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The form is there and so is the horsepower but harness racing driver Emma Turnbull’s only concern with Poppy Cee is the barrier draw he faces in Sunday’s feature event at Blayney. With recent Menangle form to envy, Poppy Cee has drawn barrier 10 in the Billy Soo Memorial Blayney Cup (2400m) at the Club’s flagship TAB Carnival of Cups meeting. “He has been going so well around Menangle but faces a terrible draw,” said Turnbull. “He should be right in the race but the draw hasn’t helped him. “There are some nice horses in the race and if the speed is on he should be thereabouts.” With the likes of the Amanda Turnbull-trained Mrs Browns Boy and recent back-to-back winner Lorenzo Shannon both drawn off the front row, it has altered Turnbull’s options with Poppy Cee. “I was hoping to make a mid-race move but with some of the horses that are in the race I don’t think I will be able to,” said Turnbull. “I drove on the track last week and it’s in really good condition and the surface was really good . . . it’s a tighter track so if the speed’s on and you get the right run anything could happen.” Poppy Cee is trained by Turnbull’s mother Wendy Turnbull and the gelding has finished second-placed in four of his last five starts. However, despite this good form the eight-year-old will most likely not be favourite. The early fancy is Mrs Browns Boy despite being first up from a spell. The former New Zealand pacer has an unbeaten record since racing in Australia and has won his six starts on this side of the Tasman, including a 1:52.1 career best performance at Menangle last start on August 26. Another that has displayed strong form in the Western Districts since arriving from New Zealand is the Steve Turnbull-trained Ring The Till. The entire has won four of his eight starts in Australia and on Sunday has a useful draw of barrier eight where he will follow out the horse is barrier two which is set to be Lorenzo Shannon (three) with the removal of the scratching. Lorenzo Shannon, to be driven by McKayler Barnes, has been racing in career best form and has won three of his last five starts. As for Turnbull the best draw she is faced with on Sunday is with Captains Call in race two. The gelding had his first start back from a spell last week and has drawn barrier three. “He had no luck first up,” said Turnbull. Turnbull will also drive Don’t Tell Errol in race seven, drawn in barrier nine. Amanda Rando

Trainer Shane Tritton believes his former Grand Circuit pacer Mach Beauty might have flown under the radar of some harness racing followers. The Group 1 winning pacer finished third-placed to Charlaval at Tabcorp Park Menangle last week and following that effort, Tritton thinks Mach Beauty is a promising prospect at Menangle tonight. Engaged in race two, the gelding has drawn barrier eight for the 1609m challenge with Tritton’s wife Lauren taking the reins. “He got everyone excited last week with his run and if it was a mile I think he would have won,” said Shane. “He is a horse that I think most punters will underestimate . . . he doesn’t win very often but he is really on his toes at the moment and going by the way he went last week he should go close to winning this race.” Mach Beauty recorded a mile rate of 1:52.3 to produce his latest win back on July 29 and has placed in four of his nine starts since. A win by Mach Beauty or Bettor Ops in race one could set the tone of a successful night for ‘Team Tritton’ who also have the two favourites in the Group 3 Sue Kelly Ladyship Stakes (1609m). Leading the pack as the $3.80 TAB Fixed Odds favourite is Our Classical Art that will be driven by freelance reinsman James Rattray. “James has driven for the stable a few times before and when Lauren can’t drive one we always look for the best available driver,” said Shane. “I’m not worried about the wide draw with this mare as she has enough gate speed to cross. “I’m really happy with both mares.” The other mare is $4.20 second elect Miss Riviera Belle, which will begin from the widest draw. “I’ll have to see what the owners want to do with her in this race and if she comes with one run at them or not, a lot will depend on how the race is panning out,” said Shane. ‘Team Tritton’ also have the second favourite in the following event, with Lombo Kotakinabalu (nine) the $4 hope in the Allied Express Pace (1609m). The $1.90 favourite is Bling It On (12). The stallion is having his first start back since falling in a race at Albion Park last June. “Bling It On is obviously there but we are in a position to be a bit more aggressive,” said Shane of Lombo Kotakinabalu. “We are just starting to get some fitness into him, I probably wrap him up in cotton wool too much, and Lauren said after his win the other week that it was the best he’s ever felt.”  Amanda Rando

