Day At The Track

8 August 2017 - Initial harness racing nominations for the 2017 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup, Haras des Trotteurs Dominion Handicap and Graphite Developments Ltd Glenys & Philip Kennard Show Day Futurity Series close on Wednesday, 16 August 2017 at 3pm (NZ time). Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup - $800,000 - Group 1 - 14 November 2017 Initial Nomination Fee (incl GST) Due Date $460.00 Wednesday 16 August 2017 3pm (NZ Time)   Haras des Trotteurs Dominion Trot - $300,000 - Group 1 - 17 November 2017   Initial Nomination Fee (incl GST) Due Date $172.50 Wednesday 16 August 2017 3pm (NZ Time)   Graphite Developments Ltd Glenys & Philip Kennard Show Day Futurity Series This series is for 3YO and older pacers assessed at MR (Non Winner) as at 1 July 2017. A horse must start at two NZMTC meetings from 4 August to 3 November 2017 to be eligible to start in the series race on Show Day. Nomination Fee (incl GST) Due Date $115 Wednesday 16 August 2017 3pm (NZ Time)   For information on when all the fees are due and the full terms and conditions on these racing initiatives please visit here.  Alternatively, please call Addington’s Racing Department on 03 338 9094. 

Jessica Amber has the chance to jump to an outright lead in the Wagga Horse of the Year honours on Tuesday night. With less than a month left in the harness racing season, Jake Stockton’s mare is level with Padrisimo on 16 points. She jumped from a share of third to equal first with a win at Wagga last time out. She also has an advantage over the former pacer of Rod Woodhouse, who has since moved to Sydney. Despite a spelling Tiwanaku in second there are plenty of other runners who can pick up valueable points. Serene Major and Navajo Rocky are both on 13 while Jessica Amber has to contend with barrier six on Tuesday night. She is one of two Stockton runners in the Supermix Concrete Pace (1755m) with last start winner Our Classical Art drawn in seven. However Jessica Amber is coming off an impressive second in the Group Three NSW Breeders Challenge Regional Final at Bathurst. By Courtney Rees Reprinted with permission of the Daily Advertiser

Canterbury trainer Cran Dalgety is hoping for a change of luck with Australasian Breeders Crown two-year-old pacing hopefuls, Bettor Joy and Master Moonlite, in Victoria over the next two nights. Bettor Joy, a Group Two winner of the Delightful Lady Classic at Auckland in March, makes her Victoria debut from wide on the front row in a Breeders Crown 2YO Fillies Heat, at Shepparton on Tuesday night. Master Moonlite, looking to emulate the Breeders Crown victories of his dam Miss Moonlite (2012 4YO mares champion) and grand-dam Dancingonmoonlight (2000 3YO fillies champion), starts from barrier four in a Breeders Crown 2YO colts and geldings heat at Kilmore on Wednesday night. Dalgety gave three-year-old trotting stablemate Chevron Express a chance for Group One glory in the Victoria Trotting Derby at Maryborough on Sunday, but the NZ Hambletonian and NZ Trotting Oaks winner was very disappointing. Chevron Express, given an economical trip three-back on the markers by Dalgety's brother-in-law Anthony Butt, had nothing to offer in the run home. She dropped away and finished 36.7 metres from winner Une Belle Allure, a daughter of Angus Hall trained by Anton Golino. "She was super before the race and Ants (Butt) said she felt so well until 299 metres to run. She made a right goose of me, but I don't think we have a health issue," Dalgety said on Monday. "In hindsight, it was probably more a case of being underdone for a 2690m race. "I don't usually worry about blood tests too much, but we'll take some bloods off her just in case."  The Breeders Crown 3YO Trot Final on August 26 remains her main target. Butt will also drive Bettor Joy and Master Moonlite.  Top NZ reinsman and the Dalgety stable's regular driver, Dexter Dunn, is currently preparing for this weekend’s World Driving Championships opening round in Canada. NZ Harness News http://www.theinformant.co.nz/

