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Bridport trainer-driver Rohan Hadley stole the show at Friday night’s Launceston Pacing Club meeting at the TAB Racing Centre. Hadley, one of Tasmania’s premier drivers, saluted the judge on three occasions, twice with well-supported runners from his own stable in Believe In Forever ($2.50 fav) and Secluded Beach ($2.80) and once with the Shelley Barnes prepared Volkova Leis ($21.10). Believe In Forever, a four-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven-Close Embrace gelding, has won five of its seven starts since arriving in the state in May of last year including the last three on the trot. “He got the job done tonight, we got a nice cart into the race out three-wide on the back of Miracle Marcus until the 400-metre mark when we had to go five-wide and he finished off well,” said Rohan. “There is a $12,000 C3-4 at Devonport on Cup night that should suit, so we will see how he pulls up after tonight but that would be the preferred option at this stage.” Secluded Beach (pictured) has also had seven outings in the state, winning four and finishing runner-up three times. “Secluded Beach has put in some smart runs since arriving in Tasmania and run quick times, he’s had a couple of good tussles with Buster William and come out on top and he wore him down again in the straight tonight after a two-horse war all the way,” said Rohan. “There is a C6-9 race in Hobart in two weeks time and I’d like to race him through to Free-For-All company or we might give him one more run and then give him a break with the idea of setting him for a campaign to achieve that task.” Believe In Forever and Secluded Beach are both owned by David Maffey, Peter Hayes and Murray James in Western Australia. Hadley’s third winner for the night came courtesy of the Shelley Barnes-trained Volkova Leis($21.10) in the third heat of the Harry Holgate Memorial, the five-year-old mare was taken forward from ninth at the bell to commence the three-wide train. The favourite Mahksman hit the front on the home bend but Volkova Leis swallowed him up quickly before bravely staving off challenges from Im Full Tilt and Levi Jimmy. “She hasn’t had a lot of luck with the draws over short trips of late and Shelley has her going well now, she can win again on that run,” said the Bridport horseman. Shane Yates

For 36 years Queensland Harness Racing Hall-of-Famers, Noel and Christine Denning, have thought nothing of getting up every day at 4am to tend to their standardbreds at Burwood Stud. The Pittsworth couple, who were inducted into the Hall-of-Fame in 2015, quietly go about their business just waiting for days like this Sunday (January 27) to arrive at Brisbane's Albion Park. That’s when the first of four annual APG Yearling Sales will be staged. The other three in Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth, will be held on Feb 3, March 3, and March 10 respectively. “Christine and I are a no fuss couple. We like to get on with our work without accolades, but we have to admit this Sunday is why we breed horses. “We love the game and enjoy running Burwood Stud with our two sons, Daniel and Jonathon,” 62-year- old Denning (Noel) said. Burwood Stud will have two of their own yearlings up for sale, and will also represent another 13 of their clients. They are: Burwood Stud Lot 1: An Artspeak – Walking On Air filly. Lot 44: A He's Watching – Tout Le Monde colt. Greg Mitchell Lot 3: A Grinfromeartoear – Arks Crystal colt. Lot 18: An Art Major – English Elegant colt. Lot 19: A MachThree – Joy To Behold filly. Lot 21: An Art Major – Find Fake Cash colt. Trevor & Louise O'Reilly Lot 12: A Western Terror – Doubting Darcey filly. Lot 15: An Art Major – Empty Promises colt. Lot 36: A Rock N Roll Heaven - Shesgotmegood filly. Lot 41: A Sunshine Beach – Teams up filly. Brendan Sippel Lot 24: A Mr Feelgood – Goldplay filly. Lot 27: A Hurrikane Kingcole – Left Dancing colt. Patrick Ross Lot 6: A Roll With Joe – Blue Eyed Suzie colt. Montana Park Lot 9: A Bettor’s Delight – Courageous Annie colt. William Hill Lot 32: A Roll With Joe – Save Me Christian filly. A total of 46 yearlings will be up for grabs and there are a few which have really taken Denning’s eye. “I don’t like singling any one horse out because there are always surprises, but I really like the colt (Lot 44) out of the New Zealand mare, Tout Le Monde (by Mach Three), who we bought in 2014," he said. “She left two foals in New Zealand and the first foal we bred from her fetched $65,000 at the 2016 APG Sale. Her name was For All We Know (by Art Major) and she's gone on to win two of her eight starts including the (Group 3) APG 2yo Fillies Final at Melton last April. “We are really hoping the He's Watching colt out of her can give us a similar or better result.” He also made mention of Lots 3, 6 and 15. “Lot 3's grand-dam (Joan Of Ark), was a former Broodmare-of-the-Year, while Lot 6 is a real nice colt. Even though he’s not big he already looks like, the type who will race well early,” Denning said. “I’m also expecting Lot 15 to sell well. He’s out of Empty Promises (by As Promised), who won nine races. Her second foal, Jossie James (By Big Jim) has so far won 12 times and amassed more than $100,000.” Denning said he had loved standardbreds for much of his life and decided to get into breeding in 1982. “We managed to secure horses off John Gibson and Lawson Coburn in the early 1980s and by 1983 we were selling our first yearlings at the Sales,” he said. “We have been associated with some nice horses over the years, but our stallion, Cammibest Best (by Cambest) is one I’ll always treasure. “We shuttled him to and from America and he’s still producing 2-year-old winners. “Christine and I really love the APG Sales. You get three bites at the cherry with all the bonus incentives that are up for grabs for yearling’s that go through the Sales. We can’t wait.” The four APG Sales to be staged in January, February, and March are: Brisbane - Sunday January 27 at Albion Park starting at 12 noon. Melbourne – Sunday February 3 at Oakland’s Junction starting at 11am. Sydney – Sunday March 3 at Warwick Farm at 11am. Perth – Sunday March 10 at the State Equestrian Center at 1pm. By Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

Robbie Royale was always going to be hard to beat at Ascot Park today. He ran a creditable seventh in strong company at Wyndham on Thursday and today's race was a massive drop in class. Trained by Brett Gray and driven by Brent Barclay he began safely and was allowed to settle into his gait for the first 100 metres. With 1600 metres to run Barclay moved the five year old forward and was forced three wide by Zoned Scarlett which also improved on his inside. Barclay allowed Zoned Scarlett to trot to the front before taking the top with 1200 metres to run. From there he held the lead beating her by three quarters of a length.   "He was good in front today. We thought we'd take everything else out of play by taking him to the front and let him roll," said Brent Barclay.  It was Robbie Royale's second win and the first for Brett Gray who took over his training last month from owner trainer Brian Norman. He's always shown he has the potential to progress further, but has broken in a number of his starts.  "He's a work in progress because he's still got a few rough strides in his gait but he feels like he'll win another couple of races alright. He's just very touchy in the mouth. When you grab him he's inclined to throw his head and that's when you lose him. You just have to go with him for the first three hundred metres until he balances up. We've got a softer bit in his mouth and he's getting better." His sire Raffaello Ambrosia left 50 foals in New Zealand with sixteen qualifiers or race winners. The best so far is Conon Bridge which has now won twenty one races and $264,367. He was good enough in 2015 as a two year old to win a Breeders Crown. Robbie Royale's fourth dam Castleton Queen is the mother of Sir Castleton, the winner of forty four races and of Castleton Pride which won eleven including the 1975 Interdominion Trotters Grand Final at Alexandra Park.  Sir Castleton won nine of his first twelve starts. He started an amazing four times in the Group One Rowe Cup finishing tenth in 1981, third in 1982, first in 1983 and second in 1984. He was trained for all bar three of his starts by Mawson MacPherson. Wayne Smart trained him for the lfinal three races and he won them all.  Meanwhile Star Reactor credited his sire Auckland Reactor with his sixty ninth individual winner; thirty seven in Australia and thirty two in New Zealand. Star Reactor - Photo File The Allan Beck trained mare trailed the leader and favourite Duke Of Dundee throughout the 2200 metres and she let down nicely up the passing lane to beat Duke Of Dundee by half a length with Don't Need An Excuse another two and a half lengths back in third. Auckland Reactor prodigy have now won $1.7 million between them.   Bruce Stewart

