Day At The Track
Leonard Cain, harness racing

Massive week for Cain

Talk about a good week. Harness racing's rising Queensland star Leonard Cain has had a week to remember, both on and off the race track. It started last Sunday night at the Racing Queensland Awards function in Brisbane at Moda Portside when he was crowned the co-winner of the Young Achiever of the Year. The award is sponsored by generous harness racing benefactors Kevin and Kay Seymour and the prize is a trip to North America to spend time working and learning under the watchful eye of outstanding horseman and former Australian Ross Croghan in New Jersey. And then the good fortune continued throughout the week at the track. Cain was successful at every TAB meeting staged in the south east of the state culminating with his victory in the $15,540 Rising Stars Championship Final at Albion Park last night (Saturday). Tuesday – Albion Park – Bodhi Tree ($3.70) Wednesday – Redcliffe – Modern Thought ($3.90) Thursday – Redcliffe – Chang Mai ($75.70) Friday – Albion Park – Likeallofus ($5) Saturday – Albion Park – Bodhi Tree ($2.10) In total, Cain took 16 drives for 5 victories and one minor placing. “It’s been an incredible week and it’s something I’m very proud of, I can’t thank the owners and trainers who supported me.” Cain said. The 18-year-old was also booked for a number of drives at the non-TAB Marburg meeting today (Sunday) before the abandonment owing to the inclement weather. His tally for the 2017/18 season now sits at 14 wins which has him 8th in the state drivers premiership while he also ranks 4th in the concession drivers premiership. The victory behind the Peter Greig trained Bodhi Tree elevated him to 5th in the metropolitan drivers’ standings. In his opening season (2016/17), Cain landed 55 winners from 535 drives and therefore created a new record by a Queensland driver for most wins in a maiden term. The previous record belonged to Brittany Graham at 40. Hoofnote – Narissa McMullen was the co-winner of the Young Achiever of the Year award. Chris Barsby

Shepparton Magistrates’ Court

Race fixing accused faced court

Four alleged race fixers could face up to 10 years in prison for a crime that netted only a few grand. Mark Ryan Pitt, Amanda Turnbull, Lisa Carol Bartley and Nathan Jack faced Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday for their alleged involvement in a crime that rocked the Victorian harness racing community. The four accused came to court for what was scheduled to be a committal mention, but due to complications in how the case progressed from previous mentions it did not proceed. Court documents obtained by The News showed how the group allegedly gamed the racing and betting system for minor financial gain. The crime was allegedly committed at Cobram Harness Racing Club on June 22, 2015, when Airbournemagic won the fourth race of the day. It paid off for the people that backed the horse thanks to its good odds from the bookies. According to the charges, Airbournemagic was allegedly at the stables of Amanda Turnbull, a highly-regarded trainer, and Nathan Jack, an experienced reinsman. But the details given to Harness Racing Victoria stated that Airbournemagic was at the stables of another person. This person’s name has been suppressed by the court. Due to the incorrect information that was allegedly given to Harness Racing Victoria, this increased the odds given by betting agencies. When Nathan Jack took to the track with his horse Tooram Lad, he allegedly allowed Airbournemagic, which was close behind him for much of the race, to win. According to the charges Nathan Jack was ‘‘overtly and continually looking behind his shoulder’’ at Airbournemagic, which was driven by Mark Pitt for much of the race. According to previous reports, it was this behaviour that initially raised the suspicions of race officials. Watch this race here Amanda Turnbull allegedly got a family member to place a bet on the race, which paid off with winnings of $2236.23. Lisa Bartley, who allegedly helped with the training of Airbournemagic along with Nathan Jack, also allegedly won $2274.24 on a winning bet on the race. Many of the charges face maximum sentences of 10 years in prison. No pleas have yet been entered and the case will next face Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on November 27. By Barclay White Reprinted with permission of the Shepparton News

Jayden Brewin, harness racing

Brewin to represent SA at drivers championship

Promising South Australian harness racing driver Jayden Brewin will represent South Australia at the Garrard’s 2017 Australasian Young Drivers Championship to be held in Brisbane in December 2017. After completing a successful placement with a leading Western Australian stable, Jayden is in outstanding form and primed to represent South Australia.  The best young drivers from Australasia will compete over a number of race meetings commencing at Redcliffe on 13 December. The series then moves to Albion Park on 15 December with the final heats coinciding with the Queensland Summer Carnival at Albion Park on 16 December. HRSA congratulates Jayden on his nomination and wish him every success with the series. More information John Lewis Phone 0417 855 300

Nathan Jack, harness racing

Hearing set for drivers on race-fixing charges

Four harness racing drivers accused of race-fixing will face a hearing next month. Nathan Jack, Mark Pitt, Amanda Turnbull and Lisa Bartley all fronted Shepparaton Magistrates Court on Thursday. Their individuals cases were adjourned for hearing on November 27. It comes over a year since the quartet were arrested at Melton and charged with engaging in conduct that corrupts a betting outcome. Reprinted with permission of The Daily Advertiser

Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have labelled the smart The Odd Lover and prolific-winning mare Dodolicious as star bets on Friday night’s 10-event harness racing card at Gloucester Park. The feature event on a fantastic night of pacing is the $50,000 Mount Eden Sprint (1730m) where 10 Inter Dominion-bound horses will do battle over the sprint trip for serious cash and valuable ranking points but most Guild members have looked elsewhere to find their best on an action-packed night of pacing. Leading tipster Stuart Lowe, TABradio’s race caller Matt McDermott and TABradio’s announcer Matt Young all believe The Odd Lover will prove the testing material in the night’s only stand. Lowe summed up the thoughts of his colleagues when he said The Odd Lover only needed to step well for his class to shine through. “My best bet is The Odd Lover who has won or been second at 19 of 21 lifetime starts,” Lowe said. “He galloped away off 10m last start but was still able to win in a smart 2.01 mile rate after a big last half.” Lowe’s value bet is Glow Bright. “Glow Bright broke through for a long overdue win three starts ago,” he said. “Unplaced at two subsequent runs, but finished close up each time. Better drawn here and should have each-way claims.” McDermott believes Beaudiene Beach Babe can break her maiden status in the eighth race. “This filly was a good trial winner leading throughout at Bunbury and sprinting strongly over the last few sectionals,” he said. “Unfortunately, things didn't go to plan first-up at Wagin but she can bounce back with the right run here.” Young’s roughie is Jay Jays Jet in the last. “Jay Jays Jet has been consistent and this race looks to be even enough that he can overcome the draw,” he said. “He is down in grade on recent efforts and I think he could be a genuine knockout chance at big odds.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, veteran tipster Bill Brindley and Guild president Wayne Currall are all keen on Dodolicious. Manning spoke for all when he said Dodolicious had established an outstanding career record and looked hard to beat in an event restricted to mares. “The five-year-old, who has won 18 races and run nine places from 31 starts, showed exceptional ability from the time she was winning two-year-old features,” Manning said. “She then proved her class by winning a NSW Oaks heat and finishing second in the final. Trainer Skye Bond has freshened the mare since her winning hat-trick in Gloucester Park 2130m races last month and her preparation appears ideally timed for the Group 1 Mares Classic in December.” Manning has opted for Star Of Bethany as his value selection.  “Star Of Bethany, having her first race for trainer Kevin Keys, is expected to take advantage of gate one and champion reinsman Chris Lewis could attempt an all-the-way win,” he said. “The filly displayed talent when she ran third as favourite in a GP event last April. Next start she finished fourth after striking interference in a Sales Classic. Keys has had considerable success with young pacers.” Brindley, who is also a big fan of The Odd Lover and Sarah Goody, likes Bebrave in the last event on an each-way basis. “In a race where there’s not much exposed form I thought Bebrave could run a cheeky race at odds,” he said. Currall is hoping the speedy Bhagwan can make the most of his rails draw and attempt an all-the-way victory in the fifth race. “Old Bhagwan hasn’t saluted for more than a year, but his recent form hasn’t been too bad,” he said. “With Colin Brown in the bike he should get a comfortable lead and give them something to chase.” On-course announcer Ken Casellas has opted for Soho Chelsea as his best bet. “Soho Chelsea has struck a purple patch for Hopeland trainer Glenn Elliott and the five-year-old has excellent prospects of recording his 13th win on Friday night,” Casellas said. “He is my star bet for what promises to be a really competitive night of harness racing. Elliott should enjoy a quinella result, with Soho Wall Street strongly favoured to finish second to his stablemate. Gary Hall Jr has given punters a good lead by opting to drive Soho Chelsea in preference to Soho Wall Street.” Casellas likes Mach Time on an each-way basis in the sixth race. “Mach Time gets his chance to break through for an overdue victory after five placings from his past six starts,” he said. “Mach Time raced without cover early before enjoying a perfect trail, one-out and one-back, when a fighting second to the pacemaker Rycroft last Friday night.” Longshot maestro Pat Harding is keen on Soho Tribeca in the feature event. “The highlight for me on a great night of pacing is the Mount Eden Sprint and I have nominated Soho Tribeca as my best bet,” Harding said. “I am sure that Kim Prentice will take advantage of gate three and bounce the horse to the front. Chicago Bull is obviously a serious challenger but he could get hemmed in.” Harding, like McDermott, fancies Beaudiene Beach Babe. “From gate five five, trainer-driver Justin Prentice should be able to work her into a favourable position,” he said. “It could top off a good night for the Prentice family.” To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Good punting. Wayne Currall

