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Former Riverina young gun Cameron Hart is happy to call Sydney home at the moment – and it appears city life is agreeing with him.   The junior driver posted the 200th winner of his relatively short harness racing career at Brisbane’s Albion Park last Saturday and he’s a model of consistency in the sulky, with his win-place ratio running at more than 50 percent.   And the 20-year-old showed particularly fine touch over the past week.    An enviable winning streak kicked off at Penrith on Thursday when Hart landed the win with eight- year-old gelding Raffaella (Mach Three-Slipinn (Holmes Hanover) for his boss Shane Sanderson.   He then got the money in Brisbane on Saturday, again for Sanderson, with Castalong Shadow (Shadow Play-Leslie Jay (Grinfromeartoear) and followed up at Sunday’s Wagga Cup meeting with a win on Beetson (Art Major-Erin Jean (Classic Garry) in the feature event.   “I’ve been clocking up a few airline frequent flyer points with the travel I’m doing, but I’m not complaining because travel is a big part of the industry and we all have to do it in one way or another,” Hart said.   “It was a bit of a pain when there were no suitable flights to get back to Wagga for the cup, and I had to do a four-and-a-half hour road trip after getting back from Brisbane,” Hart said.   “But it’s worth it when you get the win.”   Hart is hitting the road again today (Thursday) for another Carnival of Cups meeting, hosted this time by Coolamon. He is booked to drive Brobenah Boy for Guy Retallick in the $10,200 Cup and Flaneur for Gary Lang in a C1 event.   “It will be a huge day. It always is at Coolamon and I’m going to enjoy being there, that’s for sure,” Hart said.   The trip to Coolamon will be almost back on home turf. The rising star reinsman grew up at Junee, just 30 kilometres down the road and it seems a career in harness racing was almost inevitable.   Hart’s mother Michelle is a niece of the late Alan Harpley who steered the mighty Welcome Advice to a 1972 Inter-Dominion grand final win. And it also didn’t hurt Hart’s prospects that Junee and the wider Riverina is home to some of Australia’s best horsemen and horses.   “There’s certainly a good bit of pedigree there and in addition, Bruce Harpley, a well-known trainer- driver, is my second cousin,” Hart said.   “So, I guess it was pretty much a sure thing that I was going to head into the sport,” he said.   The pathway to a harness racing career began at the age of five when his parents purchased a pony and the youngster got heavily involved in the mini trotters.   “That was a great learning ground and all of us had heaps of fun,” he said.   Later on, Kim Hillier loaned Hart a pony called Energizer and the pair took all before them.   “We won all the big ones. The Inter-Dominion, Miracle Mile and State Championships for the ponies. I can still remember the first time I competed at Menangle with Energizer and it seemed like a huge circuit,” Hart said.   Flashback to 2014 – young Riverina pony trots competitors Tegan Judd, Jordan Seary (who is also a promising young driver) and Cameron.   As he got older, every spare minute at home would be spent off helping his uncle, Michelle’s brother, Trevor White, a household name in harness racing circles in the Riverina.   “I would help Uncle Trev with trackwork when I was only 12, and three years later mum and dad agreed to let me go there and work full-time,” he said.   “It was an awesome time and I learnt so much about training, care and feeding.   “Uncle Trev also showed faith in me as a driver as well, and he gave me my first race drive on a horse called Ideal Investment at Albury in April, 2016.”   The horse won, two days later, at his second drive, Hart tasted more success at Canberra with Ravishing Girl for Sloys Company and trainer Noel Morris.   “I suppose I could say that it went downhill from there!” he laughed.    It obviously wasn’t the case, but the popular young reinsman’s good humor, along with his natural ability, provided him with plenty of opportunities.   He showed rapid improvement and a cool head beyond his years racking up an eye-catching tally of 60 wins in his first season of driving . “While I enjoyed driving at country meetings, it was always on my mind to get to the city when the time was right,” Hart said.   It was a matter of waiting for a break and it came when Cameron’s sister Ashley, 21, also a driver (now in Victoria with Andy and Kate Gath) approached Menangle-based Shane (Sanderson) regarding job vacancies.   “That was my lucky day because I couldn’t have wished for a better place to work – Shane and his wife Naomi have been awesome,” Hart said.   Hart is now the stable driver for the Sanderson team, and says the timing for him was fortunate.   Shane Sanderson and Cameron Hart (Courtesy Ash Brennan Photography)   “Shane and Naomi have kept building the team and getting stronger horses, so that’s been fantastic for me. It’s not only driving good horses that helps you to be a better driver, but also driving against the best as well.   “While Shane provides me with the most driving opportunities, David Waite is also good and several other outside stables.   “The recent Wagga win was my third Group 3 success, with the other couple at Menangle. I’m just so glad I made the move.   “Sydney is a fantastic city and I’m really enjoying the racing side of it. And in my leisure time I’m finding my golfing is improving!”   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

