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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 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.

Caribbean Blaster has been named the 2012/13 Victorian Horse of the Year. In a unanimous decision, the horse from Andy and Kate Gath's Long Forrest stable enjoyed a breakout season on the Grand Circuit which saw a string of Group 1 performances. His win in the Victoria Cup will long be remembered as a triumph against adversity; starting from the extreme gate he was sent out a 30/1 chance but blew his rivals apart in the Tabcorp Park Melton straight. Leaving champions Im Themightyquinn and Smoken Up in his wake, he continued his brilliant early season form which saw him unplaced only three times in 14 starts. His Inter Dominion heat win was followed by an unlucky fifth in the Grand Final at Menangle. Many might have thought that would see him out for the season, but that wasn't the case. He returned to Melton in the Hot To Trot Stampede and produced a breathtaking performance to defeat his rivals by over 10 metres in the 1200-metre dash. Caribbean Blaster's season throughout 2012/13 demonstrated he has transformed into one of Australia's leading pacers. With a racetrack return not far off, the son of Bettors Delight is sure to be mixing it in each of the Grand Circuit races he contests in the next 12 months. Andy Gath spoke glowingly the morning after his superstar pacer received the honour. "It's not something you train horses to do, win awards, but it's a massive thrill when it comes up," Gath said. "We didn't really think about it until the nominations came out and then we thought we actually might win Horse Of The Year. "He'll come back this season and we all know how good he is, make no mistake there are some top horses out there like Bitobliss and Im Themightyquinn, it's just exciting to have our guy back next Friday." For the second year running a two-year-old has taken the Trotter of the Year award. Im Stately thoroughly dominated his juvenile squaregaiting rivals through the Vicbred Super Series and Breeders Crown. His flawless gait and high cruising speed made him a joy for punters and participants to watch as he crushed his competition in the season's biggest races. Last term's Trotter of the Year, Blitzthemcalder, took out the Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt or Gelding of the Year to make it consecutive wins in his age and gender category. A winner of the Great Northern Derby in New Zealand, he continued to carve out brilliant times and made it clear that when he is on song, there aren't many better squaregaiters in the land. The Industry Awards were also distributed for the participants who work tirelessly all year round and there weren't too many shocks. Based on premiership results, the Victorian State Trainer of the Year was taken by the Sunraysia's leading light, Shayne Cramp. Cramp took domination to a new level last season, training 155 winners at a strike-rate of over 30%. He was joined by Lance Justice who took the award for the Leading Metropolitan Trainer, one win clear of Geoff Webster. Chris Alford (Leading State Driver), Gavin Lang (Leading Metropolitan Driver) and Ellen Tormey (Leading Concession Driver) shared the honours driving honours for the past 12 months. The full list of award winners on the night has been compiled below. COMPLETE WINNERS LIST Victorian Horse of the Year - Caribbean Blaster Victorian Trotter of the Year - Im Stately Aged Pacer of the Year - Caribbean Blaster Aged Trotter of the Year - I Didnt Do It Mare of the Year - Blucolla Tigerpie 2YO Colt or Gelding of the Year (Pacing) - Major Secret 2YO Filly of the Year (Pacing) - Mindarie Priddy 2YO Colt or Gelding of the Year (Trotting) - Im Stately 2YO Filly of the Year (Trotting) - Claudys Princess 3YO Colt or Gelding of the Year (Pacing) - Guaranteed 3YO Filly of the Year (Pacing) - Itz Nosurprisesthere 3YO Colt or Gelding of the Year (Trotting) - Blitzthemcalder 3YO Filly of the Year (Trotting) - Spidergirl Victorian Trainer of the Year - Shayne Cramp Metropolitan Trainer of the Year - Lance Justice Victorian Driver of the Year - Chris Alford Metropolitan Driver of the Year - Gavin Lang Victorian Concession Driver of the Year - Ellen Tormey Harness Racing Victoria

Short priced favourites collected most of the races at the Warragul trots on Monday afternoon. Four of the winners started "odds-on" with TAB punters, and another two tote elects also scored on the eight race card. Husband and wife Andy and Kate Gath took honours with a double, courtesy of Glenferrie Affair and Western Rockstar, which both won easily. Pakenham horseman Tony Mallia won the sixth race with the well-bred Broadway Avenue, which had finished last at its only other start at Kilmore in July. Broadway Avenue started at long odds in its win. Champion reinsman Chris Alford stitched up another Warragul drivers' premiership when Im Living The Dream took out the fifth race in fast time. Members of the National Servicemen's Association were in attendance at the meeting, which helped boost crowd numbers. Members of branches as far afield as Monash and the Mornington Peninsula enjoyed the Warragul Harness Racing Club's hospitality. With Monday's meeting completing Warragul's racing season, the next trots program is not due at Logan Park until Monday, December 2. Kyle Galley

