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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

Steve Duffy’s made the trip from stable to track for some 40 years and counting but never before has his team of hopefuls stretched as deep as it will at Shepparton tonight. “It’s the first time I have taken five to the races,” Duffy said. “The last few years I’ve poked around with about 10 horses and eventually you are going to have a handful of racehorses to take to the race track.” The Orrvale trainer’s big fleet comes after committing full-time to training in recent years, having previously balanced his training and professional gardening duties. “I have always been breaking them in and getting them going for others and used to do two to four for myself, then three or four years ago (my son) Ryan (Duffy) got into it and I started doing more.” Duffy will subsequently have his most starters in a season in 2019-20, having before tonight had 103 starters, second in his career only to 1986-87 when he had 112. Additionally, his 15 wins this season are his equal second most, matching last season’s total and within earshot of his career best – 19 in 2017-18, when A Special Dream (9 wins) and Winkanditsover (6 wins) were dominant. Duffy’s optimistic about adding to the win column tonight, particularly with recent additions Janjuc and Millah Joy (pictured). The latter has come across from Jess Tubbs and Greg Sugars stable, with her owners Michael Soccio and Susan and Daryll Weggman hoping a region change would bring new opportunities. “She was always running against better class horses down that way,” Duffy said. “The owners wanted to get her into races where she could get it a bit easier.” And, having won her last two in vastly different circumstances, the venture’s quickly proven a successful one. “She come up from Greg’s in terrific order. Her first start was a little disappointing, but I didn’t do much too her. Since then her work has been good and she come from last to win in the first one and then led and won in the other.” Duffy said she would likely only have a short campaign with an eye to the November Breeders Crown and Vicbred Super Series on New Year's Eve, but was well placed to add to her win tally, beginning with tonight’s Cottrell Electrical Pace, which closes out the Trots Vision coverage at 8.42pm. “She’s up in class, but is going good and has drawn well," he said. "She will be somewhere around the mark.” Duffy rates Millah Joy and Janjuc as his best two chances, the latter also a recent addition, having been previously with David Drury and won on debut for the stable before a torrid run last start. She will start from gate nine in tonight’s Your Sold Real Estate Pace. “I think she’ll go better with the sit and will be hard to beat in this,” he said. “She’s a good chance. I have only had her for two starts, but she’s really improved working with other horses.” Steven Duffy also gave Trots Centre readers insights into his other runners: R5 N7 Interest Me “She is nice enough horse, but no world beater. The draw is awkward for her, she has gate speed but first up she will probably have to go back and need a bit of luck. She’s had two soft trials and trialled up well. If the race panned out for her, it wouldn’t surprise me if she won, but she is more suited to the short-course.” R5 N11 Rothko “He always runs a race where he looms like he’s going to win, but never seems too. He likes to run beside them, I need to try and turn him around to have a lot more killer instinct. He’s also more of a short-course horse.” R6 N2 Majic Fair “She is up in class. She had a little issue, a cold, after her last run, so is probably going to need the run, but the stand will be no worries for her, so she will likely lead and decide what to do from there.” 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. EN app. The good oil from the Vic trials circuit Shepparton, R1 N1, Smiles Showed gate speed to lead early before taking a trail and ending up being three back on the inside. She used the sprint lane to finish third. REPORT Shepparton, R2 N11, Del Port Began well to find the lead at the 1600m. He did want to race keenly and became a little fierce mid-race, particularly when ORBIE took the lead away from him but he kicked on okay in the straight for second. REPORT Shepparton, R5 N7, Interest Me Settled four back on the inside before angling onto the back of LUNAR DELIGHT in the straight. She never peeled to the outside of the winner at any stage in the straight and seemed to have plenty in reserve. REPORT   HRV - Michael Howard

Having helped turn Oh Oh Noo into oh oh yes trainer Scott Rains is optimistic his latest project will also bring further cut-price joy. The reinsman debuts Babylon Bambi in tonight’s Alabar Maiden Pace at Shepparton, and while the inside back row draw will mean luck will be a player in tonight's result the trainer-driver’s optimistic the Western Terror five-year-old mare will give a good account of herself. “She’s getting better and better all the time and is definitely capable of winning races,” he said. “I just hope she handles the race pressure.” Babylon Bambi follows in the footsteps of Oh Oh Noo, who Rains and partner Emily Harris purchased cheaply last year and then enjoyed consecutive victories and a series of placings. Babylon Bambi was snapped up for $1500 via Harness Trading Ring in February off previous owner Pam Tomlin of Maitland, New South Wales. “We are always on the look-out for cheap horses who we can give a go,” Rains said. “We asked Pam to send us a couple of photos and (Babylon Bambi) looked quite correct, like a tidy little mare. Off that we paid the $1500 asking price. “She’s a Western Terror out of an Artiscape mare, that’s a pretty good start.” Purchased in February, Babylon Bambi was transported to Paul Weidenbach’s farm where “he jogged her up and put a cart on her”, and from where Rains would later collect her along with “another little horse I had spelling there at the same time, Illawong Jovial”. “I got serious with (Babylon Bambi) in March, she’s had two education runs and a trial,” he said. “She’s quite speedy and led in all three of them. “She’s got pretty good gate speed and ran the trial out quite nicely in her first go over 2150 metres, she just got run down in the straight by one of Bruce Morgan’s horses (Sweet Appeal).” In his Trial File column at, Craig Rail accredited Babylon Bambi for “setting up a reasonable speed” and running on well to finish just seven metres shy of the trial winner, with a further 120 metres back to third placed Leotardandlace. The performance booked Babylon Bambi’s ticket to a race start and, 19 days on from her Bendigo trial, she kicks off her racing career tonight at Sheparton in race two, which streams at 5.36pm on Trots Vision. “We were hoping for a front row draw, but inside the back row for a mare having her first start is not the worst draw,” Rains said. “We will just have to go with the draw and see what happens. She will need a bit of luck, but definitely has got ability.” Any success will certainly be enjoyed by the reinsman’s wider family, with Babylon Bambi owned by Rains’ mum Sharon Threadwell, brother Sean Rains and partner Ebony Harris. As for Oh Oh Noo, he is now enjoying retirement, having had 16 starts for Rains for three wins and three placings before they called it quits at the end of 2019. “He succumbed to a past injury, which is a niggle in his suspensory, so we retired him,” Rains said. “He has moved on to a lady who does trial riding and camp draughting and he seems to have taken to that like a duck to water.” 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 Mildura, R2 N7, Pattys Delight Settled down last of the five runners and moved away from the inside with 500m remaining. She sustained a good run to finish in second. REPORT & REPLAY Shepparton, R4 N3, Aldebaran Showdown Was slowly away and lost 30m at the start but was able to give chase and found the lead at the 1600m when his stable mate ONEOUTOFTHESQUARE galloped. He then hopped and skipped and pulled his way to victory in slow time. REPORT & REPLAY   HRV - Michael Howard

