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The promotion for the female driver’s to wear TEAL driving pants in March to promote awareness of OVARIAN CANCER has been a major success with the girls booting home a total of 61 winners. March was highlighted by the massive night at Tabcorp Park where over $80,000 was raised for the WOMEN’S CANCER FOUNDATION in conjunction with Girls Night Out and the PRYDE’S EASIFEED GREAT SOUTHERN STAR. The leading female driver for the month was WCF Ambassador Jodi Quinlan with seven wins, closely followed by a group of four drivers with six winners – Kerryn Manning, Alison Chisholm, Kate Gath and Rebecca Bartley. For further information or to donate to the fantastic cause please go to http://www.womenscancerfoundation.org.au/ By HRV Media

Thursday night harness racing was held at Kilmore with most classes catered for in an entertaining eight event card. Former Kiwi trainer/driver Warren Cochrane now based at Bagshot in Central Victoria, brought up victory number three with much improved four year old Mach Three / Executive Lady gelding Uroc Mman in the VHRSC Pace (Heat 2) for C1 class over 2180 metres at Kilmore on Thursday. Given the run of the race from inside the second row trailing the pole line pacemaker The Major League, Uroc Mman finished hard along the sprint lane to gain the day over the leader in a rate of 2-00.1. Rogers Joy (three back the markers) finished third. Axedale trainer/driver Mick Carbone’s New Zealand bred Mach Three / Vermillion five year old gelding Master Pip overcame a 30 metre backmark to land the Harness Thursday Trackside Treats Pacers Handicap for C1 class over 2150 metres. Stepping safely, Master Pip gradually made ground to be one/two mid-race, before moving a spot closer when the heavily backed Miss Toolern Vale crossed the leader Forever Arma at the bell leaving Sunrise Lady in the open. Taken three wide in the last lap to be outside the leader on the home turn, Master Pip gained the upper hand shortly after, holding a 4.5 meter margin to the wire in accounting for Miss Toolern Vale and Forever Arma in a rate of 2-02. Parwan trainer Geoff Walker combined with Jodi Quinlan to capture the Catch It To Kilmore 2-Y-0 Trotters Handicap over 1660 metres with Muscle Hill / Adellas Dash filly Glenferrie Burn. Making her third race appearance, Glenferrie Burn raced by Peter Chambers’ Glenferrie Farms Pty Ltd was safely away from barrier four, settling four back along the markers, before moving to be one/one in the final circuit following her stablemate Glenferrie Belle. Easing three wide on the final bend, Glenferrie Burn ran home stylishly to score by 3.2 metres in a slick rate of 2-07.2 for the babies over Mister Oz which did everything right to lead, with Glenferrie Belle third. Melton’s Alison Chisholm snared the www.facebook.com/kilmoreracing Claiming Pace over 2180 metres with Kiwi bred six year old Falcon Seelster / Mustang Sally gelding Jaccka Murphy. Trapped outside the pole line pacemaker Jaccka Tom from gate three in the early stages, Jaccka Murphy was driven with aggression to take over and once in front relaxed beautifully after spending plenty of petrol. Kicking clear on straightening, Jaccka Murphy defeated Summer Ace which raced outside him from the bell, giving the Melton district the quinella, with Jaccka Tom holding down third. The mile rate 2-00.8. Long Forest duo Andy and Kate Gath brought up victory number eleven with honest It Is I/Shot Of Sugar four year old entire Quadentate in the Kilmore Timber Hardware Mitre 10 Pace for C5 & C7 class over 2180 metres in a rate of 1-57.8. Starting from the extreme draw, Quadentate settled four back in the running line, with Salem leading from gate four. Commencing a forward move three wide solo at the bell, Quadentate gradually made ground on the leaders before finishing his race off well to score from Nimble Jack along the sprint lane after trailing the front runner. Artoc (three back the markers – four wide home turn) finished third. by Len Baker Courtesy of Harness Racing Victoria

The Pryde’s EasiFeed Great Southern Star is still in its infant state but after making waves on the international stage in its inaugural year 12 months ago, the scene is set for another classic. With the prizemoney for the final topped up to $300,000, taking the entire series to $400,000, it has already become the most sought after trotting race in the southern hemisphere. And one combination that will be vying for a share in the stakes is Elegant Image and Kate Gath. The pair combined last year to run second in both their heat and final but that was when the horse was nowhere near his best. Now, he is flying; coming off a win in the Group 1 Knight Pistol a fortnight ago, Gath couldn’t have wished for anything more, except perhaps a better barrier in their elimination heat. .“What can you do? You’ve just got to go out there and do your best and be optimistic. It’s not going to be easy; we’re going to have our work cut out,” Gath said on RSN’s industry leading program Gait Speed on Tuesday. “He was trotting terribly in last year’s Great Southern Star so he did quite a job to finish where he did because he just had no rhythm. At the moment I’m really happy with him, if we just get a tiny bit of luck in the heat I’m sure we can make the final.” Even that might be enough because in a race that’s so very different from every other on the calendar, connections choose their own barrier in order of where they finished in the qualifiers. So finishing fifth and scraping into the final will almost certainly guarantee a poor barrier. And in a race with so many top line squaregaiters, that could be a crucial blow heading into the race run just three hours after the first heat. In saying that, Gath sees no reason Elegant Image won’t have the pick of the barriers despite being a $10 chance in his heat with TAB fixed odds. “He feels terrific. He had a couple of little issues in between his form of a few months ago which made it difficult but thankfully it appears we’ve been able to resurrect him and everything is on song again now,” She said. “I was happy with his run in Sydney and although Keystone Del was unlucky in the Knight Pistol, we did all the work in the death so I was really happy with that run too.” As for preparation in between heat and final, it will be an almost well-worn path for the six-year-old gelding. “We walked him a little bit in between last year but he always works heats and he seems to go much better in the second heat so it’s sort of what he’s used to even though the gap will be bigger if he does qualify,” Gath said. Elegant Image is an $18 chance with TAB Fixed Odds to win the second-ever running of the Group 1 Pryde’s EasiFeed Great Southern Star with the final set down for 10pm. By Blake Redden (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)

The Victorian female drivers did the industry and campaign to increase awareness in Ovarian Cancer proud on the weekend. The female drivers are wearing TEAL DRIVING TROUSERS in March to promote this fantastic cause and on the weekend they won seven races to keep awareness at the forefront of people’s minds. Alison Chisholm continued her super March winning with Victoria May at Tabcorp Park on Saturday and in a post-race interview that she would be happy to wear TEAL pants year round given her run of success with four winners already this month. Kate Gath drove a double at Tabcorp Park on Saturday taking her monthly tally to four, which is the same total that Kerryn Manning has for the month following her double at Boort on Sunday. Female drivers have saluted the judge in 27 races so far in March. The Women’s Cancer Foundation – Ovarian Cancer Institute are holding a massive fundraiser at the Pryde’s Easifeed Great Southern Star meeting this Saturday 22 March at Tabcorp Park. For more information please go to http://www.trot.com.au/hottotrot/  or http://www.womenscancerfoundation.org.au    HRV Media

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

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