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Queensland harness racing participants are set to be boosted next month with the state’s base driving fee set to rise to $60 per drive. Since 2017, Racing Queensland has lifted the base driving fee from $45 for all races worth $3000 or more, an initiative that was included in a plan to support and sustain industry participation A further increase will be delivered in 2021 as part of the third and final year of an agreement with the Breeders Owners Trainers and Reins-persons Association of Queensland. The increased driving fee will now be applicable at Albion Park, Redcliffe and Marburg, with drivers previously receiving $25 per drive at the latter. While COVID-19 recently forced the abandonment of the TAB Queensland Constellations, a number of feature races will still proceed this year including the Group 1 Garrards Yearling Sale Graduate 2YO Final and Redcliffe Gold Cup this Saturday. RQ recently announced in conjunction with the Albion Park Harness Racing Club that the Changeover South East Oaks and Garrards South East Derby would be elevated to Group 2 status this year, with prize money rising to $50,000 apiece. While the state’s biggest race, the Group 1 TAB Blacks A Fake, will headline the new-look Summer Carnival this year alongside the Group 2 Queensland Cup and the Group 3 The Be Good Johnny Sprint. “There is no doubt it has been a challenging period for the Queensland racing industry and we’re grateful for the manner in which our participants have taken this in their stride,” RQ COO Adam Wallish said. “But there’s a lot to look forward to. We have a number of feature races on the horizon and we expect to announce more in the near future. “Our wagering performance has been solid, with turnover set to eclipse $500 million for the first time and innovations including the inaugural Trot Rods series have been warmly received.” Meanwhile, RQ has today published its race dates for the next 12 months with 295 meetings scheduled including four dual code meetings. Following its recent success and positive industry feedback, Kilcoy will stage two standalone grass meetings during the summer holiday period, while Redcliffe will stage an additional Saturday night meeting in January to capitalise on the tourist numbers visiting the Peninsula during school holidays. Click here to see the latest RQ harness racing calendar.   Racing Queensland

Talented trotter Il Pirata is now a Queenslander. And the $25,660 Queensland Trotters Cup next month at Albion Park is an immediate target. The Love You – Cipollini gelding will join forces with Team Graham Racing, the stables of Stephanie and Brittany Graham at Fernvale, west of Brisbane. Il Pirata boasts 12 victories and 38 minor placings from 102 starts with earnings in excess of $157,000 and looks like being an intriguing addition to the local ranks. The bulk of his deeds were achieved in his homeland under the care of Cambridge trainer Ross Paynter before a short stint in the south with Colin and Julie DeFilippi. In his final start in New Zealand, Il Pirata was a runner-up behind boom trotter Sundees Son at Addington under the Cheviot Harness Racing Club banner. In total in New Zealand, Il Pirata won 7 of his 71 starts while being placed in another 31 starts before being sold to Australia. Il Pirata joined the stables of leading Victorian based horseman Andy Gath and the success continued with another five victories from 27 starts. The veteran performer won two races at TABCORP Park, Melton including a personal best effort in 1:57.6. In his most recent start on May 9, he finished sixth behind his stablemate Scallywag Sam at Melton. Il Pirata leaves Melbourne today (Wednesday) bound for his new home.   Chris Barsby

He was a favorite of Victorian harness racing circles for years, and now he's the idol of some possible future stars of the sport. Eight-year-old gelding Tee Cee Bee Macray (Ponder-Wya Wya Macray (Pacific Fella) is enjoying retirement at Larajay Farms, at Myrniong, the home of Greg Sugars and his wife Jess. A winner of 17 races and with earnings totaling $250,000 in an awesome career, Tee Cee Bee Macray, nick-named "Mason" around the stables, now has the role of nanny. "We had him next door to his baby sister and a few weanlings, then one day when we were shifting the weanlings, he carried on as if to say he wanted to be out with them," Jess said. "So we thought okay, we'll give it a try. And it's worked out absolutely perfectly because they know he's the boss. It's just terrific the way he keeps them in line. "Mason's always got a home here because he was a family favorite, particularly with my dad (the late Alan Tubbs), but this is really special. To be a babysitter, a horse has to have a unique personality and I probably don't know of too many others it would really suit." Jess said they had tossed around the idea of converting the family favorite into a riding horse. "But he suffered from a sore back towards the end and we really thought that might prevent him from going on and being suitable to ride," she said. Tee Cee Bee Macray was trained by Alan Tubbs and came to notice in his first run at Maryborough in December 2014, when after racing outside the leader, he ran a gallant fourth. He was driven in those early days by Jess's sister Amy Tubbs, who has since turned her talents to equestrian contests and is a regular competitor in the Level One events. Over the next 20 months, the pacer won 12 races (including a Vicbred Platinum final) and had five placings from 18 starts. Alan Tubbs battled kidney-related ill-health for many years, and when he passed away in October 2017, Jess took over the training of Tee Cee Bee Macray. "I don't think Greg and I have ever put so much into a horse to get it back into the winner's circle than what we did with Mason," Jess said. "It took us two years and 20 days to do it - that was the period since his previous win-but what a memorable and emotional night it was." And Tee Cee Bee Macray couldn't have picked a better night to return to peak form! It was at Melton's hugely popular Breeders Crown night and even the usually relaxed Sugars couldn't contain his emotions, saluting his whip in jubilation as they went over the line. To watch the video replay of this race click here "That was such a special victory. It was one for dad," Jess said. A trip down memory lane…Amy and the late Alan Tubbs after one of Tee Cee Bee Macray’s early wins The pacer thrilled harness racing fans over many years with fine wins. Even several of his performances behind the "best of the best" were outstanding. He finished third at Melton in late 2017 in the Smoken Up Sprint behind two stars in Lennytheshark and My Field Marshall in 1.51-9. Prior to that, he chased super mare Ameretto home in the $60,000 Alabar Breeders Crown Graduate Pacers FFA, beating San Carlo, My Kiwi Mate and Flaming Flutter, who are still going around today - certainly more than enough credentials to demand some respect from his young charges in the "nanny paddock"! "He's a special boy to us and to see him out in the paddock standing over six or seven weanlings while they are all lying down in the sun is lovely. It just warms my heart," Jess said. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

