banked $2,826,176 in a career highlighted by back-to-back Breeders’ Crown victories. You cannot help but be moved by his final surge to win the 2016 Crown after his fierce battle with Wiggle It Jiggleit. He’s the only horse in history to win 4 races in 1:47 or faster. Remarkable, given no other horse has done it more than once. He shares the world record for a five-eighths track and holds the Canadian mile record to sit alongside his fastest-mile-ever title. Miki is by Always A Virgin - a son of the sire of sires Western Ideal and the sire of the winners of over $22 million with 150 in 1:55. He’s out of the Artsplace mare, Artstopper. The US Pacing Broodmare of the Year in 2016, Artstopper is also the dam of the tremendous racemare Yagonnakissmeornot (41 wins, $1,458,850). She ranks a half-sister to Cheyenne Rei ($729,933). Of great significance to the breeders of Australia and New Zealand, Always B Miki has no Cam Fella blood in his pedigree whatsoever so is an ideal option for daughters of Bettor’s Delight. In a wonderful show of respect for our breeding industry, Always B Miki’s stud fee will be A$7,000 (incl GST) in Australia and NZ$7,000 (plus GST) in New Zealand. This is a tremendous opportunity. Just listen to Jimmy Takter. Always B Miki Retirement Ceremony at The Meadowlands Always B Miki - World Record Allerage Farms Championship Series Open Pacers Always B Miki - Breeders Crown Open H&G Pace Always B Miki - World reacord Ben Franklin Elimination

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Rauchenberger on the rise

There is a new young talent in town and her name is Codi Rauchenberger. The recently turned 18-year-old had her first harness racing drive at Canberra last night and won! Bringing an even bigger smile to her already smiling face, Rauchenberger achieved the milestone with the Daniel Rowell-trained unhoppled pacer Boobalaga Road. "It was amazing," Rauchenberger said on Sky Sports Radio this morning. "I thought the horse had a really good chance and he did it really easy." Rauchenberger took the four-year-old Sportswriter gelding straight to the front from barrier two. The pair remained there and crossed the finish line with more than 13 metres to spare over their rivals. For many of those watching the event, it looked as though Rauchenberger had driven in many races before. And technically that is correct, amongst the Mini Trot ranks. Rauchenberger participated with Mini Trotters for many years and even represented New South Wales internationally. "I was selected to go to New Zealand and represent NSW in the Kidz Kartz series . . . I learned a lot over there," Rauchenberger said. "I think the Mini Trots helped me change through to driving (racehorses). "Kristin (Cunningham) and Daniel have also helped me a lot changing from Mini Trotters to the big horses . . . they gave me my first trial drive too. Growing up in the Boorowa region, Rauchenberger now works as a stablehand for James Rattray in Exeter. Rauchenberger grew a liking to the sport after her mother Maxine had an interest. "Cathy and Peter Carson were also a big influence for me," Rauchenberger said. "I was always over at their placing helping them until I found Mini Trotters and then I was racing all over the place." Amanda Rando

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Racing continued despite heavy rain

Despite the heavy and constant rainfall on Friday night Young Harness Racing was able to push through and run its 10-race program thanks to the all weather track at the paceway. With rain continuing to fall from early afternoon, an inspection by stewards and a decision to race was accepted by all involved, with the first race, of what was to be curtailed after race nine, went ahead with a small but enthusiastic crowd in attendance. Favourite runners throughout the night continued to flow with race one going to Greggs Legacy ($2.50) driven by John O’Shea for trainer Josh Turnbull. Leading at the bell and posting a 30.2 first quarter, the Modern Art three year old colt was never in danger of winning scoring by an impressive 15 m from Carl Slim Dada ($9.40) and the locally trained Forest Fury ($4.20) for trainer Jeff Brown and driver, young Nic Dewar. The track stood up beautifully with a creditable 2:01.4 mile rating to the winner being recorded and certainly setting the bar high for the remainder of the meeting. The second race again was run in rainy conditions with the first winning double of Josh Turnbull and John O’Shea combining with the roughie of the race Timmy May ($30.50) again leading at the bell to defeat Ima Kennedy Two ($5.30) and another outsider in Prince Kai ($21.30) claiming third money. The 2,100 m event recorded a mile rating of 1:59.9 reflecting the condition of the track and the winning margin of six metres the possible bright future for the five year old son of Dawn Of A New Day.  Steve and Amanda Turnbull combined in race three with the Sealed And Delivered gelding Intransit ($5.70) who came from fourth at the bell to circle the field at the top of the staright to defeat the odds-on-favourite Our Braxton ($1.80) and another Steve Turnbull trained pacer in the four-year-old gelding Dillon ($4.00).  The mile rating of 2:01.8 was again a reflection of the condition of the track and the prevailing weather conditions. Amanda Turnbull came out of the gates flying to lead at the bell in race four with Whosashadylady ($2.00) and quickly steadied the pace to ensure a sprint home. This was achieved when the leader quickly set a last two quarter run home of 29.7 and 29.9 in defeating Mach Sam ($6.10) and Ruth Shannon ($9.70) in winning her first race from eight starts for her delighted owners.  The wins kept coming for Amanda and the team when Moon Over Manhattan (1.10) leading at the bell and again setting a similar tempo with a ‘steady as you go’ tactic early, running home with a 28.6 last quarter in accounting for Lady Warhol ($17.10) and another locally trained pacer in Ma Koo Loo Queen ($61.80) claiming third money.  To say the rain had gotten a little heavier would be an understatement but it did not deter the likes of John O’Shea and trainer Gemma Hewitt sending out Lyka Version ($1.90) a short priced favourite in race six.  The Oberon pacer trained by Russell Reynolds Satelitte Village ($10.70) finished second in the race while the early pacemaker Somerosesomhere ($54.00) claimed third with a mile rating to the winner of 2:02.1 still a creditable performance under the conditions. At this stage it was more than noticeable that the majority of winners were winning from the front, this being the case, Forbes trainer, driver adopted the same tactics with Artful Lombo ($2.10) who was leading comfortably at the bell to run home in 29.8 in defeating Ticket Outa Here ($10.80) and Pretty Foxy ($12.60). Unfortunately heavy rain continued to fall with overnight measurements reaching as high as 55 mm in some local areas. In what was to be the penultimate race of the night, race eight, Amanda Turnbull again made sure she would be part of the action at the pointy end of the race when she drove another copybook race behind Bold Outlaw ($1.30) in defeating the Temora trained Our Red Jack ($24.00) for Ray Walker with the John Vautin trained Riverboat King mare Oceans In The Sky ($82.90) putting in a good performance finishing third. In what was to be the final race of the night, Perthville trainer Chris Frisby made sure his night was to be rewarded sending out Lockton Art ($1.30) another short priced favourite in defeating an improving Speed King mare in Diamond Thief ($10.80) with Peter Sykes picking up loose change with Ma Koo Loo Frankie ($23.80) in third place. An inspection of the track, combined with deteriorating weather and signal interruptions at this point forced the stewards to call a halt to proceedings and those involved retired to a much warmer and drier environment. Racing again on Thursday Young Harness Racing Club will be holding another race meeting on Thursday afternoon May 25 with a seven race program starting from 2.20 pm. The meeting includes the $15,000 Alabar Breeders Challenge heats for three-year-old fillies and the same for three-year-old colts and geldings. TAB 2YO Pace: 1 Ace in Your Pocket, 2 Mackeral, 3 Giant Jackson, 4 Our Uncle Alan, 5 Brads Luck, 6 Ashuring, 7 Pocket of Terror, 8 Roll With Life. Cordina Chicken Farms Pace: 1 The Kiss Principle, 2 Jiggy Rhythm, 3 Ma Koo Loo Hambo, 4 Just Milhouse, 5 Boundtobewild, 6 Fullofnonsense, 8 Oceans In The Sky. Donges Supa IGA Pace: 1 Ma Koo Loo Frankie, 2 Magic Sensation, 3 Lucky To Make It, 4 Barkway Bill, 5 Conrad Kenze, 6 To Alaska, 7 Carl Slim Dada, 8 Wamboyne Tommy, 9 Pinnacle Hope. Hilltops Equine Centre Ladyship Pace: 1 Concertina, 2 Abercrombie Lisa, 3 Smooth Mace, 4 Mah Koo Loo Queen, 5 Catch the Panda, 6 Confederate Girl, 7 Kirra Kid NZ, 8 Lockton Art, 9 Moon Ovr Manhattan. Turners Furniture One Pace: 1 Timmy May, 2 Forest Fury, 3 Thanku Thanku, 4 So Kool Master, 5 Smithstars Lexus, 6 Glencore, 7 Hijacked, 8 Tanyas Past. Betterthancheddar Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO Fillies Heat: 1 Rubies for Tash, 2 Zoemagic, 3 Destiny Belle, 4 Fastestgirlintown, 5 Its All Bliss, 6 Jovial Rock, 7 Rollnlombo, 8 Illinois Beauty, 9 Star Play, 10 Taylors Reason, 11 Lucky Lyla. Art Major Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO Colts and Geldings Heat: 1 Tiwanaku, 2 Always At Night, 3 Sunrising, 4 Blissfulday, 5 The Ides of March, 6 Gregs Legacy, 7 Killara Kaos, 8 Corbie Jolt, 9 Machgower, 10 Deekays Dollar, 11 Twentyeightblack.  Reprinred with permission of the Young Witness

