Jim Webb, surrounded by his wife Therese, two of his three daughters and NSW Labor leader Luke Foley

Jim Webb Online Auction concludes

The online auction to raise funds for Jim Webb has concluded and another $13,350 has been raised for Jim and his family after he suffered spinal injuries from a track work fall in June. A big thank you to all of the people and organisations that donated items for the auction. Congratulations to Fiona Kerr after bidding $7,100 for the Roll With Joe service kindly donated by Pepper Tree Farm. There was plenty of late bidding but Fiona came out the winner when the auction officially closed. Brooklyn Lodge bid $3,000 for the HRNSW Breeders Challenge Owners Bonus Certificate worth $3,000. Thanks to the team for their generous support. Joe Conolly bid $2000 for the service to multiple group one winner Caribbean Blaster. The service was donated by Rob Nalder and HRNSW thank him for his continued support. Gerard Moloney was the winner of the Yankee Spider service. Gerard bid $1250 and a big thank you to Brenda Rice for the prize. HRNSW will be in contact will all winners to discuss their respective prizes.                                                             Greg Hayes

Pixies Parlour - Has claims to the two year old filly of the year title in New South Wales

Was Turnbull's Bathurst filly the best in NSW?

Pixies Parlour was the filly that broke the Steve Turnbull hoodoo at the Bathurst two year old carnival. Despite having won countless feature races including the Inter Dominion and Miracle Mile with Smooth Satin, the multiple premiership winner had never won a Bathurst Gold Crown or Tiara until 2015 and off the back of that performance could Pixies Parlour be NSW 2yo filly of the year? Pixies Parlour won the first Gold Tiara on the new Bathurst track and recorded two other victories during the season taking her career stakes earnings to $62,575. Unfortunately for connections she never regained the form she showed during the Bathurst carnival and was placed twice in her subsequent four starts. Importantly Pixies Parlour led home three other fillies in the Gold Tiara that have been nominated for NSW 2yo filly of the year. Other nominations include: Abettorrose - Won the Pink Bonnet at Tabcorp Park Menangle and competed in some quality races throughout the season. Hot Shot Woman - Raced 14 times throughout the season and despite winning only two races she was placed in a further nine including three at group one level and won more than $168,000. Soho Madeline - Spent time in two different stables during the season but raced well during her stint in NSW. Won three races including a heat of the Bathurst Gold Tiara. Three Squared - Boom filly in the early part of the season that recorded a slick 1:55.9 victory on debut. Raced in a number of feature events during the season and banked more than $60,000. The best 2yo filly in NSW will be announced at the HRNSW Awards Night at Doltone House, Darling Harbour on Saturday September 19th. For tickets call Nancy O'Grady on 9722 6600. Greg Hayes

Our Waikiki Beach - Looks a monty for two year old colt/gelding pacer of the year in New South Wales

Our Waikiki Beach hard to beat for NSW honours

Our Waikiki Beach has dominated two year old racing in Australia this year and is the clear favourite for NSW 2yo colt/gelding of the year. The son of Somebeachsomewhere won eight races in New South Wales for his New Zealand trainer Mark Purdon including two group one events at Tabcorp Park Menangle, the Australian Pacing Gold Final and the Breeders Challenge. With the horse being trained by Purdon, only the gelding's performances in New South Wales can be considered however his dominance has not been seen since Lombo Pocket Watch racked up 17 wins as a two year old in 2005/06. The other nominations for this year's NSW 2yo colt/gelding of the year are: Bettermatch - Dominated the early season 2yo racing scoring in a blistering 1:55.8 on debut. Also won the Leeton Breeders Plate and produced a huge win at Tabcorp Park Menangle to win in 1:53.6. Born To Rocknroll - Raced 16 times as a two year old and recorded seven victories. Won nearly $175,000 in the season and only had his first start in a race on February 7. Salty Robyn - Performed well in New South Wales and then took on the best in New Zealand representing Australia at the Harness Jewels. Banked more than $60,000 and recorded a season best of 1:53.9 Shadow Runner - Sam Dimarco, his daughter Marissa and Shadow Runner were the stars of the Bathurst Gold Crown carnival. The Shadow Play youngster won four straight early in the season before finishing fourth in the Breeders Challenge. The NSW 2yo of the year award will be presented at the HRNSW Awards Night at Doltone House, Darling Harbour on September 19. For tickets contact Nancy O'Grady on 9722 6600. Greg Hayes

