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While Lennytheshark is a warm favourite to take out this years Inter Dominions Final, his support in the second heat at Gloucester Park tonight waxed and waned all day leading up to the race. As short as $1:50 at one stage, Lennytheshark drifted out to $1:90 as punters climbed on the Flaming Flutter bandwagon which saw that runner shorten from a $6 quote into $3:60 Lennytheshark and Flaming Flutter came out running early with Flaming Flutter from barrier two grabbling the lead for Greg Sugars from Our Blackbird and Clint Hall who trailed and Chris Alford slipped "Lenny" into the one by one behind Billies A Star. With just over a 1000 metres to go 'Lenny' was flushed out three wide by Major Crocker and was posted there for the remainder of the race. With 500 metres to go,Alford pushed the go button and "Lenny" quickly went up to Flaming Flutter and went sailing on bye and raced away for an emphatic victory. Our Blackbird got home well for second in front of a battling Flaming Flutter but the winner was in a class of his own. Chris Alford was a happy man post race. " He has had a burn out of the gate early, but got a nice run after that" "I didn't want to come out when I did but I couldn't risk being trapped." " He felt really strong down the back straight and when I asked him to go he really finished the race off well." "I couldn't be happier with the run," Chris said. The six-year-old son of Four Starzzz Shark paced the 2138 metres in 2:33.1, a mile rate of 1:55.6 with sharp closing sectionals of 55.6 and 27.6 If anyone had any doubts about Lennytheshark's credentials to be the series favourite, tonights run has well and truly laid those to rest. On that run, it is going to take a mighty effort to lower his colours in this years Inter-Dominions. Harnesslink Media

Word out of the tank has been consistent since the very earliest part of Lennytheshark’s harness racing Inter Dominion preparation. “I wouldn’t swap him for any other runner” is the message trainer David Aiken has used several times right through the prep, and tonight’s obliteration of a star-studded Olympus Feeds Smoken Up Sprint field has Lennytheshark a clear favourite for the Perth Inter Dominion starting in a fortnight. Lennytheshark’s win took a huge confidence chunk out of several ID15 contenders, the son of Four Starzzz Shark/Botswana exploding to beat pacemaker Keayang Cullen by 10.6 metres in a 1:52.8 mile rate at Tabcorp Park Melton. About sixth 100m before the quarter pole, Lennytheshark eased wide and let rip with surging run around the field. Into the straight he booted clear, the final quarter clocked in 27 seconds – Lennytheshark making up 10m on top of that. Reinsman Chris Alford delivered a brilliant drive, steering Lennytheshark away from the markers early after starting inside the second row. Lennytheshark ended up one out and two back in the run. Early in the race Keayang Cullen pressed hard to find the top for Jason Lee, working to the pegs after 400m, crossing early leader Avonnova. Race favourite Our Hi Jinx came away from the markers to avoid being buried alive, while Easy On The Eye punched the breeze. Keayang Cullen’s lead time was quick – 6.8 – and his first quarter about as slick as they come (27.2secs). The Terang pacer secured a much-needed breather through the second stanza (31.4) before the pace hastened again down the back. Avonnova, who ended up with the run of the race on the leader’s back for Shane Graham, chased hard in the home straight but couldn’t reel in a game Keayang Cullen, which kept on fighting to run second. Five Star Anvil wasn’t far off in fourth, while Keayang Steamer found the line fairly well for fifth. Meanwhile, mare Maori Time led throughout to win the Aldebaran Park Bill Collins Trotters Sprint over 1720m. Driven by Anthony Butt for Brent Lilley, the six-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur/Sundonna cruised to the lead from gate two and was never threatened, coasting home in a cool 1:55.0 to beat Sydneysider On Thunder Road by 2m with Kyvalley Blur in third. Trainer Courtney Slater opened proceedings with victory in the DNR Logistics Vicbred Pace, driver Glen Craven steering Goodtime Rusty (Artesian/Rustlin A Kiss) home by a short half-head over Desiring Kate, with Hollys Miss Molly third in 1:56.5 over 2240m. Lilley combined with Gavin Lang in Race 2 with Sun Of Anarchy prevailing in the Rayner Real Estate Trot over 2240m defeating Barefoot Sally and Lightning Calder in 1:59.8. Lightning Calder wasn’t on his best behaviour early and lost considerable ground, so he’s one for your black book. Trainer Paul Rowse made up for his narrow defeat in Race 1 in the third race with Savesomtimetodream victorious for driver Greg Sugars. The eight-year-old by Village Jasper out