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Newcastle Harness Racing Club has appointed former Wyong Race Club Chief Executive Tony Drew as its new General Manager. Drew will start next month in the role left vacant when Ross Gigg died suddenly on May 8 from a heart attack at age 58. The former Penrith Panthers centre spent 22 years in the job and became a highly respected and much loved figure in harness racing. Drew has a long history in racing administration, serving as Racing and Operations Manager at Newcastle Jockey Club for a decade then as CEO at Wyong from 2000 to late last year. Drew will commence his duties with the Newcastle HRC in a fortnight's time. Dale Walker | Manager - Marketing | Harness Racing New South Wales  

Kiwi-bred pacer Bettor Rock On could be a star of the future in trotting after a highly impressive victory in the Poggaharness.com Traralgon Pacing Cup last Monday afternoon. Allowed to stride away in the straight after finding the lead early in the event, Bettor Rock On had too much in ability for his rivals and pulled clear to run a fast 1:59.5 mile rate on the rain affected track. After a short-priced win at Ballarat nine days earlier, Bettor Rock On started at the almost unbackable odds of $1.10 for the win with the TAB in the Traralgon Pacing Cup. For trainer Ross Sugars and his driver son Greg, it was their first victory in the race. Greg Sugars commented at the post-race presentation that he now has a Traralgon Cup trophy to sit alongside the Warragul Cup he has at home after a win with Johnorama in 2012. Bettor Rock On won seven races in New Zealand before his owners there elected to send him across the Tasman. There is no doubt that with the professional polish of the Sugars' camp Bettor Rock On should win further races. His sire Bettors Delight also produced the second placed Cup runner, Baccarat. Greg Sugars and fellow top driver Chris Alford shared much of the spoils at the Monday meeting, and are locked in a close battle for the Warragul Drivers' Premiership with two meetings remaining in the current racing season. Sugars won earlier in the program with Dreamtime Spirit in the two-year-old. Alford also collected a double on Monday, both at long odds. Louisiana Spring and Now And Forever both got under the guard of many punters in their respective events. Evergreen 14-year-old pacer Mister Douglas won the first race of the day, at start 267. He passed the $250,000 stakemoney milestone in the process. Racing returns to Warragul on Monday, July 21.

The draws for the six Group 1 Finals of the HRNSW Pepper Tree Farm Breeders Challenge were conducted at a special function at Tabcorp Park Menangle today. An outstanding race card is scheduled for next Sunday afternoon (June 29) which will incorporate a Family Fun Day with free entry. The Barrier Draws for the Pepper Tree Farm Breeders Challenge Finals. PCM29061401 RACE  $125,000 PEPPER TREE FARM NSW BREEDERS CHALLENGE "ALWAYS A VIRGIN" TWO YEAR OLD FILLIES FINAL (GROUP 1). 2YO Fillies. 2YO Fillies. which qualified from Semi finals conducted on the 14/06/14 HRNSW Heats & Final conditions RBD. 1609m. MS.    1--415 n LOMBO NEWSY SCOOP, Jim Douglass 2C0 FT  2--444 n ALWAYS AMY, Paul Bourke 2C2 FT  3--214 n BUTTERFLY PRINCESS, Colin McDowell 2C0 FT  4--211 n SALLY FLETCHER, Gavin Fitzpatrick 2C3 FT  5--112 n AMERETTO, Ashlee Siejka 2C4 FT  6--s33 n KARALTA IMPULSE, James Rattray 2C2 FT  7--321 n BAMAKO MALI, Luke McCarthy 2C7 FT  8--313 n READ ABOUT LEXY, Bernie Hewitt 2C3 FT  9--421 n MAKES EVERY SCENTS, Luke McCarthy 2C3 FT  10--371 n MUSTANG JET, Glenn Wilmot 2C1 FT Em 2  11--245 n MAUDIE MOMBASSA, Michael Towers 2C0 FT  12--526BK n DEADLY MERRYWOOD, Josh Willick 2C0 FT Em 1  BK ENG(BNKSTWN 23/06/2014)  PCM29061402 RACE  $125,000 PEPPER TREE FARM NSW BREEDERS CHALLENGE "SPORTSWRITER" TWO YEAR OLD COLTS & GELDINGS FINAL (GROUP 1). 2YO Colts and Geldings. 2YO Colts and Geldings. which qualified from Semi finals conducted on the 14/06/14 HRNSW Heats & Final conditions RBD. 1609m. MS.    1--241 n SPORTY SPOOK, Jarrod Alchin 2C5 FT  2--361 n LENNY THE LEGEND, Gavin Fitzpatrick 2C1 FT Em 1  3--111 n OMINOUS WARNING, Luke McCarthy 2C5 FT  4--442 n PHILANDERER, Jim Douglass 2C0 FT  5--515 n MILLIONDOLLAR WAVE, Amy Tubbs 2C2 FT  6--913 n SPARE ME DAYS, Brad Hewitt (C) 2C3 FT  7--725 n WHAT A DRIVE, John McCarthy 2C0 FT  8--346 n WABI SABI, Luke McCarthy 2C0 FT Em 2  9--436 n ITS ONLY ROCKNROLL, Blake Fitzpatrick 2C1 FT  10--252 n ZOEYS BOY, Gavin Fitzpatrick 2C0 FT  11--242 n REMARKABLE, Blake Fitzpatrick 2C1 FT  12--211 n STARDUST, Colin McDowell 2C4 FT    PCM29061403 RACE  $125,000 PEPPER TREE FARM NSW BREEDERS CHALLENGE "ROLL WITH JOE" THREE YEAR OLD FILLIES FINAL (GROUP 1). 3YO Fillies. 3YO Fillies. which qualified from Semi finals conducted on the 21/06/14 HRNSW Heats & Final conditions RBD. 2400m. MS.    1--225 n SHES SO FOXY, John O'Shea 3C1 FT  2--265 n ROCK POST SCISSORS, Gavin Fitzpatrick 3C3 FT  3--534 n GRIN AND GOLD, Steven Harris 3C1 FT  4--624 n OUR ARTISTIC LEIGH, KerryAnn Turner 3C4 FT  5--336 n MOTHER KYM, Lauren Panella (C) 3C0 FT Em 1  6--343 n FLYTOMO, Jim Douglass 3C1 FT  7--456 n MARYS LITTLE ROSE, Amanda Turnbull 3C3 FT Em 2  8--112 n OCEAN DIVA, Blake Fitzpatrick 3C8 FT  9--911 n WHEREIBYLONG, Gavin Lang 3C6 FT  10--111 n LUDA, David Morris (C) 3C4 FT  11--412 n SPICY STRIDE, John McCarthy 3C5 FT  12--193 n AMANDA VON, Jarrod Alchin 3C2 FT Meeting Code: PC290614  PCM29061404 RACE  $125,000 PEPPER TREE FARM NSW BREEDERS CHALLENGE "ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN" 3YO COLTS & GELDINGS FINAL  (GROUP 1). 3YO Colts and Geldings. 3YO Colts and Geldings. which qualified from Semi finals conducted on the 21/06/14 HRNSW Heats & Final conditions RBD. 2400m. MS.    1--112 n DENTONA, Gavin Lang 3C4 FT  2--226 n MISTER JAY CEE, Joshua Osborn (C) 3C5 FT Em 1  3--623 n IDEAL LEGACY, Bruce Birch 3C4 FT  4--334 n THE PURITAN, Aaron Garaty 3C1 FT  5--125 n EL FUEGO, Glenn McElhinney 3C6 FT  6--454 n TREE REXX, Josh Willick 3C0 FT  7--111 n THEARTOFCONFUSION, Glenn McElhinney 3C8 FT  8--743 n GLENCORE, James Rattray 3C0 FT  9--211 n LETTUCEROCKTHEM, John McCarthy 3C4 FT  10--532 n MY GENERAL LEE, David Morris (C) 3C3 FT  11--445 n LETTUCERIPRITA, KerryAnn Turner 3C4 FT  12--326 n EMERGING ART, Todd McCarthy (C) 3C1 FT Em 2    PCM29061405 RACE  $100,000 PEPPER TREE FARM NSW BREEDERS CHALLENGE FOUR YEAR OLD MARES FINAL (GROUP 1). Mares  4YO. Mares. which qualified from Semi finals conduc ted on the 14/06/14 HRNSW Heats & Final conditions PBD/M/PBD/C. 2400m. MS.    1--946 n STAR SINGER, Nathan Hurst C1 M0 FT Em 2  2--433 n ABERCROMBIE ALICE, Graham Betts C1 M0 FT  3--534 n ULTIMATE TRUMP, Michael Formosa C2 M0 FT  4--825 n JOSIE OH JOSIE, Bernie Hewitt C2 M0 FT  5--895 n TARELLE, Glenn McElhinney C2 M0 FT  6--228 n PRICELESS GEM, Daniel Jack C3 M0 FT  7--062 n BOLD LIFE, Jim Douglass C3 M0 FT  8--511 n GRIN FOR MISS, Gavin Fitzpatrick C5 M0 FT  9--643 n ART IN PARIS, KerryAnn Turner C4 M0 FT  10--176DU n SPRUCE IT UP, John O'Shea C4 M0 FT Em 1  11--184 n TEA HOUSE, Brad Hewitt (C) C10 M0 FT  12--231 n FRITH, Bruce Harpley C14 M0 FT  DU ENG(DUBBO 22/06/2014) PCM29061406 RACE  $100,000 PEPPER TREE FARM NSW BREEDERS CHALLENGE FOUR YEAR OLD ENTIRES & GELDINGS FINAL (GROUP 1). Entires and Geldings 4YO. 4YO Entires and Geldings. which qualified from Semi finals conducted on the 21/06/14 HRNSW Heats & Final conditions PBD/M/PBD/C. 2400m. MS.    1--524 n LEIGHS DELIGHT, Blake Fitzpatrick C2 M0 FT  2--336 n HOLLYWOOD SIGN, David White (C) C2 M0 FT Em 2  3--153 n BURRA SULLIVAN, Nathan Hurst C3 M0 FT  4--721 n NO AH SAINT, Gavin Fitzpatrick C4 M0 FT  5--211 n ALMOST EL EAGLE, Jim Douglass C5 M0 FT  6--224 n BLISSFULL GUY, KerryAnn Turner C4 M0 FT  7--662 n SO KOOL HARRY, Amanda Turnbull C5 M0 FT  8--496 n BEBRAVE, John McCarthy C5 M0 FT Em 1  9--113 n ARMBRO CHIMES, John O'Shea C9 M0 FT  10--312 n DEALER, Blake Fitzpatrick C7 M1 FT  11--215 n ULTIMATE ART, Michael Formosa C9 M1 FT  12--s45 n NOWITZKI, Daniel Jack C7 M2 FT   

