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LEADING Kiwi reinsman John Dunn thought he had been beaten. Seconds later the brother of star reinsman Dexter Dunn was grinning from ear to ear after Bettors Heart was declared the winner of tonight's $200,000 Boden Projects Ladyship Mile. And that grin got even broader when he was informed the mare had earned a berth in next week's $100,000 Ainsworth Miracle Mile after her stunning win. Bettors Heart (John Dunn) dived on the line to score the narrowest of wins over Bettor Enforce, robbing Luke McCarthy of his second Group One of the night after he earlier had scored with King Of Swing in the Allied Express Sprint. Our Princess Tiffany came from well back to grab third, just in front of Belle Of Montana. A scintillating mile rate of 1:49.7 hurtled Bettors Heart into contention for the Miracle Mile and gave Dunn his biggest win outside of New Zealand. "Yep, I thought I might have left my run a fraction too late," said Dunn. "But we got there and this mare deserves this, she has done a great job. Bettors Heart's trainer Peter Bagrie has been stabled with Shane and Lauren Tritton at the Menangle Training Centre for the past week and gave the champion pair much of the credit for their mighty win. "Shane has been a terrific help to me this week in getting this mare ready to run the race of her life," said Bagrie. "We weren't certain she had got there but she has done such a great job for us both in New Zealand and here . . . and tonight she didn't let us down," said Bagrie.   Club Menangle

The old saying is that blood is thicker than water. But Mark put some doubt into that running down brother in law Tony Herlihy in the Great Southern Star with Dance Craze on Saturday. The two best drivers in the race ran first and second and Mark gave the game away in his post race interview after his second G1 of the night. “I followed Tony most of the way. He usually knows where he is going so it was a good place to be” he quipped. That decision gave the richly bred Dance Craze the last crack at Temporale and her finish was irresistible. Dance Craze , trained by Anton Golino, was the best bred horse in the race being by Muscle Hill from La Coocharacha who gave the best Kiwi trotters a headache or two in her racing days winning a Rowe Cup. Patience often pays in big races and when you have that option it worked well on Saturday. Mark said before the Ladyship Cup he and the stable felt that the well performed Carlas Pixel might need the race having been off the scene for some time. He drove her accordingly 3 back on the rail but after a first 600m in 56.2 it was obvious some were going to be gasping at the end. That was when Carlas Pixel chimed in for a dashing win. It wasn’t quite as easy for Natalie. With Muscle Factor, who had run 1.49 at Menangle two starts back, wanting to hold up , Another Masterpiec e had to settle for parked and simply could not match the leader clocking a 1.54. mile rate over 2240m. Not many three year olds around could. He fought hard but once Natalie switched to the inside to challenge the writing was on the wall. Spankem had a cruel fate. The draw beat him. Simple as that. He had to work early and when Natalie knew he couldn’t win from back he had to work to get to the parked position. Which would have been fine (Pats Delight was there and not in a mood to be anywhere else) except that Poster Boy was then on Spankem’s back having a saloon passage and that told in the end as he wore down the courageous Spankem. Both horses emerged with honour. But ironically enough while the All Star duo emerged with two Group Ones on the night they were not the two many were expecting. That’s racing. Courtesy of  All Stars Racing Stables

CONNECTIONS of Australian Pacing Gold graduate Carlas Pixel are hoping for a fairytale ending to her career. In foal to Bettor's Delight, Carlas Pixel will make her swansong appearance in the Ladyship Mile in what doubles as her title defence. Australia’s premier mares’ sprint, the Ladyship Mile is scheduled to be run at Tabcorp Park Menangle on March 2 as part of a phenomenal Miracle Mile card. Capturing last year’s edition in 1:49.5, Carlas Pixel earned a berth in the $200,000 event with her victory in tonight’s Ladyship Cup in Melton. “Knowing she is already in the Ladyship Mile makes it a lot easier to plan her preparation,” trainer Dean Braun said. “She has the benefit of not having to go up for the heats, which means I can find a suitable race between now and the Mile closer to home. “That said I don’t even have to race her if that turns out to be a better plan with her.” First-up from an 11 week break, Carlas Pixel was driven to perfection by Mark Purdon to add another Group One to her tally. Settled two-back along the pegs from her second row draw as Soho Burning Love led from the pole, Carlas Pixel was angled to the extreme outside on the home turn. Unleashing a strong spring, the daughter of Courage Under Fire completed a metre-and-a-half win from Makes Every Scents, with Tell Me Tales a head away third. “That was a sensational drive from Mark,” Braun said. “He had her settled in a good trail and found the opening when it presented itself. “Even though she was first-up I knew she was fit enough to win with the right run and that’s what Mark gave her.” Rating 1:51.7 over 1720 metres, the mare stretched her record to 19 wins and 17 placings from 59 starts for earnings of $475,128. APG Media

