Day At The Track
Lochinvar Art, Harness racing

Injury ends Arty's tilt at Miracle Mile

Kialla trainer David Moran says he feels a mix of disappointment and relief following the decision to withdraw Lochinvar Art from his pursuit of the Miracle Mile. The star entire had been the talk of the harness racing world as he fought to overcome a hoof injury in time to win his place in the feature on March 6. Lochinvar Art was required to trial at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night and pass veterinary checks before being considered for a wildcard spot in Australia’s richest race. However, Moran made the call on Friday morning to withdraw from the hit-out, with the injury not showing enough signs of improvement. “It’s the race the whole year that you try to plan for. All of a sudden you are racing for $1.2million and now you are racing for zero, so that’s a bit hard to handle,” he said. “Now that I’ve made the announcement, it’s a bit of a relief to a degree because your phone never stops ringing, you are trying to get things right and you are careful what you say. So it’s a relief in that way. “It's disappointing, but what is done is done. I've got to look after him now. He's looked after me.” Moran said with the injury not improving, it became a somewhat easy decision to pull up stumps on the Miracle Mile tilt. “We had a pretty good 12 months and it’s only a minor injury. That’s probably the best part,” he said. “It’s not like he has done a tendon and has got to have 12 months out. It’s a deep-seated abscess (and) the worst part about it is that if it burst yesterday he would probably be fine. He would be going around tomorrow. But it’s one of those things - you just race against the clock…” Moran said he was very grateful for what the horse had achieved and the support many people have given him over the journey. Lochinvar Art won the $500,000 Del-Re National A.G. Hunter Cup at Tabcorp Park Melton on February 6 to take his record to 28 victories from 50 starts and more than $1.3million in prizemoney.   HRV - Tim O'Connor

Joe Nien, Harness racing

John and Joe out to emulate champ

When John Justice rolls out onto the track for the Flying Brick Cider Geelong Rocket on Joe Nien, he will be hoping the six-year-old gelding emulates the feat of his champion Shakamaker. The feature sprint over the mile, which returns after an eight-year hiatus, was the last race won by the star pacer, who claimed the inaugural Rocket before what was to be his final Inter Dominion campaign in New Zealand during 2003. “He (Shakamaker) didn’t have a good trip over there and he came back and was either ready for a good spell (or retirement) and (owner) John (Wolfe) decided to retire him,” Justice said. “It was a pretty traumatic year after that, if you can imagine, after your champion retires.” Justice, who will train and drive Joe Nien in the Rocket - which has an impressive honour roll - said his horse performed well over the shorter trip. “I have been struggling to place him with his handicap the way it is and he does like the short trip; that’s the reason why I put him in the Rocket,” he said. “(Gate three) doesn’t really suit him as he struggles to muster any real gate speed. If he drew one he could probably hold the lead or be very close but he struggles to cross a horse. “I really don’t know where he will end up from there, to be honest. I know he is ready to run a good race as he has been working well and is ready to win - we just have to wait and see.” The Toolern Vale trainer said he expected Joe Nien, a talented gelding who has won 15 times from 91 starts, to give a good showing in the $24,000 sprint if he scored a nice position in running. “If he got a good trip somewhere near the leader I think he would be a good chance to win it, that’s for sure,” he said.   HRV - Shaun Campbell

The Trots,Harness racing

Vic COVID-19 protocols updated

Effective February 26, 2021, the following protocols are to be observed at all Victorian harness and trial venues. While still encouraged, licensed persons, owners and officials are no longer required to wear a face mask at race or trial meetings, unless directed to do so by a club official or HRV steward, or where physical distancing of 1.5 metres from other persons cannot be maintained. All persons are reminded to exercise appropriate physical distancing protocols and to maintain 1.5-metre distancing wherever possible. QR Code has been implemented for use at all racetracks and trial venues, and all licensed participants and essential staff are encouraged to only use the QR Form, which gives HRV immediate data should it be required for any contract tracing requirements. Temperature testing will no longer be conducted at race meetings for industry participants. Trainers, drivers and stablehands must leave race meeting as soon as possible upon fulfilling their obligations in accordance with the Australian Harness Racing Rules (i.e., after completion of swabbing procedures, attendance before stewards etc.). Participants should pre-pack enough food and supplies for the duration of their engagement at race meetings. There will no longer be restrictions on the number of stablehands permitted to attend racetracks with accompanied licensed trainers.  Stewards and club officials will continue to monitor this situation at racetracks. All other industry protocols remain in effect and any non-compliance may be subject to action by HRV stewards. All persons are advised that should they fail to comply with any of these requirements, significant penalties, including periods of disqualification, may be imposed under AHRR 238. Children of licensed persons are strictly not permitted in the stabling area at racetracks. AHRR 238 states: A person shall not fail to comply with any order, direction or requirement of the Controlling Body or the Stewards relating to harness racing or to the harness racing industry. These measures have been put in place to ensure that harness racing complies with all bio-security requirements and must be adhered to ensure that harness racing in Victoria continues under the current State Government restrictions.    Harness Racing Victoria

Young driver Jack Callaghan recently drove five winners in a meeting at Newcastle and it was not the first time he has achieved that feat, Harness racing

High five for Jack

FIVE winners in one night at Newcastle recently confirmed the undoubted talents of young reinsman Jack Callaghan. Amazingly, that was the second time Callaghan had achieved the feat, which is a testament to his talent in the sulky. What was even more impressive about what Callaghan achieved was that those winners came from the stables of four different trainers. “I drove five winners in April last year when regionalisation was in place so to achieve the feat when up against both local and Sydney drivers makes it all the more satisfying,” said Callaghan, whose father Mark was a star young driver back when he was a regular in the winner’s circle at Harold Park. Jack is heading into one of the biggest weekends he has faced in his short driving career as not only does he have five drives at Newcastle tonight, but he will head to Tabcorp Park Menangle where he also has five drives, three of which are in Group 1 races. “It is so flattering to be given the opportunity to take part in the big races tomorrow night,” he said. “I am driving three for my boss, Belinda McCarthy. “The team at Cobbitty has given me some massive opportunities in town and placed a lot of trust in me as a driver. “You just cannot under-estimate how the experience driving good horses against top drivers improves your own driving ability . . . and now that is all paying off for me.”  Callaghan heads back to Newcastle tonight, confident that he has a strong book of drives. “I am heading home where I will drive three for my Dad, all of which I feel have good each-way chances”. “Courageous Dancer (Race 3) does appear to be my best chance of winning even though his form doesn’t appear that flash.  “I also fancy Royal Gamble (Race 5) as his first-up run after a spell was pleasing.  “He is drawn wide tonight but I think he can overcome that.” Callaghan said that the Ladyship Mile was the race he is most looking most forward to driving in this weekend. “It is the most recognised feature race for mares in Australasia,” he said. “My drive Dracarys will be at big odds but it is just awesome to be involved.  “I will be going out there hoping to do my family proud.”   HRNSW MEDIA | MICHAEL DUMESNY

