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One of Canada’s harness racing greats is coming ‘Down Under’. Rick Zeron left Canada bound for Perth, via Dubai, last night (Tuesday). He and his wife of 34 years, Joyce, will return to Oakville in Ontario on March 4. As at Tuesday (February 4), Zeron had driven 7,711 winners ($103 million) from 46,454 starters and trained a further 2,120 ($27 million) more from 8,916 attempts. “I’m going to visit friends in Perth and then we will be heading to Sydney. There is a good chance we will attend the Inter Dominion grand final. “New Zealand is also a possibility because we know that is a very beautiful country. It would be great to see how both countries operate their racing,” Zeron said. The 57-year-old said he had never been to New Zealand and Australia. “It’s been a life-time goal. My wife and I had planned to head down there in five or six years, but I said to her, ‘what the hell’, let’s do it now. We are really excited about it,” Zeron said. Zeron shifted from Connaught Park to Blue Bonnets in 1982 and soon established himself as one of Quebec’s top driver, winning the Blue Bonnets driving premiership seven times from 1986-1994. For seven consecutive years he was also the leading stakes earner seven times and top UDR strike rate driver on five occasions. In 1995 he moved to the Woodbine and Mohawk circuits and has been one of their top reinsmen ever since. His Little Brown Jug (Michael’s Power, 2012) winning son, Scott, is now one of Canada’s best reinsman, and recently moved to New Jersey to further his name at the surrounding big tracks like the Meadowlands. On March 21 last year he became the youngest driver in history to win 2,000 races. He was just two months shy of his 24th birthday. His father explained why he believed his son was so good in the sulky: “I told him if you ever get a chance to put a good horse in the race, do exactly that, but if you are driving a poor horse I said to him to sit back and run on late and try and get a cheque for the owners. “I also told him if I ever saw him flogging a horse with his stick like a crazed monkey he would never make it in the game.” That epitomises why Zeron senior has made his name in North American harness racing circles. Last year he drove 106 winners ($3 million) and trained 43 ($959,921). Zeron has no driving assignments in Australia or New Zealand. Zeron’s major wins include (with years in brackets): CANADIAN TROT CLASSIC (96) Classic Adam CASUAL BREEZE (04) Sunshinenlollipops CHAMPLAIN STAKE (90) Prudhomme (98) Blissfull Hall (02) Moma’s Millionaire (02) Boulder Creek (03) Character Counts (05) Majestic Son (07) Intimidator (07) If And Only If (08) Hibbler COLONIAL LADY (00) Hornby Jean DYGERT MEMORIAL (95) Tak The Tuk FRANK RYAN MEMORIAL (06) Stiletto GENERAL BROCK FINAL (96) Yentls Iceman (04) Deadmans Curve HARVEST (03) Character Counts MAPLE LEAF TROT (98) Hanko Angus ROBERT STEWART MEM. (95) SOS Ninja SIMCOE STAKE (90) Osgood Hanover (96) Look Whos Cumin (99) Hawaiian Dancer (00) Ladys A President (03) EZ Past (07) Hagi   By Duane Ranger (Harness Racing New Zealand)

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 13, 2014 -- Blissfull Romance survived a demanding first quarter and easily disposed of the field in Monday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace. Blissfull Romance was parked from post 8 in a 27.3 opening panel on a "good" track. Once in front, the 5-year-old daughter of Blissfull Hall-Draconian Promise experienced no serious challenge, prevailing in 1:55.2 for Dave Palone. Shine N Shimmer found late racing room to finish second, 3/4 lengths back, with Montenegro third. Ron Burke trains Blissfull Romance, who won half her 18 starts in 2013, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Mike Wilder drove five winners on the 16-race card.

Not even the photo finish camera could separate pacesetter Kelly Girl and late closer Southwest Bliss in the third race at Bangor Raceway Tuesday evening. Those two horses finished in a dead heat for win, but the ironic part of the race is that Kelly Girl and driver Drew Campbell had led the field from the opening quarter mile while Southwest Bliss and driver Heath Campbell started out in last place (8th) at the opening quarter mile. The race was a $2,000 pace for non-winners of 3 lifetime and went in 2:04 on the half mile oval. While Kelly Girl held the field at bay on the lead as the wagering favorite, Southwest Bliss at odds of 11-1 flew from eighth place at the half mile marker then went three-wide to loop the field into third place at the three-quarters. Then in a dramatic stretch drive, Heath Campbell and Southwest Bliss were able to collar Kelly Girl and Drew Campbell right at the wire for the dead heat win. Willy Mac (Christopher Nye) was third. For Kelly Girl, a three-year-old filly by Ring Of Life, it was her second victory for trainer Steven Vafiades and owner Jason Vafiades of Maine. Southwest Bliss is a three-year-old filly by Blissfull Hall and it was her third lifetime win. She is trained by Charles Symes and is owned by Teesha Symes of Nova Scotia. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

Victorian trainer Scott Stewart struggles to remember the last time Bitobliss drew favourably in a big race and his fortunes have not changed this week after the son of Blissfull Hall drew gate ten in Saturday night's Coca-Cola Sprint at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Bitobliss will be lining up for his fourth run on the 1400 metre circuit but is still looking for his first win at the venue. "It has been a while since he has drawn well but I keep telling myself that it must mean I'm a chance of a getting a good draw in a really big race," Stewart said. "He handles the track, he finished third in the Hondo Grattan and that defeat was more me getting use to driving on the track but he finished second in the Chariots Of Fire and then was down the track in the Inter Dominion earlier this year so Menangle itself is not a worry, it is more the draw." Bitobliss has taken no harm from his run in Saturday night's Legends and Stewart believes it wasn't much harder than a trial. "The time was really good but he never got out and went to the line full of running, it didn't knock him around at all and I'm really happy with how he is." "I was thinking about travelling up late Thursday night and arriving Friday morning but the weather looks as though it is going to be pretty mild so I will just travel up on Friday, he is a great traveller." Stewart will not be returning for the Cordina Sprint at Menangle should he be beaten this weekend. "At this stage I won't be coming back, I can't afford to be away from my property for a long period of time, I've got other horses and cattle to look after as well, put it this way should he be beaten it is highly unlikely I will come back the following week." "There are plenty of feature races coming up for him in Victoria, I'm considering targeting the Cranbourne Cup and then the Victoria Cup should his form remain solid." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |

Five-year-old Dredlock Rockstar, the only West Australian-bred pacer in the field, made a mockery of his lowly assessment when he outclassed his ten rivals in the $30,000 Del Basso Smallgoods Parliamentarians Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His impressive all-the-way victory vindicated the decision of his owner Jamie Howlett and trainer Michael Callegari to throw the M1-class pacer in the deep end and challenge his vastly more distinguished opponents, including Sneakyn Down Under (M16), Dasher VC (M12), Ima Rocket Star (M11), Ohokas Dallas (M8), Shardons Rocket and Davy Maguire (M7). And Busselton reinsman Aaron Beckett made the most of the unexpected opportunity to drive Dredlock Rockstar for the first time, a chance he received after the gelding’s regular reinsman Ashleigh Markham was suspended for 13 days the previous Friday night for causing interference when driving Dredlock Rockstar in the Mount Eden Sprint. Dredlock Rockstar was a 40/1 chance in the Mount Eden Sprint when he gave an eye-catching performance in thundering home from 12th at the bell to be third behind star pacers Bettors Fire and Im Victorious. His prospects in the Parliamentarians Cup were boosted when he drew favourably at No. 2 on the front line. He was solidly supported and started second fancy at 11/4 behind Dasher VC (5/2), with Ima Rocket Star at 9/2 from the outside of the back line. Dredlock Rockstar bounded straight to the front and Beckett was able to get the gelding to relax and amble through the first 400m section of the final mile in a dawdling 32.1sec. before zooming over the next three quarters in 28.6sec., 27.9sec. and 28.3sec. to win at a 1.56.2 rate over the 2130m. He finished just over a length clear of polemarker and 60/1 outsider Ohoka Dallas, who trailed him throughout. Shardons Rocket (12/1) raced in the breeze and fought on to be third, in front of Leda McNally and Ima Rocket Star, who ran, three wide, from tenth at the bell. “It was a great pick-up drive,” said the 31-year-old Beckett. “I didn’t really want to get going too early, but the way the horse was travelling I couldn’t really hold him back any more. Once I pulled the plugs in the straight and got into him he just took off. ” Dredlock Rockstar, who has overcome a fractured pedal bone, received in a race at Collie in March 2012, is proving to be a tremendous bargain for the 53-year-old Howlett, who paid just $3000 for him at the 2010 Gloucester Standardbred yearling sale. The gelding has now earned $100,056 from 12n wins and 17 placings from 41 starts. Dredlock Rockstar was out of action for ten months after fracturing his pedal bone and he has returned to racing in wonderful form for the 37-year-old Callegari, who, like Howlett, has an eye for a bargain. Callergari paid $2000 for Smokey The Bandit at the 2011 yearling sale and the pacer has already earned $64,465 from nine wins and 14 placings from 35 starts. Last December he outlaid $3000 for Make Me Grin, whose first 12 starts for him have yielded two wins and three placings for stakes of $11,813. Dredlock Rockstar, by Canadian-bred stallion Northern Luck, was named after the popular reggae song Buffalo Soldier, written in 1980 by Bob Marley. The opening line of the song is: Buffalo Soldier, dredlock rasta. Howlett purchased Dredlock Rockstar because he admired the toughness and longevity of the Albany-trained Bank the Money, who had 246 starts for 31 wins, 61 placings and stakes of $152,969. Bank The Money was out of Soky’s Maid, who also produced the Safely Kept mare Maid For Life, the dam of Dredlock Rockstar. De CAMPO MAKES THE RIGHT CHOICE WITH DANIELJOHN Young Capel reinsman Aiden De Campo made a split-second decision soon after the start of the $21,000 Del Basso Wholesale Meats Italian Sprint at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he opted to keep Danieljohn in the one-wide line instead of taking him to the pegs to follow the hot favourite and noted frontrunner Midnight Dylan. Danieljohn raced in the breeze early before de Campo restrained to take the perfect sit, one-out and one-back. But with a slow early pace de Campo began to have misgivings about his decision. After driving Danieljohn to a splendid victory at 10/1, the 21-year-old de Campo admitted that he was fully prepared to receive a blast from his father Andrew, the trainer of Danieljohn. ”Half way through the race, when they were walking, I thought I’d made the wrong decision and thought perhaps I should have been on the fence,” he said. “I was expecting to get a spray from Dad. But things worked out all right. I knew around the corner if I got the split he would be right in it because he was travelling so nicely.” Danieljohn eventually got clear and he sprinted fast to burst to the front 20m from the post. He won by one metre from Midnight Dylan, with a neck to 12/1 chance Your Good Fortune, who fought on gamely after racing outside the pacemaker. The expected challenge from 5/2 second favourite The Ragpickers Dream failed to eventuate. The Ragpickers Dream ducked his head at barrier two and broke into am gallop at the start, losing about five lengths. He started a three-wide move at the bell, but his run was short-lived and he wilted to finish ninth. Danieljohn, who was having his first start since late June, was bred and is owned by John Bell, of Collie. He is a promising five-year-old stallion by Blissfull Hall who has raced 42 times for 17 wins, 14 placings and stakes of $153,312. The winner of the San Simeon Classic and Harvey Cup earlier this year, Danieljohn moves to an M4 classification and gives every indication of developing into a contender in feature events at the coming summer carnival. He is the fifth foal and only winner out of Victorian-bred mare Aussie Evita, who had 81 starts for eight wins, 18 placings and $17,975. BIT OF A LEGEND SOUNDS AN OMINOUS WARNING TO HIS RIVALS New Zealand-bred stallion Bit Of A Legend sounded an ominous warning to his rivals in the coming series of rich events for four-year-olds when he sprinted home over the final 800m in 56.1sec. to score an effortless victory in the 2130m Sealanes Golden Nugget Prelude at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The son of Bettors Delight was unextended by Brent Mangos in scoring by more than three lengths from Galactic Galleon (14/1), with Northview Punter (4/1) a head away in third place. The winner, who started at 3/1 on, rated 1.57.1. This gave the 49-year-old Mangos his first driving success in Western Australia. The Auckland horseman has been preparing Bit Of A Legend at Pinjarra while the horse’s trainer Cran Dalgety has been looking after his big team of pacers in Christchurch. Bit Of A Legend, surprisingly beaten at 5/1 on at his WA debut the previous Friday night, gave the crowd in excess of 8000 a sample of his class with the ease of his victory. And Mangos predicted better things were in store. “His work this week has been super and he has gone to another level from last week,” he said. “He has gone to the line strongly and should keep on improving. I wasn’t disappointed at all last week when he was narrowly beaten. It was a good effort at his first run for five months.” Bit Of A Legend will now contest the $50,000 Retravision Four-Year-Old Championship next Friday night before tackling the $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic the following Friday and the $175,000 Lancaster Cup Golden Nugget two weeks later. He now has an impressive record of 34 starts for 17 wins, 11 placings and earnings of $638,928. He has won 13 times in New Zealand and has raced six times in Victoria for three wins, including the group 1 Breeders Crown for two-year-old colts and geldings at Melton in August 2012 when he defeated star New Zealander Border Control. He raced twice at Menangle last March for a placing in a heat and a fourth in the final of the New South Wales Derby, won by Lennytheshark. Bit Of A Legend started from barrier three on Friday night and burst to the front after 300m before cruising through the first two sections of the final mile in 31sec. and 30sec. Then he sped over the final quarters in 28.3sec. and 27.8sec. Galactic Galleon battled on gamely after trailing the pacemaker, while Northview Punter, who raced without cover over the final mile, was a fighting third. VETERAN MISS AZOOMA STILL HAS GOT WHAT IT TAKES The $40,000 Norm’s Daughter Championship next Friday week is the immediate target for veteran mare Miss Azooma, who caused an upset when she defeated 3/1 on favourite Askmenow in the 1730m Normandie Foods Pace for mares at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Miss Azooma, who started at 27/1, was having her third start after a let-up and her third run for young Byford trainer Josh Dunn. She had started at 125/1 and 30/1 when unplaced at her two previous starts, but she made the most of the prized No. 1 barrier on Friday night. Chris Lewis was content to take the sit with Miss Azooma behind Askmenow, who began speedily from the No. 2 barrier. Askmenow, driven by Gary Hall jun., reeled off quick sectionals of 29.2sec., 29.2sec., 28.1sec. and 29.3sec., but was unable to hold off the fast-finishing Miss Azooma, who sprinted strongly to hit the front 40m from the post. Korobeit Angel (10/1) ran on from fifth (pegs) at the bell to be third, with Famous Alchemist (25/1) running home strongly from last at the bell to be fourth. Miss Azooma, bred and owned by Travis Bull, went into Friday night’s event with unplaced efforts at her five runs since leading and winning the Race For Roses, a 2503m stand, at Gloucester Park last May. The veteran of 144 starts has earned $132,467 from her 15 wins and 36 placings. “When I drove her previously (two starts ago) she did run well (eighth behind Bettor Dreams),”Lewis said. “I thought she was some sort of chance tonight, coming off a soft run and a good pace. And she got a perfect run and was able to run over the top of them. “Josh has done a great job with her. He’s got her in top-class order and I think he’s a trainer of the future.” SUVALJKO PLAYS THE WAITING GAME WITH BALLAS AROCKSTAR Shannon Suvaljko played the waiting game and managed to get outsider Ballas Arockstar through a needle-eye gap in the closing stages to get up and snatch victory from Deluxe Edition and Say It Now in the 2130m Phil Coulson