Plans to take Tasmanian-owned pacer Modern Ruler to Queensland for two major races remain unchanged despite the gelding’s shock loss at the harness racing meeting at Menangle last Saturday night. Modern Ruler was attempting to win his fourth Group 3 event in succession on Saturday night but in a small field he was unable to achieve the feat and had to settle for third behind Iam Mr Brightside and Shannonsablast in the Zilco Free For All over 2300 metres. Modern Ruler is trained in NSW by Tasmanian James Rattray and raced on lease by Tasmanians Steve and Marnie Davis who will head to Sydney next week to collect the horse and some travelling companions for the trip to Queensland “We are having Modern Ruler’s bloods done as a precautionary measure but both James and I are confident the race was not run to suit and that is what brought about his downfall on Saturday night, “ Davis said. “We have made plans to take the whole family, kids and all, to Queensland for two weeks so we will fly out next Tuesday and go to James’ stables and float the horse and a couple of stablemates to Queensland.” “We plan to do it in stages so it won’t be too taxing on the horses,” he said. Modern Ruler was sent to Rattray earlier this year after he won a race at Melton in Victoria and after a trial at Goulburn the seven-year-old lined up at Menangle and won by 20 metres which convinced Rattray he had a future. Modern Ruler has won six times from nine starts fo4r Rattray and leading up to last Saturday night’s minor placing he had won four in succession of which three carried Group 3 status. The gelded son of Modern Art will be aimed at the Gold Coast Cup at Albion Park on October 17 and then on to the Group 1 Queensland Pacing Championship a week later. Peter Staples
Well known harness racing trainer Wayne Honan is pressing ahead with plans to try his former star pacer Flightpath again and at this stage everything is on track. It is over 75 months since the son of Artsplace set foot on a racetrack but the eleven year old has had a lot of solid groundwork in his preparation for a return to racing. "It has been in the back of my mind to try him again for quite a while but with him being at stud I have never taken it any further." However when it looked like I had sold the farm earlier this year and he wasn't going to stand this year, I thought then it would be a good time to see if still had what it takes to be competitive." Wayne said. Flightpath was a star two year old, taking out the $314,000 Australasian Breeders Crown Final at Ballarat and after a run of issues over the next two years following that great win, he was retired to stud the winner of twelve lifetime for stakes totaling $290,694. Flightpath was well received in his initial two years at stud and although the mares weren't top class they were nice middle of the road mares. He left 23 winners from his first crop including such good types as Alphitania 1:57.3 ($71,645) Tulhurst Sarsha 1:55.8 ($58,545) and Flytomo 1:58.3 ($ 53,783) and seemed off to a good start. The talented Quagmire 1:56.1 ($53,165) quickly followed in year two but then a decision to move the stallion away from Golden Gait Stud did the horse more damage than good with the quality of the mares dropping while the number of mares served dropped bigtime as well. Still there are plenty of Flightpath progeny doing a good job with the latest being Lucy Lamb who is unbeaten in four todate and goes around in the $30,600 Eugowra Cup later today. Wayne has being varying Flightpath's training as he gets closer to a resumption with a view to keeping his mind on the job. " I have started swimming him again which he loves and I have been driving him around the farm in his work as well. " In the next couple of weeks I will head down to Sydney and look for a trial for him." " If he handles that okay I will start looking for a suitable race to kick off this campaign," Wayne said. It should be an interesting few weeks as we watch to see if the talented Flightpath still has what it takes to be competitive on the track. Harnesslink Media
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The Cam’s Card Shark horse Shadyshark Hanover, who was the fastest three-year-old in North America in his year, is riding high on the USA two-year-old Sires’ list with his first racing crop. The brilliant, young stallion has left 51 starters from 88 foals for 31 winners and they have amassed $697,043, according to the US Trotting Association’s computer on October 3. Shadyshark Hanover ranks third among the first-season sires, behind only Big Bad John and Roll With Joe. He has 11 in the 1:55 list and 24 in 2:00 headed up by the brilliant two-year-old filly Ginger Shark 1:52.4 ($142,500) and the Fox Stakes winner Sombaro Montae (1:55.6). Legere (1:53.4) and Shady Stella (1:54.2), both Indiana Sire Stakes winners, JD’s Chancy Design (1:53.2), Sharkitude (1:53.8) and Shady Caroline (1:54.6) are other smart performers from Shadyshark Hanover’s initial crop. ‘Shady’s’ oldest Australian stock are two-year-olds and are showing marked ability in the first preparations.
