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WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Armbro Operative mare Don't Think Twice A became the first favorite to win during the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, using the Pocono Pike to take both the tenth race $21,500 featured pace for mares and a new mark of 1:51.1. Despite an absence from the races of 18 days, the winner started well and got the pocket spot behind pacesetting Baron Remy as that one cut fractions of :27.1, :55.4, and 1:23.4, with Dont Think Twice A getting the perfect trip in the two-hole. Driver Anthony Napolitano didn't have to think twice about pulling on his mare's left line when the inside lane came clear, and the winner outfooted Baron Remy by a half-length for trainer Andrew Harris and the ownership of Michael Goldberg Racing LLC and A Harris Racing LLC. Pilgrims Lass enjoyed the drop from stakes company and showed that appreciation by recording her first win of the season in a $15,000 co-featured trot. The Muscle Mass filly, trained by Scott Andrews for owner Edward Andrews, made the early lead for Matt Kakaley, yielded at the quarter to sit the pocket behind Bag O Chips, then came out in the stretch to catch that one by ¾ of a length while reducing her lifetime best to 1:55.3. From the  PHHA / Pocono Downs

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 16, 2018--Favored Don't Think Twice A (Jason Bartlett, $3.70) picked up where her Aussie countrywoman left off Friday night (Nov. 16th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Two-moving--from post position No. 5--to the lead by a :27.1 opening quarter-mile, Don't Think Twice A took over from Call Me Queen Be (Joe Bongiorno). The people's preference then rated a :56.3 intermission before pole-sitting Delaware interloper Apple Bottom Jeans (Jim Marohn Jr.) moved from third. That lass offered only mild intrusion in and out of a 1:24.2 three-quarters as Don't Think Twice A widened to 2¼ lengths off the final turn. She finished it off, whipped a second-over Lispatty (Matt Kakaley) by a couple of lengths in a life-best 1:53. Call Me Queen Be, Apple Bottom Jeans and Lakeisha Hall (George Brennan) rounded out the payees. Rockstar Angel A, who had won the last four editions of this race, was sixth here from an assigned eight-hole. For Don't Think Twice A, a 5-year-old Down Under daughter of Armbro Operative owned by (trainer) Andrew Harris and Arrhythmic LLC, it was her fifth win in 15 seasonal starts (2-for-4 stateside). The exacta paid $19.60, the triple returned $127 and superfecta paid $399. "I can't wait to drive her in the Blue Chip (Matchmaker) Series," Bartlett said, looking about four months down the road. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

The field for this years $102,000 Golden Tiara at Bathurst was very even with the harness racing favourite Belligerence a healthy $3:30 shot while a few of the other heat winners in Don't Think Twice, Joyces Desire, Millwood Daisy were also well supported but at good odds. Joyces Desire led early before handing up to Flying Moth as the the first quarter was cut out in a quick 26.5. At this point Flying Moth seemed to lose the plot just a touch,running up the track and disruppting half the field but she certainly wasn't helped by her driver Damian Wilson who was jumping up and down in the cart like it was a bouncy castle which certainly didn't help Flying Moth. Somehow after all that, Flying Moth came down in front but was pressured and passed by Millwood Daisy soon after passing the 500 metres mark. In the meantime Dont Think Twice had taken off three wide from well back in the field and set off after Millwood Daisy. Pushed four wide off the back straight, Dont Think Twice continued to make ground and as she straightened for home she had Millwood Daisy in her sights. Halfway up the straight she grabbed the leader and then had the strength left to hold out the late challengers of both the Fastestgirlintown and Belligerence. It was a huge performance by the daughter of Armbro Operative who was off the track most of the way from her wide second line draw but still had the temerity to keep the chasers at bay. Dont Tink Twice paced the 1730 metres in 2:04.9, a mile rate of 1:56.2 with closing sectionals of 58.7 and 30.1. It must have been a very special moment for her young 22 year old trainer driver Jason Grimson with Dont Think Twice the only horse he has in work taking out a Group 1 race as prestegious as the Gold Tiara at Bathhurst. The win in the Gold Tiara was her second win at just her fourth lifetime start and took Dont Think Twices's earnings over the $54,000 mark. Dont Think Twice is the second winner from the Pacific Rocket mare in Nickalong Bouevard 1:57.1 ($52,835) with the first winner being the very smart Jokers To The Right 1:53.8 ($96,618) so plenty of nice horses up close in the pedigree. It may take a few days for the enormity of what he has done to sink in but Jason Grimson will always be able to check the honour roll at Bathurst if he needs a reminder of what he has achieved. Harnesslink Media