It didn't take champion reinsman Luke McCarthy long to get back into the harness racing spotlight at Tabcorp Park Menangle tonight. McCarthy picked up the plum drive on four-year-old Victorian mare Carlas Pixel from ace Victorian trainer Emma Stewart a couple of weeks ago. Carlas Pixel qualified for the Ladyship Mile at Menangle two weeks ago when successful in the Canadian Club Sprint and it paid dividends tonight when McCarthy brought the daughter of Courage Under Fire with a flashing finish from well back in the field for an impressive victory - breaking the magical 1:50 mile rate in the process, rating 1:49.5 to score a one a quarter metre win over Delishka (Blake Fitzpatrick) with Rocker Band (Ash Grives) five and a half metres further back in third place. The stunning time was made possible by bold front-runner My Rona Gold (Lauren Tritton) who surged out of the gate in a slashing 25.5 seconds for the opening quarter. The flashy grey then ran them along in fine style with a 28.1 second split before fading in the straight the finish fifth as the pace began to tell and the first two placegetters emerged from well back in the field. Stewart later paid tribute to the McCarthys - Luke and Belinda for making Cobbity a home away from home for them when they come to Sydney. "I was quite nervous when I got her because she's a super mare and you never know how you are going to go when you get a good horse like that," said Stewart. "But full marks to Luke, he drove her superbly tonight." Luke added: I've been lucky enough to win this twice and its a huge thrill. She went so well last week we had a lot of confidence going into tonight's race. "Dean Braun picked this horse from the yearling sales and deserves some of the credit to as he did a great job with her."   Carlas Pixel       4 7:46pm MACARTHUR SQUARE LADYSHIP MILE (GROUP 1) 1609M $200,000 Mares. RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 CARLAS PIXEL      Fr5 6 Emma Stewart Luke McCarthy   $ 7.20       BAY MARE 4 by COURAGE UNDER FIRE NZ out of PIXEL PERFECT (ART MAJOR USA)  Owner(s): S J Nixon, M E Denyer  Breeder(s): R J (Robert) Watson 2 DELISHKA NZ      Fr9 11 Brad Mowbray Blake Fitzpatrick 1.3m $ 23.80     3 ROCKER BAND NZ      Fr1 1 Mark Jones Ashlee Grives 6.7m $ 14.70     4 A PICCADILLY PRINCESS NZ      Fr8 9 Mark Purdon Natalie Rasmussen 11.2m $ 8.70     5 MY RONA GOLD NZ      Fr7 8 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Lauren Tritton 11.2m $ 24.50     6 IMA MYSTERY GIRL      Fr4 5 Jarrod Alchin Jarrod Alchin 11.8m $ 71.00     7 SHAKAHARI      Fr10 12 Stephen O'Donoghue Rebecca Bartley 13.4m $ 139.30     8 AMERETTO      Fr2 2 Kerryn Manning Kerryn Manning 14.8m $ 1.80 fav    9 MISS RIVIERA BELLE NZ      Fr6 7 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Chris Geary 16.8m $ 69.10     10 OUR GOLDEN GODDESS      Fr3 4 Kerryn Manning James Rattray 21.6m $ 5.40     Scratchings   PARTYON NZ 3 BERISARI 10 Track Rating:   Gross Time: 1:49:5 Mile Rate: 1:49:5 First Quarter: 25.5 Second Quarter: 28.1 Third Quarter: 28 Fourth Quarter: 27.9 Margins: 1.3m x 5.4m     Sean Vella    

