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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

Harness Racing New South Wales is pleased to announce Amanda Rando as the controlling body's Racing Liaison Officer. Amanda will be responsible for communicating and consulting with the various Clubs to effect race programmes which compliment the Handicapping & Programming Strategy of HRNSW and address local and regional requirements. In addition Amanda will create initiatives that will enhance the racing product allowing horses to be competitive throughout their racing life and prepare reports relating to aspects of the race meeting schedule for review by the Board and Executive Management. HRNSW Chief Executive Officer John Dumesny believes Amanda is the ideal person for the new role. "Amanda will be big asset to HRNSW, the Racing Liaison Officer role will be an important one with Amanda dealing directly with the Clubs across the state and will then implement initiatives at local and regional levels to ensure the industry's continued success," Dumesny said "After nearly a decade with the National Trotguide and Harness Racing Weekly, Amanda's intricate knowledge of harness racing will help her in the role and importantly she is well known by a number of key stakeholders. "Amanda's key involvement in all forms of media will be an integral tool which will enhance her role and avenues of assistance to the respective clubs from the racing perspective." Amanda is excited to be joining HRNSW and is looking forward to a new challenge. "I'm really looking forward to the new role and I'm glad I can continue my involvement in the sport," Amanda said. Amanda will take up the position of Racing Liaison Officer from next month. Greg Hayes

The Honan property ‘Killarney’, located near Canowindra in NSW, has been in the family for more than 40 years and has produced many outstanding harness racing horses.  Spanning more than 768 acres of highly fertile red loam soil, Killarney will go up for auction on Friday July 31 at 10:30am in King Street Sydney. Wayne Honan admits it has been a tough decision to sell the property and while it could be bought and used for farming purposes he is hoping that it is purchased by someone involved in harness racing. “I’d like to see it continue as it is setup currently because everything is already there and functioning but that will obviously be a decision for the new owners,” Honan said. “There has been a lot of interest in the property since it was first listed, actually I spoke with the agent today and there are a couple of inspections due tomorrow, it is obviously pretty cold at the moment and we’ve had a couple of inches of rain lately but it is looking very nice.” There is a comfortable four/five bedroom homestead set in landscaped gardens with an in-ground salt water pool on the property, a large number of stables including an eleven stable circular colt barn, a fourteen box barn, a mares nine box complex with adjacent covered steel horse yards, vet crush, laboratory and  1000 metre training track. “We’ve downsized a lot in the past twelve years, we have gone from 50 mares to eight and I’ll be looking to drop back to four mares and have a couple at places like Brooklyn Lodge and Yirribee or maybe even Queensland in the future. “I’m moving to Sydney and it will take a while to get use to city living because while we had Condell Park, we would only be in Sydney for six weeks or so and then head back home.” Honan is planning on training one or two horses into the future. “Once Menangle is completed and has stables then I will probably look to have one or two in work but that will be further down the track. “The land values at somewhere between $2 and $2.6 million but for someone interested in harness racing everything has already been set up for them, all the hard work has been done, so we’ll just wait and see the interest in the property when it goes to auction.” Greg Hayes

In the game of cricket, batsmen discuss reaching the 'nervous nineties' and being weighed down with pressure to reach their century. The period a batsman can spend only a few runs short of that milestone can feel like hours and when dismissed just short, the disappointment for the sportsman can be quite apparent. The same can be said for harness trainers and chasing 100 winners in a season. Riverina trainer Shaun Snudden has been close in the past two seasons but has fallen agonisingly short. On both occasions Snudden reached 97 winners Australia wide but when he trained his 100th winner for the season at Albury on Friday afternoon, the relief was evident. "Finally I did it, I had been that close the past two years and to get 100 winners in a season is quite an achievement considering a lot of my horses come from other stables," Snudden said. "I have 27 horses in work at the moment so it is a big operation, most stables normally get smaller during the winter months but mine tends to get bigger because I pick up horses from trainers that don't want to work them during the colder months." Classiemahon's victory in the ninth race at Albury on Friday was Snudden's 100th winner for the season and he was happy the son of Jeremes Jet got him to the milestone. "Classiemahon has been a great horse for the stable, the win on Friday was his tenth since joining the team and his results have given me great pleasure. "I have had a lot of good moments during the current season but there are a few that I won't forget including having my first Gr. 1 runner when Somelovesomewhere qualified for the Breeders Challenge final at Menangle and when Tim Tetrick drove a winner for me during the World Driving Championships." Snudden is one of the few leading trainers in NSW to have no family link to the sport of harness racing prior to his involvement. "I am basically self taught, I had an embroidery business that I ended up doing out of my house so I could spend more time with the horses but after about six or seven years I decided to go full-time with the horses and I am happy I did. "I do train my horses differently and I have had to refine my techniques because I do all of my work on the sand but I do what suits my horses and the results have been good." After being so close in the past Snudden admitted he thought 100 winners may never be a realistic target. "At the start of the season I didn't think I would be able to get there but about halfway through the year I realised I was right on target and to get there with more than a month to go in the season is great." Snudden is currently fourth on the NSW Trainers Premiership with 95 behind Shane Tritton, Steve Turnbull and Kerryann Turner and has now set his sights on training 100 NSW winners this season. Greg Hayes

