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With a wealth of experience behind her working for top harness racing stables in Australia and New Zealand, Amanda Grieve was always going to step up to the plate with the right opportunity. And that came eight months ago when her former boss, astute Lara horseman Dean Braun decided to move away from full-time training and concentrate on a few business ventures-exporting horses to the US and assisting his partner Pauline at her Melton Saddlery business. Needless-to-say, in her role as head trainer, Grieve has taken a similar approach to Braun. Put simply, concentrating on quality of horse flesh, rather than quantity. "I'm actually only training a small team of four at the moment. There are a few others out spelling such as Holy Basil, but I seem to be spending all day at the farm doing them. I don't know if I could do too many more," Grieve said. "We've been getting a fair bit of rain being near the coast. That tends to slow things down because I try to bring them inside if it starts getting too heavy." Grieve's latest success was at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night when talented youngster Pur Dan (Art Major-Collectable NZ (Mach Three) took out the TAB Long May We Play Pace. He was handled by star lightweight driver Kima Frenning. To watch the video replay of Pur Dan winning click here The win took Grieve to a tally so far this season of 11 wins, 15 second placings and 7 thirds for $122,000 in stakes. Her win/place percentage to race starters sits at an impressive 56 percent. Pur Dan, raced by well-known and successful owners in Danny Zavitsanos, of Geelong, and Warren Viney, of Tasmania, started his career in New Zealand under the care of Mark Purdon (hence the play on his surname in naming the horse: Pur Dan). "He won first up as a 2yo at Addington, and then had a second and a fourth. He's got a few issues and had a wind operation after those first three starts. Despite being quite lazy in getting him to do anything, he's a nice type and is an honest horse," Grieve said. "Kima was actually rapt with the win and told me later that he's still green and should keep showing a lot of improvement with more race experience." Grieve said that under the national ratings system, Pur Dan kept missing out on racing in his age group. "He always had a few too many points and was racing in the next grade. He was sent out a red hot favorite a few times, but he was far from disgraced being runner-up four times and had a third and a fourth," she said. Kima Frenning after her Melton success with Pur Dan Others in the Grieve stable are StaggerLee, War Dan and rising nine-year-old superstar Cruz Bromac. Grieve couldn't hide her excitement at again having Cruz Bromac back in her care. "Yes, he's my favorite. Horses like him don't come along all that often. We've had him back for a couple of weeks now," Grieve said. "He ran fifth in the Auckland Cup on New Year's Eve. He later had a problem in his leg or hoof. I don't think they could pin-point it, although most thought it was in his fetlock. "But there's no problems at all now. It's quite exciting because he's a brilliant horse. He will just be brought up nice and easy. It would be great to go back over later this year and defend his NZ Cup." Cruz Bromac ran third for Braun/Grieve in the Victoria Cup and then headed across to NZ for the Addington FFA (third) and the Inter Dominion series (a win, two placings prior to fourth in the final to All Stars' barn stablemate Ultimate Sniper). Over the years, Christchurch-born Grieve has had stints in NSW with greats in Paul Fitzpatrick and (uncle) Dennis Wilson, while in New Zealand, she worked for two of the best in Tony Herlihy and Cran Dalgety. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura               P 0498 490 672   E   W      

