Day At The Track

The team at Allwood Stud is delighted to announce that both Follow The Stars (sire of Australasia’s leading Filly for 2020) and Rock N Roll World, both these very exciting and up and coming stallions will be standing at will be standing at Goulburn Valley Equine, Congupna Victoria for the 20/21 season.  Rock N Roll World is the son of the champion racemare and USA 2YO and 3YO Filly of the Year, Worldly Beauty 1:49.6 ($1,900,255).   She also shares a 100% matched pedigree of Art Major and she is the full sister to the dam of champion colt pacer and 2018 leading American sire Captaintreacherous 1:47.2 ($3,148,657). When we spoke to Mick Holtham today at Allwood Stud he said “We are so proud to own these very talented young sires outright.  With the potential new Vicbred Bonus breeding scheme, we thought it was time to let the breeders on the east tap into some of the hottest available genetics in the sport.” The super-fast Rock N Roll World 1:48.3, who carries the title of having “The Golden Cross of the 21st Century”, belongs to the U7-Miss Duvall family, which is noted for the number of successful sires it has produced such as Art Major, American ideal, Captaintreacherous, Life Sign, Perfect Art, Real Artist, and Western ideal just to name a few. Rock N Roll World displayed brilliant speed and stamina, winning on half-mile, five-eighths and mile tracks in Stakes and Invitational company from two to five years. Rock N Roll World is a bay horse, foaled in 2012, 15.3 hands and a stunning individual and represents GREAT value for your broodmare at the amazing fee of just $4400 less discounts. Leading 2Yo sire (4th at this time), Follow The Stars, the 2014 Australian and New Zealand 2YO of the Year and rated one of the best youngsters ever produced in this country, is lining up for his first ever season at Stud in Victoria. Follow The Stars won 10 of his 11 starts as a two-year-old and $455,409 – a scrimmage putting him out of the race at his other appearance in the Harness Jewels at Cambridge. He won in a career-best 1:53.8 at his second start in the Group 3 NZ Sapling Stakes in February and maintained his brilliance right to the end of a long 2yo campaign. He captured the Group 1 $297,000 Breeders Crown Final at Melton at his final start, ripping home in 55.7 after being required to work overtime from an awkward barrier draw. The charismatic colt also made a clean sweep of the Australian Pacing Gold series at Melton, winning the Group 1 $322,000 Final in runaway fashion in 1:54.1 for 1720 metres, as well as the $100,000 Cardigan Bay Stakes – his third Group 1 success in Auckland. Legendary NZ horseman Mark Purdon, who trained Follow The Stars, said after the Breeders Crown: “There is something special about this horse. He has a real X-factor about him. I would say he is more than up with the best two-year-olds I’ve trained…he is the best.” As a three-year-old Follow The Stars was among the top bracket. He won nine of his 15 starts and $251,828 including successes in the Caduceus Club Cup, Waikato Guineas, Reg Withers Classic (Kilmore), a heat and semi-final of the Vicbred and a heat of the Breeders Crown. In all, Follow The Stars won 19 races and was nine times placed from 29 starts for $707,237 in stakes. He is from the very powerful U24 – Lida family. This of course is the same family as the hall of fame champion BEACH TOWEL who had a spectacular racing career and was crowned 1990 Horse of the Year. Beach Towel retired as the richest single-season Standardbred (both gaits) of all time. Although plagued by allergies as a two-year-old, Beach Towel won 11 of 13 starts, earning $478,497. He set stakes, track or season records with each victory, including the Presidential, Matron, Potomac and a Governor’s Cup elimination. Beach Towel was voted 1990 Horse of the Year, and he retired as a world champion and the richest single-season Standardbred of all time ($2,091,860). His lifetime earnings totalled $2,570,357. To celebrate this move to Victoria, Follow The Stars (sire of Australasia’s leading filly) will represent astonishing value, with a fee of just $3,300 less discounts.   For all booking details please contact Michael on 0410 565 244 or email:  bookings@allwoodstud.com.au

BUZZ Victorian pacer Ride High has been installed opening Victoria Cup favourite as he prepares for a second-up run at Melton on Saturday night. Such was the breathtaking nature of his first-up win, Ride High is a clear $3 favourite for the $300,000 Group 1 Victoria Cup (2240m) at Melton on October 10. Chariots Of Fire winner and Miracle Mile runner-up Lochinvar Art is $5 second elect ahead of Hunter Cup and Miracle Mile winner King Of Swing at $7. More immediately, Ride High is $1.15 favourite to make it 12 wins from just 13 starts when he starts from gate five in the Melton City Council Sprint (1720m) at Melton Saturday. First-up he led and scorched home the fastest official last half ever clocked at Melton – 52.7sec – to win by 28.9m at Melton two weeks ago. It was his first run since having a breathing-related throat operation last December. “He’s come on really well since the first-up win and should only keep getting better with the racing,” co-trainer Clayton Tonkin said. Kima Frenning, who now works for Tonkin and Emma Stewart and has assumed most of the stable driving, takes the reins again on Ride High. After his first-up win, which was the first time she’d driven Ride High in a race, Frenning beamed: “That was just ridiculous. How easy he did that, how good he is. Still untapped, that was pretty cool.” Co-trainer Emma Stewart declared Ride High was the best horse in Australia. The Victoria Cup will really take shape in coming weeks with Alta Orlando set to resume at Menangle on Saturday week and King Of Swing only about 2-3 weeks away. Lochinvar Art is also back in work and trainer-driver David Moran said: “He didn’t have long out and he’s so athletic, he’ll come to hand pretty quickly.”   Adam Hamilton

