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One of the most sought after harness racing series in the Northern part of Victoria is the time honoured Alabar Bloodstock Northern Region Championship for C1 & C2 class over 2190 metres, five heats of which were conducted at the Ouyen HRC meeting held at Mildura on Wednesday February 23.

Half-brothers and sisters to a host of 2011 Perth Yearling Sale nominations have been in sparkling form this harness racing season. Heading the list is the richly talented Jumbo Operator, winner of the WA Navy Cup and Northam Cup and $88,230 in stakes this season. He has a Parsons Den half-brother in the Select Session, Lot 15.

Many of Western Australia's most successful harness racing breeders and studmasters have thrown their support behind the 2011 Perth Yearling Sale, to be held at Belmont on Sunday, March 6. Ross Torre's Royalstar Farm has by far the biggest draft with 33 lots.

Art Major, Bettors Delight, Grinfromeartoear and Mach Three, a quartet of the hottest sires in Australia and New Zealand today, will all have strong representation at next month's Gloucester Standardbreds Perth Yearling Sale.

Due to the devastating flood situation in Northern Victoria, Wednesday's (January 26) Nyah fixture was transferred to Lord's Raceway Bendigo, resulting in an action packed eight-event harness racing card being held.

The sky is the limit for harness racing's new superstar Im Themightyquinn after his sensational victory in the $400,000 SEW Eurodrive WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

A dream came true at Tuesday's Terang harness racing fixture, when young Terang reinsman Tim McLean landed his first winner at his first race drive, taking out the Marquee Bookings Cup Night Pace for C0 class over 1680 metres aboard 5-Y-0 Live Or Die/Princess Abbey gelding Please Yourself.

"If you're not in you can't win. For the sake of $500 we had to nominate him. He's going pretty good at the moment but in saying that we are not too serious about his Interdominion harness racing prospects - just yet."

Rockbank harness racing trainer/driver Frank Azzopardi was successful at his home track Melton on Thursday, winning the Tabcorp Park Melton 2-Y-0 Pacers Handicap over 1720 metres with It Is I/Sister Courage filly Viva Courage in a rate of 2-03.7 on debut.

Gateway to the Wimmers was the venue for Monday harness racing in Victoria and the Western District of the state dominated with no less than six winners on the eight event card.

Melton horseman Don Smith the owner/breeder of former Victoria Cup winner Melpark Major, was victorious at the Bendigo harness racing meeting on Thursday October 7 with 5-Y-0 Wagon Apollo/Melpark Bonnie Dee mare Melpark Miccole in the Alderbaran Park Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2150 metres.

Favoured runners were the order of the day at the Stawell harness racing fixture held on Monday September 27, with no less than six fancied runners saluting. Punters were on happy terms with themselves in five of the first six races, with every favourite scoring.

Right on the heels of the world famous Little Brown Jug, Monticello Raceway will present its spoof on the harness racing event dubbed the Little Grey Jug--also a pacing event-- which will be presented on Monday afternoon, September 27.

Swan Hill harness racing trainer Mick Cirillo can always be followed with confidence at his home track Nyah and chalked up a winner when improving D M Dilinger/Dallas Paris gelding Dallas Valentino scored in the Stoneridge Regal 3-Y-0 Pace over 1765 metres on Tuesday September 7.

Tepid favorite Art's Ragin' Jet (Jim Pantaleano), first-over after a quick Yonkers Raceway half, won Saturday night's (September 4) 42,500 Open Handicap Pace. Leaving from post position No. 5 (in one notch after an inside defection), "Art" watched the early harness racing scrum.

Scorpion Moon moved out of the pocket off the final turn and stormed by the front-stepping Howd That Feel to register a 1:54 world record for harness racing aged geldings in Saturday night's $66,000 final of the August Fun Trotting Series at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway.

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