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Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound Dainty’s Daughter Classic winner The Perth filly, Rumour Has It, who firmly clinched her claim to being the best three-year-old filly of the season in WA when she won the $50,000 Dainty’s Daughter at Gloucester Park, is a member of one of New Zealand’s top ranking standardbred families. Rumour Has It, who has now won six races, is a filly by the Cam’s Card Shark horse Roll With Joe, who stood his early seasons at the stud in NSW and has been located at Alabar while at the stud in Victoria. Roll With Joe has been most successful in Australia. His stock include Ignatius, who set a new national mile record for two-year-olds, the Derby winner Muscle Factory and the Group winning filly Arts Treasure. Rumour Has It is out of Roustabout (1:59.5), by the NZ bred sire Christian Cullen, from Little Egypt, a South Island bred mare by Deal Direct from Impressionable, by Talk About Class from the Lordship mare Tilla, dam of the dual Inter Dominion heat winner Impressionist. Roustabout, who numbered the WA Empress Stakes among her four successes, produced others in Arousing 1:56.6 ($119,663), Loving You (1:55.7) and Just A Horse (1:57.5). She was a sister to the Tuapeka Cup winner Montecrengle (1:58.1) and to Summer Ale, dam of Argyle Beach 1:52.1 ($133,542) and a half-sister to the Battle of Bunbury winner Pelusiac (1:53.3), Im The Sphinx (1:56.6) and Just Dont Be Cruel (1:57.4).   The Black Prince in 1:51.1 The Black Prince, a Bettor’s Delight six-year-old and the winner of the $100,000 Newcastle Mile in 1:51.1, is out of My Style, a capable racemare with a record of 1:56.2 who is proving a successful broodmare. My Style is also the dam of Im Stylish 1:56.8 ($115,214), winner of the WA Western Crown, the three-year-old Idealism, who won at Winton last Sunday, The Moonshadow (1:50.8) and his full brother Weewah (1:55.3), a recent winner at Gloucester Park.  The Black Prince       --Club Menangle Photo   My Style was a McArdle mare from Simply Devine, by In The Pocket from Awfully Nice, by Nero’s B B from the Lumber Dream mare Dream Bel. She was a half-sister to the NSW Robin Dundee victor Start Dreaming 1:51.7 ($166,024), Black Edition (1:56.8, winner of three) and Power Dreaming (1:52.8), now racing successfully in America. Their dam, Simply Devine, was only lightly raced, but she left six winners. She was a sister to the Moonee Valley winner Silver Lined Pocket 1:50.4 ($360,665) and a half-sister to Dream Allulike, dam of Whenthegroundshook (1:54.2) and Soho Cash (1:59.5), and to Putting On The Glitz, dam of a fine racemare and Oaks winner in Secret Potion 1:57.5 ($285,312). Other members of this family, which was founded in NZ by Bonnie Belle, were the speed merchant Defoe (TT1:53), Picard 1:49.8 (Hondo Grattan Sprint), the millionaire pacer Dreamout Loud (1:48.8), Dream To Share 1:52 ($220,357) and Hear The Call (SA Breeders Plate).   Maajida star racemare Maajida advanced strong claims to being the best mare in Australia today when she scored a brilliant win in the $50,000 Robin Dundee Stakes in a career-best 1:50.3 at Menangle. It was her fifth successive win. At her previous start she disposed of Amelia Rose and others in the Vicbred Final at Melton, and before that she downed a smart field in the Breeders Crown Silver at Bendigo. Maajida has not done a great deal of racing, but from 24 starts she has won 18 races and has been three times placed for $484,550. Maajida                       --Stuart McCormick Photo Bred and raced by the Johnson family of The Rock (NSW), she is a four-year-old by the superstar Mach Three horse, Somebeachsomewhere, out of Arterial Way (1:55.8), by Art Major from the NSW Princess Mile winner Better Motoring (1:58), by New York Motoring from Better Yet, by Nat Lobell. Maajida is a sister to the Bathurst Gold Chalice winner Lifeonthebeach 1:50.2 ($178,282) and a half-sister to the Menangle winner We Salute You (1:51.3).   Expensive Ego in 1:48.9 Expensive Ego, a good looking Rock N Roll Heaven entire, is rated Australia’s top four-year-old this season, particularly after his 1:48.9 success in the $200,000 Chariots of Fire, the major four-year-old classic on the calendar.  Expensive Ego takes the Chariots of Fire     --Club Menangle Photo He has won $305,218 in stakes, a worthwhile return on the $27,000 paid for him as a yearling. By the Rocknroll Hanover horse Rock N Roll Heaven (a leading sire in both Australia and America), Expensive Ego is out of Art Start (1:58.2), by Perfect Art (a brother to Art Major) from Sweet Clementine (1:59.6), by Land Grant from Sue Adios. Expensive Ego is the best winner from this family in recent times, but a few years ago it produced a top Grand Circuit pacer in Philadelphia Man, who won six Group races.   Cup winner by Raging Bull Wildwest, who won the $50,000 Governor’s Cup at Gloucester Park – the WA Cup winner Vultan Tin and finalist Our Jimmy Johnstone were among the beaten brigade – has made smart progress through the classes. He is a grand stayer and the best performer left by the Christian Cullen horse Raging Bull, who sired the good racemares Our Bare Knuckle and Flame Lady. Wildwest is a five-year-old gelding from Bay Jet, by Jereme’s Jet (son of Western Hanover) from Fake’s Dream, by Fake Left from Clipjoint, by Lumber Dream from the Out To Win mare Bonnie Win, a half-sister to the NZ Cup winner True Averil. Fake’s Dream, who took a record of 1:59.5, was a half-sister to the exported Street Machine (1:55.6) and Making Contact (1:57.2) and the Victorian winners High Roller and Lumber Jak.   Brother and sister It was no mean feat for the siblings My Ultimate Star and Our Ultimate Katie to win on the same night at Penrith recently. Both are by the Cam’s Card Shark horse Bettor’s Delight (the leading sire in Australia and NZ). The Crystal Star (1:59.8), the dam of My Ultimate Star and Our Ultimate Katie, was out of a handy racemare in Lordship’s Falcon, who won three races in NZ. Besides The Crystal Star, she was also the dam of Sunny Two Shoes (1:59.8), Mysisterastar (2:00.6), Boulton Home and Mac’s Wee Pea, all NZ winners. Lordship’s Falcon was out of the Lordship mare Venetian Star, the dam of the Bendigo Cup and NZ Flying Mile winner Anvil’s Star 1:54.8 ($470,115). One of her daughters, Star Command, left a winner in Lavra Florence (1:57.4), who became the dam of Lavra Joe, a winner at Gloucester Park last Friday. Other members of this family have been the WA Derby winner Patronus Star 1:53.2 ($286,590), Billies A Star 1:55.6 ($145,263), the WA 4YO Championship winner Ima Rocket Star 1:56.2 ($411,929) and Marshal Star (Wellington Cup).   Well bred three-year-old Electric Eye, an impressive winner at Cobram recently, showed ability as a two-year-old last season when he finished third to Bar Room Banta in the NSW Breeders Challenge Final. He has opened his three-year-old season on a winning note and will be well in line for the major juvenile classics. Electric Eye is a colt by the Cam’s Card Shark horse, Bettor’s Delight, from the Listed winner Nikalongboulevard (1:57.1), the best of whose several progeny have been the Bathurst Gold Tiara and Bracelet winner Dont Think Twice 1:50.2 ($4653,665) and Jokers Tothe Right 1:53.8 ($140,168). Nikalongboulevard ranks as a half-sister to Nikalong Henry (1:57.1), being by Pacific Rocket from Nikalongtheground, by Nikalong Shadow from Ground, by Meck Hanover. Nikalongboulevard was 14 when she left Electric Eye.   Tailamade double The million dollar racemare Tailamade Lombo left winners in both hemispheres last weekend. Alpine Stride, a seven-year-old gelding by Rocknroll Hanover, won at the Terang Cup meeting, while Colossal Stride, a gelding by Bettor’s Delight, scored in 1:51.8 at The Meadowlands, New Jersey. Tailamade Lombo, the former 2YO and 3YO Filly of the Year, has been a most successful broodmare. Besides Alpine Stride and Colossal Stride, she is the dam of the 2YO Filly of the Year Aussie Made Lombo 1:55.1 ($578,456), the Hobart Pacing Cup winner Yakuza 1:56.8 ($266,857), the WA Listed winner Tsunami Lombo 1:55.3 ($167,617) and Jewel’s Stride (1:53.9). She figures as the second dam of the WA Westbred and Sale Classic winner Soho Interceptor 1:55.9 ($177,634) and Starsbythebeach 1:57.9 (Albury String of Pearls).   Trotting Cups winner Well Defined, a son of the American sire, Majestic Son, who stands at Alabar’s New Zealand farm, has been the star trotter on the Victorian Country Cups circuit. He has won the Terang and Ararat Trotters Cups at his last two appearances. His winning run at Ararat over 2570 metres from the stand in a 2:03.3 rate established a new track record. Well Defined is closely related to an earlier top trotter in Sundon, who won 27 races including the Dominion Handicap and NZ Trotting Stakes and $264,085 in stakes. He later became a champion sire and broodmare sire. Well Defined is by Majestic Son from Focus On Me, by S J’s Photo, a Photo Maker horse who won at Group level in North America and Scandinavia. Focus On Me, a trotting winner herself, left other trotters in Trip’s On Me, My Sky, the two-year-old Highgrove and the Menangle winners Running Free (1:59.2) and Reign On Me (1:59.8). Focus On Me was out of Sunny Gal, an unraced mare and by Roydon Boy from Sungait Song, a mare by the former top flight juvenile B F Coaltown, winner of the Reynolds Memorial. B F Coaltown became a leading sire of trotters in America. Sungait Song was the dam of Sunny Gal, the great Sundon, the Victoria Oaks winner Sunning, Sungait Reb (1:57.2) and Sunsong, dam of the dual Trotters Derby winner Solar Faire and grand-dam of the multiple Group 1 winner Sheemon 1:57 ($546,419).   First winner by Racing Hill The Roll With Joe horse, Racing Hill, a US Breeders Crown winner and who stood a single season at the stud in Victoria, was represented by his first winner when Iambecauseofyou was successful recently at Newcastle. Iambecauseofyou, who was making only his second appearance, carved out the mile in a sharp 1:56. Bred and owned by Nathan Varcoe, Imabecauseofyou is out of the American Ideal mare, Ideal Talilia, whose dam, Talilia, was by Albert Albert from the smart Magnum Almahurst mare Irish Town (TT1:55.7), who several useful winners, including the Pink Bonnet winner Gracie Wilkes (1:56) and Ballychurch.   by Peter Wharton

