Twilight Seelster set most of the speed in Tuesday’s $10,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 for pacers at The Raceway at Western Fair District, and she held on for a narrow tally in the featured tilt. With Phil Hudon at the controls, Twilight Seelster was parked third on the outside at the quarter pole before brushing to the top before the half. She lead the groups through middle splits of :56.4 and 1:25.2 before kicking home in :29.3 to win by half a length over race favourite Farmers Tuition in 1:55. Set Me Up took home the show dough. Brad Wilson of Lambton Shores, Ontario owns the four-year-old daughter of Modern Art-Titania Seelster, who hangs her harness bag in the barn of trainer Jim Ainsworth. It was a new lifetime mark for the 12-time winner who now boasts career earnings in excess of $100,000. To read the rest of the story click here.
The 2014 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale will be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd at 11am on Sunday at the Bathurst Showground. The sale comprises 186 lots by 50 different sires including Australia’s champion sire Art Major, leading juvenile sire Courage Under Fire, former USA Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven and premier North American sire Rocknroll Hanover, along with leading first-crop stallions Sportswriter, Shadow Play, Always A Virgin, Changeover and Million Dollar Cam. Other well known stallions include American Ideal, Grinfromeartoear, McArdle, Armbro Operative, Live Or Die, Elsu, Four Starzzz Shark, Artistic Fella, Modern Art, Village Jasper, Tinted Cloud and Aces N Sevens. The catalogue includes yearlings out of Group winners including the Edgar Tatlow winners Katasopos and Lady Titian Lombo, the WA Oaks winner Onassis Legacy and Modern Day (QSBA Breeders Classic). Other Group heat or metropolitan winners include Jillette, Unspoiled, Ezy Lady, Ambre Solaire, Lite Energy, Nietta Lombo, Spirit Of Tara, Madusa Cam, Lombo Silhouette, Lockton Loaded, Love Nest, Touch Of Jerry and Dana Bromac. The majority of the yearlings are eligible for the $1.17-million NSW Breeders Challenge Race series for two, three and four-year-olds of both sexes. They are also eligible for rich futurity series such as the Australasian Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown, Vicbred and QBred. The online catalogue for the Bathurst sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd on (02) 6884 8355 or email email@example.com or the Bathurst Harness Racing Club on (02) 6333 5000. by Peter Wharton for Bathurst Gold Crown Sale
The commanding end-to-end win of Allnight Kiss in the $15,000 final of the Sale Graduate Race for two-year-old harness racing fillies at Bathurst on Wednesday night has given the forthcoming Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale a tremendous boost. Allnight Kiss, a filly by Modern Art, is the second foal out of the Aces N Sevens mare Sheb Ace, whose third foal, a colt by $4-million winner Mister Big, will go under the hammer as Lot 28 at the Bathurst sale. The first foal, Ultimate Ace, has won three races so far and holds a mark of 1:58. Only lightly raced, Allnight Kiss was bought for $21,000 by Golgong couple Gary and Marg Meredith at last year’s Bathurst sale. The Mister Big half-brother to Allnight Kiss is being offered by Wagga breeders Denis and Jo Howe, and is one of only two colts by the world’s richest pacing stallion to be presented at the sale. The Howe family’s five-prong consignment also includes a Courage Under Fire half-brother to this week’s impressive Cranbourne winner Soho Wonder. The Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling, comprising 186 lots by 50 different sires, will be held on Sunday, March 23 at the Bathurst Showground. The online catalogue for the Bathurst sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd on (02) 6884 8355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or the Bathurst Harness Racing Club on (02) 6333 5000. by Peter Wharton
