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Trots Clubs Victoria (TCV) will begin searching for a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) after the resignation of Toby McKinnon. TCV issued a media release today announcing that McKinnon had resigned after a six-year stint with the organisation at Board and CEO level. "On behalf of all clubs, we wish Toby all the very best. I want to thank Toby for all that he has contributed to clubs and the industry," TCV president Tim Scala said. Read the full media release here McKinnon’s last day as CEO will be Friday, December 20. “I’d like to thank the TVC Executive both past and present and all the wonderful club personnel I have had the pleasure of dealing with throughout my time,” McKinnon said. HRV Marketing General Manager Andrew English said McKinnon had achieved a lot during his time with TCV. “There’s no doubt that Toby has strengthened the collaboration between the clubs and HRV, continuing the work of his predecessor in that role David Brick,” English said. “Toby was always industry-first, innovative and worked tirelessly for the benefit of clubs and the wider industry. We wish him the best for the future and hope he’s not lost to the game.”   HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

Newly appointed Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) CEO Dayle Brown (pictured) will hit the ground running from next Wednesday, November 6. Brown will immediately begin meeting with staff to “learn about HRV’s current strategic projects” before embarking on a series of consultation meetings across Victoria. “It is important to get an understanding of the current strategic direction of the HRV executive management team and staff, so I want to hear about those projects and how they’re tracking,” Brown said. “I will then hit the road to visit every centre in Victoria because it is important we give the industry an opportunity to have input into the overall strategic vision for HRV. “It is important to listen to the industry and understand their views. I’m looking forward to meeting passionate industry people right across the state. It will be a busy period before Christmas with plenty to do, but my style is to be collaborative and I am a firm believer in everyone, both inside and outside of HRV, understanding the goals and working together to achieve them.” Brown will address the new-look Victorian Harness Racing Hall of Fame night at Bendigo on Friday November 8, which will be streamed live across HRV Trots Media channels. Details for Brown’s consultation tour will be released in coming weeks.    HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

An audit commissioned by the Office of the Racing Integrity Commissioner has revealed Harness Racing Victoria’s (HRV) integrity processes to be “industry leading”. The 46-page report titled Audit Report into the End-to-End Management of Investigations – Review of Harness Racing Victoria outlines that HRV has made “significant improvement in integrity since around 2016-17” and declares HRV the racing “industry leader” in the areas of integrity processes and animal welfare framework. The report, which focused on investigations and enquiries – both race day and non-race day – also praised HRV’s establishment of animal welfare training programs and has recommended that the other codes “follow HRV’s lead”. “HRV sample investigations appeared to be comprehensive, conducted in accordance with policy, and fair dealings with licenced persons, including explaining rights to those accused persons,” the report states. “HRV has improved its integrity processes since around 2017 to the point where this audit finds that in terms of the requirements in this audit with respect to investigations, it is the industry leader. “HRV has taken a number of positive steps in recent years in order to promote the importance of welfare and establishment of the HRV Animal Welfare Framework Online Training Program and the Stable Inspections Framework. Requiring licenced participants to pass the online training module in order to maintain accreditation is a commendable step towards protecting animal welfare and we have recommended that the other codes follow HRV’s lead in this regard.”  HRV General Manager of Integrity Brent Fisher (pictured) praised his team and said HRV “had much to be proud of in the integrity space”. “This annual audit shows HRV is on the right track in regards to the manner in which we police the industry and I’m proud of the integrity team for the great results we’ve achieved in the last couple of years,” Mr Fisher said. HRV Interim CEO Luke Spano also praised the work of the integrity team. “This kind of recognition highlights the great improvement HRV has made in this important area in recent years and should give the industry confidence that our processes are conducted fairly and without fear or favour. I congratulate Brent and his team on their ongoing good work,” Mr Spano said.   HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

All 10 winners at Mildura last night were either trained, driven or trained and driven by women. It has many times been documented that women are at the very least on a level playing field in harness racing and just about gone completely are the days of references to female drivers as “lady drivers”. As one of the industry’s leading drivers Kate Gath said in the Herald Sun last year: “I’m just a driver, I’m not a lady driver, I’m just like anyone else in the industry and that’s how it’s always been for me in my 18 years involved.” At Mildura Jill Neilson, Jackie Barker, Claire Goble and Kate Attard all either trained or drove one winner, Danielle Hill, Michelle Phillips (pictured) and Kate Hargreaves all had two winners and Sandra O’Connor trained three winners. Meanwhile, Kylie Bevington trained a runner-up and Denbeigh Wade and Ellen Tormey both drove horses into second place on the 10-race card. Currently in Victoria Emma Stewart is on top of the Renown Silverware State Trainers Premiership with Jess Tubbs fourth, Kate Gath leads the Schweppes Metropolitan Drivers Premiership, with Kima Frenning third, and Stewart is second on the Taylors Metropolitan Trainers Premiership with Margaret Lee in fifth.  In the Alabar Concession Drivers Premiership five of the top 10 young drivers are women, with Kima leading overall on 35 wins, Michelle Phillips in sixth, Jackie Barker in seventh, Tayla French in eighth and Abbey Turnbull in 10th.    HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

