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Harnesslink celebrates its 16th birthday

It's hard to believe but today harness racing's www.harnesslink.com celebrates its 16th birthday.  Harnesslink is the brainchild of international horse agent, John Curtin (J.C. International), who 16 years ago saw a need for a world-wide harness racing website that put online the latest harness racing news from around the globe. John says, "Our policy is to keep improving every single day - 365 days of the year. We have staff working every day of the year to bring you all the latest harness racing news from every corner of the world. When Harnesslink launched in 2002 there were only four harness racing websites on the internet, so we've been in a unique position to have watched the harness racing community embrace the technological world during this time. It has been our pleasure to keep harness racing fans around the world informed of what is happening within our sport. We are projected to have over 3 million unique IP users in 2018, which will make Harnesslink the world’s most read harness racing site. We are still looking for ways to improve and provide you, our customers, with better coverage throughout the world, we continously strive to do this! If any of our readers have a worthy news item, please feel free to send it to news@harnesslink.com and we will do our best, as always, to print your article. We'd like to thank all of you for coming back regularly to read Harnesslink, if you're reading this you're obviously one of our faithful followers and we thank you. Harnesslink Media

Coalfor Bruce, harness racing

King Wills Arrival takes the gold at Dunmanway

West Cork, IE - King Wills Arrival claimed another big handicap final when landing the West Cork Horse Owners Handicap at Dunmanway on Sunday. There were three elimination heats with two qualifiers from each going forward to the final. In the opening heat IB A Magician looked to have the race at his mercy but went off stride in the final eighth of a mile handing the race to Meadowbranch Matt with Best Talent filling the second qualifing spot. Heat two was all about Coalford Bruce who followed up on his win at Bandon to lead home The Hitman by four lengths. In the third and final heat Rhyds Panache with Chris O Reilly in the bike made a race winning move after four furlongs and was not for catching leading home King Wills Arrival by a length So on to the final .The Hitman and Meadowbranch Matt set the early fractions with Coalford Bruce just behind .The order reamined the same into the final three furlongs of the mile and a quarter trip.Turning for home Coalford Bruce hit the front but Oisin Quill produced King Wills Arrival with a perfectly timed run to land the spoils . "Since he had the wind operation last Winter he has really shown his true potential" Commented 16 year old winning driver Oisin Quill. "The saddle race at Ladies day in Portmarnock is next on his list "added winning owner Finbarr Quill. The Quills had a double on the day when Ariane Des Tithais landed the low grade trot .This one was driven by Finbarr Quill Jnr (The Calender Boy of Harness Racing in Ireland) Vigo De Bassiere enhanced his reputation as Irelands leading Trotter with a faile win in the high grade trot. Kieran Sheehy played with his three rivals taking up the running with three furlongs remaining and won by a flattering eight lengths . The sheehy family have a long association with the square gaiters and this looks one of the best they have owned Paul McInerney made the long trip from Co Clare a winning one when landing the Grade G & G1 Pace when Just A Promise a son of Fantastic Western set out his stall early doors and led home IB Felicity by three lengths. Next week racing moves to Gloun with a 2.30 start by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS Race One Heat One . 1.Meadowbranch Matt L Kelleher 2. Best Talent S Jennings Jnr 3. Moorside Captain J O Mahony DIST 2 3 TIME 2.36.1 Race Two Heat Two 1. Coalford Bruce T O Leary 2. The Hitman M Goggin Jnr 3. Rebel Rouser D Murphy DIST 4 1 TIME 2.35.3 Race Three Heat Three 1. Rhyds Panache C O Reilly 2. King Wills Arrival O Quill 3. Hail Spartacus P Hill DIST 1 3 TIME 3.34.5 Race Four 1. Ariane Des Tithais F Quill Jnr 2. Vallanzana S Quill 3. Silvano Bello D Murphy DIST 2 7 TIME 3.16 Race Five 1. Just A Promise P McInerney 2. IB Felicity D Murphy 3. Coalford Laurel M O Reilly DIST 3 SH TIME 2.39.7 Race Six 1. Vigo De Bassiere K Sheehy 2. Tarnao Josselyn S Quill 3. Tenor Meslos D Murphy DIST 8 6 TIME 3.09.7 Race Seven Final 1.King Wills Arriva O Quill 2. Coalford Bruce T O Leary 3. The Hitman M Goggin Jnr DIST 1 4 TIME 2 33.5   Virus-free. www.avast.com

