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WILL ARDEN ROONEY'S WINNING STREAK CONTINUE? Since his Hunter Cup win during the TAB Summer of Glory carnival Kerryn Manning trained and driven Arden Rooney has become "the Cups King". The five-year-old gelding made it three straight cup wins following his Hunter Cup success with victories in the Terang and Geelong pacing cups. Tonight he will line up for five straight wins in the $20,505 2240-metre SEW Eurodrive Westburn Grant Free-for-All at Tabcorp Park Melton. But he will have fierce opposition from several talented rivals, including speedy duo Chilli Palmer (drawn pole) and Franco Ledger (barrier nine). Tonight sees a 10-race card at Melton, kicking off at 6.30pm. And don't forget tomorrow night is Girls' Night Out at Cranbourne in support of the Women's Cancer Foundation.  First race of the night tomorrow is 6.20pm.   - FEATURE OF THE WEEK - SEW Eurodrive Westburn Grant FFA 2240m mobile start @ Tabcorp Park Melton, Friday night 9.30pm 1: CHILLI PALMER Trainer: Amanda Grieve Driver: Alex Ashwood Form comment: One of the two fastest horses in the race, you'd have to say. He and Franco Ledger both have withering bursts of speed once they're in top flight. The problem here might be the barrier. He's a get-back-run-on horse, so he might find himself buried away on the pegs. The other side of that of course is if he gets that soft three-markers trip and they run along a bit up front, he'll be the fresh horse on the scene bursting home with any sort of luck late, either around the outside or through along the sprint lane. He's a last-start winner and he's top-class at his best, so don't leave him out.   2: SAVESOMTIMETODREAM Trainer: Paul Rowse Driver: Jodi Quinlan Form comment: The general view is that Jodi Quinlan will cross the polemarker with this talented seven-year-old before handing up to Arden Rooney. That would ensure Jodi and Savesomtimetodream would get first use of the sprint lane in the home straight. Can he win? He's coming off back-to-back fourth-place finishes at Melton and Charlton in a FFA and the Charlton Cup. He's got to be more of a place chance, I'd suspect, but I'd never say never with this fella.   3: VILLAGEM Trainer: Glenn Douglas Driver: Glenn Douglas Form comment: Once upon a time he'd be one of the favourites here for sure and certain. Nowadays he's nine years old and his best racing is in the past. However, he's still competitive, as we saw three starts back when he defeated Wartime Sweetheart and Bit Of A Legend on Hunter Cup Night. His Geelong Cup was fair and his Charlton Cup second behind Barynya was also solid given he worked hard out three-wide late. Racing well but not for me against a few of these.    4: KOTARE ROLAND Trainer: Roly Wilson Driver: Neil McCallum Form comment: Not really a factor last weekend in the Echuca Pacing Cup. Wasn't beaten far though. His previous recent form is nowhere near strong enough for him to be entertained as any sort of realistic chance against some of these A-graders. Prefer in something easier at this stage.   5: ARDEN ROONEY Trainer: Kerryn Manning Driver: Kerryn Manning Form comment: Has really turned it on since his Hunter Cup win when 80-1! We'll never see those odds again with him. Made the trip to Swan Hill last start and won easily over Goodtime Marjie. Expect Kerryn Manning to send this fella forward at the start and attempt to find the lead. Once there I'd say he will be allowed to stroll, which seems to be his go. If Savesomtimetodream kicks up I'm tipping there'll be a bit of pressure about. That scenario would open the door for a Chilli Palmer or Franco Ledger late. But I'm tipping it'll be scenario A, with Rooney running to the front, setting the speed to suit himself and winning.      6: METRO MIKE Trainer: Emma Stewart Driver: Gavin Lang Form comment: Super-consistent customer who won back-to-back Melton races recently and was a touch unlucky not to win The Stampede as he paced roughly for a stride turning for home. He still attacked the line in that 1200-metre race and he'll be better suited to this trip. Both Arden Rooney and Franco Ledger prefer it longer, and while both have the class edge on their rivals, and Chilli Palmer always needs a pinch of luck given his racing style, it may open the door for Metro Mike to go close here at nice odds. I'm including him.   7: IT IS BILLY Trainer: Michael Barby Driver: Anne-Maree Conroy Form comment: Last-start winner at Melton when found the lead from gate five and rated 1:56.4 to comfortably defeat runner-up Fiery Achiever. Was first-up from a spell on that occasion so further improvement second-up would not surprise. He's a six-year-old with plenty of upside and despite the wide draw you need to show him respect.     8: LOVABLE LARRIKIN Trainer: Gaita Pullicino Driver: John Caldow Form comment: Has struck top form of late with two impressive wins, one at Bendigo and the other in The Stampede over 1200 metres at Melton. Draws inside-back-row here, following out noted sit-sprinter Chilli Palmer. So he'll get back no doubt and need to repeat his lightning late finishing burst of last start to get the chocolates. One for the trifectas.   9: FRANCO LEDGER Trainer: Geoff Webster Driver: Geoff Webster Form comment: Us Victorians are still disappointed we never got to see him contest the Inter Dominion Final. He would have gone close. Still managed to win the Group 1 Bohemia Crystal however on the big day in Sydney. In fact, it was not just a win ... he blitzed his opposition. He'll trail through nicely and will settle a bit closer to the speed than he did in the Hunter Cup when he stormed home late to run second to Arden Rooney. He's quicker than Arden Rooney, so if it comes down to who can sprint sharpest at the finish, he's the one you'd want to be on. He's a serious winning hope and I've got him running second.   10: FIERY ACHIEVER Trainer: Lance Justice Driver: Rodney Petroff Form comment: Handed up to It Is Billy last start and battled on well for second but was no match for the winner. He's drawn terribly here and against this lot a win would certainly surprise.   11: COLD MAJOR Trainer: David Aiken Driver: David Aiken Form comment: Rarely runs a poor race. Finished third behind Franco Ledger and Villagem in the Sokyola Sprint in January when worked in the run. He could play a role with a mid-race move but he's one for first-fours at best from the draw, I'd say. (Comments by Cody Winnell)     WIN A $50 TAB VOUCHER Here’s your chance to win a $50 TAB Voucher. To enter, tell us who you think will win the SEW Eurodrive Westburn Grant Free For All tonight (Friday night). All entrants that pick the winner will go into a random draw and whichever lucky entrant is drawn, wins the $50 TAB Voucher! Entries must be in by no later than 8:30pm tonight. One entry per person. Must be over 18 years of age to enter. Email competitions@hrv.org.auwith the subject WIN.  The winner will be notified via email.  