HARNESS Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an Inquiry today into a report received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that Oxazepam had been detected in the post-race urine sample taken from WHISKIESONTHEBEACH following its win in race 6, the FRITSCH BROS PACE (2000 metres) conducted at Temora on Friday 9 February 2018. The ‘B’ sample was confirmed by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria. Mr Harpley appeared at the Inquiry and presented evidence in relation to his registered training establishment, the horse WHISKIESONTHEBEACH and the substance Oxazepam. Evidence was provided of a Steward’s stable inspection that included the collection of soil and grass samples. HRNSW Stewards also presented Certificates of Analysis from ARFL and RASL, as well as analysis reports that confirmed that the soil and grass samples obtained by HRNSW Stewards from Mr Harpley’s property contained the substance Oxazepam. Mr Harpley pleaded guilty to a charge issued pursuant to Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4) for presenting WHISKIESONTHEBEACH to race not free of a prohibited substance, being Oxazepam. In respect of that charge, a conviction was recorded, however, Stewards did not impose a penalty on Mr Harpley as they were satisfied that the detection of Oxazepam had resulted from environmental contamination. Stewards were satisfied that the source of the environmental contamination was a septic sewer system and the use of a human prescription medication by an occupant of the property. Mr Harpley was cautioned that he must take all reasonable measures in future to manage his training establishment and horses to ensure that his horses were presented to race in accordance with the Australian Harness Racing Rules. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following; The results reported by ARFL and RASL; The evidence of Mr Harpley and the Steward’s inspection; Environmental contamination; Mr Harpley’s first Prohibited Substance offence; Mr Harpley’s licence history, offence record and personal subjective facts.             Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, WHISKIESONTHEBEACH was disqualified from the abovementioned race. On 12 June 2018, HRNSW provided notice to the NSW Harness Racing industry in relation to horses being exposed to water from septic sewer systems and being allowed to graze in areas where water irrigation or overflow is provided from septic sewer systems. Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 33 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government.

The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) has advised Harness Racing New South Wales that Oxazepam has been detected in the urine sample taken from WHISKIESONTHEBEACH following its win in race 6, the FRITSCH BROS PACE (2000m) at Temora on Friday 9 February 2018. The “B” sample has been confirmed by Racing Analytical Services LTD (RASL) in Victoria. Trainer Mr B Harpley has been advised that HRNSW will continue its investigation into this sample irregularity and an inquiry will be held in due course. HRNSW Stewards have conducted a stable inspection of Mr Harpley’s registered training establishment and obtained soil and grass samples for further analysis. Following the consideration of all available information, including the provision of submissions and associated documents by Mr Harpley, HRNSW Stewards have determined that Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 183 would not be invoked at this time. Acting under the provisions of AHRR 183A, it has been determined that WHISKIESONTHEBEACH, the horse subject of the certificate, shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the outcome of an inquiry or investigation.    MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gadams@hrnsw.com.au

