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As reported by Michael Guerin from the New Zealand Herald, Luisanabelle Midfrew's last New Zealand  start should be a winning one at Addington tonight. While trainer Nigel McGrath admits he will be sad to lose the harness racing group one winner, he won't be finished with her after tonight. The 4-year-old mare meets opposition lengths below what she has been racing in a leg of the $40,000 Pick6 tonight and even from the outside of the front line she looks an anchor. Luisanabelle Midfrew was good enough to beat some of the better older mares in a historic New Zealand Breeders Stakes on April 1 and has since been brave but outclassed by the superstar fillies, headed by Dream About Me. Realising their pride and joy faced that same prospect in the new season, her connections have opted to send her to NSW trainer John McCarthy next month. But before then she will fly the New Zealand flag at the Breeders Crown in Victoria, starting with a semifinal on August 20. "We weren't going to go to Aussie but with the big three fillies (Dream About Me, Golden Goddess and Piccadilly Princess) out this was too good a chance to miss," says trainer Nigel McGrath. "Taking a line through Nek Time, who went over there and won the Queensland Oaks, I think we are a chance with a good draw in the final. "And it makes sense for her to stay on in Australia afterwards because there isn't a lot here for her." McGrath says that while Luisanabelle Midfrew will be short of her best tonight he still expects her to win, especially as the small field means driver Matthew Williamson has options. McGrath is starting to stoke up his team after a quiet winter and rates all four of his reps tonight as each-way chances, with Kashana (R2) as his next best hope. "She has gate speed so the ace over 1950m suits her." Tonight's meeting sees the latest finals in the hugely successful Super Series, with three $23,500 races for lower grade horses. Two of them look set to be dominated by Purdon-Rasmussen runners, with Stars Align (R3) and Mr Mojito (R5) looking particularly hard to defeat. Later on the weekend, the All Stars stable changes its focus to its Victorian assault when Harness Jewels winner Custodian starts odds on in the Redwood Classic at Maryborough. The race is a rarity for a 2-year-old trotting feature in that it is a standing start but Custodian has been solid from behind the tapes at the trials and is drawn well so is the one to beat against one-time Jewels invite Illawong Byron and the Auckland-owned Our Regal Love. The latter was originally trained by the All Stars but was sent to Australia for better late season racing opportunities and won by 33m at Melton last Friday. Sunday's other classic sees Wilma's Mate, High Gait, Temporale and Matatoki in the Victoria Trotters Derby. Wilma's Mate will be the favourite in a race where manners will be the key.   Michael Guerin

Kima Frenning leads Haley Toulmin on the Aldebaran Park Monte Rider’s Premiership ahead of Sunday’s harness racing Redwood Carnival at Maryborough. The Thompson Timber Saddlery and Grain Maffra Monte sees a field of eight engaged with Frenning hoping to extend her buffer on the ladder aboard Alison Alford-trained Miracle, while Toulmin will be hoping to bridge the gap aboard Majestic Ess Jay for trainer Graham McDermott. Both those runners will start from 30m handicaps, alongside Star Gun for trainer Matthew Craven and Hamilton based reinswoman Jackie Barker. Ben Aubron is third on the riders’ premiership and the Frenchman will pilot Dabbsey for Baddaginnie trainer Margaret Davies on Sunday. The monte kicks off a huge day of trotting at Maryborough with 10 races on the card, highlighted by the Seelite Windows and Doors Redwood Classic for two-year-olds and the Seelite Windows and Doors Victoria Trotters Derby for three-year-olds. Both races carry Group 1 status. Tickets for the Redwood Rattler are selling fast but will be on sale until midday Thursday. Click here to book your seat aboard the train, which leaves Southern Cross 8.25am before stopping at Melton (9.02am), Bacchus Marsh at 9.16am and Ballarat at 10.15am.   MONTE RIDER STANDINGS Kima Frenning 35 Haley Toulmin 30 Ben Aubron 27 Warren Cochrane 23 Emma Hamblin 11 Jackie Barker 11 Paul Hamblin 11 Malin Hammarskjold 10 Kylee Paull 9 Michael Quadara 1   MONTE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS Horse No. of Wins Cold Crusher 2 Gidah 2 Lightning Calder 2 Majestic Ess Jay 2 My High Expectations USA 2 Star Gun 2 Stoned I Am 2 Miracle 2 Cold Sister USA 1 Heza Boy Star NZ 1 Unico Crown NZ 1 Valley Ess Jay 1 Waikare Aviator 1 Dabbsey 1 Empire Earl NZ 1 Boundary Row 1   MONTE TRAINER PREMIERSHIP Trainer No. of Wins David Aiken 6 Graham McDermott 4 Matthew Craven 3 Alison Alford 3 Craig Demmler 2 Glenn Sharp 2 Simone Walker 2 Dean Braun 2 Margaret Davies 1   Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager) Fields for Maryborough, Sunday 07 August 2016 Form guide for Maryborough, Sunday 07 August 2016

