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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Unicorn Hanover and harness racing driver Kevin Cummings worked out a perfect first over trip and took the featured $10,500 Open I-II pace at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (June 20).   Sitting sixth and last place to the half, Unicorn Hanover tipped to the outside and started his winning march to the lead, getting on even terms with Bakken at the three-quarter pole.   As the field of six turned for home, Unicorn Hanover ($5.20) was quickest of all, holding off a stubborn Rockstar Temper (Drew Monti) by a half length in 1:55.2 over the fast track. Bakken (Ray Fisher Jr.), the pace-setter for much of the race, finished in third.   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, Unicorn Hanover (Four Starzzz Shark-Up Front Georgia) has now won three times in 11 attempts in 2015, putting $25,850 in the bank. The victory pushed his career earnings to $387,361.   In the sub-featured $8,800 pace, Beachfront turned in a seasonal best 1:55.4 and held off a late rush from Ponyta Boy (Ron Beback Jr.) and Art Two D Two (Drew Monti).   Setting the splits of 29.0, 58.1, and 1:27.1, driver David McNeight III and Beachfront ($6.90) were ready for challenges in the stretch and they weren't disappointed. Ponyta Boy and Art Two D Two each made serious late bids but Beachfront had enough in the tank to hang on for the head win.   Beachfront (Somebeachsomewhere-Up Front Norma) is a 5-year-gelding owned by the Limerick Racing Stable and trained by David McNeight Jr. It was his third win of the season and moved the 5-year-old gelding's winnings to $17,424 and $91,270 lifetime.   Racing resumes on Sunday afternoon with a 1:05 p.m. with a 10-race card set.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, upcoming promotions and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Bathurst can get pretty cold in mid-winter, and the numbers at mid-week trots meetings are a long way short of those carnival crowds. When you add in the very wet and stormy conditions that lashed the track for the previous day and a half, and a certain footy game which kept people everywhere glued to their televisions at home, it was a pleasant surprise that Wednesday's meeting attracted anyone at all apart from the harness racing participants. Few in number but passionate about the trots, these "true blues" were rewarded for their attendance with some exciting finishes, well-supported runners collecting the cash in all eight races, and the enjoyment of settling back after the last to watch the Blues succeed in Origin. Soeur De Lyse ($4.10, Mat Rue/Ben Settree) worked to the front in the opening event, a C0-C1 sprint, and the Four Starzzz Shark mare held on strongly to defeat the late-closing Tulhurst Sarsha and favourite Allnight Kiss,for her second win this season. Rue acknowledged some Luke McCarthy advice from his time working in that stable: "If your horse is travelling well in the lead, resist the temptation to throw in a fast quarter up the back - the horses out wider are working harder than you anyway, so you don't need to." He followed Luke's advice to the letter. Temporary Use ($4.40, Scott Hewitt/David Hewitt) backed up successfully after her Canberra run two days previously, to score a meritorious win in the C1 sprint second race. The daughter of McArdle sustained a sharp run from mid-field to grab the lead before straightening, and held a narrow advantage at the wire from race favourite Midnight Prowler, which was forced to the outside rather than waiting for the sprint lane. Usher tracked the winner home, for a strong-finishing third. The mile rates of 1:58.0 and 1:57.2 in the opening races were a testament to the excellent wet-weather quality of the new Bathurst track, and the expertise of track curator Tony Hagney who was, arguably, the real star on the night. A very heavy storm accompanied race three, a 2260 metres C2-C3, but it posed no problems for the Ponder gelding Regal Point ($3.70 favourite, Bernie Hewitt), which enjoyed a nice trail mid-field and led in a Hewitt family quinella courtesy of Holm Three NZ (David Hewitt), with Oh So Sweet making a strong bid in the straight to grab third. Conditions improved for the 3C0-3C1 fourth, taken out by $2.30 favourite Gotta Glow NZ (Leigh Sutton/Colin McDowell). The Gotta Go Cullect daughter led throughout, scooting home in a sharp 28.1 to complete the 1730 metres in a very commendable 1:57.6 rate, with runner-up Grinear Girl not quite able to haul in the leader via the sprint lane. The Space Invader came from the one-one for a solid third. The sprint lane - so far the only one in NSW. - came into play again in the fifth, a 2260 metres C4-C7 class. The Dawn Ofa New Day gelding Uncle Lile ($2.90, Anthony/Chris Frisby), after sitting outside the lead for most of the race, shot clear at the top of the straight and fought out an exciting finish with the sprint-laner Kenny Dee Dee, the margin between them the bare short-half-head. They cleared away from their rivals, with a further sixteen metres back to third-placed