Bathurst native and one of New South Wales’ leading harness racing drivers Todd McCarthy is risking his premiership lead for an experience of a life time. The defending champion currently holds the lead in the Harness Racing NSW metropolitan drivers’ premiership narrowly over his older brother Luke McCarthy and young gun reinsman Chris Geary. In the overall premiership, he is third behind The Lagoon’s Amanda Turnbull and Geary. However, on Wednesday McCarthy is leaving the country for a couple of weeks. “I’m heading to Canada for a fortnight for the World Drivers Championship,” McCarthy said. “I’m heading over with Shane Graham, who is representing Australia, as his plus one. “Harness Racing Australia have organised a licence for me so I can drive over there. I have also had help from Darren McCall, who has connections there, to help me get a few drives. “I’m planning to drive at Mohawk Racetrack.” Both of McCarthy’s older brothers have experienced driving in North America. Luke spent a stint driving in the United States and drove superstar trotter Muscle Hill to victory in the World Trotting Derby in 2009 while Andy was amongst the top 50 drivers in the US last season. McCarthy won all drivers’ premierships last season and is happy with what he has achieved this term so far. “I’ve spent a bit of time not driving this season after going on a holiday and then breaking my collarbone so have done well,” he said. Amanda Rando Reprinted with permission of The Western Advocate

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards have issued a charge against licensed harness racing trainer Mr Michael Quadara under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1) which states: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances The AHRR defines "Race" as a race or official trial or official time trial or event in which harness racing horses race or participate. It is alleged that Mr Quadara presented ‘Strapless Girl’ to race at the Yarra Valley trial meeting on 23 April 2017 when not free of the prohibited substance 2-(1-hydroxyethyl) promazine sulfoxide. The charge will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed.  

When leading harness racing reinswoman Danielle Hill started season 2016-2017 she stated a goal was to improve her status as a trainer. Four winners over two nights at Globe Derby Park on the weekend took her tally to 44 for the season and she sits in fourth place on the SA Trainers premiership behind Ryan Hryhorec (70), the training partnership of Jake Webster and Aaron Bain (50) and Les Harding (48). Her tally might have more but for a virus slowing down her stable for several months earlier this year. To the end of March, Hill had 31 winners to sit second on the premiership but lack of runners saw fellow trainers go past. On Friday, the South-East-owned Missy Deyo ($1 fav) scored an all the way win in the Ubet Pace (1800m) beating Markleigh Fireball ($72.50) by two metres with Cyclone Mach ($17.40) a half-head away third. “She wasn’t impressive tonight,” Hill said. “I am finding she doesn’t like float trips, even though my stables are not that far away, unless she has a travelling companion. “She came by herself tonight and maybe that is why she wasn’t at the peak of her game.” On Saturday night, Hill produced Ricks Shadow, Hez A Chance and Arber in consecutive races to land a treble. Ricks Shadow ($1.80 fav) led throughout in the PFD Food Services Pace (1800m) to score by a metre from Smooth Delight ($8.30) with Ace To Play ($6.80), 2-1/2 metres away third. “I was glad she was able to win for her new owners,” Hill said. “The mare was purchased from Jake Webster and Aaron Bain last month and has had three runs previously and picked up a cheque each time but it was great to win for them tonight.” Hill made it a double when Hez A Chance ($1.30 fav), also led throughout to win the Schweppes Australia Three-Year-Old Pace (1800m) by 6-1/2 metres from I Wanna Rocknroll ($18.20) with Priddy Sporty ($10.30), 10-1/2 metres away third. Hez A Chance is also owned in the South-East and normally prepared by Bec East. The three-year-old came to Adelaide for the Southern Cross series but Bec left the gelding with Danielle Hill to try and win his breeders’ bonus – and it only took the one start. “He’ll be on the float back to Bec on Monday,” Hill said. “Actually, I understand he is for sale and as his is lightly assessed could be a nice purchase for someone looking for a winner.” The treble came courtesy of the former talented young pacer Arber. Now a 10-year-old, Arber was bred and is owned by Phil Nott, who sent him to South Australia to extend his racing career. The $2.50 favourite, Arber came from near last to score a 2-1/2 metre win in the BGC Industrial Cleaning Supplies Claiming Pace (1800m) from Sir Julian ($6.50) which trailed him for much of the race with Machtwister ($6.10), a long neck away third. “The owner has a $15,000 claiming price on him and I’m, sure it won’t decrease,” Hill said. “He’s a lovely old horse enjoying a new lease on life here in Adelaide. I believe the owner really doesn’t want to lose him but just wants to see him performing positively.” Hill drove all three winners and she will land back-to-back driving premierships currently sitting on 154 winners – 31 clear of Ryan Hryhorec. by Graham Fischer

