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Trainer Peter Manning has freshened up exciting harness racing gelding Christmas Jolt in time for the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series. The son of Village Jolt/Christmas Cullen hasn’t been to the races since finishing second to Soho Lexington in the Group 2 Consolation at Menangle on April 26. Christmas Jolt will resume in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series (2YO Colts and Geldings 2nd Heat) tomorrow night at Bendigo, drawing barrier three with Kerryn Manning to drive. The exciting juvenile won his first four races before finishing second to Dont Holt Back in the Sapling Stakes at Tabcorp Park Melton. Belinda McCarthy has Thats How Weroll engaged in barrier four tomorrow night with Greg Sugars to drive, while exciting Brallos Pass has drawn gate six for Nathan Jack and trainer Mark Watson, David Miles has Time Keepa Lombo in barrier eight and Shadow Sax (Peter Tonkin and Gavin Lang) will be out to emulate his last-start Charlton success and has snared the pole draw. Cody Winnell

Former New Zealander Blue Sky Commander is a raging favourite to make a successful Australian debut at Globe Derby on Saturday night. Transferred to leading Victorian horsewoman Kerryn Manning by owner Merv Butterworth last week, Blue Sky Commander is engaged in the time-honoured South Australia Trotters’ Derby. Triumphant at three of his last five starts, Blue Sky Commander has been posted as a $1.35 hot shot by TAB Fixed Odds after drawing perfectly in barrier two. Fellow Victorian youngster Amarula is regarded as the biggest threat despite drawing the outside of the front line. Unbeaten from four starts since arriving in Australia, Amarula is listed at $3.30. Thrilled with the squaregaiter’s form before leaving the Shaky Isles, Butterworth is extremely confident Blue Sky Commander will emerge victorious in the Blue Riband. “I think he will prove too classy from the draw,” Butterworth said. “He is a very talented trotter and is capable of winning some bigger races. “The only slight query is lack of fitness, but I’m not really concerned. “There are no set short term plans for him after this, but the Victoria Trotters’ Derby in July is the reason I brought him over here. “Whatever he does this weekend he will be a lot better for the run.” Butterworth, who co-owns his team with his wife Meg, also revealed his long term plans for star pacer Arden Rooney. With the son of Bettors Delight enjoying a well-earned spell, Butterworth has set his sights on next season’s New Zealand Cup. That will mean bypassing the Perth Inter Dominion in November. “He is having a break at the moment,” Butterworth said. “The plan is to definitely take him back to New Zealand for the Cup, which means the Inter Dominion isn’t part of his agenda.” PAUL COURTS

