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Ballarat based Jaimie-Lee King had the last laugh on her rivals when four year old Major In Art/Laughing Meadow gelding Major Laugh blitzed his rivals in the Fishers IGA Pace at the Arrat trots on Tuesday. Trained at Smythes Creek by “boss” Emma Stewart, Major Laugh raced and driven by Jaimie-Lee starting from the extreme draw settled at the tail of the field, with polemarker Under Your Thumb kept honest all through the race by the favourite Four Starzzz Fella outside him. Send forward four wide in the last lap, Major Laugh followed Zermanion three wide in the back straight, before sprinting like a gazelle four wide to lead on the home turn, scoring by 9.5 metres over Our Sir Ivanhoe along the sprint lane after trailing the pacemaker and being held up at a vital stage, with Nobetterthanthis (one/one) third. The mile rate was 1-58.1. A winner at Mildura on June 3 when making his Victorian debut after racing mostly around the Hunter Valley, Major Laugh returned a mile rate of 1-58.1. Two relatively unknown participants of the sport were successful on the night – Bunkers Hill (Ballarat) based owner/trainer Alan Holman combining with Zac Steenhuis to land the Hygain Feeds Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 2195 metres with $61.80 chance Blude Master and Gordon’s Larry Lynch the Eastick Homes Pace for C1 class over 1790 metres with Graceful Art at $40.60. Blude Master a five year old gelded son of Attorney General and Bludegirl having start number 23 and first since April 2014 after taking a lift, was taken back at the start from outside the front row to settle at the tail of the field. Under pressure in the final circuit to follow Extra three wide, Blude Master hard driven gradually made ground and when Go Betweens four wide outside him joined in approaching the home turn, grabbed the bit and went with him to set sail after the leader Blissful Spanker. In a race than changed complexion over the concluding stages, Blude Master prevailed by a nose from Go Betweens in a mile rate of 2-01.7, with Blissful Spanker 1.6 metres away in third place.  Five year old Metropolitan/Private Affair mare Graceful Affair trained by Larry Lynch racing under the banner of Lynch Harness Horses, possied mid-field in the running line from the extreme draw with local Michael Bellman in the sulky. Held up in the last lap with horses all around her as the leaders Our Bedrock and Bellas Jet kicked clear appearing to have the race to themselves, Graceful Affair came with a withering burst of speed down the centre of the track to score by 1.2 metres over Bellas Jet which raced in the open for the majority of the journey, dropping in for a breather approaching the home turn. Saab Magic flashed home late from three back the markers after also being held up prior to the home turn to be 1.5 metres away in third place. The mile rate was 1-59.4. Great Western’s Peter Manning combined with Glen Craven aboard 4-Y-0 Christian Cullen/Precious Delight gelding Precious Cullen to snare the Ararat RSL Red Poppy Bistro Pace for C0 class over 2195 metres in 1-59.2. Sent forward three wide out of gate four to cross Space Keeper running into the first turn, Precious Cullen coming off a fifth at Horsham on June 17 when badly held up on debut, ran his rivals ragged in defeating Mister Untouchable which faced the breeze for the final circuit, with Eyesrromin (four wide last lap) third.  Huntly (Bendigo) trainer/driver Anthony Crossland has Kiwi bred 4-Y-0 Love You/Sun Goddess gelding Dieu De Lamour racing in peak form, bringing up his third victory in the last four starts by taking the Ararat Vet Clinic Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2195 metres. Biding his time four back in the moving line from the extreme draw, Dieu De Lamour when eased three wide in the last lap exploded to the front prior to the home turn, scoring by a huge 56.5 metres in 2-03.3 over Copa Comaida which led from the pole, with Truscott Sun 5.8 metres away in third place after racing in the open for most of the trip. Terang’s Matty Craven experiencing his best season ever, had an armchair drive aboard Grinfromeartoear/Classic Malibu five year old gelding Roy George in the AME System Pace for C4 to C6 class over 1790 metres, leading all of the way from gate two in accounting for Xavier Jack which trailed and Myrniongfirecracker (one/three) in a rate of 1-58.8. The winning margin was 11.8 metres. Burrumbeet trainer Ash Herbertson took advantage of a concession for Bolinda’s Josh Duggan aboard in-form 6-Y-0 Metropolitan/Ellovalooka mare Metrofromelle to capture the David O Jones Mitre 10 Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2195 metres. Settling three back in the running line from a solo second line draw, Metrofromelle was soon off and running to park outside the pacemaker Forced Out (gate two) where Duggan was content to dictate the tempo. Taking a slender lead on the final bend, Metrofromelle outstayed her rivals to score by a neck over Our Supreme Guy along the sprint lane after following Forced Out who finished 2.9 metres away in third place. Great Western trainer Brad Hunt who assists at Peter Manning’s stable, was successful with Grinfromeartoear/Big Time Babe gelding If The Mood Suits in the E. W. Bulte Timber & Hardware 3-Y-0 Pace over 2195 metres when making his third appearance at the races. Driven by Glen Craven, If The Mood Suits (gate six) was restrained as gate sped away, going back to the tail of the field. Still a long way off the leader Katsina which had crossed the pacemaker Second Hands approaching the home turn, If The Mood Suits came from the clouds on straightening to record a 1.4 metre victory in advance of Sisulu Success (one/three – three wide last lap) and Lavish Smile (one/two) in a rate of 2-02.7. Perhaps the biggest winner of the night was Gotta Go Cullect/Princess Of Stars colt Rockstar Confusion on debut for Armstrong duo Brooke Hansen and Tim O’Brien in the Chally’s Bar & Bistro 3-Y-0 Trotters Mobile over 2195 metres. Driven by Maryborough’s Ash Matthews, Rockstar Confusion although rocky in the score-up, led from the pole only to gallop running into the first turn appearing to throw away any chance of figuring in the finish, which allowed Uwouldntbelieverit to take over. Still a mile off the leader Strazeele which had crossed to lead for the final circuit, Rockstar Confusion showed a terrific turn of speed in the last lap to get close to the front runner on straightening and in a ding-dong duel all the way up the running, gained the judge’s nod by a half head in 2-05.7. Hanging On A Dream finished 35.6 metres away in third place off a mid-field passage. Len Baker  

