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After the brilliant performance from Lennytheshark in heat 2 of the Inter Dominions tonight at Gloucester Park, it would have been a very brave man who suggested that he could be beaten in the series. However just an hour later in heat three, Philadelphia Man reminded fans on course that he was more than capable of upsetting the favourite. Allowed to come out at his own speed by driver Gavin Lang as Mach Beauty and Bettors Fire went to war early, Philadelphia Man slotted in three back in the running line through the first couple of laps. Flushed out at the 700 metres mark, Philadelphia Man quickly ranged up alongside Mach Beauty and Avonnova at the 500 metres mark. Mach Beauty stopped shortly after leaving the two experienced grand circuit campaigners to fight out the finish. The seven-year-old son of Art Major gradually wore down Avonnova for a very impressive win with Gavin Lang all smiles post race. " It's not a bad effort to sit three wide from the 700 and still wear down a tough campaigner like Avonnova." " They went so hard up front, he was always going to be a big chance to run over them late." "He was having a little bit of trouble on the bends but he should be so much better for the experience tonight," Gavin said. The third heat of the series was the quickest of the night after the early burn with the 2138 metres being cut out in 2:30.6, a mile rate of 1:53.8 with closing sectionals of 56.6 and 27.8. So while Lennytheshark was brilliant in heat two, Philadelphia Man served notice in heat three that he won't go down without a huge fight. Harnesslink Media  

While Lennytheshark is a warm favourite to take out this years Inter Dominions Final, his support in the second heat at Gloucester Park tonight waxed and waned all day leading up to the race. As short as $1:50 at one stage, Lennytheshark drifted out to $1:90 as punters climbed on the Flaming Flutter bandwagon which saw that runner shorten from a $6 quote into $3:60 Lennytheshark and Flaming Flutter came out running early with Flaming Flutter from barrier two grabbling the lead for Greg Sugars from Our Blackbird and Clint Hall who trailed and Chris Alford slipped "Lenny" into the one by one behind Billies A Star. With just over a 1000 metres to go 'Lenny' was flushed out three wide by Major Crocker and was posted there for the remainder of the race. With 500 metres to go,Alford pushed the go button and "Lenny" quickly went up to Flaming Flutter and went sailing on bye and raced away for an emphatic victory. Our Blackbird got home well for second in front of a battling Flaming Flutter but the winner was in a class of his own. Chris Alford was a happy man post race. " He has had a burn out of the gate early, but got a nice run after that" "I didn't want to come out when I did but I couldn't risk being trapped." " He felt really strong down the back straight and when I asked him to go he really finished the race off well." "I couldn't be happier with the run," Chris said. The six-year-old son of Four Starzzz Shark paced the 2138 metres in 2:33.1, a mile rate of 1:55.6 with sharp closing sectionals of 55.6 and 27.6 If anyone had any doubts about Lennytheshark's credentials to be the series favourite, tonights run has well and truly laid those to rest. On that run, it is going to take a mighty effort to lower his colours in this years Inter-Dominions. Harnesslink Media

Injury may have denied star Tasmanian pacer Beautide the chance to win three successive Inter Dominions but his Tasmanian replacement Devendra might have what it takes to take out this latest edition of the series in Perth, Western Australia. At Gloucester Park in Perth tonight (Friday) Devendra signalled a warning to his 30 rivals that he will be a serious contender for the title with a brilliant all-the-way win in the opening heat over 2130 metres. With his trainer James Rattray in the sulky, Devendra showed brilliant gate speed to lead and after travelling 400 metres he had the odds-on favourite Waylade ($1.40) breathing down his neck facing the breeze. But those who invested in Devendra backing him in from $8 to start the $5.60 second elect were rubbing their hands with glee when the Bettor's Delight gelding slipped clear in the home straight. Devendra went on to score by about six metres from Waylade with Shannonsblast a distant third. "He is a really good racehorse that is going to handle this track and he is in great order as he showed tonight," Rattray said. "Having won the past two Inter Dominions with Beautide it's nice to have the chance to win another one, albeit with a different horse." "We've won the first heat and that was our objective now we just have to hope for some more luck with the draws (barrier) throughout the series and we could have another crack at a final," he said. The next round of heats will be run at Bunbury on Tuesday with the final round of heats at Gloucester Park next Friday night. The Inter Dominion final will be made up of the top 10 point scorers from the three rounds of heats and it will be run at Gloucester Park on December 13 carrying prizemoney of $1.3 million. Peter Staples

