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Harness racing's Echuca Cup night is quickly closing in and a race which holds much prestigious on March 21 is the Tiffany Murray Memorial. The race run in honour of one of the trots true heroes, remembers the tragic loss of Tiffany at the all too young age of 22. As such, the C1 event will involve an all-star list of female drivers including Rebecca Bartley, Juanita Breen, Monique Burnett, Rita Burnett, Donna Castles, Kate Gath, Joanne Justice, Lisa Justice, Lisa Miles and Ellen Tormey. Connections are reminded that horses entered in the race will be randomly allocated a lady driver when acceptances are announced. Harness Racing Victoria

It is already a race famous for attracting the best trotters in Australasia, the Group One Glenferrie Farm Challenge. Yet this $200,000 feature will now also be known as Nicole Molander's too after the former Kiwi, now based at Appin, near Campbelltown, made it back-to-back wins with Keystone Del when the six-year-old gelding scored an exciting win at Tabcorp Park Menangle today. In a race where none of the leaders were given much peace, Keystone Del came from midfield, rating a stunning 1:53.9 for the mile to knock four-tenths of a second off the Australian trotters' record. And while it was technically a victory for Australia in the Australia v New Zealand challenge, the result might easily had been different had Kiwi reinsman Colin De Filippi driving Stent not been stuck three back on the pegs and desperately searching for an opening to give chase to the leaders. Turning for home De Filippi had to turn five-year-old Stent sideways to find some open ground. And when Stent finally saw daylight, with about 80-metres left to travel, he whooshed down the outside to fail by just over a metre in finishing second with another Aussie Elegant Image (Kate Gath) back in third. Despite being defending champion in this race, Molander's star trotter actually started a $17 shot, but with champion reinsman Blake Fitzpatrick in the bike, the result was never in doubt. Harness Racing NSW  

Three-time Olympic Gold Medallist and TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Ambassador Stephanie Rice is excited with the build up to Inter Dominion Grand Final day this Sunday afternoon. "It's been an absolute pleasure to be ambassador for such a wonderful race series," said Rice. Rice is a tremendous advocate of women in sport and will be cheering for Lauren Panella (Mach Beauty), Kate Gath (Caribbean Blaster), Belinda McCarthy (The Gold Ace and For a Reason) and Marg Lee (Keayang Cullen). "The success of females in harness racing was my attraction to the sport and I am pleased to see so many ladies with chances in the big one this Sunday afternoon," she said. Rice will attend the Heroes Ball at Luna Park this Friday night followed by a busy Grand Final day on Sunday. "I am so looking forward to being involved with the Fashions On The Field as there is over $25,000 in prizes on offer, she said. "I encourage as many people from all walks of life to come out to Menangle and celebrate a wonderful event." Three industry ambassadors will also be present this Sunday. Amanda Turnbull, Sammy Kilgour and Seryn Adams have also helped raise the profile of women in harness racing. In what promises to be a bigger and better series than last year, the 2014 TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Grand Final will again be broadcast live on Channel 9 from 3pm. Harness Racing New South Wales  

In one of the biggest announcements of the year, Harness Racing Victoria can now reveal that recently retired American-based jockey Chantal Sutherland is headed to Australia to compete. Not only will Australian crowds get to see the Group 1 winning hoop on the track, she will also be one of the Great Southern Star ambassadors along with local reinswoman Kate Gath. And while Sutherland is best known for her work in the thoroughbred industry, it's her roots which have always drawn her towards the Trots. Having experience with standardbreds from a young age, the 37-year-old proved her skills in a time trial at The Meadows racetrack on September 23, 2013 breaking the USA record with an open class trotter under saddle. From that has spurned the idea to have Sutherland compete on Pryde's EasiFeed Great Southern Star night in the inaugural Aldebaran Park Monte Series. Sutherland will also be a guest at the Great Southern Star Launch Cocktail Party on March 19 and a judge in the Fashions on the Field contest to be held in conjunction with the Great Southern Star racenight. "I'm very excited to experience Australia for the first time and am honoured to have been asked to be an ambassador and ride in the Monte race on Great Southern Star Night. I look forward to the exciting events that have been planned and meeting all of the racing fans," Sutherland said. The respected horsewoman won't just be known to racing fans through her career in the saddle but also her work on the big screen having starred in the reality television series 'Jockeys' as well as a part in the Dustin Hoffman led drama series Luck. With a Hollywood Gold Cup and Santa Anita Handicap to her name, Sutherland might be most well-known for her association with Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and star gelding Game On Dude. In fact, the Canadian glamour made history by becoming the first woman to ever ride in the Dubai World Cup in 2011 and she will again break new ground when riding in Australia on March 22. Sutherland's list of achievements go far beyond that however, with 931 career wins to her name and dozens of big races, she has become one of the most recognisable names in American racing. The Pryde's EasiFeed Great Southern Star will be run jointly with the Lyn McPherson Memorial Breed For Speed Girls' Night Out supporting the Women's Cancer Foundation Ovarian Cancer Institute and after raising almost $75,000 last year, hopes are again high for another record breaking event. Sutherland arrives in Australia on March 18 and for all media inquiries in the lead-up to Pryde's EasiFeed Great Southern Star night please contact Brett Boyd on (03) 8378 0250. BLAKE REDDEN COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER [Harness Racing Victoria]

