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In-form harness racing trainer-driver Lisa Miles has had her share of doubles during her career-but none quite like her most recent one. Miles, based in Victoria at Darraweit Guim, near Bolinda, got the first leg of a training double at Maryborough - but she wrapped it up with the second leg 140 kms away at TABcorp Park Melton. It was something of a rare feat, but further spiced up by the fact that both winners were in the very first event of their respective venues. "I suppose it was a bit different-perhaps we could say it was a stretched out double," Miles laughed. "Back a few years ago I would do double-header meetings all the time, competing at a day meeting first, then bolting off to a night fixture. But nowadays I'm trying to make life a bit easier! "And I was flat out on the day, so I actually didn't take the first one to Maryborough myself - but I really did think she would go close. I was pretty confident." Junior reinswoman Jordan Chibnall, who works for Miles, took six-year-old mare Whata Glimpse (We Will See-Vera Mac (Pacific Fella) to the Maryborough meeting with her brother-in-law Mitchell Frost. After starting well from the pole, Chibnall elected to take the sit behind race favorite Good Guy Mack (Mick Bellman). On the home corner it looked a race between the two-the question being would Whata Glimpse prove too strong when utilizing the sprint lane. Chibnall urged her charge up the home straight and they got to the line with a three-metre advantage. A little over six hours later, Miles tasted success when victorious with Highclere (Art Major-Rhodium Castle (Western Terror) in the DNR Logistics Pace at Melton. "It was blowing a gale and I decided to go forward with a little bit of trepidation. He'd been racing in stronger company and I gave him a big chance," Miles said. Highclere, after leading, was challenged in the first lap by Trembita, who then in turn handed up to Silver Domino at the bell. In a slick piece of driving, Miles worked her way clear from the pegs and grabbed the one-one down the back. Highclere zoomed to the front on the home corner and comfortably held on to beat Major Mal, who caught the eye and should be one for the blackbook. "I was so happy for Jordan because her win on Whata Glimpse was her first for me. She is a hard worker, reliable and sensible, and she will continue to do well in the sport," Miles said. "Jordan listens and learns quickly. Recently she has been picking up more outside drives as trainers are taking notice of her." Miles, who has 16 in work, proudly dons the race colors of her late and great grandfather Alf Simons, who was a legend of the sport in his day. "My mum Betty still comes out regularly to the stables a couple of times a week. I would be lost without her because she cleans the harness and takes on any other jobs that need doing," Miles said. Betty Lewis, who trained and drove successfully, was an inspiration and role model for women in harness racing. "She's still a big part of our operations-and brings morning tea which we love!" Miles said. "We've been going along nicely in recent weeks and providing I'm weighing in and our runners are racing consistently, I'm as happy as can be." Jordan Chibnall gets up the sprint lane to win with Whata Glimpse at Maryborough Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

