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The annual Central Victorian Young Harness Racing Drivers' Challenge will take place across five races next month from July 8-9. Horses will be randomly allocated to a driver from the following list of invitees - Josh Aiken, Aaron Bain (SA), Josh Duggan, Dylan Egerton-Green (WA), Dylan Ford (Tas), Haydon Gray, Jason Lee, Todd McCarthy (NSW), Zac Phillips and Amy Rees (Qld). The series kicks off with two races at Shepparton on July 8 and continues the following day with two races at Maryborough and one at Ballarat. Shepparton Harness Racing Club racing and operations manager Ian McDonald is looking forward to the series of races. "The quality of participants is the key. To have not only the five leading young drivers in Victoria but the five best from outside Victoria is fantastic," he said. "To have them all in the one forum is a real bonus." Horses which win races involved in the series will not incur a handicapping penalty. CODY WINNELL 

Emma Stewart keeps putting Smythes Creek on the map. Victoria’s leading harness racing trainer scored a winning quartet on Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series semi-final night last night at Tabcorp Park Melton and set herself up for a big grand final night next Saturday. On the strength of the semi-final results Stewart looks set to walk away with at least some grand final silverware, four-year-old mare Berisari expected to lead the charge after her dominant display last night. The night's success for Team Stewart began early with Always A Virgin/Lifeline filly Lovelist taking the first race on the 12-event program, the three-year-old fillies’ first semi-final. Driven by master reinsman Gavin Lang, Lovelist powered home by 2.5 metres over reigning Vicbred champion Niki No No (Greg Sugars) with Vapar Grin (Matthew Craven) third in a mile rate for the 2240-metre trip of 1:58.6. Stewart then teamed with Sugars to win Race 4, the two-year-old fillies’ first semi-final, with Courage Under Fire/Mayhappen youngster Whirily School, who won by 2.1m win over Drumborg’s Just Wantano (Craven), with Lang piloting Heirloom Angel into third place 10.6m behind the winner. Whirily School, already a Group 2 winner via the Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic Final last month, worked her way to the lead 1800m out before rating 1:59.9 in victory last night. Stewart’s next winner was another two-year-old filly, this time impressive Rock N Roll Heaven/All The Magic bay Rocknroll Magic, who led from the pole and held off a late challenge by Soho Madeleine (Luke McCarthy) to score by a head in 2:02.4. Rounding out the night for Stewart was $1.10 favourite Berisari – by local sire Safari, who Stewart trained, out of Beris Holmes – winning the last race, the second of the four-year-old mares’ semis, by almost eight metres in 1:56.8. Stewart’s other qualifiers for Super Series finals were Apache Shark (fourth in the first semi-final of the two-year-old colts and geldings), Ideal For Real, who ran second to Follow The Stars in their three-year-old colts and geldings’ semi and Shadow Sax, whose superb second to Christmas Jolt in the two-year-old colts and geldings semi has him well-placed for Group 1 success next week. Click here to view the full Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series semi-final results Cody Winnell

Harness Racing Victoria changes calendar to allow participants opportunity to contest Vic & NSW Carnivals Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) today announced the TAB Summer of Glory Carnival would be moved forward one week to avoid a clash with the New South Wales Harness Racing Club's (NSWHRC) summer carnival. Following NSWHRC's announcement of its carnival dates, which created a clash between Miracle Mile qualification races at Menangle on Saturday February 13, 2016, and HRV's Hunter Cup, HRV sought a solution. After extensive consultation with industry stakeholders and the country clubs whose feature cup meetings would be affected by a calendar amendment, HRV announces the following programming changes: * 10 January: Horsham Cup - Group 2, $60,000 * 16 January: Shepparton Cup - Group 2, $75,000 (automatic entry into Hunter Cup) * 23 January: Ballarat Cup - Group 1, $120,000 (automatic entry to Victoria Cup) and Victoria Derby heats * 30 January: Victoria Cup - Group 1, $400,000 (automatic entry to Miracle Mile on 28 Feb) and Victoria Derby - Group 1, $200,000 * 6 February: Hunter Cup - Group 1, $500,000, 4yo Bonanza - Group 1, $100,000 (auto entry into Chariots of Fire on 13 Feb), Ladyship Cup (auto entry into Ladyship Mile on 28 Feb) * 13 February: Bendigo Cup - Group 2, $50,000 and Group 1, $50,000 Maori Mile Harness Racing Victoria CEO John Anderson said it was important the participants were given the opportunity to compete at both the Victoria and NSW carnivals. "At the front of our mind throughout this process has been the wider harness racing community and especially our Victorian participants," Anderson said. "We want our participants to have the opportunity to race in our feature carnival as well as the New South Wales carnival, so it was important we acted in their best interests by rearranging our calendar after the NSWHRC's sudden announcement of its race conditions. "We are really pleased with our sequence of feature events, which provides a range of opportunities for owners. Most importantly I would like to thank the Committees of the Bendigo, Shepparton and Ballarat Clubs, which have co-operated positively with HRV in devising the calendar. I would also like to thank the Consultative Groups who gave helpful input into the process. There are several stakes increases to announce to add to the Carnival. They are: * Shepparton Cup increases from $50,000 to $75,000 * Hunter Cup increases from $400,000 to $500,000 * 4yo Bonanza increases from $30,000 to Group 1 $100,000 * Maori Mile increases from $30,000 to Group 1 $50,000 * Ballarat Cup increases from $100,000 to $120,000 Note that the full suite of stakes increases for 2015/16 will be released at a later date "We look forward to building on the success of this year's Summer of Glory Carnival with the newly created Road To Glory at the country venues in January 2016," Anderson said. Cody Winnell