Kerryn Manning and Arden Rooney captured Cup No.4 this season as the former Kiwi gelding scored his seventh straight harness racing win in Saturday night’s Group 2 Park Douglas Printing Mildura Pacing Cup. The brilliant son of leading sire Bettors Delight, who leads Art Major and Christian Cullen on the national top-20 sires table, ran to the lead inside the 1200m before coming right away for a 16.4-metre success in the 2600m, $50,275 feature. Manning piloted Arden Rooney, who started $1.60, an absolute treat – keeping him out of the early trouble when Hotasel galloped and unsettled the field – before dictating the second quarter (32.2secs) and then sprinting home in 56.4secs (28.5secs and 27.9secs third and fourth splits). The winner rated 1:58.6 – his mile rate second only to Safari's in 2007 in the race's record books. >> Arden Rooney takes out yet another cup Hotasel, driven by Simon Jardine, ran second from his pole draw at $43.20, hitting the line hard in the final 50m. His run was encouraging given he galloped early, while Major Crocker led from two before trailing Arden Rooney and battled on for third at odds of $7.20. Lets Elope ran fourth, Beachstar was brave in fifth and Uncle Wingnut was also courageous after a tough run to finish sixth. Of the beaten brigade Chilli Palmer had no luck in transit, working double-time in the run after getting caught wide around the galloping Hotasel early, while Franco Ledger was also inconvenienced early and failed to run on late. The Tankard Dental Mildura Guineas went to Glenferrie Bunter (Somebeachsomewhere/Laugh Out Loud) for trainer/driver Ryan Hryhorec, who took the colt to the lead early. The winner got away with a 31.3secs first quarter before pacing through the second split in 30.3secs. Glenferrie Bunter upped the tempo significantly down the back, racing well clear with a 28.3secs third stanza, and when he headed down the side it was game over for rivals – the South Australian pacer in a world of his own. Coming home with a 28.7secs final quarter (57secs last half) Glenferrie Bunter scored by 42.9 metres. It felt like an eternity waiting for the second horse to clock in, Big Shot Bob working home at $16 for Greg Sugars, with Riley James also hitting the line strongly for Michael Bellman at $15.10 in third. >> Re-live Glenferrie Bunter's enormous Mildura Guineas win Emma Stewart and Gavin Lang combined to take out the annual Mark Gurry & Associates Cup with four-year-old Art Major entire Major Secret, who defeated runner-up Sapphire Swayze by 4.9 metres. From the pole, Major Secret started $1.30 with the bookies and controlled the race with a winning mile rate of 1:59.9. Ryan Hryhorec took driving honours on Cup night with a winning double courtesy of the abovementioned Guineas triumph and victory on Franck Mercieca-trained Vee Rock – by Universal Rock out of Sands A Flyin Kiwi mare Annie Teaghan – in the Loddon Valley Stud Free-for-All at $13.80. Boris Devcic finished with a training double, Captain Under Fire (Courage Under Fire/Awakemecate) taking out the Mallee Bearings Pace at $6.40 and striking gelding Soho Jagger (Art Major/Chip And Gale) causing a boil-over in the Mildura Working Man’s Club Pace Final over 2190m, winning at $55.20. Other winners were Freds A Safari (by previous Mildura Cup winner and race record holder Safari out of Monaloo) in the DNR Logistics Pace, Barnbougle Jack in the Mildura Rural City Council Pace for Ken Tippett (the gelding by Gotta Go Cullect out of Phoebe Mae), Outback Hall (Blissful Hall out of Stoneridge Connie) for Damian Wilson and Tim Mortlock at $18 in the Sunraysia Daily Pace, and Bettors Delight/Morcheeba five-year-old Angus T Jones for Geoff Webster in the Zilzie Wines Pace. Art Major and Bettors Delight, like they’ve done on numerous prior occasions, shared the breeding honours on the night, each notching a winning double. The Mildura quaddie paid $328.80 (get full TAB results) by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

