TALENTED teenage harness reinsman Dylan Ford returned from driving in the Australasian Young Drivers Championship series in New South Wales brimming with confidence despite finishing second to New Zealand novice driver Andre Poutama. In any other series Ford would have emerged triumphant with three winners and a couple of fourth placings but Poutama managed to secure one winner, two seconds and four thirds from his 10 drives to clinch the title with 89 points while Dylan amassed 78 points from his three wins and mixed bag of placings. Ford saluted aboard odds-on favourite Smokin Bopper ($1.40) in the third round of heats and he guided The Twilightdancer to victory at Bankstown two nights later. He saved the best for last by partnering outsider Little Red Cloud ($18.70) to victory in the last heat of the series at Menangle on Sunday. Ford was back in action in Hobart last night where he saluted aboard Brookfield Lad that he rated superbly to lead all the way. He reflected on his trip to NSW and his efforts during the AYDC series. "It was a fantastic opportunity to go away and represent my state and we almost pulled it off," Ford said at the Hobart harness meeting last night. "I was just a bit unlucky with the first lot of horses I drew to drive but I finished well and hopefully did my state proud." "To go up against some of the best young drivers in Australia and New Zealand was brilliant and I definitely learned a lot while I was away," he said. Ford, 18, was selected to represent the state because of his impeccable form that won him the leading junior reinsman title last season and he has continued that form this season. "I felt as if I improved throughout last season but it has been this past three months that I believe I have improved the most," he said. Ford was born into the industry and he has expanded his involvement to training. "I love working with horses and I guess it was a natural progression to turn my hand to training." "I've got five horses in work and they are all learning what racing is all about." "There are no super stars in the stable but hopefully they will all earn their keep," he said. Ford was trackside to experience the thrill of Tasmanian Beautide winning the Inter Dominion at Menangle on Sunday. "To be up there competing the same day Beautide won the Inter Dominion was just a magical experience and it is something I will remember for as long as I live." "To do what he did to that field and make them look ordinary makes him a very special horse - I'd say he was a freak," he said. By Peter Staples
Commencing 1 July 2014 the Breeders Challenge Owners Bonus Certificates (BCOBC) will increase in value by 20% to $3,000. The Board of Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) made the decision at their monthly Meeting on Tuesday. HRNSW CEO Sam Nati said: "With the APG Sydney Yearling Sale scheduled for this Saturday we felt it was the ideal opportunity to make the announcement. "The Breeders Challenge is a very important brand for us and we have continued to add layers both to the value and the number of incentives associated with it", he added. Some of the key inducements for Breeders Challenge eligible and sustained horses include: Â· $3,000 Breeders Challenge Owners Bonus Certificates for the first "C" Class win as a 2yo AND 3yo. Any horse that doesn't win a certificate as a 2yo or 3yo is eligible to win one as a 4yo or older (Currently worth $2,500 until 1 July 2014). This is paid to the owner. Â· $3,000 Breeders Challenge Nominators (Breeder) Cash Bonus for the first "C" Class win as a 2yo AND 3yo. Any horse that doesn't win a Bonus as a 2yo or 3yo is eligible to win one as a 4yo or older. (This is the first year of the BCNB and applies only to 2yos in FY14, expanding to 3yos in FY15, etc). This is paid to the breeder(s) even if the horse has subsequently been sold. Â· The equivalent of 10% of first prizemoney for all 2yo, 3yo and 4yo Group 1 wins in Australia as an additional Cash Bonus to the Nominator. (This is the first year of the Nominators Bonus and applies only to 2yos in FY14, expanding to 3yos in FY15, etc). This is paid to the breeder(s) even if the horse has subsequently been sold. Â· The Breeders Challenge Major Race Series for 2yos, 3yos and 4yos (both sexes) with finals worth $125,000 each for 2yo and 3yos and $100,000 each for 4yos. Â· The introduction of a Breeders