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Bonavista Bay, one of the best horses raced in this country in the last decade, will stand his first season at Warwick Stud, Tallygaroopna, near Shepparton, of Luke Primmer, alongside the American bred champion We Will See. They are a royally-bred pair of young sires. A brilliant pacer, who possessed undoubted speed and stamina, Bonavista Bay from the outset of his career displayed well above average ability. As a two-year-old he had three starts for a Terang win in 1:58.7 and one placing. Bonavista Bay won his first ten starts at 3 including the Group 3 $40,000 Victoria Sires Classic at Moonee Valley and heat and semi-final of the Australasian Breeders Crown at Melton. In the $170,000 Breeders Crown final Bonavista Bay started from the outside of the back row and was forced to work overtime punching the breeze outside Captain Joy in brutal sectionals. Despite his somewhat torrid passage, he exploded to the front on straightening and held on valiantly to beat all but Tintin In America. As a four-year-old Bonavista Bay really came into his own. From 13 starts he recorded six wins -- including four at Group level – and two seconds, netting $338,818 in stakes. He took his record of 1:56.3 at 4, winning the Group 1 $100,000 Vicbred 4YO Final over 2240 metres, in which he defeated Deadsetlucky and Villagem. Among his other successes were the big Group 1 four-year-old double in Western Australia the $175,000 Golden Nugget and the $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic at Gloucester Park and the Group 2 $50,000 Melton Plate. He also finished a close second in the 2009 Kilmore Pacing Cup after leading for most of the marathon 3150 metres trip. Bonavista Bay was plagued by leg troubles for the remainder of his career and raced only twice after his grand four-year-old campaign before being retired as a seven-year-old last March. Had Bonavista Bay remained fully sound throughout his career, there is no saying what form he might have proved capable of developing. In all, he had 31 starts for 17 wins and six placings and a bankroll of $503,299. Mike Reed, who trained him in WA, said: “Bonavista Bay was a champion. The best horse I've ever put a bridle on.” Media identity Adam Hamilton said: “For sheer talent and strength Bonavista Bay was up with the best. Only injury stopped him becoming one of the all-time greats.” A commanding brown horse, foaled in 2005, Bonavista Bay is the richest son of former champion pacer and a three-quarter brother to Rocknroll Hanover in Rustler Hanover (1:51) outside America, and as a representative of the famed Western Hanover sire line his influence promises to be widely exerted. He is also a member of one of Australia’s greatest winning families that founded by Teeny Rena which has produced top racehorses and leading sires.  His dam, Our Lady Rena (2:00.5), a classic winner herself at 3, ranks as a half-sister to the standout pacer Our Sir Vancelot (1:55.4), winner of three Inter Dominion Grand Finals, two WA Pacing Cups, the Miracle Mile and twice Horse of the Year and Grand Circuit Champion. At the stud Our Sir Vancelot has left 217 individual winners to date for progeny earnings of more than $8.6-million. Teeny Teeny, the grand-dam of Bonavista Bay, was named Broodmare of the Year in 1997 and 1998. Other close relatives include Jikk Adios (Aust. Pacing Championship), the former national mile record holder Quantum Lobell (1:53.1), Elite Rena (Vic. Oaks), Vegas Bound (1:52.5) and Artifactor. Bonavista Bay will stand for the realistic service fee of $1,950 including GST (discounts will apply) and his progeny will be eligible for the Breeders Crown, Vicbred, NSW Breeders Challenge and the Bathurst Gold Crown. Peter Wharton