Barrier draws for the 2013 Blue Chip Farms Breeders Crown semi-finals have just been released and the eight qualifiers have been defined by the way the numbers have fallen. Plenty of favourites have drawn to advantage, while others will have to overcome trickier starting positions, but it’s something they must all conquer to be crowned Breeders Crown champion on August 18. In race 1 on the program, the American Ideal Breeders Crown semi-final for two-year-old colts and geldings, Kiwi pair Messini and Our Maxim have drawn wide on the front line in five and six respectively. Messini was a brilliant winner in his heat at Bendigo back on July 23, while Our Maxim has taken out New Zealand’s most prominent Sales race the PGG Wrightson, before accounting for a small heat field across the ditch. The Belinda McCarthy-trained Bling It On won’t have it easy from 11 (10 if the emergency is scratched) while Motor Smoker, who continues to improve, has drawn two on the front row. In the second event of the night, the Bettors Delight Breeders Crown semi-final for three-year-old fillies, likely favourite Frith had her grip tightened on the race as she drew pole position over the 2200-metre trip. A winner of the Victoria and WA Oaks already this season, the four time Group 1 winner has only lost one race for the entire season and looks set to extend her outstanding record. It won’t be a walkover however, with Kiwi-cum-Tasmanian filly Delightful Christian drawn directly behind the pole marker and coming off a string of wins that included a Breeders Crown heat success over subsequent repechage winner Nola Mayhem. Southern Cross winner Getya Wings Out will also compete in the same heat, having drawn three to continue her vein of good form. In the first heat for the three-year-old colts and geldings, Tasmanian hope Pachacuti has drawn wide on the front in barrier six, while Victorian fancy Ginger Bliss will need to navigate his way from 10. Echeveira will begin from the extreme draw for Long Forrest team Andy and Kate Gath. The second semi-final for two-year-old colts and geldings has drawn together a class field and last start winner Our Sky Major will no doubt be in the forefront of punters minds from his kind draw of one. With a thoroughly dominant Bray win already under his belt, he will have to compete with Vicbred Super Series winner Major Secret (2) as well as NSW star Lettucerockthem who will follow out Emma Stewart’s half-brother to Beauty Secret. Gritty Bendigo heat winner, All Eyes On Us, will come out of four if the emergency is scratched. Recent Group 1-winner Im Smouldering has drawn two (comes out of one if the emergency is scratched) in the next race while QLD marvel, Montana Marie, will start from directly on her outside for Darrell Graham. Gypsy Babe has been a revelation in recent times but her awkward draw of three on the second row won’t do her any favours in a tricky semi-final. Some of the most talented three-year-old’s in the series have drawn in the second semi-final for the boys and the barrier draws have divided opinions. Bit Of A Legend for Cran Dalgety will start from five while compatriot Border Control starts from just inside him in four. Standout Victorian Nowitzki had his chances dealt a blow when he drew the 11 marble while the promising Chilli Palmer will have to come from the second-widest draw of 12 to qualify for the final. Mindarie Priddy – arguably the star of the pacing series – has drawn seven, giving her the chance to find her feet early in a small field of eight for the first of the semi-finals for two-year-old fillies. New Zealand’s main hope for the juvenile girl’s series, Te Amo Bromac, will start from barrier four with Des McQueen Classic winner Fon Design in pole position. The last race on the night has seen repechage winner Quick Draft come up with barrier one for David Aiken and Chris Alford. Out wider is Whereibylong for Emma Stewart, who produced the filly for a strong first-up win in her heat late last month. For the full fields, barrier draws and form on Saturday night’s Blue Chip Farms Breeders Crown semi-final meeting at Ballarat simply click here. by Blake Redden Courtesy of Harness Racing Victoria

The Nyah Harness Racing Club held a terrific meeting at the Swan Hill Racing Centre on Thursday June 27, with winners coming from far and wide.

Harness Racing returned to the Swan Hill Racing Centre on Tuesday April 2 when the Nyah HRC staged a neat eight event card dominated by visitors.

This Saturday night's (March 23) Pryde's EasiFeed Great Southern Star will double as a major charity event for the Women's Cancer Foundation Ovarian Cancer Institute.

The spotlight was on the squaregaiters at the Bendigo harness racing fixture held on Saturday March 9, with the commencement of the Lyn McPherson Memorial Breed For Speed Series for trotting mares over 1609 metres.

It is not often that a horse who is coming off back-to-back Inter Dominion wins, and who was a dominant winner of his final lead-up, doesn't create a dominant impression with bookmakers.

The Victorian heat of the harness racing ID13 was a battle of three of the state's top pacer in the final 100 metres with Caribbean Blaster edging out his rivals to claim a place in the final to be run on March 3. Kate Gath, who drove the winner, exploded off the arm to take the early lead away from Keayang Cullen who had drawn the pole.

The Master Blaster is ready to roll. That is the message from leading Long Forest trainer Andy Gath after nursing Chariots of Fire and Victoria Cup champion Caribbean Blaster through a low grade virus earlier this week

With temperatures around 37 degrees, those in attendance at Charlton certainly braved the extreme heat to witness some exciting harness racing.

Sundons Gift has been one of Australia's most lauded squaregaiters. A globetrotter in the true sense of the word, his harness racing career was halted after illness crippled him to a point where the Lang team thought he was best served in a retirement paddock.

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