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Shane Hall is celebrating everything about last night’s win aboard Dynamic Diesel (pictured) in the Schweppes 2YO & 3YO Trotters Handicap at Bendigo because “you never know when the next one’s coming”. For Hall, 53, it was just his second win as a driver but 18th as a trainer. “It’s pretty special to be able to breed the horse, train the horse and drive your own horse, so I enjoy every moment and celebrate every win,” he said. Dynamic Diesel stepped superbly from the 30-metre tape last night, running to the front and absorbing plenty of pressure from Countess Chiron in the run before holding off Quaker Maker late to clock a 2:08.2 rate for the standing start success. “My bloke was doing it pretty easily and I knew he’d stick on,” Hall said. “He’d been trialling well and I didn’t have to move on him much at the end. I just had to keep talking to him.” While observers may at first glance assume the pressure Rod Lakey put on aboard Countess Chiron at the bell may have made it harder for Dynamic Diesel to win, Hall believes it actually helped. “It wasn’t until Lakey came up that my boy started wanting to go. He can be a fizzy sort of horse and he races better with another horse beside him, so it actually did him a favour. Early when he was out in front he nearly switched off a little bit. As the race wen on he just got better and better and felt more comfortable in himself,” he said. Hall admitted getting “nervous as … anything” in the lead-up to a race he’s to drive him but said once in the cart he’s fine. “I only drive my own horses and it was great to get my second win. And the horse picks up the bonus which keeps the cogs turning,” he said. Meanwhile, legendary reinsman Brian Gath was back in the winners’ stall last night at Bendigo after taking out the Aldebaran Park Trot aboard Nephew Of Sonoko. The four-year-old gelding from the stables of Ross Graham has prodigious ability but seemingly also a strong mind of his own, which has many times brought him undone on race day. But for B.R. Gath, who has driven Nephew Of Sonoko at his past two starts for a second placing and now a win, the son of Danny Bouchea has looked only the professional. Last night’s win was 75-year-old’s Gath’s fourth this season, having previously driven seven winners in seasons 2017-18 and 18-19, which followed eight in 16-17. If you go back to 2006-07, Gath drove 163 winners from 774 starters for a ridiculously good strike rate of 21 per cent. ‘Comeback kid’ Lakey drove a double courtesy of Lynne Mercieca-prepared Art Finest in the Best Accounting & Audit Pace and Hashtag for trainer Shaun McNaulty in the Garrards Horse & Hound Pace. Trish McVeigh trained and driven Angus Bromac finished second to Art Finest, McVeigh almost nailing her first winner in the sulky since season 2014-15. She has only driven 11 times in that five-year period. For the trivia buffs, her last win was aboard the then five-year-old Angus Bromac at Albion Park on September 1, 2014. And Glenn Douglas and Ellen Tormey combined for a winning double via Torrid Saint in the Max Bakery & Café Pace and Elegant Jewel in the Yabby Dam Racing Pace. David Murphy took driving honours at Tabcorp Park Melton yesterday with four-year-old Romany Brown successful in the COGS Pace for trainer John Murphy, and Karlene Tindale-trained Ammichhi winning the Talking Trots on SENTrack 3YO Pace. Today’s double-header kicks off with Shepparton trots before tonight the spotlight turns to Kilmore. Check out Trots Centre for a detailed preview. First-Starter Form for Today A look at those horses making their debut today at the trots…   Shepparton Race 1 Romances (3yo filly by Yankee Boy out of The Secret Dance) Dam was a US-born two-time winner in Queensland by Keep It A Secret. This is her first foal to race. Registered a confidence-boosting win at the Shepparton trials in a leisurely rate of 2:17.0 in March.  More recently was second in 2:05.8 beaten 20m by Sultan Sass. Trained and driven by Cameron Maggs.   Race 2 Watchmedazzle (2yo gelding by Hes Watching out of Shoom Shoom) Second foal to race from the Grinfromeartoear mare who was unraced. Granddam was African Dancer, who won 21 races and produced several winners, including Prophesy (13 wins from 66 starts, 1:53.2 and $131k), Redbank Blaze (18 wins from 111 starts, 1:51.2 and $230k), Bamako Mali (13 wins from 33 starts, 1:55.6, $259k) and Shezallatitude (11 wins from 23 starts, 1:55.1 and $252k). Trained and driven by David Aiken. More detail in the Trial File extract below via Craig Rail.   Upright (2yo colt by Art Major out of Pretty Interest) Second foal to race from this mare, who also produced Interest Me (3 wins from 11 starts to date). Granddam was Pretty Smooth, mother of Anvil Vance, a 17-time winner for $450k in stakemoney, Anvil Vance was a fast-class star and placed third in the 1998 A.G. Hunter Cup behind Try A Fluke and Sovereign Hill. Trained by Steve Duffy, driven by Bec Bartley, won a recent trial, which is detailed below via Craig Rail’s Trial File.   Giannis Ay Macray (2yo gelding by Grinfromeartoear out of Macray Rosewood) Bred by well-respected breeder Ian Kitchin, this gelding is out of a Rustler Hanover mare who didn’t race but several of her siblings did for moderate success. Also referenced in the below extract from most recent trial. Trained and driven by Justin Torney.         Race 3 Gallifrey Direct (3yo gelding by Changeover out of Oliveleven) Dam was a three-time winner by Kinney Hanover and a half-sister to two other winners, Sharman (9 wins from 102 starts, 2:00.1, $47k) and Kankkunen (11 wins from 94 starts, 1:55.9, $55k). Trained and driven by Luke Bryant. Trialled OK for fifth at Bendigo on 30 March.   Jukebox Jet (3yo gelding by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Beautifulsmile) This horse’s mother raced 10 times for two wins and five minors. This is her first foal. Trained by Peter Hall and driven by Ryan Sanderson. Has trialled at least seven times during the past 12 months with three minor placings but no wins.   Kilmore Race 1 Split Ear (3yo gelding by Night Of The Stars out of Voce) From a Red River Hanover mare who won six races from 50 goes. One of just two foals by Night of the Stars, who won nine races and is a son of Christian Cullen. Trained by Brent Lilley and driven by Chris Alford. Showed strong gate speed in recent trial and fought on bravely to be overhauled late by Theultimate, who is showing terrific promise, and they rated 2:01.6 with a 58.1 last half.   Ideal Cullect (3yo gelding by Big Jim out of Cullectakiss) First foal from unraced Gotta Go Cullect mare. Trained by Don Gee, driven by Rod Petroff. Ran fifth in Shepparton trial on March 17.   Race 3 Hotel Kyvalley (2yo colt by Father Patrick out of Lindys Two Step) From a four-time winning daughter of Muscles Yankee, who has also produced Glenferrie Belle (9 wins from 67 starts, 2:00.9, $59k) and Morgan Mylee, a three-time winning squaregaiter who showed promise as a youngster by winning an Oaks Trial and placing fifth in the Breed for Speed Bronze. Trained by Brent Lilley and driven by Chris Alford. Sure to be well-educated in this camp off the back of several trials. If you check out the Search function at the trots.com.au (see magnifying glass under teal ribbon at home page) and type in a horse’s name, you can view all of Craig Rail’s Trial File commentary about each horse. That would be handy for this fella.   Here Comes Kyvalley (2yo colt by Muscle Mass out of Nice One Kenny) From two-time winning Sundon mare, this guy is a half-brother to Princess Kenny, which has already amassed eight wins from 19 starts. Produced a solid second placing in a recent trial. Trained by Brent Lilley, driven by Josh Duggan.   Kyvalley Heist (2yo colt by Muscle Mass out of U Dream) Dam is a two-time winning daughter of Love You. This is her first foal. Granddam was Galleons Dream, who produced the brilliant Galleons Sunset (14 wins from 50 starts, 1:58.9, $315k), winner of the 2008 Inter Dominion Grand Final as well as the Bill Collins Trotters Mile. Has trialled twice for a fourth and a second. Another trained by Brent Lilley, driven by Brad Chisholm.   Watch And Act (2yo gelding by Skyvalley out of Misty Elle) First foal from unraced Pegasus Spur mare. Granddam produced Frances Annie, a 15-time winner who earnt over $100k in stakemoney. Comes to the races with the benefit of four trials and under the guidance of trainer-driver Chris Svanosio, who is doing a stellar job with trotters.   HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) CEO Dayle Brown (pictured) says Victorian harness racing will come out of the current COVID-19 pandemic a stronger, more united and resilient industry. Speaking on the inaugural Trots Media CEO Pod, Brown said HRV’s business model was “changing exponentially each day” and he praised industry participants and stakeholders for “rallying together”. “We are one in this,” Brown said. “We are going to come through this as a much greater and stronger industry. This gives us the opportunity in a really dire set of circumstances to reimagine what harness racing is.” Listen to the full podcast here or via your favourite podcast app by searching for ‘Trots Media’.     HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