Trainer-driver David Moran has conceded his Miracle Mile dream is over with Lochinvar Art. Moran notified NSW stewards and Club Menangle this morning (Friday) he had given up the fight to nurse Lochinvar Art through a hoof injury. “This horse has changed my life and I have to do what’s right for him. He can have a break now, I’ll get him right again and we’ll be back in a few months time,” Moran said. “The hoof wasn’t getting better, certainly not quickly enough. It wasn’t fair to keep pushing on for him or other horses trying to get into the race.” Lochinvar Art pulled a shoe and pricked a hoof last Friday which forced his scratching from the Group 1 Newcastle Mile that night. His Miracle Mile hopes rested on a workout between races one and two at Menangle tomorrow night where he needed to satisfy vets, stewards and Moran. “I haven’t been able to get any work into him at home. It was time to pull the pin.” Lochinvar Art, off the back of a dominant past year including Victoria and Hunter Cup wins, was the $1.70 prepost Miracle Mile favourite before last Friday’s setback. Now he’s out, defending champion King Of Swing is into $1.80 after being as much as $3 last Friday. King Of Swing is a $1.25 to win his Miracle Mile qualifier – the Group 1 Schweppes Sprint – at Menangle tomorrow night. Only a top two finish will guarantee him a berth in tomorrow week’s Miracle Mile. The only confirmed runners so far are last week’s Chariots Of Fire winner Expensive Ego and Newcastle Mile winner The Black Prince. The remainder of the field will be finalised after tomorrow night’s two qualifying sprints and the Group 1 Ladyship Mile at Menangle.   Adam Hamilton

