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Chasing a century of winners, Kristy Sheehy is not as far away as she thinks.  With 2015/16 being her best harness racing season yet, having 200 drives for 20 winners and 48 placings, and despite working a full-time job at Hammond Park Family Practice, Sheehy has no intentions to stop driving and admits that it will forever play a significant part in her life. When her parents split at a young age, Sheehy was raised by her grandparents on a twenty acre property in Jandakot with younger siblings Kasey and Jack, and they couldn’t have imagined a better upbringing.  With her biggest supporters being her role model and Pop, or as she likes to call him, Gepar, and her father, well-known harness racing identity Tommy, she admits that the split has done nothing but make her strong as a person. Being away from home wasn’t an irregular occurrence for Sheehy.  In 2012 she made her first move away from Western Australia when she ventured east to work for Lance Justice.   Returning again in 2013, she stayed for a longer stint before returning home where she became dominant in the Junior Driver Series. Having one of the most synonymous names in the pacing game, Sheehy has represented Western Australia twice in the WA series since it started in the 2013/14 season.   Taking out both the 2013/14 and 2014/15 series, and missing out on winning the 2015/16 series when getting suspended in the last round, she became a regular in New South Wales and in 2014 decided to call it home for the following eight months, working for Menangle trainer Jarrod Alchin. Returning home in 2015, it wasn’t long before she made a dominant return in the sulky, driving a treble at Northam for another major influence on her upbringing, Kristian Hawkins, with Just Jamie, Danieljohn and Brave Stranger, her first of many trebles to come.    Sheehy describes her best friend as a ‘little bulldog with a heart of gold’ and the tiny bay gelding ‘Bhagwan’ is just that.   Together they have a total of five wins and are very rarely out of the money.    Sheehy also speaks highly of her go to girl Kate Kerlsey, daughter to one of Western Australia’s sporting superstars Fred Kersley.  Posing as female role model, Kersley helped Sheehy through hardships and happiness, and was always there throughout her childhood. Earlier this year, Sheehy’s partner trainer/driver Josh Dunn got down on one knee and proposed ever so romantically when they were away for a weekend in Busselton.   Asking her to go and get his phone from the other room, Sheehy turned around to find Dunn on one knee asking for her hand in marriage. . . She said yes! Confessing that she doesn’t want a big wedding, Sheehy’s five year plan is to have a family of her own, expressing how important it would be for her to be able to give her kids some of the things she may have missed out on.  With the future intention to go into training partnership with her fiancé, Sheehy is enjoying the excitement of being an owner and eagerly awaits the day she watches the love of her life drive his first winner. Favourite pastime: Bushwalking & exploring Accomplishment you are most proud of: Winning two junior series Weirdest quirk: My sense of humour If you could be a celeb for a day who would it be: Jennifer Hawkins Best looking person in harness racing: Joshua Dunn. Ashlea Brennan

Young harness racing driver Kristy Sheehy has formed a wonderful association with tiny pacer Bhagwan and the 21-year-old is confident that the WA-bred five-year-old will make the most of a favourable barrier by winning the $20,000 Heineken Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.  Bhagwan, trained at Cardup by Neill Lloyd, has been racing in tremendous form from wide barriers and Sheehy is looking forward keenly for the comparative luxury of Bhagwan starting from the No. 3 barrier on the front line in the 2130m event for M0 to M2-class pacers. Bhagwan is an M0 performer and Sheehy is confident he will be able to outspeed his rivals, eight of whom have a M1 classification. Sheehy has driven Bhagwan 14 times and only twice has the gelding not finished in the top four. Her record behind Bhagwan is three wins, four seconds, four thirds, one fourth and an eighth and a 12th placing. Despite his modest assessment Bhagwan has been a splendid moneyspinner, earning $91,161 from ten wins, 15 seconds and 11 thirds from 70 starts. “Barrier three this week is a lot better than barriers eight and nine I’ve been getting with him,” Sheehy said. “The plan is to go to the front. He is the fastest horse I have driven out from behind the mobile, and Lance Justice had some pretty quick beginners, including My Lady of the Night. “He’s up with the best horses I’ve driven and I think he’s going to develop into a pretty decent horse. I know he’s a renowned frontrunner, but I think he’s getting stronger and stronger every time he goes around. Last week’s run (when he worked hard in the breeze and fought on grandly to finish fourth behind Thats Rite) was probably the best of his runs when he has been beaten.” Sheehy, who drove Cherokee Bromac to an all-the-way victory in a Garrard’s Concession Drivers’ Challenge at Pinjarra on Monday, nominated Lagoon Stride and Maggies Mystery as the hardest for Bhagwan to beat on Friday night. by Ken Casellas Fields for Gloucester Park, Friday 19 February 2016 Form guide for Gloucester Park, Friday 19 February 2016