Winona Award - Proudly Sponsored by IRT Amarillen (Fake Left – Nellirama) has been voted the 2017 Australian Broodmare of the Year. Owned by Anthony Caruana, the progeny of Amarillen had a phenomenal year on the track, highlighted by star fillies, Miss Graceland, who won the Group 1 Nevele R Stud Victoria Oaks Final, and Nostra Beach, the winner of the Group 1 Australian Pacing Gold 2 Year Old Fillies Final. Both of these fillies were bred by the late Rick Hinds and his wife Naomi. Overall, Amarillen is the dam of 9 foals of racing age, of which 8 are winners. Amazingly, the only non-winner of racing age is Pixel Perfect, who was runner up in the 2017 Australian Broodmare of the Year voting. In the 2016/2017 season, Amarillen produced three winners for a total of 13 wins, 8 placings and $367,460 in stakemoney, as listed below: 2016/2017 Record: 3 winners 13 wins 8 placings $367,460 HIS MAKERS MARK 1 win 1 placing $5,040 MISS GRACELAND 8 wins 4 placings $167,120 07/04/17    NEVELE R STUD VICTORIA OAKS FINAL (G1)         G1      P       TABCORP PARK MELTON NOSTRA BEACH 4 wins 3 placings $195,300 06/05/17   AUST PACING GOLD (2YO FILLIES) FINAL (G1)       G1      P        TABCORP PARK MELTON   OVERALL BREEDING RECORD AMARILLEN (S7000068) bm 2000, by Fake Left USA 1:51.4MS from Nellirama by Panorama USA 1:53.4MS from Nellie Robins 2:01.3MS by Telemon Hanover USA 1:53.6MS. Breeder: P F Barker & C G Robins & B M Robins,Tas 21.09.05 brg VILLAGEM (S7050042) 2,2:03.8MS;3,1:57.6MS;1:52.1MS $626,585 by Village Jasper USA, P F Barker, C G Robins, B M Robins, Tas 14.10.06 bf PIXEL PERFECT (S7060007) by Art Major USA 08.10.07 brf CODIE KARALTA (S7070022) 2,2:00.6MS;3,2:02.1MS $31,533 by Jennas Beach Boy USA, F R Barker, P F Barker, Tas 09.10.08 bg BIG ZEE (S7080010) 3,1:58.7MS;1:55.1MS $54,227 by Art Major USA 23.10.09 bf LETTUCEGGSCAPE (S7090035) 3,2:05.3MS $2,520 by Artiscape USA 18.10.10 bbrf MANELLIRA (S7100038) 2,1:56.9MS $97,625 by Art Major USA 2011 (Slipped) by Art Major USA 05.10.12 bg HIS MAKERS MARK (S7120161) 2,1:58.3MS $17,678 by Art Major USA 28.09.13 bf MISS GRACELAND (S7130060) 2,1:59.3MS;3,1:55.7MS $196,643 by Rocknroll Hanover USA, R G Hinds, N J Hinds, Tas 10.10.14 bf NOSTRA BEACH(S7140113) 2,1:53.5MS $196,300 by Somebeachsomewhere USA 19.10.15 bbrf (S7150036) by Sportswriter USA 2016 (Missed) by Art Major USA

Ace harness racing trainer-reinsman Kim Prentice has a high opinion of his lightly-raced six-year-old The Odd Lover and he is confident the stallion will take another step towards qualifying for a start in the rich TABtouch Inter Dominion championship series by winning the Soho Standardbreds Handicap over 2503m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Odd Lover has recovered fully from serious suspensory ligament damage which kept him on the sidelines for 14 months and should notch his second win from his second start on his comeback trail by proving too talented for his rivals in Friday night’s stand in which he will start off the 20m mark. He resumed in style last Friday week when he galloped out off 10m before dashing forward and taking the lead after a lap. He relished his pacemaking role and sprinted brilliantly over the final quarters in 28.1sec. and 27.9sec. to win by more than five lengths from Assassinator. “He was also entered for the Mount Eden Sprint, but I thought he needed one more run in lesser company before he goes and tackles the better class horses to see if he’s worth a spot in the Inters,” Prentice said. “He missed a little bit (at the start) at his first-up run, which he doesn’t normally do. So, he’ll be getting a fair bit of practice in the next couple of days. His first-up run sharpened him up and he’s really come to the party. I’m very happy with him.” The Odd Lover should be able to beat last-start winners Three Blind Mice, Fifth Edition and Always Arjay as well as Assassinator and Tommy Be Good, whose recent efforts have been very good. Assassinator, a recent edition to the Ross Olivieri stable, raced wide early and then without cover when a well-beaten last-start second to The Odd Lover. He will be driven by Chris Voak. Lewis, who last drove Assassinator 31 starts ago for a nose victory in a stand at Gloucester Park in August 2016, will be in the sulky behind the Barry Howlett-trained Three Blind Mice, who impressed first-up with a strong all-the-way win in a 2100m mobile event at Bunbury last Saturday week. Ken Casellas

