Day At The Track

The Angelique Club is mourning the passing of its much loved President, Olive Hayes. Olive passed away on Wednesday, 6 December 2017. Leading the Angelique Club with great enthusiasm for 11 years, Olive worked hard to promote and raise the profile of our club and in doing so built a comprehensive network of contacts across the sport. Everyone who knew Olive understood the wealth of knowledge she held in relation to the sport of harness racing. Her interest was strengthened by her son Michael's long time involvement in the industry. In 2015 Olive became the first recipient of Life Membership of the Angelique Club. Her warm and generous manner will be missed by all her friends in the Angelique Club and Harness Racing. We extend our deepest sympathy to Olive's family. Requiem Mass will be offered at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 46 Ballarat Rd, Maidstone, on Tuesday (December 12, 2017) commencing at 11.30am. Rosary will be recited at the church 30 mins prior to the mass. No flowers by request. Donations in lieu to Cancer Council Victoria   CODY WINNELL EDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

After crossing the line in third in Friday night’s Inter Dominion grand final, Bathurst product Todd McCarthy was the first to shake the hand of harness racing trainer-driver Mark Purdon. While McCarthy did all he could to see Tiger Tara win the $1.1 million classic at Gloucester Park, he knew he was beaten by a special horse in Purdon’s Lazarus. Starting as the $1.90 favourite, Lazarus was one out and two back early before making a move to sit in the death outside Tiger Tara ($7.20) with just over two laps to go. McCarthy had pinched a 99.9 seconds lead time in the 2,963 metres contest and had the Kevin Pizzuto trained horse travelling well after securing the lead from barrier one. Tiger Tara had beaten Purdon’s champion five-year-old in the heats of the series and McCarthy was looking to repeat that success. But through the final bend Lazarus drew level with McCarthy’s chance and then ran away from the field down the straight. Clocking 27.4 and 27.2 splits in the run home, Lazarus picked up his 14th Group 1 win. “He is the best horse I have ever trained”, Purdon said post-race.  He finished 4.1m clear of Chicago Bull ($4.60) who was able to get past a tiring Tiger Tara after spending a bulk of the journey in the trail. Tiger Tara did well to hold on for third, a further 1.6m back, to give McCarthy his second top-three finish in the biggest race on the Australasian Harness Racing calendar. He previously Seel N Print to second in 2014. By Anya Whitelaw Reprinted with permission of The Western Advocate

Over the last 12 months at Young Harness Racing Club meetings, no driver has enjoyed more success than Amanda Turnbull and she continued that trend on Friday night. She picked up three winners, was denied a fourth victory by a neck and also snagged a third across the eight-race meeting. Two of her winning drives came for her father-trainer Steve Turnbull, guiding both El Gran Senor ($1.60 favourite) and Oh I Am The One ($4.10) to success. For El Gran Senor, who took out the 2,100 metres Young Locksmith Pace, the win continued an impressive run for the Radiant Lodge stable since arriving from New Zealand. From five starts, his worst finish has been a fourth. Turnbull’s other winning drive came with a member of her own team in Taihape Sunset ($1.80), who ran down early leader Special Thoughts to win by a neck in the Lyle Jones Memorial. It was his fourth win from seven starts this season. By Anya Whitelaw Reprinted with permission of The Western Advocate

The battleground for corporate bookmakers is a tough one and operators are always looking to get an edge on rivals. Vision is seen as a key driver in getting punters to a particular site. So it was not surprising Crownbet was keen to trumpet its coup last week in getting permission to stream vision on its site from Sky 1 and Sky 2. The deal, however, will not include vision of NSW thoroughbred racing. Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'landys has already sold the exclusive digital rights to NSW gallops to Crownbet's rival William Hill and has blocked Tabcorp, which sold the Sky 1 and Sky 2 vision to Crownbet, from on-selling the NSW rights. To read the full article written by Chris Roots in the Brisbane Times click here.

Detectives of the the Queensland Racing Crime Squad working in conjunction with the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission have today concluded a protracted match-fixing investigation relating to a leading harness racing driver. A 35-year-old Logan man, as well as two others, have been arrested this morning and charged with match-fixing and other offences in the harness code. He has been released on bail to appear in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court in January in relation to charges of match-fixing. Police will allege the man affected the outcome of harness races at Albion Park in Queensland in July and October this year. An 18-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman both from Logan Village were also arrested in raids by detectives this morning. The 35-year-old Logan man has been charged with the following, two counts of discloses the knowledge to another about a relevant bet relating to race at Albion Park October, 6 2017. Two counts of facilitating match-fixing conduct pecuniary benefit relating to a race at Albion Park July 28, 2017 and a race at Albion Park October 6, 2017. One count of encouraging another person to make a relevant bet relating to a race at Albion Park July 28, 2017. A 39-year-old Logan Village woman has been charged with two counts facilitating match-fixing conduct pecuniary benefit relating to a race at Albion Park July 28, 2017 and another race at Albion Park October 6, 2017. An 18-year-old Logan Village man has been charged with one count of facilitating match-fixing conduct pecuniary benefit relating to a race at Albion Park July 28, 2017. All three are expected to appear in Beenleigh or Brisbane Magistrates Courts respectfully in January. A fourth person, who is an industry participant but not a licence holder, is also being sought over his alleged involvement. A total of eight people have now been charged with match-fixing offences as a result of Operation Oscar Swallowtail, which has been operating since July 2016. Detective Inspector Mick Dowie of the State Crime Command’s Drug and Serious Crime Group said the QPS will continue to target anyone involved in illegal activity in the racing industry. “The Queensland Racing Crime Squad (QRCS) will pursue all information received regarding match fixing and criminal conduct across all codes of racing. I urge anyone with information about match-fixing to contact the police or Crime Stoppers,” he said. The offence of engaging in match-fixing conduct was added to the state’s criminal code in 2014 and carries a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment. Since its inception on July 1, 2016 the QRCS has been integrated with the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission at Albion and is tasked with investigating serious animal cruelty, and major and organised crime across all three codes of racing. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day. You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day. Queensland Racing Crime Squad match-fixing charges

