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Following an unprecedented harness racing inaugural Sale, the second edition of NZB Standardbred’s National Standardbred Yearling Sale catalogue is now online with printed copies due to arrive in letterboxes now. With more than half of all eligible stakes races in Australasia, 37% of all eligible Group One races in Australia, and 64 individual Group One features last season won by kiwi-bred Standardbreds – there’s no wonder that buyers flock to New Zealand to secure their next champions. Featuring a strong representation of leading commercial sires from throughout Australasia, the 2020 Sale sessions feature a bountiful showcase of trotting and pacing stock from world-class families, expertly prepared by leading vendors and preparers. “The quality of the catalogue is a testament to the many vendors and owners who continue to invest in the industry”, said NZB Standardbred’s James Jennings. “We continue to invest in them and they continue to invest in us – a great outcome for our buyers, who get the best product available in Australasia, sourced from a sales company that’s renowned for being squarely focused on auction sales and service”. “The 2020 catalogue is littered with outstanding pedigrees and the team can’t wait to get around buyers in the coming months to show them what’s on offer”. With 131 Lots to go under the hammer at Karaka and a further 257 in Christchurch – the action-packed week of inspections, parades and selling is set to appeal to buyers and investors, both local and international. The Auckland Sale session at Karaka will be held on Monday 17 February, with all lots paraded in Lot order the day prior (Sunday 16) in the Outdoor Parade ring at the Karaka Sales Centre. The catalogue for the Karaka session includes 77 colts and 54 fillies from prominent and blacktype families. In Christchurch, on Tuesday 18 February, the parade of trotting lots will kick off proceedings with those yearlings being sold in the dedicated afternoon trotting session. The parade of pacing stock will also be conducted in lot order on Tuesday, with the sale of all pacing lots taking place on Wednesday 19 February at the Canterbury Agricultural Park. There are 161 colts and 96 fillies catalogued for the Christchurch Sale. The strength of the catalogue is underpinned by champion sires and high performing dams with 36 Lots produced by Group race-winning dams, including 20 Group one winners. There are also 42 siblings to Group One winners due to go under the hammer in February. In total, there are 15 trotting sires and 21 pacing sires represented. Appealing to a broad range of buyers some of the many pacing highlights include progeny of: Always B Miki (12 Auckland, 14 Christchurch) American Ideal (9 Auckland, 11 Christchurch) Art Major (20 Auckland, 27 Christchurch) A Rocknroll Dance (3 Auckland, 25 Christchurch) Betting Line (4 Auckland, 11 Christchurch) Bettor’s Delight (36 Auckland, 46 Christchurch) Captaintreacherous (4 Auckland, 12 Christchurch) Rock N Roll Heaven (1 Auckland, 16 Christchurch) Somebeachsomewehere (3 Auckland, 13 Christchurch) Sweet Lou (16 Auckland, 9 Christchurch) The line-up of Yearlings by leading trotting sires includes: Andover Hall (1 Auckland, 2 Christchurch) Creatine (1 Auckland, 4 Christchurch) Father Patrick (4 Christchurch) Kadabra (1 Auckland, 3 Christchurch) Love You (3 Auckland, 16 Christchurch) Majestic Son (4 Christchurch) Muscle Hill (4 Auckland, 2 Christchurch) Peak (1 Auckland, 4 Christchurch) Pegasus Spur (1 Auckland, 2 Christchurch) Trixton (3 Christchurch) All Lots that are eligible for the NZB Standardbred Harness Million Sales Series, 377 are eligible for the NZ Sires’ Stakes Series, 121 registered for the Nevele R Fillies Series, 313 for Breeders Crown, 92 nominated for Caduceus, 54 qualify for Vicbred, 36 registered for Bathurst, and 23 eligible for Need For Speed. Leading 2019 vendor Woodlands Stud (38), along with Breckon Farms (34), Hollis & Robertson Equine Services (14) and Tardina Stud (8) will present the larger drafts in Auckland. Whilst Broadfield Lodge (25), Rosedale Farm (22), Studholme Bloodstock (14), Dancingonmoonlight (10), Spreydon Lodge (9), and Ripple Creek (11) are set to showcase quality yearlings at Christchurch. As well as Shard Farm (10) who head a record contingent of Southern Bred Southern Reared’s 60 yearlings. With the New Year comes continued investment from NZB with construction at Canterbury Agricultural Park underway for a multi-use barn to become the permanent placement for the once modular stables that were located under the free-span marquee. And at Karaka, the DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka hotel development is well underway – as are a number of enhancements around the complex to make inspecting horses and attending the Sales even more enjoyable. All unbroken yearlings purchased at the 2020 National Standardbred Yearling Sale are eligible for the lucrative $1m NZB Standardbred Harness Million Sales Series. 2020 Sale & Parade Format: AUCKLAND SALE AT KARAKA Sunday 16 February – Parade in Lot order from 2:30pm Monday 17 February – Sale of all Lots from 11am CHRISTCHURCH SALE AT CANTERBURY AGRICULTURAL PARK Tuesday 18 February – Parade in Lot order from 11am, dedicated Sale of Trotters from 4pm Wednesday 19 February – Sale of all Pacing Stock from 11am For more information or to request a catalogue visit: or email

Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North American every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound. Chase Auckland duplicates sire When Chase Auckland outfinished a top field in the $176,000 NZ Free-For-All on Show Day at Addington, he duplicated the feat of his sire Auckland Reactor, who won the same race 11 years earlier. A five-year-old and one of the first crop of Auckland Reactor, Chase Auckland extended his record to 13 wins from only 25 starts for $678,046. Bred by Tony and Anne Parker, the gelding is the first foal Delicata (2:01), a winning Falcon Seelster mare from the noted Rosewood family. The win was the highlight of a brilliant NZ Cup Carnival for the Alabar Bloodstock stallion. Earlier on the Show Day card, Jazzy Star notched his fifth win from 13 attempts with a 1:56.6 effort over 1980 metres. Georgie Zukov, who broke maiden ranks at the Ashburton Trotting Club’s Cup Week meeting, is another winner from Auckland Reactor’s initial crop. In Australia during the last two weeks, Auckland Reactor has produced a host of winners. They were Stephens Spirit, My Secret Torque, Blue Blazer, Power Supply, Tact Bess, Gobsmacked, Reactor Factor, Impersonate and Arama Reactor, Garrard’s Horse & Hound Won Dominion Handicap Habibi Inta gave a taste of his class when he easily won the Group 1 $300,025 Dominion Handicap, New Zealand’s premier event for straight out trotters at Addington. He took full advantage of a perfect drive from Blair Orange to round up his rivals in the home straight. By Love You, one of Europe’s leading sires for many years, Habibi Inta is out of the Sundon mare Ten To One, who won six races and $54,142 and was an above average mare. At the stud Ten To One has left eight foals, six of whom took records of better than 2:00 and three Group 1 winners. Besides Habibi Inta, she is also the dam of the triple Oaks winner Habibti Tr 1:56.5 ($352,775), the NZ Trotters Oaks and Anzac Cup winner Habibti Ivy Tr 1:58.4 ($186,340), Releven Dream Tr 1:57.3 ($119,466), a prolific winner at Albion Park, and Lothario (Tr 1:57.4). Habibti Inta was bred by Gaby and Julie Maghzal. 4YO Championship winner by Mr Aviator Theo Aviator, the longshot winner of the Group 2 $50,000 WA 4HYO Championship – Sangue Reale, Shockwave and Valbonne NZ filled the placings behind him – has made smart progress through the classes. He is a grand stayer and the best of the progeny of the little-known Mr Aviator (1:49.2), a Canadian bred son of Badlands Hanover. Theo Aviator is a four-year-old gelding from Asahi (1:59.6), by Armbro Operative from Klyna, by Crouch from the Massie mare Alfa Dyna (1:59) – a pedigree with some real background. Alfa Dyna, the third dam of Theo Aviator, won six races as a three-year-old including the WA Oaks, WA Triple Crown and Country Derby. Bettor’s Delight dominates ID rankings Champion sire Bettor’s Delight has seven of the top 20 in the final rankings for this year’s Inter Dominion Championship. They are Thefixer (4th), Classie Brigade (7th), Ultimate Sniper (9th), Ashley Locaz (10th), Henry Hubert (11th), My Kiwi Mate (15th) and Another Masterpiece (20th). Monarchy and The Pres each have four representatives among the top 20 in the trotter’s section with Monarch having three of the top eight in Tough Monarch (2nd), McLovin (4th) and Temporale (8th). Garrard’s Horse & Hound Second 1:50 credit for Changeover The In The Pocket horse Changeover, a former NZ Cup and Derby winner who now stands at Burwood Stud near Brisbane, was credited with his second sub 1:50 performer when Glengarry Knight NZ toured Dover Downs’ five furlong track in 1:49.4 on Thursday (November 14). A five-year-old gelding, Glengarry Knight is out of the Live Or Die mare Glengarry Lass, the dam also of the NZ and NSW winner Glengarry Rose NZ (1:55.8). The gelding was bred by J. L. and Mrs A. M. Van Rooyen. Filly Keeps on Rockin The most improved three-year-old filly in NSW this season is Keep Rockin, bred and owned by the Sloy’s group, and she is already being regarded as a leading fancy for the major autumn classics. Keep Rockin made a clean sweep of the Kevin and Kay Seymour Series including the $20,000 final at Menangle in a career-best 1:53.7. She is a Rock N Roll Heaven filly from a fine racemare in Kept For Pleasure 1:56 ($542,343), by Safely Kept from the Armbro Operative mare Full Pleasure (2:00.8), a Vicbred 2YO champion who has founded an outstanding family of winners. Others from Kept For Pleasure have been the dual Derby and Auckland Cup winner Vincent 1:50.2 ($598,803), now in great demand as a sire, the exported Mackenzie 1:52.8 ($520,161) and Kept In Play (1:55.3). Garrard’s Horse & Hound Blayney Cup winner revives memories Remember Ashlees Babe, that outstanding racemare of the early 2000’s that won 16 of her first 17 starts including three Oaks classics and the NSW Princess Mile? Well the bonny Armbro Operative has carried on the good work at stud, leaving five winners from five starters to date. Her sixth foal, Scarlet Babe (by Western Terror), posted her 10th success when she led most of the way in the Blayney Cup last Sunday (November 17). She has earned $77,145 in stakes. Artegra, a winner at Mount Gambier earlier in the month, Gypsy Babe 1:53.8 (12 wins), Ashlees Gem (1:56.9) and Sir Daniel have been other winners out of Ashlees Babe. Sold to America Five New Zealand and Australian pacers were sold to further their racing careers in North America in October. The list includes the Victorian Northern Region Championship and Melton winner Laredo Torpedo NZ (by Bettor’s Delight); the Art Major mare Major Occasion, a prolific winner at Menangle; and the Courage Under Fire gelding Tom Me Gun NZ, a winner of 12 races at Albion Park. The American Ideal gelding Ideal One, who won several races at Gloucester Park, and the lightly raced Bettor’s Delight mare Buzinga NZ were others shipped to the US. Miss Galvinator in foal Miss Galvinator, the millionaire racemare, has returned a positive test to Art Major. The mare, who is now owned by Kerrie Hymers, of Tourello Standardbreds in Sheffield, Tasmania, is the dam of the multiple Gloucester Park winner Westernator USA, her first foal. Miss Galvinator ranks as a half-sister to eight winners including the former 3YO Filly of the Year and million dollar earner Fleur De Lil (1:51.4), Our Galvinator 1:51.4 ($643,243) and the Group winner Epaulette 1:50.6 ($346,410). By Peter Wharton Garrard’s Horse & Hound