Promising filly Beaudiene Beach Babe has suffered no ill-effects from being severely checked and breaking into a fierce gallop in a race at Wagin last Saturday night and Boyanup harness racing trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice is confident she will bounce back and fight out the finish of the AMF Ceiling Tiles Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Beaudiene Beach Babe will start from barrier five in the 2130m event restricted to three-year-old fillies. She is one of three Prentice-trained runners in the race, with Our Major Mama to be driven by Tom Buchanan from barrier four and Somersby to be handled by Gary Hall Jnr from the No. 6 barrier. Beaudiene Beach Babe was favourite at 7/4 on when she reappeared after an absence of six months in a 2180m event at Wagin on Saturday night. She did not handle the track at all well, but after being well back in the field, some 15 lengths behind the runaway pacemaker Reacher in the middle stages, she looked a strong winning chance when she forged forward in the back straight in the final circuit. She was in third place on the pegs, following Speed Man when that pacer broke in front of her with about 350m to travel. She galloped badly and finished seventh in a field of seven, 99 metres behind the winner, Reacher. “She was going roughly and didn’t handle the Wagin track at all,” Prentice said. “She’s still green and is still learning. I think she will be a nice filly, but will probably take a bit of time to learn what it is all about. “She was going to run first or second at Wagin until she got knocked over. I didn’t realise how tight the bends are at Wagin and she didn’t handle them that well. Hopefully, she handles Gloucester Park better. She was fine at her only other race start, at Gloucester Park early last April (when she raced in the breeze and finished fourth behind Ella Gant Player. She’s also fine at home.” Prentice said that Our Major Mama was capable of a strong first-up showing. “She is working well and seems to be a bit stronger this time than she was when she had five starts for three placings as a two-year-old,” he said. Somersby enjoyed an ideal passage behind the pacemaker before running on to win at her debut, at Pinjarra three starts ago. She set the pace before wilting to fifth behind Ladys Are Ideal at Pinjarra last Monday week. “Somersby is a bit behind Beaudiene Beach Girl and Our Major Mama and is drawn the worst as well,” Prentice said. Ken Casellas

Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr has prepared five of the past 15 winners of the Mount Eden Sprint and he has high hopes that two of his harness racing stable stars will fight out the finish of the Group 2 $50,000 Perth Plasterboard Centre feature event over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He will be represented by the New Zealand-bred trio of Chicago Bull, Ohoka Punter and Run Oneover and is finding it difficult to separate Chicago Bull and Ohoka Punter as the stable’s best winning chance. Star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr will stick with superstar Chicago Bull and young reinsman Stuart McDonald has been engaged to drive eight-year-old Ohoka Punter, who is favourably drawn at barrier No. 2 on the front line in a top-class field of ten. Ohoka Punter will be having his first start for five months and has not been produced at trials, while five-year-old Chicago Bull will be having his eighth start in his current preparation. Both are leading candidates for the rich TABtouch Inter Dominion championship which will get underway with the first set of qualifying heats on November 24. Asked for his thoughts on the race, Hall Snr said: “I’d say that if Ohoka Punter leads, he should win. I also reckon he’s a definite chance in the Inters. I like the horse a lot. He lacks a little bit of point-to-point speed, but he’s very strong. “Chicago Bull also will perform very well. He’s got a few options as the only runner off the back line.” Hall also has a lot of respect for the Kim Prentice-trained Soho Tribeca, who will start from barrier three. “Chicago Bull has never beaten Soho Tribeca when he (Soho Tribeca) has drawn better --- or vice-versa,” he said. “I don’t think there’s much between them. Soho Tribeca is probably a better stayer, but Chicago Bull’s point-to-point speed is better. “Nathan Turvey will drive Run Oneover and he’ll go back from barrier five. We’re trying to teach him to settle in his races.” Run Oneover also drew barrier five in last year’s Mount Eden Sprint (which was surprisingly run over 2130m). He enjoyed the one-out, one-back trail and ran on to take a very narrow lead 60m from the post before finishing a close second to the pacemaker and 5/4 on favourite Libertybelle Midfrew. McDonald is excited at the prospect of driving Ohoka Punter for the first time in a race. “I’m very much looking forward to the experience,” he said. “He’s a very good horse and I’m thankful for Senior (Hall Snr) for asking the owners to agree to having me drive the horse. I have had plenty of trackwork drives on him and he’s working super.” Ohoka Punter, a striking stallion who will boost his earnings past the $1 million mark if he is successful on Friday night, has been sparingly raced, with his 56 starts producing 25 wins and 23 placings. He has had a spell since finishing a close third behind Heez On Fire and Run Oneover at Gloucester Park on May 19.         An attack of colic, followed by a lung infection, forced Ohoka Punter to miss the Inter Dominion championship series late last year. Soho Tribeca’s has resumed after a short spell in dazzling form and he will have many admirers. At his most recent appearance, last Friday week, he settled down in ninth position and moved to seventh at the bell before sustaining a powerful three-wide burst to finish a head second to the frontrunning Shandale over 2130m when the final three quarters whizzed by in 28.5sec., 27.4sec. and 28.7sec. “I think that was the best I’ve had a horse perform for me,” said Prentice. “I was so proud of him. He really surprised me how close he got; he wasn’t entitled to get that close. “This week it will be tough from barrier three. He most likely will be in the breeze outside Ohoka Punter, with Chicago Bull on our back.  If My Hard Copy holds the lead from the inside barrier, I can see myself being three wide for the trip. So, I hope that doesn’t happen. “His main aim is the Inter Dominion and he is still getting worked towards that.” Shandale, trained by Mike Reed and driven by Shannon Suvaljko, will start from the No. 4 barrier and faces a stern test. The five-year-old stallion was outstanding at his latest appearance when he was checked early, took the lead after 400m, set a bold pace and won narrowly from Soho Tribeca, with Chicago Bull in third placed. “Shandale’s previous trainer spoke to Mike Reed and said that he considered that was the horse’s best win,” Suvaljko said. “However, I think Shandale will get better. I reckon he’s still only about 75 per cent and I’m sure he will get fitter and harder. “He has shown his liking for 1730m, having won twice, rating 1.53.8 and 1.53.7, after racing in the breeze,” he said. Shandale also won over 1730m, rating 1.54.7 at his West Australian debut and has yet to be beaten over this distance. “This looks his biggest test so far,” Suvaljko said. “We’ve got a couple of options. We don’t have to go forward; we can just slot in.” Suvaljko has won the Mount Eden Sprint behind the Tony Svilicich-trained Real Life in 2010 and the Reed-trained Libertybelle Midfrew last year. Clint Hall, who drove Run Oneover when second in last year’s event, hopes to go one better this year when he drives dual WA Pacing Cup winner My Hard Copy from the prized No. 1 barrier. He was in the sulky when My Hard Copy flew home from eighth at the bell to be a neck second to Waylade in the Mount Eden Sprint in November 2015. My Hard Copy has not raced since September 22 when he started from the No. 1 barrier and was in front for the first 400m before handing up the lead to Americanbootscoota in the 2130m Navy Cup. He fought on gamely when third to Chicago Bull and Americanbootscoota. Ken Casellas

