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Menangle Mail – Saturday night

The trot gait is the main focus again at Tabcorp Park Menangle this week with the Group Three Trotters Marathon (Race 6).  And for an added bonus TAB are offering its New South Wales customers a $10,000 First 4 Jackpot of the feature. Menangle tipster Amanda Rando is leaning towards On Thunder Road, Glenferrie Dreamer and Our Summer Vacation as leading selections to include with horses like Edge Hill, Paris Pepperell worth consideration also. The feature has a great support card and others that stand out to Amanda at the meeting are Ideal Situation (Race 1) and Mouse In The House (Race 4). “Ideal Situation has been in gun form for Darren McCall and his toughness makes him very appealing in the first race on the card,” Amanda said. “Meanwhile, I also don’t mind Mouse In The House for Steve Turnbull . . . the horse was extremely unlucky last week not gaining a clear run and looks a good each-way chance.”   BEST BET –  Race 1 No.9 IDEAL SITUATION NEXT BEST –  Race 4 No.8 MOUSE IN THE HOUSE AMANDA’S QUADDIE – RACE 5 – 1. Franco Salisbury, 5. Hez A Dude, 8. Modern Dancer RACE 6 – 6. Our Summer Vacation, 10. Glenferrie Dreamer, 11. On Thunder Road RACE 7 – 1. Millwood Liberty, 8. Oh Jonny B Good, 11. Franco Tiago, 12. Spare Me Days RACE 8 – 6. Yogi Johnson, 15. Balmoral Boy Greg Hayes

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Where the $$$$ went

A couple of $2,000 wagers were successful during the week but more about them in the largest winning return section.  A TAB punter placed a wager of $1,750 on Shadesoff to win the fifth event at Wagga last Saturday night at $2.05.  Driven by Tom Gilligan, the mare led throughout to score and the punter won $1,837.50. Other large winning bets (stake)                                 $1,500 @ $3.00 Hez A Dude – Menangle May 21                                 $800 @ $4.60 Boobalaga Road – Young May 20                                 $600 @ $4.00 De Santa Anna – Bathurst May 18 The best return of the week was for the punter who placed $2,000 on Walkabout Creek to win at Menangle on Tuesday afternoon at $6.00.  The son of Somebeachsomewhere driven by Robbie Morris scorched early running a 26.2 first quarter before holding onto win by two metres. Other large winning bets (return)                                 $1,000 @ $8.00 Im With Lexy – Bathurst May 18                                 $2,000 @ $3.80 Hassan Bolt – Menangle May 24                                 $300 @ $14.00 Megs Ferrari – Penrith May 19 The largest losing bet of the week was placed on Frith’s little brother Stening at Wagga on Saturday night.  A bet of $3,400 at $1.60 was placed and after midrace pressure was pipped on the post by East Emperor with the official margin being declared a half-head. Other large losing bets (stakes)                                 $3,000 @ $2.20 Majordan finished 3rd – Menangle May 24                                 $2,500 @ $2.10 Shadow Runner finished 5th – Menangle May 21                                 $2,400 @ $1.60 Chucky Balboa finished 3rd – Wagga May 21 A $500 bet on Flying Pegasus at Penrith last Thursday at $6.50 missed when the Ian Wilson trained gelding could only manage third behind the short priced favourite Mile High Anvil.  Flying Pegasus finished stoutly but was unable to reel the leader in. Other large losing bets (potential return)                                 $600 @ $4.00 Mac Sweet finished 6th – Tamworth May 19                                 $560 @ $4.00      Gilguy finished 4th – Menangle May 23                                 $650 @ $3.80 Our Summer Vacation finished 2nd – Menangle May 21 Greg Hayes

Wagga Wagga

Construction of racing facility at Wagga

Expressions of Interest are being sought to participate in the selection of suitably experienced and qualified Building Contractors and Earthworks Contractors for the construction of the new harness racing facility at Wagga. Harness Racing New South Wales has placed advertisements in the Riverina and is keen to see the building process begin on time. HRNSW Chief Executive John Dumesny believes the announcement should be exciting for the industry in the local area. "It is very fulfilling we are edging closer to turning the first sod of soil on the new harness racing facility at Wagga Wagga," Mr Dumesny said. "The Riverina deserves a racing complex equal to what HRNSW has provided at Bathurst and when completed it will be a benefit not only for the industry but for the community of Wagga Wagga." The EOI's will be used to determine a select tender list for the project and must be received by McKinnon Design before 5pm Monday June 6. "This is going to be a state of the art complex, a new clubhouse, grandstand, race stalls and track will be built and it should be good news for all of the participants in the region." EOI's can be sent to McKinnon Design at PO Box 1929, Orange NSW 2800. For more information contact McKinnon Design on (02) 63631780 or info@mckinnondesign.com.au Greg Hayes