He's regarded as the "Go-To Man" in Victorian harness racing circles, and Ararat's Michael Bellman wouldn't have it any other way! The popular horseman's love for the equine and the sport of harness racing is never in doubt - and there aren't too many horse-related problems he hasn't tackled over the years. "We're probably all in the sport because of a love of horses, but if someone needs a shoe tacked back on or help getting a head-strong one in or out of a float, I'll give a helping hand for sure," Bellman said. "Yes, I would have done a fair few favors over the years. But what the hell, if you can't do these sort of things there's something wrong," he said. And the same etiquette applies when he's contacted by owners or trainers to drive at meetings. Since his junior driver days, it's been evident that Bellman doesn't care if they are favorites or long-shots, he's always been prepared to take the drives. "They don't know they're 50/1," he laughed. "I do think that being prepared to go all over the place for a drive or two is one of the main reasons I've been able to stay in the system for so long - what you lose on the swing, you pick up on the roundabout! "Besides you never know when a little hobby trainer or owner might be lucky and find that good one. "Years ago, I would carpool on the big trips with Daryl Douglas and Emma Hamblin but I don't tend to do those now, just because of the distance, and that's probably cost me a good few wins each season." One of Bellman's early successes on the far-flung tracks circuit was with well-credentialled Northern Region pacer Uncle Wingnut. "I used to drive for Joe Costa who lives near Swan Hill and we did very nicely for a while with Uncle Wingnut. We won both the Charlton and Ouyen cups, ran third in a Cranbourne Cup and competed in the A.G. Hunter Cup," he said. "Even though I tend not to go to Mildura or Shepparton these days because of the distance, I'm still kept busy because I clock up about 120,000 kms each year." With his parents Neville and D'arne, and grandfather Pat heavily involved in harness racing, it was obvious from a young age that Michael was going to follow in their footsteps. "We always had a pony when I was growing up and I did the pony trot circuit so it's pretty much all I've known. I say I was doomed the day I was born" Michael laughed. "But honestly I can't think of anything else I'd like to do." And this is despite just being eight years old and still remembering when his dad's father Pat suffered a massive heart attack just 60 metres from the finish, while driving in a race at Ballarat. Grandfather Pat was a successful trainer and driver and raced many good horses including New Noble. "He was going to weigh in in that race, for sure. They called home when they realized what had happened, but we were never going to get there to do anything because he died on the track," Bellman said. The family involvement in harness racing grew noticeably when changes to the male dominated sport came in the late 1970s - and D'arne Bellman was among the first to become involved as a driver. "Mum would go to the trials to get as much experience as she could and played one club against the other to let her compete. It was quite funny," Bellman said. "I think she was the first female to register a dividend on the tote. Another of her highlights was receiving the prestigious Pearl Kelly Award," he said. "Mum has always been around them up until about eight years ago when she was badly injured in a training accident and now has on-going complications." Bellman said while he was quite happy just being a driver in the early years of his career, he was persuaded to take up the role of training about 12 years ago. "I really fell on my feet right from the word go as a trainer. I had an extremely good run with a great bunch of owners," he said. "One of the first was Chelsea Hanover who won 10 races and Unicycle was probably around then as well. I won six of his 10 wins. Then I took on two from a friend in Hughie Smythe - Mister Rhys won over $100,000 and Corporate Power Broker was another very handy one." Bellman said apart from his family background, he owed much to a solid grounding from stints with Peter and Kerryn Manning, Andy Gath, David Burns and Terry Croton, of nearby Stawell. "Kez (Kerryn) was like my big sister. She would call in and pick me up on Wednesdays when the Manning stable was busy with fast work. Back then it was Saturday night racing," he said. "All the experience I picked up now plays a massive part in the daily running of my own stable. I work all my own, with the help of dad and our longtime assistant Kerry McKinnis, as well as the shoeing and other chores." In addition, he's also kept on the run, having four children in Harvey, 10, twins Ryder and Darcy, 8, and Bridie, 3. Since the 2012-13 season, Bellman has topped the ton as a reinsman on five occasions. He had a standout season in 2015-16 with 140 wins and 331 placings. "I was driving for some guys who had big teams with a number of top-class horses. Apart from Joe Costa, there was Vince Vallelonga, Mark Thompson, Kevin Brough and some others," Bellman said. The past two seasons he hasn't been far away from the magical 100 mark with 89 and 96. And if the past two or three weeks are any indication, Bellman is well on his way to again giving it a shake this season. "I've been getting a few over the line-the secret is to keep it going," he said.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