On the subject of the election, no one taking a fair and balanced view of the two horse racing codes in Queensland could say they are comfortable with their future prospects. This includes the bulk of participants, be they punters, owners, trainers or harness racing drivers. Both major parties are trying to buy votes in the country areas with promised injections of funds around the $70 million over four years. Intending voters, and that should be all of us, should think hard about what is on offer. Election promises are easily made, and just as easily broken. What we should be hearing is a commitment to splitting the three codes, if only to ensure that each code's achievements or shortcomings are easily identifiable, and a return to stricter government control. We do not want racing ministers claiming that they have appointed people to run racing and that dissidents should take their complaints back to those people. More Marburg fun HOT on the heels of a successful Summerfest/ Harriott Memorial meeting last Sunday, the merry folk of Marburg have another serve of harness for you today. Seven races are scheduled today and those attending have the chance of taking home the "pick the card” jackpot where $3 can win you $1300. It includes the gate prize of a $100 free bet with bookie Stephen Anthony, plus the "funny money” deal where you bet with no money then use your bogus dollars in the auction after the last race. Marburg race days offer the best burgers, cheap beverages, a great raffle and all for the admission price of $5 adults; members and pensioners $3; with kids under 16 free. Gates open at 10.30am with trials commencing at 11am. Race one starts at noon. Worrying incident THE following press release is about as sad as it gets. Where is racing in Queensland headed when QRIC stewards of whatever code cannot go about their duty without risking assault. There are many in the horse codes who resent the high cost of QRIC, incurred in its bid to provide a clean product in all facets of racing from paddock to track. They will be even more upset when we have to provide police protection to stewards when they enter a licencee's premises. The statement on November 14 read: "Two Queensland Racing Integrity Commission stewards are recovering after they were allegedly assaulted during a stable inspection at Toowoomba this morning. "The stewards, from the Commission's Integrity Regulation Unit, were conducting an inspection at a Toowoomba property when they were approached by an industry participant. "It is alleged the man, who is known to the stewards, sprayed an unknown liquid into the eyes of both of them. "It's further alleged that he then stole the keys from a Queensland Racing Integrity Commission vehicle and drove off in his own vehicle. "Both stewards were transported by Queensland Ambulance for medical treatment. "Detectives from the Queensland Racing Crime Squad are investigating the incident with the assistance of Toowoomba police. "A 73-year-old Pittsworth man is wanted for questioning”. Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said the stewards were acting within their lawful responsibilities when they were subjected to an unprovoked attack. "It's very fortunate that neither of the officers has suffered any long-term damage as a result of what occurred yesterday but having engine degreaser sprayed directly into their face and eyes was a very concerning incident,” Commissioner Barnett said. "I should stress that this is very unusual within the racing industry and most participants treat stewards with respect. "We of course will not condone any assault on any of our staff and when anything like this happens we will ensure that the people responsible are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.'' Handy tips SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight. R1: Box trifecta 1-4-8: Polished Rocks (L. Weidemann)-Our Hi Jinx (K. Gath)-Lancelot Bromac (Amanda Turnbull). R2: Box trifecta 2-3-9: The Charging Moa (Narissa McMullen)-Wynberg Terror (Kelli Dawson)-Zaras Delight (Kate Gath). R3: Box trifecta 1-4-12: Master Montana (C Turpin)-Jakes A Joy (L Weidemann)-Jango Fett (A Turnbull). R4: Quinella 5-10: Constantly Sideways (B Graham) and I'm Johnny Jet (L Weidemann). R5: Quinella 1-8: Anychance (D Hill) and Gas Monkey (K Manning). R6: E/w 5: The Next Star (K Gath). R7: E/w 7: Overlap (C Turpin). R8: Box 1-5-8-10: Ivanov (K Gath)-Lysenko (L Weide- mann)-Spud (C Turpin)- Melpark Royal Son (D. Hill). R9: Quinella 1-6: Win Or Die ( K Dawson) and Only In Rome (A Turnbull). Marburg picks today: R1 - 6-2-3-4. R2: 3-6-7-2. R3: 3-2-1-4. R4: 1-2-3-4. R5: 1-3-7-5. R6: 4-7-3-2. R7: 1-5-4-7. Honour board NOTHING remarkable on the leader board this week. Darrell Graham was top trainer with five winners. He shared driving honours with Pete McMullen and Nathan Dawson at three apiece. Albion Park, November 10: Geronimo Beau (Trent Dawson); Horace Foxley (Narissa McMullen for Tahn Cammilieri); Timmo Time (Adam Sanderson for Shawn Grimsey). Albion Park, November 11: Moonlight Eyre (Danielle McMullen for John McMullen); Rubys Bad Boy (Darrell Graham); Charms On A Roll (Pete for Chantal Turpin). Marburg, November 12: Grizzly Montana (Darrell Graham); Shadow Pass (Darrell Graham); Inciter (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins); Bubbaloobah (Dan Russell); Soldier Of Fortune (Lachie Manzelmann for Karen Schulz); Daenerys Stormborn (Adam Sanderson); Proficient (Chris Petroff for Trevor Lambourn); Riverleigh Jeff (Gary Whitaker for Tess Neaves); Playnserious (Gary Litzow). Albion Park, November 14: Spud (Chris Petroff for Jay Edmunds); The Caringbah Kid (Trent Dawson); Trevs No Angel (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin). Redcliffe, November 15: Black Belt (Madi Dux for Ron Sallis); Flashing Good Time (Danielle McMullen for John McMullen); Rubys Bad Boy (Lachie Manzelmann for Darrell Graham); One Last Roll (Taleah McMullen for Narissa McMullen); Somepartysomewhere (Nathan Dawson for Greg Franklin). Redcliffe, November 16: Beef City Blaze (Nathan Dawson for Peter Greig); Heavens Hint (Nathan Dawson for Stewie Dickson); Tarin Kowt (Pete McMullen for Ron Sallis); The Next Star (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham). by TROT TACTICS with Denis Smith Reprinted with permission of The Queensland Times  