These are the barrier draws for the Big 4 harness racing Group One races at Club Menangle on Saturday night, 24th February. $750,000 Ainsworth Miracle Mile 1: Tiger Tara by Bettor's Delight 2: Atomic Red (2Em) by Rocknroll Hanover 3: Anything For Love by Rock N Roll Heaven 4: My Field Marshal by Art Major 5: Jilliby Kung Fu by Four Stazzz Shark 6: Soho Tribeca by American Ideal 7: Lennytheshark by Four Starzzz Shark 8: Charlaval by Four Starzzz Shark 9: Let It Ride (1Em) by Rock N Roll Heaven 10: Lazarus by Bettor's Delight   Macarthur Square Ladyship Mile 1: Rocker Band by Rocknroll Hanover 2: Ameretto by Million Dollar Cam 3: Partyon by Bettor's Delight 4: Our Golden Goddess by Art Major 5: Ima Mystery Girl (1Em) by Village Jasper 6: Carlas Pixel by Courage Under Fire 7: Miss Riviera Belle by Bettor's Delight 8: My Rona Gold by Klondike Kid 9: A Piccadilly Princess by Bettor's Delight 10: Berisari (2Em) by Safari 11: Delishka by Bettor's Delight 12: Shakahari by Courage Under Fire   John Gibson Memorial NSW Oaks 1: Redbank Addi (1Em) by Rock N Roll Heaven 2: Imprincessgemma by Village Jolt 3: Ideal Pleasure by Bettor's Delight 4: Fame Assured by Mach Three 5: Shez All Rock by Rock N Roll Heaven 6: War Dan Bad Girl by Bettor's Delight 7: My Sweetchilliphilly by Betterthancheddar 8: Nostra Villa by Art Major 9: Callmequeenbee by Shadow Play 10: Macey jayde by Shadow Play 11: Soho Burning Love by Auckland Reactor 12: Prophesy (2Em) by Somebeachsomewhere   APG NSW Derby 1: Colt Thirty One by Mach Three 2: Major Times by Art Major 3: Divine State (1Em) by Tintin In America 4: Poster Boy by Somebeachsomewhere 5: Maraetai by Somebeachsomewhere 6: Higherthananeagle by Mach Three 7: All U Need Is Faith (2Em) by Art Major 8: The Black Prince by Bettor's Delight 9: Code Bailey by Christian Cullen 10: Tam Major by Art Major 11: The Devils Own by Art Major 12: Little Peanut by Blissfull Hall For further information contact Club Menangle Racing Manager David Wonson (02) 4645 2200 *Em = Emergency Mandy Madern

