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One of harness racings elite sires Mach Three has been enjoying a great time of it lately in the south with plenty of winners, quinellas and even the odd trifecta thrown in. Last night at Forbury Park, Mach Three took it up a further step when he sired the first four home in race six. The four year old gelding Scotlynn Mach in the hands of Blair Orange took the race out in a smart 3:22.9 for the 2700 metres and he was chased home by three other four year old sons of Mach Three in Somebeach N Clovelly, Rory Mach and Hokuri Railrida. Nova Time and Starskys Dream were other winners on the programme for Mach Three and this weeks performance followed on from a great night the week before. On that occasion Uncle Ben led home a Mach Three trifecta with Rory Mach and Somebeach N Clovelly filling the minors while Onedin Mach and Starskys Dream provided the quinella in the feature race of the night. While Bettors Delight continues to dominate the stallion market in New Zealand, his performance is helped a lot by the huge books of mares he serves. For instance there are 814 Bettors Delights comprising his two, three four and five year olds in New Zealand. Mach Three only has 497 horses in the same age brackets which does make it hard to compete against a super sire like Bettors Delight. However he continues to do a great job on the New Zealand Sires table. As of today, Mach Three is second on the two year old list, fourth on the three year old list, leading the four year old list and battling Art Major for second on the overall list so it has been another successful season for the son of Matts Scooter. With his progeny having topped $15,000,000 in New Zealand from his 423 winners to date, Mach Three looks certain to again serve his customary 120/150 mares this coming breeding season. Harnesslink Media                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Victorian harness racing horseman Craig Demmler has returned to Queensland. It’s been some time since he last ventured to the sunshine state, in fact, when quizzed about his most recent visit north the astute trainer wasn’t entirely sure. “I’m guessing it’s been awhile, probably back with Breenys Fella during the 2001 Inter Dominion series.” Demmler quipped. The Demmler name is no stranger to success in Brisbane, Craig’s father Ted was a regular visitor during his halcyon days. In fact, many would recall the stirring 1991 Queensland Derby battle between the Demmler stablemates Bowral Boy and Impressionist who hit the line together while their rivals with a minute behind. Almost a quarter of century later, the Demmler name is back in Brisbane with an exciting three-year-old chasing Derby success. On Saturday night, My Kiwi Mate starts in the Gr.1 $100,000 Nursery Flying Stakes, a lead-up to the Queensland Derby scheduled for July 18. “He’s a high quality pacer that we paid good money for and the Queensland winter carnival has been on the radar for him since we purchased him earlier this season." "This carnival offers great prizemoney and great options so we’re happy to be here,” Demmler said. “The horse arrived on Wednesday and he’s settled in really well, we’ve got him based with Chris Petroff at Redcliffe and he’s eating and drinking very well." "I couldn’t be happier with the way he's adapted to new surroundings." “In the short time he’s been in our care he’s matched and beat some very good horses including the likes of Menin Gate (Victoria Derby winner) and others." "We’re here to tackle this race on Saturday night plus the Gold Coast and Queensland Derby’s.” The Bettors Delight gelding must overcome a second-line draw in the 1660m sprint feature while many of his main dangers have drawn favourably off the front. My Kiwi Mate starts from gate 10. “We’re reliant of a genuine speed being set in this race and there’s every chance that will occur, normally in the sprint features they go very hard which will suit us down to the ground." “He follows speed very well, that’s his best weapon and he’ll show that given the right conditions." "He’s going to the spelling straight after this campaign so we’ll leave nothing in reserve with him.” Star horseperson Jodi Quinlan takes the drive on Saturday night. Chris Barsby

Despite the fact his luggage is missing, leading Victorian harness racing trainer Andy Gath is a happy man. Gath arrived in Brisbane yesterday (Wednesday) to oversee the preparation of his talented three-year-old pacer Burnaholeinmypocket who lines up in the Gr.1 $100,000 Nursery Flying Stakes at Albion Park on Saturday night. And he looms as serious threat after landing a favourable draw in the 1660m sprint feature. The Bettors Delight gelding will start from gate three while many of his rivals have drawn awkwardly including New Zealand raider Hug The Wind who was slammed with gate seven, the outside of the front-line. “I’m thrilled with the draw and the way he’s handled the trip north, I’m not so thrilled with my luggage being missing." "I’ve already