Trevor Henry wasted no time in grabbing the lead with Rays San in Monday’s $11,000 Preferred 2 at The Raceway at Western Fair District, and once the pacer grabbed the top spot it was game over for the rest of the field. Rays San secured the lead from the rail and rolled the field through intervals of :29.2, :58.3 and 1:27.3 en route to the one-length decision over Thats The Life in 1:58.2. Draconian tagged along to nab a small share. Sent off as the 4-5 choice in the six-horse affair, Rays San grabbed his first win of the season and the 14th time of his career. His share of the loot lifted his lifetime cash stash to $156,964. Fans were also treated to a set of $7,000 Preferred 3 tilts on the Monday card, with Windsun Fireball and Calgary Seelster winning their respective assignments. Windsun Fireball survived a first-over to take home top prize in the tilt for trotters. Trevor Henry teamed up with the Nelson White trainee who cleared to the lead shortly beyond the three-quarter pole and drew clear to win by 1-1/2 lengths over Winzel in 2:01.4. Bringing Sexy Back too home the show dough. Sharon Pendleton of East Garafraxa, Ontario owns the five-year-old son of Thunder Road-Windsun Borgata who won for the first time this season. The 11-time winner has managed to assemble a 1-2-0 record in his first three starts of the year. The 11-time winner has banked $75,131 to dates, The $7,000 Preferred 3 for pacers went to Calgary Seelster, who went to the front and didn’t look back for driver Lorne House. The Murray Preszcator pupil hammered out fractions of :28.1, :58.4 and 1:28.3 before kicking out a final quarter in :30 to win by 2-34 lengths over Stoney Durkin in 1:58.3. Leafs And Wings swept from last to finish a bang up third. Preszcator of London, Ontario owns the six-year-old son of Modern Art-Cmon Mama Cass who is now 2-for-4 this season. The 17-time winner pushed his lifetime earnings in excess of $200,000 with the win. To view results for Monday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – The Raceway at Western Fair District. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
Mildura trained pacer Timeless Era rounded out his SA Cup preparation with a strong win in the Tattsbet Summer Carnival Free For All on Saturday night at Globe Derby Park, driven like the best horse in the race by David Harding who put the Globe Derby specialist into the race with a three wide move in the middle stages to get outside the leader Mark Dennis before the bell, Harding then applied pressure from that point on and the son of Modern Art did not let him down. His mile rate of 1.56.9 was one of the fastest ever run at Globe Derby Park over the 2230 meters, in fact it was just .5 of a second outside Franco Heir track record, Lark Rise who sat three back on the fence ran on well to claim second spot from the race leader Mark Dennis. With random draw based on life time earnings in next weeks $125,000 Group 1 SA Cup Timeless Era looks likely to draw the front line and if the marbles roll his way and he draws inside barrier four will prove very hard to beat as likely visitors in Smoken Up, Abettorpunt and co will draw the second line. Nominations and acceptances for the SA Cup close Monday with the public barrier draw to be conducted in the Bistro at Globe Derby Park on Tuesday at 1pm. The other main event on the program the $10,000 SA St Leger for the 3 year olds was taken out by Paua Fella trained by Kevin Brough at Mt Gambier and driven by Matthew Craven it was a race to race double for the pair after being successful on Four Stazz Fella. Race favourite Adam Cartwright broke as the mobile pulled away and has been placed out of the draw denting his chances in next week's SA Derby. Driving honours on the first night of the Summer Carnival went to David Harding who scored with Classic Tycoon, Timeless Era and also won the trotters event with Lleyton H, while Haley Toulmin won her second Monte Race at Betezy Park Globe Derby with a clever ride on the Chris Lang trained Lysenko who sat just off the pace to run down pace maker Chuck Wagon to win by 4.5 meters. Gary Newton
Four-year-old pacer Ok Ebury stole the spotlight on Sunday evening at Rideau Carleton Raceway winning the featured $6,400 Winners Over Handicap Pace in front-stepping fashion for driver Stephane Pouliot and owner/trainer Luc Loyer. Leaving from post two, Ok Ebury retook the lead over favourite D Gs Woodstock (Denis St. Pierre) past the :27.1 first quarter mark. Once in control, he raced by the half in :57.3 and three-quarters in 1:26.1 with Draconian (Gord Brown) looming first over before that rival eventually faded to seventh in the stretch. Ok Ebury then held off the closing Woodrock Nation (Kyle Forgie) for the three-quarter length victory in 1:56 flat over the 'good' surface. Keyed Entry (Truman Gale) came from last to show, one length behind. Ok Ebury returned $15.40 for the mild 6-1 upset. The win was the Modern Art ridgling's third this year and eighth all-time, pushing his bankroll to $109,398. In other racing action, sophomore pacing gelding Brother John kept his Rideau record perfect for owner/trainer Gary McDonald. Driven by Gord Brown, the son of Stonebridge Regal earned his sixth win in a row since shipping to the Ottawa oval in November. His Sunday score was his second fastest, clocked in 1:57.2. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Rideau Carleton Raceway Reprinted with permission by www;standardbredcanada.ca
