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Wednesday 8th April 2015 - New South Wales will have multiple representatives in each of the Victoria Oaks heats on Friday night at Melton. Harness racing  trainer Dean Cernovskis is hoping Bbs Inspiration can qualify for the Gr. 1 final after failing to get a run in the NSW Oaks last month. "It was a race against the clock to get her ready for the NSW Oaks and we threw her in the deep end a bit by putting her into the heats first up from New Zealand but she did a good job to run third behind Makes Every Scents," Cernovskis said. "As a result of that run she was the second emergency for the NSW Oaks but failed to get a start so hopefully she can make the field this time around." Cernovskis purchased the filly out of Brendon Hill's stable in New Zealand. "I went over there, sat behind her and really liked the way she felt but when she first arrived in Australia I was a little nervous because I took her to Goulburn and she worked poorly." "I got the vet to look over her and the vet thought she had trouble acclimatising to the Australian conditions and was overheating but she has settled in a lot better since and has really put it together." Bbs Inspiration proved too strong for Whitershadeofpale last start at Tabcorp Park Menangle and the two fillies will clash again this Friday night. "I've actually drawn to follow out Whitershadeofpale in the heat, I don't want to get too far back but if she gets a nice run she has already shown that she can finish her races off." "I had always planned to take Bbs Inspiration to Queensland as part of a team for the winter carnival and had it in the back of my mind to take her to Victoria as well if her form warranted it, so when she won last start I thought she deserved a chance at Melton." The daughter of Jeremes Jet is yet to miss a place in Australia and Cernovskis will travel to Victoria will fellow trainer Dennis Picker. "The plan is to go down on Friday, I don't want to give her the chance to sook because she is away from home and going with Dennis will mean there is a travelling companion for her." Bbs Inspiration will still go to Queensland later in the season with Cernovskis confirming he is planning on taking eight horses north. "Valastro is Qbred so he will go up, Scotlynn Jiggs will be set for a $50,000 race then horses like Alta Capone and Harlequin Bromac can race in the Q races and come back to NSW and still be classed M0." "I've done it before with horses like Far Too Rusty and Heres Rommel and it has worked out nicely, plus it is a bit warmer in Queensland than Gunning in the middle of winter." Greg Hayes

At his 10th country cup start this season Road To Rock won his second harness racing trophy. The Keith Cotchin trained seven-year-old edged out Macho Comacho in a thrilling finish to Saturday night’s Renown Silverware Ararat Pacing Cup – adding the victory to his feature race CV alongside his St Arnaud Cup triumph earlier this season. The gelded son of Village Jasper/Diva La Diva ran to the front after Macho Comacho and Ardle McArdle both held interim leads early. Ardle McArdle stepped strongly from seven to tackle early leader Macho Comacho out of three, working to the front when Macho Comacho galloped. Macho Comacho (Chris Alford) quickly got back into stride and hooked off the markers to retake control at the head of affairs, Nathan Jack then seizing the initiative to grab the front aboard Road To Rock when Macho Comacho slowed, which pocketed Ardle McArdle (Amanda Turnbull) three-pegs. Reigning Ararat Cup winner Savesomtimetodream with Jodi Quinlan aboard then made his move to work to the breeze, giving 2013 Ararat Cup winner Jukebox Music (Glenn Douglas) one-one cover. Kotare Roland (Neil McCallum) was four-back the markers, Weallwantano (Matthew Craven) on his back, with Turnpike Cruiser (Zac Phillips), Hilltop Hustler (Michael Stanley) and Farmersntradies (Michael Sullivan) in the running line, while Narra Operative (Kerryn Manning) was second-last and Arber (Gavin Lang) made an uncharacteristic bad getaway and settled at the back of the field. Road To Rock comfortably navigated the opening half of the last mile (31.4 and 30.4 for a 61.8 half) before Jack upped the ante when challenged by Savesomtimetodream down the back. Road To Rock was still travelling well to the home turn though, shaking off the reigning champ’s challenge with a 28.8 third split. In the home straight Macho Comacho angled into the sprint lane and charged hard, while Hilltop Hustler and Ardle McArdle were winding up out wide. But the leader dug deep, Road To Rock holding off all the challengers to score a victory by a head over Macho Comacho, with Hilltop Hustler up for third beaten 3.5 metres. The winner got home in 29.2 for a 2:02.9 mile rate (last half 58). Ardle McArdle ran fourth while Kotare Roland showed he was working back into some kind of form with an eye-catching fifth beaten 7.5 metres. Savesomtimetodream weakened out of the action late to finish sixth beaten 8.2 metres, with Weallwantano heading up the rest in seventh place. Earlier in the evening father and son Neville and Clinton Welsh combined for victory in the Clive Reid Memorial Ararat Trotters Cup with consistent six-year-old Sundon/Wheels To Go gelding Wildenstein, who led and rated 2:07.2 for the 2570-metre trip. Wildenstein defeated Death Defying by 3.3 metres with Maorisfavouritesun third. Meanwhile, trainer Emma Stewart and reinsman Gavin Lang combined with Our Petite Soeur to take out the Angelique Club Vicbred Platinum Mares Sprint Championship (18th heat) by 2.3m over So Demanding with Graceful Affair third. >> Re-live Road To Rock's thrilling Renown Silverware Ararat Pacing Cup win ROAD TO ROCK’S COUNTRY CUPS CARNIVAL Ararat Cup 1st Echuca Cup 3rd Boort Cup 4th Wangaratta Cup 2nd Stawell Cup 2nd Gunbower Cup 2nd St Arnaud Cup 1st Maryborough Cup 6th Kilmore Cup 8th Swan Hill Cup 2nd by Cody Winnell

