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The Horsham trotting meeting held on Monday October 28 belonged to the Western part of Victoria and South East South Australia with five of the eight winners coming from those areas. The highlight of the day being a driving treble to Terang based reinsman Matt Craven and a double to Hamilton trainer David Lewis, the first of which came up in the Wimmera Roadways 3-Y-0 Pace over 1700 metres taken out by Grinfromeartoear/Joelaura gelding Smileawayjo. Starting from the pole, Smileawayjo making his third racetrack appearance, led throughout from the pole to score by 9.1 metres in a rate of 1-57.5 over Johnos Jet a winner on debut at Swan Hill eight days earlier which was given every chance one/one, with Winterfeel third after following the runner up all the way. Stablemate Twentyfivetolife a 4-Y-0 Life Sign/Royal Franco mare, was a tough winner of the Rosehill Farm Vererinary Practice Pace for C1 class over 1700 metres in a rate of 1-58.7. Despite sitting in the open after starting from gate four, Twentyfivetolife was equal to the task as she defied all challengers in accounting for Mayorofshinetown which trailed the weakening pacemaker Ynobe Coby and Armbro Speedstar three back the markers. The mile rate 1-58.7. The middle leg of Craven’s treble came about when 6-Y-0 Falcons Icon/Evil Eva gelding Iconic Art trained at Barham by Ruth Arthur greeted the judge in the BGS Folly @ Mountain View Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 2200 metres. Spearing away from gate five to lead easily, Iconic Art ($21.40) was untroubled to lead all of the way in a rate of 2-01.3, defeating Panorama Wealth which trailed, with the well supported Ruby Heart (one/two – three wide last lap) third.  Glencoe (Mount Gambier) trainer Kevin Von Duve also provided a long shot winner, when 6-Y-0 Modern Art/Good Night Irene mare Joolz Art snared the Moore Bulk Haulage Pace for C0 class (mares) over 1700 metres, paying Supertab odds of $26.90. Sent forward three wide out of gate three by Terang based Tim McLean, Joolz Art was able to angle to the back of the leader Belated inside her, receiving a sweet passage all of the way. Angling three wide on straightening, Joolz Art at start number 27 broke her maiden status by overpowering Belated in the shadows of the post to score by  a neck in a rate of 1-59.9 over Belated and Dilingers Princess which raced in the open from the bell. Last season’s “Trotter Of The Year” at Horsham Allawart Ugo registered his fifth success on the track and sixth overall, when victorious in the Conch Deville @ Loddon Valley Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2200 metres. Part-owned  and trained locally at McKenzies Creek by veteran Ken Exell, Allawrat Ugo a 8-Y-0 Allawart Ray/Allawart Liz gelding bred in the area by Geoff and Mabel Foreman with Hamilton’s Rod Barker in the sulky, settled four back in the moving line, with the old stager Master Kiesey (13 years of age) leading from the 20 metre mark. Gaining a three wide trail on the back of Champ Devine (one/one) in the last lap, Allawart Ugo despite being four wide on the final bend, finished best to land the major prize by 2.3 metres in a rate of 2-07.2 in advance of a death-seating Ollie Nova and Rusty Bouchea which trailed the pacemaker from the pole when making his race debut. Woorndoo trainer Bob Mahncke’s 8-Y-0 Die Laughing/Forest Flame gelding Extricate put his best foot forward to land the Smiling Shard @ Alabar Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2200 metres. Taking a concession for Ararat based Emma Hamblin, Extricate spent most of the race buried three back along the markers after starting from the pole, with the speedy Manningham Park leading from gate three. Angling away from the inside to be one/one approaching the home turn on the back of Valentino Rustler which had raced in the breeze, Extricate when eased three wide on straightening, ran home solidly to score by 5.7 metres in a rate of 1-59.1 from a game Valentino Rustler, with the Mildura visitor Pirates Plunder (one/two – four wide home turn) 3.9 metres away in third place. Len Baker

  Local Bunbartha trainer John Newberry and son Matthew snared a double at their home track Shepparton on Thursday October 24, taking the Neatline Homes Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2190 metres with Classic Icon and the Equine After Care Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres with Hezfullarunning.  Classic Icon a 7-Y-0 gelded son of Falcons Icon and Sandras Soky starting from the pole was given a sweet passage on the back of the hot favourite Burra Sullivan (gate 3) after retaining the front running going into the first turn.  Using the sprint lane, Classic Falcon at Supertab odds of $28.30 sailed clear in the shadows of the post to score by just over a metre, returning a mile rate of 2-00.8 in defeating Burra Sullivan who was no match at the finish. Gangster Boy was a game third 5.2 metres away after racing in the open.  Six year old Western Terror/Shezfullarunning gelding Hezfullarunning did exactly that in the final circuit after enjoying a cosy one/one trip from gate five. Set alight at the bell, Hezfullarunning ($8.80) careered away on turning to register a 7 metre victory in 1-57.6 over Nevaeh and Mister Desirable who both ran on late from mid-field.  Nagambie mentor Chris Lang (Snr) combined with Chris Alford to land both trotting races on the program – Six year old Kadabra/Kyvalley Diva gelding Kyvalley Rap greeting the judge in the www.sheppartonhrc.com.au Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2190 metres and fully American bred Donato Hanover/Armbro Amadeus 4-Y-0 gelding Kyvalley Rancher the Central Tyre Service Trotters Handicap for T0 class over 2190 metre, both raced by staunch stable client Jim Connelly.  Kyvalley Rap coming from a 30 metre backmark, possied three back in the moving line after a swift beginning, moving to be one/one at the bell.  Taken wide on straightening, Kyvalley Rap surged to the wire 5.2 metres in advance of Wortherly along the sprint lane off the back of the pacemaker My Archie Way, with Doctor Sam (three back the markers) also using the sprint lane for third. The mile rate 2-05.8.  Kyvalley Rancher led virtually throughout from gate five in a mile rate of 2-07.6 to easily account for Framework Salute which ran home late after a slow beginning. Thumbs Up Jerry finished third after racing in the open from the bell.  Chris Alford is only five winners short of reaching his 5000th winner. By Len Baker  