The Tamworth Harness Racing Club commenced their Carnival on Wednesday night and Charli Dollar enjoyed success in taking out the first of many feature races listed over the coming days with an impressive win in the $10,000 The Pub Group Gold Nugget. With a “smart drive” from 17 year old Maitland reinsman Brad Elder the 7yo Armbro Operative-Scotts Dollar mare - who is trained by Elders father Darren  – had a 2.8 metre win over Franco Seville (Tom Ison) and Isobella Maree (Lola Weidemann) 2.1 metres away third. It was also a “local win” for connections as Charli Dollar was bred and is raced by Gunnedah harness identities Terry Gardner, and his son Scott. Brad Elder enjoyed the one by one from the outset of the 2360 metre journey and had the gold nugget trophy firmly in his sight as the field made the final turn into the home straight. “I knew the leader was in trouble and I thought we are a pretty good chance here. The mare did a real good job tonight” added Elder. Strawberry Courage driven by Mark Callaghan led the field with Franco Seville out in the breeze. Elder made his move as the field travelled out of the back straight on the final occasion to come away for the win in a mile rate was 2.01.6 for the 2360 metres with first quarter 31.8s, second quarter 31.6s, third quarter 28.8s and fourth 29.6s. Charli Dollar was making it career win number 20 in the $10,000 feature. “This is only the second meeting I have been to in Tamworth” added Brad Elder “Dad and Pop (Brian) do the training and they got it spot on” “The Gardner’s have always been good to us” added Elder “we have had plenty of horses with them over the years. They are real good owners – no pressure- and they are good to drive for” With Brad Elder winning his first feature race the leading driver in the Hunter Valley was pumped. “Pretty wrapped with the win” “I thought Strawberry Courage would have been hard to beat but I think the distance sorted a few of them out” Having the three barrier Elder knew how vital it was to have a good start to the race. “It was a bit tricky at the start. I was thinking “is it go forward or back”. I just didn’t want to be posted but the way it was the inside horse (Strawberry Courage) kept punching up inside me” “I think I might take the gold home” joked young Elder. The Tamworth HRC is ready to race again this Sunday afternoon with seven heats of the $25,000 Prydes Easifeed Golden Guitar to be conducted – the first year that seven heats have been staged. The Prydes Easifeed Golden Guitar heats have attracted plenty of quality with Narissa McMullen having Murano engaged in Heat 5, Shane Tritton has Katy Perry engaged in Heat 4 and Belinda McCarthy has Downunder Stride engaged in Heat 3. Two Heats of the $15,000 Nevele R Stud Star Maker 3 yo will also be conducted on Sunday night with Gotta Go Gold engaged for Sam Dimarco. All finals will be conducted on Friday night 22nd January by Julie Maughan

Harness racing names like Fitzpatrick and McCarthy dominate the Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge honour roll. It is no surprise to see the bigger stables starring on the feature days with the leading trainers targeting the rich juvenile races. However what makes harness racing so accessible and the Breeders Challenge so inviting for participants is the chance for the smaller trainers to mix it with the stars of the sport. Hobby trainer Andrew Doherty is looking forward to Sunday when his three year old filly Fountain Lakes will compete in the $125,000 Breeders Challenge. The science and biology high school teacher will be pitted against the likes of multiple Gr. 1 winning trainers Mark Purdon and Steve Turnbull and while he is proud of his filly after she qualified last Saturday night, he is playing down her chances. "Fountain Lakes is no chance of beating Mark Purdon's filly Supersonic Miss but we have drawn well (barrier one) and she got home very well in her semi final last week," Doherty said. "I juggle two young kids, a fulltime job and my wife Jo tells me I have too many hobbies but I grew up with the horses and even though I left the industry while I travelled and worked overseas I always thought that I would return to harness racing at some stage." Fountain Lakes is raced by Doherty and his sister Katrina and the 41-year old is no stranger to driving in feature races. He drove Justabitofmagic for his father John in the 2000 NSW Sires Stakes Final for three year old fillies, finishing seventh behind Pelicanrama. "I grew up at The Rock in the Riverina and was always around horses with Dad and my brother Tim. "Dad trained some nice horses and I was lucky enough to get the drive in the Sires final in 2002. "I kept on driving until 2001 and then went to London and taught there for 18 months before travelling for another six and coming back to Australia." Doherty's wife Jo was from Scone so they settled in Newcastle and it wasn't long before he was interested in rekindling his interest in the sport. "I put an ad on the Trading Ring on the national website just seeing if there was anyone who needed a hand and I ended up getting in contact with Brett Bunfield and got back into it that way." "I went to the APG sales and bought Fountain Lake's mother Second Best Friend, she was pretty well bred and is related to Lennytheshark and Blissfull Boy." Second Best Friend went onto win four races and placed in a further twenty. "I trained her up until Jo and I had our first child Sam, then I gave the horse to Aaron Garaty to train and when she finished racing, my sister and I put her in foal to Armbro Operative and Fountain Lakes was her first foal. "Normally I like to get the horses up and going and then look to sell them and that was the case with Fountain Lakes, Katrina and I had $30,000 on her at the start of the season but couldn't get the right money so we decided to keep her and we are glad now that we did." Doherty's two children Sam aged eight and five-year old Adelaide will be in attendance on Sunday afternoon and will be cheering loudly for their Dad and their favourite horse. "She is pretty quiet and she is really good with the kids, they are going to come down to the races on Sunday afternoon. "I'm not going to be doing anything extraordinary, I'm just going to follow the paint and hopefully run into a place that would be a great result for me." Greg Hayes