Memorial Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Starting at 37/1 on the tote, mainly because of his unfavourable draw ion the outside of the back line, Ballas Arockstar was taken straight to the inside by Suvaljko, who made a snap decision to drive for luck. “Before the race I was planning to track up three deep, but no one went to the fence,” he said. “This horse goes better on the fence, so that’s where I went. From there it was a case of wait, wait, wait.” Ballas Arockstar settled down in fifth place, three back on the pegs while polemarker Fully Zapped led from the 2/1 second favourite Big And Smooth on his outside and Say It Now (11/1) behind the leader. Deluxe Edition, the 5/4 favourite, slotted neatly into the one-out, two-back position. Chris Voak sent Deluxe Edition forward, three wide, approaching the bell and the mare, who raced ungenerously in the back straight, eventually got to the front 380m from home. Fully Zapped fought back doggedly and looked set to fight out the finish with Deluxe Edition before Suvaljko squeezed between those two pacers to forge to the front in the final couple of strides. Ballas Arockstar scored by a head from Deluxe Edition, with Fully Zapped a neck away in third place. Ballas Arockstar, a seven-year-old trained by Shane Tognolini, ended a losing sequence of ten and took his record to 111 starts for 16 wins and 45 placings for $141,256 in prizemoney. He is still a Metropolitan maiden performer. He has been an honest and consistent performer since making a wonderful start to his career when his first five starts as a two-year-old in January-February 2009 produced four wins and a second. Those runs included his victory in the $70,000 group 2 WA Sales Classic by a head over Robbery. His dam Gail Force Lombo managed just one win (at Kalgoorlie in August 2003) from 19 starts. His great granddam Pliability produced nine winners of 79 races, including Mon Amigo (149 starts for 20 wins, 47 placings and $163,516). Pliability’s mother Our Miss Andre produced smart performer Wipe The World, who had 55 starts in New South Wales in the 1980s for 18 wins, 18 placings and $210,464. FAST-FINISHING THIS TIME DYLAN GIVES HALL A NOTABLE MILESTONE Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. notched the wonderful milestone of training 1500 city winners when his younger son Gary drove This Time Dylan to an impressive last-to-first victory in the Action Industrial Catering Claiming Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. For most of the 2130m event Hall sen. held high hopes of achieving this notable record through Sanjaya, who was being driven confidently in the lead by his elder son Clint. This Time Dylan started from the outside of the front line and was restrained back to last position before Gary Hall jun. started a three-wide move approaching the bell. The 2/1 favourite, a winner at his three previous starts in stands, went four wide at the 300m and finished in dashing style to burst to the front 100m from the post. He went on to win by 4m at a 1.57.6 rate from Sanjaya (9/4), with last-start winner Artorius (13/1) running home strongly to be third. “He was an absolute lunatic when he arrived at our stables,” said Hall jun. “But recently he has settled down and is racing in wonderful form.” This Time Dylan, a New Zealand-bred eight-year-old, has had 24 starts in WA for eight wins and three placings to take his career record to 32 starts for 11 wins, six placings and stakes of $91,625. OUR BOY SU HOLDS VISITING NOWITZKI AT BAY New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Our Boy Su bounced back to form and caused an upset when he set the pace and beat highly-regarded Victorian four-year-old Nowitzki in the 2130m BLVD Tavern Joondalup at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Nowitzki, favourite at 10/9 on at his WA debut, began speedily from the outside of the front line, but the efforts of his trainer-driver Daniel Jack to get him to an early lead were thwarted when Waroona trainer Bob Mellsop drove the polemarker Our Boy Su hard to retain the front. Jack then was forced to race without cover and Mellsop stole a tactical march on his rivals by getting Our Boy Su to relax and dawdle through the first 400m section of the final mile in 31.9sec. before going through the next quarter in a comparatively easy 29.6sec. Then Mellsop upped the tempo and Our Boy Su dashed over the final sections in 28.5sec. and 29.2sec. as he fought on grandly to keep the favourite at bay. Our Boy Su held on to win by a head, with What God Knows (16/1) finishing gamely to be a neck away in third spot. The winner rated 1.58.9. Our Boy Su, who had finished at the rear at his two previous outings, was an 11/1 chance, mainly because he had drawn the prized No. 1 barrier. “He grows a leg in front,” Mellsop said. “It was a risk to hold out Nowitzki. I probably would have run second if I had sat up (and taken the trail). But we’ve won and winners are grinners. He got a virus and hasn’t been right at his past couple of starts. I was pretty sure I had him right, but you don’t know until you front up.” This was Our Boy Su’s fifth win from 18 starts for Mellsop in WA and the Elsu gelding now has had 55 starts for 11 wins, 15 placings and $93,493 in prizemoney. CARTERS ROCKET IS BRED TO BE A GOOD WINNER Carters Rocket, the all-the-way winner of the 1730m Italian Association Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, is closely related to former star mare Tupelo Rose, who made a flying visit to Perth in December 2000 before becoming a prolific winner in America and Canada. In her two WA starts Tupelo Rose, driven by Ted Demmler, finished fourth behind Highest Honour in the McInerney Ford Classic and sixth behind Seelster Sam in the Golden Nugget Championship. The previous season she was successful in the Victorian, Queensland and Australian Oaks. She ended her brilliant career in the United States with a record of 101 starts for 35 wins, 25 placings and stakes of $879,867. Carters Rocket, a five-year-old by Elsu, is the second foal out of the unraced Pocket Rose, whose mother Hollywood Rose was the dam of Tupelo Rose. Carters Rocket has yet to reveal any of the brilliance of Tupelo Rose, but he is proving a handy performer for trainers Greg and Skye Bond and owners Greg Bond, Kevin, Rob and John Gartrell, Andrew Foster and Craig Hampson. After two wins from seven starts in New Zealand, Carters Rocket has had 26 starts in WA for seven wins and seven placings. Carters Rocket, an all-the-way winner of the Merredin Cup at Kellerberrin, then was beaten into seventh place behind Famous Alchemist over 2185m at Pinjarra last Monday afternoon. But he was a warm favourite at 5/4 on on Friday night, mainly because he was starting from the prized No. 1 barrier. Colin Brown sent carters Rocket straight to the front and after modest quarters of 30.3sec. and 30.7sec. Carters Rocket sped over the final two sections in 28.6sec. and 27.5sec. to win at a 1.56.6 rate by 4m from 6/1 chance Ardens Southee, who trailed the leader throughout Soho Highroller was third after racing without cover. “After drawing barrier one I was confident,” Brown said. “Forget his run at Pinjarra on Monday. I put my hand up straight away. It was my blue that the horse didn’t run in the first three at Pinjarra. And I thought his run was quite good, considering the times they ran. “I always thought that Carters Rocket had a bit of ability, but he hasn’t been convincing. Hopefully, this time he will keep stepping up. I just flicked him up in the straight, nothing too serious. The plugs are still in.” TURNPIKE CRUISER OVERCOMES A BAD START Former Tasmanian performer Turnpike Cruiser was solidly supported to start at 9/2 in the 2503m IAWCC Italian Community handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. But his supporters groaned when he galloped at the standing start and dropped back to the rear. However, Chris Lewis bided his time and brought the New Zealand-bred six-year-old home with a well-timed three-wide burst from eighth at the bell to hit the front in the final 80m and win by a length from 11/2 chance Jar Zinyo, with a metre to Multibet (14/1) in third place. “I was relying on a good start, which we didn’t get,” said Lewis. “But we did get a good cart into the race, so everything worked out well. I was fairly confident at the 300m that we were going to get over Jar Zinyo.” For Turnpike Cruiser, trained at Oakford by Ross Olivieri, this was his first success from eight starts in WA after having won 12 races in Tasmania and three in Victoria. He now has earned $119,148 from 16 wins and 30 placings from 74 starts. Melton Express, the 10/9 on favourite, ruined his chances with a tardy getaway and he finished tenth. Brown took Melton Express three wide after 600m, but the five-year-old was unable to muster sufficient speed in a concerted bid to get past the pacemaker, his stablemate False Promise, a 32/1 chance. Melton Express then raced without cover before receiving a bad check approaching the home bend. EL MACHINE MAKES IT FOUR WINS IN A ROW Up-and-coming star El Machine gave promise of better things to come when he produced a sparkling finishing burst to score an easy victory in the 2130m first heat of the Little Caesars Pizzerias The Kersley Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His stylish win over Pembrook Henry and Menelaus of Sparta was his fourth success in a row and the WA-bred five-year-old is developing into a realistic prospect for the rich summer carnival events. Part-owner and trainer Kade Howson did not bustle El Machine, the 2/1 on favourite, early from the No. 5 barrier and was content to let him settle in eighth position as 17/1 chance and polemarker Menelaus of Sparta set the pace from Johnny be, who had dashed forward early from the back line to race in the breeze. Howson took El Machine, a $5000 yearling, three wide at the 100m mark and the gelding sprinted fast to take the lead 220m from home. The final quarters whizzed by in 28.1sec. and 28.3sec. and El Machine rated 1.57.4. This improved his record to 490 starts for 16 wins, 12 placings and $129,054. “He’s really grown into himself now,” Howson said. “Regarding carnival events, those sort of races are all about timing, and he’s got a long way to go, but is still on the way up and is hitting form at the right time.” by Ken Casellas  

