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The Bathurst Gold Crown carnival will always remain a special event for harness racing trainer John Tapp. When Chariot King won the 2009 Gold Crown, the victory provided Tapp with his first group one win as a trainer, an achievement he could never have imagined when he first became involved with harness racing many years ago. It has been seven years since Tapp has competed at the Bathurst carnival but after his two fillies, Rockonbye and Celebrity Look qualified for Saturday's Gold Tiara, he is hoping to add another group one feature to his impressive training record. "The two different fillies have two vastly different stories, Rockonbye is owned by a syndicate of ten people, has been the most laid back two-year-old filly I have ever had but I can see her starting to change and the penny might have dropped with her while Celebrity Look is owned and raced by Fran Hausfeld and is a true professional," Tapp said. Rockonbye was purchased at the 2015 Australian Pacing Gold Yearling Sales for $17,000 by Tapp and he quickly went about selling shares in the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover. "I got caught in the euphoria for the sons and daughters of Rocknroll Hanover, every trainer was trying to buy them and when she came into the ring she just had this great presence about her, it was like a calmness and a strut you would expect from a broodmare not a yearling walking into a sales ring.' "Seven of her ten owners were members of my tour to the Little Brown Jug in 2014.' 'We all sat down one evening towards the end of the tour and someone suggested we form a syndicate so I went to the sale, looking for something that might suit them." 'Another of Rockonbye's owners is Peter Welsh, the major shareholder in Chariot King.' "Peter hasn't been in a horse since Chariot King so it was nice to see him get involved again and my horse dentist Alan Griffis is another one of the owners in her," John said Rockonbye will be driven by Rebecca Brown on Saturday night in the Gold Tiara. Brown was given the option of driving either filly after she drove them both in their respective heats and will be competing in her first group one race. "Rebecca has made massive improvements as a driver and importantly her best asset is that she is unflappable especially when she's in a bit of traffic." " I gave Bec the choice and informed Jim Douglass he would be driving the other filly." "Jimmy has become my stable driver over the years and drove Chariot King to several wins and he will suit Celebrity Look," John said. Tapp is hoping Celebrity Look can repeat the effort of her great grandmother Wiling Whiz after she won the Gold Tiara in 1988. Both Celebrity Look and Willing Whiz finished second in their Tiara heats. "Dennis Wilson drove Willing Whiz to victory, I'm not sure if this has happened before in the Tiara but it would be an interesting piece for the history buffs." "I hope Celebrity Look runs a great race for Fran Hausfeld, she is a wonderful lady who has bred and raced dozens of horses." "Fran rang me out of the blue one day and told me she had two yearlings, she wanted to race one herself and lease one out to some friends of mine." "Fran was very adamant that I decide which of the yearlings was better and that I lease the better one to my friends and she would race the other. It was a wonderful offer from Fran and it would be great to see her rewarded," John said The other yearling was a colt by Somebeachsomewhere who was named Secluded Beach and he competed in a heat of the Gold Crown on Saturday night. When asked to split his pair, Tapp reluctantly sided with Rockonbye. "Rockonbye might have the edge on Celebrity Look, I gave Rockonbye a hopple up on Sunday and she's always been half asleep in her track work but last weekend she was totally different, I actually thought I might have harnessed up the wrong horse! "The penny has really dropped with Rockonbye, but to get two fillies into the Tiara is a great result for the small team who work with me." "My stable foreman Ross Adams has done a lot of work with both of the fillies, his expertise, skill and judgement have been vital to their results." "My wife Ann continues to be a great help and Katie McGill has been helping out four days a week while at university." "It really has been a team effort," John said. Greg Hayes

