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Connections of the exceptionally-bred harness racing performer Vanderley are confident he is ready make up for lost time. Successful at two of his first five starts, Vanderley was sidelined in May 2013 before returning at Tabcorp Park Melton last night for leading horsewoman Emma Stewart. Registering a strong victory with Gavin Lang in the cart, the five-year-old is capable of completing a smooth transition through the grades according to Stewart. Vanderley is owned by Stewart's partner, Clayton Tonkin. "He is a nice type, which can certainly win his share of races," Stewart said. "He has come back a maiden as his wins were as a two-year-old and three-year-old, which puts him on an easy mark. "Although his win tonight was only in a C0, he is capable of bigger things and shouldn't have much trouble getting through the classes." Eased into stride from the outside of the front row, Vanderley worked three-wide without cover from the bell before accounting for Stylishgate and Grininalltheway. Covering the last half in 56.7 seconds, the stallion rated a slick 1:56.6 for the 1720 metres. "Although he was first-up for a year-and-a-half we felt he would be too sharp for them," Stewart said. "His work at home has been impressive and he was ready to run a good race. "This run will do him the world of good and he will be better again next time out." By boom sire Art Major, Vanderley is from broodmare gem, Secret Life, which boasts five winners from six starters, including two Group One stars. Also members of Stewart's stable, Beauty Secret ($337,436) and Major Secret ($235,642) head the dam's progeny. In fact, Beauty Secret reminded her younger half-brother "who's boss" when she scored first-up later in the evening. With Lang holding the reins, the daughter of Armbro Operative was never fully extended in beating Shakti Bromac and Glencoe V C in 1:58.6 for the 2240 metres. "She has come back well," Stewart said. "We'll be looking at the main mares' races with her, with the Ladyship Mile the main aim further down the track." The clan also traces back to outstanding performers such as Safe And Sound, Gold Rock, Massarua and Doubter. by Paul Courts, for

Talented Victorian pacer Abettorpunt is expected to be a major improver in tomorrow night’s harness racing Grand Circuit opener. Sent north for a two-start Queensland campaign, Abettorpunt failed to settle into his new surroundings ahead of his last week’s Gold Coast Cup. Although the son of Bettors Delight performed admirably when third behind Avonnoa, trainer David Lewis wasn’t happy with Abettorpunt’s condition heading into the feature. “He just wouldn’t settle in during the first few days,” Lewis said. “Before last week’s run he had barely eaten and was in a sooking mood. “I think it came down to being in a small yard instead of his normal open paddock and he just didn’t like it. All he would eat was a bit of hay and that was when we stayed with him and watched him. “When no one was there keeping him company, he just wouldn’t eat.” To Lewis’ joy, Abettorpunt has “picked up” this week, including eating his feed and bouncing around the yard, as he heads into the Queensland Pacing Championship at Albion Park. “He has settled in a lot better as his stay has gone on,” Lewis said. “He has picked right up, is eating better and is in a general better mood. “I expect him to improve in the Championship, although the draw hasn’t helped.” As Lewis pointed out, Abettorpunt will begin from the middle of the second row, with in-form local, Avonnova, and proven star For A Reason faring better along the front line. One of two Belinda McCarthy-trained runners, For A Reason will begin from three, with Avonnova to come out of five. “Avonnova is the one to beat,” Lewis said. “If he can get to the front and have a quiet time of it, I don’t think he will be beaten. “Our draw isn’t the best, but sometimes in these big races being off the second row can help if they go hard up front. “I’m much happier with him this week, but we’ll just have to see how the race pans out.” PAUL COURTS

