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Veteran Melton mentor Jack Shelley has enjoyed great success over the years, especially at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds in the halcyon days winning several feature events with the trotters and snared the NHP Eldon Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2585 metres at Cranbourne on Saturday (August 2) with Malhana Miss, a 6-Y-0 Malhana Gindin/Rhettsina mare who hadn't won a race since March 2006.

Astute Whittlesea trainer/driver Mark Peace enjoyed a successful evening at Cranbourne on Saturday August 2, chalking up a stable double with the Jet Laag/On Baller gelding Baron Kinley taking the Teraski Breakers 2-Y-0 Pace over 1609 metres and the former Kiwi Frankie Maguire the NHP Fibox 3-Y-0 Pace over 2105 metres.

Most of Victoria's top two-year-old colts and geldings will step out in Breeders Crown qualifiers at Cranbourne tomorrow night, but one horse the heat winners won't have to worry about in the semi finals is Hurricane Jett.

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Board has approved the allocation of funding for major upgrades to the Cranbourne and Cobram harness racing tracks during the 2008-09 financial year.

Another ex-Kiwi to salute the judge on Wednesday at Cranibourne was Gypsy Franco, a filly by Mystical Shark from Gypsy Atom who took out the M & D Jones Customs 3-Y-0 Pace over 2105 metres.

On Wednesday, New Zealand bred Christian Cullen/Gucci Franco 4-Y-0 gelding Supersonic Cullen NZ was a tough winner of the 2nd Heat of the Harness Racing Owners Association Provincial Cup for C1 class over 2105 metres at Cranbourne.

Beautifully bred 4-Y-0 gelding The System Star (Panorama/The System) bred, raced and trained by Meltonian Charlie Chircop, landed the Trios Tabaret Pace for Co class over 1609 metres in a 2-01.1 rate at Cranbourne on Wednesday.

The dominance of Nagambie trainer Chris Lang and his team of squaregaiters continued on Wednesday May 21, with the 4-Y-0 Wagon Apollo/New Karamboo mare Karamboo scoring in the Farmhand Trotters Handicap for T0 & T1 class over 2115 metres at Cranbourne.

Doreen trainer Craig Turnbull’s extra smart filly Vista Bella made a one act affair of the 6th Heat of the Vicbred Super Sires Series for Three Year Olds over 2105 metres at Cranbourne on Saturday May 3.

Punters are in a for treat at Cranbourne this Saturday night with the meeting being the first of Tabcorp's new Jackpot Saturday concept. Quaddie and First 4 punters are in a for a special bonus with pools for those particular bet types to be loaded with substantial funds before they even get underway.

Victorian trainer Tony Pullicino’s woes with the stewards continued this week when he was disqualified for a year over another elevated TCO2 reading.

Trafalgar (Gippsland) trainer Chris Hunter has been involved in the sport for many years and usually has his share of winners each year, including the 4-Year-Old Beach Towel/Del Shipp gelding Coastal Cruiser which chalked up his third seasonal success in taking the Noble Park RSL Pace for C1 class over 2105 metres at Cranbourne.

On Tuesday (April 8), quality 4-Year-Old D M Dilinger/Andrels Love gelding The Gunstar resumed with a victory in the Wise Choice Catering Pace for C5 & C6 class over 2105 metres at Cranbourne.

It was a night of firsts for young Kiwi reinsman Kyle Cameron at Tuesday's Cranbourne meeting, as he landed his first winner on Australian soil at his first drive since relocating from his hometown of Christchurch after accepting a position with Maree and John Caldow in Melton, when successful aboard the 4-Year-Old Fake Left/Readymade Lombo gelding Imposter in the Clayton RSL Pace for C1 class over 2105 metres.

Four-year-old La Biscuit, the first progeny of former trotting queen La Coocaracha, broke maiden ranks at her 16th start at Cranbourne on Wednesday afternoon (April 2).

Seven harness events will be among a huge 23-race program this Sunday afternoon (March 16) at Cranbourne's tri-codes extravaganza.

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