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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  

Tonight could well prove the start of something special for trainer Luke Stapleton, who unveils the first of a fleet of well-bred fillies. Keilah steps out in the first at Bendigo tonight, the Bayswater Jayco 3YO Maiden pace on Trots Vision at 6.17pm, with Stapleton’s hopes high for the filly, who’s only the third horse he’s had run in his name since returning from an almost 18-year training absence. “She has taken a bit of time to get going,” Stapleton said of the New Zealand-bred Art Major three-year-old, who’s a half to ThatswhatIsaid ($116,477) and I Will Rock You ($80,726). “She was a bit rough with her pacing and now she is doing everything right.” That’s been evident in her two winning trials at Maryborough this month, her first since she trialled when in the hands of Mick Stanley almost 12 months prior. Owned by Stapleton’s uncle and aunty, Brendan and Anne James of BFJ Bloodstock, he said the filly was returned to him for a spell and “I have ended up training her”. It’s been fortuitous, because she’s taken well to the neighbour’s unique training track. “I live next door to Kate Hargreaves and Alex Ashwood and use their track, which has an ascent from 800 to 600 metres and that seems to be agreeing with her.” More will be learned when she debuts tomorrow night, but she hasn’t been missed by analysts, with Good Form’s Blake Redden marking her a $2 chance and “after showing some good dash in a couple of Maryborough trials” he noted “she’s out of a good producing mare and she should be hard to beat”. And she’s not the only promising filly in Stapleton’s care. He’s also preparing unraced pair Yankee Angel and Angel Of Heaven, half-sisters who were bred by BFJ Bloodstock to their mare Arty Alice. The latter has a terrific record, not only producing Beach Shack ($148,702) and Angel Of Arts ($100,600) but Rockstar Angel, who’s building on her $406,258 in Australian earnings with success in the US. Yankee Angel is their three-year-old half-sister by American Ideal and Stapleton said she was “a nice filly”. “She is pretty small, but predominantly the family haven’t gone early, so we won’t rush her,” he said. “She is about a month away from trialling.” Similarly, two-year-old Angel Of Heaven, by Rock N Roll Heaven, will be worked up slowly. Stapleton also trains there big half-brother Tracer Bullet, who has spelled since last July but is nearing a return. “I had a win with Tracer Bullet (last campaign), he is back in work and about a month away from trialling,” he said. The quartet make up the stable of Stapleton, who drove from 1998 through to 2003, steering 37 winners across 544 starts amid stints working with Andrew Peace, Gavin Lang, Noel Alexander, David Murphy and time in the US. “I out drove my claim and it got pretty hard and so I went working for Dad,” he said. Some 15 years on the itch has returned, he’s re-established at Shelbourne and again has his hands full. “It’s good to be back training a couple and mucking around with a few,” he said. “Four is a lot, probably too much, when you are working full-time, but when they are quality like this it is pretty motivating.” 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. 11am: Mike Reed 11.15am: Maddie Ray 11.35am: Peter Tonkin on Gavin Lang After noon: Mick Guerin 12.20pm: Tim Butt Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app.     The good oil from the Vic trials circuit BLACKBOOKER: Bendigo, R1 N2, Keilah Settled five back on the markers before moving into a one out and one back trail at the 800m and came out three horses wide at the 600m when she won nicely. REPORT BLACKBOOKER: Bendigo, R4 N4, Angski Settled four back on the markers, moved around the field and was able to slot in behind the leader at the bell before giving chase at the 300m. She finished second (behind Just Oscar). REPORT     HRV - Michael Howard

While the fast-finishing skewbald in tonight’s final race at Shepparton may well attract the most attention, all 61 of tonight’s combatants will carry hopes that they can show a bit of Holstein's glitz and glamour. Among that lot is Hard Road, who will step out in the Shepparton BMW 3YO Pace for trainer-breeder-owner Andrew Yates, a former New South Wales horseman who’s returned to the game with the lightly-raced home-bred pacer. “It’s good, you miss not doing it,” Yates said, with Hard Road’s debut this month his first runner since November 27, 2014. “It’s good to be back again having a go with him and I have a couple of yearlings coming up, so hopefully I will be back in the game for a while now.” Hard Road is a personal project for Yates, having bred him from two of his former competitors: 10-time winning stallion Our First Fantasy and two-time winning mare Mary Ann Brandon. “I reared him, broke him in. He’s a nice-natured horse, paces nicely,” he said. “Touch wood, he’s pretty foolproof. I just hope he improves a bit.” Hard Road is the third of the Our First Fantasy-Mary Ann Brandon breed, having been preceded by Jay Be Brandon, who had an Elmore win among 10 starts before being retired to HRV HERO for a more suited life-after-racing, and Buddy Brandon, who is working towards a first career start. Hard Road’s two starts have shown modest form, including giving ground in the latter stages of his last start after sitting in the running line, and Yates said gradual improvement was the main aim at present. “He needed trials and a bit more education, but there aren’t many around at present,” he said. “He has improved a bit with his racing.” It’s hoped a move from the middle distance to the mile tonight will have him hitting the line. He’ll start from gate three, directly inside High Flux, who is trained and will be driven by Yates’ son Simon Turnbull. The pair share the training duties at Yates’ Mooroopna North West stables, with High Flux well placed for another forward showing tonight, when the stable hopes his four consecutive placings may be a prelude to his first win. As for Hard Road, there are more modest ambitions at this stage, with Yates aware it may be gradual progress, as his horse’s name implies. “There’s a saying it’s a hard road for an old dog, and I was thinking it’s a bloody hard road getting them going.” 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: HRV GM of Racing Stephen Bell 11.20am: Trainer-driver David Murphy 11.50am: Driver Royce Nutt After noon: The Wednesday quiz Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app.     The good oil from the Vic trials circuit BLACKBOOKER: Ballarat, R2 N4, Beautiful Woman Settled three back on the inside and finished on strongly for a game victory. The final sectionals were fast and she is nicely bred so she appears to be very promising. REPORT & REPLAY BLACKBOOKER: Ballarat, R7 N6, Pur Dan A smart former New Zealander that is now with trainer Amanda Grieve. He settled last of the five, ran up behind the pack in the straight and went to the line absolutely jogging with no clear run. He is worth following. REPORT & REPLAY BLACKBOOKER: Shepparton, R2 N1, Highland Hill Stepped quickly to find the lead and rolled along at a genuine tempo throughout the entire trial to post an impressive victory. REPORT & REPLAY     HRV - Michael Howard

