A meticulous long-range plan, carefully-mapped out by Victorian trainer-reinsman Daniel Jack returned handsome dividends when the lightly-raced Nowitzki scored an impressive victory in the $175,000 Lancaster Park Golden Nugget Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A sizzling start paved the way for the Art Major four-year-old who burst straight to the front from barrier two and set a solid pace before winning by 2m from 43/1 outsider Smokey The Bandit, with 29/1 chance Heez On Fire charging home from the rear to be third, just ahead of the even-money favourite Chilli Palmer. The win was the culmination of Jack's plan to bring the gelding from Victoria to Western Australia early in September. This was to give Nowitzki every opportunity to become acclimatised to the local conditions. Nowitzki spent two months at Pinjarra before making his WA debut, when he was surprisingly beaten into second place by Our Boy Su in a city M0-class event on November 8. He then led from the No. 1 barrier and won the $50,000 Retravision Four-Year-Old Championship from Mexicano before starting from the outside of the front line and finishing ninth behind Chilli Palmer in the McInerney Ford Classic. A $100,000 yearling, Nowitzki has earned $207,925 from his nine wins and five placings from 18 starts and he looks certain to develop into a quality grand circuit performer. Nowitzki was a $6.80 chance on the tote, with polemarker Chilli Palmer, the brilliant last-to-first winner of the McInerney Ford Classic a fortnight earlier, all the rage at evens from the prized No. 1 barrier. Jack stole a march on his rivals when Nowitzki revealed sparkling early speed to charge straight past Chilli Palmer and into the lead when the mobile barrier released the 12 runners in the 2536m journey. Condrieu began speedily from barrier six and quickly moved into the breeze, while Chilli Palmer settled down in sixth position before Chris Alford eased him off the pegs and into the one-wide line. It was while Chilli Palmer was struggling to muster early speed that Ashleigh Markham urged Smokey The Bandit forward from barrier two on the second line to get into the prime position behind the pacemaker. Nowitzki relaxed after his early burst of speed and was able to coast through the first 400m section of the final mile in 31.3sec. before sprinting the next three quarters in 28.5sec., 28.4sec. and 29sec. He rated 1.57.5. Bit Of A Legend (13/4) was sixth after a lap in the one-wide line, and was being followed by Chilli Palmer. Bit Of A Legend started a three-wide move with about 1100m to travel and again he was followed by Chilli Palmer. However, Nowitzki showed no signs of weakening and it was left to the unheralded Smokey The Bandit to issue the only serious challenge in the home straight. Jack threw the kitchen sink at Nowitzki and he was suspended from driving for 14 days for an improper whip action in the home straight. The stewards also fine him $200 for loose reining --- for throwing the reins extravagantly as the gelding charged towards the finishing post. Markham was fined $400 for an incorrect whip action. "I have a very high opinion of Nowitzki and wasn't really concerned during the race," Jack said. "You go out there and try to beat one horse (Chilli Palmer) and you often come unstuck and something else beats you. That's racing and, thankfully, that wasn't the case tonight. He now has earned a spell." Nowitzki is the sixth foal out of the Armbro Operative mare Full Pleasure, who had 26 starts in 2001 and 2002 for three wins in NSW and seven in Victoria for earnings of $106,496. Full Pleasure's first six foals are all winners (of a total of 75 races), with her second foal Kept For Pleasure having 37 starts for 19 wins, ten placings and $542,343 and Lebron earning $155,084 from 22 wins and Its My Pleasure winning 14 races and $141,908. CORTOPASSI MAKES THE MOST OF CHANCE DRIVE BEHIND HEZ THE BART MAN New Zealand-bred eight-year-old Hez The Bart Man bounced back to form with a vengeance when he sustained a powerful three-wide burst to win the 2130m Jayden Barber Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night to end an eight-month drought and snap a losing sequence of 16. A 27/1 tote outsider, he was driven for the first time by Aldo Cortopassi, who brought the gelding home with a spirited three-wide burst from fourth at the bell to a decisive one-length win over stablemate Red Salute (24/1). This gave Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri a quinella result. The stable's No. 1 reinsman Chris Lewis had the choice of driving either horse and when he chose last-start winner Red Salute it gave Cortopassi the chance of handling Hez the Bart Man. Western Cullen was a hot favourite at 2/1 on from the No. 1 barrier. As expected, he set the pace, and even after a slow first quarter of the final mile in 31.2sec. he wilted over the final 400m to finish sixth. Hez The Bart Man hit the front 320m from home and he won from Red Salute, who finished with admirable determination. Courage Tells, who trailed the pacemaker, finished third. The final 800m was covered in 56.3sec. and the winner rated a slick 1.56.2 to take his record to 56 starts for 11 wins, 21 placings and $125,333 in stakes. "I knew there was going to be a lot of early speed and we got a really good trip into the race," Cortopassi said. "He toughed it out really good. As soon as I got the plugs out and gave him a cut with the whip he levelled out and knew where the line was." J WALKER EXCELS AT FIRST OUTING FOR THREE MONTHS Young Henley Brook trainer Robbie Williams predicted more wins for New Zealand-bred gelding J Walker after driving the seven-year-old to a splendid first-up victory in the 2503m Russky the Bandit Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. "I've got a bit of an opinion of this bloke," he said after J Walker, a 7/1 chance off the back mark of 20m, had thundered home from last in the middle stages and from eighth at the bell to win easily from the pacemaker Bobby Teal (12/1) and 13/1 chance Turnpike Cruiser, who rattled home from last with a lap to travel. J Walker, who hit the front 120m from home, was making his first appearance for three months and his win broke a losing sequence of nine. "He's had a few little niggles, so we put him out in the paddock," Williams said. "And now he seems to be over them. My only concern tonight was that I thought he was a little bit big in condition." J Walker now moves to an M3 classification and looks capable of advancing to a tighter mark. He has raced 80 times for 16 wins, 19 placings for $149,926 in prizemoney. His win on Friday night completed a double for Williams, who had been successful earlier in the night with Franco Torres. COOL JOHNNY SPARKLES ON HIS RETURN TO RACING Cool Johnny, a lightly-raced five-year-old prepared at Forrestdale by Greg and Skye Bond, reappeared at Gloucester Park at Gloucester Park on Friday night after an absence of 11 weeks and he surprised reinsman Colin Brown with the ease of his victory. "I can't say that his trackwork has been exceptional. But he certainly lifted tonight," Brown said. "The barrier draw (No. 1) certainly helped." Cool Johnny was solidly supported and started at 7/4. He was smartest into stride and after quarters of 30.1sec. and 30.8sec., he sprinted over the final sections in 29.7sec. and 28.3sec. He rated 1.58.4 and defeated What God Knows (13/2) by just under four lengths. Soho Redford, who raced in the breeze, fought on grandly to be third. Soho Highroller (7/4) was popular with punters, but he was trapped three wide all the way before wilting from third at the bell to sixth. It was a fine effort. "Ã had a good look at the 400m and a few of them were struggling," Brown said. "We appeared to be travelling okay, so I dashed him away. The last thing you want to do is to get run over by something sprinting over the top. He