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'The maestro of Melton' Dan Mielicki produced another virtuoso performance as Harness Racing Victoria's morning trots trial roared to life at Tabcorp Park today. Mielicki, the voice of harness racing in Victoria, delivered one of the more memorable calls as the rain fell at Melton – referencing a classic Seinfeld racing line in Race 3. Rather than tell you what was said, check it out for yourself below in the video! The morning trots are being beamed around Australia via Sky Racing and into the United States for wagering and viewing on Saturday mornings for a three-week trial period. The US folk would undoubtedly have appreciated the Seinfeld line and will be looking forward to the next two Saturday morning Aus time (Friday night US) programs. Michael “King” Cole and Greg “The Candyman” Sugars took driving honours on the seven-race card with winning doubles.   HRV - Cody Winnell

With her first runner at 9.15am and the last at 8.30pm, trainer Maree Caldow's day will be more than a little unusual, but being trackside at Tabcorp Park Melton near her vast trots 'family' is a welcome support. Along with husband John, the Caldows are close friends of Meagan Lang and her late husband, brilliant reinsman Gavin. Their training bases are only a short drive apart and Maree said she had a deep feeling of sadness that would be with her for some time. "I just walk in to Melton and look over where he had his horses and just feel sad. There's just going to be a sadness and emptiness for a long time," she said. "He's a hero to so many. John grew up idolising him and (has) then been best mates with him. It's just really, really sad." John will be well-placed a pay tribute to Lang today on the track, with all four horses having tricky draws and likely to be kept quiet for a late pounce in true Group 1 Gav style. The Caldows quartet are evenly split across Melton's morning and night sessions, and while Maree said "it's going to be an early start for sure on Saturday, but if that's where the punters are going to be following us, we've got to go where we've got to go". Today is the first of three weeks Melton will host Saturday morning meetings, with racing to run from 8.30am to 10.45am and then resume at 5.03pm for the night session. Plenty will be tuning in on Trots Vision and Sky Racing throughout today, in addition to the US audience taking in the Saturday morning racing, and among those sure to be watching the coverage during covid-19 trackside restrictions will be the many connections of the Caldow entrants. "The hardest thing for us is we miss our owners. We've got wonderful owners that come and watch their horses race all the time," she said. "I do try to Facetime and send photos and videos, but not having them there is not the same." Maree will prepare Meziah for the Alderbaran Park Trot (2240m, NR 46 to 55) and Ian Raymond for the Empire Stallions Pace (1720m, NR 52 to 55) in the morning Melton meeting before returning to the track in the evening with Bye Bye Barbie for the Allied Express Pace (1720m, mares NR 57 to 69) and Our Sportscaster for the Hyland Racing Colours Pace (2240m, NR 70 to 77). Here are her thoughts on her four runners for Trots Centre: Morning: R3 N9 Meziah: "He's been going quite well, three thirds in his last five starts, so he's been thereabouts. He's got a following through draw, sometimes with trotters you don't know what's going to happen in front of you, but he's got a good chance if he does everything right." R5 N8 Ian Raymond: "I think he's got a good show. Same again, he's got a following through draw, the one (Itsokbeingbetter) hopefully if it can hold up we will get a good run on its back. He was really pleasing last start, his owners up in Ouyen, they are the sort of people who would come all the time to watch their horse. They will be watching with pride and it would be awesome if he could get the winner for them." Night: R2 N6 Bye Bye Barbie: "It's a bloody tough field. There are some really nice mares around at the moment. She's drawn awkwardly in six, we have jut got to hope that John can slot in their somewhere and she's the sort of girl that can come off the speed and with a bit of luck she could do her best. She always tries her best. Hopefully the speed's on and she's doing her best at the end." R8 N7 Our Sportscaster: "He won four starts, he's been going really good - last two (starts were) seconds. He does go good when the speed's on, drawn seven he will probably have to go back. There are some nice hores in it, Two Times Bettor and some pretty handy ones, so hopefully someone puts a bit of speed on and Our Sportscaster will be coming home at the end as well." TALKING TROTS ON SENTRACK: Hosts Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden will guide listeners through the wins, near-misses and opportunities with a Talking Trots on SEN Track double, running from 9-11am and 5.30-9.30pm. Aired on SEN 1116AM and 1377AM in Melbourne, 657AM in Perth and 1575AM in Wollongong, you can also click here to listen live online and for links to download the SEN app.   The good oil from the Vic trials circuit BLACKBOOKER: Tabcorp Park Melton (MORNING), R1 N1, Beautiful Woman Settled behind the leader, moved around to find the front at the 1400m and took cover shortly afterwards. She came to the outside on the home turn and dashed to a big victory. REPORT BLACKBOOKER: Tabcorp Park Melton (MORNING), R7 N2, Pur Dan A smart former New Zealander that is now with trainer Amanda Grieve. He settled last of the five, ran up behind the pack in the straight and went to the line absolutely jogging with no clear run. He is worth following. REPORT & REPLAY   HRV - Tim O'Connor