Today Tuesday the 16th of June marks John Tapp’s last day as a racing broadcaster after 50 years behind the microphone and in front of the camera. Tapp’s last official hosting role will be a special one-hour episode and the season finale of In the Gig at 6pm tonight on Sky Racing 2 (FOXTEL channel 520), almost 50 years to the day after his career started at 2GB. Special guests, Ray Hadley and Ian Craig will join Tapp on his final show. Tapp can also be heard hosting his last On the Pace radio show on Sky Sports Radio this morning from 10:30am. Tapp has been one of the iconic voices of Australian racing and called more than 50,000 races over his career with his last race call in 1998. Tapp has held various hosting roles at Sky Racing since. When he announced his retirement in April this year Tapp said he will miss sharing his love of racing with the Sky audience. Now that the moment has come, Tapp has stuck with the same sentiment. “The thing I’m going to miss most of all, is having the honour of visiting thousands of Australian homes,” he said. “It’s been a true privilege to talk about my favourite subjects - horses, and horsemen and women.” Tapp was honoured with an Order of Australia Medal in 1996 “for service to horse sports as a national and international racecaller, and to charitable organisations as an organiser and compere of fundraising events” and was bestowed the title of Australia Post Australian Legend in 2007 when he was immortalised in a stamp series. A special tribute show in honour of John Tapp will air on Sky Racing in the coming weeks. REBECCA LUDBROOK  CORPORATE AFFAIRS ADVISOR

John Tapp announced on tonight’s Sky Racing In the Gig episode that he will retire from racing broadcasting in June this year. Tapp’s last official hosting role will be on the season finale of In the Gig almost 50 years to the day after his career started at 2GB. Tapp has been one of the iconic voices of Australian racing and called more than 50,000 races over his career with his last race call in 1998. Tapp has held various hosting roles at Sky Racing since. Tapp said he will miss sharing his love of racing with the Sky audience. “Talking racing has been an absolutely joy and the people involved in racing – you can’t go past them,” Tapp said. “I can’t pinpoint a career highlight. There are so many special horses, races, trainers, jockeys and harness drivers. Every day in racing is like a new frontier and every race has its own story.” Tapp said he will continue to train harness horses in his retirement from broadcasting. “I don’t want to have too many horses, just enough that I can be hands on,” he said. “Apart from that, I will still be keenly watching everything that is happening in racing and will remain an avid Sky Racing viewer.” Tabcorp Chief Operating Officer Wagering and Media, Craig Nugent said Tapp will be dearly missed at Sky Racing. “John Tapp is a true Australian racing legend and Sky Racing is proud to have been part of his illustrious 50-year career,” Nugent said. “I wish John all the best in his retirement. It has been a privilege for the team at Sky to have worked with him.” Tapp was honoured with an Order of Australia Medal in 1996 “for service to horse sports as a national and international racecaller, and to charitable organisations as an organiser and compere of fundraising events” and was bestowed the title of Australia Post Australian Legend in 2007 when he was immortalised in a stamp series. Sky is producing a special tribute to celebrate John Tapp’s racing and media career for broadcast during his final week on-air. His last In the Gig episode will air on Sky Racing on June 16. Rebecca Ludbrook  Tabcorp

