The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) today handed down its decision with regard to the penalty review hearings of Mr Eric Anderson and Mr Glenn Douglas against the decision of the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board to disqualify Mr Anderson and Mr Douglas for 6 months for offences against the Australian Rules of Harness Racing (ARHR) relating to an investigation concerning the horse Talk To The Hand. Mr Anderson and Mr Douglas, through their legal representative Mr Sandy Robertson, argued the penalties imposed upon them were excessive. These review hearings were held in conjunction with review applications of the HRV Stewards who argued through their legal counsel, Mr Neill Murdoch SC, that the penalties applied by the HRV RAD Board were inadequate. His Honour Judge Nixon, in delivering his decision, announced that he considered the offence seriousness to be in the high category and that he considered the most critical principles requiring consideration in the case to be denunciation, general deterrence and the preservation of the integrity of the harness racing industry. His Honour stated that public confidence in the harness racing industry is critical and that the giving of false evidence to Stewards could not be tolerated and must result in significant penalty being imposed. His Honour remarked that the lies told by Mr Anderson and Mr Douglas surrounding the death and disposal of the horse Talk To The Hand were maintained until the bitter end and that such lies were told to deceive the Stewards. His Honour indicated he gave consideration to the numerous references supplied in support of Mr Anderson and Mr Douglas which described their extensive involvement and success in the harness racing industry over a lengthy period of time, references which were not before the HRV RAD Board on 5 March 2014 when Mr Anderson and Mr Douglas appeared unrepresented. His Honour found that in all of the circumstances of the case, the penalty of 6 months disqualification imposed by the HRV RAD Board upon Mr Anderson and Mr Douglas for their respective conduct was a just and appropriate penalty. His Honour confirmed the imposition of these penalties and taking into account time served (8 days), such periods of disqualification will expire as at 8 October 2014. In arriving at this decision, His Honour noted that it should not be assumed in the harness racing industry that a period of 6 months disqualification is the ‘ceiling’ for penalties that may be handed down in circumstances where false evidence is provided to the Stewards or where persons frustrate or endeavour to frustrate investigations of the Stewards. His Honour also noted that in addition to the powerful references supplied, His Honour was also required to consider the evidence of Dr Sarah Jalim, as a result of the position of Mr Anderson and Mr Douglas that their conduct was in order to protect the interests of Dr Jalim. His Honour indicated he considered the evidence of Dr Jalim, both before the HRV RAD Board and the VCAT, regarding her inactivity (in reporting matters to the HRV Stewards) at a relevant time on the evening of 21 August 2013 at the Bendigo harness racing meeting, which resulted in her pleading guilty to a charge before the HRV RAD Board on 5 March 2014. Glenn Douglas, Eric Anderson and Sarah Jalim The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard a matter in regards to various charges issued by HRV Stewards under the Australian Rules of Harness Racing (ARHR) against licensed trainer/driver Mr Glenn Douglas, licensed stablehand/registered owner Mr Eric Anderson and veterinarian Dr Sarah Jalim. The charges were issued in connection to the conduct of the relevant parties concerning the Glenn Douglas trained horse ‘Talk To The Hand’ which was scheduled to compete at the Bendigo harness racing meeting conducted on 21 August 2013. After arriving at the racecourse, the horse became unwell and its health quickly deteriorated resulting in the horse being assisted onto a float by Mr Anderson, Mr Douglas and Dr Jalim before the horse was euthanized by Dr Jalim. The fact that the horse was euthanized was not brought to the attention of the attending HRV Stewards on the night by Mr Douglas, Mr Anderson or Dr Jalim. Mr Eric Anderson Mr Eric Anderson pleaded guilty to 6 charges issued by HRV Stewards. Charge 1 – ARHR 187(6) A person shall not frustrate or endeavour to frustrate an inquiry or investigation. The particulars of Charge 1 were that Mr Anderson frustrated the investigation of the Stewards by not ensuring the immediate notification of the death of the horse ‘Talk To The Hand’ and by arranging and conducting the burial of the horse in Boundary Bend, Victoria, with asbestos piping, actions which inhibited the extent of the post-mortem autopsy conducted upon the horse. Charge 2 – ARHR 187(2) A person shall not refuse to answer questions or to produce a horse, document, substance or piece of equipment, or give false or misleading evidence or information at an inquiry or investigation. The particulars of Charge 2 were that Mr Anderson, when interviewed by HRV Stewards on 22 August 2013 regarding the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of ‘Talk To The Hand’, falsely advised that the horse had been alive when it was removed from the Bendigo racecourse and also alive when it arrived at the stables of Mr Glenn Douglas after being transported by Mr Anderson in a float. Charge 3 – ARHR 187(2) A person shall not refuse to answer questions or to produce a horse, document, substance or piece of equipment, or give false or misleading evidence or information at an inquiry or investigation. The particulars of Charge 3 were that Mr Anderson, when interviewed by HRV Stewards on 22 August 2013, falsely advised that Mr Glenn Douglas whilst checking on the welfare of ‘Talk To The Hand’ in the night of 21 August 2013 had found the horse to be alive and that Mr Anderson had only discovered the horse to be deceased at the stables of Mr Douglas on the morning of 22 August 2013. Charge 4 – ARHR 187(2) A person shall not refuse to answer questions or to produce a horse, document, substance or piece of equipment, or give false or misleading evidence or information at an inquiry or investigation. The particulars of Charge 4 were that Mr