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An enthusiastic group of harness racing owners, many of them new to the sport, have booked their chariot to Sydney courtesy of Tact Tate’s Nestle Professional 4YO Bonanza win tonight at Tabcorp Park Melton.   The Amanda Turnbull-trained gelding by McArdle out of Tact Lizzie showed an electric turn of foot in the home straight notch Group 1 success, sprinting by Mark Purdon’s Itz Bettor To Win (second) to record a mile rate of 1:51.9 for the 1720m trip.   “We’re very excited,” Turnbull said post-race. “It’s a really big thrill.”   Turnbull’s excitement was only surpassed by the group of winning owners, who declared Sydney the next stop for the $200,000 Chariots of Fire.   The winner of the Bonanza receives an invite to the Chariots.   Tact Tate led initially tonight before handing up to Purdon aboard Itz Bettor To Win. This move pocketed Tee Cee Bee Macray three-pegs from the pole and Burnaholeinmypocket four back on the inside.   “It worked out perfect once he had that much gate speed,” Turnbull said.   Tact Tate has won five from five since arriving in Australia and the owners are having an absolute blast.   “It is a big group of owners and a lot of them are new owners, so that’s really good for the industry,” Turnbull said.   Cody Winnell

The harness racing field has been released for the 2016 Del-Re National A.G. Hunter Cup to be run at Tabcorp Park Melton this Saturday night. The barrier draw for the $500,000 Group 1 will be held tonight at the MCG with live coverage of the event on Harness Racing Victoria’s social media channels – @HRVnews on Twitter and The race will be run on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton, on night two of Harness Racing Victoria's Summer of Glory Carnival. The night also features the running of the $100,000 Nestle Professional 4YO Bonanza and the $100,000 Seelite Windows and Doors Australian Trotting Grand Prix. Details at<>   FINAL FIELD FIVE STAR ANVIL NZ FLAMING FLUTTER NZ FRANCO LEDGER NZ FRANCO NELSON NZ IM CORZIN TERROR NZ IT IS BILLY JASON RULZ NZ MESSINI MOSSDALE CONNER NZ MY HARD COPY NZ OHOKA PUNTER NZ SMOLDA STAR CHAMBER YANKEE ROCKSTAR Cody Winnell  

Harness racing owner Martin Riseley is living the dream and enjoying every minute of it. When his champion pacer Lennytheshark won last month’s Inter Dominion Grand Final in Perth Riseley realised a lifelong dream, but the euphoria will continue tomorrow night at Tabcorp Park Melton as the 2016 Sumer of Glory gets under way. It is Good Form Victoria Cup night and Lennytheshark highly fancied by punters and bookies alike in the $400,000 Group 1 feature race. “We’re enjoying every bit of it … he’s the greatest horse I’ve ever been involved with without a doubt,” Riseley told RSN Breakfast this morning. Riseley, who races Lennytheshark in partnership with his father Kevin, said the horse was purchased as a weanling. “They’re all champions before they get to the track,” he said of his babies. “We always hold high hopes and Lenny was no different to that.” But how did the gun pacer with the catchy name come to be called Lennytheshark? “My eldest boy Sam, dad and me would go around and feed the mares and the foals and at that stage Lenny was always just ‘Sharky’, being by Four Starzzz Shark (Lennytheshark’s sire). “After a few months of that, Sam would have only been three or four, he piped up in the ute and said: ‘It isn’t Sharky, it’s Lenny the Shark’, and he went on to explain to us about the Fish Tales movie he watches and how Lenny the Shark was on that.” Now Riseley’s kids have their hair done up like a shark’s fin at the races and carry shark mascots in support of their champion, who has netted almost $1.5million in prizemoney with 24 wins from 46 starts to date. “It’s all still a bit surreal,” he said of the whole experience. Want to find out more about ownership? Visit the owners booth near the raceday office on Good Form Victoria Cup night at Tabcorp Park Melton or email HRV Ownership Manager Tori Glenister.  Cody Winnell

