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
CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Trainer David Menary is hoping Saturday night’s Mid-Summer Challenge at Mohawk Racetrack marks a change in fortunes for his sophomore pacers. Last season pacing fillies OK Feisty and Macharoundtheclock and pacing colt Windsong Jack earned a combined $510,000, racing primarily in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. Through the first half of 2013 the trio has barely managed to eke out $100,000. “They really need to turn the corner,” says Menary emphatically. “I really hope the three-year-olds turn the corner.” OK Feisty and Macharoundtheclock will compete in the $150,000 pacing filly Challenge on Saturday, starting from Posts 2 and 5. Guelph resident James MacDonald will be aboard OK Feisty in her thirteenth start, while Moffat resident Jody Jamieson steers Macharoundtheclock from Post 5 in her fifth outing. “OK Feisty had a long season last year and she started early this year, so she’s maybe a little tired,” notes Menary, who shares ownership of the Modern Art daughter with Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown, Denis Breton of Welland and breeder Oak Knoll Stables of Campbellcroft. While she trailed her stablemates in earnings last season, OK Feisty boasts the biggest bankroll of the three to date with $41,673, much of it earned in May when she finished second in a leg of the Gold Series season opener at The Raceway at Western Fair District, fourth in the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association Stake Final and third in the Princess Series Final, both at Mohawk Racetrack. While OK Feisty kicked off her sophomore season in March, Macharoundtheclock did not make her 2013 debut until June. Through her first three starts she scored a fifth, a second and a victory, but in the Canadian Breeders Championship Final at Mohawk on July 20 the Mach Three daughter faded to sixth in the stretch and came up sick following the race. “In her last start she went to the three-quarters in 1:22 as easy as a horse can go in 1:22, and then she hit a brick wall,” says Menary. “After the race her scope looked like a science experiment.” The filly has not raced since, but Menary says she trained well in preparation for Saturday’s outing and the Cheltenham resident is expecting a big mile from the youngster. “I’ve been high on Macharoundtheclock her whole life and I don’t think I’ve ever raced her when she was 100 per cent,” notes the trainer, who co-owns the filly with his father Larry Menary of Cheltenham, Kenneth Ewen and Denis Breton. “I hope it starts this week, but I am looking for really big things from her.” Larry Menary, Kenneth Ewen and Denis Breton also own Windsong Jack, along with Geoffrey Lyons Mound of Burford. Like Macharoundtheclock, the Santanna Blue Chip gelding has had his struggles with sickness this season and has only earned $34,986 from two seconds and one third in five starts. “It’s been one step forward and one step back, but if it was easy everybody would do it,” says Menary ruefully. Guelph resident Billy Davis Jr. will steer Windsong Jack from Post 2 in Saturday’s $150,000 pacing colt Challenge, and the gelding’s owners would love to see him find the winner’s circle for the first time this season. Mohawk Racetrack sends its first race into the starter’s hands at 7:25 pm on Saturday night and fans will be treated to six Mid-Summer Challenge events for the three-year-old trotters and pacers. The $50,000 trotting filly and pacing filly Consolations go postward as Races 1 and 3, while the $150,000 Challenges for the trotting fillies, trotting colts, pacing fillies and pacing colts are slated as Races 2, 5, 6, and 9. For complete entries. Sandra Snyder
Ranger and McDonald are leading driver and trainer again
INNISFIL, ON — Champagne Phil uncorked a personal best effort at Georgian Downs on Saturday night to capture his second Grassroots division. The three-year-old pacing gelding and driver Brad Forward sat third through the early going while fan favourite Regal Hope rolled through fractions of :26.2 and :55.3. Heading for the three-quarter marker Forward sent Champagne Phil to the front and the gelding cruised to a 1:23 three-quarters before pulling away to a two length victory in a personal best 1:51.4. OK Ferrari and Southwind Amazon rounded out the top three. Kenneth Oliver conditions Champagne Phil for ICR Racing of Pefferlaw. Through nine starts this season the Shanghai Phil son boasts three wins, two of them in Grassroots action. Cambridge resident Forward also piloted Classic Gent to a 1:51.3 victory in the third $15,000 division for trainer Stanley Malec and Classic Farms of Belle River. Driver