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BANNOCKBURN, Scotland - On Thursday, 13th July, Corbiewood played host to the fourth leg of the Oakwood Stud Mares Pacing Series and once again it was another different winner in the form of last year's Scottish Horse of the Year, Starzapan. The 7-year-old daughter of Genghis Pan led out from the widest gate position after an early battle with Lady Mary (William Drysdale) and set the fastest fractions witnessed so far in the series and on the night on a track which had succumbed to heavy rainfall prior to racing. It was evident that driver Stuart MacKenzie had a forceful drive in mind as they went through the half in just over a minute with no signs of letting up the pace. It wasn't outside the realms of possibility that the winner would come off the pace with the leader setting such strong fractions, however Starzapan was not for stopping and as the challenge came down the back stretch for the final time from Lady Mary, the leader showed her class to go away from the field and win decisively. Lady Mary finished second, with San Diego (Angus Kyle) running on well for third. All three lowered their personal best times at the track in the fastest leg of the series so far. The top grade handicap featuring the eight highest graded horses saw old-timer Jasper Hill (Thomas MacKenzie Jnr) lead out, quickly challenged by Camden Casper (Grant Cullen). The duo had a ding dong battle throughout until the three quarter marker when Camden Casper took up the running. The energy expelled in the tussle with Jasper Hill left him vulnerable to a strong finisher, and it was Jennas Gold (Scott Murray) who came with the first challenge as they rounded the final turn, quickly followed by American Gigolo (William Drysdale) however Camden Massino (William Greenhorn) went widest of all and got up close home under a calculated drive. The first race of the night saw an all-the-way victory for Littlemill Jo who won impressively when losing her maiden tag. The homebred filly's win was a real family affair, with breeder/owner/trainer/driver Steven Henderson's two children, Jamie (7) and Emma (5) both assisting with the training at home in the build up to the race whilst on school holidays. This was the first winner for the family's homebred stallion, Littlemill Rogue, the current 3YO track record holder. After some bad luck in previous starts, Merringtonmoonlite got off the mark for the season for Corbiewood-based duo Karen & Mark Kennedy with a well-timed, three wide challenge under Gordon Gilvear. Stephen Cairney sent Porterstown Keith to the lead in race three, and despite the field appearing to queue up behind him with various horses looking threatening at one stage or another, no challenge was forthcoming and the long-time leader sailed to victory. Corbiewood stalwart K And M Redpandana notched up his first win of the season after numerous consistent runs, having been sent to the front by Hugh Menzies, he dictated sensible fractions and ran out a comfortable winner. The next meeting at Corbiewood is Thursday 20th July on the eve of the two day festival of harness racing at Musselburgh Racecourse, featuring a C Class drivers event. First race 7.30pm. by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink Race 1 - 1st Littlemill Jo (Littlemill Rogue-Hendos Star) - S Henderon 2nd Rogue Comet (Rogue Hall-Angelas Cosmo) - G Cullen 3rd Bettorbybest (Pro Bono Best-Bettorbynine) - Stuart MacKenzie 5 Ran  Time: 2.09.35 Dist: 3 3/4L & Neck Race 2- 1st Merringtonmoonlite (Check On Jack-What A Commotion) - G Gilvear 2nd Dynamic Ace (Windsong Dynamite-Dillys Red Ace) - W Greenhorn 3rd Lets Party (Dreamfair Vogel-Party West) - H Menzies 6 Ran  Time: 2.08.25 Dist: 2L & 1/2L Race 3 - 1st Porterstown Keith (The Panderosa-The Pana Sutra) - S Cairney 2nd Y Not Wait N C (Todays Man-Riverbank Mybatross) - G Cullen 3rd Greentree Destiny (Rogue Hall-Ultramarine) - W Drysdale 6 Ran  Time: 2.08.23 Dist: 3/4L & Head Race 4 - 1st K And M Redpandana (The Firepan-Rosy Red) - H Menzies 2nd GDs Baby (Daylon Alert-GDs Twin) - H O'Neil Jnr Jnr 3rd Styx N Stones (Daylon Alert-Styx Soprano) - S MacKenzie 6 Ran Time: 2.09.25 Dist: 2L & Nose Race 5 - 1st Camden Massino (Art Major-Sheeza Sakra) - W Greenhorn 2nd Jennas Gold (Allamerican Ingot-Jennas Desire) - S Murray 3rd American Gigolo (Village Jasper-American Beauty) - W Drysdale 8 Ran   Time: 2.06.63 Dist: 3/4L & Head Race 6 - 1st Starzapan (Genghis Pan-Starry Nite) - S MacKenzie 2nd Lady Mary (Playwithafulldeck-Marys Solitaire) - W Drysdale 3rd San Diego (Pro Bono Best-San Carra) - A Kyle 5 Ran  Time: 2.03.86 Dist: 2 1/4L & Neck  

BANNOCKBURN, Scotland - The Oakwood Stud Mares Pacing Series saw the third different winner in as many legs on Thursday 6th July at Corbiewood, when STAGBI Future Broodmares winner Loriznitestar bounced back to form. A maximum field of eight faced the starter in leg three, in which San Diego (John Allan) assumed control of the early fractions. As the race progressed, the leader seemed content bowling along in front and slipped the field by six open lengths, looking to be in control. However, as the leader swung into the stretch the complexion of the race altered dramatically as three chasing horses gradually closed the gap with San Diego's stride shortening. Lorizenitestar (Grant Cullen), Porcelain Seelster (James Haythornthwaite) and Sureamsomething (William Greenhorn) all came into contention simultaneously, challenging San Diego from all sides. The four horses thundered to the line in a pulsating finish, in which Loriznitestar showed great tenacity to get up by half a length from Sureamsomething, with Porcelain Seelster half a length behind in third, and San Diego beaten a neck into fourth. A steward's enquiry followed, in which Sureamsomething was disqualified for a pylon violation rendering Porcelain Seelster the runner up, and San Diego placed for the third consecutive week. In the high grade OPH, Indie Hanover (Richard Haythornthwaite) and Vyrnwy Smoke (Lauren Moran) became embroiled in an early speed duel, with the latter going off stride into the first bend. This allowed Indie Hanover to assume a comfortable lead, until Ayr Majesty (Hugh Menzies) circumnavigated the field to join the leader and race stride for stride until the three quarter marker. As the challenger faded, Bayrigg Millionayr (Dougie McKenzie) and Robhall (Grant Cullen) emerged from the pack as the most likely dangers, however the leader, despite being all out, managed to hold on. Camden Massino (William Greenhorn) finished strong when finding racing room to deny Robhall third place. The first race of the night saw a very impressive debutante in the homebred DKs Happy Forever (Richard Thomson) who led from pillar to post and won in effortless fashion. This two-year-old looks to have a bright future for the Corbiewood-based Moncrieff/Moore barn. Cole Connection (William Greenhorn) was another all-the-way maiden winner on his seasonal debut. Valentine Camden (William Drysdale) came off the pace with a four wide challenge down the stretch to run down the betting favourite Cash (Richard Haythornthwaite) in the closing stages of the Grade 1 & 2 OPH. The Grade 2 to 4 OPH saw back to back wins for Camden Rocco, who came from off the pace to take up the running off the final bend and won going away in an impressive time of 2.04.22. The next meeting at Corbiewood is Thursday 13th July, featuring the fourth leg of the Oakwood Stud Mares Pacing Series. First race 7.30pm. by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink RESULTS Race 1 - 1st DKs Happy Forever (Soulofthematter-DK Happy Moments) - R Thomson 2nd Daylon Vacation (Daylon Alert-Coalford Quest) - W Greenhorn 3rd Rogue Comet (Rogue Hall-Angelas Cosmo) - G Cullen 4 Ran  Time: 2.07.76 Dist: 2 3/4L & 1L Race 2 - 1st Cole Connection (Horselaughter-Hot Connection) - W Greenhorn 2nd Mooreside Watson (Harmony P-Wayside Lady) - R Thomson 3rd Littlemill Jo (Littlemill Rogue-Hendos Star) - S Henderon 4 Ran  Dist: 2 1/4L & 1L Race 3 - 1st Valentine Camden (Pro Bono Best-Lets All Boogie) - W Drysdale 2nd Cash (Hasty Hall-Cherokee) - R Haythornthwaite 3rd K And M Redpandana (The Firepan-Rosy Red) - H Menzies 7 Ran  Time: 2.07.76 Dist: 1L & 2L Race 4 - 1st Loriznitestar (Dreamfair Vogel-Starry Nite) - G Cullen 2nd Porcelain Seelster (Camluck-Pantecostal) - J Haythornthwaite 3rd San Diego (Pro Bono Best-San Carra) - J Allan 8 Ran   Time: 2.05.91 Dist: 1L & Neck Race 5 - 1st Camden Rocco (Arts Conquest-Magical Sign) - W Greenhorn 2nd Wellfield Alfie (Village Connection-Garys Advice) - G Cullen 3rd ATM (Genghis Pan-Yoko Hall) - D McKenzie 8 Ran  Time: 2.04.22 Dist: 4L & 1 3/4L Race 6 - 1st Indie Hanover (Well Said-Incredible Margie) - R Haythornthwaite 2nd Bayrigg Millionayr (Genghis Pan-Ayr Millennium) - D McKenzie 3rd Camden Massino (Art Major-Sheeza Sakra) - W Greenhorn 8 Ran  Time: 2.04.20 Dist: 1/2L & Nose      