Detectives have smashed a hole in the harness racing industry, arresting three major identities over race fixing including arguably Australia’s best driver. Shane Graham, Leonard Cain and Vicki Rasmussen were arrested this morning, with the trio charged with match fixing. Graham, 35, has topped the harness racing industry in Queensland for the past four years, with horses he has driven winning more than $5m in prize money. He was selected in August this year to represent Australia at the world harness driving championships in Canada. Horses trained by Rasmussen earned more than $1.6 million in prizemoney from 2015-17. Graham and Rasmussen are understood to have previously being in a relationship. The arrests involve detectives from the Queensland Police Racing Crime Squad, assisted by Queensland Racing Integrity Commission stewards. Detectives allege Race 2 at Albion Park on July 28 was fixed. Graham won the race on horse Dapper (NZ) and Cain came second, with detectives alleging Cain gave up the lead in the race. Dapper had starting odds of $7. Rasmussen was the trainer for Cain’s horse January, which had starting odds of $2.90. Graham and Rasmussen have also been charged with an additional count of match fixing for a race on October 6. Vicki Rasmussen and Shane Graham QIRC Commissioner Ross Barnett said three of the top six drivers in Queensland had been charged with race fixing offences in the past six months. “While it is match fixing, what it really is in its heart is cheating and stealing,” he said. “These people are stealing prize money from the other participants in races who are honest, hard-working, people who are just seeking a fair go. “These people are also telling their friends who are betting on these races and reaping significant benefits – that is stealing from the bookmakers who accept those bets in good faith. “But most importantly they are stealing hope from the participants in the industry who are honest and are trying to do the right thing.” Mr Barnett said Graham currently led the Queensland driver’s championship and was third in the trainer’s championship. He said the driving and training licences of Graham would be suspended. Cain would also have his driver licence suspended. Rasmussen previously held a trainer’s licence but it lapsed this year. Queensland Police Racing Crime Squad Detective Inspector Mick Dowie said the arrests should be a significant warning to anyone involved in any of the racing codes that they would be caught if involved in match fixing or sharing inside information with betting. “It’s doesn’t matter who you are, you will be charged and put before the court,” he said. Insp Dowie said a fourth person was expected to be charged today, who had allegedly been given inside information and made bets with bookmakers. Mr Barnett said: “We can’t say the activity is rare”. Graham has been charged with two counts of discloses the knowledge to another about a relevant bet relating to the race at Albion Park on October 6. He is also charged with two counts of facilitating match-fixing conduct pecuniary benefit relating to a race at Albion Park on July 28 and the race at Albion Park on October 6, and one count of encouraging another person to make a relevant bet relating to the race in July. Rasmussen, 39, has been charged with two counts of facilitating match-fixing conduct pecuniary benefit relating to the race in July and the race in October. Cain has been charged with one count of facilitating match-fixing conduct pecuniary benefit relating to the July race. The arrests follow four others charged with unrelated match fixing offences. Top harness racing driver Matthew Neilson has been charged with match fixing. In October, driver Barton Cockburn pleaded guilty to fixing two races. Stuart Hunter, a former licensed stablehand, has also been charged with fixing two races. One race was at Albion Park and the other at Globe Derby Park in South Australia. Harness identify Marshall Dobson was charged with running a fake betting account worth millions of dollars. The maximum penalty for match fixing is 10 years in jail. By Thomas Chamberlin, The Courier-Mail Repriunted with permission of The Courier-Mail

Canadian World Champion harness racing driver James MacDonald took out the third heat of the 2017 Perth International Driver Series at Gloucester Park in Perth on Friday night with a superb exhibition. Drawn the pole with the $7.70 change Skippy Rascal, MacDonald didn’t panic when he was crossed in the early battle for the lead and show his great skill and patience when he extracted the horse from the pocket turning for home and hit the line strongly to win from the $4.50 favourite Simba Bromac. American reinsman Marcus Miller was close up in third place with the $12.70 chance Wrappers Delight which had worked hard three wide over the final 900 metres of the race and fought on strongly in the straight. “It was an amazing buzz to win a race in Perth, not as good as the World Driving Championship but pretty close to it,” an ebullient Miller said post-race. “I have had an amazing stay in Perth and everybody involved in the Inter Dominion carnival has been so friendly and welcoming and the racing here is tight and exciting.” “Mick Radley and his staff here at Gloucester Park have done a superb job and the crowds have been great”. There were some 9,000 fans on-course on Friday night. James MacDonald enters the record books as the first Canadian reinsman to drive a winner at Gloucester Park. American Pat Iovine is the only other Northern Hemisphere driver to win a race at Gloucester Park and he achieved the feat in May 1976 behind a horse called Main Morris. MacDonald is the 1854th individual to drive a winner in Perth in the 53,062 races held in the city since harness racing began in Western Australia in 1910. The second of last night’s two Drivers Series heats was taken out by the $114.50 chance Courage Tells which his driver Ryan Warwick got up in the last stride to down Johnny Disco $8.70 and Three Blind Mice $17.10. With the $2.50 favourite Argyle Red finishing out of a place the first three horses home paid a trifecta dividend of $14,559. Local tipster Pat Harding, renowned for his tipping skill in terms of value selections, had selected Courage Tells as the winner on his Friday morning radio programme. MacDonald finished sixth in the final leg of the Drivers Series on the $73.70 chance Jaxon Fella while Marcus Miller, sitting in a perfect position on the leaders back had his drive Ohoka Darcy go out of its gear and break just as he was about to make a winning move. Local ace Gary Hall Jnr won the Drivers Series, sponsored by Sky Racing and Slater Gartrell Sports, with an overall points score total of 36 ahead of Ryan Warwick and Chris Lewis who each finished with 32 points. Hall failed to win a heat but was placed in three of the four races. MacDonald finished fifth with 27 points and Miller was in tenth place with 19 points. American reinswoman Hannah Miller drove the $17.50 chance Parisian Partygirl in the Retravision Invitation Lady Drivers Challenge which was won by the $1.50 favourite Dior Mia More which was driven by Kiara Davies. Miller finished in seventh place. Alan Parker