finished it off well." Cool Johnny won once from three starts in New Zealand now has a record of 22 starts for nine wins and three placings for stakes of $48,904. MENELAUS OF SPARTA SHINING UNDER SMITH'S GUIDANCE Kenwick trainer Brett Smith made a wise decision three months ago when he claimed six-year-old Menelaus of Sparta for $10,000 on behalf of his mother Jenny and a few friends. Menelaus of Sparta has flourished under Smith's care and he maintained his excellent form when he stormed home from the rear in the middle stages to score an easy victory in the 2130m David Cairo and Jamie Congerton Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This took his record for Smith to 12 starts for five wins and two placings for $33,715 in stakes and his overall record to 17 wins, 19 placings and $111,346 from 74 starts. Smith is serving a term of suspension for causing interference and this created an opportunity for Morgan Woodley to drive Menelaus of Sparta for the first time. "All credit to Brett," Woodley said. "He has got this horse absolutely flying at the moment. He's been a revelation under his training. Tonight he's got the perfect run into the race. From the 1200m to the 400m they've run that half in 58.2sec. before the final quarter was run in 29sec. That was right up this horse's alley. He can let down realty well and he showed that tonight." Menelaus of Sparta started at the handsome odds of 14/1, mainly because most punters pinned their faith in veteran Pembrook Henry from the No. 1 barrier. Dylan Egerton-Green jumped Pembrook Henry in front, but the gelding was placed under heavy pressure when Absolute Cool paced strongly in the breeze. Rojen Cruz rattled home from last in the middle stages to be second, one length behind Menelaus of Sparta and Pembrook Henry did well to finish third, with Absolute Cool in fourth place. WILLIAMS BRINGS FRANCO TORRES (33/1) HOME WITH A POWERFUL BURST Robbie Williams made the most of the opportunity to drive Franco Torres in the Happy Birthday Ryan Berti Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Shannon Suvaljko, the No. 1 driver for the Debbie Padberg stable, opted to drive the Mike Reed-trained Taiaha. Taiaha was a solidly-supported 2/1 favourite from the No. 1 barrier, while Franco Torres was a 33/1 outsider, going into the 2130m event with a losing sequence of 11. Taiaha set the pace, while Williams, driving Franco Torres for the first time, was content to keep his horse in sixth position in the one-wide line. Wrongly Accused worked hard in the breeze before getting to the front with 400m to travel. However, Franco Torres sprinted home strongly over the final quarter in a28.6sec. to burst to the front in the closing stages to beat Wrongly Accused by just over a length. Bet Your Life came from three back on the pegs to be third, a nose ahead of Corza Commotion, who finished powerfully from ninth (on the pegs) at the bell. Taiaha faded to finish last in the field of 12. The New Zealand-bred Franco Torres has earned $77,624 from ten wins and 17 placings from 63 starts. EGERTON-GREEN LANDS BLACKNSWEET ADDA AT HANDSOM ODDS Young reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green maintained his splendid form in the sulky when he brought 13/1 chance Blacknsweet Adda home with a strong burst to win the V. and K. Congerton Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Herne Hill Trainer Kevin Keys engaged Egerton-Green to drive the four-year-old for the first time and it proved to be a wise decision with Egerton-Green trailing the pacemaker Miss Tee Dawn until he urged Blacknsweet Adda forward approaching the home turn. Miss Tee Dawn, driven by ace New Zealand reinsman Dexter Dunn, was showing signs of weakening and Blacknsweet Adda hit the front 90m from the post before winning by just over a length from Pure Empathy, who sizzled home out five wide after being last in the middle stages and tenth at the bell. Blacknsweet Adda ended a losing run of seven and took her record to five wins and seven placings from 28 starts for stakes of $43,090. SOHO MONZA BRERAKS THROUGH AFTER A SUCCESSION OF MINOR PLACINGS Five-year-old Soho Monza was rewarded for his consistency when he broke through for an overdue win at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Pacific Fella gelding, bred and owned by Rob Watson, had been placed at eight of his past 13 starts since winning at Northam early in July. He drew the prized No. 1 barrier and was favourite at 10/9 on. Hopeland trainer Kim Prentice set Soho Monza the task of leading all the way and the gelding responded in fine style, sprinting over the final two 400m sections in 28.8sec. and 28.7sec. to win by 2m from veteran pacer Cometao, who fought on grandly after racing without cover. Mister Roberto ran on from seven and last at the bell to be third. Soho Monza is the first foal out of the Perfect Art mare Spic And Spangled, who raced only five times for two wins at Kalgoorlie in October-November 2006. The Victorian-bred Spangled Black, the great granddam of Soho Monza, had 64 starts in the 1980s for 12 wins, 18 placings and $64,114. HERBIES DREAM GIVES PADBERG THE FIRST LEG OF A DOUBLE Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg's recent run of successes continued at full tilt at Gloucester Park on Friday night when she landed a double --- with Herbies Dream and Franco Torres. This followed her good night at Northam on Thursday evening when she had four starters for a win with Hez Got The Nod, seconds with Sir Ricky and Alta Onassis and a third with Big Bad Wolf. The New Zealand-bred Herbies Dream was an 8/1 chance and Shannon Suvaljko made the most of the prized No. 1 barrier by setting the pace and winning by just under a length from Grand Cru (who trailed the leader throughout), with the 5/4 favourite Notabadexcuse a half-head away in third place. Notabadexcuse raced in fifth position before starting a three-wide move approaching the bell. He fought on doggedly at his first start for leading trainer Gary Hall sen. and should pay to follow. Herbies Dream raced 22 times in New Zealand for three wins and seven times in New South Wales for one win before arriving in Western Australia where his four starts have produced one win. HOT HOLIDAY NEVER GETS TIRED, SAYS SKALECKI Hot Holiday, who broke three times in running when a distant eighth behind Earl Harbour in a race at Gloucester Park last Friday week, was on his best behaviour when he trotted faultlessly and scored an effortless victory in the 2130m Kyle and Dozer Trot on Friday night. After the race Skalecki said that the Natalie Duffy-trained seven-year-old had been at a disadvantage the previous week because he had raced without front shoes. "He has gone super tonight," Skalecki said. "He went round without front shoes last week and that made it a bit difficult. Tonight we were pretty confident. That's where he likes it, outside the leader. "He doesn't like chasing too hard, but once he's up there (in the breeze) he'll just grind all day. He never gets tired and he'll just fight." Prince Eddie (5/2) set the pace and Skalecki was quite happy to have Hot Holiday, the 2/1 favourite, in the breeze. Hot Holiday forged to the front 420m from home and raced Away to score by four lengths from Backas Cobber, who ran on from the rear. Hot Holiday has raced 60 times for 15 wins, 16 placings and stakes of $130,849. by Ken Casellas
This week on Trots TV we catch up with TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Champion Sydney ambassadors Stephanie Rice, Seryn Adams, Amanda Turnbull and Sammy Kilgour. Also Sky Racing's Fred Hastings speaks with Gavin Fitzpatrick in regards to his drive on Fly Like An Eagle in Saturday night's Group 1 Treuer Memorial at Bankstown. Looking to advertise on Trots TV? Please contact Dale Walker on 02 9722 6600 for further information. Providing a fresh view on harness racing in New South Wales.
