Talented Dean Braun trained gelding I’m Corzin Terror NZ showed that the only thing he has been lacking in recent runs was his share of luck; he got just that in the Petstock Bendigo Pacing Cup on Saturday night and used it to full advantage. Having been narrowly beaten in both the Yarra Valley and Tasmania Cups before more recently running an unlucky fourth in the Horsham Cup, the emphatic fifteen-metre victory in the $50,000 Group Two event was well deserved. Stable mate Mustang Mach NZ, brilliant out of the gates, led early but shortly after the start Im Corzin Terror challenged for the lead and Mustang Mach NZ, with Ellen Tormey in the sulky, was happy to take the trail behind the leader. Kiwi star Mah Sish NZ worked up to sit outside the leader. With the tempo of the race being beautifully dictated in front by Chris Alford, with a lap to travel favourite Bitobliss made a move to speed the race to his advantage. But this was Im Corzin Terror’s night; on the home turn he was given free rein and he sprinted impressively to win easily in a mile rate of 1:57.7, two seconds outside champion Safari’s record of 1:55.7. Warhorse Wartime Sweetheart NZ extricated himself too late from three back on the pegs to chase him home and run second for David Aiken, with Uncle Wingnut NZ flashing home for third. $2.50 favourite Bitobliss faded to run tenth. Earlier in the night, the two American bred favourites fought out the finish of the Aldebaran Park Maori Mile, with the David Aiken trained My High Expectations USA scoring a well deserved win over Kyvalley Blur USA in a quick mile rate. The Monte race was won by the dynamic combination of Motu Young Jacob NZ and rider Daryl Douglas, who went to the front shortly after the start and was never headed from there. Kyvalley Rap ran second for French rider Yoann Lagarde, and jumps jockey Paul Hamblin had mixed fortunes with an indifferent start but ran on well for fourth. by Lucy McCormick
Bendigo musician and advocate for homelessness Luke Owens is the new Young Ambassador for the Bendigo Harness Racing Club. Luke Owens, 21, the winner of the 2013 Pride of Australia Young Leader Medal, set up Bendigo for Homeless Youth in 2012 and managed to raise about $500,000 in just nine months. To date he has raised approximately $3 million for Homeless Youth and charities. He is a co-founder of United for Change and among his other projects are working with Haven Home Safe to build a $6 million housing development for low-income earners and with the Father Bob Maguire Foundation. Mr. Owens is commencing his teaching studies at La Trobe Bendigo this year. Bendigo Harness Racing Club president Dennis Bice will formerly announce Mr. Owens appointment as the Young Ambassador for the BHRC at the Club Pacing Cup Eve Cocktail Party tonight at All Seasons Hotel and the 50th Bendigo Pacing Cup at Lord’s Raceway on Saturday night. Mr. Owens will take centre stage at the Pacing Cup singing the national Anthem before the 50th running of the feature Group 2 race. For more information contact: DAVID ALDRED (Bendigo Harness Racing Club) 54493205 | www.bhrc.com.au.
Champion harness racing reinsman Greg Sugars is on track to complete the Bendigo Pacing Cup, Bendigo Trotters Cup double at Lord's Raceway on Saturday night.
There was nothing fishy about Sushi Sushi's return to form in last night's Group 2 $50,000 PETStock Bendigo Pacing Cup. In fact, even with the tricky draw and last start eighth, albeit in the Victoria Cup, harness racing punters latched on to an old crowd favourite in what proved to be another success story in his distinguished career.
Mah Sish may have been $41 when a fast-finishing second in the Victoria Cup after a luckless run in the Cranbourne Cup, but harness racing punters have cottoned on to this rising star and sent him around at long odds-on when he won at Tabcorp Park Melton in a lowly M1-M2 race last week.
Natalie Rasmussen, the former Queenslander who dominated the harness racing headlines as Inter Dominion champion Blacks A Fake's trainer and driver could hold the key to reigniting enigmatic Kiwi pacer Auckland Reactor which chases its first victory in over a year in Saturday night's Group 2 Petstock Bendigo Pacing Cup.
Hello all, with the holiday racing now over we are building up to some exciting harness racing in Australia and much important age group racing.
New Zealand Grand Circuit star pacer HIghview Tommy, a surprise winner at odds of 100 to one, a year ago in the Group 1 Ballarat Pacing Cup will seek to add the Group 2 Petstock Bendigo Pacing Cup to his impressive Cups record next Saturday.
In humbling one of the finest $50,000 PETstock Bendigo Pacing Cup fields of all time on Saturday night, iconic Victorian harness racing pacer Smoken Up took another giant step toward greatness.
Bendigo's harness racing track was on fire last night Saturday the 15th of January. The blue-blooded Ransom Olds provided a debuting track record performance for the Tony Peacock and Roy Barbaro owned and Tony Peacock trained New Zealand bred Artsplace-Adios Dream colt in a stunning 1:54.9 win.
Sydney horseman Jarrod Alchin is making a name for himself as a freelance harness racing driver this season and is currently the leading strike rate reinsman in New South Wales with more than 100 drives. Alchin is 10th on the NSW Drivers' Premiership and has already driven 30 winners from only 101 drives.
Ballarat's Decorated Jasper looks to be the forgotten horse in Saturday's Group 2 PETstock Bendigo Pacing Cup and that suits his harness racing trainer Paul Rowse. "I really don't mind flying under the radar," Rowse said. "But being a realist we all could be flying in the favourite's (Smoken Up) jet stream."
Smoken Up's South Australian Cup harness racing rivals couldn't beat him when he had a back-row draw last weekend, so you have to wonder how his PETstock Bendigo Cup competitors are going to account for him from the pole.
Despite being dished out a poor second row draw, New South Wales harness racing trainer Mitchell Reese is confident that Holy Camp Boy is the horse to beat in Saturday night's (January 15) PETstock Bendigo Pacing Cup.
Miracle Mile champion Smoken Up, Australia's fastest harness racing pacer heads the nominations for the $50,000 Group 2 PETstock Bendigo Pacing Cup on Saturday. Last Saturday night the Lance Justice trained Grand Circuit champion cemented his place as one of South Australia's greatest Pacing Cup winners of all time, with his second victory in the Group 1 event at Globe Derby.
Leading Victorian harness racing trainer Glenn Douglas yesterday (Tuesday January 4) confirmed Australasia's best mare Make Mine Cullen would concentrate on winning her home track PETstock Bendigo Pacing Cup in preference to chasing Grand Circuit glory in Adelaide this weekend.