Challenge Trotters Series with Finals worth $30,000 each. (This is the first year of the Trotters Series and applies only to 2yos in FY14, expanding to 3yos in FY15, etc). Â· The Breeders Challenge Blue Series for 2yos and 3yos (both sexes) which is restricted to 100% NSW bred horses with Finals worth $50,000 each. Â· The Breeders Challenge Regional Finals for 2yos, 3yos and 4yo (both sexes) worth $20,000 each. Â· $500 Breeders Challenge Blue Incentive Certificates to offset the cost of a service fee of a NSW based stallion (conditions apply). For the full list of terms and conditions visit the HRNSW website and follow the links to the breeding section. In another exiting development for the Breeders Challenge, HRNSW will shortly announce a new major sponsor for the series. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
Last night heats 6 and 7 of the Australasian Young Drivers Championship were held at Young. Andre Poutama continued his great run, picking up two more third placings. In the first heat of the night, Andre’s runner had to work hard early, but managed to hold on for third place. Sam Ottley and Simon McMullan struck some bad luck when the horse in front of them paced roughly and carried them back to finish 8th and 9th respectively. The second heat saw Narissa McMullen from Queensland pick up her second win of the Championships after a confident drive. Sam tried to chase down the leader but came short and ran 2nd; Andre wasn’t far off Sam and finished in 3rd position. Simon’s horse held on for 6th after doing some work during the running. Dylan Egerton-Green from Western Australia closed the gap at the top of the leader board, but Andre still sits in front with a lead of 7 points. Andre has now had seven drives in the Championship for one win and five placings, only being out of the top three in one heat. The current leader board after the first seven heats is as follows: Position Driver Points 1st Andre Poutama (NZ North) 66 2nd Dylan Egerton-Green (WA) 59 3rd Narissa McMullen (QLD) 54 4th Samantha Ottley (NZ Sth) 46 5th Amanda Turnbull (NSW) 42 5th Aiden De Campo (WA) 42 7th Aaron Bain (SA) 41 8th Dylan Ford (TAS) 40 9th Joshua Duggan (VIC) 33 10th Simon McMullan (NZ) 29 Heats continue at Bankstown tonight with Heat 8 (5:14pm NZT) & Heat 9 (5:53pm NZT), with the final heat being the first race on Inter Dominion Grand Final day on Sunday afternoon (2:30pm NZT).
Albury will host a TAB Carnival Of Cups meeting this Saturday night, the first of three programmed during the month of March for southern New South Wales. The Commercial Club Albury Cup is the feature event and looks a suitable target for the Col Thomas trained Dealer considering the four year old has recorded three victories in his past five starts. "He's no champion but he is very honest and I think the 2570 metres is going to be a big plus for him because he keeps on going," Thomas said. "I had planned to send him to Kerryann Turner at Menangle in March but when they announced they were closing the track for resurfacing I thought it might be best to keep him with me and chase a few of the Carnival Of Cup races with a few to be run around my area." The horse is raced by a good friend of Thomas'. "Robbie Wakeman owns Dealer, he delivers the bread to different places around Leeton and comes out and helps me as soon as he is finished in the mornings and is a great help around the stable." "He tells me he is going to retire in April which is music to my ears because that means he will have more time to spend with me at the stables giving me a hand." Talented juvenile Business In Motion is close to a return despite not being sighted at the trials. "I was hoping to start him at Albury but the race didn't stand up, the Wagga Derby might be a good option the following week and then I was considering taking him back to Bathurst during the Gold Crown carnival but there is also a good option in Victoria so I will just wait and see how he goes early on in the preparation." "He hasn't raced since the middle of last year and while he hurt his leg it wasn't serious and he has just had a really good break." Greg Hayes - SKY Racing Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales | 22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200 T: 02 9722 6600| F: 02 85805792 | E: email@example.com| 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.
