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As a 100/1 shot, Dark Side was certainly the roughie of the harness racing field in the running of the West Diggers Tamworth Pace (2360m) at Tamworth Paceway, but he came up trumps. Maddison Simon took the drive for her grandfather and trainer Len Simon behind the Mach Three nine-year-old gelding, owned and raced by Maureen Simon, Len's wife. "I held the lead and was hoping for the best - hoping that he could hold it all the way, and he did," Maddison said. "Once we all settled down into the race, I was just hoping to hold that lead." To watch this race click here Dark Side notched his third win for the season, with Maddison guiding him to two wins in October last year over 1980m. "He [Len] said that he [Dark Side] worked well in track work this week and I didn't really believe him but he was right," Maddison said. The race certainly had some challenges for Dark Side, who had commenced from the three barrier. Dark Side had opposition not long after the start, with the first lot of pressure coming from the Clayton Harmey-trained Choisir Damoure (Jake Hughes). That was followed by $2.40 race favourite Azur Express (Blake Hughes), before Got The Scoop (Anthony Varga) applied pressure on Dark Side. Another challenge came from the Tony Missen-trained Are You With Me (Tom Ison), who put in a three-wide run from the back of the field just before the bell sounded. "He (Are You With Me) got his head in front on the final turn," Maddison said. "I was a bit concerned then but Dark Side just come through and held on." She added: "We were both head to head down the home straight." Art I Special (Scotty-Jon Welsh) was 2.4m away in third place. Maddison picked up the The Pub Group Drive of the Night. With the lifting of the regional racing zones last Wednesday, the base prize money has increased from $4000 to $6000. It had been at $4000 since May 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic. By Julie Maughan Reprinted with permission of the Northern Daily Leader

One of Queensland’s most exciting two-year-olds, Uncle Shank, is to go up for sale at the Mixed Standardbred Online Auction, to be conducted by Darren Ebert & Co from July 17 to 19. Uncle Shank, who was successful on debut in 1:57.6 at Albion Park and finished a close fourth in the QBred Breeders Classic, is eligible for the QBred race series with a $100,000 Final on July 27. The Warrawee Needy colt and his dam, Presidential Night, and Gotta Go Cullect yearling half-sister are also among the entries. Other racehorses include the QBred Breeders Classic 2YO Final winner Amaya Becomes, recent Albion Park winner Feel The Reign and Doolittle Di, a younger sister to Queensland’s leading three-year-old Governor Jujon. There’s four weanlings in the sale including two colts by the world champion trotter Sebastian K and a filly by the fastest two-year-old trotter ever to stand ‘down under’, Centurion ATM.  The sale has attracted several untried stock including yearlings, two-year-olds and three-year-olds. Bidding will open on Friday, July 17 at 10am and close on Sunday, July 19 at 4pm. Bids can be registered by logging onto the website www.darrenebertauctioneer.com.au and following the link to Elite Auctions. Further information from Darren Ebert on phone 0410 688 176 or email ebertancoauctioneer@bigpond.com   by Peter Wharton

Ride High gifted sports' lovers another insight into his audacious talent with a dominant display at Tabcorp Park tonight. Having dropped jaws with his 25.8-second finishing burst a fortnight ago, Ride High reinforced his brilliance in the Melton City Council Sprint, with his 1:50.8 mile rate the equal third quickest ever recorded at Tabcorp Park Melton, and produced despite the cool, windy conditions and the plugs being left in. Reinswoman Kima Frenning told Trots Vision post-race “it’s a real privilege to get to drive a horse like him”. “He really is a once-in-a-lifetime horse and to be able to say I won two races on him is pretty special,” she said, having won by 13 metres from Courageous Saint after a 27.3-second first quarter and then getting home in a 53.6-second last half. “I said to (trainer) Clayton (Tonkin) before the race ‘do you want to pull the plugs to see how fast he can go?’,” she said, but again she’s didn’t need to. “It’s scary to think he’s untapped still. It’s pretty freaky. He does this in second gear. “He’s real professional, he knows where the line is and he knows when he has to race. I’m sure there was plenty more there.” RELIVE RIDE HIGH'S FINISHING BURST AND HEAR FROM KIMA POST-RACE: In a soundcloud interview Tonkin told Andrew Bensley post-race that Ride High was “an awesome specimen. He did it quite easily.” “I think you will get a real shock when (Kima) does open him up, what he can run, but we don’t want to break him down. He’s a beautiful big horse, but he’s just such a gorgeous moving horse. He gets across the ground so easily.” Tonkin told Bensley that Ride High was “the best horse I’ve put my hands, just on sheer brilliance and untapped potential”, and that he would now plot a course to the Pryde’s EasiFeed Victoria Cup on October 12. “I have to sit down and decide where I’m going to head before that. He will have a few runs to harden him up so he’s spot on (for) Vic Cup,” Tonkin said. “His work’s always brilliant, but he was on his toes more tonight. Bringing him away and getting him under lights and getting him amongst it all again, it just tightens him up every time.” HEAR THE FULL INTERVIEW OF CLAYTON TONKIN TALKING TO ANDREW BENSLEY: AndrewBensley · Clayton Tonkin   HRV - Michael Howard  

Will he or won't he? It's the question many are asking about Reactor Now's ability to measure up to metropolitan grade racing. And if you ask one of the men that knows him best, you'll get a pretty confident answer. Top driver Josh Aiken has partnered his father David's horse in its last seven-straight triumphs, which have come at Shepparton, Kilmore and Bendigo. He's been breaking the clock and winning by good margins, but now comes his biggest test since joining the Aiken stable from Michelle Wight's team last year. "You see it so often. Horses fly through their grades and they hit their mark once they get to that metro level," Josh Aiken said. "He definitely feels like the horse that is going to go on with the job. "He's blessed with a stack of gate speed, he's very tough, he's got good high-end speed and I think he's going to be a versatile horse going forward. "He's got all the right ingredients to take that next step and be a really serious horse. You live in hope as a trainer and a driver so you just hope that it happens. "I'd back him to say that he's going to take that next step and be a genuine country cups contender come summer." Reactor Now, who has won nine of 12 