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The New Zealand Trotting Cup has been won by some of the biggest names and Lara trainer Dean Braun is hoping his stable star Im Corzin Terror can add his to the list of champions to have won NZ's greatest race. Im Corzin Terror has drawn the second line in a super field and Braun is a little apprehensive about the draw, saying he would have much preferred drawing the front row. “He is just a little funny following them out," Braun said. "He got knocked over early at Yarra Valley one day and he has been just a little funny since then. It would have been nice to draw the front row but unfortunately we haven’t.” Since arriving in New Zealand he has been stabled with Mark Jones and Braun said from all reports he has settled in super. “He has settled in really, really well. He is down at the beach with Mark Jones and Reagan Todd. He worked pretty good Friday morning and by all reports they are very happy with him.” He led in the Cup trial finishing fourth, but Braun is hoping with a clean start he can weave into the first six, where he will be saved for one run. He said Im Corzin Terror would relish the 3200 metres, hence the reason he has gone to NZ instead of Perth for the Inter Dominion. It will be a wonderful achievement if he can win NZ’s greatest race and Braun's career highlight. The NZ Trotting Free For All might have lost its lustre somewhat with the omission of NZ trotting champion Stent, who has opted to go straight to the Dominion Handicap next Friday, but it shapes up as another fascinating race with the two major chances drawn gates 1 & 2 in One Over Da Moon and Monbet. One Over Da Moon has won his past seven starts brilliantly, which includes beating Stent in the Ashburton Flying Mile last start. He is in breathtaking form for Tony Herlihy. Monbet couldn’t get into the race last start behind One Over Da Moon but he has a much better draw Tuesday to turn the tables. The other winning hopes here are Habibti, who split the two favourites at Ashburton, and Sheemon, who will get a cheap run on the pegs. The other feature is the NZ Sires Stakes Final and the clear favourite is the Mark Purdon trained Lazarus. A winner of seven of nine, we haven’t yet seen this guy in Australia but he is a genuine star and even though he has drawn the second row he will be very hard to beat. CODY WINNELL

Star Tasmanian two-year-old pacer Hillview Jake will have his last start of the season at the harness racing meeting  at UBET Park in Hobart on Sunday night in the $10,000 Tasmanian Premier's Breeders Plate over 2090 metres. Hillview Jake has been the standout colt or gelding juvenile this season winning the Golden Slipper, Tasmanian Sweepstakes and Dandy Patch finals along with two other impressive wins. His Dandy Patch win with Gavin Lang aboard was outstanding. he clocked a mile rate of two minutes but dashed home his last half (800m) in a slick 56.9 seconds which is the fastest last half of any juvenile this season. While Hillview Jake should have the other local opposition covered in the race it is a well-bred gelding named Soho Chelsea from the Dean Braun stable at Lara in Victoria that could be the testing material for the local star. Soho Chelsea won two in succession in Victoria before venturing to Tasmania last week to win his Australasian Breeders Crown heat over 2200 metres in Launceston last Sunday night defeating Ken Two Stars comfortably. He produced a pedestrian mile rate of 2.05.1 but he ran home his last half (800m) in 57.8 without being fully tested. Soho Chelsea is in the care of top Tasmanian trainer-driver Rohan Hillier while racing in Tasmania and Hillier is very upbeat about his winning chances on Sunday night. "I was very impressed with this two-year-old and while Hillview Jake is very smart I think this one has what it takes to beat him on Sunday night," Hillier said. Soho Chelsea will return to Braun's stables next week and be prepared for his tilt at the Breeders Crown next month. Peter Staples