Anderson, in a secondary interview with HRV Stewards on 22 August 2013, gave false information by denying that ‘Talk To The Hand’ had been euthanized in the vicinity of the Bendigo racecourse on 21 August 2013. Charge 5 – ARHR 187(2) A person shall not refuse to answer questions or to produce a horse, document, substance or piece of equipment, or give false or misleading evidence or information at an inquiry or investigation. The particulars of Charge 5 were that Mr Anderson, in a secondary interview with HRV Stewards on 22 August 2013, gave false information by advising that the carcass of ‘Talk To The Hand’ had been burned at Boundary Bend, Victoria, when the horse had in fact been buried at this location. Charge 6 – ARHR 105(5) The owner or authorized agent or other person in charge of a horse whose death has been notified, or which should have been notified, under sub rule (1)(a) shall not dispose of the carcass without the permission of the Controlling Body or the Stewards The particulars of Charge 6 were that Mr Anderson disposed of the carcass of ‘Talk To The Hand’ without the permission of the HRV Stewards. After hearing submissions regarding penalty, the HRV RAD Board imposed a 6 month disqualification upon Mr Anderson in relation to charges 1-6 and ordered such disqualification to commence immediately. Harness Racing Australia
LONGFORD harness trainer Barrie Rattray has what some might consider a stranglehold on the Raider Stakes final for home grown four-year-olds at Devonport next Sunday week. In Launceston last night two heats of the sires' stakes classic were run and won by Rattray-trained four-year-olds and he also snared the quinella in one of the heats and a minor placegetter in the other to give him four genuine winning chances in the final. Pachacuti delivered a message that he will be very hard to beat in the final by defying a tough run facing the breeze for the last lap to go on and score convincingly over Melolyn and another of Rattray's band of talented four-year-olds Diva's Delight. Pachacuti spent a couple of months at James Rattray's stables in NSW where he failed to flatter in three of his five starts at Menangle. The gelding won a heat of the 3YO Breeders Crown last season and finished a gallant second to super star Bit Of A Legend in the $175.000 final. He was then transferred to James Rattray's care at Cobbitty and was placed at his first two attempts but his form went south and after he galloped away in a 4YO feature race on Inter Dominion day he was sent home to Tasmania. His first-up win in Hobart was solid but he confirmed he was back to his best with this latest victory on Sunday night. Lickyalips led and looked to be travelling comfortably turning for home but when driver Todd Rattray called on Pachacuti to extend he delivered the goods and went on to score by almost five metres from Melolyn that ran home strongly with Divas Delight doing his best work late. Rykov Leis (Ricky Duggan) then led his rivals a merry chase to score a strong win over stablemate Devendra in the remaining heat. Duggan ensured a solid tempo while Todd Rattray was content to allow his charge to travel in the one-out-one-back spot to the 400-metre peg. He had to wait until straightening to get the run three-wide to challenge but when Duggan called on Rykov Leis to sprint he sped clear and had enough in reserve to stave off a late surge from his stablemate. By Peter Staples
Tabcorp Park Menangle is ready for racing. The track was given a tick of approval this morning by local trainers as well as Harness Racing New South Wales chief steward Reid Sanders to resume racing tomorrow (Saturday) night. Following last week’s setback, the track has been worked on continuously and veteran mentor Dennis Wilson can already notice the difference within the track. “The track was beautiful this morning,” he said. “It is more forgiving on the horses’ legs and they’ll still run the times because they will be comfortable. “We’ve had a bit of rain overnight and on the old surface I would have had chunks of dirt flicked up at me and I had none of that today.” Over eight millimetres of rain fell at Menangle on Thursday and NSW Harness Racing Club chief executive John Dumesny also pointed out that the old surface would have suffered from this. “The drizzly rain we had yesterday and overnight would have caused us some concern with the former surface,” Dumesny said. “Whilst we didn’t have the unprecedented rain that we had last week, we had a sustained period of rain on Thursday and the track handled it with ease.” Some of the first horses to race on this revamped surface include Inter Dominion winner Beautide and placgetters Seel N Print and For A Reason who will go head-to-head in the Marsdens Law Group Pace (Race 7 at 8.45pm). The bumper 10-race card, which also includes two Australian Pacing Gold heats as well as three heats for the Lands Legal Carousel, will start at 5.40pm. For further information telephone NSWHRC Racing Manager David Wonson on 0438 398 251. Courtesy of Harness Racing NSW
The $9,000 Inverell Cup will highlight the club's first ever TAB meeting at the Paceway on Sunday afternoon which will also be run in conjunction with the TAB Carnival of Cups series. A strong eight race card is set for action with over $50,000 in prizemoney up for grabs. The Cup looks to be an open affair on paper with strong chances given to several runners. Corilla Tess and Princess Zara were both impressive at the recent Armidale TAB Carnival of Cups meeting whilst Aleyska Dream, who has been consistent in recent times, has the alley to dictate terms. Just by being on course one lucky patron will go into the draw to win a brand new Toyota Yaris. The opening event is set to start at 12:48pm and will be broadcast live on Sky Racing 2. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