Richard Haythornthwaite, harness racing

Racing action from Bells Field in Scotland

Having won a heat for the past 3 runnings and finishing second in last years grand final, Tommy Camden finally received a just and welcome reward when winning the top harness racicng event of the afternoon at Bells Field, Airth in Scotland last Sunday.   Trailing his 9 rivals 30 yards at the start, the Richard Haythornthwaite driven six year old gradually crept into contention before striking late to deny fellow heat winner Dontstoptheparty in the shadows of the post. Sponsored by the Northern Ireland Standardbred Association (NISA) , a coach load of their members made the ferry journey across the Irish sea to be on hand to present the winners trophy and celebrate with jubilant connections Shane & Claire Fletcher from Wolverhampton. Driver Haythornthwaite was visibly relieved in the winners enclosure having been narrowly denied in the final of the geldings previous start at Musselburgh stating that a big classic win was a long time in coming, but resulted a much deserved victory for the honest genuine No Pan Intended bred. Another classic event was held on the day when 5 colts lined up for the Bells Field 3 Year Old Championship and this ended in somewhat controversial circumstances. A visibly tiring Lose My Mind (Betterthancheddar) drifted off the rail in the home straight causing Oakwood Spur and Bobby Camden to take evasive action but in the subsequent stewards enquiry, the interference was deemed as unintentional and Lose My Mind kept the race, to the delight of connections the Gilvear family from Auchenbowie, Stirlingshire. Having first been staged in 2005, Bells Field has become one of the biggest and most prestigious harness racing meetings in the British Isles and with increased prizemoney year-on-year, this seasons renewal format of £1000 for each heat winner and £3000 for the overall winner of the final was adjudged to be a great success by all in attendance. Sponsors plus guests were treated to a 3 course lunch and complementary drinks in the specially erected marquee whilst a country and western band played late into the evening for all patrons. This type of hospitality is unparalleled in the UK and the hardworking Bells Field Committee are to be applauded for their efforts in ensuring that the meeting was such a huge success. by Thomas Bennett, for Harnesslink  

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Grade I fields highlight Tregaron Sunday card

Wales, UK - Where else would you find five Group I races in a row as the Sunday race meet at Tregaron will feature the Little Welsh Dragon and Dragoness (3 year olds) as well as the Junior Welsh Dragon and Dragoness(2 y olds) followed by the WELSH CLASSIC FINAL and ten races as an aperitif. Race 1. We kick off with a trot, 3 y olds (they all commence with the letter F)some of these have had trouble finding their feet in Britain but even though Fable De Brouets comes off a 20 yard trail she is two for two and should make this her third win Race 2. The first heat of the Welsh Classic sees Teatime Preacher come up against three Irish challengers in Awesome Dude,Newtown Major and Gentleman Jim. The former has shown she has speed an ability to overcome a poor draw for the Laidler team. Race 3. This could be regarded as a heat for the local horses and may well throw up the winner of the final Alan Jones’ family stable provide two runners in Hendre Bob (3rd.in Boughrood final) and My Buddy a very impressive winner at the Ceredigion meeting but Rhyds Nightlife owned by the treasurer of the club was imperious in Tir Prince last weekend and the draw is her biggest obstacle. Race 4. Forest Drifter driven by the youngest of the Wakefield clan has had a great season but will be up in grade and will find King Wills Arrival from Ireland and All Good Hanover, who was the unfortunate recipient of a third row draw due to a “clerical error”, will be at his heels.   Race 5. Meldoon last year’s Welsh Classic heroine will be up against it here as Springhill Ruby has the plumb draw and will aim to make all.Ring of Fire second in a heat and final here in the spring might be an each way bet. Race 6. Blackwell Hallstar has recently changed hands and has the plumb draw but I think the winner will come out of the second tier Rhyds Passion the Famous Musselburgh Pace winner, Springhill Glory the Ceredigion Classic winner and Bucklands Foxtrot who has been running out of his skin this season will be fighting out the finish Race 7. Another tricky maiden race on paper it should be between Mahogany Rhythm and Camden Pro who have the experience however the locally trained GD’s wings who has had injury issues could be the one to spring a surprise. Race 8. This is a very competitive Grade 1 race Mike Evans will be looking for a quick double from the one hole but once more the winner might come from the second line in the form of Lyons Ace of Spades or  All Smiles whose made the long trip from Scotland Race 9. The final division of the novice grade Ayr Pioneer and IB Felicity are very recent winners and will probably keep Wellfield Wizard and Casimir Royal Flush out of the honours. Race 10. The last of the trots and they will be running for the Ginger Wyatt Memorial. Mike Evans fields four runners he drives a non winner in Eden Des Anges whilst Michael O’Mahoney sits behind Enez Leman a three time winner but recent Tir prince winner Ezako Jephi might surprise them all. Race 11. The first of a series of Group 1 races the Little Welsh Dragon for 3 y old colts and geldings has drawn a disappointing number of entries but we will get to see the outstanding Matticulous try and add to his trophy hunt ,Immortal John,Rhyds Star Quality and Oakwood Spur will try and spoil the party and you can’t win it if your not there.  Race 12. The turn of the 2 y old fillies Imperial Deal was a gallant second in the recent VDM and has consistent form. Newtown Jody and Stateside Pinup have both been supplemented for this race which may be a clue whilst Loose Change comes down from bonnie Scotland Race 13. The 2 y old colt division is a tough one IB Notorious the Irish raider won in Tir Prince last week-end . Oakwood Inittowinit is always in the frame but Christy Camden may be the one to beat. Race 14. The  3 y old fillies are a good crop Greenhill Debatable and Lyons Attack have the favoured draws but Rhyds Reflection and Reclamation will be chasing them all the way should be a cracker by Huw Evans

