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Do you want to send your mare to Pepper Tree Farm’s Roll With Joe this season? Are you looking for a way to jump the queue with a number of broodmare owners already waiting and hoping to get into him? Well here’s your chance, the Eugowra Harness Racing Club has secured a service to Roll With Joe for this breeding season. President Lex Crosby has announced the service will go to tender with all of the money going back to the Club. “Thanks to Pepper Tree Farm through the sponsorship of the Canola Cup meeting, the Club has a Roll With Joe service to put up for tender,” Crosby said. “The starting price is $4,500 and tenders can be sent via email to me at .” Crosby confirmed the tender would finish at 5pm on Monday November 30. “We have had some interest already and I would expect the tenders to come through very quickly." “People should remember he is booked out this season and I’m told 100 mares are already booked in for next year so this is a great way to send your mare to Roll With Joe right now.” Greg Hayes

Amanda Turnbull completed a weekend she will long remember when scoring a treble - her third in three days - at Blayney's Carnival of Cups meeting on Sunday. Those earlier wins had come at the Tabcorp Park Menangle meetings on Friday and Saturday and despite the prospect of a "three-peat" seeming improbable, even for a talent such as Turnbull, the result was never in doubt, with her winners - all from her father's stable -  turning in dominant displays. Happy To Go NZ ($1.20 favourite) took out the C0 Menangle Country Series heat by a big margin,  rolling to the lead mid-way through the first lap and maintaining the blistering tempo set by early leader Stacy Anne Maree, creating a track record mile rate of 1:57.1 for the 1640 metres trip. The Bettors Delight mare - whose dam is appropriately named Time To Fly - was a recent runner-up at Menangle, and she'll be a definite prospect for the $25,000 final this Saturday night. Oh I Am The One NZ ($1.20 favourite) scored a game win in the feature $12,240 Billy Soo Memorial Blayney Cup, sitting outside a free-running Kapow Shannon throughout, forging to the lead down the back straight the final time and kicking away around the turn for an easy win over the chasing pack, with stablemate Midnight Prowler NZ and Spanish Lustre NZ providing a Kiwi trifecta. The winner's mile rate of 2:00.8 for the 2400 metres smashed the previous record by more than two seconds, reinforcing Amanda's view of him as "such a tough horse, he just keeps on finding in his races, and I'm prepared to drive him tough if I have to - he's my kind of horse!" The race commemorates a wonderful local identity whose Hang Sing Restaurant became a landmark for travellers from all around the country and at the race presentation a number of stories were fondly related. Club president Max Kingham recalled that years ago, the Blayney cuisine - very much like the rest of Australia - "was steak, or flounder, and Billy  told us we needed to give Chinese food a try, because we'd love it . He was right too and we didn't need much persuasion after that." To fully appreciate the story, you need to understand that Max Kingham is known to everyone as "Butch" - because of his occupation! Lap Dancer ($1.40 favourite) completed Amanda's perfect weekend when he led for most of the trip in the C1 /C2 Menangle Country Series heat which closed out the very successful meeting. The Sportswriter four-year-old brushed home in 58.8 for a mile rate of 1:59.0, but could have gone much quicker, and he too will be well fancied in Saturday's final. At the meeting, Michael Brown, who sponsors the annual Indigenous Drivers Race - a series this year, with qualifying races at Dubbo and Wagga - made a presentation to Jessica Prior, winner of this year's final at Menangle.   A large number of her family made the trip to Blayney to join in the occasion, and Jess spoke engagingly about her win in the race, and her hopes for the future. Other winners at the meeting were: Shazam Shannon ($5.40, Peter Bullock/ John Vautin ) in a 3C0/3C1 sprint, to remain unbeaten this time in, and leading in a Rayngold trifecta. Go Lassie Go ($6.00, Jason Gaffney/ Murray Sullivan) in C0 grade, in the day's most exciting finish, with the judge taking quite a while to find a margin back to runner-up The Revenue Raiser. Kyalla Dave ( $4.90, Nathan Hurst ) in C1 class, a typically aggressive drive from Hurst to find the lead off his second-row draw, to lead in a family quinella from younger brother Blair, with Tulhurst Paddy. Uncle John ($2.70, Chris/ Anthony Frisby) in a C0/C1 final, courtesy of a gem of a drive from "Ants", off the fence into the running line, then to the death, before clearing away on the final turn. Likeallofus ($7.50, Wendy/ Emma Turnbull) in C2/C5 company, well-positioned in the one-one by Emma, and remaining unbeaten so far this season. Greg Hayes

