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Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards have issued a charge against licensed trainer/driver Matthew Craven under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1) which states: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances The AHRR defines "Race" as a race or official trial or official time trial or event in which harness racing horses race or participate. It is alleged that Mr Craven presented ‘Ruthie Yamaguchi’ to race at the Terang trial meeting on 18 June 2017 when not free of the prohibited substances Triamcinolone Acetonide and Meloxicam. The charge will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed. Harness Racing Victoria

The Harness Racing Victoria Own the Moment website currently has five horses being advertised to potential racehorse owners. The Own the Moment website is an online space to promote ownership to people wanting to get involved in the exciting world of trots ownership, and also, importantly, is a site for trots trainers to advertise legal syndication opportunities and to promote their business at no cost. Terang’s Matthew Craven is the first trainer to take advantage of this service offered by Harness Racing Victoria (HRV), syndicating a Rock N Roll Heaven/Localize yearling colt via the Available Horses page, as well as an Art Major/Soaring Franco yearling colt. Additionally, horses are available to be raced with Long Forrest trainer Andy Gath (a Bettors Delight/Shes Artistic yearling colt), Avenel’s Josh Aiken (a Western Ideal/Christa yearling colt) and Cranbourne’s Mick Hughes (a Lucky Chucky/Karamboo yearling trotting filly) all with the Raceapacer syndicate. “I encourage trainers to take advantage of this free service to enhance their business and attract vital new owners to our industry,” HRV Ownership Manager Tori Glenister said. “We will actively promote this service through social, digital and traditional media marketing. And importantly if trainers work with us to develop these syndication opportunities they can rest assured that they are not breaching any Victorian syndication laws.” Full product disclosure statements (PDS) can be viewed by clicking through to the Own the Moment website. Click here to view the Available Horses section Trainers wishing to get involved in syndicating a horse can contact HRV’s Tori Glenister on 03 9214 0699 or email tglenister@hrv.org.au Owners who want information on how to get involved in trots ownership can visit trotsownthemoment.com.au or contact Tori. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

With thundering cheers from the crowd trainer-driver Matt Craven allowed himself a victory salute, an outpouring of satisfaction as his talented three-year-old trotter Magicool took him to harness racing Group 1 glory at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight.. Owners Tony Prochilo, Mara Scarpino and Angelo Cammaroto celebrated “a wonderful moment” after their Tennotrump gelding found the lead and controlled the $60,000 Alan Mance Holden Need For Speed Prince Final. “It was a pleasing result,” Craven said. “He’s had a terrific week leading into tonight. The best part about him tonight was he probably just trotted a little bit better than he did in the heat. “He got a beautiful run in front and when that happened he was always going to be hard to run down.” From gate two Magicool cruised to the front and Craven limited him to comfortable first (30.6) and second (33.1) quarters to ensure he wouldn’t be mowed down in the straight, with a 27.7 final quarter giving him the win from Posseidon with Kheiron third. It was a fourth victory in six trips to the track for Magicool, with his other two runs producing second placings, and it’s clear he’s quickly becoming a trainer’s favourite. “The best part about this little fella, he wants to be here and he wants to race and he really tries hard. It’s a credit to the horse,” Craven said. “The (owners) have been very patient with him. It’s terrific to have such good owners involved, it makes training horses a hell of a lot easier for you when you have understanding owners who back you 100 per cent in your judgment when you need to put the horse out and give them a bit more time.” It’s also a credit to the stable’s determination to dip its toe into the trotting ranks and come up trumps on the night that celebrates the international gait. “We’ve got a good team of trotters at the moment and we’ve really enjoyed them,” Craven said. “I’ve got to thank Chris Lang and Duncan McPherson, who is a big part of tonight, for encouraging me to go down that path. “And Chris (Svanosio) for the knowledge that he brought. I have to thank all my staff and the team around me and everyone at home. Nights like this is what it is all about.” Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

