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 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 Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd on (02) 6884 8355 or email or the Bathurst Harness Racing Club on (02) 6333 5000. by Peter Wharton for Bathurst Gold Crown Sale

As it stands, Darrel Graham is happy to stay local. The astute horseman faces a potential embarrassment of riches in the coming weeks with his latest Kiwi import Five Card Draw. The former New Zealand two-year-old pacer of the year has recorded back-to-back Albion Park victories and looks destined to race through his grades after arriving on a luxurious assessment. Five Card Draw scored comfortably last start in the $20,000 Seymour Rising Stars Championship Final at Albion Park on March 15 defeating in-form pacers Major Moment and Chevals Clivesdale in a time of 1;57.8 for the 2138m while finishing off in 55.6 seconds. While those times read impressively, you would expect nothing less from a pacer that has banked more than $340,000 before his arrival in Queensland last month. So, which option will connections consider given the feature events that loom in the coming weeks. The $20,000 Seymour Series appear regularly on the Queensland calendar while the $50,000 Carousel series begins at TABCORP Park, Menangle in Sydney next month. “We will stay local and race at Albion Park in the Seymour events; they’re programmed every week and there on our doorstep rather than heading south. I’ve won a Carousel previously (Rollon Bigred) and as much as I would love to win another one, it makes sense to stay local. These Seymour races are the best thing to happen in Queensland for a long time” Graham said. Graham prepares a strong team at his Fernvale property, west of Brisbane, and while he has never been frightened to travel interstate with a team horses before, logistics have played a part in his decision making this time. “If I went south with Five Card Draw, I would be away from home for a minimum period of three weeks and that carries costs obviously but if I remain at home I can target two of the Seymour Series during that time which probably balances everything out in a perfect world. “Don’t get me wrong, we will be travelling later this year but the timing is not right now. I have plenty in work including two-year-olds and I want to focus on them while the stable stars are all back in work, that places plenty of pressure on Linda (wife) plus Adam (Sanderson) and Brittany (daughter) if I head off next month. “I’m keen to head to Victoria later this year to tackle the Vicbred series plus the Australasian Breeders Crown series with horses like Five Card Draw, Montana Marie and Major Sam.” Five Card Draw will contest a heat of the Seymour Rising Stars Championship Series next Tuesday before, all going to plan, progressing to the $20,000 final on Saturday week. Meanwhile, star performers Montana Marie, Emperor Montana and Montana Falcon are all back in full work and pleasing as they go through a cantering stage with a racetrack return penciled in for May which will coincide with the Brisbane Winter Carnival. Another former Kiwi pacer that has created a strong impression is the richly talented three-year-old Major Sam. Arriving in November last year, the Major In Art colt has won seven of his fourteen starts and amassed more than $80,000 in prizemoney. “He’s actually Vicbred eligible plus he staked for the Breeders Crown series so his major targets come at the backend of the season, the Queensland Derby in July is another target for him. “He’s only just come back into work following a let-up and I’m thrilled with his condition. He has definitely become taller while he has really thickened up nicely.” Major Sam has been back in work for two weeks. By Chris Barsby (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)  

Kiwi trotter Flying Isa is the new Australasian mile record holder after a stunning performance at Menangle on Tuesday. Usually trained in South Auckland by John and Josh Dickie, the former star juvenile is being campaigned in Sydney by Luke McCarthy. He showed how unlucky he was to be first emergency for the Glenferrie Farm Challenge last Sunday when he trotted a 1:53.2 mile to win a $7000 race there on Tuesday by five lengths. That smashed the record set by Keystone Del when winning the Challenge two days earlier of 1:53.9. Flying Isa is likely to head to the Great Southern Star in Victoria on March 22 before returning for the Rowe Cup at Alexandra Park in May. A former Harness Jewels and Australasian Breeders Crown champion at two, Flying Isa raced below his best at three but returned to something like his peak when second in the Anzac Cup at Alexandra Park last season. He wasn’t the only Kiwi to set a record at Menangle yesterday as Canterbury filly Red Hot Toddy broke 1:52 for a mile when finishing second in her race. While she paced a faster time than the NZ record it obviously won’t count in the record but it will for her future stud career because place times are counted as official. So the Ken Barron-trained filly boosted her broodmare value enormously, even though she didn’t actually win. By Michael Guerin (Harness Racing New Zealand)

They’re coming back! Leading New Zealand based couple Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen are planning another raid on the Brisbane Winter Carnival later this year. Only two years ago, the Purdon/Rasmussen combination plundered the carnival winning a raft of features which included the Queensland Derby and Oaks plus the Gold Coast Premiers Cup among others. And again, they intend on tackling many of the same feature events. The All Stars stable of Christchurch boast tremendous depth in their three-year-old crop which at times, makes it difficult to split their runners but all feature race programs are looked at and the Brisbane carnival fits in nicely to their schedule. The Brisbane Winter Carnival in July quickly follows on from the Jewels Day in New Zealand which paves the way for many Kiwi pacers to continue with their preparation as they get set for the Australasian Breeders Crown carnival in Victoria the following month. The Purdon/Rasmussen stable have already banked more than a million dollars in prizemoney this season and are clear leaders in the premiership race in their homeland while Australian feature race targets will be at their mercy in the coming weeks through the likes of Smolda, Adore Me, Border Control, (My) Willow and Isaiah. They will also be heavily represented at the up-coming Auckland Cup carnival at Alexandra Park in the next fortnight. Key runners for the Brisbane campaign include three-year-old pacers Aldo Rossi and Gentle Western. Both pacers are Queensland owned. “We really like both of these guys; Aldo Rossi was bought at the Brisbane sale of the Australian Pacing Gold and has always shown talent while Gentle Western is still growing into himself hence why we have given him plenty of time. He’s huge.” Rasmussen said. Aldo Rossi has headed to Auckland again to target feature events in the coming weeks including the Great Northern Derby and the American Ideal colt has impressed enough to take a shot at the Gr.1 feature. After winning at his debut, Aldo Rossi was then beaten by his stablemate Bio Marinus before winning his next two starts in Auckland over the Christmas period. Gentle Western has only faced the starter on one occasion which resulted in a nose victory at Wairio in a time of 1;55 back in October. The Western Ideal colt will start again this Saturday at Wyndham. “Both of these guys have come up well for their next preparation and their recent trial/workout form indicates they will perform well when they step out again, they both enjoyed some recent time off and have returned in good order. “The Brisbane carnival looks a logical target for both and we will certainly look at races like the Queensland Derby, Gold Coast Derby and the Premiers Cup series again. “We may even have some fillies to bring for the Oaks but we will assess that a little closer to the carnival and see how all of the troops are holding up with their form and health in the coming months.” It appears the All Stars stable is set to be the star attraction again this winter. by Chris Barsby  

