'While a race night victory may have eluded Condell Park's harness racing drivers on Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial Gala Race Night last night (Saturday, December 7th) one lucky Bankstown reinsman's wife had the biggest win of her life at the local trotting track,' Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley has told Harnesslink. 'Condell Park's Ellis Street resident Jacqui Winters is now the proud owner a $2,500 designer Gucci diamond watch from Nader Jewellers, Bankstown Central, after Harness Racing NSW director Chris Edwards drew out her name from thousands of entries in the Bankstown Paceway 'Lucky Door' Prize Racebook Competition,' Mr Bentley said. 'But, for Jacqui, this is the not the only significant win that she has had at the Bankstown trotting track because this is where she met her husband, former trotting driver and Bankstown councillor Allan Winterbottom, and, coincidentally, where they held their wedding reception thirty four years ago on 8 December 1979,' he said. 'But, then again, Bankstown Paceway has a proud match-making record - with our racecourse serving as the venue for the first date of former Racing Minister Kevin Greene and his wife, Frances, where Blaxland MP Jason Clare met his wife, Louise, at the Children's Festival, where East Hills MP Glenn Brookes courted his wife, Kharin, whose father was a local trainer, and where Bankstown councillor Jim Daniel and his wife, Jessica, celebrated their wedding anniversary on Sydney Cup Race Night,' Mr Bentley added. A record crowd of 10,000 packed Sydney's Bankstown Paceway last night (Saturday, December 7th) to watch history in the making as the ten year old warhorse of harness racing Washakie NZ stormed home to claim a fifth successive win in the Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial - a feat matched only by the thoroughbred racing legend Manikato, who owned the Group 1 William Reid Stakes for five consecutive years from 1979 to 1983. Photo: Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley (left) and Harness Racing NSW director Chris Edwards (right) with Ellis Street resident Jacqui Winters (centre) and her $2500 designer Gucci diamond watch from Nader Jewellers, Bankstown Central. Megan J. Lavender
Two dozen school aged children from across Australia converged on Sydney's Bankstown Paceway harness racing track last night (Saturday, December 7th) for Mini Trots' version of the Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial. 'Mini Trots is all about having fun with, and learning to be responsible for, little shetland ponies and miniature horses, for kids aged five to sixteen - it's about getting them on the right track and promoting friendly competition in an atmosphere of cooperation and good sportsmanship,' Bankstown Paceway director Lavender told Harnesslink. 'From an industry perspective, it is also about ensuring that the fourth, fifth and sixth generations of Australia's standardbred horse owners, trainers and drivers are warmly welcomed into the sport - and that they are fostered and encouraged in a family friendly environment,' Ms Lavender said. 'For kids, you can be involved as little or as much as you like - from taking part in the occasional friendly horse race to working your pony on the track every afternoon after school like ten year old Grace Panella and her horse, Dust Storm,' she said. 'The Condell Park school girl and fourth generation harness racing driver is quickly gaining pace on her twenty year old sister, triple Group 1 winning reinswoman Lauren Panella, whose fifty four race wins and sixty nine placings have earned her stakes of over $442,783 so far this season,' Ms Lavender added. Megan J. Lavender
The 2013 Decron Cranbourne Cup has been won by The Gold Ace in a brilliant front-running display for harness racing trainer Belinda McCarthy. Drawn two, Andy McCarthy shot off the arm to find the top from American Muscle with Youranut sitting parked for much of the race. In an event which lacked any serious mid-race moves, The Gold Ace started to pull in the middle stages before McCarthy let him down off the back to apply the pressure to his rivals. Never seriously threatened, The Gold Ace raced home in a 26.7sec third quarter before a last section of 29.3secs. The mile rate for the 2555-metre journey was 1:58.9 with The Gold Ace charging clear by 1.7 metres from Terrorway and Im Corzin Terror. The winner now secures a spot in the Group 1 SEW-Eurodrive Victoria Cup next week in what is expected to be a superstar field of pacers. The other Group 1 race of the night, the Aldebaran Park Bill Collins Trotters Mile was taken by Kyvalley Blur in a deceptive finish. With Elegant Image sprint-laning to the front, Kyvalley Blur kept grinding his way to the lead which he landed right on the winning post. The winner rated a track record 1:59.1 with a 59.1sec last half in the short half-head win from Elegant Image and My High Expectations who sat parked in the race. by Blake Redden Harness Racing Victoria
A meticulous long-range plan, carefully-mapped out by Victorian trainer-reinsman Daniel Jack returned handsome dividends when the lightly-raced Nowitzki scored an impressive victory in the $175,000 Lancaster Park Golden Nugget Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A sizzling start paved the way for the Art Major four-year-old who burst straight to the front from barrier two and set a solid pace before winning by 2m from 43/1 outsider Smokey The Bandit, with 29/1 chance Heez On Fire charging home from the rear to be third, just ahead of the even-money favourite Chilli Palmer. The win was the culmination of Jack's plan to bring the gelding from Victoria to Western Australia early in September. This was to give Nowitzki every opportunity to become acclimatised to the local conditions. Nowitzki spent two months at Pinjarra before making his WA debut, when he was surprisingly beaten into second place by Our Boy Su in a city M0-class event on November 8. He then led from the No. 1 barrier and won the $50,000 Retravision Four-Year-Old Championship from Mexicano before starting from the outside of the front line and finishing ninth behind Chilli Palmer in the McInerney Ford Classic. A $100,000 yearling, Nowitzki has earned $207,925 from his nine wins and five placings from 18 starts and he looks certain to develop into a quality grand circuit performer. Nowitzki was a $6.80 chance on the tote, with polemarker Chilli Palmer, the brilliant last-to-first winner of the McInerney Ford Classic a fortnight earlier, all the rage at evens from the prized No. 1 barrier. Jack stole a march on his rivals when Nowitzki revealed sparkling early speed to charge straight past Chilli Palmer and into the lead when the mobile barrier released the 12 runners in the 2536m journey. Condrieu began speedily from barrier six and quickly moved into the breeze, while Chilli Palmer settled down in sixth position before Chris Alford eased him off the pegs and into