Cowra Racetrack

Can Mossdale Bill give Hunt a farewell gift

Parkes trainer Ricky Hunt is hoping Mossdale Bill can send him off a winner at Cowra on Sunday as the talented harness racing horseman is set to move to Sydney. Hunt has previously worked for trainers Shane Tritton and Michael Formosa in the Hunter Valley but will make a leap to life in Sydney as he takes up a role with the Rickie Alchin stable. Hunt has been back in Parkes for the past seven months and while he hasn't had a lot of runners in that time, he has been working up a lot of horses for other trainers in the area. It will be a big change for Hunt as he freely admits he hasn't worked with young horses a lot in the past, something that Alchin excels in. "I am looking forward to the move, it is definitely going to be something different for me because working for Shane and Mick I have worked mostly with horses already at the races," Hunt said. "Rickie breaks in a lot of young horses and I'm looking forward to learning that side of things, he also has some young trotters and I haven't worked a lot with trotters either so it will be a good learning experience." Hunt is hoping Mossdale Bill can give him the best farewell present on Sunday afternoon when the six year old gelding lines up in the feature event, the Jack Honan Memorial. "He has drawn barrier six which is going to make things tough and it means I will have to go back and hope for some luck but I was really happy with his run last start. "He was a very handy three year old but he got very sick and he lost all form for the best part of two years, he is just starting to show something again so if they go hard on Sunday he should be hitting the line well." Mossdale Bill last won a race in September 2014 when he proved too strong in a C0/C1 event when driven by Jack Trainor. "I thought he was going to be a pretty handy horse so it was disappointing when he got so sick and lost all form. "I'm not sure whether I will take him to Sydney with me or not, it will probably depend a lot on how he performs at Cowra because the competition in Sydney is pretty tough." Greg Hayes

What does Golden Slipper winner Sebring, five time Group 1 winner Theseo, Magic Millions winner Driefontein and Flight Stakes winner Danglissa all have in common? They were all syndicated by Star Thorougbred's Denise Martin and Denise will make a presentation about growing ownership in today's harness racing landscape at the HRNSW Conference - Harnessing Our Future. Star Thoroughbred has been in business for more than 20 years and continues to deliver quality service and exceptional customer care ensuring that owners receive individual attention at every stage of their racing experience. Denise Martin will discuss the best way to attract new customers and retain loyal ones in regards to horse ownership. HRNSW Chief Executive John Dumesny is looking forward to Denise's presentation on the first day of the two day conference that will be held at the Campbelltown Catholic Club on June 24 and 25. "Harness racing can learn a lot from the success stories in the thoroughbred industry and Denise's Star Thoroughbreds is definitely one of those stories," Mr Dumesny said. "Prize money in this state is at an all time high, currently more owners are winning races than ever before and we need to learn how to market the industry to potential owners and what should be delivered to them, it will be a very important session at the conference." People are invited to attend Harnessing The Future and can register for the two day conference by visiting the website www.hrnsw2016.com.au The cost is $110 and it includes a ticket to the Gala Dinner at the Catholic Club on the Friday evening. People will be travelling from all parts of the country to attend and anyone interested in the future of the industry should register. Greg Hayes

