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Persistence was rewarded when Lord Monaloo broke through to win the Hygrain Tabcorp Park Melton Cup, delivering a first Group victory for harness racing trainer Kylie Sugars. Lord Monaloo appears bound for a spell and then a giant country cups campaign after cashing in on his potential for connections in the $30,575 feature, which he won for driver Greg Sugars by 1.1m from favourite Major Star and Lets Elope. The Group level win has been a long-time coming for owners Darrell, Raelee and Graham Brook and Kylie Sugars, who nursed Lord Monaloo back from a suspensory injury in April last year, which put his career in jeopardy. “He was a horse that showed a lot of promise early and after the injury (it was unclear) if he would get back to his very best but on that run tonight he is pretty close to it,” brother Greg said. “Full credit to Kylie and the horse, they are doing a terrific job.” The seven-year-old gelding by It Is I returned at Melton on May 21 after a 16-month spell and progressively improved, breaking through in an MO on July 2 before winning again in the city one week later. A third placing in the Tabcorp Park Melton Cup heat comfortably qualified him for tonight’s final, when from gate 11 Greg Sugars was happy to bide his time, sitting third last at the bell before moving three-wide and finding cover into the race behind second-favourite Lets Elope. Phil Monty set the pace up front inside Major Star, who boxed on well for Kate Gath, but it was Lord Monaloo who swept out four-wide and overran them all to win the Group 3 and register a third victory in four starts.  “It’s been a very long, slow process. Just every run I’ve had a feeling he is getting a little bit better each time,” Greg said. “He has kept on improving.” And there appears more to come, with the seven-year-old now seemingly placed to fulfil his potential as a country cups horse.  “That’s what we sort of had him aimed at last time before he injured himself,” Greg said. “He has done a magnificent job, it has been a long and winding road to get to this point. “I would imagine he would have a little freshen up now, he deserves a little break, and we will look at the timing but the country cups circuit is not too far away. So a freshen up and then we will get him ready for then.” Michael Howard

Six-year-old All The Torque has been unplaced at his past six starts, but part-owner, trainer and driver Kristian Hawkins gives the West Australian-bred gelding a good chance of winning the $18,000 Chill Factor Pace over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “His numerical form is terrible, but if you have watched the replays you would’ve seen that he’s had no luck at all,” Hawkins said. All The Torque, a veteran of 90 starts for 11 wins, is favourably drawn at barrier two on the front line and Hawkins plans to make an all-out bid to set the pace. Drawn on his inside is Black Mr Mach, who has a losing sequence of 23. “The It Is I gelding has had no luck at all lately and has been desperately unlucky,” Hawkins said. “If he crosses Black Mr Mach he’ll go close. For me there is no alternative but to lead. So I’ll be coming out all guns blazing and if he gets to the front I won’t be handing up. The 2536m will suit him.”    Denny Crane, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, is the likely favourite. He has had 31 starts for 12 wins and ten placings, but he must overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside (No. 9) on the front line. At his most recent start, on March 11, he was restrained from the outside barrier and settled down in last position before he dashed forward in the middle stages to race in the breeze. But he faded badly to finish a distant ninth behind Sir Tosti Mach. Our Big Slow is racing keenly for trainer-reinsman Robbie Williams, but is awkwardly drawn out wide at barrier eight. He drew out wide and sustained a spirited finishing burst to win narrowly over 2130m two starts ago and then took full advantage of the No. 1 barrier by leading and winning convincingly over 2190m at Northam at his latest appearance. The Katja Warwick-trained Tommy Be Good also will have admirers from the outside of the back line. A smart winner three starts ago, he covered extra ground when an encouraging fourth behind Guns With Cows last Friday night. by Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 08 April 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 08 April 2016

