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Goulburn trainer Brad Hewitt admits he is unsure which Spare Me Days will turn up to compete in the haarness racing  Renshaw Cup at Penrith on Thursday night.  The four-year-old Ifihadyourluck gelding can look like a ‘world beater’ one week and struggle the next and Hewitt finds it impossible to predict in what mood the gelding will be in. After winning the Young Cup two starts ago defeating Group One winning mare Frith in the process, Spare Me Days performed well below his best at Bathurst at his next run. “I never know what I’m going to get with him, his run at Young was so good and he felt so strong but then at Bathurst he was plain and I could tell after I made the move to the chair that he was having one of his off nights,” Hewitt said. “What makes it harder to predict is that he is a dreadful track worker so you never get a clear indication whether he is going well or not because his work is poor.” Hewitt believes the Shane Tritton trained Yayas Hot Spot has the pace to cross from out wide on the front row in the Renshaw Cup which would put Spare Me Days behind the leader.  However Hewitt does not want to get shuffled back any further. “Yayas Hot Spot has got the speed to cross us all and if Spare Me Days can race on the back of the leader I think he has a great winning chance but they have been driving Yayas Hot Spot with a sit so if he crossed and then handed up to something else we’ll find it tough. “From three back on the pegs he would need a lot of luck.  He handles the small tracks really well as he proved at Young, the half mile track is no concern at all.” Thursday’s trip to Penrith will be a rare one for Hewitt especially during the colder months as he is normally training with his rugby league team the Goulburn Bulldogs. “Thursday night is normally training but I was lucky this week because the coach had a coaching clinic to go to so he transferred training to Friday night. “I normally start the year in first grade but I miss a few training session and a couple of games because of the horses and I end up getting dropped back to reserves.  I play in the centres, we’ve had one game this year and had a win so it has been a good start.” Spare Me Days will need to compete in one of the two remaining Carnival Of Cups feature races to be eligible for the $20,000 bonus that is up for grabs.  Horses must compete in four of the six events to qualify for the Carnival Of Cups bonus and after racing in the Goulburn and Young Cups he has already earned vital points.  After Thursday night’s Renshaw Cup, the final two legs will be conducted at Bankstown and Menangle. Greg Hayes

Talented harness racing colt Spare Me Days heads to Queensland with unfinished business. Most expected the Brad Hewitt prepared three-year-old to play a major hand in the Gr.1 Breeders Challenge final at TABCORP Park, Menangle last weekend but history tells another story. He didn’t qualify for the rich final after a below par effort in the semi-final on June 20. “Things didn’t go plan with the Breeders Challenge but we had excuses and he pulled up a little worse for wear and he was quite crook." "We had the vet go over him and he’s bounced back very well and now the Queensland winter carnival is a perfect opportunity to redeem himself.” Hewitt said. Spare Me Days was the biggest winner following the barrier draw and starts from the inside gate in the 1660m sprint feature leaving Hewitt with several options. The Ifihadyourluck colt possesses enough early speed to hold a forward position while talented types Burnaholeinmypocket and Hug The Wind are expected to push forward and challenge for the lead role. “Landing the ace takes all the guess work out of the equation; drawing well in these feature sprint races is crucial and I’m relieved that we came up with a good draw" "He’s been a big improver this season with his gate speed and I’m confident he’s got enough to hold up early." “I’ve got options and I haven’t decided on what the best plan of attack is for this race and I’ll keep doing more form to work out what the best plan is for this race." "It’s a good quality race which boasts several talented types." “I’ve been really impressed with the way he’s recovered since his latest effort and his work has been better than ever, he’s really good at the moment and I’m expecting a forward showing.” Hewitt is non-committal at this stage on whether he will back-up next week on tackle the Gr.3 $40,000 Mr Feelgood Gold Coast Derby or wait a week for the Gr.1 $150,000 Queensland Derby which is scheduled for July 18. “We’ll let this horse determine whether we start in all three feature races, let’s just get through this week first before making any firm plans." "He’s off to the paddock after this campaign for a well-earned break and I’m expecting him to improve again next season as a four-year-old because he’s not a big colt." “I’m happy to head back to Brisbane for the winter carnival this year because we had a great time last year; the prizemoney, the people and the weather is awesome so here’s hoping.” Chris Barsby