“You’d struggle to get a faster harness racing track than Hamilton in the country at the moment,” said Matthews Petroleum Hamilton Pacing Cup winning reinsman Greg Sugars today. After Im Corzin Terror rated 1:57.7 (29.9, 29.7, 27.8 and 27.5 splits) Sugars said the times “were a credit to the track staff”. “The track is first class – they’ve done a great job,” he said. Mick Turner oversees the Hamilton track and is both passionate and highly regarded by his peers in the sport. Club president Paul Lewis paid homage to Turner and his helpers and said it was “great to see the quality of the horses” in the Hamilton Cup today, with the field getting stronger every year. Meanwhile, Lewis also paid tribute to Peter Hyde, a long-time supporter of the trots in Hamilton. Hyde has missed only one AGM in almost 50 years and is a regular on cup day, having donated a watch to the winning driver of the cup for many years. Sugars picked up his second watch from Hyde today – he also won the Hamilton Cup in 2013 aboard Our Arlington. “It’s a real honour to receive this from Peter. He’s been a great supporter of the club for a long time. It is amazing longevity and people like Peter are really important to the industry," Sugars said. Hyde was presented with a plaque in recognition of his services at the club president’s luncheon. “This was a really great genuine surprise,” he remarked. “I’ve been here a long time. The club’s had its ups and downs but it’s really on the up right now.” Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Im Corzin Terror added a sixth Victorian country cup to his harness racing resume on Sunday at Hamilton in Victoria’s south-west. In front of a bumper crowd the eight-year-old Dean Braun-trained pacer overcame a 20-metre handicap to win the Matthews Petroleum Hamilton Pacing Cup over 2660m in fast time. Im Corzin Terror’s mile rate of 1:57.7 was just 0.3secs outside Restrepo’s track record mark set last year. Driven by Greg Sugars, Im Corzin Terror made his move with over a lap to go, moving to the breeze outside leader Keayang Cullen – the favourites 1-2 at the bell. When Sugars pushed the button Im Corzin Terror put Keayang Cullen to the sword and no other challengers emerged thereafter, Im Corzin Terror cruising to the line to score a 7.5m win over Tasmanian longshot The Majority, who benefited from a ripper Mark Yole drive, with Charlie Machsheen a bold third for Craig Demmler. “He felt like a winner a long, long way out,” Sugars said. “He was the best performed horse in the race today and over the trip. I was always pretty confident.” Im Corzin Terror will head towards the A.G. Hunter Cup but could still line up in next weekend’s Ballarat Cup. He’s the reigning cup champion at Bray Raceway. He has won cups at Hamilton, Ballarat, Terang, Bendigo, and twice at Maryborough. The Majority ran a mighty race at big odds in second place, trailing the leader Keayang Cullen before jumping on to the back of Im Corzin Terror at the home corner. Charlie Machsheen loomed large at the top of the straight and ended up third, 8.8m behind the winner, while Macho Comacho – a stablemate of the winner – ran fourth and the well-backed Jadahson was sixth. Keayang Cullen finished last with punters keeping an eye on the veterinarian’s report to see if that brings an explanation. Earlier on the card Emma Stewart-trained Kingofthestars (Sportswriter/Kirrilee Joy) took out the Western District Employment Agency 3YO Pace with Nathan Jack in the sulky. The colt rated 1:56.5 and won by 8.1m over Soho Madeleine. Kingofthestars will head towards the Victoria Derby. >> Video – relive Im Corzin Terror’s ultra-impressive Hamilton Pacing Cup win WINNERS’ BREEDING/OWNERSHIP Matthews Petroleum Hamilton Pacing Cup IM CORZIN TERROR (By Western Terror out of Corzanello) Owner: Pauline McColgan Breeders: C. McGowan, J L Smolenski, D J Smolenski. Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) representatives are visiting numerous areas throughout Victoria to bolster grassroots harness racing communities. For example, Ballan – a training club – was visited by HRV Planning and Development Manager Rob Pongho earlier this week to discuss improvements needed at the venue. About 20 horses are trained in the area with some of the trainers that use the Ballan venue including Jen Micallef, Eddie Conroy, Larry Lynch and Tim McGuigan. HRV plans to assist the club to top-dress the track, put up some fencing and day yards as well as plant some trees for shade. Mr Pongho said the improvements would see trainers able to better utilise the facility. “Lots of trainers say if they had some day yards they could leave a horse there as opposed to having to bring them to the venue each week, so the track would get more usage and it would make life easier for the participants,” he said. “We need to ensure grassroots participants are looked after because all our horsemen and women play a vital role in ensuring the horse population and field sizes remain strong.” Association of Victorian Clubs (AVCHRC) CEO David Brick said it was important grassroots clubs and trainers were looked after. “It’s important from a grassroots point of view that assistance is provided to maintain these types of public training facilities,” Mr Brick said. “There are about 20 horses trained in the area that use the facility. They’ve got access to not only the 800-metre harness track but also the former grass gallops track, which is no longer used for thoroughbred racing.” Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) was saddened in recent days to learn of the passing of young trainer Steve McCallum, 27, on Sunday. McCallum passed away after a battle with cancer. He was a popular horseman, who was instrumental in assisting to get the late Danielle Lewis’s horse to Riding for the Disabled (RDA) to promote her legacy. The Cranbourne Harness Racing Club posted the following on its Facebook page: “The committee, staff and trainers of the Cranbourne Harness Racing Club send our condolences to the family of Steve McCallum, who sadly passed away on Sunday aged just 27 years old. “Steve attended the Gippsland Harness Training Centre and was a passionate contributor to the harness community including his time as a track steward at Cranbourne. “He will be sadly missed by the entire Harness Racing community.” HRV was also saddened to learn of the tragic passing at the weekend of trainer John Sweet. The Shepparton Harness Racing Club posted the following on its Facebook page. “The Shepparton Harness Racing Club joins the many friends who mourn the loss of local trainer John Sweet. “John was always a larrikin in the local industry, a practical joker and a man dedicated and involved in harness all his life. “To his family and friends we pass on the deepest sympathy from the harness industry.” HRV passes on its condolences to the families of both McCallum and Sweet. Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Reigning Matthews Petroleum Hamilton Pacing Cup winning harness racing trainer Emma Stewart has a double shot at the title this Sunday. The Smythes Creek star will line up two runners in the $30,575, 2660-metre Group 3 feature – part of the Road to Glory ahead of the Summer of Glory – with Jadahson and Presidentialsecret both taking winning form into the race. Both horses have won two races on the trot with leading reinsmen Chris Alford (Jadahson) and Nathan Jack (Presidentialsecret) to drive the pair. Asked if either horse could replicate Restrepo’s record-breaking Hamilton Cup procession last year, Stewart’s response was obviously predictable. “I don’t think so!” “They might be able to win it but they won’t be able to do what he did.” Jadahson is drawn barrier three on Sunday for three-time Hamilton Cup winning driver Alford (Justa Jomahl 1992, Earlsplace Ego 2003 and Lady Lisa 2004) and Stewart is hopeful he can step well and set the tempo to suit himself. “As long as he brings his manners he’s in good form,” Stewart said. On Presidentialsecret Stewart said: “He has a tricky draw (barrier eight) but he’s going well.” One of Stewart’s Victoria Derby bound three-year-olds, Kingofthestars, has the extreme draw in Race 2, the Western District Employment Agency 3YO Pace over 2160m for reinsman Jack. “He’s a lovely horse. He won well last week and he’ll be targeted towards the Derby,” the trainer confirmed. A key challenger in cup markets on Sunday will hail from the Matthew Craven stable in Desdon Murruffy, a last-start Melton M1-M2 winner in 1:56.2 (last half 55secs) over 2240m. The Craven team has been flying of late, winning 13 races between December 1 and January 14 – including seven wins between January 1 and January 14. Craven said Desdon Murruffy was a good each-way chance in the cup but was a “take on trust” proposition at the stand start. “The key to his chances are he’s got to get away,” Craven said. “He completely bombed his first go at the standing start and at home he’s hit and miss. He’s in terrific form though.” A horse that is no stranger to the Hamilton track is polemarker Arber, who has lined up in the Cup three times for a second in 2012, third in 2013 and eighth in 2014. In-form The Majority makes the trek across from Tasmania for the Cup, former local driver turned Tassie star Mark Yole also returning home for the day to pilot the Matthew Dwyer trained six-year-old, who has run 1-2 seven times out of nine from behind the tapes. Local trainer Kevin Brough, who won the Cup in 1997 with Chase A Rainbow, has Weallwantano lining up from barrier four for reinsman Chris Svanosio. Weallwantano finished down the track last time out at Melton but won there three starts back over Charlie Machsheen, who has barrier five on Sunday for trainer/driver Craig Demmler. Geoff Webster and Emmett Brosnan will combine with five-year-old Ideal Majority in the Cup, drawn seven, while Lara's Dean Braun has two key chances in Macho Comacho (barrier nine) and the high-class stayer Im Corzin Terror off 20 metres for top driver Greg Sugars. Im Corzin Terror ran on well in both the Geelong and Horsham Cups leading into Sunday and is ready to win. Alongside Im Corzin Terror on the back mark is the lightning quick Keayang Cullen, who won the Ballarat Lightning Mile two starts back in 1:53.3. Cody Winnell Fields for Hamilton, Sunday 17 January 2016 Form guide for Hamilton, Sunday 17 January 2016