Ararat has always been a happy hunting ground for nearby Great Western trainer Peter Manning and the Manning family and it certainly was on Wednesday October 23 when Peter chalked up three winners and daughters Michelle and Kerryn one training winner each, while Kerryn drove a winning double. The first of Peter’s treble was former Kiwi bred 7-Y-0 Sundon/Cherourwishes mare Sunnyandcher in the G. Ferguson Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2195 metres. Driven by Kerryn, Sunnyandcher starting outside the front row possied three back in the moving line, with The Final Cut leading from gate three. When Safe Leone another Manning runner surged past the leader in the last lap, Sunnyandcher was in hot pursuit making the final bend three wide, with Gavlenn Sunset (one/one) in the centre. Finishing best, Sunnyandcher scored by 6.6 metres from Gavlenn Sunset in a rate of 2-06.1, with Candy Digger (three back the markers) third. It was Sunnyandcher’s 4th victory in 51 outings. Iron 4-Y-0 Union Guy/Hot Reaction gelding Boyz Torque having his 7th start for the season and 56 overall, was once again a tough winner when successful in the Spiller Family Sprint Series Final for C1 class over 1790 metres which qualified in the heats held at the same track on October 13. Driven by Terang young gun Jason Lee for Peter, Boys Torque was trapped three wide out of gate three, before parking outside the leader Big Gorilla. Keeping the pressure on throughout, Boyz Torque outstayed Big Gorilla to record a 8.5 metre victory in advance of Big Gorilla who is probably better off with a sit. Peter Manning’s second stringer Additallup (three wide last lap from the rear) finished third. The mile rate 1-59.6. Five year old Union Guy/Miss Incline gelding Garabaldi Union made it three for the stable when victorious in the Benson Catering Pace for C1 class over 2195 metres with Terang’s Matt Craven in the sulky. Bred and raced by former HRV Board member Peter Bourke, Garabaldi Union was sent forward from gate five, working hard to park outside the 10-Y-0 pacemaker Vinnies Jet. Taking over approaching the home turn, Garabaldi Union showed tremendous fighting qualities to come again after being headed by the more fancied stablemate Armbro Speedster halfway up the running to gain the day by 1.6 metres in a rate of 2-01.8, with Graceful Affair 18.8 metres away in third place after always being handy. Kerryn Manning snared the Bill Sutton Claiming Pace over 2195 metres with 6-Y-0 Live Or Die/Chipover gelding Waterhorse in a rate of 2-00 even. Restrained from outside the front row to settle closer to last than first, Waterhorse ran home strongly wide in the last lap to defeat a game Cowboy Cadillac which moved to face the breeze mid-race by a neck in a punishing finish. Keeper Of The Fire (one/one) finished in third place. Michelle Manning’s smart 4-Y-0 Four Starzzz Shark/Tarlilia entire Jackabeams made it two from two when successful in the Mark Smith Pace Final for C0 class over 1790 metres. A winner of his heat on debut, Jackabeams driven by Kerryn led virtually throughout from gate three, accounting for a death-seating Modern Chic which went down fighting by 1.5 metres in 2-00.2, with Xbolt (one/one) third. On a night of multiple victories, Matt Craven continued his stellar season by driving a treble and Burrumbeet trainer Ashleigh Herbertson prepared a double. Matt’s other winners were Citysneak in the C. Dunn Vicbred Platinum Country Series F (1st Heat) for C0 class over 2195 metres and BlissfulKisses in the Life Members Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1790 metres, both trained by Herbertson. Citysneak a 4-Y-0 Metropolitan/Sneak Peak mare starting from the pole, broke her maiden status at start number eleven after using the sprint lane from three back the markers to blouse Michelle Manning’s Aheadofhistime which led by a head in 2-01.4, with Susie Badland third after following the pacemaker. Six year old Blissful Hall/Ebony And Ice mare Blissful Kisses was given a lovely passage one/one from inside the second row following the favourite The Red Opal, before being switched down to the markers approaching the home turn and using the sprint lane to score by 2.5 metres in 1-59.7 over The Red Opal which battled away gamely. Peter Manning’s Valentino Rustler (one/three) finished third after looking a big chance out wide approaching the final bend. By Len Baker  

Nagambie trainer/driver Chris Lang Jnr’s 4-Y-0 Four Starzzz Shark/Emdomic mare Goldiedomic finally her maiden status, when taking out the Corio Bay Rotary Club Pace for C0 class over 1609 metres at Geelong on Tuesday October 22. Making her 19th appearance at the races, Goldiedomic led throughout from the pole to score from Shapely Hips which trailed and a death seating Hunzarella. The mile rate 1-58.3. Hopetoun Park duo Ross and Greg Sugars were successful with Kiwi bred 6-Y-0 Julius Caesar/Shamrock Bay mare Our Nancy Miles in the Vinmar Homes Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2100 metres. Given a sweet trip three back in the moving line from gate five, Our Nancy Miles was sent forward three wide racing for the bell to park outside the leader Amazing Kano for the final circuit. Drawing clear prior to the home turn, Our Nancy Miles recorded an effortless victory over Atomic Horizon (one/one) and Vinni Gambino (three back the markers) in a mile rate of 1-59.7. Melton’s Joe Borg has picked up a handy stable addition in former New Zealander Frank The Duck which greeted the judge in The James Saliba Pace for C1 class over 2100 metres. A first up Australian winner at Yarra Valley on September 30, Frank The Duck driven by John Caldow enjoyed a perfect passage one/one from gate five and when eased three wide in the final circuit, quickly put the race beyond doubt by leading into the straight and winning by 9.8 metres in 2-00.7 from Antiquities from well back to give Melton the quinella, with Me Mate Les third from mid-field. The Adam Kelly team are back on song and 4-Y-0 Badlands Hanover/Coringa Ruby gelding Rubys Bad Boy first up since June, was an impressive victor of The Ray Beckley Memorial Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class over 2100metres. Starting from outside the 10 metre mark, Rubys Bad Boy settled well back in the field before gaining a lovely three wide trail home in the last lap on the back of The Dip from mid-field. Asked for an effort by Gavin Lang on turning, Rubys Bad Boy ran home stylishly to score from The Dip and Hellfire Angel which trailed the weakening leader Myrniong Panorama in a rate of 2-02.3.  By Len Baker  