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

The 2016 Racing Queensland UBET winter carnival is fast approaching and in the coming weeks, Queensland harness broadcaster Chris Barsby will profile a number of major players vying for the top prizes. With 18 Black Type races on the program for the 2016 Winter Carnival, the carnival’s pinnacle in 2016 is the G1 Blacks A Fake, which now boasts an impressive $200,000 in stakes. The carnival spans from May 28 to July 30. Here’s a profile featuring an up and coming three-year-old filly that looks certain to be a player in the Oaks features. Name: Im Wrongly Accused Stable Name: Lindy Age: 3yo filly Owner: Chris and Jeanette O’Connor Trainer: Matthew Craven Driver: Matthew Craven Prizemoney: $32,269 Biggest win: Heat of Victoria Oaks (April – Melton) Target: Gr.1 $75k Queensland Oaks (July 9) Trainer says: “A really nice filly with a good turn of speed, a little opportunistic but very capable given the right conditions. Her victory in the Victoria Oaks heat was excellent and clearly proved she’s amongst the better fillies in this country. The natural hard racing style of Brisbane will really suit her and the Queensland Oaks has been an obvious target since we purchased her from New Zealand earlier this year.” Barsby says: “A definite threat in the Oaks features during the carnival and with a young trainer/driver in a hurry and hungry for feature race success. Since crossing the Tasman her form has been very consistent and with a touch more luck, could’ve easily racked up a few more victories and wasn’t far from the winner in the Victoria Oaks final. Expect this filly to perform at a high standard.”

Long-time Tyrendarra harness racing owner-breeders Allan and Gaye Donovan always knew in Tellus Rodney they had something big on their hands, they just didn’t know if it would translate to the track. But in Terang trainer-driver Matt Craven’s care, patience has been rewarded and the Donovans have another talented type to cheer on. “He’s such a big horse,” Donovan said. “He is 16 and a half hands, we broke him in early and jogged him up a couple of times, but just gave him plenty of time to mature.” The five-year-old’s notched up four starts thus far in his first campaign, which have yielded three victories and a third. They are particularly sweet results for the Donovans, given Tellus Rodney has been some time in the making. With Peter and Sandra Bryant, the Donovans purchased a yearling, Tell You What, whose 35 starts delivered three wins and $8,318 in stakes. She was retired as a six-year-old and produced two fillies – Quietlykept (12 starts, 0 wins) and Tellmelucy (46 starts, two wins) – before in October 23, 2009, she was sent to Alabar stallion Elsu. Come October 14, 2010, a young foal was born, who would become Tellus Rodney. “He has only had two programs with Matt, the first time he was a good pacer to three-quarter pace and then he would lose it,” Donovan said. “This time in he has been in work since October and he only really saw the light about a month before his first race. “We had to be patient, because he didn’t show us much. But he has a terrific temperament. At the races, he knows what it is all about, but he is also a very good-natured horse.” Tellus Rodney won on debut at Hamilton on April 20 when he won by 20m after launching from the gates and leading. Start two, at Ballarat eight days later, produced further success, with Craven squeezing Tellus Rodney (a $1.40 favourite) through a gap in the straight to win by 3.2m. Race three brought a third placing, when Tellus Rodney had a great battle with Kevin Brough’s Heywood hope Hooper Road only to have Kerryn Manning’s Dana Dynasty mow them both down. Tellus Rodney then made amends at Horsham on Monday, finding the front from barrier six to lead and win by 8.6m, with Hooper Road running third. “We never expected him to go as good as this,” Donovan said. “We would like to think he might get through and win a M0 or a couple of races in town. He’s had plenty of time to mature and should only get stronger, having had very little racing.” And the camp’s excitement doesn’t end there. Another Donovan runner in work, Roy George, is on the verge of returning. The six-year-old gelding by Grinfromeartoear out of Classic Malibu has produced eight wins and three seconds from 13 starts. His next campaign could be a belter, having raced on March 28 at Mt Gambier for what was considered a trial, albeit in race conditions. Roy George proceeded to break the track record over 2190m and relegate highly rated stablemate, Changing Code, to second. While a cold put his return on hold, Roy George is back in work and will soon be running again. Michael Howard

