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Teenage young gun harness racing driver Leonard Cain admits he loves nothing better than being busy and tackling a new challenge head-on. "I'm just so much happier when there's a lot going on, preferably getting more race drives from trainers and ultimately more winners!" Cain said. The 19-year-old started his Sydney career off in a blaze of glory, combining with his boss Noel Daley, to post wins with their first four starters. "We couldn't have got off to a much better start than that. It was unbelievable," Cain said. "You just dream of things like that, but you don't expect them to happen." Former superstar North American horseman Daley, with enough USA achievements to his credit to choke a bull, is private trainer for leviathan owner Emilio Rosati and his wife Mary. Daley recruited former Queenslander Cain to be the stable number one driver a few months ago. "I was having a good run back home, but the offer to join the Rosati-Daley team was such a huge opportunity," Cain said. "I've learnt such much from Noel - it's invaluable. He's so easy to adapt to and probably the perfect boss," he said. "He's happy for me to travel, and I'm now starting to pick up outside drives from well-known trainers like Ian Wilson, Darren Binskin, Team Tritton, Mark Lefoe and others." In recent times, Cain has been seen competing at Wagga, Newcastle, Goulburn, Bathurst, Penrith and Menangle. "The travel is just part of being in the industry and I haven't got a problem with it - you have to do it if you want to succeed," Cain said. The enthusiastic youngster landed the longest-priced winner of his short, but exciting, career last Saturday night - and he didn't have to travel far to do it! Cain took out the $20,400 M1 event at NSW headquarters, Menangle, with Uncle Jay for Mark Lefoe. Uncle Jay - Ashlea Brennan Photo Uncle Jay (Art Major USA-Kays My Gem (Presidential Ball USA) shot most punters out of the water with starting odds of $126. Uncle Jay "It was the first time I'd driven the horse, but he felt terrific during the run and got to the line strongly," an elated Cain said. "I enjoy driving at Menangle. However, it surprised me being so flat. It's only my opinion, but I think there'd be sensational times recorded if it was banked more." Cain, born and raised in Queensland, drove 55 winners in his first season in 2017. The following season he was successful on 48 occasions and is now enjoying his best season ever, with a tally of 66. "I've settled in well and quite enjoy Sydney. My girlfriend Bethany Manga is with me and she now helps around the stables as well as doing nursing studies at TAFE," he said. "We met when we were both doing the mini trotters." Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Master harness racing trainer Noel Daley, who stamped himself as one of the all-time greats in North America over nearly three decades, has kicked off his Australian career in the best possible way.   Daley, private trainer for leviathan owners Emilio and Mary Rosati, of Sydney, landed a Menangle winner yesterday in three-year-old gelding Typhoon Stride (Bettors Delight-Beach Parade (Beach Towel).   “It was so good to get the monkey off my back,” an elated Daley said.   “The horse won a trial recently and his work since has been first class, so I guess we were hopeful of a good showing,” he said.   After being shot to an early lead, Typhoon Stride was well rated by stable reinsman, former Queenslander Leonard Cain.   Posting a slick first split of 26.1, Cain eased his foot off the accelerator for comfortable 30.6 and 29.7 sections, before cranking it up again with a final quarter of 27.4. He got home by a neck in a mile rate of a 1.53.8.     Daley said he was thrilled by the performance of the youngster who would improve greatly from the first-up race start.   “Typhoon Stride hadn’t started for over 12 months after kicking his career off with two runs in Victoria, and Leonard (driver) told me that he dragged a punctured wheel for the final 600 metres,” he said.   “So, taking all of that into consideration, the pacer went very well.”   While Typhoon Stride did his best, Daley was disappointed with his other starter Paramount Stride, who finished near the tailenders for James Rattray.   “When we worked the two the other day, not much separated them. Probably all I can say is one went very well on race day…and the other not so well,” Daley said.   “It was bad luck for James. I wanted Paramount Stride to go okay for him because we have been good mates for quite some time.   “He spent maybe two years with us in America and drove winners for our stable.”   Daley is renting stables at the Menangle Training Centre, while a state-of-the-art training establishment is being organised by Rosati.   “Emilio has planned every aspect of it, but sometimes these projects take longer to complete than expected,” Daley said.   “But I can say that I can’t wait for it to be finally up and ready to go – it’s going to be a great setup.”   Daley said his numbers at the training centre had increased to 17 horses when he was permitted to have more stables.   “There’s a big bunch of maiden class horses in the team and at least three or four others will be racing soon,” he said.   “A lightly raced four-year-old in Arctic Stride will compete at Penrith this Thursday and then we may have another runner at Menangle next week.   “Arctic Stride has one win and a placing from four starts, but he went nicely in a recent trial.”   Daley said that he had settled into the Sydney environment without a problem. “I’m loving it, and more importantly, so is my six-year-old son Max,” he said.   Daley prepared a remarkable 2570 USA winners, which ranks 20 th among all trainers in harness racing history and his total purse of more than $61 million ranks sixth.   Others to have won more money are Ron Burke, Jimmy Takter, Robert McIntosh, Erv Miller and Mark Ford.   Being based mainly in Bordentown, New Jersey, a little over an hour from New York, Daley prepared such greats as Mr Muscleman (his favorite and his springboard to success), along with Broad Bahn, Cedar Dove, Caviart Alley, My Little Dragon, Explosive Matter and others.     Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura  

THE New South Wales harness racing scene has attracted yet another top driver. With an influx of interstate and international trainers and drivers now calling the state home, young reinsman Leonard Cain is the latest to be added to this list. Born and raised in Queensland, the 19-year-old driver has established his driving career in the Sunshine State. In only three seasons of driving, Cain has thrust himself amongst the top 10 drivers in Queensland and is now looking for a new challenge. “I’ve had good success in Queensland but it’s now time to make the next move,” said Cain. Having already driven more than 150 winners in his succinct career, Cain is eager to make his name in NSW. “I will be in Sydney now and willing to drive for any and everyone and I’m more than happy to travel for race meetings,” he said. So much so, Cain had his first drive since relocating south at the new Riverina Paceway at Wagga Wagga yesterday. And today, Cain is traveling many kilometres to make his driving commitments at Newcastle this afternoon. Cain will drive the Melanie Elder-trained Days End in race eight and earned a couple of other catch drives as well. He has also locked in a drive with the Tim Butt-trained Denstown at Menangle tomorrow afternoon. Cain drove for the Miracle Mile-winning trainer at Wagga on Sunday when partnering with Italian Delight to finish third. Ironically, Cain’s main motive to make the move to Sydney was for Italian-born owner Emilio Rosati. Cain will drive for the big-spending owner and will also work on the farm Rosati is establishing in Sydney’s South West. Joining Cain for that mission is North American trainer Noel Daley, who will be a private trainer for Rosati. Daley has just returned from a 29-year stint training horses in the United States.  Also born in Queensland, Daley had success with 2570 winners while training in North America. Others that have relocated to NSW recently on a permanent basis include New Zealand brothers Tim and Anthony Butt as well as Queenslanders Lachie Manzelmann and Isobel Ross.   AMANDA RANDO MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Enjoy the driving talents of Leonard Cain while you can. The 19-year-old concession driver will leave his native Queensland in March to further his career in Western Sydney. The south-east Queensland horseman is one of the state’s leading concession drivers.  He is currently employed by his father, Errol, at Logan Village. As of today (Feb 21) Cain had reined home 48 winners and 114 place-getters ($361,712) from 482 drives this season. “It’s still to be confirmed but it is likely to happen within the next month. Noel Daley is returning home from the United States. He was one of their best up there and he’s going to set up a stable not too far from Menangle," Cain said. “It will be a great opportunity to work with someone who has so much harness racing knowledge both here and abroad. I’ve loved it here but I want to further my career in a bigger city working for a world renown trainer. “I really enjoy driving. I started in September 2016 and I’m not sure how many winners I’ve driven. I’d say it would be around the 150 mark,” Trinity College (Beenleigh) educated Cain said. Last Friday he drove the Kerry Smith trained Annika Magic to win race nine, and then three days later at the same venue he won behind the Wayne Graham trained Boulder City, in race six. Cain has seven drives this Saturday night at Albion Park, including Annika Magic in the first event for C4 or better pacers. "She won well from barrier three here last week and even though she's drawn three on the second row this time, she only needs a decent run to be right in it again," Cain said. However he thought the Peter Greig trained Bodhi Tree was a better winning chance in the feature event - the Kevin & Kay Seymour $21,160 Open Pace (race seven). "He's a nice horse who has copped a tough race. He hasn't raced for a month