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Star pacer Ryley Major obliterated an 11-year-old track record in Hobart on Sunday when he spreadeagled his rivals over 1609 metres. The Rohan Hillier-trained and driven six-year-old (pictured) recorded a scintillating mile rate 0f 1:54.5, carving almost a full second off the record set by Richie Walton in May of 2008. Not only did Ryley Major smash the Hobart track record he matched the state record set in Launceston by Mister Lennox in the Golden Mile in 2017. Ryley Major speared across the face of the field from gate seven to find the front in the run to the first turn and from there it was a mere procession for the Art Major - Shez Ryleymak powerhouse on a lightning-fast surface. "He was very sharp tonight, he showed his normal high gate speed from seven and crossed them easily, Matty (Cooper) kept the pressure on in the middle stages with Call Me Hector which was good but 'Ryley' just rolled away at the top of the stretch for a convincing win," said Rohan. "Breaking such a long-standing record was a highlight, the scary part is he could have gone quicker but he is a real racehorse and when he clears out like last night he doesn't bother to overexert himself." Hillier is now looking to the mainland for Ryley Major's next mission. "We will race him at Melton on Saturday night and then bring him home and then I'd like to look at giving him a run at Menangle I think the track would suit him perfectly and he deserves his opportunity there." Todd Rattray's Sweet Lou - Benediction colt Kohanah was given a leisurely work out in the Two-Year-Olds Colts &  Geldings Division of the Sweepstakesaccounting for his only rival Bitoscotty by 15.8 metres, recording a last-half of 58.7 seconds. Doug Nettlefold's blazing run with his Big Jim - Shake Me Up two-year-old filly Blame It On Me continued when she strode home to her third victory from four starts in the second heat of the Fillies Division of the Sweepstakes. Blame It On Me sneaked under the radar in her two previous wins scoring at odds of $16.10 and $10.00, but punters clambered on the bandwagon this time around backing her into favouritism and with Natalee Emery in the gig she didn't disappoint. "She's a very nice filly, she still has a lot to learn but she has done a wonderful job in her four starts, Doug (Nettlefold) rang me right back at the start and said he thought he had something special and would I like to drive her at the trials and although she was soundly beaten in both she showed me there was something there," said Natalee. "I was quietly confident when she won the Launceston Belmont on debut and then she won impressively in Hobart so going into last night the confidence level was high and again she produced the goods with something in hand, she has speed and she's tough as well so I wouldn't be swapping her for anything else in the final on Friday."   Shane Yates

Brandy Hill harness racing trainer Sam Dimarco believes a class-based draw will help put Black Silhouette in the mix for the group 1 NSW Breeders Challenge final after her close second in semi-finals at Menangle on Saturday night. Black Silhouette led from gate eight in a 26.7-second first quarter before Goodtime Heaven pipped her on the post by a head in 1:52. They will clash again in the June 30 decider at Menangle. "She looked like she was going to hold off the other horse all the away down the straight but she got her on the line," Dimarco said. "But we were very happy with the run. She ran 1:52 neat and the horse that beat her, she's a good horse. The other heat winner, Art Series, goes well as well, but she's going to be in it." Black Silhouette will start inside the 4YO mares heat winners in the class-based final draw. She was seventh in the three- and two-year-old Breeders Challenge deciders.  Sam Dimarco   Singleton trainer Aaron Goadsby's Mister Finnigan was sixth in the two-year-old male semi-finals to be an emergency for the final. Maitland's Mitch and Guy Chapple were last with Roclea Star in his semi-final. Morisset trainer Mark Callaghan had back-to-back wins at Menangle with Vega Star, which clocked 1:51:1 in the first. On Friday night at Newcastle, Robert Morris drove a winning treble with Plain Baby, Balraj and Awayovernight. By Craig Kerry Reprinted with permission of The Newcastle Herald

