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“She's going to leave them all crying at the chapel”. That statement from harness racing race caller Craig Easey as he watched Tintin Naturally power down the home straight in the Elvis Championships Final (2,040 metres) on Wednesday might have been a little cringe-worthy, but the winning run was anything but. The Amanda Turnbull trained and driven $1.30 favourite led from start to finish in the annual Parkes Harness Racing Club feature. The five-year-old Tintin In America x Natural Hanover mare was rated nicely in front then kicked away from her rivals after turning for home, finishing 7.3m clear of second placed Reverse Psychology (Nathan Turnbull, $41). Easey, a man known for his entertaining calls across the Western Districts, embraced the spirit of the meeting which is part of Parkes’ Elvis Festival. As they ran down the back straight for the first time he quipped “They’re picking up their blue suede hooves and putting them down nicely” and later as contenders jostled behind the favourite he came out with “It’s now or never as they race down the back, Tintin Naturally out in front.” But the puns aside, Easey’s observations were spot on. Tintin Naturally got away well from barrier one to lead and travelled nicely throughout. A 52.2 first half of the last mile meant she was poised for a strong finish and she produced.  It was her fourth win from her last five starts. Wednesday night marked the fifth time Turnbull had lined up for a drive in the Elvis Championship Final, a race which first featured on the Parkes program in 2013. Turnbull placed third in that inaugural final aboard the $3 favourite Our Buller Boy and in the two years which followed, was off the pace with a 10th (Whispering Lass) and ninth (Cullectomatic). In 2017 the talented The Lagoon trainer-driver finally added an Elvis victory to her long list of feature race successes, Greenngold getting the job done for her as the $2 favourite. Turnbull did not get the chance to go back-to-back, not qualifying a finalist for the 2018 edition, but on Wednesday Tintin Naturally showed exactly why he held favouritism. While that feature win was the highlight of the meeting for Turnbull, it was not her only success. She took out the opening race of the evening, a Club Menangle Where Horses Fly Heat (1,660m) aboard My Secret Beach ($1.30 favourite). Turnbull then made it a winning treble for the meeting as Mach Le More ($1.40 favourite) won an Evolution Series Three Year Old Colts and Geldings Heat (1,660m). By Anya Whitelaw Reprinted with permission of The Western Advocate Want to keep up to date with Bathurst sport? Sign up to our daily newsletter and breaking news alerts here:   FACEBOOKSHARE TWITTERTWEET EMAIL

NOW Eye See and Ominous Warning extended already impressive records with strong wins in last Wednesday’s Star Trek semi-finals and the battle between them in Friday’s $15,000 final at Gold Crown Paceway should be a beauty. Amanda Turnbull earned Drive of the Night honours from racecaller Craig Easey for her effort in the first semi, keeping open her options with Now Eye See in a spirited early speed battle before a deft piece of driving that saw her obtain a nice trail in the running line. It could so easily have gone badly wrong for the favourite combination. They came three-wide around the final turn, and momentarily looked to be struggling, before knuckling down to grab the win from death-seating Life Lavros NZ and the fast-finishing Delilaah NZ. It was a trifecta result for leading sire Bettors Delight. Less than four metres separated the first six home, with Grosestar, Reverse Psychology and a desperately unlucky Tintin Naturally NZ, a stablemate of the winner, making it through to Friday’s decider. The daughter of outstanding matron Grace Robinson now boasts seven wins and four places from her 11 career starts. Victory in the final will take her earnings past the $50,000 mark as she gives chase to her six-figure siblings Two Eye See, Oh Eye See, Eye See Diamonds and Hardhitter. Two races on, in the second semi-final, the Peter Trevor-Jones-trained, John O’Shea-driven Ominous Warning lived right up to his name, delivering a resounding “Anything you can do...” message of his own by leading throughout and bolting away over a 55.2s final half of the 1:54.7 trip. With 10 wins from his last 11  runs, including a Menangle Country Series final just three days earlier, and 16 wins from 27 lifetime runs, he will crack $100,000 in earnings with a win on Friday. Arcachon held down second after trailing the leader throughout, and it was impossible to miss the run of Schouten Island, which flashed home from a mile back for third, ahead of Afterdinnerspeaker NZ, Tulhurst Cash and Abercrombie Tab. If there’s to be an upset in the final, it could come courtesy of Schouten Island, which looks to be at the top of his game right now. He’ll be well handled by Amy Rees, who would like nothing more than to get a feature race win at the expense of her boyfriend John O’Shea. The barrier draw, to be conducted on Tuesday, will have a strong bearing on the market for a final that is sure to attract a very big crowd to Gold Crown Paceway. Other winners on Wednesday included:  Letsgotothehop NZ (Jason Grimson), all the way in C2-C3 grade, continuing the great Bathurst run recently for Camden trainer Tim Butt ; Royal Story (Bernie Hewitt), which produced a barnstorming finish right over the top of her fast-class rivals ; Castalong Shadow (Geoff Simpson), leading throughout in C0-C1 class and getting back to that Gold Crown-winning form from 2017 ; and Bettor Jiggle (Josh / Amanda Turnbull) , kicking off his 3YO season in impressive style with a dominant win in an Evolution Series heat. Heats of the HRNSW Rewards Series were taken out by parent-child combinations David and Brad Hewitt, with Allstar Sea, and Wendy and Emma Turnbull, with Lucky Nutter. They’ll be the testing material in the $10,000 final this Friday. And on that generational theme, congratulations to trainer Ashlee Grives, and husband Ryan, on the birth of their first child late last month. All of seven days old, baby Dulcie was completely unruffled by her first visit to the races last week, to cheer on mum’s runners, including Life Lavros, runner-up in one of those semi-finals. She’s sure to back up again this week, and if things pan out just a touch better, she’ll play her own  starring role in a Star Trek. TERRY NEIL