the one-wide line. It was while Chilli Palmer was struggling to muster early speed that Ashleigh Markham urged Smokey The Bandit forward from barrier two on the second line to get into the prime position behind the pacemaker. Nowitzki relaxed after his early burst of speed and was able to coast through the first 400m section of the final mile in 31.3sec. before sprinting the next three quarters in 28.5sec., 28.4sec. and 29sec. He rated 1.57.5. Bit Of A Legend (13/4) was sixth after a lap in the one-wide line, and was being followed by Chilli Palmer. Bit Of A Legend started a three-wide move with about 1100m to travel and again he was followed by Chilli Palmer. However, Nowitzki showed no signs of weakening and it was left to the unheralded Smokey The Bandit to issue the only serious challenge in the home straight. Jack threw the kitchen sink at Nowitzki and he was suspended from driving for 14 days for an improper whip action in the home straight. The stewards also fine him $200 for loose reining --- for throwing the reins extravagantly as the gelding charged towards the finishing post. Markham was fined $400 for an incorrect whip action. "I have a very high opinion of Nowitzki and wasn't really concerned during the race," Jack said. "You go out there and try to beat one horse (Chilli Palmer) and you often come unstuck and something else beats you. That's racing and, thankfully, that wasn't the case tonight. He now has earned a spell." Nowitzki is the sixth foal out of the Armbro Operative mare Full Pleasure, who had 26 starts in 2001 and 2002 for three wins in NSW and seven in Victoria for earnings of $106,496. Full Pleasure's first six foals are all winners (of a total of 75 races), with her second foal Kept For Pleasure having 37 starts for 19 wins, ten placings and $542,343 and Lebron earning $155,084 from 22 wins and Its My Pleasure winning 14 races and $141,908. CORTOPASSI MAKES THE MOST OF CHANCE DRIVE BEHIND HEZ THE BART MAN New Zealand-bred eight-year-old Hez The Bart Man bounced back to form with a vengeance when he sustained a powerful three-wide burst to win the 2130m Jayden Barber Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night to end an eight-month drought and snap a losing sequence of 16. A 27/1 tote outsider, he was driven for the first time by Aldo Cortopassi, who brought the gelding home with a spirited three-wide burst from fourth at the bell to a decisive one-length win over stablemate Red Salute (24/1). This gave Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri a quinella result. The stable's No. 1 reinsman Chris Lewis had the choice of driving either horse and when he chose last-start winner Red Salute it gave Cortopassi the chance of handling Hez the Bart Man. Western Cullen was a hot favourite at 2/1 on from the No. 1 barrier. As expected, he set the pace, and even after a slow first quarter of the final mile in 31.2sec. he wilted over the final 400m to finish sixth. Hez The Bart Man hit the front 320m from home and he won from Red Salute, who finished with admirable determination. Courage Tells, who trailed the pacemaker, finished third. The final 800m was covered in 56.3sec. and the winner rated a slick 1.56.2 to take his record to 56 starts for 11 wins, 21 placings and $125,333 in stakes. "I knew there was going to be a lot of early speed and we got a really good trip into the race," Cortopassi said. "He toughed it out really good. As soon as I got the plugs out and gave him a cut with the whip he levelled out and knew where the line was." J WALKER EXCELS AT FIRST OUTING FOR THREE MONTHS Young Henley Brook trainer Robbie Williams predicted more wins for New Zealand-bred gelding J Walker after driving the seven-year-old to a splendid first-up victory in the 2503m Russky the Bandit Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. "I've got a bit of an opinion of this bloke," he said after J Walker, a 7/1 chance off the back mark of 20m, had thundered home from last in the middle stages and from eighth at the bell to win easily from the pacemaker Bobby Teal (12/1) and 13/1 chance Turnpike Cruiser, who rattled home from last with a lap to travel. J Walker, who hit the front 120m from home, was making his first appearance for three months and his win broke a losing sequence of nine. "He's had a few little niggles, so we put him out in the paddock," Williams said. "And now he seems to be over them. My only concern tonight was that I thought he was a little bit big in condition." J Walker now moves to an M3 classification and looks capable of advancing to a tighter mark. He has raced 80 times for 16 wins, 19 placings for $149,926 in prizemoney. His win on Friday night completed a double for Williams, who had been successful earlier in the night with Franco Torres. COOL JOHNNY SPARKLES ON HIS RETURN TO RACING Cool Johnny, a lightly-raced five-year-old prepared at Forrestdale by Greg and Skye Bond, reappeared at Gloucester Park at Gloucester Park on Friday night after an absence of 11 weeks and he surprised reinsman Colin Brown with the ease of his victory. "I can't say that his trackwork has been exceptional. But he certainly lifted tonight," Brown said. "The barrier draw (No. 1) certainly helped." Cool Johnny was solidly supported and started at 7/4. He was smartest into stride and after quarters of 30.1sec. and 30.8sec., he sprinted over the final sections in 29.7sec. and 28.3sec. He rated 1.58.4 and defeated What God Knows (13/2) by just under four lengths. Soho Redford, who raced in the breeze, fought on grandly to be third. Soho Highroller (7/4) was popular with punters, but he was trapped three wide all the way before wilting from third at the bell to sixth. It was a fine effort. "Ã had a good look at the 400m and a few of them were struggling," Brown said. "We appeared to be travelling okay, so I dashed him away. The last thing you want to do is to get run over by something sprinting over the top. He finished it off well." Cool Johnny won once from three starts in New Zealand now has a record of 22 starts for nine wins and three placings for stakes of $48,904. MENELAUS OF SPARTA SHINING UNDER SMITH'S GUIDANCE Kenwick trainer Brett Smith made a wise decision three months ago when he claimed six-year-old Menelaus of Sparta for $10,000 on behalf of his mother Jenny and a few friends. Menelaus of Sparta has flourished under Smith's care and he maintained his excellent form when he stormed home from the rear in the middle stages to score an easy victory in the 2130m David Cairo and Jamie Congerton Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This took his record for Smith to 12 starts for five wins and two placings for $33,715 in stakes and his overall record to 17 wins, 19 placings and $111,346 from 74 starts. Smith is serving a term of suspension for causing interference and this created an opportunity for Morgan Woodley to drive Menelaus of Sparta for the first time. "All credit to Brett," Woodley said. "He has got this horse absolutely