When Jess Prior won the J.C Caffyn Plate driving the Blake Fitzpatrick-trained Cilantro at Tabcorp Park Menangle earlier this month, the 25-year-old reinswoman enjoyed the biggest win of her career. Not only was the victory her first drive on the 1400 metre track but in winning the feature Prior became the first female driver to win the J.C Caffyn Plate (formerly known as the Michael Brown Planning Strategies Indigenous Drivers Invitational.) Race sponsor Michael Brown took the opportunity to visit the Blayney Carnival Of Cups meeting on Sunday to make a special presentation to Prior. "I think Jess was a little bit surprised with the special presentation at Blayney but she deserved it and what made it even more special was that there were some family members in attendance too," Brown said. "I got the opportunity to present the previous winners of the Indigenous Drivers Invitational with their respective J.C Caffyn Plates the day Jess won it but obviously it was going to take some time to get the plate for Jess engraved with her name." Brown is keen to see the J.C Caffyn Plate grow annually and will continue to support the race into the future. "Going back a few years I remember talking with John Dumesny who was the boss of Menangle at the time and we discussed the idea of creating a race that could get bigger and bigger. "A race like the Miracle Mile was born and grew from an idea and while the J.C Caffyn Plate is never going to rival the Miracle Mile I would like to see this race become an event that Indigenous Drivers can set their sights and aim at." Prior is keen to defend her title next year and is looking forward to the opportunity. "I told Michael I want to be part of it again next year, it was a big thrill to win it this year and it is something that I will never forget," Prior said. "It was great to be involved in the race and to receive a framed J.C Caffyn Plate is something that I will treasure forever." Greg Hayes

Another successful Northern Rivers Show Run finished on the weekend after a strong month of harness racing at four different country shows in the region. Starting at Lismore the circuit moved to Murwillumbah, Mullumbimby and finally Bangalow with competitive and exciting four-horse races keeping the crowds entertained. Trainer Julie Hobday enjoyed plenty of success over the month and her horses Bandan and Twebby Star won rugs as part of a point score competition for the leading open and maiden horses respectively across the four shows. Lindsay Wright, who assists in the planning and running of the Bangalow Show, congratulated all of the participants who competed. "It was great to see so many horses compete at the different shows, there were 19 horses at Lismore, 25 at Murwillumbah, 37 raced at Mullumbimby and we got 18 at Bangalow," Wright said. "The tracks range in size from about 380 metres up to 500 metres and it was great to see so many people support show racing over the past month." Wright praised HRNSW Chief Operating Officer Reid Sanders for his support. "Reid through Harness Racing New South Wales has been a great support for show racing in this part of the state, HRNSW donated the two rugs that were won by Julie's (Hobday) horses and he was always willing to lend a hand where he could. "This year we even attracted a couple of trotters to the show run which was unusual but the people who attended the shows got right into it and there was a great atmosphere at all of the shows." Mullumbimby Show ran 26 races over two days while Murwillumbah ran 19. "The only show it didn't rain at was Bangalow but the bad weather didn't prevent any of the races being run which was great. "It was great to see Its You Not Me win at Albion Park last week and rate 1:55.5 in the process because he was one of the horses that had been competing at the shows. "It gave all the competitors a bit of a kick along knowing that the show form was standing up at the registered race meetings." Greg Hayes

Eugowra Harness Racing Club extends its condolences to the family of Colin ‘Pike’ Greenhalgh after he passed away on Monday morning. Mr Greenhalgh, best known in the harness racing industry for his contribution to the Eugowra Club died at the age of 90. As a former President of the Eugowra Harness Racing Club, Mr Greenhalgh was granted life membership for his tireless work in the industry on 28th August 1994. He was the serving President of the Eugowra Club in the 1980’s when the Club facilities underwent a complete transformation under the guidance of Mr. Bede Ireland who was responsible for the architectural design and modifications to such reputable tracks as Harold Park and Albion Park. Along with a new half mile paceway a new judge’s box was built and equipped with a photo finish camera.  Prior to 1982 races were run on a right-handed circuit, but this was altered to left-handed to comply with the modern day rules. In the same year Eugowra was the first country town in NSW licenced to operate a T.A.B. While President, Mr Greenhalgh oversaw a number of feature meetings including in 1988 a Cancer Appeal Meeting was held and raised a mighty $9257.81 to go towards Cancer research. On this day Pike organised three harness racing greats to have on show, Paleface Adios, Rowleyalla and Hondo Grattan. In 2014 the Eugowra Club celebrated there 60 year anniversary of racing and had the honour of having Pike there to cut the cake. Pike had a handful of horses in his time such as Blurred Vision and Donaghey Park with trainers Maurie Cummings, Steve Turnbull, Tony Turnbull, Ian Quirk, Ken Sharp and Greg Sarina. Pike is survived by his wife Zel, father of Sharon, Doug and Jane. Pike's funeral service will be held at the Anglican Church Eugowra on Tuesday 24th November 2015 at 11.00 am. Greg Hayes