been to the shops to buy some new clothes.” Gath said. Burnaholeinmypocket earned his Queensland trip following his outstanding effort in the Gr.1 Emerald on Jewels day at Ashburton on May 30. He was one of very few horses that made ground against the likes of Have Faith In Me, Hug The Wind and Follow The Stars in a mile rate of 1;52.5. An easy romp at Shepparton on June 17 confirmed to Gath that his rising star was thriving. “The trip to New Zealand has proven to be very beneficial; I’m not surprised by that as I’ve seen plenty improve with the experience." "He continues to get stronger and his last start victory was very good and his sectionals were very impressive." “Queensland was always in the back of my mind because of the options and the great prizemoney attached to it so I’m glad we’ve made the trip with him." "It’s a high quality field but you expect that with this sort of prizemoney up for grabs but he’s in top order and feeling very strong so I can’t fault him ahead of the weekend." “Hopefully we can make full use of his good draw; he’s been a good improver this season with his gate speed." He’s not in the same category as horses like Maximan or Mister Mundaka but not many are when it comes to gate speed but he’s getting better.” Gath confirmed he will back-up in both the Gr.3 $40,000 Mr Feelgood Gold Coast Derby and the Gr.1 $150,000 Queensland Derby in the coming weeks. “Win, lose or draw he’ll be starting in both Derby events in the next two weeks before returning back to Melbourne for the Breeders Crown next month." “We’re not here for a holiday, he’s there to earn.” Chris Barsby

The finals of the $125,000 HRNSW Pepper Tree Farm Breeders Challange were dominated in a lot of cases by a prohibitive favourite today but that wasn't the case with the three year old colts and geldings final at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained Kept Under Wraps was the favourite but two defeats in his last two starts to horses involved in todays final meant no one was super confident of the outcome.   Nathan Jack sent the Amanda Turnbull trained Mouse In The House to the front early before handing up to Mark Purdon and Kept Under Wraps after 600 metres.   Mark Purdon was able to back the tempo off in the mid stages with a 61.9 first half of the last mile before upping the speed from the 800 metres mark.   Going down the back in 27.9 made it impossible for those back in the field to play a big part as the field turned for home.   Kept Under Wraps looked under siege half way up the straight with Mouse In The House challenging him hard on the inner and Pompidou and Robbie Morris flashing home wider on the track after having a lovely trip in the one by one the whole race.   Kept Under Wraps kept giving for Mark Purdon and at the line still had a half head to spare from Pompidou with Mouse In The House close up in third.   The son of Bettor's Delight paced the 2400 metres in 2:55.1, a mile rate of 1:57.4 with closing sectionals of 55.6 and 27.7.   Often the bridesmaid in big races, todays win was the seventh lifetime for Kept Under Wraps and took his earnings over the $200,000 mark.     It also completed a stellar day for the All Star Racing Stables with three of the six $125,000 Group 1 finals falling to the Kiwi training barn.   Harnesslink Media  

Harness racing driver Corey Callahan got the jump on Driver of the Week honors, finding the winner's circle five times on Friday night at The Meadowlands. Callahan didn't waste any time, winning the first two year old event of the season at The Meadowlands, with the John Butenschoen trained Ideal Rocky, a Rocknroll Hanover colt that cost $47,000 at the Harrisburg yearling sale. Callahan and Butenschoen would team up again later on the night, winning a condition trotting event with the Currier and Ives winner, Suit and Tie (Andover Hall). The Captain would also go on to score with B Stern (Bettor's Delight) in wire to wire fashion in a condition pacing event for fillies and mares at 13-1. He also guided Beach Story (Somebeachsomewhere) to a strong win in a very tough upper-level condition pacing event for mares and steered Tirade Hanover (Crazed) to a well-meant win in a competitive middle level condition trotting event. With the five wins, Callahan moved into the top-five in the Meadowlands drivers standings. The feature race of the night was the $50,000 TVG Free For All Trot, the third leg in the $1.2 Million series. Obrigado made his debut in the series and he made it a winning one, scoring in impressive fashion in 1:51.3, a lifetime best performance. Last week, Obrigado found himself locked in throughout the mile while crying out for racing room in the stretch, Mark Macdonald made sure that wouldn't happen this time, putting his gelding in the game early. But Obrigado had to work hard early on, parked out by DW's NY Yank, the 9/5 favorite and the two raced in tandem past the quarter in 26.3. Shortly after the trotters turned into the backstretch, Obrigado cleared the lead and it was a lead he would not