Macho Comacho’s standing start record held him in good stead on Friday night in the Benstud Enduro at the harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton. The six-year-old by Royal Mattjesty out of Alberts Daughter stepped swiftly from the tapes, quickly establishing a handy buffer and holding on to it for the next 2760m. Bettor Rock On camped on the $6.90 leader’s back for Greg Sugars from barrier two and poked through in the straight to finish third, just pipped in a photo finish by second-placed Metro Mike, who made an early move to be in the chair riding a comfortable first half (62.8secs) for Jason Lee. Driver Chris Alford rated the tempo perfectly aboard Macho Comacho from the Dean Braun stable, the gelding upping the ante through a 28.2secs third quarter before ripping to the line in 26.8secs (55secs last half) to give nothing else a shot. The win was Macho Comacho’s ninth career victory, all nine coming in standing start races. “It certainly helped him, getting back to the stand,” Alford said. “When he first came over here from New Zealand he had good form in some country cups." “The mobile races don’t really suit him as much.” Macho Comacho had been screaming out to win one after three straight second placings of late, all in mobile races. Getting out to a trip was also certainly no problem as he stays all day. Alford predicted Macho Comacho would be a fierce Country Cups Carnival competitor next season. The win was the first leg of a weekend treble for Braun, who teamed with reinsman Nathan Jack for a double at Cranbourne on Sunday night with well-bred two-year-old Soho Chelsea (Mach Three/Cornsilk) and talented three-year-old filly Quaint Glen (Pay Me Christian/Quantam Franco). CODY WINNELL

Lookofalegend delivered on the word of astute harness racing horseman Dean Braun with a win in the Garrards Horse and House SA BOTRA Three-Year-Old Colts and Geldings final (2230m) at Globe Derby Park. Driven by ace reinsman David Harding, Lookofalegend ($7.60) sprinted home strongly to score a five-and-a-half metre win from Im Supreme ($18.20) with Hit Maka ($2.10 fav) seven-and-a-half metres away third. Trainer Luke O’Neill said stable clients had purchased the three-year-old late last year. “Dean said he felt the colt would be well placed in South Australia and we were going to throw him in at the deep end looking at the SA St Leger and Derby,” O’Neill said. “But he got a virus and we couldn’t take part.” O’Neill said he had been delighted with the Bettor's Delight colts improvement this preparation culminating in Friday night’s win. “We thought he had a good chance,” O’Neill said. “It looked like there was going to be good speed, and being a sit-sprint horse, the opportunity would arise to come home over the top of them and that is how it worked out.” Driver David Harding said he knew early that Lookofalegend would be in the finish. “He is no star but has a good sprint, and early there was nice speed,” Harding said. “I was able to get a good drag into the race and he sprinted home strongly. Im Supreme really carried me to the home turn so it was a perfect run.” Im Supreme ran well to finish second as did the favourite Hit Maka whose unbeaten run of six came to an end. In the Kevin and Kay Seymour SA BOTRA Three-year-old Fillies final (2230m), the Emma Stewart-trained Lovelist gave backers no cause for concern with an all-the-way win to give driver David Harding the two three-year-old finals. A $1.20 favourite, the Always A Virgin filly cruised to a 10.3 metre wins from Ima Shark ($8.50) with Jasperama ($47) 9.2 metres away third. For Harding it was a classic case of going to the front and gradually improving your position. He stepped up the pace each quarter giving his rivals littler chance of victory. Lovelist rated 31.1, 30.8, 29.8 and 28.2 to record 2:00:6. The filly was bred by Bruce Cameron and a group of friends, and he owns the filly with an even larger group of mates, many of whom were on course to celebrate. by Graham Fischer South Australia Harness Racing