From Grand Circuit winners to premiership leaders - this year's Lexus International Lady Drivers Race certainly has it all. Ten of the top reinswomen from across Australasia were selected today for the race on TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Grand Final Day at Tabcorp Park Menangle, March 2. Most are not new to the series and both Jodi Quinlan and KerryAnn Turner will return to defend their title. The 2014 line-up: New Zealand Natalie Rasmussen Queensland Narissa McMullen New South Wales KerryAnn Turner Lauren Panella Amanda Turnbull Amy Day (reserve) Victoria Jodi Quinlan Kerryn Manning Kate Gath South Australia Danielle Hill Tasmania Kate Macleod The invitations were issued in accordance with the condition that the respective ladies were the leading drivers in their state at the time of the decision. For further information telephone NSWHRC racing manager David Wonson on 0438 398 251. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |    

The Victorian Cup champion of 2012, who last start won the SA Cup and captured the Chariots Of Fire as a four-year-old, very rarely runs a bad race. He is also incredibly tough, trainer Andy Gath declaring the horse’s constitution was about as good as it comes. “He always tends to race that bit better a week after a run,” Gath said recently. Caribbean Blaster doesn’t mind working in his races. His Victoria Cup win was enormous as he had to overcome an extreme back-row draw. He also worked over-time out three-wide with no cover in the Cranbourne Cup recently and finished a gutsy fourth. Heading into Saturday night’s Group 1 Petstock Ballarat Pacing Cup, the Gath team – Andy’s wife Kate drives the horse – has reason to be chipper about its charge’s chances from the plum barrier two draw. While Caribbean Blaster is blessed with early speed, he is also super versatile. If Gath allows Smoken Up to push forward and attack pole-marker and likely leader The Gold Ace, she could snare the coveted one-out-one-back spot and blouse rivals in the straight. Caribbean Blaster finished third to Mah Sish in the 2013 AG Hunter Cup off a 10m handicap, so the stand start should prove no problem. CARIBBEAN BLASTER Age: 6 Trainer: Andy Gath Driver: Kate Gath Biggest wins: Victoria Cup, SA Cup, Chariots Of Fire. Best traits: Versatile, can lead and win or come from behind with a big finish. Also very tough; if there’s work to be done, he’ll get it done. Can he win the AG Hunter Cup? Sure can. He’s got the form and the class to give it one heck of a shake. By Cody Witherell (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)

New South Wales owner Rob Nalder has witnessed some fantastic moments in harness racing and Saturday night's South Australia Pacing Cup win by his star stallion Caribbean Blaster was right up there with the best. It was not just the result that Nalder enjoyed but the emotion and atmosphere of the evening that made it so special for him. "I've been to South Australia three times now for the Cup and there is just something unique about that race, it is the atmosphere, the crowd, the noise, it just has everything," Nalder said. "The event was built up so well, the South Australian people just love Smoken Up and to beat him in such an exciting finish was thrilling, you think you have him covered so many times in a race but in reality you never have him beaten, he is a great old warhorse and it is a pleasure to race against him." Caribbean Blaster will now be set for the Ballarat Cup before competing in the Hunter Cup. "They are the two races that he will head to before he has another crack at the Inter Dominion, the plan is to run him in the Victorian heat and hopefully qualify for the final." "Blaster's run in the 2013 Inter Dominion final was fantastic, I think outside Im Themightyquinn he was probably the run of the race, he got shuffled right back in the race, hit the line strongly and one thing you know is that our bloke loves a fight, I'm hoping he gets another chance." Nalder was full of praise for trainer Andy Gath after Caribbean Blaster's SA Cup win. "Andy and Kate Gath do a great job and I just love their passion for the industry but one thing I will never forget is straight after the win Andy jumped onto the track and went straight over to shake Lance Justice's hand." "It is the first time I have owned a million dollar earner as well, so that's pretty special too." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |    

