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Harness racing legend Lance Justice led his Australian team to victory in yesterdays American Ideal Trans Tasman Drivers Challenge at invercargill. The competition pits teams of reinsmen from Australia, the North Island and South Island against each other in five heats with an individual and teams title up for grabs. In the previous two years the North Island had been victorious but after a strong start by the South Island in this year's competition the Australians hit the front when they scored the trifecta in the second heat and were never headed. Justice led the way with a tally of 25 points to take the Individual Trophy. He was ably backed up by John Caldow on 20 points with Lisa Miles and David Murphy adding a further ten points to amass a total of 55 points to record Australia's first win in the Challenge. Zac Butcher equalled Caldow's 20 points to be the equal second highest point scorer on the day but his North Island team mates, Joshua Dickie, Scott Phelan and David Butcher could only muster a further 9 points between them to finish last of the three teams. The South Islanders were very consistent with Nathan Williamson gathering 14 points, Ricky May and Blair Orange 12 each and Clark Barron 8 to finish runners-up on 46 points.    Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Bruce Stewart

Harness racing trainers Gordon and Colin Lee have had a bit to do with Jackofdiamonds and two separate times they've trained him to win two of his races. The son of Majestic Son, he's owned by Sam Moore who's trained him for most of his twenty two starts. Moore has certainly done the ground work, and the gelding was coming into form under his guidance with a fifth, third and a second, prior to his win today at Ascot Park.  "We had him last year and he won a race for us at Forbury. I thought he'd improve by working in company at home. At Sam's place he's only got the one horse. He works with Moment Of Sun at home. He's not a top line trotter and he's not going to run around against those C5-C6 trotters but if we place him right he's going to be competitive," said Gordon after the win. Driver Lance Justice settled Jackofdiamonds behind the early leader Karlie Montana. The lead changed several times. With a lap to run he was five back on the inside. At the 600 metre mark Justice managed to get him off the inside running line but he still had a wall of horses in front of him. At the 400 he was running fourth and improving on the outside. He trotted nicely down the middle of the sodden track to beat Spotlight The Valley by three quarters of a length. The winning time was 3-43.5 - a mile rate of 2-13.2.  Jackofdiamonds returning to the birdcage                  Photo by Bruce Stewart "Probably the track suited him as he doesn't have high speed. Lance was fairly impressed and said he didn't feel like he'd be hard to beat inside the 1000." The Lees have had a long association with Justice, having sold horses to the Australian legend for thirty odd years, so it was a great result for all. Jackofdiamonds is out of the Sundon mare Aceofdiamonds which has been a very good broodmare for Moore. The mare's first foal Maidofdiamonds won a race. Her second foal is Jackofdiamonds while her third foal Sky Commander won three races here for Australian owners Merv and Meg Butterworth. He is now with Kerryn Manning in Australia where he's won another eight races. He's also been place in a number for Group races and has now won $97,446. Jackofdiamonds with winning connections in the birdcage              Photo Bruce Stewart The mare's next foal Ace Commander qualified at Forbury Park last month and is now with Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen at Rolleston.  Earlier in the programme today, Justice drove the Edendale trained River Patrol to a much deserved win in Race Four.  River Patrol winning easily for Lance Justice                                  Photo by Bruce Stewart The six year old Live Or Die gelding is trained by Craig Laurenson and owned by Ian Bennett. It was the horse's third win. Winning connections with Charlotte Mooney from Woodland Stud (left)  - Photo Bruce Stewart Meanwhile Lance Justice from Australia led his Australian team to victory in today's American Ideal Trans Tasman Drivers Challenge. The competition pits teams of reinsmen from Australia, the North Island and South Island against each other in five heats with an individual and teams title up for grabs. In the previous two years the North Island had been victorious but after a strong start by the South Island in thisyear's competition the Australians hit the front when they scored the trifecta in the second heat and were never headed. Justice led the way with a tally of 25 points to take the Individual Trophy. He was ably backed up by John Caldow on 20 points with Lisa Miles and David Murphy adding a further ten points to amass a total of 55 points to record Australia's first win in the Challenge. Zac Butcher equalled Caldow's 20 points to be the equal second highest point scorer on the day but his North Island team mates, Joshua Dickie, Scott Phelan and David Butcher could only muster a further 9 points between them to finish last of the three teams. The South Islanders were very consistent with Nathan Williamson gathering 14 points, Ricky May and Blair Orange 12 each and Clark Barron 8 to finish runners-up on 46 points.    Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

