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Fresh from Chicago Bull's scintillating win in Friday's RetraVision Fremantle Cup connections are contemplating a raid on Victoria's famed Del-Re National A. G. Hunter Cup. The first Saturday in February has been circled by trainer Gary Hall Snr, who was further buoyed by his multi-million dollar pacer's first Group 1 win since the 2017 WA Cup. "(Friday night) was a great thrill," Hall told RSN 927. "He's been to hell and back that little horse and to actually come back to the very, very top, that speaks wonders for how good a horse he is." Chicago Bull's only ventured once outside of Western Australia, a trip that started with a bid to win the 2018 Victoria Cup. On that occasion he ran second to a rampant Tiger Tara before crossing the Tasman to pursue the New Zealand Trotting Cup, winning his only Auckland start before suffering a career-threatening injury and a long road back to the track. Now seemingly back to his best, Hall Snr said he'd love to take on Australia's leading pacers at Tabcorp Park Melton, but first of all "I've got to convince the owners". "They're a bit gun shy about going away with him (again), but I'd love to come over after Christmas for the Hunter Cup with him if I could and if he's still in the form that he's in," he said. "I think he's still got something to prove. Not to me, but probably to everyone else in Australia. You seem to need to be able to win on the eastern seaboard before anyone starts to think that you are a great horse. I think he's a great horse, but I'd love to come over there and win a Hunter Cup or something like that." Chicago Bull improved his record to an extraordinary 60 wins from 89 starts and $2.2 million in stakes won with Friday's victory. "He's definitely the most consistent horse I've ever trained. Even (Im themightyquinn) had his days when he put in an ordinary one, this horse never does. He always goes out there and gives his best. It's just amazing. He's a pretty easy horse to train. He really hasn't got any faults at all."   Harness Racing Victoria

There was a twist in the tale with tonight's Breeders Crown finals finishing with a surprise as No Win No Feed ripped to the front from gate seven and then held all challengers for a resounding win.  The Nutrien Equine Breeders Crown Championship would have surprised many speed maps as John Caldow rattled from the gates in his maiden drive of Craig Cross's four-year-old mare, which would prove a decisive move in the Group 2 win. "She's a wonderful mare and when I got the opportunity to jump on her tonight I thought I might surprise a few and find the front," Caldow said. "I didn't think they'd expect me to do what I did." No Win No Feed got the jump on favourite Miss McGongall with her early zip, with James Herbertson settling for leader's back and then Caldow was able to dictate the pace, getting a breather with a 31.5-second first quarter. Chris Alford loomed to the breeze on Our Princess Tiffany and made his challenge, but No Win No Feed had all the answers, getting home in a 55-second last half to win by five metres. Matt Craven's Itzamajorsurprise ran into second, with Our Princess Tiffany finishing third. "She just burns and drops the bit, so you can do what you want to do and rate it how you want," Caldow said of the winner. "When Chris came around I thought we'll get rolling again. She had an easy enough first half, so I was just hoping the early burn didn't take the edge off her. "They're good mares, they just keep going. When you drive these good horses they just do their best and keep trying their hearts out like she did. The last 100 she was putting her head between her chest and she'd had enough but she kept running."   HRV - Michael Howard

Maree Caldow has the holy grail in her hands after Sangreal captured an eventful Aldebaran Eagle @ Aldebaran Park two-year-old fillies’ title on Breeders Crown night. The trainer and Trots Vision trackside host Rob Auber couldn’t help but think there was a little divine intervention involved in the surprise win, with reinsman Daryl Douglas flashing home late to nose ahead on the line and claim the Group 1 crown. It was a performance reminiscent of late reinsman Gavin Lang, a close friend of Maree and John Caldow, whose outstanding career was celebrated tonight. “If we had a little (divine intervention) tonight, well, thanks Gav, I know you love us,” Maree told Trots Vision. "We love you and we miss you. This is just awesome.” The script was thrown out from the outset when $1.80 favourite Mexicana galloped out of contention at the start, which enabled Queen Elida to comfortably lead. There was little movement in a moderately run affair until Queen Elida spaced her rivals heading into the final turn, but she tired with 100 metres to go. Triple-figure chance Thats Not My Gait then looked set to pinch it for Josh Duggan, but Douglas came from the clouds on Sangreal to nose ahead in the final stages and win, with Chris Lang’s Evas Image beaten into second by a neck. Maree dedicated the win to her fellow owner-breeders of the filly, who’s by Father Patrick out of Solar Flash. “I’m just so grateful,” she said. “Denis and Vali (Hall), Chris and Allan Spalding, we bred this horse together. They’ve been long-time clients of ours. I’m just so proud. “To get two horses in a final, (Tipsy Turvy) did a wonderful job as well getting stuck in the death seat, but all credit to Sangreal. “I really want to thank my staff, Olivia Weidenbach and Jeremy Quinlan, it’s a great team at Caldow stables and I’m just so happy and so proud.”   HRV - Michael Howard

