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Pepper Tree Farm has kindly donated a service to impressive harness racing stallion Roll With Joe to the Jim Webb fundraising effort. Roll With Joe's book for the upcoming breeding season has been closed for a number of months and there is a lengthy waitlist of broodmare owners waiting for an opportunity to send their mare to the Meadowlands Pace winner. Roll With Joe stands for $6,000, was the 2011 USA three-year old of the year and is a full brother to Bettors Delight. Pepper Tree Farm is hoping interested breeders will get involved with all money raised from the auction going directly to Jim Webb and his family. Jim suffered a spinal cord injury after a trackwork fall in June and has no movement in his legs and very little movement in his arms and hands. A fundraising night will be held at the Bankstown Club on Thursday to raise further funds. To bid on the Roll With Joe service please send an email through to HRNSW's Media Manager Greg Hayes confirming your bid and details. Greg's email address is ghayes@hrnsw.com.au The auction will close at 4pm on Friday September 4 2015. A daily auction update will be provided on the HRNSW website and various social media platforms. Please note the service is for mares based in Australia and must be used during the 2015/16 season. Greg Hayes

John Gibson, one of the best known figures in harness racing in Australasia, died on Saturday after a short illness. Mr Gibson, who was 82, was a pioneer in the importation of stallions from North America. In his own right or in partnership with Brisbane trainer/driver John McMullen, Mr Gibson was responsible for importing nearly 50 stallions to Australia and New Zealand. Independent of that, the former trainer/driver who cut his teeth on the eastern show circuit, conducted the successful standardbred nursery, Success Stud, initially on the Queensland Darling Downs and in more recent years at Young, in New South Wales. Mr Gibson, his wife Mary and daughter Jackie through Success Stud have given much back to the harness racing community through sponsorship and have also bred and raced many top line performers including recent standouts Two Eye See and Makes Every Scents. There was a massive outpouring of love for Mr Gibson and his family on social media over the weekend and the Albion Park Harness Racing Club and the New South Wales Harness Racing Club arranged for black armbands to be worn in his honour at meetings over the weekend. Mr Gibson died peacefully in hospital at Young. His funeral details have not been finalised but will be advised once they have been confirmed. Greg Hayes

August 18th is a date veteran harness racing trainer /driver Jim Castles will never forget. Most importantly it is Jim's wedding anniversary and he and his wife Monica are celebrating 53 years of wedded bliss in 2015. The veteran horseman has another reason to celebrate the date now after the 77-year-old became the oldest driver in NSW to win a race when Jaccka Turk won at Tabcorp Park Menangle. What makes Jaccka Turk's victory even more impressive is that the seven year old was having his first start since October 2014. Castles has enjoyed a long and successful harness racing career and has continued to train winners in recent years. Castles has trained 36 winner this millennium but has not had as many starters this season as he has had in recent years. This season Castles has only had nine starters for one winner and one placing. He has averaged 45 runners a season in the previous five years. There have been older drivers win races in other parts of Australia and there have been older trainers prepare winners in NSW. A.D Turnbull and Ray Lennane both trained winners at the age of 79 but neither were in the sulky for the victory. Greg Hayes  

The harness racing industry is renowned for supporting 'their own' when in need and trainer Jim Webb needs all the help he can get. Webb was working a horse on the Bankstown track two months ago when he was thrown from the sulky and suffered some serious injuries. Jim has a spinal cord injury and has no movement in his legs and very little movement in his arms and hands. His sensation below his shoulders is altered so he may be able to feel in some areas but not others. He is in a power wheelchair to move around and he is learning how to use it on his own. He needs help for all his personal care and will need modifications made to his home so that he can use his wheelchair inside. A fundraising dinner at the Bankstown Harness Racing Club will be held in conjunction with a big race meeting on Thursday August 27. Tickets are $100 per head or $800 for a table of ten. A number of tables have already been sold for the evening but the club is hoping to sell more tickets in the lead up to the event. "The ticket price includes a meal plus beer, wine and soft drink throughout the night," Bankstown President Les Bentley said. "A number of auction items have been donated to raise funds for Jim and his family and we encourage as many harness racing supporters to come along to the night as possible." Some of the items to be auctioned during the evening include: * Greg Noman portrait valued at $5,000 * Samsung Galaxy Tablet 16GB * Framed and autographed 1979 St George jersey * Makybe Diva framed picture of her winning the three Melbourne Cups * Picture of Phar Lap winning the Agua Caliente Gold Cup * Table of ten at the Miracle Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle * Four corporate tickets to the fully catered TAB box at Rosehill * A Wynwood Estate case of wine and private tasting at its Hunter Valley vineyard HRNSW has also donated a $3,000 NSW Breeders Challenge Owners Bonus certificate. A number of raffles will also be conducted during the function with TAB betting vouchers to be given away. To purchase tickets please call the Bankstown Club on (02) 9708 4111. Greg Hayes

