A massive 132 nominations have been received for the 2014 TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Championship Sydney. The Host State, New South Wales, has the most entries with 38. Victoria has 27, Western Australia 25, New Zealand 20, Queensland 19, Tasmania 2 and South Australia 1. Qualifying Heats will be conducted at Addington, Tabcorp Park Melton, Albion Park and Gloucester Park with a further two heats at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The Qualifying Heats are scheduled for Saturday evening 15 February and will be broadcast within a dedicated two hour window on Sky 2. The Grand Final will be at 3:40pm at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday afternoon 2 March 2014 with live nationwide coverage on Channel 9. Due to a miscommunication between the NSWHRC and trainer Tony Svilicich horses Mysta Magical Mach and Shardons Rocket were omitted from the Inter Dominion nominations These have now been included. Additionally the two Keayang's Cullen and Steamer trained by Margaret Lee in Victoria were omitted as was Fernleigh Renegade NZ trained by KerryAnn Turner in NSW. The list of 132 nominations are as follows; Horse Trainer State Ardghal NZ Shane Tritton NSW Baby Bling NZ Belinda McCarthy NSW Bettor Bet Black Darren McCall NSW Brave Wiggy NZ Shane Tritton NSW Chariot King John Tapp NSW Feels Like Magic NZ Kevin Pizzuto NSW Fernleigh Renegade NZ KerryAnn Turner NSW Fly Like An Eagle NZ Paul Fitzpatrick NSW For A Reason Luke McCarthy NSW Freyberg NZ Kevin Pizzuto NSW Gaius Caesar NZ Darren Binskin NSW Garnet River Luke McCarthy NSW Glengowan NZ Darren Binskin NSW Hawthorden NZ Shane Tritton NSW Hez Delcan NZ Neal Wardle NSW Heza Presidente NZ Shane Tritton NSW Ideal Scott NZ Luke McCarthy NSW Jackaroo Bromac NZ Shane Tritton NSW Kotare Mach NZ Peter Walsh NSW Lee Van Cleef NZ Kevin Pizzuto NSW Mach Beauty Shane Tritton NSW Mach Wiper Luke McCarthy NSW Master Joy Shane Tritton NSW Mister Presley NZ Peter Walsh NSW Monifieth NZ John McCarthy NSW My Dusky Sound NZ Steve Turnbull NSW Pure Power NZ Nicole Molander NSW Repelem Peter Walsh NSW Rockets Reject Ian Wilson NSW Rohan Home Paul Fitzpatrick NSW Satellite Ace David Reynolds NSW Scandalman NZ Ian Wilson NSW Seel N Print NZ Todd McCarthy NSW Suave Stuey Lombo Shane Tritton NSW Terrorway NZ John McCarthy NSW The Gold Ace NZ Luke McCarthy NSW Two Eye See Belinda McCarthy NSW Washakie NZ John McCarthy NSW Besotted NZ Ray Green NZ Choise Achiever NZ Tim Butt NZ Christen Me NZ Cran Dalgety NZ Easy On The Eye NZ Steven Reid NZ Elusive Chick NZ Timothy Butt NZ Four Starzzz Flash NZ Kevin Chapman NZ Franco Ledger NZ Hamish Hunter NZ Franco Nelson NZ Robert Dunn NZ Give The Wink NZ Geoff Small NZ Jarcullembra NZ Geoff Small NZ Jason Rulz NZ G Hope NZ Jivin Cullen NZ Robert Dunn NZ Kiwi Ideal NZ Steven Reid NZ Mah Sish NZ Timothy Butt NZ Pass Them By NZ Timothy Butt NZ Pembrook Benny NZ Barry Purdon NZ Rider On The Storm NZ Robert Dunn NZ Smolda NZ Mark Purdon NZ Terror To Love NZ Graham Court NZ The Sleepy Tripp NZ Robert Dunn NZ Alberto Contador NZ Grant Dixon QLD Avonnova Ian Gurney QLD Beau Dandy James Wanless QLD Bettor Draw Paul McGregor QLD Destreos NZ Ken Rattray QLD Devil Dodger NZ Grant Dixon QLD Field Officer NZ Grant Dixon QLD Forever Gold Darren Weeks QLD Franco Jamar NZ Bart Cockburn QLD Funny Boy NZ Ken Rattray QLD Goulburn Guy Vicki Rasmussen QLD Holy Camp Boy Vicki Rasmussen QLD Ima Sea Storm NZ Graham White QLD Jazzabout Cristina Monte QLD My Jellignite NZ Shane Sanderson QLD Only The Brave NZ Grant Dixon QLD Pub Blitz James Wanless QLD Sign To Inverell Darrel Graham QLD Vegas Bound Grant Dixon QLD Mark Dennis NZ Lance Holberton SA Beautide James Rattray TAS Biggernbettermax James Rattray TAS Abettorpunt David Lewis VIC Alchemy NZ Lance Justice VIC Amajorjo David Lewis VIC Amercian Muscle Ross Sugars VIC Bitobliss Scott Stewart VIC Blucolla Tigerpie Michael Stanley VIC Broadways Best Shannon McLean VIC Captain Joy Sue Hunter VIC Caribbean Blaster Andy Gath VIC Chancellor Cullen NZ Dean Braun VIC Devilish Smile Peter Tonkin VIC Guaranteed Emma Stewart VIC Hugo Play Lance Justice VIC Im Barney Rubble NZ Lance Justice VIC Im Corzin Terror NZ Dean Braun VIC Jaccka Clive NZ David Aiken VIC Jadahson Emma Stewart VIC Keayang Cullen Margaret Lee VIC Keayang Steamer Margaret Lee VIC Restrepo Emma Stewart VIC Savesomtimetodream Paul Rowse VIC Smoken Up NZ Lance Justice VIC Smudge Bromac NZ David Aiken VIC Toulouse Lautrec NZ Lance Justice VIC Villagem Glenn Douglass VIC Wartime Sweetheart David Aiken VIC Youranut Ross Sugars VIC Argent Treasure Ross Olivieri WA Can Return Fire NZ Greg & Skye Bond WA Condrieu NZ Greg Bond WA Crombie Gary Elson WA Daniel John Andrew DeCampo WA Dasher VC NZ Andrew DeCampo WA David Hercules David Thompson WA Dredlock Rockstar Michael Callegari WA Empire Flame NZ James Howlett WA Hez The Bart Man NZ Ross Olivieri WA Hokonui Ben NZ Gary Hall (snr) WA Im Terrific NZ Greg & Skye Bond WA Im Victorious NZ Michael Brennan WA Ima Rocket Star NZ Greg & Skye Bond WA Johnny Be Greg & Skye Bond WA Livingontheinterest NZ Gary Hall (snr) WA Lombo Navigator Andrew DeCampo WA Mach Banner NZ Greg & Skye Bond WA Midnight Dylan NZ Greg & Skye Bond WA Mysta Magical Mach NZ Tony Svilicich WA Our Major Mark NZ Greg & Skye Bond WA Red Salute Ross Olivieri WA Sensational Gabby Ross Olivieri WA Shardons Rocket NZ Tony Svilicich WA Your Good Fortune NZ Greg & Skye Bond WA Dale Walker
This week on Trots TV we catch up with TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Champion Sydney ambassadors Stephanie Rice, Seryn Adams, Amanda Turnbull and Sammy Kilgour. Also Sky Racing's Fred Hastings speaks with Gavin Fitzpatrick in regards to his drive on Fly Like An Eagle in Saturday night's Group 1 Treuer Memorial at Bankstown. Looking to advertise on Trots TV? Please contact Dale Walker on 02 9722 6600 for further information. Providing a fresh view on harness racing in New South Wales.
Harness Racing NSW in conjunction with the NSW Harness Racing Club and Destination NSW will formally launch the TAB.COM.AU 2014 Inter Dominion Sydney Championship on Monday 2 December. The Controlling Body and Principal Club are announcing the face and ambassador who will assist with the promotion of the series, which is also known as the Melbourne Cup of harness racing. A press conference will follow the announcement with Harness Racing NSW CEO Mr Sam Nati, the NSW Harness Racing Club CEO Mr John Dumesny and the 2014 Inter Dominion Ambassador. Date: Monday 2 December Where: Dawes Point Park, Hickson Rd The Rocks (in front of Park Hyatt). Time: From 8:45am.