Sunshine Sprint winner Tact Tate has been sold. The Amanda Turnbull prepared pacer will do his future racing in North America and is scheduled to fly out this weekend. Tact Tate scored a brilliant victory in the Gr.2 $50,540 Garrards Sunshine Sprint in 1:53.0 defeating Celestial Arden and Ohoka Punter before finishing an unlucky 6th behind Let It Ride the following week in the Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship back in July during the Queensland winter carnival. The McArdle gelding was unplaced in his only start since the Brisbane campaign, finishing 9th behind Gotta Go Ya Hu on September 15 at Menangle. “It obviously was a very tough decision but there was plenty of interest in him and things moved along pretty quickly and he’s headed out this weekend. He’s been an absolute ripper for me and all of the other owners and provided us with so much fun and excitement, he won two Gr.1 features and I’m sure he’ll do a great job in the States.” Co-owner Steve Salter said. Purchased for a moderate amount from New Zealand back in 2015, the former Southland pacer transformed into a great money-spinner for his connections winning 11 races including his first five starts in Victoria. His biggest victories came via the Gr.1 $100,000 Bonanza at Melton in a career best 1:51.9 and the Gr.1 $100,000 Bohemia Crystal FFA at Menangle defeating Have Faith In Me in 1:53.6 for 2400m. Other feature victories include the Gr.2 $50,000 Treuer Memorial and the Gr.3 $30,600 Sydney Cup. His most recent victory came via the Sunshine Sprint back on July 14. In recent times, former southern hemisphere pacers have performed exceptionally well in North America highlighted by the deeds of star mare Shartin and the mighty champion Lazarus. Shartin, a former winner of the Queensland Oaks, has confirmed her ranking as the best pacing mare in the world this year with a string of feature race victories throughout North America and Canada. The Tintin In America mare has banked more than $820,000 this year.   Chris Barsby

A 50th birthday celebration on the Gold Coast back in July was the catalyst for the debut win of Pop The Bubbles at Bathurst Gold Crown Paceway last Wednesday night. Nicki Inwood, Nicole Lavelle and Kellie Dunbar took time from Grant Inwood’s birthday bash to watch Amanda Turnbull’s Albion Park Group One win with Tact Tate and decided that they’d like to share the excitement of owning a successful horse. And it should be named after the pina coladas they happened to be drinking at the time. Things moved very quickly after that with fellow celebrant Jenny Turnbull straightaway making contact with Amanda, who explained that she’d been keeping an eye on a Sportswriter filly over in New Zealand, which would be just the ticket for the girls. By the time the group flew back to Sydney the next day, they owned the horse, and to make it even better, she was named Pop The Bubbles! A very close second at her Australian debut at Bathurst the previous Wednesday saw the four-year-old come in for strong support this week, and Steve Turnbull took full advantage of a favorable inside draw to lead throughout in the CO/C1 sprint that closed the Bathurst proceedings. There was never any doubt how the excited owners would celebrate the win, raising glasses of bubbly back in the clubhouse, in confirmation that the ownership caper was every bit as good as people said it was. The win completed a good night for the stable, which finished with three winners. Steve drove a double which began with Shandance in the C2 Club Menangle Country Series Heat, and Mitchell supplied the other win with the ‘death seat’ effort of Grosestar in the CO Where Horses Fly Heat. Robbie Morris and Dance For Glory scored a strong win in the fast class sprint, working early to find the death seat and applying plenty of pressure to the leader Thunder Dance , which broke on the home turn, leaving Dance For Glory well clear turning in. The winner was well down in grade from his recent Menangle runs and won accordingly. Mat Rue took a driving double for father-in-law Bernie Hewitt - a gutsy all the way win with Trunkey Digger in a CO sprint, after blistering early sections, and an equally tough win from the death seat, with Lady Swiss in the three-year-old class, for her second win in succession in this grade. Racecaller, Fred Hastings gave his Drive of the Night award to Tom Pay, aboard Havana Moon, for Gemma Rue, in a C1 sprint. Tom bided his time at the back end of the field during the early stages, bringing Havana Moon into the race at the turn and busting clear over the closing stages. With Penrith Rugby League supremo, Phil Gould a part-owner of the winner, and driver Tom Pay being a nephew of Canterbury Bulldogs coach Dean Pay, there was a real football feel to the race. Quite appropriate for September. TERRY NEIL

