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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

DOVER, Del. --- It was more like a Spring Day with late misty drizzle at Dover Downs where four horses won 1:50 or faster. Ironically, the top purse $27,500 Delaware Special was not one of them. Just A Jolt registered his 10th win the year needing only a 1:51 performance with harness racing driver Vic Kirby holding the reins. Yannick Gingras had a big day with five winning drives. Just A Jolt won his second Del. Special in-a-row upping his seasonal bankroll to $167,930 for owner Janet Hudson. The five-year-old altered son of Village Jolt-Just Wait Kate trained by Jim King left from outside post 7 in the feature and finally took the lead after the half then cruised to victory. The only contest was for second where Don't Ya Know edged Captive Audience (Corey Callahan) for second. Rocknroll Jewel led off the fast day with a 1:49.1 triumph, the fastest win of George Dennis' career, in the 1st race a $20,000-$25,000 Male Claiming Handicap. Dylan Davis conditions the Rocknroll Hanover-Michelle's Jewel eight-year-old gelding for owner Tom Lazarro. Raritan Bay (Allan Davis) closed strongly for second in front of Giant Sculpture (Yannick Gingras). Gingras' later guided Lou Frascella's Phil Your Boots home, also in 1:49.1 to win a $20,000 Male Winners-Over pace. It was the Shanghai Phil-Tassagh gelding's 14th success of the season and fourth win in his last five starts for trainer Andy Harris. Snap To It A (Brett Miller) was runner-up. Mister Truth (Ross Wolfenden) was third best. The next fastest clocking came when Gingras driving Ken Wood, Bill Ditmar and Steve Iaquinta's Adventure Bound to a 1:50 victory in a $12000 Male pace. Eridanus N (Wolfenden) was second in front of Papa Ray (Alan Davis). Earlier Gingras struck again steering Journeyman to a 1:50.1 conquest in an $18,000 Open for young horses. Ron Burke trains the American Ideal-Cosmic Journey four-year-old owned by Weaver Bruscemi, Collura and Burke Racing. Roland N Rock (Morgan) closed for second with Bad Boy Matt (A. Davis) third. Bill Emmons' Good Luck, a Four Starzzz Shark-Ms Mirabelle four-0year-old, was Gingras' fifth win of the day, a 1:51.4 score over Atta Boy Bones (Art Stafford Jr.) and I Belong With You (Callahan) in a $15,500 3,4&5-Year0Old pace. Pinearosa, a The Panderosa-Pinehaven Amber homebred of Gloria Myers and Carter Racing Stable, trained by Bobby Myers with Ton Morgan driving, chalked up a 1:51.4 win in another $15,500 even for young male horses. Twin B Stingray (Kirby) was the place finisher. Rip N Rock (B.Miller) collected third. Along with Gingras' five bagger, George Dennis and the Brittingham family, owner Elizabeth, trainer Don and driver Brett Brittingham, had two wins on the program. Shine N Shimmer seeks her second straight facing eight rivals in the $21,000 Mares Open Handicap, the Tuesday feature race. DOVER DOWNS’ CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR’S HOLIDAY DRAW SCHEDULE The traditional Christmas Holiday Break Week at Dover Downs features no live racing Dec.19 through Dec. 27. Racing will resume on Monday, Dec. 28 at 4:30 p.m. Again this season, there is no live racing on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. Racing will resume on Sunday, Jan. 3 with post time at 5:30 p.m. on Sundays in January and February 2016. Weekday post time is 4:30 p.m.   ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Please Norte: Dover Downs’ current draw schedule is: Draw Date                               Race Date Tuesday, Dec. 15        for Monday, Dec. 28 Wednesday, Dec. 16 for Tuesday, Dec. 29 Thursday, Dec. 17               for Wednesday, Dec. 30 Monday, Dec. 28       for Sunday, Jan. 3 Tuesday, Dec. 29      for Monday, Jan. 4 Wednesday, Dec. 30 for Tuesday, Jan. 5 Sunday, Jan. 3   for Wednesday, Jan. 6 Monday, Jan. 4         for Thursday, Jan. 7 Please Note: Draw Schedule For 5 Racing Day in Jan. and Feb. Tuesday for Sunday Wednesday for Monday Thursday for Tuesday Sunday for Wednesday Monday for Thursday $21,000, TWO $15,000 DISTAFFS, ELLIES JET N SEEKS 7TH STRAIGHT   Shine N Shimmer, last week’s distaff winner, and veteran Paradise Lost, steps up after a victory, lead the $21,000 Mares Open Handicap pace, the Tuesday, Nov. 15 feature race at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Invader Ellies Jet N puts six straight North America win streak on the line.  Post time 4:30 p.m. Howard Taylor’s Shine N Shimmer trained by  Doug Lewis with Corey Callahan driving, trainee has won of her last six starts including a near-miss second is program favorite in the nine female field. Fashion Showdown with Ross Wolfenden, finished second, a head back last week. Bob Bailey’s sharp Duneside Chella, driven by Marcus Miller, was a close third. . Bay Pond Racing’s Hearts N Flowers with Allan Davis has won two of last three races. Bob Winkleman’s hard hitting Paradise Lost raced most of his win a week ago on the outside before getting up for the win. Jim Morand will drive this time. Mike Casalino’s Double Joy, a second-place finisher in her last three starts will be driven by Allan Davis from post 2. CC Racing’s Tyra, with Vic Kirby, leaves from post 9 in the second tier. The other contenders are Randall Bendis and Tom Pollock’s Montenegra, piloted by Brett Miller, Handsoffmycookie, a $1.3-million winner has the rail with Tony Morgan driving. There are pair of $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Fillies and Mares paces on the 15-race card. In one, Ellies Jet N (Art Stafford Jr.), unbeaten in her six races since arriving from New Zealand for owners Evans, Spedden, Parker and Nanticoke Racing, and stakes seasoned Girlofyourdreams (Montrell Teague), is fresh from a win last week. These two starters have drawn inside posts. Plyncardswitroddy (G.Dennis) notched a win last week for George & Tina Dennis and Ask W Stable. Lady Beth (Wolfenden) won her second straight last Wednesday for owners Lorie and trainer Paul Davis. In the other $15,000 division, Nick Surick and Engel sables’ Luvniecestopieces (M.Miller), the only filly in the field, makes her first December start while  Don Reed, Jim Tessmer and trainer George Wagner (Ty Davis). Stakes seasoned Girlofyourdreams (Montrell Teague), owned by The Wiz Kids Stable, Ava Destruction (B.Miller) racing for Melissa Cabot and Dennis Olsen and the sharp Sweet Bobbie (Callahan) leaves from post 8 for owner-trainer Gary Ewing, lead the eight-horse field. Marv Bachrad

Today's $1,300,000 Inter Dominion Grand Final at Gloucester Park in Perth, Western Australia. looked a battle in two with the Victorians Lennytheshark and Philadelphia Man looking the harness racing duo to beat. The draw had thrown a spanner in pre race discussions however with Lover's Delight from barrier one always going to lead from there and his connections were adamant they weren't going to hand up to anyone. Which is exactly as it panned out once the gate went. Lover's Delight with Chris Lewis in the bike easily lead from one with Chris Alford settling Lennytheshark in the death seat outside him. Flaming Flutter and Greg Sugars settled on Lover's Delight back in the trail with Waylade and Gary Hall Jnr ending up on Lennythesharks back. Philadelphia Man with Gavin Lang in the bike settled three back on the outer while the other well supported runner Devendra settling last from his poor draw. Avonnova tried to loop the field mid race but had to go back again when Alford parked him three wide with Lennytheshark. It was obvious a lap out that the winner had to come from the first handful as Chris Lewis had managed to steal a couple of cheaper quarters and it was going to be impossible for the back runners to get into the race. Lover's Delight and Lennytheshark eyeballed each other off the back but it was obvious as they straightened for home that Lennytheshark still had something to offer and he surged clear late for an emphatic victory. Lover's Delight stuck on gamely for second ahead of Flaming Flutter and Avonnova who somehow got home for fourth after his big mid-race move. Philadelphia Man weakened out after having a great run and seemed unhappy on the bends while Devendra was no show after trying to improve wide on a 55.8 last 800 metres. Waylade after a soft run in the one by one showed nothing in the race home. Lennytheshark paced the 2536 metres in super quick 3:00.8, a mile rate of 1:54.8 with closing sectionals of 55.8 and 28.4 It was the son of Four Starzzz Shark's 24th win at just his 45th start and took his earnings over the $1,430,000 mark. Chris Alford was rapt with the run of Lennytheshark. " He settled really beautifully early on and I knew I wouldn't get the lead but I was confident of holding the death seat." " Last week I let Lover's Delight get away a bit around the last bend and I wasn't going to let that happen again." " I had a look on the corner and thought it was between Chris Lewis and me  and that is how it turned out." " David Aiken (The trainer) has done a great job with this horse and had him spot on today,"Chris said.  Chris Lewis was very proud of Lover's Delight in finishing second. " We were beaten by a better horse today but there is no disgrace being beaten by a champion." " He was clearly second best out there today but he beat the others just as easily so I am thrilled with his effort," Chris said. Harnesslink Media