Champion New Zealand pacer Lazarus has won the harness racing A$1.1 million (NZ$1.2 million) Tabtouch Inter Dominion final at Gloucester Park in Perth on Friday night (Saturday morning NZ Time). The two-time New Zealand Trotting Cup winner was too tough from the parked position and beat home Chicago Bull and Tiger Tara. Lazarus' victory was the second win in the race in as many years for the training partnership of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, who won the race with Smolda in 2016. Purdon told Sky Racing after the win that Lazarus was the best horse he’d ever put a bridal on. “He’s a champion and I don’t call many of them champions, but this horse is,” Purdon said. “It was a great feeling, when you’ve got a horse like this it comes with a lot of pressure too — it’s a relief.” Hall of Fame racing legend Fred Kersley was in awe of the remarkable horse that now sports a record of 33 wins from 39 starts — placing in the other seven. “He’s a dominant horse ... he’s just outstanding,” Kersley said. “He made it look easy. He went to the line comfortably. “They could have gone another lap and they wouldn’t have caught him.” The honour roll of past Inter Dominion winners reads like a who's who of racing but perhaps the greatest name of them all and certainly the greatest to have graced the track at Gloucester Park was Im Themightyquinn, winner of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Inter Dominion Championships.By  By Mat Kermeen Group 1 $1.1 Million TABtouch Inter Dominion Grand Final 6 8:00pm TABTOUCH INTER DOMINION GRAND FINAL (SKY 1) 2936M $1,100,000 M0 Or Better. RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 LAZARUS NZ      Fr2 2 Mark Purdon Mark Purdon   $ 1.90 fav  2   BAY HORSE 5 by BETTORS DELIGHT USA out of BETHANY (NZ) (CHRISTIAN CULLEN NZ)  Owner(s): G J Kennard, P I Kennard, T G Casey, K J Riseley  Breeder(s): G Chin, Studholme Bloodstock Limited 2 CHICAGO BULL NZ      Sr1 10 Gary Hall Snr Gary Hall Jnr 4.1m $ 4.70   3 3 TIGER TARA NZ      Fr1 1 Kevin Pizzuto Todd McCarthy 5.7m $ 7.20   1 4 VULTAN TIN      Fr3 3 Phil Costello Chris Voak 6.0m $ 85.60   5 5 GALACTIC STAR NZ      Fr5 5 Skye Bond Ryan Warwick 7.6m $ 90.70   7 6 SOHO TRIBECA      Fr4 4 Kim Prentice Kim Prentice 9.1m $ 8.20   6 7 LENNYTHESHARK      Fr6 6 David Aiken Chris Alford 9.2m $ 11.00   4 8 SHANDALE NZ      Fr8 8 Mike Reed Shannon Suvaljko 11.5m $ 142.50   9 9 SAN CARLO      Fr7 7 Stephen O'Donoghue Rebecca Bartley 14.7m $ 46.50   8 10 HAVE FAITH IN ME NZ      Fr9 9 Mark Purdon Chris Lewis 16.4m $ 25.50   W1 Scratchings   OHOKA PUNTER NZ 11 DEVENDRA 12 MAJOR CROCKER 13 THE BUCKET LIST NZ 14 Track Rating: Gross Time: 3:34:5 Mile Rate: 1:57:6 Lead Time: 99.9 First Quarter: 30.3 Second Quarter: 29.7 Third Quarter: 27.4 Fourth Quarter: 27.2 Margins: 4.1m x 1.6m   Lazarus NZ, Inter Dominion Grand Final 2017     Group 2 $35,000 TABtouch Inter Dominion Consolation   8 9:05pm TABTOUCH INTER DOMINION CONSOLATION (SKY 1) 2936M $35,000 M0 Or Better. RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 THE BUCKET LIST NZ      Fr6 6 Michael Brennan Michael Grantham   $ 4.70   10   BAY GELDING 8 by CHRISTIAN CULLEN NZ out of SADDLE RIDGE USA (ARTSPLACE (US))  Owner(s): D T Roberts, D P Skelton, M J Harding, G S Black, P J Skelton, S L Beven, B J Anderson, G A Skelton, K L Grantham, M P Young  Breeder(s): Bruce Carter Bloodstock Ltd, R C Johnson 2 OHOKA PUNTER NZ      Fr7 7 Gary Hall Snr Gary Hall Jnr 3.0m $ 6.80   1 3 MAJORDAN      Fr4 4 Kevin Pizzuto Chris Alford 10.2m $ 27.70   8 4 MAJOR CROCKER      Sr1 10 Vince Vallelonga Mark Purdon 13.0m $ 4.10 fav  2 5 SIMPLY SUSATIONAL NZ      Fr8 8 Skye Bond Ryan Warwick 13.4m $ 30.50   7 6 JAMBIANI      Fr2 2 Ross Olivieri Chris Voak 15.7m $ 7.70   5 7 YAYAS HOT SPOT NZ      Fr1 1 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Lauren Tritton 17.8m $ 5.00   3 8 CUT FOR AN ACE      Fr9 9 Michael Brennan Kerryn Manning 18.6m $ 44.70   9 9 EGODAN      Fr5 5 Kevin Pizzuto Todd McCarthy 42.9m $ 46.90   4 10 DEVENDRA      Fr3 3 Todd Rattray Todd Rattray 48.2m $ 7.40   6 Scratchings   MOTU PREMIER NZ 11 CODE BLACK NZ 12 MR MOJITO NZ 13 AMERICANBOOTSCOOTA 14 Track Rating: Gross Time: 3:32:5 Mile Rate: 1:56:5 Lead Time: 96.5 First Quarter: 29.2 Second Quarter: 28.5 Third Quarter: 28.4 Fourth Quarter: 29.9 Margins: 3.0m x 7.1m   The Bucket List NZ, Race 8 Gloucester Park, Inter Dominion 2017       Group 1 $200,000 Retravision Golden Nugget Championship   7 8:30pm RETRAVISION GOLDEN NUGGET (SKY 1) 2536M $200,000 RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 ULTIMATE MACHETE NZ      Fr1 1 Mark Purdon Mark Purdon   $ 1.10 fav  1   BAY/BROWN COLT 4 by BETTORS DELIGHT USA out of REALITY CHECK (NZ) (ARMBRO OPERATIVE USA)  Owner(s): G J Kennard, P I Kennard, G R Douglas, K J Riseley, P J Creighton, M C Creighton  Breeder(s): K J Walsh, G P Walsh 2 MACZAFFAIR NZ      Fr6 6 Mike Reed Shannon Suvaljko 2.4m $ 91.60   3 3 HERRICK ROOSEVELT NZ      Sr1 10 Gary Hall Snr Gary Hall Jnr 3.9m $ 11.60   5 4 MOTU METEOR NZ      Fr4 4 Kerryn Manning Kerryn Manning 6.5m $ 16.60   4 5 VAMPIRO NZ      Fr2 2 Skye Bond Todd McCarthy 7.7m $ 56.20   8 6 ROCKNROLL LINCOLN NZ      Sr3 12 Justin Prentice Justin Prentice 8.0m $ 87.00   7 7 HANDSANDWHEELS      Fr5 5 Andrew De Campo Aiden De Campo 9.2m $ 39.10   12 8 ROCK DIAMONDS NZ      Sr2 11 Skye Bond Ryan Warwick 10.1m $ 33.00   2 9 SPACE JUNK      Fr3 3 Ross Olivieri Chris Voak 10.7m $ 35.60   9 10 IM ROCKARIA      Fr8 8 Michael Brennan Chris Alford 12.3m $ 73.40   6 11 OUR ZAK WHITBY      Fr9 9 Edwin Dewar Chris Lewis 14.5m $ 113.30   11 12 TISADREAM NZ      Fr7 7 Andrew De Campo Nathan Turvey 14.9m $ 84.20   10 Scratchings   MIGHTY MR SHARKEY NZ 13 WRAPPERS DELIGHT 14 Track Rating: Gross Time: 3:05:4 Mile Rate: 1:57:6 Lead Time: 67.8 First Quarter: 31.2 Second Quarter: 30 Third Quarter: 28.8 Fourth Quarter: 27.6 Margins: 2.4m x 1.4m     Ultimate Machete NZ, Golden Nugget 2017       Courage Tells NZ, Race 5 Gloucester Park, Inter Dominion 2017 5 7:22pm SLATER GARTRELL DRIVERS SERIES HEAT 4 MS PACE (SKY 1) 2130M $25,000 M1 To M3. RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 COURAGE TELLS NZ      Fr8 8 Skye Bond Ryan Warwick   $ 114.50   RAS INC 7 SWAB   BROWN GELDING 10 by COURAGE UNDER FIRE NZ out of TELLALIE (NZ) (LIVE OR DIE USA)  Owner(s): S A (Skye) Bond  Breeder(s): G W (Greg) Brodie 2 JOHNNY DISCO      Fr5 5 Ross Ashby Mark Purdon 1.30 $ 8.70   3WE L1W OTM 4 3 THREE BLIND MICE NZ      Fr7 7 Barry Howlett Gary Hall Jnr 4.20 $ 17.10   3WM L1W 2 4 MAXIMUM DEMAND      Fr9 9 Kevin Egerton-Green Chris Voak 4.40 $ 119.60   RAS INC 9 5 ARGYLE RED      Fr1 1 Robert MacDonald Todd McCarthy 7.50 $ 2.50 fav  PRBT GS L 1 6 JAXON FELLA      Sr2 11 Matthew Scott James MacDonald 8.50 $ 73.70   5 SFTR 7 FERNLEIGH REBEL NZ      Fr4 4 Clinton Hall Shannon Suvaljko 8.90 $ 33.70   6 8 RED SALUTE      Sr3 13 Ross Olivieri Kerryn Manning 13.20 $ 39.90   8 9 BETTOR REWARD      Fr6 6 Justin Prentice Chris Lewis 13.20 $ 10.90   RAS W3 10 SOKYS BIGBULLET      Fr2 2 Tony Svilicich Kim Prentice 20.30 $ 3.80   GS L1W W1 3WL 11 JOHNNY FOX NZ      Fr3 3 Ross Olivieri Chris Alford 28.60 $ 17.20   HOSU GS W2 3WLT 12 OHOKA DARCY NZ      Sr1 10 Nathan Turvey Marcus Miller 97.20 $ 8.70   3 B WI Scratchings   WEBB ELLIS NZ 12 BHAGWAN 14 Track Rating: GOOD Gross Time: 2:33:5 Mile Rate: 1:56:0 Lead Time: 36.8 First Quarter: 30.4 Second Quarter: 29.3 Third Quarter: 27.9 Fourth Quarter: 29.1 Margins: 1.3m x 2.9m   Courage Tells NZ, Race 5 Gloucester Park, Inter Dominion 2017       Group 1 $125,000 Westral Mares Classic   Ideal Alice gets a deserved win in the Gr. 1 Westral Mares Classic.   4 6:52pm WESTRAL MARES CLASSIC MS PACE (SKY 1) 2536M $125,000 Mares. M0 Or Better. RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 IDEAL ALICE NZ      Sr2 11 Gary Hall Snr Gary Hall Jnr   $ 13.70   5   BAY/BROWN MARE 7 by AMERICAN IDEAL USA out of BONSOIR (NZ) (ARMBRO OPERATIVE USA)  Owner(s): P M (Phil) Cook  Breeder(s): Philadelphia Racing Ltd 2 AMERETTO      Fr5 5 Kerryn Manning Kerryn Manning HD $ 2.70 fav  2 3 QUITE A DELIGHT NZ      Sr3 12 Justin Prentice Chris Alford 4.3m $ 67.90   7 4 EDEN FRANCO NZ      Fr1 1 Colin Brown Colin Brown 5.2m $ 4.90   1 5 A PICCADILLY PRINCESS NZ      Sr1 10 Mark Purdon Mark Purdon 8.2m $ 3.00   3 6 DONEGAL RUNDLESCREEK NZ      Fr7 7 Skye Bond Ryan Warwick 8.8m $ 95.80   9 7 SHES ARTFUL NZ      Fr9 13 Bruce Stanley Chris Voak 16.8m $ 161.50   11 8 MAJOR REALITY NZ      Fr2 2 Justin Prentice Justin Prentice 22.2m $ 10.00   4 9 MY RONA GOLD NZ      Fr6 6 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Lauren Tritton 29.5m $ 158.70   12 10 TRICKY STYX NZ      Fr8 8 Jesse Moore Aiden De Campo 30.2m $ 70.60   10 11 SHEER ROCKNROLL      Fr3 3 Ross Olivieri Chris Lewis 31.7m $ 27.90   8 12 BETTOR BE SUPREME NZ      Fr4 4 Barry Howlett Dylan Egerton-Green 39.9m $ 86.80   6 Scratchings   DODOLICIOUS 9 SARAH GOODY 14 Track Rating: Gross Time: 3:02:0 Mile Rate: 1:55:5 Lead Time: 64.9 First Quarter: 30.5 Second Quarter: 29.2 Third Quarter: 28.8 Fourth Quarter: 28.6 Margins: HD x 3.7m   Ideal Alice NZ, Race 4 Gloucester Park, Inter Dominion 2017   Dior Mia More, Race 3 Gloucester Part, Inter Dominion 2017 3 6:22pm RETRAVISION INVITATION LADIES DRIVERS MARES MS PACE 2130M $14,000 Mares. M0 To M2. RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 DIOR MIA MORE      Fr1 1 Annie Belton Kiara Davies   $ 1.50 fav  1   BAY MARE 5 by TINTIN IN AMERICA NZ out of I AM SPECIAL (LIVE OR DIE USA)  Owner(s): C Belton, A E Belton  Breeder(s): B S R (Brett) Coffey 2 BETTOR BLING      Sr1 10 Callan Suvaljko Kristy Sheehy 1.6m $ 8.00   3 3 MADAME MEILLAND      Fr9 9 Ross Olivieri Jocelyn Young 15.1m $ 9.60   6 4 CHEVRONS CHAMPION NZ      Fr8 8 Nathan Turvey Lauren Jones 18.0m $ 8.30   2 5 TAJIES GIRL      Fr5 5 Kevin Keys Rebecca Bartley 18.6m $ 77.60   7 6 ITS MY LUCKNOW      Fr2 11 Sarah Suvaljko Deni Roberts 21.0m $ 43.90   5 7 SEA ME SMILE      Fr7 7 Debra Lewis Kerryn Manning 22.8m $ 33.70   9 8 PARISIAN PARTYGIRL      Fr3 3 Bernard James Hannah Miller 28.0m $ 17.50   8 9 SHES TURBO CHARGED NZ      Fr6 6 Courtney Burch Courtney Burch 32.1m $ 37.90   4 10 C C CHEVRON NZ      Fr4 4 Matthew Scott Lauren Tritton 32.2m $ 30.50   10 Scratchings   SHES ARTFUL NZ 2 ALFA QUEEN 12 Track Rating: Gross Time: 2:33:1 Mile Rate: 1:55:7 Lead Time: 36.1 First Quarter: 30.4 Second Quarter: 29.8 Third Quarter: 29.3 Fourth Quarter: 27.5 Margins: 1.6m x 13.5m   Dior Mia More, Race 3 Gloucester Part, Inter Dominion 2017       2 5:52pm SKY RACING DRIVERS SERIES HEAT 3 MS PACE (SKY 1) 2130M $25,000 M0 To M2. RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 SKIPPY RASCAL NZ      Fr1 1 Callan Suvaljko James MacDonald   $ 7.70   GS 3 SWAB   BROWN GELDING 8 by LIVE OR DIE USA out of ROYAL RASCAL (NZ) (MAN AROUND TOWN USA)  Owner(s): E J & H M Anderson Nominees Pty Ltd  Breeder(s): M R Herman, M S Herman 2 SIMBA BROMAC NZ      Fr3 3 Nathan Turvey Ryan Warwick 1.30 $ 4.50 fav  GS L 1 3 WRAPPERS DELIGHT      Sr3 12 Ross Olivieri Marcus Miller 2.60 $ 12.70   W1 3WML 4 CARTER MICHEAL NZ      Fr7 7 Nathan Turvey Chris Voak 2.90 $ 9.80   RES W2 3WLT 5 ACE BROMAC NZ      Fr8 8 Kyle Harper Chris Lewis 8.00 $ 18.20   RAS W3 3WLT 6 CHAR DO NEIGH NZ      Fr5 5 Skye Bond Kerryn Manning 8.30 $ 91.10   RAS C 7 7 YOUR EXCUSED      Sr2 11 Bob Mellsop Chris Alford 8.90 $ 27.50   3WE RP 5 8 ABRAXAS BLUES      Fr9 9 Kim Prentice Gary Hall Jnr 10.60 $ 11.50   PRBT 8 RAS 9 MIGHTY MR SHARKEY NZ      Fr4 4 Skye Bond Shannon Suvaljko 11.20 $ 7.40   GS 3WE L1W 2 10 BRONZE SEEKER NZ      Fr2 2 Peter Anderson Mark Purdon 14.40 $ 10.40   GS 6 11 WARDAN EXPRESS      Fr6 6 Kevin Pizzuto Todd McCarthy 24.20 $ 5.10   GS L1W OTE 4 12 LISHARRY NZ      Sr1 10 Peter Anderson Kim Prentice 34.00 $ 37.70   B WI 9 Scratchings   SIGHTSEEING ANVIL NZ 13 BHAGWAN 14 Track Rating: GOOD Gross Time: 2:32:5 Mile Rate: 1:55:2 Lead Time: 36.5 First Quarter: 29.3 Second Quarter: 29.3 Third Quarter: 28.1 Fourth Quarter: 29.3 Margins: 1.3m x 1.3m   Skippy Rascal NZ, Race 2 Gloucester Park, Inter Dominion 2017         Group 2 $50,000 Binshaw Classic Aussie Delight wins the first race on the program, the Princi Butchers Binshaw Pace at Gr. 2 level! 1 5:22pm PRINCI BUTCHERS BINSHAW MS PACE (SKY 1) 2130M $50,000 RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 AUSSIE DELIGHT      Fr4 4 Garry Butler Chris Alford   $ 31.50   4   BAY GELDING 6 by BETTORS DELIGHT USA out of TEXAN COWGIRL (FAKE LEFT USA)  Owner(s): J D Bickers, K Bickers, D W Worrall, K R Worrall, T Bickers, T Bickers  Breeder(s): J D (Dene) Bickers 2 KHUN RATHA      Fr7 7 Andrew De Campo Michael Grantham HD $ 96.90   7 3 LIVURA NZ      Fr8 8 Nathan Turvey Nathan Turvey 5.7m $ 10.70   W3 4 THEREUGO      Sr2 11 Kyle Harper Kyle Harper 7.8m $ 6.40   W1 5 AUCTIONEERS ELSU      Fr1 1 Sarah Suvaljko Jocelyn Young 9.0m $ 8.60   3 6 TALKTOMEURMATTJESTY NZ      Fr2 2 Barry Howlett Chris Lewis 10.2m $ 2.00 fav  1 7 ADDFUELTOFIRE      Sr1 10 Linley Voak Chris Voak 11.1m $ 35.10   5 8 ASSASSINATOR      Fr9 9 Ross Olivieri Shannon Suvaljko 13.3m $ 83.00   6 9 BRAEVIEW BOMBER      Sr3 12 Glenn Elliott Gary Hall Jnr 14.8m $ 87.80   W2 10 THE TRILOGY NZ      Fr6 6 Kristian Hawkins Kristian Hawkins 15.7m $ 35.90   W4 11 MARY CATHERINE      Fr3 3 Andrew De Campo Aiden De Campo 16.2m $ 5.30   2 12 CHANGE OF ADDRESS      Fr5 5 Craig Abercromby Callan Suvaljko 38.4m $ 91.50   9 Scratchings   ROBERT THE BRUCE NZ 13 CAPTAIN PROUD 14 Track Rating: Gross Time: 2:32:5 Mile Rate: 1:55:2 Lead Time: 37.4 First Quarter: 28.6 Second Quarter: 29.4 Third Quarter: 27.6 Fourth Quarter: 29.5 Margins: HD x 5.2m   Aussie Delight, Race 1 Gloucester Park, Inter Dominion 2017      