Twenty-year-old harness racing driver Kristy Sheehy took out her second successive Garrard’s Concession Drivers Challenge when she finished third with Art Of Illusion in the final heat of Series Three at Bunbury last Saturday night. The seven points she received for third took her tally for the 2014/15 Challenge to 73 points and she finished well clear of Maddison Brown (66) and Cody Wallrodt (63). It is Kristy’s second successive win in the Garrard’s Concession Drivers Challenge and she earned a $2,000 cash prize and associated trip to Sydney to represent Western Australia in next month’s NSW Rising Stars Series. Kristy drove in the 2014 NSW Rising Stars Series and, after kicking off her Garrard’s title defence in September, she then spent four months driving in New South Wales before returning to Western Australian in January 2015 in time for the second series of the 2015 Garrard’s Challenge. Michael Ferguson won Saturday night’s race with the $3.20 favourite Royal Myth for trainer Nathan Turvey to grab a last stride win over Kristy Sheehy for the $500 Garrard’s voucher plus trophy prize for winning Series Three. Final points for Series Three and the overall Challenge are detailed below: Series Three   BUNBURY PINJARRA NORTHAM BUNBURY Total Ferguson, M B (Micheal) 7 2 8 10 27 Sheehy, K S (Kristy) 4 10 5 7 26 McDonough, B L (Bailey) 6 8 4 4 22 McDonald, S A (Stuart) 3 7 6 6 22 Wallrodt, C L (Cody) 10 3 4 4 21 Miller, M C (Mitchell) 8 1 3 8 20 Jones, L C (Lauren) 1 6 10 2 19 Chabros, B A (Bronson) 5 4 4 1 14 Brown, M K (Maddison) 1 5 2 5 13 Hamilton-Smith, C M (Caris) 2 1 1 3 7 Young, J A (Jocelyn) 0 0 0 7 7 Green, B E (Brayden) 1 1 1 1 4 Justins, J R (Jack) 1 0 0 0 1               SERIES 1 SERIES 2 SERIES 3 Total Sheehy, K S (Kristy) 23 24 26 73 Brown, M K (Maddison) 29 24 13 66 Wallrodt, C L (Cody) 18 24 21 63 Ferguson, M B (Micheal) 10 17 27 54 Jones, L C (Lauren) 22 4 19 45 McDonald, S A (Stuart) 20 0 22 42 Grantham, M P (Michael) 26 12 0 38 Barron, L (Letitia) 17 18 0 35 McDonough, B L (Bailey) 0 12 22 34 Hamilton-Smith, C M (Caris) 8 18 7 33 Justins, J R (Jack) 14 12 1 27 Chabros, B A (Bronson) 13 0 14 27 Miller, M C (Mitchell) 0 3 20 23 Green, B E (Brayden) 6 8 4 18 King-Davies, C P (Cheyenne) 0 17 0 17 Foster, C L (Chienoa) 0 9 0 9 Matthew, H J (Harley) 7 0 0 7 Young, J A (Jocelyn) 0 0 7 7   Racing and Wagering Western Australia

