John Hallam’s in-form rig Karkarooc should prove hard to beat in Friday night’s Empire Stallions 3YO Pace Final (Race 3) at Tabcorp Park Melton. The son of Courage Under Fire and mare Phichai, a half-brother to Hallam's Group 1 winning mare Wyperfeld, has won three straight races, his most recent in 1:58.4 when 11.8 metres too strong for A Bit Ruthless at Shepparton. “He’s as promising a horse as I’ve had for a while,” Hallam said. “He’s very inexperienced. He hasn’t had a lot of trialling. He’s got blistering gate speed, which he won’t be able to use from the second row, but I’m not really fussed about that. “I don’t care where he settles. If they go too slow up front he’ll go up and around them and if not I don’t mind if he comes with one run at the end.” Hallam, who trains from Kialla, said as Karkarooc progressed through the grades to higher class races he would become more of a sit-sprinter. “When he gets in against those better horses I think that will be his forte." Nathan Jack has driven Karkarooc at two of his past three wins and will steer him again on Friday night. Jack and Hallam will also combine in Race 1 with Million To One mare Ezee Duzit Lombo. The six-year-old has been in ultra-consistent form of late without winning, finishing second at her past two starts at Swan Hill and Shepparton. “You certainly couldn’t get much closer than that she’s been getting of late,” Hallam said. Ezee Duzit Lombo ran on powerfully two starts back off a slow speed up front to finish second at Swan Hill before another runner-up effort last time out when beaten a head by Stunning Grin. While she has been settling back in the field in her recent starts, Hallam said Ezee Duzit Lombo was likely to be driven more proactively from gate three on Friday night. “Over the 1720 metres at Melton if you’re getting too far back you might as well not come,” he said. Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria
Always A Virgin gelding Blackntan remained unbeaten with his third win in three attempts in tonight’s $15,000 Kindergarten Stakes at Adelaide’s Globe Derby Park track. Blackntan won from the Grinfromeartoear filly Whats Emma Got and Go Go Red. Lot 38 in today’s WA Yearling Sale is the only Always A Virgin yearling in the catalogue and is a filly from the Million To One mare Our First Million. There are a pair of Grinfromeartoear fillies in today’s catalogue including one from the Group One winning 2yo filly Sheza Clout 1:58.1 $252,928. Lots 72 and 73 in the Western Australian sale are a colt and filly by Gotta Go Cullect who sired his 15th winner when the 3yo colt Gotta Go Chocolate won on debut at Bunbury last night in a smart 1:59.6 rate over the 2100 metres. Earlier in the day the 3yo Gotta Go Cullect filly Royal Counsel won her second race of the season at Wyndham in New Zealand at her sixth start in a time of 1:57.0 over the mile. The Group Three New Zealand Kindergarten Stakes for 2yos at the same meeting was won by the Bettor’s Delight filly Itz Bettor To Win which ran the mile in a scintillating 1:54.3 to win from the Art Major filly Say My Name. Itz Bettor To Win is from the Courage Under Fire mare Itz Queen Of Newyork. Lot 10 at today’s Gloucester Standardbreds WA Yearling Sale is a filly bred on the same cross being by Bettor’s Delight from the Courage Under Fire mare Priscilla Rocks. While Itz Queen Of Newyork won just one 3yo race in a moderate 2:03.0, Priscilla Rocks won four races as a 2yo and a further four as a 3yo including a prelude of the WA Oaks on her way to career earnings of $115,179. The 2014 Gloucester Standardbreds WA Yearling Sale gets under way at the Belmont Park Sales Complex at 1:00pm with a parade of yearlings commencing at 10:00am. The office at the complex will open at 8:00am for those wishing to make an early start on finding their champion.
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.