Smynanna Mickey’s Tasco Petroleum Pace win at Mildura last night capped driver Danny Weinert’s first career double. And the Merbein horseman is predicting bigger things for the four-year-old mare (pictured second from left), trained by Chris Smythe, who upstaged the most seasoned horses in the region to register her sixth career win. In the interview conducted for Trots Media's new Trots Review column, Weinert spoke of the positive impression the mare had made on him.  “She’s actually a very nice horse but she’s still learning to adjust to the tempo against that class,” he said. “But she’s gone from racing against the old C1s and C2s to suddenly racing against the best horses we’ve got. “It wasn’t long ago she was racing against one I had called Crowbar Johnson, all of a sudden it’s Murranji Track and horses like that.” From gate one last night, Smynanna Mickey allowed Causenfriction to run to the lead early, and the subsequent lead time was posted at 40.7 seconds (half a second outside the record, reported race caller Luke Humphreys). The heat didn’t dissipate for the following 1200m either, Causenfriction posting a 29.5 first quarter, a 29 second and 29.4 third split. With about 1000m to go Murranji Track made his move to try to eyeball the leader – but the blistering second stanza saw reinsman Allan MacDonald urging the veteran fast-class pacer to get on terms. All the while Weinert sat patiently on the backs of the pacemakers as the trio broke well clear of the peloton down the back straight. “Coming around that final corner I was thinking, had she had enough or was she just bludging? She was just bludging,” Weinert said. Just as he eased the mare to the outside of the lead horses, Weinert had to click up Smynanna Mickey and she found enough to grind home best in a 31.6 last quarter. “To drive her, you think this horse has no idea what she’s doing … she just switches off in the run and you do have to wake her up a bit, but as a four-year-old, to be beating those horses, she’s doing a great job. She’s got upside, a catchy name, a good temperament and she’s only had 15 starts. “She makes her own luck. As Chris said last night, he’d like to see her driven cold off the gate. And I used her off the gate for a short distance, but she still got home all right.” In the previous race, the One Stop Wholesaler Pace, Weinert combined with trainer Andrew Vozlic to win with six-year-old Euston Flyer. “I thought he was my winner for the night. I had to beat Twobobjack, who I drove last week, and I thought should have won. I thought ‘if I can out-drive him and get the right run then we could win’ and we got the luck," Weinert said. “He’s got a good turn of speed for a couple of hundred metres. He sprints really well and can take advantage of an opening when the run comes.” Weinert had eight drives and said he was “unlucky not to finish with three wins” as Bezzaboma was beaten a head by Graceful Art in the Tankard Dental Pace (Race 4). Fair to say he’s enjoying the region-based racing model. “I think the best part of it is there’s money staying in the region. We can’t be lucky like this all the time and we know we can’t live in a bubble, but it’s just going great for local horses, local people and that’s fantastic for trotting,” he said. Meanwhile, Sandra O’Connor notched just her second career winner as a driver – and first since Ohokas Cullen in May 2014 – when she piloted Trooper Mossman home in the Gateway Pace. It was career win number 145 for O’Connor as a trainer. Reinsman Reece Moore continued his region-based racing dominance in the Sunraysia with a winning double, victorious aboard Rhyflective in the Park Douglas Printing Pace, for 85-year-old trainer Laurie Callick, and Mister Jimaringle for trainer Terry Gange.   Ashwood, Tormey dominate  At Bendigo yesterday the Alex Ashwood show rolled on big time. Ashwood finished with four winners from the eight-race card, one more win than Ellen Tormey, who secured a winning treble, with Glenn Douglas the other winning reinsman at Lord’s. Busters Grin brought up the first of Ashwood’s successes in the Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisers Pace for trainer Trevor Patching in Race 1. The gun reinsman then followed with victories aboard Belltopperboy for Kent Harpley in the Sheahan Plumbing Trot, Well Defined for Kate Hargreaves in the Bendigo Sky Boat Centre Trot, and Above Average for Justin Brewin in the Race Services Pace.   Today's trots The spotlight turns to Headquarters today for a daytime Tabcorp Park Melton meeting kicking off at 1.18pm, with Lord’s Raceway firing up again tonight for an additional Bendigo meeting.   First-timers Melton Race 5: Union Boss (4yo entire by Union Guy out of Torrential Hannah) Yet to see much to get excited about at the trials. His dam was a 10-time winner with over $50k in stakemoney. This fella is a half-brother to Flying Hannah, who won five races and rated 1:56.1 when winning at Bendigo in 2018.   Bendigo Race 3: Barbs Gift (2yo filly trotter by Bacardi Lindy out of Catchya Taddy) Another who hasn't done much at the trials. She’s the first foal of Catchya Taddy to get to the races.   HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

The Miracle Mile is “the race” to win, says champion harness horseman Lance Justice.  He acknowledges “it’s not very Victorian of me” but Justice, 60, grew up full of admiration for the New South Wales based Australian Grand Circuit sprint. “It’s a special race,” he said. And Justice knows how to win one. In fact he knows how to win four. Since the turn of the millennium, Justice has produced four of Victoria’s five Miracle Mile winners – Sokyola back-to-back in 2003 and ‘04 and Smoken Up in 2010 and ’11. “I’d finally done something in harness racing that actually stood out,” he said this week recalling the moments immediately following his first Miracle Mile win in ’03. He was sitting in the sulky behind Sokyola and he realised he'd made it. He'd joined a list of drivers that he always saw as "immortal".  The build-up to the 2003 Miracle Mile was an interesting journey for Justice.  For starters he had to sweat as invites were handed out one by one before Sokyola was finally awarded his ticket very late.  “I didn’t think they were going to put him in. It was like they weren’t taking his Victorian form into account,” Justice said. At the eleventh hour officials extended the dream offer. And come race night, Justice prevailed. A different era, the fledgling pre-race coverage of the day on Sky Channel saw drivers asked for their tactics heading into that Miracle Mile. Justice remembers feeling like everyone had forgotten Sokyola possessed early toe. “He’d been drawing the back row a lot due to the system we had at the time. They said to me, ‘Sokyola’s not renowned for his gate speed is he?’,” Justice recalls. “I responded, ‘I’m just happy to be here’.” But Justice knew what was under the hood and largely his tactics had been decided in his mind, but he was still refining his thinking very late – in fact during the pre-race warm-up. “I got out on the track with Sokyola and I was running him down the front straight and I looked at the signs on the outside fence. There was an airline company sign, I think maybe Qantas, and I looked it and thought if I could aim for the tail of the aeroplane on that sign I knew I’d have some breathing space to get across the field at the start,” he said. Sure enough Justice and Sokyola jetted off the arm, gunned it to the tail end of that sign and glided across the face of the field to assume the top. “Being the last one invited the last thing I wanted to do was knock them over in the Miracle Mile,” he said. In the run Justice was measured, a couple of times having to hold himself back from launching too early.  “I remember going down the back straight and thinking I had the favourite (The Falcon Strike) beaten. He’d loomed up and started to eyeball me and said to me, ‘I’m taking the top’. I said no you’re not and we went just outside the track record. “I thought I might kick for home ... but instead I said no, count to three. "Then I told myself don’t panic coming off the back and so I counted to three again. Then I asked him to stride.”  And stride like a superstar did Sokyola. Game over. He ripped home for a famous win as a $14 outsider. “I was actually a bit overwhelmed when I first got there (that night). I looked at the racebook and thought I was getting $12,000 minimum for going around. Win, lose or draw he’s a winner for being here already.” Twelve months later Sokyola and Justice were back in town and chasing another Miracle, but this time Justice was confined to the grandstand after copping a suspension in the lead-up at Yarra Valley. “It was shattering,” Justice said of the ban. “I took it to appeal and the judge only had to lift one day off so I could drive, but they wouldn’t allow it.” Justice needed a catch driver for Sokyola and he turned to Jodi Quinlan. “She’s a really good driver and I wanted to factor in the weight, too. Jodi weighs nothing,” he said. This time around Sokyola was the first horse invited and drew gate one, almost a complete reversal compared to the build-up the year prior. Except the end result was the same. “The two hardest things to do in the Miracle Mile are firstly, get into the field, and secondly draw a good gate,” Justice said. Most would agree you can probably throw in a third task. Winning it. Sokyola and Quinlan led, controlled the first half of the mile in 59.2seconds before dashing home in 56.7secs for a comfortable win. “It was funny because after the win I went down to give Jodi a hug and she was heavier because it turns out she had all these lucky charms on,” Justice laughed.  “She had a horseshoe and other things around her neck… I’m thinking I’ve put her on to save weight and she’s carrying 20kg worth of charms!” Six years later and Justice claimed his third Miracle Mile, this time behind stable champion Smoken Up (aka Trigger). And Justice was supremely confident. “I just had a feeling he’d win," he said. "He was racing really good, he loved Menangle, and the year before people forget he’d actually run third in the Inter Dominion final there (at Menangle) and second in the Miracle Mile the year before when Melpark Major sat outside him and took us on all the way. “We were a sitting shot to get beaten at the end that year and Monkey King dived at us on the post. Smoken Up’s run was huge. I just knew he was going to win.” To secure his third victory however Smoken Up would have to overcome mighty Queenslander Blacks A Fake.  “Blackie drew well. I drew outside him and straight away I knew I was going to have trouble leading Blackie,” Justice said. “He was one horse I’d struggle leading. I could muscle across pretty much all the others, but Blackie was one I struggled to get across because he was just so dominant and strong.” So Justice hatched a plan. "I decided I was going to come out of the gate without trying to even get the front. I drove to beat Blacks A Fake, that’s all. I sat outside him, I made sure every quarter the pressure was enough for Blackie not to be comfortable.” Justice said Blacks A Fake was always under a touch of pressure during the run.   “Smoken Up could do that – he could worry a horse to death when sitting outside. Lots of horses just don’t like another horse niggling away at them the whole time.” When Mr Feelgood launched down the back straight to make a line of three upfront, Justice said that actually aided Smoken Up’s cause. “It helped because Smoken Up worked up to the other horse even more and Blackie didn’t appreciate it," he said.  