History will be created when the annual Warragul Pacing Cup is conducted at Easter. For the first time, Warragul's main trots race of the year will be started from behind the mobile barrier, replacing the standing start, handicap event which has existed since the first staging in 1955. It is a bold move for the Warragul Harness Racing Club, and one that will hopefully pay dividends. On a smaller size track such as the one at Warragul, a mobile barrier start will ensure a competitive, and keen race, especially for vital early positions. Warragul is traditionally one of the fastest of the smaller circumference tracks in Victoria, and a quick race time could eventuate if the speed is on throughout the 2620-metre event. The race will be held on Easter Sunday afternoon, April 20, and again carries a $25,000 stake. The feature event will be supported by the $10,000 Eddie Evison Memorial Trotters Cup, and a strong undercard which includes a $10,000 heat of the statewide Vicbred Mares Championship series, and the $7000 Warragul Guineas for three-year-old horses. Additionally, locally based feed manufacturer Hygain is getting behind the Cup Day program - Hygain product will be presented to the trainer of each placegetter in each race on the day. The Warragul club is also excited that Keysborough based company The Linc Group has joined as naming rights sponsor for the Pacing Cup. By Kylie Gallery The Linc Group, led by company boss Craig Roylance, is the leading supplier of metal roofing and scaffolding in Victoria. A family run business, The Linc Group works with a range of clients, from individual home owners through to multi unit developers. Keen racing followers, staff of The Linc Group are excited about their involvement with the Warragul Cup, having been a sponsor of the club on a smaller scale in previous years. As well as the exciting announcements regarding the race and its sponsor for this year, the Warragul club is busy working on the attractions for spectators which will compliment the on-track action. Football legend Tom Hafey will return this year, and the club will soon announce another VFL/AFL legend who will also be trackside on Easter Sunday.
TALENTED teenage harness reinsman Dylan Ford returned from driving in the Australasian Young Drivers Championship series in New South Wales brimming with confidence despite finishing second to New Zealand novice driver Andre Poutama. In any other series Ford would have emerged triumphant with three winners and a couple of fourth placings but Poutama managed to secure one winner, two seconds and four thirds from his 10 drives to clinch the title with 89 points while Dylan amassed 78 points from his three wins and mixed bag of placings. Ford saluted aboard odds-on favourite Smokin Bopper ($1.40) in the third round of heats and he guided The Twilightdancer to victory at Bankstown two nights later. He saved the best for last by partnering outsider Little Red Cloud ($18.70) to victory in the last heat of the series at Menangle on Sunday. Ford was back in action in Hobart last night where he saluted aboard Brookfield Lad that he rated superbly to lead all the way. He reflected on his trip to NSW and his efforts during the AYDC series. "It was a fantastic opportunity to go away and represent my state and we almost pulled it off," Ford said at the Hobart harness meeting last night. "I was just a bit unlucky with the first lot of horses I drew to drive but I finished well and hopefully did my state proud." "To go up against some of the best young drivers in Australia and New Zealand was brilliant and I definitely learned a lot while I was away," he said. Ford, 18, was selected to represent the state because of his impeccable form that won him the leading junior reinsman title last season and he has continued that form this season. "I felt as if I improved throughout last season but it has been this past three months that I believe I have improved the most," he said. Ford was born into the industry and he has expanded his involvement to training. "I love working with horses and I guess it was a natural progression to turn my hand to training." "I've got five horses in work and they are all learning what racing is all about." "There are no super stars in the stable but hopefully they will all earn their keep," he said. Ford was trackside to experience the thrill of Tasmanian Beautide winning the Inter Dominion at Menangle on Sunday. "To be up there competing the same day Beautide won the Inter Dominion was just a magical experience and it is something I will remember for as long as I live." "To do what he did to that field and make them look ordinary makes him a very special horse - I'd say he was a freak," he said. By Peter Staples