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The "Dream" starts now

Welcome to an exciting new season of harness racing. Following the success of last weekend's Super Sunday TAB Breeders Crown program at Tabcorp Park Melton, which saw over $1.3 million in stakes awarded to the best horses in Australasia at age two, three and four, the new harness racing year has owners, trainers, breeders and drivers daring to dream as their 2015-16 journey begins. Victoria is proud to lead the way in stakemoney in Australia after our announcement in July that season 2015-16 will see prizemoney exceed $40 million for the first time. The increase means stakemoney in Victoria has climbed 20% over the last three years and importantly the stakes increases are right across the board, from graduation level racing and horses that finish sixth to last in the country up to the Group 1 Hunter Cup, which will be worth half-a-million dollars in 2016. I'd like to take this opportunity to pass on my congratulations to our Victorian premiership winners for 2014-15: Melton Saddlery State Driver of the Year: Greg Sugars (251 wins) Renown Silverware State Trainer of the Year: Emma Stewart (170 wins) SBG Accountants Metro Driver of the Year: Chris Alford and Gavin Lang (41 wins) Taylors Metropolitan Trainer of the Year: Emma Stewart (48 wins) Muir Equine Supplies Concession Driver of the Year: Jason Lee (78 wins) As spring also signals the start of the breeding season let's also acknowledge and congratulate last season's leading sires in Victoria: Leading Sire: Art Major (270 wins) Leading 2YO Sire: Rock N Roll Heaven (22 wins) Leading 3YO Sire: Art Major (59 wins) Leading Broodmare Sire: Safely Kept (149 wins) Leading Trotting Sire: Majestic Son (68 wins) Leading Trotting Broodmare Sire: Sundon (132 wins) Leading Juvenile Trotting Sire: Skyvalley (28 wins) I wish all of our participants, owners and punters the very best for season 2015-16. HRV CEO John Anderson  

Horsham HRC in partnership with sponsors of the Tontine Trotters Series, Woodlands Stud, are delighted to offer breeders the opportunity to tender for a service to the proven entire, Pegasus Spur.   Pegasus Spur is the sire of the outstanding 2015 Breeders Crown Champion and triple Trotters Derby winner, Speeding Spur, 2:00.3 & $331,111.   The millionaire son of SJ'S Photo is also the sire of Australasia's fastest trotter Flying Isa, 1:53.2 & $446,114.   His lightly raced 5yo daughter Maori Time, 1:55.6 & $156,716, saluted in the Group 2 Breeders Crown Graduate FFA at Melton to round off a great weekend for the Woodlands stallion roster.   Pegasus Spur stands at Woodlands NZ this season for $AUD 3,300 (inc) GST.   You can contact the Horsham Club on 0427 857411.   Tony Logan

You can sign up now in case you have not received the most recent Harnesslink newsletter called Insider Access, and here is your chance below!.  Here are some headline teasers from our most recent issue! CEO from Australia riles Harnesslink - One of the most disappointing things to have happened to Harnesslink since our establishment over 13 years ago was the vitriolic attack on this news company by the CEO of Harness Racing Australia, Andrew Kelly, at this year’s conference of New Zealand trotting clubs. Rock N Roll Heaven & Majestic Son Updated - In Stallion Sphere's newest revision we once again have two outstanding updates to previously reviewed stallions.The two stallions featured this week are Rock N Roll Heaven and Majestic Son. We've also taken Stallion Sphere out of Facebook and onto a stand alone site at www.stallionsphere.com, so readers without a Facebook account can read the reviews. As always though, you will still be able to access Stallion Sphere through the tab at the top of our Facebook Page. All racetracks should have Wiener Dog races - Yes, it reads like harness racing had gone to the dogs. And maybe all racetracks should go to the dogs…. Wiener Dog Racing that is! Congratulations to Harness Racing New Zealand - I would have to admit, that when I first heard that Harness Racing New Zealand was proposing to have a major shakeup of the club structure, which they announced at this year’s conference, I was pleasantly surprised but also relieved in a way. Australian Breeders Crown gets it right - Having just spent the last few days in Melbourne to take in this years Australasian Breeders Crown, you have to congratulate Harness Racing Victoria for putting on such a great show. Sign up to "Insider Access" Full Name Email Subscribe      

