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Regular harness racing driver Robbie Morris believes Iam Mr Brightside is a different horse this year in comparison to the horse that he was twelve months ago. The son of Julius Caesar resumed last weekend at Tabcorp Park Menangle and despite being run down in the shadows of the post, Morris is confident the four year old can return to the winners' list this weekend. "I would say he is 80 kilograms heavier than he was as a three year old, I said to his owners he finished last season as a boy and has come back a man," said Morris. "He has really filled out nicely, he is very strong in the shoulders now but his condition just gave out in the shadows of the post last week, he will have derived a lot from that run and I expect him to be a lot better this Saturday night." Iam Mr Brightside rated 1:51.2 when winning at Menangle in January this year and the plan is to have another run in Sydney after this weekend before heading to Queensland. "He has been bucking around his paddock so he is obviously feeling pretty good within himself, he will race this weekend and then I'd think Kerryann (Turner trainer) would want him to have one more run before he goes north to compete in the Four Year Old Championships. "It is not going to be easy, Bling It On is heading to Queensland too and he is a very good horse but it is going to give our stable a good gauge of how much our horse has improved." Morris is planning on making a hit and run mission to Brisbane on Friday night to drive three year old Aztec Bromac at Albion Park. "Doug Lee is looking after him in Brisbane for Kerryann, at this stage the plan is for me to go up on Friday night and be back in time to drive at Menangle the next day. "After Aztec Bromac's defeat at Redcliffe last week we've made a few changes because he raced erratically, the reports are that he worked well today (Wednesday) and I think he will be much better this time around." The Gold Coast and Queensland Derbies are the main aims for Aztec Bromac while in Brisbane. "I've spoken to the owners and we will look to drive him less aggressively this week, he is much better when he can be driven to have the last shot at his rivals." Greg Hayes

The drop back system could provide one of the keys to success in Boxing Day’s Westport Cup. And while horses who have had 100 plus starts don’t often win races out of turn ever-green pacer Sonnetson might be one to keep an eye on in the West Coast feature. Trained by Margo Nyhan and her partner Pete Davis the son of Julius Caesar isn’t just your turn up and win sort of horse but with his impeccable manners and a handy barrier draw he’s going to be right in the fight from the word go in the $18,000 event. A quick look back through the form line wouldn’t probably suggest a winning performance either, but Davis believed a fourth, two starts back, at Oamaru was a solid pointer towards this. “His run that day was very good,” Davis said. “And when you look at it the field he faced that day is not stronger than what he will line up against on the Coast. “So I would like to think he is going to give himself every chance to be right in the fight. “His work this week has been very good.’’ Sonnetson was sixth in the Westport Cup last year behind the Jimmy Curtin trained and driven Maximan. Sonnetson is one of two runners from Margo’s stable with former Southland pacer Rakabolt also lining up. Plagued with tendon injuries in his career the talented pacer has impressed Davis in workouts and trials and provided he remains 100 per cent in the next 48 hours he believes he too is a great chance. Davis will drive Rakabolt himself while Carl Markham takes the reins on Sonnetson. The pair are just two of a large team of horses that Nyhan and Davis will pack up and head over the Southern Alps with. They have a solid record over there with their horses and were in good form last year at the same meeting. All totalled they will take 12 horses over the hills and include in the fold are some strong winning chances. Sarah Palin will take on a trotting field on day one that includes two very promising horses from the Paul Nairn stable in Habibti Ivy and Le Reveur but her manners should see her right in the fight. The stable also have the representation of Little Bro in the race who will give a good sight fresh up. Other chances include Dag And Washington early on in the day while Lyin Eyes might be a smokey during the middle stages of the meeting. Courtesy of Matt Markham - Harness Racing New Zealand

Charlie Attard, who has had many smart horses over the years, was successful with Major In Art / Golden Navajo colt Im The Boss in The Red Shed Pace for two-year-olds over 1609 metres at Cranbourne on Tuesday night. Driven by Greg Sugars, Im The Boss led throughout from gate four, scoring easily in advance of Major In Arms in a mile rate of 1:58.8. Gaita Pullicino landed the Ultra Signs Claiming Pace over 2080 metres with much-travelled seven-year-old Julius Caesar / Lavra Supreme gelding Caesar Supreme. Spearing straight to the front from gate six, Caesar Supreme ran his rivals ragged to register his 30th victory in 114 outings, defeating Cowboy Cadillac by 1.7 metres in a rate of 2:00.2. Old-timer Dartmoor (one/one – three wide last lap) finished a close-up third. Andrew Farrugia provided the upset of the night when lightly raced four-year-old Grinfromeartoear / My Minnis Folly gelding Sumo Grin ($36.10) greeted the judge in the Aldebaran Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2110 metres in a mile rate of 2:07. Driven by Zac Phillips, Sumo Grin starting from the pole stood flat-footed as the tapes released, settling three back in the moving line with Zoes Dream beginning brilliantly from 20 metres to lead. Sliding forward to be one/one in the last lap after Koko De Ville had eased away from the markers to face the open mid-race before galloping approaching the home turn, Sumo Grin raced to the front on the final bend and held a margin to the wire, winning by 7.5 metres over Ive No Boundaries and Framework Salute who were always handy on the pegs. Hopetoun Park duo Ross and Greg Sugars brought up victory number three with beautifully bred Bettors Delight / Misty Maiden gelding Mulgrave in the Cranbourne Trainers Bonanza 3YO Pace over 2080 metres. Sent forward at the start from gate four to lead, Greg Sugars allowed the well-supported Williamlee outside him to assume control, giving Mulgrave the run of the race. Using the sprint lane, Mulgrave was too slick at the finish for Fifty Shades (one/one – three wide home turn) and Williamlee, winning by 4.4 metres in a rate of 2:01.6. Melton trainer/driver Rod Petroff’s ultra-consistent mare McRita was a strong winner of the Dooza Sulky Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2080 metres in 2:00.6. A four-year-old daughter of McArdle and Jarita, who has now recorded six wins and 19 placings from 36 outings, McRita again showed her great gate speed to lead from barrier three and despite being pressured at various stages, dashed away on the home turn to score by 2.3 metres from Jeans Mattjesty. Daylesford husband and wife – Mick Barby & Anne-Maree Conroy – snared the ADE Turf Equipment Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2080 metres with ever-reliable six-year-old Blissful Hall / Go Bush gelding Sir Jaybe Hall, who chalked up his seventh victory in 38 outings. Given every opportunity one/one from gate four, Sir Jaybe Hall ran home nicely to gain the day by a head over Mister Clooney along the sprint lane after trailing the pacemaker Im Living The Dream which finished third. The mile rate 2:01.3. Jayne Davies kept the home flag flying when Mach Three / Atworthy Maid gelding Macworthy led throughout in the Condo’s Horse Transport Pace for C0 class over 2080 metres, defeating Wingofwaves and Miss Metro Glen in a rate of 2:02.9 with Chris Alford in the sulky. Veteran Whittlesea trainer Charlie Farrugia has enjoyed plenty of unheralded success over the years with a number of well-placed horses and he captured the Seelite Windows & Doors Pace for C1 class over 2080 metres with Courage Under Fire / Terrabeauty five-year-old gelding Terra Beau. Driven by nephew Darren Zahra, Terra Beau – first-up since January – led from the pole before surrendering to the sensationally backed Public Persuasion ($8 into about $3.50) racing for the bell. When Mor Laag moved to race in the open for the last lap after being mid-field and applied plenty of pressure to the leader, Terra Beau was able to ease off the marker pegs approaching the home turn and sprinted home stylishly on turning to score by 3.9 metres from a game Mor Laag and WillsSon (three back the markers) in a rate of 2:01.3. Len Baker - Harness Racing Victoria

