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VICTORIAN pacer Fon Ess Kay completed half of his Tasmanian mission at Tattersall's Park in Hobart last night when he scored a game win in the Back In Motion Pace over 2090 metres. Fon Ess Kay has only been in the care of Tasmanian trainer Rohan Hillier for about two weeks and in that time he was a first-up fourth in Hobart only a day after he arrived by boat followed by his win last night. The horse hails from the Adam Kelly stable in Victoria but the three-year-old gelding hade done no more than a few trials. "I had my mare Nola Mayhem staying at Adam's (Kelly) stables and while I was there he suggested that he might send this horse to me to try and win his two three-year-old races because he is Tasmanian bred," Hillier said. "The horse was nominated for a race in Hobart and arrived the day before the race on July 20." "Because he is Tasbred he qualifies for two bonuses for winning his first two three-year-old races so that's why he's here." "We are halfway there but I'm not sure about winning another one because there are only three meetings of the season left," he said. Fon Ess Kay (Four Starzzz Shark-Ess Kay Precious) began fairly from gate four but didn't have enough speed to cross to the fence so Hillier eased him back while Strange Conduct rolled across from gate six to lead. When the pace slackened Hillier sent his charge around the field and when the leader's driver Rod Ashwood was happy to hand Fon Ess Kay rolled to the front. Once on top Hillier set a leisurely tempo and when he called on the gelding for the big effort in the home straight he forged clear and hit the line over three metres clear of Strange Conduct with Aboycalledsu hanging on for third after circumnavigating the field midrace to race outside of the eventual winner. Fon Ess Kay clocked a mile rate of 2.03.6. Peter Staples

Talented three-year-old pacer Something Eyre resumed from a spell to score an effortless all-the-way win in the Eliza's Signature Loaves Pace for C0 pacers over 2090 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart tonight. The colt pinged the gates from barrier one with Ricky Duggan in the cart and he was never headed on his way to a comfortable win from Robin Scherbotsky with Jabber Jawzzz a close-up third. Something Eyre had not started since mid April when second to Cardinal Art in Launceston. Something Eyre has won three from his seven starts with three minor placings making the New Zealand-bred colt a handy money spinner. He was purchased in New Zealand by his owners Barry Cooper and Jamie Cockshutt for an undisclosed sum and has since proven to be a good buy for two of the state's most prominent owners. Robyn Scherbotsky ran home well when she gained clear racing room in the home straight and Jabber Jawzzz also was doing his best work over the concluding stages. Peter Staples  

There have been some frosty nights of late but no matter what the weather, Saturday night's 10-race program at Melton promises to be a crackerjack meeting. The Tabcorp Park Melton Cup Final, the Blacks A Fake Free for All and the Sumthingaboutmaori Trotters Free for All are the feature events with Race 1 kicking off at 5.30pm. This week's Trots/AFL Saturday night special is one for the Cats fans in Top 4 Expectations, while Victoria's own Smoken Up will have his last South Australian run on Sunday before the curtain falls once and for all at Melton next month. ............................................................................................   The Game Plan for Tabcorp Park Melton with Jason Bonnington (@jasonbonnington) Best Bets ($100 All-Up) Smudge Bromac (Race 3 no. 7) $1.80 Keayang Cullen (Race 4 no. 6) $1.40 Best Value ($10 Win $30 Place) Stoned I Am (Race 5 no. 7) $16/$3.30 TAB Fixed Odds Beauty Secret (Race 7 no. 7) $10/$2.63 TAB Fixed Odds Metro Mike (Race 7 no. 6) $12/$3 TAB Fixed Odds The Money Races Race 3 ($60 Flexi First 4's) 7/ 4,8,9,10/ 4,8,9,10/ 4,8,9,10. $24 gets 100% 7/ 4,8,9,10/ 4,8,9,10/ Field. $36 gets 50% Race 10 ($60 Flexi Trifectas) 4/ 1/ 2,3,7,8. $40 gets 1000% 4/ 2,3,7,8/ 1. $10 gets 250% 1/ 4/ 2,3,7,8. $10 gets 250% The Early Quads (x4 for $130) 2/ 1,3,5,8,9,10/ 7/ 6. $48 gets 800% 1,8,12/ 1,3,5,8,9,10/ 7/6. $72 gets 400% 2/ 4,7/ 7/ 6. $4 gets 200% 1,8,12/ 4,7/ 7/ 6. $6 gets 100% Get the full Game Plan, speed maps and more .................................................................................................................... Top 4 Expectations - this weekend's TAB/Trots specials The Trots/AFL TAB special this week celebrates the mighty Cats and top-notch trotter My High Expectations. If Geelong defeats North Melbourne by more than 8.5 points on Saturday and My High Expectations wins Race 5 at Melton, punters will collect on the special! Opening price for Top 4 Expectations is $4. To access the special online visit and follow the links to Sports/Racing Extras/Harness Specials. You can also bet on the special at the track, your local TAB outlet or via the TAB app. ........................................................................................................ Victorians to contest Southern Cross finals Sunday's Southern Cross Finals meeting at Globe Derby in South Australia will have a strong Victorian flavour. Several Victorian horses have qualified for the Southern Cross Finals, which are worth $60,000 each, while champion Melton pacer Smoken Up will have his final South Australian start in the SA Farewells Trigger Pace. READ MORE ................................................................................................... Will Keayang Cullen make it five straight? Keayang Cullen will be shooting for a fifth straight win on Saturday night in the Blacks A Fake Free for All at Tabcorp Park Melton. But after finishing behind the expected odds-on favourite at its past two starts - beaten 4.1m two runs back and 3.6m last time out - Restrepo can keep cutting into Keayang Cullen's margin, according to the horse's trainer Clayton Tonkin. READ MORE ..................................................................................... Cramp duo head to Melton in winning form Shayne Cramp will take two horses in winning form to Tabcorp Park Melton tomorrow night. The Mildura master, who last month trained the entire card at a meeting at his home track, will bring impressive four-year-olds Philtra Phella and Cenosilocophobia to town in a bid to win his fourth metro race this season. READ MORE ........................................................................................... Filly on track to add another Crown to her belongings Whereibylong scored a seemingly effortless win in heat eight of the Breeders Crown three-year-old fillies' series at Bendigo on during the week. Driven by Gavin Lang for Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin, Whereibylong finished over eight metres clear of runner-up Our Santa Catalina in a rate of 1:58.6. READ MORE ............................................................................................ The Wraps are getting bigger A fluke is defined as "an unlikely chance occurrence, especially a surprising piece of luck". So one could mount an argument that to pinch a win over a highly rated opponent in horse racing is a fluke, but to do it twice in two starts? Not so much. READ MORE Harness Racing Victoria