Star Tasmanian-owned and bred pacer Beautide delivered an early message to his likely harness racing opponents in the upcoming Len Smith Mile when he powered his way to an impressive trial win over 1609 metres at Menangle yesterday. Beautide was having his first hit-out since winning his second Inter Dominion Championship at Menangle last month. With his trainer James Rattray in the sulky, Beautide began well from the outside gate (8) and settled second behind the leader. When Rattray eased his stable star off the fence to challenge he quickly drew alongside the leader and went on to easily win the trial by a metre. Beautide stopped the clock at 1.54.7 and ran home his last half mile (800m) in 55.3 seconds without being fully extended. He is likely to have another trial before trying to make it successive Len Smith Miles with that Group 1 race over 1609m to be run at Menangle on April 26. Watch trial: courtesy of TrotsTV Peter Staples

Peter Gadsby and Brian Lockwood were great mates, they raced Double Identity and enjoyed some great highs with the Miracle Mile winner. While the pair remained good friends, they pursued other harness racing interests several years ago. However, early last year they decided to go into partnership with trainer Harry Martin again with an unraced son of Blissfull Hall. Gadsby named him Double Event and he won three races in his first season of racing. Tragedy struck on November 24 last year when Brian Lockwood passed away suddenly, but Double Event still races on in the colours that Double Identity made famous, yellow with dark blue hooped sleeves. The five year old resumes from a short break on Thursday night at Penrith in the first heat of the Carousel and Gadsby is hoping he can win again in memory of his good friend. "I've experienced some great thrills in harness racing with my horses but some of the times my wife Wendy and I spent with Brian and his wife Shirley were unforgettable," Gadsby said. "We had just started racing horses together again and reliving the good old days with Double (Identity) when he passed away unexpectedly, it was terrible." Double Event has won three races already this year and has continued to improve with an impressive last start victory over My General Lee. "Harry has always had an opinion of him, but he has just thrived on racing at Menangle and his last start win was very good because he rated 1:52.7 in winning." "I'm hoping that Double Event wins a good race in memory of Brian, and the Carousel definitely fits into that category, first though he has to qualify for the final by winning on Thursday night." Gadsby won the Carousel in 2005 with Smooth Crusa. "He was a nice horse and after winning the Carousel in May of 2005 he was raced in the Tasmanian Inter Dominion less than twelve months later." "The Carousel is a race that is won by nice horses that's for sure." Monifieth (2013), Gold King (2002), Sailors Corner (1999), Warwick Lad (1998) and Highview Ana (1996) are all former winners of the Gr. 2 event. Greg Hayes