career races, will come from the back row in Saturday night's COGS Regional Challenge Pace Final (1720m, NR 70-79). His main rival looks to be the in-form Eureka, who has drawn in barrier four. "It's an interesting race," Aiken said. "I can probably see a situation where Streitkid crosses early and Eureka comes across and finds the running line, and hopefully I can follow Bullys Delight through and lob in a pretty handy spot, whether that's one-out one back or one-out two back. "I think it will be a pretty fast mile rate. I think it will be a good race." Aiken will be looking to Reactor Now to become one of the pin-up boys of the stable with news top-line pacers Leonidas, Bringitonhome and Ideal Star are all off to the United States on Monday to race abroad. Both Leonidas and Bringitonhome had been engaged to race at Melton, but have been scratched from their respective races due to imminent flights. Aiken said he was looking forward to his first trip back to Victorian harness racing headquarters on Saturday night. It will be the first Saturday evening program since the move away from regional racing, which started back in early April. As well as Reactor Now, Aiken will also partner Sassy Pants in the Alderbaran Park Trot (2240m, NR 70-79). TALKING TROTS ON SENTRACK: Hosts Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden tackle the Tabcorp Park Melton card on SENTrack from 5.30-9.30pm on 1593AM in Melbourne, 1539AM in Sydney, 657AM in Perth, 801AM in Gosford, 96.9FM in Ingham, 99.1FM in Atherton and 1575AM in Wollongong. Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app.   The good oil from the Vic trials circuit Tabcorp Park Melton, R4 N5, Ride High The outstanding pacer is on the comeback trail and appeared to be very sharp at his trial victory. He has only suffered defeat once in eleven starts to date but he has only raced twice since winning the Breeders Crown in 2018 with his latest performance being in December. He pushed forward to find the lead and dominated the trial. REPORT Tabcorp Park Melton, R5 N6, Wobelee Put in a slashing trial performance to finish second. He settled down last of the four runners, moved away from the inside on the home turn and flew home late in a slick final half of 56.0 seconds. REPORT & REPLAY     HRV - Tim O'Connor

Huge harness racing fan Stevie Blacker has shown an expert eye when it comes to buying former Kiwi pacers and now he's successfully branched off - as a driver. The likeable Blacker, who hails from Mortlake in Victoria's western district, had his first-ever official race drive at Mildura yesterday afternoon and came up trumps. He handled four-year-old gelding Kolovos (Bettors Delight-Queen Camille (Christian Cullen), a horse he owns, for his good mate, Horsham trainer Aaron Dunn. "The COVID-19 has played a bit of role because normally I'm right into football during the winter months and I'm usually umpiring," Blacker said. "But it was probably Aaron's father Barry who got me into it, because he was saying that there were very few trials drivers at Horsham, so why didn't I give it a go?" he said. So Blacker took his advice and got his licence to drive in trials. "After three drives I wasn't fussed either way, then I drove one of the horses I own, which I think was Cool and Calculated and he went super! That was the turning point. I thought: 'Wow! How long's this been going on?! "I started thinking about maybe driving in races, so I went to a lot of trials and there were heaps of people like Geoff Senior and others who were terrific in putting me on." Blacker said he had only recently been licenced to drive. "I sort of picked out the Mildura meeting for my first race drive. It did work out well when Aaron put Kolovos in with my five-point concession claim," he said. And Blacker did the rest...with all the poise of a veteran. Pushing Kolovos out of the gate, Blacker was unable to cross Tracer Bullet to get to the lead, but he didn't get flustered by having to race in the death-seat. When Tracer Bullet kicked to a narrow advantage on the home corner and appeared the winner, Blacker got to work urging Kolovos, who found plenty over the final stages to post a memorable and popular win. Watch the race replay here. Kolovos and Stevie Blacker after their memorable win Blacker grew up around horses. Some of his family was involved in thoroughbreds, but others were caught up by the legendary deeds of the mighty trotter of the 1970s, Maoris Idol (40 wins from 46 starts), trained by Ric Healy at Marnoo. "My brother and I spent hours when we were young playing around with an old cart, built like a sulky, that was made specially for us," Blacker said. "I suppose I did have in the back of my mind that one day I would like to have go at driving - but I really did think I'd missed my chance!" the 47 year old said.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound   Black Jack Baby is WA’s best When she won the $80,000 Westbred Classic at Gloucester Park last Friday, Black Jack Baby scored her seventh success, and she is entitled to be rated as this season’s top two-year-old filly in Western Australia. Earlier in the season, she won the Westsired 2YO Classic. From eight starts, she has won seven times and been once placed for $100,511 in stakes.  Black Jack Baby                                                               --Jodie Hallows photo   One of the second crop sired by the NZ and Australian 2YO of the Year Follow The Stars (son of Art Major), Black Jack Baby is out of the McArdle mare What A Card NZ (1:58.8), a half-sister to the prolific Perth winners Dundee Three 1:55.1 ($246,018) and Scruncher 1:54.9 ($137,002) and the Menangle winner BG Three 1:56.1 ($163,639). Their dam, Lady Butler, was unraced but she produced nine winners. She was a Butler B G mare from Deborah Lobell, a half-sister to the glamour NZ filly Adios Dream 1:58.4 ($167,597) and the Victoria Oaks heat winner OK Deb (1:58.1), the grand-dam of this season’s standout three-year-old filly Stylish Memphis 1:53.8 ($228,778). Another half-sister, Advance Debra, a NZ Sires Stakes 2YO champion, was the dam of the mighty Courage Under Fire, Christian Fire and the cups winner Advance Attack, the sire of the 2017 Westbred Classic victor Cott Beach.   