In recent times hardly a harness racing meeting in Tasmania passes without Ben Yole training a winner and last Sunday night's meeting at UBET Park Hobart was no exception. Yole produced one winner in the form of six-year-old battler Lu Way Lord but the win was extra special as the gelding is owned and was bred by his parents Wayne and Louise Yole who have recently relocated from South Australia to Tasmania. Lu Way Lord (It Is I-Sharni Mac Cailen) put the writing on the wall at his previous outing in Launceston where he finished ninth of 12 but encountered interference at crucial stages of the race. The gelding enjoyed a cosy run in the one-out line with cover and when driver Mark Yole called on the son of It Is I for the big effort in the home straight he powered home to score a convincing win. Lu Way Lord ($14.60) hit the line 1-1/2 metres clear of race favourite Charlie James ($2.20) with the leader Frankie Falzoni fading to finish third almost two metres astern. Peter Staples

Last Sunday night at the harness racing meeting at Launceston, Chief Destroyer made it three wins from his past five starts and given he has now proven himself capable from a standing start the future looks bright for the gelded son of It Is I. Chief Destroyer hails from Victoria where he had 21 starts form three wins on country tracks and while trainer Shelly Barnes would not reveal his purchase price she admitted he has so far proven to be a very cheap buy. At his latest assignment Chief Destroyer stepped well from a standing start of the Beena Buster Stakes and driver James Johnson had no qualms about settling the five-year-old three-back the fence. He travelled sweetly under a hold to the home turn and when an opportunity presented Johnson eased his charge off the fence and then around the heels of the leaders then powered home to score a convincing win over Satisfied Grin with race leader Prettyboytroy dead-heating for third with the favourite Our Maddys Star that faced the breeze for the last half of the race. Peter Staples

Chief Destroyer seems to have found a new lease on life with his effort at the harness racing meeting at Devonport on Monday night in a C2-C3 pace over 2297 metres his second win in the space of four outings. The Shelley Barnes-trained gelding won two in succession on country tracks in Victoria in February just prior to finding his way to Barnes' stables at Sassafras on Tasmania's North-West Coast. The gelding notched a couple of minor placings at his two starts for Barnes in May but it wasn't until Barnes took him to Devonport last month that he found a way to win. Chief Destroyer began his career in Victoria and won on debut in a 3YO event at Horsham when in the care of David Murphy. But his next win was two years later and what followed was mixed form in restricted grade races. Barnes has been patient and the gelding has just started to respond to his new training regime. At this latest outing he was rushed out of the gate to find the front and once driver James Johnson had him in his comfort zone the gelded son of It Is I-Sharleen was always travelling like a winner. Chief Destroyer kicked clear turning for home and went on to defeat outsider Buckingham Boy by four metres with Me Mate Les just over five metres away third.   Peter Staples