It is ladies’ night at Gloucester Park tomorrow night, with the 47th running of the West Australian Oaks heading the program. For most of the season Oaks discussions have centred on the Gary Hall-trained Nuala, but due to a paddock accident, the filly will not contest the Group One. Despite Nuala’s absence, the Blue Riband has attracted a strong line-up and it will be no surprise to see many of these fillies ‘train on’ to future feature race success. Outstanding youngster Tricky Styx heads betting markets following her brilliant campaign through the recent Derby series. After running a solid third in the $50,000 Western Gateway Classic, the strapping daughter of Jeremes Jet was ‘best of the rest’ behind the irresistible Boadine Boaz in the Western Australia Derby. Aiden De Campo always had her travelling smoothly from a horror draw, and she more than held her own storming from midfield in a 54-second last half to run an excellent second behind this season’s premier colt. De Campo will be looking to join his father as a winning driver in the fillies’ classic, with Andrew having driven crowd favourite Norms Daughter to a ‘Herculean’ win against the My Cherie in 1994. Andrew will be represented by classy filly Delightful Jade, a winner at 14 of her 24 starts. She recently ran third in the Country Derby, but her chances have been sullied by a poor draw in gate seven. Victorian horseman Dean Braun is no stranger to WA success, having campaigned many of his stable stars such as Mustang Mach, Chancellor Cullen and Chilli Palmer to capture local features during the past few years. Braun has brought Victorian Oaks heat winner Sudden Change across the Nullarbor, with the daughter of Changeover has drawn handily in barrier five. Fifth in the $205,000 Victorian Oaks Final, Sudden Change rounded off her preparation for a trip west with a solid third in the Prendergast Oaks at Ballarat, with Braun booking Morgan Woodley to partner his charge. JASON LINCOLN

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

The road to the Australian Pacing Gold Final continues at Menangle on Saturday night with two semi-finals for the two-year-old harness racing colts and geldings. The first semi features seven Victorians, while the second semi five runners representing the Big V. Heats six and seven of the Carousel are also on the program, with two Victorians in each qualifier. Trainer Dean Braun will prepare three of the four Victorian Carousel combatants. Victorians in action at Menangle on Saturday night are: Race 3 – Lands Legal Carousel Heat 6: Liv Lavish (Dean Braun, Nathan Jack), Vinny Chase (Ahmed Taiba) Race 4 – APG 2YO Colts and Geldings Semi-Final 1: Herehecomes (Stephen O’Donoghue, Rebecca Bartley), Firenglow (Glenn Douglas, Jim Douglass), Wotchawaitingfor (Marnie Bibby, Darren Hancock), The Jet Player (Darren Cole, Tim McLean), Moonlight Man (Glenn Douglas), Most Happy Cullen (Gary Quinlan, Blake Fitzpatrick), Kingofthestars (Emma Stewart, Nathan Jack). Race 5 – Lands Legal Carousel Heat 7: Upanatom (Dean Braun, Nathan Jack), Glenferrie College (Dean Braun, Todd McCarthy) Race 6 – APG 2YO Colts and Geldings Semi-Final 2: Soho Lexington (Michael Stanley), Goodtime Sammy (Emma Stewart, Nathan Jack), Christmas Jolt  (Peter Manning, Kerryn Manning), Saint Tommy (Glenn Douglas), Brallos Pass (Mark Watson, Gavin Fitzpatrick) Race 7 – MIR Group Pace: Saint Flash (Glenn Douglas) Race 8 – Marsdens Law Group Pace: Villagem (Glenn Douglas), Im Corzin Terror (Amanda Grieve, Nathan Jack) Race 9 – Wests Ashfield Leagues Ladyship Pace: Shakchloe (Stephen O’Donoghue, Rebecca Bartley). Race 10 – Im Supreme (Peter Manning, Kerryn Manning) HRV Media