of Cultured Lombo worked his way around to the lead after about 600m scouting deep. Lets Elope emerged very late to grab second ahead of a brave Daylight Dan in 1:58.3. The second leg of a winning double for Gavin Lang came via roughie Guggenhein in Race 4, the Pridmore Electrics Pace Final over 2240m. Driven forward to find the chair Guggenheim always travelled well before skipping to the lead in the home straight and holding off Milady Denver (leader’s back) and Ark (one-one) in a rate of 1:57.8. Guggenheim is trained by Amanda McHenry at Melton. Andy and Kate Gath enjoyed success in the Caduceus Club Living Legend Pace with impressive six-year-old Bettors Delight/Regret gelding Mister Mundaka leading from gate seven and fending off Ive Gottalife and Desdon Murruffy at the finish over 1720m. Mister Mundaka found plenty when Kate Gath asked him for maximum effort, rating 1:54.1 to win by almost 2m. John Justice said SA Cup plans were well on track for handy six-year-old Hotasel (Elsu/Hotgossip), who beat Manuka Man and Franco Ledger in second and third in the Congratulations Kerryn and Arden Rooney Free-for-All over 1720m in a rate of 1:54.7. Hot favourite Mach Alert wilted after leading to run fourth. Emma Stewart and Nathan Jack combined with five-year-old Art Major/Sabrina Bromac mare Tuscan Breeze to win the Victorian Harness Racing Media Association Pace over 1720m. Driven in the one-one by Jack, Tuscan Breeze eased three-wide into the home straight and hit the line best to stave off a fast-finishing Kamwood Dawn, with long odds-on favourite Morton Plains battling on for third. Trainer Joanne Franklin, who is based at Moonlight Flats, teamed with Ararat reinsman Michael Bellman for victory in the Sheron Park Trot Final (Race 10) with Royal Dream. The five-year-old by Monarchy out of Dreamlands Nancy drew well clear at the finish to defeat stablemates Tella Tall Tale and Spud, who made up plenty of ground, in a rate of 2:02.5. Bellman brought up a career milestone during the week with Witzend’s win on Tuesday at Stawell the driver’s 1000th success in the sulky. Rounding out a cracking night of trots action was exciting four-year-old Cruz Bromac, who slayed his rivals in the Eynesbury Homestead and Golf Pace Final over 2240m. Driven by Greg Sugars, the son of Falcon Seelster/Crown Defender probably didn’t leave third gear, cruising home in 1:56.8 by 23.8m over runner-up Mystical Tilly with Maken Art Magic third in the 2240m race. Based on the strength of tonight’s win the Dean Braun-trained pacer has much bigger wins in store. by Cody Winnell

WA Oaks winner Frith will return to the scene of her biggest career victory when she races at Perth's Gloucester Park later this month. The future for the six year old harness racing mare has been in limbo for several months since it was confirmed Frith would not be heading to the stables of leading New Zealand trainer Mark Purdon. After spending weeks at the property of owners Bernie and Di Kelly, the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark returned to long time trainer Bruce Harpley last month, however the Junee horseman thought the best option was to send Frith to Michael Brennan. "I spoke with Bernie about Western Australia but I just can't be away from home for such a long period of time at the moment, I've got eleven other horses in work at the moment and I've got a full time job to think about as well so I thought it was best to go Mouse (Michael Brennan)," Harpley said. "Mouse and his wife Lara are fantastic people, they treated us like family when I took Frith over for the WA Oaks and I know she is going to the right person." With three races for mares during the Inter Dominion including a group one event worth $125,000, Harpley is hoping Frith does enough to warrant staying around in Perth a little bit longer. "How long Frith stays in Perth will all depend on how she is racing, if she does a good job over there then I would expect her to stay over in WA until the Ladyship Mile next year and Mouse can bring her back for that. "If she finds the opposition a bit too slick over in Perth then she can come back here and I'll play around with her until the Ladyship, it all depends on her but if she hits her straps for Mouse there is no need to bring her home." Harpley confirmed Frith went around at the recent Junee Show and performed well. "Bernie had put plenty of work into her before she arrived back with me, I gave her a hit-out at the local Show, she gave them a bit of a start and worked up to them slowly but she ran her last quarter in 27.5 off the track and her heart rate afterwards was very good. "She definitely hasn't forgotten who I am but in terms of condition she is a lot lighter than she was before the Ladyship Mile." While Harpley has driven her in all of her feature victories