The harness racing big guns of the summer’s Group 1s will collide at Cranbourne tomorrow night to etch their names on the coveted Decron Cranbourne Gold Cup. Melton trainer Amanda Grieve will have the favourite in her keeping, with Cougar Bourbon Pure Steel winner and Del-Re National A. G. Hunter Cup runner-up Ohoka Punter beautifully drawn in barrier two. But the depth of talent is fitting of the event, including prized five-year-olds Messini and Yankee Rockstar, who have this season stamped themselves as Grand Circuit horses of the future. Anthony Butt, who will drive Ohoka Punter in the Cup, said the $100,000 prize would be hotly contested. “With any Group 1 race, they don’t give them away, they always attract nice fields and there are some nice horses in it,” Butt said. “Messini is probably a future Grant Circuit star and Yankee Rockstar is the same. They will probably be the hardest to beat.” But there is considerable confidence in the Ohoka Punter camp and for good reason. The former Kiwi was outstanding in a sensational showdown against Smolda in the Hunter Cup, when Mark Purdon’s raider found the front in the dying stages. Ohoka Punter hasn’t raced since, having been a late nomination for the Terang Pacing Cup before being withdraw with a minor cold. Since then all has gone to plan and with country cups king Im Corzin Terror the only horse drawn inside him, all is in place for Ohoka Punter to shoot to the front and dictate the race.  “He’s got a great chance,” Butt said. “He raced really well since he come over from New Zealand and just got beaten a head in the Hunter Cup by Smolda, so that’s really good form leading into a race like this. “Hopefully he’s in front, he’s drawn two and should be able to get across the one – Im Corzin Terror – he’s a great frontrunner. I don’t think there’s too much gate speed outside of him that could cross him, so he should be able to lead and from there he will be hard to beat.” Victory would bring a 20th win and third Group 1 this Australian campaign – having clinched the Pure Steel and Neatline Homes Shepparton Gold Cup – and draw the outstanding pacer closer to the $1 million mark. “He’s been a classy horse all his life, he won a Victoria Derby as a three-year-old over here and he’s got really good form in New Zealand, so he is one of those high class horses that’s a good chance no matter what race he’s in.” The Decron Cranbourne Gold Cup is at 9pm on Saturday, followed by the Aldebaran Park The Knight Pistol trotters title at 9.30pm, when Keystone Del will attempt to keep at bay Arboe and Glenferrie Typhoon. CRANBOURNE CUP CHAMPIONS 1965 $900 Beaslee (Dave Wilson) 12yds 12f176yds SS 2:10.6  1966 $1,000 Bon Adios (Bill Shinn) 12yds 12f176yds SS 2:14.0  1967 $1,200 Lord Setay (Dick Benger) 12yds 12f176yds SS 2:10.6  1968 $1,200 Garry Rowan (Dave Wilson) FT 12f176yds SS 2:17.2  1969 $1,200 Bar Adios (Ralph Ford) FT 12f176yds SS 2:12.4  1970 $1,500 Bar Adios (Ralph Ford) 12yds 12f176yds SS 2:10.6  1971 $3,000 Banana Spring (Russell Thomson) FT 12f176yds SS 2:14.8  1972 $3,000 Nicotine Prince (Ron Peace) 12yds 12f200yds SS 2:10.2  1973 $3,500 Spike (Denis McIntyre) FT 2600m SS 2:06.8  1974 $6,000 Adios Victor (Arthur Bray) FT 2600m SS 2:09.4  1976 $8,000 Grand Crown (John Cascun) FT 2600m SS 2:08.4  1977 $8,000 Gallagher (Gordon Rothacker) FT 2600m MS 2:04.4  1978 $8,000 Tan Heel (Ken Rickard) FT 2600m MS 2:06.8  1979 $8,000 Gay Hondo (Graham Moon) FT 2600m MS 2:06.3  1980 $10,000 Paleface Adios (Colin Pike) FT 2600m MS 2:06.7  1981 $12,000 Koala King (Brian Gath) FT 2600m MS 2:03.1  1982 $15,000 Jikk Adios (Brian Hancock) FT 2600m MS 2:07.6  1983 $16,550 Gammalite (Bruce Clarke) FT 2600m MS 2:01.8  1984 $27,500 Sinn Fein (Greg Harper) FT 2600m MS 2:03.9  1984 $20,000 Thor Lobell (Vin Knight) FT 2600m MS 2:03.1  1985 $28,000 Glenn's Thunder (Vic Frost) FT 2600m MS 2:01.5  1986 $43,000 Quite Famous (Jim O'Sullivan) FT 2600m MS 2:03.6  1987 $50,000 Ima Orphan (Vin Knight) FT 2600m MS 2:05.4  1988 $50,000 Riverlea Jack (Gavin Lang) FT 2600m MS 2:02.6  1989 $50,000 Empire Fella (Peter Ward) FT 2600m MS 2:00.6  1990 $50,000 Its Motor Power (Jim O'Sullivan) FT 2600m MS 2:07.0  1992 $30,000 Master Musician NZ (Ted Demmler) FT 2600m MS 2:00.0  1993 $20,000 The Unicorn NZ (Stephen Dove) FT 2600m MS 2:02.3  1994 $20,020 Golden Reign (Chris Alford) FT 2600m MS 2:00.3  1995 $20,000 Knight Rainbow NZ (Chris Alford) FT 2600m MS 2:00.1  1996 $25,100 Lucky Camilla (Max Wishart) FT 1609m MS 2:01.8  1997 $15,000 Golden Reign (John Caldow) 50m 2560m SS 2:03.5  1998 $20,000 Our Millers Road (Jodi Quinlan) FT 2560m SS 2:05.4  1999 $20,000 Maltese Cavalier (Daryl Douglas) 10m 2555m SS 2:02.4  2000 $15,000 Tailamade Lombo (Chris Alford) FT 2555m MS 2:01.6  2001 $30,000 Go Charles NZ (Kerryn Manning) 10m 2585m SS 2:04.5  2002 $30,000 All For One (Brian Gath) FT 2585m SS 2:01.8  2003 $50,000 Mister D G NZ (Anthony Butt) FT 2585m MS 1:59.3  2003 $40,000 Seelster Sam NZ (Brian Gath) 20m 2585m SS 2:02.2  2004 $50,000 Sparkling Melody (Shane Graham) FT 2585m MS 2:01.4  2005 $50,000 Robin Hood (Gavin Lang) FT 2585m MS 2:01.3 2006 $50,000 The Warp Drive (Jodi Quinlan) FT 2585m MS 1:59.9 2007 $60,000 Sting Lika Bee (Jodi Quinlan) FT 2585m MS 1:59.8 2008 $60,000 Mister Swinger (Geoff Webster) FT 2585m MS 2:00.4 2009 $60,000 Bettors Strike NZ (Dexter Dunn) FT 2555m MS 2:02.9 2009 $60,000 Ohoka Nevada NZ (Damian Wilson) FT 2555m MS 2:02.9 2010 $100,000 Im Themightyquinn NZ (Gary Hall (Jnr)) FT 2555m MS 1:57.4 2011 $100,000 Mr Feelgood USA (Luke McCarthy) FT 2555m MS 1:58.8 2012 $100,000 Terrorway NZ (John McCarthy) FT 2555m MS 1:56.5 2013 $100,000 The Gold Ace NZ (Andy McCarthy) FT 2555m MS 1:58.9 2014 $100,000 Terror To Love NZ (Ricky May) FT 2555m MS 1:57.1 Michael Howard