Four year old Courage Under Fire / Be All Dilinger mare Cheval Charette a winner of five races at King Island (Tas), registered her first success on the mainland when victorious in the Mark Edmondson Electrical Pacers Handicap for C0 class over 2190 metres at Maryborough on Monday October 21. Trained and driven by Goornong’s Peter Salathiel, Cheval Charette was given a cosy passage three back in the moving line after starting inside the second line. Sent forward in the final circuit, Cheval Charette joined Stylish Ruler ahead of her on the final bend, racing clear over the concluding stages to score by 1.9 metres in a rate of 2-03.3 from Stylish Ruler, with Pacific Maddy third after trailing the heavily supported weakening pacemaker Mahjong Shark. One of the good guys of harness racing - Stanhope owner/trainer/driver Gary Pekin provided a long shot winner in 5-Y-0 Blissful Hall/Boom Boom Birdie rig Boom Boom Hall to land the Stringers Dairy Pace for C1 class over 2190 metres, paying Supertab odds of $38.40. Starting from gate two on the second line, Boom Boom Hall who’s latest success had been at Swan Hill in November last year possied four back in the moving line, with the speedy Kankkunen leading from gate two. Gaining a three wide trail home on the back of Cheshire Cat ahead of him at the bell, Boom Boom Hall produced a nice turn of speed out wide on straightening to gain the day by 3.4 metres in a rate of 1-59.8 over My Lishi (last at the bell – one/two last lap) and Bubble Art (one/one). Junortoun owner/breeders Garry and Melva Graham snared the Bendigo Party Hire Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres with 6-Y-0 Life Sign/Bonton Lady gelding Endorsement. A winner of five races from 52 outings going into the race, Endorsement driven by Toolern based reinsman Nigel Milne led throughout from the pole in comfortably defeating Cityscape which followed from inside the second row, with Clinchell Lee third after trailing the pair. The mile rate 1-57.2. Melton reinsman Clinton Welsh returned to sulky with a winner after being laid up for a number of weeks, when honest 5-Y-0 Sundon/Wheels To Go gelding Wildenstein greeted the judge in the McArdle Transport Pty Ltd Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2190 metres. Raced by breeder Graham Mulhall under the banner of Mulhall Corporation Pty Ltd, Wildenstein trained at Elmore by Clinton’s father Neville (last year’s Rothacker Medal winner), Wildenstein starting solo on the 10 metre mark was smartly away as he usually is, lobbing three back along the markers, with the roughie Ourlittlelil leading from barrier two. Following Conchs Critter a stablemate of the leader which eased off the back of her in the last lap to give chase to Atego Lily which had crossed before the home turn, Wildenstein was switched down to the inside on turning before finishing best along the sprint lane to blouse Atego Lily in the shadows of the post by a half neck, with the 50 metre backmarker Paparazzi Snapshot flying home out wide from a mile back to finish third a neck away. The mile rate 2-04.1. It was Wildenstein’s 7th victory in 43 outings. Coimadai co-trainers Adam Kelly and Gavin Lang landed the Horseworld Bendigo  Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2190 metres with impressive former Kiwi 6-Y-0 In The Pocket/Lite Jade mare Lite Jagermeister in a rate of 2-00.5. Sent forward from gate four on the second line shortly after the start to be presented with the lead without spending too much petrol, Lite Jagermeister gave Lang an armchair drive as she coasted to the wire untouched 2.7 metres in advance of  the early leader Advance To Go along the sprint lane. Tere T which moved to race in the open at the bell battled on gamely to finish third. The $8,000 Final will be held at Tabcorp Park Melton on November 1. Len Baker

Last year's Central Victorian Pacing Championship winner Restrepo a Breeders Crown placegetter, was victorious in taking out the $30,000 (Group 3) Tooleybuc Sporting Club Nyah Pacing Cup for M0 or better class (Discretionary Handicapped) over 2790 metres at the Swan Hill Racing Centre on Saturday, giving him a free ticket into this Sunday's $70,000 Kilmore Pacing Cup. Trained at Smythes Creek (Ballarat) by the all conquering Emma Stewart/Clayton Tonkin combination, Restrepo (Gavin Lang) was a little slow to begin from barrier two, but quickly regained his composure to settle close and handy one/one. When last year's victor Saint Flash was sent forward early by Daryl Douglas, Lang went ahead of him to again possie one/one, before being shuffled back a spot after the heavily supported favourite Chancellor Cullen circled the field to race outside the lamp lighter Uncle Wingnut. In a race with plenty of action, second elect Abettorpunt commenced a forward move three wide solo from last at the bell, with Restrepo able to latch to his back running into the final bend. When Chancellor Cullen dashed away at the straight entrance, it looked as though he may have pinched the feature, however after the easy passage, Restrepo finished the better to claim him in the shadows of the post, scoring by 2.7 metres in a new track record mile rate of 1-58.4 (last half mile a blistering 54.8 - quarter 27.6). Abettorpunt was game in finishing 2.4 metres away in third place. A 5-Y-0 entire by Art Major from Shes Innocent, Restrepo has recorded 14 wins from only 24 race appearances. The $12,000 Jim Roberts Nyah Trotters Cup named in honour of Nyah legend Jim Roberts a former club President and one time HRV Board member, was taken out by 6-Y-0 Earl/Howdoudo gelding Thewannacallmesue for Shepparton (Lemnos) father and son Russell and Nathan Jack in a rate of 2-07.5. Despite racing in the open throughout from barrier three outside the pacemaker Gluteus Major inside him after a slow beginning, Theywannacallmesue raced by the Shellie family outstayed his rivals to record a strong neck victory over Gluteus Major, with Michael Thomas (one/one) third. One of the highlights of the evening was the $12,000 Ian Ray Betta Home Living Swan Hill Mile for C6 or better class over the true 1609 metre journey, with Hamilton trainer David Lewis' smart Art Major/Jolaura 5-Y-0 stallion Amajorjo victorious. First up since June, Amajorjo driven by Terang's Matt Craven from gate five tried unsuccessfully to head of Jackson Painting's Living Lord (gate two), resulting in him being left in the open for the entire trip. Surging to the front on the final bend, Amajorjo scored a meritorious head margin over the hot favourite Magical Telf off a three wide trail from last in the final circuit, with Our Walden Bury (one/two) third. The mile rate 1-53.5 (last half 55.5 - quarter 27.4) which smashed the track record of 1-54.8. Len Baker