Star harness racing mare Libertybelle Midfrew, the youngest runner in tonight’s McInerney Ford Pace at Gloucester Park, is on trial for next week’s Mount Eden Sprint. Hazlemere trainer Mike Reed declared the New Zealand-bred four-year-old is in splendid shape for her first assignment for six weeks and is confident of success. Winner of eight of her last nine starts, Libertybelle Midfrew has drawn awkwardly on the inside of the back line, but to connections’ delight, her main rivals are also drawn along the back. Brilliant pacer Soho Jackman has the outside of the back line to contend with, as does his stablemate Soho Highroller. New Zealand-bred geldings Galactic Galleon and Tuapeka Kahu have fared better in gates one and two. Libertybelle Midfrew was highly impressive in winning two trials at Byford over 2150 metres during the past fortnight, with driver Mark Reed motionless in the cart. Mike originally nominated Libertybelle Midfrew for the Navy Cup, but opted to start her in a M1 to M3 mobile against weaker opposition. “She hasn’t had that much racing, so I thought I’d pick out an easier race first instead of going up against the big boys straight away,” Mike explained. “Sooner or later she will race against the best. Maybe we’ll head for the big one, the Mount Eden Sprint, the following week. That will depend on how she goes on Friday night. “I couldn’t be happier with her the way she’s going. It’s not the best of draws, but we’re there and we’ve got to do the best we can. We’ve got the option of staying on the back of the pole marker Galactic Galleon, hoping that he can hold up. “It’s up to what Mark wants to do. If she gets beaten, she gets beaten and it won’t be the end of the world. It’s a good field, but I think that she can come from last and win.” KEN CASELLAS

It’s that time of the week as Harnesslink presents another ‘Flashback Friday’, written by multiple award-winning journalist PAUL COURTS. If you have any past champions or magical moments you’d like to relive, contact Paul who will be glad to hear from you…enjoy! Memories of one of Western Australia’s most loved heroes – Preux Chevalier - will be sparked at Gloucester Park tonight. The former idol will be honoured with the running of the Preux Chevalier Final for M0 mares. While Preux Chevalier is no longer with us, having died at the ripe age of 29 in 2007, the stallion’s feats will live on forever. Bred by Roy and Lil Adam, Preux Chevalier was trained by Barry Perkins throughout his career for owners Ken and Wendy Lavin. One of the greatest pacers produced on this side of the equator, Preux Chevalier’s exhilarating speed exciting onlookers, who affectionately referred to him as ‘The Frog.’ Given the moniker due to his French name, Preux Chevalier translates to Valiant Knight, which is fitting for a star which overcame numerous obstacles. By Lumber Dream from Heather Frost, Preux Chevalier was foaled on September 13, 1978, and after being broken in by Perkins, was due to make his debut as a two-year-old only to be scratched on the eve of the race. Perkins discovered the freshman was suffering from a minor injury, with the youngster undergoing a stifle operation, which kept him sidelined for the season. Fourth on debut in December 1981, Preux Chevalier took until his sixth start before breaking his maiden at the juicy odds of 40/1. Ironically, his victory was recorded on Inter Dominion night at Gloucester Park, but few would have guessed they’d seen a future Inter Dominion winner in the making! Racing his way into the West Australian Derby, Preux Chevalier was pulled out of the Blue Riband after travelling 200 metres and was subsequently found to have fractured his cannon bone. Returning as a four-year-old, Preux Chevalier raced nine times for seven wins and two thirds. One of those thirds came in the Golden Nugget behind fellow stars, Classic Garry and Wondai’s Mate, with Classic Garry leading throughout to equal the track record. In his final outing for the term, Preux Chevalier rated 2:00 at Gloucester Park to break the track record shared by dual Inter Dominion winner, Gammalite and Wondai’s Mate. Nine wins from 10 starts as a five-year-old saw Preux Chevalier earn $153,025 - placing him third behind champions, Gammalite and Popular Alm, as the nation’s richest earners for the 1983/84 season. Among his victories that term was the 1983 West Australian Cup, beating Wondai’s Mate and Black Irish – his 13th consecutive win. Despite his rise to the top of Australian racing, Perkins decided to bypass the 1984 Adelaide Inter Dominion, but made the trip to Sydney for the Miracle Mile in January. Favourite at 8/11, Preux Chevalier was settled at the tail of the field, and despite Perkins angling him three-wide at the bell, was a beaten conveyance along the back straight, finishing last as Double Agent raced to glory. Sent for a spell upon his return home, Preux Chevalier came back with a vengeance during his next campaign. Racing 21 times during the 1984/85 season for 18 wins and three placings, Preux Chevalier earned a record $448,678 for the term. Winning his first nine starts, the boom performer was on target for another east coast challenge – this time his true colours shone through. A hit and run mission to Moonee Valley resulted in victory in the Winfield Gold Cup, before returning home for a gutsy second behind Village Kid in the WA Cup. Taken back to Harold Park for the 1985 Miracle Mile, Preux Chevalier secured the prestigious sprint in a record 1:56.7. A week later Preux Chevalier dead-heated with Paleface Bubble in the Harold Park Cup – the first time a major race had produced a dead-heat at the Glebe circuit. Preux Chevalier was finally ready to contest an Inter Dominion, heading to Melbourne for the 1985 Championship. First stop on the road to the series was his triumph in the Hunter Cup, beating Wondai’s Mate and Panyan, while smashing Popular Alm’s world record by a second-and-a-half. A dominant pre-post favourite for the Inter Dominion, Preux Chevalier made a clean sweep of the series, beating Village Kid and Game Oro in the Final. Sent for a well-earned break after the Final, Preux Chevalier returned with a third and a second before rounding out the season with a WA Winter Cup win. Preux Chevalier was unbeaten from five Australian starts the following season, while lowering his best time to 1:54.3. Sent across the Tasman after a successful trip to Queensland, Preux Chevalier was unplaced in the New Zealand Cup before securing the NZ Free-For-All and finishing second in the Travelodge Free-For-All. Set for the Australian Pacing Championship at Moonee Valley, Preux Chevalier was scratched from the series by what was to be a career-ending suspensory injury. Later named Australian Horse of the Year, Preux Chevalier was retired to stud with 41 wins and 10 placings from 56 starts. PAUL COURTS