It was an upset of gigantic proportions. But it was also history in the making. Talented trotter Amaretto Sun and harness racing teenage driver Sheree Tomlinson proved victorious in today’s (Friday) Gr.1 $300,000 Haras des Trotteurs Dominion Handicap at Addington in Christchurch. Prepared by respected horseman Ken Ford, Amaretto Sun was friendless in the betting and saluted at odds of $91.20 while defeating The Foot Tapper and Monty Python in the 3200m stand-start classic, the biggest trotting event staged in New Zealand and first staged in 1911. Tomlinson, 19, becomes the first female driver to win the time-honoured trotting feature and showed patience beyond her youthful years when guiding the Sundon gelding to victory. The pre-race hype focused on Tuesday’s Trotting Free-For-All winner Great Things Happen with many expecting the giant trotter to repeat his crushing victory while the flashy Bordeaux was tipped to be his biggest challenger. When the strands released, Amaretto Sun pounced on the early lead before releasing The Foot Tapper while Great Things Happen quickly moved forward and tackled for the lead role. With Great Things Happen controlling the speed, there were little or no moves within the first mile of the event which had punters on good terms with themselves. The lead time was covered in 2:06.8. The first move in the race came via Bordeaux who moved three-wide with 1300m to run while Daryl Boko and Dark Horse joined the developing cover. But Great Things Happen continued to cruise in the leading role and posted sectionals of 29.1 and 29.5 seconds for the first half of the final mile. Approaching the home turn, Great Things Happen found little when challenged quickly by Bordeaux while The Foot Tapper and Amaretto Sun went to the passing lane with Monty Python and Harriet Of Mot both starting to charge deeper off the track. At the 100m mark, it was Amaretto Sun who struck the lead while The Foot Tapper, Bordeaux and Monty Python battled hard. Harriet Of Mot, who almost fell soon after the start, made a break in the final stages and cost itself a certain placing. At the finish, it was Amaretto Sun who sprinted best to score by over a length from The Foot Tapper with another half-length back to Monty Python in third while Bordeaux finished a close-up fourth. The final half was covered in splits of 29.4 and 29.7 seconds. The gross time was 4:04.7 – the mile rate was 2:03.0. It was well outside of the race record set twelve months earlier when Monbet trotted 4:00.7. Race favourite Great Things Happen weakened to finish 11th. "He felt good in the running and has so much speed. It felt amazing," Tomlinson said. “It’s very special for the family.” She added. Tomlinson is the granddaughter of Ford and the family has enjoyed tremendous success in recent times with outstanding trotter Marcoola. The shock result provided Tomlinson with her maiden Group One triumph and it’s a victory she will never forget. Amaretto Sun's sire Sundon won the Dominion in 1990. The next leg of the 2017/18 Australian Pacing Gold Trotting Masters takes place at TABCORP Park, Melton on January 27 with the running of the $300,000 Pryde’s Easifeed Great Southern Star. Chris Barsby

Last season’s top harness racing two-year-old filly Cott Beach is poised to continue on her winning ways when she steps out in the last race at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Cott Beach returned to the track earlier this month after a four-month break. She’s now a three-year-old and she put a field of older pacers to the sword at Bunbury with her scintillating turn of foot from the mobile to lead all the way. Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild believe she’s the best of good things. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, leading tipster Stuart Lowe, and the West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft have all put a star next to Cott Beach’s name. Manning spoke for his colleagues when he said Cott Beach looked as good as her juvenile days at her return. “Cott Beach emerged as WA’s star two-year-old filly last season when winning at six of 10 starts and she appears to have bounced back as good as ever,” he said. “She was most impressive when winning first-up with a strong front-running display over 2100m at Bunbury on November 5. “The filly had not raced since a second to brilliant juvenile Jack Mac in the Golden Slipper last July and she should be fitter for her city return. Expected to lead all the way from gate six.” On-course announcer Ken Casellas and Guild president Wayne Currall are keen on Ohoka Darcy. Casellas spoke for himself and Currall when he said Ohoka Darcy should be in a commanding position from the start from gate two. “On a program in which punters should get plenty of value, Ohoka Darcy gets my nod as the star bet of the evening,” he said. “Chris Lewis will drive the Nathan Turvey-trained five-year-old for the first time in the third heat of the Kersley Pace. “Ohoka Darcy has been freshened up since he sustained a spirited three-wide burst from ninth (and last) in the middle stages to finish third behind Tanaka Eagle on October 20. Four starts before that he led from the pole and won from Our Zak Whitby over 1730m in a 1.56.1 rate.” TABradio’s announcer Matt Young is a fan of Rub Of The Green. “Best of the night is in the FFA in the shape of Rub Of The Green,” he said. “He returned with an effort that was sure to see him fit enough for this run. He’s drawn to lead and over the short course he looks the winner on paper.” The Sunday Times columnist Robbie Dewar is keen on Lets Chase The Dream. “This Gary Hall-trained pacer is still in the Inters and has to win here to justify his place in the series,” he said. “He posted an all-the-way victory at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon and he can go on with it here.” Veteran tipster Bill Brindley fancies the Barry Howlett trained Talktomeurmattjesty. “He’s a classy customer resuming from a spell,” he said. “Chris Lewis has been engaged for the drive and I think he should prove too strong for his main rival, Messi.” Longshot king Pat Harding has made Herrick Roosevelt his best bet. “Herrick Roosevelt should be able to win the Golden Nugget Prelude.” he said. “Faces some good opposition but looks like a Golden Nugget finalist.” VALUE BETS Ernie: James Galleon could improve with Gary Hall Jr electing to drive. Stuart: Space Junk is up in class but well drawn. Will go close. Ryan: Space Junk is drawn to get a similar run as he did when he won at Narrogin. Ken: Kid Colossus meets moderate opposition and is capable of fighting on gamely. Wayne: Rocknroll Lincoln can upstage the more fancied players in the Nugget Prelude. Matt: Auctioneers Elsu has been absolutely flying. Can win the first at good odds. Robbie: Mcardles Gem has drawn the back line in the opening event but can still win. Bill: Courage Tells is dropping in class. Has been running good times in stronger fields. Pat: The Bond-trained Messi is capable of leading all the way from his inside draw. To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Good punting. Wayne Currall

