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Aided by a typically dashing Daryl Douglas drive, teak tough Strathfieldsaye four-year-old Our Hillview Gold tonight took another step towards top level harness racing by winning the $25,000 Hankook 2011 Charlton Pacing Cup in dominant front-running fashion.

Turn the clock back almost two years and Frank Cauchi's then three-year-old son of Jet Laag, Hilton Fly High, headed to the Queensland Derby as the one of the most highly regarded horses of his generation. But despite his status as a last start Group 1 winner in the $100,000 APG Final at Albion Park, the flashy colt was given little chance of further elite level success because of one outstanding adversary; Captain Joy.

More than the marquee meeting for one of Victoria's proudest regional clubs, Sunday's Hankook 2011 Charlton Pacing Cup harness racing card is a testament to the strength of 'The friendly river town' as locals to recover from flood devastation and rebuild their shattered township.

The successful combination that has won numerous races over the years - Elmore's Graeme Johannesen (acting on behalf of partner Jenny Johnson) and Melton harness reinsman Gavin Lang, were back in business at the Charlton harness meeting conducted at Lord's Raceway Bendigo on Monday November 29, when 4-Y-0 Pacific Fella/Zaire Rumble mare Zaire Belle scored in the $5,000 Waratah Bakery Final for C0 class which qualified in the heats held at Charlton on November 19.

Harness Racing Victoria wishes to advise that today's meeting (Monday November 29) scheduled at Charlton has been moved to Bendigo as a result of flooding throughout central Victoria.

Myers Flat harness racing trainer Jeff Cakebread made a long awaited return to the winners list at the St Arnaud HRC fixture held Charlton on Friday (October 22), when 6-Y-0 Die Laughing/Karamea Vedette gelding Saint Bullywood scored a 13 metre victory in the Car Giveaway Pace for C0 class over 2100 metres.

Harness Racing Victoria wishes to advise that the day meeting scheduled at Charlton on Friday September 10 has been moved to Bendigo as a result of the extensive flooding throughout central Victoria.

Victoria's Western District was the big winner at the Charlton Harness Racing fixture on Monday August 9, providing five winners on the program. Great Western's Kerryn Manning was successful aboard stablemates Jetmac and Our Fantasy Man, while Ararat's Terry Young scored with Aristos Way, Armstrong's Brooke Hansen with Astral Flight and Marnoo owner/trainer Bryan Healy of Maori's Idol fame was also a winner during the afternoon when Justanothermaori greeted the judge.

Harness racing driver Peter Manning broke a drought of more than six-and-a-half years when he partnered Aristos Way to victory this afternoon (Monday August 9) at Charlton. The three-year-old's win in the Buloke Shire Trotters Handicap presented the Great Western horseman with his first driving victory since guiding Chicitoo home in the Breeders Plate at Leeton on New Year's Day, 2004.

Two harness racing meetings were held in Victoria on Wednesday March 24, with Charlton hosting the day fixture and Ararat racing at night.

The Donald Harness Racing Club held a compact seven event Graduation Class program at nearby Charlton on Wednesday February 10, featuring the $2000 Weirs IGA Donald Pacing Cup for R3 to R5 class over 2100 metres, with several short priced favourites failing to salute during the afternoon much to the dismay of punters.

Harness racing heats of the time honoured Warehouse Sales Central Victorian Pacing and Trotting Championship continued at the Boort HRC fixture held at Charlton on Thursday January 14, with connections desperate to make the rich finals to be held at the Wedderburn meeting at Maryborough on Sunday January 31.

The Monday harness racing action was at Charlton in Central Victoria on Monday October 26, with the Charlton HRC hosting a compact eight event program featuring two Finals from heats held at the Birchip Graduation fixture at Charlton a week earlier.

Harness racing clubs at Ouyen and St Arnaud have been told there is no hope of them getting funding back that helps offset the cost of them running meetings at bigger neighbouring clubs. Ouyen lost its local meetings four years ago and runs its race dates at Mildura, and St Arnaud runs meetings at Charlton.

Waingaro Grandview, a four-year-old NZ bred gelding, notched his third win from his past five outings when he humbled a C5-C6 field at Charlton today (July 30). After beginning smartly from the No. 3 gate, the son of Badlands Hanover enjoyed the boxseat trail behind the leader Trojan Luck most of the way.

Two great meetings were held in Victoria on Thursday, with Charlton hosting a day fixture and ever popular Shepparton racing at night.

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