Harness Racing New South Wales has assigned security personnel on all runners engaged in tonight's Gr. 1 Alabar Bathurst Gold Crown. The harness racing event will be run on the new 1000 metre Bathurst track for the first time. The security personnel were in position at 7am this morning and will remain with the runners until they are presented on course tonight. HRNSW's objective in the use of this strategy is to provide a level playing field for all runners under its regulation and control. It is the first time that security has been assigned to monitor Gold Crown runners and follows on from the strong integrity measures undertaken during this year's Sydney Inter Dominion carnival. Greg Hayes | Media Coordinator | Harness Racing New South Wales |      

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

Shadow Runner has certainly created quite the impression in his short harness racing career to date. A winner on debut by over 50 metres, the son of Shadow Play then won in 1:56 at his second start. On Saturday night he could not have been any more impressive when winning the fifth heat of the Bathurst Gold Crown in 1:55.7 – the fastest time of the night. After starting from the outside of the front line, Shadow Runner was taken back by driver Michael Formosa and settled last. Coming home three and four wide, Shadow Runner hit the front half way down the home straight and went on to win comfortably by 11 metres. The Sam Dimarco trainee’s three starts have now resulted in three wins by a combined margin of 71 metres! Bred by K & A Hipkins, Shadow Runner is the third foal of the Astreos mare Ayabacana. He comes from the second Southern Hemisphere crop of the Little Brown Jug winner Shadow Play 1:47.8 - $1,559,822. Harnesslink Media

Gollaham caused a boil-over at Boort on Sunday, taking out the Loddon Valley Stud Boort Pacing Cup after a brilliant drive from harness racing trainer driver Paul Gadsden.   Gadsden positioned the five-year-old Dream Away / Jazz Opera gelding behind the leader from his barrier-six draw, sitting quietly behind Cam Before The Storm (Chris Alford, $4) before using the sprint lane for a 3m win in a mile rate of 2:03.3 for the 2612m trip from the stand start.   The winner paid $32.70.   Cam Before The Storm held on for second ahead of Hilltop Hustler (Michael Stanley, $3.20fav), who started off 20m.   Turnpike Cruiser (Zac Phillips, $7.70) lost all chance early when he galloped out, punters receiving basically no run for their money.   Earlier in the day Sunset Invasion ($2fav) took out the Haras Des Trotteurs Boort Trotters Cup for reinsman Phillips and trainer David Garbutt.   The six-year-old was first-up since August last year but proved too strong by a head for a game Rumbustious (Peter Sanderson, $12.60) with Looks A Moral (Rodney Petroff, $6.30) in third beaten 14.9m.   The winner, by Last Sunset out of Maramas Invasion, clocked a mile rate of 2:06.0.   Shepparton’s Amanda Turnbull took driving honours at Boort with a double aboard Times A Bonus in Race 3 and Dobop in Race 6.   KEY NOTES FROM BOORT   - Gadsden guides Gollahman home in Boort Pacing Cup   - Sunset Invasion takes out Boort Trotters Cup   - Winning double for driver Amanda Turnbull   - Quaddie: 8-7-6-1 $3661    - Good Form Game Plan ( Outlay: $270. Return: $173   See who won $1000 at Boort thanks to the TAB in HRV's Trot Selfies competition   Boort Cup Day results   Cody Winnell   COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA MANAGER   HARNESS RACING VICTORIA  

A decision on whether Tasmania's dual Inter Dominion winner Beautide heads to Queensland for that state's harness racing winter carnival will depend on how the gelding emerges from his tilt at winning back-to-back Len Smith Miles in late April. Beautide ended last season with a brilliant win in the Group One Len Smith Mile at Menangle, so his trainer-driver James Rattray is supremely confident he can do it again. Rattray said his stable star has emerged from his second Inter Dominion victory in top order. Because Beautide was having only his third start this campaign in he Inter Dominion he should be afforded the chance to contest the big races in Queensland over the winter and the trainer suggested he and his life partner Fia Svensson would also enjoy heading to the Sunshine State for a couple of weeks at tat time of the year. The plan would be to run on two in three races in Queensland, including the Sunshine Sprint and the Blacks A Fake, then return to Rattray's property at Exeter in the Highlands (near Goulburn) for a spell before preparing for the next Inter Dominion series in Western Australia in November. Peter Staples