Snoop Stride. Geronimo Beau ($3.20), successful in the 3C0-3C1 sixth, over the sprint trip, gave Mat Rue and Bernie Hewitt driving and training doubles respectively, leading throughout and holding off the sprint-lane runner Keilor Misty (another Bernie and David quinella) with Timmy May running on from the pegs for third. The winner, a Quick Approval gelding bred by Bernie Hewitt's sister Jenna and brother-in-law Grant Picker, is raced by their youngest son Ben, and was transferred to Bernie while regular trainer Dennis Picker campaigns a team at the Queensland winter carnival. All the Picker boys have played football at the top level, while maintaining their family involvement, as owners or trainer-driver, in trotting. The win, on an Origin night, couldn't have been timed any more appropriately. Black Poles ($7.10, Paul Jenkins/Paul Melham) had been out of the winner's circle since a Gold Tiara Consolation two years earlier, but her death-seating win in a C0 sprint class, from The Merchant Banker and Call Me Anytime, was no fluke. It was a tough effort for the mare by Modern Art, and there would have been plenty of cheering at a bar somewhere in Singapore, where trainer Paul Melham is enjoying a short holiday away from the Bathurst winter. Luke McCarthy's influence, from far away, was also felt in the final event, taken out by a former runner from his team in Miss Irish Rose ($2.10 favourite, Nathan Turnbull). The well-bred McArdle filly had just one start for McCarthy before being transferred to Turnbull, a mate he grew up with, in the hope that "you pick up a couple of wins with her." After leading throughout in the "GoThe Blues Two Year Old Fillies Pace", from Kissmybluesaway and Blackmagic Shannon, with a sharp last quarter in 28.5, a very pleased Turnbull commented "Well, that's one down, another to go." And as those die-hard followers left the track at the end of the football telecast, they would have been thinking exactly the same thing! Greg Hayes

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The old saying goes, 'harness racing records were made to be broken'. At Buffalo Raceway, that cliche is sure holding true.   For the eighth time this season, a track record was broken on the lightning fast half-mile oval at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg. There already have been seven different divisional standards re-established in 2015   Wednesday night (June 10) in the $9,500 conditioned trot, Winkys Pride had the honors of getting her name in the record book with a 1:57.2 time over the fast track. The time broke the trotting mark for all-aged mares of 1:58.1 set on April 22, 2015 by Serendipitious and the aged (5+) mare standard of 1:58.2 set by Escrow Blue Chip in 2012.   Driver Drew Monti set reasonable marks with Winkys Pride ($5.90), putting up times of 29.2, 59.1 and 1:29.0. But the clincher was the last panel as Monti had Winkys Pride in high gear, posting a 28.2 last quarter. It put away second place finisher Diamonds For Life (Cummings) and Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight) who took third.   Owned and trained by Robert Hummel, the 7-year-old Winkys Pride (Amigo Hall-Winky's Smile) has now won four times in nine tries this season, putting $14,527 in the bank. It also moved her career earnings to $186,062.   Don Rothfuss doesn't climb in the sulky very much these days but after the drive he gave It's De Lovely in the $9,500 Open II pace for the fillies and mares, he should consider a comeback.   Looking hopelessly boxed in by several horses in mid-stretch, Rothfuss squeezed It's De Lovely through a narrow gap and she did the rest after that, pacing away to a half-length win over A Cameo In Life in 1:56.4 over the fast track.   For Rothfuss, it was only his 10th start in the bike this season and was his first victory. It was also the first win for him at Buffalo Raceway since 2010.   A Cameo In Life (Kevin Cummings) took command from the start and set the tempo with fractions of 27.1, 58.4 and 1:28.0. Eyemajet (Shawn Gray) drafted along in the pocket, dipped to the passing lane, and looked like the major threat in mid-stretch. Those two seemed to destined to duke it out to the wire, but It's De Lovely had other ideas. She found a small seam and zoomed on past to notch the $18.20 victory. A stunned A Cameo In Life held on for second while Eyemajet took the show spot.   Co-owned by Michael and Howard Ouriel and trained by Rothfuss, It's De Lovely (Four Starzz Shark-Reflect Upon Life) has now scored four victories in 14 starts in 2015, earning $22,715 on the year. It also jacked up the classy 8-year-old mare's lifetime earnings to $630,667.   For 18-year-old Wade Tomaszewski, it was a memorable night for him as he scored his first pari- mutual victory of his career by taking V'La Faire gate-to-wire in 1:56.4, returning $4.60 as the favorite. Tomaszewski has been knocking on the door for his first win. He was in the money in 4-of-8 career starts before registering his first win in his ninth appearance.   The 10-race card was marred by an accident a the start of the sixth race, which was declared a 'no-contest' by the judges. There were no serious injuries to either horses or drivers.   