A member of a prominent Tasmanian harness racing family who punched a horse in the head just before a race at Launceston has been stood down by TasRacing. The incident, involving harness racing driver Wade Rattray, was captured on a mobile phone camera while the attendant was handling the Angela Brakey-trained Century Arrow prior to the first race of Wednesday's Newmarket Handicap meeting, with the footage posted to Twitter. Mr Rattray was working as a barrier attendant at the race. He has been described in racing circles as a member of the Rattray "harness racing dynasty". In a statement on Thursday afternoon, TasRacing said Office of Racing Integrity (ORI) stewards had "concluded an inquiry into an incident that occurred at the barrier prior to Race 1 involving barrier attendant Mr Wade Rattray and Century Arrow" at the meeting, finding he had "struck that horse with a clenched fist in the vicinity of the head". "After taking initial evidence at the race meeting, Mr Rattray was stood down from his duties for the remainder of the meeting by the Stewards acting under the provisions of AR 8(r)," TasRacing said. Mr Rattray, who represented Tasmania at the 2016 Australasian Young Drivers' Championship in Perth, was found guilty of "conduct prejudicial to the image of racing". TasRacing said stewards took into account the nature of the offence, the detrimental effects to the image of racing, deterrent factor as well as "Mr Rattray's clean record" and his "personal circumstances". Mr Rattray was fined $1,500. A TasRacing spokesperson said Mr Rattray had been "stood down pending an internal review" which is expected next week and that Mr Rattray "won't be handling horses for TasRacing in the meantime". PHOTO: Wade Rattray's future as an employee with TasRacing is unclear. (Facebook: Wade Rattray) Racing officials 'don't condone cruelty' TasRacing said the ORI would "submit a report relation to this matter" and "work with TasRacing in developing appropriate standards and conduct for barrier staff". Earlier on Thursday, TasRacing CEO Vaughn Lynch said his organisation did not condone animal cruelty. "Animal welfare is a strong focus for TasRacing, and we do not condone what appears to have occurred in the incident in question in any way," he said. Mr Lynch said "training requirements are regularly reviewed and will be considered further following the conclusion of the stewards investigation". With Jason Maskiell aboard Century Arrow, the four-year-old gelding entered the race as favourite, but went on to finish second behind the Mick Burles-trained Clean Acheeva. Mr Rattray has been contacted for comment. Elio Celotto, from the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses, said the $1,500 penalty was "totally inadequate". "What happened in Tasmania is animal abuse, it's a breach of the prevention of cruelty to animals act and they need to be punished accordingly, perhaps a jail sentence." Mr Celotto said the incident was "just another example of the racing industry abusing their horses and forcing them to compete". Reprinted with permission of ABC News

A Victorian harness-racing trainer has been arrested by police as part of a criminal investigation. The Herald Sun has been told the inquiry is looking into allegations of race fixing from several years ago. Detectives from the Victoria Police sporting integrity intelligence unit executed two warrants in central Victoria on Tuesday. The searches were made on properties in the Bendigo area. A Victoria Police spokesman said a 60-year-old man was arrested and interviewed and has been released pending summons. That man has been a harness-racing trainer for decades. “The investigation remains ongoing,” the police spokesman said. A harness-racing figure connected to the properties declined to comment when contacted by the Herald Sun. “I’ve got no comment at all,” he said. Victoria Police set up the sporting integrity intelligence unit in 2013 amid heightened corruption concerns. It has previously run significant investigations into fixing in harness-racing. By Leo Schlink and Mark Buttler, Herald Sun Reprinted with permission of The Herald Sun  

Young New Zealand reinsman Michael Blakemore has been in the harness racing spotlight in recent weeks, driving Donegal Rundlescreek to three wins in a row, with the mare finishing strongly to defeat much-decorated stablemate Dodolicious on each occasion. Punters should seriously consider following Blakemore in the first two events at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he will handle pacers with long losing sequences --- Courage Tells in the TABtouch Inter Dominion Starts November 24 Pace and Mighty Major in the TABtouch Inter Dominion Heat Night Two November 28 Pace. Courage Tells, a ten-year-old trained by Skye Bond, should appreciate a drop down in classification from M4 last January to M2 and he makes plenty of appeal from barrier No. 4 on Friday night. He has been unplaced at his past seven starts and has a losing sequence of 20. But he has been racing in far stronger company in recent times. He is a versatile pacer with excellent gate speed and gets a chance to break through for a win in a field in which not one of the 12 runners has been successful at his or her past six starts. The only runner with a last-start minor placing is the youngest runner, four-year-old Mcardles Gem, who will start from the inside of the back line and is capable of sprinting home strongly. Mcardles Gem, trained at Byford by Peter Anderson, was a $105.20 outsider at his latest appearance, when he trailed the pacemaker and finished third behind Rock Diamonds and Robert The Bruce at Northam last Saturday week. The most interesting runner is Challenging, who is now trained by Mike Reed and will start out wide at barrier eight with Shannon Suvaljko in the sulky. Challenging resumed after a spell at Northam last Saturday week when he raced four back on the pegs before running on to finish fourth behind Rock Diamonds. Mighty Major, a seven-year-old trained by Ryan Cummins, has a losing sequence of 24, but looks a sound prospect from the favourable No. 2 barrier on the front line. His past two runs have been full of merit. Two starts ago he was an outsider at $115.70 and surprised when he raced in fifth place, three back on the pegs, before finishing gamely to be second to smart four-year-old Runrunjimmydunn over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. He followed that with an excellent fourth behind Ruling Gold over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. He was a $23.90 chance from barrier eight and was tenth in the one-wide line at the bell before finishing with a spirited burst. Ken Casellas