After a mis-firing tilt at the big time and a long road back the signs are good that things are again on track for Peter Lane’s much-loved trotter. Kheiron fronts tonight’s super-competitive open class trot well placed to leave a big impression and build on the form that saw him dial up successive wins in April. The victories were something of a drought-breaker for his trainer and driver Lane, having been his first wins in a sulky since 2014, while for Kheiron they broke a 25-race winless streak that stretched back to his 2018 Breeders Crown triumph. After the Group 2 win Kheiron was tipped out for a spell that brought him to the eve of the 2018 Inter Dominion, where he ran 12th, ninth and sixth in his three heats. “I think in hindsight he went in way underdone (to the Inter Dominion), which was a mistake and I wouldn’t do that again,” Lane said. “He had a lengthy campaign as a four-year-old and I was probably pleased just to race in the Inter Dominion. You always find the step up to open age a bit daunting, and to suddenly be against all these good horses jogging around in 57-second halves was an eye-opener for him.” He raced until March, placing four times including a narrow two-metre loss to Tornado Valley in The Knight Pistol, before Lane “tipped him out and it was the best thing I could have done”. “He actually grew as a five-year-old, but even when he came back he was still a bit out of sorts.” Three races in winter without success prompted another spell, and then he returned again to race from December last year, never finishing better than fifth in 10 starts before victories at Kilmore on April 3 and again on April 24.   “Only a couple of months ago he started to get better,” Lane said. “Coming into restricted racing gave him the chance to find form. His two wins were quite impressive.” While his most recent performance against similar caliber to tonight’s trot was an “ordinary” sixth, Lane is confident he understands what went wrong and, going on Kheiron’s May 19 trial, the Majestic Son six-year-old is ready to give something closer to his best. “I am very happy with him. He run a half in 58 at Kilmore in his trial, which was very good considering I didn’t touch him,” Lane said. It certainly wasn’t missed by Craig Rail, who in his Trial File remarked “Kheiron began brilliantly and was able to storm to the lead in the early stages. He set up a reasonable tempo and was able to dominate his rivals, winning comfortably.” It’s renewed optimism ahead of tonight’s Aldebaran Park Trot, where he will confront a quality field. “He’s racing better, but coming up against the likes of Sundons Courage and Big Jack Hammer is going to be tough,” Lane said. “I have no doubt he will perform at his best, but whether it will be good enough to beat Sundons Courage and those types of horses is another question.” He expects there will be plenty of pepper early and, from gate four, that Kheiron will be right among the action. “I will try and find the lead and expect he will run a good race,” Lane said. “It will be a fairly aggressive race. Brian (Gath) attacks, Brad Angove will probably be forward (on Sundons Courage), Chris (Svanosio) can come out quickly on (Anywhere) Hugo and I will definitely be looking for the front.” It could well be an instructive race for Lane as he plots Kheiron’s future path and decides whether in the long-term he’s best suited to box on with the big boys and girls at Tabcorp Park, or to bide his time and look for opportunities to strike against the next tier of Victorian trotting. Regardless, the trotter who’s already tipped in more than $200,000 in stakes holds a dear place in the Kilmore family’s hearts. “There are more highs than lows when you have a nice horse in your stable, and he is one of the best horse we’ve had,” Lane said. “You get very close to them. He was born the backyard, I see him more than I ever see my kids. He is very much part of the family. It is something special to be able to have a horse who you rear and race and win a couple of races with.” And when it comes time to hang up the horseshoes there’s a special place awaiting Kheiron alongside another family favourite. “He’ll retire to live with Eisenhower and they’ll be our horses forever. We visit Eisenhower twice a day where he stands with our broodmares and foals.” 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, R2 N2, Bye Line Raced without cover early before running to the lead at the 1700m when she blitzed her rivals for a very impressive win. REPORT & REPLAY BLACKBOOKER: Stawell, R2 N7, Azterian May 19: Appeared to perform better when coming from off the speed a week earlier but she did show good gate speed and there was nothing wrong with her third placed effort as she set up a reasonable tempo. REPORT & REPLAY May 5: Was an eye-catching trial performance and appears to have ability. She raced without cover early, dropped back to be sixth on the markers and finished strongly out wide on the track. REPORT & REPLAY BLACKBOOKER: Stawell, R2 N8, Treacherous Rock Was a very impressive winner after he gained a nice run on the markers (4th early then 3rd), moved away from the inside on the turn and jogged down the straight to pick up his rivals easily. REPORT & REPLAY   HRV - Michael Howard

