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Exciting rookie filly This Ones For You is back in action. Following her explosive debut at Albion Park back on February 29 when rating 1:56.8, the Jack Butler trained two-year-old hasn’t been sighted since. Until yesterday (Tuesday). The Australian Pacing Gold graduate ($22,500 – Sydney purchase) returned for a low-key public trial at Albion Park and followed the field around while able to stretch her legs in the process. Officially, This Ones For You finished 7th beaten 18m behind Delightful Reason in a time of 1:57.2. Regular reinsman Chris Geary was thrilled with the effort. “It was exactly what she needed given where she is at currently, it was a no stress trial and just about getting her back out there again, it wasn’t about competing.” Geary said. While not eligible for any local futurity schemes, This Ones For You was put away following her debut victory but became sick during her break. The filly contracted a virus that made her legs swell significantly. “Whatever it was it made her quite sick and the swelling took some time to disappear, luckily, she wasn’t in work and being readied for anything in particular so she got treated and had more time off which obviously helped her in many ways. “With the COVID-19 pandemic, all features have been wiped or delayed so that’s given Jack plenty of time to bring her back-up and everything is coming along well. “With the time away, she’s really grown into her big frame and still has plenty of filling out to do, she’s got style and real presence about her and I’m excited about her future.” The main target for the A Rocknroll Dance – Onedins Pocketgirl filly is going to be the New South Wales Breeders Challenge Series which have been rescheduled HRNSW has confirmed the 2020 Breeders Challenge Finals will be conducted from Tuesday 15th September with the four Group One Finals on Saturday night 24th October at TABCORP Park, Menangle. Heats will be conducted at Gold Crown Paceway Bathurst, Riverina Paceway Wagga, Newcastle International Paceway and TABCORP Park, Menangle in line with the original schedule. Traditionally held on the last Sunday in June the Major Finals consisting of four Group One events for two and three year old pacers were disrupted by regionalisation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. “That’s the aim, the Breeders Challenge is the main focus and the date change suits us nicely so hopefully she’ll keep improving and be ready. “It’s going to be a really strong series, it always is but we have always rated this filly and her debut didn’t shock us at all. She hails from a great family and it looks like she has inherited the family’s ability.” This Ones For You is expected to have another trial before resuming.   Chris Barsby

HECTORJAYJAY’S comeback continues at Albion Park on Tuesday. The one-time toast of the sport will have just his second run in almost two years when he tackles five rivals over 1660m in a free-for-all. Trainer Jack Butler has been thrilled with Hectorjayjay since his encouraging first-up third to Glenferrie Hood at Albion Park on May 2. “We thought the run was excellent. He came through it well, clearly needed it because he blew-up a fair bit and will be fitter this time out,” he said. “Still, it’ll be a tactical race and it’s never easy in these sprint races from wide draws around Albion Park.” Hectorjayjay has the outside gate (six) and his major rivals are Major Cam, a winner of his past four on end and drawn the pole, along with evergreen Glenferrie Hood (five). Another interesting runner is former buzz Kiwi juvenile Hughie Green, who returns from a spell in gate three for trainer-driver John Cremin. The race is 6.03pm NZ time Tuesday. _________________________________________________________________________________________ THE NSW Riverina region has always been a harness heartland. The biggest of many Riverina stars being the “Temora Terror” – Paleface Adios. Now the Riverina has another pacer rapidly growing an army of fans in Whereyabinboppin. The four-year-old started his career with Steve Harris in the Riverina, had a brief stint with Tim Butt and then returned to Harris before a long spell and another switch to David Kennedy. He’s won all three starts for Kennedy this campaign, the past two by 21.1m and 32.7m. The latest 32.7m win came in a heat of the rich NSW Riverina Regional Championships at Wagga last Friday. He scorched the 2270m in a 1min53.5sec mile rate. Whereyabinmboppin’s won eight of his 11 starts, looks to have the Riverina final at his mercy and oozes the potential to go to much greater heights. His mile rate was by far the fastest of the five Riverina heats, the next closest being Western Sonador’s 1min55.6sec in the opening heat. Newcastle hosted five heats of the Hunter Region series, but they looked a very even batch with similar times and certainly no standouts performances. If anything, Adam Ruggari’s superbly-bred Hazelnuts impressed the most. The four-year-old is a son of Art Major out of former brilliant filly Miss Hazel (15 wins, $310,063) and is her fifth winner from as many foals to race. _________________________________________________________________________________________ TOP driver Gary Hall Jr paid tribute to the late, great Gavin Lang in a race named after him without even really knowing last Friday night. Hall Jr teamed with comeback hero Chicago Bull and produced a “Lang-like” patience drive in a hotly-contested affair to win the Vale Gavin Lang free-for-all (2536m). Watch the race click here. It was Chicago Bull’s second win (with a second and a third as well) in his four runs on the comeback trail. The four runs have been on consecutive weeks as trainer Gary Hall Sr aims to “get the excess weight” of the pint-sized but nuggety Chicago Bull after such a long break. In contrast to his past two defeats where circumstances have seen his do the bullocking work, Hall Jr was able to sit back and come with one run, just the way Chicago Bull likes it. He swept to the front on the home bend and kept finding to win by 2.8m over Im Full Of Excuses in a brisk 1min56.5sec mile rate for the long trip. _________________________________________________________________________________________ EXCITING former Kiwi mare Arma Indie posted one of her biggest and most important wins since moving to WA when she led throughout in the $40,000 WASBA Breeders Stakes (2130m) at Gloucester Park last Friday night. The race assembled pretty much all of WA’s top mares, except Our Alfie Romeo, and Arma Indie made the most of her good draw (gate two) win a stoush for the lead. Brilliant front-running driver Shannon Suvaljko then dictated terms and ripped home in 56.2 and 27.7sec to win easily in a 1min57.6sec mile rate. Four-year-old Arma Indie’s 14 WA runs have netted seven wins, four placings and almost $70,000 in stakemoney. _________________________________________________________________________________________ IT was a Saturday with a difference in Victorian harness, but one thing remained the same – Emma Stewart’s dominance. Melton hosted two meetings – an historic seven-race morning meeting – and a traditional night slot. Stewart won seven of the 15 races across the two meetings. Special callouts to the many drivers who competed at both meetings given the first at Melton’s morning card was 8.30am and the last of the night meeting was 8.30pm. Perhaps the biggest credit goes to top race caller Dan Mielicki, who called both cards in his trademark outstanding style. _________________________________________________________________________________________ TWO months ago Luke McCarthy predicted former talented juvenile filly Molly Kelly would roar through the grades for trainer Craig Cross. Now she’s done just that eight starts for the barn netting six wins and a second.  Molly Kelly made the step into free-for-all scored the most significant win of her career when caused a massive upset and won at $41 at Menangle last night. Former Miracle Mile winner My Field Marshal was favourite, but had to scorch a 25.5sec quarter to lead over a mile and he tired late for sixth. Cross had four runners and first four home with Pocket Of Terror, Replaced Eye and Cruz chasing home Molly Kelly. Cross and/or McCarthy continued their recent Menangle dominance, winning five of the first six races between them.   Adam Hamilton