Turning for home Blackie and Smoken Up were neck-a-neck and they duly engaged in one of the most memorable one-on-one stoushes of all time up the straight. It was only in the shadows of the post, when both charges had dug well beyond their reserves and were pulsing on sheer guts and determination, that Smoken Up got his head in front for the narrowest of victories. “It’s strength and it's instinct,” Justice said. “So many races Smoken Up turned for home with horses all around him and you just knew when they got to the post when the others had enough, they just couldn’t last like he could.” The last of Justice’s Miracle Miles to date came in 2011 as Smoken Up made it back-to-back wins after overcoming an early shock. Drawing gate one, most had envisaged Smoken Up would be leading early doors. But Trigger’s West Australian foe Im Themightyquinn crossed him soon after the mobile arms folded back. “It was purely pilot error,” Justice admits. “Mighty Quinn was hanging back at the start so I thought I’d get the same flyer as him. Smoken Up wasn’t that sort of horse though. He was a horse that liked to be up on the gate and just storm out at top speed. I tried to turn him into a horse to get a fly-in and it didn’t work. “When the gate went Mighty Quinn got past and actually contacted our legs getting by. He did exactly what I didn’t want to do on Sokyola in that first Miracle Mile. “He (Gary Hall Jr) knew I was upset with him so I suppose he expected me to take it out on him.”  Justice peeled straight off the fence and drove forward. “I went up to say, ‘OK Mighty Quinn, let’s see how good you are’, because we had a good rivalry and we had a lot of fun. I was going to do the same as I did to Blacks A Fake, but instead Mighty Quinn just handed straight up to me.” Justice found himself in front and jammed on the brakes. “I thought I’d probably gutted him a little bit early trying to do that fly thing, then working around, so I thought I’d have a little rest. That’s not the best thing for Smoken Up but it worked all right.” In the straight Smoken Up kicked on strongly, having the measure of Im Themightyquinn, and fending off a late and rather unexpected challenge from veteran Karloo Mick. “When he (Karloo Mick) loomed up to my wheel I thought, ‘no you don’t, you’re too old to win’. He kept coming and I thought he can’t win. I kept thinking ‘you should not be there’... But we held him off and I looked back to Mighty Quinn and he was just floundering.”  And just like that Justice was a four-time Miracle Mile champion. “It is pretty special looking back,” he said. “I was standing outside the drivers’ room at Menangle one night and Brian Hancock walked up, and for all the winners he’d had, he’d never driven a Miracle Mile winner. He said he would have given his eye teeth to drive a winner in that race. "It’s the race to win.” The 2020 Miracle Mile will be held on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Menangle with Lochinvar Art and Code Bailey carrying Victoria's hopes of victory.   HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

Sunday’s Birchip meeting has been postponed after the town received half its annual rainfall in recent weeks, with a further 50mm of rain falling overnight. And Kilmore's track (pictured) was washed away overnight after 80mm of rain fell on the town forcing the relocation of tonight's meeting to Tabcorp Park Melton. “We’ve copped six inches of rain in less than a month – the annual rainfall is 9-11 inches,” club secretary Brad Sharp said. “We got 50mm overnight, which was a lot more than predicted. “The track’s fine but the float car park and surrounds are all under water and it is just going to be too hard to manage. “It’s devastating but there’s not much we can do about it.” Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) General Manager of Racing Stephen Bell said HRV would work with Birchip to find a new date for its annual meeting. “This is disappointing for the club because they’ve put so much work and promotion into what is always a great day, but we’ll explore all options with the club to help them find a new date on the calendar,” Bell said. Kilmore CEO Ben Murphy was disappointed to lose tonight's meeting but said it was important an early decision was made for the benefit of industry participants.  “There’s a need for remedial work on the track because the base has been washed away,” Murphy said. “It’s disappointing but we’ve had over 80mm overnight and we've made the call early.” HRV has advised participants of schedule changes via text message alert. More information will be provided throughout the day as it comes to hand. Follow this website, @TheTrotsComAU on Twitter and HRV’s Facebook page for the latest information.     HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

Jodi Quinlan has been involved with Team Teal since day dot and says she is enormously proud of the campaign’s reach in 2020. Speaking with Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Trots Media on Saturday night, Quinlan recalled the ovarian cancer and fundraising initiative kicked off with “a set of colours”. Six years one the powerful message has been embraced not only nationally with women drivers in all Australian harness racing states now wearing teal pants, but also into New Zealand. “It’s a privilege to be involved. I was one of the fortunate ones to start off with it with a set of colours and form there we’ve gone to pants and sulkies and it’s gone global now, which is really rewarding,” Quinlan said. “My mother was diagnosed with the disease about 10 years ago and she’s one of the lucky ones touch wood, she’s been a survivor. It’s a killer disease and it creeps up on people before they realise it so I hope everyone out there can dig deep and give to Team Teal.” At Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night HRV officially launched another Team Teal campaign, teaming up with wagering partner Tabcorp to donate $400 for every ‘teal’ winner during the campaign period (February 1 to March 15). As of this morning $4000 has been donated by the HRV/TAB team via 10 Team Teal winners, with Ellen Tormey (x2), Kylie Sugars, Kate Gath, Kerryn Manning, Lisa Miles, Shannon O’Sullivan, Anne-Maree Conroy, Kima Frenning and Rebecca Bartley all driving at least one winner since the weekend launch. “HRV is proud to have been involved with the Team Teal campaign since the very beginning. It’s a wonderful initiative and it’s so important because it’s promoting the work of ANZGOG (Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group), and our drivers are so committed to this, which is great to see,” HRV Board member Judy Rothacker said. “Harness racing has promoted Team Teal in every possible way and Duncan McPherson has just been wonderful with all his work behind the scenes and we’re very grateful for what he does as well.” Monique Burnett, who is one of HRV’s Team Teal ambassadors alongside Quinlan, Kate Gath, Kerryn Manning, Jackie Barker, Rothacker and Pony Trots driver Courtney Laker, said she was proud to be wearing teal. “Harness racing in Australia and New Zealand has done such an amazing job to get this message out there and raise awareness and do as much as we can for Duncan and Lyn and every other person who is dealing with such a horrible thing,” Burnett said. ANZGOG CEO Alison Evans described harness racing and McPherson’s commitment to the cause as “just amazing” and added the campaign “enabled more research across a whole lot of sites in city, regional and remote areas, where women can be treated for ovarian cancer”. Tabcorp Park Melton and HRV will again host the Team Teal major fundraiser on Saturday night February 29, an event which everyone in the industry is encouraged to support. “We need to raise as much money as we can and I encourage everyone to come along on the 29th and bring your friends,” Rothacker said.       HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

Welcome to thetrots.com.au coverage of the Australian Pacing Gold and Australasian Premier Trotting Sale today (Sunday 2nd February) live from Inglis Oaklands Junction. We're off and selling from Inglis Oaklands Junction.  Lot 51 to kick off went for $17,000, a colt by Rocknroll Heaven out of Ultimate CC. He's a half-brother to last night's winner Cee Cee In America!  Lot 56, filly by American Ideal out of Unique Desire becomes the sales topper at $24,000 early and is quickly joined at that price by a half-brother to 15-time winner Gallifrey Mystique, by A Rocknroll Dance out of Whata Impact, who also goes for $24,000 at Lot 57. Lot 59, a beautifully bred Pet Rock-Whisper Jet colt has been passed in at $30,000.  Lot 61, a filly by Bettors Delight out of Whatahottie has been passed in at $15,000. From a strong family and out of the super sire.  A daughter of the handy mare Aussie Made Lombo and by Always B Miki at Lot 63 has just gone for $18,000. She's a half to Soho Interceptor Grand-dam was the magnificent Tailamade Lombo! Fun times ahead there?  Maajida's half-sister, a filly by Betting Line out of Arterial Way is Lot 65 and she has just been passed in at $25,000. Breeding says she'll be pretty good!  New auctioneer takes the stand...   Lot 68, the filly by Captaintreacherous out of Courage Under Fire mare Arctic Fire. She's a ripper looking filly and she's been passed in at $42,500. Lot 69 is Aldebaran Macha's half-brother. This colt is by A Rocknroll Dance. A bit of an arm-wrestle between a couple of bidders gets the price to $19,000, but more is required there. Passed in. New clubhouse leader for Sales Topper! Lot 70, a half-sister to that very good goer Goodtime Grace. Filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of Art De Triomphe. Hammer drops at $72,000! An Art Major colt out of Aleppo Heiress has just gone for $37,000, he's a half to Fourbigmen! That is lot 74.  Lot 76 is the Follow a Foal Harness Breeders Victoria filly with 5% of the proceeds of her sale going to some wonderful causes. Read more here. Katie Alford joins coverage to drop the hammer, and bang! Sold for $15,000. The filly is by Hes Watching out of Art Critic.  Lot 78, a Captaintreacherous colt by Aniteattheopera has gone for $32,500. A filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of a sister to Vincent (that's pretty snazzy) in Artistic Pleasure has just fetched $46,000 as Lot 79.  And we have another auctioneer change there at 11am, and for good reason because these folks' voices are working triple overtime! It's quite the craft. Sounds like a Seinfeld character... the fast talker.  Beach Shack was an absolute pearler on the track! Her second son is a colt by Bettors Delight, also known as Lot 82... He's just fetched $90,000. Bought by David Aiken. This is your new Sales Topper, folks.  Lumineer's half-brother steps into the ring. Lot 84 by Art Major out of Birds Can Sing. This should go well. He goes for $36,000.  No surprise to see lots of interest in Lot 87! He's by Captaintreacherous out of Beninjurd, making him a half-brother to Centenario! He quickly got to $80,000 in the bidding... and the hammer drops. Photo of the well-related colt above right by Nikkita Ross.        