Bannock, Scotland - On Thursday 29th June, five mares faced the starter in the second leg of the Oakwood Stud Mares Pacing Series at Corbiewood. Track conditions were less than ideal following persistent heavy rain throughout the course of the day however the track held up reasonably well for the seven-race card. Last week's long-time leader GDs Baby (William Drysdale) once again showed good gate speed to take up the running in the early stages of the race. Yokalady (William Greenhorn) found herself parked and endured a tough trip throughout whilst keeping the leader under sustained pressure.   San Diego (John Allan) and Starzapan (Stuart MacKenzie) travelled through the race sitting on the rail and approaching the three quarter marker as Yokalady began to tire, both both mares looked to mount a challenge. It was San Diego who emerged as the leader's biggest danger as she drew alongside GDs Baby in the final eighth and perhaps looked the likely winner considering the outcome of last week's race; however, Drysdale had kept something in reserve and asked his mare to quicken.   She dug deep and went on to win by three quarters of a length. Starzapan delivered her challenge three wide and although never threatening the winner will no doubt strip fitter for her seasonal reappearance and last year's SHRC Horse of the Year is expected to be competitive in the remainder of the series. The top grade handicap saw Stoneriggs Banner (Ian Hay) lead from pillar to post where he held off a determined challenge from American Gigolo (William Drysdale) by a neck in an exciting finish. This victory was a first driving win for Ian Hay in over 10 years having semi-retired from the sulky; a regular groom for the stable, he is called up for driving duties on occasion when required and it was clear to see his delight at returning to the winner's circle. The evening began with a maiden pace featuring an all-the-way victory for Johnny Cash and Gordon Gilvear. Regular driver Logan Fowler was forced to cheer on from the sidelines following an accident which will see him on "box rest" for a number of weeks.   The second race went the way of Royal Mint Howard (G Cullen), who finally overcame long-time leader Littlemill Jo (Stephen Henderson) in the stretch to notch up his second win of the season. The runner-up lost nothing in defeat and looks sure to go one better in the coming weeks.   The Grade 1 and Grade 2 races were both won by horses who were victorious at the first meet: Millie May West (John Allan) streaked clear in the closing stages to record her second win of the year; Wellfield Alfie (George Drysdale) led out, made all and cruised home in the fastest time of the night in what was a very impressive performance. There seems no reason why either of these can't win again.   Another impressive winner was the eight-year-old mare, Ayr Pandemic (William Greenhorn), who recorded her 16th lifetime win in the Grade 3 & 4 OPH, in a career that has spanned almost 7 seasons. The manner in which she blazed to victory would suggest she is as good as ever. The next meeting at Corbiewood is Thursday 6th July, featuring the third leg of the Oakwood Stud Mares Pacing Series. First race 7.30pm.   by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink Race 1 1st Johnny Cash (Soulofthematter-Halfabootie) - G Gilvear 2nd Ayr Caledonia (Hasty Hall-Ayr Wing) - G Keith 3rd Hawthorns Melinda (Pierce Seelster-Dot Comm) - R Leary 6 Ran  Time: 2.08.82 Dist: 2 1/4L & 1L Race 2 1st Royal Mint Howard (Village Marquis-Gold Sovereign) - G Cullen 2nd Littlemill Jo (Littlemill Rogue-Hendos Star) - S Henderson 3rd I Live To Party (Dreamfair Vogel-Party West) - B Gilvear 5 Ran  Time: 2.07.87 Dist: 1L & 11L Race 3 1st Millie May West (Hasty Hall-Aprilmaywest) - J Allan 2nd Miami Seelster (Pierce Seelster-Miamicrombie) - R Leary 3rd Live In Toyboy - (Village Jasper-Live In Lover) - G Cullen 6 Ran  Time: 2.06.96 Dist: 3 3/4L & 1 1/2L Race 4 1st Wellfield Alfie (Village Connection-Garys Advice) - G Drysdale 2nd Camden Candyman (Yankee Lariat-Tacambaro) - W Greenhorn 3rd Caraghs Comet (Soulofthematter-Flyers Comet) - T MacKenzie Jr 7 Ran  Time: 2.04.37 Dist: 2L & 2L Race 5 1st Ayr Pandemic (Daylon Alert-Poudine Du Pan) - W Greenhorn) 2nd West End Alf (The Cammissioner-Red Emilie) - G Drysdale 3rd Ladyford Lad (Hasty Hall-Just Disraeli) - L Moran 7 Ran  Time: 2.05.3 Dist: 4L & 1 1/4L Race 6 1st GDs Baby (Daylon Alert-GDs Twin) - W Drysdale 2nd San Diego (Pro Bono Best-San Carra) - J Allan 3rd Starzapan (Genghis Pan-Starry Nite) - S MacKenzie 5 Ran  Time: 2.08.11 Dist: 3/4L & 1/4L Race 7 1st Stoneriggs Banner (Banner Yankee-Thepansquickrnthei) - I Hay 2nd American Gigolo (Village Jasper-American Beauty) - W Drysdale 3rd Camden Massino (Art Major-Sheeza Sakra) - G Cullen 7 Ran Time: 2.05.5 Dist: Neck & 3 3/4L Video replay's are below: Race 1 - Race 2 - Race 3 - Race 4 - Race 5 - Race 6 - Race 7 -

Bannock, Scotland - The visiting mare Porcelain Seelster was the first to score in Corbiewood's inaugural mares series on Thursday 22nd June in a competitive affair which saw the first six horses cross the wire with less than a second separating them. It was GDs Baby (William Drysdale) who was first to show as the field settled into Indian file by the first quarter, with the leader coasting through the half and three quarters in good fractions. It was at this stage that the race came alive, with San Diego (John Allan), who had closely tracked the long-time leader, first to mount a serious challenge. Entering the home stretch San Diego nosed in front, yet as soon as she had taken up the running Porcelain Seelster (James Haythornthwaite) had reached top gear and delivered a well-timed challenge along with Dontstoptheparty (Brian Gilvear) who by this stage was having to challenge four wide. As they crossed the line in a pulsating finish, it was Porcelain Seelster who came out on top. Dontstoptheparty snatched second with San Diego in third. The other feature race of the night was billed as a match between the previous two top grade OPH winners from the first two meetings of the season: Indie Hanover (Richard Haythornthwaite) and Robhall (Stuart MacKenzie). The former led out, as his anticipated early rival Stoneriggs Banner (Hugh Menzies) made a break, gifting him an uncontested lead. They headed through the half in 1.02, which compared to last week's sizzling 59 seconds seemed pedestrian. Approaching the three quarter marker there were three obvious dangers: American Gigolo (William Drysdale), Bayrigg Millionayr (Dougie McKenzie) and Camden Massino (Grant Cullen). Of the three, Bayrigg Millionayr emerged from the chasing pack and despite his best efforts, Indie Hanover could not shake off his challenger as Bayrigg Millionayr sprinted to victory. American Gigolo got up for second with the long-time leader finishing third. GDs Hazzard was the first of two wins for English driver Andrew Cairns when going off a hot favourite in the maiden race, following on from his third placed run in the SHRC 3YO Derby the week prior. Cairns' second win came from a catch drive on Camden Rocco in the Grade 1 for Corbiewood-based trainer Alex Taylor. Another winning catch drive secured victory in the maiden and novice combined race, when Richard Haythornthwaite steered the Gregor Menzies-trained Cash home in front. Live In Toyboy (Grant Cullen) made his second start of the season a winning one in the Grade 1 -3 OPH and the multi-disciplined Jasper Hill (Thomas MacKenzie) returned to winning ways in the Grade 3 & 4 OPH. The next meeting at Corbiewood is Thursday 29th June, first race 7.30pm. Featuring the second leg of the Oakwood Stud Mares Pacing Series. by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink Race 1 - 1st GDs Hazzard (Mypanmar-Jambo Cam) - A Cairns 2nd Lets Party (Dreamfair Vogel-Party West) - B Gilvear 3rd Beach Blizzard (Radiant King-Jennas Desire) - S Murray Time: 2.05.48 Dist: 4 1/2L & 6L Race 2 - 1st Cash (Hasty Hall-Cherokee) - R Haythornthwaite 2nd Red Romeo (Daylon Alert-Red Sarah) - W Drysdale 3rd Royal Mint Howard (Village Marquis-Gold Sovereign) - G Cullen Time: 2.08.81 Dist: 6 1/2L & Neck Race 3 - 1st Camden Rocco (Arts Conquest-Magical Sign) - A Cairns 2nd Evenwood Coolsting (The Firepan-Lamour La Plott) - S MacKenzie 3rd Springhill Catch (Best Sunshine-Springhill Kate) - W Greenhorn Time: 2.06.49 Dist: 10L & 3/4L Race 4 - 1st Live In Toyboy (Village Jasper-Live In Lover) - G Cullen 2nd Wellfield Alfie (Village Connection-Garys Advice) - G Drysdale 3rd Valentine Camden (Pro Bono Best-Lets All Boogie) - W Drysdale Time: 2.05.77 Dist: 2L & 1 1/2L Race 5 - 1st Jasper Hill (Village Jasper-Eyes Wide Open) - T MacKenzie Jnr 2nd Camden Casper (Yankee Lariat-Lets All Boogie) - G Cullen 3rd Mega Star (Genghis Pan-Party West) - W Greenhorn Time: 2.07.33 Dist: 3/4 & 3/4L Race 6 - 1st Bayrigg Millionayr (Genghis Pa-Ayr Millennium) - D McKenzie 2nd American Gigolo (Village Jasper-American Beauty) - W Drysdale 3rd Indie Hanover (Well Said-Incredible Margie) - R Haythornthwaite Time: 2.04.46 Dist: 1L & 1 1/4L Race 7 - 1st Porcelain Seelster (Camluck-Pantecostal) - J Haythornthwaite 2nd Dontstoptheparty (Dreamfair Vogel-Party West) - B Gilvear 3rd San Diego (Pro Bono Best-San Carra) - J Allan Time: 2.06.91 Dist: Neck & 3/4L  

BANNOCK, Scotland - On Friday 16th June, Corbiewood played host to the prestigious SHRC 3YO Derby, with Grant Cullen partnering the winners of both the fillies division and the colts and geldings division on a night that saw him record a hat trick of driving wins. Victoria Camden put in an impressive performance to reverse last year's SHRC 2YO Futurity placings when beating old rival Crosshill Ace (Andrew Cairns). She overcame a bad draw to take up the running just after the 3/4 marker, with long-time leader Crosshill Ace staying on for second and another Scottish-owned filly, She Be Rockin (Gordon Gilvear) taking the minor honours. Betting favourite Greenhilldebateable did not figure from the worst barrier draw. No Brakes led out and made all, although was tracked throughout by English raider All Good Hanover (Lee Fletcher). The latter could never get within striking distance of the all-the-way winner, who recorded an eye-catching personal best of 2.03.45 in victory. GDs Hazzard (Andrew Cairns) put in a good run to finish third. Betting favourite Tyrion Hanover finished fourth. Cullen's third win on the night came on board a non-winner in three seasons, Wellfield Alfie. Having not won since July 2014, the 8-year-old son of Village Connection debuted this year with a return to winning ways. He took up the running in the final quarter of the race and stayed on to win convincingly from the fast-finishing Camden Rocco (William Drysdale) and San Diego (John Allan). The high grade handicap attracted top quality competitors and what looked like a fantastic race on paper turned out to be even better in reality. Stoneriggs Banner (Ian Hay) led the field through the half in 59 seconds, the fastest this year, and then was forced to fend off several challenges. First challenge came from Camden Casper (Grant Cullen), then Ayr Majesty (Hugh Menzies) as the field stacked up behind them. Approaching the final bend with an eighth of a mile to go, a blanket covered the field and it was Robhall (Stuart Mackenzie) with a four-wide challenge who emerged from the pack to win impressively, with the grey Coalford Chief (Mick Lord) who had faltered early to find himself detached from the field, finishing second. The mare, Sureamsomething (William Greenhorn) found a gap on the rail in the stretch to snatch third. The beginning of the evening saw the first winner of the year for the O'Neil stables from Ayr, with their debutante Ayr Bird (Hugh O'Neil Jnr Jnr) who took up the running at the quarter marker and never looked back. Springhill Catch (William Greenhorn) wore down the long-time leader Tarawood Kiki (Andrew Cairns) in the stretch to win the Maiden & Novice event. Vyrnwy Smoke returned to winning ways when partnered by SHRC Young Driver of the Year 2016, Lauren Moran, for the first time this year at Corbiewood, coming with a well-timed but bold challenge off the final turn to win from Ontop Accountable (Grant Cullen). The next meeting at Corbiewood is Thursday 22nd June featuring the first leg of the Oakwood Stud Mares Pacing Series. First race at 7.30pm. by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink Race 1 1st Ayr Bird (Dreamfair Vogel-Grinfromayrtoayr) - H O'Neil Jnr Jnr 2nd Red Romeo (Daylon Alert-Red Sarah) - W Drysdale 3rd Beach Blizzard (Radiant King-Jennas Desire) - S Murray Time: 2.06.45 Dist: 4L & 2L  5 Ran Race 2 1st Springhill Catch (Best Sunshine-Springhill Kate) - W Greenhorn 2nd Tarawood Kiki (Kikikolt-One Mile Meg) - A Cairns 3rd Cardigan Flashman (Doonbeg-Ayr Flight) - R Haythornthwaite Time: 2.06.05 Dist: 1L & Neck  5 Ran   Race 3 1st Wellfield Alfie (Village Connection-Garys Advice) - G Cullen 2nd Camden Rocco (Arts Conquest-Magical Sign) - W Drysdale 3rd San Diego (Pro Bono Best-San Carra) - J Allan Time: 2.05.28 Dist: 5L & 1/2L  7 Ran Race 4 1st Vyrnwy Smoke (Backnthesaddleapan-Vyrnwy Victory) - L Moran 2nd Ontop Accountable (The Preacher Pan-Accountable Joe) - G Cullen 3rd K And M Redpandana (The Firepan-Rosy Red) - H Menzies Time: 2.06.79 Dist: 1 1/2L & 1L   7 Ran Race 5 1st Robhall (Dreamfair Vogel-Yoko Hall) - S MacKenzie 2nd Coalford Chief (Coalford Laag-Life Signs Image) - M Lord 3rd Sureamsomething (Wolfdancer Mindale-Sureamsmart) - W Greenhorn Time: 2.03.95 Dist: 2L & 2L   8 Ran Race 6 1st Victoria Camden (Mypanmar-Penn Kinki Touch) - G Cullen 2nd Crosshill Ace (Cams Card Shark-Vain In Spain) - A Cairns 3rd She Be Rockin (Rocknroll Hanover-Utopia Hanover) - G Gilvear Time: 2.06.10 Dist: 2L & 1 3/4L  8 Ran Race 7 1st No Brakes (Hasty Hall-Panama Canal) - G Cullen 2nd All Good Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-All Tucked Up) - L Fletcher 3rd GDs Hazzard (Mypanmar-Jambo Cam) - A Cairns Time: 2.03.45 Dist: 2 1/2L & 4L  6 Ran  