relinquish. MacDonald effectively backed his trotter down to a 55.3 half mile before reaching three-quarters in 1:25.1, completely a tepid 58.3 middle half-mile. In the stretch, the Boy Band gelding  simply out-sprinted the field, kicking home in 26.2 to complete the triumph. Flanagan Memory rallied to finish second with Melady's Monet overcoming traffic trouble in the stretch to finish third. Obrigado is co-owned by his trainer Paul Kelley, L. Higgins and W. Weaver III. The fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5 survived another night, despite a 15-1 upset and that carryover will be $168,564 into the Saturday program. The last race carryover swelled to $149,836 as well. Racing resumes on Saturday with first post time at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

Vernon, N.Y. -- After sustaining an early push to the lead, The Filly Princess ($5.90) held off a late charge from her pocket rival to take Friday (June 26) evening's harness racing $10,000 Mares Open Pace at Vernon Downs.   After Express Jet (John MacDonald) split Love You Bye (Jimmy Whittemore) and Tiger Boudoir (Truman Gale) to establish the early lead in a :27.4 first quarter, Frank Davis charged to the front with The Filly Princess. The 7-year-old Bettor's Delight mare caught a :58.2 middle half breather, digging in off the far turn to stave off a late charge from pocket rival Express Jet. The Filly Princess prevailed by half a length, holding firm for a 1:53.3 triumph. Tiger Boudoir stayed on off a ground-saving trip to take third.   Andy Gardner trains The Filly Princess for Standardbred Ventures, Inc.   Davis scored a driving double on the evening's 10-race program, as did Joe Nassimos.   Racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (June 27) evening, with post time slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen's feature racing in New Zealand may be over for the season but they are still hunting down harness racing Group I victories. The All Stars stable have runners in four of the New South Wales Breeders Challenge finals at Menangle on Sunday. It is hard to imagine the Rolleston based stable will not pick up at least two of the A$125,000 Group I finals. Prominent stable owners, Meg and Merv Butterworth could be in for a successful day with Our Golden Goddess and Supersonic Miss both strong winning chances. Smart Art Major filly Our Golden Goddess, who is undefeated in two starts since making her debut in Australia, will be heavily supported in the 1609m Breeders Challenge for two-year-old fillies. Golden Goddess originally drew barrier nine but has been aided by three scratchings inside her. But Purdon, who drives all four stable runners on Sunday, will still have to start outside likely favorite Heavens Trend. Our Waikiki Beach, unbeaten in eight starts, will be a short priced favourite in the Breeders Challenge for two-year-old colts and geldings over 1609m. Purdon should have everything on his own terms from barrier three and it is hard to see him not winning. Supersonic Miss has a handy barrier draw, starting from gate four in the Breeders Challenge for three-year-old fillies 2400m. After winning her last two starts, Supersonic Miss seems to be back to her best and will tough to beat. The fourth All Stars runner is Kept Under Wraps who will starts from barrier two in the Breeders Challenge for three-year-old colts and geldings over 2400m. Kept Under Wraps, by Bettor's Delight was disappointing in his last start when run down late but is the favorite with Australian bookies. Given the season the Purdon and Rasmussen team enjoyed in New Zealand in Group I races, a day of Kiwi domination at Menangle would not surprise. Mat Kermeen Reproduced with the consent of the Christchurch Press

Successful Western Australian breeder Robert Watson has a huge operation with over 50 broodmares in his broodmare band. Operating under the Soho banner, Robert is about to do what all breeders with big broodmare bands do every now and again and have a reduction sale of mixed stock on July 26th to get the operation down to a more manageable level once again. Amongst the broodmares to be offered by Robert is the former outstanding racemare in Pelicanrama 1:53.4 ($730,271) who won 55 races during her career. Brought back from North America, Pelicanrama has produced six live foals to date who are old enough to race for five winners including the very smart three year old filly in Soho Tokyo 1:58.7 ($131,643) and Soho Highlander 1:55.8 who right on que with the sale not far away won his 14th race at Bunbury last night. Soho Highlander drew poorly on the second line and driver Clinton Hall settled him well back in the field before he joined the three wide train behind Soho Jackman with just over a lap to go. Left three wide at the 600 metres, Clinton worked him to the death seat outside Soho Jackman at the 400 metres mark and was travelling the better of the two leaders. However the favourite Our Blackbird had followed Soho Highlander everywhere he went and looked poised to sweep on bye as they turned for home. Our Blackbird quickly got up to Soho Highlander but just couldn't get past and was still half a neck in arrears at the finishing line. Soho Highlander paced the 2100 metres in a smart 2:31.4, a mile rate of 1:56.1 with closing sectionals of 56.9 and 28.4 A son of Bettors Delight, Soho Highlander was recording his 14th lifetime win last night and that win took his stake earnings over the $160,000 mark. Pelicanrama was a great racemare and is starting to put together a smart record at stud and should be keenly sought after on July 26th. Harnesslink Media  