and will be much better for the run. He's won 23 races and has drawn well enough (4) to get a good trip," Cain said. "I think Bodhi Tree will put in a strong effort. He would be my best winning chance on Saturday." The gifted teenager has a strong book of drives on Saturday. He will line up in seven of the 10 races carded. “I don’t usually have this many. I’m grateful people are starting to recognise my driving. I love it and just want to keep getting better. I’m looking forward to a busy Saturday night,” Cain said. Cain will drive in the first five races. He also liked the prospects of the Ryan Veivers trained Ima Top Tycoon in the fifth event for C2 or better pacers, despite the second line draw. "One on the second row will actually suit him because if he can get handy on the fence he has a lethal last 100m sprint in him." Cain also thought the Brian McCall trained Rocknroll Music could test them from a nice draw in the eighth event, which is also for the C2 and faster pacers. "He's drawn three and is better than his last two runs suggest. He's tough and has a bit of speed. He's also a genuine type who should be right in this," Cain said. Footnote: Cain brought up his half century at Redcliffe yesterday (Thursday) when he won the first two races on the nine-strong card. He saluted behind the Errol Cain trained Modern Thought, and the Ben Aldons trained Night Ninja respectively. by Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland  

Harness Racing participants Dayl March and Leonard Cain have had their licences reinstated after charges of race fixing against them were dropped last week.  The Brisbane Magistrates' Court dismissed the charges, citing a lack of evidence in both cases.  It is believed the Magistrate indicated in March’s case that there was insufficient evidence to proceed and the charges were subsequently withdrawn, The Courier Mail reported last week.  In the case of Cain, it is understood the prosecution asked for more time to produce witnesses, but the submission was rejected and the case dismissed. QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said both March and Cain had applied to have their racing licences reinstated.  “Mr Cain’s suspension has been lifted effective immediately and he is able to resume under his licence which remains current," Commissioner Barnett said.  “The licence of Mr March expired through the suspension period and he will be issued a renewal application directly. The suspension has been lifted however no current licence is in place at this stage. “QRIC stewards have yet to examine the circumstances of each case to determine whether any further action should be taken.” While March and Cain challenged their charges, former driver Barton Cockburn was fined $5,000 in October last year after pleading guilty to three charges relating to race fixing.  Cockburn was warned off all race tracks for life following his conviction. By Nick Hluchaniuk Reprinted with permission of The Punters

Detectives have smashed a hole in the harness racing industry, arresting three major identities over race fixing including arguably Australia’s best driver. Shane Graham, Leonard Cain and Vicki Rasmussen were arrested this morning, with the trio charged with match fixing. Graham, 35, has topped the harness racing industry in Queensland for the past four years, with horses he has driven winning more than $5m in prize money. He was selected in August this year to represent Australia at the world harness driving championships in Canada. Horses trained by Rasmussen earned more than $1.6 million in prizemoney from 2015-17. Graham and Rasmussen are understood to have previously being in a relationship. The arrests involve detectives from the Queensland Police Racing Crime Squad, assisted by Queensland Racing Integrity Commission stewards. Detectives allege Race 2 at Albion Park on July 28 was fixed. Graham won the race on horse Dapper (NZ) and Cain came second, with detectives alleging Cain gave up the lead in the race. Dapper had starting odds of $7. Rasmussen was the trainer for Cain’s horse January, which had starting odds of $2.90. Graham and Rasmussen have also been charged with an additional count of match fixing for a race on October 6. Vicki Rasmussen and Shane Graham QIRC Commissioner Ross Barnett said three of the top six drivers in Queensland had been charged with race fixing offences in the past six months. “While it is match fixing, what it really is in its heart is cheating and stealing,” he said. “These people are stealing prize money from the other participants in races who are honest, hard-working, people who are just seeking a fair go. “These people are also telling their friends who are betting on these races and reaping significant benefits – that is stealing from the bookmakers who accept those bets in good faith. “But most importantly they are stealing hope from the participants in the industry who are honest and are trying to do the right thing.” Mr Barnett said Graham currently led the Queensland driver’s championship and was third in the trainer’s championship. He said the