Herne Hill trainer Kevin Keys declares that four-year-old Sarah Goody has become more tractable and he is full of confidence she will make a successful return to harness racing after a spell when she contests the third heat of the Perth Plasterboard Centre Canning Vale Preux Chevalier Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. As a two and three-year-old Sarah Goody impressed with nine wins and six seconds from 24 starts, despite a tendency to race erratically at times. She showed her class as a three-year-old earlier this year with seconds to Maczaffair in the Daintys Daughter Classic and WA Oaks and a win in the Group 3 Westsired Pace. “She kept improving and that was the good part about her last time in when she surprised me a couple of times when she did things wrong and still got home very good,” Keys said. “I hope she has matured. She seems as though she has. What I do like about her is that she can sit off high speed and still duck home. The quicker they go, the better she likes it. I’ve put a bigger shadow roll on her because she seems to be looking at something on the inside of the track and her trackwork has been very good. She hasn’t looked like doing anything wrong. “On Friday night I think she will cross to the front and dictate. I’m very happy with her and I’m sure that whatever she does she’ll improve on. Then again, I’m not producing her underdone and I expect her to go very good.” Chris Lewis has given punters a good lead by choosing to drive Sarah Goody in preference to the consistent Sea Me Smile, who is prepared by his wife Debra. Sea Me Smile has been placed at each of her past four starts at Gloucester Park and boasts a record of 86 starts for 11 wins and 31 placings for $138,279 in stakes. She will start from barrier two on the back line with Clint Hall in the sulky. Adding interest to the race will be the return of the Robbie Williams-trained Dame Puissant, who will be making her first appearance for just over five months. A winner at nine of her 36 starts, she will start from the inside of the back line. Ken Casellas

From the producers of such star titles as Lennytheshark and Hectorjayjay comes an intriguing tale of a stayer named like a sprinter, and a harness racing gelding named like a colt. Airing exclusively at Swan Hill live on Saturday night, it’s Thereal Usain Colt in the Group 3 3SH Swan Hill Pacing Cup. Trained by Aiken Racing, the former Kiwi takes his place in the opening leg of the Trots Country Cups Championship and, with champion reinsman Gavin ‘the Iceman’ Lang in the sulky, a forward showing looks assured. David Aiken, who spearheads the Avenel operation responsible for last weekend’s Allied Express Victoria Cup champion Lennytheshark, says Thereal Usain Colt will improve on whatever he does this weekend. “He’ll get better as he goes along but he’s the perfect country cups horse,” the master horseman told Trots Media. “In New Zealand he’s raced against the likes of Have Faith In Me and I’ve been really happy with what he’s done at home since we’ve had him.” Championship success is a key aim for Thereal Usain Colt, with $25,000 to the trainer and connections of the Trots Country leader at season’s end (the Championship ends with the running of the Horsham on April 22). However, Aiken isn’t ruling out Thereal Usain Colt shooting for Summer of Glory success with the Hunter Cup the obvious target. “We’ll wait and see how he goes between now and then,” Aiken said. Punters jumped on Thereal Usain Colt early this week for Swan Hill, his fixed odds tightening from $3.8 into $2.9 with TAB.com.au. Multiple metro winner Egodan is second-favourite for ‘Rocket’ Rod Petroff, while Young Modern is on the next line of betting for the commanding Emma Stewart/Chris ‘the Puppet’ Alford combination. Messini is $8 fixed odds, the seven-year-old having returned in good nick this this prep for Brent Lilley and Anthony Butt, while popular mare Milly Perez is also single-fire odds for Larry Eastman and John ‘JJ’ Caldow. 3SH Swan Hill Cup night is one of the most popular meetings on the trots calendar and the club is going all out to deliver patrons a night to remember. “We’ve got loads of activities for kids, live music and roving entertainment, plus the always popular pony trots,” Swan Hill secretary Marnya Watson said. “You’ve got to see these pony trots kids in their colours and the cute ponies, it’s a great spectacle. “We’ve also got a punters’ club again and if you pre-book a ticket in that at our website (www.swanhilltrots.com.au) you will go into the draw to win one of two massive $200 betting vouchers on the night courtesy of TAB.com.au. “We’ve got a panel of pros running the punters’ club and they’ll give you a great shot at turning your $20 per ticket into a profit.” As has been the case in recent years at Swan Hill the club is once again embracing its role as a community supporter, giving away $10,000 in cash to community groups on the night. Five community groups will benefit from the random draws. “It’s a way of giving something back to our community and highlighting that the trots is a caring industry and we’re all for supporting deserving groups and being an active community player,” Ms Watson said. The club will feature on a 3SH live broadcast at the Community Tree (the main street) between 10am and 3pm tomorrow (Friday), with free passes to Cup night up for grabs. “We’d love to see local people come down and say hello and we’ll be giving away tickets to Cup Night,” Ms Watson said. For bookings and more details visit www.swanhilltrots.com.au Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