It may not be a top tier grand prix but Lisa Miles is looking forward to firing up her Ferrari for a spin around Kilmore tonight. Powderkeg returns from a freshen up after his Need For Speed consolation win, stepping out in tonight’s North Central Review Trot well placed to add to his three-year-old season. “It’s really nice,” Miles said of steering a trotter of Powderkeg’s talent. “It can seem like the difference between an old paddock bomb or driving a sports car down the street at times. It makes for happier days.” While he’s made some mistakes when it’s least wanted, like in his Need For Speed heat, Redwood Classic and Breeders Crown final, the Vicbred Super Series two-year-old winner was showing continual signs of improvement, Miles said. “I was happy with both trials, the last one was an improvement on the first, which is what I like to see," she said. “I would like to think he has matured a bit. He was a bit boisterous and could do things wrong if there were disruptions to his normal patterns. He’s getting that little bit better all the time.” While plans for New South Wales Derby and Vicbred Super Series campaigns are on hold amid the change to region-based racing, Miles said she would just “take each start at a time”. “He was having a bit of a break after after his last victory, but he’s not the sort of horse you can leave out for a long time because he is a three-year-old colt and bit boisterous. He enjoys his work too.” Which brings us to tonight. “He’s not got a bad barrier draw all things going well. You have got to respect the rest of them, Kyvalley Clichy in particular has the form on the board, and (Powderkeg) is only a three-year-old.” But he is her best chance tonight on “raw ability and expectation”, though whatever he does “he will improve on”. Miles has a busy night ahead, beginning with the first, the Beraldo Coffee Pace, which streams on Trots Vision from 5.22pm. Her entrant Villaci is first emergency and if he doesn’t get a start he will be guided towards Cranbourne next week, freeing Miles to drive Dylan Stratford-trained Sir Fortune. It looks set to be the first of three Stratford runners she will pilot tonight, following on with first starter Aldebaran My and then Scootin Around in the Jet Roofing 3YO Pace. “(Scootin Around) is a really big horse, was very immature but is getting better with every start. I’d like to think he will win one in his next couple of starts if not (tonight)." She then has Nota Republica returning in the C & M Build Pace at 7.43pm, happy with the prized draw inside the back row behind impressive three-year-old Theultimate. “It is the perfect draw first up,” Miles said. “He didn’t race his best last prep, but is working nicely and trialled well last week. He will need the run, but it’s the best draw for sure.” And then it's on to Tam Oshanter in the Kilmore Trackside Trot. “He trialled well behind Powderkeg and Emerald Stride. He needs the run, he is an opportunist but has come a long way. He loves people and the public and is a joy to take to the race track.” 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 N9, Starlight Safari Came out of the gate brilliantly to find the lead, ran along at a genuine tempo and was simply too good for his rivals, running away to win by 30m at the end. REPORT & REPLAY BLACKBOOKER: Terang, R2 N7, Keayang Kamikaze KEAYANG KREUZER (Somebeachsomewhere – Inasafeplace 2.2.2, $10,365) was able to win from the unraced juvenile KEAYANG KAMIKAZE (Bettors Delight – Libertybelle Midfrew 1.53.9, $640,497) and both horses obviously showed ability with the final quarter being run in a sizzling 27.2 seconds. REPORT   BLACKBOOKER: Kilmore, R6 N6, Royal Charlotte Was a very nice run. She broke stride at the start and was a tailed off third early, chased hard and finished strongly, seemingly with something in reserve. REPORT & REPLAY   HRV - Michael Howard

Brent Lilley will fire up some fresh talent at Kilmore tonight, but both of the top tier trotters will enter their quests with question marks. Our Kings Landing makes his Australian debut in the OKR 98.3FM Trot, carrying hopes that he’ll become another Kiwi-bred trotter to make it big in Victoria. And regally-bred two-year-old Aldebaran Zeus, a winner on debut, will step out against open age horses, including aptly named 10-year-old Tip Top Grandpa, in the Kilmore Trackside Trotters Handicap. “It’s not common in Australia, but back home in New Zealand you see it all the time,” Lilley said of the challenge facing his two-year-old. “He’s a sensible horse, he doesn’t have the ring craft of some of them but ability wise he is as good as any in this field. He is well above average.” That’s a description that also sits comfortably on the shoulders of Our Kings Landing, whose 13 starts for Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen’s All Stars Racing produced five victories and almost $75,000 in stakes. Lilley said he was “pretty inexperienced” but “a quality horse”, and when the opportunity presented to test drive and then purchase him during a Kiwi sales visit he jumped at it. “I’d always known the horse and watched him,” Lilley said. “It was thought he was better than (eventual Inter Dominion winner) Winterfell last year, but they had trouble getting him going. “He had a few little issues, prior to buying him, in New Zealand. He just wasn’t trotting as fluidly as they thought he should be. “We have worked on him and he was pretty good at Kilmore when he trialled, not perfect, but he should go good in the race.” Now in the ownership of a syndicate Lilley assembled, Our Kings Landing makes his Australian debut amid quality. “He has come over and been thrown into the deep end with his rating because of his performances back in New Zealand,” Lilley said. “Magicool looks the horse to beat and is a very good horse. “(Our Kings Landing) is pretty forward, but he will be better for having a race under his belt. “He probably needs a good six to 12 months at the elite level to get him right up there, but he has the talent to do it. We will be a bit wiser after his first start, he seems fairly fast and a genuine type of horse.” Lilley also has Our Thunder Buddy, Kyvalley Barney and Cruisin Around in the race and while the former two will go in as outsiders he said the latter should be much improved. “Cruise pulled up a little off-colour from his first-up run, which was an average run. There wouldn’t be much between (he and Our Kings Landing) at home.” He will also float three-year-old trotter Split Ear to Kilmore, with the Night Of The Stars gelding to contest the Momentum Gaming 3YO Pace and hopefully improve on his first-up miss-step. “He was looming into it last week and galloped down the back straight,” Lilley said. “He trialled OK before that and we are hoping for a better run. He is no world beater but should get a win in the future.” Lilley said Aldebaran Zeus was his best chance of a win. 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: From 11am: Reinsman Josh Duggan From 11.30am: Trainer Emma Stewart From 11.40am: Race caller Luke Humphries From 11.50am: Trainer-driver Glenn Conroy From noo: The Friday Form Panel with Cody Winnell Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app. To catch up on previous episodes click below.     The good oil from the Vic trials circuit BLACKBOOKER: Kilmore, R8 N5, 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   HRV Trots Media - Michael Howard

