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NO doubt former Australian trainer Shane Tritton will be tuning in with plenty of interest from the US on Tuesday when the starter hits the ‘go’ button on Race 3 at Menangle. That’s because the seven-race card will boast some extra interest with the return to the track of outstanding pacer Muscle Factory. Regarded as one of the better horses in his stable before Tritton and his wife Lauren made the momentous call to head for New York to ply their trade, they were forced to leave Muscle Factory behind, which must have made their decision to depart just that little bit more difficult. With seven wins from just 14 starts, Tritton signalled that this son of Roll With Joe was going to be something special. Muscle Factory confirmed that status when he shattered the magical 1:50 barrier, rating a slashing 1:49.6 in scoring at Menangle at the start of 2019. Tritton then took him to Victoria where he defeated the likes of star Kiwi Im Anothermasterpiece and boom Victoria Lochinvar Art in the Victoria Derby, leading all the way in an awesome performance. Defeats in a heat and final of the NSW Derby resulted in Muscle Factory heading for a lengthy spell, during which the Trittons left our shores. So, when Muscle Factory was ready to come back into work, the owners decided to stick with the strength and sent him to the powerful Craig Cross-Luke McCarthy team to fulfil that potential. Cross has taken plenty of time to bring Muscle Factory back and working with so many good horses at their Cobbitty stable is paying dividends as Muscle Factory returned to Menangle two weeks ago and cruised to a 19-metre trial win over Kenny Said and Manhattan Island, rating a leisurely 1:54.2. His return to racing at that track on Tuesday is the undoubted highlight of the seven-race card, which should again see McCarthy add to his amazing tally of 229 winners in the sulky this season. Besides Muscle Factory, McCarthy will be aboard two other short-priced favourites in One Night Out (Race 2) and The Croupier (Race 4). One Night Out has won four from five since joining the Cross stable and after a three-month freshen-up should be too good for his rivals. Likewise, The Croupier finished an unlucky second at Newcastle before scoring a strong win at Menangle last week and should go on with the job again.   HRNSW Media

CHAMPION reinsman Luke McCarthy’s phone has been running hot since he and King Of Swing combined to win the Blacks A Fake at Albion Park in Queensland last weekend. Yet not all those calls have been to give Luke a pat on the back. At least four of those have been to offer him “outside” drives on his return to Tabcorp Park Menangle tonight. McCarthy, with an incredible 227 winners in New South Wales alone in this extended season, will head for the south-western Sydney circuit for a full book of drives yet, amazingly, has four drives for outside stables. That still leaves four drives for the Craig Cross stable, where he is their No. 1 driver, and among those is the incredible track specialist Cash N Flow, who will chase his 14th win in a row at Menangle with his defeat in the Victoria Cup at Melton the only black spot on his ‘picket fence’ of wins. And while McCarthy has a high opinion of Cash N Flow, he rates him as a rung or two below the Cross stable champion King Of Swing. “But only one step below the King,” says McCarthy. “He’s still a step above a lot of others and he’s done an amazing job this horse.” McCarthy rated Wrangler as the best of his other drives for Cross. “I thought Wrangler looked well placed and he’s been running some great races and gets a big drop back this week and I thought he would really run well,” said McCarthy. His other drives tonight include Birdy Mach, the $5 favourite in Race 1. McCarthy had a great association with this horse when Cross was still training him last year and has won at least 15 races aboard the gelded son of Mach Three. His current trainer Michael Xuereb had no hesitation grabbing McCarthy to resume that association tonight. Luke will also be aboard Modern Attitude ($9) for Simon Locke in Race 3 and last-start winner Zoemagic ($10) for Brendan James in Race 4. Even the in-form stables of Joe and Mary Rando have snapped up Luke to drive top trotter Kowhai Monarch in Race 7. One of four Rando runners in the race, Kowhai Monarch will need to be at his best to hold off the two local trotting stars Tough Monarch ($1.50) and Drop The Hammer ($9) in what should be one of the night’s highlights.   HRNSW MEDIA