flying at the moment. He's been a revelation under his training. Tonight he's got the perfect run into the race. From the 1200m to the 400m they've run that half in 58.2sec. before the final quarter was run in 29sec. That was right up this horse's alley. He can let down realty well and he showed that tonight." Menelaus of Sparta started at the handsome odds of 14/1, mainly because most punters pinned their faith in veteran Pembrook Henry from the No. 1 barrier. Dylan Egerton-Green jumped Pembrook Henry in front, but the gelding was placed under heavy pressure when Absolute Cool paced strongly in the breeze. Rojen Cruz rattled home from last in the middle stages to be second, one length behind Menelaus of Sparta and Pembrook Henry did well to finish third, with Absolute Cool in fourth place. WILLIAMS BRINGS FRANCO TORRES (33/1) HOME WITH A POWERFUL BURST Robbie Williams made the most of the opportunity to drive Franco Torres in the Happy Birthday Ryan Berti Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Shannon Suvaljko, the No. 1 driver for the Debbie Padberg stable, opted to drive the Mike Reed-trained Taiaha. Taiaha was a solidly-supported 2/1 favourite from the No. 1 barrier, while Franco Torres was a 33/1 outsider, going into the 2130m event with a losing sequence of 11. Taiaha set the pace, while Williams, driving Franco Torres for the first time, was content to keep his horse in sixth position in the one-wide line. Wrongly Accused worked hard in the breeze before getting to the front with 400m to travel. However, Franco Torres sprinted home strongly over the final quarter in a28.6sec. to burst to the front in the closing stages to beat Wrongly Accused by just over a length. Bet Your Life came from three back on the pegs to be third, a nose ahead of Corza Commotion, who finished powerfully from ninth (on the pegs) at the bell. Taiaha faded to finish last in the field of 12. The New Zealand-bred Franco Torres has earned $77,624 from ten wins and 17 placings from 63 starts. EGERTON-GREEN LANDS BLACKNSWEET ADDA AT HANDSOM ODDS Young reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green maintained his splendid form in the sulky when he brought 13/1 chance Blacknsweet Adda home with a strong burst to win the V. and K. Congerton Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Herne Hill Trainer Kevin Keys engaged Egerton-Green to drive the four-year-old for the first time and it proved to be a wise decision with Egerton-Green trailing the pacemaker Miss Tee Dawn until he urged Blacknsweet Adda forward approaching the home turn. Miss Tee Dawn, driven by ace New Zealand reinsman Dexter Dunn, was showing signs of weakening and Blacknsweet Adda hit the front 90m from the post before winning by just over a length from Pure Empathy, who sizzled home out five wide after being last in the middle stages and tenth at the bell. Blacknsweet Adda ended a losing run of seven and took her record to five wins and seven placings from 28 starts for stakes of $43,090. SOHO MONZA BRERAKS THROUGH AFTER A SUCCESSION OF MINOR PLACINGS Five-year-old Soho Monza was rewarded for his consistency when he broke through for an overdue win at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Pacific Fella gelding, bred and owned by Rob Watson, had been placed at eight of his past 13 starts since winning at Northam early in July. He drew the prized No. 1 barrier and was favourite at 10/9 on. Hopeland trainer Kim Prentice set Soho Monza the task of leading all the way and the gelding responded in fine style, sprinting over the final two 400m sections in 28.8sec. and 28.7sec. to win by 2m from veteran pacer Cometao, who fought on grandly after racing without cover. Mister Roberto ran on from seven and last at the bell to be third. Soho Monza is the first foal out of the Perfect Art mare Spic And Spangled, who raced only five times for two wins at Kalgoorlie in October-November 2006. The Victorian-bred Spangled Black, the great granddam of Soho Monza, had 64 starts in the 1980s for 12 wins, 18 placings and $64,114. HERBIES DREAM GIVES PADBERG THE FIRST LEG OF A DOUBLE Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg's recent run of successes continued at full tilt at Gloucester Park on Friday night when she landed a double --- with Herbies Dream and Franco Torres. This followed her good night at Northam on Thursday evening when she had four starters for a win with Hez Got The Nod, seconds with Sir Ricky and Alta Onassis and a third with Big Bad Wolf. The New Zealand-bred Herbies Dream was an 8/1 chance and Shannon Suvaljko made the most of the prized No. 1 barrier by setting the pace and winning by just under a length from Grand Cru (who trailed the leader throughout), with the 5/4 favourite Notabadexcuse a half-head away in third place. Notabadexcuse raced in fifth position before starting a three-wide move approaching the bell. He fought on doggedly at his first start for leading trainer Gary Hall sen. and should pay to follow. Herbies Dream raced 22 times in New Zealand for three wins and seven times in New South Wales for one win before arriving in Western Australia where his four starts have produced one win. HOT HOLIDAY NEVER GETS TIRED, SAYS SKALECKI Hot Holiday, who broke three times in running when a distant eighth behind Earl Harbour in a race at Gloucester Park last Friday week, was on his best behaviour when he trotted faultlessly and scored an effortless victory in the 2130m Kyle and Dozer Trot on Friday night. After the race Skalecki said that the Natalie Duffy-trained seven-year-old had been at a disadvantage the previous week because he had raced without front shoes. "He has gone super tonight," Skalecki said. "He went round without front shoes last week and that made it a bit difficult. Tonight we were pretty confident. That's where he likes it, outside the leader. "He doesn't like chasing too hard, but once he's up there (in the breeze) he'll just grind all day. He never gets tired and he'll just fight." Prince Eddie (5/2) set the pace and Skalecki was quite happy to have Hot Holiday, the 2/1 favourite, in the breeze. Hot Holiday forged to the front 420m from home and raced Away to score by four lengths from Backas Cobber, who ran on from the rear. Hot Holiday has raced 60 times for 15 wins, 16 placings and stakes of $130,849. by Ken Casellas
Nowitzki led from go to whoa in the Group 1 Lancaster Park 4yo $175,000 Golden Nugget at Gloucester Park Friday night the 6th of December. The son of Art Major trained and driven by Daniel Jack is out of the top race mare and super broodmare Full Pleasure dam of six in 1:57.6 and faster including the great race mare Kept For Pleasure ($543,243). Nowitzki has now won 9 races from just the 18 starts for stakes of $207,925. Second across the line was the outsider Smokey The Bandit with Heez On Fire third. The dissapointment of the race was once again the Cran Dalgety trained Bit Of A Legend driven by Dexter Dunn who finished 10th of the twelve runners.