Twelve months after their first war version the second took place at Betezy Park Globe Derby between Caribbean Blaster and Smoken Up on Saturday night in the 2014 version of the SA Cup. The war between these two gladiators was on again.   Last year it was Smoken Up, this year Caribbean Blaster as team Gath got their revenge. With the pressure on from the moment the mobile pulled away with American Muscle the first to find the pegs soon challenged by his stable mate Youranut who found the front going into the back the first time but at his girth was the four time champion Smoken Up.   Kate Gath meanwhile back in the field was getting Caribbean Blaster away from the fence into the running line at the bell and took her charge three wide with New Zealander Pass The By on his back down the back the final time. The pressure went on again when Smoken Up put away the leader Youranut but his adversary was soon challenging. The Blaster took the lead in the straight and while Trigger rallied it was Kate Gath and Caribbean Blaster victors in 2014.   This handsome son of Bettors Delight in winning the SA Cup become harness racing newest millionaire. For his driver former South Australian Kate Gath it was a home coming for the ages. Caribbean Blaster was not wanted throughout betting from a horror inside barrier draw, but Gath drove the perfect race, the first South Australian-trained runner home was Harrison Maguire finishing fourth from a wide barrier.   Meanwhile, Paua Fella completed the feature race three-year-old double when he upstaged his more fancied rivals to win the $30,000 SA Derby after winning the SA St Leger last week. The race favourite VC Manoeuvre broke early and was never in it. Paua Fella was forced to do all the work outside the leader before proving too strong in the straight.   Gary Newton      

The second leg of the harness racing quaddie at Melton on Friday night is the Lenin Trotters Free For All (Group 3).  In a cracking field, the Tim Butt trained trotter Vulcan headlines the race.  The 2013 Australian Trotting Grand Prix and Great Southern Star winner has had three runs in Australia this season after running fourth in the Dominion Trot at Addington in New Zealand to Mister Lavros on the 15th of November. He’ll have plenty of opposition, starting with the Andy Gath trained Elegant Image.  To be driven by Kate Gath, the six-year-old son of S J’s Photo has been in sparkling recent form and the two will have a close up view of each other, starting from gates nine and ten off the second row. Hoping to give the more established trotters a run for their money is the lightly raced Sundon mare Aleppo Midas.  The winner of over $60,000 in prize money is trained at Marong by Michelle Eastman.  “She’s pretty green; she is a Sundon,” says Eastman.  “She has a real mind of her own, a real free spirit.  She won her MO at Melton earlier this year and the plan is to race her every week at Melton if we can so she can learn the job.” Aleppo Midas will have plenty of opportunity to learn from some experienced campaigners on Friday night from barrier one.  “It’ll be good for her; she’ll be surrounded by horses and will have to do what they do.  She can’t just do her own thing.”  Aleppo Midas is “a real personality” at home on the small block the Eastmans share in between Marong and Newbridge.  “She likes to go her own pace at track work and thinks when she’s ready to go, that’s when we go,” chuckles Eastman. “She has heaps of ability but she has to learn not to do what she wants all the time.”  When she learns her trade, the Eastmans have big plans for Aleppo Midas.  ' “We’d love one day to race her in the Great Southern Star.” by Lucy McCormick