Racing will continue on Friday night with a 10-race card slated for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Northam harness racing horseman Jesse Moore, a master trainer of juvenile pacers for more than 40 years, has high hopes of winning the prestigious group 1 Pearl Classic for the third time when Aiden de Campo drives Rich Yankee in the $102,000 International Health Products Pearl Classic at Donaldson Park in Bunbury on Friday night. Rich Yankee, a winner at four of his eight starts, is awkwardly drawn at barrier six on the front line in the 2100m classic for two-year-olds, but he is versatile and capable of overcoming that disadvantage. Moore has a special affinity with Rich Yankee, having prepared the Yankee Sensation gelding's dam Rich Babe, who earned $134,415 from 14 wins and 30 placings from 95 starts. Rich Babe, like her only progeny (Rich Yankee) showed excellent promise as a two-year-old. She raced 14 times at that age for two wins and seven placings, the most notable of which was her second to the brilliant Amongst Royalty in the group 2 $70,000 Sales Classic for fillies at Gloucester Park in February 2006. Moore trained Don Athaldo for his notable victory over champion filly Mazzini Magic in the 1998 Pearl and notched his second win in the classic when 8/1 chance The Jobs On, driven by Gary Hall jun., overcame the No. 6 barrier when he raced in the breeze and took the lead 700m from home to score by four lengths from outsider Lady de Beau in 2004. Rich Yankee revealed sparkling early pace from barrier four in a qualifying heat of the Pearl at Pinjarra on Tuesday of last week when he surged to the front after 75m. He rated 1.58 over the 2185m journey and defeated Soho Wall Street by 13m, with 7m to the third placegetter Destined To Rule. The gross time for that heat was 2min. 40.2sec. Alfs Odyssey gave a strong performance to win the other qualifying heat, with a gross time of 2min. 43sec., rating 2.0.1. Alfs Odyssey, trained and driven by Justin Prentice, started from barrier six and he worked hard in the breeze before he forged to the front 300m from home and fought on doggedly to win by a head from the fast-finishing Johnny Disco. The final quarters in 27.7sec. and 27.9sec. compare favourably with Rich Yankee's final sectionals of 29.5sec. and 28.2sec. Alfs Odyssey by Dawn Ofa New Day, bred and owned by Reg Smallacombe, was a 22/1 outsider for his win at his third start in a race. He will be at a much shorter quote in Friday night's final in which he has drawn perfectly at No. 1 on the front line. He and Johnny Disco (barrier two) look set to contest the early lead. The Glenn Elliott-trained Soho Wall Street will start from the No. 4 barrier. He possesses excellent gate speed and could also make a bid for the early lead. Elliott will also be represented by Soho Wolverine (Grinfromeartoear), who is handily drawn on the inside of the back line. Soho Wall Street (Four Starzzz Shark) has won once from four starts (at Narrogin three starts ago) and Soho Wolverine was a winner at Pinjarra in March, as well as being placed five times in his seven-start career. Pinjarra trainer Ross Ashby has two runners, Johnny Disco (Jeremes Jet) and Disco Under Fire by Courage Under Fire (who faces a tough task from the outside of the front line). Johnny Disco led and won over 1730m at his debut at Gloucester Park in early February, when he defeated Rich Yankee. Johnny Disco will be handled by Chris Lewis, who has won the Pearl behind Lombo Laredo (1994), Mitemptation (1995) and Argent Treasure (2007). Two runners with strong each-way prospects are Lightning Jolt (Village Jolt) and Destined To Rule (Shadow Play), who will start from the two outside positions on the back line. Lightning Jolt, trained at Byford by John Oldroyd, possesses wonderful natural pace and looks set to fight out the finish, with Clint Hall in the sulky. Lightning Jolt, a brilliant all-the-way winner at a 1.57.6 rate over 1730m at Gloucester Park at his second race start (on May 15), galloped at the mobile start and lost six lengths in a qualifying heat last week. He was eighth at the bell in the field of nine before finishing strongly into fourth place behind Alfs Odyssey. Hall then drove him to a stylish runaway victory in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning. The gelding burst straight to the front from barrier four and was allowed to dawdle through the first two 400m sections in 32.9sec. and 32.1sec. before he strolled over the next section in 30.2sec. and sprinted over the final quarter in 27.9sec. to win, unextended, by more than seven lengths from Questionable Gesture. Lightning Jolt is a brother of stablemate Mynameskenny, who finished a good fourth behind Beaudiene Boaz in the Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park last July. Destined To Rule, to be driven by Kim Prentice for Baskerville trainer Sonia Zucchiatti, was a most unlucky third behind Rich Yankee in a Pearl heat at Pinjarra on Tuesday of last week. After being restrained from barrier five, he raced at the rear before starting a fast move about 650m from home. But he then met severe interference and did extremely well to recover and fight on determinedly. Prentice is hoping for better luck than he encountered in the Pearl 12 months ago when he was driving the 2/1 on favourite The Odd Lover, when the off-side tyre of the colt's sulky was punctured just 100m after the start. The Odd Lover then was at a massive disadvantage when he raced outside the pacemaker (and winner) Isaiah Artois with the tube wrapped around the axel. He broke when being restrained as he was dropping back 250m from the finish. by Ken Casellas