Robert Shepherd of Cambridge and trainer Dave Menary of Cheltenham combined to capture the first two Grassroots divisions with No Pan Intended sons Panpero Firpo and Panongahela. Last season’s Grassroots champion Panpero Firpo hit the wire in 1:53 off a front end effort, and Panongahela used similar tactics to clock a 1:52 victory. Peter Pan Stables of Pepper Pike, OH owns both colts. Not wanting to break the pattern, driver Jean Rene Plante guided the winners of the last two Grassroots divisions. The Burlington resident eked out a quarter length victory for George Jettison in the ninth race, halting the teletimer at 1:53.4. Jack Darling of Cambridge owns and trains the Jeremes Jet son. Plante’s margin of victory in the final division was also narrow as Maddysonofagun held a head in front of Berkshire Bear and Can He Go to score a 1:54 victory. Jim Ainsworth of Sarnia conditions the Modern Art son for his partners Shelley Ainsworth of Sarnia and Martwest Racing Stable of Mississauga. The three-year-old pacing colts make their third Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack on Aug. 9. Next up on the Georgian Downs Ontario Sires Stakes schedule are the two-year-old trotting colts in their third Grassroots appearance on Tuesday, July 30. For complete results. Sandra Snyder
Goulburn will host Sunday's Breeders Challenge Regional Finals and with ten races set down for decision, it will be a great afternoon's entertainment. There will be plenty of action off the track for those trackside, with Shannon Noll performing live in concert during the afternoon. The $20,000 Regional Finals have attracted strong fields and will be very competitive events. The first race will begin at 11:05am with the first of the finals to be run as race three. Shez Juslika has drawn perfectly in barrier one and returns from her trip to Queensland where she was placed in a heat of the Nursery Stakes. The Bathurst trained Our Big Mumma will start from the other side of the track but has been racing consistently, including a well deserved victory two starts ago. Race six will see the two year old colts and geldings hit the track and the two McCarthy runners look set to play a major role. The John McCarthy stable will be represented by Karloo Ten Seventy. He finished third behind Onethingforcertain at Menangle last start and was impressive winning his start prior. Belinda McCarthy has Image Of Courage engaged and the son of Courage Under Fire will find this easier than when he finished fifth behind his stablemate Lettucerockthem in the Breeders Challenge final. The lightly raced local Jara Joe will have admirers also. There are seven last start winners engaged in the three year old colts and geldings final but the Michael Formosa trained Ultimate Art looks hard to beat after finishing second behind the Queensland star Majestic Mach at Albion Park last weekend. The son of Modern Art has drawn the second row but should find this company more to his liking. Macca Kelly has won three of his last five starts and despite his awkward second row draw looks the hardest to the beat in the four year old entires and geldings Breeders Challenge Regional Final. The Jake Stockton prepared son of Mach Three was placed in the three year old Breeders Challenge final at Menangle behind Grand Stride and did run second in the Breeders Crown final last season as well. His biggest dangers could be last start Menangle winner Prince Kai and the well drawn Happyever Laughter. The four year old mares division sees six Breeders Challenge finalists clashing again. Mia Sue finished the closest to Obahma Joy on June 30 in the Gr. 1 but both Awesome Belmer and Light In Every Day ran well in the semi finals a fortnight earlier and will be looking for revenge. Kerry Ann Turner looks to have two good winning chances in three year old fillies final with both Icy River and Art In Paris racing in good form. However the impeccably bred The Baggy Green looms as a serious threat after recording two strong victories at Wagga recently. The daughter of Lady Waratah has won six races in her career and is trained by Steve Maguire. by Greg Hayes (Courtesy of Harness Racing New South Wales)