It is the most anticipated Miracle Mile in recent memory, but what does history say about the 2013 edition of the famous sprint? Smoken Up is out to win his third Miracle Mile. No horse has ever achieved that feat. Christen Me (by Christian Cullen) is trying to become the first son or daughter of a Miracle Mile winner to replicate his/her sire's success. Paleface Bubble (by Paleface Adios) and Melpark Major (by Iraklis) both finished second. Beautide is attempting to break a long hoodoo for Newcastle Mile winners. The only horse to go on to win the Miracle Mile in the same year is Westburn Grant in 1990 (Our Sir Vancelot won the Newcastle Mile in 1998 the year after winning the Miracle Mile). In what is a truly rare occurrence, the last time a horse won the Miracle Mile for the first time at his/her third attempt was Double Agent in 1984. That's the challenge for Terror To Love! There are four NSW Derby winners that went on to win the Miracle Mile. Paleface Adios, Westburn Grant, Holmes DG and Divisive. Can For A Reason join that elite group. No driver has ever won 4 Miracle Miles. Vic Frost, Tony Herlihy and Lance Justice are currently on three each. Can Lance take the lead? Before Terror To Love, the last horse to win three New Zealand Cups was False Step in 1958-60 - seven years before the first Miracle Mile was even run! I'm Victorious is trying to emulate the deed of Village Kid by becoming the first West Australian since 1987 to win the Miracle Mile "cold" without a lead-up run in Sydney. Dale Walker
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Former Victorian Derby winner Scandalman will have his first run in more than seven months on Saturday night when he competes in a heat of the M0 series at Newcastle. The five year old stallion has not raced since winning the Goulburn City Sprint in March but with four trials 'under his belt' driver Jimmy Douglass is expecting a good performance. "It has taken him a while to get into race condition, he is a five year old stallion and he does so well while he is out that Ian (Wilson trainer) has had to give him four trials to prepare him for his first run back," Douglass said. "He trialled at Menangle on Monday, he was beaten about two lengths in 1:54 in the fast class trial, he has been getting better and better with each run and while there will be definite improvement after Saturday night I'm still expecting a pretty good run from him especially after he drew barrier one." Douglass stated that Scandalman has always been a horse that has improved with racing and his win in the Victoria Derby was proof of that. "He won the Victoria Derby after an absolute gut buster in the heat a week prior and I honestly think he is a horse that could race ten times and he would get better with every run, he just thrives on racing." "Despite his performances as a younger horse he is still only classed M0 so this upcoming series with the final at Menangle on Miracle Mile night looked perfect for him, after that Ian will sit down and reassess what races to target him at." Douglass is returning from suspension this week and Scandalman will be his first drive back. "Luckily I got to drive him in the trial on Monday otherwise I might have needed to have a practice myself." "I'm back from suspension after Thursday night but I won't be driving on Friday so Newcastle will be the first meeting for me and I've got a few nice drives so I'm looking forward to it." Dale Walker (Harness Racing NSW)
Victorian trainer David Lewis will base himself in Sydney for the rest of November in an attempt to qualify his star pacer Abettorpunt for the Miracle Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The six year old gelding will compete in Saturday night's Newcastle Mile but has been given the visitor's draw and has barrier eleven. "I was a bit concerned when I first saw the draw but after I had a look at the horses drawn around him and thought it through a bit more I was a little bit happier because the speed early looks to be drawn out wide too," Lewis said. "His run in the Nyah Cup at Swan Hill was good, he just couldn't zip up with the leaders but he did sit wide for the last 1400 metres and the first two horses went to the Kilmore Cup and dominated there so in hindsight his run wasn't too bad." Abettorpunt was impressive winning the Geelong Rocket the start prior and Lewis acknowledged the victory convinced him to give the son of Bettors Delight a chance to qualify for the Miracle Mile. "I thought it was about time that he had a go at these bigger races. I cuddled him a bit early in his career, he has only had 47 starts and I've kept him away from the big races and when I was ready to have a go at them last season he had a few issues but I'm really happy with how everything is going right now." "I'm going to base myself at Cobbitty for the month, I'm going to have to travel up the freeway to Newcastle which they tell me is a couple of hours but for the rest of the time we aren't staying too far from Menangle." Lewis will also start Amajorjo at Newcastle on Saturday night and is confident of a forward showing. "I'm really happy with Amajorjo, he is a great track worker and is feeling very well at the moment, I doubt Abettorpunt could beat him here at home at the moment." "Matt Craven will be flying up to drive the horses during the carnival, I'm really looking forward to the trip." Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 31 racing clubs across the State. HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government. Dale Walker (Harness Racing NSW)