At the harness racing meeting at Menangle on Saturday night  there was four $50,000 New South Wales Breeders Challenge "Blue" finals for horses who hadn't won or been placed in the $125,000 finals in June. As is the norm these days Greg Hayes was out and about talking to a lot of the people who were involved on Saturday night and what their future plans were after the "Blue" finals. Greg caught up with six trainers/drivers including Jack Trainor, James Rattray, Matt Rue, Gavin Fitzpatrick, Mark Hewitt and Bernie Hewitt. Harnesslink Media  

Hunter Valley harness racing trainer Shane Tritton has joined a small group of trainers to have prepared 200 Australian winners in a single season. Victorian trainer Andy Gath was the first to achieve the feat in 2002/03 and since then only seven other trainers have reached the milestone. Mickey McRooney was the stable's 200th winner for the season when he won at Newcastle on Saturday night. Tritton became the fourth NSW trainer to enter the '200 club' joining Paul Fitzpatrick, Luke McCarthy and Steve Turnbull. "I was very happy, it was a great result for the entire stable - the owners, the staff, Lauren (Panella regular driver) and Mum, we work very hard but after reaching 200 winners it makes all of the hard work worthwhile," Tritton said. "For the next week I will remain in Queensland with the 30 or so horses that I have up here and I will look to come home after the meeting at Albion Park this Saturday night, there are still a few races that I would like to target in Queensland and some horses may stay up here but the majority will go home." Tritton is already eyeing off 200 NSW winners for the season and is confident that he will be able get the thirteen winners he needs in his home state. "I've got 187 winners in NSW with the other fourteen coming in Queensland but I think I should be able to get 200 back home with over a month of the season still remaining. "I've had a few owners who have contacted me and told me to spell their horses until the new season which will coincide with Lauren hopefully returning from injury but I'll just wait and see what happens when I get home." Talented four year old Yayas Hot Spot is expected to race on Saturday night in the Four Year Old Championships after finishing last in the Sunshine Sprint. "Saturday night should be easier than his last start and I think I have him back on track so I'm expecting him to perform a lot better. "I'm planning on starting Fearless Leader this weekend and a couple of my mares also." Three year old filly Katy Perry had little luck in Saturday night's Gr. 1 Queensland Oaks and can head to Victoria for the Breeders Crown. "I'll weigh up where to go with Katy Perry, she was unlucky on Saturday night and is a very classy filly, I'm very happy with her but I think it proves how important good barriers are especially in feature races. Tritton confirmed Lauren Panella will meet with her specialist again this week as she continues her recovery after breaking eight bones in her left wrist and hand. "She will be going back every week to see the specialist, the scenario we are working towards is for her to make a comeback in the new season but that will all be decided by the doctors, it is out of our hands." Greg Hayes

Saturday night's Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge Blue at the harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Menangle was a successful one for Golden Gait stud's Wayne and Anne Lamb after their stallion Passmaster Hanover sired two of the Gr. 2 Blue winners. Bernie Hewitt's three year old filly Pass The Magic outstayed her rivals while two year old colt Express Pass trained by the Lambs' daughter Belinda McCarthy finished hard to win. "It was a great night for Passmaster Hanover and Golden Gait Stud, it has been a slow start for him but hopefully that gives him the kick along that he needs," Anne Lamb said. "The Breeders Challenge Blue is a very important part of the Breeders Challenge series and it was great to see the progeny of the local stallions compete for the big prize money." Passmaster Hanover's oldest progeny are three with the son of Cam's Card Shark serving his biggest number of mares in 2011/12. His excellent conformation and good looks resulted in him being purchased for $250,000 as a yearling. His dam Panned Out has established herself as one of the best broodmares in the USA. She is the dam of eight winners in sub 1:55.0 with two of those going under 1:50.0 while Passmaster Hanover recorded 1:50.2. "We are in the process of selling and moving farms and there are some yearlings and two year olds by Passmaster Hanover still for sale so if people are interested they should contact us directly and he will be available to breeders again later this year. "We weren't at Menangle on Saturday night, we were actually on our way to Broadbeach for a break and spent the night at Burren Junction which is between Walgett and Narrabri but unfortunately the pub where we stayed didn't have Sky Racing so we had to listen to the races on a mobile phone and then we were able to watch the replays later on a tablet." There was more success for Golden Gait Stud on the night with former employee Craig Cross owning Breeders Challenge Blue two year old fillies winner Sport Report. "Craig worked for us for eighteen or so years, to see him win a race like that with Sport Report made the night even better." Sport Report is by Sportswriter while the other Blue winner on the night was the Paul Fitzpatrick trained Milliondollar Wave. He is a three year old gelding by Million Dollar Cam. Greg Hayes

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