Search Results
1 to 16 of 149
1 2 3 4 5 Next »

The Carnival Of Cups heats up in March with five feature harnss racing meetings being conducted across the state during the month with the first being at Wagga this Saturday night. The main race is the Wagga Pacers Cup, an event won by 2015 Inter Dominion finalist Teo Enteo twelve months ago and Wagga Harness Racing Club Chief Executive Officer Graeme White is expecting another big night. "We will have eight races this Saturday night and there is some good momentum in the local region for harness racing after an exciting month," White said. "The club had a non-TAB meeting on Sunday in conjunction with the Inter Dominion in Sydney and we also hosted seven heats of the World Driving Championship last week which was a roaring success for us too." There will be exciting action on and off the track this Saturday night with the club looking to attract a big crowd. "Australian Idol runner up Luke Dickens and his band will be performing on Saturday night, Luke was a shearer in Young before he was on Idol back in 2008 and he has a strong following." "We've got an hour break in the middle of the meeting for Luke to perform and apart from the Cup the club will also be running the Oaks and the Derby." Heats for two finals were run at the club's meeting on Sunday and White expects those events to be very competitive. "The heats were good races on the weekend and the club is also looking forward to the two year old Rising Star, with the Bathurst Gold Crown carnival just around the corner, the club thought it would be timely to give horses a chance to have a good hit-out before heading to Bathurst." "We also have a drivers' invitational which will see people like Steve and Amanda Turnbull, Nathan Jack and David Moran compete against one another." Greg Hayes | Media Coordinator | Harness Racing New South Wales |

The World Driving Championship has been completed after the final heat was run at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Inter Dominion day.  The afternoon consisted of ten races with seven of them being Gr. 1 events.  The remaining three were run at Gr. 2 level including the final heat of the WDC. France’s Tony Le Beller drove the favourite Our Hi Jinx and was expected to be involved in the battle for the early lead but with a lot of speed coming from horses drawn wider on the track he got shuffled back early.  Heza Thrill driven by Spain’s Guillermo Adrover worked from the widest draw to find the front and led turning for home but after a strong tempo it was a horse racing just off the pace that proved too strong. New Zealand’s Dexter Dunn brought Global View with a well timed run to win the race and it was no surprise considering the success that Dunn has had during the Championship.  Global View broke the track record for 2400 metres recording a mile rate of 1:53.4.  Second was Heza Thrill and Guillermo Adrover, El Rama finished third with Norway’s Vidar Hop while Im Blue Double Dee was fourth with Pierre Vercruysse in the sulky. It was a remarkable performance by Dexter Dunn.  After five heats he was in ninth position but a strong performance at Wagga Wagga on Tuesday night saw him climb the leaderboard. Here is the 2015 World Driving Championship completed point score Name WDC Dexter Dunn 200 Tony Le Beller 146 Tim Tetrick 142 Mika Forss 139 Jody Jamieson 132 Knud Monster 122 Chris Alford 119 Pierre Vercryusse 119 Guillermo Adrover  101 Vidar Hop 100 Peter McMullen Australia (travelling Reserve)   For all of the latest news and replays log onto https://Vimeo.com/channels/wdc15 USA representative Tim Tetrick picked up a drive in the Gr. 1 Ladyship Mile and drove Laterron into third placing behind the Mark Purdon trained Adore Me.  Adore Me set a new Australasian mile record when she stopped the clock in 1:47.7 for the mile. Tetrick finished second in the final event on the program as well. Thank you to all of the drivers that competed in the World Driving Championship.    Greg Hayes | Media Coordinator | Harness Racing New South Wales |