A colt by Courage Under Fire out of Crown Defender is Lot 94, making him a half-brother to New Zealand Cup winner Cruz Bromac. The bidding HAS to be hot and heavy for this one... and sure enough, it is. Could this one be the Sales Topper? He's quickly got to $90,000. And bang, we have our first $100,000 bid! What's he going to go for... $105,000 now. Make it $110,000. Make it $115,000... no, now $122,500 and the hammer drops! New clubhouse leader for Sales Topper. Picture on the right by Nikkita Ross. Darren McCauley, the voice of WA takes the microphone at 11.30am. Welcome to him!  Lot 98 is by Captaintreacherous out of that family that we know oh so well! Larrakeyah Lady and her progeny have produced winner after winner at black type. This filly is out of Celebrity Lass and she's gone for $46,000.  We're into the triple figures on the lot numbers. Lot 100 is by Sporstwriter out of Charming Ruler. From same family as Cosmic Flight and Cosmic Legacy, who between them won 65 races! This filly has been passed in at $14,000.  Lot 102 is a colt by the super sire Bettors Delight out of a North American mare by Western Ideal who went 1:50.6. One of just six Bettors Delights in the sale today. The bids have gone to $21,000... hammer's up, sold!   Lot 103, a colt by Captaintreacherous out of Christian Cullen mare Coppagoodone is receiving some competitive bids here. Up to $75k, make it $76k, nope, $77k, nope now $80k. Hammer... hang no, late one, now $82,000. Goes for 82 grand.  Just ticked by midday and we have Lot 112 (pictured right by Nikkita Ross), a colt by Captaintreacherous out of Eye Catching, related to Eye See Diamonds, Two Eye See, Hardhitter etc. He looks a striking type. Competitive bidding, no surprises there. He's gone for $120,000! Just falls short of being the clubhouse leader for Sales Topper, but a big result all the same. Lot 114, an Art Major colt out of Five Star Rocker has just fetched $60,000. American Zest's half-brother in the ring now, a colt by Sweet Lou out of Flair For Life. Has quickly got up to $70,000, now $72,500, now $75,000. Will that see us through for this one? Nope, $77,500 now. Make it $80,000... hammer's up... bang! That's him on the right hand side below in the photo.      Keayang Secret's half-brother is now in the ring. Lot 118 a colt by Always B Miki out of Feel The Magic. Bidding gets to $26,000 but that's not going to be enough. Passed in.  Lot 119 is a colt by Captaintreacherous out of Giveusachance. Giveusachance won 13 races and has so far produced Soho Berlin (nine wins, 1:56.4) and Anychance (15 wins, 1:53.5). Good competitive bidding coming through, up to $90,000 and sold!  A Betting Line-Flying Miss Mac filly is in the ring as Lot 121. This is the dam's first foal and the grand-dam, Fleet's Pocket, produced nine winners including Mighty Flying Thomas and Mighty Flying Deal. Goes for $34,000.  Gumdrops was a real favourite mare on the racetrack. She won 19 races including the Group 1 Queen of the Pacific. She's got a colt in the ring now, a son of American Ideal at Lot 125 and he has been passed in for $31,000. I'm looking forward to following her progeny, I must admit (pictured below right). Lot 127 is a colt by Captaintreacherous out of Glitterazzi, who is a daughter to that wonderful producer Alldatglittersisgold. She produced Baby Bling, Bling It On, Show Me The Bling, Blintittothemax and Bletchley Park. He's been passed in at $45,000. Will this fella keep the fabulous family winning strike rate going?          Beach Garden's half-brother and Major Gait's full-brother is Lot 129, a colt by super sire Art Major out of Canadian bred mare Garden Gate Tina. Goes for $47,500.  A half-brother to the unbeaten Goodtime Sammy (four out of four) is Lot 135, a colt by Always B Miki out of Graces Beach. Passed in at $20,000.  Lot 138 is a colt by Somebeachsomewhere out of Indigenous, making this one a half to Spiritofaustralia (18 wins), Lanista (12 wins) and Nostra Ideal (1:52.2). Goes for $45,000.  Keppel Bay, Blatant Lie, Mr Nickel etc. Lot 141 hails from a strong family of juveniles. History says this colt by Art Major out of Iridium Castle might be an early goer. Bought for $35,000.  Majadore is up and about at the moment and has won eight races. His half-brother is Lot 143. This fella's by Art Major out of Jadore Bromac. A spirited looking yearling! Goes for $10,000.  A son of the brilliant filly Jazzam steps into the ring! This guy's by Always B Miki. Jazzam has already produced eight-time winner Rocknroll Pearl. Goes for $30,000.  The half-sister to brilliant Shez All Rock is Lot 149. A filly by Pet Rock out of Just Irish Loch. Shez All Rock won 10 out of 11 starts. She's been passed in today at $12,000. She has to be worth much more than that. Lierre Noir was a lovable mare, winning 15 races including a Group 2. She was a daughter of Bettors Delight. Lot 151 is a filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of Lierre Noir. Bidding hits $25,000. Sold.  The half-sister to the mighty Our Little General steps into the spotlight. Lot 153 a filly by Bettors Delight out of Kabbalah Karen B. The dam also produced Kasbah Kid. Sold for $38,000.  The daughter of Led Suitcase, a filly by American Ideal, is Lot 155 today. Passed in at $32,000. Only just missed the mark!  18-time winner Life Inthefastlane has produced three foals for three winners, Its Beaulolais, Solid As A Rock and Ebonyallstarzzz. Her Art Major colt is in the ring now as Lot 157 and sells for $50,000.  The half-brother to Victoria Derby winner Muscle Factory is Lot 164, a son of Shadow Play out of Malena. What a win by Muscle Factory in that Derby! Will this fella be able to emulate that feat? Or even go better? Who knows. Goes for $44,000. Lot 167 must be one of the best bred horses on paper today, a son of Art Major and Mint Julep. Mint Julep is a sister to Guaranteed and Jadahson, and has already produced Pacifico Dream herself. This colt is proving popular. We have a new clubhouse leader for Sales Topper! This colt goes for $160,000.  Young Modern's three-quarter brother just fetched $25,000, Lot 168, a colt by Betting Line out of Miss Cool Falcon.  Lot 171, a Somebeachsomewhere-Musical Delight colt goes for $40,000.  A son of American Ideal out of Bettors Delight mare Miss Athens is up now at Lot 174. He's a half-brother to the talented Brallos Pass. Bought for $37,500.  The half-brother to WA performer Askmeilltellya, Lot 177, a colt by Always B Miki out of 15-time winner Mollys Lucky Star is in the ring. He snares $33,000.  Lot 179 is a striking colt by American Ideal out of Modern Girl. Modern Girl has produced Magical Delight (10-time winner). From same family as Hexham Heartbeat and Royal Verdict. Fetches $42,500.  A daughter of Bettors Delight out of a 29-time winning mare by Dream Away, My Double Dream, has just sold for $32,500.  The first foal from a full-sister to San Carlo is Lot 184, a colt by Bettors Delight out of Machthreewishes. He has been passed in after his bids reached $40,000.  A beautifully bred filly by Bettors Delight out of National Gallery is in the ring now (Lot 189). This one's a half-sister to Rocknroll Icon (12 wins, 1:53.0) and Mach Up (eight wins, 1:55.1). A spirited bidding contest between a live bidder and someone following on at home. The online bidder wins, $36,000 sold.  Lot 190 is a colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Nosotros, which makes him a half-brother to Stars Align and Red Vee Hanover. Goes for $17,000, which feels value.  A member of the prolific South Australian Uncork family in the ring at Lot 193. This is a filly by Always B Miki out of Our Little Artist (an Art Major mare). This one is simply bred to win! Passed in for $7500. Surprising. Got to love that family.  The first foal from eight-time winner Picobello (a daughter of Christian Cullen) struts into the ring as Lot 199. This colt is by super sire Art Major. The bidding reaches $35,000 but it's not enough. Passed in.  Pelicanrama has done it all both on and off the track. The cracking mare won 55 races and has produced six winners. She has thrown Lot 201 here, a colt by A Rocknroll Dance. Bidding a little slow early but momentum has built up and we're over $10,000. Now $11,000, will it be enough? Sold. Katie Alford in charge as the Hes Watching filly out of Art Critic makes $15k with 5% donated to charity     A half-brother to Pandering is in the ring. This fella's by Hes Watching. The dam, Pandalay Bay, has produced nine foals and every one of them has won. He fetches $16,000.  Pembrook Caesar won 10 races from 22 starts on the racetrack, including the Ladyship Cup. She has produced Lot 205, a colt by Captaintreacherous and the bidding has started strongly, quickly launching to $60,000! Fetches $60,000. This one's a half-brother to Jo Dina.  41-time winning mare Repelem (a Dream Away mare) has already produced the exciting Revolt. Lot 206 is a colt by Somebeachsomewhere out of Repelem and he's just  sold for $65,000.  Our Uncle Sam's full-brother (Lot 207), a colt by Sportswriter out of Rooftop Fairy, has just been secured for $30,000.  Mother Courage's granddaughter is Lot 212, a filly by Captaintreacherous out of Ruby Slippers. She looks handy! Bidding quickly rips up to $20,000 but it's not quite enough. Passed in.  A Bettors Delight colt out of Rockaround Sue has just fetched $43,000 as Lot 215. Looks handy!  The half-sister to The Storm Inside was just passed in at $37,500. Lot 221, a filly by Betting Line out of Spirited Storm.  Lot 222 is a filly by Captaintreacherous out of Smyrna Duruisseau, making her a half-sister to the ultra-talented Follow The Stars. She fetched $45,000 today.  A striking colt by Bettors Delight out of Soho Berlin has just sold for $44,000 as Lot 223 after a spirited bid-off. Shadow Play colt a half-brother to Vic Derby winner Muscle Factory sells for $44k to Gary Barton.    Lot 224, a colt by Roll With Joe out of Sparks On Nudgee, has gone for $6000 and the seller, John Yeomans, has said 50% of that will be donated to Gavin Lang. Well done John.  Hurricane Harley's half-brother has just gone for $85,000. The colt is by Art Major out of Christian Cullen mare Sugarland. This one's exciting on paper!  A son of Mach Three is Lot 231, out of 1:52.1 winning mare Shesa Killer Queen (nine wins and over $155,000 in stakemoney). The colt has sold for $40,000.  Exciting this one, Lot 237, a full-sister to Ideal For Real (13 wins from 22 starts and 1:54.4). The filly is by American Ideal out of Tamara Hall. There has been some spirited bidding in $1000 increments and she's gone for $40,000! (Her full-sister earned over $324,000!)  The magical Bettors Delight and Christian Cullen cross features in Lot 239, a colt by Bettors out of a mare named Tori Maguire. The last Bettors Delight in the catalogue today attracts some energetic betting at Inglis and over the phone and in the finish he fetches $60,000.  