As the curtain falls on the harness racing career of one of Emma Stewart’s high-class mares in Victoria Oaks winner Beauty Secret, the Smythes Creek trainer has another one whose star is very much on the rise. Four-year-old Berisari has won all three of her assignments this preparation, including a last-start 3.5-metre triumph over Bettor Downunder in the Angelique Club Cup at Melton last Friday night. On Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton the daughter of Safari will be having her 20th race start and be shooting for an 11th victory in the $100,000 Group 1 Pegasus Club Queen of the Pacific over 2760 metres. “She’s in great form,” driver Nathan Jack said. “She’s a real professional. We haven’t had to get serious with her yet this time. We haven’t had to pull the plugs but she’s beaten plenty of good ones. She’s really in the zone.” Berisari has drawn barrier four in Saturday night’s mares’ classic, a field of 12 to go around in the stand start race. “The stand start is the query, but she’s a laid-back mare and she’s in a good camp,” Jack said. Berisari opened $3 with TAB fixed odds but quickly trimmed into $2.7, while odds-on favourite Frith has eased from her opening quote of $1.75 to $1.85. Reigning race champion Gumdrops will be an outsider on Saturday night but has been specked in early fixed odds betting. Beauty Secret, meanwhile, goes out a 24-time winner from 56 starts, the daughter of Armbro Operative/Secret Life having earned connections $425,921 during a glistening racing career. VIDEO: Beauty Secret’s 2012 Nevele R Stud Victoria Oaks Final victory at Tabcorp Park Melton VIDEO: Berisari winning last week’s Angelique Club Cup at Tabcorp Park Melton ODDS: TAB's fixed odds market for Pegasus Club Queen of the Pacific CODY WINNELL COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA MANAGER

