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When former New Zealand trained mare Arms Of An Angel recorded a mile rate of 1:50.7 winning at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday afternoon, harness racing trainer Shane Tritton contemplated taking the daughter of Elsu to Western Australia. Tritton will fly out to Perth with Inter Dominion entrants Mach Beauty and Easy On The Eye later this month and considered putting her on the plane also to compete in the feature mares races being run at Gloucester Park during the carnival. After discussing the decision with majority owner Zac Cornell, Arms Of An Angel will remain in New South Wales and will continue to race through her grades. "We had a good long think about taking her to Perth but I think it is in the best interests of the mare that she remains at home and continues to work her way through the grades," Tritton said. "She has obvious ability but she is a handful and still has a lot to learn so I'd like to see her race through to metropolitan company and if she warrants a crack at qualifying for the Ladyship Mile then that is what her target will be." Arms Of An Angel raced 23 times in New Zealand for two victories and Tritton admitted he was surprised at the improvement the mare has shown since arriving. "This is all on Zac, he is the best judge of a horse I know, he found her in New Zealand and flew himself over to drive her then made an offer to buy her. "He didn't pay a lot for her in relation to what some people pay for horses from New Zealand but he has a tremendous eye for a horse, he purchased Mach Beauty and Suave Stuey Lombo after watching them and they are probably the best two horses I've had in my stable." Tritton spent the early part of this week in Perth exploring different training facilities for the upcoming Inter Dominion. "The horses will be stabled at Gary Hall's property, the set-up is very similar to what the horses have at home right down to the track where they will work. "I'm really excited by the Inter Dominion, Mach Beauty was brave on Saturday night at Menangle and I think he has proved that he is getting back to somewhere near his best." Mach Beauty and Easy On The Eye are scheduled to start in Friday week's group two Smoken Up Sprint at Melton before flying to Western Australia two days later. "I'm looking forward to it, I'll spend most of my time in Perth during the Inter Dominion while Lauren (Panella driver) will fly back and forth so she is going to earn plenty of frequent flyers points that's for sure. Greg Hayes

This is the time in the harness racing season where the two years that are just behind the very best tend to put maiden fields to the sword. Race nine at Alexandra Park tonight has a field full of such two year olds and several of the runners look capable of winning a race at short notice. One who really impressed in his first brief campaign was the Elsu gelding El Jacko. El Jacko was thrown in the deep end in his first campaign running up against the likes of Lazarus and Chase The Dream and got things wrong in his first couple of starts but his fourth in the Young Guns Final behind the All Stars pair and Code Black was a really smart run and confirmed the big private reputation that El Jacko has always had. Tonight El Jacko has the advantage of drawing barrier one but the field is full of some handy sorts and he won't have things all his own way. Co-trainer Logan Hollis was circumspect when assessing his chances earlier this week. “He hasn’t raced since March and has only had three races as a 2-year-old and he galloped twice." "He did get around okay in the (Group One) Young Guns Cardigan Stakes and he has been trialling well and he worked very well today (Wednesday)." "He’s certainly got plenty of ability." "He just needs time but he can win on Friday." "Fergie has driven him twice before and will give him every possible chance from the ace draw," Logan said. El Jacko certainly looks one to follow in the new season and looks to have the potential to go a fair way. Harnesslink Media

Leading New South Wales harness racing trainer Shane Tritton enjoyed a perfect trip to Newcastle last night. Contesting four of the six races on the program, Tritton left the venue with a quartet, with each driven by his partner, Lauren Panella. Thrilled with the result, Tritton stated he was extremely confident of registering at least one victory. “I had faith in all of them, but I was willing to put the house on winning the first,” Tritton joked. Tritton’s playful remark stems from the fact each runner in the field is a member of his every-growing stable. Despite some viewing the event as a glorified training exercise, Glenlochar blitzed his stablemates as a prohibitive $1.10 favourite. Never seriously challenged, the son of Elsu cruised to a 44-metre win from Mister Hairy Maclary, with Mickey Mcrooney eight-and-a-half metres away third. Glenlochar covered the mile in 1:53.8. “He is a pretty nice horse,” Tritton said. “Obviously he didn’t have to run the time he did, but I still wanted him to have a decent hit out.” Tritton and Panella then annexed the next three races with Ohoka Royal, Nota Lada and Jackaroo Bromac. PAUL COURTS