An American Ideal filly out of The Baggy Green is Lot 241. This filly's grand-dam was the brilliant Lady Waratah, who won 20 of her 36 starts, and she threw five foals for five winners. Today's filly sold for $27,000.  Mirragon's half-brother has just entered the ring here at Inglis. This fella's by Always B Miki out of Mach Three mare The Waratah and it's a spirited bid-off between someone in the auditorium and an online bidder! Who wins? It's an arm-wrestle between the hand-raiser and the mouse-clicker! And the winner is... the mouse-clicker! Bought for $60,000.  Lot 244 is by a super sire in Somebeachsomewhere and out of a super mare in Trebla Trebla (who has produced Bettor Downunder and Ideal Lifestyle, just to name a couple). This colt looks ultra-relaxed for his age! Competitive bidding good to see at this time of the day. He fetches $55,000.  Gavin Lang's framed helmet cover has just fetched $2000, with that money donated straight to the Caduceus Club's fundraising effort to help Gavin and his family during this tough time. Find out more and help out a mate by clicking here. A filly by Betting Line out of Trend Setter is Lot 247. Trend Setter herself is a Group 1 winner, but she has also thrown three winners, including Heavens Trend, who won 21 races from 35 starts. This filly has fetched $26,000.  And the last of the pacing lots, Lot 250 sells for $15,000, a colt by Betting Line out of The Princess Poet. The Gavin Lang framed silks have just fetched $6000 towards his GoFundme Fundraiser. Just a magnificent effort by all those involved in pulling this together and of course the generous bidders.  For official sale results click here Gavin Lang's colours sell for $6k (APG buy) and his cap for $2k (Club Menangle) at APG Sales to raise money for Gav's treatment. Great effort all.   The first lot, Lot 251, in the Australasian Premier Trotting Sale has fetched $11,000, a Used To Me-Verbier colt. A Love You-Yankee Sister colt, Lot 254, has just fetched $11,000.  A son of Kvintet Avenger out of Britewell mare Brite N Lucky (Lot 261) goes for $10,000.  Lot 262, a half-sister to Sval Queen and and Brandlo Prince has sold for $12,000.  Jodi Quinlan, wearing the teal cap, now speaking about the Team Teal fundraiser, which kicked off last night. Quinlan is one of HRV's Team Teal ambassadors. All women drivers are wearing teal pants during the upcoming month and $400 ($200 each from HRV and TAB) for every 'Team Teal' winner will be donated to the cause.  Lot 263 will see funds raised donated towards the teal Women Can cause. This is a filly by Aldebaran Eagle out of Aldebaran Maori. And she's grabbed $10,000. A full brother to Caabello has just sold for $15,000 to become the highest priced trotter so far today. The colt by Majestic Son out of Drop Us Aline was purchased by Andy Gath.  Lot 267 is a colt out of a New Zealand Oaks winner in Commander Jewel, out of Used To Me. He has grabbed $8000.  The half-brother to unbeaten trotter Keayang Ignite (four starts, four wins) has just been sold as Lot 268 for $9500. This guy is by Aldebaran Eagle out of Aldebaran Revenue.  A Muscle Hill colt (Lot 271) has become the sales' topper for the APTS so far today. The son of Kadabra mare Glenferrie Dash attracted some spirited bidding before eventually being sold for $50,000.  Lot 273, a colt by Quaker Jet out of Edge Hill hails from a strong family that includes My Skypocket. He's just sold for $14,000.  Lot 275 is a filly from the great family that includes A Touch of Flair, Mighty Maori, Son of Flair and Down Under Muscles, just to name a few. The Father Patrick-Gypsy Flair yearling has fetched $37,500.  A Cardigan Boko colt out of Its Only Words has commanded the attention of couple of spirited bidders and got to $27,000.  Lot 281 looks a professional, a son of Majestic Son out of Lady Mackendon. Hammer falls at $31,000. A half sister to Shes An Image (20 wins), Gentle Image (21 wins) and Godofthunder has just drawn $30,000. The filly is by Father Patrick out of the stunning producer Joyces Choice.  Second foal, a colt by Captaintreacherous, out of the Western Ideal mare Eye Catching, a half to Two Eye See makes $120k. Will have Stride in his name. Prep Benstud.   A half-brother to Iona Grinner is Lot 290. He's by Bacardi Lindy out of Meredith Castle, a broodmare who has produced seven foals for five winners (51 wins in total). He's just fetched $20,000. Im Daddy Warbucks' half-brother has been passed in for $22,000 at 6.08pm. The colt is by Andover Hall out of Miss Warbucks.   The beautifully bred half-brother to Moonshine Linda and Marvellous Max has just fetched $55,000 and we have a new APTS clubhouse leader for sales-topper! The colt is by Muscle Hill out of Maori Sunshine.  The late action continues with Lot 297, a filly by Father Patrick out of Our Sunny Rose selling for $45,000.  $50,000 for a colt from the same family as Nieta (Lot 299 by Orlando Vici out of Royal Treat). Fair bit of black type about Lot 301, a colt by Cardigan Boko out of Poet Laureate, and he goes for $7000. Good buy that for mine.  As mentioned earlier, you can't knock the Shes An Image (Joyces Choice) family. Lot 302 is a cracking colt by Andover Hall out of Shes An Image and the hammer has just dropped for "The Hammer" Dom Martello at $55,000. Equal clubhouse leader for APTS sales topper. A solid result for Lot 305, filly by Father Patrick from Courage Under Fire mare Social Fireball. Hammer drops at $35,000.  A Trixton colt from Sundons Babe, obviously a Sundon mare, drew competitive bidding before the hammer dropped at $51,000. Lot 307. One to follow IMO!  Another one goes for over $50,000 late in the day, this time Lot 309, the colt by Love You out of The Sun Goddess. $52,500.  Swede Dreams was a ripper mare on the track and her son, a colt by Creatine, just went for $42,500. Lot 310.  Lot 311 caps the day. $9000 for the Used To Me-Tricia Powell filly. And that brings us to the end of our live sales blog! Hope you've enjoyed the coverage and good luck to all who have bought a ticket in the dream that is horse ownership today/tonight!  For official Sale results of this Trotting section click here   Sales results as they happen:   Lot 51: Colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Ultimate CC: $17,000 Lot 52: Passed in Lot 53: Filly by Well Said out of Vickymurphy: Passed in Lot 54: Colt by Always B Miki out of Vouvray: $22,500 Lot 55: Colt by He's Watching out of Whatacorka: $9,000 Lot 56: Filly by American Ideal out of Unique Desire: $24,000 Lot 57: Gelding by Betting Line out of Vixen Hanover: Passed in Lot 58: Colt by A Rocknroll Dance out of Whata Impact: $24,000 Lot 59: Colt by Pet Rock out of Whisper Jet: Passed in at $30,000   Lot 60: Filly by Sportswriter out of Watch The Dream: Passed in at $17,500 Lot 61: Filly by Bettors Delight out of Whatahottie: Passed in at $15,000 Lot 62: Filly by Western Terror out of Zora Paree: Passed in at $4000  Lot 63: Filly by Always B Miki out of Aussie Made Lombo: $18,000 Lot 64: Colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Artys Delight: $13,000 Lot 65: Filly by Betting Line out of Arterial Way: Passed in at $25,000 Lot 66: Colt by Betting Line out of Arivee: Passed in at $24,000 Lot 68: Filly by Captaintreacherous out of Arctic Fire: Passed in at $42,500 Lot 69: Colt by A Rocknroll Dance out of Aldebaran Bromac: Passed in at $19,000 Lot 70: Filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of Art De Triomphe: $72,000 Lot 72: Filly by Sweet Lou out of Almihata: $25,000 Lot 74: Colt by Art Major out of Aleppo Heiress: $37,000 Lot 75: Colt by Sportswriter out of Atlarak: $20,000 Lot 76: Colt by He's Watching out of Art Critic: $15,000 Lot 77: Colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Arty Chick: $20,000 Lot 78: Colt by Captaintreacherous out of Aniteattheopera: $32,500 Lot 79: Filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of Artistic Pleasure: $46,000 Lot 80: Colt by A Rocknroll Dance out of Buy Back Peg: Passed in at $10,000 Lot 81: Colt by Betting Line out of Bonton Lady: $9000 Lot 82: Colt by Bettors Delight out of Beach Shack: $90,000 Lot 83: Colt by Always B Miki out of Balcony: $24,000 Lot 84: Colt by Art Major out of Birds Can Sing: $36,000  Lot 85: Colt by Auckland Reactor out of Bridget Franco: $6000 Lot 86: Colt by Heston Blue Chip out of Bring Her Back: Passed in at $10,000 Lot 87: Colt by Captaintreacherous out of Beninjurd: $80,000 Lot 88: Colt by American Ideal out of Best Expression: $15,000 Lot 89: Colt by Betting Line out of Bettes Rose: Passed in at $29,000 Lot 90: Colt by Betting Line out of Billion Smiles: Passed in at $9000 Lot 91: Filly by Bettors Delight out of Breeze On Bronski: $20,000 Lot 92: Filly by Well Said out of Bettor Abs: Passed in at $10,000 Lot 94: Colt by Courage Under Fire out of Crown Defender: $122,500 Lot 95: Filly by Pet Rock out of Chloe Sheffield: $6000 Lot 96: Filly by Betterthancheddar out of Christa: $11,000 Lot 97: Colt by Sportswriter out of Chrissy Styx: Passed in at $11,000 Lot 98: Filly by Captaintreacherous out of Celebrity Lass: $46,000 Lot 99: Colt by A Rocknroll Dance out of Carlisle Queen: $20,000 Lot 100: Filly by Sportswriter out of Charming Ruler: Passed in at $14,000 Lot 101: Filly by Art Major out of Cool Machrista: Passed in at $14,000 Lot 102: Colt by Bettors Delight out of Carolsideal: $21,000 Lot 103: Colt by Captaintreacherous out of Coppagoodone: $82,000 Lot 104: Filly by Sportswriter out of Darlin Springfield: $8000 Lot 105: Colt by Roll With Joe out of Dolly Bird Lombo: $22,000 Lot 106: Filly by Always B Miki out of Cosmic Delight: Passed in at $15,000 Lot 107: Colt by Captaintreacherous out of Delight In Decree: Passed in $32,500 Lot 109: Filly by Always B Miki out of Digital Art: $26,000 Lot 110: Filly by A Rocknroll Dance out of Daisy Maisy: Passed in at $4000 Lot 112: Colt by Captraintreacherous out of Eye Catching: $120,000 Lot 113: Filly by Racing Hill out of Floweronthewall: Passed in at $8000 Lot 114: Colt by Art Major out of Five Star Rocker: $60,000 Lot 115: Colt by Pet Rock out of Four Zoe: $17,000 Lot 116: Colt by Sweet Lou out of Flair For Life: $80,000 Lot 117: Filly by Betting Line out of Forest Bliss: $37,500 Lot 118: Colt by Always B Miki out of Feel The Magic: Passed in at $26,000 Lot 119: Colt by Captaintreacherous out of Giveusachance: $90,000 Lot 120: Colt by Betting Line out of Geejaylee: Passed in at $13,000 Lot 121: Filly by Betting Line out of Flying Miss Mac: $34,000 Lot 122: Filly by Sweet Lou out of Glenferrie Shuffle: $15,000 Lot 123: Filly by Betting Line out of Golden Illusion: $10,000 Lot 125: Colt by American Ideal out of Gumdrops: Passed in at $31,000. Lot 126: Filly by A Rocknroll Dance out of Gee Shes Mighty: Passed in at $17,500 Lot 127: Colt by Captaintreacherous out of Glitterazzi: Passed in at $45,000 Lot 128: Filly by Pet Rock out of Golden Valour: $9000 Lot 129: Colt by Art Major out of Garden Gate Tina: $47,500 Lot 130: Filly by Guaranteed out of Goodtime Ruby: Passed in for $7500 Lot 131: Colt by Well Said out of Harrys Joy: $6000 Lot 132: Colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Illawong Bella: $10,000 Lot 133: Filly by Falcon Seelster out of Hayley Franco: Passed in at $4000 Lot 134: Filly by Four Starzzz Shark out of In A Rose Tattoo: $10,000 Lot 135: Colt by Always B Miki out of Graces Beach: Passed in at $20,000 Lot 136: Filly by Always B Miki out of Im Living The Dream: Passed in at $22,500 Lot 137: Colt by Always B Miki out of Illawong Sister Styx: $8000 Lot 138: Colt by Somebeachsomewhere out of Indigenous: $45,000 Lot 139: Colt by Western Ideal out of Its Girl Power: $15,000 Lot 140: Filly by American Ideal out of Im Elsa: $30,000 Lot 141: Colt by Art Major out of Iridium Castle: $35,000 Lot 142: Colt by Hes Watching out of Indie Jazz: Passed in at $14,000 Lot 143: Colt by A Rocknroll Dance out of Jadore Bromac: $10,000 Lot 144: Filly by Four Starzzz Shark out of Jasmine Sheffield: $10,000 Lot 145: Colt by Always B Miki out of Jazzam: $30,000 Lot 146: Colt by Four Starzzz Shark out of J K Luckbealady: Passed in at $5000 Lot 148: Filly by Always B Miki out of Just Look At Me: $12,000 Lot 149: Filly by Pet Rock out of Just Irish Loch: Passed in at $12,000 Lot 150: Colt by Western Terror out of Kool Clementine: $15,000 Lot 151: Filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of Lierre Noir: $25,000 Lot 153: Filly by Bettors Delight out of Kabbalah Karen B: $38,000 Lot 154: Colt by Betting Line out of Lots A Blue: Passed in at $8000 Lot 155: Filly by American Ideal out of Led Suitcase: Passed in at $32,000 Lot 156: Colt by Art Major out of Lombo Cloud Nine: $28,000 Lot 157: Colt by Art Major out of Life Inthefastlane: $50,000 Lot 158: Filly by Art Major out of Limerick Star: $30,000 Lot 159: Filly by Captaintreacherous out of Magical Molly: $10,000 Lot 160: Colt by Sportswriter out of Macray Amore: $16,000 Lot 161: Colt by Art Major out of Miss Mach Kana: $10,000 Lot 162: Filly by Shadow Play out of Magical Mocca: $8000 Lot 163: Colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Maid For You Lombo: $32,000 Lot 164: Colt by Shadow Play out of Malena: $44,000 Lot 165: By Rock N Roll Heaven out of Married To The Mob: $20,000 Lot 166: Colt by Shadow Play out of Macray Soiree: $8000 Lot 167: Colt by Art Major out of Mint Julep: $160,000 Lot 168: Colt by Betting Line out of Miss Cool Falcon: $25,000 Lot 169: Filly by Well Said out of Mitzi M Hanover: Passed in at $22,000 Lot 170: Filly by Betting Line out of Miss Astronomical: $8000 Lot 171: Colt by Somebeachsomewhere out of Musical Delight: $40,000 Lot 172: Colt by Pet Rock out of Mustang Sassy: Passed in at $5000 Lot 173: Filly by Always B Miki out of Misty Forever: Passed in at $4000 Lot 174: Colt by American Ideal out of Miss Athens: $37,500 Lot 175: Filly by A Rocknroll Dance out of Missy Elliott: $4000 Lot 176: Colt by Hes Watching out Mistylyn: $21,000 Lot 177: Colt by Always B Miki out of Mollys Lucky Star: $33,000 Lot 178: Colt by Four Starzzz Shark out of Molly Pitcher: $22,000 Lot 179: Colt by American Ideal out of Modern Girl: $42,500 Lot 180: Colt by Art Major out of Miss Fantastic: $7000 Lot 181: Filly by Bettors Delight out of My Double Dream: $32,500 Lot 182: Colt by Racing Hill out of My Prima Bella: Passed in at $22,500 Lot 183: Colt by American Ideal out of Nola Mayhem: Passed in at $10,000 Lot 184: Colt by Bettors Delight out of Machthreewishes: Passed in at $40,000 Lot 185: Colt by Pet Rock out of No Good At Maths: Passed in at $5000 Lot 186: Filly by Captaintreacherous out of Nikkis Delight: Passed in at $27,000 Lot 187: Colt by Four Starzzz Shark out of Nats Survival: $13,000 Lot 188: Filly by Art Major out of Nightshade Franco: $36,000 Lot 189: Filly by Bettors Delight out of National Gallery: $36,000 Lot 190: Colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Nosotros: $17,000 Lot 191: Colt by Captaintreacherous out of No More Trouble: Passed in at $17,500 Lot 192: Colt by American Ideal out of Our Options: Passed in at $20,000 Lot 193: Filly by Always B Miki out of Our Little Artist: Passed in at $7500 Lot 194: Filly by Sunshine Beach out of Our Pocket Princess: Passed in at $4000 Lot 195: Colt by Art Major out of Our Southern Rose: Passed in at $17,000 Lot 196: Filly by Art Major out of Our Santa Catalina: $24,000 Lot 198: Colt by Racing Hill out of Precious Macray: $8000 Lot 199: Colt by Art Major out of Picobello: $35,000 Lot 201: Colt by A Rocknroll Dance out of Pelicanrama: $11,000 Lot 202: Colt by Hes Watching out of Pandalay Bay: $16,000 Lot 203: Filly by American Ideal out of Pastels: $14,000 Lot 204: Colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Philtra Girl: Passed in at $11,000 Lot 205: Colt by Captaintreacherous out of Pembrook Caesar: $60,000 Lot 206: Colt by Somebeachsomewhere out of Repelem: $65,000 Lot 207: Colt by Sportswriter out of Rooftop Fairy: $30,000 Lot 208: Colt by Roll With Joe out of Rocktheniteaway: Passed in at $12,000 Lot 210: Filly by Roll With Joe out of Rock Two Times: Passed in at $16,000 Lot 211: Colt by Auckland Reactor out of Sappheiros: $5000 Lot 212: Filly by Captaintreacherous out of Ruby Slippers: Passed in at $20,000 Lot 214: Filly by Betting Line out of Shes Got It All:  Passed in at $21,000 Lot 215: Colt by Bettors Delight out of Rockaround Sue: $43,000 Lot 216: Filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of Serenity Franco: Passed in at $17,500 Lot 217: Colt by Art Major out of Sharm El Luli: $8000 Lot 218: Filly by Sunshine Beach out of Shezaterror: Passed in at $10,000 Lot 220: Filly by Sportswriter out of Rockin Tammy: $17,000 Lot 221: Filly by Betting Line out of Spirited Storm: Passed in at $37,500 Lot 222: Filly by Captaintreacherous out of Smyrna Duruisseau: $45,000 Lot 223: Colt by Bettors Delight out of Soho Berlin: $44,000 Lot 224: Colt by Roll With Joe out of Sparks On Nudgee: $6000 Lot 225: Filly by Racing Hill out of Shadow Flag: Passed in at $7500 Lot 226: Colt by Sunshine Beach out of Sassy Rose: $8000 Lot 227: Colt by Betterthancheddar out of Smooth Sista: Passed in at $11,000 Lot 229: Colt by A Rocknroll Dance out of Shes In Vogue: $4000 Lot 230: Colt by Art Major out of Sugarland: $85,000 Lot 231: Colt by Mach Three out of Shesa Killer Queen: $40,000 Lot 232: Filly by Betting Line out of Soho Socialize: Passed in at $12,500 Lot 233: Colt by Betting Line out of Sapphire Lil: $15,000 Lot 234: Filly by Four Starzzz Shark out of Supersonic Bek: Passed in at $4000 Lot 235: Filly by Rock N Roll Heaven out of Somesorta Philtra: $9000 Lot 236: Colt by Well Said out of Swift Retort: Passed in at $4000 Lot 237: Filly by American Ideal out of Tamara Hall: $40,000 Lot 238: Colt by A Rocknroll Dance out of Talk Safely: $12,000 Lot 239: Colt by Bettors Delight out of Tori Maguire: $60,000 Lot 240: Filly by Betting Line out of Tantallon: $20,000 Lot 241: Filly by American Ideal out of The Baggy Green: $27,000 Lot 242: Colt by Betting Line out of Three Secrets: $36,000 Lot 243: Colt by Always B Miki out of The Waratah: $60,000 Lot 244: Colt by Somebeachsomewhere out of Trebla Trebla: $55,000 Lot 245: Colt by Pet Rock out of The Elusive One: $12,500 Lot 246: Colt by Art Major out of Tigress Franco: $42,500 Lot 247: Filly by Betting Line out of Trend Setter: $26,000 Lot 248: Filly by Sweet Lou out of That Chill Devine: Passed in at $5000 Lot 249: Colt by Life Sign out of Trulyawork Of Art: Passed in at $22,000 Lot 250: Colt by Betting Line out of The Princess Poet: $15,000 APTS RESULTS Lot 251: Colt by Used To Me out of Verbier: $11,000  Lot 252: Filly by Used To Me out of Wild Isis: $4500 Lot 253: Colt by Dreamcatcher out of Xena Hest: $4000 Lot 254: Colt by Love You out of Yankee Sister:  $11,000 Lot 256: Filly by Majestic Son out of Aldebaran Etta: $8000 Lot 257: Filly by Bacardi Lindy out of Always Treasure: $6500 Lot 259: Colt by Used To Me out of Aspiring Eva: $4000 Lot 260: Filly by Aldebaran Eagle out of Aldebaran Daisy: Passed in at $8000 Lot 261: Colt by Kvintet Avenger out of Brite n Lucky: $10,000 Lot 262: Filly by Dreamcatcher out of Bohemian Queen: $12,000 Lot 263: Filly by Aldebaran Eagle out of Aldebaran Maori: $10,000 Lot 264: Colt by Majestic Son out of Drop Us Aline: $15,000 Lot 265: Filly by Bacardi Lindy out of Efficacious: $4000 Lot 266: Colt by Majestic Son out of Emmylu Springfield: $9500 Lot 267: Colt by Used To Me out of Commander Jewel: $8000 Lot 268: Colt by Aldebaran Eagle out of Aldebaran Revenue: $9500 Lot 269: Colt by Peak out of Forgetfulljane: Passed in at $4000 Lot 270: Colt by Majestic Son out of Four Lillies: Passed in at $7000 Lot 271: Colt by Muscle Hill out of Glenferrie Dash: $50,000 Lot 272: Colt by Tennotrump out of Gloriadon: Passed in at $4000 Lot 273: Colt by Quaker Jet out of Edge Hill: $14,000 Lot 274: Colt by Skyvalley out of Backina Lifetime: $6000 Lot 275: Filly by Father Patrick out of Gypsy Flair: $37,500 Lot 276: Filly by Used To Me out of Maidstone Miss: $8000 Lot 277: Colt by Cardigan Boko out of Its Only Words: $27,000  Lot 278: Filly by Muscle Mass out of Icantremember: Passed in at $12,500 Lot 279: Colt by Tennotrump out of Jewel Of The Night: Passed in at $5000 Lot 280: Colt by Skyvalley out of Jingling Silver: $6000 Lot 281: Colt by Majestic Son out of Lady Mackendon: $31,000 Lot 282: Filly by Father Patrick out of Joyces Choice: $30,000 Lot 283: Filly by Used To Me out of Kool Kelly: Passed in at $7000 Lot 284: Colt by Quaker Jet out of My Serene Queen: $9000 Lot 285: Filly by Lawman out of Kosmanoid: Passed in at $5000 Lot 286: Colt by Creatine out of Lime And Lemonade: Passed in at $16,000 Lot 287: Filly by Used To Me out of Panbrake: $4500 Lot 290: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of Meredith Castle: $20,000 Lot 291: Colt by Andover Hall out of Miss Warbucks: Passed in at $22,000 Lot 292: Filly by Used To Me out of Purplepeopleater: Passed in at $4000 Lot 293: Colt by Muscle Hill out of Maori Sunshine: $55,000 Lot 294: Colt by Sebastian K out of Illawong Shimmer: $6000 Lot 296: Colt by Royalty For Life out of Miss Adelaide: $25,000 Lot 297: Filly by Father Patrick out of Our Sunny Rose: $45,000 Lot 298: Gelding by Lawman out of Packed Up Early: $11,000 Lot 299: Colt by Orlando Vici out of Royal Treat: $50,000 Lot 300: Filly by Love You out of Lindys Two Step: $14,000 Lot 301: Colt by Cardigan Boko out of Poet Laureate: $7000 Lot 302: Colt by Andover Hall out of Shes An Image: $55,000 Lot 303: Filly by Dream Catcher out of Pink Diamond: $13,000 Lot 304: Colt by Creatine out of Shining Sun: $7500 Lot 305: Filly by Father Patrick out of Social Fireball: $35,000 Lot 306: Filly by Royalty For Life out of Solana: Passed in at $7500 Lot 307: Colt by Trixton out of Sundons Babe: $51,000 Lot 308: Colt by Bacardi Lindy out of Sunny Folly: Passed in at $7500 Lot 309: Colt by Love You out of The Sun Goddess: $52,500 Lot 310: Colt by Creatine out of Swede Dreams: $42,500 Lot 311: Filly by Used To Me out of Tricia Powell: $6000 Photos by Nikkita Ross HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

