The first round heats of the much sought after Snowball Series for C0 class horses four year old and older were held at the Charlton Graduation class meeting on Monday December 9, 2013. A unique series where stake levels increase as the series progresses - Heats $3,000, Semi-finals $5,500 and the Final $10,500 Heat one over 2100 metres was taken out by Great Western trainer/driver Kerryn Manning's Washington VC/Robyne Measure 4-Y-0 gelding Willow Robyn in a rate of 1-59.9. Beginning brilliantly from gate four, Willow Robyn a prohibitive $1.10 favourite, led throughout to street his rivals in winning by 18 metres over a death-seating Sassy man and Playing The Ace. Heat two saw South Australian visitor Sparks On Nudgee, a four year old daughter of Life Sign and Big Brown Eyes successful in a rate of 2-01.2. Driven by Greg Sugars for Globe Derby Park trainer Andrew Mitton, Sparks On Nudgee was sent out with a rush from gate three, but was unable to head off the polemarker Miss Toolern Vale, with Sugars easing to take a trail. Using the sprint lane in the shadows of the post, Sparks On Nudgee ($3.20) finished best to gain the day by a head from Shes Even Cooler (one/two - three wide home turn), with Miss Toolern Vale a half neck away in third place. Smart Lombo Pocket Watch/Road To Paris four year old gelding Clancys Fobwatch snared Heat three in the fastest rate 1-57.7 from gate three. In what was a great staying test, Clancys Fobwatch ($2.10) trained at Hopetoun Park (Bacchus Marsh) by Ross Sugars and driven by Greg, raced outside the highly fancied Seven And A Half (gate four), before prevailing by a half neck in a thrilling duel all the way up the running. Tearitup which led out before being eased to follow Seven And A Half finished 37.4 metres away in third place. Two Semi-Finals over 2190 metres will be held at Maryborough on December 18, with the 2200 metre Final at Ballarat on December 26. Len Baker
The weather was stifling, and so were the times at the third annual Garrards 2YO Trialling Sale at Tabcorp Park, Menangle, last Sunday. A crowd of 500 or so people sweltered in 38 degree heat to see 45 youngsters trial then go under the hammer. The top price, at $115,000, was a New Zealand-bred Gotta Go Cullect filly, from Russian Rocket, offered by Christchurch-based horseman, Greg Payne, and bought by veteran Victorian enthusiast, Jack Knight, to join the astute Wayne Potter stable. The filly electrified the crowd with her half mile trial with splits of 28.1s and 27.6s, never flinching. Knight and Potter also signed for a $70,000 Somebeachsomewhere colt from More Sassie Lombo, which was offered by Young-based studmaster, Ken Smith, and which finished off with a solid 27.8s on the back of a 31s first quarter. Alliex Express' father-and-son team of Colin and Dean McDowell bought two youngsters - a Somebeachsomewhere gelding from Scoots Away for $30,000, and $36,000 for another Gotta Go Cullect filly, from Glowable. Industry virtual newcomer Brad Canty, whose background is in the greyhound industry, was active with four purchases, three for Brisbane's Mat Neilson and another for local horseman Blake Fitzpatrick, who is training a New Zealand-bred, the only Bettors Delight progeny in the sale, a filly from Beaudiene Bianca, which brought $44,000. Neilson took home a $9000 colt by The Globe from Just Sweet, a $30,000 Real Desire colt from My Spirit Of Tara and a Sportswriter-Tycoon Tess gelding for $13,000. Experienced Riverina-based horseman, Steve Harris, brought two colts, which sold well: a Sportswriter-Stylish Storm to Rob Davis for $44,000 and a Quick Approval half-brother to Majorlicious, which went to Doug Johnson for $32,000, while Trec Saverio paid $50,000 for a Victorian-bred Modern Art gelding from Soaring Franco. Veteran South Coast New South Wales identity Bill Green spent $30,000 on the half-brother to Jedi Mind, a colt by Live Or Die, to join Robbie Morris and Kerry Ann Turner, who also took home a striking syndicate-owned New Zealand-bred Santanna Blue Chip colt for $35,000 from Payne. The crowd included enthusiasts from as far afield as Western Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and Victoria, with the likes of young Perth-based horsemen Ryan Bell and Kody Charles, north-western Tasmanian owner, Michael Filleul, Queensland trainers Daren Garrard, Darrel Graham and Mat Neilson and Victorians David Aiken, Michael Stanley and the father-and-son combination of Peter and Matt Craven. Local figures in the throng included Jarrod Alchin, Darren Binskin, Ron Cooper, Neil Day, Blake Fitzpatrick, Paul Fitzpatrick, Damian Gallagher, Anton Golino, Darren McCall, John McCarthy, Luke McCarthy, Robbie Morris, Kerry Ann Turner, Steve Turnbull and Peter Walsh. The day proved a complete entertainment package, with a performance by singer-songwriter Luke Koteras and the Garrards Industry Day and Trade Fair. A small number of bought-back lots are still on the market, through the agency of Australian Standardbred Consultancy Pty Ltd, by contacting Kerry Baker on 0402 336 598 or at email@example.com Courtesy of Harness Racing NSW Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales | 22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200 T: 02 9722 6600| F: 02 85805792 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org| W: www.hrnsw.com.au & www.trotstv.com.au Warning to recipients: This email and any attachments are confidential and subject to copyright. If you are not the intended recipient any use, disclosure or copying is unauthorised. If you have received this email in error please advise us immediately by reply email and delete all copies. It is your responsibility to examine this email and any attachments for viruses. Any personal information in this email must be handled in accordance with privacy legislation.
