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Hectorjayjay was superb last night on debut for the David Aiken harness racing stable, winning his Park Douglas Printing Mildura Cup heat with a last half of 56.1 seconds. Hectorjayjay rated 1:59.3 to defeat local Murranji Track by 9.8m as the annual Sunraysia carnival got under way to an action-packed start. While Hectorjayjay is likely to start a hot favourite for Saturday night’s Group 2 final, it was last night’s other heat winner, Stunning Grin, who broke the track record courtesy of a 1:57.5 mile-rate scorcher around the half-mile circuit. Trainer Vince Vallelonga was understandably thrilled with the performance of his five-year-old gelded son of Grinfromeartoear out of Rosalee Hanover. “I’ve had the Mildura Cup in my mind for him for a while,” he said. “I thought it was important he got to the fence first because he’d never been around Mildura before and if he got to the fence I thought he’d handle it. “Normally the horse flies the gate then drops the bit nicely. Last night he was hitting the wheel and that’s why he was taking off in patches… he’d hit the wheel again and away he goes. But we’ll fix that up for the weekend. “It was a real credit to the horse that after charging like that, which was out of character, he was able to finish it off so well. Even Anthony Butt said he was entitled not to finish it off like he did.” Stunning Grin has drawn gate three for the $60,325 final on Saturday night, outside Murranji Track and Itz Dreamin Jonesy. “Murranji Track has plenty of speed but it handed up last night and I think it would be in its best interests to hand up in the final,” Vallelonga said. “I’m not super confident we can beat Hectorjayjay… that horse doesn’t have to lead to win, but I figure in front he can run a quick half and make it tough for Hectorjayjay. Even before the track was done up I remember real good horses going up to Mildura and getting beat. It’s a very competitive track because people have to make moves. You’ve got to put your horse in the race.” Country cups specialist Ideal Success, who broke the track record securing the silverware at Ararat recently, has drawn barrier five for Kerryn Manning. Melton 1720m record-holder Cold Major will start from barrier 11 under the preferential barrier draw conditions, with recent Terang track record-breaker Glenferrie Hood drawn nine, inside prolific country cups performer Uncle Wingnut. View the fields for Saturday night’s Park Douglas Printing Mildura Pacing Cup Final  Cody Winnell

Every time harness racing trainer Colin Rogers asks his four-year-old– the best horse’s he’s trained – to give a little more, Murranji Track responds. And so, after three open class wins on the trot, the trainer from Mildura’s outskirts will prepare his gelding for tonight’s Park Douglas Printing Mildura Cup Pacing heat en route to Saturday’s final. “It’s a bit of a challenge,” Rogers said. “It’s a rise in grade for him, but every time he is asked to step up he does. “He was a C4 and then a C5 and then he was up to open competition and won his first three starts. He will be there (at the business end). My first intent was to wait until he was a five-year-old (before entering the Mildura cup), but he is the best horse I’ve ever had.” Murranji Track will have to finish first five in a competitive heat to get a start in Saturday’s cup, but has been aided by being drawn the one among an eight-horse field, which includes Hectorjayjay having his first start in David Aiken’s stable. “He has seldom drawn the front,” Rogers said. “His first start in the open grade was from the front and he showed good gate sped and at the end ran 56 (seconds).” That was February 24 when Emma Hamblin drove Murranji Track to a 3m win when $1.80 favourite, with the gelding by Grinfromeartoear out of Jennas Beach Girl showing good gate speed. A similar start should have Murranji Track well placed to either lead or take the sit and have strong claims to qualify for the final, which Rogers said was tonight’s primary objective.  “We might drive him a bit conservative. He’ll be up there though, and he will be there to win it, but we are also looking to get him into the final,” Rogers said. While the stakes are high, not much will be foreign to Murranji Track, who was 12 wins from his 25 starts, of which 21 have been at Mildura.  “The main reason the horse has been racing here is because he has been a bastard of a traveller. He just about kicks the float to bits whenever he travels,” Rogers said. “At least when he runs at Mildura he has only got 10 minutes to knock himself around.” It’s hoped that as the gelding matures that will ease, sooner rather than later ideally with plans to have him chase the four-year-old Vicbred series. For now the focus remains closer to home. “It would be nice to win or run a place in the Mildura Cup. I had a runner (Panorama Drive) run third in the heat and fifth in the final a few years back (2011), but this horse is twice as good as he was.” Michael Howard Fields for Mildura, Tuesday 05 April 2016 Form guide for Mildura, Tuesday 05 April 2016