Chase Auckland is the outright favourite for the Del-Re National A.G. Hunter Cup after the barrier draw tonight at the MCG. Punters swarmed on $3.3 and backed the Kiwi five-year-old after he draw gate four. Unlucky in the Ballarat Cup last time out when an eye-catching third to A G’s White Socks, Chase Auckland drew much better than that horse for Saturday night’s $500,000 Hunter Cup.  A G’s White Socks will have to come from gate 11. Four-year-old freak Lochinvar Art, who shocked Australasia with his blistering track-record run of 1:48.6 in the 4YO Bonanza, drew gate seven tonight, while Mach Shard (pictured, by Stuart McCormick) is a live chance from barrier two, one spot outside of Alta Orlando in gate one. Craig Demmler had no luck at the gate draw, pulling barrier 13 with My Kiwi Mate. Despite the alley, Demmler is far from conceding. “On his run the other night I was rapt. I think he was a little bit short of a run. He’s an opportunist, I’ve always said that. But I always go back to 2000 and he just reminds me so much of Breenys Fella and this guy gives me so much joy. I just hope he can help our supporters out and get home. I’m really happy with how he’s working,” Demmler said. The barrier draw was also conducted for the What The Hill Great Southern Star, with full details here.   GoodForm analyst Blake Redden breaks down the Del-Re National A.G. Hunter Cup chances runner-by-runner immediately post-barrier draw 1. Alta Orlando ($7.5 at TAB) Underrated pacer who was outstanding in the Blacks A Fake over winter. The big question is whether he can hold Mach Shard early, if he doesn’t he’ll likely end up shuffled back and playing for luck. 2. Mach Shard ($4 with TAB) Quick beginner who will hand over to an appropriate rival if he finds the pegs early. The way he is going right now he deserves to be one the second favourite. 3. King Of Swing (Emergency $10 with TAB) – X-factor horse who ripped around Menangle recently and if he gets a run he’ll make his presence felt. 4. Chase Auckland ($3.1 with TAB) Only continues to enhance his reputation after a run of the race performance in the Ballarat Cup. Is tonight the night the All Stars pull the trigger and fire him forward in search of the lead? 5. Cash N Flow ($21 with TAB) Definite question marks about this guy over a staying trip and while he does have some early toe, he may not want to use it here. 6. Triple Eight ($21 with TAB) Progressive pacer who stepped up to be competitive through the Inter Dominion. He will need plenty to go right but he might just be the best of the roughies with the right run. 7. Lochinvar Art ($8.5 with TAB) The excitement horse of the race but he’s been dealt a cruel blow at the draw. Probably looks to slide back early and get a cart in late. 8. Our Uncle Sam ($21 with TAB) This draw will either be a blessing or a curse but this will be a tough ask even if a few things go his way. 9. Code Bailey ($11 with TAB) Follows out a quick beginner. He’s still unlikely to find the front which will make it pretty difficult. 10. Bling It On ($9 with TAB) Versatile pacer who looks to be getting back to his mind-boggling Victoria Cup form from earlier in the season. If there is any chink in his rivals armory, he can expose it. 11. A Gs White Socks ($7 with TAB) Ballarat Cup winner who is by no means a one trick pony. He will drift from what was equal favouritism pre-draw but I’m expecting him to have supporters on the night. 12. San Carlo ($41 with TAB) Gets his chance to be driven ice cold in a big race which has worked for him in the past. Expect to see him driven quietly and rushing home late if there’s speed on. 13. My Kiwi Mate ($51 with TAB) Dynamic sit/sprinter at this level but he’ll need plenty of favours to win here.   HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

New Zealand rising superstar Oscar Bonavena opened $2.8 favourite immediately after the barrier draw tonight for the What The Hill Great Southern Star despite drawing outside of Inter Dominion champ Tornado Valley. The Mark Purdon-trained Oscar Bonavena pulled barrier four at the barrier draw, which was conducted at the MCG, with Andy Gath-trained Tornado Valley securing gate three. Purdon said Oscar Bonavena was underdone when he ran eighth first-up in Australia in last weekend's Dullard Cup. “He trained well this morning but going back to the run, when he came over, he’s got a couple of issues. We decided to do a bit of swimming and I don’t think he got enough out of it. He went into Saturday night a little bit short,” Purdon said. But this weekend will be a different story. Purdon was definitive.  “He trained great this morning and I’m sure we’ll see a fitter Oscar Bonavena this week," he said. “We’ll come out well but I don’t think you want to get into a speed duel early. He’ll cross to one off the markers and hopefully one out wide comes out with him and gives him cover, that’d be the best scenario. "But he’ll be back to full fitness by Saturday." Josh Dickie, who has picked up the drive aboard Gath-trained McLovin, said he was thrilled to be driving for such a respected trainer of trotters. “It's great to drive for Andy, I’m sure he’ll have the horse in good order and hopefully we have some luck," he said. “The first time I sat behind McLovin I was very impressed. I’d always seen him go well in Australia but sometimes it’s not until you drive them you think ‘he’s a bit better than I thought’. He gave me a lovely feel. It was a shame what happened to him at Auckland because I dare say Inter Dominion series would have been a bit different if he’d been 100 per cent." But Dickie said he had a lot of respect for Oscar Bonavena and in fact said the Kiwi was "no doubt our top trotter going forward".  “Oscar’s a special horse and with the wrap that’s been on him he’s probably been criticised a lot heavier than others would have been. He’s a four-year-old, so he’s a baby compared to the open-class trotters. From what I’ve seen and I’ve driven against him, his speed is phenomenal." Reigning Great Southern Star champ Dance Craze drew inside the back row in barrier eight, which could suit the powerful sit-sprinter, while noted on-pacer Red Hot Tooth was a big winner, snaring barrier one for trainer Kari Males.  Shortly after markets reopened following the draw Majestic Man was specked, $16 into $14.  Meanwhile, Caduceus Club MC and noted trotting form student Bill Hutchison said this line-up was possibly the "greatest trotting field" assembled in Australian history.  No driver has ever won two Great Southern Stars, but previous winners Kate Gath (who drove 2017 champion Glenferrie Typhoon) and Mark Purdon (who drove Dance Craze last year) look a good chance to break that tradition this year aboard Tornado Valley and Oscar Bonavena.  GoodForm's Blake Redden described Tornado Valley as "the best leader we've seen in the trotting ranks for many a year" and says the local is the "horse to beat". His full comments can be read below.   GoodForm analyst Blake Redden breaks down the What The Hill Great Southern Star chances runner-by-runner immediately post-barrier draw 1: Red Hot Tooth ($7 with TAB) This mare has the speed to kick through early and given she’ll likely sit on one of the favourite for the race, she’s a genuine knockout chance. 2: Massive Metro ($13 with TAB) Had an outstanding Inter Dominion in his homeland and he is pretty tough so he’s hard to discount despite the potentially tricky gate. 3: Tornado Valley ($3 with TAB) Arguably the best leader we’ve seen in the trotting ranks for many a year. He has the gate speed to lead and while he never wins by big margins, he’s the horse to beat. 4: Oscar Bonavena ($2.8 with TAB) Disappointing at his first Australian start but he has a huge boom on him. He should settle handy and clearly one of the horses to beat. 5: Sky Petite ($61 with TAB) Quality mare at her best but even with all her gate speed she’s unlikely to lead which makes it hard to see her winning. 6: Sundons Courage ($101 with TAB) This fella has come back in great form but he’s unlikely to lead from out wide which makes things tricky for him here. 7: Tough Monarch ($35 with TAB) Hard to know exactly how this bloke is going, he’s probably going to have to do work at some stage which is a tough ask in this type of race. 8: Dance Craze ($13 with TAB) The nation’s most exciting trotting mare is unlikely to be any closer than three poles in transit but if the gaps open she’ll be roaring home. 9: Margaret Ruth (EM) ($151 with TAB) Lovely mare who will enjoy the staying trip if she gets a run but this is as strong a race as she’s ever seen. 10: Majestic Man ($14 with TAB) Established himself through the New Zealand Inter Dominion series and in any other year he’d be in this up to his ears. In this edition he will need everything to go right. 11: Mclovin ($16 with TAB) Quality trotter at his best. He’ll need a few things to go his way from out the back and he’s probably stronger than he is quick which may not be suitable the way the draws have fallen. 12: Temporale ($7 with TAB) A good barrier wasn’t required for his stunning win last weekend but he will need some fortune from out here. 13: Wobelee ($31 with TAB) Total excitement machine who measured up at his first crack at this level at Ballarat. He’s out of the draw but if they run along in front he will produce a booming finish.   JASON BONNINGTON AND ADAM HAMILTON ARE JOINED BY MARK PURDON, CRAIG DEMMLER AND JOSH DICKIE: WATCH A REPLAY OF THE HUNTER CUP AND GREAT SOUTHERN STAR BARRIER DRAWS:   HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