Former smart two-year-old pacer Lickyalips returned to racing last month after a disappointing three-year-old season but his form this time in has been superb. Tattersall’s Park in Hobart tonight the four-year-old made it three wins in succession when he led virtually all the way to win a C2 over 2090 metres. All About Mod began brilliantly from gate three to lead but that horse’s driver Tim Yole was keen to hand up when Ricky Duggan sent the odds-on favourite Lickyalips around the field to take up the running. Once in front the gelding set a solid tempo and went on to win comfortably. Lickyalips hit the line over five metres clear of All About Mod with Just Dance Baby a closing third 4-1/4 metres away and just in advance of The Innkeeper. Lickyalips is trained at Brighton by Rodney Ashwood and is owned in partnership by Jamie Cockshutt, Barry Cooper, Linda Duggan and Adam Aherne who only recently bought into the horse. “I am ecstatic at how Rod (Ashwood) has been able to nurture this horse back into winning form,” Cockshutt said. “He was terrific as a two-year-old but he had issues as a three-year-old what with growing and other niggling issues but it looks like that’s all behind him,” Cockshutt said. Lickyalips has won eight of his 18 starts as well as four minor placings form stakes of almost $50,000. Cockshutt said there are no special plans for Lickyalips. “We will just keep looking for suitable races and hope that he can keep on winning.” “The races get that much harder as he moves through the grades but as long as he is competitive we will be happy,” he said. By Peter Staples
Divas Delight secured a berth in the Eric Reece Memorial final by leading all-the-way win in a heat over 2090 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart on Sunday night. The Barrie Rattray-trained gelding has been a model of consistency without winning this season notching consecutive placings from his four outings this time in. But driver Todd Rattray used the four-year-old gelding's speed from the mobile to cross from gate five and from there on he led his rivals a merry chase. Divas Delight (Bettors Delight-Draw Card) cruised to the line to score by over six metres from Cardinal Dreamer that trained the leader throughout with Saloon In Sight almost three metres away third. "He got to the front tonight and that's made all the difference," said trainer Barrie Rattray. "You can't say he hasn't been consistent this time in but he has always been a very honest little fella," he said. The Eric Reece Memorial wasn't specifically targeted by the trainer. "This race just came along at the right time for him but it is definitely a race that every trainer and owner wants to win because it is named after a politician who was described as a person for the battlers." "It is definitely one race that everyone wants to win," Rattray said. Driver Todd Rattray said his charge was always travelling like a winner. "Once we led it was probably always going to be a matter of how far," the driver said. "He has been racing well and deserved to win," he said. The second heat was won by the Rod Burgess-trained Notimetothink that was resuming from a lengthy spell. The gelding was partnered by Rohan Hillier who allowed him to face the breeze throughout and he defied the tough run top hold on and score by metre from Reallyimaterminata with Podarkes a nose away third. It was a tough effort by the Rod Burgess-trained gelding that was having his first start since April. The third heat was taken out by Mighty Boy Coconut that also resuming from a lengthy spell. It was the Nathan Ford-trained five-year-old's first outing since June but he made the most of the inside draw (1) to lead and when Ford released the brakes at the top of the home straight he sped clear and hit the line about 20 metres clear of Gothic rage that trailed the winner throughout with Angkristy third just in advance of interstate invader me Mate Les that is prepared at Clyde by Jayne Davies. The final heat was won by Mes Elsu (Elsu-One For Me) that also led all the way although the margin was nowhere near as convincing at Mighty Boy Coconut's. Mes Elsu had a battle for the early lead with Little Miss Feral but when that mare broke stride it left Ricky Duggan's charge to stroll to the lead. Mes Elsu set a solid tempo and when challenged strongly in the home straight the Juanita McKenzie-trained six-year-old gelding found enough to hold out Rorybeebellows and Gun Filly. The Eric Reece Memorial final will be held in a fortnight at Tattersall's Park.
'While a race night victory may have eluded Condell Park's harness racing drivers on Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial Gala Race Night last night (Saturday, December 7th) one lucky Bankstown reinsman's wife had the biggest win of her life at the local trotting track,' Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley has told Harnesslink. 'Condell Park's Ellis Street resident Jacqui Winters is now the proud owner a $2,500 designer Gucci diamond watch from Nader Jewellers, Bankstown Central, after Harness Racing NSW director Chris Edwards drew out her name from thousands of entries in the Bankstown Paceway 'Lucky Door' Prize Racebook Competition,' Mr Bentley said. 'But, for Jacqui, this is the not the only significant win that she has had at the Bankstown trotting track because this is where she met her husband, former trotting driver and Bankstown councillor Allan Winterbottom, and, coincidentally, where they held their wedding reception thirty four years ago on 8 December 1979,' he said. 'But, then again, Bankstown Paceway has a proud match-making record - with our racecourse serving as the venue for the first date of former Racing Minister Kevin Greene and his wife, Frances, where Blaxland MP Jason Clare met his wife, Louise, at the Children's Festival, where East Hills MP Glenn Brookes courted his wife, Kharin, whose father was a local trainer, and where Bankstown councillor Jim Daniel and his wife, Jessica, celebrated their wedding anniversary on Sydney Cup Race Night,' Mr Bentley added. A record crowd of 10,000 packed Sydney's Bankstown Paceway last night (Saturday, December 7th) to watch history in the making as the ten year old warhorse of harness racing Washakie NZ stormed home to claim a fifth successive win in the Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial - a feat matched only by the thoroughbred racing legend Manikato, who owned the Group 1 William Reid Stakes for five consecutive years from 1979 to 1983. Photo: Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley (left) and Harness Racing NSW director Chris Edwards (right) with Ellis Street resident Jacqui Winters (centre) and her $2500 designer Gucci diamond watch from Nader Jewellers, Bankstown Central. Megan J. Lavender
Two dozen school aged children from across Australia converged on Sydney's Bankstown Paceway harness racing track last night (Saturday, December 7th) for Mini Trots' version of the Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial. 'Mini Trots is all about having fun with, and learning to be responsible for, little shetland ponies and miniature horses, for kids aged five to sixteen - it's about getting them on the right track and promoting friendly competition in an atmosphere of cooperation and good sportsmanship,' Bankstown Paceway director Lavender told Harnesslink. 'From an industry perspective, it is also about ensuring that the fourth, fifth and sixth generations of Australia's standardbred horse owners, trainers and drivers are warmly welcomed into the sport - and that they are fostered and encouraged in a family friendly environment,' Ms Lavender said. 'For kids, you can be involved as little or as much as you like - from taking part in the occasional friendly horse race to working your pony on the track every afternoon after school like ten year old Grace Panella and her horse, Dust Storm,' she said. 'The Condell Park school girl and fourth generation harness racing driver is quickly gaining pace on her twenty year old sister, triple Group 1 winning reinswoman Lauren Panella, whose fifty four race wins and sixty nine placings have earned her stakes of over $442,783 so far this season,' Ms Lavender added. Megan J. Lavender
This week on Trots TV we catch up with TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Champion Sydney ambassadors Stephanie Rice, Seryn Adams, Amanda Turnbull and Sammy Kilgour. Also Sky Racing's Fred Hastings speaks with Gavin Fitzpatrick in regards to his drive on Fly Like An Eagle in Saturday night's Group 1 Treuer Memorial at Bankstown. Looking to advertise on Trots TV? Please contact Dale Walker on 02 9722 6600 for further information. Providing a fresh view on harness racing in New South Wales.