Corzin Terror is not Addington's favourite "Terror" but plenty of Kiwis will be behind Amanda Grieve on Tuesday. As a child growing up in Christchurch, Grieve was captivated by the New Zealand Trotting Cup. Her dreams of lining up a runner in the race will become reality on Tuesday when Australian pacer Corzin Terror contests the $750,000 Group I Cup over 3200m. Grieve works for leading Victorian trainer Dean Braun and has travelled home to mentor Corzin Terror, who she holds a share in. She has spent time living on both sides of the Tasman but is adamant she is a Kiwi and there is no doubt surrounding what her dream race would be. "When Corzin Terror ran in the Inter Dominion that was a massive thing for me but everyone dreams of wining a New Zealand Cup. "It's like the Kiwis' Melbourne Cup because the nation stops but you may as well say it stops Australasia because everyone in racing in Australia watches it," Grieve said. Tuesday looms as a proud day for Grieve and her family. Proud parents Paul and Katie are flying in from Melbourne and grandfather Wally Grieve will make the trip up from Ashburton. Corzin Terror arrived in Braun's stable back in 2012 after winning five races from 26 starts for the Colin and Julie DeFilippi barn in Canterbury. But he is best known to Kiwis for beating three-time New Zealand Trotting Cup winner Terror To Love in the Ballarat Cup last season when it was reduced to just four runners. At the time, Grieve, 27, was training Braun's team as he was suspended due to one of his runners testing positive for the prohibited substances phenylbutazone and oxphenbutazone. The Ballarat Cup was her first Group I win but what should have been a magical moment was tainted with controversy. Grieve said it was hard to celebrate when the crowd were booing before and after the race due to several runners being scratched late because their sulkies were too wide. Despite the circumstances, Grieve said it was still crazy to see her name next to the previous winning trainers. "I never thought I would be in that position. It's still hard to think I was a Group I winner," she said. "There was only four in the race but people forget that he still ran home in a 53 second half, that's the thing people forget." An $81 chance to win the Cup on Tuesday, bookmakers have all but written Corzin Terror off, even if Grieve has not. She said Corzin Terror has thrived on the sand at Mark Jones' Woodend Beach operation.  "The distance suits him down to the ground and he is usually pretty good at stepping away." She believes Corzin Terror, or Im Corzin Terror as he is known in Australia, did not get the rub of the green last season, especially with barrier draws. "He went better than people realise last season, he definitely deserves the trip over here." Corzin Terror won the Maryborough Cup and flashed home late to run second to Guranteed in the Kilmore Cup. "Everyone was talking about Guaranteed's run and he did go great but they forget what Corzin Terror can do," Grieve said. If Corzin Terror cannot win the Cup, Grieve would love to see her former employer Tony Herlihy win it with Ohoka Punter. Grieve moved to Melbourne when she was still at school but moved back in 2005 to work for Herlihy. She spent nine-and-a-half years with Herlihy before moving back to Australia around two-and-a-half years ago because her father was seriously ill. Grieve spent countless hours with the "pretty special" Ohoka Punter before she moved to Australia, including his brilliant 3-year-old season. Mat Kermeen Reproduced with permission of Stuff NZ    -    Check site here

At his best, Chilli Palmer one of the fastest harness racing performers in the business. His sprint is withering, and when the pace is genuine, that’s when Chilli Palmer is at his most fiery. At Tabcorp Park Melton tomorrow night, the Amanda Grieve-trained gelding is engaged in the 2240-metre Westburn Grant Free-for-All, in which he has drawn the pole. Talented reinsman Alex Ashwood has quickly developed a bond with Chilli Palmer, having driven the speedster to finish third in the Geelong Cup and winning the Gawler Cup. That night Chilli Palmer was driven more aggressively than usual, sustaining a long, three-wide run for the final lap before outclassing his rivals. “He was out of his comfort zone because he was driven more aggressively than usual,” Ashwood said. “We just felt dropping back to that class we were able to do that and he did it really well.’ As for his latest assignment, Ashwood predicts Savesomtimetodream to lead from barrier two before surrendering the lead to Kerryn Manning’s Hunter Cup winner Arden Rooney. This would provide Chilli Palmer with a suitable trail two-back along the pegs. “If Kez runs along a bit up front that would help,” Ashwood said. “It all comes down to the tempo early.” Manning stated Arden Rooney would most likely head to Mildura for the Cup Carnival following Friday night’s race.  “I don’t know if I can find the front, but I’ll be going forward,” Manning said. “Franco Ledger is faster than my bloke, but he also needs a bit of luck in running. “It’s a bit tricky.” HRV Media