It was supposed to be a clash between the returning champion and the new champion. Someone forgot to tell Ocean Ridge, driver Ryan Warwick and trainers Greg and Skye Bond. The gelding caused a stunning upset in the Perth Plasterboard Centre Memorial Day Pace (2536m) and claim the biggest scalps in his career in Shockwave and Chicago Bull. It was a game of cat and mouse between the two favourites coming in for the bell as Chicago Bull moved up three-wide from the rear of the field and Shockwave was quick to pull out in front of him. Driver Aiden De Campo took Shockwave to the breeze momentarily, then elected to sit on Chicago Bull as they passed the post the penultimate time. While that was happening, Warwick was calmly sitting three back on the pegs behind leader Talktomeurmattjesty and fellow team Bond runner Our Jimmy Johnstone. It looked as if the two favourites would fight it out on straightening and when Shockwave hit the front at the 100m mark he looked like he would make it five consecutive wins. Ocean Ridge had other ideas though and Warwick urged the five-year-old in the closing stages to score by a head to Shockwave. Chicago Bull lost no admirers in finishing five metres back in third. It was Ocean Ridge’s second Free-For-All win, having won in the same class back on February 28. He rated 1.54.4 off the back of a lead time of 1.03.8. Ocean Ridge’s performance came just a matter of moments after Kingslayer scored his eighth win from just 12 starts in WA in the Direct Trades Supply Pace (2130m). In the main event of the evening Lavra Joe led all the way to score a comfortable win in the Group 2 Champagne Classic. Meanwhile, the harness racing industry is mourning the passing of champion driver Gavin Lang. Lang had battled a rare form of cancer and passed away aged 61. Lang spoke to TABradio’s The Sports Daily about his career back in 2017. You can listen to the interview below.   by Tim Walker

Outstanding young reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green will be aiming to maintain his perfect record behind Wesley when he drives the speedy five-year-old in the 1730m Worldwide East Perth Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Bunbury trainer and part-owner Sarah Wall engaged Egerton-Green after the horse’s regular driver Kaiden Hayter was suspended for 17 days last Friday night for causing interference in the Nights of Thunder final. Hayter has formed a splendid alliance with Wesley and has driven the horse at his past nine starts and at 14 of his past 15 starts. Egerton-Green has driven Wesley only twice for all-the-way victories over 2100m at Bunbury and 2185m at Pinjarra in December 2017. Wesley is a specialist sprinter, having won twice over 1609m and once each over 1684m, 1730m and 1823m. He revealed typical early brilliance when he started from the No. 4 barrier in the final of the 1730m Nights of Thunder last Friday night when he zoomed past As Happy As Larry to take up the running after 100m. After a blistering opening quarter of the final mile in 27.8sec., Wesley ran the next three 400m sections in 29.6sec., 28sec. and 29.6sec. Benhope Rulz, who raced in the breeze, took the lead on the home turn and Wesley wilted to finish seventh. His effort in a qualifying heat the previous week was full of merit. From barrier four he raced in the breeze and fought on doggedly to finish fourth behind Bettor Aim, who rated a sizzling 1.52.4. There is plenty of speed inside Wesley this week, with Bronze Seeker at barrier one and Good Times Ahead at No. 2. Tanaka Eagle (barrier six) and Debt Free Charlie (seven) can also muster considerable early pace. Egerton-Green also has several other sound each-way prospects on the program, including the Greg and Skye Bond-trained El Jacko in the $50,000 City of Perth Cup. El Jacko looks ideally suited from barrier two on the back line. He maintained his excellent form when he raced three back on the pegs and flew home along the inside to finish a half-length second to Rocknroll Lincoln in the 2936m WA Pacing Cup last Friday week. His other drives Touch of Success, Talkerup, Hy Leexciting, Ultimate Major and Kid Colossus will have admirers.   Ken Casellas