The pacer nicknamed “Brad” after Brad Pitt for his “pretty face” has turned his “Pee-Wee Herman” body into the “all-round package”, says harness racing trainer/driver Lance Justice. After driving Bad Boy Brad to victory in yesterday’s Gunbower Family Hotel Gunbower Pacing Cup Justice said his partner Dianne Giles, who trains the six-year-old gelding, “had a taste for cups and would be targeting more of them”. Justice acknowledged the $25,000 Trots Country Cups bonus, powered by, describing it as “a pretty attractive bonus”. “I’d say they’re all on the radar now,” Justice said of the upcoming country cups. Bad Boy Brad settled back in the field in the 2630-metre race before Justice got on to the three-wide train in the last lap and was well within striking distance within 10m of the lead at the top turn. On straightening Chris Alford was throwing everything at Pepe Bromac first-up from a spell, but the fitter Bad Boy Brad flattened out strongly and found the line impressively. Pepe Bromac was 3m away second and Diamond Ace for John Newberry worked home for third, beaten 7.1m. “About three months ago Brian Kiesey actually said to me ‘that horse will make a cups horse … he’s got the speed’ and at the time (Bad Boy Brad) was only a C4. I said ‘I hope you’re right Brian’,” Justice said. “After he won so well at Melton the other night I said to Dianne I’ve never been to a Gunbower Cup so let’s put him in.” Justice admitted he had some difficulty finding the Gunbower track initially, the GPS not working as well as one would hope, but the victory made the five-hour road trip worthwhile. Justice spoke glowingly of the job Giles has done training Bad Boy Brad, the son of Righteous Hanover-Bubbas Babe overcoming several difficulties to get to this point in his career. “She’s made him really,” Justice said. “The horse has had more spells than races and he’s taken a fair bit of tinkering and lots of different training techniques at home to overcome a few things. Dianne has really sorted him out.” The Trots Country Cups Championship next heads to Stawell on December 4, followed by Geelong on December 10, Wedderburn on December 11 and Cobram on December 27. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

David Murphy from Ballarat in Victoria is the addition to the Australian team for the American Ideal Trans Tasman Drivers Challenge at Ascot Park on Sunday week (27 November). He joins John Caldow, Lance Justice and Lisa Miles from the 2015 team and takes the place of Kerryn Manning. Zac and David Butcher are returning for the North Island team but Peter Ferguson and Maurice McKendry have been replaced by Josh Dickie and Scott Phelan. The South Island representatives remain unchanged, being Dexter Dunn, Ricky May, Blair Orange and Nathan Williamson. Five of the 10 races have been set aside for the invited drivers, a handicap trot and four mobile start paces: C1 to C2 2700 metres handicap trot  C0 mobile (four old and older) 2200 metres C1 mobile (four old and older) 2200 metres C1 mobile (four old and older) 2700 metres C2 to C3 mobile (four old and older) 2700 metres The North won last year's challenge with the South Island runner-up and Australia third.   Mac Henry