Ginger Gleeson epitomises the values of the Gordon Rothacker Medal and as such was the perfect recipient on Sunday night. On an evening of highlights at glittery Crown Palladium in Melbourne’s CBD, a universally admired trots man from Balliang East stole the show. Brimming with humble delight as the medal named after a man he admired and respected in equal portions was placed around his neck, Ginger recounted a story from one of the earliest Gordon Rothacker Medal events. “A lot of years ago when the Gordon Rothacker Medal started … Gordon said to me at one of the awards, ‘I hope one day you can win one of these medals’ and I am so proud. This is beautiful,” he said emotionally. The room was rapturous. And when he spotted his family, stealthily sneaked into the room after weeks of careful and choreographed stage managing by Ginger’s good mate, Steve Warren, Ginger’s glee was palpable. His sons, Jamie and Troy, grandchildren, Keehan and Tynan, and daughter-in-law Jacqui were all on hand along with his wife, Chris. Photo by: Sam D'Agostino, SDP Media  “I am absolutely shocked. My family … I left my boys home, my beautiful grandsons and my son and daughter-in-law, they were looking after Troy tonight for Chris and I … and I had no idea. The shock is amazing. I can’t believe this,” Ginger said. “We have got the most magnificent family of people in harness racing and I consider everyone in harness racing part of my family. “I’ve got a beautiful family and I’ve had a great life right through. I’ve had a wonderful amount of horses to train and drive for fantastic trainers like Kenny Pocock, Noel Taylor and Ron “Jacko” Stillman. “I’ve been very privileged. I drove for Jack Moore as well, and when Gordon (Rothacker) asked me to drive – well I put myself in to drive because the horse’s name was Gingernut – but when he asked me I couldn’t have been happier. It was just a great thrill and an honour to ride for these people and Gordon was just a champion.” Ginger told how he had come to drive for Rothacker. “I was lucky enough to drive a horse, Gingernut. I asked him for the drive because I told him it was named after me and Gordon said, ‘I’ll give you a drive on him one day’. I happened to win a nice race at Kilmore with him.” While Ginger ticked every box on the Rothacker Medal key criteria list, it should never be forgotten the 68-year-old horseman’s ability in the sulky. He’s still driving, but in his heyday he won several Group 1 races including Derbies, Oaks, Galaxy Grand Slams (precursor to the Australasian Breeders Crown), Sires Stakes finals and Country Cups. Ginger teamed with Robert Preneur to win the Victoria Cup Second Preview in 1991, defeating Franco Tiger and Jane Ellen. Unfortunately Robert Preneur copped a severe check on the first corner in the Victoria Cup and missed a place. He ran a helluva race to make up many metres that night, though. The 1982-83 season saw Ginger drive 50 winners. His most notable career racetrack victories were the 1987 Victoria Trotters Oaks and 1988 Sires Stakes Final with Rainbow’s Idol, the 1995 Sires Stakes and Victoria Trotters Oaks with Rainbow Billie – daughter of Rainbow’s Idol, the 1987 Redwood Classic aboard Lady Thor and the 1986 Shepparton Gold Cup with Game Oro. Ginger's plentiful on-track success was more than matched by his enormous contribution in all aspects of harness racing. His mentorship of many is famous. Whether it was a hobbyist, a big-name or a young person making their way through the ranks, Ginger had time for everyone and anyone. Such willingness to serve was clear when 18-year-old Ginger joined the Victorian Trainers and Drivers Association in 1969 shortly after it was formed. Some 50 years later he remains on the committee and has rarely missed a meeting. In 1988 Ginger took on the role of VTDA president and held the position for the next 21 years, all the while his loyal secretary was close mate Warren, who drew deep praise from Ginger on Sunday. “I’ve been lucky enough to have a fantastic person that is worthy of any of these awards in Steve Warren, who does the most magnificent job for the harness racing industry,” he said. “I was president for 22 years and Steve was my secretary the whole time. He’s still secretary now and I’ve been out of the presidency for over 10 years. He deserves accolades in this industry because he works so hard for the trainers and drivers. He does as much as he possibly can and he goes out of his way to do it.” Ginger has also given up countless hours of his time to promote harness racing to the masses through double-seater sulky races, coordinating horses for TV promotions and even movies and always being available to help HQ promote the sport and never wanting a penny for it. Photo by: Sam D'Agostino, SDP Media  Just two months ago he took renowned basketball star Corey Williams for a spin around the Yarra Valley track for the Trots Country Cups Championship launch. “I just cannot believe how good it is,” Ginger said under the spotlight on Sunday night. “I would dream of something like this … and this is a dream come true.” What a superstar.   Full list of 2018-19 Award Winners from Sunday night’s Gordon Rothacker Medal evening VHRC Owner of the Year: Pat Driscoll Alabar Victorian Concession/Young Driver of the Year: Kima Frenning Schweppes Metropolitan Driver of the Year/Garrards State Driver of the Year: Chris Alford Renown Silverware State Trainer of the Year/Taylors Metropolitan Trainer of the Year: Emma Stewart Woodlands Stud Victorian Breeder of the Year: Bruce and Vicki Edward, Durham Park Frank Ryan Memorial Secretary of the Year: Andrea O’Gorman (Charlton) Country Club of the Year: Ballarat and District Trotting Club Trots Clubs Victoria Volunteer Service Award: David Long (Yarra Valley) Angelique Club Pearl Kelly Award: Kath Ford HRV Distinguished Service Award: Rod Osborne Gordon Rothacker Medal: Ginger Gleeson   Horse of the Year awards (vote tally in brackets, 10 voters on panel, voting 4-2-1) 2YO Pacing Fillies: Maajida (40) 1st, Treasure (15) 2nd, Jemstone (10) 3rd. 2YO Pacing C&Gs: Be Happy Mach (38) 1st, Jilliby Nitro (22) 2nd, Yejele Hamer (6) 3rd. 3YO Pacing Fillies: Kualoa (40) 1st, Two Times Bettor (18) 2nd, Tangoingwithsierra (6) 3rd. 3YO Pacing C&Gs: Max Delight (32) 1st, Lochinvar Art (25) 2nd, Out To Play (8) 3rd. 4YO Pacing Mares: Pistol Abbey (40) 1st, Soho Burning Love (15) 2nd, Goodtime Heaven 9 (3rd). 4YO Pacing E&Gs: Poster Boy (40) 1st, Tam Major (19) 2nd, Rackemup Tigerpie (10) 3rd. 5YO+ Pacing Mares: Tell Me Tales (32) 1st, Carlas Pixel (28) 2nd, Makes Every Scents (6) 3rd. 5YO+ Pacing E&Gs: San Carlo (40) 1st, Buster Brady (18) 2nd, Wrappers Delight (11) 3rd. 2YO Trotting Fillies: Jaxnme (36) 1st, Im Ready Jet (24) 2nd, Pink Galahs (7) 3rd. 2YO Trotting C&Gs: Is That A Bid (36) 1st, Powderkeg (24) 2nd, Andover Sun (9) 3rd. 3YO Trotting Fillies: Royal Charlotte (33) 1st, Emerald Stride (22) 2nd, I Am Pegasus (15) 3rd. 3YO Trotting C&Gs: Majestuoso (40) 1st, Alpha Male (12) 2nd, All Cashed Up (9) 3rd. 4YO Trotting Mares: Moonlight Dream (36) 1st, Moonshine Linda (20) 2nd, Aleppo Jewel (12) 3rd. 4YO Trotting E&Gs: Majestic Player (36) 1st, Kyvalley Finn (24) 2nd, Chief Runningcloud (6) 3rd. 5YO+ Trotting Mares: Dance Craze (40) 1st, Pantzup (14) 2nd, Red Hot Tooth (10) 3rd. 5YO+ Trotting E&Gs: Tornado Valley (40) 1st, Big Jack Hammer (20) 2nd, McLovin (6) 3rd. Overall Horse of the Year: Tornado Valley (40) 1st, Poster Boy (12) 2nd, San Carlo and Be Happy Mach (8) eq-3rd.   HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