The barrier draws for this Saturday night’s four Group 1 feature races at Tabcorp Park Melton will be live streamed at Harness Racing Victoria’s Facebook page tomorrow from 10am. Join GoodForm’s Jason Bonnington as the draws are conducted for the $250,000 Woodlands Great Southern Star, $200,000 Downbytheseaside Victoria Derby Final, $100,000 Ladyship Cup and $100,000 4YO Bonanza. The program for Night 2 of the TAB Summer of Glory is shaping as a classic as in addition to the four Group 1 races the support card includes the Group 2 Casey Classic ($50,000), Group 2 Aldebaran Park Vicbred Platinum Trotting Mares Sprint Championship Final ($30,000) and Group 3Vulcan Trotters Free for All ($24,000). General admission to Tabcorp Park Melton is free for the TAB Summer of Glory. Exclusive dining packages for Woodlands Great Southern Star night can be booked here. Trots Media

January 20, 2019 - An outstanding Sunday Prix de Cornulier day Paris-Vincennes harness racing card began with the monte Prix Roxane Griff (purse 63,000€, 2700 meters, 10 starters). 3.8/1 odds Daida de Vandel (6f Real de Lou-Gallia de Vandel) scored timed in 1.14kr with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons. This winner recorded her seventh career victory in 32 outings for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and owner Ch. Germain. The 9/10 favorite Dorgali (6g Real de Lou-La Spezia) was second for jockey Benjamin Rochard and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Third was 34/1 Daniel Bon (6g Severino) with Guillaume Martin up. Daida de Vandel The afternoon’s first Groupe test was the Gr. II Bellino II (purse 80,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) that went to 1.13kr timed and 93/1 odds Fleo Lila (4g Timoko-Sally de Neulliac). Franck Anne reined the winner, he also the breeder/owner/trainer of this now three-time career winner in 24 starts. Anne was flying off the gate and settled along the pegs where he emerged in late stretch for the win. 4.4/1 Fuego de Houelle (4g Rieussec-Pin Up de Houelle) was second with Adrien Lamy up for breeder/trainer Franck Leblanc. Third was the 2.8/1 second favorite Fubria (4f Password-Sanawa) that Yoann Lebourgeois teamed for trainer Philippe Allaire. The 2.2/1 favorite Fun Quick was fourth for pilot Bjorn Goop. Fleo Lila The Prix de l’Argentine (purse 45,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) welcomed a visiting contingent from Argentina (Mr. Leonardo Agusti and his son, President of the Argentine Association of Breeders of American Trotter and leading breeder Claudio Canepa, who will visit FR breeding farms on January 21-23) that also participated in a festival of food, music and entertainment for the audience. The named race went to 13/1 Coalinga City (7f Coktail Jet-Mamoora) timed in 1.12.2 in victory for pilot Jean Michel Bazire (who was presented with an Authentic Panama Hat), breeder/owner Michele Stihl and trainer Frederic Senet. Coalinga City won for the sixth time in a 60 race career.  The 1.4/1 favorite Capella de Vrie (7f Prince d’Espace was second for Franck Nivard and breeder/owner/trainer Roger Baudron, and third was 23/1 Ballina d’Ourville (8g Quaker Jet) with trainer Matthieu Abrivard up for Ecurie Elite. Coalinga City The Gr. III Prix de L’Amerique Latine (“de Mirande”, purse 80,000€, 2700 meters, 12 starters) followed the Prix de Cornulier and honored Argentina and its robust breeding industry. Claudio Canepa, a leading breeder in Argentina, was on hand to present the trophy to the winner, that included an Authentic Panama Hat to Franck Nivard. In this race, victory went to 1.9/1 odds Elvis Madrik (5g Overtrick-Tequila Dara) in rein to Nivard for owner/trainer Jean Michel Baudouin. This 1.14.2kr timed winner scored for the seventh time in 22 career starts for increased earnings of 277,420€. 16/1 Transcendence (5g Maharajah-Full Authority) was second driven by Gabriele Gelormini for trainer Robert Bergh. Third was 28/1 Calle Crown (5m Great Challenger-Hillary Crown) reined by Bjorn Goop for trainer Tomas Malmqvist. Elvis Madrik Claudio Canepa Group III action continued with the Prix Michel Marcel Gougeon (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters, 12 starters) that saw 9/1 odds Dandy de Godrel (6m Timoko-Nigelle Witt) score for owner/trainer/driver Bjorn Goop timed in 1.14.9kr. Dandy won for the fifth time in 26 career appearances. 75/1 Diademe Atoot (6m Timoko-La Lagune) was second with Christophe Martens aboard and third went to 15/1 Danseur Baroque (6g Royal Dream-Joie Baroque) handled by Eric Raffin. Dandy du Godrel The Gr. III monte Prix Camille de Wazieres (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, eight starters) saw18/1 Fado du Chene (4m Singalo-Star du Chene) crush his competition by countless lengths, timed in 1.12.1kr (fractions 1.10.1kr at the 1500; 1.09.7kr at the 1000 mark; 1.11kr with 500 meters remaining) with P.Ph. Ploquin up for trainer Julien LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj. Fado scored his eighth career victory in 13 starts now for 452,700€ earned. 24/1 File Gin (4m Repeat Love-Toscara Pellois) was second with Matthieu Abrivard in the irons and 9/1 Fangio du Nord (4m Rubis de Pass) was third, handled by P-Y Verva. The 8/10 favorite Feeling Cash (4m Ready Cash) was a distant fourth. Fado du Chene turned in perhaps the most impressive performance of the day, second to Bilibili’s victory in the Cornulier. Fado du Chene Two year olds finalized the Cornulier festivities this day in the Prix de Maisons-Laffitte (purse 46,000€, 2200 meters, eight starters). The 7/10 odds favorite Gracieuse Light (3f Redlight Jet-Sentence) scored impressively for trainer/driver Franck Nivard and owner Ecurie d’Embeli. Gold Girl (3f Ready Cash-Private Love) was second at 13/1 for pilot J.Ph. Monclin ahead of 6.5/1 Gaya de Bellouet (3f Aladin d’Ecajeul) and 5.3/1 Gallipoli (3f Very Nice Marceaux) Gracieuse Light Thomas H. Hicks