To quote an inspirational writer, Israelmore Ayivor, “A positive mind is the sharpest tool that brings down the monuments of failure. The quickest way to fail is to murder your mind with negative thoughts!” Despite not being in agreement with the 40 metre handicap assigned to his Queensland trotting star Our Overanova for this month’s Darrel Alexander Memorial Championship, prominent standardbred owner/breeder Greg Mitchell remains positive, eliminating any negative thoughts about his trotter and his very classy pacer Alleluia's quest to reap Group 1 glory at home and overseas. The Grant Dixon trained duo will follow separate Group 1 roads over the next five weeks and currently they are both on track to earn a tilt at a one million dollar feature double on New Zealand Cup day at Addington. All going to plan at the start of next month Mitchell will fly both Our Overanova and Alleluia to New Zealand for the two major races on Cup Day, with Our Overanova shooting for the $250,000 Group 1 Hellers Dominion Trot and Alleluia tackling the feature $750,000 New Zealand Cup. Monarchy 6yo gelding Our Overanova has a near faultless record at Albion Park winning 19 and placing four times at 24 starts at the Brisbane track and failed by a narrow margin to run down front line pole-marker Cyclone Lucky Seven in today’s 2647 metre first heat of the Darrell Alexander Memorial. The effort was a super performance with the winner, the Alex Alchin trained Sydneysider and $2.30 race favourite Cyclone Lucky Seven, driven by Shane Graham, having all the favours in front while Our Overanova, the $2.80 second favourite, had to work in tradesman-like fashion around the entire field before launching a late dive on the line, missing victory by a head. Realistically Our Overanova needs to win the Group Darrell Alexander Final, 17 October, to be certain of making the final field for the Dominion Trot (1950m), an Inter Dominion Trotting Championship qualifying race. Our Overanova was listed in this week’s Dominion Trot rankings in 18th spot for the 15 starter field with 2015 Rowe Cup champion Stent ranked number 1. Alleluia will also take a Queensland Group 1 trek towards the NZ Cup and also has to win his way into the NZ Cup field. The Art Major 5yo is ranked 21st for the 15 horse field headed up by Auckland Cup winner Christen Me. Queensland mare Forever Gold, chasing the same Group races en route to the NZ Cup is currently right on the NZ Cup borderline, currently ranked in the field at 15th. Mitchell was glowing in his praise for Our Overanova after today’s Darrel Alexander heat. “Let’s face it, I don’t think the handicapper has done us any favours but forget those negatives for now and talk about the horse,” Mitchell said. “He is just a very good horse, he tries, tries, tries and Grant has done a great job with him, we now just need that Group 1 form,” Mitchell said. “He is a professional horse and no doubt that will help him achieve the best possible result.” Alleluia bypassed the Open Pace for the easier first up assignment, the Q1 Pace at Albion Park tomorrow night.He will start from gate 4 over the 1660 metres. A dual Group 2 race winner, Alleluia raced in great style during the winter and finished his Queensland carnival campaign off on a high note winning the $30,000 Redcliffe Gold Cup (2613m) from a standing start. Alleluia will chase the Group 1 $100,000 Gold Coast Cup (2138m) at Albion Park on 17 October before contesting the G1 $200,000 Queensland Pacing Championship (2680m) at Albion Park, 24 October. A win in either race would be good enough to elevate the gelding into NZ Cup contention. by David Aldred Related Links Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 03 October 2015 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 03 October 2015
Interested in what Harness Racing New South Wales Chairman of Stewards Graham Loch thought of last Saturday’s meeting at Tabcorp Park Menangle? Catch up with all of the important information in the new Trots TV segment What the Stewards’ saw. A full recap of the metropolitan meeting each week will be available and to watch this week’s segment please click here HRNSW CEO John Dumesny presents the CEO Blog every week on Trots TV and this week he discusses the Carnival of Cups Toyota Yaris promotion, the announcements from the state’s principal club NSWHRC regarding midweek prize money and breeding initiatives and also talks about the recent trip to the Riverina made by the Board of HRNSW to meet with different Clubs. To watch the CEO’s Blog click here News Flash is a new segment introduced this week with HRNSW’s Greg Hayes and Amanda Rando chatting about different news items from around the state. To watch News Flash click here On Trial is back as Greg Hayes attempts to highlight upcoming winners from the trials across the state. Each week there are three horses nominated as ones to watch. To watch On Trial click here