Have Faith In Me N was a winner once again on Saturday when he smoked his harness racing rivals in the $18,000 Open Pace at Scioto in a slick time of 1:49.3. J D Perrin trained the winner and also second placed Our Corelli N making it a Down Under Quinella. Our Corelli N was some 1.7 seconds behind the winner. Blindswitch Racing Stable and Bukers Stable were the successful owners of the Down Under quinella. The win took Have Faith In Me N to over $1.7m in stake earnings for his racing career. The son of Bettors Delight set Down Under harness racing alight when he won the $750,000 Miracle Mile at Menangle in Sydney in a scotching time of 1:47.5.   Monday 22nd June Harrington Raceway DE Waikiki Beach A – Time: 1:56.1, Stake: $2,500 Bettor Rock On N – Time: 1:57.0, Stake: $2,500   The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Stormont Czar A – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $6,800   Tioga Downs NY Shecouldbegood N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $6,700   Tuesday 23rd June Running Aces Casino & Racetrack MN Firenglow A – Time: 1:55.3, Stake: $6,700 Keep On Rocking A – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $10,000 Last Flight In N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $5,200   The Meadows PA Amelia’s Courage A – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $11,500 Tioga Downs NY Kotare Yael N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $5,600   Yonkers Raceway NY Provocativeprince N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $14,250         Down Under Trifecta – 2nd Fizzing N, 3rd Kenrick N Rockin The Boys A – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $17,250 Yayas Hot Spot N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $17,250   Georgian Downs CA American Tour N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $8,800   Wednesday 24th June Buffalo Raceway NY Empire Earl N – Time: 2:01.0, Stake: $8,400 Harrington Raceway DE Stella A – Time: 2:03.2, Stake: $20,000   Thursday 25th June Harrahs Hoosier Park IN The Empiressister N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $19,750 Saratoga Harness NY Bontz N – Time: 1:54.2, Stake: $8,500 Culinary Delight N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $4,800 Scarborough Downs ME Dontustopbelievn N – Time: 1:57.2, Stake: $3,500 Yonkers Raceway NY Wardan Express A – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $14,250 Raukapuka Ruler N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $33,000 One Off Delight A – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $20,250 Charlottetown Driving Park CA Misty Memory N  – Time: 1:57.3, Stake: $1,550   Friday 26th June Harrahs Hoosier Park IN Saloon Passage N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $7,500 Threeofthebest A – Time: 1:50.4, Stake: $12,500 Ana Malak N – Time: 1:50.3, Stake: $15,000 Scarborough Downs ME Rock Diamonds N – Time: 1:56.1, Stake: $5,000   Saturday 27th June Buffalo Raceway NY Electric Chapel N – Time: 1:58.4, Stake: $4,400 Harrahs Hoosier Park IN Backup A – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $7,000 Late Night Date A – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $8,000 Meadowlands NJ Campora N – Time: 1:48.4, Stake: $10,000 Campora N Persimmon N – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $12,000 Ana Afreet N – Time: 1:50.0, Stake: $15,000 Northfield Park OH Rollin Witholly A – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $6,500 Scioto Downs OH Havefaithinme N – Time: 1:49.3, Stake: $18,000 Messi N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $11,000 Picard A – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $14,000 The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Lachie Maguire N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $11,200   Sunday 28th June Harrahs Philadelphia PA Vettel N – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $11,600 Our Max Phactor N – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $14,400 Saratoga Harness NY Nerve Of Steel N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $5,750 Crockets Cullen N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $8,500 The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Rock n Shard N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $10,000 Rideau Carleton Raceway CA Darcee N – Time: 1:54.2, Stake: $6,000 Flying Isa N – Time: 1:56.3, Stake: $9,000 Carter Dalgety

Last start Breeders Classic winners are back in work. And being readied for their big assignment. Vanish Hanover and Big Wheels both scored decisive victories in the Listed $25,550 QBRED Breeders Classic Finals at Albion Park on May 23 and both were given a chance to freshen-up in preparation for the Gr.1 $100,550 QBRED Triad Final next month. The two-year-old features are scheduled for July 25. Vanish Hanover, sent north by original trainer David Thorn to Charlie Cini, produced a well-timed finish to take the Fillies feature when downing Talent To Spare and Jasper in a time of 1:56.8 when handled by Brendan Barnes. Raced by her breeders Murray Cole and Beau Watson, the Hurrikane Kingcole – Vogue Hanover filly has won two of her five starts to date. Rather than returning to Sydney, connections decided to keep her in the Sunshine State. “We gave her two weeks off after the Breeders and the focus is clearly the Triad now, she’s back in work and progressing nicely so I’m happy with the ways things are going right now.” Cini said. Big Wheels led throughout to claim the Colts and Geldings feature when holding off stablemate Justa Little Bit and Glitter Strip in a time of 1:56.8. Subsequent winners from that race include last start Redcliffe feature race conqueror Manila Playboy plus Dynamic Dan, Glitter Strip and Frontliner. Raced by his breeder John Polson, Big Wheels is a gelded son of A Rocknroll Dance from the former talented mare Washington Lass. Big Wheels is a younger full-brother to handy type Blacksadance (5 wins - $37k) Prepared by Chantal Turpin, the talented youngster has won two of his six starts to date. “We gave him a couple of easy weeks immediately after the Breeders Classic and now he’s back fast working in readiness for the Triad, I’m happy with where he’s at.” Turpin said. With owners and members allowed back on track this weekend at Albion Park, the much revised winter carnival features commence on Saturday week, July 11.   Chris Barsby

Amid the relentless pursuit for success, David Murphy’s four-figure achievement was a rare moment to stop and reflect on just how far he’d come. Juliustigres’ victory in race one at Melton on June 20 brought up the 1000th win of Murphy’s training career some 11,127 days since his first, Lochlee Jack. “It’s a big thing,” Murphy said. “You are ticking along and don’t realise anyone is counting.” In the midst of preparing four starters for tonight’s racing at Terang, Murphy said the milestone was the result of passion and persistence. “I have never trained more than 20 at one time, have always just been a medium-sized stable, so it’s been pretty consistent,” he said. “I have been blessed. I’m a spud farmer’s son at a nice property, where dad started training as a hobby trainer. “I left school in ’86-87, we had four or five horses in work then. The rest of the family thought it was ludicrous leaving school to do this, but I had my heart set on it. To grow it from that to getting 1000 winners without a large amount of horses is a good achievement.” While he said the last eight years he’d toiled “without really good horses who could win out of turn" things had "picked up a little over the last 18 months and I have a few young ones at the moment who are looking promising”. The chase of a next big thing continues to be extremely motivating. “When you take on the job you know you are going to work every day of your life,” he said. “I do enjoy the grind, as much now as when I started. The next good one is just around the corner.” And, some 30-odd years on, he has refined his plan of attack. “I hope to get back to the sales more,” he said. “It’s a different age, you can’t wait for someone to give you the horse, you have to get the product and then get people involved.” Which is exactly what he did recently with a filly by Always B Miki out of Misty Forever, who was bred by Lyndon Turner and passed in at Melbourne’s February APG sale. “I thought she was a $30,000 filly, but she never got a bid,” Murphy said. “She was a bit immature looking and that can change a lot in a few months. I had another look at her a couple of months later and she had filled out and looks like she can run fast. “I bought her fairly cheaply and was rapt with the response I got when I advertised some shares in her on Facebook.” The as yet unnamed yearling is now beginning her journey towards the track and hopefully adding to Murphy’s win total. More immediate are the four he will float to Dalvue Raceway tonight and Murphy gave Trots Centre readers a runner-by-runner breakdown of their chances: R1 N1 Valla Raine “She is just battling away at the moment. She hasn’t gone on with things yet. She has a good barrier draw in the mares' race, but there are a few higher ranked off the back row. She has got good gait speed. Brent will try and get her to the first corner as quick as he can and then pick something to hand-up to and try and get to the top of the lane.” R3 N6 Aldebaran Leroy “Leroy’s quite a nice horse. He came to us from Beau and AJ Tindale’s because he was struggling on their bends, but I have finally got him trotting OK. I am just doing different things with his trotting between races and it would not surprise to see him jump to the front and win this, but it is a pretty quality field. I am happy I have got him trotting all the way, it’s a good start, now I’m just trying to see what makes him tick. He is definitely a top three chance if all goes well.” R4 N2 Atego Shades “This is his second start for us. He sucked us in a bit and I probably ran him too soon and should have trialled him at least once more. He probably wasn’t ready (first-up) and he knocked up and got tired. Since then he had a nice trial and is working well. From the draw he will be up in the firing line and I give him a fair chance.” R5 N6 Metro Man “He is going really well. He is at his best when he can lead, he possibly can’t, there might be a bit too much speed inside him. It might be similar to Stawell when he nearly got to the front but not quite. He’s in great order, racing well and will be up in the firing line at some stage.” TALKING TROTS ON SENTRACK: Hosts Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden have another big line-up for today's Talking Trots on SENTrack, which runs weekdays from 11am-1pm on 1377AM in Melbourne, 657AM in Perth and 1575AM in Wollongong. Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app.   The good oil from the Vic trials circuit BLACKBOOKER: Terang, R3 N7, Aldebaran Tess A very smart maiden and was able to win her trial by a good margin. She backed up at Terang on Thursday when a big second behind Cover of Darkness, so she is ready to win a race. REPORT BLACKBOOKER: Terang, R3 N11, Victree Hill Hasn’t raced since striking trouble at Melton in January. He showed a lot of ability in his two starts last preparation and he might be in for a good campaign considering he won his trial by a large margin. REPORT     HRV - Michael Howard