Menangle harness racing trainer Darren McCall will look to send seven year old pacer Bettor Bet Black to the spelling paddock with two successive victories after his impressive 1:51.6 win at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. McCall is eyeing off the Vic Frost Cup on Saturday August 29 as the gelding's final run this preparation which will be his 34th start this season. McCall is hoping for one last crack at the Miracle Mile in February next year after he was an emergency for Australia's greatest harness sprint in 2014. "That's the plan going forward after his win on Saturday night, I want to give him one more run in the Vic Frost Cup, he can then have a well earned break and I'll bring him back for a tilt at the Miracle Mile," McCall said. "His 1:51.6 effort on Saturday was a career best, when you draw barrier nine and go 25.7 for the first quarter it is pretty much game over but to his credit he fought really hard in the straight." Bettor Bet Black is a favourite in McCall's boutique stable and he credits a lot of the gelding's success to his wife Karina. "He came to us with a bad record, he was RODM and barred and wasn't a nice horse to handle but my wife takes really good care of him. "He's a real baby that likes to be spoilt and he wouldn't do well with a guy handling him, she does everything, I rarely touch him except on Wednesday and Saturday when I jumped behind him, I don't even harness or unharness him." With plenty of experience in North America, McCall is sure Bettor Bet Black would have been a great prospect in the USA. "He would be a killer in the States and what people don't understand is that he's a better follower which is a bit hard to understand after Saturday. "I have no doubt he could go 1:48 at the Meadowlands, I've trained a couple of world champions that went 48 and he's as good as any of them." McCall was happy to hold out For A Reason in the middle stages on Saturday night after he made a lightning move around the field when the pace backed off after the early burn. "I thought to hold the lead was my only chance to win, I thought I could run second and let him go but having in mind For A Reason was first up from a spell I was happy to retain the lead. "We raced For A Reason when he first came back from stud duties a couple of years ago, he had the same trip outside me and he gassed us up the stretch and got about a length and half in front but we almost wore him down at the end so I had that in the back of my mind when he ran past us this time around." With Saturday night's victory Bettor Bet Black took his career earnings past $300,000. Greg Hayes  

Hunter Valley harness racing trainer Shane Tritton admits he took the wrong horse to the New Zealand Cup in 2013. Suave Stuey Lombo struggled with the standing start conditions however stablemate Mach Beauty is much better suited behind 'the strands' as he proved in a trial on Wednesday night at Newcastle. The son of Mach Three rated 2:00.1 for the 2030 metres after stepping away safely and in the process broke the Newcastle standing start track record. Mach Beauty has not raced for a year but is just about ready to return to racing after two solid trials with Guy Chapple in the sulky. "With Lauren (Panella) still on the sidelines, Guy has been driving him and he'll get the chance to drive him in the first part of his preparation too," Tritton said. "I'm really keen for him to have a shot at the New Zealand Cup, I loved the experience with Suave Stuey Lombo and I learned a lot on that trip." It is expected Mach Beauty will have at least one more trial before he resumes. "There is definitely no rush at the moment, he has had a slow build up to his racetrack return and I think it will pay dividends in the long run. "I'm aiming to have him ready to race in the middle of September which will give him two months of solid racing before the NZ Cup." Tritton is considering taking Suave Stuey Lombo to New Zealand as well but will concentrate on the NZ Free-For-All. "At this stage I'm thinking of taking Mach Beauty over and he would compete in the Cup and the FFA while Suave Stuey Lombo might just go over and target the FFA, we now understand that he is best suited over the short trips and that is what we are going to concentrate on. "If everything goes right with Mach Beauty and he copes well then I will take him across to Perth for the Inter Dominion as well but there is a lot of water to flow under the bridge between now and then." After making the decision to campaign a large team of horses in Queensland during the Winter Carnival, Tritton threw away his chances of winning the NSW Trainers Premiership. "I had to do the right thing by my owners and that was to chase the big money in Queensland, we won plenty of races up there and if I stayed at home I think it would have been very close between Steve (Turnbull) and I but you have to do what is right by the people behind your stable. "Actually I have forgotten what my home looks like, I spent a long time in Queensland and now I am in Victoria for the Breeders Crown and I still won't be back in New South Wales for a while." Katy Perry won a repechage of the Breeders Crown on Wednesday night at Kilmore and Tritton is happy with her. "We were a little bit behind when she arrived in Australia because she had been in the paddock but I was really happy with her performances in Queensland and her win on Wednesday night was good. "I had to replace Robbie Morris because he had an issue with his car on the way down to Kilmore but Amanda Turnbull did everything she was asked to and did a great job." With Panella not expected to return until at least October, Tritton will continue to use the best driver available. "It is not easy because most of the top drivers are committed to other stables already and they understand that when Lauren is back she will be doing the driving on my horses but I think we have been able to make the best of a bad situation. "I'm still aiming to train 200 NSW winners this season and I know time is running out but that's the goal I'm targeting by the end of the month." Tritton has trained 191 NSW winners in 2014/15. Greg Hayes

In accordance with the Strategic Plan, Harness Racing New South Wales is endeavouring to increase the field sizes for all races run across the state. From September 1 the longer circuits in NSW will see field sizes increased from ten to twelve runners. HRNSW CEO John Dumesny confirmed the decision had been made to increase wagering turnover which will see the industry receive more money in return. "Increased turnover is paramount to the industry's revenue streams and maximum field sizes are the goal," Mr Dumesny said. "Data provided by the primary betting agency Tabcorp verifies that twelve horses in a race achieves the optimum turnover and certainly races of ten or more runners will deliver increased revenue from all wagering operators." Mr Dumesny added while is it accepted races may not attract sufficient nominations; twelve horses will be drawn in races contested at Tabcorp Park Menangle, Newcastle and Goulburn from September 1. "The positive increase in the wagering turnover at Bathurst where full fields of twelve horses are often drawn is a clear indication of why this change had to take place. "It should be noted that the current starting configurations at Tabcorp Park Menangle and Newcastle will not change, ten runners will continue to start off the front line while the remaining runners will be drawn behind them. "The starting configuration for Goulburn will replicate that of Bathurst with eight off the front and that will be repeated at the new tracks in Wagga and Tamworth once they have been constructed, however it is important to note that the HRNSW reserve policy will not change." Greg Hayes

Harness Racing New South Wales has confirmed sprint lanes will be introduced at three more tracks across the state. The new tracks at Wagga and Tamworth will have sprint lanes while HRNSW CEO John Dumesny has announced an ongoing discussion will continue with the Goulburn Club about a sprint lane being introduced at its track. "The Board of HRNSW confirmed at its most recent meeting that the two news tracks, which are yet to be built, at Wagga and Tamworth will have sprint lanes," Mr Dumesny said. "There has been an investigation conducted in relation to a sprint lane being introduced at the Goulburn track and HRNSW will continue to work with the Club in relation to those findings." While confirming the introduction of the new sprint lanes, Mr Dumesny ruled out the possibility at Tabcorp Park Menangle and Newcastle. "The construction of sprint lanes at Menangle and Newcastle have been deferred due to the significant cost of installation as identified by the respective clubs." Greg Hayes

Former Australian cricketers Ricky Ponting and Mark Waugh, Manly fullback Brett Stewart, Canberra Raiders captain Jarrod Croker, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley, former Adelaide Crows coach Brenton Sanderson and leading Sydney jockey Tommy Berry have one thing in common. They all have been, or are currently, owners in the sport of harness racing. Another group of talented footballers has joined the list of sporting identities that are enjoying harness racing with five members of the GWS Giants buying a share in former kiwi pacer Comekissmequick. Rhys Palmer, Heath Shaw, Nathan Wilson, Aidan Corr and Jacob Townsend teamed up to buy 50% of the filly and she is set to make her debut on Friday afternoon at Wagga. Palmer won the AFL's Rising Star award in 2008 while playing for the Fremantle Dockers and joined the Giants for the 2012 season and has played more than 100 AFL games. Originally from Perth, Palmer has raced gallopers previously but is looking forward to watching his first pacer compete. "My father has had a few horses over the years, we've had a couple of winners but we've had a few slow ones as well," Palmer said. "A few of the boys were talking about getting a pacer and Reece Maguire said that he had found a suitable one from New Zealand so we decided to take a share in Comekissmequick and hopefully she does a good job for us." Palmer's interest in harness racing grew after he and his girlfriend spent some time in Europe after the 2014 AFL season. "Tina's father is Camel Benkheira, he owns a few trotters, he treats them like they are his children and they race in Sweden, France and Norway. "He has a very successful trotter called Goods Of Norway and while we were over there I got the chance to spend time in the stable, it was very impressive and I really enjoyed it." As a professional athlete Palmer spends a lot of time training but also finds time to study for a career after football. "My week is structured and I'm kept pretty busy so following the horse will be a bit of fun. "We stay in contact with Reece (Maguire) and he tells us that the horse goes ok, she is well bred, has trialled well so hopefully she does a good job for all of us." Palmer has had an interrupted 2015 season after breaking his collarbone in round four against the Gold Coast Suns but returned to play against the Kangaroos on June 20. "The team has been playing well, I copped a knock to my hamstring last week but overall it has been a good season so far." With the Giants enjoying their best season to date, here's hoping some of that form can rub off onto Comekissmequick. Greg Hayes

Reinsman Matthew Harrington has been waiting a long time to enjoy the 'winning feeling' but finally got to appreciate the sensation when Miss Ponder scored at the harness racing meeting at Leeton last Friday. Miss Ponder was Harrington's 59th drive after competing in his first race on September 12 last year. Harrington confirmed he had been getting frustrated in an attempt to steer home his first winner but knew if he was patient he would be rewarded. "I haven't had much luck with draws and on a few occasions things didn't fall my way out on the track but everything happened perfectly with Miss Ponder last Friday," Harrington said. "I thought at the bell she was travelling pretty strongly but I was three back on the pegs and knew I was going to need some luck and when the horse behind the leader started to struggle it actually helped me get off the inside." While the official winning margin was one and a half metres, Harrington was unsure whether he had arrived in time and had to face a nervous wait to hear if he had won. "The angle at Leeton is really hard to get a gauge on, I knew I was right in the finish but I didn't get too excited straight away because I wasn't quite sure. "I was a little bit lost for words after I won, it meant a lot to me and the support Paul Kahlefeldt has given me since I started in the industry has been unbelievable and without him I would never have been given the opportunity." Harrington is the grandson of former trainer Claude Bevan and spent a lot of time around horses from an early age. "I was born in Marrar which is a small town between Wagga and Coolamon and there have been horses around since I was born but when I was about eight I started helping Pop out with the couple that he had. "One day at the races when I was 16 or 17 I met Paul Kahlefeldt and talked to him about wanting to become involved in harness racing and when I turned up at the races the next week he offered me a job." That was nearly six years ago and Harrington has enjoyed the opportunities he has been given by Kahlefeldt. "I get the chance to work with a lot of nice horses working for Paul and after a couple of years working for him I thought I would give driving a go. "It took me 18 months to complete the Junior Drivers course and another six to complete my trial drives." It was no surprise one of the first people to congratulate Harrington on his first victory was Kahlefeldt. "Paul had to leave Leeton to take some horses home before Miss Ponder's race but he got in contact with me soon after and was really excited for me, hopefully I can continue on now." Greg Hayes

A large crowd braved a cold wintery day for a very strong Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge Regional Finals meeting at the harness racing meeting at Bathurst on Sunday afternoon. The honours were evenly, and widely, distributed. Six $20,000 finals - for two, three and four-year-olds – saw six individual trainers and drivers, from all parts of the state, make it into the winner’s circle. The locals for once were winless, unless Amanda Turnbull’s Victorian winner was granted honorary local status. Merrywood Ruby ($2.10 favourite) took out the 2YO Fillies Final, her Sydney-based trainer Wayne Dimech revealing at the presentation that he’d set her for this race all season, after her older brother won the corresponding colts event last season. Gavin Fitzpatrick took the drive, and was impressed by the filly’s front-running effort. The Colts & Geldings division went to Bettor Together ($5.90), with Todd McCarthy, another century-maker in NSW this season, handling the colt for his brother Luke and sister-in-law Belinda, who were no doubt much warmer campaigning their horses in Queensland! Miss Nickels ($9.70) scored a well-deserved win for Goulburn visitor David Hewitt in the 3YO Fillies Final, after a string of recent places, including the Group 2 Breeders Challenge Blue Final. Hewitt didn’t wait for the sprint lane, coming clear turning in for a decisive win. Chumlee ($1.90 favourite) rounded out an outstanding visit home for Shepparton-based Amanda Turnbull, with a strong front-running win, his ninth overall, in the 3YO Colts/Geldings Final. His final quarter of 27.4 was slightly flattered by a strong tailwind in the home straight but impressive nonetheless. Junee visitor Trevor White brought three runners to the meeting and was pleasantly surprised when the one he rated least, Shes a Jackson ($27.50), took out the 4YO Mares Final. With four different leaders inside the first lap, White had the last run at them, and to make matters even better, he owns the Elsu daughter himself. James Rattray dictated terms from the front in the 4YO Entires/Geldings Final with Glencore ($4.00), after a very fast lead time, and though several runners looked a little unlucky over the final stages, he held on for the win. CEO John Dumesny and Board members Alex Smith and Graeme Kelly represented HRNSW at the meeting, and were joined in the presentations by western districts identity Lex Crosby, representing Breeders Challenge sponsor Peppertree Farm. Supporting races which book-ended the fixture were the 2YO, won by Junee visitor Boundtobemad (Steven Harris) and a 3YO, with Captain Charge Over NZ giving James Rattray a double for the day, on his second visit to the new track, from an equally chilly southern highlands base of Exeter. Greg Hayes

Together Belinda and Luke McCarthy have prepared 40 Gr. 1 winners, more than any other trainer since the start of the century. The couple have forged a remarkable record in a short period of time and have won some of Australia's biggest races including the Miracle Mile. Trots TV recently spent a day at the McCarthy property on the outskirts of Sydney and spoke in depth with Luke and Belinda about their careers, childhood and future plans. Inside Our Stable with Belinda and Luke McCarthy has been separated into three parts. To watch Inside Our Stable please click on the following links.   Part 1 - Luke talks about the property and his childhood   Part 2 - Luke discusses his time in America and also the transition to Sydney   Part 3 - Belinda talks about her life and her biggest thrills in harness racing while Luke speaks about their future Greg Hayes                                    

Fresh from his 500th winner as a driver, Jarrod Alchin is hoping Flowers can take advantage of a good barrier draw in harness racings Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge Regional Final for two year old fillies on Sunday. The daughter of Tell All has only had two runs and has done enough to suggest she will be in the finish this weekend. Alchin is confident the filly is over a virus she contracted recently and is ready to perform at her best. "She finished fourth in her Breeders Challenge semi final, but I had to scratch her from the final because she had a high temperature and wasn't herself, she is well and truly over that now so I'm expecting a good performance this Sunday," Alchin said. "The only little concern I do have is that I would have liked to have given her one trial and just ran out of time to do that after I was forced to give her a week off, but she is still forward enough I think." Flowers steamed home for second on debut behind Milias Ideal to be beaten a neck and while many assumed she would be a sit and sprint type, Alchin believes she will be very tough as she continues to develop. "I think down the track she is going to become more stronger than quick, she is green and still learning but when she is working at home she just gives me the feel of being really tough. "This Sunday Merrywood Ruby is the one to beat, her run last start was very good, from my draw I'll be looking to hold my position and not get too far back." Flowers is raced by Frank and Sue O'Sullivan and is not the first horse they have sent to Alchin. "I have known Frank and Sue for a very long time, they are very good friends with Ray Walker and I met them when I was working for Ray in Temora. "They have been great supporters of mine, I've had Mantoman, Marooned and Francisco De Gore for them in the past." There is a chance Flowers will head to the Breeders Crown should she perform well this weekend. "There are two options with her, if she races well then she will head to a Victorian trainer for the Breeders Crown but if she looks like she has had enough she will come home with me and have a spell. Flowers will compete in race two on Sunday at Bathurst. The race is scheduled to begin at 1:15pm. Greg Hayes

Junee trainer Trevor White will have three runners at Sunday's Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge Regional Final harness racing meeting at Bathurst. Two of White's three runners are out of producing broodmare Sister Pattie and two year old gelding With Authority will be out to record his fourth victory at his sixth start. "I had to miss the main Breeders Challenge series with him because he got a cold and I didn't want to push him when he wasn't right but he is over that now," White said. "I'm surprised he has made it as a two year old because he is such a big horse, he's always shown a bit of ability but Sister Pattie has been a great producer and everything out of her has been able to run." Sister Pattie has had six foals to the races and all of them have won races with her progeny having won 78 races between them. "Sister Pattie was well bred, but I gave her four starts as a two year old and she did nothing so I thought I would try a foal from her, I had Big Achiever at the time so I put him over her and she produced Col's Memory and after that she produced Jackson Grant. "It didn't matter what stallion she was sent to her foals could run and with my nephew Matthew (Harris) having Quick Approval at stud I thought I would give him a go, he was a great horse and did a really good job around here." Shes a Jackson is also out of Sister Pattie but White admits she is looking for a break. "She has done a really good job this season, she has won five and probably needs a bit of a blow but I'm thinking about breeding with her so she might not have too many more starts anyway. "I'm thinking of breeding with Official Jasper as well, she will compete in the three year old fillies Breeders Challenge Regional final, she is a tough little mare but has drawn poorly so will need to be at her best." Six Breeders Challenge Regional Finals will be run this Sunday on an eight race card with the first event timed to go at 12:39pm. Greg Hayes

Mitchell Chapple has had the best work experience week you could ever dream of. Chapple, from Maitland accompanied Ellalong harness racing trainer Michael Formosa to Queensland for the Winter Carnival to be an extra work hand. “Mick offered me the trip to help out around the horses and I have gained a lot of experience and met a lot of great people. We stayed at Shannon Price’s property and it is a brilliant set up, awesome” said Chapple. It soon turned from work experience to a winning drive when Chapple jumped at the opportunity, when offered by Michael Formosa, to take the drive behind Mondo Seelster at the Redcliffe meeting last Wednesday. With the track unknown to Chapple he drove a perfect race to have a one hundred percent winning strike rate. “It was pretty good, the horse (Mondo Seelster) was travelling well but I thought when the leader got away he might have been hard to catch but the horse dug deep” Floweronthewall led the field with Mondo Seelster racing three back on the pegs. Chapple extricated Mondo Seelster off the pegs in the back straight and powered three wide around the last bend for a 3m win over race favourite Floweronthewall with Jack Frost a half head away third. From nine drives behind Mondo Seelster, Chapple has produced three wins and four placings. “We are a combination now,” Chapple joked. Mitch is the son of Hunter Valley reinsman Guy Chapple and there may be a slight touch of competition in the future between the two. “Dad has driven two winners in Queensland,’ said Chapple, so there may well be a return trip for Chapple junior. It was only two days later that Mitch Chapple was offered a drive at Albion Park behind the Steve Cini trained All About Art. “Mum (Ange) owns a part share in All About Art and he had hit his mark in NSW so we sent him to Queensland to race.” There was no pressure for young Chapple with All About Art finishing fourth to Isaac in the Hear All The Action Radio Pace.   “They were all happy we got a run and I was driving. “It was the best experience, I learnt not only from Mick but learning from other people around me and driving on different tracks is an experience I am glad I had.” But it will be a reality check for 17 yo Chapple when he lands back home in Maitland. “I am back to College on Thursday.” Greg Hayes

New South Wales Rising Stars representative Tom Ison drove the first treble of his career at the harness racing meeting at Tamworth on Thursday afternoon. Ison celebrated his seventeenth birthday on Monday and made it a week to remember with his performance however admitted he was surprised with the result. "I thought if everything went right for me I could drive two winners and I'd never driven a double before so I thought that would be a good result but to get three was great," Ison said. "Graham Moon trained two of the winners (Tepary and Hannahs Freedom) and he has been a great supporter of mine so it was nice to get a couple of winners for him." Ison has only had two drives on Hannahs Freedom and has won on both occasions. "It was a top run on Thursday, I had won on her last start so I thought she would be hard to beat but she was very impressive and I think she is going to win a few more in this region." Ison enjoyed his experience in the Rising Stars series and believes he learned a lot during the week travelling around the state with nine other junior drivers. "I picked up some ideas from the stable visits we had during the week, to get into some of the bigger stables and see how they worked really impressed me and made me realise what I want to achieve in the sport." "In the future I'd like to have a big team of my own, I'm helping out with my Dad (Andy) at the moment, we've got a few in work and there are a couple more coming soon." It has been an exciting twelve months for Ison having driven eighteen winners and more than twenty placings in his first year of driving. "I had my first drive in a race on July 24 last year and I drove a winner at my first meeting which was good but what made it even more special was the fact that Dad trained the horse Pipers Challenge." "Pipers Challenge has been a good horse to me but Alyeska Dream is my favourite because I've won a few races on her." Greg Hayes

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