The $102,000 Diamonds Classic Final at the harness racing meeting at Bunbury last night was supposed to be a match race between Mary Catherine and Sheer Rocknroll. But these two were so intent on wearing each other down that they opened the door for the filly with the soft run to nab the lucrative first prize. That filly was Bethany Aitch in the hands of her part owner, trainer and driver, Nathan Turvey. Drawing perfectly at one, Nathan sent Bethany Aitch forward early before handing up the lead to $1:70 favourite Mary Catherine with the maestro Chris Lewis in the bike. It wasn't long before driver Stuart McDonald sent the other well supported runner Sheer Rocknroll to have a look for the lead with just over a lap to go. The two favourites went at it from there and as they turned for home Mary Catherine had a kick while not surprisingly Sheer Rocknroll started to wilt. As soon as the passing lane appeared Bethany Aitch sprinted strongly up the inside and grabbed Mary Catherine and held too many guns for the opposition after such a cosy run in the trail the whole way. Mary Catherine fought on gamely to hold second in front of a very unlucky Jasmin Amal and Morgan Woodley. Three back on the inner the whole way, Morgan angled Jasmin Amal into the running line as they turned the corner but appeared to lock wheels as they straightened which cost her any winning chance. Balanced up again by Morgan, Jasmin Amal stormed home late for a very unlucky third and looks a filly with a big future. Bethany Aitch paced the mile in a quick 1:57.7 with closing sectionals of 57.1 and 28.9. A daughter of Four Starzzz Shark from the former handy New Zealand mare Survivor 1:59 ($40,845), Bethany Aitch was posting her first lifetime win last night at just her fifth lifetime start. The first three home last night look to be very close in ability and their next meeting could again be decided by the draw. Harnesslink Media  

Greg Sugars made the trek to the Mildura harness racing meeting last night and went home with a winning double, including victory aboard one of Emma Stewart’s many talented two-year-olds, Apache Shark.   The son of Four Starzzz Shark out of Mustbeheaven took out the first heat of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series for 2YO colts and geldings by 3m over last-start APG Consolation winner Soho Lexington.   Apache Shark ran to the lead early after initial frontrunner Fortitudo relented for the soft trip behind the $1.40 favourite.   From there it developed into a procession for the tote elect, whose lead time was a leisurely stroll – 46 seconds – and opening half of the last mile a jog, 65.9secs.   The field raced in single file until the 1200m when Michael Stanley made his move aboard Soho Lexington, which had gone back to last from the wide barrier six in the six-horse field.   Soho Lexington improved to second place and staked his claim for victory from the 400m.   But Apache Shark had too much left in the tank and was able to sprint home in 58.9secs to win his second race from three career starts and, in doing so last night secure a spot in the 2YO Super Series semi-final.   Soho Lexington battled on well for second, while Glacier Heights – a stablemate of the winner – hit the line hard on debut to snatch third with Jaimie-Lee King in the cart from a tiring Fortitudo.   The winner’s mile rate was 2:05.5.   CODY WINNELL

HAMBURG,N.Y. --- Hopefully the harness racing Buffalo Raceway keeper of track records had plenty of erasers on hand Saturday night (May 30).   Unicorn Hanover set two track records in the opener by going the mile in 1:52.4 in the $9,500 Open II Pace. He produced new standards for the all-age geldings and aged (5+) pacing divisions.   But Fireyourguns wasn't going to be outdone on the muggy night.   Not only did the 6-year-old Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) shatter the records just set by Unicorn Hanover in the previous race, he took it a step further by breaking the all-time track record with a sizzling 1:52.0 time in the $10,500 Open Pace. It broke the old mark of 1:52.3 notched by Steelhead Hanover back in 2012.   The record times that were broken by Unicorn Hanover and 15 minutes later by Fireyourguns (American Ideal) were the 1:53.1 time put up by Gimmebackmybullets for the all-age geldings in 2007 and the aged (5+) record of 1:53.2 scored by Lieback in 2006.   Returning to the races after a two-week layoff, Fireyourguns showed that his arsenal was fully loaded. Starting from the outside seven post, Caprio knew he was headed to the top and got there with relative ease with Fireyourguns as Cobble Beach (Kevin Cummings) put up mild resistance from the pylons.   "Before the race, (trainer) Terence McClory said you're leaving with him (Fireyourguns) tonight because he's a lot fresher right now," Caprio said.   After a rather soft opening quarter of 27.3, Caprio and Fireyourguns ($5.00) put a middle half mile of 56.0, hitting the three-quarter mark in 1:23.3. From there, it wasn't a matter of who was going to win, it was a matter of how fast.   "When I saw the time on the board at the three-quarter pole, I figured it was time to pull the plugs," Caprio said. Fireyourguns went 28.2 in the final leg to score a three-length win over Cobble Beach. Western Alumni (Drew Monti) took the show spot.   Co-owned by McClory along with Jennifer and Robert Lowe, Fireyourguns is now a perfect 3-for-3 on the season, earning $17,500 in 2015 and $237,621 lifetime.   In the opener, Unicorn Hanover ($4.50) went three-wide down the backstretch the final time and pulled away to throttled down two-length victory over Bakken in a short-lived record time of 1:52.4.   After sitting fourth past the half-mile in 56.0 posted by Little Man Cam, Unicorn Hanover (Shawn McDonough) followed the first-over cover of Burton Blue Chip and then used the three-wide move to take command by two lengths at the top of the stretch, tripping the clock in a lifetime best of 1:52.4. Bakken (Ray Fisher Jr.) took the second place position while Peenie (Kevin Cummings) finished in third.   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, the 8-year-old gelded Unicorn Hanover (Four Starzzz Shark-Up Front Georgia) has now won twice in eight starts in 2015, winning $17,135 and $378,942 lifetime.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 13-race card set for 5 p.m. The New York Sire Stakes returns with the 3-year-old pacing mares battling for $105,000 spread out among three divisions.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Lennytheshark made it back-to-back 4YO & 5YO harness racing Championship wins last night at Tabcorp Park Melton. Only two horses had ever done it before, the great mare Tailamade Lombo and modern day superstar Smoken Up – and Lenny displayed true champion qualities last night after scorching through a 27.6 secs second quarter and a 29.3secs third split, forced to work overtime to find the top when he came hunting at the bell. Anthony Butt (Major Secret) had been riding the breeze outside race leader Bryce Cooper and he wasn’t eager to simply let Lenny cruise by. Chris Alford had to go full-throttle well before he’d envisaged and Lennytheshark finally got to the front turning out of the straight the final time. Desperately in need of some reprieve Alford applied the brakes in a bid to save Lenny up for one final burst to the wire. Off the back Major Secret hit the wall and Hectorjayjay and Simone Walker arose three-wide to stake their claim. Hectorjayjay clearly headed the Shark on the bend but you got the feeling there was another twist in the tale as Alford got to work. Although the pair went stride for stride in the early part of the home run, and logic suggested this would be Hectorjayjay’s night, the Shark was not going to be culled without one hell of a fight. The son of Four Starzzz Shark rallied and stuck his head back in front, Hectorjayjay valiant but simply not able to match his rival. Chilli Palmer was the one final hurdle Lennytheshark had to clear as the powerful pacer thundered down the centre of the track late and got past Hectorjayjay. But he couldn’t nab Lenny, falling 1.2m short. The winner rated 1:55.9 after a 27.3 third quarter. “The speed was slow early so I had to make a decision and when I went I went quick,” Alford said. “Anthony Butt kicked up, which made things a bit awkward for me. “Hectorjayjay probably got 2m on me on the corner … but being as good as Lenny is he dug deep.” Hectorjayjay held on for third with Hotasel (Simon Jardine) working home with Upanatom for fourth and fifth. The win was Lennytheshark’s 19th from 38 starts. by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Lennytheshark will become just the third horse to win the University Meat 4YO & 5YO Championship twice if he can overcome a back-row draw in Saturday night’s harness racing Group 2 at Tabcorp Park Melton. The David Aiken-trained five-year-old has drawn gate nine in an 11-horse field after the scratching of Sydneysider Yayas Hotspot and will be hot favourite in the 2240-metre, $50,505 race. To be driven by Chris Alford, the son of Four Starzzz Shark out of Botswana will follow out noted fast beginner Hectorjayjay early, which should be ideal. Lennytheshark ticks all the form boxes, with a last-start win in the Golden Reign (1:57.4) defeating flying It Is Billy. That followed a third in the Len Smith Mile at Menangle behind Smolda and Beautide in 1:50.6. If successful in his title defence in the race, Lennytheshark will join two modern day harness racing greats in Tailamade Lombo and Smoken Up as back-to-back winners of the event. The 4YO & 5YO Championship is scheduled to run at 7.27pm. VIDEO: Lennytheshark notches his 18th career victory in last week's Golden Reign FFA VIDEO: See how Lenny did it last year CODY WINNELL COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA MANAGER

Frith has provided her Wagga Wagga owners Bernie and Di Kelly with some great harness racing memories during her successful career. Bernie Kelly trained Frith as a two year old before the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark was transferred to Bruce Harpley at three. Kelly has watched Frith win a number of Gr. 1 races but admitted that he is more nervous this week in the lead up to the Queen Of The Pacific at Melton than he has been in the past. "I don't get nervous before the big races normally but this time it is totally different, I'm very nervous and I can't really work out why I am feeling this way," said Kelly. "On Saturday night I will be sitting in my comfy seat at home watching the races on my television and cheering for her, I haven't had many conversations with Mark Purdon or Luke McCarthy since she left Bruce's stable but in the couple of chats I've had they seem happy with her." Kelly confirmed he was shocked when Harpley contacted him after the Renshaw Cup at Penrith and mentioned a change of stable for the multiple feature race winner. "It was a major surprise for me, I don't know what happened in that traffic jam on the way up to Penrith but it made his mind up for him, he made the decision and after Bruce did such a good job with Frith I respected what he was saying." "I still haven't really discussed a long term plan with Mark Purdon about what races she will target, there was some discussion that she would have a break after the Queen Of The Pacific but that was a while ago so I'm unsure what will happen after Saturday night." "Whether she has a break that'll be up to Mark now but I don't care if he looks to leave her in Australia either." Frith has never raced from the stand but did win a trial at Tabcorp Park Menangle recently. "Bruce is really confident she will step safely, he doesn't think you could get her to gallop away and while he never gave her a run in a standing start race he did give her a lot of practice at home." "She has done such a marvellous job during her career, it is going to be a big step for her to go to that next level against the best but I'm looking forward to seeing her race on after Saturday night." Kelly has two relations to Frith at home and is hoping their bloodlines will take them a long way. "I've got a half sister to Frith by Tell All and she has just been broken in, I really like her but I'm not one of those people who gets too excited early, I like to see what they can do once they are ready to trial." "There's a full sister to Frith there as well, she is just a weanling at the moment but I think I will keep her rather than take her to the sales." The Queen Of The Pacific is race seven at Melton on Saturday night and is scheduled to begin at 8:30pm. Greg Hayes - Harness Racing New South Wales

John Justice’s smart two-year-old Four Starzzz Forsa is lightning-quick off the arm, but that won’t help him in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic at the harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday night.   The gelding is by Four Starzzz Shark and out of Soho Paris, who never raced but is a half-sister to the brilliant It Is I and La Speranza.   He pinged out to lead in his heat last start from outside the front row.   Once in front, Four Starzzz Forsa paced his lead time in 6.4secs and a first quarter of 29.5 before Justice applied the brakes.   Ambling through a second split of just 35.6secs, Justice always knew his youngster would have a strong kick late, and he got home in 58secs for the final 800m (30.4secs and 27.6secs third and fourth stanzas) to score by 3.9 metres.   But having drawn the back row on Friday night, the early lead won't be an option.   “He’s still learning to race so I was pleased he was able to settle so well,” said Justice of the last-start victory.   While the barrier draw hasn’t helped his cause, Justice said Four Starzzz Forsa would still give a strong account of himself.   “He’s probably best suited as a sit-sprinter at this stage,” he said. “It’ll be a bit different as he gets a bit older and a bit stronger, but he’s a good horse.”   Justice said a win for Four Starzzz Forsa in the $50,000 Group 2 Final would be even more special than usual as the pacer was 33 per cent owned by his mother, who turns 84 this month.   “It’d make a nice birthday present,” Justice said.   Meanwhile, Justice will also line up Mar Nien in the Home Grown Classic Final from barrier seven.   Justice has booked comeback reinswoman Tanya Cavallaro to pilot Mar Nien, a son of Rock N Roll Heaven out of Champagnesheffield.   “He goes well for Tanya,” Justice said.   “He’s a good little horse who has had no luck at the barrier draw. But if they go quick up front he can be getting home at the end.”   - HRV Media  

2011 Queen of the Pacific harness arcing champion Life Inthefastlane produced her first winner as a broodmare last night at Tabcorp Park Melton with three-year-old filly Ebonyallstarzzz saluting for John Yeomans and Gavin Lang.   Ebonyallstarzzz, whose sire is obviously Four Starzzz Shark, rated 1:59.1 to win over 1720m in the TAB.com.au 3YO Pace at odds of $3.30, defeating Lils Angel by 7.8m.   Life Inthefastlane is by Life Sign out of Indigenous and won 18 races from 74 starts for $264,566 in stakes.   She defeated Pacific Playgirl by 4.3m in the 2011 Queen of the Pacific to score her maiden Group 1 success, but she had finished third the 2009 Victoria Oaks and the 2009 APG Final on the Gold Coast.   Ebonyallstarzzz’s win was one of two for trainer Yeomans on the night, the stable also successful in the last race, the Del-Re National Food Group Trot over 2240m with homebred Im Havinaball (Presidential Ball/Starlitestarbright) saluting over Trottn The Catwalk.   - HRV Media

Outstanding mare Frith appears to have made a smooth transfer to the Belinda McCarthy stable. Trained to win a host of feature events by astute horseman Bruce Harpley, Frith joined McCarthy’s team following her victory at Menangle a fortnight ago. Harpley made the tough decision to send Frith to champion New Zealand mentor Mark Purdon, with the daughter of Four Starzz Shark staying with McCarthy during the interim as she embarks on a Victoria campaign. Making her debut for McCarthy at Tabcorp Park Melton last night, Frith registered an effortless triumph in The Make Mine Cullen. Driven by McCarthy’s husband, Frith led throughout to score by four metres from Just Cala, with The Good Times a metre away third. “She has always been a high class mare and came to us in terrific shape,” McCarthy said. “Bruce did a wonderful job with her and hopefully we can keep her at that high level. “She just did it so easily and was never out of second gear.” Covering the last half in a brilliant 55.2 seconds, the five-year-old rated 1:55.3 for the 1720 metres, taking her record to 33 wins and eight placings from 45 starts for earnings of $883,245. Frith will return to the home of Victorian harness racing next Friday night for the Angelique Cup, followed by the Queen Of The Pacific in a fortnight. PAUL COURTS

The last pacer to win the Victorian “Mares Triple Crown” was the harness racing star whose name adorns the sprint feature at Tabcorp Park Friday night. Make Mine Cullen, a daughter of the mighty Christian Cullen, achieved the feat in 2012, winning the Cinderella Stakes, the Ladyship Cup and the Queen of the Pacific off 20 metres. The Mares Triple Crown these days, bearing in mind it is an unofficial term, consists of the Harness Breeders (Vic) Make Mine Cullen, a $25,275 1720-metre random barrier draw sprint, the Angelique Club Cup next Friday, a preferential barrier draw race worth $25,275 over 2240m, and the jewel – the $100,000 Group 1 Queen of the Pacific, a stand start 2760m race on Saturday, May 23. Before Make Mine Cullen, the last mare to achieve the Triple Crown was Golden Flyin for David Aiken in 2005. Tomorrow night’s Make Mine Cullen looks a tantalising contest on paper with proven five-year-old Frith the benchmark from barrier six up against rising star four-year-old Just Cala from the pole, and stalwart top-line mares Gumdrops (barrier three), Steam Washed (barrier five) and The Good Times (barrier eight) all capable of landing the knockout blow with the right run. Frith, by Four Starzzz Shark out of Jackie Kelly, boasts an extraordinary strike rate, having won 32 of her 44 career starts for $866,572 in prizemoney. Tomorrow night Frith lines up under the tutelage of Belinda and Luke McCarthy for the first time after transferring from the stables of Bruce Harpley. “She has settled in really well,” reinsman Luke McCarthy said of tomorrow night’s $1.35 TAB fixed odds favourite. “She’s been a champion at two, three and as a four-year-old and earned over $800,000 so she’s got a great record.” Just Cala is bound for the Harness Jewels in New Zealand after securing a coveted invite, the four-year-old by Art Major out of Lilsistar a winner of two of her past three assignments. She took out the HBV Ian Daff Memorial over Steam Washed by 2.2m over 1720m in 1:55.4, using the sprint lane from behind the leader to win with a 56.5secss last half and followed that up with a 1.4m win over Lierra Noir in an M0-M1 race over 2240m in a rate of 1:58 (last half 57.5secs), coming with a strong run late. Last start in the HBV Silver Chalice Just Cala sat outside the leader throughout before going down fighting by 3.1m against rising star mare Berisari, who nominated for tomorrow night’s race but didn’t accept. Asked where he thought Frith was compared to Just Cala, McCarthy said the fact his mare was a five-year-old probably tipped the ledger in her favour. “Just that year older, she’s a bit more seasoned I’d say.” Meanwhile, Chris Shinn is going in confident about Steam Washed from gate five. The tough mare has had a superb preparation this time in with wins in the HBV Jodies Babe over Goodtime Marjie and Beauty Secret in 1:53.5 at Melton and seconds in the Terang Cup behind Arden Rooney, the Ladyship Cup behind Majorly Foxy Styx and a third behind Guaranteed