Leading Victorian harness racing trainer Lance Justice is urging all racing participants to band together after the NSW government announced plans to outlaw greyhound racing within the state as of July 1, 2017. Justice is a highly respected figure in the harness world, having prepared champion pacer Smoken Up to 74 wins and 54 minor placings from 153 starts, with over $3.6 million in prize money earnings. Despite his stature within another code, Justice says he was distressed to hear of the ban earlier this month. “I was shocked,” Justice told Australian Racing Greyhound. “I have a lot of close friends who are involved in the greyhound industry and I really feel for them because it was callously handled. “It’s just so out of whack... to shut down an industry that so many people get so much enjoyment out of – I just don’t understand it. “I don’t care what industry you are involved in whether its gallops, dogs or the trots, there is always going to be people who are doing the wrong thing, but you don’t punish the whole population because of a small minority. “I just feel so sorry for the people who got up that morning and read ‘greyhounds banned’ – I cannot for the life of me see how Mike Baird thought it wasn’t going to upset people. “A lot of trainers live and breath for their animals... and now they have got nothing.” Justice said he could see parallels between the harness and greyhound racing codes and felt that there could have been alternatives to banning the sport altogether. “Don’t ask me to reinvent the wheel for the greyhound industry... but it looks to me that it is the same sort of problem as we have in harness racing in that not all the dogs bred to race are making it to the track. “In harness racing we have the problem that we don’t breed enough horses and we have some horses which are not quite fast enough. “Just because they aren’t capable of going as fast as the other horses it shouldn’t mean they can’t race – so we are trying to grade them so that even the really slow ones can have a career. “No-one cares if a greyhound runs 28.60 or 33.20 – as long as they are competitive in their own grade and they are looked after. “At the end of the day we all have to be welfare orientated... it is of the upmost importance that the dogs and horses are well looked after." Justice said a problem to overcome for all codes was to enforce to the public that racing animals are well cared for and love what they do. “It’s sad that a minority of people – the lefties and the greenies – can have such a loud voice and be so misinformed," he said. “They have such a single track mind, they want to believe the worst in everybody in everything. “They don’t understand that horses and dogs which are kept in a racing environment are actually finely tuned athletes and they are incredibly well looked after. “We love our animals... I sat up every night for a whole week after one of the horses got bitten by a snake and got real sick. “The vet came and looked at him and said we should put him down, but he still had a brightness and sparkle in his eyes that told me that he wanted to live. “We gave him a chance... we had to roll him over every two hours so fluid didn’t build up on his lungs and I went 10 days with only a couple of hours sleep, just trying to keep this horse alive. “Thankfully he made a full recovery and he is coming along nicely... he might even be racing soon. “If they were just a commodity like these people say then you wouldn’t go through all that…we all love our animals like our children.” Justice refuted claims harness and thoroughbred racing would be better off without the dishlickers, saying all three codes should be working together through the tough times. “It will have an affect on the other codes because if they shut the dogs down the greenies are going to go after the trots and the gallops and they wont stop there, after that they’ll target all the kids riding ponies," he said. “Some people are rubbing their hands together thinking that with dog racing gone it will be better for the horse racing industry, but they are looking at it wrong. “At the end of the day we are all racing industries – we are either chasing, or pacing or galloping... so I think we should all be sticking together.” By Katherine Ernst Reprinted with permission of site

A wet day couldn't douse the harness racing at Warragul Pacing Bowl on Monday afternoon, when Melton pacer Crockets Cullen set a solid tempo to be among the day's most eye-catching winners. Contesting the third heat of the Eastern Challenge race, Crockets Cullen's winning time was less than a second outside of the course record. Lance Justice bought up his second victory of the afternoon with Crockets Cullen, after Rosehill Rose Hill's earlier win. Crockets Cullen also created a big impression on Warragul Cup day, when the Kiwi-bred horse won his first Australian race by 24m. He won again at Warragul on Monday by 28m, and should win further races for Justice and owner Chris Mifsud. Croydon pacer Temporal Join scored an overdue victory in the sixth event. Paul Stokes trains the five year-old, who has only won two races from 31 starts, but has also recorded 17 minor placings, so the mare has probably been unlucky not to have won sooner. Temporal Join held off her rivals courtesy of an all-the-way victory by driver Matt Ablett. Local trainer Michael Hughes continued his recent run of success, when Mygoldengrinner won the two-year-old race. A most consistent youngster, courtesy of two victories and five minor placings from only nine starts, Mygoldengrinner scored a very easy victory after sprinting clear of his rivals at the 400m mark. Fellow local Courageous Desire turned in a good debut performance to finish second after making a mistake in the early stages of the race. Clyde trotter Soho Ledger ran his rivals ragged in the handicap. Well handled from a 40m handicap by driver Chris Alford, Soho Ledger dashed away from the field at the 400m mark and went on to record a 40m victory, one of the biggest seen at Warragul for some time. Giant Steps produced the upset of the day, winning the final race as a $20.50 chance with punters. The longest priced winner at Warragul so far this year, Giant Steps found the lead in the middle stages of Monday's race and kept on running for driver Troy McDonald, to score win seven at start 78. The next trots meeting at Warragul is on Monday, July 4. Kyle Galley