ANTHONY Butt wants his young star Perfect Stride to be part of the revamped Queensland Winter Carnival. Whether that happens depends on the Queensland Government opening the borders to allow easy access for NSW residents. Butt’s still got a bit of time up his sleeve with Perfect Stride’s target being the $50,660 Group 2 South-East Derby (2138m) at Albion Park on July 18. “That’s the aim, but it’s out of our control. He’s back and he’ll be ready, so here’s hoping we can get up there,” Butt said. Perfect Stride has finished second in the NSW Derby and third in the Victoria Derby this season. He hasn’t raced since running second in the Bathurst Gold Chalice final on March 28. The Bettors Delight colt sharpened-up for his return with a slick 1min53.1sec mile win in a Menangle trial last Wednesday, beating star mare Bettor Enforce and open-class performers Ignatius and Wrangler. “He’s come back really well and looks to have found a good race first-up,” Butt said. Perfect Stride has gate four in a heat of the TAB Long May Play series. “The final is the week after. It’d be good to get a couple of runs under his belt before we get to Queensland if it’s a goer.” Butt said Queensland plans had been shelved for Victoria Oaks winner Dr Susan, who will be saved for a Breeders Crown assault later in the year. “She’ll be back in about a month or so and Line Up is maybe 4-6 weeks away from a trial,” he added. Longer term, Butt is planning to take a huge team to Victoria around Breeders Crown time. “We might be there a month or two,” Butt said. “We’ll most of the good horses down there so we don’t we have to bounce up and back between Sydney. I’d say we’ll have 12 or more go to Melbourne.” They will include Perfect Stride, Line Up, Wolf Stride, Excel Stride and Dr Susan. “I’ve just got another nice batch of Emilio’s (Rosati) horses arrive across from NZ as well and most of them are likely to go to Melbourne,” Butt said.   Adam Hamilton

By Dave Di Somma - Harness News Desk    Ray Jenkins is not a big fan of Canterbury winters and in recent times has opted for the 20-plus degrees of Queensland instead. “I haven’t had a cold for six years.” Since 2014 he’s based himself near Brisbane, leaving New Zealand in April-May and staying there till October. This year though his departure for his Australian home in Logan Village has been delayed because of COVID-19 travel restrictions. “I wasn’t prepared to go into quarantine – you can’t train horses in quarantine and I’d be in quarantine when I came home so it wasn’t worthwhile.” In the meantime Kiwi trainer Graeme Harris is helping him out in Queensland. Harris trained more than 200 winners here from the late 1970s till 2009. “I have up to 6 in work, race them through and when it comes close to coming home and if people want to buy them I sell them,” said Jenkins. He cites one of his former trotters as a prime example of a horse extending its career by racing on both sides of the Tasman. “Horses like Monorail probably couldn’t have won any more than four races here and he’s gone over there and won another eight and we sold him. Monorail won three races for Jenkins and his sister Diane Kean, who both bred and owned the gelding, before being exported to Australia in 2014. At Motukarara in 2014 he won paying $75 for Jenkins’ daughter Amber Lethaby. The other two wins were at Forbury Park. Across the Tasman Nicole Molander guided the horse to more wins before being on-sold. Now, according to Harness Racing Australia statistics the horse has racked up 18 wins and nearly $130,000 in stakes and last raced for a fifth at Albion Park on April 14 Monorail is by Dr Ronerail out of Globe Trotter, a Sundon mare that Jenkins bred, owned, trained and drove to 10 wins from 109 starts. Jenkins has been associated with a swag of quality trotters over the years, most notably Tobago. He bred and co-owned the horse that won the 1989 Dominion handicap for trainer Patrick O’Reilly and driver Henry Skinner in a then record time of 4:08.4. In 2018 Jenkins decided against renewing his license. His horses are now trained by Amber and her husband Jason Lethaby at the aptly-named Tobago Lodge at West Melton just outside Christchurch. They had a win on Sunday when Majestic Rollon won at Addington, with Amber the successful driver.