RACECALLER Fred Hastings might not have used the precise term to summarise Amanda Turnbull’s 'Drive of the Night' at Bathurst Gold Crown Paceway on Wednesday but the horse’s name - Aintnobettor - perfectly summed up her winning effort. In the opening race of a new Bathurst season, a C0 Club Menangle heat over the sprint trip, she faced an awkward draw on the inside of the second line, but eased back following the start, got onto the three-wide train in the early stages and was actually in front for most of the last lap, dashing home in a 28s final quarter to hold off the on-pace runners Walk On Kimmy and Grosestar. The win - number two in 16 starts -broke a sequence of five seconds for the Bettors Delight gelding, his trainer-driver admitting “ I was beginning to wonder lately if he knew how to win, but to his credit he toughed it out tonight and finished the race off well.” If the win was well-deserved for the horse, and certainly for an outstanding drive, credit was also due to the owners, Adelaide-based couple Terry and Ros Cluse who have been very good supporters of Amanda Turnbull. In the following race, a C2 Country Series heat, Amanda completed a double when leading throughout with the short-priced favourite Executive Dash NZ, the Well Said four-year-old notching up his fifth win from just 11 career starts. The naming theme established by Aintnobettor was carried through to the back half of the meeting, with three appropriately-named winners. The field for the  C1-C3 Guaranteed Ladyship Pace included a Kitty, a Carly, a Suzie, a Porsha and a Ruth, but they all played second fiddle to favourite Nova Time NZ, a recent addition to Brad Hewitt’s stable. The come-from-behind winner was named for a star, perhaps, but we’ll stick with the female theme and opt instead for Nova Perris as the inspiration. A large and happy group of “senior cits” came onto the track for the presentation of the R0 grade South West Community Transport Pace, won by leader Young Cambo, for Emma and Wendy Turnbull. The winner is a Million Dollar Cam full-brother to Old Jack Cambo, named by former HRNSW chairman Graeme Campbell for his father, and Graeme’s since acquired a sister who’s to be named for his mother, so the win wasn’t as ironic as it might have seemed. Our Uncle Jim, trained by Chris “The Man from Uncle” Frisby, and driven by his son Anthony, scored an authoritative win in the 3YO Evolution Series heat. The Western Terror gelding charged home over the top of his rivals, marking a return to the Frisby home track after a very successful Queensland campaign which concludes this week. Peter and Marie Neil were on hand for the Owners Association bonus races, and presented $1,000 bonus cheques to the connections of Karloothreeothree -successful via the sprint lane in the fast-class event for Mitch Turnbull - and Our Little Digger, which bounced back to form in coming off the speed in the C0-C1 NSWSOA sprint, for Bernie Hewitt. NSWSOA subscriptions for the current season are due at the present time, and for just $55, represent wonderful value. The Bathurst HRC presentation night will take place on Friday, October 12 , following the excitement of the Bathurst 1000 race week,  when the Gold Crown Paceway will host two meetings including its own Shootout time-trial series, which proved such a hit last year Terry Neil

OWNER Steve Hunt spends his working life doing the driving duties on interstate trains, heading north to Sydney or south to Melbourne from Junee Station, near his Cootamundra hometown. After the stunning Australian debut of his part-owned two-year-old Obi One NZ, at Gold Crown Paceway Bathurst on Wednesday night, he might soon be making those trips as a passenger, to tackle the Victoria and New South Wales Derby races. What a capital idea! In the Betterthancheddar 2YO Pace, the McArdle gelding came out of the gate like the Southern Aurora, before handing up to Roger That which maintained the speed to run a lead time of 46.2 seconds. That’s an exceptionally quick lead time at Bathurst for any horse over the 2260 metres race distance, but especially so for two-year-olds having their first try at the distance. A first half in 60.1s was followed by a slick 28.6s third quarter as Brad Hewitt kept the leader running, but then Amanda Turnbull switched Obi One to the outside, rather than waiting for the sprint lane, and he roared away down the straight to win by an ever-increasing margin of 23 metres. His final sectional of 28.2s produced a mile rate of 1:56.1, seldom bettered by open-class horses at the circuit, and it completely obliterated the 2YO record of 2:01.7 set by Heavenly Shades three years ago. “There’s your Derby favourite !” was the admiring comment from Mat Rue as he headed out to the parade ring for the following race. The youngster had placed at his only NZ start back in June, and his breeder has retained a half-share in the horse, joining a number of Turnbull stable regulars in the new ownership. It was only last Friday that the horse arrived at Amanda Turnbull’s Lagoon stables. On Monday he had an easy outing in an experience trial to check out the track and mobile, and on Wednesday - remarkably just five days after saying goodbye to his Kiwi stablemates- he was winning in Oz. Mat Rue’s appraisal of the budding star was based on performance, but he would be equally enthusiastic about the youngster’s breeding : his grand-dam Fleet Vance is a half to Alldatglittersisgold, the dam of millionaire Bling It On and a wonderful mare in Baby Bling which Rue drove to success in a Miracle Mile. Steve Jones- whose 25-strong horse portfolio includes rising star Ellmers Image and this week’s ABC aspirant Our Positano - and his fellow owners look to have something special in their latest acquisition. In other news from the meeting, Mackayler Barnes took her season’s tally to 22 after a driving double - her first at her home track - with Stitched Up and Jedda Shannon, earning racecaller Fred Hastings’ Drive of the Night award for the latter. Her smile was bigger than ever. TERRY NEIL