History was created last Sunday at Luxbet Park in Hobart when Shadow Storm and Rohan Hillier flew up the Roberts Bridgewater Sprint Lane to become the first harness racing combination to win. It was only the second meeting that the sprint lane had been in operation since being reintroduced. The previous sprint lane was removed from the Royal Hobart Showgrounds in the early 90’s. One of our newly adopted locals, Destreos was inducted into the Queensland Harness Racing Hall of Fame on Sunday evening. Known around Ken Rattray’s stables as “Dexter”, the star pacer has brought a lot of positive social media attention to the local racing scene and is only four wins away from reaching a century of wins. Like last week, a number of races in Launceston on Sunday are heats into finals for the horses that will be driven by Australia’s best drivers on Yabby Dam Racing Australian Drivers Championship night in Hobart on October 28. The Stars Ricky Duggan – drove two smart pacers to victory on Sunday in Hobart. His first win was aboard the well-supported debutante Streitkid for trainer Paul Hill. Duggan then partnered up with Juanita McKenzie to win with Jaks Teller. Mark Yole – was rewarded with a win on Fernco Bobby G, who has been racing very well of late. Ken Rattray – broke through for his first win since relocating back to Tasmania with Tuxedo Max in Devonport on Friday. Ben Yole – once again dominated the weekend with six winners across the two meetings held in the state. Black Booker Flying Wingard This Badlands Hanover entire was having his first start in the state since crossing Bass Straight to join the stables of Marc Butler. After drawing outside the front line driver Kristy Grant restrained the pacer back to the tail of the field. With a number of horses failing to improve theirposition over the final lap. Grant had to pull Flying Wingard out seven wide turning for home and the pacer let down with a fast finishing burst to finish in third position. Watch the replay here Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Devonport on Friday. Jeans Mattjesty 58.74, Im Born To Rule 59.30, Liv Lavish 59.56, Hafter 59.59, Heza Rummage 59.65. Hobart on Sunday. Devendra 56.10, The Dip 56.52, Fernco Bobby G 56.60. Outside of race six; Our Pacquiao 57.46, Flying Wingard and Full Speed Ahead 57.76. View all Tasmanian sectional data here. Trial File Hobart on Sunday Thatswhatshesaid was able to lead all the way to win the trial prior to Sunday’s race meeting. The Taylor Ford driven mare recorded a time of 2:00.0 for the 1609 metre trial. Watch the trial win here. Carrick Park on Monday Promising three-year-old Semowillrev made light work of his 3C0/C0 trial when he led all the way to win by a big margin in a mile rate of 2:01.2 for the 2150-metre event. Other trial winners from the session were Jane Grant (2:08.8) and Buster William (2:04.4). Week Ahead Without a doubt the headline race in Launceston this Sunday will be the Impress Print Stakes which features Tasmania’s best pacers at present. Destreos is still searching for his first win in Tasmania and will no doubt be more suited to the mobile start conditions as will Devendra who recorded the quickest last half mile of the meeting in Hobart last Sunday. Fernco Bobby G who won the discretionary in Hobart last Sunday has come up with barrier two, while Dapper Dana and Im Born To Rule who are both racing well without winning coming up with barriers one and three respectively. The Steve Davis trained Modern Ruler is first up since May and has not been seen at the trials this campaign. The race is set down to be run at 20:33, with the first of nine races to get underway at 17:48. Meanwhile one of the states Inter Dominion hopefuls Pachacuti will line up in a free-for-all at Menangle on Saturday Evening. Last season’s Tasmanian Horse of the Year has been transferred to the Sydney stables of James Rattray. Rattray has been enjoying a great run of success in recent weeks including a training double on Tuesday at Menangle with Tasmanian owned, Glenenise (1:53.6) and Tasmanian bred and owned, Rykov Leis (1:51.9). Also on Saturday evening Tasmanian owned and bred Resurgent Spirit will be chasing his first win in Victoria when he lines up in the $30,000 Swan Hill Cup. If the emergency fails to gain a start the winner of over $194,000 will start from the pole position. He will be driven by former Tasmanian Alex Ashwood. Duncan Dornauf