Patience is proving a virtue for Geoff Lucas’s Mildura team, which is hitting the line with vigor late and producing rewarding results. Despite having only had seven starters in 2019-20, courtesy of Without Hesitation (five starts) and recent addition Bernie Winkle (two), the trainer is on the cusp of his second most stakes won in a season, having missed a place only once. Bernie Winkle, a long-time Glenn Douglas favourite, has gone two from two since joining Lucas in mid-April, while opportunist mare Without Hesitation has also been a North West region eye-catcher since the introduction of region-based racing. Having recently crossed from Noel Cameron, Lucas said Without Hesitation was “still learning to race”, but had taken her opportunities of late with three seconds and a win among her last five starts. “She is always a chance, but has to have a few things go her way,” Lucas said. “I think she will only get better after her next spell.” A sit-sprinter with a brisk finish, Lucas said the stable planned to mix things up in today’s Tenderprint Australia Pace, which will stream on Trots Vision at 3.13pm. Without Hesitation will start from gate one and will be called on to give a bit more than the modest tactical speed she’s shown to date. “We have never pushed her from the gate, we probably will (today),” Lucas said. “She’s never led in a race, I would like to have a crack at leading or being on the back of the leader. She’s really a sit-sprinter, but I am keen to see what happens.” It’s a notable change of tactics not just for horse but her co-owner/trainer, with Lucas noting “she has always been doing her best work at the end of races, that’s how I like it, I don’t like to see them pushed early”. It’s a preference that’s also been evident in the stable’s latest addition, Bernie Winkle. A career stakes winner of $260,147, the seven-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding’s 23rd and 24th wins have come since the move to the Sunraysia, where Lucas has been keen for the veteran to be put to sleep early and then unleashed for a withering run. The results have been more than encouraging, with a nine-metre win on April 24 preceding the five-metre win on May 1. “When he came here I said to (owner) Eric (Anderson) I wanted to drive him really quietly,” Lucas said. “Before his first start he had only been at my place a week and I didn’t even know (driver) Shane Smith, but we only have about 15 drivers in Mildura and I asked him if he’d drive Bernie Winkle. Now he won’t get off it.” Lucas believes Bernie Winkle may be benefitting from the softer sand of his home training track – owned by Andrew Stenhouse and Dwayne Locke – and the short trip to the Mildura racecourse, adding “Eric’s a strong believer that the horse never travels all that well”. Drawn inside the back row in tonight’s Sunraysia Security Protective Services Pace, Lucas expects Bernie Winkle’s chances will again be somewhat reliant on the tempo set by others, with Boris Devcic’s Augustus Jack and Vinny Chase prominent on the front row and front-running horse Murranji Track drawn on Bernie Winkle's outside. “It will be interesting to see Boris’s tactics up front,” Lucas said. “We will be somewhere near last and hope there is a bit of speed in the race, wind him up towards the end and hopefully we are somewhere close to them.” TALKING TROTS ON SENTRACK: Hosts Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden have another big line-up for today's Talking Trots on SENTrack, which runs weekdays from 11am-1pm on 1377AM in Melbourne, 657AM in Perth and 1575AM in Wollongong. Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app.       HRV - Michael Howard

Group 1 Gav will eternally overlook the trots after Victorian harness racing photographer Claire Weston initiated the purchase of and named a star in honour of late reinsman Gavin Lang. A piece by Weston, published at thetrots.com.au's tribute wall, revealed the purchase of a star in the Scorpius constellation (right ascension: 16h51m51.76s, declination: -26°52'25.8"). Weston named the star 'Group 1 Gav' with Star Registry, having said she was "shattered" by Lang's passing and "looked to the sky and whispered rest in peace Superstar". "I felt you were up there somewhere looking down on all your loved ones, friends, colleagues and the harness community who loved and looked up to you," Weston wrote. "It was at this moment an idea hit me: GAVIN DESERVES HIS OWN STAR! I couldn't think of a more fitting tribute to the 'Greatest of All Time' than a star for those that you left behind to share, a space to search for you to just say 'hi' or a 'we miss you'." CLICK HERE TO READ THE TRIBUTE WALL AND LEAVE YOUR OWN DEDICATION   HRV

Chris Svanosio is eager to not be distracted by what might be, preferring to stay in the present as he prepares a talented team for tonight’s Kilmore trots. Svanosio will have his third start since taking over as trainer-driver of Bruce Morgan’s highly touted pacer Bonus Play, who will share the convoy to Kilmore with promising two-year-old trotters Watch And Act and Whos The Man, and in-form pair Delightful Mia and Brandlo Prince. “(Bonus Play) came to me to hopefully be racing at Melton each week in metro races, that hasn’t quite worked out yet, but hopefully that’s where he will be in a couple of months’ time,” Svanosio told Trots Talk. “He had no luck last time, there was a bit of an incident on the first bend, he got run into and had a flat tyre, so that was just a forget run. I was rapt with his first-up run and he seems good this week, it’s a bit of a test for him but he should go pretty good.” Bonus Play contests tonight’s Kilmore Men’s Shed Pace, to stream at 8pm on Trots Vision, along with stablemate Delightful Mia. The Shadow Play gelding carried huge wraps amid a three-year-old season that produced five wins, but now at age five and some 55 weeks since his last victory the gloss, for some, may have worn off. Not for Svanosio. “I’m just looking forward to the future, hopefully there’s a few wins ahead for him,” Svanosio said. “He’s a magnificent looking horse, he’s a magnificent pacer, he’s got a lot of ability. Hopefully we can get a bit of consistent racing into him. We are not making big plans, we’re just worrying about Kilmore for a start.” Victory tonight will be hard-earned, with War Dan and Professor Tom expected to dominate betting, while Bonus Play's stablemate Delightful Mia, to be steered by Lisa Miles, is also likely to earn support. “Delightful Mia’s just racing consistently and working into a bit of fitness,” Svanosio said. “She might be able to find the top and over the mile that’s always been one of her strengths.” The following race on the card is the Claire Western Photography Trot, when Svanosio has gelding Brandlo Prince, who’s gone two-from-two since joining the stable on lease from Yabby Dam Farms. He faces a stern test tonight, with Lisa Miles’ Powderkeg, Brent Lilley’s Storm Cloud and Michael Hughes’ Is That A Bid among the challengers in a race that further reinforces the strength of trotting in the East region. “Brandlo Prince has got three or four trotters that look like metro trotters to go around against, but he’s won both his races for us and been terrific both times, so hopefully he can get the cash again.” Svanosio’s other involvement is having a pair step out in the Fiberprotect From Hygaine 2YO Trotters Handicap, with Skyvalley gelding Watch And Act and Angus Hall gelding Whos The Man having both placed in their previous starts. “You do a lot of work with them, getting them educated and watching them develop. I was rapt with both of them last week at Kilmore,” he said. “Whos The Man did a terrific job his first start, stepped away and went around and found the front. Got a bit lost out in front, but he was very good. And Watch And Act definitely improved from his first run. “They are going good, but they have a couple of good ones in their race (tonight), Aldebaran Zeus and Here Comes Kyvalley both look like very smart horses, so it will be a fair test for them.” While Svanosio has an eye to the future with both, he’s also adamant on what is the immediate task at hand. “We’re out here to win races, I’m hoping they can win (tonight), but realistically if they can have a few runs and get a bit of experience, then maybe they have a little of a break and we might be able to aim at the sires races or Redwoods if they are programmed and everything gets back to normal,” he said. “It’s a bit hard to make too long term a plan, they are going good, they have improved, we will be trying to win (tonight) with them.” TALKING TROTS ON SENTRACK: Hosts Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden have another big line-up for today's Talking Trots on SENTrack, which runs weekdays from 11am-1pm on 1377AM in Melbourne, 657AM in Perth and 1575AM in Wollongong. Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app.   HRV - Michael Howard

