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Christmas came early for Kilmore based mother and daughter Rita and Monique Burnett at Yarra Valley on Monday October 14, when they snared the quinella in the aptly named Christmas Parties Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2150 metres aboard the Bill Millner (Kilmore) trained stablemates My Archie Way and Wortherly. Stepping swiftly from the 10 metre mark to lead, My Archie Way (Monique) was content to allow Wortherly (Rita) off the same mark to take over shortly after the start, with the pair controlling the race. After a cosy trip, My Archie Way was eased away from the markers to issue a challenge on straightening and with the race to themselves, My Archie Way ($8.20) prevailed by 2.2 metres in a rate of 2-06.5, with the heavily supported favourite Did I Imagine It 1.7 metres away in third place after racing in the open for most of the journey also from 10 metres. A six year old gelding by Yankee Paco from Auravalley bred and raced by Bill Millner, My Archie Way has fronted the starter on 47 occasions, winning four times. Beautifully bred five year old Mach Three/Out Swing N gelding Machin Out is getting better with every outing and after coming off a great third at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday, scored an easy victory in the United Petroleum Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2150 metres. Trained at Melton by Lance Justice, Machin Out taking a concession for competent teenager Zac Phillips began with a rush from outside the front line to lead with ease and after being allowed to dictate terms to suit, coasted to the wire untouched to register a 4.7 metre victory over the Jayne Davies stablemates Golden Grinder out wide from four back the markers and polemarker Mister Clooney which trailed the winner. The mile rate 2-02.3.  It was Machin Out's 11th victory in 79 outings. Former Kiwi 6-Y-0 In The Pocket/Lite Jade mare Lite Jagermeister made it two wins from three Australian outings when successful in the De Bortoli Pace for C2 & C3 class for Coimadai duo Adam Kelly and Gavin Lang. Despite racing in the open from gate three shadowing the polemarker Amazing Kano, Lite Jagermeister travelled smoothly all through the 2150 metre journey, winning by 3.7 metres from Magical Molly which trailed her in a rate of 1-59. Amazing Kano held down third 15.2 metres away. Melton owner/trainer/driver Jason Hackett was victorious with 4-Y-0 Armbro Operative/Heartlite mare Open Heart in the Oaks Day Pace for C0 class (mares) over 1650 metres. Fronting up from a fourth at Bendigo the previous Thursday, Open Heart was restrained from inside the second line to settle at the tail of the field, with Isntshesomething speeding across from gate three to assume control.  Sent forward three wide racing for the bell, Open Heart sustained a long run to record a 9.2 metre margin in advance of Dancinwithjodi (three back the markers), with Isntshesomething weakening to finish third. Bred and raised in the deep south of the Shaky Isles, Jason Hackett is stable foreman for Lance Justice. The old stagers stepped out in the Cox Plate Day Claiming Pace over 2150 metres, with victory going the way of the Ross Sugars (Melton) trained 8-Y-0 I Am A Fool/Sheza Fake gelding Cowboy Cadillac who chalked up his 19th victory when making his 144th appearance at the races, while also giving Zac Phillips a driving double for the afternoon. Starting from inside the second line, Cowboy Cadillac raced by Denis Grieve and partners was quickly away from the markers to settle four back in the moving line, with the 14-Y-0 Mister Douglas leading out from the pole, before surrendering shortly after to Dartmoor. Once the speed slackened, Cowboy Cadillac was off and running to park in the open, with Phillips dictating the terms of the race. Taking care of the leader prior to the home turn, Cowboy Cadillac defied all challengers to score from the fast finishing Flyin Interstate from last, with Mister Douglas and Takeiteasyonme dead-heating for third. The mile rate 2-00.9. Len Baker

Terang in Victoria's South-East Western District was the venue for Thursday harness racing and most punters were given a hammering with couple of long priced winners saluting.

Further heats of the harness racing Australasian Breeders Crown Series 13 continued at Lord's Raceway Bendigo on Wednesday July 27, with three heats for Three Year Old fillies over 2150 metres taking place. Heat 8 was a blackout for punters, with Graeme and Gavin Lang combining to score with $15.10 chance Livia Degerolstein (Live Or Die/Estelle Bromac).

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