Visiting harness racing reinsman Chris Geary took the driving honours at Bathurst on Wednesday night, with wins for Lester Hewitt and Steve Turnbull. Geary has been very successful on previous visits to the track, and the contrasting manner of these wins demonstrated the poise and intuitive skill that sees him in demand from a number of leading stables, and not always for his junior claim. Shes The Real Deal (for Hewitt) worked to the front in the opening C1 sprint, and final quarters of 28.7 and 27.9 gave her chasing rivals no chance, the margin back to Soeur De Lyse an ever-widening 11 metres. “I do get to sit behind lots of horses that I don’t know a real lot about, “acknowledged Geary in a post-race interview,” but she sprinted very well when I asked her to, and she strikes me as a very nice mare.” There mightn’t have been many punters who took the $1.10 quote on offer for the mare, but everyone agreed with his sentiments. Real Intentions NZ ($1.60), the Turnbull leg of the Geary double, in the C1-C2 Western Districts Origin series, sat back in the running line and came with a sharp sprint to hit the front half-way down the running, before holding off leader Mister Bigshot and death-seating Kapow Shannon in a head-bobbing photo, the best finish of the meeting. It was noticeable that Geary held his mount together down the straight, even when things got uncomfortably close near the line, and his post-race comment – “my horse was trying her best, and I didn’t want to punish her “ – indicated not just driving skills, but mature horsemanship. Two horses having their last runs for their female trainers finished on a winning note. Wake Up Quinn ($3.20, Ashlee Siejka) sprouted wings in the final 100 metres of the C1 second race to record an easy win, with Emma Turnbull (Ultimate Sheldon) and Monique Parsons (Somart) providing a female trifecta. A winner also at Eugowra three days previously, Wake Up Quinn was in the race as a $3,000 claimer, and Siejka was expecting that her stable would be reduced by one when she loaded up to go home later that night. Promises Galore ($2.00 favourite, Ben Battle for Gemma Hewitt) brought her career to a close with win number 12, in a C3 conditioned event that closed the meeting, leading early then taking the trail and the sprint lane, for an easy win. Gemma Hewitt purchased the American Ideal daughter as a foundation broodmare earlier this year, had success with her during a Queensland winter campaign and has now picked up a ‘home” win at her final start. She will now go in foal to Roll With Joe as a new career beckons. The win was good news for long-time club supporter and form student Frank Buckley, with Promises Galore the final leg of his successful Pick Six entry, and the $1475 jackpot prize. Steve Turnbull substituting for an unwell Amy Day to score with Kytherian Flyer ($4.00 favourite, for Josh Turnbull) in a C0 sprint, was looking ahead to the weekend return of family members from their U.S. holiday –“this washing’s over-rated, I can tell you “and also to Monday’s Canola Cup, where he would start Oh I Am The One, one of the strong chances. Bernie Hewitt, successful with Ideal Gambler NZ ($1.60 favourite) in a C0 sprint, after blasting to the lead with a 27.7 third quarter, and then coasting down to the line from Limbo Larry and Carden Dawn, was also thinking ahead to Eugowra and his two runners in the final there, and a possible fourth win in the Cup. Kylie Armbro ($1.70 favourite, David Farrugia), runner-up in her three previous starts this term, took full advantage of a pole draw to lead throughout in a C0 sprint, with runner-up No Recompense running on strongly after spotting the leader a big break. So, plenty of satisfaction for a Farrugia family win; a perfect two-from-two for a junior driver; warm-up wins for a couple of leading trainers headed to the Canola country; and perfect farewells for a pair from the girls’ stables. Pleasant thoughts for the drive home from the office! by Terry Neil
