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Leading harness racing driver Robbie Morris has had some success since returning from a broken ankle earlier this year but believes the past week has been his best since returning from injury. In the space of three days last week Morris drove eight winners including four at Bathurst last Wednesday night and is hoping he can continue the good form when he drives Alchemy in the Max Laughton OAM Carnival Of Cups feature at Penrith on Thursday night. "It has been a good week, I haven't had a week like this since I've come back from the broken ankle and it is nice to be getting on some nice horses and getting some nice results," Morris said. "Kerry Ann (Turner) has nominated Alchemy for the feature race at the Carnival Of Cups meeting at Penrith on Thursday night and after drawing well if he can find the front I think he is going to be very hard to beat." Alchemy was formerly trained by Lance Justice and has now had four runs for the Turner stable. "His first up run was his best effort for KerryAnn, he finished second behind Bling It On and the overall time was very quick so if he can get to the pegs this week and repeat that then he will be in the finish." "It won't be an easy race, obviously the two horses off the back line are the class runners, Monifieth and Living Lord are the horses that have been competing in the strong races but I wouldn't even rule out a horse like Itsnewstome, he was very good winning two starts back." Morris also confirmed Turner has been cleared to return to race driving after suffering injuries from a fall at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Miracle Mile night. "Yeah the good news is that KerryAnn received the clearance from the doctor on Monday so she will be right to drive later in the week, I think she may even be going to Bathurst to drive on Friday." "KerryAnn has driven sixteen winners this season so hopefully she can get straight back into the winners' list." By Greg Hayes Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 31 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government.