It was billed as the battle of the Breeders Crown finals and so it proved, with Tough Tilly terrific but Ladies In Red reaffirming her status as a superstar in the making in winning the Captain Crunch two-year-old fillies. The Mach Three filly replicated big full-brother Our Little General’s feat of winning a two-year-old Breeders Crown by sitting tough for trainer Emma Stewart and reinsman David Moran and having all the answers, improving her career record to seven wins from as many starts. “She was really good,” Moran told Trots Vision. “I said last week, she’s got that x-factor and she’s got the speed and will to win and she a terrific little filly.” And she had to be all those things tonight, with Tough Tilly taking advantage of her gate two draw to lead, but sustaining pressure initially as the running line was a procession of changing faces until Ladies In Red strode to the breeze. “There were a few moves early to mid race which kept the tempo reasonably honest throughout that lead time, then we were able to get around there and dictate the race from (the breeze),” Moran said. “Thirty-one (seconds for) the second quarter and then twenty-eight-and-a-half (seconds) off the back, we could control it there and then really make it a 500-metre dash where the best horse is going to win. “I wanted to really eyeball the leader and just be head-to-head right with it so Kate wasn’t able to make it mathematically impossible for us to beat her, it worked out really well.” Ladies In Red clawed past Tough Tilly in the final 100 metres to win by 2.4 metres with Jo Rocks running third and Stewart training four of the first five finishers as Rogue Wave and Joanna also finished strongly. But all honours went to the winner, including owner-breeders Bill and Anne Anderson of Lauriston Bloodstock. “(Ladies In Red) just kept giving, that’s what makes her such a great racehorse, she just does whatever she needs to do.”   HRV - Michael Howard

It was all about the book ends for Kerryn Manning and Zeuss Bromac and they answered every challenge for trainer Paul Fitzpatrick to win the IRT Australia three-year-old colts and gelding title on Breeders Crown finals night. Starting from gate one, Manning had to hustle Zeuss Bromac out of the gate to hold off an early charge, including from Jilliby Nitro at Jason Lee. The latter would then tuck into leader’s back for the middle distance Group 1 and prove Zeuss Bromac’s because danger in the run to the line, but the New South Wales trained Bettors Delight colt had all the answers to win by five metres. “He was very on the ball tonight,” Manning told Trots Vision. “He held on good the first bit and when Jilliby Nitro got a bit of momentum up he was coming quite quickly, so I had to go pretty quick to hold him. I wasn’t sure I was going to for a stride but he kicked through underneath them. “He did get pretty keen, but I managed to get not too bad a second quarter and then he ran home really strong. He was strong on the line.” After the 43.8-second lead time, clearly the quickest of the night, Zeuss Bromac got something of a breather with a 30.4-second second quarter and got home in 26.7 seconds to take the Crown for Fitzpatrick and Noel Shinn, who’s been caring for the horse in Victoria. “He’s just a little cute, nuggety little thing,” Manning said. “Noel’s been really happy with him, he said he’s been better than he was last week and he had a better barrier draw, so obviously everything pointed in the right direction. It’s always got to come off when you are out there and everything went well.”   HRV - Michael Howard