Harness racing breeders are never slow to pick up the trends about new sires and these days are pretty quick to abandon any stallion who they think is not delivering on the track. The numbers of mares served by some of our newer sires this year are way down on what they served just twelve months ago and are due no doubt to the lack of winners these stallions are producing. The first one we are going to review is Art Official who dropped this season to just 17 mares after covering 72 last season. His oldest crop are three year olds and numbers 49 horses of which nineteen have qualified but just five have won a race. His second crop are two year olds this year and that crop numbers 80 horses and have produced one smart horse in Salty Robyn 1:53.9 ($ 44,600) who has been burning up Menagle in the last two months. His Australian offspring are doing a good job with small numbers which makes the New Zealand situation harder to understand.  Overall Art Official has been a little disappointing and unless his stock have a big next six months it is hard to see him coming back to Australasia next season. Tintin In America is another sire whose numbers fell away this year even though his oldest crop are only two year olds. That first crop numbers only 32 horses but to date has only had three qualifiers which is disappointing. It is way to early to make any decision about him as a sire but he only served 13 mares this year which means the breeders have taken a wait and see approach. Tintin In America badly needs four or five of those two year olds to salute the judge and create some momentum before the next breeding season or his days as a sire might be numbered. The former champion pacer Elsu is another stallion to get the cold shoulder from breeders. This is a stallion who has produced over 250 winners of over $12,733,000 to date in Australasia alone yet breeders have deserted him. This year he served just six mares in New Zealand and his future may lie in Australia where his stock have won over $8,424,000 and where he has left most of his winners. Gotta Go Cullect is another stallion to get the cold shoulder from breeders after being given every chance in his initial seasons at stud. In his first four years he served over 100 mares every year but this fell away bigtime this season with him attracting just 18 mares. At present he has 222 three year olds and older in New Zealand and to date he has sired just 30 winners so his days may be numbered in New Zealand. Lis Mara was an interesting one for us in that his numbers are not that bad overall. He has 175 horses three year old or older and so far has produced 49 winners and a further 37 that have qualified. Their main problem is like their sire they are better with a bit of age and people are not prepared to wait these days. From a high of 90 mares, Lis Mara dropped to just 7 mares this season and there would have to be real doubts that he would shuttle next year. Finally the trotting sire The Pres is another stallion to suffer a big drop off in demand from breeders after a slow start to his siring career. His oldest crop are just three year olds and number 38 horses and to date he has had just two winners as well as a further four qualifiers. From a high of 80 mares bred in 2013, The Pres slipped to just 13 mares this season and like all the others here badly needs a few flagbearers. It is very early for a trotting sire to be condemned but the breeders patience these days seems to wear out very quickly with any sire not performing immediately. What the above list shows is how hard it is to get a foot on the stallion ladder and once there how difficult it is to stay there. Harnesslink Media

Following his success hit-and-run mission to South Australia last night, handy harness racing performer Chilli Palmer is likely to find himself interstate again soon. The Victorian was sent across the border for the Gawler Cup, which he captured in style at Globe Derby. Pleased with the pacer’s performance, trainer Amanda Grieve has earmarked next month’s Len Smith Mile as a likely target. The Group One is scheduled to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on April 26. No stranger to top shelf success, Chilli Palmer will only head north of the Murray River if his form warrants the trip. “If he is racing at his best we will look at tackling the Len Smith Mile with him,” Grieve said. “It will all come down to how well he is racing at the time. “He was a solid third in the Geelong Cup last week and has improved again to win the Gawler Cup. “He’s getting back to his best, which he will need to be if we take him to Sydney.” Driven by Alex Ashwood during his latest triumph, Chilli Palmer was forced to cover more ground than early settlers when racing three-wide for the majority of the feature. Despite the extra workload, the son of Elsu completed a metre-and-a-half win from The Smiler, with Glenferrie Rustler two-and-a-half metres away third. “That was a pretty nice run,” Grieve said. “He’s had to plenty of work in the run, but still proved too strong for them.” Covering the last half in 59.2 seconds, the five-year-old rated 1:58.5 for the 2645-metre journey, taking his record to 13 wins and eight placings from 29 starts. PAUL COURTS

