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Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) is backing the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) in December. Starting today and continuing for the month of December, HRV will donate $500 for every winning drive by Gavin Lang and Anthony Butt to the PCFA anywhere in Australia. Butt and Lang will wear specially designed promotional silks containing the PCFA logo during December. “I’m excited to be involved with this important promotion, which aims to raise awareness and funds for vital research into a condition that touches so many people,” Butt said. “Males probably don’t pay enough attention to their health and hopefully this campaign changes the thinking of some men and gets them to see their doctor for a check-up.” PCFA State Manager John Strachan said the foundation was thrilled to be joining forces with HRV for this important campaign. “Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia is excited to be partnering with Harness Racing Victoria throughout December to raise awareness of Prostate Cancer in metro and regional Victoria,” Mr Strachan said. “Prostate cancer is a significant challenge for Victorian men (1 in 4 cancers diagnosed in men will be prostate cancer) and with HRV's significant network and community reach it provides an excellent opportunity to raise vital awareness of the disease. “PCFA applauds HRV for this fantastic community awareness initiative.” The promotion will be officially launched on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton when representatives from the PCFA will attend Tabcorp Park Melton and former AFL coach and PCFA ambassador David Parkin will be interviewed. Trots Media will provide updates on the running tally of money donated to the cause via social media channels, www.facebook.com/harnessracingvictoria, www.twitter.com/hrvnews, and on www.hrv.org.au and www.harness.org.au More information on the PCFA at prostate.org.au Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Lightly raced seven-year-old gelding Allies Mate delivered a Group 3 harness racing triumph to his connections, trainer Alan Donohoe and reinsman Chris Alford at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night. The son of McArdle out of Fake Left mare Mon Repos scored a neck victory in the Gordon Rothacker Memorial Championship Final with a 1:54.2 run. There were great scenes trackside as Allies Mate's connections celebrated the win enthusiastically.  From gate five in the 1720-metre dash Alford had Allies Mate one-by-one at the 1200m mark after Zermanion ran by early leader Bazzas Art to get the top and Egodan whipped to the chair  from his back-row draw. When Im Lonely took off three-wide down the back stretch Alford stayed in and held the back of Egodan, who hit the front for Rod Petroff at the quarter pole, allowing Alford room to swing three-deep on the home corner. Once Egodan and Allies Mate hit top gear for the final fight to the wire it was Allies Mate who out-sprinted his rival, the last quarter 27.3 and last half 55.7 as Allies Mate notched his seventh career win and took his stake earnings in excess of $50,000. Egodan was game in second, with Im Lonely third for Greg Sugars and consistent Hollys Miss Molly fourth for Robbie Walters. Earlier on the card Metro Mike (Metropolitan-Tuscan Skies) took out the Pridemore Electrics Sokyola Sprint over 1720m in 1:53.9 courtesy of a 26.5 last quarter (55.1 last half). Major Secret initially led from barrier three, but Metro Mike and driver Jason Lee came around early and dashed to the front from his back-row draw, giving the Emma Stewart-trained stablemates the lead and box-seat positions. Once in front, Metro Mike dictated and ripped up the lane to hold off an audacious  Im Corzin Terror, whose run was super in second, and Major Secret, who couldn’t come on to challenge the leader once he’d surrendered the front. Veteran Smudge Bromac was fourth. Metro Mike’s win gave Lee a double in the cart, as he also drove Desdon Murruffy (Mordern Art-Spellmaker) to an all-the-way win in the Cogs Services Pace for trainer Matthew Craven, which also gave Craven a winning double after he trained and drove El Paco (Yankee Paco-Kellybrooke) to take out the Aldebaran Park Chris Howe Trotters Cup over 2240m in 1:58.2. Long odds-on favourite Maori Time dropped out sharply to only beat the ill-behaved My Tribeca over the line and the vet will check the Brent Lilley star mare to ensure all is well moving forward. The Boss Man finished second for Scott Dyer and Ellen Tormey in the Trotters Cup, producing a brave performance to only just get pipped at the post, with Hinault – a stablemate of the winner – finishing third. Metro Mike’s win also gave trainer Emma Stewart a winning double at Melton because her five-year-old Mach Three-Star Chaser mare Our Star Dust won the DNR Logistics Pace for Chris Alford. That win was the first leg of a winning double for Alford, too, given his later success with Allies Mate. Another driver in great form is Greg Sugars, who also walked away with a winning double courtesy of six-year-old Modern Art-Bella Aurora gelding Heza Modern Guy winning the HERO Life After Racing Pace for trainer Kari Males, and Fairest Fella (Artistic Fella-Mirra Mirra) winning the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Country Series E Final for trainer Michael Hughes from barrier 13. Other winners were five-year-old Elsu-Fluffy Handcuffs gelding Feel The Buzz for Maro Stella and Brad Chisholm in the TAB.com.au Pace Final, flying mare Zibibbo (Shadow Play-Karamea Dreaming) in the Allied Express Transport 4YO Pace for Kerryn Manning, and unbeaten three-year-old Star Of Memphis (Rock N Roll Heaven-Star Of Venus) for Andy and Kate Gath in the SBG Accountants Pace to finish the night. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Brilliant Victorian harness racing pacer Lennytheshark has taken out the first heat of the 2016 TABtouch Inter Dominion at Gloucester Park, Western Australia. The reigning Inter Dom champ began his title defence in the $1.8million series in the most emphatic fashion, working hard three-wide early before landing the chair with two laps of the half-mile GP circuit to run, outside pacesetter Our Jimmy Johnston, a local who had been well-tried by punters into $3.9. Sent out $1.8 favourite with punters, Lennytheshark controlled the race from the breeze, driver Chris Alford explaining post-race the David Aiken-trained superstar thrives doing the work. “He loves racing in the breeze for some reason,” Alford said. “He did the work and one day they’ll know he’s good and they’ll want to sit on him, but they want to park him at the moment.” Off the back Lennytheshark made his move. Our Jimmy Johnston tried to shake him off, but it’s tough to escape the clutches of a hungry shark’s jaws. Beaudiene Boaz found the line nicely for the Gary Hall Snr and Jr combination, but Lennytheshark had 1.4m on him at the wire, Lenny’s mile rate 1:54.8 and gross time 2:32.0. Last year Lenny won his opening heat in 2:33.1 gross and a 1:55.6 rate. Our Jimmy Johnstone held third, but as reinsman Ryan Warwick remarked pre-race, if his charge couldn’t tame the Shark tonight it’d be tough doing it in the future. Our Jericho was impressive in fourth, while Victorian Guaranteed finished fifth. Interestingly the vet ran his eye over Guaranteed before declaring him fit to run pre-race. Guaranteed sat leader’s back in the run but found little at the finish to battle fairly into fifth. “He seems to have pulled up good,” Lang later told Sky. But it was all honours with the winner, who has to firm in Grand Final markets given what he did tonight. “He should get better as the series goes on… like last year,” Alford said. “He travelled really well (tonight). Once he put the leader to bed he knocked off a little bit, but he knows where the line is.” Lennytheshark - Retravision Inter Dominion Qualifying Heat 1 Bettors Fire NZ - Tabtouch Inter Dominion Qualifying Heat 2 Hectorjayjay ferocious in his heat Punters are torn after night one of the TABtouch Inter Dominion heats at Gloucester Park in Perth. Do you go with the reigning series champion, Lennytheshark, who couldn’t have been more impressive winning his heat last night, or the new kid on the block, stablemate Hectorjayjay, who also looks to have gone to another level? David Aiken is in the box seat, that’s for sure. The Avenel horseman trains both Lenny and Hector. Winning two Inter Dominion heats on one night is a special feat. Josh Aiken drove Hectorjayjay to victory in a mile rate of 1:53.6 – the quickest of the night – in the 2130-metre race. “He had to work to get there, he copped mid-race pressure and then he still ripped home in a 27 quarter,” winning reinsman Josh Aiken said post-race. “I was confident. He travelled well whole race. We had to work in the middle … that brings horses like bling it on Restrepo into the race, so I was rapt he still had kick in at end.” Kick away he did. At the home bend Hectorjayjay booted clear of runner-up Run Oneover and third placegetter Franco Nelson, both trying hard but not making any inroads. “Each run is going to tighten him up,” Aiken said. “He’ll keep getting better throughout the series.” Hectorjayjay had to burn some petrol early as Exciteusinthecity held up from the pole for a few strides, and once in front, Hector copped heat throughout with a 56.8 middle half. None of it mattered as Hectorjayjay, a six-year-old by Dream Away out of Sheer Finesse, ripped home in 27.4. Simply Susational finished fourth with Bling It On fifth. Other Victorians in heat three were Restrepo in seventh, Flaming Flutter in eighth and Exciteusinthecity in ninth. The next round of heats will be held at Bunbury on Tuesday night. Get your details by visiting the Inter Dominion website Hectorjayjay - Choices Flooring Inter Dominion Qualifying Heat 3 Lenny and Hector take a swim in the Indian Ocean 2016 Perth Inter Dominion Progressive Points Table Nov 24, 2016 | Gloucester Park / RWWA   Heat Night 1 Heat Night 2 Heat Night 3 Series Horse Heat Placing Points Heat Placing Points Heat Placing Points Total Points Rank BETTORS FIRE NZ (WA) HEAT 2 1 14     0     0 14 1 HECTORJAYJAY (VIC) HEAT 3 1 14     0     0 14 2 LENNYTHESHARK (VIC) HEAT 1 1 14     0     0 14 3 BEAUDIENE BOAZ NZ (WA) HEAT 1 2 11     0     0 11 4 RUN ONEOVER NZ (WA) HEAT 3 2 11     0     0 11 5 SMOLDA (NZ) HEAT 2 2 11     0     0 11 6 FRANCO NELSON NZ (NZ) HEAT 3 3 9     0     0 9 7 JOHN OF ARC NZ (WA) HEAT 2 3 9     0     0 9 8 OUR JIMMY JOHNSTONE NZ (WA) HEAT 1 3 9     0     0 9 9 OUR JERICHO NZ (WA) HEAT 1 4 7     0     0 7 10 PHOENIX WARRIOR NZ (WA) HEAT 2 4 7     0     0 7 11 SIMPLY SUSATIONAL NZ (WA) HEAT 3 4 7     0     0 7 12 BLING IT ON (NSW) HEAT 3 5 6     0     0 6 13 GUARANTEED (VIC) HEAT 1 5 6     0     0 6 14 IMA CONNOISSEUR NZ (WA) HEAT 2 5 6     0     0 6 15 CYAMACH NZ (WA) HEAT 3 6 5     0     0 5 16 MAJOR CROCKER (VIC) HEAT 2 6 5     0     0 5 17 THE BUCKET LIST NZ (WA) HEAT 1 6 5     0     0 5 18 OUR BLACKBIRD NZ (WA) HEAT 2 7 4     0     0 4 19 RESTREPO (VIC) HEAT 3 7 4     0     0 4 20 ULTIMATE ART (NSW) HEAT 1 7 4     0     0 4 21 ELEGANT CHRISTIAN NZ (WA) HEAT 1 8 3     0     0 3 22 FLAMING FLUTTER NZ (WA) HEAT 3 8 3     0     0 3 23 YANKEE ROCKSTAR (VIC) HEAT 2 8 3     0     0 3 24 EXCITEUSINTHECITY (VIC) HEAT 3 9 2     0     0 2 25 TRICKY STYX NZ (WA) HEAT 1 9 2     0     0 2 26 WAYLADE NZ (WA) HEAT 2 9 2     0     0 2 27 FREYBERG NZ (NSW) HEAT 3 10 1     0     0 1 28 HEEZ ON FIRE (WA) HEAT 2 10 1     0     0 1 29 STUNNING GRIN (VIC) HEAT 1 10 1     0     0 1 30   * Please Note: The calculations in this table are not final until the race results have been confirmed and accepted by RWWA. ** In the event two or more horses each scoring equally the minimum number of points entitling them to be eligible for the Final and thereby producing a field exceeding the number designated by RWWA, then RWWA shall decide in its discretion which of the horses with equal points shall start in the Final. by Cody Winnell

The pacer nicknamed “Brad” after Brad Pitt for his “pretty face” has turned his “Pee-Wee Herman” body into the “all-round package”, says harness racing trainer/driver Lance Justice. After driving Bad Boy Brad to victory in yesterday’s Gunbower Family Hotel Gunbower Pacing Cup Justice said his partner Dianne Giles, who trains the six-year-old gelding, “had a taste for cups and would be targeting more of them”. Justice acknowledged the $25,000 Trots Country Cups bonus, powered by Trotsownthemoment.com.au, describing it as “a pretty attractive bonus”. “I’d say they’re all on the radar now,” Justice said of the upcoming country cups. Bad Boy Brad settled back in the field in the 2630-metre race before Justice got on to the three-wide train in the last lap and was well within striking distance within 10m of the lead at the top turn. On straightening Chris Alford was throwing everything at Pepe Bromac first-up from a spell, but the fitter Bad Boy Brad flattened out strongly and found the line impressively. Pepe Bromac was 3m away second and Diamond Ace for John Newberry worked home for third, beaten 7.1m. “About three months ago Brian Kiesey actually said to me ‘that horse will make a cups horse … he’s got the speed’ and at the time (Bad Boy Brad) was only a C4. I said ‘I hope you’re right Brian’,” Justice said. “After he won so well at Melton the other night I said to Dianne I’ve never been to a Gunbower Cup so let’s put him in.” Justice admitted he had some difficulty finding the Gunbower track initially, the GPS not working as well as one would hope, but the victory made the five-hour road trip worthwhile. Justice spoke glowingly of the job Giles has done training Bad Boy Brad, the son of Righteous Hanover-Bubbas Babe overcoming several difficulties to get to this point in his career. “She’s made him really,” Justice said. “The horse has had more spells than races and he’s taken a fair bit of tinkering and lots of different training techniques at home to overcome a few things. Dianne has really sorted him out.” The Trots Country Cups Championship next heads to Stawell on December 4, followed by Geelong on December 10, Wedderburn on December 11 and Cobram on December 27. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

St Arnaud’s annual cup meeting will be run on Sunday, March 5, after Harness Racing Victoria (HRV), the Swan Hill club and St Arnaud successfully negotiated the date swap. Swan Hill was initially down to race that Sunday but its committee agreed to move to an earlier date, freeing up the March 5 timeslot for St Arnaud, whose cup program was washed out at the weekend. “It’s a great result,” St Arnaud secretary Kaye Boyd said. “We are very keen to have another go. I’m calling it Take 2! Everybody around town is asking about it. I’ve had umpteen people asking whether we’re getting another go, so I’m really pleased we are.” Ms Boyd said the community was “100 per cent” behind St Arnaud’s cup meeting and she expects a big crowd will be on hand come March 5. The disappointment of losing Sunday’s meeting following an overnight downpour of rain was obvious on the faces of the club’s hard-working committee and volunteers, Ms Boyd said. “I wasn’t the only one disappointed. You could see it on everybody’s face when we all went out for a meal on the Sunday night. But these things happen and we’re very thankful to all those who helped us get that second chance, especially HRV and the Swan Hill Club for allowing us that date.” HRV Interim General Manager of Operations Shane Gloury said he was pleased St Arnaud was able to have another crack at running a successful cup day. “The whole team at St Arnaud put a lot of effort into promoting and organising cup day and it really was bad luck that they weren’t able to race,” Mr Gloury said. “I must thank the Swan Hill Club for working proactively with HRV to ensure this date was available. Our clubs are always only too willing to help each other in these circumstances and we hope the whole community gets behind St Arnaud in March.” Mr Gloury also reiterated HRV’s commitment to pay to pay all drivers’ fees from Sunday and make a ‘meeting abandonment payment’ to each trainer who had a runner engaged. “Trainers and drivers work hard and to lose their earning opportunity due to the weather is horrible luck. We feel it is the right thing to do to compensate our participants in these circumstances.” Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager) Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has announced interim management changes as part of the executive restructure. Shane Gloury will oversee the HRV Operations Department and Ryan Stanaway will oversee the Commercial Department. Both are interim roles. Vaughn Lynch and Damien Madden, who managed those departments previously, have ended their tenure at HRV. To assist Shane Gloury as CEO of Tabcorp Park, Gayle Harvey has been appointed as General Manager at Tabcorp Park on an interim basis. These changes follow the HRV Board's October 28 announcement of a HRV executive restructure. "I'd like to take this opportunity on behalf of the HRV Board to acknowledge and thank Vaughn Lynch and Damien Madden for their dedication and achievements during their time at HRV. I wish them well for the future," HRV Chairman Dale Monteith said. "I note Vaughn Lynch has been appointed CEO of Tasracing and I'd like to congratulate him on taking up that role and wish him all the best. HRV and Tasracing have a strong professional relationship and I'm sure that will only prosper with Vaughn, a passionate racing man, as CEO." Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has committed to rescheduling the St Arnaud Pacing and Trotting Cups after Sunday’s meeting was abandoned. HRV is liaising with the St Arnaud Club and looking at alternative options for its feature races. An announcement will be made in coming days. Interim HRV General Manager of Operations Shane Gloury said the St Arnaud club should be congratulated for their efforts to organise Sunday’s cup meeting before it was abandoned due to the state of the track and the mobile gate being unable to gain traction following overnight rain. “St Arnaud’s community had embraced the day and by all reports the club was expecting a big crowd,” Mr Gloury said. “We want to ensure the St Arnaud community gets the cup day they deserve.” Stewards assessed the track on Sunday before Race 1 and deemed it not fit for racing and further testing one hour later showed the surface had not improved so they were left with no option but to abandon the meeting. “It’s always disappointing to lose a meeting like that when so much hard work has been put in to setting it up, but fact is safety of our participants, horses and race day staff must be placed ahead of everything,” Mr Gloury said. “HRV will also pay all drivers’ fees from Sunday and make a ‘meeting abandonment payment’ to each trainer that had a runner or runners engaged to offset travel costs.” Trainers will receive compensation of $100 for every two horses they had at the meeting, meaning trainers who had 1-2 horses will get $100, trainers with 3-4 horses will receive $200 and trainers that had 5-6 horses will get $300. Gunbower will hold its annual cup meeting on Sunday as the Trots Country Cups Carnival continues. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Breaking news at Lilley Land, the Queen has overthrown the King. Most harness racing analysts believe the coup will be short-lived, with the King currently recuperating. However, some are boldly suggesting there is a changing of the guard at the top of the Victorian trots. In the past fortnight reigning Victorian trotting mare of the year Maori Time has claimed back-to-back victories over more highly acclaimed stablemate, and reigning trotting male of the year, Keystone Del. And last night the Brent Lilley-trained mare was completely dominant, while Del only beat one runner home. Important note, a post-race veterinarian’s examination revealed Keystone Del to be suffering cardiac arrhythmia – irregular heartbeat – and he was stood down by stewards pending a vet’s certificate, ECG and one successful trial. But no matter how you look at it, Maori Time’s win in last night’s $50,000, Group 1 Aldebaran Park Bill Collins Trotters Sprint was dominant. The seven-year-old daughter of stallion Pegasus Spur out of Sundonna burnt the candle at both ends of the 1720m race to record a 1:55.4 mile rate, going coast-to-coast for a 7.5m win over Sydneysider On Thunder Road. Maori Time’s victory – her second straight success in this race – was even more impressive when you consider what she had to overcome in the run, revealed post-event by winning reinsman Chris Alford. “We had a bit of drama… she started belting the wheel out of the gate and wanted to bowl along. She was all right to the winning post and then she wanted to get going again,” he said. Maori Time hummed through the first quarter in 28.6secs, notched a 29.7secs second split, and then went 28.5secs and 29.4secs for the third and fourth stanzas. Her sustained speed was too hot to handle for the opposition. It is also worth keeping in mind there was a stiff breeze up the straight last night, so conditions weren’t conducive to ultra-quick times. The win followed a last-start Derby Royale Trotters Free-for-All triumph where she also had Keystone Del’s measure. “She’s lost none of her zest, that’s for sure,” Alford said, referring to the fact he drove Maori Time four years ago when she was a three-year-old filly. “She’ll probably be targeting the major races (over summer) and she’s not out of them.” Keystone Del is an absolute superstar and has earned over $1 million in stakes. So while the Queen is keeping the throne warm for the time being it must be likely the King will be back where he belongs. Then again, father time waits for no man… Meanwhile, from a squaregaiting viewpoint the upcoming Summer of Glory looks tantalising. On Victoria Cup night (January 30) we’ll see the $100,000 Group 1 Seelite Windows and Doors Australian Trotting Grand Prix, and one week later on Del-Re National A.G. Hunter Cup night the $300,000 Group 1 Pryde’s Easifeed Great Southern Star over 2760m should prove to be one of the races of the summer after the news during the week that New Zealand superstar Monbet is crossing the ditch in search of more riches. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