James Herbertson is tipping a hotly run Evolve Stone Gordon Rothacker Memorial Championship Final as rival drivers look to end the winning sequence of in-form pacer Lumineer. Herbertson will team up with the David Aiken-trained Blingittothemax, who finished an eye-catching fourth in heat two of the series last week behind Smart Little Shard. Aiken’s charge sat back in the field and made up plenty of ground in a slick 27.8-second last quarter to be beaten less than two metres. Blingittothemax had to come from barrier eight last Friday, but draws more favourably in gate five for the $30,000 Group 3 final over 1720m at Tabcorp Park Melton. “He hit the line super,” Herbertson said of the heat performance. “Hopefully we can just lob in that first four or five and he has got the speed to be right there in the finish. “He’s definitely got the speed to (win), but it’s just going to come down to luck in running with him. “This is the first time this preparation that Lumineer won’t be able to lead and I think that’s a big thing, especially over the short (journey) around Melton. “These horses will probably be going 1.52 or 1.53 (mile rate) and he’s got to come from back in the field, unless Jason (Lee) can get him in the race through the middle stages there. I think it’s going to be a pretty solidly run affair so he doesn’t get into it…” Lumineer won the first heat of the Championship last Friday to make it 13 victories from 14 career starts and five in succession. He was made to work for the lead from barrier six, but eventually got to the front and held off his rivals to score a narrow win in 1:54:0. Lee will have to navigate a path from the second row this time around, with the Ange McDowall-trained star to leave from gate 10. Blingittothemax is only a relatively new addition to the Aiken stable, with the horse having arrived from Tasmanian trainer Paul Ashwood in the last couple of months. The son of Art Major won at Kilmore on debut for the stable in mid-October and then finished third in a race at Bendigo before last Friday’s strong fourth-placed effort. The well-travelled seven-year-old, which spent much of his career trained by Mark Dux in Queensland, has won 10 of his 49 trips to the races. Other key hopes in the night’s feature event is Emma Stewart’s Deedenuto, Craig Demmler’s Fake Smile and Matt Craven’s All Jokers Todaright. Friday night’s 11-race card kicks off from 6.17pm and concludes with the last at 11.14pm.   HRV Trots Media - Tim O'Connor

There’s a certain sense of symmetry about Ken Casellas’ best bet at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Casellas, the driving force behind the establishment of the WA Trotting Media Guild in 1977 and the organisation’s inaugural president, has opted for the “old bloke” Maximum Demand as his star bet on the 10-event card. The well-respected octogenarian has sided with Maximum Demand and believes there’s plenty of life left in those old legs. “It’s not often that I select a 13-year-old pacer with a winning record of just 10 per cent as my star bet for the week,” Casellas said. “But I’ve plumped for the old war horse Maximum Demand to land the bacon in the seventh event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Maximum Demand has managed just one win from his past 41 starts over the past two years, but he is racing with youthful enthusiasm for Harvey trainer Kevin Egerton-Green and driver Jocelyn Young. He will start off the 10m mark in the 2503m stand and I’m tipping his sparkling finishing burst will carry him to victory.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is keen on the “Crazy Burglar”. “Mad Robber looks set to score a repeat win for trainer Gary Hall after again drawing barrier one,” Manning said. “He was most impressive when leading from the pole and drawing away to notch victory by almost 6m when a number of tipsters made him their best bet last Friday night. Two weeks ago, the veteran had extended his losing sequence to six and it seemed unlikely he would be successful on consecutive Friday nights. But barrier one can bring a change of fortune.” Longshot guru Pat Harding and Guild president Wayne Currall believe Our Alfie Romeo can lead all the way. “ Looks like this Friday could be a good night for Greg and Skye Bond,” Harding said. “My best bet of the night comes up in race five with Our Alfie Romeo coming out of barrier one. She will start favourite but had great form coming into the race and should lead from start to finish.“ Currall agrees. “Our Alfie Romeo is poised to bounce back from her last-start defeat,” Currall said. “I can see Ryan Warwick firing her to the top from the pole and making them all stretch their necks to get near her.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart is happy to Know When To Run. “Know When To Run is a talented type fitter for his first-up run,” Wishart said. “Well drawn and looks too good for his opposition.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is riding punters to keeping their powder dry until the last race. “Tiffany Rose is yet to miss a cheque from 10 lifetime appearances and has won at both local starts,” Havercroft said. ”Mike Reed has lofty ambitions with the filly for later in the season, and so she should be accounting for her small bunch of rivals this Friday.” TABradio’s form expert Hayden King is talking up the chances of Hy Leexciting. “Hy Leexciting is drawn to lead and gets another opportunity to win one in town,” King said. “He should go all the way.” VALUE BETS KEN: For value, I suggest Just Makemine Diamonds in the opening event in which she is favourably drawn at barrier three. She was hopelessly blocked for a run and was full of running when an eye-catching third behind Dracarys last Friday night. ERNIE: Cut Above has been beaten at her past seven starts, but gate one gives the five-year-old a chance to bounce back. Her unplaced run last week can be overlooked because she got her tongue over the bit and broke gait. The mare has won 12 races, including four at Gloucester Park. PAT: My value bet comes up in race six with Space Junk. There's not a great deal of exposed form in this race but I think the Olivieri/Voak combination should prevail. WAYNE: The smart Zennart is first-up after a four-month spell, but will give them something to chase if he’s anywhere near his top. WARREN: Just Rockon Bye‘s overall form is strong. From this draw, I’m expecting her to get a nice run on the pegs. I’m expecting the gaps to open and look for her late. I think the indicative price of $21 is great value. RYAN: Eden Franco didn't show much last time in but is classy and has had four weeks off since her fading first-up fifth behind Just Rockon Bye. Will be at luxury odds. HAYDEN: Regal Ambition has been a quiet achiever recently and if the cards fall his way in the first he will be competitive. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