THE FESTIVAL IS HERE SIX GROUP 1 races backed up with a GROUP 2 RACE and an array of FRENCH TROTTERS along with the aspiring up and coming horse TREGARON is here LETS GET THE PARTY STARTED. We have a bumper 30 races to get through in TWO days of classic racing- the Irish are back, the Scots have come to "toon", the English have sneaked across the border but the Welsh will be here to repel all boarders and try to keep the £60,000 prize money on offer at home. Saturday sees a cracking 15 race card so here we go with trying to find the winners. Race 1. We kick off with a trot, 4 y olds (they all commence with the letter E) Eliothrope and Éclair du Torp should fight this one out but the internationally owned Emirat Du Levant would be a popular winner with our race caller! Race 2.The chase for the Strata Florida handicap(Gp2) is on , this heat could be between the two Coalford horses Insignia and Lachance unless Wye Joels Best hits top form and Jacks Red who hasn't run for two years could spring a surprise. Race3. The Murphy stable from Skibereen Co.Cork are double handed in this one Donal has chosen to drive Rebel Rouser therefore would be the choice but Born to Run in the hands of James Haythornthwaite might just sneak this one for England. Race4. Father Ted has drawn one and is in form, however if he wins we may have to endure Marc Jones running round the track in his undies, therefore the Scottish invader Soul Searcher - unbeaten thus far might save all our blushes. Race 5. Rocker is three handed in this heat and whichever he chooses to drive will be a hint however his other two runners will be a danger along with Irish raider Panam Colt for the Kelleher clan. Race 6. On paper this looks a two horse race the 3 y old Teddy Camden( a recent big money purchase)should back up his easy Boughrood win in the hands of David Bevan but Michael Lord and Greenhill Debatable the ultra consistent filly will be looking for weaknesses. Race 7. The first of the Maiden races and there is no obvious standout performer here but surely Two for Tea in the care of Mark Pritchard is due a visit to the winners enclosure and where better than Tregaron. Race 8. The first Novice contest sees Jack Sparrow the Foody stable runner take on Nancy Camden for honours here unless the aptly named Irish raider Riverdance Hanover can spoil their fun. Race 9. The Nicholsons have imported top American driver Gareth Wyn Dowse (he was bred in Wales) to drive Tenor D'Ouville in the next trot and should be too strong for Thunder Jiel who is driven by the doyen of trot pilots Ian Pimlott. Race10. Once more we have two Irish imports who will be looking to take the honours Triplicity(bred in Wales) and A Kind Of Magic may be the pick with Georgie Camden for the Teeboon team looking for a place. Race 11.This is a maiden/novice combined race and I take the more experienced Lyons Bullett and Zip Car 1 to fight out the finish with possibly Western Ocean heading up the maiden ranks. Race12. Greenhill Gus an import from wales and Border Counties Racing and a winner in Boughrood last Sunday will be looking for a quick double in the hands of local postie Alan Jones- Isabella Camden might be his problem. Race13. The best of the older trotters running for the Glenda Jackson Trophy therefore the heart would dictate a winner for Emyr Edwards ,who presented the trophy in honour of his great mare, in the form of Vincita however Amazing,Bora Bora De Seg and the joker in the pack Belkolinja will be strong competition. Race 14. We have kept the best to last or nearly this Free for All could actually see a WORLD RECORD set. It is a small but select field Rockin Mambo has had a tremendous season so far and will be in the frame, Porterstown Chris on his day is magnificent but if a WORLD RECORD is to be set it will surely be Evenwood Son Of A Gun already a world record holder under saddle and a previous winner of this race and the Welsh Classic on this very track. Wowwwwwwwwwwww. by Huw Evans

"An nios sine is e an fidil an t-amhran nios deine " The old Irish saying The older the fiddle the sweeter the tune. All summer long the younger generation of drivers have made the headlines in West Cork but on Sunday 75 year old driver John Boyle was the man of the moment when he landed the high grade pace with Supreme Sunshine at the Old Chapel meeting at the Bandon showgrounds venue. Boyle a native of Donegal but based in Doneraile Mallow for over 50 years has been involved in the sport all his life. Supreme Sunshine led from the start and despite a late rally from Hail Spartacus the cheers raised the roof for the ever popular Boyle " Ive been chasing those young lads all the Summer and its great to get a win " said Boyle in the post race press briefing. "The horses keep me occupied and as long as im enjoying it we keep going" Many of the drivers were on hand for the presentation which showed the respect John Boyle is held in on the circuit. He was unlucky not to drive a double .This time he led every where but was collared on the line by recent grand Prix winner Heather Breeze in The Grade E pace. Donal Murphy by his own standards has been quiet in the last few meetings but bounced back with a driving double IB Felicity another graduate of the IB Nursery in Baltimore was an all the way winner in the opening Grade G & G1 Pace. Silvano Bello took his life time earnings over the €100,000 mark when coming from off the pace to land the Grade F E & D trot . Un Boss led til the final turn until Murphy pounced with "Silvano" to go on to win by 4 four lengths securing his second win of the double. Coalford Bruce landed some tidy wagers in the Grade F Pace. Talented but at times erratic he was never headed in a bloodless 8 length winning margin. The finale the high grade trot was a thriller .Valiant Forgion led and looked to have the race put to bed but a late rally from Tenor Meslos ensued but Mike Goggin on Valiant Forgion held on by half a length With the Tregaron Festival in Wales next weekend the next local meeting takes place in Owenahincha on Saturday 1st September. by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS Race One 1. IB FELICITY D Murphy 2. SPLASH THE CASH M Goggin Jnr 3. COALFORD LAUREL O Quill DIST 6 1/2 TIME 2.41.7 Race Two 1. COALFORD BRUCE T O Leary 2. THE HITMAN M Goggin Jnr 3. MOORSIDE CAPTAIN J O Mahony DIST 8 2 TIME 2.35.2 Race Three 1. HEATHER BREEZE S Jennings Jnr 2. ARMOURED BEAR J Boyle 3. BRYWINS STARSHIP R Kingston DIST HD NK TIME 2.40.6 Race Four 1. SILVANO BELLO D Murphy 2. UN BOSS J O Mahony & VALLANZANA S QUILL DIST 4 Dead Heat TIME 2.48.9 Race Five 1. SUPREME SUNSHINE J Boyle 2. HAIL SPARTACUS O Quill 3. RHYDS PANACHE C O Reilly DIST 3 1 TIME 2.32.4 Race Six 1. VALIANT FORGION M Goggin Jnr 2. TENOR MESLOS D Murphy 3. TARNAO JOSSELYN F Quill Jnr DIST 1/2 10 TIME 2.47.8  