Members of the Victorian Square Trotters Association  (VSTA) will be racing for bonuses at all harness racing over Maryborough’s Redwood Carnival (Friday and Sunday). Bonuses are available to owners, trainers and drivers who are financial members of the VSTA for season 2015-16, subject to the following: Horses owned by multiple owners (2 or more) at least 2 of the owners must be financial members for the horse to be eligible for the owners bonus. Trainers and drivers must also be members for them to be available for their bonuses. The VSTA bonuses are as follows: Friday August 5 A $200 bonus (provided by the Maryborough Harness Racing Club and Victorian Square Trotters Association) is available to the connections of all winners provided they are 2015/16 financial members of the Victorian Square Trotters Association. A $50 bonus is also available to the winning trainer and driver if they are 2015/16 financial members of the Victorian Square Trotters Association. Sunday August 7 A $400 bonus (provided by the Maryborough Harness Racing Club and Victorian Square Trotters Association) is available to the connections of all winners provided they are 2015/16 financial members of the Victorian Square Trotters Association. A $100 bonus is also available to the winning trainer and driver if they are 2015/16 financial members of the Victorian Square Trotters Association. The membership renewal table will be at Maryborough on both Friday and Sunday for membership for the 2015/16 or 2016/17 season. The membership form will be marked clearly. Memberships purchased over the weekend will be placed in the draw for a Redwood package and an afternoon tea on Redwood Day. A current list of members is available under the Membership menu at www.victrotters.com. Please inform VSTA secretary Ian White (vicsquaretrotters@hotmail.com) if not up to date. Also please check your details when you renew your membership so that we can communicate with you. (An exciting new concept is on the radar for the 2016/17 season). Membership can be purchased at the Redwood Carnival or by emailing vicsquaretrotters@hotmail.com Cody Winnell 

For Terang harness racing trainer Matthew Craven the win of his mare Aldebaran Deebee in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series four-year-old mares’ heat at Maryborough on Thursday was a celebration for two reasons. One, she won. Two, good mate and stable employee Chris Svanosio returned to the winners’ list after a recent health battle. “It was terrific to see Chris win aboard the horse owned by Peter, his father,” Craven said. “Chris is a huge asset to my stable. He’s first there in the morning and last to leave. He’s a terrific worker.” Aldebaran Deebee (Skyvalley/Dirty Harriet) rated 2:02.2 to defeat Kimmywho by 3.9m, with Hush Your Majesty third. The Ararat Trotting Cup winner from earlier this year drew gate five for next Friday night’s Final, while talented Endsino from the Andy Gath yard grabbed the pole draw. “We’ve had a few little setbacks,” Craven said of Aldebaran Deebee’s recent patchy form. “But I think we’re on top of that now and she’ll benefit a lot from the run (at Maryborough). “The trouble with her is … any little setback really hits her hard and prevents us from working her how she needs to be worked.” The four-year-old mares’ trot Vicbred final shapes as one of the races of the night next Friday, with another heat winner Val Gardena (Kadabra/Lets Be Happy) drawing barrier three, and Sky Petite, who defeated Endsino in their heat, drawn eight – inside the second row. Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series 4YO Trotting Mares Final Draw 1: Endsino 2: Kimmywho 3: Val Gardena 4: Zaire Diva 5: Aldebaran Deebee 6: Vari Perfect (EM) 7: Ruby Pinevale 8: Sky Petite 9: Sashas Dream 10: Desert Flyer 11: Knocked Off Early 12: Hush Your Majesty (ODM) 13: Donski (ODM) Cody Winnell

