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Born and into the harness Racing industry in 1990, Finnbarr helped his father Sean McCaffrey, a well-known New Zealand trainer, at their stables in Cambridge doing boxes since the young age of five. Although he has been in the game for over 20 years, Finn has never driven in the gig and preferred to stick to the tractor. Sticking to the tractor paid off for Finnbarr, in 2016 he made the move from across the Tasman to Tabcorp Park Menangle to extend his knowledge in track management. He is now a well-respected employee at Harness Racing New South Wales working at the Menangle Park Training Centre as a Maintenance and Horticulture Worker. At the age of 24 Finnbarr had already started succeeding in his profession, becoming the Track Manager at the Cambridge Greyhound racetrack. At 25 he decided making the move to NSW would benefit him in the long run gaining experience and developing skills. He believes that the Australian Racing Industry has a greater prospect than back home and took the opportunity to work here as soon as the position arose. Finnbarr hopes to travel the world working throughout American and Europe at different racetracks, furthering his knowledge and hoping to direct everything he learns along the way into a Turf Management role. In 2015 Finnbarr lost his hero, his grandfather Jim Wilson. Finnbarr and Jim had a close relationship and admired that Jim taught him the ways of life, taking pride in the work ethic he has now, thanks to his father and grandfather. "There's always something to do and if in doubt grab a broom" - Finnbarr was often told as a child. Struck by tragedy in 2013, Finnbarr was building in Hamilton, New Zealand when he injured his back out, rupturing a disc. After having surgery, Finnbarr spent a long six months on the couch and shortly after commenced rehabilitation, essentially having to learn how to walk again. Finnbarr describes this time in his life as low, putting on 19 kilograms in the six months however he is better for it and has learnt to respect and to look after his body. Sadly with the accident, Finnbarr had to say goodbye to his sporting career. Although his sporting career was short lived, he accomplished playing Rugby Union in the Curtain Raiser game for the Chiefs at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton New Zealand. Favourite food: Homemade crumbed beef schnitzel that mum makes Favourite drink: Since moving to Oz, nothing beats a good can of Solo Footy team: Rugby Union will always take priority so, ALL BLACKS! AMANDA RANDO

One of Australia’s top three-year-old fillies Rocknroll Magic looks to have a stranglehold on the Sky Racing Southern Cross harness racing three-year-old fillies final (2230m) this Saturday night at Globe Derby Park. The Emma Stewart-trained filly won the two-year-old Southern Cross final at Port Pirie last year and will be at a prohibitive quote to repeat the victory in this season’s three-year-old version at Globe Derby Park. A money-back $1 favourite, Rocknroll Magic, driven by Mark Billinger, had no trouble leading from gate one and set a pedestrian 33.0 first quarter before stepping it up with 31.3, 29.1 then a sizzling 27.9 to dash away and scored by 9-1/2 metres from Swaffham Water ($41.10) and Queen of Sharkz ($12) a metre away third. Managing part-owner Bruce Cameron said he was pleased the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven had an easy run recording a mile rate of 2.01.9. “She has had a big campaign and still has the Breeders Crown to come,” Cameron said. “Mark drove her beautifully and all is on track for this week’s final.” Billinger said Rocknroll Magic was a wonderful filly to drive. “She is running good sectionals, then you hardly breathe and she peels off a 27 quarter,” Billinger said. “There is no doubting her quality.” While Rocknroll Magic appears to have a mortgage on the final, the second semi-final on Saturday night produced a great story. Trainer-driver Ryan Hryhorec purchased the filly Lily Thesinger for just $2500 and in three starts for the stable the filly has already picked up nearly $10,000. “When I bought her I was thinking we would try to pick up a Vicbred bonus to cover the cost,” Hryhorec said. “I didn’t really plan to run her in the Southern Cross but one of the new owners said why not so I threw her in.” Lily Thesinger won her heat the previous Saturday night, then on Saturday, was a $5.50 chance from gate four but began quickly and Hryhorec took her to the front. Just Wantano ($3 into $1.80 favourite), driven by Dani Hill, came across strongly from gate five and really kept the pressure on and after as 31.8 first quarter stepped up for a 29.9 and 28.1 second and third quarters before coming home in 29.2. Lily Thesinger answered the challenge and drew away in the home straight to score by 1-/2 metres from Morning Stories ($18.40) and Just Wantano fading to be 5-1.2 metres away third. “She really has surprised me,” Hryhorec said. “I never expected her to be doing this, she has just kept improving.” by Graham Fischer Race programme for Globe Derby Park, Saturday 30 July 2016