The big question harness racing punters are posing is can champion six-year-old Frith overcome the outside barrier and win the $125,000 Westral Mares Classic over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Sunday afternoon. The daughter of Four Starzzz Shark gave a further sample of her class on Friday of last week when she overcame the outside barrier (No. 9) to win the $50,000 Norms Daughter Classic by a head from the fast-finishing Ideal Alice. She was driven with great aggression by Chris Voak, who urged her forward when the mobile barrier released the field rise. Frith was trapped four wide early before moving to the breeze outside the pacemaking Nuala. She took a narrow lead 400m from home and held on grimly to withstand the late challenge from Ideal Alice, who had enjoyed a soft run in sixth place, three back on the pegs.  Voak is again likely to make use of Frith’s excellent gate speed, but he is likely to find considerable opposition in his quest for the breeze, or the lead. Adding considerable interest will be the inclusion of the Dean Braun-trained Nike Franco, who was second emergency in the Norms Daughter Classic. Nike Franco, with Luke McCarthy in the sulky, will have many admirers, particularly after drawing the No. 2 barrier on the front line. Nike Franco was most impressive at Pinjarra on Monday when she began speedily from barrier three, set the pace and sprinted over the final 400m in 26.7sec. to beat Sovereign Faith by more than five lengths at a 1.56.6 rate over 2185m.        Another Victorian mare, Milly Perez, to be driven by Chris Alford for trainer Larry Eastman, will start from the No. 1 barrier and looks set to gain a perfect passage behind the likely leader Nike Franco. She was a sound third behind Frith and Ideal Alice on Friday of last week and is capable of a bold showing. Another Victorian mare Berisari, a fast-finishing second to Leda McNally two starts ago, has drawn poorly, out wide at barrier eight. She will need luck from there, but cannot be underestimated. Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice has two in-form runners in The Parade and Kiralin. He will drive The Parade from barrier four and the mare looms as a solid each-way prospect. Kiralin will start from the No. 3 barrier and will be driven by American ace Tim Tetrick.   Ideal Alice will need luck from barrier six and if the race is run at a helter-skelter pace noted sit-sprinter Jungle Jewel would be capable of unwinding a powerful late sprint. Ken Casellas

Harness racing superstar Lennytheshark was the early favourite for the Inter Dominions and after a stunning win at Gloucester Park in the first round of heats, he shortened even more for the Grand Final. In the second round of heats at Bunbury tonight, Lennytheshark drew a great marble at barrier three and was a dominant favourite with punters. Easy On The Eye and Amanda Turnbull burned the gate from barrier two to lead easily with Lennytheshark and Chris Alford content to sit on his wheel in second as Amanda kept up a solid tempo. Lovers Delight and Chris Lewis moved up three wide with over a lap to go outside Easy On The Eye and Lennytheshark and that was the racing order as they turned for home 800 metres later. Easy On The Eye grabbed a length as they turned for home with Lennytheshark running about a touch on the bend but once Lennytheshark knuckled down to the job in the straight he quickly grabbed Easy On The Eye and eased out for a comfortable win. Easy On The Eye stuck on well for second in front of a very game Lover's Delight who overcame her three wide run to hold third. It was a lovely drive from Chris Alford who controlled the race from the death seat and didn't put Lennytheshark under real pressure in securing the win. With the two heat wins in the bank, Lennytheshark will firm again for the Grand Final and judging by his two runs todate, he is shaping as a worthy favourite. Tonights win was the twenty-third of Lennythesharks career and took his earnings over the $650,000 mark.  The son of Four Starzzz Shark cut the mile out in a sharp 1:52.8 with closing sectionals of 54.7 and 27 With two impressive wins in the heats, the question most pundits are asking is can anyone beat Lennytheshark in this years series. Harnesslink Media

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

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