June's postponed Cowra TAB Carnival of Cups harness racing meeting will take place at the Cowra Showground this Sunday afternoon. With great prizemoney on offer, Cowra will feature the running of the $13,000 Tritech Refrigeration Cowra Cup, the $9,000 Sam Agostino Memorial along with a $9,000 3YO Pace to attract local trainers. The Cup is a fairly even affair with Steve Turnbull's Cheyenne Warrior likely to be fancied. The four-year-old should be on the pace throughout and will vie for the lead with pole marker Benoah who does have gate speed. The Nathan Hurst trained Usher will have admirers. Although drawn wide he is racing well enough to be successful. The meeting has eight races programmed with plenty of attractions on offer for racegoers including a chance to win a brand new Toyota Yaris to be drawn at the HRNSW Awards night on October 25 at The Sofitel Sydney. Club Secretary Robin Dale said the club is expecting a good crowd. "We have plenty of entertainment with music, dancers and monster raffles," she said. "The club couldn't more pleased with the prizemoney it puts us in a good place for the future." The first event will commence at 12:42pm. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |  

Anne Hancock agreed with the suggestion that “training horses must be like riding a bike – you never forget,“ but qualified it by adding, “it’s been 11 years since I’ve trained one!” The comment was offered after her “new” horse made it back-to- back wins, in the space of five days, at last Wednesday’s Bathurst fixture. King Caractacus NZ ($1.30 favourite) worked forward from his wide draw in the 2130 metres C0/C1 sixth event to find the front after a lap, before running his last half in a touch over a minute to hold off pegs runners Silky Rose and Im No Lady. The mile rate was a comfortable 2:03.2. Hancock explained that when she moved back to The Lagoon earlier this year, and began working for her brother Steve, she decided to get one to train for herself. After setting Amanda a budget for the purchase, she waited patiently for a couple of months till her niece, who’s a bit of an expert in sourcing horses from the net, came up with this Cullen four-year-old gelding. She was pleased to be associated with Amanda’s double century win, with her horse, at Young last week. Interestingly, win number 199 had been for her uncle Craig at Cobram the day before that. Harness racing, as the Turnbulls and many others clearly demonstrate, is a real family affair. Nathan Hurst became a century-maker for the first time since his schoolboy cricket exploits when he reined The Matrix NZ ($14.60, the night’s longest-priced winner) to an all-the-way win in the R0- R1 final event. The sharp 58.9 last half proved too big a stretch for placegetters ImThe Intimidator NZ and Vienna Eyre NZ. This was a well-deserved reward for a very hard-working and capable horseman, and his team. Nathan is a very aggressive driver who tries to control races from the front, so it was appropriate his century was achieved in that fashion – a front-footdrive, in cricketing terms. Amy Day scored a driving double, one of several at Bathurst this season, with one from her own team and the other a “problem child” from Josh Turnbull’s barn. Modern Admirer ($7.00) ran out an easy winner for the Goulburn trainer-driver in a 2130 metres 3YO Fillies event, leading throughout with a last half of 59.1 to leave death-seating Artista Lombo and pegs runner Mayihaveabiscuit well astern. Day explained that the filly had been given too soft a time after returning from Melbourne in June, but had been tightened up for this race, which was reflected in her improved performance. Josh Turnbull and Day combined for a second successive win with Lets Go Diego NZ ($1.60 favourite) in a 2130 metres C 0, the winner just getting over the top of Padabing Stride, which sat outside the lead, and Lawsons Way. Those have been the only Aussie runs for the Courage four-year- old, who arrived as a two-time winner from N.Z. this time last year but proved to be more than a handful for his Sydney-based connections. “He’d get to the track, then turn round and head back home, and when in desperation, he was sent to a riding instructor to re- educate him, he’d spin and drop the rider,” was the history his exasperated owners told Turnbull, a noted breaker and educator of young horses. After a few months re-education, Turnbull returned him to the owners and original trainer in May, but shortly after, the horse returned to his care, and so far, the results have been encouraging. “He’s getting better,” is his trainer’s optimistic view. SnapTo It (Mick Muscat for his father Bill) justified his $1.50 quote with a highly impressive win from the death seat in the opening event, a C1 sprint. The overall mile rate was 1:59.7 but the last half in 57.6 was the highlight. Star Singer, which led, and trailer Getaloadaher did well to stay in touch with the winner, who’ll travel with the stable to Melbourne for suitable races during the Breeders Crown period. Is That So ($5.70) showed improvement from recent placings with a good win in a 3R 0 sprint, for trainer-driver Robbie Clifford and co-owners Bill Klower and Ken Plunkett, who secured the American Ideal youngster at the 2012 Gold Crown Sale. In a desperately close three-way finish, he enjoyed the one-one trail throughout, to just get the nod from death-seating Puffnstuff and leader Flightee Deedee. Scott Hewitt has cut back on his driving commitments a little since he took on the shoeing role for Steve and Josh Turnbull (following Nathan Turnbull’s accident ), but his win with Crackerjack Jo($4.70) for Peter Trevor-Jones in a 2130 metres C2-C3 showed he retains his skill with the reins. In a race set up by frantic early sectionals, he was content to bide his time four back on the markers, and followed Usher NZ through into the clear turning for home to grab that horse right on the line, with leader Red Vee Hanover holding on for third. Crackerjack Jo responds to just this sort of trip, and his driver judged it perfectly. Amanda Turnbull completed her driving double at the meeting with her father’s runner Gentleman Red ($1.50 favourite) leading throughout a 2C0-2C1 sprint, from late-closing Miss Rodriguez and Regal Courage, in a 2:01.3 rate. Spare a thought for Michael Lew, who travelled from Dubbo for the race with his last-start winner Mister Jogalong ( a half-brother to Karloo Mick), only to have him disqualified from the event after causing two false starts. It would have been a long drive home. Congratulations from everyone at Bathurst to century and double-century makers, Steve and Amanda Turnbull, and Nathan Hurst. A remarkable achievement for the district.