Geelong Harness Racing Club is gearing up to celebrate its 2017 Pacing Cup this Saturday, 9 December, thanks to a joint funding package of $104,000 supported by the Andrews Labor Government. The Labor Government is contributing more than $25,000 through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund to the night race and a further $13,000 for a range of upgrades to the club’s Beckley Park home. The Group 3 Geelong Pacing Cup program is a high quality harness race meeting that provides the opportunity for local families, sports clubs and community groups to get together for end-of-year celebrations. A wide range of offers and entertainment will be available to racegoers on the night, including discounted family tickets, live music from Gruven as well as face painting, a balloon artist and a petting zoo for children. The evening’s proceedings will be hosted by harness racing personalities and form experts including Rob Auber, Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden. Beckley Park will also benefit from several upgrades, including a new heating and cooling system for the club’s grandstand and a new head-on camera to improve vision on the home straight. The owners’ facilities will also be renovated and thermal imaging of the track’s electrics will ensure all lighting systems are working correctly. The club is providing more than $26,000 towards its Cup meeting, while Harness Racing Victoria is contributing more than $24,000 to support the Cup and facility upgrades. The Victorian Harness Racing Sports Club is also providing almost $6,000 for the owners’ room renovations. Since 2014, the Labor Government has provided almost $120,000 for five infrastructure projects and three race day events at Geelong. The racing industry in the Barwon region generates more than $106 million for the Victorian economy annually and helps sustain more than 1050 full-time equivalent jobs in the region. Quote attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula “We’re proud to support the Geelong Harness Racing Club because the racing industry is a vital part of Victoria’s economy and it creates thousands of local jobs.” Quote attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens “The Geelong Pacing Cup is a great opportunity for local community groups, businesses and families to come together and celebrate the festive season.” Quote attributable to Geelong Harness Racing Club President John Ballestrino “We’re very appreciative of the support we’ve received from the Victorian Government for the Geelong Pacing Cup, which will be a fantastic start to the festive season.” Minister for Racing