CLASS OF TARA GIVES ELSON HIS BIGGEST WIN AS A TRAINER Former Tasmanian Gary Elson achieved his biggest success as a trainer when Class of Tara crushed his rivals in the $125,000 Premier Suzuki Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he has high hopes that the record-breaking New Zealand-bred colt will emulate the deeds of his star pacer Crombie by winning the rich WA Derby next season. The Victorian-bred Crombie, owned by Elson, won the WA Derby by a head from David Hercules in April 2010 and went on to win another group 1 event, the McInerney Ford Classic in December 2010, before winning a heat of the interdominion championship in February 2012 and finishing second to Im Themightyquinn in the WA Pacing Cup last January. Elson is hoping that Class of Tara can follow in the footsteps of Crombie, who has earned $534,233 from 18 wins and 17 placings from 54 starts. He will now send Class of Tara for a spell before preparing him for the feature events for three-year-olds next season. The 58-year-old Victorian-born Elson purchased Class of Tara for $50,000 last November on the recommendation of New Zealand trainer-reinsman Robert Cameron, who then gave the Bettors Delight colt five starts for one win and two placings. At his final New Zealand start Class of Tara was most impressive in finishing a head second to Zacharia in a group 2 $40,000 event, rating 1.55.69 over 1950m at Addington in April this year. Class of Tara then was sent to Western Australia and he is unbeaten at three starts in Australia. He has well and truly recouped his purchase price and has earned $110,106. Class of Tara started from barrier two on the back line in the group 1 Golden Slipper and was second favourite at 13/4. Kim Young settled the colt down in sixth position in the one-wide line after the 6/4 on favourite Crusader Banner and Kimba Bay (7/1) had engaged in a speed battle for the early lead. Kimba Bay began brilliantly from the No. 4 barrier and got a length in front of Crusader Banner, but was unable to cross that colt, with the lead time being covered in a blistering 35.2sec. Gary Hall jun. drove Crusader Banner hard to retain the lead and he was then able to slacken the tempo a little with a first 400m section of the final mile in 30.2sec. But there was already the feeling that the dazzling early speed would take its toll on both Crusader Banner and Kimba Bay. Young, who will celebrate his 50th birthday early next month, made his move with 1050m to travel. He eased Class of Tara three wide and the colt surged forward to be fourth at the bell before he got the better of Crusader Banner 550m from home. Class of Tara then dashed away from the opposition and won by just under three lengths from 33/1 chance Macon Georgia, who followed the winner’s three-wide run and came from seventh at the bell. Mister Jadore (20/1) sustained a strong burst to come from 11th at the 600m to be third, with 112/1 outsider All Williams running home stoutly into fourth position. Young gave a jubilant wave of the whip 15m from the post and Class of Tara’s rate of 1.56.7 over the 2130m smashed the race record of 1.57.7 set by Ohokas Bondy in 2010. Crusader Banner faded to ninth and Kimba Bay finished last in the field of 12. Chris Lewis (Mister Jadore) lodged a protest against runner-up Macon Georgia (Matt White), alleging interference 1250m from home. The protest was dismissed. Class of Tara is the second foal out of the Dream Away mare Tara Magic, who managed only one victory (by a half-head in a 2500m maiden event at Manawatu in November 2007) from 33 starts. Tara Magic was the 14th and last foal out of Kelly Dillon, who had 47 starts for five wins, 11 placings and just $16,540 in prizemoney. Kelly Dillon produced several moderate winners. By far, the best of her progeny was the Holmes Hanover gelding Hijack Harry, who earned $116,392 from 15 wins and 40 placings from 120 starts. He won five races in Victoria and then had 87 starts in Western Australia for ten wins and 29 placings in the 1990s. HOKONUI BEN UPSETS 5/1 ON FAVOURITE DAVID HERCULES Lightly-raced New Zealand-bred six-year-old Hokonui Ben caused an upset at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he fought on superbly after a tough run to snatch a last-stride victory over the pacemaker and 5/1 on favourite David Hercules in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Says Happy 50TH Birthday to Paul Poli Pace. Hokonui Ben, trained by Gary Hall sen., was a 10/1 second favourite, but few gave the gelding much chance of toppling David Hercules, the track record-holder over the 2130m journey. However, Gary Hall jun. refused to concede that the race was a forgone conclusion and he drove with admirable aggression, sending Hokonui Ben forward from barrier three after Morgan Woodley had got David Hercules straight to the front from the No. 2 barrier. Hokonui Ben got to the breeze after 500m and after David Hercules coasted through the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 30.6sec. and 30.1sec., Woodley increased the tempo and David Hercules sped over the final quarters in 27.8sec. and 27.3sec. But Hokonui Ben stuck with his rival and got to the front in the final stride to win by a nose at a 1.55.6 rate which was well outside the track record of 1.53.6 set by David