Expressions of interest are being called for interested persons wanting to be considered for appointment to the boards of Harness Racing NSW and Greyhound Racing NSW, Minister for Racing, George Souris, said. Mr Souris said the term of office of one member of Harness Racing NSW will expire on 2 February 2014, and the terms of office of two members of Greyhound Racing NSW will expire on 9 February 2014, with replacements now being sought. "The NSW Government is committed to supporting the growth and economic viability of all three codes of racing - thoroughbreds, harness racing and greyhounds - and seeks quality candidates for these upcoming board positions," Mr Souris said. "Harness Racing NSW and Greyhound Racing NSW are the independent bodies responsible for controlling, supervising and regulating the harness racing and greyhound racing industries in our State. "Expressions of interest are now being sought for interested persons wanting to be considered for appointment to the three upcoming vacant positions on the two boards. "Candidates for appointment are required to have experience in a senior administrative role or experience at a senior level in one or more of the fields of business, finance, law, marketing, technology, commerce, regulatory administration or regulatory enforcement. "A selection panel will be formed, and be assisted by a probity advisor, to recommend candidates for appointment based on merit and in accordance with the eligibility and skills-based criteria prescribed in the Harness Racing Act and Greyhound Racing Act. "Selection will be determined on merit based on a candidate's abilities, qualifications, experience and personal qualities. Proposed members will be required to undergo a probity assessment before appointment. "Full selection criteria for the board appointments is prescribed in Sections 6 and 7 of both Acts which can be viewed online at www.legislation.nsw.gov.au" Expressions of interest can be made in writing, clearly marked private and confidential, to: Mr John Braddock Harness Racing NSW/Greyhound Racing NSW Appointments Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing GPO Box 7060 SYDNEY NSW 2001
Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) yesterday exchanged contracts on a property in Tamworth at the corner of the New England Highway and Burgmanns Lane for the purpose of developing a new harness racing facility. The purchase of the land represents a fresh direction for the sport in Tamworth as explained by HRNSW CEO Sam Nati. "We had previously considered building a racing precinct adjacent to the thoroughbred track and on more than one occasion revisited the idea of buying the existing venue at the Tamworth Showground, but neither of those options satisfied our longer term cost-benefit position", he said. "This land, however, not only offers great potential as the new home of harness racing in Tamworth, but brings with it exciting commercial opportunities as well." The announcement comes after many years of consultation between Harness Racing NSW, the Tamworth Regional Council and the Tamworth Harness Racing Club (THRC). According to the Acting Chairman of the THRC Mark Lowe the land selection process was rigorous and time consuming, but one that will ultimately reap rewards. "The acquisition of this property and the subsequent development of a new track, the associated facilities and potentially a training centre ensures the future of harness racing in Northern NSW and hopefully a resurgence within the industry across the entire region which also includes Armidale, Inverell and Narrabri", he said "It will give the current participants renewed hope and interest and a platform to foster and develop the great potential that our sport has to offer and with the help of our members, supporters and sponsors we are determined to see this project succeed at all levels." Dale Walker | Manager - Marketing | Harness Racing New South Wales
Day two of the World Drivers Championships were conducted 260 kilometres west of France in the region of Caen, located 15 kilometres from the English Channel.
The weather gods were not kind in Reims France for day one of the harness racing World Drivers Championships. Rain, overcast and blustery conditions with a temperature of 15 degrees set the scene for the 12 respective national representatives. And they say this is summer?
Narrandera harness racing trainer Shaun Snudden is running fifth on the NSW Trainers' Premiership and is hoping to add to his season tally of winners on Saturday night when he travels to Tabcorp Park Menangle. Snudden has two runners engaged and believes his best chance is the lightly raced four year old Northern Line which will compete in race six.
Following her commanding win the NSW Trotters Oaks top class square gaiter Habibti is all the rage heading into Saturday night's NSW Derby but harness racing trainer Lisa Miles is quietly confident about her chances with Victorian Roy Hobbs.
It has been nearly seven years since harness racing driver Gavin Fitzpatrick won an Australian Pacing Gold Final for two year olds at Albion Park behind the freakish colt Lombo Pocket Watch. This Saturday night he will return to Brisbane in an attempt to win another APG Final, but this time he will drive a two year old filly called Eye Catching.
Hunter Valley trainer Michael Formosa acknowledges his three year old Ultimate Art has been suited by heat and final harness racing recently but believes the gelding will be hard to beat in Saturday night's Newcastle Derby despite having his first run since Easter. The son of Modern Art has won five of his last seven starts and has already won more than $60,000 this season.
Champion harness racing reinsman Chris Alford isn't letting two expensive defeats dent his confidence in Victorian colt Guaranteed heading into tomorrow night's (Saturday 23rd February) NSW Derby heats. And he is adamant the colt is still the best three-year-old pacer in Australia.