Harness racing trainer Jonas Czernyson thinks Mistery Woman is getting better with every start. The question is whether her "better" is going to be enough to beat the best in Saturday's $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Mistery Woman won one of last weekend's two $35,000 Hambletonian Oaks eliminations, beating Classic Martine by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:53. The other elim went to Bee A Magician, who topped another Czernyson trainee, Ma Chere Hall, by two lengths in 1:53.3. Bee A Magician is undefeated in eight starts this year and is the No. 2-ranked horse in harness racing's Top 10 poll, trailing only 3-year-old male pacer Captaintreacherous. On July 13, Bee A Magician won the $265,500 Delvin Miller Memorial at the Meadowlands by 4-1/2 lengths over Frau Blucher and 4-3/4 lengths over Mistery Woman in a world-record 1:51. For her career, Bee A Magician has won 18 of 21 races and earned $1.28 million for trainer Nifty Norman and owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. "She's the one to beat, for sure," Czernyson said. "She's a very tough (filly) and tough to beat. But that's what we've got to hope for. We've got two in there and hopefully if things go our way we can do some good. I'm hoping for a good draw and hopefully we can mix it up a little." Mistery Woman has won two of seven races this year, finished in the top three a total of six times, and earned $146,613 for owners Misty Miller, Bill Donovan, Michael Taranto's Aldebaran Park Inc. and Millstream Inc., which is Czernyson and his wife Christine. In addition to finishing third in the Miller Memorial, Mistery Woman was third in the Elegantimage Stakes (also won by Bee A Magician) and second in a division of the Reynolds Memorial. Her other win came in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. David Miller, the husband of Misty Miller, drives the filly. "I thought she raced really good (in her Oaks elimination)," Czernyson said. "David was happy with her. We're in and now we have a week to work on it and hopefully we'll be ready for the final. She's been racing very good all year long. She's been going against all the top horses and has been getting better and better." Mistery Woman is a daughter of Donato Hanover-My Dolly's Dream and was purchased under the name Do Not Lindy for $102,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. Her second dam is 1997 Breeders Crown winner My Dolly and her family also includes 2003 Breeders Crown winner Forever Starlet. Last season, Mistery Woman was slowed in getting to the races because of a foot issue and illness. She was limited to five starts but won three, including the Standardbred Stakes and a division of the International Stallion Stakes on her way to $88,177 in earnings. "I'm very pleased with the way she's coming back," Czernyson said. "She's pretty solid." Czernyson, who won the 2005 Hambletonian Oaks with Jalopy, will send two starters in the Oaks for the second consecutive year as Ma Chere Hall joins Mistery Woman in Saturday's field. Ma Chere Hall has won two races this year, a division of the Currier & Ives and a division of the Reynolds. She was second by a neck to Hambletonian-bound colt E L Rocket in 1:53.4 on June 21 at the Meadowlands. Her only misstep this year came in the Miller, where she went off stride and finished ninth. "She's been racing pretty good so far this year," Czernyson said. "She won the Reynolds from the outside from way before the half and is a pretty tough filly. In the Miller, another horse was tiring a little bit in front of her. She was coming backward as we were going forward and (driver Corey Callahan) had to kind of check her. That didn't really help her." Last year, Ma Chere Hall won three of 12 races, including the $202,500 Kindergarten Classic final, and earned $162,064. She is owned by Walnut Hall Limited, Aldebaran Park Inc. and Joe Sbrocco. The draw for the Hambletonian Oaks, as well as the $1.2 million Hambletonian, is 3 p.m. Tuesday. The field for the Oaks, in alphabetical order, is Bee A Magician, Classic Martine, Coffeecake Hanover, Fashion Athena, Frau Blucher, Handover Belle, Ma Chere Hall, Mistery Woman, Time To Kill, and To Dream On. Fans can follow the draws live on Facebook and on Twitter with #Hambo13.  by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA  