For decades Southern Bred Southern Reared horses have been proving the importance of the southern region to the Australian harness racing industry and beyond. It all started with trail blazers like Cardigan Bay, Robin Dundee, Stella Frost and Young Quinn. Southland has long been regarded as the Kentucky of New Zealand. Local vet Brendon Bell has worked in Southland for 22 years and he also says the climate is well suited to raising young stock. “Our temperate climate means there is plentiful grass over most of the critical phase of the foal’s development – from birth to yearling stage. This supply of grass means minimal hard feed is necessary to raise young horses.”  He adds that the summer climate gives the Southern region an advantage over the rest of the country. “Moderate temperatures – not too hot but not really cold. Adequate rainfall ensures grass growth over the summer. Somewhat cheaper land prices means more people can own and graze their own horses, keeping control in the hands of the horse owner.” He says the dairy boom has changed farm ownership but there’s still a groundswell of farmers who own or graze horses on their properties, in contrast to many horses in other provinces which are agisted at studs.  “Farm based horses exist with other stock which ensure minimal health issues, minimal parasite burdens from cross grazing, and normally plentiful feed.” He says Copper, Calcium, Phosphorus and Magnesium are important minerals for good animal development. So plenty of hard evidence to suggest southern foals get the best of starts to life. Young Quinn We profile twelve of the millionaires that have been proudly bred and reared in the Southern region.                                                                Themightyquinn - Washington VC – Love Sign (Maiden Soky’s Atom mare) Breeder: Dave Kennedy Province of Origin: Southland Lifetime: 111-58-21-12 $5,520,066 Biggest win: $1,000,000 2012 Interdominion Final Number of Group One wins: 13 Longest winning streak: 11 Sold: He was taken to the PGG Broodmare and Mixed Stock Sale as a weanling but was passed in. He was then sold privately later to Richard Aubrey who had seen him at the sale and contacted the Kennedy’s about buying him. Notes: Trained initially by Peter Bagrie and won six races in New Zealand before his sale to Australia Won Fremantle and West Australia Pacing Cups back to back in 2011 Won the 2011 Interdominion Final in Christchurch Win 2011 Auckland Cup Won the 2012 $1,000,000 Interdominion Final at Gloucester Park after winning his three heats Also won the 2013 $750,000 Interdominion Final becoming the second horse to win three consecutive Interdominion Finals (Blacks A Fake was the first). Won two Fremantle Cups (2011 and 2012) Started in 46 Group races (mainly Group Ones) in his Australian career Finished his career by winning the Group One Blacks A Flake                                                                     Holmes D G – Holmes Hanover – Bella Ragazza (Unraced Son Of Afella mare) Breeder: M J Gray, Mrs L J Dempsey and B M Dempsey Province of Origin: Southland Lifetime: 99-32-13-6 $1,949,617 Biggest win: $400,000 2000 Miracle Mile Number of Group One wins: 8 Longest winning streak: 5 New Zealand Record: 2-21.0 – 1950 metre mobile – Addington -10th November 1998 Sold: Privately Notes: Won New Zealand and Great Northern Derby 1997/1998 Horse of the Year 1997/1998 Three Year Old Pacing Colt or Gelding of the Year. Won the 1998 Victoria Derby Won 1999 Ashburton Flying Stakes Ist in the 1999 FFA at Addington 2nd in the New Zealand Cup 1999 Won the Victoria Cup in 1999 Ist in $100,000 The Treuer Memorial in 1999 Won 2001 $250,000 Auckland Cup (Group One) 2001/2002 5 year old and older pacing entire or gelding of the year 1999/2000 5 year old and older pacing entire or gelding of the year                                                                         Sokyola – Soky’s Atom – Maudola (Maiden Chiola Hanover mare) Breeder: GL McCulloch Province of Origin: Southland Lifetime: 161-78-29- 13 $1,890,990 Biggest win: $550,000 2004 Miracle Mile Number of Group One wins: 1 Longest winning streak: 12 Sold: Privately Notes: Started his career with Gore trainer Merv Todd. Had four starts for a win before being bought by Lance Justice. In his first 36 starts in Australia he won 25 and was placed second or third in the other 10. Was bought back to New Zealand for the Interdominions winning once and placing fourth twice in the lead up. He led and compounded in the final won by Elsu. Won the 2004 Miracle Mile Won the $300,000 2004 Victoria Cup (Group One)                                                                   Chicago Bull – Bettor’s Delight – Chicago Blues (3 win Christian Cullen mare) Breeder: John Price, Katrina Price, Roger Price and Helen Price Province of Origin: Southland Lifetime: 61-40-8-8 $1,820,709 (to date) Biggest win: $450,000 West Australian Pacing Cup Number of Group One wins: 4 Longest winning streak: 10 Sold: Privately Notes: Had seven starts as a two year old in Southland before he was sold to Gary Hall Seniors stable Won 13 of his first 16 starts in West Australia Won the Group One $300,000 Fremantle Cup and $450,000 West Australia Cup in seven days. Has started in 27 Group races in his 61 start career All of his Group One wins have been at Gloucester Park Has never finished further back that fourth (once) in his 54 starts in Australia Has a best winning mile time of 1-51.6                                                                         Washakie – Badlands Hanover – Shoshoni Sunrise (6 win OK Bye mare) Breeder: Big Stone Lodge Limited (Lester Paisley) Province of Origin: Southland Lifetime: 141-53-21-12 $1,838,473 Biggest win: $200,000 Queensland Pacing Championship Number of Group One wins: 8 Longest winning streak: 6 Sold: 2005 National Yearling Sales for $40,000 Notes: Bought by Cavalla Bloodstock at the sales Trained by Steven Reid. Won 11 races for Reid. Sold to Australia in 2007 Won the Group One MH Treuer Memorial five times (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013) Started in 73 Group races in his 141 start career                                                                 Beaudiene Boaz – Badlands Hanover – Beaudiene Babe (Maiden In The Pocket mare) Breeder: Dave Kennedy Province of Origin: Southland Lifetime: 60-25-9-4 $1,256,587 (AUD) Biggest win: $300,000 2016 Fremantle Pacing Cup Number of Group One wins: 3 Longest winning streak: 7 Sold: 2013 Sale Of The Stars for $62,000 Notes: Won the 2014 $125,000 Group One Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park Won the $200,000 2015 West Australia Pacing Derby Winner of the 2016 $300,000 Fremantle Cup 3rd in the 2016 Interdominion Final won by Smolda                                                                          Smiling Shard – Grinfromeartoear – Sly Shard (4 win Panorama mare) Breeder: Debbie and Mark Smith Province of Origin: Southland Lifetime: 50-17-15-7 $1,178,792 Biggest win: $311,000 2009 Breeders Crown (2 year olds) Number of Group One wins: 3 Longest winning streak: 4 Sold: 2008 Sale Of The Stars for $41,000 New Zealand Record: 1-53.7 – 1609 metre mobile – Ashburton 30th May 2009 Notes: Winner of the 2009 $200,000 Two Year Old Emerald in 1-53.7 Won $243,750 New Zealand Yearling Sales Open Final for Three Year Olds Ist in the 2009 Sires Stakes Final for Two Year Olds Won KaIkoura Cup in 2010 and 2011 Won Ashburton Cup 2nd in the 2011 Taylor Mile 3rd in the 2011 Interdominion Pacing Championship Grand Final won by Themightyquinn Two Year Old Colt or Gelding of the Year 2008/2009                                                                             Field Marshal – Art Major – Foreal (18 win Washington VC mare) Breeder: Syd and Shona Brown Province of Origin: Otago Lifetime: 60-25-15-6 $1,132,712 (AUD: 12/01/2019) Biggest win: $750,000 2018 Miracle Mile Number of Group One wins: 5 Longest winning streak: 7 Sold: Retained by Breeder Notes: Won 2016 Four Year Old Emerald worth $150,000 New Zealand Messenger Champion in 2016 ($100,000) Won Taylor Mile in 2016 Superstar Championship winner in 2016 Won Miracle Mile at Menangle in 2018 pacing 1-46.9 When he won the Miracle Mile he was the seventh fastest horse in the world. Fastest horse in Australasian                                                                  Arden Rooney – Bettor’s Delight – Tosca Hanover (Qualified Walton Hanover mare) Breeder: Noreen Stiven Province of Origin: West Otago Lifetime: 50-21-8-7 $1,070,230 Biggest win: $765,000 2015 New Zealand Cup Number of Group One wins: 2 Longest winning streak: 7 Sold: Passed in at the 2011 Sale Of The Stars for $16,000 Notes: 2015 Kaikoura Cup winner Won $765,000 2015 New Zealand Cup Group One First in the 2015 $400,000 Hunter Cup 2015 Mildura Cup winner                                                                 Highview Tommy – Bettor’s Delight – Baptism Of Fire (Unraced Christian Cullen mare) Breeder: Alan Clark Province of Origin: Southland Lifetime: 104-17-17-10 $1,021,903 Biggest win: $200,000 Two Year Old Emerald Number of Group One wins: 2 Longest winning streak: 3 Sold: 2007 National Yearling Sales for $40,000 New Zealand Record/Awards: 3-08.5 – 2600 metre mobile – all-comers – Addington 10th November 2009 2007/2008 Two Year Old Colt Or Gelding Of The Year Notes: Won 2008 Welcome Stakes - $100,000 for Two Year Olds Winner of the Two Year Old Emerald worth $200,000 in 2008 Won Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes at three Winner of the Tuapeka and Manakau Summer Cups Won Group Three Invercargill Cup Won 2011 Franklin Cup Won $125,000 2012 Ballarat Cup 2nd in the 2012 New Zealand Cup 2nd  in the Ashburton Flying Stakes and Kaikoura Cup (2010) 3rd in the 2011 New Zealand Cup 2007/2008 Two Year Old Colt or Gelding of the Year                                                                     Iraklis – Vance Hanover – Tuapeka Star (11 win Knowing Bret mare) Breeder: Est JC Cummings and Est Mrs JH Cumming Province of Origin: Central Otago Lifetime: 51-22-14-6 $1,019,042 Biggest win: 1996 $400,000 Miracle Mile Number of Group One wins: 2 Longest winning streak: 7 Sold: 1994 New Zealand Premier Sale for $88,000 (Top Lot)   New Zealand Record/Awards: 2-24.4 – 2000 metre mobile – all-comers- Addington 12th November 1996 1996/1997 Four Year Old Pacing Entire or Gelding of the Year 1996/1997 Horse of the Year 1997/1998 Five Year Old and Older Pacing Entire Or Gelding of the Year  Notes: Sold as Star Advance at the sales and renamed Iraklis Won 1996 Miracle Mile at Harold Park Won the 1997 New Zealand Trotting Cup ($350,000) Won 1997 Ashburton Flying Stakes Winner of the 1996 Free For All at Addington 2nd in the 1999 Hunter Cup ($400,000)                                                                          Cardigan Bay – Hal Tyrax – Colwyn Bay (3 win Josedale Dictator mare) Breeder: Davey Todd Province of Origin: Southland Lifetime: 154-80-25-22 $1,001,353 Biggest wins: $100,000 1966 International Pace and $26,000 1963 Interdominion Grand Final. Number of Group One wins: N/A Longest winning streak: New Zealand (7) Sold: Privately Notes: First pacer to win $1,000,000 At the Roxburgh meeting in April 1961 Cardigan Bay won the Roxburgh Handicap while another Southland great Robin Dundee won the Central Otago Stakes on the same day. New Zealand Record: At three (1959-1960): 8 starts – 2 wins – 1 second - £375 ½ At four (1960-1961): 4 starts – 3 wins – 1 second £1,040 ¼ At five (1961 – 1962): 9 starts – 7 wins – 4 seconds £7,815 At six (1962-1963): 12 starts – 7 wins – 4 seconds £9,005 At seven (1963-1964): 14 starts – 10 wins -1 second – 1 third £18,757 ½ Total: 47-29-8-1 £36,993 ¼ Australia record: At five (1961 – 1962): 2 starts – 2 wins £1,330 At six (1962 – 1963): 11 starts – 9 wins – 1 second £20,760 At Seven (1963 – 1964): 7 starts – 3 wins 2 thirds £2,850 Total: 20-14-1-2 £24,940 First New Zealand win: 2nd April 1960 at Winton in a division of the three year old stakes. Last New Zealand win: 18th January 1964 at Alexandra Park in the M.G.Pezaro Memorial starting off 60 yards. American record: At eight (1964): 17 starts 7 wins – 4 seconds – 4 thirds $160,750 At nine (1965): 17 starts 9 wins – 6 seconds $208,000 At ten (1966): 21 starts 10 wins – 3 seconds – 7 thirds $268,725 At eleven (1967): 13 starts – 4 wins – 2 seconds – 4 thirds $109,900 At twelve (1968): 19 starts – 7 wins – 1 second and 4 thirds $95,766 Total: 87-37-16-19 $843,141 Grand Total: 154-80-25-22 $1US 1,000,837 Biggest day: On September 14th 1968 at Freehold Raceway New Jersey Cardigan Bay capped his great career winning the $15,000 Freehold Special the last race of his life to push his earnings to $1,000,837 and becoming harness racing’s first million dollar earner.  Robin Dundee was second in that race. Major New Zealand Wins: 1961 and 1963 Auckland Cup. 1963 New Zealand Cup 1961 and 1963 New Zealand Free For All Alan Matson Handicap Olliver Handicap Southern Light – Southern Might Bruce Stewart