Tomorrow night the SEW-Eurodrive Victoria Cup Carnival gets underway at Cranbourne as the best horses from around Australasia converge for the Decron Cranbourne Pacing Cup and the Aldebaran Park Bill Collins Trotters Mile. The Game Plan for Melton with Jason Bonnington @jasonbonnington Best Bets/ Formula 4 ($100 gets 20 Units) Goodtime Marjie (Race 3 no. 8) $1.80 No Bettertime (Race 4 no. 1) $1.80 Magical Telf (Race 8 no. 3) $1.80 Just a week out from one of the biggest races of the year, TAB has already joined in the trotting festivities with an extraordinary $250,000 First 4 Pool Guarantee on this Saturday night's Decron Cranbourne Pacing Cup. With the injection of funds, a very healthy dividend looks likely for any punter fortunate enough to land the First 4 in a race that is already being declared as one of the most intriguing in Cranbourne Cup history. Cranbourne will host the Group 1 Decron Cranbourne Pacing Cup this Saturday night, 7 December with a mouth-watering feast of racing and on-course entertainment planned. Upgraded to a Group 1 in 2010, the race has continued to attract some of Australasia's best horses including the winner that year, Im Themightyquinn. If Ross Sugars was a football coach then he would be in an enviable position. He has two young guns fit and firing at the right time of year but the problem now is they have to go head to head in this Saturday night's Decron Cranbourne Pacing Cup. Beautide staked his claim as Australia's best in the Miracle Mile and he will now have his sights set on a vintage Victoria Cup next Saturday, December 14. It's a racenight that promises much as 12 outstanding pacers go head to head in one of the state's biggest races. The Victorian Harness Racing Media Association's Balmoral On York Tipping Competition has just seen its fifth week run. Jack Gasolina edged back ahead to assume command from Tony Logan and John Dunne. Matt Robertson from Radio TAB and Jason Bonnington from HRV are next in the pecking order. Recently launched in Victoria after being a standout success since kicking off in NSW. Rewards punters with points for every bet they place with the TAB. Click here for more > The very first two-year-old race of the season was run at Geelong today and the highly anticipated opener paid dividends for the winner thanks to the rich Vicbred incentive scheme. A massive $7,000 first win bonus will be received by the connections of Spot Ona Shadow just for being paid up to the Vicbred program.
The Chariots on Fire Syndicate No 2, a group sponsored by Harness Racing South Australia had their initial success as a syndicate, when the three-year-old filly Miss Sophia saluted the judge at Port Pirie in November . The 20 strong syndicate comprises names such as former AFL footballers Graham Cornes, Chris McDermott and Stephen Rowe and dual Melbourne Cup winning jockey John Letts. The Art Major filly is raced on lease by the syndicate from well-known breeder-owner and SA BOTRA (Breeders, Owners, Trainers & Reinspersons Association) committee member Vivienne Clark Clark bought Miss Sophia, by Art Major and is the first foal of the Armbro Operative mare I Don't Share, for $14,500 at the 2012 Australian Pacing Gold Melbourne Sale, Her dam I DONT SHARE took a lifetime mark of 1:57.5 on the way to winning over $25,000 in prize money. I DONT SHARE , and hails from a family that has developed a reputation for producing outstanding fillies. Some of the fillies in her immediate pedigree include: GIRL CALLED DESTINY - Winner of Queensland Oaks (Gr.1) DONNA WHO - Winner of APG 2yo Fillies Final (Gr.1) ARMIDA - Winner of Bathurst Gold Tiara (Gr.1) LA SPERANZA - Winner of Kay Seymour Nursery Pace 2yo Fillies Final (Gr.2) WHOS ESCAPED NZ - Over $100,000 in earnings including a win in 1:52.7 at Menangle in 2012 After 11 starts as a 2 year old Miss Sophia for 3 seconds and 6 thirds, including thirds in the Southern Cross Heat and Repecharge before finishing seventh to Flagbearer in the final. Miss Sophia is trained by BOTRA president Ray Holberton who had plan to race the filly on Itailain Cup night at Betezy Park Globe Derby but the race failed to hold up. Miss Sophia has had another start, since her first up win that being at headquarters since winning but had little luck from an outside draw Gary Newton
Odds on a new driver and trainer will join list of winners of Golden Nugget Chris Lewis, who will drive Heez On From barrier 12 in Friday night's Group One Lancaster Park Golden Nugget Championship, is the only driver in this year's field who has won the race previously. Lewis won with Vero Prince in 1987, Flashing Star in 1994, Saab in 1998 and Dasher VC in 2010. He trained Vero Prince with the other three all being freelance drives. Similarly, Gary Hall is the only trainer to have previously trained a winner of the Golden Nugget courtesy of Gold Ace in 2011 where took over the horse for a WA campaign aimed specifically at the race. Hall's superstar pair of The Falcon Strike (2001) and Im Themightyquinn (2008) were both beaten in their respective Golden Nuggets before going on to far greater heights in subsequent seasons. This year Hall is represented by two starters in My Hard Copy and Northview Punter which have both drawn awkwardly and will need their fair share of luck to give Hall a second Nugget win as a trainer. Eastern States trained horses have got a remarkably good strike rate in the Golden Nugget with 14 of the previous 33 runnings of the race seeing the winner come from outside of Western Australia. With the likes of Chilli Palmer, Nowitzki and Bit Of A Legend drawn between barriers one and four there is a fair chance the record will stand at 15 of 34 after this week's race. Previous winners Lancaster Park Golden Nugget 4yo Championship Date Winner Trainer Driver 6/02/1981 JUSTIN HANOVER A L (Tony) Peacock A L (Tony) Peacock 12/02/1982 SINN FEIN G D (Greg) Harper G D (Greg) Harper 11/02/1983 CLASSIC GARRY G D (Greg) Harper F R (Fred) Kersley 20/01/1984 YARRACOOLA T B (Trevor) Warwick T B (Trevor) Warwick 8/02/1985 MORANO MAGIC NZ T B (Trevor) Warwick T B (Trevor) Warwick 7/02/1986 VANDERPORT D F (Don) Murphy A (Anne) Frawley 13/02/1987 VERO PRINCE A C (Chris) Lewis A C (Chris) Lewis 12/02/1988 OUR MAESTRO NZ R V (Bob) Knight V J (Vin) Knight 10/02/1989 SINBAD BAY R V (Bob) Knight V J (Vin) Knight 15/12/1989 WESTBURN GRANT V W (Vic) Frost V W (Vic) Frost 25/01/1991 ADMIRAL HOLLIDAY NZ B A (Bryan) Rogers B A (Bryan) Rogers 24/01/1992 IMPRESSIONIST NZ T E (Ted) Demmler T E (Ted) Demmler 22/01/1993 VALLEY CHAMP D T (Des) Parr G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) 28/01/1994 FLASHING STAR C L (Colin) Cummins A C (Chris) Lewis 27/01/1995 SLICK VANCE NZ R (Reg) Trevean T B (Trevor) Warwick 8/12/1995 BEEFY T NZ J P (John) Green R J (Rod) Chambers 6/12/1996 MON POPPY DAY *** R J (Rod) Chambers R J (Rod) Chambers 5/12/1997 SALINGER F R (Fred) Kersley F R (Fred) Kersley 18/12/1998 SAAB R A (Ross) Olivieri A C (Chris) Lewis 10/12/1999 COUNTESS KALA NZ N J (Noel) Keiley L B (Lindsay) Harper 15/12/2000 SEELSTER SAM NZ D W (Dennis) Wilson D W (Dennis) Wilson 14/12/2001 MANIFOLD BAY G K (Grant) Crane G (Gavin) Lang 13/12/2002 TRICKY VIC NZ M G (Mike) Reed M B (Mark) Reed 20/02/2004 TE KANARAMA G R (Graeme) Watts G R (Graeme) Watts 8/04/2005 TARTARY GLADIATOR K F (Kevin) Keys K F (Kevin) Keys 16/12/2005 GEE WHIZ FIZZ S D (Steven) Burton R (Ryan) Warwick 15/12/2006 MR YANKEE NZ G D (Greg) Harper K K (Kade) Howson 14/12/2007 LOMBO POCKET WATCH P R J (Paul) Fitzpatrick G J (Gavin) Fitzpatrick 28/11/2008 SCHINZIG BULLER G D (Greg) Harper K K (Kade) Howson 27/11/2009 BONAVISTA BAY E J (Emma) Stewart M B (Mark) Reed 26/11/2010 DASHER VC NZ R A (Ross) Olivieri A C (Chris) Lewis 25/11/2011 GOLD ACE NZ G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) G E (Gary) Hall (Jnr) 7/12/2012 IM VICTORIOUS NZ M G (Michael) Brennan J K (Justin) Prentice *** True Takeoff - 1st but disq swab Alan Parker Assistant Manager - Harness Racing
Trainer Paul Fitzpatrick is expecting a major form reversal from recent stable recruit Fly Like An Eagle after the New Zealand Cup runner-up drew barrier number one in Saturday night's Treuer Memorial. Fitzpatrick admitted he was disappointed with the performance of the horse at his first run for the stable in the Cordina Sprint at Menangle over a week ago but had always planned on targeting Bankstown's Gr. 1 event. "He went below par at his first run for me but he was one of two horses that came across from New Zealand after the Cup and the Free For All and neither horse produced their best in the Cordina Sprint," Fitzpatrick said. "I've got no doubt that he was a little bit tired when he arrived so I have just lightened up on him a bit and with the fortnight between runs he should be ready to go, his work last Friday tells me that he is feeling fresher." Fitzpatrick is expecting Fly Like An Eagle to lead Saturday night's event. "Mark Purdon has told me that he has pretty good gate speed and drawn barrier one I think he should hold the front, Washakie is obviously the main danger, he has a tremendous record in the Treuer Memorial having won the previous four." "I haven't spoken to the owners about whether he will head to the Victoria Cup should he perform up to expectations on Saturday night, they can make that decision after the race." Meanwhile Fitzpatrick confirmed Rohan Home has been back in work for twelve weeks and should be ready to trial in the next fortnight. "I retired him and put him in the middle of my track with all of the young ones but he looked so well that I decided to give him another go, he has been coming along very nicely and I plan on nominating him for the 2014 Inter Dominion." "He's doing everything I've asked of him and I'm looking forward to seeing him back, he is a great horse at his best." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
When the barrier draw for Saturday night's Treuer Memorial at Bankstown was being conducted, trainer Darren Binskin asked his partner Kirsten Lamb and her daughter Grace to select the gates for his two runners, Gaius Caesar and Glengowan in the Gr. 1. After Gaius Caesar drew barrier nine and Glengowan eleven, Binskin could be excused for rueing the decision. "Kirsten was pretty disappointed with drawing barrier eleven for Glengowan but Gracey was pretty happy with gate nine for Gaius Caesar, although I'm not so sure I agree with her," Binskin joked. "It's a Gr. 1 event and normally there is plenty of moves anyway but in all seriousness Gaius Caesar doesn't have great speed and the draw isn't too bad for him while Glengowan has been specifically trained for the Treuer Memorial, so I'm expecting him to peak this Saturday night." Binskin has confirmed he will be driving Gaius Caesar this Saturday night and he will be forced to look for a driver for Glengowan. "Yeah I will drive Gaius Caesar, his run on Saturday night was very good, he didn't get a clear run, wanted to get rough at a crucial stage and looking at all of those factors with a clear shot at them, I don't know if he wins but he would have definitely gone close I have no doubt." "I will have to think about who drives Glengowan, I was considering Mat Rue but I'm unsure if he will be required to drive Baby Bling for the McCarthy stable, I will just wait and see." Glengowan finished third in last year's Treuer Memorial and had a few excuses for his defeat. "Glengowan's run last year was very good and everything he has done this time in has been aimed at this race." "My horses don't dominate in this class but they are very competitive and with the right run I think they can be right in the finish, Washakie is the one to beat after the draw and he is going for five wins in the race which is a tremendous feat in itself." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
Leading Victorian trainer Dean Braun was ecstatic when his star four-year-old Chilli Palmer drew the coveted No. 1 barrier on the front line in the $175,000 Lancaster Park Golden Nugget Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night and predicted that the gelding would lead and prove very hard to beat. Braun's optimism will certainly take the wind out of the sails of several rival trainers and reinsmen who were planning for their horses to charge forward in determined bids to take an early lead against Chilli Palmer, a pacer they believed did not possess the speed to take advantage of the inside barrier. The brilliant Chilli Palmer, to be handled by ace Victorian reinsman Chis Alford, has won at each of his past six starts and has a record of nine starts for seven wins, a second and a seventh. He has won most of his races by producing a sizzling finishing burst. He has never jumped straight to the lead in his brief but spectacular career. "Everyone is entitled to his opinion," Braun said from Melbourne after the barrier draw. "But we will be aiming to make full use of the inside barrier. Chilli Palmer has got great natural high speed and I haven't had a horse with more natural gate speed. So far we have never really used his gate speed. "I couldn't be happier with the way is working. He had a good blowout at Byford on Saturday when Shaun Kittel worked him over a mile and a half and he sprinted over the final 400m in 27.3sec. "Hopefully Chilli Palmer will be able to make amends for the defeats of my horses Mustang Mach and Chancellor Cullen in the past two Gold Nuggets. It should be a great race on Friday night and every horse in the field can win, with the right