A win on the punt and a quick scroll through social media started a chain reaction that would lead Steve Salter, part-owner of dual Group 1 winner Tact Tate, from Victoria to Brisbane this weekend.  A masterful drive by Amanda Turnbull helped Tact Tate complete a long-awaited comeback to the winners’ stall in last week's Group 2 Sunshine Sprint, following a near 15-month stint on the sidelines through injury.   Salter bought into the gelding in August 2015 after Nathan Jack posted a notice via ‘Twitter’ that he and Turnbull were looking to syndicate a horse they’d bought from New Zealand. “I had a lucky win on the punt one day and then I saw that Nathan put it up on Twitter. I had always wanted to have one with Nathan and Amanda and I know Amanda likes the McArdles, so when I saw McArdle in the breeding I thought ‘Why not?’,” he said. “What I also bought into was a great bunch of owners. I have made lifelong friends and Nathan and Amanda have been terrific … I can’t speak highly enough of them.”  Tact Tate's Group 1 wins include the 2016 Nestle 4YO Bonanza and the 2017 Bohemia Crystal. But following the Bathurst Mayors cup in March 2017, scans showed the gelding had suffered a bone chip. He would race just once between then and June this year. Salter praised Nathan and Amanda for nursing Tact Tate back to full health.  “Hence the excitement after we won,” Salter said. “I had a few of my mates asking me ‘Why are you so excited, the Grand Final (Blacks A Fake) is next weekend’. “But it was the knowledge that we could have lost him that made the win all the more special.” Salter said he had now made lifelong friends in the ownership group, and hopes to be celebrating just as hard this weekend.  "I don't see any reaason why he couldn't (win). Hopefully he doesn't have to spend too much energy early. I'm worried about a couple inside us but if he shows the speed he did last week he can be up there. It's a Group 1 race and you've got to be in it to win it!"  Tact Tate can also earn his connections an extra $50,000 in UBET Grand Slam Bonuses, if he is able to win on Saturday night. A minor placing would also give them $15,000. Ohoka Punter and Celestial Arden can also earn their connections an extra $15,000 should either place or win.  By Alex Nolan Racing Queensland