Harness racing driver twenty year old Kristy Sheehy is poised to win a second Garrard’s Concession Drivers Challenge as she currently holds a five point lead over Maddison Brown and a seven point lead over Cody Wallrodt heading into tomorrow night’s final race of the Challenge at Bunbury. With a maximum ten points available tomorrow night Brown and Wallrodt would need to win and Sheehy finish worse than fifth to lose the title and the $2,000 cash prize and associated trip to Sydney to represent Western Australia in the NSW Rising Stars Series. In the event of a tie on points Sheehy is better placed than her rivals as three of her five wins this season have come in heats of the Garrard’s Challenge. Brown has won one heat and Wallrodt two heading into tomorrow’s race. The battle for the Series Three prize of a $500 Garrard’s voucher plus trophy prize is far closer and any one of the leading six drivers could take out the prize depending on finishing positions as just three points separate the leading six drivers. POINTS SERIES THREE 2014/15 GARRARD’S CONCESSION DRIVERS CHALLENGE   BUNBURY PINJARRA NORTHAM Total Sheehy, K S (Kristy) 4 10 5 19 McDonough, B L (Bailey) 6 8 4 18 Wallrodt, C L (Cody) 10 3 4 17 Ferguson, M B (Micheal) 7 2 8 17 Jones, L C (Lauren) 1 6 10 17 McDonald, S A (Stuart) 3 7 6 16 Chabros, B A (Bronson) 5 4 4 13 Miller, M C (Mitchell) 8 1 3 12 Brown, M K (Maddison) 1 5 2 8 Young, J A (Jocelyn) 0 0 7 7 Hamilton-Smith, C M (Caris) 2 1 1 4 Green, B E (Brayden) 1 1 1 3 Justins, J R (Jack) 1 0 0 1           OVERALL POINTS 2014/15 GARRARDS CONCESSION DRIVERS CHALLENGE   SERIES 1 SERIES 2 SERIES 3 Total Sheehy, K S (Kristy) 23 24 19 66 Brown, M K (Maddison) 29 24 8 61 Wallrodt, C L (Cody) 18 24 17 59 Ferguson, M B (Micheal) 10 17 17 44 Jones, L C (Lauren) 22 4 17 43 Grantham, M P (Michael) 26 12 0 38 McDonald, S A (Stuart) 20 0 16 36 Barron, L (Letitia) 17 18 0 35 Hamilton-Smith, C M (Caris) 8 18 4 30 McDonough, B L (Bailey) 0 12 18 30 Justins, J R (Jack) 14 12 1 27 Chabros, B A (Bronson) 13 0 13 26 King-Davies, C P (Cheyenne) 0 17 0 17 Green, B E (Brayden) 6 8 3 17 Miller, M C (Mitchell) 0 3 12 15 Foster, C L (Chienoa) 0 9 0 9 Matthew, H J (Harley) 7 0 0 7 Young, J A (Jocelyn) 0 0 7 7 by Alan Parker

Harness racing driver Kristy Sheehy is hoping to celebrate her recent 20th birthday with her first winner in New South Wales.  The Western Australian has enjoyed plenty of success in her home state and has also spent some time with the Lance Justice stable in Victoria, but is still chasing that elusive initial Sydney winner. “I haven't had that many drives since I moved over to start working for Jarrod Alchin, I’ve had maybe six for a couple of seconds,” Sheehy said. “I made the move across from Western Australia and I’m enjoying my time in Sydney, hopefully I can get more opportunities to drive in races.” Sheehy celebrated her birthday last Monday and only recently returned from a trip back to WA. “I won the Junior Drivers’ Series in WA last year, and because of that win, I got automatic entry into this year’s series, so I went home to compete and ended up running third overall which I was very pleased with,” Sheehy said. ‘I also got the opportunity to win a race for my Grandad while I was over there so the trip was definitely worth it.” Admitting the move to Sydney was ‘daunting’, Sheehy has settled in well and is enjoying her time on the eastern seabord. “It is never easy when you move out of home and moving from one side of Australia to the other is a pretty big decision to make, but it has been a great experience so far,” Sheehy said. One of Sheehy's highlights while stationed with the Justice stable was travelling to South Australia with recently retired champion, Smoken Up. "I was working at Lance’s stable when he got hurt in the fall, so I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to go across to South Australia with Di (Giles) to take Smoken Up across for the South Australian Cup,” Sheehy said. “Working with a horse like him was clearly the highlight of my time in Victoria.” GREG HAYES

Talented young harness racing driver Maddison Brown has been rewarded for her consistency during the Western Australia Concession Drivers’ Series. Competing against a host of the state’s premier up-and-coming drivers, Brown took out the Championship in stylish fashion. The series success caps off a remarkable month for the daughter of leading horseman, Colin, after registering her maiden victory behind Gota Good Lookadda on August 3. As for her latest milestone, Brown clinched the title with 29 points to score by three from Michael Grantham, with defending champion, Kristy Sheehy, three points away third. A slow start proved costly for Sheehy, who annexed the final heat with Jay Bees Grin at Gloucester Park last night. On the subject of slow beginnings, Brown took 49 drives to notch her first win, but has been ‘on fire’ since, with six wins, two seconds and two thirds from her last 14 outings. RWWA Media