Now for the Lombardo final for Jungle Genie Classy New Zealand-bred pacer Jungle Genie leapt the first hurdle in her quest to win two feature events in the space of eight days when she produced a powerful burst to score a narrow victory in the $30,000 Clipsal And Schneider Electric Pace for four-year-old mares at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Her strong performance boosted the confidence of Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond that she will complete the double by proving too good for her rivals in the $25,000 final of the Lombardo Pace next Friday night. Jungle Genie, second favourite at 9/2, overcame the distinct disadvantage of starting from the outside of the back line when she relished the solid pace set by 9/1 chance Loving You. Colin Brown was content to keep Jungle Genie ninth position before starting a three-wide move in the final circuit. Miss Atomic, the 10/9 favourite, surprisingly was easily beaten out at the start when she was lethargic and lacked sparkle. Stablemate Loving You burst straight to the front from the No. 2 barrier and then was able to withstand an early challenge from Am Opulent. Miss Atomic slotted in behind the pacemaker and gained a fortuitous inside passage when Loving You, despite the efforts of reinsman Morgan Woodley, drifted off the pegs passing the 450m mark. Miss Atomic then took lead 150m later and Chris Lewis drove her vigorously in the home straight. But she was unable to hold out the fast-finishing Jungle Genie, who got to the front 120m from the post and won by a head from Miss Atomic, with 20/1 chance Bettor Dreams running on from tenth at the bell to be third, a head in front of Cielito. The final 800m was covered in 58.5sec. and Jungle Genie rated 1.57.2 over the 2130m. She has been wonderfully consistent for owners Greg Bond, Kevin, Rob and John Gartrell, Andrew Foster and Craig Hampson since arriving in Australia 13 months ago after managing just one third placing from five starts in New Zealand as a three-year-old. Her 34 WA starts have produced 14 wins and 13 placings and her win on Friday night boosted her earnings to $101,412. She is by Bettors Delight and is the second foal out of the Live Or Die mare Jungle Jane, who raced 43 times for six wins, ten placings and $58,371 in prizemoney. Im Themightyquinn on target for Queensland It's all systems go for Im Themightyquinn, who will enter the next phase of his remarkable career when he contests feature events at the annual Queensland winter carnival in Brisbane next month. The champion pacer rounded off his preparation with a thrilling last-gasp victory over stablemate My Hard Copy in the 2130m Clipsal Powerhouse Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he will travel by air to Brisbane on Thursday, with his driver Gary Hall jun. full of confidence. "I know that a lot of people will think that he hasn't come back anywhere near his best (after a nose victory over Crombie in the Pinjarra Cup followed by a two-length second to David Hercules at Gloucester Park)," Hall said. "But I'm glad that they are sort of writing us off again before we go to Queensland. "I've got no worries. He'll be excited because it will be a new place and once he gets into a genuinely-run race and is driven the way he likes to be driven, he'll prove his worth. "There aren't many horses capable of doing what he did tonight. I think that people expect him to just beat those horses easily because they consider those horses are not in the same class as he is. But those horses are hard to beat round here (the 805m circuit at Gloucester Park) when they run a slow lead time (69.9sec.) and then walk around the next half (60.9sec.) and then run a 55sec. last half. "That makes it almost impossible to come from the back in the field. Around the bend out of the front straight in the last lap I had a good hold of him and he was going pretty much as fast as he can go. That was a quarter in 27.6sec. off the front and he would have gone 27sec. "I think that in his old age he has got a bit dour. Tonight I just wanted to creep up on the others, nice and relaxed, but he's gone back to pulling a bit. It's always hard to do that (remaining relaxed) when he is out of his comfort zone and they're running 55sec. halves. "However, I always felt that he was going to win. I was still holding him a bit down the back straight. When we got to the breeze he thought that his job was done. But he knuckled down in the straight when I gave him two cuts with the whip. He dug in as deep as he ever has. "He's having a bit of trouble in recent races because they are so slow early and are not really genuine fast-class races. Generally there is no pressure put on the leader and he's finding it a bit tough with that. And the way the track is, horses from behind are having trouble getting past the leader when they're running quick times in the last lap. "I don't think that he's a hundred per cent fit yet. He's come in tonight a bit big, but that's not too much of a worry. He's got a lot ahead of him. He leaves by plane on Thursday and will be on the tarmac for an hour in Melbourne before continuing to Brisbane. "Once he gets over there he can really tighten up. I have no doubts that he has come back as good as ever." Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. will remain with Im Themightyquinn and prepare him at Shannon Price's property. Hall jun. will fly in and fly out to drive the nine-year-old in the $60,000 Sunshine Sprint at Albion Park on Saturday week (July 5) and the $100,000 Blacks A Fake Free-For-All a fortnight later. Providing that he performs strongly in those events, Im Themightyquinn will wind up his Queensland campaign in the $40,000 standing-start Redcliffe Cup on August 8. Im Themightyquinn was favourite at 10/1 on in Friday night's race in which he started from the No. 6 barrier on the front line. He was restrained back to last, while stablemate My Hard Copy, second fancy at 6/1 from the No. 2 barrier, bounced straight to the front for Clint Hall, with Shardons Rocket moving to the breeze after 450m. Hall jun. started a three-wide run with Im Themightyquinn with 900m to travel and the champion sustained his spirited finishing burst to get up and score in the final stride, rating 1.58.5 over the 2536m journey. Im Themightyquinn boosted his earnings to $4,468,736 from 56 wins and 33 placings from 108 starts. Pacific Black proving a wonderful bargain Baskerville trainer Sonia Zucchiatti and Adam Kirke made an inspired decision six years ago when they outlaid $20,000 to purchase Victorian-bred three-year-old Pacific Black. Now a nine-year-old, Pacific Black, ended a losing sequence of 27 when he sprinted home fast to score a surprise win at 18/1 in the 2503m Schneider Electric Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This boosted Pacific Black's earnings for Zucchiatti and Kirke to $167,609 from 16 wins and 38 placings from 122 starts to take his career record to 143 starts for 21 wins, 46 placings and $190,684. As a three-year-old, Pacific Black won four races in a row in the month of August 2008, one at Shepparton and three at Wagga, before being advertised for sale. "I saw him advertised on the internet, on the Trading Ring, for $20,000," Zucchiatti said. "He had won four in a row and I thought that was a good enough reason to buy him. He had one start for us and won at Harold Park and now has won five city-class races at Gloucester Park. " Pacific Black certainly has made the most of the drop-down regulation which enables a pacer assessed M2 or better to drop down a classification every time he has a losing sequence of ten. Pacific Black has gradually dropped down in class and went into Friday night's race as an M1-class performer. He is now back to an M2 mark. Zucchiatti credits Pacific Black's longevity to racing almost exclusively in stands. His five city wins have been in stands and he has contested a mobile race only twice in his past 50 starts. "He pulls in mobiles and I've had to restrict him to stands in the past few years," she said. "He is getting old and basically he needs to race back on the fence. He travels better on the fence and if he gets the right run he'll finish thereabouts." Pacific Black started off the 10m mark on Friday night and Kim Prentice quickly manoeuvred the old gelding to the pegs, with 11/1 chance Telham Lane setting the pace. Pacific Black gained a split half-way down the home straight and he sprinted fast to gain the upper hand in the final couple of strides. Heez Orl Black bred to be a star It is little wonder that Heez Orl Black is developing into a smart performer. He is closely related to former champion pacer and highly-successful sire Christian Cullen. The New Zealand-bred five-year-old is by In The Pocket out of the unraced Holmes Hanover mare Cracker Kate, who is a half-sister to Christian Cullen, who earned $1,249,150 from 22 wins and four placings from 31 starts before developing into an outstanding sire. Cracker Kate is also a full-sister to Kates First, who had 65 starts for 19 wins, 19 placings and $624,023 in prizemoney. Kates First's successes included the New Zealand Oaks at Addington and the Queensland Oaks at Albion Park in 1997 when she defeated Concorde Lombo. She finished second to Holmes D G in the $250,000 Victoria Cup at Moonee Valley in January 1999 when she finished in front of Our Sir Vancelot, Tailamade Lombo and Iraklis. Heez Orl Black, owned by Max Grynberg, Bill Paterson, Tony and Ruth Thompson, Dave Kahl, Karen Hall, Frank Borrello and Trudi Spiniello, revealed tremendous pace to score an effortless victory in the Clipsal Saturn Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This gave leading trainer Gary Hall sen. the first leg of a double and reinsman Kim Prentice the second leg of a double after an earlier success with Pacific Black. Heez Orl Black, favourite at 10/9 on from the coveted No. 1 barrier on the front line, had no difficulty in jumping straight to the lead. After a slow lead time of 8.6sec., the tempo increased when outsider Empire Flame began to overrace badly in the breeze and the first 400m section of the final mile whizzed by in 27.5sec., followed by a quarter of 28.8sec. Gary Hall jun. eased 4/1 third fancy Vapour from the one-out, one-back position to start a three-wide move 650m from home. The third quarter was covered in 29.2sec. and Heez Orl Black appeared vulnerable after such a hectic pace. However, Heez Orl Black revealed sparkling speed and great resilience to dash over the final quarter in 28sec. and win by five metres from Vapour, with Slick Chapel (7/2) running on from sixth at the bello to be third to give Hall sen. a trifecta result in the 1730m event. Heez Orl Black rated a sparkling 1.53.6 to improve his record to 59 starts for 14 wins, 16 placings and $190,065. He has had 27 starts in Western Australia for eight wins and eight placings. Macintosh surges from last to first New Zealand-bred four-year-old Macintosh looks well and truly on the path to many more wins when he impressed with a splendid last-to-first victory in the 2536m Clipsal Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Produced in fine fettle by veteran trainer Dick Moore, Macintosh, favourite at 6/4, was driven with supreme confidence by Colin Brown. Macintosh started from the outside of the back line and Brown was quite content to let the Mach Three gelding lob along in last position in the field of eleven. Four Grinners (15/1) set the pace and Brown had Macintosh travelling easily at the rear until Chris Voak started a three-wide move with Barkers Hall 1100m from home. Brown then followed the run of Barkers Hall and Macintosh exploded to the front 60m from the post to win easily by four metres from Four Grinners, with Barkers Hall three lengths away in third place. Macintosh rated 1.59.2 and took his West Australian record to seven wins from nine starts after having raced ten times in New Zealand for two wins and three third placings. Macintosh is the second foal out of Style By The Mile, who won once from 17 starts. Style By The Mile is a full-sister to Gomeo Romeo, who earned $340,193 from 13 wins and 12 placings from 52 starts. He was the winner of one group 1 and two group 2 events in New Zealand. Olivieri consolidates second place Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri maintained his recent run of successes with a double at Gloucester Park on Friday night and consolidated his spot in second place on the Metropolitan trainers' premiership table. Olivieri now has trained 54 city winners this season and trails Gary Hall sen. (143 wins), with Greg and Skye Bond in third place with 43 winners. Olivieri's winners on Friday night were Real Hammer and Finbar Abbey. Real Hammer, a Victorian-bred five-year-old, was second fancy at 9/4 who enjoyed the ideal passage behind the pacemaker and 11/4 chance Well Hello Dolly in the 1730m Schneider Acti 9 Pace before gaining a late split and finishing strongly to beat that mare by one metre, with 6/4 favourite Black Aquila a fighting third after working hard in the breeze. This gave Chris Lewis the first leg of a double, which he completed with the all-the-way win of Say It Now in the final event. Real Hammer, a recent addition to the Olivieri stable, has now raced 23 times in Western Australia for four wins and five placings to improve his career record to 12 wins, 14 placings and $100,062 from 52 starts. Finbar Abbey, driven by Chris Voak, was a 11/2 chance off the 20m mark in the 2503m Clipsal Lighting Handicap, in which former New Zealand performer Robyns Raider dominated betting and was favourite at 5/4 at his first appearance at Gloucester Park. Punters groaned when Robyns Raider galloped from the outside of the front line and lost several lengths. However, Colin Brown quickly got Robyns Raider back into a pacing gait and the four-year-old surged forward to assume control after 450m. Finbar Abbey settled down in ninth place before Voak sent him forward, three wide, after a lap to move to the breeze 1450m from home. The eight-year-old appeared under considerable pressure 250m from home when he was not responding particularly strongly to heavy punishment. However, he ran home with dogged determination to hit the front 50m from the post and win by a neck from 16/1 chance Thumpem, who was eighth on the pegs at the bell before finishing fast. Robyns Raider was a close third. Finbar Abbey, who has won at five of his nine starts for Olivieri, has earned $138,831 from 16 wins and 24 placings from 106 starts. $400 pacer takes earnings to $96,870 Four-year-old West Australian-bred mare Lucky Joy, unwanted as a yearling before being picked up for a mere $400 at a dispersal sale, boosted her earnings for Raelene and Ian Williams and their son Robbie to $96,870 when she stormed home to win the 2130m third heat of the Clipsal 56 Series Lombardo Pace for mares at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Robbie Williams, who trains Lucky Joy at Henley Brook, drove a typical patient race with the talented sit-sprinter, who started from barrier two on the back line and raced in sixth position in the one-wide line before unleashing a powerful finishing burst, out wide, to hit the front 70m from the post and win by a half-length from the fast-finishing 16/1 chance Ace of Cards. Hoylakes Firstlady, second fancy at 3/1, had a tough run in the breeze before fighting on to finish third, with the heavily-backed 6/4 favourite My Lady of the Night setting the pace and fading to finish sixth. Lucky Joy, by Canadian stallion Northern Luck, was third favourite at 9/2 and she impressed in dashing over the final 400m in 28.9sec. Her 30 starts have produced seven wins and 11 placings. Smooth Caesar is a giant-killer Giant pacer Smooth Caesar, a generally unfancied 21/1 chance, caused an upset when he stormed home from tenth and last 350m from home to beat 6/4 favourite Pride of Colorado in the 2130m Clipspec Claiming Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The powerfully-built eight-year-old has certainly been a great buy for Marie Bingham, who claimed him for $10,000 last November. Since then Smooth Caesar has won four races and been placed nine times for Pinjarra trainer-reinsman Kim Young, earning $46,985 in stakes to take his career record to 91 starts for 13 wins, 24 placings and $115,039. Polemarker Heavens Delight (7/4) set the pace from Pride of Colorado in the breeze, with Our Gent trailing the pacemaker and Elite Under Fire enjoying the one-out, one-back trail after having been fastest into stride from barrier five, but being unable to cross to the lead. Smooth Caesar, who started from the No. 3 barrier, was tucked away on the pegs and did not get into the clear until 420m from home. He was still last at the 350m mark when Young switched him five wide. After a third quarter in a slick 28.8sec., the final section was a considerably slower 30.2sec. and Smooth Caesar burst to the front 50m from the post before defeating Pride of Colorado by two metres. Veteran The Oyster Bar was a half-length away in third place. Say It Now has the last say Noted frontrunner Say It Now further illustrated the great advantage of the prized No. 1 barrier at Gloucester Park when Chris Lewis drove him to an all-the-way victory in the 1730m Clipsal and Schneider Electric Westbred Pathway Pace on Friday night. Say It Now was a well-fancied 7/4 second fancy, but many punters preferred the highly-promising four-year-old Bettor Party, who was favourite at 5/4 despite the marked disadvantage of starting from the outside of the front line of seven. Bettor Party was wisely eased back to last by Colin Brown, while the lack of any great pressure in the early stages enabled Lewis to rate Say It Now expertly in front, with modest opening quarters of the final mile in the sprint trip in 30sec. and a casual 31.1sec. This proved the decisive factor in the result. Brown started a three-wide move with Bettor Party approaching the bell and the gelding moved to seco0nd 320m from home and fought on with great determination. But after a third quarter in 29sec. Say It Now was able to sprint the final section in 28.4sec. and just hold Bettor Party at bay to score by a head at a 1.57.7 rate. Leftrightgoodnight tracked Bettor Party in the final lap and ran home strongly to be a close third. Say It Now, bred and owned by Kevin Charles and his son Kody, is prepared at Hopeland by Kevin Charles and the stallion showed early promise with wins in the 2012 South-West and Country Derbies. He has now earned $90,431 from 11 wins and 11 placings from 51 starts. He is related on his dam's side to former champion pacer Preux Chevalier, who won the 1985 interdominion championship at Moonee Valley, beating Village Kid, before being retired with earnings of $791,331 from 40 wins and nine placings from 53 starts. by Ken Casellas  