Cracking reinsman Chris Voak gave punters a strong lead when he opted to drive Space Junk in the $30,000 Kersley final over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He had the choice of trainer Ross Olivieri’s other runners Iceenothink and Atmospherical, who have drawn favourably at barriers No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, with Space Junk out wide at barrier eight. “Space Junk has drawn badly, but I’ll stick with him,” Voak said. “I have always rated Space Junk highly, but he’s had a horrific campaign. He’s been up for a long time after his injury and hasn’t shown the horse that he promised to be. If he doesn’t show something this week, I think he will be asking for the paddock. Space Junk won three standing-start races in a row in September before a seventh in a stand behind Destined To Rule and a close fourth behind Carrera Mach after a tough run in a 2503m stand. Perhaps a return to mobile racing this week will enable Space Junk to bounce back to top form. Iceenothink will be driven by Stuart McDonald and Mitch Miller has been engaged for Atmospherical. Voak drove Iceenothink when the seven-year-old finished third behind Gran Chico and Dominate The Dojo last Friday night. Iceenothink was badly cramped for room. “He impressed me,” Voak said. “He had heaps to give. If I’d had a trouble-free run Shannon (Suvaljko) would have been fumbling for the ear plugs on Gran Chico. I pretty much pushed Shannon through to the dust sheet to the line, I finished that quick and Gran Chico really wasn’t going anywhere. “Shannon had eased up on him and his horse stopped and I couldn’t stop mine. If I had come wide Shannon would have had to get fair dinkum on Gran Chico, for sure.”   Ken Casellas

New Zealand-bred mare Cut Above has managed just one third placing from her past seven starts, but Serpentine trainer Matt Scott is optimistic that she can bounce back to winning form in the 2536m Choices Flooring Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Scott advised punters to totally disregard Cut Above’s seventh placing behind Dracarys over 1730m last Friday night when Cut Above galloped in the score-up and lost about eight lengths. “She got her tongue over the bit, causing her to gallop,” Scott explained. “She had not galloped previously. So, I’ve changed her pin bit to a chin rest to keep her mouth shut. So, we’re expecting her to be fine. “The 2536m won’t worry her. She has won several standing-start races over distances around 2500m (over 2700m at Collie, 2636m at Narrogin, 2560m at Northam and 2503m at Gloucester Park).” Cut Above, to be driven by Shannon Suvaljko, is sure to appreciate the coveted No. 1 barrier and Suvaljko is likely to attempt an all-the-way win, with the Debra Lewis-trained Athabascan a tough opponent. Athabascan, to be driven by Jocelyn Young rom barrier six, is a dependable stayer whose most recent outings over 2536m producing an all-the way win over Robbie Easton and a head second to Burning Rubber.  Roman Aviator, trained and driven by Aldo Cortopassi, should also be prominent after running home solidly to finish third at three of his past four starts. Chris Voak has been engaged by Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg to drive 151-start veteran Bad Round from out wide at barrier seven. Voak has handled Bad Round in four races, with the most recent occurrence being 46 starts ago when the gelding finished fourth behind Baylan Jett at Gloucester Park on October 30, 2018. Voak was successful with Bad Round when he ran on from three back on the pegs to beat the 7/4 on favourite Argyle Red over 2130m on January 9, 2018. Voak is also hoping to make a flying start to the meeting by driving the Ross Olivieri-trained Just Makemine Diamonds in the 2536m Perth Plasterboard Centre Pace in which the five-year-old mare will start from barrier No. 3 in the field of nine. Just Makemine Diamonds was hopelessly blocked for a run in the final lap of a 1730m sprint event last Friday night when she finished full of running in third place behind Dracarys and Millwood Molly. “It would be good to be able to lead this week,” Voak said. “If she leads, she would give them something to chase. However, I’m not get too carried away by her run last week when it was just a walk before a sprint home.”   Ken Casellas