At his 10th country cup start this season, Road To Rock won his second trophy.   The Keith Cotchin trained seven-year-old edged out Macho Comacho in a thrilling finish to Saturday night’s Renown Silverware Ararat Pacing Cup – adding the victory to his feature race CV alongside his St Arnaud Cup triumph earlier this season.   The gelded son of Village Jasper/Diva La Diva ran to the front after Macho Comacho and Ardle McArdle both held interim leads early.   Ardle McArdle stepped strongly from seven to tackle early leader Macho Comacho out of three, working to the front when Macho Comacho galloped.   Macho Comacho (Chris Alford) quickly got back into stride and hooked off the markers to retake control at the head of affairs, Nathan Jack then seizing the initiative to grab the front aboard Road To Rock when Macho Comacho slowed, which pocketed Ardle McArdle (Amanda Turnbull) three-pegs.   Reigning Ararat Cup winner Savesomtimetodream with Jodi Quinlan aboard then made his move to work to the breeze, giving 2013 Ararat Cup winner Jukebox Music (Glenn Douglas) one-one cover.   Kotare Roland (Neil McCallum) was four-back the markers, Weallwantano (Matthew Craven) on his back, with Turnpike Cruiser (Zac Phillips), Hilltop Hustler (Michael Stanley) and Farmersntradies (Michael Sullivan) in the running line, while Narra Operative (Kerryn Manning) was second-last and Arber (Gavin Lang) made an uncharacteristic bad getaway and settled at the back of the field.   Road To Rock comfortably navigated the opening half of the last mile (31.4 and 30.4 for a 61.8 half) before Jack upped the ante when challenged by Savesomtimetodream down the back.   Road To Rock was still travelling well to the home turn though, shaking off the reigning champ’s challenge with a 28.8 third split.   In the home straight Macho Comacho angled into the sprint lane and charged hard, while Hilltop Hustler and Ardle McArdle were winding up out wide.   But the leader dug deep, Road To Rock holding off all the challengers to score a victory by a head over Macho Comacho, with Hilltop Hustler up for third beaten 3.5 metres.   The winner got home in 29.2 for a 2:02.9 mile rate (last half 58).   Ardle McArdle ran fourth while Kotare Roland showed he was working back into some kind of form with an eye-catching fifth beaten 7.5 metres.   Savesomtimetodream weakened out of the action late to finish sixth beaten 8.2 metres, with Weallwantano heading up the rest in seventh place.   Earlier in the evening father and son Neville and Clinton Welsh combined for victory in the Clive Reid Memorial Ararat Trotters Cup with consistent six-year-old Sundon/Wheels To Go gelding Wildenstein, who led and rated 2:07.2 for the 2570-metre trip.   Wildenstein defeated Death Defying by 3.3 metres with Maorisfavouritesun third.   Meanwhile, trainer Emma Stewart and reinsman Gavin Lang combined with Our Petite Soeur to take out the Angelique Club Vicbred Platinum Mares Sprint Championship (18th heat) by 2.3m over So Demanding with Graceful Affair third.   ROAD TO ROCK’S COUNTRY CUPS RECORD Ararat Cup 1st Echuca Cup 3rd Boort Cup 4th Wangaratta Cup 2nd Stawell Cup 2nd Gunbower Cup 2nd St Arnaud Cup 1st Maryborough Cup 6th Kilmore Cup 8th Swan Hill Cup 2nd   Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria    

A trio of top-notch harness racing two-year-olds took out yesterday's Australian Pacing Gold two-year-old colts’ and geldings’ heats at Tabcorp Park Melton. Christmas Jolt (Village Jolt / Christmas Cullen), Goodtime Sammy (Somebeachsomewhere / Graces Beach) and Kingofthestars (Sportswriter / Kirrilee Joy) all impressed and have ticked off the first important box ahead of the $322,000 final later this month at Menangle. Smythes Creek trainer Emma Stewart trains both Goodtime Sammy and Kingofthestars. The jury’s out regarding which of Stewart’s strong crop of two-year-old pacers is the best, but several have impressed, including today’s winners. Goodtime Sammy was particularly impressive. The colt – a half-brother to Goodtime Bobby – worked to the lead early doors in the 1720-metre race before putting a gap on his rivals down the back straight, racing about 30 metres clear. When he swung for home Goodtime Sammy was still well in front and, while runner-up Most Happy Cullen cut into the final winning margin late, reinsman Greg Sugars hardly moved a muscle aboard Goodtime Sammy who coasted home by 4.7 metres in a mile rate of 1:56.8. It was the winner’s third triumph from three starts following a debut victory over Brallos Pass at Charlton and a last-start 7.9-metre triumph over Rocknroll Gold. As good as Goodtime Sammy was the murmurs around the traps are that stablemate Kingofthestars might be even better. Driven by Nathan Jack, Kingofthestars was able to work to the lead and hold off all comers late for a 13.5-metre win over Brallos Pass in a mile rate of 1:56.5. Today’s meeting opened with Christmas Jolt taking out the first heat of the APG for Peter Manning and reinswoman daughter Kerryn Manning. Christmas Jolt, who won his first four races before running second to Don’t Holt Back in blistering time at Melton, bounced back today to make it five from six with a nine-metre win over Herehecomes in a 1:57 flat mile rate. Christmas Jolt dictated out in front before cruising home, punters who took the shorts – $1.60 – at no point nervous. It was a good day for favourite punters, with Goodtime Sammy ($1.04), Kingofthestars ($1.80), Glenferrie Burn ($1.80), Bettor Downunder ($1.50), Wingara ($1.10) and Kyvalley Vice ($2.10) all prevailing. >> Video Replays Goodtime Sammy runs his rivals off their legs! Christmas Jolt bounces back to winners' list Kingofthestars makes it two APG Heat winners for Stewart by Cody Winnell

Prominent owner Merv Butterworth is poised to continue reaping the rewards of his decision to bypass the Inter Dominion. Unhappy with the conditions of the series, Butterworth elected to scratch A G Hunter Cup hero Arden Rooney from the time-honoured Championship, which concludes with Sunday’s Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle. As such, Arden Rooney has been aimed at local features, such as last weekend’s Terang Cup, which he captured in track record time. The son of Bettors Delight will aim for a Cup hat-trick when he takes his place in Geelong’s flagship event on Saturday night, with Butterworth confident the gelding can annex the popular event despite his awkward draw. Arden Rooney will begin from the outside of the second row for trainer-driver, Kerryn Manning. “The draw isn’t the best, but it’s no different to Terang,” Butterworth said. “He will be driven the same way as Terang. “He will be pushed forward at the start looking for the lead or ‘death’ and hopefully he can outstay them again.” Citing Metro Mike as the main danger, Butterworth also rates Keayang Steamer as a major threat despite his disappointing first-up run. Winner of his last two starts, Metro Mike has drawn to settle forward from barrier three, while Keayang Steamer will begin from barrier nine. One of last season’s surprise packages, Keayang Steamer was unplaced in the Terang Cup when first-up from a six-month spell. “Metro Mike is in good form and has the right draw to make a real go of it,” Butterworth said. “Keayang Steamer is a nice type and will certainly be fitter for the run.” PAUL COURTS

Hunter Cup hero Arden Rooney broke the Terang harness racing track record when he captured the club’s Cup last night. Trained and driven by Kerryn Manning, Arden Rooney rated a slick 1:57.3 for the 2680-metre trip, slashing 1.1 seconds off Sir Galvinator’s record set in February 2007. Thrilled with the performance, owner Merv Butterworth stated he has no regret bypassing the Inter Dominion with the son of Bettor’s Delight. “I didn't want to take him to Sydney for the Supplementary heat, so I took him out of the series,” Butterworth said. “With the form he is in he would have given a good showing in the series, but the decision was made. “This Cup is a great race to win and now we will head to the Geelong Cup with him next week. Little fish can be twice as sweet.” Pushed through from his second row draw, Arden Rooney settled in the ‘death seat’, as Keayang Steamer worked to the lead. Overpowering the pacemaker leaving the back straight, the gelding cruised to a strong 13-and-a-half metre win from Steam Washed, with Lovable Larrikin 10 metres away third. Covering the last half in 55.7 seconds, Arden Rooney extended his record to 13 wins and 14 placings from 38 starts. PAUL COURTS

Leading harness racing owner Merv Butterworth is boycotting the Inter Dominion. Angered by the Championship’s conditions, Butterworth has chosen to miss the series with well-performed pacer, Arden Rooney. Butterworth explained his decision following Arden Rooney’s upset win in tonight’s $400,000 A G Hunter Cup at Tabcorp Park Melton. “We will not race him in the Inter Dominion under protest,” Butterworth said. “We’ve been told that because he was nominated in New Zealand he has to run in the Supplementary heat, which is unacceptable. “He has been trained by Kerryn (Manning) for a month and is officially a Victorian, but New South Wales won’t acknowledge that. “I even wrote a letter of protest and haven’t even received a response.” Inter Dominion heats will be run throughout Australia next weekend, with a Supplementary Heat for ‘visitors’ to be conducted at Menangle. “It is a ridiculous situation and that’s why he’s been withdrawn from the Inter,” Butterworth declared. As for his latest triumph, Arden Rooney caused a major upset when scoring as an $82.90 outsider with Manning in the cart. Beginning well from two, Arden Rooney was positioned behind the leader, Philadelphia Man, which led from two. Angled into the clear at the top of the home straight, the son of Bettors Delight quickly dashed to the front before completing a four-and-a-half metre win from Franco Ledger, with Easy On The Eye a metre away third. “He had the run of the race, but still had to be good enough to win,” Manning said. “The leader over raced a bit, so the solid tempo suited me down to the ground. “After hitting the lead on the turn, the home straight seemed to go on forever, but I knew he would keep on going. “This is right up there with all my good wins.” Covering the last half in 57 seconds, Arden Rooney rated 1:58.4 for the 3280-metre journey, with his time slicing eight-tenths of a second off the track record held by Mah Sish and Christen Me. The five-year-old’s triumph saw Manning become just the third reinswoman to capture the Grand Circuit event since its inception in 1949. Kate Gath was the ground breaker when success with About To Rock in 2006 followed by Natalie Rasmussen who scored with Blacks A Fake in 2008. PAUL COURTS

Local harness racing fans were cheering as the Great Western father-daughter team of Peter and Kerryn Manning combined to take out the Stawell Pacing Cup today. The record-breaking duo scored with outsider, Narra Operative, which upstaged his more fancied rivals in the 2590-metre feature. After racing behind the leader, Road To Rock, the gelding finished strongly along the passing lane to account for the pacemaker and Lord Monaloo. Narra Operative rated 2:03.3 to complete consecutive country cup victories. The son of Armbro Operative annexed Wedderburn’s flagship event on December 14. On the subject of multiple provincial feature wins, Neville Vaughan is proving the ‘King’ of the country trotters’ cups. The nine-year-old overcame a 30-metre backmark to capture the Stawell Trotters’ Cup for trainer Ryan McMillan. Neville Vaughan’s latest triumph - in a track record 2:02.8 for the 2590 metres - adds to his St Arnaud and Wedderburn Trotters’ Cups. Driven by Matthew Craven, the son of Britewell relegated Unico Crown and Looks A Moral to the placings. McMillan indicated Neville Vaughan will continue to follow the cup circuit, with Horsham shaping as a likely target. HRV Media

Twelve of the best harness racing reinsmen in Australasia lined up this afternoon in Invercargill for the inaugural Trans Tasman driving challenge and no quarter was asked or given as bragging rights for the next twelve months were on the line. Chris Alford, Lance Justice, Greg Sugars and Kerryn Manning formed a strong team for the Australians and Justice was his usual confident self prior to the event. " I have a team of superstars who have probably won more races individually than all the Kiwis put together" he said. The North Island had a formidable lineup with Maurice McKendry, David Butcher, Peter Ferguson and Zac Butcher being a good combination of experience and youth. The South Island team also had talent to burn with Dexter Dunn joined by Ricky May, Blair Orange and Nathan Williamson who all having big seasons to this point. The points system was run on a 10 - 7 - 5 - 3 - 1 basis over the six races and that meant consistency was just as important as winning a heat. Lance Justice struck first for the Aussies in heat one while Manning and Alford also chimed in with wins  and Sugars a second but they didn't  trouble the scorer much in some heats. Their combined total after the six heats was 45 points with Chris Alford their highest points scorer with 16 from a win and two placings. The South Island team were in the points all afternoon but Ricky May was the only driver to record a win in the six races. Their combined total after six heats was 49 points with Dexter Dunn their highest points scorer with three thirds and 15 points. The two elder statesmen of the North Island team in Maurice McKendry and David Butcher showed their class throughout the day. David Butcher collected points in every race while Maurice had a win, two seconds and a third to lay the foundation for a winning total. Overall the North island team racked up 62 points for a comfortable win while Maurice Mckendry won the individual title on 29 points from his team mate David Butcher on 24 points. The whole day seemed to enjoyed by all the drivers involved and the Invercargill Harness Racing Club should be congratulated for bringing  todays event to fruition. Harnesslink Media - Check results here 

