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Local harness racing trainer Michael Hughes prepared five-year-old mare Narreeva to win the Ken Miller Memorial race at Warragul's trotting meeting on Monday afternoon. In a keen contest Narreeva stormed home out wide to grab victory from Comigal and Temporal Join. The mare is bred and raced by veteran Narre Warren horseman Arthur Fullwood and is a recent addition to the Hughes stable. Narreeva bought up three winning drives for the afternoon for top horseman Greg Sugars, who won earlier in the day with Manly Mach and Betterman Stride. Melton trainer Brett Cargill had his name selected as the winner of a new Dooza Engineering racing sulky, from trainers who had a starter in the Miller Memorial event. Cargill was lucky enough to win the same lucky draw two years ago. Co-feature at Monday's meeting was the Traralgon Pacing Cup, where another exciting contest saw Pressplay grab victory in a keen finish. Trained at Doreen by Rebecca Cartwright and driven by Craig Turnbull, Pressplay has recorded 12 wins from 55 starts. Locally owned and trained filly Courageous Call scored an easy win in the fourth race. Coming off a sixth placing in the recent Victoria Oaks, Courageous Call appreciated a significant drop in class, and led all the way for trainer Gary Quinlan and driver Anthony Butt. She has won connections almost $29,000 in stakes with three wins and five minor placings from only 11 starts. Two other popular winners on the day were Mister Gunsen for trainer-driver Paul Grech in an eventful Trotters Handicap, and Change Of Address, which recorded a third win in succession when taking out the last race. Despite cold, windy conditions, a good crowd was on hand for the eight race program at the Warragul Pacing Bowl. Kyle Galley

Jack In Flight may not have the strongest form heading into the VHRSC Classic. In fact, Bitobliss and Smoken Up will shadow him in the betting for the race. But Wartime Sweetheart almost proved there is an exception to every rule and that is what Brett Cargill will be banking on come Friday night at Tabcorp Park Melton. He is going to have to cause a massive boilover but his trainer doesn’t believe he is hopeless. Finding little luck in each of his last three runs, he is starting to show signs of returning to his best which saw him win a Warragul and Melton Pacing Cup last season. “He’s going a lot better than his form reads, his last three runs he hasn’t really got out, he has gone to the line very good. He keeps drawing badly, he’s had seven or 12 his last three or four runs but he is going very, very good,” Cargill said. “We’ve drawn the front line so hopefully that will help us but it looks like there are a few inside us that can get out pretty quick. “Because I Can, Dominus Vobiscum, Mustang Mach and even Artoc can get out so we will have to sit down and have a good look at it.” Tactics aside, the race is shaping as a turning point for the aspirations of many to kick-start a campaign towards the rich Choice Hotels Country Cups series. And Jack In Flight is no different despite skipping this Saturday night’s Nyah Cup in favour of the Melton FFA. “I might be struggling now because of his form but I’ve been setting him for the Kilmore Cup,” Cargill said. “I had him nominated for the Nyah Cup but he had 20 metres and with horses like Chancellor Cullen off 10 and the fact that it’s five hours each way, it might have just flattened him. “I really believe he is getting back towards his best, he had a bit of a setback and then he was out in a bigger yard and the grass started growing and he got very fat on me so I had to move him out of there. “The Breeders Crown run and the couple of runs after that, he just needed the racing. I just looked at him yesterday morning and he is ready to go now. I think he is a bit stronger than he was last year.” Jack In Flight has been rated a $51 chance by Harness Racing Victoria form expert Jason Bonnington. Bitobliss ($2) and Smoken Up ($2.80) are expected to fight out favouritism from Jaccka Clive ($9) and Melpark Major ($10). by Blake Redden Harness Racing Victoria      

The late autumn and winter domination of Tabcorp Park by the harness racing Emma Stewart team is in full swing after Beauty Secret held off stablemate The Good Times in last night's (Friday 10th May) Harness Breeders (VIC) Silver Chalice.

Talented young harness racing driver Chris Lang Junior, who has achieved much success in trotting races, landed his first Pacing Cup win when Jack In Flight won the $25,000 Rapidvite Warragul Pacing Cup on Easter Sunday.

On a night full of harness racing highlights, Brett Cargill and Gavin Lang took the top honour when Our White Knight charged across the leaders heels to take the $50,000 Group 2 Nightline Homes Shepparton Gold Cup.

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