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has announced drivers will receive superannuation payments in accordance with legislative requirements. From July 1, drivers’ fees will be $71.18 per race, an increase from the current $65 payment to allow for a 9.5 per cent superannuation guarantee. The decision, made in conjunction with Harness Racing New South Wales, was welcomed by Victorian Trainers and Drivers Association president Lance Justice. “Drivers have been pushing for this for a long time. It’s great that it has got up,” Mr Justice said. “Driving is like any job. The industry is up and down and a driving career can come to a finish at any moment. Moving forward, it’s a great announcement and I applaud HRV’s effort to better support drivers.” HRV CEO John Anderson said whilst the decision to introduce superannuation payments was enforced on HRV, it would give drivers greater long-term financial surety. “HRV continues to support industry participants where possible and we have made changes to our processes within our finance system to cater for this,” Mr Anderson said. Association of Victorian Country Harness Racing Clubs CEO David Brick said support and care within the industry was “a core strength of Victorian harness racing”. “Assisting drivers to ensure they have savings for later in life is an extension of the industry’s support for one another,” Mr Brick said.  Michael Howard

Harness racing trainer Lance Justice has high hopes for filly Hu Hu R U despite bookmakers offering huge odds in early fixed price markets for Saturday night’s Nevele R Stud Victoria Oaks Final. opened the Melton-trained filly $41 to win the $150,000 Group 1 three-year-old fillies’ classic despite the daughter of Jereme's Jet breaking 55 seconds and recording the fastest last half-mile behind Mark Purdon’s highly acclaimed A Piccadilly Princess in Oaks heat three last Friday night. Hu Hu R U has been ultra-impressive since arriving in Australia, the former Kiwi pacer's overall record an impressive 11 starts for seven wins and three minor placings. In last Friday night's heat, Hu Hu R U was taken off the arm from gate seven before storming home to run second, her last half recorded at 54.89secs and her last quarter at 27.45secs. “She’s got a really good turn of foot as you saw last week. She actually ran one of the quickest last halves of the night … she’s very, very quick,” Justice told RSN’s Gait Speed this morning. “She’s a very good horse. If she takes the next step she could potentially be the best,” he added. Hu Hu R U has drawn barrier 10 for the Oaks Final, giving Justice plenty to think about. Does he sit back and allow Hu Hu R U to close hard at the end, or will the one-one be up for grabs if he makes an early move? The one thing that is clear is Justice says the filly has pulled up a treat from her super first-up hit-out. “She’s pulled up really well and should improve a little bit more for Saturday night," he said. “Brian Gath  to his credit did a great job looking after her last week. He didn’t over-punish her.  Basically he chased her just on her own urgings.” The early money for the Oaks Final has been for Emma Stewart-trained Heavens Trend, who drew gate three. She opened $2.20 with and is into a $1.80 favourite, while opening favourite A Piccadilly Princess has eased from $1.80 out to $2.20. Both impressively won their heats. That pair stifles the betting with $11 chances Im Wrongly Accused from the Matthew Craven stable, also a heat winner, and Gary Hoban-trained Dancingwithsierra, who ran second in her heat behind Heavens Trend, on the next line. The Oaks is Race 7 (9.02pm) on Saturday night's 10-event program at Tabcorp Park Melton and carries a $20,000 First 4 jackpot with Cody Winnell 