Growing the “younger demographic” will help to fortify the Victorian breeding industry’s future, says newly sworn-in Harness Breeders Victoria (HBV) president Nick Hooper. Hooper takes the HBV reins from outgoing president Terry Lewis, who will stay on as vice-president, alongside fellow committee members Elizabeth MacLean, Dr Kath McIntosh, Steve Dickson, Brett Coffey, Jess Tubbs, Mark Hughes, John Campbell and Les Joslin. “We are pleased to have a number of younger breeders on the committee and I would like to see this demographic increase amongst our membership and on the committee over time,” Hooper said. “All of our younger participants should have a broodmare or two, as without the efforts of everyone in the industry we risk further decline in the foal crop.” Hooper’s involvement in the harness breeding scene dates back to the 1990s and a mare he raced in partnership with friends, Faraday Gold. She was retired and threw a couple of winners in Wisemans Ferry and To Nova Scotia, “It wasn’t until Gluteus Maximus (pictured below, driven by Amy Tubbs) retired that I was able to revisit the breeding world and over the last 7-8 years it has grown from one broodmare to now 10 and associated young stock,” Hooper said. “I now have eight trotting broodmares in partnership with Paul Graydon and two pacing broodmares that I own outright.” Hooper’s enthusiasm for the game is tangible, absolutely genuine. “I love the very personal aspects of breeding,” he says. “Forming a relationship with the mare, meeting the new foal, they are somewhat like your children. The thrill of seeing them hit the track and have some success gives me great pride, whether you continue to race them or not. This is what motivates me to breed.” Hooper said HBV would continue the important ground made under Lewis' guidance in working with Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) to secure the breeding industry “targeted government funding”. “The key aims for the HBV committee are to improve the financial returns to breeders so that not only current and former breeders extend their operations, but also so new breeders are enticed into the game,” he said. Meanwhile, HBV also held its annual awards function, the IRT Victorian Breeders Awards, at the weekend with the following winners announced: Niota Bloodstock Victorian Trotting Broodmare of the Year: Insulated (Wayne Schulze and Dale Eastman). Benstud Victorian Pacing Broodmare of the Year: Aston Villa (Lauriston Bloodstock). Ian Daff Memorial for tenured service and contribution to the Victorian breeding industry: The Judd family. Ultimate Machete @ Alabar 2YO Sire of the Year: Somebeachsomewhere (Empire Stallions) Ultimate Machete @ Alabar 3YO Sire of the Year: Art Major (Alabar) Australasian Standardbred Guide 2YO Trotting Sire of the Year: Angus Hall (Global Stallion Management). Australasian Standardbred Guide 3YO Trotting Sire of the Year: Skyvalley (Aldebaran Park). Age Group Championship Trophies: Jaxnme (Graeme Love), Is That A Bid (David Scott), Royal Charlotte (Gerard Moloney), Alpha Male (Wayne Schulze and Dale Eastman), Pantzup (Dr Alison Miles), Moonlight Dream (Michael Fryar and Dennis Foley), Big Jack Hammer (Terry Forster and Heather Lyttleton), Maajida (Les Johnson), Jaspervellabeach (Aldebaran Lodge), Kualoa (Bruce and Vicki Edward), Lochinvar Art (Dan Cordina), Carlas Pixel (Robert Watson) and Poster Boy (Lauriston Bloodstock). APTS High Earner Trophy: Chris Lang Jr and Haley Lang. APG Melbourne Sales High Earner Trophy: Durham Park.   Cody Winnell HRV Trots Media

