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Prior to the running of Monday’s $30,000 Lexus of Parramatta Canola Cup (2100m), esteemed harness racing commentator Greg Hayes declared it the best field to contest the race in its esteemed history. So it was fitting that a former president of the Eugowra club would walk away with the spoils. I’m With Lexy may be trained and driven by Bernie Hewitt at George’s Plains, but he was bred, reared and is raced by Lex Crosby, a man who is a big reason why the Canola Cup has risen to the level it has. There were emotional scenes after the race as I’m With Lexy ($5.40) held off a brave Pay Me Sam ($6.30, Gavin Fitzpatrick), which was three wide without cover for the final lap of the race. “This is one of the main races we target, and to win with one of Lex’s horses is a fantastic result,” said Hewitt, who claimed his fourth win in the race as a trainer and third as a driver. “We looked at this series about three months ago with her, and when a plan comes off like it has it is very satisfying. I actually trained her dam for Lex so it’s quite a story. “Eugowra is only a small town but they put on a heck of a carnival here, and to come here again and win it is a massive thrill.” The four-year-old Roll With Joe (USA) x Lexy’s Laughing mare won the race at the start when she was able to hold the lead from barrier one, despite pressure being applied by Trilight Brigade ($6.90, Mat Rue) and then Miss Patriot ($2.60 fav, Todd McCarthy). After zipping through the lead time in 36.1s, Hewitt was able to apply the breaks through the first half of the last mile. Splits of 31.2s and 31.1s not only ensured that I’m With Lexy was able to get a breather, it also meant that when Hewitt elected to up the tempo it broke the field up. A third-quarter split of 28.3s enabled I’m With Lexy to establish a break over Miss Patriot, leaving it to Pay Me Sam, which led-up the three-wide line to do the chasing. Miss Patriot got a second wind and went looking for a run on the pegs but was disappointed, and while Pay Me Same lunged over the concluding stages he couldn’t reel in the leader, which held on to salute by a half-head. Miss Patriot was a further 5.5m away in third place, with Sky Diamond ($26.80, Neil Day) rounding out the first four. “I thought if I could hold the lead she would run well and it would be a matter of if she was good enough to hold them off, and she was,” Hewitt said. “She’s developed into a really nice mare and I think she will only keep getting better. “She had to burn early to hold the lead and then she ran a really solid last lap so she well and truly earned the win Earlier, Yanco visit Lets Katchmeifucan adopted exactly those tactics to take out the gold consolation of the Cup. Trained by David Eurell and with Cameron Hart in the gig, the four-year-old shot to the lead out of the barriers and never gave anything else a look in. Lets Katchmeifucan ($2.90) beat home the other fancied runner Smooth Sailor ($2.00 fav, Dennis Picker) to win by 2.9 metres in a mile rate of 1:59.3. The win took the Panspacificflight (USA) x McKenzie Jaccka (NZ) gelding’s record to four wins and two placings from 10 starts. By Ben Walker Reprinted with permission of the Daily Liberal

The official start to the TAB Carnival of Cups for the 2017/18 harness racing season gets underway, as it traditionally does, at Eugowra this Monday. The eight-race card is highlighted by the Lexus of Parramatta Canola Cup, which some experts have claimed it to be the strongest edition ever of Group 3 feature. Trainers and drivers from all over the state have qualified for their spot in the $30,000 final including premiership winning reinsman Todd McCarthy who is driving Miss Patriot. The Kevin Pizzuto-trained mare has remained unbeaten in her two Australian starts. Exported from New Zealand on September 15, the American Ideal mare made her Australian debut six days later at Penrith and won. Just three days after this, Miss Patriot won her Canola Cup heat. She produced the fastest of the five qualifiers in the process, leading throughout in a mile rate of 2:00.1. "In the heat I didn't want to push her too hard into the first turn but once she found the top she won comfortably," McCarthy said. "She's a pretty handy mare. "I'll talk to Kevin and go through the race but I'd like her to be up there nice and handy . . . Kevin's horses usually race that way and it's key to be close to the action on these smaller tracks." Miss Patriot will most likely start favourite in the lucrative feature after drawing barrier five but may come out of barrier four with the removal of the first emergency. The only other heat winner drawn on the front row is Im With Lexy (one), who rated 2:00.7 to win her heat. The three other heat winners Eliza Dushku, Pay Me Sam and Inner Light have drawn 10, 11 and 12 respectively. AMANDA RANDO

With more wet weather forecast for central western New South Wales later this week, Eugowra's Canola Cup carnival has been abandoned. With flooding in nearby Forbes causing havoc for the locals, the Eugowra showground has also been severely affected by the heavy rain and with no sign of a significant break in the weather in the short term, an early decision has been made in the best interest of harness racing participants. HRNSW Chief Executive John Dumesny acknowledged the amount of work the Eugowra committee had put into the planning for this year's Canola Cup but confirmed there was no other option. "The Eugowra meeting has become an important annual event as the first of the TAB.COM.AU Carnival Of Cups meetings for the season," Mr Dumesny said. "With the weather pattern creating a once in a century event the rain is causing havoc for plenty of people across the entire State let alone in the central west," The Eugowra Club Committee made an application to HRNSW to call off Monday's meeting because of the condition of the showground and the governing body acceded to that request. "There is more rain expected this week and the track and surrounds are so wet that they can't sustain one more drop," "I can only compliment for making this difficult decision but it is in the interests of all concerned," "The Canola Cup will be back in 2017 as big if not bigger than ever." Dumesny stated Mr Dumesny confirmed a meeting will now be run at Bathurst on Monday of the long weekend. "To keep faith with the trainers in the central west that have been able to continue working their horses during this period, a new TAB.COM.AU Championship will be held with the heats drawn for this Wednesday (transferred from Eugowra last Sunday) and a $12,000 final at Bathurst next Monday. "HRNSW has a commitment to our wagering partner TAB to conduct a certain number of meetings and with Bathurst in a position to conduct the meeting on the public holiday it makes sense for a race meeting to be conducted." "Whilst there will be necessary adjustments to the race distances and starting configurations for Bathurst the prize money for the support races will be basically in line with what was to be offered at Eugowra." Nominations close on Thursday at 9.30am with HRNSW for the Bathurst Monday Meeting. Kate Dumesny

There was a surprise nomination in this Sunday Canola Cup Heats at Eugowra with talented trotting mare Iona Grinner taking on the pacers to try and secure a spot in the lucrative $30,000 harness racing final. After all Iona Grinner is pacing bred, however, after two starts as a pacer she has been tried as a trotter ever since and has been successful. And even though she can pace, trainer Troy Williams confirmed that the daughter of Grinfromeartoear will be going around as a trotter in the qualifier. "It will be a trial for her," Williams said. "I don't usually like trialling my horses and now that she is up in class she will have to go to Menangle when they are running 1:55 so thought this may be a different option. "I plan on travelling with her a bit this season to Queensland, South Australia and Victoria so thought it wouldn't hurt to put her around at Eugowra to get her ready for the smaller tracks." Originally from Dubbo, Williams has always been drawn to the Canola Cup. "I've always wanted to have a horse in it and now I do," Williams said. "You have to be in it to win it and I think she is tough enough. "She won't go back to being a pacer, she doesn't pace well. "I've nominated her for a few pacing races as a trotter but they haven't stood up and I love the Eugowra program so thought why not. "I'm looking forward to it." Iona Grinner has won 11 races and placed as many times in 44 starts with her best winning mile rate trotted in 1:56.2. The five-year-old is one of 37 horses looking to qualify for the Lexus of Parramatta Canola Cup (2100m) at Eugowra's Carnival of Cups meeting on October 3. The Group Three is the richest C0 event in Australia. It kicks off the 2016/17 TAB.COM.AU Carnival of Cups Series. Click here to see the Carnival of Cups calendar. AMANDA RANDO

Do you want to send your mare to Pepper Tree Farm’s Roll With Joe this season? Are you looking for a way to jump the queue with a number of broodmare owners already waiting and hoping to get into him? Well here’s your chance, the Eugowra Harness Racing Club has secured a service to Roll With Joe for this breeding season. President Lex Crosby has announced the service will go to tender with all of the money going back to the Club. “Thanks to Pepper Tree Farm through the sponsorship of the Canola Cup meeting, the Club has a Roll With Joe service to put up for tender,” Crosby said. “The starting price is $4,500 and tenders can be sent via email to me at lexcrosby@bigpond.com .” Crosby confirmed the tender would finish at 5pm on Monday November 30. “We have had some interest already and I would expect the tenders to come through very quickly." “People should remember he is booked out this season and I’m told 100 mares are already booked in for next year so this is a great way to send your mare to Roll With Joe right now.” Greg Hayes

Eugowra Harness Racing Club extends its condolences to the family of Colin ‘Pike’ Greenhalgh after he passed away on Monday morning. Mr Greenhalgh, best known in the harness racing industry for his contribution to the Eugowra Club died at the age of 90. As a former President of the Eugowra Harness Racing Club, Mr Greenhalgh was granted life membership for his tireless work in the industry on 28th August 1994. He was the serving President of the Eugowra Club in the 1980’s when the Club facilities underwent a complete transformation under the guidance of Mr. Bede Ireland who was responsible for the architectural design and modifications to such reputable tracks as Harold Park and Albion Park. Along with a new half mile paceway a new judge’s box was built and equipped with a photo finish camera.  Prior to 1982 races were run on a right-handed circuit, but this was altered to left-handed to comply with the modern day rules. In the same year Eugowra was the first country town in NSW licenced to operate a T.A.B. While President, Mr Greenhalgh oversaw a number of feature meetings including in 1988 a Cancer Appeal Meeting was held and raised a mighty $9257.81 to go towards Cancer research. On this day Pike organised three harness racing greats to have on show, Paleface Adios, Rowleyalla and Hondo Grattan. In 2014 the Eugowra Club celebrated there 60 year anniversary of racing and had the honour of having Pike there to cut the cake. Pike had a handful of horses in his time such as Blurred Vision and Donaghey Park with trainers Maurie Cummings, Steve Turnbull, Tony Turnbull, Ian Quirk, Ken Sharp and Greg Sarina. Pike is survived by his wife Zel, father of Sharon, Doug and Jane. Pike's funeral service will be held at the Anglican Church Eugowra on Tuesday 24th November 2015 at 11.00 am. Greg Hayes

Driver Mat Rue has tasted success at the highest level in harness racing. The talented reinsman won the 2013 Miracle Mile driving Baby Bling for trainer Belinda McCarthy but a victory in the 2015 Eugowra Canola Cup on his father Ken's horse, Lucy Lamb would be very memorable. Lucy Lamb won her heat by a big margin despite Rue sitting calmly in the sulky and the talented mare remains undefeated after four starts. "She did that all by herself in the heat, there was a driver behind me who was making a bit of noise and she just took off, I didn't ask her to quicken at all," Rue said. "Dad has always had a really nice opinion of her and I remember her first educational trial she competed in I thought she had a bit of a future." Lucy Lamb found her way to the stables of Ken Rue after a conversation between Ken and Golden Gait's Wayne Lamb. "Dad was working one horse and he always says if you are going to work one you might as well work two so he spoke to Wayne Lamb about leasing one and he said to head out to Golden Gait because he had a few there that he could have a look at. "When Dad drove in Lucy Lamb was at a tie up rail and he was hoping Wayne would offer him her and when Wayne said to Dad you can lease her, Dad said yes straight away." Mat Rue is no stranger to Canola Cup success having driven Bobbee Dee Dee to victory in 2011. "I'd love to win on Lucy Lamb for Dad, there is going to be a pretty big cheer squad for her at Eugowra next Monday and I know my brother has already organised to have the Tuesday off work so I think he might be planning on a big celebration if she wins. "Dad only lives 25 minutes away from Eugowra and it is his closest track so he does travel into the track and works her there a bit, I think it would be classed a local win if she can get the job done." Lucy Lamb has drawn barrier seven and will follow out the Steve Turnbull trained Oh I Am The One. "It probably isn't as bad as it looks because I think Steve's horse looks as though it will lead and that should mean I'm in behind the leader which will mean we get a pretty good trip into the race. "We might just need some luck swinging for home. Greg Hayes

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