Harness racing trainer driver Lisa Miles drove a winning double last night at Tabcorp Park Melton from just two starters. Miles’ evergreen trotter Michael Thomas (9G, Malabar Maple/Krysta) won the Haras Des Trotteurs Handicap and stablemate Virgil Hilts (4G, Grinfromeartoear / Telern Hilda) took the Goldacres Pacers Handicap. Michael Thomas’ win was his 12th from 69 starts and brought the nine-year-old within $8000 of the $100,000 career stakes mark. VIDEO: MICHAEL THOMAS TAKES OUT THE TROT AT MELTON The 2013 Maryborough Trotters Cup winner stepped best from pole to lead in the 2760-metre trip, Miles able to control the race to suit when left unchallenged throughout. Michael Thomas was well-tried in betting, into $4 late, the writing on the wall after an eye-catching run last time out. He rated 2:06.2. Race favourite The Boss Man ($2.70) finished 6.1m behind the winner in second, while Leannes Boy was third. Virgil Hilts’ win was nearly a carbon copy of Michael Thomas’, stepping best from behind the tapes to lead, controlling proceedings and kicking strongly at the finish. The four-year-old started $5.30 and held off Trison ($3.10) and fast-finishing Chestervale Jet ($30.40) in a mile rate of 2:01.6. RESULTS OF ALL RACES FACEBOOK PHOTO GALLERY OF ALL WINNERS Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

When talented pacer Wingatui Dew first arrived at the harness racing stables of Grant Hodges at Bridport on the North-East Coast of Tasmania the expectations weren't high, in fact the owners were just hoping a change of environment would ignite the potential the horse showed at an early age. At the UBET Racing Centre in Launceston last night Wingatui Dew notched his eighth win for Hodges to keep intact his unbeaten record in Tasmania. It is an outstanding feat for any horse to win three races in succession but to be unbeaten after eight outings is exceptional. "It's funny how some horses take to a change of environment and it's pretty clear that Wingatui Dew is one of those horses," Hodges said. "He has just thrived since he came to Tassie. "From the first time we trialled him I thought he might win a few but every time we've raised the bar he's stepped up and delivered. "He has always drawn well and in all of his eight wins he has either led or raced in the death. "Nothing has fully tested this horse yet so we don't know whether we've found the bottom of him," he said. Hodges has ruled out a start in the Easter Cup at the end of March so he is pawing over the racing calendar looking for a suitable M0 race in Melbourne. "In the next few weeks there is pretty much nothing for him here in Tasmania so we will more than likely target at M0 at Melton and take it from there," Hodges said. Wingatui Dew is owned by one of Hodges' good friends Steve Carter in partnership with John Starr from NSW. The gelding has won $36,000 in prizemoney in Tasmania to take his career earnings to almost $50,000 but Hodges is confident the gelded son of Grinfromeartoear is capable of winning at least that much again. Peter Staples

Rakauhauka harness racing trainer Clark Barron was unsure about which of his two inform runners was the better winning chance in the SBS Pace at Ascot Park today in Invercargill.   In one corner stood the the Panspacificflight gelding Southern Pursuit who had won his last three races in the manner of a horse headed to the best grades.   In the other corner stood the Grinfromeartoear gelding All Jokes Aside who had won three of his last four in just as impressive fashion as his stablemate.   Clark opted for All Jokes Aside on the driving front with Brent Barclay taking the drive behind Southern Pursuit.   Southern Pursuit jumped to an early lead from barrier five before Clark worked All Jokes Aside around the field and took over after 800 metres.   Not long after Statham and Nathan Williamson moved up to sit on All Jokes Aside wheel and the battle was on.   Head to head from the half mile, the two paced the final bend together and settled down to battle it out.   Statham looked to momentarily put his nose in front before All Jokes Aside nudged back in front and grabbed a narrow advantage he was never to relinquish.   Statham was equally game in holding second after sitting parked the whole way in his first start in 10 weeks while Southern Pursuit got home well late to run third after having trouble with his first experience of the passing lane which tricked him up a touch.   All Jokes Aside paced the 2200 metres in a very sharp 2:40.9, a mile rate of 1:57.6 with closing sectionals of 57.2 and 28.9.   Clark was suitably impressed with his charge's performance.   “He got a good run through early but I had to use him a fair bit to get to the front.”   “I thought I was in a bit of trouble on the corner but he just won't lie down.”   “They can get up beside him but it is damn hard to get past,” Clark said.   Clark was a touch unsure as to where to from here with All Jokes Aside.   “I suppose we will have to see how he handles the standing starts now.”   “I think he will cope with them but we won't know until we line him up on raceday, “ Clark said.   Nathan Williamson was thrilled with the run of the second placed Statham.   “That was his first run since Cup day in November and his condition gave out late but he has gone super.”   “He will derive huge benefit from the run and he should be in for a big campaign this time in,” Nathan said.   All Jokes Aside is just another of the southern trained four year olds who are creating such a big impression this season and looks far from finished winning judging by today's effort.     Harnesslink Media