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Investigation - Andrew Jordan & Gaita Pullicino

On 19 May 2017, Harness Racing Victoria Stewards commenced an investigation, which resulted in a stable inspection being conducted in the presence of licensed trainer Mr Andrew Jordan and owner Ms Gaita Pullicino at the relevant stable address.    During the stable inspection, despite being directed by Stewards to do so, Ms Pullicino failed to produce an item, which had been located by Stewards whilst conducting an inventory of equine medications stored in a shipping container located at the aforementioned property. Following this, Ms Pullicino then failed to comply with a clear direction provided by Stewards for her to remain on the property to enable Stewards to conduct further enquiries, rather she elected to be deliberately obstructive to the Stewards in the course of their duties, by concealing the aforementioned 'item' from Stewards and immediately vacating the property. During the stable inspection a number of interviews were conducted with both Ms Pullicino and Mr Jordan regarding, amongst other matters, the treatment regime of horses part owned and trained by Mr Jordan and also owned by Ms Pullicino. In considering the evidence provided by Ms Pullicino and Mr Jordan during such interviews, the Stewards have serious concerns in relation to the compliance of both Ms Pullicino and Mr Jordan with the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR), particularly regarding the husbandry practices currently being undertaken. HRV Stewards have given consideration to the serious nature of the investigation and the evidence obtained during the stable inspection on 19 May 2017 and in accordance with AHRR 15(1) (aa) and (k) have determined to bar from racing, all horses owned by Mr Jordan and Ms Pullicino being trained from the relevant stable address until such time as urine and / or blood samples obtained from such horses are free of prohibited substances. On 22 May 2017, HRV Stewards re-attended the relevant stable address where Ms Pullicino and Mr Jordan were informed of the decision of the HRV Stewards to invoke AHRR 15(1) (aa) and (k). HRV Stewards conducted further interviews with Mr Jordan and Ms Pullicino and samples from all relevant horses were obtained for further analysis. At the completion of this process, HRV Stewards will then consider the entirety of the evidence obtained during this investigation, including the relevant conduct of both Mr Jordan and Ms Pullicino.   Harness Racing Victoria

Several of the races run at Warragul on Monday could lay claim to being the most exciting harness racing contest of the afternoon. Capacity fields in most races, and even contests produced strong racing all day. Local start Professor Tom's six in a row winning streak came to an end in the fourth race, courtesy of a brilliant front-running drive by Zac Phillips with Franco Jameson. Well rated in the lead, Franco Jameson kept on fighting, and defeated his four rivals in track record time, slicing just over half a second off the time standard previously shared by Grins Rendition and Ymbro Toto. Franco Jameson had been unlucky in strong recent races, and has now collected nine wins from just 26 starts for trainer Adam Kelly. A capacity field of twelve contested the Trotters' Handicap, and not one runner galloped for the entire 2210 metre distance. Uetliberg, from a back mark of 40 metres behind, produced a strong finish to defeat local Innocent Fling right on the line, with Ghent placing third in a race where only two metres separated the first six horses. Pearcedale's Simone Walker collected a popular training double, with Redand Blue Fella and Little Bit Sassy both successful. Redand Blue Fella is raced on lease from the Kucks family by Andrew Walker, while Little Bit Sassy is owned by a large group of Cranbourne based harness fans. Two heats of the annual Ken Miller Memorial Pace saw runners competing for a place in the rich Final at Warragul on June 5. Young trainer Charlene Gusman produced All My Savings to win the first heat, courtesy of a well judged drive by Lisa Miles. All My Savings now has two wins on the board from 25 starts. Diamond Jasper also won her second race in winning the other heat, for trainer Paul Grech and driver Nathan Jack. Mario Azzopardi and Charlie Borg combined with Irish Player, which gained a start after scratchings, to win race two, while short priced favourite Beau Reve won her second race in as many Warragul meetings for trainer Jayne Davies and driver Greg Sugars in race seven. Kyle Galley