Illawong Armstrong produced an extraordinary run in last year’s Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series three-year-old final for harness racing trotting colts and geldings. Twelve months have passed since the son of Dream Vacation/Figment blew the start and was tailed off in the Vicbred final before making enormous ground late to finish third, and trainer-driver Jodi Quinlan has the gelding absolutely flying. Illawong Armstrong, a member of owner Dr Martin Hartnett’s ‘Illawong squad’, romped home in his Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series heat at Maryborough yesterday, defeating runner-up Belts by 23.5m in a mile rate of 2:04.5. And the news only got better for the Illawong team tonight with Armstrong drawing the pole for next Friday night’s Final. He has to be hard to beat from there. In driving rain yesterday Illawong Armstrong looked every bit the professional, Quinlan going easy on the prodigious talent who, but for his poor manners last season, arguably could already boast two Group 1 wins – producing two of the biggest runs you’ll ever see in defeat in the Vicbred and Breeders Crown finals. “He had a good run. His manners were really good,” Quinlan said of his most recent outing. “He got a lovely, easy trip out front and I expect him to do that, he is an above-average horse. “He’s probably the best horse I have put a bridle on. Unfortunately it hasn’t been an ideal preparation because he got really sick, but we have made the most of the time we have had.” Quinlan said Illawong Armstrong’s Maryborough win will have him peaked fitness-wise for next Friday night’s Group 1 final. “He really needed the (heat) run,” she said. “He’s not really a natural leader, and has an exceptional sprint, but if he draws to run at the front then he can do that.” John Meade-trained Sparkling Success won the other Vicbred four-year-old trotting males’ heat, defeating fast-finishing Kyvalley Boomerang by a short half-head. Sparkling Success (Great Success/Diamond Insitu) has drawn right alongside the expected favourite in gate two. Driven by Gavin Lang, Sparkling Success enjoyed the perfect run behind leader Eljaykay Phoenix and got the better of that horse when it galloped halfway up the straight. Kyvalley Boomerang flashed home late, while Save Our Pennys picked up third from last year’s Vicbred two-year-old reigning champion Eljaykay Phoenix.   Draw for Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series 4YO Entires/Geldings Final 1: Illawong Armstrong 2: Sparkling Success 3: Wake Up Wilbur 4: Eljaykay Phoenix 5: Akotiri 6: Save Our Pennys 7: Kyvalley Boomerang 8: Well Deserved 9: The Third Son 10: Spud 11: Belts 12: Bring The Action (ODM) 13: Fabrication (ODM) EM Cody Winnell

Get trackside this Redwood Carnival (Sunday August 7) via the Redwood Rattler, a “trots express” to Maryborough for the historical all-trotting harness racing meeting. Get your caboose aboard and ride the rail as the train, bound for one of the most exciting meetings on the Victorian calendar, steams off. Departing Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station at 8.25am, the Rattler rolls into Melton at 9.02am, followed by stops at Bacchus Marsh (9.16am) and Ballarat (10.15am) to take travellers to the famous Carisbrook Raceway. The trip promises to be a social affair with an on-board café and a lounge car featuring a bar. Passengers are also welcome to bring their own food on board the train. BOOK YOUR TICKET TODAY ABOARD THE REDWOOD RATTLER On the track the day’s feature races are the Seelite Windows and Doors Redwood Classic (Group 1), a time-honoured standing-start trot for two-year-olds, and the $75,575 Seelite Windows and Doors Victoria Trotters Derby (Group 1) for three-year-olds. The train departs Maryborough at 6.25pm following a big day’s racing. All passengers receive a ticket to the Redwood Punters Club, run by the “Carroll brothers”, who will be more than happy to impart some tips as the train keeps a rolling. All aboard!   Note: Tickets must be pre-booked Tickets on the Redwood Rattler cost $85 for adults and $45 for children (17 years and under) Tickets include: Return train ticket Bus from Maryborough Station to Carisbrook Raceway Admission Racebook Souvenir cap 2-course lunch Beer, wine or soft drink on arrival $10 TAB voucher $20 punters club ticket  For more information contact Events & Sponsorship Coordinator at Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Jacinta Payne on (03) 8378 0212 or jpayne@hrv.org.au