The flagships of the Division are the Australasian Classic and New Zealand Premier Yearling Sales held in Auckland Monday 17th February and Christchurch Tuesday and Wednesday 18th and 19th of February. Billed as the “Sale of the Stars” their graduates include seven modern day New Zealand Cup winners, thirty two Harness Jewels winners and thirty one Australasian Breeders Crown winners. Unity under the PGG Wrightson organisation has been a major benefit to the sales. Especially in producing a top quality catalogue, funding a very successful inward buyer scheme and the $1 million Sales Race Series now in its 24th year. Harnesslink is running a short series on some of the yearlings on offer. Lot 90 Premier sale - Pure Diva SIRE - Art Major is on a real roll at the moment with his stock having a great run especially his two year olds. The first classic of this season, the Sapling Stakes resulted in the first four home all being by this great sire. He has done a great job world wide as a sire and is a "major" plus in any horses pedigree. DAM - Terranova Is a daughter of Badlands Hanover who qualified at two but never raced. She is a daughter of the classy two and three year old stakes performer in Ok Matao (1:57.6) who won a heat of the DB fillies series and ran third in the final. She has left three winners at stud including Analyst (1:58.2) who won the Sires Stakes Silver at two as well as running third in the Sapling Stakes. Another winner from the mare is Mick Ultimate (1:57.3) who has won 11 races to date. The third dam is the Vance Hanover mare in Miss Burnside who left 11 winners headed by the very smart Optimist ($355,659, 1:51.4) and she was a full sister to Miss Clevedon the dam of Inter-dominion champion Mark Hanover ($917,621) and also to Vicky Hanover, the 2005 Australian broodmare of the year who left three horses who won in excess of $200,000. OVERVIEW - A smart looking filly from a great fillies family. Not only do they shine on the racetrack but they carry that ability into the broodmare barn. This is a family that has starred on both sides of the Tasman for over 30 years and she will have a high residual value when retired to stud. Catalogue pedigree. Lot 306 Premier sale - MOMENT OF KAOS SIRE - The Prez. The first son of the great Andover Hall to stand at stud in New Zealand, The Pres has two year olds as his oldest down under this season. The reports on that crop have been very positive which has resulted in the number of mares he has served rising each year at stud. A 1:57.3 two year old and a 1:55.2 three year old from just a handful of starts, The Pres has really stamped his stock and the future looks bright for this young sire. DAM - Just A Moment is a lightly raced mare by Alias Charm from the broodmare gem in Nakura. Nakura (5 wins) was four year "mare of the year" but it is as a broodmare that she has become famous. She has fashioned an incredible record with the best of her progeny being the champion Take A Moment ($1,164,356) who won 39 races and was a dominant force in Austaralian trotting for several years. A half sister to Just A Moment in Now's The Moment won five and at stud has produced the trotting warrior Dr Hook ($397,072) (15 wins) and Moment Of truth $188,846 (22wins). Another half sister in Juverna has left last season's brilliant three year old in Quite A Moment (Breeders Crown 3yr old trot) and the very smart Duke Of The Moment ($105,926). Nakura is a half sister to Naraya , the dam of another champion in Stig $851,926 (23 wins) OVERVIEW - This colts family has had an unbelievable last 20 years, leaving champions left right and centre. Take A Moment and Stig are two of the greatest trotters to ever grace the racetrack in New Zealand and they are very close up in this colt's pedigree. With all the talk from trainers about the stock of The Pres coupled with such an outstanding maternal pedigree, this colt is a real chance to make it big. Catalogue pedigree JC    