It was Plan C in the series and Plan B in the run but it proved a Plan A moment for Greg Sugars, who guided David Miles' The Panthiest to victory in the Pryde's EasiFeed three-year-old fillies' title on TAB Breeders Crown finals night. Sugars had driven series favourite Maajida and Sweet Louise to heat victories, and then jumped off the latter for the semi-final only for Maajida to fail to qualify for the final due to injury. Meanwhile, Sweet Louise showed her prodigious talent to win her semi-final for Chris Alford and enter tonight's final the favourite, while Sugars picked up the catch drive on The Pantheist. Sugars said steering The Pantheist to victory "was certainly not in my train of thought at all" at the start of the series. "Nevertheless, a week can be a long time in racing sometimes and one door closes another one opens, fortunately the right one opened for me this week." He started from gate eight, which placed him on Sweet Louise's back throughout the middle distance affair and there he'd remain until the final turn, when Sugars first attempted to veer right only to be tightened for room by Amelia Rose, forcing The Pantheist to be steered left via the sprint lane. Miles' three-year-old Bettors Delight filly still had enough zip to pass Sweet Louise and score for owner-breeders Greg and Jennifer Pell. "I all but made the wrong decision, or I started to do it, but thankfully I was able to correct that decision in time and get the job done," Sugars said. "Luckily again Plan B was available via the sprint lane and she got the job done." Sugars said it was great to reward the Pells with victory. "(Greg Pell) does a great job obviously and has put a lot of time, a lot of money into the sport over the last few years breeding some very quality horses along the way," he said. "(I'm) extremely grateful to both the owers and the training connections."   HRV - Michael Howard

Loyalty and friendship were rewarded as owner-breeder Len Parker's faith in reinsman Damian Wilson produced the ultimate dividend, with their horse Major Moth securing a Breeders Crown for trainer Clayton Tonkin. Having been outstanding throughout the series, winning both his heat and semi-final, Major Moth drew perfectly tonight and put on the finishing touch to claim the rich VHRC Caduceus 2YO colts and geldings' title. It was a satisfying result for Wilson, with the $300,000 race the richest that he and Len and Irene Parker have captured in a long association. "Breeders Crown, that's what we aim for driving two-year-olds, it's just good to get on a horse as fast as this horse and as brave as this horse," Wilson told Trots Vision. "I've got to thank Lenny mostly for that, because he is my biggest fan and just keeps sticking up for me and made sure I was on." All went as expected, with Emma Stewart-trained Act Now working quickly to the lead ahead of Major Moth, from where Jodi Quinlan driving Act Now was able to control the tempo in moderate first and second quarters. She began to open up with a 28.5-second third quarter, but despite having plenty left to hit the line strongly Major Moth's elite speed shone through, getting home in 26.5 seconds to win. "You have to be prepared and what will happen will happen," Wilson said. "We got the right draw and I didn't have to think too much about it tonight, which was good." And with that the Parkers and Wilson banked a second joint Group 1. "We won the (Vicbred) sires with Lively Moth and a fair few races with other horses over the years, Kilmore Cup was a big thrill, but this probably tops it."   HRV - Michael Howard

A cool head and cool hands saw Chris Svanosio swoop at the right time and his two-year-old trotter, Watts Up Majestic, did the rest to win the Skyvalley @ Aldebaran Park colts and geldings' title. While owner-breeder Bradley Watts and regular trainer Rickie Alchin watched on from north of the border, their Majestic Son gelding made every stride a winner to career away for a 10-metre Breeders Crown Group 1 victory. "These are the days you want to be competing ... and it's great to win one and win it in style on a really nice little trotter," Svanosio told Trots Vision. "He's a lovely horse to have turn up and to win the two-year-old trotters Breeders Crown is terrific." Svanosio guided Watts Up Majestic to the back of early leader Have No Fear, who galloped when Aldebaran Zeus loomed to apply the pressure. That forced Svanosio to take evasive action, but Watts Up Majestic didn't break stride and when Aldebaran Zeus peaked in his run it was Svanosio's gelding who finished the strongest to win. "It wasn't ideal when the leader galloped down the back, but lucky enough I was able to keep trotting and sneak through on the inside. Then he was travelling pretty good after that," Svanosio said. "Ricky Alchin sent him down and he would have been down here training him if it wasn't for the travel restrictions, we're just looking after him for Ricky and the owner Bradley Watts. They're up in Sydney watching it together."   HRV - Michael Howard

Jason Lee and Jack MacKinnon had plenty of reason to smile after Im Ready Jet secured their first Breeders Crown title and first Group 1 respectively. An outstaning Lee drive helped capture the Catanach's Jewellers class for three-year-old trotting fillies, a very satisfying result for co-trainers Anton Golino and MacKinnon, Pat Driscoll's Yabby Dam Farm and Lee himself. "Huge thrill to win a Breeders Crown," Lee told Trots Vision. "Grew up as a kid coming with Nana and Pop and Mum and all the uncles and watching these races and it's just awesome to be able to win one. "Obviously pretty great to be able to give Jack MacKinnon his first Group 1 winner in partnership, really happy for him and obviously Pat (Driscoll) and Anton and all their staff do a great job and I'm thankful for the opportunity." He certainly rewarded their faith, taking advantage when stablemate Imamaorijet galloped at the start from gate four, which enabled Lee to slide off leader's back and into the running line. He then advanced to the lead and sustained pressure from Sofia Arvidsson's front-running Aldebaran Tess to set up the win, holding off swooping Ofortuna (second) and Queen Of Crime (third).                                                                                     --photo by Stuart McCormick "She was a bit of tactical one," Lee said. "I was just worried if I stayed on the fence that one of the other ones may have come and seeing how they raced in their heats they were pretty strong, they may have put it to Matty and been able to cross him. "I just wanted to try and stay in front of them. It's probably one of those, if it comes off it looks great, if it didn't it's going to look a bit silly. Thankfully it came off and she was good enough and ran a great race."   HRV - Michael Howard

One Group 1 down and one in the bag for trainer Emma Stewart after Cover Of Darkness overcame some pre-race mischief to unleash his elite talent. The Majestic Son colt, bred my Martin and Kaye Hartnett out of dam Illawong Moonshine, proved a handful for reinswoman Jodi Quinlan, but she knows the breed well and guided Cover Of Darkness to the Catanach's Jewellers 3YO colts and geldings trotting title on TAB Breeders Crown finals night. Cover Of Darkness led all-the-way to score, sustaining pressure throughout from Powderkeg and then holding at bay late charges by Chris Lang's Red White An Bloom (second) and Patrick Ryan's Cracker Jet (third).  "He's still got a lot to learn but he's very good," Quinlan told Trots Vision post-race. "He had me concerned, I thought I was at the show on the Mad Mouse. He started off kicking in the parade yard, nearly kicked my heel, and then in the warm up he went out on the track and just kept bucking and kicking. "I let him bowl really solid for three laps after that and thought I better pull him up and hope he's not tired. After that he was OK. Going up to the gate I was just hoping he didn't buck." He didn't getting away superbly from gate two to lead in a 44.9-second lead time, then holding all comers at bay in a 58.1-second last half. "Credit to Clayton and Emma, this horse has come from nowhere," Quinlan said. "First time I drove him at the trials he was very good but very naughty. He hung and hopped and he's not the most fluent gaited horse - he's not the easiest horse to drive. I've gotten used to him a little bit and you have to go with him, the more you upset him the worse he is. "He's not as seasoned as some of those horses tonight and that was the only question mark over him, but he's always given the feeling that he's very very strong. Going forward he should keep getting better."                                                                                           --photo by Stuart McCormick It was a terrific group for Cover Of Darkness big loyal group of owners, some of whom mate the trip to Tabcorp Park to savour the result.   HRV - Michael Howard

TAB Breeders Crown night kicked off in stunning fashion with Hurricane Harley and Lochinvar Art enjoying a classic head-to-head battle, with the former holding the champ at bay and matching his Victoria Cup winning time. Trained by Emma Stewart and driven by Amanda Turnbull for owner-breeders Lauriston Bloodstock, Hurricane Harley further enhanced his reputation with an outstanding front-running display to secure the Group 2 for four-year-old entires and geldings. “He’s amazing isn’t he, he just loves being in front and he’s hard to catch,” Turnbull told Trots Vision after guiding Hurricane Harley to the front, with Lochinvar Art advancing to the breeze from the back row amid a 44.1-second lead time. The pair then traded blows for the final mile, with quarters of 28.2, 27.4, 27.4 and 27.9 seconds, with Lochinvar Art constantly pressing in the breeze but Hurricane Harley having all the answers. “He’s just an unreal horse and once he’s comfortable and he’s happy out there he just doesn’t stop, he just loves it,” Turnbull said. “He’s an unreal horse Harley, you don’t feel like you’re going that fast but the lead time just felt like it was that slow and he had it that easy. “(Lochinvar Art) just wouldn’t go away. That’s just how he goes, he’s a beautiful goer. I just couldn’t shake him, I knew I was running but I couldn’t get rid of him. All credit to him, he stuck there and it was a great race.”   HRV - Michael Howard

Harness racing will honour a legend tomorrow night, with participants pausing for a ceremony and a minute’s silence to pay tribute to the late great Gavin Lang. The legendary trainer and reinsman, who passed in April at age 61 after battling a rare type of lymphoma, will be celebrated and remembered with a ceremony at 7.40pm, when a video presentation will precede a minute’s silence and a lap of honour by Pantzup, the last horse to deliver Lang a victory. Pantzup will be driven by Lang’s mate and fellow reinsman John Caldow, who said the tribute was “going to be fitting, that’s for sure”. “It’s a Group 1 night, Breeders Crown – that’s him,” Caldow said. “This is what he lifted for, when he was always at his best. “It’s a perfect night to honour him. He was a good mate, so it’s good to be a part of it.” Lang won an extraordinary 18 pacing and trotting Breeders Crown titles, with the first being with Self Denial and The Sentry in 2003 and the last with Moonshine Linda and Born To Rocknroll in 2019. He won an astonishing 6300 races from 32,000 starts and earned almost $50 million in stakes for connections, and a display will be set up in the inner circle of the track near the finishing line to honour him, with all participants to be invited to be trackside for the ceremony. Lang was regaled as ‘The Iceman’ for his cool head in big races, but Caldow said it was his professionalism, confidence and natural gifts that set him apart on night’s like the Breeders Crown. “He was just the perfect form student. He knew every horse and backed himself to the metre,” he said. “He would win by an inch and he would know his horse, exactly what he was doing but also the opposition horses. He was about perfection and would always back himself.” The ceremony will be streamed live on Trots Vision at, where viewers can enjoy wall-to-wall coverage live and free from the first race to the last. Lang and his father Graeme will also be honoured at Bendigo on December 4 with the introduction of the Gavin Lang Aldebaran Park Trotting Mile for two-year-old colts and geldings and the Graeme Lang Aldebaran Park Trotting Mile for two-year-old fillies, which will be Group 3 races. The night will also feature a series of race names in honour of the Lang family. These races are an opportunity for juvenile trotters to set a fast mark on one of Victoria’s quickest tracks. The initiative has been driven by Aldebaran Park’s Duncan McPherson, the Bendigo Harness Racing Club, the Victorian Harness Racing Club and Harness Racing Victoria. Meanwhile, HRV has announced “The Gav”, a trophy awarded to the most successful Breeders Crown driver of the series. The inaugural “The Gav” will be presented to the driver who collects the most points over the November 20-21 TAB Breeders Crown Finals. The winner will be presented the following week. During each TAB Breeders Crown race, drivers will score points based on: 1st - 3 points, 2nd - 2 points, 3rd - 1 point.   Harness Racing Victoria

Owners will be represented by their silk colours in Victorian harness races from tomorrow for the first time since April. In response to the unfolding COVID-19 situation earlier this year, Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) moved to driver colours only. The change back to owners’ colours will occur in time for the rich TAB Breeders Crown races this weekend. “We have spoken about this subject at length with industry representative groups and participants in recent weeks,” HRV CEO Dayle Brown said. “The significant majority view in the feedback we have received is that owners want their colours represented, participants want to support that and the time is right to bring them back. “HRV is appreciative of the resilience shown by our industry participants and owners during what has been a difficult year."   Harness Racing Victoria

