One of the great names in New Zealand harness racing was back in the winner’s circle after a season’s absence at Alexandra Park on Tuesday (Dec 10). The surname Wolfenden appeared on the winner’s sheet when Flanyattice scored in the seventh race – the $5,000 Kumeu/Manukau Graduation Pace. It was 78-year-old Peter and Glen’s (51) first training win since the 2011-2012 season. It was also the father and son’s first victory since relocating from Drury to Pukekohe last year. They had been at their Bremner Road farm in Drury for 30 years. When the property sold Glen Wolfenden did something he had always wanted to do – travel. “It was time for a break. I’d been driving since the mid-1980s and training since 2006. My partner and I went to a lot of places in Europe and Dubai. We went all around Italy. That was enjoyable,” Wolfenden said. The Wolfendens had just one starter to races last year for a second. Flanyattice provided them with their first win in three starters this year. “Although I needed the break, it actually feels good to be back. It was especially good to be back winning again. We are working about four or five and we have a few promising young ones,” Wolfenden said. “Yes, I still would like to win a Group race,” he said. Peter Wolfenden (MBE), is the man who drove champion pacer and New Zealand great, Cardigan Bay. He won 14 driving premierships, including eight consecutive titles from 1974, and twice won the Australasian Drivers Championship. ‘Wolfie’ represented New Zealand seven times in the World Drivers Championship, placing second in 1977 and third in 1971. He won 1,762 races in the sulky and has trained more than 800 winners. These days Wolfenden senior operates in a largely advisory role. “Dad seldom gets down to the stable these days but he’s still very interested. We all live in Pukekohe. We’ve invested a bit of money into the game. I’ve got a bit of time for two young trotters in particular,” said Wolfenden. “Three-year-old Cheval Rapide (Love You – Natural Pearl) is a promising colt. I also like Ashton Hall, a 2-year-old Angus Hall – Natural Glow colt,” he added. Wolfenden was delighted that Flanyattice had finally triumphed for his loyal owners – Wayne Flanagan, R.D. Price, and P.C. Wyatt. “Wayne has been a client of ours for 25 years and has had some good horses over the years like Arawa Jack. I’m pleased for him because it was him who wanted me to persevere with the horse after he was off the scene for 12 months with a bad virus. “The way he went on Tuesday I’d say he’s a chance again in next Tuesday’s final. Flanyattice, a 5-year-old Julius Caesar – Delightful Jaccka entire, has now raced 20 times since July 2011 for one win and four seconds. He was driven by Wolfenden and was the fourth favourite of 11, paying $7.60 to win. Footnote: For the record Wolfenden’s brother Ross is New Zealand’s most successful reinsman having won 5,713 races and more than $51.7 million in purses in the United States. By Duane Ranger (Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand)
Victorian trainer-reinsman Daniel Jack sounded an ominous warning when he declared that Nowitzki was not at his top and there was plenty of room for improvement after driving the gelding to a comfortable victory in the $50,000 Retravision Four-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Jack confidently predicted that Nowitzki would take beating in the $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic next Friday night and the $175,000 Lancaster Park Golden Nugget two weeks later when he said: “I don’t think that he went to his peak tonight and I would like to think that he will be better next week and then in the Nugget. “The one thing I’ve got is unwavering faith in the horse. As soon as I saw that he had drawn one for tonight’s race I thought he would win. And an easy first lap made things easier.” Nowitzki’s smart victory came a week after his shock defeat at his West Australian debut, when at his first appearance for three months, he worked hard in the breeze and finished second to Our Boy Su. “There’s no substitute for match practice,” Jack explained. “He had a little bit of that last week. We got the right alley tonight, but the horse still has to be good enough to capitalise on this this. And he was.” Nowitzki, a heavily-supported second favourite at 2/1, revealed sparkling early speed and burst straight to the front from the No. 1 barrier, with the even-money favourite Bit Of A Legend quickly moving outside the pacemaker, who after a modest lead time of 37.8sec., was able to dawdle through the first 400m section of the final mile in a leisurely 32.3sec. There was an early sensation when Extremely Good, who had settled behind the leader, broke into a bad gallop after 250m, causing severe interference to Smokey The Bandit and a slight check to Rocky Marciano. Northview Punter (9/1), who had begun speedily, was able to be taken to the pegs by Gary Hall jun. to gain an ideal run behind the pacemaker. The incident also enabled 84/1 outsider Mexicano to slot into the position three back on the pegs. Nowitzki went through the second quarter