The Markovina Free for All, to be run at Lord’s Raceway Bendigo tomorrow night, has attracted a high quality line-up. Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) last month made the decision to move the Markovina from Saturday night’s Tabcorp Park Melton program to Bendigo due to the flight transporting horses to the Perth Inter Dominion booked to take off Sunday. Trainer David Aiken has elected to run both his Inter Dominion big guns this weekend, reigning Perth champion Lennytheshark stepping out at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night in the Olympus Feeds Smoken Up Sprint, while outright Inters favourite Hectorjayjay ($3.40 with TAB.com.au) runs tomorrow night from barrier six in the $20,000 Markovina FFA. Hectorjayjay is a commanding favourite tomorrow night ($1.65 into $1.40 with TAB.com.au), but he bumps into his last-start Yarra Valley Pacing Cup vanquisher in Restrepo from the Emma Stewart stable. Restrepo is $2.60 with TAB.com.au and driver Chris Alford predicted the eight-year-old son of Art Major would improve on his first-up win. But the superstar reinsman also placed a caveat on his statement, saying it would be a tricky task to upstage Hector twice in succession. “It was well documented he’d had 20 months off (before Yarra Valley) but his run there was super. He did have a nice, easy run, but he still ran a super half and I’m sure the run will have done him the world of good,” Alford said. “It’ll be a hard task tomorrow in such a small field and with Hector being there. But I’m sure he’ll go great again.” The pair dominates the market but there is not one slouch among the chasing brigade tomorrow, with Group 2 winning speedster Stunning Grin drawn the pole for Rod Petroff, dual Inter Dominion placegetter and Group 1 winner Flaming Flutter in gate two for Greg Sugars, reigning Country Cups Champion Yankee Rockstar to in three for Gavin Lang and evergreen 36-time winner Smudge Bromac the rank outsider of the field for David Aiken in barrier five. Meanwhile, legendary drivers will contest the annual Oxley Feed Mills Veteran Drivers Trot tomorrow night at Bendigo (Race 4). Cliff Powell, Neville Welsh, Peter Manning, Keith Pratt, Graeme Whittle, Brian Gath, Graeme Lang, Dick Lee, Bill Spiteri, Jim O’Sullivan and Noel Shinn will all jump in the gig in the 2150-metre race at 7.40pm. The race meeting is the annual ‘Memorial night’ meet, honouring past Bendigo and district greats such as Ken and Daphne Pocock, Ron Pocock, Less Pratt, Ted Manton, Henry McDermott and Merv Dillon. Bendigo’s 10-race card kicks off at 6pm. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager) Fields for Bendigo, Friday 11 November 2016 Form guide for Bendigo, Friday 11 November 2016

Harness racing driver/trainer Darren Hancock will bring plenty of thunder and lightning to the Aldebaran Park Bill Collins Trotters Sprint at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night. While Bolinda trainer Brent Lilley appears to hold the aces with last-start Derby Royale winner Maori Time drawn to lead in gate two over her pet trip (1720m), and the big daddy of Australian trotting Keystone Del lining up in barrier seven, Hancock will have no qualms dictating terms with classy Sydneysider On Thunder Road from gate five. While it’s unlikely the front will be up for grabs, Hancock will ensure Saturday night’s Group 1 is truly run. “I can sit outside and keep her pretty honest,” he said. “I’ll be making sure it’s a genuinely run race that's for sure. (On Thunder Road) is a good stayer. If he found the front they wouldn’t beat him, but he’ll just keep going from the breeze.” The Pheasants Nest based trainer has scored back-to-back wins with the seven-year-old gelding at Menangle, On Thunder Road taking out a Group 2 3009m standing start on October 30 and a free-for-all over a mile on November 5 in 1:57.3. Anthony Butt will have decisions to make aboard Keystone Del from the wide draw, but if they run along up front he should be suited as he does possess a booming finish. The up-and-comer at this level could be last-start Yarra Valley Trot Cup winner The Boss Man, who should lob beautifully from barrier three and off a hot pace looms as a knockout threat for Junortoun trainer Scott Dyer. Asked how he thought the map might play out, Hancock said: “I don’t think (Keystone Del) he’ll go forward, but obviously I don’t know, and I’ll certainly be staying in front of him if I can”. But take one thing to the bank, Hancock is confident. “I am. I know how good they are. Keystone Del is a champion and Maori Time won well last start and she’s a good miler. But we’ll be keeping them honest and I’m confident with where mine is at.” On Thunder Road’s travelling buddy El Major will also be chasing feature race success in the Group 2 Casey Classic over 2240m from barrier eight. A winner at Menangle two runs back, the four-year-old entire will benefit from the peg-line draw. “He’s going good at the moment and he should get a nice trip from there and run a good race,” Hancock said. Saturday night’s Melton meeting will also feature the Grand Final of the TAB Great Trots Tipoff, with TAB’s Nick Quinn and HRV’s John Dunne hosting a live event in the Toolern Room. HRV social media channels will cover the Grand Final, where tipsters will be battling it out for $5000. The confirmed Grand Final line-up will consist of tipsters ‘Armsofaraff’, ‘Showgrounds’, ‘BallaratBertie’, ‘Vandyk’, ‘Burglar’, ‘David81’ and ‘Aliasunavailable’. There will also be several TAB voucher giveaways via the second chance barrel for punters having a wager in the Toolern Room and Eynesbury Golf vouchers also up for grabs. The night will also feature the 2016 HRV Media Awards and the ‘Legends’ function, which will see trots and AFL greats congregating for a night at the trots. To book email bwalker@tabcorppark.com.au or phone Bianca Walker on 8746 0626.  Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager) Fields for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 12 November 2016 Form guide for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 12 November 2016