New Zealand officials were McLovin the run of Andy Gath’s Aldebaran Park Bill Collins Trotters Sprint winner at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night. They subsequently propelled McLovin into fourth on the $300k Dominion Trot rankings, which were unveiled this morning. HRNZ media wrote, “McLovin’s win in the Bill Collins Sprint has seen him lock in his Dominion place by leaping from the fringe (#15) to fourth in the rankings. The brave win against fellow Dominion nominee, Tough Monarch, and other leading Australian trotters really threw down a marker as one of the premier trotting performances of the season to date.” Winning driver Kate Gath (ranked No.12 on the Australian Drivers’ Championship) was also impressed, comparing McLovin to Inter Dominion champion Tornado Valley post-race. “At home, the feel he gives me, he’s very similar to Tornado (Valley),” she said. Saturday night was exceptional as McLovin toiled three-wide with no helmet to chase for the final lap. “The first quarter came up, and then the second quarter and I thought, ‘I’ve got to go now… because if I don’t go now I’m not going to get in the race,” Gath said. Gath’s quick thinking and faith in McLovin paid off, the seven-year-old trotter covering the most ground the last lap but still good enough to fend off a sprint-laning four-time Group 1 winner (Big Jack Hammer) in a photo. It was McLovin’s first Group 1 win, but it would be safe to say based on the way he won – and what he beat – it won’t be his last. His rivals had won 12 prior Group 1s between them. Marcoola, Sundees Son and Oscar Bonavena head McLovin in the Dominion Trot standings. The New Zealand Trotting Cup rankings were also updated with Thefixer, Classie Brigade, Chase Auckland, Spankem and Henry Hubert all remaining firm in slots 1-5. Victorians Cruz Bromac and San Carlo are numbers five and six respectively after third and fourth-place finishes in the Pryde’s EasiFeed Victoria Cup, while Our Uncle Sam dropped one spot to No.8 ahead of Ashley Locaz (11 up to 9) and Ultimate Sniper (9 back to 10). Smokin By jumped from 26 to 16 after placing in the Methven Cup. Buster Brady, Ellmers Image and Sicario have all cancelled their NZ Cup ambitions.   Cody Winnell HRV Trots Media

This Melbourne Cup Day at Yarra Valley harness racing is going green. Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) in conjunction with Yarra Valley and the Victorian Trainers and Drivers Association (VTDA) last night revealed that, for the first time in over 16 years, the trots will be racing on the grass gallops track. HRV Racing General Manager Steve Bell appeared exclusively on Sky Racing’s In the Gig to break the news. Two trotting races will be conducted in front of a predicted 5000-strong crowd, both standing start events bringing the action closer to the fans than ever before. “This is what Melbourne Cup Day at Yarra Valley is all about – exciting harness racing for families and fans, showcasing our great sport to the masses,” Bell said. “Harness racing has to constantly evolve. We’ve had grass track racing before, but we’ve identified an opportunity for a new, improved version of it on one of the sport’s premier days in terms of entertaining a big crowd. The throwback to a favourite of times past has struck a positive chord with industry participants and VTDA president Lance Justice lauded the announcement. “We’ve worked closely on this one with HRV and Yarra Valley and we think it’s a wonderful idea,” Justice said. “We’re confident it will be a great spectacle. They run these races all the time in New Zealand and we used to have them here. “Ultimately what the Trainers and Drivers Association would like to see would be a harness race on the grass at Flemington on Cup Day. Anything that can promote like this we’re right behind.” Local trainer Peter Goudie agreed. “I support this initiative 100 per cent. We loved it years ago and we’re so happy to see it back again. It will be a marvellous spectacle,” he said. For trivia buffs, the last grass track race to be conducted in Victoria was the Fox Plate at Moonee Valley in February 2003. It was won by Trappers Salute for trainer Gary Bailey and driver Jodi Quinlan (pictured). Yarra Valley Racing Chairman David Long is excited about the move and said the club had long been eager to see grass track racing conducted at its venue. “It’s a wonderful thing for Yarra Valley and our local harness racing community with two races on our grass track allowing customers to cheer up close and personal for the first time in Yarra Valley history,” he said. The progressive Yarra Valley club already boasts over $4000 worth of Fashions on the Field prizes, prestigious hospitality featuring local food and wine and for the first time ever, with support from the Victorian State Government, the club will introduce the ‘Family Fun Zone’. The carnival-inspired lawn enclosure will be free for all, with child-friendly rides, lawn games and carnival-favourite foods such as fairy floss and the like. The HRV HERO horses will also be on track for fans to ‘Pat Their HERO’ horse.  Bell said HRV would “pull out all stops” to help ensure full fields for Yarra Valley’s two-day Melbourne Cup week carnival. “There’s no doubt it’s a busy racing period, but we’ll do everything we can to assist the club in drawing full fields,” Bell said. The two grass track races will be standing-start trot events over 1950m, an NR40 to NR55 $7000 handicap and a four-year-old and older Trotters Discretionary Handicap for horses with a minimum NR of 55. For further information, owners’ privileges and ticket sales, contact the club on 9730 1332, info@yarravalleyracing.com.au or visit Yarra Valley online   Cody Winnell HRV Trots Media

Get set for the biggest TAB Summer of Glory yet. With eight Group 1 races and almost $2 million in prizemoney across three superb nights of harness racing, Victorian trots will be in the spotlight during the 2020 carnival. Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has revealed a new-look TAB Summer of Glory schedule, which will include for the first time the Victoria Oaks heats and final. The change aligns both Victorian three-year-old pacing classics, the Derby and the Oaks, with the TAB Summer of Glory carnival. HRV has also increased the distance for both series, with the Derby and Oaks finals to be run over 2760m on night two and the heats over 2710m at Ballarat on night one. Australasia’s richest trotting race, the $250,000 Great Southern Star, will now be on the third and final night of the TAB Summer of Glory carnival alongside the $500,000 Grand Circuit pacing classic, the A.G. Hunter Cup. “Overall it’s an amazing line-up of racing right across the three nights, kicking off with Ballarat Cup Night, featuring the Derby and Oaks heats, as well as the Cochran Trotters Cup and of course the $110,000 Ballarat Cup,” HRV General Manager of Racing Steve Bell said. “Night two becomes ‘finals’ night with the $200,000 Victoria Derby and the $150,000 Victoria Oaks finals over the longer trip, plus we have the $100,000 Four-Year-Old Bonanza, the $50,000 Dullard Trotters Cup and the $50,000 Casey Classic. “The third and final night will feature of course the $500,000 A.G. Hunter Cup, the $250,000 Great Southern Star and now the $100,000 Ladyship Cup for pacing mares. “It will mean the Australasian trots spotlight will be on Victoria for this world-class carnival and we’re really excited by it. “We’ve thrashed these changes out at length before moving the levers and feel they’re in the best interests of the TAB Summer of Glory. “If you’re not innovating you’re going backwards. We’re keen to shake the product up a bit with some other big announcements in the not-too-distant future.” Following the third and final night of racing the party will continue at the Inglis Complex, Oaklands Junction, on Sunday February 2 when the Australian Pacing Gold and Australasian Premier Trotting sales are conducted. Check out the Victorian feature race list    Cody Winnell HRV Trots Media