PROMISING harness racing driver Kristy Grant delivered one of her best performances in the sulky to score aboard Arts Bliss in the BOTRA Stakes over 2200 metres in Launceston on Sunday night. It was a masterful piece of horsemanship by Grant to secure the one-out-two back-spot in the run while race favourite Spitfire Rose led and set an honest tempo. When the driver of the leader, Rohan Hadley, lifted the tempo 600 metres from home Arts Bliss was left a bit flat-footed but Grant didn’t panic and carefully eased her charge into the three-wide line. The five-year-old mare responded to her strong driving and set sail after the favourite. Arts Bliss (Blissfull Hall-Arts Darling) powered home to score by almost two metres from Spitfire Rose with Why Take Time a close-up third. Arts Bliss ($4.10) was well backed to beat the favourite and those who secured the $5 early in betting would have been lining up to collect a long way before she hit the line. The mare is prepared bat Karoola by Dick Eaves who is Grant’s grandfather. Grant has come a long way since her maiden winning drive aboard Glory Is Illusive at Carrick in March this year. She has gone to the next level in the sulky despite limited opportunities. Arts Bliss has taken her time to mature but this was her seventh win from 29 starts and she also has placed nine times for career earnings of just over $46,000. Peter Staples  

VERNON, NY—The favorite Sheer Brilliance lived up to his top billing with a seamless 1:50.2 showing to capture Saturday night’s $10,000 Open pace at Vernon Downs. Leaving from the outside five post position in race two, Sheer Brilliance flashed by splits of :25.1, :53 and 1:21.4 while beating back all challenges, and cruised to a 1-1/4 length triumph over JK Panache, last week’s winner in this top-flight class. Saturday’s sizzler secured the third local victory, the eighth season’s score and 42nd lifetime triumph for the 8-year-old son of Blissfull Hall-High Roller Ash, who is owned by trainer Jeffrey Long and J. Paul Long. Aaron Byron did the teaming as the gritty gelding bumped his career winnings to $497,365. Byron also finished first with the pacer Mister Hill in race seven to earn his first multiple win night at the 77-program meeting. Former Canadian driving champ (Rideau Carleton) John Macdonald delivered three winners during the 13-race program, as did Chris Lems and Fern Paquet, Jr., while trainer James Clouser, Jr. harnessed a pair of first-place finishers. DOWNS DOINGS Paquet, who has been racing regularly at Vernon since its sister track, Tioga Downs, closed, has spurted to 29 driving victories, including seven during the weekend… One of his Saturday scores was behind the pacer Dana Boko (1:58.1), which was the 3-year-old filly’s first pari-mutuel victory… The Downs will offer live racing Thursday-Saturday next week, with first post at 6:45… Next Friday (Oct. 18), the track will host the fifth and final preliminary leg of the Kindergarten Classic Series for 2-year-old trotters. It will also present the event’s $400,000 championship final the following Friday, Oct. 25… Only 11 racing dates remain during the track’s 60th anniversary season that continues through Nov. 9… A revised 2013, 88-program racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com. Jim Moran