Sweet dreams could be savoured on Saturday night for trainer Phil Chircop, who’s hoping to deliver loyal long-time owner John Dorrington his first Group success. Sweet Louise will contest the Pryde’s EasiFeed three-year-old fillies final at 8.40pm, with their hopes of capturing the $200,000 Breeders Crown only buoyed by drawing the prized gate one. Chircop joined Jason Bonnington on SENTrack’s Talking Trots this week and couldn’t help but be excited by his lightly raced Sweet Lou filly’s chances. “Everything’s going to plan,” Chircop said. “And while she’s happy I’m happy. I’m just happy that I’m the one training her. It’s very easy to get up in the mornings. “I’ve done my job best as I can trying to keep the horse happy all week. I haven’t done a great deal with her, she doesn’t need much more. Hopefully she’s got another good run in her, I’d love to win it, but more for the owners. “The owners put a lot of money into the sport and never had a Group 1, 2 or 3 winner, so it would be a pleasure for me to turn that. (John’s) stuck by me, I’ve had a few accidents this year – a pretty serious one – he could have easily given Sweet Louise to somebody else, but with covid he said throw her in the paddock and we’ll look at races in three months’ time. “He’s not only raced her, but he’s bred her himself. If I can be the first person to win him a Group 1, well I’d be thrilled for John Dorrington’s sake.” READ MORE BREEDERS CROWN >> Stewart can't separate her Tough Ladies >> Update on owners attending Tabcorp Park And the $1.90 favourite is every chance to do just that. While still fairly green, she has blossomed this campaign. Having raced only once as a two-year-old she stepped out twice this summer before a spell, returning in September a different horse. She broke through for her maiden win at Kilmore on October 1 and then won both her Breeders Crown heat and semi-final to burst into contention. “I don’t know how good this horse is yet. I just said to my son, Michael, about four weeks ago, this bloody thing’s improving out of sight,” Chircop said. “I haven’t had a horse work so good since I had The Warp Drive. She’s running the same time as good horses and doing it on her own and she’s lazy and runs all over the place. It’s going to take a good horse to beat her.” Confidence was enhanced by Sweet Louise’s dominant semi-final, when she led and careered away in the 58.3-second last half, winning by 14 metres from Its Beaujolais. “We were pretty committed to hold the lead, we had to find out where she is at ,” Chircop said. “The mare keeps on improving every time she comes out. With the racing, it’s really helped her. At the moment I’m only working three horses, two young trotters and a pacer, so she works at home on her own. The racing’s got her fitter and her true ability’s starting to come out, even if she is still a bit wayward in the way she runs. “I’ve tried to correct that, but sometimes it is what it is. She is her own woman, so I let her go with what she wants to do. She runs around a little bit, but there’s not much I can do about it. I’ve tried to straighten her up and she gets all cranky. So I said, ‘oh well, better to try and keep her happy’. “That’s all I’m trying to do, just keep her happy and hope she can produce this week and hasn’t gone one run too soon.” And when it comes to repeating the dose from gate one on Saturday, Chircop said he would defer to reinsman Chris Alford on whether she chases another all-the-way result. “More than likely so, I just leave that to Chris,” he said. “As soon as you start making plans and telling drivers what to do, I learned a long time ago it doesn’t work. Just leave it in their hands. They’re professionals, they know what they are doing. “I think there’s going to be a lot more pressure Saturday night. Who knows, she might even improve on what she did Saturday. I don’t put her on the clock over the week, she just gets ticked over and look after. My job is to manage her and keep her fit, whether she can improve even further so be it.”   HRV - Michael Howard

An Emma Stewart dominance on TAB Breeders Crown night has become a familiar sight and the state’s leading trainer looks well poised to reward her diverse group of owners with more silverware this Saturday. Across the pacing Group 1s alone she has an extraordinary 14 starters, including seven of the starters in the Captain Crunch two-year-old fillies final, which may well produce the most highly anticipated showdown of the night. Tough Tilly, carrying the hopes of owners representing EB Research Partnership Australia, will attempt to make her draw advantage count to put the first loss next to the name of Lauriston Bloodstock’s Ladies In Red, while stablemates Joanna, Treachery, Rogue Wave, Platinum Sparkle and Dangerous Hand lay in wait. Stewart joined SENTrack Talking Trots hosts Jason Bonnington this week to preview their chances. “It’s hard to say, I love both (Tough Tilly and Ladies In Red),” Stewart said. “I do have a real soft spot for Tough Tilly though, I think she’s been quite unlucky in a few of her runs, but in saying that you can’t take anything off Ladies In Red – she just goes out and gets the job done.” Both won their semi-finals handsomely and Tough Tilly, to be driven by Kate Gath, benefitted by drawing gate nine, with David Moran and Ladies In Red to start on her back if the emergency comes out. Stewart said even the gate advantage may not be enough. “Though Tough Tilly draws better than (Ladies In Red), I’m not sure it gives her the nudge in front of her – I’m just not sure,” she said. “Every race (Ladies In Red) puts her best foot forward. Tough Tilly’s been beat a fair few times, that’s probably one mark against her. Hopefully this week with the better draw she puts up a real fight against Ladies In Red.” Tough Tilly is a $1.65 favourite with ahead of Ladies In Red at $2.40, with $19 chance Treachery the next shortest. “I definitely think Joanna’s going terrific, Treachery’s going good as well and I thought Dangerous Hands was really good the other night as well,” Stewart said. “I’d be surprised if they beat them, but with the right one any of those ones I mentioned could possibly win.” Stewart also gave a runner-by-runner breakdown of her and partner Clayton Tonkin’s other pacing Group 1 chances: Race 5: VHRC CADUCEUS 2YO COLTS AND GELDING FINAL 1. Major Moth (trainer Clayton Tonkin, driver Damian Wilson) “I love this horse, he’s probably my favourite of the two-year-old colts. Major Moth’s run was terrific and Damian (Wilson) drove a super race as well. I definitely think he’s the one to beat.” 2. Act Now (trainer Emma Stewart, driver Jodi Quinlan) “He’s pretty underrated. He doesn’t really care too much, he’s pretty lazy and he just wins by as little as he can. He’s a great colt and he’s got a terrific record. He’s drawn to suit, fingers crossed he can use his speed early and hopefully hold Clayton, though I don’t think I can.” 4. Jacks Hawk (trainer Emma Stewart, driver David Moran) “He’s been a bit of a handful the last couple of weeks and done a few things wrong. Hopefully we’ve got them straightened out this week, I was a little bit disappointed in him. He’s a lovely little colt.” 6. Go Dancing (trainer Clayton Tonkin, driver Kate Gath) “His run last week was super, probably one of his better runs, so he’s definitely on the up.” RACE 6: PRYDE’S EASIFEED 3YO FILLIES 3. Amelia Rose (trainer Emma Stewart, driver Jodi Quinlan) “I was a little bit disappointed and so was Jodi. She loomed up on the turn and was doing it pretty easy, but she’s had a couple of little issues going on at the moment that we are trying to sort out. That’s why she mixes her form a little bit. There are two of her and hopefully the good one turns up this week.” 6. Techys Angel (trainer Emma Stewart, driver Kate Gath) “She’s a lovely filly and she’s one of Clayton’s favourites. She was a little bit of a handful to get a hold of at the start because she was quite revvy and didn’t want to settle, but last week she settled terrific. She’s really fast, so that was the best Techys Angel and fingers crossed she puts it all together again this week. She’s a lovely filly and she’s got a real good chance.” IRT Australia 3YO COLTS AND GELDINGS 2. Mirragon (trainer Emma Stewart, driver Amanda Turnbull) “He’s one of my favourites. He’s not the greatest trier on earth, but that’s a little bit our felt trying to race Be Happy Mach all the time. We’re trying to get his confidence back and this time in he’s been really good. If he gets driven cold that suits him and he’s been racing really good. I think he’s got the draw to maybe cause an upset. 9. Mach Dan (trainer Emma Stewart, driver Greg Sugars) “He’s always been a lovely horse, but this time in he’s getting better and better. He’s tradesman like, there’s nothing special about him and he’s not flashy or anything like that, but he just tends to get the job done. 12. Loorrim Lake (trainer Emma Stewart, driver David Moran) “I really think Loorrim Lake went terrific last week. It was one of those races you couldn’t actually believe what was happening in the run. He was one of those who was a little bit unlucky, he’s definitely still my top pick.”   Harness Racing Victoria

Harness racing has lost a dear friend in Geoff Ampt, who passed away suddenly overnight.  Ampt, a Coulter Media Award winning photographer who covered trots for many years at the Showgrounds, Moonee Valley and Tabcorp Park Melton, struck up a friendship with long-time photographer Graeme Prosser and the pair worked together prior to Prosser's retirement in recent years. Ampt, a keen lawn bowler, was also formerly a photographer for The Age, covering harness racing among many other general news and sports rounds. As the newspaper industry reduced its workforce, Ampt finished with Fairfax and aligned with Prosser’s business, a partnership made all the smoother when Prosser moved across the road. “He’s here every morning about half past eight, looks at the emails and sorts out those things and has been a tremendous help,” Prosser told HRV's Trots Media in 2016. “People have had our pictures and said they have been some of the best they have seen in Australia. We tried to make them unique when the opportunity arose. We tried to do a bit extra.” HRV extends sincere sympathy to Geoff’s wife Lorraine and family during this difficult time.   Harness Racing Victoria

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