Wellsville, PA --- Diamond Creek Farm is pleased to continue their strong partnership with Oakwood Stud by offering Always B Miki's frozen semen in Ireland in 2019. "We formed a relationship with Oakwood Stud and the Delaneys through our sponsorship of the Vincent Delaney Memorial racing weekend," said Diamond Creek's Adam Bowden. "That continued with the expansion of opportunities for Irish and UK breeders by providing access to world champion and first year success Sweet Lou; it only makes sense for us to continue this venture with the introduction of Always B Miki." Always B Miki, the 2016 Horse of the Year, still holds the world record of 1:46. His other accomplishments include wins in the Ben Franklin, Haughton Memorial and being a two-time Breeders Crown champion. "We're very grateful to Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek Farm for all he has done for us to date here in Ireland and the UK," said Derek Delaney of Oakwood Stud. "Always B Miki joining our frozen semen roster in 2019 will improve the overall quality of the breed and with these types of bloodlines now available to both the Irish and UK breeder, we are very excited about the future of the racing in both Ireland and the UK." Always B Miki served a full book of mares in his second year at stud with exceptional pregnancy rates once again. His first crop of foals have had many compliments from top breeders. He is currently in quarantine while he waits to head to Alabar, Australia, for their upcoming breeding season. From Diamond Creek Farm

Finals day on the Bank Holiday Monday at Ballabuidhe saw some of the best renewals of both the Paddy Connolly Memorial and The Murphy/Hurley & White Grand Prix with superb finishes in both . The Grand Prix saw the eight qualifiers facing the start in the mile and a half contest. Fairdays Bret set the early fractions and led for the opening six furlongs .At this point Brtywins Starship took up the running with Brywins Picasso just off the pace .Down the back straight the field were as one and running room was tight. Turning for home Heather Breeze came through the eye of a needle to grab victory on the line a half of length in front of Brywins Starship with King Wills Arrival a further half back in third. The winner was driven by Sam Jennings from Leap who emulated his father James and uncle Sam who both won the Grand Prix in years gone by. The Paddy Connolly Memorial Le trot final was another epic .Un Boss led for a lap then Saxo De Maroncourt went to head of affairs .Brutenor then joined in to share the lead .On The final lap all eight finalists were in with a shout .Donal Murphy who came in for"the catch drive" on Vigo De Bassiere had weaved his way past all the traffic to grab the honors. The winner is owned by Kieran Sheehy from Baltimore whose family have been involved in harness racing in the region for three generations. Earlier in the day Aubade A Helene left the huge crowd gobsmacked after coming off a 100 yard handicap to ease to victory in the Consolation Le Trot final. Springhill Doyle took the consolation Grand Prix final with Meadowbranch Matt second. Country Cruiser second in Fishers Cross went one better in the Grade G Pace while IB Tweedy landed a gamble in the Grade G & G1 pace with Jamie Hurley in the bike .Hurley also trains Eve De Parc who took the three runner 4 year old trotters Angela Hurley and her late brother Tommy O Brien were both inducted to the Ballabuidhe Hall Of Fame All roads lead to Portmarnock Raceway next weekend for The Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend . by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS Race One 1.Eve De Parc D Murphy 2. Etolie Quick S Kane DIST 5 TIME 3.17.2 Race Two 1. Vigo De Bassiere D Murphy 2. Saxo De Maroncourt E Kane 3 Brutenor P Hill DIST 1 2 TIME 3.09.6 Race Three 1. Springhill Doyle M O Reilly 2 .Meadowbranch Matt O Quill 3.Rhyds Heartbeat D Murphy DIST 2 2 TIME 3.08.1 Race Four 1. Aubade A Helene P Hill 2. Silvano Bello D Murphy 3. Amite Briangault S Kane DIST 5 5 TIME 3.12.6 Race Five 1. IB Tweedy J Hurley 2. Cushentown Rocky J Manning Jnr 3. Coalford Laurel M O Reilly DIST 3 1 TIME 2.35.8 Race Six 1.Country Cruiser J Manning Jnr 2. Panarc K Myles 3. Full Of Grace J Boyle 3. DIST 11 8 TIME 2.37.6 Race Seven 1.Heather Breeze S Jennings 2.Brywins Starship R Kingston 3. King Wills Arrival O Quill DIST 1/2 1/2 TIME 3.06.0  

