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Ride High gifted sports' lovers another insight into his audacious talent with a dominant display at Tabcorp Park tonight. Having dropped jaws with his 25.8-second finishing burst a fortnight ago, Ride High reinforced his brilliance in the Melton City Council Sprint, with his 1:50.8 mile rate the equal third quickest ever recorded at Tabcorp Park Melton, and produced despite the cool, windy conditions and the plugs being left in. Reinswoman Kima Frenning told Trots Vision post-race “it’s a real privilege to get to drive a horse like him”. “He really is a once-in-a-lifetime horse and to be able to say I won two races on him is pretty special,” she said, having won by 13 metres from Courageous Saint after a 27.3-second first quarter and then getting home in a 53.6-second last half. “I said to (trainer) Clayton (Tonkin) before the race ‘do you want to pull the plugs to see how fast he can go?’,” she said, but again she’s didn’t need to. “It’s scary to think he’s untapped still. It’s pretty freaky. He does this in second gear. “He’s real professional, he knows where the line is and he knows when he has to race. I’m sure there was plenty more there.” RELIVE RIDE HIGH'S FINISHING BURST AND HEAR FROM KIMA POST-RACE: In a soundcloud interview Tonkin told Andrew Bensley post-race that Ride High was “an awesome specimen. He did it quite easily.” “I think you will get a real shock when (Kima) does open him up, what he can run, but we don’t want to break him down. He’s a beautiful big horse, but he’s just such a gorgeous moving horse. He gets across the ground so easily.” Tonkin told Bensley that Ride High was “the best horse I’ve put my hands, just on sheer brilliance and untapped potential”, and that he would now plot a course to the Pryde’s EasiFeed Victoria Cup on October 12. “I have to sit down and decide where I’m going to head before that. He will have a few runs to harden him up so he’s spot on (for) Vic Cup,” Tonkin said. “His work’s always brilliant, but he was on his toes more tonight. Bringing him away and getting him under lights and getting him amongst it all again, it just tightens him up every time.” HEAR THE FULL INTERVIEW OF CLAYTON TONKIN TALKING TO ANDREW BENSLEY: AndrewBensley · Clayton Tonkin   HRV - Michael Howard  

Craig Demmler and Jodi Quinlan will unleash team naughty and nice at Ballarat tonight hopeful a testing trio can bring some success. Demmler will steer Quinlan-trained horse Sportzscribe and Quinlan will steer Demmler-trained pair Fleetwood Rock and Smile Lyle, a somewhat unusual double act that Demmler said had a simple explanation. “I just drive the ones that are a bit naughty and the ones that aren’t naughty she drives,” he said. “With the injuries she’s had over time they start to catch up with you a little bit. Sportzscribe has always been one of those horses – he can pull a bit.” Otherwise they take advantage of Quinlan’s lighter weight in the sulky, a sometimes challenged assertion but not for Demmler. “No doubt it is massive,” he said. “Some agree and some disagree, but I know it’s a big plus. “I’m a big believer in the affect of weight in the cart now. All these young people coming through are light and I know Gav (Lang) was always big on his weight and watching what he ate.” They’ll be hopeful of finding the winning formula at Bray Raceway tonight. Of the trio Demmler's associated with he says Sportzscribe is the most likely winning chance ahead of Smile Lyle and Fleetwood Rock, so let’s tackle them in that order. Sportzscribe steps out of gate five in the Nextra Wendouree Pace, the lightly-raced Sportswriter four-year-old gelding has only competed twice in the past 11 months, a win at Melton on April 22 and then a fifth placing on June 20. “I got told by the trainer (Quinlan) I got lost last start, I probably went a bit earlier than I wanted too,” Demmler said. He said the four-time winner was at his best as a sit-sprinter, “but he can get off the gate”. “I will come out forward and make a decision,” he said. “He is pretty quick away when you want him to be, but you have to be careful because he can get pulling.” Marked a $4.50 chance by Good Form analyst Blake Redden, Sportzscribe is out of Bettor Abs, a three-time winner and half-sister to Our Awesome Armbro ($849,309). Demmler’s optimistic he’s a metropolitan class horse. “I thought that he would get to Melton, he’s had a few little setbacks and bad manners have let him down a little,” he said. “I think he should be able to go to town and win a M0 for sure.” Smile Lyle steps out in the last of the night – the TAB Long May We Play Pace – fresh from a short spell dating back to May 4. Demmler believes the time away has been beneficial. “The freshen up has worked pretty good, because his attitude has changed a bit since he’s been back,” Demmler said. “He trialled all right the other day and his work has been good since. A couple can go all right in it (the race), but they will know he’s there.” And finally there’s Fleetwood Rock, perhaps the one who’s given Demmler most consternation because he’s so invested, not only being the trainer but also the owner. “I paid a lot for him at the sales, probably overs, but I really liked him,” he said. “I didn’t pick him out in the book, but just kept walking past him and really liked him. He is a half to Concealment, a beautiful horse. “He unfortunately got his leg caught in a fence and did a bit of damage and we are lucky to still have him.” A three-year-old, Fleetwood Rock won on debut and has since placed twice in his following 10 starts, most recently being luckless at Melton and before that struggling for a run at tonight’s venue. “He was a bit unlucky at Ballarat, Jodi thought if she had have got through he could have won. “Drawn seven is difficult (tonight). I don’t mind him, but he’s no star. He’s got to improve to take on the good horses.” Demmler will then return to Tabcorp Park Melton tomorrow with a hand in four starters including My Kiwi Mate in the Melton City Council Sprint, a race certain to draw plenty of eyes for the presence of Ride High. “It’s been a long time since (My Kiwi Mate) last won. He had the Inter Dominion, then a spell, then his first couple of runs back were not too bad,” Demmler said. “He was disappointing last start,” when he finished third but 30 metres in arrears of Ride High. “It had been a month between runs and the more racing he has the better he is. I expect him to go better than last start.” Having said that, threatening Ride High was another matter altogether. “He’s freakish. For Clayton (Tonkin) to say he’s the best horse he’s trained … he’s had some really good horses. “When Kima didn’t move and for him to beat the caliber of horses like that, no doubt he is freakish. “It didn’t give me a thrill driving against him but watching it back it does – it reminds me of the old Poppy days.”   HRV - Michael Howard