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

Australia appears to hold a strong hand in early races of the American Ideal Trans Tasman Drivers Challenge at Ascot Park on Sunday, with the South Island well placed for a good finish. John Caldow has good prospects in the first three heats, Lisa Miles in the first two, while Lance Justice looks likely to make an impression in the second and third. Together with David Murphy, they make up the Australian team. Third of three in all previous runnings of the series, Australia has a real chance this year of turning around those disappointing results. Clark Barron has been drafted in to the South Island team to replace Dexter Dunn and joins Ricky May, Blair Orange and Nathan Williamson. Orange and Williamson have good drives in heat four while three of them have real chances in the final heat. Zac and David Butcher, Josh Dickie and Scott Phelan represent the north which has won both previous challenges. The team may not have enough firepower this year for a three-peat although Dickie and Zac Butcher should contribute in the middle stages with Phelan probably striking late. Points will be awarded on the basis of 10, seven, five, three and one for first to fifth respectively. Heat One - race two - Southland Bred Highview Tommy Pace Massive run from Frank The Tank at Addington last time suggests he'll give Lisa Miles the perfect start. At her best, Bettor Enforce could do it for Joshua Dickie. Off-colour when beaten favourite at Addington last time but satisfactory trial on Wednesday. Art Exhibit is back with the Lees, having performed well for them last season. She gives Clark Barron a good chance of early points. A big first-up effort last week from Roxy Dale makes her a chance for John Caldow. Heat Two - race four - Adore Me in foal to Sweet Lou Pace From a good draw and with Lance Justice aboard, this should be River Patrol's day. Canterbury visitor Absolutely Delighted is in good form and ran home well last week. Another good drive for Lisa Miles and a likely Australian one-two. The well-bred Western Delight hasn't drawn well for John Caldow but based on her Wyndham win is capable of making it an Australian one-two-three. From a handy draw, Nightmarch would only have to race up to the same level as last week to put Blair Orange on the scoreboard. Heat Three - race five - Pegasus Spur 'Fresh not Frozen' Trot Phil Williamson produces more trotting winners in the south than anyone else and the recent results of Astral Ruler make him a top chance for John Caldow. Sundons Flyer led most of the way in her resuming race last week and will be improved. With Ricky May in the sulky expect another good run.  Jackofdiamonds has been prominent in her recent outings and should ensure Lance Justice makes another contribution to the Australian tally. Zac Butcher is aboard Spotlight The Valley who is right up to the class of this field and capable of a top four finish.  Heat Four- race seven – Sweet Lou's First Weanling $80k Pace Three Hundy looked everywhere for a run last week before finding one and just missing. Drawn better this week so gives Nathan Williamson a big chance at maximum points in what is the most even of the five heats. From the ace and with the help of Blair Orange, Jimmy Nga could continue the impressive start to his career. Navajo Art beat everyone but Mach's Back when on debut last week. A handy draw and Zac Butcher should see him in the money again. A Smart Excuse and Joshua Dickie, Cullens Avenue and Lisa Miles, and Trendys Bad Girl with Clark Barron are others to be considered. Heat Five - race eight - American Ideal Trans Tasman Drivers Pace Rakarolla only needs to go close to reproducing his Addington performance to give Scott Phelan maximum points here. McKenzie Mara was slightly disappointing last week but continues to go close and should give Ricky May a decent number of points. Bonnie Medley impressed at Wyndham, coming home over the top of them to win a mile in 1:55.3. Nathan Williamson will give her every opportunity to repeat. A high number draw won't assist It Ain't the Money but he's got a good motor and top driver in Blair Orange.  Milehigh Magic didn't everything right when winning from a stand last week. Will find this tougher but gives David Murphy a good chance for points. Mac Henry

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

Harness racing trainer driver Lisa Miles drove a winning double last night at Tabcorp Park Melton from just two starters. Miles’ evergreen trotter Michael Thomas (9G, Malabar Maple/Krysta) won the Haras Des Trotteurs Handicap and stablemate Virgil Hilts (4G, Grinfromeartoear / Telern Hilda) took the Goldacres Pacers Handicap. Michael Thomas’ win was his 12th from 69 starts and brought the nine-year-old within $8000 of the $100,000 career stakes mark. VIDEO: MICHAEL THOMAS TAKES OUT THE TROT AT MELTON The 2013 Maryborough Trotters Cup winner stepped best from pole to lead in the 2760-metre trip, Miles able to control the race to suit when left unchallenged throughout. Michael Thomas was well-tried in betting, into $4 late, the writing on the wall after an eye-catching run last time out. He rated 2:06.2. Race favourite The Boss Man ($2.70) finished 6.1m behind the winner in second, while Leannes Boy was third. Virgil Hilts’ win was nearly a carbon copy of Michael Thomas’, stepping best from behind the tapes to lead, controlling proceedings and kicking strongly at the finish. The four-year-old started $5.30 and held off Trison ($3.10) and fast-finishing Chestervale Jet ($30.40) in a mile rate of 2:01.6. RESULTS OF ALL RACES FACEBOOK PHOTO GALLERY OF ALL WINNERS Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Local horses scored most of the wins at the well attended Warragul harness racing meeting on Wednesday afternoon. Longwarry trainer Lee Evison collected two race wins for a host of happy owners - with Expectagrin which scored its first race victory, and the talented pacer Mister Wickham. Fellow Gippsland horseman Gary Quinlan was also in the winners' circle on the program with Ymbro Toto, which led throughout in her victory, giving ace reinsman Greg Sugars a driving double. Veteran Croydon horseman Mario Stella has long supported Warragul's meetings, and made the trip across a successful one when he landed a double with Feel The Buzz (driven by Matt Ablett) and Greenough (Zac Phillips). Clyde trainer Jayne Davies was another local to collect a victory with Mister Clooney in race eight when driven by Chris Alford. Melton couple Maree and John Caldow combined to win the Gippsland Business Centre Pace with Art Mistress, defeating locals Sahara Sunrise and Fairest Fella. John Caldow accepted a trophy on behalf of the race sponsors, who held their Christmas break-up at the trots. After the race Caldow claimed the Warragul track as "the best little track around", given the work undertaken to enhance the condition of the track surface and camber in recent times. Veteran Bendigo horseman Brian Gath had his first drive at Warragul for some time, and landed victory with Aitutaki. Gath also praised the quality of the revamped Warragul track after the race, saying that while the track has always been of good quality, the renovation works undertaken 12 months ago have taken the course to another level. Trainer/driver Lisa Miles bought home Tiavons Dream to a narrow victory in the Trotters Handicap - the square gaiters turned in a great exhibition of faultless trotting which was well received by the crowd. Wednesday's raceday introduced plenty of new people to trotting and there was a great atmosphere on track. Strong entries produced nine races with competitors coming from far and wide for a quality program. Warragul Harness Racing Club officials will be hoping to repeat the success at their next raceday on Tuesday afternoon, January 19.   Kyle Galley