Two allegedly corrupt racing stewards used prepaid mobile phones, registered under fictitious names, to discuss the fixing of races, a court has heard. Police linked five non-work mobiles to steward Matthew Bentley and one to his colleague Paul O'Toole. They also intercepted calls between the star harness driver Greg Bennett and other people in the racing industry. Mr Bennett has pleaded not guilty to six counts of giving or offering a bribe to Mr Bentley. His trial, in the Sydney District Court, heard on Thursday that Mr Bentley used his succession of secret mobiles between January 1, 2010, and August 8, 2011 - the day Harness Racing NSW confronted Mr O'Toole and Mr Bentley about race-fixing and terminated their employment. To read the full article written by Rick Feneley from The Sydney Morning Herald click on this link
During the past month, new faces have made a visit to the winner’s enclosure. On the same day at Redcliffe, rookie trainers Glenn Bridges and James Lewin both prepared their first winner while fresh-faced drivers Madi Dux and Isobel Ross also landed their maiden success during the same week. Well, another name can be added to that list. And it’s a case of ‘Girl Power’ again. Brittany Graham, 18, eldest daughter of highly respected trainer/driver Darrel and Linda landed her first winner at Redcliffe yesterday (Thursday) when successful aboard Palazzo Las Vegas. For Brittany, victory was extra sweet. Brittany trains and drives Palazzo Las Vegas in her own right and guided the well-backed favourite to an all the way victory in the opening race of the day which was run under standing-start conditions. “How good was that, I was so excited and it’s such a buzz to win my first race. I’m so thrilled that mum and dad were here with me today.” A super-excited Graham stated. A graduate of the West Moreton Anglican College, Graham was born into harness racing and has travelled far and wide alongside her father as he campaigned star pacers Lanercost, Rollon Bigred, Courageous Annie, Montana Marie and many others over the years. Only recently, Brittany was appointed as a ‘We Run As One’ ambassador by Racing Queensland as they re-launched the racing codes in the sunshine state under a new government. Brittany has featured in many commercials, both television and radio, during her role as an ambassador. “Brittany loves the sport; she’s grown up with horses her entire life and has always enjoyed being around the horses and stables. Now that her schooling is complete, she’s decided to get a little more hands on and she’s really enjoying herself. “Brittany was chuffed with her appointment as an ambassador for the new campaign, and the horse that features in the promo’s with her is actually Palazzo Las Vegas so it’s turned out pretty good for both of them. “Linda and I are very proud parents and it’s great to get that first winner on the board, I’m sure it will prove to be a great boost for Brittany as she chases her next winner. She’s working hard and always trying to improve so you can’t ask for much more than that.” Proud father Darrel explained. Next-up, Brittany will venture to Kilcoy this Sunday for the massive dual-code race day which will be staged on the grass and the rookie driver will partner Kerry Orelly for her father in the Garrards Horse & Hound Pace. The day will comprise of 11 races, eight thoroughbred events and three harness events with full TAB and Sky Channel coverage. by Chris Barsby
APG’s 2014 Yearling Sales Catalogue is now available for viewing via the APG website at www.apgold.com.au. In total, 485 yearlings have been catalogued across APG’s four sales which are scheduled as follows: Melbourne Sale (190 Yearlings) – Sunday, 2 February 2014 (Hunter Cup Weekend) Brisbane Sale (56 Yearlings) – Sunday, 16 February 2014 Sydney Sale (170 Yearlings) – Saturday, 1 March 2014 (Inter Dominion Final Weekend) Melbourne Autumn Sale (69 Yearlings) – Sunday, 16 March 2014 The APG Sales have a reputation for consistently producing a disproportionately high percentage of Australia’s elite performers, and the 2014 Sales are sure to be no exception, with the catalogue featuring: Progeny of over 170 sub 2:00 race mares; Progeny of over 60 race mares with career earnings of $100,000+; Half and full brothers and sisters to over 130 x $100,000+ earners; Progeny of all the leading sires, including Art Major (52), Rock N Roll Heaven (49), Rocknroll Hanover (38), Courage Under Fire (29), Sportswriter (29), Major In Art (27), Bettors Delight (22), Mach Three (20), etc. Recent APG Sales have produced horses of the quality of Sushi Sushi, Caribbean Blaster, Aussie Made Lombo, Royal Verdict, Fly Like An Eagle, Smolda, Restrepo, Mach Beauty, Border Control, Mindarie Priddy and Whereibylong. For a summary of some of the highlights in each sale, click here. Catalogues are available for distribution from 16 December, and can be pre-ordered via the APG website by clicking here. by David Boydell
This week on Trots TV we catch up with TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Champion Sydney ambassadors Stephanie Rice, Seryn Adams, Amanda Turnbull and Sammy Kilgour. Also Sky Racing's Fred Hastings speaks with Gavin Fitzpatrick in regards to his drive on Fly Like An Eagle in Saturday night's Group 1 Treuer Memorial at Bankstown. Looking to advertise on Trots TV? Please contact Dale Walker on 02 9722 6600 for further information. Providing a fresh view on harness racing in New South Wales.