HRV Trots Media today published the first edition of a new weekly online news and views harness racing column called The Score Up<>. The Score Up<> will be published at every Monday. It will be written in a way that encourages conversation and social media input. By encouraging people to join the conversation on platforms such as Twitter, it aims to promote positive and robust discussion among fans whilst also giving industry participants - trainers and drivers - the chance to positively promote their own social media profile. Recently HRV Trots Media also committed to daily Inside Word podcasts, designed to give fans and the wagering audience valuable insights for every Victorian harness racing meeting from those putting on the show - the trainers and drivers. The Inside Word podcast can be heard via, Soundcloud<> and through any of the handy podcast apps - including Apple Podcasts on your iPhone (simply search for Trots Media and subscribe to our channel so you don't miss any of our content). Already we've had over 2200 listens to Inside Word podcasts since the first edition was launched on June 4. And finally, Trots Vision at will feature an on-track host for all Alabar and Aldebaran Park Vicbred Super Series race meetings. HRV and the host clubs have worked together to ensure viewers watching at home will hear from the stars of the sulky as soon as they've won during these big meetings in the next fortnight. Night one is tomorrow at Bendigo where Kirsten Graham and Paul Campbell will feature. HRV Trots Media will also stream the barrier draws for the Vicbred Super Series finals from Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night June 29. Keep following our social media feeds for more information on VSS19. Cody Winnell [Harness Racing Victoria]

The all-conquering harness racing Butt brothers, Tim and Anthony, have wasted no time in making their presence felt in Queensland. And there's sure to be more to come as the Multiple Group One winning pair call the Sunshine State their home for at least the next month during the rich Winter Carnival season. "We plan to have a team of perhaps a dozen between us competing in the carnival at Albion Park and Redcliffe," Anthony said. "Both of us have some special memories from our previous Queensland trips. One of the best was in the 2001 Inter Dominion Trotters Final at Albion Park, which we took out with Take A Moment," he said. Take a Moment was without a doubt one of New Zealand's greatest-ever trotters, the winner of 39 of his 67 starts. In 2009 the Butts also landed the Inter Dominion Pacers' Final with Mr Feelgood at the Parklands circuit on the Gold Coast, and more recently Tim won the Blacks A Fake feature with Let It Ride last year. While Anthony posted a winning driving treble on Saturday night at Brisbane, Tim trained a popular double, which would have pleased punters. "It was nice to kick off in the right direction. We both love the Albion Park track, and personally, it's one of my favorites," Anthony said. The New Zealand Hall-of-Famers combined with Im RocknRoll Magic (RocknRoll Hanover USA-Foreal (Washington VC) in the $12,970 Qualifying Pace and then Majestic Courtney NZ (Majestic Son-Courtneyrae NZ (Armbro Invasion USA) in the $8500 Haras Des Trotters Discretionary Handicap. Anthony Butt scores with Majestic Courtney - (Dan Costello Photo) Anthony was also successful when he picked up the drive for training partners Mark Jones and Aaron Goadsby on their promising three-year-old Barrett (Bettors Delight USA-Priceless Gem (Art Major USA) in the $12,970 Silks Qualifying Pace. The colt recorded his fourth career win in a handy 1.52-7 mile rate, impressing Anthony. "He's a nice type who is only going to get bigger and better. He certainly looks an ideal Queensland Derby prospect," he said. "We were pleased with Tim's winners, particularly the square gaiter Majestic Courtney. He's a four-year-old now, and he's built a picket fence with consecutive wins at his past five - I think he should be in free-for-all class in another 12 months." The Butt brothers will be based in the Logan-Jimboomba district, about an hour south of Brisbane during their Queensland campaign. While Tim is already there, Anthony and partner Sonya Smith will drive up with three horses this week from their base at Camden, near Menangle. "We'll end up with a pretty nice team because All About Dreams and Cheesy Fingers have some class. They'll compete in suitable races with their main goal being the Queensland Oaks," Anthony said. "Unfortunately, we won't have our grand campaigner My Field Marshall with us. After he injured himself in the Miracle Mile, Tim made the decision to give him a long spell," he said. And while the visiting NSW raiders are sure to be busy with preparing and racing their big team, they are all looking forward to the warmer weather. "There were no arguements when the idea was put forward to head north for a while-it's starting to get a little cool back home in Sydney," Anthony said. "I don't think any of us can imagine anything better than getting a little bit of the sunshine on a working holiday!" Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Victoria’s leading trainer presents a bevy of well-bred and to date well-performed prodigies at Bendigo tomorrow night as the Alabar Vicbred Super Series gets under way. Last season, Stewart had 10 runners on opening night for five heat wins from seven races. She finished second in the two heats she didn’t win and claimed the quinella in two of the events she did. This year Stewart has nine runners engaged across seven 2yo heats. Will the domination continue? Given her Vicbred form in recent times, it made perfect sense – funnily enough that’s also the name of a Stewart-trained pacer who won her Vicbred heat on this night back in 2016 – to invite the leading trainer on to the Inside Word podcast to give punters insights into her line-up, and she was happy to oblige Stewart’s two-year-olds in action tomorrow are last-start Group 1 winner Pandering, Amelia Rose (whose grand-dam produced Niki No No, Wardan Express, Majordan, Soho Valencia and Yrubla among others), winner of four of five Treasure, Home Grown Classic victor Mirragon, one-for-one son of Lovelist Adapt, Kualoa’s half-sister Jemstone, last-start winner Beale Street, and supremely talented Home Grown Classic quinella pair Artmede and Maajida top round out proceedings. Some of the other headline acts to keep an eye on tomorrow include Leeton Breeders Plate winner The Tiger Army for Laura Crossland, a winner of four of six to date who finished second last start in the Group 2 Sapling Stakes at Menangle, West Australian filly Askmeilltellya for trainer Kat Warwick, Realnspectacular for Terry Coelli and Blake Jones, Michael Stanley’s Yejele Hammer and Andy Gath’s Night Spirit, who have both run several placings in recent times and are itching to break through, smart fillies Summertime for Ted Caruana and Alice Kay for Adam Kelly, and Gavin Lang’s bold son of Courage Under Fire Withoutthetuh.   Cody Winnell for Trots Media

The Narrogin harness racing meeting on Friday 14th June set a new Western Australian record for the most number of races won by women drivers at a single meeting. Between them Emily Suvaljko (3), Deni Roberts (2) and Madeleine Young (1) won six of the eight races on Friday night. The previous State Record was the five winners recorded by Lyn Lucas (3) and Susan Roberts (2) at the seven race meeting at Albany on 13th January 1992. Making Friday night an even bigger night for the girls Delightfulreaction, which won the fourth event at Narrogin is owned by Melissa Howie. Lauren Jones and Jocelyn Young added further icing to the girls celebration cake when they each drove winners at Gloucester Park on Friday night behind Zennart and Mister Ardee. Alan Parker

June 15, 2019 - Racing Mange (6m Orlando Vici - Kara Kickan) was an easy winner of today’s Kymi Grand Prix at Kouvola (purse 170,000€ with 100,000€ to the winner, 2100 meters autostart, 10 harness racing entrants with one scratch) clocked in a rated 1.11.7kr. Joakim Lovgren trains and reined the winner that now sports nine career wins in 44 starts for 362,165€ in life earnings. Trainer Lovgren stated in post-race interview that he was proud of the winner that is now at the best in his career. He was off at 29/1 odds on the PMU network and 8.8/1 at ATG. Finishing second was Next Direction (6g Orlando Vici / Be My Luxx) with Iikka Nurmonen aboard and third went to Handsome Brad (6m Brad de Veluwe-Ulrica M) handled by Carl Johan Jepson. Chief Orlando (6m Orlando Vici) was fourth with Bjorn Goop handling the lines. Racing Mange Racing Mange and happy connections The sire in the spotlight this day was Orlando Vici, a solid performing sire of winners in France, Sweden and Australia where is among the leading money winning sires. Siring three of the first four Kymi finishers today is testimony to his performance. Orlando Vici Orlando Vici has become one of the most popular young Sires in Europe. A two year old winner himself and winner of nine Group races at ages three and four, on the racetrack Orlando Vici won 12 times in 32 starts for 835,990€ earned. His progeny have won close to 32 Million Euros in Europe. With a 72 percent starters to live foals in France, progeny show an ability to both sprint and stay, with an exceptional clean gait. Thomas H. Hicks  

AS EXPECTED Australian Pacing Gold freshmen dominated tonight's New South Wales Breeders' Challenge semi-finals at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Short-priced favourites in their qualifiers, Be Happy Mach and Jilliby Nitro completed impressive wins to set up an enthralling Final. The $125,000 decider is scheduled to be conducted in Menangle on June 30. Be Happy Mach issued an ominous warning early when he registered a strong victory for trainer Emma Stewart. Driven by Luke McCarthy, the son of Mach Three was pushed forward to settle in the 'death seat' from barrier eight as Crunch Time raced clear of the pack after finding the lead from gate 10. With the front runner opening a 15-metre gap around the home bend, Be Happy Mach was forced to dig deep on his way to a metre-and-a-half win from Rockin With Elvis, with Major Lester a head away third. "That was a very nice run from him," Stewart said. "The leader got away from them down the back but he just knuckled down to it and kept coming. "I was very impressed with the way he chased and got to the line strongly." Boasting five wins and a third from six starts, Be Happy Mach covered the mile in 1:52.7 to lead home an Australian Pacing Gold trifecta. Also an APG Sales graduate, Jilliby Nitro stopped the clock in 1:52.3 when he was untouched to score by 15 metres from Rock Fisherman, with Spy Major five metres away third. Trained by Marg Lee and driven by her nephew Glen Craven, Jilliby Nitro extended his record to six wins and a second from seven starts for earnings of $244,095. "I'm very happy with the way he went," Lee said. "Once he got to the front he was always going to be hard to beat and he did it quite easily. "It's going to be tougher in the Final but hopefully he will draw well which will make him hard to beat."   APG Media