‘Frank The Tank’ has taken the SEW-Eurodrive Victoria Cup is stunning fashion from a tactically brilliant drive from Luke McCarthy. Allowing Caribbean Blaster to drop in early in the race, McCarthy and For A Reason, secured a three wide cart into a race that was run frantically early. The Gold Ace surprisingly flew across the field to find the top from Bitobliss and Smoken Up who hunted for the lead but was unable to cross. Off the back Caribbean Blaster loomed up but For A Reason was quickly off his back as the other three wide runners, Beautide and Christen Me flashed him out wide. The mile rate was completed in 1:53.8 with a 55sec last half. Caribbean Blaster held second from Christen Me with Beautide close up in fourth. Luke McCarthy spoke following the race about how much the moment meant to him. “This horse is probably the most special horse I’ve had. He got injured as a four-year-old and to come back at this level after standing at stud is amazing,” McCarthy said. “All credit to the team at home, a big thanks to Yirribee Stud who jogged him up for three months and they are big fans of him. “It worked out good, The Gold Ace went forward and he was entitled to hold the lead, if he had have got the lead early he would have been right there. “I let Kate Gath in front of us on purpose because I thought he’d bring us into the race and he took us where we’d need to be.” For A Reason has now won 24 from 35 in his first Group 1 success since the QLD Derby in 2010. By Blake Redden (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)

Hopetoun Park trainer Ross Sugars took the honours at the Warragul HRC fixture held on Monday December 2 after preparing a stable treble, with reinsman son Greg driving two of the stable runners. New addition Living Lord (Greg) taking the Warragul Cup Easter Sunday Pace for C4 to C6 class over 2205 metres and Forest Fury the Danny's The Venue Pace for C1 class over the same trip. Living Lord a former member of the Jackson Painting (Narrandera) team making his first appearance for the camp, led throughout from gate three to easily account for Andy Gath's Regal Knight who wasn't disgraced after facing the breeze, with Mister Clooney third. The mile rate a new track record of 1-57.9. A six year old Kiwi bred gelded son of Live Or Die and Lady Matueus, Living Lord has fronted the starter on 30 occasions, winning 11 times. Four Year old gelding Forest Fury (Bettors Delight/Forest Glory) taking a concession for Melton based Zac Phillips won in identical fashion, leading throughout from gate three in defeating Stynz Boy which trailed in 2-01.1, with Eclipseofthemoon (three back the markers) running on late for third when extricated into the clear on turning. Ex-Kiwi mare Our Burning Desire, a five year old daughter of Real Desire and Knowing Pocket, brought up the treble when successful in the Warragul Pacing Bowl 25 Years Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1785 metres in a rate of 1-57.8. Restrained from a solo second line draw to settle three back in the moving line with the pole marker Hollys Miss Molly a surprise leader, Greg Sugars made a swift forward move racing to the bell to shadow the pacemaker for the final circuit. Joining Hollys Miss Molly on the home turn, Our Burning Desire proved much too strong over the concluding stages, winning by 3.9 metres without being pushed out from the leader, with Greenough third after trailing the front runner and making no impression along the sprint lane. Another Melton area winner on the program was honest five year old Our Sir Vancelot/Cinderella Lady mare Belated for David Manning in the Momentum Equine Myotherapy Pace for C0 class over 2205 metres. Driven by Melton based Zac Phillips, Belated showed plenty of speed at the start from gate five to lead and despite being pressured at various stages by the roughie Cap Lord, still held a narrow margin on the final bend. When Electrastar (four wide from last) appeared to hit the front on the final bend she looked the winner, however Belated refused to give in and fought back to gain the day by 1.1 metres in a rate of 2-02.6. Stormee (one/one - three wide last lap) finished third. Kilmore trainer Rita Burnett combined with nephew Kevin Weidenbach (Jnr) to land the Linc Building Pace for C1 class over 1785 metres with speedy Jet Laag/Spiral Staircase 7-Y-0 gelding Spiral Jet. Bred and raced by staunch stable client Alan Zammit, Spiral Jet taking a concession led for most of the journey from gate three, defeating Jetts Afella which trailed after leading out from the pole, with Viva Courage coming from near last to finish third. The mile rate 2-00.8. Rockbank's Angela McDonough combined with Long Forest reinswoman Kate Gath aboard seven year old Village Jasper/Karara Elle mare Elle Jasper to land the letsgotrotting.com Pace for C1 class over 1785 metres in a mile rate of 2-00.9.. Starting from the extreme draw, Elle Jasper possied three back in the running line, with Rita Burnett's Isntshesomething leading easily from the pole. Despite being off the track on the final bend, Elle Jasper motored to the wire to record a runaway victory in advance of All Aussie Star (one/one - three wide home turn) and the favourite My Lishi a stablemate of the winner which trailed the leader. Coimadai trainer/driver Graeme Whittle did punters no favours, when ten year old Keystone Salute/Solander gelding Keystone Blues greeted the judge in the Pascoe Vale TAB Agency Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2205 metres, paying odds of $29.00 on Supertab. Starting from the 30 metre mark, Keystone Blues who's last success had been at the same track in February, settled with most of the field in front of him, with the favourite Jumeirah Jane crossing the old timer Master Kiesey shortly after the start. Still last at the bell, Keystone Blues saved for one dash at the leaders after following the local Zoes Dream home, finished best to score from My Name Is Earl (one/one) and Zoes Dream which dashed to the front on turning. The mile rate 2-05.8. It was Keystone Blues' 12th victory in 203 outings. Len Baker                        