Promising youngster Vouvray Beach is likely to embark on another interstate harness racing campaign. Following her triumph in last night’s Sweepstakes Final in Hobart, trainer Rod Ashwood revealed plans of heading across Bass Strait with the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere. Vouvray Beach made the trip to Victoria for last month’s Australian Pacing Gold series, when an eye-catching fourth in her heat. This time around the two-year-old may tackle the Australasian Breeders’ Crown. “We’d had a lot of problems with her before we went to Melbourne for the APG heats, but she’d gotten passed those before we left,” Ashwood said. “Although she’d missed some work because of it, she did well in her heat. “After that I decided it was best to give her a freshen up for the Sweepstake and it all worked out well.” With Ricky Duggan holding the reins, Vouvray Beach led throughout the Final to score from Ideal Bliss and Class Tells in 1:59.1 over a mile. The fact Vouvray Beach is racing, let alone winning features, is a stroke of luck according to Ashwood. “The same night after she won at Launceston on March 26 she went through the fences at home,” Ashwood said. “We don’t know what happened, she just went mad! “She hurt herself, but thankfully it wasn’t anything serious. “I will give her a few weeks to a month off now, then look at the Breeders’ Crown heat. “Whatever she does this season is a bonus really, as she is a big filly which is still growing into herself. She will be a very nice filly this time next year.” by APG Media

Bidding is now open on APG's Solid Earth harness racing Dispersal Sale which is being conducted online via APG's Online Auction System. The sale feature 40 of Kevin & Kay Seymour's outstanding mares, and will run through until 5pm this Sunday. Bidders can register online via a two part process, as follows: Step 1 Register as a user on APG's Online Auction System by clicking here.  This will provide you with a User ID and Password which will remain with you for life. Step 2 Log in with your User ID and Password, and then click on the "Register To Bid" link at the top of the screen to request permission to bid at the Solid Earth Dispersal Sale.  This is where you will be asked to request a credit limit and select a payment method and provide some basic information to allow APG to process your credit application. How The Auction Works The auction works similar to a typical eBay style auction, with a few minor variations.  Some key features are as follows: All lots in the auction have reserve prices.  Whilst you will not be able to see the reserves, the system will clearly show you whether or not the reserve has been met, via a line of text that will be displayed underneath the current leading bid.   All lots are subject to GST, which will be added onto the final bid price.  For example, if you bid $10,000 for a horse and are the successful bidder, your final charge for the horse will be $11,000 ($10,000 + GST).   The system allows you to enter a maximum bid amount, and then automatically works on your behalf to try to purchase the horse for you at the minimum possible price. For example, if the current bid price is $5,000 but you are prepared to go to $20,000 for the horse, then you can submit a bid of $20,000, but the system will initially only bid $5,500 on your behalf (as that is the minimum bid required to make you the leading bidder). If, later in the auction, someone else logs in and lodges a maximum bid of say $9,000, the system will immediately bid $9,500 on your behalf, so that you maintain your status as the leading bidder. The system will continue to bid on your behalf (in response to other people lodging bids) right up to your maximum limit of $20,000.   If a bid is received in the final 5 minutes of the auction, the auction (for that particular lot) will remain open for a further period of 5 minutes to give the other bidder an opportunity to respond.  This process will continue until there are no further bids over a 5 minute period. To view the catalogue, register and commence bidding, please click here, or for further information, please contact APG on (03) 5275 1999. by APG Media

Classy pacer Mr Mojito is a definite Harness Jewels runner. The four-year-old returned from a lengthy spell at his first run for new trainer-driver Kerryn Manning when third in the Group 2 4&5YO Championship at Melton last night (Saturday). Owner Merv Butterworth was delighted with the run. "I'm thrilled times three," he said. "It was his run in a long time and to push through at the start when they were really burning and still fight it right out at the finish was terrific. "It was such a solidly run race and, even though he got the inside run, his lack of racing was always going to be the issue. "He hit the front a fair way out and just kept digging in. We were delighted." Butterworth said it was an ideal lead-up to a Jewels raid. "He'll come on a lot for the run and the trip across will tighten him up, too," he said. Mr Mojito boards a plane to Auckland on Thursday, will stable briefly at Tony Herlihy's then fly down to Christchurch to stable back his old "home" the Allstars' barn to prepare for the Jewels. Butterworth knows the enormity of the challenge. "We wouldn't be going if we didn't think he was a winning chance," he said. "Heavens Rock is the one to beat. He's a tremendous talent, but he's still got his quirks and has to do it all right on the day." Mr Mojito is a $4.50 third favourite on the Aussie TAB behind Heavens Rock $1.60 and Our Waikiki Beach $3.50. Butterworth is also looking forward to the 3YO Ruby where his young trotter President Roydon is $7.50 equal second favourite behind Enghein. "His run was terrific last Friday and it's given us hope we can cause the upset at the Jewels," he said   Adam Hamilton