A Queensland harness racing trainer is being rewarded for his kindness after stepping in and saving a horse more than 1500 kilometres away. Respected horseman Alistair Barnes said a six-year-old pacer "caught his eye" as he was browsing over an Echuca saleyards catalogue obtained by his partner Cassie Saunders. "There was a well-bred thoroughbred mare being offered for sale and Cassie was interested in it," Barnes said. "But I just liked everything I saw about a pacer that was listed, a horse which was named Somebeachsomegift (Somebeachsomewhere - Ulanart (Perfect Art) -he'd only been to the races on 11 occasions and won the Southern Cross 3YO final in Adelaide and also won at Mildura, although admittedly, it was back in 2017!" Barnes said. "After making a few phone calls I was told the horse had broken down and had been virtually retired, but a girl I spoke to, who had a fair bit to do with him, was quite upset that he was at the saleyards," he said. "She was in the middle of moving house though and had nowhere to put him, and I promised her I'd rescue the horse and get him up to our place. It was in my mind I might be able to get him back to the races because over the years we've done pretty well at patching up horses with bad legs." Alistair and Cassie are based at Tallegalla, near Marburg, 60 kms from Brisbane, where they prepare a small team of pacers, including brilliant last start Redcliffe Gold Cup runner-up Northview Hustler. Barnes said after navigating the logistics of purchasing Somebeachsomegift and having him transported north to Queensland, he found him to have a bad tendon as well as stifle issues. "But I was confident with time and patience I could patch him up and told the girl that when I was finished racing him, she could have him back," he said. "It turned out that he was one of the easiest horses to fix up that I've ever had!" But when the pacer was ready to go to the races, Barnes encountered another hurdle with Somebeachsomegift having been deregistered. "That took ages to sort out. I had Harness Racing Victoria helping me and the stewards were terrific, along with the Harness Racing Authority. My parents Geoff and Lorraine, along with a close family friend, played a big role in sorting it all out. Their work behind the scenes was awesome," he said. Somebeachsomegift finally made it back to the races in May, nearly three years after he last raced. But, after scoring an emphatic sprint-lane victory at Albion Park (1:57.9) last week, the pacer is now repaying Alistair and Cassie's persistence. To watch the video replay click here "We got there in the end and he's rewarded us, with the win and three placings from eight starts in a pretty short time. He's sound as a bell, now, and should keep racing consistently. I'm just elated because later the horse will end up having a nice home." And Cassie and her thoroughbred from the saleyards? Well she was also a successful purchaser and is now the owner of a well-bred broodmare by High Chaparral, a former Irish champion racehorse who won 10 of his 13 race starts. "We've booked her into Tassort, a first-season sire who had just two starts for a five-length debut win in the Golden Gift followed by a second in the G2 Silver Slipper Stakes," Cassie said. "Al got lucky-so hopefully I do as well," she laughed. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura  

Black Jack Baby will tackle next month’s Group 1 Golden Slipper, following her scintillating win in the Allwood Stud Farm-Westbred Classic for the two-year-old fillies on Friday night. The Follow The Stars filly was far too classy for her rivals in Friday’s $80,000 event with Chris Voak in the sulky, scoring by 4.5m to Just For Love. It has paved the way for Black Jack Baby to take on the colts and geldings in the showpiece two-year-old event on July 10. Quadrio said he has already had plenty of requests to put Black Jack Baby in the Golden Slipper against the likes of Lavra Joe, Give Us A Wave and Jett Star after Friday’s win. “In the Slipper there’s going to be strength, speed and sheer class and ability,” he told TABradio. “Personally, I think she’s one of the fastest two-year-old’s going around in Perth, if not Australia, over the 400m. “It’ll come down to speed versus strength. “If she gets the right draw with a bit of luck and Voaky can do his magic and we’re sitting behind one of them, they’ll know she’s in the race.” Black Jack Baby has now built an imposing record of seven wins from eight starts and broke through the $100,000 prizemoney barrier on Friday. She managed to beat colts and geldings in each of her first five wins, including an impressive win over fellow Group 1 winner Talks Up A Storm on June 5. Quadrio said the filly was already showing signs of having a prosperous career post her two-year-old season. “It’s amazing because as soon as you take her to the race track she just gets white line fever,” he said. “With another horse next to her she just wants to do it. “You don’t have to hit her with the whip, you just have to give her a rein and a bit of a kiss and off she goes. “She loves being competitive and I’m glad I own her.” Quadrio has nominated the filly for Friday’s Gold Bracelet at Gloucester Park but is unsure if she will run again before the Golden Slipper. Jett Star will continue his build up to the Golden Slipper in tomorrow night’s TABtouch Pace, where he has drawn the outside barrier in the eight horse field. Ryan Warwick drove Jett Star to victory in the Pearl and Give Us A Wave in the Westbred Classic for the colts and geldings. Following Give Us A Wave’s win on Friday night and Jett Star’s Pearl Classic win, Warwick said the Greg and Skye Bond stable were well placed for the Golden Slipper. “There isn’t a lot between them,” he said. “I have a slight leaning to the other horse but I don’t know why. “It’s good going in with two bullets.”   Tim Walker

Harness Racing Australia (HRA) will be looking for a new Chairman as Mr Michael Taranto has advised the HRA Executive that he will not be seeking re-appointment as Chairman of HRA at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting. Following a decision by the HRA Executive Members, he has decided to stand down from the position immediately. Michael was influential in his role as independent Chairman of HRA and as the Chair of the Inter Dominion Event Committee. Michael’s leadership was pivotal in helping guide the industry through the COVID-19 pandemic. The HRA Executive team thanks Michael for his passion and contribution to harness racing nationally and wishes him all the best in the future. The HRA Executive Members recently met and resolved to invite each States Controlling Body to nominate one person for the Executives consideration in filling the role of Independent Chairman of HRA.  An appointment will be made at the 2020 HRA Annual General Meeting later this year. In the interim, Mr Ken Brown, current Vice-Chairman of HRA and Chairman of Harness Racing New South Wales, will undertake the role of Acting Chairman of HRA. Ken Brown Acting Chairman, 29 June 2020 For further comment please contact HRA CEO Andrew Kelly M: 0488 358 285 E: akelly@hra.com.au

Dan Mielicki, Simone Fisher and Matt Stewart were joined by David Moran on RSN’s Cracking the Codes for an update on one of Australasia’s premier pacers Lochinvar Art. A week after Ride High’s first-up blitz to break the Melton last-half record (52.7secs) and obliterate rivals by 28.9m in 1:51.6, Moran praised the performance of one of his biggest likely Victoria Cup adversaries come October.  “I thought he was brilliant,” he told Cracking the Codes. “You see a lot of horses run time nowadays, but you know when they are really moving. And he did that the other night. He hit the line like he had another 200 metres to go.” Moran said Lochinvar Art was a “once in a lifetime” type horse and “the perfect horse” with his mix of speed and strength. Listen to the full interview on the Cracking the Codes podcast Meanwhile, Milicki, Stewart and Fisher also paid tribute to the late Graham Salisbury, whose partnership with Subzero will forever be etched in folklore. Salisbury passed away last week. “It was such a unique pairing and it is hard to define the story, whether it was a racing story or a community story or a mental health story,” Stewart said. Mielicki recalled fond memories at the track when Salisbury went out of his way to ensure patrons, especially kids, were able to pat Subbie. “I remember when my kids were really little. Every time we were there Graham would call them over so they could pat Subzero. It wasn’t just my kids, he did it to everyone, he let everyone pat Subzero," he said.    Harness Racing Victoria