The Emma Stewart-trained Our Celebrity was back on her best behavior winning the Sky Racing Southern Cross semi-final for harness racing two-year-old fillies over 1800 metres at Globe Derby Park. Such has been the attrition race of eligible two-year-old fillies, the semi-final was actually a prelude with the same field able to compete in this week’s final. In her heat, on a stormy night, Our Celebrity was upset by both the weather and a false start then subsequently over-raced and faded to finish fourth behind the Ray Holberton-trained Ellen Louise. On Saturday night, Our Celebrity (Mach Three), the $1.60 favourite, came out quickly from gate three and was taken to the front by Mark Billinger and given a very easy first quarter of 32.6 then stepped it up coming home in 30.5, 29.4 and 28.4 making it impossible for her rivals to catch her. Miss Mappinga, backed from $5.50 into $3.30, sat behind the favourite but couldn’t match her and was beaten 7-1/2 metres with Acacia Avenue ($21.80) three metres away third. While the winner was never troubled, Acacia Avenue, trained and driven by David Jack, ran well and unleashed a powerful sprint coming off the back after being hampered and losing valuable ground going into the back straight. Ellen Louise finished fourth and also came home nicely but was well beaten finishing 29 metres behind the winner. Bruce Cameron, managing part-owner of Our Celebrity, said he was relieved the see the filly back in form. “I think it was a combination of things last time, and she was an inexperienced two-year-old filly away from home,” Cameron said. “Emma said she settled in really well when she went home so we made the decision to come back and tonight showed she is back on song.” On Saturday night’s race, Our Celebrity will be at a short quote to take off this week’s final. by Graham Fischer Race programme for Globe Derby Park, Saturday 30 July 2016

The two semi-finals of the Sky Racing Southern Cross for harness racing two-year-old colts & geldings (1800m) has set the stage for a rematch between two exciting pacers Globe Derby Park. Emain Macha (Safari), with his semi-final win, became Australia’s most winning two-year-old taking his number of victories this season to seven, one ahead of a group on six. However, he has tasted defeat once, at the hooves of Deeceeten, which was a brilliant winner of the other semi-final meaning the barrier draw will be of big significance on Tuesday. Backed from $2 into $1.60 favourite, Deeceeten showed in his semi-final that he is not a once dimensional pacer. Nykea Courage ($2.20 to $3.50), a stablemate of Emain Macha, drove through from gate two to hold out the David Jack trained-and-driven Deeceeten which began well from barrier six. At his debut run, Deeceeten had led and run along, but on Saturday night, Jack opted to drop in behind Nykea Courage and take a trail and the big horse settled well. The Jill Neilson-trained Opinionated made a lightning move around the outside to sit outside the leader and driver Dani Hill put the pressure on and went clear coming off the back allowing Jack to bring Deeceeten off the inside and come wide. Glenrae Hanover, trained and driven by Dale Afford, sprinted very quickly past the 300m mark and looked likely to swoop to the lead but Opinionated responded, then Deeceeten wound up and dashed through. On the line, Deeceeten had six metres to spare from Opinionated ($17.40) with Glenrae Hanover ($8.90) four metres away third. Jack was delighted with the further improvement by Deeceeten and very happy the colt had shown he could settle back in a field. Emain Macha was an unbackable $1 money back favourite in the second semi-final of the Sky Racing Southern Cross but didn’t have everything his own way with the Ray Holberton-trained Stars Of Courage proving again he is a racehorse with plenty of ability. Stars Of Courage has shown ability but is still learning about racing and can get fired up which doesn’t help his winning prospects. Emain Macha, trained by Greg Scholefield at Naracoorte and driven by Jock Dunlop, led from gate two but Dani Hill had Stars Of Courage ($13.80) away quickly from barrier four and had a dip for the lead but the favourite was keen to stay in control. Stars Of Courage again raced quite keenly but the pair raced side by side for the rest of the race. With quarters of 30.9 and 31.7 early the race was set for a sprint home and so it proved with 29.3 and 28.0 final quarters and Emain Macha prevailed by 1-1/2 metres but the third horse Aquaflight ($11.80) was 18 metres away third. While Emain Macha will be further improved by the run and will go into the final at peak fitness, Deeceeten and Stars Of Courage showed enough that the final should provide an exciting contest. by Graham Fischer Race programme for Globe Derby Park, Saturday 30 July 2016