Bathurst Gold Crown winning two year old Artistic Flite will return to the racetrack on Saturday night when he competes in a heat of the Australian Pacing Gold at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Trainer Anton Golino confirmed the son of Artistic Fella had recovered well from his first Gr. 1 victory and is hoping to add a second feature win to the list. "He is a dream horse, he just recovers so quickly, he has pulled up from the Bathurst Gold Crown so well and now it is time to concentrate on the Australian Pacing Gold," Golino said. "Artistic Flite doesn't take a lot of work so he'll just have one more serious hit-out this week to top him off for Saturday night and if everything goes to plan we will be off to Melbourne for the semi finals a fortnight later." Golino was extremely proud of Artistic Flite after the win at Bathurst but admitted he was nervous going into the final. "Definitely, I was really nervous about him going into the first corner but John McCarthy got him around that perfectly and once he did that I knew he was going to be a big chance." "I didn't give John any instructions, he's driven enough in big races and won plenty of them and in the end it all turned out perfectly, I think Noel Daley was the first person to ring me after the win, it was a very special night for me." A long float trip to Melbourne is not a concern for Artistic Flite according to Golino. "When he had his first start at Newcastle back in February he was in the float by himself and we actually got caught in a fair bit of traffic on the way into the track and he handled himself really well, he didn't sweat up, he didn't move, he was perfect so I'm not too worried about taking him to Melbourne." "There is only a week between the semi final and the final and should he get through to the final I think it would be best to stay down there rather than have him doing a lot of travelling back and forth on the freeway." By Greg Hayes - SKY Racing Harness Racing New South Wales |
It is not guaranteed, but top Victorian harness racing trainer Emma Stewart is very keen to tackle the Harness Jewels with her top four-year-old, who was one of the first three Australians invited to compete in the Harness Jewels on In The Gig on Monday night. The other invitees announced on Monday were Blitzthemcalder (4YO Ruby) and Frith (4YO Diamond), however at this stage the Chariots Of Fire winner looks the most likely of the trio to compete. "I wouldn't rule it out completely but we have to keep in mind that there is the semi final of the Breeders Challenge a fortnight after the Jewels and I wouldn't want to put her whole campaign and season in jeopardy by chasing the one race in New Zealand,” said Frith’s trainer Bruce Harpley. "Adore Me would be extremely hard to beat over there in New Zealand and that is obviously a very strong consideration for both Bernie Kelly (Owner) and I." Meanwhile, talented Junior reinswoman Samantha Ottley has landed the drive on Aldo Rossi in Friday’s NZ Derby, which will be her first drive in a Group One pacing event. “I finished second on Stent in the NZ Trotting Championship when Colin (DeFilippi) was out on suspension, but this will be more first drive in a Group One pacing event,” said an excited Ottley.
The all trotters day meeting at Coolamon will once again attract square gaiters from far and wide and with a recent track upgrade nominations should be strong. The meeting will be held on Anzac Day and in the spirit of the occasion, the club always respects those who served. Club Secretary Helen Turner said a flag raising ceremony would take place before the first race to honour the ANZACs. "We always raise the flag and have a minute's silence to honour the spirit of Anzac Day," she said. "There is a ceremony in town too, in the morning, but we perform our own as well as a mark of respect. One of our former members (Lionel Dennis), who is still a patron of the club, served in the army and proved to be a tremendous help to us over the years." The feature event of the meeting is the $25,000 Group 3 La Coocaracha for mares, whilst the Coolamon Monte, Young Trouper, Oaks, Derby, Humbletonian and Trotters Cup all have $10,000 in prizemoney on offer. Nominations close on Monday April 21 at 11am. By Dale Walker (Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW)
Bega trainer John Miller has been a registered trainer for 30 years and to say that victories are a long time between drinks is an appropriate statement. Miller, who is 75 years young, has raced horses since 1969. The official records have his stats from 1984/85 and from this date it took a great deal of time to register his next success. Yes, it was the 2003/04 season before Miller was in the winner's circle again, and, his 75th attempt since 84/85. His careers stats read 208 starters for 10 wins 7 seconds and 8 thirds. But Miller will tell you there's a few more than that from 'back in the day'. A hobbyist trainer and a retired Machine Operator, Miller said regardless of where his horse finishes he gets such a tremendous thrill when gearing up his pacer and taking it to the race track. "They (horses) keep me young, said Miller. "I've been working horses on and off for 50 years or more. I've got three horses now and they keep me busy enough. "My first winner was back in 1969 with Hillstead Boy at Queanbeyan and it was hard getting to the registered meetings to race as I was working all the time. I would like to have a few more wins under my belt." At Wagga's meeting last Friday, Miller took Lombo Convertible to contest his 47 race start. The form read 46 starts for one win and six minor placings. But Miller new with HRNSW putting on a race for R0-R1 pacers named the Encouragement Stakes; he was a chance off the front line draw. Lombo Convertible was forced to race three wide early before sitting in the chair for the majority of the trip. He was aided in some cover at the 600 metres when moves where made from the back but the five-year-old seemed to lose ground at the 400 metres. Gaining a clear run on the home turn, Lombo Convertible rallied. He dug deep, he found something and he grabbed the spoils right on the line to score by a narrow margin. It was also a celebration for 23 year old Matthew Cuthbert who tasted success as a driver for the very first time. Harness racing was re introduced at the Bega Show last season and Cuthbert made the seven hour trip to drive horses for Miller on the tight turning circuit. His hours of dedication and effort paid off. Miller was full of praise for Cuthbert. "He's a decent young fella and I will always stick by him," he said. "He got the best out of the horse at Wagga and I'm sure he will drive many more winners in the future." It was a similar case at Parkes on Saturday night with a race named the Competitive Stakes. Rod Lemon's Real McCoy Lombo was a maiden heading into the event after 30 starts but that all changed with an all the way win over the 1660 metres. Dale Walker (Harness Racing NSW)