in only 29.7sec. before Jack gave the gelding’s rivals something to chase by speeding through the third section in 27.9sec. and then dashing over the final quarter in 28.2sec. Jack drove Nowitzki hard in the home straight and the New South Wales-bred pacer won by just over a length from Mexicano, with Northview Punter a sound third, ahead of 75/1 chance Rocky Marciano, who made up good ground along the pegs. The winner rated 1.57.8 over the 2130m journey. The shock of the race was the failure of Bit Of A legend, who faded badly over the final 450m to finish in last position, eight lengths from the winner. Jack earned the displeasure of the stewards, who fined him $400 for an incorrect whip action in that he used more than a wrist and elbow action in the home straight. He was also reprimanded for having allowed Nowitzki to drift up the track in the concluding stages. Extremely Good (Chris Butt) had to be taken from the track in a float. He was suffering from serious damage to his off foreleg and was taken to a veterinary clinic for X-rays. It was feared that he had suffered a fracture. Nowitzki, a $100,000 yearling owned by Robbie Brockhurst and Matt Jack, now has earned $92,425 from eight wins and five placings from just 16 starts. By Art Major, he is the sixth foal out of the Armbro Operative mare Full Pleasure, who had 26 starts for ten wins, six placings and stakes of $106,496. Full Pleasure won the $100,000 group 1 Vicbred Super Series for two-year-old fillies at Cranbourne in July 2001. She was retired at the end of her three-year-old season. Nowitzki is named after the German professional basketballer Dirk Nowitzki, a star with the Dallas Mavericks in the US NBA. The 7ft (213cm) Nowitzki is a power forward who earns $8 million a year. Nowitzki is a half-brother to former star juvenile performer Kept For Pleasure, who won four group 1 events in a glittering career of 37 starts for 19 wins, ten placings and $542,343. Kept For Pleasure’s major victories were the Australian Pacing Gold for two-year-old fillies at Albion Park in May 2007, the Victoria Oaks (at Bendigo) and Australian Oaks (Moonee Valley) in 2008 and the Australasian Breeders Crown at Melton in August 2009. DAVID HERCULES FLIES IN FRONT AND BLITZES THE OPPOSITION David Hercules made a dazzling return to racing at Gloucester Park on Friday night when his runaway victory in the Fisher and Paykel Pace showed that he is on target to be a major player in the rich feature events over the summer months. The seven-year-old was produced in superb condition by Byford trainer David Thompson for his first-up assignment after an absence of 15 weeks and from the prized No. 1 barrier over the 1730m sprint trip he was favourite at 5/2 on. Morgan Woodley shot David Hercules straight to the front and the gelding relished his frontrunning role and he dashed over the final four 400m sections of the last mile in 29.8sec., 28.9sec., 28.2sec. and 27.7sec. He rated 1.54.2 and defeated 18/1 chance Son of Fergie by six lengths. Son of Fergie started from the inside of the back line and enjoyed the run of the race behind the pacemaker. Western Cullen (50/1) raced three back on the pegs before finishing solidly along the inside to be third, ahead of Shardons Rocket (breeze) and the resuming Hokonui Ben, who raced wide early and then in the one-out, one-back position. Hokonui Ben was hampered for room in the final stages. “He’s a really exciting horse,” enthused Woodley. “Thommo has done a fantastic job to have him so right first-up. He trialled well at Byford on Sunday and pulled up realty well from the trial. He’s come here and really blitzed his rivals, and he has done it with such ease. He has a great will to win and every time he gets out there he just wants to put his best foot forward.” David Hercules ended a losing sequence of six and improved his record to 27 wins and 25 placings from 77 starts for $713,974 in prizemoney. LEDA McNALLY WARMS UP IN STYLE FOR RICH FEATURE EVENTS Victorian-bred five-year-old Leda McNally enhanced her reputation as West Australia’s best mare with an effortless all-the-way victory in the 1730m Panasonic Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Her brilliant win was convincing proof that she has excellent prospects in the $40,000 Norm’s Daughter Classic next Friday night and the $100,000 group 1 Mares Classic the following Friday night. Her clashes with champion New Zealand mare Bettor Cover Lover in those events are sure to produce plenty of fireworks. Leda McNally appeared classes above her rivals on Friday night and astute punters were delighted at her 5/2 on starting price. Leda McNally clearly won the start from the No. 1 barrier and Chris Voak was able to get her to relax and stroll through the first 400m section of the final mile in 30.1sec. and the second quarter in a comfortable 29sec. Voak then slipped Leda McNally into overdrive and she responded with final quarters of 27.6sec. and 28.5sec. without being extended. She rated a slick 1.54.3 over the 1730m. Deluxe Edition (7/1) trailed Leda McNally throughout and fought on gamely to be second, with Famous