Daylesford's It Is Billy looks bound for bigger fish after Friday night's Pegasus Melton Pacing Cup win. Trained and driven by husband and wife Michael Barby and Anne-Maree Conroy, the win was It Is Billy's fourth harness racing triumph from six runs this time in. It Is Billy (by It Is I out of Glenlyon Glad) worked around to the breeze before the mile mark in tonight's 2760m stand-start race and would sit parked for the remainder of the event, as leader Comply Or Die paced opening quarters of 31 and 31.6 before they upped the ante down the back with a 29.3 third split. When Comply Or Die was put under pressure at the corner It Is Billy was clearly travelling within himself and upon straightening in-the-run players must have had him unbackable favourite. It Is Billy’s fourth quarter was 27.4 for a 2:01.8 mile rate. Bettor Rock On showed his true colours tonight, closing gamely down the outside to finish second. > Re-live It Is Billy's Melton Pacing Cup win Champion reinsman Greg Sugars took driving honours tonight with a winning double via punter’s friend Illawong Helios, who just keeps winning for trainer Ross Sugars, and improved trotting mare Heavenly Sister for horseman Ross Graham. Heavenly Sister, a daughter of Majestic Son out of US bred mare Heavens Above, took 11 goes to break her maiden status but tonight’s victory in the Garrards Trot over 1720m made it two on the trot. The Majestic was bold in second, he and Heavenly Sister engaged in a two-horse war throughout the bulk of the final lap, the winner finishing with a 2.3m winning margin in a mile rate of 1:59.4. Illawong Helios, by Majestic Son out of Shining Sun, has now won nine of her last 10 starts and 12 out of 20 all up after taking out the second heat of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Metropolitan Trot over 2240m. From the pole Greg Sugars held the front and the four-year-old mare travelled well throughout to score by 5.5m over Desert Spur in a mile rate of 2:02.0. Skippy Rascal kicked off proceedings for the night with victory in the DNR Logistics Pace over 2240m, the Julie Douglas-trained, Glenn Douglas-driven five-year-old gelding by Live Or Die out of Royal Rascal following leader Ideal Majority in the run before using the sprint lane to win by 1.6m, Ideal Majority holding on for second from Washmepockets and Lark Rise. An upset in the Renown Silverware Trot Final certainly added value to the early quaddie, Katelin Brooke taking it out for Grenville’s Gregory Moss and reinswoman Debra Wicks-Moss. Katelin Brooke finished powerfully at odds of $32 to beat Savannah Jay Jay, whose run was enormous coming from last, with Lazy Sunday hitting the line nicely for third. Katelin Brooke is an eight-year-old daughter of Earl out of Kanuka Lass. New South Wales trainer Blake Fitzpatrick was victorious in the first heat of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Trot. Five-year-old Earl/Pinevale Ellason mare Duchess Ella led easily from gate two before holding off Bellmac Kody and Star Gun for a neck win in a rate of 2:00.8 over 22400m. The first three horses over the line came right away from the others. The hot run of form being enjoyed by Terang’s Marg Lee continued with four-year-old Art Major/Deltas Dream gelding Keayang Active returning to the track with an impressive victory in the Rising Stars Pace (first heat). Keayang Active came clear late to win by 2.3m over McRita and Upanatom. And finally Hotasel (Elsu/Hotgossip) on debut for trainer/driver John Justice finished too well in the last race, the second heat of the Rising Stars, to win from Hollywood Sign, who led, and Macho Comacho in third just ahead of Fernco Bobby G. Hotasel rated 1:59.5. - HRV Media

Broodmare gem Monaloo completed a rare harness racing feat last night. Boasting a perfect strike rate as a matron, Monaloo produced a pair of winners in the space of a couple of hours. Even more impressive is the fact the dam’s progeny were successful in two states. Promising pacer Freds A Safari kicked started proceedings when triumphant at Globe Derby for trainer-driver Darren Billinger. Rating 1:59.6 for the 1800 metres, the four-year-old continued his unbeaten run from three outings this season. By Safari, the feature race winner extended his record to 10 wins and eight placings from 25 starts. Lord Monaloo then matched his half-brother’s feat when victorious at Shepparton for astute horsewoman Kylie Sugars. Driven by Sugars’ brother, Greg, Lord Monaloo enjoyed a three-wide trail during the latter stages before scoring in 1:56.8 over 2190 metres. Racing in consistent fashion this term, the son of It Is I has notched three wins and three placings from six starts for an overall tally of 22 wins and 24 placings from 59 starts. Monaloo next foals is an unraced two-year-old daughter by It Is I. PAUL COURTS