Having averaged 32 drives a week in his previous two seasons, the 83 starts Chris Alford’s had since April 2 haven’t quite scratched the itch. The East division’s leading reinsman, who’s had 27 wins since the move to region-based racing, shy of only Inner West driver Greg Sugars’ 33, is looking forward to Monday’s transition to three regions, when his East region swells to encompass Shepparton and Bendigo. Even more enticing is the targeted return to metropolitan racing from July 1, with Alford hopeful of reuniting with the many owners, trainers and horses who have on course for a fifth consecutive Victorian drivers’ premiership. “Everyone in their region has their drivers and whether they leave them on or there will be opportunities will be something to see,” Alford said. “I’ll have to gradually rebuild again. It’s like being suspended for a month or so.” On the flipside, Alford said more relaxed schedule had meant “I don’t feel as mentally worn out as I usually am, but there is always plenty to do when you have got a farm and two kids who are home schooling”. But before the gates open next week, when the East races five times beginning with Bendigo on Monday, there is work to do, with Alford having a steer in every race at Kilmore tonight. He kicks off for trainer John McGillivray with Lotakevi in the OFR FM Pace, which streams at 5.37pm on Trots Vision. “He was not too bad at Kilmore last time when he was third and led and got hammered all the way and stuck on pretty good,” Alford said. “He has to be up the front to do his best. He’s pretty consistent, not a lot of ability, but has a good draw and if he leads he will be in the money.” Alford will then pilot Magical for trainer Brent Lilley in the next, the Buds And Branches Florist 3YO Trotters Handicap, hopeful of repeating the Angus Hall filly’s last start win. “She seems to be getting better and better and more confident,” he said, but noting she runs into a few good ones tonight. “The way he is going Kyvalley Shaunie looks the hardest to beat. Is That A Bid doesn’t seem to be gong quite as well as last season, and Powderkeg seems in the same boat.” Next stop is the Beraldo Coffee 2YO & 3YO Pace and Alford expects seniority is unlikely to shine. He will steer Barbados Babe, one of two Joe Farrugia three-year-old runners who have drawn outside the front row. “He hasn’t done a lot to this stage and is drawn wide, but he will keep battling away. I think the two-year-olds look handy and difficult to beat.” Trainer Peter Peacock has booked Alford for the Jet Roofing Pace, where the Puppet will steer Charisma King in the last of the early quaddie legs. “He seems to be battling. Ran a place or two a fair while back, but will have to improve to figure.” He has more optimism for Geoff Walker trained Rock On Playboy, who’s been priced at long odds in the MC Labour Pace, where he will start from gate 10. “He’s been racing OK without much luck from bad draws. He’s not a bad horse if things go his way,” Alford said. “Hopefully there will be a bit of speed on because he can hit the line pretty good.” And then there’s Son Of A Whiz, a promising three-year-old Angus Hall trotter who’s won three of seven since joining Brent Lilley’s camp including his only run this spell. He’ll start from gate five in the North Central Review Trot and Alford said “he’s by far my best chance”. “He had a good run and did it pretty comfortably last start. He’s got good gait speed, so he may roll along and find the front,” he said. “(Main danger) Emerald Stride is struggling a little at the moment and galloped at its last start, so it will have to be at the top of its game to win.” Post-interview Alford also picked up the steer on Chris Lang’s last-start winner Arts Dash, who Craig Rail’s marked a $3.60 chance to win the TAB Long May We Play Pace. And then Alford’s night ends with another Lilley-trained entrant, Shady Jess, in the Kilmore Trackside 3YO Pace. “She had a couple of trials and improved a bit from the first to the second one. She can run a place, but hard to see her beating Atlantis or Safe Jewels.” 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, R1 N4, ALBERIA Produced a good trial performance even without considering his assessment (NR44, the winner Starlight Safari is a NR55). He settled down in fourth position, started to pick up ground in the back straight and finished determinedly out wider off the track. REPORT & REPLAY BLACKBOOKER: Shepparton, R5 N3, AMERICAN SWEETHART Was an impressive winner of the third trial. She began quickly from barrier six and stormed across the face of the field to lead then proceeded in running along at a genuine tempo. She ran her rivals off their legs and won by a big margin. REPORT & REPLAY     HRV - Michael Howard

Trackside cheers are something of a distant memory due to closed racecourses but there have still been plenty of ownership thrills for trainer Gary Donaldson’s many connections. Pacers Bendigo has rattled off four wins since the April 2 transition to region-based racing, with the diligent work of syndicate members helping cut through social isolation. “Alan Prentice has done a great job,” trainer Gary Donaldson said. “He keeps in contact with all the members and sends emails every second day following their progress. “We chat about two days before they race and I give my ideas about what I think their chances are. Thank God the horses are going good and we have had four wins since region-based racing started, including two in one night, which was a lot of fun. "It’s a shame they can’t be on track, but they are all used to now watching the races on It would be a bit like living in Siberia if the team was not going so good.” The winners have included Rockz Arnt Pets, who along with Leigha Miller won on the first night (April 3) of the Central region's racing. For the first time since that win the gelding races tonight for Donaldson and Pacers Bendigo in the Helloworld Travel Golden Square Pace, the seventh race on the program that streams at 8.21pm on Trots Vision. “He has drawn awkwardly and is first up from a little break,” Donaldson said. “He’s a chance, because he’s a good, little, honest horse and has done a good job, but he probably needs the run. Whatever he does (tonight) he will improve on.” What’s also certain is that there will be plenty of eyes on the four-year-old Pet Rock gelding, with both Pacers Bendigo 1 and 2 among the ownership throng. “Alan and I started Pacers Bendigo in ’92 or ’93 – I used to buy a lot from New Zealand and had success with some smart horses,” Donaldson said. “That ran through to ’96-’97, we had a break and then HRV circulated to clubs that they’d like each of them to kick off a syndicate. “Noel Ridge reeled in Alan Prentice and all the trainers at Bendigo were asked to submit horses they could offer up with the possibility of syndication. I popped a couple of offers in and fortunately they were picked up.” While the “well-bred horse” first offered didn’t reach the lofty heights hoped of it, Donaldson soon made amends for the syndicate with Regal Ambition, “who did a good job” and got the ball rolling. Now the syndicate has a share of six horses. “It’s about a third of the stable. It is not about money for me, but it’s about bringing new people into harness racing," Donaldson said. “Pacers Bendigo has brought in between 25 to 30 people who have never owned a horse before, probably half have never been to harness racing before. And they are absolutely loving 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 BLACKBOOKER: Mildura, R8 N5, GOVINNI Hasn’t raced in Victoria since December 2016 and has been in Queensland for the past few seasons. He was very impressive at his trial victory where he settled down last early, came out three horses wide at the 600m mark and rushed straight past his rivals, scoring by an ever increasing 40m. REPORT & REPLAY   HRV - Michael Howard  