West Cork, IE - The elimination heats of the Paddy Connolly Memorial Le Trot and The Murphy/Hurley & White Grand Prix were the feature on the opening day of the Ballabuidhe Harness Racing Festival in Dunmanway West Cork . Once again it was 16 year old Oisin Quill who stole the headlines when the County Kerry native took two of the heats in The Grand Prix. Hail Spartacus a former winner of the event in 2016 set the ball rolling for the teenager .Brywins Starship led for most of the contest but Quill was only laying in the "long grass" and ponced with two furlongs to pace andf ran out an easy winner from the long time leader. Quill completed the double with similar tactics in the high grade heat. Fairdays Bret with Chelsie O Driscoll in the bike set a frenetic pace and was 4 lengths in front heading in to the last quarter all the while Quill on King Wills Arrival had moved through the field and led off the last corner to win by 2 lengths . Quill will drive King Wills arrival in the Bank Holiday Monday final for his dad Finbarr who owns the son of Cams Card Shark. It was a good all round for the Quill family as earlier in the day Tarnao Josselyn won the third heat of The Connolly /Le Trot . This was a thriller with Vigo De Bassiere looking all out a winner but he could not get past Tarnao Josselyn who is a veteran but running as good as ever. The younger generation of drivers are to the fore in West Cork at present and John O Mahony finally got the best out of Un Boss in the first Le Tot heat making all and never in danger and will be in pole position in the final. Luke Kelleher at 17 years of age was not to be outdone by the lads and took another heat of the Grand Prix on Brywins Picasso who seems to like the venue (He won heat and final here in 2017) . Saunders Picasso is another consistent type on grass and he just held off Heather Breeze in Heat 2 of the Grand Prix. The Kane siblings Sean and Emma fought out the second elinination heat for trotters with Emma leading all the way on Amite Briangault but Sean just nabbed her on the line on Saxo De Maroncourt with Brutenor edging in for second The warm weather brought out the crowds and we do it all again tomorrow Monday by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS Race One 1. Un Boss J O Mahony 2. Ariane Des Tithais S Quill 3. Brasilia Match S Kane DIST NK 10 TIME 3.12.6 Rcae Two 1. Saxo De Maroncourt S Kane 2.Brutenor P Hill 3. Armite Briangault E Kane DIST NK NK TIME 3.10.1 Rcae Three 1. Tarnao Josselyn S Quill 2. Vigo DE Bassiere K Sheehy 3. Aubade A Helene P Hill DIST HD 3 TIME 3.09.8 Race Four 1. Brywins Picasso L Kelleher 2. The Hitman M Goggin Jnr 3. Willf P Gilligan DIST 12 10 TIME 3.12.6 Race Five 1. Saunders Picasso M Goggin Jnr 2. Heather Breeze S Jennings 3. Rhyds Heartbeat D Murphy DIST NK 3 TIME 3.11.1 Race Six 1. Hail Spartacus O Quill 2 Brywins Starship R Kingston 3. Springhill Doyle M OM Reilly DIST 11 8 TIME 3.10.4 Race Seven 1. King Wills Arrival O Quill 2. Fairdays Bret C O Driscoll 3. Meadowbranch Demon L kelleher DIST 2 2 TIME 3.02.1             Virus-free. www.avast.com

Do the best Standardbred harness racing pacers hail from down under? Well, we may have the answer to that question by the end of the week. Given the heroics of Shartin following her purchase last year from the Victorian stables of Dean Braun, the Tintin In America mare has firmly established herself as the best and most dominant pacing mare in the world right now. And if you require further proof, check out her replay from Saturday’s $197,400 Lady Liberty at the Meadowlands, part of Hambletonian day. Her deeds in North America this season are sensational; she has won 13 of 17 races this year and 20 of 30 lifetime for earnings of $764,857. Feature race victories include $373,000 Matchmaker at Yonkers, $150,000 Betsy Ross at Harrah’s Chester, $102,200 Sam ‘Chip’ Noble Memorial at Miami Valley, Ohio and the $370,000 Roses are Red at Mohawk in Canada. Shartin is prepared by Jim King Jr and handled by ace reinsman Tim Tetrick, she is owned by Richard Poilluci and Jo Ann Looney-King. But while the efforts have been sublime in her new conditions, her former trainer is the least bit surprised with what she’s been able to achieve on the other side of the globe. Braun purchased the filly as an unraced commodity from the Prebbleton (near Christchurch) stables of Grant Crabbe. Under his tutelage, Shartin displayed enormous ability which resulted in victories in both the Queensland and Tasmanian Oaks while also finishing as the runner-up in the Queensland Derby behind the Mark Purdon prepared The More The Better. But her finest moment came when she sat parked outside subsequent Chariots of Fire winner Jilliby Kung Fu and beat him in a time of 1:52.5 at TABCORP Park, Melton. And that victory came in the middle of winter. “I knew how good she was and I happily told those close to me but the money at the time was too good to ignore, this is the business we’re in,” Braun said. “I’ve been in contact with the connections since she’s been up there and I’m thrilled with her success, it’s awesome to see her doing so well. “I sold Nike Franco before this filly and I told them this filly would do a better job and Nike has been super during her time up there also, it’s good for everyone involved.” As it stands, Shartin is the leading money earner this season for pacers in North America. Only Hambletonian winner Atlanta has earned more. So, there’s no question Shartin is the leading female pacer in the world. But who holds the title for male pacers? That title could easily be given to Lazarus, the wonder from down under, as he prepares to make his official North American debut this coming week. The Bettors Delight entire was sold from the stables of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen earlier this year for massive money on the basis of a racing/breeding proposition. Now owned by Taylor Made Stallions, Lazarus has been placed in the care of legendary horseman Jimmy Takter. Following a sharp schooling recently at the Meadowlands, the $3.68 million earner looked as good as ever when he defeated recent North American Cup winner Lather Up in an official Meadowlands trial in 1:48.3 the following week. And that form has a chance to be franked with Lather Up headlining the nominations for the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park this Saturday night. Lazarus will head to the $325,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park in Indiana later this week. Depending on how he performs in the Dan Patch, Lazarus's next major target has been confirmed as the Canadian Pacing Derby, which has eliminations on August 25 and the final on September 1 while the Breeders Crown at Pocono is another key target. By seasons end, the best male and female pacers could both hail from down under. Chris Barsby | RQ Web News $197,400 Lady Liberty at the Meadowlands Open Series at Pocono 1:48.4 $102,200 Sam ‘Chip’ Noble Memorial at Miami Valley (Towards the second part of video) $373,000 Matchmaker at Yonkers $150,000 Betsy Ross at Harrah’s Chester $370,000 Roses are Red at Mohawk