The hard working staff and students of the Gippsland Harness Racing Training Centre were rewarded for their efforts with not one, but two winners at last Sunday night's Cranbourne meeting. Mystic Castle, driven by Jodi Quinlan, appreciated a good barrier draw in winning the third race. Just over half an hour later, the celebrations went into overdrive when Break A Wrist, with Lisa Miles in the sulky, claimed a narrow victory in the fourth event. Mystic Castle and Break A Wrist both collected their first wins in the process, and it was the first double for the Centre, and for horse trainer and Centre co-ordinator Jenni Lewis. The Gippsland Harness Training Centre is administered by Community College Gippsland and the Warragul and District Light Harness Club, and operates from facilities at the Warragul harness race track. Established in 1997, the Centre is currently overseeing a record enrolment of students who learn all aspects of the training and education of horses in a racing stable environment.   Longwarry pacer Ymbro Toto was another local winner on the program for trainer Lee Evison.   The horse was also driven by Jodi Quinlan, one of four winning drives for Jodi at the 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

Perfect weather conditions complimented a good day of harness racing at Warragul on Monday. Seven events produced keen racing - importantly winners came from both the front and rear of the field across the day, defying the usual trend of on-pace runners being suited on the smaller Warragul circuit. Again, fast times were recorded during the day, highlighting the quality of Warragul's renovated circuit. One trainer particularly happy to win on Monday was Warragul boy Michael Hughes, who prepared Illawong Libby to win the Warragul Downtowner Pace. Hughes has only had the four-year-old mare in his Cranbourne stable for two starts. He explained after the race that he had set Illawong Libby for the Warragul event some four weeks ago. He felt Illawong Libby would be suited by the Warragul track, and that proved the case. She led from barrier one, holding off a late challenge by Readyforreign to score narrowly in a deceptive finish. The five owners of Illawong Libby were delighted with their victory, the mare's third from 24 starts. Former Gippsland trainer Graeme Lang also claimed a victory on Monday's card with Maybellina in the Drouin Signs Trotters Handicap. Lisa Miles donned Lang's famous dark blue silks and drove a well judged race behind Maybellina, which grabbed Slancio close to home to win. Husband and wife Andy and Kate Gath collected a double on the day, courtesy of Lagoon Beach and Qtown Rip Roaring - both horses coming home strongly from off the pace in their victories. Leading combination of trainer Jayne Davies and driver Chris Alford have won more races than most at Warragul over the years, and claimed another victory on the day, this time with Baccarat in the Healers Shack Pace. Hoofnit provided the upset of the day in winning the Don Collins Pace - the longest priced winner of the afternoon at around 10/1. After three racedays in the last six weeks, Warragul now has a break before the traditional Traralgon Pacing Cup program on Monday, June 29.    