Having watched every moment of his gelding’s growth and shared it with good friends, Mark Buckingham is exacting every bit of joy out of his trots involvement and hopes to do so again at Shepparton at 9.10pm. That’s when Axinite will step out in the Cottrell Electrical Pace, with the lightly raced Roll With Joe gelding pursuing a third victory in his past four starts for his trainer. “He’s maturing, he’s developing into a nice little racehorse,” Buckingham said. “He’s very professional and a very honest horse.” As is the way for the Norong trainer, Axinite is a shared commodity, with Buckingham having bred and now raced him with Michael Arthurson and Colin Boldt. “They are good mates and friends and are very positive about the sport,” he said, with the co-owners having also had a share in Rutherglen Ruby, a mare Buckingham purchased as a yearling who had a productive career of her own. “There were a lot of first time owners involved and we had a lot of fun with her,” Buckingham said of the five-time winning Modern Art mare. “I raced her as a two-year-old and she raced in the semis of the two-year-old Vicbred the night Melton opened. It was a great thrill to get there that night. “She came back as a three-year-old and won her first three starts. She was a really honest race mare, she had speed, but unfortunately injury curtailed her racing career. “She was sent to the breeding barn, her first foal (Rubys Shadow) won five races, the next filly (Rubys Swan) had bad luck, and then Axinite. She’s had a further three since.” Axinite entered the world on November 3, 2016, at Buckingham’s Norong property. “We do all our AI (artificial insemination) here if we can, so they are conceived here, born in the front paddock. I rared him, broke him in. He has been here from day one. It is a great thrill to be able to do the work and have a nice horse.” Axinite has produced four wins from his 12 starts, including two this campaign and a victory in New South Wales’ Breeders Challenge heats last July. “He’s just a real nice honest racehorse, never really puts in a bad run,” Buckingham said. “He has had a bit of bad luck, but that’s racing, 98 per cent of the time he’s a nice horse to sit behind because he tries hard, has a bit of speed and a bit of bottom.” He comes into tonight’s pace off a last start fifth, when he broke in the early stages after clipping a rival wheel, misfortune that followed two previous wins, courtesy in part to “a couple of lovely drives by Ryan (Sanderson)”. Tonight he runs into a very nice horse in David Aiken’s likely favourite Reactor Now, who is first up since March 19 when he produced a dominant 23-metre win at Kilmore, a third victory on the trot. Reactor Now has drawn gate nine, directly outside Axinite who’s inside the back row. “It’s going to take a lot to keep up with (Reactor Now). It is a difficult draw. (Axinite) is probably going to need luck to get amongst it. Hopefully he can keep improving. He is only lightly raced and still learning.” Buckingham will also race Brie, who steps out in the first, the Hunter Rural Maiden Pace. Tonight marks the mare’s 24th start for a syndicate of about 30, which includes many first-time owners and “a lot of locals”. She’s having her fifth start for the stable and Buckingham said “she just has to be in the right spot at the right time”. “She still has her Vicbred bonus in her, so if we are lucky enough to pick it up that would be great for the owners. As much as it’s fantastic to win races, just having a horse racing gives people something to look forward to. “They can’t all be superstars. On her track work she’s probably a little more honest, but when the pressure’s on she can be a bit intimidated. The owners are involved from a social point of view and and we just hope she can be competitive.” 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: Shepparton, R4 N5, American Sweethart Was an impressive winner of the third trial. She began quickly from barrier six and stormed across the face of the field to lead then proceeded in running along at a genuine tempo. She ran her rivals off their legs and won by a big margin. REPORT & REPLAY   HRV - Michael Howard

The Jack’s Folly Mobile Pace may not have been a race for the ages, but it meant plenty to Terang reinsman Tim McLean, whose eye was caught by the horse who came fourth. Racing for Brent Mangos at Alexandra Park on November 22, the Shadow Play five-year-old sat three back on the pegs and ground on gamely in the straight to improve to fourth, finishing just 4.3 metres off Barry Purdon’s winner Havtime. With the latter’s credits including a Group 1 2YO Fillies win and almost $300,000 in stakes, McLean was confident fourth-placed Troubador’s form would translate to wins back home and so with a syndicate of owners made the leap. “I thought he was a pretty nice horse when he came over, he had been racing against high quality over there,” McLean said. “He hadn’t had many starts and was racing against Group 1 horses and only getting beaten by a few metres.” Three months on since the February purchase and the signs have been encouraging for Tim and dad/trainer Jeff McLean, with Troubador producing four wins and a third from his five starts. “He has definitely lived up to expectations and probably gone a bit above,” Tim McLean said. That’s despite receiving few favors in the run, with Troubador having had to wrestle to the lead from wide gates on three occasion or, in the other two, sit parked and do plenty of work. What that has revealed is a now trademark toughness, which McLean will likely call on when they pair again for tonight’s Goodtime Lodge Pace at Terang. “He’s super tough, he just doesn’t give up,” McLean said. “I think he’s gotten better and better. We have a hill track at home and working up hill seems to suit him. “He wants to run, but then when he gets in the stalls he just falls asleep. He doesn’t waste any energy.” Tonight will likely prove another test to Troubador’s ascent, with Kerryn Manning’s well-rated Glenavril King and Aaron Dunn’s Silent Major also in the field. Both are last-start winners and likely to provide a tough test over the middle distance. McLean said a good result may well earn Troubador a holiday before they eye a crack at metropolitan racing, which Harness Racing Victoria announced yesterday was flagged for return from July 1. “If he can win another race we will probably give him a let up,” McLean said. “He has done a pretty good job this time in, and we will give him three weeks to a month off. I think he’s a metro horse, I don’t know how far he will get but he has earned his go.” Troubador is one of four steers McLean has tonight. He also shared with Trots Centre his thoughts on the others: R4 N5 Lifeasweknowit (trained by Jeff McLean) “She will find it a bit tricky. She was a bit flat at Stawell last start, but was better at Terang. She is down in grade and will be a show if she brings her best.” R5 N3 Show Me The Moolah (trained by Janet Exell) “He is a nice trotter. If he begins well early he will be somewhere around the mark, but this is a step up in grade. R7 N5 Tuesdays Edition (trained by Rebecca East) “Goes good, but is first up and will probably benefit from the run.” 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 N9, Imnopumpkin A handy horse when racing at his best form and finished second in the George Croxford Tribute when he was last in work. He was able to lead throughout and took out the third trial with plenty in reserve. REPORT & REPLAY Terang, R3 N4, Allwatfunjingles Trialled nicely for an unraced trotter taking on proven winners and finished a close up third. REPORT   HRV - Michael Howard