Of the top 10 Australian stakes-earning two-year-old harness racing fillies, three will line up tomorrow night at Shepparton in Breeders Crown heats. Emma Stewart-trained Nostra Beach (ranked 1 nationally with $187,800), Molly Kelly (#2, $187,600) and unbeaten Nostra Villa (#4, $118,890) headline the heats, which also feature Cran Dalgety-trained Our Bettor Joy from New Zealand, which would slot in at No.9 nationally with earnings of $68,730. The Breeders Crown heats are Races 2, 3 and 7 on the 10-event card, which gets under way at 5.27pm and is scheduled to finish at 10pm. This week’s Race to Royalty heats Today Globe Derby (South Australia) 2YO pacing colts and geldings 2YO pacing fillies 3YO pacing fillies 3YO pacing colts and geldings Tomorrow Shepparton (Victoria) 2YO pacing fillies Albion Park (Queensland) 3YO pacing colts and geldings Wednesday August 9 Kilmore (Victoria) 2YO pacing colts and geldings Thursday August 10 Ballarat (Victoria) 3YO pacing fillies Friday August 11 Bendigo (Victoria) 3YO pacing colts and geldings Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager) Fields for Shepparton, Tuesday 08 August 2017 Form guide for Shepparton, Tuesday 08 August 2017

If there was one box left to tick to reaffirm Wobelee’s status as the finest two-year-old trotter of the season consider it ticked, marked and crossed. The Alison Alford trained, Chris Alford driven and Colin Murphy owned Down Under Muscles two-year-old was in a class of his own in winning the $50,000 Seelite Windows & Doors Redwood Classic, a third Group 1 victory of the harness racing season. Since running second to One Muscle Hill in his first start, coincidentally named the 157 Days To Seelite Redwood handicap, and then third in his second start, Wobelee has reeled off eight consecutive victories including Vicbred and now Redwood acclaim. It’s been enough to surprise even the most seasoned of drivers. “After his first trials we thought at least he’s going to make it to the races and he’s just improved and improved and improved the further the year has gone along,” Chris Alford said. “It’s pretty amazing really." Many considered the Classic – having blemished many a two-year-olds spectacular debut season – a key test of Wobelee’s standing, but the inside back row draw was no barrier. Wobelee burst from the standing start to lead in a matter of meters, capitalising on the polemarker (Whizzbang Dan) leaving a door open. “Pretty lucky really at the start,” Alford said. “In the warm-up Christopher Shinn’s horse, he gave it a practice and as it jumped it did a right-hand turn and went out about three carts and I thought, this couldn’t be true. If this happens and we are moving forward we will just go straight through. “Thankfully it happened and the professional little thing that he is he just trotted away.” And from there it was all she wrote. A 48.2 lead time set an honest pace and no challenger could threaten as Wobelee, as is his custom, used his high cruising speed to churn out 29.9 and 30.9 first and second quarters. “He was just rolling along, when I saw 29.9 I thought I might be going a bit quick here, but he just likes to run.” With 29.6 and 30.5 quarters he closed out a 2:04.4 mile rate, matching Illawong Byron’s race/age/sex record set in last year’s Classic and clearing out by a colossal 32.6m. It was a heck of a statement and connections, in particular owner Colin Murphy, will be hoping the Down Under Muslces gelding can extend his winning ways to Breeders Crown’s super Sunday. “He’s had a long year,” Alford said. “He’s starting to tire a little bit, we will just try and keep him ticking over. “The good thing is he doesn’t do a lot at home, so he’s got two more runs and then he can have a rest, so hopefully he can keep it up.” Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