APG is delighted to welcome three new additions to its team of staff, with Belinda Richardson, Kathleen Howse and Linda Graham (pictured) all joining APG in different roles. Based in Victoria, Belinda Richardson joins APG in the role of office manager, following extremely successful stints at both Alabar and Peppertree Farm.  Belinda will take control of APG’s office administration and accounts department, where her exceptional administrative skills and outstanding industry knowledge will make her a very welcome addition to the team. Kathleen Howse and Linda Graham will each share the title of sales manager, both bringing an exciting range of complementary skills to their roles.  Based in Western Australia, Kathleen comes to APG having previously held marketing, event coordination and administration roles at Pinjarra Harness Racing Club, Racing & Wagering WA, WATC (Perth Racing) and WATA (Gloucester Park).  A talented graphic designer, Kathleen also runs her own graphic design business, incorporating web design and social media management. Hailing from Queensland, Linda Graham brings a lifetime of harness racing knowledge to her role, being the wife of Darrel Graham, and the mother of Sky Racing presenter, Brittany, and boom young trainer, Stephanie. In addition to her industry knowledge, Linda brings a strong mix of administrative, communication and management skills to her role, having previously held management roles with a number of major retailers, as well as key roles with the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce and the Ipswich Turf Club. Whilst APG is incredibly excited by the extensive skill set being brought by our three new team members, we would also like to acknowledge the immense contribution of Louise Toulmin over the last twelve years.  Louise will be leaving APG on 30 June to take up a new role in stud administration and on behalf of the entire APG community, we would like to sincerely thank Louise for her excellent service and wish her the best in her new role. Linda Graham will commence her role with APG from Monday, 6 July, with Kathleen and Belinda due to commence the following week.   APG Media

