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At last night’s Bankstown meeting Ellen Rixon achieved a harness racing feat her parents couldn’t match. Daughter of Peter and Cindy, the 16-year-old made a successful debut in the sulky when successful with Ali Mendes. Naturally, Rixon’s Miracle Mile winning father is full of pride and admiration. “It was one of those really good occasions in your life when you feel great, watching your children achieve is something that gives every parent a buzz,” Peter said. “Ellen is quite a natural around the horses. She has grown up around them and was part of pony club from a young age.” Rixon left school last year and has started working full-time. “Ellen gets up in the morning and gives us a hand with the 10 or so horses that we have in work before heading off to her job, she works in an office in Camden for a Private Certifier,” Peter said. Peter drove his first winner - Roam Free won at Bulli - at his second drive when, while Cindy broke through for her first victory with Radey’s Brother at her 48th attempt. “We took longer than Ellen to break through,” Peter said. “I only had to wait until my second drive, but it took Cindy a fair while to get her first winner. Back in those days she was probably only picking up the drive on the third or fourth stringer for A D (Turnbull). “Ellen only got her licence last week, so it has all happened very quickly for her and I hope she continues to drive a lot more winners.”   The list of A D Turnbull’s grandchildren to drive a winner continues to grow.  Ellen became the eighth following in the footsteps of Mark Tracey, Nathan, Josh, Amanda, Mitch, Emma and Jason Turnbull. GREG HAYES

Connections of handy pacer Fearless Lord were left “shocked” by his win at Bankstown yesterday. Although the victory didn’t come as a surprise, trainer Riccardo Errichiello was more than ‘thrown’ by Fearless Lord’s starting price. Despite having a win and two placings from his previous five starts, Fearless Lord paid $46.80 on the tote. “I was shocked at the price he was at,” Errichiello declared. “I thought he would be one of the favourites at around 10 to 15 dollars, certainly not 45 to one.” Driven a treat by Mickey Muscat, Fearless Lord settled two-back along the pegs from his second row draw as Clockon Doc Lombo led from the pole. Angled into the clear leaving the back straight, the son of Art Major dashed to a two-metre win from Line Honours, with Clockon Doc Lombo four-and-a-half metres away third. “That was a perfect drive from Mickey,” Errichiello declared. “He did the right thing getting him onto the pegs and pulled him out exactly where I do during track work. “I was very happy with the way he finished it off once he was clear.” With no major plans in mind for the gelding, Errichiello will continue to race Fearless Lord through the country classes. “I will race him at Bankstown during the next few weeks and hopefully he can pick up another win or two based on that run,” Errichiello said. “Further down the track, I’d like to think he can race at Menangle. “He has nice high speed and can come home hard off the pace, so he has the ability to get to metropolitan grade. “He’s very immature and just needs to improve with racing.” A well-bred four-year-old, Fearless Lord hales from the same family as former Grand Circuit star, Franco Tiger. “He comes from a pretty good family,” Errichiello said. “We had his half-brother, Ricky T, which we had fun with, and when we saw he was for sale, we quickly bought him. “Hopefully we can keep having fun with this bloke too.” PAUL COURTS

Bathurst harness racing trainer Ashlee Siejka won Monday’s night M H Treuer Memorial at the Bankstown with talented five-year-old pacer Lochinver.  The Greg Brodie-owned gelding made a three-wide move with just over a lap to go and in the process locked up the favourite Chariot King after he stayed in the running line. “I thought going into the Treuer Memorial that if Lochinver could get some luck then he would be right in the finish, and when there was so much speed on in the early stages, I knew that he was going to be suited,” Siejka said. “He is a nice type, but it was really his first go in open company and while he has competed in good races as a younger horse I thought he handled himself really well throughout.” It was not the first time that Siejka had competed in the Treuer Memorial, but it was her first victory in the event. “I had Mega Alexander in the race a couple of years ago, but it was quite a buzz to actually win the race and I'm hoping now that Lochinver can go on with the job,” Siejka said. “He really handles the small tracks very well, as a two-year-old he had his first start in a race at Junee and ran second in the Linden Huntley at Bulli, so I knew the Bankstown track was not going to be a worry.” Siejka has entered Lochinver in an M2 race this weekend, and despite drawing barrier five in a field of eight, he is not guaranteed to start. “I have him nominated for a race at Menangle on Saturday night because with the predicted storms in Sydney I didn't want to take the chance the races were called off again after what happened on Saturday night, so I will wait and see how he pulls up in the morning and make a decision closer to the race,” Siejka explained “If the run hasn’t knocked him around then he may start, while he sat three-wide for the last lap I didn't have to pull the plugs until turning for home.” GREG HAYES