Prospective owners encouraged to attend Harness Racing Victoria's Ownership Expo Anyone interested in experiencing the excitement of harness racing ownership is invited to attend Harness Racing Victoria's Ownership Expo next Saturday at Tabcorp Park Melton. Hosted by Tanya McDermott and featuring interviews with key industry players such as driver Greg Sugars, trainer Alison Alford, owner/breeders Shannon Nixon and Duncan McPherson and more, the Ownership Expo will offer prospective owners a range of information and assistance in getting involved with the industry. Harness racing contributes annually over $422 million to Victoria's economy and is responsible for more than 4000 full-time or full-time equivalent jobs, with over 19,000 people actively involved in the industry. A new Raceapacer syndicate - HRV's successful syndication program - will also be launched at the session featuring a well-bred filly who will head to the stables of leading trainer Emma Stewart. The HRV Ownership Expo will be held 4pm-5pm in the Legends Café before the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series pacing finals get under way in the evening. For more information call Jess Tubbs on 0401 346 813 or email HRV OWNERSHIP EXPO - Where: Legends Cafe, Tabcorp Park Melton (2 Ferris Rd, Melton) - When: Saturday, July 4, 4pm to 5pm (Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Pacing Finals Night) - More info: Jess Tubbs (0401 346 813 or email Cody Winnell [Harness Racing Victoria]

Michael Stanley says Soho Tokyo is back to her best and the Burrumbeet trainer is confident the filly will produce a big run on Friday night in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series three-year-old fillies' first semi-final at the harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton. "She's definitely back to her best," Stanley said. "She had a lot of back issues early this preparation, which probably came about due to her long two-year-old season. We've had a lot of work done by chiropractors and the vets but I think we've got on top of that now and she's racing really well." Soho Tokyo is by super sire Bettors Delight out of former Australian juvenile of the year Pelicanrama and has won two of her past three starts. She made up ground to win at Maryborough three starts back off a 56.8secs last half before a second to Niki No No at Shepparton when she worked three-wide on her own and attacked the line. Last time out at Shepparton she won a C0 after leading, Stanley explaining that she's not at her best when in front. "She'll still win from in front but she's got a powerful sprint from behind," he said. From barrier five, Soho Tokyo will be punching forward early and Stanley says she's the stable's best chance at a Super Series trophy this year. Stanley will also line up Soho Berlin in the three-year-old fillies' category, the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere snaring the pole draw in the second semi-final. "Barrier one gives her every chance to qualify for the final," Stanley said. "I'd be disappointed if she didn't run in the top six but I'm realistic about where she stacks up compared to the better ones." Stanley hopes Young Modern can put his best foot forward in the four-year-old entires and geldings' first semi-final and the horseman is thrilled with how the son of Modern Art is travelling. "I'm rapt with him. He's had a super prep and his work has been great. He's on the right path," Stanley said. "He's probably got the hardest four-year-old group of any year I can remember. In the past there have always been one or two standouts, but the depth of this class is really strong. "It's been the same the whole way through for these horses. "Any other year he might have gone in as first or second-favourite, but this year he could quite easily go in sixth or seventh." Stanley said Young Modern would work forward into a handy spot and try to make his own luck. "He's a genuine free-for-all horse in my opinion. And he was probably only 80 per cent the other day so he'll come on a lot this Friday night." Rounding out the stable's Vicbred chances is APG Consolation winner Soho Lexington in the second semi-final for two-year-old colts and geldings. "I'm really happy with him," Stanley said. "I'd expect him to make the final and while he's not the best two-year-old he's the sort of horse who if the best ones are down on their game, he can win a big race." The first on a huge 12-event Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Semi-Final card kicks off at 4.50pm on Friday. CODY WINNELL