Smolda has already won the NSW Derby at Tabcorp Park Menangle and on Sunday will be attempting to add his name to the Inter Dominion honour roll. Apart from being a talented pacer he is also the equine ambassador for CCIA, (Children's Cancer Institute Australia) the country's only independent medical research institute due to the involvement of his part owner Marcus Kirkwood. Marcus and his wife Sharon lost their son Tom to a brain tumour in August 2009, one day before his 18th birthday and since then through the support of their town of Singleton have raised more than $800,000 for the CCIA. "After Tom's death I thought I might splurge on a share in a horse and after seeing one for sale on New Zealand trainer Mark Purdon's website I made some enquiries," Kirkwood said. "Smolda came across for the NSW Derby and we thought he would make a good ambassador for the CCIA drawing valuable attention for the Institute if he raced in the colours of Mark Purdon but carried the logo of the CCIA." After a brief discussion with the other part owners it was quickly agreed upon. "Fellow owners Neil Pilcher and Phillip and Glenys Kennard embraced it and Mark and his partner Natalie Rasmussen willingly adopted the idea and proudly wear the colours, maybe it is some Anzac spirit" "While the royal blue and silver grey colours are highly visible slightly less obvious are the words around the cuffs of the sleeve, they read 'Our Mate Tom', so Tom will be there on Inter Dominion day." The CCIA has conducted world-class childhood cancer research for 25 years working towards their vision to save the lives of all children with cancer and eliminate their suffering. Smolda will start from barrier eight on Sunday afternoon and will have plenty of supporters cheering him on. By Greg Hayes (Harness Racing NSW) Greg Hayes - SKY Racing Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales | 22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200 T: 02 9722 6600| F: 02 85805792 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org| W: www.hrnsw.com.au & www.trotstv.com.au Warning to recipients: This email and any attachments are confidential and subject to copyright. If you are not the intended recipient any use, disclosure or copying is unauthorised. If you have received this email in error please advise us immediately by reply email and delete all copies. It is your responsibility to examine this email and any attachments for viruses. Any personal information in this email must be handled in accordance with privacy legislation.
The barrier draw for the $750,000 TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Grand Final was conducted this morning at The Star in Sydney. The Grand Final field in barrier draw order is: Barrier Horse 1 Im Victorious 2 Livingontheinterest 3 Seel N Print 4 Keayang Cullen 5 Forever Gold 6 Mach Beauty 7 Wartime Sweetheart 8 Smolda 9 Caribbean Blaster 10 The Gold Ace 11 Restrepo 12 Beautide 13 For A Reason 14 Terror To Love 15 Franco Nelson 1st Emergency (Withdrawn) 16 Pub Blitz 2nd Emergency 17 Ardghal 3rd Emergency Note that the Emergencies are not drawn into the field and take the place vacated by a scratching. The Grand Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle is scheduled for 3:40pm and is to be broadcast nationally on Channel Nine. The mega race day will consist of seven Group 1 events including the Form 700 Chariots of Fire, Camarda and Cantrill NSW Derby, Form 700 NSW Oaks, Cordina Farms Ladyship Mile, and Glenferrie Farms Trotters Challenge. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
The Board of Harness Racing NSW this afternoon convened for a Special Meeting to decide its Chairperson. It was determined that Mr Rex Horne would be the new HRNSW Chairperson. Mr Rex Horne replaces Mr Graeme Campbell who completed his maximum eight-year tenure on the Board earlier this month. Mr Rex Horne said: "It is a great thrill to lead this wonderful industry at a very exciting time." "I would like to thank the Board for having the confidence in me and also Graeme Campbell for his outstanding contribution to HRNSW over the past eight years," he added. Mr Rex Horne was appointed as a member of HRNSW by the Hon. George Souris, Minister for Racing, on 10 February for a term of office of two years. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
Canadian Trevor Henry has driven more than 5000 winners in his career that has spanned twenty years and is set to drive at Leeton's meeting on Friday afternoon. Henry struck up a good friendship with Goulburn trainer Neil Day when the two represented their respective countries in the World Driving Championships in France last year and when Day knew Henry would be holidaying in Australia he offered him the chance to drive at a couple of meetings. "Trevor, David Butcher and I spent a lot of time with one another in France last year and I knew he was coming out to Australia with his family for a holiday so I thought it would be good to let him have a drive at some of the Australian tracks," Day said. "When I found out the dates that he would be finished his tour that he was doing here in Australia, I looked at the calendar and saw that the meeting which was closest for us on Friday was Leeton and asked him if he was still keen to come on a four hour drive each way and he said sure." Day was full of praise for the