Morgan Woodley is poised to notch a record third victory in the $35,000 Next Payment ATM Howard Porter Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night and chalk up his century of winners in the 2013-14 season. The brilliant young reinsman has formed a tremendous liaison with David Hercules and the seven-year-old is sure to prove extremely hard to beat in the 2536m feature event in which he has drawn barrier four on the front line. Woodley, one of four drivers to have won the Porter Memorial twice, looks set to make a bold bid to take up the role of pacemaker in the early stages. Brilliant mare Leda McNally has drawn the coveted pole position, but Chris Voak is unlikely to attempt an all-the-way win if Woodley, as expected, applies considerable early pressure. Leda McNally is a smart frontrunner, but she is even better suited when held up for a late charge. She produced a powerful finishing burst to win a 2503m stand at Gloucester Park two starts ago and then she surged home from eighth in the middle stages to finish second to El Machine in the 2100m Manea Classic at Bunbury last Saturday night. Ten-year-old Rocket Reign will start from barrier two. The veteran possesses good gate speed, but it would come as a surprise if Mark Reed attempts to set the pace with a pacer who has a losing sequence of 20. David Hercules is in sparkling form and is unbeaten at three outings in his current campaign, setting the pace to beat Im Themightyquinn over 2130m and then working hard in the breeze to beat Please Release Me in the 2536m Winter Cup and again when he defeated the pacemaker Northview Punter over 2130m last Friday night. "I was pleasantly surprised when he was able to get up and beat Northview Punter," Woodley admitted. And Byford trainer David Thompson is delighted at the way David Hercules is racing. "He went super last week and has thrived since then," he said. Northview Punter is a strong stayer, but his prospects of winning the Porter Memorial diminished when he drew out wide at No. 6 on the front line. The New Zealand-bred four-year-old, the youngest runner in the race, is trained by Gary Hall sen., who has won the Porter Memorial as a trainer-driver with Makes The Rules in 1999 and Its Written In The Stars the following year. Woodley has won the event with All In Teck (2008) and Has The Answers (2011) and the other reinsmen to have won the race twice were Phil Coulson (Pure Steel in 1978 and Gammalite four years later) and Fred Kersley jun. (Gap Road, 1983, and Quecee, 1990). Pinjarra trainer Chris King, who has brought Leda McNally back to top form in the past fortnight, is seeking his second success in the Porter Memorial, a race he won with 41/1 tote outsider Flamin Tact in 2010 when the gelding was handled by Robbie Williams. King also has a handy second string in Lord Lombo, who is not well drawn at barrier five. An interesting runner is former Victorian open-class performer Our Blackbird, a New Zealand-bred six-year-old by Bettors Delight who will be making his first appearance in Western Australia. Our Blackbird, now trained by Ross Olivieri, has won at 15 of his 64 starts. He faces a stern test from the outside of the front line, even though he has been performing soundly against quality opposition in Victoria. Four starts ago, in the 1720m Sokyola Sprint at Melton, he finished fourth behind Five Star Anvil, Smoken Up and Chilli Palmer and three starts before that he was third behind Chilli Palmer and Smoken Up in the group 3 Geelong Cup. Our Blackbird will be driven by Chris Lewis, whose only success in the Porter Memorial was with Hilarion Star in 1992. Lewis seeking a birthday gift Champion reinsman Chris Lewis will celebrate his 59th birthday on Friday and he hopes to celebrate the occasion with a winner or two at Gloucester Park in the evening. One of his best prospects appears to be veteran pacer Tee Pee Village, who is ideally drawn at the No. 2 barrier on the front line in the Moondyne Joes Fremantle Claiming Pace. Trainer Clive Dalton has brought the 12-year-old back to racing after a spell in fine fettle and the gelding followed his first-up second to Pride of Colorado with a strong effort to win a 1730m claimer from The Oyster Bar at Gloucester Park last Saturday week after he had worked hard in the breeze for most of the way. Tee Pee Village is a good frontrunner, but Lewis may have to be content to race without cover, with The Oyster Bar the likely pacemaker from the prized No. 1 barrier. Looming as the hardest for Tee Pee Village to beat are Pride of Colorado (barrier six) and Our Arlington (seven). Trainer Aldo Cortopassi has engaged Mark Reed to drive Pride of Colorado, who will have many admirers after dropping in class. After sitting in the breeze and beating Tee Pee Village three starts ago, Pride of Colorado finished boldly from sixth at the bell to be second to Heez Orl Black over 1730m and then was a fighting fifth behind David Hercules over 2130m last Friday night. Reed looks certain to go forward with Pride of Colorado from the wide barrier and seek a forward position, most probably on the outside of the pacemaker. Our Arlington, trained by Gary Hall sen. and to be driven by his son Gary, has the ability to overcome the wide barrier. The six-year-old finished strongly to win the Past Presidents Cup from Dundee Three and Please Release Me two starts ago before setting the pace and finishing fifth behind David Hercules in the 2536m Winter Cup four Fridays ago. By Ken Casellas  

STAR Tasmanian pacer Beautide will contest a trial at Menangle today over 1609 metres in what will be his first solid hit-out since winning the Len Smith Mile in April. Beautide had a stellar season winning the Miracle Mile-Inter Dominion double and capped his winning streak with victory in the Len Smith to give him three Group 1 victories for the season to ensure he will be voted Australasian Horse of the Year. The James Rattray-trained gelding will be set for a similar campaign that he endured this season. The rising seven-year-old has amassed stake earnings of $1.338 million with his record of 40 wins and 10 minor placings from 60 starts making him one of the best performed Tasmanian-bred pacers of all time. Beautide (Bettors Delight-Gorse Bush) was bred by the Rattray Family Trust at the family's trainer-breeding complex at Longford, just south of Launceston in central Tasmania. Beautide is expected to have three or four trials before he lines up in a race. His trial is scheduled to start at 5.40 pm today and is likely to be shown on Sky Channel 1 during a news bulletin. The trial field. By Peter Staples

