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What’s better than one harness racing Gr.1? Two, obviously. And that’s the case for New Zealand horseman Brad Williamson following his victory in tonight’s Gr.1 $100,000 TAB Australian Trotting Grand Prix at TABCORP Park, Melton when Majestic Man proved too classy defeating Pink Galahs and Monaro Mia. Arriving on Australian soil just over a month ago as a Gr.1 maiden, Williamson has now snared himself a double courtesy of Majestic Man. The gifted trotter claimed the $50,000 Dullard Cup on January 30 before dominating tonight in the Grand Prix. Facing a second line draw in the 2240m mobile start feature, Williamson drove skillfully early to seize an opportunity while avoiding early trouble when Robbie Royale and then Sparkling Success went roughly before aggressively chasing him forward to find the lead from the well-fancied Magicool as they passed the mile marker. It was a daring early move from the young Kiwi reinsman. Pure aggression. But a move that paid dividends. The lead time was covered in 45.7 seconds. Majestic Man settled perfectly in the lead role with Magicool sitting behind him while Tornado Valley worked forward to face the breeze. The big trio in betting occupied the top three positions and controlled the tempo perfectly. The first half of the final mile was covered in splits of 31.1 and 30.5 seconds Entering the backstraight for the final time, Majestic Man trotted flawlessly as Williamson started to tighten the screws on his rivals with pressure intensifying. The third quarter was timed in 28.5 seconds. Majestic Man looked full of running at the top of the home straight and easily shook off the challenge from Tornado Valley while Magicool could not respond to the pressure. In the straight, Majestic Man scored convincingly from the fast-finishing mares Pink Galahs (outside) and Monaro Mia (inside). The final quarter was 28.5 seconds. The winning mile rate was 1:58.1 (well outside of his own track record – 1:55.4) with the winning margin being posted at 4.6 metres with a further 1.5 metres back to third. Magicool wound up in 5th placing while Tornado Valley finished 8th. Watch the replay click here! McLovin was declared a late scratching late in the afternoon. The victory provided trainer Phil Williamson (Brad’s father) with his second Grand Prix victory following his original success with Allegro Agitato back in 2005. Majestic Man is a six-year-old gelding is by star sire Majestic Son from the Holdonmyheart mare Love Hate Revenge, the victory provided Majestic Son with his first winner of the event. First staged in 2001, New Zealand bred trotters have won 14 of the 20 editions staged to date. The Australian Pacing Gold Trotting Masters heads across the ditch with Alexandra Park, Auckland set to play host to the next two legs of the series. The Anzac Cup on April 23 will be followed by the Rowe Cup a fortnight later. Following the Great Southern Star and the Grand Prix, Majestic Man leads the Trotting Masters with 140 points. View the full results click here!   Chris Barsby

Following the opening leg of the 2021 Australian Pacing Gold Trotting Masters series, the big boppers are set for a rematch. The Great Southern Star officially launched the Trotting Masters for this year earlier this month and grand performer Tornado Valley produced a performance of epic proportions taking the heat and final on the same night in career best time. And now it’s time for take two. The Gr.1 TAB Australian Trotting Grand Prix at TABCORP Park, Melton will take place this Saturday night, staged over 2240m under mobile start conditions with many of the Great Southern Star finalists gearing up for another shot at glory. In fact, the first eight trotters past the post in the Great Southern Star back on February 5 will again come head-to-head in this weekend’s feature and the all-important barrier draw has thrown it wide open. Two-times winning trainer Andy Gath will send out Tornado Valley (winner in 2018) and McLovin but both face second line draws. Gath prepared inaugural winner La Coocaracha back in 2001. The master conditioner has not started Tornado Valley since winning the Great Southern Star while McLovin was unplaced in last week’s Terang Trotters Cup. Last year, Tornado Valley was the runner-up behind the recently retired Dance Craze. Magicool, the runner-up behind Tornado Valley in the Great Southern Star, will command plenty of attention after drawing nicely in gate 4 for trainer Rob O’Connell and driver Zac Phillips. Oozing plenty of talent, Magicool is chasing his third Gr.1 victory. New Zealand ace Majestic Man lines-up for Phil and Brad Williamson but draws the second line (gate 10) but the stable knows what’s required to win this event after Allegro Agitato scored back in 2005. Majestic Man finished fourth behind Tough Monarch in the Knight Pistol at his most recent outing. The Majestic Son gelding is chasing his second Gr.1 victory during his summer campaign in Australia after scoring in the Dullard Cup back on January 30. Pint sized mare Pink Galahs, fourth in the Great Southern Star, will start from gate five for trainer/driver Mattie Craven as she chases her fourth Gr.1 trophy. The Skyvalley mare was unplaced in the Terang Trotters Cup at her most recent start and should appreciate a return to the mobile start conditions. Gallant performer Sundons Courage again must overcome a difficult draw (gate 7) for trainer Brad Angove and driver Ryan Duffy. The Gr.1 winner finished second behind Tough Monarch in the Knight Pistol last start. Former New Zealand trotter Robbie Royale is chasing his maiden Gr.1 triumph and will start from gate 2 for trainer Brent Lilley and driver Chris Alford. Lilley trained 2016 winner Keystone Del while the champion reinsman is yet to record a victory in the Grand Prix. Last start Gr.1 winner Tough Monarch faces a tough challenge after landing gate 12 for trainer Rickie Alchin and driver Chris Svanosio but carries strong confidence into the event following his victory in the Knight Pistol at his most recent start. Only four mares have won the Grand Prix since it was first staged back in 2001: La Coocaracha, Sumthingaboutmaori, Allegro Agitato and last years winner Dance Craze. This year, three mares will start with Monaro Mia (gate 1), Pink Galahs and Red Hot Tooth (gate 8) and all are proven feature race winners. Red Hot Tooth finished fourth last year behind Dance Craze. Dance Craze was prepared by Anton Golino and this year is stable is represented by dual Gr.1 winner Always Ready who will start from gate 6. Now training in partnership with Jack MacKinnon, Jason Lee will take the drive. Sparkling Success, the beaten odds-on favourite behind Tornado Valley back in 2018, starts again for trainer/driver John Meade. Off the scene for all of 2019 owing to injury, the multiple Gr.1 winner will start from gate 3. The Australian Grand Prix is the second leg of the six-race series for 2021. As it stands following the Great Southern Star, Tornado Valley has maximum points of 100 followed by Magicool (60) and Majestic Man (40). The TAB Australian Grand Prix is listed as race 7 on the program and scheduled to start at 9.16pm local time.   by Chris Barsby