Following his success hit-and-run mission to South Australia last night, handy harness racing performer Chilli Palmer is likely to find himself interstate again soon. The Victorian was sent across the border for the Gawler Cup, which he captured in style at Globe Derby. Pleased with the pacer’s performance, trainer Amanda Grieve has earmarked next month’s Len Smith Mile as a likely target. The Group One is scheduled to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on April 26. No stranger to top shelf success, Chilli Palmer will only head north of the Murray River if his form warrants the trip. “If he is racing at his best we will look at tackling the Len Smith Mile with him,” Grieve said. “It will all come down to how well he is racing at the time. “He was a solid third in the Geelong Cup last week and has improved again to win the Gawler Cup. “He’s getting back to his best, which he will need to be if we take him to Sydney.” Driven by Alex Ashwood during his latest triumph, Chilli Palmer was forced to cover more ground than early settlers when racing three-wide for the majority of the feature. Despite the extra workload, the son of Elsu completed a metre-and-a-half win from The Smiler, with Glenferrie Rustler two-and-a-half metres away third. “That was a pretty nice run,” Grieve said. “He’s had to plenty of work in the run, but still proved too strong for them.” Covering the last half in 59.2 seconds, the five-year-old rated 1:58.5 for the 2645-metre journey, taking his record to 13 wins and eight placings from 29 starts. PAUL COURTS

INTER DOMINION! The very mention or sight of those two words screams Trans Tasman rivalry. Australia’s best and brightest against whatever the Kiwis have to offer…a battle for supremacy as man and beast ‘Tangle and Menangle’ for harness racing’s Holy Grail on Sunday. As a true patriot of the ‘sunburnt country’ it is pretty much illegal to tip against the Aussies – or barrack for a Kiwi for that matter. Furthermore, as a Victorian, patriotism demands support for the three Big V representatives – Flaming Flutter, Im Corzin Terror and Lennytheshark. Each has a reasonable chance of glory with the right amount of luck in transit. Of the trio, Lennytheshark stands out as the leading contender, especially after drawing perfectly in barrier one. Flaming Flutter will come from three, while Im Corzin Terror faces a tougher task from six. Winner of his qualifier at Melton a fortnight ago, Lennytheshark is in prime condition for the TAB.COM.AU sponsored event, with trainer David Aiken keeping the entire fresh for the time-honoured Championship. The fact Lennytheshark has ‘fresh legs’ is a major reason why the son of Four Starzzz Shark can upset the favourite, defending champion Beautide. Lennytheshark has had three starts this season, with each performance ultra-impressive. A first-up third in the Shepparton Cup at his standing start debut, Lennytheshark then finished second behind Christen Me in the Victoria Cup before capturing his Inter Dominion qualifier. The five-year-old is also expected to thrive on the spacious world class circuit and relish the 3009-metre trip. Lennytheshark’s previous visit to Menangle resulted in his victory in the New South Wales Derby. A consistent son of Bettors Delight, Flaming Flutter is more than capable of causing an upset for trainer Geoff Webster. Flaming Flutter has been among the placings in two Group Ones this term and gives every indication a top-shelf win isn’t far away. Successful in the Ballarat Cup in December, Im Corzin Terror has been racing below his best since, but showed a glimpse of improvement when third in his Inter heat. PAUL COURTS

Leading harness racing trainer Amanda Grieve is hoping for a pair of early Christmas presents at Hobart on Sunday. Grieve has made the trip across Bass Strait for two of the Apple Isle’s premier events – Tasmania Cup and The George Johnson. Talented pacer Im Corzin Terror will contest the Cup, with handy mare Tandias Bromac in the latter feature. “It would be nice if Christmas could come early,” Grieve said. “They are suitable targets and both runners will prove hard to beat. “With a bit of luck we Santa will smile upon us a few days in advance.” Despite his second row draw, Im Corzin Terror is the one to beat in the former Grand Circuit race. Fresh from his success in last weekend’s dismal Ballarat Cup, the son of Western Terror will thrive on the drop in class according to Grieve. “It is down on class on what he has been racing against,” Grieve said. “He’s good enough to overcome the draw and I expect him to be hard to beat. “He also likes the longer trip, so the 2579 metres will really suit him. “He’s come through Ballarat just fine as you would expect on the run he had.” Tandias Bromac will also begin from the second row, with Grieve stating the five-year-old’s run at Ballarat should be overlooked. On that occasion, the daughter of Art Major was unplaced in open company. “She just never got into it at Ballarat, so you may as well forget she went around,” Grieve said. “Before that she did well in Sydney despite the fact she didn’t travel as well as I would have liked. “She has settled in better in Tasmania and will be ready for this. “It’s also a drop in class for her and she will be right in the finish.” While a busy schedule has been mapped out for Im Corzin Terror, Tandias Bromac will enjoy a Christmas holiday. “Im Corzin Terror will race pretty much every week in January,” Grieve said. “He has his Bendigo Cup defence, the Shepparton, Victoria and Hunter Cups. “If we bypass any, it will be Shepparton. “At this stage, I will give Tandias Bromac a wee break and get her ready for the Ladyship Mile in Sydney in March on Inter Dominion day.” PAUL COURTS