The fundraising effort for trainer/driver Jim Webb is continuing after a big night at Bankstown last Thursday night. The industry has raised more than $50,000 for Jim since he sustained horrific injuries after falling out of the sulky during track work in June. The online auction that has been run by HRNSW and supported by some of the leading industry figures will close on Friday September 4th at 4pm. There has been plenty of interest in the Roll With Joe service donated by Pepper Tree Farm. This is the only chance breeders have to send a mare to the popular stallion in Australia with his book now closed. When available he stood for $6,000 but the leading bid is already $6,100. A service to multiple Gr. 1 winning stallion Caribbean Blaster has been offered for auction by Rob Nalder. Standing for $2,750, the leading bid currently is $2,000. Trained by Andy Gath and driven by his wife Kate throughout his career, Caribbean Blaster raced and beat the best horses in the country and is exceptionally bred himself. Brenda Rice donated a service to leading trotting sire Yankee Spider. Valued at $1760, the leading bid is $1250 and is remarkable value currently considering the deeds of his sons and daughters on the track. Spider Girl has taken all before her in her career and is one of his talented daughters. Other progeny include Miracle, Illawong Moonshine, Spidergrace and Forest Spider. HRNSW has donated a Breeders Challenge Owners Bonus Certificate. Valued at $3,000 this certificate can be used at the sales to purchase a Breeders Challenge eligible horse or used towards the stallion fees of an eligible stallion. The current bid for the $3,000 certificate is $3,000. It is very easy to place your bid. All you have to do is send an email through to the Media Manager at HRNSW, Greg Hayes with your details and the amount of your bid. The current bids are regularly updated on the press releases available on the website. Greg's email address is ghayes@hrnsw.com.au The auction will close at 4pm on Friday September 4. Get bidding. Greg Hayes

In the Melbourne Magistrates Court today licenced harness racing participants Greg Cramp and Shayne Cramp were convicted of charges under Section 195C of the Crimes Act (1958), which relates to engaging in conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome of event or event contingency. Greg Cramp pleaded guilty to one charge relating to Race 5 at Mildura on November 12, 2014. Shayne Cramp pleaded guilty to one charge relating to Race 6 at Mildura on October 29, 2014, and Race 5 at Mildura on November 12, 2014. Both men received community corrections orders, Shayne sentenced to 300 hours unpaid community work and Greg to 200 hours. Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) CEO John Anderson acknowledged the cooperation between Victoria Police’s Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit, the HRV Integrity Unit and the Office of The Racing Integrity Commissioner in bringing these serious matters before the Court. “HRV particularly wishes to acknowledge the significant efforts and dedication of the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit in investigating this complex matter, and the Victoria Police Prosecutions Division, noting it to be the first successful prosecution in any form of racing throughout the country for such offending,” Mr Anderson said. With respect to the process that remains, whereby the decision in the criminal proceedings remains subject to an appeal period and both Shayne and Greg Cramp being required to present before harness racing authorities for further proceedings, HRV are unable to make any further comment at this point in time. Shayne and Greg Cramp remain permanently stood down from having any participation in the harness racing industry, as they have been since the time of their arrest.   Harness Racing Victoria