Tornado Valley, the reigning Trotting Masters champion, easily eclipsed his previous best efforts to claim the harness racing Gr.1 $300,000 What The Hill Great Southern Star at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight (Friday). And in doing so, claimed the feature event with a straight sets victory. Reverting to the original format of elimination heats followed by the final on the same program, the Andy and Kate Gath prepared champion smashed the track record in his elimination heat with his all the way victory in a time of 1:53.1 which easily bettered the previous best time of 1:53.7 set by Keystone Del back in 2016. It was a stunning start to the 2021 Australian Pacing Gold Trotting Masters series. Having his first start since failing behind Pink Galahs in the Gr.1 $50,000 Bill Collins Sprint back on October 10, many wondered if the highly decorated performer could regain his best form. A searching piece of trackwork earlier in the week was the catalyst for connections accepting for the richest trotting feature staged in the southern hemisphere. Connections rolled the dice, and the decision was ultimately vindicated. Tornado Valley recorded splits of 28.6, 29.2, 27.5 and 28.4 seconds to topple star Kiwi trotter Majestic Man and Sundons Courage which safely stamped his ticket to the final. To watch Tornado Valley win this heat in a record 1:53.1 mile rate click here. It was a stunning return to racing, but it was only part of his amazing comeback. Recently crowned NSW Trotter of the Year Tough Monarch also led throughout in his elimination defeating McLovin and Magicool in a time of 1:54.6. Prepared by Rickie Alchin and handled by Anthony Butt, Tough Monarch recorded sectionals of 28.6, 30.2, 28.5 and 27.9 seconds. To watch Tough Monarch in his heat click here. With the two eliminations completed, the stage was then set for the final. Tornado Valley fared well and landed gate three while Tough Monarch faced a second-line draw after landing gate nine. The start was going to be crucial. Tornado Valley was fired off the gate but Majestic Man and Magicool also had plans on leading and the speed was on early. Magicool won the early battle to lead which surprised many while Tornado Valley sat in the trail which left Majestic Man parked without cover. The opening quarter was timed in 28.7 seconds. Driver Zac Phillips was allowed to back off the speed during the second quarter and Magicool settled perfectly while rivals left him alone. The second split was registered in a pedestrian 32.8 seconds. Entering the backstraight, the pressure intensified as Magicool quickened as Majestic Man moved closer while McLovin loomed three-wide. Tornado Valley remained locked in the pocket. The third quarter was timed in 28.5 seconds. As the field straightened, Magicool kicked clear of Majestic Man while Tornado Valley aimed up on the inside for the passing lane run. Magicool was kicking strongly but Tornado Valley kept driving, the ageing warrior was able to dig deep and grab and narrow lead from Magicool and beat him officially score by a half neck margin with Majestic Man holding third 4.3m away. The final sectional was a slick 27.9 seconds. The overall time for the 1720m final was 2:05.1 with the winning mile rate set at 1:57.1. To watch the Gr.1 $300,000 What The Hill Great Southern Star Final click here. Tornado Valley is raced by Norm Jenkin. His pair of Gr.1 victories tonight takes his tally to 10 overall with the promise of more still to come. The victory also provided Andy and Kate Gath with their third triumph in the Great Southern Star after scoring back in 2017 with Glenferrie Typhoon while Tornado Valley has gone back-to-back. “It’s a fairytale to come back and win the heat, that was very satisfying but then to come out and claim the final is just surreal given what he’s been through of late,” Winning driver Kate Gath stated. “He’s provided so many special moments for our stable and tonight is just unbelievable.” She added. Kate has now driven 37 Gr.1 winners while her trainer husband has prepared 49 to date. While all Gr.1 victories are special, tonight’s double (heat & final) from their champion trotter might be the sweetest of all for the popular and gifted couple. The next leg of the 2021 Trotting Masters is the Gr.1 $100,000 Hygain Australian Grand Prix on February 27 at Melton. Chris Barsby

What’s old is new again. The 2021 Australian Pacing Gold Trotting Masters commences this Friday night with the running of the Gr.1 $300,000 What The Hill Great Southern Star at TABCORP Park, Melton. And the original format is back in play. First staged back in 2013, the Great Southern Star was originally modelled on the famed ‘Elitlopp’ with two elimination heats before returning later for the final on the same night over the sprint trip of 1720m. The heats/final concept lasted for four years before officials switched to a one-off race held over the staying trip of 2760m. On Friday night, two heats of nine runners will be staged as races three and four while the final is scheduled as race nine on the 10-event card. Last year, star trotter Tornado Valley proved triumphant over the longer journey and he returns to defend his title, but can he cop the different format? The highly decorated trotter has not started since finishing unplaced behind Pink Galahs in the Gr.1 Bill Collins back on October 10. The Andy Gath prepared gelding is facing the starter for the 100th time in his elimination heat where he has drawn ideally in gate two but faces stiff opposition from last week’s Gr.1 Dullard Cup winner Majestic Man (gate 5). Prepared by New Zealand horseman Phil Williamson and handled by his son Brad, Majestic Man broke the track record at 2240m last week when rating 1:55.4. Sundons Courage (gate 9) plus emerging forces Im Ready Jet (gate 3) and Pink Galahs (gate 8) will also provide plenty of resistance for their rivals. In the first elimination heat, the recently crowned New South Wales Trotter of the Year Tough Monarch draws to advantage after landing gate two and trainer Rickie Alchin has engaged the services of champion reinsman Anthony Butt for the series. Tough Monarch rated a career best time of 1:53.3 when successful at his most recent start at Menangle two weeks ago. Last start Gr.2 Cochran Cup winner Magicool (gate 4) will start for trainer Rob O’Connell and driver Zac Phillips while last start Gr.3 George Gath winner McLovin (gate 5) aims for his fifth consecutive victory. Classy mare Red Hot Tooth (gate 9) has drawn directly behind Tough Monarch and will carry plenty of support with Kerryn Manning booked to drive while Wobelee (gate 7) and Always Ready (gate 8) will both require some luck from their awkward draws.     by Chris Barsby