Harness Racing South Australia has thrown its weight behind the rejuvenated SA BOTRA Yearling and Mixed Sale. After a several-year hiatus, the sale is back due to popular demand and will be conducted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Globe Derby. As an enticement for all potential buyers, HRSA has donated four $1000 vouchers to be used towards the purchase of a yearling at the sale. Connections of all runners in the South Australian Cup, Derby and Oaks will be eligible for a voucher. The three popular features are scheduled to be run during the Cup Carnival on January 3 and 10. A random draw will be conducted for the first three vouchers. The remaining voucher will be won by a member of the public attending the Cup program on January 10. BOTRA vice-president Lois Randall said: “on behalf of BOTRA we would like to thank Harness Racing SA for its support of the sale” PETER WHARTON

Having taken possession of Easy On The Eye earlier this week, Shane Tritton’s harness racing stable continues to grow. A top rated New Zealand pacer, Easy On The Eye arrived in New South Wales on Monday after being purchased by clients of Tritton. Expected to make an impact on the Grand Circuit, the son of Christian Cullen has been aimed at next month’s SEW-Eurodrive Miracle Mile. As for Tritton’s latest acquisition, the premier trainer is now in charge of last season’s star two-year-old, Artistic Flite. Artistic Flite had 13 starts under the guidance of Anton Golino for five wins and six placings, earnings a bankroll of $163,494. Victorious in the Bathurst Gold Crown, the colt was second in the Group One Australian Pacing Gold and Seymour Nursery Finals. Thrilled with the youngster’s arrival, Tritton will set the son of Artistic Fella for the various Derbys. “We are very excited to have a horse like him in the stable,” Tritton declared. “He’s a very nice type which we will aim at the majors. “At this stage I will just bring him up slowly with the view of having him ready for the Derbys in the New Year. “There is no set date for his return…he will tell us when he’s ready.” PAUL COURTS

Star harness racing performer Baby Bling has been retired. Following her lack lustre effort at Menangle a fortnight ago, connections had Baby Bling thoroughly vetted, with the result “very disappointing.” Tests revealed Baby Bling has a “hairline fracture in her back”, which requires a lengthy spell. Given the daughter of Western Terror was to be retired later in the season, the decision was made to immediately “pull the pin on her career” according to co-owner Harvey Kaplan. “That was the worst run of her career, so we knew something was wrong,” Kaplan declared. “We had the vets go right over her which found a hairline fracture in her back. “We were going to retire her after the Ladyship Mile, and while it would have been good to get to that, we’ve decided to pull the pin on her career. “She would have needed at least three months off, which meant she would more than likely have missed the Ladyship anyway.” An exceptionally-bred mare, Baby Bling will be served by Art Major – which is also the sire the Grand Circuit winner’s two-year-old half-brother, Blingittothemax. “We looked at a number of stallions, but have decided on Art Major for her first foal,” Kaplan said. “You know what you are going to get with Art Major…a good looking, good sized foal.” A top youngster, Baby Bling registered the first of her Group One wins in the 2011 Australian Oaks at Melton before emerging as the nation’s premier aged mare at five. In a stellar campaign, Baby Bling won the Western Australia Mares’ Classic before becoming just the third member of the ‘fairer sex’ to capture the Miracle Mile. “Her Miracle Mile win rates as her biggest,” Kaplan said. “Races like that are why we own horses. “We expected a big run from her that day, but you never really expect to win. “It is a dream to have a horse in a race like that, let alone winning.” Baby Bling heads to the breeding barn with a record of 21 wins and 10 placings from 55 starts for earnings of $854,490. PAUL COURTS