Trainer Kent Rattray, driver John Walters and owner-breeders Nathan and Sandra Bennett, and broodmare Soho Summer had a night out in Launceston on Sunday when they teamed up for a double on the nine-race card. It was one of the coldest race nights held in the state for some time with the mercury ranging between -1 °C and 2 °C during the entire race meeting. Stormy Sanz was their first winner of the night when the gelded son of Betterthancheddar broke his maiden status in the Bevan Lee’s Butchery Two Year Old over 1680 metres. Reinsman John Walters settled the pacer one-out and one-back before flying home over the final 100 metres to score over Lancelot by 1.5 metres with Written In Silk some 12.8 metres away third. At his most recent start, Stormy Sanz looked like he was going to be in the finish on 21 June before being checked on the home corner. “John (Walters) told me last week that he would have run second in that race,” said trainer Kent Rattray after the win, but there were also some gear changes made after that effort. “We whipped his front shoes off and put the spreaders on, I had tried to steer clear of them, but I ended up having to go with them, explained Rattray who also believes there is more improvement to come with the gelding who recorded a 1m 59.8s mile rate with last night’s victory. “I think he will improve in leaps and bounds when he gains more confidence.” Rattray will try to pick up another win with the gelding before aiming at some of the features later in the year. “We will try and pick another two-year-old up and then aim him at the classics,” he said. Due to COVID-19 restriction placed on various states in recent months, Harness Racing Australia recently announced that the current racing season had been extended until 31 December. As a result, this will likely see Stormy Sanz contest the Dandy Patch in Hobart which will now be held in the October/November period. “He is in a lucky season where we have some time before the Sires Stakes, and if it were to be held now we wouldn’t be ready,” said the winning trainer who did acknowledge the quality of two-year-old’s in the state this season. Rattray and Walters teamed up later in the night to score with three-year-old gelding Colby Sanz who led all the way to win race six. Walters was keen to find the lead on the Tasmanian Guineas winner which resulted in the race favourite Giftofjoy being positioned on his back from the pole draw. The favourite did get out late and ran Colby Sanz down to a half neck margin in 2m 0.5s. Colby Sanz did win last season’s Dandy Patch Final in Hobart and will be aimed at the Globe Derby stakes later in the season. The last horse to achieve the Dandy Patch – Globe Derby double was Colsta in 2003 and 2004. Both Stormy Sanz and Colby Sanz are out of the Western Ideal mare Soho Summer, who is also the dam of Sunny Sanz. Soho Summer was purchased by Nathan and Sandra Bennett at an interstate auction with the view of strengthening their breeding lines. Before last night’s race meeting Ryley Major went around in a rating 64 to 120 trial over 1680 metres where he won with ease. The gelded son of Art Major came from last of the four-horse field to win in a mile rate of 1m 57.5s with the pacer privately clocked running his last half mile in 55.4s. Trainer-driver Rohan Hillier indicated after the trial that this seasons Tasmania Cup winner would take a lot of benefit out of the hit out.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Black Jack Baby a bargain overlooked Shrewd judges and keen disciples of breeding missed a wonderful opportunity to snare a bargain when they overlooked the very first lot offered at the 2019 APG yearling sale in Perth. The filly, by the highly promising Art Major stallion Follow The Stars and out of the New Zealand-bred mare What A Card, failed to reach the reserve price of $12,000 and was passed in after the bidding fizzled out at $9000. The filly, bred by Shane Quadrio, is Black Jack Baby, who strolled to an all-the-way victory in the $80,000 group 1 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. That was Black Jack Baby’s seventh win from eight starts and boosted her prizemoney to $100,511, as well as earning several thousand more dollars in Westbred bonuses. “I’m ecstatic that the bidding didn’t reach $12,000,” said a relieved Quadrio, who trains Black Jack Baby at his Henley Brook property. “We look back at it now and say ‘Oh, thank our lucky stars that nobody showed much interest in her.’” Quadrio now is looking seriously at pitting Black Jack Baby against the State’s best colts and geldings in the rich Golden Slipper on Friday week. He also has the option of starting his brilliant filly in the $30,000 Gold Bracelet for fillies next Friday night and then determining whether to run her in the Slipper the following Friday. Quadrio purchased the McArdle mare What A Card after she had won six races in New Zealand on the recommendation of his son Dylan. What impressed Dylan Quadrio was the fact that What A Card was a half-sister to speedy and talented pacers Scruncher, Big Three and Dundee Three, who between them had won 72 races. “What A Card had a lot of high speed,” said Shane Quadrio. “But, unfortunately, after a couple of runs we noticed that she had bad joints and we had to keep treating her. Then we decided to breed from her, and that was the main reason why we got her.” For the record, What A Card had 57 starts in Western Australia for one win (in a C2-C6 2190m event at Northam in April 2015) and six placings for a career record of 89 starts for seven wins, 11 placings and $42,074 in stakes. Pinjarra horseman David Young broke in and educated Black Jack Baby and prepared her for her first five starts for four wins and a second (a half-length behind Rumour Has It in the $25,000 Western Crown at Gloucester Park in March this year. Quadrio has trained the filly for her past three starts. Black Jack Baby was a hot $1.10 favourite on Friday night and the result was never in doubt after Chris Voak sent her straight to the lead from the No. 2 barrier after the mobile barrier sent the field of 12 on its way. The race began in a heavy downpour and the lead time was a very slow 39.2sec. which was followed by extremely leisurely opening 400m sections of two 32.3sec. quarters before a third quarter of 29.5sec. and a sizzling last section of 26.7sec., with Black Jack baby rating a modest 2.0.8 over the 2130m. Voak described the commanding performance as having had an armchair drive, with Black Jack Baby winning by one and a half lengths from the polemarker and $9 chance Just For Love, who fought on doggedly after racing behind the pacemaker throughout. Minor Catastrophe ($34), who raced three back on the pegs in fifth position, was a distant third, just ahead of Star For Me, who fought on from eighth at the bell.   Give Us A Wave is Slipper bound Champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond strengthened their grip on the rich Golden Slipper classic next Friday week when Give Us A Wave scored a decisive victory in the $80,000 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Leading reinsman Ryan Warwick emulated the performance of his father Colin, who won this feature event with Whistling Eagle in 1994, by driving Give Us A Wave, the $2.20 favourite, to an impressive all-the-way victory at a 1.57.1 rate over 2130m on a rain-affected track. The Bond stable holds a powerful hand in the Golden Slipper in which their main hope looks likely to be the brilliant New Zealand-bred colt Jett Star, who scored his fourth easy win from four starts when he finished powerfully to win the $100,000 Pearl Classic on June 12 from the pacemaker and hot favourite Lavra Joe. Warwick said that the was anticipating a strong challenge in Friday night’s event to be issued by Lavra Joe, who began from the No. 2 barrier, with Give Us A Wave drawn perfectly at barrier one. Lavra Joe, as expected, raced in the breeze, and Warwick said he was relieved when a tyre of Lavra Joe’s sulky was punctured. “About 1200m from home it sounded as though Lavra Joe got a flat tyre. So, that was a good thing for us. “The barrier draws mean a lot because there’s such a good crop of two-year-olds. They can all run good times which makes it harder for horses back in the pack. Obviously, we were lucky to draw one. Give Us A Wave did what about half the field would have done from the same barrier. “Give Us A Wave got a little bit keen off the arm, but he came back to me after about 200 to 300 metres. It would have been nice to have gone a little bit slower, but I didn’t want Lavra Joe boring it in, and I wasn’t inviting him to come. So, it was a case of finding the (happy) medium. “Give Us A Wave is a very good doer and runs don’t seem to bother him. There’s not a lot between him and Jett Star, who was really good in winning the Pearl, and he probably does have a little edge on Give Us A Wave. But it’s not big enough to suggest that if one drew barrier one and the other drew nine, I could drive the one with the better draw.” Lavra Joe, equal second fancy at $5 with Carabao, was affected by the flat tyre and wilted to finish ninth. Carabao trailed Give Us A Wave throughout and moved to second with 100m to travel before fading to fifth. Mighty Ronaldo ($7) enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing fast to be second, with Machnificent ($20) coming from sixth at the bell to be third. Give Us A Wave, by Mach Three, is the eleventh foal out of the unraced Safely Kept mare Royal Tour (hence the colt’s name) and he was purchased for $60,000 at the 2019 APG yearling sale in Perth by Team Bond, Rob Gartrell’s Running Camel syndicate and Andrew Foster. He now has raced seven times for two wins and three placings for stakes of $64,883. Give Us A Wave is a half-brother to seven winners, including Truckers Ruffnut (53 starts for 20 wins, 14 placings and $249,770) and Tuxedo Tour (70 starts for 15 wins, 21 placings and $194,596.   Victoria Cup plan for Chicago Bull Champion pacer Chicago Bull notched his 48TH victory in a glittering career when he surged home from last in the field of six at the bell to beat the fast-finishing Ocean Ridge and Motu Premier in the $20,000 Direct Trades Supply Past Presidents Cup over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and trainer Gary Hall snr said he was toying with the idea of setting the seven-year-old for the $300,000 Victoria Cup at Melton in October. “I’ll just potter around with him in the winter and I might go for the Victoria Cup if he keeps getting better,” said Hall. “I haven’t made up my mind yet; it’s just a flight there and back. He’s worth a chance and I haven’t ruled out a trip to Melbourne with him. If he keeps getting better, which I think he will, it’s an option before he contests the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup in November and December.” Chicago Bull competed in the Victoria Cup in October 2018 when he raced three wide in the middle stages and then in the breeze before finishing second to Tiger Tara. He now has had 75 starts for 48 wins, 21 placings and stakes of $1,816,598. Gary Hall jnr drove the  nuggety little gelding with great confidence, not bustling him from barrier five and allowing him to settle down at the rear in the one-wide line as the polemarker Motu Premier resisted an early challenge from Ocean Ridge and set a solid pace. Our Jimmy Johnstone raced in the breeze, with Golden State following the pacemaker and Ocean Ridge enjoying the one-out, one-back trail. Hall sent Chicago Bull (favourite at $1.60) forward with a three-wide burst with about 700m to travel. He sustained his three-wide effort before taking the lead 100m from the post and he beat Ocean Ridge ($5) by 2m, with Motu Premier an excellent third at his first appearance for six months. This completed a double for Hall jnr, who had been successful earlier in the night with While They Pray.   