Dual harness racing Group One winner Chariot King has been retired after sustaining a serious injury which forced him to undergo emergency surgery last Sunday.  Trainer John Tapp confirmed the gelding had suffered a hairline fracture of his near hind pastern bone and is recovering after the operation. “After the Bohemia Crystal Free-For-All at Menangle on Inter Dominion day he was x-rayed and it highlighted an issue with the pastern,” Tapp explained. “When it was re x-rayed four days later it revealed the injury was more severe than was first thought. “He underwent surgery on Sunday where the bone was screwed into place. He is in a plaster cast and faces a long, slow road to recovery, but he will never race again.” Tapp stated Chariot King is a pacer he will never be able to replace and it is a tough time for everyone involved with him. “He has been with us for so long,” Tapp said. “Chariot King has really become one of the family and he has given us so many thrills in his career. “He has come through the operation well and he was on his feet nearly straight away. He seems comfortable enough, but he will stay at the clinic until the end of the week.” Chariot King will enjoy retirement in a paddock, with Tapp suggesting his wife Ann has plans for the son of Badlands Hanover. “Ann had intended to take him to the various shows and enter him in the standardbred lead in class when he was retired previously with the “thumps”, but when a racetrack return beckoned we had to put that on hold,” Tapp said. “He’s a very pretty horse and I am sure he will win his fair share of ribbons once he has fully recovered from the injury.” Owner Peter Welsh was Chariot king’s biggest fan and he is going to miss him racing. “He has given me a lot of pleasure, a lot of joy and I have made many great friends during his career,” Welsh said. “Chariot King has raced in 43 Group races during his career and I can’t find a horse that is currently racing that has competed in that many. “He may not have been the very best but he wasn’t too far behind them and always tried so hard.” Welsh purchased Chariot King at the Australian Pacing Gold Sale in Sydney after talking with leading horseman Blake Fitzpatrick. “Before the sales Blake told me to go through the catalogue and pick out half a dozen, I did that and after he had the chance to look at them he said that Chariot King was the best one,” Welsh said. “I went into the sales ring and got into a bidding war with Mick McIlroy who was sitting next to me.” “Mick had bought his half-brother Emjayem Grand the year before, but I made sure I was always quick to bid against him and I think in the end he knew that I wasn’t going to back down, I ended up buying him for $25,000 plus GST.” Chariot King’s record sits on 30 wins and 39 placings from 121 starts for earnings of $643,405, with his Group One triumphs coming in the Bathurst Gold Crown and Breeders’ Challenge.    HRNSW Media

Thursday 19th February 2015 - With the TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion only a week away Trots TV has released two Inside My Stable interviews in the lead up.  Michael Formosa enjoyed one of the best nights of his harness racing career when Ultimate Art won the supplementary heat of the Inter Dominion at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night.  Trots TV made the trip to his Hunter Valley property recently to meet Michael and his stable star. One of John Tapp’s proudest moments in harness racing was when Chariot King qualified for the 2013 Inter Dominion Grand Final.  Chariot King was attempting to force his way into the race again on the weekend and while he just missed out, Trots TV has paid a visit to John Tapp. He introduced Chariot King and also explained how he got involved in this great sport.  The John Tapp Inside My Stable was broken into two parts with the first instalment discussing Chariot King while the second concentrated on John’s love of the sport. Part 1 - John Tapp Part 2 - John Tapp Dr Nick Kannegieter is back this week with another edition of the popular segment ‘The Doctor’s In’.  This week Dr Nick talks about stable management.  Should horses be rugged?  What should horses be fed?  Dr Nick answers some other important questions. Dr Nick Kannegieter This Saturday night there will be twelve races at Tabcorp Park Menangle.  There is a strong representation from New Zealand and Trots TV caught up with media identity Michael Guerin to discuss all of the kiwi chances. Michael Guerin discusses the kiwi chances   Victorian trainer Michael Stanley will bring two horses to compete at Menangle on Saturday night and he joined Trots TV to discuss their chances. Michael Stanley brings two horses to compete On the Mini Trots Show there is a big announcement with HRNSW CEO John Dumesny confirming the NSW representative for the upcoming series in New Zealand.  Daryll Jackson updates Trots TV on everything else that is happening too. Trots TV also spoke with Chris Alford about the upcoming World Driving Championships.  For all this and more check out Trots Tv atwww.harnessmediacentre.com.au Greg Hayes