The weather was stifling, and so were the times at the third annual Garrards 2YO Trialling Sale at Tabcorp Park, Menangle, last Sunday. A crowd of 500 or so people sweltered in 38 degree heat to see 45 youngsters trial then go under the hammer. The top price, at $115,000, was a New Zealand-bred Gotta Go Cullect filly, from Russian Rocket, offered by Christchurch-based horseman, Greg Payne, and bought by veteran Victorian enthusiast, Jack Knight, to join the astute Wayne Potter stable. The filly electrified the crowd with her half mile trial with splits of 28.1s and 27.6s, never flinching. Knight and Potter also signed for a $70,000 Somebeachsomewhere colt from More Sassie Lombo, which was offered by Young-based studmaster, Ken Smith, and which finished off with a solid 27.8s on the back of a 31s first quarter. Alliex Express' father-and-son team of Colin and Dean McDowell bought two youngsters - a Somebeachsomewhere gelding from Scoots Away for $30,000, and $36,000 for another Gotta Go Cullect filly, from Glowable. Industry virtual newcomer Brad Canty, whose background is in the greyhound industry, was active with four purchases, three for Brisbane's Mat Neilson and another for local horseman Blake Fitzpatrick, who is training a New Zealand-bred, the only Bettors Delight progeny in the sale, a filly from Beaudiene Bianca, which brought $44,000. Neilson took home a $9000 colt by The Globe from Just Sweet, a $30,000 Real Desire colt from My Spirit Of Tara and a Sportswriter-Tycoon Tess gelding for $13,000. Experienced Riverina-based horseman, Steve Harris, brought two colts, which sold well: a Sportswriter-Stylish Storm to Rob Davis for $44,000 and a Quick Approval half-brother to Majorlicious, which went to Doug Johnson for $32,000, while Trec Saverio paid $50,000 for a Victorian-bred Modern Art gelding from Soaring Franco. Veteran South Coast New South Wales identity Bill Green spent $30,000 on the half-brother to Jedi Mind, a colt by Live Or Die, to join Robbie Morris and Kerry Ann Turner, who also took home a striking syndicate-owned New Zealand-bred Santanna Blue Chip colt for $35,000 from Payne. The crowd included enthusiasts from as far afield as Western Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and Victoria, with the likes of young Perth-based horsemen Ryan Bell and Kody Charles, north-western Tasmanian owner, Michael Filleul, Queensland trainers Daren Garrard, Darrel Graham and Mat Neilson and Victorians David Aiken, Michael Stanley and the father-and-son combination of Peter and Matt Craven. Local figures in the throng included Jarrod Alchin, Darren Binskin, Ron Cooper, Neil Day, Blake Fitzpatrick, Paul Fitzpatrick, Damian Gallagher, Anton Golino, Darren McCall, John McCarthy, Luke McCarthy, Robbie Morris, Kerry Ann Turner, Steve Turnbull and Peter Walsh. The day proved a complete entertainment package, with a performance by singer-songwriter Luke Koteras and the Garrards Industry Day and Trade Fair. A small number of bought-back lots are still on the market, through the agency of Australian Standardbred Consultancy Pty Ltd, by contacting Kerry Baker on 0402 336 598 or at email@example.com Courtesy of Harness Racing NSW Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales | 22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200 T: 02 9722 6600| F: 02 85805792 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org| W: www.hrnsw.com.au & www.trotstv.com.au Warning to recipients: This email and any attachments are confidential and subject to copyright. If you are not the intended recipient any use, disclosure or copying is unauthorised. If you have received this email in error please advise us immediately by reply email and delete all copies. It is your responsibility to examine this email and any attachments for viruses. Any personal information in this email must be handled in accordance with privacy legislation.
