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07:13 AM 08 Dec 2018 NZDT
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Muscle Factory will resume from a spell at Menangle tonight.
Dan Costello

Former New Zealand trotter Arnold makes his local debut this weekend at Albion Park.

Purchased by trotting enthusiast Jeroen Nieuwenburg , the Muscle Mass – Niamey gelding arrived last Saturday and will start in the Radio TAB Trot over 2138m.

Arnold will start from gate six in the 2138m mobile start event.

A winner of 4 races from 12 starts to date, Arnold finished near the rear of the field behind Missandei at his most recent start at Addington during Cup week.

Arnold ranks as a half-brother to talented performers Pocaro, Sun Of Anarchy and Daenerys Targaryen.

Nieuwenburg races classy trotter Needle (by Muscle Mass), a leading player in the Darrell Alexander Memorial Trotting Championship currently taking place at Albion Park.

The Gr.2 $40,770 Final is scheduled for next Saturday.


Another former Kiwi now calling Queensland home is Paravani.

The Christian Cullen four-year-old has joined the stables of Chantal Turpin and Pete McMullen at their Patrick Estate property.

At his most recent start, Paravani finished 7th behind Bettor My Dreamz at Addington on Cup day last month.

A winner of 2 races from 27 starts, his victories came via Oamaru and Addington.

The Turpin/McMullen stable are currently campaigning Mattgregor during the Inter Dominion Pacing Series in Melbourne.


Champion horseman Noel Daley has arrived back on home soil.

Based in the United States for the past 29 years, largely in New Jersey, Daley has prepared some all-time greats during his time abroad.

His champion pupils include Mr Muscleman, Broad Bahn, Explosive Matter, All Speed Hanover, Cedar Dove, My Little Dragon, Impressive Kemp and Caviart Ally among many others.

After working as a groom for Brett Pelling, Daley went out on his own in 1998 and captured the training title at the Meadowlands in 2003.

Daley prepared his team from Magical Acres Farm where he prepared up to 125 horses at one point.

A number of key horse people have spent time working under him including Luke & Andy McCarthy, Anton Golino, James Rattray plus Mat & Gemma Rue.

But the Queensland born horseman has returned to Australia to become the private trainer for leviathan owners Emilio and Mary Rosati.

He will prepare the team their Londonderry property in Sydney.

During his time in North America, Daley prepared 2570 winners with earnings in excess of $61,454,588.

Only Ron Burke, Jimmy Takter, Robert McIntosh, Erv Miller and Mark Ford have won more money.


Another former Queensland trainer, Tahn Camilleri is currently enjoying strong success in North America.

Based in New Jersey, Camilleri prepared former Redcliffe Cup winner Constantlysideways who scored a stylish victory at the Meadowlands last weekend in a time of 1:49.1.

Constantlysideways was handled by champion New Zealand reinsman Dexter Dunn.

The Village Jasper gelding was previously prepared by Bill Crosby.

Another solid performer for Camilleri is Three Of The Best, also a last start winner at the Meadowlands in 1:51.1.

Three Of The Best was handled by star reinsman Andy McCarthy.

The Mach Three gelding was previously prepared by Shannon Price and Scott Miller.


Scintillating last start feature race winner Muscle Factory is set to resume.

Back In August, the Shane and Lauren Tritton prepared rookie set Albion Park ablaze with an unbelievable effort to claim the heat and final of the Gr.1 $100,450 Albion Park Gold Brisbane Graduate Final.

In the heat, the Roll With Joe colt rated 1:54.1 before taking the final a week later in 1:53.1 – the fastest time ever recorded by a juvenile at the famed Breakfast Creek oval.

Subsequent to his feature race romp, he was crowned the NSW 2yo of the Year.

He won 5 of his 9 starts and banked more than $112,000.

Muscle Factory starts on Tuesday at Menangle; he will start from gate four in the DM Plumbing Pace over the 1609m.


Queensland driver Isobel Ross will never forget her maiden voyage to Menangle.

Now based in New South Wales and working for leading trainer/driver Amanda Turnbull at Bathurst, Ross took the winning drive behind talented mare Eye See Diamonds in the feature event, the Gr.3 $30,600 Garrards Teeny Teeny Stakes.

The winning time was 1:51.6.

It was her first drive on the 1400m circuit.

Ross has only recently moved to Sydney after stints with Jack Butler and Grant Dixon.

Boasting over 200 career victories, Ross landed the Gr.3 $30,540 Egmont Park Stud South East Oaks behind the Dixon trained Red Charmer.


Last start APHRC Members Cup winner Mr Kalypso is an early scratching tomorrow night (Saturday).

Unbeaten in seven Queensland starts, the Kylie Rasmussen trained pacer was engaged to start in the Mr Feelgood @ Egmont Park Stud Pace where he listed as a short priced favourite.

But a paddock mishap earlier this week where he strained some chest muscles forced his scratching.

He is expected to make a quick recovery.

Since arriving from the All Stars stable of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, the Art Major entire has been stunning charging through the grades.


Chris Barsby

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