A new look and rebuilt web site for the Strathalbyn Harness Racing Club has just been completed.   With updates of committee actions and results published on a weekly basis.   Member are now fully informed with all at the club both internally and with HRSA.   Sports Centre on of the leading sports clothing manufactures in Australia has come on board and set up a clothing store selling Polos, jackets and hats. The first of its kind in South Australian Harness Racing. All great quality products at affordable prices. South Australian owned and operated by the Knight family on Ports Rd. Sports Centre support and sponsor all sports in the state and throughout Australia. The club is proud to have the new sponsor on board and look forward to a long association.    The club has already a host of new sponsors including Harnesslink - Modbury Electrical and Batteries - Supercharge Batteries - Hopkins Saddlery - Adelaide Independent Fuels - Strathalbyn Crash Repairs - Jims Fencing (Wayne Gilgen-Murray Bridge) - Sports Centre - Hills & Murraylands Tile Roof Restorations - Channel.44 - Prestige Trophys - Environ Arc - Stallionsphere - Maidments Meat Service.   DVN Link reduction   The SHRC has renegotiated a reduction in DVN fee costs with G.R.S.A . Greyhound Racing S.A. paid for all DVN installation some years ago and setup costs and ongoing yearly fees to beam races out of the complex.   HRSA refused at that time to part compensate and instead pay on a meeting by meeting rental.   Mike Galea CEO of Environ Arc submitted the request to G.R.S.A on behalf of the club.   GRSA current board were mindful of the need to recapture as much of their initial outlay. But also in good faith of the relationship between Southern Greyhound Raceway and the S.H.R.C. have agreed to half the cost to HRSA for link use.   This makes racing meetings at the complex much cheaper for HRSA and more cost efficient when racing returns to the S.H.R.C.   To the Board of GRSA and CEO Matt Corby the club greatly appreciates the gesture.     Max Beasley - Executive Producer E: W:

Kilmore Racing Inc’s ongoing commitment to life after racing has been reinforced with a generous donation to support retired standardbreds via Harness Racing Victoria's (HRV) HERO Program. Utilising the proceeds of a successful life after racing celebration in September, the team at Kilmore Racing has sponsored personalised presentation dress rugs for HERO Ambassadors Franco Heir and Villagem. The club has also provided a donation to support the training of a retired standardbred who has been identified as a potential Victoria Police Mounted Division recruit. The Mounted Division presently comprises three off the track standies who have transitioned seamlessly into their new role. Kilmore Racing Inc. CEO Ben Murphy said the club was proud to collaborate with HERO, which is the umbrella organisation for HRV's life after racing initiatives. “We were thrilled to bring the three codes together to showcase the many and varied options which are now available to retired race horses and greyhounds in Victoria,” he said. “The community has the highest expectations when it comes to animal welfare within the racing industry and it is our belief that race clubs have an obligation to promote and assist life after activities. “HERO is a new initiative with enormous potential. We hope our small contribution will help to further build the program’s profile and enable even more retired and unsuccessful standardbreds to move on to a productive life beyond racing.” For more information contact HERO Manager Tanya McDermott m: 0407 413 156 | | Twitter: @hrvhero | Instagram: @hrvhero CODY WINNELL

The Board and Executive of HRNSW met with officials from the Tamworth Harness Racing Club on Monday afternoon to discuss the future of the new racing facility in Tamworth. The state's controlling body explained its development and future building strategy and assured locals a new track would be built. HRNSW Chairman Rex Horne confirmed the plans to build a new track at Tamworth were continuing as had been announced previously. "After a constructive meeting with the Tamworth Club, I am pleased to announce that a development application (DA) will be lodged with the local council, tentatively in March 2016," Mr Horne said. "HRNSW has been working on the Tamworth project and is now comfortable that the development of a new track can progress to the DA stage." Mr Horne assured Tamworth officials HRNSW wanted the track built in a timely manner to enhance the harness racing product in the region. "The Board and Executive management will now work cohesively with the Tamworth Club to ensure the optimum outcome is achieved in the most proficient timeframe." Tamworth Harness Racing Club President Terry Browne confirmed the local harness racing community is looking forward to the new facility being built. "We are eagerly awaiting to see the plans for the new modern harness racing complex which will be submitted with the new DA," Mr Browne said. "The necessary sale of the showgrounds will be a great boost to the local community, harness racing enthusiasts and the historic Tamworth Pastoral and Agricultural Association." The Board Of HRNSW also met with representatives of the Armidale, Inverell, Narrabri and Muswellbrook Clubs while in Tamworth. Greg Hayes

A leg injury has kept dual Inter Dominion champion Beautide out of the latest harness racing series but another of Barrie Rattray's home grown pacers Devendra will be attempting to give Tasmania another win in Australasia's most prestigious event. Trainer James Rattray is pinning his hopes on Devendra that scraped into the series in WA by the skin of his teeth. It wasn't until he won a race at Menangle about a week out from final acceptances for the series that the gelded so-ne of Bettor's Delight crept into the top 30 that made it to the series that comprises three heats and a final. Devendra has earned his place in the final as his carer record of 23 wins and 24 minor placings from 57 starts for over $220,000 in stakes is testament to his ability. Devendra has drawn gate four in the first of three heats at Gloucester Park tonight and Rattray is quietly confident he can make an impact. Two rounds of heats will be held at Gloucester Park (1st and 3rd) with the middle round held at Bunbury and the 10 horses that accrue the most number of points will make it into the final that carries prizemoney of $1.3 million. Devendra has been in WA for over a week and from all reports the gelding has thrived. Peter Staples

Having disturbed the red dirt that dared rest on the National Highway, Victoria's cavalcade of Perth-bound raiders may also have the quality to leave the nation's greatest pacers in their dust. David Aiken's Lennytheshark has romped to clear favourite for the Inter Dominion after a jaw dropping Smoken Up Sprint win. Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin's Philadelphia Man is on the second rung of betting, while Flaming Flutter returns to the grand Group 1 less than nine months after running second to dual winner Beautide in the March staging. But while they battle for the lead and draw a wary eye over West Australian chances, including Waylade with its 70 per cent winning strike rate, another Victorian hope lying in wait may well steal the limelight. Geoff Webster trained Franco Ledger is “an opportunist”, according to his driver Anthony Butt, who is well suited to Inter Dominion's return to a traditional format of three heats and a final, which begins Friday night at Gloucester Park. “(Franco Ledger) was a very good horse in New Zealand and has done a pretty good job since he's been here,” Butt said. “He probably won't make his own luck, but has the capability to take advantage if it falls his way.” Franco Ledger can tough it out, as seen in his brilliant last-to-second dash in the Hunter Cup when only Arden Rooney outlasted him. And in a commanding win in the Group 1 Free For All at Menangle in March, which he was entered in after being tipped out as first emergency of New South Wales' 2015 Inter Dominion. Within that may lay the dilemma for the son of Falcon Seelster in his upcoming tilt – garnering enough points from the three heats to qualify for the December 13 final. Heat one (November 27) is over 2130m at Gloucester Park, heat two (December 1) over 1609m at Bunbury and heat three (December 4) over the same distance as the final – 2536m – at Gloucester Park. “The three heats won't worry him, it is just a matter of getting early points,” Butt said. “That is always the challenge in the Inter Dominion. If he can do that, coming into the final the longer distance will really suit him.” Making matters more challenging, Franco Ledger has been drawn nine for heat one, and will start on the outside of the first line. “We have a tough battle with the wide draw. He'll more than likely go back,” Butt said. “There will be a lot of speed drawn on the inside of him. Hopefully there will be a war on at the front and he can finish strongly." “He is better over a bit of distance and if they go hard he can follow at pace and forward dash well in the last 600m.” As for those who stand in his way, Butt said the favourite – $3.20 at – was unsurprising. “I definitely think Lennytheshark is the benchmark,” he said. “He has been a good horse his whole career and is going really well." “But he has got a lot of good horses behind him, including Philadelphia Man, who can be very good on his day, and Flaming Flutter, who is very professional and always gives his best." “The West Australian horses also go very well over there. It makes for a really interesting series and really competitive racing.” In Franco Ledger's favour will be the fact a four-time winner of the Inter Dominion will be driving him home. “I love it. I have been involved in a lot of Inter Dominions over the years and love the old format, which is a survival of the fittest,” Butt said.  “Not only is it the best horse that wins, but it's the toughest.” Michael Howard

Trainer Mick McMahon has a message for everyone who attends horse sales. Dreams can come true. A horse he purchased for $310 at the Echuca horse sales has gone on to win three races in Victoria, including the Ron Pocock Memorial Handicap at Bendigo last Thursday night. Current Assessment (by Modern Art out of Pleasure Machine) came into the ring while McMahon was at the sale “trying to pick up a bit of gear”. “A big athletic type came into one of the rings there … and after a bit of research on the brand we realised he had a bit of breeding behind him,” the horseman said. “We happened to snaffle him up for a bargain.” The outlay on the horse was $310. He has now won a tick over $13,000 in his first 12 months of racing. “When I picked the horse up I rang the previous owner, Laurie Paton from Bathurst, and he had the same question: how did he get down there (to a horse sale)?” said McMahon. “I said I don’t know but he’s at my place. I asked him if I could get the papers for him and he said yeah no worries, and lo and behold down he came." “After Googling the name Laurie Paton I noticed he had an Inter Dominion winner Smooth Satin.” Steven Lindberg, who drove Current Assessment to the victory last Thursday night, was working the pacer for McMahon one day when he asked: “Does this horse have a name?” “I said no, I just call him Lumpy because he was sort of lumps and bumps when we got him,” McMahon said. “He said to me I think you should find that horse a name because he’s ready to trial.” “It’s certainly a dream come true. If you had have asked me what was going to happen 13 months ago I wouldn’t have said it’d pan out like this.” Cody Winnell

Hotasel might just be Australia’s most improved horse and Saturday night he looks to continue his impressive rise through the ranks when he contests the Sokyola Sprint at Tabcorp Park Melton A former Sunraysia trained pacer he was transferred to the Toolern Vale stables of John Justice six months ago to race in better quality races and now he is justifying the owners' belief that he was a serious racehorse. Justice has been pleasantly surprised, not by his ability but more so with how consistent he is as a racehorse and that has shown with his three runs this time in. “His run in the Mildura Cup when second behind Arden Rooney when he galloped at the start was terrific so from that point on I knew he was a very good horse but to be as consistent as he is is probably a surprise," Justice said. Even from a young age he has always had an abundance of high speed but now Hotasel is developing the strength and race smarts to become a top-liner." "He finds the line strong and does everything right," Justice said. If there is one small blight on him is that he doesn’t handle the stand starts so it all but rules out country cups, but Justice is setting him some very lofty goals in the next couple of months. “He’ll run Saturday night then he’ll go to the Popular Alm Sprint in two weeks." "If all goes well we’ll probably head to Ballarat and then go to Adelaide for the SA Cup, which will be his first major assignment." "Then when he comes back to Victoria we have the mobile cups including the Victoria Cup, Ballarat Cup and Bendigo Cup provided he measures up.” He faces a tough ask from the back row Saturday night but he has been a dominant winner at his past two starts and he looks a terrific chance to make it three on end. Justice also has Loong Nien engaged in the Group 3 Gordon Rothacker Memorial and he believes if he leads he will run a tremendous race. “If he can hold the horses drawn out wide and work to the front again he is certainly capable of running very fast times off the front over that trip," Justice said. Matt Jackson  