The Mercury is rising this summer at Tabcorp Park Melton. Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has unveiled a five-race sprint series titled the Mercury80, consisting of four $20,000 heats and a $50,000 Group 2 final – all over 1200 metres. The first heat will be held at Melton’s New Year’s Eve race night in front of an expected crowd of about 7000 people. Each Mercury80 race will consist of eight runners, all starting across the front line.  The first two horses in each of the heats will make the Final. The fastest winner in the series will pick up a $20,000 cash bonus – $10,000 to the owner(s) and $5000 each to the trainer and driver – and if a horse breaks 80 seconds in winning during the series an additional $8000 bonus ($4000 to owner(s) and $2000 each to trainer and driver) will be won. Following the New Year’s Eve series opener, Mercury80 heats will be run at Melton on January 4, 10 and 17 before the Final features alongside the Victoria Derby and Victoria Oaks on Saturday night, January 25 – TAB Summer of Glory Night 2. “It’s really significant the prizemoney and those cash bonuses. I’m sure it will make people set horses for the series,” Victorian Trainers and Drivers Association president Lance Justice said. Justice should know – he’s trained more winners of the annual 1200m Stampede at Melton than any other with four (Coastal in 2010 and ‘11, The Smiler 2012 and Toulouse Lautrec in 2014). “Coastal just had sheer high speed and was so strong for 1200 metres that he wouldn’t waver,” Justice said. And Justice, a noted aggressive reinsman, said the key to setting the fastest winning time in a sprint race – and potentially breaking 80 seconds – from a driver’s perspective was “to not think twice”. “You can’t hesitate. As soon as you hesitate for half a second … you’ve lost a length and a half. You have to have a forward mindset.” HRV Racing General Manager Stephen Bell said it was important harness racing moved with the times and found new ways to innovate. “It is no secret faster racing appeals to a range of punters and we’re going to pull out all stops to ensure everyone has a great experience during the Mercury80 series,” Bell said. “People want to have fun while attending a sporting event. Racing needs to be engaging, entertaining and ultra-competitive. The Mercury80 series is exciting and we think it will produce some fireworks.” HRV recently announced a revamped TAB Summer of Glory carnival, which now carries more than $2million in stakemoney with eight Group 1s alongside the Mercury80 Final. Justice said he would have “a couple of fast horses” for the Mercury80. “It’s a great concept and these are the things the industry needs to get behind and try moving forward,” he said. Classes for the the Mercury80 heats will vary, with an NR 80 to 89, NR 70 to 79, No Metro Wins and NR 75 to 84 scheduled.   Media enquiries to cwinnell@hrv.org.au or 03 8378 0288. HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

After a thought-provoking opening night of Inter Dominion 2019 heats, the market still believes in a Mark Purdon-Natalie Rasmussen pacing series win. The premier training partnership dominated night one with Ultimate Sniper impressively capturing heat one just ahead of stablemate Chase Auckland, while fellow All-Stars runners Cruz Bromac and Thefixer ran second and third in heat two. A G’s White Socks was the other pacing heat winner, hailing from the stables of Barry Purdon. Victorian-trained pacing hopes San Carlo (fifth), My Kiwi Mate (seventh) and Sicario (seventh) all made fair starts to the series without setting the world alight. Importantly the trio has largely fared well at the barrier draws for round two. CLICK HERE FOR MICHAEL GUERIN'S HEAT-BY-HEAT BREAKDOWN My Kiwi Mate will tonight trail polemarker Chase Auckland in Heat 3, starting from the coveted barrier nine. This gives the Craig Demmler trained and driven star every chance to pocket important points, while San Carlo has barrier one in his heat. Co-trainers Steve O’Donoghue and Bec Bartley will be confident their stable star will be improved for the opening night performance, but he’ll have to be at his best tonight to hold off the lightning-quick Bling It On, who has drawn to trail in barrier nine and series favourite Ultimate Sniper in gate seven.   HOW ARE YOU DOING IN TROTSTARS? CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS Brent Lilley-trained Sicario is drawn gate 10 in the third heat and is an outsider ($81). In the trotting ranks Victorian star Big Jack Hammer would have impressed trainer David Aiken on opening night finishing third, but he faces a stiff test tonight after drawing gate seven in a heat containing series favourite Marcoola from the pole.   Full coverage tonight can be streamed  via Sky Racing Active (download free in the app store) in addition to Sky Racing 1 and Sky Racing 2, as well as on radio RSN (927am). HRV Trots Media social media channels will be covering the night, with a live blog delivering all the action as it happens at thetrots.com.au. Join the conversation using the #ID19 hashtag and tag @TheTrotsComAU on Twitter.   Inter Dominion 2019 Round 2 Heats schedule from Alexandra Park Tonight 6.20pm: Pacing Championships Heat 3, featuring Team Victoria runners My Kiwi Mate and Sicario 6.52pm: Trotting Championship Heat 3. 7:25pm: Pacing Championship Heat 4, featuring Team Victoria runners San Carlo and Cruz Bromac. 7.53pm: Trotting Championship Heat 4, featuring Team Victoria runner Big Jack Hammer.   Inter Dominion 2019 Pacing Championship rankings after Round 1 A G’s White Socks: 17 Ultimate Sniper: 17 Chase Auckland: 14 Cruz Bromac: 14 Mach Shard: 12 Thefixer: 12 Solid Gold: 10 Star Galleria: 10 On The Cards: 9 San Carlo: 9 Ashley Locaz: 8 Triple Eight: 8 My Kiwi Mate: 7 Sicario: 7 Classie Brigade: 6 Conviction: 6 Atomic Red: 5 Colt Thirty One: 5 Bling It On: 4 Our Uncle Sam: 4 Check In: 3 Dance Time: 3 Another Masterpiece: 2 The Devils Own: 2 Henry Hubert: 1   Inter Dominion 2019 Trotting Championship rankings after Round 1 Paramount King: 15 Winterfell: 15 Marcoola: 12 Massive Metro: 12 Big Jack Hammer: 10 Majestic Man: 10 Temporale: 8 Valloria: 8 Destiny Jones: 7 Monty Python: 7 Bonnie Highlander: 6 Habibi Inta: 6 C K Spur: 5 Tough Monarch: 5 Didjabringthebeers: 4 Sertorius: 4 Kenny’s Dream: 3 Ronald J: 3 Pres The Belle: 2 Woodstone: 2 Credit Master: 0 McLovin: 0 (scratched)     TAB Inter Dominion Pacing Final (Sat December 14) fixed odds Ultimate Sniper: $2.5 Cruz Bromac: $4.5 Thefixer: $5 Chase Auckland: $5.5 Bling It On: $9 Ashley Locaz: $11 A G’s White Socks: $15 Triple Eight: $16 Colt Thirty One: $17 San Carlo: $17 Atomic Red: $41 Classie Brigade: $41 Mach Shard: $41 Our Uncle Sam: $51 On The Cards: $61 Star Galleria: $61 Henry Hubert: $71 Another Masterpiece: $101 Conviction: $101 Sicario: $101 My Kiwi Mate: $151 Solid Gold: $151 Check In: $201 Dance Time: $201 The Devils Own: $201   TAB Inter Dominion Trotting Final (Sat December 14) fixed odds Marcoola: $3 Winterfell: $3.8 Habibi Inta: $4.5 Massive Metro: $5 Majestic Man: $7 Paramount King: $15 Tough Monarch: $15 Temporale: $17 Big Jack Hammer: $21 Valloria: $35 Bonnie Highlander: $51 Didjabringthebeers: $51 Kenny’s Dream: $51 Monty Python: $71 C K Spur: $151 Destiny Jones: $151 Pres The Belle: $151 Ronald J: $151 Sertorius: $151 Woodstone: $151   HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

Kate Gath put on a masterclass in the sulky tonight, taking out both feature races at Geelong on cup night. The star driver piloted Phoenix Prince to a last-stride Flying Brick Cider Co. Geelong Pacing Cup victory after providing him with a brilliantly economical trip in transit, despite starting from the widest barrier on the front line. Earlier in the night Gath drove Andy Gath-trained War Spirit to victory in the Yabby Dam Racing McNamara Memorial Trotters Cup. Both winners started at double-figure odds, further highlighting Gath’s expertise. And Emma Stewart trained the trifecta in the pacing cup, a masterful training performance, with second-placed Code Black (driven by Greg Sugars) and third-placed Tam Major (driven by Chris Alford). “He was looking for a run at the turn and when he got it he just strode through,” Gath said of Phoenix Prince, who was three-back on the fence in the run before exploding through in the straight. “His run in the Maryborough Cup was terrific without luck. He’ll be a threat in all these races going forward. “We decided to come out hard but Jason (Lee, aboard Jilliby Chevy) was able to hold us so I was happy to grab hold straight away. “Three-pegs looked up for grabs and I thought that looked not a bad spot for him over the trip.” There was little between the winner and the fourth-placed Shelby Bromac in one of the most thrilling Geelong Cups in recent memory. Phoenix Prince rated 1:56.5 for the 2570-metre trip and has now won 15 out of 27 starts and almost $160,000 in stakes. Gath also scored a victory aboard Miss Hartley to finish with a driving treble on the night.   HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

Eight-year-old Fake Smile produced a thunderous finish to capture the Evolve Stone Gordon Rothacker Memorial Championship Final tonight at Tabcorp Park Melton. The Craig Demmler-trained gelding was lining up for just his third run back from a three-and-a-half-year injury layoff, but he was able to sprint past rising superstar Lumineer at the end of the 1720-metre Group 3 sprint in a slick 1:52.3. “This horse has been an amazing story what he’s come back from. Craig deserves all the credit because it’s been a long road back and a lot of hard work,” winning driver Jackie Barker said. “I think he’s done his tendon three times, so to get him back to the races is an enormous effort. Craig and the team have done an amazing job.”                                                                                    --Photo by Stuart McCormick Barker, who is making a bit of a habit of producing barnstorming-finish wins at HQ, bided her time from the back-row gate 11 draw tonight as others set a brisk tempo at the front. Pick Up Line led from the pole but eventually handed up to Deedenuto after 600m and a lead time of 6.9secs followed by a 27.4 opening split, with Lumineer working around to the breeze for the last lap. They kept moving with a 57secs middle half-mile and Fake Smile was on the move wide from the back. With Barker throwing everything at Fake Smile the son of Grinfromeartoear (out of Fake Left mare Counterfeit Girl) pounced on his rivals in the straight for a 1.3m win over a brave Lumineer, who had to lose no admirers after his tough effort in defeat, with Pick Up Line third just ahead of Brackenreid, Smart Little Shard and Blingittothemax. “When you draw the second row over the sprint it’s never going to be easy but this horse really flew home,” Barker said. “If he can stay sound and keep going I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet.” Barker said she was “grateful for the opportunity to drive Fake Smile”, adding “I think you have got to be 100 per cent dedicated if you want to try and make it. And I do want to make it, so I’m grateful for the opportunities and I’ll go anywhere to get them.”   HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

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

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