Alchemist (5/1) finishing third after racing wide early and then without cover. Corza Commotion (40/1) maintained her steady improvement since resuming from a spell with a sound fourth placing after racing three back on the pegs. “We were able to get a 59sec. half, so that was going to make it hard for deluxe Edition to get over us,” Voak said. “It certainly was a good hit-out for the mare. She’s had a great preparation for the rich races for mares and she should be spot on for them. “I never expected her to graduate to an M7 mark. She’s done a great job for trainer Chris King.” Leda McNally was sent to King’s Pinjarra stables by owner Greg Stubbs after she had raced 15 times in Victoria and New South Wales for just one win and three placings. She now has had 27 starts in WA for 15 wins and five placings and her earnings now stand at $164,908. “I think she started at $12 (11/1) at her first start in WA,” Voak said. “And we certainly never though that she would reach the heights that she has. She has gone from strength to strength. “Leda McNally’s performances weren’t that good over east and she was sent to Chris to see if he could do a job with her and try to flog her off for $5000 to $10,000.” OFFTOCULLECT MAKES AN IMPRESSIVE AUSTRALIAN DEBUT Stylish New Zealand-bred colt Offtocullect showed that he would be one of the early fancies for the WA Derby next year when he gave an impressive performance at his Australian debut to score an effortless victory in the 2130m LG Three-Year-Old Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Forrestdale by Greg and Skye Bond, Offtocullect was driven with supreme confidence by Colin Brown, who got the colt into the clear soon after the start after beginning from the inside of the back line. Brown then sent Offtocullect forward, three wide, to move into the breeze in the first circuit. Offtocullect was an easing 6/4 second favourite, with his stablemate Black Mr Mach (also making his Australian debut for the Bond camp) heavily supported into 5/4 favouritism. Art of Illusion (18/1) was fastest into stride from barrier three, beating out Black Mr Mach (barrier two), and leading for the first 450m before Modigliani (30/1) surged to the front. Brown was content to leave Offtocullect on the outside of Modigliani until he sent the colt to the front 250m from home. Offtocullect dashed over the final 800m in 57sec. and won at a 1.59 rate by three lengths from the fast-finishing Black Mr Mach, with Tasmanian Bromac (26/1) running on into third place. “He’s a very nice horse,” was Brown’s understated comment after the race. “He might not have looked like it, but he actually knocked off a little bit and I had to ask him to run through the line. And there was a little bit more there.” Offtocullect has had six starts for five wins and a second placing for earnings of $28,630. BROWN CASHES IN AS SUVALJKO PULLS THE WRONG REIN Shannon Suvaljko was generous in his praise of Ballas Arockstar after driving him to victory at 37/1 last Friday week, but he opted to handle What God Knows in preference to Ballas Arockstar in the 2536m Mitsubishi Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It was the wrong decision and Colin Brown made the most of the unexpected opportunity to drive Ballas Arockstar for only the second time in the seven-year-old’s 112-start career by bringing him home at odds of 23/1. Suvaljko set the pace with the polemarker What God Knows (second fancy at 5/2) and he looked set to win when he was still more than a length clear of his nearest rival half-way down the home straight. But Ballas Arockstar sprouted wings to flash home, hit the front 40m out and beat What God Knows by almost a length at a 1.59.5 rate. Nediak trailed the pacemaker and battled on to be third, with the even-money favourite My Hard Copy an unlucky fourth. The complexion of the race changed dramatically when Devastating Power broke when racing outside the pacemaker 750m from home. My Hard Copy, who was moving forward strongly, met with interference and lost momentum. Ballas Arockstar, eighth at the bell, was able to get into the clear and he unwound a powerful finishing burst. My hard Copy came home strongly into fourth place. “Until the horse in the breeze broke I thought I had no hope,” said Brown. “That’s one thing about racing. It’s not over until they hit the line. So we’re going to take this one.” Ballas Arockstar, trained by Shane Tognolini, has been an honest and consistent performer throughout his career of 17 wins and 30 placings for stakes of $152,806. He now moves to an M1 classification and should continue to be a good moneyspinner. SOHO HIGHROLLER HAS THE PEDIGREE TO BECOME A PROLIFIC WINNER West Australian-bred five-year-old Soho Highroller should develop into a prolific winner if he follows then footsteps of some of his famous relations. Soho Highroller, trained by Gary Hall sen., was driven by Gary Hall jun. when he started at 8/1 and caused an upset by beating 5/1 on favourite Lunar Tide in the 2130m Electsales Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He started from the inside of the back line and raced