It's not often in Harness Racing that a first starter winning a mid-week race could throw a spanner in a Gr.1 market; but thats exactly what happened today when Gary Hall Snr produced Ideal Liner to victory in a C0 only event at Gloucester Park. Hall is confident that the 4yo will "just keep winning" giving handicappers no choice but to give the lightly raced NZ import a birth in the prestigious Golden Nugget. We also catch up on the recovery of WA champion pacer Chicago Bull, Snr's NZ Sires Series hopeful Major Trojan AND each of the Hall camp runners on York Cup night at Gloucester Park.   Ken Casellas  

Rookie Sydney pacer Muscle Factory is fast. In fact, he’s super-fast! And he stamped himself as the horse to beat for next week’s Gr.1 $100,000 Albion Park Gold Final following his scintillating victory last night (Friday) in a time of 1:54.1. He ran sectionals of 28.5, 30.6, 28.6 and 26.6 seconds. The son of Roll With Joe was having his first start at the famed Breakfast Creek oval and scored by a widening margin of 36m defeating Timeless Appeal and Our Ultimate Mary. Prepared by Shane and Lauren Tritton, Muscle Factory has now won 4 of his 8 starts. Prior to his Albion Park romp, all of his other victories have been recorded at TABCORP Park, Menangle. His personal best time to date is 1:53.5 when successful at Menangle on June 5. By comparison, For All We Know who scored in the opening heat rated 1:58.5 for the 1660m distance. But it’s not the fastest time by a juvenile in the Sunshine State. That title belongs to reigning Victoria Derby winner Colt Thirty One. Last season, the Mach Three colt recorded 1:53.9 when successful at Albion Park. In fact, he did it twice, scoring on June 30 and again on July 15. But will that record stand the test of time? There’s every chance that Muscle Factory will be out to claim the rich prizemoney up for grabs plus a track record for a two-year-old pacer next week. It’s the final Gr.1 of the season in Queensland and it now carries plenty of added interest. Only horses sold through the Australia Pacing Gold Brisbane division last year were eligible for this series. The barrier draw will be staged on Tuesday.   Chris Barsby

Emerging star Shadow Sax bounced-back from a mystifying Hunter Cup flop to snare another feature win in the Group 2 Cranbourne Cup. It added to the Group 1 SA Cup along with a fantastic Ballarat Cup placing through an exciting first season in the big league for Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin. And gave Chris Alford yet another feature race win. Alford used gate four to lead, copped some midrace pressure from the gifted San Carlo, but kept finding to beat the rejuvenated Clancys Fobwatch by 4.1m in a 1min56.1sec mile rate for 2555m. San Carlo disappointed slightly, but tiring late for fourth. The other Cranbourne feature, the Group 1 Knight Pistol Trot, was won in easy all-the-way fashion but classy mare Red Hot Tooth. The race changed big time when $1.60 favourite Sparkling Success galloped and lost 40m at the start, while Red Hot Tooth zoomed across to lead. Zac Phillips dictated terms in front on the mare and won as he liked from Andy and Kate Gath’s former Kiwi trotter Tornado Valley with Sparkling Success recovering for a monstrous third. ________________________________________________________________________________________ Shane Tritton firmly believes this is the strongest stable he’s ever had. Leading the way is top-class former Kiwi pacer Franco Nelson, but there is so much depth alongside him. One of the young stars, Platinum Revolution, was simply too fast and classy in the Group 3 Pink Bonnet for two-year-old fillies at Menangle last Friday night. Making it two wins from just three starts, the daughter of Changeover sat parked, ran clear on the home bend and was strong to the line in 1 min54.7sec mile. “What a fantastic night for the team. Four wins, two seconds and a Pink Bonnet,” Tritton said. Team Tritton is now five clear from Craig Cross on the Menangle training premiership. Tritton and wife, Lauren, won the first two races with Murano and Lombo Kotakinabalu. Their flying mare Reaza Grunter also brilliantly won the fifth event in a 1min52.6sec mile. Another mare to impress at Menangle was Mark Jones’ Delightful Memphis, who blew away a handy field in a 1min51.5sec mile. ________________________________________________________________________________________ DANIELLE Hill is surely one of the best and most inspiring stories in Australian harness racing. Hill has overcome horrific injuries from a race fall almost eight years to become the key player in South Australia. And she really strutted her stuff at Port Pirie last Friday night with six wins on the seven race card. She became just the fourth SA driver to snare six wins at a meeting. ________________________________________________________________________________________ JUST a week after a close second in the Miracle Mile, young gun driver Jason Lee returned to his roots for a dominant display at Mount Gambier. It was Cup night at the remote South Australian track and Lee drove four of the eight winners on the night, including the Cup on Keayang Starzzz. Keayang Starzzz is trained by Jason’s mother, Marg, who also prepares Miracle Mile runner-up Jilliby Kung Fu. You can expect Jilliby Kung Fu to step-out next in either the Kilmore Cup on March 17 or the Melton Plate on March 24. ________________________________________________________________________________________ CANBERRA Raiders captain Jarrod Crocker has a real passion for harness racing. Hence his joy at a pacer he part-owns, Our Triple Play, thrashing his rivals in the $30,600 Group 3 Wagga Cup last Saturday night. Our Triple Play is trained by Crocker’s friend, Brad Hewitt, and David Moran took the drive for a powerhouse 35m win in a 1min57.4sec mile rate for the long 2575m trip. The other stars of the night were father and son Chris and Anthony Frisby, who landed both the Wagga Oaks with Major Occasion and Wagga Derby with Uncle Ryan. ________________________________________________________________________________________ LEVIATHAN owner-breeder Rob Watson’s best season in the sport keeps getting better. Watson has enjoyed a fantastic ride with Australia’s best pacer, Soho Tribeca, through his first season on the Grand Circuit. Throw in exciting juvenile filly Soho Nolita, NSW Oaks runner-up Soho Burning Love and so many others. Watson snared another feature when his regally-bred filly Soho Interceptor – by Art Major out of former star filly Aussie Made Lombo – won the $100,000 2YO Fillies’ Sales Classic final at Gloucester Park last Friday night. Trained by Glenn Elliott and driven by Shannon Suvaljko, Soho Interceptor led and found plenty to beat favourite Has No Fear in a 1min57.6sec mile rate for 1730m. The colts and geldings version went to trainer-driver Colin Brown and Its Rock And Roll (A Rocknroll Dance-Miss Worthy Whitby) in a quicker 1min56.6sec mile rate. The other win of note at Gloucester Park came from prominent WA Derby hopefully, Speed Man, for trainer Gary Hall Sr and driver Gary Jr. ________________________________________________________________________________________ WHEN Kima Frenning came to Australia it was as a stablehand and occasional Monte rider. Now she’s one of the most young drivers in Victoria. Frenning, who works for David Aiken and dates his son, Josh, was seen at her best aboard the emerging Rishi at Melton last Friday night. Rishi toyed with a handy field and it’s great to see his trainer, Lance Justice, with another really promising pacer.   Adam Hamilton