It was a night of upsets at Devonport on Friday with a boilover in the Granny Smith Prelude and a heat of the Raider Stakes. Izaha, was one of only two favourites to salute the judge on the eight-event card, the Todd Rattray-trained former Globe Derby winner strolled to a 16.8 metre victory in heat two of the Raider Series coming home in an effortless last-half of 57.3 seconds. The first heat saw Streitkid, Tisu Spirit, Dufrense and Yatsenyuk Leis the well supported top four fancies but it was to be the Kate MacLeod prepared Shadow Ross (pictured) that would emerge victorious sprinting from last at the bell. “He’s been in great form winning two of his last three starts going into last night and even when he ran sixth in Hobart he was trapped out three wide when fast splits were being recorded so he may have been flying under the radar going into the heat at double figure odds,” said Kate. “He’s a very big horse and is as green as grass with a lot to learn, when other drivers have driven him they have described him as dumb but he was switched on last night and when I asked him to go at the bell he worked into it strongly out three-wide and just powered his way to second on the home turn and then gunned down Tisu Spirit in the straight.” Ray Pullen’s aggressive tactics paid off when he set Brystabella alight from fifth at the mile to run to the front at the 1200-metres, before defying her rivals over the final lap and a half at bolters odds in race one, the Collins Homes Granny Smith Prelude. Olivia Weidenbach landed the first win of her career in the sulky when she guided Another Swinger to an all-the-way victory while Samantha Gangell chimed in with a winning double courtesy of Yellow Taxi and Heza Rummage. . Ben Yole continued his record-breaking season training four winners on the eight-event card with Northdown trainer Geoff Smith landing the quinella in race three with Victoria Pass and Midair Meltdown.   Shane Yates

Tactical Landing (3, 1:50.4), the fastest harness racing son of former champion trotter and now premier sire Muscle Hill (1:50.2), will be available to ‘Down Under’ breeders this season via frozen semen from Stallions Australasia. Not only was Tactical Landing a Breeders Crown champion – he won the three-year-old title last year – he was sired by a dual Breeders Crown champion, Muscle Hill, his dam, Southwind Serena 1:55.4 ($385,088) was a Breeders Crown champion at 3 and he ranks as a full brother to the Breeders Crown winner Mission Brief 1:50.4. Tactical Landing was a top racehorse in his own right, winning $812,300 from 16 starts – an excellent total in a brief career. As a three-year-old he won nine races and was four times placed from 14 starts for $810,800 and was one of the highest stakes-winning trotters in North America in 2018. Undoubtedly the highlight of his stellar three-year-old campaign was his front-end win in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final at Pocono Downs, in which he defeated Met’s Hall and Crystal Fashion by open lengths in 1:52.2 on a sloppy track. Tactical Landing took his record of 1:50.4, winning a leg of the time-honoured Kentucky Futurity at Lexington and finished second in the $434,000 Final in a world record 1:50. He also captured a division of the $240,000 Bluegrass Stake in 1:51.2 at Lexington and an elimination of the $1.2 Hambletonian in 1:52.4 and was a strong third in the final. Tactical Landing closed out his campaign with a hard-hitting win in the $350,000 TVG Championship at The Meadowlands, sitting parked for the last half-mile and defeating 3YO Trotter of the Year Six Pack by 2-½ lengths in 1:51.8. An $800,000 yearling, Tactical Landing, a commanding individual, 16 hands, looks every inch the blood he represents. He is a son of the great Muscle Hill, the world’s leading living trotting sire and sire of sires, while his dam, Southwind Serena, is a daughter of arguably the greatest trotter of all-time, Italy’s Varenne. Southwind Serena has stamped herself as one of the finest broodmares of all-time. Besides Tactical Landing, she is also the dam of a dual world champion in Mission Brief, winner of 19 races and $1.5million and voted 2YO and 3YO Trotting Filly of the Year, Exemplar (1:53.2) and Earn Your Wings (1:54.8). The second dam, Spice On Ice (1:57.8) left five winners and is the grand-dam of the Kentucky Futurity winner Ice Attraction (1:50.2) and Canadian 2YO Filly Trotter of the Year The Ice Dutchess, while the third dam Spicy Bones produced six winners. Tactical Landing stood his first season at the prestige Southwind Farms in New Jersey this year. His service fee will be $16,500 including GST in Australia and $15,000 plus GST in New Zealand.   by Peter Wharton