The first harness racing meeting for the new season at Methven comes up for decision on Sunday and as per usual for this time of year it sees the emergence of a lot of spring 3 year olds. Race 1 for the CO 3 year olds and older over 2300 meters from behind the mobile has drawn a smart field with several promising 3 year olds lining up. McArdle Star form the Ken Barron barn has drawn poorly at three on the second line but his trial runs suggest a big debut run from the son of McArdle. Brought out of the 2013 Australasian Classic Sale for $30,000 by long time stable clients Steve Thompson and Grant Dickey, McArdle Star will have the services of in form reinsman Blair Orange and looks a big winning chance. Highview Freddy from the Robert Dunn barn is another 3 year old who looks above average and from the one draw can make his own luck. A full brother to the outstanding Highview Tommy 1:55.2 ($1,021,904) Highview Freddy had four starts at two against Say My Name and company so it is a big drop back in class here. He ran a lovely fourth behind Margarita in his first run back from a spell and looks sure to be a major player with Sam Ottley in the bike. Another runner from the Robert Dunn barn is Altissimo who has drawn nicely at barrier three. She is a 3 year old daughter of Mach Three from a Beach Towel half sister to the champion pacer Elsu 1:53.6 ($2,083,352). Altissimo qualified recently on the track in very impressive fashion and has the services of leading reinsman John Dunn in the bike.  Another 3 year old making his debut for the season is the Gotta Go Cullect gelding Until Further Notice from two on the second line from the Jimmy Curtin barn. Until Further Notice is a recent addition to the stable and he is now owned by long time stable client Ralph Nieper who raced his half brother Slash An Burn 1:54.7 ($277,288) from the Curtin barn. Placed twice as a two year old when racing out of the Murray Swain barn in Southland, Until Further Notice won a trial last week at Ashburton with smart closing sectionals of 56 .8 and 27.4 and looks ready to rumble. Just so all the 3 year olds don't have it all their own way, the Nigel McGrath trained and driven Western Art with four seconds in his last five starts looms as a fly in the ointment for the 3 year olds as he is well overdue to take out a maiden race.  We think with his favourable draw Highview Freddy just gets the nod from us but it  really is an open race and it wouldn't surprise us to see one of the other four mentioned in this article salute the judge. Harnesslink Media

The fields being carded at harness racing meetings have certainly shaken off the winter blues with numerous smart performers coming out of hibernation as we head into spring racing. The Sims Pacific Metals pace at Addington on Friday night fitted that bill with several smart intermediate grade pacers lining up in the C3 - C5 1950 meters mobile. Franco Harrington from barrier one lead off the gate before handing up to New Deal and Colin DeFilippi after 400 meters. Lewy Risk with Ricky May in the cart dropped off the gate before looping the field and finding the death seat with 1200 meters to run. Lumos followed him up and found the death seat soon after, giving Lewy Risk the one by one with 900 meters to go. Lumos took it to New Deal as they turned for home and quickly went to the front with Lewy Risk and Hi Jinx chasing hard. As he has done so many times in his career, Ricky May timed his run to perfection with Lewy Risk grabbing the win right on the finishing line by half a head from Hi Jinx with Lumos another head away in third. It was the sixth career win for the five year old son of Elsu who is owned and trained by well known harness racing identity Lou Driver and his win took his stake earnings over the $44,000 mark. Lewy Risk paced the 1950 meters in a smart 2:23.1, a mile rate of 1:58 with quick closing sectionals of 56.2 and 27.4 Purchased by Lou from the Auckland All Aged sale for $4200 as a weanling, Lewy Risk is bred to be above average. He is from a half sister to the outstanding Gracious Knight (Nz Cup) ($383,156) and another handy sort in Pocket Of Grace 1:55.9 ($160,975). Lou Driver has always had a high opinion of the Elsu gelding and last nights win won't be his last. Harnesslink Media  