One of the great difficulties that faces some harness racing sires as they go to stud is how they cope with expectations that have been raised for the sire by the performance and reputation of a sibling that is already established in the stallion ranks. Such are the hurdles that Julius Caesar has faced throughout his siring career. A smart performer at two in just four starts which included a great run for second in the $25,000 Sapling Stakes in 1:57.2, Julius Caesar's race career was curtailed at that point by injury. Due to the fact  that Julius Caesar is a full brother to the champion racehorse and sire Christian Cullen 1:54.1 ($1,249,150) meant that Julius Caesar was given a chance in the stallion barn when injury cut short his career. The issue for any young stallion in his initial years is not just the number of mares served but just as important is the quality of those mares he covers. Julius Caesar's connections decided to stand him at a low fee of $2,000 which surprised many people and discounts were available which meant although he got the numbers, the quality of the mares served was sadly lacking. While Julius Caesar left a lot of nice horses in New Zealand, he quickly made a reputation as a good solid middle of the road stallion but just a notch below the very best. Even though he left 120 winners in New Zealand, after six years at stud he was starting to struggle for mares and the decision was made to sell him to Australia. His appeal to Australian breeders was obvious as while his sons and daughters had done a good job in New Zealand, the numerous horses exported to Australia had done a great job of promoting their sire across the Tasman. Led by the Grand Circuit performer Gaius Caesar 1:51.6 ($477,751) who won the 2013 Group1  $200,000 Len Smith Mile at Menangle, the stock of Julius Caesar have laid a platform for the sire to join the stallion ranks in Australia. Gaius Caesar was joined by horses of the class of Our Chain Of Command 1:55.4 ($259,019)  Emperor Montana 1:54.9 ($210,183)  Julias Song 1:52.4 ($192,859)  Caesar Supreme 1:54.3 ($157,401) and Toretto 1:55.4 ($153,390) to name just a few of his smart performers and you can see why Australian breeders embraced the son of In The Pocket when he arrived in Australia. As of today the stock of Julius Caesar have won $3,097,460 in Australia to date. Add in $2,154,418 from New Zealand and Julius Caesar is starting to establish himself as a really successful sire. Standing for $3000+Gst, Julius Caesar covered 126 mares in his first season in Australia which resulted in 83 foals which are racing as two year olds in the 2013/2014 season. As of today Julius Caesar has had 13 starters for five winners for stakes totaling $100,639 which is a good start to his siring career in Australia. The star performer is undoubtedly Mister Wickham 1:55.9 ($44,725) who looks a classic horse in the making in his short career to date. With breeders keeping the faith in him by sending 78 mares in year two and 92 in year three, Julius Caesar looks to have been given a great opportunity to establish himself in the highly competitive  Australian stallion market.  Gaius Caesar winning The Len Smith Mile Harnesslink media    

The six year old mare Maiden Rome has been a bit of a fixture around Canterbury harness racing racetracks over the last three and a half years. Raced and trained for most of her 63 start career by well known amateur driver Robert Earle apart from a brief spell with Roger Austin, the decision was made recently to transfer the six year old daughter of Julius Caesar to Greg and Nina Hope on the beach at Woodend. And it has just taken three starts for this under­rated mare to turn her form around and show her true worth for her new trainers. Driven by her regular pilot of late in Steven Golding, Maiden Rome was caught wide from the start from her barrier draw of eight. Although she had cover, Maiden Rome was never closer in than three wide for the entire journeyyet still found enough in reserve to storm home late and snatch victory right on the post. It was her fifth lifetime win and without doubt her best. She paced the 1950 meters in 2:25.4 a mile rate of 2:00.3 with closing sectionals of 60 and 30.1 which was good going in the artic like conditions. Maiden Rome really is a product of Robert Earle's involvement in harness racing with her dam Jazz Tempo a daughter of Shiney Key ,an Abercrombie stallion that Robert imported and stood at stud at Elrae Lodge. While she has never won them out of turn, the way Maiden Rome won this evening suggests that tonight's win from her new quarters might not be her last. Harnesslink Media

New Brighton harness racing owner Paul Thomas got the best birthday present that he could have wished for when his ‘pride and joy’ JC Skipper was victorious in a heat of the Young At Heart series at Addington on Friday. “It’s quite ironic really because the final for the series is set to be run on my mother’s birthday,” said an ecstatic Thomas, who turned 59 on Friday. Driven by Colin DeFilippi, JC Skipper worked around the field three wide down the back straight to find the parked position before racing clear on the home bend and narrowly fighting of a late challenge from the fast finishing Mighty Peruvian Franco Revel, who downed JC Skipper in the first heat of the Young At Heart series, finished a further 2 & ¾ lenghts away in third. The five-year-old black son of Julius Caesar paced the 1950 metre journey in a tidy 2:23.7 (1:58.5), with sectionals of 57.5 and 28.1. JC Skipper, who won four races for Templeton trainer Peter Robertson, was transferred to the barn of Peter and Leonne Jones after having a failed campaign in the North Island with Michelle Wallis and Bernie Hackett. “He is a handy enough horse but he has been plagued by some bad luck and bad draws in his racing,” said Thomas. “He seems to suit the shorter races. There is no reason he won’t be competitive in the final,” he added. Thomas, who is a diesel mechanic by trade, is the son of the late Trevor Thomas, who trained numerous good horses in the 70s and 80s including top trotter Stormy Mourn and smart pacer Genesis. JC Skipper, who is also co-owned by his breeder Peter Higinbottom, is the first horse that Thomas has raced as an owner. Higinbottom has previously enjoyed good success with JC Skipper’s older half-brother George Skipper and also owns the smart type Cullect A Guinness, who  was victorious in his debut at Blenheim back in January. JC Skipper will compete in another heat of the Young At Heart Series on Fridau night before preparing for the $11,000 final. By Mitchell Robertson  