It’s a new look Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit season. And the 2021 season starts this weekend. The seven-leg series takes in open class racing from across the three east coast states of Australia plus both islands of New Zealand, the Hunter Cup starts the season while the Auckland Cup closes the year being staged on New Year’s Eve. The Gr.1 $500,000 Del-Re National A.G. Hunter Cup will take place this Saturday night at TABCORP Park, Melton and naturally, it’s drawn together an excellent field headed by star performers and reigning Grand Circuit champion King Of Swing and local ace Lochinvar Art. King Of Swing, trained in Sydney by Belinda and Luke McCarthy, is the defending Hunter Cup Champion after scoring last year when handled by Gary Hall Jnr but enters this year’s edition in brilliant form after winning his past five starts. The Rocknroll Hanover entire scored last weekend at his home track of Menangle while he was the recent winner of the Grand Circuit feature in Queensland, the Blacks A Fake on December 12 at Albion Park. In 2020, King Of Swing won the Hunter Cup, Miracle Mile and Blacks A Fake while amassing more than $1 million in stakes for the term. Lochinvar Art, trained and driven by David Moran, is a winner of both the Shepparton and Ballarat Cups at his past two starts is looking to add the Hunter Cup trophy to his collection after claiming the Victoria Cup back in October. On that occasion, Lochinvar Art beat King Of Swing. In the head-to-head battle, King Of Swing holds a 2-1 advantage over his younger rival but in their most recent clash, the Victoria Cup, Lochinvar Art claimed an emphatic victory. But both pacers will need to overcome second line draws if they are to claim the 2760m mobile start feature. King Of Swing will start from gate 12 (five off the second-line) while Lochinvar Art will run from gate 9 (two off the second-line). Luke McCarthy won the 2017 Hunter Cup aboard Bling It On while Moran is only having his second drive in the feature staying event following his unplaced effort last year with Lochinvar Art behind King Of Swing. The McCarthy stable is also represented by former New Zealand pacers Alta Orlando (gate 2) and Star Galleria (gate 10), both boast solid recent form and will be given hope of upstaging the headline act. Leading trainers Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin will have three runners represent their stable including Fourbigmen (gate 4), Somewhere Secret (gate 7) and Out To Play (gate 8 – inside of second-line). The trio boast excellent credentials with Fourbigmen being a recent winner of the Hamilton Cup. The dominant training duo are yet to get their hands on a Hunter Cup trophy. Bathurst pacer Our Uncle Sam is hoping its case of third time lucky when he lines up this weekend, the Chris Frisby trained star has been a runner-up in past two editions after chasing home King Of Swing last year and Tiger Tara in 2019. The Sportswriter gelding will start from gate 6. Hunter Cup legend Anthony Butt is chasing his eighth victory in the Garden State feature and prepares in partnership with Sonya Smith the richly talented Wolf Stride (gate 11). The emerging star produced an unbelievable effort last start when third behind Lochinvar Art and Out To Play in the Ballarat Cup two weeks ago. New Zealand pacer Triple Eight returns to Australia and will again attempt to win the feature after finishing unplaced last year behind King Of Swing, this time he has landed the coveted inside draw (gate 1). The American Ideal gelding has only started twice on Australian soil and was unplaced in both efforts – fourth in the Casey Classic before finishing 9th in the Hunter Cup the following week. Triple Eight is in the care of Steve and Amanda Telfer with Greg Sugars to drive. Last week’s Casey Classic winner Bettor Be The Bomb takes his place for trainer Basil Dooley and driver Jack Laugher, the in-form gelding will start from gate 5 while the horse who was runner-up to him last week, Malcolms Rhythm must overcome gate 13 (the outside of the second-line). Prepared by David Aiken, Malcoms Rhythm is only having his fourth run back from an injury enforced layoff. Sirletic (gate 3) has unluckily been named the emergency for the race. With maximum points up for grabs, connections will be keen to consolidate their position on the leaderboard quickly. Points are awarded during the Circuit, 100 points for a win, 60 points for second, 40 points for third, and so on, to last placing. The A.G Hunter Cup is race 7 on the program and listed to start at 9.15pm local time.   Chris Barsby

Grand Circuit champion King Of Swing capped the 2020 Albion Park Harness Racing Club Summer Carnival in great style. Under rain-soaked skies, King Of Swing thrilled local fans with a breathtaking display in the Gr.1 $175,660 TAB Blacks A Fake when easily accounting for Colt Thirty One and Turn It Up in the 2680m feature. Prepared by Craig Cross and handled by brilliant reinsman Luke McCarthy, the $1.50 favourite rated 1:58.5 while ripping his final 400m in a stunning 26.2 seconds. For McCarthy, it was his ninth victory in the state’s biggest event. It was a cause for double celebration for connections with the victory confirming him as the 2019/20 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit champion. King Of Swing is raced by Beth Richardson, Mark Congerton, Go Racing (Mick Harvey), Karen Hall, Glen Moore, Sylvie Macgregor plus Rob & Frank Patriarca. Fittingly, the field was led out by the recently retired and 2017 Blacks A Fake winner Hectorjayjay. The Gr.2 $30,660 TAB Trotters Sprint also went the way of the Cross/McCarthy combination with the Queensland owned Arnold leading throughout in a time of 1:55.8 – just outside of the track record held by Greg The Great at 1:55.1. Arnold is raced by Jeroen Nieuwenburg. In total, the Cobbitty Equine team of Cross and McCarthy scored a quartet of victories with Lets Katchmeifucan (TAB Venue Mode Final) and Franco Hampton (Jack Waltisbuhl Memorial Final) also proving successful. The $21,160 Bill Dixon was taken out by the beautifully bred Straddie for Charlie Cini and Shane Graham, the half-brother to millionaire pacer For A Reason defeated race favourite Bomb Suit in a time of 1:55.0. The Cini/Graham duo also scored with in-form mare Chevrons Reward later in the program. Despite the inclement weather throughout the night, the highly anticipated Jockeys and Drivers Challenge Final was taken out by Baylee Nothdurft after sailing down the outside to defeat Georgina Cartwright. Nothdurft donated a winner’s cheque of $1000 to his charity of choice, Beyond Blue. NOVA 106.9FM Radio personality and breakfast show host David ‘Luttsy’ Lutteral was again trackside and joined oncourse broadcaster Chris Barsby to ‘call’ the Jockeys/Drivers Final. Club officials were thrilled with crowd numbers, turnover figures and race night coverage provided by Radio TAB, SKY Channel and the Seven Network throughout the carnival. Racing returns next Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Chris Barsby Australian Harness Racing