She may not give any indication of being special during training, but well-bred harness racing mare Petite Agee is “producing the goods on the racetrack”. Boasting two wins from three starts, Petite Agee is also forcing trainer Scott Stewart to alter his opinion. “She has surprised quite a bit,” Stewart declared. “She has never shown anything special a home, but she is producing the goods on the racetrack. “That sad, she has improved this time in and should keep getting better with racing. “She is such a clean-gaited pacer and has perfect manners, which is helping her at this stage.” With Stewart in the sulky, Petite Agee completed a narrow, yet eye-catching, win at Shepparton last night. After settling towards the tail of the field from her second row draw, Petite Agee was angled three-wide at the bell to settle outside the leader, Rumour Munger. Forging her way to the front at the top of the home straight, Petite Agee staved off a late charge from Calcavado to score by a head, with Rumour Munger a head away third. “That was a pretty nice run,” Stewart said. “If was only a C0 Final, but you’ve got to start somewhere. “On that run she should be able to win a few more. I haven’t made any plans for her, just go through the grades and see where that takes her.” By Attorney General, the four-year-old is from Petite Alto, which is also the dam of Stewart’s stable flagship, Bitobliss. Petite Alto also has a two-year-old colt and a yearling colt by Blissfull Hall, which are brothers to multiple feature race winner, Bitobliss. “The two-year-old goes okay and will make it to the races,” Stewart said. “The yearling is just being broken in now.” PAUL COURTS