Tim Butt has his sights set on Australia's best pacers with My Field Marshall. Butt arrived in Sydney a few weeks back with those ambitious plans, but had to rethink after My Field Marshall's Newcastle Mile flop. But the five-year-old made a lie of that run when he stormed home to beat a hot field in the Group 2 4&5YO Championship at Melton last night (Saturday). "Newcastle left me wondering," Butt said. "He ran such a top race behind Lennytheshark in the Bulli Cup in that quick time and I thought he'd be even better at Newcastle. "As it turns out, I think he didn't back-up after the big run in fast time behind Lenny. "I nearly scratched him from the Bulli Cup because he'd had a virus back home and I wasn't totally happy with him on the day of the Bulli Cup. I ended-up running him and he ran a huge race. "I was so confident going to Newcastle after that because I thought he'd improve again. "Looking back, the big Bulli Cup run when he wasn't quite right must have flattened him." Butt said all the signs were great again heading to the Melton feature, but he wanted to see a big showing. He got that and more. In a frantically run 2240m race where the pace never slackened after a blazing lead time, My Field Marshall sat backed and then sustained a long, strong finishing burst around the field to win impressively. "Ants (driver Anthony Butt) told me we'd need the pace on all the way to get into the back and thankfully we got that," Tim Butt said. "Still he had to go super to win. He really just outstayed them in the end." My Field Marshall beat a super brave NSW raider Mattgregor by 1.9m with Harness Jewels-bound Mr Mojito in third spot in a very slick 1min54.9sec mile rate for 2240m. Mattgregor's run to do so much work at the front of the field, look beaten rounding the last bend, but lift again late was simply amazing. My Field Marshall now returns Sydney for a clash with Lennytheshark in the Golden Mile at Menangle in June 10. The comes the Group 1 Len Smith Mile also at Menangle on June 25.  "If he goes well in both of those we will head up to the big Queensland winter races with him as well," Butt said. Adam Hamilton

A filly purchased for less than $1000 at a Shepparton harness racing dispersal sale has netted 25-year-old Armstrong trainer Leroy O’Brien his biggest thrill in the trots. Imprincessgemma (Village Jolt-Melody Stride) didn’t even fetch four figures at the Shepparton sale, O’Brien explaining he paid “$900 plus GST” for the filly. Tonight she won the $50,000 Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic 2YO Fillies Final at Tabcorp Park Melton, netting O’Brien and his mum, co-owner Sharryn, $25,000. “This was really special,” O’Brien said. “This one we owned ourselves, this was only her second lifetime win. She is really special to us. She’s named after my niece by my Mum. She really is one of our favourites.” Driven by Kerryn Manning tonight, Imprincessgemma took the lead early off Hakuna and once in front never looked like losing. She paced a 1:54.8 mile rate, her last half-mile split up in 28.8 and 28.4secs. “She carried herself well (at the sale),” O’Brien said when asked what had caught his eye at Shepparton. “Melody Stride was from the Stride family and Village Jolt was a fairly new sire when we purchased her. She was just very cheap and I thought she was definitely worth a go. “Me and my dad (Danny) actually went up there to buy a trotting mare in foal, but it went a little bit too dear. I had an eye for her (Imprincessgemma), so I had to ring mum to transfer some money so I could buy her. I had no money but I liked the horse.” O’Brien is positive he wants to make a full-time go of the trots. “I really do. I’m a plumber by trade, but I’ve done my time with the business and put that aside to have a real good go with the horses. There’s nothing better than waking up and working with them. I love them to bits. I really want to make it in the future and have a real good crack at it while I can. And I’ll give it 110 per cent, that’s for sure.” O’Brien also adds that the trots operation is very much a family project. “My mum gets up at daylight and gets out there with her nighty on, she loves it. It’s a massive team effort. Dad does a great job too and my girlfriend Kristy helps out along the lines too. I’ve got massive support from my family.” Manning was full of merit for O’Brien post-race. “She’s a lovely horse to drive and Leroy does a great job with his horses. He knows them very well and he’s got a good head on his shoulders,” she said. O’Brien returned the praise. “I put Kerryn on tonight because I wanted to put the best on to give her every chance. And you can’t beat Kerryn Manning.” Meanwhile, in the Group 1 Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic trotting finals Wobelee (Down Under Muscles-Tupenny Bit) and Viksun (Fling It-Summerline) won the male and female divisions respectively. Wobelee is trained by Alison Alford and was driven by husband Chris, whose fans tonight donned #Puppet6000 t-shirts to celebrate Alford’s recent 6000th winner in the gig. “I’m very proud of this little fella,” Alford said. “He’s normally really well-mannered but he went for a little bit of a canter in the score-up, which scared me, but once he found the front he was going to be hard to beat.” Wobelee rated 2:00.8 to score by 6.5m over Whizzbang Dan, with Chissy in third. Viksun won the fillies’ final in 2:01.2 for trainer Billy Muscat and driver Michael Muscat. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

The Orange Agent capped an extraordinary three weeks of harness racing with a dominant win in the Benstud Queen Of The Pacific completing her clean sweep of the Mares Triple Crown. In Chris Alford’s hands the five-year-old American Ideal mare was again in a class of her own, sweeping to the front early in the $100,000 feature and being unchallenged amid a class group of challengers. “She’s just a perfect racehorse,” Alford said of The Orange Agent, who is trained by New Zealand’s Brian Hughes. “Great to drive, just does everything that you ask.” In fact, she was in such a class of her own Alford said the $1.04 favourite almost drifted off in the night’s feature. “She was just jogging around the home turn tonight,” he said. “She just sort of switched off a little bit when she got away, but once she found the front she was going to be very hard to beat. “If she had something to run with her tonight she would have won as easy as she did last week, but she just got a little lost in front. She’s beaten Grand Circuit horses before and wouldn’t disgrace herself in the really good races.” The victory came on the back of success in the Alabar sponsored Group 3 titles Make Mine Cullen and Angelique Club Cup, a succession of three victories in three weeks that ranged from 1720m through to tonight’s 2760m staying test. Not for the first time it was the New Zealand visitors who departed with a big chunk of the change from tonight’s racing, with My Field Marshall winning a survival of the fittest in the $75,000 TAB.com.au 4YO and 5YO Championship. The Tim Butt trained five-year-old is facing a crucial campaign according to driver Anthony Butt and tonight’s bold showing, when he come with a well-timed burst to mow down a tiring field, was encouraging reaffirmation of the Art Major entire’s elite talent. “Tim’s hoping he’s going to turn into a Grand Circuit horse,” Anthony Butt said. “This is perhaps going to be the make or break for him, he’s had some health issues over the past. He’s got the ability, it’s just getting his health right and Tim’s done a great job so far of doing that.” Tonight’s Group 2 was a certainly a fitness test, with the interchanging frontrunners running a record 41.7-second lead time. While Dont Hold Back, Egodan, Spare Me Days and Mattgregor all contributed to that early pace, Butt was happy to wait at the tail of the field. “Tonight they set it up for him and he was good enough to capitalise,” Butt said. “It was working out really good. I thought there were plenty of horses in no man’s land, I thought there was going to be a bit of speed with no real dominant horse in the race.” My Field Marshall hooked on to the back of Burnaholeinmypocket in the final lap, advancing steadily while Kerryn Manning placed Mr Mojito brilliantly to pinch a break on the field. At 200m to go some 20m separated My Field Marshall from a tiring Mr Mojito and by 100m that margin had halved, with the Kiwi clipping brave Mattgregor and third-placed Mr Mojito in the dying stages to take the honours. “He’s just a lovely horse, he can do anything. He can lead, he’s very adaptable, he can sit in the field, he’s a high speed horse.” And more wins are likely to come. “Tim just took him along quietly this year. He’s doing all his races now at a tough level, he has to race against the best and you don’t always win,” Butt said. “He’ll have a wee campaign over here and he should be a nice horse in the spring again. I think they are going to move on to the Len Smith Mile, it’s just a matter of how they get there. I think they are going to stay down here for a race in between. While he keeps going like that he will stay on.” Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