Lennytheshark looks to have a stranglehold on the harness racing Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series 4YO entires and geldings’ series after a commanding semi-final win. The David Aiken-trained rising superstar produced a stunning performance on Friday night at Tabcorp Park Melton to obliterate his rivals in his semi, beating the second horse over the line, Valley Of Diamonds, by 13.7m. Reinsman Chris Alford took the son of Four Starzzz Shark to the lead midrace after initially easing to midfield early from his gate-six draw. Once in front, Lennytheshark was eyeballed by Smart Major until the home turn when Alford and the favourite broke the Forbes-trained pacer’s resistance. In the straight, Lennytheshark let down like a champion, putting daylight on a handy batch of four-year-olds for a memorable win in a mile rate of 1:58.5. While he has shown a tendency to lay out in the home straight in recent starts, Lennytheshark hasn’t had many horses to keep him company in the latter part of his races as they simply can’t keep up. The other 4YO boys’ semi-final was taken out by Lennytheshark’s arch enemy Guaranteed – considered by most punters to be the only horse capable of landing the knockout blow to the favourite in next Saturday night’s grand final. The Emma Stewart-trained son of Artsplace overhauled Ginger Bliss in the home straight for a 9.9m win in a mile rate of 1:58.2. Gavin Lang produced another typically masterful drive aboard the winner, extricating it from a four-back-the-pegs position early after the horse was shuffled back with no speed from its pole draw. From there, Lang got cover out three-wide before making a sharp run towards pacy Ginger Bliss on turning for home. Guaranteed packed too big a punch in the stretch, Ginger Bliss battling on strongly for second, with Three Pints snaring third. The eye-catcher from the race was Boyz Torque, which made up enormous ground along the inside in the last 100m to finish fourth. Diamond Castle – raced by Harness Racing Victoria ownership program Raceapacer – scored a 1.8m win over Missed By Red in a rate of 2:02.2 in the second semi-final for 2YO fillies. Trained and driven by David Miles, Diamond Castle was having just her second start after a debut second at Ballarat first-up. The daughter of Art Major settled well back in the field with $1.20 favourite Lovelist finding the lead comfortably. But at the business end the roles were reversed, with Diamond Castle finishing too well to get the win. Lovelist ran third. Talented Kari Males-trained Niki No No captured the other 2YO fillies’ semi-final, Greg Sugars steering the daughter of Sportswriter to victory. Niki No No did plenty of work early and recorded a winning mile rate of 1:59.8, with Yankee Showgirl second and Our Star Dust third. Courageousnquick scored an impressive start-to-finish win in the 4YO mares’ second semi-final, holding off Mcrita, Union Belle and the fast-finishing Pressplay in the home straight. Trained by Brent Lilley and driven by Kyle Marshall, Courageousnquick held out Earth Angel to find the lead at the start before seeing off all challengers in the home straight at the finish for a neck win in a rate of 2:00.4. The other 4YO mares’ semi went to Im Smouldering for Doreen trainer John Yeomans, who teamed with Gavin Lang. Im Smouldering’s winning margin was 2m and his mile rate 1:56.7. The 2YO colts and geldings’ semi-finals were taken out by Virgil Hilts at big odds for trainer-driver Lisa Miles and Major Invictus for trainer/driver Michael Stanley. Hectorjayjay (for the in-form Bill and Simone Walker team) and Messini (Brent Lilley and Chris Alford) took out the 3YO colts’ and geldings’ semis, while Berisari (Emma Stewart and Nathan Jack) and Tasmanian star Barynya (Dick Eaves and Rohan Hillier) won the 3YO fillies’ races. Friday night's races were held in windy conditions. Videos of all races are attached above. The Super Series grand final nights will be held this Friday (for the trotters) and Saturday (pacers). Twelve Group 1 races will be contested across the two-day carnival of meetings. by Cody Winnell

Superb trotting filly Claudys Princess edged out Illawong Helios in the first heat of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series for 3YO trotting fillies today at Maryborough. The Mick Blackmore-trained star, who last start won the Group 1 Glenferrie Farm Trotters Oaks, went 2:02.4 with a last half of 61.5 to defeat the Ross Sugars-trained runner-up by a half-neck. Gavin Lang didn’t bustle Claudys Princess early and allowed her to balance up three back on the pegs, following Illawong Helios, which had the back of race leader Illawong Moonshine. Turning for home Illawong Moonshine had run her race and was quickly gathered up by Illawong Helios, but once the sprint lane opened up Claudys Princess darted through with a successful late winning bid. Sister Of Sonoko ran third for Ross Graham, while Kapitan Claire from the Sugars yard with Kylie Sugars in the sulky ran fourth. Claudys Princess has now won 11 races from 14 starts. Later on the card top three-year-old trotter Asdenro won the boys’ Vicbred heat by 3.9m over Guiltless. Haydon Gray took the David Van Ryn-trained son of Armbro Variable to the front early from gate five, holding off all challengers late to score over David Abrahams-trained Guiltless, with Alan Tubbs-trained Drunken Maniac finishing on for third. Savannah Jay Jay put some value into first fours with Neil McCallum guiding the Stan Cameron-trained gelding into fourth place despite a scratchy beginning. Favourite Holdonsu made it seven wins from 16 starts with victory in the Vicbred 3YO males’ pacers heat at Maryborough, the Jayne Davies-trained, Rodney Petroff-driven son of Elsu scoring a head win over Jedi Mind from the David Aiken stable, with Time Capsule coming in third. My Bella Starr captured the 3YO pacing fillies’ Vicbred heat for trainer Adam Kelly and Gavin Lang in Race 8. The daughter of Art Major/Badlands Legend went 1:59.8 and prevailed by 1.6m over runner-up Distant Memory, who had made the trip south from New South Wales for trainer-driver Kerry-Ann Turner, with Phil Chircop-trained The System Black getting third-place prize money for driver Petroff. Lang capped off a winning treble in the last race on the program, the Vicbred seventh heat of the 3YO colts and geldings, aboard Presidentialsecret for Emma Stewart. The Presidential Ball gelding prevailed by 4.4m over Young Modern for Michael Stanley, while Lisa Miles guided Su You Too into third place. By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)