Tomorrow night the SEW-Eurodrive Victoria Cup Carnival gets underway at Cranbourne as the best horses from around Australasia converge for the Decron Cranbourne Pacing Cup and the Aldebaran Park Bill Collins Trotters Mile. The Game Plan for Melton with Jason Bonnington @jasonbonnington Best Bets/ Formula 4 ($100 gets 20 Units) Goodtime Marjie (Race 3 no. 8) $1.80 No Bettertime (Race 4 no. 1) $1.80 Magical Telf (Race 8 no. 3) $1.80 Just a week out from one of the biggest races of the year, TAB has already joined in the trotting festivities with an extraordinary $250,000 First 4 Pool Guarantee on this Saturday night's Decron Cranbourne Pacing Cup. With the injection of funds, a very healthy dividend looks likely for any punter fortunate enough to land the First 4 in a race that is already being declared as one of the most intriguing in Cranbourne Cup history. Cranbourne will host the Group 1 Decron Cranbourne Pacing Cup this Saturday night, 7 December with a mouth-watering feast of racing and on-course entertainment planned. Upgraded to a Group 1 in 2010, the race has continued to attract some of Australasia's best horses including the winner that year, Im Themightyquinn. If Ross Sugars was a football coach then he would be in an enviable position. He has two young guns fit and firing at the right time of year but the problem now is they have to go head to head in this Saturday night's Decron Cranbourne Pacing Cup. Beautide staked his claim as Australia's best in the Miracle Mile and he will now have his sights set on a vintage Victoria Cup next Saturday, December 14. It's a racenight that promises much as 12 outstanding pacers go head to head in one of the state's biggest races. The Victorian Harness Racing Media Association's Balmoral On York Tipping Competition has just seen its fifth week run. Jack Gasolina edged back ahead to assume command from Tony Logan and John Dunne. Matt Robertson from Radio TAB and Jason Bonnington from HRV are next in the pecking order. Recently launched in Victoria after being a standout success since kicking off in NSW. Rewards punters with points for every bet they place with the TAB. Click here for more > The very first two-year-old race of the season was run at Geelong today and the highly anticipated opener paid dividends for the winner thanks to the rich Vicbred incentive scheme. A massive $7,000 first win bonus will be received by the connections of Spot Ona Shadow just for being paid up to the Vicbred program.
When the boss of harness racing called in a corrupt steward to confront him about race fixing, his employee allegedly told him: ''It's not like somebody's died.'' Harness Racing NSW chief executive Sam Nati also alleges the steward, Matthew Bentley, ''basically asked me, 'Why? Did you want to be in on it?' '' Mr Nati was giving evidence on Wednesday at the trial of the leading harness driver Greg Bennett, who has pleaded not guilty to six counts of giving or offering a bribe. To read the full article written by Rick Feneley feature writer foe The Age New South Wales click on ths link
Two meetings were held in Victoria on Thursday December 5, with Geelong racing in the afternoon and Nyah at Swan Hill in the evening. At Geelong, Terang owner/trainer Darren Cole produced a nice juvenile by the name of Spot Ona Shadow to land the Bartletts Enviromental 2-Y-0 Pace over 1609 metres when all runners were making their race debut. With young Tim McLean in the sulky, Spot Ona Shadow a gelded son of Shadow Play and Charlotte Church began with great zest from gate five to lead throughout in accounting for Stitchintime which raced outside him 13.3 metres in a rate of 2-00.6, with Captain Bronze (oneone) third. Beautifully bred Bettors Delight/Top Tempo four year old mare Musical Delight a former outstanding youngster, had an easy 13 metre victory in the Chas Cole Cellars Pace forC0 class over 2100 metres. Trained at Drouin by Gary and Debbie Quinlan, Musical Delight unbackable at $1.10, led throughout for reinsman Nathan Jack to score untouched in advance of Shes His Story and Bye Bye Luv Lombo in a rate of 2-02.4. Winning nine from 14 outings, Musical Delight has stake earnings in excess of $234,000. Exciting Hawkesdale (Western District) four year old Blissful Hall/Weona Rena entire Bliss Man brought up four wins in succession when victorious in the Your Business name Here Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2100 metres in a mile rate of 1-59.4. Taking a concession for Terang's Jason Lee, Bliss Man trained by Graham Gee for wife Christine, had little trouble leading from the pole and was always travelling under a tight grip. Given an inch of rein approaching the home turn, Bliss Man bounded away to record a 13.2 metre margin last half 56.7 - quarter 28.6 ahead of Nimble Jack along the sprint lane from last, with Amazing Kano third after racing in the open. Highly talented four year old Art Major/Maikona mare Glenferrie EJ is starting to show the potential she was touted with and made it two from two this time in when successful in the Zilco Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres. Trained at Parwan by Craig Demmler for Peter Chambers' Glenferrie Farm Pty Ltd, Glenferrie EJ from gate two was beaten for speed by Antiquities (gate