Parwan’s Jodi Quinlan took driving honours at Tabcorp Park Melton last night with a winning double. Sunset Invasion kicked off proceedings with victory in Race 1, the first heat of the Seelite Windows and Doors Winter Trotters Cup, the long odds-on favourite scoring a comfortable win over Unico Pegasus and Stephen John in a mile rate of two minutes even. Two races later Quinlan produced a perfectly timed drive aboard Valley Of Diamonds to upset heavily backed favourite Garibaldi in the $10,000 Guaranteed First 4 Pools Pace over 2240m. The second heat of the Trotters Cup went to Brief Glance for Bacchus Marsh father-daughter team Alan and Amy Tubbs. The six-year-old gelding sat three-wide for the last lap, clocked a mile rate of 2:01.7 and came home in a last half-mile of 58.9secs, scoring a tough half-neck win over Mister Gunsen, with odds-on favourite Our Dreamlover third. Hamilton trainer David Lewis and reinsman Matthew Craven combined for victory in the Tabcorp Park Melton Pace over 1720m with Amajorjo, a talented five-year-old by Art major out of smart mare Jolaura, getting home by 7.9m over Magical Telf, with Discrimination a further 1.4m away in third. The winner’s mile rate was a slick 1:55.1, the last half covered in 55.9secs. Punters copped a blow when $33.20 shot Kotare Rowland saluted victorious in the Vermont Panels Enduro over 2760m for trainer Geoff Webster and driver Emmett Brosnan. Brosnan drove a patient race aboard the five-year-old son of Julius Caesar, coming from well back along the pegs to get up in the last hop over race favourite Five Star Anvil, while Our Blackbird ran a good race for third after getting checked early. Lite Jagermeister returned to her best form with victory in the Pace over 2240m, the Riddells Creek-trained chestnut mare from the Adam Kelly stable proving 3.2m too strong for long-shot Amazing Kano, who never shirked the issue in the home straight and was brave in defeat, wihle Essbee Doubleyou ran on well for third. The Renown Silverware Pace Final wrapped up the night with Ken Whelan’s five-year-old gelding Kisartis scoring his first win since last July with a half-head victory over Mary Mon. The even-money favourite Suerte finished third, with the winner’s mile rate 2:00.2.   FAST FACTS FROM LAST NIGHT'S MELTON MEETING * Quaddie paid $6991 on numbers 9-7-1-2 * Early quaddie paid $898.10 on numbers 6-9-6-9 * Fastest mile rate: Amajorjo 1:55.1 * Most wins by driver: Jodi Quinlan (2) By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)

An extra 400 metres will not hamper classy two-year-old Persistent Threat in his bid to retain his unbeaten record when he contests the $50,000 Slater Gartrell Sports Midland Champagne Classic over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The West Australian-bred gelding, trained at Bunbury by John Graham, has won in effortless fashion over 1730m at Gloucester Park at his past two starts after winning easily over 1684m twice at Pinjarra and over 1609m at Bunbury at his only other starts. None of the ten runners in Friday night's classic has been tested over 2130m and Persistent Threat looks the youngster most capable of adjusting to the longer journey, simply because he has not been fully extended in any of his races and has gone to the line strongly in all his five wins. A favourable barrier at No. 2 on the front line will ensure that Persistent Threat will be at a short quote, instead of the gift price of 3/1 last Friday night when he overcame the disadvantage of starting from barrier seven (the outside of the front line) in the $100,000 Sales Classic. Tom Buchanan, who has handled the gelding in all of his five starts, restrained Persistent Threat back to last before he urged him forward, three wide, 1100m from home. Persistent Threat forged to the front at the bell and went on to win, unextended, from the early pacemaker Captain Oats. The field for the Champagne Classic is considerably stronger than the field which contested the Sales Classic and prominent owner Rob Watson will be represented by two talented Art Major youngsters, neither of whom has tasted defeat. Watson's runners are the WA-bred filly Soho New York (trained by Glenn Elliott) and the New Zealand-bred colt The Odd Lover (trained by Kim Prentice). Soho New York, who will start from the No. 2 barrier on the back line, has been most impressive in winning at her four starts, all at odds-on. Fillies have been successful in two of the past eight Champagne Classics (Sheza Clout in 2006) and Arma Xpress (in 2012). The Odd Lover, who is unfavourably drawn at barrier six on the front line, made a superb debut when she began speedily from barrier five and raced in the breeze before scoring by more than three lengths over 1780m at Northam on Thursday of last week. Bickley trainer Peter Anderson and reinsman Morgan Woodley will go into the race full of hope after the consistent Julius Caesar gelding Nitro Lad drew the prized No. 1 barrier. They combined to win the Champagne Classic in 2008 with the brilliant but ill-fated James Matthew. Nitro Lad, a winner at Narrogin five starts ago, has finished second five times from seven career starts. He began from the outside of the back line and raced in sixth position on the pegs before finishing fast along the inside to be fourth behind Persistent Threat last Friday night. Northam trainer Jesse Moore, who has won the Champagne Classic with Nixon Adios (1975), Wirrpunda (2001) and All Four Firing (2002), will be represented by Jeremes Jet filly Tricky Styx, who has won easily at Bunbury and Pinjarra at two of her four starts. Her prospects deteriorated when she drew the outside of the front line. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri and Herne Hill horseman Sam Torre will be looking to win the Champagne Classic for the second time. Olivieri was successful with Talladega in 1999 and Torre drove Arch Rival to victory in 1985. Olivieri will be represented by the speedy Coeur de Whitby, who has won at Northam, Narrogin and Harvey at his past three outings. Coeur de Whitby will start from the No. 5 barrier on the front line with Chris Voak in the sulky. Torre's runner Thatelbe, a grey Jet Laag gelding, will start from the inside of the back line and will be driven by Chris Lewis. Thatelbe has won once (at Pinjarra) at his four starts. Lewis will be hoping that history will repeat itself. He drove Mister Jadore from the inside of the back line in last year's Champagne Classic and the gelding trailed the pacemaker Lukey before finishing powerfully to win easily from Hugh Victor. That gave Lewis his seventh win in the event --- after scoring with Pardon Me Boys (1987), Talladega (1999), Wirrpunda (2001), All Four Firing (2002), Slick Operator (2003) and David Hercules (2009). WOODLEY TO DRIVE COPAGRIN Outstanding reinsman Morgan Woodley has been engaged to drive smart five-year-old Copagrin in the $21,000 Slater Gartrell Richard Henry Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. West Swan trainer and part-owner John Guagliardo opted for Woodley after the gelding's recent regular reinsman Callan Suvaljko was suspended for 16 days for causing interference in a race at Gloucester Park last Friday night. Woodley has not driven Copagrin in any of his 60 starts which have produced 15 wins, 13 placings and $134,077 in prizemoney. He will be the tenth driver to have handled the versatile pacer in a race. Copagrin, who will be attempting to complete a hat-trick of wins on Friday night, was driven by Suvaljko on a stay of proceedings at Bunbury last Saturday night when the gelding was most impressive in scoring an easy victory and setting a track record rate of 1.55.8 over 2100m. Copagrin started from barrier four on the back line and thundered home from seventh at the bell to beat Aristocratic Glow by two lengths. The final 1200m was covered in 1min. 26.2sec. This followed Copagrin's convincing all-the-way victory over Lord Lombo in a 2536m event at Gloucester Park nine nights earlier. Copagrin will start from barrier three in Friday night's 1730m event, with speedy pacers and noted frontrunners in Paramedic and Real Hammer drawn on his inside. Real Hammer is one of the fastest beginners in the State and Chris Voak is certain to attempt to burst past the polemarker Paramedic in the early stages and take up the running. This would leave Woodley with the option of rating Copagrin in the breeze or restraining the gelding to take a sit. Real Hammer has just joined the Ross Olivieri stable and he made his first appearance for the Oakford trainer in the race won by Copagrin in Bunbury last Saturday night. He started from barrier five and had many admirers. However, the tyre of his nearside sulky wheel deflated soon after the start and Chris Voak retired the gelding from the race. Famous Alchemist, a brilliant sprinter in the Serpentine stables of Gary Hall sen., looks one of Copagrin's main dangers, even from out wide at No. 6 on the front line. She worked hard in the breeze before winning the Golden Girls Mile at Pinjarra on Monday of last week, beating Maggies Mystery and rating 1.54.4 over the 1684m journey. The consistent Lord Lombo is nicely drawn on the inside of the back line which is made up of quality performers in Crombie, Pacific Warrior, Mysta Magical Mach and This Time Dylan. Crombie has not been successful for 26 months, but his past couple of efforts have been most encouraging --- a strong-finishing fourth behind Copagin at Gloucester Park and his fourth behind Might Be Luck in a 2500m stand at Harvey in which he started off the 40m mark and raced without cover for much of the way. Nine-year-old Mysta Magical Mach, an equine millionaire, will be reappearing after a ten-week absence, but he appears to be facing a stern task from the outside of the back line. LIBERTYBELLE MIDFREW IS A STAR BET Shannon Suvaljko described Libertybelle Midfrew's potential as "scary" after driving her to a runaway victory at Gloucester Park on Easter Thursday and declared that she was one of the best pacers he had driven in a career spanning more than a quarter of a century. He will again drive the New Zealand-bred filly for Hazelmere trainer Mike Reed in the Slater Gartrell Money Magnet WA Oaks prelude at Gloucester Park on Friday night and from barrier three on the front line she should prove the star bet on the ten-event program. This will be Libertybelle Midfrew's final race before running in the $150,000 WA Oaks the following Friday night. She is unbeaten at her three starts in Western Australia after arriving from New Zealand earlier in the year. Her average winning margin is a fraction under four lengths. Suvaljko readily admits that he has not let Libertybelle Midfrew go at any of her three runs in Australia and he describes her as a strong, tough and all class. Adding quite some interest to Friday night's race will be the first appearance in WA of New Zealand-bred fillies Pal Amino and Dontdoubtme. Pal Amino, trained at Pinjarra by Kade Howson, will be having her first start since she chalked up her first victory at her fourth start --- over 1950m at Rangiora on February 27. She will start from barrier four on the front line. Dontdoubtme is a Washington VC filly trained by Shayne Cramp who has had seven starts in Victoria and South Australia for five wins, a fifth and a last-start third in the South Australian Oaks at Globe Derby Park on February 8 when she raced wide and then worked hard without cover. She will start from barrier four on the back line on Friday night. Smart fillies Maddy White (five wins from 23 starts) and Jungle Jewel (a winner at Gloucester Park and Kellerberrin at her past two outings) will start on the inside of Libertybelle Midfrew on Friday night and Aiden De Campo (Maddy White) and Colin Brown (Jungle Jewel) will be keen to set the pace. Maddy White is one of three fillies in the race who are prepared at Capel by Andrew De Campo, the others being Typhoon Tan (six wins from 21 starts) and Im Bella Jay (four wins from 16 starts). Reed has a good second-string runner in My Samantha Jane, who is nicely drawn on the inside of the back line. My Samantha Jane won for the third time from 14 starts when she gave a strong frontrunning performance to beat Im Bella Jay over 2100m at Bunbury last Saturday night. Even though she is unfavourably drawn at barrier six on the front line, The Parade appears the toughest rival for Libertybelle Midfrew. After one placing from three starts as a two-year-old, The Parade has raced in wonderful style this season, with six wins, three seconds and a third from 12 starts. DAVIES AND LITTLE BOY BLUE SET TO SHINE Kiara Davies looks set to maintain her 100 per cent record behind speedy five-year-old Little Boy Blue by driving the New Zealand-bred gelding to victory in the 2130m Slater Gartrell Sports Thornlie Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. She has driven the Bob Mellsop-trained Little Boy Blue twice for stylish victories in fast times and from barrier four this week she is likely to urge Little Boy Blue forward in the early stages in a bid to assume his favourite frontrunning role. Davies drove Little Boy Blue hard from barrier three to take up the running after 220m in a 2130m event three starts ago. He romped to a four-length victory at a 1.55.8 rate over 2130m. And then last Friday night Davies fired up Little Boy Blue from the No. 4 barrier to take the front after 220m before he sped over the final 800m in 56sec. to win by two and a half lengths at a 1.54 rate over 1730m. An interesting newcomer on Friday night is Napoleon Dynamite, who will start from barrier five on the front line in the 2130m Slater Gartrell Seel N Print Pace for Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri and reinsman Chris Voak. The eight-year-old Napoleon Dynamite will be making his Australian debut after having raced 90 times in New Zealand for ten wins and 24 placings. His last win was by a short half-head over Lord Diego at Alexandra Park in August 2011, rating 1.58.4 over 2200m. by Ken Casellas