Redcliffe Sales Classic to Manila Playboy Manila Playboy, the season’s latest two-year-old classic winner, in outstaying a handy field in the $100,750 Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Final, gives the impression that he could develop into one of next season’s top three-year-olds. Manila Playboy                                                      --Dan Costello photo   Failing to reach the reserve when offered at the 2019 Redcliffe Yearling Sale, Manila Playboy is a well developed gelding by Pet Rock from the Paleface Adios Classic winner Bangkok Dancer (1:56.4), the dam also of the Albion Park winners Bangkok Bravado (1:55.5) and three-year-old Cheesandkisses (1:58). Their dam, Bangkok Dancer, is a P B Bullville mare from Killarney Beauty, by Caroldon Lehigh from Killarney Betty, by Stormyway. It is an interesting fact that there is a triple strain of Axworthy blood in Killarney Beauty (grand-dam of Manila Playboy), through both Caroldon Lehigh and Stormyway. Bangkok Dancer is a half-sister to Perfect Pegasus 1:55.7 ($150,702), the winner of 29 races including the Paleface Adios Classic, and the prolific Albion Park victor Courageous Cam 1:56 ($104,154). A top Brisbane free-for-aller from an earlier decade in Manila Lover Boy belongs to this family. He won 48 races including twelve at Albion Park and one at Harold Park.     They trace to the Bell Aurore family Give Us A Wave, the winner of the $80,000 Westbred Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park, and Zennart NZ, who scored at Menangle and won his way back to a NR111 mark, are both members of the noted family founded by the Bellman mare Bell Aurore.  Give Us A Wave                                                     --Jodie Hallows photo Give Us A Wave, who defeated a useful field in the Westbred, could well train on to become one of next season’s top two-year-olds.  By Mach Three, Give Us A Wave ranks as a half-brother to the WA Sires Stakes champions Truckers Ruffnut 1:56 ($249,770) and Tuxedo Tour 1:53.9 ($194,596), being out of the Safely Kept mare Royal Tour. He is her eleventh foal and eighth winner. Royal Tour, who was unraced, was out of Zenagain, by Soky’s Atom from the grand producer Zenover (by Bachelor Hanover), the dam of NZ 2YO of the Year Motoring Magic 1:57.5 ($366,395), Interchange ($116,495) and top juvenile trotter in Zebec. Zennart, who has won 14 races to date and $156,132, is an eight-year-old Art Major entire from the Holmes Hanover mare Zena Hanover, who left others in Highview Ember 1:53.3 ($122,798) and Zena’s Art 1:55.8 ($100,298). Zena Hanover was a half-sister to six winners including the NSW Star Trek winner Zena Zara, being out Zentua, by Tuapeka Knight from the trotting mare Now And Zen, a half-sister to Zenagain, the second dam of Give Us A Wave.  Champion NZ pacer Elsu, Tintin In America (Harness Jewels 3YO and 4YO), Copper Beach, the dual Oaks winner De Lovely, Albert Jaccka, Revonez (NZ 2YO Ch’ship), Jack Farthing (1:50.6) and others all belong to Zenover’s branch of the family.   Won Frith Stakes The Camden mare Black Silhouette, who hoisted a fresh lifetime mark of 1:50.5 when she won the Group 3 Frith Stakes at Menangle, is a member of one of NZ’s top ranking standardbred families. Black Silhouette, who has won 15 races and $178,615 in stakes, is a five-year-old by the Little Brown Jug winner Shadow Play, who stood at Alabar Bloodstock in Victoria and has since returned to North America. Shadow Play has been most successful in Australia. His stock include the Victorian ‘Cups King’ Shadow Sax, a winner of three Group 1 races, Our Triple Play and Callmequeenbee. Black Silhouette is a half-sister to Ray’s Choice 1:50.5 ($123,929) and the Golden Easter Egg winner Our Antonio Rose, being out of The Coldstream, by Courage Under Fire from Lanoch, a NZ bred mare by New York Motoring from the Vance Hanover mare Heathland and tracing to the taproot Bright Alice. Lanoch was the dam of a top ranking pacer in Lanercost (1:52.5), a dual Derby winner of $509,121, Ballochbuuie 1:53.5 ($154,235), Ohoka Darcy 1:56.1 ($141,751), Get Outta Eyre 1:52 ($123,270) and the Sands A Flyin mare Hawthorne, dam of Our Missionary Man 1:53 ($214,978). At the last APG Sydney sale a gelding by Somebeachsomewhere from The Coldstream was purchased by Paul Fitzpatrick for $47,500.   Albion Park winners closely related The three-year-olds Good As It Gets and Signor Jujon – both by Mr Feelgood - and the two-year-old Frontliner (by Captaintreacherous), who all won on the same night at Albion Park recently, are members of the same family. All bred by Kevin and Kaye Seymour they trace back to the King Creed mare Browngate Girl, the dam of six individual winners and the founder of a great winning line of classic and cup winners. Good As It Gets, who has won his last three starts, is out the champion racemare Good Lookin Girl 1:53.7 ($361,445), by Perfect Art from the Oaks winner Goldrush Girl TT1:55.3 ($151,619), by Transport Chip from the Tempest Hanover mare Call Girl. The winner of three races to date, Signor Jujon is from the P B Bullville mare Red Red Robin whose dam, Red River Queen (by Riverboat King), is a grand-daughter of Call Girl. Frontliner, the winner of three of his seven starts, is out of French Charm, by Art Major from the noted producer Faith Prevails (1:58.1), a Fake Left mare from the multiple Group winner Girl From Ipanema (1:57.6), a half-sister to Good Lookin Girl, the dam of Good As It Gets.   A star from One Dream A star four-year-old in Queensland so far this season Sole Ambition, who was bred by Jill Smolenski and owned by Tumby Park. Sole Ambition                                                       --Dan Costello photo A gelding by Bettor’s Delight, he is out of a champion racemare in One Dream 1:56.7 ($846,467) and the third of her produce to win. He won the Redcliffe Gold Cup last Saturday and looks a four-year-old with the potential one would expect of his breeding.   Brothers win at Launceston It was no mean feat for the full brothers Stormy Sanz and Colby Sanz to win on the same night at the recent Launceston twilight meeting. Both are by the Bettor’s Delight horse Betterthancheddar (a promising sire of juveniles) and were bred and raced by Nathan and Sandra Bennett. Soho Summer, the dam of Stormy Sanz and Colby Sanz, was out of a capable racemare in Lombo Portrait, who took a record of 1:59.9 and earned $94,998. Besides Soho Summer, she was also the dam of Soho Monroe (1:57.4), a Gloucester Park winner at 2 and 3, Portly Mach (1:57.8) and to the Western Terror mare Soho Bordeaux, dam of Australia’s fastest ever female pacer Soho Burning Love (1:48.8) and Persimmon (1:50.2). Lombo Portrait was out a Breeders Crown and Oaks winner in Lombo Adreamin, who had a record of 1:56.8 and won 10 races at Moonee Valley. She was a half-sister to eight winners including Tosca Lombo 1:59.5 ($110,695) and Carbon Crest 1:59, who won 12.    