Tomorrow night the SEW-Eurodrive Victoria Cup Carnival gets underway at Cranbourne as the best horses from around Australasia converge for the Decron Cranbourne Pacing Cup and the Aldebaran Park Bill Collins Trotters Mile. The Game Plan for Melton with Jason Bonnington @jasonbonnington Best Bets/ Formula 4 ($100 gets 20 Units) Goodtime Marjie (Race 3 no. 8) $1.80 No Bettertime (Race 4 no. 1) $1.80 Magical Telf (Race 8 no. 3) $1.80 Just a week out from one of the biggest races of the year, TAB has already joined in the trotting festivities with an extraordinary $250,000 First 4 Pool Guarantee on this Saturday night's Decron Cranbourne Pacing Cup. With the injection of funds, a very healthy dividend looks likely for any punter fortunate enough to land the First 4 in a race that is already being declared as one of the most intriguing in Cranbourne Cup history. Cranbourne will host the Group 1 Decron Cranbourne Pacing Cup this Saturday night, 7 December with a mouth-watering feast of racing and on-course entertainment planned. Upgraded to a Group 1 in 2010, the race has continued to attract some of Australasia's best horses including the winner that year, Im Themightyquinn. If Ross Sugars was a football coach then he would be in an enviable position. He has two young guns fit and firing at the right time of year but the problem now is they have to go head to head in this Saturday night's Decron Cranbourne Pacing Cup. Beautide staked his claim as Australia's best in the Miracle Mile and he will now have his sights set on a vintage Victoria Cup next Saturday, December 14. It's a racenight that promises much as 12 outstanding pacers go head to head in one of the state's biggest races. The Victorian Harness Racing Media Association's Balmoral On York Tipping Competition has just seen its fifth week run. Jack Gasolina edged back ahead to assume command from Tony Logan and John Dunne. Matt Robertson from Radio TAB and Jason Bonnington from HRV are next in the pecking order. Recently launched in Victoria after being a standout success since kicking off in NSW. Rewards punters with points for every bet they place with the TAB. Click here for more > The very first two-year-old race of the season was run at Geelong today and the highly anticipated opener paid dividends for the winner thanks to the rich Vicbred incentive scheme. A massive $7,000 first win bonus will be received by the connections of Spot Ona Shadow just for being paid up to the Vicbred program.
Two meetings were held in Victoria on Thursday December 5, with Geelong racing in the afternoon and Nyah at Swan Hill in the evening. At Geelong, Terang owner/trainer Darren Cole produced a nice juvenile by the name of Spot Ona Shadow to land the Bartletts Enviromental 2-Y-0 Pace over 1609 metres when all runners were making their race debut. With young Tim McLean in the sulky, Spot Ona Shadow a gelded son of Shadow Play and Charlotte Church began with great zest from gate five to lead throughout in accounting for Stitchintime which raced outside him 13.3 metres in a rate of 2-00.6, with Captain Bronze (oneone) third. Beautifully bred Bettors Delight/Top Tempo four year old mare Musical Delight a former outstanding youngster, had an easy 13 metre victory in the Chas Cole Cellars Pace forC0 class over 2100 metres. Trained at Drouin by Gary and Debbie Quinlan, Musical Delight unbackable at $1.10, led throughout for reinsman Nathan Jack to score untouched in advance of Shes His Story and Bye Bye Luv Lombo in a rate of 2-02.4. Winning nine from 14 outings, Musical Delight has stake earnings in excess of $234,000. Exciting Hawkesdale (Western District) four year old Blissful Hall/Weona Rena entire Bliss Man brought up four wins in succession when victorious in the Your Business name Here Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2100 metres in a mile rate of 1-59.4. Taking a concession for Terang's Jason Lee, Bliss Man trained by Graham Gee for wife Christine, had little trouble leading from the pole and was always travelling under a tight grip. Given an inch of rein approaching the home turn, Bliss Man bounded away to record a 13.2 metre margin last half 56.7 - quarter 28.6 ahead of Nimble Jack along the sprint lane from last, with Amazing Kano third after racing in the open. Highly talented four year old Art Major/Maikona mare Glenferrie EJ is starting to show the potential she was touted with and made it two from two this time in when successful in the Zilco Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres. Trained at Parwan by Craig Demmler for Peter Chambers' Glenferrie Farm Pty Ltd, Glenferrie EJ from gate two was beaten for speed by Antiquities (gate five), with Jodi Quinlan immediately easing around her to take over the front running role. After that, it was a procession as Glenferrie EJ coasted to the wire to score by 4.7 metres untouched from the in-form Bit Of A Babe from mid-field, with Howcomewhynot third. The mile rate 1-58.1. At Swan Hill, Echuca trainer Wayne Lear took the honours by providing a stable double - Seven year old Royal Mattjesty/My Halo Broke gelding Who Broke Our Halo in the Swan Hill & Kerang Toyota Sandstorm FJ Pace for C2 class over 1609 metres and four year old Artesian/Glimpse mare Philotes in Swan Hill & Kerang Toyota Crystal Pearl Pace for C0 class (mares) over the same journey. Who Broke Our Halo (Rebecca Bartley) settled mid-field in the moving line from gate two on the second row, before moving forward three wide solo in the last lap. Sustaining the run, Who Broke Our Halo was too strong over the concluding stages for the heavily supported local Cashisking along the sprint lane from three back the markers last lap, with On Fire Within third after facing the breeze before assuming control at the bell. The mile rate 1-56.3. Philotes (Daryl Douglas) spent the first lap in the open from outside the front row, before gaining