In-form three-year-old pacer Little Bit of Big delivered another stellar harness racing performance to score an impressive all-the-way win at the Luxbet Racing Centre over 1680 metres in Launceston on Sunday night. Little Bit of Big made it three wins for the season when she made the most of the pole position to lead throughout in a 3C0-C0 race that boasted a quality line-up. With Rohan Hadley in the sulky, the Shelley Barnes-trained filly by Mister Big from Vanstand stepped well from the mobile and despite being attacked early she withstood the challenge to lead comfortably and then had to call on her courage to fend off rivals in the home straight. Little Bit of Big joined Barnes' stable recently and she is hoping the owners will allow her to retain the filly beyond the winter months. Listen to what trainer Shelley Barnes had to say about Little Bit of Big's latest win. Peter Staples

After 10 months and near 15,000kms later Bendemeer horseman Len Clement will complete the dream of driving at every harness racing track across New South Wales at Tabcorp Park Menangle tomorrow. And while the Wards Accounting Group Pace (1609m) may not seem significant to some, it will be for Clement. At the beginning of the season the retired Clement set himself a bucket list - Len's Bucket List - to drive in a race at all the tracks he had not previously. Having been involved in the sport for more than three decades, the 59-year-old had only driven at 11 tracks before embarking on this trip last September. And now this well documented journey is at the end. "This is the finale!" Clement said. "We finally have a run at Menangle and even though we haven't drawn too well I'm just happy to be going around. "I've been to Menangle a few times as a spectator but have never driven there. "I'm not sure if I'll like the track or not as there aren't enough corners for me . . . I'm used to driving on a much smaller track." From Eugowra, to Albury and even out to Broken Hill, Clement will tick off the 1400m circuit at Menangle behind his pacer Atara Blue Chip, which he acquired along this expedition. However, it is not the easiest test the lightly raced seven-year-old gelding has faced, especially considering his last and only win came more than three years ago. Ironically, Clement's last win in the sulky was also in 2013, behind Lifeslittlesecret at Tamworth in February 6. And this same mare is the horse Clement began Len's Bucket List with at Dubbo on September 13, 2015. After sticking with Clement through the Western Districts, the Riverina, Canberra, Sydney and back to the Riverina, Lifeslittlesecret was forced to the sideline with a potentially career-ending respiratory problem. Clement still determined to fulfil his dream reached out to his fellow horsemen and women and was offered many horses to complete his quest. "I always say it but the people and friends we have met and made along the way has been great," Clement said. "It is something my wife Christine and I will never forget "We have made life-long friends on this trip and it has certainly exceeded our expectations." AMANDA RANDO

After producing a driving treble in Hobart last Friday experienced harness racing reinsman John Walters continued his good form in Launceston last night with another outstanding drive to secure a last-stride win aboard Karalta Boomer in the Crown Lager Pace over 2200 metres. Walters, 53, had the Kent Rattray-trained three-year-old perfectly positioned in the one-out-one-back position after travelling 400 metres with the well-backed Dasher Hiouli setting a solid pace in front. Dasher Houli (Rohan Hillier) looked to be travelling like the winner when he slipped clear turning for home but when Walters allowed his charge more rein the gelded son of Major In Art ran to the leader and they settled down to a two-horse war all the way up the home straight with Walters able to get everything from his charge to win by a half-head. It was Karalta Boomer's seventh win of the season and coupled with his six minor placings he has career earnings of almost $30,000. Karalta Boomer was bred by his owners Lyndon and Gail Menagon who own and operate Big Park Stud that is one of the largest standardbred breeding operations in the state. Peter Staples

