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He’s the forgotten horse of Saturday night’s $750,000 Ainsworth Miracle Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Yet veteran Lennytheshark, the oldest horse in the race, cannot be completely written off, despite being listed as a $21 shot in the eight-horse harness racing field. He is the defending champion and his trainer David Aiken wouldn’t swap his stable star for any other horse in the race and issued a reminder ‘Lenny’ was going as well as ever. “He is meeting the new kids on the block this season, but he is feeling terrific and is ready to do it all again,” Aiken said. “I still wouldn't swap him for any other runner. “I just finished working him an hour ago and he is going as well as ever.” Despite his defeat last week, Lennytheshark earned an invitation into the Grand Circuit event as the defending champion, with Aiken confident the son of Four Starzzz Shark could still join a select group of consecutive Miracle Mile winners. Victory will see Lennytheshark become just the seventh titleholder to successfully defend his crown since the prestigious sprint began in 1967. Westburn Grant led the way win consecutive wins in 1989 and 90, followed by Chokin (1993 and ‘94), Holmes D G (1999 and 2000), Sokyola (2003 and ‘04), Be Good Johnny (2005 and ‘06) and Smoken Up (2010 and ‘11). Lennytheshark has drawn barrier seven, but moves into six when the emergency comes out. “I was just looking at the sectionals from last week again and he got home in 53 seconds after doing a bit of work early,” Aiken said. “He went quicker last week than he did the year before when he won.” Aiken agreed that the draw hadn’t helped but suggested punters would leave him out at their peril as he was in good enough shape to win. The former Sydney premiership-winning trainer cited Soho Tribeca as the horse to beat, but said he also rated My Field Marshal as one who could spring an upset. Soho Tribeca has drawn gate seven while My Field Marshal will come from four. Soho Tribeca is a $3.20 second elect, while My Field Marshal is sitting on $10. Lazarus heads the betting market at $2.40 despite drawing the outside of the front row. “Soho Tribeca should be favourite as I reckon he is the one to beat,” Aiken said. “That said, I can see My Field Marshal getting a really good run from the draw, which brings him right into it.” Michael Court

An Australasian equal record run of 1:48.8 threw Jilliby Kung Fu right into the mix for the harness racing Ainsworth Miracle Mile in a fortnight following a fabulous win in tonight’s $200,000 Cordina Chicken Farms Chariots Of Fire. It could be said the race was over in a flash at Tabcorp Park Menangle when this sensational Victorian pacer made light of his wide No 7 barrier and fired off the arm in stunning fashion to burn to the front with the polemarker, second favourite Let It Ride, having no choice but to surrender the front to the barnstorming Jilliby Kung Fu. Yet this was a race that had to be earned and there was no way Amanda Turnbull and Atomic Red were going to hand the race to ‘Jilliby’ on a platter as they were quick to whip up outside the leader and make it a serious staying test. With a first half of 55.6s (quarters of 27.4 and 28.2s) it was certainly no place for the faint-hearted. Yet a third quarter of 26.6 did little to shake off his rivals and it was only in the closing stages that Let It Ride extricated himself from behind the leader and made a three-wide attack on the leader with Atomic Red wilting only slightly into third place after his hard run. But the final split of 26.6 for a closing half of 53.2s told the story as Jilly Kung Fu equalled the track record of 1:48.8 set by Have Faith In Me in the 2016 Miracle Mile, defeating Let It Ride by 1.3m with Atomic Red 7.3m further back in third spot, just ahead of outsider Whittaker . With a run like that there is little doubt Jilliby Kung Fu and his young reinsman Jason Lee have earned their berth against Australasia’s best pacers in the $750,000 Ainsworth Miracle Mile to be run on Saturday night, February 24. That decision, according to Jason, is entirely up to ‘mum’, trainer Marg Lee. “Opportunities like this may only come along once in a lifetime and if it is up to me and the horse pulls up OK, we’d be taking that invitation for sure,” he said. “The son of Four Starzzz Shark has matured so much as a four-year-old from the young horse that just refused to run past other horses. Now he’s the full package.” Jilliby Kung Fu 8 9:44pm CORDINA CHICKEN FARMS CHARIOTS OF FIRE (GROUP 1) 1609M $200,000 