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

Lance Justice’s status as a legendary harness racing driver and trainer has been set in stone. The Melton veteran of harness racing was inducted as a 2016 Caduceus Club Living Legend, recognition for more than 44 years in the industry. “It’s a great award. It’s a fantastic award. To be honoured by your peers is the biggest accolade you can get,” Justice said. Announced at the MCG after the Del-Re National A.G. Hunter Cup barrier draw, Justice was the 24th inductee into the award, hailed for training 19 and driving 17 Group 1s. Five times the leading metropolitan trainer since moving to Melbourne near the turn of the century, Justice started driving at age 14 in South Australia, driving his first winner at age 22. After great success from humble beginnings in South Australia, which included seven wins in one meet and a super pacer in Whirley Dream, Justice moved to Victoria with brother John at the turn of the century and produced two of the sport’s great champions. In Sokyola, Justice landed what was thought to be the horse of a lifetime, having guided the chestnut gelding to almost $1.9 million in stakes. Sokyola’s 161 starts yielded 78 wins, including being first passed the post in the 2003 and 2004 Miracle Miles, and the 2004 Sew-Eurodrive Cup. “It was probably the biggest thrill to win the Miracle Mile in Sokyola,” Justice said. “The hardest thing about the Miracle Mile is getting a run.” It was a brilliant career that Justice would soon surpass with Smoken Up, which won more than $3.6 million in prizemoney, having produced 74 wins from 153 starts including the Miracle Mile in 2010 and 2011, and the 2011 Victoria Cup. Smoken Up produced 12 Group 1 wins, tying with Lombo Pocket Watch for the most ever. by Michael Howard

The Harness Racing Training Centre Bendigo Central Victorian 2016 Concession Drivers Championship is set for an exciting finish, with one race remaining in the four-race series. There appear to be three concession drivers with a realistic chance of taking out the title. Nathan Weightman currently heads the leaderboard on 30 points, having picked up points in all three races thus far. He will be hard to beat, given that he would only require a top five finish to secure the title. He also has the choice to pilot either emergency Sir Dasher Dee (8) or Mister Bellisimo (11) in the final race of the Series on Sunday. Jackie Barker on outsider Guilty Rama (3) and Brad Chisholm on likely favourite Chirpy Chuckles (7) would require at least a top-two finish to have a show of taking out the title, and for other results to go their way. Win or lose, all concession drivers who participated in the series will also have the chance to secure the much sought-after drive aboard Smoken Up as he leads out the Bendigo Cup Field on Saturday, February 13. Trainer Lance Justice has said that Smoken Up is in fine fettle at present for his appearance at Bendigo. This privilege would undoubtedly be a thrill for the lucky person selected, with the driver selected being announced at the Central Victorian Championship Finals at the Wedderburn  at Maryborough Meeting on Sunday, January 31. The third race in the series at Charlton on January 25 was taken out in fine style by the Andy Gath trained four-year-old mare, Shadow Flag, courtesy of an exemplary front-running drive by young Cheyenne King-Davies. The second favorite, Shadow Flag jumped straight to the lead from the pole mark in a slick 29.1secs second quarter before King-Davies gave the mare a breather with a second quarter of 31secs. She then upped the ante in the latter part of the race, running home the last half in 57secs to win untouched by 6.2 metres from the favorite in the race, Blurred Lines, with Brad Chisholm aboard. The overall mile rate for the event was 1:57.1 for the mile trip. In her post-race interview, King-Davies explained how she had recently moved across from Western Australia to join the Andy Gath stable to gain some valuable experience. At such a young age she is already a well-travelled young driver, having spent six months in her teenage years at Mark Purdon’s stables in New Zealand before home sickness drew her back to the West. King-Davies has had around 80-100 previous drives, with this win being around her 10th. During the presentation her current mentor, Andy Gath, complimented her on her fine work ethic and suggested they may need to find her a few more drives in the near future, given her excellent performance here.   STANDINGS AFTER RACE THREE Nathan Weightman 30 Jackie Barker 23 Brad Chisholm 23 Patrick Franklin 22 Ashley Ainsworth 17 Robert Caton 17 Denbeigh Wade 16 Cheyenne King-Davies 15 Kevin Weidenbach Jnr 12 Lisa Bartley 11 Xavier O’Connor 11 Ashleigh Stewart 9 Daniel Rose 9 J. Murphy 8 Matthew Horsnell 7   CODY WINNELL