West Cork, IE - "Moll an og agus tiocfaidh siad" The old Irish Phrase "Praise the young and they will flourish" certainly seems to be be the theme down here in Cork when another of our younger drivers Chelsie O Driscoll stole the headlines at the annual Fishers Cross races on Sunday . Having just got her licence to drive the 17 year old showed maturity way beyond her tender years when landing the the Grade F E & D pace . I Told You So set the early fractions but went off stride allowing Heather Breeze to lead .All the while O Driscoll on Rhyds Dilemma was "laying in the short grass" and pounced with two furlongs to race and ran out win by a length "Im over the moon its my first drive under rules and I drive the winner" said the delighted O Driscoll. "Once in a lifetime you get one like him" the words of Tim Kelleher after "The Iron Horse" Meadowbranch Demon took the top grade pace .Kestrels Dot Sammy set a blistering early pace .Heading into the final quarter Supreme Sunshine hit the front and looked a winner but Meadowbranch Demon flew up the home straight to collar the leader and get the verdict by a short head, " We bought him as a yearling and he has just simply been the best I ever owned and wears his heart on his sleeve a warrior who will not accept defeat. He will probably trail 60 yards in the Grand Prix in Ballabuidhe but we take our chances" added Kelleher one of the driving forces behind racing in the West Cork Region Moorside Captain after his win in the opening Grade G & G1 Pace for another young driver John O Manony will take his place in the handicap at his home venue in Ballabuidhe . Country Cruiser tried to make all but had to give second best to Moorside Captain in the final eighth of the mile. Hurry Up Abi added another win to her CV for the Manning Family from Limerick . She was nver headed in a bloodless victory The three runner Le Trot produced a great finish .Un Boss looked to have done enough leading all the way but was collared close home by Valiant Forgion with Mike Goggin in the bike Next weekend sees the two day Ballabuidhe Festival taking place in Dunmanway with The Paddy Connolly Memorial and Murphys Western Beverages Grand Prix as the features . by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS Race One 1. MOORSIDE CAPTAIN J O Mahony 2. COUNTRY CRUISER J Manning Jnr 3. SUNNYSIDE UNIQUE P Hill TIME 2.07.2 DIST 1 1 Race Two 1. RHYDS DILEMMA C O Driscoll 2. HEATHER BREEZE S Jennings 3. RHYDS HEARTBEAT P Hill TIME 2.05.1 DIST 1 1 Race Three 1. HURRY UP ABI J Manning Jnr 2. THE HITMAN MGoggin Jnr 3. FAIRDAYS BRET A McCarthy TIME 2.04.2 DIST 4 1/2 Race Four 1. VALIANT FORGION M Goggin Jnr 2. UN BOSS J O Mahony 3.AUBADE A HELENE P Hill TIME 3.12.5 DIST 1/2 2 Race Five 1. MEADOWBRANCH DEMON L Kelleher 2. SUPREME SUNSHINE J Boyle 3. KESTRELS DOT SAMMY J O Mahony TIME 2.01 1 DIST SH 4                       Virus-free. www.avast.com