What was once one of Marburg's brightest harness racing flames has been extinguished. Trevor Perrin succumbed to the combined effect of a number of ailments including heart disease at the Nowlanville care facility last Monday afternoon. Trevor was only in his mid sixties but had battled illness and failing sight for over two decades. Along with wife Anne, the "big fella'' had been an active and successful harness trainer from the late 70's at Ipswich. In the period covered by computer records (1982/83 to 2000/01), he had presented 949 starters, which provided 54 winners, 58 seconds and 71 thirds, banking a total of $99,654. His best season was 1985/86 with 17 wins, 10 seconds and seven thirds for earnings of $21,555. The stable's top performer at this time was Super Rooster, a multiple winner, which retired with earnings of $48,000. With failing health and job requirements limiting his outdoor activities, Trevor turned his full attention to raising sponsorship funds for the Marburg Pacing Association, while working as advertising manager for National Trotguide and Harness Racing Weekly. His gift of persuasive argument combined with bulldog tenacity saw him achieve great results in both positions. While he was a successful hobby trainer, few people realised that he had been a top athlete in his youth. He played rugby league for Booval Swifts, Norths Devils in Brisbane and had a brief stint in the southern big time with Manly Warringah in Sydney. However, Trevor missed Rosewood too much and returned home where he played some cricket and won a state championship, sprinting on the grass at Lang Park. Trevor Perrin, a deserving Life Member of the MPA, is gone. I doubt we shall see his like again. He had special qualities, which not everybody possesses. Like the man who could sell ice to Eskimos, TP could sell the harness dream to anyone who would stand still long enough. He will be sorely missed. Trevor's funeral is at 10.30am on Tuesday at the Uniting Church, Rosewood. Vital issues TWO interesting issues affecting the harness code at present were anointed by the process of appearing in last Sunday's Courier Mail. Firstly, Peter Cameron's column Traps, quoted a senior Racing Queensland official as saying that harness racing was a "poor cousin'' of the other codes, "which keeps shooting itself in the foot"! It was further said that harness turnover "was barely 10% of the tri-code total". These comments were not well received at the top end of the harness participant tree. But, in the real world, if the same people who took umbrage at these aspersions are the same people who are equally upset at RQ's plan to cease racing at Albion Park (second issue) and develop a residential and commercial complex on the resulting vacant site, it is time that those people commenced to "think outside the square". There are very well founded and historically proven arguments for the retention of Albion Park based on the geographical inability of Globe Derby, Melton and Menangle to draw viable crowds. One would think that the policy put forward by a handful of influential people in the year 2000, and I quote from a well attended industry meeting held at Albion Park, "We must create an elite industry, by creating conditions where we can have elite trainers, elite drivers, and horses which can be promoted as superstars. We must attract wealthy owners", might have been a "goer". At the time, there were considerably more trainers, drivers and horses, but no trainers here were winning in excess of a million dollars for their owners year and year out. However, there were a reasonable number of trainers and drivers earning a good living. It would be fair to say, that after a 17 year trial, the "elitist" policy has failed to deliver. If we abandon that policy tomorrow, and re-introduce a simple racing format that the average recreational punter can understand and use with satisfaction and pleasure, it will be a long road back. If we don't abandon it, there will be no road back. Next week, some frightening figures. Handy tips SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight. R1: Quinella 1-4: Simply Gorgeous (M. Neilson) and ChattanoogaChooChoo (A. Sanderson). R2: E/w 3: Diesel Shannon (L. Weidemann). R3: E/w 1: Countdown (N. Dawson). R4: Box trifecta 1-5-8: The Space Invader (N. McMullen)-Pub Blitz (M. Elkins)-Lancelot Bromac. R5: Box trifecta 5-8-10: Fire One (G. Dixon)-Fire An Ice-The Charging Moa (S. Graham). R6: box trifecta 2-4-8: Major Kiwi (B. Graham)- Rubys Bad Boy (N. McMullen)- Flaming Hero (N. Dawson). R7: Quinella 3-5: Only The Brave and Im The Smoocha (G. Dixon). R8: Box trifecta 1-2-8: Constantly Sideways (D. McMullen)-Lenny The Legend (N. Dawson)-Shakas Magic (S. Graham). R9: Box trifecta 2-4-8: Avonnova (S. Graham)-Ideal Scott (A. Sanderson)- Destreos (K. Dawson). R10: Quinella 3-10: Wishitwasheaven (S.Graham) and Remember Ruby (G. Dixon). Honour board The training section of the leader board featured a triple dead heat between Greg Elkins, Chantal Turpin and Ron Sallis with two winners apiece. Adam Sanderson took charge of the driving division with five wins. Nathan Dawson and Lachie Manzelmann were not far away on three each. The most pleasing effort has to be Justin Elkins with a double at Albion Park last Tuesday. Albion Park, May 12: Three Of The Best (Adam Sander- son for Shannon Price); Exceptional Mach (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin); Alta Surreal (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini); Kash (Pete McMullen for Mick Butler); Nolonga Your Choice (Anthony Gorman for Rachel Scott); Our Leonardo (Kelli Dawson for Ray Law). Albion Park, May 13: Phantom Rockstar (Gary Whitaker for Kevin Joiner); Bettor Promise (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price); Statement Please (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price). Albion Park, May 14: Queens Accent (Justin Elkins for Greg Elkins); Out Of Art (Justin Elkins for Kenny Rattray); Black Belt (Lachie Manzelmann for Ron Sallis). Albion Park, May 16: Statement Please (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price). Redcliffe, May 17: Long Road To Fame (Adam Sanderson); Comigal (Lachie Manzelmann for Brett Cargill); Tarin Kowt (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis); Official Reign (Lachie Manzelmann for Chantal Turpin); Sammari (Nathan Dawson for Kylie Rasmussen). Redcliffe, May 18: Inciter (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins); Lucky Lefty (Narissa McMullen for Christina Monte); Heavens Hint (Nathan Dawson for Stewie Dickson); Hot Rod Heaven (Dan Russell for Tayla Gillespie); Rockstar Rikki (Nathan Dawson for Aileen Smith); Call Me Yours (Steven Doherty for Tess Neaves). TROT TACTICS with Denis Smith Reprinted with permission of The Queensland Times