Bolinda trainer Brent Lilley took the honours at the Geelong trots on Tuesday, finishing the night with a stable double thanks to a pair of six-year-olds. Art Major/Endeared mare Star Crossed, first-up for the stable having her first outing since February, greeted the judge first in the Flying Brick Cider Company Pace for C1 class over 2100 metres. With stable reinsman Anthony Butt in the sulky, Star Crossed starting from the extreme draw wasn’t pushed early, settling with most of the field ahead of her as Joelissa led from gate two after the hot favourite Captain Snoozzze galloped away from gate three. Gaining a three-wide trail home in the final circuit on the back of Jimmy The Editor, Star Crossed at tote odds of $17.40 finished best to score from Jimmy The Editor and Joelissa in a mile rate of 2:00.2. Kiwi bred American Ideal/Jazz Tanner gelding Eric Clapton taking a concession for youthful Brad Chisholm who has been helping out at the camp, made a one act affair of the Relay For Life Dec 3rd Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2100 metres. Beginning fast from outside the front line, Eric Clapton ran his rivals ragged in accounting for Guggenheim (four back the markers) which death-seated for the last lap by a neck, with Bad Boy Brad (four wide last lap from near last) five metres away in third place. The mile rate was 1:57.1. Wallan’s Shinn family snared the Harness Breeders Victoria Trackbred Pace for C0 class (mares) over 1609 metres with Aurore, a four-year-old daughter of Dawn Ofa New Day and Aurelia bred and raced by Noel Shinn. Trained by Ruth and driven by son Chris, Aurore was another to begin with great zest from outside the front row to lead and was never headed, registering a 1.3-metre margin in advance of Fianna Gael which trailed from the pole and Nymeria (one/one – three wide home turn) in a rate of 1:59.5. Flowerdale part-owner/trainer/driver Ivan Antolas was successful with 4Y0 Bacardi Lindy Springhasprung  mare Aussie Beach Blond in the Corio Waste Management Trotters Mobile for T0 class over 2100 metres. A winner in restricted company at Bendigo on November 7, Aussie Beach Blond from gate four was trapped in the open, before receiving cover racing for the bell when Anthony Butt sent Georgies Smile forward from mid-field to park outside the pacemaker Shiftywall which crossed to lead as the start was effected. Easing wide in the last lap, Aussie Beach Girl raced clear on turning to record an easy 12.2-metre victory over Handy That from last at the bell in a mile rate of 2:09, with Very Belle third after following the weakening leader. Drouin’s Gary and Debbie Quinlan snared the Geelong Pacing Cup 2nd January Trotters Mobile for T0 class over 2100 metres with 4Y0 Sundon/Star Spangled Rama gelding Omy Son which broke his maiden status at start number 10. Driven by Nathan Jack, Omy Son settled four back along the markers from gate three, with Lilymaystorm inside him beginning best to lead. Rushing forward when the speed slackened to make an unsuccessful bid for the front running, Omy Son was then eased to drop to the back of the pacemaker. Moving off the heels of Lilymaystorm on the final bend, Omy Son was nursed to the wire in winning by 3.8 metres from the leader, with Ghent (one/one at bell) third. The mile rate 2:06.3. Perennial placegetter The Gingerbreadman finally cracked it for another victory by taking the Devcon Properties Pace for C2 class over 2100 metres in 1:59.8. Part-owned and trained by Meltonian Ian Hunter, The Gingerbreadman driven as usual by John Justice possied four back in the moving line, as the polemarker Aloha Don Ho retained the front running. When Aloha Don Ho surrendered the lead mid-race to stablemate Bettor Than Best, The Gingerbreadman was off and running three-wide racing for the bell. Despite racing wide for the remainder of the trip, The Gingerbreadman raced away in the straight to score convincingly by three metres from Glenferrie Arch which followed him home. Aloha Don Ho used the sprint lane to finish third. McArdle/Glenferrie Miss 6Y0 gelding Glenferrie College notched up his 12th victory at start number 70 when successful in the Jims Mowing Claiming Pace over 2100 metres. Trained at nearby Lara by Dean Braun, Glenferrie College driven by Chris Alford starting from inside the second line was restrained immediately the start was effected to settle at the tail of the field, with only stablemate Comply Or Die behind him after being trapped wide from gate six. Trailing Our Mels Dream forward in the last lap, Glenferrie College despite being four wide on the home turn, ran home strongly to record a 6.2-metre margin on the wire over Our Mels Dream and The Family Guy which raced in the open. The mile rate 1:58.4. Terang trainer Matthew Craven combined with Chris Svanosio to land the Bendigo Bank Trotters Handicap for T2 or better class over 2570 metres with smart but sometimes unreliable 8Y0 Ganymeade/Smokey Robyn gelding Hinault, who has been going great guns of late. Raced by a large group of stable supporters including veteran Terang identity Ray Payne, Hinault began safely from 30 metres and was soon racing one-one after Sundons Comet went forward at a great rate from 10 metres to cross the poleline leader Shiraz Cabernet. Not happy with the tempo through the middle stages, Hinault was set alight to assume control at the bell and from there on, the race became a procession, with Hinault coasting to the wire untouched to register a 1.8-metre victory over Sundons Comet along the sprint lane in a rate of 2:05.3. Maybelina, first-up since July, ran home nicely from four back the markers to finish third 4.1 metres away. Len Baker  