The number “63” has taken on a special significance for many Australians in recent days. And last Wednesday it was instrumental in the timing of the Bathurst HRC tribute to the late Phillip Hughes, with a simple and respectful tribute conducted just prior to the fifth, race number 63 conducted at the new Bathurst facility. A one-minute silence, observed by all of the crowd in attendance, provided the formal recognition, while a simple grouping of bats and a baggy green cricket cap, as well as an on-screen portrait of Hughes displayed between races, provided continuing recognition during the course of the meeting. That fifth race, a 3C0 run over the 1730 metres sprint trip, was won by Mouse In The House, one of last season’s better juveniles, at his second run back this term. Steve Turnbull allowed the even-money favourite to find his feet from outside the second line, before coming three-wide in the middle stages to assume the lead, and he slipped home in a sharp 27.6, for a soft win over early leader Mod Conns and Gargzdai Girl, which raced mid-field. He was one of only two favourites to succeed at the meeting, and Turnbull’s sole winner , on a night where eight individual trainers took out the eight races, quite unusual anywhere and especially rare at Bathurst. John Thomas O’Shea – “J.T.” to most – took driving honours for the night, with his double to open and close the meeting. Keep On Moving ($3.70, for Josh Turnbull) led throughout in the 2260 metres C1 first, to hold on in a photo from Promises Galore and Regal Point, both of which raced in the running-line. A solid tempo throughout, with a last half in 57.9, resulted in a good mile rate of 1:59.9 to the winner. Jacks OnThe Beach ($9.40, for Jack Butler) overcame his ODM barrier in the 2260 metres C0 which concluded the meeting, working three-wide around the field to the death, then showing toughness to hold off Master Macca, which enjoyed a pegs trail, and Art Of Ear, which ran on from the second half of the field. J.T. was very impressed by the winner, which boasts impeccable breeding – by Somebeachsomewhere, he’s from a full-sister to the Chariots winner and now sire, Lanercost. He could well go a long way when he learns to race truly, and in the meantime, he and his trainer are set to do just that, to a new training set-up not too far from the Gold Coast. Hence the clever name. Signory Shannon ($7.10), winner of the 2260 metres C1 second event, had impressed with a tough run at his previous start, and ran right up to that by leading throughout, over trailer Jester Oh Jester and Count Montecristo, midfield in the running line. There were no really fast quarters, just a good strong speed throughout, for a 2:00 mile rate. Trainer Peter Bullock had warned driver Murray Sullivan:“You’ll be exhausted by the time you finish!” Sullivan readily agreed afterwards. Signory Shannon lets horses come to him, then settles down to the fight, and responds to hard driving. He requires a lot from his driver, but gives plenty back. On the other hand, Crackerjack Jo ($5.20, Peter Trevor-Jones  (Mat Rue) , winner of the 2260 metres C2-C4 third, loves nothing better than being buried away in the field, and saved for one big sprint. He enjoyed a one-one sit before Rue let him loose over the final 800 metres, run in 57.0 , and sprinted away from Cogeday and Trikala, which followed him throughout but were left in his wake by an ever-widening 12. metres margin. “He’s got wicked speed, this bloke, and I think he’s capable of winning in good company at Menangle,” was Rue’s encouraging assessment. Pat McCarthy hadn’t been seen in action for quite a long time, but thought he “might have a drive on the new track to see what it’s like” . He had good reason to be pleased with his decision, following the win of Makin Memories ($29.10) in race four, a conditioned class sprint. Buried away on the markers, McCarthy found room turning for home and finished over the top of Jerulas Mate and favourite Slick La Jazz, in a 1:58.1 mile rate. The four-year-old Trump Casino daughter is named for Pat’s deceased parents Ray and Olive, and races in Ray’s old colours of blue and green stripes, a colour scheme followed by all the McCarthy clan. Run of the night was Magic Bliss (Amy Day), the $2.20 favourite in a six-horse field contesting the 2260 metres fast class. The overall rate of 2:02.6 resulted from a very slow lead time and opening quarters, but with final quarters of 28.3 and 27.5, and the winner coming from last on the home turn to get up in a three-way photo from leader Smart Major and sprint-laner McArdles Chance, it was a superb run by Magic Bliss, his final half run in 55.0 or better. Poppy Cee ($5.60, Andrew Cassell) kicked through to hold the spot on the back of leader Dawn Magic, and overhauled that horse to take out the 2260 metres C0 class race seven. Zirconia followed through on the pegs when Cassell pulled out at the top of the straight, to claim the minor prize. Raced by WDHRA president Geoff Cole, he’s one of just a handful in the stable of the underrated Parkes district trainer, the final of the Soldiers Saddle series will headline the meeting next Friday, December 19, and then it’s just a week to the fantastic Carnival of Cups meeting on Boxing Night, featuring the Shirley Turnbull Memorial. By Terry Neil    Bathurst Harness Racing Club Ph: 02 6333 5000 Fax : 02 6331 4397 www.goldcrown.com.au        

Nominations for the 2015 TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Pacing Championship close at 12pm AEDST on Monday, 8 December 2014. To download the full Terms and Conditions click here To download a nomination form click here For all information about the 2015 TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Pacing Championship go to the websitehttp://www.interdominionsydney.com.au/ The structure of the 2015 Series remains as per the previous two years however if there are fewer than 14 nominations received for a designated heat then that heat will be deleted and those horses may race in the Supplementary Heat to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle. As per last year there is no nomination, first acceptance or second acceptance fee applicable. The list of nomination and acceptance dates is as below: ITEM FEE $AUS DATE Nominations $0 12pm – Monday, 8 December 2014 First Acceptance $0 12pm – Monday, 12 January 2015 Second Acceptance $0 12pm – Monday, 9 February 2015 Late Entry Fee $25,000 plus GST 12pm – Monday, 9 February 2015 Qualifying Heat Starters Fee $2,000 GST inclusive N/A Grand Final Starters Fee $10,000 plus GST N/A Should you have any queries please contact Mark Read, HRNSW Senior Handicapper on 1300 712 612 or David Wonson Jnr, NSWHRC Racing Manager on 02 4645 2200. Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 31 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government. To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: Name: Reid Sanders Position: Manager Integrity & Chairman of Stewards Phone: (02) 9722 6600 Email: rsanders@hrnsw.com.au

