Lot 377 - An Art major colt from Kept For Pleasure

Average up 23% at Sydney sale

The Australian Pacing Gold harness racing sales moved to Sydney today and when the dust had settled there was a lot of happy faces among the vendors and APG staff.. The overall average shot up a huge 23% on last year at $28,265 and while it is still early days post sale, the clearance rate was good at nearly 84%. The top colt for the sale was Lot 377 which was by Art Major from the former outstanding racemare Kept For Pleasure 1:56 ($ 542,343) and was knocked down to Jean Feiss for $130,000. Jean brought a Rock N Roll Heaven filly from Kept For Pleasure at last years Sydney APG sale. Named Mackenzie, she has been burning up the trial tracks in Canterbury in New Zealand recently for Mark Purdon and is reportedly on her way to Australia for the APG series. The top priced filly at the sale was lot 399, a Rock N Roll Heaven from the former champion racemare Make Mine Cullen 1:53 ($874,178) and she was knocked down to Pepper Tree Farm Breeding and Racing, also for $130,000.   Once again New Zealand buyers were out in force with Cran Dalgety outlaying $86,000 for Lot 306 and Mark Purdon who outlayed $90,000 for Lot 373 and $41,000 for Lot 414. The only other Kiwi buyer active on the day was Mark Jones who paid $45,000 for Lot 475.                                                           2014 Sale                                                               2015 Sale                                                    Overall average                              $22,979                                                                  $28,265 Colts average                                  $26,649                                                                  $32,942 Fillies average                                 $19,864                                                                 $22,077 Clearance rate                                 90.3%                                                                    83.89%   Sydney Sale Results Lot Sire Dam Sex Status Buyer Sales Price Reserve Make An Offer 282 Somebeachsomewhere Vertigal Filly Passed In   $25,000 $30,000 Make An Offer 283 Big Jim Vin Cere Gelding Passed In   $7,000 $17,000 Make An Offer 284 Courage Under Fire Vizzarri Filly Sold Bernie Hewitt $15,000     285 Rock N Roll Heaven Warrawee Flare CA Colt Sold Robert Brumm $26,000     286 Bettors Delight Weona Badgirl Colt Sold Paul Fitzpatrick $40,000     287 Badlands Hanover Weona Sassy Filly Sold Steve Johnson $16,000     288 Rocknroll Hanover Zenas Art NZ Filly Passed In   $16,000 $17,000 Make An Offer 289 Art Major Zenolas Gift NZ Filly Sold Luke McCarthy $14,000     290 Rocknroll Hanover African Dancer Colt Passed In   $30,000 $66,000 Make An Offer 291 Mach Three Alashell Filly Sold Robert Watson $25,000     292 Mach Three All Eyes On Me Filly Sold Luke McCarthy $35,000     293 Courage Under Fire All Fire N Ice NZ Colt Withdrawn         294 Art Major Angel Rainbow Filly Sold Jarrod Alchin $4,000     295 Art Major Appealing Colt Sold Kevin Hurst $20,000     296 Rocknroll Hanover Arterial Way Filly Sold Calcidon & Marian Micallef $20,000     297 Four Starzzz Shark Artesian Babe Filly Sold PAUL MORGAN $9,000     298 Rock N Roll Heaven As It Is In Heaven Colt Sold Barrie Rattray $17,000     299 Mr Feelgood Athletic River Colt Sold Pooba Govender $10,000     300 Somebeachsomewhere Atworthy Maid Filly Sold Ted & Elione Morton $12,000   Make An Offer 301 Roll With Joe Baltic Fire NZ Colt Passed In   $37,500 $40,000 Make An Offer 302 Rock N Roll Heaven Baltic Wings NZ Colt Passed In   $12,000 $18,000 Make An Offer 303 Real Desire Beach Rendezvous Filly Passed In   $14,000 $15,000 Make An Offer 304 Rocknroll Hanover Beautiful Drive Colt Withdrawn         305 Changeover Behappysam NZ Filly Sold Robert Brumm $30,000     306 Somebeachsomewhere Bella Shine Colt Sold Cran Dalgety $86,000     307 Well Said Bendall Rose Colt Sold Andy Gath $35,000     308 Sportswriter Benevolent Filly Sold Robert Brumm $32,000     309 Somebeachsomewhere Betapic Filly Withdrawn         310 Rock N Roll Heaven Better Motoring NZ Colt Sold AD Investments Pty Ltd $20,000     311 Rock N Roll Heaven Bettorthanyou Colt Sold Meagan Lang $42,000     312 Somebeachsomewhere Blue Confession Filly Sold Marc Hanover & Gordon Banks $30,000     313 Mach Three Boldandbeautiful Filly Sold Maxfield Standardbreds Tasmania Pty Ltd $35,000     314 Art Major Bonnie Bay Castle Colt Sold Michael Muscat $55,000     315 Rock N Roll Heaven Bonnie Mahoney Filly Withdrawn         316 For A Reason Bovalai Colt Passed In   $7,500 $8,000 Make An Offer 317 Art Major Bullaroon Belle Colt Sold Ray Davis $13,000     318 Rocknroll Hanover Bye Rate Filly Sold Ann Tapp $18,000     319 Courage Under Fire Bylong Bele Filly Passed In   $20,000 $50,000 Make An Offer 320 Mach Three Caribbean Sunset Colt Sold Reg Turner $18,000     321 Roll With Joe Cassino Woman NZ Filly Sold SHANNON HOFFMANN $10,000     322 Rocknroll Hanover Clontarf Lady Colt Sold Mick Lew $23,000     323 Art Major Crazy Pocket Filly Passed In   $12,000 $15,000 Make An Offer 324 Art Major Cruiser Franco NZ Filly Sold Paul Fitzpatrick $63,000     325 Sportswriter Cunning Kate Filly Withdrawn         326 Somebeachsomewhere Dance of Life Colt Sold Glenn Holland $30,000     327 Courage Under Fire Daring Class Colt Sold We Us And Co $20,000     328 Mach Three Deadly Woman Colt Sold Maurice Mondolo $50,000     329 American Ideal Demi Plie Filly Passed In   $12,000 $17,000 Make An Offer 330 Rock N Roll Heaven Desperatehousewife Filly Sold Kriden Investments Pty Ltd $25,000     331 Courage Under Fire Duel Castle Colt Sold Larry Eastman $30,000     332 Art Major Dundrennan NZ Colt Withdrawn         333 Mach Three Elizabeth Kelly Filly Sold Ian Gurney $18,000     334 Somebeachsomewhere Eloquent Babe Colt Sold Jamie Kirk $50,000     335 Changeover Equus Franco NZ Filly Sold Nathan Jack $25,000     336 Mach Three Esther Jane Filly Sold Paul Fitzpatrick $20,000     337 Mach Three Eutropia Colt Sold Liam O'Connor $60,000     338 Rock N Roll Heaven Faye Kelly Filly Sold Watson, Robert $21,000     339 Roll With Joe Final Patrol NZ Filly Sold Theo Papadopoulos $9,000     340 Somebeachsomewhere Flair For Life Filly Sold Belinda McCarthy $42,000     341 American Ideal For Dear Life Colt Sold Ian Gurney $62,000     342 Well Said Formalize Filly Sold Allen Parmenter $18,000     343 Rock N Roll Heaven Full Pleasure Colt Sold Colin Dixon $40,000     344 Rocknroll Hanover Gamblers Daughter Filly Passed In   $15,000 $17,000 Make An Offer 345 Rock N Roll Heaven Gee R We There Yet NZ Colt Sold Robert Watson $26,000     346 Bettors Delight Gemmia Filly Sold Michael Muscat $33,000     347 Mach Three Glenferrie Diva NZ Colt Sold Dean York $32,500     348 Bettors Delight Glenferrie Elect NZ Colt Sold Raboki Pty Ltd $50,000     349 Changeover Glenferrie Miss Colt Sold Barry Cooper $31,000     350 Rocknroll Hanover Gloria Lombo Colt Sold Campbell Advisory Pacing Pty Ltd $20,000     351 Artsplace Go Right Babe Colt Sold Grant Fuller $24,000     352 Christian Cullen Gorgeous Guest NZ Filly Passed In   $17,500 $25,000 Make An Offer 353 Mach Three Halcyon Franco NZ Colt Sold Peter Gavin $42,500     354 Art Major Hay Sharon Colt Sold Mark Purdon $22,000     355 Rocknroll Hanover Headline Franco NZ Colt Sold Daniel Cordina $17,500     356 Courage Under Fire Hidden Gem Colt Sold AD Investments Pty Ltd $27,000     357 Rock N Roll Heaven Holme Safely Colt Sold Mark Thompson $11,000     358 Modern Art Holy Gal Filly Sold KTC Bloodstock $16,000     359 Shadow Play Im Insatiable NZ Filly Sold Norm Jerrick $20,000     360 Rocknroll Hanover Glenferrie Inn Filly Sold Troy Mee $10,000     361 Rocknroll Hanover Into The Fire NZ Colt Passed In   $18,000 $20,000 Make An Offer 362 Art Major Intrude Filly Sold Geoff Webster $55,000     363 Big Jim Irish Luck NZ Filly Sold Robert Brumm $9,000     364 Major In Art Its Jetsetgo NZ Colt Sold David Brown $14,000     365 Art Major Itsoktobeclassy Filly Sold We Us And Co $12,000     366 Julius Caesar Ivana Franco NZ Colt Sold Michael Muscat $23,000     367 Always A Virgin Jamin Filly Sold Ann Tapp $18,000     368 Art Official Jape NZ Filly Sold Kerry Hedges $4,000     369 Shadow Play Jilliby Deejay Filly Sold Grant Charlwood $16,000     370 Courage Under Fire Jordan Franco NZ Filly Sold Rod Drew $10,000     371 Rock N Roll Heaven Jovial Lass NZ Filly Passed In   $12,000 $15,000 Make An Offer 372 Mach Three Just Del Colt Sold Glenn Holland $45,000     373 Art Major Kalypso Colt Sold Mark Purdon $90,000     374 Mr Feelgood Kay Dee Hanover Filly Passed In   $13,000 $14,000 Make An Offer 375 Gotta Go Cullect Keep No Secrets Colt Sold David Druitt $6,000     376 Rock N Roll Heaven Keppel Bay Colt Sold Levarg Racing Group $46,000     377 Art Major Kept For Pleasure Colt Sold Jean Feiss $130,000     378 Roll With Joe Kirrilee Joy Colt Sold Shirley Bazley $24,000     379 Mach Three Kit Star NZ Colt Sold Barrie Rattray $21,000     380 Modern Art Kitty Maguire NZ Colt Withdrawn         381 Sportswriter La Bella Rufus NZ Filly Sold Josh Aiken $12,000     382 Stonebridge Regal La Litote Filly Sold Rayngold Pty Ltd $9,000     383 Well Said La Promesse Colt Sold Alix Khouiss $27,500     384 Somebeachsomewhere Lady Euthenia Colt Sold Allied Express Transport Pty Ltd $75,000     385 Big Jim Lasnicks Lass Colt Withdrawn         386 Art Major Last Sundancer Filly Withdrawn         387 Rocknroll Hanover Leila Rainbow Filly Sold Matthew Harding $11,000     388 Rock N Roll Heaven Lets Thank Heaven Colt Sold Maxfield Standardbreds Tasmania Pty Ltd $55,000     389 Roll With Joe Lifes Destiny Filly Withdrawn         390 Rock N Roll Heaven Lillydale Colt Sold Glenn Holland $25,000     391 Somebeachsomewhere Lincoln Room USA Colt Sold   $15,000     392 Rocknroll Hanover Lively Number Colt Sold Colin Watts $25,000     393 Rocknroll Hanover Lombo La Fe Fe Colt Sold Allied Express Transport Pty Ltd $45,000     394 Village Jasper Lombo La Shelly Colt Sold Brett Cotterill $13,000     395 Mach Three Lourdes Filly Sold Lynda Mellsop $36,000     396 Bettors Delight Glenferrie Magic NZ Colt Sold Robert Brumm $30,000     397 Mach Three Magic Maddy Lombo Filly Sold Ray Sellwood $35,000     398 Bettors Delight Mainland Banner NZ Colt Sold Campbell Advisory Pacing Pty Ltd $71,000     399 Rock N Roll Heaven Make Mine Cullen Filly Sold Pepper Tree Farm Breeding And Racing $130,000     400 Big Jim Marvellous Franco NZ Colt Sold Peter Gavin $22,000     401 Always A Virgin Mateship Miss Colt Sold Bruce Andrews $9,000     402 Christian Cullen Meljoy Colt Sold Sytka Pty Ltd $48,000     403 Ifihadyourluck Meredith Castle Filly Sold Geoff Barnes $8,000     404 Roll With Joe Miss Hazel Colt Sold Blake Fitzpatrick $50,000     405 Rock N Roll Heaven Missflite Filly Sold Campbell Advisory Pacing Pty Ltd $13,000     406 Somebeachsomewhere Modern Day Colt Sold Matthew Harding $35,000     407 Rock N Roll Heaven Muscle Beach Colt Sold Daniel Hewitt $20,000     408 Rock N Roll Heaven My Exotic Lover NZ Colt Sold John Starr $40,000     409 Art Major My Pacific Rainbow Filly Sold Tim Hoskinson $12,000     410 Mach Three Natuzzi NZ Filly Sold Cindy Rixon $13,000     411 Roll With Joe Never More Colt Sold Matthew Harding $15,000     412 Modern Art New York Score NZ Colt Withdrawn         413 Art Major Next Flight Liz Filly Sold Douglas Johnston $30,000     414 Bettors Delight Nightshade Franco NZ Filly Sold Mark Purdon $41,000     415 Rocknroll Hanover Noplacelikeholme Colt Sold Michael Moloney $17,000     416 Art Major Nothin Bettor Filly Sold Alex Smith $15,000     417 Courage Under Fire Nykea Jane Colt Sold Michael Muscat $9,000     418 Art Official Ocean Spur NZ Colt Sold Shannon Hoffmann $30,000     419 Mach Three Oh Eye See Filly Sold Jason Bussenschutt $50,000     420 Four Starzzz Shark Onassis Legacy Colt Sold Pooba Govender $13,000     421 Blissfull Hall Onedins Pocketgirl NZ Filly Passed In   $10,000 $15,000 Make An Offer 422 Julius Caesar Only In Dreams Filly Sold Julie Billinger $8,000     423 Art Major Only When I Laugh NZ Colt Sold Geoff Webster $21,000     424 Rock N Roll Heaven Our Ice Ice Baby CA Filly Sold Adam,Benjamin & Terry Cormack $30,000     425 For A Reason Our Suicide Blonde NZ Filly Withdrawn         426 Rock N Roll Heaven Parisian Melodee Filly Sold Julie Billinger $8,000     427 Sportswriter Petousa Filly Sold Wayne Honan $20,000     428 Always A Virgin Platinum Sign Filly Withdrawn         429 Western Ideal Precious Delight CA Colt Sold Maxfield Standardbreds Tasmania Pty Ltd $36,000     430 For A Reason Pretty Inpink Colt Sold Luke McCarthy $12,000     431 Somebeachsomewhere Protikori Filly Sold Adam,Benjamin & Terry Cormack $19,000     432 Courage Under Fire Quiet Talker Colt Sold Marcus Panton $26,000     433 Changeover Racquel Franco NZ Filly Sold Mark Thompson $22,000     434 Big Jim Red Hot Mumma Filly Sold Ann Tapp $23,000     435 Four Starzzz Shark Red River Swinger Filly Withdrawn         436 Rocknroll Hanover Regal Rainbow Filly Sold Robert Brumm $6,000     437 Somebeachsomewhere Reggae Miss Colt Sold Laspina Trabucco & Co Pty Ltd $50,000     438 Art Major Resolution Babe Colt Sold Mentally Stable Ltd $32,000     439 Somebeachsomewhere River Valley Romance NZ Filly Withdrawn         440 Rocknroll Hanover Roma Art Colt Sold Ray Davis $10,000     441 Mach Three Rosalind Colt Sold Athol Bennett $33,000     442 Rock N Roll Heaven Rosie Rose Colt Passed In   $18,000 $18,000 Make An Offer 443 Art Major Rossangel Gold Filly Passed In   $8,000 $18,000 Make An Offer 444 Artistic Fella Royale Albertina Colt Sold Jarrod Alchin $8,000     445 Courage Under Fire Ruffle My Feathers Filly Sold Redbank Lodge Standardbreds $10,000     446 Bettors Delight Runaround Rhonda NZ Colt Sold John McCarthy $85,000     447 Rocknroll Hanover Safely Susan Colt Sold Shannon Hoffmann $18,000     448 Rock N Roll Heaven Salix Colt Sold Michael Formosa $26,000     449 Rock N Roll Heaven Same Action Filly Sold Barry Cooper $11,000     450 Sportswriter Sassy Street Filly Withdrawn         451 Mach Three Glenferrie Serenade NZ Filly Sold Robert Morris $12,000     452 Rock N Roll Heaven Serene Angel Filly Passed In   $12,000   Make An Offer 453 Roll With Joe Serene Star Filly Passed In   $10,000 $18,000 Make An Offer 454 Rocknroll Hanover Seshny Bromac NZ Colt Passed In   $21,000 $22,000 Make An Offer 455 Roll With Joe Shark Filly Sold Christie Rothwell $8,000     456 Somebeachsomewhere She Aint Fakin Colt Sold   $26,000     457 Rocknroll Hanover Shoutaloud Colt Sold R.E.D. Harness Racing Pty Ltd $47,000     458 Rocknroll Hanover Silver Tail Lady Filly Sold Rachel Weaver $17,000     459 Courage Under Fire Sky Rainbow Colt Sold Jarrod Alchin $8,000     460 Mach Three Snug Harbor NZ Colt Sold Raboki Pty Ltd $45,000     461 Rocknroll Hanover Solataire Colt Sold Terry Cluse $50,000     462 Courage Under Fire Sounds Alive NZ Colt Sold Josh Powderly $11,000     463 Sportswriter Special Ball NZ Filly Passed In   $16,000 $27,000 Make An Offer 464 For A Reason Steda Dreams Colt Passed In   $6,000 $6,000 Make An Offer 465 Art Major Straight Left NZ Filly Sold Trevor O'Reilly $12,000     466 Sportswriter Strike Line Colt Sold Robert Brumm $28,000     467 Major In Art Sunopal Filly Passed In   $9,000 $12,000 Make An Offer 468 Bettors Delight Tactical Attraction NZ Colt Passed In   $22,000 $22,000 Make An Offer 469 Four Starzzz Shark Take a Hint NZ Colt Withdrawn         470 Courage Under Fire Talk Safely NZ Colt Sold Kevin Hurst $30,000     471 Mr Feelgood Tallaringa Drive Colt Withdrawn         472 Courage Under Fire Tears To Maple Colt Sold Andy Gath $18,000     473 Mach Three The Baggy Green Colt Sold Five Arrows Syndicate $30,000     474 Rock N Roll Heaven The Checkout Chic Colt Passed In   $17,500 $20,000 Make An Offer 475 Art Major The Crystal Star NZ Filly Sold Mark Jones Harness Racing Stable $45,000     476 Art Major The Kindly One Colt Sold Steve Thompson $44,000     477 Four Starzzz Shark The Magic Of Life Filly Withdrawn         478 Rock N Roll Heaven Timeltell Colt Withdrawn         479 Courage Under Fire To Die With Dignity NZ Colt Passed In   $14,000 $20,000 Make An Offer 480 Always A Virgin Touch Of Jerry Filly Passed In   $6,000 $7,000 Make An Offer 481 Roll With Joe Trudee Filly Sold Robert Brumm $20,000                                                 2015 Clearance Rate 83.89%             2015 Sales Average $28,265                               2015 Colts Clearance Rate 88.66%             2015 Colts Average $32,942                               2015 Fillies Clearance Rate 79.27%             2015 Fillies Average $22,077                                                 2014 Clearance Rate 89.74%             2014 Sales Average $23,000                               2014 Colts Clearance Rate 91.03%             2014 Colts Average $26,049                               2014 Fillies Clearance Rate 88.46%             2014 Fillies Average         $19,862  

Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale, harness racing

Champion sires at Bathurst Gold Crown sale

The leading sires from North America, Australia and New Zealand are strongly represented in the catalogue for the 2015 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale to be held at the Bathurst Showground on Sunday, March 22. The 208 lots listed are the progeny of 57 different stallions. Art Major, Australia’s leading juvenile sire for the last four years, has five entries, while Bettor’s Delight, the premier overall sire in Australia, NZ and America in 2014, will be represented by two lots. Other Top Ten sires in Mach Three (2), Courage Under Fire (6), Modern Art (5), Grinfromeartoear (3) and Blissfull Hall (3) have progeny in the sale. Somebeachsomewhere, the premier sire of three-year-olds in North America in 2014, has four entries, while Sportswriter, Australia’s leading first-crop sire last year, has six and his Pepper Tree Farm studmates Always A Virgin and Rock N Roll Heaven have nine and five respectively. Rocknroll Hanover, the leading USA sire in 2012 and runner-up last year, has three entries in the sale. Other established stallions represented include Four Starzzz Shark (7 lots), Presidential Ball (3), Artistic Fella (3), Badlands Hanover (3), Life Sign (2), American Ideal (1) and Armbro Operative (1). The stallion with the largest draft is former USA 2YO Colt of the Year Major Art with 14, followed by Passmaster Hanover (12), Flightpath (10) and Always A Virgin and Million Dollar Cam with nine each. Sires represented by their first crop are former USA 3YO of the Year Roll With Joe (9 lots), NSW trained champion For A Reason (8), Shadyshark Hanover (3), USA and Canadian 2YO of the Year Big Jim (2) and the American classic winners Gothic Dream and If I Can Dream one apiece. For a copy of the catalogue send an email to graemeboard56@gmail.com Catalogues are also available from the Bathurst Harness Racing Club. Pedigrees can be downloaded from the website www.graemeboard.com  Click on the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale link. By Peter Wharton