THE forgotten star of Australasian open-class racing Ohoka Punter returns to racing on Friday night. And he’s drawn to run a heck of a race. Now with Gary Hall Sr in Perth, Ohoka Punter has gate two in a very strong $50,000 Mount Eden Sprint (1730m) at Gloucester Park. It is Ohoka Punter’s first start since a third at Gloucester Park on May 19. And it’s only his fifth start in the past year because of niggling injuries, including the most recent quarter-crack. But Hall Sr is thrilled with Ohoka Punter’s progress and tipping a bold showing despite the calibre of opposition. Key rivals are headed by his glamour stablemate Chicago Bull, the lone back row runner, along with Soho Tribeca (three), My Hard Copy (one) and Shandale (four). “I think he’s going better than he ever has since he came to me a year ago,” Hall Sr said. “I was never completely happy with him last time in work. “If he leads, I think he’ll be very, very hard to beat, He’s forward enough to win it. “I actually can’t believe he’s drifted so much in Inter Dominion markets. I still think he’s right there as one of the main contenders.” Hall Sr’s focus will be split between Ohoka Punter, Chicago Bull and to a lesser extent the headstrong and enigmatic Run Oneover. “If Ohoka Punter found the front, he’d be the one to beat. If not, Chicago Bull would be,” he said. “I can’t believe the criticism around Chicago Bull’s run last time. He made three runs. It’s not Inter Dominion time yet, he’s not full wound-up. “I think that run has improved him. His work says so. The record around my track in 1min56.3sec by Im Themightyquinn and Chicago Bull went close at 1min57sec this week. “If he gets a good trail through and the pace is on … look out.” My Hard Copy, now trained at Chris and Debbie Lewis’ property by Hall Sr’s son, Clinton, must be considered from the pole. And Soho Tribeca and Shandale are the emerging local Inter Dominion forces. Shandale won a stirring slugfest over Soho Tribeca and Chicago Bull two weeks back, but the draws present a harder challenge this week. “Put it this way, we’re going to know a heck of a lot more about the pecking order for the locals going towards the Inter Dominion after this Friday’s race,” Hall Sr said. Adam Hamilton

Midnight Montana and Campbell Best handed young reinsman Tom Ison his first winning double for the season last Friday night at the Tamworth harness racing meeting. Ison drove the double for the Richard Williams stables and kicked the juggernaut off in the Global Bloodstock Pace with Midnight Montana. As the field settled down, Ison made the right race move when he switched Midnight Montana to the inside running line to be placed three back. Springfield Cruise led the field with Mitrhys Magic in on the leader’s back. When Mitrhys Magic pulled out to make his run in the back straight on the final occasion Midnight Montana gave chase and went on to claim his 14th career win with a 22.2 metre-win over Mitrhys Magic and Captain Charge Over another 17.8 metres away third. Campbell Best then notched his first career win at start 10 in the John’s Auto Service Pace. “How good is this,” smirked Ison after the breakthrough win of the Cammibest-Drink For Free gelding. “We just winged it in the race. There was no plan. He was just strong, big and tough. He will turn into a nice little horse and he has had some pretty good form coming into the race.” And for trainer Richard Williams the night also heralded his first training double after turning professional last season and taking his chances with a move from Queensland to make Tamworth his home. “I’ve had a few doubles as a driver but not as a trainer but in saying that, I have now turned full-time so it was bound to happen,” Williams said. Both horses have been nominated for this Friday’s night harness meeting at Tamworth and Williams will be looking for their draws when the fields are released. Midnight Montana is nominated in the $10,000 Club Menangle Country Series heats which could see the eight-year-old have his next start at Menangle in the final. “He has had 170 race starts but he is still winning races and running good times,” Williams said. Campbell Best was also a pleasing result for the stables for the night. “That was a big thrill – he has never done anything wrong in his other starts but the penny has finally dropped as far as racing goes with him now,” WIlliams said. “We were wrapped. That win meant a lot.” Campbell Best will be looking for a favourable barrier draw in the JC Caffyn Indigenous Heats on Friday night. “Our stables are a team effort and Tom just put the icing on the cake for us with his driving,” Williams added. Reprinted with permission of The Northern Daily Leader

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards commenced an Inquiry today into a report received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory that Xylometazoline was detected in the blood sample taken from WAKE UP QUINN following its win in race 8, the PARKES FURNITURE ONE PACE (2040 metres) conducted at Parkes on Sunday 6 August 2017. The “B” sample was confirmed by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria. Ms Amanda Coffee appeared at the Inquiry and was represented by solicitor Mr Glenn Walters. Ms Coffee provided evidence regarding her training establishment and husbandry practices. Evidence was also presented to the Inquiry by Ms Sharon Coffee and HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Martin Wainscott. Certificates of Analysis were also presented in evidence. Ms A. Coffee pleaded guilty to a charge issued pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 190 (1), (2) & (4) as stated: AHRR 190.  (1) A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. (2)  If a horse is presented for a race otherwise than in accordance with sub rule (1) the trainer of the horse is guilty of an offence…. (4)  An offence under sub rule (2) or sub rule (3) is committed regardless of the circumstances in which the prohibited substance came to be present in or on the horse. Following an application made on behalf of Ms A. Coffee, the Inquiry was adjourned with respect to the matter of penalty until a date to be fixed. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, WAKE UP QUINN was disqualified from the abovementioned race. Michael Prentice - Integrity Manager   (02) 9722 6600 - mprentice@hrnsw.com.au Grant Adams - Chairman of Stewards (02) 9722 6628 - gadams@hrnsw.com.au