Not much drives sports headlines in the media, social media engagements or bums on seats like charismatic stars.  Thus the last week has certainly been a blessing in Victorian harness racing. Tonight in the south-west we saw a virtuoso stamp his authority at Terang with five-year-old Lumineer equalling the Dalvui Raceway track record for 2180 metres with a 1:56.5 mile rate. Lumineer is a rising trots luminary and he’s destined to be anything. The Ange McDowall-trained son of Sportswriter has only ever been beaten once in 12 goes (in the Victoria Derby of 2018) and he hasn’t looked like losing in three runs at age five. His performance tonight came just days after we saw San Carlo’s enormous Jet Roofing Kilmore Cup win, which shocked many, including some within the horse’s camp who probably thought their beloved champ a few runs away from producing that. Also last Thursday we had Cruz Bromac utterly monster his rivals – there’s no other way to put it – absorbing all the pressure first-up from a spell before careering away with an arrogant victory. And on the same night at the same track we had a six-year-old named The Storm Inside score win No.12 at start No.13 to further put his name in lights, triggering his owners to declare they ain’t scared of anybody. In fact, the Miracle Mile was mentioned as a long-term aim, and if they had their way they’d be pushing for the wunderkind to line up in Saturday week’s Pryde’s EasiFeed Victoria Cup at HQ. This kind of passionate approach is gold. It’s good for the narrative, which drives the discussion and the content producers love it. I guarantee that to be true.  Of course we also had Bling It On make a killer return at Menangle last week, Buster Brady and Wrappers Delight will continue to make Kima Frenning guess just which of those jets is going to be more supersonic, Emma Stewart has a big stable of potential fast-class top-liners coming through the ranks – and there are of course plenty more, and I apologise if I’m leaving a horse or three out now because of course I am. I can’t let this article go on much longer so I’m just drawing a line... now! Strap yourselves in for the next six months because the Trots Country Cups Championship, the road to the New Zealand Cup and Inter Dominion, the TAB Summer of Glory and the big New South Wales features are going to tell us a lot about the up-and-comers and just where they stand in the Grand Circuit scheme of things.   Cody Winnell HRV Trots Media 

A larger than expected contingent of Australian horses has nominated for the 2019 Inter Dominion in New Zealand. Harness Racing New Zealand today released the nominations for the IRT ID19 and 25 Australian horses are among the 55 pacing nominations, while nine AU trotters have thrown their hat in the ring. All eyes will be on the social media channels on Wednesday when the first round of rankings are released.  Currently, the below are listed in alphabetical order. TAB is updating futures markets and those will be reopened later. Victorian superstar San Carlo looks set for a monster campaign, which will is also expected take in the New Zealand Trotting Cup, and he'll be right in the ID19 market mix following a superb first-up win in the Jet Roofing Kilmore Pacing Cup last Thursday night.   IRT Inter Dominion Nominations - Pacers IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER RATINGS/RANKINGS TO BE RELEASED WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 2 2019 1 A Bettor Act 2 A G’s White Socks 3 Another Masterpiece 4 Ashley Locaz 5 Atomic Red (AUS) 6 Audi Hare (AUS) 7 Ball Of Art 8 Be Mine Tonight 9 Bettorstartdreaming 10 Bling It On (AUS) 11 Buster Brady (AUS) 12 Can’t Refuse (AUS) 13 Chase Auckland 14 Check In 15 Classie Brigade 16 Colt Thirty One (AUS) 17 Conviction (AUS) 18 Courtsinsession (AUS) 19 Crime Writer (AUS) 20 Cruz Bromac (AUS) 21 Dance Time 22 Ellmers Image (AUS) 23 Fame Assured (AUS) 24 Franco Landry (AUS) 25 Gran Chico 26 Harjeet (AUS) 27 Henry Hubert 28 Ignatius (AUS) 29 Jack Farthing (AUS) 30 Joes Star Of Mia (AUS) 31 Mach Shard 32 Millwood Maizie (AUS) 33 My Kiwi Mate (AUS) 34 Nandolo 35 On The Cards 36 Our Uncle Sam (AUS) 37 Revolver 38 Sagwitch 39 San Carlo (AUS) 40 Self Assured 41 Sheriff 42 Sicario 43 Smokin By 44 Solid Gold 45 Somebeachshadow (AUS) 46 Spankem 47 Star Galleria 48 Tennyson Bromac (AUS) 49 The Bus (AUS) 50 The Devils Own 51 The Moonshadow 52 Thefixer 53 Triple Eight 54 Ultimate Sniper 55 Wrappers Delight (AUS) Total - 55 IRT Inter Dominion Nominations - Trotting IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER RATINGS/RANKINGS TO BE RELEASED WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 2 2019 1. Amaretto Sun 2. BD Love 3. Big Jack Hammer (AUS) 4. Bonnie Highlander 5. Bordeaux 6. C K Spur 7. Charlemagne 8. Credit Master 9. Dark Horse 10. Destiny Jones 11. Didjabringthebeers 12. Enghien 13. Forget The Price Tag 14. Fratellino (AUS) 15. Galleons Victory 16. Gershwin 17. Great Things Happen 18. Habibi Inta 19. Harriet Of Mot 20. Heavyweight Hero 21. Hey Yo 22. Kenny's Dream 23. King Cassidy 24. Kyvalley Blur (AUS) 25. Le Lievre's Gift 26. Lemond 27. Lily Stride (AUS) 28. Lone Star Lad 29. Lovey Dovey Moment 30. Luby Lou 31. Majestic Hurricane 32. Majestic Man 33. Maori Law (AUS) 34. Marcoola 35. Massive Metro 36. Matua Tana 37. McLovin (AUS) 38. Monbet 39. Monty Python 40. Mr Good And Evil 41. Oscar Bonavena 42. Paramount King 43. Phoebe Imperial 44. Pres The Belle 45. Ronald J 46. Ruthless Kayla 47. Sassy Pants (AUS) 48. Save Our Pennys (AUS) 49. Sertorius 50. Sugar Cane 51. Sundees Son 52. Sundons Wish 53. Sunny Glenis 54. Temporale 55. The Dominator 56. The Hulk 57. Theodosia 58. Tickle Me Pink 59. Tough Monarch (AUS) 60. Valloria 61. Valmagne 62. War Machine 63. Westy Boyz 64. Winterfell 65. Woodstone 66. Zsa Zoe Total - 66   Cody Winnell HRV Trots Media