The sensational 2017 O’Brien 2-Year-Old of the Year Stay Hungry p,2,50.2; 3,1:47.3 ($1,303,709) will be available to Australasian breeders this coming season through Empire Stallions. In one of the best crops in recent history, Stay Hungry defeated the best of his generation on his way to accumulating 12 wins & 6 placings from 25 lifetime starts at 2 & 3 while banking over $1.3 million in earnings. From the minute Stay Hungry first stepped onto a racetrack, it was evident this son of Somebeachsomewhere was destined for greatness. In his very first 2YO trial at Mohawk Raceway, Stay Hungry blew by his competitors with a :27.4 final quarter to win in 1:55 by over 9 metres! Stay Hungry was an impressive winner in his race debut winning comfortably by 8 metres in 1:53.1 at Mohawk. The very next week, Stay Hungry maintained his healthy appetite for winning with a first-up victory in the $97,880 Champlain Stakes. Stay Hungry’s two-year-old season was highlighted by his sweep of the $600,000 Breeders Crown at Hoosier Park in Indiana. In his elimination, Stay Hungry moved from third at the head of the stretch to race by his challengers and win easily in 1:50.4. Stay Hungry’s performance in the Final was nothing short of spectacular. Racing in 6th position late in the mile, Stay Hungry charged off the final turn with a sizzling last quarter of :26.3 crossing the finish line first to win by two lengths. His co-owner, Brad Grant of Ontario, was very excited with the colt’s victory. “It’s so rewarding” said Grant. “My dad owned Bettor’s Delight and won this race with him in 2000. For me to win this race with Stay Hungry means so much.” Stay Hungry returned at three to high expectations – and he did not disappoint. In 16 starts, he won 6 races placing 5 times and earned a further $767,967 while lowering his lifetime record to a red-hot 1:47.3. Stay Hungry captured two legs of the Pacing Triple Crown – The Cane Pace and The Messenger Stake. In the $334,000 Cane Pace, Stay Hungry turned in yet another stellar performance. At the three-quarter mark, Stay Hungry was sitting ninth but with an amazing turn of speed, he was able to brush by the field with a last quarter of :25.4 to win in a new lifetime record of 1:47.3! The Cane Pace In the $500,000 Messenger Stake, Stay Hungry showed his versatility leading every step of the way to win in 1:52.1 over Yonkers Raceway’s rain soaked half-mile oval. Stay Hungry displayed his grit and determination in the $91,000 Bluegrass Stakes battling widest of all in a four-horse stretch sprint over Lexington’s famed Red Mile to win in a searing 1:48.2. Stay Hungry also won the $63,340 Simcoe Stakes at Woodbine in 1:49.3 in one of the most thrilling stretch duels of the season. Other wins included an elimination for the North America Cup in 1:50 flat at Woodbine in Canada and an elimination for The Meadowlands Pace in 1:49 neat. Stay Hungry retired at three to begin stallion duty at the prestigious Hanover Shoe Farms in the extremely competitive state of Pennsylvania where he has served full books of quality mares in both 2019 and 2020. It’s no wonder Stay Hungry excelled on the racetrack - his pedigree is pure royalty. His sire, the late Somebeachsomewhere needs no introduction. From only 8 North American crops to race, Somebeachsomewhere is the sire of 750 winners from 943 foals, 605 in 1:55, 97 in 1:50 or faster and the winners of over $133 million. He became the only sire in history whose progeny earned over $20 million in a single season. In Australia, Somebeachsomewhere has sired 271 winners from 338 starters who have earned $17.9 million including the standout Group 1 Champions Our Waikiki Beach p,1:50.4 ($1,017,614), Menin Gate p,1:54.3 ($574,758) and Petacular p,1:55.6 ($454,083) – just to name a few. Stay Hungry’s dam is the World Champion My Little Dragon p,1:48.1 ($2,318,623) by Dragon Again out of the mare My Little Pretty.  My Little Dragon is one of the greatest mares ever to grace the racetrack winning 24 races with 13 seconds and 7 thirds from 55 lifetime starts. A multiple Breeders Crown Winner, My Little Dragon was the USA 2-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year and voted the North American Older Pacing Mare of the Year in 2008. Her world record of 1:48.1 was the fastest mile ever by a female pacer. To date, My Little Dragon is the dam of 7 foals of racing age for 6 winners with 3 in 1:51 and all 6 in 1:55 or faster. Stay Hungry is a magnificent dark bay stallion standing 15.3 hands who was a fierce competitor with tremendous heart and a strong will to win, outstanding conformation and excellent fertility. A $150,000 yearling purchase, his trainer Tony Alagna said “Stay Hungry was the most correct yearling I have ever purchased.” And that speaks volumes coming from Tony, one of North America’s premier conditioners, who also trained the sports leading stallion Captaintreacherous. Dimming Of The Day - Stay Hungry Colt Foaled 5-3-2020 “We are very excited with the addition of Stay Hungry to our lineup this season” said Empire principal David James. “Stay Hungry is by far one of Somebeachsomewhere’s best sons and his credentials speak for themselves. He is an exciting outcross stallion that we feel will complement and advance nearly every popular bloodline in the southern hemisphere. We believe Stay Hungry will continue to carry on the legacy of his esteemed sire and play a significant role in the future of down under racing.” Stay Hungry’s frozen semen will be available exclusively through Empire Stallions for the very attractive fee of $6,600 including GST in Australia and $6,000 + GST in New Zealand and discounts will apply. His progeny will be Vicbred, Breeders Crown, NSW Breeders Challenge, NZ Sire Stakes, Bathurst Gold Crown and SA Southern Cross eligible – conditions apply.

Down Under harness racing horses score a first four home in race 13 at The Meadowlands. Saturday night harness racing saw the huge impact of what Down Under racehorses are having on North American tracks in 2020. Saturday nights racing at the Meadowlands saw five races won by former Down Under horses. The highlight being in race 13 which was taken out by The Devils Own N in 1:49. In behind him was Franco Totem N in second, Jacks Shadow N third and Saying Grace N coming in fourth making it a Down Under First four. But that wasn’t the only Down Under factor in the race. The trainers of the first and second finished runners are the New Zealand born, Kelvin Harrison (Big Red) and Nifty Norman. Plus Dexter Dunn driving Franco Totem N showing that Down Under harness racing people are also the real deal. The Devils Own N is continuing on his successful race career (three wins and a second from just the four starts) that was formerly in New Zealand where he was the winner of four races, nine seconds and six thirds for over $240,000 in stake earnings. A highlight was when he set a New Zealand record as a 2yo, running 2.16.3 (1:52.4 Mile rate) over 1950m at Addington Raceway.  The Devils Own N Down Under mare smashes the clock. Soho Burning Love A turned heads on Friday night at The Meadowlands with her blistering mile win. The 6yo daughter of Auckland Reactor paced a winning mile in 1:48.4. This made her the fastest ever mare bred in Australia. Tim Tetrick bought the mare up to the parked position approaching three quarters and then put pay to Apple Bottom Jeans (30 wins & $968,000) to run away with the victory. Jim King Jr trains the mare and this continues the huge success with Down Under mares. He is the trainer of the fastest mare in history Shartin N, and Bettor Joy N just to name a couple. Before heading to North America, Soho Burning Love A had a successful racing career in Australia, winning 13 races for over $250,000 in stake earnings. Most importantly winning at Group 3 level, and placing at Group level on 5 occasions, three in Group 1 races. Soho Burning Love A Monday 15th June Harrington Raceway DE Texas Terror N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $7,500 Northfield Park OH Our Corelli N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $8,000 Tioga Downs NY Kotare Yael N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $4,500   Tuesday 16th June Harrington Raceway DE Betterthanamisus N – Time: 1:58.0, Stake: $3,000 Scioto Downs OH Celestial Arden N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $4,500 Georgian Downs CA Smooth Mara N – Time: 1:55.1, Stake: $8,500   Wednesday 17th June Northfield Park OH I Am Erik N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $5,000 Grand River Raceway CA Better Decision N  – Time: 1:55.3, Stake: $8,500   Thursday 18th June Harrahs Hoosier Park IN The Empiressister N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $7,200 Saratoga Harness NY Onspeed N – Time: 1:57.1, Stake: $4,250 Pasultimatedelite N – Time: 1:56.2, Stake: $3,500 Vernon Downs NY Mister Livan N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $2,400   Friday 19th June Harrahs Hoosier Park IN Tulhurstsantanna A – Time: 1:49.4, Stake: $15,000 Meadowlands NJ My Ruebe Star N – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $9,600 Soho Burning Love A – Time: 1:48.4, Stake: $15,000 Scioto Downs OH Shecandance N – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $12,000   Saturday 20th June Harrahs Hoosier Park IN Majestic Player A – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $15,000 Meadowlands NJ Anthem N – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $12,000 Letschasethedream N – Time: 1:50.2, Stake: $6,000 Letspendthenitetogether N – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $9,600 Flamming Flutter N – Time: 1:49.1, Stake: $8,000 Down Under First 4 The Devils Own N – Time: 1:49.0, Stake: $15,000  – 2nd Franco Totem N, 3rd Jacks Shadow N, 4th Saying Grace N    Scioto Downs OH Our Corelli N – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $15,000 Messi N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $10,000 Picard A – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $7,500 The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Soho Wallstreet A – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $8,800 Redbank Blaze A – Time: 1:51.2, Stake: $11,200 The Moonshadow N – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $13,600 Kawartha Downs CA Kiwi Focus N – Time: 1:55.3, Stake: $4,000   Sunday 21st June Harrahs Hoosier Park IN Alluneedisfaith N – Time: 1:50.2, Stake: $14,400 Alotbettor N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $11,600 The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Lovin Miss Daisy N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $6,800 Dresden Raceway CA Cullens Kefe N – Time: 1:57.3, Stake: $5,000 Rideau Carleton Raceway CA Flying Isa N – Time: 1:56.2, Stake: $9,200   Carter Dalgety  

The list keeps growing. A number of New South Wales horsemen are currently undertaking the mandatory two week quarantine in preparation for participating in racing action for the much revised Queensland winter carnival. And now the biggest Sydney stable wants in on the action. Enter Craig Cross. Fresh from another terrific night at Menangle last weekend where the stable snared half the program, winning four of the eight races, they’re setting the sights on Albion Park next month. “We’ve sent up one of our foreman Matt Coffee to undertake the isolation period for the fortnight before we send up our team. We were always keen to be part of the carnival and then COVID-19 tossed all our plans up in the air but we’re committed now and looking forward to the challenge next month.” Cross said. The Queensland State Government has announced the border will reopen on July 10. Back in April, Racing Queensland advised the 2020 TAB Queensland Constellations Carnival will not proceed this year due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. However, with strict biosecurity measures currently in place, certain features will be staged over the winter months. Features that will be staged include; Date Race Division Track Distance Prize money 27/06/2020 Redcliffe Gold Cup Open Disc Hcp Redcliffe 2613m $25,630 11/07/2020 Wondais Mate (Open) Open Disc Hcp Albion Park 1660m $21,160 11/07/2020 South East Oaks 3YO Fillies Albion Park 2138m $50,660 11/07/2020 Queen Of Hearts Pace Open Mares Albion Park 1660m $21,660 18/07/2020 Mr Feelgood (Open) Open Albion Park 2138m $25,660 18/07/2020 South East Derby Open 3YO Albion Park 2138m $50,660 18/07/2020 Fleur De Lil Ladyship Open (F & M) Albion Park 1660m $25,660 18/07/2020 Trotters Cup Disc Hcp Albion Park 2647m $21,270 25/07/2020 Lucky Creed (Open) Open Albion Park 2680m $25,660 25/07/2020 QLD Trotters Cup Open (MS) Trot Albion Park 2138m $25,660 The Cross stable boast plenty of strike power currently with a number of talented types spread throughout the stable and several are likely to head north in the coming weeks. “Some of the horses we’ve earmarked include Culture King, Delightful Tara, Love My Sister, Moraeu Drive, First String and Roll One Over. “It’s a nice mix with several nice mares included so we’re hoping to make the most of the opportunities with them and the system up there.” Cross is the leading trainer in New South Wales this season with 153 winners to date while he dominates the metropolitan premiership race with 88 winners, some 72 winners clear of his nearest rival Tim Butt.   Chris Barsby

Fred Crews will feel like a proud parent with simultaneous birthday parties on the go tonight, albeit with any celebrations done a safe distance from Bendigo’s Lords Raceway. The trots owner-breeder will have both Maori Mayhem and Maori About Time debut tonight, who are both out of his broodmare Happy Maori, a daughter of Sundonna and therefore a half-sister to both Maori Time (pictured) and Maori Law. Crews said it was “most unusual” to have the pair break through for their maiden starts tonight, when they will race for trainer-driver Chris Lang, “It’s always exciting to get one you have bred to the racetrack and hopefully they can get that first Vicbred payment,” Crews said. Maori About Time is aptly named for the patience it’s taken to get the five-year-old to debut, but there are high hopes for the Majestic Son mare who steps out in the last race of tonight’s program, the J & A Mazzetti Painting Trot, which streams on Trots Vision at 8.08pm. “She had two preparations with another trainer. Chris likes her and believes she is the better racehorse of the two,” Crews said.  “He thinks she will win races, how far she goes we don’t know. “We have high expectations for her, but first-up she finds a very tough race. I think Chris will just focus on getting her away safely, find a spot and see what happens in the last lap.” Sleepee is drawn on Maori About Time's direct outside, Kyvalley Kyrie on her inside and Avimore off the back row in the highly competitive, rating 46 to 55 trot. Maori About Time’s trialled three times since April 21, including most recent consecutive third placings when well beaten by talented trotter Kheiron and before that third behind Brent Lilley pair Kyvalley Barney and Fields Of Kyvalley. When beaten six metres by Kyvalley Barney, Craig Rail remarked in his Trial File column that Maori About Time “set up the speed and was an unraced trotter taking on metropolitan performers, so she did a good job to finish as close as she did”. Her half-sister Maori Mayhem, by Pegasus Spur, makes her debut in the Bendigo Powder Coating 3Y0 Trot, which streams on Trots Vision at 5.32pm. “Chris think she can win a race or two, but he doesn’t have high hopes for her reaching the level of her illustrious relation Maori Time,” Crews said. “She’s a had of number of trials, she seems to be trialling reasonably well. Her early trials she made a few mistakes, at recent trials she has been a very safe trotter and trotted very nicely. “Tomorrow is probably her first real test, she hasn’t been pushed at trial and so we will be hoping for the best.” Maori Mayhem’s had six trials since April 14 and had two second and three third placings, including finishing 80 metres clear of tonight’s likely favourite Kyvalley Surfrider on June 4, when Craig Rail noted that the latter was inconvenienced by a galloper but Maori Mayhem “was in second position throughout and was always nicely clear of the last trio”. Beyond tonight’s performances Crews has plenty to look forward to in the trotting sphere, with “two Father Patrick foals at the moment trotting around the paddock and showing exceptional form”. One is out of Pretty Penny Maori, a half-sister to tonight’s combatants Maori About Time and Maori Mayhem. Additionally, he has Swedish-based speedster Maori Time newly in foal to Readly Express, a prized progeny he shares in partnership with Aldebaran Park and Menhammer Stuteri (stud), where she is based. “A decision will be made on whether to proceed to sale or race, but my preference will be to race in Sweden.” And then there’s Maori Law, who is in the midst of a three-month break before “returning for the Great Southern Star and all the big trotting races”. TALKING TROTS ON SENTRACK: Hosts Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden have another big line-up for today's Talking Trots on SENTrack, which runs weekdays from 11am-1pm on 1377AM in Melbourne, 657AM in Perth and 1575AM in Wollongong. Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app. The good oil from the Vic trials circuit BLACKBOOKER: Bendigo, R3 N3, After The Chase Was very impressive. He did enjoy the perfect run behind the leader but he moved away from the markers on the home turn and showed a terrific burst of speed to draw away and win easily. REPORT & REPLAY Bendigo, R7 N5, Sleepee Showed gate speed and was without cover early before angling across to trail the leader. She moved away from the markers with 550m remaining then sprinted quickly and dashed away from her rivals to win by a large margin. REPORT   HRV - Michael Howard

With a wealth of experience behind her working for top harness racing stables in Australia and New Zealand, Amanda Grieve was always going to step up to the plate with the right opportunity. And that came eight months ago when her former boss, astute Lara horseman Dean Braun decided to move away from full-time training and concentrate on a few business ventures-exporting horses to the US and assisting his partner Pauline at her Melton Saddlery business. Needless-to-say, in her role as head trainer, Grieve has taken a similar approach to Braun. Put simply, concentrating on quality of horse flesh, rather than quantity. "I'm actually only training a small team of four at the moment. There are a few others out spelling such as Holy Basil, but I seem to be spending all day at the farm doing them. I don't know if I could do too many more," Grieve said. "We've been getting a fair bit of rain being near the coast. That tends to slow things down because I try to bring them inside if it starts getting too heavy." Grieve's latest success was at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night when talented youngster Pur Dan (Art Major-Collectable NZ (Mach Three) took out the TAB Long May We Play Pace. He was handled by star lightweight driver Kima Frenning. To watch the video replay of Pur Dan winning click here The win took Grieve to a tally so far this season of 11 wins, 15 second placings and 7 thirds for $122,000 in stakes. Her win/place percentage to race starters sits at an impressive 56 percent. Pur Dan, raced by well-known and successful owners in Danny Zavitsanos, of Geelong, and Warren Viney, of Tasmania, started his career in New Zealand under the care of Mark Purdon (hence the play on his surname in naming the horse: Pur Dan). "He won first up as a 2yo at Addington, and then had a second and a fourth. He's got a few issues and had a wind operation after those first three starts. Despite being quite lazy in getting him to do anything, he's a nice type and is an honest horse," Grieve said. "Kima was actually rapt with the win and told me later that he's still green and should keep showing a lot of improvement with more race experience." Grieve said that under the national ratings system, Pur Dan kept missing out on racing in his age group. "He always had a few too many points and was racing in the next grade. He was sent out a red hot favorite a few times, but he was far from disgraced being runner-up four times and had a third and a fourth," she said. Kima Frenning after her Melton success with Pur Dan Others in the Grieve stable are StaggerLee, War Dan and rising nine-year-old superstar Cruz Bromac. Grieve couldn't hide her excitement at again having Cruz Bromac back in her care. "Yes, he's my favorite. Horses like him don't come along all that often. We've had him back for a couple of weeks now," Grieve said. "He ran fifth in the Auckland Cup on New Year's Eve. He later had a problem in his leg or hoof. I don't think they could pin-point it, although most thought it was in his fetlock. "But there's no problems at all now. It's quite exciting because he's a brilliant horse. He will just be brought up nice and easy. It would be great to go back over later this year and defend his NZ Cup." Cruz Bromac ran third for Braun/Grieve in the Victoria Cup and then headed across to NZ for the Addington FFA (third) and the Inter Dominion series (a win, two placings prior to fourth in the final to All Stars' barn stablemate Ultimate Sniper). Over the years, Christchurch-born Grieve has had stints in NSW with greats in Paul Fitzpatrick and (uncle) Dennis Wilson, while in New Zealand, she worked for two of the best in Tony Herlihy and Cran Dalgety. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura               P 0498 490 672   E hello@newsalertpr.com.au   W www.newsalertpr.com.au      

A South Australian neighbourhood fed up with hooning has worked together to block off two cars tearing up the Globe Derby Park harness racing track – only to watch as they rammed their way out.   Two cars, at least one of them reported stolen, were running amok in the park in Adelaide just after 7.40pm yesterday.   But residents fought back, taking down number plates and confronting the drivers after trapping them in the park.   "The gate over here was open so I locked it. Went around, checked the other gates, they were all locked," resident Cheryl Herman said.   "You could see they were freaking out, trying to get out."   Other neighbours quickly came out to help, standing by the gates to make sure the drivers couldn't leave.   Witnesses called police, but ultimately the drivers did escape, ramming through a locked gate. A pair of hooning cars were trapped inside a race park in Adelaide before smashing out of a locked gate. (9News) At least one of the cars has been reported stolen. (9News) "It's been going on for years, and the police take so long to get here," Ms Herman said. "I think it was over 45 minutes before they got here." The damage made the park unusable for track work this morning. Residents say they're fed up at having to deal with hoons on an almost weekly basis. 9News

It had been a while coming but Burrabadine Dream got the monkey off the back on Sunday at Parkes Harness Racing Club. Trained by John Lew at Dubbo, Burrabadine Dream made the trip to Parkes having previously only placed once in 12 career starts. But he finally broke into the winners' circle on Sunday after sitting towards the front of the field for the entire trip in the Cunningham's IGA Pace (2040m). With John O'Shea in the gig, the $26 outsider got the lead early when showing early speed from gate one. Mat Rue soon got $4.40 favourite Karinya Jude to the lead but Burrabadine Dream had what it took to overhaul the leader and get the job done. It wasn't the only Dubbo winner on the day, as the Reynolds brothers racked up another victory. Last weekend's meeting at their home track was the first time trainer Madison and driver Jordan had combined for a win and they didn't have to wait for the second. After scoring with Tophut Johny at Dubbo the pair got the job done with Joanandi at Parkes. Joanandi was disappointing when finishing ninth at the Dubbo meeting but bounced back in a big way on Sunday. Joanandi ($17) won the Medlyns/Castrol Pace (2040m) by a half-neck from Toolittletoolate ($4.80) and Navua Commanche ($8.50). O'Shea drove a double at the Parkes meeting, getting past the post first with Geoff Lawson's Dont Tell Phyllis ($4.40) in the Parkes Furniture One Pace (2040m). Racing is next at Bathurst on Wednesday. Nick Guthrie Reprinted with permission of The Daily Liberal

Misdemeanor left all of her harness racing rivals in her wake at Parkes on Saturday when she won by more than 20 metres in the Telescope Tyres Ladyship Pace (1,660 metres). Expectations were high for Misdemeanor, as evidenced by her $1.22 starting price, but Bathurst trainer Peter Trevor-Jones' filly showed why she earned such a short price with her 28.2 final quarter - the fastest of the meeting. Holy Camp Paxton ($10, Robbie Anderson) and Ideal Flash ($16, Jason Turnbull) were left to fight it out for the runner-up position as Misdemeanor bolted away. Mat Rue, making his first start on the filly, guided her to her third win of the season and her first career victory away from her home track in Bathurst. A much closer finish unfolded between three Bathurst runners in the Col Fletcher Ford Pace (2,040m) later in the meeting. Greg Rue's Whiskiesonthebeach ($3.10, favourite) held off Snoop Stride ($4.40) and Standandeliver ($3.40) with less than a head separating all three. Alexander Grant Reprinted with permission of The Western Advocate

Four-year-old pacer Mister Gently (pictured) stamped himself as a strong contender for the Raider Stakes in Devonport later in the year after a tough win in Launceston on Sunday night. Driver Gareth Rattray positioned the pacer one-out and two-back before he attempted to improve his position around the field with roughly 1700 metres to travel. The move wasn’t successful, and the pacer was forced to race three-wide for the remainder of the race, but if there was any upside, he was able to gain a three-wide trail for the final 800 metres. Mister Gently was able to prove too tough for his rivals late to score by a neck over the fast-finishing Kardesler with Chris Be Quick 3.9-metres away third in a mile rate of 2m 0.6s for the 2200-metre trip. It was the fifth career win at start eight for the gelded son of Live Or Die and his trainer Craig Hayes is now being rewarded with his patience earlier on in the pacer’s career. “He just didn’t pace well, he showed me enough at home he would dash up and go good, but his hopples would rub him and just a few little things, he wasn’t quite ready, so we decided to bite the bullet and leave him, and now it looks like it’s the best decision I have made,” said Hayes. The Raider Stakes will now be held in Devonport later in the season. No date has been set, but Tasracing did release early this month that the race will be held in October or November. “The 2645 metres (the distance of the Raider Stakes) will suit him as his biggest asset is his staying ability, he can stay all day, he might lack a yard of high speed, but he is very strong,” said Hayes. Win 250 for Rattray Longford trainer Todd Rattray registered a double on last night’s card with the win of Feel the Burn delivering him a milestone win. It was Todd Rattray’s 250th training win after having his first start as a trainer on 1 February 2015. Feel the Burn was previously trained in New South Wales by Todd’s brother James and the Somebeachsomewhere mare put the writing on the wall with a handy second in Hobart last week. Rattray, who also took the drive, was keen to take bad luck out of the equation after finding the spot outside the leader early in the race. “She had to do it a bit hard tonight, but she is pretty strong and ran through the line alright,” said Rattray. Jigamaroo gave the Rattray stable a training double when the four-year-old gelding led all the way for concession driver Lachlan Dakin. “He had been working good, I thought to race him fresh and that he might surprise us,” said Rattray with the gelded son of Bettors Delight not having a trial in recent weeks. Blackbird Power was another horse to win last night after putting the writing on the wall in Hobart last week. The seven-year-old gelding worked forward mid-race to find the spot outside the leader to score by 4.3 metres in a mile rate of 2m 0.3s.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

The eyes didn't lie at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night with Ride High's last half lowering the benchmark for exploits at Victoria's home of the trots. Dan Mielicki's "wow" and Kima Frenning's "ridiculous" were more than justified by the numbers after the Clayton Tonkin runner's barnstorming victory in Saturday night's Vale Rod Osborne Pace. Ride High's 52.7-second last half was the quickest final 800 metres recorded at Tabcorp Park, surpassing the previous benchmark set by Chilli Palmer of 53.4 seconds set in the 2014 4YO Bonanza. Making the feat all the more formiddable was the fact Ride High was merely allowed to roll along on Saturday night and was never pressed by Frenning nor challenged by a rival, with almost 30 metres separating him from second-placed Our Step Up. "I didn't pull anything. He probably just knocked off a little bit because he didn't have anything to race," Frenning told Trots Vision post-race. "He's so competitive and such a professional, if he had something to race I'd be scared to see what he could do in the last quarter." CLICK HERE FOR RIDE HIGH "RIDICULOUS" IN BLISTERING TABCORP PARK WIN Reinforcing Ride High's prodigious talent is his stranglehold on Tabcorp Park Melton's leading last half performers despite his tender age (five), limited racing (12 starts) and that his record time was set when first-up since December. Of the top five fastest last halves at Tabcorp Park he has three of them, including the two quickest last halves over the middle distance (2240m). Here are the top 10 last halves at Tabcorp Park:  WINNER RACE DISTANCE DATE LAST HALF LEAD TIME Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 MILE RATE RIDE HIGH VALE ROD OSBORNE PACE 1720 20/06/2020 52.7 7 29.7 29.9 26.9 25.8 1:51.6 CHILLI PALMER GARRARDS 4YO BONANZA 1720 8/02/2014 53.4 7.2 29.7 28.9 26.6 26.8 1:51.5 LOCHINVAR ART ALABAR 4YO BONANZA 1720 25/01/2020 53.7 6.8 27.9 27.6 27.3 26.4 1:48.6 RIDE HIGH COGS 4YO & 5YO CHAMPIONSHIP 2240 9/11/2019 53.7 47.5 32 30.8 26.9 26.8 1:57.8 RIDE HIGH IRT BREEDERS CROWN (3YO C&G) FINAL 2240 25/08/2018 53.8 45.5 30.5 30.6 28.1 25.7 1:55.2 LAZARUS EYNESBURY VICTORIA CUP 2240 28/01/2017 53.8 44.2 30 28.6 27.4 26.4 1:52.5 HECTORJAYJAY CITY OF MELTON PLATE XXVIII 1720 3/09/2016 53.8 6.7 29 29.9 27.2 26.6 1:51.7 IDEAL SCOTT SHADOW PLAY BREEDERS CROWN (4YO E&G) HEAT 2240 11/08/2013 53.8 46.9 30.9 30.3 27.1 26.7 1:56.3 MACHA CADUCEUS CLUB CUP 2240 16/02/2013 53.9 46.6 30.1 31 27.7 26.2 1:56.1 LUMINEER RELAY FOR LIFE @ TABCORP PARK PACE 1720 4/01/2020 53.9 7.5 30.4 29.1 26.9 27 1:53.1   HRV - Michael Howard

Auckland Reactor two-year-old filly Bridwood Bella raced right up to her good trial form with an impressive debut win in Launceston on Sunday night. The Rohan Hadley trained pacer went into Sunday’s two-year-old maiden event winning both her trials including a win on 6 June in 1m 59.4s where she dashed home in a 57.2s last half mile. Sunday night the filly impressed again on the stopwatch recording a slick mile rate 1m 57.4 for the 1680-metre trip, just 0.7s outside the two-year-old age record on the Launceston track which is held by Offthetopofmyhead who recorded 1m 56.7s in July 2016. Sent out as the $1.60 favourite, driver Conor Crook took the pacer straight to the lead, and they were untroubled late to score by 17.5 metres over Longfellow with Indianna Sanz a further 5.3-metres away third. Bridwood Bella was passed in for $8,000 at last year’s APG Sydney Yearling sale where after some negotiations she was purchased by Claire Hall, wife of greyhound racing identity Richard Hall. “Richard came to me keen to buy one, and we went through all the photos of course, and we managed to spot that one, I think he was able to do some negotiating with the owners and he purchased her,” explained Bridport trainer Rohan Hadley after the win. Even Hadley was a little surprised at the ease of last night’s victory. “I don’t do a lot with her at home, I know she has the ability because she just feels good, but the time (last night) did surprise me, I have got to admit that, the trial where she broke two-minutes put the writing on the wall,” Hadley said. Where to now for the pacer is the next question that Hadley and the connections will have to discuss in coming days, but the New South Wales Breeders Challenge could be an option. “I will have to discuss that with the owner after tonight now, given the time she ran tonight does he have to look at the New South Wales Breeders Challenge, I guess that could be an option, but I don’t even know when they are on, I will leave that up to them” explained the winning trainer. Hadley gave the reins to Beaconsfield based driver Conor Crook. “I have another two-year-old that my wife owns so to keep it all separate I promised Conor the drive,” said Hadley who was full of praise for the winning drive. Crook was the standout driver of the Launceston card winning another three races. A peg hugging drive saw $21 chance Our Percius score by a narrow margin, it was the Deborah Williams-trained pacers 11th career victory. Laid Back Kenny was the third winner for Crook on the card. The pacer enjoyed a lovely run one-out and one-back to pull away late and score by 17.1 metres, the win continued the good run for Northdown trainer Geoff Smith. Crook’s last win came in the final race of the night where Perfect Mach enjoyed a nice run off the speed to score at odds of $11. Crook has now driven 38 winners for the season and sits in equal third spot on the state’s drivers title with Gareth Rattray. Rohan Hillier heads the table with 40 wins over Mark Yole on 39.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing  

Young Terang harness racing driver Matthew Horsnell is thoroughly enjoying life in Victoria's Western District - so much so that he reckons he's there to stay. Horsnell, 24, has been part of the powerful Marg Lee stable on a full-time basis for the past two years. "It does get pretty hectic at times when we're doing big numbers, but we get there in the end," he said. And while Horsnell doesn't mind one bit that he's down the pecking order when it comes to stable driving engagements, he's been making the most of his opportunities. "Jason (Lee) and Glen (Craven) are both excellent drivers and they are our main boys, but I'm more than happy to poke along and pick up a drive now and again," he said. Horsnell showed at the lastest Terang meeting that he's more than competent with a blowout victory on 25/1 chance Keayang Kreuzer (Somebeachsomewhere-Inasafeplace (Safely Kept). After briefly being wide early, Horsnell sent the three-year-old to the head of affairs and with steady splits of 31.1, 29.6, 28.9 and 28.8, they packed too many guns for warm favorite Gee Smith (Greg Sugars). "He deserved to win because he's just been so consistent with five placings from eight runs in a bit over two months of racing," Horsnell said. "I think the plan is to geld him and put him out for a while. He's going to do a nice job when he comes back in," he said. "In the past he's never shown a lot of gate speed because he's a very laid-back type. But we got across the field okay the other night. And I loved how he kept kicking when they got to his girth over the final stages." Horsnell, who is a grandson of Norm Armsden, a winner of the SA trainers' premiership when he was based over there, has had a great grounding since leaving school after Year 10 when he decided harness racing was his career path. "Pop was helping Danny and Jill Norris, of Little River, and training a few of his own there when I was growing up. I was always with him at weekends and later I spent time with the late Alan Tubbs. I now reckon I was a bit young when I was with Alan and didn't listen like I should have-looking back, he was such a smart trainer," Horsnell said. He then worked for Maree and John Caldow for two or three years and gained further experience. "The biggest reason for shifting to Terang was to learn from Marg. I'd been part-time for a bit and getting a full-time job at the stable was one of the best things I've ever done," he said. "We all get our work done, but the atmosphere is unreal. There's plenty of joking and a fair bit of ribbing goes on, but I just really enjoy it. They also let me train a few of my own at the place too, which is great. I'm in for the long haul and I'll still be here for years to come." Horsnell said his parents David and Kim were keen supporters. "Dad owned a few horses with his father Harry and some of them were pretty good, including one in Hail Claudia." The pacer, by Jefs Emperor out of Star Courier (Royal Derby), won 12 races and 18 placings for $55,000 in the late 1990s. Horsnell is enjoying a steady season with nine wins and 24 placings. "I haven't been doing that much driving as I had a knee reconstruction, courtesy of football. I've still got some metal screws inserted. I should retire, but I love the game. I probably should just stick with the horses."   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Brown’s first group 1 success Talented driver Maddison Brown celebrated his first group 1 success with an exuberant wave of the whip after guiding Longreach Bay to an impressive all-the-way victory in the $80,000 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for three-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 24-year-old Brown took advantage of Longreach Bay’s favourable No. 2 barrier and used his sparkling gate speed to advantage. But she had to survive an early scare when Al Guerrero began brilliantly from barrier seven and issued a powerful challenge for the lead over the first 200 metres. However, Al Guerrero broke under pressure and Longreach Bay, third favourite at $7.50, relaxed and was able to cover the lead time in a comfortable 37.8sec. and an opening 400m section in a leisurely 31.9sec. “I was a little concerned when we were challenged early,” Brown said. “Al Guerrero was never going to get there (to the front), but I was worried that Longreach Bay was going to burn a little bit more than I wanted. He can fire up, but he relaxed super tonight and wasn’t hanging as badly as he was at his previous start (when he led and won the Westsired Pace). Longreach Bay dashed over the final quarters in 27.9sec. and 28.4sec. and fought on grimly to defeat Poisedtopounce ($3.90) by a head, with a half-neck to the $1.90 favourite Gardys Legacy. The winner rated 1.57.4 over the 2130m. Longreach Bay is trained in Coolup by Peter King, who bred the Renaissance Man gelding and races him in partnership with his wife Barbara Pellick and his son Michael, has earned $74,710 from five wins and two thirds from ten starts. Friday night’s victory gave King his first group 1 success as a trainer. Brown is enjoying a successful season in which she has driven 33 winners and 64 placegetters. She drove more than a hundred winners at her first stint in harness racing before riding 29 winners and 66 placegetters from 266 rides as an apprentice jockey in 2017 and 2018. She still combines her harness racing activities with her work in administration at the St John of God Murdoch Hospital.   A chip off the old block Blue Chip Adda, sold for $16,000 at the 2018 APG yearling sale in Perth, has inherited much of the ability of her dam Adda Rising Star and she completed a winning hat-trick when Capel trainer Aiden de Campo drove her to a dashing victory in the $80,000 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Blue Chip Adda, sixth favourite at $18.90, stormed home from eighth at the bell to win decisively from $51 chance Suing You, who finished strongly from tenth at the bell. Star Fromthepalace ($5), fifth three back on the pegs at the bell, was an unlucky third after being hampered for room in the final circuit. Blue Chip Adda now has earned $89,554 from six wins and seven placings from 22 starts and has bright prospects of emulating the deeds of Adda Rising Star, who raced 84 times for 16 wins, 27 placings and $184,608 in stakes. Star of Diamonds ($34) burst to an early lead from barrier three before relinquishing the front after 500m to the $2.25 favourite Alta Cinderella, who settled down in the one-out, one-back position, but raced greenly as Gary Hall jnr sent her forward, three wide, after 350m. The inexperienced Alta Cinderella began to weaken in the closing stages and Blue Chip Adda, fifth on the home turn, surged home to burst to the front 40m from the post. She rated 1.56.3, with final quarters of 28.4sec. and 28.5sec. Blockjorg maintained her sound form and fought on doggedly from sixth at the bell to finish fourth. Alta Cinderella wilted to finish fifth, but she gives the impression of developing into a quality performer. Double Expresso went into the race with a splendid record of 12 wins, seven placings and $312,252, but she had no luck and finished tenth. From the inside of the back line Double Expresso raced in seventh position, four back on the pegs and was still hampered for room after moving into the one-wide line in the last lap. Fifty minutes after Blue Chip Adda’s victory which gave de Campo his first group 1 success as a trainer, he scored again as a trainer when Mark Johnson drove $12 chance Sunny Mach to a half-head victory over Sweet Sassymolassy in the 2100m Sky Racing Pace at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park.   Warwick’s formula successful Star reinsman Ryan Warwick stuck to a winning formula when he drove $5.90 chance Ocean Ridge to a thrilling last-stride nose victory over $2.15 favourite Chicago Bull in the 2536m Winter Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This gave Warwick his second success in the feature event. It came 16 years after he drove $6 chance Fernlea to victory over Highest Honour and Party Date in the 2004 Winter Cup after Fernlea enjoyed the run of the race in the one-out, one-back position. Ocean Ridge, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old, gave champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond their first success in a Winter Cup. The Mach Three gelding had finished second at each of his three previous starts and his victory improved his record to 39 starts for 13 wins, 11 placings and $193,409 in prizemoney. After three wins from ten New Zealand starts Ocean Ridge has had 29 starts in Western Australia for ten wins and seven placings. The Bond camp dominated Friday night’s Cup, with $2.30 second fancy Our Jimmy Johnstone setting a solid pace, with Mighty Santana ($23) in the breeze and Ocean Ridge trailing him in the one-out, one-back position. Chicago Bull started from the No. 5 barrier and was restrained to last in the field of six runners. Gary Hall jnr sent him forward with a three-wide burst with a lap to travel and Chicago Bull eventually worked his way to the front 100m from the post. He failed by a nose and trainer Gary Hall snr declared his was the run of the race.   Chicago Bull and the Bond runners are now set for yet another keen battle when they clash in next Friday night’s Past Presidents Cup.   Black Jack Baby dominant All-conquering filly Black Jack Baby continued in devastating form with a runaway victory in the $20,000 Westsired Pace for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night and she looks set to maintain this dominance when she contests the $80,000 Westbred Classic next Friday night. And if she wins and takes no ill-effects from her recent racing, breeder-owner-trainer Shane Quadrio will set her the goal of challenging the State’s best two-year-old colts and geldings in the $125,000 Golden Slipper on July 10. “We will see how she pulls up after the Westbred, and we’ll let her tell us,” Quadrio said. “If she performs in next week’s race like she did tonight I think she has earned the right to have a crack at the Slipper. “There’s some really nice colts out there, but if she gets the opportunity, she can sprint. She has done a wonderful job so far.” Chris Voak took advantage of Black Jack Baby’s brilliant gate speed and the filly, the hot favourite at $1.04, led easily from the No. 2 barrier. After a slow lead time of 40sec. and comfortable quarters of 32sec., 30.6sec. and 29.3sec. Black Jack Baby careered away from the opposition with a dazzling final 400m in 27.7sec. to win b six lengths from Star For Me. The win was Black Jack Baby’s sixth from seven starts for stakes of $49,311.   