The Inaugural Leigh Plunkett Foundation Charity Auction and Fundraising Dinner will be held at Penrith Paceway on Thursday October 3 and all participants and fans are encouraged to add their support. Plunkett was a trainer/driver/studmaster and administrator who passed away from Leukaemia in 2007. The idea for a foundation in his name was born from his close friend, Alabar Bloodstock General Manager John Coffey, and has been inaugurated in conjunction with Harness Racing Australia and with the support of all State Controlling Bodies. The Leigh Plunkett Foundation will become Harness Racing's very own charity. Aside from an annual distribution of funds to charities and/or to an individual in Harness Racing that is experiencing severe hardship after a major accident or natural disaster, the Foundation will also establish a scholarship that will provide the opportunity for a young person to travel the northern hemisphere and New Zealand and gain an education in the world of harness racing. In honour of Leigh, The Leukaemia Foundation has been chosen as this year's charity to benefit from fund raising efforts. All Harness Racing Clubs across the country who race during the last two weeks of August have been asked to sell race names to honour friends or relatives that have either passed away from or survived a serious illness, and donate a portion of their sponsorship to the Foundation. To help raise awareness of the Foundation, drivers in each Australian State will carry the colours of the Leigh Plunkett Foundation for their drives throughout October. Lauren Panella has been selected as the NSW reinsperson and HRNSW will donate $200 to the Foundation for each of Lauren's wins during the month. In addition, each state will conduct a charity function at a major race club. In NSW, the Inaugural Leigh Plunkett Foundation Charity Auction and Fundraising Dinner will be conducted at The SKY Lounge, Penrith Paceway, from 6.00pm on Thursday 3rd October. Tickets for the event are $100 per head or $950 for a table of ten (GST inc.)and include the race night buffet, beer, wine and soft drinks throughout the evening. Miracle Mal Johnston will be guest speaker on the night which will be run in conjunction with an eight race programme. Race night sponsorship packages are also available that include hospitality for the selected number of guests, naming rights for one race on the night, a ride in the mobile starting barrier and an advertisement in the racebook. Package costs are $650 for 2 guests, $790 for 4 guests and $1,200 for ten guests (GST inc.) For tickets and sponsorship packages or to make a donation (tax deductable) please call Kate Dumesny or Joel Fowler on (02) 9722 6600 Nancy O'Grady || Harness Racing New South Wales |  

For some elite athletes, when one door closes another often opens and this is now the case for six year old stallion Lanercost. The welcome banner has gone up at the picturesque Yirribee Pacing Stud at Wagga Wagga NSW for the wickedly fast, and handsome son of Courage Under Fire, who stands at an impressive 16hh. The owner Dean Shannon's Montana Park and trainer Darrell Graham made the decision to bring the curtain down on a glorious career - a career that was hampered in recent times by recurring hamstring problems. His race career commenced on 3rd April 2009 with a bold statement for a 2year old - a 1.56.3 victory at the Gold Coast. This performance was certainly not a fluke - a career resume' that read, 43 starts 29 wins and a bankroll of $506,324 was proof of that. Lanercost was a pacer that fitted the company of "Royalty" with ease. His biggest assets were his blistering speed, especially off the gate, and his lovely fluent and efficient gait. These two weapons were used to the max on 30th April 2011 in the $200,000 Chariots of Fire. After blasting off the gate in 27.7, Lanercost controlled the race and with a record 26.5 record closing quarter, recorded a stunning victory in 1.52.5. Left in his wake that day were Bitobliss, Motu Crusader, For A Reason & Chariot King. Hamstring problems hampered his racing career not long after his chariots victory, so now a new chapter begins in the life of Lanercost. He has a pedigree to match his good looks and stunning race career. His sire, Courage Under Fire, needs little introduction to breeders of Australasia. He is arguably the greatest juvenile pacer in the history of harness racing in the Southern Hemisphere. His 24 successive wins including 6 Derbies and a World record in the Australian Derby are testament to that. Courage Under Fire is now one of the leading four or five stallions in the Southern Hemisphere having sired Smolda 1.52.1, Franco Jamar 1.51.9, Courage to Rule 1.52.9, Glengowan 1.52.2, Glenferrie Alexis 1.55.9 etc. His Dam - Lanoch by New York Motoring has now produced 8 individual winners, 3 in better than 1.55 and 5 winners in 2.00. The female line of Lanercost does not contain any weak links - it abounds in stallions that have been to the forefront of breeding in New Zealand namely New York Motoring, Vance Hanover, Scottish Hanover, Garrison Hanover and Grattan Loyal. Lanercost is now at his new home - the picturesque Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga. His debut season service fee is $2970 including GST with usual discounts to apply. LANERCOST RACE RECORD AGE     STARTS    1ST       2ND      3RD    EARNINGS        TIME 2           10               8          2           -        $109,224         1.56.3 3           14             9            1          3        $163,564          1.57.2 4           12             10          1          1        $202,704          1.52.5 5             3              1             -          -          $12,620          1.59.8 6             4              1            1          -          $18,212          1.59.1               43            29           5         4       $506,324 Race Highlights At Two - won Heats Kevin Seymour Pace, Australasian Breeders Crown, Semi Final Aust Breeders Crown, Big 6 2yo Pace (defeating Smiling Shard). 2nd in Kevin Seymour Final & Australasian Breeders Crown (Beaten ½ neck) At Three - Won Australian Derby (Gr1), Tasmanian Derby (Gr1), Caduceus Club Cup, Heat VIC Derby (3rd in Final) At Four - Won Chariots of Fire (Gr1) (Last Half in 54.2 last ¼ in 26.5), QLD 4yo Championship, Heat of Aust Breeders Crown (scratched from Final) At Five and Six - Won QLD Christmas Cup For more information, please call Joanne Andersen on 0414 936663. A video of Lanercost winning the Chariots Of Fire is attached with the photos Nancy O'Grady || Harness Racing New South Wales |