cover when Madsisteritis came away from behind the leader In Theory heading into the back straight on the final occasion. Taken three wide approaching the home turn, Philotes ran home strongly to gain the day over Maarek (one/one) and Shes A Spy along the sprint lane (three back at bell) in a rate of 1-58. Lightly raced, it was Philotes 4th race appearance. Kerryn Manning snared the Swan Hill Kia Honey Bee Cerato SLI Pace for C3 to C5 class over 2240 metres with Metropolitan/Liberty Print five year old gelding Kickittochris in a rate of 1-57.9. Starting from the extreme draw, Kickittochris spent most of the race at the rear of the field, before latching to the back of Run Forrest ahead of him at the bell, with the Shane Cramp trained Queen Mab at the head of affairs. Eased four wide on the final bend, Kickittochris put the race beyond doubt in a few strides as he exploded away to record a 2.6 metre victory over the local hope Life Of Ted which followed him home. Ezee Duzit Lombo finished third after a chequered passage just off the speed. Avenel's Wayne Potter made the trip to Swan Hill with happy results, when heavily backed five year old Armbro Operative/The Milky Way gelding Teo Enteo captured the Swan Hill Toyota Dark Furnace Kluger Pace for C6 or better class over 2240 metres. Driven by Nathan Jack, Teo Enteo first up since July possied one/one from gate two on the second line, with Kerryn Manning's Jaccka Luke leading from gate three. Easing three wide approaching the home turn, Teo Enteo sprinted brilliantly to join Jaccka Luke on turning, with the pair going head and head to the wire, with Teo Enteo prevailing by a neck in 1-58.1. Centonic (one/three - three wide last lap) finished third. Len Baker
The Chariots on Fire Syndicate No 2, a group sponsored by Harness Racing South Australia had their initial success as a syndicate, when the three-year-old filly Miss Sophia saluted the judge at Port Pirie in November . The 20 strong syndicate comprises names such as former AFL footballers Graham Cornes, Chris McDermott and Stephen Rowe and dual Melbourne Cup winning jockey John Letts. The Art Major filly is raced on lease by the syndicate from well-known breeder-owner and SA BOTRA (Breeders, Owners, Trainers & Reinspersons Association) committee member Vivienne Clark Clark bought Miss Sophia, by Art Major and is the first foal of the Armbro Operative mare I Don't Share, for $14,500 at the 2012 Australian Pacing Gold Melbourne Sale, Her dam I DONT SHARE took a lifetime mark of 1:57.5 on the way to winning over $25,000 in prize money. I DONT SHARE , and hails from a family that has developed a reputation for producing outstanding fillies. Some of the fillies in her immediate pedigree include: GIRL CALLED DESTINY - Winner of Queensland Oaks (Gr.1) DONNA WHO - Winner of APG 2yo Fillies Final (Gr.1) ARMIDA - Winner of Bathurst Gold Tiara (Gr.1) LA SPERANZA - Winner of Kay Seymour Nursery Pace 2yo Fillies Final (Gr.2) WHOS ESCAPED NZ - Over $100,000 in earnings including a win in 1:52.7 at Menangle in 2012 After 11 starts as a 2 year old Miss Sophia for 3 seconds and 6 thirds, including thirds in the Southern Cross Heat and Repecharge before finishing seventh to Flagbearer in the final. Miss Sophia is trained by BOTRA president Ray Holberton who had plan to race the filly on Itailain Cup night at Betezy Park Globe Derby but the race failed to hold up. Miss Sophia has had another start, since her first up win that being at headquarters since winning but had little luck from an outside draw Gary Newton
When the seven-year-old gelding Crombie lines up in the Group Two Bunbury Cup on Saturday night he will be seeking to emulate No Dill and Blue Manna as the only multiple winners of a race that was first run in 1923. No Dill, better known as the horse beaten by Mount Eden in the remarkable 1971 Christmas Handicap at Gloucester Park, won the Bunbury Cup in 1969 and 1970 for his trainer/driver George James. No Blue Manna won two Bunbury Cups in 2006 and 2008. He was trained by Carol Warwick and driven by her husband Justin in 2006 and trained by Justin Warwick and driver by Chris Lewis when he won in 2008. Lewis, the most successful driver in Bunbury Cup history with seven wins in the race, drove Crombie in 2011 for trainer Ross Olivieri when beating Real Life and Ohoka Du Nord. Crombie is now trained by his owner Gary Elson. Lewis will be behind the Andrew De Campo trained Dasher VC this year. De Campo trained the 2001 winner Paula's Mate and the 2010 winner Aliveandwell while his brother Steve trained the 2004 winner Hillview Lightning which was driven by Andrew. Steve De Campo will gear up Son Of Fergie in Saturday night's Cup. Field for 2013 Bunbury Cup - $50,000 Group Two Number Horse Driver Trainer 1 CYCLONE MITCH A C (Aaron) Beckett F L G (Frank) Bonnett 2 BETTORS FIRE NZ K J (Kyle) Harper K J (Kyle) Harper 3 SPRINGSTEEN NZ D J (Donald) Harper K J (Kyle) Harper 4 OHOKA SAMSON NZ K K (Kade) Howson K K (Kade) Howson 5 FRANCO RENEGADE NZ A G (Aldo) Cortopassi A G (Aldo) Cortopassi 6 SON OF FERGIE R M (Reon) Tither S J (Stephen) De Campo 7 SHARDONS ROCKET NZ M L (Morgan) Woodley T (Tony) Svilicich 8 UPPY SON NZ A C (Aaron) Beckett S C (Stephen) Reed 9 PLEASE RELEASE ME NZ C M (Chris) Brew D J (David) Hunter 10 CROMBIE K D (Kim) Young G L (Gary) Elson 11 DASHER VC NZ A C (Chris) Lewis A L (Andrew) De Campo 12 MYSTA MAGICAL MACH NZ M L (Morgan) Woodley T (Tony) Svilicich Previous winners Bunbury Cup Date Winner Trainer Driver 10/01/1923 BOY B G () SmithG () Smith 19/03/1952 DETERMINATION A S (Alan) Woodworth A S (Alan) Woodworth 25/03/1953 BRONZE GOLD x A (Bert) Smith 17/03/1954 BEDOUIN PRINCE J A (Jack) Buswell J A (Jack) Buswell 16/03/1955 LUCKY MINT J A (Jim) Twaddle J A (Jim) Twaddle 21/03/1956 WESTMINSTER E J (Jack) Miles E J (Jack) Miles 20/03/1957 IMPERIAL W F (Bill) Johnson M R (Max) Johnson 19/03/1958 GAY KATRINA C