Greg Sugars will proudly wear the crest of the rising sun across his chest when he chases more Tabcorp Park Melton success this Anzac Day. Fresh from five victories last Saturday night, the leading Inner West reinsman was honoured to be asked  by Harness Racing Victoria to wear the Anzac Appeal silks, part of the national day of remembrance to acknowledge those who have served in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. “It’s an honour to pull on those silks,” Sugars said. “It’s a fantastic day Anzay Day and a lot of history behind it, of course, which goes without saying. Very happy to be a part of it.” The Myrniong reinsman said he wanted to do the silks justice with some on-track success, adding “I just hope I didn’t peak a week early”, having last week won a remarkable five of the night’s eight races. “It was just one of those nights where all the cards kept falling my way and just kept kicking a few goals,” he said. “It was a terrific night and hopefully we can do it again this weekend. “Confidence is a big thing no matter who you are talking about in any form of sport, that’s not only with people but with our horses as well. When you are on a bit of a roll and you are confident in your decision making process, you just seem to make the right decisions more often than not. “When things start to fall your way and you don’t hesitate, you just go out there and do what feels right and when you seem to be in form, more often than not those decision you make tend to be the right ones.” He will be well placed for more success on Saturday, with top class chances across the card including the prized steer on Poster Boy in the last for trainer Emma Stewart. “Just to get him out there under race conditions and sit behind a horse like that, that’s the reason why we are out there as drivers, to team up with these horses.”   HRV Trots Media - Michael Howard

The Candyman put on a clinic at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night, with Greg Sugars steering five of the eight winners, including a masterful drive on Imperial Whiz that was one for ages. It was the fifth time in his 20-year career and only the second time on an eight-race card that Sugars has reached the mark, which has only been achieved at Tabcorp Park Melton by two others drivers – Chris Alford (three times) and Mark Purdon (once). Tonight's feat also make Sugars only the second driver to achieve the feat twice at Melton. “One of those nights when things just kept going my way. Very pleased. It doesn’t always work out that way,” Sugars said. “There’s no way I thought I was coming home with five tonight. Very happy.” TROTS CENTRE: THEULTIMATE TALENT READY TO BURN TONIGHT The Sugars show kicked off in race three with Emma Stewart trained Two Times Bettor reminding of her elite talent, bouncing back from a difficult first-up showing by sweeping three-wide and storming home in the Allied Express Pace. “If you put her first up run out of your mind then she looked very well placed tonight and it proved to be the case,” Sugars said. “She put her best foot forward.” And then came the Myrniong reinsman’s shining moment in the Woodlands Stud Trot, when he smoothly extricated Imperial Whiz from his tricky pegs draw by slicing through a gap and rounding the field to lead. Sugars gained some separation on the final turn and held off challenges from Fling About and Scallywag Sam to win by a short half-head. “It worked out really well. I wanted to put the horse into the race if possible and that was the way it worked out,” Sugars said. “He needed the breaks to go his way and got a well-deserved win, very pleased for (trainer) Danny (Mullan) and the team.” Race six, the Alabar Pace, brought a far more regulation performance with Egodan sliding to the front after an early tussle with mare Our Step Up and holding all at bay in a 55.2-second last half over the middle distance. That made it two from two for Egodan since joining the Emma Stewart stable. Stewart and Sugars then combined for two on the trot, with Freddy Funk winning the next – the TAB Long May We Play Pace – in a race ran upside down, with quick first and second quarters suiting the backmarkers. Freddy Funk had last crack at them and took the honours by a half-head from Our Sportscaster. And it was a similar story in the last, the Aldebaran Park Trot, where young stars I Am Pegasus and Sammy Showdown biffed it out in the early stages and when they tired late the grand mare Auntie Poppy kept on keeping on to run away with a 14-metre win from Ymbro Wasted. “She doesn’t shirk an issue Poppy, she’s pretty tough,” Sugars. “When she was going to be out the back tonight we needed a genuine run tempo. Knew the other two didn’t have the race fitness on their side like she did, so thought they would be vulnerable if they went to war, which they sort of did. Was very happy mid-race with the way things were working out.” Amid the Sugars domination in-form reinsman Ryan Duffy still slid in to claim two races – winning with The Dude for Andy Gath and Bettor Be The Bomb for Basil Dooley – while Rhys Nicholson gave a hearty salute when he scored in the remaining race for dad John with Its Back In The Day.   HRV Trots Media - Michael Howard