Queensland’s favourite mare, 8yo Forever Gold could be in for her best ever year with trainer Darren Weeks priming her for a Group 1 Queensland double and possibly New Zealand’s biggest Group 1 pace, when she resumes harness racing on Saturday night at Albion Park. With Mathew Neilson at the reins for the first time, Forever Gold will race from barrier five in the classy six horse Open Pace field over 2138 metres. According to Weeks the race is a very winnable first-up target and importantly it will ready his star mare for this month’s big assignments, the Group 1 $100,000 Gold Coast Cup (2138m) on 17 October and the Group 1 $200,000 Queensland Pacing Championship (2680m) on 24 October, both at Albion Park and all going to plan a start in the Group 1 $750,000 New Zealand Cup (3200m) at Addington in five weeks. “She is at the top of her game right now,” Weeks said. “If she converts that into results in the Group 1's at home, she’s nominated for the New Zealand Cup and we'll give her a shot. “The Cup is ideal, a FFA from a standing start over two miles -- the further they go the better she’ll get.” Forever Gold is one of 10 Australians among the 40 nominations for the New Zealand Cup. Weeks said Saturday night’s small field, 2138 metre Open is the ideal race to start Forever Gold back. “They usually don’t go as quick as they do over the mile, she should be in her element,” Weeks said. To have three Group 1 races over the next five weeks on Forever Gold’s spring hit list is not something that was on the radar for Forever Gold a few month’s ago. “Truly, I expected last season to be her last as a racehorse,” Weeks said. “But the way she went for us during the Carnival she earned herself another chance and I’m glad she has, because she has come back really terrific, she feels as good as where she left off and she could be in for a great few weeks ahead.“ Neilson said he is very happy to be teaming up with Forever Gold and now, as the stable driver for the Weeks/ Kylie Rasmussen team, it’s confirmed that he will continue to drive the mare in her future races. “I’ve been driving a lot for Darren, as you would know and it will be great to get behind this mare for the first time on Saturday night,” Neilson said. “I’ve watched her career from the start and she is such a great mare.” A contender for this year’s Queensland Horse of the Year Award, Forever Gold has been outstanding in six seasons of racing, crediting $100,000 to her bank account in five of those years. Her statistical record is outstanding with 89 starts for 42 wins, a strike rate of 47%, add in her 26 minor placings and the Famous Forever mare’s strike is 76.5%. Last season Forever Gold was at her brilliant best posting a career best mile of 1.51.7 in November, victory in the Queensland Heat of the Inter Dominion in February, notching an impressive win in the Group 3 Ladyship Stakes for the second consecutive year in July and finishing runner up to Philadelphia Man in the Group 1 Blacks A Fake on the final night of the Winter Carnival. A first or second placing for Forever Gold this week will result in another career milestone being achieved. She is only $1,294 shy of $700,000 in career earnings. by David Aldred Related Links Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 03 October 2015 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 03 October 2015
After crossing the Tasman Sniggihdis (Race 3 tonight at Melton) popped up at Yarra Valley for his Australian debut and won like a very nice pacer. Three starts later he seems to have lost form, but don't write him off yet warns trainer/driver Lance Justice. "He's still going okay. He wasn't given much chance last start. I still think he goes all right," Justice said. >> Check out the fields for tonight's 10-race program at Tabcorp Park Melton WILL ARDEN ROONEY BOUNCE BACK TO WINNING FORM? If Hunter Cup champ and summer star Arden Rooney is to return to New Zealand on a New Zealand Trotting Cup campaign he'd want to improve tonight at Tabcorp Park in the My Lightning Blue Free for All. Trainer/driver Kerryn Manning says the stayer looks in great order at home on the training track but needs to put it together on race night after two below-par runs this time in. >> Can Arden Rooney bounce back to winning form in My Lightning Blue FFA? TOP DRIVERS HEAD TO MILDURA FOR ANNUAL C/SHIP MEET The annual Drivers Invitation Championships meeting at Mildura is always an absolute cracker. Nice weather, people looking to party on after watching the AFL grand final in the daytime, great racing with the best reinsmen and reinswomen heading to the track and some wonderful on-course promotions. All roads lead to Mildura tomorrow night. Don't miss it! >> Find out more about Mildura's big meeting tomorrow night The Tipping for Teal continues at Melton tonight! See our panel's $20 plays of the night below. Follow the leader board each week to see how much money will be donated to the Women's Cancer Foundation - Ovarian Cancer Institute after Feb 28, next year. FLEXI TRIFECTA RACE 3 4 / 1,8 / 1,3,5,8,12,13 $20 gets you on for 200% $20 ALL-UP (2 legs) RACE 2 No.5 ZHENYA into RACE 5 No.2 WHEREIBYLONG $20 ALL-UP (4 legs) RACE 1 No.1 DESIRING KATE