Bettor’s Delight is, without a doubt, the most prolific sire to come down from his granddad Cam Fella. It is his sire Cam’s Card Shark, not Camluck, Cambest, Precious Bunny, Fake Left, Goalie Jeff, Pacific Fella, or any of the others, who has extended Cam Fella in a meaningful way into the second decade of the twenty-first century in North America. Bettor’s Delight is a three-for: he has dominated the lucrative NYSS for years; he is more than competitive on the Grand Circuit; and he is a major player in the day to day sector. Seventeen-year-old Bettor’s Delight, who will see his eleventh crop race this year, is the leading money-winning sire among pacers of all-ages in North America in 2015, with more than $7 million earned. He is also the leading money winning sire among three-year-old pacers. Overall, his offspring have earned more than $126 million. Mosquito Blue Chip, who won the $225,000 Night of Champions pace last year; Steve Elliott’s Not Before Eight, who won a split of the Watson at Yonkers the other night; and Bettorhaveanother, are a few of this year’s productive sophomore fillies, while, My Spirit Soars, National Seelster, J Eagle Feather and A Bettor Hat are a few of the better colts. Sunday there were three $30,000 splits of the NYSS for sophomore colt pacers at Vernon Downs. Eleven of the 29 starters were by Bettor’s Delight and three of the four divisions were won by his sons. This is the norm. His 2015 freshman crop, which numbered 98, will race in the Ontario sire stakes program. And in 2016 and 2017 the peripatetic stallion’s freshmen will have a go at the crew in Pennsylvania. Then it will be back to Ontario. This shiftless lifestyle is of no concern to BD: for the first dozen years of his career he averaged 111 registered foals. Bettor’s Delight has 10 standard millionaires and three double-millionaires based in North America. (He also has three singles and a double Down Under).  The outstanding FFA pacer, Bettor Sweet, who won the Breeders Crown twice, is the richest male. Darlin’s Delight and Southwind Tempo, both of whom won their division at three, are the two fillies. Worldwide he has 56 $500,000 winners and 332 $100,000 winners. To put that in perspective, Dragon Again, who is three years older, and known more for his hard hitting aged stock—Wakizashi notwithstanding—than his Grand Circuit types, has 26 $500,000 winners and 97 $100,000 winners. Cam Fella is responsible for the three all-age world records by Cambest, Bettor’s Delight’s paternal brother Holborn Hanover and Bettor’s Delight’s daughter, the retired Shebestingin, who holds a 1:47 mark. The Most Happy Fella branch running through No Nukes, Western Hanover, Western Ideal, Rocknroll and American ideal is more accomplished, but Cam’s crew still holds the speed marks. See You At Peelers, who won 22 in a row, and won her division at two and three, is Bettor’s Delight’s most accomplished horse in North America. She won the Breeders Crown, Fan Hanover, Tarport Hap and Valley Forge, and beat the boys in the Rooney. The super star son is missing: the top earning son is incomplete; number two and three slots on the money chart are occupied by mares; the most accomplished offspring is a filly. Betterthancheddar, who is standing his second season in Ontario (first was in NY), is his fastest complete son. He won the Breeders Crown and Cane at three and took the Franklin in a world record 1:48 at four. He did not race at two. Cheddar bred 68 mares at a $4,500 fee his first season, in New York. This year $1,000 was lopped off his fee when he moved North. Bettor’s Delight has no Rocknroll Hanover or Captaintreacherous to carry the ball for him; the markedly  inbred Cheddar is his premier stallion. Of course, Bettor’s Delight’s full brother Roll With Joe, who will unveil his first race crop this year, will also have every opportunity to extend Cam’s Card Shark, and in turn, Cam Fella. All Bets Off was the archetypal Bettor’s Delight colt. Last year he won the Messenger, Rooney and Milstein on the Grand Circuit, and he won NYSS races at Yonkers, Monticello and Vernon Downs. And he took the Confederation Cup this year. Ron Burke is a master when it comes to playing a colt like this in both sectors simultaneously. Vegas Vacation serves as another good example. He won the high dollar EBC restricted stake in New York, as well as the Jug, Simcoe and Matron. Aside from Vegas Vacation; Fashion Delight, Bullville