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The New South Wales Trotting Oaks was run at last Saturday nights harness racing meeting at Menangle and as expected Arya produced a polished display to take out the Group  1 feature. Trevor Casey must be racking up those frequent flyer miles points as he once again crossed the Tasman to watch one of his star trotters compete and he was duly rewarded when Arya showed that manners are just as important as ability and luckily she has got big dollops of both. The minor highlight of the race was the run of the Italian bred filly My Tribeca who put up a huge performance after getting badly checked at the start. Bred to northern hemisphere time, My Tribeca was only born on the 14th of May 2012 so was barely a three year old on Saturday night and was only having her second lifetime start which adds even more merit to the run. Both Arya and My Tribeca now head to the Victorian Trotting Oaks on Saturday week and the rematch should be worth going a long way to see. Greg Hayes spoke to the connections of both horses post race. Harnesslink Media   

Harness racing trainer Anton Golino had his first runner in a race in October 2013. After spending years travelling overseas and gaining international experience with various horsemen, Golino returned to Australia and took out a training licence. Since then the 34-year old has had 48 runners for 16 winners and 18 placings but his trotting strike rate is even better. Golino trained trotters have won nine of the 15 races they have competed in with a further three finishing second. Arboe won Saturday night's Gr. 3 La Cooaracha at Tabcorp Park Menangle while stablemate My Tribeca finished second in the NSW Trotters Oaks. "It was a great night for the stable, Arboe is a really good horse, she is only lightly raced but she was a little difficult to get going when she first arrived," said Golino. "The daughter of french stallion Love You has a mind of her own but she's starting to put it all together now and I think she has got a bright future." Arboe defeated classy mare Claudys Princess on Saturday night but Golino is not getting too carried away. "The La Coocaracha was a very good field, I thought if she found the front she would be very hard to beat, Claudys Princess was very good in defeat, it was a huge run and if you reverse the draws it probably would have been a different result. "Arboe is really tough so over a mile we had to go forward from the draw but I think she'll get over distance and the further the race is the better she will be." Golino will now take Arboe to Victoria in a fortnight and driver Todd McCarthy will be offered the drive. "Todd will get the option to come if he wants, he's definitely going to retain the drive on Arboe and My Tribeca that's for sure." Arboe is raced by Pat Driscoll's Yabby Dam Farms Pty Ltd and Golino was full of praise for him. "Pat is an unbelievable guy, he is really passionate about trotters and I really think he can change the sport down here in Australia. "He puts a lot of time, money and research into his breeding, he has imported some really nice horses but it is just the beginning because in five years time he will have had a massive impact on the sport." My Tribeca ran an impressive race when finishing second in the NSW Trotters Oaks despite galloping soon after the start and will now also head to Victoria. "The filly by another French stallion called Goetmals Wood was a little unlucky, she got flattened at the start, hit a wheel and galloped but she put in a massive run for a horse having her second lifetime run. "She's a big filly physically, I think she would weigh close to 500 kilos now, I am tipping when she is fully grown she'll be 16 hands plus." Greg Hayes