About his in-form pacer Betternbetter, Keith Cotchin is circumspect. The Elmore horseman would be forgiven for being up and about and declaring big things for the impressive son of Betterthancheddar after his third straight win last night at Bendigo. But on his jet, Cotchin’s jets remained cool. “He seems to be coming back to some sort of form,” he told today's Trots Review. “The horse seems to have matured and is really starting to race with that keenness again to find the line.” Driven by Tayla French, 23, whose star is on the rise, Betternbetter (pictured) is three-from-three. “She’s done a great job,” Cotchin said. “She’s a nice girl and she’s been under a bit of pressure with him being an odds-on favourite. And it’s hard when you say you don’t want to be whizzing around to the death and that. She’s done a great job and has really clicked with him.” There is little doubt French’s star is on the rise. At Betternbetter’s last couple of wins the 23-year-old has remained ultra-composed and been able to extricate the pacer from tricky positions in the run. “I’m rapt for her,” Cotchin said. “She’s a good driver and this will give her a good kick-along.” During region-raced racing Cotchin said he would take it “day by day” with Betternbetter. “As far as medical and soundness viewpoints go the horse is fine and there’s no reason we can’t keep racing but we probably won’t do a lot until the regions open up again,” he said. “He’s a hard horse to rate because he’s just a very average track-worker and doesn’t set the world on fire, but when he goes to the races he goes to another level and that showed again last night. “Hopefully he’ll keep going through the classes. He is exciting.” Last night’s win takes Betternbetter’s record to 11 wins from 22 starts for over $75,000 in stakes. French finished with a winning double after earlier success aboard Joeys Hangover for her dad, trainer Terry French, in the Illusion Emblems Digital Printing Service Pace to open the program. Other winners were Lola Devereux in the North West Ag Services Trot, Mascott in the Share Media Trot, Ringer Russ in the Sheahan Plumbing Pace, Gobsmacked in the Bendigo Party Hire Pace, Ozzie Battler in the J L King & Co Pace, and Our Doreen Days in the Yorkshire Park Standardbreds Pace. Meanwhile at Shepparton Josh Aiken piloted a winning treble aboard Watchmedazzle in the Central Tyre Service 2YO Pace, Joonior Brown in the Your Sold Real Estate Pace and Janjuc in the Barastoc Pace. David Moran finished with a winning double aboard Santa Casa Beach in the Hunter Rural 3YO Pace and RNR Windemere in the Saddleworld Shepparton Pace. Other winners were Fullofmischief in the Alabar Maiden, Royal Admiral in the Cottrell Electrical Maiden and Rockin In Memphis in the Neatline Homes Pace.   First-Starter Form Your guide to today’s trots debutants   Ballarat tonight Race 2 – Ballarat Mazda 2YO Pace Dougs Babe (2yo filly by Western Terror out of Dougs Courage, trained and driven by Geoff Webster) First foal from a 23-time winning daughter of Courage Under Fire.   Platinum Sparkle (2yo filly by Bettors Delight out of Bollinger Baby, trained by Emma Stewart and driven by Jodi Quinlan) Full-sister to five-time winning Bossanova Bay, out of Christian Cullen mare who won 10 races and $67k in stakemoney.   Tuppence (2yo gelding by Lincoln Royal out of Star Crossed, trained by Geoff Webster and driven by David Murphy) Out of a daughter of Art Major, who won 12 races from 36 starts. This is her first foal.   Tough Tilly (2yo filly by Captaintreacherous out of Beninjurd, trained by Emma Stewart and driven by Kate Gath) Out of Art Major mare Beninjurd, this girl’s a half-sister to star juvenile Centenario and Somedan.   Act Now (2yo colt by Somebeachsomewhere out of Mollys Ideal, trained by Emma Stewart and driven by John Caldow) First foal to the races from a daughter of American Ideal.   Sumomentsomewhere (2yo gelding by Somebeachsomewhere out of Special Moments, trained by Jess Tubbs and driven by Greg Sugars) First foal from three-time winning daughter of Bettors Delight.   HRV - Cody Winnell