Saturday night proved a good one for Alabar's Sportswriter with feature harness racing wins at Tabcorp Park Menangle and Tabcorp Park Melton. Sportswriter progeny won four races at the two venues, two wins at each, including a pair of Group 3s. Niki No No (Sportswriter-Benelise) notched win No.14 of her career, delighting connections including Melton on-course MC and trots media personality Rob Auber. The four-year-old mare captured the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Pace (Group 3) for trainer Kari Males, benefiting from a master Greg Sugars drive. Sugars, who is third on the SBG Accountants Metropolitan Drivers Premiership, second on the Melton Saddlery State Drivers Premiership and third on the National Drivers Premiership, has driven Niki No No to all her victories. On Saturday night from the pole he trailed leader Starzzz Of Icon before switching to the outside instead of the sprint lane in the straight, Niki No No balancing up and sprinting past Snip Of Grand for a narrow win in a 1:57.9 rate over 2240m. Niki No No won the 4YO Mares Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Bronze Final earlier this month and has saluted in four races from 13 starts this season. Among Niki No No’s 14 career victories are an Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Fillies Final (Group 1) at two and a Nevele R Stud Victoria Oaks (Group 1) at three. VIDEO: NIKI NO NO TAKES THE EMPIRE STALLIONS VICBRED PLATINUM PACE Later on the Melton program Burrumbeet horseman Michael Stanley continued his strong form by taking out the VHRSC Graduate with Spiritwriter (Sportswriter-Striking Spirit) in 1:59.4. The three-year-old gelding is raced by the burgeoning Go Racing group, whose members include Sky’s Gareth Hall and Dave Stanley. Spiritwriter crossed smart polemarker Stuover out of the straight the first time in the 2240m event and Stanley controlled the remainder of the race. VIDEO: SPIRITWRITER WINS THE VHRSC GRADUATE Now a six-time winner from 17 starts, Spiritwriter possesses a sharp sprint. He got home in 55.8s on Saturday night after a 62.8s opening half. And Stanley hardly moved a muscle, Stuover getting within a neck of the winner at the finish. At Menangle Shezallapples (Sportswriter-Apple Sorbet) looked first class, last month’s Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge (Group 1) winning two-year-old filly out-punching race favourite Manly Mach from the chair over the mile in 1:54.3 for reinsman Jimmy Douglass and trainer David Thorn in the Garrards Horse and Hound Ready2Run Sales Stakes (Group 3). Shezallapples And ex-Victorian Egodan (Sportswriter-Full Pleasure) won the Sweet Lou Woodlands Stud Pace for Kevin Pizzuto and Nathan Jack, the four-year-old gelding clocking 1:53.5 to notch a 10th career victory at start number 30 for owners AD Investments. Egodan Cody Winnell

IT’S time the State Government gets serious about helping Queensland racing. With a Racing Queensland board finally in place and a chief executive (Eliot Forbes) starting next month, Racing Minister Grace Grace must now ensure Government funds put aside for racing are finally released for a host of infrastructure projects in Queensland. The industry is sick and tired of waiting and so they should be. The money is there to fund most of these projects but bureaucracy and a lack of care for racing from both sides of politics means several projects have been stalled for years. The Gold Coast greyhound and harness racing clubs have been homeless since 2008 and 2013 respectively, the Gold Coast Turf Club track upgrade was set down for 2014 and a new Albion Park grandstand was first flagged back in 2008. Then there’s the Ipswich Turf Club redevelopment which has been on the agenda for about eight years, yet none of these projects have even started. There are other projects in a similar position too. With the next Queensland election not scheduled for more than 12 months, Grace must start acting now before all these projects are delayed even further due to red tape when election time comes around again. Grace has done a lot right in her first eight months as Racing Minister but ultimately she will be judged upon by her ability, or inability, to get a host of overdue projects off the ground in the next 12-18 months. The clock is ticking Grace. By Brad Davidson  Reprinted with permission of the Gold Coast Bulletin