The Carnival Of Cups heats up in March with five feature harnss racing meetings being conducted across the state during the month with the first being at Wagga this Saturday night. The main race is the Wagga Pacers Cup, an event won by 2015 Inter Dominion finalist Teo Enteo twelve months ago and Wagga Harness Racing Club Chief Executive Officer Graeme White is expecting another big night. "We will have eight races this Saturday night and there is some good momentum in the local region for harness racing after an exciting month," White said. "The club had a non-TAB meeting on Sunday in conjunction with the Inter Dominion in Sydney and we also hosted seven heats of the World Driving Championship last week which was a roaring success for us too." There will be exciting action on and off the track this Saturday night with the club looking to attract a big crowd. "Australian Idol runner up Luke Dickens and his band will be performing on Saturday night, Luke was a shearer in Young before he was on Idol back in 2008 and he has a strong following." "We've got an hour break in the middle of the meeting for Luke to perform and apart from the Cup the club will also be running the Oaks and the Derby." Heats for two finals were run at the club's meeting on Sunday and White expects those events to be very competitive. "The heats were good races on the weekend and the club is also looking forward to the two year old Rising Star, with the Bathurst Gold Crown carnival just around the corner, the club thought it would be timely to give horses a chance to have a good hit-out before heading to Bathurst." "We also have a drivers' invitational which will see people like Steve and Amanda Turnbull, Nathan Jack and David Moran compete against one another." Greg Hayes | Media Coordinator | Harness Racing New South Wales |

Harness racing followers on both sides of the Tasman are never slow to claim the superiority of their racehorses when stock bred in their country have a big day on the Australasian harness racing scene. So it is no surprise today that Kiwi breeders and enthusiasts are feeling very smug after the huge day at Menangle yesterday by racehorses with the prefix NZ beside their name. Their were seven Group 1 races yesterday and Kiwi breds won four with Australian breds winning two and the Europeans one. And all that success on Australia's biggest harness racing day and in their  own backyard makes it all the more memorable for the Kiwis. There were a couple of constants throughout the day and that was the dominance of Bettor's Delight and Art Major in the Group 1 pacing races. Of the six pacing Group1 races that pair won four with the tally being two a piece. Fight For Glory in the New South Wales Oaks and Sky Major in the Chariots Of Fire did Art Major proud while Adore Me and Beautide made sure Bettor's Delight hogged the limelight as well. Both sires had multiple runners in most of the Group 1 races and Bettor's Delight ended up with five placed runners and Art Major two placed runners to reinforce their dominance. A lot of comment has been made in recent years from leading Australian breeders about how they were getting on top of their Kiwi counterparts. They put this down to the ever increasing number of well bred Kiwi mares who now call Australia home and that they saw a time in the not to distant future where the Australian bred horse would dominate racing in Australia. New Zealand breeders from the start of this industry in New Zealand have sold racemares and broodmares to Australia and will continue to do so in the future. It has never affected the ability of the New Zealand breeder to churn our those top horses year in year out. With Bettor's Delight serving 301 mares in New Zealand this year and Art Major over 170 there will be no shortage of horses by these two dominant sires in New Zealand in the next few years. Throw in the likes of Mach Three (130) and newcomers such as A Rocknroll Dance (161) and next year the recently announced Sweet Lou and there is a real confidence amongst New Zealand breeders that the glory days are far from coming to an end. Harnesslink Media