Hercules in May this year. Rakarebel, who had enjoyed the ideal one-out, one-back sit, fought on gamely to by four lengths away in third place. The victory took Hokonui Ben’s record to 41 starts for 14 wins, ten placings and stakes of $214,229. He is owned by Queenslander Jeroen Nieuwenburg. After racing 24 times in New Zealand for six wins and five placings, Hokonui Ben has had 17 starts in WA for eight wins and five seconds. His victories include the Navy Cup and Bunbury Cup in 2012 and the Nights of Thunder at Gloucester Park last January. Hall jun. has driven him seven times for six wins and a second. Hokonui Ben is by Washington VC and is the first foal (and only one to have raced) out of the poorly-performed Jane Halsey, who was retired after her 15 starts produced just one third placing and $413. Jane Halsey’s dam Taurus Jane raced eight times for one third placing and $670. ROCKY MARCIANO HAS THE GOLDEN NUGGET IN HIS SIGHTS New Zealand-bred three-year-old Rocky Marciano emerged as a realistic Golden Nugget contender late this year when he gave a spirited frontrunning exhibition to win the 1730m Premier Suzuki Storm Up A Deal Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Bickley trainer Peter Anderson has extended Rocky Marciano’s three-year-old campaign to give the Christian Cullen gelding more experience before giving him a spell and bringing him back in a bid to qualify for the $175,000 Golden Nugget. Rocky Marciano, a heavily-supported 6/4 on favourite from the prized No. 1 barrier, began smoothly, but Morgan Woodley had to drive him hard to hold out a determined bid for the early lead from 4/1 second fancy Ohoka Assassin. Rocky Marciano sped through the first 400m section of the final mile in 28.3sec. before Woodley eased him slightly to cover the next two quarters in 29.7sec. and 29.3sec. Rocky Marciano then dashed over the final 400m in 28.9sec. and won by 4m from 75/1 outsider Itsa Seelster, with a head to the highly-promising Extremely Good, who surged home from tenth at the bell. Ohoka Assassin was working hard in the breeze before he met with severe interference and broke into a gallop 300m from home. Also badly checked was Ohoka Assassin’s stablemate Machs A Pearler. Ryan Bell, the driver of Itsa Seelster, was suspended for 16 days for allowing his horse to shift inwards and cause interference to Ohoka Assassin. Bell was also reprimanded for having made Shirlz Sensation cover extra ground at the bell. The stewards granted Bell a three-day stay of proceedings and he made the most of that by driving 10/1 chance Perfect Mach to an easy victory in an event for two-year-olds at Gloucester Park the following night. Rocky Marciano arrived in Western Australia last February after having had ten starts in New Zealand for three seconds. He has flourished under the care of Anderson and his WA record stands at six wins and six placings from 18 starts. He is out of Riverboat Royce, who had 55 starts in New Zealand for nine wins, ten placings and $65,234. KING AND VOAK STRIKE WITH THE BRILLIANT LEDA McNALLY The powerful combination of Pinjarra trainer Chris King and reinsman Chris Voak continued on its merry way at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Leda McNally made a wonderful return to racing by winning the Premier Suzuki Kizashi Sport Pace. The 40-year-old King and 25-year-old Voak had combined to win races with Lord Lombo (30/1) and Artesian Queen (5/2) in the previous eight days and punters rallied to support Leda McNally on Friday night when she was making her first appearance for four and a half months. The Victorian-bred four-year-old Leda McNally started from the outside of the back line and was sent out favourite at 11/4. Voak was content to settle Leda McNally in tenth position while Terra Into The West set the pace. Slick Bird (10/1) settled down in last position after starting from the outside of the front line and Kim Prentice sent her forward, three wide, with 1350m to travel and then Gary Hall jun. switched 3/1 second favourite Is She Talking three wide at the 1100m mark. Is She Talking got to a narrow lead 90m from the post, but she was swamped by Leda McNally, who was ninth at the bell and had sustained a powerful three-wide burst (with cover) to loom as a major danger, five wide, on the home turn. Leda McNally finished full of running to score by just over a length from Slick Bird, with Millwoods Delight, 11th at the 260m and blocked for a clear run until very late, a fast-finishing third. The final 800m was covered in 58.2sec. and Leda McNally rated 1.58.9 over the 2130m. Leda McNally, by Modern Art, is owned by Victorian Greg Stubbs. She now has had 18 starts in WA for King for 11 wins and three placings to take her