Birthday presents for Voak Chris Voak, an adventurous, aggressive and skilful reinsman, enjoyed an early 32ND birthday present when he gave a typical bold exhibition in the sulky to land former Victorian performer Stroke of Luck an impressive winner of the Mondo Smallgoods Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. An hour later he completed a double when Black Jack Baby was successful in the group 1 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for two-year-old fillies, and he kept up the good work on his birthday on Saturday by driving Burghley Shard to an easy victory in a two-year-old event at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park. Stroke of Luck, a recent addition to trainer Ross Olivieri’s Oakford stable, was favourite at $1.70 from the inside of the back line and Voak eased the Major In Art seven-year-old off the pegs after 100m as the gelding settled down in ninth position. Voak then sent him forward, three wide after 400m and the gelding burst to the front 250m later. Stroke of Luck set a strong pace and dashed over the final quarters in 27.7sec. and 28.2sec. to beat Parisian Partygirl by just over a length at a 1.55.7 rate over 2130m. Our Rhythm N Blues, who came from the rear to raced without cover over the final 1100m, fought on solidly to finish third. “It was a very good run by Stroke of Luck,” said Voak. “He did what I thought he would do, and I drove him like the best horse, and he went like the best horse. I don’t know how much improvement is there because he was in pretty good order when he came across from Victoria. He has excellent sit and sprint capabilities and will get to Free-For-All ranks.”   While They Pray needs loving Four-year-old Alta Christiano gelding While They Pray, stylish winner of the 2130m Villi’s Family Bakery Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, is a work in progress. “But he is winning while that progress is happening,” said Pinjarra trainer Michael George after Gary Hall jnr had guided While They Pray ($4.80) to an all-the-way victory over Mister Bushido and Just Rockon Bye  at a 1.55.8 rate. George was given the task of training While They Pray when the gelding was an unraced three-year-old early last year, with George explaining that champion trainer Gary Hall snr considered that the pacer with so much natural ability wasn’t suited to his training system. “His system was probably too much hustle and bustle for a horse who needed plenty of love and care and one-on-one attention,” George said. “I was fortunate to get the horse. He’s the best horse I’ve had and probably the best I’ll ever have. I am forever thankful to Senior and the owners of this horse for the opportunity I have with him. He’s like my third child. “I do all sorts of things with him, trying to keep him comfortable and happy. I bring a companion horse with him to the track when he races and tonight it was Tubbs Farquhar. I also take a horse with him in the barn before he goes out for a hoppled run. “He’s got a good competitive nature and loves racing. But he has had a lot of issues with his manners. He’s been a headache; he’s just got no brakes; he gets keen scoring up and is pretty difficult to control. But he’s got a good motor and can run time. “Last week when he overraced in the breeze and finished fifth behind Bletchley Park he raced with a Murphy blind --- and it fired him up too much. This week I put a HIDZ hood on him and he raced more kindly.” While They Pray is the second foal out of the Bettors Delight mare Slick Bird, who was prepared by Hall snr for her 34 starts which produced ten wins, nine placings and $89,999 in stakes. She finished third behind Artemis Belle in the WA Oaks in May 2011. Her first foal Slick Artist was also trained by Hall for her 18 starts in WA for six wins (including the Daintys Daughter Classic in February 2018) and six placings. Slick Artist then continued her career in America and now has a record of 58 starts for 11 wins, 22 placings and $175,670.   Inwood’s bargain buy Hopeland trainer Giles Inwood made a wise decision just over five weeks ago to outlay $4000 to purchase veteran pacer Bettor Party, who ended a losing sequence of 21 when he set the pace and beat Robbie Easton and Destined To Rule in the 2536m Worldwide Printing Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This was Bettor Party’s fifth start for Inwood and followed a third, two fourths and a fifth placing to return his new owner $13,227 in prizemoney. Ten-year-old Bettor Party, favourite at $2 (and $1.80 on the fixed market), was driven for the first time by Aiden de Campo, the 26TH person to have handled the old gelding, who now has raced 202 times for 39 wins, 53 placings and $328,600 in stakes. “I approached Eric Chabros recently and asked if I could lease Bettor Party,” said Inwood. “About two weeks later he rang me and asked if I wanted to buy the horse, and I did. “Eric gave me Bettor Party in super condition and his legs are perfect for an old horse. I thought that a change might suit him. I looked at his record and saw that everyone who has had him had done well. He has been a consistent performer and he won a couple of Cups and won the Horse of the Year award in South Australia in two years straight.” Inwood, who celebrated his birthday two days after Friday’s win, is the fifth trainer to have prepared Bettor Party, who was purchased for $20,000 as a yearling by leviathan owner Rob Gartrell. Inwood, who has a team of eight at his stable, works Bettor Party on the heavy sand, jogging on the side of a quadbike, as well as having a hoppled run on Tuesday mornings. He also has enjoyed good success with Gangbuster, a seven-year-old gelding who was given to him as a gift by Kristian Hawkins in May 2019. Since then Gangbuster has had 41 starts for Inwood for four wins, seven placings and $44,915 in stakes.   Lightning Jolt strikes again Seven-year-old Lightning Jolt, who broke down badly with a tendon injury four years ago and was out of action for 16 months, is racing in fine form for Byford trainer John Oldroyd. “He was one of the best young pacers in the State before he damaged a tendon in his off foreleg,” Oldroyd said. “Debra Lewis treated his leg and did an enormous job with his rehabilitation, and I haven’t had a problem with him since.” Lightning Jolt, a big, powerfully-built gelding, continues to be a fine performer for his owners Kirk Kawana and his wife Charlene, Nick Rutledge, Nick Hathaway and the trainer’s son Brad and his victory in the 2130m Choices Flooring Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night improved his record to 80 starts for 13 wins, 26 placings and stakes of $150,810. A $4.60 chance ($5.50 on the fixed market), Lightning Jolt began from the No. 4 barrier and Ryan Warwick quickly positioned him in the perfect one-out, one-back trail, with Heza Head Honcho setting the pace, with Naval Aviator in the breeze and Euphoric Moment behind the leader. Lightning Jolt dashed to the front on the home turn and fought on determinedly to defeat A Boy Named Rosie, who finished strongly, out wide, from eighth at the bell. The final quarters were run in 28.7sec. and 28.6sec. and the winner rated 1.58.2. Lightning Jolt is the second of two foals out of unraced mare Sandys Success, whose first foal Mynameskenny (a full-brother to Lightning Jolt) was trained by Oldroyd and was a brilliant performer, earning $199,195 from 21 wins and six placings from 43 starts before breaking down with tendon damage as a five-year-old.   The Black Cardinal’s on-off career Ten-year-old The Black Cardinal had two unplaced runs as a two-year-old in June 2012 and then had a three-year break from racing. He reappeared in June 2015 and had 23 starts in the following 12 months for two wins at Pinjarra. But then he was not seen in action for another three and a half years before Jandakot trainer Tommy Sheehy gained the lease of the gelding who now has had 27 starts for Sheehy for five wins and five placings. The Black Cardinal got punters away to a flying start at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he was the $2.60 favourite for the opening event, the TABtouch Pace, and was driven to a convincing all-the-way win by Ryan Warwick, who went on to notch a treble after scoring with Lightning Jolt and Give Us A Wave and then travelled to Bunbury on Saturday where he guided Poisedtopounce to an effortless victory in the Errol Ashcroft Pace . After a modest early tempo, The Black Cardinal dashed over the final quarters in 28.4sec. and 28.1sec. to win by just under a length from Alta Rhett ($4.60), who trailed him throughout. Walsh ($16) charged home from eleventh at the bell to be an eye-catching third. The unlucky runner was Pierre Whitby ($4.20), who enjoyed a perfect sit, one-out and one-back, but was hopelessly blocked for a run in the final circuit and finished seventh.    Bad Round ends losing run of 56 Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg and her husband John have never lost faith in Bad Round, and the seven-year-old repaid them for their patience when he unleashed a powerful late burst to snatch a head victory over Madame Meilland in the 2130m Catalano Truck And Equipment Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Bad Round, a $4.70 chance from the inside of the back line, was driven expertly by Jocelyn Young, who had the gelding pacing smoothly three back on the pegs in sixth position before she angled him off the inside with 850m to travel, with the $3.10 favourite Millwood Gucci bowling along in front. Bad Round sustained a spirited burst, out wide, to get up and beat Madame Meilland and Millwood Gucci to end a losing sequence of 56, stretching back to December 2018.           The Padberg’s paid $20,000 for Bad Round as a three-year-old after he had been unplaced at two runs in New Zealand and had won at four of his nine starts in New South Wales. He has had 157 starts for the Padbergs for 11 wins, 30 placings and stakes of $158,618. “I was offered him by NSW trainer Blake Fitzpatrick, and he is the first one of about seven pacers I have bought off him,” said Mrs Padberg. “He is a little character and is part of the family now. “He’s got to have good draws because he is purely a fence horse. If he has a bad draw, we just tuck him away and look after him.” Bad Round is certainly not a high-profile pacer, but he has one important claim to fame. His maternal granddam Love To Live produced champion performer Terror To Love, who earned $2,429,978 from 31 wins and 23 placings from 76 starts. His major victory was in the 3200m New Zealand Cup at Addington in November 2011 when he defeated Smoken Up and Highview Tommy. Jocelyn Young continued in winning form when she scored a narrow victory with $1.90 fancy Pamy June over the pacemaker Madame of Mischief at Bunbury on Saturday night.   Flying start is the key A brilliant burst of speed which enabled Tiffany Rose to burst straight to the front from the No. 5 barrier paved the way for the three-year-old filly’s win at $6 over older and more experienced mares in the $24,000 Lombardo Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred Tiffany Rose, trained at Henley Brook by Mike Reed for owners Jim and Wilma Giumelli, scorched into the lead and then was able to relax with a comfortable lead time of 38.1sec. and a slow first quarter of 31.9sec. Shannon Suvaljko then increased the tempo with final quarters of 29.4sec., 27.8sec. and 28.1sec. and Tiffany Rose won by just under a length from the $1.20 favourite Mandy Joan, who fought on grandly after working in the breeze throughout.  The winner’s mile rate was 1.57.4. Radiant Amber ($23) enjoyed the one-out, one-back passage before finishing third, with My Prayer ($34) charging home, four wide, from ninth and last at the bell to be an encouraging fourth. Tiffany Rose had eight starts as a two-year-old in New Zealand for four seconds, three thirds and one fourth placing and her 15 starts as a three-year-old this season have resulted in eight wins and three thirds.   Ken Casellas