Saturday night's City of Melton Plate at the harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton has attracted a star studded field but it could very well be the unearthing of Lance Justice’s next gun pacer. Love Ina Chevy might only be early into his career but he is certainly progressing in the right direction. A former Kiwi he has many similarities to a couple of Justice’s former Champions in Sokyola and Smoken Up. Like that awesome duo Justice acquired him from New Zealand after a handful of starts and has quickly set about sending him through his classes. Justice is under no illusions that he has a long way to go to match those two greats but he predicts he will be a topliner. “He is a top class horse in the making. I’m not saying he is as good as them yet but he certainly has the credentials to be one of those horses.” He has won three of his four Australian starts and although beaten at Cranbourne last start Justice said he had an excuse there and he can bounce back Saturday night. “He had an abscess after his last win and missed some work before his run last start but his run was good.” It’s a really good field and he will need some luck but he will be right amongst it and he is certainly not the worst horse in the race” It shapes up as a cracking race with a stack of chances and will be run at 8.02pm Saturday Night. Matt Jackson  

Drouin West harness racing trainer Gary Quinlan has a big team of horses engaged across the rich Vicbred Super Series finals staged at Tabcorp Park Melton this Friday and Saturday night. Charlie Runkle will compete in the two year old trotting final on Friday night, while stablemates Courageous Call, Magical Delight, Professor Tom and Emiliana are all drawn to compete on Saturday. Longwarry trainer Lee Evison has Mister Wickham qualified for a three year old final, and local Michael Hughes also harnesses up Cruisin Around. Warragul Cup winner Hectorjayjay also starts in one of the finals. Meanwhile, Melton horseman Lance Justice won the Traralgon Cup at Warragul on Monday with Phil Monty. Phil Monty scored in a three way photo finish at the well attended meeting.   Kyle Galley

Port Pirie 2015 Elders Invitation Drivers Series Saturday night 20th June is one of the feature harness racing meetings in South Australia where five of the best drivers from Victoria challenge six drivers from South Australia. The series is run over four races on the night with the driver with the most points winning the title. This series has been going now for forty years and has brought together a good line up of drivers as you can see by their profiles. Ex Port Pirie driver Kate Gath is making a return, while local driver Brad Sims will be aiming to again win the series as he did in 2006 Victorians Lance Justice: Driven 2865 winners, started his career here in SA and was great supporter of Northern harness racing when he was here. Has had lots of success over the years here and in Victoria with many good horses with the best being Sokyola and Smokem up. Always loves coming back here, won this series back in the ninety’s, won the trainers and drivers premiership here in 2000 the year the new track was opened, loves talking with the locals. Anthony Butt: Formerly from New Zealand where he drove 1609 winners and now situated in Victoria where he has driven another 694 winners while coming to and fro. This is Anthony’s first time at Port Pirie and he would really like to increase on his winning tally. Will be a good draw card having someone very approachable from NZ come here Michael Bellman: Has driven 952 winners in his career, participated in this series in 2011 where he was runner up to Lisa Miles. Is currently having a great year, being fifth on the Victorian State driver’s premiership having driven ninety winners. Is prepared to travel all over the state, having had over 1000 drives in Victoria this season, and we welcome him back Kate Gath: Has driven 942 winners so far in her career, Born and raised here in Port Pirie where she won the Port Pirie Drivers Premiership in 2004. Currently having a very good season, driving 83 winners so far and sits sixth on the Victorian State Drivers Premiership. Has been a regular competitor in this series over the last ten years where she tied in first place in 2013. Family and friends are sure to cheer on Kate help increase the crowd. Lisa Miles: Has driven 498 winners in her career always puts her hand up to come here for the series where she has had good success winning in 2011where she came at a days notice and 2013. Does really well training her small team of horses but is a great who competitor and would really love win her third series going back to back. SA Drivers Ryan Hryhorec: Has currently driven 1380 winners, is a regular here at Port Pirie having won the Drivers Premiership in 2008, 2011, 2014 and currently well in front this season in the drivers premiership. Tied in first in this series in 2012 and 2013 and has driven 130 winners in SA and Victoria this coming season. Tough competitor and is sure to account himself well Mark Billinger: One of the state’s top drivers has had 1014 career driving wins has had 62 wins this season and is currently fourth on the states leading driving premiership table. Always gives his horses a great run and has a good strike rate in the sulky. Wayne Hill: He is another regular driver here at Port Pirie has had 768 career wins, is currently fifth on the state driving premiership having driven 52 winners for the season. Wayne has come through the junior ranks and is a good competitor who has been in the series before and will account himself well. Leah Harvey: Has had 666 career wins, now getting towards the veteran stage having won this series in 2002 and 2010. Was the leading driver here at Port Pirie in 2001 and 2012 so she well and truly knows her way around the track here. She has represented the region well over the years on and off the track and it would not surprise if Leah won her third series. Scott Ewen: Has driven has  660 winners throughout his career and has been a regular here at nearly every meeting over the past five years, winning the Port Pirie driving premiership in 2013. Is currently having a good season having driven 45 winners, has competed in the series for the last three years without much luck but this could be his year. Brad Sims: Has driven 86 winners in his career, was the leading young driver in 2005 here at Port Pirie and had good success in winning this Drivers Series in 2006. Has also driven many placing throughout his career, has taken a trainers licence out this season and has had success with that. With limited opportunity he has always given his drives every chance. Good luck to all the drivers competing and also to David Harding who would have been here if it was not for nasty fall that he had at Globe Derby on 8th June. by Neville Thomson, Port Pirie Harness Racing Club Related Links Fields for Port Pirie, Saturday 20 June 2015 Form guide for Port Pirie, Saturday 20 June 2015