L (Clem) Barron C L (Clem) Barron 18/03/1959 BEAU SILHOUETTE J G () Carbon J G () Carbon 16/03/1960 PADDY BOY A J (Jack) Jamieson A S (Alan) Woodworth 22/03/1961 FRICTIONS DAUGHTER A A (Alan) Obrien A A (Alan) Obrien 21/03/1962 ESMEROIC W F (Bill) Read W F (Bill) Read 20/03/1963 SWIFT TARA NZ R (Bob) Pollock R (Bob) Pollock 18/03/1964 CROSSWINDS R J (Bob) Williams R J (Bob) Williams 17/03/1965 SEA FOX A S (Alan) Woodworth A S (Alan) Woodworth 16/03/1966 THREE KINGS H W (Hubert) Nelson A G (Aub) Nelson 15/03/1967 TOP CENTRE C (Charlie) Rifici C (Charlie) Rifici 13/03/1968 YARDON J M (Jack) Retzlaff J M (Jack) Retzlaff 12/03/1969 NO DILL G E (George) James G E (George) James 11/03/1970 NO DILL G E (George) James G E (George) James 10/03/1971 ROC EDEN NZ A S (Alan) Woodworth A S (Alan) Woodworth 15/03/1972 YANKEE RHYTHM NZ W (Bill) Warwick T B (Trevor) Warwick 14/03/1973 TRIPLE FLASH J J (Joe) Miller J J (Joe) Miller 13/03/1974 NIP N DALE F R (Fred) Kersley F R (Fred) Kersley 12/03/1975 BLUE REBEL J J (Joe) Miller J J (Joe) Miller 10/03/1976 WAYAMBA O R (Ray) Sweetman O R (Ray) Sweetman 16/03/1977 RARE CHIEF K A (Kevin) Batt K A (Kevin) Batt 15/03/1978 RIO BUTLER L H (Les) Poyser L H (Les) Poyser 14/03/1979 MARDEN MISS D J (Denis) Manea D J (Denis) Manea 12/03/1980 PALLATON A W (Allen) Lewis A C (Chris) Lewis 11/03/1981 REGAL MORRIS O R (Ray) Sweetman O R (Ray) Sweetman 17/03/1982 DEN HELDER B (Ben) Geersen A C (Chris) Lewis 16/03/1983 CASEY OTARA NZ L S (Lyle) Lindau L S (Lyle) Lindau 14/03/1984 MATAI BRET NZ J H (Jim) Schrader P J (Peter) Schrader 13/03/1985 MY DIANTHUS NZ J H (Jim) Schrader J H (Jim) Schrader 12/03/1986 LINE ON NZ N J (Neil) Lloyd N J (Neil) Lloyd 11/03/1987 VILLAGE KID NZ W J H (Bill) Horn A C (Chris) Lewis 16/03/1988 MYSTERY CARGO NZ W F (Bill) Prentice C J (Chris) Beckett 15/03/1989 ANOTHER BART G R (Gary) Barton G R (Gary) Barton 14/03/1990 SALVATION SON C D (Colin) Brown C D (Colin) Brown 13/03/1991 SPEEDY CHEVAL NZ R A (Ross) Olivieri P J (Peter) Schrader 11/03/1992 WHITBYS MISS PENNY R J (Rod) Chambers R J (Rod) Chambers 17/03/1993 JUSTABOYDEN NZ G D (Greg) Harper G D (Greg) Harper 16/03/1994 ON PARADE S H R (Sean) Harney R J (Rod) Chambers 15/03/1995 SCANIO C I (Cass) Haese S R (Shane) Young 13/03/1996 ABMIDAS NZ D K (Dudley) Anderson D K (Dudley) Anderson 19/03/1997 SIR CLEMENT NZ T B (Trevor) Warwick J T (Justin) Warwick 18/03/1998 HAIL THE JUDGE R A (Ross) Olivieri A C (Chris) Lewis 17/03/1999 BONDED VELVET J T (Justin) Warwick G L (Grant) Williams 22/03/2000 CAMS MAN NZ N J (Noel) Keiley L B (Lindsay) Harper 21/03/2001 PAULAS MATE NZ A L (Andrew) De Campo J R (John) Graham 20/03/2002 MOSCOW NZ N J (Noel) Keiley L B (Lindsay) Harper 15/03/2003 JACCKA SEELSTER NZ A G (Aldo) Cortopassi A G (Aldo) Cortopassi 15/03/2003 WHITE STAR ROCKY NZ N J (Neil) Lloyd J R (John) Graham 24/03/2004 HILLVIEW LIGHTNING S J (Stephen) De Campo A L (Andrew) De Campo 12/03/2005 FAKING IT A R (Aiden) Warwick A C (Chris) Lewis 11/03/2006 NO BLUE MANNA C A (Carol) Warwick J T (Justin) Warwick 10/03/2007 LUCKY PUNCH G D (Greg) Harper K K (Kade) Howson 23/02/2008 NO BLUE MANNA J T (Justin) Warwick A C (Chris) Lewis 7/03/2009 MYSTA MAGICAL MACH NZ T (Tony) Svilicich M L (Morgan) Woodley 21/11/2009 ALIVEANDWELL NZ A L (Andrew) De Campo K K (Kade) Howson 27/11/2010 IM THEMIGHTYQUINN NZ G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) G E (Gary) Hall (Jnr) 26/11/2011 CROMBIE R A (Ross) Olivieri A C (Chris) Lewis 24/11/2012 HOKONUI BEN NZ G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) S E (Shane) Butcher Alan Parker Assistant Manager - Harness Racing
HRSA are delighted to announce that Tattsbet will be offering a weekly fixed price wagering service on South Australian Harness Racing commencing on Saturday 7 December at Betezy Park Globe Derby. HRSA CEO, John Lewis stated "that this is a significant announcement for the harness racing industry in South Australia, which will create significant wagering interest, and be a great fillip for our code." Mr Lewis also stated that "this is one of the most exciting and positive wagering announcements for many years, and follows considerable lobbying by HRSA over many years to secure an enhanced fixed price wagering service". "In particular, we are also extremely appreciative of the commitment to this initiative from Tattsbet management including Tattsbet CEO, Robbie Cooke, who is clearly demonstrating an increased commitment to generating wagering growth." Mr Lewis further stated that 'the timing of this announcement was ideal leading into the "Summer of Racing" for harness racing in South Australia, including the $125,000 Betezy SA Cup to be held on Saturday 11 January 2014." Tattsbet have also advised that they intend to expand the fixed price wagering service to include Friday night Harness Racing by March 2014, with further possible expansion to occur later in 2014. More Information: John Lewis, HRSA CEO - Ph 0417 855 300 Email: email@example.com Gary Newton firstname.lastname@example.org
Odds on a new driver and trainer will join list of winners of Golden Nugget Chris Lewis, who will drive Heez On From barrier 12 in Friday night's Group One Lancaster Park Golden Nugget Championship, is the only driver in this year's field who has won the race previously. Lewis won with Vero Prince in 1987, Flashing Star in 1994, Saab in 1998 and Dasher VC in 2010. He trained Vero Prince with the other three all being freelance drives. Similarly, Gary Hall is the only trainer to have previously trained a winner of the Golden Nugget courtesy of Gold Ace in 2011 where took over the horse for a WA campaign aimed specifically at the race. Hall's superstar pair of The Falcon Strike (2001) and Im Themightyquinn (2008) were both beaten in their respective Golden Nuggets before going on to far greater heights in subsequent seasons. This year Hall is represented by two starters in My Hard