Paints Hall, with Billy Dobson in the bike, captured Sunday’s feature Filly & Mare Open Pace with a purse of $19,260. Owned by Anatolia Racing Stable, Inc.,Hopewell Junction,NY & Allard Racing, Inc., Saint-Esprit,QC, CA and trained by Rene Allard; the 4 year old Blissfull Hall mare posted a winning time of 1:55.4. by Dave Oxford for Saratoga Raceway

Those betting on the Horsham meeting on Monday September 16 got their fingers burnt, when Bungaree (Ballarat) based trainer “Ash” Herbertson snared the first two races on the program at juicy odds. Four year old Blissful Hall/Princess Yum Yum mare Gelese brought up two wins in succession by taking the Get Well Gary Scott Pace for C0 class over 2200 metres paying Supertab odds of $11.90. Driven by Terang “young gun” Jason Lee, Gelese was given the run of the race from the pole following the pacemaker Confusion Reigns (gate three), one of two runners from the Kerryn Manning barn, with stablemate Willow Robyn going for a hat-trick as a short priced $1.60 favourite. When Willow Robyn rushed up three wide from last in the final circuit, he appeared to have the race well in his keeping after dashing clear on straightening, with Gelese being extricated into the clear. Finishing full of running, Gelese bloused Willow Robyn in the last bound to score by a nose in 2-00.7, with Armbro Speedster third after racing in the open. Nine year old Ultimate Falcon/Left Tycoon mare Ultimate Tycoon returned to the winners list after an absence of 25 months when greeting the judge in the Westvic Race Pix – Matt Craven Pace for C1 class over 2200 metres, with ironicly Matt Craven in the sulky. A winner of six races in 122 stars prior to the race, Ultimate Tycoon produced a career best performance after being driven forward from gate five to park outside the heavily supported pacemaker Mister Seelster (gate six) which had little difficulty in assuming control shortly after the start. Refusing to give in on straightening, Ultimate Tycoon ($5.10) showed previously unseen strength in proving too strong for Mister Seelster ($2.90), winning by a margin of 4.2 metres in a rate of 2-03.6. Vee Jay Jazz (four back the markers finished third). Terang’s Matt Craven who is driving in rare form at present can do nothing wrong of late and brought up a double when 4-Y-0 Sealed N Delivered/Lady Bullville gelding Ynobe Coby scored a big win in the Betta Electrical Horsham – Peter Manning Pace for C0 class over 1700 metres in a rate of 1-58.6. Trained at Elliminyt (Colac) by Courtney Slater, Ynobe Coby bred and raced by Ebony Slater settled in the moving line closer to last than first after starting from gate two on the second line, with the Mildura visitor Kilbirnie North View leading from the pole. Set alight at the bell to join the leader for the final circuit, Ynobe Coby went into overdrive on turning and raced away to register a 9.5 metre margin over Kilbirnie North View and Artois Stone which trailed the favourite. Jason Lee (cousin of Matt Craven) was also to chalk up a double after winning the Conway Pies – Jayson Finnis Pace for C1 class over 2200 metres aboard the Michelle Manning (Great Western) trained 5-Y-0 Elsu/Whatsonyamind gelding Pacquiao after taking a concession. Despite sitting in the open from gate five outside Bohemian Lombo (gate two), Pacquiao outstayed his rivals to win well by 3.9 metres in advance of Garabaldi Union which followed him all of the way, with Rising Power a stablemate of the winner third from near last. The mile rate 2-01.1. Astute Narracoorte (S-A) part-owner/trainer Greg Scholefield has made many successful raids on Victoria in the past and kept his record intact when smart 4-Y-0 gelding Glenferrie Rustler scored in the Grahan Eeles Saddlery – Cheap Tint Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2200 metres. Taking a concession for Mount Gambier’s Jayson Finnis, Glenferrie Rustler (Lis Mara/Exceptional Lass) led throughout from gate three in defeating a game Valentino Rustler which raced outside him, going down by 1.1 metres in 1-58.9, with Wipethesmile third after trailing the winner. It was Glenferrie Dreamer’s 12th victory in 19 outings, the majority being in restricted company in his home state. Local trainer Ken Exell would have received a tremendous thrill when his bargain priced 8-Y-0 Allawart Ray/Allawart Liz gelding Allawart Ugo scored in the Bunnings Horsham – Ken Exell Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2200 metres in a leisurely rate of 2-06.9. With Hamilton reinsman Rod Barker in the sulky, Allawart Ugo stepped cleanly from a 20 metre handicap, avoiding a couple of gallopers in the early stages to lob three back in the moving line with Peter Manning’s Sunnyandcher leading. Trailing Ollie Nova ahead of him three wide into the final bend, Allawart Ugo ran home strongly out wide on straightening to gain the day by 2.3 metres from Ollie Nova with the hot favourite Knapdale Girl a disappointing third 2.5 metres away after trailing the pair.  by Len Baker  