The flagships of the Division are the Australasian Classic and New Zealand Premier Yearling Sales held in Auckland Monday 17th February and Christchurch Tuesday and Wednesday 18th and 19th of February. Billed as the “Sale of the Stars” their graduates include seven modern day New Zealand Cup winners, thirty two Harness Jewels winners and thirty one Australasian Breeders Crown winners. Unity under the PGG Wrightson organisation has been a major benefit to the sales. Especially in producing a top quality catalogue, funding a very successful inward buyer scheme and the $1 million Sales Race Series now in its 24th year. Harnesslink is running a short series on some of the yearlings on offer. Lot 31 Premier sale - FREEDOM FIGHTER SIRE - Courage Under Fire was the best juvenile pacer to ever race in Australasia, winning his first 24 starts. He won six Derbies at three, a record that is unlikely to be matched let alone beaten. At stud he has done an outstanding job leaving such brilliant horses as Pembrook Benny ($839,232), Sleepy Tripp ($736,985), Lanercost ($506,102), Choise Achiever ($504,983) and Smolda ($461,307) to name just a few. They have that rare ability to excel at two and three yet go on to succeed as older horses on the Grand Circuit. DAM - Rafiki (2:00.8) is a race winning daughter of New York Motoring  who has lived up to her pedigree in the broodmare barn. She is already the dam of six winners including the very smart filly, Amboseli 1:58.7 ($71,645) and her full brother in Huey Hewitt ($71,000) as well as the recent Addington winner in Mashika 1:56.1. A race winning daughter in Tamarind has already left the talented mate Tamanisha (1;54.1) and Here's Shifty (4 NZ Wins). The grand-dam is the brilliant two year old of her year in Kisumu (1:57.4pl) who won the New Zealand Sires Stakes for fillies at two. At stud she has produced six winners including the standout filly of her year in Turkana (1:57.1) who won the Nevele R Fillies Final as well as the New Zealand and Queensland Oaks. The third dam Kinshasha left six winners and is a full sister to the champion broodmare, Sakuntala. OVERVIEW - A smart looking type from a top producing mare, this colt is from the the top juvenile producing family in the New Zealand stud book. Made famous by the full sister to Kinshasha in Sakuntala, it continues to produce juveniles capable of winning the age group classics. This colt has all the attributes to follow in the foot steps of his illustrious relatives. Catalogue pedigree. Lot 80 Premier sale - THE ACTOR SIRE - Mach Three is one of the elite sires where ever he stands and continues to leave quality racehorses world wide. Getting close to $100,000,000 in earnings world wide, his stock can get up and run at two and still be flying at five on the Grand Circuit. His standout colts in New Zealand include the champion Auckland Reactor ($1,837,043), Magical Mach ($1,238,943), Mah Sish ($747,331) and Sir Lincoln ($650,229) to name just a few. With a percentage of winners to foals of close to 60%, he ticks every box as a sire. DAM - The Actress (1:59.1) is a race winning daughter of Elsu from the top producing Soky's Atom broodmare Stage Talent who has left five winners from six foals to date, all in better than 2:00. Those winners include the very smart 3/4 sister to The Actor in Collectable (p2 1:58,2) who won three times at two on her way to winning $111,038, About Ambition (1:55.8) $88,478 and Slippery Mackenzie (1:57.3) $95,805. The third dam Stage Queen has left six winners including Dash For Cash (1:54) and her daughters have left such speedy types as Lucky Voodoo (1:54.4) and Estlers Light (1:54.3). She is a full sister to the brilliant Defoe (1:53)  $423,272 and a half sister to the dam of Silver Lined Pocket (1:50.2)  $307,838. OVERVIEW - This Mach Three colt is a 3/4 brother to top two year old filly in Collectable from a race winning Elsu daughter of the top broodmare Stage Talent. Direct Scooter line stallions have always crossed well with this family with Silver Lined Pocket and the the brilliant filly Secret Potion ($285,000) just two by that sire line to excel that are close up in this colt's pedigree. Catalogue pedigree. LOT 197 Premier sale - Handsome Hero SIRE - Courage Under Fire was the best juvenile pacer to ever race in Australasia, winning his first 24 starts. He won six Derbies at three, a record that is unlikely to be matched let alone beaten. At stud he has done an outstanding job leaving such brilliant horses as Pembrook Benny ($839,232), Sleepy Tripp ($736,985), Lanercost ($506,102), Choise Achiever ($504,983) and Smolda ($461,307) to name just a few. They have that rare ability to excel at two and three yet go on to succeed as older horses on the Grand Circuit. DAM - this is the third foal of Famous Lover who is a 1:56.1 daughter of boom broodmare sire, Dream Away. She won $30,743 in a brief career and is a half sister to four winners including the smart Flashbang (1:55). The first foal of Famous Lover is the speedy Santanna Blue Chip filly in Call Me Yours who ran second at her one New Zealand start before being exported to Australia. The grand-dam Susan Who ($33,075, 1:59.7f) has left four winners to date with two in 2:00. The third dam Socialite left three winners and her daughters and grand-daughters have left such smart types as At Your Service ($210,261), Greek to Me ($138,467) and Lionsixchristiansnil ($63,686). Socialite was a half to three outstanding pacers in Sassenach (12 wins) Stampede (11 wins) and Ryal (9 wins) who were all grand circuit level pacers. OVERVIEW - A lovely colt from a 1:56.1 mare whose first foal Call Me Yours has looked smart in her brief career to date. This is the branch of the Edith family that produced three cup class pacers in Sassenach, Stampede and Ryal and this colt would seem well placed to add to the legacy of this family. Catalogue pedigree. JC  

Former New Zealand two-year-old of the year Five Card Draw is now a Queenslander. Negotiations were completed last Friday after a deal was struck earlier in the week through well-known agent Paul Davies before being purchased by Dean Shannon. The Bettors Delight gelding will join the stables of Fernvale based trainer/driver Darrel Graham after being previously prepared by legendary horseman Barry Purdon. Graham has enjoyed immense success this season with another former Kiwi pacer in Major Sam, a winner of six of his last seven starts including four $20,000 events – two Seymour Rising Stars Championships and two Seymour Dash For Cash Finals at Albion Park. Amazingly, Five Card Draw will arrive on Australian soil assessed as a CO/RO/MO. “Given his credentials, he’s a nice horse to have in the stables and his assessment was too good to be true. That was the key component for us.” Graham said. Five Card Draw was simply brilliant during his rookie term winning five of his seven starts including two Group One features. His haul included the $NZ100,000 Cardigan Bay Stakes at Alexandra Park and the $NZ150,000 Harness Jewels Emerald Final at Cambridge while he also claimed the Listed $NZ243,000 PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales Open Final at Addington. Five Card Draw was an obvious choice for 2yo Colt/Gelding Pacer of the Year. As a three-year-old, Five Card Draw won twice from eight starts but battled niggling injuries along the way which forced him out of many classics during the season. Since returning as a four-year-old, Five Card Draw has gone winless in nine starts while showing glimpses of his best form including a third placing in the Gr.2 $NZ51,000 Waikato Flying Mile at Cambridge behind Pembrook Benny and Christen Me in a time of 1;54.4. “His overall record is very impressive and he vetted well last week so we’re hopeful he can do a good job here in Brisbane, coming over as a maiden gives us plenty of breathing space. “Given our current structure with the weekly Seymour sponsored races plus the new metro system, we have a very good opportunity to make a good earn out of him. Hopefully, we can take him to Sydney and cash in on their good prizemoney. “Another bonus with this horse, he is also eligible for the Australasian Breeders Crown series at the end of the season if his form holds up.” FIVE CARD DRAW FACT FILE; 24 Starts 7 Wins 7 Placing’s Prizemoney - $347,316 Best Time – 1;55.1  By Chris Barsby (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)