Time is a great leveller and the last act is to remove us from this life. In so doing, "time'' makes the Duke and his gamekeeper equal, as both are dust. Last Sunday, "time'' took a "game keeper” and elevated him to freedom from pain. Col McDougall was born at Ipswich Hospital on July 1, 1944 and was reared at Churchill in the company of Spellekens' and McCoombes' where trotting was firmly entrenched. His first job was with Brisbane City Council at the Mt Crosby water treatment plant, residing there for a period. Later, Col returned to Churchill and drove a truck on Ipswich City Council for a great part of his working life. He married Faye Spelleken and the couple raised two fine children in Julie and Bradley. When I first encountered Col, he was renting a couple of stables at Noel Spelleken's property at Three Mile and working a couple of pacers each and every afternoon. The horses raced at Ipswich Showground and Rocklea on Saturday afternoon. Col loved his horses, loved his wife and kids, and most of the people that he was associated with. He was the bloke that harness administrators classify as a "hobbyist”. He put in countless hours with average stock, accepting defeat on the racetrack as a part of life, yet never losing heart. He never lost sight of the "bunny of success” chasing hard all the way. Taken in context, his stats are not that shabby. As a trainer, he had 1356 starters for 78 winners, 264 placings and $137,378. In the sulky, Col went around on 705 occasions for 34 wins and $50,000 in the bank. His best season was 1988/ 89, hitting the bullseye eight times. His best horse may have been Slippery Lobell, bred by local owner/breeder/ trainer Bill Crosby. A shocking accident at Rocklea, when a horse reared up at the start and fell across Col crushing him to the track caused severe injury, probably wrecking his harness aspirations. As so often happens, the occurrence seemed to trigger a long chain of health issues, culminating last Sunday. Col was the man you wanted to see coming when you were broken down by the roadside or needed help in other ways. "I'll give you a hand mate” was his watchword, and while he would argue the leg off a table on some matters, his word was very much his bond. While Col may have been one of life's "gamekeepers”, his depth of character made him a Duke. Corruption crackdown THE Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner has welcomed the decision to charge a harness racing code participant with perjury. "The Racing Crime Squad has charged Mathew Neilson with perjury following evidence he gave at a Crime and Corruption Commission hearing,” Commissioner Ross Barnett said. "The Racing Integrity Commission is working hard to restore integrity to harness racing and where we can enlist the help of other law enforcement agencies we will. "I'd like to thank the CCC for its support.'' The Commissioner has previously suspended 35-year-old Neilson's harness driver and training licences after he was charged with match fixing last month. Ten people associated with harness racing in Queensland have now been charged with match fixing and other offences as a result of the work of investigators involved in Operation Oscar Swallowtail, including a 65-year-old Yeronga man who was arrested at the weekend. "It's important to remember that those charged so far only represent a small proportion of the total participants in the sport,'' Commissioner Barnett said. "Law-abiding participants can be assured that confid- ence in the harness racing code will improve once the race fixers are identified, charged, convicted and banished from the sport.” Big Marburg program IT'S the entry to the festive season, and what better way to kick it off than the Marburg trots today. A big nine-race program is on offer with Santa, lollies, and a jumping castle for the kids coupled with a monster raffle, $1350 "pick six” jackpot and $100 gate draw. Marburg is the place to be. Gates open at 10am. Admission is adults $5, members and pensioners $3, with race books $3. Trials start at 10.40am with the first race at 11.40am. Handy tips SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight. R1: Box trifecta 2-6-10: Max Richter (G Dixon)-Overlap (P McMullen)-Jackaroo Bromac (A Sanderson). R2: Quinella 4-10: Young American (M Grantham) and Stuunder (J Lee). R3: E/w 1: Come Cullect (J Lee). R4: Box trifecta 1-4-8: Im Norma Jean (P Greig)-Psychedelic (J Cremin)-Clintal Do (G Whitaker). R5: Quinella 2-8: Top Trio (M Grantham) and Gas Monkey (C Geary). R6: E/w 2: Lucifers Legend (T McCarthy). R7: Quinella 2-7: Avonnova (M Dux) and Glenferrie Hood (P McMullen). R8: Box trifecta in four 10-13-14-15: Blazing Under Fire (P McMullen)-Iona Grinner (R Morris)-Our Dainty Lady (D Graham)-Our Overanova (G Dixon). R9: E/w 3: Horace Foxley (Trent Dawson). R10: Box trifecta in four 1-4-5-6: Feel The Courage (P McMullen)-Chapter One (T Dixon)-Bettabeperfect (C Turpin)-Smokey Quartz (R Morris). Marburg picks today: R1 - 2-1-5. R2: 1-6-2. R3: 5-1-8. R4: 1-6-4. R5: 4-7-9. R6: 1-6-4. R7: 2-4-5. R8: 8-3-1. R9: 3-2-7. A very predictable leader board coming into Christmas. Most of the prezzies addressed "care of the lower Brisbane Valley”. Top trainer Darrell Graham had a healthy tally of five winners for the week. Narissa McMullen stood out in the sulky, getting home on four occasions. Honour board Albion Park, December 8: Rubys Bad Boy (Lachie Manzelmann for Darell Graham); Constantlysideways (Danielle McMullen for Bill Crosby); Firebby (Danielle McMullen for Christine Monte); Blazing Under Fire (Pete McMullen for Blake Fitzpatrick); Mach Torque (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin). Albion Park, December 9: I'm Johnny Jet (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham); Django Mach (Narissa McMullen). Warwick, December 9: My Ultimate Fella (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham); Machbino (Nikki Chalk for Tess Neaves). Albion Park, December 12: El Swavo (Clint Sneddon for Karen Bennett); Donny Jones (Taleah McMullen for Ron Wells); Our Mels Dream (Narissa McMulen for Ron Sallis); Horace Foxley (Trent Dawson for Tahn Camillieri ); Bet I'm Special (Danielle McMullen for Shannon Price). Redcliffe, December 13: Georgia Grace (Adam Sanderson for Shawn Grimsey); No Confession (Narissa McMullen for Tayla Gillespie); Stuunder (Narissa McMullen for Shane Sanderson); Punters Delight (Dylan Ferguson for Ron Sallis); Its All Go (Sheree Tomlinson for Matt Elkins); Western Falcon (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen). Redcliffe, December 14: Mighty Montana (Darrell Graham); Mister Hart (Darrell Graham); Heavens Hint (Pete McMullen for Stewie Dickson). by TROT TACTICS with Denis Smith Reprinted with permission of The Queensland Times