into RACE 2 No.5 ZHENYA into RACE 5 No.2 WHEREIBYLONG into RACE 6 No.8 PHILADELPHIA MAN $20 ALL-UP (2 legs) RACE 2 No.5 ZHENYA into RACE 4 No.6 SAVESOMTIMETODREAM AFL Grand Final weekend so we're having a bob each-way on Hawks & Eagles with $5 EACH-WAY on horses celebrating the pair. Firstly for the Brown and Golds Race 5 No.6 GLENFERRIE COLLEGE and for the Coasters Race 6 No.2 COPPER COAST The Leader Board image has suffered from a technical glitch this week, hence the poorly put together graphic above. HOWEVER, it tells a story that both Jase ($43.33) and Cody ($70) made profits last week to remain Nos 1 and 2 on the ladder. Dan Mielicki got a small percentage of the quaddie but not enough to profit for the week while Blake and The Omen registered zero collects. TROTS AUDIO FILES Follow on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Forward to a friend
THE thoroughbred Amounis made his way into racing’s Hall of Fame after winning an incredible 33 races including the 1930 Caulfield Cup. He won the Epsom twice, the Cox Plate and the All Aged Stakes in a glittering career that spanned eight years and raced Australia’s greatest horse Phar Lap. His harness namesake will make her Australian debut in the third race at Leeton after being purchased from New Zealand by a group of owners including form expert Matthew Peden. As a harness racing owner, Peden has enjoyed success previously but acknowledges the only similarity between the galloper and pacer named Amounis, is their name. “The name Amounis rang a bell when we were looking at buying her from New Zealand, so I went back and did some research and found out just how talented the thoroughbred Amounis was,” Peden said. “The pacing version Amounis has some good form in New Zealand and has been beaten by some talented horses, but we are just hoping she can win her purchase price back.” Amounis is trained by Junee’s Trevor White and Peden has enjoyed success with the veteran horseman previously. “Trevor trained a horse I had a share in called Hollywood Sign and did a fantastic job with him because Hollywood Sign won last season’s Wagga Horse of the Year title. “We ended up selling him and he is now in the USA, but I think the horse is finding it a little more difficult to win races over there.” Peden confirmed Amounis was set to trial recently at Wagga but missed the vital hit-out because of a lack of trial nominations. “The plan was to give her a trial at Wagga, but I think they only got two horses for the trial so they didn’t end up running it. “That makes it a bit harder tonight, because we don’t really know where she is at and she hasn’t had a real strong workout, but she looked very tough in New Zealand so even if she is forced to sit outside the leader I think she will be right in the finish.” Peden has studied the race closely and nominates the Shane Gilligan trained Golden Scribe as the hardest to beat. “Golden Scribe on paper has the best form in the race and has drawn a lot better than Amounis so logically he will be the one that we need to beat. “Amounis was narrowly beaten by Woodlea DJ at Forbury in New Zealand a few months ago and Woodlea DJ will compete in a strong metropolitan race tonight at Addington in Christchurch so I think the form of Amounis is good enough to run a strong race first up.” Harness Racing New South Wales Related Links Fields for Leeton, Friday 02 October 2015 Form guide for Leeton, Friday 02 October 2015
A heart rate monitor has given Kiwi trainer Mark Jones all the confidence he needs to drive Master Lavros like a winner in his comeback race at Addington tonight. The 2014 NZ Trotter of the Year clashes with the horse who took that title from him in Stent as both resume in a star-studded 2600m standing start tonight. Both Stent and Master Lavros will, like all elite level horses returning at this stage of the season, be below their best and set to improve with their outing. Which is why the attitude of their drivers and how they approach the race can be a good pointer for punters and Jones is full of confidence. “Obviously Stent is a very good horse and he might have more speed than us,” admits Jones. “But like my horse he is still very much on the way up and the one who gets the better run out of the pair might win. And I think that could be me.” While Master Lavros has drawn the inside of the 30m mark that could prove advantageous because there are only two horses on the front line and Escapee, the sole 20m starter, is unruly so has to start wide on the track, meaning Master Lavros could have very little traffic in front of him early. “While being off 30m doesn’t sound great if he begins well we could be up to fourth pretty quickly,” says Jones. “And