4YO. RBD. Mobile Final Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 JILLIBY KUNG FU  $120,000   Fr7 9 Margaret Lee Jason Lee   $ 2.10 fav  GS L SWAB   BAY HORSE 4 by FOUR STARZZZ SHARK CA out of SLIP SLOP SLAP (PERFECT ART USA)  Owner(s): Levarg Racing Group  Breeder(s): D J Poole, S B Poole 2 LET IT RIDE NZ  $ 30,000   Fr1 1 Tim Butt Anthony Butt 1.30 $ 3.50   GS D/F$400 UW SWAB 3 ATOMIC RED  $ 20,000   Fr8 10 Steve Turnbull Amanda Turnbull 8.60 $ 5.60   WF FT SWAB 4 WHITTAKER NZ  $ 10,000   Fr3 4 Mark Jones Ashlee Grives 11.20 $ 21.40     5 PAY ME SAM  $ 5,000   Fr5 7 Paul Fitzpatrick Gavin Fitzpatrick 11.80 $ 21.90     6 GOTTA GO YA HU NZ  $ 3,000   Fr10 12 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Lauren Tritton 13.40 $ 29.10   COTFB RAS 7 ANGEL IN WHITE NZ  $ 3,000   Fr9 11 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Andy McCarthy 17.10 $ 45.50   COTFB RAS 8 CONVICTION  $ 3,000   Fr6 8 Steve Turnbull Mitch Turnbull 18.00 $ 57.60   RAS 9 JOES STAR OF MIA  $ 3,000   Fr2 3 Steve Turnbull Steve Turnbull 19.50 $ 58.60     10 OUR UNCLE SAM  $ 3,000   Fr4 6 Chris Frisby Anthony Frisby 23.40 $ 17.50   (L) Scratchings   COWBOYS N ALIENS NZ 2 OUR TRIPLE PLAY NZ 5 Track Rating: GOOD   Gross Time: 1:48:8 Mile Rate: 1:48:8 First Quarter: 27.4 Second Quarter: 28.2 Third Quarter: 26.6 Fourth Quarter: 26.6 Margins: 1.3m x 7.3m   Michael Court

Victorian harness racing mare Milly Perez also made a one-act affair of the $20,000 George Johnson for fillies and mares in Hobart, Tasmania on Friday night Milly Perez settled last from her outside second-row draw (9) but inside the first lap her trainer-driver Michael Stanley sent her around the field to easily roll to the front and that was the end of the penny section. The well-bred Four Starzzz Shark mare set a solid tempo and hit the line 12 metres clear of Queens Advocate with Courageous Katie a fast-finishing third. "I've only had this mare for about five weeks but as soon as she arrived in the stables I made plans to run her in this race (George Johnson)," Stanley said. "I've been coming to Tasmania for quite a few years and I knew this race was on the calendar so it's mission accomplished. "I'll be aiming her at some of the country cups because she will definitely be up to that class. "There's a bit of scope with her and if we can pick up a couple of wins in features shell pay her way." Peter Staples

Lennytheshark became a two-time harness racing Allied Express Victoria Cup champion tonight at Tabcorp Park Melton and will now turn his fin toward Perth in a bid to achieve a second Inter Dominion success. The most popular pacer in the southern hemisphere drew a rapturous reception from the big crowd at Tabcorp Park Melton following his domination in the Grand Circuit Classic, and his trainer, David Aiken, sounded a warning to his Inter Dominion rivals. “We’ve got unfinished business there.” “We’re really looking forward to Perth now. He’s my once-in-a-lifetime horse,” Aiken said. “I’m just so proud of him.” Driven by Chris Alford, Lennytheshark (by Four Starzzz Shark out of Albert Albert mare Botswana) led from the pole draw and defeated flying mare Ameretto by 3.6 metres in a slick mile rate of 1:53.2 for the 2240m trip. “He came up to the gate really good and they went full tilt for the first 100m, but once he held the front he always had it under control,” Alford said. The win was Lennytheshark’s 36th from 69 career starts, his stakemoney now at over $2.8 million. Following his gate one draw punters put their faith in Lennytheshark, the Inter Dominion, Miracle Mile and previous Victoria Cup hero sent out the shortest Victoria Cup favourite in years at $1.20. Allied Express Victoria Cup - Lennytheshark Due to the calendar change for the Victoria Cup that saw the race moved from January to October, owner Kevin Riseley, who also races reigning Vic Cup winner Lazarus, has amazingly now won the race twice in the same calendar year. Earlier on the program super mare Maori Time won the Bill Collins Trotters Sprint for trainer Brent Lilley and driver Gavin Lang in a thrilling finish, with a neck separating the winner from runner-up Sparkling Success and third placegetter Glenferrie Typhoon. OTHER COVERAGE Trots Media Pryde's Easifeed Pony Trots Videos https://www.facebook.com/harnessracingvictoria/videos/10159481495280611/ https://www.facebook.com/harnessracingvictoria/videos/10159481210860611/ https://www.facebook.com/harnessracingvictoria/videos/10159481157135611/ Trots Media Facebook Live Coverage https://www.facebook.com/harnessracingvictoria/videos/10159481176635611/ https://www.facebook.com/harnessracingvictoria/videos/10159481250120611/ https://www.facebook.com/harnessracingvictoria/videos/10159481346935611/ https://www.facebook.com/harnessracingvictoria/videos/10159481010860611/ Trots Media Photo Gallery of Winners https://www.facebook.com/10150118782730611/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10159481227135611 Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Plainville, MA---After being claimed for $12,500 on July 20, Prince Aston's performances merited a start in the Open at Plainridge Park two weeks ago. But stepping back down in class proved fruitful for his connections this week as he won the $12,000 harness racing pacing feature at The Ridge on Monday (Sept. 11). Prince Aston (Shawn Gray) got away a gapped sixth while He's Marvelous (Nick Graffam) took the field to the quarter in :26.4 and after a lead change, American Rock (Jim Hardy) led them through the second panel in :55.1. An outer flow formed at that point and Prince Aston was third over in the line as the group passed the three-quarters in 1:23.2. As the field bunched in the turn, Gray tipped Prince Aston three-deep around Vegas Dream (Greg Merton) and continued to advance despite American Rock's solid pace. With these three horses now even across the track at the head of the stretch, American Rock seceded and Prince Aston and Vegas Dream continued in an all-out battle. Going stride for stride all the way to the wire, Prince Aston got the last call and won by a half-length in 1:52.1. Prince Aston ($9.80) now has four wins and $36,773 earned this year for his owner Jeffrey Kaylor. The 5-year-old gelded son of Four Starzzz Shark is trained by Joe Therrien. In the co-featured $10,000 conditioned pacing event, Lindy Beach (Greg Merton) seated fifth briefly before charging for and getting the lead at the quarter. From there he led every step of the way en route to an easy three-length victory in 1:51, which was a new seasonal mark. Lindy Beach ($3.00) is owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut and Frank Baldassare and is trained by Frank Antonacci. Greg Merton just keeps rolling along at Plainridge Park as he scored five more wins on Monday afternoon. The day's tallies included Life Isa Shortwalk (1:54.1, $3.40), Jus' Like A Virgin (1:54, $4.20), Lindy Beach, Beachchip Hanover (1:53.3, $3.40) and Superbowl Party (1:52.4, $13.60). Also, Shawn Gray had a hat trick of his own during the proceedings. Racing resumes on Tuesday (Sept. 12) at Plainridge Park with first race post time set at 2:30 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

The decision has been made. Victorian based trainer David Aiken will take the reins behind his champion pacer Lennytheshark in Saturday night’s Gr.2 $50,000 Garrards Sunshine Sprint at Albion Park, the second night of the Queensland harness racing winter carnival. Unfortunately, a clash of feature race dates has prevented regular driver Chris Alford being in Brisbane to partner the $2.6 million earner. Alford is heavily committed to a large book of drives in several finals of the Vicbred Super Series at TABCORP Park, Melton across the weekend. It becomes the first time since June 28, 2013 that Alford hasn’t driven Lennytheshark under race conditions. But co-owner Martin Riseley is confident that Aiken can get the job done this week before Alford reunites next weekend in the Gr.1 $200,000 UBET Blacks A Fake. “David is aboard this weekend, he knows Lenny better than anyone and while he doesn’t drive as much as he once did, he’s still a very good driver and a proven feature race winner at Albion Park.” Riseley said. Debate has raged over the past week on who would land the drive behind the Inter Dominion/Miracle Mile winner with a number a names thrown about but following the draw, the decision was made quite easily. Lennytheshark will start from the coveted inside draw in the 1660m sprint feature, his first start in the Sunshine State. The Four Starzzz Shark entire hasn’t started since finishing third behind My Field Marshal and Mach Doro in a time of 1:50.2 when breezing in the Gr.1 $100,000 Len Smith Mile at TABCORP Park, Menangle two weeks ago. Miss Inter Dominion Natalie Rasmussen was the other driver given serious consideration of replacing Alford before Riseley and his father Kevin made the final call. “It came down to two drivers in the end and after consultation with David, we’re happy to say he will take the drive this weekend. We have close ties with Natalie through the All Stars stable in New Zealand along with Mark Purdon. “Natalie was considered because