Big things are Brewin at Bendigo’s training centre, which houses a couple of the leading lights of the Central circuit who will be eager to add to their success at Lord’s Raceway tonight. Trainer Justin Brewin and son Jayden will partner with Ringer Russ in the Sheahan Plumbing 3YO Pace, one of five steers for the night for the latter. Jayden’s produced three wins from 37 starts since the April 2 change to region-based racing, the equal fifth most driving wins in the region, while Justin’s 15 starts as a trainer have produced four winners, the equal second most of any Central trainer. It’s been an encouraging return for the former South Australian family, who relocated to the Bendigo facility about six weeks ago, just prior to the change to region-based racing. “When the training centre became available we jumped at it, it’s the perfect place, especially for our young horses,” said Jayden, who believes their horses are benefitting from the chance to race where they train. “Normally you would have two horses at max on a track (when training), but there are normally three or four here, as well as the track signage and small things that can make a difference in races. The young ones get to see more of the track and become more accustomed to the race day feel.” Add in that only the Bendigo track is under use at present in their region and the adjustment to their new home has been a smooth one. “We don’t have to go far to do anything,” Jayden said. “That’s certainly helped us be able to get a few more results. The travelling is one thing, though it doesn’t really worry me, but from a training point of view we have been able to race against similar teams in the local area.” A fast-tracked settling in has been welcomed for the family after taking a big leap in the past 18 months. Jayden was the family’s trailblazer, leaving Adelaide in September 2018 to pursue a Victorian trots career and beginning at Jess Tubbs and Greg Sugars’ Larajay Farm, where he worked “for six or seven months and really liked it”. “I went back home for a couple of months, sorted out my stuff and mum and dad were keen to move as well,” he said. “We thought it was the right time to pack up and move about six or seven months ago and haven’t looked back since.” Initially they moved horses to Danny Curran’s property “and he helped us get started”, and then a tick over a month ago “jumped” at the opportunity to embed the team at Bendigo’s training centre. “We normally had about eight max in Adelaide, but we are training 12 now,” Jayden said. “One or two are from Adelaide, but most are from different owners and a couple are our own. “The facilities here are great. The walker’s brilliant; we have never had one to use and it’s a great thing. There are four tracks, a state-of-the-art barn, a perfect tack room, coffee room – it’s all there, and a lot of the locals have been real kind.” Jayden Brewin has five drives tonight and gave Trots Centre readers a runner-by-runner guide: R3 N5 Ima Ziabee (trainer Glenn Sharp) “He was jogging in behind them last start when he kicked the cart and galloped, but as soon as he got back down he made up a lot of ground. I think he will be a cheeky, cheeky chance." R4 N1 Ringer Ross (trainer Justin Brewin) “The way he works compared to what he does at the races are two different things. His last run was better, but he’s just struggling to find his feet. I think he will get better with age, he’s not hopeless, he has got some speed. It is a small field, he should find leader’s back and hopefully run into the money.” R6 N2 Shadow Ross (trainer Kate Hargeaves) “He is a horse that needs to be up on the speed. I don’t know if he can get to the fence, but if he can he will be up there.” R7 N2 Leigha Miller (trainer Gary Donaldson) “She’s my best chance. If she can find the front she will be very hard to beat, but it’s not do or die that we have to lead, she has got a good turn of foot on her.” R8 N7 Shaq (trainer Ellen Tormey) “His effort two starts ago was pretty gig. He is a little bit of a tricky horse, but if I can roll forward and sit outside them he is certainly my second best chance of the night.” TALKING TROTS ON SENTRACK: Hosts Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden have another big line-up for today's Talking Trots on SENTrack, which runs weekdays from 11am-1pm on 1377AM in Melbourne, 657AM in Perth and 1575AM in Wollongong. Today's guests include: From 11am: Trainer Luke Stapleton From 11.20am: Trainer Shaun McNaulty From 11.35am: Trainer Neville Pangrazio From 11.50am: Race caller Luke Humphreys From noon: The Tuesday Tutorial with Mitch Sidebottom Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app.     The good oil from the Vic trials circuit BLACKBOOKER: Shepparton, R3 N2, Covered Kylie Produced a game third at Shepparton in her latest race track appearance and was impressive at the trials so she appears to be ready to win a race. She showed good gate speed to lead and won untroubled, seemingly with plenty in reserve. REPORT & REPLAY   HRV - Michael Howard

Ina Height's love of harness racing and her horses' successes have been remembered following her passing on March 31. Ina shared many talented horses with husband Colin Height, an Echuca trainer, attending the majority of races, including Colin's "great horse" Royal Highlander when he raced at the Showgrounds. Other notable horses include Super, who won 21 of 73 starts. According to her daughter, Amanda, a licensed trots trainer and HRV HERO retrainer, "Ina had the important job of keeping Super happy pre-race, by continually rubbing his ear". "It certainly was happy times when Super won the Caduceus Club Cup in the 1990s." The family also made many memories when racing other good or promising horses like Highland Tryax, Billion Kardiamond, Jokers Wild, Steeling, Sarah Emily, Gambler, Miss Clare and Fanagalo. Among their highlights was winning the Weston Milling Championship trophy at Ouyen in January 1996, when Gambler also won, bringing home a double for the family. Colin and Ina are pictured above receiving a trophy on that day. The double also featured in a poem Ina wrote: Lucky by Ina Height (October 2013) Reading the Harness Racing paper, while I was having lunch today, memories are revived. We're hobby racing enthusiasts, from way back then in 1967. Always rushing on race day, pushing for time. Trying to cope with, our other farm work. No rush today! We're retired now, from real work! Dates and place names on the winning photos, spanning across 45 years. Remembering hot, hot summer days. Wet or freezing nights. Double at Ouyen on a very hot January day,  how lucky we were! Two trophies te'boot! How lucky are we? We're still working at it!   Ina passed on March 31, 20 days after a sub arachnoid hemorrhage on March 11. HRV extends its condolences to her family and friends.   Harness Racing Victoria

As lovers of a Moreton Bay bug well know, fresh is best and trainer David Jack is hopeful that translates when he unleashes his talented trotter at Shepparton tonight. Moreton Bay returns in the Guardline Security Trotters Handicap, to stream at 7.10pm on Trots Vision, first up since placing third in Bathurst’s Gold Coronet on March 23 last year. That hit-out was the last of his juvenile campaign, which captured more than $60,000 in stakes across 11 starts and encompassed five wins. Jack told Trots Talk the lengthy lay-off could be attributed to a spell for the trainer-driver more than his horse. "I had a bit of a hiatus, 12 months off because I had to have my knees replaced, but they are back ang going as good as new,” he said. And he’s hopeful the time will also be beneficial for Moreton Bay, with the Group 1 Majestic Son entire growing into his skin. “He’s a big horse, I had to have some time off and I thought I’d give him the option of having some time off too and hopefully he will be a better horse for it,” Jack said. “Whether that was the right move or the wrong move we will know in the next 12 months. He’s missed a bit of racing, but he’s a lot bigger and stronger horse for it.” He will start from the outside of the front row of tonight’s rating 46 to 60 middle-distance standing start trot, and was enlisted a $1.50 favourite by Goodform analyst Jason Bonnington. “You will see a fairly forward showing,” Jack said. “He might be a bit iffy away from the stand. Since he’s been back in he might think he’s a bit more important than what he really is. He gets a bit excited just lining up. “He’ll only improve with racing. I think he will go very close to winning (tonight), the best of him is yet to come.” Jack was wary about the challenges of a horse stepping from a juvenile to open age career and said Moreton Bay had plenty of learning to do. “To be a good open class trotter you have to have manners and you have to have speed and you have to be able to stay a bit,” he said. “He’s got speed and I think he’s got the manners too, but he’s got to develop. “It’s a different thing racing against juvenile trotters, he’s progressed now, he’s a four-year-old, straight away even though (some of tonight’s competition) are only maidens, they are fairly seasoned. “Horses like him have a fair bit of ability, but they don’t learn a lot at the races sometimes when you are doing those juvenile races because they ae predominantly leading or they are not far off leading, so they haven’t been in races (run the way) they don’t want them to be. I think he’s got the potential to go a long way, but time will tell.” TALKING TROTS ON SENTRACK: Hosts Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden have another big line-up for today's Talking Trots on SENTrack, which runs weekdays from 11am-1pm on 1377AM in Melbourne, 657AM in Perth and 1575AM in Wollongong. Today's guests include: 11am: Justin Torney 11.15am: Andy Gath 11.30am: Luke Humphries After noon: Friday form panel with Cody Winnell Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app.   The good oil from the Vic trials circuit BLACKBOOKER: Mildura, R5 N8, Twobobjack Broke stride approximately 50m after the start and lost valuable ground. He chased hard and came from tailed off to tack onto the group at the 650m then came out three horses wide on the home turn and produced a big effort to finish second. It was a top performance. REPORT & REPLAY BLACKBOOKER: Shepparton, R4 N1, American Sweetheart Was an impressive winner of the third trial. She began quickly from barrier six and stormed across the face of the field to lead then proceeded in running along at a genuine tempo. She ran her rivals off their legs and won by a big margin. REPORT & REPLAY     HRV - Michael Howard  

A special tribute page has been launched to give the trots community a chance to share their thoughts on Gavin Lang, a unique keepsake that will provide a permanent reminder of the reinsman who inspired so many. Those who knew or watched and enjoyed Gavin are being urged to leave comment about the man and the legendary impact he made upon them, and to take in the tributes by others. CLICK HERE TO GO TO IN MEMORY OF THE LATE, GREAT GAVIN LANG    Harness Racing Victoria

Balmoral trainer Janet Exell is happily carrying on a family dynasty started by her grandfather, Arthur, and carried on by her father, Ken.  Ken trained in the Wimmera town of Goroke for years, as did Arthur, but when he passed away three years ago Janet took out her trainer's licence and continued the family's green silk colours.  Last night five-year-old trotting gelding Show Me The Moolah, trained by Janet, won the Southwest Conveyancing Trotters Handicap over 2180m with Jason Ainsworth in the sulky.   Janet, who also has show horses that she takes around the country for competition, now has five in work and has won eight races since taking up her trots licence in 2016-17. “My dad passed away three years ago and that’s when I decided I’d take out my trainer’s licence,” Janet said. “I’d always worked horses with him ever since I was big enough to be able to hold the reins. I got my licence because I wanted to keep his colours going because he got those when he was 16 in 1949.” Show Me The Moolah has now won three races for Janet this year, and that number could be higher as the son of Allawart Ray – a Wimmera trotter who actually contested an Inter Dominion at Harold Park and ran third behind Pride of Petite in a heat of the 1998 Australasian Trotting Championship – has made mistakes at his two runs between those wins. Janet said Show Me The Moolah was “a difficult animal”. “He’s really anxious. He pulls hard. Even at home I try and keep him relaxed but he just wants to go flat out the whole time. I have broken in many, many, many harness horses in my time and he is the slowest and dumbest learner I’ve ever had,” she said. “I’ve persisted because I always knew he had talent, but he’s tested my patience to the nth degree. I used to spend all my times at the trials getting off a bar. He’d break, break, break, break. “But I’ve tried to do things differently at home to settle him down. And Jason (Ainsworth) is a lovely fella and he’s been listening. He’s a great guy. “Ray Holbertson has also been a huge help. Since my father passed away Ray has helped me so much.” But the penny appears to be dropping with Show Me The Moolah. “I used to get frustrated and upset. I knew he was fast and could do good things. He hasn’t actually been put under any real pressure yet,” Janet said. Janet’s other trotter, Keepthedream, which ran third to Show Me The Moolah last night, will be retired to a breeding career at the end of the season. “She’s been so reliable, the ‘beautiful redhead’,” she said. “She’s off to stud at the end of the season and will go to Great Success.” Kolovos scored success first-up for Aaron Dunn, the latest of Stevie Blacker’s stable acquisitions – a Bettors Delight gelding out of New Zealand, in the Warrnambool Hydraulics Pace. Kolovos rated 2:01.7 to defeat Sporty Culture as a short-priced favourite. Peter and Kerryn Manning combined to win the Cervus Equipment Terang 2YO Pace with Alta Christiano filly Jaziah, which rated 1:56.7 to upstage Keayang Kamikaze by 2.4m. Dunn and Blacker doubled up in the Mt Noorat Freighters 3YO Pace with three-year-old Art Major colt Silent Major upstaging Kowalski Analysis in 1:59.6. Impressive Shadow Play colt Troubadour continued his rise with victory in the Morsbearings Pace for trainer Jeff McLean. Driven by son Tim, Troubadour showed enormous depth to lift off the canvas from the home turn for a 1.9m win in the breeze over Jilliby Galwaygirl in 2:00.1. Trotter Travel Bug took out the Terang Co-Op Rural Store Handicap over 2180m from the stand for Jason McNaulty and James Herbertson. The four-year-old Dream Vacation gelding defeated champion Sparkling Success by 4.7m, the latter starting from a 40-metre handicap, with the winner off 20m. Driver Sofia Arvidsson produced a peach of a steer aboard Crime Writer to take out the Phonse Hickey Memorial Plate for trainer Matthew Craven. Initially leading, Crime Writer took cover when Jackie Barker made a dashing move aboard Im Sir Blake with a lap to go. Crime Writer sprinted sharply up the lane late to score a 3m win over Stroke Of Luck in 1:58.4. Jilliby Sylvester took out the last race, the Goodtime Lodge Pace, for Marg Lee and Jason Lee by a short half-head in 1:56.1 over Rollova. Trainer Brent Lilley was the dominant force at Kilmore last night, training four winners. Lilley produced Here Comes Kyvalley to claim the MC Labour 2YO Trotters Handicap, Robbie Royale to win the Kilmore Trackside Trot, Kyvalley Clichy to capture the North Central Review Trot, and talented fast-class pacer Sicario for success in the Momentum Gaming Pace. Three of the four winners were driven by champion reinsman Chris Alford, with Brad Chisholm aboard Kyvalley Clichy. Charlie Farrugia and Darren Zahra combined to win the Beraldo Coffee Pace by a head to open the program, the eight-year-old son of Safari narrowly defeating Lola Montez. Express Beauty won the Bendigo Club 3YO Pace for in-form trainer-driver David Miles, the daughter of Art Major well too good for her rivals in 1:58.1. Red White An Bloom won the Jet Roofing 3YO Trot for trainer-driver Chris Lang by a neck over Van Sank, while Nota Replica for Lisa Miles was victorious in the C & M Build Group Pace.   First-Starter Form Your guide to today’s debutants Ballarat Today Race 2 Beautiful Woman (3yo filly by Art Major out of Kabbalah Karen B, trained by Emma Stewart and driven by Greg Sugars) Beautifully bred daughter of nine-time winning Western Terror mare, who has produced Our Little General (78 starts, 25 wins, 1:49.8, $685k) and Kasbah Kid (53 starts, 14 wins, 1:54.3, $155k). Beautiful Woman is a full-sister to Kasbah Kid.   Shepparton Tonight Race 3 Payup Orleave (4yo gelding by Live Or Die out of Orta Be Ruthless, trained by Shane Pangrazio and driven by Josh Aiken) Out of a 19-time winning mare from 54 starts, this debutant is a half-sister to Weeks End (51 starts, 14 wins, 1:56.8, $84k), Ruthless Armbro (15 wins from 84 starts, 1:53.2, $87k) and Ortabe Good who won three races. Macwrecker (5yo gelding by Grinfromeartoear out of Illawong Katrina, trained by Fiona Widdup and driven by David Moran) Out of a maiden mare, who was a daughter of Presidential Ball. The dam has produced one to the races, Illawong Knight, who won two races.   HRV - Cody Winnell

For the first time ever Harness Racing Victoria and Greyhound Racing Victoria will host Saturday morning trots and dogs meetings from May 9. Victorian harness and greyhound meetings will feature on Saturday mornings for an initial three-week period from May 9-23. Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) CEO Dayle Brown and Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) CEO Alan Clayton issued a joint statement to announce the news this morning. “Saturday morning racing presents an important strategic opportunity for our racing codes. The additional race meetings will provide extra earning potential for our hard-working participants and enable our products to reach new audiences during a period when people are hungry for sporting entertainment. We thank our Victorian Racing Industry (VRI) partners and Tabcorp for backing this initiative and welcome the initial three-week arrangement. Each of these meetings will be thoroughly reviewed from a wagering, broadcast and brand perspective. This will help guide our future strategy regarding Saturday morning racing. We are also pleased to be working so collaboratively on this project.” Tabcorp Park Melton will host the three Saturday morning trots meetings, while the greyhound meetings will be held Ballarat, May 9 and May 16, and Shepparton, May 23.   HRV - Cody Winnell

While the fast-finishing skewbald in tonight’s final race at Shepparton may well attract the most attention, all 61 of tonight’s combatants will carry hopes that they can show a bit of Holstein's glitz and glamour. Among that lot is Hard Road, who will step out in the Shepparton BMW 3YO Pace for trainer-breeder-owner Andrew Yates, a former New South Wales horseman who’s returned to the game with the lightly-raced home-bred pacer. “It’s good, you miss not doing it,” Yates said, with Hard Road’s debut this month his first runner since November 27, 2014. “It’s good to be back again having a go with him and I have a couple of yearlings coming up, so hopefully I will be back in the game for a while now.” Hard Road is a personal project for Yates, having bred him from two of his former competitors: 10-time winning stallion Our First Fantasy and two-time winning mare Mary Ann Brandon. “I reared him, broke him in. He’s a nice-natured horse, paces nicely,” he said. “Touch wood, he’s pretty foolproof. I just hope he improves a bit.” Hard Road is the third of the Our First Fantasy-Mary Ann Brandon breed, having been preceded by Jay Be Brandon, who had an Elmore win among 10 starts before being retired to HRV HERO for a more suited life-after-racing, and Buddy Brandon, who is working towards a first career start. Hard Road’s two starts have shown modest form, including giving ground in the latter stages of his last start after sitting in the running line, and Yates said gradual improvement was the main aim at present. “He needed trials and a bit more education, but there aren’t many around at present,” he said. “He has improved a bit with his racing.” It’s hoped a move from the middle distance to the mile tonight will have him hitting the line. He’ll start from gate three, directly inside High Flux, who is trained and will be driven by Yates’ son Simon Turnbull. The pair share the training duties at Yates’ Mooroopna North West stables, with High Flux well placed for another forward showing tonight, when the stable hopes his four consecutive placings may be a prelude to his first win. As for Hard Road, there are more modest ambitions at this stage, with Yates aware it may be gradual progress, as his horse’s name implies. “There’s a saying it’s a hard road for an old dog, and I was thinking it’s a bloody hard road getting them going.” TALKING TROTS ON SENTRACK: Hosts Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden have another big line-up for today's Talking Trots on SENTrack, which runs weekdays from 11am-1pm on 1377AM in Melbourne, 657AM in Perth and 1575AM in Wollongong. Today's guests include: 11am: HRV GM of Racing Stephen Bell 11.20am: Trainer-driver David Murphy 11.50am: Driver Royce Nutt After noon: The Wednesday quiz Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app.     The good oil from the Vic trials circuit BLACKBOOKER: Ballarat, R2 N4, Beautiful Woman Settled three back on the inside and finished on strongly for a game victory. The final sectionals were fast and she is nicely bred so she appears to be very promising. REPORT & REPLAY BLACKBOOKER: Ballarat, R7 N6, Pur Dan A smart former New Zealander that is now with trainer Amanda Grieve. He settled last of the five, ran up behind the pack in the straight and went to the line absolutely jogging with no clear run. He is worth following. REPORT & REPLAY BLACKBOOKER: Shepparton, R2 N1, Highland Hill Stepped quickly to find the lead and rolled along at a genuine tempo throughout the entire trial to post an impressive victory. REPORT & REPLAY     HRV - Michael Howard

Four more winners to Alex Ashwood has him leading driver of the Central Region by two after last night’s Bendigo trots at Lord’s Raceway. From six drives Ashwood scooped the four wins plus two thirds. It means Ashwood has a winning strike rate of over 30 per cent under the regional model. The first of the quartet last night came aboard Trevor Patching-trained seven-year-old Julius Caesar mare Pippa One Two, who was lining up for just her second start after an almost four-year layoff in the first race, the Charlton & District Community Bank Maiden Pace. Pippa and Ashwood had to fight hard though to overcome early leader Will He Star, who refused to lie down in the straight under the urging of Shannon O’Sullivan, the $23 outsider only beaten a head at the post. Ray Cross and Rodney Lakey combined for a winner in the Illusion Emblems Digital Printing Service 3YO Trot, with Imperial Count filly Countess Chiron overhauling odds-on favourite Lotta Fuss late for a 4.9m win. Ashwood combined with partner Kate Hargreaves to claim the Bush’s Produce 3YO Pace with Pet Rock filly Wicked Azz (pictured), scoring by 1.1m over Lets Make Tracks, who made a sustained bid for victory around the outside for Mick Carbone. Ashwood’s treble came in the fourth, the Gold Central Victoria Trotters Handicap, aboard Kent Harpley-trained Belltopperboy, which drew clear of Delarose late for a 7.7m win. Trevor Patching brought up a training double as Ashwood made it four in the TLC Carpentry Pace, seven-year-old gelding Busters Grin proving a neck too good for short-priced favourite Exciter in the first leg of the quaddie. Veteran reinsman Brian Gath continued his terrific affinity with Ross Graham-trained Nephew Of Sonoko, winning his second straight race aboard the four-year-old in the Oxley Feed Mill Trotters Handicap. Gath sent Nephew Of Sonoko to the front via a dashing mid-race move and the son of Danny Bouchea always travelled strongly from there, drawing clear at the finish to rate 2:02.2 over 2150m to score by 9m over Well Defined, with Aleppo Murphy in third. The brilliant form of Ace Duigan continued in the Bendigo Sky Boat Centre Pace, with Shannon O’Sullivan guiding the Michael Mannix-trained eight-year-old to an all-the-way win. Ace Duigan has won three and placed four of his last eight starts, including two wins on the spin. Last night he rated 1:56.3 over 2150m to defeat The High Roller by 7m with Belittled in third. Clarenden Dazzler, trained and driven by Glenn Douglas, completed the program with victory in the Northern Rivers Equine Veterinary Clinic Pace, scoring by a half-neck over Von Ponder in 1:59.0. Meanwhile, yesterday’s daytime trots spotlight was on Tabcorp Park Melton where John Justice picked up a training/driving double. Talented four-year-old trotter Hatchback saluted for Justice in the Aldebaran Park Trotters Handicap in 2:04.8 from the stand over 2240m, defeating Ginger Gleeson’s consistent tryer Majestic Eyes by 3m. That win capped a race-to-race double for Justice, who also won the Pryde’s EasiFeed 3YO Pace with Long Weekend, which bolted home by 8.4m over Matts Delight in 1:57.8. Rhys Nicholson took out the first race, the DNR Logistics Pace, aboard John McCullagh-trained Art Major mare Yannarie, the four-year-old scoring by 14m over Luv Me Or Hate Me in 2:01.8. Trotter Carnera appreciated a drop in grade to take out the Dynamic Print Group Trotters Handicap for trainer-driver Lance Justice, saluting by 2.6m over Celtic Rose in 2:04.7 from the stand. Michael Cole’s four-year-old gelding Auckland Red won the third, the Allied Express Pace, in 1:56.3, defeating David Murphy’s Ghostly Silence by 7.1m. Anne-Maree Conroy-trained Querencia won the Talking Trots on SENTrack Trot, Race 4, with Glenn Conroy in the sulky. The four-year-old son of Andover Hall charged home to overhaul Im Notta Trotter, who produced a bold frontrunning display for Brooke Sadler only to be nabbed late. Well-backed Speedy Mach won the Beraldo Coffee Pace for trainer Chris Mifsud and driver Joe Pace, while the meeting finished with a long-shot victory to Tiwanaku in the TAB, Long May We Play Pace, for trainer Steve Zammit and reinsman Luke Tabone.   First-Starter Form Your guide to today's trots debut runners  Kilmore Tonight Race 2: Pepperberry (3yo filly by Major Bronski out of Rock Melody, trained and driven by Monique Burnett) Out of a two-time winning daughter of Pacific Rocket, this filly is a half to one-time winner Have No Choice. Broadway And Fifth (3yo filly by Art Major out of Broadway Play, trained by Shannon McLean and driven by Chris Alford) Out of the brilliant Safely Kept mare Broadway Play (65 starts, 20 wins, $173k, 1:57.3), this filly is a full sister to Live On Broadway (10 wins from 12 starts). Comfortable trial winner at Cranbourne on April 18.   Race 3 Im Josephine (2yo filly by Im Stately out of Spannerintheworks, trained and driven by Joe Attard) Out of a two-time winning daughter of Safely Kept, Im Josephine is a half-sister to talented 13-time winning trotter Ten Spanners. Whos The Man (2yo gelding by Angus Hall out of Oh Yes Indeed, trained and driven by Chris Svanosio) Out of eight-time winning daughter of Sundon Oh Yes Indeed, who has produced six impressive winners, including Earl Of Stanton (10 wins from 155 starts, $64k, 2:03.6), My Mate Mal (14 wins, 164 starts, $73k, 2:05.6), The Boss Man (20 wins from 82 starts, $265k, 1:58.6) and Anywhere Hugo (9 wins from 39 starts, $146k, 1:57.8). Aldebaran My (2yo filly by Father Patrick out of Aldebaran Daisy) Out of an eight-time winning daughter of Eilean Donon. This is her second foal. Sovereign Tiger (2yo gelding by Majestic Son out of Dawn Tears) Out of a six-time winning daughter of Earl. This debutant is her first foal. Granddam was Golden Teardrops, who threw six-time winner Dawn Tears and four-time winner Sovereign Minx.     HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