if that happens I won’t be scared to do some work with him because he is so tough. “Even though this is his first run back I think he is ready to do the work and still win. “He has only had one trial but I have been checking his heart rate after his work at home and it tells me he is pretty fit. “So I think we can beat Stent." The one word of warning for punters though is Master Lavros did miss away badly in his only public outing this season, at the Addington trials on September 14, but he should be more settled for that outing. Stent has usurped Master Lavros as NZ’s premier trotter on last season’s form, culminating in a clean sweep of Victoria’s group ones through last February and March, including his heat and final of the Great Southern Star. Stent has a comparable standing start and fresh up record to his arch rival so where the pair settle soon after the start could decide the race, even allowing for the class of their rivals. Trainers Colin and Julie De Filippi have battled a corn problem with Stent early in this preparation but believe they are on top of that now and he has looked forward enough to win at his two recent workouts. The difference between the pair is that Stent is good enough to sit behind Master Lavros and usually outsprint him, but Master Lavros might have more natural stamina so can take up a better field position. With so little between them Master Lavros might provide better value as he should be around $3.80 to $4, whereas Stent is always short in early markets and will attract the bulk of the co-mingled money from Australia on the tote, so even if he does win the returns may not be worth the risk. Former group one star Habibti is the other multiple group one winning trotter in tonight’s race but even after winning at the Ashburton trials on Tuesday co-trainer David Butt is adamant she will need a few raceday starts to beat the big boys. by Michael Guerin Harness Racing Australia
Former successful jockey Kristian Hawkins is making a splendid start to his career as a harness racing trainer and he has seven-year-old Danieljohn racing in wonderful form. Danieljohn, an M3-class performer, looks ideally suited off the 10m mark in the 2503m Brear And Doonan Commercial and Industrial Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Danieljohn maintained his impressive form when he scored a strong victory over Macintosh in the 2518m Kalgoorlie Cup last Saturday night when the final 800m was covered in 56.8sec. He started off the 20m mark and settled in 11th position before Hawkins dashed him forward to move outside the pacemaker Bashful Compton with two laps to travel. Danieljohn took a narrow lead 400m from home and he did well to stave off a late challenge from Macintosh to boost his earnings to $229,092 from 22 wins and 27 placings from 80 starts. Hez Got The Nod, Bettor Party and Znana are racing keenly and represent the main dangers to Danieljohn, along with nine-year-old Dundee Three, who will start off the back mark of 30m at his first appearance for Serpentine trainer Stephanie Smith since his great second to stablemate The Phantom in the 2970m Northam Cup last January. Interestingly, star reinsman Morgan Woodley opted to drive the Debbie Padberg-trained Hez Got The Nod in preference to Dundee Three, who will be handled by Dylan Egerton-Green. Padberg is thrilled at Hez Got The Nod’s purple patch of form and is hopeful that the seven-year-old will repeat his performance of last Friday night when Woodley made the most of a tardy beginning of frontmarker Jungleface Jake by charging through from the inside of the 10m line to take up the running on the way to an all-the-way victory. Hez Got The Nod will again start from the inside of the 10m line. He will start behind Znana, who scored all-the-way Gloucester Park wins before finishing fifth behind Bettor Party last Friday week after galloping and losing ground at the start. Trainer-driver Nathan Turvey predicts a strong effort from Znana from the No. 1 barrier. “He goes good and grows a leg on the fence,” he said. “If he leads I anticipate he will give the race a good shake.” Bettor Party had no luck last Friday night when he was trapped three wide for much of the journey before finishing tenth behind Hez Got The Nod. That followed a strong victory in a 2503m stand at his previous start. Ken Casellas
Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) conducted an inquiry yesterday into a report received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory that Chlorpheniramine and Desmethyl Chlorpheniramine were detected in the urine sample taken from ILLAWONG ARMSTRONG following race 7, the BULLI HRC NSW TROTTERS DERBY (GROUP 1) (2400 metres) conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday 30 May 2015. Ms Quinlan appeared at the inquiry and on submission Stewards permitted representation by Mr Hammond, a solicitor. Evidence including the Reports of Analysis and expert evidence from HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Don Colantonio were presented. Evidence was also taken from Ms Quinlan regarding the training of ILLAWONG ARMSTRONG, her husbandry practices and circumstances leading up to the race. Mr Hammond provided evidence from veterinarian, Dr Andrew Clarke, on behalf of Ms Quinlan. Ms Quinlan pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4) for presenting ILLAWONG ARMSTRONG to race not free of a prohibited substance. Ms Quinlan was disqualified for a period of 3 months to commence immediately. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following; This was Ms Quinlan’s 1st offence for a Prohibited Substance;Ms Quinlan’s guilty plea;Class 3 Prohibited Substance;Ms Quinlan’s unblemished disciplinary record in twenty-five years as a licensed person and other personal subjective facts, including ambassadorial roles. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, ILLAWONG ARMSTRONG was disqualified from the abovementioned race. The race in question Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 31 racing clubs across the State. HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government.
Baldivis trainer-reinsman Nathan Turvey is the State's leading driver with 13 wins after the first month of the 2015-16 season and he has bright prospects of giving punters a flying start to the Gloucester Park meeting on Friday night by winning the opening event, the TABtouch Pathway Pace, with lightly-raced mare Royal Myth. "This will be her first run at Gloucester Park and she should go well," he said. "From her draw (barrier two on the front line), I hope she can lead and her times for the last halves on country tracks have been good. "She is not just a frontrunner and she doesn't have to lead to win." Royal Myth has been successful at her first two starts in her current campaign, leading and winning from Thirsty Work over 1730m at Kellerberrin and then settling in last position before dashing forward to race in the breeze 1300m from home, taking the lead with 400m to travel and holding on to win narrowly from Mon Lamour at a 1.58.1 rate over 1780m at Northam on Tuesday of last week after final quarters in 27.6sec. and 28.5sec. Six-year-old Royal Myth is already proving a bargain for Turvey and Gary Mawdesley, with her eight starts in WA producing six wins, a second and a fourth for stakes of $27,063. Her wins have been at Bunbury (four), Kellerberrin and Northam. This represents a good early return after she was purchased for $8000 in New Zealand about a year ago. She had managed just one well-beaten third placing from four starts in New Zealand, but Turvey was fully prepared to gamble because the mare is a half-sister to former smart pacer Machnifico. Machnifico was prepared by Grant Williams in 2011-12-13 when he raced 18 times for eight wins and four placings. Turvey was working for Williams and he drove Machnifico eight times for two wins (at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park) in November 2012. "You wouldn't look at her going on her form in New Zealand," Turvey said. "Grant and I had a pretty big opinion of Machnifico and I thought it would be worth the risk, buying Royal Myth." Machnifico had many setbacks and injuries and was retired after earning $53,352 from eight wins and four placings from only 19 starts. Turvey has a healthy regard for four-year-old El Comacho, will start from the outside of the back line in Friday night's event for Oakford trainer Bryan Cousins and reinsman Kim Prentice. El Comacho recently resumed racing after a four-month absence and has impressed with easy victories at Gloucester Park and Narrogin. Others with good claims include stablemates Eastwood Crystal and Kinda Black, who are racing keenly for Greg and Skye Bond. Eastwood Crystal won four in a row on country tracks before her last-start third behind Nuala and Sovereign Faith over 2130m at Gloucester Park when she set the pace. Kinda Black has won at five of his past nine starts, including a last-start victory over 2150m in Kalgoorlie last Saturday night after working hard in the breeze. Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg will be represented by former New South Wales pacer Bettorbeastar, a winner at seven of his 37 starts. He will start from barrier five on the front line with Morgan Woodley in the sulky. Ken Casellas