driving and training licences of Graham would be suspended. Cain would also have his driver licence suspended. Rasmussen previously held a trainer’s licence but it lapsed this year. Queensland Police Racing Crime Squad Detective Inspector Mick Dowie said the arrests should be a significant warning to anyone involved in any of the racing codes that they would be caught if involved in match fixing or sharing inside information with betting. “It’s doesn’t matter who you are, you will be charged and put before the court,” he said. Insp Dowie said a fourth person was expected to be charged today, who had allegedly been given inside information and made bets with bookmakers. Mr Barnett said: “We can’t say the activity is rare”. Graham has been charged with two counts of discloses the knowledge to another about a relevant bet relating to the race at Albion Park on October 6. He is also charged with two counts of facilitating match-fixing conduct pecuniary benefit relating to a race at Albion Park on July 28 and the race at Albion Park on October 6, and one count of encouraging another person to make a relevant bet relating to the race in July. Rasmussen, 39, has been charged with two counts of facilitating match-fixing conduct pecuniary benefit relating to the race in July and the race in October. Cain has been charged with one count of facilitating match-fixing conduct pecuniary benefit relating to the July race. The arrests follow four others charged with unrelated match fixing offences. Top harness racing driver Matthew Neilson has been charged with match fixing. In October, driver Barton Cockburn pleaded guilty to fixing two races. Stuart Hunter, a former licensed stablehand, has also been charged with fixing two races. One race was at Albion Park and the other at Globe Derby Park in South Australia. Harness identify Marshall Dobson was charged with running a fake betting account worth millions of dollars. The maximum penalty for match fixing is 10 years in jail. By Thomas Chamberlin, The Courier-Mail Repriunted with permission of The Courier-Mail

Richly talented young harness racing horseman Leonard Cain has landed his first feature. On Saturday night at Albion Park, the 18 -year-old produced a polished display behind Our Hi Jinx ($10) to land the $20,540 AQWA Constructions Lord Mayors Cup defeating the heavily fancied Glenferrie Hood ($2.80) and Avonnova ($5) in the 2138m feature. It was great result for trainer Ian Gurney, preparing first and third. The Lord Mayors Cup was the first open class features during the Racing Queensland summer carnival with the Gr.3 $30,540 AQWA Constructions Be Good Johnny Sprint (Dec.2), $20,540 Christmas Cup (Dec.9) and the Gr.2 $60,540 Egmont Park Stud Queensland Cup (Dec.16) all still to come. Previous winners of the Lord Mayors Cup includes Alleluia, Field Officer, Destreos, Be Diligent, Tip Your Hat, Western Light and Leftrightout among others. Champion pacer Blacks A Fake won the event back in 2010. But the moment belonged to Cain on Saturday night. The graduate of the Queensland mini-trotting has built a good rapport with the New Zealand bred gelding, winning three races from four drives to date. “It was a great thrill, he’s a good horse and his record proves that being a former Queensland Pacing Championship winner and he’s still very quick with the right run. He’s not the easiest horse to drive but I enjoy the challenge.” Cain said. Fresh from his standout rookie year which netted him 55 winners from 535 drives and therefore created a new record by a Queensland driver for most wins in a maiden term. The previous record belonged to Brittany Graham at 40. As a result of his excellent opening season, he was recently crowned the co-winner of the Young Achiever of the Year award – Narissa McMullen was the other co-winner. The award is sponsored by generous harness racing benefactors Kevin and Kay Seymour and the prize is a trip to North America to spend time working and learning under the watchful eye of outstanding horseman and former Australian Ross Croghan in New Jersey next year. And he continues to improve and work at his chosen craft. So far this season, Cain has driven 17 winners which includes a triumph in the $15,540 Seymour Rising Stars Championship Final aboard the Peter Greig trained Bodhi Tree on October 21. The fresh faced youngster will reunite with Our Hi Jinx this weekend in the Be Good Johnny Sprint and looms as a legitimate chance again given his current form. The Christian Cullen gelding has won 3 and been placed on a further 3 occasions from 10 starts this campaign. Our Hi Jinx won the Be Good Johnny Sprint back in 2015 before going on to win the Grand Circuit feature – the Gr.1 $200,000 QPC. The victory behind Our Hi Jinx completed a double for Cain after guiding Western Blaze to victory in the opening race for trainer Jack Butler. Cain, the son of Errol and Debra Cain currently works for leading horseman Shane Graham. Chris Barsby