After failing to secure a winner owning thoroughbreds and greyhounds, Spreyton owner Warren Viney turned his attention to harness racing and to his delight he struck gold. Viney is paying up for three pacers of which two, Lake Eyre and Soho Wonder, are based in Victoria with Melton-based mentor Beau Tindale but went around in Launceston last night. Lake Eyre scored an emphatic win in a 3YO and older pace over 2200 metres. With top Victorian driver Lisa Miles in the cart, Lake Eyre faced the breeze for much of the race before powering clear in the home straight and went on to defeat Robyn Scherbotsky by almost 16 metres with Lady Elaine four metres away third. It was Viney's second winner in the space of a week as his Tasmanian-based 3YO Wasonic Snake successful in Launceston last week. The other horse in Tindale's care, Soho Wonder, raced in Launceston last night and finished a game second to quality Tasmania three-year-old Rusty Red Comet. Given the ease with which Lake Eyre dispensed with his rivals he would be more than competitive in next Sunday night's Tasmanian Derby but it will be touch and go as to whether he gains a start in what promises to be one of the best Tasmanian Derbies in ages. Peter Staples

Harness racing's Echuca Cup night is quickly closing in and a race which holds much prestigious on March 21 is the Tiffany Murray Memorial. The race run in honour of one of the trots true heroes, remembers the tragic loss of Tiffany at the all too young age of 22. As such, the C1 event will involve an all-star list of female drivers including Rebecca Bartley, Juanita Breen, Monique Burnett, Rita Burnett, Donna Castles, Kate Gath, Joanne Justice, Lisa Justice, Lisa Miles and Ellen Tormey. Connections are reminded that horses entered in the race will be randomly allocated a lady driver when acceptances are announced. Harness Racing Victoria

Betezy Park Globe Derby became a sea of PINK on Saturday night when the harness racing Lady Drivers Challenge came to town.   Their were four heats on the program with the locals taking first blood when Gina Bell steered Veddy Veddy Good home in the first heat with another South Australian Danielle Hill the runner up with Lighting Shark, but from then on it became the Lisa Miles show.   The talented Victorian won the next two heats with Mount Gambier pacer Flaming Hero and Apocalypse Dream. They were two of the best drives one would ever see. Flaming Hero unleashed a powerful finishing burst while Apocalypse Dream Miles sat up one out and one back coming with a well a timed run to claim Star Brutus by three meters.   Taking an unassailable lead into the final heat Miles managed to claim third spot with Weaponry behind the Ellen Tormey driven Maywyns Zephyr.   With two of the first three finalist in the inaugural Leigh Plunkett Scholarship competing in the event BOTRA and HRSA made presentations to Ellen Tormey the winner from Victoria, runner up local junior driver Aaron Bain, who has also been selected to represent South Australia in the upcoming Australasian Junior Drivers Championship in NSW over the Inter-dominion carnival, and Narissa McMullen who was third place getter in the scholarship.   Despite the extreme heat a good crowd witnessed some brilliant racing and some very talented lady drivers who got to travel back to their motel in style in a Pink Hummer.   Gary Newton      