Star Kiwi mare Delishka led the charge at Tabcorp Park Menangle tonight as the three of Australasia's best harness racing mares earned spots in one of Club Menangle's biggest features races. Delishka ($5.80) scored an exciting 1.5m win over fellow New Zealand mare A Piccadilly Princess (Luke McCarthy) with outsider Miss Riviera Belle (Chris Geary) third in a 1:51.1 mile rate. Trainer Brad Mowbray offered the drive to Blake Fitzpatrick in the Group 3 Cordina Family Sibelia Stakes and must have been thrilled with the leading Sydney horseman's effort. Fitzpatrick timed his run to perfection and Mowbray may now find it difficult to hand the drive to anyone else in the $200,000 Ladyship Mile to be run at Menangle on Miracle Mile night, February 24. Club Menangle Racing Manager David Wonson was quick to announce that all three placegetters would now be invited into the Ladyship Mile, joining two other qualifiers from previous feature races run in New Zealand and Victoria. Partyon, which led and compounded to finish last in the Sibelia Stakes tonight had already earned her spot in the Ladyship thanks to an earlier win at Alexandra Park in Auckland while Our Golden Goddess also guaranteed her invitation with an impressive win over Partyon in the Group 1 Alabar Ladyship Club at Melton last month. That gave Club Menangle five certain starters with at least three more to be decided next week when the club hosts the $40,800 Group 3 Garrards Robin Dundee Stakes. The end result will make it one of the most exciting features of Miracle Mile night with all the top mares likely to be there for what is bound to be a stunning clash of some mighty mares. Delishka 5 8:20pm CORDINA FAMILY SIBELIA STAKES (GROUP 3) 1609M $40,800 Mares. RBD. Mobile Final Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 DELISHKA NZ  $ 24,000   Fr1 1 Brad Mowbray Blake Fitzpatrick   $ 5.80   DFTR GM SWAB   BAY MARE 4 by BETTORS DELIGHT USA out of BALISHKA (NZ) (BADLANDS HANOVER USA)  Owner(s): J G Knight, M J Mowbray, B K Mowbray  Breeder(s): E W Knight, B K Mowbray 2 A PICCADILLY PRINCESS NZ  $ 6,000   Fr3 3 Mark Purdon Luke McCarthy 1.50 $ 2.50 fav  PRBT 3 MISS RIVIERA BELLE NZ  $ 4,000   Fr5 5 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Chris Geary 2.70 $ 41.90     4 MY RONA GOLD NZ  $ 2,000   Fr4 4 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Lauren Tritton 4.80 $ 4.80   GS 5 IMA MYSTERY GIRL  $ 800   Fr7 8 Jarrod Alchin Jarrod Alchin 5.00 $ 72.50   PRBT COTFB RAS 6 EYE SEE DIAMONDS  $ 800   Fr6 7 Amanda Turnbull Amanda Turnbull 5.40 $ 23.30   RRSU RES HU QDT 7 MY LUCKY BELLE NZ  $ 800   Fr9 10 Ashlee Grives Ashlee Grives 5.90 $ 117.20   RAS 8 CULINARY DELIGHT NZ  $ 800   Fr8 9 Mark Callaghan Todd McCarthy 9.80 $ 58.60   RES 9 ROCKER BAND NZ  $ 800   Fr10 11 Mark Jones Anthony Butt 10.00 $ 85.40   HOSU HOAS WI RAS 10 PARTYON NZ  $ 800   Fr2 2 Mark Purdon Andy McCarthy 11.20 $ 3.50   GS L QUER VXAR NAR (L) Scratchings   BETTORTHANSPECIAL 6 Track Rating: GOOD   Gross Time: 1:51:1 Mile Rate: 1:51:1 First Quarter: 26.6 Second Quarter: 29.3 Third Quarter: 27.8 Fourth Quarter: 27.4 Margins: 1.5m x 1.2m   Mandy Madern  

There are few sights more stirring than two great harness racing horses going head-to-head in a battle royale. And that was the case in the Group One $200,000 Macarthur Square Ladyship Mile at Tabcorp Park at Club Menangle tonight when champion pair A Piccadilly Princess (Natalie Rasmussen) and Frith (Luke McCarthy) fought out a thrilling finish to this elite mares’ sprint. At the end A Piccadilly Princess stuck out her nose right on the line to beat the gallant Frith by a nose, with the winner rating 1:50.4 for the mile. Racegoers knew they were in for something special when the pair cleared out from their rivals on the home turn and settled down for a soul-stirring run to the line. Blake Fitzpatrick brought Bettorthenspecial with a strong finish to grab third but all honours were with the first two horses as A Piccadilly Princess’ earnings soared above the half-million dollar mark with her win. “She’s such a terrific little horse, there’s not much of her but she tries her heart out,” said leading reinswoman Natalie Rasmussen who took the reins for the Mark Purdon stables she co-runs with the ace New Zealand mentor. “My horse always gives you everything she’s got but I have to give a lot of credit to Frith as well, she never stopped trying – and they’re two great horses, that’s for sure.” A Piccadilly Princess is by Bettor's Delight from the Holmes Hanover mare Hyde Park Royal. A Piccadilly Princess’ win gave the stable the first two Group Ones of the night after their earlier win in the NSW Oaks with Partyon. . . . and the Purdon express rolled on – with some of their best prospects still to come. Amanda Zammit