At a time when there is so much interest in Australian Rules football grand finals, it was appropriate that the man considered South Australia’s most brilliant, was celebrating a success in one of his passions. Triple Magarey Medallist Barrie Robran is a part-owner of Mighty Sam, winner of Schweppes Australia Entires and Geldings Pace (1800m) at Globe Derby Park on Monday. The win was also a birthday present for Robran who turned 68 three days earlier. Robran, and wife Taimi, were on course to see Mighty Sam sprint strongly down the outside in the home straight to grab a long head win. “This is so unexpected,” Robran said. “I’m speechless, it is just such a thrill. “We came out today to support Mighty Sam but never expected this. “It was a wonderful drive by David (Smith) and Toby (Ryan) always has him looking tremendous.” A $5.50 chance Mighty Sam responded to David Smith’s urging to score a long head win from Hardly A Grin ($3.20) with Whata Special ($77.70) a metre away third. Robran explained he had loved harness racing since a schoolboy in Whyalla. “The chap who lived next door to me in Whyalla trained a few horses and I often went to meetings when they were held in the town. “Then when I came to Adelaide I boarded with Harley Hammond, Bob’s father, and he owned some horses, one I remember was Kerford Raider. “On Friday nights we often went to Wayville, and all my life I have loved coming out to the trots when I have had a chance.” Although he has loved the sport, Mighty Sam is the first horse he has owned. Robran shares ownership with another legend, former Advertiser photographer Barry O’Brien, whose daughter Lisa is a harness driver and thoroughbred trainer and her husband is Toby Ryan, Mighty Sam’s trainer. The champion footballer also explained there was a meaning behind the five-year-old’s name. “Sam is after a good friend Sam Leaker, who had just passed away, and who was a chief executive of harness racing for many years. Sam always waved lyrical about Im Themightyquinn who won three Inter Dominions so hence the name. “Mighty Sam has only won three races, the other two were back in January so it has been a long time between drinks but he has had a lot of throat issues which have stopped him from realising his ability.” Toby Ryan said he hoped the gelding could win a few more for his connections. “Barrie’s right, the horse’s throat issues have not helped. “Today everything fell into place getting a good run one-out, one-back, and with good speed down the back he was able to get out and sprint home. “That was a perfect scenario. He needs to get good cover with a bit of speed on and the chance to sprint home up the home straight – it is rarely going to happen that way unfortunately.” by Graham Fischer
This Saturday night our attention will turn to Mildura where a cracking nine-race harness racing card has been assembled highlighted by the running of the Invitation Drivers Championship. Some of the top drivers in Victoria, South Australia and New Zealand will be doing battle across the four heats. The drivers are as follows: Chris Alford (VIC), Michael Bellman (VIC), Gavin Lang (VIC), Emma Hamblin (VIC), Lisa Miles (VIC), Kerryn Manning (VIC), Anthony Butt (VIC), Kimberly Butt (NZ), Mark Billinger (SA) and Leah Harvey (SA). Secretary of the Mildura Harness Racing Club Mark Kemp is ecstatic with the quality of drivers for the Invitational Championship. “This is one of our big nights of the year. We always look forward to this, having the 10 invited drivers and would you believe they have driven 20239 winners for 158 million in prizemoney, so it’s a pretty impressive group," he said. Kemp is adamant that the club has the right mix of young drivers and the more experienced drivers. “We have some very talented juniors in Emma Hamblin and Kimberly Butt from NZ and obviously some very talented drivers like Gavin, Chris and Anthony so you have th best of the best at that end and we feel we have some extremely promising juniors as well.” The Championship will be conducted over four heats. In two heats however the field size hasn’t allowed all drivers a drive so in that case that driver will be allocated six points. There will be plenty of extra entertainment on track as well throughout with a Punters Club, with a guaranteed minimum $1000 pool in operation, plus a llimited number of caps available with the names of the drivers inscribed. Gates open at 4pm and the first 50 kids on course will receive a bag full of goodies. It is also free entry for women as the club encourages the girls to have a night out. There is still dining available upstairs, $35 for a three-course meal with all ladies receiving a free glass of champagne and a $5 betting voucher. To book a table you can contact Mark Kemp on 03 5023 2454. by Matthew Jackson