Great Western trainer Peter Manning’s Art Major/Anannz filly Znana was successful in the Wimmera Mail-Times 3-Y-0 Pace over 1700 metres at the Horsham trots meeting held on Monday November 25. Bred and raced by Adelaide’s Cormack family, Znana (Ananz spelt backwards) was given a charmed passage by Matt Craven from gate two trailing her pole line stablemate Adam Cartwright raced in the same interests and when eased off his back on turning, finished full of running to score by 3.1 metres in a new track record mile rate of 1-55.3. Racer finished a further 30.2 metres away in third place after racing in the open. Ananz (Aces N Sevens) died while foaling to Somebeachsomwhere recently with the foal not surviving. On a day of multiple wins, Peter Manning landed a double when seven year old Presidential Ball/Colada Hanover gelding The Avoca Flyer, a half brother to the great Blacks A Fake snared The Horse Shed Shop Melton Pace for C1 class over 1700 metres, recording his first victory in almost 12 months. Driven by Matt Craven, The Avoca Flyer began with a wing on every foot from outside the front line to lead all of the way, defeating the heavily supported Suerte (three back the markers – outside the winner home turn) and Big Gorilla (one/one) in a mile rate of 1-56.3. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Four year old Union Guy/Echelon Express mare Sorority Sister broke her maiden status at start number eighteen by taking the Moore Bulk Haulage Pace for C0 class over 1700 metres in a mile rate of 1-59.2. Raced and trained by Marnie Bibby from nearby Navarre and driven by Daryl Douglas, Sorority Sister led throughout from gate three, accounting for the favourite Gee Mae which trailed, making no impression over the concluding stages, with Pandoras Jet third after facing the breeze. Daryl Douglas was to chalk up a successive double after piloting Ararat hobby trainer Gary Hull’s five year old mare Frameworks Pride to victory in the Become A Sponsor Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2200 metres. Beginning speedily from the 10 metre mark, Frameworks Pride a daughter of Framework and Yawithme was sent forward to take over from Family Decision within a lap, before cruising to the wire 4.1 metres in advance of Champ Devine which raced outside her in a mile rate of 2-06.1. Looks A Moral showed a return to form in finishing third from three back in the moving line. Making three for Douglas and two for Bibby was very much in-form four year old Attorney General/Bludegirl gelding Blude Master in the Finn-Tack @ Horze Aust. Pace for C1 class over 1700 metres. Restrained from inside the second row, Blude Master settled three back in the moving line, with the pole marker Thewaytolive retaining the front running. Sent forward to park outside the pacemaker for the final circuit, Blude Master led on turning and held a margin to the wire to score by 5.4 metres over Mightbeme from last and Venus Williams (one/three – three wide last lap) in a rate of 2-00.1. Michelle Manning’s highly promising Four Starzzz Shark/Talilia four year old gelding Jackabeams recorded his 3rd victory in 5 outings, when successful in the H&DHRC Membership Pace for C1 class over 1700 metres with sister Kerryn in the sulky. Coming off a disappointing 4th to Chilli Palmer at Melton nine days earlier after leading, Jackabeams an unbackable $1.10 favourite again led from gate two and was never headed in defeating father Peter’s Additallup which raced outside him, with Miss Dilly (three wide last lap from mid-field) third. The mile rate 1-57. Mildura (Merbein) trainer Brian McGinty made the journey south with Kiwi bred four year old Bettors Delight/Invisage mare Our Mischievious Miss a happy one, as she saluted the judge in the Horsham Salutes G.A. Lang Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2200 metres. Taking a concession, Our Mischievious Miss led from gate two and after looking to be in trouble on turning, just lasted to nose out Bubble Art (one/two – four wide home turn) in a rate of 2-00.2, with Peace Of Art (one/one – three wide home turn) a head away in third place in the most thrilling finish of the afternoon. Ararat trainer/driver Michael Bellman does a great job with his select team and landed the Wimmera Roadways Pace for C0 class over 2200 metres with Witzend, a four year old gelded son of Dawn Ofa New Day and Fake Trick, leading throughout from gate two in defeating Rinashi which trailed and Saab Magic which faced the breeze in a rate of 2-0 By Len Baker