three back on the pegs while Colin Brown held sway in front with Lunar Tide, who was able to stroll through the first 800m of the final mile in 61sec. before sprinting the final two quarters in 28.8sec. and 27.5sec. But Lunar Tide was unable to hold out Soho Highroller, who was eased off the pegs by Hall jun. shortly after the bell and then moved to the breeze 350m from home before sprinting strongly in the home straight to beat the favourite by a length at a 1.56.7 rate. It was an impressive effort from Soho Highroller, who has earned $48,879 from seven wins and 16 placings from 36 starts. By the American stallion bettors delight, Soho Highroller is out of former star mare Pelicanrama, an outstanding juvenile performer who went on to amass $730,271 from 55 wins and 37 placings from 149 starts. Pelicanrama won at 18 of her 24 starts as a two-year-old and at 13 of her 23 starts as a three-year-old. Her victories as a two-year-old in 1999 included the $250,000 Australian Pacing Gold at Harold Park, the $75,000 New South Wales Sires Stakes and the $30,000 Edgar Tatlow Stakes at Moonee Valley. Pelicanrama is a full-sister to Mustang Fighter, who won three races in WA a couple of years ago and ended his career with 29 wins, 26 placings and $292,566 in prizemoney. Soho Highroller also is closely related ion his dam’s side to former brilliant pacer Bag Limit, who earned $794,995 from 35 wins and 21 placings from 71 starts. Bag Limit won the 1985 Victoria Derby, the 1987 Bendigo Cup, the 1988 Ballarat Cup, the $250,000 Winfield Gold Cup at Moonee Valley in 1987 and 1988 and two heats of the 1988 interdominion championship at Harold Park in 1988. TALK IT UP WINS ON PROTEST TO END LOSING SEQUENCE OF 15 Veteran pacer Talk It Up broke a losing sequence of 15 when he finished a close second to This Time Dylan in the 2130m As Local As You Claiming Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night before being awarded the race on protest. This Time Dylan, the even-money favourite and bidding for four wins in a row, settled in last position from the outside of the front line, moved to the breeze outside the pacemaker Im Grant Lea just after a lap had been completed and then took the lead 430m from home. This Time Dylan fought on doggedly to hold out the strong-finishing Talk It Up to gain the verdict in the photo finish by a head. But Ryan Warwick, driver of Talk It Up, lodged a protest, alleging interference in the home straight. After a lengthy hearing the stewards upheld the objection and reversed the placings. The stewards also fined Warwick $200 for an incorrect whip action in that he used more than just a wrist and elbow action. Talk It Up, a nine-year-old Victorian-bred gelding, had not been successful since scoring by a half-head from Onedin Crusader in a claimer at Gloucester Park in May this year. He is trained by Greg and Skye Bond and has now had 103 starts for 11 wins, 29 placings and $106,215 in strakes. Smooth Caesar, an eight-year-old gelding was claimed for $10,000 by Marie Bingham of South Yunderup. He is expected to continue his career under the care of Pinjarra horseman Kim Young. ERRIS LAD MAKES THE MOST OF A BENEFICIAL RE-CLASSIFICATION WA-bred seven-year-old Erris Lad appreciated a drop down from an M2 classification to an M1 mark when he gave a strong frontrunning display to score an effortless victory in the 2503m Retravision On Line Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Mike Reed-trained gelding started from the front line and was a well-supported second favourite at 7/2. He was untroubled to score by more than four lengths from ten-year-old mare Salliwood, with Polak, a stablemate of the winner, a sound third. Erris Lad went into the race with a losing sequence of ten to earn the right of a re-classification. He had been unplaced at all of those ten starts, all after starting h from the 10m or 20m mark. “He was just waiting for a barrier draw,” said reinsman Shannon Suvaljko. “He’s a really good horse in front, and starting off the front line made all the difference. He can run solid sectionals and once he got to the front he was going to be hard to beat.” This was the second time that Erris Lad had won after receiving the benefit of a re-classification to an inferior mark. The gelding, whom is related to former speedy mare Meggie Dear (56 starts for 24 wins, 11 placings and $186,171) now has earned $135,112 from 12 wins and 18 placings from 71 starts. Gday Mate, the 5/2 favourite off 20m, finished a good fifth after coming from last in the middle stages and tenth at the bell. A CHANGE OF FORMAT REVITALISES OLD McDONALD At the start of Old McDonald’s current campaign, Banjup trainer Colin Brown gave the seven-year-old gelding three starts on three successive Friday nights, and after a great first-up second (beaten a nose in the final stride by Ohoka Samson) he lost some of his sparkle and disappointed with a fifth and tenth placing. So Brown decided to space the gelding’s runs, and he was rewarded when Old McDonald, a 8/1 chance charged home brilliantly to win the second heat of the 2130m Electrolux