she is driving at the meeting and her deeds as a big race driver are well known plus she knows Albion Park really well. “The decision has been made and we’re really looking forward to the race, it’s a strong line-up but we expect another big effort from Lenny. We’re excited to be part of the carnival.” Aiken was a regular Queensland campaigner many seasons ago when he was previously based at Condell Park, near Sydney. He won the 1990 Queensland Oaks aboard Swing Out Sister. Another matter which has also been clarified is where Riseley will view the race. With a number of qualified finalists in Melbourne, many expected Riseley to remain local. But airline tickets have been purchased to fly north. “We’ve got some trotting fillies qualified on Friday night but I’ll be flying up on Saturday afternoon to cheer on Lenny before catching the first flight back on Sunday morning. “I must be back early on Sunday owing to my son’s (Sam) soccer fixture, it’s a big game and I don’t want to miss it.” The Riseley family shares in ownership of Patsdelight, Allthemoves, Moresuccess, Beltane and Stars Align in the Gr.1 Vicbred finals. Chris Barsby

On a night filled with longshot winners at Saratoga Casino Hotel, Tataria (Four Starzzz Shark) upset in the harness racing $14,500 Fillies and Mares Open. One of three winners on the card for driver Mark Beckwith, Tataria sat the pocket behind Tipitina (Frank Coppola Jr) who set fast fractions on the front end. Surging up the inside in the stretch, Tataria stopped the timer in a lifetime best 1:52, scoring at odds of 7-1. Tipitina wound up second best while the favored Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) had to settle for third. It was the first Open victory for Tataria who debuted at Saratoga for trainer Melissa Beckwith earlier in the meet. It was win number six in twenty tries in 2017 for the five year old mare who paid $16.80 to win. The exacta and triple with the favorites underneath returned $111.50 and $329.50, respectively. Six of the winners on the ten race program paid $14 or more to win with one paying as much as $58.50. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Tataria (Truman Gale) beats four other mares to win the Fillies and Mares harness racing feature ($7,500) on Friday night (June 16). Owned and trained by Melissa Beckwith, the 5 year-old mare by Four Starzzz Shark would ride the pocket seat following It's A Miracle (Chris Lems). Tataria ($8.10) would come out of the pocket and easily overtake It's A Miracle (second) to win in 1:52.2. Drea's Good Powow (John MacDonald) was third best. Chris Lems had three wins on the night. "Lemsy" would win race one taking Escada De Vie ($5.70) past E R Rhonda (Truman Gale) in the stretch to win in 1:53.2. Race four he guided Wine Photo to an easy six length win in 1:57.0. Lems would win his third race of the night during race five. He would take Billie Blue ($2.90) to a gate-to-wire victory just holding off the late charging New Scent (Jimmy Wittemore) in 1:55.4. Vernon is back Saturday night with an 11 race card starting at 6:45. They will welcome Ostrich and Camel racing as well (6-17). On Sunday they will have a special Father's day matinee starting at 1:05 p.m. They will feature the Empire Breeders Classic Final for 3 year fillies and their counterpart colts. They will also feature New York Sire Stakes for 3 year-old colts. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

The Glenn Elliott-trained Soho Wall Street would have to be one of the most improved pacers going around in Western Australia. The Four Starzzz Shark gelding's biggest payday came more than 12 months ago when he led all the way for harness racing driver Chris Lewis to win the $25,000 3YO Colts & Geldings Sales Classic Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park. It was a strong win and there was much optimism in the horse's camp that he would progress to bigger and better things. However since his victory in the Sales Classic, Soho Wall Street has promised to deliver plenty, without actually delivering much at all. The horse had won twice in 21 starts since mid November last year - once at headquarters and once at Narrogin - and finished in the placings on a number of occasions. Soho Wall Street was frustrating Elliott, connections and punters, who had all but labelled the four-year-old as a "gay deceiver". That was, however, up until about six weeks ago. The turning point came at GP in early May when Soho Wall Street tramped three deep, then sat in the breeze before cruising home his last 400m in a slick 27.8 to annihilate his 11 rivals