Morriset trainer Mark Callaghan makes a habit of winning the Tabcorp Park Menangle Country Finals, in fact he has won six previously. The $26,000 events are open to horses trained outside of a 100 kilometre radius of Menangle, that qualify in $10,000 heats across the state and Callaghan confirms that without the Country Finals he would find it tough being a fulltime harness racing trainer. There are two $26,000 finals on Saturday night and Callaghan will have a runner in both. Ima Grumpy Possum will compete in race three while Franco Salisbury will contest the fifth. "The Menangle Country Finals are great for the trainers outside of the metropolitan area because it allows them to target these races and earn great prize money," Callaghan said. "Without them I would be in a worse financial position and it also gives owners a good chance to get a return on their investment when they purchase a horse. You have to make it viable for owners because you can't expect them to keep buying horses if they're not getting a return." Ima Grumpy Possum qualified for a Country Final last month but drew poorly in the final and was forced to do a lot of work in the early stages. "She has drawn a lot better this time around and I think she would have to be my best chance on Saturday night. She was impressive in her heat and she has done a really good job for me since arriving at the stable." "I had a horse for the owners called Major Dancer and we had a fair bit of luck and won a few races. They sent me up Franco Salibury and I won five of the first seven starts I gave it, so they sent up Ima Grumpy Possum too, it has worked out really well." Franco Salisbury is set to take on Carousel winner Hez A Dude. "Franco Salisbury has drawn one and while his gatespeed is getting better with every run, I'm not sure whether he is going to be able to hold the lead. Even if he is crossed he should get a nice run throughout, but I think there is a bit more depth in his race. "Both Franco Salisbury and Ima Grumpy Possum have won two heats of the Country Series and it would great to see one of them win a final." Callaghan added he liked the way the prize money is distributed in the series. "It would be great to think harness racing could progress to the stage where the prize money that is offered in the heats of the Menangle Country Series could be offered in all races in the country. I think the way the money is split in these heats and finals is a really good thing as well. "Because they distribute the money more evenly and although the winner may only get half of the money on offer there is a better spread to the beaten horses and therefore other owners and trainers are still earning even though their horses aren't winning." Greg Hayes

Long-time Tyrendarra harness racing owner-breeders Allan and Gaye Donovan always knew in Tellus Rodney they had something big on their hands, they just didn’t know if it would translate to the track. But in Terang trainer-driver Matt Craven’s care, patience has been rewarded and the Donovans have another talented type to cheer on. “He’s such a big horse,” Donovan said. “He is 16 and a half hands, we broke him in early and jogged him up a couple of times, but just gave him plenty of time to mature.” The five-year-old’s notched up four starts thus far in his first campaign, which have yielded three victories and a third. They are particularly sweet results for the Donovans, given Tellus Rodney has been some time in the making. With Peter and Sandra Bryant, the Donovans purchased a yearling, Tell You What, whose 35 starts delivered three wins and $8,318 in stakes. She was retired as a six-year-old and produced two fillies – Quietlykept (12 starts, 0 wins) and Tellmelucy (46 starts, two wins) – before in October 23, 2009, she was sent to Alabar stallion Elsu. Come October 14, 2010, a young foal was born, who would become Tellus Rodney. “He has only had two programs with Matt, the first time he was a good pacer to three-quarter pace and then he would lose it,” Donovan said. “This time in he has been in work since October and he only really saw the light about a month before his first race. “We had to be patient, because he didn’t show us much. But he has a terrific temperament. At the races, he knows what it is all about, but he is also a very good-natured horse.” Tellus Rodney won on debut at Hamilton on April 20 when he won by 20m after launching from the gates and leading. Start two, at Ballarat eight days later, produced further success, with Craven squeezing Tellus Rodney (a $1.40 favourite) through a gap in the straight to win by 3.2m. Race three brought a third placing, when Tellus Rodney had a great battle with Kevin Brough’s Heywood hope Hooper Road only to have Kerryn Manning’s Dana Dynasty mow them both down. Tellus Rodney then made amends at Horsham on Monday, finding the front from barrier six to lead and win by 8.6m, with Hooper Road running third. “We never expected him to go as good as this,” Donovan said. “We would like to think he might get through and win a M0 or a couple of races in town. He’s had plenty of time to mature and should only get stronger, having had very little racing.” And the camp’s excitement doesn’t end there. Another Donovan runner in work, Roy George, is on the verge of returning. The six-year-old gelding by Grinfromeartoear out of Classic Malibu has produced eight wins and three seconds from 13 starts. His next campaign could be a belter, having raced on March 28 at Mt Gambier for what was considered a trial, albeit in race conditions. Roy George proceeded to break the track record over 2190m and relegate highly rated stablemate, Changing Code, to second. While a cold put his return on hold, Roy George is back in work and will soon be running again. Michael Howard