The show must go on for trainer-driver Kylie Sugars, whose star trotter came from the clouds this season and returns from a brief spell to contest the last race of tonight’s Tabcorp Park program. The rise and rise of Sammy Showdown has been one of the stories of the season, with Sugars, who co-leases the Baccardi Lindy gelding with his owner-breeder Graeme Rayner, guiding the trotter from a moderately rated, lightly raced four-year-old to a Group 1 threat. “He returned in November at the end of last year after five and a half months away due to injury and if you had told me then that by the first week of March he would have competed in two Group 1 races and only just gotten beaten in both of them I would have said ‘you are insane’,” Sugars told Trots Talk. “But every challenge that’s been thrown at him he just keep stepping up, he gives you everything, he leaves nothing in the tank and he answers every call. “He’s done a phenomenal job really from where he was in November, a 54 rater, to stepping up into free-for-all country. He’s only four years old, he’s relatively lightly raced and his acceleration to fast class has been very quick.” That emergence continues at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight, when Sammy Showdown contests the Aldebaran Park Trot, the last on the program that streams on Trots Vision at 9.37pm. It’s his first start since running third behind Big Jack Hammer and Red Hot Tooth in Menangle’s Aquagait Trotters Mile, which came on the heels of a fourth placing behind Tornado Valley, Wobelee and Temporale in Aldebaran Park The Knight Pistol. Beaten only 1.1 and 6 metres respectively, it’s quite extraordinary company he’s keeping. “It was a huge thrill, huge buzz,” Sugars said. “All those horses that competed in those Group 1 races have been going around in those races for last two or three seasons and he’s a Johnny come lately. “I can go into those races confident that whatever happens he’ll gives his best, and I’m very lucky sitting behind him because he always does – no matter what happens he goes down fighting.” She’s optimistic those traits will again be on show tonight, when Sammy Showdown starts from gate four and is likely to start short in the market amid the open class field. “A small field, but a small field of very consistent horses,” Sugars said. “Scruffy Doolan has really hit its straps the last two starts, I Am Pegasus has got very good, solid form from the Breed For Speed Series against her own sex over a mile. She’s hugely talented. “And Savannah Jay Jay has been going around in free-for-all company for a number of seasons and he’s a very good sit-sprinter. “A small but select field of horses who are always thereabouts and capable of running a good race. (Sammy Showdown) is going to have to begin quite well if we want to get to the front, but if we have to sit outside them then so be it. “He’s picked up right where he left off, so I thought we’ll head back to the races and see what happens.” It’s not only been a breakout for Sammy Showdown but also one of sorts for Sugars. This season marks her 20th in the sulky, having competed every year since her 1999-2000 debut. But while Sugars has had her least amount of driving starts (37) so far this season since 2007-08, she has remarkably enjoyed her greatest amount of stakes won ($71,405) since 2005-06, with five of her six winners being Sammy Showdown (the other was Horratio). TALKING TROTS ON SENTRACK: Hosts Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden will guide listeners through the wins, near-misses and opportunities of tonight's Tabcorp Park card with Talking Trots on Track from 6-10pm. Aired on SEN 1116AM and 1377AM in Melbourne, 657AM in Perth and 1575AM in Wollongong, you can also click here to listen live online and for links to download the SEN app.   Craig Rail's Trial File All the good oil from the Victorian trials circuit. BLACKBOOKER: Race 6 No. 3 War Dan Settled five back on the markers and was the widest runner turning into the straight. He finished very quickly out wide on the track for an eye-catching second. FULL REPORT     HRV Trots Media - Michael Howard

There’s has been no success yet and any sparkle has been fleeting, but there will be plenty of eyes on every step taken by I Stand Alone, the little half-brother to a Great Southern Star champion, who makes his debut at Terang tonight. I Stand Alone was the third foal bred from Diamond Insitu by John Meade, the first being the aforementioned Sparkling Success ($423,320) and the second being Diamond Wes ($22,725), and some five years on the Danny Bouchea gelding readies to take his first racing step in tonight’s Cobden Ab Trot. “I reckon he’s a magnificent, lovely horse,” Meade said. “He has all the credentials to be a really good horse, but I’m not so confident I can get it out of him.” Meade believes I Stand Alone injured a hip during his early years, “a deep-seated injury” that has seen him thus far fall short of their “high assumptions for this horse”. “He doesn’t know he’s a brother of Sparkling Success,” said Meade, who had mixed feeling about I Stand Alone’s only trial this time in, when he was second of five on Saturday, beaten 50 metres by Jaeden. “I wasn’t very happy with his trial, I thought he should have been a lot better against the pacers than he was, but it was a dreadful morning weather-wise and it was the fastest trial of the morning.” So can he win? Meade has three in the race and, of his chances, has another on top. “If I was a betting man, which I’m not, I’d say Wisp Of Smoke was the more likely,” Meade said. “I think she can win. She really trotted well up the back straight at Stawell.” She’s not without her foibles and will need to be handled with kid gloves by Jason Lee, according to Meade, but he said “if he drives her well she’s got a big chance”. And then there’s the three-year-old Double Helix, who has his fourth start tonight and while he’s yet to finish better than sixth and closer to the winner than 30 metres, he won his trial on Saturday amid encouraging signs. “He was last of four at the top of the straight and got home and won,” Meade said. “He is a nice little horse, but lacks concentration and experience. If he can get away from the start and not get too excited, it wouldn’t be a shock if he could run a place.” And finally we must check in on Sparkling Success, the prodigiously talented trotter who was ready to take on the world before injury struck. He's two starts back from a 17-month lay-off, improved greatly second up at Melton on March 21 and, most importantly, “he’s all right, his legs are fine”. “After his second run, there was a thought that if we give him some time off and then bring him back he’ll go to another level,” Meade said. “If he goes to another level on the back of that second run they won’t go near him. “He improved a lot, he just needed the extra bit of race work. He was 20 metres off Tornado Valley at the 350-metre mark, went three wide and only got beat five metres.” Meade is considering placing him in the standing start scheduled for Terang on April 28, but long-term and post region-based racing there are bigger fish to fry. TALKING TROTS ON SENTRACK: Hosts Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden have another big show planned for today's SENTrack trots double-hour, 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. Highlights include: From 11am: Trainer Mick Gadsden on King Denny at Terang. From 11.30am: Ryan Duffy to talk about his Saturday night Tabcorp Park drives. From noon: Friday form panel with Cody Winnell. TUNE IN: BALLARAT First Race:  5.28pm Last Race:  9.10pm Host/Racecaller:  Dan Mielicki Trots Vision: WATCH LIVE RSN 927: LISTEN LIVE TERANG First Race:  6.25pm Last Race:  9.56pm Host/Racecaller:  Luke Humphries Trots Vision: WATCH LIVE RSN 927: LISTEN LIVE JASON BONNINGTON ON TERANG R7: GOODTIME LODGE PACE EARLY SPEED: 1, 5 + 3, 4, 6 SELECTIONS: GOODTIME HEAVEN (5), IM SIR BLAKE (4), IM SHADOW BOXER (3), STROKE OF LUCK (6) RATINGS: 5/ 4/ 3/ 6/ 1/ 2 SUGGESTED BET: GOODTIME HEAVEN (5) To Win For a full gameplan as well as tips and speedmaps for all races visit: goodform.trot.com.au   HRV Trots Media - Michael Howard