The final leg of the 2017/18 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit takes place this weekend. And the destination is Brisbane. The Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship will conclude the eight leg series and global superstar Lazarus will be crowned Grand Circuit champion following a shocking injury to Soho Tribeca last weekend. Heading into the final leg, Lazarus held a 99 point lead over Soho Tribeca but victory for the latter would’ve secured a thrilling victory but, unfortunately, a leg fracture sustained in the Sunshine Sprint has wiped out any chance of securing the title. So, with Lazarus guaranteed the title of Grand Circuit champion for the second straight year, the door has been left open for others to improve their position on the leaderboard or even perhaps, get on the leaderboard for the first time this season. The Sunshine State feature named after the greatest champion of all-time is staged over the 2680m and features some very richly talented pacers including last week’s feature race winner Tact Tate. The Amanda Turnbull trained and driven gelding scorched around the Breakfast Creek oval in a time of 1:53.0 taking the sprint feature and now looks to complete the Brisbane feature race double. In recent times, Hectorjayjay (2017) and Im Themightyquinn (2014) have completed the Queensland double and Tact Tate has a terrific chance of joining that exclusive club. Possessing blinding gate speed, Tact Tate will start from gate 6 and looks a great chance of finding the pegs early again. A major threat for Tact Tate could come from within with Atomic Red, prepared by Amanda’s father Steve; the ultra-talented four-year-old produced an eye-catching effort last week behind Tact Tate when fifth after starting from a nasty second-line draw. The rise in distance will suit Atomic Red and the ideal front-line draw (4) is another major plus. With the Turnbull name synonymous in harness racing, the father/daughter combination have filled a top two finish on many occasion but are yet to achieve the feat in a Grand Circuit event. Can they etch their names into the record books this weekend? Champion trainer Tim Butt is no stranger to Grand Circuit glory and is represented by a pair of outstanding chances with My Field Marshal and Let It Ride. My Field Marshal (1:46.9), the fastest pacer in Australasia, is looking to bounce back following a flop performance last week in the Sunshine Sprint when finishing at the rear of the field after racing three-wide throughout. A runner-up in this event last year, My Field Marshal will start from gate 11 with Anthony Butt taking the drive. Let It Ride, a proven Gr.1 winner, will start from gate 3 with Dexter Dunn booked to drive. A winner of his past five starts, Let It Ride makes his debut at the Grand Circuit level but looks ready following his victory at the track last week. Victorian trainer Dean Braun is chasing his maiden Grand Circuit victory with classy mare Carlas Pixel, the Gr.1 Ladyship Mile winner must overcome gate 13 – the outside of the second-line. The regally bred mare will again have the services of star reinsman Luke McCarthy. Cruz Bromac, a winner of the Gr.1 Len Smith Mile two starts ago makes his Albion Park debut and faces a second-line draw after landing gate 10. The Kevin Pizzuto trained gelding disappointed last start at Menangle when finishing 7th. Perennial Albion Park performer Ultimate Art returns to Brisbane and tackles the staying feature following some strong efforts of late at Menangle. Under the care of Queensland born but Sydney based Shane Sanderson while regular trainer Michael Formosa holidays in Malta, Ultimate Art will start from gate 9. Ultimate Art finished third in this race back in 2016 behind Ohoka Punter and Hectorjayjay. Young Cameron Hart takes the drive. Another Sydney trained runner is Celestial Arden for Kerryann Turner and Robbie Morris, the talented gelding has drawn poorly in gate 7 – the outside of the front-line. Celestial Arden was a runner-up last week behind Tact Tate in the Sunshine Sprint. Leading trainer Grant Dixon is duly represented by Alleluia (gate 1) and 2016 winner Ohoka Punter (gate 12). Both pacers are racing in excellent form. Proven Albion Park feature race winner Glenferrie Hood starts in his second Blacks A Fake (9th in 2016) and will start from gate 5. Pete McMullen takes the drive for trainer Wayne Graham. Bodhi Tree tackles his biggest challenge to date the injury prone pacer continues to defy the odds and boasts outstanding recent form. Prepared by Peter Greig and Patrice Madden, the Blissfull Hall gelding will start from gate 2. Giant former New Zealand gelding Hughie Green is listed as the emergency (gate 8). In total, the 13 runners have won 265 races while amassing more than $5.48 million in stakes. The UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship is scheduled as race 8 and listed to start at 8.40pm local time.   Chris Barsby

Everything you thought you knew about the established top order of Australasian harness racing has been thrown into further disarray by Saturday night’s Sunshine Sprint at Albion Park. Going into the Group 2 event Soho Tribeca was hot favourite and widely regarded as the nation’s pre-eminent pacer. Most believed that success in the Sunshine Sprint and next week’s Blacks A Fake would confirm that fact and set up a magical meeting with Chicago Bull in Melbourne’s Inter Dominion series. Sadly though, a fractured leg sustained when trying desperately to overcome a cluttered run on Saturday night will see Soho Tribeca off the racing scene for a prolonged period. While his was the seminal story to come from the Sunshine Sprint it wasn’t the only one. Unlike Soho Tribeca, Miracle Mile king My Field Marshal did not sustain a serious injury but did produce one of the worst races of his career; dropping out badly after working hard in transit. At this stage he is pushing on to Saturday Night’s $200,000 Blacks A Fake but with an obvious cloud surrounding him after such a performance. The good news narrative from Brisbane’s feature weekend sprint was the winner Tact Tate. Off the scene for some time following a misdiagnosed injury Amanda Turnbull’s gifted ambush artist had produced encouraging runs at his two efforts back this time in. But he went to another level when blazing off the arm to lead and then trail before sprinting home with purpose for his biggest ever success. Part owner Steve Salter, who made the trek from Melbourne to witness ‘Mighty Mouse’s’ big win, was full of praise for the entire team behind the comeback kid. “I came up here with hope more than expectation; all we wanted was to see him back somewhere near his best,” Salter said. “All credit goes to Nathan (Jack) and Amanda for getting him back and also for an inspired drive – we have had so much fun with this horse and I can only hope there’s plenty more to come.” Jason Bonnington Trots Media

