Racecaller Mark McNamara will fulfil one of his harness racing dreams when he gets the chance to call the upcoming Inter Dominion series in Auckland. Despite being the chief harness caller on the South Island of New Zealand, McNamara has been offered the job by regular Alexandra Park caller George Simon after the series was shifted from Christchurch because of the recent major earthquake.
Junee horseman Bruce Harpley has won plenty of feature juvenile races with top youngsters like Greg Kelly and Lady Waratah but one harness racing series that has eluded him so far is the Bathurst Gold Tiara. Harpley is hoping that two year old filly Dance For Madi can change all that when she competes in the heats on Friday.
Last year Marulan harness racing trainer Dean Atkinson qualified Erics Legend for the Chariots of Fire at Tabcorp Park Menangle, this year he is aiming to do the same with talented four year old Mapua Legend.
Following the departure from Harness racing New South Wales of Mr Michael Beattie, Mr Bill Cable will take over as Acting Chairman of Stewards. The Chairman of Stewards position is to be advertised in the coming weeks and the successful applicant officially announced thereafter.
Harness Racing New South Wales Stewards today (Thursday March 3) completed their inquiry into the circumstances surrounding Uncle Lile when presented to race at Bulli on Thursday 17 February 2011. The investigation established that Mr Chris Frisby had lodged an application to name a bay gelding with no distinguishing white marks under the name of Uncle Lile in November 2010.
The field for $100,000 Cordina Ladyship Mile is:
Twelve months ago Vertigal and David Thorn won the Linden Huntley Little Memorial for two year old fillies at Bulli and when Abbysn Ace won her harness racing heat of the two year old series last Thursday for trainer Rickie Alchin, Thorn was very quick to point out that the daughter of Aces N Sevens reminded him of his own star.
Prior to the running of Race seven at Bulli last night (Thursday February 17), it was established upon inspection that the brand and the identification markings on the Chris Frisby trained Uncle Lile did not match. As a result the horse was scratched by Harness Racing New South wales Stewards and subsequently stood down pending an inquiry at a time and date to be fixed.
Feature harness races continue at Tabcorp Park Menangle this Saturday night (February 19) in the shape of the $20,000 Allied Express Robin Dundee Stakes (race five). With a Quaddie Jackpot of $28,123.04 on the NSW TAB, many punters will be keen to place an investment. The Robin Dundee is the second leg with an outstanding line-up set to do battle.
Underrated harness racing mare Just Got The Look will face her biggest test on Saturday night (February 19) when she lines up in the Robin Dundee Stakes at Tabcorp Park Menangle with the winner guaranteed a place in next month's Ladyship Mile. Driver Blake Fitzpatrick believes the four year old mare deserves her chance against the better performed opposition and is confident she won't let her connections down.
The Linden Huntley Little Memorial harness racing heats at Bulli on Thursday evening (February 10) have attracted a number of the biggest stables in New South Wales. Currently third on the premiership, Paul Fitzpatrick will make the trip to the south coast and is expecting his fillies to perform extremely well.
Bathurst harness racing trainer Michael Siejka will take five two year olds to Bulli on Thursday night for the heats of the Linden Huntley Little Memorial and while he is looking forward to seeing his youngsters debut, he can't wait to get to Port Macquarie on Saturday to watch his son Harry play in a first grade rugby league trial for the Penrith Panthers.
The preliminary and confirmatory harness racing analysis of the post race urine sample taken from Auditor General following his win at Menangle Park on Saturday November 27, 2010 have shown to contain the prohibited substance Dexamethasone.
Harness Racing New South Wales Chairman of Stewards Michael Beattie has resigned and his last day with the Controlling Body will be Tuesday 8 March 2011. HRNSW Chief Executive Sam Nati said: "Mr Beattie has been an energetic and influential part of the team for almost four years and we wish him well in his future endeavours."
Goulburn harness racing trainer Neil Day is not ready to concede defeat despite drawing barrier seven in Friday night's (January 21) Golden Guitar at Tamworth with exciting pacer Make Your Move. The inside of the second row is going to make it tougher but Day is quick to point out that the four year old is not a "one trick pony".
Luke McCarthy will be back in New South Wales on a full time basis straight after this year's Inter Dominion series in Christchurch concludes. Formerly of Bathurst but currently in Queensland, McCarthy is looking forward to the challenge of setting up a harness racing team of 25 at Cobbitty with several high profile horses set to ensure immediate success.