Lightly raced four-year-old pacer Demonstrative (Rod Ashwood) broke his maiden status at Luxbet Park Hobart yesterday with a game harness racing win in the Gerald Glover Pace over 2090 metres. Despite having to face the breeze in bleak conditions the Eric Jacobson-trained gelding forged to the lead in the home straight and went on to score by over a metre from the favourite Major Jamane ($2.10) with Never Unachievable ($8) a close-up third and just in advance of Bertils Bliss. Demonstrative (Western Ideal-Luvi Duvi Lombo) was having his third run back from a spell and he was well-backed to win the race. "The horse has been working well and we thought he could lead, in fact our confidence was based on him leading but when he was left facing the breeze I had some doubts he would stick it out," Jacobson said. "But to his credit he was strong over the final 200 metres when he was probably entitled to fade a bit, so all in all it was a very pleasing run." It was an overdue win for the stable but Jacobson, who in his heyday was vying for trainer's premierships, said the wins these days are just a bonus. "I'm pretty much retired these days with only four horses to work and that suits me. "Demonstrative is no world beater but he's improved to the point where he can probably win another couple but all four of the horses I have in the stable are in the same boat and all are pretty much paying their way." Demonstrative is owned and raced by Shane Hildebrand and Mick Jones who are two of his most loyal stable clients. Peter Staples  

Fresh from driving his 201st harness racing winner, young professional reinsman Chris Geary has a strong book of drives at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. The 18-year-old, who is only in his third season of driving, has emerged this term as one of New South Wales’ leading drivers. And seven catch drives at a metropolitan meeting, including in the two Group features on the card, supports that. His first drive is with the Darren McCall-trained Ideal Situation who has been a revelation since being claimed in Queensland and relocated to Sydney. “He has been a really good horse to me,” Geary said having won six races on the pacer since May. “He backed up over the 2300m here the other week and it didn’t suit him, he feels like a good miler that can follow speed well and also make his own luck. “Even though he is on the second row this is the closest draw he has had to the pegs for a while and should be in the finish.” Geary is driving a couple of horses for trainer Belinda McCarthy, whom he has worked with since he was 14, which includes the pacer Epaulette. “I was really happy with him first up a fortnight ago,” Geary said. “It was a big job to face 2300m first up, he will strip a lot fitter and back to the mile with this draw he can go close.” Geary is then sitting behind Don Boston in the claiming event. “I’ve never driven the horse before but I’ve driven against him plenty of times,” Geary said. “He seems to relish the 2300m and also a high tempo.” A race later Geary is partnering Takahoa in the Group Three Harness Breeders NSW Go Girlfriend Series Final. “I was really happy with her heat effort . . . it looked as though she was gone but she kept grinding away to finish third,” Geary recalled. “Barrier 12 isn’t a bad draw for her and even though it’s a tough race I’m not counting her out, especially if a few of them end up doing too much work.” Backing up in another Group Three, Geary is driving Dont Be Jealous in the Garrards Horse and Hound Ready2Run Sales Stakes. “It’s a good race and this is a step up for her but she is an honest little filly and anything could happen in a small field,” Geary said. Geary is ending the night in the trot driving the Russell Commens-trained Kip Keino. “He’s an honest horse that usually steps away well . . . he is facing some better trotters in this race but his form has picked up and it wouldn’t surprise me if he finished top four.” Amanda Rando Fields for Nswhrc at Tabcorp Pk Menangle, Saturday 23 July 2016 Form guide for Nswhrc at Tabcorp Pk Menangle, Saturday 23 July 2016