A baptism of fire continues for a bright young Group 1 winner but trainer-driver Paul Males is optimistic his fresh-faced mare is ready to put her best foot forward. Royal Charlotte, winner of both the Victorian and New South Wales Oaks last season, has enjoyed few favors in Victoria’s East region as she steps into open age racing, colliding with quality and quantity from the Brent Lilley, Chris Svanosio, David Miles and Mick Hughes stables. That will be the case again tonight when she contests the OKR 98.3FM Trot, streamed at 8.29pm on Trots Vision, but with the gate one draw, some recent exposure at this class and gear adjustments Males enters tonight optimistic. “I would have liked to have been in a bit lesser class coming through, having gone from three-year-old fillies’ grade to open grade,” Males said. “But if all goes well and she handles the track, and if she’s on their back at the top of the straight, she’ll get home good.” Handling the track is no small part of the equation, with her trainer believing that’s been her “biggest problem” this campaign. “She’s not handling Kilmore, whether it’s a looser surface, she’s just not getting around the last corner that great,” he said. “We have made a few gear changes because she was hanging in.” If they reap dividends he expects “she’ll go close” and considers her among the better winning chance of the six that he and wife Kari Males send to Kilmore tonight. The other horse most likely is Kari's returning pacer Good Guy Mach, who Paul said “has been trialling good against a lot higher rated horses. He is drawn inside the second row, so if gets a good run he will go pretty good.” Kari has also prepared two first starters, who will contest the Jet Roofing 2YO & 3YO Pace, in Le Belle Bijoux and Segesta. The former is an Art Major filly who’s the first foal out of brilliant mare Bellas Delight. Her 70 starts yielded 20 wins and $442,523, including Vicbred and Breeders Crown success. Paul believes there's good reason to think the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree. “She’s going pretty good. She paces a little like her mother, she’s a really good going horse, pretty strong, loves her work. She has a bright future,” he said. Her four trials have produced a third and three fourths, and “she has kept improving all the time”. “She’ll run a good race, but she might not beat the three-year-olds.” The mixed age race has has three two-year-olds and five three-year-olds competing, including Kari’s other debutant Segesta, a Roll With Joe filly out of five-time winner Lettucesomewhere. “She’s quite a nice horse. She has taken a bit of time through her own fault, having hurt herself in the paddock and at a trial, but she’s had no problems this time in.” The camp will also ferry Hedge Your Bet to Kilmore, who will contest the last but will likely find this grade a tall challenge, and Paul’s own first starter Dream Sweetly. The Sweet Lou filly is out of Trammell, the three-time winning dam of Misterfreeze and Snow Cone, and was snapped up for $21,000 at the 2018 Australian Pacing Gold sales. “She seems to have good ability. She’s just a nice looking horse,” he said. “She has been a bit slow maturing. She was a bit open in her knees and is a pretty big horse. “Her first couple of trials she hung in a little bit, but we have straightened her up and she was good her last trial. I’ll drive her quiet, slot her in somewhere and let the race unfold.” 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, R1 N1, 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 BLACKBOOKER: Kilmore, R7 N7, Our Kings Landing A smart former New Zealand trotter, which is now being prepared by trainer Brent Lilley and created a big impression in winning his trial. He produced a booming finish out wide on the track from last to win. REPORT & REPLAY BLACKBOOKER: Kilmore, R8 N3, Chateaubriant Has been very good at the trials over the past few weeks and he scored by a large margin. He broke stride momentarily at the start before pushing forward and finding the lead with 1700m remaining. He rolled along at a genuine tempo and continued to build on his lead in the final circuit. REPORT & REPLAY   HRV - Michael Howard

Things may not yet be situation normal on the Victorian circuit but there is still much being learned, including for trainers like David Aiken who have been there, done that many times over. Aiken takes a team of four to Shepparton tonight, a float haul that will include a two-year-old work in progress and three pacers who make up a considerable portion of tonight’s open class pacing race. While Leonidas has missed a start owing to being first emergency, stablemates Roll With It, Ideal Star (pictured) and Bringitonhome will step out in the Your Sold Real Estate Pace, which streams on Trots Vision at 9.16pm. Bringitonhome will be having its first Australian start, having had 35 starts in New Zealand for Regan Todd, which yielded seven wins, five placings and $60,636 in stakes. Like Leonidas, he’s been snapped up by New York’s Steven Finklestein of Jesmeral Stable bound for a US career, but because pandemic limitations have delayed their trip across the Pacific he has his Australian debut for Aiken tonight. “His first two trials I didn’t think were overly impressive, but he trialled a bit better last time and is a nice horse,” Aiken said. “His work has been really good, he seems to have a bit of speed, we will know more after (tonight).” Josh Aiken will take the reins of Bringitonhome from gate two, with stablemate Roll With It to start on his outside for concession driver Ryan Sanderson. “If he gets the run he likes he can finish off good,” Aiken said. “I don’t think he is a winning chance, but he is definitely a place chance if he gets it run to suit.” Aiken himself will take the reins of Ideal Star from inside the back row, with the American Ideal five-year-old having his third start for the stable since being purchased by Todd Stone after 23 starts for Tim Butt that produced seven wins. In Aiken’s care Ideal Star's two runs have produced a win and a third placing, beaten last start only by Victorian record holder Lochinvar Art and flying stablemate Leonidas. “He’s got a good record,” Aiken said. “He came up for sale and wasn’t a lot of money so the owner bought him. He’s got really good speed, is a very fast horse. He will definitely be finishing off.” And as for first emergency Leonidas, who didn’t get a start, Aiken is hopeful we will see plenty more of him before his US adventure, adding “I’d be upset if we don’t get to have him for six months”. “He is only a four-year-old. I felt if he had have been on Lochinvar Art’s helmet he wouldn’t have finished far off him (last week),” he said. “If he (got) a run he’d be the best horse in this field, and there are some very good horses.” There will also be plenty of interest in Aiken’s two-year-old Watchmedazzle, who contests tonight’s Central Tyre Service 2YO Pace. He said the Hes Watching gelding, whose dam Shoom Shoom is a half to Bamako Mali ($259,309), Redbank Blaze ($230,855) and Prophesy ($132,636), had “been really good manners wise leading up to his first race” on April 16 but things soon went array. “He overraced really badly, which is out of character for him,” Aiken said. “He was out of control and I think the occasion got to him. “You’ve got to really look after them for the following week. We would have been real worried if he didn’t do the right thing the following week, but he got through it well.” In his return bout Watchmedazzle settled well, first on to the pegs and then in the running line, before showing an impressive burst in the straight to win by 4.3 metres for his large group of owners. “He raced like we thought he would last week. He is no world beater, but he is a really nice horse, got a good turn of foot.” The hope is for more of the same tonight, but Aiken is wary the talent around him, He has a high opinion of trainer Isabel Walsh’s Viva La Rock, who “had two good trial wins” before getting really keen on debut. “I’m tipping they let him roll along (tonight) over the 1700.” He also thinks highly of Cashflow Cassie and noted “there is a fair bit of speed there”, anticipating Josh Aiken will be able to “slot in” on Watchmedazzle. “Hopefully they go quick early and he can use his pace at the end. It is all about education at the moment.” 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: Shepparton, R3 N2, Covered Kylie Produced a game third at Shepparton in her latest race track appearance and was impressive at the trials so she appears to be ready to win a race. She showed good gate speed to lead and won untroubled, seemingly with plenty in reserve. REPORT & REPLAY   HRV - Michael Howard