At first glance, it doesn’t look good. But upon closer inspection, it’s not a total disaster. This is the conundrum facing Queensland trainer Ian Gurney as he tackles the opening night of the TABTOUCH Inter Dominion series at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Gurney prepares talented trio in Avonnova, Our Hi Jinx and Mach Alert. All three pacers are Group One winners and all three are ready to chase the richest prizemoney on offer on Australian soil but their campaigns may have been blunted when the fields were released yesterday (Tuesday). “It wasn’t ideal when the numbers were drawn but at the end of the day, it’s only a starting point and now we’ve just got to gather as many points as possible to guarantee our spots in the final. I was a little disappointed for Nova when he landed ten because he hasn’t drawn a decent gate for some time but given the configuration, it’s not a bad draw.” Gurney said. Recent Grand Circuit winner, Our Hi Jinx starts in the first heat and will score-up in gate 8 while local star Waylade has drawn ideally in gate 2. In the second heat, Mach Alert faces a second-line draw and follows out local pacer Our Blackbird while series favourite Lennytheshark starts from gate 7. Avonnova starts in the third heat and draws the same gate as Mach Alert, the inside of the second-line and follows out another local product in Lovers Delight while Bettors Fire (2), Mach Beauty (4) and Philadelphia Man (6) drew to advantage. “When you start breaking down the draws for the opening round, not many interstate horses drew well so we’re all in the same boat and we all need that little bit of luck going our way." "It will be fascinating to see how the drivers take on the heats because it’s a great mixture of local drivers against the visiting drivers and the styles are vastly different." “I haven’t spoken with Shane (Graham – driver) just yet but I’m sure he won’t mind the second-line draws, the fact that only horse has the second-line gives you a bit of extra room." "I suppose we need a solid speed in all of the heats to allow my horses a chance to run into it." “I’m happy with how my guys have settled in over here; Nova went great in Melbourne and has trained on well since while the other two guys have bounced back following their disappointing efforts on the same night. I know what went wrong and hopefully I’ve turned them around for this series, this has been the main aim for some time.” The first round of heats will be staged over 2130m and the track record belongs to recently retired star David Hercules at 1:53.6. The 1609m second round heats will be held next Tuesday at Bunbury before returning to Gloucester Park next Friday for the final round of heats over the Grand Final distance of 2536m. The $1.3 million Grand Final is scheduled for Sunday, December 13. Chris Barsby

Harness Racing New South Wales has opened registrations to attend the HRNSW 'Harnessing Our Future' Conference on June 24-25, 2016 at the Campbelltown Catholic Club in Sydney's Macarthur region. HRNSW Chief Executive John Dumesny said the inaugural conference will play an important role in educating and informing clubs as well as industry affiliates on how to improve the overall harness racing product in NSW. "The harness racing industry is going through significant change currently and with increased and changing demands from our participants and partners, it is important to embrace the future and the changes that will come with it," Mr Dumesny said. "If we can ensure the many changes taking place within the industry are being acknowledged and planned for, then we will be in a better position to shape the future." The Conference will have an impressive line-up of speakers and presenters designed to inform, challenge and inspire the wide range of delegates in attendance. Breakout sessions will also allow participants to explore a number of specialised issues in more detail in a more refined environment. After participating in the planned conference activities on Friday June 24, delegates are invited to attend a Gala Dinner at the Catholic Club. The conference will resume on Saturday June 25 at 9am. A Partners Program has also been designed to ensure everyone travelling to the conference is entertained. The two-day conference has been planned to coincide with the Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge Finals at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday, June 26. Registrations are now open. For more information visit: To view the Harnessing Our Future promotional video please click here Greg Hayes

