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After weeks of anticipation the SEW-Eurodrive Victoria cup harness racing carnival is here, with Cranbourne hosting a massive opening programme tomorrow night (Saturday December 10).

The Jim Curtin trained Franco Emirate will fly the Kiwi flag in Saturday night's (December 10) $100,000 Cranbourne Pacing Cup which has drawn a quality harness racing field of top line pacers including Inter-Dominion Champion Im Themightyquinn.

Two harness racing meetings were held in Victoria on Thursday, Maryborough in the afternoon and Cranbourne at night.

The Cranbourne Harness Racing Club (always a popular spot with bayside residents), held a neat eight event card on Thursday (October 17) , with favourite punters not enjoying a profitable night. One favourite that did salute the judge was 4-Y-0 Bettors Delight/Tender Is The Knight gelding Atomic Horizon for Melton's Michael Hughes in the Rosemary Coram Pace for C0 class over 2080 metres.

Veteran harness racing driver Eric Hurley received a belated 84th birthday present, when 4-Y-0 Artesian/Tall And Tanned gelding Steaming greeted the judge in the Decron Horse Care Pace for C0 class over 2080 metres at Thursday's (October 20) Cranbourne harness fixture.

Popular Cranbourne was the venue for Thursday harness racing with most winners coming from the other side of the Yarra Valley. Former South Australian Hombre Higgins which started his career in Victoria, was successful in the Schweppes Claiming Pace over 2080 metres.

Warragul trotting mare Drop Of Paradise scored her maiden victory for a large syndicate of harness owners at Cranbourne on Tuesday night (August 30). The well-bred five-year-old was rewarded for recent consistency with a tough, narrow win.

Former Gippsland harness racing trainer Michael Hughes now based in Melton, landed the Ted Bull Funeral Services Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres at popular Cranbourne on Tuesday August 30 with most consistent 4-Y-0 Our Sir Vancelot/Mirra Mirra gelding I Look A Lot in a mile rate of 1:57.8.

Trafalgar trotter I See Icy Earl is a strong winning chance in the $25,000 Holmfield for three-year-old trotters at Melton this Friday night (June 3). The Glenn Hunter trained and driven squaregaiter finished an unlucky second in last weekend's New South Wales Trotters Derby after galloping early and losing ground.

While there is nothing necessarily new about the plundering of Australia's harness racing riches by our Kiwi cousins, they've typically had the courtesy of bringing their own weapons with which to win the war. But with a prodigious pair of Kiwi-trained commodities set to start in Friday night's (May 7) $305,000 Australian Pacing Gold Final for the baby boys at Tabcorp Park, it is clear our trans-Tasman adversaries have taken to attacking us with our own ammunition.

Ever reliable Grinfromeartoear/Desired mare Hermione was successful in the 3rd Heat of the rich Vicbred Super Sires Series for 4-Y-0 mares over 2080 metres at the Cranbourne harness racing meeting held on Tuesday April 19.

Four year old Badlands Hanover/Fleets Pocket mare Flying Pocketlands made a successful return to Australia when victorious in the Entire Mechanical Services Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres at the Cranbourne harness racing fixture on Saturday April 2.

In the wonderful world of harness racing parlance it could easily be said that the only feature separating a star and an icon is a nickname. Any mention of the 'Bathurst Bulldog' or the 'Temora Tornado' immediately revives memories of harness racing heroes Hondo Grattan and Paleface Adios in the same way stories of the 'Goondiwindi Grey' became inextricably tied to their galloping cousin Gunsynd.

Just less than three months after steering Mach It Paid to his first Canadian win, New Zealand-born harness racing driver Vincent Langdon has now nailed his first Australian win thanks to a Kiwi bred 5-year-old gelding.

For a number of seasons Clyde co-trainers Jayne Davies and Noel Alexander, together with stable reinsman Chris Alford have dominated at their home track Cranbourne and it was a similar scenario at Tuesday's (February 15) Cranbourne harness racing fixture with the stable supplying a trio of winners on the eight event card.

Astute Romsey harness racing trainer Leigh Miles was responsible for a brilliant training performance in producing 6-Y-0 D M Dilinger/Miss Philpotts gelding Run Floyd Run to land the Cranbourne Trainers Bonanza for C2 & C3 class over 2080 metres at Cranbourne on Wednesday January 19, when having his first outing since August 2009.

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