Patience is proving a virtue for Geoff Lucas’s Mildura team, which is hitting the line with vigor late and producing rewarding results. Despite having only had seven starters in 2019-20, courtesy of Without Hesitation (five starts) and recent addition Bernie Winkle (two), the trainer is on the cusp of his second most stakes won in a season, having missed a place only once. Bernie Winkle, a long-time Glenn Douglas favourite, has gone two from two since joining Lucas in mid-April, while opportunist mare Without Hesitation has also been a North West region eye-catcher since the introduction of region-based racing. Having recently crossed from Noel Cameron, Lucas said Without Hesitation was “still learning to race”, but had taken her opportunities of late with three seconds and a win among her last five starts. “She is always a chance, but has to have a few things go her way,” Lucas said. “I think she will only get better after her next spell.” A sit-sprinter with a brisk finish, Lucas said the stable planned to mix things up in today’s Tenderprint Australia Pace, which will stream on Trots Vision at 3.13pm. Without Hesitation will start from gate one and will be called on to give a bit more than the modest tactical speed she’s shown to date. “We have never pushed her from the gate, we probably will (today),” Lucas said. “She’s never led in a race, I would like to have a crack at leading or being on the back of the leader. She’s really a sit-sprinter, but I am keen to see what happens.” It’s a notable change of tactics not just for horse but her co-owner/trainer, with Lucas noting “she has always been doing her best work at the end of races, that’s how I like it, I don’t like to see them pushed early”. It’s a preference that’s also been evident in the stable’s latest addition, Bernie Winkle. A career stakes winner of $260,147, the seven-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding’s 23rd and 24th wins have come since the move to the Sunraysia, where Lucas has been keen for the veteran to be put to sleep early and then unleashed for a withering run. The results have been more than encouraging, with a nine-metre win on April 24 preceding the five-metre win on May 1. “When he came here I said to (owner) Eric (Anderson) I wanted to drive him really quietly,” Lucas said. “Before his first start he had only been at my place a week and I didn’t even know (driver) Shane Smith, but we only have about 15 drivers in Mildura and I asked him if he’d drive Bernie Winkle. Now he won’t get off it.” Lucas believes Bernie Winkle may be benefitting from the softer sand of his home training track – owned by Andrew Stenhouse and Dwayne Locke – and the short trip to the Mildura racecourse, adding “Eric’s a strong believer that the horse never travels all that well”. Drawn inside the back row in tonight’s Sunraysia Security Protective Services Pace, Lucas expects Bernie Winkle’s chances will again be somewhat reliant on the tempo set by others, with Boris Devcic’s Augustus Jack and Vinny Chase prominent on the front row and front-running horse Murranji Track drawn on Bernie Winkle's outside. “It will be interesting to see Boris’s tactics up front,” Lucas said. “We will be somewhere near last and hope there is a bit of speed in the race, wind him up towards the end and hopefully we are somewhere close to them.” 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.       HRV - Michael Howard

Chris Svanosio is eager to not be distracted by what might be, preferring to stay in the present as he prepares a talented team for tonight’s Kilmore trots. Svanosio will have his third start since taking over as trainer-driver of Bruce Morgan’s highly touted pacer Bonus Play, who will share the convoy to Kilmore with promising two-year-old trotters Watch And Act and Whos The Man, and in-form pair Delightful Mia and Brandlo Prince. “(Bonus Play) came to me to hopefully be racing at Melton each week in metro races, that hasn’t quite worked out yet, but hopefully that’s where he will be in a couple of months’ time,” Svanosio told Trots Talk. “He had no luck last time, there was a bit of an incident on the first bend, he got run into and had a flat tyre, so that was just a forget run. I was rapt with his first-up run and he seems good this week, it’s a bit of a test for him but he should go pretty good.” Bonus Play contests tonight’s Kilmore Men’s Shed Pace, to stream at 8pm on Trots Vision, along with stablemate Delightful Mia. The Shadow Play gelding carried huge wraps amid a three-year-old season that produced five wins, but now at age five and some 55 weeks since his last victory the gloss, for some, may have worn off. Not for Svanosio. “I’m just looking forward to the future, hopefully there’s a few wins ahead for him,” Svanosio said. “He’s a magnificent looking horse, he’s a magnificent pacer, he’s got a lot of ability. Hopefully we can get a bit of consistent racing into him. We are not making big plans, we’re just worrying about Kilmore for a start.” Victory tonight will be hard-earned, with War Dan and Professor Tom expected to dominate betting, while Bonus Play's stablemate Delightful Mia, to be steered by Lisa Miles, is also likely to earn support. “Delightful Mia’s just racing consistently and working into a bit of fitness,” Svanosio said. “She might be able to find the top and over the mile that’s always been one of her strengths.” The following race on the card is the Claire Western Photography Trot, when Svanosio has gelding Brandlo Prince, who’s gone two-from-two since joining the stable on lease from Yabby Dam Farms. He faces a stern test tonight, with Lisa Miles’ Powderkeg, Brent Lilley’s Storm Cloud and Michael Hughes’ Is That A Bid among the challengers in a race that further reinforces the strength of trotting in the East region. “Brandlo Prince has got three or four trotters that look like metro trotters to go around against, but he’s won both his races for us and been terrific both times, so hopefully he can get the cash again.” Svanosio’s other involvement is having a pair step out in the Fiberprotect From Hygaine 2YO Trotters Handicap, with Skyvalley gelding Watch And Act and Angus Hall gelding Whos The Man having both placed in their previous starts. “You do a lot of work with them, getting them educated and watching them develop. I was rapt with both of them last week at Kilmore,” he said. “Whos The Man did a terrific job his first start, stepped away and went around and found the front. Got a bit lost out in front, but he was very good. And Watch And Act definitely improved from his first run. “They are going good, but they have a couple of good ones in their race (tonight), Aldebaran Zeus and Here Comes Kyvalley both look like very smart horses, so it will be a fair test for them.” While Svanosio has an eye to the future with both, he’s also adamant on what is the immediate task at hand. “We’re out here to win races, I’m hoping they can win (tonight), but realistically if they can have a few runs and get a bit of experience, then maybe they have a little of a break and we might be able to aim at the sires races or Redwoods if they are programmed and everything gets back to normal,” he said. “It’s a bit hard to make too long term a plan, they are going good, they have improved, we will be trying to win (tonight) with them.” 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.   HRV - Michael Howard

