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Central Victorian harness racing was conducted at Charlton on Monday June 20, with a day of mixed results. Unbackable favourite Liva Degerolstein ($1-04) landed the opening event - the Thank You Bendigo Harness Club Pace for C0 class over 2100 metres, but not before giving those who supported her through the multiples plenty of worries.

Veteran Meltonian Graeme (Daddy) Lang was in the winners stall on two occasions at Lord's Raceway Bendigo on Thursday (September 2), with home bred Wagon Apollo/Melancholy Star 6-Y-0 gelding Star Wagon taking the Tennotrump Back Straight Trotters Handicap for T0 to T2 class over 2150 metres and 4-Y-0 Righteous Hanover/Tanabi mare Tiana Bromac the Bush's Produce Stores Pace for C1 class over the same harness racing journey.

Don King graduated from emerging star to bona fide harness racing top-liner last night when he won the $50,000 Dullard Trotters Cup Final at Melton's Tabcorp Park. The Sundon gelding secured his maiden Group 1 title at just his 25th trip to the races when he held off a classy field in the 2760-metre standing start event.

Star Tasmanian-owned and bred mare Deanna Troy died this week as a result of a heart attack. The reigning Australian mare of the year suffered a ruptured aorta nearing the completion of a track workout at her trainer Graeme Lang's stables in Victoria on Tuesday.

Deanna Troy snapped a 10 month run of outs with an impressive harness racing return to the winner's list in last night's VSB&SA Golden Wattle Cup at Melton's Tabcorp Park. The reigning Ladyship Mile titleholder recorded her first win since the George Johnson at Hobart last December last year when she held her rivals at bay in the $20,000 event.

Melton father-and-son team Graeme and Gavin Lang stole the show at Terang last night (July 23). The combination won three races on the eight-race card with the New Zealand bred Jazzee Valentine ($5.20), three-year-old Altar Of Freedom ($3.70 fav.) and trotter Dover Downs ($1.60 fav.).

Melton based father and son - Graeme and Gavin Lang stole the show at the Geelong fixture on Tuesday July 7, with a winning quartet including three legs of the quaddie with Sammy Maguire, Leicitsafe, Jaccka Sandy, as well as Imsoclassy.

Living in the shadow of an all-conquering super star hasn't been easy for Advance Attack but his trainer Graeme Lang believes the entire has more than held his own since making the trek from New Zealand to Australia. As the brother of Courage Under Fire, Advance Attack was faced with living up to his brother's reputation every time he stepped out.

The Horsham Cup has changed a bit since champion reinsman Gavin Lang won the first of his four editions way back in 1984 aboard Marching Order. Then the race, while the highlight of the Horsham Harness Racing Club's year, was a run-of-the-mill country cup worth just $3500 and failed to attract a full field. Marching Order had just eight rivals and came off 10 metres to win comfortably.

Australia's top mare Deanna Troy headlines the list of horses in the running to snare a sought-after Hunter Cup ballot exemption in this Sunday's Wimmera Mail-Times Horsham Cup. The Graeme Lang-trained star is one of 17 nominations for the $50,000 Group 2 event, which is the feature event of a Horsham Harness Racing Club twilight fixture.

Victorian gelding Steve McQueen kept his unbeaten record in Australia intact when he accounted for a top class field in the $20,000 V74 Gold Label Pace over 2297 metres at Devonport on Sunday night (December 14).

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