Thursday night harness racing was held at Kilmore with most classes catered for in an entertaining eight event card. Former Kiwi trainer/driver Warren Cochrane now based at Bagshot in Central Victoria, brought up victory number three with much improved four year old Mach Three / Executive Lady gelding Uroc Mman in the VHRSC Pace (Heat 2) for C1 class over 2180 metres at Kilmore on Thursday. Given the run of the race from inside the second row trailing the pole line pacemaker The Major League, Uroc Mman finished hard along the sprint lane to gain the day over the leader in a rate of 2-00.1. Rogers Joy (three back the markers) finished third. Axedale trainer/driver Mick Carbone’s New Zealand bred Mach Three / Vermillion five year old gelding Master Pip overcame a 30 metre backmark to land the Harness Thursday Trackside Treats Pacers Handicap for C1 class over 2150 metres. Stepping safely, Master Pip gradually made ground to be one/two mid-race, before moving a spot closer when the heavily backed Miss Toolern Vale crossed the leader Forever Arma at the bell leaving Sunrise Lady in the open. Taken three wide in the last lap to be outside the leader on the home turn, Master Pip gained the upper hand shortly after, holding a 4.5 meter margin to the wire in accounting for Miss Toolern Vale and Forever Arma in a rate of 2-02. Parwan trainer Geoff Walker combined with Jodi Quinlan to capture the Catch It To Kilmore 2-Y-0 Trotters Handicap over 1660 metres with Muscle Hill / Adellas Dash filly Glenferrie Burn. Making her third race appearance, Glenferrie Burn raced by Peter Chambers’ Glenferrie Farms Pty Ltd was safely away from barrier four, settling four back along the markers, before moving to be one/one in the final circuit following her stablemate Glenferrie Belle. Easing three wide on the final bend, Glenferrie Burn ran home stylishly to score by 3.2 metres in a slick rate of 2-07.2 for the babies over Mister Oz which did everything right to lead, with Glenferrie Belle third. Melton’s Alison Chisholm snared the Claiming Pace over 2180 metres with Kiwi bred six year old Falcon Seelster / Mustang Sally gelding Jaccka Murphy. Trapped outside the pole line pacemaker Jaccka Tom from gate three in the early stages, Jaccka Murphy was driven with aggression to take over and once in front relaxed beautifully after spending plenty of petrol. Kicking clear on straightening, Jaccka Murphy defeated Summer Ace which raced outside him from the bell, giving the Melton district the quinella, with Jaccka Tom holding down third. The mile rate 2-00.8. Long Forest duo Andy and Kate Gath brought up victory number eleven with honest It Is I/Shot Of Sugar four year old entire Quadentate in the Kilmore Timber Hardware Mitre 10 Pace for C5 & C7 class over 2180 metres in a rate of 1-57.8. Starting from the extreme draw, Quadentate settled four back in the running line, with Salem leading from gate four. Commencing a forward move three wide solo at the bell, Quadentate gradually made ground on the leaders before finishing his race off well to score from Nimble Jack along the sprint lane after trailing the front runner. Artoc (three back the markers – four wide home turn) finished third. by Len Baker Courtesy of Harness Racing Victoria

Phenomenal eleven year old Tinted Cloud - Carnlough Bay gelding Smoken Up returned to the track after a few weeks off to score an exciting narrow fighting victory in the SEW-Eurodrive Flying Free For All over 1720 metres at his home track Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday.   Showing his customary speed from gate two to hold out Inter Dominion finalist Keayang Cullen (gate five), Smoken Up first up since February 1 was given a comfortable time, before sprinting home his last half mile in 55.7 – quarter 27 to nose out Savesomtimetodream (one/one) in a rate of 1-54.7, with Keayang Cullen fighting all the way to the wire to be head away in third place.   Trainer/driver Lance Justice was thrilled with the performance, saying “the horse was nowhere near fit as yet and would contest a couple of minor Free For All’s over the next few weeks prior to possibly heading for a fifth victory attempt in the Len Smith Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle on April 27”.   It was the dual Miracle Mile winners 72nd victory in 142 outings.  .................................................................................................................................   Daylesford duo – Mick Barby and Anne-Maree Conroy’s 5-Y-0 It Is I - Glenlyon Glad gelding It Is Billy continued his rise through the grades, by destroying his rivals in the 2nd Heat of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Metropolitan Pace for M0 class over 1720 metres.   Again showing exceptional gate speed from outside the front row, It Is Billy took over from Royal Witness inside him on the first turn, before coasting to a 5.7 metre victory untouched over Royal Witness in 1-54.5, with Cyrus a gallant third after racing three wide for the final circuit.   The $30,000 Final will be held this Saturday. Len Baker For Harness Racing Victoria

VINCENNES, France - It is the Super Bowl, the World Cup soccer final, and the Melbourne Cup of harness racing rolled all into one at Vincennes for the Prix d'Amerique. You can't really experience the passion of the Prix d'Amerique from the plush 300 euro a seat restaurants, that perch imperious above the massed throng of 40,000 trotting diehards in the sprawling stand below. It is in a rain drenched crowd, bedecked in scarves of their favourite trotters, and national flags from Sweden, Norway and Italy, that the true passion of this great sport emerges. A wonderful crop of horses, the class of 2005 had claimed every Prix d'Amerique since 2011. And now in their twilight, Ready Cash and Royal Dream held a French nation's hopes, while Maharajah, born in the same spring but some miles to the north-east held an equally enamoured Swedish nation in his thrall. It was time for a change, said the level-headed pundits. Up And Quick was the rising star, and picked to shine. But two nation's hearts said not so fast. Greatness deserves a fitting finale. And so it was on this gloomy January day in Paris. It was the three big guns who fired all the shots in this magnificent race. Three great equine athletes delivered all that is noble about equine sport. Those with great hearts know no quit. And this was a race of the ages. Sweden's Maharajah eventually ruled supreme over France's heir apparent Up An Quick while Ready Cash could not keep stride with his unfathomable desire. A great end, to a great race. And I was privileged to witness history written. by David Sanders for  

Christen Me’s Miracle Mile assault is definitely on and trainer Cran Dalgety believes it could be the perfect race to restore the troubled pacing star’s confidence. After an eight-race winning rampage spanning both sides of the Tasman, Christen Me has galloped and been unplaced in two of his last three starts and even his third in last Tuesday’s New Zealand Cup was underwhelming. Dalgety and driver Dexter Dunn have been left shaking their heads as the exceptional five-year-old seems to have developed racing claustrophobia, albeit with a decent helping of bad luck. But while Dalgety was initially doubting Christen Me’s mental readiness for the$750,000 Miracle Mile in Sydney on Saturday week, his confidence has returned. “We got our arses kicked and there is not a lot we can do about that,” said Dalgety. “But I think it was only small things. Bottom line, I think he got a little insecure about being in tight spaces and didn’t know what to do. “But he is a racehorse and a very good one, so we can’t sit here moaning about it. And most importantly, physically he is fine. “The Miracle Mile and Victoria Cup are worth a lot of money so we are heading to both.”
 Christen Me was officially invited to the Miracle Mile after winning the Chariots of Fire at Menangle last March, which is probably fortunate because after his three recent defeats NSW harness racing bosses might have struggled to invite him this week. Such is his talent he actually heads the only market open on the great race as the $3.50 equal favourite with Australian firm, ahead of three-time NZ Cup hero Terror To Love at $4. And while the Miracle Mile of old at Harold Park would have been a nightmare for a horse down on confidence, Dalgety believes the Mile at Menangle suits ideally. “It is a big track with only eight starters. If we can’t get him around safely there then we are in trouble.” Menangle racing is the closest thing in the Southern Hemisphere to the famous Meadowlands track in New Jersey, where the racing is almost like it is in lanes, with very little push and shove because the horses are racing flat-out most of the way. So drivers decide at the start how much gas they want to burn and the field tends to sort itself out without a great deal of hassle. That might be just what Christen Me needs, racing with no stops and starts, just a test of strength and lung capacity. To help restore that confidence Dalgety will fly Christen Me to Sydney on Sunday and possibly trial him against fellow Mile starters I’m Victorious and Beautide next Tuesday. “That might get his mind back on things and get him used to their style of racing again, which is very different from ours.”
 Five Mile invitations have been issued --- Christen Me, Terror To Love, Beautide, I’m Victorious and Restrepo --- with For A Reason as good as in, leaving two more invites after Saturday’s A$100,000 Cordina Sprint. That field is likely to include Fly Like An Eagle, who is heading to Australia to be trained by Paul Fitzpatrick and Kiwi-owned star Ideal Scott, as well as Caribbean Blaster and Smoken Up. One horse those open class star won’t have to worry about any time soon is I’m Themightyquinn. The two-time Auckland Cup winner is injured and won’t return to work for at least a month, meaning he is likely to miss this season’s Interdominions in March. Courtesy of Michael Guerin and the New Zealand Herald

