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Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has received a copy of the Review of the Integrity Structures of the Victorian Racing Industry undertaken by Paul Bittar. The Review, and its recommendations, will be forwarded to the HRV Board for discussion at the next meeting. READ THE GOVERNMENT'S MEDIA RELEASE HERE “I note the Minister for Racing has accepted the recommendations in principle, so HRV looks forward to working with the Minister and his office on the detail associated with the recommendations,” HRV Chairman Dale Monteith said. “HRV remains committed to integrity being a high priority during the consultation period." Cody Winnell

The post-race interview videos with all of the winning drivers from Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday night are online now at Trots Media's YouTube channel. Interviews this week:  Gavin Lang winning on Brighty Valentine in the DNR Logistics Vicbred Pace Mark Pitt winning on Starburst Girl in the Join The Pegasus Club Pace John Caldow winning on Super Zeck in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Metropolitan Trot Final Josh Aiken winning on Marylebone in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic 2YO Fillies Final Jason Lee winning on Presidentialsecret in the MACHRA Melton Pacing Cup Mark Pitt winning on Gumdrops in the Angelique Club Cup Chris Alford winning on Starofsahara in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic 2YO Colts and Geldings Final Kate Gath winning on K D Muscles in the TAB.com.au Trot Cody Winnell

The winning harness racing drivers from Saturday night's card at Tabcorp Park Melton share their thoughts post-race. This week's videos are: Zac Phillips on Mister Hairy Maclary in the DNR Logistics Pace   Emmett Brosnan on Mach Doro in the E. K. Bray Country Clubs Cup Final   Greg Sugars on Duchess Ella winning the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Metropolitan Trot (1st Heat)   Alex Ashwood on Artoc winning the TAB.com.au Pace Final   Jodi Quinlan on Adam Cartwright winning the Country Clubs Championship Final   Mark Pitt on Gumdrops winning the Harness Breeders Victoria Make Mine Cullen   Michael Bellman on Stunning Grin winning the Cougar Bourbon Pace   Gavin Lang on Hectorjayjay winning the Bold David Free for All   John Caldow on Super Zeck winning the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Metropolitan Trot (2nd Heat)   Jason Lee on Easter Jolt winning the Pridmore Electrics 2YO Pace Cody Winnell 

At the height of his power Artoc was a C7-M2 assessed harness racing gelding taking on some of the cream of the Victorian trots crop. Now at age 10 the son of Artiscape out of Eileen Monica is a C2-M1 pacer, but has recaptured winning form with two victories on the trot over the past fortnight. Driven by Alex Ashwood (23 wins this season), Artoc won the TAB.com.au Pace Final last night at Tabcorp Park Melton for local trainer Danny Mullan, who also produced runner-up Jaccka Wilco for a stable quinella (which paid $45.70 on the Victorian tote). “When they get to this age they usually don’t find the line, but his horses when they get older, it doesn’t faze them,” Ashwood said of Mullan’s training performance. “(This horse) has a great will to win, which goes a long way with these older horses.” Artoc made it 22 career wins and took his stake earnings to more than $164,000 with last night’s victory. “He’s been a great old horse for connections,” Ashwood said. “He’s raced against the best of the best, probably the last six months he’s really dropped down in grade and it has paid dividends tonight.” In his bright yellow gear, matching his racing silks and saddlecloth No.5, Artoc marched to the lead after about a quarter-mile before kicking on to hold out a challenge from Big Bang Leonard, the lead time posted at 45.4secs (nearly a second quicker than average). Stablemate Jaccka Wilco appeared to head off Artoc as they swung around the final bend. And in the straight Black Cougar looked home and hosed when he chimed in at the 100m. But Jaccka Wilco and Black Cougar ran out of steam as Artoc dug in, Ashwood getting everything out of the veteran at start No.231 to score a neck win in 2:00.1. According to the computer Mullan has trained 108 winners in his career, but it is important to note he was training when Australian trotting data moved to computers (season 1979-80), so he may have had more successes. Artoc started second-favourite tonight after winning his series heat. Race favourite Shishi finished last and underwent a vet’s examination post-race. Cody Winnell

Harness racing's flashy grey Adam Cartwright produced a barnstorming finish to win last night’s Country Clubs Championship Final at Tabcorp Park Melton. Driven by Jodi Quinlan, the five-year-old by Ponder out of Lombo Regalia (a daughter of Jet Laag) bloused runner-up Emmanuel and race favourite Murranji Track to score a thrilling victory by a half-neck in a rate of 1:56.4 over 2240m. Amazingly at the 100m though, Adam Cartwright was last. Quinlan eased the South Australian from the Greg Norman stable to the extreme outside and when he hit top gear Adam Cartwright savaged the line, grabbing victory in the shadows of the post. Last time out at Shepparton Adam Cartwright pulled hard and almost choked down, finishing fifth, but he settled much better last night from his second-row draw and benefited from a solid tempo up front. “He over-raced last start … but tonight he settled much better,” Quinlan said. “Greg was very happy with him leading in the race. He said if he settles he’ll run a really good race, and Greg’s always been a good trainer so you’ve got to respect his horses.” WATCH ADAM CARTWRIGHT GO FROM LAST TO FIRST Norman has trained 418 winners in a 30-year trots career, with punters sure to remember some of his stable stars such as Ti Vogliobene, Indicative, Preferential and prolific winner Rosco Robust. Quinlan said Adam Cartwright had overcome several injuries and last night’s win as “a real credit to Greg”. Emmanuel finished second for Matthew Craven after sprinting early to find the lead from gate four, while Sunraysia star Murranji Track finished close-up third, just ahead of Stagger Lee and Animated. Connections said Adam Cartwright would now go to the Strathalbyn Cup, where he will clash with another recent South Australian Melton winner in Whats Emma Got. Cody Winnell

Gun mare Gumdrops remains undefeated since joining the Emma Stewart harness racing stable with victory last night in the Harness Breeders Victoria Make Mine Cullen at Tabcorp Park Melton. The 2014 Queen of the Pacific champion, who also won aged mare of the year in 2014 at the Victorian industry awards, picked up her 18th career victory in the 1720-metre Make Mine Cullen in a mile rate of 1:53.1. She did it in true Gumdrops fashion, coming from near last at the home bend before an electric final 200-metre dash wide in the Tabcorp Park straight. The eight-year-old by Western Terror out of Awesome Powers hit top gear and chewed up the ground, motoring by the tiring My Willow and grabbing Milly Perez and Quick Draft on the line for a short half-head win. Gumdrops has only been at the Smythes Creek stable for two runs and has won them both, tonight’s win following a Decron Westburn Grant Free-for-All win in April when she went 1:55.2 over 2240m. It is just the third time in her career that Gumdrops has been able to register successive wins. WATCH GUMDROPS POWER HOME IN THE MAKE MINE CULLEN Given the final half-mile last night was covered in 56.1 – and Gumdrops came from last – her sectionals would have been supersonic. “She was really great tonight. I thought she might not be able to pick them up but she proved that she could,” winning reinsman Mark Pitt said. Pitt has piloted Gumdrops to both her wins this time in. “It’s a good feeling,” he said when asked how it felt to zoom over the top of a quality field of mares to win. “I thought being back there it was going to be pretty hard because I thought they were going to run a bit of time up front, but she proved she is getting back to her best.” Larry Eastman’s talented five-year-old Milly Perez was game in defeat running second, while Quick Draft covered plenty of ground but still got past early pacesetter My Willow in the run to the line to finish third. My Willow’s early splits of 29.2, 28.2 and 28.4 appeared to bring her undone, the $1.50 favourite wilting at the finish to run fourth. But she was only beaten 2m. Once mighty mare Steam Washed finished well back in ninth place of the 10, and the Shinn camp will be hoping the longer mares’ races will see her recapture form. The mares’ circuit continues next Friday night at Melton with the running of the Group 3 Angelique Club Cup, followed a week later by the $100,000 Benstud Queen of the Pacific over 2760m. Cody Winnell

Harness racing driver Chris Svanosio returns to the sulky on Saturday night following a three-month battle with a cerebrospinal fluid leak, also known as CSF leak. Svanosio, 34, spent six weeks in Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital and another six weeks laid up in Bendigo battling ongoing severe headaches, neck and shoulder pain and vomiting. “It was like nothing I’d ever experienced before,” Svanosio said of the pain. “It was because there was no fluid around my brain.” The initial symptoms attacked Svanosio at a Caduceus Club function in February and escalated quickly. The popular horseman, who has 269 wins to his name in the sulky, underwent neurosurgery in late February before several rounds of blood patch treatment, where Svanosio had blood taken and injected into his spinal cord. “In the end they must have injected the blood into the right spot (in mid-March) because I could stand up and was feeling virtually all right,” Svanosio said. “They sent me home and told me to go easy.” Svanosio is back in Terang, where he works with trainer Matthew Craven, and returns to race driving on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton. Among Svanosio’s three drives is exciting trotting mare Aldebaran Deebee, owned by father Peter, in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Metropolitan Trot. “Matty’s done a great job with her while I’ve been sick. There are a couple of nice races ahead for her with the Sires (Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series) and the Bacardi Lindy (June 3),” he said. Svanosio will also take the reins aboard Owen Martin-trained Hellovaway in the Cougar Bourbon Pace and Hinault for Craven in the second heat of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Metropolitan Trot. While he was sidelined Svanosio says he was inundated with well-wishes. “I’ve had people ringing me up and sending me messages, taking the time to send cards, that’s been really great. I couldn’t believe the amount of people. It’s amazing how many people have taken time out to get in touch and wish me well,” he said. And being back at work is a great feeling. “(I’m) Loving it … It really makes you appreciate it. This morning I was up early and worked 22 (horses). “Everything just seems really good at the moment. There’s no guarantee it won’t flare up again but the doctors are hopeful they’ve solved it.” Svanosio now has something in common with basketball star player/coach Steve Kerr and Hollywood superstar George Clooney, who have both overcome CSF leak. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager) Fields for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 07 May 2016 Form guide for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 07 May 2016

Keystone Del took his place among the illustrious harness racing millionaire stake earner’s club last night, the champion trotter’s comfortable Uncle Petrika Free-for-All win at Tabcorp Park Melton driving his career winnings to $1,001,176. “He deserves it,” reinsman Anthony Butt said after steering Keystone Del to the 9.8-metre success over flying mare Barefoot Sally. “He’s a great horse and he’s going as good as ever at the moment.” Keystone Del posted a winning mile rate of 1:55.3 after ambling along three-wide at the back of the small six-horse field early, eventually cruising to the breeze at the bell, and putting the matter to rest at the quarter pole when Butt said go. VIDEO: KEYSTONE DEL WINS THE UNCLE PETRIKA FFA Since joining the Brent Lilley stable Keystone Del has won four Group 1s, adding to the six he picked up with former trainer Nicole Molander. Keystone Del's Group 1 resume features dual victories the V L Dullard Trotters Cup, Glenferrie Challenge at Menangle and Great Southern Star heats. He also picked up the Great Southern Star Final and the Bill Collins Trot at Cranbourne in 2014, and the Trotters Grand Prix at Melton and the Knight Pistol at Cranbourne this year. Among his millionaire Australasian trotting alumni are Lyell Creek, I Can Doosit, Sundons Gift, Take A Moment, Stent and One Over Kenny. Cody Winnell

Last night at Tabcorp Park Melton Terang once again proved a town rich in trots horsepower. Harness racing trainer Darren Cole, based in the western Victorian town, produced classy seven-year-old Exciteusinthecity first-up to win the Alabar Captain Sandy Free-for-All over 1720 metres. Rated perfectly by driver Tim McLean, Exciteusinthecity punched through from the pole gate to hold out fast starter Maximan early, withstood a challenge from It Is Billy at the bell and went on to score a gritty win by a metre in a mile rate of 1:55.7. The Metropolitan gelding joins guns such as Lennytheshark (2015) and Smoken Up (2009) on the Captain Sandy FFA honour roll. Not giving much away in his post-race interview, reinsman McLean said leading was the key to unlocking success for the gelding by Metropolitan out of Safely Kept mare Excite. “He loves getting to the front. He fought well to hold them off (tonight),” he said. When asked what was next for the 2014 Casey Classic and Gammalite winner, McLean borrowed a line from an old coaching manual. “We’ll just take it one race at a time.” Exciteusinthecity has now won 20 races, his stakemoney exceeding a quarter of a million dollars. VIDEO: EXCITEUSINTHECITY WINS THE ALABAR CAPTAIN SANDY FFA McLean has piloted the pacer to eight city victories. It Is Billy finished second to Exciteusinthecity, his vocal fan club appreciative of the Michael Barby-trained pacer’s efforts – cheering him hard with a lap to run and giving him another cheer post-race, while Metro Mike ran third. Dalvui Raceway Terang will host a seven-race program on Tuesday night, featuring the running of the 2016 Terang Guineas. McLean will be chasing another feature victory in that race aboard The Big Show, but Im Wrongly Accused from the Terang stable of Matthew Craven, exciting Sebastopol-trained King Of Rocknroll and Group 1 winning local Jilliby Jitterbug – one of five Marg Lee Terang-trained runners on the program – will all draw support from punters. Cody Winnell

Pacing mare Whats Emma Got is a part of the family for Glenda and Neville Fuller. “She’s been a beautiful horse from the start,” Neville said at Tabcorp Park Melton last night after the bonny harness racing four-year-old broke her open-aged metropolitan maiden status in the DNR Logistics Pace over 1720 metres. The Globe Derby-trained Grinfromeartoear pacer rated 1:57.0 on her way to win No.29 at career start No.44, leading for most of the trip with Ararat’s Michael Bellman in the sulky. RE-LIVE WHATS EMMA GOT WINNING AT MELTON “I wish she had come by a few years ago because it would have been easier for us to travel all over the place with her,” Glenda said before adding:  “But we’re really enjoying her and it gets us out of bed in the morning.” Both former professional trainers – Neville in Port Augusta and Glenda in Perth – the couple married and set up at Globe Derby Park, South Australia. “We’ve both done it professionally, but it’s just a hobby now. We really enjoy it,” Glenda said. Whats Emma Got is a “team effort”, says Glenda, whose name appears alongside daughter Sharon Newman in the racebook. “Sharon is our daughter and she fast works her a lot. We’re all working together,” Glenda said. The Fullers also have a long association with Bellman, who drove the mother of Whats Emma Got, Whativewegot, which too hailed from the Fuller stable. “Mick’s drive was terrific tonight,” Glenda said. Back in South Australia, where Whats Emma Got had scored 27 of her 28 wins leading into last night, top driver Danielle Hill usually takes the reins behind the bay pacer. “Dani has driven for us since she was about 16,” Glenda said. “She drove (Whats Emma Got's) mother who won 23 races for us. Dani would have driven two-thirds of those wins at least.” In fact Glenda says Hill has driven over 150 winners for the stable. Glenda and Neville are sure they will be back to Victoria chasing more metro success with Whats Emma Got in the future, but for now the Strathalbyn Pacing Cup in a fortnight at Globe Derby is top of the agenda.  Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Melton harness racing debutante driver Tim Williams gave A Piccadilly Princess a brisk breather and then revved her up for a scintillating win in the Nevele R Stud Victoria Oaks at Tabcorp Park Melton. The dip from the breeze to the box seat was described as “the winning move” by the connections of another Mark Purdon-trained Group 1 triumph, having overrun Emma Stewart’s super three-year-old filly Heavens Trend in the straight.  “It was a great performance,” Williams, 26, said of A Piccadilly Princess, who recorded a fifth straight victory and a seventh in 13 starts. “I’m privileged to be able to sit behind these horses with these colours on. I can’t thank Mark enough.” The filly by Bettor's Delight out of Hyde Park Royal had to earn the win. Flojos Gold flew out of the gates and was then crossed by Gavin Lang on Heavens Trend when they reached the back straight. As that was happening up front, down back Dancingwithsierra led A Piccadilly Princess three-wide, with the latter settling in the breeze outside Heavens Trend. “We got a good cart into it and that made a difference,” Williams said. There they remained through a 59.7 first half-mile before Lang stretched out on Heavens Trend in a 27.2 third quarter, with A Piccadilly Princess losing touch approaching the final bend and Williams dropping her on to the tail of the leader. “I thought I was in a wee bit of trouble,” Williams said. “It was a timely breather.” Having given more than a length, A Piccadilly Princess found new life down the straight, with the filly putting her nose in front at the 100m and advancing to win by 2.2m from Heavens Trend. Stewart’s other hope, Celebrity Guest, put in an enormous last 200m to draw from the pegs to the outside and storm home into third, relegating a resilient Dancingwithsierra to a close fourth. With some having flown in from Hong Kong for the race, a proud group of owners, including Simon Bradley, Michael Ward and Thomas Patterson, were on hand to accept the coveted Oaks. Patterson said Williams decision to provide their filly brief cover at the top of the straight may have made all the difference. “Coming around the bend we were a little concerned, but Tim was obviously confident he still had a little in her,” Patterson said. “He ducked in and I thought that the other one, Heavens Trend, had got away from us. But Mark and Nat and the team believe in what they have and Tim didn’t panic and it worked out and was probably the winning move.” Patterson said A Piccadilly Princess would return to Purdon’s New Zealand stable for a likely tilt at the New Zealand Oaks and a potential collision with stunning stablemate Our Dream About Me, who won the New South Wales Oaks. Cody Winnell    

Keystone Del has moved within $13,000 of joining an elite group of hrness racing trotting millionaire stake earners after tonight’s E.B. Cochran Trotters Cup at Tabcorp Park Melton. The eight-year-old gelding dominated a small but select field of squaregaiters to rate 1:59.2 for the 2240-metre trip – well outside his own personal best and track record of 1:56 flat. His next success will see him join Lyell Creek ($2.2m), I Can Doosit ($1.3m), Sundons Gift ($1.2m), Take A Moment ($1.1m), Stent and One Over Kenny ($1.0m) on the all-time Australasian trotters’ earners list. “He’ll get there,” said winning reinsman Anthony Butt after tonight’s win. “He felt terrific tonight. He had to run given the way the race panned out.” Keystone Del trotted casually to the front early, crossing in-form polemarker Illawong Helios with Sun Of Anarchy slotting in three back on the pegs. The order didn’t change for the remainder of the journey as Keystone Del reeled off comfortable splits of 31.2, 30.9, 29.6 and 27.3. RE-LIVE KEYSTONE DEL'S E B COCHRAN TROTTERS CUP WIN Illawong Helios, who is racing in super form for Ross and Greg Sugars, finished 5.9m behind Keystone Del, with Sun Of Anarchy holding off a challenge from stablemate Our Twentyten to hold third a further 10.4m away. The Yonkers International Trot remains a potential assignment for Keystone Del, who is a 33-time winner from 46 career starts. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

A dedicated group of female harness racing drivers has thrown its support behind the McGrath Foundation and will raise funds for the cause at Cobram on May 5. The club’s annual McGrath Foundation Race Day will see a female drivers’ invitation run with the competing reinswomen to wear pink driving pants instead of the traditional white ones. Organised by driver Donna Castles and a dedicated group of women who will drive in the invitational race, there is also an ongoing raffle that has been launched to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased by contacting Donna on mobile 0417 003 376 or emaildonna.castles2@bigpond.com. You can also purchase tickets by approaching any of the following reinswomen at the races between now and May 5: Ellen Bartley, Rebecca Bartley, Juanita Breen, Monique Burnett, Rita Burnett, Laura Crossland, Tiana McMahon, Katrina Salathiel or Tania Ward. The raffle has been wonderfully supported by numerous backers from around the state with 17 draws to be conducted on May 5 at the Cobram trots, giving ticketholders plenty of chances to win. Prizes 1st Prize: Wheelbarrow, 6ft Weather Beeta Horse Rug, 1 bag Mitavite Formula 3, 1 bag D M Stockfeed, 1 bag Oaten Chaff, Shepparton trots meal voucher for six people including entrance, race book and mobile barrier ride, $300 sign writing voucher, $25 fuel voucher, fly veil, Goulburn Valley Equine voucher $200 (tendon scan, scope), dust sheet, tub of horse Tuffrock, Pooper Scooper, White Healer horse cream, horse/cattle shampoo, Black Caviar brush set, $50 gift voucher Garrard’s Horse and Hound, one pair Brumby Horse Boots, outdoor umbrella, $50 voucher Shepparton RSL, pack of three Flip Cider coasters, horse vet wrap, horse health diary, one Equine Calcium Plus Block, horse hay bag, conditioner for horses, Tabcorp Park Melton dinner and accommodation for two including breakfast. 2nd Prize: Wheelbarrow, 5.9ft Hunter Horse Rug, bag of Mitavite Formula 3, bag of D.M. Stockfeed, bag of Barastoc Feed, Tabcorp Park Melton dinner and accommodation for two including breakfast, pack of three Flip Cider Coasters, dust sheet, Horse Amino Forte, Alkay Lanolin Horse foot oil, Bart Cummings book, horse/cattle shampoo, $50 voucher Garrard’s Horse and Hound, pair of Brumby Horse Boots, $50 voucher Shepparton RSL, horse health diary, horse vet wrap, Equine Calcium Plus Block, Yellow Horse Lotion, boot polish, one Stubber Horse Care, horse hay bag, umbrella/bag NAB, one pair of size three horse shoes. 3rd prize: Starlite push bike, horse rug. 4th prize: Set of Hyland Sports colours (your colours), 12 bottles of wine. 5th prize: Tub of Probiotic for horse/cattle, gear horse bag, boots, saddle pad. 6th prize: Headstall, tie back leads and engraved plaque, pearl necklace (sterling silver culture pearls). 7th prize: Silver water bucket, horse brushes and accessories, one pair of horse quickwraps (medium). 8th prize: Basket with hairdressing products, watch (sterling silver). 9th prize: Beaurepaires voucher ($200), Esky, power driver (portable data storage). 10th prize: Skateboard, wireless keyboard and mouse, power driver (portable data storage). 11th prize: Bottle of shiraz, meal voucher for the Tatura Hotel ($80). 12th prize: Bottle of sauvignon blanc, meal voucher for Pepper Mill Shepparton ($50). 13th prize: Bottle of sauvignon blanc, voucher for Traffik clothes shop Shepparton ($50). 14th prize: Bottle of shiraz, voucher for Shop 221 (clothing) Shepparton ($50). 15th prize: Bottle of moscato, voucher Pepper Mill Hotel Shepparton ($50). 16th prize: Bottle of Monichino wine, set of lashes from Le Dee Makeover (Shepparton)/Coles voucher $20. 17th prize: Bottle of Merlot, voucher for Footy Korner Shepparton ($30). Cody Winnell 