A fine filly tipped out the boys and extended a stellar harness racing season for the tight-knit trio trainer Anton Golino, owner Pat Driscoll and driver Zac Phillips, who landed the Seelite Windows & Doors Victoria Trotters Derby. Victorian and New South Wales Oaks winner Une Belle Allure added a crown typically set aside for the boys to her monster three-year-old haul, with Phillips finding the lead from stablemate Dance Craze and controlling the pace to ensure none would run past his Angus Hall filly. A 28.2 final quarter shut the door and delivered another Group 1 to the 21-year-old, who celebrated with a jubilant salute in front of a hearty Redwood All-Trotting Carnival crowd at Maryborough today. “She’s unbelievable. She stepped up to the plate every time she’s been asked too,” Phillips said. “She just keeps taking the next step and the next step and continues to surprise me.” The victory was a sixth career Group 1 win for Phillips, all coming with trotters and all since March 11. “It’s been an unbelievable year and sort of what you dream about when you step out in this sort of career. You dream about having years like I’ve had,” Phillips said. “I’ve been very fortunate, my three main stables – Adam Kelly, Anton (Golino) and Paul and Kari Males – sort of stuck with me through thick and thin and it makes such a big difference when you get behind horses like this. They can just take your career to the sky. Just over the moon.” In today’s Derby, Dance Craze cruised to the front via her great gate speed and then Nathan Jack handed up to Phillips and Une Belle Allure, while fellow stablemate Nieta cruised to the breeze to give Golino the first three runners. There was little need for haste and the pace was barely quickened when Deltasun slipped past Nieta and into the breeze, with first two quarters of 32.1 and 32.0 preceding a 29.7 third quarter. Three-wide, Kerryn Manning and her newest addition President Roydon poured on the pressure in the dying stages, but the last 100m belonged to Une Belle Allure, who hit the line 2.7m clear of Dance Craze and 3.6m clear of President Roydon. “There didn’t look to be a hell of a lot of pressure in the race if I did happen to find the front, which I did, and once I found the front it played out as I thought,” Phillips said. “Nathan (Jack on Dance Craze) was always going to be on my back, but with the run I had he was probably never going to be able to outdo me. “(Une Belle Allure’s) just got such a great will to win and she’s an unbelievable horse to sit behind, she just has an amazing turn of foot. She’s so versatile, she can sit, she can sprint, she can do it tough, and I think that’s what makes her such a great horse.” Her 12 starts have now produced seven wins and more than $150,000 in stakes, which have almost all been amassed in her nine-run three-year-old season. “It’s a dream come true,” Golino said. “(Yabby Dam Farms owner) Pat (Driscoll’s) an amazing person and deserves this more than anyone. “We were lucky we drew well, in these big races all these horses can go, so to get a good draw was a big advantage at the start. Having said that they got the job done, so we are really happy.” Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

Riverina trainer Wayne Sullivan has reluctantly launched ground-breaking legal action against Harness Racing New South Wales to recover rehabilitation costs and damages from potential lost earnings over a shocking incident involving his filly Jovial Rock in last year's Leeton Breeders Plate final. More than 18 months after Sullivan's filly crashed to the track as an odds-on favourite when a false start was belatedly called, a case has been brought before the courts against the state regulator. It featured at Wagga Wagga's District Court on Friday. Jovial Rock made contact with the mobile and landed on her head, fracturing her upper jaw, which required teeth to be removed as she spent up to five days at Wagga's Charles Sturt University veterinary clinic. Sullivan maintained he received an apology on the night about the circumstances leading up to Jovial Rock's fall from starter Jamie Hogan, who was stood down for the remainder of the meeting. A stewards report from the card said the starting lights were accidentally activated instead of those to signify a false start as the mobile lost speed, triggering Jovial Rock to collide with its arm. Despite Jovial Rock going on to run credible races in the group 1 Australian Pacing Gold and NSW Breeders Challenge two-year-old fillies finals later in the season, Sullivan is adamant the horse is now a nervous wreck every time she goes to the races. He forfeited nominations fees that had been paid in advance for major races when she spent three months on the sidelines and believes Jovial Rock has never reached her potential since. He is unsure whether he plans to retire the five-race winner, which has won a tick over $45,000 and hasn't raced since mid-July. First prize in the 2016 Breeders Plate final, run on New Year's Day, was worth $24,000 alone. "I was left with no option," Sullivan said of the legal action. "Why should the race be taken away from a $1.50 favourite and she be denied a start? It was bloody horrific. When I got to her I thought she might have been dead, but she was just knocked out. I haven't seen anything like it. It's had an effect on her. "She didn't compete at Bathurst last year because of her injuries and we only just made the [Australian] Pacing Gold [series] by the skin of our teeth." But Sullivan's biggest disappointment is the fact Jovial Rock's temperament has completely changed as a result of the fall, which has rendered her a mess every time she is put on a float. And he wonders how much better her race record would be if not for the Leeton incident. "She really doesn't travel well and she sweats up and gets nervous," Sullivan said. "It's just changed her whole attitude. At home she couldn't be better, but it's when you travel and go to the races she's just a mess. She just works herself up. "I took her to the races on a winter's day at Menangle a couple of months ago and I only had a little sheet on her with all the vents open and it was like I had hosed her [she sweated up that badly]. They can't finish off their races like that. It's pretty sad." By Adam Pengilly Reprinted with permission of the WAtoday