As Classiemahon crossed the finish line for his seventh win for his current harness racing owners at Wagga on Saturday night, their thoughts were with the late Garry Burns.  It was Burns who selected Classiemahon (Jereme's Jet) for the syndicate late last year, but unfortunately he didn't get to see the latest win after passing away on Friday. Burns niche was finding a horse he thought had potential to improve and forming syndicates to race it.  The former bookmaker did it numerous times and mostly with success.  Proof of this were the results of horses he acquired, or owned, last week. Amanda Von (Ifihadyourluck), raced by the same syndicate, won at Penrith on Thursday night while his own mare, Shesa A Runa (Jereme's Jet), won the $30,000 VicBred final at Melton on Friday night. Syndicate manager Terry McMillan said it was Burns knowledge and keen eye that led to many members enjoying unequalled success in harness racing. "Garry selected all of the horses he thought could improve and these last two have won a fair few races," he said. "Amanda Von has been really good for us and Classiemahon has won seven from 18 since we bought him." Trainer Shaun Snudden has got the best from Classiemahon who has also been placed six times from his 18 starts with the stable.  Reinsman Corey Bell found the lead on the short priced favourite who sprinted fast from the 400 metres and held on for a comfortable win. It was a big night for the leading combination with a treble as East Emperor (Modern Art) and Somelovesomewhere (Somebeachsomewhere) were also successful.  East Emperor has won three races for owners Jody Ward and Mel Young, while Somelovesomewhere has claimed four victories and been a model of consistency for the Pellow family.  Snudden is closing in on 100 wins in the season for the first time after finishing in the 90s in recent years. Meanwhile, trainer-driver Mark Hewitt landed a double with track specialist Kenny Trickem (Stonebridge Regal) and two-year-old Jumping Jack Jimmy (Modern Art).  Kenny Trickem's past three wins have been at Wagga, while Jumping Jack Jimmy will push on to this week's Breeders Challenge semi-finals. "He wanted to switch off a bit at the end. It's good to see him win a race before the semis," Hewitt said. "Kenny Trickem loves racing here and his three wins have all been similar coming off the speed with a strong finish." by Graeme White

Goulburn harness racing trainer Brad Hewitt celebrated the biggest win of his career when his two year old Spare Me Days won the Breeders Challenge Blue Final for two year old colts and geldings on Saturday night. Unfortunately for Hewitt he was unable to be trackside for the victory as he was in Queensland with his smart three year old Im Jay Tee. "Yeah it was really good to win a race like that, it was my first group win as a trainer and to see Dad (David Hewitt) drive him and win a nice race like that made it even more special," Hewitt said. "Dad had only had three or four drives back from a nasty fall at Canberra and it was actually his first night back driving at Menangle." Hewitt bred and owns Spare Me Days and has now decided to spell the son of Ifihadyourluck. "He's going to the paddock, he had a few little niggling issues in the lead up to the main Breeders Challenge final and his run in that race was huge, he galloped at the start and probably lost 30 metres and was only beaten about three. "There's not a whole lot of him so I think the spell will help him. He is a beautiful natured horse but once you take him to the races he turns into a machine." Stablemate Im Jay Tee will compete in Saturday night's Queensland Derby and Hewitt was impressed by his performance in last Saturday's Gold Coast Derby. "He ran fifth in the Futurity in his first run in Queensland and I was pretty disappointed with that but he did have to travel up from home so maybe that flattened him a bit." "The run on Saturday night was much better. He hit the line really well and was taking ground off horses like Bling It On and Alleluia so if he gets the right trip this week I don't think he will be too far away." By Greg Hayes  | Harness Racing New South Wales |  

The Pepper Tree Farm New South Wales Breeders Challenge Blue Series finals for two and three year olds at Menangle on Saturday night provided a very timely boost for the Camluck stallion Ifihadyourluck who sired the winners of two of the four finals. The K Turner trained 3 year old filly Amanda Von burnt the gate from barrier seven and landed the trail behind stablemate Regaltive in her final. Angled off Regaltive's back just before the turn, Amanda Von streaked away for the biggest and easiest win of her career to date. It was the fifth lifetime win for the super consistent filly who has also placed 16 times in her 31 starts and took her lifetime earnings to $70,025. She paced the 2400 meters in a smart 2:55.8, a mile rate of 1:57.9 with closing sectionals of  56.8 and 28. Amanda Von The Brad Hewitt trained Spare Me Days was even more impressive in the 2 year old colts and geldings division. Wide from barrier seven for the first 400 meters and parked from there on, Spare My Days spared nothing in the run home, cutting out the last quarter in a sizzling 26.9 on his way to a very impressive win. It was his fourth career win alongside two placings for this smart colt who was having just his eighth lifetime start and took his stake earnings to $63,000. Spare Me Days paced the mile in 1:56.2 with the last half in 56.3 and quarter in 26.9. Spare Me Days Camluck, the sire of Ifihadyourluck, has wracked up some amazing numbers in the Northern Hemisphere. His total stakes won is a mind boggling $196,064,015 along with an amazing 719 in 1:55. At the age of 26 last season Camluck still served 81 mares.  Ifihadyourluck took a mark of 1:49.4 and $402,325 in stakes in his career on the track. Standing at Calderwood Farm in New South Wales, Ifihadyourluck had a couple of crops in the fifties early on before the numbers dropped away in his next few crops but his overall record is nothing to be sniffed at as can be seen from the stats below. Foals - 202 Winners - 74 % winners to foals - 36.63% Sub 1:58 - 30 Stakes won - $2,150,137 With the breeding season just around the corner, Ifihadyourluck couldn't have two more impressive runners than Amanda Von and Spare Me Days to promote his value as a sire. The way those two won last night would suggest Ifihadyourluck will serve a much larger book this year than he has in the last few seasons. Harnesslink media       

The 2012/13 HRNSW Industry Awards night was held at the Hilton Hotel Sydney on Saturday night where the feats of both humans and equines were recognised. Exciting filly Frith was unanimously named NSW Horse of The Year after a scintillating three-year-old season which included the NSW Breeders Challenge, Victorian Breeders Crown, WA and Victorian Oaks. The 3YO of the year was also taken out by Frith whilst Bling It On took the honours in the 2YO category. The Nicole Molander-trained Keystone Del was named Trotter of The Year and Gaius Caesar won the open aged horse division. The Board and staff of HRNSW would like to congratulate the following award winners:   Award Nominees Winner McLachlan Thorpe & Partners Carnival of Cups - Leading Trotting Trainer   Blake Fitzpatrick   Blake Fitzpatrick   Goulburn HRC Carnival of Cups - Leading Driver   Amanda Turnbull   Amanda Turnbull   NSW Standardbred Owners Association Carnival of Cups - Leading Trainer   Steve Turnbull   Steve Turnbull   Albury HRC Carnival of Cups - Leading Horse   Make Some Magic NZ   Make Some Magic NZ   Tabcorp Carnival of Cups - Best Level 1 Meeting   Coolamon HRC Maitland HRC Penrith HRC   Maitland HRC   Tabcorp Carnival of Cups - Best Level 2 Meeting   Eugowra HRC Fairfield HRC Orange HRC Orange HRC   Tabcorp Carnival of Cups - Best Level 3 Meeting   Blayney HRC Broken Hill HRC Griffith HRC   Broken Hill HRC   Tabcorp Centurions   Amanda Turnbull Lauren Panella Blake Fitzpatrick Luke McCarthy Robert Morris Steve Turnbull Shane Tritton Belinda McCarthy   All   Daily Form Service Junior Driver Encouragement Award (Country)   Andrew Pitt Ashleigh Camilleri Grace Grant Paul Diebert Sam Hewitt   Paul Diebert   Lexus of Parramatta Junior Driver Encouragement Award (Metro)   Alex Alchin Kylie Barnes Lauren Panella Todd McCarthy   Lauren Panella   OAMPS Champion Junior Driver   Amanda Turnbull   Amanda Turnbull   OAMPS Champion Driver   Amanda Turnbull Amanda Turnbull OAMPS Champion Trainer   Steve Turnbull Steve Turnbull   National Trotguide Best Coverage by a Regional Newspaper   The Daily Advertiser - Wagga The Irrigator - Leeton The Maitland - Mercury   The Daily Advertiser Wagga   PMG Media Best Coverage by a Regional Television Station   Harbor Television Productions NBN Newcastle Prime 7 Wagga   NBN Newcastle   Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Volunteer Appreciation Awards                         Stephen Hunt Cootamundra HRC Greg Maxwell Young HRC John Den Eugowra HRC  Robert Chew Bathurst HRC Megan Lavender Bankstown HRC Andrew Ho Bankstown HRC Bert Read Bankstown HRC   All Penrith HRC Don Clough Appreciation Award   Richard Earnshaw   Richard Earnshaw   Harness Breeders NSW Broodmare of the Year   Falcon Black Beauty NZ Jackie Kelly Left For Me Full Pleasure Rochelle Hanover   Left For Me   Pepper Tree Farm NSW Sire of the Year   Presidential Ball USA Tinted Cloud USA Pacific Rocket Ifihadyourluck USA John Street North USA   Presidential Ball USA   Yirribee Stud in conjunction with Alabar Outstanding Service to the Breeding Industry   Pepper Tree Farm Pepper Tree Farm   Breckon Farm NSW 2YO Trotter of the Year   My Valerie NZ Swishbye Verbier   My Valerie NZ   Addington Raceway NSW 2YO Filly Pacer of the Year   Denises Legacy Distant Memory Majestic Amy Ocean Diva Spicy Stride   Distant Memory   House of Brook NSW 2YO C&G Pacer of the Year   Allblack Stride NZ All Eyes On Us Bling It On Business In Motion Lettucerockthem   Bling It On   Sky Racing NSW 2YO of the Year   My Valerie NZ Distant Memory Bling It On   Bling It On   Bulli HRC NSW 3YO Trotter of the Year   Duchess Ella Nickys Invasion Vincennes   Duchess Ella   Sir Lincoln NSW 3YO Filly Pacer of the Year                 Frith Gypsy Babe Im Tondelayo Laaganoosh Tarelle   Frith   Yirribee Stud in conjunction with Alabar NSW 3YO C&G Pacer of the Year   Be Brave Caesar Augustus Ee And Em Stride Home Of The Brave Sir Eric NZ Ultimate Art   Home Of The Brave   Tabcorp NSW 3YO of the Year   Duchess Ella Frith Home Of The Brave Frith   NSWHRC NSW Aged Trotter of the Year   Keystone Del NZ King Of Strathfield NZ Neville Vaughan NZ   Keystone Del NZ   Cordina Farms NSW Aged Mare Pacer of the Year   Baby Bling NZ Forever Gold Obahma Joy Our Sixpence NZ   Baby Bling NZ   Harness Racing Travelworld NSW Aged E&G Pacer of the Year   Chariot King Excel Stride Gaius Caesar NZ Ideal Scott NZ Mach Alert NZ Mach Beauty Washakie NZ   Gaius Caesar   Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Aged Horse of the Year   Keystone Del NZ Baby Bling NZ Gaius Caesar   Gaius Caesar   OAMPS - NSW Horse of The Year   Bling It On Frith Gaius Caesar   Frith        