North Island reinsman Andre Poutama claimed the title of Australasian Young Drivers Champion after the final heat was held at Tabcorp Park Menangle in New South Wales yesterday. The Championships were held over six days, with ten heats run over that period. Ten drivers from across Australasia competed in the Championships. Poutama took the lead in the second day of competition and maintained a comfortable lead throughout. From the ten heats, Poutama picked up one win, two seconds, four thirds and a fourth. The two other representatives from New Zealand, Samantha Ottley and Simon McMullan, also drove well The two other representatives from New Zealand, Samantha Ottley and Simon McMullan, also drove well throughout the Championship. Ottley was the only driver that could have beaten Poutama heading into the final heat, but after an unlucky run she finished in third place overall. Dylan Ford from Tasmania finished into second, after winning the last heat. The three representatives from New Zealand are made up of the best North Island driver, the best South Island driver and the driver with the best UDR (Universal Driver Rating), these drivers are all junior drivers as they must be under 25 to qualify for the event. The 2015 Australasian Young Drivers Championship is set to be held in New Zealand. Harness Racing New Zealand
"If this is not the best than I don't know what is . . . whatever it is, it's going to be hard to top." Those were the words of Barrie Rattray after he witnessed his son James drive their horse Beautide to victory in the $750,000 TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Grand Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle today. Beautide defied all odds to take out the Grand circuit gem after doing plenty of work outside the leader in world record time of 3.36 for the 3009 meters race (a 1:55.5 mile rate). He is the first horse in more than 15 years to win the Miracle Mile and the Inter Dominion in the same season. The last horse to do so was Our Sir Vancelot, who won the three Inter Dominions from 1997 to 1999 and won the Miracle Mile in 1997. After settling mid-field early, James Rattray elected to angle Beautide three wide to the 'death seat' at the mile mark as Kiwi star Smolda worked to the lead. With the quarters of the last mile clocked in 26.5, 30.0, 28.6 and 27.1, Beautide cruised to the line with more than five metres to spare over Seel N Print with For A Reason a close third. "We were lucky to be here in November [for the Miracle Mile] and I didn't think it would happen again," Barrie said. Harness Racing NSW
Records continued to tumble at Tabcorp Park Menangle today as star four-year-old Guaranteed continued his climb towards champion status with an amazing win in the $200,000 Form 700 Chariots Of Fire. Still it took all of master reinsman Gavin Lang's talents as Guaranteed was forced to do it tough, racing wide for almost the entire race before outstaying Ginger Bliss and Majestic Mach to win in an Australasian record mile rate of 1:50.4. That broke Christen Me's 1:50.5 record set in winning last year's Chariots. John Dunn's New Zealand hope Franco Nelson led the Chariots early as the field came out in a slick 27.3 seconds with fellow Kiwi Border Control (Luke McCarthy) having a brief lick for the front before settling back and looking for some cover. Despite a 28.8s split, Guaranteed provided that cover when he moved up to the outside of Franco Nelson and raced without cover for the rest of the journey. The gutsy Victorian worked to the front turning for home after a 27.5s third split and as they came home in 26.8 he simple refused to let anything get past him. No doubt Guaranteed is a four-year-old that will move into the Grand Circuit with ease and may be him we're talking about as an Inter Dominion favourite this time next year. Harness Racing NSW