Harness racing driver Chris Svanosio returns to the sulky on Saturday night following a three-month battle with a cerebrospinal fluid leak, also known as CSF leak. Svanosio, 34, spent six weeks in Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital and another six weeks laid up in Bendigo battling ongoing severe headaches, neck and shoulder pain and vomiting. “It was like nothing I’d ever experienced before,” Svanosio said of the pain. “It was because there was no fluid around my brain.” The initial symptoms attacked Svanosio at a Caduceus Club function in February and escalated quickly. The popular horseman, who has 269 wins to his name in the sulky, underwent neurosurgery in late February before several rounds of blood patch treatment, where Svanosio had blood taken and injected into his spinal cord. “In the end they must have injected the blood into the right spot (in mid-March) because I could stand up and was feeling virtually all right,” Svanosio said. “They sent me home and told me to go easy.” Svanosio is back in Terang, where he works with trainer Matthew Craven, and returns to race driving on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton. Among Svanosio’s three drives is exciting trotting mare Aldebaran Deebee, owned by father Peter, in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Metropolitan Trot. “Matty’s done a great job with her while I’ve been sick. There are a couple of nice races ahead for her with the Sires (Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series) and the Bacardi Lindy (June 3),” he said. Svanosio will also take the reins aboard Owen Martin-trained Hellovaway in the Cougar Bourbon Pace and Hinault for Craven in the second heat of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Metropolitan Trot. While he was sidelined Svanosio says he was inundated with well-wishes. “I’ve had people ringing me up and sending me messages, taking the time to send cards, that’s been really great. I couldn’t believe the amount of people. It’s amazing how many people have taken time out to get in touch and wish me well,” he said. And being back at work is a great feeling. “(I’m) Loving it … It really makes you appreciate it. This morning I was up early and worked 22 (horses). “Everything just seems really good at the moment. There’s no guarantee it won’t flare up again but the doctors are hopeful they’ve solved it.” Svanosio now has something in common with basketball star player/coach Steve Kerr and Hollywood superstar George Clooney, who have both overcome CSF leak. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager) Fields for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 07 May 2016 Form guide for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 07 May 2016

Having placed in the New South Wales classic and finished fourth in the Victorian Group 1, Matthew Craven refuses to give up the dream of being a derby winner with his three-year-old harness racing gelding. The Terang trainer has Cant Refuse drawn in barrier eight for Friday night’s Sky Racing WA Derby at Gloucester Park, and will need to overcome yet another Mark Purdon horse to get the lion’s share of the $200,000 prize. It was Purdon’s Lazarus who took the lead honours in January’s Victoria Derby and his unbeaten stablemate Our Waikiki Beach who won at Menangle, when Cant Refuse was beaten into second by just 1.1m. Lets Chase The Dream, Purdon’s winner of nine races from 18 starts, is favourite for Friday night’s Derby, with Cant Refuse done few favours when drawn eighth. “We are drawn inside the second row and hopefully the one horse (Ideal Tyson) will come out and we can end up, at worst, third on the fence line,” Craven said. “At least he won’t have to work as hard across the trip. We are not expecting to win from that draw, but with any luck we may be able to run into a place.” He said the list of threats was long in the Group 1. “Lets Chase The Dream is a top horse, Chicago Bull, Sprinter and Dodolicious – it is a pretty stong race,” Craven said.  “I am just hoping for an easy trip and to have a run at them.” The WA Derby takes place at 8.30pm on Friday. Michael Howard 

The plans of a three-year-old filly from Terang to tip out one of Australasia’s finest were given a boost when she drew gate two for Saturday night's $150,000 Nevele R  Victoria Oaks final.Matthew Craven’s pacer Im Wrongly Accused entered the Nevele R Stud Victoria Oaks conversation with a dash down the sprint lane at Tabcorp Park Melton in Friday night’s heats, which secured the three-year-old a place in harness racing's Nevele R  Group 1 Oaks The performance has Im Wrongly Accused shaping as a threat to Mark Purdon’s all-conquering New Zealand All Stars stable, which already has the Victoria Derby in its keeping and is looking to add the Oaks via short-priced favourite A Piccadilly Princess. Purdon’s filly won the third and final heat, following on from Heavens Trend – out of Emma Stewart’s Smythes Creek stable – who won an enthralling duel with Dancingwithsierra in the first heat, while the second heat was snaffled by Im Wrongly Accused. RELIVE ALL THE RESULTS AND RACE REPLAYS The draw did few favours for Purdon, whose filly was slated for barrier 13. Heavens Trend drew barrier three and Gary Hoban's fancied runner Dancingwithsierra barrier 12. It all bodes for a ripping race on Saturday night, when Craven's pacer will hope to emulate last week's heat, when she got the perfect sit behind favourite Celebrity Guest - who has drawn barrier one - and surprised even her own trainer-driver with how sharply she finished off. “She has improved, but is still a little bit from being fit,” Craven said. “The scratching (All In Your Hands) helped and we were able to just put her out behind the favourite.” Driver Gavin Lang drove Celebrity Guest to a 47.7 lead time, 2.3 seconds slower than the other two heats, and eased through comfortable first (31.9s) and second (30.3) quarters before they started to stretch out to get home in 55 seconds. Once the sprint lane opened Craven eased off Celebrity Guest’s back and Im Wrongly Accused did the rest. “She probably finished off better than I thought she might have been able to. I was really pleased with the run,” he said. “She had a good run and got the chance to use her really nice speed. They went slow early and it was just ideal for her.” Craven said Im Wrongly Accused would have to continue her upward trend if she was to be in the finish. “She’s had to take a step up in the heats and will have to take a step up again for the final,” he said. Michael Howard  