Canadian star and is hoping he can assist him pick up some drives at Goulburn on Sunday afternoon. "He passed 5000 winning drives recently, has driven more winners than any other Canadian driver, has had nearly 27,000 drives, and won $13 million dollars in stakes which is a good effort considering he only took out his licence in 1994." "I was going to try and get him a drive at Menangle on Saturday night but seeing it is such a big night I thought we might just go and watch the two Inter Dominion heats at the track instead but he will be at Goulburn on Sunday too so I'm hoping he can pick up a few drives there as well." Day confirmed that Henry had enjoyed his Australian experience so far. "Yeah they're enjoying the trip for sure, there is even some talk of them coming back again in the future, hopefully one of my horses can do the right thing by him on Friday at Leeton." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
Superstar mare Frith will add to the Wagga TAB Carnival Of Cups with an exhibition workout next month. Frith will be close to resume racing at the time of Wagga's biggest meeting of the year on Saturday night, March 8, which works in perfectly with the plans of trainer-driver Bruce Harpley. The four-year-old is the reigning NSW pacer of the year and will resume racing shortly after the hit out. "I may work her with a galloping pacemaker so the date fits in very well as she has been back doing pacework for a few weeks and is ready to step it up a bit more," he said. Frith's appearance will be a major drawcard given her magnificent feats in the past two years which includes several Group 1 victories across Australia. She has rarely raced in the region since her early two-year-old days winning four of her five starts here and finishing second at Wagga. Frith has won her past 12 starts with her overall record standing at 22 wins, 4 secobnds and one third from 28 starts for prizemoney of close to $620,000. Harpley said Frith will resume racing on a suitable Metropolitan handicap. "She is an MO, but a C12 so finding races in the country will be very difficult," he said. Meanwhile, it won't be just the best pacer in the cups or the leading local trainer but any trainer who has a runner at the three local TAB Carnival of Cups in March who has the chance of securing some additional cash. Albury, Wagga and Young have joined forces with three $1000 bonuses for their cup meetings on March 1, 8 and 15. The best performed cups horse will win connections $1000, the leading local trainer an additional $1000, while there will be an open trainer's draw worth the same amount of money. "It's the first time the three major meetings have fallen on three straight Saturday's so we wanted to offer something extra for owners and trainers," Wagga Harness Racing Club chief executive Graeme White said. "The three clubs have put up the money along with ITP who were keen to promote a bonus for the three meetings. "The cup races are all of a similar grade and distance so it's possible for trainers to target the meetings. "An open draw allows every trainer who has a runner the chance to also win." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
A slashing front running performance by Mach Beauty on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Menangle has seen the five year old's odds shorten with TAB.COM.AU to win this year's Inter Dominion Grand Final. Driven by David Morris, the son of Mach Three fired out at the start and proved too strong for the Belinda McCarthy trained For A Reason, the overall second favourite for the event. "It is half embarrassing the way he has to be driven and I think he proved that on Saturday night that it is definitely the best way to drive him," Tritton said. "He needs to go fast enough in the early stages to take the sting out of the sprinters at the finish, David Morris has been doing such a good job for the stable but unfortunately he has been suspended so Lauren (Panella) will be back aboard Mach Beauty this week." While the step up to 2400 metres is a query, Tritton expects Mach Beauty to be driven in the same aggressive manner. "The extra trip doesn't worry me, he isn't suited by sitting on the back of the leader because he likes to run along, if he qualified for the Inter Dominion final then we might reconsider our tactics over the 3000 metres but we have to get through the heats first." "I'm proud to have four horses in the heats, I thought Suave Stuey Lombo was ok the other night, he may have needed to be a bit closer to Mach Beauty in the run but I was happy with him." Tritton's other two runners are Ardghal and Brave Wiggy. "Brave Wiggy returned home from Melbourne on Monday, I just want to see how he pulls up from the trip, it was pretty hot but he looks to have handled it ok." "While I have been in Melbourne I have had great support from Ricky Hunt, my mum and all the team at home." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