and Soho Wall Street has gone on with the job since then. At his very next start, Soho Wall Street was trapped three-wide throughout in a 1730m scamper, but had the audacity to take the lead at the top of the straight before being run down late. Two more sterling victories followed and then a gutsy second behind Naughty Maravu after doing all the work in the breeze. The Hopeland-based Elliott, considered to be non-committal around the media, opened up to GPTV's Gareth Hall last week when he was "ambushed" while watching a race on a TV monitor at Gloucester Park. "I'm pretty happy with him," Elliott said of Soho Wall Street. "He's definitely on the improve - we'll just see where it all ends. He's trained on well since his last run." While serious judges gave Soho Wall Street little chance of beating Chicago Bull last week, he didn't disgrace himself by finishing a workmanlike fourth behind the little champ. Elliott told Hall during the interview that he didn't really know how Soho Wall Street had "turned it all around". So to Friday night when Soho Wall Street goes around in the Gloucester Motel & Restaurant Pace (2130m) at the ribbon of light. Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr, who has driven the horse to most of his wins, gets back in the spider after reining Chicago Bull to victory. Soho Wall Street, now an M3-class pacer, has drawn out wide in gate eight in the preferential barrier draw against a quality field and will probably have to work hard to win but it would take a brave man to suggest this much-improved pacer won't take the next step and progress to fast-class ranks. Wayne Currall

In-form harness racing mare Starzzz Of Icon has earned herself a trip south. Connections of the speedy mare are heading to Tabcorp Park Menangle this Saturday night following back to back victories at Albion Park in recent weeks. Prepared by Melissa Gillies and her husband Keith, Starzzz Of Icon will take her place in the American Night June 3 Ladyship Pace over the 1609m where she will start from gate 7. Leading reinsman David Morris take the drive replacing regular driver Trent Dawson, Melissa’s brother. But he feels confident the mare can maintain her excellent form. “After going back to back I think she has proven that she is capable of matching it down there, her biggest asset is her gate speed so that should hold her in good shape.” Dawson said. Since being purchased from Victoria, Starzzz Of Icon has proven to be a great money-spinner with the promise of plenty more to come. Boasting 5 victories from 14 starts at Albion Park, the Four Starzzz Shark has now broken through the $100,000 barrier in career earnings. “She’s a beautiful mare to drive and that gate speed is a weapon, both Melissa and Keith have done an excellent job with the mare and she’s still on the way up although it’s getting a little harder now. “She profiles well for Menangle because of her gate speed, they took Beaver down there for his ‘MO’ and his racing pattern is the complete opposite of this mare so I’m expecting this mare to perform well. In the end, Beaver won at Menangle so that’s a positive reminder that this mare can do the same with luck. “Last week, we really had to burn off the gate before handing over and she finished off really via the sprintlane, I thought there was plenty of merit in that performance. After scanning the field this weekend, there are a number of horses with good form but hopefully she can get a piece of it.” Work commitments have restricted Dawson heading south to partner the mare again this weekend. The mare is scheduled to leave today (Thursday). Starzzz Of Icon is raced by Melissa & Keith Gillies, Jack Carmichael, Jason & Ivan Neuendorff, Renee Tomac, Chris Bassingthwaighthe plus Scott & Tyler Davis. Chris Barsby

The Trots Country Cups Championship has been blown open with Milly Perez scorching the Mildura straight to remain within reach of the $25,000 harness racing crown. Larry Eastman’s mighty mare mowed down Major Crocker (second) and Brallos Pass (third) to win the Park Douglas Printing Mildura Pacing Cup, moving within three points of the season-long championship with two cups to run. Im Corzin Terror, Milly Perez and Cardon Merger are among the likely starters for Saturday night’s Renown Silverware Ararat Pacing Cup, with the Group 3 $30,000 showdown further fuelled by the championship implications. Cranbourne Cup winner Im Corzin Terror holds a three-point lead from Milly Perez (Mildura and Charlton cups) and Cardon Merger (Boort and St Arnaud cups), with four points gifted to a win, two points to second and one point to third in each of the season’s 25 country cups. Saturday night’s Ararat feature precedes Sunday’s Warragul Bowl Pacing Cup, the last of the country cups season. Eastman said his six-year-old Four Starzzz Shark mare was well positioned for Ararat, having pulled up “fine” from Mildura, where she followed a second placing in last Tuesday’s heat with victory in Saturday’s final. “She’s is full steam ahead for Ararat,” Eastman said, adding the championship prizemoney offered for the first time was a big lure. Of the $25,000, $15,000 will be awarded to the winning horse’s owner and $10,000 to the trainer. Milly Perez’s career earnings blew past the $300,000 mark for owner Frank McGrath with Saturday night’s triumph, having been driven a treat by John Caldow, who placed her from gate nine on Murranji Track’s back in the outside line. Major Crocker advanced from last to join Brallos Pass and create a talented front line, which stretched the field with a 27.6 third quarter that dissolved any attempts to create a third row. Caldow waited until the approach to the final bend to guide Milly Perez three wide and come the straight he gradually wore down the leaders to win by a neck from Major Crocker with Brallos Pass 1.8m back in third. “It was a good race and a great carnival,” Eastman said. “The 800m tracks always make for more exciting racing. I was a Mallee boy and it was good to go back and win this one. She showed again that she is among the top mares in this country.” After Saturday night’s Ararat Cup Milly Perez will get a chance to further prove her standing against the nation’s leading mares in the $100,000 Queen Of The Pacific on May 20, when she will attempt to better last year’s second placing to Nike Franco. “She’s right there, right in the top bunch of mares and her high speed is what does it for her, it’s what sets her apart.” Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

Tataria (Four Starzzz Shark) cruised to victory in the harness racing feature on the Thursday matinee card at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Melissa Beckwith-trained mare prevailed last week in her second local start while competing in the $10,000 claiming level and was up in company this week to compete in the $9,500 feature for distaffers. Tataria got the pocket trip behind the race's favorite, class-dropping Milky Way Rae (Billy Dobson). The favorite faltered a bit late and Tataria cruised by in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:53.1 over a track labeled sloppy. Longshot Post Time Terror (Phil Fluet) came on for second while Milky Way Rae had to settle for the show spot. Tataria, who was driven to victory by Mark Beckwith, paid $5.10 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $25.60 and $56, respectively. Live racing continues on Friday evening with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella  

Classy pacer Shannonsablast is headed north. Louth Park trainer/driver Darren Elder has begun the trek north bound for Brisbane today (Thursday) with his harness racing ‘stable star’ who starts this Saturday night at Albion Park. Given the current weather warnings in place for much of south-east Queensland, hopefully it will be a trouble free trip. Shannonsablast has drawn the inside gate in the Egmont Park Stud Sprint Lane Open Pace over the sprint distance of 1660m. But whatever the result – win, lose or draw – he will remain in Queensland in preparation for the upcoming Brisbane winter carnival. Elder will have his good friend Mark Dux take over the preparation of the Four Starzzz Shark gelding. “It’s something we’ve been thinking about for some time and I believe it’s the right move to make for a couple of reasons. He’s getting a little older and a change in scenery and training may reignite his form while the Brisbane carnival is looming and having him based there rather making long road trips make sense also.” Elder said. The main targets for Shannonsablast during the winter carnival will be the Gr.2 $50,000 Sunshine Sprint on July 8 followed by the Gr.1 $200,000 Blacks A Fake a week later. Shannonsablast scored a narrow victory on Tuesday night at his home track of Newcastle in a time of 1:55.0. While the winning margin wasn’t great, Elder was pleased with the effort. “He’s probably entitled to win easier than what he did the other night but he won and that will prove a good confidence boost for him. He’s come through the race well and I think we’ve got a good chance again this weekend. “I’ve always stated he doesn’t go his best races when he leads, he’s much better chasing so