Talented horseman Anton Golino trains a team of six horses and all are trotters. Therefore it is no surprise that with a number of harness racing features for the square-gaiters programmed in New South Wales over the next fortnight that the 34-year old will be well represented. This Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Menangle Golino will have a runner in the Gr. 1 NSW Trotters Oaks and the Gr. 3 La Coocaracha. My Tribeca (late name Tribeca) will represent the stable in the Oaks and Golino is excited by her long term prospects. "My Tribeca was bred in the Northern Hemisphere so she is giving away six or seven months in age to most of her rivals but I think she might develop into something special," said Golino. "She is unbelievably well bred by Goetmals Wood, a champion French stallion from the Italian mare Image by Coktail Jet and her second dam won a lot of money, I went to France last year and leading French trainer Jean Etienne Dubois had this filly that he wanted to race in Australia and I am very lucky to have been given the opportunity to train her." My Tribeca trialled behind unbeaten pacer Our Waikiki Beach last week and recorded a personal time of 1:58.8 for the mile. "I think she has the ability to develop into a top horse eventually, she doesn't have the race experience of many of her rivals on Saturday night and I'm not in any major rush with her. "After Saturday night I will take her to Melbourne in a fortnight for the Victorian Trotters Oaks." In the Gr. 3 La Coocaracha Golino will produce lightly raced mare Arboe. The daughter of Love You had a preparation in New Zealand with Craig and Aimee Edmonds before heading to Australia. "She's got untapped ability, Arboe is getting better with the experience and although she is a slow learner she does have a very big motor. "Pat Driscoll owns her and I think with a bit of time she is going to develop into a really talented trotter, I want to take her to Victoria in a fortnight as well and she will compete in the Bacardi Lindy Trot for the four and five year old mares." Greg Hayes

Popular harness racing horseman Anton Golino is only working two horses at the moment but his stable is full of talent with promising two year olds Twice As Much and Artistic Flite.  Twice As Much won the Breeders Challenge for two year old trotters on Sunday at Tabcorp Park Menangle and Golino will now turn his attention towards Victoria. "I've only got the two horses in work at the moment but that suits me because I have committed to Belinda and Luke McCarthy to do all of their farrier work so that keeps me very busy," Golino said. "I was really happy to see Twice As Much win on Sunday, he's a pretty good trotter and to be honest he's not even ready so at this stage I'm going to take him to the Redwood at Maryborough." The big trotters day at Maryborough will be held on Sunday July 20 and win lose or draw Twice As Much will held to the paddock straight after the event. "I'm going to shut him down after the Redwood and give him a good break because I think if he continues to improve he might become a derby type horse next season." "He's not Breeders Crown eligible so that's not even an option." Twice As Much is raced by internationally recognised French trainer Jean Pierre Dubois, a horseman that enjoyed success at the highest level across the world. Artistic Flite last raced on May 17 when he finished second in the Gr. 1 Nursery Pace at Albion Park. "The plan is to trial him on July 15 at Menangle and then return the following week for a heat of the Breeders Crown, I also want to give him a good break at the end of the season, he has had the ten starts and has done a great job winning the Bathurst Gold Crown."  

The European trotting stallion Sam Bourbon is off to a good start in the Southern Hemisphere with his talented son Twice As Much making it two wins from two starts when he took out the New South Wales Breeders Challenge Final for two year old harness racing trotters at Menangle on Sunday. After sitting in the death seat for the entire journey, Twice As Much asserted his superiority in the straight to win comfortably in 2:01.4 for the mile with closing sectionals of 57.4 and 28.4. Bred in New Zealand by Grant Beckett, Twice As Much is one of six two year olds sired down under by this son of the French sire, Goetmals Wood. Sam Bourbon won 6 races from 26 starts in Europe, taking a mark of 1:55.1 on his way to earning (E) 373,430 in stakes. Aside from the six two year olds, he has one yearling and nine weanlings waiting  in the wings and covered eleven mares in the last breeding season. Twice As Much has plenty to recommend him on his maternal side as well being a half brother to the smart trotter KD Commando ($67,832) and KD Muscles ($40,297). His dam Kazzle Dazzleis by Armbro Invasion and won ($52,611) and was a half sister to the talented trotters What Ever You Like ($138,094) and Avatar ($86,617). This is the noted “Alabama” trotting family which has had so much success over the years, especially in age group racing. Going by the way Twice As Much won on Sunday, he would loom as a genuine chance in whatever future races his connections line him up in. Twice As Much Harnesslink media