BANNOCK, Scotland - The season started with a bang at Corbiewood on Friday 9th June, with an eight race card which saw eight different winning drivers. The feature races were the STAGBI Future Broodmares Pace and the Open Preferred Handicap Final which both went the way of Corbiewood stalwarts. Loriznitestar picked up her first victory in the highly competitive STAGBI Future Broodmares Pace which guarantees connections a spot at the national harness racing and breeding awards next spring. The eight-year-old daughter of Dreamfair Vogel was the first to break the 7-horse Indian file when driver Grant Cullen committed her approaching the half. From this point, her and long-time leader Sureamhasty (William Greenhorn) matched strides until the former proved the strongest down the stretch, winning by a length. Caraghs Comet (Thomas MacKenzie Jnr) finished half a length off Sureamhasty in third. The other feature race was the Grades 1-6 OPH Final, with three heats run earlier on the night providing the runners. The first heat went the way of Willie Kyle's Millie May West (John Allan), who toughed a two wide trip for most of the race to give new connections a win by a neck from the three-year-old Victoria Camden (Grant Cullen) who in turn got up in the shadow of the post to steal second from long-time leader Killarney Howard (Hugh O'Neil Jnr Jnr). The second heat saw another long-time leader headed in deep stretch, when the eleven-year-old Jasper Hill (Thomas MacKenzie Jnr) snatched victory from betting favourite Valentine Camden (William Drysdale). Camden Rocco (William Greenhorn) stayed on for third. The third of the three heats bucked the trend, as long-time leader Indie Hanover (Richard Haythornthwaite) shot clear coming home after seeing off the sole challenge of Ayr Pandemic (William Greenhorn) who faded after tough fractions. Stoneriggs Banner (Hugh Menzies) was the best of the rest, finishing five lengths behind the winner, with Bayrigg Millionayr (Richard Thomson) half a length behind in third. Seven horses faced the starter in the final, as Stoneriggs Banner withdrew. Valentine Camden (William Drysdale) showed a good turn of foot from the gate to take the early lead. Indie Hanover (Richard Haythornthwaite) was a persistent challenger throughout as they went through the half in a minute. Coming to the three quarter marker, Indie Hanover slipped the field, however Bayrigg Millionayr (Richard Thomson) emerged from the pack with a determined challenge and despite hooking wheels on the final turn, dug deep to record his 19th lifetime win. Indie Hanover stayed on for second with Jasper Hill (Thomas MacKenzie Jnr) finishing third. The first of the two maiden races was won impressively by the Rocknroll Hanover filly She Be Rockin (Gordon Gilvear) who made all the running to win in comfortable fashion. Her next assignment will be the SHRC 3YO Derby Fillies Division at the next meeting. The second maiden pace was won by Royal Mint Howard (William Drysdale) who went one better than his impressive debut at Appleby by leading from start to finish. The Corbiewood-trained Billy Wilk (William Greenhorn) won the novice pace in decisive fashion. The next meeting at Corbiewood is Friday 16th June, featuring the SHRC 3YO Derby Colts and Fillies divisions. First race is 7.30pm. by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink Race 1 1st She Be Rockin (Rocknroll Hanover-Utopia Hanover) - G Gilvear 2nd Ayr Caledonia (Hasty Hall-Ayr Wing) - G Keith 3rd Hawthorns Melinda (Pierce Seelster-Dot Comm) - W Greenhorn Time: 2.07.48 Dist: 7L & 1/2L Race 2 1st Millie May West (Hasty Hall-Aprilmaywest) - J Allan 2nd Victoria Camden (Mypanmar-Penn Kinki Touch) - G Cullen 3rd Killarney Howard (Todays Man-Cams Legend) - H O'Neil Jnr Jnr Time: 2.07.56 Dist: Neck & Head Race 3 1st Jasper Hill (Village Jasper-Eyes Wide Open) - T MacKenzie Jnr 2nd Valentine Camden (Pro Bono Best-Lets All Boogie) - W Drysdale 3rd Camden Rocco (Arts Conquest-Magical Sign) Time: 2.09.2 Dist: Head & 2L Race 4 1st Indie Hanover (Well Said-Incredible Margie) - R Haythornthwaite 2nd Stoneriggs Banner (Banner Yankee-Thepansquickrnthei) - H Menzies 3rd Bayrigg Millionayr (Genghis Pan-Ayr Millenium) - R Thomson Time: 2.04.18 Dist: 5L & 1/2L Race 5 1st Royal Mint Howard (Village Marquis-Gold Sovereign) - W Drysdale 2nd Ayr Superior (Daylon Alert-Whos Laughing) - H O'Neil Jnr Jnr 3rd Daylon Vacation (Daylon Alert-Coalford Quest) - W Greenhorn Time: 2.09.98 Dist: 1L & 3/4L Race 6 1st Billy Wilk (Backnthesaddleapan-Southlands Lady) - W Greenhorn 2nd New London Hanover (Dragon Again-Natural Paradise) - G Gilvear 3rd Fools Delight (Mypanmar-Bettorbynine) - H Menzies Time: 2.06.46 Dist: 6L & 3 1/2L Race 7 1st Loriznitestar (Dreamfair Vogel-Starry Nite) - G Cullen 2nd Sureamhasty (Hasty Hall-Sureamsmart) - W Greenhorn 3rd Caraghs Comet (Soulofthematter-Flyers Comet) - T MacKenzie Jnr Time: 2.06.38 Dist: 1L & 1/2L Race 8 1st Bayrigg Millionayr (Genghis Pan-Ayr Millenium) - R Thomson 2nd Indie Hanover (Well Said-Incredible Margie) - R Haythornthwaite 3rd Jasper Hill (Village Jasper-Eyes Wide Open) - T MacKenzie Jnr Time: 2.04.61 Dist: 1L & 1L        

A new mares’ series to be staged at Corbiewood in 2017 is to be sponsored by Oakwood Stud (Co Offaly, Ireland).   The series, which will be staged over 7 weeks, will be run by the Scottish Harness Racing Club (SHRC) for its members and is open to mares aged 4 and above with a BHRC handicap of Grade 1 or above.   Mare owners must be members of the club at the date the entries close.  SHRC members do not need to reside in Scotland. The Oakwood Stud Mares’ Pacing Series will be limited to the top 12 BHRC handicapped mares which enter, with the handicap mark to be determined on the date the nominations close (Friday 9th June).   The series will consist of 6 legs, with the first 3 legs run as open preferred handicaps in two lines as per the BHRC handicap system (lowest earnings drawn 1, highest earnings drawn 8) and the remaining 3 legs run as open preferred handicaps in two lines based on monies won within the series.   The series will culminate with a £1500 purse final for the top 8 highest earners in the series, with the winner receiving £1000 as well as a rug and trophy also sponsored by Oakwood Stud. Derek Delaney, speaking on behalf of Oakwood Stud, was quick to get on board with the idea: “We love to be involved in great start up ideas in UK & Irish Harness racing from the beginning and we believe there needs to be more racing for the mares and love the idea of them racing their own sex as older mares and not only juvenile stakes racing.  When Sarah Thomas told me her thoughts, I was immediately interested in supporting her forward thinking.” Each of the 12 mares will be guaranteed 4 runs in the series should they enter for all of the legs, with the purse for each leg set at £550.  The nomination fee to stake a mare is £150, with the entry fee for each leg being £40.  The final will be run in two lines with all 8 mares to ballot for position. The order of priority for the first leg will be the top 8 BHRC handicapped mares; any mares returned from the first leg will take priority for the second leg. The order of priority for the remaining legs will be as follows: Any mares returned from the previous leg; Mares with the lowest number of runs within the series; Mares with the lowest earnings within the series; Highest BHRC handicap mark. The idea for the series stemmed from the success of the three STAGBI Future Broodmares races staged at Corbiewood in 2016.  All three races were fully subscribed and provided competitive and thrilling finishes in the open preferred handicap format.  In 2017 there will be a maximum of two STAGBI Future Broodmares races sponsored by STAGBI, which will supplement the mares’ series. Further details of the series will be published via the SHRC and BHRC websites and social media pages in due course, however if anybody has any queries regarding the series, please contact Sarah Thomas. by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink

At the closing of the 2016 season in the UK, the British Harness Racing Club published the final standings for leading owner, trainer and horse. In two of the categories it was a race to the wire as trainers William 'Rocker' Laidler and Teresa Haythornthwaite, and owners Raymond Huschka and Claire Fletcher, battled it out into the final meetings at Corbiewood, Scotland, to win the title. Leading owner for the 2016 season went the way of Claire Fletcher, who secured the title on the final full day's racing at Corbiewood on 23rd October when Indie Hanover and Porcelain Seelster both notched up victories to make the winning tally 30 wins and 63 top 3 finishes. Last year's leading owner, Raymond Huschka, finished in second place with 28 wins and 80 top 3 finishes. BHRC Chairman Roy Sheedy finished third in the table, with 16 wins and 48 top 3 finishes. Claire Fletcher has previously won the title in 2011, and described the highlight of this season as "winning Musselburgh (The Famous Musselburgh Pace Final with Sports Trick), "it "was the best feeling and seeing Shane's (Claire's husband and co-organiser of the race meeting at Wolverhampton Racecourse) face, we were so emotional both of us". "We can only thank Team Haythornthwaite (trainer Teresa and drivers Alan, Richard and James) for everything they do, they work so hard and love the horses. We can't thank them enough. There are a lot of highs and lows in racing but this season we finished on a high". The trainer's title was all but decided the previous week at Corbiewood, as 'Rocker' Laidler extended his lead over Teresa Haythornthwaite, a deficit which could not be overcome despite Teresa training the aforementioned Claire Fletcher-owned duo who won at the final fixture. 'Rocker' Laidler has previously won the title, before wife Alexis went on a winning streak of 8 trainer's titles in a row, making this the tenth year straight that a Laidler has won the Championship. Rocker's season highlights included winning the Park Lodge Final at Aberystwyth and the 4YO Championship with Mikey Camden, and the Bells Field Final and Tregaron Classic Final with Evenwood Sonofagun. He won the FFA at Monmouth and Newcastle with Meadowbranch Josh also. His finally tally stands at 45 wins, with 148 top 3 finishes. Second-placed Teresa Haythornthwaite recorded 43 wins, with 103 top 3 finishes; and David Taff placed third with 31 wins and 62 top 3 finishes. The driver's title was a runaway affair as the season progressed, as Scottish driver William Greenhorn stormed to the top of the leader board early in the year and maintained momentum. The achievement was made all the more impressive due to the fact that Greenhorn was not affiliated to any major stable in 2016, and although he drove a number of horses that he has an established partnership with on behalf of other trainers, he also scored with numerous catch drives, forging new partnerships with horses and trainers alike. Greenhorn described winning the title as "a great personal achievement to win as it reflects how you have done over the full season rather than how you performed on a particular day. This title hasn't been won by a Scottish driver for a good number of years so I'm proud to give Scotland this recognition also". "Competing in the VDM Final and the Crock of Gold Final were highlights of the season, although I had no success in them". Greenhorn did have success however in FFA class races with Meadowbranch Josh at Tregaron in May, as well as the SHRC 2YO Futurity with Crosshill Ace. He also proved his worth when guiding Ayr Escape to the gelding's first win in 63 starts. Numerous drives were provided by leading trainer Rocker Laidler, including winning both heat and final at Hellifield. It was good to see former leading driver Laidler showing support to Greenhorn, who has acted as catch driver for the Laidler team for many years when the stables have qualified two of more runners for major handicap finals. He topped the table with 55 wins and 135 top 3 finishes; Rocker Laidler finished second with 39 wins and 126 top 3 finishes, and SHRC Leading Driver in 2015, Grant Cullen, recorded 37 wins and 86 top 3 finishes. Leading horse for 2016 was awarded to the Sally Teeboon-trained Miraculous (Arts Conquest-Another Mattie-Presidential Ball), having won 9 of his 10 starts this season. Last year's leading 2YO colt stepped up at age three to dominate once again in his age category, but also recorded a victory in his first start of the year in open class company against aged pacers. His CV now boasts the 3YO Scottish Grass Derby at Musselburgh, the NWHOA 3YO Championship, Breeders Crown 3YO Colts, BHRC National Pacing Derby (Colts), Sire Stakes 3YO Colts and the Oakwood Stud 3YO Derby and Portmarnock, Ireland. Last year's leading 2YO filly, Jessies Conquest (Arts Conquest-Apopka Denise-Jennas Beach Boy), also stepped up at age three, recording 8 wins in 10 starts to finish second in the table for owner/trainer/driver Marc Jones. Her victories included the Monmouth 3YO Colts & Fillies Pace, where she beat Miraculous, Ceredigion 3YO Fillies, NWHOA 3YO Fillies, Little Welsh Dragoness, National Pacing Derby (Fillies) and the Sire Stakes 3YO Fillies. Rhyds Mystique finished third, winning 8 of her 9 starts in the top 2YO races this season for trainer John Gill, with the VDM Final being the only race to elude her all season. The BHRC awards for horses in the various categories will be voted on imminently by the clubs and associations around the UK, as well as individuals on the BHRC Council. The short list for each category are as follows: HORSE OF THE YEAR will be voted on by the BHRC Committee from the winners of the below categories in 2016. The winners of the below categories will be voted on at the AGM in December, with a further vote at a later date to finalise the Horse of the Year 2016. Pacer of the Year Evenwood Sonofagun From 11 starts he has only been outside the top four twice. Most notably in August he won the Bells Field Heat and Final and within the week took the Welsh Classic Heat & Final at Tregaron. Owned by Raymond Huschka, trained and driven by William 'Rocker' Laidler. Mikey Camden With 7 wins in 2016, this horse travelled for most of the big handicap races - Appleby Spring, Musselburgh, Aberystwyth and Tregaron. He was well placed in all and winner of the Park Lodge Classic Heat & Final at Aberystwyth. Owned by Raymond Huschka and trained by William 'Rocker' Laidler. Sports Trick Winner of 7 races in 2016 including the Senior Welsh Dragon at Tregaron, Appleby Spring Sunday Handicap Heat & Final, the NWSA 4YO Championship at Tir Prince and of course The Famous Musselburgh Pace Heat & Final. He was also runner up in the Park Lodge Classic Final at Ceredigion, beaten by only 1 length. Owned by Leading Owner Claire Fletcher, trained by Teresa Haythornthwaite and driven by Alan Haythornthwaite. Mare of the Year Blytheview Peach With 4 victories in 2016, this mare has advanced from Maiden through to Grade 3. Her first victory was at the Tregaron Festival in August, quickly followed by victories at Almeley and Tir Prince, with her four at York on Sale Day in October. Owned by Cheryl Podmore, driven by Jason Podmore and trained by Jason Podmore and Victoria Elvin from June. Frisco Frisk A tough and consistent mare who realised 3 victories from 12 starts in 2016. Her first victory was at Wolverhampton in June and the other two in 4YO stakes at Tir Prince; the NWSA 4YO Fillies Championship and Breeders Crown 4YO Mares. She realised £14,000 when offered for sale at Brightwells in October. Owned by the Fools Who Dream Syndicate and trained by Teresa Haythornthwaite. Shades Of Grey A terrific mare who has achieved 8 top 3 finishes from 14 races, 5 of which were victories. Her first win came at Wolverhampton in June, followed by a tough race at Musselburgh where she held on and won the top Heat of the Famous Musselburgh Pace. She won a Stayers Pace at Pikehall in some of the toughest conditions, a STAGBI Mares Pace at Tir Prince and a Red Mills sponsored Pace at Dundalk. Owned by Leading Owner Claire Fletcher, trained by Teresa Haythornthwaite and driven by James Haythornthwaite. Trotter of the Year Sacha Of Carless A late import in 2016, he squeezed in 10 races and struck up a 50% strike rate. He has raced over varying distances and had victories at Musselburgh, Newcastle and Tir Prince including the 2-mile endurance trot in September. Owned by John Foy and trained by David Taff. Sire Pazenais Another fresh 2016 import for the Le Trot series, he has been victorious in one third of his starts, placed in one third and only out of the placings on three occasions. Owner by Paul L Mather Jnr and trained by Paul Mather. Sulky Du Blequin 2016 was his second season racing under BHRC, where from 13 starts he realised 11 top 3 finishes. Racing over varying distances and on all surfaces he had back to back victories at Wolverhampton in June, the Gold Le Trot at Musselburgh, the George Dixon Memorial Trot at Tir Prince, the Le Trot Saddle race at Tir Prince and lastly an impressive 11 length win at Chelmsford. Owned by John Foy and trained by David Taff and John Foy. Tenor Meslois Imported as part of the Le Trot initiative in 2016, this trotter has been very successful with 12 top 3 finishes from 15 races. He racked up 6 victories on a variety of tracks and over a variety of distances; Tregaron over 1¼ miles, Wolverhampton over 1m100yds, Monmouth over 1¼ miles, Tir Prince over 1 mile and 1¼ miles and Amman Valley over 1m940yds. Owned by Gwenan Thomas, trained and driven by Rhys Evans. 3YO Colt of the Year Miraculous Needing no introduction, he was the 2015 2YO Colt of the Year and is exactly as his name suggests. Leading Horse by number of wins in 2016 he is the champion of the Musselburgh 3YO Grass Championship, the NWSA 3YO Championship, the Barney Joyce Memorial 3YO, the Breeders Crown 3YO Colts, the Oakwood Stud BHRC Colts Derby and the BHRC Sire Stakes 3YO Colts. Owned by Arnie Flower, trained by Sally Teeboon and driven by Patrick Kane Jnr. Truly miraculous is every way. 3YO Filly of the Year Jessies Conquest 2015 2YO Filly of the Year, her 3YO campaign lived up to all expectations. Winner of the Monmouth 3YO Fillies, the Ceredigion 3YO Fillies, the NWSA 3YO Fillies Championship, Little Welsh Dragoness 3YO, the Oakwood Stud BHRC Fillies Derby and the BHRC Sire Stakes 3YO Fillies. Bred, Owned, Trained and Driven by Marc T Jones. She boasts a very strong CV. 2YO Colt of the Year Rhyds Decoy From the mare CPR this colt was always expected to excel and add to the numerous stakes races of her other progeny. He didn't disappoint, finishing in the top 3 of all his 6 starts and winning the Ceredigion 2YO Colts, a Vincent Delaney Prep at Tir Prince and also the BHRC Sire Stakes 2YO Colts. Owned by the BKB Syndicate, trained by Joanne Cairns and driven by Andrew Cairns. Tyrion Hanover Lightly raced as most 2YOs are, this colt was rightly placed by owner John Howard and trainer Samboy Howard. He finished in the top 3 of 4 out of his 5 races, conquering the heat and final of possibly the most prestigious 2YO race of present; the Vincent Delaney Memorial. 2YO Filly of the Year Rhyds Mystique From a CPR line mare, this filly also has a catalogue of successful siblings. She proved to be the best yet winning 8 out of 9 of her starts including the NWSA 2YO Fillies, the Ceredigion 2YO Fillies, a Vincent Delaney Prep, the Breeders Crown 2YO Fillies, the Vincent Delaney 2YO Fillies Division, the Junior Welsh Dragoness, the Rhyds Stud BHRC Fillies Futurity and the BHRC Sire Stakes 2YO Fillies. Owned by Victoria Elvin, trained by John Gill and driven by Victoria Gill. Overseas Horse of the Year Any horse that has connections to an IHRA registered owner or trainer in the relevant season can be nominated under this category. Kickass Katie 4YO filly who has rarely been out of the placings all season. Under BHRC she finished 2nd in the Strata Florida Heat at Tregaron and 3rd in the final. In late September she made the trip over to Tir Prince for the Sire Stakes and was victorious in the 4YO fillies division in a very respectable time of 1.59.6. Owned and driven by John Richardson, and trained by William Flanagan. Porterstown Road First raced under BHRC in June at Tir Prince he finished 2nd in a Crock of Gold Heat, followed by second again in the FFA at Ceredigion. In July he took on the Crock of Gold heats again and was triumphant in a clock of 1.57.3, a run that gained him entry to the final in August when he excelled and held off the competition to take the Crock of Gold 2016. Owned by the family of the late RGB Webster, trained by Geoff Dunne and driven by Jonathan Dunne. Special Contribution to Harness Racing The winner of this category will be determined by the Awards Event Organisation Committee. All nominations will be considered and the winner announced along with Horse of the Year: Elizabeth O'Neil & Kareen New Sarah Thomas Heulwen Bulman Sue Williams (Tir Prince) Awards will be presented at the BHRC & STAGBI Annual Awards Event on Saturday 25th February 2017 - award winners will be invited to attend; further details to follow. by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink

Stirling, Scotland - With the crowds at Corbiewood celebrating fifty years of racing on the UK's smallest hard track, a group of 42 Australian harness racing enthusiasts currently touring the UK and Ireland were treated to a masterclass when witnessing Stoneriggs Mystery set a new track record over the extended distance of 1m 3f on Sunday.   The reigning Crock of Gold Champion and current 'Big Gun' took the Battle of the Big Guns event in style for owners David and Wilma Morton of Falkirk, providing them with one of two wins over the course of the weekend in partnership with trainer/driver duo Sheelagh & Mick Lord, as the up and coming Ayr Trooper also notched up his third career win on Saturday. The main event on Saturday 6th August was the 50th Anniversary Low Grade Final, sponsored by British Harness Racing Club Chairman, Roy Sheedy, of Wellfield Stud, Newport, Wales. The first of the four heats went the way of the Gregor Paterson-trained Dreamaway Carrie, who recently enjoyed success in Wales, giving William Greenhorn his first of six driving wins across the weekend on his bid to become the UK's leading driver for the first time. The next heat went to the English raider, Springhill Dustin, who was reunited with his most successful pilot, Gordon Gilvear. Ayr Trooper and Mick Lord won the third heat, with the veteran Ladyford Lad winning his second race in 9 days when cruising to victory in the final heat in the hands of Lauren Moran. Persistence finally paid off for Coalford Mystery and George Drysdale as the Linda Cassells-trained gelding lost his maiden tag. William Greenhorn recorded his second win on day one with the English contender Conquering Heights from the John 'Chic' Armstrong stables in Newcastle. The heavens opened prior to the running of the Free For All, which saw Robert Craw and Hamish Muirhead's popular pacer Robhall storm to victory in the fastest time for the 2016 season over the mile. This provided last year's top driver Grant Cullen with his first winner of the weekend, and it wasn't long before he returned to the winner's circle when partnering Bobby Rowan's Ontop Accountable to victory in the 50th Anniversary Low Grade Final, having qualified as a runner up in the first race. Trotters returned to Corbiewood for the first time in over 10 years as the track hosted the 2016 staging of the Roosevelt Cup. One of the top square-gaited horses in the UK over the past two seasons made his track debut a winning one, as trotting stalwart Paul Mather of Stockport, Manchester, steered Show Business to victory. On the second day the main event was the 50th Anniversary High Grade Final, again sponsored by Roy Sheedy. The Hamish Muirhead-trained ATM and Hugh Menzies followed up on last week's victory when taking the first of the four heats. The Scottish Harness Racing Club 2015 Horse of the Year, Greentree Shorty, gifted catch driver William Greenhorn with his third win of the weekend. Trackside Racing Stables' in-form mare Starzapan landed her fourth win of the season with Stuart Mackenzie at the reins. The fourth heat was won by the popular grey, Coalford Chief, owned and trained by Joy Swinbank who enjoyed success on the first day of racing with Springhill Dustin. It was a back to back training double for the flamboyant Gregg Dunbar, Salsburgh, as GDs Whirlwind and GDs Warrior recorded wins in the two maiden and novice combined events. William Greenhorn partnered both, increasing his tally to five. The penultimate race saw Stoneriggs Mystery romp home in a new track record over the distance of 1m3f of 2.50.67. The Australian visitors, led by renowned journalist Bill Hutchison and tour guide operator Michael Gallenti, joined celebrations in the winner's circle as they witnessed a champion in action. The Morton-owned Free For All star heads to Tir Prince, North Wales, on August 20th to defend his title as Crock of Gold Champion. In the final, it was the popular and tenacious Greentree Shorty who landed the spoils with William Greenhorn picking him over his other two qualifiers from the heats. Owner John Harrison appeared visibly delighted to see his horse continuing last season's winning ways. For fifty years, Corbiewood has staged weekly racing on its three eighths of a mile track. Many of the regular racegoers have grown up with the venue and the memories created within its perimeter fences will last a lifetime. Happy Anniversary Corbiewood! by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink

On a night of exciting racing on Friday at Corbiewood, Bestinthewest proved to be the best of the older brigade when winning the 'OAPs Pace', dubbed the 'Veteran Derby', for horses aged 10 years and above. Vyrnwy Smoke made it four on the run in Bannockburn with the returning driver Lauren Moran, and Sureamsomething took the second STAGBI Future Broodmares Pace to be staged in Scotland this season, providing William Greenhorn with one third of a driving treble on the night which sees him continue his campaign to become the UK's Leading Driver for the first time. The first race of seven saw William Greenhorn partnered with George Carson's GDs Twist; the duo were engaged in an early battle for supremacy with West End Alf and George Drysdale. GDs Twist was able to make use of his rail position, holding the inside line and forcing West End Alf to tuck in behind in second. The pace was hot as they passed the first quarter marker in 29.1, but when it became clear that Greenhorn was looking to get a breather into the leader, Stuart Mackenzie tipped out with the in-form Starzapan from fifth to mount a challenge approaching the half. These two went head-to-head for the remainder of the race but as they rounded the final bend the long-time leader rallied and stayed on better to win by three quarters of a length from Starzapan. West End Alf, having chased the leaders throughout, ran a season's best to finish third. Race 1 (click for replay) 1st GDs Twist (Daylon Alert-Another Suzy) - W Greenhorn 2nd Starzapan (Genghis Pan-Starry Nite) - S Mackenzie 3rd West End Alf (The Cammissioner-Red Emilie) - G Drysdale 7 Ran Time: 2.04.55 Dist.: 3/4L & 3/4L In the second event, George Drysdale sprinted from the gate to lead comfortably with My Left Foot to put himself in a position to control the race, with recent Aberystwyth winner and main betting market rival Evenwooddancinjess (Grant Cullen) in second. The leader set sedate fractions, going through the half in 1.05. Alarmed by the slow fractions, the drivers in behind began to mount their challenges. Cullen tipped out first with Evenwooddancinjess, eager to spur the leader on, then came Ayr Confusion and Nicola MacGregor with a threatening challenge until going off-stride at the three quarter marker. From this point, My Left Foot cruised home unchallenged. Wellfield Alfie (Hugh Menzies) stayed on well to grab second close home from Evenwooddancinjess. Race 2 (for replay click here) 1st My Left Foot (The Firepan-Slim Shady) - G Drysdale 2nd Wellfield Alfie (Village Connection-Garys Advice) - H Menzies 3rd Evenwooddancinjess (The Firepan-Im The Last) - G Cullen 6 Ran Time: 2.07.33 Dist.: 1 1/2L & Head Race three saw Porterstown Keith (Stephen Cairney) and Springfield Gem (Grant Cullen) duel for the first half to gain the lead, with the latter eventually taking up the running just before the half mile marker. The remainder of the field sat patiently behind throughout this early battle; Vyrnwy Smoke, who had sat at the rear from the start made a big move in the third quarter of the race, when driver Lauren Moran tipped out and circumnavigated the entire field in one fell swoop. The horse streaked clear to win by open lengths, to record a fourth victory in as many weeks. Springfield Gem held on for second in a bunch finish, with Yokalady (Richard Haythornthwaite) staying on for third. Race 3 Click Here for Replay 1st Vyrnwy Smoke (Backnthesaddleapan-Vyrnwy Victory) - L Moran 2nd Springfield Gem (Daylon Alert-Double Density) - G Cullen 3rd Yokalady (Daylon Alert-Yoko Hall) - R Haythornthwaite 7 Ran Time: 2.07.10 Dist.: 8L & Neck The first of two Maiden and Novice combined events saw seven runners go to post. It was Mooreside Watson (Richard Thomson) who showed the best gate speed to take up the running; the leader raced freely and unchallenged throughout. As the field approached the three quarter marker the field began to bunch up and close on the leader. The race then featured three different leaders within the final eighth: Coalford Mystery (George Drysdale) was the first to pass the long-time leader; GDs Baby (William Drysdale) then came with a three-wide challenge and briefly took over the lead, until Millie May West (Stuart Mackenzie), who was forced to travel four-wide along the standside rail, charged home under a well-timed drive to victory. Race 4 1st Millie May West (Hasty Hall-Aprilmaywest) - S Mackenzie 2nd GDs Baby (Daylon Alert-GDs Twin) - W Drysdale 3rd Coalford Mystery (Wolfdancer Mindale-Coalford Surprise) - G Drysdale 7 Ran Time: 2.08.96 Dist.: 1 1/2L & 1L For replay click here The fifth race saw another eight maidens and novices face the starter. Live In Star (Grant Cullen) failed to make use of the pole position when faltering at the start, which allowed Crosshill Ace (William Drysdale) and Dynamic Ace (William Greenhorn) to make the running from the outer two gate positions. The latter assumed control and dictated the pace throughout. The field raced in Indian file, with the leader setting level fractions throughout; the sole, and brief, challenge came from the two-year-old Crosshill Ace as they rounded the final bend, however the leader kicked on and came away to win comfortably. Howdya Likemenow (Richard Haythornthwaite), who had sat in third throughout, finished in the same position. Race 5 For Replay Click Here 1st Dynamic Ace (Windsong Dynamite-Dillys Red Ace) - W Greenhorn 2nd Crosshill Ace (Cams Card Shark-Vain In Spain) - W Drysdale 3rd Howdya Likemenow (Pro Bono Best-Decode) - R Haythornthwaite 8 Ran Time: 2.06.64 Dist.: 2L & 7L The penultimate race was the second STAGBI Future Broodmares Race staged at Corbiewood this year and saw the same three horses take home the medals, with a reversal of position of the first two. San Diego (John Allan) led out with the previous race winner ATM (Hugh Menzies) hot in pursuit. The two became embroiled in a lengthy speed duel, with San Diego finally conceding towards the three quarters. Sureamsomething (William Greenhorn), who had landed in a perfect rail position from a bad draw, was driven to follow ATM's cover and this proved to be the decisive factor in the race, as Kikis Virtue (Stuart Mackenzie) found herself trapped behind the tiring San Diego at a vital stage. Sureamsomething was then produced fast and late to pass the gallant ATM on the run in, to reverse the placings from last month's staging of this race. This gave Greenhorn back to back winners for trainer Alex Hay, and his driving treble on the night. Race 6 For Replay Click Here 1st Sureamsomething (Wolfdancer Mindale-Suream Smart) - W Greenhorn 2nd ATM (Genghis Pan-Yoko Hall) - H Menzies 3rd Kikis Virtue (Scarlet And Gold-Coalford Virtue) - S Mackenzie 8 Ran Time: 2.04.12 Dist.: 1 3/4L & 1L The final event was a hotly-anticipated contest for pacers aged ten years and over. The combined number of lifetime starts of the eight runners was 723, with a combined number of lifetime wins of 117. Three horses aged 10, three horses aged 11, and two horses aged 13 faced the starter. Live In Toyboy (Grant Cullen) was aggressive behind the start car and led out easily, with Ayr Escape (Gordon Gilvear) landing in second on the rail. Ladyford Lad (Lauren Moran) found himself parked with no cover and no space on the rail as Bestinthewest (Brian Gilvear) closed the gap. The race progressed with little change, as the field went through the half in 1.01. The first move came from Bestinthewest, who took cover from Ladyford Lad who in turn was eyeballing the long-time leader; as the field raced down the back stretch inside the final quarter, Bestinthewest tipped three wide and hit top gear, levelling up to the long-time leader as they faced the run in and kicking on coming home. Ladyford Lad stayed on tremendously after a tough trip. The eight horses finished within 1.2 seconds of each other, despite Colonel Mustard faltering at the start and losing ground. The owners, trainers and drivers of these horses should be commended for their efforts in keeping these horses competitive, healthy and sound for so long. It is hoped that they can continue to race with credit for the remainder of the 2016 season and beyond. Race 7 For Replay Click Here 1st Bestinthewest (Cammibest-Party West) - B Gilvear 2nd Live In Toyboy (Village Jasper-Live In Lover) - G Cullen 3rd Ladyford Lad (Hasty Hall-Just Disraeli) - L Moran 8 Ran Time: 2.05.41 Dist.: 1L & 1L The next race meeting at Corbiewood will be Thursday 28th July, first race 7.30pm. by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink

Two horses made it three from three on Thursday 14th July at Corbiewood on a night of multiple achievements for horses and drivers alike. Vyrnwy Smoke was partnered by his third different driver in as many weeks, this time in the shape of former-English Premier League footballer Sean Kilgannon, who notched up his first driving win. This was a follow on from last week when Carol McPhail recorded her first driving win at the age of 48, backing up her daughter Lauren Moran's victory a fortnight previous with the horse. Starzapan also made it three on the run for driver Stuart Mackenzie and Trackside Racing Stables, giving Stuart his second driving double in two consecutive weeks for the in-form stables. The first of six races was a five horse maiden event. After a false start, it was the two-year-old Victoria Camden who led out with Grant Cullen in the bike. Together they set good fractions, with the first challenge coming from Just A Little (William Greenhorn). After seeing this initial challenge off, Mooreside Watson (Richard Thomson) then tipped three wide to mount the second challenge in the race; again the filly maintained her commanding position and came home a convincing winner, setting a new fillies track record of 2.05.9, smashing the previous record held by champion juvenile Rhyds Topaz which was set in 2010. This filly looks to have a bright future ahead of her for owner Bobby Rowan and connections. Race 1 1st Victoria Camden (Mypanmar-Penn Kinki Touch) - G Cullen 2nd Mooreside Watson (Harmony P-Wayside Lady) - R Thomson 3rd Coalford Mystery (Wolfdancer Mindale-Coalford Surprise) - G Drysdale 5 Ran Time: 2.05.9 Dist.: 3 1/2L & 2 1/2L In the second, a novice class pace, last week's runner up Yokalady and Scott Murray led out and travelled smoothly in front. An altercation further back in the field hampered some runners; Ayr Jubilee (William Greenhorn) mounted a persistent challenge from the half mile marker, keeping the leader under pressure to the line. New London Hanover (Gordon Gilvear) was looking for racing room and when the break came down the home straight made massive headway to finish third. Yokalady gave driver Scott Murray his first win for 14 months after several weeks of knocking on the door. Race 2 1st Yokalady (Daylon Alert-Yoko Hall) - S Murray 2nd Ayr Jubilee (Daylon Alert-Ayr Wing) - W Greenhorn 3rd New London Hanover (Dragon Again-Natural Paradise) - G Gilvear 7 Ran Time: 2.07.67 Dist.: Nose & 1/2L Race three saw young driver Ross Leary blast Miami Seelster out of the gate and set blazing fractions; the horse remained virtually unchallenged until the final eighth, when My Left Foot (George Drysdale) emerged from the chasing pack with a well-timed, cool drive from his experienced reinsman to win well. Anniejoan (Brian Gilvear), who was parked two wide throughout, passed a fading Miami Seelster on the line to take second. Race 3 1st My Left Foot (The Firepan-Slim Shady) - G Drysdale 2nd Anniejoan (Genghis Pan-Bigreddog) - B Gilvear 3rd Miami Seelster (Pierce Seelster-Miami Crombie) - R Leary 7 Ran Time: 2.05.4 Dist.: 2L & Head In the fourth, Vyrnwy Smoke (Sean Kilgannon) and Bayrigg Tonto (Lee Cattigan) became embroiled in an early speed duel, setting serious fractions for the first half. Bayrigg Tonto finally relented after the duo reached the half in 1.00.8 and tucked in on the rail, leaving Vyrnwy Smoke to continue his rich vein of form to come home unchallenged in the second half of the race, giving driver Sean Kilgannon his first win on board. Kasbest (Mick Grealis) and Wellfield Alfie (George Drysdale), despite never reaching challenging positions, both ran well to take the minor honours. Race 4 1st Vyrnwy Smoke (Backnthesaddleapan-Vyrnwy Victory) - S Kilgannon 2nd Kasbest (J Ws Best-Beentheredunthat) - M Grealis 3rd Wellfield Alfie (Village Connection-Garys Advice) - G Drysdale 6 Ran Time: 2.03.84 Dist.: 3L & 1L The penultimate event saw eight runners go to post. Ross Leary stuck to his earlier tactics and blasted catch drive Bestinthewest out of the gate, with Kikis Virtue (Stuart Mackenzie) settling in second. The two protagonists continued in the same manner, with Kikis Virtue stalking the leader throughout, tipping out just after the three quarters to mount a serious challenge which became the race-winning manoeuvre. This was a back to back victory for the mare, trained by Ally Mackenzie for Trackside Racing Stables. The veteran Artisan (William Greenhorn) stayed on for third. Race 5 1st Kikis Virtue (Scarlet And Gold-Coalford Virtue) - S Mackenzie 2nd Bestinthewest (Cammibest-Party West) - R Leary 3rd Artisan (Southwest Art-Coalford Satin) - W Greenhorn 8 Ran Time: 2.04.35 Dist.: 1/2L & 3L The final race was for the 8 top handicapped horses; Starzapan and Stuart Mackenzie led out and dictated level fractions from on top. A brief challenge came from Dontstoptheparty (Brian Gilvear) however the result was never in doubt and the mare won her third in a row, giving Stuart back to back winners on the night, and his second driving double for the second week running. Trackside Racing Stables have now fielded five consecutive winners from five consecutive starts, with trainer Ally Mackenzie saying 'there's more to come!'. Race 6 1st Starzapan (Genghis Pan-Starry Nite) - S Mackenzie 2nd Dontstoptheparty (Dreamfair Vogel-Party West) - B Gilvear 3rd Bayrigg Millionayr (Genghis Pan-Ayr Millenium) - R Thomson 8 Ran Time: 2.04.06 Dist.: 1L & 1 1/4L The next meeting at Corbiewood is Friday 22nd July, featuring the second STAGBI Broodmares Race of the season. First race 7.30pm. by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink

There was a seismic shift in the ante-post betting for the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Colts Classic on Friday night when leading oddsmaker Dan Carlin slashed the price of John Howard's Tyrion Hanover down to 4/5 making him the outright favourite following a scintillating victory at Scottish track Corbiewood where the first of the UK prep races was held. Tyrion Hanover went to post a 1/2 red hot favourite for this engagement following an impressive debut against older competition last week when running green but still finished a close second in an impressive time. Settled at the back this time around behind early leader Mikayla Camden the bright bay colt was gradually steered into contention by regular reinsman Richard Haythornthwaite before cruising into a commanding lead to win by an unextended 12 lengths in 2:05.9, a stellar time considering the track is 2.5 times around for the mile trip. Share A Smile ran on well to be second ahead of Frankie Camden that collared third from Hawthorns Melinda. By Somebeachsomewhere out of Tiz To Dream (Grinfromeartoear) he was a $14,000 purchase at Harrisburg by Morecambe's John Howard and a shrewd buy considering the dam paced 1:50.2 and racked up over $600,000 on the track. Event promoter Derek Delaney and Bernie Kelly flew in from Dublin and were on hand for the prize giving and thanked the Scottish for the incredible hospitality shown to them by the SHRC. Two other races for juvenile pacers were also held last weekend at Welsh track Aberystwyth which was celebrating its 20th year anniversary as a two day festival of harness racing and the top purses on offer drew the cream of the division out to make their mark. First up where the fillies and 10 went to post in this £1300 event sponsored by Porterstown Haulage with Marc Elvins Rhyds Mystique emerging a cosy ¾ length winner from Greenhilldebatable with Fools Delight another length back in third spot in a respectable 2:14.8 for the turf mile. Rhyds Mystique by Hasty Hall out of CP's Village Jigsaw now remains unbeaten in two starts and is incidentally a half-sister to 2015 ITHRF Winter Horse Of The Year Rhyds Ponder (who was also owned Marc Elvin). Next to strut their stuff were the colts and Rhyds Ideal, a £48,000 yearling at Builth Wells sale last October was outright favourite for this £1300 contest sponsored by Dragonheart Services. Chief market rival Rhyds Decoy however vanquished the Scottish hot-pot with consummate ease under reinsman Andrew Cairns who barely moved a muscle throughout the mile. Carrying a lofty reputation into the race by the colt by Hasty Hall out of CPR delivered in spades comfortably defeating Share A Smile and Carlo Camden in 2:14.1 seven tenths of a second quicker than the fillies ran 30 minutes earlier. Both winners odds were trimmed by Dan Carlin after their performances at Aberystwyth, but as its stands its Tyrion Hanover that is causing Irelands leading bookmaker sleepless nights with betting liabilities now into the tens of thousands. All eyes will be now on another Welsh track, Tir Prince, next Saturday night 16th July when the 2 year olds colts and filles are all set to lock horns again in another round of prep races. The dream remains wells and truly alive for some, like the owners of Tyrion Hanover Rhyds Decoy and Rhyds Mystique but for others the road to the Vincent Delaney Finals weekend at Portmarnock on 13th/14th August is just starting........exciting times ahead for all concerned! by Thomas Bennett, for Harnesslink