Copy and Northview Punter which have both drawn awkwardly and will need their fair share of luck to give Hall a second Nugget win as a trainer. Eastern States trained horses have got a remarkably good strike rate in the Golden Nugget with 14 of the previous 33 runnings of the race seeing the winner come from outside of Western Australia. With the likes of Chilli Palmer, Nowitzki and Bit Of A Legend drawn between barriers one and four there is a fair chance the record will stand at 15 of 34 after this week's race. Previous winners Lancaster Park Golden Nugget 4yo Championship Date Winner Trainer Driver 6/02/1981 JUSTIN HANOVER A L (Tony) Peacock A L (Tony) Peacock 12/02/1982 SINN FEIN G D (Greg) Harper G D (Greg) Harper 11/02/1983 CLASSIC GARRY G D (Greg) Harper F R (Fred) Kersley 20/01/1984 YARRACOOLA T B (Trevor) Warwick T B (Trevor) Warwick 8/02/1985 MORANO MAGIC NZ T B (Trevor) Warwick T B (Trevor) Warwick 7/02/1986 VANDERPORT D F (Don) Murphy A (Anne) Frawley 13/02/1987 VERO PRINCE A C (Chris) Lewis A C (Chris) Lewis 12/02/1988 OUR MAESTRO NZ R V (Bob) Knight V J (Vin) Knight 10/02/1989 SINBAD BAY R V (Bob) Knight V J (Vin) Knight 15/12/1989 WESTBURN GRANT V W (Vic) Frost V W (Vic) Frost 25/01/1991 ADMIRAL HOLLIDAY NZ B A (Bryan) Rogers B A (Bryan) Rogers 24/01/1992 IMPRESSIONIST NZ T E (Ted) Demmler T E (Ted) Demmler 22/01/1993 VALLEY CHAMP D T (Des) Parr G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) 28/01/1994 FLASHING STAR C L (Colin) Cummins A C (Chris) Lewis 27/01/1995 SLICK VANCE NZ R (Reg) Trevean T B (Trevor) Warwick 8/12/1995 BEEFY T NZ J P (John) Green R J (Rod) Chambers 6/12/1996 MON POPPY DAY *** R J (Rod) Chambers R J (Rod) Chambers 5/12/1997 SALINGER F R (Fred) Kersley F R (Fred) Kersley 18/12/1998 SAAB R A (Ross) Olivieri A C (Chris) Lewis 10/12/1999 COUNTESS KALA NZ N J (Noel) Keiley L B (Lindsay) Harper 15/12/2000 SEELSTER SAM NZ D W (Dennis) Wilson D W (Dennis) Wilson 14/12/2001 MANIFOLD BAY G K (Grant) Crane G (Gavin) Lang 13/12/2002 TRICKY VIC NZ M G (Mike) Reed M B (Mark) Reed 20/02/2004 TE KANARAMA G R (Graeme) Watts G R (Graeme) Watts 8/04/2005 TARTARY GLADIATOR K F (Kevin) Keys K F (Kevin) Keys 16/12/2005 GEE WHIZ FIZZ S D (Steven) Burton R (Ryan) Warwick 15/12/2006 MR YANKEE NZ G D (Greg) Harper K K (Kade) Howson 14/12/2007 LOMBO POCKET WATCH P R J (Paul) Fitzpatrick G J (Gavin) Fitzpatrick 28/11/2008 SCHINZIG BULLER G D (Greg) Harper K K (Kade) Howson 27/11/2009 BONAVISTA BAY E J (Emma) Stewart M B (Mark) Reed 26/11/2010 DASHER VC NZ R A (Ross) Olivieri A C (Chris) Lewis 25/11/2011 GOLD ACE NZ G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) G E (Gary) Hall (Jnr) 7/12/2012 IM VICTORIOUS NZ M G (Michael) Brennan J K (Justin) Prentice *** True Takeoff - 1st but disq swab Alan Parker Assistant Manager - Harness Racing
Trainer Paul Fitzpatrick is expecting a major form reversal from recent stable recruit Fly Like An Eagle after the New Zealand Cup runner-up drew barrier number one in Saturday night's Treuer Memorial. Fitzpatrick admitted he was disappointed with the performance of the horse at his first run for the stable in the Cordina Sprint at Menangle over a week ago but had always planned on targeting Bankstown's Gr. 1 event. "He went below par at his first run for me but he was one of two horses that came across from New Zealand after the Cup and the Free For All and neither horse produced their best in the Cordina Sprint," Fitzpatrick said. "I've got no doubt that he was a little bit tired when he arrived so I have just lightened up on him a bit and with the fortnight between runs he should be ready to go, his work last Friday tells me that he is feeling fresher." Fitzpatrick is expecting Fly Like An Eagle to lead Saturday night's event. "Mark Purdon has told me that he has pretty good gate speed and drawn barrier one I think he should hold the front, Washakie is obviously the main danger, he has a tremendous record in the Treuer Memorial having won the previous four." "I haven't spoken to the owners about whether he will head to the Victoria Cup should he perform up to expectations on Saturday night, they can make that decision after the race." Meanwhile Fitzpatrick confirmed Rohan Home has been back in work for twelve weeks and should be ready to trial in the next fortnight. "I retired him and put him in the middle of my track with all of the young ones but he looked so well that I decided to give him another go, he has been coming along very nicely and I plan on nominating him for the 2014 Inter Dominion." "He's doing everything I've asked of him and I'm looking forward to seeing him back, he is a great horse at his best." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
When the barrier draw for Saturday night's Treuer Memorial at Bankstown was being conducted, trainer Darren Binskin asked his partner Kirsten Lamb and her daughter Grace to select the gates for his two runners, Gaius Caesar and Glengowan in the Gr. 1. After Gaius Caesar drew barrier nine and Glengowan eleven, Binskin could be excused for rueing the decision. "Kirsten was pretty disappointed with drawing barrier eleven for Glengowan but Gracey was pretty happy with gate nine for Gaius Caesar, although I'm not so sure I agree with her," Binskin joked. "It's a Gr. 1 event and normally there is plenty of moves anyway but in all seriousness Gaius Caesar doesn't have great speed and the draw isn't too bad for him while Glengowan has been specifically trained for the Treuer Memorial, so I'm expecting him to peak this Saturday night." Binskin has confirmed he will be driving Gaius Caesar this Saturday night and he will be forced to look for a driver for Glengowan. "Yeah I will drive Gaius Caesar, his run on Saturday night was very good, he didn't get a clear run, wanted to get rough at a crucial stage and looking at all of those factors with a clear shot at them, I don't know if he wins but he would have definitely gone close I have no doubt." "I will have to think about who drives Glengowan, I was considering Mat Rue but I'm unsure if he will be required to drive Baby Bling for the McCarthy stable, I will just wait and see." Glengowan finished third in last year's Treuer Memorial and had a few excuses for his defeat. "Glengowan's run last year was very good and everything he has done this time in has been aimed at this race." "My horses don't dominate in this class but they are very competitive and with the right run I think they can be right in the finish, Washakie is the one to beat after the draw and he is going for five wins in the race which is a tremendous feat in itself." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