What a way to cap the year. King Of Swing is the 2019/20 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit champion following his brilliant display in the final leg of the harness racing season, the Gr.1 $175,660 TAB Blacks A Fake at Albion Park tonight (Saturday). Following victories in the Hunter Cup and Miracle Mile earlier this year, the star pacer held an insurmountable lead going into the Queensland feature, but connections were keen to put an exclamation mark against his name. And that they did. Starting as a dominant favourite, King Of Swing ($1.50) completely dominated his rivals when racing clear of Colt Thirty One ($7.50) and Turn It Up ($12) in the 2680m feature under a rain-soaked skyline. King Of Swing is prepared by Sydney horseman Craig Cross and was again handled by regular reinsman Luke McCarthy. Allowed to float off the arm at release point, King Of Swing raced wide early before obtaining the position outside the leader at the 2200m mark. Former New Zealand pacer Turn It Up showed blinding gate speed to lead from his outside draw while his stablemate One Change landed the trail on his back. The lead time was covered in 80.6 seconds. With a moderate speed being set, McCarthy chased hard for the lead and secured it from Turn It Up as the field raced off the back straight. The first quarter of the final mile was timed in 29.7 seconds. As King Of Swing settled into the lead role, local hero Colt Thirty One made his move three-wide and swept around the field before parking outside the favourite. The second split was timed in 31.7 seconds. Effectively, the race was all but over from that point. Heading down the back straight, King Of Swing traveled sweetly as his rivals faced an incredible challenge of trying to run him down. The third quarter was a sedate 29.1 seconds. At the home turn, McCarthy allowed King Of Swing to stride and he responded by shooting clear of his rivals while scoring by a widening margin of 12.4 metres over Colt Thirty One who finished a half head in front of Turn It Up. The final 400m metres was timed in a blistering 26.2 seconds. The winning time was 3:17.3 with the winning mile rate being 1:58.5. To watch this race click on this link “It’s a great way to be crowned Grand Circuit champion, he’s been awesome all year and winning this title as a stallion is a big thing for connections,” McCarthy said. “He’s such a smart horse, he’s part human and has a great demeanor. He handled the trip up really well and took in the new surroundings like he’d been here before, it’s a real thrill to be part of his team.” McCarthy, who commenced his driving career in the Sunshine State almost twenty years ago, has now won the state’s signature event nine times. He rates Albion Park as his favourite track. His list of previous winners includes Cobbity Classic, Slipnslide (x 2), Mr Feelgood (x 2), Washakie, Ideal Scott and For A Reason. King Of Swing ended the APG Grand Circuit season with 360 points, well clear of nearest rivals Cruz Bromac (175) and Lochinvar Art (164). Since transferring from the Perth stables of Gary Hall Snr, King Of Swing has raced 13 times for the Cobbitty Equine outfit for 10 wins while being the runner-up in the other three starts. The Rocknroll Hanover entire has banked more than $1 million this year. King Of Swing is raced by Beth Richardson, Mark Congerton, Go Racing (Mick Harvey), Karen Hall, Glen Moore, Sylvie Macgregor plus Rob & Frank Patriarca. Chris Barsby Australian Harness Racing

“There is no pressure, it’s a privilege.” This is the belief of Perth based owner Mark Congerton leading into tomorrow night’s (Saturday) feature at Albion Park, the Gr.1 $175,660 TAB Blacks A Fake. It’s the final night of the 2020 Queensland summer carnival. And it coincides as the final leg of the 2019/20 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit season, and King Of Swing will be crowned the champion pacer – win lose or draw. His lead is so big he cannot be overthrown and Congerton is embracing the honour for his star performer. “It’s great to be part of the Queensland carnival and to be installed as such a warm favourite is very pleasing but the highlight of being crowned Grand Circuit champion is very special and rewarding for all involved with the horse, he’s a special talent that has proven himself many times over unlike others.” Congerton said. And Congerton knows plenty about sharing in the ownership of a pacer crowned Grand Circuit champion having shared in the spoils with Im Themightyquinn ($4.5 million). King Of Swing is raced by several members of the Im Themightyquinn ownership group while Congerton also shared in the ownership of Baltic Eagle, the winner of the 2003 Inter Dominion in Christchurch. Originally purchased and placed in the care of brilliant horseman Gary Hall Snr in Perth following feature race glory with Auckland horseman Ray Green, King Of Swing added the WA Derby to his trophy cabinet which already included the Breeders Crown 2yo Final. But a flat-spot as a four-year-old sparked a decision to change trainers and King Of Swing headed east and joined the stables of Cobbitty Equine under the banner of Craig Cross and Luke McCarthy. From 12 starts to date, the Rocknroll Hanover entire has won nine times while being the runner-up in the other three starts. His haul of Gr.1 features includes the Miracle Mile, Hunter Cup and Allied Express Sprint which has netted more than $1 million in stakes this year. “It was a spur of the moment decision to change trainers and it’s the mark of Gary Hall Snr to recommend the change, everyone over there have really taken to him and Luke has a wonderful rapport with the horse. “Pound for pound, he’s the best horse going around in this country and he hasn’t missed any of the big dances and this will be his third state that he’s raced in this year. It’s a thoroughly deserving title of being crowned Grand Circuit champion. “I’m super proud and I still believe the best is yet to come, ultimately he will stand at stud once his racing days are behind him and to have a Grand Circuit champion title beside his name is awesome. If successful on the weekend, that will be his sixth Gr.1 victory.” King Of Swing is expected to win and is currently listed as a $1.55 favourite in the 2680m feature. For McCarthy, he’s chasing his ninth victory in the Sunshine State feature. McCarthy has 64 Gr.1 victories with 14 coming at Grand Circuit level. Only Chris Alford and the late great Gavin Lang have more Gr.1 wins. The Tab Blacks A Fake is race 8 on the 10-race program and is listed to start at 9.12pm local time.   Chris Barsby