he passed on the chance to continue his association with her while she is in Perth. "When Mouse and I spoke on the phone he offered me the chance to go over and drive her but even flying over to drive her once a week I'm going to be missing time from work and my horses are going to miss work also so I told Mouse for him to use his drivers. "I'd love to see her win another $120,000 and become a million dollar earner, she has been such a great mare for so long." Harpley was considering giving Frith a run before her flight to Perth on November 15. "I toyed with the idea but she will either draw poorly against weaker opposition or she would have to race the free-for-allers and it is probably too early to be doing that right now. "She can go over to Mouse and he can work out which way he wants to go with her first up." Greg Hayes

Dismissed at 35-1, Cooperstown rallied wide and strong in the lane and became the most improbable of the trio of winners in Saturday's eliminations in the $525,000 Delvin Miller Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Lite at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows.  National Seelster and My Hero Ron, both favorites, captured the other eliminations. They'll be joined in next Saturday's final by Angelo J Fra, Dreams Beachboy, Lost For Words, Dude's The Man, Yankee Bounty and Trading Up. Ron Burke trained two elimination winners--Cooperstown and My Hero Ron, each piloted to victory by Yannick Gingras--and also will be represented by Yankee Bounty. Tony Alagna (Dreams Beachboy, Trading Up) will send a pair to the final. An open draw for Adios final post positions is set for Tuesday, 12:30 PM, and can be seen on Meadows Live! Cooperstown, whose most recent victory came in a non-winners of 3, appeared to be in an unenviable position--third over and chasing a leader, Tomy Terror, who'd enjoyed a 29.2 second-quarter breather. Gingras, however, didn't see it that way. "Actually, I liked my spot," he said. "I didn't think the leaders were the horses to beat, and I knew my cover would take me a long way." "I wasn't thinking about winning--he was 35-1 for a reason." "But around the last turn, I knew I'd made the final, anyway." Cooperstown blazed the back half in 54.1 and scored in 1:49.4, defeating Lost For Words by a neck. Dude's The Man rallied from last for show. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Keith Pippi and Michelle Yanek campaign Cooperstown, a son of Four Starzzz Shark-American Charm. National Seelster, who is 4 for 4 in New York Sires Stake action this year, got away in third. Tim Tetrick moved him to the front at the quarter, a decision Tetrick said he nearly came to regret. "My horse was kind of falling asleep on the front," Tetrick said. "He's only cut it a few times, and he didn't know what to do up there." "When he saw that Yannick couldn't get around him, he got brave." "He swelled up enough to get to the wire." "I think he needs a helmet to follow for quite a while." "He can rough it some, but on the front, he's too lazy." "I won't do that again with him." The son of Bettor's Delight-No Strikes Against woke up in enough time to repel the stern first-over challenge of Rufo and triumph in 1:51.1, 3/4 lengths better than long shot Angelo J Fra. Dreams Beachboy completed the ticket. Chris Ryder conditions National Seelster for Robert Mondillo and Oompa's Farm. My Hero Ron took command early, put away his well-intended stablemate, Yankee Bounty, and downed him by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:50.3, with Trading Up third. It was the third straight win for the Well Said-Emma La Em gelding since his private acquisition by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Frank Baldachino. "He's a little bit lazy, but he's the kind of horse who will step up when they get to him," Gingras said. "Those were pretty soft fractions for this bunch, so I knew he'd have plenty left." ADIOS ELIMS NOTES: The Burke stable set two PRs on the evening. One, of course, was winning two Adios elims. The second may be even more impressive--the stable entered 24 horses, most ever for Burke on a single program at a single track. Ultimately, two were scratched. Nevertheless, Farm Manager Michelle Hill spent a good chunk of the preceding week preparing index cards for each horse with staff assignments. Evan Pattak  