Moama breeder/owner/trainer/driver Mal Whiteford was successful at his home track Frank Ryan Raceway Echuca on Tuesday December 3, when more than handy four year old Artesian/Kamwood Toy mare Kamwood Dawn scored in the Christies Welding Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 1755 metres. Settling mid-field in the moving line from gate four on the second line, Kamwood Dawn was set alight three wide approaching the bell and with a sharp turn of speed, crossed the pacemaker Billy Branach to lead for the final circuit. Holding a slender margin at the straight entrance, Kamwood Dawn defied all challengers to register a 1.2 metre victory over the heavily supported Final Flutter which moved outside her on the final bend after an easy time, with Billy Branach battling away gamely for third. The mile rate 1-59.4. It was Kamwood Girl's 3rd victory in 28 outings. Kilmore's Bruce Kennedy always sends his horses out looking a picture and four year old Four Starzzz Shark/Krisney mare Krisney Girl rewarded him by taking the Add Print Pace for C0 class over 1755 metres in a rate of 2-01.4 with Chris Alford in the sulky. Starting from gate two on the second line, Krisney Girl had most of the field ahead of her for the first lap, before gaining a lovely three wide trail home in the last lap on the back of the Riverina visitor Donated which was backed for plenty, with the pair joining the pacemaker Direct Art on the home turn. Given full rein on turning, Krisney Girl prevailed by 1.9 metres from Donated and Direct Art which led for the final circuit after racing outside Miss Wong Sue for the first half of the journey. Kyneton part-owner/trainer Tony Trimboli's Earl/Arnees Sensation six year old gelding Arctic Wolf snared his 6th victory in 89 race appearances, when successful in the Wandana Standardbreds Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2530 metres. With regular reinsman Tony Xiriha handling the ribbons, Arctic Wolf from the 10 metre mark was unable to cross Featherfoot Sun shortly after the start, being restrained for a perfect trail. Easing into the open approaching the bell, Xiriha put the foot to the floor to lead for the final circuit and in a punishing finish, just held on from Doctor Sam which failed by a nose and Featherfoot Sun in a mile rate of 2-07.8. Speedy Kilmore mare Modern Mary chalked up her 8th victory when greeting the judge in the $5,500 Echuca Moama Storage Moama Pacing Cup for C4 & C5 class over 2160 metres. Trained by Julie Mifsud and driven by sister-in-law Rita Burnett, Modern Mary a five year old daughter of Modern Art and Marys Girl first up since August, began like a rocket from outside the front line to lead running into the first turn and after being rated a treat, held too many guns at the finish for the hot favourite Gangster Boy which trailed, moving outside her on the final bend, with Fergus McCool (threeback the markers) third. The mile rate 1-59.4. Melton trainer "Honest" Robbie O'Connell combined with stable apprentice Zac Phillips to land the Moama Bowling Club Pace for C1 class over 2160 metres with eight year old E Dees Cam/Universal Alice gelding Juke Kartel. Given a beaut passage three back along the markers from gate two on the second line, Juke Kartel was eased to be one/one approaching the final bend and when taken three wide on turning, ran home strongly to score by 6.3 metres in a rate of 2-00.7 from Brother Rabbit which trailed the weakening leader and third placed Transaction. Juke Kartel was also a winner at the previous Echuca meeting on October 1. Ever reliable nine year old Peace of Art/Bubblegum mare Bubble Art always races well at this time of year, bringing up her 13th victory by taking the Choicehotels.com.au Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1755 metres much to the delight of Wallaloo East (Stawell) trainer/driver Troy Raven and the Raven family. Using a mares concession, Bubble Art starting from the pole was given a sweet trip on the back of the leader and favourite Lookatime Philo next to her, which crossed after racing roughly at the start. Easing wide on straightening, Bubble Art despite shifting out, gained the day by a half neck over Goldiedomic along the sprint lane off her back, with Scottish Glamour (one/one - three wide last lap) third. The mile rate 1-59.9. Marong trainer Trevor Patching has been a regular competitor at Echuca over the years and snared the Bendigo Bank Vicbred Pace for C0 class over 2160 metres with lightly raced 8-Y-0 Safely Kept/Westmoor Elegance gelding Sherpa Star in a rate of 2-03.2. Given the run of the race from the pole following Foyer (gate five), Sherpa Star making his 11th race appearance was eased away from the markers by Nathan Jack on the home turn and finished best to gain the day by 2.5 metres in advance of Foyer and Thelove Child (three back the markers). Serpentine trainer