In juvenile Group One harness racing events it is very rare to find a large number of stallions represented.  In this day and age where ‘boom’ stallions are all the rage, it is interesting to look at the number of different stallions which will have runners in tomorrow night’s two feature events at Bathurst. In the Alabar Bathurst Gold Crown, with emergencies included, there are 13 stallions with progeny engaged.  This is in stark contrast to last year’s Gold Crown where only five stallions had sons compete in the $100,000 event.  Art Major is the only stallion with dual representation in the Crown. Also pleasing for HRNSW and its breeding initiatives is 10 runners are eligible for the Breeders’ Challenge series later in the year. “The Breeders’ Challenge for 2014/15 will begin in May with heats for the two and three-year-olds run across New South Wales and it is exciting to see so many breeders and owners supporting the series,” HRNSW Chief Executive Officer John Dumesny said. “With such a wide range of stallions represented on Saturday night it goes to show that there is a lot of support for the different sires available to both the hobby and professional breeders.” It is a similar story in the Slingsby Holdings Bathurst Gold Tiara, with the 14 finalists representing 12 different stallions.  If the two emergencies fail to gain a start then every runner in the race will be by a different sire.  Of the 14 fillies, 11 are eligible to compete in the Breeders’ Challenge. When the two races are combined, there are 20 stallions represented. The list of stallions include; Sportswriter, Always A Virgin, Village Jasper, Rock N Roll Heaven, Four Starzzz Shark, Village Jolt, Art Major, Mach Three, Jeremes Jet, Rock N Roll Hanover, American Ideal, Bettor Delight, Shadow Play, Kenneth J, Somebeachsomewhere, Gotta Go Cullect, Modern Art, Courage Under Fire, Tell All and Lis Mara. Of the current top 10 stallions on the NSW premiership, five have runners in the Gold Crown or Tiara, while it is no surprise that every stallion in the top 10 of the Leading Two-Year-Old Sire category has a qualifier. Five of the youngsters are also eligible for the rich Breeders’ Challenge Blue Series. HRNSW Media