ABERGELE, UK - Harness Racing fans all over the world love to see a grey pacer in full flow and none more so than the people of Great Britain and Ireland who intend on paying homage to these strikingly beautiful Standardbreds by featuring a novel “greys only” free for all event at Tir Prince Raceway in Wales on July 18th. Sponsored by Oakwood Stud in Ireland, who are currently showcasing their new stallion, Foreclosure N, this eagerly awaited event will be called the Platinum Free For All and some ever popular household names have already thrown their hats into the ring to take part in this contest, the first of its kind ever held in the UK or Ireland. Early ante-post favourite for the race is the locally trained Blue Incredible. Conditioned by Jason Podmore, Blue Incredible is renowned for his toughness and is the winner of 14 races and 23 placed efforts including a five-straight victory streak back in 2013, culminating in a grade final win at Aberystwyth in July of that campaign. Another Aberystwyth grand final winner, Wellfield Ghost, is also being aimed at Platinum Free For All and the 2014 victor is a big improver over the past 12 months with 11 wins and has only been out of the money 3 times in 26 lifetime starts.  Jack Frost is also likely to prove popular with punters, being virtually white in colour at this stage of career but with 8 wins under his belt, including 2 grand finals at Wolsingham and Appleby, he showed he can still be equally as potent on the hard tracks as well as on grass tracks with a 1:59.2 record. Another big improver right thru the 2014 seas was the Andrew Cairns trained Coalford Chief and although only six years old, he has made 12 visits to the winners enclosure so far in and came of age in no uncertain terms last September when he landed the Joe Murdock Memorial Open Final at the Scottish venue Corbie Wood.  The only lady in the line up so far is the aptly named Shades Of Grey and her connections fancy her big time to whip the boys into submission. A US import by Camluck,  Shades Of Grey continues to improve with age and ran out a game winner of the George Bell Memorial grand final in Scotland making it 9 wins in total and almost £9000 in prize money. The Irish raider Oakwood Outlaw could prove to be the fly in the ointment to them all however. A 9 year old by Armbro Operative out of a Laag mare Snow Whitey, was actually bred by the sponsors and is now in the care of top reinsman Alan Wallace. Pacing sub 1:59 miles right through the 2014 season, she topped off a stellar year with a win in the Barney Richardson Memorial at Portmarnock in October. The race remains open for additional entries right up until seven days before the unique contest and hopes are high that some other grey pacers will emerge up through the ranks and line up in this most unusual field of pacers. Tarawood Messi, Coalford Showtime and Krakatoa spring to mind and a full field of 10 greys is a distinct possibility as the starting car pulls away at Tir Prince on July 18th. Speaking to Derek Delaney, a representative of sponsors Oakwood Stud, stated that “It is an honour to sponsor a unique free for all with just grey horses only and I’m sure it will be a very special race. It’s an ideal opportunity to showcase our new stallion, Foreclosure N, as we believe that he is also something out of the ordinary, being the first ever Rocknroll Hanover to stand in the British Isles.” Foreclosure N has a record of 1:48.4 and almost $1 million dollars racked up in prize money. With an infusion of New Zealand blood, he is bound to prove popular with breeders in the UK and Ireland who highly value the ability to stay longer distances and remain sound right throughout a long career on both hard and turf tracks where his offspring are likely to ply their trade. By Thomas Bennett, for Harnesslink.com

Master reinsman Gavin Lang proved to be a ladies’ man by scoring with four females at last night’s Ballarat harness racing meeting. Driving in vintage form, Lang provided prominent trainer Emma Stewart with a winning quartet – all members of the ‘fairer sex’! Lang’s evening kicked off with promising youngster Lovelist, which outclassed her rivals in 1:58.5 over 2200 metres. After leading with ease from barrier two, Lovelist scored by there-and-a-half metres from Union Alley, with Smooth Showgirl a head away third. By Always A Virgin, the filly is from broodmare gem Lifeline, making her an ‘Aunt’ to another of Lang’s winners, Beauty Secret. A daughter of Armbro Operative, Beauty Secret is from Secret Life, which is from Lifeline. Also leading throughout, Beauty Secret accounted for her stablemate, The Good Times and National Service. Rating 1:57.8 for the 2200 metres, the six-year-old has won five of her last six starts, taking her record to 24 wins and 12 placings from 52 outings. No stranger to Group One glory, Beauty Secret has been aimed at the Ladyship Mile, which is scheduled to be run at Menangle on March 1 – TAB.com.au Inter Dominion day. Also bred to be a star, Delight Me did just that with favourite punters when she was untouched to score from Awesome Mattjesty and Thunder Fee. Unbeaten from four starts this campaign, Delight Me is by Bettors Delight from Group One winner, Cornsilk. Stewart has set the three-year-old towards various majors, including the New South Wales Oaks, which is also due to be run on Inter Dominion day. Lang and Stewart rounded out their quartet with Bettors Package, which cruised to an eye-catching victory from Modern Hitch and Bazzas Art. Successful at four of her five starts for the term, Bettors Package will continue to make her way through the grades ahead of the Vicbred Super Series later in the season. PAUL COURTS