HRNSW Integrity Strategies

HRNSW Integrity Strategies - Inter Dominion day

In addition to the 16 horses in Sunday's TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion being housed in the HRNSW Retention Facility, HRNSW has assigned security personnel on all mares engaged in the Group One Cordina Chicken Farms Ladyship Mile. Australia's feature mares' race will be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday. The security personnel were in position at 10am on Saturday morning and will remain with the mares until they are presented on course by 11.55am on Sunday. HRNSW's objective in the use of this strategy is to provide a level playing field for all runners under its regulation and control. It follows on from last year when Inter Dominion runners were housed in the Retention Barn at Tabcorp Park Menangle while security was placed on every runner in the Chariots Of Fire. Further Integrity Strategies - 3pm Saturday, 28 February 2015 HRNSW has further enhanced its Integrity Strategies for races being conducted at TABCORP PARK Menangle tomorrow, Sunday 1 March 2015. Below is a breakdown of the Integrity Strategies undertaken by HRNSW: TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion : All horses are in the Retention Facility from 11am, Friday 27 February 2015 until being transferred to the raceday stalls Cordina Chicken Farms Ladyship Mile (Group 1) - All horses have been under HRNSW appointed security personnel supervision since 10am, Saturday 28 February 2015. FORM 700 NSW Oaks (Group 1), Camarda & Cantrill NSW Derby (Group 1) & FORM 700 Chariots of Fire (Group 1) - All horses have been under HRNSW appointed security personnel supervision since 3pm, Saturday 28 February 2015. In addition to the security personnel being employed, HRNSW Stewards and Veterinarians have been conducting stable inspections and collecting samples from runners engaged in tomorrow's meeting. "What HRNSW has rolled out in the last 30 hours is a large operation, involving not only HRNSW Integrity staff but 30 security personnel." HRNSW Chief Operating Officer Reid Sanders said. "Operations like this take strategic planning and a considerable effort from HRNSW staff." "These measures have been put in place to ensure that horses competing on Australasia's biggest harness racing day do so on a level playing field. We want to further enhance confidence in NSW harness racing and reaffirm that we are leaders in integrity strategies." The Inter Dominion 2015 is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 31 racing clubs across the State. HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government. To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: Reid Sanders Chief Operating Officer (02) 9722 6600 rsanders@hrnsw.com.au                   Greg Hayes | Media Coordinator | Harness Racing New South Wales |   22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200   T: 02 9722 6677| F: 02 85805792 | E: ghayes@hrnsw.com.au| W: www.harnessmediacentre.com.au          

Adore Me - Top pick for us even from barrier ten

Battle royal on the cards in Ladyship Mile

Harness racings big day on Sunday at Menangle features several great clashes and we thought we would preview them all this week with a runner by runner assessment First up is the Ladyship Mile. 1) Frith - Starts 40 -  Wins 30 - Seconds 6 -Thirds 2  -  Stakes $819,572 Frith is surprisingly only having her third lifetime start over a mile, all of which have been at Menangle with her best time to date being 1:53 We are not convinced the one draw suits her that much as say two or three as there is plenty of gate speed outside Frith and she may end up getting crossed at the start. She is a great stayer but hasn't had a run for a month so question marks remain about her race fitness but her class will take her a long way. One of Adore Me's two biggest  threats. 2) Pas Ultimate Delight - Starts - 41 - Wins 12 - Seconds 4 - Thirds 6  -  Stakes $134,411 Has continued to improve since coming to Australia but this still looks a bit rich at this stage.  Does have a best time of 1:52.3 and from her draw of two we think Lauren will make a serious play for the front early but we are of the opinion Pas Ultimate Delight is better driven with a sit and we give her an outside first  four chance if she is driven like that. 3) Dynamite Denn Nee - Starts 90 - Wins 17 - Seconds 15 - Thirds 12 - Stakes $181,628  (2nd Emrg) Has been in good touch lately including a second to Frith two starts back so probably unlucky to be on the ballot but is unlikely to get a start. Rough first four player if she did. 4) Beauty Secret - Starts 54 - Wins 24 - Seconds - 9 - Thirds 4  -  Stakes $ 393,451 Will come into barrier three if there are no scratchings and from there she is a real danger to the two favourites.  Has real gate speed if Gavin Lang wants to use it and can also run a big half if held up as she showed in the Robin Dundee on Miracle Mile night where she brushed home in 54 flat in front. Has the all round game to trouble the two favourites and with Gavin in the bike you just know he will give her the run that she needs. 5) Major Foxy Styx - Starts - 24 - Wins 11 - Seconds 4 - Thirds - 1  -  Stakes $197,830  Has built up a great record in Perth and stamped that form with a win in the Ladyship Cup at Melton on Hunter Cup night beating amongst others Beauty Secret.  However  she did get a dream run that night and even with the mercurial Luke McCarthy in the bike we can't see her winning the race on Sunday with the three favourites having a class edge but she is still a definite first four player for us. 6) Tact Hayleys Delight - Starts 72 - Wins 11 - Seconds 15 - Thirds - 6  -  Stakes $160,016 In career best form at the moment but from the draw we think she has a hard job to get some of this. We think she will have to go back from the draw and try to have one run at them late in the race but we can't see her rolling over the top of  the favourites and for us she is an outside place chance at best. 7) Laterron - Starts 82 - Wins 16 - Seconds 16 - Thirds 11  -  Stakes $173,515 - ( 1st Emer ) Produced a great run when a handy fourth to Adore Me in the Brian Hancock Cup on Saturday night and her connections must feel slightly aggrieved to be on the ballot.  Laterron has beaten Elusive Chick home the last three times they have met and that combined with the run in the Brian Hancock Cup should have seen her make the field. Great place chance if she gains re-entry into the field. 8) Courageousnquick - Starts 42 - Wins 16 - Seconds 6 - Thirds 4  -  Stakes $204,352 Quality mare who has just had two runs back from a spell but the draw has negated her biggest asset which is her blinding gate speed. We still think that Anthony Butt will press the go button early and if she happened to get the front she would present all kind of problems for Frith. Definite place chance if "Ants" can work his magic early 9) Rathmore Lady - Starts 76 - Wins 17 - Seconds 19 - Thirds 8  -  Stakes $147,976  On her day a very handy mare but is inconsistent and can throw the toys out of the cot every now and again. On her best behaviour she would be a rough first four chance but the draw and the quality of the field leads us to think she has a mountain to climb.  Not for us. 10) Pemberton Shard - Starts 55 - Wins 11 - Seconds 7 - Thirds 11  -  Stakes $212 997 If there is a smokey in this years race then Pemberton Shard is it for us. A mile is maybe a touch short of her best but she is a super tough mare who needs the speed on and that's exactly what she will get on Sunday. Has struggled to cope with Adore Me in New Zealand but then again who hasn't  and has gone some great races in behind her in mares races. Dexter Dunn in the bike is a big plus and she is a big first four player for us. 11) Elusive Chick - Starts 57 - Wins 13 - Seconds 11 - Thirds 11  -  Stakes $389,147 A high quality mare who was in good form earlier in the season but whose form has tapered off badly with her only placing in her last six starts a win in a five horse field just before Xmas. Throw in the draw for a mare who likes to race on the speed and we struggle to see her running in four. Not for us. 12) Adore Me - Starts 34 - Wins 25 - Seconds 4 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $1,503,429  A great racemare who has the same visitors draw as she had last year when she was beaten. The field this year is stronger in our opinion but Adore Me has gone to another level this season as well. This year the All Stars team have arrived earlier and given her a run leading into the race which is all a positive in our book. The change of driver took us by surprise a bit but Natalie has been in unbelievable form this season in New Zealand and the change is a plus not a minus in our view. Clear first pick for us even from the draw. Selections Adore Me is a clear first pick for us In the end we couldn't separate Frith and Beauty Secret for second even if logic said Frith Others to throw into multiples include Courageousnquick, Pemberton Shard, Major Foxy Styx and if you are going a bit wider Tact Hayleys Delight. Harnesslink Media