We’ve all witnessed memorable clashes before – the National Hunt had Kauto Star Vs Denman, the flat had Grundy Vs Bustino and now harness racing has Matticulous Vs Merrington Movin Up which will be held at Tir Prince this Saturday evening. Both are unbeaten this season and both have been purposely campaigned to avoid each other, but that all ends here at the Welsh venue when they go head to head for the first time. Trainer Alexis Laidler has publicly said that there has been nothing between them in workouts and it’s a coin toss as to what Rocker will drive on the night. This isn’t a two-horse race by any stretch and recent Irish classic winner Stakes On The Pan and Teddy Camden are also likely to make their presence felt. As promoter Dave Wilson has highlighted during the week, theres more than just the Matticulous Vs Merrington Movin Up showdown to look forward to on Saturday night as its Breeders Crown Finals night with over £50,000 in prizemoney up for grabs over 10 equally mouth-watering events. Heats and Final will be held for the 3 year old fillies division and all eyes will be on the freak that is Robyn Camden. This Irish trained multiple record breaker looks to have this classic at her mercy and Saturdays contest represents one last chance to see her in action before she jets off to the US to continue her career against the best pacers in the world. 15 other fillies will be all out to lower her colours and of these Rhyds Sapphire, Rhyds Reflection, Lyons Attack, Wellfield Witch and Isabella Camden have shown enough form to give Robyn Camden a real fright. The 4 Year Old Breeders Crown Colts Classic looks a formality on paper for current track record holder Rhyds Rock Star however recent Starmaker Series victor Father Ted has been improving in leaps and bounds this season and will certainly make his presence felt. The 4 Year Old Fillies equivalent looks a lot more competitive and any one of the 9 runners could land the spoils here. Lyons Lememay and Rhyds Mystique were a pair of champion 2 and 3 year olds but both have failed to fire on all cylinders this season. All this could change on Saturday and it would be no surprise to see either bounce back to claim the £2000 first prize. Teatime Preacher, Olivia Camden and Borntorun are others to consider in this wide-open event. The 2 Year olds are a golden batch this season both colts and fillies. £5000 is first prize for both divisions and with such valuable pots on offer these will be the most hotly contested of the night. In the colts Oakwood Inittowinit, Christy Camden and Shadowcaster are fancied by connections to run big races whilst The Mocking Jay, Loose Change, Springhill Miss Kate, Elski and Lyons Queen are the ones to watch in the fillies final. With a couple of Le Trot contests also scheduled to complement the Breeders Crown Finals, the night features something for everybody so don’t just sit at home and pray somebody transmits some blurry Facebook live videos, make your way to Tir Prince to soak up the atmosphere, see old friends and be part of history. Saturday is guaranteed to be choc-full of “I was there” moments. Don’t miss this meeting under any circumstances. www.breederscrownukandireland.com Thomas Bennett      

Ireland is set to hold its first ever Standardbred Public Auction at the world renowned Cavan Equestrian Centre in Cavan on Tuesday, October 9 this year. "We have been talking about holding our own Standarbred sale in Ireland for a number of years now," said James Delaney for the Irish Harness Racing Association's Breeding Committee." Traditionally both vendor and purchaser of Standardbreds would have to travel to the sales in the U.K. "With the rise in popularity in stakes races and prizemoney over the past number of years in Ireland," Delaney said. "It has had a huge impact on the value of yearlings and breeding stock and we talked with breeders, owners, trainers, etc. and the feeling was strong to have a sale here in Ireland." The Cavan Equestrian Centre is located on the edge of Cavan Town in the Republic of Ireland. The complex is ideally situated in the center of Ireland with easy access to seaports and to the two main International Airports, Dublin & Belfast. The Centre is the biggest and busiest equestrian centre in Ireland for Showjumping Events and Performance Horse & Pony Auctions. The facility includes; 450 permanent stables 3 indoor arenas (Hall One 80m x 30m, Hall Two 45m x 22m, Hall Three 72m x 55m) 2 outdoor all-weather arenas (Arena One 80cm x 40cm, Arena Two 65m x 60m) 3 grass arenas Boomerangs Restaurant Snaffles Bar Large hardcore truck and car park "The Cavan Horse Sales and Equestrian Centre are delighted to announce the hosting of the first official Standardbred Sale in Ireland on Tuesday, October 9," said Stuart Clarke for the Centre. "The Cavan Horse Sales management are very excited with our new partnership with the Irish Harness Racing Association (IHRA) and the promotion of this sector in Ireland, which is currently a worldwide sport." The sale will feature yearlings, race horses, stallion shares, frozen semen, etc. Some of the farms and stables that have already committed to entering horses in the sale include Newtown Stud, Springhill Stud, Meadowbranch Stables, Moorside Stud and Oakwood Stud. "The breeding here in Ireland has really taken off," Delaney said. "We feel this sale could not come at a better time as we need an outlet for both vendors and purchasers alike that is a bit closer to home. "There has been a large number of French Le Trot breeding stock imported," Delaney added, "including in foal mares and we have been leasing French Le Trot stallions to continue the breeding program over the last number of years. This along with the introduction of frozen semen from world class stallions from the USA has really helped the breeding program in Ireland and we are looking forward to hosting our first sale." "This is the first ever sale of French trotters and pacers in Ireland," Said Ronan Murphy, CEO for Horse Sport Ireland. "All animals entered in the sale have been bred in Ireland. I wish the IHRA and Cavan Equestrian every success in this new venture." For more information, contact Cavan Equestrian phone 049 4332017 or Email info@cavanequestrian.com. by Steve Wolf, for the Irish Harness Racing Association  