Harness racing trainer Ben Yole has made a brilliant start to the season and that he keeps building on his successful team suggests he could emerge as Tasmania's premier mentor by season's end. At UBET Park Hobart on Sunday night Yole added another win to his tally when Happy Schnapps led throughout to win the UBET Pace over 2090 meters with talented novice driver Taylor Ford in the sulky. Despite being well placed in the C2-C3 event Happy Schnapps started at the lucrative price of $5.10. Yole said Happy Schnapps had been going well enough to suggest the five-year-old gelding would make his presence felt and in the end the son of Grinfromeartoear made a one-act affair of the race scoring by over four metres from Soo Special with Laforce 1-1/2 metres away third. The win took Yole's season tally to 32 to be 10 clear of his nearest rival Nathan Ford. The trainer's younger brother Mark Yole has capitalised on the stable's success to be the state's leading driver on 26 wins and well clear of Ricky Duggan (15) and the injured Gareth Rattray (14). Peter Staples  

Bridport harness racing trainer Grant Hodges is eyeing off a trip to Melbourne with his in-form gelding Wingatui Dew following the five-year-old gelding's fifth win in succession since arriving in Tasmania three months ago. Wingatui Dew led throughout at his first four attempts for Hodges but at the UBET Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night the gelding had to do it tough by facing the breeze but it proved a mere blimp on the radar for the son of Grinfromeartoear. Smart mare Licinia showed her customary early speed to lead from gate three and while driver Erin Hollaway aboard Wingatui Dew issued a short-lived challenge she ended up being content to allow her charge to face the breeze. The pair matched motors to the well in to the home straight the last time but when Hollaway called on her charge for the supreme effort he was up to the task and forged clear to defeat Licinia by almost four metres with Onemorelaugh a further 2.4 metres astern. "The owners paid good money for this horse as a tried horse in New Zealand but when he couldn't cut it at the main meetings so he ended up at the mid-weeks," Hodges said. "They were also having difficulty keeping the weight on him so since he's been with me I've kept him fresh and tried to space his runs," he said. Wingatui Dew has won his way through the grades in Tasmania and is now a C4 horse. "The general idea is to get him to the best level we can here in Tassie and then slip across the water to Melbourne and try and win an M0,"Hodges said. Peter Staples      

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A hard hitting field of eight will take to the track in the Thursday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash Thursday card with the featured pace taking place in race 11 for a $2,100 purse. Outside The Wire is the morning line choice from post 5 for driver Gary Chappell, trainer Craig Avery and owners Andrew Avery of Freetown and John Brodrick of Manning, Alberta. The six-year-old son of Grinfromeartoear was a winner his last start in 1:57.1 at this same level but that isn't enough for race analyst Les MacIsaac, who pins his hopes on Eagle Jolt with rail control for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owners Wilbur and Marie MacDonald of Orwell Cove. "The last time he raced at this level he was allowed to front the field all the way and it resulted in a win," MacIsaac said of Eagle Jolt. "With rail control it could be a similar scenario tonight so he's a potential sleeper." MacIsaac also pegs Van Zant (Ron Matheson) from post 2 as a race factor, as well as post 6 starter Mcjestic (Walter Cheverie). Other entries include Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton), Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes), Superbo Hanover (Gordie Hennessey) and Perfect Escape (Kenny Arsenault). The back-up pace lines up in race 7 for a $1,700 purse with Sinners In Heaven and Lyndale Royal renewing their weekly rivalry from post 4 and 6, respectively. The claiming pair has Sinners In Heaven racing with a $6,000 price tag with Chappell in the bike for trainer Earl Watts and owners Windemere Farms of Hampshire and Lana Murphy and River Valley Management of New Brunswick, while Lyndale Royal has a $7,200 sticker for driver Marc Campbell, trainer and co-owner Brent Campbell of Charlottetown and co-owner Neal Moase of Warren Grove. Lyndale Royal is riding a three-race win streak while Sinners In Heaven finished second and third in all three encounters but only beaten half-a-length in both runner-up efforts. The evening trot class lines up in race 4 with Dunmore Chance favoured from post 2 for driver Jack Panting and co-owner and trainer Ralph Annear of Montague. The $1,550 event has a field of eight to line up behind the gate. Marc Campbell, who has 10 drives on the Thursday program, has pledged his driving proceeds to benefit fellow driver Corey MacPherson who recently underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumour. MacPherson, who sits fourth in the Charlottetown driving standings and is one win away from number 500 of his career, last drove on Sept. 24 in Charlottetown. He will be out of action for the foreseeable future. By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