It proved to be a winning weekend for the Aldons family. And on both sides of the ditch. Last Friday afternoon, maiden three-year-old filly Triple Bouquet registered her first victory when successful at Cambridge while the following day, Afro Samurai proved too strong winning at Albion Park. Both pacers are raced by Dr. Pat Aldons and his wife Rhonda. Afro Samurai is the stable star from the Logan Village based operation where the family has a team of five race horses with at least another ten youngsters on the books. Bred by the Aldons Family in New Zealand, Afro Samurai has raced with distinction since crossing the Tasman as a three-year-old, the Julius Caesar – Lady Lucy Lou gelding contested the Victorian, New South Wales and Queensland Derby’s while claiming the Silver Vase at Terang in his Australian debut defeating subsequent Queensland Derby winner Best Deal Yet. Afro Samurai commenced his career with close family friend Mike Berger in Cambridge before a stint with Peter Manning while Ben Aldons, son of Pat and Rhonda now prepares the talented pacer. The victory provided Ben with his first metropolitan triumph. “It was a great victory on so many levels; the horse earned his victory while it great to see Ben land his first Saturday night winner, a proud night for the family indeed.” Dr. Aldons said. The 5yo will continue to race through his metropolitan grades in Brisbane before future options are considered but a career in North America is likely. The Aldons family enjoyed good success when they raced their former Australian Derby winner City Rogue abroad a decade ago. Triple Bouquet caused a major upset when successful in the Garrards Horse and Hound Fillies & Mares Pace over 2200m. The Mach Three filly was sent off at massive odds but responded nicely to a Todd Macfarlane drive, sent forward early from a wide gate before obtaining the one out – one back trail and then sustaining a determined sprint from the 400m mark to hold out race favorite Strawberry Miss. Triple Bouquet is prepared by Dave and Clare McGowan at Pukekoke. The diminutive filly is the first horse prepared by the McGowan’s for the Aldons family. “My daughter Kylie purchased this filly very cheaply for me from the New Zealand Yearling Sales at Karaka, her strike rate remains at 100% after buying Christian Miracle (9 wins – 7 in a row) a few years ago. “I don’t think this filly has that sort of ability but she will eventually end up in Brisbane at some point, Dave and Clare have done a tremendous job with her.” The Aldons family has raced pacers on both sides of the Tasman for many years, spreading their stock amongst the likes of Mike Berger, Dave and Clare McGowan plus Davey and Catherine Butt. In recent years, they have slowly reduced their breeding operation in New Zealand and relocated many of their mares to their Queensland farm where they continue to breed healthy numbers annually. However, Dr. Aldons still has hope for another New Zealand based filly. Sweet Lucy Brown, a three-year-old Mach Three – Hot Shoe Shuffle ($295k) filly remains in work with Mike Berger. The half-sister to Australasian Breeders Crown winner Glenferrie Shuffle has battled some niggling injuries to date but continues to show strong ability. “I’m hoping Mike can get her sorted so we can look at some of the better class races with her later this season. She might even end up in Australia at some point, time will tell.” Dr. Aldons said. HOOFNOTE: Dr. Aldons is a leading thoracic physician at The Prince Charles Hospital. by Chris Barsby