Victorian harness racing raider Rule Like A King made a one-act affair of the $40,000 Group Three Lees Orchards Easter Cup in Launceston last night. Rule Like A King was having only his second start since a 16-month injury enforced lay-off, but delivered one of the most emphatic wins in the modern day history of the feature. With ace Tasmanian reinsman Rohan Hillier in the sulky, the son of Mach Three stepped brilliantly to lead from the front line, lead and after setting consistent sectionals, he burst clear to score by almost 22 metres from local outsider The Majority ($34). Fellow interstate invader Outrageous El ($4.50) was two metres away third. Rule Like A King was listed as being trained by Hillier, but he took no credit for the gelding’s Cup preparation, preferring to relay that honour to his Victorian trainer, Dean Braun. “The horse came to me a couple of days before his Easter Cup heat last week, so I really can't take credit for training the horse,” Hillier said. “But I will celebrate it as my first winning drive in an Easter Cup. “It’s an honour to be given the responsibility of caring for a horse for such a prestigious race and we delivered the desired result. “I’ll be taking the Cup on a pub crawl tomorrow and probably end up drinking bubbly from it at the Devonport gallops tomorrow.” Rule Like A King was diagnosed with a bone chip in a coffin bone after finishing unplaced at Melton in September 2013. Braun gave the gelding plenty of time to recover and is confident he can win more feature races. “I thought the horse did a good job in his Easter Cup heat and tonight I think he showed that he is an above average horse,” Braun said. “We targeted the Easter Cup as a first-up assignment for him and he hasn't let us down.” Rule Like A King rated 2.01.3 for the 2698-metre trip, with the last half covered in 59 seconds. Braun is undecided about whether to return Rule Like A King to Victoria or leave him Tassie for some free-for-all racing to get him even more conditioned before an assault on a couple of feature races in his home state. PETER STAPLES

Top harness racing trainer Dean Braun had two choices, but one option, when deciding on where to race impressive filly Sudden Change this weekend. A stylish winner of last Sunday’s Tasmania Oaks, Sudden Change could remain on the Apple Isle for the state’s Derby or return to Victoria for the VHRSC Cup. Either way, Sudden Change had to race against the boys! “No matter which race she went in, she had to go against the colts,” Braun said. “The Derby is worth a little more, but it also meant keeping her interstate longer. “This way she is back home, settled in and can race at Melton.” Drawn well in barrier three, the daughter of Changeover is expected to settle close to the lead for master reinsman Gavin Lang. “There are a few nice types in the race,” Braun said. “Sir Macs Man has won his last three, Glenferrie Boss has won his last four and The Culture has won three of his four starts. “That said, my filly has her share of ability and will let them know she is there.” Despite drawing the second row, The Culture is the early favourite at $2.80, Glenferrie Boss is at $4, while Sir Macs Man is posted at $6. Sudden Change is regarded as an $8.5 chance. Following Saturday night’s assignment, Braun will keep the three-year-old fresh ahead of next month’s Victoria Oaks. - PAUL COURTS

Connections of promising youngster Sudden Change will make a decision today on whether to extend the filly’s stay in Tasmania. A stylish winner of last night’s Tasmania Oaks in Hobart, the crew are contemplating tackling the ‘boys’ in Sunday’s Derby at the same venue. Trainer Dean Braun explained a start in the Blue Riband will depend on Sudden Change’s recovery. “We targeted the Oaks as soon as we bought her, but now we may stay in Tassie for the Derby,” Braun declared. “It all depends on how she pulls up, but having checked her this morning, she seems as bright as a button. “Nominations don’t close until tomorrow morning, so I will make a decision about dinner time.” Driven by master reinsman Gavin Lang, Sudden Change was given time to settle into her stride from barrier six as local favourite, Fiscienne, led from five. Angled three-wide during the middle stages, the daughter of Changeover dashed to the lead, with the remainder of the classic a formality. Never seriously challenged, Sudden Change completed a two-metre win from Grand Anse, with Macfire 19 metres away third. “She only did what she had to, but that’s also the way Gavin drives them,” Braun said. “He never pushes them around and gets them home the easiest possible way. “I’m very happy with her progress since she got her and think she can compete against the better ones of her age.” Rating 2:03.6 for the 2579-metre journey, Sudden Change extended her record to two wins and a second from five starts since crossing the Tasman. The three-year-old’s win also provided Braun with his second Oaks triumph, having captured the 2013 edition with Itz Nosurprisesthere. PAUL COURTS

