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Concessional harness racing driver Jaime-Lee King (originally from Tasmania) would have been all smiles after piloting her first winner at her 43rd race drive, when victorious aboard Korweinguboora trainer Michael Watt's former Kiwi 7-Y-0 gelding Sakwi in the Sixty Five Roses Pace for C1 class over 2195 metres at Ararat on Wednesday September 8.

The Ararat fixture held at Russell T White Raceway on Tuesday August 17 belonged to the Ararat District which provided four of the eight winners on the harness racing program. Great Western trainer Jaimie Stewart took the honours with a stable double.

The state Government of Victoria has been urged to support harness racing in Ararat and forget about a possible merger with Stawell. Shadow Minister for Racing Denis Napthine visited the Ararat Harness Racing Club last week to look at the state of play.

One of the most sought after prizes on the Victorian provincial harness racing scene - the Tontine Series commenced on Wednesday May 26, with rough results. Held throughout the Western District each season, Ararat hosted the opening rounds of the pacers section for C2 to C4 class over 2195 metres, with the winners being Effective Torque and Island Brave at long odds.

Two harness racing meetings were held in Victoria on Wednesday March 24, with Charlton hosting the day fixture and Ararat racing at night.

Ararat in Western Victoria raced on Tuesday, with keen racing all through the evening. Great Western harness racing trainer Jamie Stewart combined with Terang's Matt Craven to land the Kay Poyner Beauty Pace for C1 class over 1790 metres with 4-Y-0 Aces N Sevens/Please Dont Tease gelding Whata Bluff.

Armstrong (Ararat District) trainer Brooke Hansen made the long journey to the Ouyen fixture held at Mildura on Thursday well worthwhile, coming home with a stable double following the victory of 5-Y-0 Village Jasper/Brittany gelding Petes Vee Eight in the Northwest Express Pace for C0 class over 1790 metres and Courage Under Fire/Lady In Paris colt True Courage in the Ouyen Tyre Service 3-Y-0 Pace over the same distance.

Another harness racing double day was held in Victoria on Wednesday December 9, with Cranbourne racing in the afternoon and Ararat at night. The Cranbourne fixture was a great one for the Kilmore clan, with Rita Burnett, Paul Weidenbach and Tony Peacock all successful.

Terang harness racing brothers Matt and Glen Craven, along with Great Western trainer Jamie Stewart took the honour's at Tuesday's Ararat meeting, with the Craven pair landing the quinella in both the Major In Art Pace for C0 class over 1790 metres and the Pacific Fella Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2195 metres, with Jaimie Stewart also snaring the quinella in the event.

Thursday's Ararat harness racing meeting was a good one for the Western District, with no less than six winners coming from the area. Scotts Creek trainer/driver Anthony O'Connor started the ball rolling, when his Village Jasper/Roman Rose gelding Roman Way scored an overdue victory in the Pyrenees Caravan Park 3-Y-0 Pace over 2195 metres following some really good runs of late.

Victoria Cup winning reinswoman Amy Tubbs was the toast of Ararat trotting last night (July 29). The Bacchus Marsh driver landed a short-priced winning double with Together We Do ($1.40 fav.), trained by her father Alan, and two-year-old Roche At La Plagne ($1.70 fav.), which she trains herself.

Four year old Island Fantasy/Bonny Bid entire Tingira Island finally cracked his maiden status at start number 20, when victorious in the McGregor House Pace for C0 class over 2195 metres at Ararat on Tuesday May 19.

The usual two meetings were held in Victoria on Wednesday April 1, with Cranbourne holding the day fixture, while Ararat raced at night.

It's not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog...The case in question is three-year-old trotting filly Dottie Hinson, who downed a strong field in completing back-to-back wins at the Yarra Valley racing complex today (Wednesday).

An enthusiastic 'stoked' was owner/ trainer Matt Clarke's reaction after Count De Lira sprint-laned to secure top honors in Friday night's $16,000 Renown Silverware Ararat Pacing Cup. The Beach Towel five-year-old prevailed over Few Good Men and Dontfencemein in a stirring finish, delivering back-to-back Ararat features to winning reinsman Grant Campbell.

Diminutive trainer/driver Mary-Jane Mifsud has her sights set on another first with standing start specialist Awesome Jasper. The Kilmore horsewoman notched her inaugural metropolitan success upon the striking son of Village Jasper.

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