Louth Park horseman Darren Elder remembers growing up in the Hunter Valley he would sit and watch the Inter City Pace every year and dream of having a runner in the region’s feature race. The Inter City Pace is still run and while Elder still harbours a desire for success in that event, the 47-year old has turned his attention to Australasian harness racing’s ‘holy grail’, the Inter Dominion with stable star Shannonsablast. The chances of Shannonsablast fighting his way inside the top 30 ranked pacers for the upcoming Western Australian Inter Dominion seemed unlikely a week ago. Precariously ranked at number 31, Elder made the brave decision to book Shannonsablast on a flight to Perth and with the plane set to depart Melbourne last Sunday, the pair made the long trip by road from Maitland to Victoria. During the trip south, Elder received a call from the Inter Dominion organisers informing him that Shannonsablast had moved up the order of entry from 31 to 30 with a higher ranked horse being removed from the series which therefore assured the seven-year old gelding a start in the rich series. “There was no doubt I was hoping to get some good news that we had got into the series but it still came as a bit of a shock to be told that we were now in the Inter Dominion,” Elder said. “The Inter Dominion was something that I would watch on television but never considered that I would have a horse good enough to compete in such a series, it is very exciting for myself and my family.” Shannonsablast was one of 27 pacers on Sunday’s flight that will compete in Perth during the Inter Dominion carnival and Elder was extremely pleased with how the horse handled the trip. “As a rule he is a very good traveller, he spends a lot of time in a float down the highway from Maitland to Sydney and while this was something new for him it didn’t worry him at all. “He has eaten up since he has arrived, I worked him this morning (Monday) and he seems very happy in his new surrounds.” Elder has based himself at Byford, a short trip from Perth and is happy with the facilities. “It is better than home, they tell me it is about 35 minutes from Gloucester Park, Suzy from RWWA put me in contact with a trainer over here called Michael Robinson. “He has a few horses in work but plenty of room so I’m going to be stabled with him, it is perfect, there is a sand track, inside that there is a fast work track and you also have access to the Byford track plus there is a swimming pool too, we won’t want to go home.” Shannonsablast has not raced since competing in the Queensland Pacing Championship last month and Elder is hoping to trial him to ensure he is as fit as he can be. “I’m going to have a chat to the people in charge over here about where I can trial, there was some talk of a trial at Gloucester Park later this week but if not they have the Byford trials on next weekend, so I’ll make sure he is up to the mark.” Elder is yet to confirm a driver for Shannonsablast in the Inter Dominion heats and is considering taking the reins himself. “There is some talk Tim Tetrick won’t arrive for the first round of heats, he has driven him to victory at Menangle before but I don’t think he is a possibility. “Todd McCarthy has driven him a lot but it will be a big ask of him to fly across just for the one drive when he would be giving up so many good drives at Menangle at the Friday and Saturday meetings, I did speak to him about it before I left so he is in the mix and the other option is me.” While Elder is away in Perth, his son Brad will continue to look after the horses at home. “Brad does most of the work with the horses anyway, Chris Bourke is there giving him a hand too so I know the team at home is in good hands. “My wife Nicole is Shannonsablast’s biggest fan, she wouldn’t miss him racing in the Inter Dominion and will join me over here in WA closer to the start of the series.” Shannonsablast was previously trained by Peter Bullock and it was at the insistence of Nicole that Elder got the opportunity to train him. “I knew of Peter when he trained at Tamworth and when he went to Bathurst to train for Peter and Marie Neil we would chat occasionally and he asked me one day if I’d be interested in taking a few horses that would be better suited at Newcastle. “Nicole had been watching Peter’s horses a bit because of the friendship we had struck up and she kept telling me to ask Peter about Shannonsablast because he would be a good horse at Newcastle for us but I told her we’ll wait and see what was offered to us.” When Elder was asked by Bullock whether he would be interested in taking Shannonsablast he did not hesitate. “Because Nicole had been so keen to get him as soon as his name was mentioned I said that I would take him, I think he had something like six or seven starts before I got him. “He ran six or seven seconds in a row for me before he finally broke through and he has now won fifteen races and $190,000.” There have been some tough times for Elder and Shannonsablast. The trainer was forced to evacuate his property during this year’s Hunter Valley floods and this left his house and stables only accessible by boat for more than a week. When the water initially rose, Elder was forced to swim all of his horses across a small channel to safety. “We weren’t expecting to be in too much trouble with the water but it came up really fast and with the help of some neighbours we were able to get the horses out. “I took one of my other horses into the water first because I wanted to make sure it was safe for Shannonsablast, once the first one made it to safety I got Shannonsablast across quick smart.” Elder understands he is shooting for the stars by taking on some of the best pacers in Australia but is happy to go into battle with a reliable and tough animal. “He might not be the best one in the series but he is the best to me and the family. “He is going to give us one great ride over the next month, I’m looking forward to the challenge.” Greg Hayes.       