Cranbourne is the 2016 Victorian Country Club of the Year. Announced during the Country Clubs section of Harness Racing Victoria’s (HRV’s) annual Gordon Rothacker Medal awards last night at Crown Palladium, Cranbourne’s committee was on hand to accept the gong. “We’ve got a marvellous group of volunteers and a fabulous committee to help us run the club and we’ve also got a very professional CEO in Neil Bainbridge,” Cranbourne president Duncan McPherson said. “We’re lucky we benefit with the multi-use of the venue with two other racing codes.” Mr McPherson said working alongside such passionate people was great fun. “These guys are a very good crew. They’re very professional, great fun, super fellowship and for all of us we just really enjoy it,” he said. Cranbourne was awarded the Club of the Year trophy for its efforts to bolster engagement and participation in the region through a strategic direction. The club’s training centre is also stronger than ever, while the club has thrown its weight behind the important area of ownership promotion by making syndication as easy and affordable as possible. Cranbourne also hosted a variety of race nights to introduce new people to the trots, including an 'aging positively' night and a 'girls’ night out'. The club also undertook a brand transformation to become known as Trots Cranbourne. Warragul picked up two awards, Best Country Cup Meeting and Best Local Traditional Media. The Warragul Cup meeting in 2015-16 saw attendance doubled on the season prior, while on-course wagering was also up. The club was praised for its significant pre-promotion of the event and for offering a range of family activities including free children’s rides and live music. Warragul’s efforts to engage with local media were driven by Kyle Galley, whose passion for the trots is unwavering. Galley’s perseverance saw thousands of words celebrating the Warragul trots spread throughout eastern Victoria, including publication in the Warragul and Drouin Gazette, Pakenham Gazette, West Gippsland Trader and Latrobe Valley Express, as well as the Melbourne Observer and Harness Racing Weekly. “I’m very proud to be able to accept this award,” Mr Galley said. “It is still a buzz to open the local paper and see my work after many years.” The Geelong club picked up the Best Local Media Digital award for its performance on social media and its website, promoting its offerings and the industry to Geelong and surrounding communities. Outgoing Mildura boss Mark Kemp picked up the Frank Ryan Memorial Secretary of the Year honour for the fourth time. Mr Kemp has overseen the growth of the Mildura Cup carnival, which continues to go from strength to strength each year. The 2016 Mildura Cup saw wagering up 23 per cent and attendance up 27 per cent. Mr Kemp will end his 22-year association with Mildura this December. The trophy for Club of the Year (16 meetings or less) went to Stawell, which, under the guidance of Lisa McIlvride and Peter Sanderson, continues to progress. The club continued to grow its newest race-day event, Australia day, in 2016 and undertook major upgrades to its trackside venue, including the bistro and dining room to help increase revenue on both race-days and non-racing days. “It was a huge year for us at Stawell … I’d like to thank our president and committee, my husband for putting up with me, and all the volunteers,” Ms McIlvride said. “I’d also like to thank all those backing up tomorrow and racing at Stawell.” Horsham took the honours in Secretary of the Year (16 meetings or less) with Jo Cross acknowledged for her tireless and ongoing commitment. The Yarra Valley club captured the award for Best Presented Track/Venue, while Shepparton’s Super Heroes Day Out won Best On-Course Promotion for the season and Kyabram was named Graduation Club & Secretary of the Year. Meanwhile, Mavis Collison was acknowledged for years of voluntary service to the Bendigo club, presented with the AVCHRC Volunteer Service Award.  For over 25 years Mrs Collison has volunteered at Bendigo and is known as the face of the club to many owners, trainers and drivers. Overseeing management of the supper room, Mrs Collison said she was driven by her passion for the industry. "I don’t do it for thanks or anything else, I do it because I love it," she said. “Making people happy to have sandwiches, cake and a cup of tea, that's the main thing." The Collison family is well-known among Bendigo trots with Mavis's husband, Ivan, also a volunteer trial steward. And Mildura's Barry Bottams was awarded the Distiguished Service Medal for a long involvement in the industry across various roles. “This is very exciting and unexpected," Mr Bottams said. "Thanks very much to the selectors." Mr Bottams has been involved hands-on with the horses and also behind the scenes working for the club. He said he enjoyed all roles in the industry. "I think both working horses and flying the flag for club have been a thrill. I get a thrill for winning but also from the club being successful," he said.  