Former Goulburn harness racing trainer Graham Moon made the move to Tamworth in January this year and while it has taken him a little while to set up his property he is looking forward to this Sunday's Armidale Carnival Of Cups meeting. Moon will have three runners this weekend with Franco Seville set to start in the Roberts and Morrow Chartered Accountants Armidale Cup. "Franco Seville has drawn very well but I think it is going to be very hard to beat Strathlachlan Andy even though he has drawn barrier seven," Moon said. "Franco Seville has started three times since I made the move from Goulburn and he is yet to miss a place up here but this is biggest test." Moon purchased 100 acres just outside of Tamworth and has been busy making a number of changes to the property. "There was a big shed that I converted into some stables but I had to put in a track so I put in a 650 metre track which is what I had back in Goulburn." "I still have to build some day yards for the horses, there is always something to be done but I am happy with the progress Jenny and I have made since we have arrived and all of the Tamworth people have been so friendly and helpful." The Brazen Jasper and Bobbie Mcardle will also represent the Moon stable on Sunday. "I'm going to have a drive of The Brazen Jasper on Sunday, he hasn't had much luck of late and I've been giving a few drives to Sam Ison but I thought I would sit behind him this weekend and just get a feel for how well he is going." "Bobbie Mcardle is a nice mare from New Zealand, she has only had the one run for me since arriving in Australia, I think as she settles in there will be even more improvement." Moon described the move from Goulburn to Tamworth as a 'treechange'. "Jenny and I were running two businesses in Goulburn, there was a lot of work and our property was worth good money but training horses in Goulburn in the middle of winter is a very tough job so we thought it might be time to make the move and try something different." "Our Goulburn property is still on the market but there has been some strong interest lately and while we have been in Tamworth Sam Hewitt has been staying there as the caretaker." With five horses in work and another couple ready to come back into work, Moon is looking forward to the warmer winter. "It will still get cold in the winter, the mornings are already crisp but they won't be as cold as those Goulburn mornings, we definitely won't miss that." Eight races will be run at Armidale's Carnival Of Cups meeting this Sunday with the first event scheduled for 12:53pm. Greg Hayes | Media Coordinator | Harness Racing New South Wales |

One of harness racing’s modern-day greats will be honoured at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight with the running of the Sundons Gift Free-For-All. Climbing the ranks to become Australasia’s premier squaregaiter, Sundons Gift set records seemingly at will before his retirement in 2012. Connections attempted an ill-fated comeback in 2013, but those four starts are best forgotten! Prepared by astute trainer Chris Lang, Sundons Gift was initially retired with 41 wins from 82 starts, with 10 seconds, six thirds and earnings of $1,272,264 also to his credit. The gelding’s ‘comeback’ netted a second. Not only is he the richest Australian-trained trotter, Sundons Gift captured a record 10 Group Ones, including an amazing four consecutive victories in the Australian Grand Prix. “When he got here he’d had seven starts in New Zealand for no wins, so I didn’t expect that much from him,” Lang admitted. “Then as I began to work him, he just felt like a good horse and I was waiting for the wheels to fall off at some stage. “Then as he started racing he was a bit erratic, but never stopped improving. “If you’d told me what he was going to achieve I would have thought you were dreaming. “The funny part about it is I’d never met or spoken to Neven Botica when the horse turned up. “It was Michael Doltoff who recommended our stable and organised for him to come here and the only thing I knew about him was when he arrived and his rug had Bernie on it, so he just became Bernie to us.” Despite his impressive haul, Lang rates one of Sundons Gift’s defeats as his biggest highlight. “For me his biggest legacy is his trip to Europe,” Lang declared. “He finished sixth in the Elitlopp, but it was his presence there and the publicity generated that helped lift not only our stable, but the local industry onto an international stage.” On the topic of international interest, tonight’s event will mark the Aussie debut of American trotter, Imperial Count. Ironically, the stallion is also owned by Botica, who sent the son of Angus Hall to leading trainer David Aiken. Aiken has given the trotter three trials, but stated he will “need the run”. “His trials have been really good. We’ll see how he goes but he’ll need the racing,” Aiken said. “At home he works like a nice horse and he’s great to have around the place.” Imperial Count will begin from barrier seven. PAUL COURTS

Young Trafalgar horsewoman Tamie Frith will be seeking her biggest success in harness racing on Easter Sunday, April 5. Tamie's horse Bettor Biaggi will compete in the rich Ken Miller Memorial Pace event at Warragul, one of the feature races on the traditional Warragul Cup raceday. Bettor Biaggi finished second in a qualifying division of the Miller event at Warragul on Monday, March 23 and will be one of several Gippsland horses to compete in the race. Tamie is involved in trotting as a hobby. Her partner Glenn Hunter will steer Bettor Biaggi in the race.   She has a soft spot for Bettor Biaggi, who has yet to win a race but has finished in the minor placings five times from 13 race starts. Tamie turned an interest in the trotting sport into a hands-on involvement after she competed a certificate course at the Gippsland Harness Racing Training Centre several years ago. One of many graduates of the Centre who have gone on to train their own horses, Tamie has enjoyed previous success both as a trainer and as a reinswoman, and has also gained valuable experience working in local stables. Looking to take some of the family spotlight away from Tamie and Glenn on Easter Sunday will be Glenn's father Chris, who has Feel The Rhythm running in the Ken Miller race. Chris will also start his smart horse Dawn Tears in the Trotters Cup event. The Hunter stable is racing consistently at present and will hopefully be rewarded with success on the biggest day on the local trotting calendar. Warragul trotting officials are hoping that good weather should draw a crowd of close to 1000 to the Logan Park track for a top day of racing that will kick off at around Noon. Kyle Galley  