Kersley Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. At his first start for 11 days, Old McDonald slotted nicely into the one-out, one-back position before unwinding a sparkling late burst of speed to snatch a neck victory from Code Red, who had taken a narrow lead 620m from home after working hard outside the pacemaker Smirking. “I have learnt my lesson that I shouldn’t race him three weeks in a row and that I need to space his runs,” Brown said. “And I’m sure it is making a difference. He has the ability to graduate to Free-For-All company. “I haven’t been happy with the way the horse has looked over the past 12 months, and it has been only in the past three to four weeks that he has started to look good again.” Old McDonald was eligible to start in Friday night’s event restricted to MC-class pacers after receiving a concession with a drop down from an M3 mark to an M2 mark. He went into the race with a losing sequence of 11 and had received a concession before his previous appearance. Old McDonald has earned $103,933 from 13 wins and 15 placings from 42 starts. His win on Friday night completed a treble for Brown, who had been successful earlier on the program with Ballas Arockstar and Offtocullect. TORETTO MAINTAINS HIS SPLENDID FORM Problem pacer Toretto notched his fourth win from his past five starts and gave promise of better things to come when he proved far too good for the opposition in the 2130m Retravision.com.au Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Toretto, hot favourite at 5/1 on, led from barrier two and after modest quarters of 31.8sec. and 30.7sec. he sped over the final two 400m sections in 28.7sec. and 28.6sec. to beat Our Boy Su by 4m after that pacer had worked hard in the breeze. “He has been a problem horse and a nightmare for his owners,” said reinsman Gary Hall jun. “We have had problems with his tractability and he has gone sore a couple of times. “He has definitely got the ability and we’ve tried for a long time to straighten him out. But we haven’t been all that successful. He’s, obviously an on-pace runner and from good draws he’s capable of running good times. I’m sure he will measure up in the better classes when he draws to find the frail or to get outside the leader.” The New Zealand-bred Toretto, a five-year-old by Julius Caesar, has raced only ten times for seven wins and a third placings for $46,520 in prizemoney. by Ken Casellas
Nagambie trainer/driver Chris Lang Jnr’s 4-Y-0 Four Starzzz Shark/Emdomic mare Goldiedomic finally her maiden status, when taking out the Corio Bay Rotary Club Pace for C0 class over 1609 metres at Geelong on Tuesday October 22. Making her 19th appearance at the races, Goldiedomic led throughout from the pole to score from Shapely Hips which trailed and a death seating Hunzarella. The mile rate 1-58.3. Hopetoun Park duo Ross and Greg Sugars were successful with Kiwi bred 6-Y-0 Julius Caesar/Shamrock Bay mare Our Nancy Miles in the Vinmar Homes Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2100 metres. Given a sweet trip three back in the moving line from gate five, Our Nancy Miles was sent forward three wide racing for the bell to park outside the leader Amazing Kano for the final circuit. Drawing clear prior to the home turn, Our Nancy Miles recorded an effortless victory over Atomic Horizon (one/one) and Vinni Gambino (three back the markers) in a mile rate of 1-59.7. Melton’s Joe Borg has picked up a handy stable addition in former New Zealander Frank The Duck which greeted the judge in The James Saliba Pace for C1 class over 2100 metres. A first up Australian winner at Yarra Valley on September 30, Frank The Duck driven by John Caldow enjoyed a perfect passage one/one from gate five and when eased three wide in the final circuit, quickly put the race beyond doubt by leading into the straight and winning by 9.8 metres in 2-00.7 from Antiquities from well back to give Melton the quinella, with Me Mate Les third from mid-field. The Adam Kelly team are back on song and 4-Y-0 Badlands Hanover/Coringa Ruby gelding Rubys Bad Boy first up since June, was an impressive victor of The Ray Beckley Memorial Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class over 2100metres. Starting from outside the 10 metre mark, Rubys Bad Boy settled well back in the field before gaining a lovely three wide trail home in the last lap on the back of The Dip from mid-field. Asked for an effort by Gavin Lang on turning, Rubys Bad Boy ran home stylishly to score from The Dip and Hellfire Angel which trailed the weakening leader Myrniong Panorama in a rate of 2-02.3. By Len Baker