Harness racing driver Dexter Dunn has taken a stranglehold on the International All Star Series with a magnificent Wednesday at Maryborough in Victoria Australia.  Victories in the day’s opening two series races and a third in the last propelled the Kiwi 9.5 points clear of the competition on the leaderboard and helped wrestle the series back into the World’s favour. But the Vics also had their moments, with ultra-consistent Kerryn Manning finishing third in three of today’s four races to be the day’s top point scorer and shoot to outright third on the leaderboard. By day’s end and after 12 of the series 22 races, Yannick Gingras replaced Chris Alford as the favourite with the TAB to win the award, with Alford blowing out to $6.50 after a luckless day in the sulky. The last race winner, Gingras, who sits second at the end of day three, was tightened in to $2.50 favourite, just inside Dunn ($2.60). Dunn has been at the forefront throughout the series, sitting second after day one at Tabcorp Park Melton and day two at Echuca, when he was only one point in arrears of Alford. But, with four seconds and a third to his credit, it wasn’t until race nine that the 26-year-old New Zealander was first past the post.  “I got on a trotter with a bit of form, it was pretty easy to drive really, so I just sat there and it did all the work,” a modest Dunn told Corey Callahan after the race in a @TrotsAllStars interview. Watch Corey Callahan interview Dexter Dunn in the wake of his first win. The 'it' Dunn refers to was Suave Taj, a four-year-old gelding for trainer Leroy O’Brien. Dunn shot the $1.70 favourite to the front from barrier seven and it never looked troubled, with only Brett Miller (US) driving Akotiri remaining in earshot while the next closest (Anthony Butt with Rumspringer) was a further 22m in arears. The stars second race on Wednesday was a little more willing, and it appeared to be in Gingras’ grasp before his tiring gelding, Brent Lilley-trained Kyvalley Barney, broke in the final 50m to enable Dunn to swoop in and win with Sonetto. Jason Lee took to the #trotsallstars mic to quiz Dunn on win number 2 The Ross Graham-trained mare held off a fast-finishing Tobylin for Kerryn Manning, who claimed second ahead of Gingras, beaten only a head. Second would be the theme of Manning’s day, having replicated that placing in the day’s third and fourth races. In the third Gavin Lang put his favourite, Sparkling Success, into cover until Kerryn Manning moved Very Belle to the lead, leaving Lang facing the breeze. There they remained to the final bend, when Sparkling Success gradually overcome Very Belle to claim a second win in succession for the gelding and his trainer/owner John Meade.  “Today he never felt like doing a thing wrong,” Lang said of Sparkling Success. “He was the best horse on paper and that was the way it turned out.” Brett Miller picks Gavin Langs brain post Sparkling Success's win Manning again found the front deep into the home straight in the last series race of the day, but this time it was Gingras who swooped in, using the Maryborough sprint line to career away with six-year-old mare Sweet Wise. “She felt good and it made my job easy,” Gingras said. Trainer Basil Dooley’s $4.10 shot won by 3.9m from Lisandros (Manning), with Dexter Dunn driving Rule Of Thumb to third to reassert his authority at the top of the leaderboard. The day began for the International All Stars with a trip to the historic Maryborough railway station, where Central Goldfields Shire Mayor Geoff Lovett oversaw a warm welcome. The #trotsallstars enjoyed the grand Maryborough tour Next stop will be Ballarat's Bray Raceway on Thursday. International All Star Series day three leaderboard:  Dexter Dunn 98 points, Yannick Gingras 88.5, Kerryn Manning 85.5, Brett Miller 83, Greg Sugars 81, Chris Alford 75, Gavin Lang 71.5, Jason Lee 71, Corey Callahan 61, Anthony Butt 60. Overall leaderboard: World 390.5, Victoria 384.   Michael Howard Harness Racing Victoria