The Canberra and Goulburn Harness Racing Clubs have unveiled plans for a combined $300,000 summer carnival of harness racing to be run over four consecutive Sundays in January and February of 2017. Headlining the racing are the $31,800 Frank and Edna Day Goulburn Cup, the $25,000 Canberra Cup, and the $19,080 Goulburn Soldiers Club Goulburn Rose. Both clubs have also introduced new feature races for three-year-old pacers, spearheaded by the $15,000 Canberra Derby and the $15,000 Canberra Oaks. Commencing on January 15 with the Hewitt Memorial and Walla Walla Stakes race day at Goulburn, the action turns to Canberra on the January 22 where the Canberra Oaks and Derby will be decided. The focus then returns to Goulburn on the January 29 for that Club's TAB.COM.AU Carnival of Cups race day, before winding up on February 5 with the Canberra Cup meeting. Both Clubs have coordinated their programmes to maximise the opportunities for participants and fans alike according to Goulburn secretary Mark Croatto. "This is only the start for what we hope will be a very productive season for both clubs," Croatto said. Canberra Club President, Wayne Gowland, is hopeful the summer carnival will bring a renewed interest to harness racing in Canberra and Goulburn, attracting owners, trainers and horses from far and wide to the region. "The on-course stabling and training facility in Canberra allows us to accommodate trainers for as long as they wish at a very affordable price," Gowland said. "They can race in Canberra and Goulburn during the Carnival and take in the many sites and tourist destinations of the Canberra region during their stay." With the two Clubs only 50 minutes apart it makes common sense for the two organisations to work closely together in not only providing the very best product for the harness industry but to take full advantage of the benefits in promoting racing across the Canberra and Southern Tablelands Region under one banner. Canberra and Goulburn race a total of 30 meetings per year with racing commencing in November and winding up in June. ...................................................... HIGHLIGHTS - GOULBURN CANBERRA SUMMER CARNIVAL Sunday 15th January - $64,520 Hewitt Memorial C2-C4 $12,720 (Winner exempt ballot Canberra Cup) Walla Walla Stakes C4 & better $12,720 AGL Menangle Country Series 4YO C0 only $10,000 AGL Menangle Country Series 4YO C2 only $10,000   Sunday 22nd January - $56,000 TAB Canberra Derby 3CO & better (C & G) $15,000 TAB Canberra Oaks 3CO & better (Fillies) $15,000 Heats Henry Rixon Memorial 4YO C0 only $3,500 Heats Ackie Hawke Memorial C1-C2 $3,500 Heats Canberra Cup C3-C6 $6,000   Sunday 29th January - $101,760 Frank & Edna Day Goulburn Cup C6 or better $31,800 Goulburn Soldiers Club Goulburn Rose C2-C4 $19,080 Goulburn Guineas 3CO or better (C & G) $12,720 Goulburn Mulwaree City 3YO Fillies Stakes $12,720   Sunday 5th February - $75,000 TAB Canberra Cup C3-C6 $25,000 Ackie Hawke Memorial C1-C2 $10,000 Henry Rixon Memorial 4YO C0 only $10,000 Len Cornock 2YO Canberra Sapling Stakes $10,000   MEETING PROGRAMS: Goulburn http://www.harness.org.au/meeting-programme.cfm?rm=LM150117&state=nsw Canberra http://www.harness.org.au/meeting-programme.cfm?rm=CB220117&state=nsw Goulburn http://www.harness.org.au/meeting-programme.cfm?rm=LM290117&state=nsw Canberra http://www.harness.org.au/meeting-programme.cfm?rm=CB050217&state=nsw AMANDA RANDO