Harness Racing SA Ltd Stewards conducted an inquiry on 03/04/14 into a report received from Racing Analytical Services Ltd (RASL) in relation to a urine sample provided by driver Luke Alcorn at Betezy Park Globe Derby on 28/02/14 in order to obtain a clearance after having been stood down from driving on 23/12/13 for failing to provide a urine sample when so directed by Stewards. This sample was found upon analysis to contain the banned substance d-methamphetamine. Evidence was heard from Mr Alcorn, RASL Laboratory Director David Batty and HRSA Ltd Swabbing Assistant John O’Grady. After considering the evidence tendered, Mr Alcorn was charged under Rule 250 (1)(a) on the grounds that as a licensed driver, a urine sample taken from him on 28/02/14 was found upon analysis to contain a substance banned by Rule 251 – namely d-methamphetamine at a concentration above the applicable cut-off. Mr Alcorn pleaded not guilty to the charge, however after hearing further evidence, he was found guilty as charged. After considering submissions as to penalty, Mr Alcorn was subsequently disqualified for 2 years effective at the completion of the 18 months disqualification being currently served by him for two separate earlier offences. In settling on penalty, the Panel took into consideration: Mr Alcorn’s not guilty plea; The serious nature of the breach; Mr Alcorn’s record in that this was his third offence relating to banned substances/drugs of abuse; A recent penalty imposed upon another licensed driver for a similar offence; The need to provide a deterrent – both general and specific; The need to maintain public confidence in the integrity of the industry. Stewards further ordered under the provisions of Rule 15 (1)(ad) that Mr Alcorn pay HRSA Ltd for the costs incurred in relation to the analysis of this sample and also an earlier sample provided by Mr Alcorn at the SAHRC’s meeting on 04/01/14 for the purpose of obtaining a clearance. Initial analysis of this earlier sample detected the presence of the banned substance 7 – aminonitrazepam, however given the rules that were in place at the time that the sample was provided, the Panel were of the opinion that Mr Alcorn had no charge to answer as he was not carrying out or purporting to carry out a licensed activity at this meeting. Steve Mulcay Chairman of Stewards Harness Racing SA
Due to the unprecedented rain which has been encountered during the total resurfacing of the track at Tabcorp Park Menangle the meeting set for tomorrow night has been transferred to the Newcastle International Paceway. The decision taken by the NSWHRC was made in the overall interest of all participants. “This was a difficult decision for the Club however the circumstances of the weather were beyond our control” said Chief Executive John Dumesny. “The easy decision was to simply abandon the meeting” “We acknowledge participants will be inconvenienced by this transfer and humbly apologise .” “Part of the decision was based on the fact that there had been no metropolitan prizemoney on offer last week and there was $148,000 in prizemoney to be distributed for this meeting” “After the weather turned nasty last night and continued this morning the transfer was acted upon early to assist participants with their own personal decisions.” “Our contractors could not guarantee they would finish the track works without 24 daylight hours unless we would guarantee perfect conditions.” “That was beyond the realms of possibility taking into consideration the forecast weather over the next few days. The Club due to the weather forecast for the weekend has also made the decision to transfer the Monday and Tuesday race meetings to Penrith. For further information contact Chief Executive John Dumesny on 02 4645 2200.
T will be more than a month since Tabcorp Park Menangle has hosted a race meeting on its world class circuit but Chief Executive Officer of the NSW Harness Racing Club John Dumesny is looking forward to Saturday night's ten race card. Dumesny is confident the track is 'ready to go' but admits it may take time for the surface to settle down. "The surface overall is much softer for the horses which is important for their longevity and durability and that is what the horseman have asked for," Dumesny said. "Our track consultant Dan Coon is of the belief that speed isn't everything and it might be a while before we start to see fast times but ultimately what we are after is a uniformity and consistency." The Menangle surface was put to the test on Tuesday morning and Dumesny confirmed some work will be carried out before this weekend's meeting. "There was one patch which was about 30 metres by 10 metres that the horseman said was too soft on Tuesday and we will be able to fix that by this weekend." "It is a totally different surface to what we had here before, we have been informed that there is a 25 year supply of the material from the quarry and it is important that we are able to source replacement material as it is needed in the future." A similar surface was used when rebuilding the Goulburn track. "It is a sandy material and as was evident from when Goulburn opened it took a while before the track settled in but the surface is now at a stage where Goulburn is a very popular surface." Race 1 will begin at 6:10pm on Saturday with two heats of the Australian Pacing Gold for two year old fillies and three heats of the Carousel highlighting the programme. Courtesy of Harness Racing NSW
Harness racing trainer Anton Golino got his hands on the coveted Gold Crown trophy as his talented two-year-old colt Artistic Flite overcame his wide second row draw to post a commanding win. There was also a strong Bathurst link to the success story, with former resident John McCarthy the winning driver and Brooklyn Lodge the breeders. McCarthy had the son of Artistic Fella face the breeze before surging away from his rivals to score a commanding 7.7 metre victory in a rate of 1:59.9 for the 1730 metres. With the Bathurst Harness Racing Club set to move to its new facility in the shadows of Mount Panorama later this year, the meeting signalled the last running of the carnival at a track it has called home for 28 years. The mix of commanding victories and tight finishes, big name winners and small-timers prevailing made it a successful evening for the club. The Gold Tiara Final was won by Grenfell's Mark Hewitt, the regular Bathurst visitor getting the job done with Makes Every Scents. Bathurst had something to cheer about in the Gold Chalice Final as Amanda Turnbull drove Mighty Gift to victory for her father Steve Turnbull, while David Kennedy scored one for the Riverina when Shes A Runa took out the Gold Bracelet. Dale Walker | Manager - Marketing | Harness Racing New South Wales Artistic Flite