TROIS-RIVIERES, October 14, 2013 – The revival of horse racing of Standardbreds in Quebec has again reached another milestone . At its meeting of October 11th, the Board of Directors of the Quebec Jockey Club has approved an increase of more than 50% for  purses in the 2014 racing season at the Hippodrome 3R . The increase of pari-mutual wagering recorded by QJC at the track, as well as on the internet through the website Horseplayer Interactive (HPI) and in the 8 OTB's in 2013 allows the industry to be more optimistic and move forward strongly.  Assuming the continuation of this betting trend over the coming months, QJC announced that the total purses for 2014 will reach $3 million. At the end of October, the “Comité de Liaison”, comprised of representatives from Quebec Jockey Club and the Horsemen's Association, ATAQ , will define some key elements for the next racing season that will be announced at the end of the month . It is important to mention that the minimum purse level for “overnights” will be raised to around $ 3,000 , purses level for “Quebec series” will also be increased, at least 4 specials races per week will be scheduled with purses of $ 6,000 and $ 8,000 , not to mention purses of around $ 4,000 for the " maidens " classes. In the meantime , Quebec Jockey Club will continue its efforts to persuade the government of the importance of the racing industry in terms of job creation in the regions and its major economic impacts. The QJC business plan for the creation of over 5,000 jobs and benefits of more than $ 150 million in five years fits very well in the new Government of Quebec’s economic plan whose main priority is to create jobs. by Vincent Trudel for Hippodrome 3R

Pompano Beach, FL -- This Saturday night, October 6, the Isle Pompano Park opens for its 50th anniversary season of harness racing. Don’t know how happy Fred and Frances Dodge Van Lennep would be if they were still around to see what has taken place with the Taj Mahal that they built. They would have loved the casino and raved about it to everyone, but then they would have cried over what has happened to the former Winter Capital of Harness Racing. Over the years the prior owners and then the Isle never invested much more than a dime or two in keeping the building up to code and now it is in disarray. The track had opened to much fanfare back on February 4, 1964. The greatest trainers, drivers and horses in the world would winter at Pompano Park. Some 2,000 horses and 500 horsemen and women would stable there during the glory year with four tracks, an executive golf course, driving range and a beautiful track kitchen overlooking the training tracks. The Top of the Park Dining Room was exquisite with reservations and a jacket (for men) a must. They could seat well over 600 people and everyone had a great view of the track. Patten’s Place on the fifth floor was the ultimate speak easy. The Clubhouse Box seating area sold out months in advance. Now the glass planes are falling out from the sixth floor and you are limited to where you can walk on the track apron. When Niatross raced for the last time on December 27, 1980, more than 18,000 people jammed the track to see him and the right lane going north on Powerline Road was closed off and used as additional parking. People bought $2 win tickets just to save as souvenirs. Now there is just the Florida Chapter of the US Harness Writers Association’s Florida Hall of Fame picture display left to remind you of the people and horses that made the track great. The track held the Breeders Crown numerous times with world records set every season….Stanley Dancer, Billy Haughton, Del Miller, Joe O’Brien, Bruce Nickells, Ted Taylor, John Campbell, Bill O’Donnell, Bill Popfinger, Peter Wrenn and many other top horsemen were household names. Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle and Jackie Gleason were weekly regulars during the track’s heydays. But that is all gone now. If you are lucky you can stand on part of the track apron and watch the races or go up to the casino and watch the horses come around the final turn but you can’t tell who was the winner unless you go inside and look on a TV. The opening night card features ten races, two of which are Florida Sunshine Stakes for three-year-olds. All-time leading driver Bruce Ranger is back along with Jim McDonald, Tom Sells, Jay & Kim Sears, Tom Audley and some new faces too. Once the major stakes season is over up north a lot more trainers and drivers will return. Plans call for a shorter season than normal with the meet ending in late May. Usually the track would have something special for the fans on opening night, maybe a baseball cap, beach towel or t-shirt giveaway. No swag this year. Track management said they will be doing something to commemorate the 50th anniversary so we will sit back and wait and see. Fred and Frances Van Lennep made their dreams come true for a harness racing Mecca in south Florida. They would be pretty upset if they could see it today. The track opens up and races live Wednesday and Saturday then add Monday’s on October 14. First race post time is 7:05 pm. Both parking and admission is free. By Steve Wolf for