Harness Racing New South Wales Stewards have suspended the licences of trainer/driver, Mr Michael Langdon, pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 183. HRNSW has taken these measures after receiving a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that that 3-methoxytyramine (including both free 3-methoxytyramine and 3-methoxytyramine liberated from its conjugates) above the threshold of 4.0 milligrams per litre in urine had been detected in the urine sample taken from; HOT SHOT WOMAN following its run in race 3, the ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN ALABAR NSW BREEDERS CHALLENGE FOUR-YEAR-OLD MARES FINAL (GROUP 1)(1609 metres) conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday 25 June 2017. The “B” sample and associated control sample have been sent to Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria for confirmatory testing. HRNSW Stewards considered all available evidence at that time and determined that Rule 183 should be invoked based on the following factors: The fact that a certificate has been issued by an approved drug testing laboratory confirming 3-methoxytyramine (including both free 3-methoxytyramine and 3-methoxytyramine liberated from its conjugates) above the threshold had been detected; The level of the reading relative to the permissible threshold; The serious nature of the substance; The absolute nature of AHRR 190 offences; The likely penalty of a significant period of disqualification if a prohibited substance offence is proven; The high unlikelihood that AHRR 256 will have any application if a prohibited substance offence is proven; The fact that HRNSW Policy in recent years has been to apply suspensions pursuant to AHRR 183 upon the receipt of one positive certificate; The fact that this is not a finding of guilt and that this will militate against any perceived reputational damage as a result of a suspension; The fact that an offence against AHRR 190 does not involve any aspect of intent and that this must further militate against any perceived reputational damage as a result of a suspension. Mr Langdon has not been charged with any breach of the Rules and has been advised of his rights of appeal against the imposition of Rule 183. HRNSW Stewards have commenced an investigation into this sample result and an Inquiry will be scheduled in due course.   MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gloch@hrnsw.com.au

Let's hope it's the promised sunny day. What better warm conditions for a trip to the Marburg trots. Catch today's harness racing action close up on the 700 metre show ground circuit. It's country trotting at its best, with the "pick the card" jackpot standing at $1150 and lucky gate prize of $100 free bet with Marburg's bookie to cater for those who like a punt. For the fun lovers who still like a flutter, there is a multi prize raffle, The "Funny Money" bookie and associated auction after the last. Admission is adults $5, pensioners and students $3 and race books $3. Under the radar success Publicity and recognition in harness racing are strange things. Some avoid it, some court it and others, no matter what they do, never seem to get it. Sometimes onlookers wonder why this third category exists and ponder the reasons for such a situation. Meanwhile, a number of highly competent trainers soldier on. Their week in, week out efforts hardly raise a ripple. Steven Cini, born in 1966 and learning his trade from his late father, the charismatic Lou Cini, was first licenced in the 1984/85 season. If numbers were all that told the story, his start was impressive, having only three runners in his first two years, all of which were successful. Time has rolled on since. His team has slowly and steadily increased in numbers. No acknowledged stars but a succession fit pacers carried the black jacket, white sleeves and red maltese cross to regular cheques. The lifetime stats some 32 years on are impressive. Starters 11,498, winners 1337, seconds 1371, thirds 1329 with the bank balance at $2,830,273 and the all important "return per starter" sitting at $246.15. The graph is upward and steep these days with the season drawing to a close, showing figures of 377 runners and income of $336,916. Every time a Steve Cini horse goes round, from a statistical perspective, $893.67 jumps in. "All the world loves a winner". It's true enough but I stopped reading a high profile Trots publication years ago on the grounds that anyone reading it as their source of information could be excused for assuming that, Australia wide, there were probably no more than 20 people training and driving light harness horses. At that time, this country boasted something in the order of 8,000 licencees. Who the vast majority were, and what they achieved, we were never told. Steve Cini falls in that category. He kicks goals every week, but the selectors don't want to know. Redwood celebration FANS of the traditional, diagonal gaited trotter might want to find a Sky Channel screen from 11.30am tomorrow. It is the annual celebration of the trotter, "Redwood Day" at Maryborough in Victoria. There will even be a special events train, carrying 200 fans to the track. This additional crowd boost will further ensure the success of the 32nd staging of the carnival, which started in 1985. It features the Group 1 Seelite Windows & Doors $50,000 Redwood Classic for 2yo's at 2.44pm on Sunday, followed by the $75,000 Group 1 Seelite Windows & Doors Victoria Trotters Derby at 3.54pm. Neither feature carries a fortune in prize money by today's standards, but the prestige conveyed by a win in either event is "a pearl without price." Calvert-based Ray Cross will have last start Ballarat winner Honey Please engaged in Race 2. We wish him the best. Handy tips SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight. R1: Box trifecta 1-4-8: Withalotofluck (C. Cini)- Philanderer (M. Neilson)- Village Witch (N. McMullen). R2: E/w 2: Strawberry Courage (G. Dwyer). R3: Quinella 2-6: Mafuta Vautin (A. Sanderson) and Polished Rocks (M. Neilson). R4: E/w 3: Pompidou (G. Dixon). R5: Box trifecta 2-3-6: Royal Jacquard (N. Dawson)- Ichon Blue (D. Cernovskis)- Drive The Dream (A. Sanderson). R6: E/w 3: Major Kiwi (T. Moffat). R7: E/w 1: Drifting Away (S. Graham). R8: Box trifecta 2-3-4: Majestic Major (G. Dixon)- Ohoka Colorado (S. Graham)-Major Cam (M. Neilson). R9: Box trifecta in four 1-2-6-8: I'm Not Eyre (J. Rattray)- Four Shares More Beers (G. Dixon)- Justabitnoisy (D. Lee)-Monorail (R. Jenkins). Marburg picks: R1 - 2-5-3. R2: 4-5-7. R3: 1-3-7. R4: 1-3-5. R5: 5-1-8. R6: 3-2-1. Honour board CONSISTENCY is the key word on the board this week with the lower Brisbane Valley to the fore. Darrell Graham (Fernvale) notched six winners for the week, including a Saturday night treble. A stone's throw away at Glamorganvale, Nathan Dawson rang up five winning drives to edge out his cousin Narissa McMullen on four. All three stars posted trebles. Most pleasing was Adam Richardson steering Franco Totem to an easy win on Wednesday night at Redcliffe. Albion Park, July 28: Illdoitwhenimready (Chantal Turpin); None Bettor (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith); Tuesdays Fella (Nathan Dawson for Trevor Lambourn); Vande Velde (Nathan Dawson for Jason Mackrill); Wattlebank Flyer (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin). Albion Park, July 29: Montana Falcon (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham); Culley Backy (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham); Broadway Playboy (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham). Albion Park, August 1: Northern Muscle (Denis Smith); Fakerocknroll (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby); Corey ODonohue (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis); Magnussen (Lachie Manzelmann for Darrell Graham); Oceans Predator (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins). Redcliffe, August 2: Gidup Spanish Red (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith); Ima Top Tycoon (Nathan Dawson for Ryan Veivers); My Ultimate Falcon (Lachie Manzelmann for Darrell Graham); Franco Totem (Adam Richardson for Darrell Graham). Redcliffe, August 3: Turbo Tufftalk (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin); Diamantina Devil (Narissa McMullen for Ryan Veivers); Coast Warning (Narissa McMullen); The Endeavour (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen); Ruato Bay (Chris Petroff for Ron Sallis). TROT TACTICS with Denis Smith   Reprinted with permission of The Queensland Times