The Marlborough Harness Racing Club carded four races last week and Nelson trainer Murray Pash won three of them – with just two horses. Pash cleaned up one day one of the dual-code meeting on Thursday winning with Arcano and Rosetta Stone. Then three days later Arcano did the business again. All three were driven by visiting Palmerston North driver, Stephen Doody. Pash said he would have loved to have driven his team, but said he lost putting Doody in the bike. “Stephen is a very accomplished and underrated driver. I asked him a while back if he could drive my horses and he said yes if he was coming down. He did a super job. I have always rated Stephen’s abilities in the cart. You have to - he’s driven more than 450 winners,” Pash said. Pash was taken to hospital following a three-horse crash at the Westport meeting on March 7. He is still waiting for a clearance to drive. “I’ll be seeing the Specialist in a week’s time and hopefully I’ll be right to get back in the sulky then. In saying that I’m still getting severe headaches so it will be interesting to see what he has to say,” Pash said. The 69-year-old only has three horses in work and it was his grey 4-year-old Arcano who got the chocolates on Thursday and Sunday. The son of Klondike Kid came from the second row (10) to win Thursday’s $7,000 Crafar Crouch Construction Mobile for the maiden pacers. He then repeated the dose from gate 11 on the second day in the $7,000 Haack Construction Mobile for the C1 and C2 pacers. His winning times for the 2400m were 3:31.7 and then 3:25 even. He won by 4-3/4 lengths and two lengths respectively. Mile rates: 2:21.9 and 2:17.5. Sectionals: 67.9 & 32.8 and then 64.2 & 31.6. Arcano has now won two of his 15 starts and placed in four others. Sixth favourite Rosetta Stone got up by a nose in the $70,000 Nigel & Trevor Mobile for C1 and C2 pacers on the first day. Winning time for the 2400m mobile: 3:29.6. Mile rate: 2;20.5. Last 80m: 65.5. Last 400m: 32 even. Rosetta Stone is a 4-year-old black Julius Caesar mare who has now won two of her 25 starts and placed in two others. “There’s not much between them. They are much of a muchness. Rosetta Stone was the first to win and the first to become a C2 pacer so I suppose she is slightly ahead on the points count at the moment,” Pash said. The Nelson horseman has been training out of Richmond Park since 1972 and said he still loved working and driving horses in his retirement. He regarded Eastburn Gee, Mac Raider and Bonnie’s Lass as the best three he had trained and said time would tell as whether or not Rosetta Stone and Arcano would go on with it. Pash has trained 40 winners since the 1970s and three of his five winners this season came at Waterlea last week. He’s also saluted the judge 60 times in his driving career. Arcano is owned by his breeder Ms M. R. Bickley, and M. P. Robinson, while Rosetta Stone is owned by her breeder Mrs D. M Berkett, and Mrs P. L. Gaugler, and Mrs C. B. Pash. By Duane Ranger (Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand)