Stening produced one of the best performances of his harness racing career and raced into calculations for the $25,000 Menangle Country Series Final with his heat victory at Wagga on Tuesday night. The well-performed pacer had to earn his 11th win the hard way racing outside the leader before holding off the favourite Lombo Newsy Scoop, who along with the third-placed Mammals Flash, won through to the decider on August 27. Stening's win in the $10,000 heat took his earnings past $60,000 and provided trainer-driver Bruce Harpley with a first-up win under his care. The winner was trained until recently by Bernie Kelly and has been driven in most of his starts by Harpley. "I think just the change of environment can sometimes help some horses," Harpley said. "That was a very good win against some nice horses. "When I saw he drew barrier six on the outside of the front row I thought that was the end of our chances." Stening falls well short of the best pacers raced by Kelly and his wife Dianne, but he has been highly consistent with 11 wins and nine placings from 31 starts. Lombo Newsy Scoop was given every chance, but couldn't haul in Stening when he kicked clear while Mammals Flash ran on well for third in a fast mile rate of 1.57.5 seconds. Comeback pacer The Real Eagle continued his charge qualifying for another final at Menangle with a win over Chickies Boy. It was a carbon copy of their last encounter when The Real Eagle kept Chickies Boy into second placing on July 19. On that occasion, The Real Eagle was having his first start for almost four years. Trainer Brad Hillyer only has The Real Eagle in training and has a real talent on his hands. Leg injuries have restricted The Real Eagle's career to just 15 starts for seven wins. "The big track at Menangle will suit him and that run will top him off," Hillyer said. "I haven't had any leg problems with him this time in so hopefully he can stay in one piece." Reinsman David Moran drove the short-priced favourite to perfection following Chickies Boy throughout before emerging late. Meanwhile, Northern Velocity won her second race at Wagga in the space of four days with a dominant display. The well-bred filly has earnings of more than $160,000 and since racing in Australia has produced four wins and two seconds from six starts. Owner Scott Robertson said Northern Velocity was purchased because of her breeding and was doing the job asked of her during her racing career. "She had a good record in New Zealand where she won most of her prize money," he said. Northern Velocity has been transferred to the care of trainer Steve Maguire after doing her recent racing with Belinda McCarthy - one of the state's leading trainers. "We will see where she is at whether or not she has another start," Robertson said. Northern Velocity also won at Wagga on Friday night. The filly is a daughter of leading sire Mach Three from Northern Franco making her a half-sister to $900,000 earner Pembrook Benny. Amanda Rando

Ladyship Mile winner Frith will be having her last start for the season in Saturday night's harness racing Group Three Sky Racing Adore Me Stakes at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Having had a spectacular term so far, connections are undecided on what path Frith's career will take on the other side of this spell. Making the decision to continue racing or send her to the breeding barn will not come easy, considering she has just had one of her best seasons to date. Frith has won multiple Group races this season and as a result catapulted her earnings past $1.1million, a feat only four other mares in the Southern Hemisphere have achieved before. And driver Luke McCarthy agrees. "It's hard for the owners to decide what to do with her because her form has been very strong this season," McCarthy said. "She has been up for a long time and will definitely earn this spell after Saturday night." Former trainer-driver Bruce Harpley echoed McCarthy's thoughts. "Frith has just been unbelievable this season," Harpley said. "She started this preparation over in Perth . . . she had a hit-out with me on the Saturday, was on the plane Sunday and won a feature race the following Friday! "You just shake your head with what she is capable of and that's why she has won more than $1million." Frith was bred and is owned by Harpley's mother and father-in-law, Dianne and Bernie Kelly. "Bernie is turning 80 next year so how many foals will he watch race if they don't put Frith in foal soon?" Harpley said. "It's a tough decision to make and luckily there is a bit of time before it comes to making it." Hoping to end her season on a winning note, the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark is one of the early fancies with TAB Fixed Odds for tomorrow night's feature. With the scratching of Ameretto, the John McCarthy-trained Cyclone Kate is the favourite at $1.75. TAB.COM.AU Fixed Odds - Adore Me Stakes DEADLY MERRYWOOD $101.00 ABBEY CULLEN $14 TACT HAYLEYS DELIGHT $12 MILLWOOD LIBERTY $10 BON ACCORD GAL $61 MODERN DANCER $41 CYCLONE KATE $1.75 OCEAN DIVA $31 BETABCOOL $12 FRITH $2.80 Amanda Rando

Teenage reinsman Jordan Seary did everything asked of him to win his first race with Sokys Bigbullet at Wagga on Friday. Charged with the responsibility of driving the harness racing favourite from barrier five, Seary was cool under press outwardly but inwardly there were the obvious nerves. The 16-year-old from Junee was having only his fifth race drive and having the chance to drive a pacer with the record of Sokys Bigbullet brought with it added pressure. Sokys Bigbullet worked his way to the front after 650 metres and when challenged by Franco Noriega raised another effort for an easy 15 metre record. The in-form pacer has an impressive record of 40 top three finishes from 56 starts having recently also won the Coolamon Cup after a run of minor placings in other Riverina country cups. Seary was delighted to win and be given the chance to drive a pacer like Sokys Bigbullet by trainer Bruce Harpley. "I was nervous, but I just did what I was told," Seary said. "It's good driving these better horses because they make it a lot easier." Seary has driven Sokys Bigbullet in a lot of track work and also former stablemate, Frith. Harpley was delighted to see the schoolboy break through. "It's not easy when you start out but he did very well," Harpley said. "He drives to instructions and will keep improving with experience." Sokys Bigbullet has earned close to $125,000 and could soon be on the move as he continues to rise in class. "He is best to be racing in better class races now so we will see what happens," Harpley said. Greg Hayes