At his best, Chilli Palmer one of the fastest harness racing performers in the business. His sprint is withering, and when the pace is genuine, that’s when Chilli Palmer is at his most fiery. At Tabcorp Park Melton tomorrow night, the Amanda Grieve-trained gelding is engaged in the 2240-metre Westburn Grant Free-for-All, in which he has drawn the pole. Talented reinsman Alex Ashwood has quickly developed a bond with Chilli Palmer, having driven the speedster to finish third in the Geelong Cup and winning the Gawler Cup. That night Chilli Palmer was driven more aggressively than usual, sustaining a long, three-wide run for the final lap before outclassing his rivals. “He was out of his comfort zone because he was driven more aggressively than usual,” Ashwood said. “We just felt dropping back to that class we were able to do that and he did it really well.’ As for his latest assignment, Ashwood predicts Savesomtimetodream to lead from barrier two before surrendering the lead to Kerryn Manning’s Hunter Cup winner Arden Rooney. This would provide Chilli Palmer with a suitable trail two-back along the pegs. “If Kez runs along a bit up front that would help,” Ashwood said. “It all comes down to the tempo early.” Manning stated Arden Rooney would most likely head to Mildura for the Cup Carnival following Friday night’s race.  “I don’t know if I can find the front, but I’ll be going forward,” Manning said. “Franco Ledger is faster than my bloke, but he also needs a bit of luck in running. “It’s a bit tricky.” HRV Media

Since being opened last October, Bathurst’s 1000-metre harness racing circuit has been widely praised. In fact, highly respected horseman Luke McCarthy referred to the track as the best of its size in Australia and early results suggest it could well be the fairest track too.  While many would consider front row barrier draws over the 1730 metres a big advantage, statistics compiled by Harness Racing New South Wales dispel the common belief. Although there is only a relatively small sample size for the statistics, the data makes for interesting reading.  A total of 83 races have been run at Bathurst over 1730 metres since the track opened, with 10 the most successful barrier.  Barrier Starts Wins % 1             83          9              10.8          2 83 7 8.4 3 83 9 10.8 4 83 5 6 5 83 9 10.8 6 83 9 10.8 7 77 8 10.4 8 46 5 10.9 9 72 4 5.6 10 60 10 16.7 11 48 5 10.4 12 26 3 11.5 13 9 0 0.0 So which trainers are smiling now?  Hunter Valley trainer Sam Dimarco’s stable representative Shadow Runner was the fastest qualifier after a comfortable victory in his heat and has drawn 10 in the Alabar Bathurst Gold Crown. TAB has the son of Shadow Play listed as the second favourite at $4.20 behind the Col Thomas-trained Bettermatch $1.50. In the Slingsby Holdings Gold Tiara, Art Mistress has drawn barrier 10 as a $51 chance. Two fillies dominate the market, with Three Squared the favourite at $2.30 while the Steve Turnbull-trained Pixies Parlour is the $2.80 second pick.  TAB Media Manager Adam Hamilton reports the favourites in both races have been supported, but there have been runners backed to beat them. “In the Gold Tiara there was some money for Three Squared when the markets first went up, but that has dried up a little bit and there has been good support for the stablemate Soho Madeleine,” Hamilton said. “Pixies Parlour has been very solid in the market at $2.80, but we are expecting money for Three Squared as the race gets closer.” “Bettermatch has eased slightly from $1.40 out to $1.50, which doesn’t surprise me, because while he won his heat, I think a little bit of gloss came off him when he wasn’t as impressive as everyone was expecting.” HRNSW Media