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Board has approved the 2013/14 season racing calendar and budget. 1. Racing Calendar There will be three more race meetings in the coming year (456) and there will be a similar number of races programmed. There is no material difference in the number of meetings conducted by each Club. Tabcorp Park Melton will conduct 66 meetings (65 in 2012/13) and this year will have 11 Saturday night meetings (up from 7 in 2012/13). 2. Financial Performance HRV is forecasting an unaudited profit in excess of $1.6m in 2012/13 which is a major turnaround from the $6.6m loss in 2011/12. The budget for 2013/14 forecasts a similar trend with a profit again estimated at $1.6m. Wagering revenue is expected to increase from $55.9m in 2012/13 up to $57.3m in 2013/14. 3. Stakemoney HRV is pleased to announce a $2.5m increase in stakes, up from $33.5m in 2012/13 to $36m in 2013/14. Due to the phased nature of the increases, the full year impact is an increase of $3.9m. The key features of stakemoney rises for next season are as follows. Career Penalty and Metropolitan Stakes: The minimum career penalty stake of $5,000 will rise by 10% up to $5,500 effective from 1 September 2013; The minimum career penalty stake will rise a further $500 up to $6,000 from 1 March 2014 - a total increase of 20%; At the time of the second rise, the distribution will change to account for a payment of $50 for horses which finish from 6th to last. The actual stake will be $115, which will include the drivers' fee, which is in line with current practice for stakemoney paid for 1st to 5th placegetters; The Metropolitan stake will rise by $1,000 to $16,000 for M1 or better class races from 1 September 2013; o From 1 March 2014 Metropolitan stakes will rise to $16,000 for M0 class races and to $17,000 for M1 or better class races. Note that M0 or better Free For All races will remain at $20,000. Vicbred: To ensure Vicbred continues to be the national leader in breeding incentive schemes the following enhancements are to be made to Vicbred: i. The First Win Bonus will increase on 1 September 2013 from $5,000 to $7,000 for the 2YO crop in the 2013/14 season. The increase will be extended to 2YO and 3YO in 2014/15 and 2YO, 3YO and 4YO in 2015/16; ii. The Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Finals in July 2014 will all increase by $10,000 with the Pacers Finals increasing to $110,000 and Trotters Finals to $60,000. It is the Board's intent to increase each of these finals by $10,000 each year. With the increases in the Vicbred First Win Bonus and the basic stake it means winning connections will receive (for a career class race) $11,000, up from the current $8,300 for the first win. Fillies and Mares: Consistent with HRV's strategy to promote fillies and mares racing, the following races will increase by $5,000 - up to $25,000: Golden Wattle Cup Tailamade Lombo Angelique Club Cup Jodies Babe Make Mine Cullen Richmond Lass Jane Ellen To further promote the fillies, the Victoria Oaks heats will rise from $15,000 to $20,000 each. The Victoria Oaks Final will rise from $100,000 to $150,000. Further Increases: Other races which will receive increased stakes are: (increase in brackets)   Country Clubs Championship VHRSC Metropolitan Cup VHRSC Provincial Cup Breed for Speed – Silver  Breed for Speed – Bronze Bray Country Cups Final     The Holmfield            Vicbred Championship Final    Winter Trotters Cup               $25,000 $25,000 $12,000 $12,000 $10,000 $12,000 $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 ($5,000) ($5,000) ($2,000) ($2,000) ($2,000) ($2,000) ($5,000) ($5,000) ($5,000) Feature Races: The HRV Board has chosen to leave the major feature races at existing levels - except for the Great Southern Star. Prizemoney for the Great Southern Star will increase from $350,000 to $400,000, being $50,000 for each semi-final and $300,000 for the Final. This brings the Great Southern Star into line with HRV's other features, the SEW-Eurodrive Victoria Cup and the Del Re National Food Group Hunter Cup. Other Increases: The current practice of running $1,500 penalty free races for non-winners on Saturday night programs will change to $3,000 restricted penalty races for non-winners. Drivers' fees for restricted races will increase from $60 to $65. Full Year Impact: While the above stakes increases represent an additional $2.5m in the 2013/14 financial year, the full year impact will not be felt until 2014/15, when stakes will rise by a further $1.4m to $37.4m. Victorian Premier and Minister for Racing Denis Napthine welcomed the increases in stakemoney and other returns to trots participants including owners, breeders, drivers and trainers. "The harness racing industry is vital to Victoria's economy generating more than $400 million in annual economic benefits and 4,000 jobs, the majority in country Victoria". "These stakemoney increases will help grow confidence in the industry. Combined with initiatives such as the Coalition Government supported Vicbred Platinum program and infrastructure upgrades they point to a healthy future for Victorian harness racing." HRV Chairman Ken Latta said that he was pleased to be able to deliver these stakes rises following several tough years financially. "The stakes rises have been deliberately placed in accordance with the Board's Strategic Plan and following consultation with the industry," Latta said. "The increases to the basic stakes, enhancements to the Vicbred scheme, increases for mares and fillies races and additional support for trotting are all consistent with the Board's current strategies and policies." Mr Latta said that HRV had invested heavily in infrastructure over the past decade, having upgraded many of our tracks around regional Victoria, as well as the major investment in the future of the sport at Tabcorp Park Melton. While the Board remains steadfast in its commitment to the sport's integrity and the Country Club network, its priority now is to maximise returns to industry participants via stakes and bonuses. "We have many talented young people in the sport and it is important that they have confidence that harness racing in Victoria has a sustainable future. The industry must also realise that wagering growth is the key to further increases in stakes therefore the Board will be looking at areas such as handicapping and programming with a view to ensuring our product is as attractive as possible to punters." John Anderson - Chief Executive  

