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Seryn Adams has already driven 30 winners but her career away from the racetrack is looking even brighter after being awarded a HRNSW Media Scholarship. Her six month placement sees Seryn undertake formal media training, she spends a day each week at Sky Racing, working on harness racing programme 'In The Gig' and she also spends one day at Tabcorp Park Menangle working with Trots TV. "I didn't plan on working in the media when I was younger, it is a new interest for me but I am really enjoying the opportunity I am getting at the moment and I am learning a lot," Adams said. "I turn 20 next Monday and this opportunity is a tremendous one for me, after I have completed the six months I am hoping to get some more work in the media." Adams will continue to drive her own horses when they compete in races despite her new interest. "At this stage I will be driving my own horses, I've got two in work at the moment but I won't be chasing outside drives going forward." "I really just want to make a difference for the sport and show the industry in a positive light, I must admit when I first started I was very nervous but with a bit of practice I have become a lot more relaxed and I am really enjoying it." After completing school in 2009, Adams decided to further her studies in Childcare. "When I left school I concentrated on working the horses but I also studied my Certificate III in Childcare to ensure that I had something to fall back on should I need it at a later stage but hopefully now I am heading in a different direction." "I am about one month into the scholarship already and I really enjoy it, I'd love to work for Sky Racing one day on a fulltime basis." By Greg Hayes - SKY Racing Harness Racing New South Wales |  

The 2014 Amateur World Driver's Championship will be held in Finland in July with Australia to be represented by NSW's Colin McDowell. The Amateur series is open to drivers who do not derive their primary income from driving in races. McDowell, who drives for his son Dean, said he is honoured to be able to represent Australia. "To represent your country is a dream for anybody," said McDowell. "I am truly honoured to be able to do it in the sport I love." Trotting is one of Finland's most popular sports. Approximately 600 meetings are held every year, with almost 8,000 horses and more than 2,000 drivers participating. There are some 160 professional trainers in Finland. More than 7,000 people are registered in the amateur trainer register. The annual total turnover from horse betting is approximately 300 million AUD. In international comparison, Finland is among the five largest trotting countries in Europe. The Amateur series kicks off on Sunday July 6 with three races to be run at Riihimaki. A further three races are to be run on July 8 at Finland's second biggest track, Tamperen Ravirata, Tievo. The final three events will be conducted at Vermon Ravirata (Finland's main track) on Wednesday July 9. 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: nogrady@hrnsw.com.au| 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.          

The $9,000 Inverell Cup will highlight the club's first ever TAB meeting at the Paceway on Sunday afternoon which will also be run in conjunction with the TAB Carnival of Cups series. A strong eight race card is set for action with over $50,000 in prizemoney up for grabs. The Cup looks to be an open affair on paper with strong chances given to several runners. Corilla Tess and Princess Zara were both impressive at the recent Armidale TAB Carnival of Cups meeting whilst Aleyska Dream, who has been consistent in recent times, has the alley to dictate terms. Just by being on course one lucky patron will go into the draw to win a brand new Toyota Yaris. The opening event is set to start at 12:48pm and will be broadcast live on Sky Racing 2. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |              

