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Queensland trainer Ian Gurney has been forced to change his plans in the lead up to this year's Inter Dominion with Avonnova and will now start in the Kevin Robinson Cup at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. Gurney was hoping to start in Saturday night's Victoria Cup which would have allowed him to nominate for the Inter Dominion supplementary heat at Menangle on February 14 but now will head home early next week to compete in the Queensland heat. "I think he is in the best condition that I have ever had him in, I was planning on having to go to Victoria later this week so he has had plenty of work but after being left out down there I was more than happy to give him a run at Menangle on Saturday night," Gurney said. "The 2300 metres this week probably suits him even more than the mile he competed in last start, he won the Gold Coast Cup in October over the 2680 metres and For A Reason was in that race, so I'm pretty sure Shane (Graham driver) will look to get out of the gate and work to the front this week." Gurney confirmed Avonnova had been given a couple of 'easy days' after his most recent win at Menangle but is ready to fire again. "He had a couple of quiet days after winning at Menangle but we got serious with him again and he is ready to run another super race, he will go home Monday or Tuesday next week and go straight to the heat of the Inter Dominion at Albion Park." Stablemate Mach Alert will not be ready for an Inter Dominion campaign but will remain in Sydney. "Mach Alert has not had enough work to go straight into the Inter Dominion, he has only had three trials in the last 17 months." "He will stay in Sydney because he is so well suited by the big Menangle track." By Greg Hayes