Victorian trainer-reinsman Daniel Jack sounded an ominous warning when he declared that Nowitzki was not at his top and there was plenty of room for improvement after driving the gelding to a comfortable victory in the $50,000 Retravision Four-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Jack confidently predicted that Nowitzki would take beating in the $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic next Friday night and the $175,000 Lancaster Park Golden Nugget two weeks later when he said: “I don’t think that he went to his peak tonight and I would like to think that he will be better next week and then in the Nugget. “The one thing I’ve got is unwavering faith in the horse. As soon as I saw that he had drawn one for tonight’s race I thought he would win. And an easy first lap made things easier.” Nowitzki’s smart victory came a week after his shock defeat at his West Australian debut, when at his first appearance for three months, he worked hard in the breeze and finished second to Our Boy Su. “There’s no substitute for match practice,” Jack explained. “He had a little bit of that last week. We got the right alley tonight, but the horse still has to be good enough to capitalise on this this. And he was.” Nowitzki, a heavily-supported second favourite at 2/1, revealed sparkling early speed and burst straight to the front from the No. 1 barrier, with the even-money favourite Bit Of A Legend quickly moving outside the pacemaker, who after a modest lead time of 37.8sec., was able to dawdle through the first 400m section of the final mile in a leisurely 32.3sec. There was an early sensation when Extremely Good, who had settled behind the leader, broke into a bad gallop after 250m, causing severe interference to Smokey The Bandit and a slight check to Rocky Marciano. Northview Punter (9/1), who had begun speedily, was able to be taken to the pegs by Gary Hall jun. to gain an ideal run behind the pacemaker. The incident also enabled 84/1 outsider Mexicano to slot into the position three back on the pegs. Nowitzki went through the second quarter in only 29.7sec. before Jack gave the gelding’s rivals something to chase by speeding through the third section in 27.9sec. and then dashing over the final quarter in 28.2sec. Jack drove Nowitzki hard in the home straight and the New South Wales-bred pacer won by just over a length from Mexicano, with Northview Punter a sound third, ahead of 75/1 chance Rocky Marciano, who made up good ground along the pegs. The winner rated 1.57.8 over the 2130m journey. The shock of the race was the failure of Bit Of A legend, who faded badly over the final 450m to finish in last position, eight lengths from the winner. Jack earned the displeasure of the stewards, who fined him $400 for an incorrect whip action in that he used more than a wrist and elbow action in the home straight. He was also reprimanded for having allowed Nowitzki to drift up the track in the concluding stages. Extremely Good (Chris Butt) had to be taken from the track in a float. He was suffering from serious damage to his off foreleg and was taken to a veterinary clinic for X-rays. It was feared that he had suffered a fracture. Nowitzki, a $100,000 yearling owned by Robbie Brockhurst and Matt Jack, now has earned $92,425 from eight wins and five placings from just 16 starts. By Art Major, he is the sixth foal out of the Armbro Operative mare Full Pleasure, who had 26 starts for ten wins, six placings and stakes of $106,496. Full Pleasure won the $100,000 group 1 Vicbred Super Series for two-year-old fillies at Cranbourne in July 2001. She was retired at the end of her three-year-old season. Nowitzki is named after the German professional basketballer Dirk Nowitzki, a star with the Dallas Mavericks in the US NBA. The 7ft (213cm) Nowitzki is a power forward who earns $8 million a year. Nowitzki is a half-brother to former star juvenile performer Kept For Pleasure, who won four group 1 events in a glittering career of 37 starts for 19 wins, ten placings and $542,343. Kept For Pleasure’s major victories were the Australian Pacing Gold for two-year-old fillies at Albion Park in May 2007, the Victoria Oaks (at Bendigo) and Australian Oaks (Moonee Valley) in 2008 and the Australasian Breeders Crown at Melton in August 2009. DAVID HERCULES FLIES IN FRONT AND BLITZES THE OPPOSITION David Hercules made a dazzling return to racing at Gloucester Park on Friday night when his runaway victory in the Fisher and Paykel Pace showed that he is on target to be a major player in the rich feature events over the summer months. The seven-year-old was produced in superb condition by Byford trainer David Thompson for his first-up assignment after an absence of 15 weeks and from the prized No. 1 barrier over the 1730m sprint trip he was favourite at 5/2 on. Morgan Woodley shot David Hercules straight to the front and the gelding relished his frontrunning role and he dashed over the final four 400m sections of the last mile in 29.8sec., 28.9sec., 28.2sec. and 27.7sec. He rated 1.54.2 and defeated 18/1 chance Son of Fergie by six lengths. Son of Fergie started from the inside of the back line and enjoyed the run of the race behind the pacemaker. Western Cullen (50/1) raced three back on the pegs before finishing solidly along the inside to be third, ahead of Shardons Rocket (breeze) and the resuming Hokonui Ben, who raced wide early and then in the one-out, one-back position. Hokonui Ben was hampered for room in the final stages. “He’s a really exciting horse,” enthused Woodley. “Thommo has done a fantastic job to have him so right first-up. He trialled well at Byford on Sunday and pulled up realty well from the trial. He’s come here and really blitzed his rivals, and he has done it with such ease. He has a great will to win and every time he gets out there he just wants to put his best foot forward.” David Hercules ended a losing sequence of six and improved his record to 27 wins and 25 placings from 77 starts for $713,974 in prizemoney. LEDA McNALLY WARMS UP IN STYLE FOR RICH FEATURE EVENTS Victorian-bred five-year-old Leda McNally enhanced her reputation as West Australia’s best mare with an effortless all-the-way victory in the 1730m Panasonic Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Her brilliant win was convincing proof that she has excellent prospects in the $40,000 Norm’s Daughter Classic next Friday night and the $100,000 group 1 Mares Classic the following Friday night. Her clashes with champion New Zealand mare Bettor Cover Lover in those events are sure to produce plenty of fireworks. Leda McNally appeared classes above her rivals on Friday night and astute punters were delighted at her 5/2 on starting price. Leda McNally clearly won the start from the No. 1 barrier and Chris Voak was able to get her to relax and stroll through the first 400m section of the final mile in 30.1sec. and the second quarter in a comfortable 29sec. Voak then slipped Leda McNally into overdrive and she responded with final quarters of 27.6sec. and 28.5sec. without being extended. She rated a slick 1.54.3 over the 1730m. Deluxe Edition (7/1) trailed Leda McNally throughout and fought on gamely to be second, with Famous Alchemist (5/1) finishing third after racing wide early and then without cover. Corza Commotion (40/1) maintained her steady improvement since resuming from a spell with a sound fourth placing after racing three back on the pegs. “We were able to get a 59sec. half, so that was going to make it hard for deluxe Edition to get over us,” Voak said. “It certainly was a good hit-out for the mare. She’s had a great preparation for the rich races for mares and she should be spot on for them. “I never expected her to graduate to an M7 mark. She’s done a great job for trainer Chris King.” Leda McNally was sent to King’s Pinjarra stables by owner Greg Stubbs after she had raced 15 times in Victoria and New South Wales for just one win and three placings. She now has had 27 starts in WA for 15 wins and five placings and her earnings now stand at $164,908. “I think she started at $12 (11/1) at her first start in WA,” Voak said. “And we certainly never though that she would reach the heights that she has. She has gone from strength to strength. “Leda McNally’s performances weren’t that good over east and she was sent to Chris to see if he could do a job with her and try to flog her off for $5000 to $10,000.” OFFTOCULLECT MAKES AN IMPRESSIVE AUSTRALIAN DEBUT Stylish New Zealand-bred colt Offtocullect showed that he would be one of the early fancies for the WA Derby next year when he gave an impressive performance at his Australian debut to score an effortless victory in the 2130m LG Three-Year-Old Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Forrestdale by Greg and Skye Bond, Offtocullect was driven with supreme confidence by Colin Brown, who got the colt into the clear soon after the start after beginning from the inside of the back line. Brown then sent Offtocullect forward, three wide, to move into the breeze in the first circuit. Offtocullect was an easing 6/4 second favourite, with his stablemate Black Mr Mach (also making his Australian debut for the Bond camp) heavily supported into 5/4 favouritism. Art of Illusion (18/1) was fastest into stride from barrier three, beating out Black Mr Mach (barrier two), and leading for the first 450m before Modigliani (30/1) surged to the front. Brown was content to leave Offtocullect on the outside of Modigliani until he sent the colt to the front 250m from home. Offtocullect dashed over the final 800m in 57sec. and won at a 1.59 rate by three lengths from the fast-finishing Black Mr Mach, with Tasmanian Bromac (26/1) running on into third place. “He’s a very nice horse,” was Brown’s understated comment after the race. “He might not have looked like it, but he actually knocked off a little bit and I had to ask him to run through the line. And there was a little bit more there.” Offtocullect has had six starts for five wins and a second placing for earnings of $28,630. BROWN CASHES IN AS SUVALJKO PULLS THE WRONG REIN Shannon Suvaljko was generous in his praise of Ballas Arockstar after driving him to victory at 37/1 last Friday week, but he opted to handle What God Knows in preference to Ballas Arockstar in the 2536m Mitsubishi Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It was the wrong decision and Colin Brown made the most of the unexpected opportunity to drive Ballas Arockstar for only the second time in the seven-year-old’s 112-start career by bringing him home at odds of 23/1. Suvaljko set the pace with the polemarker What God Knows (second fancy at 5/2) and he looked set to win when he was still more than a length clear of his nearest rival half-way down the home straight. But Ballas Arockstar sprouted wings to flash home, hit the front 40m out and beat What God Knows by almost a length at a 1.59.5 rate. Nediak trailed the pacemaker and battled on to be third, with the even-money favourite My Hard Copy an unlucky fourth. The complexion of the race changed dramatically when Devastating Power broke when racing outside the pacemaker 750m from home. My Hard Copy, who was moving forward strongly, met with interference and lost momentum. Ballas Arockstar, eighth at the bell, was able to get into the clear and he unwound a powerful finishing burst. My hard Copy came home strongly into fourth place. “Until the horse in the breeze broke I thought I had no hope,” said Brown. “That’s one thing about racing. It’s not over until they hit the line. So we’re going to take this one.” Ballas Arockstar, trained by Shane Tognolini, has been an honest and consistent performer throughout his career of 17 wins and 30 placings for stakes of $152,806. He now moves to an M1 classification and should continue to be a good moneyspinner. SOHO HIGHROLLER HAS THE PEDIGREE TO BECOME A PROLIFIC WINNER West Australian-bred five-year-old Soho Highroller should develop into a prolific winner if he follows then footsteps of some of his famous relations. Soho Highroller, trained by Gary Hall sen., was driven by Gary Hall jun. when he started at 8/1 and caused an upset by beating 5/1 on favourite Lunar Tide in the 2130m Electsales Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He started from the inside of the back line and raced three back on the pegs while Colin Brown held sway in front with Lunar Tide, who was able to stroll through the first 800m of the final mile in 61sec. before sprinting the final two quarters in 28.8sec. and 27.5sec. But Lunar Tide was unable to hold out Soho Highroller, who was eased off the pegs by Hall jun. shortly after the bell and then moved to the breeze 350m from home before sprinting strongly in the home straight to beat the favourite by a length at a 1.56.7 rate. It was an impressive effort from Soho Highroller, who has earned $48,879 from seven wins and 16 placings from 36 starts. By the American stallion bettors delight, Soho Highroller is out of former star mare Pelicanrama, an outstanding juvenile performer who went on to amass $730,271 from 55 wins and 37 placings from 149 starts. Pelicanrama won at 18 of her 24 starts as a two-year-old and at 13 of her 23 starts as a three-year-old. Her victories as a two-year-old in 1999 included the $250,000 Australian Pacing Gold at Harold Park, the $75,000 New South Wales Sires Stakes and the $30,000 Edgar Tatlow Stakes at Moonee Valley. Pelicanrama is a full-sister to Mustang Fighter, who won three races in WA a couple of years ago and ended his career with 29 wins, 26 placings and $292,566 in prizemoney. Soho Highroller also is closely related ion his dam’s side to former brilliant pacer Bag Limit, who earned $794,995 from 35 wins and 21 placings from 71 starts. Bag Limit won the 1985 Victoria Derby, the 1987 Bendigo Cup, the 1988 Ballarat Cup, the $250,000 Winfield Gold Cup at Moonee Valley in 1987 and 1988 and two heats of the 1988 interdominion championship at Harold Park in 1988. TALK IT UP WINS ON PROTEST TO END LOSING SEQUENCE OF 15 Veteran pacer Talk It Up broke a losing sequence of 15 when he finished a close second to This Time Dylan in the 2130m As Local As You Claiming Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night before being awarded the race on protest. This Time Dylan, the even-money favourite and bidding for four wins in a row, settled in last position from the outside of the front line, moved to the breeze outside the pacemaker Im Grant Lea just after a lap had been completed and then took the lead 430m from home. This Time Dylan fought on doggedly to hold out the strong-finishing Talk It Up to gain the verdict in the photo finish by a head. But Ryan Warwick, driver of Talk It Up, lodged a protest, alleging interference in the home straight. After a lengthy hearing the stewards upheld the objection and reversed the placings. The stewards also fined Warwick $200 for an incorrect whip action in that he used more than just a wrist and elbow action. Talk It Up, a nine-year-old Victorian-bred gelding, had not been successful since scoring by a half-head from Onedin Crusader in a claimer at Gloucester Park in May this year. He is trained by Greg and Skye Bond and has now had 103 starts for 11 wins, 29 placings and $106,215 in strakes. Smooth Caesar, an eight-year-old gelding was claimed for $10,000 by Marie Bingham of South Yunderup. He is expected to continue his career under the care of Pinjarra horseman Kim Young. ERRIS LAD MAKES THE MOST OF A BENEFICIAL RE-CLASSIFICATION WA-bred seven-year-old Erris Lad appreciated a drop down from an M2 classification to an M1 mark when he gave a strong frontrunning display to score an effortless victory in the 2503m Retravision On Line Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Mike Reed-trained gelding started from the front line and was a well-supported second favourite at 7/2. He was untroubled to score by more than four lengths from ten-year-old mare Salliwood, with Polak, a stablemate of the winner, a sound third. Erris Lad went into the race with a losing sequence of ten to earn the right of a re-classification. He had been unplaced at all of those ten starts, all after starting h from the 10m or 20m mark. “He was just waiting for a barrier draw,” said reinsman Shannon Suvaljko. “He’s a really good horse in front, and starting off the front line made all the difference. He can run solid sectionals and once he got to the front he was going to be hard to beat.” This was the second time that Erris Lad had won after receiving the benefit of a re-classification to an inferior mark. The gelding, whom is related to former speedy mare Meggie Dear (56 starts for 24 wins, 11 placings and $186,171) now has earned $135,112 from 12 wins and 18 placings from 71 starts. Gday Mate, the 5/2 favourite off 20m, finished a good fifth after coming from last in the middle stages and tenth at the bell. A CHANGE OF FORMAT REVITALISES OLD McDONALD At the start of Old McDonald’s current campaign, Banjup trainer Colin Brown gave the seven-year-old gelding three starts on three successive Friday nights, and after a great first-up second (beaten a nose in the final stride by Ohoka Samson) he lost some of his sparkle and disappointed with a fifth and tenth placing. So Brown decided to space the gelding’s runs, and he was rewarded when Old McDonald, a 8/1 chance charged home brilliantly to win the second heat of the 2130m Electrolux Kersley Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. At his first start for 11 days, Old McDonald slotted nicely into the one-out, one-back position before unwinding a sparkling late burst of speed to snatch a neck victory from Code Red, who had taken a narrow lead 620m from home after working hard outside the pacemaker Smirking. “I have learnt my lesson that I shouldn’t race him three weeks in a row and that I need to space his runs,” Brown said. “And I’m sure it is making a difference. He has the ability to graduate to Free-For-All company. “I haven’t been happy with the way the horse has looked over the past 12 months, and it has been only in the past three to four weeks that he has started to look good again.” Old McDonald was eligible to start in Friday night’s event restricted to MC-class pacers after receiving a concession with a drop down from an M3 mark to an M2 mark. He went into the race with a losing sequence of 11 and had received a concession before his previous appearance. Old McDonald has earned $103,933 from 13 wins and 15 placings from 42 starts. His win on Friday night completed a treble for Brown, who had been successful earlier on the program with Ballas Arockstar and Offtocullect. TORETTO MAINTAINS HIS SPLENDID FORM Problem pacer Toretto notched his fourth win from his past five starts and gave promise of better things to come when he proved far too good for the opposition in the 2130m Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Toretto, hot favourite at 5/1 on, led from barrier two and after modest quarters of 31.8sec. and 30.7sec. he sped over the final two 400m sections in 28.7sec. and 28.6sec. to beat Our Boy Su by 4m after that pacer had worked hard in the breeze. “He has been a problem horse and a nightmare for his owners,” said reinsman Gary Hall jun. “We have had problems with his tractability and he has gone sore a couple of times. “He has definitely got the ability and we’ve tried for a long time to straighten him out. But we haven’t been all that successful. He’s, obviously an on-pace runner and from good draws he’s capable of running good times. I’m sure he will measure up in the better classes when he draws to find the frail or to get outside the leader.” The New Zealand-bred Toretto, a five-year-old by Julius Caesar, has raced only ten times for seven wins and a third placings for $46,520 in prizemoney. by Ken Casellas  