Outstanding. That’s the word that springs to mind when assessing the final night of the 2020 summer carnival this Saturday night at Albion Park. Over the past couple of weeks, the Brisbane harness racing scene has been abuzz with obvious talent on display as we build to the ultimate climax, the Gr.1 $175,660 TAB Blacks A Fake over 2680m. The Grand Circuit feature headlines a superb 10-race program which gets underway at 5.32pm local time. Star Sydney based performer King Of Swing is listed as the punters elect after drawing favourably in gate five for the powerful combination of Craig Cross and Luke McCarthy but will face stiff opposition from the likes of Be Good Johnny Sprint winner and defending champion Colt Thirty One plus the Vicki Rasmussen pair of former Kiwi pacers One Change and Turn It Up among others. Trainer Craig Cross is well-represented with four runners including last week’s Queensland Cup winner Cruz plus boom pacer Balraj and the exceptionally talented Bright Energy starting alongside King Of Swing. “It’s a fantastic field and something that everyone should be proud of because earlier this year it was looking unlikely we would stage our Grand Circuit feature owing to the Covid-19 pandemic but we’re here now and it’s come together really well.” Chief Executive Scott Steele said. Again, the support program is great with plenty of up and comers engaged. And punters are well catered for too. TAB have a quaddie jackpot of $50,000 with a projected pool of $250,000 – the quaddie legs are on races 5 through 8. The highly anticipated Jockeys and Drivers Final is also scheduled with the winner donating $1000 to a registered charity of choice. The four jockeys competing include Georgina Cartwright, Tegan Harrison, Matthew McGillivray and Baylee Nothdurft. “The Jockeys and Drivers series has been a huge hit throughout the carnival and the final will be just as exciting, they’re extremely competitive and there’s a bit at stake here on the weekend. “There’s still some spots available in Pacers & Chasers plus the XXXX Garden Trackside Bar but get in quick because the numbers are starting to fill quickly. We are completely sold out for the all new Creek Bar which is very encouraging. “We’re also breaking new ground this weekend with Free-to-air television coverage with Channel Seven on board, they will showcase the TAB Blacks A Fake plus the Ultimate Tools 3yo feature before the main event which is very exciting.” NOVA 106.9FM Radio personality and breakfast show host David ‘Luttsy’ Lutteral will again be trackside and is expected to ‘call’ the Jockeys/Drivers Final. Luttsy and partner Emily Seebohm are No.1 ticket holders at ‘The Creek’. Gates open at 4.30pm.   Chris Barsby

Win lose or draw – the King will wear his crown! The 2019/20 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit season has been different and somewhat elongated owing to the Covid-19 pandemic where the normal season equates to eight races staged throughout Australasia before a champion is crowned. But this was no normal year. We have witnessed two editions of the Victoria and WA Pacing Cups this calendar year while the Blacks A Fake will complete the season, albeit in a different section of the year. The Gr.1 TAB Blacks A Fake normally completes the season in July, as part of the Brisbane winter carnival but the 2020 version is being staged as the jewel in the crown of their summer carnival. So, the biggest event on the Queensland harness racing calendar will take place this Saturday night at Albion Park. And the current APG Grand Circuit leader has arrived to put an exclamation mark against his tremendous season. The Cobbitty Equine prepared King Of Swing will look to add the Sunshine State feature to his haul this year that already includes the Hunter Cup and Miracle Mile. Since being under the care of Craig Cross and Luke McCarthy, the impeccably bred stallion has compiled a brilliant record of nine wins and three seconds from just 12 starts. The Rocknroll Hanover five-year-old has also picked up the Gr.1 $100,000 Allied Express Sprint at Menangle plus four other Gr.3 features. Amongst his nine victories, seven have been record in sub1:50 time with a ‘PB’ of 1:48.0. The trio of pacers that have toppled him this season are the now Tasmanian based Ignatius, stablemate Balraj and most recently Lochinvar Art in the Gr.1 Victoria Cup at Melton back in October. Since the Victoria Cup defeat, King Of Swing has recorded back to back Menangle victories in 1:49.6 while rating 1:53.5 for the 2300m distance two weeks ago. The Blacks A Fake will be staged over 2680m. Prior to the final leg of the season, the only possibilities of taking the title from King Of Swing (260 points) were the recently retired Cruz Bromac (175) and Lochinvar Art (164) but neither will take their spot this weekend. Therefore, King Of Swing will be crowned the 2019/20 APG Grand Circuit champion – regardless of his finishing position. Its a thoroughly deserving award for a pacer that has competed across three states thorought the year, taking on and frequently beating the very best talent available. King Of Swing will start from gate five with McCarthy taking the drive as he chases his 9th triumph in the feature. McCarthy has won the Queensland Pacing Championship seven times while he won the Winter Cup once. Queensland officials combined the QPC and Winter Cup in 2016 and renamed the event in honour of the state’s and arguably the country’s greatest pacer of all-time, Blacks A Fake (72 wins from 105 starts - $4.5 million). The other members of Cross/McCarthy team this weekend includes last start feature race winners Cruz (gate 3 – Leonard Cain) and Balraj (gate 9 – James Rattray) plus Bright Energy (gate 13 – ODM – Adam Sanderson). Cruz scored in last week’s Gr.2 Queensland Cup defeating local hero Colt Thirty One while Balraj scored in the Gr.3 4yo Championship after racing without cover throughout. Also representing the state of New South Wales is the Roy Roots Jnr prepared The Black Prince and the classy performer will carry plenty of support after drawing very handily in gate two. The last start runner-up behind Cash N Flow will again be handled by young Tom Ison. The Grant Dixon prepared Colt Thirty One is the defending champion after scoring in July last year and his recent form is sublime with six wins from his past seven starts. No pacer has recorded back to back victories since the race was formed in 2016 with the last pacer to go back to back in the QPC was dual hemisphere champion Mr Feelgood (2010/11) while the last pacer to go back to back in the Winter Cup was none other than Blacks A Fake himself (2006/07). And just like last year, Colt Thirty One must overcome a second-line draw (gate 11 in 2019). The Mach Three entire will start from gate 10. Astute mentor Vicki Rasmussen is looking to add her name on the winners list and has a pair of excellent hopes in One Change (gate 1 – Amanda Turnbull) and Turn It Up (gate 7 – Shane Graham). Both pacers were previous members of the All Stars operation in New Zealand. If successful, Vicki will join her father Vic (Son Of Pearl – 1997) and older sister Natalie (Blacks A Fake x 5) as a winner of the local feature. Also chasing their maiden success in the feature are the locally prepared Secretagent Tycoon (Ryan & Dannielle Veivers - gate 4), Northview Hustler (Alistair & Brendan Barnes - gate 6), Clintal Do (Dayl March - gate 8) and Lilac Flash (Darren Weeks & Kylie Rasmussen - gate 11). The emergency for the race is local mare Fame Assured (gate 12). The TAB Blacks A Fake is scheduled to start at 9.12pm local time. The current APG Grand Circuit leaderboard is as follows; King Of Swing - 270 points Cruz Bromac - 175 Lochinvar Art - 164 Bling It On - 145 Mighty Conqueror - 140 Thefixer - 110 Vultan Tin - 101 Self Assured - 100 Ultimate Sniper – 100 The APG Grand Circuit champion will reside in New South Wales for consecutive years with King Of Swing taking over from the recently retired Tiger Tara.   Chris Barsby