Just hours after nominations for harness racing’s pinnacle event – Inter Dominion – were released, TAB has posted its first Fixed Odds Market. Of the 150 pacers from across Australasia nominated for the time-honoured series, defending champion Beautide has been installed the early favourite. Despite his last-start defeat in the Miracle Mile, Beautide is listed at $4.20 in his bid to become just the sixth pacer to retain his title. Hondo Grattan was the ground breaker in 1973 and ’74, followed by Gammalite in ’83 and ’84, Our Sir Vancelot in 1997, ’98 and ’99, Blacks A Fake in 2006, ’07 and ’08 and Im Themightyquinn in 2011, ’12 and ’13. Miracle Mile winner Christen Me and boom Victorian, Guaranteed, are next in line at $5.50. Terror To Love at $7, Lennytheshark at $8 and Adore Me at $9.50 are the only other nominees under double figures. The Inter Dominion is scheduled to be run at Tabcorp Park Menangle on March 1, 2015 PAUL COURTS TAB FIXED ODDS: Beautide $      4.20 Christen Me NZ $      5.50 Guaranteed $      5.50 Terror To Love NZ $      7.00 Lennytheshark $      8.00 Adore Me NZ $      9.50 For A Reason $    11.00 Restrepo $    11.00 Philadelphia Man $    12.00 Suave Stuey Lombo $    14.00 Billies A Star NZ $    18.00 Franco Nelson NZ $    18.00 Bit Of A Legend NZ $    21.00 David Hercules $    21.00 Easy On The Eye NZ $    21.00 Mach Beauty $    21.00 Avonnova $    26.00 Elios NZ $    26.00 Keayang Steamer $    26.00 Macho Comacho NZ $    26.00 Border Control NZ $    41.00 Franco Ledger NZ $    41.00 Im Corzin Terror NZ $    41.00 Our Jimmy Johnstone NZ $    41.00 Abettorpunt $    51.00 Bettors Fire NZ $    51.00 Chancellor Cullen NZ $    51.00 Jivin Cullen NZ $    51.00 Johny Rock USA $    51.00 Keayang Cullen $    51.00 Majestic Mach $    51.00 Our Hi Jinx NZ $    51.00 Courage To Rule NZ $    61.00 Devendra $    61.00 Elusive Chick NZ $    61.00 Field Officer NZ $    61.00 Flaming Flutter NZ $    61.00 Majestic Major NZ $    61.00 Maximan NZ $    61.00 Seel N Print NZ $    61.00 Arden Rooney NZ $    81.00 Beauty Secret $    81.00 Bettor Offer NZ $    81.00 Bitobliss $    81.00 Blazin N Cullen NZ $    81.00 Devil Dodger NZ $    81.00 Iam Mr Brightside NZ $    81.00 Mach Alert NZ $    81.00 Macha NZ $    81.00 Terrorway NZ $    81.00 Bellas Delight $  101.00 Bettor Bet Black $  101.00 Chariot King $  101.00 Chilli Palmer NZ $  101.00 Forever Gold $  101.00 Lochinver NZ $  101.00 Magical Telf NZ $  101.00 Monifieth NZ $  101.00 Saveapatrol NZ $  101.00 Supreme Mach NZ $  101.00 Teo Enteo $  101.00 Gaius Caesar NZ $  126.00 Whozideawasthis NZ $  126.00 American Legend $  151.00 Ardghal NZ $  151.00 Aspiring Artist $  151.00 Brigadier Bronski $  151.00 Caesars Folly NZ $  151.00 Fearless Leader NZ $  151.00 Heza Thrill NZ $  151.00 Hokonui Ben NZ $  151.00 In The Perfect Storm NZ $  151.00 Living Lord NZ $  151.00 Mark Dennis $  151.00 Mysta Magical Mach NZ $  151.00 Our Major Mark NZ $  151.00 Pemberton Shard NZ $  151.00 Rule Like A King NZ $  151.00 Sensational Gabby $  151.00 Terror Time $  151.00 Christian Ruler NZ $  201.00 Cold Major $  201.00 Condagen $  201.00 Freyberg NZ $  201.00 Ace Light $  301.00 Alchemy NZ $  301.00 Alta Jerome NZ $  301.00 Artoc NZ $  301.00 Beau Dandy $  301.00 Bettor Draw NZ $  301.00 Chance NZ $  301.00 Chevals Clivesdale $  301.00 Come On Frank $  301.00 Comply Or Die NZ $  301.00 Composed $  301.00 Crombie $  301.00 Dalton Bromac NZ $  301.00 Destreos NZ $  301.00 Drunken Desire $  301.00 Dundee Three NZ $  301.00 Dynamite Dude $  301.00 Emperor Montana NZ $  301.00 Exciteusinthecity $  301.00 Fernleigh Renegade NZ $  301.00 Funny Boy NZ $  301.00 Go West U Terror NZ $  301.00 Gumdrops $  301.00 Im A Peregrine $  301.00 Ima Rocket Star NZ $  301.00 It Is Billy $  301.00 Jaccka Clive NZ $  301.00 Jaydens Castle $  301.00 Jazzabout $  301.00 Lark Rise NZ $  301.00 Latteron $  301.00 Lets Elope NZ $  301.00 Lewy Risk NZ $  301.00 Lombo Toscannini $  301.00 Lovable Larrikin $  301.00 Mabrook NZ $  301.00 Mach Banner NZ $  301.00 Marty Monkhouser $  301.00 Montana Falcon NZ $  301.00 My Elusive Dream NZ $  301.00 My General Lee $  301.00 My Jellignite NZ $  301.00 Only The Brave NZ $  301.00 Our Blackbird NZ $  301.00 Our Pacquiao NZ $  301.00 Palais Du Louvre $  301.00 Pas Ultimate Delight NZ $  301.00 Pub Blitz $  301.00 Rathmore Lady NZ $  301.00 Rohan Home $  301.00 Saucy Legend NZ $  301.00 Savesomtimetodream $  301.00 Shardons Rocket NZ $  301.00 Shipwreck $  301.00 Sign To Inverell $  301.00 Smart Major NZ $  301.00 Smudge Bromac NZ $  301.00 Tact Hayleys Delight NZ $  301.00 The Stingray $  301.00 This Time Dylan NZ $  301.00 Ultimate Art $  301.00 Uncle Wingnut NZ $  301.00 Wartime Sweetheart NZ $  301.00 Western Rockstar $  301.00 Wrongly Accused $  301.00 Zenable NZ $  301.00