Three Victorian harness racing stalwarts shared the spoils at Cranbourne yesterday.   Chris Alford, Gavin Lang and Lance Justice are synonymous with success and yesterday the three horseman were at it again with winning doubles.   Alford kicked off proceedings with a win to his mare Pipe Me Home (Framework USA/ Our Shady Lady) breaking her maiden status with a 2.1-metre victory over Lazy Sunday in the Aldebaran Park Trot (1st Heat) over 2080 metres.   From the pole Pipe Me Home sat behind leader Lazy Sunday in the run before using the sprint lane to gain the spoils in a rate of 2:04.6 at odds of $3.90 at career start No.3 . The $2.80 favourite Jimbo Johnson blew his chances by galloping away at his Australian debut.   Whittlesea trainer Charlie Farrugia combined with driver Darren Pace to land victory in Race 2, the Decron Horse Care Pace, with five-year-old Attorney General/Gay And Bright gelding Major Minor leading all the way in the 2080-metre race for a 2.9m win over Arma Augustus in a rate of 2:02.7.   Favourite punters trying to lift themselves off the canvas after the first were poleaxed again, this time even-money shot Mikoney Courage breaking gear early and having to be pulled up.   Lang’s first winner was also the first leg of a winning double for Smythes Creek trainer Emma Stewart as four-year-old mare Our Petite Soeur (Grinfromeartoear USA/Aluring) scored a 1.6-metre triumph over Partnersinvancelot in the Ade Turf Equipment Pace over 2080m.   Sent out a prohibitive favourite at $1.10, Our Petite Soeur ran to the lead early and was never headed, rating 2:01.9.   Justice’s first leg of a winning double came in Race 4, the Trios After The Last Pace over 2080m with five-year-old JR Mint USA/Higher Calling mare Blacks A Beauty dashing home from barrier two.   The $2.80 shot held off $1.90 favourite Jambiani at the finish and rated 2:00.7, sprinting through her final 800m in 58.2secs after a 62.7secs first half.   Next up the hugely successful Stewart/Lang combo was victorious again in the Seelite Windows & Doors Pace over 2080m, ultra-talented four-year-old entire Major Secret notching his 14th win at start No.26.   The last-start Mark Gurry and Associates Cup winner at Mildura got the job done again, this time by 2.5m over Nowitzki in a mile rate of 1:58.9.   Major Secret (Art Major USA/Secret Life) has now won four of his past five starts and his prize money is zooming towards $300,000.   Justice delivered again in Race 6 with honest five-year-old Extreme Three CA/Sacajawea gelding Jean Baptiste overcoming a back-row draw for a 6.1m over 1609m.   Jean Baptiste defied a betting drift and paid $5.10 as he defeated Liculia and early leader and race favourite Lanista in a rate of 1:58.5.   Alford was back in the winners’ stall after Race 7, the Hyland Sportswear Pace, guiding outsider Mister Rufus (Young Rufus/Exotic Flash) to a 1.9m win over Phil Monty in a rate of 2:02.2.   Trained by Frank Cauchi at Parwan, eight-year-old Mister Rufus put the writing on the wall with a last-start third at Melton but still paid $31.20 today and fattened the quaddie dividend.   Romsey’s Leigh Miles finished the meeting victorious with three-year-old Sportswriter USA/Wemen Wendymae colt Wemen Sporty scoring a 1.1m win over Phantom Rockstar.   Wemen Sporty, driven by Greg Sugars, finished strongly and recorded a 2:02.1 mile rate.   The quaddie paid $2,543.80 and followers of Good Form might be shouting Blake Redden a drink after he landed it at for a full unit.   - HRV Media