The Fat Man and So Demanding will carry Hamilton trainer David Lewis’s Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series hopes on Friday night at the harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton. Lewis says both horses have solid chances of qualifying for the July 4 Super Series finals but added both would find winning on Friday night difficult. The Fat Man, who traditionally races near the front of the field, has drawn inside the back line in the four-year-old entires and geldings’ second semi-final. Hectorjayjay flies the arm and is drawn to lead in gate two, which should see The Fat Man buried away at least three back on the pegs behind polemarker Field Major. Lewis doesn’t mind that outcome, though freely admits winning from there with a horse not known for his turn of foot will be tricky. “We’ll get our chance ... I think Hectorjayjay leads, which puts us three back on the inside. My gut feel is something else will come around,” Lewis said. “He’s the sort of horse who needs to get out and roll along a bit but it’s not a bad spot to be in in terms of qualifying for the final. “I reckon he’ll improve sharply this Friday, he’s just no good as a sit-and-sprint horse. “If he was to get into the final and get the right draw he could spring a surprise.” So Demanding will start from pole in the four-year-old mares’ second semi-final, Lewis hoping the mare can utilise her lethal turn of foot at the right time. “She’s pretty limited but she can rip through a pretty quick quarter,” he said. “She can’t do any work. She’s drawn for a soft trip, so that’ll help.” Regular driver John Caldow is committed to Barynya, drawn barrier eight, so Luke McCarthy will pick up the drive on So Demanding. CODY WINNELL

Macho Comacho’s standing start record held him in good stead on Friday night in the Benstud Enduro at the harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton. The six-year-old by Royal Mattjesty out of Alberts Daughter stepped swiftly from the tapes, quickly establishing a handy buffer and holding on to it for the next 2760m. Bettor Rock On camped on the $6.90 leader’s back for Greg Sugars from barrier two and poked through in the straight to finish third, just pipped in a photo finish by second-placed Metro Mike, who made an early move to be in the chair riding a comfortable first half (62.8secs) for Jason Lee. Driver Chris Alford rated the tempo perfectly aboard Macho Comacho from the Dean Braun stable, the gelding upping the ante through a 28.2secs third quarter before ripping to the line in 26.8secs (55secs last half) to give nothing else a shot. The win was Macho Comacho’s ninth career victory, all nine coming in standing start races. “It certainly helped him, getting back to the stand,” Alford said. “When he first came over here from New Zealand he had good form in some country cups." “The mobile races don’t really suit him as much.” Macho Comacho had been screaming out to win one after three straight second placings of late, all in mobile races. Getting out to a trip was also certainly no problem as he stays all day. Alford predicted Macho Comacho would be a fierce Country Cups Carnival competitor next season. The win was the first leg of a weekend treble for Braun, who teamed with reinsman Nathan Jack for a double at Cranbourne on Sunday night with well-bred two-year-old Soho Chelsea (Mach Three/Cornsilk) and talented three-year-old filly Quaint Glen (Pay Me Christian/Quantam Franco). CODY WINNELL

Having a penchant for footy and the trots is not rare, being adept with both reins or Sherrin in hand is somewhat rarer. But tonight at Terang there are at least two drivers who could comfortably represent their respective states with aplomb in a trots participants' footy State of Origin match. Jason Lee could pull on the Big V, the Terang driver a member of Nirranda footy club. He actually played three quarters against Timboon earlier this year before heading to Melton to drive in a Group 1 race - which he won - aboard Jilliby Jitterbug. For South Australia, Brent Howard would get a jumper; the Mt Gambier trots man a former Western Border Football League medallist (in 2004) and a crack midfielder for WBFL powerhouse South Gambier. He booted three goals last weekend as he and his teammates celebrated their 10-year premiership reunion. TRIVIA time, Question: Who has played in four Western Border Football League grand finals winning two premierships represented the WBFL in six interleague games, won a Western Border Medal and best and fairest awards at two different clubs? Oh, he's also now won a Mount Gambier Harness Racing Club Gold Cup? ANSWER: Brent Howard. CODY WINNELL