World champion trotting sire Love You has made a clean sweep of the two-year-old trotting races held in New Zealand so far this season. The winners of the only three ‘baby trotting events in Mr Love, Highgrove and the filly High On Love are all progeny of the French stallion.  Love You’s domination of the young trotting ranks in NZ extends to his three-year-old stock who have earned $171,253, more than double his nearest rival. Outamyway and Wanna Play With Me, the two leading stakes-winning three-year-old trotters in NZ this season, were both sired by the great son of Coktail Jet. Outamyway captured the inaugural $75,000 (Listed) NZ Harness Million at Addington, and finished runner-up to Wanna Play With Me in the Group 2 $50,600 Haras Des Trotteurs Sires’ Stakes Championship also at Addington. Wanna Play With added the recent NZ Sires’ Stakes Classique, run at Addington, to her list of successes, lowering her record to 1:57.5 over 1980 metres in the process. She has won five of her nine starts for $58,421 in stakes. In Australia, the Love You three-year-old fillies Queen Elida NZ and Morsure Damour were impressive winners recently. Queen Elida captured a heat of the Need For Speed Princess at Ballarat, rating a career-best 1:58 for 1710 metres with the closing 800 in a stunning 56.7, and has now won three of her six attempts on Australian soil. While Morsure Damour led from end to end at his second start at the Ararat Cup meeting. Leading percentage sire Orlando Vici was represented by the talented Orlando Jolt NZ, who came off a 20 metre handicap to win a heat of the time-honoured Jim McNeil Trotters Championship at Albion Park. Love You and Orlando Vici are both members of the star-studded Haras Des Trotteurs sire roster at Cardigan, near Ballarat, Victoria.   by Peter Wharton

Young Victorian harness racing trainer Matt Maguire has only two horses in his stable at the moment— but they’ve both been putting their best foot forward. Maguire, who trains out of the Myrniong stable of Jess Tubbs and her husband Greg Sugars, recently took his “team” to Melton and was delighted to land his first-ever double. “I was rapt because I’ve only been out on my own for about five years. I worked with Ryan Hryhorec in South Australia before that and learnt a lot there,” he said. Maguire prepared Kyvalley Surfergirl (Andover Hall-Kyvalley Kitty (Muscles Yankee) to win the Niota Bloodstock Maiden Trot.  Then in the very next race, Ona Highway Tohell (Betterthancheddar-Alongthehighway (Badlands Hanover) tasted success in the Seppelts Wines Pace. Both were driven by Sugars. It was a terrific training feat by Maguire to get four-year-old brown mare Kyvalley Surfergirl into the winners list at her first start for the new stable. “We saw her advertised for sale on the internet about six weeks ago. One of my mates back home, Chris Neilson, decided to come in partners with me.  It turned out great because we also picked up the VicBred bonus with the win,” Maguire said. Greg Sugars and Kyvalley Surfergirl                  --(Photo courtesy Stu McCormick) “She’s had a few issues, nothing all that serious, and the 10 days leading up to the race she had certainly turned it all around,” he said. “I think we are going to have some fun, particularly if she can keep improving a bit with more racing.” Watch Kyvalley Surfergirl winning at Melton click here! Maguire admits he has a soft spot for his other winner of the night in Ona Highway Tohell, having successfully raced his dam in Alongthehighway. “I think we won seven races with the mother in 2012-13, including her last race start at Globe Derby. Ona Highway Tohell is the first foal out of Alongthehighway—and the first I’ve bred myself,” Maguire said. “He shaped up pretty well early days and I did have a high opinion of him. I sent him to Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin for his first few starts.” The powerful Ballarat training duo produced the pacer in a heat of the 2019 2yo pacing colts and geldings Southern Cross Series heat at Port Pirie, finishing runner-up, beaten by a head. Ona Highway Tohell was able to turn it around eight days later by taking out the $50,000 final at the same venue. Ona Highway Tohell kept up his consistent formline with a win at Melton           --(Photo courtesy Stu McCormick) “Emma and Clayton gave him a few more starts before I then got him back,” Maguire said. “He’s been a great little earner because I’ve won two at Globe Derby and one each at Mildura, Geelong and now Melton. All up he’s won six from 17 starts for $55K,” Maguire said. “His form dropped off around last December and a blood test showed a bacterial infection.  We sorted that out and his second placing at Cranbourne late last month was good.” Ona Highway Tohell has kept up the form line with victories at his next two. “I’ll probably increase the numbers eventually because I’ve got three or four babies back in Adelaide.,” Maguire said. “But for the moment, I’ll just keep enjoying the ride and hope it lasts a bit longer.”   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Bannockburn (Victoria) agronomist and hobby breeder Steve Dickson is understandably upbeat about the harness racing Industry. “The job’s really picked up. The recent sales have shown some positivity,” he said. “I think there’s a growing confidence in the industry.” Dickson, who trades as Llewellyn Park Standardbreds, is hoping the upward trend extends to the inaugural Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale to be held on April 10 and 11 at Oaklands Junction. He has nominated two superbly bred colts and a royally bred filly for the sale. The trio are all out of the broodmare herd grazing on his 16 acre property in the Golden Plains Shire. Lot 3, a brown filly by the top Canadian colt pacer Control The Moment, is from the Rock N Roll Heaven mare Heavenly Scent, dam of the Vicbred and NSW Oaks finalist Celestialfragrance and a member of the same family as the Derby winner Muscle Factory and the Australian 2YO and 3YO of the Year Majestic Mach. The second of the Llewellyn Park draft is Lot 112, a brown/black colt by the leading first- season sire Betting Line out of the star Rock N Roll Heaven filly Park Life 1:53.2 ($188,571). Park Life provided Steve and his wife, Narelle, with their crowning achievement in the sport when she outgunned a top field in the $322,000 Australian Pacing Gold Final at Menangle in April 2016. The Betting Line colt is her first foal. Completing the Dickson draft is Lot 284, a brown colt by the Somebeachsomewhere horse Goodtime Sammy from the winning Grinfromeartoear mare Fun On The Run, a granddaughter of the Oaks winner Goldrush Girl, a Transport Chip mare who established a great winning line for leading Queensland identity Kevin Seymour. The colt’s dam is a half-sister to five sub 2:00 winners including the Group winners Guitarzan and Forever After and a member of the same family as the outstanding racemare Good Lookin Girl. Steve Dickson was born in Launceston and belongs to a prominent Tasmanian harness racing family. “When I was a kid I used to follow the champion pacer Melfield Tyros, who was trained by my uncle, Derek Dick. He was a dairy farmer who pottered about with a horse or two,” Steve stated. A gelding by Tyros Hanover, Melfield Tyros won 45 races including the Tasmanian Derby, Hobart Metropolitan Cup, WA James Brennan Cup and a heat of the Inter Dominion and $153,025 in stakes. As a youngster, Steve also worked in the stables of the astute Bridgenorth horseman Don Peck during the school holidays. Dickson bred his first foal at the tender age of 17. “I leased a Golden Alley mare called Naomi’s Gold off Rick Hinds,” Steve said. “The resultant foal was Flo Jo Torado. She was a brilliant filly who won classics at 2 and 3.” In 1994 Steve enrolled for a two-year course for a diploma of farm management at Glenormiston Agricultural College, Terang. “My favourite pastime while attending college was working at the stables of Neville and Patsy Clarke on the weekends. They were wonderful people to be around,” Steve said. Steve’s first foray into breeding on the mainland was the Classic Garry mare Classic Cathy. “I bought her in foal to Precious Bunny and the resultant progeny made $30,000 at the APG sale. Her next foal, Real Hammer, won in excess of $100,000,” he said. “I later sold her to Shannon Nixon and she produced the Cups winner Phoenix Prince.” Besides Park Life and Heavenly Scent, Steve is also currently breeding from the Western Terror mare Shezaterror, Sazzasophie, a NZ bred mare by Art Major, and Cap In Hand (by Auckland Reactor). “I bought Cap In Hand as a yearling in Perth. She won three of her six starts before breaking a pedal bone,” Steve said. “She was going to be something special.” “Her first foal, a Foreclosure colt, has been nominated for the APG Perth sale.” Married to Narelle, the couple have two girls, Maggie and Neave, and a son, Daniel. Steve operates his own business, Crop Plus Agronomy, a cropping and pasture consultancy agronomy company which he established in 2007.     by Peter Wharton

