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It wasn't all that long ago that Lochie Cook worked in a numbers room at a country Victorian harness racing-now the popular stablehand is putting together an impressive list of numbers of his own. Cook, who is based at Terang in the Western District, recently posted his third driving victory at just his tenth race engagement. "I won at both of my first two drives and thought I was 'King of the World'!" Cook said. "But one of my workmates (reinsman) Jason Lee was quick to point out that it wouldn't be all that long before I come back to earth," he laughed. "And it did take me another eight drives until I landed Jilliby Adore at Horsham the other day, but I'm learning that little bit more every time I go out onto the track." Bay filly Jilliby Adore (Roll With Joe-Jilliby Kate (Jennas Beach Boy) took out the $7000 Alabar Horsham 3YO Classic after a 10 out 10 drive by Cook for his boss, trainer Marg Lee. To watch the video replay click on this link The 20-year-old reinsman had some anxious moments early when debutante runner Smile With Grin shifted outwards soon after the start, resulting in the two runners getting in a tight tangle for a brief moment. Race favorite Jaeden (Jackie Barker) sped to the front and cruised along unchallenged until Smile With Grin moved to the death-seat. Cook was quick to jump on its back and grab the one-one sit. On the home corner, the race became a race in two with Jaeden and Jilliby Adore clearing out from the others. Jilliby Adore did best to win nicely by six metres. Jilliby Adore and Lochie Cook take out the Alabar Horsham 3YO Classic Cook said he got to know the Lee family while working in the numbers room at Terang on race nights. "I would always have a chat with Jason and Paddy. They talked me into going out to the stables and helping them after school. I had no background in trots because my parents weren't involved and didn't follow the sport," he said. "I thought I'd give it a go to earn some extra money and they only wanted me for a few hours each night. When I finished Year 12, Marg offered me a full-time job so I thought I'd use it as my gap year. "Now I've been there over two years and I just love the industry! "It's unbelievable in what they've taught me. The Lee family are fantastic people and the other stable workers are great." Cook said it was Marg Lee who encouraged him to get his trials driving licence. "It's funny to look back and think that I've gone from having never driven a horse, to driving in trials, and now competing at the races," he said. "Ever since I started driving at the races, mum and dad have been following me and dad's got right into it now." Cook said his first two drives, which resulted in wins at Kilmore and Ballarat, both on Keeyang Jackie, were "pretty cool". "I think in one of them we went 1.53 which was awesome," he said. "Despite that I would have to say that Terang is my favorite track. I did heaps of trials there...and besides it's in my hometown. "I can't wait to drive at Melton in a race. I've driven there in trials, but that's the place where you want to be-it's the big stage!" Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

The Ride High express has rolled on with another astonishing performance, tearing home in 26.2 seconds on a rain-affected Terang track to leave jaws on the floor and rivals in his wake. In her first steer on Clayton Tonkin’s brilliant pacer, reinswoman Kate Gath lodged an 11th successive victory for Ride High, who cleared out to win the Christians Bus Gammalite Pace by 20 metres, hitting the line in a 1:53.8 mile rate that was just a clip outside the track record. Watch the race click here. “Wow, not sure what I was on then,” Gath told Trots Vision post-race. “That was the definition of horsepower.” Finishing in a 26.2-second final quarter to win comfortably ahead of Idealsomemagic, Gath said Ride High was as professional as he was brilliant. “He’s such a lovely horse, he just ambles along early, drops the bit, he pretty much just quickens himself when he needs to and when he does he just grabs the bit, puts his head down and wants to go,” Gath told Trots Vision. “Around that last corner I was low-flying. He was just doing it so easily and I was just basically there for the ride, hanging on. “Obviously everyone knows how good he is, but the feel he gives you because he just goes himself you don’t need to even really ask him. I haven’t driven a horse that’s given me the feel that he gave me tonight.” And that was despite things going a little off-script early, with stablemate and polemarker Out To Play galloping as the gates were released. Ride High, who started on Out To Play’s back, was unaffected, with Gath working straight into the running line and soon finding the front. “I was always coming one off so that wasn’t a problem,” Gath said. “He was so relaxed. I just had to tap him up a little bit to find the front, he was happy doing his own thing in front and as the race progressed he just quickened himself. He felt awesome.” It was a satisfying debut in the most prized chair in Australasian racing for Gath, with Ride High likely to only firm in the Pryde’s EasiFeed Victoria Cup market, with the $300,000 classic now less than a month away. “To get chosen by Clayton, (he and Emma Stewart) are just the best at what they do. I have so much respect for them, for him to say ‘drive my best horse’ is an absolute honour,” Gath said. “I just hope that he can continue. He’s just an excitement machine, he’s so relaxed early, he’s really all what you to have moving forward into the big races.”   HRV - Michael Howard