Bracken Sky now more tractable New South Wales-bred pacer Bracken Sky gave 30-year-old reinsman Luke Edwards a successful return to race driving when he set the pace and won comfortably from Ideal Investment in the 2130m TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “Drawing barrier one was just what he wanted,” said Edwards, who was having his first drive after taking a six-week break to freshen himself up. “I was a bit worried about whether he would relax in front. But I was quietly confident because he’s more tractable this time in. The previous time I led with him he put his head on his chest and though he wasn’t running a quick time, he was just pulling hard and wasting his energy. Tonight, he was conserving his energy and was able to kick away when we wanted to.” A main reason why Bracken Sky raced fiercely in his early starts in WA was because he was used to the helter-skelter of contesting 11609m sprints in Sydney. The five-year-old Bracken Sky, the $2.60 favourite on Friday night, is proving a good buy for Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg, her husband John and long-time stable clients and friends Don and Adele Simmonds, of Northam. He was a $14,000 purchase nine months ago after racing 45 times in NSW for ten wins and 14 placings. His 23 WA starts have produced two wins and seven placings for stakes of $38,238 for an overall record of 68 starts for 12 wins, 21 placings and $107,025. Bracken Sky, by Rock N Roll Heaven, is out of the Live Or Die mare Redemption, who had 27 starts for ten wins, six placings and stakes of $60,768. Bracken Sky is a half-brother to Absolution, who won five races for the Padberg stable before continuing his career in South Australia where he has had five starts at Globe Derby Park for three wins and two seconds to boost his career record to 125 starts for 13 wins, 14 placings and $112,975 in prizemoney. A bonus for the Padbergs was that their evergreen seven-year-old Bad Round, an $81 outsider driven by Jocelyn Young, rattled home out five wide from last in the field of 12 at the 250m mark to finish third and pay $22.50 for a place. Bad Round, purchased for $20,000 as a three-year-old by John and Debbie Padberg after being unplaced at two starts in New Zealand and winning at four of his eight starts in New South Wales, has a losing sequence of 56. But he has been a marvellous moneyspinner for the Padbergs, with his 157 WA starts producing ten wins, 30 placings for earnings of $149,912. His overall record stands at 167 starts for 14 wins, 32 placings and $164,283. “He has been a good buy,” said Edwards. “He’s been to Gloucester Park almost every Friday night for the three or four seasons.” Bracken Sky’s win on Friday night gave Edwards his 102ND driving success. “I like driving, but am now focusing on training,” he said. “I have trained between 20 and 30 winners, including five with Leap Of Faith, three with Mapua Legend and two with Springsteen.” Edwards, who is stable foreman for Debbie Padberg, has just purchased Henrik Larsson, an unraced Art Major three-year-old colt, who is due to arrive in Perth from New Zealand next month.   Baylan Jett is a good buy Powerful six-year-old Baylan Jett, is built like a tank and is proving an excellent buy for Robert (Tex) Dower, who outlaid $12,000 to purchase him in November 2018. The Courage Under Fire gelding, a $16 chance driven by Aiden de Campo, chalked up his fifth win for Dower and his Pinjarra trainer David Young when he was tenth at the bell and charged home, out five wide, over the final 300m to snatch a head victory over Ultimate Offer in the 2130m Retravision Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Under Young’s care Baylan Jett has had 48 starts for Dower for five wins, 13 placings and stakes of $68,730. When Madeleine Young drove Baylan Jett to victory in an $18,000 event over 2536m at Gloucester Park on May 3, 2019 it gave Dower his first metropolitan-class win in 37 years as an owner. Young has always had a good opinion of Baylan Jett, who was prepared as a youngster by his parents Ron and Karen, and when the gelding was put up for sale for $12,000, he recommended the pacer to Dower. The new owner had immediate success, with Baylan Jett winning at his first start for him, when trained by Aiden Warwick and driven by Aldo Cortopassi at Bunbury on November 17, 2018. Baylan Jett was then transferred to Young and he was a $12.30 chance when Gary Hall jnr drove him to win at his next start ten days later in a country class event at Gloucester Park. Greg and Skye Bond prepared Baylan Jett for his first four wins before Ryan Bell won three races with him and Warwick two more before the gelding went to Young’s stable in Pinjarra. Baylan Jett is the thirteenth and last foal (and most successful) out of Hilarion mare Liberty Lombo, who won seven minor races in Victoria. Baylan Jett now has raced 92 times for 14 wins, 29 placings and $136,025. “I’ve had a lot of issues with him, with his feet,” said Young. “But we’ve worked out a regime which suits him. The best thing is to keep him off the track and give him no hopple work. He’s better off being driven in a jog cart on the sand. “One of the first time I worked him at Pinjarra he went 1.53.9, but he couldn’t walk the next day because his feet were so sore. We rectified that with a change of shoeing and we’re on to a good thing with that, even when he loses a shoe, like he did tonight when he cast his off fore shoe at the 400m.”   Infatuation is too good Lightly-raced New Zealand-bred four-year-old Infatuation looks set for a bright future after impressing with a convincing victory in the 2130m Pacing WA Supports WA Bred Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. After having four starts in New Zealand for a win and three seconds, Infatuation has excelled for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond in Western Australia where his 12 starts have produced eight wins and one second placing. Favourite at $1.50, Infatuation was sent to the front after 300m by star reinsman Ryan Warwick and the American Ideal gelding gave his rivals little chance by dashing over the final quarters in 27.7sec. and 28.8sec. to win by a length and a half from $23 chance Boom Time, who fought on gamely after enjoying an ideal passage, one-out and one-back. Walsh ($26) ran ion strongly, out wide, from eighth at the bell to be third. Infatuation is the eighth foal out of In The Pocket mare Saturation and is a full-brother to Besotted and Rain Man. Besotted raced 11 times in WA for two wins and three placings and was retired after his 70 starts produced 176 wins, 22 placings and $302,677 in prizemoney. Rain Man had 44 starts for eight wins, 11 placings and $72,967.   Slow start, fast finish for Typhoon Tiff Smart mare Typhoon Tiff enjoyed a stroll in the park when she recorded an effortless victory in the 2130m Choices Flooring Free-For-All for mares at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Bettors Delight four-year-old, trained and driven by Colin Brown, was favourite at $1.30 from the No. 1 barrier and was able to amble through the lead time in a very slow 41.4sec. and the opening 400m section in a dawdling 33.3sec. Then, after quarters in 30.3sec. and 28.8sec. Typhoon Tiff sprinted over the final quarter in 27.7sec. to win by just under a length from Suzies Gem, who sat behind the pacemaker all the way. Typhoon Tiff, bred and owned by Colleen Lindsay, has amassed $167,407 in prizemoney after nine wins and three placings from just 16 starts. She gave a sample of her class as a three-year-old last season when she won the group 2 Daintys Daughter Classic and the group 1 Westbred Classic.   Powerplay on the way up Rich And Spoilt gelding Powerplay maintained his steady improvement when he caused a minor upset as an $8 chance when he defeated the $1.70 favourite Arma Einstein in the $20,000 Westsired Pace for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Owned and trained by Debra Lewis, Powerplay was driven by Chris Lewis, who won two races behind Powerplay’s dam Mene Jaccka, who was retired after seven wins, 17 placings and $48,105 in prizemoney from 95 starts. Powerplay started from the inside of the back line and settled down in fifth position, three back on the pegs before Lewis got him off the inside to fill the favourable position, one-out and one-back. Arma Einstein trailed the early leader Robbie Rocket before moving to the breeze after Dylan Egerton-Green sent the hard-pulling Regal Aura to the front after 600m. Arma Einstein got to the front 300m from home before being overhauled by Powerplay 120m from the finish.   Bletchley Park is Mr Consistency Victorian-bred four-year-old Bletchley Park is one of the State’s most consistent pacers and he boosted his earnings to $221,309 when Dylan Egerton-Green drove him to an emphatic victory by 8m over the fast-finishing Bettor Be Oscar in the 2130m Westral Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Egerton-Green is forming a wonderful association with the American Ideal horse, having driven him five times for three wins, one second and one third. Bletchley Park has rarely performed below par in his 33-start career of 14 wins and 12 placings. Bletchley Park, owned by Albert Walmsley, was favourite at $1.90 from out wide at barrier eight. He settled down in eighth position in the field of nine and was sent forward, three wide, approaching the bell before surging to the front 300m from home. He rated 1.55.6. Another wonderfully consistent four-year-old Cyclone Banner is racing in top form for Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams and reinsman Aldo Cortopassi. He was the $1.20 favourite from the No. 1 barrier in the 2130m Community TAB Pace and he gave his backers no cause for any concern when he set the pace and sprinted the final 800m in 56.2sec. to win by a length and a half from the fast-finishing $81 outsider McArdles Gem. Cyclone Banner, a winner at two of his six starts in New Zealand, has had 19 starts in WA for nine wins and five placings.   Ken Casellas

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