John O'Shea stole the show at Bathurst on State of Origin night with five wins in the gig two of  which he also trains. John admitted to supporting Queensland but despite this he was able to  have the last laugh with his fantastic display. His first winner came in race one the Western  Advocate Three Year Old Fillies Pace when his bay filly Cuddle was able to whip around them  with a lap to travel and wrest the lead away from Abercrombie Lisa. O'Shea then rated her  home in 60.3 to defeat Abercrombie Lisa by 5 metres with Mayihaveabiscuit third a half head  away. Cuddle is building up an impressive record with four wins and four minors from only  fourteen starts.    The Shannon Springs Pace was Johns next when he was able to guide the Lester Hewitt  trained Casino Chimes to an all the way victory. The 5yo chestnut gelding has now won his  his last two at Bathurst by leading throughout. He rated 2.01 and best Stevie Wander and  Smack Dab Shannon by 9 1/2 metres. The Jack Butler trained Tutu Bene Lombo was next   and John was able to get the second row runner to the lead shortly after the start. The 3 yo  gelding set solid quarters and had the field chasing hard throughout but despite the final  quarter being the slowest of the race he was able to break their hearts early and record his  fourth win.    Steve Turnbull took advantage of gaining the services of John, with Amanda driving in  Melbourne on the night, and John didn't let him down with a superb drive on the 2yo filly  French Royalty. John elected to take a sit behind the leader Virgin Tooth and somehow  worked her into the clear to defeat Flip Wilson who raced one out and one back on the line by  a neck. The well supported Billy Muscat trained Itz Platinum Plus sat in the breeze after an  early move from the rear early and there were three or four hopes when they turned for home.  John book ended the program with the Kenneth Rue trained Queen Khawaja who came with  a well timed run to beat King Caractacus who tried to lead all the way.    Ashlee Siejka led all the way on Marquez and she has now trained the 3yo gelding to its sixth  win. Onajoyride tried hard racing in the death 7 1/2 metres away with Warner flashing home  for third. Kevin Rivett was confident about the chances of Blissed By Datmuch after some  nice lead up work, and his supporters were cheering when he came from near last to swamp  them on the line. Steve Turnbulls Artista Lombo got its first win since the Blayney carnival of  cups with an all the way result in The Railway Hotel Pace. The 3yo filly has been racing well  without winning of late and was impressive beating Penny Shannon and Charlottes Delight  who both raced along the pegs.    The pick six on course jackpot is creeping up to $1000 punters and all it costs to enter is the  price of a race book, so get along to Bathurst and test your tipping skills.    By Craig Easey   