COUNTRY CLUB AWARDS 2016 Graduation Club & Secretary of the Year: Kyabram Best On-Course Promotion: Shepparton’s Super Heroes Day Out Best Presented Track/Venue: Yarra Valley Best Local Media Traditional: Warragul Best Local Media Digital: Geelong Secretary of the Year (16 meetings or less): Jo Cross (Horsham) Club of the Year (16 meetings or less): Stawell Frank Ryan Memorial Secretary of the Year: Mark Kemp (Mildura) Club of the Year: Cranbourne Best Country Cup Meeting: Warragul Distinguished Service Award: Barry Bottams AVCHRC Volunteer Award: Mavis Collison Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Long-time industry all-rounder Carl O’Dwyer was the harness racing recipient of the 2016 Gordon Rothacker Medal last night at a packed Crown Palladium. The famed farrier and administrator was acknowledged for his involvement in the Victorian industry over almost 60 years in which time he’s had several roles. On the track he drove Fiery Luck to win the 1975 E.B. Cochran Cup and twice won the Kilmore Trotters Cup behind the same horse in 1975 and 1976. As a trainer he put the polish on 1977 V.L. Dullard Cup winner Albey Logan and 1979 A.G. Hunter Cup winner Hanna’s Boy. As an administrator Mr O’Dwyer spent time on several committees and boards, most notably on the Harness Racing Victoria Board between 2001 and 2011. Mr O’Dwyer also served his local club at Kilmore on the committee from 1975 to 2001, as committeeman, vice-president and president. Also a member of the Rural Research Development Committee (1997 to 2001) and the Victorian Country Clubs Association as president in 2001, Mr O’Dwyer has never shirked at the opportunity to give his time to his passions. But despite all his successes and many roles within the sport at an administrative level Mr O’Dwyer is most notably known as a master farrier. In 1971 Mr O’Dwyer formed O’Dwyer Horseshoe Sales Australia because he saw a need for mechanically produced horseshoes. He specialises in problem horseshoeing of performance horses and shoeing standardbreds, both pacers and trotters. “I’ve been involved in the industry since I was 15 … I think I drove my first winner at 16,” Mr O’Dwyer said when interviewed after receiving the Victorian trots’ highest individual honour. “He used to flog his knees so I got into shoeing horses and, hopefully, I’ve learnt a little bit from that.” Mr O’Dwyer in fact spoke of his relationship with the master horseman whose name adorns the medal, Gordon Rothacker, and how he used to shoe horses for Rothacker. “I’m extremely grateful,” he added. “You don’t do these things for rewards, you do it because you enjoy the industry." Mr O’Dwyer thanked his wife and made special mention of his daughter and son-in-law, who “didn’t let me know this was happening tonight”. He also thanked the HRV Board for the honour. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

The Boss Man landed a knockout blow in today’s Zonzo Estate Yarra Valley Trotters Cup to deliver the harness racing silverware to Junortoun trainer Scott Dyer and reinswoman Ellen Tormey. The seven-year-old son of Bacardi Lindy (out of Sundon mare Oh Yes Indeed) came off 10m in the Group 3, $20,000, 2650-metre standing start event and clocked a rate of 2:03.0 – the fourth-fastest race time ever. “Once Ellen pulled him out today, off he went,” Dyer said. “He’s that sort of horse. Once you pull him out he tows you in to the race.” Dyer had plenty of praise for Tormey’s drive and said her intimate knowledge of the gelding held her in good stead. “I’m rapt for her. She drove him very well … He’s the sort of horse you need to know a fair bit and Ellen gets along with him well.” Stepping away well from the tapes The Boss Man settled one-one, which eventually became one-two when El Paco marched to the breeze inside the final mile. Leader Lord Liam trotted through his first half in 61.9secs and appeared certain to have a good kick left, but when Tormey took her charge three-wide down the back it was almost game over by the quarter pole. The Boss Man rounded up the leaders with absolute authority, pinching a 10m-or-so break at the bend before coasting to the line with 8.9 metres to spare on runner-up K D Muscles (Kate Gath), with Aleppo Sunrise (Haydon Gray) a further 5.1m back in third. The last 400m was covered in 28.3secs, so the winner’s bettered 56.9secs home. Dyer said the Aldebaran Park Bill Collins Trotters Sprint at Tabcorp Park Melton was potentially a short-term aim for The Boss Man. VIDEO: RE-LIVE THE BOSS MAN'S WIN “I’m more than happy to take him to Melton to take on Keystone Del in the mile race. I know it’s a huge step up but he’s got to start racing them if he’s to take that next step,” he said. Asked if there was one race more than any other he’d like to win Dyer replied, “I’m a bit old-school, so I just take it one race at a time.” It has been an eventful experience training The Boss Man, Dyer said, the 17-time winner overcoming a serious illness caused by a suspected spider bite a year ago. “He nearly died,” Dyer said. “It was a bit like Love Ina Chevy. He’s had to overcome a fair bit.” The Boss Man leads the Maori’s Idol Trophy series (Victoria’s trotting country cups premiership) on five points, one clear of El Paco and Majestic Ess Jay. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