There was a big dollop of joy for harness racing trainer/breeder Charlie Mizzi at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night when his promising three-year-old kept a cool head and claimed a big scalp. Wotdidusaaay, now a winner of six of his 18 starts, capped Saturday night’s racing with victory in the Allied Express Pace, bringing great delight to his Sunshine-based trainer-breeder, who also co-owns the gelding with Kurunjung’s Charmaine, Jay and five-year-old Addyson Briggs.   “He’s getting better all the time,” Mizzi said. “Getting stronger, bit of a smart arse, he tries you out. Lance (Justice) has done a nice job with him.” Mizzi trains a team of five from Justice’s Melton property, with Justice not only his race-night reinsman but helpful in the day-to-day training. Saturday’s night’s $8000 showdown pitted Wotdidusaaay against last start winner Error, for Bacchus Marsh’s Jodi Quinlan, and short-priced favourite Abouttime for the all-powerful Emma Stewart stable. The latter had received plenty of support in the lead up, with the lightly-raced Art Major gelding having won both his previous starts this campaign, including a romping 75-metre victory at Shepparton. And all initially looked to go to plan for Abouttime, with reinsman Greg Sugars easily sliding to the front of affairs in a moderate 47.3-second lead time, but things were also going to script for the trailing Wotdidusaaay and Justice. “The reason I didn’t come out of the gate was because it was a bit of a game plan, I thought if I don’t bustle him early, I’ve got barrier one, I am going to be behind the leader,” Justice said. “Worst case scenario I run second, but with a good trip I was confident he could win.” Crucially, the leader continued to pull in the run, getting little respite as his 29.5-second first quarter would see him pulse at the front of affairs. Conversely Wotdidusaaay, who had raced keenly at a recent start, was in cruise control on Saturday night. “That was why he went so much better," Justice said. "He raced here a couple of weeks back in a really good three-year-old race, he run fourth in the race but he pulled really hard all the way behind them. “Tonight as soon as the first quarter came up in under 30, Greg kept slipping away from the field all the time and I kept thinking it won’t run up the straight.” As they approached the final turn, Wotdidusaaay advanced around Abouttime, making short work of the leader, with Error running into second. It was great reward for Mizzi and Justice was only too happy to deliver it “(Charlie’s) a really good guy,” Justice said. “One thing about him, he’s really loyal. He tries really hard. I can’t say enough about the guy – he’s just a really kind-hearted person.” To watch the video replay click here. The Stewart camp wasn’t without joy, with new addition Egodan winning the TAB Multiplier Pace ahead of stablemate Major Times. Having been first up in three months, Saturday was the much-travelled Egodan’s 100th start and he made it count, hitting the line strongly for reinsman Greg Sugars in the night’s $12,000 open class feature. To watch Egodan's video replay click here. The victory was one of the two for the night for Sugars, who also saluted on Little Peanut in the Garrards Pace, when Myrniong’s Larajay Farm stable, owned by Sugars and his wife trainer Jess Tubbs, filled the first three placings. Little Peanut won from Cocosfella and Huli Nien and Sugars said post-race the five-year-old winner should only get better for the run. To watch the video replay of Little Peanut click here. Matching Sugars’ driving double was Ryan Duffy, whose magic Melton form continued when he steered trotters Scruffy Doolan (trained by Geoff Webster) and prodigiously talented Always Ready (trained by Anton Golino) to victories. To watch the video replay of Scruffy Doolan click here. To watch the video replay of Always Ready cliick here. HRV Trots Media - Michael Howard

There was a big dollop of joy for Charlie Mizzi at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night when his promising three-year-old kept a cool head and claimed a big scalp. Wotdidusaaay, now a winner of six of his 18 starts, capped Saturday night’s racing with victory in the Allied Express Pace, bringing great delight to his Sunshine-based trainer-breeder, who also co-owns the gelding with Kurunjung’s Charmaine, Jay and five-year-old Addyson Briggs.   “He’s getting better all the time,” Mizzi said. “Getting stronger, bit of a smart arse, he tries you out. Lance (Justice) has done a nice job with him.” Mizzi trains a team of five from Justice’s Melton property, with Justice not only his race-night reinsman but helpful in the day-to-day training. Saturday’s night’s $8000 showdown pitted Wotdidusaaay against last start winner Error, for Bacchus Marsh’s Jodi Quinlan, and short-priced favourite Abouttime for the all-powerful Emma Stewart stable. The latter had received plenty of support in the lead up, with the lightly-raced Art Major gelding having won both his previous starts this campaign, including a romping 75-metre victory at Shepparton. And all initially looked to go to plan for Abouttime, with reinsman Greg Sugars easily sliding to the front of affairs in a moderate 47.3-second lead time, but things were also going to script for the trailing Wotdidusaaay and Justice. “The reason I didn’t come out of the gate was because it was a bit of a game plan, I thought if I don’t bustle him early, I’ve got barrier one, I am going to be behind the leader,” Justice said. “Worst case scenario I run second, but with a good trip I was confident he could win.” Crucially, the leader continued to pull in the run, getting little respite as his 29.5-second first quarter would see him pulse at the front of affairs. Conversely Wotdidusaaay, who had raced keenly at a recent start, was in cruise control on Saturday night. “That was why he went so much better," Justice said. "He raced here a couple of weeks back in a really good three-year-old race, he run fourth in the race but he pulled really hard all the way behind them. “Tonight as soon as the first quarter came up in under 30, Greg kept slipping away from the field all the time and I kept thinking it won’t run up the straight.” As they approached the final turn, Wotdidusaaay advanced around Abouttime, making short work of the leader, with Error running into second. It was great reward for Mizzi and Justice was only too happy to deliver it “(Charlie’s) a really good guy,” Justice said. “One thing about him, he’s really loyal. He tries really hard. I can’t say enough about the guy – he’s just a really kind-hearted person.” The Stewart camp wasn’t without joy, with new addition Egodan winning the TAB Multiplier Pace ahead of stablemate Major Times. Having been first up in three months, Saturday was the much-travelled Egodan’s 100th start and he made it count, hitting the line strongly for reinsman Greg Sugars in the night’s $12,000 open class feature. The victory was one of the two for the night for Sugars, who also saluted on Little Peanut in the Garrards Pace, when Myrniong’s Larajay Farm stable, owned by Sugars and his wife trainer Jess Tubbs, filled the first three placings. Little Peanut won from Cocosfella and Huli Nien and Sugars said post-race the five-year-old winner should only get better for the run. Matching Sugars’ driving double was Ryan Duffy, whose magic Melton form continued when he steered trotters Scruffy Doolan (trained by Geoff Webster) and prodigiously talented Always Ready (trained by Anton Golino) to victories.   HRV Trots Media - Michael Howard