Star horsewoman Kerryn Manning was declared this year’s Gordon Rothacker Medallist during Harness Racing Victoria’s awards dinner at Tabcorp Park Melton last night. The 13th recipient of the medal, Manning joins her father Peter on the honour roll, with the elder statesman claiming his in 2007. Surprised by the acknowledgement, Manning joked she always felt the medal was for veterans of the industry. “I thought I’m probably not old enough to win the Gordon Rothacker Medal,” the 38-year-old joked. A record-breaking reinswoman, Manning’s feats include being the first driver to pass 300 wins in a season, the first female to register Group One wins on both sides of the equator and the only person to drive six winners at a Victorian metropolitan track. Manning’s magical night at Moonee Valley saw her score with Next Encore, Farewell To Arms, Wenbro, Lombo Rapida, Homer Hawk and Tosca Lombo. Manning also has two sextets on provincial circuits to be the only Australian to drive six winners on a card three times. She also became the Victoria’s youngest Group One winner when partnering Allbenz to victory in the Tatlow Memorial in 1995. Manning thanked her parents Peter and Barbara and husband, Grant Campbell, for their support throughout the years.  “I’ve been very lucky to work with dad, who has been so successful and taught me everything,” Manning said.  “I’d like to thank Grant for his support. He puts up with a lot. We’ve done a good job together as a team. “And of course, my mum, who is always there for me.” PAUL COURTS

Here at Harnesslink, we thought we would be brave and offer our opinion on the Breeders Crown Finals as we head towards one of the seasons biggest harness racing days at Melton on Sunday. Our first preview is of the 2 year old trotters division.  2 year old Trotting Fillies Breeders Crown Final The $87,000 Aldebaran Park final for 2 year old fillies looks to be a battle between three fillies that are all sired via frozen semen and are all by stallions that are at the top of the siring charts in North America. The Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained daughter of Angus Hall in Arya looks very hard to beat here after an outstanding season in New Zealand which was followed up by a great second to the leading Australian male trotter in Eljaykay Phoenix in the Redwood Classic. Arya has been foolproof all season which in the 2 year old trotting ranks is a major plus and with no Endsino in the field she looks to have a class edge as well. Arya should come into five on the front line which is the perfect draw for here as she can stay out of the early rush and work to the lead without having to burn from the gate. The two main dangers to Arya have both drawn nicely on the front line and are both beautifully bred trotters. Glenferrie Burn who has drawn one is a daughter of the brilliant Muscle Hill from the 16 win Sundon mare in Adellas Dash ($102,626). She has developed as the season has progressed and looks a real chance from the draw to get a soft run. Val Gardena who has drawn three is a daughter of leading North American sire Kadabra from an Andover Hall mare. She has only missed a placing once this season in ten starts and comes into this race a last start winner. From her handy draw Blake Fitzpatrick has plenty of options with Val Gardena and she looks a major player here. Of the others Meadow Valley Road and Naked Majesty have both shown enough to be serious place chances but its hard to see them as genuine winning chances. Selections Arya clearly on top, followed by a combination of Val Gardena, Glenferrie Burn, Meadow Valley Road and Naked Majesty. 2 year old Trotting Colts/Geldings Breeders Crown Final The $87,000 Aldebaran Park Final for 2 year old colts/geldings has drawn a cracking field and the draw has only evened out the contest even more.  All the top contenders have drawn the front line with the favourite Eljaykay Phoenix fearing the worst with barrier seven. A son of champion sire Sundon, Eljaykay Phoenix has looked a class above them for most of the season but his recent defeat by Shared Interest has thrown this division wide open. Throw in his draw and the fact that all the real challengers have drawn inside him means if Eljaykay Phoneix and Joshua Aiken are going to win the final, they are going to have to do it the hard way. His main challenger is the son of Angus Hall in Shared Interest who has drawn beautifully at barrier two which gives Nathan Jack plenty of options Weather he tries to park Eljaykay Phoenix or takes a sit on his back, Shared Interest has the all round game to win the final. The chances don't end there with both Illawong Armstrong and Primz Luck capable of toppling the favoured duo if things go their way. Illawong Armstrong finally gets a good draw and Jodi Quinlan will be hoping that the favoured pair go to war which then brings her horse right into play. The enigma of the field is The Pres gelding Primz Luck whose ring craft has let him down lately but who has ability to burn as he showed in New Zealand several times. Now in the Kerryn Manning barn and to be driven by her in the final, Primz Luck threw it away on his Australian debut in the Redwood Classic. Kerryn has had five weeks since then to iron out those kinks and if he gets around on Sunday they will all know they have been to the races. Selections. Can't split the two favourites in Shared Interest and Eljaykay Phoenix due to the draws but lean a bit towards Eljaykay Phoneix on his overall record. Illawong Armstrong and Primz Luck are both live chances depending how the race is run. Throw in Kyvalley Boomerang, Fabrication and Hadrians Phoenix for trifectas and first fours.  Harnesslink Media    

The Horsham Harness Racing Club will stage their traditional 3YO features, the $9505 Alabar Horsham Guineas and $9505 Rosehill Princess of the Wimmera, on Wednesday August 27th. The contests have been part of the Club calendar since the early 1980’s, when the Horsham Ladies Committee sponsored the Horsham Oaks and Derby Trials, under the lights on the tight showgrounds circuit. Alabar Bloodstock has generously donated an inscribed rug and trophies for the winning owner, trainer and driver of the 2014 Guineas. They have also donated a free service to second season stallion, Smiling Shard (1:53.7 $1,089,831) or the proven entire, Elsu (1:53.6 $2,030,796). Rosehill Farm & Veterinary Services will provide an inscribed rug and trophies for the winning connections of the 2014 Princess of the Wimmera. In addition, they have donated a free service to the highly talented but injury dogged pacer, Maffisio. Some fine colts and geldings are listed as winners of the Alabar Horsham Guineas, including  Grand Circuit performer Robin Hood (2004) for trainer Clayton Tonkin, with Daryl Douglas aboard.  In 1991, Dark Paul went on to capture both the Victoria and NSW Derbies after his Horsham Guineas victory for trainer Trevor Martin and reinsman Ted Demmler. Albenz (1996), Wenbro (1998), Remember El (2010), Savesometimetodream (2011) and Magical Telf (2012) have also taken out the Horsham Classic. The Rosehill Princess of the Wimmera has been won by a number of smart fillies over the years, including the brilliant Sheza Mona (1997) for trainer Peter Manning and driver Kerryn Manning . Mother Courage took out the 1999 edition of the Princess during her 3YO season, on the way to success in the Victoria Oaks for the Bruce Morgan- John Caldow combination. Posh Jaccka (1998), Deanna Troy (2006), Very Chic (2008), and Our Surfer Girl (2010) also grace the honour board. The Horsham Club is greatly appreciative of the continued support  of Allan Galloway, John Coffey and all the crew at Alabar, along with Darren and Anne Jacobson from Rosehill, and are looking forward to two great contests on the 27th. Nominations for the Alabar Horsham Guineas and Rosehill Princess of the Wimmera, close with HRV at noon on Thursday August 21st. Further information can be obtained from Tony Logan on 0427 857411.

There have been plenty of Jillibys and Keayangs which have been successful over the years coming out of the Terang harness racing training establishment of Marg Lee, Peter Craven, Jason Lee and Glen Craven, and another potential top-liner by the name of Jilliby Master showed what a bright future he has by toying with his rivals in the Permewans Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2160 metres at Hamilton on Wednesday. Trained and driven by Glen Craven, Jilliby Master was sent forward from gate five, but was unable to head off The Fire Within (gate three) resulting in him being left facing the open. Eventually crossing over at the bell, Jilliby Master careered away to register a most impressive 4.6-metre victory in advance of brother Matt’s Faraway Man from last with a circuit to travel, with Misschinoise (four back the markers at bell) again running her usual honest race to finish third. The mile rate 1:57.5. The Western District usually supplies a number of winners at most Hamilton meetings and leading reinsman Mattie Craven was successful with four-year-old Badlands Hanover/Susie Sheffield mare Susie Badland in the Angelique Club Pace for C0 class over 2160 metres when having her first outing for the stable. Given every opportunity to figure in the finish one/one from gate three, Susie Badland ran on best to blouse the pacemaker What A Sheila by 4.3 metres in a rate of 2:02.5. Floral Touch battled on strongly to finish third after facing the breeze. Great Western’s Kerryn Manning landed the Mountain View Stud Pace for C1 class over 2160 metres with former Kiwi five-year-old mare Supa Slick in a rate of 2:02.1. Making her second appearance since December 2012, Supa Slick was sent forward from gate five to take over the front running role from the polemarker Ima Little Tycoon and was never headed, just lasting to gain a head decision over Ime Little Tycoon along the sprint lane, with Tres Hombres (three-wide last lap from the rear) third. A daughter of Washington Vc and Supamodel, Supa Slick can be purchased for a paltry $1000 from a claimer at Bendigo this Saturday. Len Baker - Harness Racing Victoria