run, but I wouldn't swap my horse for any other runner." Mustang Mach (11/1) started from barrier four and raced without cover for most of the way when a fighting second to The Gold Ace in 2011 and Chancellor Cullen (5/4) raced in the breeze for the final 1550m when fourth behind Im Victorious a year ago. The No. 1 barrier has been a huge advantage in the recent Golden Nugget Championships, with the No. 1 horse leading and winning three of the past five Nuggets and the other two winners in this period coming from the No. 2 barrier. Schinzig Buller won from barrier two in 2008 and then Bonavista Bay (13/8), Dasher VC (6/4 on) and The Gold Ace (10/1 on) won in the following three years before Im Victorious (11/4) started from barrier two and thundered home from ninth at the bell to win from Bettor Reason (20/1) and 6/1 chance Reuben Brogden, who started from barrier one and set the pace until the final stages. Chilli Palmer could not have been more impressive than he was at his West Australian debut in the 2536m McInerney Ford Classic last Friday week when he charged home from last at the 600m to score a decisive victory over the pacemaker Condrieu, with My Hard Copy third and Rocky Marciano fourth. Condrieu began with devastating speed from barrier five to burst to the front after 120m and Greg Bond, who trains the gelding with his wife Skye, plans to instruct reinsman Colin Brown to charge forward from out wide at barrier six. "We'll go forward; there's no point in going backward," he said. "We decided to have a crack for the lead from barrier five in the McInerney Ford, and it worked for us. The element of surprise won't work for us again, but we'll still be going forward. "We don't know whether Chilli Palmer has the necessary gate speed. He may well be better sat up; that's how he has been driven in most of his races. I don't think they will want to be caught in the early hustle bustle. Condrieu has done well since his second in the McInerney Ford and we're really happy with him." Condrieu is at his best when he leads. He has set the pace at four of his seven wins in WA, two of them being over 2536m, the distance of the Golden Nugget. Victorian trainer-reinsman Daniel Jack was delighted to draw barrier two with the speedy Nowitzki, who led from the No. 1 barrier and won the $50,000 Four-Year-Old Championship three Fridays ago. "The draw goes a long way (to winning) and I'll be trying to get across to the lead," he said. "His three runs in WA have been below par, but I expect him to go better this week. If he races as well as he can, he's certainly the horse to beat." Leading WA trainer Gary Hall sen. was disappointed with the barriers drawn by his two runners, Northview Punter (No. 3 on the back line) and My Hard Copy (outside of the front line) and said that he would need plenty of luck to win. "It's going to be a great race and I reckon Nowitzki will come out hard and lead --- and Condrieu will also come out hard," he said. "So hopefully it will be on from start to finish. My best chance from the draw is Northview Punter. We might drive him a bit quiet and let him come home." DALGETY RETAINS FAITH IN BIT OF A LEGEND Champion New Zealand trainer Cran Dalgety returned to Perth last week for the first time for 17 years and he has not given up hope of winning the $175,000 Lancaster Park Golden Nugget Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night with outstanding four-year-old Bit Of A Legend, even though the horse was unplaced in the Four-Year-Old Championship and McInerney Ford Classic at his past two starts. The 45-year-old Dalgety has fond memories of his first trip to Western Australia when he prepared Desperate Comment for the 1996 interdominion championship. Desperate Comment, who was driven by Peter Jones, qualified for the final as leading points scorer after a third, a second and a win in the heats. But he finished sixth in the final, won by Young Mister Charles. Bit Of A Legend, who has amassed $640,178 in prizemoney from 17 wins and 11 seconds from 36 starts, was trained and driven for his four starts at Gloucester Park in this campaign by New Zealander Brent Mangos. His best effort was an easy victory in a prelude of the Golden Nugget three starts ago when he defeated Galactic Galleon and Northview Punter. "Brent has done a fine job with him, but the horse faces a hard task in Friday night's race," Dalgety said. "Bit Of A Legend is only small and he's not stylish or elegant, but his assets are his great will to win and determination. "He has drawn barrier four and I'm pretty excited that just to be inside barrier five on the front row. Nowitzki and Condrieu are very fast beginners and I think that when we settle Bit Of A Legend will definitely be in the better half of the midfield --- and that will be a good start. In most of his wins he's come from behind. He just wants to be the winner." Bit Of A Legend, who will be driven by New Zealand's champion reinsman Dexter Dunn, and has the stable name of Carter, after Dalgety's ten-year-old son Carter, who insisted that his father buy the pacer at the New Zealand yearling sale. "Bit Of A Legend was very little, but Carter picked him out and said 'we've got to have this one,' Dalgety said. "So I bought him for $NZ50,000, probably from the heart than the head. I had had his half-brother London Legend, who was a good horse. "I bought Bit Of A Legend for myself, a good stable client in Darryl Brown, from Perth, Ross Stanbury, from Christchurch, and Pat Cabarlla, from Invercargill, and we have no regrets." London Legend, by In The Pocket and the first foal out of Soky's Legend, raced 101 times for Dalgety between 2008 and 2011 for 25 wins, 27 placings and stakes of $456,124. DEXTER DUNN OUT TO EQUAL HIS FATHER AT GLOUCESTER PARK Dexter Dunn, New Zealand harness racing's golden boy and a superstar at the age of 24, will make his first appearance in Western Australia when he drives Bit Of A Legend in the $175,000 Lancaster Park Golden Nugget Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And he would dearly love to emulate the performance of his father Robert, who landed a winner at his only trip to WA, in 1996 when he was successful with Master Musician in a second-round heat of the interdominion championship. Robert Dunn then was in the sulky when Master Musician, the 5/2 favourite, finished third behind Young Mister Charles and Sunshine Band in the final. Dunn, who will arrive in Perth on Thursday, will get the opportunity to experience driving on the 805m circuit when he handles three pacers trained by Matt Scott in early events on the program. Scott has nominated Dunn to drive Miss Tee Dawn in the 1730m V. and K. Congerton Memorial Mares Pace, Marooned in the 2130m Happy Birthday Ryan Berti Pace and