Kvintet Avenger will be awarded the Maori’s Idol Trophy for the 2014-15 harness racing season at the Victorian Square Trotters Association’s annual presentation night at Maryborough on October 19.  Trained by Brent Lilley, Kvintet Avenger, by Love You out of Nobes Hanover, won three races and finished with two more minor placings from five races in the series to accumulate 15 points, finishing two points clear of Action Kosmos (nine starts in the series for two wins and three minor placings for 13 points), with Neville Vaughan third after winning three races in the series from five starts to score 12 points. Kvintet Avenger’s connections will receive a trophy plus a $1000 voucher at the Melton Saddlery, which is a proud sponsor of the Maori’s Idol Trophy Series. MAORI'S IDOL TROPHY SERIES 2014-15 1st: Kvintet Avenger (5:3-1-1) 15 points 2nd: Action Kosmos (9:2-2-1) 13 points 3rd: Neville Vaughan (5: 3-0-0) 12 points 4th: Quite A Moment (7: 1-3-1) 11 points Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Well-bred filly Flojos Gold made it successive wins to start her harness racing career and booked a 2YO Fillies Vicbred Super Series semi-final berth at Mildura on Friday. Trained in South Merbein by Ian Watson, Flojos Gold is a half-sister to Kira Jo ($50,000 Vicbred Home Grown Classic 3YO Fillies winner last year) and Madison Louise (1:55.9 winner at Melton and an APG semi-final placegetter at two). Flojos Gold is a daughter of Grinfromeartoear out of Jasper Jo, who was also a handy race mare (13 wins from 91 starts, including a 1:56.3 win at Moonee Valley and a third placing in a Breeders Crown Graduate Mares Free-for-All in 2009). Driven by Luke Watson, Flojos Gold held the front from gate one in the second of the Vicbred 2YO fillies’ heats at the 2190-metre start and was never headed, rating 2:01.2 (last 800m covered in 58.8secs). Hilltop Sophia ran second for trainer Gawler River trainer Peter Bain and driver Matthew Smith, while Drumborg trainer Kevin Brough combined with reinsman Michael Bellman with Just Wantano in third place. Luke Watson made it back-to-back Vicbred heat wins on the day aboard Brooke Hanson-trained Starwyn Jasper later on the program. The son of Village Jasper/Issadora lobbed the one-one early as the leaders fought for the early ascendency (lead time 42secs). The frontrunners kept the pressure on throughout (29.4secs and 29.3secs middle splits after a 30.5secs opening quarter). At the home bend Murranji Track had the better of early leader and odds-on race favourite Hez The One, but Starwyn Jasper was the fresh horse on the scene and finished too well to win by 1.1m in a rate of 1:59.3. Itmademyday ran second for Damian Wilson and Scout Hall Road was third for Simon Jardine. 2YO FILLIES 2nd HEAT Finishing order Video replay 3YO COLTS & GELDINGS 3rd HEAT Finishing order Video replay Cody Winnell  

Rocknroll Magic overcame an outside back row draw to win the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series for harness racing 2YO Fillies third heat on Friday night at Kilmore. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven out of All The Magic drew away to win by 9.8 metres over Our Odette in the 2180-metre race, rating 2:01.5. Gavin Lang drove the winner, who is trained by Emma Stewart at Smythes Creek. Odds-on race favourite Dancingwithsierra finished last but was clearly not 100 per cent and was stood down pending an endoscopic report. Meanwhile, two heats of the three-year-old fillies Super Series were run on the night with David Aiken and son Josh Aiken combining with Glory Daze in the third heat, winning from the pole in 2:02.0, defeating Brighty Valentine by a half-head, and Belinda McCarthy-trained Smooth Showgirl taking out the fourth heat for reinsman Nathan Jack in a rate of 1:57.3, holding out Boadiceas Fury by a half-head. 2YO FILLIES 3rd HEAT Finishing order Video replay 3YO FILLIES 3rd HEAT Finishing order Video replay 3YO FILLIES 4th HEAT Finishing order Video replay Cody Winnell