Long Forest husband and wife Andy & Kate Gath back home after a week in Christchurch with Caribbean Blaster competing at the New Zealand Cup Carnival, took the honours at the Shepparton meeting held on Tuesday November 19 with a stable double – Jeremes Jet/Millpac Maid colt Gowan Brae taking the Elite Horse Transport 3-Y-0 Pace over 2190 metres and 6-Y-0 Yankee Paco/Katie Daley mare Jumeirah Jane the Hunter Home Hardware Trotters Handicap for T0 class over the same journey. Gowan Brae raced by Greg Brodie of Courage Under Fire fame, was first up since April and led throughout from the pole to easily account for the first starter Major Crocker off a three wide trail from near last in the final circuit on the back of the third placegetter Provocatator (one/one) in the last lap. The mile rate 1-59.3. Much improved mare Jumeirah Jane raced by Bullengarook’s Wendy Harrison in partnership with mother Jean Johnstone, was probably the most popular winner on the night when making her 16th appearance at the races. Starting from barrier three, Jumeirah Jane crossed Giacomo inside her shortly after the start and was always travelling boldly under a tight rein. Showing no signs of stopping, Jumeirah Jane scored by 7.7 metres in a rate of 2-06.1 over Thumbs Up Jerry (three back the markers) and the roughie Unsolved Mystery from last. The Goulburn Valley, Bendigo and Echuca areas provided five winners on the program. Moama breeder/owner/trainer/driver Mal Whiteford’s 4-Y-0 Artesian/Kamwood Toy mare Kamwood Dawn snared the Quest Shepparton Pace for C0 class over 1690 metres in a rate of 1-57.8. Given the run of the race from gate three trailing the pacemaker Art De Triumph (gate five), Kamwood Dawn was taken away from the markers on straightening and finished best to score by a half neck from the leader, with Rosemary Lane third after following the pair. Shepparton’s Patrick Ryan combined with Chris Alford to land the Neatline Homes Pace (first division) for C0 class over 1690 metres with 4-Y-0 Rollon Bigred/Chocaholic entire Turnoffate, Raced by Kevin Riseley’s Sheron Park Pty Ltd, Turnoffate despite racing in the open, prevailed by a half head in 1-57.6 in defeating Lets Go Rabbitoh which followed him all of the way. Tuxedo Toff (one/two) finished third after joining the leaders approaching the home turn. Goornong trainer Peter Salathiel joined forces with daughter Katrina to capture the Grenada Park Standardbreds Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class over 2190 metres with 4-Y-0 Courage Under Fire/Be All Dilinger mare Cheval Charette which did her early racing in King Island. Jumping straight to the front from the pole as the tapes released, Cheval Charette was rated to perfection, running out an easy 8 metre victor in 2-02.3 from a death-seating Illawong Bill and Junie Jasper which trailed the winner. Popular local trainer Geoff (Marto) Martin took advantage of a concession for Bolinda’s Josh Duggan to land the Ausure Insurance Brokers Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres with ex-NSW Real Desire/Nepeans Last Bird 5-Y-0 gelding Mister Desirable, leading for the majority of the journey to gain the day in advance of Saint Liliana (one/one) which joined the winner on the home turn, with Tom Grainger third. The mile rate 1-59.8. Kyabram trainer Greg Caldwell’s honest 4-Y-0 Union Guy/Orta Be Ruthless gelding Ortabe Good saluted the judge in the Neatline Homes Pace (second division) with Tooleen reinsman Nigel Milne in the sulky. Given a cosy trip three back in the moving line from gate three with the polemarker Kentucky Sands leading, Ortabe Good ran home strongly off a three wide trail last lap to gain the day by 4 metres in advance of Donated which raced in the open from the bell, with The Muse (one/one) third. The mile rate 1-58.9. Other winners on the nine event card were : Jingling Silver (Paul Davies – Baddaginnie) with Daryl Douglas in the sulky and Our Warwick Lad (David Aiken – Avenel) and Nathan Jack. Len Baker