Some times we come across harness racing stewards reports which beggar belief. The following report from South Australia fits that profile beautifully. Inquiry into driving of Kerry Brown - Kapunda Pacing Cup 1 March 2015. Harness Racing South Australia Stewards have finalised the inquiry into Kerry Brown’s drive on Turismo in the Kapunda Pacing Cup on 1 March 2015.  Evidence was taken from drivers Kerry Brown and David Smith. Kerry Brown was issued with four charges, those being: Rule 149(2). -  A person shall not drive in a manner which in the opinion of the Stewards is unacceptable. The particulars being that after challenging Exposed (D. Smith) for the first 500 metres and gaining the lead near the 2100 metres, K. Brown continued to urge Turismo forward and race clear of the field until near the 1700 metres and instead of giving Turismo some respite, he again placed Turismo under pressure near the 1700 metres to resist a challenge from Soul Tana which had improved three wide.   Leaving the 1400 metres he again placed Turismo under pressure in an unsuccessful attempt to resist a challenge for the lead from Paleface Jasper . Turismo began to give ground from the 600 metres to be beaten 90 metres.  Stewards were of the opinion that after placing Tursmo under pressure in the early stages to gain the lead and again under pressure to resist challenges from Soul Tana and Paleface Jasper, he failed to give Turismo any respite and the effort he asked of Turismo was beyond that horse’s capabilities.  K. Brown pleaded guilty and his licence to drive in races suspended for 8 weeks.  In determining penalty stewards believe his unacceptable driving had a negative impact on the image of harness racing. Rule 163(1) (a) -  A driver shall not cause or contribute to any crossing, jostling or interference. The particulars being that near the 1200 metres mark after being crossed by Paleface Jasper, K. Brown has allowed Turismo to shift up the track into a two wide position, and as Exposed which was trailing improved and established running to his inside, Turismo was directed back down the track and as a result Exposed was checked and lost a racing position to which he was entitled. K. Brown was found guilty and had his licence to drive in races suspended for 2 weeks.  Rule 168. (1)  A person shall not before, during or after a race drive in a manner which in the opinion of the Stewards is careless, reckless, incompetent, intimidatory, improper, foul or likely to endanger persons or horses. The particulars being that near the 900 metres after allowing Turismo to shift up the track into a two wide position, Exposed has again improved to his inside where there was sufficient room and established running to the inside of Turismo and soon after K. Brown directed Turismo down the track whilst Exposed was racing to his inside in an attempt to regain a marker peg position. As a result Exposed was checked and forced down over the marker pegs. Land Of Panaarm which was trailing was also tightened and carried over marker pegs. Stewards were of of the opinion that K. Browns driving at that stage of the race was foul. K. Brown was found guilty and had his licence to drive in races suspended for 12 weeks. In determining penalty stewards were of the opinion there was intent to force another runner out of their rightful racing position. Rule 168. (1)  A person shall not before, during or after a race drive in a manner which in the opinion of the Stewards is careless, reckless, incompetent, intimidatory, improper, foul or likely to endanger persons or horses. The particulars being that after tiring over the final lap and finishing 90 metres behind the winner, K. Brown continued to urge Turismo along after the finish line in an attempt to make ground on the horses that were pulling up in the back straight and he then directed Turismo toward the back of the sulky of Exposed in close proximity to D. Smith. Stewards were of the opinion that K. Brown drove in an improper manner after the finish of the race and his actions were meant to intimidate D. Smith. K. Brown was found guilty and has his licence to drive in races suspended for 2 weeks. Stewards ordered the penalties be served cumulatively, totalling 24 weeks and should commence at the conclusion of the interference suspension that Kerry Brown is currently serving.  Kerry Brown was advised of his appeal rights. Barbara Scott Chair of Stewards, Harness Racing South Australia

Harness Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards today concluded an inquiry from Race 3 at Albion Park on Friday, 27 February 2015 into the driving tactics adopted on KALVIN (Trevor Lambourn) which finished in last place beaten approximately 24m, specifically the quick tempo once the gelding obtained the lead, and Mr Lambourn’s actions thereafter in looking over his shoulder on multiple occasions.  These aspects were of particular concern to Stewards due to the fact that NOLONGA YOUR CHOICE (NZ), a runner trained by his partner Ms Rachel Scott was also in the field.   Mr Lambourn explained that after finding the lead at approximately the 1600m KALVIN was inclined to overrace and when attempting to restrain also paced roughly at various stages. Mr Lambourn felt that KALVIN was best suited to running at a genuine tempo and based on its recent form thought the gelding would perform well.   Mr Lambourn also tendered a veterinary certificate from West Vets stating KALVIN was mildly lame in the near fore and was markedly sore in the sacroiliac area when examined on Saturday, 28 February. After considering the evidence tendered, Stewards, whilst still critical of the tactics adopted by Mr Lambourn, were of the view that a charge or charges relating to the standard of the drive could not be sustained to the requisite standard.  Stewards noted the circumstances for future reference and further reminded Mr Lambourn of his obligations under Rule 162 (1)(o) which reads: “A driver shall not look around unduly during a race”. Evidence tendered during the course of this inquiry regarding betting activity on the event led to further investigations being conducted.  As a result, several wagers of concern to Stewards were revealed to have been placed via Mr Lambourn’s Tattsbet account between 24 February 2012 and 27 February 2015 and his Bet365 account on 16 February 2014 on Harness events in Queensland. After considering the evidence before them and after taking further submissions from Mr Lambourn and witness Ms Rachel Scott, Stewards preferred 2 charges against Mr Lambourn in breach of AHR Rule 173(1) which reads: “A driver shall not bet in a race in which the driver participates.” The particulars being: Charge 1: That between 24 February 2012 and 27 February 2015 Mr Lambourn placed 287 bets via his Tattsbet account in races in which he participated in as the driver of that horse, and also one wager via his Bet365 account on 16 February 2014 in a race where he participated as the driver of that horse.  On a further 33 occasions Mr Lambourn wagered on both the horse he drove and on another runner from his stable driven by another person. Charge 2:  That between 13 March 2012 and 27 February 2015 Mr Lambourn placed 40 bets via his Tattsbet account in races in which he participated as the driver, on both the horse he drove and also on runners trained and driven by other people. On a further two occasions Mr Lambourn placed a bet in a race in which he participated as the driver, solely on a runner not trained or driven by him. Mr Lambourn pleaded not guilty to the charges, however on hearing further submissions and reviewing the available evidence Stewards were of the view that the charges could be sustained as issued and formally found him guilty. In assessing penalty Stewards were mindful of the degree of seriousness and particular circumstances of this case, the deterrent effect of any penalty and the impact of any penalty on Mr Lambourn’s livelihood.  In all the circumstances Stewards determined the following penalties be applied: Charge 1:  $10,000 fine Charge 2:  The disqualification of Mr Lambourn’s licences to train and drive for a period of 2 years backdated to commence 28 February 2015, the day on which he was stood down. Mr Lambourn was advised of his appeal rights. Stewards Panel: P Zimmermann, C McLune, M Ross