Royalty For Life Tr 3, 1:51.6 ($1,620,166), the 2013 Hambletonian champion, Canadian Trotting Classic winner and USA 3YO Trotting Colt of the Year, will be available for breeders in Australia and New Zealand for the first time this year. He is a striking individual in every respect. The frozen semen of the exciting, young sire – he was foaled in 2010 – is available through Stallions Australasia Pty Ltd whose lineup includes former champion racehorse and now highly successful sire Muscle Hill and international trotting star Wishing Stone. Royalty For Life recently completed his first northern hemisphere season at the prestige Tara Hills Stud, Ontario where he was fully booked for a fee of $6,000. His service fee in Australia will be $4,950 incl. GST and in NZ $4,500 plus GST. Royalty For Life raced only at 2 and 3 years, compiling the excellent record of 14 wins and seven placings from 30 starts for $1,620,166 – an average of $54,000 per start! As a two-year-old he displayed tremendous early speed, winning seven and being four times placed from 14 starts. He captured the $328,000 International Stallion Stakes at Lexington in 1:54.4, five New Jersey Sire Stakes event and finished runner-up in both the elimination and $600,000 final of the Breeders Crown. Royalty For Life really came into his own as a three-year-old, winning seven of his 14 starts and a whopping $1,277,130 in stakes. His victories included the $1.2-million Hambletonian in straight heats of 1:52 and 1:52.2, the $686,000 Canadian Trotting Classic in a stakes record equalling 1:54.4, the $360,000 Zweig Memorial, the $294,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial in 1:52 and an elimination of the $527,000 Kentucky Futurity. Champion USA driver Brian Sears, who handled Royalty For Life in all his major triumphs was high in his praise for the horse “He’s a beautiful horse, he just covers the ground." "He lets you know when he’s good." "He’s just so talented," Brian said. Royalty For Life is a most interestingly bred horse. He is the richest son of the former top young trotter RC Royalty (Tr 3, 1:55.2), one of the best of the progeny left by the champion American sire Credit Winner (Tr 1:54). Sons of Credit Winner are now coming to the forefront as sires in America such as Chocolatier and Crazed. Bourbon N Grits, the dam of Royalty For Life, has left three winners from four foals, while the grand-dam, Texas Winner ($128,323), produced six winners from six foals and the third dam, Texas Starlette, nine winners from 14 foals. Royalty For Life is a Super Bowl line horse – that which produced the leading Australian trotting sire RC’s Dee Jay – from a prolific winning family of trotters, and boasts a 3x3 cross to American Winner and three strains of Super Bowl blood. He should prove an ideal outcross to the host of mares by Sundon, Earl, Armbro Invasion, Dream Vacation, Keystone Salute and others. For further information contact Stallions Australasia manager Peter O’Rourke on phone 0011 64 21 346 401. Peter Wharton

The Shepparton Mixed Stock Sale will be conducted by the Shepparton Harness Racing Club at 1pm next Sunday at their Kialla complex.   Seventy-three quality lots will go under the hammer including yearlings by champion sires, going two-year-olds, three-year-olds, older racing stock and well-bred broodmares in-foal to the world’s leading stallions.   Several two-year-olds included in the catalogue will be trialled on the track from 10am.    Yearlings sold on the day can be made eligible to the Australian Pacing Gold subject to APG conditions.   An auction of services to former NZ Horse of the Year Auckland Reactor and the well credentialled trotting sires Peak and Great Success will be held during the sale.   A complimentary breakfast will be served from 8.30 to 9.30am with full catering on the day. A Happy Hour will be conducted between 12 noon and 1pm.   Live streaming of the sale can be viewed from 1pm via the Shepparton HRC website www.sheppartonhrc.com.au or on the Harness Racing Victoria website   www.harness.org.au/vic   Phone bidding is available subject to buyer registration prior to sale day.   For a catalogue or further information contact Ian McDonald on phone 0428 231 403 or email shepparton@hrv.org.au or Ian Chambers on phone 0409 171 154.   Pedigrees can be downloaded from the Club’s website. Click on the News link.   Pedigrees are also available on the Shepparton HRC Facebook page.     Peter Wharton

The arrival of spring signals the start of harness racing's breeding season and with the sport's future looking bright and prosperous in this state, Harness Racing New South Wales is pleased to have the Hon. Troy Grant, Deputy Premier and Minister for Racing present the sport's season welcome. HRNSW continues to support local breeders through the Breeders Challenge concept and will again reward participants who support the NSW industry. HRNSW CEO John Dumesny is proud of the industry's improvements in recent times and encourages participants to focus on the sport's bright future. "With the support of the state government, harness racing will continue its progression forward and with so many benefits now available to breeders in New South Wales it makes sense for people to support the local breeding industry," Mr Dumesny said. "Stakeholders should never lose sight that the breeding industry provides the building blocks for the sport, without a strong breeding base the sport can't continue to grow. "There were so many harness racing highlights last year in New South Wales but this season promises to be an even bigger one. To watch the Breeding Season launch please click here To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: Greg Hayes

Thoroughbred trainer Sam Kavanagh, whose licence was suspended in May after the former Sir Henry Cecil-trained Midsummer Sun tested positive for the banned substance cobalt, has been found guilty on 23 of the 24 charges in an investigation into cobalt and caffeine breaches by Racing New South Wales stewards. The Kavanagh-trained Midsummer Sun returned a positive pre-race swab to both substances when winning the Gosford Cup in January and investigations found an extensive use of a "Vitamin Complex" which contained excessive levels of cobalt. Kavanagh, whose Melbourne Cup-winning father Mark is also under investigation by Racing Victoria for cobalt offences, was among six men charged with 54 breaches by Racing New South Wales stewards. The investigations also unearthed that other horses in his yard had been treated with cobalt, and he has also been charged over positive results by Centre Pivot and Spinning Diamond. Kavanagh was found not guilty over the charge of administering caffeine to Midsummer Sun. Lengthy disqualification The trainer now has until September 10 to make submissions on penalties which will be considered by the panel but it looks likely he will face a lengthy disqualification from the sport. The result of the investigation, which was accompanied by detailed written reasons from the stewards as to their findings which is not usual practice in Australia, comes just ten days after trainer Kevin Moses was handed a 12-month ban for presenting a horse to race with cobalt in its system. Along with Kavanagh, Dr Tom Brennan of the Flemington Equine Clinic was found guilty of 12 charges, along with his colleague Adam Corby being found guilty of one of two charges. Former Kavanagh stable employee Michael O'Loughlin was found guilty of four charges. Others to be found guilty include disqualified harness racing trainer Mitchell Butterfield on all five charges he faced, while John Camilleri was found guilty of six of seven charges. Racing rocked Australian racing has this year been rocked by the scandal involving cobalt, which can assist in generating more red blood cells to carry oxygen through the body and thus allow a horse to perform at a peak level for longer. Peter Moody, Danny O'Brien, Mark Kavanagh and the father-son team of Lee And Shannon Hope are other trainers facing charges relating to cobalt in one of the most dramatic investigations in Australian racing history. By Lewis Porteous Reprinted with permission of the Racing Post

Star Tasmanian reinsman Gareth Rattray wrapped up another great season by winning the Tasmanian harness racing driver's premiership but this latest crown was special. Despite missing the first two months of the season through illness Rattray powered his way to the lead mid-season and a treble at UBET Park Hobart on Sunday night gave him 100 wins for the season. His treble came courtesy of Fioki winning a C2-C3 over 2090 metres; rank outsider Cardinal Eddy scoring in a nail-biting finish in a 3C1-C0 and he finished with a heady drive to win aboard the Matthew Dwyer-trained Original Art in a C4-C5 . It was the third time he has reached the magical century of winners and this latest title is his 10th in succession. To say Rattray has dominated this past decade would be an understatement with his feats so far ranking him amongst the greatest drivers of all time. The first time he topped the century was in the 2007-08 season when he drove 113 winners but two seasons later he bettered that by snaring 115. His father Barrie also achieved the feat three times driving a state record 118 winners during the 1989-90 season; 100 in 1995-96 and 109 the following season. The father and son are the only two to reach the 100 milestone in Tasmania's driving ranks. This season Gareth passed another milestone of reaching the 1000 winners mark and he now sits fifth on the all-time list with 1040 winners but he still has a way to go to catch his father who has amassed 1566 winners and is still driving competitively. Ricky Duggan had another good season in the caret to end with 68 winners to take his career tally to 1370 to take over second place on the al-time list from Neville Webberley (1369). All-time driver's record: Barrie Rattray          1566 Ricky Duggan          1370 Neville Webberley   1369 Darrell Alexander    1315 Gareth Rattray          1040 Scott Ford                    891 Jack Stamford             848 Rohan Hadley            794 Don Peck                     661 Mark Stanley               638 Terry Knowles             572 Tony Petersen            569 Len Moriarty                556 Terry Peck                   556 Ken Austin                   551 Webb Jones                544 Hec Baker                    516 Meanwhile Beauty Point horseman Rohan Hillier captured his first trainer's premiership ending the season with 43 winners from only 100 starters which must rank as one of the best strike rates of all time. Hillier finished ahead of Barrie Rattray (41) and Juanita McKenzie (37) who won her fourth female trainer's title ahead of Melissa Maine (33). McKenzie and Maine proved beyond doubt that they can hold their own amongst the male trainers. Dylan Ford was the leading junior driver finishing with 34 wins for what was his third consecutive title while his younger sister Tayla Ford and Wade Rattray dead-heated for second with 16 wins apiece. However Ford was a clear winner in the female driver award winning from Natalee Emery (12) and Erin Hollaway (11). Peter Staples