Australians haven’t seen the last of star Kiwi harness racing performer Our Sky Major. Although part-owned on both sides of the Tasman, the son of Art Major is trained in New Zealand by champion horseman, Barry Purdon. As for his latest Aussie adventure, Our Sky Major captured the Chariots Of Fire at Tabcorp Park Menangle just moments ago. Driven by Zac Butcher, Our Sky Major accounted for Bling It On and Isaiah in 1:51.5 for the 1609-metre trip. Pleased with the four-year-old’s performance, Purdon revealed Our Sky Major will return to Australia – Victoria to be precise - later in the season for another shot at Breeders’ Crown glory. Our Sky Major finished third in the two-year-old division and fourth last season. First, the entire will return to the Shaky Isles for the Taylor Mile, Messenger and Harness Jewels. “He will go home now for our major four-year-old races, but will be back for the Breeders’ Crown in August,” Purdon said. Our Sky Major’s victory provided Purdon with his fourth triumph in the Chariots Of Fire since its inception in 1995. Capturing the inaugural running with Gingerman, Purdon also scored with Franco Hat Trick in 1998 and Holmes D G ’99. PAUL COURTS

In addition to the 16 horses in Sunday's TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion being housed in the HRNSW Retention Facility, HRNSW has assigned security personnel on all mares engaged in the Group One Cordina Chicken Farms Ladyship Mile. Australia's feature mares' race will be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday. The security personnel were in position at 10am on Saturday morning and will remain with the mares until they are presented on course by 11.55am on Sunday. HRNSW's objective in the use of this strategy is to provide a level playing field for all runners under its regulation and control. It follows on from last year when Inter Dominion runners were housed in the Retention Barn at Tabcorp Park Menangle while security was placed on every runner in the Chariots Of Fire. Further Integrity Strategies - 3pm Saturday, 28 February 2015 HRNSW has further enhanced its Integrity Strategies for races being conducted at TABCORP PARK Menangle tomorrow, Sunday 1 March 2015. Below is a breakdown of the Integrity Strategies undertaken by HRNSW: TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion : All horses are in the Retention Facility from 11am, Friday 27 February 2015 until being transferred to the raceday stalls Cordina Chicken Farms Ladyship Mile (Group 1) - All horses have been under HRNSW appointed security personnel supervision since 10am, Saturday 28 February 2015. FORM 700 NSW Oaks (Group 1), Camarda & Cantrill NSW Derby (Group 1) & FORM 700 Chariots of Fire (Group 1) - All horses have been under HRNSW appointed security personnel supervision since 3pm, Saturday 28 February 2015. In addition to the security personnel being employed, HRNSW Stewards and Veterinarians have been conducting stable inspections and collecting samples from runners engaged in tomorrow's meeting. "What HRNSW has rolled out in the last 30 hours is a large operation, involving not only HRNSW Integrity staff but 30 security personnel." HRNSW Chief Operating Officer Reid Sanders said. "Operations like this take strategic planning and a considerable effort from HRNSW staff." "These measures have been put in place to ensure that horses competing on Australasia's biggest harness racing day do so on a level playing field. We want to further enhance confidence in NSW harness racing and reaffirm that we are leaders in integrity strategies." The Inter Dominion 2015 is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 31 racing clubs across the State. HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government. To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: Reid Sanders Chief Operating Officer (02) 9722 6600                   Greg Hayes | Media Coordinator | Harness Racing New South Wales |   22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200   T: 02 9722 6677| F: 02 85805792 | E:| W:          