Ballarat Cup winner Im Corzin Terror will head to Tasmania to contest Sunday’s $40,000 Tasmania Harness Racing Cup. Trainer Amanda Grieve said the seven-year-old’s Bray Raceway victory last Saturday night was “a surprise”, but added the geldings had been “going well”. “He had no luck at Cranbourne when he was making ground along inside,” Grieve said. “He was up to his right trip and he went really well on Saturday night.” With the Group One decimated by scratchings, Im Corzin Terror – driven by Chris Alford –worked to the lead early in the four-horse field. Given an easy time during the middle stages, the son of Western Terror sprinted home in a breathtaking 53.9 seconds, rating 1:59.7 for the 2710-metre trip. "It was a great drive," Greive declared. “We’ll go Tasmania at the weekend. Then he’ll defend his Bendigo Cup title before the Shepparton and Victoria Cups.” Thanks to his latest triumph, Im Corzin Terror is exempt from ballot in the Victoria Cup, which carries Grand Circuit status. “It just helps us plan his campaign out a bit and not worry about getting a start in the race,” Grieve said. HRV Media

Leading harness racing trainer Amanda Grieve remains confident her latest promising campaigner – Sparkling – can remain unbeaten at Melton tonight. Producing a sensational debut victory at Ballarat a fortnight ago, Sparkling faces a small, but select, field over 1720 metres. Drawn wide in barrier six, the daughter of Mcardle has improved since her maiden voyage and is “more than capable” of overcoming the obstacle according to Grieve. “She was very impression on debut, which wasn’t a surprise,” Grieve said. “She’s come through the run well and her training since has been pretty good. “It’s only small, but a handy field, so she will need to improve again. “The draw isn’t the best, but with a bit of luck, she is more than capable of winning.” Citing Morton Plains as the one to beat, Grieve rates Rebel Diamond as the one to watch. Morton Plains, which will come from gate seven, finished second behind Sparkling, having won her two previous starts. Winner of the Australian Pacing Gold Consolation last season, Rebel Diamond completed a stylish first-up win at Shepparton earlier this month. The daughter of Art Major has drawn barrier five. “Morton Plains is a very nice filly and I know Rebel Diamond has some wraps on her,” Grieve said. “It’s not going to be an easy race by any means.” To be given a short break after tonight’s run, Sparkling will then be aimed at various features, with the Victoria Oaks the main objective. “She will have a wee break after this, then we will see how she shapes up when she comes back,” Grieve said. “If she can match it with the better ones we will aim at the Oaks. “We’re not getting carried away just yet as it is only early days and she has a long way to go.” PAUL COURTS

A group of owners are hoping to create dual-coded history this season as they target harness racing’s pinnacle event – Inter Dominion. Karlos Farah, Oz Kheir and Luke Murrell are heavily involved in the industry as owners of several top performers. Their stock includes last weekend’s Maryborough Cup winner Im Corzin Terror, Group One star Chilli Palmer, handy campaigner Magical Telf and talented, but injury-plagued pacer, Macha. Recently returning to training for Amanda Grieve, Chilli Palmer rates as the trio’s leading Inter Dominion prospect according to Farah. The Inter Dominion is scheduled to be run at Tabcorp Park Menangle on March 1. “Chilli Palmer’s had a good break after the Breeders’ Crown and is back jogging with Amanda,” Farah said. “The spell has done him the work of good as he is as big as a house. “He’ll be brought along steadily with the Inter Dominion his main aim for the season. “Im Corzin Terror will also head towards the Inter Dominion.” As for their attempt at history, Farah, Kheir and Murrell are looking to become the first to own Inter Dominion and Melbourne Cup winners. They achieved half the feat earlier this week when Protectionist captured the world-renowned Melbourne Cup at Flemington. “To be involved in a Melbourne Cup winner is an amazing experience and thrill,” Farah declared. “It’s hard to put it into words. “Now we’d love nothing more than winning the Inter Dominion as well. To own the winners of the two biggest races in the codes would be sensational. “Hopefully we have the right horses to do it, but we’re also on the lookout for more.” Farah stated he had recently made an offer on a New Zealand three-year-old, but was disappointed the sale didn’t eventuate. Rather than dwell on a lost opportunity, Farah is all-the-more determined to purchase his next star, with particular focus on the Perth Inter Dominion in November 2015. “A nice three-year-old is what we are after,” Farah said. “We’ve had a bit of success with young horses and want to keep that going. “A top three, or even four-year-old, will fit in perfectly for the Perth Inter Dominions during the next three years.” Farah’s introduction to harness racing came via his co-worker Hass Taiba, which saw him “get into one horse, then another and another.” After enjoying a successful stint, Farah moved away from the sport, but the ‘bug’ saw him return several years later. “I had a five or six-year break, then came back into it when I bought into Our Chain Of Command,” Farah explained. “Since then I’ve enjoyed a lot of success. “I got Oz involved and then we came into contact with Luke through Australian Bloodstock and now we have shares in a Melbourne Cup winner.” Farah, Kheir and Murrell aren’t the only ones hoping for a Melbourne Cup/Inter Dominion double, with prominent owner Terry Henderson still chasing the second half of the equation. Henderson has owned an incredible 32 Group One winners, including 1995 Melbourne Cup champion Doriemus. Henderson came close to history as an owner in former champion pacer Chokin, which was second behind Golden Reign in the 1995 Inter Dominion. Henderson can boast triumphs in Victoria’s two biggest events – Melbourne and Victoria Cups. Chokin capture the latter in 1994, while Holmes D G provided a second win in the Grand Circuit event in 1999. Moving forward, Henderson is involved with rising star New Zealanders, Our Sky Major and Our Maxim, which shape as Inter Dominion prospects. “With a bit of luck I can still get that Inter Dominion winner,” Henderson said. “Of all the horses I have owned, pacer or galloper, I still rate Chokin as the best.” PAUL COURTS