Kate Hargreaves and Alex Ashwood will make the trip from Shelbourne to Bendigo confident their second night of region-based racing will bring further success. Having produced a win and a third from two starts when the Central region kicked off last Friday, the stable is optimistic promising two-year-old Lay The Smackdown and trotter Well Defined can put their best feet forward tonight. Hargreaves told Trots Talk her two-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding, who will contest the Southern Cross Office Equipment 2YO Pace at 7.21pm on Trots Vision, was well placed to build on his third place on debut at Echuca, where he galloped when leading but recovered to run third. “I’ve got a pretty big opinion of him,” she said. “He’s got his fair share of ability, he can just get a bit rocky in his gate. “At Echuca he did gallop, he actually hit a wheel and just put himself off stride. We are just putting him a bit further out in the cart now so that doesn’t happen. “The bigger track at Bendigo will definitely help him. I’m excited to have him at the races, he’s an exciting horse. I think he’s a really great chance, if he does everything right he will be very hard to beat.” As will Well Defined, says Hargreaves, when the five-year-old trotter steps out at 8.51pm in the Race Services Trot. He returns to a mobile start for the first time since June 1 last year, having run off a standing start penalty in every race since. “I think he’s got a really great chance,” she said. “The field he’s in against, he has been racing a few better ones than what he’s racing against, and he doesn’t have to give them a start, because he’s been in starts and been off 20 and 30 metres. “I think his form doesn’t really show just how well he’s going. He’s another one I’m confident on if he can have a little bit of luck, he always needs a little bit of luck.” Lay The Smackdown is a $1.45 favourite with TAB.com.au, while Well Defined is $6. A big day of racing awaits on Trots Vision, with the eight-race card at Tabcorp Park Melton kicking off at 1.07pm before the focus moves to Ballarat for the first at 6.20pm. CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN IN TO TROTS TALK:   HRV Trots Media - Michael Howard

Racing’s welcomed return at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight not only brings short-term relief but may also provide a platform for the long-term if Chris Alford’s book of drives are any gauge. The Schweppes Metropolitan Drivers Premiership leader has enjoyed two Group 1 wins with both Kualoa and I Am Pegasus, and tonight the once star three-year-olds continue their evolution as they progress to the open-age ranks. This is particularly the case for Kualoa, the Emma Stewart-trained mare who has won 13 of her 19 starts to date and more than $300,000 in stakes, and steps out in the Alabar Pace at 9.05pm an even money favourite with the TAB.com.au. The short price is despite a couple of question marks, with Kualoa first up since July 6 and taking her first steps in a transition that will define her future. “It is always hard when they come up from three-year-old into open age,” Alford said. “It’s the toughness of it. In their age group when they are better than the others you can give them a breather here and there. When you are up against the best open age horses the pressure is on from the get go.” Alford thinks that may well be the case for Kualoa tonight, with the mare drawn gate one, so well positioned to push for the lead but also susceptible to early pressure. “I’m not sure if she will hold the front,” Alford said. “Vandanta could be the problem, but she does get out pretty good.  “She’s a quality mare. She had one trial six weeks or so ago and felt really good. I’m sure she’s the best horse in the race, but she is first up in a long time and am sure she will improve for the run.” Courtesy of victory in the Group 1 Breed For Speed final in February, I Am Pegasus has had a more substantial into tonight’s test, the Group 3 VHRC Carlottas Pride Trotters Free For All. But the Joe Vassallo-trained trotter also comes in with question marks, having been pulled up last start after being squeezed early in running and racing roughly. Alford said it was the result of a wider concern. “She seems to have a lot of trouble off the second row,” he said, a fate she’ll have to deal with again tonight, being drawn in gate nine as a result of her out of the draw status. “Last run at Melton she was out control when they got away and she got squeezed up. “We have done a bit of work and hopefully that settles her down a bit. If she settles she is just as good with a sit as she is out in front, we just haven’t seen it yet.” Alford’s remaining drives include Vouchers for trainer Jess Tubbs in the Allied Express 3YO Classic, who he said was “pretty good at Cranbourne running a mile in 1:55 and did it easy”. But Alford said Tubbs’ husband, Greg Sugars, “would know her better than me” and he’s chosen to keep the steer on brilliant filly Maajida. Alford will also steer Stewart’s Born To Rocknroll in the Hygain Captain Sandy Free For All, noting “his first run was plan when he was second, but his Charlton Cup run was really good and he is getting back on track”. And finally Freddy Funk in the first, the DNR Logistics Pace, who he said was a “bit out of his grade”.   HRV Trots Media - Michael Howard

