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Several in-form stables are targeting one of country Victoria's richest harness racing series for lowly-assessed pacers. The 2019 Mitavite Northern Region Championship, hosted by far north-west sister clubs Swan Hill, Ouyen and Mildura, gets underway tonight (Wednesday May 22) for C1 to C2 horses. The first round of qualifying heats at Swan Hill boasts representatives from the Shepparton-based stables of Laura Crossland-David Moran and Amanda Turnbull, as well as Glenn Douglas and Chris Svanosio of Bendigo; Leroy and Danny O'Brien of Armstrong; and Melton-based Rob O'Connell. Link: Swan Hill Fields https://www.harness.org.au/racing/fields/race-fields/?mc=FD220519 The spotlight then moves to Ouyen on June 2 with a second round of heats, going into a $25,000 final at Mildura on June 6. Douglas, who has won the championship several times in the past, said he always hopes to have an ideal runner up and going for the series each year. "You really don't get these sorts of races for this class of horse - they just don't come along very often," he said. "There's terrific stakemoney up for offer right through the three meetings and the big bonus is the final is worth $25,000 but the winner takes only a country penalty," he said. "The first three heats have attracted some nice horses, who are sure to go onto bigger things. The Swan Hill track is big and spacious so I think there could be some quick times recorded there." Douglas always enjoys heading north from his central Victorian base because he spent four years in the Northern Region in the late 1990s. His career was kick-started training horses for Eric and Heather Anderson, the parents of his wife Julie, who were at the time based in the Robinvale-Euston district. "We had some good times up there before we all up and moved to our present training complex at Bendigo. It just made sense to come down here because there's less travel and we're much closer to many more tracks," he said. Douglas has former Kiwi pacer Dublin Street in the first heat. He said while the mare was honest, she was going to have to produce her very best as The Brooklyn Brawler (David Moran) and Think About Me (Brad Chisholm) were full of class. "This will be a measuring stick for our horse, that's for sure," Douglas said. His next runner is Artistic Saint in the second qualifying heat, owned by enthusiastic Swan Hill horseman and club vice-President Noel Watson. "I'd love to get the money for Noel because he'd be over the moon with a hometown victory. I'll be wearing Noel's race colors, the colors of his beloved St Kilda Football Club, so that would be another reason for him to get excited," Douglas said. "I've actually got a bit of an opinion about this horse. His first start back after five or six months off when he finished third was enormous. "It was a super run because they went quick. He had a few things go wrong in his previous preparation, but they appear to be behind him now, thankfully." The third heat should see smart youngster Im Sir Blake continue on his winning way. World champion reinswoman Kerryn Manning has big wraps on the O'Brien-trained horse, who was sensational in winning during the recent Mildura Pacing Cup carnival. "He's just below the very best going around in Victoria - he's a lovely little fella and I thoroughly enjoy driving him," she said.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura  

Strathfieldsaye harness racing trainer Glenn Douglas had a day out on Thursday, notching a treble with winners at two central Victorian tracks. Another successful day for Douglas, four times the state's leading trainer, kicked-off with a double at the Charlton Harness Racing Club meeting at Maryborough during the afternoon. He added the third leg of the treble when The Cobblers Piece made it three-wins in a row, with concession driver Abbey Turnbull in the sulky, at Kilmore on Thursday night. It continued a properous season for Douglas, who entered the day with 58 winners and 130 placings alongside his name, for stakes earnings of $437,172. Douglas was in the sulky for two of the wins, partnering Saucy Dreams and Dublin Street, both four-year-old mares, to victory at Maryborough. Saucy Dreams is only a recent acquisition for Douglas after having all but the last four of her 64 starts for former trainer David Druitt in New South Wales. Dublin Street, who started favourite at $1.60, was able to follow up his smart win at Shepparton in the Ray Woods Memorial Pace on April 14. The Christian Cullen-Pass The Sugar mare justified her short price with a convincing six-metre win over the Tim Mannix-trained Bolt The Bomb ($8.80) and Gollahgold. Douglas would no doubt be rapt with the progress of The Cobblers Piece, who ran his rivals ragged over the 1690m journey to win by 4.5 metres. The five-year-old gelding, has struck a real purple patch of form, with three-straight wins taking his career record to seven wins and 10 placings for 61 starts. It was the perfect lead in to Easter for the champion trainer, who figures on being reasonably busy after the break in racing for Good Friday. Douglas will have a trio of runners at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday, with the much-improved gelding Wotchawaiting For returning to the site of his March 30 win three starts ago at harness racing headquarters, and stablemates Fight Officer and Pocket Thedeal going head-to-head in the Hero Claiming Pace (2240m). READ MORE: Glenn Douglas-trained Wotchawaitingfor wins at Tabcorp Park Melton He also has promising three-year-old Vandanta entered at Bendigo next Tuesday, with the gelding looking to go one better than his recent seconds at Melton and also Shepparton in the Kyabram Pacing Cup. READ MORE: Six of the best on a super Sunday at Shepparton Meanwhile, there was success for two other Bendigo region trainers on Thursday. Axedale's Mick Carbone broke through for a win with the six-year-old gelding Lighting Colony at Kilmore, which followed that of the Trevor Monk-trained gelding Terrorleen in the night's opening race. Terrorlean, a four-year-old by Western Terror out of Purralong Rose, added his second win from his past five starts, and was confidently driver by Haydon Gray. READ MORE: Sentimental victory for Haydon Gray in Graeme Maher Memorial Trot By Kieran Iles Reprinted with permission of The Bendigo Advertiser