Lost 50 metres – and won! Highlight of the Melton meeting last Saturday was turned on by the trotter Imsettogo, who broke soon after the start and gave the leaders 50 metres start. Imsettogo                                                                       --Stuart McCormick photo   With 1800 metres to run she was still 30 metres from the leaders, and her chance could have been written off. But Imsettogo joined the main body of the field, mounted a stomping run at the 600 metre mark to reach the front in the home straight and then careered away to win by 17 metres. Imsettogo’s performance was an amazing one in every respect. She is a daughter of the French bred horse Used To Me, a top trotter in his own right and who now stands at Haras Des Trotteurs, Ballarat (Vic.). Im Ready Set (Tr 1:56.6), the race-winning dam of Imsettogo, is a Monarchy mare out of Diedre’s Best (by Meadow Roydon), a half-sister to a fine straightout trotter in Diedre’s Pride. Other members of this family have been Conon Bridge and Hurricane Flyer, both Breeders Crown champions, the dual NZ Trotter of the Year Monbet, Sunny Ruby (Harness Jewels), Aldebaran Eve (Vicbred 3YO and 4YO Finals), Destiny Jones, Sunoflindenny and the successful sire Thanksgiving. Imsettogo ranks as a half-sister to last year’s Breeders Crown 2YO Final winner Im Ready Jet Tr 1:55.6 ($100,940).    Broodmare double The Christian Cullen mare Czarina Katerina left winners in both hemispheres last week. Stormont Star, a six-year-old gelding by For A Reason, won in Hobart, while Stormont Czar (by Bettor’s Delight) won in 1:52.2 at Pocono Downs, Pennsylvania. Stormont Czar holds a mark of 1:50.8. Czarina Katerina has left four sub 2:00 winners from five starters including Bronski Belle (1:51.8), a prolific winner at Menangle. She is being bred from by Romsey horseman Geoff Dodd.   by Peter Wharton

Australia’s top pacer King Of Swing is nearing a racetrack return and the rescheduled Blacks A Fake is a major target. Driver Luke McCarthy said he was thrilled Racing Queensland has opted to run the Blacks A Fake on December 12. “It’s great timing for us and an ideal target for King Of Swing,” he said. “He’s almost ready to go. He’ll trial in mid-July, then we’ll get him back to the races.” King Of Swing took harness racing by storm when he won the elite Hunter Cup and Miracle Mile double in February/March. He was spelled straight after the sparkling Miracle Mile triumph. “Gee he’s blossomed during the break. He’s bigger and a stronger, a real brute. He’s just furnished into a magnificent horse,” McCarthy said. “He’s still got upside. He’s only five and what he did in a short period of time was quite amazing. “He’ll have a couple of runs at Menangle in August and September, go to the Victoria Cup in October and then come home and head to Queensland for the Blacks A Fake. That’s how the rest of his year looks.” McCarthy, who grew-up in Bathurst but spent much of his life in Queensland, can’t wait to get back to the Sunshine State. “I love getting back up there and we usually take a team up for the Carnivals,” he said. More immediately, top NSW trainer Anthony Butt desperately wants to head north with his star three-year-old Perfect Stride. The Victoria and NSW Derby placegetter returns from a spell at Menangle on Saturday night. “We want to run in the South-East Derby (July 18), we just need the restrictions to be eased so we go up with the horse,” he said.   Racing Queensland

Star pacer Ryley Major was back on track Sunday afternoon when he scored a soft trial win in Launceston. This season's Tasmania Cup winner was privately clocked running his last half mile in 55.4s. Trainer Kent Rattray and driver John Walters dominated last weekend's action in Hobart on Friday and Launceston on Sunday. The same venues race in the same time slots again this week. The Stars Kent Rattray and John Walters– teamed up for an enjoyable weekend, the duo landed a double in Launceston with Stormy Sanz and Colby Sanz. They also partnered for a winner in Hobart on Friday with Karalta Moondance. Walters drove a double on the Hobart card scoring aboard Wandary Muscat, who is trained by Rattray’s stable foreman Wes Targett. Star Chamber– the free-for-all in Launceston on Sunday was always going to be a tactical affair when a field of five faced the starter. Veteran pacer Star Chamber was able to register his 24th career win, and the win was courtesy of a handy drive early by the in-form Taylor Ford who got the pacer away quickly to race on the back of the leader before making her move at the 400-metre mark. Tisu Spirit– after a handy third in Hobart when first-up from a spell was able to win second-up in Launceston on Sunday, the Tim Maine-trained pacer was back in the winner's circle when he scored his eighth career win. And what a tough victory it was with the American Ideal gelding forced to race three-wide for the final 1100-metres. Sam Clotworthy– the New Zealander landed his first winner in the sulky with an all the way win on Nancys Baby in Hobart. Clotworthy started his interest in racing working for Auckland trainer Brent Mangos before crossing the Tasman to work for some of the country's best thoroughbred trainers. Tim Yole– the hard-working stable foreman for the Ben Yole stable doesn’t drive much these days, but he drove his first winner for almost two years when he out drove his brother Mark on My Celebrity in Hobart. Multiple Winners Hobart – Friday evening Ben Yole - training treble; Nancys Baby, My Celebrity and Tarleton Riley. Taylor Ford - driving double; Big Bang Raj, Sea Double Ugrant. John Walters - driving double; Karalta Moondance and Wandary Muscat. Launceston – Sunday evening Kent Rattray- driving double; Stormy Sanz and Colby Sanz. John Walters- driving double; Stormy Sanz and Colby Sanz. Conor Crook- driving double; Frostyflyer and North Star Lad. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart – Friday evening Due to a sectional timing error at the 800 metres, races one, two and six have been excluded. Sea Double Ugrant 57.02s, Lockaway Kacie 57.39s, Tarleton Riley 57.58s, Metro Digby 57.71s and My Celebrity 57.77s. Launceston – Sunday evening Kardesler 56.79s, Star Chamber 56.90s, Illegal Immigrant 56.92s, Krafty Boy 56.92s and Giftofjoy 57.24s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart – Friday evening Hits: My Celebrity $12 into $10, Tarleton Riley $11 into $7.50, Stormont Star $2.90 into $2.60, Karalta Moondance $8.00 into $6.50, Wandary Muscut $7.50 into $7.00, Defied The Drift: Nancys Baby $31 out to $41, Big Bang Raj $5.00 out to $5.50, Missed: Castor Troy $9.00 out to $6.00, Black Ops $20 into $10, Stylish Trend $4.40 into $3.80, Brian Who $19 into $9.00, Lockaway Kacie $4.20 into $3.70, Debt Till We Part $4.80 into $3.80 and Burningupthefloor $10 into $7.50. Launceston – Sunday evening Hits: Stormy Sanz $12 into $7.50, North Star Lad $4.80 into $3.50, Defied The Drift:Capitallee $2.00 out to $3.20, Colby Sanz $5.00 out to $8.00, Tisu Spirit $3.30 out to $3.90 and Raymonds Judge $2.70 out to $3.00. Missed:De Marco Beach $5.00 into $3.80, Incongnito $101 into $26, Gordievsky Leis $31 into $17, Class Tells $10 into $4.60, Salvator Mundi $2.50 into $2.10, Spoilt Sport $4.60 into $3.60, Brian Who $5.50 into $4.80, Stylish Trend $9.00 into $7.50 and Mostly Spirit $3.20 into $2.70. Trial File Launceston - Sunday afternoon As mentioned earlier star pacer Ryley Major handled his rating 64 to 120 trial with ease when he scored by three metres over Art Frenzy and Tuxedo Max in 1m 57.5s. The Ben Yole-trained Machitelli led all the way to win her rating 43 to 59 trial in 1m 59.5s, the only other trial at the session to break two minutes. Other winners included Jimmy Mischief (No time taken due to timing system error) and Shady Story (2m 1.0s). Trial Replays You can view two of the four trials from Sunday by clicking here. Week Ahead Hobart once again is the venue for Friday night racing. The action kicks off with a standing start race for the trotters where Armchair Drive will be out to remain undefeated in three Tasmanian starts, the most recent victory was on 19 June. The gelding is one of two runners in the race-prepared by Marc Butler who also puts the polish on One Yankee Ginga. The meeting will be televised on Sky Racing 2 and TasracingTV with the first race set down for 17:49. We then head up the Midlands Highway for Sunday night racing in Launceston. There are many races to look forward to on the Launceston card including a competitive Discretionary handicap which is race five on the night. Devonport Cup winner Illegal Immigrant faces the 20-metre back mark, while the only other two handicap runners being in-form runners Blackbird Power and Sea Double Ugrant who both share the 10-metre row. The meeting will be shown on Sky Racing 1 and TasracingTV with the first race starting at 17:04 and concludes with Cool Water Paddy going around in the final race of the night at 20:50. Some Tasmanian pacers doing battle over the next few days at metropolitan venues include: Melton - Saturday night Race 1 Horse 11 - Blingittothemax. Race 2 Horse 2 - Bootleg Bert. Race 6 Horse 5 - Streitkid. Menangle - Saturday night Race 7 Horse 5 - No Apachemee.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Craig Demmler and Jodi Quinlan will unleash team naughty and nice at Ballarat tonight hopeful a testing trio can bring some success. Demmler will steer Quinlan-trained horse Sportzscribe and Quinlan will steer Demmler-trained pair Fleetwood Rock and Smile Lyle, a somewhat unusual double act that Demmler said had a simple explanation. “I just drive the ones that are a bit naughty and the ones that aren’t naughty she drives,” he said. “With the injuries she’s had over time they start to catch up with you a little bit. Sportzscribe has always been one of those horses – he can pull a bit.” Otherwise they take advantage of Quinlan’s lighter weight in the sulky, a sometimes challenged assertion but not for Demmler. “No doubt it is massive,” he said. “Some agree and some disagree, but I know it’s a big plus. “I’m a big believer in the affect of weight in the cart now. All these young people coming through are light and I know Gav (Lang) was always big on his weight and watching what he ate.” They’ll be hopeful of finding the winning formula at Bray Raceway tonight. Of the trio Demmler's associated with he says Sportzscribe is the most likely winning chance ahead of Smile Lyle and Fleetwood Rock, so let’s tackle them in that order. Sportzscribe steps out of gate five in the Nextra Wendouree Pace, the lightly-raced Sportswriter four-year-old gelding has only competed twice in the past 11 months, a win at Melton on April 22 and then a fifth placing on June 20. “I got told by the trainer (Quinlan) I got lost last start, I probably went a bit earlier than I wanted too,” Demmler said. He said the four-time winner was at his best as a sit-sprinter, “but he can get off the gate”. “I will come out forward and make a decision,” he said. “He is pretty quick away when you want him to be, but you have to be careful because he can get pulling.” Marked a $4.50 chance by Good Form analyst Blake Redden, Sportzscribe is out of Bettor Abs, a three-time winner and half-sister to Our Awesome Armbro ($849,309). Demmler’s optimistic he’s a metropolitan class horse. “I thought that he would get to Melton, he’s had a few little setbacks and bad manners have let him down a little,” he said. “I think he should be able to go to town and win a M0 for sure.” Smile Lyle steps out in the last of the night – the TAB Long May We Play Pace – fresh from a short spell dating back to May 4. Demmler believes the time away has been beneficial. “The freshen up has worked pretty good, because his attitude has changed a bit since he’s been back,” Demmler said. “He trialled all right the other day and his work has been good since. A couple can go all right in it (the race), but they will know he’s there.” And finally there’s Fleetwood Rock, perhaps the one who’s given Demmler most consternation because he’s so invested, not only being the trainer but also the owner. “I paid a lot for him at the sales, probably overs, but I really liked him,” he said. “I didn’t pick him out in the book, but just kept walking past him and really liked him. He is a half to Concealment, a beautiful horse. “He unfortunately got his leg caught in a fence and did a bit of damage and we are lucky to still have him.” A three-year-old, Fleetwood Rock won on debut and has since placed twice in his following 10 starts, most recently being luckless at Melton and before that struggling for a run at tonight’s venue. “He was a bit unlucky at Ballarat, Jodi thought if she had have got through he could have won. “Drawn seven is difficult (tonight). I don’t mind him, but he’s no star. He’s got to improve to take on the good horses.” Demmler will then return to Tabcorp Park Melton tomorrow with a hand in four starters including My Kiwi Mate in the Melton City Council Sprint, a race certain to draw plenty of eyes for the presence of Ride High. “It’s been a long time since (My Kiwi Mate) last won. He had the Inter Dominion, then a spell, then his first couple of runs back were not too bad,” Demmler said. “He was disappointing last start,” when he finished third but 30 metres in arrears of Ride High. “It had been a month between runs and the more racing he has the better he is. I expect him to go better than last start.” Having said that, threatening Ride High was another matter altogether. “He’s freakish. For Clayton (Tonkin) to say he’s the best horse he’s trained … he’s had some really good horses. “When Kima didn’t move and for him to beat the caliber of horses like that, no doubt he is freakish. “It didn’t give me a thrill driving against him but watching it back it does – it reminds me of the old Poppy days.”   HRV - Michael Howard