Shadyshark Hanover, the fastest three-year-old in North America in 2011, was credited with his first winner from his initial Australian crop when the harness racing two-year-old filly Graphics emerged successful at Maryborough on Thursday (February 18). Making her debut, the filly was taken off the mobile from her wide barrier draw and settled down at the tail of the seven-horse field. Biding her time until the home turn, Graphics rounded up her rivals in the space of 150 metres to score by almost two lengths. She rated 2:00.3 for the 1690 metres with the last 800 in 59.1 Bred by Bruce and Vicki Edward, the baldy faced chestnut is out of an Artiscape mare, Illustrator, the dam of earlier winners in Yankee Strutter 1:57.7 (8 wins to date) and In A Rose Tattoo. Graphics is raced by the Ballarat & District Trotting Club Standardbred Group. Shadyshark Hanover is also the sire of Shady Secret, an unlucky second on debut, and several qualifiers. Click on this link for the video

Maryborough Harness Racing Club today finalised the funds transfer to Harness Racing South Australia for the proceeds of the raffle organised to aid the victims of the ravaging Bush Fires which inundated Pinery SA in November 2015. All tickets for the raffle were sold and combined with donations $16,710 has been forwarded to assist the industry victims of the fire. >> Video: The winning tickets are drawn in the Pinery Fires raffle at Maryborough Harness Racing Club  The raffle saw 4000 tickets sold in a little over two weeks, an incredible industry response. Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) also made a contribution of $3500. Donations were also received from the Association of Country Harness Racing Clubs ($500) and from Harness Racing Australia ($200). Valuable assistance was also received from Ron and Darren at Emerson Printing who, at short notice, developed and produced the raffle tickets at no charge. Maryborough club secretary Les Chapman was thrilled with the response. “Our club acknowledges the amazing assistance we received from Chelsea Munro and Toby Whitehead of Olympus Feeds, John Coffey at Alabar Farms, and Sulky Tack NZ, who provided the discounted Whiplash race sulky,” he said. “Sincere thanks to Lance and Leilani Justice, and Dianne Giles, who drove the sale of tickets and finally the support of our industry who once again proved to be extremely generous for a worthwhile cause.” Lance Justice said he was very pleased with the response from the industry and thanked everyone who helped run the raffle, those who donated prizes and money and those who purchased tickets. “It was a great job and we really need to thank the Maryborough Harness Racing Club for their efforts, also Chelsea Munro from Olympus Feeds. by HRV Media