Prominent harness racing trainer Dean Braun will head to familiar territory in search of his latest feature victory. No stranger to major race glory, the Victorian mentor will return to Tasmania – a state in which he has enjoyed a high rate of success – on Sunday. Braun’s mission this time around is the Tasmania Oaks, which he will contest with handy youngster, Sudden Change. Having captured the Blue Riband in 2013 with Itz Nosurprisesthere, Braun knows what it takes to secure one of the Apple Isles’ oldest classics. “I’ve had a bit of success in Tassie and always look forward to returning there to compete,” Braun said. “I won the Oaks there a couple of years ago and it would be nice to do it again.” A recent edition to Braun’s stable, Sudden Change scored upon debut before enjoying no luck at her three subsequent starts. The daughter of Changeover was again void of fortune in the barrier draw and will begin from gate six. “She is a nice filly and is capable of winning this,” Braun said. “The draw makes it a little difficult, but the 2579 metres will sort a few of them out. “I’ve got no concerns about her handling the distance, and as long as she can get a fair cack at them, she will be very hard to beat.” PAUL COURTS

One of the forgotten stars of harness racing will make his return at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night. Sidelined since November 2013, Chancellor Cullen will be first-up in The Pure Steel for trainer Dean Braun. Before injury halted his career, Chancellor Cullen was regarded as one of the brightest prospects in the country, boasting 11 wins and three seconds from 16 Australian starts. The stallion’s victories include the McInerney Ford Classic, Melton Plate, The Graduate and Kilmore Cup, with the latter two handicaps - the same conditions as this weekend’s assignment. Although Chancellor Cullen is returning from a long spell, Braun is confident the six-year-old son of Christian Cullen is ready to kick-start his career on a winning note. “He had a slight strain in his suspensory, and although we could have pushed on with him, we felt he was too good to risk,” Braun said. “We’ve always had such a high opinion of him and felt a long break was the better option.” Drawn five, Chancellor Cullen faces tough opposition from New Zealand raider Bit Of A Legend, along with locals Smudge Broman and Savesomtimetodream. “Although he hasn’t raced for a while, he has had plenty of ground work and will be forward enough for this,” Braun said. Citing the Inter Dominion as Chancellor Cullen’s main mission, Braun has also earmarked next week’s A G Hunter Cup. Heats of the Inter Dominion are scheduled to be run on February 14, with the Final at Menangle on March 1. “I’d like to see him in the Hunter Cup, but it depends on how he gets through this week,” Braun said. “We are definitely looking at the Inter Dominion with him.” PAUL COURTS

It didn’t take trainer Dean Braun long to make his way back into harness racing’s winners’ circle. Returning from a steward-enforced break, Braun scored with his second starter – Franco Jaeger – at Hamilton yesterday. Pleased to be ‘back in the fold’, Braun is yet to decide whether he will once again prepare a large team such as the one which saw him become one of Victoria’s leading trainers. “It’s good to be training again,” Braun declared. “I’ve only got a few in work and it may stay that way for a while. “I haven’t made up my mind whether I will put a large team together again. “For now I’m just going along at my pace and enjoying being back in the fold.” Driven by Chris Alford, Franco Jaeger led throughout from the pole to score by four metres from Lady Mackendon, with Lombo Scrutinizer five-and-a-half metres away third. Covering the last half in 60.1 seconds, the son of Southwind Vernon rated 2:05.7 for the 2160-metre trip. “He’s a handy type on a loose mark, so he should be able to get through the grades quite comfortably,” Braun said. “Although he’s four, that was his first start and he went along nicely. “As he gains confidence and experience he will continue to improve.” PAUL COURTS

