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Legendary Bendigo reinsman Brian Gath is thoroughly enjoying what he's done best for 57 years -competing and getting winners at harness racing meetings. "The region-based racing that come about because of COVID really reignited my career. It got me up and going and out there again," Gath, of Longlea, said. "I must have been through the recycling bin and a lot of trainers found me once more," he joked. "I still enjoy winning a race- but these days I mainly love it for the people who put me on." Harness Racing Victoria introduced a region-based calendar back in March aimed at limiting travel for participants, in line with public health recommendations to slow the spread of coronavirus. The model succeeded by allowing racing to continue right across the State throughout the pandemic. The regional borders have now been eased and clubs that had their racing transferred to another track or region are now gradually re-opening. But the sprite 76-year-old Gath, known widely as "The Little Master", has made the most of his opportunities, driving more than 15 winners, and on Saturday night, again displaying all of his outstanding qualities at headquarters. Gath landed a popular win at TABcorp Park, Melton, with four-year-old bay mare Miss McGonagall (Modern Art-Fleur Delacour (Nicholas Branch) in the $20,000 DNR Logistics Pace for Ballarat owner-breeder-trainer Stephen Clarke. "I've driven for the Clarke family before, but not for a long time. Stephen's dad Jim, who I've known for ages, brought the horse to the meeting," Gath said. "We were in stable 13 and I told Jim that might help us...or otherwise hinder us! But the horse showed she can do a bit of work because I had to go strongly at the start to get to the top. "Then there was a lot of pressure, so she did a terrific job in winning." Still enjoying what he does best – the Little Master Brian Gath (Stuart McCormick photograph) Miss McGonagall won by 2.5 metres from Jackierabbit (Michael Stanley) with Gooddealehemily (Ryan Duffy) and further one metre back in third placing. Gath said his lucky run started even before the race, picking up the drive as a result of Stephen's son Connor being out suspended. "Connor drove the horse to three Melton wins in April, May and June, and has done a terrific job with her," Gath said. "I spoke with Stephen on the phone a few days before the race and he told me all about the horse, and just what she would do including some of her funny little traits," he said. "I kept thinking during the race all that he'd told me, and I reckon I followed it to the letter - and everything he said was spot-on. "I've probably never come across a trainer before who was so specific about their horse. It all helped though." Coincidentally, Gath drove Fleur Delacour, the dam of Miss McGonagall, at Moonee Valley in what was the mare's final win before being retired to stud. Records reveal that Gath teamed with Fleur Delacour (Nicholas Branach-Agincourt (Pure Steel) to win the $13,000 Hankook Tyres Pace (2570m) at the valley on November 26, 2004. Fleur Delacour, bred by Ross Conway, recorded 11 wins and 18 placings for stakes of $51,000 in her career. While Gath didn't pick up a drive at Charlton yesterday, his son Matthew was booked for a few. "I've got to do some extra work with Matthew away at the trots. But I don't mind doing it, especially the waters, for the exercise. I don't use a hose - I carry the buckets instead and it all helps to keep me fit!" he laughed.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Bendigo veteran harness racing reinsman Brian Gath is having a ball as he continues on his merry winning way in vintage form. Gath, a sprite 75-year-old legend of the sport, has wound back the clock since Victoria introduced its regionalised racing brainchild last month. Apart from regularly picking up books of four and five engagements at his local track, the industry icon, fondly known as "the little master", recently posted his fastest ever winning time of 1.52-5. Gath steered four-year-old gelding Gobsmacked (Auckland Reactor-Respected (Art Major) to victory in the $12,000 Bendigo Party Hire Pace last week for trainer Shaun McNaulty. "I remember on one trip to America, way back in 1979, I won at the Meadowlands in a time of 1.56. At the time it was the equal fastest mile rate recorded by a driver from Australia-the other being Vic Frost," Gath said. "Since then I've won races in 1.55 and around that mark, but the speed was on from the start at Bendigo, and they didn't back it off," he said. After an opening split of 27.6 seconds, the sparks continued to fly with 28.7, 27.8 and home in 28.7. Gath always appeared to be the one to beat, sitting quietly on the back of the free-wheeling leader Streitkid (Shannon O'Sullivan). He eased off heading into the home corner and held off the late swoopers in Glenn Douglas-prepared pair, Courageous Saint and Vandanta. To watch the video replay click here. Gath made it two for the week at Bendigo when he won three days later with bay mare Chooz Reactor (Auckland Reactor-Eleventh Command (Ponder) for Ron Sheppard, of Heathcote. Tonight, he again partners Gobsmacked and will be hoping to continue his purple patch. To watch the video replay click here. "He's a lovely little horse to drive-and to run the time that he did last start was terrific. We are off the back row this time, but with an ounce of luck we won't be far away," Gath said. The Hall of Fame reinsman said he received a "wonderful surprise" when he turned on his computer to check on race fields. "There were congratulation messages from two retired world champions in Melbourne Cup winning jockey Harry White and former brilliant USA harness racing driver Bill O'Donnell," Gath said. "I've known Harry for many, many years. I could probably say the same thing about Bill, who I met during a trip over there in the 80s. Bill was known as 'Magic' - the horses just seemed to run so much faster for him, particularly at Meadowlands," he said. Gath, with more than 3600 winners to his name, including a 1978 Inter Dominion triumph with Markovina, has nothing but praise for the new regional racing format. "I would think everyone else is enjoying it as much as we are in the Bendigo district. We are all getting a chance to earn something, and the wins are being spread across the board," he said. "They've done a terrific job to keep racing going and it's bringing different people into the limelight. Let's just hope it continues." Gath has had five wins and five placings from 20 drives since region racing got underway on April 2.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