Rising harness racing star Maximan maintained his unbeaten Australian record with a ‘Smoken Up style' victory at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight. First-up for seven weeks, Maximan registered his third win for trainer Andy Gath, who is thrilled with the gelding’s performance. Driven by Gath’s reinswoman-wife, Kate, Maximan began brilliantly to lead from barrier six but was given no peace in front as in-form gelding, Exciteusinthecity, applied pressure from the ‘death seat’. Fending off the initial challenge turning for home, the son of Armbro Operative was passed by Cut For An Ace along the sprint lane during the latter stages before fighting back to score by a head. “That was a super run,” Gath said. “He is first-up from a spell and is in need of the hit out. “To be headed like he was and fight back the way he did is pretty impressive. “It was a Smoken Up type performance and if he can be a quarter as good as Smoken Up I’ll be rapt.” Covering the last half in 57 seconds, Maximan rated a slick 1:55.5 for the 2240 metres, taking his record to 12 wins and 12 placings from 34 starts. Citing next month’s Kilmore Cup as the six-year-old’s first major target, Gath believes Maximan can make his way to some of the major races during summer. “I will aim him at the Kilmore Cup via the Nyah Cup,” Gath said. “I’m not sure if he will have a run before then. “I’ll just wait and see how he pulls up.” PAUL COURTS

Astute harness racing trainer Darren Hancock admits he may have to change his opinion with promising pacer Teo Enteo. Originally rating the son of Armbro Operative as a “handy type”, Hancock now believes Teo Enteo is capable of competing against the best in majors such as the SEW-Eurodrive Miracle Mile. Hancock’s altered perspective comes as a result of Teo Enteo’s ultra-impressive victory at Tabcorp Park Menangle last Saturday night. Not only did Teo Enteo cover the mile in a personal best 1:51.7, he accounted for established stars such as Inter Dominion runner-up Seel N Print, The Gold Ace, Suave Stuey Lombo and Chariot King. “After that win, I may have to start aiming higher with him,” Hancock declared. “He showed with that run he will measure up to the better horses. “He finished third behind Beautide and Mach Beauty earlier in the year and he is better again this time in. “Racing at Menangle really suits him as he is a high speed horse, which loves to come off the pace, so a race like the Miracle Mile is not out of the question. “At the moment though, I don’t have any real plans with him and will just keep pressing on while he is racing well.” Citing the Queensland Pacing Championship as a possible target, Hancock selected the Newcastle Mile as a realistic mission. Queensland’s flagship event is scheduled to be run at Albion Park on October 25, with Newcastle’s premier feature set down for November 8. The winner of the provincial event is guaranteed a berth in the Miracle Mile three weeks later. “I will see how he is going when the time comes, but Queensland is a possibility,” Hancock said. “A race such as the Newcastle Mile will be ideal as he loves the short course and it’s a pathway to the Miracle Mile.” PAUL COURTS

Harness racing luck can be brutal at times and at other times everything just falls into place. Dave McHugh, the mine host of the Yaldy Hotel in Christchurch is having a golden run at the moment, winning races all over the country with different horses. The star of the team at the moment is the 4 year old Monkey Bones trotting mare Idle Bones who has won four of her last five starts and is looking an open class trotting mare in the making. Trained by Paul Ellis, who races Idle Bones with Dave McHugh, this talented mare has been a revelation in her recent runs at Alexandra Park. Last Sunday another member of the McHugh owned horses broke his duck in the Ashburton Security Mobile Pace at the Ashburton Trotting Club meeting. Trained by Geoff Dunn at West Melton, The Yaldy's Ideal stormed home late for a narrow but impressive victory in the hands of Gerald O'Reilly. It was an overdue win for the 3 year old son of American Ideal. And to top things off, Ellmer Hanover was successful tonight in the Cambridge Jockey Club Handicap Pace at Cambridge Raceway. The five year old son of Armbro Operative made a good beginning in the 2700 meters standing start event and was sent forward by driver Brent Mangos with 2000 meters to go. Keeping up a solid clip from there, Ellmer Hanover skipped clear on the turn and had enough in reserve to hold on for a comfortable win. He paced the 2700 meters in 3:26.9, a mile rate of 2:03.2 with closing sectionals of 57.6 and 28 Ellmer Hanover is another horse trained by Paul Ellis and raced in partnership with Dave McHugh. And just to keep the pot boiling,Idle Bones is a starter in the Totem – Cirque Du Soleil Handicap Trot at Alexandra Park tomorrow night. With the run that Dave McHugh is having at the moment,it would be a very brave man to bet against Idle Bones winning again tomorrow night. Ellmer Hanover winning tonight Harnesslink media