How fast can he go? That's the question on the minds of many trots lovers as the countdown's on in earnest to Ride High's second-up run at Tabcorp Park Melton this Saturday. Despite only having had 12 career starts, the five-year-old's name already features prominently throughout the record books and he appears well-placed to add another entry to the all-time top 10 quickest final quarters in the Melton City Council Sprint, which streams on Trots Vision at 6.32pm on Saturday. Ride High hasn't put a foot wrong at trainer Clayton Tonkin and Emma Stewart's stable since his audacious first-up win on June 20, with Stewart saying “he’s doing everything right" and adding "he’s been working super this week”. Having already delved into his dominance in the final 800 metres, let's take a closer look at who's shone most brightly in the sprint to the line. Since the track's opening on March 2009, the top 10 quickest final quarters recorded by winners is dominated by all-the-way victories, with leaders often pinching a cheap quarter and then powering to the post, but there are a few exceptions. One thing that is assured is that Ride High stands alone at the top of the pops. Here are the top 10 final quarters recorded by winners at Tabcorp Park Melton: WINNER RACE DISTANCE DATE Q4 MR RIDE HIGH IRT BREEDERS CROWN (3YO C&Gs)  2240 25/8/18 25.7 1:55.2 RIDE HIGH VALE ROD OSBORNE PACE 1720 20/6/20 25.8 1:51.6 POSTER BOY VHRSC VICTORIA SIRES CLASSIC 2240 7/4/18 25.9 1:56.8 MILLY PEREZ TAB.COM.AU PACE 2240 6/1/17 26.0 1:57.0 MAKES EVERY SCENTS SCHWEPPES PACE 1720 24/8/18 26.1 1:55.6 MACHA CADUCEUS CLUB CUP 2240 16/2/13 26.2 1:56.1 BORN TO ROCKNROLL COGS SERVICES RISING STARS PACE (HEAT) 2240 26/1/19 26.2 1:56.8 RESTREPO HOT TO TROT 4YO BONANZA 1720 16/2/13 26.2 1:52.4 STUNNING GRIN COUGAR BOURBON PACE 1720 7/5/16 26.2 1:55.9 MOONROCK RAY 'ROCKY' BAKER MEMORIAL FFA 1720 19/1/18 26.2 1:54.8   HRV - Michael Howard  

Despite the remarkable exploits of pacer Ride High it’s getting pretty hip to be square at Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin’s busy stable. Their dabbling into trotting continues with today’s Shepparton debut of Utopia in the Your Sold Real Estate 2YO Trot and, like fellow Australian Premier Trotting Sale graduate and stablemate Alpha Male (pictured), the richly bred two-year-old brings a mighty reputation to his first race day. A few missteps aside Alpha Male has built himself a big reputation despite having only five starts to date and Stewart some of that extraordinary talent, witnessed in a 34-metre Group 1 win at his last start, was also on display in Utopia. “We really like this one, we rate (Utopia) pretty highly,” Stewart said of the two-year-old Trixton colt, who’s out of Nick Hooper and Paul Graydon’s mare Gluteus Maximus, a winner of $104,855 and dam of Derrie Aire ($68,730) and Kyvalley Shaunie ($28,723). “He’s not quite Alpha Male at the same stage, but he’s not far off it. They are both very similar – strong, fast and, touch wood, safe. I’ll be disappointed if he gets beaten (today).” The confidence was only fuelled by Utopia’s most recent trial, when he was a 52.5-metre winner. It was a performance that didn’t go unnoticed by Craig Rail in his Trial File, with Utopia going straight into the Blackbook having “been extremely impressive at the trials and continued his good form with a runaway victory”. As for Alpha Male, Stewart said he was nearing a race track return and would carry lofty expectations. “He is three weeks away,” he said. “He comes back easily marked, so should have a nice run coming into lower races. “If all goes well and he stays sound (the Great Southern Star) is definitely something we are aiming at.” Away from the trotters, Stewart will also today debut supremely bred Bettors Delight colt Fightnfury, a half-brother to Group 1 winning two-year-old Mirragon. “He’s found a tricky race first up,” Stewart said of the Hunter Rural 2YO Pace. “He’s no star, but is an honest horse. “As long as he runs on strong we’ll be happy. He is a nice enough horse, but not our best and definitely not our worst.” And Stewart will also have Bruce and Val Edward bred and owned filly Float On By step out today in the Alabar 3YO Pace. “She’s OK, she’s no star but she’s honest,” Stewart said. “If she gets a good trip she will be thereabouts. She will need a few things to go her way.” But the last word is reserved for the horse of the moment, Ride High, who returned with an audacious record 52.7-second final 800 metres at Melton on June 20 and will be second-up this Saturday night. “He’s doing everything right. He’s been working super this week,” Stewart said. “He has enough gate speed to come out of the gate and roll along at his own clip. When he’s towing Kima it’s not like towing anything and that’s the way that he likes it.” TALKING TROTS ON SENTRACK: Hosts Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden have another big line-up for today's Talking Trots on SENTrack, which runs weekdays from 11am-1pm on 1377AM in Melbourne, 657AM in Perth and 1575AM in Wollongong. Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app.   The good oil from the Vic trials circuit Tabcorp Park Melton, R4 N6, Yankee Gold Proved too good for JILLIBY DINGO in fast time and was able to beat the same pacer at the races on (June 18) where he produced a powerful display. He is out of a half sister to the great Desperate Comment (1.55.7, $1,033,065), so he is certainly bred to be a tough campaigner. REPORT Tabcorp Park Melton, R5 N8, Lucky Pats Son Is a good beginner from the standing start and most of his best efforts in Victoria have been from starting behind the tapes. REPORT   HRV - Michael Howard  

When Lance Justice parade’s the pre-race ring at Tabcorp Park with River Patrol tonight a glance around will she fresh faces peering back. The 62-year-old veteran of more than 17,000 race starts is the only driver in the Hygain Pace, to stream at 6.27pm on Trots Vision, without a C for ‘Concession’ next to his name. “It’s pretty unique, to go out with just a group of young drivers,” Justice said. “There’s some real talent there. While they have got their concession claim it’s a chance to come in and show they have got the ability." Justice will start from the middle gate, with Connor Clarke, 17, Xavier O’Connor, 23, and Olivia Weidenbach, 18, drawn on his left and Shannon O’Sullivan, 20, Michelle Phillips, 22, and Ryan Duffy, 24, to his right. “I will be looking forward to going out with them and having a look,” Justice said. “Nothing gives me more hope than when I look around and see all the youngsters. "You can have as many good horses as you want, but its personnel coming into the sport that puts you up in lights. “They run for Michelle and Shannon, Olivia’s very quiet on the track but loud in the stalls, Connor Clarke’s a good boy. He drove one for us a couple of weeks ago and did well. Ryan got the chance to show what he could do (during regional racing) and bloomed, and Xavier’s a nice lad and got a lot of ability.” And while there will be no favors given in tonight’s $7000 pace, Justice said he was only too happy to share the lessons he’s learned in a career that’s seen him win more than $17 million for owners. “When I first started driving I had the best mentors,” he said. “A guy called Ronnie Cox, who was just a great guy and used to take great pride in teaching the young ones and then would always follow them. He did it with me and a lot of others. And another I learned a lot off was Jack Delaney. “I always thought one day I’d like to give something back if I could. I’ve spoken to some of the them about different things and they have accepted that and taken it away with them. I am always quick to hand on advice if I think it’s going to help them.” All seven starters in tonight’s second race are listed single-figure chances by Good Form analyst Blake Redden, who noted “almost every runner goes in with some winning claims”. He has The Lone Dancer on top with River Patrol the next most likely to salute, and Justice expects the nine-year-old gelding he’ll steer for trainer Albert Cefai will be at the head of affairs. “He’s got a lot of gait speed,” he said of River Patrol. “He is first up and Albert’s horses usually need a run or two. His biggest issue is he doesn’t find the line well. This is a drop in grade but and so he is a good each-way chance.” Justice will also take the reins of Majestic Jewel in the Niota Bloodstock 3YO Trotters Handicap for trainer Ron Comben. “Ronnie’s horse is a pretty nice horse who’s been trialing OK too. He is not without a chance,” he said. TALKING TROTS ON SENTRACK: Hosts Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden have another big line-up for today's Talking Trots on SENTrack, which runs weekdays from 11am-1pm on 1377AM in Melbourne, 657AM in Perth and 1575AM in Wollongong. Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app. The good oil from the Vic trials circuit Tabcorp Park Melton, R4 N6, Yankee Gold Proved too good for JILLIBY DINGO in fast time and was able to beat the same pacer at the races on (June 18) where he produced a powerful display. He is out of a half sister to the great Desperate Comment (1.55.7, $1,033,065), so he is certainly bred to be a tough campaigner. REPORT Tabcorp Park Melton, R5 N8, Lucky Pats Son Is a good beginner from the standing start and most of his best efforts in Victoria have been from starting behind the tapes. REPORT!   HRV - Michael Howard  