Robert Rothacker joined forces with Daryl Douglas to capture the Echuca Cup 21 March Pace for C0 class over 2160 metres with five year old Art Major/Rachelanne mare Policious. Having her 9th outing and second for the season, Policious from gate three on the second line settled well back in the field, making ground at the bell trailing the well backed Thankbonnie three wide. Dropping in for a breather in the final circuit as Thankbonnie applied pressure to the pacemaker Pascarma, striding clear approaching the home turn, Policious issued an immediate challenge on turning and raced clear over the concluding stages to score from Pascarma which came again, with Miss Tanami running on late to cut Thankbonnie out of third. The mile rate 2-02.6. Robert gained all the spoils as he is the breeder/owner/trainer. Benalla trainer Jason Ross combined with Nathan Jack aboard 4-Y-0 Blissful Hall/Flighty Lisa mare The Hen House to land the New Years Night Hot To Trot Vicbred Pace for C0 class over 2160 metres, leading virtually throughout from gate four in defeating Brown Rice and Katie Lively in a rate of 2-01.7. By Len Baker
The Horsham trotting meeting held on Monday October 28 belonged to the Western part of Victoria and South East South Australia with five of the eight winners coming from those areas. The highlight of the day being a driving treble to Terang based reinsman Matt Craven and a double to Hamilton trainer David Lewis, the first of which came up in the Wimmera Roadways 3-Y-0 Pace over 1700 metres taken out by Grinfromeartoear/Joelaura gelding Smileawayjo. Starting from the pole, Smileawayjo making his third racetrack appearance, led throughout from the pole to score by 9.1 metres in a rate of 1-57.5 over Johnos Jet a winner on debut at Swan Hill eight days earlier which was given every chance one/one, with Winterfeel third after following the runner up all the way. Stablemate Twentyfivetolife a 4-Y-0 Life Sign/Royal Franco mare, was a tough winner of the Rosehill Farm Vererinary Practice Pace for C1 class over 1700 metres in a rate of 1-58.7. Despite sitting in the open after starting from gate four, Twentyfivetolife was equal to the task as she defied all challengers in accounting for Mayorofshinetown which trailed the weakening pacemaker Ynobe Coby and Armbro Speedstar three back the markers. The mile rate 1-58.7. The middle leg of Craven’s treble came about when 6-Y-0 Falcons Icon/Evil Eva gelding Iconic Art trained at Barham by Ruth Arthur greeted the judge in the BGS Folly @ Mountain View Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 2200 metres. Spearing away from gate five to lead easily, Iconic Art ($21.40) was untroubled to lead all of the way in a rate of 2-01.3, defeating Panorama Wealth which trailed, with the well supported Ruby Heart (one/two – three wide last lap) third. Glencoe (Mount Gambier) trainer Kevin Von Duve also provided a long shot winner, when 6-Y-0 Modern Art/Good Night Irene mare Joolz Art snared the Moore Bulk Haulage Pace for C0 class (mares) over 1700 metres, paying Supertab odds of $26.90. Sent forward three wide out of gate three by Terang based Tim McLean, Joolz Art was able to angle to the back of the leader Belated inside her, receiving a sweet passage all of the way. Angling three wide on straightening, Joolz Art at start number 27 broke her maiden status by overpowering Belated in the shadows of the post to score by a neck in a rate of 1-59.9 over Belated and Dilingers Princess which raced in the open from the bell. Last season’s “Trotter Of The Year” at Horsham Allawart Ugo registered his fifth success on the track and sixth overall, when victorious in the Conch Deville @ Loddon Valley Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2200 metres. Part-owned and trained locally at McKenzies Creek by veteran Ken Exell, Allawrat Ugo a 8-Y-0 Allawart Ray/Allawart Liz gelding bred in the area by Geoff and Mabel Foreman with Hamilton’s Rod Barker in the sulky, settled four back in the moving line, with the old stager Master Kiesey (13 years of age) leading from the 20 metre mark. Gaining a three wide trail on the back of Champ Devine (one/one) in the last lap, Allawart Ugo despite being four wide on the final bend, finished best to land the major prize by 2.3 metres in a rate of 2-07.2 in advance of a death-seating Ollie Nova and Rusty Bouchea which trailed the pacemaker from the pole when making his race debut. Woorndoo trainer Bob Mahncke’s 8-Y-0 Die Laughing/Forest Flame gelding Extricate put his best foot forward to land the Smiling Shard @ Alabar Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2200 metres. Taking a concession for Ararat based Emma Hamblin, Extricate spent most of the race buried three back along the markers after starting from the pole, with the speedy Manningham Park leading from gate three. Angling away from the inside to be one/one approaching the home turn on the back of Valentino Rustler which had raced in the breeze, Extricate when eased three wide on straightening, ran home solidly to score by 5.7 metres in a rate of 1-59.1 from a game Valentino Rustler, with the Mildura visitor Pirates Plunder (one/two – four wide home turn) 3.9 metres away in third place. Len Baker