Feature harness racing this week-end for the 2 year old pacers is in Bathurst, Australia.  The annual Bathurst carnival comes to a close with the final of the 2 year old Gold Crown for C&G and the......$102,000 GOLD TIARA FINAL.   2YO Fillies.1730 METRES.   1] ALLNIGHT MLADY ...By Sportswriter   2] GRACIE TALJUICE ...By Four Starzzz Shark   3] SHOT TO STARDOM...By Village Jolt   4] CHERRY MAHONEY...By Always A Virgin   5] WICKED NIGHTS ...By Art Major... (Em 2)   6] PIXIES PARLOUR ...By Village Jasper   7] THREE SQUARED ...By Mach Three   8] LETTUCE REIGN ...By Jeremes Jet   9] HOT SHOT WOMAN ..By RocknRoll Hanover   10] ART MISTRESS ...By Art Major   11] MILIAS IDEAL ...By American Ideal   12] ALL IN YOUR HANDS... By Mach Three..(Em 1)   13] SOHO MADELEINE ...By Bettors Delight   14] HEAVENLY SHADES ..By Shadow Play   FLY LIKE AN EAGLE by Mach Three and SUAVE STUEY LOMBO by Bettors Delight both have full sisters in the Gold Tiara final..   Soho Madeleine the full sister to SUAVE STUEY LOMBO..[$565,912..1.49.6MR] out of the Classic Garry mare MAGIC MADDY LOMBO, ran 2nd on debut at Menangle beaten a head by HAZELS GIRL in a mile rate of 1.54.5. Then in her Gold Tiara Heat, she did a lot of work during the race to finally get to the lead and win in a rate of 1.58.0 covering the last 800m in 28.9 and 28.3.   Soho Madeleine is from the maternal family of N2.Bessie B.. And his closely related to...   Lombo Pocket Watch 2003 by Jet Laag - 1:53.6 $1,522,638+.. and.....Lombo Skyrider 1998 by Panorama - 1:50.0US $798,396 +..   THREE SQUARED the filly by Mach Three, out of the Falcon Seelster mare Three Eagles, is the full sister to FLY LIKE AN EAGLE .[$693,460 .MR1:53.9MS]   Three Squared made her debut winning at Menangle in a rate of 1.55.9 leading In her Gold Tiara Heat, Three Squared beat MILIAS IDEAL in 1:56.5, sitting one out and one back at the bell. Three Squared is closely related to ...Changeover 2003 by In The Pocket - 1:53.4 $2,321,677+. ..and.....Chokin 1988 by Vance Hanover - 1:56.2 $1,801,685+..   StandardBred And Breeding For All

Wednesday 25th March 2015 - Matt Rue admits he is going to need more than his fair share of luck to win either of the harness racing two year old features at Bathurst this Saturday night. Rue trains Lettuce Reign, the Paul Kahledfeldt owned filly that qualified for the Slingsby Holdings Gold Tiara while he will drive Karloo Damajor for trainer Peter Gavin and owners Barry and Ronda Lew in the Alabar Gold Crown. "Lettuce Reign needed a good draw to help her qualify for the Tiara and used the barrier perfectly to get through to the Gr. 1 final but drawing barrier eight in the final is going to make it very tough for her," Rue said. "It was a bit different with Karloo Damajor. He has drawn nine and will start from the inside of the second row, but at the barrier draw function he was one of the first horses to get a barrier and initially I was very disappointed. However, the way the rest of the draw panned out it isn't that bad." Lettuce Reign has taken a lot of coaxing and training to get her to the races and Rue is proud of the achievement. "She has basically been with me since I arrived home from the USA but it has taken a lot of persistence to get her to the races." "She wouldn't work left handed at first so I had to work her right handed for a couple of months and it got to the stage where I just had to try and get her to go left handed otherwise she wasn't going to be ready for the Tiara." Rue believes Lettuce Reign has plenty of improvement in her and will be an improved three year old. It could be the same story with Karloo Damajor with Rue confirming the son of Art Major is still learning what racing is all about. "Trainer Peter Gavin told me before his first start that he was pretty green and everything has happened pretty quickly with him." "Karloo Damajor got crossed in his heat down the back the final time by Charlaval but Kerry Ann Turner's horse moved very quickly and had a huge turn of foot so I was pretty proud of Karloo Damajor to come back and beat him in the straight." With Bettermatch drawn outside Machamillion on the front row there is a distinct possibility that Karloo Damajor could settle three back on the pegs. "If he ended up three back I think he has a knockout winning chance and a really strong place chance, hopefully we get a bit of luck when we need it." Rue also trains the first emergency Fouroeight in the Alabar Bathurst Gold Crown and if he fails to get a start in the Gr. 1 he does look a very strong chance in the consolation. "He has drawn two in the consolation as well. He is a big horse, he actually looks more like a three year old now than a two year old." "He went 1:56.5 running third in his heat behind Shadow Runner and I actually think that was a quicker time than any other heat winner so he's a nice horse and still has the Breeders Challenge to come after this." Greg Hayes | Media Coordinator | Harness Racing New South Wales |    