AFTER dominating the first round of heats, promising driving talent Chris Geary was an indestructible force in the Young Harness Racing Club – Ross Gigg Memorial NSW Rising Stares Series. Although finishing seventh with Light In Every Day in the Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle today, Geary had enough points to seal the competition with 88 points. “It’s been a great week with a good bunch of people,” Geary said. Riverina reinsman Todd Prest finished second with 80 points while Sawyers Gully driver Grace Grant made a late surge to finish a point behind in third. Bathurst driver Mitch Turnbull secured fourth position with 76 points after driving the race of his life to take out the final today with the KerryAnn Turner conditioned Zenable. In what is the biggest win of his succinct career, Turnbull produced a well-timed drive on the mare, which rated a personal best 1:51.2 in the $30,000 Group Three. This was the second race of the day as the first, the Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge Two-Year-Old Trotters Final, was run and won by Twice As Much. With trainer Anton Golino and driver Luke McCarthy combining their efforts to take out the Listed Classic, Twice As Much won his second race in as many starts, rating 2:01.4. By Amanda Rando (Harness Racing Australia)

Gifted young horseman Anton Golino is in a happy place right now. Golino prepares outstanding rookie colt Artistic Flite, favourite for Saturday night’s Gr.1 $100,000 Seymour Nursery Pace two-years-old colts and geldings Final at Albion Park. Boasting unbelievable international experience, Golino has plied his talents to his colt with wonderful success with the promise of plenty more to come this season. Already successful in the Gr.1 $100,000 Bathurst Gold Crown in March while a runner-up to freakish talent Follow The Stars in the $322,000 Australian Pacing Gold Final at TABCORP Park, Melton earlier this month, the Artistic Fella youngster is yet to miss the board in nine career starts to date. With big credentials comes big pressure but Golino is unperturbed with all the attention. “All the credit belongs with this colt because he’s making my job easy, he’s such a professional with a terrific attitude and will to win. My job lately is just to keep him happy and healthy.” Golino said. The Nursery Pace series followed on quickly from the Australian Pacing Gold series but Golino and owner Theo Papadopoulos always had the Brisbane trip as a lock. “Theo was keen to attack this series and the colt took no harm from his trip to Melbourne so we decided to come north and take our shot, I’m glad we made the trip. “We were only home for three nights before we were on the road again heading to Brisbane but I honestly believe he’s thrived on his recent trip. When we shipped north he settled in great and hasn’t missed a feed. “I think he’s doing really well in the warmer climate up here compared to what he faced in Melbourne, I know I’m I am.” Artistic Flite qualified for Saturday night’s final with a decisive victory in his heat on Monday where strolled to a comfortable victory while he ripped a final half of 56.8 seconds. His heat time was 2;00.9 which was slower than fellow heat winner Mista Natural who recorded a time of 1;59.2. “I was happy with his heat effort on Monday and he’s come through it really well, Johnny (McCarthy – driver) actually said he felt better than ever and was very relaxed which is great considering the racing he’s encountered lately. “The barrier draw is no luxury but I’m sure Johnny will have a plan of attack, he knows my colt really well and he knows how to navigate his way around Albion Park pretty good too. “I’m not selling the likes of Waves Of Fire, Admiral Bronski and Mista Natural short, all are from very good stables and all have excellent drivers. I thought Pete’s (Greig – Mista Natural) horse raced really well and I’m happy to see him with a very talented type, he’s a great horseman and great guy to match.” Following the Nursery Pace, Golino and his prized colt will return to Sydney for the Breeders Challenge before heading to Melbourne at season’s end for the Australasian Breeders Crown. By Chris Barsby (Harness Racing Australia)