Leading Victorian trainer Dean Braun was ecstatic when his star four-year-old Chilli Palmer drew the coveted No. 1 barrier on the front line in the $175,000 Lancaster Park Golden Nugget Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night and predicted that the gelding would lead and prove very hard to beat. Braun's optimism will certainly take the wind out of the sails of several rival trainers and reinsmen who were planning for their horses to charge forward in determined bids to take an early lead against Chilli Palmer, a pacer they believed did not possess the speed to take advantage of the inside barrier. The brilliant Chilli Palmer, to be handled by ace Victorian reinsman Chis Alford, has won at each of his past six starts and has a record of nine starts for seven wins, a second and a seventh. He has won most of his races by producing a sizzling finishing burst. He has never jumped straight to the lead in his brief but spectacular career. "Everyone is entitled to his opinion," Braun said from Melbourne after the barrier draw. "But we will be aiming to make full use of the inside barrier. Chilli Palmer has got great natural high speed and I haven't had a horse with more natural gate speed. So far we have never really used his gate speed. "I couldn't be happier with the way is working. He had a good blowout at Byford on Saturday when Shaun Kittel worked him over a mile and a half and he sprinted over the final 400m in 27.3sec. "Hopefully Chilli Palmer will be able to make amends for the defeats of my horses Mustang Mach and Chancellor Cullen in the past two Gold Nuggets. It should be a great race on Friday night and every horse in the field can win, with the right run, but I wouldn't swap my horse for any other runner." Mustang Mach (11/1) started from barrier four and raced without cover for most of the way when a fighting second to The Gold Ace in 2011 and Chancellor Cullen (5/4) raced in the breeze for the final 1550m when fourth behind Im Victorious a year ago. The No. 1 barrier has been a huge advantage in the recent Golden Nugget Championships, with the No. 1 horse leading and winning three of the past five Nuggets and the other two winners in this period coming from the No. 2 barrier. Schinzig Buller won from barrier two in 2008 and then Bonavista Bay (13/8), Dasher VC (6/4 on) and The Gold Ace (10/1 on) won in the following three years before Im Victorious (11/4) started from barrier two and thundered home from ninth at the bell to win from Bettor Reason (20/1) and 6/1 chance Reuben Brogden, who started from barrier one and set the pace until the final stages. Chilli Palmer could not have been more impressive than he was at his West Australian debut in the 2536m McInerney Ford Classic last Friday week when he charged home from last at the 600m to score a decisive victory over the pacemaker Condrieu, with My Hard Copy third and Rocky Marciano fourth. Condrieu began with devastating speed from barrier five to burst to the front after 120m and Greg Bond, who trains the gelding with his wife Skye, plans to instruct reinsman Colin Brown to charge forward from out wide at barrier six. "We'll go forward; there's no point in going backward," he said. "We decided to have a crack for the lead from barrier five in the McInerney Ford, and it worked for us. The element of surprise won't work for us again, but we'll still be going forward. "We don't know whether Chilli Palmer has the necessary gate speed. He may well be better sat up; that's how he has been driven in most of his races. I don't think they will want to be caught in the early hustle bustle. Condrieu has done well since his second in the McInerney Ford and we're really happy with him." Condrieu is at his best when he leads. He has set the pace at four of his seven wins in WA, two of them being over 2536m, the distance of the Golden Nugget. Victorian trainer-reinsman Daniel Jack was delighted to draw barrier two with the speedy Nowitzki, who led from the No. 1 barrier and won the $50,000 Four-Year-Old Championship three Fridays ago. "The draw goes a long way (to winning) and I'll be trying to get across to the lead," he said. "His three runs in WA have been below par, but I expect him to go better this week. If he races as well as he can, he's certainly the horse to beat." Leading WA trainer Gary Hall sen. was disappointed with the barriers drawn by his two runners, Northview Punter (No. 3 on the back line) and My Hard Copy (outside of the front line) and said that he would need plenty of luck to win. "It's going to be a great race and I reckon Nowitzki will come out hard and lead --- and Condrieu will also come out hard," he said. "So hopefully it will be on from start to finish. My best chance from the draw is Northview Punter. We might drive him a bit quiet and let him come home." DALGETY RETAINS FAITH IN BIT OF A LEGEND Champion New Zealand trainer Cran Dalgety returned to Perth last week for the first time for 17 years and he has not given up hope of winning the $175,000 Lancaster Park Golden Nugget Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night with outstanding four-year-old Bit Of A Legend, even