The Pinjarra Harness Racing Club is once again conducting a sponsorship raffle for Naming Rights to the $50,000 Pinjarra Pacing Cup. The annual Pinjarra Pacing Cup Raffle, now in its third year, has proven to be a great success for the Club as a unique promotion in WA harness racing. The Raffle Winner will receive Naming Rights to the 2014 $50,000 Pinjarra Pacing Cup – the richest event on the Pinjarra Paceway calendar. There are strictly limited 50 Raffle tickets available and all ticketholders win a prize. In addition to the Cup naming rights, the Club has added new component to the Raffle for 2014 – the 1st Prize winner will also receive a Track Sign (on the perimeter of the track fence) on-course for 12 months. Permanent track signage on-course is an excellent mechanism for sponsors to not only achieve visibility to the race day audience, but also gain exposure on Sky Racing television and to members of the public who attend private functions and community events at the Pinjarra Paceway throughout the year. Full details of the Naming Rights Raffle Prizes are: 1st Prize Exclusive Naming Rights to the 2014 $50,000 Pinjarra Pacing Cup.  Naming rights to one supporting race on Cup Day.  15m x 1.2m Track Sign for 1 year. Company logo placement in all Cup Day advertising. Full Page, colour race book advertisement on Cup Day. Hospitality trackside for 20 guests – including a delicious lunch & beverages on Cup Day.  On-course promotional opportunities.   2nd to 8th Prize Naming rights to one supporting race on Cup Day.  Half page race book advertisement.  Hospitality trackside for 4 guests on Cup Day. 9th to 50th Prize Hospitality trackside for 2 guests on Cup Day. The Pinjarra Pacing Cup race day is on the long weekend, Monday 2nd June 2014. All Raffle Ticketholders will be invited to a cocktail function for drawing of the Naming Rights Raffle, in early May. Last year popular Pinjarra local trainer and business owner, Dudley Parker, was the winner of naming rights to the 2013 Parker Family Pinjarra Pacing Cup. The Pinjarra Harness Racing Club sincerely thanks all those who have previously supported the Sponsorship Raffle and encourages them to be involved again this year. Not only does the Pinjarra Pacing Cup attract some of the best pacers WA has to offer, it’s a day filled with fun and entertainment for the entire family. There will be live music between races, a Punters Club, bouncy castle and activities for the kids. Three bars, a canteen and the Paceway Pavilion restaurant will be open with delicious dining options. For further information or to purchase a Pinjarra Pacing Cup Naming Rights Raffle Ticket please contact General Manager, Sian Hughes at the Pinjarra Paceway. Alan Parker    

Hall of Fame reinsman Frederick Ross (FR) Kersley will return to Gloucester Park on Friday night as a driver, when he partners another superstar of the sport, Im Themightyquinn. Kersley, who dominated Perth harness racing winning 14 trainers premiership and 17 drivers premierships, will return to the sulky and drive champion pacer Im Themightyquinn in  special ‘workout’ between races five and six on Friday night. Kersley has not driven competitively for almost a decade, but will come out of retirement for this special occasion to partner one of the greatest pacers of all time, Im Themightyquinn as the three-time Inter Dominion winner prepares for his race track return in the coming weeks. Two Champions of two different era’s will combine for a special harness racing moment. The special promotion was proposed by ‘Quinny’s’ trainer Gary Hall Sr. “I grew up idolising Fred (Kerlsey)” said Hall “He dominated and gave all the trainers and drivers of my era something to aspire to, and to have the great FRK drive a champion I train is simply amazing” Kersley travelled to Hall’s Serpentine stable during the week to get a feel of the champ and have a practice run before his return to Gloucester Park. “He feels like a Rolls Royce” enthused Kersley “He’s an amazing animal, it’s a big thrill for me” he added Im Themightyquinn Total money won - $4,377,016 102 starts 52 wns 19 seconds 13 3rds Best time 1:53.5 Fred Kersley 2377 career wins as driver (1735 in Perth) 2282 career wins as trainer (1570 in Perth) (last winner & last drive - Precious Dylan for trainer Grant Williams at Pinjarra on 7th August 2006) 17 Perth Drivers Premierships 14 Perth Trainers Premierships First Australian to drive 100+ Metro Winners in a season - 113 in 1984/85 Five times 100 winners in a season as a driver 1993 Australian Harness Racing Council Distinguished National Service Award 2007 Inaugural Inductee into The West Australian Racing Industry Hall Of Fame Group One wins 1st 1961 WA Pacing Cup with Beau Travis (driver) beating Peppercorn & Moonspeed 1st 1967 Fremantle Cup with Coneeda (driver) beating Paula Nelson & Reggie John 1st 1972 WA Pacing Cup with James Eden (trainer) beating Yankee Rhythm & Dark Adair 1st 1973 WA Pacing Cup with Local Product (driver & trainer) beating Mitchell Victory & Wee Cent 1st 1974 South Australian Pacing Cup with James Eden (driver) 1st 1975 WA Derby with Pure Steel (driver & trainer) beating Yerilla Court & Hodgens Son 1st 1976 WA Derby with Nixon Adios (driver & trainer) beating Lord Thurber & Mister Karamea 1st 1979 WA Oaks with Wannerie (driver & trainer) beating Lady Delmer & Pleasant Waratah 1st 1980 WA Oaks with Capricciosa (driver & trainer) beating Paris Trick & Phrynie 1st 1985 WA Oaks with Countess Gina (driver & trainer) beating Penny Opera & Bremer Bay 1st 1986 Golden Slipper Stakes with Paavo (driver & trainer) beating Big Bucks & Judge Thomas 1st 1987 ACFOS Cup with Raceaway Too (driver & trainer) beating Trunkey Westerner & Morgan James 1st 1992 Golden Slipper Stakes with Chandon (driver) beating Flashing Star & Shaw To Win 1st 1993 WA Derby with Chandon (driver) beating Parky Kid & Classic Earl 1st 1993 Fremantle Cup with Justaboyden (driver) beating Tricky Bey & Keyera 1st 1995 WA Pacing Cup with Justaboyden (driver) beating Southern Knight & Hot Mix 1st 1996 Golden Slipper Stakes with Salinger (driver & trainer) beating Hail The Judge & Kinda Red 1st 1997 WA Derby with Salinger (driver & trainer) beating Heros Knight & Upstanding Poplar 1st 1997 Golden Nugget with Salinger (driver & trainer) beating The Accelerator & Record High 1st 2002 Golden Slipper Stakes with Cams Legend (driver) beating Magic Albert & Fletcher Christian 1st 2004 WA Derby with Global Force (driver) beating Ulrich & Am I Tough Michael Radley Chief Executive Gloucester Park Harness Racing  