The NSW Rising Stars series continued at Penrith last night with the Riverina's Todd Prest closing in on leader Chris Geary following a victory with the Ian Wilson trained Charli Springfield. The opening event was taken out by the Blake Fitzpatrick trained Iam Ready for Maitland's Grace Grant which has elevated her to third position on the leader board. The current points tally is as follows; Chris Geary 71 Todd Prest 65 Grace Grant 53 Jack Trainor 47 Kristy Sheehy (WA) 47 Mitch Turnbull 47 Kasey Hocking 41 Nathan Xuereb 37 Max Hughes 36 Liam Armstrong 18 Mitch Turnbull - Western Dist - 4 The next three heats will be held tomorrow at Bathurst Harness Racing Club race 1 - 5:14pm, race 3 - 6:06pm & race 5 - 7:10pm The fourth round of heats will be conducted at Newcastle tomorrow night before concluding with a final heat at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday. Dale Walker | Manager - Marketing | Harness Racing New South Wales  

The NSW Rising Stars series continued at Bathurst last night and with Chris Geary winning yet another heat (his third) the 16 year old takes a comfortable lead into tonight's Penrith meeting. The opening event was taken out by the Ashlee Siejka trained Marquez for local junior Mitch Turnbull. Geary took out the next heat when he scored in strong fashion on 30-1 outsider Tulhurst Sarsha for trainer Nathan Hurst. The Riverina's Todd Prest led all the way in the final heat aboard Warner for Peter Trevor-Jones gaining valuable points which elevated him into second place on the leader board. The current points tally is as follows; Chris Geary 60 Todd Prest 41 Jack Trainor 35 Kristy Sheehy (WA) 34 Kasey Hocking 33Mitch Turnbull 31 Grace Grant 29 Nathan Xuereb 29 Max Hughes 25 Liam Armstrong 13 Mitch Turnbull - Western Dist - 4 The next three heats will be held tomorrow at Bathurst Harness Racing Club race 1 - 5:14pm, race 3 - 6:06pm & race 5 - 7:10pm The third round of heats will be conducted at Penrith this evening. HRNSW

The NSW Rising Stars series commenced at Tabcorp Park Menangle yesterday with keenly contested racing across both heats. The opening heat was taken out by the Nicole Molander trained Cillas Boy for 16 year old reinsman Chris Geary. Geary was at it again in the second heat when he scored in strong fashion on the Peter Trevor Jones trained Beetson. In winning both heats Geary has taken a big lead in the series on 34 points with defending champion Max Hughes in second with 17 points. The current points tally is as follows; Chris Geary 34 Max Hughes 17 Jack Trainor 16 Grace Grant 14 Nathan Xuereb 13 Kasey Hocking 12 Todd Prest 10 Kristy Sheehy (WA) 8 Liam Armstrong 4 Mitch Turnbull - Western Dist - 4 The next three heats will be held tomorrow at Bathurst Harness Racing Club race 1 - 5:14pm, race 3 - 6:06pm & race 5 - 7:10pm The second round of heats will be conducted at Bathurst this evening. Dale Walker | Manager - Marketing | Harness Racing New South Wales      