Eight-time WA premier harness racing trainer Ross Olivieri has engaged in-form young reinsman Mitch Miller to handle Costa Del Magnifico in the $20,000 TABtouch Inter Dominion Italian Fireworks Night Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he is confident the New Zealand-bred six-year-old will prove too good for his seven rivals. Olivieri engaged Miller to take advantage of Miller’s concession which has made Costa Del Magnifico, an M3-class performer, eligible to contest an event restricted to pacers assessed no better than M2. Miller has started the 2017-18 season in splendid form and is the State’s leading concession driver with 13 wins. He is also in ninth place on the State-wide premiership table. Costa Del Magnifico has drawn perfectly at barrier one and should prove one of the best bets on the ten-event card. “He has the gate speed to hold up and lead and he should win,” said Olivieri. “We’ve had feet problems with him, and we’ve overcome them. He’s done really well since finishing fourth behind Tommy Be Good and The Bucket List in a 2631m stand at Pinjarra on Monday of last week.” Costa Del Magnifico was driven by Chris Voak at his WA debut three starts ago when he began from the 20m mark, raced wide early and then without cover before winning from Perfect Mach and El Comacho over 2503m at Gloucester Park. Deni Roberts then drove him when he raced outside the pacemaker Tanaka Eagle and finished a close second to that pacer in a 2130m mobile at Gloucester Park. Shannon Suvaljko was in the sulky when the handsome horse led and finished fourth at Pinjarra.          Toughest for Costa Del Magnifico to beat are likely to be Lets Chase The Dream and Zach Maguire, who are prepared by Gary Hall Snr. Lets Chase The Dream, a winner of $483,161 from 15 wins and 11 placings from 39 starts, is favourably drawn at barrier two. He will be driven by teenager Corey Peterson, whose concession has enabled the six-year-old to contest this event. Lets Chase The Dream led from barrier two and scored an impressive victory from Superfecta and Our Zak Whitby at a 1.55.4 rate over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. “He will be hard to beat,” said Hall. “He seems to have turned his form around a bit and he went really good at Pinjarra. He’s got lots of stamina and is starting to please me at home. He is still on target to contest the Inters.” Zach Maguire made an excellent return to racing last Friday night when he raced in sixth position in the one-wide line and ran home strongly to be second to the pacemaker Johnny Disco over 2130m, with final quarters of 28sec. and 27.8sec. Ken Casellas

Promising harness racing four-year-old Herrick Roosevelt, a gelding who simply knows where the finishing line is, according to his trainer Gary Hall Snr, continues to improve and is poised to notch his eighth win from nine starts since he met with severe interference and finished a distant last in the WA Derby last April. The New Zealand-bred pacer, who has done all his racing in Western Australia, has the ability to overcome stiff opposition to prevail in the $20,000 Book Your Hospitality For The 2017 TABtouch Perth Inter Dominion Now Golden Nugget Prelude at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He will start from the No. 5 barrier on the front line in the 2130m event, with Gary Hall Jnr in the sulky. His only unplaced run from 13 starts which have produced nine wins and three placings was in the Derby when he started from the outside barrier (No. 9), raced at the rear and was unwinding a spirited three-wide burst before being badly checked in the back straight in the final circuit. His only defeat in his past eight starts was two starts ago when he worked hard in the breeze and fought on grimly to finish third, a head behind dead-heaters Tisadream and Walkinshaw. Herrick Roosevelt is by Christian Cullen and is the first foal out of Falcon Seelster mare Eleanor Roosevelt, a winner at six of her 23 starts in New Zealand. He is being set for the Yes Loans 4YO Classic on Friday week and the rich Retravision Golden Nugget on December 8. He warmed up for this week’s assignment in fine style with an impressive victory in the $25,000 Silver Sands Classic at Pinjarra on Monday of last week. He started from barrier five and settled in seventh position before moving to fourth, one-out and one-back at the bell and then starting a three-wide move 350m from home which took him to the front 90m from the post. He sprinted over the final quarter in 27.1sec. and won convincingly from Rocknroll Lincoln and The Pima Indian. The Hall camp is also hoping for a strong performance in Friday night’s race from Runrunjimmydunn, who faces a stern test from out wide at barrier eight, with Michael Grantham in the sulky. Runrunjimmydunn has won in good style at his past two outings, both over 2130m at Gloucester Park. Owners Steve and Tina Chapman and their son and daughter are hoping that Runrunjimmydunn will follow in the footsteps of the gelding’s close relative Paulas Mate, who won a Golden Nugget prelude in December 1999 before finishing a desperately close third in a thrilling four-way photo verdict which showed that the pacemaker Countess Karla had won from Make The Rules, Paulas Mate and Kamwood Tony. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri is enthusiastic about the prospects of Space Junk, a former Victorian performer who has won at his first two starts in Western Australia. He began off the 20m mark and raced wide early before getting to the front and going on to win easily from El Jacko at a 1.56.9 rate in a 2116m stand at Pinjarra. And then, at Narrogin last Saturday night, he trailed the pacemaker Tisadream before obtaining a clear run in the final stages and scoring by a neck from that pacer. While Olivieri said he expected Space Junk to be prominent, he said he was disappointed that former Victorian pacer Wrappers Delight had not gained a start and had been named as first emergency. Olivieri said he considered that Wrappers Delight, a C4-class pacer, deserved a start, pointing out that the horse has earned $137,628 from nine wins and seven placings from 26 starts. “He was placed in two Group 1 events as a two-year-old at Melton and won the Group 3 Caduceus Club Cup for three-year-olds at Cranbourne last March,” he said. “And he finished a close third to open-class pacers Tricky Styx and Sheer Rocknroll in a trial at Byford on Sunday morning.” The 12 runners in Friday night’s race are all in good form and are recent winners. The Ed Dewar-trained Our Zak Whitby (Chris Lewis) is in sparkling form and should be prominent from barrier three. He boasts a fine record of 12 wins and 17 placings from 37 starts. Betting will be extremely keen and all runners have claims. Ken Casellas