At Bray Raceway Ballarat on Thursday, Great Western’s Peter Manning snared the Laser Electrical Pace for C1 class over 2200 metres with 6-Y-0 Rustler Hanover/Cuddle Me Good gelding Valentino Rustler. Taking a concession for Terang teenager Jason Lee, Valentino Rustler was slowly away from the pole, settling mid-field along the markers, but was immediately eased away from the inside to move forward and park outside the pacemaker Dance With Mia. Controlling the race, Valentino Rustler put pay to the leader along the back straight on the final occasion, holding a margin on the final bend. Although tackled by Ultimate Tycoon and Absolootmagic in the home running, Valentino Rustler kept on giving to score a strong victory over Absolootmagic and Ultimate Tycoon in a mile rate of 1-59.2. Jason was to chalk up a driving double after piloting the in-form Stephen Clarke (Ross Creek) trained 5-Y-0 Die Laughing/Fleur Delacour mare Isabelle Delacour to a virtual all of the way victory in the Harness Breeders (Vic) Pace for C1 & C2 class mares over 1710 metres, defeating Metrofromelle and Modern Hitch in 1-57.5. Daylesford duo Bob Conroy and daughter Anne-Maree scored a well overdue victory with ever reliable S J’s Photo/Patrice Pernod mare Mother Nature in the Join Diamond Rewards Trotters Mobile for T1 & T2 class over 2200 metres at Ballarat. Showing no speed at all from gate six, Mother Nature settled at the tail of the field, with Lovable Nick (gate five) crossing Glenn Conroy’s Drop Us A Line (gate two) to lead. Run at a swift tempo, It could be clearly seen in the last lap that Mother Nature would be in the finish judging by her most recent runs if luck went her way and it did. After Drop Us A Line surged clear in the straight, Mother Nature after weaving in-between runners was extricated into the clear and finished with a wet sail to gain the day by two metres running away over Drop Us A Line in a Conroy quinella, with the rank outsider Kadabra Dynasty (five back the markers) using inside runs to finish third. The mile rate 2-04.5. Parwan father and son – David & Brad Barnes were giant killers on the night at Ballarat, when 6-Y-0 Falcon Seelster/Crown Defender gelding Coltrane Bromac got the chocolates in the Ferndale Confectionery Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2200 metres in a rate of 1-58.3. Given a lovely trip by Brad three back along the markers after Goodtime Veejay had arrested the lead from One Wise Man, Coltrane Bromac was eased to lead the outside division in the back straight on the final occasion, proving too strong over the concluding stages to gain the day in advance of Extricate from near last, with Goodtime Veejay weakening to finish third. It was Coltrane Bromac’s 8th victory in 72 race appearances. Len Baker

An Introduction From The CEO At the Community Clubs Association of Victoria Awards night on October 15, Tabcorp Park was a finalist in the Victorian Club of the Year which is great credit to the venue staff.  Congratulations go to the winner, Buckleys Entertainment Centre in Geelong. HRV Annual Report The HRV Annual Report for 2012/13 was tabled in Parliament on October 16.  Click here for the Premier and Minister for Racing’s press release which coincided with the tabling. Chris Alford – Children’s Tumour Foundation The dust has now settled on the Charity Football Match recently held at Melton. The industry got behind the day which was a fundraiser for Chris Alford’s charity, the Children’s Tumour Foundation (CTF). As we know Chris’ daughter Katie suffers from NF, a tumour related disease and the Alford family have been great supporters of the Foundation. With the support of the Harness Racing Industry Chris and Alison Alford have raised over $85,000 for NF since Katie’s diagnosis – a fantastic achievement. Congratulations go to them both, and HRV will continue to support their efforts in raising awareness of NF. As an unfortunate post script to the football match, Chris suffered an injury in a crunching tackle and missed three weeks in the sulky, which only slightly delayed his quest for 5,000 winners (currently 4,986). Website Usage The harness.org.au website continues its extraordinary growth. For the month of August 2013, the website attracted 780,000 visits, compared to 690,000 last August, a rise of 13%. Most popular area visited remains “Fields” with 440,000 visits (up 15%) followed by “Results” 195,000 (up 15%). Mobile usage of the site for August was 46,000 visits, up from 25,000 the previous August. The HRV Facebook page has over 3000 “Likes” – 80% from within Australia. Brazil is 7th on the list with 16 people liking our page. The Old and the New There cannot possibly be any other sport where the age range of participants who can succeed at the highest level is so varied and where gender is no barrier. Our sport has been infiltrated by young people in recent years. If you take a look at the premiership lists for the 2013/14 season so far, you will see youngsters such as Greg Sugars, Emma Stewart, Nathan Jack, Amy Tubbs, Matthew Craven, Kate Gath, Josh Duggan, Jason Lee, Michael Stanley, all at the top of the tree. Yet only recently, horses driven by Matt Donaldson, Dick Lee and Brian Gath filled the trifecta in a race at Bendigo, with combined ages of 226! Male, female, young or old all compete on an equal basis in our great industry. Harness Review – 20 Years Mid October signified the 20 year anniversary of the popular radio show Harness Review. Congratulations to evergreen Len Baker who has been with the show since its inception. Well done also to long time co-hosts such as Clinton Welsh, Brian Dobson and Alexandra Hurley as well as a band of regular contributors, including our own Craig Rail. The show has a loyal band of followers on Melton 979fm from 8pm to 10pm every Monday night.  The internet now takes the show to a wider audience. Well done to Len and the team! Vale Peter Nova Peter had a long association with HRV, predominantly as a representative for Radio 3UZ and in later years for Sky Racing. He was a hail and hearty character well known across the industry. Sadly Peter passed away in September. Apart from his infectious nature, Peter was top of mind with many of HRV’s corporate supporters. About five years ago, when driving in the annual Go Kart Day, Peter suffered a massive heart attack, and was clinically dead for some time. As a result of several people’s efforts Peter was miraculously brought back to life and we were able to see his smiling face for a few more years. HRV and the Pegasus Club were represented at the funeral. Dick Collinson Dick was one of trotting’s most colourful characters. He passed away in late September at the age of 90. He was a prominent trainer during the Showgrounds era with several top line horses including Grand Monarch, Rich Dale and Sandy Spring. HRV Legend Gordon Rothacker drove for Collinson. Away from the trots, Dick was a keen Bulldog fan and was President of Footscray between 1974 and 1978. Bill Lanyon Bill passed away on September 20, at the age of 75. The Lanyon family have been publishers of newspapers for generations, most particularly in the Mildura region. They have been supporters of the trots industry over a long period. Our condolences go to Bill’s son Ross who continues the family tradition with the Sunraysia Daily and ownership of pacers. Ross is also Chairman of Country Racing Victoria. Did You Know Congratulations go to Tabcorp Park employee Kathleen Mullan, who managed to get her former pacing racehorse MF Hollywood through to the prestigious Garryowen final during the Royal Melbourne Show. Affectionately known as “James,” he became the first ever standardbred to make it through to the Garryowen. Kathleen and James performed with distinction before a large and enthusiastic crowd.

Echuca duo Matt Beecroft (part-owner/trainer) and Steve Lindberg (driver) scored an upset victory with 4-Y-0 Town Champion/Girlsontheavenue gelding Grand Assassin in the Aqua Peel Wangaratta Pace for C0 class over 2190 metres at the Wangaratta HRC fixture held at Shepparton on Tuesday October 15. Unplaced from nine outings going into the race, Grand Champion ($27.90 )led throughout from the pole, defeating Gary Pekin’s Attack On Command (three wide last lap from mid-field in the running line, with Narryna Jetstar third after following the winner all of the way from inside the second line. The mile rate 2-03. Another longshot to score on the night was 8-Y-0 Dr Ronerrail/Sunny Folly gelding Doctor Sam for Kialla trainer Kevin Mark in the Ken Bevan Builders Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2190 metres. Driven by Bendigo’s Haydon Gray, Doctor Sam began best from the pole to lead, before surrendering to the pressure of Chevals Racer off the 10 metre mark at the bell. Using the sprint lane, Doctor Sam raced clear over the concluding stages to register a metre victory over Chevals Racer and Miss Eliza (three back the markers last lap) in a mile rate of It was Doctor Sam’s 7th success in 122 outings, the most recent being at Shepparton on February 13. Local (Kialla) trainer Geoff (Marto) Martin combined with David Moran to land the Gas Honda Motorcycles Wangaratta Pace for C1 class over 2190 metres with former NSW gelding Mister Desirable in a rate of 1-59.1. A 5-Y-0 gelded son of Real Desire and Nepeans Last Bid, Mister Desirable which had been racing well without winning settled five back in the moving line from gate three on the second line, before trailing Scotts Den three wide in the final circuit. Sprinting like a gazelle approaching the final bend, Mister Desire raced to the front on straightening and careered away to score by 11.1 metres in advance of Frosty Star along the sprint lane after handing up to the weakening leader Tom Grainger shortly after the start. Cityscape (three back the markers) also used the sprint lane to finish third. Undera trainer Glenn Freeman has 6-Y-0 Bettors Delight/Maggie Carmel gelding Sword And Pistol airborne at present, bringing up his 11th victory when greeting the judge in the J & T Joinery Wangaratta Pace Final for C1 class over 1690 metres for horses which qualified in the heats held at the Mooroopna HRC meeting on October 6. Driven by David Moran who wasted no time in easing off the marker line after starting from inside the second row, Sword And Pistol possied four back in the moving line, before being sent forward racing for the bell to park outside the pacemaker Antigua who was also a heat winner. Driven vigorously on straightening, it appeared as though Antigua had held on, however the print showed that Sword And Pistol had prevailed by a nose in a finish which tricked many, with Zedaguy (three back the markers) a half head away in third place after being taken into the clear on turning. The mile rate 1-57.5. Horses trained in the Macedon Ranges enjoyed a profitable night at Shepparton, with Braeview Bomber, Revivalist and Crusader Acey all successful. Braeview Bomber (Courage Under Fire/Braeview Express) trained and driven by Chris Alford snared the Wangaratta Spring Works 3-Y-0 Pace over 2190 metres in a rate of 2-01.1. First up since April, Braeview Bomber bred and raced by the Ferraro family led for most of the journey, winning by 7.8 metres from Arctic and the first starter Wemen Dot. Revivalist (Village Jasper/Shiftys Revival) trained and driven by David Miles was victorious in the Byrne Removalists & Storage Pace for C2 class over 1690 metres. Leading from the pole, Revivalist was surprisingly restrained at the bell to allow her only danger Our Warwick Lad to assume control. Inclined to race a little fierce in the last lap, Revivalist was eased outside the leader on the final bend and ran home best under a tight rein to score by 2.3 metres in a rate of 1-56.7, with Im Noddy (one/one – three wide last lap) a further 12.6 metres away in third place. Talented four year old Live Or Die/Trustee Mota gelding Crusader Acey (Rod Petroff), had nothing more than a “stroll in the park” in his event after crossing to lead from gate four shortly after the start. Always in control, Crusader Acey bounded away on turning to register a 10.2 metre margin over Goldiedomic which trailed from the pole, returning a mile rate of 1-57.2. Smokin Tally (three back the markers) finished third. Len Baker