Harness racing six-year-old Cold Major made it back-to-back Del-Re National Food Group Italian Cup wins at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night. After defeating Keayang Cullen in the 2240m feature race a year ago, the David Aiken-trained gelding produced a powerful late burst this time to score by 1.6 metres in a mile rate of 1:56.2. Aiken’s son Josh drove Cold Major to victory, his 10th win aboard the son of Art Major/Vangold. In-the-run players wanted to be on Metro Mike early when Jason Lee took the in-form Emma Stewart-trained pacer to the lead, thus snookering race favourite Glenferrie Hood on the markers. Metro Mike’s backers would have been pleased with 800m to go after he covered the first half of his last mile in a comfortable enough 60.6secs. Michael Stanley had his talented four-year-old Young Modern in the breeze at this point, and together he and Metro Mike upped the tempo along the back straight for a third quarter of 28.1secs. Metro Mike eventually got the better of Young Modern in the home straight, but Cold Major and Five Star Anvil (Chris Alford) were the fresh horses to arrive when the leader finally started to feel the pinch inside the final 50m. Cold Major finished best, reeling in Metro Mike in the shadows of the post, while Five Star Anvil charged into second place out wider. The result KO’d most quaddie players at the first hurdle, the opening leg winner paying $36.20 on the tote. Glenferrie Hood ($1.90fav) never got into the action and finished seventh. Video - relive Cold Major's Del-Re National Food Group Italian Cup success by Cody Winnell

Gawler River harness racing horseman Peter Bain has two runners in Friday night's Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series (2YO Fillies) second heat at Mildura. Both make the trek north-east and across the border in ripping form, Hilltop Sophia a last-start winner, who has never been unplaced, and Hilltop Rose a victor of three out of four career starts – her only undoing coming against her stablemate last time out in the Golden Nursery Final at Globe Derby. Bain, whose son Aaron drives Hilltop Rose from barrier three, said both fillies had impressed so far and he was looking forward to seeing how they stacked up against the Victorians. “This will be a good gauge,” he said. “There are some really nice horses in that group tomorrow. We respect all our rivals.” Hilltop Sophia is by Rocknroll Hanover out of San Sophia, bred by Glenferrie Farm Pty Ltd and purchased privately. “We bought a little Bettors Delight colt out of San Sophia at the sales in 2013 and when I saw this filly on the list of horses for sale at the end of the year, we wanted to purchase her because we knew how well-natured our little horse was,” Bain said. Bain said Hilltop Sophia had shown herself to be “a natural racehorse” from day one. “In fact when we sent her to Michael Norman to be broken in he asked if she’d already been broken in,” he said. Hilltop Rose, by Rocknroll Hanover out of Carnival Rose, was bred by Bain and is an “altogether different horse” to her stablemate. “We raced her mother, Carnival Rose, who my son Aaron actually drove to win his first race on at Kapunda (in 2009),” Bain said. “This was her second foal and only her first foal to make it to the races and she’s a dead ringer of her mother.” Bain said he initially thought Hilltop Rose would make a “late two-year-old or three-year-old” but then one day the penny dropped and she has been flying ever since. “Everything fell into place one day, I took her to the trials and she’s kept improving ever since then.” Bain has trained 91 winners during his career and admits making a Vicbred Super Series final would be a great achievement. “I’d just like to make it to the semi-finals so I can have that on my resume and I can say I was there,” he said. Others to feature in tomorrow’s 2YO fillies heat are South Merbein filly Flojos Gold, who is one-from-one at Globe Derby, Merbein West-trained debutant Aspersion from the Danny Weinert stable, Brent Lilley’s impressive Sportswriter youngster Island Five Star, Kevin Brough’s daughter of Tintin In America Just Wantano and John Morris-trained Ridethewildside. Later on the program at Mildura the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series 3YO Colts and Geldings Third Heat will be contested at 5.49pm. Rebecca East-trained Hez The One has drawn the pole, with locally trained Murranji Track from the Irymple stables of Colin Rogers in gate two. Glenferrie Bunter – who won the Mildura Guineas by 42.9m three starts back – is in gate five, while Brent Lilley-trained Streamliner has barrier eight. Also in the field are Scout Hall Road, Starwyn Jasper, Our Guy, Shadow Spar and Itmademyday. Cody Winnell

