From Grand Circuit winners to premiership leaders - this year's Lexus International Lady Drivers Race certainly has it all. Ten of the top reinswomen from across Australasia were selected today for the race on TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Grand Final Day at Tabcorp Park Menangle, March 2. Most are not new to the series and both Jodi Quinlan and KerryAnn Turner will return to defend their title. The 2014 line-up: New Zealand Natalie Rasmussen Queensland Narissa McMullen New South Wales KerryAnn Turner Lauren Panella Amanda Turnbull Amy Day (reserve) Victoria Jodi Quinlan Kerryn Manning Kate Gath South Australia Danielle Hill Tasmania Kate Macleod The invitations were issued in accordance with the condition that the respective ladies were the leading drivers in their state at the time of the decision. For further information telephone NSWHRC racing manager David Wonson on 0438 398 251. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
The 2014 Reinswomens Challenge will be the feature at Betezy Park Globe Derby next Saturday with some of Australia's best talent named to represent their state. Amy Day, who will represent NSW, drove 48 last season, while exciting young 19-year-old Queenslander Narissa McMullen, who drove 96 winners, and Lola Weidemann (81 Wins in 2012/13) will don the Queensalnd colours. Victoria is represented by Jodi Quinlan 86 wins, Ellen Tormey 75 winners, Rebbecca Bartley 47 wins, and Lisa Miles 46 wins. The local talent includes top driver Danielle Hill, 94 wins last season, Leah Harvey 22 wins, and Gina Bell 15 wins, while Kerry Green is the reserve. There is three races planned for the Invitation Reinswomens Challenge with the winner decided by points. Also scheduled on the program is the running of the Nevele R Stud South Australian Oaks and the SA Heroine Stakes for mares. Entry is by gold coin donation to Cancer Council of SA Pink Ribbon Appeal. By Gary Newton
Two meetings were held in Victoria on Thursday December 5, with Geelong racing in the afternoon and Nyah at Swan Hill in the evening. At Geelong, Terang owner/trainer Darren Cole produced a nice juvenile by the name of Spot Ona Shadow to land the Bartletts Enviromental 2-Y-0 Pace over 1609 metres when all runners were making their race debut. With young Tim McLean in the sulky, Spot Ona Shadow a gelded son of Shadow Play and Charlotte Church began with great zest from gate five to lead throughout in accounting for Stitchintime which raced outside him 13.3 metres in a rate of 2-00.6, with Captain Bronze (oneone) third. Beautifully bred Bettors Delight/Top Tempo four year old mare Musical Delight a former outstanding youngster, had an easy 13 metre victory in the Chas Cole Cellars Pace forC0 class over 2100 metres. Trained at Drouin by Gary and Debbie Quinlan, Musical Delight unbackable at $1.10, led throughout for reinsman Nathan Jack to score untouched in advance of Shes His Story and Bye Bye Luv Lombo in a rate of 2-02.4. Winning nine from 14 outings, Musical Delight has stake earnings in excess of $234,000. Exciting Hawkesdale (Western District) four year old Blissful Hall/Weona Rena entire Bliss Man brought up four wins in succession when victorious in the Your Business name Here Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2100 metres in a mile rate of 1-59.4. Taking a concession for Terang's Jason Lee, Bliss Man trained by Graham Gee for wife Christine, had little trouble leading from the pole and was always travelling under a tight grip. Given an inch of rein approaching the home turn, Bliss Man bounded away to record a 13.2 metre margin last half 56.7 - quarter 28.6 ahead of Nimble Jack along the sprint lane from last, with Amazing Kano third after racing in the open. Highly talented four year old Art Major/Maikona mare Glenferrie EJ is starting to show the potential she was touted with and made it two from two this time in when successful in the Zilco Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres. Trained at Parwan by Craig Demmler for Peter Chambers' Glenferrie Farm Pty Ltd, Glenferrie EJ from gate two was beaten for speed by Antiquities (gate five), with Jodi Quinlan immediately easing around her to take over the front running role. After that, it was a procession as Glenferrie EJ coasted to the wire to score by 4.7 metres untouched from the in-form Bit Of A Babe from mid-field, with Howcomewhynot third. The mile rate 1-58.1. At Swan Hill, Echuca trainer Wayne Lear took the honours by providing a stable double - Seven year old Royal Mattjesty/My Halo Broke gelding Who Broke Our Halo in the Swan Hill & Kerang Toyota Sandstorm FJ Pace for C2 class over 1609 metres and four year old Artesian/Glimpse mare Philotes in Swan Hill & Kerang Toyota Crystal Pearl Pace for C0 class (mares) over the same journey. Who Broke Our Halo (Rebecca Bartley) settled mid-field in the moving line from gate two on the second row, before moving forward three wide solo in the last lap. Sustaining the run, Who Broke Our Halo was too strong over the concluding stages for the heavily supported