The Queensland winter carnival continued tonight at Albion Park and star filly Nike Franco made a one-act affair of the feature, the Gr.1 $75,000 Queensland Oaks. In fact, it was one of the easiest victories in a major event seen at Albion Park for some time. Starting as a short priced favourite, Nike Franco was given plenty of time to balance early before driver Luke McCarthy made his move heading down the back straight on the first occasion. Working to the lead at the 1200m marker, Nike Franco quickly turned the race into a procession. The Belinda McCarthy trained filly scored comfortably by 15m from Charming Allie and Beef City Safari in a time of 1;56.4 for the 2138m event. Nike Franco ran her final half in 56.3 seconds. “She is a high quality filly with strength and a great cruising speed; she travelled very well tonight and gave me a real armchair drive. Both Belinda and I have to make special mention of Dean Braun who prepared the filly before we took her over, she was in great shape.” Winning reinsman Luke McCarthy said. Connections now have the option of lining up against the boys next week in the Gr.1 $100,000 Queensland Derby. Nike Franco Nike Franco wasn’t the only feature race winner for Team McCarthy with the stable also scoring in the Gr.3 $45,000 Knudsens Betta Home Living 4 & 5yo Championship with speedster Chilli Palmer and the Gr.3 $30,000 TattsBet Gold Coast Derby with star colt Bling It On. Chilli Palmer, renowned for his devastating sprint, unleashed his power over the concluding which came off a genuine tempo to score comfortably defeating Terror Time and Majestic Mach. The milerate was 1;54.4 for the 2138m event. The Elsu gelding was only having his second start for the stable following his scratching last week from the Sunshine Sprint. Connections have the option of starting in either the Gr.1 $100,000 TattsBet Blacks A Fake or the Gr.3 $45,000 4yo Championship next week. Chilli Palmer Brilliant colt Bling It On scored a narrow yet decisive victory in the Gold Coast Derby tonight, clearly proving he is the horse to beat in next week’s blue riband classic. Sitting back in the field, the American Ideal colt sustained a strong sprint from the 600m marker to hold off Alleluia and Major Sam in a time of 1;56.2 for the 2138m event. Bling It On remains unbeaten in Queensland after eight starts. Leading breeder/owner Harvey Kaplan shares in the ownership of both Bling It On and Nike Franco. Bling It On Star Queensland mare Forever Gold proved she was on target for next week’s Gr.1 $100,000 TattsBet Blacks A Fake following her dominant victory in the Gr.3 $30,000 Southern Queensland Plumbing Fleur De Lil Ladyship Stakes. Sent to the lead soon after the start by driver Kylie Rasmussen, Forever Gold cruised to an easy victory defeating Missing Letters and Gliding Rose in a time of 1;55.6 for the 2138m event. Forever Gold has now won this event for three straight years. Forever Gold The $20,000 Lunchbox Lodge Country Cup Final was taken out by classy pacer Beetson who led throughout in the 2138m feature defeating Glenferrie Hood and Karloo Kix in a time of 1;56.6. Recently transferred to the stables of Shannon Price, the multiple feature race winner made a clean sweep of the series after scoring arrogantly in the heat last week. And former track record holder Suave Stuey Lombo exacted revenge on new track record holder Im Themightyquinn when successful in the Centenary Classic Mercedes Benz Open Pace. Finding the lead, Suave Stuey Lombo was brilliantly rated in front by Lauren Panella and defied Im Themightyquinn over the concluding stages after staging a great war over the final lap. The 2138m event was covered in a time of 1;54.7 with the final half paced in 56.1 seconds. Both pacers will back-up next week. Next week, the features include the Gr.1 $100,000 TattsBet Blacks A Fake, the Gr.1 $100,000 SKY Racing Queensland Derby, the Gr.2 $80,000 Kevin & Kay Seymour QBRED Triad 2yo Finals and the Gr.3 $45,000 Gurney Group of Companies 4yo Championship. The mighty Queensland champion Blacks A Fake will also be trackside to parade before fans next week. And don’t forget about the opportunity to win 10% ownership of either Im Themightyquinn or Bling It On for the night next week, for further details check out the website – aphrc.com.au By Chris Barsby (Harness Racing Australia)