Changeover/Nifty Franco filly Whitney H made a successful Australian debut by winning the Jet Roofing 3-Y-0 Pace over 1690 metres at the harness racing meeting at Kilmore on Tuesday July 7. Unplaced in three outings in her homeland, Whitney H raced by former Bendigo HRC President Dennis Byce and wife Brenda, trained by the Melton combination of Maree and John Caldow with John in the sulky, led throughout from gate three, accounting for Carmens Spirit (three back the markers) along the sprint lane by 2.9 metres, with first starter Whatelsugot also using the sprint lane to finish third after trailing the winner. The mile rate was 1-58.3. Avenel concessional reinsman Mark Pitt possibly landed his first winner as a trainer when Sportswriter/Bonwarra filly Missy Deyo greeted the judge when making her first race appearance in the Weekend Breakfast @ Trackside From 9am 2-Y-0 Pace over 2180 metres. Raced in partnership with “boss” Wayne Potter, Missy Deyo bred in the Goulburn Valley by Benstud Standardbreds was restrained from gate six to possie three back along the markers, with Bold Comment Lombo immediately inside her leading. Coming away from the inside to be one/one approaching the final bend, Missy Deyo finished full of running on straightening to record an impressive 2.1 metre victory over the hot favourite Our Odette which faced the breeze from the bell, with Bold Comment Lombo holding down third. The mile rate was 2-01.5. Wallan’s Shinn stable snared the Sentimental Journey Xmas In July–23 July 3-Y-0 Pace over 1690 metres with home bred Four Starzzz Shark/Adelong filly Machli in a mile rate of 1-59. Bred and raced by Noel and trainer Ruth, Machli driven by Chris was tough in victory as she raced in the open after going forward from gate four. Striding clear halfway up the running, Machli had 1.5 metres up her sleeve on reaching the wire from Bee Bee Elle which followed her all of the way. Miss Sixties weakened to finish third after leading for Cameron Maggs. Daylesford octogenarian Bob Conroy almost trained the quinella in the Seniors Meal Deal Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2150 metres when Girls Go First and Miss Cosmos were split by Kadabra Dynasty. Driven by son Glenn, Girls Go First a 4-Y-0 daughter of Bacardi Lindy and Lucy Lastic bred by wife Pat, was driven a patient race mid-field in the moving line from 10 metres, with Miss Cosmos leading from the pole. Trailing up Kadabra Dynasty three wide in the last lap, Girls Go First ran home best to score by a head from Kadabra Dynasty in a rate of 2-07.7, with Miss Cosmos (Anne-Maree Conroy) 3.5 metres away in third place. Bathurst concessional reinsman Mitch Turnbull is having a ball in Victoria, chalking up another winner courtesy of 6-Y-0 Bettors Delight/Georgia Rose gelding Bettor Atom in the Trackside Advantage Loyalty Program Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres. Trained at Bolinda by Paul Males for parents Peter and Yvonne, Bettor Aton taking a lift led out from gate two, before handing over to the speedy Royal Shootout racing for the bell. Using the sprint lane, Bettor Atom fended off a challenge by Miss Metro Glen out wide in the shadows of the post who appeared to have him covered by 1.1 metres. Rowdy Rocket was 1.7 metres away in third place after following Miss Metro Glen home. The mile rate was 1-58.6. Not to be outdone, sister Amanda Turnbull combined with Doreen based aunt Bec Cartwright to land the Mitre 10 Kilmore Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2180 metres with smart Modern Art/Miss Superb mare Pressplay in a rate of 2-00.9. Bred and raced by Bec, Pressplay safely held the lead from the pole as the mobile gate pulled away, before surrendering to Just Knew at the bell. Making full use of the sprint lane, Pressplay bloused Just Knew by a half head in a thrilling finish, with Givemeaspell rushing home late out wide a half head away in third place after being extricated from three back the markers. Ararat trainer Michael Bellman and partner Emma Hamblin were successful with Kiwi bred 5-Y-0 Holmes Hanover/Divine Lustre gelding Our Bold Lustre in the New Winter Menu @ Trackside Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class over 2150 metres, paying Supertab odds of $17.20. Taking a concession for Emma, Our Bold Lustre starting from 10 metres settled beautifully one/one to receive the run of the race, with the hot favourite C C Chevron going forward from 20 metres to gain the lead within a lap without spending too much petrol. Easing four wide running into the final bend, Our Bold Lustre was much too strong over the concluding stages, winning by 1.6 metres in advance of the local hope Hollys Miss Molly (three back the markers) and Rogue Assassin which raced without cover from barrier three. The mile rate was 2-05. On what was a great night for the Turnbull’s, Amanda handed the reins to partner Nathan Jack aboard 5-Y-0 Mach Three/The Perfect Paua mare Perfect Trouble to capture the Phoenix Designs Pace for C0 class over 2180 metres in 2-02.5. Staring from the extreme draw, Perfect Trouble was set alight three wide from mid-field to cross the poleline leader Rockn Ruby and assume control at the bell. Although runs were coming from all directions on straightening, Perfect Trouble a $1.30 favourite, was punched to the wire to score by 1.5 metres over Feel The Rhythm (one/three last lap) and Premier Rose (three back the markers). Len Baker

It was a big day for harness racing driver Yannick Gingras on Sunday afternoon (June 28) at Harrah's Philadelphia. Gingras had a natural hat trick, winning races 5,6, and 7. He followed that up by sweeping the late pick three and the late double for seven wins on the program. He also swept the co-featured events on Sunday, open affairs both on the pace and trot. In the open trot, it was Gural Hanover (Yannick Gingras) getting his first victory of the year. The 4-year-old son of Crazed was parked out the entire first quarter (:27.4) before clearing the lead. After rating the half (:56.4), he was able to maintain a solid lead throughout. He got three-quarters in 1:24.1, and the final time in 1:53, as he won by three lengths in the end. My Love Bi (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) finished second, while World Cup (Joe Bongiorno) finished third. It was the twelfth career win out of twenty starts for Gural Hanover ($4.40), who is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Little E LLC, and Panhellenic Stables. In the open pace, it was Brittany Farms and John Cherveny's Allstar Legend (Yannick Gingras) winning his fourth straight. The son of Four Starzzz Shark led the first quarter (:26.1), but was cleared by Doctor Butch (Tim Tetrick) who was three wide around the first turn. Allstar Legend drafted behind this pacesetter through a half in :54.1 and three quarters in 1:21.4 before engaging the leader in the stretch. Allstar Legend went on to win by a length, stopping the clock in 1:50.1 for his seventeenth career win out of sixty-one starts. Doctor Butch was second, while Fancyfreeshark (Allan Davis) finished third. The Ron Burke trainee paid $4.80 to win. Michael Bozich

Ararat freelance reinsman Michael Bellman took the honours for the night at the harness racing meeting at Terang on Tuesday June 23 with a driving treble – Babalaas Jack in the Noir Rover 3-Y-0 Pace over 1680 metres, Four Starzzz Fella in the Welcome Computers Pace for C1 class over the same journey and Sheza Party Doll in the Phonse Hickey Memorial Pace for C0 class over 2180 metres. Babalaas Jack a fully American bred Somebeachsomwhere/Western Tingira colt bred and raced by David Carpenter and trained at Great Western by Michelle Wight, spent most of the race at the tail of the field after starting from the extreme draw. Despite being five wide on the final bend, Babalaas Jack was too strong at the finish for a most unlucky Mister Chomp which was all set to win approaching the final bend only to go off stride before getting going again in the straight to fail by a head in 2-00.1. Cheersbigears finished third after trailing the weakening leader Aurelius. Five year old Four Starzzz Shark/Clarenden Diva gelding Four Starzzz Fella trained at Heywood by Kevin Brough coming off a victory at Mildura on June 12, was given an easy time three back in the moving lane after also starting from the extreme draw. Moving forward three wide uncovered in the final circuit, Four Starzzz Fella outstayed his rivals to score by 6.7 metres in advance of a death-seating Smoken Fields, with the pacemaker Emma Jade third. The mile rate 1-59.9. Michael Bellman was to finish the night on a high note after Holmes Hanover/Divine Lustre 5-Y-0 gelding Our Bold Lustre landed the Murfett & Whiting Pace for C1 class over 2180 metres, as he trains the winner. Using a concession for Denbeigh Wade, Our Bold Lustre began with a rush from outside the front line, but was unable to head off the speedy Jilliby Diablo (gate four). Taking cover on Our Uptown Girl mid-race, Our Bold Lustre switched down to the sprint lane on straightening to score by 1.9 metres over Jilliby Diablo in 2-02.2, with Destined To Take (three wide last lap from last) third. Sheza Party Doll a 4-Y-0 mare by Dream Away from Lombo Party Doll trained by Bec East at the Brough property, came from near last at the bell after starting from gate three on the second line to defeat Mister Untouchable which raced parked from the bell by 2.2 metres in 2-01.9. Dayraid (one/one at bell) finished third after switching down to trail the weakening pacemaker and odds-on favourite Jilliby Passion in the last lap.   Bec East landed a training double at the meeting, when Rocknroll Hanover/Best Of Wine gelding Dancin With Elvis greeted the judge in the Talisman Floats 3-Y-0 Pace over 1680 metres with Jayson Finnis in the sulky. Starting from gate two, Dancin With Elvis angled away from four back the markers to be one/one for the last lap, before running home strongly to account for Esspee Rockstar (gate three) which galloped away before circling the field to lead at the bell. Turbo Elly finished third after easing to face the breeze from three back the markers in the last lap. The mile rate 2-01.7.   