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) will honour the state’s most experienced stand-start pacer of season 2015-16 with the running of the Hollys Miss Molly Pacers Handicap at Tabcorp Park Melton on Thursday, August 4. The fan favourite grey mare (by Jet Laag out of Panorama mare Lombo Luvbird) notched her 25th career win at Kilmore yesterday in superb fashion, providing locally based trainer-driver Robbie Walters and his family with a huge thrill. This season Hollys Miss Molly has contested 23 stand-start races, 10 more than any other horse. “We always like to win, but on the home track where we train every day, and being win number 25, it was a bit extra special,” Walters said. “My wife (Caroline) works at the local hospital and she ducked out for 10 minutes to watch her race. We love her. “She’s a mare we picked up for $4000 at the yearling sales (Alabar Blue Ribbon Sales) and she’s won 25 races and over $140,000. The win meant a lot to the whole family. If you can’t celebrate a 25th win when can you celebrate?” A catchy name, the fact everyone loves a grey and that she’s a lovably consistent performer on the race track means Hollys Miss Molly boasts a loyal fan base. But the six-year-old’s following increased markedly recently when the warm-natured mare visited a local nursing home in Kilmore. Caroline works at the centre and asked Robbie if the horse was quiet enough to visit. She certainly was. Hollys Miss Molly’s behaviour while inside the nursing home lunchroom was exemplary, gently allowing patrons the opportunity to have a pat and a chat with her. “There was one woman who apparently doesn’t talk at all, but she lit up when she saw the horse. She was patting her and cuddling her, and talked for the first time in years,” Robbie said. Hollys Miss Molly’s stake earnings stand at $142,851 with 47 minor placings alongside her 25 victories from 176 starts. She is expected to be stepping out in the race named in her honour at Melton on August 4. Walters said Hollys Miss Molly might get her opportunity to become a mum next season. Check out the August-September Harness Racer Magazine for more on Hollys Miss Molly's nursing home visit in an article by Lucy McCormick Cody Winnell

Twenty-year-old Kiwi expatriate Steph Burley experienced the thrill of her first driving win at Bathurst's harness racing twilight meeting on Wednesday and enjoyed the experience so much that she backed up for a second success in the very next race. Both winners were trained by Steve Turnbull, father of her boyfriend Mitchell and her boss for the past few months, and were part of a four-win haul by the leading trainer. The special first win came behind Our Emancipation with Burley revving up the three-year-old Real Desire filly from a wide draw to find the lead into the first turn, remaining in front for the 2660m race. To make it even more special, the filly is owned by her Auckland-based parents Mark and Heather, a fact appreciated and noted by Steve Turnbull after one of his wins later in the meeting. Heather was on the phone soon after the win to pass on parental congratulations, and later on it was the turn of Mitch Turnbull, even further away in Perth, where he'll be for the next month or so . . . he managed a win with his very first drive in the west, at Pinjarra two days earlier, making it a rather special time for the young couple. And though she wasn't aware of it till the following day, her poised performance earned her the Drive-of-the-Night award from race caller Mitch Manners, who thought she rated the winner to absolute perfection. Half –an-hour later, it was back to the winners' circle again, this time with the aptly-named Oh I Am The One, after a contrasting but equally skilful drive, positioning the Gotta Go Cullen gelding in the one-one trail before getting the bob in right on the line in a desperately close finish. When it was suggested at the presentation that "You're starting to make a habit of this," her "I hope so" response was both spontaneous and understandable. Stephanie might have had to wait about twelve months since her debut drive - a second behind Global View at Menangle - to finally secure that first win, but now she's done it, and gone one more for good measure. Steve Turnbull drove the other two winners from his stable, Sabrage and Gentleman Red, while Ashlee Grives also scored a driving double at the meeting with Platinum Roulette in the fast-class and Zibibbo in a Three-Year-Old Fillies sprint. Vergels Girl continued a great winning run for the Connolly family from Carcoar by leading throughout - her third win this season - while Lexy Can Wait, for Bernie Hewitt, appreciated a drop in class to score a last-stride win in the corresponding male division. Rains continue to flood the Bathurst region. Hopefully "the winter of our discontent" will soon give way to "glorious summer". Amanda Rando

