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Once again the Manning harness racing stable dominated at the Ararat fixture held on Wednesday March 13, with Michelle snaring a stable double (Aheadofhistime and G K Galleon) and Kerryn providing a winner as well with Whata Finale.

Mount Gambier trainers Barry Finnis, David Drury and Mick Micallef enjoyed a super evening at the Ararat harness racing fixture on Tuesday December 11, winning three legs of the TAB Quaddie.

The Ararat Harness Racing Club meeting on Wednesday October 24 threw up some surprise results during the evening, one winner scoring his first victory at start number 38, another winning his second race in 109 outings and another registering her 2nd success at start number 71.

The biggest night of the year was held at Russell T White Raceway Ararat on Saturday March 24, when the Ararat Harness Racing Club held their annual 'Cup' night, with connections of every race winner on the nine event card receiving a cup to mark the occasion.

The time-honoured harness racing Tontine Pacers Series has been given a fresh new look for its 31st birthday. With the generous support of Decron Hoof Care, stakemoney for each of the heats has received a healthy $2000 boost and the series format has also been tweaked slightly.

Great Western harness racing trainer Peter Manning has always enjoyed plenty of success at nearby Ararat and snared the quinella in the Jim Murray Memorial Pace for C2 class over 1790 metres there on Tuesday December 27, when Narra Operative defeated Mica Pink in a thrilling finish - returning a rate of 2-01.5.

Thursday's (October 13) Ararat harness meeting belonged to the Western District of Victoria and South East South Australia, with every winner bar one on the seven event card coming from the area.

Western District harness racing was held at Ararat on Thursday September 8, with a mixture of rough and favoured results during the evening.

The all conquering Melton stable of harness racing trainer Brent Lilley fresh from landing the TAB quaddie at Cranbourne on Sunday, continued on a winning role, with former Kiwi 4-Y-0 gelding Abbotshall scoring in the $5,000 Hull Plumbing Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2195 metres at Ararat on Tuesday August 2.

Both divisions of the rich Tontine Pacing and Trotting Finals sponsored by the Ararat Colonial Lodge Motel were held at the Ararat harness racing meeting on Wednesday June 29 and what exciting races they were.

Two harness racing meetings were held in Victoria on Wednesday March 23, Maryborough in the afternoon and Ararat (not too far away) in the evening.

There would have been plenty of celebrations in the Western District town of Ararat on Sunday January 2, following the harness racing victory of the ultra-consistent local Mister Rhys in the $25,000 Renown Silverware Ararat Pacing Cup for M0 or better class (Discretionary Handicapped) over 2570 metres.

Long time Castlemaine participant Gary Scoble's 5-Y-0 Keystone Salute/Angel Preneur gelding Sky Salute took care of most quaddie punters at the Ararat harness racing meeting held on Tuesday November 30, winning the last leg - the Tom McGrath Memorial Pace for C3 & C4 class over 1790 metres at Supertab odds of $38.50.

Harness Racing Victoria is pleased to announce that a $10,000 bonus will be paid to the connections of any horse that wins the Stawell, Ararat and Horsham Pacing Cups in the same season to claim the 'Grampians Grand Slam'.

The Peter and Kerryn Manning show rolled on at their 'home' track, Russell T. White Raceway, Ararat tonight (November 9). The father-and-daughter harness racing team from nearby Great Western captured four of the seven races with Kerryn driving three winners and Peter landing a training double.

Trotting mare Christmas Cullen has a special affinity for the Russell T. White Raceway at Ararat. The seven-year-old daughter of Christian Cullen has had three starts at the popular half-miler and has the greeted the judge on each occasion, winning by a combined margin of 38 metres.

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