One of the best things about spring in New Zealand from a harness racings fan's point of view is the emergence of the next wave of  harness racing stars on to the race tracks. Some of the maiden fields during winter had little depth or class but now that spring has arrived the smart early season 3 year olds are coming out of the woodwork. On Thursday night at Alexandra Park (September 4th) race two on the program is a C0 pace for 3 year olds over 2200 meters and if blood counts for anything it should be one hell of a race. Happy To Go is a first starter for the Telfer/Garlick barn who has drawn well at barrier four and has performed well at trials and workouts. She is by Bettors Delight and is the first foal from the former outstanding racemare Time To Fly 1:54.2 ($154,680) Hartofdixie from the Barry Purdon barn is another first starter who has drawn nicely at barrier five and she has also impressed track watchers with her runs at trials and workouts. A daughter of American Ideal, Hart Of Dixie is the third foal from Splendid Deal whose first two foals were Splendour 1:56.2 ($148,990) and Maxim 1:55.9 ($397,413) Courtney John from the Todd Mitchell barn is yet another first starter who has recently moved north from the Phil Burrows barn in Canterbury and will start from barrier two on the second line. She qualified in 2:00 neat back in February at Ashburton and has always looked above average. The McArdle filly is a half sister to the smart Seven Point One 1:56.1 from a daughter of the super broodmare Port Medley. The last of the first starters is Local Yokel for trainer/driver Tony Herlihy and he has also been performing well at trials and workouts and will start from three on the second line. A son of Elsu, Local Yokel is a half brother to the very smart duo of Presido 1:56 ($153,575) and Sound Of Thunder 1:57.4 ($134,841) The field is full of horses with good form with Christy Maguire from barrier two yet to finish out of the money in four starts while Percy Jones from barrier seven has also been placed in his three lifetime starts to date. Sirius Star from barrier eight has been placed in three of his last four starts while Culler Coded, Bettor Ace and Machulbeatchu have all looked above average in brief careers to date. It is a punters nightmare to predict but if we had to go for one it, we would probably lean towards Hart Of Dixie but without a lot of confidence. Who ever does come out on top will know they have really earned their first lifetime win. Harnesslink Media 

The Horsham Harness Racing Club will stage their traditional 3YO features, the $9505 Alabar Horsham Guineas and $9505 Rosehill Princess of the Wimmera, on Wednesday August 27th. The contests have been part of the Club calendar since the early 1980’s, when the Horsham Ladies Committee sponsored the Horsham Oaks and Derby Trials, under the lights on the tight showgrounds circuit. Alabar Bloodstock has generously donated an inscribed rug and trophies for the winning owner, trainer and driver of the 2014 Guineas. They have also donated a free service to second season stallion, Smiling Shard (1:53.7 $1,089,831) or the proven entire, Elsu (1:53.6 $2,030,796). Rosehill Farm & Veterinary Services will provide an inscribed rug and trophies for the winning connections of the 2014 Princess of the Wimmera. In addition, they have donated a free service to the highly talented but injury dogged pacer, Maffisio. Some fine colts and geldings are listed as winners of the Alabar Horsham Guineas, including  Grand Circuit performer Robin Hood (2004) for trainer Clayton Tonkin, with Daryl Douglas aboard.  In 1991, Dark Paul went on to capture both the Victoria and NSW Derbies after his Horsham Guineas victory for trainer Trevor Martin and reinsman Ted Demmler. Albenz (1996), Wenbro (1998), Remember El (2010), Savesometimetodream (2011) and Magical Telf (2012) have also taken out the Horsham Classic. The Rosehill Princess of the Wimmera has been won by a number of smart fillies over the years, including the brilliant Sheza Mona (1997) for trainer Peter Manning and driver Kerryn Manning . Mother Courage took out the 1999 edition of the Princess during her 3YO season, on the way to success in the Victoria Oaks for the Bruce Morgan- John Caldow combination. Posh Jaccka (1998), Deanna Troy (2006), Very Chic (2008), and Our Surfer Girl (2010) also grace the honour board. The Horsham Club is greatly appreciative of the continued support  of Allan Galloway, John Coffey and all the crew at Alabar, along with Darren and Anne Jacobson from Rosehill, and are looking forward to two great contests on the 27th. Nominations for the Alabar Horsham Guineas and Rosehill Princess of the Wimmera, close with HRV at noon on Thursday August 21st. Further information can be obtained from Tony Logan on 0427 857411.

Southland owned pacer Scarymclearry, who won five races including the Group Two Australasian Young Drivers Stakes in Australia when trained by Menangle trainer David Thorn, is back in New Zealand and will be tried by John and Josh Dickie as a trotter. The six-year-old son of Elsu, who has won $137,456 in stakes and paced a 1:52.3 mile, qualified twice as a trotter in Australia running 2:00.2 in his first trial and 1:57.7 the second time around. However, he then had one race where he broke badly in the score-up and the stewards told Thorn he would have to trial on multiple occasions to gain clearance to race again. That’s when it all became too hard and his syndicate of owners, headed by Vin Nally, opted to bring the gelding home. Originally it was planned that he would return to Southland, however after Nally received an out of the blue phone call from Josh Dickie a 50/50 deal was struck to race the pacer come trotter in the north. Dickie, who won the Australasian Young Drivers Stakes aboard the gelding, was obviously aware of Scarymcleary’s ability to trot and offered to train the speedy type for nothing in return for a half share. Scarymclearry, who won eight races when trained in Southland by Tony Barron and has won 13 races in total, under Australian rules would have had to race as a Free-For-All trotter but by returning to his homeland he will get the opportunity to start fresh as a maiden trotter. The Dolamite Syndicate owned gelding returned to New Zealand last month and began work with the Dickie’s last week. By Mitchell Robertson

Harness Jewels winner Beaudine Boaz is set to make his Australian debut in the $125,000 Group One Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park on Saturday. And if his recent Byford trial where he mile rated 1:58.6 on his way to an impressive win is anything to go by he will take all sorts of beating. The Badlands Hanover colt dashed his last half in 56.4 in his trial and impressed driver Gary Hall Jnr, who bypassed the opportunity to drive Im Themightyquinn in Queensland in order to handle the 2YO Emerald winner in his main hit-out before Saturday’s prestigious two-year-old event.  Beaudiene Boaz, who is a half-brother to top mare Beaudiene Bad Babe, is just one of a few expensive purchases made by clients of the Gary Hall Snr stable in recent months.  Other classy New Zealand juveniles they have snapped up included high priced fillies Nuala and Giuliana Rancic. Meanwhile, impressive debut juvenile winner Connoisseur, who was purchased out off the barn of John and Joshua Dickie by clients of  Greg Bond for a large six-figure sum, will miss the Golden Slipper, with his new connections opting to spell him before bringing him back for early three-year-old racing. Rycroft, an Elsu two-year-old who was also very impressive when winning his debut for Tony Herlihy at Alexandra Park a fortnight ago, is also in Perth after being secured for big money. He has joined the stable of Mike Reed, who has enjoyed tremendious success with former kiwi filly Libertybelle Midfrew this season. Rycroft, like Connoisseur, will now be spelled and will therefore miss this weekend’s two-year-old feature. By Mitchell Robertson

Not many harness racing  meetings go by at the Cambridge track in the Waikato without a Geoff Small runner saluting the judge and tonight was no exception. The beautifully bred Sea MC kept to the script in the NRM Evole Colts and Geldings mobile pace. Dropping back from barrier seven, Sea MC settled four back on the outer for the first 1000 meters before Phil Butcher followed Strawberry Courage around the field on Sea MC, finding the death outside that runner from the 800 meter mark. These two runners eyeballed each other for the rest of the race with Sea MC gaining the upper hand close to home for a well deserved win. It was the McArdle colt's second win from just nine starts in which he has also been placed twice. Sea MC paced the 2200 meters in a respectable 2:44.2, a mile rate of 2:00 with closing sectionals of 58.8 and 28.9. As with most of the horses in the Geoff Small barn, Sea MC has blue blood running through his veins. A son of McArdle, Sea MC is the fourth foal of the former outstanding filly Copper Beach 1:58.6 ($185,991) whose first foal was none other than the champion juvenile De Lovely 1:54.1 ($656,113). Copper Beach is from a half sister to former Geoff Small trained champion pacer, Elsu 1:53.6 ($2.083,352) and this is the family with which Small has had so much success over a long period, Sea MC Harnesslink media    