He drives Tabcorp Park Menangle as well as anyone and star reinsman Darren Hancock caused another upset on Inter Dominion Grand Final day when eight-year-old mare Vansumic scored a devastating win in the $200,000 Cordina Chicken Farms Ladyship Mile. Just when champion New Zealand mare Adore Me was being hailed as the winner of the Group One, Hancock, who had been desperately seeking a clear run with Vansumic ($18), found daylight and sailed away to a stunning victory. While Adore Me, the $1.40 favourite, did endure a hard run, stuck three-wide, albeit with cover, for most of the trip, Mark Purdon's stable star still looked to have every hope and finished 3.5m away in second spot, with another outsider, Obahma Joy, in third spot in a mile rate of 1:52.1. Commentators were raving about the state of the Menangle track as the rain held off and the times began to get quicker as the day wore on. Still nothing could detract from Vansumic's win, with the former Inter Dominion winning reinsman, Hancock, who scored with Jofess at Gloucester Park in 2004, showing he could beat the best of them when in the right mood. Seconds favourite Baby Bling (Luke McCarthy) looked to have every chance after racing with a one-one trail for most of the race, but didn't finish her race off as expected with the former Miracle Mile winner coming home in fifth spot, just behind Awesome Belmer. Courtesy of Harness Racing NSW
There were winners left, right and centre after the opening race at Tabcorp Park Menangle this afternoon. The Menangle track was a “first-up” winner with horses coming from everywhere in the closing stages of the final heat of the Australasian Young Drivers Championship as the Peter Walsh-trained Little Red Cloud got the money with a 1:59.9 mile rate over the 2400m journey. Tasmanian reinsman Dylan Ford may have also given a hint of things to come for his fellow Tasmanian Beautide in the TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Grand Final later in the day when he brought Little Red Cloud with a well-timed run up the middle of the track to score. All the competitors in the Young Drivers Championship rated the track in remarkable condition despite persistent showers over the weekend, with every runner accorded a fair run. Still none were more satisfied than New Zealand’s Andre Poutama, who finished seventh with Im Blue Double Dee, but accrued enough points to take the series from another Kiwi, Samantha Ottley. Poutama, from New Zealand’s North Island, went into the race with a 13 point lead and was desperate to avoid running in the last couple to jeopardise his chances of winning the overall series. Little Red Cloud grabbed Poacher (Aaron Bain) in the shadows of the post, with Condagen (Josh Duggan) third. Trainer Peter Walsh’s good run continued in the Lexus International Lady Drivers Invitational when Narissa McMullen led all-the-way with his pacer Essbee Doubleyou. The Queensland reinswoman took the son of Presidential Ball straight to the top from barrier nine where they dictated terms throughout. Rolling through the quarters in 27.1, 29.0, 28.5 and 27.4s, which resulted in a slick mile rate of 1:52.0, again proving the track was in fine order for the string day of racing ahead. Bathurst reinswoman Amanda Turnbull finished second with Medal Of Honour while the Tasmanian Kate MacLeod finished third with Ballochbuie. Harness Racing NSW
Commencing 1 July 2014 the Breeders Challenge Owners Bonus Certificates (BCOBC) will increase in value by 20% to $3,000. The Board of Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) made the decision at their monthly Meeting on Tuesday. HRNSW CEO Sam Nati said: "With the APG Sydney Yearling Sale scheduled for this Saturday we felt it was the ideal opportunity to make the announcement. "The Breeders Challenge is a very important brand for us and we have continued to add layers both to the value and the number of incentives associated with it", he added. Some of the key inducements for Breeders Challenge eligible and sustained horses include: Â· $3,000 Breeders Challenge Owners Bonus Certificates for the first "C" Class win as a 2yo AND 3yo. Any horse that doesn't win a certificate as a 2yo or 3yo is eligible to win one as a 4yo or older (Currently worth $2,500 until 1 July 2014). This is paid to the owner. Â· $3,000 Breeders Challenge Nominators (Breeder) Cash Bonus for the first "C" Class win as a 2yo AND 3yo. Any horse that doesn't win a Bonus as a 2yo or 3yo is eligible to win one as a 4yo or older. (This is the first year of the BCNB and applies only to 2yos in FY14, expanding to 3yos in FY15, etc). This is paid to the breeder(s) even if the horse has subsequently been sold. Â· The equivalent of 10% of first prizemoney for all 2yo, 3yo and 4yo Group 1 wins in Australia as an additional Cash Bonus to the Nominator. (This is the first year of the Nominators Bonus and applies only to 2yos in FY14, expanding to 3yos in FY15, etc). This is paid to the breeder(s) even if the horse has subsequently been sold. Â· The Breeders Challenge Major Race Series for 2yos, 3yos and 4yos (both sexes) with finals worth $125,000 each for 2yo and 3yos and $100,000 each for 4yos. Â· The introduction of a Breeders Challenge Trotters Series with Finals worth $30,000 each. (This is the first year of the Trotters Series and applies only to 2yos in FY14, expanding to 3yos in FY15, etc). Â· The Breeders Challenge Blue Series for 2yos and 3yos (both sexes) which is restricted to 100% NSW bred horses with Finals worth $50,000 each. Â· The Breeders Challenge Regional Finals for 2yos, 3yos and 4yo (both sexes) worth $20,000 each. Â· $500 Breeders Challenge Blue Incentive Certificates to offset the cost of a service fee of a NSW based stallion (conditions apply). For the full list of terms and conditions visit the HRNSW website and follow the links to the breeding section. In another exiting development for the Breeders Challenge, HRNSW will shortly announce a new major sponsor for the series. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
Last night heats 6 and 7 of the Australasian Young Drivers Championship were held at Young. Andre Poutama continued his great run, picking up two more third placings. In the first heat of the night, Andre’s runner had to work hard early, but managed to hold on for third place. Sam Ottley and Simon McMullan struck some bad luck when the horse in front of them paced roughly and carried them back to finish 8th and 9th respectively. The second heat saw Narissa McMullen from Queensland pick up her second win of the Championships after a confident drive. Sam tried to chase down the leader but came short and ran 2nd; Andre wasn’t far off Sam and finished in 3rd position. Simon’s horse held on for 6th after doing some work during the running. Dylan Egerton-Green from Western Australia closed the gap at the top of the leader board, but Andre still sits in front with a lead of 7 points. Andre has now had seven drives in the Championship for one win and five placings, only being out of the top three in one heat. The current leader board after the first seven heats is as follows: Position Driver Points 1st Andre Poutama (NZ North) 66 2nd Dylan Egerton-Green (WA) 59 3rd Narissa McMullen (QLD) 54 4th Samantha Ottley (NZ Sth) 46 5th Amanda Turnbull (NSW) 42 5th Aiden De Campo (WA) 42 7th Aaron Bain (SA) 41 8th Dylan Ford (TAS) 40 9th Joshua Duggan (VIC) 33 10th Simon McMullan (NZ) 29 Heats continue at Bankstown tonight with Heat 8 (5:14pm NZT) & Heat 9 (5:53pm NZT), with the final heat being the first race on Inter Dominion Grand Final day on Sunday afternoon (2:30pm NZT).
In an exciting announcement for the Pryde's EasiFeed Great Southern Star, it has been revealed that star US reinsman Corey Callahan will be in Australia for the International extravaganza on March 22. In just its second year, the $400,000 Pryde's EasiFeed Great Southern Star trotting series held across one sensational night at Tabcorp Park Melton has attracted some massive names and it continues with Callahan adding his name to the list of visitors for the richest squaregaiting event in the southern hemisphere. Having only started his career at the age of 27, eight years later he has quickly become one of the leading drivers in North America. Growing up under the tutelage of his father Nick, Corey decided to turn his hand to college ambitions before returning to harness racing where he has driven thousands of winners. In fact since 2010 he has never driven less than 500 winners in a season, an extraordinary statistic that proves just how prolific the talented driver has been. He is also currently leads the United States Trotting Association Drivers' Premiership, 29 ahead of Ron Pierce . And it's not just his consistency that has him on top, he has also mixed it at the top level, taking out the $500,000 Hoosier Cup with Mr Wiggles in 2009 and competed in the World Driving Championship, representing the US. But it was 2013 which was the year that put the 35-year-old on the world stage as he raked in over $9.7 million in stakes earnings, placing him in the upper-Echelon in North America. He