Unruly behaviour cost Texas Tiger dearly as a young horse in New Zealand where he managed just two dazzling victories from 20 starts. But the four-year-old gelding, who arrived in Western Australia just over five weeks ago, has matured into a highly-promising pacer who looks set to notch his fourth win from four starts in the State in the space of 19 days when he contests the opening event, the 2130m Australian Pacing Gold Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Texas Tiger, trained by Gary Hall Snr and to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, will be making his Gloucester Park debut after two strong victories at Pinjarra and one at Bunbury when he worked hard in the breeze in all three events. He made a tremendous impression at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon when he started from the back line, raced without cover and went on to win by more than five lengths from Rakarover when he smashed the track 1684m record with a sizzling rate of 1.51.7. The previous record rate of 1.53 was shared by Hall-trained pacers Famous Alchemist and Northview Punter. “Texas Tiger is a really nice horse, and his record run was helped by the early war in front (when the opening quarters of the final mile were covered in 26.8sec. and 27.1sec.),” said Hall Jnr. “He is pretty versatile and can do it all. He’s done it up there on the speed and coming from behind. Even though he is starting from the outside of the back line I think he will just win again.” Champion reinsman Chris Lewis is looking forward to former Victorian performer Mirragon starting from the No. 1 barrier in the APG Graduates Pace. Mirragon, prepared by Debra Lewis, drops considerably in class after finishing tenth behind Wildwest in the Group 2 Governor’s Cup last Friday night when he started out wide at barrier eight and raced at the rear. “The race wasn’t run to suit and he was pushed wide in the back straight and wide around the final bend,” said Lewis. “I think he gets his chance to break through at his third start at Gloucester Park.” Lewis also has sound prospects of winning with the Ross Olivieri-trained Kiwi Bloke, who will start from the 20m mark in the 2503m APG Perth Online Guide Handicap. The New Zealand-bred seven-year-old is in top form, making most of the running and winning comfortably at his past two starts. “The task doesn’t get any easier, but he is in form,” said Lewis. “He doesn’t have to lead; he can sprint.” Kiwi Bloke’s chief rival looms as the Aiden de Campo-trained mare Delightfulreaction, who will start from the inside of the 10m line. “This is a good draw and she loves stands over 2503m, and she should be right into it,” said de Campo.   Ken Casellas