Impressive Launceston harness racing winner Our Maddys Star is country cups-bound following her impressive win in a standing start event over 2200 metres at the UBET Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night. Our Maddys Star began safely off a 10-metre handicap and eventually found a spot outside of the leader after travelling half a lap. Despite being forced to face the breeze the Nathan Ford-trained mare proved too strong for her rivals. She hit the line just over a metre clear of Faithful Jet that enjoyed a cushy run in the one-out-one-back position with Karalta Dazzler coming from well back to grab third just ahead of race leader Prettyboytroy who faded sharply over the concluding stages. Driver Dylan Ford was impressed with the mare's effort. "The Grinfromeartoear mare hasn't had much luck since she's been in Tassie," Ford said. "She's still won two races and only missed a cheque once and that was when she fell in Hobart through no fault of her own." "She flies from a standing start and that's why we are keen to get her into come of the country cups around December-January." "This was her best win because she had to do it tough and still found plenty at the end," he said. It was the first leg of a winning double for the trainer and driver with The Big Parade scoring an emphatic all-the-way win in the Sutter Hanover Pace (C1-C2) over 2200m. Peter Staples

Ballarat based Jaimie-Lee King had the last laugh on her rivals when four year old Major In Art/Laughing Meadow gelding Major Laugh blitzed his rivals in the Fishers IGA Pace at the Arrat trots on Tuesday. Trained at Smythes Creek by “boss” Emma Stewart, Major Laugh raced and driven by Jaimie-Lee starting from the extreme draw settled at the tail of the field, with polemarker Under Your Thumb kept honest all through the race by the favourite Four Starzzz Fella outside him. Send forward four wide in the last lap, Major Laugh followed Zermanion three wide in the back straight, before sprinting like a gazelle four wide to lead on the home turn, scoring by 9.5 metres over Our Sir Ivanhoe along the sprint lane after trailing the pacemaker and being held up at a vital stage, with Nobetterthanthis (one/one) third. The mile rate was 1-58.1. A winner at Mildura on June 3 when making his Victorian debut after racing mostly around the Hunter Valley, Major Laugh returned a mile rate of 1-58.1. Two relatively unknown participants of the sport were successful on the night – Bunkers Hill (Ballarat) based owner/trainer Alan Holman combining with Zac Steenhuis to land the Hygain Feeds Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 2195 metres with $61.80 chance Blude Master and Gordon’s Larry Lynch the Eastick Homes Pace for C1 class over 1790 metres with Graceful Art at $40.60. Blude Master a five year old gelded son of Attorney General and Bludegirl having start number 23 and first since April 2014 after taking a lift, was taken back at the start from outside the front row to settle at the tail of the field. Under pressure in the final circuit to follow Extra three wide, Blude Master hard driven gradually made ground and when Go Betweens four wide outside him joined in approaching the home turn, grabbed the bit and went with him to set sail after the leader Blissful Spanker. In a race than changed complexion over the concluding stages, Blude Master prevailed by a nose from Go Betweens in a mile rate of 2-01.7, with Blissful Spanker 1.6 metres away in third place.  Five year old Metropolitan/Private Affair mare Graceful Affair trained by Larry Lynch racing under the banner of Lynch Harness Horses, possied mid-field in the running line from the extreme draw with local Michael Bellman in the sulky. Held up in the last lap with horses all around her as the leaders Our Bedrock and Bellas Jet kicked clear appearing to have the race to themselves, Graceful Affair came with a withering burst of speed down the centre of the track to score by 1.2 metres over Bellas Jet which raced in the open for the majority of the journey, dropping in for a breather approaching the home turn. Saab Magic flashed home late from three back the markers after also being held up prior to the home turn to be 1.5 metres away in third place. The mile rate was 1-59.4. Great Western’s Peter Manning combined with Glen Craven aboard 4-Y-0 Christian Cullen/Precious Delight gelding Precious Cullen to snare the Ararat RSL Red Poppy Bistro Pace for C0 class over 2195 metres in 1-59.2. Sent forward three wide out of gate four to cross Space Keeper running into the first turn, Precious Cullen coming off a fifth at Horsham on June 17 when badly held up on debut, ran his rivals ragged in defeating Mister Untouchable which faced the breeze for the final circuit, with Eyesrromin (four wide last lap) third.  Huntly (Bendigo) trainer/driver Anthony Crossland has Kiwi bred 4-Y-0 Love You/Sun Goddess gelding Dieu De Lamour racing in peak form, bringing up his third victory in the last four starts by taking the Ararat Vet Clinic Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2195 metres. Biding his time four back in the moving line from the extreme draw, Dieu De Lamour when eased three wide in the last lap exploded to the front prior to the home turn, scoring by a huge 56.5 metres in 2-03.3 over Copa Comaida which led from the pole, with Truscott Sun 5.8 metres away in third place after racing in the open for most of the trip. Terang’s Matty Craven experiencing his best season ever, had an armchair drive aboard Grinfromeartoear/Classic Malibu five year old gelding Roy George in the AME System Pace for C4 to C6 class over 1790 metres, leading all of the way from gate two in accounting for Xavier Jack which trailed and Myrniongfirecracker (one/three) in a rate of 1-58.8. The winning margin was 11.8 metres. Burrumbeet trainer Ash Herbertson took advantage of a concession for Bolinda’s Josh Duggan aboard in-form 6-Y-0 Metropolitan/Ellovalooka mare Metrofromelle to capture the David O Jones Mitre 10 Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2195 metres. Settling three back in the running line from a solo second line draw, Metrofromelle was soon off and running to park outside the pacemaker Forced Out (gate two) where Duggan was content to dictate the tempo. Taking a slender lead on the final bend, Metrofromelle outstayed her rivals to score by a neck over Our Supreme Guy along the sprint lane after following Forced Out who finished 2.9 metres away in third place. Great Western trainer Brad Hunt who assists at Peter Manning’s stable, was successful with Grinfromeartoear/Big Time Babe gelding If The Mood Suits in the E. W. Bulte Timber & Hardware 3-Y-0 Pace over 2195 metres when making his third appearance at the races. Driven by Glen Craven, If The Mood Suits (gate six) was restrained as gate sped away, going back to the tail of the field. Still a long way off the leader Katsina which had crossed the pacemaker Second Hands approaching the home turn, If The Mood Suits came from the clouds on straightening to record a 1.4 metre victory in advance of Sisulu Success (one/three – three wide last lap) and Lavish Smile (one/two) in a rate of 2-02.7. Perhaps the biggest winner of the night was Gotta Go Cullect/Princess Of Stars colt Rockstar Confusion on debut for Armstrong duo Brooke Hansen and Tim O’Brien in the Chally’s Bar & Bistro 3-Y-0 Trotters Mobile over 2195 metres. Driven by Maryborough’s Ash Matthews, Rockstar Confusion although rocky in the score-up, led from the pole only to gallop running into the first turn appearing to throw away any chance of figuring in the finish, which allowed Uwouldntbelieverit to take over. Still a mile off the leader Strazeele which had crossed to lead for the final circuit, Rockstar Confusion showed a terrific turn of speed in the last lap to get close to the front runner on straightening and in a ding-dong duel all the way up the running, gained the judge’s nod by a half head in 2-05.7. Hanging On A Dream finished 35.6 metres away in third place off a mid-field passage. Len Baker  