Harness racing bosses say the decimation of the Australian assault on next week’s Harness Jewels hasn’t dampened their enthusiasm to chase trans tasman talent. After five Australian-trained horses officially accepted invitations to the June 4 meeting at Cambridge, only My Kiwi Mate will actually start, and he was already in New Zealand after racing at Alexandra Park last month. Two of the Australian pacers, Heza Bromac and Arms Of An Angel, pulled out after suffering from a virus while trotters Reina Danzante and Illawong Byron’s manners were not good enough in recent starts to risk coming to Cambridge. But HRNZ handicapper Darrin Williams says they still want to turn the Jewels into a truly Australasian event. “It is hard to believe the bad luck we have had with the horses who had said yes to coming this season,” says Williams. “But that is racing, those things are out of our control. “But we have made a lot of contacts and the whole Jewels Day is very much on the radar of a lot of the major owners and trainers in Australia. “We had a great response last season and we will keep going because the exposure in Australia helps grow the day.” That is best illustrated by Australia’s main racing broadcaster, Sky Racing, agreeing to screen the first seven races on Jewels day on their main channel, Sky1. That will provide a major boost to Australian turnover on the Jewels as Sky1 has by far the bigger viewing audience on a Saturday, especially with the Jewels playing in between the metropolitan gallops meetings, including Queensland Oaks day from Eagle Farm. “Any time we can get our harness racing on Sky1 that is a huge result, so we are thrilled about that,” said Williams. “We will work on the Aussies again next year, and to be honest, by asking for expressions of interest from connections over there it doesn’t cost the industry here any money.”
 HRNZ will have their usual post-Jewels debrief where everything from the timing of the day to the two venues which take turns hosting the day will be discussed. “We are looking at a couple of races this year with maybe less than capacity fields but that happens on other race days too. “It is obviously more of a problem at Cambridge because so much of the horse population in based in the South Island. “But we have also had horses get sick, injured and a variety of other issues. “It still shapes as a great day but we will digest it all afterwards.” The draws for the Jewels are made early tomorrow afternoon, with the TAB final field markets expected no later than 4pm. Michael Guerin

HRV RAD Board Panel - Brian Collis QC, Rod Osborne The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered charges issued by HRV Stewards against Mr David Beer. The charges arose from an incident that occurred at the Tabcorp Park Melton harness trial meeting on Tuesday 26 April 2016. Mr Beer pleaded not guilty to a charge under Australian Rule of Harness Racing (ARHR) 213(a) which reads: A person shall not:- (a) by use of harness, gear, equipment, device, substance or any other thing inflict suffering on a horse The particulars of the charge being that at the Tabcorp Park harness trial meeting on 26 April 2016, that in the stabling area after the completion of trial 7, Mr Beer struck the horse Auntie Poppy in the head region of the filly. Mr Beer also pleaded not guilty to a charge under ARHR 243 which reads: A person employed, engaged or participating in the harness racing industry shall not behave in a way which is prejudicial or detrimental to the industry. The particulars of the charge being that Mr Beer’s conduct in striking the horse Auntie Poppy, was behavior and an action considered to be detrimental to the harness racing industry. After considering evidence from Mr Beer and HRV Stewards, which included CCTV footage of the incident, the HRV RAD Board determined that the charges issued against Mr Beer were proven and he was found guilty on both accounts. Upon hearing submissions from HRV Stewards and Mr Beer regarding penalty, the HRV RAD Board suspended Mr Beer’s trainers licence for a period of 3 months on both charges, with such penalty to be served concurrently and with immediate effect. The HRV RAD Board ordered that 1 month of the suspension was to be wholly suspended for a period of 12 months, provided Mr Beer does not reoffend under the associated rules during the 12 month period. In imposing this penalty, the HRV RAD Board considered Mr Beers’ previous outstanding record and service to the industry, the financial impact of the penalty imposed against Mr Beer in view of his personal circumstances, the nature of the incident, as well as the need to protect the integrity of the harness racing industry, whilst ensuring a penalty for such actions provided a specific and general deterrent. HRV Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board 

The final driver in this year's New South Wales Rising Stars Series has been confirmed with Western Australian representative Stuart McDonald winning the Garrad's Junior Concession Challenge. The winner of the WA series is invited to compete in the NSW Rising Stars Series with harness racing drivers Kristy Sheehy, Dylan Edgerton-Green, Chris Voak and Justin Prentice all enjoying the experience. New Zealand born McDonald will wear the black and gold silks for the first time when the Rising Star Series begins next month. "I'm excited to be representing Western Australia and I'm very happy to go," McDonald said. "I've gone close to winning the Garrad's Junior Concession Challenge in the past, so it's good to get across the line and take one out. It's a terrific series and gives all drivers an equal opportunity with the horses balloted." McDonald won his local series with 74 points. Michael Grantham and Jocelyn Young finished in a tie for second. McDonald has improved noticeably since arriving from New Zealand and was rewarded with the drive on Ross Oliveri's Our Blackbird in the Inter Dominion at Gloucester Park last year and finished fifth. McDonald joins other NSW junior drivers - Ellen Rixon, Martelle Maguire, Ellen Bartley, Jason Grimson, Mitch Turnbull, Tom Pay, James Harding, Brad Elder and Tom Ison. The ten drivers will compete over ten heats at tracks across the state including Young, Bathurst, Penrith and Newcastle. The final heat will be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on NSW Alabar Breeders Challenge Finals Day on Sunday June 26. Reigning champion Jack Trainor decided to give up his position in the series to another young driver as he had already competed in the previous two years. Other previous winners include Robbie Morris, Max Hughes, Sam Hewitt, Chris Geary, Stacey Towers and Ashlee Grives. Greg Hayes