Integrity will be at a premium for the annual Garrards 2YO Trialling Sale to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle this Sunday. HRNSW will take a select number of samples in consultation with the Sales organisers including the fastest horse of the morning. In addition to this any buyer will be able to have their purchase tested for Steroids by notifying the HRNSW representative at the sale and paying the appropriate fee. This is the first sale in which buyers have had this opportunity. The 51-head catalogue has brought together two-year-old colts, geldings and fillies from every Australian eastern Mainland State as well as New Zealand. Included in the draft are sons and daughters of such notable sires as Beautide's sire, Bettors Delight, Courage Under Fire, Mach Three, Rocknroll Hanover and Rock N Roll Heaven. HRNSW CEO John Dumesny said the controlling body want to make it clear that all prospective owners, stakeholders, participants and supporters that they can have faith in harness racing in NSW. "As has been acknowledged nationally HRNSW has the strongest approach of any jurisdiction to integrity processes." "The HRNSW commitment covers every aspect and it is with the support of the Ready To Race Sale organisers that swabs will be taken, tested and if required stored for future analysis." Only graduates are eligible to nominate for the associated Group Three feature, the C.J. Garrard Classic, to be held at Tabcorp Park, Menangle, next August. NSW Breeders Challenge Owners Bonus certificates can be used as legal tender at the sale. By Dale Walker  

Twelve months ago harness racing driver Jimmy Douglass nearly pulled off a huge boilover when 90-1 chance Scandalman finished second behind Washakie in the Treuer Memorial at Bankstown. Fast forward to this Saturday night and Douglass believes he is driving the right horse in Chariot King to go one better this year. "I've run a couple of placings in the Treuer Memorial from memory, Scandalman wasn't far away last year and Hesa Buzzin ran third behind Washakie too but that was back in 2011," Douglass said. "Chariot King is going to be a good chance on Saturday night, he has drawn barrier one and around the tighter tracks the closer you can draw to the inside the better especially when you are driving a horse that has speed to make use of the draw." Chariot King won Saturday night's Kevin Newman Cup at Tabcorp Park Menangle and Douglass was extremely pleased with the performance. "Before the race John (Tapp) just told me not to get involved in an early speed battle but from the wide draw I couldn't slot in so I had to go right back and because I knew they were walking I decided to head to the pegs because the horses from the back weren't going to get into it." "From about the 600 I thought I was going to get into the clear and when they all left the inside turning for home I just stayed to the pegs and he sprinted so fast." Douglass has formed a good partnership with the son of Badlands Hanover and he believes it was Chariot King's best performance since he has taken the reins. "He was really good, just so sharp when Seel N Print pulled off the inside and he saw the opening and with that sort of speed and acceleration if he gets things run to suit on Saturday night in the Treuer Memorial then he is going to be a contender for sure." By Greg Hayes Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |

Miracle Mile winning trainer Cran Dalgety will aim Christen Me at the supplementary heat of the Inter Dominion at Tabcorp Park Menangle. After a career defining victory in Saturday night's MIracle Mile, Christen Me will head to Cranbourne this Saturday night before heading home to New Zealand. "Yeah that's the plan at this stage, I'm off home to New Zealand but he will go to Cranbourne and while that race looked to be a good target it sounds like it is going to be a lot harder than we first thought," Dalgety said. "He can go home then and I will get him ready to come back and compete in Victoria's Summer Carnival but after that a trip home to New Zealand to compete in a heat of the Inter Dominion doesn't make sense so he will head to Sydney to compete in a heat." Christen Me continued his love affair with the Menangle track in Saturday night's Miracle Mile after winning the Chariots Of Fire as a four year old on the 1400 metre circuit. "He races well there, after he won the Chariots Of Fire it was always in the back of my mind that we may come back one day to compete in the Miracle Mile." "I must congratulate the team at Menangle, the Retention Barn was very professionally run and all of the horses seemed very happy, I have no problems with the set up at all, I think it is a good thing." Dalgety confirmed Christen Me was flat on Sunday after his sub 1:50 performance. "Yes he was pretty quiet on Sunday morning, but so was I after a big night of celebrating so I can't really blame him for that." "The thing about him now is that he just recovers so well and by Monday morning he had a jog and was feeling on top of the world, he recovers so well now that he has matured." By Greg Hayes  