Harness racings big day at Menangle Inter Dominion Final day on Sunday is littered with great races all day and one of the hardest races to pick a winner in is the Chariots Of Fire. Here is our view of the race runner by runner Form 700 Chariots Of Fire 1) Mister Jay Cee - Starts - 30 - Wins 10 - Seconds 6 - Thirds 3  -  Stakes $86,850 In good form but a yard behind half a dozen horses here. Couldn't sprint with Our Sky Major in the Paleface Adios on Saturday night and hard to see how he can turn that around in a week. Not for us even from the draw. 2) Iam Mr Brightside - Starts - 31 - Wins 12 - Seconds 5 - Thirds 6  -  $135,615 Huge run in the Hondo Grattan behind Bling It On and Messini where he had no luck at all in the straight and flashed late for third after starting from barrier nine. Likes to follow speed and the quicker they go the better for him. At least three here better than him but right at the top of his game at the moment which makes him a trifecta and first four player. 3) Bling It On - Starts 43 - Wins 31 - Seconds 8 - Thirds 1  -  Stakes $799,422 He is the favourite and he deserves to be so but he has quite a few runners snapping at his heels. Won the Hondo Grattan but not as dominant as he should have been given the run he got He has blinding speed coming off a horses back with one run at them and is best driven that way. Not quite as dominant when he has to work hard during the running and that makes him vunerable for us unless he gets the run to suit. 4) Alta Jerome - Starts 30 - Wins 11 - Seconds 8 - Thirds 5  -  $97,908 Has been thrown in the deepend since arriving from New Zealand and has been exposed a bit at times. He does have blinding gate speed and loves to lead but to much class in this field for him to be competitive if he trys to lead all the way here. We are not sure he would settle even if they did try to take a sit which put us off even more. Not a first four player for us. 5) Our Sky Major - Starts 35 - Wins 12 - Seconds 7 - Thirds 5  -  Stakes $474,579 Very much like Bling It On in a lot of ways. He has a lethal sprint coming off a horses back with one run at them but not quite as good when he has to do work in the race. Loves Australia having only missed a place one in nine starts there and always in the best company. Bonus for punters is driver Zac Butcher is right in the zone at the moment. Definite winning chance 6) Isaiah - Starts 13 - Wins 13 - Seconds 5 - Thirds 9  -  Stakes $554,868 Of the three favourites for the race, Isaiah is the opposite to the other two main contenders in that he has an allround game. Not as lethal with one run at them as the other two but can work really hard in his races and make his own luck and still kick on at the finish. Has been in sublime form in New Zealand prior to heading to Sydney and Natalie is driving superbly at the moment so he ticks every box for us. Definite winning chance. 7) El Fuego - Starts 29 - Wins 10 - Seconds 8 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $92,573  (Emerg 2) Unlikely to get back into the field but would struggle even if he did in our view. His last two runs in the Hondo Grattan and the Paleface Adios have been just ok and this field is too rich if you are not at the top of your game and he's not. Not for us 8) Yankee Rockstar - Starts 18 - Wins 14 - Seconds 1 - Thirds 2  -  $111,920 The big question mark in the race for us. Only out of the money once in 18 starts but a lot of those runs were not against the quality he is facing here. He has been very competitive against Bling It On in the past. Stepped up last time but did draw one on that occasion and just held on but it was a quality field. Will he take the step up on Sunday is the big unknown. Not a winning chance for us but a must include for trifectas and first fours 9) All Eyes On Us - Starts 16 - Wins 8 - Seconds 4 - Thirds 1  -  Stakes $148,660 Has only had six runs back from 15 months away from the track. Tracked Bling It On everywhere in the Hondo Grattan and couldn't take ground off him and although held up a touch in the Paleface Adios he didn't flatter once clear. Needed to draw close in to be a player for us and from barrier eight we can't see him playing a part. Not for us. 10) Messini - Starts 15 - Wins 15 - Seconds 8 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $271,916 This is a horse that if he had drawn better would have been right amongst it. Much bettor on the pace so worst possible draw for him but he will keep going when others are struggling. Great run in the Bonanza at Melton where he made up a huge amount of ground in a fast run race and then only went under by a neck to Bling It On in the Hondo Grattan after giving that horse the drag into the race. His only hope is that they go to war up front and if they do he is a chance to get some of it. 11) Alleluia - Starts 31 - Wins 9 - Seconds 10 - Thirds 3  -  Stakes $161,072  (Emerg 1 ) Going near enough in Queensland before coming to Sydney but his two runs since arriving have been below what he is capable of. First up he finished fifth in the Hondo Grattan before a very average eighth in the Paleface Adios. First ballot but if he did make it back into the field, we couldn't have him on form or draw. Not for us 12) Hector JayJay - Starts 34 - Wins 14 - Seconds - 7 - Thirds 5  -  Stakes $118,787 On the surface his last two runs have been excellent with a close second to Yankee Rockstar at Melton in the 4 year old Bonanza and another close second to Sky Major in the Paleface Adios. However in both runs he got a great sit close to pace from inside draws and that ain't going to happen on Sunday. If he had drawn in the first two or three he would have been a trifecta and first four player but from out at ten we struggle to see him playing a major role in this race Selections Three horses for us look to an edge in class over the rest and we have had great trouble seperating them. In the end we went for Isaiah by the merest of margins over Bling It On and Our Sky Major who we couldn't seperate. The run each receives could well determine the outcome of the race there is so little between them. For trifectas and first fours we would add in Messini, Yankee Rockstar and Iam Mr Brightside Harnesslink Media