Highly talented Auckland Reactor four-year-old Reactor Now stretched his winning sequence to seven and earned a new speed badge of 1:52.2 when he came from second last to win the Victorian Regional Challenge heat at Bendigo on Friday night (June 26). Gaining a three-wide trail in the back straight, Reactor Now was spotting the leaders a conservative 25 metres at the 600 metre mark but maintained a solid finishing thrust to prevail in the last stride. The gelding has now won nine of his 12 lifetime starts and $55,630 in stakes. The win was the highlight of another highly successful weekend for emerging sire Auckland Reactor. Bossmaro, a four-year-old, romped home by three-and-a-half lengths at a 1:59.9 rate over    2600 metres at Addington, while the five-year-old Jimmy Richter notched his second win at Invercargill. Other recent Australian winners by Auckland Reactor were Temora Reactor (1:57, Wagga) and Hilo Tyson (Northam). Auckland Reactor is currently ranked fifth on this year’s New Zealand all aged sires’ list and third on the 5YO and older table ahead of American Ideal and Art Major. His NZ based stock has earned $746,000 to date this season. Auckland Reactor is standing this season at the Moama (NSW) property of well known horseman Tony Peacock.   By Peter Wharton

Good luck and good fortune go hand in hand with harness racing - and horseshoes have been a symbol of good luck for centuries. And perhaps there was more than a slice of good fortune at Albion Park on Friday night when a horseshoe became a flying missile - and fortunately caused no harm. Several harness racing drivers could be excused for counting their lucky stars after the shoe dislodged from one of the starters in the first 60 metres of race six in Brisbane. It's invisible to the naked eye and on replay, but ace racetrack photographer Dan Costello was right on the spot to capture several brilliant shots that show how close the "lucky horseshoe" came to a number of runners. Experienced reinsman Darren Weeks, who was driving 40/1 chance Newmerella Ladykay, said he saw "something flash past" out the corner of his eye. "I gathered it was a shoe. There was probably a few of us a bit lucky-you certainly wouldn't have wanted it to hit you that's for sure," he said. For the race replay click here  The video of the race replay shows Grant Dixon in black and white checks, on Good As It Gets (no 3) and Shane Graham, wearing blue and white colors, on Vienna Boy (4), both running the gate and seemingly oblivious to the flying shoe as they concentrate on getting forward positions. Weeks (number two: Gold with purple diamond yokes) eased out of the speed battle at the start, but glances quickly across to his right side, and then looks back toward the racetrack as the shoe hits the surface. Stewards reported the shoe was cast from Notorious, driven by Dannielle McMullen (8), wearing bright red and purple colors. They started on the inside of the back row, directly behind Couldntbetold, Chloe Butler (1). Happily no harm done. This photo shows how lucky the drivers were not to be hit in the face just after the horseshoe starts its trajectory But what's the story behind the "luck" associated with horseshoes? Over the ages, people have hung them over their doorways to bring good fortune, rubbed them to ward off spirits, and used them on their racing colors in an attempt to bring good karma. Iron has long been believed to ward off evil spirits, and the shoes were traditionally held in place by seven nails - seven being considered the luckiest number. Myth has it that the tradition of hanging a horseshoe at the front door dates back to the tenth century, and a blacksmith named Dunstan. It is said that a man Dunstan recognised as the devil asked him to put horseshoes his hooves. The devil was in agony, and Dunstan chained him up, releasing him only after he promised never to enter a place that had a horseshoe hung over the door. Therefore, any house with a horseshoe was guaranteed to be lucky. But be careful with how you display your horseshoe-it's only good luck if the ends point upward so that the horseshoe can fill with luck. Well, it's a nice thought anyway!   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura