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THE final round of heats for the Nic Dewar Memorial series for junior drivers will be held at Young on Wednesday night. This series consists of five representatives from both New South Wales and Victoria in Blake Micallef, Codi Rauchenberger, Miranda McLaughlin, Jordan Seary and James McPherson as well as Abbey Turnbull, Brad Chisholm, Mitchell Frost, Marika Eriksson and Tayla French. The series began at Shepparton on March 5,wins going to both NSW drivers Codi Rauchenberger and Blake Micallef. Rauchenberger steered home the Terry French-trained Joeys Hangover in the first heat while Micallef scored in the second heat with the Chris Svanosio-trained Major McRae. It was an emotional win for Micallef having been best friends with Dewar, who sadly passed away in a car accident last year. “It was a pretty special win, especially because all of Nic’s family made the trip down to Shepparton,” the young reignsman said.  “It would be a thrill to win any series but this one would be extra special since it’s named after Nic.”  Heading into the final two heats, Micallef has drawn barrier one on the Dennis Picker-trained Miss Fernandez and a tricky barrier 10 on trainer Anthony Winnell’s Beautifulvengeance.  “I’m happy with the horses I’ve drawn so being quite evenly matched fields let’s just hope for a bit of luck to go our way,” Micallef said. Micallef and Rauchenberger are currently tied on 27 points, with the first heat scheduled for 6:43 pm local time.   AMY REES

“SHE’S got a bit of ability” could be an understatement from trainer Greg Rogers. Registering her eighth victory from 12 starts when triumphant at Globe Derby yesterday, Kitsilano boasts an average winning margin of 30-and-a-half metres. With two seconds also to her credit, Kitsilano has been a cut above her local rivals. As such, Rogers is planning another interstate trip with the daughter of Armbro Variable – one he hopes will be blessed with better fortune than last season. During her previous Victorian campaign Kitsilano finished a handy fourth in a Vicbred heat before an unplaced effort in the Final. “She seems to handle them here alright,” Rogers said. “The next step is to take on the fillies in Victoria and see how we can go. “There is a fillies’ race in Melton in a fortnight we will head to. We might come home with our tail between legs, but you don’t know if you don’t go. “Last time she didn’t travel well, had just gotten over a cold, and everything went wrong. “For the Final we had trouble with the float, so she was on the road longer than expected and I think she’d had enough for the day by the time she raced.” Driven by Rogers’ son, Ken, during her latest win, Kitsilano was eased away from the pole to settle midfield as Lilirene led from barrier two. Angled three-wide during the middle stages, the filly dashed to the lead on her way to an effortless 13-and-a-half metre win from Naked Majesty, with Stuey D four-and-a-half metres away third in 2:03.4 over 1800 metres. “He did it very easily,” Rogers said. “Ken never moved on her or pull the plugs. “She works as good as the pacers at home, but she’s just got to take it to the races. That said, her point-to-point speed is incredible. “Ken said as soon as she was broken in she would be one out of the box and she’s just gone on from there. “At the moment it’s just about keeping her balanced in her races as she gains experience.” Harness Racing SA

Mister Bushido, a lightly-raced six-year-old, will make his Australian debut when he starts from barrier six on the front line in the $20,000 TABtouch Race Replays Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He arrived in Perth from New Zealand just over four months ago and is being prepared by Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr for his breeders and owners Syd and Shona Brown, who race champion pacer and Fremantle Cup favourite My Field Marshall. Mister Bushido was trained in New Zealand by Tim Butt, who said that the Bettors Delight gelding’s strength was his ability to produce a powerful finishing burst. “He’s a pretty handy sort of horse, is good and honest and should pay his way here,” said Butt. “He’s probably more of a finisher late in the race.” Mister Bushido, who will be driven by Stuart McDonald, has not been produced at trials. His latest appearance was in a 1980m event at Addington on August 17 last year when he was trained and driven by Jonny Cox. He was restrained from barrier seven, raced in seventh position and went five wide on the home turn before finishing sixth in a field of eight behind the brilliant pacer Ana Malak. His most recent win in a career of 21 starts for four wins and five placings was six starts ago when he rated 1.55.5 in beating Joey Maguire by a half-head over 1950m at Addington. It was a most impressive victory. He started from barrier 14 the outside of the back line and was a $23.80 outsider. He was 12th at the bell and 11th with 600m to travel before he charged home, out six wide, to get up and win in the final stride. He won at his previous start, also over 1950m at Addington, when he was restrained at the start from barrier eight, was eighth at the bell and seventh on the home bend before surging home, four wide, to get up and beat the favourite Cindy Bromac by a neck, rating 1.57.6, with a final; quarter in 27.7sec. Mister Bushido’s chief rivals on Friday night appear to be his stablemate Liberty Rose and the Colin Joss-trained eight-year-old Lagoon Stride. Liberty Rose was an odds-on favourite last Friday night when she started from the No. 2 barrier, set the pace, but was kept under pressure by Mary Catherine, who overraced in the breeze. She wilted after final quarters of 27.6sec. and 28.1sec. to finish third behind the fast-finishing Lady De La Renta and Mary Catherine. Liberty Rose is sure to enjoy a much more comfortable run this week and will take plenty of beating. Lagoon Stride has not been successful for 34 months, but he should pay to follow after he set the pace and refused to give in when a fighting second to Bronze Seeker over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday of last week.   Ken Casellas

January 3, 2019 - Today’s harness racing Quinte+ was the Prix Hersilie at Paris-Vincennes (purse 80,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 14 European starters) that saw 18/1 Cocktail Julino (7g Pagalor-Lady de Bearegard) score timed in 1.12kr for driver Matthieu Abrivard. Loic Bernard Martin owns and trains the 12 time winner in 62 career starts for 307,430€ earned. 20/1 Tesauro (7g Filipp Roc) took second with Alexandre Abrivard up and third was the 7.4/1 Generaal Bianco (6g Ufo Kievitshof) that had Frank Nivard piloting the Peter Untersteiner trainee. The 2/5 favorite Valokaja Hindo (8m Great Challenger) was fourth for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire, coming into this event with six wins in his eight starts in France. 16/1 Beppe AM (8g Enjoy Lavec-Via di Jesolo) completed the top five with owner/trainer Bjorn Goop aboard. The exact order Q+ payoff was 2,051€ for a 2€ wager. Cocktail Julino Cocktail Julino and connections The day’s monte feature was the Prix de Mauleon (purse 35,000€, 2175 meters, nine starters) and the 1.14.1lr timed victory went to 5.4/1 odds Flaya du Saptel (4f Speedo Graffiti) handled by jockey Benjamin Rochard for trainer J.M. Monclin.  The winner recorded her second win in 11 outings and bested 1.2/1 favorite Fraction Jenilou (4f Village Mystic) with Eric Raffin in the irons for breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron. The 8.1/1 odds Fiora Gerdreene (4f Akim du Cap Vert) gained third money for jockey Francois Lagadeuc. Flaya du Saptel The Prix de Covet-le-Chateau (purse 56,000€, 2850 meters, 10 four and five year old female starters) saw the 23/1 Florida Sport (4f Tornado Bello-Victoria Sport) score timed in 1.15.6kr, her third victory in 12 starts in FR. Trainer Miguel X. Mestre Suner was at the lines for owner P.J. Pascual Lavanchy. 10/1 Fairy White (4f Ouragon de Celland) was second for driver Anthony Barrier and breeder/owner/trainer Christophe Gallier. Third home was 7.4/1 Fever (4f Rolling d’Heripre) and teamster Tony Le Beller for Ecurie de Tremont. Florida Sport On Christmas Eve at Ippodromo di Agnano (Napoli) a two year filly record was equaled in the Pr. Fine Anno (purse 13,200€, 1600 meters autostart), two year olds). Amour A Belle (2f Voltigeur de Myrt-Emme Emme-King Conch) scored timed in 1.13.4kr with a well-timed late rally engineered by pilot Vincenzo Luongo. Al Capone Strecca (2m Napoleon Bar-Ambretta Bar-Ganymede) was second for Alessandro Gocciadoro and pacesetter A Sexybomb Par (2f Yankee Slide-Vivacissima Par-Harvard Yard) took the third check. The winning filly is owned by Scuderia Santese. Amour A Belle PMU, LeTrot, Gaet, Napoli Agnano files/photos Thomas H. Hicks

Two meetings remain for the 2017-2018 season and they will be both held in Hobart with racing later this afternoon and again on Friday. Todd Rattray leads the state drivers’ premiership on 87 wins from Ricky Duggan on 77 and Rohan Hillier with 76 victories for the season. As for the trainers’ title, Ben Yole has 117 wins and is a clear leader from Todd Rattray on 71 and Juanita McKenzie in third sport on 32. The Stars Illegal Immigrant – top win by this Troy Hillier-trained and driven pacer in the C4 to C6 Pace in Launceston on Friday night when he came from last to notch up his sixth Australian win in a slick mile rate of 1min 57sec for 2200 metres. The gelded son of American Ideal looks set to rise through to the free-for-all ranks and be competitive in many of our feature races next season. Ima Ginger Rogers – proved she’s on track for a number of country cup races leading all the way to win a C3 and better standing start race over the 1680-metre journey. Admittedly it is uncommon to see a standing start race over the sprint trip but the Steven Davis-trained mare broke the track record that was jointly shared by star pacer Fleet Express and Scooterwillrev. Mornings – handy all the way winner of the Cliff Robins Memorial. It was the first Tasmanian start for the Dawn Ofa New Day filly who had recently joined the Ben Yole stable and raced up to her good trial win in Hobart five days prior. Art Frenzy – nothing went to plan for this Craig Van Dongden-trained and Mark Yole-driven pacer who struck the sulky wheels during the race causing the gelding to over race, making Mark Yole’s job harder was the fact that the connection strap for the off side hopples broke during the event which shows Yole’s skill to get the pacer over the line first in 1min 57.8sec, which made the win more impressive. Tisu Bombbelle – the five-year-old mare broke through for her first win of the season and kicked off a big weekend for driver Gareth Rattray and trainer Melissa Maine. The Latrobe based duo announced their engagement on Sunday via social media. Multiple Winners Launceston – Friday Ricky Duggan – driving treble; Ima Ginger Rogers, Smilin Geoff and All The Way Mae. Mark Yole – driving double; Mornings and Art Frenzy. Ben Yole – training double; Mornings and Giant Steps. Marc Butler– training double; Western Glory and Adele Said. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Launceston on Friday night. Taurisi 55.54s, Star Chamber 55.95s, Alaphilippe 56.21s, Destreos 56.29s and Rocknrollhighlight 56.48s. A total of 26 starters broke 58.00-seconds for their last half mile and you can view sectionals from every runner at the meeting and all Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Launceston Hit’s: Art Frenzy $11 into $4.80, El Jays Monet $10 into $4.80 and Ima Ginger Rogers $4.80 into $4.20. Defied The Drift: Mornings $2.70 out to $3.40, Tisu Bombelle $3.00 out to $3.60 and Taurisi $3.50 out to $4.00. Missed: Destreos $26 in to $16 and Karalta Kruise $26 in to $19. Trial File Carrick Park on Saturday morning. The first trial was won by Timely Soveregin who showed good standing start manners to lead from out side of the front row in an overall time of 2mins 49.8sec. The first half of the last mile was recorded in 65.7secs with the last two quarters being recorded in 30.1s and 28.7s. Timely Sovereign won by four metres over Olivers Mate, who recovered quickly after galloping out in a mile rate of 2mins 7.2sec. Trial two was a combined two and three-year-old event over 2150-metres and Scottsdale trainer Grahame Hayes continued the north-eastern themer of the morning when his unraced Four Starzz Shark filly, Lille, showed a good turn of speed in the home straight to pick up the leader Selfrighteousboy by three metres. It was a slow early tempo with the first half of the last mile recorded in 70.3secs before speeding up during the final two quarters in 30.2s and 29.9. The mile rate was recorded in 2mins 13.4 sec. The final trial only seen the two starters with the Troy Hillier trained and driven Four Ex Dan rolling straight to the early lead with Ready To Fire electing to take the trail. It was Ready To Fire and driver Mark Yole having to much speed in the home straight to win by two metres with the last mile being run in quarters of 32.2s, 31.2s, 30.4s and 30.1s. Week Ahead It’s all happening in Hobart this week with racing being held both tonight and again on Friday evening. Tonight’s card is a restricted class meeting that sees all races carrying the conditions for horses that have won less than $3,000 in their last three starts prior to acceptance time which means a number of starters have been finishing at the top end of their most recent starts. Two pacers that have been placed in their last two starts are Major Callum and Rocknrollhighlight who clash in the R6 to R9 Pace. Major Callum finished second to The Aussie in a strong C4 and better standing start event in Hobart two starts ago before finishing less than two-metres behind Smilin Geoff in Launceston on Friday. The Brooke Hammond trained gelding has had 48-starts on the Hobart circuit for three wins and 20 placings. Rocknrollhighlight is one of many starters on the programme and has been placed in strong races at her most recent starts including a second to Usain Jolt in Hobart two starts ago before finishing third in a C7 and better Discretionary in Launceston at her most recent effort. The first of seven races tonight kicks off at 17:15 with all races to be shown on Sky Racing 2 and Tasracing’s Live Stream Service. The Tasmanian Pacing Club also races again on Friday night where Laredo Torpedo steps out for the first time since joining the Juanita McKenzie stable when he lines up in race three, a strong C1 or better standing start event. The only time we have seen the Bettors Delight gelding raced in the state was when he finished third behind Scooterwillrev and Harjeet in the 2017 Tasmanian Derby. Laredo Topedo’s most recent racing has been in New South Wales including being defeated a head two starts ago at a Tuesday meeting at Menangle in a slick 1min 52.9sec The action in Hobart kicks off with a competitive two-year-old event at 16:59 with all races to be telecast on Sky Racing 2 and Tasracing ‘s Live Stream. Interstate this week at Metropolitan venues across Australia we see; Gloucester Park – Friday night Race 4 Horse 7 Devendra Melton – Saturday night Race 1 Horse 7 Offthetopofmyhead, Race 5 Horse 6 Resurgent Spirit and Horse 7 The Bettormack, Race 10 Horse 4 Sultan Fella. Albion Park – Saturday night Race 1 Horse 2 El Major, Race 4 Horse 8 Jerrys Jet, Race 5 Horse 6 Fioki.   Duncan Dornauf

April 22, 2017 - “Trotteurs” were back in harness racing action Saturday on the turf at Martinique Madinina (Hippodrome de Carrere Martinique) with the Prix de Caen (purse €5,000, 2600 meters distance handicap) going to 50 meter penalized Titan Pierji (10g Jardy-Kora Pierji) timed in 3:53 over the rain drenched turf course and in a pouring rainstorm. Titan Pierji now has won four of his five 2017 starts for owner/trainer/driver Lora Duplessis-Kergomard. The 25 meter handicapped Vlatou des Salines (8g Magnificent Rodney-Griffe des Salines) rallied for second reined by Jean Luc Langeron, also the trainer. Third home was Tyran du Vautour (10g Fan Quick-Katia des Vautour) driven by Jean Pierre Loury for trainer Abdon Rene Colas. In the Prix de Cabourg (purse €5,000, 2600 meters distance handicap) the winner placed by disqualification was Tosca du Logis (10f Islero de Bellouet-Maria du Logis) driven by Alexandre Faivre for owner/trainer Edmond Langeron. 25 meter Quamalox de Guex (13g Dahir de Prelong-Esyptia de Salomon) was placed second for driver/trainer/owner Benoit Magdeleine. Trotting action occurs monthly on a mixed trot/gallop program at the Hippodrome. Thomas H. Hicks

January 15, 2017 - Today’s Gran Premio Encat (purse €25,300, 2250 meters autostart) went to 1.14.4kr timed Tano Fohle SM (5m Ganymede-Fohle BSM-Sugarcane Hanover) with harness racing driver Roberto Vecchione up. The sharp trotting colt recorded his 15th victory in 22 starts. Showmar (6m SJ’s Photo-Lucemar-Lemon Dra) rallied from his third spotted position to be second and Sharon Gar (6f Varenne-Geneve Gar-Lemon Dra) held on for third after being the pacesetter. At Jagersro on the January 14 V75 program, aged mares raced for 100,000SEK first money over 2140-2180 meters distance handicapped. Victory was impressively earned by 40 meter penalized Red Rose America (7f Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) clocked in 1.13.6kr. Orjan Kihlstrom reined the 5.4/1 winner for trainer Jeanette Hansen for her 18th win in 45 starts, now for 3,858,474SEK earned. Sangria Knight (5f Scarlet Knight-Yahaa Brodda-Varenne) was second for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner, with third to the pacesetter Mulligan (4f Maharajah-Music la Marc-Dream Vacation) handed by trainer Thomas Uhrberg. JetSet was fourth for Johan Untersteiner. Also on the Jagersro card was the V75 Gold for 150,000SEK to the winner of the 2140 meter autostart test. The 1.13.3kr timed winner was 42/1 Obi Wan (11g Ganymede-Hejsa Reerstrup-Speedy Herve) for Flemming Jensen, his 25th win in 87 starts for 3,710,565SEK earned. Dreams Take Time (8m Andover Andover) took second for Peter Untersteiner, ahead of Spring Erom (12m Gentle Star) and Torbjorn Jansson. The Prix d’Amerique qualified Anna Mix finished seventh and veteran Nahar was a miscue dq. The V75 Silver for 125,000SEK to the winner, went to 1.13.2kr timed (distance 1640 meters autostart) and 1.3/1 Aron The Baron (5g Vasterbo Prestige-Gossip Gal-SJ’s Caviar) for driver Orjan Kihlstom, trainer Jeanette Hansen and owners Panamera Racing/J.G. Hansen. British Steel (6g Kadabra) was next for driver Erlend Rennesvik, ahead of Even’s First Boy (8g Ken Warkentin) with driver Flemming Jensen. Thomas H. Hicks

He expected a good performance, but even harness racing trainer Bob Butt couldn’t help being impressed by the win of Matatoki on Friday night at Addington. And the scary thing is that the imposing son of Revenue should only improve with a run under his belt. Fresh up since the end of January the showy chestnut surged to the lead from just off the speed inside the final 500 metres and went on to win impressively by one and three quarters lengths from a fast-finishing Jean Sebastien. The half-brother to the ill-fated Kahdon has always been held in high regard by Butt but the journey has been far from plain sailing. “He’s had a few issues along the way and then when I took him to Auckland he got quite crook,” Butt said. “It ended up being a lung infection and I decided the best move was to give him a good break. Being a three-year-old there was no rush to get him back to the races. “I just brought him up slowly and let him tell me when he was ready to go the races. “He was pretty forward for tonight so I expected him to go well, but he impressed me with the way he did it.” The win gave Butt his sixth training success for the season and with a horse like Matatoki and also the exciting Hall Of Fame working their way through the grades, things should only get better. Butt is currently working around eight horses from his Woodend Beach stable and has a number of young horses to come back into work in the near future. “I’ve been pretty lucky, I’ve picked up some great owners who have backed me and I’m enjoying doing my own team of horses. “I’ll get up to around 14 I think which is quite a lot, but I’m excited by it.” Hall Of Fame, an impressive winner on debut, will return to the race this weekend as well, in the last race at Timaru on Sunday. And Butt is expecting a big performance from him too. He beat Superfecta, who won impressively last night, in a Rangiora trial last week and although drawn the second line on Sunday, he should be hard to beat. “I’m really happy with him, it won’t be easy from the draw. He got really crook up North as well. “It was pretty serious there for a while and it really knocked him but he seems good now.” Matatoki’s win was just one part of a great night at the office for Butt. He drove the winner of both of the Australian Breeders Crown heats held as non-totes before the meeting. The first came on three-year-old trotter, Conon Bridge who looked a lot more like his old self when beating My Amour and Blood And Whiskey comfortably. “He relaxed beautifully tonight, usually it doesn’t take much to get him keen and up on the bit. “Ricky came around me with a lap to run and he came back to me nicely and then when I asked him to sprint he really let down and found the line. “It certainly felt like the old Conon Bridge.” Wilma’s Mate provided the other winner for Butt, who also went close to winning the last with Junior. Both trotters are trained by Paul Nairn who said at this stage a trip to Australia for the Breeders Crown was likely. Early on in the night’s proceedings Dexter Dunn notched up his 200th win for the season when he won the maiden trot with Dusky Eyre. After a week of being stuck on 199 the current World Champion was relieved to hit the double ton. “It’s really only been the one meeting, so it wasn’t worrying me too much, but it is nice to get there.” Dunn added another win later in the night when he saluted with Donegal Rundlescreek. His father Robert, and brother John, also had a good night out winning three to cut the margin between them and Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen down to 12. They won with Freedom Fighter, Franco Cristiano and Letspendanitetogetha to take their tally to 111. The All Stars did pick up a winner too when Superfecta turned in a massive effort to win an action packed junior drivers’ event. Matt Markham

Harness Racing Fans called for a dead-heat but the judge gave Rockmemama the nod by the barest margin in today’s three-year-old fillies final of the Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge. Just when Eye See Diamonds (Nathan Jack) looked set to win, Rockmemama dived at her and scored a last-stride win, rating 1:52.4 with even-money favourite Heavens Trend a plucky third after racing without cover for most of the journey. In a day of upsets, it was a popular win for Newcastle reinsman Mark Callaghan as there was a sprinkling of money for the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven as she started at $7.90. It was the stringbean Callaghan’s first Group One success. Likewise for trainer Darryl Thomas, who is based at Sawyers Gully. “Yes that was quite a thrill,” said Callaghan. “Darryl seems to be able to get this horse to peak at just the right time. “That’s what he did for Bathurst and she won with authority and this was her fourth run in again today and she’s peaked again and she’s won again. “I thought we’d either be behind the leader or three back on the fence and I wasn’t too concerned either way  . . . as long as we were tracking the good horses - and we were, I knew I’d be right there. “So it all worked out well. “They ran a quick last half so she did a good job to get over the top of them.” Callaghan has three young boys who help out around the stables. All three were on hand to cheer and there were even a few tears on the pedestal as they savoured their father’s biggest win. Michael Court

 The $25,000 Caduceus Club of Southland Pace for Two year old fillies at the harness racing meeting at Ascot Park in Invercargil yesterday is a highly sought after race each year by South Island trainers and yesterdays field of twelve runners was indicative of that interest. The Leonard Memorial winner Delightful Memphis from the Mark Jones barn was a warm favourite even though she had drawn awkwardly at two second line. Her main competition was expected to come from the Mach Three filly Renske B from the All Star barn who had shown plenty of promise in her brief career to date and had pleased trainer Mark Purdon with her work leading into the race. Kotare Yarra and John Dunn flew the gate from barrier seven to lead early from Ariadne Lavra who trailed and Renske B who ended up in the one out position in the open. Hard on her back after getting a lovely run through from her second line draw was Delightful Memphis  and Ricky May. With Kotare Yarra setting a good tempo in front there were no mid race moves and the order remained the same as they went past the 400 metres. On the point of the turn, Delightful Memphis peeled three wide and slowly but surely worked herself past Renske B who fought hard but had no answer to the Bettor's Delight filly who went on to make it two from two in her career to date. A very game Renske B held second from Ariadne Lavra who never left the inner at any point of the race in running third why Kotare Yarra impressed once again by doing a power of work and sticking on for a game fourth. Delightful Memphis impressed Ricky May with her effort. " She gave me quite a few worries in her preliminary by running about something terrible." " I had been told she was still very green but the degree did surprise me." " However to be fair to her, when she turned to follow the mobile at the start, she was a lot more tractable and didn't do anything seriously wrong during the running." " With the run she got she was always going to win that race but she did give me a very nice feel and felt like a filly that could develop with further experience into a high class racehorse, "Ricky told Harnesslink post race. Raced by Wayne Higgs and Simon Doull amongst others, Delightful Memphis will shortly come up against the likes of Spanish Armarda and Casino Belle but on her two race starts to date ,she looks more than up to the challenge. Delightful Memphis Harnesslink Media

Next sunday 25th of October in the German track Gelsentrab Arena in the city of Gelsenkirchen will be held the FEGAT Europa Cup 2015 for amateur drivers organized by the flag of the FEGAT (European federation of amateurs drivers). The championship will be played on 2 scoring races, with the participation of drivers from 14 different nationalities (4 women & 10 men), members of FEGAT. The most important novelty in the rules for this champioship is that the winner country will obtain a wild card for the 2016 World Championship in Hungary. The official link of the FEGAT Europa Cup 2015 is http://www.fegat.info/competition_cat2015/europa-cup/ Other links to follow the championship: http://gelsentrabpark.de/  and http://www.hvt.de/ For more information you can check the official website of FEGAT www.fegat.com and don’t hesitate to contact with us to solve your doubts about the championship at fegatsecretary@gmail.com     Country First Name Name Date of birth License since Last year victories This year victories Total wins Austria Karl Gruber 22.11.1970 1988 8 8 117 Belgium Johan Neels           Czech Republic Alena Tvrzová 09.12.1979 1997 3 1 45 Denmark  Bjarke Haagensen  31.05.1975 1994 5 3 220 Finland Henna-Riikka Puolakka  1981 2004 12 3 55 Germany  Jörg Hafer  18.08.1959 1989 27 9 1316 Hungary  Attila Kurucz  02.05.1986 2005 0 0 11 Italy Daniele  Orsini  23.03.1966 1990 4 7 193 The Netherlands Leonie   Kaliss 04.01.1984 2005 3 1 39 Norway Kristian Lamoy 13.10.1975 1999 13 5 26 Russia Stanislav  Trufanov  10.12.1984 2010 3 6 65 Spain Bartolomé Mascaró Pou  20.04.1977 1993 19 21 171 Sweden Hanna Lähdekorpi 13.12.1989 2007 3 5 84 Switzerland Nicole Schneider 14.12.1985 2001 1 0 12  

After a two and a half month absence, three-year-old trotting filly Stubborn Belle returned to the winner's circle on Wednesday evening, capturing her $105,000 Gold Series division at the harness racing meeting at Grand River Raceway and causing trainer John Bax to hope history is about to repeat itself. "If she can stay healthy I'm hoping that she can kind of do what Riveting Rosie did last year, come on good at the end of the year," said Bax, who watched Riveting Rosie bank $409,180 in the last four months of her sophomore season. "I'm hoping this is deja vu because last year I had a lot of trouble with Riveting Rosie and she turned it around at Grand River, that was her first good race back, so I'm hoping the path is mapped out for her and she follows that." Stubborn Belle and driver Paul MacDonell followed a come-from-behind path on their way to Wednesday's victory. Starting from Post 6, Guelph, ON resident MacDonell eased the filly off the gate and had her settled on the rail in seventh when fan favourite All That Sparkles trotted by the opening quarter in :28. The pair remained at the rear of the main pack through the :57.3 half and then moved into the outer lane behind Amoureuse Hanover and Aspen California heading around the paddock turn. After following along in the outer lane through the 1:27.4 three-quarters, MacDonell sent Stubborn Belle out three wide and took aim on the leaders. The filly advanced steadily around the final turn and in the stretch she reeled in All That Sparkles, posting a neck victory in 1:58. All That Sparkles settled for second and Second Sister completed the top three. The win was Stubborn Belle's first since she swept the elimination and final of the WEG-SBOA Stake at Mohawk Racetrack in late May and Bax says the main obstacle in the Taurus Dream daughter's path back to the winner's circle has been her temperament, which matches her name. "If we turn her out with another horse she'll kick through the fence or get in a fight." "We try to be nice to her and pair her up with a horse, but if the mood strikes, the other horse has to watch out," explained the trainer. "She's always the one that kicks through the fence or kicks a board, kicks another horse." "My son Marshall named her." "We changed her name, and that's the name he figured she needed, and she's lived up to it," added the Campbellville resident. "It's a good thing she's a very good filly." Wednesday's victory improved Stubborn Belle's 2015 record to three wins and one third in seven starts and boosted her earnings to $167,430. At two, Stubborn Belle captured one Grassroots division and two Gold Series divisions, the Peaceful Way Final, and a division of the Champlain Stakes for earnings of $524,686. Bax, through his Parkhill Stud Farm, shares ownership of the filly with Al Libfeld of Pickering, ON. "Touch wood, she doesn't damage herself anymore this year, and it's onward and upward," said Bax, who is hoping the filly stays healthy for the Casual Breeze and Elegantimage Stakes at Mohawk in the coming weeks. The other division saw Tymal Illbthere earn her first Gold Series trophy with driver Mario Baillargeon opting for a strategy similar to the one used by MacDonell. Starting from Post 5, the Milton, ON resident settled Tymal Illbethere into seventh spot, watching as Gee Okeefe rang up a :28.2 opening quarter. Heading by the :59.1 half Baillargeon shifted Tymal Illbethere into the outer lane and soon after the 1:29.1 three-quarters he moved her three-wide. Once she hit open racetrack Tymal Illbethere accelerated away to a four length victory in 1:58.3, besting Bax trainee Juanitas Fury and pacesetter Gee Okeefe. The win was Tymal Illbethere's first in Gold Series competition and her third of the season, boosting her sophomore earnings to $92,309. At two the Deweycheatumnhowe daughter was a Grassroots winner, earning $86,968 for breeder Tymal Farms of Oldcastle, ON and Shawn Dixon of London, ON. Ervin Abdulov of London, ON conditions the filly. Their victories moved both Stubborn Belle and Tymal Illbethere into the top 10 in the Gold Series point standings, putting them into contention for a Super Final berth with one regular season event remaining, on Sept. 29 at Mohawk Racetrack. The $250,000 Super Final goes postward Oct. 10 at Woodbine Racetrack. Next up on Grand River Raceway's Ontario Sires Stakes schedule is the last regular season Grassroots contest for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Wednesday, Sept. 2. Photo attached: Three-year-old trotting filly Stubborn Belle (6) edges out All That Sparkles (2) to earn her first Gold Series win of 2015 for driver Paul MacDonell of Guelph, ON. (Iron Horse Photo) Ontario Horse Racing

Champion reinsman Chris Lewis has given punters a strong lead by opting to drive Lovers Delight in preference to the richly-talented six-year-old Dynamite Dude in the $35,000 Howard Porter Memorial over 2130m at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Lewis has been in the sulky in all of Dynamite Dude's 18 starts in Western Australia for 12 wins, one second, four thirds and a fourth placing. But he chose to drive the Stephen Reed-trained Lovers Delight for two main reasons --- because the gelding put up a tremendous performance to finish a close second to the brilliant Waylade last Friday night and because he drew much better at barrier four on the front line, with Dynamite Dude out wide at barrier No. 8. He also considered that Lovers Delight's winning prospects were better, taking into account that he is harder in condition after several excellent runs in his current preparation, whereas Dynamite Dude will be making his first appearance since setting the pace and winning the Autumn Championship from Crombie and Northview Punter on March 6. Both Lovers Delight and Dynamite Dude are being aimed at the $1.8 million TABtouch interdominion championship series at Gloucester Park and Bunbury in November and December. Strong performances in the months leading up to the series will enhance their prospects of earning a start in the championship. The New Zealand-bred Lovers Delight has a 41 per cent winning record (19 wins from 46 starts) as well as recording ten seconds and three thirds. He was a 24/1 chance in a 2536m mobile event last Friday night when he started from the outside (No. 9) on the front line. He settled at the rear before Lewis sent him forward with a three-wide burst after a lap. He moved into the breeze before Waylade (who followed his run) assumed the position outside the pacemaker Bettors Fire 1300m from home. Waylade burst to the front with 250m to travel and Lovers Delight ran home with great determination to finish second, only a half-length from the winner, who rated a smart 1.55.7. Ross Olivieri, who trains Dynamite Dude at Oakford, said that he would engage Matt White to replace Lewis in the sulky behind the Victorian-bred six-year-old. Olivieri said that Dynamite Dude had scored an impressive trial win against moderate opposition at Byford last Sunday week. Dynamite Dude dashed over the final quarters in 29.1sec. and 28.2sec. and rated 1.593 in beating stablemate Awesome Desire by more than seven lengths. "First-up from barrier eight I don't see him troubling the scorer," Olivieri said. "It would be nice for him to be a running on fourth or fifth." "I plan to give Dynamite Dude about five or six runs before the interdominion series; two starts in August, two in September and two in October." Olivieri also will be represented by Our Blackbird (Stuart McDonald) and Red Salute (Chris Voak) in the Porter Memorial this week. He gives Red Salute a place chance from the inside barrier and is hoping that Our Blackbird has some luck after starting out wide from barrier seven. Our Blackbird has finished second at each of his past four starts after finishing strongly to win from Lovers Delight and Red Salute over 2100m. Lewis is hoping that Lovers Delight will give him his second success in the Porter Memorial, after scoring with Hilarion Star in 1992. Lovers Delight is likely to vie for favouritism with Bettors Fire, Classic American and Our Jimmy Johnstone. Bettors Fire, trained and driven by Kyle Harper, will start from barrier five and Harper is likely to steal a march on the opposition by sending the classy six-year-old to an early lead before dictating terms in front. Bettors Fire began brilliantly from barrier six last Friday night and set the pace before wilting to fifth behind Waylade over 2536m. The shorter journey will be in his favour this week. Our Jimmy Johnstone, another interdominion championship prospect, is in grand form for trainers Greg and Skye Bond and he cannot be underestimated. Our Jimmy Johnstone impressed when he set the pace and won convincingly from Our Blackbird and This Time Dylan over 2130m last Friday week. "Drawing the inside of the back row hurts," said Greg Bond. "It's not an ideal draw and I'll leave the tactics to Colin (Brown). "I'm happy with his work and am looking forward to the Inters." Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. has four runners in the Porter Memorial, Classic American, Northview Punter, Crusader Banner and Vapour He has trained and driven two winners of the feature event --- Make The Rules (1999) and Its Written In The Stars (2000). Classic American appeals as his best chance. He will start from the outside (barrier three) on the back line and should be storming home. He has finished with a powerful burst to win 2503m standing-start events at his past two outings. Ken Casellas

WASHINGTON — Two Congressmen are introducing a bill that would establish uniform drug and medication standards in Thoroughbred racing in 2017. If passed, the legislation would allow the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to create a drug agency specifically for racing — a first for the sport. USADA, an independent agency, is the national anti-doping organization in the U.S. for the Olympics. The Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 is being presented Thursday by representatives Andy Barr, R-Ky., and Paul Tonko, D-N.Y. They co-chair the Congressional Horse Caucus. The racing industry is regulated on a state-by-state basis with a patchwork of regulations. Supporters of the bill have been trying for years to set uniform rules, drug testing and penalties at tracks nationwide. The bill is supported by the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity. Among those in the coalition are the Breeders' Cup, The Jockey Club, the Humane Society of the United States and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association. The Associated Press

Racing industry officials in late March and early April said they again expect to see federal legislation filed this year that would authorize the United States Anti-Doping Agency to oversee equine medication and drug testing procedures. Last summer The Jockey Club at its Round Table conference indicated it would advocate for federal involvement in addition to current state-by-state efforts to adopt the National Uniform Medication Program. Also last August Travis Tygart, chief executive officer and counsel for USADA, outlined a strategy at a briefing put together by the Water Hay Oats Alliance. WHOA, which has a growing membership of Thoroughbred stakeholders, in its mission statement supports passage of a federal bill that would "prohibit the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport of horse racing" via an independent anti-doping program run by USADA. During the Racing Officials Accreditation Program conference in late March, industry officials said there will be a heightened push in 2015 for federal legislation that would be similar to a bill introduced in 2013. Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, suggested the legislation would identify USADA to oversee the program. "RCI does not have a position on any piece of legislation," Martin said at the ROAP conference. "It does believe in using a compact that lets states maintain their authority. We can spend a lot of time and money playing musical chairs to address the issue. Organizations are spending money on lobbyists that can be used for equine welfare or funding the TRPB to hire investigators. That's the problem we have to address, not the rearranging of the chairs." Details on the 2015 strategy aren't yet known, though Jim Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club, indicated April 2 the organization is maintaining the course it outlined last year. "The Jockey Club continues to closely monitor the progress of the National Uniform Medication Program and, at the same time, consider strategies to broaden our advocacy for improved and uniform regulation for Thoroughbred racing," Gagliano said. The National Thoroughbred Racing Association also predicted lawmakers will be solicited to sponsor federal legislation on medication regulation and testing. The organization, as it has in the past, won't take a position on the issue. "The NTRA has taken no position on these bills as our membership remains divided on the issue of federal or central authority over testing for banned substances and the regulation of therapeutic medications," NTRA president and CEO Alex Waldrop said. "However, the association continues to provide information and data to interested parties and remains committed to achieving consensus on this issue." The NTRA on its board has representatives of horsemen's groups and racetracks, some of which oppose federal involvement. Others on the NTRA board, such as The Jockey Club, believe more must be done regarding medication and drug testing.  Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association chairman Alan Foreman, who also spoke at the ROAP conference, said whether there is federal oversight or not, the research and scientific advice will have to come from the horseracing industry because USADA hasn't done equine drug testing. He also cited progress on adoption of all or parts of the National Uniform Medication Program. "You'll hear the only answer is for the federal government to regulate horse racing," Foreman said. "If (supporters) a year ago got behind a uniform message that racing has a better story to tell than any other sport, I guarantee you the public's impression of the sport would be different at this time." The National Uniform Medication Program allows for the use of race-day furosemide, also called Salix or Lasix. The proposed Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act of 2013 called for a ban on all medication within 24 hours of a race, with a two-year exception for furosemide. Whether the same language is included in the 2015 version of the bill remains to be seen. Foreman indicated he believes it will be part of the bill. "Lasix is going to be like gun control or abortion," he said. "It's going to divide this industry." Tygart last year made a point to note the issue is about federal legislation, not federal regulation or intervention. If USADA was authorized to handle equine drug testing and enforcement, the organization would have to develop rules, with industry input, that would be unique to horse racing, he said. USADA isn't a federal agency, though it does receive federal grant money. Tygart also said there is an inherent conflict of interest when a sport promotes and polices itself, and suggested horse racing falls into that category under its current structure. Martin of RCI, meanwhile, has repeatedly stated that state regulators are independent by virtue of their responsibilities. Written by Tom LaMarra Reprinted with the permission of bloodhorse.com Read more on BloodHorse.com: 

Australasia’s best trotter Keystone Del continued his winning streak tonight at Cranbourne. The Nicole Molander trained seven-year-old made it 10 wins on the trot with a 2m victory in the Group 1 Aldebaran Park Bill Collins Trotters Mile over 1609m. The now five-time Group 1 winner went 1:59.5 for reinsman Blake Fitzpatrick to defeat Brent Lilley trained Pretty Sunday, who paid $11.30 the place, with Anthony Butt in the cart. Elegant Image was third for driver Kate Gath and Stoned I Am – a Cranbourne local – ran fourth for Simone Walker. Tonight’s trotting feature was a qualification race for the Great Southern Star in March at Tabcorp Park, which Keystone Del won last year. by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

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