The exciting Dancingwithsierra resumes tomorrow night at the harness racing meeting at Kilmore in the third heat of the Empire Stallions Vicbred 2YO Fillies Super Series.   After making a huge splash at her first prep with three wins and a second from four starts, the Gary Hoban-trained daughter of Modern Art/Sierra Tango has tuned up for tomorrow night’s hit-out with two recent trials (a win at Melton on May 25 in 2:02.7, last half 57.9) and a third at Ballarat on June 6 behind Emma Stewart pair Heavens Trend and Beaming.   John Caldow takes the reins aboard the Toolern Vale filly tomorrow night from barrier five.   The in-form Brent Lilley stable, which scored a quintet at Melton last Friday night, has New Romantics engaged in this heat from barrier four for Anthony Butt.   The daughter of Art Major/Showtime Franco debuted with a 10.1m fourth behind Whirily School before running second beaten 3.3m by that horse in the $50,000 Vicbred Home Grown Classic Final on May 15.   Geoff Webster presents Mach Three/Indi Rose filly Sheluvsme first-up since May 15 when fifth in the Home Grown Classic.   She also finished runner-up to Whirily School at Geelong on May 7, beaten 3.1m.   Gumdrops’ half-sister Platinum Power will have her second start after finishing down the track on debut at Maryborough in January for Steven Zammit.   Rocknroll Magic, who defeated Dancingwithsierra in the Des McQueen at Melton on March 14 will line up in barrier 13 with Gavin Lang in the sulky.   Two heats of the three-year-old fillies’ division will be held, the first Race 1 on the card at 5.25pm and the second Race 6 at 8pm.   In the first race, Russell Jack-trained Grand Anse has drawn gate five with Nathan Jack to take the drive.   Grand Anse won the Wagga Oaks in March before heading to Hobart for the Tasmanian Oaks where she finished second to Sudden Change.   A daughter of superstar mare Tailamade Lombo, Maid For You Lombo, will start from barrier four for Monegeetta trainer David Miles, while Yankee Showgirl from the Gary Quinlan stable at Drouin West has the outside-front-row draw to overcome but has won two of her last four outings.   Michael Stanley will line up Soho Berlin from barrier two, the SBSW / Giveusachance filly coming off two minor placings and out of a friendlier barrier than she’s been drawing of late.   Another filly who will appreciate a good draw is the David Aiken-trained Glory Daze, who ran a mighty race behind Sukovia last start after breaking stride and losing considerable ground early at Shepparton.   The second of the three-year-old fillies’ heats sees high-class daughter of Art Major/Golden Showgirl Smooth Showgirl coming out of barrier nine for Belinda McCarthy and Nathan Jack. At her most recent outing Smooth Showgirl collected the win in the Seymour Nursery Final for 3YO Fillies at Albion Park, securing $45,100 in stakes money.   Other fillies in the second of the night’s 3YO fillies’ heats who have shown plenty of promise so far include Starzzz Of Icon, Boadiceas Fury, Another Fireball and Shishi.   CODY WINNELL

Hectorjayjay looks set for another big Vicbred Super Series after winning yesterday’s harness racxing four-year-old entires and geldings’ heat at Charlton. The Bill Walker-trained Dream Away/Sheer Finesse gelding is a two-time Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series semi-final winner, at two and three, and is now a two-time heat winner. Today he defeated last-start Harness Jewels placegetter Messini – from the Brent Lilley stable – by 1.6 metres over 2100m in a rate of 1:55.5. Driven by Simone Walker, Hectorjayjay crossed Messini early before handing up to Chris Alford aboard the favourite. In the straight Hectorjayjay pulled out and overran Messini late, finding the line impressively. Jilliby Jagger finished third for Glen Craven and Keayang Active fourth for Marg Lee and Jason Lee. Finishing order Video replay Who impressed you most in this heat? Tweet us @HRVnews using the hashtag #Trots >> Find out more about how the Super Series works Cody Winnell

Lovelist is into the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series semis after winning tonight’s (Wednesday 3rd June) harness racing heat at Ballarat. The filly from the Emma Stewart camp, with Gavin Lang aboard, proved 2.7 metres too good for runner-up Morton Plains (Larry Eastman and Chris Alford) in a mile rate of 1:59 for the 2200m trip. Lovelist found plenty late and produced third and fourth quarters of 28.1secs and 27.9secs after an opening half of 61.6secs and a lead time of 45.1secs. Morton Plains made a bold bid for victory down the back straight the final time, launching strongly to tackle the frontrunner. But Lovelist fought back and the two battled out the remainder of the race, drawing clear of third placegetter Diamond Castle (David Miles) and Keayang Ebonyrose (Marg Lee and Glen Craven) in fourth. Lovelist is by US sire Always A Virgin out of Classic Garry mare Lifeline. Finishing order Video replay Who impressed you most in this heat? Tweet us @HRVnews using the hashtag #Trots >> Find out more about how the Super Series works CODY WINNELL COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA MANAGER HARNESS RACING VICTORIA

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