Nominations for the 2015 TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Pacing Championship close at 12pm AEDST on Monday, 8 December 2014. To download the full Terms and Conditions click here To download a nomination form click here For all information about the 2015 TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Pacing Championship go to the websitehttp://www.interdominionsydney.com.au/ The structure of the 2015 Series remains as per the previous two years however if there are fewer than 14 nominations received for a designated heat then that heat will be deleted and those horses may race in the Supplementary Heat to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle. As per last year there is no nomination, first acceptance or second acceptance fee applicable. The list of nomination and acceptance dates is as below: ITEM FEE $AUS DATE Nominations $0 12pm – Monday, 8 December 2014 First Acceptance $0 12pm – Monday, 12 January 2015 Second Acceptance $0 12pm – Monday, 9 February 2015 Late Entry Fee $25,000 plus GST 12pm – Monday, 9 February 2015 Qualifying Heat Starters Fee $2,000 GST inclusive N/A Grand Final Starters Fee $10,000 plus GST N/A Should you have any queries please contact Mark Read, HRNSW Senior Handicapper on 1300 712 612 or David Wonson Jnr, NSWHRC Racing Manager on 02 4645 2200. Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 31 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government. To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: Name: Reid Sanders Position: Manager Integrity & Chairman of Stewards Phone: (02) 9722 6600 Email: rsanders@hrnsw.com.au

He's Watching returns Saturday to the site of his biggest win, the Meadowlands Racetrack, and harness racing trainer Dave Menary is hopeful it will spark a return to winning form. The colt, who captured the Meadowlands Pace in July with a world-record-equaling 1:46.4 performance, will try to snap a four-race skid when he competes in the first of two Breeders Crown eliminations for 3-year-old male pacers Saturday night at the Big M. "He's undefeated at the Meadowlands, so he likes it here," Menary said. "He seems fresh and happy. We're just going to try to make sure everything is ironed out and hopefully get back on the right track. "It's a wide open (3-year-old colt) division." He's Watching, who has won five of 12 races this year and earned $824,728, starts his elimination from post six and is 7-2 on the morning line. Supplemental entry Always B Miki, the winner of four races in a row and eight of his last nine, is the 8-5 choice from post four followed by North America Cup champ JK Endofanera at 5-2 from post one. Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach is the 8-5 favorite in the second elimination, followed by Adios winner McWicked at 2-1. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the $531,250 final on Nov. 22. Elim winners will draw for posts one through five for the final. He's Watching last won on Aug. 10, in the Empire Breeders Classic at Tioga Downs. In his most recent start he finished sixth in a division of the Tattersalls Pace won by Always B Miki. Afterward he was discovered to have suffered from atrial fibrillation, an electrical disorder of the heart rhythm, but has since been well. "It's something I've monitored, but I think it was a fluke thing," said Menary, who owns the son of American Ideal-Baberhood with Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and the Muscara Racing Trust. "If it had been a different horse, we probably wouldn't even be talking about it. I was pretty disappointed that day, but we've regrouped and he seems fresh. "Hopefully we'll have a good couple weeks." The Canadian-based Menary skipped the Messenger and Matron stakes and prepared He's Watching for the Breeders Crown with two qualifiers at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. He finished second in both, timed in 1:52.4 and 1:53.4. "We bypassed the Messenger because that was rushing him," Menary said. "I made the decision to skip the Matron just thinking it was a little less trucking and a little more time at home and I'd have him a little fresher. "His qualifiers at home were better miles than they look. They were dirty, cold mornings. One morning it was a cold rain and the second qualifier it was snowing. We sat him pretty far back and the horses he missed getting up on are pretty decent horses." The Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers features eight of the division's top nine seasonal money-earners. Wins in an elimination and the final could go a long way toward deciding which horse receives the Dan Patch Award as the group's best. "I guess it depends who it is (that wins)," Menary said. "You might end up adding another horse to the mix. This is a big two weeks for everybody." Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications

Tristan Sjoberg remembers listening to the International Trot on the radio while growing up as a teenager in Sweden.   He would be rooting for his favorites Callit and Legolas during the early 80s when the International Trot was held at the now defunct Roosevelt Raceway.   Now, Sjoberg is proud to be part of the return of the International Trot Preview to Yonkers when it returns to Yonkers Raceway on Oct. 25.   "To have a horse in this race means the world to my brother and I," said Sjoberg, who is part owner of Sebastian K., the world record holder for trotting a mile. "Our father would be proud."   The International Trot, with all its pageantry and worldwide participation will return in 2015 to Yonkers after last being run in 1995.   "As for the sport, I think the reinstatement of the race is very good for harness racing in the United States," Sjoberg said. "When the race was cancelled (in 1988) I think the sport in North America lost a bit of its soul and became more isolated. It is important to have overseas horses compete in the United States as it is brings fresh ideas and keeps the interest up when international marauders come to race in North America.   "One of the main problems in the last 10 years or so has been the focus on retiring successful horses too quickly and the lack of international races on American soil," Sjoberg said. "I hope with the reinstatement of the International Trot, or the World Championship as we call the race in Sweden, and the implementation of the "Gural rule" (keeping horses racing into their 4-year-old season) should revitalize the sport."   Sebastian K or "Sebbe" as he's known around the barn, has won eight of 10 starts since coming to the United States from Sweden and appears to be one of the top choices in the estimated $250,000 International Trot Preview.   On June 28 at Pocono Downs, Sebastian K, an 8-year-old trotter, set the world record for trotting the fastest mile in harness racing, when he stopped the clock in 1:49 in the $100,000 Sun Invitational. "He's an amazing horse," said Bjorn (Bernie) Noren, the assistant to trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt. "He's a phenomenal animal."   In 2012, Sebastian K was named Sweden's Horse of the Year and having started his career in Sweden, Sebastian K, races barefoot, with no shoes unlike many of his American counterparts.   "Most horses over there race without shoes," Noren said. "I think it makes them go a little faster. You must have a good surface to race barefoot on or it could sting the horse's foot. Yonkers has a very good surface. We try to race him every time without shoes because he doesn't like to wear them."   In Sebastian K's last start, the $238,500 Centaur Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park on Sept. 20, the 8-year-old faded to seventh, finishing off the board for the first time since coming to North America.   "We put down his lackluster performance to dehydration and the thunderstorm that rolled in," said Sjoberg, who noted that Sebastian K scoped clean after the race. "He does not like high humidity." The International Trot Preview is also expected to attract Market Share, Bee a Magician and Archangel and is part of a strong evening of racing from the Old Hilltop featuring the Messenger Stakes and the Yonkers Trot.   Yonkers Raceway will keep the international flavor going on Sundays, beginning on Nov. 9 through Dec. 14, when it will host an all-trotting card that will be simulcast to Europe beginning at 11 a.m.   The track will offer fans many promotions for the special Sunday cards. More details about the promotions will be available as the time draws closer.   By Jerry Bossert

With the C.K.G. Billing Harness Drivers Series now in full swing there is plenty of harness racing action for the amateur drivers with more than one venue every week during the summertime.

Champion harness racing trainer Barry Purdon has had a change of heart with Harness Jewels star Sky Major.

Offenberg, Schwartz and Yarock sounds like it could be a law firm but in fact they are the names of the harness racing winning drivers in the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series held at the Historic Track in Goshen NY on Saturday, July 6.

When the harness racing Billings members, who came from far and wide, made a recent visit to Buffalo Raceway after a hiatus of some seven years, it was an eye popping experience.

It wasn't an easy trip and at several points in the mile, Bob" the Headhunter" Hechkoff thought his venerable trotter, Tremendous Hit was going to get beat but when they crossed the finish line a neck ahead of Current Crisis and driver Bobby "Rapid Rail" Krivelin all thoughts were unfounded as Tremendous Hit hung tough and won the harness racing Billings Trot at Plainridge Racecourse in a time of 1:59.2 , June 24th.

In C.K.G. Billings Series action on Wednesday, June 19th two harness racing amateur trots went to post at Monticello Raceway and when the results were official Howie "the Horse" Gelfand and Harvey "Doc" Stein each reined a winner in driving finishes.

The C.K.G Billings Harness Driving Series may have gotten underway a bit later than usual this season but now the lengthy series for amateur drivers is in full swing attested by the fact that there were six races at three different racetracks this past weekend.

2YO Ruby champion, One Over Da Moon, booked his ticket to the Australasian Breeders' Crown with a strong win in a five horse non-tote heat at Addington last night.

In the 9-horse Billings trot at Scioto Downs on Friday (June 7) harness racing driver 'Trader Bud' Hatfield sent Brother Gus to the lead from the five hole and played catch me if you can. And nobody could.

The 32nd season of amateur harness racing in the CKG Billings Series got underway at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday afternoon, June 5th with two trotting splits going to post.

Nahar (4g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) trained and driven by Robert Bergh won the 2013 harness racing Elitloppet Final in 1.10.1kr, earning the winners' purse share of 3 million SEK.

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