overall record to 33 starts for 12 wins, six placings and $108,488. She had 15 starts in Victoria and New South Wales for just one win before being sent to WA. BETTOR REASON GIVES HIS OWNER PLENTY TO SMILE ABOUT Auckland breeder-owner Phil Cook celebrated a trip to Perth and had many reasons to smile at Gloucester Park on Friday night when his smart four-year-old Bettor Reason cruised to a convincing victory in the 2503m Premier Suzuki Grand Vitara Handicap. Bettor Reason, trained at Serpentine by Gary Hall sen., was a firm 5/4 favourite and he gave his supporters a scare when he galloped away off the 20m mark and settled down well back in tenth position. But Gary Hall jun. seized the initiative by dashing Bettor Reason forward, three wide, after 500m. Bettor Reason sustained a strong burst to dash to the front with 1550m to travel. Bettor Reason sprinted over the final two 400m sections in 28.4sec. and 29.2sec. and won comfortably by a length from 16/1 chance Salliwood, who led early and then had the perfect trail behind the pacemaker. Veteran pacer Courageous Ned raced three back on the pegs and ran on gamely to be third, with Dhoni impressing with a strong-finishing effort from the rear after galloping at the start. Bettor Reason raced 14 times in New Zealand for two wins and five placings and he now has had 21 starts in Western Australia for ten wins and seven placings. He has earned $199,575. Bettor Reason is the fifth foal out of the New York Motoring mare No Reason, who managed just one win from 17 starts. Bettor Reason is related to Admiral’s Ecstasy, who earned $225,331 from 24 wins and 24 placings from 68 starts. Former star WA trainer-reinsman Trevor Warwick won 21 races with Admiral’s Ecstasy, whose victories included the 1995 Parliamentarians Cup and 1996 Easter Cup, as well as two preludes of the WA Pacing Cup. He finished fourth behind Desperate Comment, Master Musician and Genghis Karalta in the Australian Pacing Championship at Harold Park in June 1996. CARIM COURAGE GIVES Justin Prentice A QUINELLA RESULT Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice landed the quinella in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Award Winning Suzuki Swift Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Kaiden Hayter brought 13/2 chance Carim Courage home with a well-timed run to snatch victory over 5/2 favourite Im Hey Jude. Prentice elected to handle Im Hey Jude, who started from the outside (barrier three) on the back line. Carim Courage was awkwardly drawn at No. 6 on the front line. Polemarker Millies Girl set the pace after defying a strong early challenge from the well-supported The Silk Road. Carim Courage settled in ninth position and Im Hey Jude was sixth in the one-wide line. Hayter started a three-wide move with Carim Courage 1050m from home and she received a trail 100m later when Prentice switched Im Hey Jude three wide. Im Hey Jude took a narrow lead 220m from home and she was in front until the final 50m before Carim Courage asserted her authority. And to make it an all-Prentice finish, Prentice’s father Kim brought 33/1 chance Mene Jaccka home from ninth at the bell with a strong burst to take third place. The Prentice trifecta returned a nice dividend of $517.30. Carim Courage, a New Zealand-bred seven-year-old and the oldest mare in the race, has been a good, honest performer who now has earned $79,857 from nine wins and 12 placings from 61 starts. WHAT GOD KNOWS KEEPS UP THE GOOD WORK Veteran pacer What God Knows has been a wonderful moneyspinner for Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg and he kept up the good work at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Michael Tenardi drove him to a smart all-the-way win in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Suzuki Way of Life Pathway Pace. The New Zealand-bred eight-year-old is still a Metropolitan maiden with earnings of $90,606, accumulated after ten wins and 25 placings from 121 starts. A winner of six races in New Zealand and one in New South Wales, What God Knows has now won three times from 69 starts in Western Australia. What God Knows was heavily supported and started favourite at 9/4, just ahead of Mosquito Buzzin (5/2). Tenardi dashed What God Knows straight to the front from barrier two, leaving Mosquito Buzzin (barrier three) to do all the hard work in the breeze. What God Knows made the task of the opposition extremely difficult when he sprinted over the final two 400m sections of the final mile in 28.7sec. and 27.8sec. He won at a 1.58.2 rate by 2m from Mosquito Buzzin, who fought on doggedly without appearing likely to seriously challenge the leader. Sparkling Seelster (8/1) ran on from three back on the pegs to be third. The