Harness racings big day at Menangle Inter Dominion Final day on Sunday is littered with great races all day and one of the hardest races to pick a winner in is the Chariots Of Fire. Here is our view of the race runner by runner Form 700 Chariots Of Fire 1) Mister Jay Cee - Starts - 30 - Wins 10 - Seconds 6 - Thirds 3  -  Stakes $86,850 In good form but a yard behind half a dozen horses here. Couldn't sprint with Our Sky Major in the Paleface Adios on Saturday night and hard to see how he can turn that around in a week. Not for us even from the draw. 2) Iam Mr Brightside - Starts - 31 - Wins 12 - Seconds 5 - Thirds 6  -  $135,615 Huge run in the Hondo Grattan behind Bling It On and Messini where he had no luck at all in the straight and flashed late for third after starting from barrier nine. Likes to follow speed and the quicker they go the better for him. At least three here better than him but right at the top of his game at the moment which makes him a trifecta and first four player. 3) Bling It On - Starts 43 - Wins 31 - Seconds 8 - Thirds 1  -  Stakes $799,422 He is the favourite and he deserves to be so but he has quite a few runners snapping at his heels. Won the Hondo Grattan but not as dominant as he should have been given the run he got He has blinding speed coming off a horses back with one run at them and is best driven that way. Not quite as dominant when he has to work hard during the running and that makes him vunerable for us unless he gets the run to suit. 4) Alta Jerome - Starts 30 - Wins 11 - Seconds 8 - Thirds 5  -  $97,908 Has been thrown in the deepend since arriving from New Zealand and has been exposed a bit at times. He does have blinding gate speed and loves to lead but to much class in this field for him to be competitive if he trys to lead all the way here. We are not sure he would settle even if they did try to take a sit which put us off even more. Not a first four player for us. 5) Our Sky Major - Starts 35 - Wins 12 - Seconds 7 - Thirds 5  -  Stakes $474,579 Very much like Bling It On in a lot of ways. He has a lethal sprint coming off a horses back with one run at them but not quite as good when he has to do work in the race. Loves Australia having only missed a place one in nine starts there and always in the best company. Bonus for punters is driver Zac Butcher is right in the zone at the moment. Definite winning chance 6) Isaiah - Starts 13 - Wins 13 - Seconds 5 - Thirds 9  -  Stakes $554,868 Of the three favourites for the race, Isaiah is the opposite to the other two main contenders in that he has an allround game. Not as lethal with one run at them as the other two but can work really hard in his races and make his own luck and still kick on at the finish. Has been in sublime form in New Zealand prior to heading to Sydney and Natalie is driving superbly at the moment so he ticks every box for us. Definite winning chance. 7) El Fuego - Starts 29 - Wins 10 - Seconds 8 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $92,573  (Emerg 2) Unlikely to get back into the field but would struggle even if he did in our view. His last two runs in the Hondo Grattan and the Paleface Adios have been just ok and this field is too rich if you are not at the top of your game and he's not. Not for us 8) Yankee Rockstar - Starts 18 - Wins 14 - Seconds 1 - Thirds 2  -  $111,920 The big question mark in the race for us. Only out of the money once in 18 starts but a lot of those runs were not against the quality he is facing here. He has been very competitive against Bling It On in the past. Stepped up last time but did draw one on that occasion and just held on but it was a quality field. Will he take the step up on Sunday is the big unknown. Not a winning chance for us but a must include for trifectas and first fours 9) All Eyes On Us - Starts 16 - Wins 8 - Seconds 4 - Thirds 1  -  Stakes $148,660 Has only had six runs back from 15 months away from the track. Tracked Bling It On everywhere in the Hondo Grattan and couldn't take ground off him and although held up a touch in the Paleface Adios he didn't flatter once clear. Needed to draw close in to be a player for us and from barrier eight we can't see him playing a part. Not for us. 10) Messini - Starts 15 - Wins 15 - Seconds 8 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $271,916 This is a horse that if he had drawn better would have been right amongst it. Much bettor on the pace so worst possible draw for him but he will keep going when others are struggling. Great run in the Bonanza at Melton where he made up a huge amount of ground in a fast run race and then only went under by a neck to Bling It On in the Hondo Grattan after giving that horse the drag into the race. His only hope is that they go to war up front and if they do he is a chance to get some of it. 11) Alleluia - Starts 31 - Wins 9 - Seconds 10 - Thirds 3  -  Stakes $161,072  (Emerg 1 ) Going near enough in Queensland before coming to Sydney but his two runs since arriving have been below what he is capable of. First up he finished fifth in the Hondo Grattan before a very average eighth in the Paleface Adios. First ballot but if he did make it back into the field, we couldn't have him on form or draw. Not for us 12) Hector JayJay - Starts 34 - Wins 14 - Seconds - 7 - Thirds 5  -  Stakes $118,787 On the surface his last two runs have been excellent with a close second to Yankee Rockstar at Melton in the 4 year old Bonanza and another close second to Sky Major in the Paleface Adios. However in both runs he got a great sit close to pace from inside draws and that ain't going to happen on Sunday. If he had drawn in the first two or three he would have been a trifecta and first four player but from out at ten we struggle to see him playing a major role in this race Selections Three horses for us look to an edge in class over the rest and we have had great trouble seperating them. In the end we went for Isaiah by the merest of margins over Bling It On and Our Sky Major who we couldn't seperate. The run each receives could well determine the outcome of the race there is so little between them. For trifectas and first fours we would add in Messini, Yankee Rockstar and Iam Mr Brightside Harnesslink Media

We continue our previews of harness racings big day at Menangle Inter Dominion day on Sunday and this time the focus is on the three year olds in the New South Wales Derby.  New South Wales Derby 1) Hug The Wind - Starts 12 - Wins 5 - Seconds 5 - Thirds 1  -  Stakes $202,234 One real classy three year old who has the draw to dominate this race. Won his heat from the death seat in what was his first run for seven weeks so natural improvement makes him very hard to beat. Has real gate speed as he showed at Auckland on New Year's eve and the all round game to take advantage of his draw. Natalie is driving in super touch at the moment so this combination looks terribly hard to beat. 2) Kilcullen - Starts 10 - Wins 4 - Seconds 1 - Thirds 0  -  Stakes $48,173 Kilcullen has been disappointing in the main when lined up against the better three year olds. Kilcullen was poor in his heat of the Victorian Derby from barrier two and although he death seated for the last round in his Derby heat last Saturday, the first three got away on him the last bit. Doesn't look to get off the gate at all in his races so two draw is not a big positive Not for us. 3) Art Union - Starts 21 - Wins 12 - Seconds 5 - Thirds 1  -  Stakes $130,555 Was a touch down on his best in his heat last week in our opinion. At his best he would have won that heat from in front but was under pressure a fair way out. Does have an all round game and great trainer/driver combination in his corner so can turn it around. Hard to see him beating Hug The Wind but big chance to run the quinella and a must have for trifecta and first four takers. 4) Burnaholeinmypocket - Starts 9 - Wins 4 - Seconds 1 - Thirds 1  -  Stakes $29,252 (2nd Emerg) He had only had one run this season leading into his heat last Saturday night and he didn't do himself any favours by over racing badly through the first 800 metres. Never left the inner in getting home well for sixth in a fast run last quarter and hard to see how he could improve enough to be a player in this even if he made it back into the field from the ballot. Not for us. 5) Sluggem - Starts 6 - Wins 2 - Seconds 1 - Thirds  -  Stakes $15,898 Very inexperienced horse but does have a big future. Settled last in his heat and made ground stylishly late in the piece. Formerly with the All Star barn in New Zealand and showed plenty of ticker when winning for them at Auckland at Xmas time. Hasn't got the all round game yet to challenge a few here but will be running on. Outside first four player for us. 6) Lets Cut Loose - Starts 11 - Wins 2 - Seconds 4 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $18,854 He had nine starts in New Zealand before coming to Australia and none of them were in top three year old company which raises questions for us. He had the run of the race last week on Hug The Wind's back but couldn't stay with him in the straight after drawing barrier one which doesn't instill confidence either. Harder draw and field this week in the Derby means we struggle to see him as a major player. Not for us 7) Corporal Luna - Starts 15 - Wins 6 - Seconds 1 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $34,582 Built up a strong record in Queensland but was only ok in his Derby heat last Saturday night at Menangle. Didn't take advantage of his barrier draw of two and ended up four back on the inner and even though he ran home well in a quick last quarter, he was still a fair way from the winner. Stronger field and worst draw makes it mission impossible in our view. Not for us 8) Sporty Spook - Starts 17 - Wins 9 - Seconds 4 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $83,050 Showed blinding gate speed to lead from barrier nine last week but did badly check a horse coming across which the driver copped three weeks for. Fought on well when clear so plenty of merit in the run for us. Plenty of gate speed inside him in the Derby so not sure same strategy of burning the gate will work this week. First four chance if driven a bit more conservatively this week in our view. 9) Padrisimo - Starts 10 - Wins 6 - Seconds 2 - Thirds 0  -  Stakes $75,505 High class colt who has not had the ideal preparation for a gruelling 2400 metres. His run in the heats last Saturday night was his first for nine weeks and only his third in eleven months which makes it very hard to see him being a major player here. Should have improved bigtime with the run but too many questions remain in our view. Not for us 10) Ideal For Real - Starts 9 - Wins 4 - Seconds 1 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $52,185 Not the draw his connections would have been hoping for. Does pocess blinding speed if held up for one run as he showed in his Derby heat last Saturday night and in his heat of the Victorian Derby before that. Gavin Lang is just the man to get this American bred colt the run he needs but he is going to need Hug The Wind to have a run from hell to get him home over the top of that horse from barrier nine in our opinion. A winning chance and a must for quinella, trifecta and first four takers.  11) Aztec Bromac - Starts 8 - Wins 4 - Seconds 1 - Thirds 1  -  Stakes If this horse had drawn better he would be a huge trifecta and first four player. Won his Victoria Derby heat beating Ideal For Real before being flattened in the final. Pushed Hug The Wind for a long way in his heat and was well clear of the pack in second. Draw makes it hard but we have a lot of time for this horse. Definite trifecta and first four player even from the draw. 12) Spare Me Days - Starts 14 - Wins 6 - Seconds 0 - Thirds 5  -  Stakes $98,940 (1st Emerg) Picked a bad time in his Derby heat to run off on the last bend costing himself a couple of lengths which cost him his starting spot in the Derby. From the draw and on last weeks run, he would be up against it in our opinion if he did make it back into the field. Has a great overall record but not for us in this field  Selections Hard to go past Hug The Wind in one for us The danger is undoubtedly Ideal For Real This two look a wee bit better than the rest of the field on last weeks runs. The horses to make up the trifectas and first fours are Art Union, Sluggem, Sporty Spook and Aztec Bromac   Harnesslink Media    

One of the harness racing highlights for us at Menangle on Sunday's Inter Dominion Final day will be this years New South Wales Oaks which has drawn a really smart group of three year old fillies together. Form 700 New South Wales Oaks. 1) Delight Me - Starts 7 - Wins 6 - Seconds 1  -  Stakes $45,338 Already a big player before the draw, Delight Me is now the equal favourite in our view after drawing barrier one. Won her heat in the quickest time of the four held on Saturday night but did wander about a bit when clear in the last 100 metres which she won't want to do in the final Gavin Lang is a big plus on any horse and hard to see Delight Me anything but first or second on Sunday. 2) Rebel Diamond - Starts 16 - Wins 5 - Seconds 3 - Thirds 1  -  Stakes $49,930 The surprise package of the heats coming from barrier nine for a great second to Delightful Lana in good time. Hard to see her beating two or three here but the draw and Anthony Butt make her a realistic first four player. 3) Whitershadeofpale - Starts 7 - Wins 4 - Seconds 0 - Thirds - 1  -  Stakes $22,775 (Emerg 1) Nice enough run in her heat on Saturday where she followed Dexter and Delightful Lana but didn't do enough for us to make her a real player if she did get manage to get back into the field. Not for us 4) Lovelist - Starts - 11 - Wins 6 - Seconds 0 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $52,922 One of the best runs in the heats in our opinion when she drew wide and worked to the death in the heat against Fight For Glory and only got beaten by Read About Lexy for second in the last ten metres. Has had her runs spaced out this season and should have derived some real benefit from last Saturdays run. Comes into barrier three and why it is hard to see her winning, she is a real first four chance.  5) BB's Inspiration - Starts 8 - Wins 2 - Seconds 0 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $13,251 Sat four back on the inner in her heat and did run on well but she was in by far the slowest heat of the four run on the night. If she did make it back into the field it is hard to see her playing a major part in proceedings. Not for us  6) Makes Every Scents - Starts 12 - Wins 6 - Seconds 3 - Thirds 1  -  Stakes $101,240 Used from barrier 7 to lead on Saturday night but then threw out the anchors in front in what turned out to be the slowest heat of the four run. Sprinted home well but out on her feet the last bit and query about strength of heat. Tactial speed an advantage but appeals as a first four chance to us rather than a winning chance. 7) Butterfly Princess - Starts 23 - Wins 4 - Seconds 3 - Thirds 4  -  Stakes $36,655 Showed speed to lead from barrier six, set a sharp pace and then fought on well after appearing gone on the corner. She did set up the fastest heat of the four on the night but had a really hard run in the process. We think that it was her grand final performance just making it out of the heats. Not for us. 8) Smooth Showgirl - Starts 14 - Wins 3 - Seconds 3 - Thirds 1  -  Stakes $88,307 In her heat she dropped back to last from barrier nine and was still last at the 800 metres mark. She then got a lovely drag into the race via the three wide line and did finish the race off really well. Can't afford to get so far back this week as they won't come back to her like they did last week. Can't win on last weeks run but outside first four chance if she can stay handier. 9) Du Vella - Starts 12 - Wins 4 - Seconds 2 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $28,634 Big push for this filly from some pundits but we have yet to be fully convinced. She got a beautiful run  in her heat which was the weakest of the four in our opinion and even though the leader threw out the anchor at the 100 metres, Du Vella still only ran second. Two places further out this week at the barrier in a much stronger field means we can't see her winning this and only have her as a first four chance. 10) Delightful Lana - Starts 16 - Wins 8 - Seconds 2 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $101,724 Smart win in her heat but up against it from the draw this weekend but not completely out of it in our view. In her favour is the fact she can do work and still run those big sectionals at the end. Yet to be out of the money in ten starts at three in very strong fields so definite quinella and trifecta chance especially with one Dexter Dunn in the bike. 11) Fight For Glory - Starts 15 - Wins 6 - Seconds 6 - Thirds 0  -  Stakes $217,317 Was the most impressive heat winner by a margin in our opinion but the draw has evened up the contest with Delight Me. Fight For Glory ran home in 54.9 on Saturday night and Natalie didn't even pull the ear plus or the sliding blinds so you would think there was still plenty in the tank. Appears to be right in the zone at the moment and has an all round game so the draw while bad won't stop her being super competitive. 12) Read About Lexy - Starts 17 - Wins 7 - Seconds 5 - Thirds 4  -  Stakes $103,795 Not to sure what to make of her heat run, even now. Got a lovely run last Saturday and was well beaten by Fight For Glory but did fight doggedly for second. Take Fight For Glory out and she went fine so we think she is still a place prospect. Has only finished out of the first three once in seventeen starts so even from the ten hole has to be a first four player Selections A two horse war for us with Delight Me and Fight For Glory the two we couldn't separate. If anyone else is going to spoil the party and split these two in our view it will be Delightful Lana and after that there is a swag who you should consider for trifectas and first fours. We would include Rebel Diamond, Lovelist, Makes Every Scents, Du Vella and Read About Lexy Harnesslink Media

The Carnival of Cups rolls into Albury on Saturday night and Junee harness racing trainer Trevor White is hoping Hollywood Sign can continue on his winning way in the feature event – the Albury Cup.  Hollywood Sign has been in career best form since resuming, but White admits the gelding will have to keep on improving given the depth of the race. “I’ve been really happy with the way he has been going, but this is going to be his biggest test because it is open class and is over the 2570 metres,” White said. “I’ve won a couple of Wagga Cups, a Temora Cup and a Leeton Cup, but the Albury Cup is a race I haven’t been able to win. “I have gone close a couple of times, so hopefully that changes on Saturday night.” The son of Life Sign has won at Leeton, Temora, Junee and Canberra this preparation and White believes his last spell has been the key to his improvement. “Hollywood Sign has always had his fair share of ability, but he did have a good spell last time and I think that really strengthened him up,” White said. “If he races well on Saturday night then I will target the Wagga Cup and then he will have to travel back to Sydney and have a crack at the metropolitan races. “He has run a couple of good races at Menangle before, but he has just been pipped a couple of times down that long straight.” White will take several team members to the provincial meeting, including three-year-old filly Official Jasper. “Yeah she will go around in the String Of Pearls,” White said. “She is a nice filly, but I thought she may have finished her race off a bit better last week in a heat of the New South Wales Oaks.” “In saying that, it was her first go at Menangle and also her first go at the 2400 metres, so I’m expecting a better run on Saturday night despite the tough draw.” HRNSW Media

The annual Two-Year-Old Trialling Sale held at Tabcorp Park Menangle will be conducted this year after a strong show of support from within the harness racing industry.  Initially shelved by the promoter after the 2014 edition, a decision has been made to revive the concept and ensure its survival and sustainability into the future. “After considerable consultation with the industry’s kindred bodies and stakeholders, Harness Racing New South Wales has made a commitment to assist with conducting the trialling sale in 2015,” HRNSW Chief Executive Officer John Dumesny said. “The sale plays an important role within the industry and a number of horses sold at the trialling sale have gone onto compete and perform at the highest level, the tentative date for this year’s sale is Sunday, December 6.” The announcement is timely with the popular Australian Pacing Gold sale being conducted in Sydney on Saturday.  It provides yearling buyers with the opportunity to prepare the youngsters for the Trialling Sale later in the year. First conducted in 2011 with 35 entries, the numbers grew with 50 lots catalogued in 2014 including several trotters. Some of the successful graduates include: Iam Mr Brightside- trained by Kerryann Turner.  The son of Julius Caesar has paced a mile in 1:51.2 and won more than $135,000.  He won the Simpson Memorial as a three-year-old and will compete in this Sunday’s Chariots Of Fire at Tabcorp Park Menangle.  Chevals Charlie- trained by Colin McDowell.  Placed in a Group One as a two-year-old and the winner of more than $65,000, with seven victories and a best time of 1:56. Morior Invictus- trained by Michael Stanley.  The son of Shadow Play has won more than $40,000 and was the winner of the Group Three C.J Garrard Classic. Perfectly Written – trained by Shane Tritton.  The daughter of Sportswriter has won two of her three starts and paced 1:55.6 on debut.   HRNSW Media

Connections of talented pacer Mister Jay Cee are hoping he can change his family’s history in one of harness racing’s premier events. A well-bred gelding, Mister Jay Cee is engaged in Sunday’s Chariots Of Fire at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Despite drawing perfectly in barrier one, Mister Jay Cee is one of the outsiders for trainer Richard Baverstock. By Modert Art, the four-year-old is from Bettor By Far, making Mister Jay Cee a relative to Kept For Pleasure, Its My Pleasure and Nowtizku, which were all unplaced in the Group One. Kept For Pleasure finished sixth in the 2009 edition, followed by Its My Pleasure and Nowitzki, which finished seventh in 2011 and ’14. Thrilled with the draw, Baverstock feels Mister Jay Cee can upset a few of his rivals with the right run. “We are just rapt to make the Final,” Baverstock said. “He’s not quite up to the real top ones, but he goes well enough. “The biggest problem with him is he switches off in his races and drops the bit, which you can’t afford to do against this level. “If the penny drops with him he will be a lot better horse. “The draw has really helped and if he gets a good run along the pegs he may be able to sneak a placing.” PAUL COURTS

The World Driving Championship headed to Penrith tonight for three harness racing heats.  Penrith is a suburb and a major centre in the metropolitan area of Sydney.  Penrith is located 60 kilometres west of Sydney on the banks of the Nepean River.  The Penrith track is 804 metres in circumference.  New Zealand’s Dexter Dunn took a 39 point lead into the night over his nearest rival USA’s Tim Tetrick. Canada’s Jody Jamieson dominated the evening’s proceedings winning two heats but it was his patience that was rewarded in heat seventeen.  Driving the favourite, Strawberry Courage from gate one, he got buried on the marker pegs.  Showing a lot of skill to get away from the inside Jody Jamieson charged home over the top to beat Emerging Art and Finland’s Mika Forss.  Just Pit Boss and Dexter Dunn finished third with Diesel Shannon and Denmark’s Knud Monster fourth. Heat 17 Knud Monster brought up his second win of the Championship when he brought Midnight Lights with a well timed run to win heat eighteen but when Dexter Dunn held onto second placing driving Lombo Final Touch it all but sealed the Championship for New Zealand.  France’s Tony Le Beller weaved through to get third with Flying Crusa while Billion Smiles and Mika Forss finished fourth. Heat 18 Jody Jamieson made it a double when Katsidis charged home late to score a narrow victory in heat nineteen.  Katsidis raced behind the leader for most of the race but when Marquez started to tire, Jamieson was able to extricate away from the marker pegs and build race winning momentum.  Marshal Dale and Tony Le Beller was second.   Norway’s Vidar Hop was third driving Tralee Bromac and Satu for France’s Pierre Vercruysse grabbed fourth. Heat 19 So with one heat remaining in the Championship the point score is as follows   Name Point Score After 19 Heats Dexter Dunn 183 Tony Le Beller 140 Tim Tetrick 137 Mika Forss 135 Jody Jamieson 131 Knud Monster 120 Chris Alford 116 Pierre Vercryusse 112 Vidar Hop 91 Guillermo Adrover 89 Peter McMullen Australia (travelling Reserve) For all of the latest news and replays log onto https://Vimeo.com/channels/wdc15 While Dexter Dunn cannot be beaten in the Championship, four drivers are still in contention for second place.  Tony Le Beller, Tim Tetrick, Mika Forss and Jody Jamieson will battle it out to be the runner up. Australia’s travelling reserve Peter McMullen picked up a drive in a non Championship race at Penrith and went onto win the event. The drivers will spend the next two days resting and enjoying the sights of Sydney before returning to Menangle on Sunday for the final Championship heat.  Sunday’s race will be run at Gr. 2 level. Greg Hayes | Media Coordinator | Harness Racing New South Wales |

Following a review of the circumstances surrounding Race 3, the Bob Freeman Memorial Monte at Ballarat on 22 February 2015, Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) can confirm the error in failing to review the final 200 metres of the race prior to declaring all clear was attributable to human error. Chief Steward at the meeting Shane Larkins has accepted full responsibility for the error and has been counselled. Ln accordance with the terms of Mr Larkins employment contract appropriate action has been taken by HRV Management. In order to mitigate the risk of such a circumstance occurring in the future, HRV have made a procedural direction to Stewards in regard to all future Monté events, being that all clear is not to be confirmed until the final 200m of each race has been reviewed to ensure that no horse is in breach of Australian Rule of Harness Racing 331. Harness Racing Victoria

Injury has robbed one of harness racing’s premier events - the Great Southern Star - of its French group winner Used To Me. Tthe Anton Golina-trained stallion pulled up lame after impressively winning a trial at Menangle recently. The flashy chestnut stallion distanced his rivals as he carved out the mile trial in a slick 1.57.6, but was sore after the race and his  trainer’s worst fears were realized shortly afterwards. As such, Used To Me will miss the Group One at Tabcorp Park Melton on March 7. “Unfortunately Used To Me has pulled up with a strain to a ligament due to losing a shoe in his most recent trial win at Menangle, and on vet’s  advice, he will have to have 12 weeks to recover,” Golina said. “It's unfortunate as the horse trialled super with reinsman Luke Mcarthy saying he felt great and was just jogging.” Used To Me won several group races in France where he also stood at stud before relocating to Australia last year, where he has been preparing for the Great Southern Star at Golina’s Kemps Creek barn. He also served a small, but select, group of mares, including New Zealand Trotting Oaks winner Commander Jewel  (TR2.00.5. 10 wins, $61,000)  and the good winners I’m Ready Set (TR1.56.6, 10 wins $69,000), Speedy Naomi (TR2.03.9, 15 wins $77,000) and Another Player (TR2.03.9, 9 wins $62,000). Video link  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtshbO4cyI4 HRV Media

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) conducted an inquiry on Monday 23 February 2015 into results received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that Ipratropium was detected in the urine sample taken from Oneminutetodream following its win in race 5, the Mimosa Banks Stud Encouragement Stakes (2100 metres) conducted at Young on Tuesday 2 December 2014. The “B” sample was confirmed by Racing Analytical Services LTD (RASL) in Victoria. Mr Wilmot appeared at the inquiry. Evidence was tendered from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) and Racing Analytical Services LTD (RASL). Evidence was also presented by Mr Wilmot, the trainer of Oneminutetodream and HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Wainscott. Mr Wilmot pleaded guilty to a charge under Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4) for presenting his horse to race not free of a prohibited substance. Mr Wilmot was disqualified for a period of 6 months to commence immediately. In considering penalty, Stewards were mindful of the nature of the substance (Class 3), the guilty plea entered and personal subjective facts. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, Oneminutetodream was disqualified from the abovementioned race. Harness Racing New South Wales  

Exceptionally-bred filly Makes Every Scents will be out to emulate one of her mother’s feats when she competes at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday. A member of the powerful Belinda McCarthy stable, Makes Every Scents is engaged in the New South Wales Oaks, a feature her dam – Scent – captured in 1997. Prepared by astute horseman Peter Walsh, Scent caused an upset by scoring at 15/1, with Dougals Dream (16/1) and Concorde Lombo, the 6/4 favourite, filling the placings. Like her mum, Makes Every Scents will have to upstage the favourite, Delight Me, with McCarhty's husband, Luke, in the cart. Although successful in her heat last weekend, Makes Every Scents is considered a $12 chance after drawing six. The daughter of Four Starzzz Shark will slot into four with the removal of the emergencies. Also successful in her heat, Delight Me is listed at $2.20 from the pole, with New Zealand raider Fight For Glory the second elect at $2.50. Prepared by champion Kiwi horseman Mark Purdon, Fight For Glory will begin from gate nine. Referring to the Blue Riband as one of the strongest on record, McCarthy is confident Makes Every Scents can join her mother on the honour roll. “We are very happy with her and she is in perfect condition for this,” McCarthy said. “It’s a tremendous Oaks, with so many wonderful fillies engaged. “The draw is a little tricky, but with a touch of luck and the right run she will be right in the finish. “She went well in her heat and her work has been terrific this week.” PAUL COURTS