Could a shoeing alteration improve Jilliby Nitro again? The classy black colt is the shortest-priced favourite at Menangle this Saturday night at $1.05 with TAB Fixed Odds for his Alabar Breeders Challenge Semi-Final (1609m). He has already collected two Group 1 victories and a personal best winning mile rate of 1:52.6, how much more improvement can there be? After winning his Breeders Challenge heat at Menangle last Tuesday week, trainer Margret Lee investigated the fluency of his gait and made some changes. “He went around really well in his heat at Menangle but he went rough at a couple of stages so we made a few changes to his shoeing so hopefully this time he will pace a bit better,” said Lee. “He’s had this in all his races and talking to his breeder, he seems to think that when he is a three-year-old he won’t have this issue with his gait . . . it’s a bit of a maturity thing.” Despite this niggling issue, Jilliby Nitro won his qualifier by more than 12m. It was his fifth win in six starts. The son of Bettors Delight has stayed at the Menangle Park Training Centre since the victory. “He’s really good, he settles in wherever he goes and has eaten up well,” said Lee. “He fast worked on Wednesday and we’re really happy with him.” Drawn barrier two Saturday night there is only one plan for driver Glen Craven. “He’ll be going forward from that alley, he has the early speed to make the most of it,” said Lee. It will be a busy night for the Victorian stable with three starters in consecutive races. In race six Lee has Keayang Jackie in the Breeders Challenge Two-Year-Old Fillies Semi-Final drawn 10. “It certainly makes it a lot harder when you’re drawn wider,” said Lee. “I was super happy with her in her heat, I had a little bit of trouble with her tying up so I was really happy with how she did it. “Whether she goes forward or not I’m not sure but she has done well in all her races and ran a quick last quarter last start which was very pleasing.” Keayang Jackie finished second in her heat to Didn’t I when they clocked the last quarter in 26.3 seconds. Lee’s final starter for the night is Jilliby Bandit in the Group 3 Golden Mile. “He’s been a travelling buddy for Nitro and it’s really worked out well so far, he won at Bathurst and he won in Brisbane and he has certainly helped Nitro settle in,” said Lee. “He’s been a bonus and improved the last six weeks after changing his feed.”   AMANDA RANDO MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Harness racing folk have long memories and there are plenty of people around today who would remember the closing years of the track at Ipswich showgrounds. They would also remember a trainer/driver who learnt his craft under the strict eye of the "Queen of Rocklea” Molly Bryant. There could be no better school, and our man was seen to advantage with Chipani, Kinta Lad and the well travelled and consistently successful Phosphor Bronze towards the end of his career. The family duly moved to a property at Amberley flat with a big barn which still stands some 40 years on. From this barn came the breadwinner Battle Brigade and his half brother First Storm, the sisters Southern Splash and Splash Again and, arguably, one of the biggest horses ever to negotiate the tight Ipswich track, the 18 hand monster Moobie Zae. In this era, when show racing was a significant part of the Queensland scene, our man teamed with the Nita Zahnow trained Hammersley to take the "Top horse and Driver” at the EKKA. His career tapered down after a bad fall at Ipswich resulted in severe facial injuries, as our man put family first. His colours were purple with gold Maltese cross and gold striped sleeves, and his name was Lionel Atkinson. Lionel would have been 77 years of age next month, but sadly, he passed recently after a short battle with lung cancer. A lot of us who saw Lionel in action in the sulky remember him as a decent bloke, one of those who held up the base of the pyramid in those times. He raced for the love of the sport, pure and simple. He was one of an army, which is now only a platoon. He will be sorely missed. Dramatic change WHO said there was nothing new under the sun? History was made in our local world of harness when Minden-based trainer/driver Tim Gillespie, and his Q bred filly "Shegotsass” took out the first 2yo trotters handicap ever run in Queensland. While there have been a number of traditional trotters which raced against pacers in the Sunshine State since day dot, including the 30 year hiatus of the 1930's and 40's when "Show” racing was the only form of light harness contest available north of the NSW border, recognition of the diagonal gait as a distinct form of harness racing, occurred only as recently as 1998. A number