All participants obtaining a trainers or drivers licence must complete a training course under the Rules of Harness Racing. Up until recently participants had been required to complete a TAFE course but due to the withdrawal of vital funding, the cost of completing the respective courses would have increased by 1500%. Harness Racing New South Wales has completely overhauled the process. Under the new setup students will enrol with the controlling body after paying a fee of $330. The student will need to undertake an online theory component through the Bendigo Training Centre and it can be completed in a timeframe that suits the user. The practical part of the training course will be managed by HRNSW assisted by professional trainers. All students are required to complete a Basic Horsemanship Examination before beginning the practical study as the part of course. For further information about the new course contact Training Co-ordinator Nancy O'Grady on 9722 6619 or email nogrady@hrnsw.com.au Greg Hayes

The Hawkesbury training track is an important facility for a number of trainers in north-western Sydney. The track itself will receive a much needed upgrade with Harness Racing New South Wales CEO Mr John Dumesny confirming repair work will begin Monday September 7 and will take a week to complete. The track will be resurfaced while drainage issues will also be rectified during the revamp. "The Hawkesbury track has played an important role for a long time and HRNSW believes these upgrades have been overdue," Mr Dumesny said. "With the work scheduled to take a week it will mean some trainers may have to come up with a contingency plan for their horses but the work is important and it will mean a better and safer surface for participants and their horses." Mr Dumesny confirmed the Hawkesbury is an important geographical region for HRNSW and it will continue to support the area. "We understand how important the horses trained in the Hawkesbury are to meetings in Sydney and also over the mountains in areas like Bathurst. "This track upgrade should be seen as a show of faith in the good people at Hawkesbury." The track is expected to reopen on Monday September 14. Greg Hayes