five), with Jodi Quinlan immediately easing around her to take over the front running role. After that, it was a procession as Glenferrie EJ coasted to the wire to score by 4.7 metres untouched from the in-form Bit Of A Babe from mid-field, with Howcomewhynot third. The mile rate 1-58.1. At Swan Hill, Echuca trainer Wayne Lear took the honours by providing a stable double - Seven year old Royal Mattjesty/My Halo Broke gelding Who Broke Our Halo in the Swan Hill & Kerang Toyota Sandstorm FJ Pace for C2 class over 1609 metres and four year old Artesian/Glimpse mare Philotes in Swan Hill & Kerang Toyota Crystal Pearl Pace for C0 class (mares) over the same journey. Who Broke Our Halo (Rebecca Bartley) settled mid-field in the moving line from gate two on the second row, before moving forward three wide solo in the last lap. Sustaining the run, Who Broke Our Halo was too strong over the concluding stages for the heavily supported local Cashisking along the sprint lane from three back the markers last lap, with On Fire Within third after facing the breeze before assuming control at the bell. The mile rate 1-56.3. Philotes (Daryl Douglas) spent the first lap in the open from outside the front row, before gaining cover when Madsisteritis came away from behind the leader In Theory heading into the back straight on the final occasion. Taken three wide approaching the home turn, Philotes ran home strongly to gain the day over Maarek (one/one) and Shes A Spy along the sprint lane (three back at bell) in a rate of 1-58. Lightly raced, it was Philotes 4th race appearance. Kerryn Manning snared the Swan Hill Kia Honey Bee Cerato SLI Pace for C3 to C5 class over 2240 metres with Metropolitan/Liberty Print five year old gelding Kickittochris in a rate of 1-57.9. Starting from the extreme draw, Kickittochris spent most of the race at the rear of the field, before latching to the back of Run Forrest ahead of him at the bell, with the Shane Cramp trained Queen Mab at the head of affairs. Eased four wide on the final bend, Kickittochris put the race beyond doubt in a few strides as he exploded away to record a 2.6 metre victory over the local hope Life Of Ted which followed him home. Ezee Duzit Lombo finished third after a chequered passage just off the speed. Avenel's Wayne Potter made the trip to Swan Hill with happy results, when heavily backed five year old Armbro Operative/The Milky Way gelding Teo Enteo captured the Swan Hill Toyota Dark Furnace Kluger Pace for C6 or better class over 2240 metres. Driven by Nathan Jack, Teo Enteo first up since July possied one/one from gate two on the second line, with Kerryn Manning's Jaccka Luke leading from gate three. Easing three wide approaching the home turn, Teo Enteo sprinted brilliantly to join Jaccka Luke on turning, with the pair going head and head to the wire, with Teo Enteo prevailing by a neck in 1-58.1. Centonic (one/three - three wide last lap) finished third. Len Baker
The Chariots on Fire Syndicate No 2, a group sponsored by Harness Racing South Australia had their initial success as a syndicate, when the three-year-old filly Miss Sophia saluted the judge at Port Pirie in November . The 20 strong syndicate comprises names such as former AFL footballers Graham Cornes, Chris McDermott and Stephen Rowe and dual Melbourne Cup winning jockey John Letts. The Art Major filly is raced on lease by the syndicate from well-known breeder-owner and SA BOTRA (Breeders, Owners, Trainers & Reinspersons Association) committee member Vivienne Clark Clark bought Miss Sophia, by Art Major and is the first foal of the Armbro Operative mare I Don't Share, for $14,500 at the 2012 Australian Pacing Gold Melbourne Sale, Her dam I DONT SHARE took a lifetime mark of 1:57.5 on the way to winning over $25,000 in prize money. I DONT SHARE , and hails from a family that has developed a reputation for producing outstanding fillies. Some of the fillies in her immediate pedigree include: GIRL CALLED DESTINY - Winner of Queensland Oaks (Gr.1) DONNA WHO - Winner of APG 2yo Fillies Final (Gr.1) ARMIDA - Winner of Bathurst Gold Tiara (Gr.1) LA SPERANZA - Winner of Kay Seymour Nursery Pace 2yo Fillies Final (Gr.2) WHOS ESCAPED NZ - Over $100,000 in earnings including a win in 1:52.7 at Menangle in 2012 After 11 starts as a 2 year old Miss Sophia for 3 seconds and 6 thirds, including thirds in the Southern Cross Heat and Repecharge before finishing seventh to Flagbearer in the final. Miss Sophia is trained by BOTRA president Ray Holberton who had plan to race the filly on Itailain Cup night at Betezy Park Globe Derby but the race failed to hold up. Miss Sophia has had another start, since her first up win that being at headquarters since winning but had little luck from an outside draw Gary Newton