The Greg Brodie sponsored invited drivers competition at the harness racing meeting at Waikouaiti today was keenly fought out between ten drivers from all over New Zealand as well as a couple from Australia. Lance Justice and Amanda Turnbull crossed the Tasman for the competition and were joined by David and Zac Butcher from the North island as well as a good cross section of the leading drivers from Canterbury down to Southland. There were two parts to the competition with the individual title at stake as well as the team competition with six established drivers making up the experienced team and the six younger drivers making up the youth team. Points were available from 12 to the winner down to 1 for last in each heat. The first heat was taken out by Zac Butcher on the Margo Nyhan trained Canndew with Aveross Rustler and Dexter Dunn finishing second and Scanreco Bay and Ricky May third.  The second heat saw Booster trained by Nathan Williamson make it four in a row with Ken Barron in the bike while Flagpole and Craig Ferguson ran into second ahead of Balagio and Jim Curtin. Heat three was for the one win grade and saw the Steven McRae trained No Mas with Amanda Turnbull in the bike home first just ahead of Livy Franco and Zac Butcher and Red Under Fire and David Butcher The fourth heat was for trotters and another Steven McRae trainer runner in Indiana Jones was too smart with Craig Ferguson in the bike in front of Blue Don and Zac Butcher with Anothersuperstar and Matthew Williamson in third. Heat five was taken out by the recent addition to the Graeme Anderson barn in Onedin Mach who had Ricky May in the bike in front of Destined For Glory and Dexter Dunn with Graduate Under Fire and Jim Curtin running into third. The last of the six heats for the invited drivers was taken out by the Greg and Nina Hope trained Bobby T with Ken Barron in the bike in front of Sammy The Bull and Craig Ferguson who ran second with Scotlynn Justis and Matthew Williamson in third. When the points were all tallied up, Zac Butcher had romped home with 51 points, well clear of Ken Barron and Craig Ferguson on 44 points. For his efforts Zac was presented with a commemorative scroll and a $2000 cash prize courtesy of sponsorship from Greg Brodie and he gets to hold the Greg Brodie Drivers Challenge Trophy for twelve months. The youth team were too strong for the experienced team coming out on top by 243.5 points to 229.5 points. Points for each team were as follows:                               Youth Team                                                                         Experienced Team                               Zac Butcher - 51                                                                  Ken Barron - 44                               Craig Ferguson - 44                                                            David Butcher - 43.5                               Matthew Williamson - 43                                                     Lance Justice - 38                               Amanda Turnbull - 38                                                         Allan Beck - 36                                Samantha Ottley - 34.5                                                        Ricky May - 35                               Dexter Dunn - 33                                                                 Jimmy Curtin - 33                               Total Points - 243.5                                                            Total Points - 229.5       This is the second year that the invited drivers competition has been held and if today's event is anything to go by, it has a great future. Harnesslink Media    

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