January 20, 2019 - Today’s Prix de Cornulier (Gr. I International, the World Championship of Trot Monte, purse 650,000€, 2700 meters, 15 starters, Quinte+ race of the day at Vincennes) went to fast closing Bilibili (8m Niky-Quetty du Donjon) with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons for harness racing trainer Laurent Claude Abrivard and breeder/owner Jean Pierre Barjon.  Bilibili was off at 2.4/1 odds, the second choice, and he recorded victory 12 in 41 career starts now for 1,452,100€ earned (292,500€ today). Bilibili raced back and on the outer throughout before engaging Traders in the lane and surging past to victory. Race time was a quick, record 1.11.2kr off fast steady fractions (1.10.9kr at the 1500 to go post; 1.10.5 at the 1000; 1.10.9kr with 500 meters remaining) set by the leading and then second finishing Traders (7m Ready Cash-Graziella) with Yoann Lebourgeois up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Traders won this classic a year ago in a then race record 1.11.3kr. The 12/1 odds Dexter Fromentro (6m Qwerty) was third with Camille Levesque in the irons for Ecurie Pierre Levesque and trainer Thomas Levesque. A pair of outsiders completed the top five with 32/1 Carla du Chatelet (7f Jag de Bellouet) fourth for Francois Lagadeuc and 59/1 Elladora de Forgan fifth with Anthony Barrier up. Etonnant and Alpha Saltor earned the last two checks. Bilibili Laurent Claude Abrivard and Jean Pierre Barjon Prix de Cornulier reception for Bilibili Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Laurent Claude Abrivard and breeder/owner Jean Pierre Barjon. The recent previous Cornulier winners are listed below: 2018 Traders 1.11.3kr 2017 Bellissima France 1.13kr 2016 Scarlet Turgot 1.12.9kr 2015 Roxane Griff 1.13.3kr 2014 Roxane Griff 1.12.3kr 2013 Singalo 1.12.4kr 2012 Quif de Villeneuve 1.12kr 2011 Olga du Biwetz 1.12.7kr Today’s race was magnificent and Bilibili proved to be a great champion. By the way the Q+ payoff was 3,512.20€ to each of the 461 winning 2€ ticket holders. Thomas H. Hicks

In-form pacer Lincoln Road will remain local. The former New Zealand pacer was purchased last year with aspirations of being a contender for the Gr.1 $200,000 Chariots of Fire, the pinnacle event for four-year-old’s staged at TABCORP Park, Menangle next month. An impressive winner of his past five starts, the latest comes on Tuesday afternoon at Albion Park when leading throughout in fast time. And while his current form lines read impressively, connections will resist the temptation of an interstate trip. “We’re thrilled with his efforts of late and he’s clearly performing at a very high level but a trip south is not the right thing for the horse. It’s his first campaign and he’s become a little stirred up and I think it could tip him over the edge.” Trainer Alistair Barnes said. A winner of 9 races from 21 starts, the versatile gelding has won 5 of his 8 starts in the Sunshine State. But Barnes is looking long term with his stable star. “I think the Brisbane winter carnival is a better option, we can give him an ease up and build nicely to those features rather than putting him in the deep end by chasing the Chariots. “He’s a horse we’re hoping can reach open class grade and have plenty of fun with along the way, he’s only a young horse and still very inexperienced. He’s still got plenty of upside and should continue to develop. “He has led, parked out and come from behind in his victories to date and I honestly feel his best option is sitting off the pace and coming with one run. As he rises in class, we may have to drive him more that way so that’s a nice problem to have.” Lincoln Road is raced by Victorian based couple, Cesare and Maria Di Gregorio. And they’re racing a number of prospects through the Barnes stable. Handy performer Bet Im Special was their maiden purchase while they’ve added Miss Blue Glory and the trotter Whataboyz. Barnes, a dual licence trainer, currently has a team of 17 in work.   RQ Web News

Classic winning juvenile Regulus is back in action. The winner of the Gr.1 $100,450 Garrards Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series Final back in June returns to action next Tuesday at Newcastle. And a busy season beckons. Prepared by Rickie Alchin for owner Alf La Spina, the Christian Cullen – Sheez Not Perfect gelding has not raced since finishing   fifth behind star New Zealand filly Our Princess Tiffany at TABCORP Park, Menangle on August 7. At his previous start, he was beaten as favourite in the Gr.1 $100,450 QBRED Triad Final at Albion Park when second behind First String on July 21. “He’s ready to go; I’m more than happy with the way he’s come up this campaign, he did extremely well during his time off and developed in many areas and we’re looking forward to a big season ahead.” Alchin said. Regulus will start from the inside gate in his return on Tuesday night at Newcastle, the TAB.COM.AU 3yo Pace over the 1609m. Key rivals include The Ethletic, Leonidas and Neds Beach. “The draw gives us a great chance and he’ll prove hard to beat, he’s raced at this track previously so there won’t be any issues I that regard. “I had him nominated for tonight’s meeting but the race didn’t go ahead but we’ve found a nice start point on Tuesday. “We’ll look at a number of features this season including the QBRED features and maybe a return trip to Redcliffe for the Yearling Sales Series race.” Regulus won 5 of his 11 starts during his rookie term and banked just shy of $100,000.   Chris Barsby

Leading Victorian harness racing driver Greg Sugars had an armchair ride when he was successful in the 2019 Wedderburn Pacing Cup on Sunday with rising star Emain Macha. After winning the start, Sugars rated the pacer to perfection over the marathon 2555m event, to post a new track record of 1.57, on the half mile circuit, in north central Victoria. “I didn’t know we were scooting along that quick – Emain Macha felt terrific and he really did it quite comfortably,” Sugars said. “When I heard the time, I was blown away. It was honestly a huge surprise.” In a strange twist, Perspective who was runner-up to Emain Macha, previously held the track record of 2.00-5, set in the cup 12 months earlier. Sugars said while the track was in excellent condition, Emain Macha is low-flying at the moment. “He has been going enormous with four wins and a second leading up to the Cup – and the second placing was at Shepparton behind a fairly handy performer in Buster Brady, trained by Kima Frenning.” Emain Macha (Safari-Machabella (Mach Three), prepared by Greg Scholefield, has an excellent race record of 24 wins and eight placings from just 37 starts for over $160,000. Sugars, who has now driven the five-year-old to 10 of his wins, said there was exciting times ahead for the horse, known around the stables as “Fritz”. “Greg (the trainer) has done a remarkable job with Emain Macha. He’s placed him well and has him in tip-top racing condition,” Sugars said. “There’s nothing mapped out for him at the moment. Greg told me he would now sit down and have a look at what’s around.” Sugars, who has won the Mildura Guineas and Mark Gurry and Associates Cup at the popular Mildura Pacing Cup carnival with Emain Macha, is hopeful the two may team up again in April for the “big one” in the Northern Region. The Mildura Pacing Cup, worth $60,000, is run in what is now a rare format for country cups – qualifying heats run on April 9 and the final on April 13. Sugars said that after winning the Gurry feature event two years ago, Emain Macha contracted a virus and ended up in a very bad way. The virus got worse and then Emain Macha came down with bronchitis. He lost a lot of weight, had swelling in all four feet and it was a battle to save him. Part-owner-trainer Greg Scholefield admitted at the time they were close to losing him but praised local vet Tony Tully who put “Fritz” on a course of drugs with which he slowly pulled through. Scholefield, who has a small team in training, has always been involved in horses, dating back to riding ponies in his younger days. The Wedderburn Cup victory was the second leg of a winning double for Sugars, who scored earlier in the day with Soul Writer (Sportswriter-Soul In Art (Art Major) for Justin Torney is in the Randall’s Foodworks Pace. Ballarat trainer Zac Steenhuis took out the $14,500 Wedderburn Trotters Cup when Jerichos Trumpet (Shadow Play-All In Good Time (Fake Left) landed the money following late support on fixed odds. Driven by junior reinsman Ryan Duffy, the trotter was most impressive, coming wide late after blowing the start. Club secretary Tom Nisbet said the meeting, one of only two conducted at Wedderburn each season, was a huge success. “The tote was up by $3000 on last year, while the bookies were up by $2000,” Nisbet said. “We had a big crowd with plenty of support from the locals and sold nearly 200 membership tickets.” Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Geez Joe got back into the win column after consecutive failures as the harness racing favorite, scoring by the smallest of margins over rival K Ryan Bluechip in the Saturday night feature at the Meadowlands, the $21,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers. The betting public made their opinion clear, as Geez Joe was sent to the gate as the 2-5 favorite, the fourth consecutive time the Erv Miller trainee was the public choice in the Big M's weekly marquee pacing event. Geez Joe and driver Marcus Miller left the gate alertly from post six in the six-horse field but had to settle for the four hole in the early going as 30-1 shot New Talent hit the quarter in :26.1. Geez Joe vacated his spot just before the half and started to cut into New Talent's lead while racing uncovered, and at the head of the stretch, the duo were on even terms. Geez Joe wore down the longshot mid-lane but bursting on the scene late was K Ryan Bluechip, the 4-1 second choice who was last in a third-over flow at three-quarters, flying on the far outside as Geez Joe was straining to hold on. The pair hit the wire together, and after the judges took several minutes to examine the photo, they put up Geez Joe's number. New Talent held on for third. The time for the mile was 1:50.2. The winner, a 5-year-old son of Roll With Joe-Beach Bretta, returned $2.80 to win for owner Bay Pond Racing Stable. Geez Joe has now won 17-of-55 lifetime starts and earned $228,978. It was a huge weekend for the father-son team of Erv and Marcus Miller. They combined to win both weekly features, scoring Friday with Trolley in the Preferred Handicap for trotters before Geez Joe's score Saturday. Over the course of the two-card race week, Marcus drove five winners while Erv trained three. A LITTLE MORE: Due to the inclement weather, the 14-race card saw a total of 21 scratches. Despite that, all-source wagering was still strong, at $2,309,847. ... Marcus Miller had a driving triple on the program, while Dexter Dunn, Pat Berry and Eric Carlson all had two apiece. Carlson swept the Late Daily Double. ... On the training side, Erv Miller, Mark Ford and Jeff Cullipher all had two winners each. ... A simulcast patron wagering into the Portland hub was the only player to go eight-for-10 in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 wager and walked away with $8,018. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

Not many would argue with the fact the Southern region of the South Island is one of the best places to raise young stock, whether it be lambs, calves or harness racing young Standardbreds. At February’s NZB Standardbred National Standardbred Yearling Sales fifty two yearlings will be presented under the Southern Bred Southern Reared umbrella and buyers know these youngster have had a good start to life. Lawrence breeder Dan Cummings has produced yearlings for the National Sales for years and he says daylight hours play a big part in a young horse’s development. “The days are shorter and colder in winter, but as spring progresses into summer the days become two hours longer, one in the morning and one in the evening. I think the process of light affecting grass growth (photosynthesis) lets the grass grow for two hours longer at the height of summer in the south,” he says. Cummings says he’s spoken to a lot of local dairy farmers who bought cows down from Taranaki and Waikato in the late 1990s and early 2000s and they have noted an increase in production in their herds. “To their great surprise the same cows produced around 20% more milk in the south than they had in the north. The farmers attributed it to the longer days.  Apparently in the north milk production peaks just before Christmas then tapers off till May. In the south the peak is during January and the taper is far more gradual.” He says another significant influence of light for breeding in the south is the fact that an increase in daylight is what stimulates cycling in the mares and that increase occurs later in the south. So foals tend to be born a month to six weeks later than in the north.  “That’s a generalisation of course but it’s an influence that will still be apparent when the foals come to be sold as yearlings.  This factor definitely still has an influence at the yearling sales.  We live with it but will continue to try and counter its effect. But because of the way the seasons work the foals catch up quickly.”  The mighty Iraklis bred under southern skies at Tuapeka Lodge - Photo Supplied  Local vet Brendon Bell has worked in Southland for 22 years and he also says our climate is well suited to raising young stock. “Our temperate climate means there is plentiful grass over most of the critical phase of the foal’s development – from birth to yearling stage. This supply of grass means minimal hard feed is necessary to raise young horses.”  He adds that the summer climate gives the Southern region an advantage over the rest of the country. “Moderate temperatures – not too hot but not really cold. Adequate rainfall ensures grass growth over the summer. Somewhat cheaper land prices means more people can own and graze their own horses, keeping control in the hands of the horse owner.” He says the dairy boom has changed farm ownership but there’s still a groundswell of farmers who own or graze horses on their properties, in contrast to many horses in other provinces which are agisted at studs.  “Farm based horses exist with other stock which ensure minimal health issues, minimal parasite burdens from cross grazing, and normally plentiful feed.” He says Copper, Calcium, Phosphorus and Magnesium are important minerals for good animal development. So plenty of hard evidence to suggest southern foals get the best of starts to life. Bruce Stewart

Yesterday the Price family of Winton had one on those magical days that are rare in harness racing when Perfect Stride and Pearl Harbour each won their juvenile races at Alexandra Park in Auckland. Pearl Harbour won a heat of the Crombie Lockwood Bloodstock Young Guns Fillies Series while Perfect Stride, which they bred with John’s parents Roger and Helen Price, won its two year old race. “It’s lovely to see the babies stepping out. We’re pretty proud,” Katrina Price said. Pearl Harbour was broken in and developed by John and Katrina, qualifying the Somebeachsomewhere filly at Winton in mid December. She was then sent north to Barry Purdon’s stable with the aim of starting her in the Young Guns Fillies Series. This is not the first time they’ve sent a filly north to Purdon’s. Democrat Party as a two year old was sent north in 2013. She won at her first start and subsequently in March 2014 won the Young Guns Fillies Final. “John spoke to Barry during the week and he was pretty bullish heading into the race. He thinks she’s very strong and has plenty of speed. He was worried about the draw and he wasn’t sure what Scott (driver Scott Phelan) would do off the gate.” John and Katrina have been very patient with Pearl Harbour knowing the potential was always there but that it needed managing. “She was pretty hot when she was being broken in. Here at home we’ve done lots and lots of slow work. When we broke her in she did a couple of months of walking. We took her a few times to the Winton track and Nathan (Williamson) came and drove her. She had a workout and a trial and the first time he deliberately pulled her back just to educate her. In her trial there were only two runners so she when to the front. At that stage Nathan said she would have lots of gate speed but he didn’t want to pull that switch. From day one she knew how to race and had that real competitive streak.” Pearl Harbour The Prices have entered Captain Nemo (Lot 360) which is a three quarter brother to Pearl Harbour in next month’s NZB Standardbred Sale in Christchurch. He’s by first season sire Captaintreacherous. Price says that Captain Nemo was a late foal that’s going to appreciate time. “He’s at least at the same stage as Pearl Harbour was. He’s a big rangy horse with a completely different brain on him, laid back, relaxed - a big cruisy dude.” The win by Pearl Harbour was also a bonus for West Otago breeders John and Judy Stiven who bred her dam Arden Caviar. The Stivens have a Bettors Delight filly by Arden Caviar’s full-sister Rocknroll Arden in the sale and Southwind Arden which is also owned by them has a Captaintreacherous colt in the catalogue.     Arden's Delight and Captain Arden - Photos Supplied  The Prices bought Arden Caviar from the Stivens after she was withdrawn from the yearling sales in 2013 due to having a skin complaint. “She had speed but just didn’t have the racing brain. That family has so much depth to it. When you look at Winter Rose, the job she’s done and you go further back with horses like Bella’s Boy - It was a family that we really wanted to get into.” Arden Caviar has a Betting Line colt on the ground and she has been served again by Captaintreacherous. “In speaking to David James at Empire (Empire Stallions), the Captaintreacherous’s have a completely different attitude to the Somebeachsomewheres. We’ve had three Somebeachsomewhere’s and they’ve all been pretty hot. You’ve just had to be careful with how you develop them.” The Price’s other success last night, Perfect Stride, (formally named Chicago Cub) was bred by John, Katrina, Roger and Helen Price and was the top selling lot at last year’s National Yearling Sale in Christchurch. He was bought by Emilio and Mary Rosati for $190,000. Perfect Stride Added to the magical day was a workout win at Winton by Perfect Stride’s half-sister Rockabilly Blues. She’s won two of her three starts and will resume her racing career at the Invercargill Cup Meeting this Saturday where she’ll line up in the Arden Lodge Robin Dundee Crown. It’s great to see Southern Bred Southern Reared Two Year Olds having success on a premier track in Auckland. Bruce Stewart