The Victorian Square Trotters Association held its awards night last Sunday at the Maryborough Harness Racing Centre. Dr Martin and Mrs Kay Hartnett along with Brad Angove were the major winners, each winning several trophies capping an outstanding year for both owners. The night was again well compered by Glenn Conroy with his quick wit and anecdotes about life keeping the crowd engaged. Les Chapman and the caterers are to be complimented for the meal and organisation of the night. The VSTA would like to congratulate all winners and thank all of our sponsors for their generous donations. Award Winners (Sponsor in brackets) VSTA 2yo Male Trotter (Victorian Harness Racing Sports Club) Sundons Courage (Sundon – Truscott Photo) (5 wins, 3 placings $65,997) Owner – Brad Angove, Trainer – Chris Angove VSTA 2yo Female Trotter (Stawell Harness Racing Club) Truscott Law (Lawman – Yankee Truscott) (2 wins, 7 placings $23,938) Owners – Ken Powell & Brad Angove, Trainer – Chris Angove VSTA 3yo Female Trotter (Ballarat Trotting Club) My Arya (Angus Hall – Belle Galleon) (9 wins, 3 placings $137,673) Owners – Trevor Casey, M J & J M Bowden, Trainer – Brent Lilley VSTA 3yo Male Trotter Illawong Armstrong (Majestic Son – Lunar Landing) (5 wins, 1 placing $57,328) Owners – Dr Martin and Kay Hartnett, Trainer – Jodi Quinlan Chris E Howe Country Trotter of the Year (Loddon Valley Stud) Sun Of Anarchy (Sundon – Niamey) (9 wins, 6 placings $44,237) Owners – Trevor Casey & S Hausler, Trainer – Brent Lilley VSTA Trotter of the Year (Darren and Katrina Fitzpatrick, Mark and Sue Hayes) Illawong Helios (Majestic Son – Shining Sun) (11 wins, 2 placings $83,585) Owners – Dr Martin & Kay Hartnett, Trainer – Ross Sugars VSTA Racemare of the Year (Yankee Spider Syndicate) Illawong Helios (Majestic Son – Shining Sun) (11 wins, 2 placings $83,585) Owners – Dr Martin & Kay Hartnett, Trainer – Ross Sugars VSTA Broodmare of the Year (Mildura Harness Racing Club) Maoris Crown (The Contender – Maori Mara) (3 individual winners) Owners – Enjoy Group VSTA Trotting Sire of the Year (Alabar Farms) Yankee Paco (26 individual winners) Owners – Empire Stallions VSTA Trotting Trainer of the Year (Worlds Best Hoof Oil) Brent Lilley (74 wins, 42 seconds and 30 thirds, 55.1% in placings) VSTSA Trotting Breeder of the Year (Aldebaran Park) Aldebaran Park (Duncan McPherson) (9 individual winners) VSTA Trotting Driver of the Year (Electrical Asset Services) Chris Alford (59 wins, 45 seconds and 41 thirds, 47.1% in placings) Other awards presented during the evening included – Harness Racing Australia – VanCleve 2yo Male Trotter Sundons Courage (Sundon – Truscott Photo) Owner – Brad Angove, Trainer – Chris Angove Maryborough HRC Trotter of the Year (Seelite Windows and Doors) Sundons Courage (Sundon – Truscott Photo) Owner – Brad Angove, Trainer – Chris Angove Maryborough Juvenile Trotter of the Year (Horseworld Bendigo) Sundons Courage (Sundon – Truscott Photo) Owner – Brad Angove, Trainer – Chris Angove by Ian White Harness Racing Victoria

Talented Terang pacer Keayang Steamer resumes from a long spell in Sunday’s Central Goldfields Shire Maryborough Pacing Cup. At his best Keayang Steamer was able to upstage superstars like Smoken Up and Melpark Major, getting the better of Trigger in the 2014 Horsham Cup and toppling Melpark Major a couple of weeks later at Tabcorp Melton. But the son of Riverboat King has only graced the starter twice in 14 months and is first up since February this weekend, so it’s a case of “fingers crossed” rather than taking grand expectations into the race for trainer Marg Lee. “He’s shown what he can do, so we’ve got our fingers crossed and we’ll take each race as it comes,” she said. “He’s done a lot of fast work over the distance without fully putting the pressure on him.” The impressive gelding has won 16 races from 38 starts for $210,043 prizemoney and will be aimed at next year’s Sumer of Glory carnival all going well. But it is a case of baby steps for the time being, according to Lee, who said Keayang Steamer wasn’t strong enough in his “back, stifles and quads” last time in. “His quads needed a lot of bulking up. He’s been doing a lot of riding and a lot of hill work here,” she said. “He’s had three trials and we’re happy enough with where he’s at. It was just a matter of finding a suitable race and with Arden Rooney and Flaming Flutter not in it we decided to go here.” Keayang Steamer will start from a 10-metre handicap alongside Exciteusinthecity in the $30,610 Group 3 Maryborough feature. Lara’s Dean Braun has polemarker Macho Comacho in the field and will be hoping the stand-start specialist gelding can improve on a first-up 11th in the Swan Hill Pacing Cup. Brent Lilley-trained Lets Elope has gate three after a big third at Swan Hill, while Glenn Douglas-trained stablemates The Dip (gate four) and Skippy Rascal (six) will be split by Vince Vallelonga’s last-start M1-M2 winner Manuka Man. Keith Cotchin will present country cups specialist Road To Rock after it ran fifth in the Swan Hill feature, while Matthew Craven-trained Changing Code has barrier eight, Craig Demmler’s Charlie Machsheen will come out of gate nine, Tim Bolitho-trained Arber will start from 10 and Geoff Lucas-trained Daylight Dan has barrier 11. Kerryn Manning’s in-form six-year-old Jaccka Art is the emergency. Meanwhile, the popular TrotsCruiser will be in attendance at Maryborough with showbags for people who enter the "Drive Away in the Trotscruiser" promotion.  HRV and the TAB will also be giving away a $1000 bet on the Cup via the Trot Selfies competition.   CODY WINNELL