On Sunday SA BOTRA will host their annual fundraiser "Xmas in July" to be held at the Globe Derby this Sunday starting at noon with the special guest of honor being champion New Zealand reinsman Anthony Butt. Hall of Famer Butt, who has achieved most things in the sport of harness racing including New Zealand, Auckland, Hunter, Rowe Cups and four Inter Dominion finals in a stellar career to date.  Butt, will be interviewed by race caller Jim Jacques in what should be great entertainment. Also during the afternoon you will have a chance to bid on one of nine stallion services that will go under the hammer and in that line up is some of Australia’s most sort after sires: Auckland Reactor, Smiling Shard, Lombo Pocket Watch, Gotta Go Cullect, Western Edition, Tiz A Masterpiece, Art Official, Elsu BG’s Folly, Cullen’s Legacy and Artesian. Tickets are just $40 and includes a three-course meal so please contact Lois Randall on 0402978424. by Gary Newton   

The Jacobsen Headstones mobile pace last night at Auckland was all the talk in the harness racing community this week prior to the race. A two year old son of Christian Cullen in Crockets Cullen trained by Brent Mangos was all the rage on the back of some smart performances at the trials recently. If you listened to the tipsters he was a past the post certainty, but as we all know in racing there is no such thing. Even though the field was only small at just seven runners, what it lacked in numbers it more than made up for with its quality. Aside from Crockets Cullen it included two other two year olds in Bettormack and Rycroft who had also been excelling at trials as well of late. Throw in smart maidens such as Under Worked and Shedontloveme and you had all the ingredients for a fascinating race. Shedontloveme led off the gate before handing up to  Bettormack who in turn handed up to Crockets Cullen after 500 meters. Rycroft had settled last from his wide draw but took off with 950 meters to go to work forward to the death seat. Turning for home Rycroft quickly asserted his superiority and went to line for a comfortable 1 ¼  length win over Shedontloveme who just nosed Bettormack out of second with Crockets Cullen weakening to fourth. The son of Elsu who is trained and was driven by the “iceman” Tony Herlihy, paced the 2200 in the smart time of 2:44.4 with closing sectionals of 57;9 and 28.8. From the famed Black Watch family, Rycroft is from the In The Pocket mare Futures So Bright who is a half- sister to such smart types as Pulsation 1:53.2 ($128,511)  Anescape 1:50.6 ($122,027) and Forever Now 1:57 (106,288) Judging by the ease of his win tonight over such a talented field, this won’t be the last time that Rycroft is first to greet the judge on race night.   Rycroft Harneeslink media

Brilliant Victorian four-year-old Chilli Palmer has arrived in Queensland. Recently transferred to the stables of Belinda McCarthy, the Elsu speed freak will be set for the Brisbane winter carnival features starting next month. And local fans will get their first glimpse of the star pacer this Friday. Connections have confirmed that Chilli Palmer will trial between races at Albion Park as he prepares for the Gr.2 $60,000 Garrards Sunshine Sprint on July 5. Other targets during the campaign include the Gr.3 $45,000 4 & 5yo Championship plus the Gr.1 $100,000 Blacks A Fake. “The trial is just purely about familiarization and an opportunity to stretch his legs after he arrived earlier this week. He’s taken no harm from the trip and he settled in well so that’s pleasing.” McCarthy said. The proven Gr.1 winner has not started since finishing an excellent third in the $50,000 4 & 5yo Championship at TABCORP Park, Melton on May 30 behind Lennytheshark and Inky Cullen. Chilli Palmer has won 7 of his 13 starts this season while banking more than $165,000 in prizemoney. “The Brisbane winter carnival has been part of his program all season long and we’re excited about his chances, I know the owners are looking forward to seeing him strut his stuff in these big races. “As we all know, this is a very special talent with amazing speed and Luke is excited about taking the drive behind him. He stayed with us earlier this year when he competed in the Chariots. “The hard style of racing should suit his racing pattern and hopefully we can get some luck with some good draws, we’re expecting him to perform really well.” Chilli Palmer has already collected three feature events so far this season with the McInerney Ford Classic at Gloucester Park last November plus the 4yo Bonanza defeating Guaranteed at Melton and the Geelong Pacing Cup where he outsprinted champion pacer Smoken Up. Overall, Chilli Palmer has won 11 of his 19 career starts to date. 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)

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