“Thefixer … wow” calls Dan Mielicki as the All Stars next big thing swoops and registers a fourth straight PETstock Ballarat Pacing Cup ($110,000) for the New Zealand stable. Natalie Rasmussen guided Thefixer three-wide from the pegs and produced a withering final run to break local hearts after a valiant Rackemup Tigerpie almost produced a stunning victory. Trainer-driver Michael Stanley's four-year-old was valiant before ultimately finishing second, beaten 1.3m,  with leader Cruz Bromac filling the placings. It was a perfect scene setter for the Del-Re National A. G. Hunter Cup on February 2, when TAB Inter Dominion winner Tiger Tara is set to clash with Thefixer in a rematch of their thrilling New Zealand Trotting Cup stoush. Winning driver Rasmussen, co-trainer of Thefixer with Mark Purdon, “was just thrilled with him tonight”. “In fairness to the two leaders they went really hard from the 400 to the 200 and I was probably just lucky enough to get out across the back of them,” Rasmussen said. “He’s got really good point-to-point speed.” Thefixer crossed Cant Refuse out of the gate to find the front but couldn’t match stablemate Cruz Bromac for early speed and accepted the trail, with Buster Brady initially in the breeze until Stanley emerged into the death seat with two laps remaining in the 2710m stoush. “Cruz has got brilliant gate speed and he was quick enough to get across,” Rasmussen said. “I was probably just lucky I was quick enough to get across the one (Cant Refuse), that was probably the winning of the race.” The leaders had it comfortably; their lead time (82.2s) and first (31.7s) and second (30.7s) quarters collectively 6.1 seconds slower than when Smolda set a new mile rate record in the 2017 cup. Come the 27-second final quarter few could make ground as Rackemup Tigerpie spectacularly wore down Cruz Bromac from the breeze only to have Thefixer gobble up ground in the dying stages to claim the $110,000 Group 1 on his Australian debut. “The horses had done a fair bit of work and I was pretty fresh-legged and he is very fast,” Rasmussen said. “He’s a very good horse. He’s still probably a little bit physically immature as well and this is his first trip away. He only just went to Auckland, that was his first trip and then here. I think whatever he does this campaign, or just now, he will be better again next year. “I think he is (going to be an almighty horse). I’ve stuck with him for a long time, even when he was a baby doing things wrong, he’s always given me a great feel. I’m just really thrilled for him. To watch the video click on this link  Natalie Rasmussen and part owner Glenys Kennard with the PETstock Ballarat Pacing Cup “(The Hunter Cup) will probably be harder again, but this guy’s in with a chance.” 7 9:32pm PETSTOCK BALLARAT PACING CUP (GROUP 1) 2710M $110,000 M0 Or Better. RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 THEFIXER NZ      Fr2 3 M Purdon, N C Rasmussen Natalie Rasmussen   $ 2.20 fav  PRS GS HUE 3 SWAB   BAY GELDING 5 by BETTORS DELIGHT USA out of TOSTI GIRL (NZ) (CHRISTIAN CULLEN NZ)  Owner(s): G J Kennard, P I Kennard, P P Gillan, R J Fleetwood, R J Magness  Breeder(s): J P Green, B Hughes, P G Hughes 2 RACKEMUP TIGERPIE      Sr2 9 Michael Stanley Michael Stanley 1.30 $ 32.60   PRS 3WE OLM 2 SWAB D/F$ 3 CRUZ BROMAC NZ      Fr5 6 M Purdon, N C Rasmussen Mark Purdon 2.20 $ 2.60   PRS GS L 1 T/CG 4 BUSTER BRADY NZ      Fr4 5 Kima Frenning Kima Frenning 3.30 $ 8.60   PRS GS 4 QUER 5 OUR UNCLE SAM      Sr3 10 Chris Frisby Anthony Frisby 4.50 $ 8.90   PRS 8 6 CANT REFUSE NZ      Fr1 1 Matthew Craven Matthew Craven 7.90 $ 25.20   PRS GS 5 7 SALTY ROBYN NZ      Sr1 8 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Lauren Tritton 17.30 $ 88.90   PRS 7 8 DELIGHT ME      Fr3 4 Emma Stewart Amanda Turnbull 30.20 $ 48.30   PRS PH 6 VXAR QUER 9 TOUGH CALL      Fr6 7 Michael Cole Chris Alford 36.90 $ 82.50   PRS RAS 9 Scratchings   OUR TRIPLE PLAY NZ (LATE) 2 Track Rating: GOOD Gross Time: 3:19:3 Mile Rate: 1:58:3 Lead Time: 82.2 First Quarter: 31.7 Second Quarter: 30.7 Third Quarter: 27.7 Fourth Quarter: 27 Margins: 1.3m x NK   Trots Media - Michael Howard ID18