One of the harness racing highlights for us at Menangle on Sunday's Inter Dominion Final day will be this years New South Wales Oaks which has drawn a really smart group of three year old fillies together. Form 700 New South Wales Oaks. 1) Delight Me - Starts 7 - Wins 6 - Seconds 1  -  Stakes $45,338 Already a big player before the draw, Delight Me is now the equal favourite in our view after drawing barrier one. Won her heat in the quickest time of the four held on Saturday night but did wander about a bit when clear in the last 100 metres which she won't want to do in the final Gavin Lang is a big plus on any horse and hard to see Delight Me anything but first or second on Sunday. 2) Rebel Diamond - Starts 16 - Wins 5 - Seconds 3 - Thirds 1  -  Stakes $49,930 The surprise package of the heats coming from barrier nine for a great second to Delightful Lana in good time. Hard to see her beating two or three here but the draw and Anthony Butt make her a realistic first four player. 3) Whitershadeofpale - Starts 7 - Wins 4 - Seconds 0 - Thirds - 1  -  Stakes $22,775 (Emerg 1) Nice enough run in her heat on Saturday where she followed Dexter and Delightful Lana but didn't do enough for us to make her a real player if she did get manage to get back into the field. Not for us 4) Lovelist - Starts - 11 - Wins 6 - Seconds 0 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $52,922 One of the best runs in the heats in our opinion when she drew wide and worked to the death in the heat against Fight For Glory and only got beaten by Read About Lexy for second in the last ten metres. Has had her runs spaced out this season and should have derived some real benefit from last Saturdays run. Comes into barrier three and why it is hard to see her winning, she is a real first four chance.  5) BB's Inspiration - Starts 8 - Wins 2 - Seconds 0 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $13,251 Sat four back on the inner in her heat and did run on well but she was in by far the slowest heat of the four run on the night. If she did make it back into the field it is hard to see her playing a major part in proceedings. Not for us  6) Makes Every Scents - Starts 12 - Wins 6 - Seconds 3 - Thirds 1  -  Stakes $101,240 Used from barrier 7 to lead on Saturday night but then threw out the anchors in front in what turned out to be the slowest heat of the four run. Sprinted home well but out on her feet the last bit and query about strength of heat. Tactial speed an advantage but appeals as a first four chance to us rather than a winning chance. 7) Butterfly Princess - Starts 23 - Wins 4 - Seconds 3 - Thirds 4  -  Stakes $36,655 Showed speed to lead from barrier six, set a sharp pace and then fought on well after appearing gone on the corner. She did set up the fastest heat of the four on the night but had a really hard run in the process. We think that it was her grand final performance just making it out of the heats. Not for us. 8) Smooth Showgirl - Starts 14 - Wins 3 - Seconds 3 - Thirds 1  -  Stakes $88,307 In her heat she dropped back to last from barrier nine and was still last at the 800 metres mark. She then got a lovely drag into the race via the three wide line and did finish the race off really well. Can't afford to get so far back this week as they won't come back to her like they did last week. Can't win on last weeks run but outside first four chance if she can stay handier. 9) Du Vella - Starts 12 - Wins 4 - Seconds 2 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $28,634 Big push for this filly from some pundits but we have yet to be fully convinced. She got a beautiful run  in her heat which was the weakest of the four in our opinion and even though the leader threw out the anchor at the 100 metres, Du Vella still only ran second. Two places further out this week at the barrier in a much stronger field means we can't see her winning this and only have her as a first four chance. 10) Delightful Lana - Starts 16 - Wins 8 - Seconds 2 - Thirds 2  -  Stakes $101,724 Smart win in her heat but up against it from the draw this weekend but not completely out of it in our view. In her favour is the fact she can do work and still run those big sectionals at the end. Yet to be out of the money in ten starts at three in very strong fields so definite quinella and trifecta chance especially with one Dexter Dunn in the bike. 11) Fight For Glory - Starts 15 - Wins 6 - Seconds 6 - Thirds 0  -  Stakes $217,317 Was the most impressive heat winner by a margin in our opinion but the draw has evened up the contest with Delight Me. Fight For Glory ran home in 54.9 on Saturday night and Natalie didn't even pull the ear plus or the sliding blinds so you would think there was still plenty in the tank. Appears to be right in the zone at the moment and has an all round game so the draw while bad won't stop her being super competitive. 12) Read About Lexy - Starts 17 - Wins 7 - Seconds 5 - Thirds 4  -  Stakes $103,795 Not to sure what to make of her heat run, even now. Got a lovely run last Saturday and was well beaten by Fight For Glory but did fight doggedly for second. Take Fight For Glory out and she went fine so we think she is still a place prospect. Has only finished out of the first three once in seventeen starts so even from the ten hole has to be a first four player Selections A two horse war for us with Delight Me and Fight For Glory the two we couldn't separate. If anyone else is going to spoil the party and split these two in our view it will be Delightful Lana and after that there is a swag who you should consider for trifectas and first fours. We would include Rebel Diamond, Lovelist, Makes Every Scents, Du Vella and Read About Lexy Harnesslink Media