Australia's national two-year-old trialling sale not only promises results - it delivers! Take, for example, The Majority, which last Sunday made it six straight wins when it scored at Hobart. Owner Michael Cloak conducts four La Bella Pizza stores in south-east Tasmania, while trainer Matt Dwyer batches concrete. Together, though, they have formed awesome combination with The Majority, which was driven by Alex Ashwood. Dwyer, from Brighton, is setting the star of his five-strong stable for the Hobart Cup in early January, believing that the standing start conditions will suit the four-year-old, who last Sunday recorded the fastest final quarter of the day at Hobart. The Majority was a product of the inaugural two-year-old trialling sale at Tabcorp Park, Menangle. "If that's the class of horse being produced from the sale then count me in," Dwyer said. As well as The Majority, the sale has come up trumps with the likes of My Mate Stride (1:53.7), Jedi Mind (1:54.7) and Zenable (1:54.8), plus a host of other winners as two, three and now four-year-olds. This year's sale will follow trials of the 50 catalogued two-year-olds from 8.30am on Sunday, December 8 - the day after the Treuer Memorial. Sponsored by Garrards Horse & Hound, the sale will be held at its traditional 'home,' Tabcorp Park, Menangle. Only graduates of the day will be eligible to nominate for the rich Group event, the C.J. Garrard Classic, at Tabcorp Park, Menangle, over 2300 metres, in late August 2014. Catalogued lots are eligible for such other rich features as Australian Pacing Gold, Australasian Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown, NSW Breeders Challenge, QBred and Vicbred, with nominations from as far afield as Queensland and Victoria. Catalogues are online at or by contacting Kerry Baker on 0402 336 598, or via  