The Tasmania Premier Harness Yearling Sale will be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd and Tasracing at 6pm next Friday at Inveresk Showground, Launceston. The sale comprises 39 lots by 17 different sires including Australia’s leading juvenile sire Art Major and the champion North American sire Rocknroll Hanover. Other well known stallions include Courage Under Fire, Shadow Play, Elsu, Four Starzzz Shark, Julius Caesar, Mister Big, Major In Art, Tiz A Masterpiece, Stonebridge Regal and JR Mint.   The offering includes the first foal of the Vicbred 2YO champion and Tasmanian Oaks winner Shez Ryleymak and a colt closely related to the Miracle Mile winner and nominal Inter Dominion favourite Beautide. Besides Shez Ryleymak, the progeny of Group and classic winners Cam River, Mon Poppy Mary, Laconic, Cullens Angel (1:54.8), Thabela Brioso, El Jays Belle, Pennys Dragon and Whata Dragon are listed to go under the hammer. There’s half-brothers and sisters to top performers such as Abbreviated (Vic. Youthful), Cat Bay (Globe Derby Stakes), Cullens Angel (Granny Smith), Daisy Adele, Black Centurian, Prisoner, Laconic Jamane, El Jays Belle, Cruisin Fella and Melolyn. All yearlings presented for sale will be eligible to compete in $10,000 Yearling Sale Classics for two and three-year-olds of both sexes. They will also be eligible for a $2,000 Tasbred win bonus for each of their first two race wins as both as a two and three-year-old. Furthermore, the youngsters are eligible for a one-off $2,000 First Win Bonus for their first race win anywhere in Australia before reaching four years of age. For a catalogue or further information contact Kevin Neilson on (03) 6212 9316 or email or the auctioneers Davidson Cameron and Co on (02) 6884 8355. The online catalogue for the sale can be viewed at . by Peter Wharton

Iam Mr Brightside, Australia's fastest-ever there-year-old, is just another successful product from the annual two-year-old trialling sale at Tabcorp Park, Menangle. The New Zealand-bred colt established an Australian three-year-old mark of 1:51.6 in taking out the Group Three Simpson Memorial last Saturday. Iam Mr Brightside was handled by Robbie Morris for his partner in training and life, KerryAnn Turner. In winning, Iam Mr Brightside lowered the colors of such notables as Lettucrockthem and Bling It On. Iam Mr Brightside was one of several youngsters Christchurch-based horseman Greg Payne brought across the Tasman for the 2013 trialling sale - it was Payne's first visit to Australia for this auction. Veteran South Coast New South Wales enthusiast and long-time owner, Bill Green, went to $40,000 for the colt by Christian Cullen's full-brother, Julius Caesar. In assessing the then two-year-old in the sales catalogue, Payne said of Iam Mr Brightside: "A high speed young horse. The family speaks for itself, with the classy half-sister Spurs A Flying dine a great job. I can't see how this horse will not do the same." Bill Green, presently convalescing in a hospital at Port Kembla after breaking a hip in a fall, said Iam Mr Brigthtside gave him one of his greatest thrills in the industry. "I remember visiting Margaret Morris in hospital two days after Robert was born," he said. "To see young Robbie win a Group race for me in Australian record time is a dream come true." Morris, who bought another two horses at the 2013 trialling sale last December, is convinced this is the way of the future when it comes to buying winners. "I saw this colt before the sale, liked what I saw around the stable and he impressed me the way he ran up," he said. "Plus, he's a Julius Caesar, and they get better with age, which is the case with this fella." Nominations are now being taken for this year's trialling sale, to be held next December at Tabcorp Park, Menangle. Openings are strictly limited, so for more information, please contact Kerry Baker on 0402 336 598 or at  

Many of Australasia’s leading stallions will be represented in the catalogue for the Tasmania Premier Yearling Sale to be conducted on Friday, February 14 at the Inveresk Showground, Launceston. Art Major, Australia’s premier juvenile sire for the last few years, has four yearlings nominated for the sale, while the deceased Rocknoll Hanover, a champion sire in North America, has a single entry. The Little Brown Jug winner Shadow Play, the sire of unbeaten Victorian youngster Spot Ona Shadow, will be represented by a filly. The sale has attracted entries by 17 different stallions. The ‘Top Ten’ stallions Courage Under Fire (2 lots) and Elsu are both represented, along with up-and-coming sires Major in Art (3), Mister Big (2), Stonebridge Regal (2), Four Starzzz Shark, Jeremes Jet and Julius Caesar. BG’s Folly, a 1:49 son of Rocknroll Hanover, is the only first crop sire at the sale. He has a half-brother to Cruisin Fella as Lot 28. JR Mint (8 lots) and Tiz A Masterpiece (6) have the biggest drafts in the sale. For a catalogue or further information contact Kevin Neilson on (03) 6212 9316 or email K. or the auctioneers Davidson Cameron and Co Dubbo on (02) 6884 8355. The online catalogue for the Tasmanian sale can be viewed at by Peter Wharton 

The leading female trainer in New South Wales, Kerry Ann Turner will have a two pronged attack in Saturday night's Gr. 3 Simpson Memorial at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Iam Mr Brightside will be the more fancied of the stable's runners after a solid trial last week and Turner has been impressed by the improvement the horse has shown this season. "He was purchased out of the ready to run sale at Menangle as a two year old and I gave him a few starts but after a good break he has really taken that next step," Turner said. "The trial last week at Menangle was exactly what I was hoping for, he finished third behind two smart McCarthy three year olds but I was happy because he didn't lose too much ground in the straight." Robbie Morris will drive the son of Julius Caesar in his first race since December 19. "He has won his last two starts well but it is going to be a very tough assignment this week, I was really happy with his performances in the Chokin series during the Miracle Mile carnival." "The run in the first heat wasn't great but it was a very wet track and once he got back onto a dry track he bounced back, his run in the final was really good behind Bling It On and Yankee Rockstar." Fourstarzzzspecial has finished fifth at his past two starts but Turner is hoping for a bit more luck this week. "Fourstarzzzspecial is probably not that far off them but he hasn't had much luck in his last few races, I will be driving him and with the right run I think he will finish off the race strongly." Turner is undecided on a trip to Melbourne for the Victoria Derby but will have a better idea after Saturday night. "They will go around in the NSW Derby heats but if they race well this week I would definitely consider going to Melton." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |    

It proved to be a winning weekend for the Aldons family. And on both sides of the ditch. Last Friday afternoon, maiden three-year-old filly Triple Bouquet registered her first victory when successful at Cambridge while the following day, Afro Samurai proved too strong winning at Albion Park. Both pacers are raced by Dr. Pat Aldons and his wife Rhonda. Afro Samurai is the stable star from the Logan Village based operation where the family has a team of five race horses with at least another ten youngsters on the books. Bred by the Aldons Family in New Zealand, Afro Samurai has raced with distinction since crossing the Tasman as a three-year-old, the Julius Caesar – Lady Lucy Lou gelding contested the Victorian, New South Wales and Queensland Derby’s while claiming the Silver Vase at Terang in his Australian debut defeating subsequent Queensland Derby winner Best Deal Yet. Afro Samurai commenced his career with close family friend Mike Berger in Cambridge before a stint with Peter Manning while Ben Aldons, son of Pat and Rhonda now prepares the talented pacer. The victory provided Ben with his first metropolitan triumph. “It was a great victory on so many levels; the horse earned his victory while it great to see Ben land his first Saturday night winner, a proud night for the family indeed.” Dr. Aldons said. The 5yo will continue to race through his metropolitan grades in Brisbane before future options are considered but a career in North America is likely. The Aldons family enjoyed good success when they raced their former Australian Derby winner City Rogue abroad a decade ago. Triple Bouquet caused a major upset when successful in the Garrards Horse and Hound Fillies & Mares Pace over 2200m. The Mach Three filly was sent off at massive odds but responded nicely to a Todd Macfarlane drive, sent forward early from a wide gate before obtaining the one out – one back trail and then sustaining a determined sprint from the 400m mark to hold out race favorite Strawberry Miss. Triple Bouquet is prepared by Dave and Clare McGowan at Pukekoke. The diminutive filly is the first horse prepared by the McGowan’s for the Aldons family. “My daughter Kylie purchased this filly very cheaply for me from the New Zealand Yearling Sales at Karaka, her strike rate remains at 100% after buying Christian Miracle (9 wins – 7 in a row) a few years ago. “I don’t think this filly has that sort of ability but she will eventually end up in Brisbane at some point, Dave and Clare have done a tremendous job with her.” The Aldons family has raced pacers on both sides of the Tasman for many years, spreading their stock amongst the likes of Mike Berger, Dave and Clare McGowan plus Davey and Catherine Butt. In recent years, they have slowly reduced their breeding operation in New Zealand and relocated many of their mares to their Queensland farm where they continue to breed healthy numbers annually. However, Dr. Aldons still has hope for another New Zealand based filly. Sweet Lucy Brown, a three-year-old Mach Three – Hot Shoe Shuffle ($295k) filly remains in work with Mike Berger. The half-sister to Australasian Breeders Crown winner Glenferrie Shuffle has battled some niggling injuries to date but continues to show strong ability. “I’m hoping Mike can get her sorted so we can look at some of the better class races with her later this season. She might even end up in Australia at some point, time will tell.” Dr. Aldons said. HOOFNOTE: Dr. Aldons is a leading thoracic physician at The Prince Charles Hospital. by Chris Barsby