though the horse was unplaced in the Four-Year-Old Championship and McInerney Ford Classic at his past two starts. The 45-year-old Dalgety has fond memories of his first trip to Western Australia when he prepared Desperate Comment for the 1996 interdominion championship. Desperate Comment, who was driven by Peter Jones, qualified for the final as leading points scorer after a third, a second and a win in the heats. But he finished sixth in the final, won by Young Mister Charles. Bit Of A Legend, who has amassed $640,178 in prizemoney from 17 wins and 11 seconds from 36 starts, was trained and driven for his four starts at Gloucester Park in this campaign by New Zealander Brent Mangos. His best effort was an easy victory in a prelude of the Golden Nugget three starts ago when he defeated Galactic Galleon and Northview Punter. "Brent has done a fine job with him, but the horse faces a hard task in Friday night's race," Dalgety said. "Bit Of A Legend is only small and he's not stylish or elegant, but his assets are his great will to win and determination. "He has drawn barrier four and I'm pretty excited that just to be inside barrier five on the front row. Nowitzki and Condrieu are very fast beginners and I think that when we settle Bit Of A Legend will definitely be in the better half of the midfield --- and that will be a good start. In most of his wins he's come from behind. He just wants to be the winner." Bit Of A Legend, who will be driven by New Zealand's champion reinsman Dexter Dunn, and has the stable name of Carter, after Dalgety's ten-year-old son Carter, who insisted that his father buy the pacer at the New Zealand yearling sale. "Bit Of A Legend was very little, but Carter picked him out and said 'we've got to have this one,' Dalgety said. "So I bought him for $NZ50,000, probably from the heart than the head. I had had his half-brother London Legend, who was a good horse. "I bought Bit Of A Legend for myself, a good stable client in Darryl Brown, from Perth, Ross Stanbury, from Christchurch, and Pat Cabarlla, from Invercargill, and we have no regrets." London Legend, by In The Pocket and the first foal out of Soky's Legend, raced 101 times for Dalgety between 2008 and 2011 for 25 wins, 27 placings and stakes of $456,124. DEXTER DUNN OUT TO EQUAL HIS FATHER AT GLOUCESTER PARK Dexter Dunn, New Zealand harness racing's golden boy and a superstar at the age of 24, will make his first appearance in Western Australia when he drives Bit Of A Legend in the $175,000 Lancaster Park Golden Nugget Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And he would dearly love to emulate the performance of his father Robert, who landed a winner at his only trip to WA, in 1996 when he was successful with Master Musician in a second-round heat of the interdominion championship. Robert Dunn then was in the sulky when Master Musician, the 5/2 favourite, finished third behind Young Mister Charles and Sunshine Band in the final. Dunn, who will arrive in Perth on Thursday, will get the opportunity to experience driving on the 805m circuit when he handles three pacers trained by Matt Scott in early events on the program. Scott has nominated Dunn to drive Miss Tee Dawn in the 1730m V. and K. Congerton Memorial Mares Pace, Marooned in the 2130m Happy Birthday Ryan Berti Pace and Zurbaran in the first heat of the Livio (The Champ) Tolomeo The Coulson Pace. Miss Tee Dawn has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier and has sound prospects of giving Dunn a winner at his first drive at Gloucester Park. This would equal his feat of landing a winner at his first drive in America --- when he was successful behind McClelland (1.50.1) over 1609m at the Meadowlands in New Jersey on June 25, 2011. Miss Tee Dawn started from the outside of the back ,line and did a good job to finish strongly from the rear to be fourth behind Arts Gangsta over 2190m at Northam on Tuesday of last week. She also unwound a powerful burst from the rear to win from Mount Richon over 2150m at Harvey the previous week. Marooned, who was claimed for $10,000 last week, has a losing sequence of 20 and faces a stern test from barrier four on the back line. He trailed the pacemaker Sanjaya when a sound third to that pacer last week, with the winner rating 1.55 over 1730m. Punters are likely to be keen to support the polemarker and smart frontrunner Taiaha against Marooned and the other ten runners in this week's event. Taiaha, who is prepared by Hazelmere trainer Mike Reed, caught the eye when racing first-up at Northam on Tuesday of last week when he raced three back on the pegs and was hampered for room before finishing solidly to be second to Celtic Crusader. Zurbaran, a winner six starts ago and placed second at two of his past four starts, will be at handsome odds from the outside of the front line in a race in which polemarker Cool Johnny (resuming after a let-up), What God Knows and Soho Highroller will be fancied. THE BEAU BRUMMELL RETURNS AFTER A SPELL IN FINE STYLE New Zealand-bred five-year-old The Beau Brummell looks one of the best bets on the program at Gloucester Park on Friday night after scoring an effortless first-up victory at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Waroona trainer Bob Mellsop produced The Beau Brummell in fine fettle for his first appearance for three months when he trotted faultlessly three back on the pegs in a race run in Indian file before he surged to the front 100m from home and scored by more than three lengths from All Over Red Rover at a 2.1.9 rate over 2185m. The Beau Brummell will start from barrier three on the front line in the 2130m mobile Kyle And Dozer Trot on Friday night in which he will clash with then highly-regarded Prince Eddie, smart frontrunner Heez Speedy Gonzalez, last-start winner Earl Harbour and Hot Holiday, who has won in good style at two of his past four starts. by Ken Casellas