Harness racing owners dream of having a runner qualify for an Inter Dominion Grand Final.  Western Australian Kevin Jeavons is one of the lucky few that has already lived the dream having watched Washakie compete in four grand finals.  Washakie’s best effort was sixth in Queensland in 2009 and he repeated that again in Sydney four years later. This year Jeavons will be cheering on two runners with the John McCarthy trained Monifieth and Blazin N Cullen qualifying for the $750,000 Gr. 1 event. “I’m looking forward to Sunday afternoon for sure but I wouldn’t say I’m nervous, I’m just hoping they perform at their best,” Jeavons said. “I’ve always had an interest in horses, I got my first one when I was nineteen, have driven a few as well but as I got older my business interests took up more time and now my wife and I get plenty of enjoyment watching the horses race.” Monifieth and Blazin N Cullen raced in New Zealand before being purchased and Jeavons admits he enjoys watching and researching horses from across the Tasman. “Monifieth is a lovely horse with high speed but I guess when you buy them from New Zealand you are always hoping to get one that can take that step up and race against the best horses.” “He was beaten at his first run in Australia at Goulburn and I don’t think the bookmakers had much of an opinion of him at his next start because from memory I think I got 25/1 and he won which was very nice.” Blazin N Cullen is beautifully bred, his mother Rye Hanover is the sister of American stallions Red River Hanover, Rustler Hanover and the winner of over $3 million Rocknroll Hanover. “I was surprised that he came up for sale, I had been watching him in New Zealand and always liked him but I didn’t think he would be available but I still remember getting a call just before Christmas a few years back that he was on the market.” “We bought him and he has done a great job for us and John (McCarthy), he has drawn well in barrier two this Sunday so there are options with him.” Jeavons will also be cheering on his three year old Kilcullen in the Gr. 1 NSW Derby on Sunday afternoon. “We bought him unraced from New Zealand, he has done a good job and I really like that he has drawn barrier two so he should get the perfect run.” The Inter Dominion 2015 is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: Name: Greg Hayes Position: Media Coordinator Phone: (02) 9722 6600 Email: ghayes@hrnsw.com.au Related Links Fields for Nswhrc at Tabcorp Pk Menangle, Sunday 01 March 2015 Form guide for Nswhrc at Tabcorp Pk Menangle, Sunday 01 March 2015

Sky Racing’s Andrew Bensley is normally the person holding the microphone and asking the winning harness racing connections how they feel after a big race victory. However this Sunday afternoon he is hoping he is the one being asked the questions.  Bensley is the part owner of Yankee Rockstar and the talented four year old will line up in the Gr. 1 FORM 700 Chariots Of Fire at Tabcorp Park Menangle. While Bensley feels no nerves before conducting important interviews with racing royalty, he admits there will be a ‘few butterflies’ this weekend. “I’m normally pretty quiet when I watch Yankee Rockstar race and let it all unfold but I did get a little bit excited last start in the Bonanza because I knew that if he won that race, he qualified for the Chariots,” Bensley said. “I rode him home from the 100 metre mark that night and this weekend’s race is a much bigger one.” Yankee Rockstar has drawn barrier eight but will move into gate seven if the emergencies fail to get a start. “We would have loved to have drawn a barrier so he is going to need a lot of luck from where he has drawn, especially considering Bling It On has drawn inside him.” “The best thing about his Bonanza win was when Gavin Lang put one on his tail in the straight he knuckled down and found a little bit more, because up until then he hadn’t really been in many situations where he has had to find under pressure.” Bensley will be trackside at Menangle on Sunday afternoon with his beloved Stetson hat. “My Stetson was an amazing gift from an amazing lady in Gai Waterhouse and I know that she likes to see me wearing it because she told me to make sure that I had it on if Yankee Rockstar won at Melton so I know she will be watching on Sunday.” “I love harness racing, I am in a syndicate with Tim Bunning and we have five horses, I had a horse many years ago called Dunme Dough that did a good job but I’m really enjoying being back in the sport again as an owner.” The Inter Dominion 2015 is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: Name: Greg Hayes Position: Media Coordinator Phone: (02) 9722 6600 Email: ghayes@hrnsw.com.au Related Links Fields for Nswhrc at Tabcorp Pk Menangle, Sunday 01 March 2015 Form guide for Nswhrc at Tabcorp Pk Menangle, Sunday 01 March 2015