Classy harness racing performer Im Corzin Terror will be given a light week before continuing to follow the country cups circuit. Trainer Amanda Grieve revealed her plans following Im Corzin Terror’s tough victory in yesterday’s Maryborough Cup. That effort followed last week’s strong second behind boom pacer Guaranteed in the Kilmore Cup. Im Corzin Terror’s win also saw the son of Western Terror successfully defend his Maryborough Cup crown. “He’s had two pretty hard runs in the space of seven days, so I will likely give him a few days off now,” Grieve declared. “I will play it by ear when I see how he pulls up tomorrow. “At this stage he won’t go around in the Smoken Up Sprint next week.” As for the plans ahead, Grieve has marked the Cranbourne, Ballarat and Bendigo Cups on Im Corzin Terror’s agenda. Im Corzin Terror annexed last season’s Bendigo feature in stylish fashion. “The Cranbourne and Ballarat Cups in the first two weeks of December are the main aim with him now,” Grieve said. “After that he has the Bendigo Cup and maybe the Victoria and Hunter Cups as well. “In between I will find what I can and we’ll see how he goes.” Driven by Chris Alford during his latest triumph, Im Corzin Terror was checked slightly soon after the start from his 20-metre back mark, which saw him caught three-wide as Highview Conall, Cut For An Ace and Hilltop Hustler led. Sent to the ‘death seat’, Im Corzin Terror received cover during the middle stages before being angled there-wide again at the bell. Quickly ranging up to the front runner, Im Corzin Terror sustained a strong sprint to complete a six-metre win from Hilltop Hustler, with Jaccka Clive a head away third. “That was a super run,” Grieve declared. “He went huge. “I was a little worried down the back as he had done so much work, but he just kept finding and did it easy in the end.” Covering the last half in 56.2 seconds, the seven-year-old rated 2:01 for the 2690-metre stand, with his time just four-tenths of a second outside Reba Rajah’s track record established in 2006. PAUL COURTS

Reigning Maryborough Pacers’ and Trotters’ Cups champions Michael Thomas and Im Corzin Terror will return to defend their harness racing crowns. Michael Thomas is chasing consecutive wins as a squaregaiter, while Im Corzin Terror will be out to retain his pacing title. Michael Thomas led throughout for trainer Lisa Miles last year to account for Paparazzi Snapshot and Lightning Joy in the 2690-metre event. Successful off the front line, Michael Thomas, which is first-up from a 10-month spell, faces a 10-metre handicap this time around. The Kari Males-trained Tsonga is the only other handicapped runner and will share the back mark with Michael Thomas. Boasting four wins from five starts for trainer Brent Lilley, former European stallion, Kvintet Avenger remains the one to beat as he aims for his second Cup triumph of the season. Kvintet Avenger captured the Swan Hill Trotters’ Cup in fine style a fortnight ago. Lilley has a high opinion of the son of Love You and is working the six-year-old towards key targets such as the V L Dullard Cup and Great Southern Star. As for Im Corzin Terror’s task at hand, the Amanda Grieve-trained gelding will have to overcome a large field and a 20-metre handicap. An eye-catching second behind boom pacer Guaranteed in last weekend’s Kilmore Cup, Im Corzin Terror is primed for a win after four runs this campaign. Like she did with Guaranteed, prominent horsewoman Emma Stewart will be looking to extend Im Corzin Terror’s bridesmaid status. Stewart, who prepares her team with Clayton Tonkin, will be represented by Hes Kinky and Goodtime Mike. Stewart is one of three trainers with dual representation, with Itdontmattertome and Highview Conall from the Amanda Turnbull stable, while Lance Justice has Im Barney Rubble and Machin Out engaged in the feature. PAUL COURTS