The debate about the relative importance of owners and punters – racing’s version of the hen-and-chicken argument – will probably go on for ever, but no-one would ever dispute the thrill and enjoyment of owning a winner. That’s certainly true for the diverse group which shared the winning spoils at last Wednesday’s Bathurst meeting. Just Clooney ($2.30 fav. John O’Shea) was highly impressive in the first, a C0 sprint event, tramping three-wide from the bell to score with something in hand, from William Peter and Feel The Courage, which raced in the running line. The Modern Art three-year-old rated 2:00.7 in scoring his second win from three starts since he began racing just three weeks ago. He’s raced by the Connolly family, who breed cattle, and these days standardbreds, at Carcoar. His racing name has survived from the one bestowed on him as a very handsome foal, of just “Clooney”. By George, he looks even better now after this latest win. Trikala ( $2.30 fav Bernie Hewitt) , winner of the second, a C1 class over 2130 metres, raced three back in the running line but launched a big sprint to gain the lead at the 500 metres point, and hold off El Mega, which had followed him wide, and Dashing Deano. He’s raced by the Oxford Centennials Cricket Syndicate, winners of one of the local premierships last season and keen fundraisers for the Pink Stumps Day each year. Wayne Loader, the driving force behind the syndicate, is the vice-president of Bathurst HRC. It took stewards more than half an hour before upholding a protest which awarded the third race, a 2130 metres C2-3 class, to Our Southern Belle ($5.80 , Ben Hagney) which appeared likely to overhaul McArdles Chance until losing momentum just short of the line. Leader Beth Shannon held on for third. Managing part-owner Dave Birrell, a brother-in-law to trainer Steve Conroy, lives at Medlow Bath, mid-way between the Mt Victoria and Springwood bushfires of recent days. It was a tough decision to head to the races, but he was thrilled to see his pride and joy score her first win for the season, and her eighth overall. Nathan Hurst’s stable maintained its excellent run with a treble in races four, six and seven, by Make Some Magic NZ, Kyalla Luke and Imitate Life. Hurst drove Kyalla Luke himself, while the other two provided Angela Hedges with her second Bathurst double. Make Some Magic NZ ($10.70), last season’s leading horse in the Carnival of Cups series, raced in the death seat throughout the C4-C7 sprint event, winning by an ever-widening 13 metres margin, from pegs runners Veracity Red and Packnplenty, with a last half of 58.7. The Cullen daughter has now won 19 races and close to $100,000. That particular milestone was achieved by David and Audrey Mason’s Stature mare Kyalla Mary, dam of Kyalla Luke ( $2.30 fav.), which death-seated throughout in an R1-R2 sprint class to defeat Fire Eclipse and Woodsy James Lombo, in a 2:03 bat. The thirty-strong Hurst team includes five horses raced by the Masons, long-established breeder-owners from Forbes. Runner-up in the previous week’s mares’ final at the track but with no Gabrielle Solis to contend with this time, Imitate Life ($3.20) proved too good in a C1-C2 mares sprint, coming out of the trail to overhaul stablemate Express Jet, with Claire Bogan which followed her throughout, getting third spot. Troy Peters has enjoyed six wins now, with the Trump Casino daughter. Breaking the Hurst sequence, in race five, a 2130 metres 3YO fillies class, was Lettucegrin ($3.90, Kerryann Turner). She sat outside the leader Miss Marg Shannon, which held on for third, while Denise and Jules, which raced three-back in the running line, tried gamely but couldn’t quite match the winner. The Grin daughter, raced by Kerryann’s original boss and strong stable supporter Paul Kahlefeldt, is now likely to spell, having picked up her 3YO wins, both of them at Bathurst. Jenny Turnbull, in the middle of a holiday with Steve after a taxing end to last season, took a call from daughter Amanda who phoned to say she’d just bought two horses for her mother, off the internet. Good holiday news or bad? Highview Conall NZ ($1.10 fav. Amanda) confirmed it as good news, with a second successive Australian win, in the final race at Bathurst, an R 0 sprint. The stylish Cullen four-year-old made a three-wide move to take the lead and looked untroubled in scoring from peg runners Sunnyside Magic and Ultimate Jet. The last half took a comfortable 59.5 seconds. There mightn’t be any of the over-the-top performing for the camera that is now obligatory at the galloping carnivals, but it’s not hard to spot the mix of satisfaction, pride and, maybe, excitement that comes with winning at the trots. Winning- you can’t beat it. Regards Marianne Bathurst Harness Racing Club