If there was an award for the best early season two-year-old then Artistic Flite would be leading the charge for Anton Golino and harness racing connections, but it won’t get any better for his rivals if the well-travelled horseman’s predictions are correct. After already snaring the Bathurst Gold Crown in tough fashion, his trainer is expecting improvement to come from the talented juvenile son of Artistic Fella. “He hasn’t put in a bad run, he’s pretty tough and I think every race he has won he’s sat outside the leader so he’s been pretty good from the start,” Golino said. “I think he will get better. By the end of the season you will see the best of him. “I don’t think he has ever really been wound up as far as I don’t do much with him in between runs so I can’t see why he won’t keep going.” And with the $322,000 APG final looming if he can navigate his way through Friday night’s semi-final, the challengers are lining up. Artistic Flite and Follow The Stars will renew acquaintances this week while Mach Doro will be lying in wait assuming he makes it through. “He was very good last start, he got into a little bit of trouble coming to the turn but he hit the front and I think he switched off a little. He came out of it super though,” Golino said.  “We’re going to have to try and get off the rail at some stage. I don’t give John any instructions though so whatever he chooses to do I’ll be fine with it.  “Ideally if we can make the final of the Gold and then bring him home for a little freshen up before the big races at the end of the season.” Artistic Flite, who also ran third in the Rod Fitzpatrick Memorial, has been rated the $4.50 second favourite by HRV form expert Jason Bonnington. Follow The Stars is the odds-on elect at $1.40 while Monivae is the only other horse in single figures at $6. by Blake Redden Harness Racing Australia

Bathurst Gold Crown winning two year old Artistic Flite will return to the racetrack on Saturday night when he competes in a heat of the Australian Pacing Gold at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Trainer Anton Golino confirmed the son of Artistic Fella had recovered well from his first Gr. 1 victory and is hoping to add a second feature win to the list. "He is a dream horse, he just recovers so quickly, he has pulled up from the Bathurst Gold Crown so well and now it is time to concentrate on the Australian Pacing Gold," Golino said. "Artistic Flite doesn't take a lot of work so he'll just have one more serious hit-out this week to top him off for Saturday night and if everything goes to plan we will be off to Melbourne for the semi finals a fortnight later." Golino was extremely proud of Artistic Flite after the win at Bathurst but admitted he was nervous going into the final. "Definitely, I was really nervous about him going into the first corner but John McCarthy got him around that perfectly and once he did that I knew he was going to be a big chance." "I didn't give John any instructions, he's driven enough in big races and won plenty of them and in the end it all turned out perfectly, I think Noel Daley was the first person to ring me after the win, it was a very special night for me." A long float trip to Melbourne is not a concern for Artistic Flite according to Golino. "When he had his first start at Newcastle back in February he was in the float by himself and we actually got caught in a fair bit of traffic on the way into the track and he handled himself really well, he didn't sweat up, he didn't move, he was perfect so I'm not too worried about taking him to Melbourne." "There is only a week between the semi final and the final and should he get through to the final I think it would be best to stay down there rather than have him doing a lot of travelling back and forth on the freeway." By Greg Hayes - SKY Racing  Harness Racing New South Wales |    

Harness racing trainer Anton Golino got his hands on the coveted Gold Crown trophy as his talented two-year-old colt Artistic Flite overcame his wide second row draw to post a commanding win. There was also a strong Bathurst link to the success story, with former resident John McCarthy the winning driver and Brooklyn Lodge the breeders. McCarthy had the son of Artistic Fella face the breeze before surging away from his rivals to score a commanding 7.7 metre victory in a rate of 1:59.9 for the 1730 metres. With the Bathurst Harness Racing Club set to move to its new facility in the shadows of Mount Panorama later this year, the meeting signalled the last running of the carnival at a track it has called home for 28 years. The mix of commanding victories and tight finishes, big name winners and small-timers prevailing made it a successful evening for the club. The Gold Tiara Final was won by Grenfell's Mark Hewitt, the regular Bathurst visitor getting the job done with Makes Every Scents. Bathurst had something to cheer about in the Gold Chalice Final as Amanda Turnbull drove Mighty Gift to victory for her father Steve Turnbull, while David Kennedy scored one for the Riverina when Shes A Runa took out the Gold Bracelet. Dale Walker | Manager - Marketing | Harness Racing New South Wales Artistic Flite

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