At 74 years young, legendary Bendigo horseman Brian Gath has had harness racing fans winding back the clock over the past week. Gath, arguably in the best half dozen Australian reinsmen of all time, is approaching six decades in the sulky but was still at his front-running best in two different States - Victoria and New South Wales. He coerced six-year-old gelding Lewis Lane (Somebeachsomewhere-Star Chase (Torado Hanover) to the line at Shepparton last week and then perfectly rated former Kiwi black mare Bettor Enforce (Bettors Delight-Their Excuse) to land a tough win at Wagga at the weekend. "I still get a big kick out of driving winners that's for sure, mainly because of the people you drive for. They're mostly friends or people who I've known a long time," he said. The Hall of Famer's two latest winners were for staunch stable owners Norm and Joan Visca, and long-time friend Tony Peacock. "The Viscas are terrific people who love the sport - and they also used the Christian name of our 17-year-old grandson Lewis as part of the horse's name, which was lovely. Young Lewis was at the sales for the first time, bouncing around like a typical energetic kid, when they bought Lewis Lane," Gath said. "Tony has been around for ages and it's nice to see he has a handy mare in Bettor Enforce. She's tough, good-gaited and it was lovely to win on her. The drive was my first winner at Wagga since the new track was opened." While the skill certainly hasn't waned, the customary flamboyant style of B. Gath at his best has, some would say sadly, been curtailed. The jiggling, twisting, encouraging style of yesteryear (with more than a little bluff) invariably gleaned that extra bit from his charges - but was frowned upon by authorities. In a driving career which was launched with a win behind Tobacco Smoke at the Royal Melbourne Show in 1960, Gath now has close to 3500 winners to his credit in Australasia and the Meadowlands, USA. "I can remember that show race very clearly. My brother Neville decided I could take the drive and everyone thought Opal Chief, who was on fire at the time, was a good thing. Well I got up and beat him," he said. "My first (non-show) race winner was with Minyip Wheat at Stawell. It was one of dad's (George) horses and owned by Pearl Kelly. (Kelly was Australia's first licensed reinswoman in 1916 and once finished 3rd on the Melbourne drivers' premiership). While Gath has been around horses for as long as he can remember, he could have easily been lost from the sport to the thoroughbred code. "I was an apprentice jockey for about 12 months when I was a teenager and I rode some winners too. It was fun and at the same time there was a youngster named Harry White, who went on to become a household name," Gath said. "My weight became an issue, and dad needed me because he was training a big team of around 25 horses, so I came back home." But it was a trip to Sydney in his early years that perhaps really fuelled Gath's love for harness racing. "I was at Harold Park for the 1960 Inter Dominion when that mighty horse Caduceus won the final. I was only young, and I was pushing the sulky and gear in while brother Neville had our horse that was in another race," Gath said. "There was 50,000 screaming fans and they were crammed in sardine-tight at every vantage point. Caduceus (who won 82 races in his career) got one of the most deafening ovations you'd ever hear when he went over the finish line. Then he had to survive a protest!" Gath said there and then, he dreamt of winning an Interdominion final. "We all have ambitions and two others for me were to be the leading driver in Melbourne and also to win a Miracle Mile," he said. "Well it took me years to win the drivers' premiership, and it was very hard work! I then did it a few times again later. I got the Inter Dominion triumph with a favorite horse of mine in Markovina in the inaugural Moonee Valley series in 1978. "He was a good, really good horse with unreal acceleration. But he had a bad habit of pulling up if you hit the front too soon. I don't know if it was because he thought the fun part was over. "But he was a marvellous horse, only a little fella but with a very long barrel. It seemed like he would bottle up his speed and then explode. Another memorable win by Markovina was at the opening Moonee Valley meeting." 1978 Inter Dominion Final Replay Gath said the third career goal-winning a Miracle Mile-was his most difficult. "It took me so long. From memory I think I may have had at least three goes at it," he said. "I remember when I got a call from Barry Purdon one year asking me to drive Chokin. He was an outstanding horse at the time, and I was pretty happy. But being only young, the horse wouldn't settle for me in front and virtually become uncontrollable. "I got my 'mile' win in 1992 with Franco Tiger, trained by Glen Tippet, in 1.56-7. We did have to survive a protest by the third horse Jack Morris for alleged interference - it was the first protest in the then 27-year history of the Miracle Mile." After a hearing lasting nine minutes, stewards dismissed the objection. 1992 Miracle Mile replay      Gath said he was most happy these days just "doing his team of horses on the farm" at Longlea, which he and his wife Denise have called home since 1985. "I never want to stop. I really enjoy the training side of it and both myself and our son Matthew have nice teams in work at the moment," he said. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura               P 0498 490 672   E hello@newsalertpr.com.au   W www.newsalertpr.com.au      

Legendary Bendigo harness racing figure Brian Gath recently lost a great “mate” in a superstar of the 1990s, aged gelding Harley Hanover (Torado Hanover-Jordan Alley). The grand campaigner, who would have been 30 years of age at the end of the season, attracted a “rock star” following with exhilarating performances when Melbourne trots was conducted at Moonee Valley. “He was a genuine free-for-aller and country cups horse with such an outstanding will to win,” Gath said. “I remember at the time we got him, we were struggling along with a heavy mortgage and all the other expenses, and that horse got us out of so much trouble, you just wouldn’t believe it. “We had him on lease, and he paid for so many things. When we look back on it, we were very, very fortunate.” Gath said he firmly believes that the family would have lost their farm, but for the deeds of Harley Hanover. The pacer finished his racing career with 34 wins and 16 placings from 92 starts for nearly $250,000 in stakes. Harley Hanover started his career ingloriously with a distanced 10th at Hobart on April 15, 1994, after locking wheels and breaking.  But he turned the tables eight days later with a strong win at Launceston. He then recorded another three wins before crossing the Bass Strait and registering two wins at Moonee Valley and one at Geelong before it was time to head for home again. Gath said he can recall his excitement when Harley Hanover arrived at his stables in September 1996. “We ran 3rd at Bendigo and then had three city wins in Melbourne – he really didn’t look back from that point,” Gath said. During a 20-month period from March 1997, Harley Hanover posted a further 12 metropolitan wins. Gath said apart from all the wins, the pacer was also responsible for some very tough performances when having to settle for the minor prizemoney. “I remember a race at Sydney’s Harold Park called the 2KY Racing Radio Ben Hur in 1998 when we were very unlucky to go down,” he said. “Some NSW officials rang me and invited us up there because they were short of nominations and it was a $150,000 event. “I was in two minds because I was thinking what a big trip it was; and how the hell were we going to get there? Because I didn’t really think our little old truck would probably make it. Anyway, they gave us nearly an hour to think it over. “I rang a close friend of ours, Colleen Bamford and not only did she encourage us to go but offered their four-wheel-drive vehicle and float to us. “So, we make the big trip and arrived at Harold Park and it’s a typical Sydney night with rain and a sloppy track. “We were in front on the home corner going along nicely when he sort of knuckled over up the back end and couldn’t pace properly. We skipped and hopped down the straight. He was very lame but the good judges on the finish line thought we’d managed to hang on. “But it wasn’t to be, and Anthony Butt beat us by a nose with their horse called Happy Asset.  We ended up with $30,000 and the winner got $90,000!” Gath said two race wins that stick in his mind were the $30,000 1998 Ballarat Cup and the $15,000 Italian Cup, run early the following year. “Our son Matthew drove Harley Hanover at Ballarat and it was an absolute gem of a drive,” Gath said. “If it had been me driving, we would have gone down. I was yelling on the sidelines for Matthew to go wide, but he waited patiently for inside runs which eventually did come and he landed the money. “The Italian Cup win was great and even though he was sent out 9/4 favorite, he still had to run a tick over two minutes for 2380metres.” Gath said when Harley Hanover was retired in early 2001, his elderly owner was thrilled that he had a home for life at the Gath property at Longlea, Bendigo. “We kept an eye on him all the time, he was rugged in winter and got his teeth and hooves attended to.  He was always fed lucerne, pollard, chaff and everything else and he’d eat all day and spend four or five hours out in the paddock with his stable buddy in Oscar Le Vant,” Gath said. (“Oscar” was another more than handy pacer for the Gaths with 16 wins and 14 placings for over $212,000 in earnings.) “We all love our horses – we wouldn’t be doing what we do if that wasn’t the case.  But horses like Harley are always special in our hearts,” he said. While he was a family favorite for the Gath family, he will certainly be remembered by harness racing fans far and wide for his consistent powerhouse performances. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