Noted speedster Thereugo is ready to end a losing sequence of ten, according to veteran reinsman Lindsay Harper. Seven-year-old Thereugo will start from barrier four and Harper plans to use the gelding’s explosive gate speed in a bid to wrest the early lead from another brilliant frontrunner in Mad Robber, who had drawn perfectly at barrier one. Mad Robber, a nine-year-old prepared by Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall snr, gave further proof of his excellence as a frontrunner when he began fast from the No. 1 barrier, set the pace and sprinted the final 800m in 55.7sec. to win by just under two lengths from Charlie El and Roman Aviator. Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr, who guided Mad Robber to his easy victory last week, is serving a ten-day suspension for causing interference and Stuart McDonald is certain to prove more than an able substitute. McDonald will be anxious to win the start and then dictate terms in front. But Harper believes that Thereugo has the necessary speed to assume control soon after the mobile barrier sends the field of seven on its way. “This appears to be a drop in class,” said Harper. “Thereugo has been racing against some quality horses. However, this is not a bad field, but it looks like that my horse should get across to lead and prove hard to beat. “Thereugo begins very fast from the 2130m start. They all seem to begin faster in the back straight than they do in the front straight. I’ll be aiming to get to the front and if I do, I won’t be handing up.” Thereugo, a 33/1 outsider from barrier seven in much stronger company in a 2130m event last Friday night, revealed his customary early brilliance when he charged to the front after 120m. King of Swing, a dual group 1 winner and with earnings of $474,977, was set alight by Gary Hall Jnr after a lap and burst past Thereugo and into the lead 1000m from home. King of Swing went on to win by two lengths at a 1.54.4 rate from Simba Bromac, with Thereugo fighting on doggedly to by a half-head away in third place. Harper said that he had previously not handed up the lead when driving Therego, who is prepared by Sue Wiscombe. “But last week Michael Grantham came off the pegs and into the breeze with Mighty Flying Deal soon after the start and challenged me.” Thereugo withstood the challenged from Mighty Flying Deal and Harper said that after Mighty Flying Deal had been in the breeze for about 600m, he (Harper) was backing off the speed when King of Swing emerged with a sparkling burst from the rear. “I thought better of it (attempting to retain the lead) and so I let King of Swing go,” Harper said. “I had never handed up with Thereugo before and I don’t intend to do so this week. “Thereugo’s recent runs have been very good and they point to a win. Last week the mile rate for the 2130m was 1.54.4 and a fortnight earlier Thereugo sat outside the leader and fought on to be fourth, with the winner Bettor Reward rating 1.54.6 for the 1730m.” Despite Harper’s confidence, Mad Robber is sure to have an army of supporters who insist that punters who ignore the No.1 barrier do so at their own peril. These aficionados also can point to the fact that Mad Robber has led all the way for six of his 15 wins and that he has started from the No. 1 barrier eight times at Gloucester Park for four wins, one second and three unplaced efforts.   Ken Casellas

Little New Zealand-bred filly Tiffany Rose is poised to make a successful debut at Gloucester Park when she starts from barrier five in the Better Your Bet With TABtouch Pace over 2130m on Friday night. To be driven by Michael Grantham for Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed, Tiffany Rose was selected by owners Jim and Wilma Giumelli, who were greatly impressed by her performances in several rich Group 1 and Group 2 feature events for two-year-old fillies in New Zealand early this year. “Jim and Wilma pick their horses out after watching a lot of race and trial videos,” said Reed. “They said that they liked this filly and asked me if I’d like to go to New Zealand and have a look at her. So, I went over and drove her in a workout at Addington and discovered that she is quite quick. “She has got good gate speed and I thought that she would be suited by WA racing. Her videos were good and she raced against Group 1 horses.” Tiffany Rose certainly looked the part with four seconds and three thirds from eight starts, almost exclusively in group 1 and 2 events, in New Zealand when she matched strides with star fillies from the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen training establishment in Sweet On Me (six wins and $246,960 from seven starts) and Amazing Dream (six wins and five placings for stakes of $236,342 from `12 starts). Tiffany Rose, who is by American stallion Somebeachsomewhere, has raced twice for her new owners for stylish wins over 1684m at Pinjarra in the past few weeks when she rated 1.55.4 and 1.55.1. At her most recent outing, Tiffany Rose started from barrier six, dashed to the lead after 200m and went on to win by seven lengths from Elleker Hanover, with final quarters of 28.2sec. and 27.8sec. While Tiffany Rose possesses excellent gate speed and is a good frontrunner, Reed has worked on her versatility at training, saying: “We were a little worried what she would be like from behind. So, in trackwork I have always sat her --- and then she kicks like a mule.” Capel trainer-reinsman Aiden de Campo is confident that his talented locally-bred filly Some Copper Beach (by the same sire as Tiffany Rose’s sire) will perform strongly and prove hard to beat. Some Copper Beach, a winner at five of her ten starts as a two-year-old, including the Gold Bracelet in July, made a splendid return to racing as a three-year-old at Gloucester Park last Friday night when she began speedily from barrier four, set the pace and sprinted over the final 400m section in 28.4sec. to win by two lengths at a 1.58.3 rate over 2130m from smart colts Secret Operation and Jaspervellabeach. “She was pretty forward and had had a fair bit of work under her belt, so I was pretty confident that if she was able to get to the top she was going to win,” de Campo said. “It’s always hard for a filly to measure up to the colts and geldings. She did that as a two-year-old and last week she measured up to them again. I was pretty happy. “Some Copper Beach is being set for the WA Oaks, which looks like being a tough race to win, with fillies like Tiffany Rose and Dave Hunter’s My Sweet Deal among the leading candidates.” Tiffany Rose and Some Copper Beach will clash with the promising filly Intheskyrocket, whom is favourably drawn at barrier two for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond and star reinsman Ryan Warwick. Intheskyrocket won twice as a two-year-old but failed when a distant first-up seventh and last behind Hotfoot It at Pinjarra on October 28 when she suffered an atrial fibrillation. She then impressed in a Byford trial on Sunday morning when she raced wide early, took the lead after 200m and was not extended in winning easily by almost seven lengths at a modest 2.0.7 rate.   Ken Casellas