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard a matter in regards to a charge issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Rule of Harness Racing (ARHR) 193(3) against licensed trainers Mr Brian Kiesey and Mr Des Richards. The charges arose from HRV Stewards conducting surveillance on the stables of licensed trainer Mr Brian Kiesey prior to the Maryborough race meeting conducted on 16 April 2015 where he had ‘Nicmac Bromac’ engaged in Race 8, the ‘McPherson Printing Group Pace (2nd Heat). ‘Nicmac Bromac’ was subsequently a late scratching by order of Stewards from its engagement. ARHR 193(3) reads as follows: A person shall not administer or allow or cause to be administered any medication to a horse on race day prior to such horse running in a race. The charge under ARHR 193(3) issued by HRV Stewards against Mr Richards ‘Nicmac Bromac’ prior to its engagement in Race 8, the ‘McPherson Printing Group Pace (2nd Heat)’, at Maryborough on that day. The charge under ARHR 193(3) issued by HRV Stewards against Mr Kiesey related to him as the trainer of Nicmac Bromac and instructing this administration of ‘Stamazene’ to occur. Mr Kiesey and Mr Richards both pleaded guilty to the charges and submissions on penalty were heard from the HRV Stewards, Mr Kiesey and Mr Richards. In deciding an appropriate penalty, the HRV RAD Board considered that the samples obtained from ‘Nicmac Bromac’ had not revealed the presence of any prohibited substances, previous cases involving race day treatment in Victoria and Mr Kiesey’s and Mr Richard’s early guilty pleas and their full co-operation throughout the investigation. The HRV RAD Board imposed a fine of $5,000 upon Mr Kiesey. In arriving at this penalty the HRV RAD Board were further mindful of Mr Kiesey’s previous drug related offences and the administration of ‘Stamazene’ occurred under his instruction. The HRV RAD Board imposed a fine of $2,000 upon Mr Richards with $1,000 of that penalty suspended for a period of 12 months under the provision Mr Richards does not breach any relevant rule during that time. In imposing this penalty the HRV RAD Board placed considerable weight on Mr Richards having an exceptionally good long standing offence record. HRV RAD Board Panel - Brian Collis QC, Paul Connolly

Further heats of the Australasian Breeders Crown were run at the harness racing meeting at Maryborough today and in the second heat for the two year old trotting colts/geldings, two of the favourites for the final faced up to each other. Sundon's Courage drew beautifully at barrier one but was slow off the arm and that let his main danger Conon Bridge with trainer Paul Nairn in the sulky fly the gate from barrier five and grab an early lead. No sooner had he got there, Conon Bridge was attacked by War Dan Destroyer and Rodney Petroff and the two matched strides for a wee way before War Dan Destroyer worked to the front. Paul Nairn had Conon Bridge back out straight away and quickly regained the front.   In the meantime Sundon's Courage had worked into the one by one following the well supported runner, Charlie Runkle. A quiet mid section of the race left Conon Bridge with plenty of petrol in the tank before upping the tempo with a 30.6 quarter down the back before breezing home in 28.3 for a very impressive win. Sundons Courage peeled three wide at the 400 metres mark and although he made inroads into Conon Bridge's lead, he was never a real threat to the winner. Conon Bridge trotted the 2190 metres from the mobile in 2:47.7, a mile rate of 2:03.3 with closing sectionals of 58.9 and 28.3 These two were a class above the opposition in their heat and along with Cruisin Around who won the first heat today, they look the three leading chances in the final in the colts/geldings section. Harnesslink Media