Amid the relentless pursuit for success, David Murphy’s four-figure achievement was a rare moment to stop and reflect on just how far he’d come. Juliustigres’ victory in race one at Melton on June 20 brought up the 1000th win of Murphy’s training career some 11,127 days since his first, Lochlee Jack. “It’s a big thing,” Murphy said. “You are ticking along and don’t realise anyone is counting.” In the midst of preparing four starters for tonight’s racing at Terang, Murphy said the milestone was the result of passion and persistence. “I have never trained more than 20 at one time, have always just been a medium-sized stable, so it’s been pretty consistent,” he said. “I have been blessed. I’m a spud farmer’s son at a nice property, where dad started training as a hobby trainer. “I left school in ’86-87, we had four or five horses in work then. The rest of the family thought it was ludicrous leaving school to do this, but I had my heart set on it. To grow it from that to getting 1000 winners without a large amount of horses is a good achievement.” While he said the last eight years he’d toiled “without really good horses who could win out of turn" things had "picked up a little over the last 18 months and I have a few young ones at the moment who are looking promising”. The chase of a next big thing continues to be extremely motivating. “When you take on the job you know you are going to work every day of your life,” he said. “I do enjoy the grind, as much now as when I started. The next good one is just around the corner.” And, some 30-odd years on, he has refined his plan of attack. “I hope to get back to the sales more,” he said. “It’s a different age, you can’t wait for someone to give you the horse, you have to get the product and then get people involved.” Which is exactly what he did recently with a filly by Always B Miki out of Misty Forever, who was bred by Lyndon Turner and passed in at Melbourne’s February APG sale. “I thought she was a $30,000 filly, but she never got a bid,” Murphy said. “She was a bit immature looking and that can change a lot in a few months. I had another look at her a couple of months later and she had filled out and looks like she can run fast. “I bought her fairly cheaply and was rapt with the response I got when I advertised some shares in her on Facebook.” The as yet unnamed yearling is now beginning her journey towards the track and hopefully adding to Murphy’s win total. More immediate are the four he will float to Dalvue Raceway tonight and Murphy gave Trots Centre readers a runner-by-runner breakdown of their chances: R1 N1 Valla Raine “She is just battling away at the moment. She hasn’t gone on with things yet. She has a good barrier draw in the mares' race, but there are a few higher ranked off the back row. She has got good gait speed. Brent will try and get her to the first corner as quick as he can and then pick something to hand-up to and try and get to the top of the lane.” R3 N6 Aldebaran Leroy “Leroy’s quite a nice horse. He came to us from Beau and AJ Tindale’s because he was struggling on their bends, but I have finally got him trotting OK. I am just doing different things with his trotting between races and it would not surprise to see him jump to the front and win this, but it is a pretty quality field. I am happy I have got him trotting all the way, it’s a good start, now I’m just trying to see what makes him tick. He is definitely a top three chance if all goes well.” R4 N2 Atego Shades “This is his second start for us. He sucked us in a bit and I probably ran him too soon and should have trialled him at least once more. He probably wasn’t ready (first-up) and he knocked up and got tired. Since then he had a nice trial and is working well. From the draw he will be up in the firing line and I give him a fair chance.” R5 N6 Metro Man “He is going really well. He is at his best when he can lead, he possibly can’t, there might be a bit too much speed inside him. It might be similar to Stawell when he nearly got to the front but not quite. He’s in great order, racing well and will be up in the firing line at some stage.” TALKING TROTS ON SENTRACK: Hosts Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden have another big line-up for today's Talking Trots on SENTrack, which runs weekdays from 11am-1pm on 1377AM in Melbourne, 657AM in Perth and 1575AM in Wollongong. Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app.   The good oil from the Vic trials circuit BLACKBOOKER: Terang, R3 N7, Aldebaran Tess A very smart maiden and was able to win her trial by a good margin. She backed up at Terang on Thursday when a big second behind Cover of Darkness, so she is ready to win a race. REPORT BLACKBOOKER: Terang, R3 N11, Victree Hill Hasn’t raced since striking trouble at Melton in January. He showed a lot of ability in his two starts last preparation and he might be in for a good campaign considering he won his trial by a large margin. REPORT     HRV - Michael Howard

Fred Crews will feel like a proud parent with simultaneous birthday parties on the go tonight, albeit with any celebrations done a safe distance from Bendigo’s Lords Raceway. The trots owner-breeder will have both Maori Mayhem and Maori About Time debut tonight, who are both out of his broodmare Happy Maori, a daughter of Sundonna and therefore a half-sister to both Maori Time (pictured) and Maori Law. Crews said it was “most unusual” to have the pair break through for their maiden starts tonight, when they will race for trainer-driver Chris Lang, “It’s always exciting to get one you have bred to the racetrack and hopefully they can get that first Vicbred payment,” Crews said. Maori About Time is aptly named for the patience it’s taken to get the five-year-old to debut, but there are high hopes for the Majestic Son mare who steps out in the last race of tonight’s program, the J & A Mazzetti Painting Trot, which streams on Trots Vision at 8.08pm. “She had two preparations with another trainer. Chris likes her and believes she is the better racehorse of the two,” Crews said.  “He thinks she will win races, how far she goes we don’t know. “We have high expectations for her, but first-up she finds a very tough race. I think Chris will just focus on getting her away safely, find a spot and see what happens in the last lap.” Sleepee is drawn on Maori About Time's direct outside, Kyvalley Kyrie on her inside and Avimore off the back row in the highly competitive, rating 46 to 55 trot. Maori About Time’s trialled three times since April 21, including most recent consecutive third placings when well beaten by talented trotter Kheiron and before that third behind Brent Lilley pair Kyvalley Barney and Fields Of Kyvalley. When beaten six metres by Kyvalley Barney, Craig Rail remarked in his Trial File column that Maori About Time “set up the speed and was an unraced trotter taking on metropolitan performers, so she did a good job to finish as close as she did”. Her half-sister Maori Mayhem, by Pegasus Spur, makes her debut in the Bendigo Powder Coating 3Y0 Trot, which streams on Trots Vision at 5.32pm. “Chris think she can win a race or two, but he doesn’t have high hopes for her reaching the level of her illustrious relation Maori Time,” Crews said. “She’s a had of number of trials, she seems to be trialling reasonably well. Her early trials she made a few mistakes, at recent trials she has been a very safe trotter and trotted very nicely. “Tomorrow is probably her first real test, she hasn’t been pushed at trial and so we will be hoping for the best.” Maori Mayhem’s had six trials since April 14 and had two second and three third placings, including finishing 80 metres clear of tonight’s likely favourite Kyvalley Surfrider on June 4, when Craig Rail noted that the latter was inconvenienced by a galloper but Maori Mayhem “was in second position throughout and was always nicely clear of the last trio”. Beyond tonight’s performances Crews has plenty to look forward to in the trotting sphere, with “two Father Patrick foals at the moment trotting around the paddock and showing exceptional form”. One is out of Pretty Penny Maori, a half-sister to tonight’s combatants Maori About Time and Maori Mayhem. Additionally, he has Swedish-based speedster Maori Time newly in foal to Readly Express, a prized progeny he shares in partnership with Aldebaran Park and Menhammer Stuteri (stud), where she is based. “A decision will be made on whether to proceed to sale or race, but my preference will be to race in Sweden.” And then there’s Maori Law, who is in the midst of a three-month break before “returning for the Great Southern Star and all the big trotting races”. TALKING TROTS ON SENTRACK: Hosts Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden have another big line-up for today's Talking Trots on SENTrack, which runs weekdays from 11am-1pm on 1377AM in Melbourne, 657AM in Perth and 1575AM in Wollongong. Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app. The good oil from the Vic trials circuit BLACKBOOKER: Bendigo, R3 N3, After The Chase Was very impressive. He did enjoy the perfect run behind the leader but he moved away from the markers on the home turn and showed a terrific burst of speed to draw away and win easily. REPORT & REPLAY Bendigo, R7 N5, Sleepee Showed gate speed and was without cover early before angling across to trail the leader. She moved away from the markers with 550m remaining then sprinted quickly and dashed away from her rivals to win by a large margin. REPORT   HRV - Michael Howard