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The Australian Pacing Gold harness racing sales moved to Sydney today and when the dust had settled there was a lot of happy faces among the vendors and APG staff.. The overall average shot up a huge 23% on last year at $28,265 and while it is still early days post sale, the clearance rate was good at nearly 84%. The top colt for the sale was Lot 377 which was by Art Major from the former outstanding racemare Kept For Pleasure 1:56 ($ 542,343) and was knocked down to Jean Feiss for $130,000. Jean brought a Rock N Roll Heaven filly from Kept For Pleasure at last years Sydney APG sale. Named Mackenzie, she has been burning up the trial tracks in Canterbury in New Zealand recently for Mark Purdon and is reportedly on her way to Australia for the APG series. The top priced filly at the sale was lot 399, a Rock N Roll Heaven from the former champion racemare Make Mine Cullen 1:53 ($874,178) and she was knocked down to Pepper Tree Farm Breeding and Racing, also for $130,000.   Once again New Zealand buyers were out in force with Cran Dalgety outlaying $86,000 for Lot 306 and Mark Purdon who outlayed $90,000 for Lot 373 and $41,000 for Lot 414. The only other Kiwi buyer active on the day was Mark Jones who paid $45,000 for Lot 475.                                                           2014 Sale                                                               2015 Sale                                                    Overall average                              $22,979                                                                  $28,265 Colts average                                  $26,649                                                                  $32,942 Fillies average                                 $19,864                                                                 $22,077 Clearance rate                                 90.3%                                                                    83.89%   Sydney Sale Results Lot Sire Dam Sex Status Buyer Sales Price Reserve Make An Offer 282 Somebeachsomewhere Vertigal Filly Passed In   $25,000 $30,000 Make An Offer 283 Big Jim Vin Cere Gelding Passed In   $7,000 $17,000 Make An Offer 284 Courage Under Fire Vizzarri Filly Sold Bernie Hewitt $15,000     285 Rock N Roll Heaven Warrawee Flare CA Colt Sold Robert Brumm $26,000     286 Bettors Delight Weona Badgirl Colt Sold Paul Fitzpatrick $40,000     287 Badlands Hanover Weona Sassy Filly Sold Steve Johnson $16,000     288 Rocknroll Hanover Zenas Art NZ Filly Passed In   $16,000 $17,000 Make An Offer 289 Art Major Zenolas Gift NZ Filly Sold Luke McCarthy $14,000     290 Rocknroll Hanover African Dancer Colt Passed In   $30,000 $66,000 Make An Offer 291 Mach Three Alashell Filly Sold Robert Watson $25,000     292 Mach Three All Eyes On Me Filly Sold Luke McCarthy $35,000     293 Courage Under Fire All Fire N Ice NZ Colt Withdrawn         294 Art Major Angel Rainbow Filly Sold Jarrod Alchin $4,000     295 Art Major Appealing Colt Sold Kevin Hurst $20,000     296 Rocknroll Hanover Arterial Way Filly Sold Calcidon & Marian Micallef $20,000     297 Four Starzzz Shark Artesian Babe Filly Sold PAUL MORGAN $9,000     298 Rock N Roll Heaven As It Is In Heaven Colt Sold Barrie Rattray $17,000     299 Mr Feelgood Athletic River Colt Sold Pooba Govender $10,000     300 Somebeachsomewhere Atworthy Maid Filly Sold Ted & Elione Morton $12,000   Make An Offer 301 Roll With Joe Baltic Fire NZ Colt Passed In   $37,500 $40,000 Make An Offer 302 Rock N Roll Heaven Baltic Wings NZ Colt Passed In   $12,000 $18,000 Make An Offer 303 Real Desire Beach Rendezvous Filly Passed In   $14,000 $15,000 Make An Offer 304 Rocknroll Hanover Beautiful Drive Colt Withdrawn         305 Changeover Behappysam NZ Filly Sold Robert Brumm $30,000     306 Somebeachsomewhere Bella Shine Colt Sold Cran Dalgety $86,000     307 Well Said Bendall Rose Colt Sold Andy Gath $35,000     308 Sportswriter Benevolent Filly Sold Robert Brumm $32,000     309 Somebeachsomewhere Betapic Filly Withdrawn         310 Rock N Roll Heaven Better Motoring NZ Colt Sold AD Investments Pty Ltd $20,000     311 Rock N Roll Heaven Bettorthanyou Colt Sold Meagan Lang $42,000     312 Somebeachsomewhere Blue Confession Filly Sold Marc Hanover & Gordon Banks $30,000     313 Mach Three Boldandbeautiful Filly Sold Maxfield Standardbreds Tasmania Pty Ltd $35,000     314 Art Major Bonnie Bay Castle Colt Sold Michael Muscat $55,000     315 Rock N Roll Heaven Bonnie Mahoney Filly Withdrawn         316 For A Reason Bovalai Colt Passed In   $7,500 $8,000 Make An Offer 317 Art Major Bullaroon Belle Colt Sold Ray Davis $13,000     318 Rocknroll Hanover Bye Rate Filly Sold Ann Tapp $18,000     319 Courage Under Fire Bylong Bele Filly Passed In   $20,000 $50,000 Make An Offer 320 Mach Three Caribbean Sunset Colt Sold Reg Turner $18,000     321 Roll With Joe Cassino Woman NZ Filly Sold SHANNON HOFFMANN $10,000     322 Rocknroll Hanover Clontarf Lady Colt Sold Mick Lew $23,000     323 Art Major Crazy Pocket Filly Passed In   $12,000 $15,000 Make An Offer 324 Art Major Cruiser Franco NZ Filly Sold Paul Fitzpatrick $63,000     325 Sportswriter Cunning Kate Filly Withdrawn         326 Somebeachsomewhere Dance of Life Colt Sold Glenn Holland $30,000     327 Courage Under Fire Daring Class Colt Sold We Us And Co $20,000     328 Mach Three Deadly Woman Colt Sold Maurice Mondolo $50,000     329 American Ideal Demi Plie Filly Passed In   $12,000 $17,000 Make An Offer 330 Rock N Roll Heaven Desperatehousewife Filly Sold Kriden Investments Pty Ltd $25,000     331 Courage Under Fire Duel Castle Colt Sold Larry Eastman $30,000     332 Art Major Dundrennan NZ Colt Withdrawn         333 Mach Three Elizabeth Kelly Filly Sold Ian Gurney $18,000     334 Somebeachsomewhere Eloquent Babe Colt Sold Jamie Kirk $50,000     335 Changeover Equus Franco NZ Filly Sold Nathan Jack $25,000     336 Mach Three Esther Jane Filly Sold Paul Fitzpatrick $20,000     337 Mach Three Eutropia Colt Sold Liam O'Connor $60,000     338 Rock N Roll Heaven Faye Kelly Filly Sold Watson, Robert $21,000     339 Roll With Joe Final Patrol NZ Filly Sold Theo Papadopoulos $9,000     340 Somebeachsomewhere Flair For Life Filly Sold Belinda McCarthy $42,000     341 American Ideal For Dear Life Colt Sold Ian Gurney $62,000     342 Well Said Formalize Filly Sold Allen Parmenter $18,000     343 Rock N Roll Heaven Full Pleasure Colt Sold Colin Dixon $40,000     344 Rocknroll Hanover Gamblers Daughter Filly Passed In   $15,000 $17,000 Make An Offer 345 Rock N Roll Heaven Gee R We There Yet NZ Colt Sold Robert Watson $26,000     346 Bettors Delight Gemmia Filly Sold Michael Muscat $33,000     347 Mach Three Glenferrie Diva NZ Colt Sold Dean York $32,500     348 Bettors Delight Glenferrie Elect NZ Colt Sold Raboki Pty Ltd $50,000     349 Changeover Glenferrie Miss Colt Sold Barry Cooper $31,000     350 Rocknroll Hanover Gloria Lombo Colt Sold Campbell Advisory Pacing Pty Ltd $20,000     351 Artsplace Go Right Babe Colt Sold Grant Fuller $24,000     352 Christian Cullen Gorgeous Guest NZ Filly Passed In   $17,500 $25,000 Make An Offer 353 Mach Three Halcyon Franco NZ Colt Sold Peter Gavin $42,500     354 Art Major Hay Sharon Colt Sold Mark Purdon $22,000     355 Rocknroll Hanover Headline Franco NZ Colt Sold Daniel Cordina $17,500     356 Courage Under Fire Hidden Gem Colt Sold AD Investments Pty Ltd $27,000     357 Rock N Roll Heaven Holme Safely Colt Sold Mark Thompson $11,000     358 Modern Art Holy Gal Filly Sold KTC Bloodstock $16,000     359 Shadow Play Im Insatiable NZ Filly Sold Norm Jerrick $20,000     360 Rocknroll Hanover Glenferrie Inn Filly Sold Troy Mee $10,000     361 Rocknroll Hanover Into The Fire NZ Colt Passed In   $18,000 $20,000 Make An Offer 362 Art Major Intrude Filly Sold Geoff Webster $55,000     363 Big Jim Irish Luck NZ Filly Sold Robert Brumm $9,000     364 Major In Art Its Jetsetgo NZ Colt Sold David Brown $14,000     365 Art Major Itsoktobeclassy Filly Sold We Us And Co $12,000     366 Julius Caesar Ivana Franco NZ Colt Sold Michael Muscat $23,000     367 Always A Virgin Jamin Filly Sold Ann Tapp $18,000     368 Art Official Jape NZ Filly Sold Kerry Hedges $4,000     369 Shadow Play Jilliby Deejay Filly Sold Grant Charlwood $16,000     370 Courage Under Fire Jordan Franco NZ Filly Sold Rod Drew $10,000     371 Rock N Roll Heaven Jovial Lass NZ Filly Passed In   $12,000 $15,000 Make An Offer 372 Mach Three Just Del Colt Sold Glenn Holland $45,000     373 Art Major Kalypso Colt Sold Mark Purdon $90,000     374 Mr Feelgood Kay Dee Hanover Filly Passed In   $13,000 $14,000 Make An Offer 375 Gotta Go Cullect Keep No Secrets Colt Sold David Druitt $6,000     376 Rock N Roll Heaven Keppel Bay Colt Sold Levarg Racing Group $46,000     377 Art Major Kept For Pleasure Colt Sold Jean Feiss $130,000     378 Roll With Joe Kirrilee Joy Colt Sold Shirley Bazley $24,000     379 Mach Three Kit Star NZ Colt Sold Barrie Rattray $21,000     380 Modern Art Kitty Maguire NZ Colt Withdrawn         381 Sportswriter La Bella Rufus NZ Filly Sold Josh Aiken $12,000     382 Stonebridge Regal La Litote Filly Sold Rayngold Pty Ltd $9,000     383 Well Said La Promesse Colt Sold Alix Khouiss $27,500     384 Somebeachsomewhere Lady Euthenia Colt Sold Allied Express Transport Pty Ltd $75,000     385 Big Jim Lasnicks Lass Colt Withdrawn         386 Art Major Last Sundancer Filly Withdrawn         387 Rocknroll Hanover Leila Rainbow Filly Sold Matthew Harding $11,000     388 Rock N Roll Heaven Lets Thank Heaven Colt Sold Maxfield Standardbreds Tasmania Pty Ltd $55,000     389 Roll With Joe Lifes Destiny Filly Withdrawn         390 Rock N Roll Heaven Lillydale Colt Sold Glenn Holland $25,000     391 Somebeachsomewhere Lincoln Room USA Colt Sold   $15,000     392 Rocknroll Hanover Lively Number Colt Sold Colin Watts $25,000     393 Rocknroll Hanover Lombo La Fe Fe Colt Sold Allied Express Transport Pty Ltd $45,000     394 Village Jasper Lombo La Shelly Colt Sold Brett Cotterill $13,000     395 Mach Three Lourdes Filly Sold Lynda Mellsop $36,000     396 Bettors Delight Glenferrie Magic NZ Colt Sold Robert Brumm $30,000     397 Mach Three Magic Maddy Lombo Filly Sold Ray Sellwood $35,000     398 Bettors Delight Mainland Banner NZ Colt Sold Campbell Advisory Pacing Pty Ltd $71,000     399 Rock N Roll Heaven Make Mine Cullen Filly Sold Pepper Tree Farm Breeding And Racing $130,000     400 Big Jim Marvellous Franco NZ Colt Sold Peter Gavin $22,000     401 Always A Virgin Mateship Miss Colt Sold Bruce Andrews $9,000     402 Christian Cullen Meljoy Colt Sold Sytka Pty Ltd $48,000     403 Ifihadyourluck Meredith Castle Filly Sold Geoff Barnes $8,000     404 Roll With Joe Miss Hazel Colt Sold Blake Fitzpatrick $50,000     405 Rock N Roll Heaven Missflite Filly Sold Campbell Advisory Pacing Pty Ltd $13,000     406 Somebeachsomewhere Modern Day Colt Sold Matthew Harding $35,000     407 Rock N Roll Heaven Muscle Beach Colt Sold Daniel Hewitt $20,000     408 Rock N Roll Heaven My Exotic Lover NZ Colt Sold John Starr $40,000     409 Art Major My Pacific Rainbow Filly Sold Tim Hoskinson $12,000     410 Mach Three Natuzzi NZ Filly Sold Cindy Rixon $13,000     411 Roll With Joe Never More Colt Sold Matthew Harding $15,000     412 Modern Art New York Score NZ Colt Withdrawn         413 Art Major Next Flight Liz Filly Sold Douglas Johnston $30,000     414 Bettors Delight Nightshade Franco NZ Filly Sold Mark Purdon $41,000     415 Rocknroll Hanover Noplacelikeholme Colt Sold Michael Moloney $17,000     416 Art Major Nothin Bettor Filly Sold Alex Smith $15,000     417 Courage Under Fire Nykea Jane Colt Sold Michael Muscat $9,000     418 Art Official Ocean Spur NZ Colt Sold Shannon Hoffmann $30,000     419 Mach Three Oh Eye See Filly Sold Jason Bussenschutt $50,000     420 Four Starzzz Shark Onassis Legacy Colt Sold Pooba Govender $13,000     421 Blissfull Hall Onedins Pocketgirl NZ Filly Passed In   $10,000 $15,000 Make An Offer 422 Julius Caesar Only In Dreams Filly Sold Julie Billinger $8,000     423 Art Major Only When I Laugh NZ Colt Sold Geoff Webster $21,000     424 Rock N Roll Heaven Our Ice Ice Baby CA Filly Sold Adam,Benjamin & Terry Cormack $30,000     425 For A Reason Our Suicide Blonde NZ Filly Withdrawn         426 Rock N Roll Heaven Parisian Melodee Filly Sold Julie Billinger $8,000     427 Sportswriter Petousa Filly Sold Wayne Honan $20,000     428 Always A Virgin Platinum Sign Filly Withdrawn         429 Western Ideal Precious Delight CA Colt Sold Maxfield Standardbreds Tasmania Pty Ltd $36,000     430 For A Reason Pretty Inpink Colt Sold Luke McCarthy $12,000     431 Somebeachsomewhere Protikori Filly Sold Adam,Benjamin & Terry Cormack $19,000     432 Courage Under Fire Quiet Talker Colt Sold Marcus Panton $26,000     433 Changeover Racquel Franco NZ Filly Sold Mark Thompson $22,000     434 Big Jim Red Hot Mumma Filly Sold Ann Tapp $23,000     435 Four Starzzz Shark Red River Swinger Filly Withdrawn         436 Rocknroll Hanover Regal Rainbow Filly Sold Robert Brumm $6,000     437 Somebeachsomewhere Reggae Miss Colt Sold Laspina Trabucco & Co Pty Ltd $50,000     438 Art Major Resolution Babe Colt Sold Mentally Stable Ltd $32,000     439 Somebeachsomewhere River Valley Romance NZ Filly Withdrawn         440 Rocknroll Hanover Roma Art Colt Sold Ray Davis $10,000     441 Mach Three Rosalind Colt Sold Athol Bennett $33,000     442 Rock N Roll Heaven Rosie Rose Colt Passed In   $18,000 $18,000 Make An Offer 443 Art Major Rossangel Gold Filly Passed In   $8,000 $18,000 Make An Offer 444 Artistic Fella Royale Albertina Colt Sold Jarrod Alchin $8,000     445 Courage Under Fire Ruffle My Feathers Filly Sold Redbank Lodge Standardbreds $10,000     446 Bettors Delight Runaround Rhonda NZ Colt Sold John McCarthy $85,000     447 Rocknroll Hanover Safely Susan Colt Sold Shannon Hoffmann $18,000     448 Rock N Roll Heaven Salix Colt Sold Michael Formosa $26,000     449 Rock N Roll Heaven Same Action Filly Sold Barry