Pint-sized pocket rocket Tact Tate is in the box seat. The dual Group One winner landed a knockout punch when he rattled along the Albion Park sprint lane last Saturday night to secure the Gr.2 $50,540 Garrards Sunshine Sprint defeating Celestial Arden and Ohoka Punter in 1:53.0. This weekend, he will take his place in the Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship and look to complete the big Sunshine State double. And recent history is on his side. Twelve months ago, millionaire pacer Hectorjayjay landed both features while champion pacer Im Themightyquinn also did the double back in 2014. Im Themightyquinn set a track record of 1:50.4 when successful in the Sunshine Sprint, the record still stands. “The Albion Park Harness Racing Club has a proud and rich history; the names on the rolls of honor are a clear indication of the champion qualities required to succeed at this high level. The fact that Tact Tate has the chance to complete the double only adds to the excitement of the night.” APHRC Chairman David Fowler said. The feature this week will be staged over the staying distance of 2680m and Tact Tate boasts strong credentials at the distance range. Prepared by Amanda Turnbull, the McArdle gelding scored a great victory in the Gr.1 $100,000 Bohemia Crystal FFA at TABCORP Park, Menangle over the distance of 2400m while he also scored a victory in the Gr.2 $50,000 Treuer Memorial at Bankstown over the distance of 2540m last year. If successful, connections will pocket an extra $50,000 while a $15,000 bonus will be paid out if he is placed second or third courtesy of Racing Queensland and UBET. Following the barrier draw, Tact Tate will start from gate six and looks the likely early leader again after crossing from the outside gate last week. Gambling giant UBET has installed Tact Tate as a $4.80 chance. The Steve Turnbull trained Atomic Red is listed as the punters elect at $3.20.   Chris Barsby

Just days after being installed one of the favourites for the NZ Cup, Aussie superstar Soho Tribeca will undergo surgery for a broken leg. In a horrible aftermath to last night’s messy Group 2 Sunshine Sprint won by Tact Tate, owner-breeder Rob Watson confirmed the severity of the injury sustained when trainer-driver Mick Stanley was looking for a clear run rounding the last bend. “That’s where it happened, when Mick was desperately trying to get into the clear after being stuck in a pocket the whole race,” Watson said. “Messy is the right word for the race and it ended very badly for us. His leg was badly swollen straight after it, he was rushed to the vet and they confirmed the break. “They say the break is in a ‘good’ spot if you know what I mean. They say if the surgery goes as planned he’ll need six months off then can start his rehab.” Watson said he had already been contacted by stud farms asking about Soho Tribeca standing as a stallion, but the plan is to focus on a racetrack return. “I feel like there is unfinished business. He’s just now getting to his prime and those last two races aren’t the way we want hi to go out,” he said. Soho Tribeca galloped at the start of last month’s Group 1 Len Smith Mile and took no part in the race as a $1.40 favourite. He was $1.60 favourite in last night’s Sunshine Sprint. Soho Tribeca’s injury and a mystifying flop by Miracle Mile winner My Field Marshal has thrown next Saturday night’s $200,000 Group 1 Ubet Blacks A Fake at Albion Park wide open. My Field Marshal was trapped wide and worked hard, but failed to beat a runner home and left trainer Tim Butt shaking his head. “We don’t know what to make of it,” he said. “Sure he had a hard run, but he still should’ve finished fourth or fifth in a race like that. “He can do that, throw in a bad one, but we thought we had him spot on. “He seemed good after the race and is fine today, but I’ll get him scoped tomorrow (Monday) just to be sure before we press on to the Blacks A Fake.” The drama of the Sunshine Sprint has left Butt contemplating a change of plans with his exciting four-year-old Let It Ride, who sparkled winning a support race at Albion Park last night. “He was headed to the 4YO feature next Saturday, but, yes, we are weighing-up things up now. It’s a $200,000 race the Blacks A Fake and not as deep as we first thought,” he said. “We’ll make a decision tonight (Sunday), but there’s a real chance he could run in the big one.” Amanda Turnbull’s comeback pacer Tact Tate won the Sunshine Sprint by bursting to the lead from a wide draw, taking a trail, then out-sprinting them late to beat Celestial Arden and 2016 Blacks A Fake winner Ohoka Punter. The final field and barrier draw for the Blacks A Fake is decided at 5pm tomorrow (Monday). Adam Hamilton