One of the most impressive winners on the nine-event harness racing program in Tasmania at UBET Park Hobart on Sunday night was the Tommy Jackson-trained Finn Mac Kee (Stonebridge Regal-Scarlett Finn) who led throughout to easily win a C2 event over 1609 metres. It was Finn Mac Kee’s fifth win from only 13 starts but arguably his most impressive. The four-year-old is expected to have one more start in a C-2C3 in Launceston in a couple of weeks before being sent for a spell. “I’ll most likely give him one more start and then spell him but when I bring him back I’ll get him qualified from a standing start because I’d like to aim him at a few of the country cups over the Christmas-New Year period next season,” Jackson said. Finn Mac Kee has been a model of consistency this season winning four and being placed as many times from his 11 starts this time in. “I said early on that this horse could be the best I’ve had and he’s done nothing to change that opinion. “I don’t think he’ll have any problem with qualifying for standing start races and if I’m right he will be very compeitive in a few of the country cups. I’m not saying he’s up to the best but he is improving all the time and he loves to race,” he said. ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Veteran Tasmanian harness racing trainer Paul Hill has always had a knack with producing top flight young horses and this season has been no exception with his star filly Playing Arkabella scoring an emphatic win in the $30,000 Evicus Stakes final over 1609 metres at UBET Park Hobart on Sunday night. Hill won the race last year with his filly Chica Bella and while she was impressive throughout her two-year-old season there was as much to like about how Playing Arkabella went about her business in the last major feature juvenile race of the season. With Ricky Duggan aboard, Playing Arkabella ($1.50) was forced to work hard early from her outside front-row draw but eventually she was sent around the field to face the breeze outside of Harshali with the well-tried El jays Mystery on the back of the leader. When Duggan called on his filly for the big effort in the home straight she sped clear and went on to score by over 10 metres from El Jays Mystery ($7.80) with Harshali ($7.70) a short half-head away third. It was the filly’s fourth win from eight starts this season and she filled minor placings at her other four starts with this prizemoney from this latest win taking her career earnings to almost $46,000.. Hill prepared the favourite Rocknroll Turbo in the Dandy patch final but he had to settle for second to the highly promising Usain Jolt, depriving Hill of a record of preparing the winner of the Dandy Patch and Evicus two years in succession as he trained Hillview Jake to win last season's Dandy Patch. ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ A Tasmanian harness racing star may have emerged at UBET Park Hobart last night when Usain Jolt, a well-bred two-year-old prepared by astute horseman Tony Petersen, delivered a brilliant performance to win the $30,000 Dandy Patch Stakes over 1609 metres. Usain Jolt (James Austin) went into the race having not won from four previous starts while the favourite Rocknroll Turbo was aiming to keep his unbeaten record intact having won at his only two outings, including an effortless win in the Dandy Patch Prelude two weeks earlier. But Petersen was able to iron out a couple of little problems that were impeding the gelding to race truly and it made all the difference. Harjeet showed brilliant early speed to lead but he was then taken on by the second-favourite Williamtell (Gareth Rattray) that rolled to the front and set a slid tempo while the favourite Rocknroll Turbo faced the breeze. Rocknroll Turbo hung badly throughout the race and that didn’t help his cause but when Ricky Duggan gave Usain Jolt his head racing down the back the last time he loomed as a genuine contender. But when the gelded son of Village Jolt balanced for the run home he powered past the leaders and went on to defeat Rocknroll Turbo by eight metres with a similar margin to Williamtell. “This horse has always shown us good ability but he’s just been a little bit wayward in is action but I sorted that out leading up to this race,” Petersen said. “He is very well bred and his breeding goes back to Chamfer Star and that’s really solid.” Austin was thrilled with the win and predicts a bright future for gelding. “The way this horse ravelled into the race tonight he was never going to lose. Tony has been able to straighten him out and I reckon there’s still plenty of improvement in him,” Austin said. Usain Jolt is owned by Jacinta Webb, Deb Carlton and life partners Tammy Carlton and Sam King. Peter Staples