I wouldn’t read too much into his victory the other night. Having him based in Brisbane will hopefully prove beneficial as we aim towards the better races in July.” With 22 victories to his credit and earnings close to $300,000, the seven-year-old will be a welcome addition to the local open class ranks. His biggest victory came via the Gr.3 $31,800 Nick Robin FFA at TABCORP Park, Menangle last year while he competed during the 2015 Inter Dominion Series at Gloucester Park in Perth. He has a ‘PB’ time of 1:51.6 at Menangle in 2015 when handled by champion North American reinsman Tim Tetrick. Shannonsablast is yet to win in six starts to date at Albion Park. The Dux stable are no strangers to genuine open class stars having prepared the likes of Benefactor, Hes The Loner, Maximillion, Sunset Candios, Saucy Legend and many others. Chris Barsby

As veteran Wagga Wagga breeder Bernie Kelly looks across his paddock and watches the harness racing mare Frith as she grazes he naturally reflects on all her great wins. Frith gave Kelly and his wife Dianne many memorable moments during her racing career and now they are hoping the seven-year-old mare can continue this success in the breeding barn. "She is certainly the best horse we've bred," Kelly said. "We've had some good ones over the years but she has won the most money. "She had some sensational wins but her win in the Oaks over in Western Australia was very good. "They took her on early and then another horse tried to take her on late but she was just too good for them." That was Frith's third Group 1 win and the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark had plenty more to come. Upon retiring this week, Frith won eight Group 1 races. She leaves the racetrack with a record of 39 wins and 14 placings in 63 starts. Remarkably only finishing unplaced 10 times in her career, Frith pocketed $1,180,345 in prizemoney since beginning her racing career as a two-year-old in 2012. And in the standardbred world this has made her the second richest Australian bred mare in history and the fourth richest mare of all time across Australasia.* However, the curtain closed on this type of success for Frith last Monday. "She had a bit of soreness in her leg and we didn't want anything to happen to her in a race, we wanted her to retire sound so we decided to pull the pin on her racing career," Kelly said. "She arrived at our property on Monday and has been out in the paddock since. "We considered putting her in foal this season but things didn't work out as we planned and we decided to give her another go at racing. "We had a service to Captaintreachourous ready to go and that's still there so I guess he will be the sire we put her in foal to next time. "She should make a lovely broodmare, well I'm hoping she does as I'm not getting any younger, I'll be 80 in June." Ironically just as Frith hangs up the hopples her full-sister, two-year-old Molly Kelly, won on debut at Wagga last Friday. Frith's Group 1 victories were the Bathurst Gold Tiara, the Victoria Oaks, the WA Oaks, the Breeders Challenge Final as a three and four-year-old as well as the Breeders Crown at the age of three and then at the age of four. Frith's last Group 1 win was in the 2016 Ladyship Mile. Thanks for the memories Frith. *Facts sourced from the Harness Racing Australia All Time Richest Stakes Winners   AMANDA RANDO

Victorian pacer Lennytheshark scored a thrilling harness racing victory in last night's (Saturday) Gr.1 $750,000 Ainsworth Gaming Technology Miracle Mile at TABCORP Park, Menangle, and the 50th edition of Australasia’s premier speed test. A runner-up last year, Lennytheshark ($5.50) sat without cover in the 1609m contest before holding off Smolda ($10.20) by a half-head margin with race favourite Lazarus ($2.20) a further two metres away in third in a time of 1:49.1. The breakdown was 24.8, 30.3, 28.2 and 25.9 seconds. The time was well outside of the race record set last year by Have Faith In Me at 1:47.5. It was the first victory for Lennytheshark on the 2016/17 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit. The victory was also the first since Smoken Up back in 2010 where the winner of the Miracle Mile has sat without cover – a first over crush! Lennytheshark becomes the 10th pacer to claim the Miracle Mile/Inter Dominion double joining the likes of Beautide, Smooth Satin, Our Sir Vancelot, Westburn Grant, Our Maestro, Village Kid, Preux Chevalier, Young Quinn and Hondo Grattan. It was the 22nd victory in the event by a stallion, the Four Starzzz Shark – Botswana entire becoming the first since the mighty Christian Cullen proved successful back in 1998. And Lennytheshark now becomes the highest earning stallion in the southern hemisphere with earnings of $2,560,890 eclipsing Terror To Love. The overall record belongs to the incomparable Queensland champion Blacks A Fake with $4,575,456. The victory provided both trainer David Aiken and driver Chris Alford with their maiden success in the great race. For Alford, he has now claimed the Australian Grand Slam with victories in the Inter Dominion, Victoria and Hunter Cups and the Miracle Mile. Alford joins Natalie Rasmussen, Chris Lewis, Barry Perkins and Brian Gath as winners of the Big 4! It was his fifth drive in the Miracle Mile following placings previously with Golden Reign (1994 – Chokin), Tailamade Lombo (1998 – Christian Cullen, 2000 – Holmes D G) and Lennytheshark last year when second behind Have Faith In Me. The early burn was set-up by Hectorjayjay who charged across the face the field to lead from the wide draw while Smolda attempted to go with him from his inside draw. The 24.8 opening split is the fastest opening quarter in a Miracle Mile. Hectorjayjay led the way with Lennytheshark parked outside him while Lazarus worked into a one wide trail. As the field hit the half way point, the second quarter was timed in 30.3 seconds. Hectorjayjay continued to lead his stablemate Lennytheshark while the All Stars team of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen lurked dangerously. Smolda was sitting behind Hectorjayjay, Lazarus in the one out, one back trail while Our Waikiki Beach tracked Lazarus. As the field passed the 400m mark, the third quarter was timed in 28.2 with Hectorjayjay still in front while the moves were being made behind him. In the straight, Lennytheshark raced to the front while Lazarus and Our Waikiki Beach loomed on his outside and Smolda probed for an inside run. Under the urgings of Alford, Lennytheshark failed to surrender and fought off his rivals. The last 400m timed in 25.9 seconds. “He’s an unbelievable horse.” Alford said. I’m so proud of him and he deserves this victory. “He gets the job done, I wasn’t sure at the 100m or 50m mark but he wouldn’t give in.” Lennytheshark is owned by Kevin Riseley and his son Martin. The final leg of the 2016/17 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit takes place in the sunshine state with the running of the $200,000 UBET Blacks A Fake at Albion Park on July 15. The latest points table for the APG Grand Circuit; Lazarus – 240 points Smolda – 185 Bling It On – 165 Lennytheshark – 140 Chris Barsby

A nose cost Lennytheshark victory in last year’s Miracle Mile when Australia’s most popular harness racing pacer was beaten by Have Faith In Me. So that probably made revenge all the more sweeter at Tabcorp Park @ Club Menangle tonight when Lennytheshark prevailed by that barest possible margin, beating Mark Purdon’s trio of Smolda, Lazarus and Our Waikiki Beach in the $750,000 Group One Ainsworth Miracle Mile . . . the 50th running of the elite invitation-only race. It was an emotional reinsman Chris Alford who returned after ‘Lenny’ broke the magical 1:50 mark, rating 1:49.2 in a fabulous finish that capped off a great night of harness racing before a massive crowd at the south-western Sydney circuit. Alford has run several placings in Miracle Miles with some great horses like Golden Reign and Tailamade Lombo but will be talking about Lennytheshark’s greatness for the rest of his days after a victory that defied the critics. Trainer David Aiken was just as overcome by this horse’s incredible victory. “He’s had his problems this horse and my name may be in the racebook as the trainer but I can tell you this is very much a team effort,” said Aiken. “I’m originally a Sydney boy and I’ve been going to the Miracle Mile since I was eight or nine years old and I never really dreamed I would have a horse good enough to win it. “This horse is just a dream. He’s has leg issues and he had a foot injury in Perth but we’ve continued to swim him and get him right and tonight he showed what he can do. He’s a freak.” Turning for home the crowd was on its feet as four great horses fought it out tooth and nail and despite Purdon’s trio  giving it everything, Lennytheshark refused to yield as he added the Miracle Mile to his Inter Dominion and a string of other great victories. Lennytheshark is by Four Starzzz Shark from the Albert Albert mare Botswana. He is now the richest pacer ever in Australasia with over $2.56 million in the bank. Amanda Zammit  

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