Wednesday's harness racing Stawell fixture belonged to the Western District with no less than seven of the eight winners coming from the area including regular Mount Gambier visitors Alta Antonio and Bobby Maravu.

Harness racing driver Chris Alford was successful at Shepparton on Saturday October 27 with 6-Y-0 Modern Art/Estasi mare Forest Babe in the National Tiles & Solomans Flooring Shepparton Pace for C5 & C6 class over 2190 metres.

Bigga harness racing trainer Dennis Picker is hoping his second trip to Newcastle will be more fruitful than his first when he competes in the New South Wales Breeders Challenge Regional Finals on Saturday night.

Terang was the venue for Tuesday night harness racing and as per usual, the Western District was well to the fore. Kerryn Manning took the driving and training honours for the evening.

The Albion Park Harness Racing Club will conduct its first metropolitan meeting of the season this Saturday night (January 6) and the eight event program features some strong racing with many of the state's top pacers engaged.

Western District harness racing was held at Ararat on Thursday September 8, with a mixture of rough and favoured results during the evening.

One of the most sought after events held in the Western District each harness racing season - The O'Keeffe named in honour of the late Jim O'Keeffe a stalwart of the industry, appears to have lost its status, no doubt to the dismay of the O'Keeffe family.

Wednesday's Horsham harness fixture was big for the Western District part of the state, with six of the eight winners coming from the area. Stawell trainer Ray Harvey combined with Ararat based Michael Bellman to land the Wonwondah (1962 Victoria Trotters Derby) Memorial Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2200 metres with Baltimore Boy, a 4-Y-0 gelded son of Conch Deville and Theresa Rose who registered his first success in 16 outings.

A total of 164 nominations were received for the 2010 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale to be conducted by Davidson Cameron Board & Simmons at the Bathurst Showground on Sunday, March 21. The harness racing sale features the progeny of 51 individual stallions including seven of the Top Ten sires on last season's Australian 2YO Premiership.

Young Bendigo harness racing horseman Chris Svanosio landed a training and driving double at his home track last night (November 10). He won with San Lorenzo ($4.80) and Carlos Cullen ($11.60).

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