Zurbaran in the first heat of the Livio (The Champ) Tolomeo The Coulson Pace. Miss Tee Dawn has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier and has sound prospects of giving Dunn a winner at his first drive at Gloucester Park. This would equal his feat of landing a winner at his first drive in America --- when he was successful behind McClelland (1.50.1) over 1609m at the Meadowlands in New Jersey on June 25, 2011. Miss Tee Dawn started from the outside of the back ,line and did a good job to finish strongly from the rear to be fourth behind Arts Gangsta over 2190m at Northam on Tuesday of last week. She also unwound a powerful burst from the rear to win from Mount Richon over 2150m at Harvey the previous week. Marooned, who was claimed for $10,000 last week, has a losing sequence of 20 and faces a stern test from barrier four on the back line. He trailed the pacemaker Sanjaya when a sound third to that pacer last week, with the winner rating 1.55 over 1730m. Punters are likely to be keen to support the polemarker and smart frontrunner Taiaha against Marooned and the other ten runners in this week's event. Taiaha, who is prepared by Hazelmere trainer Mike Reed, caught the eye when racing first-up at Northam on Tuesday of last week when he raced three back on the pegs and was hampered for room before finishing solidly to be second to Celtic Crusader. Zurbaran, a winner six starts ago and placed second at two of his past four starts, will be at handsome odds from the outside of the front line in a race in which polemarker Cool Johnny (resuming after a let-up), What God Knows and Soho Highroller will be fancied. THE BEAU BRUMMELL RETURNS AFTER A SPELL IN FINE STYLE New Zealand-bred five-year-old The Beau Brummell looks one of the best bets on the program at Gloucester Park on Friday night after scoring an effortless first-up victory at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Waroona trainer Bob Mellsop produced The Beau Brummell in fine fettle for his first appearance for three months when he trotted faultlessly three back on the pegs in a race run in Indian file before he surged to the front 100m from home and scored by more than three lengths from All Over Red Rover at a 2.1.9 rate over 2185m. The Beau Brummell will start from barrier three on the front line in the 2130m mobile Kyle And Dozer Trot on Friday night in which he will clash with then highly-regarded Prince Eddie, smart frontrunner Heez Speedy Gonzalez, last-start winner Earl Harbour and Hot Holiday, who has won in good style at two of his past four starts. by Ken Casellas
Former Miracle Mile winner Baby Bling will chase another Gr. 1 victory in Saturday night's Treuer Memorial however her task was made all the more harder after she drew barrier ten. The Belinda McCarthy trained mare returned to form on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Menangle winning the Robin Dundee Stakes and owner Harvey Kaplan is hoping she can continue to hold her form. "I was very pleased with her performance on Saturday night, it was great to finally get some idea of where she was at and despite the draw this week I'm hoping she can produce another solid run," Kaplan said. "Baby Bling has been a little bit difficult to follow this campaign, she was outstanding first up, very disappointing at her next run and then her Queensland trip didn't give us any idea of where she was at for a couple of reasons, then when she got back to Sydney she ended up drawing barrier twelve in the Cordina Sprint." Kaplan confirmed the McCarthy stable had been giving glowing reports about the mare's condition and wasn't totally shocked by Saturday's win. "The stable had been reporting that she was back to the weight that she was at when she won the Miracle Mile and had been working extremely well but when she was drawn so wide I still had some concerns but to everyone's credit she was very good considering she was forced to cover extra ground." Baby Bling will be nominated for next year's Inter Dominion series and Kaplan believes that will give him and the rest of the ownership group options going forward. "She will be nominated for sure, we might even give her a run in the series and she how she goes but she has already qualified for the Ladyship Mile so we already have that option." "I don't know if the rest of the owners are as keen as I am, but I would still like to see her go to North America but nothing would happen before March next year." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
WINNING the 2013 Miracle Mile with a horse that he bred was the ultimate reward for Tasmanian harness trainer-driver and breeder Barrie Rattray. That his son James Rattray drove and trained Beautide last Saturday night to win the equal richest race on the Australasian Grand Circuit calendar was the icing on the cake. Barrie Rattray is an icon of Tasmania's harness industry and while there has always been plenty of rivalry on the track from fellow trainers and drivers, the incredible number of text messages and emails sent to him pre and post race almost left him speechless. When James Rattray addressed the near capacity crowd at the presentation ceremony he made a point of telling all and sundry that it was a win for Tasmania as much as it was for the Rattray family. Barrie Rattray is basically a humble man who has always been a deep thinker who has often been misread by the media. When you are as passionate about an industry as he is then it is understandable that he wants to ensure that his and his family's success rubs off on all who are involved in the industry on our island state. James is of the same mould and that was clearly evidenced by his post-race speech. Beautide has taken all Tasmanians on a wonderful journey this season and it continues in a fortnight when the gelding tackles the Group 1 Victoria Cup at Melton. James confirmed Beautide would most likely have a break after the Victoria Cup and be prepared for the 2014 Inter Dominion series to be run at Menangle in March. Listen to what Barrie Rattray had to say about Beautide's win and what it means to his family. Peter Staples
It's Miracle Mile time and there's plenty of news on Trots TV this week. Sky Racing's Fred Hastings chats to Dexter Dunn and Justin Prentice following the trials of Christen Me and I'm Victorious at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday whilst Luke McCarthy provides an insight into the chances of For A Reason in the big one. Seryn Adams pops on by to tell us what we can expect in the 2014 HRNSW calendar and you can view all the latest race replays and trials. www.trotstv.com.au - providing a fresh view on harness racing in NSW Harness Racing New South Wales 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.