It was January 10, 1992 when Gary Hall snr let Zakara loose on the Gloucester Park circuit in the FTC Members Sprint – winning in a 1:57.7 mile-rate from the Rod Chambers reined Amendment. It would be 18 years before he tasted Members Sprint success again – Albert Jaccka had Kim Prentice on-board and rated 1:54.5 winning the 2010 FHRC Members Sprint in front of Has The Answers and Real Life. Hall has 4 engaged in this year’s Hi-Temp Services Members Sprint and looks to have a stranglehold on the trophy. Run Oneover will wear the coveted number 1 saddlecloth and Clinton Hall will look to make up one place from last year’s event where he drove Famous Alchemist to second behind Sensational Gabby. “It was really hard to jump off Norvic Nightowl, he is going terrific and hit the line well his last two starts…Gary Hall Jnr will drive Waylade after his first-up second last week behind Elegant Christian - Jnr had the choice of driving Norvic Nightowl, Ideal Alice and Waylade and hopes he has pulled the right rein. Waylade has a long campaign ahead aimed at the Inters and I’ll be sticking with him” he told GPTV. Justin Prentice will take the chair behind Norvic Nightowl from barrier 9 after two wins this campaign, with father Kim getting the call-up for the Ideal Alice drive. Greg and Skye Bond have two starters and an emergency aimed at the Group 3 race. Change Stride and Jungle Jewel have both drawn awkwardly in barrier 6 and 8, with Simply Susational the first emergency. Scott Hamilton

Plans were thrown into utter chaos on Tuesday afternoon. Hardly ideal when approaching a harness racing Gr.1 $100,000 feature which is scheduled for later in the week, but somethings can’t be avoided. This is the situation that the Dux family is now facing on Saturday night when talented type Covert Beauty starts in the QBRED Triad 3yo Fillies Final at Albion Park. Because late on Tuesday afternoon, Mark Dux was involved in a nasty fall which left him unconscious after copping the backwash of an incident which he simply couldn’t avoid. Wrong place, wrong time. After being kept in the Royal Brisbane hospital overnight, the news got worse when he learned that his filly has drawn the second-line in Saturday’s feature and a new driver is obviously required. “It wasn’t the best of days on Tuesday; I have no recollection of the fall itself which is probably a good thing because it wasn’t a pleasant experience. We’ve engaged Mathew Neilson to handle the filly, we thought about giving my daughter (Madi) the opportunity because she does a lot of work with this filly but thought it was a bit much given what’s unfolded this week.” Dux said. Despite a tricky second-line draw, the Art Official filly still rates among the leading chances because of her trademark finishing burst which she has displayed on numerous occasions this term. Covert Beauty scored a stylish victory last week at Albion Park when charging down the outside, her preparation has been timed to perfection and Dux is confident her biggest payday is very close. “As we know, the draws are everything in racing nowadays and while it’s disappointing we have to overcome a second-line draw, I know she is clearly one of the best fillies in this field. Her record is very good but with a little more luck in some of these other features she has contested; it could easily be a lot better. “I’m very happy with where she is at going into this final, her win last week was very good and she’s trained on well since. I think we’ll know our fate early, if we get a quick lead time we know we’re in with a shot but if we don’t get it, it’s mathematically impossible. “The Dixon fillies (Get In The Groove & Cherish The Moment) loom as the toughest to beat with their front-line draws plus their form is very solid. It should be a good race and hopefully we get a genuine tempo which will give everyone a chance.” Dux will be sitting on the sidelines for the next fortnight owing to his concussion but he’ll be trackside on Saturday night cheering loudly for his filly. Covert Beauty is raced by her breeder, Stephen Dux, older brother of Mark. Chris Barsby Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 28 May 2016 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 28 May 2016

The 2016 Racing Queensland UBET winter carnival is fast approaching and in the coming weeks, Queensland harness racing broadcaster Chris Barsby will profile a number of major players vying for the top prizes. With 18 Black Type races on the program for the 2016 Winter Carnival, the carnival’s pinnacle in 2016 is the G1 Blacks A Fake, which now boasts an impressive $200,000 in stakes. The carnival spans from May 28 to July 30. Here’s a profile featuring a likely New Zealand filly that looks certain to be a major player in the Queensland Oaks. Name: Nek Time Stable Name: Laura Age: 3yo filly Owner: Robert & Sharon Symon Trainer: Terry & Glenys Chmiel Driver: Dexter Dunn Prizemoney: $93,989 Biggest win: Gr.3 Southland Oaks - Invercargill Target: $75,000 Queensland Oaks (July 9) Trainer says: “Lovely filly with plenty of quality; loves following a genuine speed and then producing her sprint which is extremely good at the end of her races. She’s been a delight since joining our stable and her winning effort in the Southland Oaks was very impressive and the time was super. We’ll tackle the Jewels and then head over and get ready for the Queensland Oaks.” Barsby says: “A high quality filly that looks certain to be a major threat in the filly’s features during the carnival. The Southland Oaks triumph was stunning and the time underlines the effort, her sectionals always seem to be very impressive. Remember, this filly has beaten some very highly regarded types this season and should add plenty in the Oaks puzzle.” Chris Barsby

Not one for lofty claims, harness racing trainer Simone Walker freely admits that her eight-year-old trotter, Stoned I Am, is unlikely to bring down the great Keystone Del. But, on the verge of their showdown in the $30,575 Group 2 John Slack Memorial Trotters Cup, the Pearcedale trainer-driver made it clear she’ll be out there to keep her million-dollar winning opponent honest. “We will see what happens,” Walker said. “Ideally I’d like to be sitting on (Keystone Del's) back, but he can reel off a 27-second quarter and I don’t think my old fella has that in him anymore.” Walker said the Brent Lilley-trained gelding, who has won four straight and 39 of his 62 starts, significantly impacts the way a race is run. “The problem when you have a horse like that in the race everyone runs to that horse, not to what best suits them,” she said. “It is a small field and that can also make it more difficult. I think it will be definitely fast to the first turn, and then whoever leads will probably hand up to Keystone Del.” She hopes that will be Stoned I Am, who will start from barrier four, inside Keystone Del, and then use his sit-sprint preference to potentially challenge the favourite and hold off the remainder of the seven-horse field. There is reason for optimism in the camp of Stoned I Am, who is by Sundon out of Stoned At Midnight. After a strong showing in a Group 3 at Cranbourne when locked wheels potentially cost him a place, Stoned I Am won the Seelite Windows & Doors Coulter Crown last start, his third victory at Group level from 44 attempts. Group win number four will be at lengthy odds and Anthony Butt, who has driven Keystone Del in his last 11 starts to deliver nine wins, will be only too happy to again take the reins of the gelding by Dr Ronerail out of Flipside. “(Keystone Del’s) been the benchmark for trotters in Australia, he’s done a great job and is probably still going as good as ever,” Butt told RSN’s Inside Word. “He’s well trained and a great horse, driving him is the easy part probably. “He’s just got a big motor. He’s got a great will to win, just a real athlete and he tries really hard. The all-round game really, it’s just a pleasure to drive him. “He’s trotting beautifully, leaving the gate well and he has that high cruising speed and he just takes the sprint out of the others a long way from home. He’s got that ability to maintain his high speed for a long time and so the rest get tired before he does.” That’s the challenge confronting Walker and company in race four of Saturday night’s 10-race card at Ballarat’s Bray Raceway, which will also feature the $15,575 Flying Horse Ballarat 2YO Rising Star. There will be plenty of talent on display, with Laura Crossland’s unbeaten Grinfromeartoear sired colt Lochinvar Delight drawn the back row, while Emma Stewart will hope the pole draw will help Ferdinand (by Courage Under Fire out of To Die With Dignity) to go one better, having placed second at both starts. Marg Lee’s last start winner, Jilliby Kung Fu (by Four Starzzz Shark out of Slip Slop Slap), will also likely start short, but Glen Craven may need to find luck from barrier seven. Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