Christmas came early for Kilmore based mother and daughter Rita and Monique Burnett at Yarra Valley on Monday October 14, when they snared the quinella in the aptly named Christmas Parties Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2150 metres aboard the Bill Millner (Kilmore) trained stablemates My Archie Way and Wortherly. Stepping swiftly from the 10 metre mark to lead, My Archie Way (Monique) was content to allow Wortherly (Rita) off the same mark to take over shortly after the start, with the pair controlling the race. After a cosy trip, My Archie Way was eased away from the markers to issue a challenge on straightening and with the race to themselves, My Archie Way ($8.20) prevailed by 2.2 metres in a rate of 2-06.5, with the heavily supported favourite Did I Imagine It 1.7 metres away in third place after racing in the open for most of the journey also from 10 metres. A six year old gelding by Yankee Paco from Auravalley bred and raced by Bill Millner, My Archie Way has fronted the starter on 47 occasions, winning four times. Beautifully bred five year old Mach Three/Out Swing N gelding Machin Out is getting better with every outing and after coming off a great third at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday, scored an easy victory in the United Petroleum Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2150 metres. Trained at Melton by Lance Justice, Machin Out taking a concession for competent teenager Zac Phillips began with a rush from outside the front line to lead with ease and after being allowed to dictate terms to suit, coasted to the wire untouched to register a 4.7 metre victory over the Jayne Davies stablemates Golden Grinder out wide from four back the markers and polemarker Mister Clooney which trailed the winner. The mile rate 2-02.3.  It was Machin Out's 11th victory in 79 outings. Former Kiwi 6-Y-0 In The Pocket/Lite Jade mare Lite Jagermeister made it two wins from three Australian outings when successful in the De Bortoli Pace for C2 & C3 class for Coimadai duo Adam Kelly and Gavin Lang. Despite racing in the open from gate three shadowing the polemarker Amazing Kano, Lite Jagermeister travelled smoothly all through the 2150 metre journey, winning by 3.7 metres from Magical Molly which trailed her in a rate of 1-59. Amazing Kano held down third 15.2 metres away. Melton owner/trainer/driver Jason Hackett was victorious with 4-Y-0 Armbro Operative/Heartlite mare Open Heart in the Oaks Day Pace for C0 class (mares) over 1650 metres. Fronting up from a fourth at Bendigo the previous Thursday, Open Heart was restrained from inside the second line to settle at the tail of the field, with Isntshesomething speeding across from gate three to assume control.  Sent forward three wide racing for the bell, Open Heart sustained a long run to record a 9.2 metre margin in advance of Dancinwithjodi (three back the markers), with Isntshesomething weakening to finish third. Bred and raised in the deep south of the Shaky Isles, Jason Hackett is stable foreman for Lance Justice. The old stagers stepped out in the Cox Plate Day Claiming Pace over 2150 metres, with victory going the way of the Ross Sugars (Melton) trained 8-Y-0 I Am A Fool/Sheza Fake gelding Cowboy Cadillac who chalked up his 19th victory when making his 144th appearance at the races, while also giving Zac Phillips a driving double for the afternoon. Starting from inside the second line, Cowboy Cadillac raced by Denis Grieve and partners was quickly away from the markers to settle four back in the moving line, with the 14-Y-0 Mister Douglas leading out from the pole, before surrendering shortly after to Dartmoor. Once the speed slackened, Cowboy Cadillac was off and running to park in the open, with Phillips dictating the terms of the race. Taking care of the leader prior to the home turn, Cowboy Cadillac defied all challengers to score from the fast finishing Flyin Interstate from last, with Mister Douglas and Takeiteasyonme dead-heating for third. The mile rate 2-00.9. Len Baker

Six year old Bettors Delight/Frosty Mattina gelding Abettorpunt was a most impressive winner of the $30,000 (Group 3) Sew-Eurodrive Geelong Rocket for M0 or better class over 1609 metres at Geelong on Saturday October 12, much to the delight of owners - the Lewis and Krause family who also bred him. Trained at Hamilton by part-owner David Lewis, Abettorpunt driven by Terang's Matt Craven settled mid-field in the moving line from gate two on the second line, with the heavily supported Mildura Pacing Cup and recent Tabcorp Park victor Five Star Anvil safely retaining the inside running from the pole. Set alight racing for the bell to park outside Five Star Anvil for the final circuit, Craven applied plenty of pressure to the favourite approaching the home turn, before gainingthe upper hand halfway up the running to record a 1.3 metre victory (last half 55.7 - quarter 27.2) over the roughie Garnet River along the sprint lane after trailing the pacemaker which finished a further 1.5 metres away in third place.  The mile rate 1-55.3 which was a second outside Penny Veejay's track record of 1-54.3 set in 2007. Geelong's Nott family scored a unique double at Geelong when 5-Y-0 Yankee Paco/Galleons Bliss mare Red Hot Chilli landed the SEW Galaxy Vicbred Platinum Country Series E (1st Heat) for Trotters T0 & T1 class over 2100 metres and 7-Y-0 Village Jasper/Any Danger gelding Arber the SEW Meteor Pace for C3 & C4 class over 1609 metres Red Hot Chilli part-owned by Craig Nott, trained and driven by Bolinda's Chris Alford came from near last to score in a rate of 2-05.1 from Slowly Does It and Desert Spur which led, while Arber trained locally by Tim Bolitho, bred and raced by father Philip Nott scored in almost identical fashion, coming from last to defeat Kisartis which followed him home and Manningham Park which led in 1-55.7. Len Baker  