Chariot King will line up on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Menangle for the first time since June 7 and trainer John Tapp acknowledges he is a little concerned with the race distance of 2300 metres.  After having three weeks in the paddock Chariot King has had two trials to get some fitness 'under his belt' but Tapp admits the seven year old will need some racing before he finds his peak form. "There are only so many corridors of opportunity during the season to give horses a short break and after Chariot King's last run at Menangle we took the option to give him a quick letup before getting him ready for some of the better races coming up," Tapp said. "Ideally I would have looked for a race over the mile trip for his first run back but he needs to get back racing so you have to play the cards you are dealt." Chariot King will line up against the Tritton pair Mach Beauty and Suave Stuey Lombo and Tapp believes they will be the hardest to beat. "Shane's horses had a good hit-out last Saturday night and they are obviously fully wound up so they look to be the pair to beat but there are some other nice horses in the race." "It is no secret that Chariot King is a 'massive doer' and he has certainly put on weight during the break. In fact I can't remember him ever missing a feed at my place since he arrived as a very young horse. I reckon he would eat a chicken chow mein if you offered it to him." At his first trial back Chariot King did very little work early but rattled home from the tail and ran a very fast final quarter. "He hit the line extremely well and Jim (Douglass driver) said he felt completely normal, exactly like Chariot King should feel so that's what you want to hear from the driver, now I'm just looking forward to Saturday."   Greg Hayes - Harness Racing New South Wales                                                                                                                                        Fields for Nswhrc at Tabcorp Pk Menangle, Saturday 09 August 2014 Form guide for Nswhrc at Tabcorp Pk Menangle, Saturday 09 August 2014  

Star Tasmanian harness racing pacer Beautide will contest a trial at Menangle today for what will be take two of his return to the racetrack. Beautide was meant to trial at Menangle last week but his trainer-driver James Rattray fell ill on the morning of the trial which forced the horse to be scratched. However, Rattray has fully recovered and he said the horse should give a good account in his trial over 1609 meters today starting from the outside barrier (7). "Missing last week's trial won't have any impact on the horse's preparation it just means he'll have one less trial before his first race early next month," Rattray said. "He is being aimed at the Miracle Mile so he will have at least a couple of starts before he gets there but all indications are that he might improve on what we saw last preparation," he said. Beautide will go around in the second trial today at 4 pm in which he will have strong opposition from the John Tapp-trained Chariot King that hasn't raced for two months and the Gold Ace that has had one run back from a lengthy spell. The interesting runner in the trial is Off The Cuff Lombo that hasn't raced since December 2011 when trained in Western Australia but now resides at the Shane Tritton stables. Beautide is odds-on to win this season's Horse of the Year title given he snared the Miracle Mile-Inter Dominion double as well as closing his season with victory in the Len Smith Mile. The gelding, bred and raised in Tasmania at Barrie Rattray's Karalta Pacing Stables, has won 40 of his 64 starts with 15 minor placings helping his career earnings to almost $1.4 million with most of that accrued this season. Peter Staples

Evergreen pacer Chariot King will race at Tabcorp Park Menangle this Saturday night and trainer John Tapp is hoping the autumn form of his stable star continues. Since the beginning of March Chariot King has had seven starts for four wins and the only time when he failed to place was in the Gr. 1 Len Smith Mile when he finished a respectable fifth behind Miracle Mile and Inter Dominion winner Beautide. "He hasn't put a foot wrong recently, the barrier draw played against him in the Renshaw Cup at Penrith and it was a similar story in the Len Smith Mile as well," Tapp said. "His final 400 metres would have been pretty slick in the Len Smith, he made ground on the winner and after the run I must admit I was pretty tempted to give him a ten day break but he is absolutely thriving so we have pressed on." With the Queensland Winter Carnival only two months away, the Sunshine Sprint and Blacks A Fake are two logical targets that could tempt Tapp to head north. "After Saturday night I will sit down with his major shareholder Peter Welsh and we will discuss what options we have but to be honest I haven't even considered on where to go or what races he could compete in." "He has been doing cartwheels around his yard, he is feeling extremely well at the moment but there are a couple of smart horses engaged on Saturday night and he won't get things easy from barrier seven." Tapp ensures Chariot King does a lot of swimming to keep fit between runs. "He is such a good eater that I have to keep an eye on him because he can get away on me so quickly, he normally gets an easy day after racing but apart from that I have to ensure he gets plenty of work and that includes an extensive swimming programme." Chariot King will compete in race five on Saturday night with the event scheduled to begin at 6:50pm. By Greg Hayes - SKY Racing

Bathurst Harness Racing Club this week announced that well-known and respected breeding figure John Coffey has accepted the club's invitation to be the 2014 Bathurst Gold Crown Honouree. In making the announcement, the club's president Mark Collins stated," John Coffey is one of the most humble and unassuming people that I have met in harness racing." However, under that quite and modest persona hides a man with drive and passion for this Industry and in particular the breeding side" Collins added. "For John Coffey to be recognized as this year's Honouree is testimony to his contribution to the Industry and we are extremely honoured that he has accepted our invitation" Collins said John becomes the twenty-fifth identity, but just the second from Western Australia, after Mick Lombardo in 1999, to be awarded Bathurst's "baggy green". Gold Crown Honourees make up a select group that encompasses all aspects of the sport. There are trainer-drivers, like inaugural winner in 1990 Jim Caffyn; administrators, such as Ken Dyer in 1997; media personalities, like John Tapp in the Bicentennial Year; breeders, like 2004 recipient Bob McArdle, and families, such as the Fitzpatricks in 2009. A long-time administrator and successful studmaster and breeder in his home state, John served a number of years as assistant to Alan Galloway at Echuca-based Alabar Bloodstock, before returning there in 1996 as General Manager , a role he filled for 17 years. He's regarded as one of the foremost breeding authorities in the Southern Hemisphere. Annual visits to North America, to keep abreast of racing and breeding developments there, have enabled him to acquire some outstanding sires for down-under breeders. He's equally well-regarded in that part of the world as he is here at home. John Coffey is widely respected for being ethical, genuine and highly personable. He is generous with his time and knowledge, and motivated to serve the sport, as shown by his involvement with the Leigh Plunkett Foundation. John has become a familiar, welcome figure in New South Wales, and particularly Bathurst, in recent years. He's been instrumental in Alabar's sponsorship of the Breeders Challenge and Bathurst Gold Crown Carnival, and the connection with Yirribee Pacing Stud in the Riverina, as well as conducting highly-informative breeding information nights for both Alabar and Bred In The Blue. John Coffey will be inducted at the Honouree's Dinner, hosted by the Mayor of Bathurst, at the Bathurst RSL Club on Tueday, March 25, during Gold Crown Week. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |  

‘One lucky racegoer at Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway harness racing track will take home with a diamond – as part of Bankstown Central’s Nader Jewellers “lucky door prize” race book competition – on the historic 30th Anniversary Group 1 M. H. Treuer Memorial Gala Race Night on Saturday, December 7th, 2013,’ Bankstown Paceway director Megan Lavender has revealed to Harnesslink. ‘What’s more, the trainer of each winning race horse on the night will also go home with a uniquely crafted time piece from Nader Jewellers as part of the 30th birthday celebrations for Sydney’s Group 1 harness race,’ Ms Lavender said. ‘Meanwhile, in the ultimate fight for the family jewels, the harness racing dynasties of Bankstown and Bathurst have taken an early lead in Bankstown Paceway’s 2013/14 Trainers Premiership,’ she said. ‘With four race wins, three second placings and two thirds during the recent Bankstown City Council Cup of Harness Racing, Bankstown’s Dean McDowell currently heads the table of trainers with twenty premiership points. ‘Also sitting on twenty premiership points is 2012/13 New South Wales state premiership winning trainer, Bathurst based Steve Turnbull, who claimed three race wins, five second placings and one third during the carnival at Bankstown Paceway. ‘Last season, standardbred horses trained by Mr Turnbull contested an astounding 1,158 harness races across New South Wales, where they won 199 races, placed second in 185 races, third in 146 races and fourth in 136 races – collecting $1,229,859 in stakes prizemoney. ‘In this season’s local premiership, Messrs McDowell and Turnbull are followed by 2011/12 Bankstown Paceway trainers premiership winner David Waite on eight points, 2012/13 trainers premiership winner Martin Herbert and legendary racing broadcaster John Tapp on six points each, and Richard Baverstock, Blake Fitzpatrick, Michael Kelly, Belinda McCarthy, Kerry Ann Turner and Joshua Willick all on three points each,’ Ms Lavender added. Bankstown Paceway’s 2013/14 Trainers Premiership continues during the Allied Express Summer Carnival of Harness Racing – and racecourse entry is free for all harness race meetings held at Condell Park’s Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, during the following days of the carnival: a.. Monday 2 December 2013 – Race 1 at 1.39 pm (Gates open at 11 am) – M. H. Treuer Memorial Prelude Race Day (Day Race Meeting); b.. SATURDAY 7 DECEMBER 2013 – Race 1 at 6.10 pm (Gates open at 5 pm) – 30TH ANNIVERSARY GROUP 1 M. H. TREUER MEMORIAL GALA RACE NIGHT (NIGHT RACE MEETING); c.. Monday 16 December 2013 – Race 1 at 1.39 pm (Gates open at 11 am) – Christmas Cup Race Day (Day Race Meeting); d.. Friday 3 January 2014 – Race 1 at 2.04 pm – Elvis Birthday Race Day (Day Race Meeting); e.. Monday 3 February 2014 – Race 1 after 1 pm – Year of the Horse New Year Cup Race Day (Day Race Meeting); and f.. Friday 28 February 2014 – Race 1 after 1 pm – Cancer Council Relay for Life Race Day (Day Race Meeting). Bookings for race day lunch and race night dining packages can be made at admin@bankstownpaceway.com.au or on 02 9708 4111. Andrew Ho  

The in-form reinsperson will head south to Sydney where she will link with media megastar and respected trainer John Tapp. McMullen, currently second behind Kylie Rasmussen in the Queensland state-wide premiership with 40 winners to date, will be based with Tapp for a period of 2 to 4 weeks. The lightweight driver has outdriven her concession claim in her home state but is still eligible for claim in New South Wales. “The stint in Sydney has been organised through a mutual friend in Norm McCloy and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity.” McMullen said. Last season, McMullen finished sixth on the state premiership after steering home 96 winners and amassing more than $450,000 in stakes and was judged as the Chairman’s Award winner at the recent Queensland Harness Awards night. The excellent form has continued this season and her overall tally of winners now stands at 203 after commencing her career in the 2010/11 season. While McMullen will remain a concession driver until October 6, 2016, she will no longer be eligible in Queensland to use a driver claim as she has outdriven her limit of 200 wins. McMullen will venture south next week. “The fact that I have outdriven my claim in Queensland provides with me an ideal opportunity to go south and continue to drive with a claim because the limit is 250 in New South Wales. It’s only a short time so I plan to make the most of my time with John but you never know what other opportunities this may lead to so I’m excited. I’m really looking forward to driving at Menangle again; I’ve driven there previously but didn’t have much luck so I’m hoping it will be different story this time around.” McMullen was recently crowned as the inaugural monthly winner of the newly announced Centenary Classic Mercedes Benz Young Achiever in Queensland. The new award is to encourage professionalism within the junior ranks of the sport of harness racing and thereby identify role models who will act as ambassadors. Two overall winners, one female and one male will be selected from the twelve monthly winners at the end of the season and receive an all-expenses paid trip to North America to work with a leading stable. by Chris Barsby

A Tale of Two Cities: Bankstown and Bathurst dynasties dominate trainers table ‘The harness racing dynasties of Bankstown and Bathurst have taken an early lead in Bankstown Paceway’s 2013/14 Trainers Premiership,’ Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley has told Harnesslink. ‘With four race wins, three second placings and two thirds during the recent Bankstown City Council Cup of Harness Racing, Bankstown’s Dean McDowell currently heads the table of trainers with twenty premiership points,’ Mr Bentley said. ‘Also sitting on twenty premiership points is 2012/13 New South Wales state premiership winning trainer, Bathurst based Steve Turnbull, who claimed three race wins, five second placings and one third during the carnival at Bankstown Paceway,’ he said. ‘Last year, standardbred horses trained by Mr Turnbull contested an astounding 1,158 harness races across New South Wales, where they won 199 races, placed second in 185 races, third in 146 races and fourth in 136 races – collecting $1,229,859 in stakes prizemoney,’ the president said. ‘In this year’s local premiership, Messrs McDowell and Turnbull are followed by 2011/12 Bankstown Paceway trainers premiership winner David Waite on eight points, 2012/13 trainers premiership winner Martin Herbert and legendary racing broadcaster John Tapp on six points each, and Richard Baverstock, Blake Fitzpatrick, Michael Kelly, Belinda McCarthy, Kerry Ann Turner and Joshua Willick all on three points each,’ Mr Bentley added. Megan J Lavender