The barrier draw for the Group 1 Ladyship Mile has been conducted this morning at Harness Racing NSW. Defending champion Frith has drawn barrier two while top New Zealand mares Our Dream About Me and A Piccadilly Princess have drawn barriers nine and 10 respectively. See full field for the $200,000 feature that will take place at Tabcorp Park Menangle this Saturday night (February 25).             1--925 BETTORTHANSPECIAL, by Bettor's Delight - C13 M0 FT 2--3s3 FRITH, by Four Starzzz Shark - Luke McCarthy C29 M14 FT 3--211 ROCKER BAND NZ, by Rocknroll Hanover - Zac Butcher C10 M4 FT 4--8s2 AMERETTO, by Million Dollar Cam - Ashlee Grives C11 M2 FT 5--821 CYCLONE KATE NZ, by Mach Three - John McCarthy C10 M6 FT 6--134 MY LUCKY BELLE NZ, by Gotta Go Cullect - Chris Alford C6 M0 FT 7--524 DU VELLA NZ, by Courage Under Fire - Jim Douglass C8 M1 FT 8--674 MISTRESSOFILLUSION, by Jereme's Jet - Todd McCarthy C6 M1 FT 9--111 OUR DREAM ABOUT ME NZ, by Bettor's Delight - Mark Purdon C9 M4 FT 10--121 A PICCADILLY PRINCESS NZ,  by Bettor's Delight - Mark Purdon C10 M4 FT -----------------------------------------------------------------Second Row----------------------------------------------------------------- 11--183 SALLY FLETCHER, by American Ideal - Gavin Fitzpatrick C8 M2 FT 12-257 TACT HAYLEYS DELIGHT NZ, by Bettor's Delight - Pete McMullen C6 M2 FT Em 1 13--760 HELENS BONUS, by Grinfromeartoear - Blake Fitzpatrick C6 M1 FT Em 2 Amanda Rando  

Leading Queensland based harness racing reinsman Shane Graham has landed a dream drive. The former Australian Driver of the Year has secured the drive behind sensational New Zealand mare and last start Auckland Cup winner Our Dream About Me in Saturday night’s Gr.3 $31,800 Roosters Traffic Control Brian Hancock Cup at TABCORP Park, Menangle. A sequence of text messages from co-trainer Mark Purdon to Graham on Monday afternoon checking availability paved the way for the opportunity. Purdon is committed to a large team at Melton in Melbourne on Saturday which includes Lazarus, Smolda and Vincent among others while partner and co-trainer Natalie Rasmussen jets into Sydney from their Christchurch base. The All Stars are represented by Our Dream About Me and Lets Chase The Dream in the 1609m mobile start feature and Rasmussen opted for the latter. Rasmussen takes the drive on the unbeaten star filly Partyon in the other feature, the Harness Breeders NSW Pink Diamond earlier on the card. “I’m absolutely thrilled to be driving this champion mare, just driving for the stable is a privilege and an honour but to be handed the lines behind a mare like this is just super. I’m looking forward to it immensely and getting around safely.” Graham said. Our Dream About Me is in Sydney for the Gr.1 $200,000 Ladyship Mile on February 25 while connections have options to start in lead-up events in the coming weeks. The Gr.2 $50,000 Sibelia Stakes is scheduled for next week while the Gr.2 $50,000 Robin Dundee is programmed for the following week, both events are sponsored by Garrards. Graham is no stranger to donning the famous livery of blue jacket with silver stars having partnered Linda Lovegrace for the champion stable two seasons ago during the Brisbane winter carnival. And he’s no stranger to sitting behind star quality horseflesh. “While Our Dream About Me will become the best mare I’ve ever sat behind after the weekend, my other top three pacers include Be Good Johnny, Washakie and the recently retired Avonnova. “I’ve been quite lucky to drive some top pacers plus I’ve been rather fortunate to drive for some of the best trainers in the game. It’s a huge buzz when trainers like Brian Hancock, Vic Frost, Gary Hall, John McCarthy and Grant Dixon throw you the silks.” Graham leads the Queensland state premiership with 80 winners this season. And he’s currently ranked fourth in the National premiership behind Chris Alford, Ryan Warwick and Chris Lewis. Graham is listed for a number of drives at the meeting on the weekend including several for trainer Ian Gurney. Chris Barsby  