Toretto's effortless victory in the $35,000 Kennards Hire Christmas Gift final at Gloucester Park on Friday night was the highlight on a memorable evening for champion trainer Gary Hall sen. and star reinsman Kim Prentice. Hall and Prentice combined to win five of the ten events on the program, with Hall extending his lead on the Metropolitan trainers' premiership table. He shows the way with 51 winners and 71 placegetters from 240 starters and leads from Greg and Skye Bond (26 winners from 143 starters) and Ross Olivieri (19 winners from 152 starters). The quintet enabled Prentice to move into fourth place on the city drivers' premiership table. He has driven 19 winners from 93 drives and is behind Gary Hall jun. and Colin Brown (30 winners each) and Chris Lewis (20). Toretto is, at last, repaying Hall sen. for his great patience with the New Zealand-bred five-year-old who has been plagued by injury and on Friday night was having only his 14th start after spending much of the past couple of years recuperating from bowing a tendon twice on the same leg. Hall has trained a quintet of winners several times, but this was only the second time that Prentice has landed five winners on a program. Hall also trained six winners (all driven by his son Gary) at Gloucester Park two months ago. Prentice has been driving most of the Hall runners in recent weeks while champion reinsman Gary Hall jun. and his elder brother Clint have been on the sidelines, serving terms of suspension. Hall jun. was also suspended when Prentice previously drove five winners --- at Gloucester Park on October 8, 2011. Three of them, Im Tim Kelly, Lukcon Lad and Albert Jaccka, were trained by Hall sen. and he trained the other two, My Sound of Thunder and Sea Gale. Toretto, who has won nine times from his 14 starts (all in WA) for earnings of $83,730, arrived from New Zealand in Perth in November 2011 and won at two of his first three starts in the State between June and November 2012. He then bowed a tendon and was out of action for 11 months. Toretto, perfectly drawn at the No. 1 barrier, was a warm 6/4 on favourite and he gave his supporters little cause for concern as he jumped straight to the front and dictated the terms of the race and won by 5m from 28/1 chance Our Major Mark, who started at three-wide move with 1250m to travel. Red Salute (5/1) trailed the leader throughout and finished third, a head in front of 10/1 chance Hez The Bart Man, who sustained a strong burst from the rear to move into second place in the closing stages before breaking into a gallop in the final couple of strides. The winner rated a moderate 2.0.1 over the 2`30m. Toretto is by Julius Caesar and is the seventh and last foal out the unraced Soky's Atom mare Scottish Seal and he looks destined for bigger and better things. "He surprised me last week with the ease of his win in the heat and when he drew the No. 1 marble I was very excited to keep the drive," Prentice said. "Gary has been saying for a long time that Toretto has got a huge amount of ability and tonight he has won in second gear. "He was absolutely just jogging. Gary said that the previous time he had led he was off the bit and Junior (Hall jun.) had to drive him the whole way. But he was hard on the bit tonight and was never ever going to lose. He'll go all the way; he's definitely fast-class material. " Toretto's win gave Hall sen. a record fifth success in the Christmas Gift after wins with Nixons Creed (1993), Allioop (2004), McRaes Mate (2007) and Livingontheinterest (2012). It was the second win for Prentice, who drove McRaes Mate to victory over Cosmic Legacy. J WALKER STORMS HOME FOR THE IN-FORM WILLIAMS Young Henley Brook trainer Robbie Williams continued his recent run of successes when he produced a near-perfect patient drive to land 11/4 favourite J Walker a thrilling last-stride winner over the pacemaker Salliwood in the $20,500 Kennards Hire Mount Eden-No Dill Christmas Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred J Walker, a seven-year-old son of Christian Cullen, started from 20m and the 25-year-old Williams was quite content to allow the gelding to relax at the rear in the field of 12, while frontmarker and 8/1 chance Salliwood set the pace J Walker was tenth after a lap and ninth at the bell before he unwound a spirited burst to charge home and snatch victory from the ten-year-old Salliwood, who had won the Christmas Handicap 12 months earlier. The half-head defeat also foiled reinsman Shannon Suvaljko's bid to win the event three years in a row. Before Salliwood's 2012 win, Suvaljko had driven Rocket Reign to victory in 2011. Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice prepared the third and fourth placegetters. He brought Braemoor (13/2) home with a powerful burst from the rear at the 1250m mark to be third, with Kaiden Hayter finishing fourth with Gday Mate (7/1). Gate Bender, a brilliant first-up winner in weaker company a week earlier, was second favourite at 15/4 off the 20m mark. He dashed forward in the first circuit to move into the breeze before gaining a good sit, one-out and one-back. But he had no luck in the last lap and finished tenth. J Walker, owned by former New Zealand trainer-reinsman Graham Bond and Stephen Schmedje, of Esperance, won eight times from 50 starts in New Zealand before arriving in WA in August 2012. Friday night's win boosted his record to 81 starts for 17 wins and 18 placings for stakes of $163,456. J Walker is named after John Walker, one of New Zealand's greatest athletes, winner of the 1500m at the Olympic Games in Montreal in 1976. He broke Tanzanian Filbert Bayi's world record for a mile with a time of 3min. 49.4sec. at Gothenborg in Sweden in August 1975 and he ended his career with the remarkable record of 135 sub-4min. miles. J Walker is the sixth foal out of Tareena Jay (21 starts for five wins, four placings and $41,606) and he is a half-brother to Presidential Ball gelding Jays Debut, who amassed $239,455 from six wins and five placings from 22 starts, including wins in the $100,000 group 1 New Zealand Two-Year-Old Championship at Alexandra Park in June 2005 and a $97,500 listed classic at Franklin the following month. J Walker is also closely related to Lordship pacer Reba Lord, who earned $384,880 from 17 wins and 16 placings from 69 starts in New Zealand, Australia and America. "We have had a few problems with his soundness," Williams said. "But at the moment he's pretty good and, fingers crossed, he can keep fit and go through the grades. I think he has a bright future. He's a beautiful little horse and is no trouble. He's easy to train and is lovely to drive." LIVINGONTHEINTEREST, NOT AT HIS BEST, IS STILL TOO FAST FOR HIS RIVALS Speedster Livingontheinterest warmed up for the $60,000 Village Kid Sprint next Friday night with a smart all-the-way victory in the $21,000 Medic One Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. But the New Zealand-bred six-year-old did not impress reinsman Kim Prentice, who said that the gelding did not travel with his usual zest. "He's gone really good, time-wise. Normally he travels really, really strongly, but to me he didn't feel the same as he normally does. But he has won the race and that's what counts. I'm just glad to get that out of the way. "He had me worried the whole way because he normally travels really, really strongly, and tonight he didn't travel well at all. However, he responded when challenged in the closing stages and Senior said that the horse's last 50m was what pleased him." Livingontheinterest, favourite at 3/1 on, began fast from the No. 1 barrier, but had to be driven hard to resist an early challenge from 110/1 outsider Ohoka Dallas from barrier three and he sped over the first 400m of the final mile in 28.5sec. Dasher VC, third favourite at 11/1, dashed forward in the first lap to move into the breeze and put pressure on the leader, and after a second quarter in 29.5sec. the third section whizzed by in 28.4sec. Hokonui Ben, the 4/1 second fancy and stablemate of the pacemaker, enjoyed the trail behind the leader before finishing determinedly in the home straight. Livingontheinterest held Hokonui Ben at bay and beat him by a half-length, rating 1.54.9 after a final quarter in 28.9sec. Dasher VC held on to be 11m farther back in third place. Livingontheinterest, who is related to prolific winners Party Party, Another Party and Champagne Party, won at seven of his 15 starts in New Zealand and now has a fine record of 37 starts for 19 wins, seven placings and $212,325 in prizemoney. MAJORLY FOXY STYX EMERGES AS A BRIGHT PROSPECT FOR THE WA OAKS New Zealand-bred filly Majorly Foxy Styx has resumed after a spell in superb condition and owner Rob Watson and trainer Gary Hall sen. are looking forward with confidence to the rich WA Oaks next year after her runaway victory in the Kennards Hire Pump and Power Three-Year-Old Fillies Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Her win by five lengths from Generally Outspoken at a 1.58.7 rate over 2130m followed her outstanding first-up performance to win the previous Saturday night when she raced three wide all the way and won convincingly from The Parade. Generally Outspoken, owned by Watson and Grace Inwood and trained at Northam by Glenn Elliott, should also develop into a leading Oaks candidate. Second fancy at 7/2, Generally Outspoken (Chris Voak) raced without cover for most of the way and battled on gamely before breaking into a gallop in the final couple of strides. Majorly Foxy Styx, favourite at 5/4, began speedily from barrier five and Kim Prentice sent her past polemarker Flicka Whitby and into the lead after 500m. Prentice then was able to get the three-year-old to relax and travel through the first two quarters of the final mile in 31.4sec. and 30.4sec. before she sprinted over the final quarters in 29.3sec. and 28.8sec. Majorly Foxy Styx did not race in New Zealand and she raced seven times in Victoria as a two-year-old for three seconds (at Kilmore, Ararat and Bathurst) before coming to Western