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has rescheduled last night’s postponed Tabcorp Park Melton metropolitan trots meeting to Monday afternoon. The meeting will be a ‘Geelong at Tabcorp Park Melton’ meeting and will be followed by Monday night’s scheduled Melton program, creating a Massive Monday at Melton. HRV made the decision today after consultation with media and wagering partners, Tabcorp Park Melton and the Victorian Trainers and Drivers Association. “Thursday night’s rain was torrential at Melton resulting in the track being unsuitable for racing and unable to be repaired for that night,” HRV CEO David Martin said. “The decision to move the meeting to Monday afternoon means connections of the horses who missed a run due to the washout get a second chance to race for the substantial prizemoney on offer.” The fields, race order and barrier draws will remain unchanged as per Thursday night’s meeting. All scratchings will initially be reinstated before each horse’s relevant eligibility is to be determined by HRV. Any horses unable to race on Monday afternoon will be able to be scratched penalty-free. “I’d like to thank HRV employees and everyone involved in helping us reschedule this meeting. For the sake of our industry we must be flexible and consultative in our approach and I’m looking forward to a Massive Monday of trots at Melton,” Mr Martin said. Geelong was selected as the ‘host’ club for the Melton meeting due its close proximity to Melton, and to provide separation from the existing Melton meeting scheduled for Monday night with trotting races to be exported to France. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV), the peak racing body in the heartland of Australian harness racing, and The Farm Ventures – developers of the popular international trots app game Off and Pacing – have partnered to deliver players an exciting realistic ‘Victorian trots’ experience. HRV is thrilled to announce some of the highlights of the Australian harness racing calendar, Vicbred Super Series, Breeders Crown, A.G. Hunter Cup and Alabar Queen of the Pacific have been added to the Off and Pacing stakes race calendar, while Trots Melton becomes the first 1000-metre track in the game. VIDEO: Learn more about Off and Pacing “Finding ways to reach new audiences including young people and engage them with our sport helps create trots fans for life and that’s the potential genius of this particular game,” HRV Media and Communications Manager Cody Winnell said. “Players program and race horses, they also breed horses and compete with big-name stables across the world. I know Canadian superstar reinsman Yannick Gingras is an avid Off and Pacing player and the same can be said about Shane Tritton here in Australia. “These guys see the benefit of marketing the product to the masses and digital is an ever-growing beast. Given it is so easily accessible on your tablet or mobile phone, it especially helps to promote the sport to a new generation and across multiple jurisdictions.” The Farm Ventures founder Ryan Clements said he was thrilled to be associated with the Victorian trots. “We get great support out of Australia with so many players enjoying Off and Pacing down under,” he said. “Hopefully those guys will really enjoy being able to target stakes races that they know and they can also now race regularly at Melton. “From a marketing viewpoint, these Victorian assets are now being promoted across New Zealand, Canada, North America and in many other countries where players are getting on to Off and Pacing and playing every day. We have about 3000 active users playing daily.” Clements explained some of the philosophy behind the game in a recent article: “A lot of mobile games are designed to help pass five minutes while you are on a bus,” explains the developer. “While you can certainly enjoy playing Off and Pacing for that amount of time, but the real challenge is trying to build a championship stable over the course of a year or two. Building a successful breeding operation in Off and Pacing could be a challenge that takes even longer to accomplish. A season in the game lasts 26 days, so there is an overload of excitement as you watch your star horse’s three-year-old campaign pan out in under a month.” Off and Pacing can be downloaded in the App Store or the Google Play Store. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