IT is one of the biggest country race meetings on the New South Wales harness racing calendar. The Dubbo Harness Racing Club tonight plays host to a star-studded line-up of pacers when it hosts its TAB Carnival of Cups meeting at the Dubbo Showground Paceway. And while the $30,000 Trump Bloodstock Red Ochre is the main event, Bathurst’s Chris Frisby is heading to Dubbo confident that he can grab some of the $105,000 stakes being offered by the club over the eight-race program where he has five runners. “I was really keen to get our nice filly Jenden Strike into the Red Ochre but unfortunately she was rated too highly, making her ineligible,” said Frisby. “But we are happy to be contesting the Peter Lew Memorial with her as it’s a race I would love to win because the Lew family are great people in the sport.  “Although she has drawn barrier nine on the back line, her form is very solid, and she is ready to go, so I do think she will be hard to beat.” Frisby is taking his stable star Our Uncle Sam to contest the Quambys Stayers Cup and like his stablemate, he will have it all to do from barrier nine tonight. “Sam has come back well after spending a few weeks in the paddock,” said Frisby. “We freshened him when he returned from campaigning in Queensland and I have been happy enough with his two recent trials at Bathurst. “Towards the end of his last preparation, we discovered that he had a very nasty hoof abscess which thankfully is now cleared up.  “He is a seasoned performer so he should handle the longer journey tonight. “I am satisfied that he is working well enough heading into this race. “And Yep Got Chooks could be a surprise packet in the Lew Memorial despite having to race against Jendens Strike.  “I am not saying he will beat her, but he will be very competitive. “He should have won at Dubbo last week but struck trouble on the home turn.” Tonight’s Red Ochre has attracted a smart and evenly graded field. Arma Naughty, a mare trained at Crookwell by Scott Hewitt, probably deserves to be the favourite as her form over the past few months has been first class. But she will need to overcome a second-row draw and some strong opposition.   HRNSW MEDIA

The Dubbo Harness Racing Club will conduct its biggest race meeting of the year this Friday night when the TAB Carnival of Cups heads to town. More than $100,000 will be raced for with eight feature races headlined by the Group 3 $30,000 Trump Bloodstock Red Ochre Mares Classic. The race has become one of the most sought-after events in country New South Wales and is supported by a number of leading studs throughout Australasia. This year’s field is one of the most even that has contested the race since its inception with price assessors battling to be able to make a standout favourite. But they have come up with Crookwell mare Arma Naughty as the popular elect following her exceptional form in recent months. Trained and driven by Scott Hewitt, Arma Naughty has been ever so consistent during the past three months, winning four on the bounce at Canberra, Bathurst (twice) and Wagga. She was then flattened at the start two starts back before having no luck and being narrowly beaten at Tabcorp Park Menangle last Saturday night. The southern raider will need to be every bit as good as her form suggests as she takes on a nice field of mares from both the Western District and Hunter Valley. Champion Bathurst trainer, driver Amanda Turnbull has seven runners engaged at Dubbo and two in the Red Ochre. She will drive Meraviglia while Isobel Ross is aboard Gotta Party Doll, a former New Zealand mare who resumed to racing last month and smashed the Parkes Track Record rating 1.57.3. Prominent Bathurst mentor, Bernie Hewitt also has two engaged in the Classic including Scarlet Babe, a past winner of the Red Ochre in 2018. Leading Hunter Valley trainer Roy Roots Jnr is making the trip west and has Delilaah and Glengarry Rose, the latter being owned by Trundle businessman, Robert Stephenson. The Quambys Stayers Cup will be run over the 2525 metre trip and the smart field is headed up by Interdominion placegetter, Our Uncle Sam from the Chris and Anthony Frisby stable at Bathurst. Apart from some first class racing, patrons will be well catered for and can win some great prizes by just dressing in Red which is the theme of the night.   HRNSW