Champion Bolinda trainer/driver Chris Alford returned to the sulky at Lord's Raceway Bendigo on Wednesday October 9 after being injured in a social football game a a few weeks back and was successful aboard 5-Y-0 Bettors Delight/Forest Glory mare Ballasario in the Dunlop & Pitson Earthmoving Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2150 metres, leading throughout from the pole to score from Road To Rock which trailed making no impression over the concluding stages, with Le Rapide (one/one - outside winner home turn) third. The mile rate 1-57.5. Neighbours Lisa and David Miles each provided a winner at the meeting, Lisa taking the Amadee Park Vineyards Pace for C1 class over 2150 metres with Jacquis Lad and David the Santons Of Bendigo Pace C1 class over 1650 metres with Ourbellabro. Jacquis Lad a 7-Y-0 Julius Caesar/Ok Jacqui gelding showed great speed from gate four to lead all of the way, accounting for Sirladyn Reba from a mile back and Ringtripleowe in a rate of 1-58.6. Five year old Badlands Hanover/Kellyarmbro mare Our Bellabro did similar in her event, leading virtually throughout from gate fiveto defeat Forever Perfect along the sprint lane from three back the markers in 1-55.9. Who Broke Our Halo finished third from mid-field in the moving line. Junortoun trainer Trevor Monk who trains on Lord's Raceway living adjacent to the track, scored a terrific victory with Village Jasper/Penny The Pussycat 4-Y-0 gelding Marty Monkhouser in the All Seasons Hotel Bendigo Vicbred Platinum Country Series D (3rd Heat) for C0 class over 1650 metres. Stepping out for the first time since a failed South Australian campaign in July, Marty Monkhouser with Glenn Douglas in the sulky settled closer to last than first after starting from gate two on the second line, with the speedy Open Heart leading from gate three. Taken wide on turning, Marty Monkhouser produced a lightning burst of speed in the straight to gain the day by 1.2 metres from a death-seating The Major League which faced the open at his first start since January after coming from Western Australia, with Hezupnabout third after following the pacemaker. The mile rate 1-56. Len Baker
Experienced horseman Darren Binskin has confirmed multiple Gr. 1 winner Gaius Caesar is only a fortnight away from the trials with the main target being the Miracle Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The son of Julius Caesar hasn't raced since winning the Len Smith Mile in June and Binskin is excited by the gelding's condition. "It has been the first time I have been able to give him a spell and it definitely has helped him because he has strengthened up and I'm looking forward to him resuming in the lead up to the bigger races at Menangle in November," Binskin said. "He has built up nicely and is stronger, if that was at all possible, at this stage I would like to keep him to Menangle because he races so well there but if he needs to go to Newcastle then I would consider it if it meant qualifying for the Miracle Mile." Gaius Caesar's stablemate Glengowan has been working well also and his racetrack return is imminent. "They've been coming up together and while Glengowan might have a crack at one of the Miracle Mile qualifiers I'm looking forward to getting him over a longer trip." "He raced extremely well in the Treuer Memorial last year at Bankstown and I think a race like that suits him so that looks a favourable option at this stage." Binskin stole the show at Menangle on Saturday night with a treble and the likeable trainer is hoping the stable' success continues over the coming months. "It was a case where the three horses managed to find winnable races, Franco Noriega continues to surprise me, I was unsure how far he was going to go but if you look at his sectionals it suggests that he might continue upwards through the grades, it was a rewarding night for the stable that's for sure." "I don't have a huge team and to win three races on a Saturday night is very satisfying.". Nancy O'Grady || Harness Racing New South Wales |
The trotting meeting held at Mildura on Tuesday October 8 saw plenty of multiple victories with Victoria's leading trainer of last season Shayne Cramp providing three winners on the program, while reinspersons Nathan Jack and Emma Hamblin each recorded duel victories. Cramp's winners on the night were Local Vicka Lombo (Nathan Jack) in the 1st Heat of the Vicbred Platinum Series D for C0 class over 1790 metres, Embraced (Ryan Hryhorec) in the Mildura Show October 17th - 19th 2013 Pace for C0 class over 2190 metres and Attitude Adjuster (Nathan Jack) in the Tankard Dental Pace for C1 class over 1790 metres. Local Vicka Lombo (Blissful Hall/Bubbly Lombo) outstayed his rivals after racing parked to score from Romantic Bliss and Evening Star Lombo in a rate of 1-59.5, as did ex-Kiwi Attitude Adjuster (Julius Caesar/Marion Jones) who was relentless in defeating the leader Bretaca and Cams Art in 1-58.2. Former South Australian Embraced (Art Major/Tuapeka Reign) led throughout from the pole, accounting for Double Header and Pental Cracker in 2-02.3. Perhaps the most significant wins on the night came from concessional reinswoman Emma Hamblin who gained a belated birthday present by guiding the Boris Devcic (Irymple) trained One Dog One Bone (Dawn Ofa New Day/Raging Eagle) gelding to an all of the way victory from gate three to land the Welcome Club 40 Members 2013/2014 Pace for C2 class over 2190 metres to defeat Glasscutters Spirit and Wrinkle Knutt in 2-00.4, then followed up aboard Robinvale trainer Peter (Zeke) Tyrrell's 9-Y-0 Jet Laag/Kellys Darling gelding Rhys Lightning in the Mildura Pacing Cup Carnival April 8-12th Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 2190 metres. Backed as if there was no settling, Rhys Lightning enjoyed a sweet passage from gate three trailing the pacemaker Los Bravos before joining the leader approaching the home turn and racing away to record a 22.7 metre victory over The Joadstar and Glacial in 2-03. Emma celebrated her birthday on September 19. Len Baker