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The online auction to raise funds for Jim Webb has concluded and another $13,350 has been raised for Jim and his family after he suffered spinal injuries from a track work fall in June. A big thank you to all of the people and organisations that donated items for the auction. Congratulations to Fiona Kerr after bidding $7,100 for the Roll With Joe service kindly donated by Pepper Tree Farm. There was plenty of late bidding but Fiona came out the winner when the auction officially closed. Brooklyn Lodge bid $3,000 for the HRNSW Breeders Challenge Owners Bonus Certificate worth $3,000. Thanks to the team for their generous support. Joe Conolly bid $2000 for the service to multiple group one winner Caribbean Blaster. The service was donated by Rob Nalder and HRNSW thank him for his continued support. Gerard Moloney was the winner of the Yankee Spider service. Gerard bid $1250 and a big thank you to Brenda Rice for the prize. HRNSW will be in contact will all winners to discuss their respective prizes.                                                             Greg Hayes
Pixies Parlour was the filly that broke the Steve Turnbull hoodoo at the Bathurst two year old carnival. Despite having won countless feature races including the Inter Dominion and Miracle Mile with Smooth Satin, the multiple premiership winner had never won a Bathurst Gold Crown or Tiara until 2015 and off the back of that performance could Pixies Parlour be NSW 2yo filly of the year? Pixies Parlour won the first Gold Tiara on the new Bathurst track and recorded two other victories during the season taking her career stakes earnings to $62,575. Unfortunately for connections she never regained the form she showed during the Bathurst carnival and was placed twice in her subsequent four starts. Importantly Pixies Parlour led home three other fillies in the Gold Tiara that have been nominated for NSW 2yo filly of the year. Other nominations include: Abettorrose - Won the Pink Bonnet at Tabcorp Park Menangle and competed in some quality races throughout the season. Hot Shot Woman - Raced 14 times throughout the season and despite winning only two races she was placed in a further nine including three at group one level and won more than $168,000. Soho Madeline - Spent time in two different stables during the season but raced well during her stint in NSW. Won three races including a heat of the Bathurst Gold Tiara. Three Squared - Boom filly in the early part of the season that recorded a slick 1:55.9 victory on debut. Raced in a number of feature events during the season and banked more than $60,000. The best 2yo filly in NSW will be announced at the HRNSW Awards Night at Doltone House, Darling Harbour on Saturday September 19th. For tickets call Nancy O'Grady on 9722 6600. Greg Hayes
Our Waikiki Beach has dominated two year old racing in Australia this year and is the clear favourite for NSW 2yo colt/gelding of the year. The son of Somebeachsomewhere won eight races in New South Wales for his New Zealand trainer Mark Purdon including two group one events at Tabcorp Park Menangle, the Australian Pacing Gold Final and the Breeders Challenge. With the horse being trained by Purdon, only the gelding's performances in New South Wales can be considered however his dominance has not been seen since Lombo Pocket Watch racked up 17 wins as a two year old in 2005/06. The other nominations for this year's NSW 2yo colt/gelding of the year are: Bettermatch - Dominated the early season 2yo racing scoring in a blistering 1:55.8 on debut. Also won the Leeton Breeders Plate and produced a huge win at Tabcorp Park Menangle to win in 1:53.6. Born To Rocknroll - Raced 16 times as a two year old and recorded seven victories. Won nearly $175,000 in the season and only had his first start in a race on February 7. Salty Robyn - Performed well in New South Wales and then took on the best in New Zealand representing Australia at the Harness Jewels. Banked more than $60,000 and recorded a season best of 1:53.9 Shadow Runner - Sam Dimarco, his daughter Marissa and Shadow Runner were the stars of the Bathurst Gold Crown carnival. The Shadow Play youngster won four straight early in the season before finishing fourth in the Breeders Challenge. The NSW 2yo of the year award will be presented at the HRNSW Awards Night at Doltone House, Darling Harbour on September 19. For tickets contact Nancy O'Grady on 9722 6600. Greg Hayes
Welcome to an exciting new season of harness racing. Following the success of last weekend's Super Sunday TAB Breeders Crown program at Tabcorp Park Melton, which saw over $1.3 million in stakes awarded to the best horses in Australasia at age two, three and four, the new harness racing year has owners, trainers, breeders and drivers daring to dream as their 2015-16 journey begins. Victoria is proud to lead the way in stakemoney in Australia after our announcement in July that season 2015-16 will see prizemoney exceed $40 million for the first time. The increase means stakemoney in Victoria has climbed 20% over the last three years and importantly the stakes increases are right across the board, from graduation level racing and horses that finish sixth to last in the country up to the Group 1 Hunter Cup, which will be worth half-a-million dollars in 2016. I'd like to take this opportunity to pass on my congratulations to our Victorian premiership winners for 2014-15: Melton Saddlery State Driver of the Year: Greg Sugars (251 wins) Renown Silverware State Trainer of the Year: Emma Stewart (170 wins) SBG Accountants Metro Driver of the Year: Chris Alford and Gavin Lang (41 wins) Taylors Metropolitan Trainer of the Year: Emma Stewart (48 wins) Muir Equine Supplies Concession Driver of the Year: Jason Lee (78 wins) As spring also signals the start of the breeding season let's also acknowledge and congratulate last season's leading sires in Victoria: Leading Sire: Art Major (270 wins) Leading 2YO Sire: Rock N Roll Heaven (22 wins) Leading 3YO Sire: Art Major (59 wins) Leading Broodmare Sire: Safely Kept (149 wins) Leading Trotting Sire: Majestic Son (68 wins) Leading Trotting Broodmare Sire: Sundon (132 wins) Leading Juvenile Trotting Sire: Skyvalley (28 wins) I wish all of our participants, owners and punters the very best for season 2015-16. HRV CEO John Anderson  
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