Powerful, Kenneth J, Shebestingin, Bettor B Lucky, Peelers and Indulge Me all augmented their GC income with EBC wins. As a broodmare sire Bettor’s Delight hasn’t yet hit the lottery. Age is obviously a major factor here, and his best days should be ahead of him. Messenger winner Ronny Bugatti (Art Major) is the top money maker in this group. Emeritus Maximus, Fast And Feisty, Ultimate Beachboy and The Real One round out the top five. That Messenger win by Ronny, in a track record 1:51.2, is the only open stakes win for this crew. It’s fair to say that BD is off to a slow start as a broodmare sire. As great a career as Bettor’s Delight has had as a stallion, he hasn’t come close to reproducing himself. He won his division twice, at two and three; captured the BC, Governor’s Cup and Nassagaweya at two; and won the Jug and Tattersalls Pace at three. None of his sons have come close to matching that record. What Muscles Yankee did with Muscle Hill, Bettor’s Delight hasn’t come close to doing. He has no North America Cup or Meadowlands Pace winners. Vegas Vacation, who only won once at two and didn’t race at four, won the Jug, as well as the Matron. He has no Tattersalls Pace, Adios or Battle Of Brandywine winners. Cheddar won the Breeders Crown at three and the Franklin in world record time the following year, but having no history at two and a narrow period of top tier performances at three, hurts. Bettor Sweet, a half -brother to Sweet Lou, won the BC twice in his aged form as well as the Bettor’s Delight/Roll With Joe, but the Progress Pace was his only significant open won at three. Tuffofthetoughest took the Hempt, while Kenneth J won splits of the Bluegrass and ISS. Island Delight also won the latter. All Bets Off won the Messenger, Rooney, Milstein and Matron. All in all, in North America, the males excel at restricted racing and overnights. They are good, but not great, on the Grand Circuit. The fillies have fared very well on the open stakes circuit: Peelers, Soutwind Tempo, Darlin’s Delight, Bettor B Lucky, Shebestingin, Eternity’s Delight, Table Talk, JK Black, JK Owhatanite and others have more than held their own. Bettor’s Delight just needs to knock one out of the park, with a complete son, to put the finishing touches on his legacy. Joe FitzGerald has been an avid harness racing fan and historian for the last half-century. He writes a weekly blog for Joe’s commentary reflects his own views and not that of Harnesslink.

If anyone thought that harness racing super sire Bettor's Delight was coming to the end of his brilliant stallion career, then todays results of the two year old races at Mohawk Racetrack would have dispelled that theory well and truly. Betty Hill, a daughter of Bettors Delight won the first race for the babies in 1:55.3 after a big move to lead midrace. A $40,000 purchase at last years Harrisburg Sales, Betty Hill is owned by Tom Hill of Lancashire in the United Kingdom. A minor highlight of the race was the run of L A Delight who came from well back for a close up third on debut. Another daughter of Bettor's Delight, L A Delight is a half sister to the very smart racemare Somewhere In L A 1:50 ($599,461) and judging by todays run could be one to follow. The second heat was won by the very mature looking Kays Shadow who employed similar tactics to Betty Hill in scooting to the lead midrace and then defying the opposition to run her down, winning in 1:54 flat. The daughter of Shadow Play was a $23,000 purchase at last year Harrisburg sale and looks more like a four year old than a two year old. Nothing in this heat ran on well enough to say they would challenge Kays Shadow in the near future and her meeting with Betty Hill and L A Delight in the near future will be worth going to see. Betty Hill Harnesslink Media

There were three divisions of the $56,125 New York Sire Stakes for harness racing three year old pacing fillies on Thursday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Defending champion Mosquito Blue Chip (Bettor's Delight) has picked up right where she left off as a three year old in 2015 and showed what she's capable of on Thursday. Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted the sophomore filly to a wire-to-wire victory in 1:53.3 for trainer Paul Jessop in the afternoon's first Sire Stake race. A winner in four of nine starts last year including one on the Night of Champions, Mosquito Blue Chip is defending her stakes crown very well to this point. Thursday was her second victory in six starts as she pulled off a mild upset as the race's 3-1 third choice. The fastest filly among stakes winners on Thursday was Moremercy Blue Chip (Rock N Roll Heaven) who also went the distance on the front end before stopping the timer in 1:53.1. Andy Miller piloted the filly for trainer Julie Miller as the sophomore recorded the biggest win of her young career. The other $56,125 division of the NYSS was won by Bettor N Better (Bettor's Delight) was outpaced her rivals home to prevail in 1:53.3. Matt Kakaley piloted the Ron Burke trainee to her first victory of the season after being one of the top freshman fillies in '14. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a pick five carryover of more than $2,100. First post time is set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Ararat freelance reinsman Michael Bellman took the honours for the night at the harness racing meeting at Terang on Tuesday June 23 with a driving treble – Babalaas Jack in the Noir Rover 3-Y-0 Pace over 1680 metres, Four Starzzz Fella in the Welcome Computers Pace for C1 class over the same journey and Sheza Party Doll in the Phonse Hickey Memorial Pace for C0 class over 2180 metres. Babalaas Jack a fully American bred Somebeachsomwhere/Western Tingira colt bred and raced by David Carpenter and trained at Great Western by Michelle Wight, spent most of the race at the tail of the field after starting from the extreme draw. Despite being five wide on the final bend, Babalaas Jack was too strong at the finish for a most unlucky Mister Chomp which was all set to win approaching the final bend only to go off stride before getting going again in the straight to fail by a head in 2-00.1. Cheersbigears finished third after trailing the weakening leader Aurelius. Five year old Four Starzzz Shark/Clarenden Diva gelding Four Starzzz Fella trained at Heywood by Kevin Brough coming off a victory at Mildura on June 12, was given an easy time three back in the moving lane after also starting from the extreme draw. Moving forward three wide uncovered in the final circuit, Four Starzzz Fella outstayed his rivals to score by 6.7 metres in advance of a death-seating Smoken Fields, with the pacemaker Emma Jade third. The mile rate 1-59.9. Michael Bellman was to finish the night on a high note after Holmes Hanover/Divine Lustre 5-Y-0 gelding Our Bold Lustre landed the Murfett & Whiting Pace for C1 class over 2180 metres, as he trains the winner. Using a concession for Denbeigh Wade, Our Bold Lustre began with a rush from outside the front line, but was unable to head off the speedy Jilliby Diablo (gate four). Taking cover on Our Uptown Girl mid-race, Our Bold Lustre switched down to the sprint lane on straightening to score by 1.9 metres over Jilliby Diablo in 2-02.2, with Destined To Take (three wide last lap from last) third. Sheza Party Doll a 4-Y-0 mare by Dream Away from Lombo Party Doll trained by Bec East at the Brough property, came from near last at the bell after starting from gate three on the second line to defeat Mister Untouchable which raced parked from the bell by 2.2 metres in 2-01.9. Dayraid (one/one at bell) finished third after switching down to trail the weakening pacemaker and odds-on favourite Jilliby Passion in the last lap.   Bec East landed a training double at the meeting, when Rocknroll Hanover/Best Of Wine gelding Dancin With Elvis greeted the judge in the Talisman Floats 3-Y-0 Pace over 1680 metres with Jayson Finnis in the sulky. Starting from gate two, Dancin With Elvis angled away from four back the markers to be one/one for the last lap, before running home strongly to account for Esspee Rockstar (gate three) which galloped away before circling the field to lead at the bell. Turbo Elly finished third after easing to face the breeze from three back the markers in the last lap. The mile rate 2-01.7.   Four year old Chief Marty/Quintessa Bromac gelding Our Supreme Guy gave veteran Glenburnie (Mt Gambier) trainer Ken Dihm a happy birthday present when successful in the Cooinda Work Crew Pace for C1 class over 2180 metres at Terang. Driven by local Glen Craven, Our Supreme Guy showed blistering speed from gate five to lead easily as the mobile moved away, before surrendering to the polemarker Nobetterthanthis which moved off his back to assume control. Using the sprint lane, Our Supreme Guy raced clear over the concluding stages to register a 2.3 metre victory over Nobetterthanthis and Top Trio which followed the pair. The mile rate 2-02. It was Our Supreme Guy’s 5th victory in 39 outings. Ken Dihm had enormous success in the nineties with a fabulous mare by the name of Helens Pleasure who won 32 races including several at Moonee Valley and Globe Derby Park.   Dunnstown brothers John and David Murphy snared the Terang Co-Op Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2180 metres with honest 5-Y-0 Armbro Variable/Irish Tess gelding Tommy Kay in a mile rate of 2-08.2. Coming from 10 metres, Tommy Kay was sent forward by David to park in the open with The Night Wind leading from barrier two.  Gaining cover when Bee Arr Dee dashed to face the breeze at the bell from mid-field, Tommy Kay Joined Bee Arr Dee on the home turn and finished best to register a 13 metre victory (his third) over Veegee Bentley (four back the markers), with Bee Arr Dee holding down third. Long Forest duo Andy and Kate Gath’s Kiwi bred Bettor’s Delight/We Love To Party 4-Y-0 gelding Party Boy led throughout from the pole to land the Dick & Anne Box Pace for C4 to C5 class over 2180 metres. Allowed to dictate terms to suit without any challengers, Party Boy was untroubled to win by 7.9 metres from No Bettertime along the sprint lane from three back the markers, with Keayang Storm third after trailing the winner. The mile rate 2-01.1. Len Baker  