Wagga will host its final meeting of the 2012-13 season on Friday with a massive 12 race program. The premierships have been decided with Narrandera trainer Shaun Snudden in front from Kim Hillier, while Blake Jones will finish ahead of Paul Diebert in the driver's title. Since resuming from a disqualification, Jackson Painting has figured strongly at Wagga and will finish third in both awards. The local trainer award will go to Paul Kahlefeldt, while Adam Jenkiins is the top local reinsman. The Wagga pacer of the year title has been won by Cousin Dupreez who hit the front earlier this month. The awards will be presented at the Wagga RSL Club on Saturday night, September 7. Champion filly Frith will also be recognised with her second consecutive Southwest and Riverina pacer of the year award, while Distant Memory was the leading juvenile performer. World class magician Jonas Jost will perform his amazing show at the sponsors and awards evening. The announcement of the successful tenders for services to Empire Stallion pair Blissful Hall and Village Jolt will also be announced. Tenders will close next Friday. PREMIERSHIPS Trainers Shaun Snudden 162 Kim Hillier 125 Jackson Painting 104 Paul Kahlefeldt 100 Michael Hardy 41 Drivers Blake Jones 159 Paul Diebert 131 Jackson Painting114 Adam Jenkins 76 Michael Hardy 41 Nancy O'Grady || Harness Racing New South Wales |  

CLASS OF TARA GIVES ELSON HIS BIGGEST WIN AS A TRAINER Former Tasmanian Gary Elson achieved his biggest success as a trainer when Class of Tara crushed his rivals in the $125,000 Premier Suzuki Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he has high hopes that the record-breaking New Zealand-bred colt will emulate the deeds of his star pacer Crombie by winning the rich WA Derby next season. The Victorian-bred Crombie, owned by Elson, won the WA Derby by a head from David Hercules in April 2010 and went on to win another group 1 event, the McInerney Ford Classic in December 2010, before winning a heat of the interdominion championship in February 2012 and finishing second to Im Themightyquinn in the WA Pacing Cup last January. Elson is hoping that Class of Tara can follow in the footsteps of Crombie, who has earned $534,233 from 18 wins and 17 placings from 54 starts. He will now send Class of Tara for a spell before preparing him for the feature events for three-year-olds next season. The 58-year-old Victorian-born Elson purchased Class of Tara for $50,000 last November on the recommendation of New Zealand trainer-reinsman Robert Cameron, who then gave the Bettors Delight colt five starts for one win and two placings. At his final New Zealand start Class of Tara was most impressive in finishing a head second to Zacharia in a group 2 $40,000 event, rating 1.55.69 over 1950m at Addington in April this year. Class of Tara then was sent to Western Australia and he is unbeaten at three starts in Australia. He has well and truly recouped his purchase price and has earned $110,106. Class of Tara started from barrier two on the back line in the group 1 Golden Slipper and was second favourite at 13/4. Kim Young settled the colt down in sixth position in the one-wide line after the 6/4 on favourite Crusader Banner and Kimba Bay (7/1) had engaged in a speed battle for the early lead. Kimba Bay began brilliantly from the No. 4 barrier and got a length in front of Crusader Banner, but was unable to cross that colt, with the lead time being covered in a blistering 35.2sec. Gary Hall jun. drove Crusader Banner hard to retain the lead and he was then able to slacken the tempo a little with a first 400m section of the final mile in 30.2sec. But there was already the feeling that the dazzling early speed would take its toll on both Crusader Banner and Kimba Bay. Young, who will celebrate his 50th birthday early next month, made his move with 1050m to travel. He eased Class of Tara three wide and the colt surged forward to be fourth at the bell before he got the better of Crusader Banner 550m from home. Class of Tara then dashed away from the opposition and won by just under three lengths from 33/1 chance Macon Georgia, who followed the winner’s three-wide run and came from seventh at the bell. Mister Jadore (20/1) sustained a strong burst to come from 11th at the 600m to be third, with 112/1 outsider All Williams running home stoutly into fourth position. Young gave a jubilant wave of the whip 15m from the post and Class of Tara’s rate of 1.56.7 over the 2130m smashed the race record of 1.57.7 set by Ohokas Bondy in 2010. Crusader Banner faded to ninth and Kimba Bay finished last in the field of 12. Chris Lewis (Mister Jadore) lodged a protest against runner-up Macon Georgia (Matt White), alleging interference 1250m from home. The protest was dismissed. Class of Tara is the second foal out of the Dream Away mare Tara Magic, who managed only one victory (by a half-head in a 2500m maiden event at Manawatu in November 2007) from 33 starts. Tara Magic was the 14th and last foal out of Kelly Dillon, who had 47 starts for five wins, 11 placings and just $16,540 in prizemoney. Kelly Dillon produced several moderate winners. By far, the best of her progeny was the Holmes Hanover gelding Hijack Harry, who earned $116,392 from 15 wins and 40 placings from 120 starts. He won five races in Victoria and then had 87 starts in Western Australia for ten wins and 29 placings in the 1990s. HOKONUI BEN UPSETS 5/1 ON FAVOURITE DAVID HERCULES Lightly-raced New Zealand-bred six-year-old Hokonui Ben caused an upset at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he fought on superbly after a tough run to snatch a last-stride victory over the pacemaker and 5/1 on favourite David Hercules in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Says Happy 50TH Birthday to Paul Poli Pace. Hokonui Ben, trained by Gary Hall sen., was a 10/1 second favourite, but few gave the gelding much chance of toppling David Hercules, the track record-holder over the 2130m journey. However, Gary Hall jun. refused to concede that the race was a forgone conclusion and he drove with admirable aggression, sending Hokonui Ben forward from barrier three after Morgan Woodley had got David Hercules straight to the front from the No. 2 barrier. Hokonui Ben got to the breeze after 500m and after David Hercules coasted through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 30.6sec. and 30.1sec., Woodley increased the tempo and David Hercules sped over the final quarters in 27.8sec. and 27.3sec. But Hokonui Ben stuck with his rival and got to the front in the final stride to win by a nose at a 1.55.6 rate which was well outside the track record of 1.53.6 set by David Hercules in May this year. Rakarebel, who had enjoyed the ideal one-out, one-back sit, fought on gamely to by four lengths away in third place. The victory took Hokonui Ben’s record to 41 starts for 14 wins, ten placings and stakes of $214,229. He is owned by Queenslander Jeroen Nieuwenburg. After racing 24 times in New Zealand for six wins and five placings, Hokonui Ben has had 17 starts in WA for eight wins and five seconds. His victories include the Navy Cup and Bunbury Cup in 2012 and the Nights of Thunder at Gloucester Park last January. Hall jun. has driven him seven times for six wins and a second. Hokonui Ben is by Washington VC and is the first foal (and only one to have raced) out of the poorly-performed Jane Halsey, who was retired after her 15 starts produced just one third placing and $413. Jane Halsey’s dam Taurus Jane raced eight times for one third placing and $670. ROCKY MARCIANO HAS THE GOLDEN NUGGET IN HIS SIGHTS New Zealand-bred three-year-old Rocky Marciano emerged as a realistic Golden Nugget contender late this year when he gave a spirited frontrunning exhibition to win the 1730m Premier Suzuki Storm Up A Deal Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Bickley trainer Peter Anderson has extended Rocky Marciano’s three-year-old campaign to give the Christian Cullen gelding more experience before giving him a spell and bringing him back in a bid to qualify for the $175,000 Golden Nugget. Rocky Marciano, a heavily-supported 6/4 on favourite from the prized No. 1 barrier, began smoothly, but Morgan Woodley had to drive him hard to hold out a determined bid for the early lead from 4/1 second fancy Ohoka Assassin. Rocky Marciano sped through the first 400m section of the final mile in 28.3sec. before Woodley eased him slightly to cover the next two quarters in 29.7sec. and 29.3sec. Rocky Marciano then dashed over the final 400m in 28.9sec. and won by 4m from 75/1 outsider Itsa Seelster, with a head to the highly-promising Extremely Good, who surged home from tenth at the bell. Ohoka Assassin was working hard in the breeze before he met with severe interference and broke into a gallop 300m from home. Also badly checked was Ohoka Assassin’s stablemate Machs A Pearler. Ryan Bell, the driver of Itsa Seelster, was suspended for 16 days for allowing his horse to shift inwards and cause interference to Ohoka Assassin. Bell was also reprimanded for having made Shirlz Sensation cover extra ground at the bell. The stewards granted Bell a three-day stay of proceedings and he made the most of that by driving 10/1 chance Perfect Mach to an easy victory in an event for two-year-olds at Gloucester Park the following night. Rocky Marciano arrived in Western Australia last February after having had ten starts in New Zealand for three seconds. He has flourished under the care of Anderson and his WA record stands at six wins and six placings from 18 starts. He is out of Riverboat Royce, who had 55 starts in New Zealand for nine wins, ten placings and $65,234. KING AND VOAK STRIKE WITH THE BRILLIANT LEDA McNALLY The powerful combination of Pinjarra trainer Chris King and reinsman Chris Voak continued on its merry way at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Leda McNally made a wonderful return to racing by winning the Premier Suzuki Kizashi Sport Pace. The 40-year-old King and 25-year-old Voak had combined to win races with Lord Lombo (30/1) and Artesian Queen (5/2) in the previous eight days and punters rallied to support Leda McNally on Friday night when she was making her first appearance for four and a half months. The Victorian-bred four-year-old Leda McNally started from the outside of the back line and was sent out favourite at 11/4. Voak was content to settle Leda McNally in tenth position while Terra Into The West set the pace. Slick Bird (10/1) settled down in last position after starting from the outside of the front line and Kim Prentice sent her forward, three wide, with 1350m to travel and then Gary Hall jun. switched 3/1 second favourite Is She Talking three wide at the 1100m mark. Is She Talking got to a narrow lead 90m from the post, but she was swamped by Leda McNally, who was ninth at the bell and had sustained a powerful three-wide burst (with cover) to loom as a major danger, five wide, on the home turn. Leda McNally finished full of running to score by just over a length from Slick Bird, with Millwoods Delight, 11th at the 260m and blocked for a clear run until very late, a fast-finishing third. The final 800m was covered in 58.2sec. and Leda McNally rated 1.58.9 over the 2130m. Leda McNally, by Modern Art, is owned by Victorian Greg Stubbs. She now has had 18 starts in WA for King for 11 wins and three placings to take her overall record to 33 starts for 12 wins, six placings and $108,488. She had 15 starts in Victoria and New South Wales for just one win before being sent to WA. BETTOR REASON GIVES HIS OWNER PLENTY TO SMILE ABOUT Auckland breeder-owner Phil Cook celebrated a trip to Perth and had many reasons to smile at Gloucester Park on Friday night when his smart four-year-old Bettor Reason cruised to a convincing victory in the 2503m Premier Suzuki Grand Vitara Handicap. Bettor Reason, trained at Serpentine by Gary Hall sen., was a firm 5/4 favourite and he gave his supporters a scare when he galloped away off the 20m mark and settled down well back in tenth position. But Gary Hall jun. seized the initiative by dashing Bettor Reason forward, three wide, after 500m. Bettor Reason sustained a strong burst to dash to the front with 1550m to travel. Bettor Reason sprinted over the final two 400m sections in 28.4sec. and 29.2sec. and won comfortably by a length from 16/1 chance Salliwood, who led early and then had the perfect trail behind the pacemaker. Veteran pacer Courageous Ned raced three back on the pegs and ran on gamely to be third, with Dhoni impressing with a strong-finishing effort from the rear after galloping at the start. Bettor Reason raced 14 times in New Zealand for two wins and five placings and he now has had 21 starts in Western Australia for ten wins and seven placings. He has earned $199,575. Bettor Reason is the fifth foal out of the New York Motoring mare No Reason, who managed just one win from 17 starts. Bettor Reason is related to Admiral’s Ecstasy, who earned $225,331 from 24 wins and 24 placings from 68 starts. Former star WA trainer-reinsman Trevor Warwick won 21 races with Admiral’s Ecstasy, whose victories included the 1995 Parliamentarians Cup and 1996 Easter Cup, as well as two preludes of the WA Pacing Cup. He finished fourth behind Desperate Comment, Master Musician and Genghis Karalta in the Australian Pacing Championship at Harold Park in June 1996. CARIM COURAGE GIVES Justin Prentice A QUINELLA RESULT Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice landed the quinella in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Award Winning Suzuki Swift Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Kaiden Hayter brought 13/2 chance Carim Courage home with a well-timed run to snatch victory over 5/2 favourite Im Hey Jude. Prentice elected to handle Im Hey Jude, who started from the outside (barrier three) on the back line. Carim Courage was awkwardly drawn at No. 6 on the front line. Polemarker Millies Girl set the pace after defying a strong early challenge from the well-supported The Silk Road. Carim Courage settled in ninth position and Im Hey Jude was sixth in the one-wide line. Hayter started a three-wide move with Carim Courage 1050m from home and she received a trail 100m later when Prentice switched Im Hey Jude three wide. Im Hey Jude took a narrow lead 220m from home and she was in front until the final 50m before Carim Courage asserted her authority. And to make it an all-Prentice finish, Prentice’s father Kim brought 33/1 chance Mene Jaccka home from ninth at the bell with a strong burst to take third place. The Prentice trifecta returned a nice dividend of $517.30. Carim Courage, a New Zealand-bred seven-year-old and the oldest mare in the race, has been a good, honest performer who now has earned $79,857 from nine wins and 12 placings from 61 starts. WHAT GOD KNOWS KEEPS UP THE GOOD WORK Veteran pacer What God Knows has been a wonderful moneyspinner for Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg and he kept up the good work at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Michael Tenardi drove him to a smart all-the-way win in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Suzuki Way of Life Pathway Pace. The New Zealand-bred eight-year-old is still a Metropolitan maiden with earnings of $90,606, accumulated after ten wins and 25 placings from 121 starts. A winner of six races in New Zealand and one in New South Wales, What God Knows has now won three times from 69 starts in Western Australia. What God Knows was heavily supported and started favourite at 9/4, just ahead of Mosquito Buzzin (5/2). Tenardi dashed What God Knows straight to the front from barrier two, leaving Mosquito Buzzin (barrier three) to do all the hard work in the breeze. What God Knows made the task of the opposition extremely difficult when he sprinted over the final two 400m sections of the final mile in 28.7sec. and 27.8sec. He won at a 1.58.2 rate by 2m from Mosquito Buzzin, who fought on doggedly without appearing likely to seriously challenge the leader. Sparkling Seelster (8/1) ran on from three back on the pegs to be third. The Black Lord and Now A Christian each finished boldly to be fifth and sixth, respectively, and they should pay to follow. NIPPERINGHALL ENDS A LOSING STREAK OF 26 Nipperinghall, unplaced at his previous 13 starts, bounced back to form and ended a losing sequence of 26 when he outclassed his rivals in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Yankee Sensation Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Blissfull Hall six-year-old whose previous success was at Busselton in January 2012, was driven with great confidence and aggression by Serpentine trainer Chris Brew. Nipperinghall, a 4/1 second fancy behind the even-money favourite Jezalenkoubeauty, started from barrier No. 2 on the back line and Brew settled him down perfectly placed in the one-out, one-back position, before Brew seized the initiative by dashing Nipperinghall forward, three wide, after 450m. Nipperinghall then raced outside the pacemaker before forging to the front 450m from home and racing away to score by 19m from Match To The Fuse. He dashed over the final 400m in 28.9sec. and rated 1.58.9. Match To The Fuse had challenged hard for the early lead and got a length in front of Jezalenkoubeauty, but was unable to cross to the front. He then obtained an ideal trail when Brew sent Nipperinghall into the breeze. Jezalenkoubeauty faded to finish seventh. Nipperinghall has had 64 starts for ten wins, seven placings and stakes of $53,616. His dam Shimmering Shore graduated to an M2 mark in WA and was retired to the breeding barn after having 37 starts for ten wins and ten placings for $37,465 in prizemoney. TYLER DIAMOND MAKES THE MOST OF THE INSIODE BARRIER Tyler Diamond made the most of the prized No. 1 barrier by setting the pace and holding on solidly to win from Soho Monza and Ballas Arockstar in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Indie and Makai Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Herne Hill by Kevin Keys and driven by Brad Stampalia, the seven-year-old Tyler Diamond was a solidly-supported 6/4 favourite who gave a strong frontrunning display to win from 7/2 second favourite Soho Monza, who trailed the pacemaker throughout. Ballas Arockstar (33/1) raced three back on the pegs and finished strongly. The win ended a losing sequence of ten for Tyler Diamond, who now has earned $53,010 from eight wins and 19 placings from 56 starts. Tyler Diamond is by American stallion Day In A Life and is out of the New York Motoring mare Cecelia, who had 75 starts for nine wins and 22 placings for stakes of $66,474. Tyler Diamond is a half-brother to Jennas Shadow (72 starts for 12 wins, 28 placings and $116,404) and Imali (69 starts for six wins, 23 placings and $52,487). SEVEN WISHES COMPLETES A DOUBLE FOR VOAK Noted frontrunner Seven Wishes notched his fourth win from his past five starts when he relished the No. 1 barrier and scored an easy all-the-way victory in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Capped Price Servicing Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The win completed a double for reinsman Chris Voak, who had been successful earlier in the program, with Leda McNally. Seven Wishes, trained at Pinjarra by Dudley Parker, was all the rage and started at 5/2 on. He gave his backers little cause for concern as he bowled along in front, dashed over the final two 400m sections of the last mile in 28.2sec. and 29.1sec. to win by a length and a half from 10/1 chance I Am legend, who trailed him all the way. Rank outsider parasite ran on from eighth in the one-wide line at the bell to be third. Menelaus of Sparta was an unlucky fourth. He raced three back on the pegs and was badly blocked for a clear passage until the final stages. Seven Wishes, a New Zealand-bred six-year-old, has had 63 starts for ten wins, 12 placings and stakes of $70,079. He has raced 25 times in WA for seven wins and six placings. Voak has driven him five times for four wins. Swing Out Sister, the dam of Seven Wishes, won the New South Wales Oaks at Harold Park and the Queensland Oaks at Albion Park in 1990 before being retired with a record of 30 starts for 11 wins, eight placings and stakes of $138,681. by Ken Casellas Videos of all races are attached to the photos at the top of the page  

Dutchess Seelster, superbly handled by Mickey McNichol, captured Pompano Park's featured winners over trot on Wednesday night, stopping the clock in 1:55.1.

A total of $850,000 in stakes was up for grabs at Tabcorp Park Melton over two night's of harness racing last weekend, with the running of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series for two, three and four year olds.

The Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series for harness racing two-year-old colts and geldings kicked off the Group 1 proceedings at Melton on a night laden with potential superstar pacers and Major Secret immediately added his name to that list.

Six months ago - maybe even as recently as two months - it would have been hard to envisage Youranut coming into this Saturday night's Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series final for four-year-old colts and geldings as favourite.

Cathy's Princess and harness racing driver Jim Meittinis captured the $39,200 Williams Auto trot final on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs.

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