High Gait who was denied in the Harness Jewels by former stablemate Missandei gained a deserved reward when she led all the way in the Redwood Classic at Maryborough on Sunday. The race was probably won at the start when the filly was guided away safely from the stand by Mark Purdon and headed straight for the front. Sundon's Courage took the favourite on but she was too strong with Missandei reversing the Jewels finish with a late run for second. "She went terrific" Mark said. "The other horse was niggling at us a bit in the middle stages but she was always trotting well and that made the difference." High Gait continued a great run for the All Star barn in Group One races in Australia this winter. She has her next outing in a qualifier for the Breeders Crown in two weeks. It is Mark's third training and driving win in the race with Galleon's Assassin and My Arya previous winners. Mark also expressed pleasure at the run of Classical Art on Saturday night  who was run down late by All Black Stride which trailed all the way and won by a head. "I was really pleased with the way she went." "She steered good  and did everything right and that was probably more important than whether or not she won," Mark said. Classical Art runs in the semi finals of the BC on August 22. David McCarthy Reproduced with permission of All Stars Racing Stables - Check site here  

Master harness racing trainer Mark Purdon became a two-time Seelite Windows and Doors Redwood Classic winner today at Maryborough. Purdon’s rising star filly High Gait produced a flawless performance in the 2190-metre stand-start Group 1 to score a 2.7-metre win in a mile rate of 2:06.3. High Gait is by Muscles Yankee out of quality producer Regal Volo. She is a full-sister to Breeders Crown winner Our Twentyten. High Gait’s 65secs first half set the filly up to dash home. She got home in 58.4secs, holding off runner-up Missandei comfortably with Sundons Courage third. High Gait has won six races from seven starts, her only defeat coming when second in the Harness Jewels at Ashburton. by Cody Winnell

The big harness racing day at Maryborough today with its sole focus on the straight out trotter is akin to the holy grail for followers of the squaregaiter. The jewel in the crown today was the $75,000 Victoria Trotting Derby which drew together the best Australian three year old trotters with the undisputed New Zealand champion three year old Speeding Spur. Speeding Spur's main problem was that he drew barrier 13 which was the outside of the second line in the ten horse field. Due to scratchings there was only four runners on the front line and Josh Dickie, the driver of Speeding Spur took advantage of the small front line and sent the son of Pegasus Spur forward from the start and grabbed the lead within the first 200 metres. Blue Sky Commander settled into the trail behind Speeding Spur with My Arya facing the breeze. Second favourite Illawong Armstrong circled the field mid-race to sit outside Speeding Spur but he really latched on and as a result there was no let up in the hot speed as he pulled himself into the ground. Turning for home Speeding Spur still held the front but was being attacked on all sides. Blue Sky Commander and Kerryn Manning were issuing a challenge up the passing lane after their soft trip while Amarula and John Caldow were finishing on stoutly centre track. However as he has done all season in New Zealand, Speeding Spur kicked bigtime when he was challenged and was drawing away again at the line with Josh Dickie giving a little victory salute as he hit the line. Blue Sky Commander ran into second with Amarula battling the last bit to run third. Amarula's run was full of merit as she did have a short gallop in the score up but was with the field at dispatch. Speeding Spur trotted the 2690 metres in 3:21.8, a mile rate of 2:00.7 which was a new track record. Trained by Josh and John Dickie at Clevedon in South Auckland, todays win by Speeding Spur was his 11th from 14th starts as a three year old and took his seasonal earnings over the $250,000 mark. His win today from barrier 13 after being attacked savagely mid race in track record time is further proof if any was needed that he is a superstar in the making. New Zealand breeders would have had a big smile on their faces post race as the first three home were all bred in New Zealand and that carried on the great record that New Zealand bred trotters have in Australian age group classics. Harnesslink Media    

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