When the seven-year-old gelding Crombie lines up in the Group Two Bunbury Cup on Saturday night he will be seeking to emulate No Dill and Blue Manna as the only multiple winners of a race that was first run in 1923. No Dill, better known as the horse beaten by Mount Eden in the remarkable 1971 Christmas Handicap at Gloucester Park, won the Bunbury Cup in 1969 and 1970 for his trainer/driver George James. No Blue Manna won two Bunbury Cups in 2006 and 2008. He was trained by Carol Warwick and driven by her husband Justin in 2006 and trained by Justin Warwick and driver by Chris Lewis when he won in 2008. Lewis, the most successful driver in Bunbury Cup history with seven wins in the race, drove Crombie in 2011 for trainer Ross Olivieri when beating Real Life and Ohoka Du Nord. Crombie is now trained by his owner Gary Elson. Lewis will be behind the Andrew De Campo trained Dasher VC this year. De Campo trained the 2001 winner Paula's Mate and the 2010 winner Aliveandwell while his brother Steve trained the 2004 winner Hillview Lightning which was driven by Andrew. Steve De Campo will gear up Son Of Fergie in Saturday night's Cup. Field for 2013 Bunbury Cup - $50,000 Group Two Number Horse Driver Trainer 1 CYCLONE MITCH A C (Aaron) Beckett F L G (Frank) Bonnett 2 BETTORS FIRE NZ K J (Kyle) Harper K J (Kyle) Harper 3 SPRINGSTEEN NZ D J (Donald) Harper K J (Kyle) Harper 4 OHOKA SAMSON NZ K K (Kade) Howson K K (Kade) Howson 5 FRANCO RENEGADE NZ A G (Aldo) Cortopassi A G (Aldo) Cortopassi 6 SON OF FERGIE R M (Reon) Tither S J (Stephen) De Campo 7 SHARDONS ROCKET NZ M L (Morgan) Woodley T (Tony) Svilicich 8 UPPY SON NZ A C (Aaron) Beckett S C (Stephen) Reed 9 PLEASE RELEASE ME NZ C M (Chris) Brew D J (David) Hunter 10 CROMBIE K D (Kim) Young G L (Gary) Elson 11 DASHER VC NZ A C (Chris) Lewis A L (Andrew) De Campo 12 MYSTA MAGICAL MACH NZ M L (Morgan) Woodley T (Tony) Svilicich Previous winners Bunbury Cup Date Winner Trainer Driver 10/01/1923 BOY B G () SmithG () Smith 19/03/1952 DETERMINATION A S (Alan) Woodworth A S (Alan) Woodworth 25/03/1953 BRONZE GOLD x A (Bert) Smith 17/03/1954 BEDOUIN PRINCE J A (Jack) Buswell J A (Jack) Buswell 16/03/1955 LUCKY MINT J A (Jim) Twaddle J A (Jim) Twaddle 21/03/1956 WESTMINSTER E J (Jack) Miles E J (Jack) Miles 20/03/1957 IMPERIAL W F (Bill) Johnson M R (Max) Johnson 19/03/1958 GAY KATRINA C L (Clem) Barron C L (Clem) Barron 18/03/1959 BEAU SILHOUETTE J G () Carbon J G () Carbon 16/03/1960 PADDY BOY A J (Jack) Jamieson A S (Alan) Woodworth 22/03/1961 FRICTIONS DAUGHTER A A (Alan) Obrien A A (Alan) Obrien 21/03/1962 ESMEROIC W F (Bill) Read W F (Bill) Read 20/03/1963 SWIFT TARA NZ R (Bob) Pollock R (Bob) Pollock 18/03/1964 CROSSWINDS R J (Bob) Williams R J (Bob) Williams 17/03/1965 SEA FOX A S (Alan) Woodworth A S (Alan) Woodworth 16/03/1966 THREE KINGS H W (Hubert) Nelson A G (Aub) Nelson 15/03/1967 TOP CENTRE C (Charlie) Rifici C (Charlie) Rifici 13/03/1968 YARDON J M (Jack) Retzlaff J M (Jack) Retzlaff 12/03/1969 NO DILL G E (George) James G E (George) James 11/03/1970 NO DILL G E (George) James G E (George) James 10/03/1971 ROC EDEN NZ A S (Alan) Woodworth A S (Alan) Woodworth 15/03/1972 YANKEE RHYTHM NZ W (Bill) Warwick T B (Trevor) Warwick 14/03/1973 TRIPLE FLASH J J (Joe) Miller J J (Joe) Miller 13/03/1974 NIP N DALE F R (Fred) Kersley F R (Fred) Kersley 12/03/1975 BLUE REBEL J J (Joe) Miller J J (Joe) Miller 10/03/1976 WAYAMBA O R (Ray) Sweetman O R (Ray) Sweetman 16/03/1977 RARE CHIEF K A (Kevin) Batt K A (Kevin) Batt 15/03/1978 RIO BUTLER L H (Les) Poyser L H (Les) Poyser 14/03/1979 MARDEN MISS D J (Denis) Manea D J (Denis) Manea 12/03/1980 PALLATON A W (Allen) Lewis A C (Chris) Lewis 11/03/1981 REGAL MORRIS O R (Ray) Sweetman O R (Ray) Sweetman 17/03/1982 DEN HELDER B (Ben) Geersen A C (Chris) Lewis 16/03/1983 CASEY OTARA NZ L S (Lyle) Lindau L S (Lyle) Lindau 14/03/1984 MATAI BRET NZ J H (Jim) Schrader P J (Peter) Schrader 13/03/1985 MY DIANTHUS NZ J H (Jim) Schrader J H (Jim) Schrader 12/03/1986 LINE ON NZ N J (Neil) Lloyd N J (Neil) Lloyd 11/03/1987 VILLAGE KID NZ W J H (Bill) Horn A C (Chris) Lewis 16/03/1988 MYSTERY CARGO NZ W F (Bill) Prentice C J (Chris) Beckett 15/03/1989 ANOTHER BART G R (Gary) Barton G R (Gary) Barton 14/03/1990 SALVATION SON C D (Colin) Brown C D (Colin) Brown 13/03/1991 SPEEDY CHEVAL NZ R A (Ross) Olivieri P J (Peter) Schrader 11/03/1992 WHITBYS MISS PENNY R J (Rod) Chambers R J (Rod) Chambers 17/03/1993 JUSTABOYDEN NZ G D (Greg) Harper G D (Greg) Harper 16/03/1994 ON PARADE S H R (Sean) Harney R J (Rod) Chambers 15/03/1995 SCANIO C I (Cass) Haese S R (Shane) Young 13/03/1996 ABMIDAS NZ D K (Dudley) Anderson D K (Dudley) Anderson 19/03/1997 SIR CLEMENT NZ T B (Trevor) Warwick J T (Justin) Warwick 18/03/1998 HAIL THE JUDGE R A (Ross) Olivieri A C (Chris) Lewis 17/03/1999 BONDED VELVET J T (Justin) Warwick G L (Grant) Williams 22/03/2000 CAMS MAN NZ N J (Noel) Keiley L B (Lindsay) Harper 21/03/2001 PAULAS MATE NZ A L (Andrew) De Campo J R (John) Graham 20/03/2002 MOSCOW NZ N J (Noel) Keiley L B (Lindsay) Harper 15/03/2003 JACCKA SEELSTER NZ A G (Aldo) Cortopassi A G (Aldo) Cortopassi 15/03/2003 WHITE STAR ROCKY NZ N J (Neil) Lloyd J R (John) Graham 24/03/2004 HILLVIEW LIGHTNING S J (Stephen) De Campo A L (Andrew) De Campo 12/03/2005 FAKING IT A R (Aiden) Warwick A C (Chris) Lewis 11/03/2006 NO BLUE MANNA C A (Carol) Warwick J T (Justin) Warwick 10/03/2007 LUCKY PUNCH G D (Greg) Harper K K (Kade) Howson 23/02/2008 NO BLUE MANNA J T (Justin) Warwick A C (Chris) Lewis 7/03/2009 MYSTA MAGICAL MACH NZ T (Tony) Svilicich M L (Morgan) Woodley 21/11/2009 ALIVEANDWELL NZ A L (Andrew) De Campo K K (Kade) Howson 27/11/2010 IM THEMIGHTYQUINN NZ G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) G E (Gary) Hall (Jnr) 26/11/2011 CROMBIE R A (Ross) Olivieri A C (Chris) Lewis 24/11/2012 HOKONUI BEN NZ G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) S E (Shane) Butcher Alan Parker Assistant Manager - Harness Racing