RWWA Stewards yesterday concluded an inquiry conducted into reports received from RWWA Stewards Compliance officer Ms Freya Norman and RWWA Racing Industry Veterinarian Dr Judith Medd into the condition of horses under the care of licenced harness racing trainer Ms Tammy Horn-Walker. Ms Horn-Walker pleaded guilty to a charge under Harness Rule of Racing 218 in that she as the person having responsibility for the welfare of the Standardbreds ALL AMERICAN BEAUTY, ZZZAFFERANO and HARD TO FORGET had failed to care for those horses properly which resulted in ALL AMERICAN BEAUTY found to be in a very poor condition with a Body Score of 1/5 and ZZZAFFERANO and HARD TO FORGET found to be in poor condition, both horses having a Body Score of 1.5/5, when inspected on 29 August 2017 by RWWA Racing Industry Veterinarian Dr Judith Medd. After considering all factors in relation to the matter Stewards today determined to disqualify Ms Horn-Walker for a period of nine (9) months, backdated to 21 September 2017, the date Ms Horn-Walker was stood down. In considering penalty Stewards took into account: Previous penalties issued for related matters. The seriousness of the matter and the need for deterrence to reinforce and maintain the high standards of animal welfare that apply within the industry as a whole. The acknowledgment of the offence by Ms Horn-Walker Harness Stewards Inquiry – Trainer Tammy Horn-Walker Barbara Scott – Chief Steward Harness Ph: 9445 5176 barbara.scott@rwwa.com.au