In line with the intention of the NSW Government to ease restrictions in accordance with Health Order No 7, from 12.01am on Friday 18 December 2020 Separation of Participants and Patrons The separation of participants and patrons will be removed and owners are permitted into the stabling area provided they adhere to the social distancing and hygiene requirements.   Club Facilities The restriction on number of attendees at clubs has been lifted significantly. As a general rule, from18 December 2020, the restrictions on number of attendees is that the size of the course (being thearea open to racegoers) is sufficient to ensure there is at least 2 square metres of space for each person. Clubs must pay particular attention ensuring racegoers queuing at food and beverages facilitiesmaintain social distancing to avoid prosecution from liquor licensing on behalf of NSW Health. All COVID-19 Health Order No 7 must be followed. Clubs are no longer required to provide wristbands to attendees.   Clubs Clubs must ensure the following tasks are undertaken: Clubs must develop and comply with a COVID-19 safety plan that addresses the matters required by the COVID-19 checklist for paceways, clubs are responsible for updating their plans to reflect changes when they occur. Club Staff, contractors and volunteers are to be provided with information contained within the COVID-19 safety plan, including when to get tested, physical distancing and cleaning/disinfecting regularly. Clubs must have dedicated staff members, volunteers or security personnel at access points to ensure compliance with number limitations and electronic (QR Code) recording of names and contact details. Clubs are required to providing sanitising stations in all areas used by persons attending paceways and regularly checking to ensure sufficient supply. Clubs must install signage in all areas detailing hygiene measures and social distancing requirements.             Participants HRNSW COVID-19 Management Group reminds all industry participants that with the easing of restrictions within NSW, it is imperative that all Government guidelines and protocols continue to be adhered to in relation to Social Distancing, Hygiene and the wearing of face masks remain compulsory During Sample collection (Pre and Post Race), when attending a Steward’s room, when attending a Driver’s change  room/bathroom and at any other time as directed by HRNSW Stewards or Integrity Staff. For further information on this matter contact: Maurice Logue (02) 9722 6600

As advised in HRNSW’s 2020 Annual Report, buoyed by an upward trend in wagering revenue streams, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic austerity measures introduced in the latter half of FY2019/20, the Board of HRNSW would as at 30 September 2020 undertake a full review of its FY2020/21 budget with a focus on improving returns to industry participants. That extensive review has recently been completed and in that context I am pleased to advise that effective 1 January 2021 overall base prizemoney will be increased by 10%. In addition thereto further increases of 5% effective from 1 January 2022 and 2023 have been budgeted for in the forward estimates of HRNSW. Overall for the 3 year period 2021-2023 additional funding of $8.5 million will be available for base prize money.   From 1 January 2021 A Category Meeting races will offer prizemoney of $8,000 whilst B Category Meeting races will carry prizemoney of $5,865. The B level is capped to stay below the handicapping points threshold and in accordance with the desire of participants for a recognisable prizemoney differential. From 1 January 2022 A Category Meeting races will increase by 5% and carry prizemoney of $8,400. From 1 January 2023 A Category Meeting Races will again increase by 5% and carry prizemoney of $8,800. In lifting prizemoney HRNSW has also recognised the changes made to the points allocation in the national handicapping system and altered the winner’s share of prizemoney upwards to 54%. At the same time effective 1 January 2021 trainers’ prize money commissions (1st to 5th) are to be increased from 7.5% to 10% across every race conducted in NSW with the exception of NSW Breeders Challenge events. Trainers have petitioned HRNSW for a significant number of years for an increase in such commissions, and in line with revised financial forecasts it is now opportune to do so. The Three Year Prizemoney Strategy aligns with the Industry Strategic Plan 2021-2023 one of the major objectives of which is to “Sustain the Industry”. The most important measure of the viability and sustainability of the NSW harness racing industry is the extent to which returns to participants compare with the costs incurred to have their horses compete. Reducing the gap between returns and costs is a significant goal of the Strategic Plan. Base prizemoney levels provide a vital platform for industry sustainability and increasing same will permit a broader spread of returns to all participants; owners, trainers, drivers, and breeders alike.   Ken Brown AM Chairman

THERE are very few families who are more passionate about harness racing than the Micallef clan, who are based just outside of Young. Since moving to the “Cherry Capital” where they have raised their family, David and Rachel have been the driving forces behind the Young Harness Racing Club. And there is good reason they are now keen to take a step back from the running of the club and that is to give their son Blake every chance to make a name for himself in the sport, primarily as a reinsman. Blake was really making an early impact, picking up drives at many of the country venues until the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated regionalisation of racing, slowing down his opportunities to chase drives. Still, young Micallef has managed to drive plenty of winners throughout the season with many trainers keen to place him on their horses. “I am about to go full-time driving and working alongside Dad and Mum in a few weeks when I wrap up my apprenticeship in carpentry,” said Blake. “I have to say from a very young age, my passion and desire was to be a reinsman and work with the horses.  “But when the time came to leave school, my parents and I thought it would be a good idea for me to gain a trade to have something to fall back onto should things not work out with the horses. “With that now behind me, I want to give harness racing a real honest crack and I am fortunate to have my family to support me. “We have a growing number of horses in work and we hope to have as many as 30 to train by the New Year. “Young is very central, so I can get to plenty of tracks and I am prepared to travel to make myself available to trainers to take drives, such is my desire to make it in the game.”  Micallef will head for Leeton tonight, where he has four drives. “I am driving three for Terry Powter and I feel all of them are strong chances,” said Micallef. “Terry is a good trainer who always has his horses fit and ready to roll. “My other drive is on Ultimate Risk, which I won with last start.  “From barrier one I am hoping to lead and give them something to chase.”   HRNSW MEDIA

IT will be a relatively quiet night for Sydney’s busiest stable at Penrith tonight. Leading trainer Craig Cross only has two horses nominated, however, the tempo for the stable will escalate on Saturday night. With 20 horses nominated across two states, Cross has 10 horses engaged at Albion Park, Queensland, and as many locked in for battle on home soil at Tabcorp Park Menangle. With stable management at the forefront, Cross will leave tonight’s tasks up to young reinsman Jack Callaghan.  Callaghan is currently working for Cross, relocating to Cobbitty after establishing himself as a reinsman with a big future in his hometown of Newcastle, where his father Mark has been a leading horseman for decades. Their first runner tonight is the royally-bred three-year-old filly Ice Pick Angie, who is the winner of three of her 24 career starts. She is a daughter of Bettors Delight and her dam Deadly Woman is a full sister to champion pacer For A Reason as well as eight other winners. Ice Pick Angie has been racing consistently since she won at Newcastle on October 23. Two starts back she ran second, beaten a head in a heat of the Breeders Challenge Regional Series and was then placed third in the Final three weeks ago. Against a strong field tonight, the filly must overcome an awkward second-row draw. The second Cross runner is Miss Gold Fortune (Race 2), a former Riverina pacer that recently joined the stable. In her debut for Cross, the mare ran fourth, beaten just under six metres, against strong opposition and will no doubt benefit from the outing, her first in eight months.   HRNSW Media

THE future of harness racing in the Western Districts of the New South Wales continues to be positive . . . and for many reasons.  It recently received a boost when highly regarded western Sydney trainer, Michael Muscat had relocated to Bathurst. Muscat, who has been fortunate to have been associated with some very smart horses during his career, is currently training 10 pacers out of the Bathurst Showground while awaiting the completion of his own training establishment at Brewongle, south-east of Bathurst. Still sidelined from driving due to sustaining serious injuries in a trackwork fall in August, Muscat has been fortunate to secure the services of Miracle Mile-winning reinsman, Mat Rue to partner his horses at the races and he says he could not be happier with his current situation. “I am absolutely loving life in the country,” said Muscat. “Bathurst is a wonderful community and the people here have all made me feel so welcome, it is great. “All of my owners have backed me and my move out west 100 per cent, which meant that I retained all of the nice horses I had in my Sydney stable.” One of those horses that Muscat was referring to was Jak Magic, a five-year-old son of Sportswriter that has been in the care of Nathan Turnbull since July. “Nathan took this horse for me while I was on the sidelines and he ran a few places with him, the latest being at Young at the end of October when he was just beaten by a half head,” said Muscat. The gelding will be having his first start back in the Muscat colours in a qualifying heat of the Club Menangle Country Series and has drawn ideally in barrier one at Bathurst tonight. “He should get every chance from the good draw,” said the young trainer. “My only concern is that if he gets crossed and shuffled back along the pegs, he will then need luck in the run.  “But he is in goods hands with Matty (Rue) aboard and he is in great order, so I do expect that he will go close.” Dargos Pet will contest the TAB Odds & Evens Pace (Race 1) and Muscat believes he is knocking on the door for a win after being placed twice since returning to his care.   HRNSW MEDIA

CHAMPION horses ‘away’ from the track are ready to steal the show at Tabcorp Park Menangle tonight. Rehoming of pacers and trotters, when their racing careers are over, has been a hot topic in racing circles over the past couple of seasons. The good news is that our sport has done something about finding happy homes for our ‘retirees’. And some of those results will be on show between races at Menangle tonight. You may have done your cash, or even backed a winner, on horses like Stitched Up, Artistic Flite, Mouse In The House, Gotbackwhatsmine and Hawkowl in the past. Many of them have had more-than-handy careers on the track too. Mouse In The House, for instance, had 16 wins in 60 race starts and won the four-year-old Breeders Challenge final at Menangle in a scintillating 1:50.7 mile rate, banking more than $220,000. His new owner Kate Fitzgibbon currently has ‘Mouse’ going really well under saddle and he has been competing in some cross country and show jumping events this year.  He will be out competing under saddle in 2021 but will be one of those showing us his new-found skills at Menangle tonight. A new body has been formed to ensure these horses find something to do when they are no longer heading for the races. The NSW Harness Racing Standardbred Re-Homing Company is already making massive inroads into giving these retired horses a new finish line. Led by HRNSW board member Peter Nugent, the company has directors from most sectors of the industry including Robert Marshall and Michael Brown (Club Menangle), Marie Neil, Julie Maughan and Denis Conroy and tonight will announce the appointment of Amiee Cupitt as a full-time administrator for the company. They have already launched their own website,, which walks owners and trainers through the steps they need to take to go about finding a happy home for their horse, or horses. It should be a great night’s harness racing too with the return to racing of Menangle specialist Cash N Flow, who did string together 12 successive Menangle wins before a failure in the Victoria Cup in a hit-and-run mission to Victoria. Cash N Flow has champion reinsman Luke McCarthy back on board tonight and is a short-priced favourite to resume his Menangle streak as a $1.40 favourite with stablemate Replaced Eye regarded as his biggest danger.   HRNSW MEDIA

Roy Roots junior has emerged as one of the state’s most prominent trainers. The 2019/20 season has been a highly successful one for the Central Coast horseman, who has racked up a career-best 94 winners during the extended period. Based at Central Mangrove, which is in the hinterland, west of Gosford, Roots has become hugely popular with a band of prominent owners and is currently working a big team of 30 horses. There is little doubt that his stable star is The Black Prince, a son of champion sire Bettors Delight, that has an imposing record of 17 wins and 20 placings and stakes of more than $250,000. All of his recent racing has been at Tabcorp Park Menangle, which is where he heads tomorrow night to take on a smart open class field in the Group 3 Sitecom Commercial Cleaning Pace. “He is shaping up to some nice horses this week including the Craig Cross trained pair Cash N Flow and Replaced Eye,” said Roots. Cash N Flow has dominated the open-class races at Menangle this year, winning 12 on the bounce between March and September while Replaced Eye has won seven at headquarters this term. “Although my bloke has drawn wide, my plan is for him is to push off the arm and see what happens early,” said Roots. “We know we have a fit horse and I want him to have a solid hit-out before we head to Queensland for the Blacks A Fake on Saturday week.” “Neither race will be easy, that’s for sure.  “Craig (Cross) is also heading north with a strong team and a few of the Queenslanders also go well.” Roots is closer to home tonight at Newcastle, where he will be represented by five runners. “I am pretty keen on a couple of ours tonight,” he said. “Shadow Pass (Race 2) is a newcomer to my stable and should have won first-up last week.   “We now know more about him and have changed the way we train him, which seems to be working, so I do expect a forward showing tonight. “Stunnin Magic is a mare with a ton of ability and from barrier one (Race 6) she will be hard to hold out.  “She is owned by Robert Stevenson from Trundle, who is a great supporter of my stable.”   HRNSW MEDIA

CROOKWELL trainer Scott Hewitt will head to any track to place his horses in suitable races . . . and lately he has been making regular trips to Bathurst with his handy team of pacers. Scott, his twin brother Sam and older brother Brad are all enjoying good success in the sport, which is no surprise given their upbringing. Their father David has been recognised as one of the best trainer-drivers in the Southern Highlands for more than four decades while their mum Maree is the daughter of the late, great Frank Day, who trained Friendly Footman to win a Miracle Mile. “Life is good for us out at Crookwell,” said Scott. “I have 12 horses in training and when I am not working them, I keep busy on our sheep farm. “The good rain that has fallen in the past few months has been a godsend as we have done it a bit tough through the drought over the last two years.” The current star of Hewitt’s stable is Arma Naughty, a mare by Somebeachsomewhere and out of the good mare, Arma The One. Bred and raced by the Ridley family, Arma Naughty is a sister to six winners, including Arma The Gun and Arma Hotshot, which have both won more than $100,000 in stakes. “The way this mare is racing, she looks set to join them at the top of the tree as she has already won more than $80,000 and 14 races,” said Hewitt. The five-year-old has won four on the bounce since returning from racing in Queensland in October.  Her great run of success kicked off with a win at Canberra on October 19, when she rated 1:57.5 with Scott holding the reins. She followed that with two wins at Bathurst and a win at Wagga with Scott’s cousin Gemma Hewitt in the gig. “She has turned the corner and appears to be much stronger since coming home from Queensland,” he said. “Two starts back she equaled Fouroeight’s track record at Bathurst when she rated 1:52.2. “Gemma is driving her again tonight at Bathurst which will be her last run before we head out for a crack at the Red Ochre at Dubbo.  “I do think she is a Menangle horse in the making.”  Scott will drive recent Canberra winner Shez Grinnin in Race 3 tonight and is also confident the mare is going well enough to win.   HRNSW MEDIA

FEW reinsmen could expect to make such a huge impression when they are forced to drive ‘second stringers’. Yet former Queensland reinsman Leonard Cain is now widely regarded as one of the most talented young horsemen matching it with the best in the business. While he came south to work for trainer Noel Daley, Cain was quickly snapped up by the Craig Cross/Luke McCarthy stable when Daley decided to return to the US. Since then Cain has continued to land more than his share of winners as the back-up reinsman behind McCarthy. He was at his best again on Saturday night, scoring a fabulous 2.5m win with former Victorian pacer Buster Brady at Menangle, rating 1:50.9 for the mile to beat Dance For Glory (Josh Gallagher) and $2.10 favourite Zahven Banner (McCarthy). “I drove him [Buster Brady] in a trial a few weeks ago and was really happy with the way he went and we really felt he was knocking on the door and close to a win,” said Cain. “He’s certainly got the ability and he showed that the other night. “To be honest I’ve really enjoyed driving for Craig’s stable as they have so many nice horses and even driving the second stringers behind Luke gets you some really good drives. “Wrangler ran fourth but went really well on Saturday night. “Dracarys is also a lovely mare and she’s going really nicely as well . . . it was no disgrace running fourth to Bettor Enforce the other night . . . she is an absolute star.” Cain is getting excited about a return trip to his native Queensland for their feature racing in coming weeks. “We’re sending about a dozen horses up there with travelling foreman Matt Coffee and I’ll head up there in the middle of this week to give him a hand,” he said. “I’ll be there driving for a few Saturday nights. “Luke will come up to drive King Of Swing in their big race, The Blacks A Fake and a few others but it will be fun to be home for a visit. “I have no plans to return there permanently, though, things are going too well for me in Sydney and I’m enjoying it down here.” Cain heads for Menangle today (Tuesday) with just one drive, despite his great form. “Craig only has one runner, Delightful Tara, in Race 8 and she looks a good chance,” said Cain.   HRNSW MEDIA