and Inter Dominion placegetter Flaming Flutter in the SA Cup. “I think she’d be up there with the top ones in Victoria,” Shinn said modestly of Steam Washed. “She’s got that form around the colts too, not just the mares. “We’ve had a lot of fun with her. She always earns a cheque.” Shinn had a word of warning race favourite Frith, who would love to find the lead unchallenged. “I think mine’s going real good, she gets out of the gate good so I think if we landed the front and Frith was parked, I’d give us a good chance (of upstaging Frith),” he said. “Unless there’s been a heap of pressure on I think we’d be hard to beat if we were in front at the corner.” by Cody Winnell Fields for Tabcorp Park Melton, Friday 08 May 2015 Form guide for Tabcorp Park Melton, Friday 08 May 2015

The David Aiken stable had a hugely successful night at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday with four harness racing winners. While David trained four winners, son Josh drove three of them and finished the night with a perfect three-from-three record thanks to wins aboard Cold Major (Art Major/Vangold) in the Bold David Free-for-All, in-form Bryce Cooper (Four Starzzz Shark/Lombo Heart Beat) in the Homestead Stud Pace, and absolute trooper Composed (Our Sir Vancelot/Troys Dream) in the SEW-Eurodrive Claiming Pace. The stable’s other winner came in the Australian Pacing Gold 2YO Fillies Consolation Final with Rockstar Angel (Rocknroll Hanover/Arty Alice) scoring an impressive triumph with David in the sulky. Rockstar Angel, heavily backed with fixed odds markets, officially started a $3.50 second favourite but defeated $3 shot Love And Desire by 7m in a mile rate of 1:58.0 for the 1720m trip. Cold Major and Bryce Cooper it could be said won their races at the start, Josh taking both runners to the front in their respective events from barrier four. Cold Major defeated The Good Times by 5.1m in a mile rate of 1:57.8 over 2240m, while Bryce Cooper – who last week found the top from the back row – held out Classy Guy at the end this time to win by 1.1m in a 1:55.6 mile rate over 1720m. Composed took a while to get the better of leader Ardle Mcardle at the end of the 2240m claimer, but eventually the eight-year-old was able to draw clear, rating 1:57.1 over 2240m to notch his 30th career victory. Our White Knight got home late to run second from a tired but brave Ardle Mcardle. Meanwhile, trainer Emma Stewart also picked up a winning double at Melton courtesy of Berisari (Safari/Beris Holmes) scoring an impressive win in the Harness Breeders Vic Chalice over a brave Just Cala, who worked hard in second place, and Fremarks Ceejay (Village Jasper/Fremarksjodie), who got around stablemate Bit Of A Babe early before controlling proceedings in the GBL Property Constulants Pace over 1720m. The feature trot for the night went to Kyvalley Blur (Chocolatier/Duo Val Car) for Brent Lilley and Anthony Butt, while other winners were Jilliby Jitterbug (Rock N Roll Heaven/Keppel Bay) in the Australian Pacing Gold Fillies Final for Marg Lee and Jason Lee, Tallulah Bay (Metropolitan/Bye The Deep South) for Sebastian Steenhuis and Zac Steenhuis in the Del-Re National Food Group Pace Final and flying mare Illawong Helios (Majestic Son/Shining Sun) in the Mittys Trot for trainer Ross Sugars and driver Greg Sugars. Re-live Aiken's Saturday night successes Rockstar Angel Cold Major Bryce Cooper Composed - HRV Media

You simply have to admire astute harness racing trainer Bruce Harpley. Having trained, driven and nurtured outstanding mare Frith to perfection, Harpley has made a tough decision in the best interest of the five-year-old’s career. Despite registering an impressive 32 wins and eight placings from 44 starts with the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark, Harpley believes Frith can progress further with a larger stable. As such, Frith has been transferred to Belinda McCarthy to be prepared for next month’s Queen Of The Pacific at Melton before being sent to champion New Zealand horseman Mark Purdon. Harpley revealed his decision following Frith’s stylish victory at Tabcorp Park Menangle. “I just feel I have taken her as far as I can,” Harpley said. “She is at the highest level now and I reckon she will be better off with in a big stable with trainer like Mark. “She is still very head strong and wants to race her way, which was fine against her own age, but now she’s against the best around and needs to settle better. “Hopefully someone like Mark can fix that and get her to race more tractable.” Citing the Western Australia Oaks as Frith’s most memorable triumph, Harpley stated his only regret was not reaching $1million in stakes before the stable switch. Frith’s bankroll is sitting on $866,572 following yesterday’s win over Pas Ultimate Delight and Majorly Foxy Styx in 1:54.3. “She won a host of major races, but the WA Oaks is the one that stands out for me as the most satisfying,” Harpley said. “I don’t have any real regrets with her, but I would have liked to have taken her past the million-dollar earnings.” PAUL COURTS

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