Sydney junior driver Alex Alchin was happy to be back in New South Wales this week after being forced to evacuate horses from the property of Victorian trainer Adam Kelly because of the damaging bushfires near Melbourne over the weekend. Alchin works for Belinda McCarthy and was assisting in Victoria with her runners that had raced at Melton on Saturday night. "Darryl Crapper and I went and checked on the horses on Sunday morning at Adam Kelly's property before returning to the place where we were staying about half an hour away," Alchin said. "We got a call at about 2:30pm in the afternoon to say the police had advised people to evacuate at Adam's property so we rushed back to the property and got the horses out." After arriving at Kelly's property Alchin was not too concerned with the situation. "When we got there to be honest I didn't think it looked too bad, we could see the flames but it looked like it was a very long way away and I thought we would be fine but then the wind changed and within five minutes the fire was just about at the front gate." "Once the wind had changed it was too late to go so we just moved all the horses away from the flames and moved the cars and explosive items like gas bottles as far away from the heat as we could and hoped for the best." Another wind change proved very helpful and saved any potential losses. "The wind shifted again and it helped a lot but without the help of the helicopters dropping water on the fire it could have been a different story, the helicopters were sucking water out of the dams on Adam's place and dropping it straight onto the fire." "It all happened very quickly, I think the fire got to Adam's place by about 4:30pm and we were all very lucky I think." Alchin returned to Sydney on Monday and is looking forward to the upcoming Inter Dominion carnival. 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: email@example.com| 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 Australian trainer David Thompson thought he was due to draw a barrier in a big race with his star pacer David Hercules but was expecting another poor one. Unfortunately his expectations turned out to be correct when David Hercules drew barrier eight in Saturday night's Inter Dominion heat at Gloucester Park with his main rival Im Victorious coming up with gate five. "I haven't had much luck with the barrier draws but like everyone says the barrier is just where they start from," Thompson said. "David Hercules has pulled up very well from his run on Friday night at Gloucester Park, he had a light jog and a swim on Monday, was very relaxed and will be ready to race on Saturday night." No stranger to travelling to the eastern states Thompson has no worries with David Hercules handling the trip to Sydney should he qualify for the Inter Dominion final. "The horse has spent plenty of time at my brother's (Peter Thompson trainer) place in Melbourne and he has settled in very well each time we have gone there." "The only time I took him to Sydney it was a different story, I decided to make it into a real hit and run mission and drove up on the day of the race but it didn't suit him at all and he didn't race well as a result." Thompson has been in contact with Sydney trainer Peter Walsh and has arranged for David Hercules to stay at his stables should he get to Sydney. "I've known Peter Walsh for a very long time and he is a fantastic bloke and that's where we will be staying should he run first or second in Saturday night's heat." "If we do qualify I'm unsure whether to race him the week before the grand final or wait until the Tuesday before and have a trial, that might be all a waste of time if things don't go right on Saturday night so we will just have to wait and see." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
The 2014 TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Championship Sydney commences this Saturday night 15 February. Be sure to tune into the free access dedicated coverage on Sky Racing 2 for this significant broadcast event. For more information, check out the attached video! HRNSW Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
Minister for Racing, George Souris, has welcomed the appointment of new members to the boards of the State's harness and greyhound racing bodies to replace outgoing members. Mr Souris said Mr Rex Horne has been appointed to the board of Harness Racing NSW for a period of two years, and Mr Peter Davis and Ms Megan Lavender have been appointed to the board of Greyhound Racing NSW for four years. The appointments have been made due to the expiry of the terms of office of outgoing members Mr Graeme Campbell from Harness Racing NSW and Mrs Joyce Alamango and Mr Murray Nicol from Greyhound Racing NSW. Mr Souris said the Board appointments were recommended by an independent panel. "Harness Racing NSW and Greyhound Racing NSW are the independent bodies that carry the important responsibility of controlling, supervising and regulating the harness racing and greyhound racing industries respectively," Mr Souris said. "Congratulations to Mr Horne, Mr Davis and Ms Lavender on their board appointments and I thank them in advance for their future contributions. "I have no doubt that both boards will be well served by the appointment of these three directors following a public expression of interest process to attract suitably qualified candidates, followed by an independent panel selection and probity process. "I also thank outgoing board members, Mr Graeme Campbell, Mrs Joyce Alamango, and Mr Murray Nicol, for their time and professional efforts in supporting harness and greyhound racing in our State." Mr Souris said Mr Horne, who had served as a member of Harness Racing NSW from 2006 to 2012, has been