Four year old Chief Marty/Quintessa Bromac gelding Our Supreme Guy gave veteran Glenburnie (Mt Gambier) trainer Ken Dihm a happy birthday present when successful in the Cooinda Work Crew Pace for C1 class over 2180 metres at Terang. Driven by local Glen Craven, Our Supreme Guy showed blistering speed from gate five to lead easily as the mobile moved away, before surrendering to the polemarker Nobetterthanthis which moved off his back to assume control. Using the sprint lane, Our Supreme Guy raced clear over the concluding stages to register a 2.3 metre victory over Nobetterthanthis and Top Trio which followed the pair. The mile rate 2-02. It was Our Supreme Guy’s 5th victory in 39 outings. Ken Dihm had enormous success in the nineties with a fabulous mare by the name of Helens Pleasure who won 32 races including several at Moonee Valley and Globe Derby Park.   Dunnstown brothers John and David Murphy snared the Terang Co-Op Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2180 metres with honest 5-Y-0 Armbro Variable/Irish Tess gelding Tommy Kay in a mile rate of 2-08.2. Coming from 10 metres, Tommy Kay was sent forward by David to park in the open with The Night Wind leading from barrier two.  Gaining cover when Bee Arr Dee dashed to face the breeze at the bell from mid-field, Tommy Kay Joined Bee Arr Dee on the home turn and finished best to register a 13 metre victory (his third) over Veegee Bentley (four back the markers), with Bee Arr Dee holding down third. Long Forest duo Andy and Kate Gath’s Kiwi bred Bettor’s Delight/We Love To Party 4-Y-0 gelding Party Boy led throughout from the pole to land the Dick & Anne Box Pace for C4 to C5 class over 2180 metres. Allowed to dictate terms to suit without any challengers, Party Boy was untroubled to win by 7.9 metres from No Bettertime along the sprint lane from three back the markers, with Keayang Storm third after trailing the winner. The mile rate 2-01.1. Len Baker  

This Sunday Harness Racing New South Wales are staging the six $125,000 Breeders Challenge Finals at Menangle. The finalists and draws for the six races have been made and Harnesslink thought it was a good time to have a look at the sires represented in the three age groups. Note: We have included the emergencies in the analysis This analysis is of the three year old finalists. 1) Three year old fillies A good cross section of sires represented here with only Art Major and American Ideal having multiple runners in the fillies final. They both have two runners but are unlikely to provide the winner of this division although the daughter of Art Major in Bamako Mali is a chance. Mach Three looks to have a good chance taking out the final with his talented daughter Supersonic Miss the one to beat from barrier four after her demolition job in the semi-final. Million Dollar Cam has a live chance of being a major player here with his daughter Amaretto from barrier three drawn to get the run she needs to test Supersonic Miss. The other semi final winner in Makes Every Scents is a live chance and the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark has the gate speed to negate her poor barrier of nine. Somebeachsomewhere and Always A Virgin are other notable sires to have runners in the three year old fillies final while the notable absentee sire is Sportswriter. 2) Three year old colts / geldings Another good cross section of sires in this division with only two sires having two runners in the final. Those two sires are Always A Virgin and Somebeachsomewhere and their runners are not without a chance in the final. Somebeachsomewhere particularly has two live chances in Chumlee who went super in his semi final from barrier ten and comes into barrier one in the final while Colonel Joy never saw daylight until the last fifty metres in his semi-final and looks a very progressive type For all that it is a very open affair with the son of Bettors Delight in Kept Under Wraps a big chance after drawing barrier two. His conqueror in the semi-final in Casino Grin also has to be accorded a real chance. The son of Grinfromeartoear was very impressive after starting from barrier eight and doing plenty of work early. Four Starzz Shark has a worthy representative in Mouse In The House while both Art Major, Modern Art and Million Dollar Cam are other notable sires with runners in the final. Again the notable absentee sire from this final is Sportswriter. Harnesslink Media

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   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   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   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

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