HRSA are delighted to announce that Tattsbet will be offering a weekly fixed price wagering service on South Australian Harness Racing commencing on Saturday 7 December at Betezy Park Globe Derby. HRSA CEO, John Lewis stated "that this is a significant announcement for the harness racing industry in South Australia, which will create significant wagering interest, and be a great fillip for our code." Mr Lewis also stated that "this is one of the most exciting and positive wagering announcements for many years, and follows considerable lobbying by HRSA over many years to secure an enhanced fixed price wagering service". "In particular, we are also extremely appreciative of the commitment to this initiative from Tattsbet management including Tattsbet CEO, Robbie Cooke, who is clearly demonstrating an increased commitment to generating wagering growth." Mr Lewis further stated that 'the timing of this announcement was ideal leading into the "Summer of Racing" for harness racing in South Australia, including the $125,000 Betezy SA Cup to be held on Saturday 11 January 2014." Tattsbet have also advised that they intend to expand the fixed price wagering service to include Friday night Harness Racing by March 2014, with further possible expansion to occur later in 2014. More Information: John Lewis, HRSA CEO - Ph 0417 855 300 Email: email@example.com Gary Newton firstname.lastname@example.org
Odds on a new driver and trainer will join list of winners of Golden Nugget Chris Lewis, who will drive Heez On From barrier 12 in Friday night's Group One Lancaster Park Golden Nugget Championship, is the only driver in this year's field who has won the race previously. Lewis won with Vero Prince in 1987, Flashing Star in 1994, Saab in 1998 and Dasher VC in 2010. He trained Vero Prince with the other three all being freelance drives. Similarly, Gary Hall is the only trainer to have previously trained a winner of the Golden Nugget courtesy of Gold Ace in 2011 where took over the horse for a WA campaign aimed specifically at the race. Hall's superstar pair of The Falcon Strike (2001) and Im Themightyquinn (2008) were both beaten in their respective Golden Nuggets before going on to far greater heights in subsequent seasons. This year Hall is represented by two starters in My Hard Copy and Northview Punter which have both drawn awkwardly and will need their fair share of luck to give Hall a second Nugget win as a trainer. Eastern States trained horses have got a remarkably good strike rate in the Golden Nugget with 14 of the previous 33 runnings of the race seeing the winner come from outside of Western Australia. With the likes of Chilli Palmer, Nowitzki and Bit Of A Legend drawn between barriers one and four there is a fair chance the record will stand at 15 of 34 after this week's race. Previous winners Lancaster Park Golden Nugget 4yo Championship Date Winner Trainer Driver 6/02/1981 JUSTIN HANOVER A L (Tony) Peacock A L (Tony) Peacock 12/02/1982 SINN FEIN G D (Greg) Harper G D (Greg) Harper 11/02/1983 CLASSIC GARRY G D (Greg) Harper F R (Fred) Kersley 20/01/1984 YARRACOOLA T B (Trevor) Warwick T B (Trevor) Warwick 8/02/1985 MORANO MAGIC NZ T B (Trevor) Warwick T B (Trevor) Warwick 7/02/1986 VANDERPORT D F (Don) Murphy A (Anne) Frawley 13/02/1987 VERO PRINCE A C (Chris) Lewis A C (Chris) Lewis 12/02/1988 OUR MAESTRO NZ R V (Bob) Knight V J (Vin) Knight 10/02/1989 SINBAD BAY R V (Bob) Knight V J (Vin) Knight 15/12/1989 WESTBURN GRANT V W (Vic) Frost V W (Vic) Frost 25/01/1991 ADMIRAL HOLLIDAY NZ B A (Bryan) Rogers B A (Bryan) Rogers 24/01/1992 IMPRESSIONIST NZ T E (Ted) Demmler T E (Ted) Demmler 22/01/1993 VALLEY CHAMP D T (Des) Parr G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) 28/01/1994 FLASHING STAR C L (Colin) Cummins A C (Chris) Lewis 27/01/1995 SLICK VANCE NZ R (Reg) Trevean T B (Trevor) Warwick 8/12/1995 BEEFY T NZ J P (John) Green R J (Rod) Chambers 6/12/1996 MON POPPY DAY *** R J (Rod) Chambers R J (Rod) Chambers 5/12/1997 SALINGER F R (Fred) Kersley F R (Fred) Kersley 18/12/1998 SAAB R A (Ross) Olivieri A C (Chris) Lewis 10/12/1999 COUNTESS KALA NZ N J (Noel) Keiley L B (Lindsay) Harper 15/12/2000 SEELSTER SAM NZ D W (Dennis) Wilson D W (Dennis) Wilson 14/12/2001 MANIFOLD BAY G K (Grant) Crane G (Gavin) Lang 13/12/2002 TRICKY VIC NZ M G (Mike) Reed M B (Mark) Reed 20/02/2004 TE KANARAMA G R (Graeme) Watts G R (Graeme) Watts 8/04/2005 TARTARY GLADIATOR K F (Kevin) Keys K F (Kevin) Keys 16/12/2005 GEE WHIZ FIZZ S D (Steven) Burton R (Ryan) Warwick 15/12/2006 MR YANKEE NZ G D (Greg) Harper K K (Kade) Howson 14/12/2007 LOMBO POCKET WATCH P R J (Paul) Fitzpatrick G J (Gavin) Fitzpatrick 28/11/2008 SCHINZIG BULLER G D (Greg) Harper K K (Kade) Howson 27/11/2009 BONAVISTA BAY E J (Emma) Stewart M B (Mark) Reed 26/11/2010 DASHER VC NZ R A (Ross) Olivieri A C (Chris) Lewis 25/11/2011 GOLD ACE NZ G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) G E (Gary) Hall (Jnr) 7/12/2012 IM VICTORIOUS NZ M G (Michael) Brennan J K (Justin) Prentice *** True Takeoff - 1st but disq swab Alan Parker Assistant Manager - Harness Racing