What an upset! Iron-tough harness racing pacer Vultan Tin caused a gigantic upset when running down race favourite Chicago Bull to claim the Gr.1 $450,000 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park tonight (Friday). Prepared by Phil Costello, the eight-year-old thrived on a genuine speed and a perfect Shannon Suvaljko drive to win the state’s biggest event in front of a massive Perth crowd. Lining-up in his fourth Pacing Cup, Vultan Tin finished 10th in his three previous attempts – Soho Tribeca in 2018, Rocknroll Lincoln in 2019 and Mighty Conqueror earlier this year. But with the change in calendar, Vultan Tin took his opportunity and etched his name into the record books alongside some of the all-time greats of the sport. The Greg and Skye Bond prepared Mighty Conqueror found the marker line first before allowing stablemate and noted frontrunner Vampiro to take up the running as they moved past the winning post on the first occasion in the 2936m event. Vultan Tin ($31) landed one out, one back early before being shuffled back one spot when Chicago Bull made his move with less than a mile to run to eventually park outside of race leader Vampiro. The lead time was covered in 1:36.0 seconds. Naturally, the speed increased with Vampiro making Chicago Bull work hard while Mighty Conqueror, Galactic Star and Vultan Tin all sat handy to the lead pair. The first half of the final mile was covered in splits of 29.8 and 28.5 seconds. Entering the back straight, Chicago Bull really forced the pressure and Vampiro was starting to crack while To Fast To Serious let go from back in the field with his sprint before being forced deeper coming off the far turn. At the top of the straight, Chicago Bull held a narrow lead while Vultan Tin emerged as the obvious threat. With Hall Jnr and Suvaljko both urging on their respective pacers it was Vultan Tin who gained the upper hand and started to draw clear from Chicago Bull while Mighty Conqueror got into third placing. At the line, Vultan Tin ($31) scored officially by 3.5 metres from Chicago Bull ($1.26) with Mighty Conqueror ($26) a further 4m away third. Watch the race replay click here. The winning time was 3:32.2 – a winning mile rate of 1:56.3 and a new race record. Since the race was switched to the current distance of 2936m back in 2014, the previous best time was 1:56.5 set by Mighty Conqueror earlier this year. The final 800m was covered in 28.4 and 29.5 seconds. Vultan Tin has now won 27 races with 21 of those coming via Goucester Park while career earnings now move in excess of $860,000. A son of Dawn Ofa New Day from the Pacific Fella mare Ellevarrac, the Westbred pacer has been prepared by Costello throughout his career. Costello prepared Ellevarrac and also prepared the grand-dam Caravelle. The win provided Suvaljko with his second victory in the Pacing Cup following his effort with Vanlo Yorker back in 2008. It was only the third time that Suvaljko had driven Vultan Tin following two unplaced efforts earlier this year. The Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit action heads to Albion Park next weekend for the running of the Gr.1 $175,660 TAB Blacks A Fake. Chris Barsby

Can Cruz overthrow Colt Thirty One? The co-owner of the Albion Park track record (1:50.4 with Im Themightyquinn) returns to the Sunshine State in readiness for Saturday night’s Gr.2 $50,660 Badcock Group of Companies Queensland Cup, the main event on the second night of the summer carnival. Prepared by leading Sydney trainer Craig Cross and to be driven by Brisbane born reinsman Leonard Cain, Cruz struck an early advantage after landing gate three while Colt Thirty One must overcome gate six in the 2138m mobile start feature. Back during the winter carnival in July, the two quality pacers staged some epic battles, but Cruz won both encounters after leading and winning in both the Wondais Mate and Mr Feelgood Open events. But plenty has changed since then. Cruz has won two of his five starts since while Colt Thirty One has won eight of his past nine including last week’s thumping victory in the Gr.3 $30,660 Be Good Johnny Sprint in 1:51.9. Queensland’s pin-up pacer sat parked outside race favourite Turn It Up before asserting his authority in the latter stages. Can he sit parked this week and do it again or will the Sydney speedster prove his nemesis? “We’ve got so much respect for Colt Thirty One but we know our guy is capable of beating him and we’re going there to win again this weekend. It’s going to be a great race but we’ll be looking for the early advantage so we’ll see if he can catch us.” Cain said. Cruz has been unplaced in both runs backs this campaign but has been freshened since his latest effort when fourth behind Out To Play in the Gr.3 $30,000 Popular Alm FFA at TABCORP Park, Melton on October 10. That followed his effort in the Gr.2 $50,000 Smoken Up Sprint a week earlier when eighth behind Rishi in 1:50.2. Cruz is raced by Victorian based Luke Tabone. Boasting five wins from eight starts at Albion Park, Cain is confident he’s back near his best form like he displayed during the winter. “He hasn’t trialed since his latest run but his work at home with Craig and Luke (McCarthy) has been really impressive so we’re all confident. “I watched Colt Thirty One from Menangle last week and he was absolutely super, he’s full of confidence and very fit but he’s likely to have another tough run again because of his draw. “Cruz goes best in front and he proved that during the winter campaign, I think we can lead from our good draw. This race has been on the radar for some time, the borders have reopened and we’re ready to go.” TAB market framers have installed the local star favourite at $1.95 while Cruz is assessed as a $5 chance. Colt Thirty One is chasing back to back victories in the Queensland Cup following his brilliant victory last year, a week after returning from his luckless Auckland Inter Dominion series. The Cross/Cain combination will combine with another key runner at Albion Park this weekend, they have Balraj making his Brisbane debut in the Gr.3 $30,770 Ted and Edna Badcock Memorial 4yo Championship. The Art Major gelding has won 12 of his 22 starts to date including two from five since being under the care of Cross. Balraj failed in the Gr.1 Victoria Cup two starts ago (8th behind Lochinvar Art) before returning to Sydney at his most recent start where he ran a stylish second behind his stablemate King Of Swing on November 21. Cain is yet to drive Balraj under race conditions. “I’m really looking forward to the opportunity, he’s a really nice horse and I know Luke has plenty of time for him so I’m hoping I can get the job done. “I’ve driven him in trackwork a few times to familiarize myself and he gives you a nice feel, some changes have been made so I think he’ll prove hard to beat.” Balraj has been listed as the $1.50 favourite with TAB while the only other runner in the mix is the locally trained L L Cool J at $2.80. Prepared by Nathan Dawson, the son of A Rocknroll Dance has won all three starts since arriving in Brisbane and looked super sharp last week in a time of 1:54.6 for the 2138m event. L L Cool J has drawn gate four with Balraj on his immediate outside.   Chris Barsby