Yabby Dam Farms and Haras des Trotteurs will be offering this striking chestnut colt who will be going under the hammer as Lot 14 of the APTS on March 10 with all proceeds going to the Terang Harness Racing Club stable upgrade at Dalvui Raceway. The Terang Harness Owners, Trainers and Supporters Group has been fundraising $2M for about four years to build a new stabling facility. With APTS also waiving its fees from the sale of Lot 14, the only money from the purchase not going to the Terang Harness Raing Club fund will be GST. By Haras des Trotteurs successful French sire Used To Me out of My Dreamweaver, the well-bred colt is the fifth foal with all of his four elder siblings being winners. These include the 10-win mare My Chimera (T1.55.6,$63,360) who had two wins at 3, six metropolitan wins and a second placing in a Need For Speed heat, running fourth in the Gp1 final. Another half-sister to the colt, Cadenas Amour (TR1.58.3, $16, 970) has won three of her 17 starts with 4 placings, including a win at 3 and also ran 4th in a Breeders Crown heat. His 2YO older half-brother Dream Over has also had a win in his first three juvenile starts. His dam My Dreamweaver won 4 races and placed 10 times taking a time of 1.57.8TT. A New Zealand bred mare with pure American bloodlines, she is by Lindy Lane out of the imported mare Dreamlands Nancy. My Dreamweaver is a half to Gp2 winner Our Dreamlover (Love You) (TR1.59.6, $159,017) who won 16 races, including 9 at 3 and was the winner of a repechage of the Breeders Crown, and was also second in the Gp1 Vic Derby and third in the Gp2 Breeders Crown. As an aged horse he won the Gp2 Queensland Cup. My Dreamweaver is also a half to Ararat Cup winner Crown Dream (Tr1.59.7, $50,140) who won nine races, including two at 2, and five other winners. Lot 14 is eligible for the Vicbred $7000 First Win Bonus, Vicbred Platinum and Breeders Crown.

A classic clash of the up-and-comers versus the established harness racing stars of the country cup circuit is at the centre of Saturday’s $25,000 Terang Co-op Pacing Cup. The Terang Harness Racing Club is putting on a huge night of entertainment for all-comers but all eyes will be on the juicy prospect of the local rising stars such as Truth and Courage and Mustang Bart going head-to-head with established quality in Messini and Motyu Meteor over 2680m in the Cup. Terang Harness Racing Club treasurer Michael O’Keeffe was delighted with the racing on offer on Saturday, and not just in the feature. “It’s great to see such good field, particularly in the cup,” Mr O’Keeffe said. “It’s going to be exciting to see some of the locals like Marg Lee’s horses going up against some real quality and the tactical race will be one to watch, if the speed is on from the start, will the leaders make the pace, can the really good horses sit back and then use their pace? It’s going to be a great race but on class you’d have to look at Messini as early favourite.” Beyond the Cup, an exciting field will contest the $10,000 Barastoc Terang Trotters Cup but the the fun and games won’t all be on the racecourse. Mr O’Keeffe says a a smorgasboard of entertainment is also on offer for the family from 6pm with a celebrity sulky race; a display of lizards, snakes and freshwater crocodiles from Westvic Reptiles; roaming clowns, face painting, jumping castles and great food. Lakes & Craters will entertain the crowd with singer Ian ‘Bidge’ Boyd also performing live. Tim Pigot Reprinted with permission of The Standard  