Harness racing driver Chris Alford is confident in-form mare Tandias Bromac will have no trouble handling the step up on class at Melton tomorrow night. The Amanda Grieve-trained pacer has won three of her last four outings, including a last-start 1:58.5 win in an M2-M4 at the same venue. Despite competing against the likes of fellow rising stars Maximan and Bettor Rock On, the five-year-old is ready for the acid test according to the premier reinsman. “It’s a good test for her, but she’s racing very well,” Alford said. “She won’t disgrace herself.” Early race favourite Keayang Cullen was scratched this morning, leaving Maximan a short-priced elect, but Alford said he would have preferred the Marg Lee-trained getting remaining in the field. “Keayang Cullen would probably have kept them rolling up front,” Alford said. “Tandias Bromac can come out of the gate well, but against this kind of class, she’s better driven a bit quieter, so it didn’t help that he got scratched.” HRV Media

Kialla trainer-driver David Moran enjoyed a winning double with two of his in-form pacers last night at Tabcorp Park Melton. Both The Baggy Green (a four-year-old mare by Art Major out of Lady Waratah) and Our Santa Catalina (a three-year-old filly by Rocknroll Hanover out of San Sophia) carried their strong Breeders Crown form into last night's meeting and both recorded strong victories. The Baggy Green, who ran second to Frith in the four-year-old mares’ Breeders Crown Final last time out, found the back of early leader Earth Angel last night used the sprint lane at the finish to wind up for a 2.3-metre victory in the Alabar Pace, Race 1, over 1720 metres. Earth Angel led for Josh Aiken with Isabelle Delacour (Jason Lee) parking in the breeze after a failed attack for the front. Glenferrie EJ (Jodi Quinlan) ran second after a sustained run three-wide, while Earth Angel boxed on gamely for third. The Baggy Green started at $2.20, kicking the night off on a winning note for punters. Moran’s second winner came up in Race 4, the Harness Breeders Vic 3YO Classic over 1720 metres. He drove Our Santa Catalina, who scored an upset win over last-start Group 1 winner Just Cala (Amanda Turnbull) by 1.8 metres, with Madison Louise (Chris Alford) third. With 1200 metres to go Moran and Our Santa Catalina eased three-wide from the one-out-one-back spot and moved to the breeze outside race leader Dazzling Arden. At this stage Turnbull had the $1.40 favourite Just Cala in last position. Down the back, though, Turnbull started her move, taking the Dennis Picker trained filly around the field three-wide. But the leaders quickened up with middle sectionals of 29.9 and 28.4, Just Cala forced to work hard for the bulk of the final lap. Once the field straightened up for the run to the judge, Our Santa Catalina shook off Dazzling Arden and then hit the line in a 27.8 final quarter. Just Cala simply didn’t have the firepower at the finish as Our Santa Catalina – who ran third in a Breeders Crown semi-final at Ballarat two starts back – showed enormous grit in the run to the line. Our Santa Catalina has now won seven of 20 starts. Leading reinsman Nathan Jack was the other driver to pick up a winning double last night, piloting Bad Habbott to a 2.7-metre triumph in the Home Timber and Hardware Melton 3YO Trot for trainer Russell Commens before finishing the program aboard Shared Interest, the Russell Jack trained gelded son of Angus Hall obliterating his rivals by 18.1 metres in the Haley Toulmin 2YO Trot over 1720 metres. Other winners on the card were Action Kosmos for Geoff Webster and Emmett Brosnan in the Trot and Game We Play in the Empire Stallions 3YO Pace Final for trainer-driver Craig Turnbull, the son of Courage Under Fire too strong as the long odds-on favourite in the race Karkarooc who finished a well-beaten seventh. In-form mare Tandias Bromac won the Pet Rock Pace for trainer Amanda Grieve and driver Chris Alford while the Michael Stanley trained and driven Young Modern won the Woodlands Stud Pace over 1720 metres. Gumdrops won for trainer Steve Zammit and driver Rodney Petroff in the Breeders Crown Broodmare Noms Close 1 Sept Pace, and the Chris Lang trained and driven Lord Liam won the Aldebaran Park Trotters Handicap. The Victorian harness racing spotlight turns to Cranbourne tonight (Saturday) with the first of 11 races at 5.35pm. Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria

Reinsman Rodney Petroff nailed the tactics aboard Zedalite to win the Vulcan Trotters Free-For-All at Tabcorp Park Melton last night. Petroff took the Brent Lilley trained five-year-old gelding straight to the front from gate three and refused to hand up to Josh Aiken aboard the short-priced favourite, My High Expectations, in the 1720-metre feature event. The pair, who punters favoured with My High Expectations starting $1.50 favourite and Zedalite the second pick at $4.20, sat one-two for the bulk of the race but Petroff’s charge had the upper hand. In the finish My High Expectations loomed large late and almost got level with the early pacesetter in the final 200 metres, but Petroff lifted Zedalite to a memorable half-head win. Zedalite has been a terrific money-spinner for connections and last night’s success was his 22nd career win from 75 starts. The son of Zooma stopped the clock at 1:58.1 for the mile rate. Stoned I Am ran on at the finish to grab third for Simone Walker, while Lightning Joy was fourth for Gavin Lang. Earlier in the night Inky Cullen bounced back to winning form after some out-of-character efforts with a win in the Tabcorp Park Melton Claiming Pace. The Amanda Grieve trained five-year-old scored a three-metre win over stablemate Catch Your Breath; Alex Ashwood driving the winner and Chris Alford piloting the second horse. Other Melton winners were Palais Du Louvre for Leigh Miles and Scott Dyer in the first race, Smiling High for David Aiken and Nathan Jack in Race 2, El Paco for Joe Attard in Race 4, Keayang Cullen for Marg Lee and Jason Lee in Race 5, Goodtime Mike for Emma Stewart and Alford in Race 6, Im Barney Rubble for Lance Justice and Brian Gath in Race 7, and The Majestic for John Newberry in Race 9. The early quaddie paid $520.30 on the numbers 9-5-9-8, while the traditional quaddie paid $1453 on a 1-2-10-3 combination. Don't forget tomorrow's guaranteed $200,000 quaddie pool at Ballarat for semi-final night of the rich Breeders Crown Series. Details at the TAB website. Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria  

Things just didn’t work out for Glen Craven, Keayang Steamer and the punters who took the short odds about the Terang trained star at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday night. (August 8th)  Keayang Steamer was a heavily tried favourite, starting $1.50, in the Swift Signs Pace at Tabcorp Park Melton but could only muster a fifth-place finish from his inside back-row draw. Pre-race Craven declared he would be looking to get off the pegs at all costs. “I’m not interested in getting locked up on the fence,” he said. But that's precisely what eventuated. The pacer who beat Smoken Up home to claim the Horsham Cup last campaign was wedged three back along the pegs at the bell. Early on Exciteusinthecity found the lead for junior driver Tim McLean from gate three, easily crossing Hall Of Famer and La Machane. Composed got going early to work around to the breeze from his second-line draw, but Keayang Steamer was not able to get one-off and had to punch through to trail Hall Of Famer. Exciteusinthecity, trained by Darren Cole, was able to get away with 31.6secs and 30.3secs first and second quarters of the last mile, setting the five-year-old gelding up to sprint home in 56.1secs and record his second win in three starts. Hall Of Famer capitalised on a beaut trip behind the leader by running second, albeit beaten 5.6 metres by the winner, while Composed battled on gamely for third. Keayang Steamer (fifth) came in behind fast-finishing Kotare Rowland (fourth) and will need to improve significantly second-up to topple his highly regarded stablemate, Keayang Cullen, in the Breeders Crown Graduate Cup on August 24 should they both head in that direction. Meanwhile, Alison Chisholm enjoyed a red-letter evening with a winning double. The Melton trainer/driver drove Three Pints to victory in the GBL Property Consultants Vicbred Pace (Race 3) before scoring aboard stable star Asoka in the Del-Re National Food Group Pace (Race 5). New Zealand champion Our Sky Major proved far too strong for his maiden-metropolitan rivals in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Pace. The Barry Purdon trained three-year-old son of Art Major is here for the Breeders Crown but enjoyed an easy hit-out at Melton, scoring by 3.7 metres over Wolfpack, with Philtra Phella third. Driver Craig Demmler took Our Sky Major back at the start and he was the best part of 40 metres off the lead at one point over the 1720-metre sprint trip. Down the back the last time Our Sky Major made his move, reinsman Craid Demmler easing the two-time Harness Jewels champion three-wide. Sprinting up with a 28.1secs third quarter, Our Sky Major quickly put the leaders away and shot clear early in the straight to record a 3.7-metre triumph in a mile rate of 2:02.5. Another Kiwi pacer to put her best foot forward was Mark Purdon trained two-year-old Big Lucy, who won the VHRSC 2YO Pace over 1720 metres. Chris Alford, who took driving honours for the night with a winning treble, was content to sit outside early leader Yankee Showgirl before taking Big Lucy 1.2 metres clear over Wegottarocketmachine at the finish, with Yankee Showgirl boxing on for third in a rate of 1:55.7. Alford’s other two winners were aboard ultra-consistent trotter Blitzthemcalder in the Renown Silverware Trot for trainer Craig Demmler, and long odds-on favourite Upanatom in the Mediatec Pace Final for trainer Amanda Grieve. Blitzthemcalder worked his way to the lead mid-race in the trot before outshining Sunset Invasion in the run to the line to score a two-metre win in a rate of 2:00.2. Blitzthemcalder is arguably racing in career-best form. Upanatom did plenty of work to find the lead early in his race, but the son of Christian Cullen still proved panels ahead of his rivals – getting home by 4.1 metres over runner-up Pas Mate, who hit the line hard, and third placegetter Eyes On The Sky. Other winners at Melton were Rostevarren, for trainer Ross Graham and driver Daryl Douglas, in the Geoff and Lorraine Barnes Trot over 1720 metres, Road To Rock, for trainer Keith Cotchin and driver Greg Sugars, in the University Food Group Pacers Handicap over 2240m, and Michael Stanley trained-and-driven Young Modern in the Alabar 3YO Pace over 2240 metres.   Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria

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