of representations to previous Racing Queensland harness control bodies, to run low prize money non-betting races for 2yos at TAB meetings were rejected out of hand. There has been a dramatic change in mindset at RQ, and the square trotting folk will no doubt be delighted. The current program, which culminates in a two heat $30,000 Final series, is just the plan of attack. It's likely to trigger an influx of Victorian juveniles which, although trotting soundly, just lack that smidgin of extra speed to be consistent earners at home. If I'm any judge, this first 2yo series will ensure that we are programming 3yo races in their own right in the 2019/20 season to come. For the breeding buffs, or someone looking at a dabble in that direction, Shegotsass is by the Vicbred Downunder Muscles from a daughter of Majestic Son, and can be said to have "it'' on both sides of her pedigree. As a spectacle, the three horse race did our image no harm. Apart from a short gallop on the part of third place- getter First Offence, the runners trotted well. They will go ahead on the back of this experience. Parklands 'scandal' THE following is an excerpt from last Monday's Courier Mail. It is taken from a piece by top sports journo Peter Gleeson and possibly mirrors the prevailing mindset of many current and recently departed participants. It is not what the administration is telling us, as we are continually told that turnover is way up and that good times are just around the corner, when the expected punting bonanza resulting from the switch to a "ratings” programming system, modelled on the gallops, kicks in. What is fact is that harness is trying to peddle a product, which has little or no appeal to the recreational punter. Get over that hurdle and we might make it to the next one. "The code that is wallowing in mediocrity is harness racing and it's no coincidence that its poor performance came off the back of the closure of Parklands in 2013 to make way for the Commonwealth Games. "Since the closure of Parkl-ands, there has been a vacuum in harness racing leadership in the Sunshine State. This lack of vision has manifested itself into a tired, cumbersome industry that has consistently had to fight off integrity and welfare scrutiny. "The lack of foresight and planning has resulted in harness turnover plummeting, prizemoney declining and a breeding industry in free fall. "The closure of Parklands is a scandal. "Parklands was the brainchild of former Bjelke-Petersen Racing Minister Russ Hinze, a dual harness and greyhound facility that was regarded as the best of its type.” Handy tips FOR Albion Park tonight (by Ben Crosby). Race 1: 4 Its Just Kenny. Race 2: 4 Holy Camp Clive. Race 3: 8 Our Memphis Mac. Race 4: 8 Lucky Lyla. Race 5: 1 Spike Bromac. Race 6: 4 Colt Thirty One. Race 7: 3 Vasari. Race 8: 2 Im Rocknroll Magic. Race 9: 9 Elle Yeah. Race 10: 1 Empire Bay. Race 11: 6 Soldier Of Fortune. Honour board As we batten down to face the Winter Carnival assault, it's well-tried faces on the leader board this week. Top driver is Pete McMullen, with a solid six wins. His wife Chantal Turpin headed up the trainers, producing four of the best. Most pleasing was Mitchell Dawson and Banny Gatt-Bouquet combining to land Unassuming Champ on two occasions in the seven day period. Ipswich factor: 24/46. Redcliffe, June 7: Unassuming Champ (Danny Gatt-Bouquet for Mitchell Dawson); Escalera (Darrell Graham). Albion Park, June 8: Clarry (Danielle McMullen for Steve Cini); Getoutnwalk (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers); Tom Me Gun (Narissa McMullen); Karinya Mully (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees); Maybe To The Max (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis); Slippery Jade (Pete McMullen for Bill Crosby). Albion Park, June 11: Shegotsass (Tim Gillespie); Northern Muscle (Adam Richardson for Denis Smith); Greg The Great (Pete McMullen for Graham Dwyer); Devouged (Nathan Dawson for Doug Lee); Ima Birubi Boy (Adam Richardson for Chris Monte); Cardles From Heaven). Redcliffe, June 12: Unassuming Champ (Danny Gatt-Bouquet for Mitchell Dawson); My Secret Torque (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin); Signor Jujon (Adam Sanderson for Grant Dixon); Mach Torque (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin); Just Joshin (Nathan Dawson for Aileen Smith); Trojan Banner (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes). Redcliffe, June 13: Impetuoso (Nathan Dawson for Ken Belford); Torque With Esteem (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin); Heavens Hurricane (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin); Invite Only (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham). Trot Tactics by Denis Smith Reprinted with permission of The Queensland Times