It would be a major shock if Team Raboki doesn’t win the QBRED Triad mares harness racing features this Saturday night. The astute stable prepare top fancies Bettorthanspecial and Bettor Promise in the Gr.2 $50,000 classic at Albion Park and the classy mares look set to dominate another Brisbane feature. And both mares are drawn to dominate again. Bettorthanspecial will start from the coveted inside gate while Bettor Promise starts from gate three. But the stable don’t want any unexpected shocks and plan to keep it simple. “The draws are ideal and we will keep it very simple tactically, Bettorthanspecial will lead while Bettor Promise will more than likely race without cover. We don’t want to overthink the situation, let’s keep it simple and win the race.” Co-trainer Scott Miller said. The two mares have raced head to head on 20 occasions and have finished one/two on ten occasions while Bettorthanspecial holds a slender lead in the head to head bracket. And Bettorthanspecial holds the advantage again this weekend after landing the better draw of the two. In their final hit-outs last weekend, both mares were surprisingly beaten. “While both got beat we weren’t disappointed because both performed well at a high level after the races didn’t play out the way we expected them to unfold. They have both trained on well this week and look set to run big races again. “Bettorthanspecial did a really good job last week after racing without cover in really fast time; she never gave up and looks the horse to beat because of the draw. I thought Bettor Promise was ok last week after starting from a bad draw, the time in her race was ok too. “There’s nothing really between them, if anything, Bettorthanspecial has higher speed but Bettor Promise is probably a little tougher so it really evens out in the end. We will put both mares out after the weekend and bypass the winter carnival, they’ll have a break and we’ll get them ready for Sydney later this year.” If successful, there will be no time for celebration for the stable with a road trip to Sydney scheduled for Sunday with talented rookie Three Of The Best starting at Menangle next Tuesday. The Breeders Challenge is the target and following his out of sort’s performance last month in the Australian Pacing Gold Final at Melton, the Mach Three gelding has trailed impressively on two occasions at Albion Park. “At this point, he’s taken no harm from that race in Melbourne, both trials have been good and he’s relaxed both times. He hit the sulky wheel in Melbourne and coupled with the fact he’s a Mach Three, it didn’t take much to set him off. “This series has always been on the radar for him and this is the last round of heats so hopefully he can qualify. We really like him as a horse and hopefully he can keep improving.” Meanwhile, current stable star Ultimate Art will venture to the Albion Park trials next Tuesday afternoon. With the winter carnival looming, the Modern Art gelding has won his past 7 starts and connections are keen to build on that with the UBET Picket Fence promotion a key target. Chris Barsby Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 28 May 2016 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 28 May 2016