Twelve months ago harness racing driver Jimmy Douglass nearly pulled off a huge boilover when 90-1 chance Scandalman finished second behind Washakie in the Treuer Memorial at Bankstown. Fast forward to this Saturday night and Douglass believes he is driving the right horse in Chariot King to go one better this year. "I've run a couple of placings in the Treuer Memorial from memory, Scandalman wasn't far away last year and Hesa Buzzin ran third behind Washakie too but that was back in 2011," Douglass said. "Chariot King is going to be a good chance on Saturday night, he has drawn barrier one and around the tighter tracks the closer you can draw to the inside the better especially when you are driving a horse that has speed to make use of the draw." Chariot King won Saturday night's Kevin Newman Cup at Tabcorp Park Menangle and Douglass was extremely pleased with the performance. "Before the race John (Tapp) just told me not to get involved in an early speed battle but from the wide draw I couldn't slot in so I had to go right back and because I knew they were walking I decided to head to the pegs because the horses from the back weren't going to get into it." "From about the 600 I thought I was going to get into the clear and when they all left the inside turning for home I just stayed to the pegs and he sprinted so fast." Douglass has formed a good partnership with the son of Badlands Hanover and he believes it was Chariot King's best performance since he has taken the reins. "He was really good, just so sharp when Seel N Print pulled off the inside and he saw the opening and with that sort of speed and acceleration if he gets things run to suit on Saturday night in the Treuer Memorial then he is going to be a contender for sure." By Greg Hayes Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |

It was the year Bob Hawke became Prime Minister, Ash Wednesday fires tore through Victoria and South Australia, Australia II won the America’s Cup, the movie Phar Lap was a smash hit and Thor actor Chris Hemsworth was born. 1983 was also the year the inaugural M H Treuer Memorial – named the Truer Cup - was run for $30,000 and captured by Double Agent. Since then the feature’s stakemoney has risen and fallen several times, with its peak of $198,000 coming in 1996 when Our Sir Vancelot emerged triumphant. Sadly, the former prestigious event – once part of the Grand Circuit - has slipped further down the scale by returning to its original prizemoney level of $30,000...losing its Group One status along the way. Although listed as $100,000 at the beginning of the season, the December 6 edition has been reduced - without any publicity from the club – to its 1983 level! Furthermore, the conditions of the race have also been removed, with the club yet to advice what class the Treuer Memorial will cater for. Just last month, President Les Bentley declared prizemoney for the club’s flagship event would rise to $105,000 next season. “We are hoping to increase the stake to $105,000 in 2015,” Bentley said. Support races on the card have also been subject to prizemoney cuts. It’s believed the club has had to make the dramatic decision as a result of a long-running legal battle, which is causing immense strain on every area of its operation. No club official was available for comment when Harnesslink called its office. PAUL COURTS

Having already toyed with the idea of changing the conditions of their flagship event, the Bankstown Harness Racing Club may have had the decision made for them. Guardians of the M H Treuer Memorial, Bankstown traditionally hosts the Group One in the first week of December. With Racing and Wagering Western Australia announcing they will shift the Inter Dominion to November/December in 2015 an obvious clash will occur with the provincial feature. Unlike other clashes, such as the Miracle Mile and Ballarat Cup, the Truer Memorial won’t be subject to a switch in date. Australasia’s premier sprint, the Miracle Mile has been moved from November to February, with the Ballarat Cup – one of the most popular nights in Victoria – set to return to its original time slot in January. As for Bankstown, club President Les Bentley stated the club will continue to race the Treuer Memorial in December while aiming for lower graded pacers. A former Grand Circuit event, the Treuer Memorial is an open class race staged over 2540 metres, with Washakie boasting a record five wins for trainer John McCarthy. With Australia’s best destined to be competing at Gloucester Park, Bankstown will alter conditions to cater for “up-and-comers.” “We were already looking to change the class of horse we want to attract to the Treuer,” Bentley said. “With the news of the Inter Dominion it fits in quite well for us as the good ones will be in Western Australia. “We’re still considering what class we will make the race, but we want to attract the up-and-comers as we are not getting the Grand Circuit horses anymore.” It’s believed the club will announce the Treuer Memorial is open to M2-M4 pacers soon. “We still want descent metropolitan horses, but those who are on the way up,” Bentley said. “Something like M2 to M4 would be ideal.” Bentley also revealed the club is looking to increase the once high-ranking event to $105,000, having been stagnate on $100,000 for too long. The Treuer Memorial first offered $100,000 in 1986 when won by True Delight before peaking to $198,000 in 1996 when Our Sir Vancelot was triumphant and returning to $100,000 in 1998 when Christian Cullen scored A slight resurgence saw the stake rise to $125,000 for Robin Hood’s victory in 2008 before slipping back to a 22-year low again. “We are hoping to increase the stake to $105,000 in 2015,” Bentley said. PAUL COURTS