In the heart of the eight-race card at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday the IRT Australia Shakamaker Classic will prompt the most nerves, as some talented and well-bred two-year-olds take their first racing steps. Let’s take a deep dive into who they are, where they’ve come from and what they’ve done thus far, before settling in for the $24,000 Classic at 7.32pm tomorrow. Every race, including interviews and analysis, will be able to be enjoyed live and free on Trots Vision. Major Angel (trainer Russell Jack, driver Josh Duggan) The American Ideal colt is out of Art Major broodmare Mattie Angel, a winner of one race from only five starts who’s had two progeny race – Rockon Angel (35 starts, 7 wins, $28,903 stakes) and Gracie Angel (6 starts, 3 win, $35,253 in stakes). Like Major Angel, all were bred and owned by Lemnos resident Ronald Angel, with tonight being his latest colt’s second start after opening $4 on debut at Shepparton on March 13, when he showed good early speed to lead from gate two before allowing favourite, Ozzie Playboy, to advance and provide cover. He lost some touch over the back straight as the leaders accelerated but ran the race out well to run third. In his only previous trial, at Kilmore on March 3, he would run third, four metres behind Brent Lilley’s Island Fire Dance (unraced) and a head behind Rita Burnett’s Twisted Bliss (two fifth placings from two starts). Bar Room Banta (trainer-driver Michael Stanley) The A Rocknroll Dance colt is out of Christian Cullen mare Jerada Dance, a winner of four of her 19 starts and $23,420 in stake money. Bar Room Banta is her sixth foal, with Jeradas Delight (by Bettors Delight) the most successful of her progeny, having won nine races and $70,160 in stakes from her 37 starts and qualifying for her 2018 Breeders Crown three-year-old final when she ran seventh, finishing 32 metres in arears of winner Speak No Evil. Bred by Roselands’ Ray Cahill and on-sold to Brendan and Anne Maree James of BFJ Bloodstock, he ran second on debut at Kilmore on March 12 after starting $1.50 favourite, when he advanced from gate six to find the back of leader Blitzern. The latter had it easy out front and then zipped home in a 27-second final quarter, with Bar Room Banta hitting the line well to be beaten only 2.4 metres with an almost 20-metre gap back to third. It followed a February 22 trial at Ballarat when Bar Room Banta won by eight metres from stablemate Pantaloon, who has since gone on and won its only start by 10 metres at Echuca. Their trial caught the eye of Craig Rail, who put Bar Room Banta into his Trial File Blackbook, noting the colt “was extremely impressive in scoring. He gained a nice run behind the leader and accelerated beautifully in the home straight to win in fast time”. Sheffield Peak (trainer-driver Rita Burnett) An early debutant when third at Kilmore on January 2 beaten 55 metres by Ultimate Exclusive, Sheffield Peak then returned to run seventh at Maryborough, having broken when advancing three wide. The Artspeak colt is out of Staffordshire Park mare Chloe Sheffield, whose second foal Nathans Courage (by Courage Under Fire) was second in the 2016 Golden Nugget and won the 2017 Night Of Thunder, one of 12 wins and $153,984 in stakes. Snapped up for $20,000 at the 2019 APG sale, Sheffield Peak’s most recent trial was a third placing at Melton on March 10, when she finished 7.5 metres behind Sahara Storm and Jilliby Retro but ahead of winning two-year-old Momentslikethese. Captain Oh Captain (trainer Amanda Turnbull, driver James Herbertson) Making its debut, the Captaintreacherous colt is the second foal and the first to race for mare Artistic Gal (by Artistic Fella), who was a three-time winner and a half-sister to Obahma Joy ($180,618), Kingofthestars ($111,279) and Make Mine Joe ($95,060). Bred by Galthorn Farm, he drew a final bid of $60,000 at the 2019 Melbourne APG sale and makes his race debut after running second in his Shepparton trial on March 10, when beaten a short-half-head by unraced Spring In His Step. In Craig Rail's Trial File, he noted "Captain Oh Captain began well to get to the markers first, took cover behind Spring In His Step and was almost able to get up on the line". Keayang Kamikaze (trainer Marg Lee, driver Jason Lee) Another debutant, the Bettors Delight colt fetched $120,000 at the 2019 Sydney APG sale, having been snapped up by trainer Marg Lee in partnership with the successful Levarg Racing Group. He is out of Libertybelle Midfrew, a brilliant Christian Cullen mare whose 51 starts produced 19 wins and $640,497 in stakes, including winning two Western Australia Group 1s in 2014 - the Oaks and then the Golden Nugget - and then qualifying for a start in the 2015 Inter Dominion Final when ninth, 17 metres behind winner Lennytheshark. Keayang Kamikaze’s only trial produced a second placing, finishing a half-neck behind unraced three-year-old stablemate Keayang Kruezer, a performance that booked a ticket into Craig Rail’s Trial File Blackbook. Rail noted “both horses obviously showed ability with the final quarter being run in a sizzling 27.2 seconds”. Treacherous Rock (trainer Freddy Taiba, driver Greg Sugars) This Captaintreacherous debutant is the latest in a long line of nice types out of La Saint (by Panorama), who won eight of her 37 starts before producing eight race-winning foals. That succession kicked off with prolific Saint William, whose 321 starts would yield 64 wins and $798,759 in stakes, and included 2012 two-year-old Breeders Challenge winner No Ah Saint ($232,035).  A $45,000 purchase at Sydney’s 2019 APG sale, Treacherous Rock’s only trial was a second (1.5 metres behind Sayitaintso Joe) at Melton on March 16 when, according to Craig Rail’s Trial File, he “tried to lead throughout and was nabbed right on the line”. Jilliby Retro (trainer Marg Lee, driver Glen Craven) Punters didn’t miss him when Jilliby Retro debuted at Terang on March 18 and he rewarded them, working to the front from gate three in a quick lead time and sustaining pressure from Jaziah throughout before winning in a 1:57.5 mile rate over the short distance. That followed two second placings in trials at Geelong on March 2 (beaten a head by Something Bettor) and at Melton on March 10 (beaten a half-head by Sahara Storm). By Bettors Delight out of Christian Cullen mare Charlotte Church ($86,280), Jilliby Retro is a full-brother to Vicbred winner, Breeders Crown placegetter and Inter Dominion finalist Wrappers Delight ($414,224) and a half to Group 3 winner Watch List, pedigree that saw him fetch $85,000 at the 2019 Sydney APG Sales. Pantaloon (trainer Michael Stanley, driver Ryan Duffy) Stanley Stables dropped $35,000 on this Somebeachsomewhere colt at the 2019 Sydney APG sales and the ownership group has already recouped 10 per cent back in winnings after Pantaloon won on debut at Echuca on March 3. Sitting in the breeze on debut, the doors opened for Pantaloon when heading into the final turn the leader (Lay The Smackdown) galloped and those trailing were inconvenienced, with Pantaloon getting home in a 29-second final quarter to win by 10 metres. By Somebeachsomewhere, Pantaloon is the first foal out of The Final Frontier ($30,263), who is a half-sister to Aspiring Artist ($170,307), Rap Artist ($108,041) and Major Exclusive ($92,295), the latter a winner of 11 of his 40 starts including the 2019 South Australian Derby. Pantaloon was an eye-catcher at his trials, winning first up at Melton on February 11 and then running second to stablemate Bar Room Banta at Ballarat on February 22, when Craig Rail noted in his Trial File that Pantaloon set up “the genuine tempo”. JASON BONNINGTON'S GOODFORM ANALYSIS FOR THE IRT AUSTRALIA SHAKAMAKER CLASSIC: There are so many angles in play for this Shakamaker Classic that it’s not unreasonable to feel like Keanu Reeves in The Matrix when assessing the form. Markets will obviously provide a significant guide with the first-starters engaged but the two most exciting youngsters to this form analyst’s eye are BAR ROOM BANTA (2) and CAPTAIN OH CAPTAIN (4). BAR ROOM BANTA (2) was beaten in moderate time on debut but somehow made ground in a freakish final quarter for juveniles and his trial at Ballarat prior to that was something to behold. He narrowly gets the nod over Captain Treacherous debutante CAPTAIN OH CAPTAIN (4) who also looked special in his Shepparton preliminary. The biggest watch runner for markets is KEAYANG KAMIKAZE (5) who debuts here on the back of a Terang trial win and is bred deep in the purple being by Bettors Delight and out of a multiple Group1-winning mare in Libertybelle Midfrew but that’s far from the end of the story given JILLIBY RETRO (7) and PANTALOON (8) have already got the job done on raceday. Whatever transpires this will be a serious form race for the future.     HRV Trots Media - Michael Howard