Classy colt Mighty Ronaldo has won at only three of his 11 starts, but champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr is optimistic about the colt’s winning prospects against outstanding colt Lavra Joe in the 2130m $50,000 Group 2 Sales Classic for three-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Mighty Ronaldo, trained at Boyanup by Justin Prentice, has drawn perfectly at barrier one, with Lavra Joe out wide at No. 8. Last Friday night Lavra Joe started from the No. 1 barrier in a 2130m event and was untroubled to romp to an effortless three-length victory over Talks Up A Storm, with Mighty Ronaldo a length away in third place. Mighty Ronaldo started from barrier five and after racing in fifth spot in the Indian file affair, he worked hard in the breeze over the final 1000m. “I expect Mighty Ronaldo to lead and prove pretty hard to beat,” said Hall. “I’ll definitely give Lavra Joe and the others something to chase and he is certainly capable of beating Lavra Joe, who I expect to be outside of me at some stage and putting it to me.” Lavra Joe, trained by Ray Jones, is a high-quality pacer who has won at 13 of his 24 starts. Champion reinsman Chris Lewis concedes that this race will test Lavra Joe, but he certainly refuses to concede defeat, saying: “The draw hasn’t worked in our favour but I’m confident he will fight out the finish. He has options and I will just have to sort things out when I decide to go forward.” The Murray Lindau-trained Talks Up A Storm (Dylan Egerton-Green) is racing keenly, with his past three starts producing two wins and a last-start second to Lavra Joe. This week he is favourably drawn on the inside of the back line and should enjoy an ideal trip behind the likely pacemaker Mighty Ronaldo.   Also adding interest to the race will be the Greg and Skye Bond-trained pair of Give Us A Wave (barrier two) and Squinta (three). Give Us A Wave, who won the $80,000 Westbred Classic from Mighty Ronaldo and Machnificent last June and then finished second to Mighty Ronaldo in the Golden Slipper a week later, made a splendid return to racing after a four-month absence when he finished solidly to be second to Otis over 2130m on Tuesday of last week. Squinta also gave an impressive first-up performance when he charged home from the rear to finish fourth behind Otis last week. There is very little exposed form in the $50,000 APG Sales Classic for three-year-old fillies, a 2130m event in which the least experienced runner Bettors Destroya is expected to be a short-priced favourite. Bettors Destroya, trained by Justin Prentice and to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, has had only three starts for a win, a second and a third placing. She will start from barrier No. 4. She resumed after an absence of nine weeks when she raced without cover before wilting slightly and finishing third behind more experienced three-year-old geldings Our Shelley Beach and Robbie Rocket over 2100m at Bunbury last Saturday week.       “I tried to come out of the gate (from barrier two), but she put in a few funny ones and didn’t get out at all,” said Hall. “This week I’ll just let her flop out off the gate and then probably keep driving her forward because she can be driven quite tough.” Her main rivals appear likely to be Just For Love, Absolute Delight and Lady Jadore, with the Barry Howlett-trained Just For Love sure to prove hard to beat after starting from the No. 3 barrier with Jocelyn Young in the sulky. Just For Love, an easy second-up Albany winner two starts ago, warmed up for this week’s assignment in fine style when she trailed the pacemaker Rumour Has It and finished boldly to be a close second to that filly in the Daintys Daughter Classic last Friday night. The Linda Hamilton-trained Absolute Delight has won only once from 20 starts but will have admirers from the No. 1 barrier. She set the pace when second to Unconditional over 2242m at Narrogin last Saturday night, five days after finishing a well-beaten third behind Major Jade and Shakira Blue over 2185m at Pinjarra. The best-performed runner in Friday night’s race is the Annie Belton-trained Lady Jadore, who will be having her first start for just over ten months when fifth behind Always An Angel at Gloucester Park. That followed three Gloucester Park wins in February from her first three starts. She is capable of a bold showing, despite starting from the outside barrier (No. 9).   Ken Casellas

Capel horseman Aiden de Campo, delighted after driving Rock On Top to a brilliant all-the-way victory by six lengths in a heat of the APG Sales Classic for colts and geldings on Tuesday of last week, has opted to drive stablemate Floewriter in the $100,000 final at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His decision was influenced by the barrier draw for the 1730m classic, with Floewriter drawing the prized No. 1 barrier, and Rock On Top faring poorly at No. 9, the outside of the front line. Rock On Top will be handled by Dylan Egerton-Green. Floewriter started from barrier seven in a qualifying heat in which he enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing solidly to be a one-length second to Whataretheodds. “Floewriter has improved a lot since his heat win, and from the draw this week he’s probably a better chance than Rock On Top,” said de Campo. “I can’t split the two horses at home, but Floewriter should be able to lead and I reckon he’ll give it a good shake.” De Campo, who trained and drove $31 chance Rock On The Beach when he sustained a strong burst from the rear to finish second to Talks Up A Storm in last year’s Sales Classic for two-year-olds, has a sentimental attachment to this event, with his father Andrew driving Son of Otara (trained by Andrew’s late father Ray) to victory in this race in 1991. Floewriter, by Sportswriter, is the second foal out of Maddy White, a mare who was trained by Andrew de Campo for her 11 wins, with Aiden in the sulky for seven of those victories. “At the sales, Floewriter was the dead-ringer for Maddy White, a big lanky type of horse who has an action exactly like his dam’s,” said Aiden de Campo, who purchased the colt for $30,000 on behalf of several stable clients. Whataretheodds, a colt by American stallion Betting Line and out of Generally Outspoken, who won the Group 3 Gold Bracelet at Gloucester Park in July 2013, was the fastest and most impressive of the three heat winners who looms as a major hope in the final despite drawing out wide at barrier eight. Baskerville trainer Ryan Bell also qualified Speedwagon for the final after the gelding’s encouraging race debut in a heat when he worked hard in the breeze and fought on to finish a close third behind the pacemaker Dunamis and the fast-finishing Soho Santorini. Speedwagon also drew out wide at barrier No. 7. “I’ll stick with Whataretheodds, mainly because he’s a bit tricky to drive,” said Bell. Speedwagon will be driven by Michael Grantham, who maintained his excellent form in the sulky with a double at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening. “Whataretheodds surprised me in the heat,” said Bell, who drove Schinzig Buller to victory in this event in 2007. “He doesn’t give you much impression at home but each time he has got behind the mobile he has gone better and better and stronger and stronger. He was nodding off a bit towards the line last week, not because he was tired but because he was wondering what was going on. He has never felt better than he did at his work on Saturday and his pacework on Monday. “With our two horses, we’ve got no specific option apart from just letting things unfold. Hopefully, there’s a quick first quarter which will bring us into the race. “Watching the replays of the qualifying heats I consider that every horse in the final is capable of winning. Speedwagon ran a faster last half than Whataretheodds, and he has improved and I’m upbeat about his chances.” Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice, who won the classic with Major Martini in 2019, has two finalists, Dream Walker (barrier three) and Tomlous Jambo (No. 10). Cody Wallrodt will drive Dream Walker, and Gary Hall Jnr will be in the sulky behind Tomlous Jambo. Hall has won this event three times with Blissful Boy (2010), Black Aquila (2011) and Allmightyjoelouis (2016) and he is hoping to gain a perfect run behind the likely pacemaker Floewriter. Kim Prentice, who won this classic event with Fake Embrace in 2004 and Aikido Whitby in 2006, is looking for a strong performance from Soho Santorini, who charged home from the rear to finish an eye-catching second to the pacemaker Dunamis in a heat. Dunamis, the Greek word for strength, made a splendid debut when he led and won his heat for part-owner and trainer Greg Schofield and driver Mitch Miller. Dunamis is favourably drawn at barrier three. Ace trainer-reinsman Colin Brown, who won the classic with Armadon in 2002 and Its Rock And Roll in 2018, will be pinning his faith on Mister Piccolo from the No. 4 barrier.   Ken Casellas