Kerryn Manning fired for three wins at the Terang trots on Tuesday night. The Great Western reinswoman won the second, third and fifth events aboard Jetcraft, Red Nigel and Jaccka Lonny on a foggy night at the track. Jaccka Lonny was first-up for the Manning yard since joining from New Zealand, the four-year-old son of Mcardle too strong despite working hard on the last lap. Manning took the gelding straight back to last early in the 2180m Tiz A Masterpiece C2-C3 Pace before easing three-wide at about the 900m. The ex-Kiwi made his move down the back straight the final time, ranging up to the leaders strongly. Despite sitting three-wide approaching the bend and being driven along, Jaccka Lonny had more fight than his adversaries and overpowered them in the home stretch for an impressive triumph. Jaccka Lonny’s winning mile rate was 2:00.7 with a last half-mile of 59.4 seconds. Other drivers to score multiple successes at Terang were local Matthew Craven, who kicked home a winning double aboard Volatile Girl in the Squires Supermarket Vicbred Pace over 1680m and smart colt Clark Griswold in the Western Edition Pace, and Chris Alford, who guided Baccarat to a last-stride win over Desdon Murruffy in the Dick and Anne Box Pace over 1680m and Hurricane Stride to a half-head win in the Shadyshark Hanover Pace. The other winner for the night went to leading local trainer Marg Lee for leading local reinsman Jason Lee, Keayang Ebonyrose saluting in the first – the Silvan Ridge Business Advisers 2YO Pace. By Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

It was billed as a harness racing match race for the ages and it lived up to all expectations – Lennytheshark and Guaranteed fighting out a gripping battle in the four-year-old males’ Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final at Tabcorp Park Melton. In the finish Lennytheshark took the points, the odds-on favourite from the in-form David Aiken stable coming out on top after an action-packed race. Polemarker Boyz Torque fell at the first corner, Kerryn Manning flung out of the sulky while the horse had to be brought under control by the clerk of the course. Lennytheshark eventually found the lead before he and Guaranteed cleared out approaching the home bend. Lennytheshark rolled out, which he’s shown he can do from time to time, down the back but straightened up in the home stretch. Guaranteed stuck to his task gamely and didn’t give up the chase at any stage after sitting in the breeze, but Lennytheshark had a bit too much bite – scoring a 6m win in a mile rate of 1:56.0. Winning driver Chris Alford said an early check to Guaranteed had certainly helped Lennytheshark prevail. “I saw Guaranteed had copped a bit of a check early on,” Alford said. “Even at the 400m though I thought to myself I just couldn’t shake him (Guaranteed), but maybe the early check took a bit out of him and Lenny was too good on the night.” The first and second horses over the line cleared out from their nearest rival, Ginger Bliss, which ran on for third with Greg Sugars in the sulky. Lennytheshark’s win was a popular one for on-course punters, the crowd cheering enthusiastically as he and Guaranteed went toe to toe to the death. Wolfpack ran a mighty race to finish fourth, while early pacemaker Hes Kinky was fifth. Lennytheshark now has 15 wins from 30 starts and tonight’s was his seventh on the trot. Kerryn Manning walked away from her fall with a blood nose. Lennytheshark By Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

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