TALENTED Tasmanian harness racing reinsman John Walters secured a race-to-race double in Launceston on Sunday night. Walters guided Juffs Crossing to a game win before giving Karalta Dazzler a gun run to score impressively in the Furniture City Pace over 2200 metres. He had Karalta Dazzler settled in the one-out-two-back position before easing the Kent Rattray-trained three-year-old three-wide heading down the back straight the last time with only the well tried Jabber Jawzzz behind him. Karalta Dazzler (Stonebridge Regal-Karalta Crown) ran home resolutely to score by two metres from Jabber Jawzzz with My Koda Kasper a close-up third. Karalta Dazzler was bred by his owners Wayne and Gaye Rattray who purchased the dam Karalta Crown from Fred and Pauline Barker at a Tasmanian Yearling Sale. Karalta Dazzler has won three and been placed seven times from his 17 starts this season and while he didn't win as a two-year-old he placed six times from 10 starts. By Peter Staples

VETERAN Tasmanian harness racing owner-trainer Brian Mackrill wasn't surprised to see well bred pacer Juffs Crossing win the Tasmanian Horse Transport Stakes at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night despite the gelding's long odds ($39.90). Juffs Crossing had ordinary form going into the race but when he landed in the "death" outside of the leader and favourite Precious Dragon after having to work hard three-wide in the early stages. Most punters expected Mackrill's gelded six-year-old to drop off when the pressure was applied turning for home but instead he gave his all and edged out Boltnmach and Precious Dragon in a slog-fest style finish. ``His form hasn't been as bad as it might look on paper,'' Mackrill said. ``He hasn't been scoring up (behind the mobile) in his recent races." ``But tonight he got a good run through early and ended up outside the leader," he said. Juffs Crossing (Cammibest-Power Full Miss) was well driven by John Walters who landed a double when he guided Karalta Dazzler to victory in the following race. Mackrill doesn't have a huge opinion of Juffs Crossing but he does think he is capable of winning a couple more races. ``They ran along a bit tonight which suited him because he's a big one-paced plugger," Mackrill said. ``He's got no sprint but he will keep grinding." ``He can run 30-seconds quarters (400m) and keep running them.'' While failing to score up at the start was a problem, Mackrill also explained that the horse had his share of bad luck in recent races. "When Ricky Duggan drove him here a couple of starts ago, he was held up and never got a crack at them,'' the trainer said. ``We actually fancied him a bit tonight," he said. By Peter Staples

As the countdown to Smoken Up’s farewell race at Tabcorp Park Melton continues, Harness Racing Victoria has announced it will rename a race in the champion pacer’s honour. The Legends, previously named The Legends Mile, will become The Smoken Up Sprint (to be run on November 7) to honour the Lance Justice-trained superstar pacer’s career. Smoken Up is a 13-time Group 1 winner who still holds the record for the fastest milerate in Australasia – 1:48.5. A winner of 73 races from 150 starts, Smoken Up’s achievements have thrust harness racing into mainstream and social media channels. The winner of over $3.6 million in stakemoney is to have his final ever racetrack start at his home track, Tabcorp Park Melton, in the Casey Classic on Saturday, September 6. HRV CEO John Anderson said renaming a race such as The Legends in Smoken Up’s honour made sense due to the horse’s phenomenal record at sprint trips – having won four Len Smith Miles and two Miracle Miles, as well as a bevy of other short-course features. “The Smoken Up Sprint will commemorate the wonderful career of the Lance Justice trained pacer, whose achievements on the racetrack have captivated audiences throughout Australasia,” Mr Anderson said. “Smoken Up is a Victorian harness racing icon and renaming The Legends in his honour will acknowledge that into the future. “To illustrate the changing nature of engaging with the public, Smoken Up has generated an enormous following on social media which has enhanced his appeal.” Smoken Up has his own Facebook page, with fans kept abreast of the horse’s life at home as well as his on-track performances. HRV will celebrate Smoken Up’s farewell with a special Smoken Up Race Night at the September 6 meeting. The night will feature a special Smoken Up video package on the big screen, souvenir racebook, rug presentation, Smoken Up poster and mini-flag giveaways and more. Full details will be announced in coming weeks. By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Victoria)