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) is partnering with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) this September to drive funds and awareness during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. This year 20,000 Australian men will be newly diagnosed with prostate cancer, 3500 will die of the disease, and over 200,000 Australian men are living with it every day. Help us make a difference by heading to PCFA.org.au to download and share the PCFA’s free Awareness Guide. One click is all it takes to learn more about prostate cancer. Two of our star harness racing drivers in Greg Sugars and Darby McGuigan have signed on Prostate Cancer Awareness Month ambassadors. For every win during September scored by Sugars and McGuigan HRV will donate $500 to the PCFA. Sugars and McGuigan can be easily identified in Victorian harness races during September as they are wearing specially designed promotional Prostate Cancer Awareness Month silks. “Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia is excited to be partnering with Harness Racing Victoria throughout September to raise awareness of Prostate Cancer in metro and regional Victoria,” PCFA State Manager John Strachan said. “Prostate cancer is a significant challenge for Victorian men (1 in 4 cancers diagnosed in men will be prostate cancer) and with HRV's significant network and community reach it provides an excellent opportunity to raise vital awareness of the disease. PCFA applauds HRV for this fantastic community awareness initiative.” Cody Winnell HRV Trots Media

We reckon trots fans are a creative bunch, so we’ve got a plan. On Saturday night May 2 next year, Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) will stage a new $60,000 race exclusively for horses who have contested the 2019/20 Victorian Trots Country Cups Championship. The Group 2 event will be held at Tabcorp Park Melton over 2760 metres. The winning horse will receive the prizemoney, plus the winning trainer will get a $10,000 cash bonus, and the winning breeder(s) will receive a service to Vincent courtesy of our friends at Alabar and Nevele R Stud. Want more? Well, the winning horse will also receive a golden ticket (automatic entry) into the Grand Circuit, $250,000 Group 1 2020 Pryde’s EasiFeed Victoria Cup. We’re pumped about this race, but what the heck do we call it? Here’s where you come in! Email your suggested race name to nametherace@hrv.org.au with the subject line #NameTheRace or take to social media (Twitter or Facebook) and use the hashtag #NameTheRace (respond to HRV Trots Media’s call for entries post which we’ll pin to the top of each social media platform). The winning race name will be chosen by HRV and whoever suggested that name first will win… The honour of having named a new annual feature event on the Victorian trots calendar; A sumptuous 10-person dining + drinks package in the Legends Room on the night of May 2; A $1000 TAB betting voucher for the table to use throughout the night; A photograph with the winning horse and driver of the new race; A Mobile Barrier Ride at the start of the night; Luxurious limousine transport from Melbourne CBD for you and your whole crew! The conditions for the new race are that it is restricted to horses who contested a race in the 2019/20 Trots Country Cups Championship, with preference in field selection given to horses in accordance with the following criteria. Most wins in the 2019/20 Trots Country Cups Championship series, then; Earned the most prizemoney in the 2019/20 Trots Country Cups Championship series, then; Earned the most prizemoney in the 2019/20 racing season. The winning entry of the #NameTheRace competition will be notified live on RSN’s Gait Speed program on Monday October 7. Entries must close Friday October 4 at 2pm.   Cody Winnell Trots media