When it comes to consistency, the small Hoban harness racing stable at Toolern Vale, near Melbourne, is up there with the best. With astute long-time trainer Gary Hoban at the head of affairs, those familiar racing colors of black, white diamonds, white sleeves with black stripes, are prominent at Victorian meetings. Gary, with a team of around half a dozen, posted the 200th win of his training career at Geelong on Wednesday night. Rockingwithsierra (Sportswriter USA-Sierra Tango (Village Jasper USA) scored a pillar-to-post win in the DNR Logistics 2yo Pace, at bolters odds of 25/1. "Hopefully some loyal stable followers won something, because she was going to run into it at her debut a while back at Maryborough, until she broke at the 400-metre mark," Gary's reinsman son Craig said. "Dad added a shadow roll to her gear recently and that has certainly turned her around." To watch the video replay click here Gary has 10 wins and 11 placings for $107,000 as a trainer this season, but it's his percentages that impress. His win-place to starters percentage this season sits at a most creditable 54.05; and Craig's record as a driver is marginally better at 55.5 -- six victories and nine placings from 27 attempts. "My partner Daphne and I have a young daughter Emerson and I've just come back to the sport after a bit of a break," Craig said. "Most days it takes at least an hour to get from home in Bulleen across to dad's property to help do the horses and it can get taxing. "Up until a few years ago dad's brother Shane also worked with us." The harness racing links with the name Hoban go back many years to a former great in Frank - Gary's father and Craig's grandfather. Frank, who died in 2015 at age 90, was a highly regarded horseman in the Melbourne Showgrounds racing era. "Pop lived at Preston and would walk up to Gower Park to do his horses. He was still involved in them while in his 80s," Craig said. The Showgrounds also played a huge part in Gary and Craig's early harness racing journey. They would travel there several times a week to train horses from their base at the time, Taylor's Lake. It was there they befriended horseman Geoff Dodd who was renting stables. Dodd, now a vet, breeder and trainer based at Romsey, took a young Craig under his wing during school holidays. "I enjoyed helping Geoff and at times dad looked after one of the Dodd stable's top horses Twinkletoes, who won 16 races," Craig said. "When Geoff decided to sell a progeny of Twinkletoes in Sierra Tango (seven wins), he virtually talked us into buying it, saying that particular line would produce champions." And Dodd was on the money. Sierra Tango produced Dancingwithsierra (by Modern Art, winning 13 with 12 places for $161,000); Waltzingwithsierra (Always A Virgin, 7w and 22p $67,000); and Tangoingwithsierra (Sportswriter, 6w, 10p $158,000). All three made the rich VicBred Super Series 2yo finals, so it's now up to Rockingwithsierra, raced by Craig and stepmother Kym, to make it a clean sweep of qualifiers. "Kym does all the namings, so I'm not sure where she's going to head when she runs out of dance moves!" But all jokes aside, Craig said he was confident the talented youngster could "get the job done" in next week's heats at Bendigo. "This is also my big chance as I've never driven in a Vicbred Sires Series previously. It's a handy field, but we won't be far off," he said. Bendigo Fields Tuesday June 18 Craig has had some memorable moments in the sport, including as a junior being presented with some prime claim drives by Gavin Lang and winning a Yarra Valley race in March, 2014, with 100/1 chance Mumbai Majik. But he says winning a Melton race with Dancingwithsierra was his most unforgettable feat. "I just love driving and if I can get Rockingwithsierra through the heats, the semi-finals and into the final, that would be a big feather in my cap," he said. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Dominant ‘dual hemisphere’ harness racing stallion American Ideal will stand the coming 2019/20 breeding season in Victoria. Woodlands Stud NZ, in conjunction with Dr Kath McIntosh’s Northern Rivers Equine at Kyabram, will stand the brilliant son of Western Ideal in the heart of standardbred country in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley. American Ideal remains one of the 21st Century’s most influential stallions in both hemispheres. American Ideal’s progeny now has earnings of over $110,000,000 million and his CV runs very deep with thirteen millionaires and 44 in the 1.50 list! American Ideal remains a rich source of winners at all racing levels. Watch American Ideal pace his record of 1:47.4 in 2005 Dr Andrew Grierson, principal of Woodlands Stud, is excited about the move of American Ideal to Victoria. He commented, ‘Australian breeders have supported American Ideal significantly in recent seasons and his race track results combined with outstanding yearling results made the decision to send American Ideal to Victoria an easy one’. ‘We are delighted to work along side one of Victoria’s most progressive vet’s in Dr Kath McIntosh and her staff. ‘In a results driven business, Northern Rivers Equine is a standardbred leader in Victoria. We