Hall of Fame harness racing trainer Gary Hall Snr has had the favourite in the past four runnings of the Pat Cranley Memorial Pace, but only one Soho Jackman has been successful. Now he has high hopes that Run Oneover will prove too speedy for his seven rivals in the $25,000 1730m sprint at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Hall has three runners, Run Oneover, Ideal Alice and American Boy engaged in this year’s Cranley Memorial and star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr has given punters an important lead by opting to handle Run Oneover, who has been unplaced at his past five starts. Run Oneover has been restrained at the start from the No. 5 barrier at three of his past four outings, and in the other start, last Friday night, he began from the back line and raced at the rear before running home, out three wide, in the final circuit to finish seventh behind stablemate and pacemaker American Boy over 2130m. Hall Snr said that his initial thoughts would be to change tactics in an attempt to get to an early lead from the No. 5 barrier. “I think that is his best go,” he said. “Trying to settle him in recent starts hasn’t worked. So, he’ll come out really hard this week and, hopefully, he can lead. If he does, he’ll go close.” Run Oneover, a New Zealand-bred six-year-old who has had 65 starts for 18 wins and 27 placings for earnings of $441,451, gave a sample of his frontrunning ability when he set the pace from barrier three and won a 2100m heat of the Inter Dominion championship at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park 12 months ago, rating 1.53.8. He has won at three of his eight races over 1730m and has set the pace in winning at nine of his 15 successes in Western Australia. The Hall stable has won the Cranley Sprint twice --- with El Padrino (2012) and Soho Jackman (2014), both driven by Hall Jnr. The Halls finished third with Im Themightyquinn (evens) in 2008, third with My Jasami (20/1) in 2011, fifth with The Ragpickers Dream (6/4) in 2013, second with Crusader Banner (7/2) in 2014, third with Scuba Steve (2/1) in 2015 and fourth with Cyamach (evens) last year. Ideal Alice (Kim Prentice) and American Boy (Nathan Turvey) will need luck from wide barriers, seven and eight, respectively, on Friday night. However, if there is a spirited battle for the lead in the first lap and the pace is fast, both pacers could come into strong contention. Run Oneover looks set to vie for favouritism with Blythewood trainer Michael Brennan’s smart, lightly-raced six-year-old Rub Of The Green, who will be driven by Michael Grantham from the prized No. 1 barrier. Rub Of The Green’s past six outings have been in stands (for two wins). However, he is also a capable mobile performer and good frontrunner who won three group events at Gloucester Park last year, all when he started from the No. 1 barrier and set the pace. Those wins were in the Higgins Memorial, the Binshaw Classic and the Christmas Gift. Brennan will also be represented in Friday night’s feature event by Ona Happy Note, who will be driven by Aiden de Campo from the No. 2 barrier. However, the eight-year-old will be at liberal odds after managing only two third placings from his past 25 starts. Ken Casellas