  TAB has put together a series of jackpots for thoroughbred, harness and greyhound punters this weekend. It all gets underway tomorrow night for the huge Black Top meeting from The Gardens. TAB has boosted the card with a sensational $25,000 Quaddie jackpot! Being held on races 5-8, the lids will fly on the opening leg at 8:40pm. Racing at Rosehill this Saturday is sure to excite fans of the First 4. The feature event on the program is the MTA NSW Run To The Rose and TAB has kick-started the First 4 pool on the race to the tune of $50,000! It is sure to be a keen betting affair with punters likely to include the well-supported Almalad and Nostradamus high up in their selections. Finally, every race at Tabcorp Park Menangle this Saturday night has a guaranteed First 4 pool of $20,000! With 10 races on the card and almost full fields throughout the evening, there is sure to be some spirited betting to be had. TAB JACKPOTS Date Code Venue Bet Type Jackpot Guarantee* Races Fri 29 Aug CG THE GARDENS GREYHOUNDS Quaddie $25,000.00   5,6,7,8 Sat 30 Aug SR ROSEHILL GARDENS RACES First 4 $50,000.00   6 – Run To The Rose Sat 30 Aug SG TABCORP PARK MENANGLE HARNESS First 4 $5,000.00 $20,000.00 Every Race            

Step right up now is your chance to get back (if you think you need to!) at recently appointed Harness Racing New South Wales CEO John Dumesny. He has been nominated to take the Ice Bucket Challenge at HRNSW headquarters on Monday 1 September, and the more donations, the more ice water that will be poured over his head! And it's all for a good cause. All monies raised will be donated to Motor Neurone Disease Australia, so dig deep. If you don't think he deserved it from the past, think of the future! Please click on the below link to donate: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/john-dumesny-hrnsw-ceo-ice-bucket-challenge Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |  

Goulburn trainer Amy Day took two horses to Newcastle last Friday night with one goal in mind and that was to qualify them both for their respective Tabcorp Park Menangle Country Series Finals. Day left Newcastle with an impressive win courtesy of Treuaper while Cogeday was an unlucky second but did enough to get through to the Final meaning both horses will compete this Saturday night in $25,000 events. "I was very pleased with Treuaper, he came off a break and had been trialling well at Menangle in the lead up to his racetrack return," Day said. "Cogeday was very unlucky and got caught up in traffic but he's a sit sprinter and the three wide line just came too early and it would have meant that I was out three wide without cover for the last lap which wouldn't have suited him." "When he hit the line he pricked his ears and finished it off quite nicely and it was nice to have him back because towards the end of last preparation I think a couple of long float trips had taken their toll on him." Cogeday looks to be suited by returning to the 1400 metre track at Menangle. "I had been trying to qualify him for one of these country finals and I had taken him to Bathurst and Young for the heats but he wasn't showing his high speed. He is so much better suited to the bigger tracks and that's why hopefully he will be a good chance on Saturday night." Treuaper will contest race four while Cogeday will compete in the sixth event at Menangle on Saturday night. Greg Hayes - Harness Racing New South Wales

When talented driver Robbie Morris returned to the sulky after a serious leg injury less than a month ago he had one target in mind and that was to reach 100 winners for the season. With less than a week left in the season Morris got to the milestone when Love This Dragon took out the first race at Newcastle on Monday. "It was good to get to the 'ton'. It was the goal I set when I returned from the broken leg and to get so much support from trainers and owners has been great," Morris said. "KerryAnn (Turner) was doing the sums for me, I think through injury and suspension I have missed nearly five and a half months of the season and still been able to get to 100 winners. Before the injury I think I would have been able to push towards 150 and maybe that will be something I can aim for next season." Morris was surprised at the amount of support he received after the race fall that required surgery to mend his leg. "Mum and Dad have been fantastic through it, they have been great support for me but I was really surprised by the amount of texts and messages I received when I got injured. So many people contacted me wishing me all the best which really lifted my spirits." "The stable's owners have been fantastic as well, Peter Green, Bill Green, Daniel Cordina, Segenhoe Stud and there are plenty of others that have been fantastic." When the KerryAnn Turner trained Leighs Delight won race seven at Newcastle on Monday it took Morris' total to 101 winners. "It was nice to win two races at Menangle on Saturday night to get to 99. JB Maguire deserved to win the M0 and it was good to see Graeme Hartman win the last with Alta Rihannah as he does a good job." Morris will have five drives on Saturday night at Menangle which is the last Metropolitan meeting for the season. Greg Hayes - Harness Racing New South Wales 