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The trot gait is the main focus again at Tabcorp Park Menangle this week with the Group Three Trotters Marathon (Race 6).  And for an added bonus TAB are offering its New South Wales customers a $10,000 First 4 Jackpot of the feature. Menangle tipster Amanda Rando is leaning towards On Thunder Road, Glenferrie Dreamer and Our Summer Vacation as leading selections to include with horses like Edge Hill, Paris Pepperell worth consideration also. The feature has a great support card and others that stand out to Amanda at the meeting are Ideal Situation (Race 1) and Mouse In The House (Race 4). “Ideal Situation has been in gun form for Darren McCall and his toughness makes him very appealing in the first race on the card,” Amanda said. “Meanwhile, I also don’t mind Mouse In The House for Steve Turnbull . . . the horse was extremely unlucky last week not gaining a clear run and looks a good each-way chance.”   BEST BET –  Race 1 No.9 IDEAL SITUATION NEXT BEST –  Race 4 No.8 MOUSE IN THE HOUSE AMANDA’S QUADDIE – RACE 5 – 1. Franco Salisbury, 5. Hez A Dude, 8. Modern Dancer RACE 6 – 6. Our Summer Vacation, 10. Glenferrie Dreamer, 11. On Thunder Road RACE 7 – 1. Millwood Liberty, 8. Oh Jonny B Good, 11. Franco Tiago, 12. Spare Me Days RACE 8 – 6. Yogi Johnson, 15. Balmoral Boy Greg Hayes
A couple of $2,000 wagers were successful during the week but more about them in the largest winning return section.  A TAB punter placed a wager of $1,750 on Shadesoff to win the fifth event at Wagga last Saturday night at $2.05.  Driven by Tom Gilligan, the mare led throughout to score and the punter won $1,837.50. Other large winning bets (stake)                                 $1,500 @ $3.00 Hez A Dude – Menangle May 21                                 $800 @ $4.60 Boobalaga Road – Young May 20                                 $600 @ $4.00 De Santa Anna – Bathurst May 18 The best return of the week was for the punter who placed $2,000 on Walkabout Creek to win at Menangle on Tuesday afternoon at $6.00.  The son of Somebeachsomewhere driven by Robbie Morris scorched early running a 26.2 first quarter before holding onto win by two metres. Other large winning bets (return)                                 $1,000 @ $8.00 Im With Lexy – Bathurst May 18                                 $2,000 @ $3.80 Hassan Bolt – Menangle May 24                                 $300 @ $14.00 Megs Ferrari – Penrith May 19 The largest losing bet of the week was placed on Frith’s little brother Stening at Wagga on Saturday night.  A bet of $3,400 at $1.60 was placed and after midrace pressure was pipped on the post by East Emperor with the official margin being declared a half-head. Other large losing bets (stakes)                                 $3,000 @ $2.20 Majordan finished 3rd – Menangle May 24                                 $2,500 @ $2.10 Shadow Runner finished 5th – Menangle May 21                                 $2,400 @ $1.60 Chucky Balboa finished 3rd – Wagga May 21 A $500 bet on Flying Pegasus at Penrith last Thursday at $6.50 missed when the Ian Wilson trained gelding could only manage third behind the short priced favourite Mile High Anvil.  Flying Pegasus finished stoutly but was unable to reel the leader in. Other large losing bets (potential return)                                 $600 @ $4.00 Mac Sweet finished 6th – Tamworth May 19                                 $560 @ $4.00      Gilguy finished 4th – Menangle May 23                                 $650 @ $3.80 Our Summer Vacation finished 2nd – Menangle May 21 Greg Hayes
Expressions of Interest are being sought to participate in the selection of suitably experienced and qualified Building Contractors and Earthworks Contractors for the construction of the new harness racing facility at Wagga. Harness Racing New South Wales has placed advertisements in the Riverina and is keen to see the building process begin on time. HRNSW Chief Executive John Dumesny believes the announcement should be exciting for the industry in the local area. "It is very fulfilling we are edging closer to turning the first sod of soil on the new harness racing facility at Wagga Wagga," Mr Dumesny said. "The Riverina deserves a racing complex equal to what HRNSW has provided at Bathurst and when completed it will be a benefit not only for the industry but for the community of Wagga Wagga." The EOI's will be used to determine a select tender list for the project and must be received by McKinnon Design before 5pm Monday June 6. "This is going to be a state of the art complex, a new clubhouse, grandstand, race stalls and track will be built and it should be good news for all of the participants in the region." EOI's can be sent to McKinnon Design at PO Box 1929, Orange NSW 2800. For more information contact McKinnon Design on (02) 63631780 or info@mckinnondesign.com.au Greg Hayes
Parkes trainer Ricky Hunt is hoping Mossdale Bill can send him off a winner at Cowra on Sunday as the talented harness racing horseman is set to move to Sydney. Hunt has previously worked for trainers Shane Tritton and Michael Formosa in the Hunter Valley but will make a leap to life in Sydney as he takes up a role with the Rickie Alchin stable. Hunt has been back in Parkes for the past seven months and while he hasn't had a lot of runners in that time, he has been working up a lot of horses for other trainers in the area. It will be a big change for Hunt as he freely admits he hasn't worked with young horses a lot in the past, something that Alchin excels in. "I am looking forward to the move, it is definitely going to be something different for me because working for Shane and Mick I have worked mostly with horses already at the races," Hunt said. "Rickie breaks in a lot of young horses and I'm looking forward to learning that side of things, he also has some young trotters and I haven't worked a lot with trotters either so it will be a good learning experience." Hunt is hoping Mossdale Bill can give him the best farewell present on Sunday afternoon when the six year old gelding lines up in the feature event, the Jack Honan Memorial. "He has drawn barrier six which is going to make things tough and it means I will have to go back and hope for some luck but I was really happy with his run last start. "He was a very handy three year old but he got very sick and he lost all form for the best part of two years, he is just starting to show something again so if they go hard on Sunday he should be hitting the line well." Mossdale Bill last won a race in September 2014 when he proved too strong in a C0/C1 event when driven by Jack Trainor. "I thought he was going to be a pretty handy horse so it was disappointing when he got so sick and lost all form. "I'm not sure whether I will take him to Sydney with me or not, it will probably depend a lot on how he performs at Cowra because the competition in Sydney is pretty tough." Greg Hayes
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