On Tuesday, August 2 at Tir Prince Raceway in Wales, UK, the fastest dirt track in all the UK & Ireland will play host to the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland. Featured on the race card will be many of the best two, three and four-year-old pacing fillies, mares and horses bred in both the UK and Ireland and it will also be the tenth anniversary of the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland. Tir Prince is one of the premier half mile, night time hard tracks in all of the UK and Ireland. But who is the man behind the organization that has setup and run the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland since its inception? That honor goes to none other than Dave Wilson of West Linton, Scotland. Wilson, who has been involved in harness racing for more than 60 years, owns,  which is the premier on-line harness and horse supply tack shop throughout the UK and Ireland and also sells worldwide. Before venturing into the tack shop business in 1979, Dave Wilson got his training in harness racing as a youngster. “I first got into it when I was a child around 1952.” Wilson explained, “Mucked out stalls, groomed and walked and jogged horses for a year at a local track called Stenhouse Stadium in Edinburgh, before I was allowed to drive in a race. I think I was about 11 or 12 when I first drove in a race and went on to win a lot of races up until 1965. “My father, a self-made man,” Wilson explained. “started out as a horse dealer and later ended up with three quarries, a transport business and a fleet of vehicles. His grandfather was a horse dealer and my grandfather on my mother’s side were horse dealers, so it was inevitable I would end up doing something with horses. I learned a lot at Stenhouse Stadium by watching the old professionals like Jim Young whose brother Rab Young was a famous driver in New Zealand. “My grandmothers brother was the top trainer of trotting and pacing horses,” Wilson said. “He also raced horses guideless (tacked up with overcheck and turned and let loose to race against other horses round the track) and his name was Baker Waldie, this would be in the mid-1800s. So when did Dave Wilson end up with Dave Wilson Harness/Tack business?” “Around 1979, after I first got back in to harness racing after a long break.” Wilson said. “I quit racing horses in 1965 after winning a heat and the final of the famous Musselburgh Trot on an imported German stallion called Calif by Scotland’s Comet (USA). I had quit to concentrate on the family business. Over the years Dave Wilson has owned, bred and raced a goodly amount of horses. “You can say I've owned a lot, bred a lot, and raced a lot.” Wilson explained. “When I got back into it in 1979, I bought three yearlings in the USA which were bred in Pennsylvania by the Amish man Levi Stoltzfus at Conestoga Farms right next to Hanover Shoe Farm. “They were sent to Hawkensville to get broken in.” Wilson said. “We brought the three back to Scotland but only one made it to the races. He was called Battle Cry by Battleground (Meadow Skipper oo Belle Acton). Out of a very consistent mare who raced until she was 12. The filly was Conestoga Starlite (changed to Meadow Starlite) and she was big and beautiful but her legs let her down. She did breed some good winners for us including Meadow Reba, who won a heat and final of the Dave Finlayson Memorial at Musselburgh as a 3-year-old. “This was in 1986,” Wilson added, “and we still have her here, she is now 33 and looking good! I've also had a few stallions here, namely Skippers Subject, who is bred by Meadow Skipper oo Timely Subject, and he produced some good offspring in USA and here, also Fame (Albatross oo Passing Glance), who won half million as a 2-year-old but flipped a palate in the Woodrow Wilson or would have won over a million at age 2. He too bred some good ones and we still have a few retired here who won some great races for us.” How did Dave Wilson get from racing horses to harness and tack shop owner, to president of the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland? “After coming back from this long absence from racing I felt a bit ashamed knowing I could have made a better effort in promoting, breeding and racing the sport in the UK,” Wilson said. “Noel Simpson made a big impression on me in the early '60s when he opened Prestayn Raceway with the help of Roosevelt Raceway’s George Morton Levy, along with some other New Zealand and Australian investors. “Apart from the raceway, Simpson used Prestayne as a quarantine country for stallions coming from the USA and going to AU and NZ.” Wilson explained. “These were all stallions with records which were used in the UK while in quarantine and they had a big impact on breeding of Standardbreds in UK. The progeny of these stallions in later years were exported to Canada and the USA. “That was an industry created overnight.” Wilson said. “Years later after the quarantine regulations were eased, the UK went back into breeding unraced imported stallions, although reasonably well-bred, they produced very little, with the odd minor stallion proving himself worthwhile. It was then in 1980 at a BHRC meeting, I suggested horses of better quality should be bred and proven stallions should be used. “This fell upon deaf ears, Wilson explained, “and only one committee member acknowledged the merit in it. I later drew up papers for a proposed Sire Stakes and Arthur Slack a well-known breeder of Standardbreds, submitted on my behalf, which initiated the British Harness Racing Club’s Sire Stakes program. For various reasons this was never the success I wanted it to be. After drawing up the papers I had no further input into the Sire Stakes other than entering horses. “Now fast forward to 26 years later,” Wilson said, “and I had some mares I hadn't bred for years as the stallions here were not attractive enough to me. Then low and behold out of the blue along came Alabar Stud with frozen semen from some top stallions. I took the opportunity to breed three mares using the frozen semen from Safely Kept, and Village Jasper. “I wanted to enter them in the Sire Stakes program, but was refused,” Wilson added, “and that is how the Breeders Crown UK and Ireland came about. I looked at the Sire Stakes program and could see why it was on the wane and not flourishing like it should have. “I took this refusal as a negative view for breeding going forward,” Wilson said, “and consequently got in touch with Alabar, who got me started by entering all of their stallions so the foals would be eligible to race in the BC, which moved from track to track and got people and breeders interested who had not really raced 2-year-olds before. The BC has never looked back since and gets more popular each year with prize money increasing along with numbers of horses entering. The Breeders Crown UK & Ireland’s motto is to promote, to support and to improve the quality of breeding and harness racing throughout Great Britain and Ireland. “We strive to encourage and expand the positive image of harness racing through media and marketing.” Wilson added. “We support current owners and those interested in harness racing by providing comprehensive information about our series and how people can get involved in breeding, owning and racing horses. And we strongly advocate the use of only proven stallions and mares in our breeding in order to continually improve the quality of our horses.” Wilson is supported by a lot of suppliers who either give products to raise funds or sponsor us, or from people who also believe in what I am doing. Without them the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland would not exist. "I also have to say," Wilson added, "that I have a right hand man (woman), who has been with me for many years and is a superb help in both departments and keeps me on the straight and narrow. Jacqui Mann is the General Manager of Dave Wilson Harness and she is secretary for the Breeders Crown and she is a major help in making sure everything runs as smoothly as possible." Just a year ago Wilson commissioned a professional graphic artists and a webmaster to re-create and polish off their website, www.breederscrownuk& with great success. “We are very proud of our website,” Wilson said. “It’s top notch, easy to navigate, super photos and all the information and contacts everyone needs to stay abreast of what is happening.” “David Wilson is a pleasure to work with his experience in harness racing is second to none,” said Eric Witherspoon, Director of Racing at Tir Prince. “He is committed to taking the sport forward in the UK. The Breeders Crown is a truly top juvenile event and we are delighted to be holding it at Tir Prince for the next three years.” So what is Dave Wilson excited the most about for this year’s Breeders Crown night? “I would say getting the news that New Zealand driving star, Dexter Dunn, will be driving at Tir Prince on Breeders Crown night.” Wilson beamed. “Having Dexter coming to drive is just fabulous. He showed everyone at Portmarnock (Ireland) last year of his great ability to drive a horse and I know his services will be in much demand from trainers and owners alike. “I’m also excited that we are able to add the inaugural All American-bred Filly Pace for two-year-olds this year,” Wilson added, “plus a bumper crop of horses eligible for the Breeders Crown. And we have a large tour group from Australia, Harness Racing TravelWorld, engineered by a long term friend of mine, Bill Hutchison, which will not only take in the Breeders Crown in Wales but also the Edinburgh Festival and the Vincent Delaney Memorial in Dublin Ireland. “It’s all top notch great news,” Wilson smiled. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

There were winners for six different drivers with runners from six different stables at Corbiewood on Thursday 30th June on an evening which saw some unfamiliar names taking the driving honours. Last week's Musselburgh form was evident as horses who ran well to be placed over the extended distance on the turf returned to the three eighths dirt track to victory. The first race saw San Diego (Brian Gilvear) lead out from the gate and make all. This four-year-old daughter of Pro Bono Best was campaigned at the highest level at 2 and 3, and showed up well at Musselburgh last week before fading late over the longer trip. Coming back to the standard mile suited the filly, who took her lifetime mark of 2.05.94. The two-year-old colt, Tyrion Hanover (Richard Haythornthwaite) endured a rough passage on his racing debut but stayed on well to show massive potential for the forthcoming juvenile races when finishing second. Done Like A Pro (William Greenhorn) was hampered at a vital stage of the race but recovered well for third. Race 1 1st San Diego (Pro Bono Best-San Carra) - B Gilvear 2nd Tyrion Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-Tiz A Dream) - R Haythornthwaite 3rd Done Like A Pro (Pro Bono Best-Done N Dusted) - W Greenhorn 6 Ran Time: 2.05.94 Dist.: 1/2L & 1/2L In the second event, Killarney Howard (Hugh O'Neil Jr Jr) led out, closely pursued by Western Lover (William Greenhorn). Western Lover, a heat winner at Hellifield two weeks ago and runner up in the five-furlong sprint at Musselburgh, tracked the early leader until the three quarters, when Greenhorn tipped out and took up the running with ease. As the winner coasted home, there was a tussle for the minor placings, with Ayr Escape (Gordon Gilvear) and Anniejoan (Brian Gilvear) passing the early leader close home to take second and third respectively. Race 2 1st Western Lover (Can U Hear Me - Western Lovely) - W Greenhorn 2nd Ayr Escape (Artiscape-Unforgotten) - G Gilvear 3rd Anniejoan (Genghis Pan-Bigreddog) - B Gilvear 6 Ran Time: 2.06.18 Dist.: 4L & 2L Race three saw seven horses go to post, and it was Cassius Clay (William Smart), a runner up in a maiden event at Musselburgh last week, who took up the running in the first quarter. The injection of early speed saw the field strung out, with Rhyds Voodoo (Richard Haythornthwaite) and Ayr Jubilee (William Greenhorn) the only substantial threat to the leader. The long-time leader came home a comfortable winner, with the two-year-old filly Rhyds Voodoo putting in a good run to finish second and seeing off close challenger Ayr Jubilee who finished third on her seasonal debut. This was the first winning drive for owner and trainer William Smart for 16 years, after a lengthy sabbatical from driving. Race 3 1st Cassius Clay (Hasty Hall-Mattys Romance) - W Smart 2nd Rhyds Voodoo (The One Night Pan-Coalford Magic) - R Haythornthwaite 3rd Ayr Jubilee (Daylon Alert-Ayr Wing) - W Greenhorn 7 Ran Time: 2.07.77 Dist.: 1 1/2L & 6L There was a three-way speed battle in the fourth, with Miami Seelster (Ross Leary), Caraghs Hall (Hugh O'Neil Jr Jr) and Springhill Dustin (William Greenhorn) all vying for the lead. There was no let-up in the pace as they raced three abreast until just before the half when Caraghs Hall got the better of the other two to take up the running. Vyrnwy Smoke, in the hands of young lady driver Lauren Moran, had been covered up throughout and upon seeing daylight showed a great turn of foot to accelerate from fifth position past the field to streak clear, coming home a very easy winner. Eastern Terror (Leo Arnett) and Kasbest (Mick Grealis) had raced midfield throughout and stayed on past the early leaders to pick up the minor honours. Race 4 1st Vyrnwy Smoke (Backnthesaddleapan-Vyrnwy Victory) - L Moran 2nd Eastern Terrer (Hasty Hall-Cherchez La Femme) - L Arnett 3rd Kasbest (J Ws Best-Beentheredunthat) - M Grealis 7 Ran Time: 2.04.56 Dist.: 8L & 2L Corbiewood-regular Bayrigg Tonto (Dougie Mckenzie) led out in the penultimate race, with betting favourite Kikis Virtue (Stuart Mackenzie) left parked and Camden Vito (Robert White) getting the pocket trip. There was no change in the order as the race developed, and at the business end of the race Kikis Virtue began to feel the effect of her two-wide trip, Camden Vito became desperate for racing room. Dougie Mckenzie illustrated his vast experience on the Corbiewood circuit and deployed clever tactics to keep his main challenger locked in the pocket as they rolled off the final bend; when the gap finally appeared on the home straight for Camden Vito, the long-time leader had enough in the tank to claim victory. Race 5 1st Bayrigg Tonto (Genghis Pan-Daurus Day) - D Mckenzie 2nd Camden Vito (Yankee Lariat-Seven Seas) - R White 3rd Kikis Virtue (Scarlet And Gold-Coalford Virtue) - S Mackenzie 6 Ran Time: 2.07.37 Dist.: 2L & 2L The final race of the night was the high grade pace which due to the range in handicap marks saw the field spread with the backmarkers going off a 30-yard trail. Starzapan (Stuart Mackenzie) and Mega Star (Richard Haythornthwaite) battled for the early lead, with the former coming out on top. The field raced in Indian file until the bell, when Jennas Gold (Scott Murray) tipped out to challenge. Heading down the back straight for the final time, the leader looked to have the race sewn up, however Jennas Gold dug deep to maintain a strong challenge which forced Mackenzie to pull out all the stops on the mare, who had finished second in a heat of the Red John Memorial Hurricane Pace the previous week. Mega Star, who was handy throughout, stayed on well for third. Race 6 1st Starzapan (Genghis Pan-Starry Nite) - S Mazkenzie 2nd Jennas Gold (Allamerican Ingot-Jennas Desire) - S Murray 3rd Mega Star (Genghis Pan-Party West) - R Haythornthwaite 6 Ran Time: 2.05.18 Dist.: 1L & 2L The next race meeting at Corbiewood is Friday 8th July, first race 7.30pm. The feature event will be the Ladbrokes/Diamond Creek Farm Vincent Delaney Memorial Prep Race for two year olds paid in to the main event in August at Portmarnock. by Sarah Thomas for Harnesslink      