Mirrool horseman Steve Maguire has known Leeton harness racing trainer Col Thomas for a long time.  In fact, Maguire married Thomas’ daughter Robyn in 1988 and became part of the family.  On Saturday night Maguire could be elevated from son-in-law to something even higher if Bettermatch can win the Alabar Bathurst Gold Crown. Thomas trains and Maguire drives the star two-year-old, with both men chasing their first Group One success. With the son of Kenneth J drawn barrier three, Maguire is confident victory is within reach. Bettermatch will slot into gate two with the removal of the emergency. “The gate is perfect,” Maguire declared. “If someone had asked me before it took place which barrier I was after I would have said three or four, so it wasn’t too far off. “I thought he was good in his heat on Saturday night, he was pretty casual in front, but once he got up onto the bit, he travelled strongly and did it within himself.” Bettermatch is unbeaten after five starts and Maguire admits to being in awe of the freshman’s performance in last month’s Sapling Stake at Menangle. “The Sapling Stake was his first run since winning the Leeton Breeders’ Plate, he was very fresh and fired up out of the gate that night,” Maguire said. “I remember thinking coming to the turn that I should be looking after him because we had been really running from the start, but turning for home he kept on giving, kicked home very hard to get the win and ran 1:53.6 in the process.” Although TAB.COM.AU has Bettermatch listed as the $1.50 favourite for the $100,000 decider, Maguire has a lot of respect for his rivals. “It is not as cut and dried as everyone thinks,” Maguire said. “I thought Sams The Master was impressive winning his heat and Shadow Runner was very strong to the line too. “I have had a couple of horses in the Gold Crown before Langus Frost chased home Master Musician in 1990 and Mendacious Rhythm was in Another Party’s race in 1997.” HRNSW Media

Highly-talented gelding Kiwi Legend is primed and ready to make a big impression at his Australian harness racing debut when he clashes with champion three-year-old Beaudiene Boaz in the WA Derby Prelude at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Prepared at Hazelmere by Mike Reed, Kiwi Legend is ready to issue a strong challenge to Beaudiene Boaz, which has not been extended in winning his six West Australian starts for champion trainer Gary Hall. In a random barrier draw, Kiwi Legend fared well and will start from gate two, with Beaudiene Boaz alongside him in three. Beaudiene Boaz, a winner of two races as a two-year-old in New Zealand, now has a winning sequence of seven and is nominal favourite for the $200,000 WA Derby at Gloucester Park on April 17. He now faces his first serious test in the form of Kiwi Legend, which has romped to effortless victories at his only two starts. He made his debut over 2400 metres at Wyndham on February 1 when overcame a back row draw to win easily by two lengths from River Patrol. Four days later he contested another 2400-metre event at Winton when leading throughout for another soft triumph. Kiwi Legend arrived in WA early this month and has won 2150-metres trials at Byford on the past two Sunday mornings. H An intriguing battle for the early lead is likely in Friday night’s event, with Kiwi Legend, to be driven by Mark Reed, and Beaudiene Boaz blessed with abundant gate speed. Adding spice to the prospect of this early duel is All Aussie Boy, a speedy beginner which has drawn the coveted pole for Bunbury trainer Robert Wood and reinsman Kyle Harper. KEN CASELLAS