THE harness race meeting at the TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night boasts heats of the Easter Cup and the Raider Stakes for four-year-olds. The two Easter Cup heats (races 4 & 5) have produced fields of eight and seven respectively with last year's winner Biggernbettermax off the back mark of 20 metres in heat one while dual Tasmania Cup winner Motu Crusader will have to contend with a back mark of 40 metres in heat two with Our Chain Of Command off 30 metres. Biggernbettermax raced in New South Wales late last year and up to the end of January where he failed to win a race but he was sent back to trainer Barrie Rattray's property in February for another crack at the Easter Cup. The first heat boasts a handy line-up including the promising Dapper Dana that has drawn the pole position but this is his first test in the silk department. Zeke Slater's latest stable tenant The Adriatic has drawn gate two and he could be competitive along with the Keith Toulmin-trained Falco Peregrinus that could not have been more impressive in winning the Westbury Cup at Carrick last month. The second heat should be a battle between the back markers although the Melissa Maine-trained Spot Nine that won the Hobart Pacing Cup in January must be considered an each-way chance despite his poor performances in the Devonport Cup and at his subsequent outing in Launceston. His latest effort when second to Call The Marshall in a discretionary handicap in Launceston was full of merit. The David bates-trained Saab Quality hit the line hard in the Governor's Cup in Hobart last Sunday night so if he steps cleanly from his 10-metre handicap he must be considered a winning chance. Dual Tasmania Cup winner Motu Crusader probably deserves his 40-metre handicap but that mark might be a bit too much in a heat, while Our Chain Of Command has the early speed and then stamina to handle his 30-metre lift. The Raider Stakes heats (races 8 & 9) each boast six starters but the races are filled with talented four-year-olds. Heat one should be a match between Pachacuti that returned to wining form in Hobart last Sunday night and Melolyn that has always shown above average ability and will be fitter for two runs back from a spell for a first-up win and a second last time out. Heat two is a more open affair with Barrie Rattray holding the key with pole marker Rykov leis and Devendra that has drawn gate two and will improve on his eighth in Hobart last Sunday night in which he carried a flat tyre for almost the duration of the race. By Peter Staples

Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is excited to announce a three-year Breeders Challenge sponsorship agreement with the pre-eminent NSW nursery Pepper Tree Farm. Situated in the Lachlan Valley in the central west of NSW, Pepper Tree Farm was established by Rob and Julie Van Dyke in 1996. The substantial quality of horses bred at the stud since its inception is highlighted by four Australian 2yos of the Year; an Australian 3yo of the Year; six winners of the Group 1 Australian Pacing Gold; Victoria and NSW Derby winners; an Australian and Victoria Oaks winner and multiple Breeders Challenge and NSW Sires Stakes champions. Pepper Tree Farm Principal Rob Van Dyke said: "New South Wales has done a lot of positive things over the past few years so we are keen to show our support. "We have a good relationship with the controlling body and believe it is important to have a leading stud such as ours to sponsor the NSW feature juvenile race series. Pepper Tree Farm is very excited to be the sponsor for the ensuing three years." The introduction of the Breeders Challenge was a significant structural change to the NSW breeding industry. The incentives and initiatives associated with the Breeders Challenge have rapidly evolved over the past few years and now include the rich Major Race Series (including trotters), Regional Finals, Nominators (breeders) Cash Bonuses, Owners Bonus Certificates, Blue Series and Incentive Certificates. HRNSW CEO Sam Nati said: "It's immensely satisfying to have a stud such as Pepper Tree Farm associated with one of our most important brands. Rob and Julie are forward thinkers and pivotal to the development of the standardbred in Australia for almost two decades."   Dale Walker | Manager - Marketing | Harness Racing New South Wales                  