Arthur overcame a difficult journey to win the Open Pace at Saratoga on Saturday night. Stephane Bouchard piloted the four year old for trainer Lou Pena and after coming away fourth, moved first over approaching the half. Bet On Roulette (Wally Hennessey), the Open winner two weeks ago, dug in on the front end before giving in late to the pressure of a tenacious Arthur (Modern Art). The first win in the local Open for Arthur came in 1:53.1 and at odds of 7-1. Bet On Roulette held strong for second while the favorite BJ’s Guy (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot in the $15,000 feature. The win was one of three on the card for Bouchard. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by MIke Sardella for Saratoga Raceway
Kiasma was an upset winner in Northfield Park’s tenth race on Wednesday (October 2). Jason Thompson piloted the gelding for owner Curran Racing LLC and trainer Jessica Milner. Kiasma (Modern Art-Larjon Heather-Legal Notice) started from post eight and kicked from the back to win by ½-length in 1:55. Wednesday’s triumph increased Kiasma’s lifetime win tally to 11 and his career earnings to $84,265. (8) Kiasma (38-1) was followed across the wire by (7) The Machster (54-1), (1) Capricious Art (12-1) and (3) Majik Master (5-1). Kiasma returned $79.00 to win; the 8-7 Exacta paid $2,925.80, the 8-7-1 $1.00 Trifecta returned $14,418.60 and the 8-7-1-3 10-cent Superfecta paid $10,222.67. Ayers Ratliff
Local (Dunnstown) trainer/driver David Murphy snared a stable double at Bray Raceway Ballarat on Wednesday September 25, with a pair of Modern Art four year old entires - much improved Desdon Murruffy taking the Megamerch Rural Merchandise Pace for C0 class over 2200 metres and Super Zeck the Peter McErvale Real Estate Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over the same distance. Desdon Murruffy a daughter of the Smooth Fella mare Spellmaker was driven forward from gate six to cross the leader Bazzas Art (Art Major) inside him and travelled beautifully throughout, safely holding a margin to the wire in defeating Bazzas Art by 1.9 metres in a rate of 1-58.3, with Doey Doeback third after following the pair. Super Zeck from the Beach Towel mare Me Dolli Kit a winner of eleven races, began safely from outside the front row, with Murphy immediately sending him forward to park outside the pacemaker Ballan Road (gate three). Applying plenty of pressure to the leader approaching the home turn, Super Zeck unplaced in 12 previous outings outstayed his rivals to record a half head victory over Tribal Fella which trailed the leader gaining a late split in a rate of 2-03.4, with Ballan Road fighting on strongly to finish third 1.2 metres away. Great Western trainer Michelle Manning’s tough Elsu/Whatsonyamind 5-Y-0 gelding Pacquiao adapted to claiming company by winning the Tradelink Ballarat Claiming Pace over 1710 metres in 1-56.4 and in doing so made it three wins from his past four outings. Driven by Matt Craven, Pacquiao (Claiming price $7,000) raced in the open throughout from gate five, before outstaying the pacemaker Highview Spirit to score by 4.3 metres. All Honour (four wide home turn) came from last to finish third. Bannockburn (Geelong) trainer Geoff Webster has Kiwi bred 6-Y-0 Sierra Kosmos/Roydon Action gelding Action Kosmos racing in peak form and was rewarded by taking the National Tiles Trotters Handicap for T2 or better class over 2200 metres, bringing up his 3rd victory in 32 outings. Driven by the stable’s Emmett Brosnan, Action Kosmos after starting from outside the front row was sent forward shortly after the start to cross Mother Nature which pounced on the lead from barrier two as the tapes released. Travelling boldly, Action Kosmos defied all challengers to register a 3 metre victory in an easy 2-05.1 from the ever reliable Happy Hombre which raced in the open, with Rostevarren (four back the markers last lap) flashing home late to finish third just in advance of Mother Nature which was held up all the way to the wire. Smythes Creek trainer Emma Stewart was also to chalk up a stable double with Bettors Delight/Party Baby gelding Fearless Leader (Ian McMahon) taking the Matthews Joinery & Kitchen Centre Pace for C5 & C6 class over 2200 metres and Village Jasper/Childers Vision gelding Goodtime Veejay (Michael Stanley), both leading virtually throughout. by Len Baker