Humbletonian 2019 was a resounding success, with connections of nine first-time winners (all Vicbred eligible today) picking up significant bonuses and prizemoney at Maryborough. The bonuses were supplied by Harness Racing Victoria, Harness Breeders Victoria, the Maryborough Harness Racing Club and the Victorian Square Trotters Association. It's a day for the grassroots horses, and a day for the breeders to shine.  Congratulations to all the winners.  Let's recap how it all played out.   Race 1 – 3YO MAIDEN PACE Winner: Surbiton Hartbreak (Courage Under Fire-Queena Harts Lombo) Trainer: John Douglas Driver: James Herbertson Breeder: Mick Fryar Owners: John Douglas and Peter Ward   There are more wins in store for Surbiton Hartbreak after his Humbo win today. Reinsman James Herbertson was full of praise for the John Douglas-trained son of Courage Under Fire post-race “He’s a nice horse and I’ve always just tried to keep a lid on Johnny and try and not get his hopes up too much,” Herbertson said. “But he’s a pretty nice horse… if that 26.7 first quarter is right then yeah, that says it all.” The quarter was adjusted to 26.9, so close enough to concur with the young gun reinsman’s sentiments given he had to work to get the lead and was able to kick on boldly late.   Surbiton Hartbreak was bred by Mick Fryar, whose previous breeding successes include Courageous Affair (7 wins, $37k), Crown Dream (9 wins, $50k), Dream Mastar (1 win, $37k), Ima Showgirl (5 wins, $37k), Moonlight Dream (11 wins, $154k) and Royal Dream (7 wins, $56k).   Race 2 – 3YO MAIDEN PACE Winner: Carter Mayson (Auckland Reactor-Angel Spirit) Trainer: Philip Chircop Driver: Darby McGuigan Breeder: Susan Wegmann Owner: Susan Wegmann   Funnily enough Carter Mayson hadn’t started since Humbo 2018, but this year he went one better than his runner-up effort of 12 months ago, a tip-top training performance by Philip Chircop. “I’ve been driving him at the trials so I knew he was up to it,” said winning reinsman Darby McGuigan. “His first trial at Bacchus Marsh he hit the line really good and then last time, I led on him and we worked out the hard way that he doesn’t go in front.” McGuigan said winning any race involving a Vicbred bonus was “a great little kicker”, adding “everyone loves winning those”. Carter Mayson was bred by Susan Wegmann, who has previously bred winners including Aleppo Lady (13 wins, $80k), Classic Act (9 wins, $33k), Dreams Of Heaven (13 wins, $150k), Express Drive (6 wins, $24k), Frankincense (8 wins, $64k), Golden Showgirl (10 wins, $53k), Golden Zeus (13 wins, $39k), Iconic Valor (6 wins, $34k), Insulated (5 wins, $15k), Masweet Georgia (4 wins, $19k), Matty Chrimes (13 wins, $90k), Menin Gate (16 wins, $574k), Mighty Jasper (7 wins, $37k), Millah Joy (2 wins, $29k), Mon Soie (7 wins, $55k), My Bros Dreaming (8 wins, $38k), Nikkibadwagon (11 wins, $167k), Panorama Drive (13 wins, $67k), Princess Hayley (8 wins, $25k), Safe Decision (17 wins, $90k), Schouten Island (6 wins, $43k) and Soho Rockefeller (3 wins, $12k).   Race 3 – 2YO MAIDEN TROT Winner: Illawong Stardust (Muscle Hill-Lunar Landing) Trainer: Jodi Quinlan Driver: Craig Demmler Breeder: Martin Hartnett Owners: Martin and Kaye Hartnett   This filly, Illawong Stardust, might just be a little bit special, and she’s on track to potentially be a freakish three-year-old, according to winning driver Craig Demmler. “(She) could be very dangerous,” he said. “One thing I like is she’s got manners. She can relax, whereas (Illawong) Armstrong (the filly’s brother) can get on the bit a bit. “Hopefully she’s an Oaks horse. “I just wish she’d done that (behaved how she did today) on Saturday night … but she’s getting there. Jodi (Quinlan) has been very patient. I gave up after the Sires and said ‘put her out and let her grow’, but Jodi said ‘keep going’ which is the best thing we could have done. “It’s been brilliant for her manners … and the other night, galloping away and giving them a big start like that just kills you but it shows how much ability she’s got.” Breeder Martin Hartnett is well-known for producing the famous Illawong horses.   Race 4 – 4YO+ MAIDEN TROT Winner: Highway Huntsman (Yankee Spider-Coral Grace) Trainer: Chris Svanosio Driver: Chris Svanosio Breeder: Mick Grace Owner: Mick Grace   He’s only lightly raced but Highway Huntsman is making an impression early for trainer-driver Chris Svanosio. The son of Yankee Spider is bred and raced by trotting enthusiast Mick Grace, whose past racing stock include Tender Don (18 wins and $183k in stakes), Spidergrace (8 wins, $66k), Lindy Vale (7 wins, $44k), Maori Vale (eight wins, $35k), Big And Rich (11 wins, $32k), Annies Life (6 wins, $39k) and Bank On Betty (3 wins from 13 starts, $19k). “(I’m) glad he could put it all together today. He’s a pretty big, strong horse,” Svanosio said. “He’s one of those horses who will hopefully keep getting better and better with racing.”   Race 5 – 2YO VICBRED MAIDEN PACE Winner: Secret Identity (A Rocknroll Dance-Jerulas Shadow) Trainer: David Aiken Driver: David Aiken Breeders: Dot and Edith Schmidt Owners: Dot and Edith Schmidt   On a day where upsets came thick and fast, none were a bigger price than Secret Identity for Avenel’s David Aiken. The juvenile pacing filly by A Rocknroll Dance is out of an unraced Jennas Beach Boy mare named Jerulas Shadow, who has thus far produced four winners from four foals. At over $150 on one of the totes, Secret Identity got home too strong for Techys Angel and Minika. “We locked wheels last week and she’s tender in the mouth … when I grabbed hold she went up in the air, but she felt good after that,” Aiken explained post-race. “She’s a work in progress and she’s always been overgrown, so hopefully she’ll make a better three-year-old.” Secret Identity is raced by Edith and Dot Schmidt, whose previous successes in the breeding barn include Tidal Surge (2 wins, $35k) and Mach Diva (3 wins, $20k)   Race 6 – 2YO VICBRED MAIDEN PACE Winner: Allshookup (A Rocknroll Dance-Ballandella Baby) Trainer: Shayne Eeles Driver: Chris Alford Breeders: Shayne Eeles, Roslyn Eeles, Robert Viney and Jenny Viney Owners: Shayne Eeles, Roslyn Eeles, Robert Viney and Jenny Viney   Chris Alford moved just two wins from yet another career milestone, taking his tally to 6,998 with victory aboard Allshookup for trainer Shayne Eeles. The colt by A Rocknroll Dance enjoyed a beautiful run from the pole draw and got home over the top of first-starter Just Ralph by 3.6m. Allshookup was bred by the Eeles and Viney families.  Eeles hasn’t bred an enormous amount of horses, but has had success already with his breed including Bad Influence (two wins, $8k), Breakntherules (2 wins, $10k), Party Rocka (5 wins, $22k), Pushinupdaisies (7 wins, $42k) and Whosthatchick (7 wins, $44k). “I was a bit worried down the back but once I got the plugs out he got up and was really travelling,” Alford said. “He was nice and relaxed and had that little kick. He only had to come out at the top of the straight.”   Race 7 – 3YO VICBRED MAIDEN PACE Winner: Speed Dating (All Speed Hanover-Chick At The Bar) Trainer: David Miles Driver: Patrick Franklin Breeder: Patrick Franklin Owner: Patrick Franklin   Here’s one of those great harness racing stories of a horse bred, owned and driven by the one fella – Patrick Franklin. Franklin would have been thrilled with today’s windfall for his improving filly, who prior to today had just the one placing to boast from 13 starts. When the David Miles-trained pacer was almost 20m clear approaching the home bend, Franklin must have been grinning. Speed Dating kicked on at the finish to hold on by 3.5m over professional placegetter Jessies Girl, who is more than crying out to win a race.   Race 8 – 4YO+ VICBRED MAIDEN PACE Winner: Missus Matilda (Live Or Die-Andrea Hayley) Trainer: Graeme Dalton Driver: Chris Alford Breeder: Graeme Dalton Owner: Graeme Dalton   Graeme Dalton bred, races and trains black mare Missus Matilda, who was lining up for just her second race start at Humbo 2019. And she didn’t let backers who took the $1.30 down, surviving a scare narrowly from runner-up Clever Cowboy (half-neck margin) in the straight, and then a protest by Josh Duggan in the stewards’ room. In the finish Chris Alford proved the winning reinsman and took his tally within one of career win No. 7000. Some of the horses that Dalton has bred to win include Blended Family (8 wins, $38k), Pop Opera (7 wins, $18k) and Roslei Hilda (11 wins, $25k).   Race 9 – VICBRED MAIDEN 3YO TROT Winner: Dances (Bacardi Lindy-Im Tina Turner) Trainer: Donna Castles Driver: Donna Castles Breeder: Raelene Sweet Owners: Ken and Janice Wills   Dances, trained by Donna Castles, proved simply the best in the last race on the program, fitting given her dam was the memorably named Im Tina Turner. Bred by Raelene Sweet, who has previously had success in the breeding barn with Majestic Melody (six wins, $25k), Dances overhauled Zarem late to score by 1.1m. “She’s a nice little thing,” said winning trainer and driver Donna Castles. “She can get a bit hot but she really moved nicely today.” Franklin has bred four horses to date, three from his broodmare Chick At The Bar, with his other winner being Pick Up Line. Of today’s performance Franklin said:  “She’s a tricky filly to drive, and to train, and she’s tested our patience somewhat, but we found she’s probably better off in front if we could find the front. We’re very happy with her. I want to thank you to everyone involved. It’s a fantastic day.”   Cody Winnell HRV Trots Media 