Talk about a good week. Harness racing's rising Queensland star Leonard Cain has had a week to remember, both on and off the race track. It started last Sunday night at the Racing Queensland Awards function in Brisbane at Moda Portside when he was crowned the co-winner of the Young Achiever of the Year. The award is sponsored by generous harness racing benefactors Kevin and Kay Seymour and the prize is a trip to North America to spend time working and learning under the watchful eye of outstanding horseman and former Australian Ross Croghan in New Jersey. And then the good fortune continued throughout the week at the track. Cain was successful at every TAB meeting staged in the south east of the state culminating with his victory in the $15,540 Rising Stars Championship Final at Albion Park last night (Saturday). Tuesday – Albion Park – Bodhi Tree ($3.70) Wednesday – Redcliffe – Modern Thought ($3.90) Thursday – Redcliffe – Chang Mai ($75.70) Friday – Albion Park – Likeallofus ($5) Saturday – Albion Park – Bodhi Tree ($2.10) In total, Cain took 16 drives for 5 victories and one minor placing. “It’s been an incredible week and it’s something I’m very proud of, I can’t thank the owners and trainers who supported me.” Cain said. The 18-year-old was also booked for a number of drives at the non-TAB Marburg meeting today (Sunday) before the abandonment owing to the inclement weather. His tally for the 2017/18 season now sits at 14 wins which has him 8th in the state drivers premiership while he also ranks 4th in the concession drivers premiership. The victory behind the Peter Greig trained Bodhi Tree elevated him to 5th in the metropolitan drivers’ standings. In his opening season (2016/17), Cain landed 55 winners from 535 drives and therefore created a new record by a Queensland driver for most wins in a maiden term. The previous record belonged to Brittany Graham at 40. Hoofnote – Narissa McMullen was the co-winner of the Young Achiever of the Year award. Chris Barsby

Clear the runway, the Cain plane is taking off. Harness racing driver Leonard Cain, 18, is keen to keep building on his stellar rookie season and has set himself key targets for the new season. Last night (Saturday) at Albion Park, Cain landed his first metropolitan winner of the new season (2017/18) when successful aboard Wicked Time in the Gotta Go Cullect @ Egmont Park Stud Mares Pace in a time of 1:55.9 defeating Katniss by a half head margin. “At first I thought I had been nipped right on the line but wasn’t completely sure so I was relieved when the number was semaphored. It’s a great feeling winning on a Saturday night, she looked well-placed and felt awesome the whole way and she tried all the way to the finish and had her ears pinned back because she wanted to win.” Cain said. Punters were also relieved; Wicked Time was the $2.10 favourite. The victory was his second on the Saturday night circuit following his maiden triumph behind Border Cross last month (August 19). And the dedicated fresh-faced horseman is keen to keep racking up the winners, at all tracks including the Saturday night venue. In his opening season (2016/17), Cain landed 55 winners from 535 drives and therefore created a new record by a Queensland driver for most wins in a maiden term. That’s more than the likes of Grant Dixon, Luke & Todd McCarthy, Shane Graham, Natalie Rasmussen plus Pete & Narissa McMullen among many others. The previous record belonged to Brittany Graham at 40. Cain displayed natural poise and skill during that opening term which resulted in success at all three harness venues in the Sunshine State - Albion Park, Redcliffe and Marburg. The son of Errol and Debra Cain, a graduate of the mini-trotting ranks, took on a role with the leading stable of Vicki Rasmussen and Shane Graham around eighteen months ago and remains their today. And he’s grasped the opportunities, both on and off the track. “Both Shane and Vicki have been tremendous, apart from family support; they’ve been the best thing for my career and gave me the best kick-start possible with a host of opportunities, advice and support. “Naturally, I was absolutely thrilled with my results during my first season. I had a dream run to reach 50 winners let alone exceed that, it wasn’t even in my thoughts when I was first granted my licence. “Shane has been a massive influence and is endlessly working to make me better, the amount of advice and experience he has given me over the last year has been fantastic and something I don’t take for granted.” With 3 winners on the board for the current term, Cain is mindful he is well short of the record figure he set himself last season but is determined to improve on that figure again. But he won’t make any bold predictions on what he’s hoping to achieve. “To reach the same figure as last season would be huge but obviously I would like to expand on that number. The main focus will be to showcase improvement. “I’ll be checking in with Shane as always while I like to watch and take in the techniques and tactics from guys like Chris Alford, Luke and Todd McCarthy plus Chris Geary among others.” So, here’s hoping for another productive season. Chris Barsby

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