Can Chicago Bull do it again? The pint-sized champion pacer is chasing his second Gr.1 $450,000 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park this Friday night. The Gary Hall Snr prepared gelding won the event back in 2017 as a four-year-old, and his list of feature race victories has only expanded over time. Recently, he claimed his second Fremantle Cup while other big race triumphs include the Pat Cranley Memorial, Howard Porter Memorial, Mount Eden Sprint (x 2), J P Stratton Cup (x 2), Navy Cup (x 3), August Cup, 4 & 5yo Championship, Governors Cup, RWWA Cup, McInerney Ford Classic, WA Derby and Western Gateway. It’s a mouthwatering ‘CV’ that still has room for more. Boasting a record of 60 wins from 90 starts, the $2.2 million earner has missed a place twice under the care of Hall Snr and both times he finished fourth. When purchased from New Zealand, his record was two wins and one placing from seven starts. If successful, ‘Bully’ will join the likes of My Hard Copy, Im Themightyquinn, The Falcon Strike, Our Sir Vancelot, Westburn Grant, Village Kid, Pure Steel, Radiant Oro and Beau Don as multiple winners. With a proud and rich history, the WA Pacing Cup was first staged back in 1913 when Letty Lind proved successful and the list of champions that have proven victorious since runs deep in the famed staying feature. The father/son combination of Gary Hall Snr and Junior are the most successful in the event’s history with 11 and 8 victories, respectively. Remarkably, Hall Snr trained the Pacing Cup winner every year between 2011 and 2017. The master conditioner has triumphed with The Falcon Strike (x3), Tealsby Karita, Im Themightyquinn (x3), Hokonui Ben, My Hard Copy (x2) and Chicago Bull previously. Chicago Bull will start from gate 7 in the 2936m mobile start event. Team Bond are chasing back to back victories following their victory earlier this year with Mighty Conqueror and the husband and wife partnership of Greg and Skye have strong numbers again. Representing their Forrestdale stables is Vampiro (gate 4), Ocean Ridge (gate 5), Galactic Star (gate 11) and of course, the defending champion Mighty Conqueror (gate 2). Back in January, the stable provided six of the first seven placegetters including the trifecta result. Star horseman Justin Prentice is chasing his second Pacing Cup following the deeds of Rocknroll Lincoln back in 2019. Well-traveled pacer Jack Farthing represents his stable and will start from the coveted inside draw. Champion reinsman Chris Lewis boasts five Pacing Cup victories and will take the drive behind Jack Farthing. Astute mentor Ross Olivieri, a winner of the Cup in 1999 with Saab, is represented by last start winner Perfect Major. Last week in the RWWA Cup, Perfect Major outdueled Chicago Bull to claim the Gr.2 feature. With Chris Voak booked to drive, Perfect Major must overcome gate 8. Trainer Ray Williams has a dual-pronged attack on the Pacing Cup with emerging talent To Fast To Serious and Convert Denario but both have drawn the second-line. To Fast To Serious has drawn gate 10, the inside of the second-line while Convert Denario has gate 12, the outside of the second-line. Rugged pacer Vultan Tin starts in the Cup for the third time for trainer Phil Costello and will start from gate 3. Shannon Suvaljko, a winner of the 2008 Pacing Cup with Vanlo Yorker is booked to drive. Earlier this year, Vultan Tin finished 10th behind Mighty Conqueror. Former Olympian Michael ‘Mouse’ Brennan will send out Braeview Bondi with Michael Grantham booked to drive the last start winner. The pair combined to finish third back in 2018 with The Bucket List behind Soho Tribeca and Chicago Bull. Braeview Bondi will start from gate 6. And trainer Stephen Reed has the beautifully bred Bletchley Park engaged with Lindsay Harper booked to drive. Harper won the 2001 Pacing Cup with Havago. Bletchley Park has drawn gate 9, the outside of the front-line. Interestingly, both Brennan (Jason Rulz – 4th) and Reed (Lovers Delight – 5th) had starters in the 2016 Pacing Cup won by My Hard Copy. The TABtouch WA Pacing Cup is scheduled as race 6 and listed to start at 7.40pm local time.   Chris Barsby

The 2020 summer carnival at ‘The Creek’ (Albion Park Harness Racing Club) is just over a week away. Spanning a three week window, the metropolitan club will conduct a host of features spearheaded by the Grand Circuit event, the Gr.1 $175,660 TAB Blacks A Fake (2680m) which is scheduled for December 12. The carnival officially commences on Saturday week (November 28) before reaching its climax on Blacks A Fake racenight. And the stars are starting flex their muscles. The leading Sydney stables of Craig Cross are planning a raid on the Sunshine State with a party of richly talented pacers including current Grand Circuit leader King Of Swing. A winner of the Hunter Cup and Miracle Mile earlier this year, the outstanding entire is being primed for the Blacks A Fake and will round off his preparation with a start at Menangle this weekend. The $1.4 million dollar earner will start in the Gr.3 Kevin Robinson Free-For-All and will start from the outside draw (gate 11) in the 2300m event with regular reinsman Luke McCarthy engaged to drive. Last month, King Of Swing was beaten in the Gr.1 Victoria Cup behind boom pacer Lochinvar Art at Melton before rebounding with a dominant victory at his home track in 1:49.6 two weeks ago. “We’re really happy with his current condition and everything is aiming towards the Blacks A Fake, this is a great lead-up event given that it’s over a distance similar to the Brisbane feature,” McCarthy said. “Craig is putting together a really solid team and we’re looking forward to being part of the carnival, we love getting back to Brisbane at every opportunity and this campaign fits in nicely. Everything is still being sorted with the Covid-19 protocols but hopefully everything will work out, we’re keen to get there.” He added. Classy mare Bettor Enforce is being strongly considered for the two mares features (Queen of the Creek & Forever Gold) following her stylish victory last weekend. Other likely members of the Queensland team includes Balraj and co-track record holder Cruz. Stable newcomer Star Galleria will miss the carnival after arriving last week from New Zealand. Previously prepared by Pukekohe horseman Steve Reid, the Art Major gelding will remain at the Cobbitty base and will be set for other events. Reigning Queensland Horse of the Year Colt Thirty One rounds off his summer carnival preparation when he contests the Remembering Gerry Neptune Open Pace over the 1660m this Saturday night. The Grant Dixon prepared star is chasing back to back victories in the Blacks A Fake following his triumph last year. Next week, the open class feature is the Gr.3 $30,660 Be Good Johnny Sprint. This Saturday night, the club will host a superb 11 race card featuring a further three heats of the Darrell Alexander Memorial Trotting Series. First round heat winners included BD Khaosan, Gee Up Neddy and Our Overanova. The Gr.2 $30,770 Final will take place next week. For further information, contact the APHRC.   Chris Barsby