Kim Prentice trekked to the yearling sales in Christchurch last year from his home in Perth in Western Australia on the lookout for some youngsters for his clients and family. After the results Kim has had this year with his selections from those sales, it would not surprise anyone if he was back next year with a lot more orders to fill. On Friday night at Gloucester Park two of his sales recruits showed what a great eye he has for young horses. First up was the talented The Odd Lover who Kim purchased for $35,000. A son of Art Major from a Bettor's Delight daughter of the brilliant Under Cover Lover 1:51.8 ($864,323), The Odd Lover has looked smart from the first time he stepped onto a racetrack. His run on Friday night was his first since his luckless run in the $102,000 Pearl Final where he was severely checked out of contention when hot favorite. A nice second first up on Friday night after the Pearl  was a good pipe opener and he won't be long returning to the winners circle. From just six starts this season, The Odd Lover has won three and been placed twice for $34, 835 and looks to have a big future in the west. Another one of the Prentice recruits is the very smart Art Major 2 year old  filly Major Reality. Purchased for $31,000, she is a daughter of the very talented Armbro Operative mare Reality Check 1:59.9 ($139,495). A half sister to Reality Check in Tuapeka Wings has already left the brilliant Ideal Scott 1:52.8 ($468,505) while the grand-dam is the champion broodmare Maureens Dream (11 winners, 8 in 2:00) who won the New Zealand Broodmare award for excellence in 2011/2012. Major Reality races from the stable of Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice and has looked the real deal from day one. Facing the starter for just the fourth time on Friday night in the $35,000 Gold Bracelet, Justin sent Major Reality to the front after 150 meters from barrier three and she was never threatened from there, winning easily with Justin sitting quietly in the cart. It was Major Realitys third win from just four starts and took her stake earnings to $37,200. She paced the 2130 meters in 2:38.6, a mile rate of 1:59.8 with the last half in 57.6 and quarter in 27.4. It was a super impressive win and Major Reality looks to have a big future as this is a New Zealand family that does get better with age. The yearling sales can be a graveyard for trainers at times so it must give Kim Prentice a lot of satisfaction at the moment as he watches these two quality juveniles perform so well. Harnesslink media  

Raymond Terrace harness racing trainer Paul Bourke is hoping his two year old filly Always Amy can produce her best in Saturday night's Breeders Challenge Blue Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The daughter of Always A Virgin qualified for the Gr. 1 Breeders Challenge final last month but finished last behind Bamako Mali. "Always Amy has plenty of ability and I think you can just forget her run in the Breeders Challenge final because the leaders ran their last quarter in 26 and a half seconds and when you get back in the field and they go like that up front you are never going to get into the finish," Bourke said. "Saturday night's Blue final doesn't have all the depth that the Breeders Challenge had but it still won't be an easy race to win." Always Amy is out of a mare called Breakan Armbro, a daughter of Armbro Operative. "Breakan Armbro has been a handy producer, she has Nuggets Ace and Bennys Ace and now Always Amy." "Always Amy has won two races in her career so far, on both of those occasions I used her early speed to find the front and lead throughout but recently in the stronger races I have been driving her with a sit. I will have a closer look at the race later in the week and work out my tactics then." The whole Breeders Challenge series is now allowing participants to race for good prize money and Bourke is pleased with the set-up. "The time when horses can earn good money is when they are two and three and the way the Breeders Challenge is structured allows owners to get a good return on their investment." "They have the Breeders Challenge, the Breeders Challenge Blue Finals and the Regional Finals as well so it gives everyone a chance to earn a dollar." By Greg Hayes (Harness Racing NSW)

 The 2014 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale will be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd at 11am on Sunday at the Bathurst Showground. The sale comprises 186 lots by 50 different sires including Australia’s champion sire Art Major, leading juvenile sire Courage Under Fire, former USA Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven and premier North American sire Rocknroll Hanover, along with leading first-crop stallions Sportswriter, Shadow Play, Always A Virgin, Changeover and Million Dollar Cam. Other well known stallions include American Ideal, Grinfromeartoear, McArdle, Armbro Operative, Live Or Die, Elsu, Four Starzzz Shark, Artistic Fella, Modern Art, Village Jasper, Tinted Cloud and Aces N Sevens. The catalogue includes yearlings out of Group winners including the Edgar Tatlow winners Katasopos and Lady Titian Lombo, the WA Oaks winner Onassis Legacy and Modern Day (QSBA Breeders Classic). Other Group heat or metropolitan winners include Jillette, Unspoiled, Ezy Lady, Ambre Solaire, Lite Energy, Nietta Lombo, Spirit Of Tara, Madusa Cam, Lombo Silhouette, Lockton Loaded, Love Nest, Touch Of Jerry and Dana Bromac. The majority of the yearlings are eligible for the $1.17-million NSW Breeders Challenge Race series for two, three and four-year-olds of both sexes. They are also eligible for rich futurity series such as the Australasian Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown, Vicbred and QBred. The online catalogue for the Bathurst sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd on (02) 6884 8355 or email gboard@dcco.com.au or the Bathurst Harness Racing Club on (02) 6333 5000. by Peter Wharton for Bathurst Gold Crown Sale