This Sunday Harness Racing New South Wales are staging the six $125,000 Breeders Challenge Finals at Menangle. The finalists and draws for the six races have been made and Harnesslink thought it was a good time to have a look at the sires represented in the three age groups. Note: We have included the emergencies in the analysis This analysis is of the three year old finalists. 1) Three year old fillies A good cross section of sires represented here with only Art Major and American Ideal having multiple runners in the fillies final. They both have two runners but are unlikely to provide the winner of this division although the daughter of Art Major in Bamako Mali is a chance. Mach Three looks to have a good chance taking out the final with his talented daughter Supersonic Miss the one to beat from barrier four after her demolition job in the semi-final. Million Dollar Cam has a live chance of being a major player here with his daughter Amaretto from barrier three drawn to get the run she needs to test Supersonic Miss. The other semi final winner in Makes Every Scents is a live chance and the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark has the gate speed to negate her poor barrier of nine. Somebeachsomewhere and Always A Virgin are other notable sires to have runners in the three year old fillies final while the notable absentee sire is Sportswriter. 2) Three year old colts / geldings Another good cross section of sires in this division with only two sires having two runners in the final. Those two sires are Always A Virgin and Somebeachsomewhere and their runners are not without a chance in the final. Somebeachsomewhere particularly has two live chances in Chumlee who went super in his semi final from barrier ten and comes into barrier one in the final while Colonel Joy never saw daylight until the last fifty metres in his semi-final and looks a very progressive type For all that it is a very open affair with the son of Bettors Delight in Kept Under Wraps a big chance after drawing barrier two. His conqueror in the semi-final in Casino Grin also has to be accorded a real chance. The son of Grinfromeartoear was very impressive after starting from barrier eight and doing plenty of work early. Four Starzz Shark has a worthy representative in Mouse In The House while both Art Major, Modern Art and Million Dollar Cam are other notable sires with runners in the final. Again the notable absentee sire from this final is Sportswriter. Harnesslink Media

Scarborough, Maine (June 13, 2015) - Fans at Scarborough Downs would have been forgiven if they thought they had been caught in a time warp on Saturday (6/13) as a couple of kingpins from the 1980's came center stage on a perfect late spring evening to show the young fellas a thing or two about harness racing. With both a feature class trot and pace co-headlining the strong card, Don Richards, the 82 year old stalwart whose name has been associated with many, if not most, of the biggest events ever staged in state of Maine harness racing sent two top campaigners to the post. Retired from driving for two seasons now, the perennial fan favorite and winner of over 4200 career dashes named fellow state of Maine standout Ruel Goodblood, Jr., the winner of nearly 4500 races himself, to catch drive. And when the dust had settled, the veteran campaigners claimed victories in both top-level events. Whata Winner, a brand new addition to the Richards roster took the pike route to score his 30th career win, stopping the tele-timer in a blistering 1:57.4. The classy Credit Winner trotter co-owned by Thomas Dillon of Anson, Maine and Terrax, Inc of Longwood, Florida added to his imposing $700K-plus career bankroll with the zippy win which clocked just 3/5th-second off the track record. Not to be out down by his accomplished new stablemate, Destination Moon N blasted off to an early lead secured by a blistering .27 opening panel before deftly holding the field at bay in a jam packed photo finish which featured 5 horses all with in 1-3/4 lengths at the wire. Owned by Diamond Creek Racing of Wellsville, PA, the Grinfromeartoear gelding recorded one of the fastest miles ever registered at the Downs, stopping the clock in 1:53.4, and like his stablemate falling just 3/5th-second shy of equalling the existing track record. As summer heats up and with accomplished top-level talent flocking to Maine this season, track records across the state appear in serious jeopardy indeed. And with Richards and Goodblood once again making serious noise at the height of the class ladders, the young guns would be well advised to take notice. Live racing is proudly featured at Scarborough Downs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (EDT). The Sunday matinee gets underway at 1:30. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Harness racing trainer Rosemarie Weidenbach is daring to dream with last-start Bendigo Guineas winner Phantom Rockstar.   The son of Grinfromeartoear/Music Of The Night was afforded a stellar drive by Kevin Weidenbach Jnr last Saturday night to take out the Bendigo feature by 1.8m in a mile rate of 1:56.8 and will now take his place in the Vicbred Super Series 3YO Colts and Geldings second heat at Shepparton tomorrow night.   “It was a big thrill,” Phantom Rockstar’s trainer said of the Bendigo Guineas win.   “You don’t win those races every day.”   Phantom Rockstar has drawn barrier six at Shepparton but will be big odds as he runs into the might of Mark Purdon and a member of his All-Stars team in Follow The Stars.   But Weidenbach is confident her horse can keep improving.   “His breeding suggests he’ll only improve,” she said.   “He’s got good manners and brilliant gate speed. I’ve got no doubt he’ll keep improving.”   Follow The Stars was third in the 3YO Emerald at the Harness Jewels meeting last time out behind Have Faith In Me and Hug The Wind.   The only solace his rivals at Shepparton will feel is that he’s drawn the second row.   Follow The Stars has been marked a $1.20 favourite, with Show Me The Bling from Team McCarthy drawn alongside in gate 10 a clear second pick at $3.   Show Me The Bling was involved in a sapping speed duel first-up in the 3YO Classic at Ballarat when they dashed through a sub-27 first quarter before weakening at the business end to finish sixth of seven behind My Kiwi Mate.   Prior to that Show Me The Bling had won three on the trot by vast margins.   An interesting runner in this heat is Stening, who ran some cracking races in last year’s Breeders Crown preliminaries.   Trained by Wagga Wagga’s Bernie Kelly, Stening is coming off successive wins at his past two starts at Forbes and Cootamundra.   Meanwhile, the third heat of the 4YO Mares Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series is Race 4 at Shepparton and features rising star Shes A Runa (barrier two).   The daughter of Jeremes Jet/Runacullen is coming off successive wins at Melton and will be driven by Nathan Jack.   Also in the field are Dean Braun-trained Melita Bromac from the pole, Larry Eastman's Milly Perez from gate three, in-form David Aiken-trained Beach Shack in four, Peter Birks-trained Hells A Comingfrom gate five and the John Hallam-trained Indiana Angel from gate six.   CODY WINNELL

Northam harness racing horseman Jesse Moore, a master trainer of juvenile pacers for more than 40 years, has high hopes of winning the prestigious group 1 Pearl Classic for the third time when Aiden de Campo drives Rich Yankee in the $102,000 International Health Products Pearl Classic at Donaldson Park in Bunbury on Friday night. Rich Yankee, a winner at four of his eight starts, is awkwardly drawn at barrier six on the front line in the 2100m classic for two-year-olds, but he is versatile and capable of overcoming that disadvantage. Moore has a special affinity with Rich Yankee, having prepared the Yankee Sensation gelding's dam Rich Babe, who earned $134,415 from 14 wins and 30 placings from 95 starts. Rich Babe, like her only progeny (Rich Yankee) showed excellent promise as a two-year-old. She raced 14 times at that age for two wins and seven placings, the most notable of which was her second to the brilliant Amongst Royalty in the group 2 $70,000 Sales Classic for fillies at Gloucester Park in February 2006. Moore trained Don Athaldo for his notable victory over champion filly Mazzini Magic in the 1998 Pearl and notched his second win in the classic when 8/1 chance The Jobs On, driven by Gary Hall jun., overcame the No. 6 barrier when he raced in the breeze and took the lead 700m from home to score by four lengths from outsider Lady de Beau in 2004. Rich Yankee revealed sparkling early pace from barrier four in a qualifying heat of the Pearl at Pinjarra on Tuesday of last week when he surged to the front after 75m. He rated 1.58 over the 2185m journey and defeated Soho Wall Street by 13m, with 7m to the third placegetter Destined To Rule. The gross time for that heat was 2min. 40.2sec. Alfs Odyssey gave a strong performance to win the other qualifying heat, with a gross time of 2min. 43sec., rating 2.0.1. Alfs Odyssey, trained and driven by Justin Prentice, started from barrier six and he worked hard in the breeze before he forged to the front 300m from home and fought on doggedly to win by a head from the fast-finishing Johnny Disco. The final quarters in 27.7sec. and 27.9sec. compare favourably with Rich Yankee's final sectionals of 29.5sec. and 28.2sec. Alfs Odyssey by Dawn Ofa New Day, bred and owned by Reg Smallacombe, was a 22/1 outsider for his win at his third start in a race. He will be at a much shorter quote in Friday night's final in which he has drawn perfectly at No. 1 on the front line. He and Johnny Disco (barrier two) look set to contest the early lead. The Glenn Elliott-trained Soho Wall Street will start from the No. 4 barrier. He possesses excellent gate speed and could also make a bid for the early lead. Elliott will also be represented by Soho Wolverine (Grinfromeartoear), who is handily drawn on the inside of the back line. Soho Wall Street (Four Starzzz Shark) has won once from four starts (at Narrogin three starts ago) and Soho Wolverine was a winner at Pinjarra in March, as well as being placed five times in his seven-start career. Pinjarra trainer Ross Ashby has two runners, Johnny Disco (Jeremes Jet) and Disco Under Fire by Courage Under Fire (who faces a tough task from the outside of the front line). Johnny Disco led and won over 1730m at his debut at Gloucester Park in early February, when he defeated Rich Yankee. Johnny Disco will be handled by Chris Lewis, who has won the Pearl behind Lombo Laredo (1994), Mitemptation (1995) and Argent Treasure (2007). Two runners with strong each-way prospects are Lightning Jolt (Village Jolt) and Destined To Rule (Shadow Play), who will start from the two outside positions on the back line. Lightning Jolt, trained at Byford by John Oldroyd, possesses wonderful natural pace and looks set to fight out the finish, with Clint Hall in the sulky. Lightning Jolt, a brilliant all-the-way winner at a 1.57.6 rate over 1730m at Gloucester Park at his second race start (on May 15), galloped at the mobile start and lost six lengths in a qualifying heat last week. He was eighth at the bell in the field of nine before finishing strongly into fourth place behind Alfs Odyssey. Hall then drove him to a stylish runaway victory in a 2150m trial at Byford on Sunday morning. The gelding burst straight to the front from barrier four and was allowed to dawdle through the first two 400m sections in 32.9sec. and 32.1sec. before he strolled over the next section in 30.2sec. and sprinted over the final quarter in 27.9sec. to win, unextended, by more than seven lengths from Questionable Gesture. Lightning Jolt is a brother of stablemate Mynameskenny, who finished a good fourth behind Beaudiene Boaz in the Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park last July. Destined To Rule, to be driven by Kim Prentice for Baskerville trainer Sonia Zucchiatti, was a most unlucky third behind Rich Yankee in a Pearl heat at Pinjarra on Tuesday of last week. After being restrained from barrier five, he raced at the rear before starting a fast move about 650m from home. But he then met severe interference and did extremely well to recover and fight on determinedly. Prentice is hoping for better luck than he encountered in the Pearl 12 months ago when he was driving the 2/1 on favourite The Odd Lover, when the off-side tyre of the colt's sulky was punctured just 100m after the start. The Odd Lover then was at a massive disadvantage when he raced outside the pacemaker (and winner) Isaiah Artois with the tube wrapped around the axel. He broke when being restrained as he was dropping back 250m from the finish. by Ken Casellas