Fallen reinswomen Kima Frenning and Shannon O’Sullivan are bruised and battered but resilient, declaring a desire to get back into the sulky despite harrowing race falls. Frenning, who fell in the score up of race one at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday, is nursing concussion symptoms and four broken bones in her hand and wrist, which will likely sideline her for at least six weeks. O’Sullivan, who fell at the finish line of Sunday’s final race at Ouyen, suffered a significant chin laceration that required surgery yesterday, but she is optimistic of no on-going complications. “I just want to get back on the track as soon as I can,” O’Sullivan said this morning, less than 24 hours after surgery. “I miss it.” The sentiments from Frenning were similar. “I’m a bit frustrated,” she said. “I just want to get out and drive again, but it can’t be done.” According to the HRV stewards report, Frenning’s steer Kotare York shifted abruptly in the middle stages of the score up for Saturday’s Mark Robert Thomas Pace, contacting Better Exclusive’s sulky and leading to I Am Marquez contacting Kotare York’s sulky. Drivers James Herbertson, Connor Ronan and Frenning were all dislodged, and while the former two were given the all clear Kima wasn’t so lucky. “I don’t think there is anything anyone could have done,” she said. “It was no one’s fault, my guy just got a bit crazy and I lost all my steering on him. I’m just happy everyone come out OK and all the horses are good. “I got a fair whack to the head, got a concussion. I’m still pretty wobbly on my feet. The wrist is broken, I have four broken bones in my hand and wrist. It’s pretty painful, I am going back for another x-ray tomorrow.” The x-ray will confirm whether or not surgery was necessary. “If I don’t (need surgery) I will be in a cast for six weeks and then physio,” Frenning said. “It’s really hard. All I wanted to do on Saturday night was keep driving, but that obviously wasn’t an option.” But she can see a silver lining in the enforced lay-off, having returned quickly after a fall at Echuca on July 2 when she suffered two back fractures. “Last time I fell I came back a little bit early,” she said. “My back, it’s probably still giving me a bit of grief to this day. "My head was only a couple of days and then it was fine; last time my helmet was still intact, I didn’t get a scratch on it. This time I had a lot more contact on my head, so it will probably be a bit longer. “Now with the hand I am forced to take a step back and heal properly. It’s good for my body but I just want to get back into things.” O’Sullivan is similarly resilient despite a tumultuous 36 hours following Sunday night’s race fall in the Gregg & Sons Steel Pace. She was steering Bettor B Nice, who stewards found was pulling hard over the final half lap and contacted Ayejayem’s sulky despite O’Sullivan’s best efforts, leading to the race fall. “The horse was bolting,” O’Sullivan said. “He found a gap, but I new it wasn’t big enough. I grabbed hold and hoped he would respect that, but he kept going and clipped the wheel and went down. “My first and last thought was only ‘my God, I hope the horse is OK’. All I remember is getting thrown out and on top of the horse and waking up under the gig. I was unconscious for around 40 or so seconds.” While Bettor B Nice had to have stitches above his eye, “but he is eating fine and doing everything well”, O’Sullivan required urgent attention and was transported to Mildura by ambulance. “I had a concussion test at the hospital and it came back really positive,” she said. “I had a six-centimetre cut on my chin that was to the bone. My lip was numb and my chin was numb and I was worried about nerve damage. “I know I landed on my head and chin, but they were worried about my neck and my back but I didn’t break anything. I was also lucky not to have a broken jaw.” O’Sullivan was transported by air to Melbourne’s Austin Hospital on Monday night for surgery on her chin laceration on Tuesday morning. “I was awake for the surgery,” she said. “They couldn’t find any nerves in the area, there was more just bruising around the area where the nerves are. “I was really worried. I didn’t want this permanently for life and when I first heard I was really upset and I didn’t know how to take it. I am always happy and smiling and I couldn’t smile and that really affected me. They said in a few months I should get back to normal.” That normality includes a hopefully brisk return to the sulky. “I’m hoping to get back by next week, if all goes well at my check-up on Monday, because it doesn’t affect how I hold a horse or sit in a cart, I’m hopeful my medical clearance gets through.”   HRV Trots Media - Michael Howard

A majestic performance in Melton's eighth race by leading reinswoman Kate Gath fittingly broke the $50,000 barrier for Victoria’s Team Teal, and come the campaign's end on Sunday night a new high mark had been set. After Majestuouso’s milestone reaching victory in the Garrards Trot on Saturday, Charlton's cup day on Sunday - the last day of the campaign - would produce further wins by Gath, Shannon O'Sullivan and finally Kerryn Manning to amass $51,200 for WomenCan. Fuelled solely by female driving success, with Harness Racing Victoria and TAB donating $200 after every win, it is an extraordinary figure, far eclipsing the already significant $31,200 raised in Victoria in 2018-19. Harness Racing Victoria board member Judy Rothacker said it was a “fantastic achievement” by Team Teal, which had raised not only significant awareness about ovarian cancer but money to help those fight it. “It’s significant money that will directly help provide care to those with cancer,” Ms Rothacker said. “Everyone has someone who has been touched by cancer and this is a cancer that has confounded experts, so it’s important to find a cure. “Everyone has embraced it so well across the industry, the women drivers, of course, but the men and trainers as well. Everyone is wholeheartedly supporting it and it brings us all together.” Twenty-four different Victorian reinswomen produced victories between February 1 and March 15, when all six Australian states and New Zealand participated in the movement, with almost $200,000 raised throughout Australasia. Led by Kate Gath’s 23 victories, the record Victorian tally has provided a clear example of the success of reinswomen in the trots. “It’s really fantastic,” Ms Rothacker said. “Having been part of the Angelique Club for many years, it’s what we’ve all worked towards and to see this great success and that it’s also benefitting a great cause is extremely rewarding.”   HRV Trots Media - Michael Howard

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