An eight race program signals the return of harness racing to Warragul after a couple of months this Monday afternoon.   As usual, entry is free for patrons and the first race will commence at 1:18pm. In conjunction with the program, winners of last season's Warragul racing awards will be honoured. Driver of the Year (Greg Sugars), Junior Driver of the Year (Josh Duggan) and Trainer of the Year (Jayne Davies) will be in attendance, along with connections of the most successful Horse of the Year, trotter Stoned Again. The horse will also compete on the day, in a race named in his honour. Monday's card features several locally trained horses, and caps off a busy few days for local trotting followers - the Gippsland Harness Training Centre holds their 2015 graduation dinner this Saturday night.   Kyle Galley

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) today announced measures to further assist integrity in the sport with the installation of additional cameras at Tabcorp Park Melton. The advanced cameras will cover all horse stalls, parade ring, float car park and maintenance equipment shed. The use of CCTV cameras has greatly assisted law enforcement agencies in solving crimes over a long period of time and is commonplace within the community. HRV believes the installation of these cameras ensures greater integrity for the sport at its major racing venue, Tabcorp Park. The HRV Integrity Unit will have access to the CCTV footage to investigate complaints and matters arising out of trials and race meetings. The CCTV can also be provided to law enforcement agencies to assist them in identifying persons responsible for any criminal offences at the venue, including burglary and theft. “This is a great initiative and will assist the HRV Integrity Unit in monitoring and providing evidence where required to support prosecutions where allegations have been made against them that have no basis whatsoever,” HRV Compliance Manager Brent Fisher said. The time of the announcement is significant with these works to start shortly with major races in January and February to be held at Tabcorp Park, including the Victoria Cup and the Hunter Cup during the Summer of Glory Carnival. HRV CEO John Anderson added: “The HRV Board is supporting the HRV Integrity Unit with continued investment in new resources such as these cameras and other detection devices, to ensure participants adhere to the rules.” Cody Winnell

Victorian horses will have the chance to race for metropolitan prizemoney in a country penalty race thanks to a new deal between Canberra Harness Racing Club and Harness Racing Victoria (HRV). HRV has welcomed the opportunity to bolster ties with the Canberra club to help promote the 2016 Canberra Cup. This season’s Canberra Cup will be a heat and final format series with the first heat in Canberra on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, and Heat 2 going to Shepparton Harness Racing Club on Thursday, January 28. The third and final heat will take place at Goulburn Harness Racing Club on Monday, February 1, before the final is held at Canberra on Sunday, February 7. The Cup is worth $25,000 and is a C2-C5 race. An exciting trainer’s bonus has been attached to the race this year with the Canberra Cup winning trainer to receive a trip to the 2016 Little Brown Jug held in Delaware, US. Canberra’s dynamic committee decided it needed to find ways to make the cup an attractive racing proposition for trainers and connections to fill a niche in the country cup calendar. With limited funds available to put on 20 race meetings a year, the challenge for the committee was to maximise bang for buck. The Canberra club’s General Manager Greg Nugent said: “The uniqueness of the cup format would not have been possible without the assistance of HRV and the Shepparton club. Also we extend thanks to our friends at Goulburn. We would also like to acknowledge the support of in helping us get this concept off the ground. To have a Cup format that covers three jurisdictions is very unique and to my knowledge has not been done before.” Mr Nugent added: “Since our deletion from the Harness Racing New South Wales Carnival of Cups circuit we have struggled to find a place for our Cup in the racing calendar. Hopefully this new approach will reinvigorate our Cup and allow us to once again showcase our feature race. The C2-C5 format allows the local and hobby trainers to participate and with the added bonus of a trip to the Little Brown Jug, trainers will have an opportunity to reap the rewards of this trip which is high on trots fans’ bucket lists.” The Canberra Cup program also sees the running of the annual ‘Ackie Hawke’ and the Capital 3YO Championship. “Hopefully the support card will encourage visiting owners and trainers who may have qualified for the Cup to throw a couple of extra horses on the support card,” Mr Nugent said. HRV CEO John Anderson said Victoria welcomed the opportunity to support the Canberra club. “It’s a great fit for Canberra to become closer to HRV and some of our trainers here in Victoria will jump at the opportunity to race for good prizemoney in a $25,000 Cup as well as a potential trip to the USA for the Little Brown Jug.”   CODY WINNELL

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