I recently penned a piece in the Atlantic Post Calls, the premier Maritime racing paper on looking ahead to the 2014 and looking for positives for racing in New Brunswick. While it was a challenge in compiling positive information without a one thing to focus on, one thing became clear. New Brunswick horse racing, and some involved, feel the only hope is a change in government in 2014. This fall, the New Brunswick electorate will have the chance to choose four more years of the Alward Tories, or take a change on a new young politician in Brian Gallant to lead the province. While there are three other options in N.B when it comes to official parties, I would be shocked to see anything but a Red/ Blue party again leading the province. So where does that leave harness racing? From everyone I have contacted, it seems to be a growing agreement that a change to a Liberal government is the only hope. As many are aware, the gov't opted out of the five-year deadline to support racing any further. It was the Shawn Graham led Liberals, who then had Mike Murphy in cabinet who is a horse owner and breeder that struck the deal when in power. Graham was turfed out after only one term and then it was up to the industry to keep things flowing with the Tories led by Alward and Finance Minister Blaine Higgs, a rookie cabinet choice with experience with the Irving Empire. It was no secret when the Tories took over that the province was in a dismal state of finance and it was up to Higgs and the new caucus to reign in spending, and horse racing was one area that was cut. There was even talk of a lawsuit by Horse Racing New Brunswick against the gov't for a breach of contract and a feasibility study was done, reportedly just to pacify the industry. Many insiders say the study was never going to amount to anything and was nothing more than a stall tactic. Also, there has been talk that gov't is not interested in dealing with H.R.N.B the way it is set-up now. So, it appears that the industry leaders in the province will do all they can to keep racing going this spring with approx. 23-24 dates in total. They will wait and see how the election of 2014 turns out and take it from there. Politics- they play a part in just about everything, including harness racing. Let's hope something can be done to keep the tradition of N.B racing alive but it may rest, as I mentioned, all up to politics. Scary. By Scott Waddell, for New Brunswick Horse Racing. Contact Scott at email@example.com
Record figures were achieved from 115 lots at the Gold Crown Yearling Sale at Bathurst last weekend. Sale organiser Graeme Board said it was the best sale he has been involved with. "I've been doing the sale at Bathurst for nearly 20 years and this is by far the best I have seen," said Board. "Everyone wanted to be a part of the action and the results are great for the future of harness racing." Yearling colt sales hit an average price of $9,000 while the fillies were close to the $7,000 mark. The sale turned over just shy of $1 million, a significant increase on 2013. The top price lot was a for Sportswriter-Sixteen Carat colt purchased by Emilio Rosati for $34,000, while Pat Bourke purchased a Courage Under Fire-Lombo Silhouette colt for $27,000. Bred by Laurie and Gwen Paton, the sale-topping colt is out of the 1:55.5 Menangle winner Sixteen Carat, a Blissfull Hall mare. Rosati also shelled $27,000 for the Rocknroll Hanover-Counterfeit Chic colt and $25,000 for the American Ideal-Superstar Lady filly, the top-priced filly at the sale. Other lots to fetch $20,000 or more were the Courage Under Fire-Pleasure Machine colt at $21,500 and the Rock N Roll Heaven-So Savvy colt and the Art Colony-Jillette colt both at $20,000. For a full list of results go to graemeboard.com Dale Walker | Manager - Marketing | Harness Racing New South Wales 22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200 T: 02 9722 6677| F: 02 8580 5795 |M: 0411 627 113 |E: firstname.lastname@example.org| W: www.hrnsw.com.au
AS soon as Tasmanian two-year-old harness racing filly Karalta Impulse won the Keith Stanley Debutante on debut in Launceston in January connections started making plans to send her to Sydney. Karalta Impulse is owned by Wayne and Gaye Rattray who took no time in deciding to send the filly to their grandson James Rattray who has established stables near Menangle in NSW. James Rattray has emerged as a star in the training ranks in Australia courtesy of his stable star Beautide winning the Miracle Mile and Inter Dominion. At the filly's first start in NSW she finished second to Gotta Glow in a 2YO fillies' race over 1609 metres at Menangle before finishing down the track at Penrith. But at her most recent outing she scored an impressive win in a Gold Tiara heat over 1720 metres at Bathurst last Thursday night. Karalta Impulse (Million Dollar Cam-Royal Athlete) has drawn ideally in barrier one for the final on Saturday night. Peter Staples
Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. maintained his dominance of feature events at Gloucester Park when his younger son Gary produced a near-perfect drive to land up-and-coming star Northview Punter a decisive and impressive winner of the $35,000 Alltools Four And Five-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And to emphasise the 64-year-old's overwhelming superiority in West Australian harness racing he produced the trifecta, with Soho Valencia (Clint Hall) finishing second, a neck ahead of Benjamin Banneker (Justin Prentice). The trifecta paid $514.70 for a $1 investment. Hall sen. is now mapping out plans for the New Zealand-bred four-year-old Northview Punter to contest the rich feature events at next summer's Gloucester Park carnival. "He has taken his time to hit his straps," Hall jun. said. "He's always had the ability, but it has taken a little while to get it out of him. He's a bull and he's starting to mature at the right time. "I always thought that he was just below them (the State's top pacers), but the way he's going now, and if he keeps heading in that direction, he's going to be a player come Christmas." In a keen betting race, Northview Punter was solidly supported to start third favourite at 7/2, with five-year-olds Soho Valencia and Red Salute sharing favouritism at 2/1. Benjamin Banneker was a 52/1 tote outsider. Red Salute, as expected, jumped straight to the front from the No. 1 barrier and Hall jun. urged Northview Punter forward from the No. 4 barrier to race three wide for the first 200m before applying some pressure on Red Salute. Northview Punter then gained the one-out, one-back trail after a lap when Soho Valencia (sent forward, three wide, after 600m) moved into the breeze. After moderate first sections of the final mile in 30.8sec. and 30.4sec., the third 400m section whizzed by in a sizzling 27.7sec. when Soho Valencia challenged Red Salute for supremacy. Finally, Soho Valencia took the lead 250m from home, but he was unable to withstand the powerful late burst from Northview Punter, who burst to the front with 70m to travel and went on to win by just under a length at a 1.57.1 rate after a final quarter of 28.8sec. Benjamin Banneker raced three back on the pegs before finishing strongly to be third, with Rocky Marciano sustaining a spirited three-wide burst to be a splendid fourth. Red Salute wilted to fifth. Northview Punter, by Bettors Delight, has now earned $256,915 from 18 wins and 12 placings from 38 starts. Hall jun. admitted that he was "not really confident" after the third quarter in 27.7sec., saying: "He did sort of drop the bit at that stage. He does struggle a bit with point-to-point speed. But that quarter down the back definitely brought me into the race and on the bend he was charging, full of running." HALL SUSPENDED FOR 30 DAYS AND WILL MISS WA DERBY Champion reinsman Gary Hall jun. has been denied the opportunity of winning the $200,000 WA Derby on April 11 after being suspended for 30 days for causing interference in the Alltools Red Lithium Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The 31-year-old Hall, in the sulky behind 7/4 favourite Korobeit Angel, was suspended for severely checking the early pacemaker Lord Lexus rounding the first turn shortly after the start of the 1730m event. Korobeit Angel, who started from barrier three and raced three wide early, contacted the off fore leg of Lord Lexus, causing the 5/1 third favourite to break into a gallop and drop back to the rear. Korobeit Angel then went on to set the pace. She pulled hard in the lead and wilted to finish third behind the fast-finishing last-start winner and 20/1 chance Hokuri Handrail and Little Boy Blue. The 30-day suspension is the heaviest penalty in recent years imposed on a driver causing interference in a race in WA. The stewards intended to hand down a 34-day suspension before reducing the penalty to 30 days after Hall pleaded guilty to the charge of careless driving in that he allowed Korobeit Angel to shift in and check Lord Lexus. Hall decided to start his suspension immediately and did not drive at the Bunbury meeting on Saturday night. He has driven 99 winners in WA this season and will be eligible to resume at the Pinjarra meeting on Monday April 21. Korobeit Angel sprinted over the first 400m section of the final mile in 28.4sec. and sustained a smart pace with the next quarters in 29.3sec., 29.3sec. and 29.1sec. Hokuri Handrail, an M3-class pacer, became eligible to contest Friday night's event restricted to M0 and M2-class performers when trainer Kristie Morrone engaged Luke Edwards to make use of his concession as a junior driver. Hokuri Handrail started from the outside of the back line and was on the pegs in eighth position at the bell before Edwards brought the New Zealand-bred six-year-old home with a brilliant burst. Edwards eased the gelding off the pegs with 250m to travel and after going four wide on the home turn Hokuri Handrail charged home from fifth at the 100m mark to burst to the front 50m from the post. He rated 1.56 in scoring his 13th win from 39 starts in WA. He now has earned $129,752 from 18 wins and ten placings from 61 starts. DALTON MAKES A GREAT START TO WA CAREER Former Victorian trainer-reinsman Clive Dalton made a wonderful debut as a trainer at Gloucester Park on Friday night when Major Fury set the pace and held on to win the 2503m Alltools The Name Says It All Handicap. The 55-year-old Dalton, who has driven about 500 winners and trained almost 700 winners in Victoria, prepares Major Fury for New South Wales breeder-owner Matthew Sandblom at Neven Botica's Herron property, 60km north of Bunbury. Dalton took over the preparation of Major Fury from Peter Tilbrook after the NSW-bred five-year-old had finished second to Hez Got The Nod at Gloucester Park a fortnight before Friday night's success. In an unusual coincidence, Next Dawn, the winner of the final race on Friday night's program, was trained and driven by Dalton for 17 starts in 2011 for three wins at Shepparton and one win at Cobram. Major Fury was a firm even-money favourite on Friday night and his supporters were on good terms with themselves when Callan Suvaljko got the gelding away to a flying start from the inside of the front line. After an opening quarter of the final mile in 30.7sec., Suvaljko increased the tempo and Major Fury covered the next three sections in 29.7sec., 28.9sec. and 29.2sec. Major Fury fought on tenaciously to beat 10/1 chance The Pacing Priest, who finished strongly from fifth at the bell to go down by only one metre. A neck away in third place was Black Cracker, who trailed the pacemaker throughout. "As soon as he jumped away I was pretty confident," Suvaljko said. "He can roll 30sec. quarters and sprint home pretty well. That was the plan to roll along and make it difficult for the backmarkers. He should win more races." Major Fury, a winner of four races in NSW as a two and three-year-old, has had 16 starts in WA for six wins and three seconds to boost his career earnings to $63,189 from ten wins and five seconds from only 27 starts. His dam The Kindly One (by American stallion Praised Dignity) raced 42 times in NSW for eight wins, 11 placings and $95,562. She has produced six winners, including Art Princess, an earner of $179,364 from 14 wins and 21 placings from 62 starts. The Kindly One's dam, the Queensland-bred Kotare Fury, had 100 starts form 19 wins and 38 placings for stakes of 72,958. EYRE CRUSHER STAKES HIS DERBY CLAIMS Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. has a vice-like grip on the $200,000 WA Derby on April 11 with a team of brilliant three-year-olds, including Elegant Christian, Machtu, High Courage, Pelusiac and Classic American. And Eyre Crusher emerged as another realistic prospect for the Hall camp in the group 1 classic when Clint hall drove him to a thrilling fast-finishing victory in the 2130m Milwaukee Nothing But Heavy Duty WA Derby Prelude at Gloucester Park on Friday night. "Eyre Crusher will beat any of my three-year-olds, sitting on them, as long as he doesn't work early," Hall sen. said. "When Gary drives him at home he says he feels the closest to Im Themightyquinn. But he's not strong. He's got a lightning burst for about two furlongs, and once he's at the end of that he falls in a heap. He's an opportunist." Pelusiac was all the rage in Friday night's race and was sent out favourite at 5/2 on, with Eyre Crusher second favourite at the gift odds of 15/2 and Bettor Offer, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, at 8/1. Pelusiac lacked sparkle from the No. 2 barrier and raced without cover for the first 500m taking over as pacemaker from 33/1 chance Back On Board. Bettor Offer then was left in the breeze and Eyre Crusher gained the perfect one-out and one-back trail. Colin Brown sent Bettor Offer to the front 140m from the post, but he was overhauled in the final stride by the flying Eyre Crusher, who gained the verdict in the photo by a nose. Both the final 400m sections were covered in 28.1sec. and Eyre Crusher rated 1.56.7. Eyre Crusher won once from two starts as a two-year-old in New Zealand and his record now stands at nine starts for four wins and four seconds for earnings of $39,623. He is the first foal out of Mach Three mare Lucasta Midfrew, who won twice from 30 starts. Lucastra Midfrew's half-sister (by Christian Cullen) Libertybelle Midfrew won the $156,000 Yearling sales final for two-year-old fillies by five lengths at Alexandra Park in April 2013. DELIGHTFUL JADE OVERCOMES A CHECK TO WIN Delightful Jade, who is closely related to former star performer Whitbys Miss Penny, remained unbeaten after two starts when she unwound a spirited finishing burst to win the $21,000 Alltools Western Crown Classic for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. She overcame a check approaching the home turn to get up and beat the pacemaker and 7/4 on favourite Mohito, who dead-heated for second with 20/1 chance Lady Willoughby. Mohito was two lengths clear of her nearest rival with 100m to travel before she wilted and was defeated by Delightful Jade, who trailed her throughout. Tricky Styx, a 6/1 chance driven by Aiden De Campo, raced in last place in the field of six before starting a three-wide move at the 550m mark. She sprinted strongly to get three-quarters of a length in front of Mohito 250m from home. She had not crossed to a clear lead when she broke into a gallop approaching the home turn. "When I got checked when Aiden's horse galloped I didn't think I was going to pick up the leader," said Delightful Jade's driver Matt White. "To her credit she knuckled down and did the job. She has got a great attitude and will only improve. This is the first time I have driven her and I was pretty impressed." Delightful Jade, second favourite at 9/4 and trained at Capel by Andrew De Campo for breeder-owner Melissa Howie, is by Bettors Delight out of Booth Hanover mare Whitbys Solitaire, who raced only nine times for two wins, four placings and $5443. Delightful Jade has earned $18,620 for her two wins from two starts. Whitbys Solitaire is out of Fiscal Miss, a mare who won 15 races and earned $53,854. The first foal out of Fiscal Miss was Whitbys Miss Penny, who was retired after having had 50 starts for 32 wins and six placings for $568,289 in prizemoney. Whitbys Miss Penny won the $80,000 Edgar Tatlow Stakes at Moonee Valley in March 1990 at her third start and her victories in 1991 included the Western Gateway Pace, the Battle of Bunbury, the WA Oaks, the WA Derby, the Caduceus Club Classic, the Sires for three-year-old fillies, the Pink Diamond and the Four-Year-Old Coca Cola Pace. In 1992 she finished second to Impressionist in the Golden Nugget Championship and won the Fremantle Cup, the Mount Eden Sprint, the Bunbury Cup and a prelude of the WA Pacing Cup. RED HOT MAJOR CALLS THE TUNE Red Hot Major, the 11/4 second favourite, made the most of an abominable start by 2/1 favourite Artillery Major by leading all the way in the $21,000 Alltools Western Crown Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Artillery Major galloped badly and lost about 200m and this enabled Kim Young to drive Red Hot Major hard from the No. 4 barrier to cross to the front soon after the start. Red Hot Major was joined in the lead in the first lap by 13/4 third favourite Out Of The Shadow and he looked set for an easy victory when that gelding began to wilt in the final circuit. But debutant Military Master, a 7/1 chance who had trailed Red Hot Major all the way, loomed as a serious threat when he got into the clear approaching the home turn and ran home determinedly. However, Red Hot Major revealed splendid fighting qualities to resist the challenge and go on and win by 1m at a 1.59.6 rate over 1730m. "The other horse (Military Master) went really well and surprised me a bit," said Young. "I was probably driving to beat two of the others (Artillery Major and Out Of The Shadow) and when Military Master came at me I thought we were going to get beaten. Military Master was not the worst horse, but one we didn't know anything about. However, my horse showed good endeavour." Red Hot Major, owned and trained by Gary Elson, has won at his first two starts and has earned $18,035. His dam Red Hot Rita earned $32,564 from 11 wins and 13 placings from 