Harness racing trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice predicts classy four-year-old Natural Disaster can continue to improve on his brilliant winning performance at Gloucester Park last night. The gelding, starting a $1.30 favourite, sprinted clear of rivals in early stages and was never threatened before scoring by 9.75m with a 1:56.5 rate. Brotha Ofa Gangsta ($48.20) finished second and Hy Fyfe ($33.30) was a further 4.25m back in third place. “Natural Disaster has matured a lot in this campaign,” Prentice said. “He's set to keep improving and looks set to show his true talent.” The bay, with a career tally of 10 wins from 28 starts, has recorded four victories in five races since a spell. Prentice plans to aim Natural Disaster at the rich WA Inter Dominion Championship in November and December. The young horseman will make a bid to emulate his father Kim, who trained and drove 2003 Inters winner Baltic Eagle. Americanbootscoota ran sizzling time when an all-the-way winner of tonight's Vale Laurie Kennedy Pace (1730m) and is also an Inters hope. The gelding, a $1.90 favourite, beat El Hombre ($20.30) into second place by 5.5m and rated 1:52.6. Though not fully extended by reinsman Chris Lewis, four-year-old Americanbootscoota went close to Gloucester Park's 1730m track record set when Run Oneover clocked 1:52.5 last year. Lewis’ wife Debra trains Americanbootscoota, a winner at five of his past six starts. Seven pacers trained by Greg and Skye Bond were scratched from tonight's meeting by stewards. Greg Bond, who received a 12-month disqualification on Wednesday, applied for a stay of proceedings with a view to having starters tonight. However, the Racing Penalties Appeal Tribunal will not consider his application until Monday afternoon. “Without a stay of proceedings being granted today, the Bond-trained horses had to be scratched,” Racing and Wagering WA integrity chief Denis Borovica said. “The stewards wish to give their opinions at a tribunal sitting to consider the stay of proceedings application. A hearing could not be arranged today and it has been scheduled for 2pm on Monday.” Bond was banned for giving false information to stewards and behaving in a manner detrimental to harness racing. Stewards have held a marathon inquiry into betting on a Gloucester Park race last December, in which the Bond-trained Fifth Edition was an unplaced favourite. Bond's wife and co-trainer Skye has been suspended under rules which apply to penalties on training partnerships. By Ernie Manning Reprinted with permission of The West Australian  

Morisset harness racing trainer-driver Mark Callaghan will look to Lovin Miss Daisy and Highview Freddy to lead the way on Saturday night as he strives for a first Newcastle drivers’ premiership. Callaghan has two chances in each of the two Menangle country series heats on the nine-race program, as well as Rave Moonraker in the fast-class event. Sitting one win behind Newcastle drivers’ premiership leader Brad Elder, Callaghan will take the reins on Lovin Miss Daisy in the C2-C3 heat in which he also has Lethal Star. He will then drive Highview Freddy from gate one in the C0-C1 qualifier in which he also has Just Pit Boss. Will Rixon will drive Callaghan’s other hopes. He said Red Ochre Mares Classic runner-up Lovin Miss Daisy was his best hope. “Lovin Miss Daisy’s had a little freshen up but her form before that was good, so she should go close to winning,” Callaghan said. “Lethal Star is in good form but Lovin Miss Daisy will be up on the pace and Lethal Star usually settles off it. They both should run well. “Highview Freddy is coming back from a break and has had only four runs for me for one win and three seconds. He’ll be up on the pace. “Just Pit Boss is a new acquisition to the stable and trialed well last week. I don’t know a lot about him yet but he seems to be working OK.” Callaghan has won nine Menangle Country Series finals. By Craig Kerry Reprinted with permission of The Newcastle Herald  