Christian Cullen has rewritten the history books in the breeding barn again last season siring a staggering 17 group and listed winners he has been five time New Zealand’s leading sire. His brother Julius Caesar is beginning to stamp himself as a leading sire so much so that Global Stallion Management has raised his fee this season, but South Australian Breeders now have the chance to tap into these incredible bloodlines with their full brother Tiger Woods. Tiger Woods, was only lightly raced, he was a Addington winner as a 3yo and placed twice from only four race starts, and is undoubtedly one of the best bred horses to ever come to South Australia. He is by the breed shaper In The Pocket 1:49.6, the sire of winners of $46 million including champions Christian Cullen, Tupelo Rose, Courage Under Fire, Under Cover Lover and Julius Caesar. In The Pocket by Direct Scooter a sire line that has become one of the most sort after sire lines in world breeding mainly due to his son Matt Scooter. Down under Direct Scooter line stallions include:- Mach Three, Royal Mattjesty, Ok Bye, Stonebridge Scooter, Deal Direct and Direct Flight along with the In The Pocket dynasty lead by Christian Cullen (and now his CC’s sons are sort after at stud both in Australia and across the ditch) and Courage Under Fire. Tiger Woods as mentioned is a full brother to siring sensation Christian Cullen and Julius Caesar but allows breeders access to the champions bloodlines for a fraction of his service fee. Tiger Woods fee for 2013 is just $1000. Tiger Woods' dam, Pleasant Franco 1:59.3, the dam of 4 winners, 3 in 2:00 and progeny earnings of $1.95 million including Christian Cullen 1:54.1 ($1,206,900), Kate's First 1:57.2 ($624,023) and Oscar De La Hoya 1:59.3. Pleasant Franco is one of very few mares to ever have 3 sons at stud at the same time. Tiger Woods commenced he stud career in Tasmania where he sired good winners such as fast class performer Winjammer then was moved to Queensland where he stood at Egmont Park before it closed while in Queensland he served the mother of Slipnslide to produce Tigers Pocket who has won twice and been placed on several other occasion’s. Tiger Woods will stand his third season for Jarrad Harrison at his Skyline Stud at Quorn, some three hours from Globe Derby. Harrison purchased Tiger Woods mainly to serve his own mares but has happily made the sensational bred stallion to outside mares most have those mares have come from the catchment area near Flinders Ranges like Whyalla, Port Pirie Harrison explained. The son of In The Pocket is the first standardbred stallion Harrison has stood on his 20 acre property known as Skyline Stud “ We usually have mares here till they scan positive at 42 days then send them home” Harrison said. “I only serve naturally as we are not set up to collect semen” he added. His oldest progeny bred in SA have just turned yearlings and Harrison is thrilled with the type Tiger Woods throws “They are big strong types” he said Harrison has Tiger Woods in the SAMOS ( South Australian Mares Owners Scheme) which has opened the door to attract mares to breeding barn and while some of the big studs benefit from SAMOS it also helps smaller local studs attract mares to their stallions. Gary Newton
Harness Racing SA has announced that they will run a stallion tender in conjunction with Glenferrie Farms and they are offering FOUR (4) services from leading stallion, Tintin In America, who stands at Nevele R Stud, in New Zealand. The services are to be sold by tender. Tintin In America is by McArdle from the In The Pocket mare Zenterfold. He won five Group 1 races during his career including the 2009 3yo Breeders Crown at Melton, he also won the Harness Jewells as a 3 & 4 year old. Tenders for all four services close at HRSA offices at 5pm on September 2nd and must be on official tender form found here. Victorian trainer reinsmen Glen Douglas made a hit and run raid to Betezy Park Globe Derby on Saturday night and went home with a double, Jordylan and Gohardorgohome both saluted for Douglas. He also had Itsnewstome finish second to Hilltop Raider in the opening event and Spersub a gallant third to Turnover, Mount Gambier held their annual dinner and stallion auction at the Comfort Inn Silver Birch last week and as usual the night was a great success with services to Julius Caesar, BG’s Folly being scooped up by Western Australian breeders and one lucky NSW breeder was successful in securing the Alabar new boy Smiling Shard service. Other stallions offered where Union Guy and Western Edition who has relocated to Ian and Judi Slater’s Goodtime Lodge near Colac. Mount Gambier president Phil Wood said” the night was successful but we still have services to Lawman and Ambro Variable still for sale” and if anyone is interested contact Phil Wood on 0407609206. Wood also said” the club contributes some $60,000 toward prize money each year and this fund raiser along with sponsorship goes towards that target.” He added Harness Racing Victoria has also included Mount Gambier in four heats of a R0 series in which the finals will be run at Hamilton and Horsham, so those events are likely to attract Victorian visitors. Mount Gambier season kicks off on December 8th. Gary Newton