The 2016 edition of the Central Victorian Pacing and Trotting Championships kicks off with the running of the first round heats at the Boort at Charlton harness racing meeting tomorrow. Entrenched as some of the most sought after titles on the country circuit, the Championships traditionally pit some of the best up-and-coming horses in country Victoria against one another with many horses being specifically targeted for the series by astute owners and trainers. This is evidenced by some of the past winners, with the pacers division including horses such as Western Light (2000), Albert Terrill (2006), Bitobliss (2011), Restrepo (2013)  and last year’s winner, Major Secret, who have all gone on to greater successes. The trot champions list is equally impressive, past winners including Son Of Flair (2001), False Gem (2006), Just Glorious (2008), Living Bonus (2012), The Boss Man (2014) and last year’s winner, I’m Stately, The 2016 Finals will be sponsored by the Harness Racing Training Centre Bendigo and will see participants compete for $20,505 in prizemoney for both Finals. Additional bonuses to the ultimate winners of both divisions will also include an inscribed rug, trophy and free stallion service donated by the Loddon Valley Stud (John and Kay Campbell) to the winning owner, plus $250 fuel cards to the winning trainer and driver. Further qualifying heats of the pacers series – for C2 Or Better Pacers over the standing start – will be run at Maryborough on January 21 and Charlton on January 25, with the Final at the Wedderburn at Maryborough Meeting on January 31. The trotters qualifying heats will be run at the same venues and days, being for T0 or better trotters from the standing start. The Championships will again see the Harness Racing Training Centre Central Victorian Concession Drivers Championship run in conjunction with the series. The Concession Drivers Series is open to concession drivers with less than 25 lifetime wins across four heats for various classes of horses at the Boort, Maryborough, Charlton and Wedderburn meetings. The concession driver accumulating the most points across the four-race series will win the trophy. As an encouragement to owners and trainers to make their horses available to concession drivers across the Series, there will be $200 fuel vouchers awarded to the winning trainer and driver of each heat, courtesy of the Harness Racing Training Centre Bendigo. This series will also form part of the larger 20-race Concession Drivers Series sponsored by the Harness Racing Training Centre Bendigo and the Association Of Victorian Country Harness Racing Clubs, which culminates in June 2016. All drivers in this series will also be eligible for the Association of Victorian Country Harness Racing Clubs Professional Development Award, to be presented at Breeders Crown Finals Day on Sunday August 28. The trainer of every starter in this series will also enter a random draw for a $2000 cash prize, drawn at the Bendigo race meeting on Wednesday June 22. A further $100 fuel voucher will be awarded to each winning heat driver across the 20-race series, making the Central Vic Series and the overall series even more attractive to concession drivers, owners and trainers. One lucky concession driver competing across the four-race Central Victorian Concession Drivers Championship will be offered the chance to drive the legendary Smoken Up as he leads out the 2016 Petstock Bendigo Pacing Cup field on Saturday, February 13. Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Harness racing's reigning Del-Re National A.G. Hunter Cup and New Zealand Trotting Cup champion Arden Rooney is out of this year’s Summer of Glory. The pin-up horse, who made Australasian sport headlines when trainer/driver Kerryn Manning became the first woman to drive a winner in the race that stops New Zealand last November, has strained a tendon and will be sidelined for 6-12 months. “He had surgery today and it went well, now he’s got to do a rehab program,” Manning confirmed. “He’ll be out of action for 6-12 months but we got it early so it’s not as bad as they can be. “He’s had the very best of vet care and he’ll get every chance to return to the racetrack. “It’s very disappointing but we’re just lucky that he’s done what he’s done already.” Arden Rooney was second-favourite with behind Smolda but the market will change significantly.  Arden Rooney winning the $765,000 New Zealand Cup Cody Winnell

The impressive harness racing winner of Sunday’s Wimmera Mail Times Horsham Pacing Cup will make his next stop at Shepparton this Saturday night. Keayang Steamer, who captured his second Horsham Cup success at the weekend (he also won the 2014 Horsham Cup), will line up in the Neatline Homes Shepparton Gold Cup, said winning reinsman Glen Craven. The Shepparton Cup is worth $75,575 and is a Group 2 standing start race, the perfect lead-in race to one of the Summer of Glory jewels, the Del-Re National A.G. Hunter Cup on February 6. Keayang Steamer, trained in Terang by Marg Lee, travelled well throughout in the breeze on Sunday before putting his opposition away with a lethal sprint off the back straight. He went on to win by 6.5 metres in a mile rate of 2:01.3 for the 2700-metre trip, his last 800m covered in 55.5secs. Five Star Anvil finished second from the one-one, with the two race favourites Mister Mundaka and Im Corzin Terror clocking in third and fourth. “He was travelling good… It helped that Im Corzin Terror put in a couple of rough ones on the corner,” Craven said. “He travelled good in the run and always felt strong. I didn’t want to put too much pressure on (leader Mister Mundaka) over the long trip because I was mindful of quality horses coming from behind (if we went too quick) “He’s come back in really good order. Things didn’t go quite as we would have liked up at Bathurst but hopefully he’ll keep on improving now.” Keayang Steamer has had six runs this preparation, winning the Maryborough Cup first-up and also scoring victories in the Sokyola Sprint at Melton and the Treuer Memorial (Group 2) at Bankstown, NSW. Keayang Steamer is a $16 shot for the Good Form Victoria Cup and a $13 chance for the Del-Re National A.G. Hunter Cup with Meanwhile, trainer Dean Braun teamed with driver Nathan Purdon to take out the Im Stately Horsham Trotters Cup (Group 2) on Sunday with eight-year-old squaregaiter Unico Pegasus. After settling back in the field, Unico Pegasus made his move three-wide down the back before swamping the frontrunners in the home straight to score by 5.1m in 2:05.5 for the 2700-metre standing start trip. Action Kosmos was second and Lord Liam third. >> Video replay of Wimmera Mail Times Horsham Pacing Cup >> Video replay of Im Stately Horsham Trotters Cup WINNERS’ BREEDING/OWNERSHIP Im Stately Horsham Trotters Cup UNICO PEGASUS (By Pegasus Spur out of Chiola’s Gem) Owners: A P Coniglio, P J Coniglio Breeder: Dave Gibbons Wimmera Mail Times Horsham Pacing Cup KEAYANG STEAMER (By Riverboat King out of Alimar Star) Owner: Levarg Racing Group Breeders: M A Lee and A C Craven   Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

There will be no shortage of genuine harness racing Victorian chances in tomorrow night’s Group 1 UBET South Australian Pacing Cup. Flaming Flutter ($1.60) and Major Crocker ($3.50) dominate the market for the annual Globe Derby feature after their Inter Dominion campaigns in Western Australia, while fellow Victorians Barimah and Star Chamber are $11 shots with, Hotasel is $12, Lets Elope $26, Crusader Acey $31 and Ona Rocky Beach $101. Seven-year-old gelding Star Chamber will have his first run for trainer Michael Stanley in the $100,000 event after joining the Burrumbeet camp from the stables of Nathan Ford in Tasmania. The 15-time winner from 57 starts is coming off a second to Lets Elope beaten 7m in the Tasmania Cup and two starts back won the City of Launceston Cup defeating Lets Elope from an extreme barrier draw. “He’s a nice pickup for the stable,” Stanley said on his way to Adelaide where Star Chamber’s regular reinsman Ford will be in the sulky behind the son of Our Sir Vancelot. “He went to New South Wales for a stint and ran a couple of solid seconds behind some really proven horses, and he beat Im Corzin Terror to win the Tasmania Cup last season. So his Tasmanian form is against more than only Tasmanian horses.” Star Chamber has become "a bit out-graded in Tasmania" and has been sent to Stanley at a time when the Victorian calendar is full of fast-class options. Stanley mentioned the Kilmore Cup and possibly the Terang Cup, among others, as potential targets for Star Chamber. The pacer is not nominated for the Victoria or Hunter Cup, but there is a late nomination clause available to connections should they change their minds. “We haven’t thought much beyond this weekend,” Stanley said. “We’ll see