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Sensational sandgroper Im Themightyquinn erased almost 12 months of bad Victorian memories and incontrovertibly proved that the best from the West can match it anywhere in Australia with a stunning sprint lane success in the harness racing $100,000 Group 1 Decron Cranbourne Pacing Cup on Saturday night.

Whilst all eyes were on the Cranbourne Cup and Bill Collins Mile at the huge Saturday December 11 night harness racing fixture at Cranbourne south of the Yarra, Kilmore trainer Tony Peacock finished the weekend on a high note, with a winning treble on the program, all handled to perfection by stable reinsman Damian Wilson.

Having kicked off his harness racing career in North America before a short tenure across the Tasman and finally finding a home in the Sunshine State here in Australia, Mr Feelgood is what most would consider a standardbred citizen of the world.

The scene is set for the SEW-Eurodrive Victoria Cup harness racing carnival which gets underway at Cranbourne Racing Centre on Saturday night December 11. A nine race card will be highlighted by the $100,000 Decron Cranbourne Pacing Cup which is elevated to Group 1 status for the first time.

Dreaming of SEW-Eurodrive Victoria Cup Carnival Group 1 harness racing glory was one of the last things on David Moran's mind six months ago. In June the Avenel reinsman was struck down by a mystifying nerve condition that threatened his ability to walk, let alone a burgeoning driving career that had him rated one of the rising stars of Australian harness racing.

Billed as the much anticipated maiden harness racing clash between the champion and the challenger - the master and the apprentice - last month's New South Wales Trotters Mile at Menangle certainly didn't disappoint.

Ace Western Australian harness racing trainer Gary Hall hasn't only had to worry about his horses fretting on plane trips east in the past, he's also had the concern of how his son gets on. Gary Hall Jnr is the stable driver and his serious fear of flying was once so bad that he has backed out of flights just minutes before take-off, resulting in a delay.

Still sailing on cloud nine following Smoken Up's career defining Miracle Mile victory at Menangle last month, candid harness racing trainer Lance Justice is seeing the world though rose coloured glasses.

Yesterday morning's barrier (Tuesday December 7) draw has thrown open Saturday night's inaugural Group 1 Decron Cranbourne Cup and harness racing history suggests who the punters settle on as favourite will be significant.

Former Kiwi pacer Georgetown badly needs a change of harness racing luck and it could come in a Stawell Country Cups race on Sunday (December 12). But it's not the first-choice race his new trainer and driver Michael Langdon wanted the 6-year-old to line up in.

Boasting Group 1 status, a $100,000 harness racing purse and pride of place on the Australian racing calendar as the flagship feature of the Victoria Cup carnival's opening night for the first time ever, the Decron Cranbourne Pacing Cup of 2010 was always set to be the greatest in history.

Youthful Avenel concessional reinsman David Moran scored a best ever treble at the Cranbourne harness racing fixture held on Tuesday November 23rd, all for "boss" David Aiken.

Cranbourne one of only two tracks south of the Yarra, was the venue for Victorian harness racing on Tuesday October 19, with Avenel mentor David Aiken landing a training and driving double, while leading reinsman Chris Alford also chalked up two winners for the evening.

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV), the Cranbourne Harness Racing Club and the State Government today (Tuesday September 21) combined to deliver plans for the state's first on-site harness racing stabling and training complex, to be located at Cranbourne.

Harness Racing Australia recently announced that the 2010 Decron Cranbourne Pacing Cup has been officially elevated to Group 1 status This follows a move by the Cranbourne HRC to increase stake money for the event to $100,000 and coincides with a restructuring of Harness Racing Victoria's iconic Victoria Cup Carnival.

Astronaut hasn't got the best form of the youngsters engaged in tomorrow night's Yeomans Slate & Stone Vicbred Super Series 2YO Colts and Geldings Final, but what he does have is the most impressive harness racing family tree.

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