Smart harness racing youngster Bettor Not Bitter should prove to be the bet of the night at Gloucester Park on Friday evening by proving the master of his 11 older and more experienced opponents in the 2130m Led Goldfields Westbred Pace. “He’s a nice horse who is being set for the $100,000 Westbred Classic for three-year-old colts and geldings the following Friday night,” said Forrestdale horseman Greg Bond, who prepares the gelding in partnership with his wife Skye. Bettor Not Bitter will be driven by Colin Brown and will start from the No. 5 barrier. He has had 15 starts for four wins and five placings and should be too smart for his rivals, who have managed just 55 wins from a combined total of 633 starts. At his most recent outing Bettor Not Bitter set the pace and finished second to It Aint Royal over 2130m at Gloucester Park on May 27. That followed wins at Narrogin and Bunbury and a fighting second to Mach Time at Gloucester Park after working hard out three wide and then in the breeze. “He’s had a couple of easy weeks and this will be his tune-up for the Westbred final,” Bond said. “To have a chance of winning that race or if you’re going to be in the cut-up you would like to think that he’s got to be hard to beat this week. “All’s good at home with him. He had a few runs as a two-year-old and you could see he was going to improve with time. And he has done that. He’s a developing horse who is going to do a nice job.” Ken Casellas

A wet day couldn't douse the harness racing at Warragul Pacing Bowl on Monday afternoon, when Melton pacer Crockets Cullen set a solid tempo to be among the day's most eye-catching winners. Contesting the third heat of the Eastern Challenge race, Crockets Cullen's winning time was less than a second outside of the course record. Lance Justice bought up his second victory of the afternoon with Crockets Cullen, after Rosehill Rose Hill's earlier win. Crockets Cullen also created a big impression on Warragul Cup day, when the Kiwi-bred horse won his first Australian race by 24m. He won again at Warragul on Monday by 28m, and should win further races for Justice and owner Chris Mifsud. Croydon pacer Temporal Join scored an overdue victory in the sixth event. Paul Stokes trains the five year-old, who has only won two races from 31 starts, but has also recorded 17 minor placings, so the mare has probably been unlucky not to have won sooner. Temporal Join held off her rivals courtesy of an all-the-way victory by driver Matt Ablett. Local trainer Michael Hughes continued his recent run of success, when Mygoldengrinner won the two-year-old race. A most consistent youngster, courtesy of two victories and five minor placings from only nine starts, Mygoldengrinner scored a very easy victory after sprinting clear of his rivals at the 400m mark. Fellow local Courageous Desire turned in a good debut performance to finish second after making a mistake in the early stages of the race. Clyde trotter Soho Ledger ran his rivals ragged in the handicap. Well handled from a 40m handicap by driver Chris Alford, Soho Ledger dashed away from the field at the 400m mark and went on to record a 40m victory, one of the biggest seen at Warragul for some time. Giant Steps produced the upset of the day, winning the final race as a $20.50 chance with punters. The longest priced winner at Warragul so far this year, Giant Steps found the lead in the middle stages of Monday's race and kept on running for driver Troy McDonald, to score win seven at start 78. The next trots meeting at Warragul is on Monday, July 4. Kyle Galley

One of Tasmania's most popular harness racing protagonists Chester Bullock was this week honoured for his service to the industry. A long term active participant in many aspects of Tasmanian harness racing including ownership, breeding, training, and administration and sponsorship has been honoured with a Distinguished Service Award from Harness Racing Australia (HRA). Bullock was born at St Marys in 1948. His father, Keith (Cardinal), was the St Marys Trotting Club Treasurer and his mother, Doris, loved to have a small wager on horse racing. With that background, Bullock quickly developed a passion for racehorses. He spent much of his youth at St Marys at the harness stables of Linton Bullock and Eric Bean. Bullock moved to Launceston when he was 16 years of age. His first purchase was a harness yearling, Thunder Fame, which eventually won two races in 1984 when trained by Eric Bean. Bullock acquired more mares, yearlings and racehorses and in 1986 decided to buy some land at Riverside to accommodate his rapidly expanding harness operation. A 1,100 metre track was constructed on the flats adjoining the Tamar River, where Jack Stamford previously trained, and the first of many prominent trainers took up residence at the Bullock training establishment. David Angus was the initial trainer and Mark Stanley, Rohan Hadley, James Rattray, Todd Rattray, Sam Freeman and Tim Yole all had stints training from the Bullock property. Bullock acquired his training license in 1990 and has prepared many winners from the complex. They include Cardinal Nelson (10 wins) and Cardinal Tucker (7 wins). Another, Cardinal Phoenix, showed enormous potential at his only race start as a two year old defeating Prodigious (2001 Tasmanian Pacing) Championship and Mountain Glory (Dual Tasmanian Horse Of The Year). Bullock is training approximately 15 horses at present with assistance from Duncan Dornauf, Wade Rattray and his daughter Julia Bullock and son-in-law Ryan Wilkinson. In 1998, Bullock and his daughter Julia established an AI Breeding Station at the Riverside property. Since then, Fred and Pauline Barker, Trevor Leis, Doug McKillop, Lloyd Whish-Wilson, Rick and Naomi Hinds and Dennis Mahoney have been some of the many prominent Tasmanian breeders who have used the facility. Bullock has also had a significant role in racing administration. It commenced at the Launceston Pacing Club (LPC) at Elphin in 1984. Three years later he resigned from the committee while he filled the position of Project Manager for the new Mowbray Racing Complex including the 1,000 metre harness track. He returned to the LPC committee in 2000 until the present day and has recently been appointed President. He is also the current Patron of the LPC as well as Patron of the Carrick Park Pacing Club. He joined the Northern Tasmanian Light Harness Association in 1995 where he has served 21 years as President. In 2006, he joined a group of participants to establish the Tasmanian division of the Breeders, Owners, Trainers and Reinspersons Association (BOTRA) and he was immediately elected President and served seven years in the role. Since 2009, Bullock has represented the LPC and/or NTLHA at the quarterly Tasracing Harness Industry Forum meetings and he is also a member of the Tasracing Harness Yearling Sale Working Group. Bullock, through his company Bullock Consulting (now 6tyo), has been one of the major harness sponsors in Tasmania over the last 16 years. His sponsorship has extended to all clubs in North and North West Tasmania with some of his more prominent exposure being through the Bullock Consulting Youngbloods series (16 years), the Bullock Consulting Bandbox at Launceston (21 years), the Bullock Consulting Devonport Cup, the Bullock Consulting Burnie Cup, the Bullock Consulting Country Guineas (St Marys) and many other races and the Fashions of the Field (Scottsdale and Burnie). Peter Staples