Harness racing trainer Lance Justice has high hopes for filly Hu Hu R U despite bookmakers offering huge odds in early fixed price markets for Saturday night’s Nevele R Stud Victoria Oaks Final. TAB.com.au opened the Melton-trained filly $41 to win the $150,000 Group 1 three-year-old fillies’ classic despite the daughter of Jereme's Jet breaking 55 seconds and recording the fastest last half-mile behind Mark Purdon’s highly acclaimed A Piccadilly Princess in Oaks heat three last Friday night. Hu Hu R U has been ultra-impressive since arriving in Australia, the former Kiwi pacer's overall record an impressive 11 starts for seven wins and three minor placings. In last Friday night's heat, Hu Hu R U was taken off the arm from gate seven before storming home to run second, her last half recorded at 54.89secs and her last quarter at 27.45secs. “She’s got a really good turn of foot as you saw last week. She actually ran one of the quickest last halves of the night … she’s very, very quick,” Justice told RSN’s Gait Speed this morning. “She’s a very good horse. If she takes the next step she could potentially be the best,” he added. Hu Hu R U has drawn barrier 10 for the Oaks Final, giving Justice plenty to think about. Does he sit back and allow Hu Hu R U to close hard at the end, or will the one-one be up for grabs if he makes an early move? The one thing that is clear is Justice says the filly has pulled up a treat from her super first-up hit-out. “She’s pulled up really well and should improve a little bit more for Saturday night," he said. “Brian Gath  to his credit did a great job looking after her last week. He didn’t over-punish her.  Basically he chased her just on her own urgings.” The early money for the Oaks Final has been for Emma Stewart-trained Heavens Trend, who drew gate three. She opened $2.20 with TAB.com.au and is into a $1.80 favourite, while opening favourite A Piccadilly Princess has eased from $1.80 out to $2.20. Both impressively won their heats. That pair stifles the betting with $11 chances Im Wrongly Accused from the Matthew Craven stable, also a heat winner, and Gary Hoban-trained Dancingwithsierra, who ran second in her heat behind Heavens Trend, on the next line. The Oaks is Race 7 (9.02pm) on Saturday night's 10-event program at Tabcorp Park Melton and carries a $20,000 First 4 jackpot with TAB.com.au. Cody Winnell 

Burrumbeet’s Michael Stanley produced an Australian Pacing Gold winning double at yesterday's harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Stanley produced Soho Angel and Petacular to win their respective APG heats, both fillies progressing to the $30,000 semi-finals on April 23 ahead of a tilt at the rich $322,000 final on April 30 at Menangle. “There’s good money up for grabs in these races throughout the series,” Stanley said. Exciting Somebeachsomewhere/Ideal Priority filly Petacular ran a 1:55.8 mile today, working forward to find the lead from gate four heading into the first turn. She got home in 56.2secs. “She’s always shown above average ability. She got a cold after her last run at Kilmore and was underdone heading into today but she still got the job done,” Stanley said. WATCH PETACULAR WIN TODAY AT MENANGLE Soho Angel (Bettors Delight/Soho Champagne) ran 1:56.8 to defeat odds-on favourite Jovial Rock by a short half-head today. “She’s really thrived up here at Menangle,” Stanley said. “She trialled nicely last week and then raced the way she’d been working.” Cody Winnell 

On-course wagering turnover was up 23 per cent at this year’s Park Douglas Printing Mildura Pacing Cup harness racing meeting on Saturday night. Overall $142,872 was held on-course this year compared to $116,030 at the corresponding meeting last year. The on-course TAB held $119,837 this year, compared to $105,707 last year, while on-course bookmakers held $23,035 compared to $10,323 last year. Off-course holdings with the TAB remained close to last year at $543,000, down slightly on last year's $550,000. “It was a wonderful carnival. We’re very thrilled in how the whole thing went,” Mildura Secretary/Manager Mark Kemp explained. “We had huge numbers the whole week because of the racing on Tuesday and Thursday nights. The boat cruise on Friday night was booked out well in advance. The golf day was a success, the whole thing was wonderful. “I think from what I’ve seen we’re the No.1 result for the season in terms of country cups for on-course holdings, so we’re rapt with that.” In excess of 2000 people attended the annual feature meeting, including about 500 who enjoyed a dining package in one of three available venues. The local economy receives a massive boon throughout the week due to the Mildura trots carnival, with all accommodation houses basically booked out and hotels, cafes and other business houses significantly frequented. “All the feedback I’ve received from people has been positive and a lot of the visitors from Wagga and Port Pirie and other places they’re all going to come back in bigger numbers next year,” Kemp said. Cody Winnell

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