Haras des Trotteurs Australasia is delighted to announce the appointment of Michael Taylor to the role of Semen Controller/Office Manager with the harness racing company. Michael brings a great knowledge of the industry through his long-time association with the sport as a trotting owner-breeder and devotee and is an experienced stud sales/administrator and the owner of an established travel business. Also joining Haras des Trotteurs is Geoff Barnes who brings a great wealth of experience to the team. Another well established owner-breeder who is also well known around the industry as being responsible, with his wife Lorraine, for ensuring transport for chilled semen throughout Australasia. Dave Sanders will continue to act as the company’s New Zealand representative and will also serve as the company’s pedigree consultant. Dave is a lifelong fan of horse racing, taking a particular interest in the breeding and pedigrees of trotters and has been lucky enough to indulge his passion on a professional basis in a 30 year-plus career as a sports and racing journalist. Well known Victorian harness racing indentity and all round nice guy Peter Dow will continue to bring his intimate knowledge of the Australian scene to his sales role with company. NSW harness breeding enthusiast Jo Andersen a former president of Harness Breeders NSW, will continue in her sales role but will also assume new responsibilities as Horse Sales/Shares/rehoming manager in line with Haras des Trotteurs business direction. Not many people realise that Jo is one of the biggest rehomers in Australia, having rehomed dozens of horses at her own expense and brings her passion for this cause, which is strongly supported by Haras des Trotteurs. Haras des Trotteurs is also  pleased to announce its service fees for the new season. The World’s leading trotting sire Love You will be available for the first time to a limited book for an introductory price of $8800 in Australia while the sire of Monbet (8 Group 1 wins) will also be available in New Zealand for a highly competitive $8000+ GST in New Zealand. Similarly French rising star Sam Bourbon will also be available for the first time to Australians at the price of $3850 and to New Zealand for $3500+GST, a slight increase reflecting his rapidly growing stature in the sport in France. Similarly Repeat Love, who is available only in New Zealand, has had his fee increased to $3500+GST which reflects his fast rise up the stallion ranks, being one of the top sires from one of the greatest crops in French racing history, which includes Ready Cash. Quaker Jet will once again be available at $5500 in Australia and $5000+GST in New Zealand. Orlando Vici will only be available in Australia, where he is available for $7700, while The Best Madrik will be available in both countries, in Australia at $4950 and in New Zealand at $4500 + GST. Haras des Trotteurs resident stallion Used To Me, a Group II winning French semi-classic winner will once again by available in chilled form to Australian breeders at a price of $2750. In a new initiative for current members of the Victorian Square Trotters Association and the New Zealand Standardbred Breeders Association, Haras des Trotteurs will be offering a $500 discount off the following sires. In Australia, Victorian Squaregaiters Association members can get a $500 discount for Sam Bourbon The Best Madrik and Used To Me service fees. In New Zealand, paid up members of the NZ Standardbred Breeders Association can get $500 off the services of Sam Bourbon, The Best Madrik and Repeat Love. IN SUMMARY HARAS DES TROTTEURS - Staff announcements 2016 SEMEN CONTROLLER/OFFICE MANAGER - Michael Taylor SALES AUSTRALIA - Michael Taylor, Geoff Barnes, Jo Andersen, Peter Dow SALES NEW ZEALAND - Dave Sanders HORSE SALES/SHARES/REHOMING - Jo Andersen PEDIGREES AUSTRALASIA - Dave Sanders PRINCIPAL - Pat Driscoll HARAS DES TROTTEURS SERVICE FEES 2016                         Australia (GST incl)     New Zealand Love You                           8800                8000+GST Orlando Vici                     7700 Dream Vacation                                        6000+GST Quaker Jet                         5500               5000+GST The Best Madrik               4950               4500+GST Repeat Love                                             3500+GST Sam Bourbon                   3850               3500+GST Used To Me                      2750               2500+GST