Despite taking out the three opening events at Maryborough on Thursday afternoon, happy-go-lucky harness racing trainer-driver Glenn Douglas was more interested in going the early crow about his favorite Aussie Football League team this week! The Collingwood tragic never misses a chance to talk football, and with the new season just around the corner, the Magpies are clearly a high priority on the social calendar. “The Magpies will be a powerhouse this season – just wait and see!” Douglas, of Bendigo, said. “Yes, we went down to West Coast last year in the grand final, but let’s not forget that everyone had written them off, and there were plenty wanting (coach) Nathan Buckley sacked six or seven games in.” While independent football analysis might not be his strong point (he would disagree), it’s harness racing that provides Douglas with his day-to-day employment – and thankfully he’s a little more astute in his judgement! The Maryborough treble is a high-point in what’s been a good recent patch of form for the Douglas camp. Six-year-old bay gelding Wotchawaitingfor (Santanna Blue Chip-Talk To Me (What’s Next) started the ball rolling with an impressive win in the first heat of the DNR Logistics Pace. Young concession driver Jack Laugher summed up the situation perfectly to get the $2.80 favorite home with a well-timed run. The horse was sent to the Douglas stable because owner Marnie Bibby believed it would improve by being trained alongside others. “And Marnie’s hunch was spot-on. He’s really taken the next step – the more we’ve worked him with a few horses at home, the better he’s getting,” Douglas said. “His second placing at Melton against some smart company was encouraging and I really think he can develop into a lovely horse.” Wotchawaitingfor has been a model of consistency since moving to the Douglas stable in mid-January, getting the “chocolates” at Cobram recently, as well as finishing runner-up on three other occasions. The second winner for the Douglas camp at Maryborough was courtesy of former NSW mare Chinook Winds (Santanna Blue Chip-Back Off), owned by well-known industry participants Graham and Jenny Moon, of Tamworth. Chinook Winds didn’t get under the guard of punters, who sent her out as a $2.90 favorite, and was well handled by regular stable driver Monique Burnett. The five-year-old was sent forward mid-race and packed too many guns for Artiflash and Miss Victoria. “We’ve known Graham and Jenny for many years. When they were based at Goulburn, we would stay there on our way to race at Menangle,” Douglas said. “They thought the horse would be better-placed down here because the handicapping back home was proving to be a bit tough for her,” he said. “We liked her from day one and it was fantastic to get a win for the owners.” Consistent former Kiwi gelding Jayedgar had the pressure of making it three consecutive wins for Douglas, but he did it in style giving former Tassie reinsman Jack Laugher a winning double. Jayedgar (Art Official-Natural Creation (Vance Hanover) has been a great money spinner with five wins and 10 placings in the past nine months. “His last few have been solid, but he did have a little lull there a while ago,” Douglas said. “He didn’t lose all form, but we just thought he could have been performing better than he was. Anyway, he’s back on top of his game now.” Douglas said he was more than happy to take a back seat from race-driving now and again and watch Burnett and Laugher show their class on the racetrack. “I enjoy giving them opportunities because when I first started out Eric (now Glenn’s father-in-law and main owner Eric Anderson) was always willing to give me a go,” he said. “We helped Josh Duggan to kick-start his career in the early days, and he’s a talented driver now, and we’re more than happy to do likewise with Monique and Jack, who just love the sport.” Douglas, with a team of 22 horses in his stable, has been rolling along consistently this season, with 390 starters, 43 wins and 100 placings. “It’s been a reasonably good season for us – not our best, but we are traveling better than last season,” Douglas said. He and his good mate, star reinsman John Caldow (another Collingwood fanatic) will be hoping the same can be said for their Magpie mates! “We both try and get to as many games as possible and I think we ended up going to four finals last season – which was four more than we expected mid-season!” he said. “We don’t get into trouble, but we do get up to a bit of mischief at times. Of course, we have to celebrate goals and victories with a few frothies, but it’s all good fun. “And we will be going one better this season, no doubt about it.” The perfect time to end the interview! Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Metaki Majic may not be the first two-year-old to debut at Tabcorp Park Melton but, given her pedigree, there’s a good argument the location for the filly’s first race this Saturday night could be the most fitting. The Art Major filly’s dam - champion mare Make Mine Cullen – holds the record for the most wins at Tabcorp Park Melton with a staggering 29. While Glenn Douglas, trainer of mother and daughter, isn’t counting on Metaki Majic to register her first metro win in this weekend’s $20k Swift Signs Premiere Stakes he is obviously hoping the similarities between the two translate to the racetrack. “Make Mine Cullen was a very relaxed and laid-back kind of mare and (Metaki Majic) seems a lot like her mother in that not much fazes her,” Douglas said. “She always looks like she is happy to do whatever you ask her to; the comparison there with her mum is quite uncanny. “I am happy enough with the way she trialed and what she is doing at home, so we thought we would drop her in Saturday night; I am not expecting big things but I don’t think she’ll disgrace herself. Make Mine Cullen (pictured) isn’t the only member of Metaki Majic’s family with black type form. Her sire, multiple premiership winning stallion Art Major, needs no introduction and Make Mine Cullen, who won 40 of her 80 starts and more than $800k, is no slouch in the breeding barn either, producing multiple race winners Make Mine Heaven and Make Mine Memphis – both by US sire Rock N Roll Heaven. Her granddam, Fake Left mare Intrude, produced seven winners from 11 starters – including $100,000-plus horses Bella Joy, Billy Badlands and Rogers Passion. As a result, Metaki Majic went for $41,000 at last year’s Australian Pacing Gold (APG) sales in Melbourne. Douglas said the lucrative $350,000 APG series – starting with the Victorian qualifying heats at Tabcorp Park Melton on April 26 – was on the radar. “That’s our short-term plan, (we will) certainly try and have her up and about and going for it,” Douglas said. “(The APG series) is probably the end game for the short-term (but it) will all depend on her and how she comes through these first few runs. “I haven’t formed a huge opinion of her yet but she excites me more and more every time we take her out – what we ask her to do, she seems to be able to keep stepping up. “She will have to improve quite a bit more before we start saying she is a good mare, but she is doing all the right things early on.” Douglas, who also has Ozzie Battler and Ozzie Sunshine in the Swift Signs Premiere Stakes, said he was impressed with how his juveniles were going. “Making it to the races early (with two-year-olds) has probably never been my strong suit so I am quite happy,” he said. “Ozzie Battler, I have been very happy with his progression; he has gotten quicker each time he has stepped out and his racing manners are improving all the time. The other little girl (Ozzie Sunshine),  I’m probably more excited by what she did at Bendigo, she did a bit of work from the 800m, she sat in the death for quite a bit and finished on well. “You are comparing them all the time with each other and you get a feel – I think Ozzie Battler is probably the best of the three at the moment; he took to his racing really good and took to his work really quick and really good. But the other two are catching him.” The three two-year-olds are among six horses Douglas has entered at Saturday night’s meeting, which is headlined by the Group 3 Carlotta’s Pride Trotters Free For All. The Strathfieldsaye horseman will also gear up Kotare Mahdi and Vandata in the DNR Logistics Pace for those classified MO and Bernie Winkle in the M2-M4 Hygain Team Teal Pace. “You know what you are going to get from Bernie Winkle week in, week out; I’d love a stable (full of horses like) him,” Douglas said. “He’s just a lovely little horse that keeps turning the till over and paying his chaff bill. “And Kotare Mahdi is competitive with the right run, he’s capable in the M0, how far he goes past that I don’t know, while Vandata has got better with racing; he is low in class but he is a capable horse with a bright enough future. “He certainly won’t disgrace himself either. “   Shaun Campbell for Trots Media