On the eve of one of Australasia’s biggest harness racing events the 2017  $1.1Million Inter Dominion Pacing Championship Grand Final at Gloucester Park, Perth, Western Australia Friday 8th December local time, lets look at the field of 10 finalists. Half the field {5} are made up of progeny by champion sire/stud Bettors Delight, three of these well performed pacers are out of Christian Cullen broodmares. When we drill down to family related winners of past Inter Dominion Grand Finals we see number 1 Tiger Tara is from the same family as, Young Mister Charles 1996 winner and Tactician winner of the 1955 Inter Dominion Grand Final. San Carlo drawn 7 in the final is from the family of 1977 winner Stanley Rio. The past 77 winners of the Inter Dominion Grand Final are from the family's below which break down as follows. 28 winners from Australian Maternal family Line Descendants . 39 winners from New Zealand Maternal family Line Descendants . 10 winners from American Maternal family Line Descendants . For all previous winners of the Inter Dominion Grand Finals 1936 thru to 2016 click this link then click the horses name for six generation breeding pedigree. Below is the barrier draw for Fridays final with breeding and career data..{enjoy} Sire....Dam...Six Generation Pedigree and Career Data. (1) TIGER TARA...7 year old Entire/Horse. By Bettors Delight out of Dream Away mare ..TARA GOLD Career...78 Starts..25 Wins..18 Seconds..11 Thirds..Best of 1.49.8MR.. Prizemoney..$1,136,931. Click this link for Tiger Tara’s six generation breeding pedigree. (2) LAZARUS...5 year old Entire/Horse. By Bettors Delight out of Christian Cullen mare.. BETHANY. Career..39 Starts..32 Wins..4 Seconds..3 Thirds..Best of 1.49.0MR.Prizemoney...$2,712,139. Click this link for Lazarus Six generation breeding pedigree. (3) VULTAN TIN ..6 year old Gelding. By Dawn Of A New Day out of Pacific Fella mare..ELLEVARRAC.. Career..90 Starts..13 Wins..16 Seconds..11 Thirds..Best of 1.55.9MR..Prizemoney..$200,956. Click this link for Vultan Tins six generation breeding pedigree. (4) SOHO TRIBECA..5 year old Entire/Horse. By American Ideal out of Art Major mare..PIXEL PERFECT .. Career..46 Starts..18 Wins..15 Seconds..5 Thirds..Best of 1.53.8MR....Prizemoney..$558,239. Click this link for Soho Tribeca's six generation breeding pedigree..   (5) GALACTIC STAR ..5 year old Gelding. By Bettors Delight out of Christian Cullen mare.. PETRA'S STAR. Career..39 Starts..20 Wins..7 Seconds..5 Thirds..Best of 1.53.1MR..Prizemoney..$248,037. Click this link for Galactic Star's six generation breeding pedigree. (6) LENNYTHESHARK...8 year old Entire/Horse. By Four Starzzz Shark out of Albert Albert mare..BOTSWANA.. Career..73 Starts..38 Wins...17 Seconds..12 Thirds..Best of 1.49.2MR..Prizemoney..$2,872,085. Click this link for Lennytheshark's six generation breeding pedigree. (7) SAN CARLO..7 year old Gelding.. By Mach Three out of Classic Garry mare..BRIDGE PLAYER Career..27 Starts..21 Wins..0 Seconds..3 Thirds..Best of 1.54.6MR..Prizemoney..$187,048. Click this link for San Carlo's six generation breeding pedigree. (8) SHANDALE ..5 year old Entire/Horse. By Art Major out of Bettor Delight mare DELIGHTFUL DALE. Career...47 Starts..14 Wins..5 Seconds..7 Thirds..Best of 1.53.7MR..Prizemoney..$274,505. Click this link for Shandales six generation breeding pedigree. (9) HAVE FAITH IN ME ..6 year old Gelding.. By Bettors Delight out of BGs Bunny mare ..SCUSE ME. Career..40 Starts..16 Wins..8 Seconds..2 Thirds..Best of 1.47.5MR..Prizemoney..$1,444,872. Click this link for Have Faith In Me's six generation breeding pedigree. (10) CHICAGO BULL..5 year old Gelding. By Bettors Delight out of Christian Cullen mare..CHICAGO BLUES.. Career..42 Starts..27 Wins..4 Seconds..6 Thirds..Best of 1.51.6MR..Prizemoney..$1,112,069. Click this link for Chicago Bull's six generation breeding pedigree. For all your breeding data click on this link.  

If Lazarus is going to win tonight's A$1.1 million Inter Dominion Final in Perth he is almost certainly going to have do it the hard way. It is looking increasingly unlikely the Kiwi pacing hero is going to secure his favoured pacemaking role in the 2936m mobile and that his enormous stamina is going to be tested like never before. Punting on tonight's race — it is actually 1am tomorrow but punters don't think that way — is a battle between perception and reality. The perception is Lazarus, after a track record heat win last Friday and the seemingly perfect barrier two, will work his way to the lead and win. If that first part proves true then so will the second, as Lazarus has never been beaten in front and unless he has to do something crazy in this race, from in front he would win. But the reality may be different. Tiger Tara, drawn the ace and with more natural gate speed than Lazarus, could hold him at the start and New South Wales driver Todd McCarthy says he would like to stay in front throughout. That could change, especially if any of the big three outside him in Lazarus (2), Soho Tribeca (4) or Lennytheshark (6) seriously try to cross him early and soften Tiger Tara up. But if it doesn't happen then Lazarus faces having to work harder than the horses inside him on the marker pegs. He might be able to work over Tiger Tara and break him but that could still leave him vulnerable to swoopers such as Lennytheshark, Soho Tribeca or most dangerously Chicago Bull. And as great as Lazarus is, his two heat defeats in this series prove he can be beaten when asked to sit parked, with coming from further back even more difficult. So where the muscular black stallion is after a lap of the tiny Gloucester Park circuit could decide the race. Not only would he be near impossible to run down in front but Lazarus leading would also put Chicago Bull three back on the markers, and that would flip the script enormously. So by all means back Lazarus to win because he might simply outstay his Australian rivals over a distance which favours him, but the reality is unless he gets that unlikely lead, his $2 price is way too short. Still, to beat him most of his rivals are going to have to run past him, something no horse has done in a race before. It is going to be a fun watch for those who stay up late. They could also be rewarded by a Kiwi victory in the A$200,000 Golden Nugget, where only bad luck looks a serious threat to Ultimate Machete but stablemate Piccadilly Princess faces a trickier test in the A$125,000 Mares Classic. She has drawn the inside of the second line, which will be great if Eden Franco can hold the front from barrier one but a disaster if favourite Amaretto runs to the lead early. Yet another All Stars big name should provide one of the highlights at Alexandra Park tonight when the enigmatic Heaven Rocks falls beautifully into the Summer Cup against semi-open class opposition and should win if he gets things right. Michael Guerin