Nominations for the 2015 TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Pacing Championship close at 12pm AEDST on Monday, 8 December 2014. To download the full Terms and Conditions click here To download a nomination form click here For all information about the 2015 TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Pacing Championship go to the websitehttp://www.interdominionsydney.com.au/ The structure of the 2015 Series remains as per the previous two years however if there are fewer than 14 nominations received for a designated heat then that heat will be deleted and those horses may race in the Supplementary Heat to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle. As per last year there is no nomination, first acceptance or second acceptance fee applicable. The list of nomination and acceptance dates is as below: ITEM FEE $AUS DATE Nominations $0 12pm – Monday, 8 December 2014 First Acceptance $0 12pm – Monday, 12 January 2015 Second Acceptance $0 12pm – Monday, 9 February 2015 Late Entry Fee $25,000 plus GST 12pm – Monday, 9 February 2015 Qualifying Heat Starters Fee $2,000 GST inclusive N/A Grand Final Starters Fee $10,000 plus GST N/A Should you have any queries please contact Mark Read, HRNSW Senior Handicapper on 1300 712 612 or David Wonson Jnr, NSWHRC Racing Manager on 02 4645 2200.   Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 31 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government. To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: Name: Reid Sanders Position: Manager Integrity & Chairman of Stewards Phone: (02) 9722 6600 Email: rsanders@hrnsw.com.au

Former Kiwi trotter Flying Isa capped a marvellous night for the Luke and Belinda McCarthy harness racing stable with a stunning win in tonight’s ‘other’ Group One feature, the $50,000 Franco Australian Trotters Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle. After mixing his gait slightly at the start, the six-year-old Pegasus Spur gelding was soon taken to the front by McCarthy and from there was allowed to dictate terms from the head of the field. Some experts had suggested Flying Isa might struggle to get the marathon 3009m journey – but they were left with egg on their faces when Flying Isa went for home with 400m to travel and left his rivals wallowing in his wake. Turning for home Flying Isa had kicked about five lengths clear of his main rival, the favourite Our Overanova and the star trotter proceeded to leave the rest of them in his dust as he cleared out to win by an ever-widening gap of 24 metres in a 2:05.2 mile rate and an overall time of 3:54.2 for the marathon journey. Theresa Park trainer Graeme Hartman received a mighty thrill when his only two trotters Idle Lea (Todd McCarthy) and Alta Rihannah (Glenn McElhinney) filled the placings. Amazingly Sydney’s most powerful stable, the McCarthy team from Cobbitty had just 30 starters for three winners since September until their big guns fronted up for tonight’s dominant performance which saw them prepare four winners, Courage To Rule, Our Hi Jinx, Bling It On with Flying Isa capping off a remarkable night’s harness racing. Indeed their only disappointment was For A Reason’s effort finishing unplaced behind Christen Me in the SEW-Eurodrive Miracle Mile. After the race Luke commented that For A Reason didn’t feel on his game tonight and next year instead of taking the horse to Queensland, where he did win the Queensland Pacing Championship, they might look at setting For A Reason solely for the Miracle Mile. “We’ll wait and look at our options,” he said.  