local Cashisking along the sprint lane from three back the markers last lap, with On Fire Within third after facing the breeze before assuming control at the bell. The mile rate 1-56.3. Philotes (Daryl Douglas) spent the first lap in the open from outside the front row, before gaining cover when Madsisteritis came away from behind the leader In Theory heading into the back straight on the final occasion. Taken three wide approaching the home turn, Philotes ran home strongly to gain the day over Maarek (one/one) and Shes A Spy along the sprint lane (three back at bell) in a rate of 1-58. Lightly raced, it was Philotes 4th race appearance. Kerryn Manning snared the Swan Hill Kia Honey Bee Cerato SLI Pace for C3 to C5 class over 2240 metres with Metropolitan/Liberty Print five year old gelding Kickittochris in a rate of 1-57.9. Starting from the extreme draw, Kickittochris spent most of the race at the rear of the field, before latching to the back of Run Forrest ahead of him at the bell, with the Shane Cramp trained Queen Mab at the head of affairs. Eased four wide on the final bend, Kickittochris put the race beyond doubt in a few strides as he exploded away to record a 2.6 metre victory over the local hope Life Of Ted which followed him home. Ezee Duzit Lombo finished third after a chequered passage just off the speed. Avenel's Wayne Potter made the trip to Swan Hill with happy results, when heavily backed five year old Armbro Operative/The Milky Way gelding Teo Enteo captured the Swan Hill Toyota Dark Furnace Kluger Pace for C6 or better class over 2240 metres. Driven by Nathan Jack, Teo Enteo first up since July possied one/one from gate two on the second line, with Kerryn Manning's Jaccka Luke leading from gate three. Easing three wide approaching the home turn, Teo Enteo sprinted brilliantly to join Jaccka Luke on turning, with the pair going head and head to the wire, with Teo Enteo prevailing by a neck in 1-58.1. Centonic (one/three - three wide last lap) finished third. Len Baker
The Gunbower HRC held their once a year annual Cup Day on Sunday November 24 – with the Gunbower Family Hotel sponsored $12,000 Gunbower Pacing Cup for C5 or better class (Discretionary Handicapped) over 2630 metres going the way of six year old Village Jasper/Cultured Lombo gelding Savesomtimetodream, much to the delight of a host of Ballarat owners headed by Ballarat Trotting Club CEO Paul Rowse. Trained at Ross Creek by Paul, Savesomtimetodream driven by Jodi Quinlan began beautifully from inside the 10-metre mark which was actually the pole as there were no front runners to lead, before being crossed by Glenn Douglas’ Boort Cup winner of last season Daylight Dan racing into the first turn. Jodi Quinlan immediately moved away from the inside to change spots with Daylight Dan as the 30 metre backmarker Smudge Bromac was set alight by Nathan Jack to comfortably park outside the leader. With the quick tempo of the last half mile, those back in the field had difficulty in making ground allowing those up front to fight out the finish. In quarters of 31.8, 31.6, 29.1 and 28.2, Savesomtimetodream defied all challengers to score by 2.1 metres over a game Smudge Bromac in a mile rate of 2-01.5. Narra Operative one/one finished a creditable third after a cosy passage, with Thats Mister Ali running on late to finish fourth.. Racing at the elite level for most of his career, Savesomtimtodream coming off a gallant second to Kid Coconut after facing the breeze at Tabcorp Park Melton eight days earlier when first up since June, registered his 13th victory in 38 outings. The $10,000 Cohuna Car Sales Bill Poxon Memorial Trotters Cup for T5 or better class (D-H) over 2630 metres supplemented the eight race program, which saw former smart juvenile Zedalite successful for Bolinda trainer Brent Lilley with Melton based Rod Petroff in the sulky. Stepping safely from barrier five, Zedalite first up since August was sent forward to cross the polemarker Im Demimondaine, before handing over the front running role to the 20 metre backmarker Cold Sister approaching the bell. When Gavin Lang vacated the prime one/one position with the well supported Lightning Joy to park outside the favourite at the bell, the pair of quality runners appeared to have the race to themselves. Locked together on straightening with Trappers Puzzle easing three wide from the one/one after racing parked for the first circuit, Lightning Joy momentarily hit the front with Trappers Puzzle in hot pursuit and Zedalite poised to use the sprint lane. Finishing best, Zedalite gained the day by a half head in a thrilling finish over Trappers Puzzle which ran the race of his life, with Lightning Joy a head away in third place in advance of Cold Sister. The mile rate 2-04.2. A five-year-old gelded son of Zooma and Rememberance Day bred and raced by Broomfield (Creswick region) residents David (Davo) Davidson and wife Beth, Zedalite has fronted the starter on 58 occasions for 18 victories. The novelty event of the afternoon – the Echuca Steel Gunbower Hot Lap for C2 & C3 class over 1390 metres, was taken out by the Glenn Douglas trained and driven ex-Kiwi five year old Falcon Seelster/Duomo Bromac gelding Conflict Of Interest in a mile rate of 1-56.1, leading all of the way from gate three to account for Shifty Shivas (one/two) which gained a late split halfway up the running, with Life Of Ted (one/two) snatching third out wide on the track. Len Baker
The Ballarat & District Trotting Club Inc. is about to expand its highly successful “Standardbred Group” syndications. Formed around seven years ago, The Ballarat & District Trotting Club Standardbred Group is made up of trots lovers who have come together to enjoy ownership of a pacer. Each horse raced by the syndicate has around 80 plus “owners” and this keeps the individual cost to a minimum. Syndicate Manager, Mr Neil Stevens said “We are not expecting to make our fortune from the syndicate, but we have a lot of fun, hopefully get a photo for the wall and have a great time at the trots each time one of our horses is racing.” In recent years the syndicate has provided exciting racing for its members at little cost, with current horses: “Bit of a Babe” three-year-old filly trained by Geoff Webster, a grand finalist in the APG and Breeders Crown as a two-year-old, with four wins and earnings in excess of $40,000.00. “Nobetterthanthis” three-year-old filly trained by Jodi Quinlan which has just started racing and has three placings from her first six starts. Mr. Stevens said that a new rising two-year-old filly has been leased and the Club is inviting interested people to join the new syndicate. The filly is by Grinfromeartoear out of Lavish Franco making her a half sister to quality three-year-old “Lavish Art”. The filly will be trained by Geoff Webster. An initial outlay of $100.00 is all that is required, with ongoing costs then being dependant on how much stake money the horse earns. Mr. Stevens said that a cost of around $200.00 per person per year has been the maximum outlay required in recent years, which equates to no more than $4.00 per week for a great interest in the sport. Trotting enthusiasts interested in joining the syndicate are advised to contact the Syndicate Manager, Neil Stevens on 0400 206 463 or the Ballarat & District Trotting Club on 5335 9041 for full details. Harness Racing Victoria
Maryborough home of "The Redwood" hosted Thursday afternoon harness racing featuring Repechage's of the Woodlands Stud Breeders Crown Series 16 for both Two and Three Year Old Trotters, all over 2190 metres. Redwood winner Daenerys Targaryen a daughter of Majestic Son and Niamey trained and driven by Mark Purdon snared the 1st Repechage for Two Year Olds. Given a sweet trip one/one from the extreme draw, Daenerys Targaryen eased three wide approaching the home turn and as expected, finished best to score from the pacemaker Guiltless in a rate of 2-05.2, with Asdenro third after racing in the open. The second Two Year Old Repechage went the way of Sutton Grange trainer Ross Graham's most consistent Monkey Bones/The Wallflower filly Four Lillies in a rate of 2-05.4. Driven by Daryl Douglas, Four Lillies scorched away from gate six to lead effortlessly, just lasting to register a nose victory over the favourite Dell Boy which trailed from the pole before easing outside the winner on the final bend. Coimadai Lodge finished third from three back in the running line. Repechage One for the Three Year Olds was taken out by Lara trainer Dean Braun's very smart former Kiwi Love You/ Dreamlands Nancy gelding Our Dreamlover. Handled by stable reinsman Chris Alford. Our Dreamlover enjoyed a cosy passage one/one from gate three, with Lance Justice's Invasive leading from gate four. Taken three wide on the final bend, Our Dreamlover had to pull out all stops to overhaul Invasive in the shadows of the post to register a 1.9 metre margin in a rate of 1-59.9. The Boss Man battled on gamely to finish third (6.4 metres away) after facing the breeze. Parwan duo Craig Demmler (trainer) and Jodi Quinlan (driver) captured the Second Repechage with speedy Dream Vacation/Adelas Dash colt Glenferrie Dreamer, leading throughout from gate four to easily account for Lord Liam (one/one) by 2.3 metres in a rate of 2-04.1, with Fiftyshadesofbrown running her usual honest race for third after following the winner from the pole. Len Baker