'Sydney will host its second annual city based series of camel races at the heart of Australian harness racing, Bankstown Paceway, next week (July 2014),' according to Bankstown Paceway director Megan Lavender. 'From Monday, July 28th, to Wednesday, July 30th, the century old showground and eight hundred metre trotting track at Condell Park, in Sydney's south west, will serve as the venue for the Second Annual Sydney Camel Racing Carnival: A Christmas in July Stadium Spectacular, which will see cameleers and dromedaries stand in for our much loved reinsmen and standardbreds for the three day festival of racing,' Ms Lavender said. 'Race goers will be treated to four daily races featuring six camels topped off with a non stop entertainment programme featuring New Zealand-born Allen McDonald's world famous Elvis Show and UK comedian Al Showman from The Burning Log Comedy Theatre Restaurant (which has made Bankstown Paceway its new home after six decades at Dural), plus Santa's Christmas in July lunch,' she said. 'With sand, sun and fun, the Second Annual Sydney Camel Races at Bankstown Paceway will be July's ultimate winter warmer,' Ms Lavender added. The Second Annual Sydney Camel Racing Carnival: A Christmas in July Stadium Spectacular will he held at the heart of Australian harness racing, Sydney's Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, from Monday, July 28th, to Wednesday, July 30th, 2014. Gates open at 10 am. Reserved seating, show and lunch bookings can be made on 1300 THE LOG or 1300 843 564 or 0414 339 558. Megan J. Lavender Camel Racing in Australia - The Facts The facts on camel racing in Australia are as follows: % Camel racing is a popular sport in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Australia, and Mongolia. % Like horse racing, camel racing can be an event for both wagering and as a tourist attraction. % Camels can run at speeds up to 65 km/h (18 m/s; 40 mph) in short sprints and they can maintain a speed of 40 km/h (11 m/s; 25 mph) for an hour. % Camel racing in Australia - which started more as a tourist attraction than a professional sport - usually takes place on outback racetracks. % Previously, camel race was held in Sydney at the former Harold Park Paceway, at Glebe, during the Equine Influenza Crisis which prevented many Australian horse races from being held in 2007. In 2013, the Inaugural Sydney Camel Racing Carnival was held at Bankstown Paceway. % Australian camel racing jockeys are mostly women, unlike the Middle East, where boy jockeys are the norm, and camels race in sprints, not long distance races. % Camels were first brought to Australia from Afghanistan in the early 1800s to help build major railway and telegraph lines in the outback. They were also used extensively for exploration purposes and as a pack animal. % By 1895, the Australian camel population had increased to approximately 6,000 head and today the population is estimated at over one million animals. For additional information or comment, please contact: Megan J. Lavender Director Bankstown Paceway    

The 2014 Breeders Crown promises to be bigger than ever with a huge schedule of harness racing events set to showcase Australasia's premier age-restricted pacing and trotting talent. Breeders Crown Semi Finals Saturday night 16th August at Bray Raceway, Ballarat. After a successful return to the country last year, the Breeders Crown Semi's are again hosted by the Ballarat and District Trotting Club this year. Hospitality options range from a 2 course Carvery in the Draught Room for $30; or 3 courses for $35 in the Terrace restaurant or for $40 on the Finish Post. Reserve your place by calling Paul O'Donnell on 5335 9041 or email Breeders Crown Barrier Draw Sunday 17th August Legends Café, Tabcorp Park Melton Experience all the drama and the tension of the Breeders Crown Barrier Draw. Book yourself a table in the Bistro or grab a quick bite in the Legends Café where all the action will take place. For Bistro bookings call 8746 0600. Breeders Crown Gala Dinner Thursday Night 21st August Toolern Room, Tabcorp Park Melton Fast becoming one of the social events of the year, the Breeders Crown Gala dinner is the ultimate place to be seen during Breeders Crown week. Featuring a live band and three-course dinner with beverages for just $75, you'll dance the night away in preparation for one of our greatest race days while listening to the good oil from the major players and form experts. For bookings please contact Jackie Dobson at Tabcorp Park on 8746 0604 or email Breeders Crown Finals A Race Day for the Ages, Sunday 24th August Tabcorp Park Melton. Tabcorp Park comes alive for the biggest day of Group 1 racing on the calendar as the stars of the Trots battle it out for the Breeders Crown. Enjoy a premium 3-course buffet luncheon, afternoon tea and beverages in the exclusive Toolern Room for $110 or feast on the Home Straight Bistro buffet for just $75. For bookings please contact Jackie Dobson at Tabcorp Park on 8746 0604 or email  

With the end of the season only just over four weeks away it is no surprise to see some trainers and drivers in New South Wales reaching milestones. Driver Gavin Fitzpatrick recently brought up his 100th winner in the sulky for the season, Belinda McCarthy made it consecutive seasons of training 100 winners and KerryAnn Turner was able to join the 100 club on Saturday night as a driver when Fernleigh Renegade won at Tabcorp Park Menangle. "It was really nice to bring up 100 winners as a driver on the weekend and it is actually something I would never get the opportunity to do because Robbie (Morris) does most of the driving for our stable," Turner said. "But with Robbie on the sidelines with his injured leg it gave me a few more opportunities late in the season and I have been able to get to the magical 100." Turner was full of praise for the support she had received from her owners and family. "I couldn't have driven all those winners without the support of all of the owners we have. Obviously we have been having a good run lately and July has been a pretty good month because I also was able to train a couple of Gr. 2 winners in the Breeders Challenge Blue Finals." "Also both Robbie's family and my family have been great, it really has been a team effort and all the hard work has really paid off." With Robbie Morris due back from injury in the short term, Turner is happy to take a back seat when it comes to the race driving. "Yes definitely, it will be good to have Rob back because I much prefer the training side of things to the driving, don't get me wrong I enjoy the driving but I just get a bigger thrill out of the training of the horses." "With a month of the season still left it would be nice to get another 10 winners or so but I will just have to see how everything unfolds over the next few weeks." By Greg Hayes (Harness Racing Australia)

Bruce Harpley is no stranger to success at Bathurst, especially in recent times with star mare Frith. But even Bruce must have felt more than a touch of déjà vu at last Wednesday’s meeting, when he won Tabcorp Menangle Where Horses Fly Country Series heats in successive races. The wins were achieved in similar up-front fashion, with a look- alike pair of four-year-olds, and the race presentation photos demonstrate a remarkable similarity. If it weren’t for differentsaddlecloth numbers, you’d swear you were trapped in “Groundhog Day”. Justanotherslippa ($3.90) led throughout in race two, the C0 heat, slipping home in 60.4 for an overall rate of 2:02.1, from trailer Saint Dal Santo and Paddy Carmody, which came three-wide over the final lap in a tough display. It was the first win in twelve starts for the Modern Art gelding, after several promising placings earlier this term, and his trainer-driver is hoping he’s turned the corner. Sokys Bigbullet ($1.60 favourite) completed Harpley’s double in race three, the C1 heat, after coming from outside the front to race behind Prince Raymac. Once clear of the trail, he raced away for the night’s biggest margin of 17 metres, with a 58.4 last half. Prince Raymac and one-one runner Grouse Party House filled the places. The mile-rate was an impressive 1:59.9. The winner, also a Modern Art gelding, was one of the state’s better three-year-olds last season, but health issues have resulted in more moderate form this season, this being just his second win. His trainer will be hoping that he, too, has turned the corner. Following this presentation -that’s the one featuring the number seven runner-Harpley paid tribute to the Menangle Where Horses Fly series, for giving country connections the opportunity to race for $10,000 heats and a $25,000 final. He’ll be hoping to grab a bigshare of that when his horses line up in the finals on Saturday night. Harpley is a very popular figure at Bathurst, and likely to be even more so in the future, after his thanks to a club