The eyes didn't lie at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night with Ride High's last half lowering the benchmark for exploits at Victoria's home of the trots. Dan Mielicki's "wow" and Kima Frenning's "ridiculous" were more than justified by the numbers after the Clayton Tonkin runner's barnstorming victory in Saturday night's Vale Rod Osborne Pace. Ride High's 52.7-second last half was the quickest final 800 metres recorded at Tabcorp Park, surpassing the previous benchmark set by Chilli Palmer of 53.4 seconds set in the 2014 4YO Bonanza. Making the feat all the more formiddable was the fact Ride High was merely allowed to roll along on Saturday night and was never pressed by Frenning nor challenged by a rival, with almost 30 metres separating him from second-placed Our Step Up. "I didn't pull anything. He probably just knocked off a little bit because he didn't have anything to race," Frenning told Trots Vision post-race. "He's so competitive and such a professional, if he had something to race I'd be scared to see what he could do in the last quarter." CLICK HERE FOR RIDE HIGH "RIDICULOUS" IN BLISTERING TABCORP PARK WIN Reinforcing Ride High's prodigious talent is his stranglehold on Tabcorp Park Melton's leading last half performers despite his tender age (five), limited racing (12 starts) and that his record time was set when first-up since December. Of the top five fastest last halves at Tabcorp Park he has three of them, including the two quickest last halves over the middle distance (2240m). Here are the top 10 last halves at Tabcorp Park:  WINNER RACE DISTANCE DATE LAST HALF LEAD TIME Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 MILE RATE RIDE HIGH VALE ROD OSBORNE PACE 1720 20/06/2020 52.7 7 29.7 29.9 26.9 25.8 1:51.6 CHILLI PALMER GARRARDS 4YO BONANZA 1720 8/02/2014 53.4 7.2 29.7 28.9 26.6 26.8 1:51.5 LOCHINVAR ART ALABAR 4YO BONANZA 1720 25/01/2020 53.7 6.8 27.9 27.6 27.3 26.4 1:48.6 RIDE HIGH COGS 4YO & 5YO CHAMPIONSHIP 2240 9/11/2019 53.7 47.5 32 30.8 26.9 26.8 1:57.8 RIDE HIGH IRT BREEDERS CROWN (3YO C&G) FINAL 2240 25/08/2018 53.8 45.5 30.5 30.6 28.1 25.7 1:55.2 LAZARUS EYNESBURY VICTORIA CUP 2240 28/01/2017 53.8 44.2 30 28.6 27.4 26.4 1:52.5 HECTORJAYJAY CITY OF MELTON PLATE XXVIII 1720 3/09/2016 53.8 6.7 29 29.9 27.2 26.6 1:51.7 IDEAL SCOTT SHADOW PLAY BREEDERS CROWN (4YO E&G) HEAT 2240 11/08/2013 53.8 46.9 30.9 30.3 27.1 26.7 1:56.3 MACHA CADUCEUS CLUB CUP 2240 16/02/2013 53.9 46.6 30.1 31 27.7 26.2 1:56.1 LUMINEER RELAY FOR LIFE @ TABCORP PARK PACE 1720 4/01/2020 53.9 7.5 30.4 29.1 26.9 27 1:53.1   HRV - Michael Howard

Ride High may have changed the Australian pacing landscape with an audacious performance in tonight's Vale Rod Osborne Pace, blazing home in a 52.7-second last half to record a stunning first up win. Race caller Dan Mielicki was running out of superlatives to thrust on to the Clayton Tonkin trained five-year-old, who produced an 11th win in only his 12th start. "He has absolutely demolished them," called Mielicki, as Ride High rattled home in 25.7 seconds to win in a 1:51.6 mile rate, despite a regulation first half over the short distance. "Now listen to this it's going to blow you away ... the last half-mile (52.7), wow. That's as fast as I've ever heard." In her first steer of the Art Major entire out of All The Magic, Kima Frenning comfortably guided the short-priced favourite to the front and when she allowed him to run for the last half he proved in a class of his own. "That was just ridiculous," Frenning said. "How easy he did that, how good he is. Still untapped, that was pretty cool. "It makes me a bit emotional. As a junior driver to get an opportunity to drive a horse like this. Obviously when you get on you just don't want to stuff up, that's what makes me a bit scared. It's super cool. I can't thank Emma (Stewart) and Clayton enough, they have done so much for me and been unreal. They're awesome." Frenning said as electrifying as Ride High was he still had plenty of improvement left in him, having been lightly raced, unchallenged and first-up since December. "I was just a passenger down the back. He's just such a professional," she said. "He just knows when to go. I couldn't hold him any slower down the back, when I let him rip he did that pretty easy. "I didn't pull anything. He probably just knocked off a little bit because he didn't have anything to race. He's so competitive and such a professional, if he had something to race I'd be scared to see what he could do in the last quarter." RELIVE RIDE HIGH'S SCINTILLATING LAST HALF COURTESY OF TROTS VISION:   HRV - Michael Howard