Reigning Australian 3yo colt/gelding Pacer of the Year Majestic Mach made a successful return to the track today (Tuesday). The Queensland sensation stepped out in a public trial at Albion Park for the first time since winning back on July 23 in a heat of the Australasian Breeders Crown heat. Under the care of his trainer/driver Grant Dixon, the Mach Three gelding led throughout in a time of 1;57.9 winning untouched by a margin of 13.5 metres. The breakdown was recorded in 29.8, 30.8, 29.0 and 28.6. “I’m happy enough with effort today, we didn’t have much to work with him in the trial but he felt comfortable and cruised up the straight.” Dixon said. Majestic Mach was brilliant last term winning 14 of his 15 starts with his sole defeat coming in the Gr.1 $200,000 NSW Derby at TABCORP Park, Menangle behind Victorian Lennytheshark. Dixon is keen to head south again with him next month with his target being the Gr.2 $50,000 Mount Eden 4yo Championship Final which is programmed for November 30, Miracle Mile night. “I plan on giving him another trial next week; he had a nice blow after his workout today so another trial will bring him on a little more. I hope to start him here locally if I can find a suitable race before heading south. He enjoyed his time away from the racetrack and remained on my property rather than heading back to Goldrush Lodge in Toowoomba like most of Kevin and Kay’s (Seymour – owner/breeders) do when they spell. Prior to his trial today, he was 17kg heavier than when he last raced in July but he’s thickened up nicely. He’s bulked up nicely and it’s not really excess weight that he’s carrying so I’m pleased with his current condition.” Only last week, Majestic Mach was crowned the Queensland Pacer of the Year at the Racing Queensland Awards night in Brisbane, back to back titles for the gifted pacer. Majestic Mach is the winner of 23 of his 24 lifetime starts with prizemoney in excess of $591,000. By Chris Barsby (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)

LEADING Tasmanian trainer Barrie Rattray has enjoyed one of his best season’s in his home state but he also has been experiencing some great results interstate. Last Sunday at Melton in Victoria Rattray was represented by Pachacuti and Delightful Christian in the 3YO Breeders Crown finals for colts-geldings and fillies respectively. Pachacuti finished a courageous second to superstar NZ colt Bit Of A Legend in the colts and geldings final while Delightful Christian was third behind Frith in the fillies’ final. Both runs were full of merit but especially that of Pachacuti that worked hard three-wide for the first 700 metres before finding the death and while he had cover one-out-one-back with 800 metres to go he had to be eased out three-wide to make his run on the home turn. Despite the tough run he had the audacity to take ground off the winner over the final 100 metres. Delightful Christian was buried three-back the rails but her driver James Rattray was able to get her off the fence leaving the back stretch the last time to make her charge three-wide. She was no match for the winner but had Rattray been able to get her out and running earlier she would most likely have run second. While winning was the ultimate goal, Rattray was more than pleased with his horses’ performances. “Both of my three-year-olds did a good job but in particular Pachacuti,” Rattray said. “For him to work that hard early and beat off all the others in the home straight was an amazing effort.” “It was the only way James could have driven him to get a result fro his outside second-row draw.” “Delightful Christian also did a great job,” he said. Rattray said Pachacuti and Delightful Christian would race at Menangle in NSW on Saturday night. Pachacuti has drawn the outside gate (10) in a Metropolitan 3YO race over 2300 metres and Delightful Christian has drawn the same gate in a 3YO fillies race over 1609m. Rattray’s star free-for-aller Beautide has been performing well in NSW of late and he will tackle the Spring Championship final on Saturday week at Menangle after winning his heat easily last week. Peter Staples  