Western Australia trainer Michael Brennan won a gold medal for Australia at the Athens Olympics in 2004 as a member of the Mens’ Hockey Team and is hoping to add a Miracle Mile to his trophy cabinet when Im Victorious competes in Australia’s premier sprint on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park. Brennan has already had some massive highs in harness racing with Im Victorious including a win in the WA Derby but acknowledges the thrill of the race track and the hockey field are worlds apart. “The feelings are completely different, you feel the same elation when you have success but when I played hockey I was always in control, I knew what had to be done to be successful. “In harness racing as soon as the horse walks onto the track it is out of my hands and it is all up to the driver, it is totally different to be relying on someone else to experience that winning feeling.” Brennan represented Australia over an eight year period, playing his first game in 1996 before retiring after winning the gold medal in 2004 and coincidently has drawn barrier eight in his first crack at the Miracle Mile. “I must admit I was disappointed after the draw but as I keep telling myself the barrier is only where they start from and not where they finish, I’m really happy with how he has travelled across and I’m expecting him to run a very good race.” "He had a trial at Menangle on Tuesday to top him off and I’m hoping he can do Western Australia proud by running a great race on Saturday night.” Smoken Up is the horse to beat according to Brennan after he drew barrier one. “He is a super horse, his win at Menangle on the weekend was great, he is going to be in front and is going to take a lot of running down, I’m just excited to be in the race and to be competing against the best.” Courtesy of Harness Racing New South Wales
New Zealand trainer Cran Dalgety is extremely pleased with exciting five year old Christen Me and will arrive in Sydney on Thursday to put the final touches on his Miracle Mile runner. Christen Me finished third in the New Zealand Cup behind Terror To Love before galloping in the early stages of the New Zealand Free For All three days later. "There was a little bit of a buzz from the kiwi media that I might not come to the Miracle Mile with Christen Me after his Free For All run but I never really considered staying at home, he deserves his chance in the Miracle Mile and races so well on the big track at Menangle," Dalgety said. "I have spent some time with Bit Of A Legend recently in Western Australia but I'm looking forward to flying into Sydney later in the week to ensure Christen Me is ready to run the race of his life on Saturday night." Christen Me drew barrier six but will come into gate five should the emergencies fail to gain a start. "To be honest the gate isn't a major issue for us, he won't be crossing the horses drawn inside him so hopefully he can find a good spot close to the speed." "There is no doubt the horse to catch is Smoken Up, he went very well on Saturday night and now he has barrier one if he rails he might go even quicker, his performance was fantastic for the sport." Dalgety is happy with how Christen Me has handled the step into open company and admits he was surprised how well he took to it. "I might have pampered him a bit as a four year old and kept him away from races against the big boys so there is always some concern when a horse steps into that top level for the first time, but I'm really pleased with how he is handling everything." "As far as health goes he is 101% going into Saturday night and after that I am looking at the Cranbourne and Victoria Cups." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
Young reinsman Chris Voak stands by his claim that Leda McNally has the quickest turn of foot of any mare in Australia and is bubbling with confidence that the five-year-old will prove too speedy for her rivals in the $100,000 Make Smoking History Mares Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A win in the group 1 feature event over 2130m would help Voak and Pinjarra trainer Chris King to overcome the trauma they experienced 12 months ago when Leda McNally met with interference in the home straight and finished fourth in the inaugural Mares Classic. Voak had Leda McNally poised to strike in the one-out, one-back position for most of the way and she was unwinding a spirited burst when Kamwood Laughter ran out under pressure and her off-side sulky wheel became locked with the near-side wheel of Leda McNally’s sulky. This caused Leda McNally to lose her momentum and she finished fourth behind the pacemaker and 6/4 on favourite Baby Bling. Voak lodged a protest and the stewards upheld the objection and elevated Leda McNally to third place. Leda McNally was a 50/1 outsider with bookmakers and a 65/1 chance on the tote. But this week she will be one of the favourites with Bettor Cover Lover, Famous Alchemist, Loving You, Sensational Gabby and Askmenow. Leda McNally is in superb form and has scored impressive victories at her past two starts, both over 1730m and rating a sizzling 1.54.3 in each event. Voak said that the extra journey of 2130m this Friday night would not trouble the brilliant Victorian-bred mare. Two starts ago Leda McNally revealed her normal sparkling gate speed when she set the pace and won convincingly from deluxe Edition and famous Alchemist. She started from the No. 4 barrier in the Norms Daughter Classic last Friday night when she raced in sixth position in the one-wide line before sprinting home brilliantly to get up and defeat Famous Alchemist by a head, with Bettor Cover Lover a gallant third after working hard outside the pacemaker Askmenow. Leda McNally will start from the No. 5 barrier on the front line this week and Voak is expected to get her away speedily in a bid to take up an advantageous position in the one-wide line. He could even be tempted to make a bid for the early lead. But this could prove to be an unwise strategy, considering that speedy beginner and noted frontrunner Loving You has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier. This is a major advantage for Loving You, a smart four-year-old to be driven by Shannon Suvaljko for trainer Peter Tilbrook. Loving You was a 72/1 tote outsider in the Norms Daughter Classic last Friday night when she started from the outside of the back line. She fought on from seventh at the bell to finish sixth. Loving You will be at much shorter odds this week and is a realistic chance, even though she is only on an M1 mark, while Leda McNally has a M8 classification and Bettor Cover Lover is on an M6 mark. Famous Alchemist, Sensational Gabby, Lucie Boshier and Miss Azooma have all reached an M3 mark. Loving You has set the pace before winning five times. Her other two wins in a 31-start career have come after she had sat behind the pacemaker and after racing without cover. Bettor Cover Lover boasts the best record of the 12 runners, with 19 wins and 12 placings from 35 starts for earnings of $999,756. She will start from the No. 2 barrier on the back line and should settle in a favourable position for her New Zealand trainer-reinsman Brent Mangos. She looks set to fight out the finish. Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. has three runners, Famous Alchemist (Clint Hall), Askmenow (Gary Hall jun.) and Chloe Vargarita (Daniel Jack) and he would dearly love to go one better than he did when Aussie Made Lombo (Hall jun.) thundered home from tenth at the 400m and eighth on the home turn to finish a 5m second to Baby Bling 12 months ago. Famous Alchemist looks his best prospect, even though she has drawn poorly on the outside of the back line. In last week’s race Famous Alchemist trailed the pacemaker Askmenow before bursting to the front about 120m from home and being overtaken in the final stride by Leda McNally. Askmenow’s prospects on Friday night faded when she drew barrier four on the back line. Chloe Vargarita will start from the No. 3 barrier on the front line. Former star juvenile Sensational Gabby will start out wide at barrier six on the front line, but she has the natural speed to quickly get into a favourable position. She should be improved considerably by her first-up effort when eighth behind Leda McNally last Friday night. Sensational Gabby probably would have finished closer to the winner had she not become unbalanced and broke into a gallop just after leaving the back straight in the final circuit. HOWSON IS BACK AS EL MACHINE ATTEMPTS HIS FIFTH WIN IN A ROW Pinjarra trainer Kade Howson will complete a 12-day suspension at midnight on Thursday night and will be eligible to resume driving at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he has high hopes of landing the winner of the $25,000 Kersley final with up-and-coming star El Machine. When suspending Howson for causing interference in a race at Bunbury last Saturday week the