It may not be a top tier grand prix but Lisa Miles is looking forward to firing up her Ferrari for a spin around Kilmore tonight. Powderkeg returns from a freshen up after his Need For Speed consolation win, stepping out in tonight’s North Central Review Trot well placed to add to his three-year-old season. “It’s really nice,” Miles said of steering a trotter of Powderkeg’s talent. “It can seem like the difference between an old paddock bomb or driving a sports car down the street at times. It makes for happier days.” While he’s made some mistakes when it’s least wanted, like in his Need For Speed heat, Redwood Classic and Breeders Crown final, the Vicbred Super Series two-year-old winner was showing continual signs of improvement, Miles said. “I was happy with both trials, the last one was an improvement on the first, which is what I like to see," she said. “I would like to think he has matured a bit. He was a bit boisterous and could do things wrong if there were disruptions to his normal patterns. He’s getting that little bit better all the time.” While plans for New South Wales Derby and Vicbred Super Series campaigns are on hold amid the change to region-based racing, Miles said she would just “take each start at a time”. “He was having a bit of a break after after his last victory, but he’s not the sort of horse you can leave out for a long time because he is a three-year-old colt and bit boisterous. He enjoys his work too.” Which brings us to tonight. “He’s not got a bad barrier draw all things going well. You have got to respect the rest of them, Kyvalley Clichy in particular has the form on the board, and (Powderkeg) is only a three-year-old.” But he is her best chance tonight on “raw ability and expectation”, though whatever he does “he will improve on”. Miles has a busy night ahead, beginning with the first, the Beraldo Coffee Pace, which streams on Trots Vision from 5.22pm. Her entrant Villaci is first emergency and if he doesn’t get a start he will be guided towards Cranbourne next week, freeing Miles to drive Dylan Stratford-trained Sir Fortune. It looks set to be the first of three Stratford runners she will pilot tonight, following on with first starter Aldebaran My and then Scootin Around in the Jet Roofing 3YO Pace. “(Scootin Around) is a really big horse, was very immature but is getting better with every start. I’d like to think he will win one in his next couple of starts if not (tonight)." She then has Nota Republica returning in the C & M Build Pace at 7.43pm, happy with the prized draw inside the back row behind impressive three-year-old Theultimate. “It is the perfect draw first up,” Miles said. “He didn’t race his best last prep, but is working nicely and trialled well last week. He will need the run, but it’s the best draw for sure.” And then it's on to Tam Oshanter in the Kilmore Trackside Trot. “He trialled well behind Powderkeg and Emerald Stride. He needs the run, he is an opportunist but has come a long way. He loves people and the public and is a joy to take to the race track.” TALKING TROTS ON SENTRACK: Hosts Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden have another big line-up for today's Talking Trots on SENTrack, which runs weekdays from 11am-1pm on 1377AM in Melbourne, 657AM in Perth and 1575AM in Wollongong. Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app.     The good oil from the Vic trials circuit BLACKBOOKER: Kilmore, R1 N9, Starlight Safari Came out of the gate brilliantly to find the lead, ran along at a genuine tempo and was simply too good for his rivals, running away to win by 30m at the end. REPORT & REPLAY BLACKBOOKER: Terang, R2 N7, Keayang Kamikaze KEAYANG KREUZER (Somebeachsomewhere – Inasafeplace 2.2.2, $10,365) was able to win from the unraced juvenile KEAYANG KAMIKAZE (Bettors Delight – Libertybelle Midfrew 1.53.9, $640,497) and both horses obviously showed ability with the final quarter being run in a sizzling 27.2 seconds. REPORT   BLACKBOOKER: Kilmore, R6 N6, Royal Charlotte Was a very nice run. She broke stride at the start and was a tailed off third early, chased hard and finished strongly, seemingly with something in reserve. REPORT & REPLAY   HRV - Michael Howard

Melbourne's airwaves will today pay special tribute to Gavin Lang, with Talking Trots on Track and RSN Central providing extended coverage to the late, great reinsman. There will also be extensive coverage on RSN 927, where Adam Hamilton will join RSN Central host Gareth Hall from 10.30am to 11.30am to pay their respects to Lang. Joining them will be Mick McGuane, Chris Lang, Andrew Peace, John Caldow, David Aiken, Cran Dalgety and Anthony Butt, and they will share a "powerful statement" from Gavin's wife Meagan. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVE TO RSN 927 Friends and colleagues of Lang, who passed on Friday after a battle with cancer, will also join Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden through today's two-hour edition on SEN Track. The Talking Trots On Track hosts will be joined by John Caldow (from 11.10am), Greg Sugars (from 11.20am), Nathan McGowan (from 11.50am), Jodi Quinlan (from noon), Glenn Douglas (from 12.15pm) and Tom Hogan (from 12.30pm) to pay tribute to the brilliant reinsman. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVE TO TALKING TROTS ON TRACK     The good oil from the Vic trials circuit BLACKBOOKER: Tabcorp Park Melton, R5 N3, Long Weekend Gained a nice trail behind the leader throughout but he was impressive at his trial victory. He raced very fiercely throughout but still had a good kick left at the finish and quickly put the issue beyond doubt when he angled away from the markers on the home turn. REPORT & REPLAY   Harness Racing Victoria

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