A champion harness racing figure accused of serious corruption has been caught telling a worker of plans to “pull up” his horse the day before a race in which his associates allegedly won thousands of dollars. The alleged admission by Shepparton driver Nathan Jack was made in a text to stable­hand Lisa Bartley, hours before the allegedly rigged race in Cobram on June 22, 2015. Mr Jack, Ms Bartley and fellow co-accused racing ­identities Mark Pitt and Amanda Turnbull have each pleaded not guilty to corrupting the race’s betting outcome. It is alleged Mr Jack and fellow driver Mr Pitt manipulated the race by allowing Airborne Magic to win, after Mr Jack “pulled up” his horse, Tooram Lam. Police also alleged the racehorse had been secretly trained at a more elite facility before the race, creating unfair betting odds. Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday heard Mr Jack texted Ms Bartley a day before the race: “I’m pulling up that horse tomorrow.” A month later, a seemingly distressed Ms Bartley told him they could “never use one of Dad’s horses again”. “When we took Metro (nickname for Airborne Magic), Dad said he didn’t want anything to do with him, and any money he won, I was to have,” said Ms Bartley in a text read in court. “I rang him before to get him to take the money to Echuca, but he has already spent it.” The court heard Ms Bartley declined an offer of money by Mr Jack, who replied: “If it wasn’t one of yours, we wouldn’t have got anything.” Mr Jack later told Ms Bartley police “have nothing and can’t use phone taps” when discussing the probe via text in October. He was also heard telling his girlfriend, Ms Turnbull, how to answer police questions about the race. “If they interview us again, say you don’t remember anything. That’s what I’ll be saying,” he said in an intercepted phone call played in court. The Herald Sun previously reported as much as $30,000 was won by figures connected to the “Cobram Crew”. A probe was launched after a series of bets dramatically lowered Airborne Magic’s odds shortly before the race. During her police interview, Ms Bartley confessed to winning about $2000 on the race. The court heard Ms Turnbull admitted telling her brother, Nathan, to bet on Airborne Magic. He allegedly pocketed $2600. Ms Turnbull denied she backed Airborne Magic and made more than $2200. The accused foursome faces up to 10 years’ jail. The hearing continues next week. By Aneeka Simonis - Herald Sun Reprinted with permission of The Daily Telegraph  

What a night of harness racing at Gloucester Park! The best Inter Dominion Championship Final we’ve seen in many years and three other high-quality Group 1 events on a stellar 11-event card. Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have identified classy New Zealand four-year-old Ultimate Machete and star Victorian mare Ameretto as stand outs in the Golden Nugget and Mares Classic respectively. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, Sunday Times columnist Robbie Dewar, the West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft and yours truly have labelled Ultimate Machete as the best of good things. Manning spoke for his colleagues when he said Ultimate Machete was shaping as the next rising star in Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen’s stable. “Ultimate Machete already looks a strong 2018 Inter Dominion hope,” Manning said. “He won the New Zealand Free-For-All from Tiger Tara on November 17 and only a week later scored in the Four-Year-Old Classic at Gloucester Park. Probably would have started favourite from any draw and barrier one is a big bonus.” Leading tipster Stuart Lowe, TABradio’s Matt Young and longshot king Pat Harding are keen fans of Ameretto. Lowe echoed the thoughts of his fellow tipsters when he waxed lyrical about the Kerryn Manning-trained mare. “My best bet on a star-studded night is the brilliant Victorian mare Ameretto,” Lowe said. “She was too strong when winning the Norms Daughter Classic two starts ago. Covered a lot of extra ground when a close-up third in the Parliamentarians Cup last week. Draw favours her this week.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas has settled on Mighty Mr Sharkey as his best for the night. “Leading trainer Skye Bond has Mighty Mr Sharkey racing keenly and the four-year-old looks a star bet when he starts from barrier four in the third heat of the Sky Racing Drivers series,” Casellas said. “He has been unplaced at his past four starts against quality opposition, but has the ability to return to the winning list at good odds.” Veteran tipster Bill Brindley has earmarked A Piccadilly Princess as his star bet. “Mark Purdon is set for a big night on Friday with live chances in three of the four Group 1 events,” Brindley said. “I think A Piccadilly Princess could start the night off on the right note for him.” VALUE BETS Ernie: Sea Me Smile has run unplaced in her past four races, but a return to mares company will suit her. She is a winner of five Gloucester Park races. Robbie: Devendra has had a disappointing campaign but could pay expenses with victory in the Inters Consolation. Ryan: Lisharry, from inside of the back-line, would be a great each-way prospect if Skippy Rascal is able to hold the lead in the first of the Sky Racing Drivers heats. Wayne: Bettor Bling is drawn to get the run of the race in the Invitation Ladies Drivers race and looks to be each-way all day. Stuart: Ohoka Darcy was luckless last week when unplaced. He won well at two previous starts and is drawn better here. Matt: Shes Artful was very good on resumption in a top-class race. She steps down in grade and is nicely drawn with Deni Roberts to do the steering. Pat: The Bucket List will give punters a good sight in the Inters Consolation. The Brennan/Grantham combination should see punters on the winning end. Ken: The Bucket List caught the eye last Friday night when he ran home solidly from sixth on the home turn to finish fourth behind Chicago Bull. Bill: Shes Artful is drawn well in the ladies event and can feature at odds. To view all of the Media Guild tips for this week click here. Good Punting.  Wayne Currall