The 2014 Reinswomens Challenge will be the feature at Betezy Park Globe Derby next Saturday with some of Australia's best talent named to represent their state. Amy Day, who will represent NSW, drove 48 last season, while exciting young 19-year-old Queenslander Narissa McMullen, who drove 96 winners, and Lola Weidemann (81 Wins in 2012/13) will don the Queensalnd colours.   Victoria is represented by Jodi Quinlan 86 wins, Ellen Tormey 75 winners, Rebbecca Bartley 47 wins, and Lisa Miles 46 wins.   The local talent includes top driver Danielle Hill, 94 wins last season, Leah Harvey 22 wins, and Gina Bell 15 wins, while Kerry Green is the reserve.   There is three races planned for the Invitation Reinswomens Challenge with the winner decided by points.   Also scheduled on the program is the running of the Nevele R Stud South Australian Oaks and the SA Heroine Stakes for mares.   Entry is by gold coin donation to Cancer Council of SA Pink Ribbon Appeal.   By Gary Newton    

The Bendigo trotting fixture held on Thursday November 28 belonged to the Goulburn Valley and Bendigo area who provided five of the eight winners on program, with Bunbartha horseman John Newberry taking the honours after providing a stable double. First to come along was talented Earl/Shine On Alisha six year old gelding Just Call Me Earl in the CV Batteries Strath Village Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2150 metres. Starting from a 20 metre equal backmark, Just Call Me Earl bided his time mid-field with Man Of The World (barrier four) working to the front after travelling a couple of hundred metres. Easing three wide in the final circuit, Newberry in what was “the drive of the night” switched Just Call Me Earl down to the sprint lane, before finishing strongly to defeat Man Of The World and Jusamirel which raced rough on more than one occasion. The mile rate 2-05.1. Raced by the Newberry family, Just Call Me Earl has fronted the starter on 63 occasions for nine wins. Leg two came about when lightly raced four year old Monarchy/Shine On Alisha gelding The Majestic scored in the Freedom Tanks Trotters Mobile for T0 class over 1650 metres in a mile rate 2-02.2. A surprisingly short priced even money favourite, The Majestic (gate two) settled three back in the moving line and driven with the patience of Jobe, was taken four wide on the final bend before putting the race away with ease, defeating Brother Of Sonoko and Ballan Road which led. Echuca/Moama trainer Shane Gilligan four year old Northern Luck/Soap Box mare Mary Mon returned to form when successful in the Bendigo Cup Eve Cocktail Party 10 January Pace for C2 class over 1650 metres. Taking a concession, Mary Mon driven by son Tom was restrained to the rear of the field from gate six prior to gaining a three wide trail in the last lap on the back of both Johnny Tee and Flyin Indi Air. Despite making the home turn very wide, Mary Mon a half sister to the smart juvenile Lady Belladonna finished all over the top of her rivals to score from Flying Indi Air and Johnny Tee in a rate of 1-57. Charlton’s Mark Boyle has Blissful Hall/Lensmare six year old gelding Xbolt racing at the top of his game, landing the Christmas @ Lord’s Raceway 12 December Pace for C0 class over 1650 metres. With Neil McCallumin the sulky, Xbolt began swiftly from gate five to lead throughout in a rate of 1-58.6, defeating The Muse which raced outside him, with the hot favourite Heathbern Star running on late when extricated clear of a pocket three back the markers to finish third. Shelbourne trainer Larry Eastman’s above average Northern Luck/Decethree Lombo five year old mare Lombo Cloud Nine treated her rivals with contempt in the N.Y.E Party @ Lord’s Raceway 31 December Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2150 metres with Chris Alford in the sulky. Sent forward from outside the front row to settle three back in the moving line, Alford was off and running in the back straight on the first occasion to be surprisingly handed the lead on a platter from the last start Ballarat winner Tere T. Travelling under double wraps for the rest of the journey, Lombo Cloud Nine coasted to the wire 6 metres in advance of Tere T and Nimble Jack (three back the markers) in a rate of 2-00.2 to record her 10th victory in 42 starts. Astute Avenel trainer/driver Ian Mongomery provided a smart first starter by the name of Captain Under Fire to blitz his rivals in the Bendigo Bank 3-Y-0 Pace over 2150 metres, leading throughout from the pole in accounting for Notjustanothalombo (three back the markers) by 22.7 metres in a rate of 2-00.9. Braeview Bomber finished third after racing in the open. Bolinda trainer/driver Lisa Miles also provided a winner on debut when four year old Four Starzzz Shark/Sassy Stoneridge mare Denim Npearls greeted the judge in the Victorian Equine Group Pace for C0 class over 1650 metres. Taken back from gate two as the start was effected, Denim Npearls possied three back in the moving line, before unleashing a powerful burst out wide on straightening to impressively gain the day over Majestic Swan which led and Imsosweetaboucha which followed the winner home in the final circuit. The mile rate 1-58.7. By Len Baker          

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