The highlight of the afternoon’s racing at Kilmore on Thursday was the driving treble by Tasmanian concessional reinsman Alex Ashwood now attached to the Long Forest stable of Andy Gath. The first to come along was 4-Y-0 Live Or Die/Solberge gelding We Never Say Die who overcame the wet conditions of the Hogans Hotel Motel Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class over 2150 metres. Formerly in the Kilmore stable of Tony Peacock, We Never Say Die raced by Dr Martin Hartnett and wife Kaye is now in the care of Jodi Quinlan at Parwan and after taking a concession, started from a daunting 20 metre backmark. Settling at the tail of the field, We Never Say Die was set alight racing for the bell to park outside the pacemaker Satisfied Grin for the final circuit, before surging to the front approaching the home turn. Holding a margin all the way up the running, We Never Say Die scored by 3.5 metres in advance of The Dip (three wide last lap from mid-field), with Juan Amigo using the sprint lane from three back the markers after a tardy beginning third. The mile rate 2-03.7. Leg two came about when 6-Y-0 Cr Commando/Our Cullenize gelding Military Precision (trained at Parwan by Jaime Madruga) snared the Morning Melodies 15 Aug Trotters Handicap for T2 or better class over 2150 metres in a rate of 2-07.8. Again taking a concession, Military Precision stepped cleanly from the 10 metre mark to spend the majority of the race parked outside the leader Backina Lifetime. Given full rein to lead on the final bend, Military Precision safely held his rivals at bay to defeat Shiraz Cabernet which trailed the leader, with Wildenstein (three back the markers) third. Four year old McArdle/Sokys Number mare Blue Seelster trained by Long Forest co-trainer Peter Thompson gave Ashwood the treble after greeting the judge in the McIvor Estate Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres after using a concessional allowance. Trapped three wide from gate six, but following Hoppy Joe, Blue Seelster was sent forward to park in the open outside the heavily supported pole marker Real Performer which was hard driven to retain the front running. Proving to be the better stayer on the day, Blue Seelster prevailed in a rate of 2-00.9 over Lavra Florence along the sprint lane after trailing the pacemaker which finished third. Ashwood the son of leading Tasmanian reinsman Rodney, showed outstanding potential in the apple isle, before taking up an offer to join Andy & Kate Gath in Victoria. Goulburn Valley based brothers Daniel and Nathan Jack joined forces to land a double at Kilmore with smart Art Major/My Ami Lee filly Priceless Gem taking the Grange Cleveland Winery Pace for C0 class over 2180 metres and extremely talented Art Major/Full Pleasure colt Nowitski the Bendigo Bank Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2180 metres. Priceless Gem led from the pole, before being restrained to take a trail on Lotsa Life at the bell, obviously due to the strong head wind in the back straight. Using the sprint lane, Priceless Gem raced clear in the shadows of the post to score untouched by 1.4 metres in a rate of 2-03.2 over Lotsa Life, with Armbro Higgins off a three wide trail from near last in the final circuit third. Nowitzki had little difficulty in leading throughout from gate two, blitzing his rivals to record a 14.1 metre victory in advance of Rosa Mach (one/one) and Minti Choice in a slick 1-59.5 considering the conditions. Both horses are trained at Wahring by Daniel Jack. All videos from this meeting are attached next to the photos above. Len Baker
For years female jockeys have been on par with their male counterparts, and Australian female reinswoman have been very well represented by the likes of Kerryn Manning, Jodi Quinlan, Kate Gath, Amanda and Emma Turnball, Lola Weidemann, Kerry-Ann Turner, Lisa Miles, Cindy Rixon and our now very own Natalie Rasmussen.
It might turn into a very Quinlan Easter this Sunday at Warragul when the family shoot for a unique Country Cups harness racing double. Gary Quinlan, uncle of Jodi, will take his relatively lightly raced four-year-old, Scruffy Major, to Gippsland for the $25,000 Rapidvite Warragul Pacing Cup.
This Saturday night's (March 23) Pryde's EasiFeed Great Southern Star will double as a major charity event for the Women's Cancer Foundation Ovarian Cancer Institute.
Most Victorians wouldn't have considered Dean and Nicole Molander a major threat a month ago when it comes to the Pryde's EasiFeed Great Southern Star.
Breeders Crown victor of last season Glenferrie Shuffle returned to the winners circle at the Maryborough harness racing meeting on Wednesday March 20, taking out the Hanson Construction Material 3-Y-0 Pace over 2190 metres.
There is little doubt that Australia’s most consistent trotter in the last 12 months has been the ‘green machine’ I Didn’t Do It.
It turned into the battle of the 'Do Its' in the E B Cochran Trotters Cup and it was the less fancied I Didnt Do It who held off his Kiwi - counterpart in I Can Doosit. Jodi Quinlan made it a night to remember after notching up the HBV Ladyship Cup on Pembrook Caesar earlier, only to make it a harness racing double with the highly regarded I Didn't Do It.
Pembrook Caesar continued her all-but run of harness racing victories since shifting across the Tasman in a decisive front-running display in the Harness Breeders Vic Ladyship Cup. The Craig Demmler trained mare drew the pole and held out the early challengers in what was a genuinely run race.
The temperatures soared in Melbourne on Friday January 4, reaching a top of 41.1 degrees around 6-00pm. While this was happening, the harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton was taking place as runners scorched around the track in blistering times.