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board yesterday heard a matter in regards to charges issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 193 (1), 192 (1) and 194 against licensed driver Mr Michael Honson.  These charges related to a stable inspection conducted by Stewards in Mildura on 4 August, 2016 where Mr Honson was present with licensed trainer Mr Matt Schembri. During the stable inspection Stewards spoke to Mr Honson and observed two horses tied to a vehicle within a close proximity of a horse float. These horses were identified as “King of Dreams” and “Bronze Destiny” who were engaged that evening to compete at the Mildura Harness Racing meeting. Stewards inspected the horse float and shed where they located equipment and ingredients that could be used to stomach tube a horse. When interviewed Mr Honson admitted to owning and being in possession of the equipment. Mr Honson pleaded guilty yesterday to all charges before submissions by legal counsel engaged on behalf of HRV Stewards and Mr Honson were heard. The HRV RAD Board considered Mr Honsons’ guilty plea and co-operation with Stewards throughout the investigation, his good offence history and his personal and financial situation and general and specific deterrence. The HRV RAD Board imposed the following penalty: AHRR 193 (1) -         Fined $3500.00 AHRR 192 (1) -         Fined $500.00 AHRR 194      -         Fined $500.00           The charges against licensed trainer Mr Schembri for AHRR 193 (1), 192 (1) and 194 were withdrawn yesterday by Stewards before the HRV RAD Board.  VIC - RAD Board Hearing – Michael Honson 

Two prominent trainer-drivers have been handed lengthy disqualifications by stewards over their involvement in a fracas at the annual harness racing awards dinner in Hobart 18 months ago. Brighton-based Nathan Ford was disqualified for a total of four years on four separate charges, including conduct prejudicial to harness racing, failing to attend an inquiry and giving false evidence. Ford is already serving a disqualification for an unrelated offence that doesn’t expire until November 2019. With the new penalty added to that ban, he is now out until November 2023. Grant Hodges, a premiership-winning trainer when based at Bridport but now living in Victoria, was disqualified for three years – two years for assault and one year for failing to attend an inquiry. He is out until May 2020. Stewards also warned off Tyler Ford, an unlicensed person, for three years for assault, prejudicial conduct and failing to attend an inquiry. Beauty Point trainer-driver Rohan Hillier and his brother Troy were found to have played lesser roles in the altercation but were each fined $1000 for prejudicial conduct. All penalties are subject to possible appeals. Greg Mansfield Reprinted with permission of The Examiner  

Racing Queensland (RQ) and tenants of Albion Park Raceway are in a Mexican standoff over grandiose plans for the historic harness racing course. Last weekend RQ revealed an extravagant proposal to finance construction of new tracks for the harness and greyhound codes in growth corridors to the south and west of the city through the sale of Albion Park. The Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club is happy with the RQ proposal, with the club’s chief executive Luke Gatehouse confirming the club would move “with a moment’s notice” if a new, metropolitan standard course comprising two tracks, one of which would be a straight, was constructed. “We’ve wanted our own stand-alone complex for a long time,” Mr Gatehouse said. Albion Park Harness Racing Club chairman David Fowler insists Albion Park was harness racing’s best advocate. He said he was “most reluctant” to leave the track which has been a spiritual home for harness racing since the late 1960s. “There can be no denying turnover is the lifeblood of the racing industries and the bedrock for this is metropolitan racing,” Mr Fowler said. “Albion Park has undeniable brand awareness whether it’s for harness racing or the greyhounds. “This complex hosts seven meetings a week and is the busiest of any metropolitan course in the country. “What RQ does about new tracks is out of our hands. But we need new facilities at Albion Park and that will boost this industry, because we are doing it tough and our customers have endured substandard facilities for far too long.” The Brisbane City Council has previously declared its wish that Albion Park, valued at up to $100 million, be retained for sport and recreation purposes. That was despite numerous rumours it would be developed for residential and retail use. By Alan Welburn, Quest Newspapers Reprinted with permission of Quest Newspapers  