One of the best SEW Eurodrive Miracle Miles in recent years now looks a formality on Saturday week after some of harness racing’s big guns set their sights on winning this weekend’s $100,000 Cordina Chicken Farms Sprint at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Boom former Kiwi Ideal Scott will line up against former Miracle Mile winners Smoken Up and Baby Bling as well as New Zealand Cup improvers Fly Like An Eagle and Caribbean Blaster over the Miracle Mile track and distance in an effort to earn automatic qualification for the elite sprint. Those already qualified or invited to contest the big race are Beautide, Im Victorious, Christen Me, Terror To Love and Saturday night’s Coca-Cola Sprint winner Restrepo. Saturday night’s winner earns an automatic invitation – while the losing connections will have to cross their fingers and hope the directors of the NSW Harness Racing Club are feeling generous. The field, in barrier order, for this weekend’s Group One Cordina Sprint is: No. HORSE DRIVER 1 Mister Presley (2nd em) 2 Abettorpunt                       Matthew Craven 3 Fly Like An Eagle             Gavin Fitzpatrick 4 Ideal Scott                         Luke McCarthy 5 Gaius Caesar                   Darren Binskin 6 Field Officer (1st em)       Grant Dixon 7 Forever Gold                      Darren Weeks 8 Mach Beauty                      Mark Jones 9 Caribbean Blaster            Kate Gath 10 Terrorway                         John McCarthy 11 Smoken Up                     Lance Justice 12 Baby Bling                       Mat Rue By Sean Vella  

Owner Terry McDonald and trainers Graham and Paul Court are proud to finally be able to call their horse Terror To Love a champion. Because, quite clearly, that’s what he is. And no one, in their right mind, can now argue against them - After all, he has just won his third consecutive New Zealand Trotting Cup, equalling the legendary False Step and Indianapolis – And what a win it was! The Western Terror six-year-old who up until now has been, for reasons unbeknown to me, labelled as just a “great horse”, today earned his spot as champion – Something that, despite what many media personnel have said, Christen Me and Adore Me are yet to do. Whilst Terror To Love equalled the record for the most wins in the New Zealand Cup today, his driver Ricky May managed to go one better, breaking the late Cecil Devine’s record of six wins in the great race. However, an always modest Ricky May will be the first person to remind you that Devine trained  his six winners as well, while he has “only driven his seven”. But, at the start, the fairytale story didn’t look likely with Terror To Love making an uncharacteristic mistake at the start. “After he missed away I really did think it was all over,” admits Owner Terry McDonald. “It wasn’t until I saw how well he was travelling on the bend that I regained my confidence,” he added. Graham Court however, was confident as soon as ‘Terror’ landed the top. “Obviously I was worried when he missed away, but I was just hoping that Ricky (May) would get around them as I knew that, with Fly Like An Eagle in front and Christen Me locked up, the lead would be there for him,” said Court. “As soon as he got the front, I knew they wouldn’t beat him,” he added. Although Christen Me had beaten Terror To Love in two of the three lead up races that they clashed in, Graham Court had told Terry McDonald he would not be beating them today. “Graham told me at the start of the week that I would have to give up smoking so I sounded alright in the winning speech,” quipped McDonald. “He was only 80% in his first two lead-up races and 90% in the Ashburton Flying Stakes,” confesses Court. “I really did peak him for today, “Court said while celebrating over stiff Whisky. Although Terror To Love is now an undisputed New Zealand champion, he still has unfinished business across the Tasman. “The Miracle Mile and the Interdominion Final are now our two main targets,” said Court. “I’m keen to show the Aussies just how good this horse is.” And as for an attempt at four consecutive New Zealand Cups – “It’s too early to say. It’s another year away, I’m definitely not writing it off though.” Terror To Love paced the 3200m standing-start journey in 3-57 (Second fastest ever to Changeover) which, when you consider that he lost at least 20 metres at the start, is simply staggering. “This horse really does mean the world to me and family and today I am, without a doubt, the happiest man in the world,” concluded McDonald. The run-down: 2013 winning mile rate: 1:59.1 Last 800m: 56 even. Last 400m: 27.7. Placings: Fly Like An Eagle (Mark Purdon) 2, Christen Me (Dexter Dunn) 3, Pembrook Benny (Zac Butcher) 4, Caribbean Blaster (Kate Gath) 5. Margins: Neck, 1-1/4 L, ¾ L, 2-1/4 L. Winning dividend: $2.70 (second favourite). Winning owner: McDonald Bloodstock Limited. Winning breeder: Terry McDonald.  By Mitchell Robertson