If harness racing trainer Gavin Smith is looking for inspiration, he doesn’t have to look far.  Fresh from his success earlier this week (Tuesday) with his maiden Group One victory as a trainer with giant trotter Great Things Happen in the $100,000 NZ Trotting FFA at Addington, they will combine again tomorrow (Friday) in the $300,000 Dominion Handicap. The Dominion is the biggest trotting event staged in New Zealand, a time honoured feature staged over the marathon distance of 3200m and from the stand-start. It’s the trotting version of the New Zealand Cup. And it kicks off the 2017/18 Australian Pacing Gold Trotting Masters, a five leg series that takes in features spread between New Zealand and Melbourne, Australia. Many great names feature in the honour roll of the Dominion which was first staged back in 1911 while many have achieved the Cup week double including Monbet last year. A total of 17 trotters have achieved the Cup week double - names include Durban Chief, Tutira, Easton Light, Scotch Tar, Admiral Soanai, Simon Katz, Tobago, William Dee, Call Me Now, Chiola Cola, Take A Moment x 2, Lyell Creek, Stig, Vulcan and I Can Doosit. So, Smith and Great Things Happen aren’t looking to rewrite the record books, more simply just chasing their own slice of Christchurch history and add their names to the exclusive list. Great Things Happen was brilliant winning on Tuesday, winning by a widening margin while equaling the New Zealand record of Monbet. And while he looked very comfortable from the mobile over the short course of 1950m, the extra distance of the Dominion looks even more appealing for the six-year-old Love You gelding. Great Things Happen will sport saddlecloth number six. Flashy trotter Bordeaux looms as a major threat but his chances were hampered after landing a second-line draw (13). The Philip Iggo trained gelding is unbeaten this campaign and again will be handled by star reinsman Dexter Dunn, a rare feature he is yet to win to date during his glittering career. Brothers Tim and Anthony Butt have enjoyed tremendous success in the Dominion; Tim has trained the winner 8 times (Vulcan, Mountbatten, Lyell Creek x 3, Take A Moment x 3) while Anthony has driven the winner 9 times (Simon Katz the extra to Tim’s list). This year they combine with former European trotter Daryl Boko, lining up in his third Dominion and still looking for his maiden success in the great race. Master horseman Paul Nairn is no stranger to success in the Dominion; the unorthodox trainer is a dual winner after scoring with Call Me Now (1995) and Stig (2008). He will be represented by a trio of starters this year including Wilma’s Mate, The Foot Tapper and One Over Da Moon. The Williamson family also boast Dominion success owing to the 2009 triumph of Springbank Richard and this year they will have Monty Python (Phil & Matthew) and Dark Horse (Nathan) lining up in the feature. Another duo chasing further Dominion glory is Ricky May and Kevin Townley, they will combine with talented mare Destiny Jones. May has won the Dominion three times previously including last year with Monbet while Stylish Monarch (2010) and Cedar Fella (1998) were his other winners while Townley scored with Armbro Lady back in 1976. No female driver has won the Dominion; Sheree Tomlinson (Amaretto Sun) and Sam Ottley (Arya) can claim history with their respective drives this year. Female representation of the four legged variety includes Wilma's Mate, Harriet Of Mot, Hey Yo, Destiny Jones, Arya and Dark Horse. The last mare to win the Dominion was Martina H who deadheated with Take A Moment back in 2002. Connections of Harriet Of Mot, Hey Yo, Doctor Bones and Belles Son are all chasing their slice of Dominion history when they line up in the south island feature. The Haras des Trotteurs Dominion is scheduled to start at 4.33pm local time. Chris Barsby

Stalwart New Zealand-bred pacer Destreos notched his first win since arriving in Tasmania three months ago with a sensational harness racing victory in the Cannonball Charge over 1609 metres at Luxbet Park Hobart on Sunday night. The Ken Rattray-trained gelding was having his fifth start in the state since arriving from Queensland in early September. Destreos earned a reputation as a war horse in Queensland where he notched most of his 97 wins and despite having his 439th start he showed the athleticism of a much younger horse to register his first Tasmanian win. Driver Gareth Rattray settled Destreos near last from his outside second-row draw (13) but when the race favourite Devendra, that is Inter Dominion-bound, set off three-wide to make his charge 800 metres out, Rattray latched his charge on his back for a cart home. Devendra hit the front in the home straight but when Rattray called on Destreos to challenge he moved alongside the favourite and powered to the line to score convincingly. "That was how he has to be driven to win here in Tassie because he's always going to draw that bad the way the races are framed," Rattray said. "He's getting closer to 100 wins and hopefully he can to that before the end of the year." Rattray snared a double courtesy of his handy pacer Tuxedo Max scoring another impressive all-the-way win. "I thought Tuxedo Max was next to a good thing from the pole in his race and he never let me down." Destreos and Tuxedo Max will have their next starts in Hobart on Friday week. Peter Staples