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Alabar and Nevele R are thrilled to announce that they have joined forces to secure the lifetime rights to the reigning US Horse of the Year, Always B Miki – the fastest horse in the history of harness racing. He will stand at Alabar’s Victorian farm with his fresh semen available throughout Australia and New Zealand. Always B Miki is undoubtedly a modern day cult hero in North America. He won the crowds over with his incredible will to win. The battles in the free-for-all ranks were epic – but Miki proved again and again that he had the heart of a champion. And he put an exclamation mark on his career when he won in 1:46 at The Red Mile on October the 9th 2016 - the fastest mile ever. With Miki being such an imposing equine athlete, the world record is something that many harness racing followers felt was an inevitable achievement for him. At the end of 2016, Miki was rewarded not only with the Pacer of the Year title but also the overall Horse of the Year title.  The voting for which he dominated 102-32 He retired at the end of his all-conquering 2016 season to stand at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania where he commands a fee of US$12,500. He is currently serving a full book of mares which includes the virtual who’s who of North American broodmares.   The Always B Miki phenomenon is best put into perspective by his Hall of Fame trainer, Jimmy Takter. After all, Takter has been six times the US Trainer of the Year - including the last three years straight. He’s trained as many great horses as anyone ever has. Many people would say he’s the greatest trainer in harness racing – and it’s not hard to make that case. When Jimmy Takter talks horses you tend to listen – and Always B Miki is a horse he knows better than anyone else. He knows Miki is not only a champion – but maybe, just maybe he’s the best there’s ever been. The Jimmy Takter quotes on Always B Miki are captivating. After winning the William Haughton Memorial in what was his third straight world record performance, Takter was moved to say “I think this could be the greatest horse that ever lived.” And then, through the tears after Miki’s world record performance at Lexington, Takter stated: “I get very attached to my horses. He’s just a wonderful horse. He’s the greatest horse I’ve ever been around in my life, and I’ve been around the best horses in the world, like Moni Maker and those horses. This horse is my number one horse that I’ve been around … He’s a big horse but you’re not going to see everything inside. He has probably the best lungs ever, the biggest heart ever and the smartest horse ever.” And later: “He’s my all-time favourite. He is the greatest. He has such charisma, it’s unbelievable.” Miki was a talented two-year-old and a tremendous three-year-old finishing an astonishing second in the Meadowlands Pace (where He’s Watching set his world record) after being three wide the entire trip. Tragically, later as a three-year-old and as the Breeders’ Crown favourite, he suffered a serious injury and raced the rest of his career with multiple screws in his hind pasterns - making what he achieved as a four and five-year-old even more incredible. Jimmy Takter said after his world record at Lexington, had it not been for these problems: “He would have smacked at least another second off the record” All told, Miki won 30 races and banked $2,826,176 in a career highlighted by back-to-back Breeders’ Crown victories. You cannot help but be moved by his final surge to win the 2016 Crown after his fierce battle with Wiggle It Jiggleit. He’s the only horse in history to win 4 races in 1:47 or faster. Remarkable, given no other horse has done it more than once. He shares the world record for a five-eighths track and holds the Canadian mile record to sit alongside his fastest-mile-ever title. Miki is by Always A Virgin - a son of the sire of sires Western Ideal and the sire of the winners of over $22 million with 150 in 1:55. He’s out of the Artsplace mare, Artstopper. The US Pacing Broodmare of the Year in 2016, Artstopper is also the dam of the tremendous racemare Yagonnakissmeornot (41 wins, $1,458,850). She ranks a half-sister to Cheyenne Rei ($729,933). Of great significance to the breeders of Australia and New Zealand, Always B Miki has no Cam Fella blood in his pedigree whatsoever so is an ideal option for daughters of Bettor’s Delight. In a wonderful show of respect for our breeding industry, Always B Miki’s stud fee will be A$7,000 (incl GST) in Australia and NZ$7,000 (plus GST) in New Zealand. This is a tremendous opportunity. Just listen to Jimmy Takter. Always B Miki Retirement Ceremony at The Meadowlands Always B Miki - World Record Allerage Farms Championship Series Open Pacers Always B Miki - Breeders Crown Open H&G Pace Always B Miki - World reacord Ben Franklin Elimination
There is a new young talent in town and her name is Codi Rauchenberger. The recently turned 18-year-old had her first harness racing drive at Canberra last night and won! Bringing an even bigger smile to her already smiling face, Rauchenberger achieved the milestone with the Daniel Rowell-trained unhoppled pacer Boobalaga Road. "It was amazing," Rauchenberger said on Sky Sports Radio this morning. "I thought the horse had a really good chance and he did it really easy." Rauchenberger took the four-year-old Sportswriter gelding straight to the front from barrier two. The pair remained there and crossed the finish line with more than 13 metres to spare over their rivals. For many of those watching the event, it looked as though Rauchenberger had driven in many races before. And technically that is correct, amongst the Mini Trot ranks. Rauchenberger participated with Mini Trotters for many years and even represented New South Wales internationally. "I was selected to go to New Zealand and represent NSW in the Kidz Kartz series . . . I learned a lot over there," Rauchenberger said. "I think the Mini Trots helped me change through to driving (racehorses). "Kristin (Cunningham) and Daniel have also helped me a lot changing from Mini Trotters to the big horses . . . they gave me my first trial drive too. Growing up in the Boorowa region, Rauchenberger now works as a stablehand for James Rattray in Exeter. Rauchenberger grew a liking to the sport after her mother Maxine had an interest. "Cathy and Peter Carson were also a big influence for me," Rauchenberger said. "I was always over at their placing helping them until I found Mini Trotters and then I was racing all over the place." Amanda Rando