re-appointed for another two years, replacing outgoing member and chairman Mr Graeme Campbell. "Mr Horne has extensive industry experience not only as a former board member but, also as the current chairman of the Harness Racing NSW Infrastructure Development Group, as a former chair and deputy chair of the NSW Harness Racing Club Ltd, a former president of the harness racing industry's NSW TAB Clubs' Association, an Alternate Director of Racingcorp Pty Ltd and as a Member of the Inter Dominion Steering Committee," Mr Souris said. Mr Souris said Mr Davis and Ms Lavender replace two outgoing members of the Greyhound Racing NSW board, Mrs Joyce Alamango and Mr Murray Nicol. "Ms Lavender is a management consultant and a former CEO of Australian Lawyers Alliance, a former CFO of SFX Sports Group Australia, and former national head of corporate affairs of Tianda Group Australia," Mr Souris said. "Ms Lavender is also a director of the Royal Automobile Club of Australia, Friends of First Government House Site, has held various positions on a number of boards, and is currently a committee member of the Bankstown Harness Racing Club. "Mr Davis has been involved in the greyhound racing industry for some 40 years. He is a regional racing editor for Fairfax Media based at the Illawarra Mercury, and a member of the Topgun (greyhound racing series) Selection Panel, NSW Greyhound of the Year Panel and the Australian Greyhound of the Year Panel. "Mr Davis also co-hosts Sky Racing's television program 'The Catching Pen' and hosts Sky Racing Radio's 'Going Greyhounds'." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
High profile breeder and Studmaster Anne Lamb received a pleasant surprise yesterday after being trackside to watch the horse she bred with her husband Wayne win the first race on the Orange TAB Carnival of Cups program. Clearly chuffed by Aunty Kym's victory, Lamb was then reminded that she had just earned $3,000 cash courtesy of the recently introduced Breeders Challenge Nominators Bonus. "I didn't realise I was entitled to the bonus until after the race so it was a big surprise," said Lamb. "As a breeder the bills add up paying for registrations and futurities so to be entitled to a $3000 bonus really helps. It's a good initiative for breeders." The Breeders Challenge Nominators Bonus, which came into effect for this season's 2yo crop, provides for a $3,000 cash bonus to the nominator/breeder for a horse's first "C" class win of the season. The Nominators Bonus also includes a cash return to the nominator/breeder for Group 1 victories. Aunty Kym also earned her connections a $2,500 Breeders Challenge Owners Bonus Certificate in addition to the $5,100 in first prizemoney making her debut victory worth $10,600 in total to all concerned. Not a bad day's work on a balmy afternoon in the Central West. The full terms and conditions for the NSW Breeders Challenge, including the Nominators Bonus, can be found at http://www.hrnsw.com.au/assets/files/Breeding/140129%202013-14%20NSW%20BC%20Conditions%20V6%20-%20Final.pdf The feature event on the bumper card - the Banjo Paterson Cup - was taken out by the Jack Butler trained Marty Bee who has proved to be a bargain buy for owner Rod Smith. In winning Marty Bee broke the 2240m track record rating 1:58.4 whilst popular grey mare Laaganoosh broke the 1880m track record when she rated 1:59.1 earlier in the day. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
At the completion of the Inter Dominion Qualifying Heats on Saturday 15 February 2014 Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) and the NSW Harness Racing Club (NSWHRC) will issue an Order of Entry for the Inter Dominion Grand Final on Sunday 2 March 2014. The Order of Entry is designed to allow connections the necessary time after the Qualifying Heats to assess the health of their horse(s) and consider their options prior the Final Field being determined in accordance with the 2014 Inter Dominion Conditions. The Order of Entry will include 20 horses: Horses 1-12; Those horses that have qualified for the Grand Final as per their finishing position in the Qualifying Heats and in accordance with the Conditions. Horses 13-14; Those horses selected as "Wildcards" for the Grand Final as per the Conditions. Horses 15-20; Those horses selected, in order of merit, as standby runners for the Grand Final. These horses must have competed in the Qualifying Heats and are an extension of the "Wildcard" and Emergency selection process. Connections of all 20 horses have until 10am on Monday 17 February 2014 to advise HRNSW of their decision to accept for the Inter Dominion Grand Final. The Final Field for the Grand Final, comprising 14 runners and at least two Emergencies, will be declared at 12 noon on Monday 17 February 2014 based on the Order of Entry after non-acceptors are taken into account. It is anticipated that the Order of Entry will be announced as part of the Sky Racing 2 dedicated coverage of the Qualifying Heats and distributed as an official Inter Dominion Media Release at approximately 9.45pm on Saturday 15 February 2014. The fields for the six Inter Dominion Qualifying Heats will be drawn on Monday 10 February 2014 and the rankings for the respective Qualifying Heats announced exclusively on In the Gig later that night. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |