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HRSA is delighted to again be hosting the Australian Drivers Championship this coming Saturday night at Globe Derby Park, with patrons having the opportunity to witness the best drivers the industry has on offer. The championship was last held here in 2016 and, on that occasion, it was SA’s own Wayne Hill, who defeated the nation’s best drivers to be crowned Australian Drivers Champion for that year. This year Wayne’s sister Danielle, alongside Ryan Hryhorec, will be the SA representatives in the series which comprises of twelve drivers, being two each from the six states that conduct harness racing in Australia. Both Danielle and Ryan have represented the state previously in national championships, with Danielle winning the Australian Female Driver Championships in Tasmania earlier this year, and Ryan finishing second to Wayne Hill in the National Championship here in SA in 2016. The night is sure to provide exciting racing of the highest quality, and presents harness racing followers with a great opportunity to come to Globe Derby Park and enjoy harness racing at its very best. For further information please contact: ROSS NEAL | CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (08) 8285 0700 •    

Winning classic races is nothing new for the popular Hartwig harness racing family in Adelaide. Bill Hartwig, the patriarch of the family, achieved great success with the New York Motoring entire, Diamond Blue Chip in the 1990’s, winning the 1993 South Australian Derby, the 1994 SA Veterinary Surgeon’s Cup and Christmas Cup and a heat of the Victoria Sires Stakes and $136,122 in stakes. While Bill and his sons Chris and Scott were part of the syndicate that raced the smart performers Jasper County (15 wins and $124,268), Earl Nugent NZ, the winner of 18 races including the Mildura Guineas, General Stoneridge (13 wins) and Galaxy Ruler, who won 31 races, including nine at Harold Park and the 2002 SA Christmas Cup and $146,972. Chris Hartwig later became chairman of Harness Racing South Australia, serving from October 2016 until May this year, before stepping down to take up a managerial role in private enterprise. He is still a Board Director of HRSA. The family remains actively involved in the ownership of pacers. They are currently racing Bella Mystique, a Falcon Seelster three-year-old filly in the Justin Brewin barn. The Hartwigs outlaid $52,500 for two superbly bred yearlings at this year’s Allwood Stud Farm SA Sale at Morphettville and both are eligible for the Group 1 $100,000 The Allwood to be held at Globe Derby Park in June 2019. “It would be great to win the only Group 1 race in South Australia,” Chris Hartwig said. “The feedback we have had about both youngsters so far has been good.” “We love racing the young horses.” The family bought the Somebeachsomewhere colt out of Morgan Abby for $36,000. It was the highest price paid for a yearling colt at the sale by SA interests, and the Western Terror-Bute Sister NZ filly for $16,500 was  the second highest priced filly. The colt’s dam, Morgan Abby, a $118,050 earner with a three-year-old record of 1:55.7, has already left three winners from four foals of racing age. She ranks as a half-sister to the NSW Breeders Challenge 2YO Final winner, Its Only Rocknroll 1:53.2 ($309,432) and the Breeders Crown 2YO Silver winner, Lynniemach (2:00) and belongs to the immediate family of KIngstar, Chariot King, Emjayem Grand, Gold King, Royal Chef, Duel Prince and so on. The colt is on his third preparation with Globe Derby trainer David Harding. Harding said: “He’s a nice, big, strong colt. He’s doing everything right at this stage. I think he’ll make the grade as a two-year-old.” The filly, who is a half-sister to four sub 2:00 winners, is a sibling to the NZ and Great Northern Derby winner Badlands Bute 1:56.6 ($338,365) and the NZ Oaks winner Caps Off 1:52.4 ($135,197) and to the dam of Group 3 winner, Hemisphere. She was broken in by Lane Johnson and is on her third prep with Dani Hill. Hill said: “She’s a well put together filly and a nice pacer. I can see no reason why she won’t make the grade as a two-year-old.” Chris Hartwig’s wife, Kylie, is the owner of an Art Major filly out of the McArdle mare Lucilla Franco NZ which she bought privately as a yearling in Victoria. The filly is a half-sister to the SA Kindergarten Trophy and Mount Gambier Derby victor, Bayview Harbour. With three two-year-olds in training, the Hartwig’s are understandably optimistic about the future. Bring on the baby races! Peter Wharton

IFE is about to get a lot tougher for handy pacer Hard Rock Shannon according to trainer Leah Harvey. A winner at Globe Derby last week, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven is set to return to the venue on Saturday night. Although Hard Rock Shannon has drawn well in barrier three, Harvey believes the 1800-metre event shapes as a test for the gelding. “He is starting to get the pointy end of the classes, but I think he will go ok,” Harvey said. “I’m not sure how he will go as he gets closer to open company, but in this grade on the weekend I expect him to do well. “He’s been working well and has a handy draw in a handy race so we’ll have to see where he ends up.” Rating Ace To Play and Torque Of Courage as dangers, Harvey regards The Nature Boy as an “intriguing” runner. The sole starter along the second row, The Nature Boy is first-up since last February. “The Nature Boy was in good form before he went off the racing scene, so he is an intriguing one,” Harvey said.”It’s a pretty even field, so I guess it will come down to what sort of run they get.” With no major plans in mind for the six-year-old, Harvey will find suitable races for Hard Rock Shannon as they become programmed. “At this stage I’m just taking it bit by bit and see how he goes,” Harvey said. “He seems to have hit his straps again so I will try and win a few with him while he is going well.” HRSA Media

THERE is nothing unusual about reading S Pascoe among the winners’ at Globe Derby. Enjoying a successful career across several decades, S Pascoe has made frequent trips to the number one stall at South Australia’s home of racing – including yesterday. The latest S Pascoe victory had a slight difference, however, with the S belonging to Samantha. Traditionally it has been Pascoe’s father, Scott, who has kept the name in lights. Partnering Heza Presidente, Pascoe registered her maiden win as a reinswoman. “I’m just so thrilled,” Pascoe said. “I haven’t stopped smiling since the race. “Kerry (Brown, trainer) told me he would be a good chance if he led, but I was just so nervous the whole way and kept expecting something to come at us.” Finding the front from barrier three, Heza Presidente scored by a metre from Bonnies A Beauty, with Arambi Star two metres away third. Breaking an 11-month drought, the son of Presidential Ball rated 2:00.5 over 1800 metres. “The home straight seemed to go forever,” Pascoe said. “I was just hoping one of the others wouldn’t run over the top of us close to the line. “He went along really well and is a horse I will never forget. “I can’t thank Kerry enough for giving me the drive.”   HRSA Media

IN-FORM mare Millwood Chloe is ready to begin the new season the way she finished the old one according to trainer Shane Loone. Absent from the winners’ circle for four months, Millwood Chloe bounced back to her best by scoring at her last two starts for the term – both at Globe Derby. This weekend the daughter of Ohoka Arizona is set to compete at Port Pirie where she has drawn to figure prominently from barrier four. “She’s going well and I couldn’t be happier with her condition,” Loone said. “She begins well and will be going forward from the draw. “I’m not sure how quick the pole horse is but we will be coming out and having a look. “If she can settle in the lead, or close to it, she’ll be right in the finish.” Earmarking Lady Danger as the biggest threat, Loone also rates Any Suggestions as “one to watch”. Lady Danger has drawn barrier nine, with Any Suggestions to come from 10. “Lady Danger has been getting home well, and if the speed is on, you can expect her to be getting to line quickly,” Loone said. “Any Suggestions won his first couple from a break and has been placed at the next two and is one to watch from there.” With no major plans in mind for Millwood Chloe, Loone will select suitable races as they are programmed. “For now she will just keep poking around and I will find the right races,” Loone said. “While she is competitive I will keep her going racing and breed from her next season.” Harness Racing SA

WITH the local season ending Monday, popular reinswoman Dani Hill has claimed another Drivers’ Premiership. With 202 state wide victories the ‘Queen of the Paceway’ was 62 wins ahead of her closest rival, Ryan Hryhorec. Hill’s brother Wayne – whom she loves to beat – was third with 127 wins. Nationwide Hill registered a personal best 222 wins, placing her third on the Australian Premiership. Her previous milestone total was 211 in 2015/16. As for her latest achievement, Hill completed a hat-trick in the Premiership in what can only be described as an all-inspiring feat considering her career appeared to be over after a race fall in May 2010. Driving Puaxtacy at Globe Derby, Hill was catapulted from the sulky when the mare fell at the top of the home straight and was then trodden on by the only horse in the field following her, Il Sogno. Sustaining horrific injuries, including the loss of vision in her right eye, Hill climbed back into the sulky and the leading drivers’ list in 2012. Within three season she was sitting on top of the table with no plans of relinquishing her throne! Also working a boutique team, Hill finished fifth on the Trainers’ Premiership, which was captured by Hryhorec. Hryhorec notched 86 wins to Les Harding’s 46. Aaron Bain rounded out the trifecta on 36. Widely-regarded as one of the finest young reinsmen produced in SA, Jayden Brewin is once again the premier concession driver thanks to his 61 wins. Kaela Hryhorec was second with 22 wins, eight clear of Brodie Webster. HRSA

Saturday nights Globe Derby winner Soho Crucio is proving to be a shrewd purchase for her new connections. After hearing a ‘whisper’ the daughter of Art Major could be bought for the right price, South Australian horseman Chris Neilson quickly made the move to have Soho Crucio at his stable. Since the transfer the filly has won her two starts in impressive fashion, including the Two-Year-Old Classic. “I think she will be a fair bit of fun to be involved with,” Neilson said. “She is pretty mature for her age and should hopefully continue to get better. “She has won both her starts for us and you can’t ask for anymore than that.” With popular reinsman Wayne Hill in the cart, Soho Crucio showed good gate speed to lead from barrier three, with the remainder of the 1800-metre trip a formality. Never seriously challenged, the two-year-old scored by four metres from Martys Party, with Eye See Double three metres away third in 1:58.2. “I was very confident with her as I knew she was going to be a big improver since her first run just under two weeks earlier,” Neilson said. “Between her last run for Michael Stanley and her first run for me she had two weeks off and was only in work for about 10 days before I raced her in the Breeders’ Crown heat. “She had an unorthodox build up to the heat, but a much better routine before this.” Predicting the youngster will develop into a handy three-year-old, Neilson plans to give Soho Crucio one more start before sending her for a break. “I will head over to Mildura if the race holds up try to win her Vicbred bonus,” Neilson said. “After that I will give her a long spell. “There is no reason why she won’t come back better again after a break and more time to mature, so that’s the way I will go with her.”   HRSA Media

CONNECTIONS of talented filly Hilltopsomewhere hope to gain a ‘consolation’ win at Globe Derby tomorrow night. Engaged in the Mermaid Stake, Hilltopsomewhere heads into the feature fresh from her gallant second in the Southern Cross Final at the same venue three weeks ago. The Peter Bain-trained youngster was successful at her two starts heading into the $50,000 decider. With daughter of Somebeachsomewhere drawn to lead from the pole, Bain and his co-trainer son, Aaron, are confident Hilltopsomewhere can end her season on a high note. “Win, lose or draw, this will be her last start for the season,” Aaron said. “With a bit of luck it will be a winning end. “She’s in top form having won four of her last six starts and finishing second in the Southern Cross Final. “She has trained on well since the Final, and with her gate speed, will be looking to hold up from one. “If she can get the right run long in front, she will be right in the finish.” Citing Victorian raider Scarlett Brew as the main danger, Bain also rates The Shooting Star as a major threat. Prepared by Emma Stewart, Scarlett Brew will begin from barrier three, with The Shooting Star to come from four for trainer Les Harding. “Emma’s horse has been racing well against strong company and is the one to beat,” Bain said. “The Shooting Star has done a good job since she got here and there is no reason why that should change “Hopefully we can hold the lead as we plan to and be able lead all the way.”   HRSA Media

A TOUGH draw and a change of conditions have made life difficult for Bubbles And Cheese at Globe Derby on Saturday night. With a lack of nominations for the Lord and Ladyship Stakes, Harness Racing SA combined the features to create the Two-Year-Old Classic. As such, Bubbles And Cheese has gone from racing against her own sex to competing with the ‘boys’. Adding to trainer Bronte Giorgio’s woes is Bubbles And Cheese’s draw, with the filly to begin from the inside of the second row. “Going up against the colts has made it tougher,” Giorgio said. “On top of that she’s got the back line, which makes it harder again. “From there she is likely to settle three-back along the pegs, which is not an ideal position to be in. “We’ll have to rely on a bit of luck from there.” Although several factors are against the recent Southern Cross Final winner, Giorgio is positive the daughter of Betterthancheddar is primed to run a solid race. “I couldn’t be more pleased with the way she is within herself,” Giorgio said. “She has trained on great since the Final a couple of weeks ago. “She’s certainly going well enough to win…it’s just a matter of whether she gets a good crack at them. “This will be her last run for the season, so with a bit of luck, she will head to the paddock on a high note.”   HRSA Media

HAVING covered more ground than early settlers in recent weeks, Victorian horseman Brett Bunfield hopes the travels will continue to pay dividends at Albion Park tonight. Last weekend Bunfield was in South Australia with top filly Saphirique, which successfully defended her Southern Cross title at Globe Derby. This time around Bunfield will contest a heat of the Australian Pacing Gold Brisbane Sale series with For All We Know. Winner of the nation-wide APG Consolation last April, For All We Know will begin from barrier three with Luke McCarthy to take the reins. For All We Know will head into the qualifier fresh a second in the Group One Qbred Triad Final a fortnight ago. “It’s been a busy few weeks for the stable,” Bunfield said. “When she was runner-up in the Final my wife Janelle made the trip to Queensland. “We had Saphirique in a Southern Cross heat the same night in Adelaide. “Brad Chisholm has spent the past three weeks in Queensland taking care of For All We Know and he said she is training as well, if not better, than she ever has.” Confident For All We Know can capture the heat, Bunfield believes next week’s $100,000 decider will be a massive test for the daughter of Art Major. “It’s a heat she can quite easily win,” Bunfield said. “She has drawn well enough and we intend to use it. “The Final could be a different story. Without seeing the draw, or the field at this stage, it’s hard to imagine any of them beating Muscle Factory.” Prepared by Lauren and Shane Tritton, Muscle Factory will begin from seven in the second heat. APG Media

Champagne would have been flowing on Saturday night after the win of Bubbles and Cheese in the $50,000 UBET Southern Cross 2YO Fillies Final at Globe Derby Park. Bubbles And Cheese finished third in the heat the previous week after being sent out as an odds on favourite, but after drawing outside the front row in the final was relegated to $3.00 second favourite behind heat winner Shesashark. Driver Michael Smith elected to go forward from the wide gate at the start and in doing so avoided receiving any interference which occurred on the first corner. Bubbles And Cheese eventually worked to sit outside the early leader Crown Royale, with Shesashark driven by Mark Webster settling down mid field in the running line. Smith urged Bubbles And Cheese to the front in the back straight on the final occasion and Webster set out in pursuit with Shesashark. The two favourites engaged in a stirring duel, with Shesashark momentarily gaining an advantage in the home straight before Bubbles And Cheese fought back tenaciously under hard driving to prevail by the barest possible margin. Bubbles And Cheese is bred and owned by the South East husband and wife team of Bob and Zita Maloney and the pair have entrusted the training duties to Bronte Giorgio and driving duties to Michael Smith whilst campaigning at Globe Derby.    This has proved a remarkably successful combination with Saturday Nights victory the second Group win for Bubbles And Cheese. She was also victorious in the Alabar 2yo Golden Nursery Final in May. Trainer Bronte Giorgio has indicated that Bubbles And Cheese will remain in his care in the short term, with her next major target being the Ladyship Stakes on August 18. Harness Racing SA

This Saturday night at Globe Derby Park will see recent Kadina Cup winner Bettor Party attempt to overcome a 40m handicap in the Lion Pty Ltd Pacers Discretionary, a race that looks to be the highlight of the night with several runners that are capable of winning the event. In his most recent standing start race on May 12 at Globe Derby Park, Bettor Party overcame a 30m handicap, where he circled the field mid race and raced without cover before prevailing by 3.3m. This was on the back of winning the Kadina Cup, held at Port Pirie, by a comfortable 9.9 metres in a blistering time of 1:53.5 over the mile journey. Tezz Khora finished second to Bettor Party on the May 12 meeting, however given the fact that he meets his rival 10m bettor off Saturday night, he will certainly prove tough opposition. Tezz Khora has a great standing start record of late, winning three of his last four standing start events and the 20m handicap is not beyond him. This event is far from a two horse race however, with a host of chances on the front and 10m handicaps that are all capable of winning if things go their way. Floyd Mayweather NZ finished third behind Bettor Party and Tezz Khora on June 17 and subsequently ran well at Melton before winning last start at Globe Derby Park in claiming company, whilst horses like Keayang Storm, Assassinator, Mohegan Sun and Star Of Dionysis have all performed well in standing start events in the past and then there is Magic Trump who is a known good beginner and will run a solid race if it finds the front. Added in to the mix are the two horses competing in this grade for the first time in Clarenden Hustler, who has progressed rapidly this preparation and Straight Thru Blue NZ, who is first up after having a victory in his final run last campaign. This interesting and open race kicks of the UBET Quaddie on Saturday Night, which carries a $1,000 Jackpot. It is also worth noting that there is a $5,722 Exacta Jackpot on Race 1 on the program, to give punters a kick start to the meeting. Harness Racing SA

Prominent horseman Michael Norman continued his recent success in feature races, with the win of Wotchawaitingfor in the final of the UBET Winter Wunderland Cup last Saturday at Globe Derby Park. This success follows on from the win of youngster Shardonant in the 2018 SA BOTRA Sales Graduate classic earlier in June. Wotchawaitingfor was patiently driven by Norman after being taken off the gate at dispatch and taking a trail towards the rear of the field. Norman was aided by the fast tempo set in the early stages of the event when race favourite Live for Peace driven by trainer Ryan Hryhorec was sent forward to obtain the position outside of the leader Marty Major. Unfortunately for Hryhorec and favourite punters, Smooth Delight NZ began to over race outside the leader and Live For Peace was forced to race three wide for the entire journey. With the first half of the last mile being covered in a blistering 58.6 seconds, the leaders began to tire and it was left to the backmarkers to fight out the race. Ace To Play, a heat winner from last week, driven by Jake Webster was first to swoop on the leaders shortly after entering the front straight but was unable to hold off the late challenge of Wotchawaitingfor, who prevailed by 1.2metres. Arm A Princess the other heat winner from last week finished along the sprint lane a further 2 metres away in third place.   The win was the fourth in fourteen starts for Wotchawaitingfor since being transferred by Victorian owner and trainer Marnie Bibby into the care of Michael Norman in February of this year. Norman is an accomplished horseman and aside from training his small racing team is well known as a breaker and preparer of young horses. This talent no doubt has attributed to his recent training successes, with juvenile Shardonant and another recent winner for the stable Count Bacardi, whose manners let him down early in his career, but under the guidance of Norman has improved greatly of late. Norman is enjoying a successful period with his small racing team and more winners in the near future would not surprise. AHR

Megan Gee scored her first win as a trainer when eight-year-old Puddinhead scored at Globe Derby Park on the last day in June.   Gee who worked for a number of years as stable foreperson for Jill Neilson recently decided to go out on her own, after a short stint with Shane Loone’s stables Gee moved to the property in Penfield formally occupied by Lance Justice.   Puddinhead a son of Dream Away won his thirteenth race from 132 starts and has collected nearly $50,000 in stake-money.   It was the gelding’s first win since July last year however a tendon injury saw him off the scene for nearly six months.   “He ripped the sheet of his tendon and vet Toby Ryan said he may never race again but with time and rest we have been able to get him back to the track even though he is a day to day proposition” Gee said.   “We had to box him for two months so it was touch and go for while” she added.   In a busy finish Puddinhead beat Buriton Baily by a head with Hez Declan a half neck away in third place.   Gee has three in work including former Queensland pacer Lone Beach and a T0 trotter called Motoring Hall (by Angus Hall) who had six starts for David Atkins yard.   Gee has a two-year-old by Pacific Fella and Southern Cross winner Somebeachsomegift to come back in the next month.   Somebeachsomegift hasn't raced since being injured last August Gee visited him at his spelling property recently and hopes he will make a successful return to the racetrack     Gary Newton

Despite his age, Floyd Mayweather has already proved a good investment for South Australian trainer Rob Caruso. At Globe Derby Park on Saturday, Floyd Mayweather notched his third win for Caruso leading throughout to win the BGC Industrial Cleaning Supplies Claiming Pace (1800m). A $2.80 chance driven by Wayne Hill, the 10-year-old was able to hold the lead from gate one and held on to score a 1-1/2 metre win from Saab Magic ($1.70 fav) with Regal Knight ($18.80), 4-1/2 metres away third. “I had my eye on him for quite a well,” Caruso revealed.  “I know quite a few people in Queensland and rang them to get some intel on the horse and felt the responses encouraged me to take a chance, so I claimed him for $5000. “Already in just a couple of months he has picked up more than $8000 and I’m hoping he has a few more wins here in Adelaide.  He seems to be loving life here with me where I train up in the foot hills roaming a paddock during the day and I actually have only hoppled him a couple of times.” Caruso also took Floyd Mayweather to Melton a week earlier and the gelding ran a good second to Classy Western. On Saturday, the gelding showed good speed to lead from gate one, and the favourite, Saab Magic, dropped onto his back to trail. Hill rated Floyd Mayweather perfectly with comfortable 31.8 and 31.1 second first quarters before coming home in 29.0 and 28.3. Danielle Hill, on Saab Magic, used the sprint lane to chase the winner but couldn’t make up the ground. Caruso is hoping Floyd Mayweather has another season or two of racing. There is a chance he could replace My Man Dan as the Caruso stable favourite. Now a 12-year-old, My Man Dan finished fourth earlier in the night in the Maughan Thiem Ford Mustang Claiming Pace (1800m). “I thought he should have finished a little closer,” Caruso said. “I know he is getting to the end of his career and he has been a wonderful horse for my stable.  Paleface Jasper was great for me, then My Man Dan came along and has won an incredible 25 races for the stable and 51 overall to be an outstanding pacer flying under the radar a bit. “So perhaps the pressure is now going to go onto Floyd Mayweather.” Graham Fischer

One of South Australia’s quiet harness racing achievers David Smith had a good weekend at Globe Derby Park. Smith came away with three driving winners, two courtesy of injured trainer/driver Peter Borrelli, and the other for himself.  Borrelli hurt his back and had to forego weekend drives on Fine Artist on Saturday and Grinfaron on Sunday with Smith the beneficiary. Fine Artist’s betting price was incredible. For fixed odds betting agencies, Fine Artist was between $9 and $11 when the mobile drew away to start the Trotguide.Com.Au Pace (1800m) but one punter had a sizeable win bet on the three-year-old on the pari-mutuel pool which meant he won and paid just $2.80 for the win, but $5 for the place. Coming from midfield, Fine Artist scored a head win from Reddy Major ($4.20) with Sinartra ($6.30) a neck away third in an exciting finish. Smith had looked set for a more comfortable win midway up the straight but John Lee, on Sinartra, saw a gap between the winner and runner-up and tried to push through which resulted in the trio racing at tight quarters over the final 50 metres.  On the line, Fine Artist was able to win but Smith was driving for safety as much as for victory. On Sunday, Smith also had a good run midfield on Grinfaron ($9.30) in the UBET Pace (1800m) and the four-year-old finished strongly to score a one metre win from High Class Lady ($4.60) with Missy Murdock ($21.50), a similar margin away third. Borrelli’s back pain was such that he had to seek out fellow trainer Shane Loone to drive him to the track on Saturday night and harness up Fine Artist. “I was in a bit of pain on Saturday, but the win was good,” Borrelli said. “I took some pain killers and felt a bit better on Sunday but still had to get partner Karen Slape to bring me to the track and harness up.”  Borrelli said he had good hopes for Fine Artist as a two-year-old but the gelding had not progressed into his three-year-old year. “Hopefully now he is starting to show the form I was hoping for.” Grinfaron was resuming from a break on Sunday and Borrelli believes he can continue to improve. “He is getting better with age and racing.” Smith’s own winner was Drinktous Wroxton in the Congratulations Gillian Aldridge Trotters Discretionary (2230m) on Saturday. Drinktous Wroxton ($7.30) just lasted to score a short half head win from the fat-finishing Bold Law ($5.30) with Truscott Law ($3.50 fav), 13 metres away third. “He is a good honest trotter but now looks to be on his mark,” Smith said. “He is a good beginner with a bit of pace but will find it tough against the better class trotters.” Bold Law, trained by Marcus Hearl and resuming from a spell, was driven by Smith’s son Michael. The six-year-old trotted home strongly finishing fast up the sprint lane and looks one to follow. Graham Fischer

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