Developments in Ireland designed to bolster out of competition testing and the exclusion of certain horses underscores the need for the US racing industry to support ARCI's call last December for an expansion of regulatory authority over horses who have yet to come under the jurisdiction of a racing commission, according to the group's President. "We applaud Horse Racing Ireland and its chief Brian Kavanagh for their creative effort to get access to horses on unlicensed grounds," said ARCI President Ed Martin. Last December the ARCI made a general call to expand the government's authority in order to close what many regulators consider to be a major loophole in independent oversight of the un-regulated aspects of the race horse industry. The impetus for that proposal came from the reported widespread use of bisphosphonates in young horses despite government warnings that such use may not be safe. Consistent with this general call, ARCI President Ed Martin, in written testimony before a congressional subcommittee earlier this year, offered several suggestions to Members of Congress seeking to help the racing industry. Martin proposed: Requiring all horses bred to be racehorses be registered with and come under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Empowering APHIS to make rules affecting young horses not yet under the jurisdiction of a state racing commission Directing APHIS to contract with state racing commissions for the purpose of out-of-competition equine welfare and anti-doping examinations to determine adherence to the APHIS rules Authorizing APHIS to recover costs for such inspections from the owners of any horse inspected, consistent with state racing commission contracts entered into for that purpose Require that a portion of the existing funds - $9.5 million - appropriated by Congress each year for anti-doping programs through the White House Office of National Drug Policy be available to fund anti-doping research of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium consistent with anti-doping needs identified by the Organization of Racing Investigators or the ARCI The limitations on regulatory authority as well as equine welfare concerns about the use of Bisphosphonate drugs on young horses were main topics at the ARCI Integrity and Animal Welfare Conference last April in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The ARCI has not taken a formal position on Martin's suggestions but is open to working with appropriate industry organizations to develop ways to regulate young horses and address specific jurisdictional limitations where they occur. US Federal Law grants wide authority to licensed veterinarians to use substances in horses that have been approved by the FDA for other species. That authority continues even if the government has issued cautionary statements. This broad authority affects not only the use of bisphosphonates on young horses but also the steroids that have triggered the actions of Horse Racing Ireland. None of the federal bills proposed during the last decade affecting horse racing address this issue. From the Association of Racing Commissioners International      

West Cork, IE - Oisin Quill, who will celebrate his 16th birthday next week, will have fond memories of the 2018 Ballineen Harness Races where he drove his first classic winner in his fledgling career, capturing the Tommy O'Brien Memorial Handicap final at "The Cornfield Oval " in Manch on Sunday with King Wills Arrival . Hurry Up Abi set the early fractions from Brywins Starship and Saunders Picasso. Heading into the final half mile John Manning Jnr on Hurry Up Abi looked to have the measure of his rivals leading by four lengths, then.at the final quarter pole the pack began to close in and Oisin Quill produced the winner and sprinted clear to win by 3 lengths from Brywins Starship who had beaten him in the heat. "We done an operation on his wind over the winter and that seems to have done the trick " said delighted owner Finbarr Quill. It was a goood day for the Quill family from Kenmare in County Kerry as earlier Tarnao Josselyn took the top grade trot. Vigo De Bassiere despite trailing the gate 60 yards was all the rage in the betting after two wins but he found the winner too good .Tarnao won the "Clockwise " direction trot last week in Portmarnock. "We have had some fun with this fellow and he is good going any direction" added Seamus Quill Two drivers drove doubles on the day. John Manning Jnr took the first handicap heat on Hurry Up Abi and then won the second division of the Grade G & G1 pace on Cushenstown Rocky. Luke Kelleher also drove a brace of winners .Meadowbranch Matt so often the bridesmaid went one better when today when taking the first section of the Grade G & G1 Pace. We made it two when "The Iron Horse" Meadowbranch Demon won the third heat in the handicap. Brywins Starship landed some tidy wagers in the second heat of the handicap under the reins of Richard Kingston . With all the young drivers winning (Quill Kelleher and Kingston) Donal Murphy had the honor of being the oldest winning driver on the day when taking the low grade trot on the ageless Silvano Bello When informed of this Murphy replied "There aint too may grey hairs on my head but these youngsters are ensuring a good future for the sport" The Ballineen Committee must be congratulated on another outstanding day . Next week the action moves to Fishers Cross a venue overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS Race One . 1. Meadowbranch Matt L Kelleher 2. IB Felicity D Murphy 3. Moorside Captain J O Mahony DIST 3 2 TIME 2.07.0 Race Two (Heat 1) 1. Hurry Up Abi J Manning Jnr 2. Saunders Picasso M Goggin Jnr 3. Best Talent S Jennings DIST 4 4 TIME 2.03.1 Race Three (Heat 2) 1. Brywins starship R Kingston 2. King Wills Arrival O Quill 3. The Hitman M Goggin Jnr DIST SH 3 TIME 2.02.9 Race Four (Heat 3) 1. Meadowbranch Demon L Kelleher 2. Supreme Sunshine J Boyle 3. Hail Spartacus P Hill DIST 6 2 TIME 2.02.4 Race Five 1. Silvano Bello D Murphy 2. Ariane Des Tithais S Quill 3. Un Boss J O Mahony DIST 2 2 TIME 3.10.2 Race Six 1. Cushenstown Rocky J Manning Jnr 2.Sunnyside Unique D Murphy 3. Western Ocean L Kelleher DIST 5 2 TIME 2.06.1 Race Seven 1. Tarnao Josselyn S Quill 2. Vigo De Bassiere K Sheehy 3. Brutenor P Hill DIST 2 4 TIME 3.08.7 Race Eight (Final) 1.King Wills Arrival O Quill 2. Brywins Starship R Kingston 3 Hurry Up Abi J Manning Jnr DIST 4 1 TIME 2.04.1    

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