Wednesday night trotting was held at the Swan Hill Racing Centre when the Nyah HRC conducted a neat seven event card, highlighted by the running of the $25,505 Alabar Bloodstock Northern Region Championship Final for C1 & C2 class over 2240 metres which contested the heats and Semi-Finals held at Mildura on March 6 and 12. Mildura’s Shayne Cramp (Victoria’s leading trainer of last season) held a strong hand with four of the 12 runners in the final and snared the quinella with four year old Mach Three/Aldebaran Bromac gelding Aldebaran Macha defeating Changing Code in a rate of 1-57. Driven by Nathan Jack, Aldebaran Machastarting from gate three on the second line settled a mile off the Lake Boga leader Gollahman (gate four). In a race where the position outside the leader chopped and changed several times as three of the Cramp runners took turns to face the breeze, Aldebaran Macha latched to the back of Beach Star from four back in the running line at the bell which originally parked outside the leader as the start was effected. Gaining a lovely ride home, Aldebaran Macha after an easy time raced to the front halfway up the running and in a punishing finish, held off Changing Code from mid-field by a half neck in a thrilling finale, with Beachstar  a game third after leading on turning. Wood Wood owner/breeder/trainer Greg Fleming does a grand job with his small team and captured the Ray & Grace Hepworth Memorial 3-Y-0 Pace Final over 2240 metres with Armbro Operative/Highly Rated gelding Rate Highly, giving the locals something to cheer about. Driven by Ararat’s Mick Bellman, Rate Highly possied three back in the moving line form gate six, with Dawson Street leading from gate three. Taken three wide in the final circuit, Rate Highly ran home stylishly to gain the day in advance of Billy Mack which raced in the open from the bell, with Glitzy Gal running home late from last to finish third. The mile rate 1-58.9. The wraps were huge on the first starter Midnitedelite in the Courage Under Fire 2-Y-0 Pace over 1609 metres and the Bettors Delight/Aimee Sheffield colt on debut didn’t let his supporters down. Trained at Elmore by Keith Cotchin and driven by Bendigo based Scott Dyer, Midnitedelite led throughout from the pole to easily account for Justbritell which raced outside him in a rate of 1-57.9. Will Cooper(one/three – three wide last lap) finished third. By Len Baker (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)

Trainer Jim Curtin has had high hopes for Maximan ever since he purchased him from Southland, but after a string of minor placings it is only recently that the five-year-old son of Armbro Operative has realised his true potential. Maximan broke his nine start losing streak when victorious on the first day at Westport in Decemeber. He then went on to win on the second day of the Westport meeting and then again at Reefton. Now, the versatile type has four straight victories next to his name after resuming with a win in last night’s $13,000 ‘Palmerstonian Classic’ at Manawatu. And what a win it was. After being caught three wide early, Curtin worked Maximan up to the parked position, he then opted to leave Tijuana Bromac three wide when driver Nicky Chilcott attempted to make a move with a lap to go. Maximan then kicked strongly in the homestretch to hold off the well placed Jarcullembra, who had ample opportunity to gun him down after coming into the race three wide with cover. Tijuana Bromac fought on bravely to finish a close third. The win was Curtin’s second straight victory in the Palmerstonian Classic after taking the race out last year with Star Of Isis. Remarkably, she also brought up her fourth straight win in the Manawatu feature. Meanwhile, Manutahi trainer Keith Chittenden enjoyed what was possibly his best ever night at the races. Chittenden trained and drove two winners on the card while he also trained the second placed horse in the seventh event, giving him the race Quinella which paid odds of $72.50. Maximan, who is owned by long-time Curtin client Russel Nieper, will now attempt to make it five straight victories in the $15,000 Manawatu Cup on Sunday. By Mitchell Robertson

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