Black Lord and Now A Christian each finished boldly to be fifth and sixth, respectively, and they should pay to follow. NIPPERINGHALL ENDS A LOSING STREAK OF 26 Nipperinghall, unplaced at his previous 13 starts, bounced back to form and ended a losing sequence of 26 when he outclassed his rivals in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Yankee Sensation Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Blissfull Hall six-year-old whose previous success was at Busselton in January 2012, was driven with great confidence and aggression by Serpentine trainer Chris Brew. Nipperinghall, a 4/1 second fancy behind the even-money favourite Jezalenkoubeauty, started from barrier No. 2 on the back line and Brew settled him down perfectly placed in the one-out, one-back position, before Brew seized the initiative by dashing Nipperinghall forward, three wide, after 450m. Nipperinghall then raced outside the pacemaker before forging to the front 450m from home and racing away to score by 19m from Match To The Fuse. He dashed over the final 400m in 28.9sec. and rated 1.58.9. Match To The Fuse had challenged hard for the early lead and got a length in front of Jezalenkoubeauty, but was unable to cross to the front. He then obtained an ideal trail when Brew sent Nipperinghall into the breeze. Jezalenkoubeauty faded to finish seventh. Nipperinghall has had 64 starts for ten wins, seven placings and stakes of $53,616. His dam Shimmering Shore graduated to an M2 mark in WA and was retired to the breeding barn after having 37 starts for ten wins and ten placings for $37,465 in prizemoney. TYLER DIAMOND MAKES THE MOST OF THE INSIODE BARRIER Tyler Diamond made the most of the prized No. 1 barrier by setting the pace and holding on solidly to win from Soho Monza and Ballas Arockstar in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Indie and Makai Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trained at Herne Hill by Kevin Keys and driven by Brad Stampalia, the seven-year-old Tyler Diamond was a solidly-supported 6/4 favourite who gave a strong frontrunning display to win from 7/2 second favourite Soho Monza, who trailed the pacemaker throughout. Ballas Arockstar (33/1) raced three back on the pegs and finished strongly. The win ended a losing sequence of ten for Tyler Diamond, who now has earned $53,010 from eight wins and 19 placings from 56 starts. Tyler Diamond is by American stallion Day In A Life and is out of the New York Motoring mare Cecelia, who had 75 starts for nine wins and 22 placings for stakes of $66,474. Tyler Diamond is a half-brother to Jennas Shadow (72 starts for 12 wins, 28 placings and $116,404) and Imali (69 starts for six wins, 23 placings and $52,487). SEVEN WISHES COMPLETES A DOUBLE FOR VOAK Noted frontrunner Seven Wishes notched his fourth win from his past five starts when he relished the No. 1 barrier and scored an easy all-the-way victory in the 2130m Premier Suzuki Capped Price Servicing Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The win completed a double for reinsman Chris Voak, who had been successful earlier in the program, with Leda McNally. Seven Wishes, trained at Pinjarra by Dudley Parker, was all the rage and started at 5/2 on. He gave his backers little cause for concern as he bowled along in front, dashed over the final two 400m sections of the last mile in 28.2sec. and 29.1sec. to win by a length and a half from 10/1 chance I Am legend, who trailed him all the way. Rank outsider parasite ran on from eighth in the one-wide line at the bell to be third. Menelaus of Sparta was an unlucky fourth. He raced three back on the pegs and was badly blocked for a clear passage until the final stages. Seven Wishes, a New Zealand-bred six-year-old, has had 63 starts for ten wins, 12 placings and stakes of $70,079. He has raced 25 times in WA for seven wins and six placings. Voak has driven him five times for four wins. Swing Out Sister, the dam of Seven Wishes, won the New South Wales Oaks at Harold Park and the Queensland Oaks at Albion Park in 1990 before being retired with a record of 30 starts for 11 wins, eight placings and stakes of $138,681. by Ken Casellas Videos of all races are attached to the photos at the top of the page
Pebble Creek was victorious in the $6,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Friday (July 12) in Northfield Park's tenth race. She is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr. for owner Debbie Bird of Harwood, Ontario, Canada. Morgan called upon harness racing driver Wyatt Irvine to drive the six year-old pacing mare.
Clinton Raceway's Canada Day harness racing double header got under way on Sunday, June 30 with seven Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies.