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Falling Starzzz has been unlucky when second at her past two starts and she is ready to break through for her first win at her fifth start after drawing the coveted No. 1 barrier in the Book Your Perth Interdominion Hospitality Packages Now Pace for harness racing three-year-old Westbred fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night.        A win would give Capel trainer-reinsman Ash Markham a welcome change of fortune in the city, with his most recent Gloucester Park success on a Friday night being when he landed a double with Dredlock Rockstar and Mon Lillies on April 15. Falling Starzzz raced in eighth position before finishing fast to be a half-head second to Hy Fyfe over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. At her previous outing, over 2130m at Gloucester Park the previous Monday, she raced behind the pacemaker Trubluwaussie and was hampered for clear room in the home straight when a close second to Hoylakes Next Lady. “She was terribly unlucky at Pinjarra on Monday when a gear malfunction probably cost her victory,” Markham said. “The head check clip broke about 400 to 500m from home and she’s definitely a horse who needs all her gear to remain intact. “She’s got a pretty high head check and she really does need it for her balance. She has had only four starts and is still learning what it’s all about. She’s been a work in progress, but is getting better and has definitely got wins ahead of her. “Falling Starzzz has yet to lead in a race, but she led in a trial quite a while ago. She has reasonable gate speed and we’ll be trying to hold up. We’ll be rolling the dice to get the job done.” Falling Starzzz who is by Four Starzzz Shark was bred and is owned by Dean and Reece Kaptein, of Busselton, and is closely related to several winners, including former top-flight performer Beefy T, whose wins included the 1995 Golden Nugget at Gloucester Park and the 1996 Chariots of Fire at Harold Park. He also finished third behind Norms Daughter and Il Vicolo in the 1996 Miracle Mile at Harold Park. The Kapteins also own Im Bella Jay, who has earned $186,709 from nine wins and 11 placings from 44 starts. Her wins included the group 1 Westbred Classics for two-year-old fillies and three-year-old fillies in 2013 and 2014. Chief rivals for Falling Starzzz appear to be Delightful Days (a Bunbury winner in June and placed twice at Narrogin later in that month), Bettor Bling (a winner twice as a two-year-old, but placed only once from 12 starts as a three-year-old), Melimac and Gunna Get Lucky. Ken Casellas

Ladyship Mile winner Frith will be having her last start for the season in Saturday night's harness racing Group Three Sky Racing Adore Me Stakes at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Having had a spectacular term so far, connections are undecided on what path Frith's career will take on the other side of this spell. Making the decision to continue racing or send her to the breeding barn will not come easy, considering she has just had one of her best seasons to date. Frith has won multiple Group races this season and as a result catapulted her earnings past $1.1million, a feat only four other mares in the Southern Hemisphere have achieved before. And driver Luke McCarthy agrees. "It's hard for the owners to decide what to do with her because her form has been very strong this season," McCarthy said. "She has been up for a long time and will definitely earn this spell after Saturday night." Former trainer-driver Bruce Harpley echoed McCarthy's thoughts. "Frith has just been unbelievable this season," Harpley said. "She started this preparation over in Perth . . . she had a hit-out with me on the Saturday, was on the plane Sunday and won a feature race the following Friday! "You just shake your head with what she is capable of and that's why she has won more than $1million." Frith was bred and is owned by Harpley's mother and father-in-law, Dianne and Bernie Kelly. "Bernie is turning 80 next year so how many foals will he watch race if they don't put Frith in foal soon?" Harpley said. "It's a tough decision to make and luckily there is a bit of time before it comes to making it." Hoping to end her season on a winning note, the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark is one of the early fancies with TAB Fixed Odds for tomorrow night's feature. With the scratching of Ameretto, the John McCarthy-trained Cyclone Kate is the favourite at $1.75. TAB.COM.AU Fixed Odds - Adore Me Stakes DEADLY MERRYWOOD $101.00 ABBEY CULLEN $14 TACT HAYLEYS DELIGHT $12 MILLWOOD LIBERTY $10 BON ACCORD GAL $61 MODERN DANCER $41 CYCLONE KATE $1.75 OCEAN DIVA $31 BETABCOOL $12 FRITH $2.80 Amanda Rando

Bradley O’Keefe is trying to forge a career in harness racing and at Globe Derby Park last Saturday night landed his first winner as a trainer. Dark Aly, which O’Keefe also drive, and a despised $42.50 outsider, dashed up the sprint lane to grab a long neck win in the Just Wrecking Toyotas Three-Year-Old Pace (1800m). O’Keefe, 28, is from a strong Victorian harness racing family. “My grandfather Jim was a trainer, my father Laurie is as well, my brother Kieran in a driver and my mum Dianne is the racing manager at the Terang Harness Racing Club,” O’Keefe said. Employment as a fitter and turner at the Australian Submarine Corporation in Adelaide brought O’Keefe to Adelaide and he joined up with Globe Derby trainer Bronte Giorgio to get his ‘fix’ for harness racing. “I have to thank Bronte, and his wife Maxine, for their help – they have been an adopted family for me in AdelaIde.” Dark Aly was O’Keefe’s fourth as a driver, his first being Broadway Harry in a concession/junior drivers race in December last year with the others being Giddy Up Gray and the Bronte Giorgio-trained Saint Lilliana. The three-year-old is a true O’Keefe family affair. “A wonderful friend of the family, Geoffrey Tieman, gave Dark Aly’s dam Jane Isobel to my brothers Jason, Phillip, Kieran and myself to breed from and Dark Aly is her first foal but unfortunately he has passed and isn’t around to see the win. “Aminah, a two-year-old sister, finished unplaced at Melton on Friday night in a Super Series semi-final and she now has a weanling filly to Four Starzzz Shark,” he said. O’Keefe had a positive start on Dark Aly from gate three and he was able to cross behind Hapenny which had led from gate four. “Even though he had the perfect trail for the sprint lane I still wasn’t confident of victory,” O’Keefe said. “Wayne Hill set a slow tempo on the leader and my horse is not the type to sprint quickly off a slow speed but the tempo picked up down the back and once he got into the sprint lane he wound up and was able to grab a win. “It was a great thrill to have my first win as a trainer.” Heavily backed favourite Charissa Tee ($2.10 into $1.60) sat parked outside Hapenny ($10.90) and held on for second two metres in front of the leader who held on for third. Graham Fischer

Several upsets at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday afternoon left harness racing punters reeling and history confirmed the average priced winner was more than $10 longer at any of the corresponding meetings since the track first opened in 2008. Menangle has always hosted a feature meeting on the final Sunday in June and with NSW Breeders Challenge finals conducted, favourites historically have performed well. Here are the statistics from previous years Year / No. of Races / No. of Successful Favs / Average Priced Winner 2008 / 9 / 4 / $7.22 2009 / 8 / 4 / $5.51 2010 / 8 / 4 / $4.51 2011 / 9 / 4 / $2.93 2012 / 10 / 4 / $7.15 2013 / 11 / 7 / $3.53 2014 / 11 / 4 / $7.07 2015 / 10 / 6 / $3.51 2016 / 11 / 1 / $17.34 The only favourite to win on Sunday was two year old trotter Empire Bay trained by Blake Fitzpatrick. Five odds-on favourites were beaten including Bacardi Hurricane ($1.70), Glenferrie Burn ($1.30), Ameretto ($1.30), Dont Think Twice ($1.70) and Lennytheshark ($1.40). Other beaten favourites include Heavens Trend ($2.00), Arma The Gun ($2.10), Three Of The Best ($2.60) and Spare Me Days ($3.80) while $2.90 equal favourites Jilliby Jagger and Lumos both suffered defeat in a heat of the Rising Stars. The only trainer to enjoy multiple winners at the meeting was Steve Turnbull who trained two year old gelding Conviction and four year old gelding Mouse In The House to win the respective Group 1 finals. Only one stallion sired two winners with Four Starzzz Shark the sire of Charlaval and Mouse In The House. The longest priced winner of the afternoon was two year old filly Shezallapples, she returned $91.20 for the win while another four winners were longer than $10 in the market. Greg Hayes

Harness Racing aficionados will be licking their lips at the thought of next Saturday night’s four-year-old entires and geldings’ Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final after tonight’s semis and barrier draw. Heat winners Ideal For Real and Tee Cee Bee Macray have drawn five and 13 respectively, while reigning Vicbred champ and horse of the year Menin Gate, a fierce warrior when in front, has drawn well in barrier three. Murranji Track in gate two has good gate speed and can run along also, so he will surely create headaches for speed mappers. Tee Cee Bee Macray was ultra-impressive in winning his heat tonight, and while barrier 13 is never ideal, he does his best work when winding up with a big finish. Trained by Alan Tubbs, Tee Cee Bee Macray (Ponder/Way Mya Macray) sprinted powerfully through the final 400m to overhaul pacemaker Solarsonic in the run to the line. Driven by Greg Sugars, Tee Cee Bee Macray rated 1:56.9. “There’s a lot of depth in the (four-year-old) field … but he’s very fast,” Sugars said. “He’s a very good horse.” The win clearly meant plenty for the Tubbs team, who received plenty of congratulations trackside. Ideal For Real (American Ideal/Tamara Hall) was also super-impressive, the Emma Stewart-trained star winning its 10th race from 18 starts with a 1:56.2 run to score by 14.2m over runner-up Sevens Hope with Mister Wickham third. Despite the ease of the win and the high expectations being placed on Ideal For Real, Lang said the entire still had a bit to learn. “He’s got to learn to go straight or he’ll have to cover more ground than the others … he’ll get beat doing that,” he said. “He’s got a good record but it won’t be an easy race next week.” The continued dominance of the Emma Stewart stable was on full display in the four-year-old mares’ Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series semi-finals tonight. The Smythes Creek trainer qualified five mares for next Saturday night’s final, giving her almost half the field. Stewart-trained Starburst Girl (barrier two for the final), Brighty Valentine (three), Lovelist (seven), Delight Me (nine) and Stay And Play (11) will all line up in the big dance. Delight Me (Bettor's Delight/Cornsilk) impressively won her semi-final with Gavin Lang in the sulky, defeating stablemates Lovelist and Starburst Girl in the first semi-final, working wide in the run before finding the line strongly. Stay And Play (Live Or Die/Play Ball) posted a mile rate of 1:56.2 in her 8.3m win over Snip Of Grand in the second semi-final, with third placegetter Brighty Valentine also hailing from the Stewart stable.   Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series 4YO Mares Final barrier draw 1: Diamond Castle 2: Starburst Girl 3: Brighty Valentine 4: Soho Tokyo 5: Boadiceas Fury 6: Snip Of Grand 7: Lovelist 8: Glory Daze 9: Delight Me 10: Morton Plains 11: Stay And Play 12: Keayang Mercedes (em) 13: Miss Dreaming Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series 4YO Entires & Geldings Final barrier draw 1: Repeat After Me 2: Murranji Track 3: Menin Gate 4: Sevens Hope 5: Ideal For Real 6: Lucky Lombo 7: Mister Wickham 8: Solarsonic 9: Stagger Lee 10: Soynwasabi 11: Rule Of Thumb (em) 12: Blacknbrown 13: Tee Cee Bee Macray ............................................................................................................................................................................... Tingira Beach has emerged a frontrunner in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series' two-year-old colts and geldings for New South Wales team Shane and Lauren Tritton, dominating his semi-final and drawing well. Things only got better for the Somebeachsomewhere colt out of Western Tingira after he won his class's second semi-final by 12.9m, having then drawn barrier four in the final. Conversely, fellow semi-final winner Jilliby Kung Fu will start from barrier 12 and will have to do things the hard way in the final on Saturday, July 2. Lauren Tritton, driver of Tingira Beach, warned there was more improvement to come from her colt, who found the front and comfortably beat highly-fancied Victorians Our Little General and Wrappers Delight into second and third place. “(Tingira Beach) is still really green, he still had a look around, but tonight he raced a lot better," Tritton said post-win. "He still had a good look around in the race and was on and off the bit. Next week he might run a bit better and could get the best of them." Tritton said Tingira Beach's favourable draw, albeit with Geoff Webster's Wrappers Delight inside her, would not be a huge factor. “He’s very versatile and the barrier doesn’t really mean much too him," Tritton said. "He hasn’t got that much gate speed in him, it’s always good to draw a good barrier but that’s not much of a worry.” It could be a worry for Jilliby Kung Fu, though the talented Terang colt is only too happy to run them down from behind. In his semi-final, Jilliby Kung Fu found the front and, though he “gets a bit lonely out there on his own”, according to driver Jason Lee, he had enough of a buffer to win by 2.5m from Geoff Webster’s fast-finishing Misterfreeze. The two-year-old colt by Four Starzzz Shark out of Slip Slop Slap, trained at Terang by Marg Lee, produced a fifth win in 10 starts when from barrier 10 he looped the field to find the front. “I think he’s a better chaser and I probably got a bit of itchy feet and thought I should jump around to the front, but he didn’t really want to go on with the job,” Jason Lee said. “He had a little bit left in the tank.” Misterfreeze kept him close company at Tabcorp Park Melton in the semi-finals and Somebeachshadow, trained by Craig Demmler and driven by Jodi Quinlan, surprised with a third placing having started a $59 shot.   Barrier draws: Two-year-old colts and geldings pacers 1: Wrappers Delight 2: Ruthless Armbro 3: Misterfreeze 4: Tingira Beach 5: Form Analyst (emg) 6: Island Specialmajor 7: Canada Bay 8: Our Little General 9: Bundy Playboy 10: Albarock 11: Somebeachshadow 12: Jilliby Kung Fu 13: Classic Maker (ODM) Cody Winnell & Michael Howard

Nichols, N.Y. -- Kimberly Silpath's Four Hour Nap ($7.20) used a :57.2 middle half to her advantage in Friday (June 17) evening's $9,000 Mares Open 2 Pace at Tioga Downs, edging clear of her five harness racing rivals for a 1:52.4 triumph after controlling the terms throughout.   Mike Merton made all the pace with the 6-year-old Four Starzzz Shark mare, dueling with Asset Management (Fern Paquet, Jr.) on approach to the first turn and clearing through a :26.4 first quarter before backing the pace down. Four Hour Nap faced no real challenges en route to her 17th career win, sprinting clear at head-stretch and posting a 2-3/4 length victory over pocket rival Asset Management. Pompano invader Goldstar Rockette (Corey Braden) circled four-wide in the stretch, rallying from last to take third in her local debut.   Rick Dane, Jr. trains Four Hour Nap, who scored her second win of the meet.   Scott Coulter and Dan Clements led all drivers with two wins each on the nine-race card.   Ostriches and camels returned to Tioga Downs after a three-year hiatus, taking part in two non-wagering 100-yard sprints before a sizable on-track crowd.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Saturday (June 18), with the first of 10 races due off at 6:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Training and driving combination Kerry Ann Turner and Robbie Morris admit it has been a different week with their talented three year old Charlaval leading into Saturday's Alabar Breeders Challenge semi finals. With so much hype around Our Waikiki Beach and the expectation that he would win the Group 1 final on Sunday June 26, Charlaval was only expected to be a realistic place chance in the series. However with drama surrounding Our Waikiki Beach and his late nomination leading to the Mark Purdon trained gelding being named second emergency in both of the semi finals, Morris believes there are now nine possible winning hopes including Charlaval. Should Our Waikiki Beach squeeze into the series with two scratchings, the son of Somebeachsomewhere will regain his spot as the likely series winner and Morris is feeling for Purdon and the unbeaten gelding's owners. "Nominating late is something that happens to all stables and you never like seeing it," Morris said. "I feel for Mark and the team, Our Waikiki Beach is the best horse in the series, his record speaks for itself and there is still a chance he could get into the semi finals but we have to treat everything as we normally would, the show must go on." Charlaval won the Simpson Memorial in January when he ran 1:52.3 and since then has recorded four more victories including a heat of the Alabar Breeders Challenge at Newcastle. "He qualified for the semi finals as a two year old and unfortunately finished seventh in his semi final, hopefully this year he will progress through to the final because I think if Our Waikiki Beach doesn't get a start then the final will be wide open. "He's come on as a three year old and I think he really took the next step when he won the Simpson Memorial. His Breeders Challenge heat win at Newcastle was very good too because he has never been a genuine leader but still managed to get the job done. "Charlaval ran second behind Arma The Gun in a heat at Menangle but he drew the inside of the second row and Brad Hewitt drove a perfect race to win. My bloke was only going three quarter pace for the majority of the race and it was the perfect lead up to Saturday night." The son of Four Starzzz Shark is raced by Daniel Cordina and the Turner and Morris combination have qualified a horse raced by Cordina for a Breeders Challenge final in the past. "Blissfull Guy was a great horse for Daniel and Kerry Ann, I drove him in the two and three year old finals of the Breeders Challenge and he placed in both of them. "Daniel is a great supporter of both of us and it would great to see him get another runner in a Group 1 event." Morris will drive the gelding aggressively on Saturday night from the good draw. "With the emergencies out we will come out of gate four and he has got pretty good gate speed so I think I can get across at the start. "In previous years the three year old series has been over the longer trip of 2400 metres but this year the race is back to the mile. I like the longer races because the mile racing tends to be less forgiving. Over the short trip, gate speed and barriers are vital." Charlaval will compete in the first of the Alabar Breeders Challenge Semi Finals for three year old colts and geldings at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. The race is scheduled to begin at 8:20pm. Greg Hayes

Geoff Webster’s talented colts cut through the winter chill to register an Empire Vicbred Super Series double in the heats, with Misterfreeze and Wrappers Delight both first past the post. On a big first night of the series at Bendigo, class came to the fore in the two-year-old colts and geldings’ heats with Webster’s well-bred Bannockburn boys joining talented Terang two-year-old Jilliby Kung Fu and Emma Stewart’s contender Our Little General as heat winners. “(Wrappers Delight) is just a little bit better than (Misterfreeze),” was Webster’s typically frank assessment of his charges’ efforts. “(Misterfreeze) is just a real genuine racehorse, but (Wrappers Delight) has just a bit more class about him.” More will be learned in the series semi-final night at Tabcorp Park Melton on June 24 and, all going well, the July 2 final. But for now Webster can rest assured he has a strong hand. CLICK HERE FOR THE RESULTS AND REPLAYS FROM ALL THE NIGHT ONE HEATS Wrappers Delight, by Bettors Delight out of Charlotte Church, led from the pole mark and controlled the race to win by a neck, narrowly holding off Emma Stewart’s eye-catching Solid As A Rock, who Gavin Lang drove a treat to cut the corner and almost pinch it from the back of the field. “He’s a really nice little two-year-old,” Webster said of Wrappers Delight, who won for owners Dominic Martello and Douglas Webster. “He needed that run, he hasn’t run for a while. I was quite happy, he found the line quite good.  “He’s a typical Bettors Delight, he’s just lovely to have around the place. They’re good racehorses. The manners are fantastic. He’s a big horse for a Bettors, he’s not tall but he’s very thick. He should make a very nice horse later on as well.” Stablemate Misterfreeze, by Alabar Farms’ Art Major out of Trammell, won his heat – the fourth and final - by a head from Bundy Playboy, who Webster trailed around the final bend and won the swoop down the straight ahead of Paddy Lee’s first starter and Kevin Brough’s Canada Bay, with leader and favourite Lochinvar Delight a 3m beaten fourth. “They have all gone around in the mid 1:58s (mile rate) and that’s what (Misterfreeze) went, so considering (the weather) tonight it was good,” Webster said. Misterfreeze won for owners Dominic Martello, Josh Nelms, Peter and Zilla O’Shea, and Harvey, Shelley, Jordan and Ashleigh Kaplan. There were also some pretty chuffed owners in the Jilliby Kung Fu camp, with Terang mother-and-son Marg (trainer) and Jason (driver) Lee’s two-year-old producing the biggest win of the night, a 14m romp in the first colts and geldings heat. By Empire Stallions’ Four Starzzz Shark out of Slip Slop Slap, Jason Lee put Jilliby Kung Fu into the race at the bell when taking the death seat and come the straight leader and favourite Starofsahara faded while Jilliby Kung Fu cleared out around the bend and that was all she wrote. Winning for the Levarg Racing Group in a 1:57.3 mile rate, by some way the quickest of the heats, Jilliby Kung Fu won comfortably from Andy Gath’s second-placed Macchiato. “He’s a lovely horse, he’s very versatile,” Lee said. “That’s what I love about him the most and he’ll be ready for Glen (Craven) when he’s ready to jump back on. He still hasn’t really grown into himself. As soon as he hits the front he just sort of backs off and waits for them a little bit, he did that again tonight.  I think he will get better with time, but we will just have to wait and see. He is going good at the moment.” Joining him in the winners’ circle was Our Little General, the winner of five of seven starts and favourite in the night’s third heat for trainer Emma Stewart and driver Gavin Lang. Lang found cover for the terrific little sit-sprinter, who is by Mach Three out of Kabbalah Karen B, placing Our Little General in the box seat behind Amanda Turnbull’s leader Wardan Express. When the sprint lane opened Lang got to work and Our Little General hit the line a head in front of Shane Tritton’s Tingira Beach, who was super impressive having done a power of work. “They were going pretty leisurely in the middle stages and a pretty good last half, so to make up three or four metres in the straight was a pretty good effort really,” Lang said of Our Little General. “I was able to put him on the back of one and that’s probably the key to him. If he had have been left in the open maybe he might not have settled so good, but he is only a little guy this one and he is a great little racehorse and hence the reason he has such a good record.” Michael Howard

The Harness Racing team of Graeme Anderson and Rory Mcllwrick have a huge chance of picking up four winners at today's Forbury Park Trotting Club's meeting. Starting off in race 3 with 4yo Gotta Go Cullect gelding, Hunters Collect, who was recently purchased by Rory, out of the Murray Brown stable. Hunters Collect galloped behind the mobile gate last Monday, and was subsequently pulled up. He draws a handy in barrier 3 and has been put up as a $6.00 FF chance with the NZ Tab. With Anderson's record of turning horses around, you would think this fella will be breaking maidens in the coming weeks. Fast forward to Race 7, and Anderson lines up smart 4yo Panspacificflight gelding Arden's Concord, who was seen powering home last start. He recently switched back to the Anderson barn, after winning 3 races for West Plains based trainer Matt Saunders. The Tab have him as a $2.20 FF favourite, while recent Rangiora winner Parramatta is at $3.30 for driver/co-trainer Terry Chmiel. Even from a tricky barrier, he still looks tough to beat and could be a possible anchor for pick 6 players. In race 9, 5yo Four Starzzz Shark gelding Four Starzz Shiraz will look to make it back to back win after he darted up the lane to record his 6th career victory. His massive early speed negates his wide barrier and you should see another short priced Anderson runner, salute the judge. Currently $3.00 FF With everything going to plan earlier on, junior driver Rory Mcllwrick and trainer Graeme Anderson could be looking at four winners for the night if Elusive Flight was to capture heat 2 of the Forbury Park claimers series. A $9,000.00 claimer, the 7yo Elsu gelding Elusive Flight is owned by Charlotte Purvis, A D Gow, S R Pulley and R Chalklin and is another runner who has drawn tricky in barrier 9. He is currently $2.20 FF, while a former Anderson trained runner Laughing Cavalier, who was claimed last week, will start for the first time for new connections and new trainer/driver Andrew Armour. Andrew Fitzgerald

A chiropractor resulted in the return to winning form by Sir Julian at Globe Derby Park on Saturday night. A $3.90 chance, Sir Julian, driven by Matthew Smith, led throughout from gate two to score a neck win in the Multicultural Night of Harness Racing  April 16 Pace (1800m). The gelding beat a game Longtan Tigerman ($13.90) with Wheres Jonny ($5 into $3.70 fav) four metres away third. A week earlier Sir Julian finished 10th behind Goodsie after locking wheels with Glenferrie Bunter going into the back straight on the final lap. Trainer Justin Brewin said the incident had obviously caused discomfort to his pacer. “I had Sir Julian checked before he ran last week and he was spot on,” Brewin said, “but when the chiro came back this week he found eight vertebrae were out of alignment. “When the pair came together the incident must have caused Sir Julian to twist awkwardly hurting him.” Driver Matthew Smith agreed. “After the wheels unlocked and I asked him to sprint, he just didn’t,” Smith said, “it was completely out of character. “Tonight, it was the normal Sir Julian, he came out of the gate quickly and really travelled well throughout. “I wasn’t concerned that the runner up made a race of it. Sir Julian isn’t the type of horse to win by big margins, he always just does enough.” Smith also convinced connections that Sir Julian would lead when many pundits suggested Wheres Jonny would have the pace to lead from barrier one. “I watched a few of his (Wheres Jonny) videos and I was sure my horse had the speed to lead and he got across quite easily.” Sir Julian by Four starzzz shark out of Amber spree has been an astute purchase by the Brewins. The five-year-old has had nine wins and a second from his past 11 starts for owners Justin and Yvette Brewin and Douglas and Lucy Brewin. Sir Julian is now set to run in a semi-final of the Country Graduation at Globe Derby Park on Friday night. Graham Fischer

Tomorrows Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale at the Bathurst Showgrounds is quite different to most of the other sales held throughout Australia each season. Most of the other sales have a heavy emphasis on the top end of the market where $50,000 yearlings become quite common. The best of the best breeding wise change hands but there is no guarantee they will be the best on the racetrack. The average trainer - driver and owner are shut out in the main at these sales and it is left to companies like Graeme Board to fill the gap in the market by running sales such as the Bathurst Gold Crown. This weekends catalogue is a great example of having yearlings to fit everyone's budget with all the elite sires represented along with stallions just getting established or having their first crop being sold this year. Courage Under Fire is enjoying a great run on both sides of the Tasman at the moment and he has six entries in tomorrows sale. The pick of them for us is Lot 82 which is being offered on behalf of Tony Dumesny. He is a colt from the former top racemare Edna Anne 1:55.4 ($105,811) and is her first foal. The second dam takes most of the pedigree page so he is very hard to fault on paper. Four Starzzz Shark is always great value for money at the yearling sales and tomorrow at Bathurst should be no exception. He has seven representatives in the sale and we think all seven have something to offer the buyers bench. All of them have plenty of well performed relatives close up on the pedigree page and anyone who has seen Lennytheshark or Frith dominate this season on the track is aware of the quality that Four Starzzz Shark can produce. Modern Art is another stallion who under sells at a lot of sales in Australia and it is a mystery to us why that is. He is closing in on 400 winners in Australia alone and stake earnings in excess of $14,440,000, yet he doesn't quite get the sale results his record would suggest he deserves. He has four yearlings in tomorrows sale and all have a touch of quality about them. Lot 51 appeals to us a lot as the colt for sale is the first foal from a full sister to the very smart Bo Jasper 1:57.9 ($168,436)  Aces N Sevens continues to churn out the winners to the point he now has over 305 on his card with stakes closing in on $13,500,000. He has twelve yearlings in tomorrows sale and they cover a wide cross section of mares but there should be something for everyone pockets amongst the twelve on offer. People tend to forget that Aces N Sevens has produced such stars as Excel Stride 1:50.3 ($769,464), Drumfire 1:49 ($628,739), Ananz 1:53.8 ($527,844) and Lettucerocku 1:52.6 ($489,004) to name just a few and there are bound to be some smart horses amongst a draft of twelve yearlings from such a proven sire With Rock N Roll Heaven having a handful of entries alongside Art Major (3), Roll With Joe (4) and Sportswriter(4), the elite sires are well represented but just maybe the value may come from the sires we have highlighted in this article. Harnesslink Media

Mighty mare Frith bounced back to her brilliant best with an all-the-way win to take out the first feature of a stellar night's harness racing at Tabcorp Park Menangle tonight, the $50,000 Group Two Therese Cordina Sibelia Stakes. Blessed with the gate speed to easily cross and find the front from gate three for star young reinsman Todd McCarthy, Frith reeled off a 27.7s first quarter of the mile to ensure nothing was going to challenge the six-year-old mare for the lead. After a 29.5s second split, the race was always going to be Frith's for the taking, so McCarthy lowered the handlebars and the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark posted a 27.8 third split to test her rivals to the max. Frith saved her best for last as she romped home the last quarter in an even 27 seconds to score by 1.5m from Nike Franco (Luke McCarthy) with $1.80 favourite Fight For Glory a fighting third. Natalie Rasmussen angled Fight For Glory away from the pegs turning for home and she had ever chance in the long Menangle straight to run down Frith, while Nike Franco came from three-back on the pegs to surge up the inside and briefly looked a chance of getting to Frith before pacing roughly about 50m from the finish. Still all honours were with Frith with the mighty mare now guaranteed a berth in the $200,000 Cordina Chicken Farms Ladyship Mile, one of many features to be run on Miracle Mile Day, February 28. While owner Diane Kelly was trackside to acknowledge her great mare, reinsman Todd McCarthy, one of the form drivers at Menangle in recent months, said hopping behind a horse of the calibre of Frith made the big nights like these memorable ones. Trainer Belinda McCarthy commented that the real Frith stood up tonight after she had finished a close and unlucky fourth to Easy On The Eye a week ago at the same track. Belinda will no doubt put the great mare on ice now as she edges towards that magic million dollars in earnings. Tonight's success put Frith a mere $25,000 short of the historic mark. Michael Court            