Star Tasmanian three-year-old pacer Ryley Major will most likely head to Queensland next month to tackle that state's harness racing Derby following his impressive win in the $30,000 Globe Derby Stakes in Launceston on Sunday night. Ryley Major made it seven wins in succession when he led throughout to easily take out the prestigious sires stakes event over 2200 metres scoring comfortably from Hillview Jake and Spot Eight. The gelding's trainer-driver and part-owner Rohan Hillier said Ryley major had missed an opportunity to contest the rich Group 1 sires stakes series in Victoria for which he was qualified but that the $75,000 Queensland Derby has become a possible target. "There's no doubt this horse would be competitive against what is likely to go around in the Queensland Derby so I just have to wait and see how the horse is in the next week or so before I make a final decision on travelling him to Queensland," Hillier said. "He's unbeaten from eight starts this season so he's definitely earned enough to warrant making the trip and if I go I'll take the family and make a holiday of it. "If we go I'd also run him in the $25,000 Gold Coast Derby on July 9 which is a week before the Queensland Derby and they are both run at Albion Park. "He's won this race (Globe Derby) by leading but that's not his go. He has really learned how to race this time in but he is much better horse when he doesn't lead. This season's Tasmanian Derby winner was competitive against the best two-year-olds last season but he has gone to another level this season and Hillier is confident he will be even better as a four and five-year-old. Peter Staples

Harness Racing Junior reinsmen Ross Druitt and Sam Ison have been added to the list of this year's Rising Stars competitors after the withdrawal of Tom Ison and Ellen Bartley. Both Tom Ison and Ellen Bartley competed in the 2015 Rising Stars series but have withdrawn for different reasons. Tom Ison has been forced out of the series after he was suspended in a race at Tamworth and has been replaced by his brother Sam. "There is nothing like a bit of brotherly love, but it is unfortunate Tom was suspended and Sam will now take his place in the series," HRNSW Chief Executive John Dumesny said. Ellen Bartley has withdrawn from the series with Ross Druitt taking her place. "After speaking with Ellen it was obvious that she was torn between her commitment to her stable and the opportunity given to her through the Rising Stars. On this occasion Ellen has decided to withdraw and a very capable junior driver Ross Druitt will take her place," Mr Dumesny added. Sam Ison has won 12 races and has driven in 218 events. Sam is currently enjoying the best season of his career which started in 2011/12. Ross Druitt has driven 12 winners in his career and has competed in 228 races. He first started driving in the 2011/12 season. The other drivers competing in this year's Rising Stars are Ellen Rixon, Martelle Maguire, James Harding, Brad Elder, Mitch Turnbull, Tom Pay, Jason Grimson and Western Australia's Stuart McDonald. Greg Hayes

Racing and Wagering WA is at odds with Perth Racing over its push for the State Government to contribute to its multi-million dollar development of Belmont Park into an entertainment centre. PR is urging the government to contribute to the $74 million required to construct a new grandstand, which will have space for a convention and exhibition floors, restaurants, cafes and Perth’s biggest rooftop bar and garden. The overhaul is aimed at turning Belmont in a 24-hour facility. Part of the redevelopment will have a 1300-bay carpark, which could take the overflow from the nearby Perth Stadium, which is due to be finished by January 1, 2018. PR is looking for the government to provide the money from the proposed sale of the State TAB, which has a reported value of $250 million. RWWA established the Metropolitan Equine Asset Review Taskforce in 2014 to review the metropolitan thoroughbred and harness racing and training assets so it can provide for the industry’s future needs in a highly competitive wagering, leisure and sporting market. Last September, independent consultants GHD recommended to MEART that Lark Hill be developed into a multi-use racing and training venue and to keep Ascot racecourse. GHD identified the multi-purpose use of Ascot for training, racing and stabling as a more effective use of resources in the long term than Belmont Park, which will be a racing-only venue. RWWA chief executive Richard Burt acknowledged PR, as the owner of Belmont, had the right to develop the venue, but questioned why it was asking for government funds to back its redevelopment. “MEART raised a number of concerns associated with the redevelopment of Belmont both in terms of the venue being single use and whether PR has the capacity to operate two major city racetracks on a sustainable basis,” Burt said. “RWWA has not seen a detailed business plan to justify the development and in the absence of that information is not convinced that the scale of this development would be a good use of scarce industry resources. “RWWA will wait on advice from PR on the club’s future business model prior to RWWA commenting further on the appropriateness of the redevelopment. “In respect to the sale of the TAB, RWWA believes the industry should work collectively in the process of engaging the government and not pursue individual club interests. “It also considers premature the presumption that funds from a proposed sale of the TAB would be directed towards the Belmont redevelopment ahead of other metropolitan and regional racing infrastructures requirements.” By Robert Edwards - The West Australian Reprinted with permission of the au.news.yahoo.com site

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