Despite the heavy and constant rainfall on Friday night Young Harness Racing was able to push through and run its 10-race program thanks to the all weather track at the paceway. With rain continuing to fall from early afternoon, an inspection by stewards and a decision to race was accepted by all involved, with the first race, of what was to be curtailed after race nine, went ahead with a small but enthusiastic crowd in attendance. Favourite runners throughout the night continued to flow with race one going to Greggs Legacy ($2.50) driven by John O’Shea for trainer Josh Turnbull. Leading at the bell and posting a 30.2 first quarter, the Modern Art three year old colt was never in danger of winning scoring by an impressive 15 m from Carl Slim Dada ($9.40) and the locally trained Forest Fury ($4.20) for trainer Jeff Brown and driver, young Nic Dewar. The track stood up beautifully with a creditable 2:01.4 mile rating to the winner being recorded and certainly setting the bar high for the remainder of the meeting. The second race again was run in rainy conditions with the first winning double of Josh Turnbull and John O’Shea combining with the roughie of the race Timmy May ($30.50) again leading at the bell to defeat Ima Kennedy Two ($5.30) and another outsider in Prince Kai ($21.30) claiming third money. The 2,100 m event recorded a mile rating of 1:59.9 reflecting the condition of the track and the winning margin of six metres the possible bright future for the five year old son of Dawn Of A New Day.  Steve and Amanda Turnbull combined in race three with the Sealed And Delivered gelding Intransit ($5.70) who came from fourth at the bell to circle the field at the top of the staright to defeat the odds-on-favourite Our Braxton ($1.80) and another Steve Turnbull trained pacer in the four-year-old gelding Dillon ($4.00).  The mile rating of 2:01.8 was again a reflection of the condition of the track and the prevailing weather conditions. Amanda Turnbull came out of the gates flying to lead at the bell in race four with Whosashadylady ($2.00) and quickly steadied the pace to ensure a sprint home. This was achieved when the leader quickly set a last two quarter run home of 29.7 and 29.9 in defeating Mach Sam ($6.10) and Ruth Shannon ($9.70) in winning her first race from eight starts for her delighted owners.  The wins kept coming for Amanda and the team when Moon Over Manhattan (1.10) leading at the bell and again setting a similar tempo with a ‘steady as you go’ tactic early, running home with a 28.6 last quarter in accounting for Lady Warhol ($17.10) and another locally trained pacer in Ma Koo Loo Queen ($61.80) claiming third money.  To say the rain had gotten a little heavier would be an understatement but it did not deter the likes of John O’Shea and trainer Gemma Hewitt sending out Lyka Version ($1.90) a short priced favourite in race six.  The Oberon pacer trained by Russell Reynolds Satelitte Village ($10.70) finished second in the race while the early pacemaker Somerosesomhere ($54.00) claimed third with a mile rating to the winner of 2:02.1 still a creditable performance under the conditions. At this stage it was more than noticeable that the majority of winners were winning from the front, this being the case, Forbes trainer, driver adopted the same tactics with Artful Lombo ($2.10) who was leading comfortably at the bell to run home in 29.8 in defeating Ticket Outa Here ($10.80) and Pretty Foxy ($12.60). Unfortunately heavy rain continued to fall with overnight measurements reaching as high as 55 mm in some local areas. In what was to be the penultimate race of the night, race eight, Amanda Turnbull again made sure she would be part of the action at the pointy end of the race when she drove another copybook race behind Bold Outlaw ($1.30) in defeating the Temora trained Our Red Jack ($24.00) for Ray Walker with the John Vautin trained Riverboat King mare Oceans In The Sky ($82.90) putting in a good performance finishing third. In what was to be the final race of the night, Perthville trainer Chris Frisby made sure his night was to be rewarded sending out Lockton Art ($1.30) another short priced favourite in defeating an improving Speed King mare in Diamond Thief ($10.80) with Peter Sykes picking up loose change with Ma Koo Loo Frankie ($23.80) in third place. An inspection of the track, combined with deteriorating weather and signal interruptions at this point forced the stewards to call a halt to proceedings and those involved retired to a much warmer and drier environment. Racing again on Thursday Young Harness Racing Club will be holding another race meeting on Thursday afternoon May 25 with a seven race program starting from 2.20 pm. The meeting includes the $15,000 Alabar Breeders Challenge heats for three-year-old fillies and the same for three-year-old colts and geldings. TAB 2YO Pace: 1 Ace in Your Pocket, 2 Mackeral, 3 Giant Jackson, 4 Our Uncle Alan, 5 Brads Luck, 6 Ashuring, 7 Pocket of Terror, 8 Roll With Life. Cordina Chicken Farms Pace: 1 The Kiss Principle, 2 Jiggy Rhythm, 3 Ma Koo Loo Hambo, 4 Just Milhouse, 5 Boundtobewild, 6 Fullofnonsense, 8 Oceans In The Sky. Donges Supa IGA Pace: 1 Ma Koo Loo Frankie, 2 Magic Sensation, 3 Lucky To Make It, 4 Barkway Bill, 5 Conrad Kenze, 6 To Alaska, 7 Carl Slim Dada, 8 Wamboyne Tommy, 9 Pinnacle Hope. Hilltops Equine Centre Ladyship Pace: 1 Concertina, 2 Abercrombie Lisa, 3 Smooth Mace, 4 Mah Koo Loo Queen, 5 Catch the Panda, 6 Confederate Girl, 7 Kirra Kid NZ, 8 Lockton Art, 9 Moon Ovr Manhattan. Turners Furniture One Pace: 1 Timmy May, 2 Forest Fury, 3 Thanku Thanku, 4 So Kool Master, 5 Smithstars Lexus, 6 Glencore, 7 Hijacked, 8 Tanyas Past. Betterthancheddar Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO Fillies Heat: 1 Rubies for Tash, 2 Zoemagic, 3 Destiny Belle, 4 Fastestgirlintown, 5 Its All Bliss, 6 Jovial Rock, 7 Rollnlombo, 8 Illinois Beauty, 9 Star Play, 10 Taylors Reason, 11 Lucky Lyla. Art Major Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO Colts and Geldings Heat: 1 Tiwanaku, 2 Always At Night, 3 Sunrising, 4 Blissfulday, 5 The Ides of March, 6 Gregs Legacy, 7 Killara Kaos, 8 Corbie Jolt, 9 Machgower, 10 Deekays Dollar, 11 Twentyeightblack.  Reprinred with permission of the Young Witness
On 19 May 2017, Harness Racing Victoria Stewards commenced an investigation, which resulted in a stable inspection being conducted in the presence of licensed trainer Mr Andrew Jordan and owner Ms Gaita Pullicino at the relevant stable address.    During the stable inspection, despite being directed by Stewards to do so, Ms Pullicino failed to produce an item, which had been located by Stewards whilst conducting an inventory of equine medications stored in a shipping container located at the aforementioned property. Following this, Ms Pullicino then failed to comply with a clear direction provided by Stewards for her to remain on the property to enable Stewards to conduct further enquiries, rather she elected to be deliberately obstructive to the Stewards in the course of their duties, by concealing the aforementioned 'item' from Stewards and immediately vacating the property. During the stable inspection a number of interviews were conducted with both Ms Pullicino and Mr Jordan regarding, amongst other matters, the treatment regime of horses part owned and trained by Mr Jordan and also owned by Ms Pullicino. In considering the evidence provided by Ms Pullicino and Mr Jordan during such interviews, the Stewards have serious concerns in relation to the compliance of both Ms Pullicino and Mr Jordan with the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR), particularly regarding the husbandry practices currently being undertaken. HRV Stewards have given consideration to the serious nature of the investigation and the evidence obtained during the stable inspection on 19 May 2017 and in accordance with AHRR 15(1) (aa) and (k) have determined to bar from racing, all horses owned by Mr Jordan and Ms Pullicino being trained from the relevant stable address until such time as urine and / or blood samples obtained from such horses are free of prohibited substances. On 22 May 2017, HRV Stewards re-attended the relevant stable address where Ms Pullicino and Mr Jordan were informed of the decision of the HRV Stewards to invoke AHRR 15(1) (aa) and (k). HRV Stewards conducted further interviews with Mr Jordan and Ms Pullicino and samples from all relevant horses were obtained for further analysis. At the completion of this process, HRV Stewards will then consider the entirety of the evidence obtained during this investigation, including the relevant conduct of both Mr Jordan and Ms Pullicino.   Harness Racing Victoria
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