Interstate Travel In line with the intention of the NSW Government to remove State border restrictions from 12.01am on Monday 23 November 2020, after that time HRNSW will also remove restrictions previously placed upon participants entering NSW or returning from other States. Should the NSW Government revert to State border restrictions at any time, HRNSW will continue to adhere to such protocols and restrictions. HRNSW COVID-19 Management Group reminds all industry participants that with the easing of restrictions within NSW, it is imperative that all Government guidelines and protocols continue to be adhered to in relation to Social Distancing, Hygiene and the wearing of face masks. In the following conditions, face masks remain compulsory and all persons MUST wear a face mask. During Sample collection (Pre and Post Race); When attending a Steward’s room; When attending a Driver’s change room/bathroom; At any other time as directed by HRNSW Stewards or Integrity Staff. Race day Protocols - Established COVID-19 Race Day Protocols will be retained at all race tracks until further notice. This includes but not limited to the nomination of Stablehand’s, Stable Representatives, Drivers Colours and all current documentation.

TALENTED reinsman David Morris is proving popular with trainers in the Sydney basin and has three drives at Penrith on Thursday night. Morris and his fiancée Stephanie Lippiatt currently have eight horses in work and share a barn at the Menangle Park Training Centre with prominent trainer, Leon Jurd. “We have a great set-up at the Training Centre – it is truly world-class and I have to take my hat off to those who made it all happen,” said Morris. “It is a real asset for harness racing in Sydney. “Steph and I enjoy working our small team and when we are finished, we jump in and give Leon a hand with his horses.  “It is good to be able to help each other out and we gain so much from Leon, especially when we can hone in on his knowledge and advice. “Both Steph and I enjoy driving so we do a fair bit of driving for the camp.” Morris explained that he and Stephanie currently have a couple of handy pacers in their care, namely Alta Dream Lover and My Patronus, which are owned in the same interests. “They are both ex-Kiwis who we are preparing to head for Saturday night racing at Menangle, they are presently the best of our team,” said Morris. “I mostly drive at Menangle, Penrith and Newcastle but have driven quite a lot at Bankstown and other tracks over the years. “I started off with my Dad Noel when I was quite young which opened up so many opportunities for me, driving for some of the best stables which laid a great platform for my career. “Thursday I have just three drives, all of which I believe can run well.” Morris is keen on the prospects of Clementsorrell, which he will drive in Race 6. “He has drawn poorly in gate nine, but his recent form is quite solid which includes placings at Canberra and Penrith in his past four runs. “I am driving Borders Man for Joe Mauro in the last and from the draw (barrier four) I feel he will be hard to hold out.  “He is a funny horse but has ability.  “He finished third here three starts back and with the right trip, can definitely get the cash,” said Morris.   Harness Racing New South Wales

Effective 1 August 2020, all licensed persons and essential staff are required to wear a face mask when it may not be possible for social distancing to be achieved.   The following conditions are compulsory and all persons MUST wear a mask.   ·      During Sample collection (Pre and Post Race); ·      When attending a Steward’s room; ·      When attending a Driver’s change room/bathroom; ·      At any other time as directed by HRNSW Stewards or Integrity Staff.   Any participant with a medical condition or a physical disability which may restrict the ability to wear a mask must wear a scarf or similar face covering. An exemption letter from a medical practitioner must be provided to HRNSW in support of this position.      It will be the responsibility of the individual to bring their own mask to a race meeting. Failure to present with a mask under the compulsory conditions may result in Stewards taking action against the individual pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 238.   AHRR 238 – A person shall not fail to comply with any order, direction or requirement of the Controlling Body or the Stewards relating to harness racing or to the harness racing industry.    HRNSW

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