A total of 28 horses will contest the 2017 TABtouch Inter Dominion Series, after Racing and Wagering Western Australia announced the final harness racing acceptances today. Seven horses were withdrawn from the series before acceptances were taken, including the fourth ranked Our Dream About Me. The seven withdrawals meant Egodan, Cut For An Ace, Lets Chase The Dream and Tanaka Eagle, who were all outside of the top 30 following the release of the fourth rankings, have now secured a start in the series. Major Reality, Jilliby Jagger, Condrieu, Im Full Of Excuses and Bettor Reward held spots inside the top 30 after the fourth rankings were released, but have now been withdrawn. RWWA Harness Racing Chief Handicapper Warren Wishart said he was pleased with the final field. “While it is disappointing not to have the full complement of 30 runners, the talent in the final acceptances is sure to make for an outstanding series,” said Wishart. Lazarus confirmed his status as the one to beat for the series, with a dominant display in the New Zealand Trotting Cup on Tuesday. Trainer Mark Purdon said on TABradio’s The Sports Daily Lazarus and Have Faith In Me had started the journey to Perth, but indicated stablemate Our Dream About Me would not make the trip.   “The owners of Our Dream About Me want to keep the horse here, and go on to two nice mares races in Auckland,” said Purdon. Lazarus and Have Faith In Me will join 18 other horses set for the Inter Dominion carnival on a flight from Melbourne on Sunday bound for Perth. Tiger Tara will start in a Free For All this Friday night in New Zealand, before starting his journey to Perth on Saturday. The barrier draw for the opening heats of 2017 TABtouch Inter Dominion will take place at Gloucester Park on Monday November 20 at 2pm (WA time) and will be live streamed on the Gloucester Park Facebook page, ahead of the series commencement on Friday November 24. The series once again heads to Bunbury for the second round on Tuesday November 28. The third and final set of heats will be held at Gloucester Park on Friday December 1, before the Grand Final on Friday December 8. Warren Wishart                                                                            RWWA, Harness Racing Chief Handicapper                                 P: 08 9445 5283                                                                                                                      HORSE Trainer 1st Ranking 2nd Ranking 3rd Ranking 4th Ranking LAZARUS NZ by Bettor's Delight      Mark Purdon 1 1 1 1 LENNYTHESHARK by Four Starzzz Shark   David Aiken 2 2 2 2 CHICAGO BULL NZ by Bettor's Delight Gary Hall Snr 3 3 3 3 HAVE FAITH IN ME NZ by Bettor's Delight Mark Purdon 9 5 5 5 TIGER TARA NZ by Bettor's Delight Kevin Pizzuto 5 6 6 6 SOHO TRIBECA by American Ideal Kim Prentice 8 9 7 7 SHANDALE NZ by Art Major Mike Reed 29 30 9 8 OHOKA PUNTER NZ by Bettor's Delight Gary Hall Snr 7 8 8 9 MAJOR CROCKER by Art Major Vince Vallelonga 12 10 11 10 YAYAS HOT SPOT NZ by Jeremes Jet S P Tritton, L R Tritton 20 20 12 11 DEVENDRA by Bettor's Delight Todd Rattray 13 13 13 12 THE BUCKET LIST NZ by Christian Cullen Michael Brennan 17 17 16 13 RUN ONEOVER NZ by Changeover Gary Hall Snr 10 12 14 14 MOTU PREMIER NZ by Bettor's Delight Ross Olivieri 22 21 20 15 SAN CARLO by Mach Three Stephen O'Donoghue 42 41 30 16 OUR JIMMY JOHNSTONE NZ by P Forty Seven  Skye Bond 18 18 17 17 JAMBIANI by Safari Ross Olivieri 23 22 18 18 SIMPLY SUSATIONAL NZ by Elsu Skye Bond 27 23 19 19 GALACTIC STAR NZ by Bettor's Delight Skye Bond 30 29 21 20 AMERICANBOOTSCOOTA by Allamerican Ingot   Debra Lewis 33 31 24 23 MR MOJITO NZ by Real Desire Kerryn Manning 35 33 27 24 CODE BLACK NZ by Bettor's Delight Kevin Pizzuto 48 43 28 27 VULTAN TIN by Dawn Ofa New Day Phil Costello 39 37 31 28 MAJORDAN by Art Major Amanda Turnbull 59 44 32 29 EGODAN by Sportswriter Kevin Pizzuto 71 49 34 31 CUT FOR AN ACE by Aces N Sevens Michael Brennan 63 60 35 32 LETS CHASE THE DREAM NZ by Bettor's Delight  Gary Hall Snr 34 38 36 33 TANAKA EAGLE by Elsu Reg Phillips 83 81 41 34

Warwick's once-a-year harness racing meeting at Allman Park has been bolstered by huge news. Garrard's Horse and Hound, a renowned supplier of gear in the industry, have once again come aboard for the Warwick Pacing Cup program on December 9. As well as holding naming rights of the feature meeting, Garrard's will provide a sponsor's fee for the Pacing Cup winner to Changeover, a champion New Zealand standardbred now residing in Queensland. Changeover had a distinguished career across the ditch, including winning the 2008 New Zealand Cup, six group ones and over $2.4 million in prizemoney. Darling Downs Harness Racing Club president Anthony Collins says the news is big for the signature race. "Having the service to Changeover is a big coup for the club,” Collins said. "He's relatively new to Queensland in his first season, and is from the same sire as Courage Under Fire. "He is now standing at Burwood Stud at Pittsworth for $2200, and is a real champion of the sport. "Chris Garrard is a fantastic supporter of grassroots racing right across Australia,” he said. "To have a big name associated with our Cup is huge.” The six-race card promises no shortage of thrilling on-course action, headlined by the $5450 Pacing Cup, and the marathon 2950-metre trotters handicap. "The distance race of the program promises to be a real spectacle,” Collins said. "Horses will start in the back straight before passing the post and completing a full circuit. "It's the first running of the race, and we've already recieved a bit of interest from trotting trainers, so we're hopeful of achieving a capacity field.” The Garrard's Warwick Pacing Cup will be held on Saturday 9 December at Allman Park. Gates for the six-race program open at 11am, with kids entertainment, bookmakers, UBET facilities, food and drink all available. Admission is $15, with pavillion bookings available by calling Kristen on 0414 899 854. by Sean Teuma Reprinted with permission of The Warwick Daily News

With his second successive New Zealand Cup win on Tuesday the raging Inter Dominion favourite Lazarus cruised past Winx notching his 25th harness racing Group and Listed Race win. In fact his record overall is also better than the champion thoroughbred mare. Career Record Lazarus             36 starts           31 wins             2 seconds         3 thirds             0 unplaced Winx                 32 starts           26 wins             3 seconds         0 thirds             3 unplaced Group and Listed Race record Lazarus             28 starts           25 wins             1 second          2 thirds             0 unplaced Winx                 30 starts           24 wins             3 seconds         0 thirds             3 unplaced One of Lazarus’s third placings in a Group One race was his third in the Group One New Zealand Sires Stakes final for 2yo colts and geldings on 15th May 2015. The first four home in that race were Lets Chase The Dream, Motu Premier, Lazarus and Shandale and all four will line up in Perth in the 2017 Inter Dominion Championship next week. Western Australia’s leading fancy for the Inter Dominion in Chicago Bull could only manage ninth place in that elite field while a couple of other current WA horses in Gaz Wannabet and Harry Hoo finished 12th and 13th respectively. Lazarus arrives in Perth on Sunday for his 2017 Inter Dominion campaign. Winx is unlikely to ever arrive in Perth Alan Parker

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