The Barrier Draw for Friday night’s $200,000 Sky Racing  Harness Racing WA Derby at Gloucester Park has thrown the Blue Riband event wide open with nominal favourites Chicago Bull and Lets Chase The Dream drawing outside starting positions.  Western Gateway winner Chicago Bull has drawn barrier six, while the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained Lets Chase The Dream, to be once again be driven by Chris Lewis, is on his immediate outside in barrier seven. The Matthew Craven trained and driven Cant Refuse will start on the inside of the backline in barrier 10, with the only filly in the field, Dodolicious in barrier 11, having her first start back since her outstanding second in the NSW Oaks at Menangle on Miracle Mile day. Dodolicious’ stablemate El Jacko is the only other runner on the second line in barrier 12. Victorian Derby heat winner Sprinter has drawn awkward in barrier eight, however his stablemate Ideal Tyson has come up with the coveted barrier one. The line-up is one of the strongest in recent WA Derby history. The barrier draw for the Group One $200,000 Sky Racing WA Derby is;   Ideal Tyson Johnny Disco Questionable Gesture The Art Form Mach Time Chicago Bull Lets Chase The Dream Sprinter Nathans Courage  ---------- Second row---------- Cant Refuse Dodolicious El Jacko Just Bet On Black (1st Emergency) Lightning Jolt (2nd Emergency) There are 10 races on Friday night at Gloucester Park, with the first race scheduled for 5.33pm WA time and gates open at 4.30pm. Sky Racing’s Gareth Hall will be live trackside with all the action broadcast on Sky1.

When harness racing trainer Matthew Craven first put Smoken Pump Action into work he wasn’t all that impressed, but continued improvement saw the former New Zealander take out the 2016 Baxter Hire and Ubet Mount Gambier Pacing Gold Cup (2590m). Smoken Pump Action ($3.40), coming off the front, virtually led throughout to score a 13-1/2 metre win from Adams Express (73.50) with last year’s Cup winner Magical Bazz (26.10) 2-1/2 metres away third. The winner was driven by Peter Craven, the trainer’s father, who came out of a self-imposed virtual retirement, to take the reins saying he preferred to let younger drivers such as Matthew and Jason Lee to improve their prowess in the sulky. Matthew Craven was in Sydney with his star three-year-old Cant Refuse, which less than 24 hours later, went on to run second to the champion New Zealander Our Waikiki Beach in the New South Wales Derby.   Peter Craven showed he had lost none of his touch at Mount Gambier with a masterful drive in the stand start race. “He was going back a bit when the tapes were released,” Craven said. “The second row horses were alongside me before he hit his straps but he went quickly and within 30 metres I was up third and decided to keep going. “There was a bit of a battle for the lead but once in front I was able to rate the horse ideally. “I got away with a slow (32.9) first quarter of the last mile, then he got a bit keen going into the back so I decided to let him run and he scored comfortably.” Matthew Craven said Sydney owner Mark McGuire had contacted him last year to take the horse. “I think he had good form in New Zealand and was purchased to run at Menangle but only had a few runs in 2013 before ending up in a paddock,” Craven said. “Mark said his family loved the horse and one day because he looked so good they decided to put him back into work. A friend of his had horses with me and I was suggested as the trainer. “When he got here I thought he was a big ugly type and his work suggested I would be lucky to win a race with him but he has just kept improving. “We’ve now won four races from five starts with him and I will look to place him to keep the run going, and the good thing is he can handle the stands.” The trainer said he was very pleased for owner Mark McGuire. For Peter and Matthew Craven it was their first success in the Mount Gambier Gold Cup. “The committee are very enthusiastic and promote the club and I was pleased to be able to have a few runners at the cup meeting, and take off the main race,” Matthew Craven said. The Cravens also combined to land first-starter Whata Challenge ($1.10 fav) a winner of the R J and J M Healey Husqvarna Pace (1790m) for two-year-olds. “He is a nice horse who has been a steady improver since I put him into training and I think he can keep getting better,” Craven said. The trainer also said he might be a visitor to Globe Derby Park later this month. “I have a few nice three-year-old fillies who might be suited to the SA Oaks,” he said. The Oaks will be run at Globe Derby Park on Saturday, March 26. by Graham Fischer

