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Victoria's biggest harness racing district - Melton scooped the pool at the Cranbourne Harness Race meeting held on Wednesday June 9, winning half of the eight event card.

Youthful harness racing reinsman Dylan Stratford will long remember the Cranbourne meeting on Saturday May 15, as he registered his first success in the sulky, driving "boss" Dean Braun's 6-Y-0 ex-Kiwi gelding Bold Jester to victory in the Allstaff Airconditioning Pace for C2 class over 2080 metres.

Parwan co-trainers Craig Demmler and Jodi Quinlan enjoyed a profitable harness racing day on Thursday May 6, with winners at Cranbourne during the afternoon and Bendigo at night. At Cranbourne, Jodi was successful with first starter Our Horizon in the Cranbourne Trainers Bonanza 2-Y-0 Pace over 2080 metres.

Former smart juvenile Garnet River was back in the winners stall at Thursday's Cranbourne harness racing fixture, when a brilliant winner of the Rod McLeish Insurance Pace for C5 & C7 class over 2080 metres.

Longwarry trotter Johncarlo was on his best behaviour when winning at Cranbourne last Wednesday night. But the victory caught many harness racing punters off guard - Johncarlo started at odds of $32.70 on the TAB.

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has created a first for Australian racing by changing the result of a photo-finish for last Saturday week's $60,000 Group 2 Cranbourne Cup. New Zealand pacer Bettors Strike was given the verdict in a desperately tight photo-finish, but six days after the race the owner of runner-up Ohoka Nevada lodged an objection to the result.

Bettors Strike has harness racing's prestigious Victoria Cup as his next target after winning the $A60,000 Cranbourne Cup on Saturday night (November 28). "He really lifted the last bit," Dexter Dunn, his driver, said.

With a record of 14 career starts at his 'home' track', Cranbourne, for an impressive harness racing strike rate of six wins and six seconds it would only be fitting that Narre Warren trained six-year-old Veranjee reach a career zenith by winning the Decron Horse Care Cranbourne Pacing Cup for octogenarian trainer Arthur Fullwood on Saturday November 28.

Avenel harness racing trainer Greg Norman enjoyed a profitable night at Cranbourne on Wednesday, chalking up a stable double with Franco Shuttle taking the 1st Heat of the Seelite Windows & Doors Pace for C0 class over 2080 metres and Rockets Gem the ADE Turf Equipment Pace (2nd Heat) for C3 & C4 class over the same distance.

John Tapp's Tabcorp Australasian Breeders Crown harness racing dream remains alive following a dominant repechage win by Chariot King tonight at Cranbourne. The classy gelding, trained by the New South Wales-based former racecaller, streeted his rivals in the first of three 2080-metre qualifiers for the two-year-old males.

Three-year-old Sambrosie Lass made a clean sweep of the Decron Horse Care Series and completed a hat trick at Cranbourne tonight (August 5). The Rod Dyer trained filly had earlier won a heat at Cranbourne and another race at Kilmore. She has now won three races in 16 days!

There was an amalgamation of the codes at Cranbourne on Wednesday June 24, when a large group of harness enthusiasts were joined by several of their fellow greyhound participants in racing the winner of the Decron Horse Care Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2080 metres - Waiona.

The usual two meetings were held in Victoria on Wednesday April 1, with Cranbourne holding the day fixture, while Ararat raced at night.

Picturesque Cobram on the border of Victoria and New South Wales held two big features at the Monday March 30 fixture - the $7,000 Cobram Carpet Pacers Marathon and the $6,000 Katunga Lucerne Mills Trotters Marathon, both over the testing course of 3178 metres.

Wednesday March 11th saw two meetings held in Victoria, with the newly opened Cranbourne track racing in the afternoon and Echuca on the Murray holding the night fixture.

Two meetings were conducted in Victoria on Wednesday March 4, with Shepparton holding the night fixture, whilst Cranbourne raced in the afternoon. Favourite punters endured a horror night at Shepparton in the heart of the Goulburn Valley, with only two outright first picks winning.

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