On the eve of the Scottish Festival of harness racing at Musselburgh Racecourse, it was Check On Wilma and Grant Cullen who swept to victory in both heat and final of the Open Class at Corbiewood on Thursday 23rd June. Check On Wilma is a full sister to last week's SHRC 3YO Derby winner, Jacks Red. The first of the six race card went the way of Miami Seelster, in the hands of his regular driver Ross Leary who recently turned 18. Sureamhasty (William Greenhorn) and Coalford Feel Good (Richard Thomson) were embroiled in an early speed duel which saw the latter come out on top. The veteran Kasbest (Mick Grealis) came with a challenge from the rear of the field to take up the running at the half mile; he streaked clear of the early leaders and looked to have the race under control until Miami Seelster broke from the pack and wore him down coming home, with Leary displaying an exuberant whip salute to the crowd as he notched up his third career win in the bike. Killarney Howard (Hugh O'Neil Jr Jr) stayed on strong for second. Race 1 1st Miami Seelster (Pierce Seelster-Miamicrombie) - R Leary 2nd Killarney Howard (Todays Man-Cams Legend) - H O'Neil Jr Jr 3rd Kasbest (J Ws Best-Beentheredunthat) - M Grealis 7 Ran Time: 2.06.47 Dist: 2L & 1 3/4L The second of the three heats was dominated by the two mares in the race, Check On Wilma (Grant Cullen) and Kikis Virtue (Stuart Mackenzie). The latter led out from the gate and was challenged early on by Bayrigg Tonto (Dougie Mckenzie) who maintained pressure throughout. This left the leader vulnerable when challenged in the latter stages of the race by Check On Wilma; when the challenge came, the eventual winner eased past and came home a comfortable winner. Wellfield Alfie (George Drysdale) stayed on for third late on. Race 2 1st Check On Wilma (Check On Jack-Red Wilma) - G Cullen 2nd Kikis Virtue (Scarlet And Gold-Coalford Virtue) - S Mackenzie 3rd Wellfield Alfie (Village Connection-Garys Advice) - G Drysdale 6 Ran Time: 2.04.54 Dist: 3 1/2L & 4L Race three saw Evenwood Coolsting in the hands of Stuart Mackenzie lead out, pursued by Dreamfair Dancer with catch driver Logan Fowler, who returned in his first competitive race since suffering a broken hip in a driving accident at Appleby just over 12 months ago. The field raced in Indian file until Sureamsomething (William Greenhorn) tipped out to challenge at the three quarters, landing in a threatening position as they rounded the final bend. The mare showed a good turn of foot to sprint clear of the long-time leader, giving Greenhorn another win to add to his growing collection. Race 3 1st Sureamsomething (Wolfdancer Mindale-Suream Smart) - W Greenhorn 2nd Evenwood Coolsting (The Firepan-Lamour La Plott) - S Mackenzie 3rd Dreamfair Dancer (Dreamfair Vogel-Private Plan) - L Fowler 6 Ran Time: 2.06.93 Dist: 2L & 4L Five runners went to post in the first of the two maiden and novice combined events, with Coalford Mystery (George Drysdale) showing good gate speed to lead. Approaching the half, GDs Baby (William Greenhorn) came with a challenge and took up the running, holding her position until the final bend when the imported colt New London Hanover (Gordon Gilvear) breezed past to win in good style. Littlemill Alert (Stephen Henderson) ran on well for third. Race 4 1st New London Hanover (Dragon Again-Natural Paradise) - G Gilvear 2nd GDs Baby (Daylon Alert-GDs Twin) - W Greenhorn 3rd Littlemill Alert (Daylon Alert-Forevergreen) - S Henderson 5 Ran Time: 2.09.7 Dist: 2L & 2L The penultimate race saw only three runners go to post after two late scratchings. Done Like A Pro (William Greenhorn) led out and made all, challenged on a couple of occasions by Springhill Art (Grant Cullen) but ultimately had every move covered and came home unchallenged at the finish to give Greenhorn his second winner on the night. Race 5 1st Done Like A Pro (Pro Bono Best-Done N Dusted) - W Greenhorn 2nd Springhill Art (Best Sunshine-Camden Town) - G Cullen 3rd Hawthorns Bigjohny (Pierce Seelster-Dot Comm) - G Gilvear 3 Ran Time: 2.05.17 Dist: 6L & 6L The final race of the night was the bookmaker's sponsored Open Class Final with 8 of the fastest qualifiers from the 3 earlier heats. Kikis Virtue (Stuart Mackenzie) showed tremendous early toe to head Miami Seelster (Ross Leary) at the quarter. From on top, the mare dictated the pace, with the first challenge coming from Killarney Howard (Hugh O'Neil Jr Jr) with Check On Wilma (Grant Cullen) hot in pursuit. Down the back straight for the final time there were three horses stride for stride, and as they rounded the final bend it was Check On Wilma who came out on top, in a marginally slower time than her earlier run. Kikis Virtue held off a late challenge from Miami Seelster to hold on to second by a head. Race 6 1st Check On Wilma (Check On Jack-Red Wilma) - G Cullen 2nd Kikis Virtue (Scarlet And Gold-Coalford Virtue) - S Mackenzie 3rd Miami Seelster (Pierce Seelster-Miamicrombie) - R Leary 8 Ran Time: 2.04.96 Dist: 2L & HD The next meeting at Corbiewood is Thursday 30th June, first race 7.30pm. All races from Corbiewood can be viewed for free at by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink

Bannockburm, Scotland - Grant Cullen kick-started the 2016 season in the same fashion as he finished last season when winning the first three races at Corbiewood, Bannockburn, on Sunday 22nd May at the Scottish season's opening meet. Cullen, who signed off the 2015 season with a narrow defeat in the British Driver's Championship, took the first race on the debutant with Ontop Accountable for owner Bobby Rowan and trained by his father, leading Scottish trainer Paul Cullen. After a messy start to the race, the winner found its rhythm towards the latter stages and came with a strong challenge three wide to pass leaders Coalford Mystery and Epona Star coming home. Race 1 1st Ontop Accountable (The Preacher Pan-Accountable Joe) - G Cullen 2nd Epona Star (Hasty Hall-Pirnielodge Epona) - J H Nicholson 3rd Coalford Mystery (Wolfdancer Mindale-Coalford Surprise) - G Drysdale 5 Ran Time: 2.08.43 Dist: 1/2L & 3L The second race was for a combination of maidens and novices. My Left Foot in the hands of George Drysdale blasted to the front straight past the maidens from his 10-yard handicap trail and set the pace until inside the final quarter when Evenwoodancinjess (Grant Cullen), who had raced from off the pace, came with a well-timed challenge to take up the running and win going away impressively. Mayrita, who faltered when making her own challenge within the last quarter, managed to regain her stride to finish third. Race 2 1st Evenwooddancinjess (The Firepan-I'm The Last) - G Cullen 2nd My Left Foot (The Firepan-Slim Shady) - G Drysdale 3rd Mayrita (The Firepan-Minerva) - W Drysdale 6 Ran Time: 2.06.40 Dist: 5L & 3L Cullen's third victory in a row came in the form of I Can Dream which featured the tightest finish of the day with a blanket of runners crossing the line together. Sureamhasty (William Greenhorn) showed tremendous gate speed to go 6 lengths clear at the start; Evenwood Ruthless (Gordon Gilvear), who found himself towards the rear of the pack and parked early, rushed up the field to challenge the leader and in doing so found space on the rail in second. However, as the race progressed, I Can Dream came with a challenge, effectively denying Evenwood Ruthless racing room. As the field turned for home, Sureamhasty looked to be in a commanding position however I Can Dream dug in to get up in the shadow of the post, giving Grant his third on the bounce. Race 3 1st I Can Dream (Dream Work-Boldron Tory) - G Cullen 2nd Sureamhasty (Hasty Hall-Suream Smart) - W Greenhorn 3rd Evenwood Ruthless (The Firepan-Bird's Decision) - G Gilvear 6 Ran Time: 2.06.97 Dist: Head & 1/2L The fourth race featured a selection of Grade 1, 2 and 3 horses. Young Stephen, in the hands of John Smart, led out from pole position and set good fractions throughout, hitting the half mile in 1.02.1 and coming home unchallenged to post the fastest time of the day. Eastern Terrer (Leo Arnett) and Hawthorns Maggie (Ross Leary) ran credibly to finish second and third respectively for their novice drivers. Race 4 1st Young Stephen (Daylon Alert-Dark Velvet) - J Smart 2nd Eastern Terrer (Hasty Hall-Cherchez La Femme) - L Arnett 3rd Hawthorns Maggie (Coalford Art-Dot Comm) - R Leary 6 Ran Time: 2.03.63 Dist: 4L & 1 1/2L The penultimate race saw a victory for C Class driver Gary Logan driving his own Ayr Pandemic. Logan, who has previously scored once with this mare, took advantage of a two-grade (20 yard) lift under the new handicap system as a novice driver, and the decision paid off as she notched up her first victory since 2014. Silver Alert (John Henry Nicholson) looked a threat as the horses turned for home however Ayr Pandemic stayed on to win comfortably. Race 5 1st Ayr Pandemic (Daylon Alert-Poudine Du Pan) - G Logan 2nd Silver Alert (Daylon Alert- Castle Hill B G) - J H Nicholson 3rd Reverend Run (The Preacher Pan-Lyons Flum) - G Cullen 7 Ran Time: 2.04.69 Dist: 3L & 2L In the final race, Bayrigg Millionayr (Richard Thomson) led from the gate in his preferred style of racing and looked comfortable in front throughout. Camden Massino (William Drysdale) challenged briefly at the three quarters but was unable to pass the long-time leader who sprinted away. Jasper Hill (John Henry Nicholson) ran on for second with Camden Massino finishing third. This is the sixth consecutive season that Bayrigg Millionayr has visited the winner's circle, having started his career as a two year old. Race 6 1st Bayrigg Millionayr (Genghis Pan-Ayr Millennium) - R Thomson 2nd Jasper Hill (Village Jasper-Eyes Wide Open) - J H Nicholson 3rd Camden Massino (Art Major-Sheeza Sakra) - W Drysdale 5 Ran Time: 2.04.14 Dist: 1 1/4L & 3 1/2L The next meeting at Corbiewood Stadium is Friday 3rd June. First race 7.30pm. By Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink  

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