A review announced in August by Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Chairman Dale Monteith into all aspects of HRV’s operations is continuing. As part of that review, the HRV Board today announced an executive restructure. The restructure will see the home of Victorian metropolitan trots, Tabcorp Park Melton, become an integrated racing venue, where the responsibility for hospitality, metropolitan racing and marketing of the centre all report through to the Tabcorp Park Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The new-look HRV Executive will be headed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), with the Chief Operating Officer (COO), General Manager Finance, General Manager Integrity and Manager People and Culture reporting directly to the CEO. The department under the leadership of the COO will bring together the regulatory racing functions, wagering and marketing to enable a more integrated approach within one department. This restructure will forge stronger links between marketing and what drives the Victorian trots industry’s main income stream, wagering. The Finance department has been expanded to include responsibility for information technology and RISE.  There is no change to the structure of the Integrity Department. Quotes attributable to HRV Chairman Dale Monteith “The HRV Board would like to thank all those who have been involved in the review process. This is both an exciting and a challenging time for the industry. The strengthened structure announced today allows for better cooperation between HRV departments to deliver maximum returns to the industry. “Tabcorp Park Melton is a crucial asset for the industry’s future and the HRV Board is committed to developing the venue further, both from a racing and hospitality and entertainment viewpoint. Today’s announcements will ensure a stronger emphasis is placed on the marketing of Tabcorp Park Melton, with a clearer alignment of strategic goals between the venue and HRV. “Revenue derived from wagering remains the lifeblood of the Victorian trots industry, accounting for 71.2 per cent of total income. The Australian sports wagering landscape has never been more competitive and it is the Board’s view that aligning HRV’s commercial and operations departments will ensure healthier collaboration internally as we pursue strategic focuses.” Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

The online home of Harness Racing Victoria’s Trots Country Cups Carnival has today been launched. Trotscountry.com.au showcases the latest news and standings from the Trots Country Cups Championship, the Trots Country Cups calendar of feature races, links to country club profiles, pony trots information and lots more. Lock the website into your favourites to stay on top of all the colour and excitement of the carnival. Cody Winnell  Harness Racing Victoria  

Consistency and class will carry harness racing horses a long way in the 2016-17 Trots Country Cups Championship and Ohoka Punter has both in spades. His Central Goldfields Shire Maryborough Gold Cup trophy will sit proudly alongside the Shepparton Gold Cup won last season in his owner’s trophy cabinet and glisten beside his Group 1 Blacks A Fake crown captured at Albion Park in July. Truth told Ohoka Punter has hardly faltered since crossing the ditch in January, and champion reinsman Anthony Butt’s rapport with the seven-year-old has been a key. Butt has driven Ohoka Punter seven times for four wins (Shepparton Cup, Pure Steel, Jennifer’s 50th Pace at Menangle and yesterday’s Maryborough Cup), two seconds (beaten a head by star Smolda in the A.G. Hunter Cup and 0.7m by Yankee Rockstar in the Kilmore Cup) and one third (in the Group 1 Len Smith Mile behind Hectorjayjay and Lennytheshark). “He’s definitely in the top three or four in the country,” Butt said of Ohoka Punter. “He went good yesterday. He’s been racing without much luck lately and I knew if he was able to find the front he was going to be awful hard to beat.” Yesterday’s 6.3-metre win means Nathan Purdon-trained Ohoka Punter has won 24 races from 52 career starts for $964,016 in stake earnings. The Bettor's Delight entire clocked 3mins, 17.5secs for the 2690-metre journey and rated 1:58.1. Once Butt steered Ohoka Punter to the lead he controlled the race. VIDEO: RE-LIVE YESTERDAY'S MARYBOROUGH GOLD CUP It is likely Victorian cups contenders will be spared his wrath for a while because Ohoka Punter is about to embark on an Inter Dominion campaign. Given his record on the horse Butt would love to be partnered with Punter for the $1.8million Inter Dominion series. “He’s one of the few horses that would give Lennytheshark and Hectorjayjay a run for their money at that level,” Butt said. Ohoka Punter is on four points alongside Swan Hill Cup winner Hectorjayjay on the Victorian Trots Country Cups Championship leader board after two races. Yankee Rockstar, heavily backed leading into yesterday’s race, punched the breeze throughout and boxed on for sixth beaten 7.7m, Ohoka Punter’s winning move coming at the 800m when Butt upped the ante and took the wind out of his rivals via a 27.5secs third split. When Ohoka Punter kicked hard off the final bend it was lights out for the chasing brigade, Young Modern running an enormous race for second and Flaming Flutter a typically consistent third. Chilli Palmer ran fourth for Zac Phillips and Major Secret fifth for Jason Lee. The Cups Championship heads to Yarra Valley on Oaks Day, Thursday November 3, before St Arnaud (November 13) and Gunbower (November 20) in coming weeks.  Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

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