Last year 26-year-old Christchurch-born Amanda Grieve returned to Australia after serving an 'apprenticeship' with master NZ horseman Tony Herlihy. Last night at Lord's Raceway Bendigo, Grieve let everyone know she was in business as a trainer, harnessing up her first race winner, Tandias Bromac in the Empire Stallions Super Series 4yo Vicbred mares, 1st heat. The Thompson Bloodstock owned daughter of Art Major that stems from the same family as Bendigo great Mother Courage led all the way to win the Stakes heat impressively for driver Chris Alford in a MR of 1.58.1 for the 2150 metre distance. Glenferrie Shuffle (Jodi Quinlan) charged home for second with Im Smouldering in third place. But the night belonged to former Dean Braun stable employee Grieve, a young lady described by Herlihy who was her boss and mentor for 8 years as "one of his most valued workers. "Grieve has had plenty of good teachers including her father Paul and and on leaving school she had a good grounding with Paul Fitzpatrick in New South Wales and with (Uncle) Dennis Wilson. Greive went to NZ to watch Elsu win the 2005 Inter Dominion at Alexandra Park and got a job with Herlihy where she had many highlights working at his Ardmore barn.  "I got to work with so many good horses like Western Dream, Ohoka Punter and of course One Over Kenny. She was my favourite," Grieve told harnesslink.  Grieve did a lot of the behind-the-scenes work with One Over Kenny and rated her second Rowe Cup win as a career highlight. "She was also the first trotting mare to win $1 million. I loved that horse. I'll never forget her," Grieve said.  Grieve has also worked as a starter's assistant for six years and on premier nights can be seen leading the horses back into the bird cage.  Grieve prefers training to driving but she has had seven drives without saluting. Her father Paul trained eight winners in seven seasons between 1984 and 1998. Mum Katie and dad, Paul are proud as punch about their daughter's success. " Dad & I are very proud of you," Katie Grieve posted on facebook after the win. Meanwhile, recently licenced trainer Amanda Turnbull also notched up her first winner last week. Turnbull, New South Wales’ leading driver, took out the Dunlop Super Dealer Pace at Charlton last Monday with four-year-old Highview Conall. By David Alfred (Bendigo Harness Racing)

Sound the alarm because the Shark has well and truly arrived. Punters had already been warned of course – the wraps on the David Aiken-trained horse were enormous before last night’s University Foods 4YO and 5YO Championship, following a powerful win first up when he donkey licked his rivals earlier this month. Heavily backed since fixed odds opened midweek, Lennytheshark started $2.10 but had been odds-on. The punters nailed it. From the pole draw, Lennytheshark cruised to the lead almost unchallenged for driver Chris Alford early and nothing wanted to take him on until the bell. Emma Stewart star Restrepo, which was first up from a spell, launched his claim as the bell sounded and improved to the breeze. Down the back, Dean Braun’s rising star Chilli Palmer started his move with an audacious burst as Lennytheshark quickened up front. Turning for home though and the Shark attacked, Lenny skipping clear and powering further away late to eventually score by a substantial 10.3m. Braun trained the second, third and fourth horses over the line – Inky Cullen, Chilli Palmer and Magical Telf – while Restrepo dropped out to finish seventh. The mile rate was 1:56.5. Meanwhile, two young trotters became Group 1 winners via the finals of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic series. In the fillies’ final it was Blake Fitzpatrick trained and driven Royal Treat too strong. The Majestic Son filly utilized the sprint lane in the home straight to defeat Meadow Valley Road, with Neville Welsh-trained Est Est Est third. Illawong Armstrong prevailed in the colts and geldings’ final for trainer-driver Jodi Quinlan, defeating Black Valley and Bring The Action. Champion reinsman Chris Alford took driving honours for the night with a winning treble, while Rebecca Bartley’s amazing run in the Young Drivers Challenge continued, winning the third race of the series after collecting the first two at Shepparton on Thursday night. Last night Bartley steered Smiling Spirit home at cricket score odds of $54.30. By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)

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