A field of six will line up in the Terang Guineas tonight, Race 3 on a seven-race harness racing program at Dalvui Raceway. The favourite is likely to be unbeaten Dean Braun-trained filly Sparkling, who made an impression at her first preparation with two wins from two starts. The daughter of McArdle/Champagne N Diamonds produced a strong last 800m to win at Melton in November last year, rating 1:56.4 for the 1720m trip after coming from last. “She’s a nice filly,” Braun said. “Whatever she does tomorrow night she’ll improve on." Braun said there had been talk about sending Sparkling to Tasmania for the Oaks in March, which his stable won with Sudden Change. Sparkling has had three trials to prepare for her racetrack return and has drawn gate five in the six-horse field over 2180m for reinsman Alex Ashwood. The main danger is expected to be another filly in Keayang Torah, who finished fourth in a heat of the Victoria Oaks before running eighth in the final beaten 6.9m by Niki No No. Trained locally by Marg Lee, Keayang Torah has had two starts at Terang for a win and a second and has drawn barrier four. Another local in Bellas Jet, from the Matthew Craven camp, is also expected to run well despite starting from gate six. Bellas Jet has won two of her past three starts and possesses good gate speed. The remaining runners in the Terang Guineas are Wabash Avenue for in-form trainer/driver combination Sebastian and Zac Steenhuis from the pole, Slap On The Wrist for Tim Bolitho and Greg Sugars from gate two, and 18-start maiden Delta Safari for trainer Mathew Falzon and reinsman Bill Spiteri out of four. The seven-race program at Terang kicks off at 6pm. Watch Sparkling win at Tabcorp Park Melton last year. by Cody Winnell Related Links Fields for Terang, Tuesday 05 May 2015 Form guide for Terang, Tuesday 05 May 2015

Western District racing was held at Terang on Tuesday July 9 with surprisingly only three winners coming from the area, the highlight of the evening's harness racing being Ararat reinsman Michael Bellman chalking up 100 winners for the season.

Youthful concessional reinsman Reece Moore received the thrill of a lifetime at the Terang trotting meeting on Wednesday June 12, doing what a lot before him have not achieved - driving a winner at his first race drive in a registered race.

Four year old harness racing mare Big Mumma Fitz (Armbro Operative/Hi Ho Fitz) has certainly come of age this season, chalking up four wins from eight outings, the latest at her home track Dalvui Raceway Terang on Tuesday May 14 after a rather slow start to her career.

The Terang Harness Racing Club staged their traditional Warrnambool Grand Annual week meeting at Dalvui Raceway on Tuesday April 30 and what a night it was for the Western District.

The Terang Harness Racing Club held a neat compact meeting at Dalvui Raceway Terang on Tuesday April 16, with plenty of winners coming from the Western District and South East South Australia.

Quality 5-Y-0 Christian Cullen/Inasafeplace gelding Keayang Cullen bred and raced by the Craven Family Group was victorious in taking the $25,000 Terang Co-Op Pacing Cup for M0 or better class over 2680 metres at Dalvui Raceway on Saturday February 9.

Keayang Cullen may be heading into Saturday night's Terang Co-op Pacing Cup with a picket fence next to his name, yet he will be the underdog in many harness racing punters eyes.

It was a huge night for the Western District at Terang on Wednesday January 30, with no less than seven of the eight harness racing winners coming from the area.

Terang in South-West Victoria was the venue for Tuesday harness racing (September 18), with many of the local fraternity providing winners throughout the evening.

At theTerang harness racing meeting on Tuesday July 31, locals played a huge part in the night's racing, winning several events during the evening.

Many of Australia's leading stud farms have thrown their support behind the inaugural Terang Harness Racing Club Stallion Tender. Alabar Bloodstock, who operate standardbred breeding establishments in Victoria, New Zealand and the Riverina, has offered a choice of three stallions in Armbro Operative, Elsu and Gotta Go Cullect.

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