PROMINENT Tasmanian harness racing owners Jamie Cockshutt and Barry Cooper have never been shy about spending a decent amount on horseflesh from New Zealand and it looks as if another of their purchases will at least pay his way. Something Eyre (Ohoka Arizona-Glentara) faced the breeze for most of the race in Hobart last Sunday night but made light of the task to go on and score a comfortable win in a 3C0-3C1 over 2090 metres. Lade Elaine made full use of the pole position to lead and with Gareth Rattray aboard she set a solid tempo in front while Ricky Duggan allowed Something Eyre to sit three-wide early as he gradually made his way to the spot outside of the leader. Duggan didn't allow his charge to eyeball the leader until he wanted to apply the pressure about 500 metres from home. By doing this he ensured the favourite Soho Wonder, that trailed the leader, was kept in a zip-fastener pocket until well into the home straight. It proved to be the winning move. Something Eyre forged clear 200 metres out and he had a big enough break to stave off Soho Wonder that flashed home late to go down by only a half-neck with the leader Lady Elaine clinging to third spot three metres away. It was Something Eyre's second win from only four starts in Tasmania but it was clearly his best effort. Duggan was impressed with the performance and believes the gelded son of Ohoka Arizona has a bright future. Listen to what driver Ricky Duggan had to say about Something Eyre's latest performance. By Peter Staples

The all trotters day meeting at Coolamon will once again attract square gaiters from far and wide and with a recent track upgrade nominations should be strong. The meeting will be held on Anzac Day and in the spirit of the occasion, the club always respects those who served. Club Secretary Helen Turner said a flag raising ceremony would take place before the first race to honour the ANZACs. "We always raise the flag and have a minute's silence to honour the spirit of Anzac Day," she said. "There is a ceremony in town too, in the morning, but we perform our own as well as a mark of respect. One of our former members (Lionel Dennis), who is still a patron of the club, served in the army and proved to be a tremendous help to us over the years." The feature event of the meeting is the $25,000 Group 3 La Coocaracha for mares, whilst the Coolamon Monte, Young Trouper, Oaks, Derby, Humbletonian and Trotters Cup all have $10,000 in prizemoney on offer. Nominations close on Monday April 21 at 11am. By Dale Walker (Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW)                                

Bega trainer John Miller has been a registered trainer for 30 years and to say that victories are a long time between drinks is an appropriate statement. Miller, who is 75 years young, has raced horses since 1969. The official records have his stats from 1984/85 and from this date it took a great deal of time to register his next success. Yes, it was the 2003/04 season before Miller was in the winner's circle again, and, his 75th attempt since 84/85. His careers stats read 208 starters for 10 wins 7 seconds and 8 thirds. But Miller will tell you there's a few more than that from 'back in the day'. A hobbyist trainer and a retired Machine Operator, Miller said regardless of where his horse finishes he gets such a tremendous thrill when gearing up his pacer and taking it to the race track. "They (horses) keep me young, said Miller. "I've been working horses on and off for 50 years or more. I've got three horses now and they keep me busy enough. "My first winner was back in 1969 with Hillstead Boy at Queanbeyan and it was hard getting to the registered meetings to race as I was working all the time. I would like to have a few more wins under my belt." At Wagga's meeting last Friday, Miller took Lombo Convertible to contest his 47 race start. The form read 46 starts for one win and six minor placings. But Miller new with HRNSW putting on a race for R0-R1 pacers named the Encouragement Stakes; he was a chance off the front line draw. Lombo Convertible was forced to race three wide early before sitting in the chair for the majority of the trip. He was aided in some cover at the 600 metres when moves where made from the back but the five-year-old seemed to lose ground at the 400 metres. Gaining a clear run on the home turn, Lombo Convertible rallied. He dug deep, he found something and he grabbed the spoils right on the line to score by a narrow margin. It was also a celebration for 23 year old Matthew Cuthbert who tasted success as a driver for the very first time. Harness racing was re introduced at the Bega Show last season and Cuthbert made the seven hour trip to drive horses for Miller on the tight turning circuit. His hours of dedication and effort paid off. Miller was full of praise for Cuthbert. "He's a decent young fella and I will always stick by him," he said. "He got the best out of the horse at Wagga and I'm sure he will drive many more winners in the future." It was a similar case at Parkes on Saturday night with a race named the Competitive Stakes. Rod Lemon's Real McCoy Lombo was a maiden heading into the event after 30 starts but that all changed with an all the way win over the 1660 metres. Dale Walker (Harness Racing NSW)  