The Culture produced an explosive burst when it mattered most at the harness racing meeting at Ballarat last night to win heat one of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series for three-year-old colts and geldings.   Trainer/driver Matthew Craven said before the race he didn’t have the son of Major In Art/Henin Hardenne “as wound up” as he’d like for a tilt at big guns such as Menin Gate and Jilliby Royal, but he need not have worried because his pacer romped in by 4.5m.   Driver Glen Craven had Jilliby Royal in front to the home turn in the 2200m race with Victoria Derby winner and $1.30 favourite Menin Gate already under pressure in the chair.   Jilliby Royal covered the first half of the last mile in 60.6secs and produced a 28.2secs third quarter when Chris Alford started to ask Menin Gate for his effort.   Justbritell (Kerryn Manning) was on the leader’s back, while The Culture – who eased all the way out to $21.20 on the tote, an extraordinary price given his form lines around Jewels fourth placegetter Burnaholeinmypocket – was three back along the markers and seemingly in no man’s land.   But in the straight, Jilliby Royal started getting weary as Justbritell made his run, The Culture able to burst along the pegs to hit the lead and score what was in the end a pretty soft win.   The last quarter was clocked at 28.1secs but the winner’s final fraction was closer to 27.   "I'm going to have to take him back off the gate at the start because he can't be up over-racing outside horses of that calibre at this stage," Craven had said leading up to the race.   Mission accomplished. He summed it up well and The Culture balanced up early, settled perfectly and produced the type of burst you'd expect from a top-line three-year-old.   With five wins now from seven goes the sky looks the limit for The Culture.   Justbritell, who has been an ultra-consistent performer for trainer Terry Young, ran second, while Jilliby Royal was third beaten 5.4m.   Menin Gate finished fourth, while Jodis Choice (Jodi Quinlan) was fifth and Chief Safari (Michael Stanley) lost his chance at the start with a bad getaway to come in tailed off.   Cody Winnell

Terang trained horses finished 1-2-3 in yesterdays Goodtime Lodge Mount Gambier Oaks at the harness racing meeting at Mount Gambier.   The Marg Lee trained winner Keayang Ebonyrose (Village Jolt/Secret Twirl), who won by 19.3 metres in 2:01.4 for reinsman Glen Craven, while the Matthew Craven-trained duo Bellas Jet and Ameares finished second and third respectively.   Bellas Jet initially led but galloped wildly early, allowing Keayang Ebonyrose to push through to the front.   Matthew Craven, driving Bellas Jet, was able to get his filly to settle back into her gait and she sat second for the remainder of the race, holding out stablemate Ameares (Chris Svanosio in the sulky) at the finish.   The winner rated 2:01.4.   It was a good day for the Vics at the South Australian meeting, Showem Shifty (Life Sign/Capreolate) winning the first heat of the Easter Egg Pace for Hamilton's Jim and Jackie Barker.   Heywood’s Rebecca East combined with Matthew Craven to win the second race with talented Jeremes Jet/Summer Fairytale colt Hez The One.    And south-western reinsman Caleb Lewis drove Dreamsndesires to victory in the last race for Scotts Creek trainer Anthony O’Connor over Tarrington trained Vegas Prince with Hamilton pacer Shalamint third.   Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria

At his 10th country cup start this season, Road To Rock won his second trophy.   The Keith Cotchin trained seven-year-old edged out Macho Comacho in a thrilling finish to Saturday night’s Renown Silverware Ararat Pacing Cup – adding the victory to his feature race CV alongside his St Arnaud Cup triumph earlier this season.   The gelded son of Village Jasper/Diva La Diva ran to the front after Macho Comacho and Ardle McArdle both held interim leads early.   Ardle McArdle stepped strongly from seven to tackle early leader Macho Comacho out of three, working to the front when Macho Comacho galloped.   Macho Comacho (Chris Alford) quickly got back into stride and hooked off the markers to retake control at the head of affairs, Nathan Jack then seizing the initiative to grab the front aboard Road To Rock when Macho Comacho slowed, which pocketed Ardle McArdle (Amanda Turnbull) three-pegs.   Reigning Ararat Cup winner Savesomtimetodream with Jodi Quinlan aboard then made his move to work to the breeze, giving 2013 Ararat Cup winner Jukebox Music (Glenn Douglas) one-one cover.   Kotare Roland (Neil McCallum) was four-back the markers, Weallwantano (Matthew Craven) on his back, with Turnpike Cruiser (Zac Phillips), Hilltop Hustler (Michael Stanley) and Farmersntradies (Michael Sullivan) in the running line, while Narra Operative (Kerryn Manning) was second-last and Arber (Gavin Lang) made an uncharacteristic bad getaway and settled at the back of the field.   Road To Rock comfortably navigated the opening half of the last mile (31.4 and 30.4 for a 61.8 half) before Jack upped the ante when challenged by Savesomtimetodream down the back.   Road To Rock was still travelling well to the home turn though, shaking off the reigning champ’s challenge with a 28.8 third split.   In the home straight Macho Comacho angled into the sprint lane and charged hard, while Hilltop Hustler and Ardle McArdle were winding up out wide.   But the leader dug deep, Road To Rock holding off all the challengers to score a victory by a head over Macho Comacho, with Hilltop Hustler up for third beaten 3.5 metres.   The winner got home in 29.2 for a 2:02.9 mile rate (last half 58).   Ardle McArdle ran fourth while Kotare Roland showed he was working back into some kind of form with an eye-catching fifth beaten 7.5 metres.   Savesomtimetodream weakened out of the action late to finish sixth beaten 8.2 metres, with Weallwantano heading up the rest in seventh place.   Earlier in the evening father and son Neville and Clinton Welsh combined for victory in the Clive Reid Memorial Ararat Trotters Cup with consistent six-year-old Sundon/Wheels To Go gelding Wildenstein, who led and rated 2:07.2 for the 2570-metre trip.   Wildenstein defeated Death Defying by 3.3 metres with Maorisfavouritesun third.   Meanwhile, trainer Emma Stewart and reinsman Gavin Lang combined with Our Petite Soeur to take out the Angelique Club Vicbred Platinum Mares Sprint Championship (18th heat) by 2.3m over So Demanding with Graceful Affair third.   ROAD TO ROCK’S COUNTRY CUPS RECORD Ararat Cup 1st Echuca Cup 3rd Boort Cup 4th Wangaratta Cup 2nd Stawell Cup 2nd Gunbower Cup 2nd St Arnaud Cup 1st Maryborough Cup 6th Kilmore Cup 8th Swan Hill Cup 2nd   Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria    

A reminder, as we close in on the end of season 2013/14, that for the first time Harness Racing Victoria will conduct just one industry awards night, the Gordon Rothacker Medal, including Horse of the Year, on October 8. ......................................................................   Breeders Crown The Australasian harness racing spotlight will be squarely on Tabcorp Park Melton this Sunday as the rich Breeders Crown series culminates with a $1.6m "Super Sunday". 10 Group 1 finals will be contested on what has become arguably the best day's racing on the harness racing calendar. The Breeders Crown is the real trans-Tasman battle, with New Zealand's best two, three and four-year-old horses heading across the ditch to take on the Australians. I particularly like the $297,000 two-year-old fillies' final with Kiwis Katy Perry, Cyclone Kate, Linda Lovegrace, Joannes A Delight and Big Lucy dominating the early fixed odds betting charts. But don't tell a couple of the Aussies that the Kiwis are set for an easy ride, as Mick Stanley (trainer of Soho Tokyo) and Rob Auber (owner of Niki No No) have both declared they're not running scared. Probably the battle that has punters salivating most is the rematch between three-year-old semi-final combatants Our Sky Major and Bling It On. Punters are also reminded of a $25,000 first four pool guarantee on all races at Tabcorp Park on Sunday thanks to the TAB. Super Sunday kicks off at 12.05pm, with 11 races to be contested. Ballarat HRV's thanks goes to President Greg Moy and CEO Paul Rowse for yet again doing a great job in hosting an important industry event, the Breeders Crown Semi Finals last Saturday (August 16). As always a job well done. .......................................................................................... Interesting Statistics (Season) Plenty of highlights this season as we near the end of another racing year: Chris Alford's drives earned over $1m for the second time in his career; Chris Alford, Greg Sugars and Gavin Lang have all driven over 200 winners nationally this season; David Aiken is the first trainer to have trained 50 winners in a season at Tabcorp Park. Next best is Lance Justice with 49 in 2010/11; David Aiken has also smashed the trainers stakes earned at Tabcorp Park in a season, currently sitting just under $1m. Speaking of Greg Sugars, if you click here you will see a nice segment featuring Greg with Jaimee Rogers from Tabcorp called "Behind the Moment" where Greg talks of his relationship with the great Sushi Sushi. ............................................................................................. Smoken Up We are building toward a big farewell for Lance Justice's champion Smoken Up's last ever run at Tabcorp Park on September 6. For the record, before his final run, he will have had 152 starts for 74 wins and career stakes of $3.6m Included in his 74 wins have been 21 wins at Tabcorp Park, from which he has earned $700,000. The horse to have won the most at Tabcorp Park is Make Mine Cullen with 29 wins at the new headquarters. The occasion is being generously supported by the State Government's Raceday Attraction Program and the Premier Dr Denis Napthine will be in attendance. ............................................................................................... Red Balloon Experience for Father's Day The State Government recently approved a grant for the promotion of a Mobile Barrier Ride and dining package offered through Red Balloon. Participating venues are offering a 25% discount ($165 down from $220) as part of Red Balloons Father's Day promotion which runs from August 18 to Father's Day on September 7, where people can purchase the package as a gift for use over the next 12 months. The Package includes the usual dining and drinks for two plus two mobile barrier rides. Click here for the link to the package on Red Balloon. ......................................................................................... Youth Policy People often associate the trots with an ageing demographic. It is pleasing to see that this is now becoming a myth as we see the rise to the top of our gun young drivers, who are knocking on the door of the likes of C Alford and G Lang. In recent months names such as Josh Aiken, Matt Craven, Jason Lee, Rebecca Bartley, Ellen Tormey, Glen Craven, Emmett Brosnan, Zac Phillips, Alex Ashwood, Josh Duggan and plenty of others have tasted regular success and are hot on the heels of more seasoned youngsters, such as Greg Sugars, Amy Tubbs and Nathan Jack. It is important for administrators to manage the business in such a way that this new generation of participants see a long term future in this great sport. ..................................................................................... Don Dove Since the last CEO News, HRV was saddened to hear of the passing of the one and only Don Dove. Below is copy penned by Len Baker following his funeral service at Kilmore: A large number of trainers, drivers, owners and harness racing people in general were in attendance at Kilmore's Trackside Tabaret on Tuesday July 29, to celebrate the life and times of iconic Victorian trainer/driver Don Dove who passed away in his adopted state Queensland on July 14, 2014 at the age of 86. The memorial service was conducted by the "Pacing Priest" Father Brian Glasheen and numerous stories were told during the service. Don was a legend of the sport and was associated with horses such as Kol's Idol, Monara's Image, Nelson's Report, Playalong, Amlin, Jaygo, Missing Charm, Jay Ar Ewing, Just Money and Victoria Derby winner Kelly Kid just to name a few, with his best being prolific winner Monara which finished second to Welcome Advice in the 1972 (Brisbane) Inter Dominion when driven by Neville Welsh. Originally training in Heatherton where he was based for many years in an area which was also home to G.D. (Dave) Wilson and several other trainers including Lloyd and Bruce Coram, the trio would conduct trials on a rotation basis at their property's each weekend prior to the formation of Southern Speedways where Don was a regular competitor at the weekend trials called by at one stage by Trackbred editor Peter Wharton. Dove then moved to Kilmore and further north to Avenel, before relocating to Queensland. A master reinsman with wonderful hands who was great in getting horses away from the tapes, there was no better driver at the head of the field in a trotting or pacing race than Don Dove. Harness Racing Victoria