Right from the very start of harness racing in Australasia, breeders have looked to North America for stallions and breeding stock to lift the local breed. The influence of those imported mare's has always been pronounced and continues to this day to produce some of our best  racehorses. Last season's outstanding two year old Follow The Stars 1:53.8 ($504,167) is a product of the imported daughter of Cam's Card Shark in Smyrna Duruisseau and this season has unearthed another potential star from an imported mare. The horse in question is Ideal for Real and his win in the heat of the New South Wales Derby on Saturday night was that of a horse headed to the top. A son of American Ideal, Ideal For Real is the first foal from the Real Desire mare Tamara Hall who was imported to Australia in 2010. Tamara Hall is a daughter of the talented No Nukes mare in Tabloid 1:53.3 ($321,604) who is a former Canadian two year old of the year Tamara Hall was purchased as a yearling but injured a tendon and never raced Her dam Tabloid has left eight winners, 6 in 1:53 with five of those winners earning over $100,000 The best of these winners were the very smart trio of B J's Whirlwind 1:49.1 ($ 954,463)  The Globe 1:50.3 ($772,462) and B J's Breeze 1:51.2 ($506,556) while a daughter in Cambloid 1:58.8 ($28,760) has left four $100,000 winners including That's Ideal 1:51.3 ($283,742) and Upfront Countryboy 1:51.1 ($208,667) Tabloid was one of fifteen winners from Next Chapter with those winners including the full sister to Tabloid in Positive Reaction 1:53.4 ($153,217)  Half sisters to Tabloid include: * Little Black Book 1:54 ($288,457) who is the dam of five $100,000 winners including Sioux Dawn 1:50.2 ($348,926) and Catch A Wish 1:52.2 ($260,829) *Saucy Britches 1:57.1 ($84,553) who is the dam of four $100,000 winners including Armbro Cayenne 1:51.3 ($523,432) and Swashbuckler 1:51.1 ($352,298) *Book Smart 1:57.3 ($27,654) who is the dam of Fourth Page 1:52.2 ($255,828) Tabloid is closely related to the former outstanding three year old in Hot Hitter 1:54 ($963,574). Tamara Hall has had three more foals since Ideal For Real including the two year old Rocknroll Hanover filly in Rockin Tammy, a yearling full brother to Rockin Tammy and a weanling full brother to Ideal For Real. It is a family that has consistently churned out high class racehorses and reading that pedigree it is not hard to see why Ideal For Real is the talented three year old he is. The importation of North American mares has been happening for over 100 years but has  really taken off in the last few years and with the continuing success of their offspring at the highest level in Australasia it is a trend that is likely to continue. Harnesslink Media

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