Regional racing has given Josh Aiken “life changing” comforts and opportunities, and yet the talented reinsman can’t wait until it’s over. A week on from his 27th birthday, Aiken’s been a star of the region-based racing circuit that kicked off on April 2, leading the North East division with 23 wins from 79 starts and then sitting third in the expanded East division with 14 from 47. “I’ve got some good opportunities the last couple of months,” Aiken said amid a break in yesterday’s Kilmore raceday. “It’s not ideal when you can’t race for metro prizemoney, but I have got good support from trainers. “Less travel is life changing. Your lifestyle changes completely when you are only racing in your backyard.” But Aiken’s looking forward to the days following the lifting of borders and return to metropolitan racing, targeted for July 1, in large part to the top tier talent that’s emerged at his dad’s (David Aiken) stable. “We have some really nice metro horses and up and coming horses that we’re excited about,” Josh Aiken said. “They have programed some great mini-series and we have good horses ready to go.” Among that number are several of the Aiken runners contesting tonight’s Shepparton racing, including leading trotter Big Jack Hammer, talented pacer Leonidas and emerging Reactor Now, who could well sweep the suped-up $20,000 features. Josh will steer all three, including Leonidas, who’s US owned and expected to cross the Pacific, but has been so good in his four wins and two placings amid six starts at the Avenel stable that team Aiken are hopeful he’ll stay put for the immediate future. “We would love to hang on to him into the Vic Cup and maybe over the summer cups as well,” he said. Josh gave TrotsCentre readers the inside word ahead of tonight’s program with his runner-by-runner guide: R1 N7 Enforce The Law: “He gets back to a bit of an easier task. He was good last start. He has a couple of nice horses drawn inside him and a couple on the back row you have to respect, but I expect him to be in the mix.” R2 N4 Hypervigilant: “She has been really consistent her last five starts. There is a bit of exposed gate speed inside her, but she should settle pretty handy. She is not a bad each-way go. She is suited to a genuine tempo race and it looks like it might be that.” R3 N1 Mister Joe Major “He was really good last start coming from back in the field, something that’s not his go. He could possibly be leader, no worse than leader’s back. I give him a pretty good hope.” R5 N8 Leonidas: “He’s a class horse. We will have to get off the pegs as soon as we can and following Ellmers Image isn’t the worst case. The first half is really important. He can sit up and be driven for one run or pop out if need be. He’s very versatile. You always know he’s going to run a good race.” R6 N9 Big Jack Hammer: “Wobelee’s a champion so you have got to give him a lot of respect. We have had Sassy Pants come into the stable and she has been fantastic. The tempo is probably key for (Big Jack Hammer), but I expect him to run a good race. He’s been going good. His last win at Bendigo was against a handy field and it wasn’t too long ago he won a Group 1 at Menangle. He is a sit-sprint horse and he goes very good when the races are run to suit.” R7 N9 Bringitonhome: “He is a sit-sprint horse. You have just got to get a kart up. Interest Me is running well and is probably the leader. Bringitonhome has really fast point-to-point speed if you save him up for one run. It is an even race, his stablemate (Blingittothemax) also goes very well.” R8 N3 Reactor Now: “He’s just going from strength to strength. He is one of the horses in the stable I am most excited about. He is a country cups type. As soon as he gets to the mile and a half his racing is going to get even better. He’s got as much going for him as any horse in our stable. He gives me a lot of confidence.” TALKING TROTS ON SENTRACK: Hosts Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden have another big line-up for today's Talking Trots on SENTrack, which runs weekdays from 11am-1pm on 1377AM in Melbourne, 657AM in Perth and 1575AM in Wollongong. Then from 6-10pm it's time to tune back in for Friday Night Trackside featuring Sam Hargreaves and Tim O'Connor. The duo stream on SENTrack (1377AM) for the entire show and SEN1116 (1116AM) from 8-10pm. Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app. The good oil from the Vic trials circuit Mildura, R1 N4, Ollies Molly Has only had three starts but has had three different trainers and she is now being prepared by Andrew Vozlic, which will make it a fourth mentor the next time she steps out onto the race track. She pushed forward to find the lead and seemingly won with plenty in reserve so it was a promising start to her career in the Sunraysia. REPORT Mildura, R2 N1, Gotta Go Josie December 15: Trailed the leader WICKED AZZ before coming to the outside in the home straight. She extended very nicely in the home straight and got up to beat WICKED AZZ on the line. REPORT Shepparton, R4 N2, Allshookup Settled four back on the outside, came out three horses wide from the 700m and finished off strongly to run a game second. REPORT Shepparton, R6 N6, Wobelee The star trotter won the trial softly after settling down last and working into the race in the one out and one back trail from the 500m. He came to the outside on the home turn and never looked like losing. REPORT   HRV - Michael Howard

Life, and the finish line, are coming at Sofia Arvidsson quickly of late with the recent trots convert dialing up the winners amid her first season in the sulky. A stablehand with Matt Craven since September 2018, Arvidsson obtained her B grade driving license early in October 2019 and by the final day of that month had registered her first notch in the win column, when Itzamajor Surprise won at Geelong. Plenty of water’s flowed under the bridge since and the Swedish-born reinswoman enters tonight’s meet at her home track of Terang with 84 starts and 12 wins to her credit and hopes of adding to that number with her two steers tonight. “I’ve really enjoyed it,” Arvidsson told Trots Talk. “I never really had anything to do with harness racing before I came here, so I never really planned on driving, but I’m loving it.” Thirty-four of her starts and five of her wins have come since the introduction of region-based racing on April 2, which she said had presented more opportunities. “I’ve had a little bit of luck lately. I think the regional racing has been really good, especially for me, as I was getting a lot of drives – a lot of outside drives – that I wasn’t getting before, just because there was a lack of juniors. "I feel like I have learned a lot in this time. Just given a few more drives and for different horses, not just our own, I feel like I have learned a lot.” And the learning’s showing in her results, having placed in all of her last eight starts including winning two of her last three. Among those wins was a victory on trotter Gus An Maori at Stawell on June 10, a drive that has her leading the voting in the first awarding of the Catanach’s Jewellery Gem of the Week. “He’s been my favourite horse since basically I arrived here,” Arviddson said of Gus An Maori. “I did a lot of work with him, just riding work at the start. Started driving him, we’ve come a very long way. We have a bit of a special bond the two of us.” She will hope to build on that connection in The Weekly Advertiser Horsham Trotters Handicap, which streams on Trots Vision at 7.30pm tonight. Gus An Maori steps from outside the 10-metre line and Arviddson’s hopeful that will give the seven-year-old out of Sumthingaboutmaori ($461,499) the chance to find his feet and work into the race. “There are some nice horses in it,” she said. “It’s always a bit tricky from the stands. It will definitely help him to be off 10 metres, he doesn’t like being off the front row. He likes to have something to chase. He gets a bit of a panic if he’s off the front there, he played up on me a couple of times. “He’s been racing very well, I’m hoping if we can get away and get a good run he will be thereabouts.” Her other commitment, also for the Craven stable, is Rock On Playboy in the last, the Terang Co-Op Rural Store Pace. While he’s drawn gate three, favourite Beautiful Woman is on his inside and looms large. “He got a bit keen last time. He choked himself down, so that wasn’t ideal. He was pulling very hard his first run for us. “We will just change a bit of gear. It’s very hard though, there are some nice horses in the race, one is drawn inside of us. It’s not going to be easy, I don’t think we will have a win (today), but hopefully he will run a good race.” TALKING TROTS ON SENTRACK: Hosts Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden have another big line-up for today's Talking Trots on SENTrack, which runs weekdays from 11am-1pm on 1377AM in Melbourne, 657AM in Perth and 1575AM in Wollongong. Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app. The good oil from the Vic trials circuit BLACKBOOKER: Kilmore, R2 N2, Stir Me Up Continued his run of very good trial form with a fast finishing second. He settled three back on the markers, was held up for a run at a vital stage and flew home late in a last quarter of 28.3 seconds. REPORT & REPLAY BLACKBOOKER: Terang, R1 N9, Premonition a handy 3yo pacer when racing at his best form and he was able to zip around the Ararat circuit in a mile rate of 1.59.1, defeating the handy former New Zealand pacer KOLOVOS so he is obviously ready to run a big race when he next steps out onto the track. REPORT BLACKBOOKER: Terang, R2 N5, Big Tom Bart He is related to four winners including Zibibbo (1.52.9), Miss Dreamin (1.54.3) and Saucy Dreams (1.57.2) and he showed he has inherited some of that ability with a comfortable trial victory over the nicely bred gelding TEDDY RUNKLE (Rock N Roll Heaven – Magic Z Tam USA ($83,819). REPORT   HRV - Michael Howard