Hurricane Harley is the harness racing favourite pre-draw with TAB for next Saturday night’s Group 1 Downbytheseaside Victoria Derby following the heats tonight at Ballarat. Trainer Emma Stewart’s reigning Breeders Crown champ was completely untroubled around Bray Raceway, his 2.6-metre win not a wholly accurate depiction of his dominance. Driver Amanda Turnbull didn’t need to move aboard the powerful son of Bettors Delight in the home straight, Hurricane Harley striding out with the swagger and authority of a champion wrestler inside the final furlong. Hurricane Harley rated 1:56.8 and covered his last 800m in 56.5 (27.1 last split). Stablemate Hardhitter ran second, with Malcolms Rhythm third. It was a familiar tale in the second Derby heat as the All Stars’ team of Natalie Rasmussen and Mark Purdon produced Im Another Masterpiece for victory (pictured right, by Stuart McCormick). Rasmussen’s drive was worthy of a headline. It was a masterclass performance aboard the son of Bettors Delight. After handing up early to Lauren Tritton aboard Muscle Factory, Rasmussen camped behind the leader until the bell when she shimmied into the clear to breeze the last lap. The move posted a key rival Centenario, advancing three-wide, on a limb for the final kilometre and secured Lochinvar Art one-one cover. “You don’t come all this way to be unlucky,” Rasmussen said. “You have to run top-three and I wasn’t going to run a nice hard-held fourth on the fence. “(It was a) Nice win for him and the run should tighten him up a little bit more.” Im Another Masterpiece finished 2.9m clear of Muscle Factory in 1:55.9. David Aiken trained and driven Max Delight (pictured right, by Stuart McCormick) made it a Bettors Delight Derby heats clean sweep, taking out the final qualifier courtesy of a controlled front-running steer. “He’s a nice horse on the way up and he’s got great speed. It’ll be a different story next week, but we really like him and wouldn’t swap him for a few in the race,” Aiken said. “He’s fast. His A to B speed is really quick but he doesn’t have to lead, he can come off cover and sprint really well.” Max Delight’s winning mile rate was the slowest of the night at 2:00.4, but his last 400m (26.5) was electric. The top four finishers in each Derby heat qualify for the final, with Demon Delight (fastest fifth) the emergency.   Results Downbytheseaside Victoria Derby (1st Heat) 1st: Hurricane Harley by Bettor's Delight         Emma Stewart     Amanda Turnbull 2nd: Hardhitter by Mach Three                         Emma Stewart     Chris Alford 3rd: Malcolms Rhythm by Art Major                 David Aiken          Kima Frenning 4th: Arggghhh by Rock N Roll Heaven            Craig Demmler     Craig Demmler 5th: Our Millionaire by Million Dollar Cam        Emma Stewart     Sidney Van Den Brande MR: 1:56.8 To watch the video of Hurricane Harley click on this link. Downbytheseaside Victoria Derby (2nd Heat) 1st: Im Another Masterpiece by Bettor's Delight        Mark Purdon, Natalie Rasmussen   Natalie Rasmussen 2nd: Muscle Factory by Roll With Joe                       Shane Tritton, Lauren Tritton          Lauren Tritton 3rd: Lochinvar Art by Modern Art                               Laura Crossland                                 David Moran 4th: Crime Writer by Sportswriter                               Matthew Craven                               Matthew Craven 5th: Demon Delight by Bettor's Delight                      Emma Stewart                                   Gavin Lang MR: 1:55.9 To watch the video of Im Another Masterpiece click on this link. Downbytheseaside Victoria Derby (3rd Heat) 1st: Max Delight by Bettor's Delight                   David Aiken                                   David Aiken 2nd: Perfect Major by Art Major                         Emma Stewart                               Amanda Turnbull 3rd: Petes Big Jim by Big Jim                            Shane Tritton, Lauren Tritton         Lauren Tritton 4th: War Dan Delight by Bettor's Delight            Dean Braun                                   Greg Sugars 5th: Supreme Dominator  by Bettor's Delight     Barry Purdon                                 Mark Purdon MR: 2:00.4 To watch the video of Max Delight click on this link. Trots Media - Cody Winnell ID18

Save Our Pennys got a well-deserved first taste of sweet success this campaign with a comprehensive all-the-way win in the harness racing E B Cochran Trotters Cup. With driver Gavin Lang’s trotter having been valiant in Tornado Valley’s shadow, finishing second in five of his previous six starts, Save Our Pennys enjoyed the freedom of his main foe’s absence to dominate the $30,000 Group 2 on PETstock Ballarat Pacing Cup night. It was the perfect tune-up for next Saturday night’s showcase Woodlands Great Southern Star, the $250,000 Group 1 that's Australia’s richest trotting race. “He’s an old marvel really,” said Lang. “Dad (Graeme) always said he’d win a good race, but he’s won three or four now. “His behaviour before the race tonight was a bit like a two-year-old, not like an eight-year-old who’s had 50-odd starts. He’s a great horse, just trots, as you can see no gear on him, no head check, no nothing. He’s just a great horse to have around.” Save Our Pennys won by 5.2m from Dance Craze who boxed on well to finish ahead of Yabby Dam stablemate Pizza Queen, with the winner holding all at bay with his 56-second last 800m amid a 1:59.8 mile rate. “Once Tornado Valley didn’t turn up it opened the race up a bit and then we were fortunate to come up with the right barrier. Made our own luck tonight, because he’s been a bit of a bridesmaid lately behind Tornado Valley, but that’s OK, I’ll cop that. “He deserved that win. Dad and mum will be very happy and I will be back in the will now that I have got a win on board.” The focus quickly turns to night two of the TAB Summer Of Glory, when Kiwis Marcoola and Speeding Spur travel to Tabcorp Park to take on TAB Inter Dominion winner Tornado Valley and a host of challengers hoping to flip the trotting landscape. “Tornado Valley has got the record on the board,” Lang said. “The opposition is always hopeful (that they can turn the tables) one day. He’s a great horse from the front of the field or the back of the field. “Horses like (Save Our Pennys) can never be discounted. He’s got great manners and a great will to win. There’s three or four Kiwis coming over for the Great Southern Star. It will be a Trans-Tasman race for sure, Tornado Valley’s probably not going to get it all his own way. It will be a great event.” To watch the video click on this link. Trots Media - Michael Howard ID18 5 8:30pm E B COCHRAN TROTTERS CUP (GROUP 2) 2200M $30,000 TM0 Or Better. RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 SAVE OUR PENNYS      Fr4 4 Graeme Lang Gavin Lang   $ 1.80 fav  GS L 1 SWAB   BAY GELDING 7 by SAFELY KEPT USA out of TUPENNY BIT (SUNDON USA)  Owner(s): G A Lang, R J Sleep, Estate of G Lucas, J Glavas  Breeder(s): Bromfield Park Pty Ltd 2 DANCE CRAZE      Fr5 5 Anton Golino Rodney Petroff 5.20 $ 4.30   PRS 3WE OLM 2 SCT 3 PIZZA QUEEN USA      Fr3 3 Anton Golino Mark Purdon 8.10 $ 9.20   PRS GS 4 4 BIG JACK HAMMER      Sr1 8 David Aiken Kima Frenning 8.30 $ 17.70   PRS 5 HUE CTS D/F$ 5 SAVANNAH JAY JAY      Fr1 1 Stan Cameron Neil McCallum 9.20 $ 36.10   GS L SLE 3 6 SKY PETITE      Fr7 7 Michael Stanley Ryan Duffy 9.40 $ 8.00   RAS 10 3WL 7 DELTASUN      Fr2 2 Terry Young Kerryn Manning 13.70 $ 17.40   PRS 6 8 FABRICATION      Fr6 6 David Abrahams John Caldow 15.50 $ 53.90   RAS 8 Scratchings All started Track Rating: GOOD Gross Time: 2:43:8 Mile Rate: 1:59:8 Lead Time: 44.1 First Quarter: 32.1 Second Quarter: 31 Third Quarter: 28.7 Fourth Quarter: 27.9 Margins: 5.2m x 2.9m    

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