After well over a decade of being mentored and working with some of the best, Kelly Stuart-Mitchell is about to launch her own harness racing career. The 31-year-old former Kiwi was granted a Victorian trainer's licence about five weeks ago. And she is wasting no time jumping in the deep end with her first starter going around at Cranbourne this Sunday night. Three-year-old bay gelding Hey Listen (Crazed-Catchya Maya (Yankee Spider) will make his debut in the $7000 Aldebaran Park Trot at 7.30 pm. The enthusiastic horsewoman has the pedigree for success, with her father Robert a former outstanding trainer, and her brother Todd a highly respected trainer-driver. "I grew up in a 'horsey' town, Cambridge, on the North Island," Kelly said. "There were always horses around when I was growing up because Dad had big teams in work and mum did the yearling preparations. I can clearly recall the first horse I ever got-it was given to me for my fifth birthday!" she said. "Dad enjoyed the square-gaiters and that may be rubbing off onto me a little because three of mine are trotters." Kelly has worked for some of the best along her journey, having had stints with legendary NZ Hall of Famer Barry Purdon for seven years and the formidable Victorian team, Andy and Kate Gath for five years. She also spent nine months with the highly-successful WA combination of Greg and Skye Bond. "They have all been a massive influence on me, not only as mentors, but as friends. As well I'm so grateful for all the help that Joe Pace is giving me. I'm working my horses out of his place at Melton and I just love it there," Kelly said. "I'm pretty excited to have my own starter after all this time. A win of course would be a fairytale, but I'm really just hoping that he does everything right," she said. "He didn't put a foot wrong in a recent trial and we were happy with the way he handled himself. There's quite a few owners in the horse, including my partner Darren Aitken, who along with my parents and family, is my greatest supporter." And while she's starting quietly, Kelly expects soon to build the stable to four, and eventually to get a good team together. "We have one in New Zealand that Todd is keeping ticking along while we're waiting for transportation to get it over here," she said. "I thoroughly love training them. I did drive in trials many years ago, but I'll leave that side of things to the experts!" Hoofnote: Robert Mitchell enjoyed success with Just An Excuse (Live Or Die-My Excuse (Smooth Fella) winner of two NZ Cups, the 2004 $75k Ballarat Pacing Cup and several other feature events. The gelding retired with 16 wins and eight placings from 27 starts for $877,000. Todd drove the superstar for his dad. Robert is now retired on a huge farm at Raglan, a small beachside town on the North Island of NZ, where he prepares yearlings for sale.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

DEBUT wins don’t come any better than Utopia. The buzz Victorian baby trotter lived-up to the hype when came from off the pace to win by a staggering 82.5 metres at Shepparton yesterday (Thursday). It came little more than a week after he won a Melton trial by half the straight and co-trainer Clayton Tonkin declared him “a bit special.” In contrast to the trial where Utopia ran straight to the lead and kept going further in front, he sat third and was given plenty of time to balance up by driver Jodi Quinlan. Another debutante, Rogue Gentleman, who had some support in betting to beat Utopia, led by a big space in the middle stages, but it was clear 600m from home that Utopia had him covered. Quinlan eased Utopia off Rogue Gentleman’s back at the 500m and he rushed to the front, increasing the margin all the way home without being extended. For a two-year-old trotter having his first start, Utopia’s 2min2.6sec mile rate for the 2240m mobile was pretty slick. By comparison, the three-year-old trotters in the next race, won by the Breckon Farms-bred Kyvalley Senator, went 2min3.5sec. Utopia is superbly-bred by US trotting sire Trixton out of former talented Victorian trotting mare Gluteus Maximus, a winner of 14 races and over $100,000. This is only Gluteus Maximus’ third foal, the others have been winners Derrie Aire (seven wins, $68,730) and Kyvalley Shaunie (three wins, $28,723). Utopia shows all the qualities to become just the second trotter to win a Group 1 race for the Stewart/Tonkin team, following the immensely exciting Alpha Male. He won at Group 1 level in late 2018 and is close to a comeback. “We’ve hardly had any trotters, but a few of our owners were keen to get involved and it’s been a tremendous start,” Clayton Tonkin said. “Alpha Male could seriously be anything if we can keep him sound. He’s an absolute giant, but with so much talent it’s not funny. “And we’ve also got a good opinion of Cover Of Darkness.” Cover Of Darkness, a three-year-old, is going for this third run from as many starts in the seventh race at Ballarat tonight (Friday). Quinlan has the drive on him as well. Here’s the replay of Utopia’s debut win at Shepparton yesterday: Watch the replay here.   Adam Hamilton

The members of the WA Trotting Media Guild are confident they can land their best bets at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas and Guild president Wayne Currall believe punters can start the night off on a winning note by backing Our Perkins in the first race on the card. “Our Perkins has been unplaced at his past five starts from unfavourable draws and he is my best bet at Gloucester Park this week to bounce back to top form for trainer Karen Thompson by winning the opening event,” Casellas said. “He has a handy draw at barrier three and Dylan Egerton-Green has excellent prospects of surging to an early lead with a pacer who has set the pace in eight of his 10 career victories.“ And Currall agrees. “Our Perkins ran an eye-catching fifth behind Lightning Jolt last Friday night,” Currall said. “He came from last at the bell and was pushed wide over the last 800m when they ran a slick 57.4. He is drawn to lead and poised to record an all-the-way victory.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and that newspaper’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft have made Chicago Bull their star bet for the night. “The $1.8 million stake-earner Chicago Bull looks primed to repeat his impressive victory last Friday night, when he notched a third win in four starts,” Manning said. “He has established a creditable tally of five wins, three seconds and a third in nine races since resuming from a lengthy spell. The gelding has an imposing 43 wins from 60 Perth starts and his 75-race career features 48 victories.” Havercroft also is a big fan of the “Little Bull”. “Chicago Bull has managed to avoid Ocean Ridge this week, with the duo filling the quinella in their last three clashes,” Havercroft said. “The absence of Greg and Skye Bond-trained runners makes this field weaker than he has been facing of late.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart is keen on Just For Love in the 2YO Fillies Gold Bracelet (2130m). “Just For Love had this draw last week and ran very well behind star filly Black Jack Baby, putting a good margin between herself and the third placegetter,” Wishart said. “Should lead and be too good.” Longshot guru Pat Harding has opted for Robbie Easton as his best for the night. “Punters and tipsters enjoyed a pretty good night at GP last Friday,” Harding said. “So let's hope we can repeat the dose this week. My best bet comes up in race four with No. 6 Robbie Easton. An excellent effort to run second last week, but I am sure he can go one better this week and win for the Halls.” VALUE BETS KEN: For value, I suggest Secret Reaction in the Gold Bracelet. She ran home solidly, out very wide, from the rear when a creditable sixth behind Black Jack Baby in the Westbred Classic last week. She had a tough run when an easy four-length winner at her previous outing. WAYNE: Double Expresso will hardly be a value bet because I think she’ll be sent out favourite in her race. However, I can’t recall a horse having so much bad luck in her races. She’s overdue for a victory and I’m confident it will come on Friday night. ERNIE: Star For Me has yet to win in 12 starts, but is capable of figuring prominently from her inside draw on the back line. The filly, who has recorded six places, ran fourth after she had difficulty getting clear in the Westbred Classic final last Friday night. RYAN: Neighlor was shunted at the bell last week when having his first start in six weeks. Drawn to improve on some terrible numeric form. WARREN: My value bet is Mighty Flying Deal. Connections would have had to double check when the fields came out as this horse did not draw barrier 9. Has had horrendous luck with draws and from 10 will finally get an economical run. At juicy odds he’s worth an each-way play. PAT: My second bet for the night comes up in race three with No. 7 Boom Time. A  good second last start and I think Chris Voak can steer him to victory and give punters a reasonable return.          To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting.    Wayne Currall

How fast can he go? That's the question on the minds of many trots lovers as the countdown's on in earnest to Ride High's second-up run at Tabcorp Park Melton this Saturday. Despite only having had 12 career starts, the five-year-old's name already features prominently throughout the record books and he appears well-placed to add another entry to the all-time top 10 quickest final quarters in the Melton City Council Sprint, which streams on Trots Vision at 6.32pm on Saturday. Ride High hasn't put a foot wrong at trainer Clayton Tonkin and Emma Stewart's stable since his audacious first-up win on June 20, with Stewart saying “he’s doing everything right" and adding "he’s been working super this week”. Having already delved into his dominance in the final 800 metres, let's take a closer look at who's shone most brightly in the sprint to the line. Since the track's opening on March 2009, the top 10 quickest final quarters recorded by winners is dominated by all-the-way victories, with leaders often pinching a cheap quarter and then powering to the post, but there are a few exceptions. One thing that is assured is that Ride High stands alone at the top of the pops. Here are the top 10 final quarters recorded by winners at Tabcorp Park Melton: WINNER RACE DISTANCE DATE Q4 MR RIDE HIGH IRT BREEDERS CROWN (3YO C&Gs)  2240 25/8/18 25.7 1:55.2 RIDE HIGH VALE ROD OSBORNE PACE 1720 20/6/20 25.8 1:51.6 POSTER BOY VHRSC VICTORIA SIRES CLASSIC 2240 7/4/18 25.9 1:56.8 MILLY PEREZ TAB.COM.AU PACE 2240 6/1/17 26.0 1:57.0 MAKES EVERY SCENTS SCHWEPPES PACE 1720 24/8/18 26.1 1:55.6 MACHA CADUCEUS CLUB CUP 2240 16/2/13 26.2 1:56.1 BORN TO ROCKNROLL COGS SERVICES RISING STARS PACE (HEAT) 2240 26/1/19 26.2 1:56.8 RESTREPO HOT TO TROT 4YO BONANZA 1720 16/2/13 26.2 1:52.4 STUNNING GRIN COUGAR BOURBON PACE 1720 7/5/16 26.2 1:55.9 MOONROCK RAY 'ROCKY' BAKER MEMORIAL FFA 1720 19/1/18 26.2 1:54.8   HRV - Michael Howard  

Stawell harness racing hobby trainer Ray Harvey makes no secret that he was ready to give up on many occasions with a young square-gaiter that had only one gear-and that was reverse! "It didn't matter what I tried, all he wanted to do was go backwards. He would barely take one step forward," Harvey said. "I've broken in quite a few over the years and never have I come across one like it before. But bless his little soul, that's all in the past and he's now the best horse I've ever had in my stables!" he said. And the aptly-named The Penny Drops (Danny Bouchea-Chilly Pepperell (Classic Adam) is certainly a bright prospect among Victorian trotting ranks, posting his eighth career win at Terang on Tuesday night. The four-year-old was bred and now raced by Harvey, his partner Moira Hateley, and friends Jim and Val Pickering. Harvey said one of the first times "Ronny" (The Penny Drops' stable name) got the idea of moving forward, was when their dog walked past. "The horse just set off following the dog. Another time Moira walked by and he followed her. So Moira then walked around our track, with the horse coming along behind her," he said. "So with this in mind, we got old Baltimore Boy (7 wins & 23 placings) who we retired five years ago, and tied him to the jog cart next to Ronny. That worked perfectly, and providing Ronny could hear the other horse, he was happily trotting-and in a forward direction! "After that day there hasn't been a problem and we could leave Baltimore Boy at home. But the two horses are now the best of mates. "We leased the dam Chilly Pepperell and bred from her. The Penny Drops has so far provided us with a great deal of enjoyment." Harvey, who is from a thoroughbred background, was a late arrival to the trotting game and came to train standardbreds by chance. "I was a jockey as a kid and later in Adelaide I rode over the jumps. I've worked for some top trainers, including the Cummings stable," he said. "I got a job at the Stawell racecourse, but because of the hours I was required to work, it was impossible to train gallopers. So I went into doing standardbreds about 10 to 15 years ago-and here I am still going and loving it." Now a truckdriver, Harvey said training standardbreds worked better around the couple's lifestyle. "You can train them at home whenever it suits and when I'm doing an early shift with truck driving, Moira takes care of the feeding duties before she heads off," he said. "Moira has also been involved in the thoroughbred side of things in the past. She has some show hacks at home and is right into it." The Penny Drops showed exceptional ability last season as a three-year-old with five wins and two placings from 14 starts. This season he has also been consistent with three wins and four placings from 11 outings. "We finished second, beaten a half neck in the 2020 TAB South Australian G1 $30,000 Trotters Cup, in February. I usually only give them two or three weeks off, but we went away, and he ended up having six weeks in the paddock," Harvey said. "He came back in with a bigger girth than me! It's has taken so long to get the weight off him. His first two starts back on May 30 and then June 18 sharpened him up and he looks okay now. "He's a nice, honest horse, but I'm sure there's improvement in him because he's so laid back and doesn't always go his hardest. "I put blinkers on him quite a while ago and that got his head in the game. I really believe he likes just being a type of social horse." Harvey is hoping for a start at Melton on Saturday week in a Winter Championship. "The mobile barrier start isn't really his go because he's not real quick, but hopefully we will be thereabouts," he said. Harvey has just finished breaking in two babies that are now out for a spell-both trotters. "I prefer them to pacers, but they can be more heart-breaking!" he admitted.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Despite the remarkable exploits of pacer Ride High it’s getting pretty hip to be square at Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin’s busy stable. Their dabbling into trotting continues with today’s Shepparton debut of Utopia in the Your Sold Real Estate 2YO Trot and, like fellow Australian Premier Trotting Sale graduate and stablemate Alpha Male (pictured), the richly bred two-year-old brings a mighty reputation to his first race day. A few missteps aside Alpha Male has built himself a big reputation despite having only five starts to date and Stewart some of that extraordinary talent, witnessed in a 34-metre Group 1 win at his last start, was also on display in Utopia. “We really like this one, we rate (Utopia) pretty highly,” Stewart said of the two-year-old Trixton colt, who’s out of Nick Hooper and Paul Graydon’s mare Gluteus Maximus, a winner of $104,855 and dam of Derrie Aire ($68,730) and Kyvalley Shaunie ($28,723). “He’s not quite Alpha Male at the same stage, but he’s not far off it. They are both very similar – strong, fast and, touch wood, safe. I’ll be disappointed if he gets beaten (today).” The confidence was only fuelled by Utopia’s most recent trial, when he was a 52.5-metre winner. It was a performance that didn’t go unnoticed by Craig Rail in his Trial File, with Utopia going straight into the Blackbook having “been extremely impressive at the trials and continued his good form with a runaway victory”. As for Alpha Male, Stewart said he was nearing a race track return and would carry lofty expectations. “He is three weeks away,” he said. “He comes back easily marked, so should have a nice run coming into lower races. “If all goes well and he stays sound (the Great Southern Star) is definitely something we are aiming at.” Away from the trotters, Stewart will also today debut supremely bred Bettors Delight colt Fightnfury, a half-brother to Group 1 winning two-year-old Mirragon. “He’s found a tricky race first up,” Stewart said of the Hunter Rural 2YO Pace. “He’s no star, but is an honest horse. “As long as he runs on strong we’ll be happy. He is a nice enough horse, but not our best and definitely not our worst.” And Stewart will also have Bruce and Val Edward bred and owned filly Float On By step out today in the Alabar 3YO Pace. “She’s OK, she’s no star but she’s honest,” Stewart said. “If she gets a good trip she will be thereabouts. She will need a few things to go her way.” But the last word is reserved for the horse of the moment, Ride High, who returned with an audacious record 52.7-second final 800 metres at Melton on June 20 and will be second-up this Saturday night. “He’s doing everything right. He’s been working super this week,” Stewart said. “He has enough gate speed to come out of the gate and roll along at his own clip. When he’s towing Kima it’s not like towing anything and that’s the way that he likes it.” TALKING TROTS ON SENTRACK: Hosts Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden have another big line-up for today's Talking Trots on SENTrack, which runs weekdays from 11am-1pm on 1377AM in Melbourne, 657AM in Perth and 1575AM in Wollongong. Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app.   The good oil from the Vic trials circuit Tabcorp Park Melton, R4 N6, Yankee Gold Proved too good for JILLIBY DINGO in fast time and was able to beat the same pacer at the races on (June 18) where he produced a powerful display. He is out of a half sister to the great Desperate Comment (1.55.7, $1,033,065), so he is certainly bred to be a tough campaigner. REPORT Tabcorp Park Melton, R5 N8, Lucky Pats Son Is a good beginner from the standing start and most of his best efforts in Victoria have been from starting behind the tapes. REPORT   HRV - Michael Howard  

Astute Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams is enjoying a remarkable run of success and he is hoping that Cyclone Banner, his only runner at Gloucester Park on Friday night, will continue his purple patch by winning the final event, the Worldwide Printing Pace over 1730m. Over the past six weeks Williams has had 19 starters for 14 wins --- six with Magnificent Storm, four with To Fast To Serious, three with Cyclone Banner and one with Shadow Roll. The New Zealand-bred Cyclone Banner, to be driven by Aldo Cortopassi from barrier four, faces an acid test against the talented New Zealand-bred four-year-old Infatuation, who set the pace when an easy last-start winner over Boom Time for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond and star reinsman Ryan Warwick. That was Infatuation’s ninth win from 16 starts. Cyclone Banner, a winner of two races in New Zealand, has had 19 starts in WA for nine wins and five placings. “Cyclone Banner is a very lightly-framed horse, but he’s a nice horse with good sit-sprint ability,” said Williams. “With a bit of luck, he’s as good as the other horses in Friday’s race.        Williams started Magnificent Storm and To Fast To Serious at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night, with each pacer, driven by Cortopassi, recording effortless victories.  Three-year-old Magnificent Storm has not been extended in winning by considerable margins at each of his six starts in Western Australia, after being unplaced at his only appearance in New Zealand. “Magnificent Storm will now go out for a spell for about six weeks,” said Williams. “Then we’ll bring him back into work and give him a month’s racing to get him ready for the major feature events for four-year-olds early in the New Year.”   Ken Casellas

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