Ladyship Mile winner Frith will be having her last start for the season in Saturday night's harness racing Group Three Sky Racing Adore Me Stakes at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Having had a spectacular term so far, connections are undecided on what path Frith's career will take on the other side of this spell. Making the decision to continue racing or send her to the breeding barn will not come easy, considering she has just had one of her best seasons to date. Frith has won multiple Group races this season and as a result catapulted her earnings past $1.1million, a feat only four other mares in the Southern Hemisphere have achieved before. And driver Luke McCarthy agrees. "It's hard for the owners to decide what to do with her because her form has been very strong this season," McCarthy said. "She has been up for a long time and will definitely earn this spell after Saturday night." Former trainer-driver Bruce Harpley echoed McCarthy's thoughts. "Frith has just been unbelievable this season," Harpley said. "She started this preparation over in Perth . . . she had a hit-out with me on the Saturday, was on the plane Sunday and won a feature race the following Friday! "You just shake your head with what she is capable of and that's why she has won more than $1million." Frith was bred and is owned by Harpley's mother and father-in-law, Dianne and Bernie Kelly. "Bernie is turning 80 next year so how many foals will he watch race if they don't put Frith in foal soon?" Harpley said. "It's a tough decision to make and luckily there is a bit of time before it comes to making it." Hoping to end her season on a winning note, the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark is one of the early fancies with TAB Fixed Odds for tomorrow night's feature. With the scratching of Ameretto, the John McCarthy-trained Cyclone Kate is the favourite at $1.75. TAB.COM.AU Fixed Odds - Adore Me Stakes DEADLY MERRYWOOD $101.00 ABBEY CULLEN $14 TACT HAYLEYS DELIGHT $12 MILLWOOD LIBERTY $10 BON ACCORD GAL $61 MODERN DANCER $41 CYCLONE KATE $1.75 OCEAN DIVA $31 BETABCOOL $12 FRITH $2.80 Amanda Rando

The darling of Tabcorp Park Menangle withstood the best mares in Australia to stamp herself as one of our greatest ever at Menangle today. Champion harness racing mare Frith show acceleration and courage to wallop a field of the best mares in Australasia as she scored a one and a half metre win over plucky Kiwi mare Our Willow with Victorian mare Nike Franco a flashing third. Victory in this $200,000 Cordina Chicken Farms Ladyship Mile was perhaps the biggest victory in young reinsman Todd McCarthy’s short career as Frith rated 1:51.9 to surge past the $1m mark in earnings. Todd declared he had the best horse in the race as soon as the mobile let them go as Frith burned across the face of the field from gate 11 to clear them easily and hold a two-length lead by the time they passed the post the first time. McCarthy knew that after a 27.8s opening split that Frith would love a tiny breather and was able to back off the speed with a 30.1s second split before putting the foot down and letting his rivals do the chasing. Turning for home after a 27.6s third quarter, Frith showed her dazzling speed when she sizzled home in 26.4 seconds to hold off the fast-finish of My Willow, who had the drop on her all the way after holding the back of the leader from gate one. Despite the urgings of Mark Purdon, the tiny My Willow, tried her hardest to catch Frith before settling for second while Nike Franco held off the other quick-finisher Berisari to run third. McCarthy, the son of two-time Miracle Mile winner John McCarthy later commented: “She’s something else and will go down in history as a special mare. “I wasn’t too sure, it’s a big ask to cross all the good ones but she has that much speed and showed it today. “She felt strong in the straight. I knew there were a couple behind with plenty of speed. But we hit the line at top speed and did enough to hold them off. “She’s so tough and she never lays down. When you drive her you get a really special feel and I actually got goose bumps as we crossed the line.”  

The barrier draw for the Form 700 New South Wales Oaks has been conducted at the offices of Harness Racing New South Wales this morning.  The runners qualified in heats run at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. Here is the draw for the Group 1 $200,000 event to be conducted on Sunday February 28 with the race to be run over 2400 metres.  1. SOHO MADELEINE   2. MERRYWOOD RUBY (EM 1)   3. DODOLICIOUS  4. CHLOES CLOUD (EM 2)  5. ART MISTRESS  6. HOT SHOT WOMAN  7. ROCKNROLL MAGIC  8. CHERRY MAHONEY  9. GOTTA GO JAZZY JET  10. ALL IN YOUR HANDS    SECOND ROW    11. OUR DREAM ABOUT ME         12. GINA GRACE  13. GET IN THE GROOVE  14. SPORT REPORT   The barrier draw for the Coca Cola Amatil New South Wales Derby has been conducted at the offices of HRNSW this morning.  Runners qualified in three heats conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. Here is the draw for the Group 1 $200,000 event to be conducted on Sunday February 28 with the race to be run over 2400 metres.  1. THREE WAYS (EM 1)            2. SAMS THE MASTER  3. CANT REFUSE  4. KINGOFTHESTARS  5. SOHO TRIBECA  6. CODE BLACK  7. OUR WAIKIKI BEACH  8. EL MAJOR  9. SPRINTER  10. ZEE DANA   SECOND ROW    11. STANLEY ROSS ROBYN  12. BRALLOS PASS  13. MATCH IN HEAVEN (EM 2)  14. ASCOT ENCOUNTER   The barrier draw for the Cordina Chicken Farms Ladyship Mile has been conducted at the offices of HRNSW this morning.  Runners have qualified in races held in NSW, Victoria, Western Australia and New Zealand Here is the draw for the Group 1 $200,000 event to be conducted on Sunday February 28 with all runners set to start off the front row.  1. SWEET MOLLY OSHEA (EM 1)          2. SOPHIES IDEAL (EM2)  3. MY WILLOW  4. BARYNYA  5. FIGHT FOR GLORY  6. QUICK DRAFT  7. BERISARI  8. NIKE FRANCO  9. JULIETTE BROMAC  10. BETABCOOL  11. FRITH  12. START DREAMING   Greg Hayes  