he rates as “the best run club anywhere in Australia.” Steve and Amanda Turnbull book-ended the meeting,nudging even closer to their season goal of 200 winners each. Written In Red ($2.20 favourite) sat outside leader Trikala in the opening race, a 2130 metres C1, overcoming that leader after a torrid 27.9 quarter up the back and then holding off runner-up Snap To It, which sustained a wide run over the last lap. The win took the Cullen three-year-old past $50,000 in stakes, which might well be increased after he lines up in Sunday’s Breeders Challenge Regional Final at Young. After that, he’ll be off for a spell, and when he returns to racing, it will be as a gelding,his owner Rob Davis agreeing to allow that unkindest cut which will hopefully produce a better attitude and racing manners. In the 2130 metres 3RO last race, Monicas Magic ($4.80) was also forced to race outside the lead, and the Western Edition filly raced by good Turnbull client Reg Walsh dictated terms from there, registering a slow 2:05.2 rate to hold on clearly from Our Castanea, which followed it throughout, and leader Flightee Deedee. That was win number 198 for Amanda, who achieved the double ton with wins at Cobram the following day and Young two dayslater (as part of a treble). Bathurst HRC is naturally disappointed that this achievement, and the even more special one thousand career wins, have been away from “home”, but warmly congratulates Amanda on a wonderful feat, which will be celebrated at the annual Awards Presentation later in the year. Platinum Roulette ($2.10 favourite, Ashlee Siejka) appreciated the solid pace set by the pulling Veracity Red in the 1730 metres C4- C6, to outsprint his rivals, with a last half in 58.9 and an overall rate a tick over two minutes. Crackerjack Jo and Veracity Red, which looked as if it would drop out at one stage, filled the minor places. In Runaway Bay ($1.90 favourite, Bill/Mick Muscat) worked his way to the lead in a C0 sprint, and a last half in 57.9 gave death- seater Padabing Stride, and trailer Embellished, the other fancied runners, no chance over the final stages. The winner, a son of a champion N.Z. filly in Pullover Brown,continued the excellent strike rate of the Muscat stable in recent months at Bathurst. Dubbo trainer Peter Gavin and Menangle driver Kerryann Turner partnered in another double at this meeting, such a special one that it’s worth keeping for last! Karloo Ten Seventy ($1.30 favourite) worked his way to the lead and ran away from his rivals by an ever-widening 14 metres in a 2130 metres 3C0-3C1, from pegs runner Puffnstuff and death- seating Kenny Cracker. Raced by Ronnie Lew, the winner is named for husband Barry Lew’s late father Peter, a sergeant in the NSW Police Service who passed away in 2012. “Sarge” carries Peter’s official police number 1070 (which the Lew family was granted by the Police Commisioner, a rare gesture) on the brow piece of his bridle. Everywhere the smart Art Major gelding goes in his races, Peter Lew leads the way! Two races later, Deanne Gavin’s two-year-old gelding scored hissecond win in just four starts, coming with a big sprint from the top of the straight to overpower leader Jethros An Eagle and hot favourite Itz Platinum Plus NZ, in the 2130 metres 2C0-2C1 event. The leaders quickened for a 58.6 last half, adding further merit to the win. Peter Gavin, a neighbor of the Lews, always looked after their farm when they travelled with Karloo Mick, and won a Dubbo race with Karloo Malibu, which they’d gifted him. He then bred her in 2010 to first-season sire Art Colony, getting a colt foal the following year.Karloo Malibu died without having another foal, while the sire Art Colony died after just his second year at stud. The progeny of that mating looks like he might be a very good horse, and like every good horse, he carries a good name, as The Only Child. By Terry Neil