Harness racing driver Kristy Sheehy took out the $2,000 cash first prize for winning the Garrards Junior Concession Driver Challenge at Pinjarra yesterday in a thrilling finish which saw just three points separate the leading four drivers. Kristy tallied 60 points across the nine heats and three finals of the Challenge and nosed out Stuart McDonald 59 Points with Tom Buchanan and Cody Wallrodt joint third on 57 points. An additional aspect to Kristy’s prize is the opportunity to be Western Australia’s representative at the 2014 New South Wales Rising Stars Series which will commence on June 22nd and culminate on NSW Breeders Challenge Day at Menangle on Sunday June 29th. Kristy’s family has had links to harness racing in New South Wales stretching back more than 45 years to the late sixties. Nineteen-years-old Kristy will be following in the footsteps of her father Tommy Sheehy who represented Western Australia in the 1990 Australian Young Drivers Championship held in Sydney. Her younger brother Jack Sheehy competed with his pony Simba in the 2014 Inter Dominion Pony Trot at Menangle earlier this year. Sadly for the family Simba passed away due to travel complications the day after returning home from the Inter Dominion. Kristy’s father Tommy has driven some 166 winners while her grand-father Tom Sheehy has drove more than 50 winners after his inaugural success at the now defunct Richmond Raceway track in Fremantle on 10th October 1959 behind a horse called Sharzo. Tom Sheehy’s brother John Sheehy was stable foreman for Kevin Newman for some 16 years when Newman was the leading trainer and driver in Sydney and John Sheehy drove a number of winners at Harold Park as the Newman stable’s second driver. Their mother was the aunt of champion jockeys JJ Miller and Danny Miller. Kristy’s grand-mother Carol Sheehy (wife of Tom) trained a number of winners in Perth including the 1978 Group Two Champagne Stakes winning 2yo Concord Crossing. Her great-uncle Dave Sheehy took outstanding WA 4yo Spring Well to Queensland in 2000 to win that State’s 4yo Championship while another great-uncle in Mick Sheehy was a successful trainer and driver before switching to thoroughbreds. Kristy has driven 27 winners since she began race-driving in December 2010 including one at Melton in Victoria in July 2013 with The Binder for trainer Lance Justice. Kristy used to make a special effort to go and work champion Smoken Up for the injured Justice when the pair were in Perth for the 2012 Inter Dominion Championship. Cody Wallrodt, with 28 points, took out Series Three of the Garrard’s Junior Concession Drivers Challenge from Kaiden Hayter (26) and Lauren Jones (26). Cody won a $500 voucher from Garrard’s for his Series win. Lauren Jones won a $250 Garrard’s voucher for winning yesterday’s Series Three Final with the $40 chance Franco Toulone for trainer Colin Brown beating Kaiden Hayter with Batavia Comet ($51) and Cody Wallrodt behind Kamendable Lass ($44). Not surprisingly the trifecta dividend was a huge $11,035.70 Final points for the 2014 Garrards Concession Drivers Challenge are as follows;   Series 1 Series 2 Series 3 Total Sheehy, K S (Kristy) 21 22 17 60 McDonald, S A (Stuart) 22 21 16 59 Buchanan, T B (Thomas) 19 23 15 57 Wallrodt, C L (Cody) 15 14 28 57 Matthew, H J (Harley) 7 26 22 55 Egerton-Green, D (Dylan) 15 19 18 52 Davies, K A (Kiara) 35 6 10 51 Hayter, K M (Kaiden) 16 9 26 51 Ferguson, M B (Micheal) 2 18 14 34 Edwards, L R (Luke) 9 7 16 32 Miller, D B (Dean) 9 22 0 31 Justins, J R (Jack) 20 7 0 27 Jones, L C (Lauren) 0 0 26 26 Barron, L (Letitia) 0 0 20 20 Dunne, B (Brian) 0 13 0 13 Green, B E (Brayden) 9 0 0 9   Alan Parker    

Despite his liking for the wide open spaces of the Pinjarra track, which gave Tom Buchanan wins in a heat and final of Garrards Junior Concession Driver Challenge Two, he failed by three points to catch Harley Matthew who won the $500 Garrards Voucher on offer for the winner of the series.   Buchanan also collected $500 worth of vouchers for Challenge Series Two courtesy of his two winning drives.   Winners of each heat and final of each series earn a $250 Garrards voucher with a $500 voucher for the winner of each series.   After the running of Series Three in May 2014 the points from each series will be added together and the driver with the most points will be declared the winner of the Garrard's Junior Concession Driver Challenge.   The winner of the Garrard's Challenge receive $2,000 cash from Garrards and will be Western Australia's representative at the 2014 New South Wales Rising Stars Series.   After the running of the second series there is a logjam at the top of the leader board with Kristy Sheehy and Stuart McDonald tied on 43 points, one ahead of Tom Buchanan with 42 and Series One winner Kiara Davies on 41 points. Davies had limited driving opportunities in Series Two due to a stable accident putting her on the sidelines.   Series Three of the Garrards Junior Concession Driver Challenge will be run in May 2014.   Full details of Challenge Series Two and the overall points tally follows;   Challenge Series Two 25/01/2014 26/01/2014 27/01/2014 3/02/2014  Points Matthew, H J (Harley) 26 Buchanan, T B (Thomas) 23 Sheehy, K S (Kristy)  22 Miller, D B (Dean)  22 McDonald, S A (Stuart)  21 Egerton-Green, D (Dylan) 19 Ferguson, M B (Micheal) 18 Wallrodt, C L (Cody) 14 Dunne, B (Brian) 13 Hayter, K M (Kaiden) 9 Edwards, L R (Luke) 7  Justins, J R (Jack)  7 Davies, K A (Kiara)  6   Challenge Series Leader Series One Series Two Total Sheehy, K S (Kristy)  43 McDonald, S A (Stuart)  43 Buchanan, T B (Thomas) 42 Davies, K A (Kiara)  41 Egerton-Green, D (Dylan) 34 Matthew, H J (Harley) 33 Miller, D B (Dean)  31 Wallrodt, C L (Cody) 29 Justins, J R (Jack)  27 Hayter, K M (Kaiden)  25 Edwards, L R (Luke) 16 Ferguson, M B (Micheal)  20 Dunne, B (Brian)  13   Alan Parker   Assistant Manager - Harness Racing                  

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