Haras des Trotteurs (HDT), are pleased to announce Jonathan McNeill as General Manager Haras des Trotteus Australia and New Zealand. Jonathan will be responsible for all HDT breeding in addition to overseeing all of HDT Australia and New Zealand operations. In addition HDT welcomes Karen Starr. Karen has joined HDT following a career in airline administration. Her new role will include Office Manager, and semen controller. Both Jonathan and Karen will be based at the farm in Ballarat in Victoria. Michael Taylor continues with HDT as Sales Coordinator for Australia. Peter Dow also continues with the operation. Whilst Dave Sanders continues heading NZ sales. HDT are pleased to announce the following stallions for 2017                                                                         Aus$ (incl. GST)              NZ Love You                                                          Private                       $8000+GST Orlando Vici                                                    $8800                          $8000+GST Quaker Jet                                                       $5500                         $6000+GST Sam Bourbon                                                   $4400                        $4000+GST The Best Madrik                                             $4400                          $4000+GST Use To Me                                                       $2750                          $2500+GST Village Mystic                                                  Private                         $6000+GST Please note at this stage HDT in Australia, is taking expressions of interest for both Love You and Village Mystic, and will confirm the booking in mid September once the quantity of semen available is confirmed. HDT is also pleased to announce that Love You service fee will be held at last years value of $8800 regardless of the quantity available. Early registration of interest will allow HDT to best manage available semen and allow speedy booking confirmation to breeders and the dispatchment of the semen to selected semen bases, once semen quantity is confirmed in early September.

The premier country two-year-old trotting race in Australia is without doubt the Seelite Windows and Doors Redwood Classic and it is that time of the year again. Held at Maryborough each year, the Redwood Classic is an iconic race steeped in prestige. It attracts a big crowd and this Sunday's renewal promises to deliver. Harness Racing Victoria, the Maryborough club and the AVCHRC have once again combined to run the TAB.com.au Redwood Rattler, a chartered 'train to the trots' experience now in its second year. Last year the Rattler was a huge success with 161 people booked aboard. This year's train will carry 220 passengers, a percentage increase of 36.64%. The Rattler will also carry an extra lounge carriage and revellers are sure to be well catered for both to and from the Redwood. Past winners of the Group 1 Redwood Classic, sponsored by long-time trotting aficionado Michael Taranto of Seelite Windows and Doors, include inaugural champion Young Trouper, driven by Gavin Lang in 1986, prolific winner Dark Edge for Barry Alford in 1988, Ghia in 1991, the mighty Wagon Apollo in 1993 for Graeme Lang, Lacey Truscott in 1997 for Chris Angove, Andandon in 2000 to net Gavin Lang a second Redwood Classic trophy, Kyvalley Road for Chris Lang in 2002 – this horse won 20 out of 27 all up including two Breeders Crown trophies, Jauriol in 2004 for Chris Lang, Lord of the Gym in 2007 for John and Maree Caldow, Eljaykay Phoenix in 2014 for Team Aiken and Illawong Byron last year for Jodi Quinlan. The event is a standing-start race but is not a handicap, with starting positions drawn at random. Some fast facts to consider when you are trying to pick the winner on Sunday include: The last 5 winners are filly/gelding/filly/gelding/filly/gelding... Black Cat Claw ($71) & Our Renezmae ($9) are fillies.   Gavin Lang (One Muscle Hill $5) & Chris Alford (Wobelee $1.65) are the only multiple Redwood winning drivers in Sunday's field. Sundon has sired 4 of last 20 winners. He is the grandsire of Fend Off ($10), Tomahawk Phoenix ($61) & Wobelee ($1.65). Safely Kept has sired 2 of the last 20 winners. He is the grandsire of La Grange ($10) & Black Cat Claw ($71) on Sunday. Illawong Byron holds the Redwood race record mile rate of 2:04.4. He is a stablemate of Fend Off ($10) for @JodiQRacing Trial form from behind the tapes can give a pointer to how these juveniles might handle Sunday's standing start. Click here to view some of the key standing-start trials. TAB.com.au has fixed odds markets open for both the Seelite Windows and Doors Redwood Classic and the Seelite Windows and Doors Victoria Trotters Derby, which is also run on Sunday at Maryborough. Race 1 at Maryborough will be 11.40am Sunday morning and the 10-race program will finish with the Alf Simons Memorial Trot at 5.07pm.  Racetrack address is 106 Chaplins Rd, Carisbrook. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager) Fields for Maryborough, Sunday 06 August 2017 Form guide for Maryborough, Sunday 06 August 2017