Australia. She now has earned $30,865 from three wins and three placings from 11 starts. She is the second foal out of unraced Christian Cullen mare Foxy Styx, whose dam Prim And Proper (by Soky's Atom) had seven starts for one win, by a half-head in a minor race over 2200m at Greymouth. NORTHVIEW PUNTER WINS "WITH A LEG IN THE AIR" Four-year-old Northview Punter gave further proof that he is on the road to developing into a top-flight open-class performer when he outclassed his older rivals in the 2536m Kennards Hire Pump and Power Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A strongly-supported second favourite at 5/2, Northview Punter made light of starting from the outside of the back line and the ease of his victory delighted trainer Gary Hall sen. and reinsman Kim Prentice. "He's gone super," said Prentice, substituting in the sulky for the suspended Gary Hall jun. "Junior said that he likes to chase, and down the back the final time I couldn't hold him slow enough to them, waiting for something to come to keep him concentrating. He was travelling that well that I just had to cut him (loose) and he's won with a leg in the air. I just wish it was that easy all the time." Asian Courage, favourite at 9/4, jumped straight to the lead from the No. 2 barrier while Northview Punter settled down in tenth position. Prentice quickly seized the initiative and he sent Northview Punter forward with a fast three-wide burst after 550m. Northview Punter then sat on the outside of Asian Courage before bursting to the front 350m from home and winning by two and a half lengths from 10/1 chance Bronze Seeker, who was tenth at the bell before unwinding a sparkling sprint. The final 400m was covered in 28.4sec. and the winner rated 1.58.4. The Feather Foot (85/1) impressed in coming from last at the bell to finish third and veteran Rojen Cruz (14/1) also caught the eye by finishing powerfully from the rear to be fourth. Asian Courage faded badly to finish last. Northview Punter, a winner of one race from two starts in New Zealand as a two-year-old, ended a losing sequence of six and improved his record to 30 starts for 15 wins and ten placings for earnings of $192,825. He is the ninth foal out of American-bred mare Watch Your Step and is a half-brother to smart New Zealand and American winners Stopwatch and Announcement. FLYALONG FALCON CONTINUES ON HIS MERRY WINNING WAYS Promising New Zealand-bred six-year-old Flyalong Falcon maintained his outstanding form and upset strong betting moves for Vapour and Shnappy when he finished full of running to win the 2536m Make Your Job Easy Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Flyalong Falcon, part-owned, trained and driven by Nathan Turvey, was sent out at the handsome odds of 11/2, with Vapour (11/8) and Shnappy (2/1) both heavily supported. Polemaker Grand Cru (5/1) set the pace, with Shnappy (making his WA debut after winning ten times in Victoria) in the breeze and Vapour (unbeaten at his first two WA starts after three wins in New Zealand) racing in seventh position in the small field of eight. Flyalong Falcon, the solitary runner on the back line, enjoyed a perfect run behind the pacemaker before Turvey eased him off the pegs and into the clear 350m from home. Flyalong Falcon surged to the front 60m from the post to beat Vapour (who had started a three-wide move with 950m to travel) by a half-length, with Grand Cru finishing third and Shnappy wilting to fifth. The final 800m was covered in a brisk 56.9sec. and Flyalong Falcon rated 2.0.2 and took his record in WA to five wins and a second from six starts after having 29 starts in New Zealand for three wins and nine placings. He has earned $46,216. He is the only foal out of unraced Christian Cullen mare Skip Along. "He got the right run, which obviously helps," said Turvey. "He also got out at the right time and that went a long way towards his win. His best attribute is his standing-start manners and he's a pretty adaptable and laid-back character. I'd like to think he will win one or two more in the city." IM TERRIFIC DAWDLES EARLY BEFORE SPRINTING AWAY FOM HIS RIVALS New Zealand-bred five-year-old Im Terrific took full advantage of the prized No. 1 barrier at Gloucester Park when Colin Brown drove him to an easy all-the-way victory in the 2130m second heat of the Kennards Hire Lift And Shift The Coulson Pace on Friday night. Starting favourite at 5/4, Im Terrific took a stranglehold on the race when he dawdled through the lead time in 38.8sec. and ambled through the first 400m section of the final mile in a slow 31.9sec. After a second quarter in 30.2sec. Im Terrific dashed over the final quarters in 28.6sec. and 28.2sec. to win by just under a length from 11/1 chance Rocky Marciano, who enjoyed the perfect trail, one-out and one-back, before finishing strongly. Heez On Fire (2/1) was an excellent third, just a head behind Rocky Marciano. Heez On Fire was trapped four wide early before Chris Lewis restrained him to the rear and then set him alight, three wide, from tenth at the bell. "I don't think that we necessarily had to get it as easy as that early," said Brown. "But once we did, it was all over. Since they put the go-straights on him he has improved no end. He used to get on a knee a little bit, particularly at Gloucester Park. Now he's a different horse and has got a lot more confidence." Im Terrific, who is trained by Greg and Skye Bond, had eight starts in New Zealand for one win (over 2000m at Otago as a three-year-old in January 2012) and his 223 starts in WA have produced nine wins and six placings. MOONLIGHT ROCKHOLE ENDS A LOSING SEQUENCE OF 19 Veteran performer Moonlight Rockhole ended a losing sequence of 19 when he unwound a stirring finishing burst to get up in the final couple of strides to snatch victory from the pacemaker and 4/1 favourite Miss Rivertin in the 1730m Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Moonlight Rockhole started at 17/2 and his young trainer-driver Dylan Egerton-Green was content to sit back in the field before asking him for a strong effort in the closing stages. Moonlight Rockhole was eighth in the one-wide line at the bell where Miss Rivertin was being put under pressure by nine-year-old Whitbys Beach, who was making his first appearance for 23 months. A hectic opening quarter of the final mile in 28.6sec. set the scene for a swooper and the final quarters were run in only 29.5sec. and 29.9sec., with the winner rating 1.58.2. Kristen Louise (9/2) ran on solidly from seventh at the bell to be third.' "He has been a grand old horse for us and the Robbie Tomlinson syndicate," said Egerton-Green, who explained the seven-year-old's disappointing sixth behind Soho Monza in a field of seven at his previous outing a fortnight earlier by saying that the gelding was a bit flat when having his second run in the space of five days. Moonlight Rockhole, who is still eligible to contest a Metropolitan-class maiden event, has amassed $98,683 from 15 wins and 31 placings from 127 starts. By Northern Luck, he is out of Windshield Wiper mare Gold Duchess, who had 27 starts for eight wins, six placings and $116,920. Moonlight Rockhole is a half-brother to six winners, including Manu Magic (152 starts for 13 wins, 30 placings and $89,986) and Goldanover (135 starts for 11 wins, 30 placings and $75,220). BEAUTIFUL NIGHT SETS THE PACE AND FIGHTS ON GAMELY Six-year-old Beautiful Night, who is in foal, broke a losing sequence of 11 when she set the pace from the coveted No. 1 barrier and fought on grimly to win the 2130m Kennards Hire Merry Christmas Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Favourite at 2/1, Beautiful Night was rated well by Shannon Suvaljko and she had just enough in reserve to defeat the strong-finishing 12/1 chance Hoylakes First Lady by 1m, with Arch On Fire (25/1) coming from fifth at the bell to be third. The winner, trained by Peter Tilbrook, rated 1.58.2. Beautiful Night, bred and owned by Neven Botica, has been a handy performer and she now has earned $70,369 from nine wins and 16 placings from 51 starts. By American stallion Western Terror, Beautiful Night is out of the New Zealand-bred P JS Dream, who won five times from 25 starts in New Zealand before having two unplaced runs in WA (at Gloucester Park and Pinjarra) in November-December 2006 and then being retired to the breeding barn. "The barrier certainly helped," said Suvaljko. "She has led from an inside barrier before and I was confident of leading again tonight. She received a good bit of pressure early and did a good job to hold on and win." THIS TIME DYLAN TURNS THE TABLES ON MAROONED Rejuvenated pacer This Time Dylan notched his sixth win from his past 11 starts when he came from last in the middle stages to score a runaway victory in the 2130m Kennards Hire Concretecare Claiming pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His five-length win over Marooned made amends for his second at odds-on to Marooned in a claimer the previous Friday night. This Time Dylan, favourite at 6/4 from the outside of the front line, was restrained to the rear by Kim Prentice while 40/1 outsider Heavens Delight set the pace from Davy Maguire (in the breeze), Artorius (behind the leader) and Tee pee Village in the one-out, one-back position. The pace was fast and furious throughout, with a sizzling lead time of 36sec. Prentice started a three-wide move (following Marooned) approaching the bell. Marooned got to the front 380m from home before This Time Dylan swept past him 130m later and raced away to win very easily at a 1.56.3 rate. "They went hard early and we just had to go back, and it all just fell into place" Prentice said. "The only decision I had to make was when to come off the back of Marooned. I knew that this guy would sustain a real strong sprint. If I had left it to the top of the straight I probably still would have beaten Marooned. But I just wanted to make sure of it." by Ken Casellas  

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)

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