Harness racing returns to Warragul on Monday afternoon for an eight-race program starting at 12:21pm. Highlight is the Poggaharness.com Traralgon Pacing Cup over 2205 metres. Top reinsman Chris Alford will be out to win the Cup for the fourth time. He won the race once when harness racing was held at Traralgon, and has won three of the eight editions of the Cup held at Warragul since 2006, including last year with Inky Cullen. Alford drives Baccarat, one of two horses in the event for Clyde trainer Jayne Davies. Gippsland trainers have a strong hand in Monday's seven horse field, with Apollo Thirteen (Michael Hughes) and Stuck In Second (Glenn Hunter) also competing. The first two races on Monday boast some of the oldest and most competitive horses in Victoria. Fourteen-year-old Mister Douglas will be lining up for start 267 in race one, while in the second event, 13-year-old trotter Master Kiesey will be having race number 302. His stablemate Candy Digger also competes, having start 253. Local pacers are also set to compete across the events on Monday, and patrons will be admitted free to the meeting. Kyle Galley

Opening Heats of the Southern Cross series highlight this weekend's harness racing at Betezy Park Globe Derby this Saturday night, with one fillies heat and two colts events.   The fillies heat has bought together a full field and class filly Whats Emma Got has drawn the outside of the front line. the daughter of Grinfromeartoear has won 4 of her 7 starts including her last three and while she has not started for a month due to a minor setback the Glenda Fuller trained fillys looks the winner.   The Emma Stewart trained Secret Agenda has been competitive without winning in all her three starts and the Jill Neilson trained Whirly Girl could fill the placings.   The colts and geldings heats feature the unbeaten Hez The One and despite a back line draw looks the winner again in the first heat.   Heat two - The Dapper Don has been in good form with seconds to Hez The One in the BOTRA Golden Nursery Final and the Breeders Crown Heat last week.   The other feature on the program is the Maughan Ford Cup for fast class pacers and Darren Billinger holds the key with three of the seven runners. Come On Frank has won four races this season and has drawn the utside of the front line Lord Monaloo has drawn the pole and king of the claimers Albert Jaccka the only horse on the back line.   The Kevin Brough trained Weallwantano looks the only runner likely to spoil Billingers party.   Gary Newton

Since the talented Hunter Valley trained pacer Ultimate Art resumed as a four year old his trainer Michael Formosa has had one target in mind, the Breeders Challenge. After competing in the finals as a two and three year old but finishing unplaced Formosa is hoping for a change of luck this time around. "He still has to qualify by running in the first five on Saturday night in the semi final but everything I have done with him this season has been with the Breeders Challenge as his main goal," Formosa said. "Ultimate Art finished fourth as a two year old behind No Ah Saint and then put in a very disappointing run as a three year old and ran seventh behind Home Of The Brave but it had been a very tough time for the family in the lead up last year because my wife's father passed away." Formosa has steered away from mile racing recently and has concentrated on stretching his Gr. 1 winner over a longer trip. "He was probably a bit one dimensional as a younger horse, he had to lead or sit outside them to produce his best but he has developed as he has aged and I've been teaching him to sit and sprint and he has really taken to it." "I've spaced his runs which should ensure that he is right to go and while I did consider giving him a run last weekend I was mindful that it would mean he would have to race three consecutive weeks which might have been a big ask." Ultimate Art last raced on May 24th but has had the benefit of recent trialling. "He has trialled twice this month, the first of them was super because he ended up recording a 1:54.5 mile at Newcastle and then last week he led and I was happy with what he did." "I will see how he goes in the Breeders Challenge and if he is still feeling ok I might think about taking him to Queensland for the 4 Year Old Championships, but there is a bit of water to go under the bridge between now and then." By Greg Hayes (Harness Racing NSW)  