HARNESS racing trainer Michael Laugher delivered a favorable report on his lightly raced four-year-old mare Little Rosa after she scored an impressive all-the-way win in the Big Park Stud Stakes (3YO and older non-winners) at Tattersall’s Park in Hobart on Sunday night. Little Rosa was having her 10th start and prior to this maiden triumph she had only notched one minor placing but Laugher never lost faith in the daughter of Ponder . The mare was driven by Ricky Duggan who urged the four-year-old from the gates and after a short stoush with the favourite Helen Wheels he eventually found the front. Little Rosa travelled sweetly for Duggan and when he called on her for the big effort in the home straight she found the answers and went on to defeat first-starter Modern Tears (Modern Art-Private Tears) by almost two metres with Helen Wheels the same margin away third. Listen to what trainer Michael Laugher had to say about Little Rosa’s maiden win - click on the audio file. Peter Staples
Talented harness racing trainer-driver Rohan Hillier almost heaved a sigh of relief when his handy six-year-old Sugastikysweetstuf was not claimed after he won the Impress Print Claimer over 2200 metres at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston last Sunday night. Sugastikysweetstuf was expected to start a short-price favourite in a four-horse field of claimers but instead the money came for former Victorian Five Oclock Affair that was having its first start in the state for the Tony Petersen stable. Five Oclock Affair was backed in to start the $1.60 favourite but it was even shorter on the Tote until some late money arrived for Hillier’s six-year-old gelding that started the second elect at $2.20. Sugastikysweetstuf settled last in the small field but when Hillier peeled out four-wide to make his charge on the home turn the Modern Art gelding quickly hauled in his rivals and went on to score by over a metre from Five Oclock Affair with Will It Matter almost 12 metres away third. Sugastikysweetstuf could have been claimed for $10,000 but there were no bids entered “He certainly looked well placed in that grade and to be honest I was almost certain he would be claimed,” Hillier said after the win. “He should just keep winning these claimers but sooner or later he is going to be claimed,” he said. Sugastikysweetstuf has won 10 from 36 starts as well as a dozen minor placings for career stake earnings of just under $60,000. The gelding is owned by Hillier’s wife Katrina and this was the gelding’s first attempt in a claiming race. At $10,000 Sugastikysweetstuf (Modern Art-Late Arrival x What’s Next) would be an ideal horse for the Queensland market and possibly be capable of winning a couple of metropolitan class races. by Peter Staples
Victorian trotting was held at Shepparton in the Goulburn Valley on Monday August 12, and locally trained runners snared four of the nine races on the card, the most impressive being 4-Y-0 Allamerican Theory/Silkari Star gelding My Mums A Star in the Gino’s Pizza & Pasta Pace for C2 class over 1690 metres. Trained adjacent to the track by Dave Farrar, My Mums A Star taking a concession for Echuca based Tom Gilligan and starting from the extreme draw, was set alight immediately the start was effected, circling the field to assume control at the bell. Keeping up a strong tempo, My Mums A Star ran his rivals ragged (first half 57.2) and although shortening stride as the winning post loomed (and he was entitled to do so), held on to score by a head from Indi Bapu along the sprint lane from three back the markers, with Sword And Pistol running on late from well back for third. The mile rate 1-57.4. It was My Mums A Star’s 9th victory in 47 outings. Nathalia trainer Noel Tyndall combined with Shepparton reinsman David Moran to land the Petstock Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres with Washington Vc/New York Glow 7-Y-0 gelding Fergus Mactavish in a rate of 2-01.5. First up since February, Fergus Mactavish was well primed for a forward showing and led throughout from gate three, accounting for Chiquita Bromac along the sprint lane from three back the markers and Nova Arama (one/one). Astute Kialla trainer Steve O’Donoghue and stable reinswoman “Bec” Bartley were successful with Life Sign/Cobbity Cobbity gelding No Tomorrow in the Saddleworld 3-Y-0 Vicbred Pace over 2190 metres. Pushing through from gate two on the second row to take over from Die Tryin after travelling a couple of hundred metres, No Tomorrow travelled kindly all of the way, winning by 1.8 metres over Die Tryin, with Modern Dancer (three wide last lap) third. The mile rate 2-01.2. Five year old Modern Art/Ide Aliza mare Abstract Lady registered her fifth victory in 30 outings by taking the www.sheppartonhtc.com.au Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres. Driven by Chris Alford for Coomboona trainer Mark Gledhill, Abstract Lady from gate four led throughout, scoring by 1.4 metres in a rate of 2-00.1 from Acesneights along the spring lane from three back the markers and Scotts Den which followed the winner after starting from the pole. Len Baker