46 starts. Red Hot Rita also produced smart performers Just Live Life (43 starts for ten wins, 16 placings and $60,440) and Im Smouldering, who had 31 starts for 14 wins, 14 placings and $262,475 in prizemoney. Im Smouldering won the group 2 Tatlow Stakes for two-year-old fillies at Melton in May 2012, defeating the brilliant Frith, and the group 1 $100,000 Vicbred Super Series final for three-year-old fillies at Melton last July. NEXT DAWN SHINING FOR CUMMINGS Former Victorian pacer Next Dawn maintained his sound form for his new trainer Graham Cummings when he finished in dashing style to score an easy victory in the 1730m Make Smoking History Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A winner at Northam four starts earlier, Next Dawn was a 14/1 chance from barrier two on the back line, with polemarker I Am Legend (boasting a losing sequence of 17 and unplaced at his previous 12 starts) a well-supported favourite at 5/2, with Absolute Cool, placed once at his previous eight starts, a strong second fancy at 13/4 from barrier four on the front line. Next Dawn, driven for the first time by Robbie Williams, raced in seventh position, three back on the pegs while I Am Legend set the pace with Absolute Cool working hard in the breeze. Williams got Next Dawn off the pegs and into the clear approaching the home turn and the Victorian-bred six-year-old finished strongly to take the lead 90m from the post. He won by one and a half lengths from I Am legend, with two lengths to Im Terrific in third place after that pacer had trailed the pacemaker all the way. Next Dawn, who rated 1.56.3, has won 11 times from 42 starts in Western Australia to take his record to 75 starts for 16 wins, 14 placings and $97,947. By American stallion Dawn Of A New Day, he is the fifth and final foal, and only winner, out of unraced What's Next mare Next Interest. PACIFIC WARRIOR A MAJOR CHANC E IN CLARKE FINAL New Zealand-bred six-year-old Pacific Warrior emerged as the horse to beat in the $25,000 final of the Clarke Pace next Friday night when he gave another powerhouse performance to score a narrow but impressive victory in the third qualifying heat at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Pacific Warrior was a 6/1 chance from barrier five on the front line, with most punters pinning their faith in the polemarker Lovers Delight, who started favourite at 6/4 on. Our Arlington (barrier three) and Menelaus of Sparta (four) were smartest into stride, but neither was able to get to an early lead, with Chris Lewis driving hard to keep Lovers Delight in front with a slick lead time of 36.6sec. Kade Howson did not bustle Pacific Warrior early before he sent the gelding forward to move into the breeze after about 600m. After the first two sections of the final mile in 30.5sec. and 30sec. Howson applied more pressure on the leader and the next two quarters whizzed by in 28.4sec. and 28.1sec. Pacific Warrior got his head in front 400m from home and he and Lovers Delight matched strides down the home straight, with Pacific Warrior prevailing by a half-head, with 5m to Pride of Colorado, who trailed the leader all the way. "Lovers Delight ran the lead time (a brisk 36.6sec.) and we stayed out of that," Howson said. "And from there we just had to keep at him. Lovers Delight had burnt early and was a bit vulnerable. Pacific Warrior just keeps coming. He's a tough, big horse and hopefully he will develop into a Cups prospect." Pacific Warrior, trained at Mt Helena by Ray Williams, has had 30 starts in WA for 16 wins, six seconds and two thirds to take his career record to 57 starts for 20 wins, 15 placings and $176,293 in stakes. SHIRLZ SENSATION LOOKS SET FOR A BRIGHT CAREER Lightly-raced four-year-old Shirlz Sensation has taken his time to develop and is now giving promise of becoming a good winner for Jandabup trainer Mike Beech. Shirlz Sensation started from the outside of the front line at the gift price of 15/2 in the third qualifying heat of the 2130m Community Newspaper Group Westbred Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and gave a most impressive display to score an effortless victory. Atlastalone, favourite at 11/8 from barrier three on the front line, hung out in the score-up and locked sulky wheels with Kissed Flush when the mobile sent the field on its way. Outsider Mako Shadow was smartest into stride, but was unable to wrest the lead from polemarker Atomic Chip (4/1) in a fast lead time of 36.1sec. Ryan Warwick then sent Firebomb to the front after 520m and soon after that Chris Lewis dashed Shirlz Sensation forward to work hard in the breeze. Shirlz Sensation led by a half-length at the bell and remained in that position for the next 500m before forging to a clear lead 300m from home. Shirlz Sensation then careered away from his rivals to cover the final 400m in 28.4sec. and win at a 1.56.7 rate by a margin of 31 metres from Soho Monza, with a head to Firebomb. Shirlz Sensation has had 21 starts for six wins, three placings and stakes of $48,971. COMPACT ROCKET DELAYS THE START AND THEN BEHAVES PERFECTLY West Australian-bred five-year-old Compact Rocket, who has been unreliable at the start in several recent stands, again was fractious behind the tapes and delayed the start of the 2503m Alltools.com.au Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Chris Voak then got Compact Rocket away to a perfect flying start and the gelding burst straight to the front before bowling along in the lead and scoring an easy victory, beating Pacific Playboy by one and a half lengths, with Veitchy flashing home along the pegs to be third. Compact Rocket, a 7/1 chance trained by Ross Olivieri, kept his rivals, particularly 2/1 favourite Trojan Bromac, well at bay in the middle stages when he dashed through the second and third quarters of the final mile in 29.9sec. and 28.2sec. Trojan Bromac, who moved into the breeze with two laps to travel, wilted to finish fifth. Compact Rocket is by American sire Dr Drew and is the only winner out of New Zealand-bred mare Pipe Dreamer, who raced eight times in New Zealand and eight times in Victoria for just one win, at Cranbourne in August 2001. Compact Rocket, bred and owned by Bob Fowler, has been a handy performer who has earned $64,396 from nine wins and nine placings from 55 starts. by Ken Casellas