An Introduction From The CEO I wish everyone involved in the industry a happy and safe Easter. On Easter Sunday, the Warragul Club hosts the final Cup for the Country Cup Season. The race will determine whether Arber or Savesometimetodream is the Choice Hotels Country Cups Champion. Follow HRV on Twitter @HRVnews Mildura Carnival Once again congratulations go out to Barry Bottams, Mark Kemp and the Mildura Club for another successful Carnival. Initial figures I have received indicate that on course wagering through the tote were similar to last year - at approximately $250,000 over the three nights ($140,000 on Final night). On course bookmakers also held strongly, so overall the numbers are pleasing given that the increase in betting by punters on mobile devices while on course is not included in the above numbers. Amanda Turnbull became the first ever female to drive the winner of the Pacing Cup when Im Blue Double Dee saluted at $29 from favourite Flaming Flutter. Amazingly Shayne Cramp and Ryan Hryhorec drove seven winners on Final night between them. Shayne also drove four winners on heat night for a total of eight for the Carnival. I also pay tribute to the Sunraysia Daily for its outstanding coverage during the Carnival. HRV appreciates the efforts of Sports Chief Matt Taylor and Darren Davis. Great Southern Star (GSS) I would like to say thank you to several people now the dust has settled on the GSS: Pryde's Easifeed has been an excellent sponsor for the two years of the event and I pass on my appreciation to Peter Pryde, David Owen and Grant Bole for their support; The Women's Cancer Foundation - in particular Board Member Duncan McPherson OAM. Duncan's energy has assisted in the growth of the GSS and the connection with the Ovarian Cancer Institute has lifted the profile of the event; The female drivers who enthusiastically wore the teal pants through the month of March to raise awareness of Ovarian Cancer; All those who attended the night and contributed $85,000 toward the Women's Cancer Foundation; Congratulations to connections of Keystone Del who took home the lion's share of the $400,000 on offer for the GSS. Finally, for a two minute look at the highlights of the big night, click here. Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) Appeal i) Race for the Appeal Thanks go to HRV staff member Jess Tubbs who last Friday night pulled together a highly successful Sulky Race as a fundraiser for the RCH. Young Nathan Fino has Down Syndrome requiring regular treatment at the hospital and the Fino family is raising funds for the RCH Appeal. At Melton, Victoria's leading drivers sprinted up the home straight carting the sulky behind carrying a young child, including Nathan. It was a great thrill for the youngsters who ignored the rain and had a ball. The winning combination was Greg Sugars "driven" by Katie Alford. Ironically Katie's Dad Chris was tailed off, displaying a distinct lack of speed! Click here to watch the race. ii) Drivers at Appeal I would also like to thank industry leaders Gavin Lang, Chris Alford and Ellen Tormey who will be taking part in the RCH Good Friday Appeal on Channel 7. They will be answering phones and be interviewed at approximately 2.15pm. I appreciate the effort these three will make to represent our sport on this important day. Hot Shots A new concept in harness racing will be launched next month with the introduction of 'Hot Shots'. Hot Shots is a collaborative initiative between HRV, Sky Racing, Harness Racing Australia, Harness Racing NSW, Racing QLD and Racing and Wagering WA. Over eight Tuesday nights commencing on May 6, harness racing will take centre stage on Sky Racing with a dedicated exclusive coverage of speed racing from four States over a two hour period between 5pm and 7pm. Races will be over approximately 1000 metres featuring distinctive colours, eight horse fields with a Hot Shot race every few minutes on Sky Racing 2. A detailed launch of Hot Shots will take place shortly. Hot Shots has its own twitter feed @HotShotsRacing. Summer Carnival In releasing the race dates for the 2014/15 season, HRV has determined that it will conduct its major Summer Carnival in late January/early February, to include the SEW-Eurodrive Victoria Cup and the Del Re National Food Group Hunter Cup in successive weeks. The Carnival will also include the time honoured Victoria Derby. Following the Victorian Carnival (not yet branded) will be the Inter Dominion Heats in mid-February before moving to Sydney for the Inter Dominion Final in early March. HRV thanks the Ballarat Club, which was consulted along the way, for agreeing to shift its Cup to mid-December. HRV is now able to promote a major regional carnival of the Group 1 Cranbourne and Ballarat Cups in successive weeks. Milestones Daryl Douglas is closing in on being the third driver to reach 5,000 winners. At Mildura on March 30, he brought up win number 4,500 behind Hayabusa Flyer; Matt Craven drove his 500th winner at Melton last Friday behind Weallwantano; Haydon Gray drove his 100th winner on April 3 at Maryborough behind Courageous Emm. HRV Receptionist Jenny Mugavin completed 10 years' service in March. Did You Know? HRV will be racing at Tabcorp Park on the night of Anzac Day. It is a big night that will include the 2YO Colts & Geldings Semi Finals of the $300,000 APG Series, as well as appropriate recognition of this significant day. Copyright © 2014 Harness Racing Victoria, All rights reserved.  

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