Fresh from a dynamic debutant double act Geoff Webster is hoping to repeat the dose at Ballarat tonight. The Bannockburn trainer’s two-year-old trotters cleared out for an impressive one-two finish at Melton on Monday, when Bromwich and Aldebaran Dianna swept clear to win handsomely. Tonight two more careers begin for Webster, with his two-year-old pacers Dougs Babe and Tuppence to make their debut at Bray Raceway. While he’s been encouraged by the trial form of both, he’ll take the reins of Dougs Babe, which carries the name of his late brother Doug Webster, who passed in 2018. “That’s the reason I’m driving him, that connection with my brother,” Webster said. “He has still got another couple of foals on the ground.” Dougs Babe is by Western Terror out of Dougs Courage, a South Australian Oaks winner among 23 victories, and has been leased by Webster to the Ballarat and District Trotting Club Standardbred Group. “I had a Bit Of A Babe with them, so joining the two names and we got Dougs Babe,” Webster said. “It is a nice thing to have that connection between the two.” The fact he recommended it to the syndicate should be seen as his confidence in the filly’s ability. “I have always thought a bit of her, which is why I leased her to Ballarat,” he said. “At one stage I thought I may have overrated her, but on her last trial and her work since she is looking like a handy filly. She’s improved really quickly the last three or four weeks.” She will start from gate one in tonight’s second race – the Ballarat Mazda 2YO Pace – with stablemate Tuppence to launch from gate three. “He came to me four months ago. He’s actually a little like the filly, he’s just kept improving,” Webster said. “Both of his trials have been quite good and on his track work there is not a lot a between them. They are handy little horses.” He expects them to be very competitive tonight, when they will run into three first starters from Emma Stewart’s camp, a Jess Tubbs first starter and Allan McDonough-trained Stylish Joe, who’s placed at his last two starts. “If you go on their trial performances I expect my two to be pretty competitive, especially the filly, who has drawn the pole and has reasonable gate speed. I expect she will be close to them.” The pair will likely only be lightly-raced this campaign, with South Australian-bred Tuppence to be directed towards the Southern Cross series and Dougs Babe to Vicbred and Breeders Crown campaigns, which are all in a state of delay owing to the pandemic restrictions. It’s a similar case for Webster’s trotters Bromwich and Aldebaran Dianna, who as mentioned made impressive debuts at Melton on Monday when they quinellaed the DNR Logistics 2YO Trotters Handicap. Both have been sent to the paddock following their first-up performances with an eye on sires stakes series, having made pleasing debuts for Webster. “They have been a work in progress, having had them for 12 month, and until they do it you are never really sure, but that was a bit special,” he said. “The one I won on (Bromwich) hardly ever trots at home, he gallops every time I work him, but whenever I have taken him to Melton for trials he has raced well and I went there hoping he would do the same again.” He was initially faultless in finding and holding the lead for Webster, but approaching the last bend began to hang out and reinsman Ryan Duffy, who was driving stablemate Aldebaran Dianna on the leader’s back, took advantage and pushed through to the lead. “(Ryan) took the gap pretty quickly,” Webster said. “I was a bit surprised. “It was a funny thing, (Bromwich) normally hangs in at home but all the way he was running up the track, which was unusual.” Despite giving ground in the running line, Bromwich ran the middle distance race out the better to score by 2.3 metres, with third-placed Surprise To Me a further 25 metres in arears. “Both have a future,” Webster 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. From 11am: David Brick From 11.20am: Danny Mullan From 11.35am: Allan McDonough From noon: Wednesday quiz From 12.20pm: HRV CEO Dayle Brown Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app. Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app.       HRV - Michael Howard  