The Bankstown City Council Cup of Harness Racing will take place at Sydney's BBX Bankstown Paceway next week - on Thursday, August 28th, 2014. 'Our new expanded winter carnival both articulates and contributes to the development of the aspirations, values and beliefs of Australia's diverse population by engaging and connecting with people of all ages and backgrounds in the spirit of what has evolved into not only a time honoured local cultural celebration, but an internationally recognised and televised sporting event,' Bankstown Paceway director Andrew Ho told Harnesslink. 'Featuring an action charged series of harness racing culminating in the Bankstown City Cup Gala Race Night on Thursday, August 28th, 2014, the 2014 Carnival will also include the Third Annual Equine Art Exhibition, TrotsFest: The Year of the Horse,' Mr Ho said. 'The Bankstown City Cup Carnival - part of our nation's six billion dollar equine industry - is also a major stimulant of local economic growth and development for the City of Bankstown and its harness racing businesses and families by attracting harness racing competitors to our area from across Australia and New Zealand, stimulating demand and creating jobs for hard working families,' he said. 'Targeting sporting and racing enthusiasts, as well as animal lovers, from across Australia, the Carnival also represents a social and cultural celebration for people of all ages, and in particular families, with this year's event scheduled to include a range of on course activities, as well as the return of the popular 'Fashions on the Field' and 'Mini Trots' miniature pony races featuring the skills and talents of local school age children. 'With the continued support of Bankstown City Council, the Carnival not only ensures the provision of an enjoyable, affordable and accessible activity, but contributes to promoting the positive image of Bankstown - our industries and our people - as the sporting and cultural capital of Sydney harness racing. By hosting the Bankstown City Council Cup, Bankstown ensures its place as a city of progress on the world map of harness racing,' Mr Ho added. Bankstown City Council Cup Gala Race Night will be held on Thursday, August 28th, 2014, at Sydney's harness racing home, BBX Bankstown Paceway, with the first race set to start at 6.12 pm. Megan J. Lavender  

The Introduction of a new media centre provides the perfect opportunity for harness racing to enter into a modern era in New South Wales. The brain child of outgoing CEO Sam Nati, the media centre will be a one stop shop for all harness fans and participants. "The great challenge for harness racing is to remain relevant in the market place and on the sporting landscape. We cannot achieve that without sophisticated and modern media presences online," Nati said The new initiative can be found at harnessmediacentre.com.au. The launch, to be streamed live, will commence at 7pm next Tuesday (August 19). The general public simply have to log on to the web address and the streaming can be viewed via Smart TV, Phone or Tablet. "The Media Centre was conceived to consolidate our various online offerings and traditional print content," Nati said. "The Principal Club has built a TV standard studio on course at Menangle so that will be the base for the production of the content available on the website." Tuesday's launch will feature new season breeding initiatives along with information on future content associated with media centre. A small part of that content will be daily racing previews for all NSW TAB harness meetings. The plan is to have preview shows, a magazine style show, and even eventually live streaming of races. "There will be a roll out of content. Video previews will be available from the commencement as will an expansion of trial replays to include Newcastle, Bathurst and Penrith. Previews for each meeting will be recorded after scratchings and will be available to watch at any time during the day," said Nati. "We will also heavily promote these through social media so they will be delivered directly to the customer as well. "Just as importantly the Media Centre will provide the opportunity for HRNSW to deliver important industry messages especially in the area of integrity. "Live streaming from major meetings will come a little later. Interviews are already being done for Trots TV, but they will be more polished and professionally edited as we move forward. Advertising opportunities have also been created. For further details call Dale Walker at HRNSW on 9722 6677. Harness Racing New South Wales            

Successful harness racing horseman Jarrod Alchin has been spending plenty of time travelling recently and things may not change in the short term should everything go to plan. Alchin trains talented two year old Franciso De Gore, the son of Village Jasper that placed in a repechage of the Breeders Crown at Geelong last week. "I was really happy with his performance in the repechage and if things all go to plan, including a good barrier draw, I think he can qualify for the Breeders Crown final," Alchin said. "His run behind Ominous Warning was very strong at Menangle. They went 55.1 for the last 800 metres and he wanted to hit the line, I think he is going to make a really nice three year old next season." While Alchin will be in Victoria on Saturday night with Franciso De Gore, his stable will have two runners at Tabcorp Park Menangle too. "Kennedy Creek won a race three starts ago when he led and was too good, he worked very strongly on Monday and I'd like to see him hold the front again this week." "He finished eighth last start but if you watch the run it wasn't too bad. He was well back, made some good ground and didn't have much luck in the straight." Alchin's other runner is Eagles Ace, a three year old that has some strong Riverina form to his credit. "He only arrived last week, he's a nice horse and has been racing well in the bush but he has been sent up here to try and win a Metropolitan three year old before the end of the season." "I was really happy with his work on Monday too, so if he races up to the work I think he is going to be right in the finish. He is only going to be here for a month or so." By Greg Hayes Harness Racing New South Wales

