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Tabcorp Park Melton played host to a rare Monday (September 26) harness racing fixture on September 26, with an interesting 10 event program being held. The two squaregaiters events over 2240 metres for T0 & T1 class over 2240 metres were entertaining affairs, with the Tabcorp Park Melton Trotters Mobile going the way of 9-Y-0 Keystone Salute/Mairead gelding Aidan Anabettin and the 2Construct Trotters Mobile to 6-Y-0 Wind Cries Maori/Even Pockets gelding Maoris Rocket.

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.

Melton co-trainers Maree and John Caldow scored an impressive victory with Dream Vacation/Skye Rocket gelding Mister Scorcher in the Geoff Durn Photography 3-Y-0 Trotters Handicap over 2100 metres at Charlton on Wednesday August 17.

One of the strongest harness racing fields in recent memory will contest the $25,000 Rapidvite Warragul Pacing Cup on Easter Sunday afternoon (April 24). Local pacing mare Jazzam is attempting to create history by becoming the first horse to win the race twice. But she will face a 20-metre handicap in the standing start race, and a field that includes worthy competitors from across the state.

Harness racing Melton based co-trainers John and Maree Caldow were successful in taking the rich $20,000 Alabar Bloodstock Northern Region Championship Final for C1 & C2 class over 2170 metres at Nyah on Wednesday March 8 with ever reliable 4-Y-0 Grinfromeartoear/Lets Go Baby mare Nickle Miss in a mile rate of 2-02.2.

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.

Bungaree's Julian Jobe has his small but harness racing select team flying at present, with the most recent winner being PB Bullville/Left Tycoon filly Classic Tycoon in the Bartlett's Waste Management 3-Y-0 Pace over 2100 metres at Geelong on Tuesday.

The fact that Saturday night's harness racing $425,000 Group 1 BIG6 Hunter Cup will be run at Tabcorp Park for the first time in 2011 may be an omen for enduring Kiwi stayer Power Of Tara. He loves a change of scenery.

Millwood Meg's harness racing connections weren't the only ones disappointed when the Western Australian star effectively took no part in the Australian Oaks after galloping at the start. Devil Dodger's draw was part of a fortunate morning for Brian Hughes, who Australian followers might not realise is the training partner of Courage To Rule's trainer John Green.

John Caldow has an amazing record in Group 1 races for fillies and mares, but Australia's premier mobile mares' race - the $100,000 Cordina Chicken Farms Ladyship Mile - is one feature that has eluded him.

Victorian harness racing trainer Maree Caldow celebrated her first winner in Tasmania when her smart three-year-old filly Nickle Miss scored an impressive win in the SEW Eurodrive Tasmanian oaks in Hobart on Sunday night.

Asafa is a confirmed starter in this year's Stawell Gift. One of the biggest names in athletics is among the field for one of the iconic race names on the Australian sporting calendar. Sadly for the Stawell Athletic Club marketing team it's Asafa the harness horse, not the Jamaican sprinter.

Four-year-old Mendelico stretched her winning skein to four and further underlined her claims as Australia's top female harness racing pacer when she scored a thrilling win in the $20,000 Angelique Club Cup (2100 metres) at the Moonee Valley farewell meeting.

Harness racing heats of the time honoured Warehouse Sales Central Victorian Pacing and Trotting Championship continued at the Boort HRC fixture held at Charlton on Thursday January 14, with connections desperate to make the rich finals to be held at the Wedderburn meeting at Maryborough on Sunday January 31.

Melton harness racing co-trainers Maree and John Caldow were successful in taking out the Sticks Yarra Valley Pace for C4 & C5 class over 1650 metres at the picturesque Yarra Valley circuit on Monday December 28, with in-form 5-Y-0 Christian Cullen/Time To Tango gelding Clear The Floor.

Quality pacing mare Mendelico completed her harness racing mission in Tasmania with a spectacular win in the $50,000 George Johnson over 2579 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart on Sunday night. The four-year-old mare was expected to lead from gate three and she delivered with consummate ease but it was the way she finished off that left her rivals in her wake.

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