Cran Dalgety and Dexter Dunn capped a magical day of Group 1 racing with the undisputed three-year-old star Bit Of A Legend in a devastating display of speed. The juvenile Breeders Crown winner was back at it this year but this time he was a long odds-on favourite and although he had to do some work early, he found the top and broke his rivals with a 26.7 third quarter. The official margin clocked in at a tick under 10 metres with Pachacuti, who ended up with the one by one trail behind Nowitzki who sat parked, holding on for second in front of the later and Magic Franco who landed fourth. The win came in a mile rate of 1:56.5 with the last half in 56.1secs. That win continued a picket fence formline for the favourite with six wins on the trot and nine of his last ten. Driver Dexter Dunn spoke to Rob Auber following the event and explained just how special the young colt is. “He’s had a magic season and really deserved a Group 1 this season. It’s great to come over, us kiwi’s all love to come over and it’s great when we can take away some of your money,” Dunn said. “The ones inside me punched out to find the rails so I took my time and sort of got stuck behind one that was lugging back but I got out and running pretty soon after. “Down the back Daniel Jack put it to me and without asking him he just took off, he was flying.He was really on top of his game last year as a two-year-old but this season he has just got better and better and stronger and stronger.” Bit Of A Legend has now banked well over $600,000 in prizemoney in his 32 starts. The Cran Dalgety-trained pacer looks set for superstardom but will have to take on the likes of Border Control, Guaranteed and Adore More in what could be a vintage season for the four-year-old division next year. A video is attached. by Blake Redden Courtesy of Harness Racing Victoria

The punters didn’t certianly get it right in the Group 1 Breeders Crown final for four-year-old mares as $16 chance Carpenters Daughter negated her second row draw to overhaul early leader Light In Every Day late. The classy Kiwi native was having her sixth start in Victoria this preparation, all designed around gearing her up for Super Sunday. It took a clever drive from John Caldow to pop into the three wide line early before finding the death and handing it up to odds-on favourite Cheer The Lady. When they went a blistering 27.2 third quarter, there were plenty of horses back in the ruck off the bit and as they swung for home Caldow hooked off the tiring favourites back to make a run down the centre of the track. Halfway down the straight the leader found a kick and was holding both Carpenters Daughter and sprint-laner Born Again Sassy however the eventual winner dug in and lunged in the final 50 metres. There was barely a metre separating the first three passing the post and they ran the race in a mile rate of 1:56.1 with a last half of 57.5secs. John Caldow spoke to Rob Auber on the track about the thrills of the Breeders Crown and his association with Kiwi trainer Gareth Dixon. “I always say it’s only a bad draw after the race, we drew 11 the last two years but it all worked out early,” Caldow said. “He’s a great trainer (Gareth Dixon), this is our third Breeders Crown together, he didn’t think she was quite good enough last year but he brought her over here a bit earlier this year and it worked out well. “Coming off the back and around the corner she was pretty flat so she did really well to keep on coming.” Carpenters Daughter is now a winner of 10 starts from her 41 tries and she has banked over $240,000 in prizemoney for connections. A video is attached. by Blake Redden Courtesy of Harness Racing Victoria  

Team McCarthy made it back-to-back wins on Breeders Crown day as Bling It On outsprinted his stablemate Lettucerockthem in the straight to capture his second Group 1 of the season. It was a race that was made clearer by the barrier draw with all three McCarthy horses drawn the front row and when John McCarthy on Bling It On elected to hand up to Lettucerockthem, he was afforded the soft run behind the leader. Following a lack of mid-race moves, Lettucerockthem wound the tempo up off the back but Bling It On was going so well he was extricated off the pegs round the turn to have a clear shot at the leader. It was immediately clear he was travelling too; he loomed up and shot to the front halfway down the straight, holding on by just over two metres with Kiwi’s Our Sky Major and Our Maxim a further 10 metres away in third and fourth. John McCarthy spoke about the wraps the stable has had on the son of American Ideal since his early days. “He’s a nice little horse, Harvey (Kaplan, owner) might be a bit biased but I’ve driven him a bit this season for Luke and we really like him,” McCarthy said. “He’s a pretty versatile little fella but we have been driving him with a sit for most of the season but it was a good race. “I appreciate Luke giving me the drive on this bloke, I couldn’t be more excited.” The win also continued the story for part-owner Sammy Kilgour who tragically lost her Mum in December 2011. The win of half-sister Baby Bling in the Miracle Mile proved a highlight for connections along with today’s Group 1 success on one of the sport’s biggest days, less than 24 hours after Kilgour drove a winner on Le Rapide at Shepparton. The mile rate was timed in 1:56.4 with a slashing last half of just 55.6. Bling It On has now won nine times from his 14 starts and accrued over $350,000 in prizemoney. A video is attached. by Blake Redden Courtesy of Harness Racing Victoria

It may not have been as easy as the $1.30 punters were hoping, but all is well that ends well and that was the case for the McCarthy team when Ideal Scott held off the late challengers in the Breeders Crown final for four-year-old entires and geldings. Brilliantly away from the mobile, Luke McCarthy quickly found the pegs and held the front from start to finish in a 55.2 last half. Besotted was at the head of the chasers and despite having to sit parked he rallied late to only go down by a head with Keayang Steamer, from behind the leader, less than three metres away in third. Ideal Scott has now made it four wins straight since coming to the McCarthy’s NSW stables and he looks set to make the leap to the Grand Circuit next season. Luke McCarthy spoke to Rob Auber on the track after the race and he was quick to heap praise on both of the horses who ran the quinella. “We had to burn a little off the gate but I think the draw was the difference, Besotted was a great running sitting parked in the headwind but luckily enough we were good enough to hold him off,” McCarthy said. “I don’t know if we could have sat outside Besotted and do the work he had to and beat him so we were just thankful the draws went our way today. “He’s a Great Northern Derby winner and he won the Group 1 in Queensland so hopefully he can take that step onto the Grand Circuit.” Ideal Scott rated 1:55.7 for the mile in what was career win number 12. A video is attached. by Blake Redden Courtesy of Harness Racing Victoria  

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