The saying good things come to those who wait is certainly true when it comes to travelling harness racing trainer-driver Len Clement. With a goal to drive at every track across New South Wales, the Bendemeer horseman came across a slight hiccup when his pacer Atara Blue Chip did not gain a start at West Wyalong's Carnival of Cups meeting on Sunday thus leaving him without a drive. Clement would have had to wait until next year to drive at the central west track, however, thanks to fellow horseman Bruce Harpley this won't be the case. Harpley's extremely nice gesture to give up his drive on Starzzz For Brooke in the $10,000 Tabcorp Park Menangle Where Horses Fly heat is something Clement will cherish forever. "It wasn't looking good there for a while but thanks to Bruce I will get to have a drive at West Wyalong," Clement said. "It's an incredibly nice thing to do, especially giving me a drive in such a big race." It was an easy decision for Harpley as he owns Starzzz For Brooke himself. "I'm happy to keep Len's quest going," Harpley said. "We own the horse so it was an easy decision to make and I would have felt really bad if Len didn't get to have a drive at West Wyalong. "The bottom line is that now Len gets to continue to fulfil his dream." West Wyalong is the first stop in the second leg of Clement's trip around the state. After being on the road for six months in the first leg and travelling close to 10,000kms, crossing off a number of tracks he had not driven at before, Clement headed back home for a 'freshen-up'. Clement, along his wife Christine, packed up the float and hit the road again last week and after ticking West Wyalong off the 'bucket list' he will aim to drive at Cootamundra, Coolamon, Forbes, Cowra and Peak Hill in recent weeks. The soon to be 59-year-old retiree will then head to Sydney where he will aim at Fairfield and Menangle. Greg Hayes

Bruce Harpley has been involved in harness racing longer than he cares to remember. He has enjoyed success at the highest level in the industry but confirmed two-year-old filly Rubies For Tash had shown him another side to the sport he loves and lives for. Up until the birth of the daughter of Courage Under Fire, Harpley never had any interest in watching a foal develop into a racehorse. However after Harley and his wife Tash bred the filly he found himself paying more attention to the young foal. "It is the first time we've bred and had around from the time she was born, I've never been one of those trainers who takes too much notice of a horse developing a character and traits but it has been different with Rubies For Tash, I've really enjoyed watching her develop," Harpley said. "We bought the filly's mother Roses For Tash and she was a good mare for us." " She was by Brioso Hanover, won a few races at Harold Park and now has produced this filly that I think will do a really good job during her career." Rubies For Tash has always showed ability and Harpley isn't surprised she has made such a good start to her racing career. "From early on she was a bit bossy with the other foals which I liked about her." "Trevor and Judy Rutland broke her in for me, I remember them saying speed is definitely not going to be an issue for her and I had the same opinion when I had my first drive of her." "When she had her first race start she showed a great turn of foot off a very slow speed and that got me pretty excited because that normally means there is something special inside." While barrier fourteen will mean Rubies For Tash will have to produce something special to win, Harpley believes the bigger Bathurst track will help. "If you drew outside the second row on the old Bathurst track the task would have been impossible but on the bigger track you have the option of saving them up for one last shot at the leaders and the barrier draw will mean I will have to do that." "I love two-year-old racing, the older horses just fill a gap between the crops of youngsters coming through my stable." "The babies are like a blank canvas - you don't know whether you are going to create a Picasso, a Ken Done or a picture that a four-year-old child could draw with crayons." "That is the beauty of preparing young horses, you go on the ride with them," Bruce said. Harpley is not labelling a particular rival the hardest to beat and is quick to acknowledge all of the fillies in Saturday's Gold Tiara have earned their spot in the final. "The draw has made the race very interesting and a leading trainer like Cran Dalgety wouldn't have sent Millwood Daisy over from New Zealand if he didn't think she could win, but I reckon there would be several other trainers going into the race that think with the right luck they can win."  "Rubies For Tash is eligible for the Breeders Challenge and the Breeders Crown later in the season, I'm not going to ask too much of her but I do think she is going to improve as she continues to develop," Bruce said. The Slingsby Holdings Gold Tiara is race five on Saturday night and is scheduled to being at 8:20pm. Greg Hayes