Valhalla Miss, the slowest, by far, of the three heat winners, is poised to fight out the finish of the $100,000 APG Sales Classic for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night, according to reinsman Kyle Harper. “She had plenty up her sleeve when she won her heat,” said Harper. “She was untouched and won easily (rating a modest 1.59.9 over the 1730m). “She had her first start a week before that when second to Wonderful To Fly, who rated 1.56.7 over 1730m. “That was her second education to racing last week and I didn’t think she needed a gut buster. If she hasn’t improved, I’d be surprised. And if she can’t run out in front and rate 1.56 and change in the final, I’d be surprised. If she does, she’s going to be mighty hard to beat, and I expect her to be a good top three contender. “Looking for dangers, I have a lot of time for Extraordinary Mary, who was quite impressive in winning her heat (rating 1.58.3). Other fillies who impressed in the heats, Jay Elle and Sovrana have drawn out wide.” Valhalla Miss, bred by the Allwood Stud Farm and purchased at the APG yearling sale for $17,500 by Byford trainer Linda Hamilton and her husband Barry, is by Fly Like An Eagle and is the fifth and last foal out of Northern Luck mare Teen Queen Lombo, who also produced Allamerican Queen, whose five wins from 34 starts included the Group 1 Westbred Classic for three-year-old fillies in June 2017. Jemma Hayman is a part-owner and trainer of Extraordinary Mary, who impressed with her all-the-way win at a 1.58.3 rate in a heat. She dashed over the final 800m in 57sec. and won by three lengths from Bramante Steps. This will be Hayman’s first runner as a trainer in a group 1 pacing event. Her previous experience as a thoroughbred trainer in a group 1 feature was in the 2014 Perth Cup at Ascot when Knightlike finished fifth. Hayman and her husband Ross Olivieri are hoping to be at the fore in Friday night’s classic in which the Olivieri-trained Treacherous Tiger will be driven by Chris Voak from barrier five. Treacherous Tiger followed her second on debut behind Eagle Royalty, when she had a tough run, out wide early and then in the breeze before finishing fourth behind Jay Elle in a qualifying heat. “The fillies worked together this morning (Tuesday) and we are really happy with the way they worked,” said Hayman. “I’m not sure whether Extraordinary Mary has sufficient gate speed to lead from barrier four. I’ll discuss tactics with Shannon (Suvaljko) to see what he thinks.” Suvaljko has won this classic event with Classical Gas (1992), Jupiters Darling (2005) and Soho Interceptor (2018), while Olivieri has won the race four times with Parthenon (1994), Backin A Jiffy (2000), Hindu Sitara (2003) and Double Expresso (2019). “If Treacherous Tiger gets a nice run, she will play a big part,” declared Olivieri. Justin Prentice, who prepared Tenniele Erin for her victory in 2017, is looking for a strong performance from the Alta Christiano filly Jay Elle, who made an impressive debut when she finished powerfully from sixth at the 300m to win a heat from the pacemaker Sovrana. Jay Elle, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, has the ability to overcome the wide barrier. Hall, who has won this classic behind Soho Cannes in 2011 and Red Hot Roxy in 2016, said: “Jay Elle went really well at her first race start, but obviously she will have to go better to win from the wide draw. She was the only runner in the heats to come from well back,” he said. Trainer-reinsman Aiden de Campo said that he expected Sovrana to be tested from the wide draw. “She had not led before, in trackwork or trials, before she set the pace in her heat,” he said. “Barrier nine will hurt in the final. I’m very happy with her, but she is still a bit green and has a lot to learn.”   Ken Casellas

MILLION Dollar Cam has been once again crowned New South Wales Sire of the Year. The evergreen stallion has won the award twice previously and has plenty of breeding left in him according to Yirribee Pacing Stud co-founder Rod Woodhouse. “He has just had his best year this season for a while which is promising,” said Woodhouse. “He’s been standing at our stud for more than a decade now and while he is healthy and has the desire to breed he’ll keep going. “He is a lovely horse and does a great job. “He doesn’t get a lot of numbers but his average earnings per starter is around $30,000.” Million Dollar Cam was crowned 2017 and 2019 NSW Sire of the Year. Last season his progeny collected $888,563 in stakes with 81 starters and 50 winners. Award criteria: The NSW Sire of the Year is selected based on a Point Score. Stallion must have physically stood in NSW for the two previous seasons (Season of award and previous season). Stallion must have been made NSW Breeders Challenge eligible for the previous two seasons. Only progeny conceived whilst the Stallion Stood in NSW are eligible for inclusion. Progeny conceived with Frozen or Chilled Semen from NSW Registered Stallions standing outside of NSW is ineligible. The formula is as below: Top 10 Stallions are to be selected from the list based on progeny prizemoney earnings. There will be points awarded for total prizemoney, winners to starters and wins per winner. 10 points will be awarded to the leader of each category and subsequent points will be awarded as a ratio to that Stallion's result. All points are added together with the horse that accumulates the most points declared the winner. 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 33 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by a Board of Directors and is independent of Government. HRNSW CONTACT:  (02) 9722 6600  executive@hrnsw.com.au   HRNSW MEDIA | AMANDA RANDO