The uncertainty that Ontario’s Standardbred breeding industry faces is substantial.  Ontario’s once strong breeding sector has been devastated due to the provincial government’s ill-planned decision to end the mutually beneficial partnership that the Slots-At-Racetracks Program created between the Province of Ontario and the horse racing and breeding industry. For the second consecutive year, Ontario’s Standardbred breeders have had to weather tremendous losses.  Although Standardbred Canada's 2013 Canadian Yearling Sale showed an average increase of nearly 22 percent over the 2012 sale, it is important to realize that the 2013 sale average remained almost 31 percent below that of the 2011 sale.  Much like 2012, Ontario’s Standardbred breeders have once again taken another drastic financial hit. In her recent letter to the Horse Racing Transition Panel, Premier and Agriculture Minister Kathleen Wynne requests a comprehensive five-year plan for Ontario’s horse racing and breeding industry.  This plan is vital in order for long-term sustainability and growth to occur within the industry.  However for sustainability and growth to be achieved through a five-year plan, the government must be willing to invest sufficiently in Ontario’s horse racing and breeding industry, as well as promote and encourage integration amongst gaming and horse racing within the province.  Unfortunately, for many breeders the financial losses that they have incurred over the past 18 months have been so substantial that it is difficult, if not impossible, for them to survive to a point where the industry can see it's way through to a five-year plan.  Until the final plan is released sometime this October, participants in all facets of the industry face more questions than answers.  Only once the final plan is released will breeders have the ability to make informed decisions about the future of their operations.  Submitted by the Ontario SBOA  

Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW), in conjunction with the NSW Harness Racing Club (NSWHRC), today announced four initiatives designed to stimulate the NSW breeding industry. Speaking at the official launch of the NSW breeding season at Pepper Tree Farm, HRNSW Chief Executive, Sam Nati, detailed the new strategies worth in excess of $500,000 in the first year. "When you examine the industry's critical KPIs, there has never been a better time to be involved in harness racing," he said. "Prizemoney is at record levels across the state, there is significant investment in infrastructure, returns to participants are higher than ever before and the strengthening of regulatory and integrity functions have increased confidence. "However, the one area of the business which has declined over the past two seasons is foal numbers and we feel it is important to address the issue and we especially want to encourage grass roots participation and attempt to reconnect with those who are no longer breeding." The first two initiatives announced are part of a new branch of the NSW Breeders Challenge family to be known as Breeders Challenge Blue. A Breeders Challenge Blue Incentive Certificate (BCBIC), worth $500, is available to breeders for the payment or part-payment of a service fee during the 2013/14 season if the sire is physically based at a NSW stud and the broodmare was not used for breeding purposes during the 2012/13 season. For the BCBIC to be valid the broodmare must be served or inseminated in NSW (the full terms and conditions are outlined below and are available at the HRNSW website). The BCBIC is being offered for this season only. The Breeders Challenge Blue Race Series (BCBRS) will be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle in July two weeks after the Breeders Challenge Major Race Series. It features $50,000 finals for two and three year olds and for both sexes. Eligibility is restricted to progeny that are by stallions physically based at a NSW stud at the time of conception and from a broodmare served or inseminated in NSW (the full terms and conditions are outlined below and are available at the HRNSW website). The BCBRS will be conducted by the Principal Club in 2014 and thereafter. NSWHRC Chairman Mr Rex Horne said: "As a club we recognised the need and importance of investing money into regional areas which we have done so successfully though the country series." "Our Breeders Challenge Blue Race Series is an extension of that and represents a further injection of prizemoney each year to the value of $200,000." "It also symbolises the strong working partnership we have with HRNSW to achieve the best possible outcomes for the broader harness racing industry." The remaining two initiatives announced are changes to the current Breeders Challenge structure: Horses that are aged five years and older are now eligible to win a Breeders Challenge Owners Bonus Certificate and the Nominators $3,000 Cash Bonus if they did not win one as a two, three or four-year-old (the full terms and conditions are outlined below and are available at the HRNSW website). The foal notification/Breeders Challenge nomination and sustaining fees have been revised with significant savings available for upfront payments (the full terms and conditions are outlined below and are available at the HRNSW website). HRNSW would like to thank all the studs involved in the NSW Breeding Season Launch including Pepper Tree Farm, Yirribee Pacing Stud, Success Stud, Lonsvale Stud, Golden Gait Stud, Brooklyn Lodge, Medowie Lodge and Lochend Stud. Harness Racing Australia  

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