look forward to a successful and long-term relationship’ said Dr Grierson. A beautiful natured and intelligent stallion, American Ideal will be a significant addition to the Australian standardbred ranks. His progeny continues to deliver as juveniles and at the Grand Circuit level. His is now starting to impact as a broodmare sire also. In Australia, American Ideal has left 173 bred Australian winners from 231 starters and they have amassed $11,000,000 million, an average of a remarkable $47,000 per starter to end of May 2019. The depth of American Ideals progeny in Australia has continued into the 2018/19 season. He is currently the leading dollar average sire in Australia for 2yo’s at $23,000. His daughter Pelosi is comfortably the best 2yo filly in Australia following her dominant Australian Pacing Gold final victory. To watch Pelosi win this race click on this link. For the 2019/20 season American Ideal service fee in Australia will be $11,000 GST INC and in NZ $10,000 + GST. Normal discounts will apply and semen will be available to NZ Breeders. American Ideal already has a significant number of early bookings in Australia for the 2019/20 season. For all enquiry’s regarding American Ideal in Australia please contact; Woodlands Stud Australian manager Mark Hughes on 0451650707 or email and in New Zealand contact Stacey White on 021 595492 or email

Bagdad harness racing trainer Paul Williams has been fined $3000 over a positive swab returned by his horse Chasing Cheetahs at Devonport three months ago. A urine sample taken from Chasing Cheetahs, who finished fourth in the C2/C3 Pace on March 8, contained arsenic levels above the allowable threshold. Williams pleaded guilty to presenting the horse to race when not free of all prohibited substances. Stewards suspended half the fine on condition the trainer does not offend again in the next 12 months. Meanwhile, an unnamed harness racing participant has been fined $1500 over an incident at the Mowbray race meeting on May 3. The participant pleaded guilty to "acting in a manner detrimental to the industry" by deliberately causing damage to another participant's vehicle. Half the fine was suspended on condition there is no further offending in the next 12 months. Stewards refused to name the person involved as they said the incident was related to a on-going court case. Harness racing returns to Devonport on Friday night with two heats of the Raider Stakes and a prelude to the Granny Smith Stakes. Greg Mansfield Reprinted with permission of The Advocate

With multiple feature races in both North America and Australia, a reputable stud career and more than 3 million dollars prizemoney to his name, it’s more than merited that this Saturday night’s feature race is named after the great Mr Feelgood. Albion Park has been honoured to host the feature race in recent years leading up to the Winter Carnival held in July. Bred in the United States, Mr Feelgood raced in North America for many years with victories including the Little Brown Jug, the Presidential and the Graduate FFA. His stud career began while he was still racing. The best of his Northern Hemisphere progeny are Im Feeling Good 1:49.6 winner of over $500k– (The Big Dog), Feels Good 1:53.2 – winner of over $200k (Camluck) and Nathan Feels good 1:53.2 winner also of over $200k (Keystone Raidar). In 2008, the talented pacer was purchased by distinguished owners Kevin and Kay Seymour and Peter and Zilla O’Shea, and relocated to Australia under the care of trainer Tim Butt. He went on to win the 2009 Hunter Cup and Inter Dominion Pacing Championship, which led to him being crowned Australian Harness Horse of the Year. Taken over by trainer Luke McCarthy, the pacer continued his great form and gained further Group One wins including the Queensland Pacing Championship in 2010 and 2011  and the 2010 Victoria Cup. In May 2012 Mr Feelgood was retired and has since stood at Queensland’s Egmont Park Stud. He has been listed in the top 20 Australian 2YO Sires for three consecutive seasons and he currently sits 13th in this season’s National Sires Premiership for all ages. This Saturday night’s feature race is the first of many listed and group races to be held this winter at Albion Park. The three main nights are 6th, 13th and 20th July with the final night highlighting a Grand Circuit Event the TAB Blacks A Fake. Wagering service provider TAB has a number of attractive exotic betting propositions for this Saturday night’s meeting spearheaded by a $25,000 First 4 Jackpot on race 1 scheduled for 4:47pm EST. This is complimented by a $5,000 Quadrella Jackpot on races 2 to 5 and $2,000 Trifecta Jackpots on races 3, 4 and 5. To view the fields and form analysis refer to The opening race gets underway at 4.47pm EST while The Egmont Park Stud Mr Feelgood Open Pace is race 6 at 7.11pm. For further information contact the Club on 07 3262 2577 or Visit the Club website at   Albion Park Harness Racing

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