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Kialla trainer David Moran says he feels a mix of disappointment and relief following the decision to withdraw Lochinvar Art from his pursuit of the Miracle Mile. The star entire had been the talk of the harness racing world as he fought to overcome a hoof injury in time to win his place in the feature on March 6. Lochinvar Art was required to trial at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night and pass veterinary checks before being considered for a wildcard spot in Australia’s richest race. However, Moran made the call on Friday morning to withdraw from the hit-out, with the injury not showing enough signs of improvement. “It’s the race the whole year that you try to plan for. All of a sudden you are racing for $1.2million and now you are racing for zero, so that’s a bit hard to handle,” he said. “Now that I’ve made the announcement, it’s a bit of a relief to a degree because your phone never stops ringing, you are trying to get things right and you are careful what you say. So it’s a relief in that way. “It's disappointing, but what is done is done. I've got to look after him now. He's looked after me.” Moran said with the injury not improving, it became a somewhat easy decision to pull up stumps on the Miracle Mile tilt. “We had a pretty good 12 months and it’s only a minor injury. That’s probably the best part,” he said. “It’s not like he has done a tendon and has got to have 12 months out. It’s a deep-seated abscess (and) the worst part about it is that if it burst yesterday he would probably be fine. He would be going around tomorrow. But it’s one of those things - you just race against the clock…” Moran said he was very grateful for what the horse had achieved and the support many people have given him over the journey. Lochinvar Art won the $500,000 Del-Re National A.G. Hunter Cup at Tabcorp Park Melton on February 6 to take his record to 28 victories from 50 starts and more than $1.3million in prizemoney.   HRV - Tim O'Connor
When John Justice rolls out onto the track for the Flying Brick Cider Geelong Rocket on Joe Nien, he will be hoping the six-year-old gelding emulates the feat of his champion Shakamaker. The feature sprint over the mile, which returns after an eight-year hiatus, was the last race won by the star pacer, who claimed the inaugural Rocket before what was to be his final Inter Dominion campaign in New Zealand during 2003. “He (Shakamaker) didn’t have a good trip over there and he came back and was either ready for a good spell (or retirement) and (owner) John (Wolfe) decided to retire him,” Justice said. “It was a pretty traumatic year after that, if you can imagine, after your champion retires.” Justice, who will train and drive Joe Nien in the Rocket - which has an impressive honour roll - said his horse performed well over the shorter trip. “I have been struggling to place him with his handicap the way it is and he does like the short trip; that’s the reason why I put him in the Rocket,” he said. “(Gate three) doesn’t really suit him as he struggles to muster any real gate speed. If he drew one he could probably hold the lead or be very close but he struggles to cross a horse. “I really don’t know where he will end up from there, to be honest. I know he is ready to run a good race as he has been working well and is ready to win - we just have to wait and see.” The Toolern Vale trainer said he expected Joe Nien, a talented gelding who has won 15 times from 91 starts, to give a good showing in the $24,000 sprint if he scored a nice position in running. “If he got a good trip somewhere near the leader I think he would be a good chance to win it, that’s for sure,” he said.   HRV - Shaun Campbell
Effective February 26, 2021, the following protocols are to be observed at all Victorian harness and trial venues. While still encouraged, licensed persons, owners and officials are no longer required to wear a face mask at race or trial meetings, unless directed to do so by a club official or HRV steward, or where physical distancing of 1.5 metres from other persons cannot be maintained. All persons are reminded to exercise appropriate physical distancing protocols and to maintain 1.5-metre distancing wherever possible. QR Code has been implemented for use at all racetracks and trial venues, and all licensed participants and essential staff are encouraged to only use the QR Form, which gives HRV immediate data should it be required for any contract tracing requirements. Temperature testing will no longer be conducted at race meetings for industry participants. Trainers, drivers and stablehands must leave race meeting as soon as possible upon fulfilling their obligations in accordance with the Australian Harness Racing Rules (i.e., after completion of swabbing procedures, attendance before stewards etc.). Participants should pre-pack enough food and supplies for the duration of their engagement at race meetings. There will no longer be restrictions on the number of stablehands permitted to attend racetracks with accompanied licensed trainers.  Stewards and club officials will continue to monitor this situation at racetracks. All other industry protocols remain in effect and any non-compliance may be subject to action by HRV stewards. All persons are advised that should they fail to comply with any of these requirements, significant penalties, including periods of disqualification, may be imposed under AHRR 238. Children of licensed persons are strictly not permitted in the stabling area at racetracks. AHRR 238 states: A person shall not fail to comply with any order, direction or requirement of the Controlling Body or the Stewards relating to harness racing or to the harness racing industry. These measures have been put in place to ensure that harness racing complies with all bio-security requirements and must be adhered to ensure that harness racing in Victoria continues under the current State Government restrictions.    Harness Racing Victoria
FIVE winners in one night at Newcastle recently confirmed the undoubted talents of young reinsman Jack Callaghan. Amazingly, that was the second time Callaghan had achieved the feat, which is a testament to his talent in the sulky. What was even more impressive about what Callaghan achieved was that those winners came from the stables of four different trainers. “I drove five winners in April last year when regionalisation was in place so to achieve the feat when up against both local and Sydney drivers makes it all the more satisfying,” said Callaghan, whose father Mark was a star young driver back when he was a regular in the winner’s circle at Harold Park. Jack is heading into one of the biggest weekends he has faced in his short driving career as not only does he have five drives at Newcastle tonight, but he will head to Tabcorp Park Menangle where he also has five drives, three of which are in Group 1 races. “It is so flattering to be given the opportunity to take part in the big races tomorrow night,” he said. “I am driving three for my boss, Belinda McCarthy. “The team at Cobbitty has given me some massive opportunities in town and placed a lot of trust in me as a driver. “You just cannot under-estimate how the experience driving good horses against top drivers improves your own driving ability . . . and now that is all paying off for me.”  Callaghan heads back to Newcastle tonight, confident that he has a strong book of drives. “I am heading home where I will drive three for my Dad, all of which I feel have good each-way chances”. “Courageous Dancer (Race 3) does appear to be my best chance of winning even though his form doesn’t appear that flash.  “I also fancy Royal Gamble (Race 5) as his first-up run after a spell was pleasing.  “He is drawn wide tonight but I think he can overcome that.” Callaghan said that the Ladyship Mile was the race he is most looking most forward to driving in this weekend. “It is the most recognised feature race for mares in Australasia,” he said. “My drive Dracarys will be at big odds but it is just awesome to be involved.  “I will be going out there hoping to do my family proud.”   HRNSW MEDIA | MICHAEL DUMESNY
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