The third in a series of stories on harness nominees for the 2019 WA Racing Industry Hall of Fame is about the champion pacer Jack Morris. The New Zealand bred gelding Jack Morris was voted Australian Pacer of the Year in 1993 and 1994 on the back of four Group One wins across the two seasons and he was voted Australian Harness Horse of the Year in 1993 - but Jack Morris was much more than just a super horse – he was the most famous pacer in Australia as controversy seemed to follow his and his trainer/driver Sean Harney. Harney had taken a fancy to Jack Morris while on a trip to New Zealand and used his not inconsiderable powers of persuasion (aka as the gift of the gab) to convince businessman and Jeans West owner Peter Volk, who Harney had only just met, to part with $30,000 to bring Jack Morris to Perth. Harney had gained a measure of fame in 1990 when he drove rank outsider Tarport Sox to victory in the WA Pacing Cup for trainer Colin Joss but he needed the funding of Volk to bring the horse to Perth. Harney worked his horses hard and in Jack Morris he had a horse that could handle the workload although he was to provide Harney with plenty of headaches as he was also a wilful race-horse who just wanted to run fast. After costing Harney dearly when he galloped hopelessly from a standing start as a heavily backed favourite Harney then settled for a mobile start at Bunbury on 9th March 1992 and, with Colin Lavin at the reins, Jack Morris won by a conservative 50 metres. He followed that with equally effortless wins as Pinjarra, Wagin and Gloucester Park. After a spell Jack Morris resumed racing in July 1992 with Les Poyser at the reins as Harney was serving a six month suspension following a foul-driving charge. As a one city win class horse Harney then started Jack Morris in the open class Winter Cup and impressed Gloucester Park regulars when he was a close third to The Harlem Boy and Zakara after the toughest run in the race. Jack Morris then won his next four starts in Perth to advance to open class ranks and then left people agog when he came from last at the 400 metre mark, after copping a chequered run, to be beaten a neck by John Owen in the James Brennan Memorial. Jack Morris then won his next three starts including the 1992 J P Stratton Cup before he lined up in the Fremantle Members Sprint on November 13th over 1700 metres. Jack Morris ran the fastest “mile” in Australia that season when he rated 1:56.5 beating Miss Bo Scott and John Owen. The ebullient Harney was on the phone to the New South Wales Harness Racing Club the next morning demanding an invitation to the 1992 Miracle Mile at Harold Park which was scheduled for November 27th. NSWHRC Chief Executive Peter Vlandys had never heard of Jack Morris or Sean Harney so he rang the gelding’s owner Peter Volk. Volk indicated that although Fred Kersley would probably drive Jack Morris in Sydney he felt that Harney would want to drive the horse as he was about to complete his six month suspension. Vlandys scoffed at the suggestion saying it was trying to compare a Rolls Royce (Kersley) with a Mini Minor (Harney). Harney heard about the conversation and rang Vlandys and opened the conversation along the lines of “Hi, Mini Minor here and I will be driving the horse, take it or leave it.” The rest is history as Jack Morris was invited into the field and newspaper headlines screamed “JACK WHO?” The Glen Tippet-trained Franco Tiger, driven by Brian Gath, surged to his third consecutive Grand Circuit victory for the season in the most open Miracle Mile on record. Franco Tiger (13-4) led throughout to win by two-and-a-half metres from Christopher Vance (3-1), with Jack Morris (8-1) five metres away third. Franco Tiger clocked 1:56.7, leaving his opponents with no excuses, although a history-making protest by Harney on behalf of Jack Morris may have suggested otherwise. It was the first protest in the 27-year history of the Miracle Mile, and Harney alleged interference by the winner on the first turn cost him the chance of leading, and ultimately, his chance of winning. After a hearing lasting nine minutes, the objection was dismissed. After that controversial third, Sean Harney declared the gelding would get better and we would be hearing a lot more about Jack Morris. At his next start after the 1992 Miracle Mile, Jack Morris led throughout to win the M H Treuer Memorial at Bankstown, beating Band Magic and Christopher Vance with Miracle Mile winner, Franco Tiger back in fifth place. Franco Tiger and Jack Morris locked horns again when Jack Morris resumed racing with a win in a heat of the WA Pacing Cup on 22nd December 1992. Franco Tiger also won that night and was again successful five nights later when he beat a gallant Jack Morris in another WA Cup heat. The stage was set for the WA Pacing Cup final on January 2nd 1993 and Harney exuded confidence in a pre-race interview declaring, despite drawing the outside of the field in barrier nine, that “I’m the best driver” and that he would drive Jack Morris as the best horse in the field. Harney started the action packed Cup by crossing to lead from barrier nine then slowing the field abruptly which resulted in a couple of moves being made early and Harney being forced to increase the tempo. In so doing his created a gap in the field which enabled Brian Gath to manoeuvre Franco Tiger away from his position three back the fence and zip around the field and past Jack Morris and into the lead. Harney bullocked Jack Morris away from the rails with a lap to travel and with 400 metres to run he moved up alongside Franco Tiger only to lose momentum as the Victorian lugged out under pressure. With Harney driving like a man possessed Jack Morris hits the front in the shadows of the post only to have victory snatched from him by the 100/1 chance The Harlem Boy which had been the last horse selected in the elite field. Harney declared post-race that Jack Morris was the greatest certainty ever beaten in the race and vowed vengeance in the upcoming Victoria Cup and Inter Dominion. While Jack Morris was to gain revenge, Harney would not as the heavily backed Franco Seven crossed Jack Morris at the start of the Group Two Mount Eden Sprint on 29th January 1993 and he elected to stay on the fence when there was sufficient room to get off the rail. Jack Morris went to the line climbing over the back of Franco Seven and Sean Harney received another six month suspension from the stewards. Rod Chambers drove Jack Morris when he won his prelude of the Victoria Cup and a week later was again at the reins when Jack Morris finished second to New Zealand star Master Musician in the Group One Victoria Cup. Jack Morris was brought back to Perth to be prepared for the 1993 Inter Dominion at Brisbane’s Albion Park track and he was pre-post favourite for the final and shortened further after a win over Warrior Khan on the opening night. He followed that with a second to his great river Franco Tiger on the second night before cementing his place as favourite for the final with an easy win over Rustic Lad and Christopher Vance on the third night. His price shortened from 6/4 to 4/6 when he drew gate three and despite being beaten out in the early speed battle Chambers soon had him settled outside the leader Franco Tiger before Chambers released the hand-brake with 500 metres to travel and Jack Morris cruised home six metres clear of Warrior Khan and Blossom Lady. In a little over 15 months Jack Morris had gone from being a complete unknown and was now the best known pacer in Australasia. He resumed racing at Gloucester Park in September 1993 with a couple of soft wins and a third placing to Zakara before Harney took him back to Brisbane for the Group One Queensland Pacing Championship where he went under to Warrior Khan by a half-head. Jack Morris next started in the Group One Australian Pacing Championship at Moonee Valley and after downing Nicholas Branach he was the first horse invited into the 1993 Miracle Mile. Harney celebrated the invitation a week later when Jack Morris accounted for the Group Two Legends and then had to survive a double protest from the drivers of Franco Tiger and Nicholas Branach. Harney then took Jack Morris to Hobart a week later when he easily won the Group One Tasmanian Pacing Championship before the pair headed to Sydney for the 1993 Miracle Mile on November 26th. The 1993 Miracle Mile received unprecedented media coverage - in the press, radio and television - mainly due to the flamboyant and colourful Sean Harney. All that pre-race publicity, plus more than 12 months hard work by NSWHRC officials, went down the drain, however, when the warning siren sounded at approximately 10.I5pm on Friday, November 26. In one of the biggest sensations to precede a major Australasian race, Jack Morris was withdrawn only seconds before the race was scheduled to start. Dominating betting at 4/6 after drawing barrier three, Jack Morris was scratched on the recommendation of veterinary surgeon, Dr David Evans, as the field lined up behind the mobile barrier in the back straight when blood was noticed trickling from one nostril. Pandemonium broke out when it was announced the odds-on favourite had been scratched. It was later estimated almost $2 million wagered in bets involving Jack Morris had to be refunded. The 1993 Miracle Mile was won in pedestrian fashion by Chokin and while it may not have packed much punch as a spectacle, it will be best remembered as the year the hot favourite was scratched at the barrier. Owner Peter Volk was understandably furious and ordered Harney to bypass the Treuer Memorial and to take Jack Morris straight back to Perth where the gelding won a heat of the WA Pacing Cup on December 22nd 1993 at his first start for some six weeks. Jack Morris disappointed in finishing fourth to Hilarion Star in the $400,000 final and was sent to the spelling paddock. He didn’t race again for some 20 months and when Jack Morris next started it was in Victoria from the stables of Andrew Peace. A suspensory problem brought a premature end to the career of Jack Morris and his last 16 starts in Victoria yielded just three minor class wins and four placings. Jack Morris retired with a career record of 70 starts for 31 wins, 17 seconds and 8 thirds. As for Sean Harney he was diagnosed with a tumour on the spine and cancer of the oesophagus and on 29th September 1994 he died a month short of his fortieth birthday.      Enquiries about tickets to the 2019 WA Racing Industry Hall of Fame Induction night on 28th February should be directed to Hall of Fame Coordinator Suzy Jackson on (08) 9445 5371 or suzy.jackson@rwwa.com.au   Alan Parker

At 71 years young trainer-driver Brian Gath wrote another page in his book of legend, winning the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series final for harness racing two-year-old fillies at Tabcorp Park Melton Friday night. A maiden before tonight, Betty Hall is now a Group 1 winner for owners Norm and Joan Visca having produced a shock win in the night’s last Vicbred trotting final, scoring at a staggering $119 on the tote. “I have trained a few Group 1 winners, but there is nothing like training one for good people,” Gath said, who drover Betty Hall a treat, placing her on the back of favourite Illawong Shimmer. When leader Watts Up Rainbow galloped and sent the field scattering, Gath steered Betty Hall wide and then rejoined on Illawong Shimmer’s shoulder. Betty Hall was then the best horse in the straight, winning by a head from Kyvalley Kyrie with Illawong Shimmer a half-neck further back in third. For Gath,  who turns 72 on Tuesday, the victory by the Angus Hall filly out of Nirvana Castle was reward for persistence. “To train one for a Group  1 race, it takes a lot of lot of work and this filly’s had a lot of work from my son (Mathew), Anthony Crossland spent hours on it for me, and myself  of course,” Gath said. The win in a 2:05.7 mile rate has only further fuelled Gath’s love for the sport. “I don’t really want to stop,” Gath said. “I get more pleasure out of training, I’m really happy on the farm working my horses and that. If I’ve got one good enough I will take off to the races, but I enjoy doing it. “For the last 25 years I have been off racing every day nearly and every week and Matty has been at home training, he’s the backbone of our stable.” Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

Harness racing trainer Lance Justice has high hopes for filly Hu Hu R U despite bookmakers offering huge odds in early fixed price markets for Saturday night’s Nevele R Stud Victoria Oaks Final. TAB.com.au opened the Melton-trained filly $41 to win the $150,000 Group 1 three-year-old fillies’ classic despite the daughter of Jereme's Jet breaking 55 seconds and recording the fastest last half-mile behind Mark Purdon’s highly acclaimed A Piccadilly Princess in Oaks heat three last Friday night. Hu Hu R U has been ultra-impressive since arriving in Australia, the former Kiwi pacer's overall record an impressive 11 starts for seven wins and three minor placings. In last Friday night's heat, Hu Hu R U was taken off the arm from gate seven before storming home to run second, her last half recorded at 54.89secs and her last quarter at 27.45secs. “She’s got a really good turn of foot as you saw last week. She actually ran one of the quickest last halves of the night … she’s very, very quick,” Justice told RSN’s Gait Speed this morning. “She’s a very good horse. If she takes the next step she could potentially be the best,” he added. Hu Hu R U has drawn barrier 10 for the Oaks Final, giving Justice plenty to think about. Does he sit back and allow Hu Hu R U to close hard at the end, or will the one-one be up for grabs if he makes an early move? The one thing that is clear is Justice says the filly has pulled up a treat from her super first-up hit-out. “She’s pulled up really well and should improve a little bit more for Saturday night," he said. “Brian Gath  to his credit did a great job looking after her last week. He didn’t over-punish her.  Basically he chased her just on her own urgings.” The early money for the Oaks Final has been for Emma Stewart-trained Heavens Trend, who drew gate three. She opened $2.20 with TAB.com.au and is into a $1.80 favourite, while opening favourite A Piccadilly Princess has eased from $1.80 out to $2.20. Both impressively won their heats. That pair stifles the betting with $11 chances Im Wrongly Accused from the Matthew Craven stable, also a heat winner, and Gary Hoban-trained Dancingwithsierra, who ran second in her heat behind Heavens Trend, on the next line. The Oaks is Race 7 (9.02pm) on Saturday night's 10-event program at Tabcorp Park Melton and carries a $20,000 First 4 jackpot with TAB.com.au. Cody Winnell 

The harness racing Country Cups Championships heads to Frank Ryan Raceway this Saturday night for the running of the Moama Bowling Club Echuca Pacing Cup. The $30,450 Group 3 race shapes as an even affair, in which Im Alex will be looking to take advantage of his plum draw. VIDEO: KEEP YOUR QUADDIE WIDE AT ECHUCA, JASON BONNINGTON TELLS PUNTERS The seven-year-old gelding has been racing consistently well of recent times without winning and trainer Isabel Walsh is hopeful that will change this week. “He is a nice horse and hopefully from the good draw he can have some luck on Saturday night and run well,” Walsh said. I’m Alex has only had the one stand start and that was when he was a youngster in his homeland, New Zealand, but Walsh wasn’t too concerned about him behind the tapes “It isn’t any problem for him as he has stepped well in New Zealand before. He is a quiet, well-mannered horse so I don’t think the stand will be an issue,” she said. “We also have Brian Gath and he is an excellent driver.” Echuca being a tight, turning track would also play to Im Alex's favour, Walsh said. “He loves the small tracks. He was a horse-of-the-year at Penrith, which is small just like Echuca, so it’s perfect for him.” Walsh didn’t single out any rival as her main danger believing all challengers capable of winning, but she was excited about the opportunities come Saturday night. It is going to be a bumper night of racing, which features the resumption of outstanding five-year-old San Carlo in race eight. There will be a host of on-track entertainment, with the first of 10 races beginning at 5.57pm. Matt Jackson

Local horses scored most of the wins at the well attended Warragul harness racing meeting on Wednesday afternoon. Longwarry trainer Lee Evison collected two race wins for a host of happy owners - with Expectagrin which scored its first race victory, and the talented pacer Mister Wickham. Fellow Gippsland horseman Gary Quinlan was also in the winners' circle on the program with Ymbro Toto, which led throughout in her victory, giving ace reinsman Greg Sugars a driving double. Veteran Croydon horseman Mario Stella has long supported Warragul's meetings, and made the trip across a successful one when he landed a double with Feel The Buzz (driven by Matt Ablett) and Greenough (Zac Phillips). Clyde trainer Jayne Davies was another local to collect a victory with Mister Clooney in race eight when driven by Chris Alford. Melton couple Maree and John Caldow combined to win the Gippsland Business Centre Pace with Art Mistress, defeating locals Sahara Sunrise and Fairest Fella. John Caldow accepted a trophy on behalf of the race sponsors, who held their Christmas break-up at the trots. After the race Caldow claimed the Warragul track as "the best little track around", given the work undertaken to enhance the condition of the track surface and camber in recent times. Veteran Bendigo horseman Brian Gath had his first drive at Warragul for some time, and landed victory with Aitutaki. Gath also praised the quality of the revamped Warragul track after the race, saying that while the track has always been of good quality, the renovation works undertaken 12 months ago have taken the course to another level. Trainer/driver Lisa Miles bought home Tiavons Dream to a narrow victory in the Trotters Handicap - the square gaiters turned in a great exhibition of faultless trotting which was well received by the crowd. Wednesday's raceday introduced plenty of new people to trotting and there was a great atmosphere on track. Strong entries produced nine races with competitors coming from far and wide for a quality program. Warragul Harness Racing Club officials will be hoping to repeat the success at their next raceday on Tuesday afternoon, January 19.   Kyle Galley

Champion harness racing identity Brian Gath has enjoyed a strong affiliation with the Ballarat Pacing Cup. The wily reinsman has captured the Group One four times, to be the feature’s second most successful driver behind the late Vin Knight. Knight boasts five victories, with his wins coming behind Kotare Knight in 1981, followed by Popular Alm in 1983, Bag Limit in 1988, Sir Reilly in 1989 and Sinbad Bay in 1991. Each of Knight’s wins were prepared by his later father, Bob, who is the event’s most successful trainer. Sinbad Bay returned in 1996 to become the only dual champion when driven by Stephen Dove, who is married to Bob’s daughter, Sue. Ironically, three of Gath’s triumphs came a year after a Knight stable runner, with the fourth registered well after the father and son had died. Gath’s initial win came with Doubter in 1982, followed by No Identity in 1992, Whale Of A Tale in 1997 and Safari in 2008. The Gath-Knight connection also includes the 1996 edition of the provincial feature when the Gath-driven Ricky Dean lost the race on protest! With this year’s Cup marking the 45th running of the event, the Ballarat and District Trotting Club, in conjunction with Harnesslink, is conducting a Fantasy Ballarat Cup to decide which winner deserves to be crown the greatest of all. Taking that into consideration, will any of Gath’s winners make the field, or furthermore, provide the veteran with his fifth Cup ‘win’? As part of the promotion, our panel of experts will submit their top 12 members of the honour roll, with a point system to decide the final line-up. The voice of the industry - Dan Mielicki – will then produce a ‘phantom call’ at the club’s traditional Barrier Draw Breakfast on December 9. Enthusiasts are also invited to submit their fantasy field via the club’s Facebook page, with the person who correctly selects the most starters in the final fantasy field - including their finishing order - to receive a $1000 bet on this year’s Cup compliments of the Flying Horse Venue and hospitality on the night. “Our honour roll is littered with champion pacers across four decades and no doubt there will be plenty of debate around which horses should, and should not, earn their place in the fictitious field,” club chief executive Paul Rowse explained. “I certainly don’t envy our experts and wish them well as they embark what is an arduous, but very interesting, assignment.  “We invite everyone with an interest in the trots to get behind the fantasy cup concept and test their knowledge against our experts. “It will be a lot of fun, and there’s a great prize on offer.” To help participants further, Harnesslink will produce profiles on the Cup’s 44 winners during the three weeks leading into the December 13 showdown. PAUL COURTS

Reinsman Rodney Petroff nailed the tactics aboard Zedalite to win the Vulcan Trotters Free-For-All at Tabcorp Park Melton last night. Petroff took the Brent Lilley trained five-year-old gelding straight to the front from gate three and refused to hand up to Josh Aiken aboard the short-priced favourite, My High Expectations, in the 1720-metre feature event. The pair, who punters favoured with My High Expectations starting $1.50 favourite and Zedalite the second pick at $4.20, sat one-two for the bulk of the race but Petroff’s charge had the upper hand. In the finish My High Expectations loomed large late and almost got level with the early pacesetter in the final 200 metres, but Petroff lifted Zedalite to a memorable half-head win. Zedalite has been a terrific money-spinner for connections and last night’s success was his 22nd career win from 75 starts. The son of Zooma stopped the clock at 1:58.1 for the mile rate. Stoned I Am ran on at the finish to grab third for Simone Walker, while Lightning Joy was fourth for Gavin Lang. Earlier in the night Inky Cullen bounced back to winning form after some out-of-character efforts with a win in the Tabcorp Park Melton Claiming Pace. The Amanda Grieve trained five-year-old scored a three-metre win over stablemate Catch Your Breath; Alex Ashwood driving the winner and Chris Alford piloting the second horse. Other Melton winners were Palais Du Louvre for Leigh Miles and Scott Dyer in the first race, Smiling High for David Aiken and Nathan Jack in Race 2, El Paco for Joe Attard in Race 4, Keayang Cullen for Marg Lee and Jason Lee in Race 5, Goodtime Mike for Emma Stewart and Alford in Race 6, Im Barney Rubble for Lance Justice and Brian Gath in Race 7, and The Majestic for John Newberry in Race 9. The early quaddie paid $520.30 on the numbers 9-5-9-8, while the traditional quaddie paid $1453 on a 1-2-10-3 combination. Don't forget tomorrow's guaranteed $200,000 quaddie pool at Ballarat for semi-final night of the rich Breeders Crown Series. Details at the TAB website. Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria  

Trainer Lance Justice hopes Im Barney Rubble can notch back to back wins when he contests Friday night’s Vermont Panels Enduro at Melton’s Tabcorp Park. With Brian Gath in the sulky, the six-year-old gelding found the lead last Friday in the Il Gambero Pace over 2240m at Melton and defied all comers in scoring a 1.8m win in a mile rate of 1:58.9. Gath again takes the reins this Friday night, Justice saying he was a firm believer in the “winning form is good form adage”. Justice will climb into the cart behind Machin Out, which ran seventh in the same race as his stable-mate last week, making an early three-wide move before working in the breeze. “He’s going well he just needs a little bit of luck,” said Justice of Machin Out. Friday night’s $20,505 Enduro is a stand-start race and neither of Justice’s entrants has won from the tapes. But that doesn't worry the champion trainer. “They’re both ODS but they both get away pretty good from the stand,” Justice said. The Justice stable could be set for a big night with several serious winning chances on Friday, but potentially none are more exciting than Garibaldi, which will contest the $10,000 Guaranteed First 4 Pools Pace over 2240m. Starting from pole, the four-year-old Sands A Flyin gelding is sure to take some running down after back to back successes. “He’s worked really good during the week and he’s a really nice horse,” Justice said. In the second heat of the Seelite Windows and Doors Winter Trotters Cup Justice will start Invasive, which has drawn seven for the 2240m journey. “I was really disappointed with his effort last week,” Justice declared. “Jason (Hackett) said he went OK but I thought he should have gone better. “I’m hoping he can bounce back.” Invasive finished fourth, 4.5m from Blitzthemcalder last Friday night. In Race 5, the Tabcorp Park Melton Pace over 1720m, Justice will line up two runners – Discrimination and Toulouse Lautrec. Brian Gath will pilot Discrimination after winning aboard it last week, while Justice will steer Toulouse Lautrec from gate seven. “I can see him being really hard to beat,” Justice said of Discrimination. On Toulouse Lautrec Justice said, “Barrier seven usually sorts him out”. By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)

Harness racing trainer Lance Justice combined with veteran driver Brian Gath for a winning double at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday night. The first leg of the double came in the opening race with six-year-old Tinted Cloud gelding Discrimination leading from start to finish in the Society Restaurant Pace over 1720m. Discrimination held off David Murphy’s fast finisher Here And Now by 1.7m, with race favourite Highview Conall hitting the line hard in third for Amanda Turnbull. Justice and Gath then combined in Race 5, the Il Gambero Pace over 2240m, with six-year-old Life Sign gelding Im Barney Rubble. Much like Discrimination, Im Barney Rubble ran to the front early and was never headed, gamely holding off Exciteusinthecity and third placegetter Weallwantano in a mile rate of 1:58.9. Meanwhile, talented trotter Blitzthemcalder returned from a spell with a gritty win in the Garrards Trot over 1720m. The four-year-old sat outside the leader throughout before proving too strong for Mister Gunsen and Brief Glance in the run home. by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

The Pryde's EasiFeed Great Southern Star has arrived. With a plethora of international stars in town, the scene is set for the harness racing $400,000 heat and final series to be run tomorrow night. Australasia's best trotters will converge on Tabcorp Park Melton for a memorable night of squaregaiting.   The Game Plan for Great Southern Star Night  with Jason Bonnington @jasonbonnington Best Roughie ($10 x $30) Josephine Jones (Race 8 no. 1) $16/$3.22 TAB Fixed Odds The Money Races Race 5 4/ 2,9/ 2,8,9. $40 gets 1000% 4/ 2,9/ 3,5,6,10. $24 gets 300% 2,9/ 4/ 2,8,9. $12 gets 300% 2,9/ 4/ 3,5,6,10. $4 gets 50% Race 6 6/ 4,5/ 4,5,9. $40 gets 1000% 6/ 4,5/ 2,3,7,8. $24 gets 300% 4,5/ 6/ 4,5,9. $12 gets 300% 4,5/ 9/ 2,3,7,8. $4 gets 50% The EARLY Quads (x4 for $120) 4,8/ 11/ 1/ 1,3,6. $45 gets 750% 4,8/ 11/ 2,3/ 1,3,6. $30 gets 250% 4,8/ 1,2/ 1/ 1,3,6. $30 gets 250% 6,11/ 11/ 1/ 1,3,6. $15 gets 250% The Quads (x5 for $120) 4/ 6/ 2,3/ 3,6,11. $34 gets 566.67% 4/ 6/ 2,3/ 1,10. $8 gets 200% 4/ 6/ 1,4,5,7,10/ 3,6,11. $30 gets 200% 4/ 4,5/ 2,3/ 3,6,11. $24 gets 200% 2,9/ 6/ 2,3/ 3,6,11. $24 gets 200% Visit the Good Form Site here   Early Quaddie Jackpot On Great Southern Star TAB.com.au have supported the Pryde's EasiFeed Great Southern Star with gusto, announcing earlier in the week a $25,000 Jackpot on the Early Quaddie. The innovative new bet type has already captured punters attention and with the huge bonus money rolling into the two Great Southern Star heats, the Early Quaddie is expected to explode this week. Click here to read more. Calder Has Eyes On Southern Star Blitz If there was just one horse that represents everything the Pryde's EasiFeed Great Southern Star stands for, then it's got to be local contender Blitzthemcalder. He is young and brazen, bold and elegant, and he has the high speed required to trot at a rapid pace over the 1720 metres at Tabcorp Park Melton. Click here to read more. International Trotting Ambassadors Down Under HRV's international ambassadors have well and truly arrived for the Pryde's EasiFeed Great Southern Star this Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton and with them they have brought world-wide coverage to Victoria's newest flagship trotting race. Chantal Sutherland and Corey Callahan have already excelled in their fields - Sutherland a star US jockey and Callahan the leading reinsman in the states this season. And joining them is Jonas Czernyson, one of the young guns of the training scene in North America. Click here to read more. Lang Has Podium Positions Covered Nagambie trainer Chris Lang could walk away with gold, silver and bronze at Melton's Tabcorp Park on Saturday night. Lang takes a strong hand into Australia's trotting night of nights, including live chances in all three of the Lyn McPherson Memorial Breed for Speed Series finals. Click here to read more.   adies Landing Plenty Of Winners In Teal Team Teal has taken over March in the trotting world with the exciting promotion involving all the female drivers in Victoria wearing TEAL DRIVING TROUSERS to increase awareness in Ovarian Cancer. The female drivers have done the cause proud driving 34 winners to date in March with just over a week left. Click here to read more. Gath Has Stars In Her Eyes The Pryde's EasiFeed Great Southern Star is still in its infant state but after making waves on the international stage in its inaugural year 12 months ago, the scene is set for another classic. With the prizemoney for the final topped up to $300,000, taking the entire series to $400,000, it has already become the most sought after trotting race in the southern hemisphere. Click here to read more. Danny Frawley And Brian Gath Headline Echuca Cup The $25,000 Echuca Cup is upon us with a long list of stars descending on the state's north tonight. The announcements are coming thick and fast with Danny Frawley and Brian Gath ambassadors for the event. Click here to read more. Like us Follow us Visit us Copyright © 2014 Harness Racing Victoria, All rights reserved.

Melton trainer/driver Lance Justice’s 7-Y-0 Christian Cullen/Flying Flo gelding Alchemy showed vast improvement to land the Graeme Lang Free For All for C7 or better class over 2240 metres at Tabcorp Park Melton on Thursday November 21. One of four runners from the Justice stable – the others being Dominus Vobiscum, The Smiler and Because I Can, Alchemy which had been racing in much weaker grade over the past few weeks was sent forward to cross the pole marker Giveusagrim shortly after the start. With a number of more fancied runners making forward moves including Jaccka Clive, Youranut, Mustang Mach and Broadways Best prior to the bell with Youranut first up since July occupying the breeze for the final circuit, leaving Mustang Mach on a limb three wide with Broadways Best on his back and Jaccka Clive one/one after surprisingly handing over the death-seat. Tackled strongly by Youranut on straightening, Alchemy ($16.80) fought back like a caged tiger to gain the day by a head after being momentarily headed in a rate of 1-57 (last half 56.2 – quarter 27.2), with Broadways Best third after peeling wide halfway up the running. Brother John Justice was also a winner on the program, snaring the Reg Cooper Claiming Pace over 2240 metres with $56.80 chance Whodareswins, a 7-Y-0 daughter of Presidential Ball and Mumtaz Mahal who registered her first success since July 2012 when successful at Spreyton (Tasmania). Given a sweet passage from the pole trailing the pacemaker Astral Flight after leading out, Whodareswins in a punishing finish prevailed by half head in 1-58.8 after using the sprint lane to defeat Astral Flight trained by sister Joanne Justice with Brian Gath in the sulky, with Run Forrest close up in third place after racing in the open from the bell. Bendigo’s Matt Gath was in the winners stall when promising Yankee Spider/Kingsford Ado 4-Y-0 mare Ifu Seek Flight greeted the judge in the Gus Underwood Trotters Mobile for T1 & T2 class over 1720 metres in a rate of 2-03.2. Enjoying an easy trip from the pole following the pacemaker Marios Dream, Gath angled Ifu Seek Flight away from the inside on straightening and she finished best to score by 2 metres in advance of Mallee Trapper which raced wide from the bell. Drop Us A Line ran her usual honest race to finish third after trailing the winner and using the sprint lane. Raced by Michael Taranto of Seelite Windows & Doors fame, Ifu Seek Flight has raced 12 times for 4 wins. Rochester  trainer Mark Thompson has an impeccable record when taking a horse to the races and landed the Rob Merola 3-Y-0 Pace over 2240 metres with Total Truth/Karamea Toastime filly Lies. With stable reinsperson Ellen Tormey in the sulky, Lies raced by Mark and wife Sue having her first outing since July, led throughout from the pole, defeating Geoff Webster’s Tuscan Breeze which shadowed her and Phoebe Jack (three back the markers) in a rate of 2-01.5. Parwan part-owner/trainer Jaime Madruga combined with Gavin Lang to snare the Gunbower Cup Sunday Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2240 metres with 5-Y-0 D M Dilinger/Jaja gelding Amazing Kano who can put a run in every so often. Despite racing in the open from gate five outside Discrimination, Amazing Kano surged clear on turning to win by 6.4 metres in 2-00 even over Nimble Jack off a three wide trail last lap on the back of the third placegetter Jasmine Sheffield. Gisborne’s Brendan Said provided a shock winner in 6-Y-0 Jaguar Cam/Meadow Glory mare Dainty Cloud who took out the Lisa Miles Pace for C2 class over 1720 metres in a rate of 1-57.4. Taking advantage of a mares concession, Dainty Cloud was given every opportunity one/one from gate two, with Lance Justice’s Medonc crossing This Is Your Life shortly after the start leaving Our Miss Vivienne in the breeze. Taken into the clear halfway up the running, Dainty Cloud ($42.80) finished too well for a game Our Miss Vivienne, scoring by 1.1 metres, with Medonc third. Geoff Webster and Emmett Brosnan combined to land the Harness Breeders (Vic) Pace for C1 class over 1720 metres with ultra consistent 4-Y-0 Bettors Delight/Big Time Babe mare Bit Of A Babe, leading all of the way from gate four in accounting for Union Belle (one/two) and Lady Suffragette which raced in the open from the bell. The mile rate 1-57.5. By Len Baker  

An Introduction From The CEO At the Community Clubs Association of Victoria Awards night on October 15, Tabcorp Park was a finalist in the Victorian Club of the Year which is great credit to the venue staff.  Congratulations go to the winner, Buckleys Entertainment Centre in Geelong. HRV Annual Report The HRV Annual Report for 2012/13 was tabled in Parliament on October 16.  Click here for the Premier and Minister for Racing’s press release which coincided with the tabling. Chris Alford – Children’s Tumour Foundation The dust has now settled on the Charity Football Match recently held at Melton. The industry got behind the day which was a fundraiser for Chris Alford’s charity, the Children’s Tumour Foundation (CTF). As we know Chris’ daughter Katie suffers from NF, a tumour related disease and the Alford family have been great supporters of the Foundation. With the support of the Harness Racing Industry Chris and Alison Alford have raised over $85,000 for NF since Katie’s diagnosis – a fantastic achievement. Congratulations go to them both, and HRV will continue to support their efforts in raising awareness of NF. As an unfortunate post script to the football match, Chris suffered an injury in a crunching tackle and missed three weeks in the sulky, which only slightly delayed his quest for 5,000 winners (currently 4,986). Website Usage The harness.org.au website continues its extraordinary growth. For the month of August 2013, the website attracted 780,000 visits, compared to 690,000 last August, a rise of 13%. Most popular area visited remains “Fields” with 440,000 visits (up 15%) followed by “Results” 195,000 (up 15%). Mobile usage of the site for August was 46,000 visits, up from 25,000 the previous August. The HRV Facebook page has over 3000 “Likes” – 80% from within Australia. Brazil is 7th on the list with 16 people liking our page. The Old and the New There cannot possibly be any other sport where the age range of participants who can succeed at the highest level is so varied and where gender is no barrier. Our sport has been infiltrated by young people in recent years. If you take a look at the premiership lists for the 2013/14 season so far, you will see youngsters such as Greg Sugars, Emma Stewart, Nathan Jack, Amy Tubbs, Matthew Craven, Kate Gath, Josh Duggan, Jason Lee, Michael Stanley, all at the top of the tree. Yet only recently, horses driven by Matt Donaldson, Dick Lee and Brian Gath filled the trifecta in a race at Bendigo, with combined ages of 226! Male, female, young or old all compete on an equal basis in our great industry. Harness Review – 20 Years Mid October signified the 20 year anniversary of the popular radio show Harness Review. Congratulations to evergreen Len Baker who has been with the show since its inception. Well done also to long time co-hosts such as Clinton Welsh, Brian Dobson and Alexandra Hurley as well as a band of regular contributors, including our own Craig Rail. The show has a loyal band of followers on Melton 979fm from 8pm to 10pm every Monday night.  The internet now takes the show to a wider audience. Well done to Len and the team! Vale Peter Nova Peter had a long association with HRV, predominantly as a representative for Radio 3UZ and in later years for Sky Racing. He was a hail and hearty character well known across the industry. Sadly Peter passed away in September. Apart from his infectious nature, Peter was top of mind with many of HRV’s corporate supporters. About five years ago, when driving in the annual Go Kart Day, Peter suffered a massive heart attack, and was clinically dead for some time. As a result of several people’s efforts Peter was miraculously brought back to life and we were able to see his smiling face for a few more years. HRV and the Pegasus Club were represented at the funeral. Dick Collinson Dick was one of trotting’s most colourful characters. He passed away in late September at the age of 90. He was a prominent trainer during the Showgrounds era with several top line horses including Grand Monarch, Rich Dale and Sandy Spring. HRV Legend Gordon Rothacker drove for Collinson. Away from the trots, Dick was a keen Bulldog fan and was President of Footscray between 1974 and 1978. Bill Lanyon Bill passed away on September 20, at the age of 75. The Lanyon family have been publishers of newspapers for generations, most particularly in the Mildura region. They have been supporters of the trots industry over a long period. Our condolences go to Bill’s son Ross who continues the family tradition with the Sunraysia Daily and ownership of pacers. Ross is also Chairman of Country Racing Victoria. Did You Know Congratulations go to Tabcorp Park employee Kathleen Mullan, who managed to get her former pacing racehorse MF Hollywood through to the prestigious Garryowen final during the Royal Melbourne Show. Affectionately known as “James,” he became the first ever standardbred to make it through to the Garryowen. Kathleen and James performed with distinction before a large and enthusiastic crowd.

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