A different Purdon, big brother Barry, stoke the show back from his brother Mark in tonight’s Robin Dundee Classic at the harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Menangle as his promising mare Start Dreaming surged into the field for next week’s $200,000 Ladyship Mile with a strong finishing display. Mark Purdon had won earlier features in the night with the likes of Our Waikiki Beach and Smolda but the Robin Dundee was always going to be even more hotly contested with the first four assured of invitations into tomorrow week’s Ladyship Mile. And as they crossed the line it was Start Dreaming, Berisari, Betabcool and My Willow that filled the top four slots to take those coveted Ladyship berths. My Willow, it was later revealed, had already qualified from her fifth to Frith in the Sibelia the previous week, so the final spot went to tonight’s fifth placegetter Juliette Bromac from the David Aiken stable. Still it was Start Dreaming that looked the goods and her reinsman Blake Fitzpatrick assured racegoers the New Zealand visitor would be very competitive against the likes of Frith, Nike Franco and Fight For Glory in next week’s Group One mares’ feature. A well-backed favourite, Start Dreaming ($2.30) raced in second and third spot to the turn until Fitzpatrick set her alight turning for home and she wore down her rivals to score by 1.3m in a 1:51.9 mile rate. “Both her wins here have been outstanding in this country since Barry brought her over here,” said Fitzpatrick. “Barry didn’t give me any particular instructions as he knows the racing is quite different here in Australia. “So we had no set plan and I’m not even sure if I’ll be driving her for Barry next weekend [in the ladyship]. “But it’s still a pleasure to drive for a champion trainer like him who knows how to find a good horse – and he always has.” Michael Court    

Mighty mare Frith bounced back to her brilliant best with an all-the-way win to take out the first feature of a stellar night's harness racing at Tabcorp Park Menangle tonight, the $50,000 Group Two Therese Cordina Sibelia Stakes. Blessed with the gate speed to easily cross and find the front from gate three for star young reinsman Todd McCarthy, Frith reeled off a 27.7s first quarter of the mile to ensure nothing was going to challenge the six-year-old mare for the lead. After a 29.5s second split, the race was always going to be Frith's for the taking, so McCarthy lowered the handlebars and the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark posted a 27.8 third split to test her rivals to the max. Frith saved her best for last as she romped home the last quarter in an even 27 seconds to score by 1.5m from Nike Franco (Luke McCarthy) with $1.80 favourite Fight For Glory a fighting third. Natalie Rasmussen angled Fight For Glory away from the pegs turning for home and she had ever chance in the long Menangle straight to run down Frith, while Nike Franco came from three-back on the pegs to surge up the inside and briefly looked a chance of getting to Frith before pacing roughly about 50m from the finish. Still all honours were with Frith with the mighty mare now guaranteed a berth in the $200,000 Cordina Chicken Farms Ladyship Mile, one of many features to be run on Miracle Mile Day, February 28. While owner Diane Kelly was trackside to acknowledge her great mare, reinsman Todd McCarthy, one of the form drivers at Menangle in recent months, said hopping behind a horse of the calibre of Frith made the big nights like these memorable ones. Trainer Belinda McCarthy commented that the real Frith stood up tonight after she had finished a close and unlucky fourth to Easy On The Eye a week ago at the same track. Belinda will no doubt put the great mare on ice now as she edges towards that magic million dollars in earnings. Tonight's success put Frith a mere $25,000 short of the historic mark. Michael Court            