“She’s fit; she’s hard and she’s ready to go,” declared Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan when assessing star New South Wales mare Frith’s prospects in the $35,000 James Brennan Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The brilliant six-year-old and the only mare in the 2536m group 3 event is poised to take full advantage of the prized No. 1 barrier (an automatic draw under the conditions of the race), with Brennan predicting that Frith would set the pace and prove hard to catch. “We’ll be leading,” said Brennan. “There’s nothing there that will cross her, I would’ve thought. She’s very quick out of the gate and runs her best races in front.” Frith, trained by Junee postman Bruce Harpley throughout her 46-start career of 33 wins, six seconds and two thirds for $884,245 in prizemoney, will be having her first start for six months. But Harpley, who has remained in Junee to prepare a team of 11 pacers and to deliver the mail, is confident that Frith is ready to run a big race, first-up. “Bruce said she is forward enough,” Brennan said. “I don’t expect too much early pressure and 2536m first-up is not a problem. She was ready to go to the races a fortnight ago, but when her owners decided to send her over here, they decided not to race her." “She’s a quality mare; you don’t win 33 out of 46 and $880,000 unless you are a very good mare. Bruce gave her a hoppled run, a decent hit-out, last Saturday before she got on the plane in Sydney for the trip to Perth. He was very happy with her work." “After the float trip down from Junee to Sydney (435km south-west of Sydney) and the flight to Perth, that was more than enough for her. She jogged this morning (Tuesday) and we’ll jog her through to Friday and have her ready to go." “Since she arrived she has done very well and is eating well. She is very free in her action and has settled right in. She’s been here before, so that’s a bonus.” Chris Voak has been engaged to drive Frith for the first time on Friday night, and he plans to have a good chat with Harpley before the race. “Frith is a bit tricky to drive, but Voaky will definitely suit her,” Brennan said. “She’s a mare who needs to be driven along a bit and she doesn’t like other horses getting past her.” Voak, who is in top form in the sulky, with a treble at Gloucester Park last Friday night and a double with Memphis Bomber (6/1) and Disturbia (29/1) at Northam on Tuesday night, is hoping that history will repeat itself. In last year’s Brennan Memorial Voak drove the only mare in the race, Leda McNally, the 5/4 on favourite who set the pace from the No. 1 barrier and held on to win by a half-head from Shardons Rocket. Leda McNally became only the third successful mare in the 47-year history of the race. Brennan also has been successful in a Brennan Memorial, with Im Victorious (driven by Justin Prentice) winning narrowly from Sneakyn Down Under in 2013. Frith is likely to receive stiff opposition on Friday night from Elegant Christian, Crusader Banner and Northview Punter, trained at Serpentine by Gary Hall sen. Interestingly, each of those three pacers was successful in minor events on the Brennan Memorial program in 2014. Others who will have admirers include the brilliant, but somewhat unreliable Condrieu and the speedy Little Boy Blue. Elegant Christian, to be driven by Clint Hall from out wide at barrier eight, looks set to fight out the finish. He was most impressive last Friday night when he started from 20m and was 11th with 600m to travel before surging home with a powerful burst to finish second to stablemate Cyamach over 2503m when the final 800m off the front was covered in 56.7sec. At Pinjarra the previous Monday Elegant Christian gave a bold frontrunning display to win a 2636m stand from El Machine and The Bucket List, dashing over the final 800m in 54.8sec. Condrieu, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, will be driven by Colin Brown, who won the 2004 Brennan Memorial with Another Party. The versatile Condrieu will start from the outside barrier (No. 9), but he can never be underestimated. Frith, who has won seven group 1 and two group 3 events, has made one appearance in Western Australia when Harpley drove her to an all-the-way victory in the WA Oaks over 2536m in May 2013. Ken Casellas

WA Oaks winner Frith will return to the scene of her biggest career victory when she races at Perth's Gloucester Park later this month. The future for the six year old harness racing mare has been in limbo for several months since it was confirmed Frith would not be heading to the stables of leading New Zealand trainer Mark Purdon. After spending weeks at the property of owners Bernie and Di Kelly, the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark returned to long time trainer Bruce Harpley last month, however the Junee horseman thought the best option was to send Frith to Michael Brennan. "I spoke with Bernie about Western Australia but I just can't be away from home for such a long period of time at the moment, I've got eleven other horses in work at the moment and I've got a full time job to think about as well so I thought it was best to go Mouse (Michael Brennan)," Harpley said. "Mouse and his wife Lara are fantastic people, they treated us like family when I took Frith over for the WA Oaks and I know she is going to the right person." With three races for mares during the Inter Dominion including a group one event worth $125,000, Harpley is hoping Frith does enough to warrant staying around in Perth a little bit longer. "How long Frith stays in Perth will all depend on how she is racing, if she does a good job over there then I would expect her to stay over in WA until the Ladyship Mile next year and Mouse can bring her back for that. "If she finds the opposition a bit too slick over in Perth then she can come back here and I'll play around with her until the Ladyship, it all depends on her but if she hits her straps for Mouse there is no need to bring her home." Harpley confirmed Frith went around at the recent Junee Show and performed well. "Bernie had put plenty of work into her before she arrived back with me, I gave her a hit-out at the local Show, she gave them a bit of a start and worked up to them slowly but she ran her last quarter in 27.5 off the track and her heart rate afterwards was very good. "She definitely hasn't forgotten who I am but in terms of condition she is a lot lighter than she was before the Ladyship Mile." While Harpley has driven her in all of her feature victories he passed on the chance to continue his association with her while she is in Perth. "When Mouse and I spoke on the phone he offered me the chance to go over and drive her but even flying over to drive her once a week I'm going to be missing time from work and my horses are going to miss work also so I told Mouse for him to use his drivers. "I'd love to see her win another $120,000 and become a million dollar earner, she has been such a great mare for so long." Harpley was considering giving Frith a run before her flight to Perth on November 15. "I toyed with the idea but she will either draw poorly against weaker opposition or she would have to race the free-for-allers and it is probably too early to be doing that right now. "She can go over to Mouse and he can work out which way he wants to go with her first up." Greg Hayes

Outstanding mare Frith appears to have made a smooth transfer to the Belinda McCarthy stable. Trained to win a host of feature events by astute horseman Bruce Harpley, Frith joined McCarthy’s team following her victory at Menangle a fortnight ago. Harpley made the tough decision to send Frith to champion New Zealand mentor Mark Purdon, with the daughter of Four Starzz Shark staying with McCarthy during the interim as she embarks on a Victoria campaign. Making her debut for McCarthy at Tabcorp Park Melton last night, Frith registered an effortless triumph in The Make Mine Cullen. Driven by McCarthy’s husband, Frith led throughout to score by four metres from Just Cala, with The Good Times a metre away third. “She has always been a high class mare and came to us in terrific shape,” McCarthy said. “Bruce did a wonderful job with her and hopefully we can keep her at that high level. “She just did it so easily and was never out of second gear.” Covering the last half in a brilliant 55.2 seconds, the five-year-old rated 1:55.3 for the 1720 metres, taking her record to 33 wins and eight placings from 45 starts for earnings of $883,245. Frith will return to the home of Victorian harness racing next Friday night for the Angelique Cup, followed by the Queen Of The Pacific in a fortnight. PAUL COURTS

The last pacer to win the Victorian “Mares Triple Crown” was the harness racing star whose name adorns the sprint feature at Tabcorp Park Friday night. Make Mine Cullen, a daughter of the mighty Christian Cullen, achieved the feat in 2012, winning the Cinderella Stakes, the Ladyship Cup and the Queen of the Pacific off 20 metres. The Mares Triple Crown these days, bearing in mind it is an unofficial term, consists of the Harness Breeders (Vic) Make Mine Cullen, a $25,275 1720-metre random barrier draw sprint, the Angelique Club Cup next Friday, a preferential barrier draw race worth $25,275 over 2240m, and the jewel – the $100,000 Group 1 Queen of the Pacific, a stand start 2760m race on Saturday, May 23. Before Make Mine Cullen, the last mare to achieve the Triple Crown was Golden Flyin for David Aiken in 2005. Tomorrow night’s Make Mine Cullen looks a tantalising contest on paper with proven five-year-old Frith the benchmark from barrier six up against rising star four-year-old Just Cala from the pole, and stalwart top-line mares Gumdrops (barrier three), Steam Washed (barrier five) and The Good Times (barrier eight) all capable of landing the knockout blow with the right run. Frith, by Four Starzzz Shark out of Jackie Kelly, boasts an extraordinary strike rate, having won 32 of her 44 career starts for $866,572 in prizemoney. Tomorrow night Frith lines up under the tutelage of Belinda and Luke McCarthy for the first time after transferring from the stables of Bruce Harpley. “She has settled in really well,” reinsman Luke McCarthy said of tomorrow night’s $1.35 TAB fixed odds favourite. “She’s been a champion at two, three and as a four-year-old and earned over $800,000 so she’s got a great record.” Just Cala is bound for the Harness Jewels in New Zealand after securing a coveted invite, the four-year-old by Art Major out of Lilsistar a winner of two of her past three assignments. She took out the HBV Ian Daff Memorial over Steam Washed by 2.2m over 1720m in 1:55.4, using the sprint lane from behind the leader to win with a 56.5secss last half and followed that up with a 1.4m win over Lierra Noir in an M0-M1 race over 2240m in a rate of 1:58 (last half 57.5secs), coming with a strong run late. Last start in the HBV Silver Chalice Just Cala sat outside the leader throughout before going down fighting by 3.1m against rising star mare Berisari, who nominated for tomorrow night’s race but didn’t accept. Asked where he thought Frith was compared to Just Cala, McCarthy said the fact his mare was a five-year-old probably tipped the ledger in her favour. “Just that year older, she’s a bit more seasoned I’d say.” Meanwhile, Chris Shinn is going in confident about Steam Washed from gate five. The tough mare has had a superb preparation this time in with wins in the HBV Jodies Babe over Goodtime Marjie and Beauty Secret in 1:53.5 at Melton and seconds in the Terang Cup behind Arden Rooney, the Ladyship Cup behind Majorly Foxy Styx and a third behind Guaranteed and Inter Dominion placegetter Flaming Flutter in the SA Cup. “I think she’d be up there with the top ones in Victoria,” Shinn said modestly of Steam Washed. “She’s got that form around the colts too, not just the mares. “We’ve had a lot of fun with her. She always earns a cheque.” Shinn had a word of warning race favourite Frith, who would love to find the lead unchallenged. “I think mine’s going real good, she gets out of the gate good so I think if we landed the front and Frith was parked, I’d give us a good chance (of upstaging Frith),” he said. “Unless there’s been a heap of pressure on I think we’d be hard to beat if we were in front at the corner.” by Cody Winnell Fields for Tabcorp Park Melton, Friday 08 May 2015 Form guide for Tabcorp Park Melton, Friday 08 May 2015

We have seen a few good harness racing interviews over the years but the Greg Hayes one with Mark Purdon on Trots Tv after the Len Smith Mile was right up there in our opinion and the interview that followed with Bruce Harpley was even better. Watch and enjoy.  Harnesslink Media

You simply have to admire astute harness racing trainer Bruce Harpley. Having trained, driven and nurtured outstanding mare Frith to perfection, Harpley has made a tough decision in the best interest of the five-year-old’s career. Despite registering an impressive 32 wins and eight placings from 44 starts with the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark, Harpley believes Frith can progress further with a larger stable. As such, Frith has been transferred to Belinda McCarthy to be prepared for next month’s Queen Of The Pacific at Melton before being sent to champion New Zealand horseman Mark Purdon. Harpley revealed his decision following Frith’s stylish victory at Tabcorp Park Menangle. “I just feel I have taken her as far as I can,” Harpley said. “She is at the highest level now and I reckon she will be better off with in a big stable with trainer like Mark. “She is still very head strong and wants to race her way, which was fine against her own age, but now she’s against the best around and needs to settle better. “Hopefully someone like Mark can fix that and get her to race more tractable.” Citing the Western Australia Oaks as Frith’s most memorable triumph, Harpley stated his only regret was not reaching $1million in stakes before the stable switch. Frith’s bankroll is sitting on $866,572 following yesterday’s win over Pas Ultimate Delight and Majorly Foxy Styx in 1:54.3. “She won a host of major races, but the WA Oaks is the one that stands out for me as the most satisfying,” Harpley said. “I don’t have any real regrets with her, but I would have liked to have taken her past the million-dollar earnings.” PAUL COURTS