PACHACUTI produced arguably his best win of the season when he stormed home to win the Red Shed Restoration Barn Pace, a discretionary handicap, over 2579 metres in Hobart on Sunday night. Remember Joe led from the outset and when he kicked well clear turning for home to set up a 15-metre break on his rivals he looked set to cause an upset win. But Pachacuti refused to give in and when he got within five metres of the leader, driver Todd Rattray called on the four-year-old for the supreme effort and under strong driving the gelding slipped into overdrive and got up to win in the shadows of the post. It was a courageous win off a 10-metre handicap and one that pleased his trainer Barrie Rattray. Pachacuti finished second to star NZ three-year-old Bit of a Legend in the 3YO colts and geldings Breeders Crown final at Menangle last season but his form waned so Rattray sent him back to Tasmania. Since returning from NSW where he was prepared by James Rattray, the gelding has won five from six with his only defeat coming in the $30,000 Devonport Cup in which he placed second to stablemate Devendra but lost no admirers with his effort. Listen to what trainer Barrie Rattray had to say about Pachacuti's win and also what he had to say about Beautide's progress. By Peter Staples

Stylish gelding Isaiah Artois has the $125,000 Golden Slipper on July 18 firmly in his sights after giving a bold frontrunning display to score a decisive victory in a drama-filled International Health Pearl Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night. All honours were with Isaiah Artois, third favourite at 15/2 who was produced in great shape by Byford trainer David Thompson and was driven with aggression and confidence by Colin Brown. But there was a sad tale of woe, with the 2/1 on favourite The Odd Lover having his off-side sulky tyre punctured 100m after the start. In Nyrobi overraced badly when the mobile barrier released the field and Gary Hall jun. had a hectic time trying to settle the youngster who was virtually uncontrollable. Hall had a battle in trying to steer In Nyrobi as he attempted to guide him towards the outside fence. As he desperately tried to manoeuvre In Nyrobi away from behind The Odd Lover (racing three wide) In Nyrobi's near front leg clipped the wheel of The Odd Lover's sulky. Kim Prentice then dashed The Odd Lover forward to move into the breeze after 550m. Mister Atomic had galloped at the start and Morgan Woodley sent Nitro Lad into the lead before Isaiah Artois surged to the front after 200m. Punters realised that there was a serious problem when Prentice took a sustained look at The Odd Lover's off-side sulky wheel as the field raced down the front straight to receive the bell. The tyre was flattened, but stayed on the rim. However, the tube had become loose and had become wrapped around the axel. The Odd Lover, under the massive disadvantage of having to pull his disabled sulky, began to wilt half-way down the back straight in the final circuit and as Prentice was easing him back towards the rear approaching the home turn The Odd Lover was tightened and broke into a gallop. He finished 105m behind the winner in eleventh position. Steve Johnson, the breeder and owner of Isaiah Artois, was delighted with the victory and paid tribute to the professional care of Thompson and his wife Karen as well as the skill of Brown. "We came here tonight expecting that the Odd Lover would be extremely hard to beat," he said. "And I feel a little bit sorry for Kim Prentice, having to carry a flat tyre." After a reasonable lead time of 37.7sec., Isaiah Artois had the luxury of coasting through the first 400m section of the final mile in 31.4sec. before covering the next quarters in 29.4sec., 29.8sec. and 30.1sec. He rated 1.59.7 over the 2130m and defeated 11/2 second fancy Artillery Major by a length, with almost a length to Kasey Kahne (15/1) in third place. Artillery Major finished solidly from fifth on the pegs at the bell and Kasey Kahne came from seventh with a lap to travel. Isaiah Artois has had six starts for four wins and two thirds for stakes of $74,698. He is by Art Major and is the second foal out of Endless Journey (by American stallion Die Laughing) who had nine starts in Western Australia as a two and three-year-old in 2006 and 2007 for two minor placings and stakes of $2560. Endless Journey is a half-sister to Like A Dame, the dam of top-flight seven-year-old David Hercules, who had set the pace and beaten Im Themightyquinn 30 minutes before the win of Isaiah Artois in the Pearl. Endless Journey is out of Victorian-bred mare Hold Tight, whose five winners included Fake Embrace, winner of the Sales Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park in March 1994. Fake Embrace earned $240,249 from 37 wins and 40 placings from 178 starts. David Hercules claims a mighty scalp In ancient times the mythical Greek divine hero Hercules was famous for his strength and was acclaimed for slaying, bare-handed, the ferocious Nemean lion, a vicious monster who was considered indestructible. The modern-day Hercules appeared in the form of David Hercules at Gloucester Park on Friday night when his victim was Australasia's greatest pacer Im Themightyquinn. Im Themightyquinn was considered a certainty by most pundits, but he had his colours lowered by David Hercules, who proved too speedy for his illustrious rival in the 2130m KA Cleans And Flushes Pace. David Hercules, resuming after a spell, charged straight to the front from the No. 2 barrier and he relished his pacemaking role before beating Im Themightyquinn by just over two lengths, with Dundee Three finishing strongly from seventh on the pegs at the bell to be 10m away in third place. Im Themightyquinn, favourite at 2/1 on, started from barrier three and raced without cover for the first 550m before Toretto assumed the position in the breeze. Morgan Woodley rated David Hercules perfectly, and after opening quarters of the final mile in 30.9sec. and 29.1sec. the West Australian-bred seven-year-old gave his rivals very little chance by sprinting brilliantly over the final two quarters in 27.3sec. and 27.6sec. Im Themightyquinn, driven for the first time in a race by Clint Hall, started a three-wide move towards the end of the back straight in the final circuit. He finished solidly, but found the task beyond him. Woodley admitted he was more than pleasantly surprised at the splendid first-up performance from David Hercules, a clear second favourite at 5/2 at his first appearance for just over three months. "He exceeded my expectations," he said. "I went out thinking that if I could pinch an easy time early he might have a good chance of finishing close with Im Themightyquinn. My suspicion was that Im Themightyquinn, with race fitness under his belt and the way he has been racing in such a rich vein of form, would prove a little bit too good for us. "The lead time (37.6sec.) and the leisurely first quarter (30.9sec.) allowed me to be really up tempo from the 1200m and make it very hard for anything from behind. He certainly did exceed my expectations and I was very happy with him and the most positive thing to come out of it is that I think that he will improve. "I believe it was the winning move, sprinting the third quarter in 27.3sec. It wasn't premeditated, it wasn't a plan; it just seemed like the right thing to do. So I rolled the dice and threw caution to the wind down the back straight and tried to pinch a good break. "As we turned into the back straight the last time I had a look over my shoulder and saw that Im Themightyquinn still hadn't pulled out off the back of Toretto, and I thought, well now's my chance. If I can pinch a couple of lengths here and he has to be going sideways while I'm going forward, well I can really make a race of it. "Fortunately David Thompson had the horse right, and this made my drive look good. A lot of times you can try things like that, but if the horse isn't up to the mark they will wilt over the final stages and you will have egg on your face. So credit is due to David for having the horse so forward. "David Hercules ran out a little bit in the home straight, but that is not something that's of great concern. If it was the first time he had done it, then I would be worried. It seems to be quite a consistent thing with him. He has raced with block blinkers on from time to time and, who knows, moving forward, it might be the case that he goes back and has some form of eye-wear to keep him a little more focused and straight. "He's quite a large horse and I think that some of this is probably because he is running too quickly for his frame. Im Themightyquinn is pint-sized compared to David Hercules." David Hercules, owned by David Botha and Jeneen Johnson, has amassed $820,304 in prizemoney from 30 wins and 31 placings from 88 starts. The Parade, a model of consistency A wide barrier did not prove a disadvantage for talented filly The Parade, who maintained her wonderful consistency when she sustained a powerful burst from last to win the 1730m Electromix-Electrolytes And Sweat Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Despite her excellent form, including her second to the brilliant Libertybelle Midfrew in the WA Oaks last month, many punters overlooked her claims and she started at a gift price of 7/1 from the No. 6 barrier on the front line. Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice wisely restrained The Parade back to last at the start, while polemarker and 5/4 on favourite Harper Grace was put under plenty of early pressure, first from Maddy White (5/1) and then Jungle Jewel (8/1). This resulted in a fast opening quarter of the final mile in 28.2sec. After a second section in 30.1sec., Harper Grace led from Jungle Jewel at the bell, with My Samantha Jane (11/1) next on the pegs and Maddy White in the one-out, one-back position. Prentice started a three-wide move 950m from home and The Parade sustained a strong burst to take the lead with 250m to travel. The final sections went by in 28.9sec. and 29.8sec. and the winner rated a slick 1.56.3. She won by 2m from My Samantha Jane, with 5m to Maddy White in third place. Harper Grace weakened to finish fourth. The Parade has earned $108,144 from seven wins and eight placings from 20 starts. She is by American stallion Real Desire and is the first foal out of unraced Badlands Hanover mare Hearty Lass, whose dam Atomic Lass produced former champion Auckland Reactor (53 starts for 32 wins, four placings and $1,837,043) and Taihape Tickler, who had 113 starts for 19 wins, 19 placings and $183,919. The Parade's win completed a double for Prentice, who was successful earlier in the night with the Ken Kirke-trained The Pacing Priest. Finbar Abbey and Arousing win for Olivieri and Voak Veteran New Zealand-bred pacer Finbar Abbey, who holds the unique distinction of being the only horse to have won a race in Australia in which outstanding four-year-old Alta Christiano tasted defeat, gave Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri and reinsman Chris Voak the first leg of a double at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he finished strongly to win the 2503m Ironvita Blood And Oxygen Handicap. The pair completed the double when Arousing was successful in the second qualifying heat of the Neutra Syrup Netralises And Removes Lombardo Pace. Finbar Abbey, a 4/1 chance, began speedily from the 10m mark, and after racing wide early, slotted in to the one-out, one-back position, with Bartowski setting the pace from Gallileo in the breeze. Shardons Rocket, the 30m backmarker, surged forward, three wide, in the first lap before eventually getting to the front 1270m from home. This relegated Finbar Abbey to sixth in the one-wide line, but Voak remained patient before he switched Finbar Abbey three wide at the 600m mark. Finbar Abbey dashed to the front 50m from the post and won by a length from 5/1 chance Ohoka Courage, who was eighth at the bell and followed the last-lap three-wide run of the winner. Heez Orl Black, the 6/4 favourite, who moved to the breeze 950m from home, wilted to fifth. Finbar Abbey, who won the 2902m Easter Cup from Polak and Alta Christiano on April 17, has flourished under Olivieri's care and looks set for further successes. The eight-year-old has had 105 starts for 15 wins and 24 placings for stakes of $127,281. He had 63 starts in New Zealand for five wins and 14 placings before arriving in Australia. Arousing, second fancy at 4/1, made the most of the prized No. 1 barrier when she set a moderate early pace before covering the final 800m in 57.5sec. to beat 5/4 favourite Jungle Genie by one and a half lengths. This ended a losing sequence of nine and boosted her earnings to $102,696 from ten wins and 24 placings from 92 starts. Jungle Genie was not suited by the dawdling pace and did a good job to come from seventh at the bell. Olivieri and Voak kept up the good work at Gloucester Park on Saturday night when 5/2 chance Hes Ritehererightnow finished strongly to win a 2503m stand from Ardens Southee. Elson and Young strike purple patch Owner-trainer Gary Elson and reinsman Kim Young completed a wonderfully successful week when they combined to score an upset victory with 44/1 outsider Reuben Brogden in the2536m Min-A-Vit Racing And Breeding Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This followed wins with two-year-old Mister Ardee and three-year-old Class of Tara at Pinjarra on Monday and two-year-old Arturus at Gloucester Park on Tuesday. Reuben Brogden, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old, started from the outside of the back line and he was last in the field of 12 after a lap before storming home from the rear at the bell to snatch a last-stride victory by a head from 5/4 favourite Slick Chapel, with Vapour (9/4) a close third after appearing certain to win when he led clearly on the home turn. Polemarker Im Terrific set the pace until Lauren Jones sent Vapour (sixth at the bell) to the front at the 400m mark. Gary Hall jun. then issued a spirited challenge with Slick Chapel, who had followed Vapour's three-wide run in the final circuit. Vapour began to wilt in the closing stages and was overhauled by Reuben Brogden and Slick Chapel. The final 800m was covered in 59.5sec. and Reuben Brogden rated 1.58.4. Young drove vigorously in the home straight and earned a $400 fine from the stewards for an incorrect whip action. Reuben Brogden, who finished third to Im Victorious in the Golden Nugget Championship at Gloucester Park in December 2012, has been lightly raced and his win on Friday night improved his record to 36 starts for 14 wins and ten placings for stakes of $114,936. The son of American stallion Real Desire, Reuben Brogden was placed twice from three starts in New Zealand in October 2011 before coming to WA. He is the first foal out of Presidential Ball mare Ruby Choozday, who had eight starts for one win, two placings and $5970. Spectacular debut by Spectactular New Zealand-bred five-year-old Spectactular, a standing-start specialist in his home country with five wins in stands, revealed sparkling early speed from behind the mobile at Gloucester Park on Friday night when made an impressive Australian debut with an effortless victory in the 2130m Mecworma And Bot Worming Paste Pathway Pace. Produced in fine fettle by leading trainer Gary Hall sen., Spectactular, hot favourite at 3/1 on, gave Gary Hall jun. an armchair drive as he bowled along in front before sprinting over the final 400m in 27.8sec. to win by just over four lengths from polemarker Kristoff, who had trailed him throughout. Spectactular rated 1.57.4 to improve his record to nine wins and six placings from 37 starts for stakes of $64,862. By Christian Cullen, he is the eighth foal out of New York Motoring mare Tact Hayley, who was placed at five of her 11 starts before being retired to the breeding barn. Halls maintain their dominance with two trebles The all-conquering combination of master trainer Gary Hall sen. and champion reinsman Gary Hall jun. maintained their outstanding form with another three winners at Gloucester Park on Friday night. They were successful with Black Aquila (5/2), Spectactular (3/1 on) and My Hard Copy (2/1 on) and then they combined with another treble at Gloucester Park on Saturday night, scoring with Massive Attack, VC Manoeuvre and Soho Lennon. Black Aquila, a newcomer to the Hall stable, gave a powerful display to win the 1730m Protexin Multi Strain Probiotic Pace from Desirable Guy and Roy Bolt. He started from the No. 5 barrier on the front line and raced three wide for the first 550m before moving into the breeze outside the pacemaker Roy Bolt. Black Aquila moved on terms with the leader 450m from home before taking a clear lead 150m later and racing away to score by a length and a half at a 1.56.8 rate after the final 800m was covered in a slick 57.3sec. Owned by Michael Young, Courtney Burch and John Young, Black Aquila showed early promise when he won the group 1 Sales Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park in April 2011 when he defeated Polak and El Machine. The son of Totally Ruthless, he is bred to be a good winner. He is the first foal out of the unraced Il Vicolo mare My Date With Destiny, whose dam Baltic Flight produced Baltic Eagle, whose 40 starts produced 21 wins, seven placings and stakes of $746,980. Baltic Eagle's wins included the WA Pacing Cup, Fremantle Cup and interdominion championship in Christchurch early in 2003, the FTC Members Sprint in November 2003 and the Celebrity Mile at Gloucester Park in December 2004. New Zealand-bred four-year-old My Hard Copy maintained his outstanding form when he was untroubled to set the pace and win easily from strong-finishing stablemate Our Arlington and Black Pontiac in the 1730m Horsport Rehydration And Recovery Pace. My Hard Copy set a cracking pace and reeled off quarters in 28.4sec., 28.9sec., 29sec. and 27.9sec. He now has earned $146,047 from 14 wins and 13 placings from 40 starts. The Pacing Priest prevails A pre-emptive strike by reinsman Justin Prentice paid dividends when he guided the injury-plagued The Pacing Priest to a narrow victory in a punishing finish to the 2503m Sootha Nerves And Stress Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The well-supported New Zealand-bred eight-year-old (9/2) started from the inside of the 10m line and settled down in tenth position on the pegs before Prentice seized the initiative by dashing the gelding forward, three wide, after 750m to move outside the pacemaker Turbo Gold (40/1) with 1450m to travel. Prentice was content to leave The Pacing Priest in the breeze until he urged the gelding forward to take the lead 250m from home. The Pacing Priest then fought on doggedly to score by a metre from 9/2 chance Bubbles And Bling, who came from 11th at the bell and followed the three-wide run of Trojan Bromac before going four wide at the 300m mark and finishing strongly. Turbo Gold held on to finish third. The Pacing Priest, who is trained at West Swan by Ken Kirke, ended a losing sequence of ten and improved his record to 45 starts for ten wins, 13 placings and $110,451 in prizemoney. by Ken Casellas  

