Champion harness racing reinsman Daryl Douglas sidelined since an horrific fall at Ballarat on the 26th of December last year, returned to the sulky at Cranbourne on Tuesday March 12 with a winner, steering the Gary Quinlan (Drouin) trained Art Major/Magic Music 4-Y-0 gelding Scruffy Major to victory in the 3rd Heat of the Eastern Challenge for C3 & C4 class over 2080 metres.
Harness racing trainer Tony Svilicich, hailed as a genius for producing Mysta Magical Mach fresh and bursting with energy for the eight-year-old's effortless victory in the Mulberry Estate Autumn Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night, had difficulty in recognising stablemates McGintysgoat and Shardons Rocket and was fined $500 for presenting an incorrect horse to start in a race earlier in the night.
The rich history of Australia's oldest continuously run harness race will continue at Gloucester Park on Friday night with the 100th running of the harness racing WA Pacing Cup.
Code Red, a yearling stablemate of Im Themightyquinn in New Zealand four years ago, has been set the task of emulating the superstar pacer by completing an important winter harness racing feature double by winning the $35,000 August Cup next Friday week.
Leading reinsman Daryl Douglas has always had a soft spot for Mildura harness racing and enjoyed a great night there on Wednesday, finishing the night with five winners.
Former Kiwi harness racing driver Matty White knows he's just about to experience the 'ride of his life'. In two days the 27-year-old will line up in his first Inter Dominion Grand Final.
Lombo Pocket Watch (1:53.6), the winner of 41 of his 64 starts and $1.45 million has left his first winner. Magic Moment Lombo ironically won the first 2yo fillies heat of 'The Lombo' Series at the Shepparton Harness Racing Club's meeting on Tuesday (January 10).
The Mildura District took the honours at the Nyah harness racing fixture on Tuesday, with four winners during the evening.
Several harness racing feature events in the spring are on the agenda for rising star Lombo Navigator after the four-year-old gave a superb staying performance to score a narrow victory in the $35,000 DBC Tender Ridge Beef August Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Harness racing trainer Andrew De Campo combined with driver Matthew White to take out the $35,000 DBC Tender Ridge Beef August Cup (SKY 1) with four year old Million To One pacer Lombo Navigator at Gloucester Park on Friday night the 19th of August. The time for the 2506 metres was 3:04.5 with the mile rate of 1:58.5 and a last quarter of 27.5. Full video results.
Swan Hill part-owner/trainer Mick Cirillo was responsible for a superb training performance, when 6-Y-0 Million To One/Waratah Way gelding Master Waratah landed the feature harness racing event on the program - the Kleenheat Gas Pace for C6 or better class over 2170 metres at his home track Nyah on Thursday August 11.
Shepparton district trainers took the bulk of the stakes on offer at the Shepparton Harness Racing Club's fixture held on Thursday August 4, winning six of the eight races on the program. Shepparton based pair Peter Hornsby (part-owner/trainer) and Stacey Towers (driver) snared the Hicks Stables & Steel Construction Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2690 metres with 4-Y-0 Cr Commando/Zesta mare Oceania in a mile rate of 2-06.2.
Further heats of the harness racing Australasian Breeders Crown Series 13 continued at Lord's Raceway Bendigo on Wednesday July 27, with three heats for Three Year Old fillies over 2150 metres taking place. Heat 8 was a blackout for punters, with Graeme and Gavin Lang combining to score with $15.10 chance Livia Degerolstein (Live Or Die/Estelle Bromac).
Geelong was the venue for Monday (june 4) harness racing and a compact eight event card was held at Beckley Park, with several favoured runners saluting the judge. Local (Bannockburn) trainer Geoff Webster opened proceedings with Artsplace/Big Time Babe filly Hey Donna taking the Free Admission 2-Y-0 Pace over 2100 metres in an easy rate of 2-04.7.
The cries of joy could be heard all over Corio Bay, when 5-Y-0 E Dees Cam/Universal Alice gelding Juke Kartel scored in the $5,000 Tabsportsbet Pace Final for C0 class over 2100 metres at the Geelong harness racing fixture held on Tuesday April 5.
Many of Western Australia's most successful harness racing breeders and studmasters have thrown their support behind the 2011 Perth Yearling Sale, to be held at Belmont on Sunday, March 6. Ross Torre's Royalstar Farm has by far the biggest draft with 33 lots.