Glamour harness racing mare Frith is set to rack up plenty of frequent flyer points by the end of the year. Fresh from her success in last night’s Young Cup, trainer Bruce Harpley revealed his extensive travel plans for the five-year-old. Beginning with a trip south of the Murray River for the Queen Of The Pacific in May, Harpley is also looking to take Frith north for the Queensland Winter Carnival and across the Nullarbor for the Perth Inter Dominion. “The Queen Of The Pacific at Melton is the first main aim with her,” Harpley said. “Bernie (Kelly, owner) is also talking about the Queensland winter races. “I want to have her in Western Australia for the Inter Dominion in November as I reckon the conditions and the track will suit her. “That said, I will have to space her runs and keep her fresh in between.” With Harpley in the cart during her latest triumph, Frith worked to the lead from her second row draw before completing a two-and-a-half metre win from Heza Thrill, with Blazin N Cullen two metres away third. “That was a pretty nice run from her,” Harpley said. “She’d pulled up well from her run in the Ladyship Mile a couple of weeks ago and I expected her to put in a big run. “She rolled along really well and I’m happy with the way she hit the line.” Covering the last half in 57 seconds, the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark rated 1:59.4 for the 2480 metres, taking her record to 31 wins and eight placings from 42 starts for earnings of $853,572. Amazingly, Frith’s three unplaced efforts were gallant fourths. PAUL COURTS

Boxing has had it classic bouts. Back in 1974 in Zaire, Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in ‘The Rumble In The Jungle’. A year later Ali was back, this time in the Philippines taking on Joe Frazier in a fight that was labelled the ‘Thrilla in Manila.  This Sunday afternoon Australasia’s best two harness racing mares will go toe-to-toe in what could be dubbed “The Wrangle At Menangle”. While ten mares will face the starter in the Cordina Chicken Farms Ladyship Mile on Sunday afternoon, bookmakers and punters are suggesting there are only two winning hopes, New Zealand’s mighty mare Adore Me and Australia’s Frith. Frith is trained and driven by Junee postman Bruce Harpley and he acknowledges that his mare does not possess all of the attributes of the kiwi star. “If these two mares are being compared to prized fighters then it is fair to say that Adore Me is the champ, has a few more tricks and a sharper punch than Frith,” Harpley said. “My mare is a slugger, she just keeps on throwing punches and never gives in, I hope it is the race that everyone is expecting.” Harpley is looking forward to the challenge of Sunday’s race and has had the date circled on the calendar for the best part of a year. “The Ladyship Mile is the race that has been my sole focus this season, everything has revolved around it and I think it is fair to say that I have Frith right where I want her going into Sunday.” “Frith worked on the Junee track on Sunday morning at 6am, I worked her over a mile and she ran 1:54.9 which is an unbelievable time considering the track record was 1:59 only a month ago, so I reckon that would have to be somewhere around a 1:50 run at Menangle.” Frith has had some luck after drawing barrier one while Adore Me will start from gate ten but the trainer of Courageousnquick, Brent Lilley believes his mare may have enough early speed to cross. “I’ve watched a lot of Courageousnquick and she is very fast off the gate but I would be coming straight off the inside with Frith if that happened and would look to go around her.” “I’d be happy to even sit outside Courageousnquick for a while but after the barrier draw I have to be making Adore Me work and I will definitely be playing catch me if you can.” Harpley is full of praise for Adore Me and knows he has a tough task in front of him if he is to topple the New Zealand Cup winner. “Gee let me put this into perspective, Adore Me could go down as the best mare we’ve seen in this part of the world when she retires, she didn’t race as a two year old and has already won $1.5 million, I know I am aiming at the stars but that’s what racing is all about.” So when the mobile rolls for the Ladyship Mile, Australasia’s two best mares with get ready to tangle in the Wrangle at Menangle... ring the bell. The Inter Dominion 2015 is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: Name: Greg Hayes Position: Media Coordinator Phone: (02) 9722 6600 Email: ghayes@hrnsw.com.au Related Links Fields for Nswhrc at Tabcorp Pk Menangle, Sunday 01 March 2015 Form guide for Nswhrc at Tabcorp Pk Menangle, Sunday 01 March 2015

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