IN pursuit of ticking another track off his 'bucket list' the race is on for Bendemeer harness racing horseman Len Clement as he swings by Junee this weekend. Engaged in the opening race on Saturday with his mare Lifeslittlesecret, Clement is looking forward to his first official drive on the Riverina circuit. And following this, Clement only has 17 tracks to visit before he can claim that he has driven on every track in New South Wales. "I worked out that prior to starting this trip I had driven on 11 tracks across the state . . . I have a few to go!" Clement said. For those that don't know the background to this story, Clement had a dream of driving on every track in NSW. And, after a handful of years, decided to turn this dream into reality. But he is not doing this alone - his wife Christine, their pacer Lifeslittlesecret, the cat and dog and yes, even the kitchen sink are all part of this journey too. They all embarked on this voyage two months ago and have already developed a following. With a race named in their honour at Junee on Saturday, the Clement entourage have received a warm welcome from the Junee harness racing community. Popular trainer-driver Bruce Harpley, has opened his stable to provide somewhere for Clement to keep his mare, Lifeslittlesecret, while the Junee Club have allowed Clement and crew to stay on track grounds this week. "I knew of Bruce Harpley and had driven against him a long time ago at Narrabri in a Sires' Stakes race but for him to give us somewhere to house our mare and not really know us goes to show what nice people there are in this sport," Clement said. "And it is getting to know people like this that are making this such a memorable trip for us." Following Junee, Clement intends to head to Blayney for the Carnival of Cups meeting on November 22. "We have had to shuffle our trip around after our mare qualified for a final at Griffith's Carnival of Cups meetings and we stayed in Griffith for a bit longer than intended," Clement said. "Blayney is the next track on our list and then hopefully we can try get to Albury and Wagga after that." Stay tuned for more on Clement's journey. And for more background on this story refer to this month's e-gazette at Greg Hayes

The Australian Driving Championships will be conducted at Launceston this Sunday evening with twelve of the nation's best harness racing drivers competing for the title. Each state will be represented by two drivers and NSW representatives Robbie Morris and Lauren Panella are both set to arrive in Tasmania on Sunday morning. Morris is awaiting the arrival of his first child with partner Kerryann Turner due to give birth last Friday but the pair is adamant the leading male driver in NSW last season will take his place in the Championship. "I've spoken with Kerryann about it and she said that opportunities to drive in a series like this don't come along very often in your career and she wants me to compete but I guess I'll just have to see what happens between now and Sunday," Morris said. "In an ideal world Kerryann would go into labour on Thursday and everything would fall into place but knowing my luck she will probably start having the baby as soon as I arrive in Tasmania on Sunday." In the heats Morris has drawn several strong chances including Paint The Wind in race three, The Bettormack in race four, Major Callum in race five and El Jays Minerva is race six. Those strong chances will make Morris one of the favourites to win the series. Lauren Panella will drive in Victoria on Friday evening before returning to Sydney to drive at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday and is also preparing for a trip across to Western Australia for the upcoming Inter Dominion later this month. Panella won the NSW Drivers Premiership last season despite missing the final ten weeks of the season with a broken wrist and will be representing NSW for the first time. In race two Panella will drive Kyleasha which has a strong winning chance and her drives in the following two races, Thatswhatshesaid and Our Percius have each way hopes. Last year's Australian Driving Championship was won by Queensland's Peter McMullen with NSW representatives Blake Fitzpatrick and Amanda Turnbull finishing 6th and 10th respectively. Greg Hayes

Reinsman Luke McCarthy brought up a career milestone on Saturday evening at Tabcorp Park Menangle when he drove his 2000th Australian winner. McCarthy arrived at the track needing two winners to reach the target and after driving a double in the first two races joined a small and select group of Australian drivers to achieve the feat. McCarthy drove his first winner on March 5th 1999 at Redcliffe when Castle Belles scrambled in by a nose and has gone onto drive in 9729 races. "To drive 2000 winners is something you don't think about, you keep working and hope the wins keep coming but I've been lucky enough to have been a part of some very good stables," McCarthy said. "It was great to bring up my 2000th winner in Australia at Menangle, it is the best track in Australasia hands down, the racing is so competitive, it is a good place to race." After driving a treble at Menangle on Saturday night, McCarthy finished the night sitting on 2001 Australian winners with a further 2518 placings. he horses he has driven during his career have won more than $20 million and at the age of 33, McCarthy is set to be involved for decades to come. It took McCarthy 6092 days to record 2000 wins, so at that rate he will record his 4000th winner in July 2032 which will see McCarthy aged 49. "My most memorable win in Australia would be the Victoria Cup with For A Reason, we'd had him since he was a yearling, he was a top three year old that won four derbies but then he broke down and went off to stud for two years. "To get him back after that long to come out and win a race like the Victoria Cup was the biggest thrill for me." McCarthy's association with For A Reason is not over despite the stallion heading to the stables of Greg and Skye Bond for the upcoming Inter Dominion in Western Australia. McCarthy is set to reunite with the stallion as his driver. "Yes I'm going over to drive For A Reason and Our Hi Jinx in the heats of the Inter Dominion, hopefully they can make the final, it will be nice to be part of the final." Greg Hayes

Harness Racing Australia has announced the winners of the 2015 Joseph Coulter Media Awards and NSW journalists have been recognised. Harness Racing New South Wales CEO John Dumesny congratulated all of the winners but made special mention of the local journalists. "The media play an important role in the harness racing industry and it is through journalists that the stories from within harness racing are told," Mr Dumesny said. "In the past a number of talented journalists have worked on harness racing in New South Wales and there is no doubt the current group of men and women who cover the sport do an outstanding job." Mr Dumesny congratulated all awards including; BEST NEWS STORY - National Trotguide's Michael Court for his article 'It's Dexter - by the length of the straight' BEST FEATURE ARTICLE - HRNSW's Amanda Rando for her article on Pat Driscoll. 'Building an empire' AWARD OF MERIT FOR DEMONSTRATED EXCELLENCE IN PROMOTION - Trots TV for its coverage of the World Drivers' Championship. The team that worked on the coverage included Mike Ko'cass, Greg Hayes, John Harbor and Guy Southwell. Greg Hayes                          

Once again it is that time of the year when the Penrith Harness Racing Club conducts the PJ Hall Memorial and for the fifth year in succession the prestigious event will be sponsored by Lexus of Parramatta who will be the very proud Sponsors of this prestigious event. The name PJ Hall is enshrined into harness racing and the Lexus of Parramatta dealer principle Rod Smith was an ardent follower of PJ's racing exploits. A strong program of racing is guaranteed at Penrith's feature night. Naturally the highlight will be the Lexus of Parramatta PJ Hall Memorial however the meeting will also be bolstered by the Presidents Cup, an event for fast class horses and a full program of supporting races. The field competing in the PJ Hall is comprised of placegetters from the heats run at Bathurst, Newcastle and Penrith ensuring a highly competitive and speedy event. The night also coincides with the long awaited opening of the brand new stabling complex that has been erected by the Penrith Harness Racing Club in conjunction with HRNSW. This project will satisfy the needs of all the participants in the future. It is roomy, well laid out and provides the trainers, drivers and owners with an improved stabling environment. Greg Hayes

Harness Racing New South Wales was saddened to learn of the passing of Maurice Moore on Tuesday November 3rd at the age of 86. Mr Moore was a passionate harness racing participant and supporter. Maurice Moore was born 13 March, 1929 at Lakemba in Sydney. Maurice, and his three brothers (Tom, Bob and John), all bachelors, set up "Lancelot Downs", a 600 acre property at Moss Vale in the 1950's. The farm ran over 300 head of cattle, with Herefords and Vealers, in its heyday and was one of the prime breeders in the district. Maurice concentrated on the harness racing side of things. For many years (1960's to the mid 1980's), Maurice penned a "Breeding Notes" column in Trotguide and also wrote many feature articles on the sport's past champion people and horses. Maurice and his brother, John, were avid collectors of trotting books, magazines and memorabilia. He was a very knowledgeable man on the breeding side of the industry and was very well respected. Maurice trained and drove for many years from the families own training track on the property. His best performers included Harold Park winning trotter Colonel's Lady, Bonny Suzette, Gay Freshman, Rowan John and Susan Bonny. His star pacer was L'Aumonier, a winner of 7 of 16 starts in an injury plagued career and a track record holder at Menangle over 10-furlongs. In the 1971/72 season, Maurice Moore scooped the pool at Canberra, winning both the Trainers and Drivers Premierships, as well as running one-two in the 'Horse of the Year' title with his pacers, Susan Bonny and Rowan John. As Stud Master, his original stallion at the 'Moore Park Stud' was Worthy Carl, who for a number of seasons served full books of mares. He also stood Captain Kidd as a private sire. He later stood his smart pacer L'Aumonier, a son of Captain Kidd, at stud. Greg Hayes

When former New Zealand trained mare Arms Of An Angel recorded a mile rate of 1:50.7 winning at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday afternoon, harness racing trainer Shane Tritton contemplated taking the daughter of Elsu to Western Australia. Tritton will fly out to Perth with Inter Dominion entrants Mach Beauty and Easy On The Eye later this month and considered putting her on the plane also to compete in the feature mares races being run at Gloucester Park during the carnival. After discussing the decision with majority owner Zac Cornell, Arms Of An Angel will remain in New South Wales and will continue to race through her grades. "We had a good long think about taking her to Perth but I think it is in the best interests of the mare that she remains at home and continues to work her way through the grades," Tritton said. "She has obvious ability but she is a handful and still has a lot to learn so I'd like to see her race through to metropolitan company and if she warrants a crack at qualifying for the Ladyship Mile then that is what her target will be." Arms Of An Angel raced 23 times in New Zealand for two victories and Tritton admitted he was surprised at the improvement the mare has shown since arriving. "This is all on Zac, he is the best judge of a horse I know, he found her in New Zealand and flew himself over to drive her then made an offer to buy her. "He didn't pay a lot for her in relation to what some people pay for horses from New Zealand but he has a tremendous eye for a horse, he purchased Mach Beauty and Suave Stuey Lombo after watching them and they are probably the best two horses I've had in my stable." Tritton spent the early part of this week in Perth exploring different training facilities for the upcoming Inter Dominion. "The horses will be stabled at Gary Hall's property, the set-up is very similar to what the horses have at home right down to the track where they will work. "I'm really excited by the Inter Dominion, Mach Beauty was brave on Saturday night at Menangle and I think he has proved that he is getting back to somewhere near his best." Mach Beauty and Easy On The Eye are scheduled to start in Friday week's group two Smoken Up Sprint at Melton before flying to Western Australia two days later. "I'm looking forward to it, I'll spend most of my time in Perth during the Inter Dominion while Lauren (Panella driver) will fly back and forth so she is going to earn plenty of frequent flyers points that's for sure. Greg Hayes

WA Oaks winner Frith will return to the scene of her biggest career victory when she races at Perth's Gloucester Park later this month. The future for the six year old harness racing mare has been in limbo for several months since it was confirmed Frith would not be heading to the stables of leading New Zealand trainer Mark Purdon. After spending weeks at the property of owners Bernie and Di Kelly, the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark returned to long time trainer Bruce Harpley last month, however the Junee horseman thought the best option was to send Frith to Michael Brennan. "I spoke with Bernie about Western Australia but I just can't be away from home for such a long period of time at the moment, I've got eleven other horses in work at the moment and I've got a full time job to think about as well so I thought it was best to go Mouse (Michael Brennan)," Harpley said. "Mouse and his wife Lara are fantastic people, they treated us like family when I took Frith over for the WA Oaks and I know she is going to the right person." With three races for mares during the Inter Dominion including a group one event worth $125,000, Harpley is hoping Frith does enough to warrant staying around in Perth a little bit longer. "How long Frith stays in Perth will all depend on how she is racing, if she does a good job over there then I would expect her to stay over in WA until the Ladyship Mile next year and Mouse can bring her back for that. "If she finds the opposition a bit too slick over in Perth then she can come back here and I'll play around with her until the Ladyship, it all depends on her but if she hits her straps for Mouse there is no need to bring her home." Harpley confirmed Frith went around at the recent Junee Show and performed well. "Bernie had put plenty of work into her before she arrived back with me, I gave her a hit-out at the local Show, she gave them a bit of a start and worked up to them slowly but she ran her last quarter in 27.5 off the track and her heart rate afterwards was very good. "She definitely hasn't forgotten who I am but in terms of condition she is a lot lighter than she was before the Ladyship Mile." While Harpley has driven her in all of her feature victories he passed on the chance to continue his association with her while she is in Perth. "When Mouse and I spoke on the phone he offered me the chance to go over and drive her but even flying over to drive her once a week I'm going to be missing time from work and my horses are going to miss work also so I told Mouse for him to use his drivers. "I'd love to see her win another $120,000 and become a million dollar earner, she has been such a great mare for so long." Harpley was considering giving Frith a run before her flight to Perth on November 15. "I toyed with the idea but she will either draw poorly against weaker opposition or she would have to race the free-for-allers and it is probably too early to be doing that right now. "She can go over to Mouse and he can work out which way he wants to go with her first up." Greg Hayes

Leeton Harness Racing Club's decision to boost prize money for the Breeders Plate has resulted in nearly 40 horses nominating for the two year old harness racing feature. With the January 1 final now worth $40,000, club officials announced a number of trainers had nominated horses for the race and were pleased to see a strong representation of fillies amongst the entries. Club Secretary Joanne Punch confirmed 15 fillies had been nominated for the Breeders Plate, an improvement on recent seasons. "With the extra prize money on offer, the trainers don't seem worried putting their fillies up against the colts and geldings this year which is great to see," Mrs Punch said. "There are some beautifully bred horses nominated and while not all of them have been named yet the Club is really excited by the quality." Some of the stallions represented in the nominations include Somebeachsomewhere, Rocknroll Hanover and Bettors Delight. "There are three Somebeachsomewhere youngsters in the nominations plus horses by Blissfull Hall, Courage Under Fire, Robin Hood, Rocknroll Heaven, Roll With Joe, Art Major and Shadow Play. "it is quite encouraging to see such a strong group at this stage, the one-off payment and stronger prize money has definitely helped. Bathurst trainer Bernie Hewitt has nominated multiple runners while previous Breeders Plate winning trainer Paul Kahlefeldt has put four runners in. Trainer Col Thomas has won two of the previous three Breeders Plates and has nominated one runner and will be hoping his successful run continues. "Hopefully with a bit of luck they will all stay in but obviously some will have problems between now and the end of the year, overall we're really happy with the numbers. "Under the new structure the nominations are final and I will be ringing the trainers in December to confirm a start for their horses in the series." Heats of $5,100 will be conducted on December 26 with the final to be conducted on New Years Day. Greg Hayes  

With no pacers in sight at Flemington for Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup, New South Wales harness racing fan will have a horse to cheer for in The Race That Slows Down The Nation at Weddernburn today.  The event, over 800 metres, will see 50 mascots from across the country competing for the glory of being crowned Australia’s fastest with Tabcorp Park Menangle’s ‘Trigger’ representing NSW.  The race will be broadcast across Australia on the Hamish and Andy radio show at 5pm with Sydney listeners tuning into 2DAY FM to hear the ‘great race’ The clash between ‘Trigger’ and Harness Racing Victoria’s ‘Poppy’ is a race within itself however with 48 others mascots on the track, the pair will struggle to eyeball one another during the epic. Good luck to ‘Trigger’s’ strapper and conditioner Tabcorp Park Menangle’s Amanda Zammit.  Amanda has spent hours training for the event, running around the Menangle track and we wish her all the best of luck. ‘Trigger’ spent his Sunday at Menangle’s Fishers Ghost meeting and was popular with all of the children. Thousands are tipped to flock to Weddernburn today for the event with a street parade being conducted at lunchtime before the big race. Don’t forget to tune in at 5pm on Monday to hear Trigger compete in The Race That Slows Down The Nation on Hamish and Andy. Greg Hayes

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