The Turnbull clan is headed back to the Sunshine State. And the Brisbane winter carnival riches beckon. The famous Bathurst family made annual pilgrimages during the 1970’s and 80’s spearheaded by the legendary A.D (Tony) and knocked up winning races on a consistent level at all tracks in the south-east corner plus Tweed Heads. While the trips north haven’t been so frequent in recent times, the Turnbull name is still a constant. The three night carnival at Albion Park officially starts this Saturday night and continues over the next fortnight and the Turnbull’s will play a role on the final two nights. Both Steve and daughter Amanda are eyeing feature targets. “I’m bringing Tact Tate and dad (Steve) is bringing up Atomic Red, Conviction and Art Series at this stage.” Amanda said. Tact Tate, a dual Group One winner finished a close-up sixth behind Cruz Bromac in last week’s Len Smith Mile at TABCORP Park, Menangle in a time of 1:50.1. The Albion Park track and style of racing could prove beneficial for the speedy performer and the Gr.2 $50,540 Garrards Sunshine Sprint followed by the Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship are within reach given luck. Both Atomic Red and Conviction come out of the same race at their most recent start, in last Sunday’s Gr.1 $100,000 Breeders Challenge 4yo Final. Conviction finished as the runner-up behind Let It Ride while Atomic Red finished a courageous fifth after engaging in a frantic early speed battle. The winning mile rate was 1:49.4. Both four-year-olds boast very strong overall records. The Gr.2 $75,540 AQWA Constructions Queensland Oaks next weekend is the target for Art Series, a regally bred filly. Back in March, Art Series won the Gr.2 Bathurst Gold Bracelet Final defeating smart Victorian filly Soho Burning Love. So, the very familiar blue and red livery returns to Brisbane and looks set to play a strong hand. Chris Barsby 

ON a rather chilly Wednesday evening at Gold Crown Paceway in front was the place to be with all four Alabar Breeders Challenge three-year-old winners leading from start to finish in their respective heats. The first heat of the colts and geldings was a very open affair, with five of the nine runners figuring prominently in the betting. It was, however, the $2.90 favourite Maximus Red, trained and driven by Steve Turnbull, which found the front very easily from barrier seven, and ultimately proved too good in a mile rate of 1.59.9. Aphorism driven by Anthony Frisby, sat parked for the trip and battled on gamely to  finish second, with Brad’s Luck (Doug Hewitt), a neck away third. The Amanda Turnbull-trained and driven War Dan, found the lead very easily in the second heat of the colts and gelding, and despite a late challenge from Bella Ball Terror, (Dennis Picker), held on to win by a half head in a mile rate of 1.59.8. Mackeral, (Bernie Hewitt), held on well for third. Both placegetters did a great job to finish as close as they did with the closing quarter being run in 27.3 seconds. The fastest recorded on the night. The first heat of the three-year-old fillies division was won in fine style by the John McCarthy-trained and driven, Hows The Memory. A recent addition to the McCarthy stable, after previously being trained very successfully in the Riverina by Billy Trembath, Hows The Memory, cruised away to win by 19 metres in a mile rate of 1.55.4. Second placing went to Redbank Addi (KerryAnn Turner) with a further three metres to Art Series (Amanda Turnbull) which finished third. The three placegetters dominated the betting in what was a very strong heat, with the winning margin of 19 metres showing how dominate Hows The Memory was. The final heat was taken out by Callmequeenbee. Although, not a genuine leader, the daughter of Shadow Play, trained by Gemma Rue and driven by Gem’s husband Mat, did all that was asked of her up the straight to record a four metre victory in a closing 27.9 quarter. Second placing went to Cobbity Chic (Bernie Hewitt), which made good ground in the straight, with Bid For Red, a further five metres away. Outside of the Alabar Breeders Challenge heats, Mango Stride (KerryAnn Turner) was a very impressive winner in race one. Despite only recording one win in its previous seven starts, Mango Stride rated 1.55.1 after over coming barrier five on the second line. He assumed the lead at the 800 metre mark and cruised away with a solid 26 metre victory. They’re plenty more wins in store for this son of Rocknroll Hanover. Danny Dwyer

Four winning drives, including taking out the harness racing feature Wattle Time Cup and a pair of track records – it was a very good Sunday at Junee for Amanda Turnbull. She closed in on 100 winning drives in her home state this season as she dominated Cootamundra Harness Racing Club’s Carnival of Cups meeting, the tally for the The Lagoon native standing at 91 as of Sunday night. Two of her winning drives came aboard members of her own team – Mach Le More and Alta Mach – while the track records were clocked while doing the driving duties for fellow trainers. The first of them came in a 1,760 metres Club Menangle Country Series Heat with $1.40 favourite Joes Star Of Mia. Trained at The Lagoon by Steve Turnbull, Joes Star of Mia was guided three wide early before settling in the death seat. The four-year-old hit the front down the straight, getting home in a 28.5 seconds split to not only win by a comfortable 6.1m, but clock a track record 1:56.0 mile rate for the trip. In the feature $14,999 Wattle Time Cup (2,170m), Turnbull claimed the spoils with the Nathan Jack trained Trickys Beaut ($3.70). A four-year-old son of Christian Cullen, Trickys Beaut flew out of barrier three to take the lead and there he stayed. He kicked clear of his rivals down the home straight, winning by 5.2m over Blackbird Power ($18.50).  Closing sectionals of 28.9 and 28.5 led to the 1:57.9 record mile rate. Meanwhile, the upset of the day belonged to Bathurst trainer-driver Greg Rue, who took out the Custodian Invite To The NZ Jewels Pace (2,170m) with $20.90 chance Begging Me Please. The four-year-old gelding by Abercrombie Dexter out of Verroom began well from barrier five and rolled to the lead with two laps to travel. From there he went on to win by a comfortable 4.1m over $2.10 favourite Tulhurst Cash, who came from three back on the pegs to snatch second for Nathan Hurst and Angela Hedges. By Anya Whitelaw Reprinted with permission of The Western Advocate