He has broken 1:50 around Tabcorp Park Menangle before and now For A Reason will get his chance to do it again in the harness racing SEW Eurodrive Miracle Mile on November 29. The glamour pacer earned an invitation to the $750,000 Grand Circuit event tonight. Following his stellar third-placed performance in Tuesday's Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup, Directors of the New South Wales Harness Racing Club wanted the multiple Group One-winner for their flagship event. Defending champion Beautide was the first to be issued an invitation to the 2014 edition and after taking out tonight's automatic qualifier at the principal track, the Coca-Cola Amatil Sprint, it gave NSWHRC Directors the opportunity to issue another invitation. The Miracle Mile conditions states that horses facing the difficulties of travel which may affect their performance in the Miracle Mile may be issued an invitation prior to the close of nominations for the Cordina Sprint (Monday). And luckily for connections, For A Reason fits this criteria. "Unfortunately we cannot issue an invitation to any horses from tonight's Coca-Cola Amatil Sprint until next week" NSWHRC chief executive Bruce Christison said. "Directors issued an invitation to For A Reason tonight and are still considering a couple of other horses that are in New Zealand" Only two other horses apart from Beautide and For A Reason have accepted invitations to the 2014 Miracle Mile and they are Newcastle Mile winner Avonnova and Kiwi star Christen Me. For more information contact NSWHRC Racing Manager David Wonson on (02) 4645 2200.

Woodend trainer-driver David Butt is dismayed as to how his star trotting mare Habibti has been given a 20 metre handicap – 10 metres behind Clover Don and Sheemon who beat her off even terms last start - in Sunday’s D G Jones Banks Peninsula Trotting Cup. “They want to keep the good horses in the country and then they go and treat us like that,” said Butt. “Clover Don has won nearly twice as many races as she has, beaten her fair and square last start, and yet we are expected to start from 10 metres behind him this week.” “It’s an absolute joke. I’ve checked the programs and unless something changes she will be on the first flight to Australia after the Dominion. At least there she will be able to race the open class trotters under free-for-all conditions.” One of Habibti’s main age group rivals, Royal Aspirations, will also get a ten metre buffer on Habibti on Sunday despite having won 16 races, two more than Habibti, and just $17,000 less in prize money. Sheemon also has a similar record and also gets to start off a handicap of just 10 metres. When Butt voiced his concerns to HRNZ Handicapper Andrew Morris, Butt was told Habibti had been given a 20 metre handicap because she had won the Group One Dullard Trotting Cup ($A50,000) at the start of her 4YO season. “That was only her second win for the season and she then returned to New Zealand and raced below her best and was well beaten in open class company twice.” Habibti was then sent for a long spell before winning her resumption in emphatic style on the 5th of September in a race that was below open class quality. She was then a beaten third in the open class Ordeal Cup. “She is yet to win an open class race in New Zealand and here we are giving them a 10 metre start,” Butt rightfully argued. “The handicapper has no one to answer to and apparently what they say goes and there is nothing anyone can say or do about it," he added. However, while Butt is clearly perplexed over her handicap, he is definitely not writing her out of Sunday’s Group 3 feature, especially after the way she trialled on the grass at Motukarara last week when coming her last half in better than 58.5 and easily accounting for both Royal Aspirations and Sheemon. Habibti’s main danger in the race looks to be Stent, who was an emphatic fresh-up winner last week. He will also start of the 20 metre back-mark, however, given that he won, and was placed in, numerous Group Ones last season and earned close on $300,000 his handicap looks far more justified. “It would be stupid of me to say she can’t win now because of course she can, but it is certainly going to make it a lot harder," he concluded. Harnesslink Media  

  TAB has put together a series of jackpots for thoroughbred, harness and greyhound punters this weekend. It all gets underway tomorrow night for the huge Black Top meeting from The Gardens. TAB has boosted the card with a sensational $25,000 Quaddie jackpot! Being held on races 5-8, the lids will fly on the opening leg at 8:40pm. Racing at Rosehill this Saturday is sure to excite fans of the First 4. The feature event on the program is the MTA NSW Run To The Rose and TAB has kick-started the First 4 pool on the race to the tune of $50,000! It is sure to be a keen betting affair with punters likely to include the well-supported Almalad and Nostradamus high up in their selections. Finally, every race at Tabcorp Park Menangle this Saturday night has a guaranteed First 4 pool of $20,000! With 10 races on the card and almost full fields throughout the evening, there is sure to be some spirited betting to be had. TAB JACKPOTS Date Code Venue Bet Type Jackpot Guarantee* Races Fri 29 Aug CG THE GARDENS GREYHOUNDS Quaddie $25,000.00   5,6,7,8 Sat 30 Aug SR ROSEHILL GARDENS RACES First 4 $50,000.00   6 – Run To The Rose Sat 30 Aug SG TABCORP PARK MENANGLE HARNESS First 4 $5,000.00 $20,000.00 Every Race            