Bankstown Paceway is calling on all school age children in Sydney to get involved in harness racing at the Mini Trots NSW Education Day to be held at the Condell Park trotting track this coming Sunday, August 17th, from 9.00 am.   'Mini Trots is all about having fun with shetland ponies and miniature horses, for kids aged five to sixteen - it's about getting them on the right track and promoting friendly competition in an atmosphere of cooperation and good sportsmanship,' Bankstown Paceway director Megan Lavender told Harnesslink.   'From an industry perspective, it is also about ensuring that the fourth, fifth and sixth generations of local standardbred horse owners, trainers and drivers are warmly welcomed into the sport - and that they are fostered and encouraged in a family friendly environment,' Ms Lavender said.   'For local kids, you can be involved as little or as much as you like - from taking part in the occasional friendly horse race to working your pony on the track every afternoon after school like ten year old Condell Park school girl Grace Panella and her pony,' Ms Lavender added.   The Mini Trots NSW Education Day will be held at Sydney's Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, this coming Sunday, August 17th, 2014, from 9 am. Entry is free.   Megan J. Lavender

July has been very rewarding for a number of Owner Association Members, in particular those members whose horses were successful at those meetings covered by the Owners Association Bonus Scheme. Our Owners of the Month for July were: Wayne Dimech; Douglas Johnston and Rob Davis. Wayne received his nomination on the back of multiple wins with Lord Merrywood at Newcastle and Penrith and in the regional Breeders Challenge final at Young, where on top of the prize money he received an additional $1000 courtesy of the Owners Bonus. Wayne was also successful with another of his team winning at Menangle on 21st July, namely Deadly Merrywood. Our second nominee for July is country owner, Doug Johnston who won three races with three horses, namely Swift Approval and Shareapassion at Wagga on 4th July and MightyGift at Penrith on 10th July, where he earnt an additional $500 courtesy of the Owners Bonus Scheme. Our third nominee, Rob Davis is a long-time member of our Association and has invested significant sums in Harness Racing with all his horses trained by the Turnbull family. He won three races in July with Duchess Ella, Written in Red and Gentleman Red, and of late he has campaigned a number of runners in Victoria with Amanda Turnbull. We wish him continued success. Of special mention to all our members is our upcoming Annual Awards Night at Menangle on 20th September which will follow our AGM which will be conducted earlier in the day. Membership of this Association has to be the best value in town given that a member and guest can attend this function free, as well as share in all other benefits, including the Owners Bonus Schemes which currently has paid out $20,000 with meetings at Bathurst and Bankstown still to come. Membership forms can be downloaded from the HRNSW website. Harness Racing New South Wales

Steve Turnbull is the leading harness racing trainer in New South Wales and it is no longer a case of 'if' he will train 200 winners this season in the state, it is just a case of 'when'. Turnbull came so close last year when he finished with 199.5 winners and admits he has targeted the double century this time around. "Yeah, when the season started after we got so close last year the aim was to get 200 winners and just over a month ago I thought we might miss but we got seven winners in a week not long ago and that put a big dent in the number we needed," Turnbull said. "The only other goal I would like to achieve is to train a derby winner, I've won Western Districts Derbies in the past but I would really like to win a state derby, that would cap everything for me." Turnbull's daughter Amanda has been a big part of his success and he acknowledges it might be difficult to achieve the feat again with her commitments in Victoria growing. "We haven't fully worked out how much she will be home next season, but we have the new Bathurst track opening up and it would be great if she would come home and drive for me at Bathurst and Menangle, especially Menangle because I only seem to be able to win races there from the stand." "It is obviously going to have some effect but it just means that Mitch and I will have to do a bit more of the driving and hopefully there will still be plenty of winners." With Turnbull only four winners away from the 200 he would love to get to the magical number with one of his Menangle horses. "The horses I had in on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Menangle have been really good for the stable this season. Horses like Christian Ruler, Heza Thrill, So Kool Harry and Ardle McArdle have all won their fair share of races and it would nice for one of them to bring up the 200." By Greg Hayes | Harness Racing New South Wales |    

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