Michael Stanley says Soho Tokyo is back to her best and the Burrumbeet trainer is confident the filly will produce a big run on Friday night in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series three-year-old fillies' first semi-final at the harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton. "She's definitely back to her best," Stanley said. "She had a lot of back issues early this preparation, which probably came about due to her long two-year-old season. We've had a lot of work done by chiropractors and the vets but I think we've got on top of that now and she's racing really well." Soho Tokyo is by super sire Bettors Delight out of former Australian juvenile of the year Pelicanrama and has won two of her past three starts. She made up ground to win at Maryborough three starts back off a 56.8secs last half before a second to Niki No No at Shepparton when she worked three-wide on her own and attacked the line. Last time out at Shepparton she won a C0 after leading, Stanley explaining that she's not at her best when in front. "She'll still win from in front but she's got a powerful sprint from behind," he said. From barrier five, Soho Tokyo will be punching forward early and Stanley says she's the stable's best chance at a Super Series trophy this year. Stanley will also line up Soho Berlin in the three-year-old fillies' category, the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere snaring the pole draw in the second semi-final. "Barrier one gives her every chance to qualify for the final," Stanley said. "I'd be disappointed if she didn't run in the top six but I'm realistic about where she stacks up compared to the better ones." Stanley hopes Young Modern can put his best foot forward in the four-year-old entires and geldings' first semi-final and the horseman is thrilled with how the son of Modern Art is travelling. "I'm rapt with him. He's had a super prep and his work has been great. He's on the right path," Stanley said. "He's probably got the hardest four-year-old group of any year I can remember. In the past there have always been one or two standouts, but the depth of this class is really strong. "It's been the same the whole way through for these horses. "Any other year he might have gone in as first or second-favourite, but this year he could quite easily go in sixth or seventh." Stanley said Young Modern would work forward into a handy spot and try to make his own luck. "He's a genuine free-for-all horse in my opinion. And he was probably only 80 per cent the other day so he'll come on a lot this Friday night." Rounding out the stable's Vicbred chances is APG Consolation winner Soho Lexington in the second semi-final for two-year-old colts and geldings. "I'm really happy with him," Stanley said. "I'd expect him to make the final and while he's not the best two-year-old he's the sort of horse who if the best ones are down on their game, he can win a big race." The first on a huge 12-event Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Semi-Final card kicks off at 4.50pm on Friday. CODY WINNELL

This Sunday Harness Racing New South Wales are staging the six $125,000 Breeders Challenge Finals at Menangle. The finalists and draws for the six races have been made and Harnesslink thought it was a good time to have a look at the sires represented in the three age groups. Note: We have included the emergencies in the analysis This analysis is of the three year old finalists. 1) Three year old fillies A good cross section of sires represented here with only Art Major and American Ideal having multiple runners in the fillies final. They both have two runners but are unlikely to provide the winner of this division although the daughter of Art Major in Bamako Mali is a chance. Mach Three looks to have a good chance taking out the final with his talented daughter Supersonic Miss the one to beat from barrier four after her demolition job in the semi-final. Million Dollar Cam has a live chance of being a major player here with his daughter Amaretto from barrier three drawn to get the run she needs to test Supersonic Miss. The other semi final winner in Makes Every Scents is a live chance and the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark has the gate speed to negate her poor barrier of nine. Somebeachsomewhere and Always A Virgin are other notable sires to have runners in the three year old fillies final while the notable absentee sire is Sportswriter. 