The expectations were high as the field lined up for the harness racing "Home Loans Providing Solutions" SA BOTRA Three-Year-Old Fillies Prelude (2230m) at Globe Derby. The quality Victorian Lovelist, a filly by Always A Virgin and trained by Emma Stewart, had been backed from $2 into $1.60 favourite, from gate six and she was to tackle the star South Australian filly Whats Emma Got ($2.50) who was to come from gate seven. Despite the wide draw, many thought the SA filly could lead but when the mobile pulled away, the Victorian, driven by David Harding, came out just as quick and was able to cross and lead and force Whats Emma Got to sit outside. Driver Danni Hill wisely eased Whats Emma Got back and not get into a race with the favourite early but none of her rivals contemplated coming around to take her spot. As expected, the race heated up down the back straight on the final lap but Lovelist was back to her best and drew away to score easily by 24 metres with Whats Emma Got holding on for second a long neck in front of Linvel Ann ($34.30). “It was always the plan to lead,” Harding said. “Once in front she settled well and I knew she would take a power of beating. “She is a good quality filly, but just one of many in Emma’s team, and this BOTRA series looked ideal for her.” Whats Emma Got was certainly not disgraced in another excellent effort and takes her career record to 18 wins, four seconds and a third from 23 starts, and she is yet to miss a place. The filly by Grinfromeartoear had her first start on Friday under a new trainer – Team Fuller – which includes former trainer Glenda Fuller and her daughter Sharon Newman, the filly’s owner. “Actually Team Fuller allows us to include my husband Neville who also is as great help,” Glenda Fuller said. Despite a broken shoulder, suffered just over a week earlier, Glenda was out and about to supervise on Friday night. “I actually have been able to move my fingers and do a few small jobs today. It is still really awkward but I’m glad I have Team Fuller to help out with the horses.” Related Links Race programme for Globe Derby Park, Friday 29 May 2015

Summerside, PE - Outside The Wire, withharness racing driver Jason Hughes in the bike, won the opening day harness racing feature in a sparking 1:55 flat Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. The Blue Knight used rail control to his advantage by sending the Grinfromeartoear six-year-old pacer to the point and rolled through fractions 28.2, 57.2 and 1:26.1 to win by open lengths. Bowyer Hanover (Walter Cheverie) was second with J RS Hurricane (Gary Chappell) third. The victory was a driving hat-trick for Hughes who picks up where he left off last year at the top of the leader board. Whatabadgirl (Badlands Hanover) and driver Mike Stevenson opened the 2015 season with a 2:00.4 performance for trainer-owner Kristina McCourt of Summerside. In other action, the 10yo Life Sign gelding Life Savior notched his 52nd lifetime score to start the new campaign at the Prince County Oval. Corey MacPherson did the driving for owner Darla MacEachern and trainer Duane MacEachern of Kensington. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake

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