stewards took into account his excellent driving record and his plea to be able to resume this Friday night in order to be in the sulky behind El Machine, a WA-bred five-year-old he trains and owns in partnership with Michael George. El Machine is one of the most improved pacers in the State and has won easily at each of his past four starts, all at Gloucester Park and all over 2130m, the distance of this week’s final. In three of those wins El Machine has produced a strong, sustained finishing burst before racing away from his rivals. He will start from barrier two on the back line on Friday night and Howson appears certain to bide his time before asking the gelding for a supreme effort in the final circuit. El Machine meets stiff opposition, including last-start winners Old McDonald, Our Major Mark and Menelaus of Sparta, who will start from the front line along with the talented Toretto, who has won in fine style at four of his past six starts. Old McDonald, trained and driven by Colin Brown, was the fastest of the three qualifying heat winners, will start out wide at the No. 6 barrier. But he has the ability to overcome this disadvantage. He started from barrier five in his heat last Friday week when he raced in fifth position in the one-wide line before storming home to beat Code Red by a neck at a 1.55.7 rate. El Machine came from eighth in the middle stages to win his heat from Pembrook Henry and Menelaus of Sparta at a 1.57.4 rate three Friday nights ago. He rated 1.58, 1.57.1 and 2.0.1 at his three previous outings and he warmed up for this week’s event by making most of the running and winning a four-horse Pinjarra trial at a 2.0.8 rate over 2185m after sprinting the final 800m in 57.3sec. Our Major Mark, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, was most impressive in his heat last Friday night when he raced without cover, took the lead 480m from home and sped over the final 400m in 27.8sec. to beat Toretto by a length at a 1.57.3 rate. He will start from the No. 5 barrier. Menelaus of Sparta, trained and driven by Brett Smith, improved his prospects when he drew the No. 2 barrier. He followed wins at Pinjarra and Northam with another victory at Northam on Tuesday night when he settled in ninth place and charged home from fifth at the bell to win from Im Elmer Fudd at a 1.59.5 rate over 2190m. The prospects of the Ross Olivieri-trained five-year-old Red Salute improved when he drew the prized No. 1 barrier. Red Salute, who has finished sound thirds at his past two outings, is a smart frontrunner who will have many admirers. MY HARD COPY HAS SOUND CLAIMS IN GOLDEN NUGGET PRELUDE Smart New Zealand-bred stallion My Hard Copy has bright prospects of clinching a place in the field to contest the $175,000 Lancaster Park Golden Nugget championship by winning the $21,000 Nugget prelude over 2130m at Gloucester park on Friday night. My Hard Copy, trained by Gary Hall sen., will start from the No. 4 barrier on the front line and Shane Butcher should have him in a prominent position throughout. The winner of the race will automatically qualify for a start in the final of the Nugget the following Friday night. My Hard Copy led briefly from the No. 1 barrier in the 2536m McInerney Ford Classic last Friday night and then trailed the pacemaker Condrieu before fighting on strongly to finish third behind the brilliant Chilli Palmer and Condrieu. Looming as the hardest for My Hard Copy to beat is his stablemate Northview Punter, who has won at 14 of his 27 appearances and has the ability to overcome the wide draw at No. 6 on the front line. He will again be driven by Gary Hall jun., who was in the sulky when he raced without cover in the second lap and then was shuffled back to eighth at the bell before finishing eighth behind Chilli Palmer last week. Northern Assassin, trained by Peter Bell, has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier on the front line, but is likely to be challenged hard for the early lead by Erskine Range (barrier two) and Adda Notherzero (No. 3). Northern Assassin won for the fifth time from 15 starts when he raced wide early and then worked hard in the breeze before winning easily from Im Riddick over 2100m at Bunbury last Saturday night. Adda Notherzero is a noted frontrunner who has set the pace in each of his four wins from 13 starts. Erskine Range also possesses good gate speed and he led from the No. 1 barrier and won from Jay Bees Grin and Loving You over 2185m at Pinjarra two starts ago before started at long odds from the outside of the back line and fought on from tenth at the bell to be seventh behind Nowitzki over 2130m last Friday week. HEEZ ORL BLACK SHOULD GET PUNTERS AWAY TO A FLYING START Harness racing buffs who watched Heez Orl Black storm home from tenth on the home turn to get up and win from Johnny Be over 2692m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon have marked him down as a star bet in the opening event, the 1730m Make Smoking History Pace, at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And they will not be concerned that the New Zealand-bred five-year-old will be dropping back to a sprint trip because they will point out that the gelding has raced four times over 1730m at Gloucester Park for two wins (rating 1.55 and 1.57.5) and two second placings. He also won over 1684m in 1.53.4 at Pinjarra in August, and in New Zealand he was a winner over 1609m and three times over 1950m. Heez Orl Black, trained at Serpentine by Gary Hall sen., was making his first appearance for six and a half weeks when he won so brilliantly on Monday afternoon. He started from barrier three on the back line and was eighth at the bell before being shuffled back to tenth on the home turn. He then stormed home, five wide, to score most impressively. This took Heez Orl Black’s record to 12 wins and 11 placings from 47 starts for earnings of $149,510, certainly wonderful credentials for a pacer contesting a Metropolitan maiden event. Drawn inside him on Friday night are good frontrunners Imtheguy (barrier one) and At Princeton (two), but they will be hard pressed to withstand his powerful finishing burst. Soho Redford and Soho Highroller will have many admirers after each having won in good style at his past two starts. But Soho Redford faces a stern test from the outside of the front line and Soho Highroller, a stablemate of Heez Orl Black, will have to overcome the disadvantage of starting from barrier four on the back line. by Ken Casellas
Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway harness racing club invites all harness racing industry participants, trotting fans and their families and friends to a free afternoon tea next Monday, December 2nd, which will feature the barrier draw for the historic 30th Anniversary Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial Harness Race. To secure your seats for this harness racing community event, please contact Bankstown Paceway corporate services manager Ann Wait via email at email@example.com or by telephone on 02 9708 4111. Photo: Bankstown Paceway former president and life member Max Treuer and his wife, Ruth, look forward to welcoming the harness racing community to the historic 30th Anniversary Treuer Memorial Barrier and Afternoon Tea next Monday, December 2nd. For additional information or comment, please contact: Andrew Ho E: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is the most anticipated Miracle Mile in recent memory, but what does history say about the 2013 edition of the famous sprint? Smoken Up is out to win his third Miracle Mile. No horse has ever achieved that feat. Christen Me (by Christian Cullen) is trying to become the first son or daughter of a Miracle Mile winner to replicate his/her sire's success. Paleface Bubble (by Paleface Adios) and Melpark Major (by Iraklis) both finished second. Beautide is attempting to break a long hoodoo for Newcastle Mile winners. The only horse to go on to win the Miracle Mile in the same year is Westburn Grant in 1990 (Our Sir Vancelot won the Newcastle Mile in 1998 the year after winning the Miracle Mile). In what is a truly rare occurrence, the last time a horse won the Miracle Mile for the first time at his/her third attempt was Double Agent in 1984. That's the challenge for Terror To Love! There are four NSW Derby winners that went on to win the Miracle Mile. Paleface Adios, Westburn Grant, Holmes DG and Divisive. Can For A Reason join that elite group. No driver has ever won 4 Miracle Miles. Vic Frost, Tony Herlihy and Lance Justice are currently on three each. Can Lance take the lead? Before Terror To Love, the last horse to win three New Zealand Cups was False Step in 1958-60 - seven years before the first Miracle Mile was even run! I'm Victorious is trying to emulate the deed of Village Kid by becoming the first West Australian since 1987 to win the Miracle Mile "cold" without a lead-up run in Sydney. Dale Walker