Zac Phillips will attempt to break a Victorian driving drought by returning the Australasian Young Drivers' Championship to the Navy Blue. Not since Ellen Tormey claimed the crown in the 2012 championship in Western Australia has a Victorian walked away with the title, with Ellen breaking a previous nine-year drought since Michael Bellman's 2002 win. To reign supreme in this year's series, which takes place in New Zealand from December 7 to 13, Phillips will have to overcome Australasia's elite. Also fronting for the series are Matt Elkins (Qld), Cameron Hart (NSW), Conor Crook (Tas), Brodie Webster (SA), Corey Peterson (WA), Sarah O’Reilly (NZ) Benjamin Butcher (North Island, NZ), John Morrison (South Island, NZ) and defending champion Sheree Tomlinson (NZ). Victorian Honour Roll: 2012: Ellen Tormey (in WA) 2002: Michael Bellman (in NSW) 2001: Kerryn Manning (in Qld) 1995: David Miles (in NZ) 1994: David Miles (in NSW)   HRV Trots Media

Cambridge Raceway have announced a new concept designed to attract Australian raiders to compete in their two feature races this summer. The first Australian-based runners home in both the Gr.2 Group One Turf Bar Flying Mile Trot (1609m) on December 24 and Gr.2 McMillian Equine Feeds Flying Mile Pace (1609m) on January 10 will receive complimentary flights home flying IRT. “We would love to have some international competition in our two biggest races of the season,” said Cambridge Raceway CEO Dave Branch. “We think it’s a realistic possibility this year with several Australian runners likely to be in the region for the IRT Inter Dominion races already.” Australian-based runners competing at Cambridge Raceway, outside of the bi-annual Harness Jewels meeting, are rare. However, Victorian-based Kiwi Brent Lilley did train Kyvalley Blur to win the Gr.2 Group One Turf Bar Flying Mile Trot two years ago. The Gr.2 McMillian Equine Feeds Flying Mile Pace has never been won by an Australian horse but it’s illustrious honour roll includes Young Quinn, Delightful Lady, Christian Cullen, Homes DG, Elsu, Auckland Reactor and Lazarus. Both races will carry a purse of NZ$50,000. Full terms and conditions for both races will be available in the respective programmes on or contact the Cambridge Raceway office for more information.   Cambridge Raceway

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) advises tonight’s scheduled Echuca harness meeting has been abandoned due to the extreme weather and fire conditions in the area. The CFA has issued a Code Red alert – Victoria’s highest bushfire warning level – for the Mallee and Northern Country regions. The advice from the CFA for a Code Red alert is: “These are the worst conditions for a bush or grass fire. Leaving high-risk bushfire areas the night before or early in the day is your safest option – do not wait and see” “Safety for all participants, human and equine, and staff is our top priority. Based on advice from the CFA and the weather conditions we have cancelled the Echuca meeting,” HRV CEO Dayle Brown said. “We are closely monitoring the Wimmera region for today’s Horsham meeting. Conditions there are not as severe and the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a cool change will reach Horsham around lunchtime. Our first race is scheduled to start at 2.03pm. If the situation changes we will issue immediate alerts through all our channels.” HRV has been in communication with the Victorian Trainers and Drivers Association throughout the morning in relation to tonight’s cancellation. HRV’s racing department is exploring the possibility of scheduling an additional Echuca meeting later in the season. Follow HRV’s social media channels (Facebook and Twitter) and for updates.   HRV Trots Media

Sydney harness racing trainer Rickie Alchin admits he's a bit overawed by his newfound celebrity status. Alchin is campaigning on the big stage in New Zealand, and his success has seen him with something of a cult following. "You should see all the text messages and calls I'm receiving every day from people back home offering congratulations, wishing us luck and giving their support," a surprised Alchin said. "It's just blown us away. It's really fantastic, but there's no way known I'm ever going to get to send replies to everyone in the next few weeks, so my apologies to anyone I don't quite get to," he said. "To be honest, we didn't realize that some of the people who have been in touch were still followers of the sport. That's awesome." Alchin, a former country boy who grew up in the small town of Temora (pop 4000) in the NSW Riverina, experienced an "unbelievable" time last week when his champion trotter Tough Monarch (Monarchy USA-Tough Tussle NZ) won the Group One NZ Trotters FFA. Then just three days later, he backed up to run a mighty second in another Group One event, the $300,000 Dominion Trot. "And to top off that opening meeting, my partner Nikki won the best dressed award in the ladies' fashions on the field. What a day!" Alchin said. Team Alchin is having an unbelievable run on and off the track – with partner Nikki taking out Fashions on the Field Meanwhile Alchin reports that Tough Monarch is in great shape for his next mission-the first round of Inter Dominion heats at Auckland on Friday week, November 29. "He is absolutely jumping out of his skin. He had a few days off in a green paddock after his last run and I actually took him for a light swim at the weekend. He just loves the water," Alchin said. "The racing hasn't affected him one bit so we are really looking forward to his next assignments," he said. Alchin said eight-year-old Tough Monarch was lightly raced due to being a late starter. "I think when I got the horse he'd been mouthed and handled a little bit. I broke him in, but then it took a long time to get him to the next stage," he said. "He needed a lot of perseverance and patience-he was a very untrusting type." Tough Monarch had his first start at Menangle in March, 2016. After breaking in running and finishing fifth, beaten 21 metres, he was stood down for one trial. But Alchin certainly turned him around a month later when the horse trotted faultlessly and impressively won a T0/T1. Tough Monarch then recorded another win and two placings in his next eight starts. "By the time he was a six-year-old he'd only had 19 starts with six wins," Alchin said. "His latest win was his 21st and that was from race start number 56. So being lightly raced he should have a few good seasons left in him," he said. Managing owner Alex Kay said recently the group went very close to pulling the pin on breeding from Tough Tussle, dam of Tough Monarch. "There were certainly some challenges in breaking in Tough Monarch, but we're so glad we persisted," he said. The ownership group now has a yearling from Tough Tussle, which is progressing well under the care of Alchin and the mare is now in foal to Muscle Mass. "She's 19-years old so this may well be her last foal. We are hoping the yearling filly will progress to take over as our next broodmare," Kay said. Tough Monarch, despite his early hiccups, has developed into a superstar in square-gaiter ranks. Last September he was crowned NSW aged trotter of the year. He's been placed in three Group Ones, made last year's Inter final, ran fifth in the Great Southern Star and broke the Australian track record for 2300m with 1.57. And Rickie Alchin had the final say... "We are super proud of this boy for getting where he is now."   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) advises it is closely monitoring conditions in and around Echuca ahead of tomorrow night’s scheduled race meeting. The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a top of 42 degrees in Echuca tomorrow, while the CFA has declared a Code Red – the state’s highest bushfire warning level – in the Mallee and Northern Country regions. HRV will provide updates for participants throughout tomorrow via its text message alert system in addition to social media (@TheTrotsComAU on Twitter and the HRV Facebook page) and web notifications at and “Our number one priority is the welfare and safety of all participants, both human and horse. We’re closely monitoring tomorrow’s conditions and will provide updates as early and as regularly as possible in relation to tomorrow night’s Echuca meeting,” HRV CEO Dayle Brown said.   HRV is also monitoring conditions around Horsham, which is scheduled to host a race meeting tomorrow afternoon.   HRV Trots Media