Talented harness racing pacer Little Jethro is probably one of the best named horses going around in the Michal Smith Pace at Luxbet Park Hobart today. The pint-sized gelding from the Rod Plunkett stable is usually dwarfed by his opposition but when given the right run in a race his powerful finishing burst more than makes up for lack of height. Little Jethro scored his last win in Launceston in mid June when he proved too strong in a C2-C4 event over 2200 metres and today he meets slightly weaker company than he has been racing against of late. He followed his win in Launceston with a close-up fourth in a much stronger grad (C4-C6) and was unlucky not to have finished closer to the winner and he has been competitive from awkward draws at three subsequent starts. Today he starts from outside the second row in gate 10 but that should be a bonus as he follows out last-start winner Rockbank Dancer that led throughout when able to cross from the wide gate on the front row in Hobart last Sunday night. "It looks a nice race for him and if we get the luck he needs in the run then he's a good winning chance," Plunkett said. Little Jethro will be driven by John Walters who is having his best season in over a decade. He is a quality senior driver who has been given more opportunities since he won the Group 3 Easter Cup in Launceston aboard Riverboat Jasper in March. Walters partnered Rockbank Dancer to victory last Sunday night but he was already booked to drive Little Jethro when Rockbank Dancer's trainer Christian Salter decided to enter his horse for today's assignment. "My horse is on a five day back-up and I've never done that with him before but he is starting to mature and if he is to progress through the classes he's going to have to get used to this type of racing," Salter said. "He pulled up great from last Sunday night's race so from gate three we will be looking to find the front and if that happens I reckon he's the one to beat even though he's stepping up quite a bit in class." The Juanita McKenzie-trained Zumba Bromac should be improved by her first-up effort in Hobart last Sunday night to finish fifth to Rockbank Dancer. The four-year-old was held up when trying to improve but finished off well in the home straight. Other winning chances in the race are Alpinion, Future Promises and Origin Billy. The first race is scheduled to start at 2.08 pm (AEST) with the last of eight at 6.02 and all races will be broadcast on Sky 1. Peter Staples

Queensland’s biggest harness racing nursery, Burwood Stud, is hoping their good fortune continues this weekend. Owned and operated by the Denning family and situated at Pittsworth on the Darling Downs, the farm covers 1500 acres of basalt and limestone country which provides a perfect grounding for producing elite racehorses. And the proof is there. Last weekend, on the final night of the Albion Park winter carnival, the stud experienced a massive result with their 2YOs born-and-raised at BURWOOD STUD won both $100,000 Group One QBred Triad Finals! Not only that, but juveniles born-and-raised at Burwood Stud trifectaed the 2YO Fillies Final:- 1. IM NORMA JEAN (by Modern Art) (Bred-and-owned by Jeff & Leanne Wallace; trained by Peter Greig; driven by Amanda Turnbull) 2. JANUARY (by Cammibest) (Bred by Burwood Stud, owned by Peter Poulsen, trained by Wayne Graham driven by Adam Sanderson) 3. JOSSIE JAMES (by Big Jim) (Bred-and-owned by Trevor & Louise O'Reilly; trained by Wayne Graham, driven by Shane Graham) It wasn’t just the fillies that stood tall because the $100,000 Group One 2YO Colts & Geldings Final saw one of the runners, Lucifers Legend, being bred at BURWOOD STUD, by resident millionaire successful sire CAMMIBEST, while the winner was also born-and-raised at BURWOOD STUD:- 1. CHANGEOVERME (by Changeover) (Bred-and-owned by Chris and Gayle Garrard; trained by Kylie Rasmussen & Darren Weeks; driven by Mathew Neilson) Burwood studmaster Noel Denning is naturally delighted with the results. “We’re very pleased with the results but without the support of our clients who have been with us for so long, these results aren’t possible. It’s been a very good year and that augurs well for the upcoming breeding season, if the owners and breeders are happy, we’re happy.” Denning said. Other big race results for Burwood this season include the fillies feature at Tabcorp Park, Menangle - $322,000 APG 2YO Fillies Final - 1st - PARK LIFE (Group One) Foaled down & reared at BURWOOD STUD plus at Albion Park - $80,000 Albion Park Gold Final - 1st - JOSSIE JAMES (Group Two)      Foaled down & reared at BURWOOD STUD Outstanding three-year-old Leos Best, a winner of the Gr.2 $50,000 QBRED Breeders Classic Final and the $20,000 Redcliffe Derby is a son of resident stallion Cammibest. The bayside club will play host to another feature meeting this Friday night and the stud is well represented in the Listed $25,000 Garrards Redcliffe Yearling Sales Series 3yo Final including the two favourites in Leos Best and Timmo Time (by Western Edition). These results continue BURWOOD STUD's dominance of young horse racing, and follow in the footsteps of 2YOs bred and foaled at BURWOOD STUD, or by BURWOOD STUD's stallions, in feature races.  Burwood Stud will be standing Cammibest and dual Derby winner Lanercost this coming season. Chris Barsby Fields for Redcliffe, Friday 22 July 2016 Form guide for Redcliffe, Friday 22 July 2016

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