Unbeaten three-year-old filly R Es Confusion and harness racing trainer/ driver Mike Campbell will look to remain undefeated, going for her third straight win on Saturday at Fredericton Raceway.   Unraced at two, the daughter of Allamerican Native is owned by Dawn & Ted Bremner of Jemseg, New Brunswick.   Closest any rival has been to her so far is six and three-quarter lengths. She was a $6200 yearling purchase at the Atlantic Classic sale in 2012. She was actually bred in New York.   Top-class of the afternoon has attracted a solid group of seven. Going as race seven on the card, they will race for a purse of $1500. A Weekend and veteran driver Percy Jones has been listed as the slight favourite.   Other starters in the field are Grimsby, stable mates J Rs Hurricane and Sparky Bayama, Ramlinglily, Kass Hall, and Stare Down. Post time is 2:00 P.M for the first race.   Scott Waddell

CLASSY Tasmanian three-year-old pacer Resurgent Spirit returned to winning form in Hobart this week with an all-the-way victory in a Breeders Crown heat over 2090 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart. It was his first run since failing in the $30,000 Globe Derby final in Launceston at the end of last month but he did it with consummate ease. Resurgent Spirit was having his fourth start this time in and made every post a winner with an ell-the-way win over Animi Sub Ignis and Le Premiere. The Roger Whitmore-trained three-year-old equaled Halwes' record of the most number of consecutive wins (13) in Tasmania when he won a C1 in Hobart in March but his winning run came to an end when he resumed from a spell with a third to Estevao in a heat of the Globe Derby. With only that run under his belt he went into the Globe Derby final underdone and that showed when he was forced to work three-wide before being sent up to face the breeze for the last 1400 metres. The gelding understandably weakened to finish sixth but still only 4.1 metres from the winner Chopstix Boris that rattled home from last to win in the last few strides. "Had it not been a $30,000 race I probably wouldn't have contested the race (Globe Derby) but we did and the horse did an exceptional job under the circumstances. "We had a couple of little problems to iron out when he came back into work but the most pressing was him hitting his knee and it took us a while to finally sort it out." "The shoring was changed and when I changed his showed last week they were both worn down evenly on the front so that was pleasing." "He loafed a bit in front at this latest run but he worked home his last half in good time, in fact his last 1200 metres equated to a mile rate of 1.57.7 so I am happy with that effort," he said. Whitmore said a decision on whether or not he takes his stable star to Melbourne co contest the Breeders Crown 3YO colts and geldings semi-final will depend on how he gets through his assignment in a C3-4 in Hobart on Sunday night. By Peter Staples

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