Mateship was to the fore at Charlton yesterday when Glenn Douglas and Michael Bellman crossed the line in the same sulky after a harness racing collision in the finishing straight. Douglas’ drive Pocket The Deal galloped in the final 200m in the Cup Day Fanatics 3YO Classic, veering in on Michael Bellman’s Knight Sky Safari, who was hugging the pegs. Bellman takes up the commentary. “At the time, when I looked up, I saw it sort of gallop and it was holding its ground in a straight line and I thought I’m going to be all right,” he told RSN 927 this morning. “Josh Duggan (driving Islandspecialmajor) got through underneath it, only just, and once he cleared Josh he just took two bounds to the left and I was coming through at a fairly quick rate of knots and just couldn’t miss him in the end. “As he whipped across, I hit him with that much force I Shanghaied (Glen) into my cart.” While Douglas leapfrogged into the sulky from the right, Bellman was almost spat out to the left, with only quick reactions and a bit of teamwork preventing either from hitting the canvas. “I didn’t really even know at the time, because I had fallen to the left and was heading out of the cart,” Bellman said. “I was lucky I got hung up underneath the undercarriage of the sulky and hung on with my legs. “I pushed myself back up off the ground to get back in and as I looked back, here’s Glenn hanging on the other shaft. “He looked like he was planking for a second, he was laying right back. I’ve just got myself back in, reached down and grabbed him by the hand and pulled him back up in.” It was a great piece of drivers camaraderie, although that friendship only extends so far. “I’m just dirty if he hits me up for half my driving fee,” Bellman said. Most importantly, no drivers nor horses were harmed in the incident. Click here to see vision of the thrilling finish.

Geoff Lucas may have only done it sparingly across the past 30 years, but the thrill of driving a horse is a joy that will never dull. The Mildura harness racing owner and trainer had his 74th start as a driver at Tabcorp Park Melton on Monday, his debut at the circuit which came at age 63 when contesting a race restricted to those who have piloted no more than 10 winners. “It’s just the excitement of the close racing, the push and shove,” Lucas said. “It’s an adrenalin rush when your horse is up on the bit and travelling well, when you go around the corners and feel your wheels slide underneath you, and when your horse hits the front it feels even better. “I always got a lot of satisfaction when the horse I was driving ran to the best of its abilities. It’s just an incredible feeling.” Since making his debut in 1984-85, Lucas has exacted five wins from 74 starts as a driver, yielding $8247 in stakes, figures that pale next to his achievements as a trainer and, even more so, an owner. Those drivers' stakes weren’t given much of a nudge along on Monday, when Lucas piloted Picobello to fifth, with Glenn Douglas’ five-year-old tiring and failing to threaten for a place. But that didn’t dampen Lucas’ enthusiasm. Before this week, the last time Lucas enjoyed the thrill of driving was December 18, 2012, when he took the reins of his own horse, $2.80 favourite Daylight Dan, at Charlton. “I drove him and he was going that good that I pulled out three-wide and he won the race fairly easily, and I thought that’s it, I’m never driving again,” Lucas said. Daylight Dan produced 16 wins from his 126 starts, including the 2013 Boort Pacing Cup and a city race – the Empire Stallions Vicbred Pace. Both were won when Douglas was his trainer.  Given few have brought Lucas more joy it would have been a fitting end to his driving career, but there was at least one more twist in the tale when Douglas offered Lucas’ the drive on Monday, an opportunity too good to refuse. “It would have been nice to have run a place, we finished fifth, but I still really enjoyed it,” Lucas said. “I was amazed by the camber of the track, if you get one or two-wide you are really looking down on top of the other horses. "I have to thank Glenn and Eric (Anderson) for letting me have that drive. I love the industry all over – I love to follow the breeding, love to watch them race.” Michael Howard

During the 31 days of May, Bendigo District trained trotters and pacers amassed over $190,009 in prize money, winning a total of thirty five races across Victoria.   Strathfieldsaye trainer Glenn Douglas led the way with seven winners, adding to the nine winners he trained in April Other multiple winning trainers were:  Shelbourne’s Larry Eastman: four  Maiden Gully trainer Paul Campbell: four  Longlea’s Glenn Sharp: four and  Sutton Grange’s Ross Graham with two wins. May highlights included:  Three Bendigo trained winners at the metropolitan meeting at Melton on May 27, with Tennodance (Glenn Sharp), Miss Dreamin (Paul Campbell) and Milly Perez (Larry Eastman) amassing $33,000 between them and  Locals winning four of the eight winners at the Bendigo meeting at Lord’s Raceway on Tuesday, May 31.  Junortoun based trainers Trevor Monk, Scott Dyer, Laurie Wills, Gary Donaldson, Bruce Morgan and Alan McIntosh trained winners off the Lord’s Raceway training complex. Other district winning trainers included David Van Ryn, Paul Drechsler, Graeme McDermott, Danny Curran, Lyn Merceia, Shane Hall, Robert Rothacker, Trevor Patching, Brian Gath and Ron Wicks.   The prize money to owners of the thirty five May winners was a staggering $156,280.   In addition, there were 26 second placings ($19,230) and 31 third placings ($17,671) during the same period. The total earned by Bendigo District owned and trained harness horses in May was $193,151.   The Bendigo Harness Racing Club Committee closely monitors the success of local owners, trainers and drivers and supports them by providing four well maintained training tracks at Lord’s Raceway that are open every day of the year, and conducts over sixty trials meetings during the year.   Noel Ridge Bendigo Harness Racing Club

This Sunday harness racing heads to Victoria’s smallest track for the running of the Loddon Valley Stud Boort Pacing Cup. The day's drawcard presents an opportunity for the Glenn Douglas-trained Trison to take the next step in his career, having been beautifully drawn in gate one. Douglas said that while it was a big jump in grade for Trison he would acquit himself well. “He is the lowest assessed horse in the race but he enjoys the standing start conditions, which is the main reason he is in this race.” Douglas said. “It’s a tight track and as long as we get away good he will run well." "He was strong in defeat last time sitting parked, which will hold him in good stead for this race." Douglas said the favourable draw and competitive gate speed should position Trison well in the running. “He is going to be toward the front you would think and if they run a solid last mile and a half then it will make it tough for horses back in the field.” Douglas also has Nimble Jack engaged in this race and, like a few others drawn the front row, said if he could find the inside running he could be a fixture in the finish. “His form probably doesn’t read that good, but he is going better than it suggests," Douglas said. "His biggest key is that he steps well and if he found the pegs it would greatly improve his chances.” The back marker Uncle Wingnut, who will start from 30m, and Brent Lilley-trained Crusader Acey are the two that Douglas considered his main dangers. The cup is the main event on Boort’s big day. The first of eight races begins at 1.10pm.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Matt Jackson          

Andy Gath trained a treble and his wife Kate drove all of them at yesterdays harness racing meeting at Charlton on a big day for the Long Forest husband and wife team.   True Stride (a two-year-old son of Christian Cullen/Gina Falcon), Abetta Tiny Dancer (a three-year-old filly by Bettors Delight out of Laurel Franco) and Party Boy (a four-year-old gelding by Bettors Delight out of We Love To Party) all won for Team Gath.   Abetta Tiny Dancer was impressive on debut in the Cricket Club Hotel 3YO Pace over 2100 metres.   Starting from the second row, the filly was given plenty of time to balance up for Kate Gath, settling towards the rear of the main division – with Prince Of Zanzibar the trailer after making an early break. At the bell Abetta Tiny Dancer eased three-wide and commenced her run.   But it was only upon navigating the last bend that Abetta Tiny Dancer really stamped her authority, rounding up the leaders quickly and finishing well for a four-metre win over Give Me Fifty, who ran an improved race for Keith Cotchin and Amanda Turnbull into second, with Box Lu Cove third for Glenn Douglas.   The debutant winner rated 2:00.7.   Party Boy resumed in the Charlton & District Community Bank Pace and was sent out at unbackable odds of $1.10 from barrier four.   Last time in Party Boy looked a serious racehorse in the making with three straight triumphs before being sent for a spell after an out-of-character run at Cranbourne when something was obviously awry.   But the impressive son of Bettors Delight bounced straight back today, rating 2:00.5 (last half 58.1secs) to win by 2.4 metres over a bold Jay Dee Zed, who is nearing another win, with early speedster Splendid Choice poking through for a well-beaten third placing.   True Stride opened the program with a five-metre win in the Natasa Dean 2YO Pace over the mile, the winner posting a 1:59.2 mile rate in defeating Swift Fantasy and Dallas Nikolay.   Other winners on today’s card were Karkarook and Indiana Angel, who brought up a double for trainer John Hallam and reinsman Nathan Jack, Cudgee Boy for Wayne Maher and Neil McCallum, Super Lenny for Keith and Rodney Pratt and Pink Diamond Lombo for Max Jardine and Greg Sugars.   Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) today handed down its decision with regard to the penalty review hearings of Mr Eric Anderson and Mr Glenn Douglas against the decision of the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board to disqualify Mr Anderson and Mr Douglas for 6 months for offences against the Australian Rules of Harness Racing (ARHR) relating to an investigation concerning the horse Talk To The Hand. Mr Anderson and Mr Douglas, through their legal representative Mr Sandy Robertson, argued the penalties imposed upon them were excessive.   These review hearings were held in conjunction with review applications of the HRV Stewards who argued through their legal counsel, Mr Neill Murdoch SC, that the penalties applied by the HRV RAD Board were inadequate. His Honour Judge Nixon, in delivering his decision, announced that he considered the offence seriousness to be in the high category and that he considered the most critical principles requiring consideration in the case to be denunciation, general deterrence and the preservation of the integrity of the harness racing industry.  His Honour stated that public confidence in the harness racing industry is critical and that the giving of false evidence to Stewards could not be tolerated and must result in significant penalty being imposed. His Honour remarked that the lies told by Mr Anderson and Mr Douglas surrounding the death and disposal of the horse Talk To The Hand were maintained until the bitter end and that such lies were told to deceive the Stewards. His Honour indicated he gave consideration to the numerous references supplied in support of Mr Anderson and Mr Douglas which described their extensive involvement and success in the harness racing industry over a lengthy period of time, references which were not before the HRV RAD Board on 5 March 2014 when Mr Anderson and Mr Douglas appeared unrepresented. His Honour found that in all of the circumstances of the case, the penalty of 6 months disqualification imposed by the HRV RAD Board upon Mr Anderson and Mr Douglas for their respective conduct was a just and appropriate penalty.  His Honour confirmed the imposition of these penalties and taking into account time served (8 days), such periods of disqualification will expire as at 8 October 2014. In arriving at this decision, His Honour noted that it should not be assumed in the harness racing industry that a period of 6 months disqualification is the ‘ceiling’ for penalties that may be handed down in circumstances where false evidence is provided to the Stewards or where persons frustrate or endeavour to frustrate investigations of the Stewards.  His Honour also noted that in addition to the powerful references supplied, His Honour was also required to consider the evidence of Dr Sarah Jalim, as a result of the position of Mr Anderson and Mr Douglas that their conduct was in order to protect the interests of Dr Jalim.  His Honour indicated he considered the evidence of Dr Jalim, both before the HRV RAD Board and the VCAT, regarding her inactivity (in reporting matters to the HRV Stewards) at a relevant time on the evening of 21 August 2013 at the Bendigo harness racing meeting, which resulted in her pleading guilty to a charge before the HRV RAD Board on 5 March 2014. Glenn Douglas, Eric Anderson and Sarah Jalim The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard a matter in regards to various charges issued by HRV Stewards under the Australian Rules of Harness Racing (ARHR) against licensed trainer/driver Mr Glenn Douglas, licensed stablehand/registered owner Mr Eric Anderson and veterinarian Dr Sarah Jalim. The charges were issued in connection to the conduct of the relevant parties concerning the Glenn Douglas trained horse ‘Talk To The Hand’ which was scheduled to compete at the Bendigo harness racing meeting conducted on 21 August 2013.  After arriving at the racecourse, the horse became unwell and its health quickly deteriorated resulting in the horse being assisted onto a float by Mr Anderson, Mr Douglas and Dr Jalim before the horse was euthanized by Dr Jalim.  The fact that the horse was euthanized was not brought to the attention of the attending HRV Stewards on the night by Mr Douglas, Mr Anderson or Dr Jalim. Mr Eric Anderson Mr Eric Anderson pleaded guilty to 6 charges issued by HRV Stewards. Charge 1 – ARHR 187(6)               A person shall not frustrate or endeavour to frustrate an inquiry or investigation. The particulars of Charge 1 were that Mr Anderson frustrated the investigation of the Stewards by not ensuring the immediate notification of the death of the horse ‘Talk To The Hand’ and by arranging and conducting the burial of the horse in Boundary Bend, Victoria, with asbestos piping, actions which inhibited the extent of the post-mortem autopsy conducted upon the horse. Charge 2 – ARHR 187(2)      A person shall not refuse to answer questions or to produce a horse, document, substance or piece of equipment, or give false or misleading evidence or information at an inquiry or investigation. The particulars of Charge 2 were that Mr Anderson, when interviewed by HRV Stewards on 22 August 2013 regarding the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of ‘Talk To The Hand’, falsely advised that the horse had been alive when it was removed from the Bendigo racecourse and also alive when it arrived at the stables of Mr Glenn Douglas after being transported by Mr Anderson in a float.   Charge 3 – ARHR 187(2) A person shall not refuse to answer questions or to produce a horse, document, substance or piece of equipment, or give false or misleading evidence or information at an inquiry or investigation. The particulars of Charge 3 were that Mr Anderson, when interviewed by HRV Stewards on 22 August 2013, falsely advised that Mr Glenn Douglas whilst checking on the welfare of ‘Talk To The Hand’ in the night of 21 August 2013 had found the horse to be alive and that Mr Anderson had only discovered the horse to be deceased at the stables of Mr Douglas on the morning of 22 August 2013. Charge 4 – ARHR 187(2) A person shall not refuse to answer questions or to produce a horse, document, substance or piece of equipment, or give false or misleading evidence or information at an inquiry or investigation. The particulars of Charge 4 were that Mr Anderson, in a secondary interview with HRV Stewards on 22 August 2013, gave false information by denying that ‘Talk To The Hand’ had been euthanized in the vicinity of the Bendigo racecourse on 21 August 2013. Charge 5 – ARHR 187(2) A person shall not refuse to answer questions or to produce a horse, document, substance or piece of equipment, or give false or misleading evidence or information at an inquiry or investigation. The particulars of Charge 5 were that Mr Anderson, in a secondary interview with HRV Stewards on 22 August 2013, gave false information by advising that the carcass of ‘Talk To The Hand’ had been burned at Boundary Bend, Victoria, when the horse had in fact been buried at this location. Charge 6 – ARHR 105(5) The owner or authorized agent or other person in charge of a horse whose death has been notified, or which should have been notified, under sub rule (1)(a) shall not dispose of the carcass without the permission of the Controlling Body or the Stewards The particulars of Charge 6 were that Mr Anderson disposed of the carcass of ‘Talk To The Hand’ without the permission of the HRV Stewards. After hearing submissions regarding penalty, the HRV RAD Board imposed a 6 month disqualification upon Mr Anderson in relation to charges 1-6 and ordered such disqualification to commence immediately. Harness Racing Australia  

Over the past two days – April 9 and 10, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) have conducted a review hearing in the case involving Mr. Eric Anderson, Mr. Glenn Douglas and Dr. Sarah Jalim.  Below outlines an overview of the hearing. A final decision regarding penalty will be handed down  by His Honour Judge Nixon on Tuesday 15 April 2014. On 5 March 2014, the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board imposed a 6 month disqualification upon Mr Eric Anderson and Mr Glenn Douglas with regard to various offences found to have been committed against the Australian Rules of Harness Racing (ARHR).  Mr Anderson and Mr Douglas both applied to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) for review of the HRV RAD Board decisions on the grounds the penalty imposed upon them was excessive.  HRV Stewards also lodged cross-applications for review to the VCAT on the grounds the penalties imposed by the HRV RAD Board were inadequate. Prior to the VCAT review hearings Mr Glenn Douglas amended his application and indicated an intention to contest 3 of the 11 charges issued against him as well as apply for review of the penalty imposed. At the VCAT review hearings held on 9 and 10 April 2014, the VCAT heard evidence from Dr Sarah Jalim, Mr Glenn Douglas and Mr Eric Anderson.  The VCAT also received into evidence a statement from Dr Kathryn McIntosh tendered to the VCAT by the legal representative of Mr Douglas and Mr Anderson.   The VCAT also received into evidence the statements of HRV witnesses Mr Nicholas Murray (Deputy Chairman of Stewards), Mr Stephen Svanosio (Assistant Steward), Mr Andy Rogers (General Manager – Integrity), Mr Anthony Pearce (Investigative Steward), Dr Daniel Carmody (HRV veterinary consultant) and Mr Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Limited Scientific Manager). At the conclusion of the evidence, Mr Douglas discontinued his contesting of one of the charges and the VCAT considered the remaining two charges being contested under ARHR 187(6) and 105(5) which provide: ARHR 187(6)  A person shall not frustrate or endeavour to frustrate an inquiry or investigation. ARHR 105(5) The owner or authorized agent or other person in charge of a horse whose death has been notified, or which should have been notified, under sub rule (1)(a) shall not dispose of the carcass without the permission of the Controlling Body or the Steward. The presiding member of the VCAT, His Honour Judge Nixon, determined that Mr Douglas was guilty of both charges and proceeded to hear submissions from all parties as to the appropriate penalty to be imposed upon Mr Anderson and Mr Douglas. To view the Glenn Douglas/ Talk To The Hand story click here. HRV Media

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard a matter in regards to various charges issued by HRV Stewards under the Australian Rules of Harness Racing (ARHR) against licensed trainer/driver Mr Glenn Douglas, licensed stablehand/registered owner Mr Eric Anderson and veterinarian Dr Sarah Jalim. The charges were issued in connection to the conduct of the relevant parties concerning the Glenn Douglas trained horse ‘Talk To The Hand’ which was scheduled to compete at the Bendigo harness racing meeting conducted on 21 August 2013.  After arriving at the racecourse, the horse became unwell and its health quickly deteriorated resulting in the horse being assisted onto a float by Mr Anderson, Mr Douglas and Dr Jalim before the horse was euthanized by Dr Jalim.  The fact that the horse was euthanized was not brought to the attention of the attending HRV Stewards on the night by Mr Douglas, Mr Anderson or Dr Jalim. Mr Eric Anderson Mr Eric Anderson pleaded guilty to 6 charges issued by HRV Stewards. Charge 1 – ARHR 187(6)               A person shall not frustrate or endeavour to frustrate an inquiry or investigation. The particulars of Charge 1 were that Mr Anderson frustrated the investigation of the Stewards by not ensuring the immediate notification of the death of the horse ‘Talk To The Hand’ and by arranging and conducting the burial of the horse in Boundary Bend, Victoria, with asbestos piping, actions which inhibited the extent of the post-mortem autopsy conducted upon the horse. Charge 2 – ARHR 187(2)           A person shall not refuse to answer questions or to produce a horse, document, substance or piece of equipment, or give false or misleading evidence or information at an inquiry or investigation. The particulars of Charge 2 were that Mr Anderson, when interviewed by HRV Stewards on 22 August 2013 regarding the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of ‘Talk To The Hand’, falsely advised that the horse had been alive when it was removed from the Bendigo racecourse and also alive when it arrived at the stables of Mr Glenn Douglas after being transported by Mr Anderson in a float. Charge 3 – ARHR 187(2) A person shall not refuse to answer questions or to produce a horse, document, substance or piece of equipment, or give false or misleading evidence or information at an inquiry or investigation. The particulars of Charge 3 were that Mr Anderson, when interviewed by HRV Stewards on 22 August 2013, falsely advised that Mr Glenn Douglas whilst checking on the welfare of ‘Talk To The Hand’ in the night of 21 August 2013 had found the horse to be alive and that Mr Anderson had only discovered the horse to be deceased at the stables of Mr Douglas on the morning of 22 August 2013. Charge 4 – ARHR 187(2) A person shall not refuse to answer questions or to produce a horse, document, substance or piece of equipment, or give false or misleading evidence or information at an inquiry or investigation. The particulars of Charge 4 were that Mr Anderson, in a secondary interview with HRV Stewards on 22 August 2013, gave false information by denying that ‘Talk To The Hand’ had been euthanized in the vicinity of the Bendigo racecourse on 21 August 2013. Charge 5 – ARHR 187(2) A person shall not refuse to answer questions or to produce a horse, document, substance or piece of equipment, or give false or misleading evidence or information at an inquiry or investigation. The particulars of Charge 5 were that Mr Anderson, in a secondary interview with HRV Stewards on 22 August 2013, gave false information by advising that the carcass of ‘Talk To The Hand’ had been burned at Boundary Bend, Victoria, when the horse had in fact been buried at this location. Charge 6 – ARHR 105(5) The owner or authorized agent or other person in charge of a horse whose death has been notified, or which should have been notified, under sub rule (1)(a) shall not dispose of the carcass without the permission of the Controlling Body or the Stewards The particulars of Charge 6 were that Mr Anderson disposed of the carcass of ‘Talk To The Hand’ without the permission of the HRV Stewards. After hearing submissions regarding penalty, the HRV RAD Board imposed a 6 month disqualification upon Mr Anderson in relation to charges 1-6 and ordered such disqualification to commence immediately. Mr Glenn Douglas Mr Glenn Douglas pleaded guilty to 10 charges issued by HRV Stewards Charge 1 – ARHR 187(6)               A person shall not frustrate or endeavour to frustrate an inquiry or investigation. The particulars of Charge 1 were that Mr Douglas frustrated the investigation of the Stewards by not ensuring the immediate notification of the death of the horse ‘Talk To The Hand’, by arranging the removal of the horse from the course and by permitting the horse to be buried in Boundary Bend, Victoria, with asbestos piping, actions which inhibited the extent of the post-mortem autopsy conducted upon the horse. Charge 2 – ARHR 187(2)           A person shall not refuse to answer questions or to produce a horse, document, substance or piece of equipment, or give false or misleading evidence or information at an inquiry or investigation. The particulars of Charge 2 were that Mr Douglas, when interviewed by HRV Stewards on 21 August 2013 regarding the welfare and late scratching of ‘Talk To The Hand’, falsely advised that the horse had been treated and taken home to be monitored when Mr Douglas was aware the horse had been euthanized. Charge 3 – ARHR 209 A person employed, engaged or participating in the harness racing industry shall not knowingly or recklessly furnish false information to the Controlling Body, the stewards or anyone else. The particulars of Charge 3 were that Mr Douglas contacted the Stewards on 22 August 2013 and falsely advised a HRV Steward that ‘Talk To The Hand’ had returned alive to his property after being removed from the Bendigo racecourse when in fact the horse had been euthanized. Charge 4 – ARHR 209 A person employed, engaged or participating in the harness racing industry shall not knowingly or recklessly furnish false information to the Controlling Body, the stewards or anyone else. The particulars of Charge 4 were that Mr Douglas contacted the Stewards on 22 August 2013 and falsely advised that he had checked on the condition of ‘Talk To The Hand’ a number of times during the night of 21 August 2013 and found the horse’s condition to have improved when in fact Mr Douglas was aware the horse had been euthanized. Charge 5 – ARHR 209 A person employed, engaged or participating in the harness racing industry shall not knowingly or recklessly furnish false information to the Controlling Body, the stewards or anyone else. The particulars of Charge 5 were that Mr Douglas contacted the Stewards on 22 August 2013 and falsely advised that he discovered on the morning of 22 August 2013 that ‘Talk To The Hand’ had died during the night of 21 August 2013. Charge 6 – ARHR 209 A person employed, engaged or participating in the harness racing industry shall not knowingly or recklessly furnish false information to the Controlling Body, the stewards or anyone else. The particulars of Charge 6 were that Mr Douglas falsely advised a HRV Steward by telephone on 22 August 2013 that ‘Talk To The Hand’ had returned alive to his property from the Bendigo harness racing meeting on 21 August 2013. Charge 7 – ARHR 209 A person employed, engaged or participating in the harness racing industry shall not knowingly or recklessly furnish false information to the Controlling Body, the stewards or anyone else. The particulars of Charge 7 were that Mr Douglas falsely advised a HRV Steward by telephone on 22 August 2013 that ‘Talk To The Hand’ had ‘ate up’ and ‘drank up’ on the evening of 21 August 2013 when in fact the horse was deceased. Charge 8 – ARHR 209 A person employed, engaged or participating in the harness racing industry shall not knowingly or recklessly furnish false information to the Controlling Body, the stewards or anyone else. The particulars of Charge 8 were that Mr Douglas falsely advised a HRV Steward by telephone on 22 August 2013 that ‘Talk To The Hand’ had died sometime during the night of 21 August 2013. Charge 9 – ARHR 187(2)           A person shall not refuse to answer questions or to produce a horse, document, substance or piece of equipment, or give false or misleading evidence or information at an inquiry or investigation. The particulars of Charge 9 were that Mr Douglas, when interviewed by HRV Stewards on 22 August 2013 regarding the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of ‘Talk To The Hand’, falsely advised that the horse was seen eating and drinking after it had become unwell at the Bendigo racecourse and was alive at his property on the night of 21 August 2013 when Mr Douglas was aware that the horse had been euthanized. Charge 10 – ARHR 187(2) A person shall not refuse to answer questions or to produce a horse, document, substance or piece of equipment, or give false or misleading evidence or information at an inquiry or investigation. The particulars of Charge 9 were that Mr Douglas, when interviewed by HRV Stewards on 22 August 2013 regarding the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of ‘Talk To The Hand’, falsely advised that he had checked on the horse’s welfare overnight at his stables before becoming aware on the morning of 22 August 2013 that the horse was deceased. Mr Douglas was found guilty of a further charge issued by HRV Stewards. Charge 11 – ARHR 105(5) The owner or authorized agent or other person in charge of a horse whose death has been notified, or which should have been notified, under sub rule (1)(a) shall not dispose of the carcass without the permission of the Controlling Body or the Stewards The particulars of Charge11 were that Mr Douglas permitted the disposal of the carcass of ‘Talk To The Hand’ to occur without the permission of the HRV Stewards. Mr Douglas was found not guilty of a further charge issued by HRV Stewards under ARHR 190B with regard to keeping and maintaining an appropriate log book. After hearing submissions regarding penalty, the HRV RAD Board imposed a 6 month disqualification upon Mr Douglas in relation to Charges 1-11 and ordered such disqualification to commence immediately. Dr Sarah Jalim Dr Jalim pleaded guilty to a charge issued by HRV Stewards under ARHR 239A. Charge 1 – ARHR 239A A person whose conduct or negligence has led or could lead to a breach of the rules is guilty of an offence. The particulars of this charge were that Dr Jalim, as the on-course veterinarian at the Bendigo harness racing meeting conducted on 21 August 2013, had remained silent when Mr Douglas falsely implied to the HRV Stewards that the horse ‘Talk To The Hand’ was still alive and that Dr Jalim’s negligence in failing to immediately notify the HRV Stewards of her actions in euthanizing the horse could have led to a breach of the ARHR. After hearing submissions regarding penalty, the HRV RAD Board imposed a severe reprimand upon Dr Jalim on the condition that Dr Jalim does not provide on-course veterinary services in the harness racing industry for a period of 12 months.  The HRV RAD Board noted that Dr Jalim had not provided on-course veterinary services since 21 August 2013 and that Dr Jalim may also be required to answer to the Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria.  The HRV RAD Board also noted Dr Jalim’s forthright evidence and co-operation once approached by the HRV Stewards on 22 August 2013. In considering the various charges, the HRV RAD Board considered written statements from HRV Deputy Chairman of Stewards Nicholas Murray, HRV Assistant Steward Stephen Svanosio, General Manager-Integrity Andy Rogers, HRV Investigative Steward Anthony Pearce, HRV Consultant Veterinarian Dr Daniel Carmody and Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) Scientific Manager Mr Paul Zahra.  The RAD Board noted the tissue samples retrieved by the HRV vet when the horse was exhumed from its resting place in Boundary Bend on 26 August 2013 were not found, upon analysis by RASL, to contain any prohibited substances.  The HRV RAD Board also considered a written statement of Dr Sarah Jalim and the evidence provided by Mr Anderson and Mr Douglas along with submissions made by all parties with regard to penalty. HRV Stewards will consider seeking written reasons from the HRV RAD Board with respect to the various decisions outlined above. HRV RAD Board Panel - Brian Collis QC, John Kellett, Rod Osborne Harness Racing Victoria  

Group 1 winning mare Quite A Moment ended a frustrating run of minor placings to post a near record victory at Lord's Raceway last night. The daughter Quite Easy had posted four seconds and two third placings this season from six starts before last night's win. "Finally," driver Greg Sugars said as he returned to get the all clear from Steward Barry Delaney. Trained by Greg's father Ross, Quite A Moment has won almost $140,000 winning 8 races from 33 race starts including the Blue Chip Farms Breeders Crown 3yo Trot Group 1 final at Melton last August. In the Skyvalley Trot (2150m) at Bendigo, Sugars had Quite A Moment in cruise control striding along in front to dominate the race from start to finish. The mare strolled to the line posting a 2.00.3 mile rate, just outside Skyvalley's 2008 record of 1.59. In the Harness Breeders Victoria Trot (1650m) favourite Secret Kiss. trained and driven by Paul Males just held on to beat Queens Vacation (Glenn Douglas). The Armbro Invasion mare won by a neck in a 2.00.8 mile rate. Majestic Son filly Majestic Grace was far to good for its opposition in the Aldebaran Yankee 3yo Trot (1650m). The Mick Blackmore trained trotter won by 7 metres in a 1.59.7 rate and was driven by Chris Alford. Bendigo’s next race meeting on Saturday 8 March 2014 features the Gold and Silver heats of the Lyn McPherson Memorial Breed for Speed Series. With the winner’s progressing to the Breed for Speed Finals at Tabcorp Park’s Great Southern Star race meeting on 22 March 2014. By David Alfred (Harness Racing Australia)

The Gunbower HRC held their once a year annual Cup Day on Sunday November 24 – with the Gunbower Family Hotel sponsored $12,000 Gunbower Pacing Cup for C5 or better class (Discretionary Handicapped) over 2630 metres going the way of six year old Village Jasper/Cultured Lombo gelding Savesomtimetodream, much to the delight of a host of Ballarat owners headed by Ballarat Trotting Club CEO Paul Rowse. Trained at Ross Creek by Paul, Savesomtimetodream driven by Jodi Quinlan began beautifully from inside the 10-metre mark which was actually the pole as there were no front runners to lead, before being crossed by Glenn Douglas’ Boort Cup winner of last season Daylight Dan racing into the first turn. Jodi Quinlan immediately moved away from the inside to change spots with Daylight Dan as the 30 metre backmarker Smudge Bromac was set alight by Nathan Jack to comfortably park outside the leader. With the quick tempo of the last half mile, those back in the field had difficulty in making ground allowing those up front to fight out the finish. In quarters of 31.8, 31.6, 29.1 and 28.2, Savesomtimetodream defied all challengers to score by 2.1 metres over a game Smudge Bromac in a mile rate of 2-01.5. Narra Operative one/one finished a creditable third after a cosy passage, with Thats Mister Ali running on late to finish fourth.. Racing at the elite level for most of his career, Savesomtimtodream coming off a gallant second to Kid Coconut after facing the breeze at Tabcorp Park Melton eight days earlier when first up since June,  registered his 13th victory in 38 outings. The $10,000 Cohuna Car Sales Bill Poxon Memorial Trotters Cup for T5 or better class (D-H) over 2630 metres supplemented the eight race program, which saw former smart juvenile Zedalite successful for Bolinda trainer Brent Lilley with Melton based Rod Petroff in the sulky. Stepping safely from barrier five, Zedalite first up since August was sent forward to cross the polemarker Im Demimondaine, before handing over the front running role to the 20 metre backmarker Cold Sister approaching the bell. When Gavin Lang vacated the prime one/one position with the well supported Lightning Joy to park outside the favourite at the bell, the pair of quality runners appeared to have the race to themselves. Locked together on straightening with Trappers Puzzle easing three wide from the one/one after racing parked for the first circuit, Lightning Joy momentarily hit the front with Trappers Puzzle in hot pursuit and Zedalite poised to use the sprint lane. Finishing best, Zedalite gained the day by a half head in a thrilling finish over Trappers Puzzle which ran the race of his life, with Lightning Joy a head away in third place in advance of Cold Sister. The mile rate 2-04.2. A five-year-old gelded son of Zooma and Rememberance Day bred and raced by Broomfield (Creswick region) residents David (Davo) Davidson and wife Beth, Zedalite has fronted the starter on 58 occasions for 18 victories. The novelty event of the afternoon – the Echuca Steel Gunbower Hot Lap for C2 & C3 class over 1390 metres, was taken out by the Glenn Douglas trained and driven ex-Kiwi five year old Falcon Seelster/Duomo Bromac gelding Conflict Of Interest in a mile rate of 1-56.1, leading all of the way from gate three to account for Shifty Shivas (one/two) which gained a late split halfway up the running, with Life Of Ted (one/two) snatching third out wide on the track. Len Baker

The Italian Cup night proved a popular night out with the Paceway Restaurant, serving traditional Italian food sold out, free wine tasting and rides for the kids families were well catered for but it was on the track where all the action was.   The time honoured Italian Cup was a thrilling affair from the moment the mobile barrier pulled away at the 1800 meter start point, Victorian visitor the Glenn Douglas trained Jukebox Music held the lead into the first bend with up and coming star Harrison Maguire, with Ryan Hryhorec  in the bike pressing forward to take the lead going into the back the first time, no sooner had Harrison Maguire reached the lead when David Harding on board the favourite Timeless Era was sent forward to sit outside the leader.   From that point the pressure was on Harding drove Timeless Era like he was the best horse in the race and while Harrison Maguire at no stage ever gave in Timeless Era despite his hard run proved just a bit too strong, Mark Dennis who sat in the one out and one back looked to struggling at the 400 meter mark battled on to claim third spot from Jukebox Music.   Trained in Sunraysia by Boris Devcic Timeless Era has now won five races from eight starts this season including his two previous runs at Melton.   The other main event was the South Australian heat of the Alderbaran Park Monte which saw for the first time a Monte race held under mobile conditions proved a exciting spectacle Andy’s Favourite  missing the start by some 30 meters, and Monte specialist Likeaplayboy  running straight to the front only to immediately challenged by  Chuck Wagon these two cleared out at the bell with eventual winner Andy’s  Favourite tailed off at the bell with the leads tiring at the 400 meters Haley Toulmin never gave up urging the Chris Lang trained 11 year old, to grab Chuck Wagon right on the line to win by half a head.   Other winners on the program were Forty Seven Flash who had little trouble in leading all the way in the opening event, the Aaron Brown trained Jilliby Showtime found the front in race two and was never headed, Guggenhein put up a huge performance to score after breaking just after the mobile pulled away, then had to race wide to find the breeze before proving too strong. Outsider Shakatomic provided an upset to win race four, Rubon Brown won the Trotters Handicap to give David Harding the first leg of a driving treble, Harding then closed out the meeting when Stonethe Christian used the sprint lane to score.   Gary Newton

The Italian Cup night proved a popular night out with the Paceway Restaurant, serving traditional Italian food sold out, free wine tasting and rides for the kids families were well catered for but it was on the track where all the action was. The time honoured Italian Cup was a thrilling affair from the moment the mobile barrier pulled away at the 1800 meter start point, Victorian visitor the Glenn Douglas trained Jukebox Music held the lead intothe first bend with up and coming star Harrison Maguire, with Ryan Hryhorec  in the bike pressing forward to take the lead going into the back the first time, no sooner had Harrison Maguire reached the lead when David Harding on board the favourite Timeless Era was sent forward to sit outside the leader. From that point the pressure was on Harding drove Timeless Era like he was the best horse in the race and while Harrison Maguire at no stage ever gave in Timeless Era despite his hard run proved just a bit too strong, Mark Dennis who sat in the one out and one back looked to struggling at the 400 meter mark battled on to claim third spot from Jukebox Music. Trained in Sunraysia by Boris Devcic Timeless Era has now won five races from eight starts this season including his two previous runs at Melton. The other main event was the South Australian heat of the Alderbaran Park Monte which saw for the first time a Monte race held under mobile conditions proved a exciting spectacle Andy’s Favourite  missing the start by some 30 meters, and Monte specialist Likeaplayboy  running straight to the front only to immediately challenged by  Chuck Wagon these two cleared out at the bell with eventual winner Andy’s  Favourite tailed off at the bell with the leads tiring at the 400 meters Haley Toulmin never gave up urging the Chris Lang trained 11 year old, to grab Chuck Wagon right on the line to win by half a head. Other winners on the program were Forty Seven Flash who ha little trouble in leading all the way in the opening event, the Aaron Brown trained Jilliby Showtime found the front in race two and was never headed, Guggenhein put up a huge performance to score after breaking just after the mobile pulled away, then had to race wide to find the breeze before proving too strong. Outsider Shakatomic provided an upset to win race four, Rubon Brown won the Trotters Handicap to give David Harding the first leg of a driving treble, Harding then closed out the meeting when Stone the Christian used the sprint lane to score.   By Gary Newton

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