Harness racing trainer Bill Lesslie has been making his annual trip from Dubbo to Tamworth for more than 30 years. Lesslie enjoys getting to the country music festival each year, enjoys camping out on the track, catching up with his friends and throwing a horse on the float to make the trip worthwhile. This is set to become Lesslie's most memorable year as he has qualified a runner for Tamworth's feature event - Pryde's Easifeed Golden Guitar. Zodiac Dream will represent the Lesslie stable in the $25,500 final and it will be the first time in nearly two decades Bill has had a runner in the event. "I've been making the trip for as long as I can remember, I really enjoy it because we camp out at the racetrack and we catch up with the crew from Queensland every year, listen to some music and go to the races - it doesn't get better," Lesslie said. "I always bring a horse up, Albaglen Bay won a heat for me in 1998 but we came back the next day in the final and finished eighth. This year Zodiac Dream has drawn well and although it is a strong race I think he's got a good chance." Zodiac Dream has won his last four starts for Lesslie but there was never a preconceived plan to target the Golden Guitar with the four year old. "He started his career in Sydney with the Fitzpatrick stable, he actually arrived at my place while I was away in Tamworth last year and was waiting for me when I got home. "He has always shown me that he has had ability, but I thought it was going to take me a little bit longer to get him going as well as he can. I thought he might hit his straps as a five year old." Zodiac Dream will be driven by Bathurst reinsman Nathan Turnbull and while it will be his first drive on the son of Four Starzzz Shark, Lesslie has had success with him in the past. "I think Nathan has had one drive for me for one win so that will do me, it is the strongest Golden Guitar I've seen and there are so many chances in it. "While barrier one is a great draw there are five horses drawn wider that will want to cross him so he's going to have to be ready to run the best race of his life." When asked what sort of celebration would be organised if Zodiac Dream did happen to win, Lesslie responded: "I don't know when I'd see Dubbo again, it would be a pretty big party that's for sure." The Golden Guitar is race six at Tamworth on Friday night and is scheduled to begin at 9:10pm. Greg Hayes

The Oberon Cup, feature event at the annual Oberon Community Night harness racing meeting at Bathurst, might have to be renamed "Amanda's Race" following last Friday's edition at Group One Feeds Paceway. Amanda Turnbull scored her fourth successive win in the race, and her fifth in the last seven years, when leading throughout with the classy Mouse In The House ($2.20 favourite), trained by her father Steve. First up since a fine third behind Kept Under Wraps in the Breeders Challenge 3YO Final last June,  the promising Four Starzzz Shark gelding was given a nice trail behind Stormont Czar from the outset, but when a number of challengers loomed out wide turning for home, his driver was confronted with the decision to wait for the sprint lane, or come away from the markers. She chose the latter, and then somehow found the narrowest of gaps to aim at, bursting through near the line to get up in a thrilling finish, with just a metre and short half head margins back to Condagen, which used the sprint lane she'd vacated, and Saloon Passage, which had worked forward to the death seat. At the presentation, a clearly chuffed Amanda Turnbull admitted she was unaware that she'd now won four successive Cups, and five of the 15 contested since the race began back in 2002. And while it mightn't rate as highly as winning streaks by Washakie - five successive Treuer Memorials - and three successive Inters for "Blackie" and  "Sandy", the race is nevertheless a prestigious country feature, and it's a driving record that she's entitled to be proud of. Mouse In The House took his earnings past the $100,000 mark for his proud connections. Part-owner John Dwyer paid tribute to the Turnbulls for the success they've enjoyed so far, and indicated that the horse will now be aimed towards the Chariots Of Fire at next month's Miracle Mile carnival. Amanda further made it a night to remember, by driving four of the eight winners at the meeting. Star Writer ($2.00 favourite, for her father) trailed the leader and finished strongly to score easily in a C2 sprint; Left Neglected ($1.90 favourite, for brother Nathan) led throughout in C3-C5 class for successive wins at the track; and her own runner Eye See Diamonds, a clear favourite, led throughout in a C0 sprint, the half-sister to Two Eye See scoring her third win from six starts, all this season at three. The very large crowd at the meeting were unanimous that they'd seen a future top liner in action, following a dynamic win by Match In Heaven ($1.40 favourite, Paul/Blake Fitzpatrick) in the first of two 3YO sprints. He cleared last-start winner Fouroeight at the start, settled in the middle stages, then scooted away in a brilliant 27.6 final quarter, against a strong headwind which had troubled runners all evening, for a mile rate of 1:56.7, easily the fastest of the meeting. A son of Somebeachsomewhere, out of a $100K-winning Artsplace daughter of champion racemare Under Cover Lover, he was first up on Friday, after winning three of his six starts at two and several close placings behind the champion juvenile Our Waikiki Beach, which co-incidentally resumed with a Menangle win earlier that afternoon. Blake Fitzpatrick said after the race that it was unclear whether the colt, a real speedy type, would head to the Victorian Derby heats, or wait for his hometown Derby, the final to be run on Miracle Mile day on Sunday, 28 February. His return bouts with Mark Purdon's star will be worth the wait. Other winners at the meeting were: Old Jack Cambo ($3.10 favourite, Wendy/ Emma Turnbull, in C0 class), sprinting over the top of his rivals; Village Witch ($7.80, Josh Powderly/Jason Grimson, in C2 grade), taking an inside run to come clear for an easy win; and Imthevillagestar (Russ Reynolds/ Robbie Morris, in the second 3YO sprint), his first win at start ten, and the sole Oberon-trained winner on "their" night. In the annual horse-versus-humans novelty race, Steve Turnbull's Cruisinonthe Big Ern was too slick for the two-man relay of Kurt Booth and Tyler Hughes, to maintain Steve's winning streak in that race that stretches back even further than Amanda's record. Auctions and raffles during the evening raised approximately $3,000 for this year's nominated charity, Ronald McDonald House, in another wonderful demonstration of the spirit that makes chilly Oberon one of the warmest communities anywhere. by Terry Neil

DOVER, Del. --- McJagersonthemove,second in his previous two races, proved the best in the Thursday, Jan. 14 feature race at Dover Downs winning easily in 1:52.2 with harness racing driver Tony Morgan in the bike. The McArdle-Grand fancy gelding lived up to his name moving into the lead and scoring by 3-lengths for trainer Willard Reynolds and owner Mark Howard in an $8,000 4&5-Year-Old Male pace. The victory of his second of the meet along with two seconds and three thirds in eight starts. Ace Of Sharks (Allan Davis) came on for second with Western Young Gun (George Dennis), third. Allan Davis notched his second win guiding L&J Racing's Tataria, a four-year-old by Four Starzzz Shark-Pure Prize, to her second straight win and third in her last four starts racking up a 1:53.2 decision in the top female race of the day, a $9,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Filly and mare pace. Aarin Hanover (Jim Morand) and Casiano (Jonathan Roberts) finished second and third respectively. Four drivers; Tony Morgan, Allan Davis, George Dennis, Brett Miler and trainer Williard Reynolds made the winner's circle twice each. Dover Downs is dark on Friday and Saturday. Live racing resumes Sunday, post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday weekday racing begins at p.m. 4:30 p.m. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. ---- Bad Boy Matt leaves from the rail in the $28,500 Delaware Special feature race on the Monday, Jan. 4 Dover Downs harness racing card. After a strong effort in last week's Preferred Handicap, Bad Boy Matt drew post 1 in this week's $28,500 Delaware Special. Allan Davis will be at the controls for the seven-time winner in 2015 for Reggie Hazzard and Legacy Racing. Two other starters also raced in the Preferred last time, Foulk Stables' Sparky Mark, get driver Yannick Gingras, who won five races in each of the last two Monday races, and driver Art Stafford and brother Andrew Stafford's Framed Art. Elizabeth Brittingham steps out of the claiming ranks after a victory with Bret Brittingham at the helm. Carter Racing and trainer Doug Lewis' Captive Audience has been sharp in all of his previous starts at the track. Corey Callahan will drive. Mustang Art, owned by Max Walton and Greg Papaleo, finished second a week ago and will again be piloted by Brett Miller, this time from post 9 in the second tier. Just A Jolt was never a factor last time. Owned by Janet Hudson, Vic Kirby drove the winner of 10 races last year, but again leaves from post 8. Kovach Stables Feel Like A Fool will be in the hands of Montrell Teague while George Dennis will drive the usually close Don't Ya Know for Joan Dalphon and Elanor Laws. Driver Art and Art Stafford Jr.'s Blazing Bobby Sox pits a three-race win streak on the line in a $15,000 f&5-Year-Old Male Pace against Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing's Classic Six (Gingras) fresh from a five-wins in his last six outings starting from post 1. C&G Racing's Twin B Stingray (Kirby), who finished second in his last two races, heads the opposition on a strong undercard. BRIONI STEPS UP IN COMPANY TO WIN SUNDAY $15,000 CLAIMER AT DOVER DOWNS After being claimed last time out, Brioni stepped up to win the $15,000 Claiming Allowance with a 1:53.1 effort at Dover Downs on the first Sunday card of the meet, Jan. 3. The holiday season has not ended for Jingle Bell Rocker, winner of his fifth in-a-row. Marcus Miller steered Broni to his second consecutive win and fourth in his last five races scoring a 1:53.1 triumph for new owner-trainer Arty Foster. The now five-year-old son of Four Starzzz Shark-Armbro Bahama won a tight photo from Native Art (Montrell Teague) second and Danish Diligence (Ross Wolfenden). The win extends his lifetime bankroll to $83,865. As Bad As Thunder (Brett Brittingham) saw a three-race win streak end with a fourth-place finish. Jingle Bell Rocker, a dominant claiming winner last year reaching the winner's circle 16 times, started off the New Year with his fifth consecutive victory, for owner Tina Calrk. Les Givens conditions the Rocknroll Hanover-Blizzard Of Oz gelding driven by Ross Wolfenden in all his local wins. Arockin Hanover (Allan Davis) was second with Alex In Wonderland (Sean Bier) third. Also on the program, Corey Callahan racked up his third winner steering Tom Lazzaro's Contraband Hanover, a Somebeachsomewhere- Castaway Hanover gelding, to an easy 1:53 win. It was meet leading trainer Dylan Davis' second winner. Lettucefib A (Art Stafford Jr.) finished second with Morgan Shark (Wolfenden) third. Coal Hanover and Tony Morgan ended a string of three second-place finishes, with a 1:54.2 victory in a 4&5-Year-Old pace. Foulk Stables owns the Dragon Again-Calgary Hanover gelding. Full On Rocknroll (Callahan) was runner-up in front of Mr. Pearl (Wolfenden). Jason Lynch drove Millenium Wheel from far back to pass the leaders in the late going for a 1:53.1 score in another Male pace. The Bettor's Delight-London Eye gelding was winless in 2015. Smart Rokker (Jonathan Roberts) and early leader Elite Awards (M.Miller) were second and third respectively. Corey Callahan led all drivers with three wins, Vic Kirby had a double. Joe Hundertpfund and Dylan Davis haltered two winners each. Marv Bachrad

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