There were plenty of celebrations at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday October 11, when much improved 6-Y-0 Bettors Delight/Giveitawhirlgirl mare Bettor Give It registered her biggest victory by taking the $20,000 Harness Breeders (Vic) Blossom Lady for Mares M0 to M3 class over 2240 metres. Raced by Bacchus Marsh residents Shannon and Megan Nixon, Bettor Give It trained at Smythes Creek by Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin with John Caldow in the sulky was sent forward from gate five to assume control in the back straight on the first occasion and after being rated to perfection, kicked away on the final bend to score by 3.1 metres in a rate of 1-58.7 (last half mile 56 - quarter 27.7) over Stylish Jasper along the sprint lane from three back the markers, with Shake It Mama a stablemate of the winner third off a three wide trail at the bell. Bought a few months ago as a breeding proposition, Bettor Give It has never raced better and may now make a trip to Perth for the big mares classic races to be held in the next month or so. Lisa Miles was in the winners stall at Tabcorp Park, when 7-Y-0 Malabar Maple/Krysta gelding Michael Thomas greeted the judge in the Yield Boko Trotters Mobile for TM0 class over 2240 metres. Settling a long way back in the field after starting from gate four on the second row, Michael Thomas came with a late finish out wide on straightening to blouse the pacemaker Gluteus Major in the shadows of the post, with Knapdale Girl running on late from the rear to finish third. The mile rate 2-02.6. On what's been a huge week for the Bolinda area, Kari and Paul Males snared the Woodlands Stud Trotters Mobile for TM1 to TM3 class over 1720 metres with much improved 9-Y-0 Sundon/Tender Annie gelding Tender Don. With Chris Alford in the sulky, Tender Don (gate six) moved three wide at the bell before crossing to lead the outside division for the final circuit, just lasting to defeat a game Prettylilangeleyes (three wide last lap) by a nose in 1-58.7. Brief Glance used the sprint lane from near last to finish third. Len Baker  

Hard working Whittlesea trainer/driver Mark Peace was in the winners stall at his home track Kilmore on Thursday, following the victory of consistent 4-Y-0 Badlands Hanover/Evenstar gelding Lets Go Happy in the Ian Wood Optometrist Pace for C0 class over 2180 metres. Starting from gate two on the second line, Lets Go Happy settled well back in the field with the heavily supported first starter Devils Lightning leading from the pole. Moving three wide racing for the bell to follow Dallas Argyle, Lets Go Happy let rip with a brilliant burst of speed in the last lap to race to the front on the home turn, opening up a margin on his rivals. Cruising to the wire, Lets Go Happy scored by a 9.1 metres in advance of Bruce Kennedy’s Art Prevails and Terra Beau. It was Lets Go Happy’s first victory at his 6th race appearance, returning a mile rate of 2-01.4. Quality Metropolitan/Tuscan Skies gelding Metro Mike made a one act affair of the Book Now For Pacing Cup 27 October Pace for C5 & C6 class over 2180 metres at Kilmore. Trained at Smythes Creek (Ballarat) by Emma Stewart and driven by Maryborough’s Mark Hayes, Metro Mike coming off a eye catching first-up second to Jazz King at Ballarat a week earlier wasn’t pushed from gate four, settling near last in the small field, with noted speedster Pinevale Willpower leading easily from outside the front row. Moving to be one/one for the final circuit, Metro Mike sprinted like a gazelle approaching the home turn to race away and score by 23.3 metres in a mile rate of 1-59.4 (last half 56.7 – quarter 28.3) over Itsnewstome and Pinevale Willpower which weakened rather badly. Avenel mentor David Aiken was also a winner at Kilmore when in-form Jeremes Jet/Quick Comment 4-Y-0 mare Quick Jet snared the Harness Breeders (Vic) Pace for C1 class (mares) over 1690 metres. Driven by Chris Alford, Quick Jet was sent forward shortly after the start from gate two on the second line to take up the front running role and after a heady drive, was never headed, accounting for Eleventh Command which led out from gate three before electing to take a trail, with the roughie Rosy Ogrady Lombo (three back the markers) third. The mile rate 1-59.7. Mt Cottrell (Melton District) rainer George Batsakis combined with Bolinda based concessional reinsman Kyle Marshall to land the Rix Roofing Pace for C3 & C4 class over 1690 metres with 5-Y-0 Real Desire/Barogue Pearl entire Minti Choice. Beginning with a wing on every foot to lead from gate three, Minti Choice ran his rivals ragged in defeating Future Operator off a three wide trail last lap by 1.8 metres in a rate of 1-59.2. The heavily supported favourite Nimble Jack finished third after following the runner up home. By Len Baker

Champion Bolinda trainer/driver Chris Alford returned to the sulky at Lord's Raceway Bendigo on Wednesday October 9 after being injured in a social football game a a few weeks back and was successful aboard 5-Y-0 Bettors Delight/Forest Glory mare Ballasario in the Dunlop & Pitson Earthmoving Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2150 metres, leading throughout from the pole to score from Road To Rock which trailed making no impression over the concluding stages, with Le Rapide (one/one - outside winner home turn) third. The mile rate 1-57.5. Neighbours Lisa and David Miles each provided a winner at the meeting, Lisa taking the Amadee Park Vineyards Pace for C1 class over 2150 metres with Jacquis Lad and David the Santons Of Bendigo Pace C1 class over 1650 metres with Ourbellabro. Jacquis Lad a 7-Y-0 Julius Caesar/Ok Jacqui gelding showed great speed from gate four to lead all of the way, accounting for Sirladyn Reba from a mile back and Ringtripleowe in a rate of 1-58.6. Five year old Badlands Hanover/Kellyarmbro mare Our Bellabro did similar in her event, leading virtually throughout from gate fiveto defeat Forever Perfect along the sprint lane from three back the markers in 1-55.9. Who Broke Our Halo finished third from mid-field in the moving line. Junortoun trainer Trevor Monk who trains on Lord's Raceway living adjacent to the track, scored a terrific victory with Village Jasper/Penny The Pussycat 4-Y-0 gelding Marty Monkhouser in the All Seasons Hotel Bendigo Vicbred Platinum Country Series D (3rd Heat) for C0 class over 1650 metres. Stepping out for the first time since a failed South Australian campaign in July, Marty Monkhouser with Glenn Douglas in the sulky settled closer to last than first after starting from gate two on the second line, with the speedy Open Heart leading from gate three. Taken wide on turning, Marty Monkhouser produced a lightning burst of speed in the straight to gain the day by 1.2 metres from a death-seating The Major League which faced the open at his first start since January after coming from Western Australia, with Hezupnabout third after following the pacemaker. The mile rate 1-56. Len Baker  

The trotting meeting held at Mildura on Tuesday October 8 saw plenty of multiple victories with Victoria's leading trainer of last season Shayne Cramp providing three winners on the program, while reinspersons Nathan Jack and Emma Hamblin each recorded duel victories. Cramp's winners on the night were Local Vicka Lombo (Nathan Jack) in the 1st Heat of the Vicbred Platinum Series D for C0 class over 1790 metres, Embraced (Ryan Hryhorec) in the Mildura Show October 17th - 19th 2013 Pace for C0 class over 2190 metres and Attitude Adjuster (Nathan Jack) in the Tankard Dental Pace for C1 class over 1790 metres. Local Vicka Lombo (Blissful Hall/Bubbly Lombo) outstayed his rivals after racing parked to score from Romantic Bliss and Evening Star Lombo in a rate of 1-59.5, as did ex-Kiwi Attitude Adjuster (Julius Caesar/Marion Jones) who was relentless in defeating the leader Bretaca and Cams Art in 1-58.2. Former South Australian Embraced (Art Major/Tuapeka Reign) led throughout from the pole, accounting for Double Header and Pental Cracker in 2-02.3. Perhaps the most significant wins on the night came from concessional reinswoman Emma Hamblin who gained a belated birthday present by guiding the Boris Devcic (Irymple) trained One Dog One Bone (Dawn Ofa New Day/Raging Eagle) gelding to an all of the way victory from gate three to land the Welcome Club 40 Members 2013/2014 Pace for C2 class over 2190 metres to defeat Glasscutters Spirit and Wrinkle Knutt in 2-00.4, then followed up aboard Robinvale trainer Peter (Zeke) Tyrrell's 9-Y-0 Jet Laag/Kellys Darling gelding Rhys Lightning in the Mildura Pacing Cup Carnival April 8-12th Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 2190 metres. Backed as if there was no settling, Rhys Lightning enjoyed a sweet passage from gate three trailing the pacemaker Los Bravos before joining the leader approaching the home turn and racing away to record a 22.7 metre victory over The Joadstar and Glacial in 2-03. Emma celebrated her birthday on September 19.   Len Baker

Members of the Gration & McGrath family were on course at the Stawell HRC meeting held on Monday October 7 to witness the victory of “iron” 4-Y-0 Union Guy/Hot Reaction gelding Boyz Torque in the Rachael (McGrath) Gration Memorial Pace for C1 class over 2175 metres. Trained at Great Western by Peter Manning and driven by Terang’s Glen Craven, Boyz Torque making his 53rd appearance at the races and starting from the extreme draw settled at the tail of the field, with stablemate The Avoca Flyer beginning with a wing on every foot from outside the front line to lead running into the first turn. Gaining a three wide trail home in the final circuit at the expense of the favourite One Wise Man (one/two), Boyz Torque finished with great determination in the straight to score from Lombo Krista Bella along the sprint lane after trailing the front runner for the last lap after Blissful Bird dropped out sharply at the winning post with a lap to travel, with One Wise Man weakening slightly to finish third. In recording his 5th victory, Boyz Torque returned a mile rate of 2-01.6. Usually the Manning’s play a big hand at Stawell meetings and Monday was no different with Kerryn landing the Barham Insurance Agencies Pace for C4 & C5 class over 1780 metres with in-form 5-Y-0 Metropolitan/Liberty Print gelding Kickittochris in a mile rate of 1-57.9. Heading off the pole marker Peaces Of You inside him heading into the back straight on the first occasion, Kickittochris led virtually throughout in defeating Peaces Of You and Bronze Destiny which trailed the pair.It was Kickittochris’ 10th victory in 38 outings. Shelbourne (Bendigo) part-owner/trainer Col Latter’s 10-Y-0 Astreos/Aires And Graces gelding Greek To Me who has been in several stables since first gracing the track, was a giant victor of the Fosters Mensland Claiming Pace over 2175 metres when making his 129th race appearance. Trapped three wide from the extreme draw, reinsman Jason Lee persisted in going forward to eventually park outside the pacemaker Highview Spirit, before crossing to lead at the bell. Kicking away in the final circuit, Greek To Me appeared as though he was a sitting target for those back in the field, especially the $2.90 favourite Waterhorse which had been given a quiet passage at the rear of the field from gate two on the second line, before coming with a strong finish three wide approaching the final bend. Despite doing all of the work, Greek To Me (claiming price $9,000) kept on going to score by 1.3 metres in a rate of 1-59.6, with the roughie Cullen Hanover 13.8 metres away in third place. Western District (Tarrington) trainer Robert Barker made a long awaited return to the winners list, when 4-Y-0Metropolitan/Private Affair mare Graceful Affair greeted the judge in the Magdala Motor Lodge Pace for C0 class (mares) over 2175 metres, paying Supertab odds of $40.40. Driven by nephew Rod Barker, Graceful Affair was driven to perfection by settling three back the markers after starting from outside the front row. Angling into the clear to be outside the pacemaker Artois Stone on the home turn, Graceful Affair at start number 16, gained the day by 4.5 metres in a rate of 2-04.1 over Artois Stone and Joolz Art from mid-field. Popular Balliang (Bacchus Marsh) trainer/driver Ginger Gleeson did punters no favours when 10-Y-0 Sundon/Stickler gelding Sun Bird snared the Bertori & Co Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2175 metres. Raced by Ginge and wife Chris, Sun Bird from the 10 metre mark was given a lovely trip trailing the leader Lochlee Jacob from the same handicap. Joining Lochlee Jacob on the home turn, Sun Bird $31.60 was too strong over the concluding stages for Peter Manning’s Safe Leone from mid-field in the moving line, with Earl Of Charity (one/one at bell) third. The mile rate a leisurely 2-09.5. By Len Baker  

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