Templeton teenager Mitchell Robertson has the Midas touch! The son of Templeton trainer Peter Robertson has only had two horses to the races in their first three races they have produced three victories. Robertson probably would have had several more had he not been under the required age to own standardbreds. “Since I’ve turned 18 I’ve had three starters to the races for three winners, so let’s hope that can continue this Friday with Smoken Roman,” Mitchell told HRNZ. Smoken Roman will line up at Addington this week. The Julius Caesar gelding has been responsible for two of Robertson’s wins both at Addington on July 12 and 26. Then last Friday (August 2) Robertson completed his hat trick when Glenferrie Idol won the second event on the same track. “It was a victory for the family. Dad trains Glenferrie Idol while my Uncle and Aunty, Peter and Leonie (Jones) train Smoken Roman. “It’s been an unbelievable start to my career as an owner. I only left school last year,” Robertson said. When the horse-mad teenager left St Thomas of Canterbury College at the end of his seventh form year he was appointed the South island reporter for the world-wide website Harnesslink. He said he enjoyed writing, especially about standardbreds. “I’ve been around pacers and trotters since I could walk. It’s more than a passion, so it’s a real honour to be able to earn an income writing about them. “I’ve always wanted to be an owner as well. It’s been an amazing year. I’m only new to owning and reporting and I couldn’t have wished for a better start to both. It’s a dream come true,” said Robertson. Asked if he could be a champion owner or a champion journalist Robertson replied: “Owning by a whisker at this stage, but I’m only young and I want to fulfil my potential as a journalist,” he said. “I’m still on cloud nine, I never expected this amazing start to my career,” he added. Robertson’s maiden victory came via Smoken roman and Colin de Filippi in an $8,000 maiden just under a month ago. The 5-year-old bolted in by 4-1/2 lengths and paid a whopping $24.60 to win. He paced the 2600m in 3:20.7 that night with a 2:04.2 mile rate. Then fast forward a fortnight to July 26 and the punters had wised up to Smoken Roman’s abilities when he was backed into a $2.10 favourite. That night he went 3:24 flat – mile rate: 2:06.2. It was the father-son training-owning partnership that ensured Glenferrie Idol’s victory in the $5,000 Storer Motors Maiden on Friday. Again let go by the punters the Bettor’s Delight mare was sixth favourite and paid more than $10 to win. She paced the 2000m mobile in 2:28.4 – mile rate: 1:59.4. It was a meritorious win considering the 4-year-old broke briefly after 150m. She and driver Craig Thornley were well back before he hooked her three-wide at the 1000. Tough as old boots Glenferrie Idol just kept giving in the straight to overhaul Limitation and Brent Borcoskie by half a head. Last 800m: 59.1. Last 400m: 29 flat. “It was a tough performance alright. I’ve only got two horses but I’m always looking for more. Winning is a great feeling,” Robertson said. By Duane Ranger (Harness Racing New Zealand)
New South Wales harness racing trainer Darren Binksin today got compensation for being forced to scratch Gaius Caesar out of the Miracle Mile by claiming the Group One $200,000 Len Smith Mile with the six-year-old son of Julius Caesar.
It was a phone call under difficult circumstances. Queensland harness racing trainer Darrel Graham, miles away from land as he enjoys a deep sea fishing holiday with friends touched base with stable foreman Adam Sanderson to work out driving engagements for this Saturday night at Albion Park.
Darren Binskin is fuming with Harness Racing New South Wales officialdom after what he has termed a 'Miracle Mile' (A$750,000) disgrace. The Australian trainer now intends to confront them with all guns blazing in a hearing in Sydney at 2.30pm on Wednesday.
Fantastic racing was the order of the night at the opening meeting of Victoria's premier provincial harness racing carnival - Cup Week at Mildura on Tuesday April 9.
Teenage reinswoman Lauren Panella snared her first Group One victory at Tabcorp Park Menangle today when Gaius Caesar (Julius Caesar-Wicklow Heather) won the $100,000 Bohemia Crystal Free-For-All.
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.
Many of Victoria's leading breeders and studmasters have thrown their support behind the Victorian Premier Harness Racing Yearling Sale to be staged by Davidson Cameron & Co at the Quest Shepparton Racing Complex on Sunday, January 20.