Plenty of talent will pass through Jodi Quinlan’s hands at Ballarat tonight, as the champion reinswoman continues to flourish amid challenging times. For Quinlan, the covid-19 restrictions have come with their own silver lining as greater opportunities have presented under region-based racing, first in the Inner West region and now West. Major Times, Mirragon, Error and Rocknroll Ronnie are but a few of the talented types Quinlan has piloted to victories since April 2, but she has begun to pull the reins on her hectic workflow as her body still battles the fall-out of being kicked by a horse on Christmas Eve in 2018. “I started off fairly slowly,” Quinlan said of her return to racing in November after almost 12 months out recovering from a lacerated kidney and spine fractures. “I was only driving a couple of horses and at a couple of meetings, but covid threw me into the deep and I was driving way more than I expected. It probably did get a little too much for the body – the doctor still hasn’t cleared me to go full-time.” Some 111 of Quinlan’s 197 drives this season have come since region-based racing started a shade over 10 weeks ago, in which time she has produced 21 of her season’s 29 winners. “It has really tested me regional racing, I started driving three times a week and it’s a little too much,” she said. “You have to make hay while the sun shines, but I have started to take a step back. “I have post-concussion syndrome and a bit of pain in the back. I have struggled getting into the American karts and at home have to have a sulky that’s been modified for me. I went to a specialist three weeks ago and they said it could be two years to get back to where I was, but I could never get back there too.” Having said that, the trainer-driver is merely treading warily as opposed to relinquishing the reins, as evidenced by tonight’s attack on Bray Raceway. She has trained three and will drive four starters tonight, her numbers slightly reduced after Illawong Barmah was scratched from the Elements Mind & Body 2YO Trotters Handicap. “He was not 100 per cent so I have pulled him out and he’ll go to the paddock,” Quinlan said of the Muscle Mass gelding, who had won his last two starts. She had been eying Maryborough’s Redwood Classic, but that’s since been delayed until November 1 and so he’ll be freshened for that 2YO trot and the Vicbred Super Series to follow in December. Asked if she sees him as a contender for the forthcoming Group 1s, Quinlan responded “I do, definitely”. “I always thought he was the better of the two, Craig has a different opinion.” The other half of the two is Illawong Moonbeam, who with Illawong Barmah’s scratching will be the stable’s only representative in tonight’s fourth race, which streams on Trots Vision at 6.32pm. Illawong Moonbeam, a Love You filly, will be first up from a spell tonight, with Quinlan taking the reins. “She’s a funny horse Moonbeam. She’s not as mannered as (Illawong Barmah), she doesn’t give you a hell of a lot at home, but when you take her away she takes the next step,” Quinlan said. “Her last win at Kilmore surprised me, she showed good bottom and is more of a dour horse than a speed horse. Being first up tomorrow I would like to think that she can win. Whatever she does she will improve on, hopefully her ability carries her a fair way.” Four of Quinlan’s five involvements tonight are for Martin and Kaye Hartnett’s Illawong clan, with Quinlan to also steer Illawong Kismet in the TAB Long May We Play Pace (7pm) and stable star Illawong Stardust in the Ballarat Tree Works Trotters Handicap (8.42pm). “(Illawong Kismet’s) last run was terrific. I had a little trouble getting her going (this campaign), but her last run hopefully showed she is back on track, because last season she was competing against the better ones.” Priced as a $12 chance by Craig Rail, with Emma Stewart’s American Alli dominant in the market, Quinlan said it looked “good" value. “She probably can’t beat Emma’s but she can probably run a place,” Quinlan offered. Illawong Stardust on the other hand may well start in the red with TAB.com.au, with the prodigiously talented Muscle Hill filly out of mare Lunar Landing showing similar characteristics her half-brother, Quinlan’s enigmatic trotter Illawong Armstrong ($230,652, pictured above). “She is probably the best horse I train. She is a very good horse, her manners let her down, but she is getting better. “She gives me a lot of headaches, but when she does it right she is pretty good. Obviously her mother was a bit hot-headed, because they all have their quirks but they also go good.” Tonight’s the first time Quinlan will drive her from a standing start, a race type she hasn’t contested since her second career start and fingers will be crossed, with the three-year-old “taking a little bit to get into rhythm”. TALKING TROTS ON SENTRACK: Hosts Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden have another big line-up for today's Talking Trots on SENTrack, which runs weekdays from 11am-1pm on 1377AM in Melbourne, 657AM in Perth and 1575AM in Wollongong. Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app. The good oil from the Vic trials circuit BLACKBOOKER: Ballarat, R4 N3, Euryphaessa May 8: The pleasing part about the performance of EURYPHAESSA was she concentrated throughout the entire trip after having several indiscretions when being a long way in front over the past few weeks. REPORT May 1: Is an extremely talented filly but she has done a bit wrong at her past two trial attempts. She wanted to pull up and head back to the stables turning out of the front straight when a long way clear. She may concentrate better when there are horses around her. At her past two trials she has stepped quickly and established a big lead before making errors mid-race. REPORT & REPLAY February 14: Jumped in front but galloped one hundred metres after the start and lost approximately 40m. She did a lot of chasing and finished a game third. REPORT & REPLAY   HRV - Michael Howard  