Step right up now is your chance to get back (if you think you need to!) at recently appointed Harness Racing New South Wales CEO John Dumesny. He has been nominated to take the Ice Bucket Challenge at HRNSW headquarters on Monday 1 September, and the more donations, the more ice water that will be poured over his head! And it's all for a good cause. All monies raised will be donated to Motor Neurone Disease Australia, so dig deep. If you don't think he deserved it from the past, think of the future! Please click on the below link to donate: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/john-dumesny-hrnsw-ceo-ice-bucket-challenge Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |  

Further to the media release and publication of Cobalt results on 16 July 2014, HRNSW has today updated the list to the most recent results received. The latest publication includes over 800 results. To view please visit our website at www.harnessmediacentre.com.au  and view under Integrity notices or click on the link below: Click here for a link to all the cobalt results http://www.harnessmediacentre.com.au/uploads/files/integrity%20notices/cobalt%20results%20publication%2027082014.pdf Harness Racing New South Wales  

Harness Racing New South Wales good friend Shannon Noll has recently released his new single We Only Live Once. Tickets for his upcoming tour are on sale now. For more details refer to the attached and below link. SHANNON NOLL 'WOLO' TOUR - ON SALE NOW Visit http://www.bandsintown.com/ShannonNoll for event and ticket information 6 Degrees Management is excited to announce that multi-platinum selling Australian artist, Shannon Noll, will embark on a sixteen-date tour across Australia's East Coast from September to December 2014. The 'WOLO' [We Only Live Once] Tour will travel across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Tweed Heads and the NSW Central Coast with tickets now on sale. Following a successful decade on the Australian music scene, 2014 has been a big year for Shannon, with the highly anticipated release of 'We Only Live Once', an unforgettable, upbeat track with a powerful message of positivity; promoting living life to the fullest. The uplifting tune was written by Noll, Brett Creswell and Lindsay Rimes, and produced by well-respected industry veteran Pro J who earned his reputation writing and producing tracks for the likes of Robin Thicke, Lil' Wayne and Jennifer Hudson. 'We Only Live Once' is being hailed by the critics and the media as Shannon's comeback to the mainstream musical scene, and is the first track to be released off his forthcoming album set for release in late 2014. The tour will see Shannon perform a mixture of old and new songs. "I was really disappointed not to have been able to finish the Invincible Tour due to illness and now I really can't wait to get back out on the road for 'We Only Live Once' so I can play my new music and old classics to the fans who missed out last time, as well as to new audiences on this tour," said Shannon about the upcoming tour. Shannon is one of Australia's most successful singer-songwriters, proving his longevity ten years after being named runner up in the first series of Australian Idol. Since rising to prominence in 2003, Noll has released five top ten albums, had 17 platinum and 3 gold accreditations, and boasts a reputation as the only Australian male artist in national chart history to have ever achieved ten consecutive top ten singles. His first album 'That's What I'm Talking About' was certified 3 x platinum with 17 platinum and three gold accreditations to follow. In recent years Shannon has released an autobiography, 'Shannon Noll, So Far' in 2012, an album, 'A Million Suns' with new record label Universal Music Australia, as well as appearing on Seven Network's Dancing With The Stars. For more information you can visit Shannon Noll's website: http://www.shannonnoll.com.au, or follow him on Twitter @nollsie or facebook.com/ShannonNoll. 2014 WOLO TOUR DATES: 5 September Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads, NSW 6 September Kedron-Wavell Services Club, Chermside, QLD 19 September Esplanade Hotel, Gershwin Room, St. Kilda, VIC 20 September York on Lilydale, Mount Evelyn, VIC 26 September Bridge Hotel, Rozelle, Sydney, NSW 27 September The Basement, Sydney, NSW 31 October Wyong Rugby League Club, Kanwal, NSW 1 November Revesby Workers Club, NSW 7 November Mounties, Mount Pritchard, NSW 8 November Dapto Leagues Club, Dapto, NSW 14 November Hallam Hotel, Hallam, VIC 15 November Gateway Hotel, Corio, VIC 21 November Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW 22 November Wentworthville Leagues Club, Wentworthville, NSW 28 November Racehorse Hotel, Ipswich, QLD 29 November Springwood Hotel, Springwood, QLD Dale Walker      