Trainer David Lewis doesn’t know just how fast in-form Amajorjo can go but he hopes the five-year-old can continue to take things up a notch. Following Friday night’s Tabcorp Park Melton Pace success over 1720m, Lewis has nominated the son of Art Major for this Friday night’s Young Pedro Free For All at Melton. Amajorjo set a new Australian record for fastest ever last half-mile a month ago when winning at Maryborough. The son of Art Major stopped the clock at 53.3secs for the final half-mile on that occasion, and last Friday he recorded the fastest mile rate for the night (1:55.1) in defeating Magical Telf and Discrimination at Melton. “He’s going fantastic. His work at home keeps on improving all the time,” Lewis said. “We don’t really know how quick he can go but his speed is just incredible. He can reel off some really quick last quarters; he just finds it a bit tough sometimes at the end of those 2200-metre races.” The 1720m distance of the Young Pedro would suit, but Lewis said he would weigh up the strength of the line-up before deciding whether to start the pacer or wait for another race. Scott Stewart-trained star Bitobliss and Miracle Mile champion Baby Bling are among nominations for the Young Pedro. Stewart said he hoped to get Bitobliss “back to where he should be” this time in after a frustrating summer campaign. “He seems all right at the moment. A few things didn’t go his way last time in – a few bad barriers and maybe I didn’t drive him the best a couple of times. And being a seven-year-old stallion he got a bit over it,” Stewart said. “People remember what he can do.” Meanwhile, Lewis’s smart two-year-old filly Luvumum has had to overcome a throat problem in recent weeks, scuppering her Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series ambitions. She will now be aimed at the Breeders Crown. Lewis’s stable star Abettorpunt, who resumes fast work this week, will also target the Breeders Crown. By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Victoria)

It was a milestone that crept up on leading Bathurst harness racing reinswoman Amanda Turnbull but it was one that she will savour for many years to come. On the eve of her relocating to Victoria to start a new facet of her life with partner Nathan Jack, Amanda landed her 1000th winner at the Peak Hill Harness Racing Club's TAB Carnival of Cups meeting on Sunday afternoon in what can only be described as a mighty effort. The 24 year old who has inherited the ability of her famous grandfather AD Turnbull and her equally talented father Steve not only busted through the 1000 winner barrier but she also bagged four winners and three placegetters on the eight race program. Amanda didn't have to wait very long to crack the marvellous milestone as it came up in the second race of the afternoon when she combined with her brother Josh to score with Forever Texas ($2.30) in the Elders Rural Services Pace (2250m). She charged the gelding out of gate three to lead and then proceeded to set a brisk pace. And although the gelding was shortening stride as the race drew to a close, he boxed on determinedly to score by a head over Major Gambler ($18.30, Blair Hurst) which had applied plenty of pressure over the final 800 metres and was gallant in defeat. Veracity Red ($3.80) was given every chance by Amy Day who tracked the leaders into the straight but he had to settle for third placing after failing to get on terms with them. There were plenty of supporters on hand to offer congratulations to Amanda and she was presented with flowers and a specially made cake, inscribed with the milestone. Shiraz Shannon ($1.80) scored a clear win in a lack lustre affair which was the Tony & Jill McGrath Pace (2250m) to give Amanda her second winner for the afternoon and trainer Bruce Dumesny his first winner in over 30 years. And it was simply a case of the horse who got the best run got the money with Amanda landing the one out, one back trail with Shiraz Shannon who sprinted quickly at the top of the lane and pinched a winning break. Tee Tiny ($11.90, Andrew Cassell) came from last to grab the second prize narrowly in advance of Snags Hall ($3.10, Steve Dowton) which led and had every chance. Precious M ($1.80) continued the "mid meeting" assault Amanda inflicted on her opponents, taking out the Yardy and Rita Davis Memorial (2250m). This time she was seen up in the death chair with Precious M and the horse was always travelling well within itself until Amanda hit the go button on the home turn. The gelding dashed past the leader and then had to hold off a late challenge from Getaloadaher ($10.90, Blair Hurst) which had followed the winner every inch of the way. Ryans Lane ($5.70, Steve Turnbull) was the pacemaker and although he was well rated in front, he failed to see out the distance and had to settle for third. Cracka Stride ($1.30) could not have been more impressive than he was in taking out the Menangle Where Horses Fly Country Series Heat (1800m), completing Amanda's quartet of winners. After enduring a real charge for the lead, Cracka Stride eventually worked to the lead with 1400 metres to run and Amanda simply ran her opposition off their legs, recording 1.57.9 on the way to a thirteen and a half metre victory. Bohemian Art ($16.60, Anthony Winnell) was the early leader and then sat on the winner's back throughout, holding on strongly for second while Hallycould ($12.50, John O'Shea) ran a respectable race for third after being the other horse in that early speed battle. The Peak Hill Ex-Services & Citizens Club Final (1800m) promised to be a great race and it was certainly shaping that way until the field reached the 400 metre mark when the two favourites for the race, Fantasy Level and Half Crown Gap struck trouble with the latter hitting the deck and dislodging driver Steve Turnbull. Meanwhile, I Surf ($15.20, Murray Sullivan) emerged out of the pack after enjoying a cosy run and got clear near the line to score a strong win over Janets Ace ($15.50, Terry Robb) and Blessedbythebest ($8.50, Amanda Turnbull). I Surf which is owned by prominent Penrith Solicitor, Greg Harris rated 1.58.3 and continued the great run of success being enjoyed by Forbes trainer Jason Gaffney who is building up a nice team of pacers. It was a similar scene in the Tabcorp Park Menangle Country Series Heat (1800m) when Murray Sullivan took a nasty tumble from Bee Mine with 500 metres to run. Stewards deemed the fall was caused by a racing incident and couldn't lay blame on any individual. Thankfully Sullivan escaped with minor injuries as did Steve Turnbull in the previous race. Highview Aria ($3.00) led in the race and again, Amanda Turnbull set a brisk pace. Heza Nuther Melody ($10.50) was able to slot in behind the pace and it was at the 500 metre mark that driver Garth Hot shunted his way into the clear and went out after Highview Aria. The pair settled down to a two horse war for the last furlong and Heza Nuther Melody got the upper hand over the concluding stages to record a strong three and a half metre win. Grouse Party House ($18.10, Robert Clifford) worked home well after racing back along the pegs and he grabbed the third prize. Amy Day made the long trip up from Goulburn worthwhile when she drew early blood in the opening event, the Rosewood Stud 3yo Pace (2250m) with Red Onahi ($3.50). Day always had the flashy chestnut well placed in the running line and despite only winning by a nose, Red Onahi appeared to be the one to beat a long way from home. Amy's cousin, Michael Day Junior was the one who almost upset the apple cart as he brought Pride Of Flight ($11.20) home with a well-timed run from near last and the close finish even left race caller, Craig Easey a little embarrassed as he went the wrong way. Happy Napa ($29.50, John O'Shea) flashed up late to run third, just two metres in arrears. Forbes trained youngster, Karinya Mully ($25.40) recorded a popular win in the Langlands Hanlon 3yo Pace (2250m) giving trainer, driver Gary Eyre and Trundle owners Tom and Col Quade a well-deserved win. Eyre sat patiently at the back of the field for the majority of the trip and when he moved Karinya Mully to the centre of the track with 400 metres to run, the gelding sprinted quickly and rounded the leaders up in the twinkling of an eye. On the line, he had a two and a half metre advantage over Artista Lombo ($2.10, Amanda Turnbull) which settled with a trail but then found the death seat with 800 metres to run. Team Of Starzzz ($3.40, Amy Day) sat behind the leader and appeared to get his chance after seeing daylight in the straight. Harness Racing New South Wales

After a couple of unruly performances and some on the run gear changes made by harness racing trainer Darren Billinger Lombo Del Rosso appears set for a bright future.   The son of Four Stazzz Shark commenced his career back in March when he looked to be the winner on the home turn but fell after casting a shoe and in his comeback race at Betezy park Globe Derby he finshed third before embarking on a trip to Melbourne to try to qualify for the APG Finals.   In his heat he finished second before finishing down the track in the semis then did a good job to finish fourth in the consolation before returning to South Australia and winning first up at Port Pirie.   A good second to the unbeaten Hez The One in the BOTRA Golden Nursery heats saw him one of the main players going into the final on the last Saturday in May but after locking wheels on the first turn he was never a threat.   Billinger then took the big horse to Strathalbyn and he found the line well after doing some work in the final lap and not looking that comfortable on the small track.   Then at his second run in six days Lombo Del Rosso went back to headquarters on Saturday night to beat a small but quality field in the Nevele R Stud 2yo Pace.   Lombo Del Rosso is a son of Gloria Lombo who won 12 races and over $100,000 in prize money and she is a daughter of champion race mare Lombo Rapid who claimed the Chariots Of Fire in one of her 27 victories.   In the Free For All, Mildura pacer Timeless Era found the front and driver David Harding dictated terms running the first half of the last mile in 62.5 seconds before buzzing home in 56.5 giving odds on favourite Come On Frank little chance of running him down.   by Gary Newton  

RECORD breaking three-year-old Tasmanian pacer Resurgent Spirit had his colours lowered for only the second time when he had to settle for third in a heat of the Globe Derby Stakes over 2200 metres at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston last Friday night. Resurgent Spirit won his first 13 starts to equal Halwes' record of the most number of consecutive wins in Tasmania before suffering his first loss in the Tasmanian Derby in April. Last Friday night the Roger Whitmore-trained gelding was forced to do a lot of work early to retain the lead but as it was his first start for almost two months and coming off a knew injury he was exposed at the business end of the race. Estevao came off a cozy run in the one-out-one-back position to finish powerfully to win by a long neck from Rusty Red Comet that faced the breeze for the duration with Resurgent Spirit weakening into third spot five metres away. Estevao (x Art Major) is a half-brother to this year's Devonport Cup winner Devendra (x Bettors Delight) with the only other of the mare Queen Carey's progeny being Benediction (a full sister to Devendra) that won 19 of her 56 starts including multiple features at two and three. Estevao is owned and raced in partnership by trainer Barrie Rattray and long-time stable client Ian Dunham who also raced last season's Easter Cup-Devonport Cup winner Biggernbettermax. By Peter Staples

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The top horses in Maritime harness racing will face off in eliminations of the Maritime Breeder's and Cecil Ladner memorial pacing series Saturday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time for the 13-dash program is 6 pm. The card features two $3,000 eliminations of the Maritime Breeder's for three-year-old pacing fillies in races 6 and 9. Race 6 will be a showdown between freshly minted Truro track record holder Lovineveryminute (Todd Trites) and divisional leader Elm Grove Inarush (Mark Bradley). Race 9 has Saulsbrook Alana (Marc Campbell) leaving off the rail in a division that includes Charlottes Style (Kenny Arsenault) and Pictonian Sareta (Mike Stevenson). The top four from each elimination advance to next week's rich final. The three-year-old colt pacers go post ward in races 8 and 11 with the top four in each division making it to next week's Maritime Breeder's colts and gelding finals. The top two colts of the 2014 season will square off in race 8 with Dumas Walker (Myles Heffernan) and Super S Yzerman (Clare MacDonald). Both colts were victories in divisions of the Bob Dewar two weeks ago at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Race 11 will see 2013 Island Breeders champion Settlement Request (Gilles Barrieau) fend off a field of seven rivals including Wishes In The Rain (Darren Crowe) and Mr Vaive (Bernard McCallum). The Cecil Ladner Memorial pacing series elimination put their noses on the gate in race 10 and 12. The first $2,400 elimination in race 10 has Maine invader Coral Snake (Crowe) from post 2 for owner Island native David MacDonald of Halifax fresh off a 1:55.2 victory over Scarborough Downs. Other entries include PC Shockwave (Brian MacPhee), R Sonoflife (Todd Trites), Narragansett (Jason Hughes), Likely To Win (Ryan Ellis), Sterling Seelster (Campbell), Schooner (Barrieau) and Machinthesand (Brodie MacPhee). Race 12 has another Maine entry owned by MacDonald in Art Of Illusion from post 8. The pacer has minted his status as one of the top pacers in the State of Maine after a 1:53.2 victory last week in the free-for-all at Scarborough Downs but will have to fend off All Turain from post 7, who is undefeated since teaming up with Brodie MacPhee 10 starts ago, and Astor for trainer-driver Hughes, fresh off a 1:56.4 victory in his P.E.I. debut. Other entries include Blissful Bro (Campbell), Touch Of Lightning (Earl Smith), Perfect Escape (Barrieau), Hail The Taxi (Trites) and Judge Jon (Stevenson). The top foru from each elimination advance to next week's $8,200 final, while the next four will race off in the $3,000 consolation. Summerside Sunday SUMMERSIDE, PE - A $1,900 feature pace highlights the Sunday afternoon card at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway with a 1 pm post time for the 13-dashes. The race 12 feature has Ultimate Luck installed as the post time favorite for driver Arsenault, trainer Sifroi Melason and owner Ultimate Stables of New Brunswick. The six-year-old Camluck stallion has a tough field of opponents including Onehotvett (Barrieau), Outside The Wire (Brodie MacPhee), McMaverick (Ken Murphy), Eagle Jolt (Campbell), Upfront Ticket (Hughes), Lucky Encounter (Norris Rogers) and Shipps Xcalibur (Gary Chappell). The card also features the $1,850 Open trot has newcomer Presto Pegasus picked to win off a two-race win streak in Charlottetown. The nine-year-old Pegasus Spur gelding is driven by Mark Bradley for trainer Brian Andrew and owners Rachel Andrew of Milton and William Andrew of Calgary. His main competition will come from Zip The Lip (Brian MacPhee), Abundaspin (Harold Shepherd) and Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass). The field also includes Lyrical Lindy (Hughes) and Honeymoonisover (Brian Andrew). Race analyst Jarred Stretch is leaning on post 1 starter Abundaspin to get the job done in this week of his 14-year-old season. "After going on a lengthy win streak he hasn't been to the circle in three straight, but he's been good enough and he'll be thirsty to get back," Stretch said while pegging Caliban Hanover for second and Presto Pegasus for third. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

As previously advised, HRNSW's Chief Executive Officer, Sam Nati, announced his resignation to the Board on Wednesday 14th May 2014 to take up an external consultancy role. Sam's resignation will take effect from Friday 22 August 2014. As outlined in that media release the process to find Sam's replacement was to commence soon thereafter. The purpose of this media release is to advise the industry of the process that will be followed to select the new CEO. Prior to the last Board meeting a number of search firms were approached to provide an outline of their services, their selection techniques and strategies and past experiences in the appointment of similar level positions in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. Watermark Search International ("Watermark") was subsequently appointed by the Board to undertake the search and the Board also elected 3 of its members, namely myself and Alex and Rod Smith, to work with Watermark in the early stages of the selection process. Mr Gregory Dohnt, a partner of Watermark, met with us on Friday 6 June and commenced the process this week. He is expected to report back to us over the next two to three weeks with his initial findings and thereafter on a more regular basis until the appointment has been completed. We expect a number of industry participants will approach or be contacted by Watermark as will a number of non harness candidates. Watermark will be responsible for screening all candidates and providing us with a short list of candidates to interview. The Board believes that the process to identify and select a new CEO will take between six and eight weeks and will negotiate a starting date with the successful candidate as soon as possible thereafter. If anyone has any questions in relation to the process please do not hesitate to contact myself or Peter Carney who is co-ordinating the process on behalf of the Board or Greg Dohnt at Watermark on (02) 9233 1200. 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: Name: Rex Horne Position: Chairman Phone: (02) 9722 6600 Email: rhorne@hrnsw.com.au Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |

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