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has worked closely with Racing Information Services Enterprise (RISE) and miStable to change the game for Victorian trainers and owners. Through HRV’s arrangement with miStable, trainers are invited to sign up for a 60-day free trial of the program used throughout the thoroughbred industry to keep owners up to date with their horses – simplifying and streamlining the communication process for trainers. miStable allows trainers to send text, photo, video and audio reports in just seconds and provides updates to all your owners in four simple steps. Following the 60-day free trial, trainers can continue to use this program from as little as $29 a month. A logo can also be built for trainers who take up this offer and assistance will be provided in setting up your account. RISE has worked closely with HRV to ensure all the required data is flowing through miStable, allowing owners to receive alerts when their horse is entered, so users never miss a hoof beat. For further information contact HRV’s Nikkita Ross at nross@hrv.org.au or phone 8378 0279, or miStable direct via ali@mistable.com   Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

By tomorrow evening nine Victorian horses will no longer carry the ‘maiden’ tag. It’s the annual Humbletonian Day at Maryborough, a meeting for Vicbred-only horses who have never won a race. These are horses that have been paid up for the popular Vicbred program, meaning their connections have invested in the local industry. For their commitment, every horse that breaks its duck tomorrow will receive a plethora of bonuses on top of the $7000-per-race prizemoney for the nine-event card. Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has announced it will deliver a $1000 breeding certificate to the winning owners of each race. The $9000 extra commitment to the breeding industry comes after HRV delivered $133,500 worth of breeding stimulus to connections during May and June via mares’ races and the recent Vicbred Super Series. “The breeding certificates have been extremely popular with recipients and the feedback we’ve received is that they’ll make a genuine difference with how those connections approach next breeding season,” HRV General Manager Racing Steve Bell said. Explicit Castle (trainer Andy Gath and driver Kate Gath)         -Stuart McCormick photo Given all runners are Vicbred eligible at ‘Humbletonian’ Day, every winner will also snare a Vicbred First Win Bonus with $63,000 available. All two-, three- and four-year-old winners will get a $7000 cash bonus, while five-year-old and older horses receive $3500. The event’s long-term naming rights partner, Harness Breeders Victoria (HBV), will donate a $250 cash bonus to the breeder for each of the nine winners on the day. The Maryborough Harness Racing Club will offer a cash bonus of $250 to the winning breeder of the six pacing races if those people are on-course to claim their loot, while the Victorian Square Trotters Association is offering the same bonus for the three trotting events. The host club will also donate a Claire Weston Photography framed memento for every winner. HRV Trots Media will have Paul Campbell on-course for Trots Vision viewers, interviewing winning connections post-race at thetrots.com.au. Race 1 is scheduled for 12.47pm, with the last set down for 5.30pm.   Cody Winnell HRV Trots Media

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