2) Three year old colts / geldings Another good cross section of sires in this division with only two sires having two runners in the final. Those two sires are Always A Virgin and Somebeachsomewhere and their runners are not without a chance in the final. Somebeachsomewhere particularly has two live chances in Chumlee who went super in his semi final from barrier ten and comes into barrier one in the final while Colonel Joy never saw daylight until the last fifty metres in his semi-final and looks a very progressive type For all that it is a very open affair with the son of Bettors Delight in Kept Under Wraps a big chance after drawing barrier two. His conqueror in the semi-final in Casino Grin also has to be accorded a real chance. The son of Grinfromeartoear was very impressive after starting from barrier eight and doing plenty of work early. Four Starzz Shark has a worthy representative in Mouse In The House while both Art Major, Modern Art and Million Dollar Cam are other notable sires with runners in the final. Again the notable absentee sire from this final is Sportswriter. Harnesslink Media

This Sunday Harness Racing New South Wales are staging the six $125,000 Breeders Challenge Finals at Menangle. The finalists and draws for the six races have been made and Harnesslink thought it was a good time to have a look at the sires represented in the three age groups. Note: We have included the emergencies in the analysis First up for analysis are the two year old finalists. 1) Two year old fillies The sire to have the most representatives in the final is the deceased Rocknroll Hanover who has three finalists in this division. Rocknroll Hanover has 141 two year olds this season and he is reaping the rewards for those big numbers being the current leader on the two year old sires premiership. Regardless of numbers it is still a notable effort for Rocknroll Hanover to provide a quarter of the final field in a $125,000 race Another string to his bow is he is also the sire of Rock N Roll Heaven who has one representative in the final but that of course is Heavens Trend 1:52.1 who is a dominating favourite for the final after drawing barrier three. Art Major is the only other sire to have more than one runner with two representatives in the final including the unbeaten Our Golden Goddess 1:54.3. One surprise when looking at the field was the lack of Sportswriters with him having only one finalist this year. Last season they were everywhere and challenging the established stars like Bettors Delight and Art Major but are a lot quieter this season. Champion sire and noted filly sire Bettor's Delight was a notable absentee from the list of sires who had finalists. 2) Two year old colts / geldings Two stallions have multiple finalists and they are Art Major and Somebeachsomewhere who both have two in the final. Somebeachsomewhere is really starting to make his mark in Australia and both his finalists here are top class. Waikiki Beach is unbeaten to date and from barrier three will stay that way on Sunday. His biggest challenger is the other Somebeachsomewhere finalist in Match In Heaven who is going to need a bit of luck from barrier 10 As Somebeachsomewhere only has 23 two year olds to represent him this season, his effort to have the two leading candidates for the $125,000 final is a huge achievement. Especially as earlier in the season he lost the super two year old Goodtime Sammy 1:54 to injury. One notable absentee from the colts/geldings division is Rock N Roll Heaven who with 153 two year olds this season should have at least had a finalist in this division. The other notable absentee is Rocknroll Hanover who after having three in the fillies final, has no  runners in the colts or geldings final.  Harnesslink Media

Nichols, N.Y. -- Narrowly missing Fireyourguns in last week's top pacing event, Bettorsluckystreak ($13.00) sustained a first-over grind to just collar even-money favorite That'll Be the Rei in Sunday (June 21) afternoon's $14,000 harness racing open pace at Tioga Downs.   Jim Taggart, Jr. floated into midfield with the 5-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding at race's outset, out-sprinted up the pegs by Believe This Bob (Dan Clements) in the initial stages. Believe This Bob subsequently ceded the lead to That'll Be the Rei (Dan Clements) after a sensible :27.3 opening quarter mile. Just as That'll Be the Rei pulled the pace back through a :56.3 half, Bettorsluckystreak mounted his first-over rally, gaining steadily from fourth to apply pressure at the midpoint of the backstretch. The two would duel through the far turn and into the stretch, with Bettorsluckystreak just collaring That'll Be the Rei by a neck in 1:53.4, also staving off a three-wide push from the second-over Dreamlands Art (Brandon Simpson), who took third placing.   Trainer Gary Messenger co-owns Bettorsluckystreak with Kenneth Weckstein and Richard Rubin.   The 11-race program also featured a pair of second-round Nichols True Value late-closing events, with Let's Foal Around ($7.40, Mike Simons) and Jeneral Patton ($2.50, Jim Marohn, Jr.) both parlaying pocket trips into victories.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Friday (June 26) evening, with post time slated for 6:15 p.m. Eastern time. by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

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