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Charlton was the venue for Victorian harness racing on Wednesday January 2, hosting further heats of the Warehouse Sales Central Victorian Pacing and Trotting Championships.

Pint sized Sebastopol owner/trainer/driver Tina Ridis scored a terrific victory with 5-Y-0 Digger Almahurst/Keyfield mare Atego Lilly in the Bayswater Jayco Trotters Handicap for TR0 or better class over 2100 metres at the harness racing Charlton meeting on Monday December 10.

Seven year old Wind Cries Maori/Even Pockets gelding Maoris Pocket smashed the track record when recirding a brilliant victory in the Bayswater Jayco Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class horses over 2100 metres at the Charlton Harness Racing Club meeting held on Monday October 15.

Former Kiwi trainer Brent Lilley who has been based in Melton for over two years, was responsible for a sensational (fixed odds) plunge at the Charlton harness racing meeting held on Wednesday August 1.

Four year old Christian Cullen/Paulas's Way gelding Uncle Wingnut has hit paydirt after chalking up his third harness racing victory from as many starts on Australian soil (all at Charlton), when victorious in the Wally Churchill Memorial Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2100 metres on Monday July 2.

Harness racing was conducted at Charlton in Central Victoria on Monday June 18, with most winners well supported, however the result of the Bayswater Jayco 2-Y-0 Pace over 2100 metres left punters scratching their heads in disbelief, when $81.60 chance Gee Mae greeted the judge.

In-form Euroa part-owner/ harness racing trainer Danny Thackeray has been having a terrific run with his quality team of late and snared the $30,000 Warehouse Sales Central Victorian Pacing Championship for C2 or better class over 2100 metres at the St Arnaud HRC fixture held at Charlton on Sunday with 5-Y-0 Life Sign/Paulas Sister gelding Tentolife in a brilliant rate of 2-00 even.

Charlton north of Bendigo was the venue for Wednesday (Janauary 18) harness racing which featured further heats of the Central Victorian Pacing and Trotting Championships.

Two newcomers making their harness racing debut were impressive winners at the Charlton meeting on Monday December 13.

Astute Elmore harness racing trainer Keith Cotchin enjoyed a happy day at Charlton on Monday November 14, winning a double with Living Life Lombo taking the Rothacker Medal November 19 Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class over 2100 metres and Bebop the Charlton & District Community Bank Pace for C3 & C4 class over the same journey, both driven by Greg Sugars.

Up and coming squaregaiter Miss Southern Land brought up three wins in succession when victorious in the Danny Hawkes Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2100 metres at the central Victorian harness racing venue of Charlton on Monday September 19.

Melton co-trainers Maree and John Caldow scored an impressive victory with Dream Vacation/Skye Rocket gelding Mister Scorcher in the Geoff Durn Photography 3-Y-0 Trotters Handicap over 2100 metres at Charlton on Wednesday August 17.

Birchip breeder/owner/trainer Hayden Hogan who prepares a small team, has a rather perfect record when he goes to the races, as they usually earn their keep. Such was the case at the St Arnaud harness racing fixture conducted at Charlton in Central Victoria today (Monday July 11), when Union Guy/Tarleton Princess gelding Tarleton Brad landed the St Arnaud 2-Y-0 Pace over 1609 metres when making his race debut.

Central Victorian harness racing was conducted at Charlton on Monday June 20, with a day of mixed results. Unbackable favourite Liva Degerolstein ($1-04) landed the opening event - the Thank You Bendigo Harness Club Pace for C0 class over 2100 metres, but not before giving those who supported her through the multiples plenty of worries.

The future of the time-honoured Central Victorian Pacing and Trotting Championships looks very bright with the organising committee announcing a new six-year agreement with its major sponsor Warehouse Sales and a significant increase in harness racing prizemoney for the Series.

Two harness racing meetings were held in Victoria on Wednesday April 20, with Charlton in Central Victoria hosting the day fixture, while Shepparton in the Goulburn Valley raced at night.

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