drove standout winners like Golden Receiver, D'Orsay and Drop The Ball. But, Australian trots fans will know him for his association with Ma Chere Hall, owned by Australian interests, however his win with Allstar Partner in the $260,000 PA Sires Stakes Championship was the highlight of his season. Callahan has been a fixture of some of the best tracks in America, racking up over 100 wins at The Meadowlands last season. Callahan will be involved during the week of the Great Southern Star and will compete in the Drivers Invitational on the all-squaregaiting night. Callahan arrives in Australia on March 18 and is available for drives. Interested trainers should call the Racing Office on (03) 8378 0200. For media enquiries contact Brett Boyd on (03) 8378 0250. BLAKE REDDEN COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER [Harness Racing Victoria]
Smolda has already won the NSW Derby at Tabcorp Park Menangle and on Sunday will be attempting to add his name to the Inter Dominion honour roll. Apart from being a talented pacer he is also the equine ambassador for CCIA, (Children's Cancer Institute Australia) the country's only independent medical research institute due to the involvement of his part owner Marcus Kirkwood. Marcus and his wife Sharon lost their son Tom to a brain tumour in August 2009, one day before his 18th birthday and since then through the support of their town of Singleton have raised more than $800,000 for the CCIA. "After Tom's death I thought I might splurge on a share in a horse and after seeing one for sale on New Zealand trainer Mark Purdon's website I made some enquiries," Kirkwood said. "Smolda came across for the NSW Derby and we thought he would make a good ambassador for the CCIA drawing valuable attention for the Institute if he raced in the colours of Mark Purdon but carried the logo of the CCIA." After a brief discussion with the other part owners it was quickly agreed upon. "Fellow owners Neil Pilcher and Phillip and Glenys Kennard embraced it and Mark and his partner Natalie Rasmussen willingly adopted the idea and proudly wear the colours, maybe it is some Anzac spirit" "While the royal blue and silver grey colours are highly visible slightly less obvious are the words around the cuffs of the sleeve, they read 'Our Mate Tom', so Tom will be there on Inter Dominion day." The CCIA has conducted world-class childhood cancer research for 25 years working towards their vision to save the lives of all children with cancer and eliminate their suffering. Smolda will start from barrier eight on Sunday afternoon and will have plenty of supporters cheering him on. By Greg Hayes (Harness Racing NSW) Greg Hayes - SKY Racing 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.
Brothers John and Tom Brain are part of the syndicate that race Wartime Sweetheart, the David Aiken trained pacer that will start in Sunday's TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion final. It will not be the first time the Brain family has been connected to an Inter Dominion runner with the brothers' father Tom Brain Snr having trained and driven Last Flood in the 1971 series in Addington, New Zealand. "When Dad took Last Flood to New Zealand for the series he had never driven a winner in his career but to his credit he drove him throughout the series and finished third in the final," John Brain said. "Last Flood was the first ever horse he had trained, the horse had been trained by some well known trainers in his career but Dad had a disagreement with one of them and said he could do a better job so we ended up building some stables out the back of a timber yard that he owned in Shepparton." On arrival in New Zealand Last Flood was not given much hope in the series and was an outsider in the first heat. "He ran third in the first heat and paid $19.50 a place, then finished second in the second round of heats and ended up starting favourite in the final heat but finished sixth." "Last Flood's run in the final was very good, he galloped early and ended up being buried back on the fence, Dad got him into the clear late and he ended up only being beaten about nine inches, it was a phenomenal run and he was very unlucky." Brain brought up his first winner as a driver soon after returning from New Zealand. "He won as soon as he arrived back at the Showgrounds, he won another eight or ten races after that, he wasn't a champion by any means but he was a very nice horse which is similar to Wartime Sweetheart." "Wartime Sweetheart isn't the best horse in the race but he has been a great horse for our syndicate." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