She has long been the Queen of New Zealand harness racing, but given her performance at Tabcorp Park Menangle just moments ago, Adore Me may well be the best pacing mare in the world. Not only did the Mark Purdon - trained wonder embarrass a strong field in the prestigious Ladyship Mile, she did so in Australasian record time – after racing in the ‘death seat’. Driven by Natalie Rasmussen, Adore Me covered the 1609-metre sprint in a breathtaking 1:47.7. Becoming the first member of the ‘fairer sex’ to better the magical 1:50 mark, the daughter of Bettors Delight slashed eight-tenths of a second off Smoken Up’s Southern Hemisphere stance. Smoken Up became the first pacer on this side of the equator to break 1:50 when he stopped the clock at 1:48.5 at Menangle in April 2011. Before Adore Me’s record run, Baby Bling held the mares’ crown with her 1:50.5 performance in April 2013 when triumphant in the Miracle Mile…also at Menangle. Shebestingin – also a daughter of Bettors Delight – is the world's fastest pacing female thanks to her 1:47 effort at Lexington in 2013. Put On A Show, by Rocknroll Hanover, is the quickest mare after covering the mile in 1:47.6. As for Adore Me’s moment of glory, she covered the last half in a scintillating 53.7 seconds to score by 18-and-a-half metres from Beauty Secret, with Laterron four metres away third. Adore Me will return to the Shaky Isles this week, with Purdon is expected to decide on an Auckland Cup start within the next couple of days. The Auckland Cup is scheduled to be run on Friday. Adore Me’s success was the third leg of a treble for Rasmussen from the first four races on the program. Capturing a Drivers’ Invitational event with Ive Gottalife, Rasmussen and Purdon also combined to annex the New South Wales Oaks with Fight For Glory. PAUL COURTS

In addition to the 16 horses in Sunday's TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion being housed in the HRNSW Retention Facility, HRNSW has assigned security personnel on all mares engaged in the Group One Cordina Chicken Farms Ladyship Mile. Australia's feature mares' race will be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday. The security personnel were in position at 10am on Saturday morning and will remain with the mares until they are presented on course by 11.55am on Sunday. HRNSW's objective in the use of this strategy is to provide a level playing field for all runners under its regulation and control. It follows on from last year when Inter Dominion runners were housed in the Retention Barn at Tabcorp Park Menangle while security was placed on every runner in the Chariots Of Fire. Further Integrity Strategies - 3pm Saturday, 28 February 2015 HRNSW has further enhanced its Integrity Strategies for races being conducted at TABCORP PARK Menangle tomorrow, Sunday 1 March 2015. Below is a breakdown of the Integrity Strategies undertaken by HRNSW: TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion : All horses are in the Retention Facility from 11am, Friday 27 February 2015 until being transferred to the raceday stalls Cordina Chicken Farms Ladyship Mile (Group 1) - All horses have been under HRNSW appointed security personnel supervision since 10am, Saturday 28 February 2015. FORM 700 NSW Oaks (Group 1), Camarda & Cantrill NSW Derby (Group 1) & FORM 700 Chariots of Fire (Group 1) - All horses have been under HRNSW appointed security personnel supervision since 3pm, Saturday 28 February 2015. In addition to the security personnel being employed, HRNSW Stewards and Veterinarians have been conducting stable inspections and collecting samples from runners engaged in tomorrow's meeting. "What HRNSW has rolled out in the last 30 hours is a large operation, involving not only HRNSW Integrity staff but 30 security personnel." HRNSW Chief Operating Officer Reid Sanders said. "Operations like this take strategic planning and a considerable effort from HRNSW staff." "These measures have been put in place to ensure that horses competing on Australasia's biggest harness racing day do so on a level playing field. We want to further enhance confidence in NSW harness racing and reaffirm that we are leaders in integrity strategies." The Inter Dominion 2015 is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 31 racing clubs across the State. HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government. To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: Reid Sanders Chief Operating Officer (02) 9722 6600 rsanders@hrnsw.com.au                   Greg Hayes | Media Coordinator | Harness Racing New South Wales |   22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200   T: 02 9722 6677| F: 02 85805792 | E: ghayes@hrnsw.com.au| W: www.harnessmediacentre.com.au          

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