On 15 November 2019, the Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board considered a charge issued against formerly licensed person Daryl Douglas under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 247 relating to the conduct of Mr Douglas at a HRV RAD Board hearing on 13 February 2017. At the outset of the hearing, Mr Douglas entered a plea of guilty to the charge. AHRR 247, states: A person attending before the Controlling Body its members or employees, the Stewards, officials or at any proceeding under these rules, shall not speak or behave in a malicious, intimidatory or otherwise improper manner. The particulars of the charge being that on 13 February 2017, Mr Douglas attended the HRV RAD Board for a hearing of charges which related to his conduct on 9 November 2016. During an adjournment in the hearing Mr Douglas left his mobile phone in the hearing room and recorded a deliberation he was not party to between HRV RAD Board members, Anthony Burns and John Denahy. Mr Douglas presented a transcript of this recording at a Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) hearing on 19 April 2017. His behavior by recording a private deliberation of the HRV RAD Board on 13 February 2017 and subsequent dissemination of this recording by transcript on 19 April 2017, was improper. The HRV RAD Board heard submissions on penalty from the HRV Stewards and Peter Tonkin representing Mr Douglas. In determining penalty the HRV RAD Board considered the following:  The seriousness of the offence;  Mr Douglas’ offence record;  Mr Douglas’ history in the harness racing industry;  The personal circumstances of Mr Douglas;  Specific and general deterrence;  A lack of similar matters previously heard before the HRV RAD Board. Penalty After taking these factors into account, the HRV RAD Board issued a fine of $3,500 of which $1,000 wholly suspended for a period of twelve (12) months.   HRV RAD Board Panel: Judge Graeme Hicks (Chairman) and Robert Abrahams (Deputy Chair)

Often-underrated mare Reciprocity will attempt to make a leap to the state's elite via this year's Flying Brick Cider Co. Geelong Pacing Cup, fresh from a one-lap last to first dash at Melton. Having won nine of 30 starts for trainer Peter Manning at an average starting price of $8.83, Reciprocity will launch from gate three in Saturday night's feature and has been installed as a $13 outsider with Reinswoman Kerryn Manning told Trots Talk the six-year-old mare "needs to step up and see what happens". "It's a very strong field, she's just drawn a bit awkward in three, where she's going to need to get in the running line probably and hopefully get some good cover." While co-favourites Tam Major and Trots Country Cups Championship leader Code Black loom large on the back row, Manning will be hoping the big guns pour plenty of pace into the race to allow Reciprocity to invoke her fast finish. That was certainly on display last Friday night, when she came from last at the bell to climb over the 12-horse field and win the $20,000 pace. "The race was run to suit - the leaders went pretty hard up front, we got a nice cart up, albeit three back and three wide, but she's a pretty smart horse on her day," Manning said. "It was pretty pleasing to go on and win." The world's most successful reinswoman is hoping that form can translate to Saturday's higher grade. "She's quite versatile, she has shown at times she can sit-sprint or she can do a bit of work. She's probably going to have to rely on a bit of luck, but if the speed's on she will run on really well. "The owner's a lovely fella, Henry (Campbell), and hopefully she can go well in the cup. It's a bit harder again this week but she deserves to be there." Manning has also prepared Pantzup, the pacer turned trotter who was a nominee for Victorian trotting mare of the year. Previously trained by Gavin Lang, who's battling illness, Pantzup will step off the back mark in Saturday's Yabby Dam Racing McNamara Memorial Trotters Cup. "Again we will need a lot of luck in a big field, but it's a nice even field, if she improves off St Arnaud (Cup) and gets a little bit go her way they will know she's there." CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN TO TROTS TALK:   HRV Trots Media - Michael Howard

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