The Lagoon’s Amanda Turnbull will put her harness racing driving skills to the test against the best reinswomen in the country after being announced as one of New South Wales’ representatives in the inaugural Australian Female Drivers Championship. To be held in Launceston on March 11, Turnbull will join her cousin Ellen Rixon in trying to clinch success for their state at the Carrick Park circuit. ‘‘The ladies who have assembled to support the inaugural Australian Female Drivers Championship is world class and speaks volumes of the influence of women in our sport. I’m really looking forward to the AFD,” Harness Racing Australia chairman Michael Taranto said. In her impressive career thus far, Turnbull has had 6,726 drives for 1,619 wins and 2,002 placings. Her winning strike rate of 24.07 percent is slightly higher than Kerryn Manning’s 23.86 – one of her rivals in the AFD and the most successful female in Australia. Anya Whitelaw Reprinted with permission of The Western Advocate

Parramatta NZ continued his remarkable run of success in Cup races for harness racing trainer-driver Amanda Turnbull when they combined to take out the Elgas/Mitre 10 Oberon Cup at Bathurst Gold Crown Paceway last Friday night. The $14,000 race was the feature of a wonderful Oberon Community Cup meeting, which brought many hundreds of visitors from the picturesque mountains town into neighbouring Bathurst for a  special night,celebrating their community’s special character as they raised over $4,000 for Ronald McDonald House. Oberon Community Night at Bathurst is always a cracker, and this year was right up there with the best of them. Amanda Turnbull navigated Parramatta safely through the rather chaotic early stages of the 2260 metres standing start event, gaining a nice trail on the pegs as Saloon Passage worked wide to eventually secure the lead. Nathan Hurst put foot to floor with a 26.8s third quarter, with the race at that point looking a match between the two former Kiwi pacers, and that’s exactly how it played out, with Parramatta working clear on turning in and gaining the upper hand over a gallant Saloon Passage to get the win. A final quarter of 28.8s completed a tough last half of 55.6s and an overall mile rate of 1:59.1 for the staying trip. At the presentation, a chuffed Amanda Turnbull commented that “this fella seems to like these Cup races, he goes well in them!” His record certainly bears that out. Since arriving in her stable in November 2016, the McArdle gelding has won the major Cup events at Cowra, Cootamundra, Orange - which he’ll be defending on the grass in a fortnight’s time - and Young, and we can throw in the P.J.Hall Memorial at Penrith, for good measure. If her horse is a genuine “Cups specialist”, then Amanda  must be the undisputed Oberon Cup specialist, this win being her sixth in the 17 years of the race, and her fifth in the last six years, a remarkable record. She backed up with an easy front-running win in the following race, a C4-backed sprint, with another former Kiwi Eliza Dushku, slipping home in 55.9s for a 1:56.4 time, which seemed almost pedestrian after four earlier races won in 1:55.6 or better. Although the record books mightn’t show it, she’s claiming a third success for the night, taking out the annual Horse versus Runners event, where she reined El Gran Señor to a thrilling victory over the relay pair of Oberon Tigers footballers Lachie Gilmour and Damien Curry, catching the latter runner right on the line. The timing of Cup night was perfect for the presentation by HRNSW Chairman Rod Smith of a HRA Meritorious Service Award to Oberon identity John Brien, a Patron, Life Member and former President  of the Bathurst club, for his life-long involvement in and service to the sport. A similar award had been presented hours earlier to John’s great mate Ray Mawhood, hospitalised in Oberon, for similar exemplary leadership over many years. Together they raced many good horses, most notably Smooth Dixie, a star juvenile and later a Cups horse, and Ray currently races Saloon Passage, one of Bathurst’s finest horses in recent years. Bernie Hewitt scored a training double with Hez All Courage and Taylors Reason, with other wins to Captain Cosmonaut - his 1:54.8 run just outside the 3YO track record - What A Jolt, Kite Street (Anthony Winnell getting Drive of the Night) and Dont Tell Jack. Eighteen-year-old Danielle Fisher, selected as the Oberon Princess of the Paceway, was one of four delightful young ladies who worked diligently all evening in the Ronald McDonald fundraising effort. If Juan Antonio Samaranch had been present last Friday, he surely would have said, “and the winner is...Oberon!” Terry Neil

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