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Talk about a good week. Harness racing's rising Queensland star Leonard Cain has had a week to remember, both on and off the race track. It started last Sunday night at the Racing Queensland Awards function in Brisbane at Moda Portside when he was crowned the co-winner of the Young Achiever of the Year. The award is sponsored by generous harness racing benefactors Kevin and Kay Seymour and the prize is a trip to North America to spend time working and learning under the watchful eye of outstanding horseman and former Australian Ross Croghan in New Jersey. And then the good fortune continued throughout the week at the track. Cain was successful at every TAB meeting staged in the south east of the state culminating with his victory in the $15,540 Rising Stars Championship Final at Albion Park last night (Saturday). Tuesday – Albion Park – Bodhi Tree ($3.70) Wednesday – Redcliffe – Modern Thought ($3.90) Thursday – Redcliffe – Chang Mai ($75.70) Friday – Albion Park – Likeallofus ($5) Saturday – Albion Park – Bodhi Tree ($2.10) In total, Cain took 16 drives for 5 victories and one minor placing. “It’s been an incredible week and it’s something I’m very proud of, I can’t thank the owners and trainers who supported me.” Cain said. The 18-year-old was also booked for a number of drives at the non-TAB Marburg meeting today (Sunday) before the abandonment owing to the inclement weather. His tally for the 2017/18 season now sits at 14 wins which has him 8th in the state drivers premiership while he also ranks 4th in the concession drivers premiership. The victory behind the Peter Greig trained Bodhi Tree elevated him to 5th in the metropolitan drivers’ standings. In his opening season (2016/17), Cain landed 55 winners from 535 drives and therefore created a new record by a Queensland driver for most wins in a maiden term. The previous record belonged to Brittany Graham at 40. Hoofnote – Narissa McMullen was the co-winner of the Young Achiever of the Year award. Chris Barsby
Four alleged race fixers could face up to 10 years in prison for a crime that netted only a few grand. Mark Ryan Pitt, Amanda Turnbull, Lisa Carol Bartley and Nathan Jack faced Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday for their alleged involvement in a crime that rocked the Victorian harness racing community. The four accused came to court for what was scheduled to be a committal mention, but due to complications in how the case progressed from previous mentions it did not proceed. Court documents obtained by The News showed how the group allegedly gamed the racing and betting system for minor financial gain. The crime was allegedly committed at Cobram Harness Racing Club on June 22, 2015, when Airbournemagic won the fourth race of the day. It paid off for the people that backed the horse thanks to its good odds from the bookies. According to the charges, Airbournemagic was allegedly at the stables of Amanda Turnbull, a highly-regarded trainer, and Nathan Jack, an experienced reinsman. But the details given to Harness Racing Victoria stated that Airbournemagic was at the stables of another person. This person’s name has been suppressed by the court. Due to the incorrect information that was allegedly given to Harness Racing Victoria, this increased the odds given by betting agencies. When Nathan Jack took to the track with his horse Tooram Lad, he allegedly allowed Airbournemagic, which was close behind him for much of the race, to win. According to the charges Nathan Jack was ‘‘overtly and continually looking behind his shoulder’’ at Airbournemagic, which was driven by Mark Pitt for much of the race. According to previous reports, it was this behaviour that initially raised the suspicions of race officials. Watch this race here Amanda Turnbull allegedly got a family member to place a bet on the race, which paid off with winnings of $2236.23. Lisa Bartley, who allegedly helped with the training of Airbournemagic along with Nathan Jack, also allegedly won $2274.24 on a winning bet on the race. Many of the charges face maximum sentences of 10 years in prison. No pleas have yet been entered and the case will next face Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on November 27. By Barclay White Reprinted with permission of the Shepparton News
Promising South Australian harness racing driver Jayden Brewin will represent South Australia at the Garrard’s 2017 Australasian Young Drivers Championship to be held in Brisbane in December 2017. After completing a successful placement with a leading Western Australian stable, Jayden is in outstanding form and primed to represent South Australia.  The best young drivers from Australasia will compete over a number of race meetings commencing at Redcliffe on 13 December. The series then moves to Albion Park on 15 December with the final heats coinciding with the Queensland Summer Carnival at Albion Park on 16 December. HRSA congratulates Jayden on his nomination and wish him every success with the series. More information John Lewis Phone 0417 855 300
Four harness racing drivers accused of race-fixing will face a hearing next month. Nathan Jack, Mark Pitt, Amanda Turnbull and Lisa Bartley all fronted Shepparaton Magistrates Court on Thursday. Their individuals cases were adjourned for hearing on November 27. It comes over a year since the quartet were arrested at Melton and charged with engaging in conduct that corrupts a betting outcome. Reprinted with permission of The Daily Advertiser
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