Big things are Brewin at Bendigo’s training centre, which houses a couple of the leading lights of the Central circuit who will be eager to add to their success at Lord’s Raceway tonight. Trainer Justin Brewin and son Jayden will partner with Ringer Russ in the Sheahan Plumbing 3YO Pace, one of five steers for the night for the latter. Jayden’s produced three wins from 37 starts since the April 2 change to region-based racing, the equal fifth most driving wins in the region, while Justin’s 15 starts as a trainer have produced four winners, the equal second most of any Central trainer. It’s been an encouraging return for the former South Australian family, who relocated to the Bendigo facility about six weeks ago, just prior to the change to region-based racing. “When the training centre became available we jumped at it, it’s the perfect place, especially for our young horses,” said Jayden, who believes their horses are benefitting from the chance to race where they train. “Normally you would have two horses at max on a track (when training), but there are normally three or four here, as well as the track signage and small things that can make a difference in races. The young ones get to see more of the track and become more accustomed to the race day feel.” Add in that only the Bendigo track is under use at present in their region and the adjustment to their new home has been a smooth one. “We don’t have to go far to do anything,” Jayden said. “That’s certainly helped us be able to get a few more results. The travelling is one thing, though it doesn’t really worry me, but from a training point of view we have been able to race against similar teams in the local area.” A fast-tracked settling in has been welcomed for the family after taking a big leap in the past 18 months. Jayden was the family’s trailblazer, leaving Adelaide in September 2018 to pursue a Victorian trots career and beginning at Jess Tubbs and Greg Sugars’ Larajay Farm, where he worked “for six or seven months and really liked it”. “I went back home for a couple of months, sorted out my stuff and mum and dad were keen to move as well,” he said. “We thought it was the right time to pack up and move about six or seven months ago and haven’t looked back since.” Initially they moved horses to Danny Curran’s property “and he helped us get started”, and then a tick over a month ago “jumped” at the opportunity to embed the team at Bendigo’s training centre. “We normally had about eight max in Adelaide, but we are training 12 now,” Jayden said. “One or two are from Adelaide, but most are from different owners and a couple are our own. “The facilities here are great. The walker’s brilliant; we have never had one to use and it’s a great thing. There are four tracks, a state-of-the-art barn, a perfect tack room, coffee room – it’s all there, and a lot of the locals have been real kind.” Jayden Brewin has five drives tonight and gave Trots Centre readers a runner-by-runner guide: R3 N5 Ima Ziabee (trainer Glenn Sharp) “He was jogging in behind them last start when he kicked the cart and galloped, but as soon as he got back down he made up a lot of ground. I think he will be a cheeky, cheeky chance." R4 N1 Ringer Ross (trainer Justin Brewin) “The way he works compared to what he does at the races are two different things. His last run was better, but he’s just struggling to find his feet. I think he will get better with age, he’s not hopeless, he has got some speed. It is a small field, he should find leader’s back and hopefully run into the money.” R6 N2 Shadow Ross (trainer Kate Hargeaves) “He is a horse that needs to be up on the speed. I don’t know if he can get to the fence, but if he can he will be up there.” R7 N2 Leigha Miller (trainer Gary Donaldson) “She’s my best chance. If she can find the front she will be very hard to beat, but it’s not do or die that we have to lead, she has got a good turn of foot on her.” R8 N7 Shaq (trainer Ellen Tormey) “His effort two starts ago was pretty gig. He is a little bit of a tricky horse, but if I can roll forward and sit outside them he is certainly my second best chance of the night.” 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. Today's guests include: From 11am: Trainer Luke Stapleton From 11.20am: Trainer Shaun McNaulty From 11.35am: Trainer Neville Pangrazio From 11.50am: Race caller Luke Humphreys From noon: The Tuesday Tutorial with Mitch Sidebottom Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app.     The good oil from the Vic trials circuit BLACKBOOKER: Shepparton, R3 N2, Covered Kylie Produced a game third at Shepparton in her latest race track appearance and was impressive at the trials so she appears to be ready to win a race. She showed good gate speed to lead and won untroubled, seemingly with plenty in reserve. REPORT & REPLAY   HRV - Michael Howard

As lovers of a Moreton Bay bug well know, fresh is best and trainer David Jack is hopeful that translates when he unleashes his talented trotter at Shepparton tonight. Moreton Bay returns in the Guardline Security Trotters Handicap, to stream at 7.10pm on Trots Vision, first up since placing third in Bathurst’s Gold Coronet on March 23 last year. That hit-out was the last of his juvenile campaign, which captured more than $60,000 in stakes across 11 starts and encompassed five wins. Jack told Trots Talk the lengthy lay-off could be attributed to a spell for the trainer-driver more than his horse. "I had a bit of a hiatus, 12 months off because I had to have my knees replaced, but they are back ang going as good as new,” he said. And he’s hopeful the time will also be beneficial for Moreton Bay, with the Group 1 Majestic Son entire growing into his skin. “He’s a big horse, I had to have some time off and I thought I’d give him the option of having some time off too and hopefully he will be a better horse for it,” Jack said. “Whether that was the right move or the wrong move we will know in the next 12 months. He’s missed a bit of racing, but he’s a lot bigger and stronger horse for it.” He will start from the outside of the front row of tonight’s rating 46 to 60 middle-distance standing start trot, and was enlisted a $1.50 favourite by Goodform analyst Jason Bonnington. “You will see a fairly forward showing,” Jack said. “He might be a bit iffy away from the stand. Since he’s been back in he might think he’s a bit more important than what he really is. He gets a bit excited just lining up. “He’ll only improve with racing. I think he will go very close to winning (tonight), the best of him is yet to come.” Jack was wary about the challenges of a horse stepping from a juvenile to open age career and said Moreton Bay had plenty of learning to do. “To be a good open class trotter you have to have manners and you have to have speed and you have to be able to stay a bit,” he said. “He’s got speed and I think he’s got the manners too, but he’s got to develop. “It’s a different thing racing against juvenile trotters, he’s progressed now, he’s a four-year-old, straight away even though (some of tonight’s competition) are only maidens, they are fairly seasoned. “Horses like him have a fair bit of ability, but they don’t learn a lot at the races sometimes when you are doing those juvenile races because they ae predominantly leading or they are not far off leading, so they haven’t been in races (run the way) they don’t want them to be. I think he’s got the potential to go a long way, but time will tell.” 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. Today's guests include: 11am: Justin Torney 11.15am: Andy Gath 11.30am: Luke Humphries After noon: Friday form panel with Cody Winnell Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app.   The good oil from the Vic trials circuit BLACKBOOKER: Mildura, R5 N8, Twobobjack Broke stride approximately 50m after the start and lost valuable ground. He chased hard and came from tailed off to tack onto the group at the 650m then came out three horses wide on the home turn and produced a big effort to finish second. It was a top performance. REPORT & REPLAY BLACKBOOKER: Shepparton, R4 N1, American Sweetheart Was an impressive winner of the third trial. She began quickly from barrier six and stormed across the face of the field to lead then proceeded in running along at a genuine tempo. She ran her rivals off their legs and won by a big margin. REPORT & REPLAY     HRV - Michael Howard  

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