After months of preparation and build up, the fi nal fi eld to take part in the 2013 Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup has been named. In just seven days time one of our elite harness racers will be crowned NZ Cup champion for 2013; bringing with it riches and the adoration of the harness racing public. This year’s edition of the Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup promises to be another classic. A quality field and several sub-plots within the contest will ensure the racing public is captivated once again by our greatest race. Next week Terror To Love will bid to become just the third horse to win three consecutive NZ Cups. The first was Indianpolis in 1934, 1935. 1936. Then came False Step in 1958, 1959 and 1960. Given the NZ Cup has been run since 1904 this will truly be one of harness racing’s great modern achievements, should Terror To Love, trainer Graham Court and his team associated with the star stallion make history. As a driver, Ricky May will bid to create his own piece of history. While not on board for Terror To Love’s fi rst of two NZ Cups to date, five other NZ Cup driving wins has him alone at the top the Cup leaderboard with Cup great Cecil Devine who trained and drove six wins. May’s six wins to date are Inky Lord in 1989, Iraklis 1997, Mainland Banner 2005, Monkey King 2009 and 2010,Terror To Love 2012. Two Aussie invaders threaten sanctity of the local grip on our greatest harness race. Both horses come with women drivers. Suave Stuey Lombo has had two starts in his New Zealand campaign for mixed results. Though his efforts have been strong with driver Lauren Penella, his standing start manners have cost him dearly. A resurgent Caribbean Blaster is back for another attempt at the Cup this year after a luckless 2012 campaign. Fighting back from a setback last month, Caribbean Blaster stormed home in the second fastest mile ever record last week in Sydney and looks to be peaking again. With gun driver Kate Gath in the sulky Caribbean Blaster has the Group One record, the class and chops to take it to the star New Zealand pairing of Terror To Love and Christen Me. Despite his bad, uncharacteristic gallop in last week’s Flying Stakes at Ashburton, boom gelding Christen Me is still rated the horse to beat by many experts. Despite losing such great horses as Themightyquinn and Bitobliss in the Cup build-up, the strength and depth of this year’s field is evidenced by the fact that a form horse such as Besotted could not make the top 18. There will be many talking points emerging regarding the race in the coming days. It is a race of dreams for many and at 5.15pm next Tuesday afternoon at Addington Raceway, someones dream will become reality. CHRISTCHURCH CASINO NEW ZEALAND TROTTING CUP - FINAL FIELD 1 Choise Achiever (E3) 2 Easy On The Eye 3 Christen Me 4 Jimmy Johnstone 5 Four Starzzz Flash 6 Mah Sish 7 Terror To Love 8 Fly Like An Eagle 9 Jason Rulz 10 Pembrook Benny 11 Highview Tommy 12 Phantom Grin (E2) 13 Pass Them By (E1) 14 Caribbean Blaster 15 Franco Ledger 16 Suave Stuey Lombo UR1 17 Sleepy Tripp UR2 18 Mach Banner UR3 Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand

An Introduction From The CEO At the Community Clubs Association of Victoria Awards night on October 15, Tabcorp Park was a finalist in the Victorian Club of the Year which is great credit to the venue staff.  Congratulations go to the winner, Buckleys Entertainment Centre in Geelong. HRV Annual Report The HRV Annual Report for 2012/13 was tabled in Parliament on October 16.  Click here for the Premier and Minister for Racing’s press release which coincided with the tabling. Chris Alford – Children’s Tumour Foundation The dust has now settled on the Charity Football Match recently held at Melton. The industry got behind the day which was a fundraiser for Chris Alford’s charity, the Children’s Tumour Foundation (CTF). As we know Chris’ daughter Katie suffers from NF, a tumour related disease and the Alford family have been great supporters of the Foundation. With the support of the Harness Racing Industry Chris and Alison Alford have raised over $85,000 for NF since Katie’s diagnosis – a fantastic achievement. Congratulations go to them both, and HRV will continue to support their efforts in raising awareness of NF. As an unfortunate post script to the football match, Chris suffered an injury in a crunching tackle and missed three weeks in the sulky, which only slightly delayed his quest for 5,000 winners (currently 4,986). Website Usage The harness.org.au website continues its extraordinary growth. For the month of August 2013, the website attracted 780,000 visits, compared to 690,000 last August, a rise of 13%. Most popular area visited remains “Fields” with 440,000 visits (up 15%) followed by “Results” 195,000 (up 15%). Mobile usage of the site for August was 46,000 visits, up from 25,000 the previous August. The HRV Facebook page has over 3000 “Likes” – 80% from within Australia. Brazil is 7th on the list with 16 people liking our page. The Old and the New There cannot possibly be any other sport where the age range of participants who can succeed at the highest level is so varied and where gender is no barrier. Our sport has been infiltrated by young people in recent years. If you take a look at the premiership lists for the 2013/14 season so far, you will see youngsters such as Greg Sugars, Emma Stewart, Nathan Jack, Amy Tubbs, Matthew Craven, Kate Gath, Josh Duggan, Jason Lee, Michael Stanley, all at the top of the tree. Yet only recently, horses driven by Matt Donaldson, Dick Lee and Brian Gath filled the trifecta in a race at Bendigo, with combined ages of 226! Male, female, young or old all compete on an equal basis in our great industry. Harness Review – 20 Years Mid October signified the 20 year anniversary of the popular radio show Harness Review. Congratulations to evergreen Len Baker who has been with the show since its inception. Well done also to long time co-hosts such as Clinton Welsh, Brian Dobson and Alexandra Hurley as well as a band of regular contributors, including our own Craig Rail. The show has a loyal band of followers on Melton 979fm from 8pm to 10pm every Monday night.  The internet now takes the show to a wider audience. Well done to Len and the team! Vale Peter Nova Peter had a long association with HRV, predominantly as a representative for Radio 3UZ and in later years for Sky Racing. He was a hail and hearty character well known across the industry. Sadly Peter passed away in September. Apart from his infectious nature, Peter was top of mind with many of HRV’s corporate supporters. About five years ago, when driving in the annual Go Kart Day, Peter suffered a massive heart attack, and was clinically dead for some time. As a result of several people’s efforts Peter was miraculously brought back to life and we were able to see his smiling face for a few more years. HRV and the Pegasus Club were represented at the funeral. Dick Collinson Dick was one of trotting’s most colourful characters. He passed away in late September at the age of 90. He was a prominent trainer during the Showgrounds era with several top line horses including Grand Monarch, Rich Dale and Sandy Spring. HRV Legend Gordon Rothacker drove for Collinson. Away from the trots, Dick was a keen Bulldog fan and was President of Footscray between 1974 and 1978. Bill Lanyon Bill passed away on September 20, at the age of 75. The Lanyon family have been publishers of newspapers for generations, most particularly in the Mildura region. They have been supporters of the trots industry over a long period. Our condolences go to Bill’s son Ross who continues the family tradition with the Sunraysia Daily and ownership of pacers. Ross is also Chairman of Country Racing Victoria. Did You Know Congratulations go to Tabcorp Park employee Kathleen Mullan, who managed to get her former pacing racehorse MF Hollywood through to the prestigious Garryowen final during the Royal Melbourne Show. Affectionately known as “James,” he became the first ever standardbred to make it through to the Garryowen. Kathleen and James performed with distinction before a large and enthusiastic crowd.

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