how he goes there. He’s got a good barrier and it should give us a good guide as to what we target next.” market for tomorrow night's SA Cup 1: Cillas Boy (EM) $101/$13.5 2: Star Chamber ($11/$2.25) 3: Hotasel ($12/$2.37) 4: Ona Rocky Beach ($101/$13.5) 5: Flaming Flutter ($1.60/$1.07) 6: Global View ($31/$4.75) 7: Some Kinda Tactics ($41/$6) 8: Crusader Acey ($31/$4.75) 9: Barimah ($11/$2.25) 10: Come On Frank ($31/$4.75) 11: Major Crocker ($3.50/$1.31) 12: Lets Elope ($26/$4.12) Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Less than a month out from the Summer of Glory harness racing carnival Daylesford star It Is Billy is the talk of the town. Trainer Michael Barby’s seven-year-old scored his biggest win yet last night at Geelong, pocketing the lion’s share of the prize money and the silverware in the Group 3 Corio Waste Management Geelong Pacing Cup. Driven a treat by Barby’s wife Anne-Maree Conroy, It Is Billy signalled his arrival on the grand stage by out-sprinting race favourite Hectorjayjay at the end of the 2570-metre feature. In the run you wanted to be on either race favourite Hectorjayjay ($2.40), who pinged off the arm from gate one to lead easily, or It Is Billy ($5.5), who trailed the leader from eight. At the quarter pole the leader looked to have plenty in hand after 29.3, 29.8 and 29.1 opening splits of the final mile. But once the sprint lane opened up Conroy and It Is Billy blasted into top gear to overhaul the leader in a final split of 27.7secs for a 1:56.6 mile rate. Underrated stayer Im Corzin Terror (Greg Sugars) ran third but his was the run of the race outside the winner, covering ground three-wide from the half-mile and beaten only half a length at the finish. The night’s other cup feature, the Flying Brick Cider Company McNamara Memorial Trotters Cup was taken by Dead Cat Bounce (Revenue/Wee Annie) for trainer Nicole Molander and reinsman Chris Alford. The six-year-old mare stepped like a professional from the tapes and was never overtaken on her way to a 2:04.3 win – her second country cup success since crossing the Tasman. There will be plenty of horses to follow from the Geelong meeting with winners Macterra Lad, Emmanuel, Cruz Bromac and Ellas Puppeteer all rising stars. by Cody Winnell

The weekend fires near Ballarat have destroyed the facilities at harness racing's Durham Park in Durham Lead. In some positive news the Edward Family, who set up and run the property, have said they are confident all of the horses have been moved to the safety of trainer Emma Stewart's property. However, the venue has been absolutely savaged by the blaze, the Edward Family's social media statement explaining: "Durham Park is completely gone, absolutely nothing left – no fences, no sheds, no house, no water in the dams – nothing." The trots community is rallying around the Edward family, who will assess the full extent of the damage in coming days before the rebuilding process can begin. "Thanks to Clayton (Tonkin) and Emma who swung into immediate action," the statement read. "We are confident that every horse has been saved. "Our priorities now lie with our farm managers who have lost absolutely everything they own in the fire, all they have is the clothes on their backs." Harness Racing Victoria's (HRV) thoughts are with the Edward family and all the staff.  An update will be provided in coming days. by Cody Winnell   Full statement from the Edward Family re Durham Park and the fires To everyone who has called, messaged or left a comment on Facebook, thank you. Sorry I haven’t answered or responded, I’ve been a little busy. Right now there’s nothing that anyone can really do. Area is still too dangerous, and to be honest there is not much that can be done anyway. Durham Park is completely gone, absolutely nothing left – no fences, no sheds, no house, no water in the dams – nothing. We have had an extremely productive morning, shifting all 22 mares and foals to Rosehill Vet Clinic for monitoring – thanks so much to the amazing staff who have helped in the last 24 hours. All of the rest of the horses have been shipped to Emma Stewart’s where they will get the best of care. Thanks to Clayton (Tonkin) and Emma who swung into immediate action. We are confident that every horse has been saved. Our priorities now lie with our farm managers who have lost absolutely everything they own in the fire, all they have is the clothes on their backs. We will wait until the fire is over completely, try and enjoy Christmas, and I’ll put the call out in a few weeks for all hands on deck to help try and get the place back in order. Priority will be the fences. Thanks, The Edward Family.

Concession harness racing driver Carson Millar hasn’t taken long to carve out a following in the trots, notching his first victory at just his 11th drive last Thursday night at Geelong. The victory came aboard Glenferrie College for trainer Dean Braun in the Corio Waste Management Pace, the six-year-old paying almost $10 at It followed a second placing aboard Evil Trickster at Geelong earlier this month when a 50-1 shot, and with three other minor placings in his handful of drives to date at big odds Millar’s each-way followers must be enjoying his work. “It was a great feeling,” the 26-year-old said of his breakthrough win. “I help out at Dean’s nearly every day off that I get. Dean’s been a great help and I couldn’t ask for a better trainer to work with.” Millar’s grandfather, the late Helmut Richert, was a trainer and the reinsman said it was through him that he got involved in the trots. “My grandad trained. He passed away in early February but it was him who got me into the sport,” he said. Millar said the fact a couple of drivers were keen to battle each other up front helped his cause aboard Glenferrie College, but his decision to get off the pegs and into the one-one proved a winning one. Millar said he was hoping to pick up more driving opportunities, especially in the new concession drivers series races.  Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Tabcorp Park Melton is gearing up for its Christmas themed harness racing meeting this Saturday night, December 19 and there are plenty of activities on and off the track to keep old and young alike in the festive spirit.       A quality 10-race card is set down for Saturday Night with the headline events being the Group 1 Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Finals for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings and the separate Group 1 Vicbred Home Grown Final for three-year-old trotting fillies. The three-year-old pacing fillies will also be showcased in the Group 3 Harness Breeders Victoria Gold Chalice.  Off the track there will be plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained. There will be a free jumping castle on the home straight lawn and Santa Claus will be making an appearance during the night handing out lollies and treats to the kids. Pony trots will also be conducted in between races and the annual Pony Trot Christmas Parade will also take place where the Pony Trot youngsters dress themselves and their Ponies in a Christmas themed parade out on the track. With hot weather forecast for Saturday, an outdoor bar will keep all patrons hydrated and refreshed throughout what is likely to be a warm evening at the track on Saturday night. For the adults that are looking to party on after the races have finished, live band Redline will be playing in the Sportsbar after the last race through until late.  Tabcorp Park Melton CEO Shane Gloury said: “We are looking forward to a fantastic Christmas themed race night at Melton on Saturday. We have great racing lined up and plenty of family friendly entertainment on and off the track. We encourage everyone to get out to Melton on Saturday night to join in the Christmas spirit.” Entry to Tabcorp Park Melton is free on Saturday Night and punters on course will also receive a free racebook. Two lucky racegoers on course will also win $100 in the Racebook Cash Giveaway competition.   Dining places are still available in the air conditioned comfort of the Toolern Room or the Home Straight Bistro. For bookings, ring Bianca Walker on 8746 0602. The first of 10 races is set down for 6.28pm while the last race will be conducted at 11pm.  Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria Fields for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 19 December 2015 Form guide for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 19 December 2015

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