Cooper $11,000     450 Sportswriter Sassy Street Filly Withdrawn         451 Mach Three Glenferrie Serenade NZ Filly Sold Robert Morris $12,000     452 Rock N Roll Heaven Serene Angel Filly Passed In   $12,000   Make An Offer 453 Roll With Joe Serene Star Filly Passed In   $10,000 $18,000 Make An Offer 454 Rocknroll Hanover Seshny Bromac NZ Colt Passed In   $21,000 $22,000 Make An Offer 455 Roll With Joe Shark Filly Sold Christie Rothwell $8,000     456 Somebeachsomewhere She Aint Fakin Colt Sold   $26,000     457 Rocknroll Hanover Shoutaloud Colt Sold R.E.D. Harness Racing Pty Ltd $47,000     458 Rocknroll Hanover Silver Tail Lady Filly Sold Rachel Weaver $17,000     459 Courage Under Fire Sky Rainbow Colt Sold Jarrod Alchin $8,000     460 Mach Three Snug Harbor NZ Colt Sold Raboki Pty Ltd $45,000     461 Rocknroll Hanover Solataire Colt Sold Terry Cluse $50,000     462 Courage Under Fire Sounds Alive NZ Colt Sold Josh Powderly $11,000     463 Sportswriter Special Ball NZ Filly Passed In   $16,000 $27,000 Make An Offer 464 For A Reason Steda Dreams Colt Passed In   $6,000 $6,000 Make An Offer 465 Art Major Straight Left NZ Filly Sold Trevor O'Reilly $12,000     466 Sportswriter Strike Line Colt Sold Robert Brumm $28,000     467 Major In Art Sunopal Filly Passed In   $9,000 $12,000 Make An Offer 468 Bettors Delight Tactical Attraction NZ Colt Passed In   $22,000 $22,000 Make An Offer 469 Four Starzzz Shark Take a Hint NZ Colt Withdrawn         470 Courage Under Fire Talk Safely NZ Colt Sold Kevin Hurst $30,000     471 Mr Feelgood Tallaringa Drive Colt Withdrawn         472 Courage Under Fire Tears To Maple Colt Sold Andy Gath $18,000     473 Mach Three The Baggy Green Colt Sold Five Arrows Syndicate $30,000     474 Rock N Roll Heaven The Checkout Chic Colt Passed In   $17,500 $20,000 Make An Offer 475 Art Major The Crystal Star NZ Filly Sold Mark Jones Harness Racing Stable $45,000     476 Art Major The Kindly One Colt Sold Steve Thompson $44,000     477 Four Starzzz Shark The Magic Of Life Filly Withdrawn         478 Rock N Roll Heaven Timeltell Colt Withdrawn         479 Courage Under Fire To Die With Dignity NZ Colt Passed In   $14,000 $20,000 Make An Offer 480 Always A Virgin Touch Of Jerry Filly Passed In   $6,000 $7,000 Make An Offer 481 Roll With Joe Trudee Filly Sold Robert Brumm $20,000                                                 2015 Clearance Rate 83.89%             2015 Sales Average $28,265                               2015 Colts Clearance Rate 88.66%             2015 Colts Average $32,942                               2015 Fillies Clearance Rate 79.27%             2015 Fillies Average $22,077                                                 2014 Clearance Rate 89.74%             2014 Sales Average $23,000                               2014 Colts Clearance Rate 91.03%             2014 Colts Average $26,049                               2014 Fillies Clearance Rate 88.46%             2014 Fillies Average         $19,862  
The leading sires from North America, Australia and New Zealand are strongly represented in the catalogue for the 2015 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale to be held at the Bathurst Showground on Sunday, March 22. The 208 lots listed are the progeny of 57 different stallions. Art Major, Australia’s leading juvenile sire for the last four years, has five entries, while Bettor’s Delight, the premier overall sire in Australia, NZ and America in 2014, will be represented by two lots. Other Top Ten sires in Mach Three (2), Courage Under Fire (6), Modern Art (5), Grinfromeartoear (3) and Blissfull Hall (3) have progeny in the sale. Somebeachsomewhere, the premier sire of three-year-olds in North America in 2014, has four entries, while Sportswriter, Australia’s leading first-crop sire last year, has six and his Pepper Tree Farm studmates Always A Virgin and Rock N Roll Heaven have nine and five respectively. Rocknroll Hanover, the leading USA sire in 2012 and runner-up last year, has three entries in the sale. Other established stallions represented include Four Starzzz Shark (7 lots), Presidential Ball (3), Artistic Fella (3), Badlands Hanover (3), Life Sign (2), American Ideal (1) and Armbro Operative (1). The stallion with the largest draft is former USA 2YO Colt of the Year Major Art with 14, followed by Passmaster Hanover (12), Flightpath (10) and Always A Virgin and Million Dollar Cam with nine each. Sires represented by their first crop are former USA 3YO of the Year Roll With Joe (9 lots), NSW trained champion For A Reason (8), Shadyshark Hanover (3), USA and Canadian 2YO of the Year Big Jim (2) and the American classic winners Gothic Dream and If I Can Dream one apiece. For a copy of the catalogue send an email to graemeboard56@gmail.com Catalogues are also available from the Bathurst Harness Racing Club. Pedigrees can be downloaded from the website www.graemeboard.com  Click on the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale link. By Peter Wharton
In addition to the 16 horses in Sunday's TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion being housed in the HRNSW Retention Facility, HRNSW has assigned security personnel on all mares engaged in the Group One Cordina Chicken Farms Ladyship Mile. Australia's feature mares' race will be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday. The security personnel were in position at 10am on Saturday morning and will remain with the mares until they are presented on course by 11.55am on Sunday. HRNSW's objective in the use of this strategy is to provide a level playing field for all runners under its regulation and control. It follows on from last year when Inter Dominion runners were housed in the Retention Barn at Tabcorp Park Menangle while security was placed on every runner in the Chariots Of Fire. Further Integrity Strategies - 3pm Saturday, 28 February 2015 HRNSW has further enhanced its Integrity Strategies for races being conducted at TABCORP PARK Menangle tomorrow, Sunday 1 March 2015. Below is a breakdown of the Integrity Strategies undertaken by HRNSW: TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion : All horses are in the Retention Facility from 11am, Friday 27 February 2015 until being transferred to the raceday stalls Cordina Chicken Farms Ladyship Mile (Group 1) - All horses have been under HRNSW appointed security personnel supervision since 10am, Saturday 28 February 2015. FORM 700 NSW Oaks (Group 1), Camarda & Cantrill NSW Derby (Group 1) & FORM 700 Chariots of Fire (Group 1) - All horses have been under HRNSW appointed security personnel supervision since 3pm, Saturday 28 February 2015. In addition to the security personnel being employed, HRNSW Stewards and Veterinarians have been conducting stable inspections and collecting samples from runners engaged in tomorrow's meeting. "What HRNSW has rolled out in the last 30 hours is a large operation, involving not only HRNSW Integrity staff but 30 security personnel." HRNSW Chief Operating Officer Reid Sanders said. "Operations like this take strategic planning and a considerable effort from HRNSW staff." "These measures have been put in place to ensure that horses competing on Australasia's biggest harness racing day do so on a level playing field. We want to further enhance confidence in NSW harness racing and reaffirm that we are leaders in integrity strategies." The Inter Dominion 2015 is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 31 racing clubs across the State. HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government. To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: Reid Sanders Chief Operating Officer (02) 9722 6600 rsanders@hrnsw.com.au                   Greg Hayes | Media Coordinator | Harness Racing New South Wales |   22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200   T: 02 9722 6677| F: 02 85805792 | E: ghayes@hrnsw.com.au| W: www.harnessmediacentre.com.au          
Harness racings big day on Sunday at Menangle features several great clashes and we thought we would preview them all this week with a runner by runner assessment First up is the Ladyship Mile. 1) Frith - Starts 40 -  Wins 30 - Seconds 6 -Thirds 2  -  Stakes $819,572 Frith is surprisingly only having her third lifetime start over a mile, all of which have been at Menangle with her best time to date being 1:53 We are not convinced the one draw suits her that much as say two or three as there is plenty of gate speed outside Frith and she may end up getting crossed at the start. She is a great stayer but hasn't had a run for a month so question marks remain about her race fitness but her class will take her a long way. One of Adore Me's two biggest  threats. 2) Pas Ultimate Delight - Starts - 41 - Wins 12 - Seconds 4 - Thirds 6  -  Stakes $134,411 Has continued to improve since coming to Australia but this still looks a bit rich at this stage.  Does have a best time of 1:52.3 and from her draw of two we think Lauren will make a serious play for the front early but we are of the opinion Pas Ultimate Delight is better driven with a sit and we give her an outside first  four chance if she is driven like that. 3) Dynamite Denn Nee - Starts 90 - Wins 17 - Seconds 15 - Thirds 12 - Stakes $181,628  (2nd Emrg) Has been in good touch lately including a second to Frith two starts back so probably unlucky to be on the ballot but is unlikely to get a start. Rough first four player if she did. 4) Beauty Secret - Starts 54 - Wins 24 - Seconds - 9 - Thirds 4  -  Stakes $ 393,451 Will come into barrier three if there are no scratchings and from there she is a real danger to the two favourites.  Has real gate speed if Gavin Lang wants to use it and can also run a big half if held up as she showed in the Robin Dundee on Miracle Mile night where she brushed home in 54 flat in front. Has the all round game to trouble the two favourites and with Gavin in the bike you just know he will give her the run that she needs. 5) Major Foxy Styx - Starts - 24 - Wins 11 - Seconds 4 - Thirds - 1  -  Stakes $197,830  Has built up a great record in Perth and stamped that form with a win in the Ladyship Cup at Melton on Hunter Cup night beating amongst others Beauty Secret.  However  she did get a dream run that night and even with the mercurial Luke McCarthy in the bike we can't see her winning the race on Sunday with the three favourites having a class edge but she is still a definite first four player for us. 6) Tact Hayleys Delight - Starts 72 - Wins 11 - Seconds 15 - Thirds - 6  -  Stakes $160,016 In career best form at the moment but from the draw we think she has a hard job to get some of this. We think she will have to go back from the draw and try to have one run at them late in the race but we can't see her rolling over the top of  the favourites and for us she is an outside place chance at best. 7) Laterron - Starts 82 - Wins 16 - Seconds 16 - Thirds 11  -  Stakes $173,515 - ( 1st Emer ) Produced a great run when a handy fourth to Adore Me in the Brian Hancock Cup on Saturday night and her connections must feel slightly aggrieved to be on the ballot.  Laterron has beaten Elusive Chick home the last three times they have met and that combined with the run in the Brian Hancock Cup should have seen her make the field. Great place chance if she gains re-entry into the field. 8) Courageousnquick - Starts 42 - Wins 16 - Seconds 6 - Thirds 4  -  Stakes $204,352 Quality mare who has just had two runs back from a spell but the draw has negated her biggest asset which is her blinding gate speed. We still think that Anthony Butt will press the go button early and if she happened to get the front she would present all kind of problems for Frith. Definite place chance if "Ants" can work his magic early 9) Rathmore Lady - Starts 76 - Wins 17 - Seconds 19 - Thirds 8  -  Stakes $147,976  On her day a very handy mare but is inconsistent and can throw the toys out of the cot every now and again. On her best behaviour she would be a rough first four chance but the draw and the quality of the field leads us to think she has a mountain to climb.  Not for us. 10) Pemberton Shard - Starts 55 - Wins 11 - Seconds 7 - Thirds 11  -  Stakes $212 997 If there is a smokey in this years race then Pemberton Shard is it for us. A mile is maybe a touch short of her best but she is a super tough mare who needs the speed on and that's exactly what she will get on Sunday. Has struggled to cope with Adore Me in New Zealand but then again who hasn't  and has gone some great races in behind her in mares races. Dexter Dunn in the bike is a big plus and she is a big first four player for us. 11) Elusive Chick - Starts 57 - Wins 13 - Seconds 11 - Thirds 11  -  Stakes $389,147 A high quality mare who was in good form earlier in the season but whose form has tapered off badly with her only placing in her last six starts a win in a five horse field just before Xmas. Throw in the draw for a mare who likes to race on the speed and we struggle to see her running in four. Not for us. 12) Adore Me - Starts 34 - Wins 25 - Seconds 4 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $1,503,429  A great racemare who has the same visitors draw as she had last year when she was beaten. The field this year is stronger in our opinion but Adore Me has gone to another level this season as well. This year the All Stars team have arrived earlier and given her a run leading into the race which is all a positive in our book. The change of driver took us by surprise a bit but Natalie has been in unbelievable form this season in New Zealand and the change is a plus not a minus in our view. Clear first pick for us even from the draw. Selections Adore Me is a clear first pick for us In the end we couldn't separate Frith and Beauty Secret for second even if logic said Frith Others to throw into multiples include Courageousnquick, Pemberton Shard, Major Foxy Styx and if you are going a bit wider Tact Hayleys Delight. Harnesslink Media
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