Talented pacer Chariot King will return to Tabcorp Park Menangle this Saturday night a week after resuming from a spell and trainer John Tapp is expecting an improved performance at his second run back. Chariot King looked set to finish second behind Suave Stuey Lombo turning for home but tired in the straight and finished fourth. "He blew the house down on Saturday night when he returned to the stables but he recovered quickly and I am expecting he will derive huge benefit from his first run back," Tapp said. "Blake (Fitzpatrick) said he thought he was going to run second on the turn as well but his condition gave out and he just weakened the last little bit, normally I would give him two trials before taking him to the races, I gave him three trials this time but I think he actually may have needed one more now that he getting older." Tapp confirmed driver Blake Fitzpatrick would be the regular reinsman for the son of Badlands Hanover this campaign. "I spoke with Blake about taking over the driving, he wasn't committed to a horse at the time and he indicated his availability." "Blake has actually been a part owner in the horse from the start of his career but he hasn't had the opportunity to drive him very often, it is quite bizarre that he has driven him so infrequently." The main target for Chariot King this campaign will be races like the Newcastle Mile with Tapp admitting it is going to be extremely difficult for the gelding to force his way into another Miracle Mile. "It is going to be a lot harder to get into the Miracle Mile, there will be no spare spots and with talented horses like Christen Me targeting the race it won't be easy." "Ideally I think a race like the Newcastle Mile would be the perfect target, Chariot King races very well at Newcastle and he wasn't far away in the Newcastle Mile earlier this year, he actually won his very first start at the track in 2009." Harness Racing New South Wales

Sydney trainer Trevor Munday believes record breaking two year old Onethingforcertain will continue to improve and could develop into an Oaks filly next season. Onethingforcertain became the fastest two year old filly in Australasia when she recorded a 1:54.1 win at Tabcorp Park Menangle last month and Munday is hoping she continues her winning run this Saturday night. "Onethingforcertain has a very high cruising speed and she can be a bit deceptive because last start when she won I thought we had run about 1:58 and when I looked up at the clock she had gone 1:55.3" Munday said. "I honestly think she'll be a better filly next season and with a bit more maturity and time she might go to the next level, everything that I have asked of her since she arrived she has done comfortably." Onethingforcertain started her racing career in Tamworth with trainer and part owner Dwayne Brown and was racing well enough for connections to bring her to Sydney for the Pink Bonnet. "Dwayne's son Scott did two weeks of work experience with John Tapp's stable which is where I work and I got to meet the family and kept in touch with them, then when they brought the filly down for the Pink Bonnet we arranged that Dwayne would stop off at my place on the way to Menangle for her to have a couple of hours off the float before the race." "They took her to Queensland for the Nursery and she just missed out on the final so then Dwayne rang and asked f I would be interested in looking after her until the end of the season here in Sydney where she could race for the better prize money." Onethingforcertain will face her biggest test this Saturday night when she meets the Belinda McCarthy trained Bling It On. "She's got good natural speed so I think we have to use that this week but there are a couple of horses in the race that are talented and my tactics will depend a lot on what they do." "She's double Qbred but she isn't eligible for anything else. She should do a good job for the rest of the season in Sydney." Nancy O'Grady || Harness Racing New South Wales |

Any horse winning ten races on a single track is a remarkable feat, but for two horses from the same stable to achieve the milestone within thirty minutes is something even more special.

Talented three year old filly Im Tondelayo will target the NSW Breeders Challenge after an impressive victory in Friday night's Newcastle Oaks.

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