Darren McCall continues to live his harness racing dream and is now firmly re-established in Australia after twelve years in North America Originally from Queensland, Darren went to North America to work for Ross Croghan in 1998 for a three month stint and ended up staying in North America for nearly twelve years. After four years in America under Croghan, Darren and his wife Karina moved to Canada and struck out on their own and had an unbelievable run over the next eight years. Horses that passed through their stable at various times included the two time Breeders Crown champion Corleone Kosmos. The son of S J's Photo won $2,141,310 and took a mark of 1:51.2 The outstanding Bettors Delight mare Southwind Tempo 1:48.2 ($2,445,541) was another champion to pass through the McCall barn when in Canada along with two other outstanding mares in Tug River Princess 1:49.3 ($1,858,219) and Carolina Sunshine 1:48.4 ($1,388,062) Deuce Seelster 1:49.4 ($1,149,825) was another millionaire who competed for McCall while in Ontario. All up in the eight years that Darren was training on his own account in Canada he won 395 races for $12,027,532 in purses. “I learnt so much during my 12 years in North America." "In 2006 Karina and I came up with a five year plan with the aim that we would move back to Australia at the end of that time." The reason we stayed for so long on was because the experience we gained was so valuable," Darren said. The McCall's brought home a couple of mares with them with the long term aim of establishing these as their foundation mares in years to come. One is Ice Ice Baby by Modern Art and she is a half sister to Village Blast 1:51.1 ($425,373) while her dam is a half sister to none other than the brilliant racehorse and sire, Cambest 1:46.1 ($1,444,835) " We brought Ice Ice Baby at the yearling sales for just $9,000 and she won us $240,000 and went 1:52.3 so she owes us nothing," Darren said. The other mare was Warrawee Flare who won $609,019 and took a record of 1:50.3 She is a half sister to Safe Harbour 1:50.1 ($492,113) from a half sister to After Life 1:51.4 ($659,328) so lacks nothing on the pedigree or performance front. Arriving back in Australia in 2011, Darren has worked hard to get re-established and feels now the hard work is starting to pay off. "I have settled in Sydney and things are on the up here so it is the right place to be." "I have got a few nice horses in the barn at the moment." "Bettor Bet Black, Western Rockstar and American Highlights have all won on a Friday night at Menangle in the last month so things are ticking over nicely," Darren said. Darren is about to move into a new stable set up right across the road from the Menangle Track which will see his number of boxes increase to twenty two. " I have been doing fifteen because thats all I could accommodate so the extra boxes will be great." " I have been training one horse for some New Zealand owners and l get on good with the New Zealand horses so I am looking to hopefully get a few more now that I have a bit more room," Darren said. With his record in both Australia and North America, Darren McCall has a CV that is right up there with the best in the business. Harnesslink Media  

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Milestone moments should always be well celebrated. So the party planning should be underway. Destreos, the ‘iron’ horse of Queensland claimed his 57th harness racing victory at Albion Park today when leading throughout in the Sure Duz Mosquito Candle Open Pace defeating The Kind Of Swing and Emperor Montana. He is quite clearly, the most winningest horse at the state’s premier track. But it just wasn’t another victory at headquarters of harness racing in the sunshine state for the veteran gelding. He paced it in an incredible time of 1;52.2.  That’s a new career best effort for the horse commonly known as Dexter. What is remarkable, Destreos is a rising 12yo. The highly decorated pacer even left his most ardent fans stunned by his brilliant victory today. “He’s an absolute champ; that was as good as it gets today because the emotion on the face of Ken (Rattray – trainer) when we returned to the stables after the event was priceless. It’s amazing how horses can really touch people and this horse means the world to both Ken and Sally (Stingel – owner).” Winning driver Kelli Dawson said. Entering today, Destreos was winless at his past 17 starts but looked suited under the conditions and made full use of his front-line draw. Destreos travelled strongly and always looked in control before scoring comfortably by more than 11m. He paced the mile in sectionals of 27, 30, 27.7 and 27.8 seconds. “Nobody ever lost faith in him but we have changed things up with him in recent times, we wanted to make sure he still had the spark and the fire in the belly. He felt great today and won really easily, I was thrilled with the way he left the gate. “He just never stops surprising; he’s easily the best horse I’ve had anything to do with and I can’t thank Ken and Sally enough and I just wish this amazing ride never ends, he’s such an incredible horse. “I know he’s not the greatest pacer of all time ever to race but he is my champion and I know that he is a champion in the eyes of Ken and Sally too, he’s a gift that just keeps giving.” Dawson has driven Destreos to victory on 39 occasions. And all bar one of those triumphs have been recorded at Albion Park. The pair combined to win at TABCORP Park, Menangle on October 19, 2013. This Saturday, Destreos ventures to Redcliffe where he starts in the Go One More For QBRED Pace over the 1780m and draws ideally in gate three. Destreos has won two races on the smaller, tight turning track. “Judging by the way he went today, I think he’s a great chance again this weekend because you can never count him out of anything.” As he closes in on his 60th victory at Albion Park, you can guarantee the party planning is beginning to take shape. Because milestone moments should be celebrated. by Chris Barsby   Fields for Redcliffe, Saturday 28 March 2015 Form guide for Redcliffe, Saturday 28 March 2015    

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