The barrier draw for Sunday’s Gr. 1 Trotters Standing Start over 3009 metres at Menangle was conducted this afternoon Monday the 23rd February.   1. MISS IN MAJORCA 2. KYVALLEY RAP 3. A LOAN AGAIN 4. KVINTET AVENGER 5. ZEDALITE 6. OUR OVERANOVA 7. LORD LIAM 8. KYVALLEY BLUR                     ODS 9. ON THUNDER ROAD              ODS 10. ALTA RIHANNAH                     RODS 11. IDLE LEA                                 RODS 12. SUPPER WALTZ WILSON        RODS 13. VINCENNES     (10M)              RODS The Trotters Gr. 1 event is one of the most open races on the afternoon according to TAB.COM.AU.  The favourite for the event when the market first opened was Lord Liam at $3.80.  The Blake Fitzpatrick trained Vincennes was the second pick in the market at $4.00. The Inter Dominion 2015 is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: Name: Greg Hayes Position: Media Coordinator Phone: (02) 9722 6600 Email: ghayes@hrnsw.com.au

The barrier draw for Sunday’s Gr. 1 Bohemia Crystal Free For All was conducted this afternoon Monday the 23rd February.   1. WARTIME SWEETHEART 2. BETTOR DRAW 3. CHARIOT KING                EMERGENCY 2 4. BETTOR BET BLACK 5. LOCHINVER 6. SEEL N PRINT 7. FRANCO LEDGER 8. FOREVER GOLD 9. MAJESTIC MAJOR 10. BIT OF A LEGEND 11. PUB BLITZ                       EMERGENCY 1 12. SUAVE STUEY LOMBO Suave Stuey Lombo has been installed the opening favourite with TAB.COM.AU despite galloping out in his Inter Dominion heat and is the $2.25 favourite.  Franco Ledger is the second favourite at $2.80. The Inter Dominion 2015 is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: Name: Greg Hayes Position: Media Coordinator Phone: (02) 9722 6600 Email: ghayes@hrnsw.com.au

Thursday 19th February 2015 - With the TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion only a week away Trots TV has released two Inside My Stable interviews in the lead up.  Michael Formosa enjoyed one of the best nights of his harness racing career when Ultimate Art won the supplementary heat of the Inter Dominion at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night.  Trots TV made the trip to his Hunter Valley property recently to meet Michael and his stable star. One of John Tapp’s proudest moments in harness racing was when Chariot King qualified for the 2013 Inter Dominion Grand Final.  Chariot King was attempting to force his way into the race again on the weekend and while he just missed out, Trots TV has paid a visit to John Tapp. He introduced Chariot King and also explained how he got involved in this great sport.  The John Tapp Inside My Stable was broken into two parts with the first instalment discussing Chariot King while the second concentrated on John’s love of the sport. Part 1 - John Tapp Part 2 - John Tapp Dr Nick Kannegieter is back this week with another edition of the popular segment ‘The Doctor’s In’.  This week Dr Nick talks about stable management.  Should horses be rugged?  What should horses be fed?  Dr Nick answers some other important questions. Dr Nick Kannegieter This Saturday night there will be twelve races at Tabcorp Park Menangle.  There is a strong representation from New Zealand and Trots TV caught up with media identity Michael Guerin to discuss all of the kiwi chances. Michael Guerin discusses the kiwi chances   Victorian trainer Michael Stanley will bring two horses to compete at Menangle on Saturday night and he joined Trots TV to discuss their chances. Michael Stanley brings two horses to compete On the Mini Trots Show there is a big announcement with HRNSW CEO John Dumesny confirming the NSW representative for the upcoming series in New Zealand.  Daryll Jackson updates Trots TV on everything else that is happening too. Trots TV also spoke with Chris Alford about the upcoming World Driving Championships.  For all this and more check out Trots Tv atwww.harnessmediacentre.com.au Greg Hayes

Victorian harness racing trainer Andy Gath will make the trip north with Padrisimo to compete in a New South Wales Derby heat at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night.  Padrisimo has only had nine starts, but two of those have been at Menangle and he did win the Rod Fitzpatrick Memorial on the circuit last year. “Padrisimo was only a little horse when he won the Fitzpatrick Memorial as a two-year-old and I think since then he has probably grown about a millimetre,” Gath joked. “He’s a gross colt, but he has done plenty of work despite not racing for a month, so it won’t be fitness that is his worry on Saturday night.” Padrisimo has drawn wide in barrier 11, with Gath stating the son of Bettors Delight wil be driven ‘cold’. “He has shown that he is best when he is driven quieter, and from out there, we don’t really have much choice, so we are in the laps of the Gods to some extent because he will need a few things to go his way,” Gath said. “The Derby has always been a target for him this season because he is owned in New South Wales and he has raced well at Menangle in the past.” Gath also has Burnaholeinmypocket in another heat, while C C Chevron will compete in a an Oaks qualifier. “Burnaholeinmypocket has only had the one run back from a spell, he did a fair bit of work on that occasion at Bendigo and from the good draw he should get his chance to qualify,” Gath said. “C C Chevron is my surprise package. I didn’t think she would be able to win a race like the South Australian Derby, but she just keeps on improving. “She is probably my best winning chance of the night despite missing a run at Ballarat last week.” GREG HAYES

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 - The barrier draw for the TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion will be conducted on Saturday 21st February at 7:30pm in the Miracle Mile Restaurant at Tabcorp Park Menangle. A field of 14 runners will face the starter with Beautide attempting to go back-to-back after winning last year's event convincingly. Another six Gr.1 races will be run on Sunday March 1 with the three remaining events all classified as Gr.2. Barrier draws for the following races will be conducted on Sunday 22nd February from 9:30am and are open to the public. The draws will take place at the offices of HRNSW, 22 Meredith Street Bankstown. - GR.1 FORM 700 CHARIOTS OF FIRE - GR.1 CAMARDA & CANTRILL NSW DERBY - GR.1 FORM 700 NSW OAKS - GR.1 CORDINA CHICKEN FARMS LADYSHIP MILE - GR.2 LEXUS INTERNATIONAL LADY DRIVERS INVITATIONAL - GR.2 SLINGSBY HOLDINGS WORLD DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIP HEAT The remaining barrier draws will be conducted on Monday morning. - GR.1 TROTTERS STANDING START - GR.1 BOHEMIA CRYSTAL FREE FOR ALL - GR.2 INTER DOMINION CARNIVAL STAKES To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: Greg Hayes | Media Coordinator | Harness Racing New South Wales |

At the completion of Saturday night’s Inter Dominion heats Harness Racing NSW and the NSW Harness Racing Club will issue an Order of Entry for the Final. The TAB.com.au Championship is scheduled to be run at Tabcorp Park Menangle on March 1. The Order of Entry is designed to allow connections the necessary time after the heats to assess the health of their horse and consider their options prior to the field being determined in accordance with the 2015 Inter Dominion Conditions. The Order of Entry will include 20 horses: Horses 1-12; Those horses that have qualified for the Final as per their finishing position in the heats and in accordance with the conditions. Horses 13-14; Those horses selected as “wildcards” for the Final as per the conditions. Horses 15-20; Those horses selected, in order of merit, as standby runners for the Final.  These horses must have competed in the heats and are an extension of the “wildcard” and emergency selection process. Connections of all 20 horses have until 10am Monday, February 16 to advise HRNSW of their decision to accept for the $750,000 Inter Dominion Final. The field for the Final, comprising 14 runners and at least two Emergencies, will be declared at noon on Monday, February 16 based on the Order of Entry after non-acceptors are taken into account. It is anticipated the Order of Entry will be announced as part of the Sky Racing 2 dedicated coverage of the heats and distributed as an official Inter Dominion Media Release at approximately 9:45pm on Saturday, 14 February 2015. GREG HAYES

Wednesday 11th February 2015 - Leading harness racing trainer Shaun Snudden and stable driver Corey Bell set new personal bests with four winners at Wagga on Tuesday night. Snudden had previously trained several trebles, while for Bell it was the highlight of his fledgling driving career. The stable won the first three races with Classiemahon, Riseandriseagain and Northern Line before making it four with Cams Victories in race five. "I have had a fair few trebles, but this is the first time I have had four," Snudden said. "I thought the six horses were all winning hopes. Sometimes you think you have three or four winning chances but tonight the six were all in races they could win." Snudden's other two runners, Jiven Jerry and Whisper Away, also started favourite but finished out of a placing. With less than six months of the season complete, Snudden has brought up 50 winners and has many more race meetings ahead. "I have 28 horses in work and trying to place them all where they can be competitive is a job in itself," he said. "We have Parkes (Wednesday night), Cobram and then Leeton on Friday so there is plenty of racing to keep you busy." The combination's six starters all ran as favourites with Snudden pleased to finish with four. "You need the right horses and a bit of luck," he said. Riseandriseagain is building a strong record for owner Brendon Webb with six wins and as many placings from 17 starts. The four-year-old previously raced in Sydney with two other trainers before finding his way to Snudden at Narrandera. His time of 1.57.5 seconds for the 1755 metres compares favourably with the track record of 1.56.6. Classiemahon is raced in the same interests as consistent mare Amanda Von and has won three times for his new owners. The gelding had to do it tough racing three wide from the 1000 metres. Greg Hayes

Western Australian harness racing star David Hercules has drawn the second row in an Inter Dominion heat for the second successive year, but this time, driver Morgan Woodley will leave nothing to chance.  After running fourth 12 months ago, David Hercules missed a berth in the 2014 Inter Dominion, and with only the winner of this year’s heat assured a spot in the $750,000 Final, Woodley plans to ‘take no prisoners’. “We drew the inside of the second row last year and I eased right back to get off the inside, and I probably made the wrong decision, but drawn two on the second row this year I’m pretty happy to get up outside them and control the race from there,” Woodley said. “He’s been a great horse for everyone involved, he has won a lot of races, competed against some nice horses, and if he hadn’t come along in the same era as Im Themightyquinn, he would have probably won more races and more prize money.” Woodley drove Mysta Magical Mach in the 2012 and 2013 Inter Dominion, finishing second at his first attempt. “Mysta Magical Mach and David Hercules are very different horses to drive,” Woodley declared. “Mysta Magical Mach had high speed and a good turn of foot whereas David Hercules is more dour. “David Hercules was very workmanlike in the Fremantle Cup, he did his thing and got the job done, but his run in defeat in the WA Pacing Cup was great. “He was three-wide to the breeze and only got beaten in the last little bit, it was a top effort and in the end probably took the edge off him when he went across for the Victoria Cup.” Woodley is willing to make the trip across to Sydney to should David Hercules qualify for the TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion at Tabcorp Park Menangle on March 1. “In the end that decision will be made by the connections, but I plan to be going over, however, first things first, he has to win this Saturday night to guarantee he qualifies,” Woodley said. GREG HAYES

Hunter Valley harness racing trainer Shane Tritton could not be happier with the barrier draws for Saturday night’s Inter Dominion heats at Tabcorp Park Menangle.  Tritton has two runners in each heat and believes he has legitimate chances in both. “In the first heat Suave Stuey Lombo has drawn six, but will start from four if the two emergencies come out and Mark Dennis will come into eight,” Tritton said. “It is the perfect draw for Stuey and the easy month he has had recently may have been a blessing in disguise. “In the supplementary heat Easy On The Eye will come into three if the emergencies don’t start and Saucy Legend will start in two, so they both should settle right on the speed.” Tritton confirmed the plan with Suave Stuey Lombo is to lead throughout despite the qualifier being over 2400 metres as opposed to the gelding’s favourite sprint journey. “I couldn’t imagine handing over, he is feeling fresher than most going into the series and we’ll be looking to find the front,” Tritton said. “I can’t see too many horses that would want to have a crack at us midrace. “Obviously Beautide and For A Reason are the horses to beat in that heat, but with four runners going through from the Final I think Mark Dennis is right in the mix to snare the fourth spot.” Easy On The Eye has pulled up well from his placing in last weekend’s A G Hunter Cup at Melton according to Tritton. “He has come through that run well and I have been waiting to get him over a longer trip at Menangle,” Tritton declared. “While Christen Me and Terror To Love are in the heat, they both have had some very tough runs in the past fortnight.” Stable driver Lauren Panella has elected to partner Suave Stuey Lombo and Easy On The Eye. GREG HAYES

With the feature races just around the corner, Trots TV has plenty of information to keep you up to date with everything taking place in harness racing in New South Wales. This week on Inside My Stable we visit Cobbitty trainer Rob Xerri. Xerri has four year old My General Lee nominated for the Inter Dominion and is also contemplating a Chariots Of Fire campaign. Watch this week's story; Dr Nick Kannegieter is back with another instalment of The Doctor's In. This week Dr Nick discusses soft palate issues and what can be done to help treat horses with such problems. Bruce Harpley spoke to Trots TV after Frith's strong win in the Ranji Bill Stakes and talks about the Ladyship Mile and possible targets later in the year. Graham Loch is the new Chairman Of Stewards at HRNSW and he spoke with Trots TV about his career and plans going forward. Plus all of the regular weekly segments including 6 Things We've Learned with Robbie Morris and On Trial can be found on Trots TV here By Greg Hayes

It has been a big week for young reinsman Robbie Morris. Less than a week ago he was announced as the NSW representative in the Australasian Young Drivers Championship, and then on Saturday night watched the Sky Racing monitors at Tabcorp Park Menangle as his partner Kerryann Turner trained and drove Aztec Bromac to victory in the first heat of the Victoria Derby at Melton. Morris has been the regular driver of Aztec Bromac in his career and it has been confirmed that he will drive the three year old again this week in the Gr. 1 event. "Kerryann and I have spoken about it and it has been decided that I will go down on Saturday to drive Aztec Bromac in the Derby," Morris said. "Kerryann has some important drives at Menangle this weekend including Zenable and Lettuceriprita so she will be in Sydney this weekend and I will head to Melbourne." Aztec Bromac is only lightly raced having competed just six times for four victories. "He's a nice horse and I don't think anyone thought we would be competing in a Derby but it has been a great ride so far and we're just happy to be there." "The two owners that are in him are long term owners and haven't had a real top liner so it is nice to see them get a horse like this. He will race on Saturday night and then return to Sydney in an attempt to qualify for the New South Wales Derby." Aztec Bromac has remained in Victoria this week after his heat win. "Kerryann has been stabled at Shepparton with Daniel Jack and he has a great setup, so she will be able to give Aztec Bromac his last hit out and then come back to Sydney and I will go down on Saturday morning." By Greg Hayes

Lightly raced two year old Regal Nightshade will make his first trip to Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night when he competes in the Gr. 3 NSW Sapling Stakes. Prepared by Leeton harness racing trainer Bill Trembath, the two year old son of Lis Mara has only raced three times and is already a winner, taking out a heat of the Leeton Breeders Plate on December 26. "Regal Nightshade was purchased by John and Leslie O'Sullivan at the Bathurst Gold Crown sale last year and I took him home to break him in," Bill Trembath said. "I had Enjoythegoodtimes for the O'Sullivan family a few years ago, he won a heat of the Breeders Plate as well but Regal Nightshade always showed ability from the first day and when he started trialling around the two minute mark at Leeton I knew he had some talent." Regal Nightshade has drawn barrier nine on Saturday night and will start directly outside Bettermatch, the two year old that beat him in the Breeders Plate final. "The draw hasn't helped much, Bettermatch is a very nice horse and he looks hard to beat and so does Shane Tritton's horse Salty Robyn. He won at Goulburn impressively and ran a good time too." "Regal Nightshade has good gate speed but I will just wait and see what happens early." Trembath has confirmed he plans on returning to Sydney for the Rod Fitzpatrick Memorial on Saturday February 21. "Yeah the prize money is so strong, when there is $50,000 up for grabs you have to be competing in these types of events, after that I plan on taking him to Bathurst for the Gold Crown and then I think I will probably turn him out and give him a blow." The NSW Sapling Stakes is Race 5 at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night and will begin at 8:20pm. By Greg Hayes      

1 to 16 of 149
1 2 3 4 5 Next »