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He may live a literal world away from the bright lights of Sydney and the opulent lifestyle of entrepreneur John Singleton, but come 10:15pm tonight, talented Terang harness racing conditioner Darren Cole may have more in common with the advertising guru than he might ever have imagined.

Three-time South Australian Cup winning reinsman Geoff Webster knows all too well the feeling of being a hometown hero. A legend in South Australian harness racing, the former 'Croweater' and universally heralded horseman won everything there was to win in the state of his birth before making Victoria his new home some two years ago.

In sad news for Bannockburn based horseman Geoff Webster and the Victorian harness racing industry in general, star seven-year-old stallion Mister Swinger has re-injured his troublesome tendon and will be retired immediately.

The remarkable renaissance of Geoff Webster's one-time Victorian boom harness racing pacer Mister Swinger continued on Saturday night with success in the $50,000 Group 2 Neatline Homes Shepparton Gold Cup and automatic entry to the BIG6 Hunter Cup on February 5.

As satisfied as he was, Geelong harness racing trainer Geoff Webster kept the celebrations low-key when Mister Swinger scored a drought-breaking win at Tabcorp Park on New Year's Eve, but expect more excitement if the entire makes it back-to-back wins this Saturday night at Globe Derby.

Despite their obvious disparity in age, history and career trajectory, brilliant Bannockburn based harness racing trainer and driver Geoff Webster must have wondered which Mister was which at Melton last Friday night (November 19).

He couldn't split them before they went one-two almost a fortnight ago and Geoff Webster still can't separate Em Magaune and Tear It All Away ahead of their latest harness racing assignment in the St Arnaud Sporting Club Pacing Cup at Tabcorp Park this Friday night.

All runners, including the finest female pacer of her generation will start from scratch - that is the headline following the release of the harness racing fields for the most anticipated running of the Group 2 SEW-Eurodrive Kilmore Cup in recent memory.

You know the drill. Two talented types from vastly different but equally harrowing backgrounds are taken under the wing of a gifted and benevolent mentor in their quest to finally reach the top and fulfil their unique destiny.

It was deja vu all over again in the $702,500 William R. Haughton Memorial. Shark Gesture surged late to score back-to-back 1:48.2 victories in the Meadowlands Racetrack's richest event for older harness racing pacers Friday night.

Harness racing driver David Miller found himself in the winner's circle for two of the richest races of the year, earning combined purses of $875,400 in the Sweetheart and Woodrow Wilson finals Friday night (August 20) at Meadowlands Racetrack.

Five-year-old Partywiththedevil, a handy performer in moderate country fields in Victoria for the past three years, has hit the high spots in Western Australian harness racing in the past month.

Lets Slash An Burn's ascension to our top level of pacers continued last night when the impressive five-year-old scored a resounding harness racing victory in the $20,000 Sky Racing Captain Sandy Free-For-All. The former Kiwi posted his maiden open-class win just his seventh Australian start when he proved too speedy for his rivals in the 1720-metre scamper.

The Goulburn Valley & Central Victoria Young Drivers Challenge came to conclusion at the Shepparton harness racing fixture held at Tabcorp Park Melton on Thursday, with Sydney's Ashlee Siejka taking the series.

Popular harness racing trainer John Tapp always hoped to be involved in a Group 1 race for three-year-olds this Friday night. Chariot King has been among the best of his age group since debut victory and the $100,000 Christian Cullen New South Wales Derby was one of Tapp's major goals for the season with the Group 1 winner.

Bannockburn trainer Geoff Webster's run of luck continued with a double at his home track Geelong on Tuesday April 10, with Ima Spicey Lombo taking the 4th Heat of the Vicbred Super Sires Series for 4-Y-0 Mares over 2100 metres and Lombo La Shelly the Barastoc Pace for C1 class over the same journey.

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