Harness Racing NSW has suspended the licence of trainer Dean Chapple pursuant to Rule 183. HRNSW has taken these measures after receiving a report from the Australian Government National Measurement Institute that cobalt above the threshold was detected in a post race urine sample taken from ARTSU NZ following its win in race 4, the ATAC MARATHON PACE (3110 metres) conducted at Tamworth on 1 September 2014. The “B” sample and associated control sample have been sent to the ChemCentre in Western Australia for confirmatory testing. - HRNSW Media

Despite reports to the contrary, comeback hero Philadelphia Man was never going to compete in the Popular Alm Sprint at Kilmore on Sunday. A notable absentee from the fields, Philadelphia Man is being kept fresh ahead of the Smoken Up Sprint at Melton on November 7. Co-trainer Emma Stewart confirmed the rising star’s plans, stating the son of Art Major “was never heading towards Kilmore”. Philadelphia Man returned from a 27-month absence to register a scintillating victory at Melton last Friday night. “Kilmore was never part of our plans,” Stewart said. “He will be kept ticking along at home before the Smoken Up Sprint.” Should the six-year-old race as expected in the Group Two, Stewart will head to Menangle for the Coca-Cola Sprint a week later in a bid to earn a berth in the Miracle Mile. Australasia’s premier speed test, the Miracle Mile is scheduled to be held at Menangle on November 29. “At this stage he will be racing in the various sprints to try and get into the Miracle Mile,” Stewart said. “He has pulled up great from his first run back, so now we will work towards the Smoken Up Sprint. “Then we will see how he is after that run and go from there.” The Smoken Up Sprint has been run under several names throughout the years, with Harness Racing Victoria changing it again, this time to honour the recently retired champion. Originally named the Melbourne Mile and run on Melbourne Cup eve, the 1609-metre dash was then combined with the Pacing Australia Legends – run over 1940 metres - to become the Legends Mile, then The Legends before being altered in July. PAUL COURTS

Already a member of an elite harness racing fraternity, Bitobliss will tackle a new challenge at Kilmore’s Cup meeting on Sunday. At is stands, Bitobliss is one of only three pacers to register consecutive wins in the club’s flagship event since its inauguration in 1964 when captured by You Crovottie. Thanks to his victories in 2011 and ’12, the Scott Stewart-trained stallion sits alongside Popular Alm and Game Oro to form the ‘terrific three’. Popular Alm was the first to achieve the feat in 1981 and ’82, followed by Game Oro in 1985 and ’86. Stewart is hoping Bitobliss’ connection to Popular Alm can continue in the Sprint named after the former superstar. Popular Alm was prepared by the late Bob and Vin Knight, who Stewart worked for during the late 1980s and early ‘90s. As for Bitobliss, he has drawn perfectly in barrier one in the 1690-metre feature. “That is a top barrier, but hopefully we haven’t used up all our luck with the draw,” Stewart declared. “From there I’d like to see him hold the lead, but we’ll have to see what happens when the mobile lets them go.” Although first-up for three months, Bitobliss is in “pretty good shape” after three solid trials, with Stewart confident of forward showing. “He’s had three good trials and his work at home has been great,” Stewart said. “He has certainly come up better than he did when he had a few runs last July. “His work has lifted and he is just generally better within himself. “I would have liked to have another crack at the Cup, but it’s just too much first-up from a spell.” Following his provincial engagement, Bitobliss will return to Tabcorp Park Melton for the Smoken Up Sprint on November 7. Should the son of Blissfull Hall race as expected, Stewart will head to Menangle for the Coca-Cola Sprint a week later in a bid to earn a berth in the Miracle Mile. Australasia’s premier speed test, the Miracle Mile is scheduled to be held at Menangle on November 29. “All that depends on how well he is going,” Stewart said. “For now I’m just concentrating on Kilmore then we will go from there.” PAUL COURTS

Traffic shapes as the main issue standing in the way of boom harness racing performer Guaranteed in his bid for a record-equalling win at Kilmore on Sunday. Engaged in the club’s famed Cup, Guaranteed is aiming to join former South Australian great Nevada Smoke as the only pacers to complete the Nyah/Kilmore Cup double. Nevada Smoke set the benchmark with his brilliant victories in 1974, while Guaranteed was triumphant in last Saturday night’s Nyah feature. Only two other pacers have won both provincial features, albeit different years, with Game Oro successful in the 1984 Nyah Cup before completing consecutive Kilmore Cup wins in ’85 and ’86. Bold Cruiser repeated the dose with a Nyah win in 2007 and a Kilmore victory the following season. As for Guaranteed’s attempt at a slice of history, the five-year-old has drawn awkwardly on the inside of the second row in the 3150-metre handicap. Disappointed with the barrier co-trainer Emma Stewart, who prepares her team with Clayton Tonkin, remains confident Guaranteed can continue his winning form. The son of Artsplace had had two starts this campaign, with his other victory coming in the Melton Plate when first-up from a spell. “The draw isn’t what you would ask for, but that’s part of racing,” Stewart said. “He has come from the second row plenty of times. “The biggest concern is traffic and hoping he can avoid any early trouble if those in front, or next to, him gallop away. “As long as he gets a clean go at them, he will be very hard to beat.” Citing Maximan as the main danger, Stewart believes Im Corzin Terror will be ready to produce his best after three eye-catching runs from a spell. Boasting four wins and a second for trainer Andy Gath, Maximan will come from seven – the outside of the front row. Winner of last season’s standing start Maryborough Cup, Im Corzin Terror has drawn four, but will slot into three with the removal of the emergency for trainer Amanda Grieve. “Although he’s drawn wide, Maximan is the one to beat,” Stewart said. “He’s a very nice type and will be ideally suited to these conditions. “Im Corzin Terror has proven himself on the country cups circuit, and after a few runs this time in, will also be in it for a long way.” PAUL COURTS

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Regardless of form, or draw, the safe bet in Saturday night’s Queensland Pacing Championship – which doubles as the beginning of harness racing’s Grand Circuit – is McCarthy. Which McCarthy is harder to select, but given the family’s history with the feature, picking the right one is likely to be the best wager of the night at Albion Park. The McCarthys have won seven of the past eight editions of the Group One, beginning with Cobbity Classic in 2004. Trained by the elder statesman, John, Cobbity Classic was driven by his son, Luke. Luke then trained and drove Slipnslide to glory in 2005 and ‘06, with John finishing third on both occasions with Be Good Johnny. Four years later Luke repeated the dose with Mr Feelgood, which was too classy in 2010 and ‘11. John finished second with Washakie in 2010 and fourth with the same pacer the following year. The father and son joined forced to score with Washakie in 2012 before John combined with Luke’s trainer-wife, Belinda, to win with Ideal Scott last season. Only Natalie Rasmussen’s two wins with Blacks A Fake in 2008 and ’09 have stopped the McCarthys during the past nine years. The race was not run in 2007 due to the Equine Influenza breakout. As for their latest assault on the time-honoured event, the McCarthys boast four runners – two from John’s team and two from Belinda’s stable. John will partner Blazin N Cullen from barrier six, with Bart Cockburn to take the reins behind Machtavish, which has drawn gate nine. Belinda’s brother-in-law, Todd, will drive Our Hi Jinx, which has drawn the pole, while Luke is sticking with For A Reason from three. The leading prospect of the quartet, For A Reason is expected to be at his peak following two eye-catching runs from a spell. Finishing fourth on both occasions, the son of Art Major is no stranger to top shelf glory at the circuit, having captured the Queensland Derby in 2010. Rejuvenated pacer Avonnova shapes as the candidate most likely to halt the McCarthy onslaught for local trainer Ian Gurney. Successful in last week’s Gold Coast Cup, which saw Blazin N Cullen, For A Reason and Machtavish among the beaten brigade, Avonnova faces a tougher task from barrier five. Another son of Art Major, Avonnova was named Queensland Horse of the Year last Sunday, with a victory this weekend the perfect complement to his new title. PAUL COURTS

Dazzling victories by Sensational Gabby during the past fortnight have boosted Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri’s confidence ahead of Friday night’s Navy Cup at Gloucester Park. With the mare drawn favourably in barrier two, Olivieri believes Sensational Gabby can provide him with his fourth success in the feature. Olivieri’s Cup winners are Chipmont (1991), Western Gentleman (1994), Mark Craig (1995) and Super Strike (1996). Victory would also make daughter of Yankee Sensation just the seventh mare in the event’s 43-year history to emerge triumphant, with Petite Arab the trendsetter in 1966, followed by Mount Mist (1968), Anna’s Ann (1977), Maid Aachen (1978), Windy Jean (1979) and Golden Goddess in 1998. Leading driver Chris Voak has no doubt a mare will take out the Group Three, but he believes it won’t be Sensational Gabby, but rather his charge, Leda Mcnally. At their previous encounter Leda Mcnally sat outside Sensational Gabby before finishing a gutsy third in the Members’ Sprint. With Leda Mcnally drawn ideally in the pole, Voak predicts the roles will be reversed. “We’ve got the barrier draw and Gabby hasn’t been able to beat Leda when she has led,” Voak said. “Sensational Gabby has beaten Leda McNally only once, and that was last Friday week. This week I’m sure Leda McNally will jump to the front and Sensational Gabby will not be able to cross her. “In my opinion Leda McNally is every bit as quick as Sensational Gabby. I have driven both mares and Leda will definitely lead this week. Gabby can’t cross her.” Handy pacer Polak’ shapes as the biggest danger to the popular pair despite drawing awkwardly in barrier six for Hazelmere trainer Mike Reed and his reinsman-son, Mark. First-up from a spell last week, Polak showed scintillating speed during the latter stages to come from the tail of the field to finish second behind Sensational Gabby. “That run will have done him the world of good,” Mike declared. “He’ll improve on the run and be right in it on Friday night.” The Reeds boast an outstanding Navy Cup record, having won the event eight times. Mike has six victories as a trainer, beginning with Sylvie's Secret in 1986 and followed by Manageable (1989), Time Symbol (1992), Golden Resonator (2001), Tricky Vic (2002) and La Valiente (2004). Mark was successful with Golden Resonator, Tricky Vic La Valiente, Another Party (1999) and Skippers Trick (2000). PAUL COURTS

Harness Racing New South Wales has adjourned the steward’s inquiries set down for today into the Cobalt cases involving Neil Day and Dean McDowell. Cobalt above the threshold was detected in urine samples taken from Benzi Mash following its win at Goulburn on February 24, 2014 as well as McDowell’s runners - Chevals Charlie and The Twilight Dancer - at Bankstown on February 28, 2014. The adjournment was granted following Day and McDowell lodging a Notice of Appeal against the decision of Justice Adamson on October 14 in the NSW Court of Appeal. A copy of that decision can be found at Day and McDowell also simultaneously filed two applications - one with the Court of Appeal and one with the Supreme Court - seeking an injunction against the inquiries proceeding. The application to the Supreme Court has been dismissed. The application to the Court of Appeal will be heard on Monday, October 27. The steward’s inquiries have been adjourned to allow the hearing of the injunction application by the Court of Appeal.  The inquiries have been reconvened as follows: The inquiry involving Day has been adjourned to 2pm Tuesday, October 28; The inquiry involving McDowell has been adjourned to not before 3.30pm Tuesday, October 28. Both Day and McDowell have been suspended pursuant to Rule 183, and cannot perform any duties that would otherwise require a licence. They have not sought to challenge the suspension as part of their current injunction applications pending the hearing of the appeal, but have sought to have the inquiries adjourned pending finalisation of that appeal. HRNSW Media

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