The success of the Lincoln Farms syndicates continued tonight (Thursday July 25) at Cambridge, with a win from the smart Ray Green trained two-year-old filly Imhisdaughter. The Lincoln Farms syndication concept was thought up by John Street and his late business partner and close friend, Graeme Blackburn, who was working on the concept the day he died. Lincoln Farms retain a half share in all horses they syndicate. And if the horse is no good or doesn’t win a race the owners are put into the syndicate of another horse. So far however, that hasn’t been an issue. The first syndicate horse to race was Lincolns Megastar, who posted a debut win before being a luckless third in her following start, while Imhisdaughter (Attorney General) has now had two wins and a second from just three starts. The syndicates include a lot of first time owners, and are expected to grow in upcoming months. John Street recently said “The main problem is finding enough horses to cater for everyone.” Lincoln Farms is expected to become even bigger and bolder in both codes in the near future with the ongoing support of Blackburn’s window Erin and their five children. Waving the Lincoln Farms flag tomorrow night at Alexandra Park is Lincolns Megastar, who looks a strong chance for the ace draw in race three. Meanwhile, Cran Dalgety has closed the premiership gap to one with a win from Mac Bubbles, and David Butcher is now just one win away from notching up his fourth consecutive season century. Tonight's meeting was the last at Cambridge  for the season and the last under the name of the Cambridge Te-Awamutu Harness Racing Club. Racing at Cambridge will resume for the new season on the 8th of August under the name of Harness Racing Waikato Inc. by Mitchell Robertson

The two mandatory harness racing meetings were held in Victoria on Thursday July 11, with Shepparton racing during the afternoon and Ballarat at night.

The sudden death of his close friend Graeme Blackburn on March 18 has given John Street a new perspective on life.

Barra Equine, in association with leading North American Standardbred stud, Kentuckiana Stallion Management, is excited to announce the arrival in New Zealand for the coming harness racing breeding season of two sensational sires Muscle Mass and If I Can Dream.

Woorinen harness racing trainer Vince Costa's impressive ex-Kiwi 4-Y-0 Christian Cullen/Paula's Way gelding Uncle Wingnut chalked up his 7th victory from 20 outings, when successful in the BR & C Agents Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2170 metres at Thursday's Nyah harness fixture.

Harness racing super sire in the making "Bettors Delight" looks set (in the current 2010/2011 breeding season) to challenge his own record of 546 mares that he bred in the 2006/2007 breeding season. That year he bred 345 in New Zealand and 201 in Australia.

Harness racing breeders who turned up for the Stallion Station open day were met with beautiful weather and some of the most outstanding Stallions in the southern hemisphere. The day commenced with a tour of the farm and introduction to the 6 resident Stallions, Art official, Attorney General, Mach Three, Majestic Son, Royal Mattjesty and finally the one they had come to see, NZ's own superstar Auckland Reactor.

Stallion Station this year boasts a stallion roster without doubt the envy of the world when it comes to harness racing stallions. Boasting 15 world class stallions, including proven sires, Mach Three, and Courage Under Fire, who are now well entrenched at the top of most sire lists.

Mystical Warrior won't be at peak fitness for Sunday night's $25,000 Alabar Echuca Pacing Cup, but Undera harness racing trainer Glenn Freeman will give the gelding his chance to go a couple of spots better than last year.

Stallion Station, one of Australasia's newest and most progressive harness racing stallion operators has employed harness racing 'Hall-of-Famer', Bob McArdle as an Australia and New Zealand director. He will also be involved with sales.

The 1985 New Zealand Oaks winner Chipaluck was a shy breeder and only had four foals in 16 years, but one of them, Chipalong has become the dam of Levi Lowe, winner of the final heat of the Forbury Park graduation series tonight (18 June).

Captain Bromac, the full brother to 1:48.4 miler Attorney General, gained his fourth career win when victorious in the Dunedin City Ford Mobile pace at Forbury Park tonight (11 August), after leading for the last 1200m.

Canterbury harness racing's high profile Bromac Lodge Stud will conduct a sale on the premises Springs Road on April 21. The auctioneers PGG Wrightson who have recently distributed the 62 lot catalogue, are confident the sale will attract widespread attention in view of the quality of the offering.

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