AN effortless win by Victorian pacer Five Star Anvil in the Governor's Cup in Hobart on Sunday night has tempted trainer Adam Kelly to keep his stable star in Tasmania for one more assignment. Kelly had planned to take Five Star Anvil back to Victoria this week but he is toying with the idea of running him in the $40,000 Easter Cup in Launceston on April 20. Five Star Anvil powered home from the rear of the field to win the Governor's Cup over 2579 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart on Sunday night to defeat Saab Quality and Motu Crusader. It was the first leg of a feature race double for Kelly who also prepared the Tasmanian Derby winner Outrageous El. While the race was set up for a swooper owing to a solid tempo set in front by Our Chain of Command, Five Star Anvil still had to produce the goods when driver Gavin Lang asked for the supreme effort. But it was the ease with which the gelding delivered the knockout blow to his rivals that impressed his trainer. "The plan was always to run in this race (Governor's Cup) and head home but he was awesome tonight so I am now thinking about staying for the Easter Cup in a fortnight," Kelly said. "If I thought he would get a 30-metre handicap I probably wouldn't stay but he might be a chance off 20 metres, anyway that's something I'll have to weigh up in the next day or so," he said. The nominations for the Easter Cup close on Tuesday (April 8). Lang was delighted with the win. ''The race pretty much played into our hands with such a solid tempo but in saying that he still had to deliver and he did it well within himself," Lang said. Five Star Anvil is one of five horses Kelly brought to Tasmania for a month-long stay and they have all delivered multiple wins making it a very profitable exercise. By Peter Staples

VICTORIAN pacer Outrageous El extended the list of interstate horse to have won the Group 3 Tasmanian Derby in recent times when he led all the way to take out this year's edition of the classic event for three-year-olds. With experienced reinsman Gavin Lang in the sulky, Outrageous El stepped straight to the front from the pole position (1) and he was never headed, going on to score comfortably from another interstate invader Lake Eyre with local hero Resurgent Spirit a close-up third. Resurgent Spirit was attempting to break the al-time record for the most number of consecutive wins in Tasmania but after facing the breeze for the duration he was unable to deal with the pressure in what was one of the best fields to contest the race in many years. Outrageous El delivered the goods and realised a dream for his owners and it also was an unexpected result for the gelding's trainer Adam Kelly who admitted connections had bought the horse in New Zealand for $30,000 without expectations of winning a Group race. It was the gelding's fifth win in succession and he was the best horse on form in the race and Lang rated the horse superbly in front. Lang, rated one of the nation's best reinsmen, has been a regular visitor to Tasmania over  the years and had driven in many Tasmanian Derbies but this was his first success. Listen to what trainer Adam Kelly had to say about Outrageous El's Tasmanian Derby win. By Peter Staples  