Alison Alford says she and husband Chris are “chuffed” and “honoured” at the opportunity that presents for them at Kilmore today - the chance to race the horse who delivered the late Gavin Lang his last win. Pantzup saluted by a half-head in the Melton Toyota Trot on September 14, a fitting horse to deliver Lang a legacy win having been a remarkable training performance. The pacer joined Lang after 14 starts without a victory and he remodelled the mare into a trotter who would proceed to win 11 of her 20 races for him, including a Breed For Speed Group 1 among seven successive wins. It was after that triumph that Lang marvelled “'she’s a freak of nature really”. It’s a history well-known to trainer Alison Alford, for whom Pantzup will today have her first start after a four-start stint with another great friend of Lang’s, Kerryn Manning. “It’s amazing what Gavin did with her,” Alford said. “The day after he passed away I was feeding her and I got thinking about Gav and his last winner, which was her. We’re pretty honoured Gavin and Meagan gave us a go, but, of course, we wish Gav was still here training her. “He did a wonderful job with her, so we have very big shoes to fill, but we will be trying our hardest.” Alford said today's race – the C & M Build Group Trot streaming on Trots Vision at 4.03pm today – would also mean plenty to her husband and Pantzup’s reinsman Chris Alford. “The last 12 or so years (Gavin and Chris) have been really good mates, they were respected rivals on the tracks and went to each other’s weddings off it,” she said. “They probably brought the best out of each other.” Lang’s influence won’t merely be in the form of inspiration, with the horseman having given the Alfords a “long list of dos and don’ts” on how to best handle the prized mare. “He has given us a lot of instructions,” Alford said, and whatever the mare does today she expects Pantzup will only improve for the run, her first since December 14. “She has had a couple of trials. She is going as good as we can have her without race fitness – there’s nothing like race fitness. Sundons Courage will be hard to beat, but I expect she will be competitive.” And big plans are afoot, with Alford “marking out the better races for her”, but for now “I’m just hopeful that we can get her going and win for Gav”. CLICK HERE TO READ AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE GAVIN LANG TRIBUTE WALL It could well be a particularly special afternoon for the Alford stable with another horse dear to them, Patched, also stepping out. The three-year-old trotter’s had a troubled start to life. “We nearly lost him as a two-year-old, when he got a virus which triggered laminitis,” Alford said. “He couldn’t walk and spent months locked up with special shoes on. The vets were not sure if he would make it and he’d be off the scene for 10 months.” Fortunately, he survived and is now three runs into his first campaign, having finished fifth in his first two starts amid quality opposition before an eye-catching third at his last start, when he was squeezed and broke gait at the 400-metre mark before savaging the line. “Being inexperienced cost him, but once he got back down he really found the line,” Alford said. “It was the glimpse the owners needed to see. I don’t know if he can win from the barrier, but he should be up there.” He will step out today in the Jet Roofing 3YO Maiden Trot, streaming at 2.46pm on Trots Vision. TALKING TROTS ON SENTRACK: Hosts Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden have another big line-up for today's Talking Trots on SENTrack, which runs weekdays from 11am-1pm on 1377AM in Melbourne, 657AM in Perth and 1575AM in Wollongong. Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app. The good oil from the Vic trials circuit Kilmore, R1 N8, Le Belle Bijoux Was last of the four runners throughout but was beaten by less than a length on the line in a terrific finish. REPORT Kilmore, R4 N9, Comandante Dashed to the lead in the early stages and ran along at a rapid rate. He established a big lead mid-race and was never going to be beaten. He was tiring noticeably in the final 100m but he still scored by 30m. REPORT Ballarat, R1 N8, Celtic Cash Hasn’t raced since January and joins trainer Paddy Lee after formerly being prepared by Anton Golino. She won the third trial by a large margin over SIERRA KEA. REPORT   HRV - Michael Howard

Nothing quite cuts through the winter chill like the sweet taste of success and Juanita Breen been’s savoring the winning spree that has her on the verge of her most successful season. Louisiana Jo will step out at Bendigo tonight in pursuit of a third victory from four starts and it’s fair to say Breen is well invested, having the title of part-owner as well as trainer-driver of the Roll With Joe filly. Success tonight in the Sandhurst Stockfeeds Pace, which streams at 8.30pm on Trots Vision, would deliver Breen’s eighth training win of the season (from only 20 starts) and a career high 10th driving win (from only 22 starts). “It’s what you get up early in the morning to do,” Breen said. “It’s been a really good season.” In addition to two wins pre-Christmas with Golden Spurs, Breen’s success has been fueled by the stable’s three-year-old fillies Yarrawong Lass and Louisiana Jo. While the former won three of her 13 starts before being tipped out for a spell, the latter was given a few more months before first stepping out. She was a 2018 Australian Pacing Gold sales purchase from breeder Greg Fusinato, with Breen and her husband Aaron Brown having initially coveted another of the breeder’s offerings before changing tack. The filly by Roll With Joe out of a Western Jazz (by Western Ideal) quickly proved a wise choice. “We’ve really liked her right from when we broke her in,” Breen said. “She has shown good ability right along, but she is a very quirky filly. “She can be a tricky filly to drive at times, she has a few nervous ticks and is a bit of a head shaker, but most of the time she is lovely and quite a sensible filly around the farm.” And she’s settled with age, with Breen having had “her going as a two-year-old and she gave the impression she could do with more time, she was a big filly since she was a yearling”. “Maturity helped her physically and mentally and it was nice to have vindication for that patience.” She came back in late in February as a three-year-old, had two trials before her first start and was thrust into the deep end at Shepparton on May 8, when the first starter was a $25 shot. “We had eight-horse fields and all the racing was at Shepparton. She was familiar with the track and so we thought we may as well go to the races and see what happens,” Breen said of the debut, which Louisiana Jo would win with a sprint lane burst. “I was really happy to see her do well. A lot goes in behind the scenes to get to that point.” That includes embracing first-time owners Everleven Racing Group and some thoroughbred owning converts in Pat Martin and Ross Lanyon, who now share ownership with Breen and Brown. “They are really enjoying the ride,” Breen said. “I use mystable to keep them up to date and it’s great to hear how much fun they are having. That’s what it’s all about.” That joy was only enhanced by Louisiana Jo’s second placing in her second start and then last start victory, when she won with a final burst from wide on the track.“Second up just a lack of experience cost her. She lost touch with them a little bit, but she didn’t shirk the issue and almost got there,” Breen said. “It was certainly good (last start) to show she’s not one dimensional. It was pleasing to see her take the trail and get the job done. “She has just got better to drive as a racehorse. She is a lot more switched on, she has more idea of what’s going on." And Breen is optimistic that the good times will continue at Bendigo tonight. “If there’s any quality about her she should be competitive and I think she will be. She was able to use her mare concession to come into the race, she is fit and well and will do her best. “She will probably be driven similar to last time and hopefully she will get a trail up there at the finish.” All going well Louisiana Jo and Yarrawonga Lass, who is nearing a return to racing, will both be directed towards Vicbred Super Series campaigns at year’s end. TALKING TROTS ON SENTRACK: Hosts Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden have another big line-up for today's Talking Trots on SENTrack, which runs weekdays from 11am-1pm on 1377AM in Melbourne, 657AM in Perth and 1575AM in Wollongong. Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app. The good oil from the Vic trials circuit BLACKBOOKER: Stawell, R4 N6, Big Tom Bart BIG TOM BART (Gotta Go Cullect – Karamea Dreamin 1.59.3, $37,226) is an unraced gelding for trainer Kerryn Manning. He is related to four winners including Zibibbo (1.52.9), Miss Dreamin (1.54.3) and Saucy Dreams (1.57.2) and he showed he has inherited some of that ability with a comfortable trial victory over the nicely bred gelding TEDDY RUNKLE (Rock N Roll Heaven – Magic Z Tam USA ($83,819). REPORT BLACKBOOKER: Bendigo, R7 N8, Exciter Settled three back on the inside, gained a run through the middle and finished off strongly to win nicely in fast time. REPORT & REPLAY   HRV - Michael Howard