It was an emphatic statement made by star trotter Sundees Son when he dominated today’s (Friday) Gr.1 $270,000 Majestic Son Dominion at Addington. The reigning Australian Pacing Gold Trotting Master sat without cover before racing away from his rivals in the 3200m stand start feature while establishing a new National record of 4:00.5. The previous mark was held by Monbet at 4:00.7 when successful in 2016. Prepared by Robert Dunn and handled by his son John, Sundees Son easily accounted for Majestic Man and Australian raider Tough Monarch in the opening leg of the 2020/21 APG Trotting Masters staged in Christchurch. Sent off as the punters elect, Sundees Son stepped safely before taking up a handy position outside of Majestic Lavros who found the lead from Majestic Man with Heavyweight Hero following on the peg line. The lead time was covered in 2:02.0. Despite a big field of 15 runners, moves were at a minimum with Dunn controlling the speed from his parked position. Majestic Lavros went through the opening half of the final mile in 29.9 and 29.8 seconds. The first move in the race came from Matua Tana who angled three-wide before making a gallop not long after as the speed improved quickly. Dunn called on Sundees Son and he quickly put away Majestic Lavros. The third quarter was covered in 28.1 seconds. As the field entered the home straight, Sundees Son sailed clear as Majestic Lavros broke under pressure while Majestic Man, Heavyweight Hero and Tough Monarch battled each other for the minor spoils. At the line, Sundees Son scored by a widening margin of 3.75 lengths over Majestic Man while Tough Monarch edged past Heavyweight Hero to snatch third. The final quarter was timed in 30.3 seconds. And the winning mile rate was 2:00.9. The Majestic Son – Stardon six-year-old has now claimed both major trotting features in his homeland following his victory in the Rowe Cup at Alexandra Park last year. Since 2000, the likes of Lyell Creek, Take A Moment, Martina H, I Can Doosit, Stig, Master Lavros and Monbet have claimed both staying features. The victory of Sundees Son provided the father/son combination their maiden victory in the country’s premier trotting event. It was ninth time lucky for John following previous efforts with Ella Powell (5th in 2009), The Fat Controller (3rd in 2010), Kincaslough (3rd in 2014), Kinscaslough (6th in 2015), Harriet Of Mot (7th in 2016), Harriet Of Mot (7th in 2017), Woodstone (15th – last in 2018) and Valloria (Disqualified last year). “It’s a team effort with this horse, there’s plenty that have played a role in this victory so it’s a massive thrill for all involved.” Driver John Dunn said. Sundees Son is raced by Colin and Nancy Hair.   Chris Barsby

They have done it again. The might of the All Stars has confirmed its reputation as the best big race stable in the southern hemisphere after claiming another Gr.1 $572,400 IRT New Zealand Trotting Cup at Addington today (Tuesday). Headed up by the dynamic duo of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, the leading conditioners provided a perfect result in the 3200m stand start feature with Self Assured (Mark Purdon) defeating stablemates Spankem (Natalie Rasmussen) and Ashley Locaz (Tim Williams) in a time of 3:55.2. While the stable continues to rewrite the record books, a 1-2-3 result in the country’s biggest event simply underlines their sublime skill and amazing focus on producing nothing but the best results. Last year, the All Stars team produced four of the first five placegetters while they have now won 6 of the past 7 editions of the Cup since forming back in 2013. Their haul includes Adore Me, Lazarus (x 2), Thefixer, Cruz Bromac and now Self Assured. Purdon has now driven the Cup winner six times which equals the effort of the late Cecil Devine while he is one behind Ricky May who has the record with seven victories. With so much hinging on the start, race favourite Copy That ended up second last on settling down after starting from the inside draw while Self Assured nailed his beginning which effectively flipped the pre-race script. His faultless display came after Purdon and Rasmussen took a calculated gamble by taking the Jean Feiss owned five-year-old off the unruly starting position after some mixed efforts in lead-up to the Cup. Most, if not all, were surprised to see Self Assured so close to the lead so quickly after the start which spelt disaster for his rivals. But punters were fuming with the official start to the race. The All Stars runners made the most of their luck and took forward positions in running. With a lap remaining, the All Stars trio occupied the top three spots in running while Copy That was forced to work hard mid-race for driver Blair Orange. Approaching the home turn, Spankem led the way while Self Assured angled to his outside and launched his finishing burst with Ashley Locaz sticking to the inside. At the line, Self Assured scored by a widening margin of three and half lengths over Spankem who bobbed in front of Ashley Locaz to hold second spot. The Ray Green prepared Copy That faded over the latter stages to finish in 8th placing. With the winning time of 3:55.2 – which equates to a mile rate of 1:58.2, it is well outside of the race record of 3:53.1 set by Lazarus back in 2016. “He picked a good day to get it right, I was nervous about the start but I thought we gave him enough practice after the Cup trial and he would be better so it worked out great,” Purdon said. “Winning races like this is why we do this for a living, and I’m thrilled for Jean, a fantastic and passionate supporter of our stable.” He added. The top three finish of the All Stars runners also provided Woodlands Stud with a massive result with super sire Bettors Delight providing the top four finishes after Henry Hubert filled fourth spot.   Chris Barsby

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