The Bankstown City Council Cup of Harness Racing will take place at Sydney's BBX Bankstown Paceway next week - on Thursday, August 28th, 2014. 'Our new expanded winter carnival both articulates and contributes to the development of the aspirations, values and beliefs of Australia's diverse population by engaging and connecting with people of all ages and backgrounds in the spirit of what has evolved into not only a time honoured local cultural celebration, but an internationally recognised and televised sporting event,' Bankstown Paceway director Andrew Ho told Harnesslink. 'Featuring an action charged series of harness racing culminating in the Bankstown City Cup Gala Race Night on Thursday, August 28th, 2014, the 2014 Carnival will also include the Third Annual Equine Art Exhibition, TrotsFest: The Year of the Horse,' Mr Ho said. 'The Bankstown City Cup Carnival - part of our nation's six billion dollar equine industry - is also a major stimulant of local economic growth and development for the City of Bankstown and its harness racing businesses and families by attracting harness racing competitors to our area from across Australia and New Zealand, stimulating demand and creating jobs for hard working families,' he said. 'Targeting sporting and racing enthusiasts, as well as animal lovers, from across Australia, the Carnival also represents a social and cultural celebration for people of all ages, and in particular families, with this year's event scheduled to include a range of on course activities, as well as the return of the popular 'Fashions on the Field' and 'Mini Trots' miniature pony races featuring the skills and talents of local school age children. 'With the continued support of Bankstown City Council, the Carnival not only ensures the provision of an enjoyable, affordable and accessible activity, but contributes to promoting the positive image of Bankstown - our industries and our people - as the sporting and cultural capital of Sydney harness racing. By hosting the Bankstown City Council Cup, Bankstown ensures its place as a city of progress on the world map of harness racing,' Mr Ho added. Bankstown City Council Cup Gala Race Night will be held on Thursday, August 28th, 2014, at Sydney's harness racing home, BBX Bankstown Paceway, with the first race set to start at 6.12 pm. Megan J. Lavender  

Successful harness racing horseman Jarrod Alchin has been spending plenty of time travelling recently and things may not change in the short term should everything go to plan. Alchin trains talented two year old Franciso De Gore, the son of Village Jasper that placed in a repechage of the Breeders Crown at Geelong last week. "I was really happy with his performance in the repechage and if things all go to plan, including a good barrier draw, I think he can qualify for the Breeders Crown final," Alchin said. "His run behind Ominous Warning was very strong at Menangle. They went 55.1 for the last 800 metres and he wanted to hit the line, I think he is going to make a really nice three year old next season." While Alchin will be in Victoria on Saturday night with Franciso De Gore, his stable will have two runners at Tabcorp Park Menangle too. "Kennedy Creek won a race three starts ago when he led and was too good, he worked very strongly on Monday and I'd like to see him hold the front again this week." "He finished eighth last start but if you watch the run it wasn't too bad. He was well back, made some good ground and didn't have much luck in the straight." Alchin's other runner is Eagles Ace, a three year old that has some strong Riverina form to his credit. "He only arrived last week, he's a nice horse and has been racing well in the bush but he has been sent up here to try and win a Metropolitan three year old before the end of the season." "I was really happy with his work on Monday too, so if he races up to the work I think he is going to be right in the finish. He is only going to be here for a month or so." By Greg Hayes Harness Racing New South Wales

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