Success drove Mick Gadsden and Denbeigh Wade back to the drawing board and with some encouraging words and a leap of faith the popular trainer-driver combo are ready to take Mickbeigh Racing to the next level. The duo ferry a trio to Terang tonight for what will be one of their final night’s in the West region, with their camp's expansion prompting a move to Charlton’s training centre. “We had purchased property in Ararat four years ago now and had a 10-year plan, which suited us perfectly because our property was big enough for a team of four and we were close to the Ararat track,” Gadsden said. “The 10-year plan became a four-year plan because we got some good horses in like Ainthatrightmacca and King Denny. Then Stephen Blacker jumped in and supported us with the likes of Maorishadow, and we are at the point where we have the horses but we don’t have the space to race them.” The good problem to have was also one that required solving. “I was sitting at home one night and thought about Charlton and its training centre, so I got on to Greg Norman (who trains there) and talked about the set up,” Gadsden said. “It is nice and central to a lot of tracks, the community is good and the committee is good, so I got on to (club president) Joe Thompson and he sold me on it straight away. They more or less said anything we can do to help you just sing out. “They’re really trying to make something of it, their facilities are top notch, which is what you want when you are starting out without having to spend the money to start up your own stable. There is room for eight to a dozen horses and it’s a good chance to have a go.” And so they will, and quite soon. “Moving to Charlton puts us up into the East zone, but we are going to give our horses a run tonight and again in the West in about 10 days, and then we will look at the move to Charlton,” Gadsden said. “So hopefully by the time we have settled in things will have opened up again.” Promising Maorishadow ran at Terang last night, stable star King Denny is about three to four weeks away as he bounces back from a footy injury, while The Summer Cat, Markleigh Jill and Markleigh Caz will all race tonight at Ballarat. “We have been working five at the most, we have three waiting to come in and another to come from New Zealand (pacer The Interceptor) once flights open up. “We will have probably 10 or 11 (in work at Charlton), and I advertised a South Australian filly this week and sold about 40 per cent in a day. It’s exciting, we are getting a bit of momentum behind us and this is a good chance to take the plunge and see what happens.” But before then there’s work to be done, beginning with The Summer Cat in tonight's Decoglaze Trotters Handicap, with Wade to take the reins in the race that streams on Trots Vision at 6.03pm. Talented but often a handful, The Summer Cat returned from a freshen up with a win last start at Terang on May 24 and Gadsden is optimistic they are starting to make some ground with the Angus Hall five-year-old. “(Terang) was one of those where it looked on paper he was the best horse on ability, but it is just whether he shows up,” he said. “Every time he has trotted he has never missed a top three finish and has been beaten by horses like Jilliby Babavska, who have gone on to win a lot more races. “He’s a bit more settled this time in. He was trialing nicely leading up to Terang and it was good to see him settle, roll to the front and show his ability. “He has trained on nice since Terang and seems in a happy place. I’m confident he’ll run top two or three if he does everything right (tonight), and I think there’s more chance of him doing everything right than not.” The pair’s other engagement is the Flying Horse Entertainment Venue Pace, with Wade to steer Markleigh Jill from gate two and Gadsden to drive Markleigh Caz from gate six. “The two girls are just honest, bread and butter horses. They go around and earn a couple of 100 bucks between them. They are no stars, but they pay their way and a little more. “They have worked on all right since their last start but will sit back in the field and try and earn a bit more money.” TALKING TROTS ON SENTRACK: Hosts Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden have another big line-up for today's Talking Trots on SENTrack, which runs weekdays from 11am-1pm on 1377AM in Melbourne, 657AM in Perth and 1575AM in Wollongong. Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app.   The good oil from the Vic trials circuit Ballarat, R5 N8, American Alli Gained the perfect trail in the one out and one back position and came out three horses wide at the 300m. She looked the winner in the straight but COMMON COURTESY came at her fast late. REPORT Ballarat, R6 N6, Muscletonian The field of three runners remained in the same order from the start with MUSCLETONIAN stepping to the front from the stand and remaining in control throughout. REPORT   HRV - Michael Howard

Though he’s driven every season since 1987-88, this season's the first to have ‘trainer’ next to Aaron Dunn’s name and he’s briskly put some big numbers in his biography. Continuing on the legacy created and then he helped foster with his dad Barry, Dunn’s had 133 starters this season and more than 23 per cent (31) have been first past the post and almost 50 per cent (65) have finished in the top three. “We’ve got the team going pretty good,” Dunn said. “We’ve trained a few winners and it’s been enjoyable to have a good run.” The previous season Barry had a personal high 122 starters, a number that’s only continued to balloon under Aaron and reflects the stable expanding with the input of owner and stablehand Stephen Blacker. “It’s always been pretty much a team effort,” Aaron said. "It was Barry and Aaron Dunn, now it might be Aaron Dunn and Stevie Blacker. “Stevie’s bought a few in New Zealand and where we had between four and eight before we are up to 14 now and a couple more could probably come in to work, and I’ve been offered a couple more. I would probably need more fencing and more help to cater for that.” Six of that crop race this week, including three at Terang tonight at three at Tabcorp Park Melon last Monday, when the strike rate was boosted further with Cool And Calculating and Silent Major winning, and Kolovos ran second. “It’s just disappointing that’s twice in the last few weeks I nearly got a treble and only missed out by a neck or less,” Dunn said. “Silent Major is probably the stable star. First up he had a heart fibrillation, which hadn't been a problem before, so we had him checked. As a result I have probably been a bit easier on him in his first few runs and then drove him a bit harder on Monday.” It certainly brought the best out of him, with Silent Major punching through a strong breeze to produce one of the more impressive wins on the card. “He has a bit of arrogance and is a fighter, if he gets one beside him he really knuckles down,” Dunn said, with the camp turning an eye to the New Year’s Eve Vicbred Super Series Final for the three-year-old. “We have been umming and ahhing about whether to give him a spell, but he has been thriving on his work.” Silent Major The camp will be hoping to keep the winning going tonight, with their campaign beginning in the first when Philadelphia Freedom contests the Goodtime Lodge Pace, which streams at 5.27pm on Trots Vision. Concession driver Xavier O’Connor will take the steer from gate four, one of three drivers with a claim in the race. “(Philadelphia Freedom) absolutely bolted the gate at Maryborough when he won, but since then he hadn’t had the gate speed until his last start, when I gave him a good warm up,” Dunn said. “He has been a fraction disappointing and is probably getting to his mark. He’s a good each-way bet.” While Philadelphia Freedom’s last start win at Terang was a fourth of his career, Maxactor, Dunn’s entrant in the fourth race, is still chasing his first win in his 11th start and hasn’t been done any favours with his gate seven draw over the sprint distance. “He’s a frustrating horse, a half-brother to Nikkibadwagon. He fell on me at Terang and I have since got him settled, but when I have him settled sometimes he doesn’t go as good. “He will take a bit of maturing, but he should have won one by now. He’s fit enough, but it’s the mental development. He has probably trialled better than he has raced. We seem to have got him a bit calmer, we are just trying to get him racing consistently and he should perform better.” The camp then closes out in the last with three-year-old Shady Azz to start from gate five in the South West Horse Transport Pace. “He’s come back nice enough,” Dunn said. “First up he probably needed the run, second and third up he should be really good. We will probably work forward, get position and go from there. He would be my best chance.” TALKING TROTS ON SENTRACK: Hosts Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden have another big line-up for today's Talking Trots on SENTrack, which runs weekdays from 11am-1pm on 1377AM in Melbourne, 657AM in Perth and 1575AM in Wollongong. Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app. The good oil from the Vic trials circuit BLACKBOOKER: Terang, R3 N1, Jilliby Dingo Is a close relation to Jilliby Kung Fu (1.48.8, $529,710) and defeated three proven winners in GOODTIME STRYKER, REACTOR FACTOR and KEVIN RICHARD, so he obviously should prove hard to beat against the maiden class when he steps out onto the track. REPORT BLACKBOOKER: Terang, R2 N2, Big Tom Bart BIG TOM BART (Gotta Go Cullect – Karamea Dreamin 1.59.3, $37,226) is an unraced gelding for trainer Kerryn Manning. He is related to four winners including Zibibbo (1.52.9), Miss Dreamin (1.54.3) and Saucy Dreams (1.57.2) and he showed he has inherited some of that ability with a comfortable trial victory over the nicely bred gelding TEDDY RUNKLE (Rock N Roll Heaven – Magic Z Tam USA ($83,819). REPORT   HRV - Michael Howard

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