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The booming win of debutant Smokey The Bandit at Gloucester Park on Thursday night (January 5) has vaulted his harness racing sire Jet Laag into equal leadership on this season's Australian two-year-old Sires premiership.

Hollys Miss Molly, a daughter of Empire Stallions' resident sire Jet Laag, became the latest Victorian juvenile winner when she emerged successful at the Christmas Eve harness racing meeting at Shepparton.

The New Jersey based harness racing trainer Linda Toscano, trainer of this years Breeders Crown champion Chapter Seven has her sights on Paris as she is the winner of the Standardbred Retirement Foundation's Prix d'Amerique trip this year.

Life is sweet for Freehold harness racing trainer Linda Toscano. Since first getting her license back in 1992 the 56-year-old career's has continued to go from strength to strength. In fact the Brooklyn native told Harnesslink that 2011 has to rate as one of her best yet.

Thursday's (October 13) Ararat harness meeting belonged to the Western District of Victoria and South East South Australia, with every winner bar one on the seven event card coming from the area.

Quality 5-Y-0 Village Jasper/Any Danger gelding Arber notched up his seventh harness racing victory in 18 outings, when successful in the DHL State Plan Pacers Handicap for C2 or better class over 2200 metres at Bray Raceway Ballarat on Thursday October 6.

Thursday harness racing was conducted at Lord's Raceway Bendigo, with plenty of well supported runners scoring during the evening.

Popular Cranbourne was the venue for Thursday harness racing with most winners coming from the other side of the Yarra Valley. Former South Australian Hombre Higgins which started his career in Victoria, was successful in the Schweppes Claiming Pace over 2080 metres.

Mildura harness racing trainer/driver Shayne Cramp has started off season 2011/12 as he finished season 2010/11 - providing winner after winner including a training double and a driving treble on the eight event card at his home track on Wednesday.

Glenn Douglas might have his maiden Metropolitan Trainers' Premiership all parcelled up, but the prolific Bendigo horseman is keen to gear up at least one winner at tomorrow night's (Thursday August 26) final city-class meeting of the harness racing season at Melton's Tabcorp Park.

Radical new tactics of racing noted frontrunner Has The Answers with a sit in the $35,000 Howard Porter Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night (August 12) were thrown out the window 400m after the start when harness racing driver Morgan Woodley saw that 10-year-old Tartary Gladiator was denying popular fancy Fast Play the considerable advantage of leading.

Swan Hill part-owner/trainer Mick Cirillo was responsible for a superb training performance, when 6-Y-0 Million To One/Waratah Way gelding Master Waratah landed the feature harness racing event on the program - the Kleenheat Gas Pace for C6 or better class over 2170 metres at his home track Nyah on Thursday August 11.

Strathfieldsaye trainer Glenn Douglas deputising for brother Daryl who was ill, made the most of the opportunity by driving a treble of wins at the Wangaratta Harness Racing Club's fixture held at Shepparton on Wednesday, scoring aboard Lights And Music in the Avian Park Wangaratta Pace for C0 class, Heza Trick in the Truffles Continental Foods Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class and Dark Duncan in the Wangaratta Committee Claiming Pace, all over 2190 metres.

Wednesday (August 10) harness racing was conducted by the Hamilton HRC in Victoria's Western District, where keen racing and exciting finishes were the order of the day. Lightly raced 4-Y-0 Malabar Maple/Krysta gelding Michael Thomas from the Great Western stable of Kerryn Manning, produced a best ever performance to land the Grangeburn Office & IT Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2160 metres in a slick rate of 2-06.

The all conquering Melton stable of harness racing trainer Brent Lilley fresh from landing the TAB quaddie at Cranbourne on Sunday, continued on a winning role, with former Kiwi 4-Y-0 gelding Abbotshall scoring in the $5,000 Hull Plumbing Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2195 metres at Ararat on Tuesday August 2.

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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