With the announcement last week by the Premier the Hon. Dr. Dennis Napthine that the Victorian Government have extended further funding support to the VICBRED Platinum program, details are now finalised with regard to the inaugural running of the VICBRED Platinum Home Grown Classic 2YO Series. The additional series has been designed in consultation with Harness Breeders Victoria and the Victorian State Government and will specifically support Victorian bred and branded 2YO & 3YO horses who are yet to win stakes above a prescribed total stakes threshold of $6,000 at acceptance time for the heats (excluding VICBRED First Win Bonuses). Stakes for the races will be spread more broadly with winners taking 50% of the total stake and the balance shared down to last, ensuring that stakes are shared at the grass roots. The inaugural VICBRED Platinum Home Grown Classic 2YO Series, to be conducted in May, will comprise of divisions for colts & geldings and fillies, and will be run for both pacers and trotters. Due to the requirement to conduct this new series within the current financial year and an already congested feature race schedule, the Tatlow series will be relocated and be run later in the season at a time yet to be confirmed. Each division of the new series will comprise of $10,325 Heats into $50,000 Finals. The schedule for the inaugural series will be as follows: Thursday 8 May (Bendigo) - 2YO Pacing Colts & Geldings Heats ($10,325) Thursday 15 May (Geelong @ Tabcorp Park) - 2YO Pacing Fillies Heats ($10,325) Friday 16 May (Tabcorp Park) - 2YO Pacing Colts & Geldings Final ($50,000) Wednesday 21 May (Maryborough) - 2YO Trotting Colts & Geldings and 2YO Trotting Fillies Heats ($10,325) Friday 23 May (Tabcorp Park) - 2YO Pacing Fillies Final ($50,000) Friday 30 May (Tabcorp Park) - 2YO Trotting Colts & Geldings Final ($50,000) and 2YO Trotting Fillies Final ($50,000) To compete horses will need to be VICBRED Platinum eligible (VICBRED and Branded in Victoria) and must not have won more than $6,000 in total stakes at acceptance time for the heats. The inclusion of this new 2YO series and a similar 3YO series in September will see an additional $750,000 allocated to the VICBRED Platinum Program over the next 2 years. This is over and above the already successful VICBRED Platinum Country Series, Mares Sprint Championship Series and Metropolitan races. By Blake Redden (Courtesy of Harness Racing Victoria)

HARNESS racing trainer Zeke Slater has his eyes in the St Marys Cup with Class Above Lombo that scored an impressive win in Launceston last Sunday night. The St Marys annual meeting is traditionally run on New Year's Day but when the SMPC had to cancel this year's event because of the state of the grass track the meeting was set aside to be run in another timeslot Tasracing, in conjunction with the SMPC, settled on Easter Saturday and all is in readiness for what should be another brilliant day of harness racing at the East Coast venue. The rescheduled meeting features the St Marys Cup that boasts prizemoney of $10,000 and it is being targeted by many trainers, including Slater. Class Above Lombo is unbeaten from his three starts in Tasmania, the latest last Sunday night in Launceston in a C4 event over 2200m. But he needs one more win to take her to C5 class that is the benchmark for entry into the St Marys Cup, which is a standing start event. "The horse has not won from a standing start but he has very good manners so I don't think it (standing start) would present a problem," Slater said. "It looks an ideal race for him and it's worth $10,000 so I'll probably run him at Devonport next Monday night in a C5 or better race to try and get his qualified class wise," he said. By Peter Staples

Harness racing trainer Anton Golino got his hands on the coveted Gold Crown trophy as his talented two-year-old colt Artistic Flite overcame his wide second row draw to post a commanding win. There was also a strong Bathurst link to the success story, with former resident John McCarthy the winning driver and Brooklyn Lodge the breeders. McCarthy had the son of Artistic Fella face the breeze before surging away from his rivals to score a commanding 7.7 metre victory in a rate of 1:59.9 for the 1730 metres. With the Bathurst Harness Racing Club set to move to its new facility in the shadows of Mount Panorama later this year, the meeting signalled the last running of the carnival at a track it has called home for 28 years. The mix of commanding victories and tight finishes, big name winners and small-timers prevailing made it a successful evening for the club. The Gold Tiara Final was won by Grenfell's Mark Hewitt, the regular Bathurst visitor getting the job done with Makes Every Scents. Bathurst had something to cheer about in the Gold Chalice Final as Amanda Turnbull drove Mighty Gift to victory for her father Steve Turnbull, while David Kennedy scored one for the Riverina when Shes A Runa took out the Gold Bracelet. Dale Walker | Manager - Marketing | Harness Racing New South Wales Artistic Flite

Talented Victorian harness racing pacer Outrageous El confirmed his status as a genuine Tasmanian Derby prospect with an effortless win against the older horses in a class one over 2200 metres in Launceston on Sunday night. Driver Rohan Hadley was forced to make his charge work hard to find the lead but once in front the Adam Kelly-trained gelding travelled sweetly and when asked to extend at the top of the home straight he forged clear. Outrageous El went on to score by almost six metres from El Jays Magic with Another Jasper over two metres astern. It was the gelding's third win in success from his four lifetime starts and his second in Tasmania, having been successful in Devonport at his first try on foreign soil. Kelly was hoping the son of Elsu would measure up to Derby class when he travelled him across Bass Strait and so far the three-year-old has lived up to expectations. The Tasmanian Derby will be run over 2579 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart on Sunday night. Peter Staples  

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