Yirribee Pacing Stud is proud to present 'Australia's next super sire' Mr Feelgood who will once again be standing at Yirribee in the upcoming harness racing breeding season.

TAB has an outstanding range of jackpots in the coming days which will encompass all three racing codes.

The Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series for harness racing two-year-old colts and geldings kicked off the Group 1 proceedings at Melton on a night laden with potential superstar pacers and Major Secret immediately added his name to that list.

As a result of Somebeachsomewhere's first crop of phenomenal 2-year-olds earning an all-time record $4.7 million last season and siring both the 2YO Colt and 2YO Filly of the Year, SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE is now poised to be the greatest pacing stallion in the world.

For the 2013 breeding season WASBA is again running our Stallion Service Raffle, with support this year from Alabar Farms and Pepper Tree Farms.

As part of our Breeders Challenge sponsorship with Alabar Bloodstock, Harness Racing NSW will proudly offer services to both Art Major and Mach Three again this season.

Obahma Joy pulled off a last to first win when booming down the outside for harness racing trainer-driver Blake Fitzpatrick to claim Group One glory in the $100,000 Mister Big Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge for the 4YO Mares.

Mach Beauty today confirmed what many have long thought; he is a harness racing star of the future.

Next Sunday afternoon SA BOTRA is holding one of its biggest harness racing fund raisers of the year when it hosts their Christmas In July function at Globe Derby Park with special guest speaker Gary Hall Senior, apart from the fun and good time to be had over lunch with Hall, breeders will have a chance to pick up a bargain at the annual stallion auction.

"Of all the horses I've driven he'd have the biggest heart."

We Will See 1:47.4 ($2,549,409), one of the fastest and richest sons of the great Western Hanover, will begin his stud career at the Warwick Stud, Shepparton, of Jack and Luke Primmer in the 2013/14 season.

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