he first two heats of the 2014 Australasian Young Drivers Championship are being held on Tuesday February 25 at Tabcorp Park, Menangle. The first heat is due to run at 5.15pm (NZT) & the second heat is due at 6.35pm (NZT). Full fields are below. More information and results will be posted when available. 2014 AYDC - Tabcorp Park Menagle - Tuesday February 25 - Heat 1 - 5.15pm (NZT) Form Horse Driver 1 s2812 CHRISTIAN SLOY Samantha Ottley (C) 2 s8622 BLISSFULL GUY Aiden De Campo (C) 3 52122 MANUKA MAN Simon McMullan (C) 4 34465 TEMPORARY USE NZ (Em 1) SCRATCHED 5 82333 NOVAPPEAL NZ Dylan Ford (C) 6 0s11s MAC THE FINN NZ Narissa McMullen (C) 7 9s132 TAMAHAY Amanda Turnbull 8 7s825 MAJOR CALIPSO SCRATCHED 9 1s121 CURTIS MAGUIRE NZ Dylan Egerton-Green (C) 10 35642 QUICK JET Andre Poutama (C) 11 54382 MARSHAL DALE NZ Aaron Bain (C) 2014 AYDC - Tabcorp Park Menagle - Tuesday February 25 - Heat 2 - 6.35pm (NZT) Form Horse Driver 1 259s6 CILLAS BOY NZ (Em 1) SCRATCHED 2 36123 FALCON CHIEF Aaron Bain (C) 3 1s111 CLARENDEN DAYDREAM Andre Poutama (C) 4 481s4 NO AH SAINT Dylan Egerton-Green (C) 5 12331 DONT CALL ME CRAZY Joshua Duggan (C) 6 54s25 TOOLIJOOA DAWN Amanda Turnbull 7 19172 THE APACHE KID NZ Narissa McMullen (C) 8 u1333 JUST GRANGE Dylan Ford (C) 9 16658 TOPNOTCH MACH NZ Simon McMullan (C) 10 53332 SHANNONSABLAST Aiden De Campo (C) 11 23709 IM ALEX NZ Samantha Ottley (C) Harness Racing New Zealand Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail. DISCLAIMER: If you have received this email in error, please notify us immediately by reply email, facsimile or collect telephone call to +64 3 9641200 and destroy the original. Please refer to full DISCLAIMER at http://www.hrnz.co.nz/eDisclaimer
Dear Harness Racing Fan, Yesterday's barrier draw for the TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Grand Final at Menangle Park this Sunday has created enormous interest. Is your pick featured in the attached video? HRNSW Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
A MASTERFUL drive by the state's leading reinsman Gareth Rattray resulted in an impressive win for Saloon In Sight at Tattersall's Park in Hobart tonight. Saloon In Sight drew the pole position and settled behind the leader and favourite Mighty Jasper soon after the start but when the driver of the leader, Nathan Ford, opted to hand up to Bridestar (Paul Hill) Rattray quickly got his charge off the fence and into the one-out-one-back position. It proved to be the winning move because when Rattray eased Saloon In Flight three-wide to challenge in the back straight the last time he was able to put the favourite in a pocket. Rattray waited until the top of the home straight before he made his move. Saloon In Flight dashed clear and had enough in reserve to stave off a late bid from Mighty Jasper to score by a metre with El Jays Messi third. Saloon In Flight is trained by Zane Medhurst and owned by his wife Sally Medhurst. The horse was one of a few promising pacers that were trained by the Medhurst's late son David Medhurst who was tragically killed in a car accident near Hobart last year. Listen to what trainer Zane Medhurst had to say about Saloon In Flight's win.
The barrier draw for the $750,000 TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Grand Final was conducted this morning at The Star in Sydney. The Grand Final field in barrier draw order is: Barrier Horse 1 Im Victorious 2 Livingontheinterest 3 Seel N Print 4 Keayang Cullen 5 Forever Gold 6 Mach Beauty 7 Wartime Sweetheart 8 Smolda 9 Caribbean Blaster 10 The Gold Ace 11 Restrepo 12 Beautide 13 For A Reason 14 Terror To Love 15 Franco Nelson 1st Emergency (Withdrawn) 16 Pub Blitz 2nd Emergency 17 Ardghal 3rd Emergency Note that the Emergencies are not drawn into the field and take the place vacated by a scratching. The Grand Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle is scheduled for 3:40pm and is to be broadcast nationally on Channel Nine. The mega race day will consist of seven Group 1 events including the Form 700 Chariots of Fire, Camarda and Cantrill NSW Derby, Form 700 NSW Oaks, Cordina Farms Ladyship Mile, and Glenferrie Farms Trotters Challenge. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |