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Gippsland trainer Michael Hughes collected three winners at Monday's Warragul harness races.   The Warragul local, who has recently relocated his training operation to Cranbourne, is enjoying great succcess with his team and that looks set to continue given the quality of horseflesh on display at Warragul.   Winners Atomic Horizon, Apollo Thirteen and Call Me Bond all carry good wraps among local harness racing followers, and should win further races.   Call Me Bond is raced by long time stable supporter Garry Rogers, while Michael's other two winners are owned by the Curran family, who have invested a great deal of time and money into trotting in recent years and are starting to reap the benefits.   The trio were driven by Nathan Jack, while Michael Hughes has now taken the lead in the Trainer of the Year award at Warragul.   Another local victor with a bright future is Live In Doubt who was most impressive in winning for trainer/driver Glenn Hunter.   The underrated horseman has placed Live In Doubt well during its short career - the horse also won at the previous Warragul meeting on January 31.   Glenn and his father Chris have been enjoying good success in recent times with their team of pacers and trotters.   Both Live In Doubt and Call Me Bond will compete in an $8000 Final at Tabcorp Park Melton on February 21.   Last Monday's feature race was the $8000 Ken Miller Memorial Pace Final, sponsored by the Warragul and District Light Harness Club in memory of their past President.   In what was a keen and exciting race, Melton pacer Bushi grabbed victory right on the post for Lance Justice. Bushi has been in excellent form since returning from a spell for his large group of owners.   Racing returns to Warragul for the $25,000 Eastern Challenge race on Monday, March 24. Photos of Atomic Horizon being urged to victory in the shadows of the big top - the circus is in town in Warragul this week Also Call Me Bond parading after his race win and the field charging down the home straight in the main race, along with Bushi narrowly scoring in the Ken Miller Pace Final

Trotting returned to the Mallee wheat belt area of Ouyen (South of Mildura) on Sunday January 26 2014, when the Ouyen HRC conducted their once a year Cup Day program on a lightning fast track. An even field lined up to contest the $25,000 standing start feature – the Greggs Electrical Ouyen Pacing Cup for M0 or better class (Discretionary Handicapped) over 2809 metres, with all runners starting from the front row. The tote favourite being  the Boris Devcic (Irymple) trained Timeless Era coming off a great 5th in the recent South Australian Cup won by Caribbean Blaster. In the semi-walk in start, Flash Of Freedom was best to begin from barrier three, with Copthewrath from the pole trailing and Baltic Ice (barrier two) three back the markers. Timeless Era was knowhere near the start from inside the second line as were a number of others and settled mid-field, while the highly fancied Johnny Quid from the all conquering Emma Stewart camp possied beautifully one/one from outside the front row. In an exciting affair where several moves were made, Johnny Quid crossed the leader with two laps to travel, with Timeless Era after going forward in the back straight crossing to race in the open. As the tempo increased, it allowed Nathan Jack to ease away from the markers to be one/one with around 1200 metres to travel. Taken three wide in the final circuit, Copthewrath sprinted sharply to lead prior to the home turn and raced away to record an easy 9 metre victory over the roughie Farmersntradies off a three wide trail in the last lap, with Timeless Era a gallant third. A seven year old gelded son of The Wrath Of Pan and Kentucky Sarah who was badly in on handicaps being assessed as only C5 class after winning at Swan Hill during the week, Copthewrath returned a new track record rate of 2-01.1 (last half 59.6 – quarter 29.6). Prepared at Mildura by last season’s leading Victorian trainer Shayne Cramp, Copthewrath did his early racing in South Australia before joining the Cramp stable. No doubt connection will now be heading towards the big Mildura Cup Carnival in April. By Len Baker (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)

Racing returns to Ouyen for the 2014 Greggs Electrical Ouyen Pacing Cup this Sunday and, with great weather, racing, entertainment and prizes to be won looks set to be a fantastic day out. The eight-race twilight card kicks off at 5:07pm and includes the eleventh heat of the Landmark Ouyen Vicbred Platinum Mares Sprint Championship, as well as the Mildura Rural City Council Vicbred Platinum Country Series J Final. Mildura trainer Boris Devcic has two runners engaged in the main race, with in form pacer Timeless Era one of the main chances after putting together a string of victories, before contesting the S.A. Cup at Betezy Park Globe Derby and being beaten less than five metres by such racing luminaries as Smoken Up and Caribbean Blaster.  The powerful Emma Stewart stable makes the trip from Smythes Creek with talented entire Johnny Quid, and Mildura trainer Shayne Cramp will team up with driver Nathan Jack hoping to add to Copthewrath’s recent string of victories. Off the track, the Ouyen Harness Racing Club has planned a huge range of fun and games for patrons of all ages. Once again, Choice Hotels have sponsored a $1000 cash giveaway draw to be won by one lucky patron. Just fill in the entry form attainable at entry to be eligible. The Club will conduct members’ draws throughout the day with loads of prizes to be won, and, in a special Ouyen initiative, a draw to win ‘Ouyen Traders Dollars’ – money that can be traded at any business in the Ouyen Township. There will also be a Fashions on the Field competition, and popular Melbourne band Kartoon will perform after the last race. Children will also be well catered for with a free jumping castle, merry go round and climbing wall to explore. There is no BYO, but the track will have plenty of refreshments available on course so bring the family to enjoy a night of great entertainment with the locals at Ouyen Pacing Cup. by Lucy McCormick Harness Racing Victoria

Rothacker is a name sononymous with Bendigo and Bridgewater trainer/driver Peter Rothacker son of Inter Dominion winning father Eric, landed a stable double at the Wangaratta HRC fixture held at Shepparton on Thursday January 23, taking both trotting events - Windy Big scoring in the Park View Motor Inn Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2190 metres and Gazoline the Frascia’s Steel & Belting Trotters Handicap for T2 or better class over the same journey. Windy Big a seven year old gelded son of Wind Cries Maori and Wendy Robyn starting from gate four on the second line was given plenty of time to find his feet, settling with only Prettygirl Lassie behind him, with Unsolved Mystery leading from gate three. Eased three wide racing for the bell, Windy Big was momentarily pushed four wide when Bill Morgan came out aboard Gioiosa Ionica from four back in the moving line, with Rothacker easing for a three wide trail. Taken wide on straightening, Windy Big charged home to score by 6.1 metres in a mile rate of 2-05.3 from Yankee Mara which followed the pacemaker and Prettygirl Lassie, chalking up his third victory in 29 outings. Ten year old Classic Adam/Sues Shadow gelding Gazoline a bold front runner, raced in the open from the 10 metre mark outside the speedy Conchs Critter (barrier three), before taking control mid-race. Challenged strongly by Dabbsey approaching the final bend, Gazoline kicked clear at the straight entrance and after being driven vigorously as the winning post loomed, held on the score by 1.8 metres in 2-04.9 over Conchs Critter and Wildenstein (one/one last lap). An honest horse who always gives his best, Gazoline recorded his 12th success in 126 race appearances. Both horses are raced by Peter and wife Dianne. Quality five year old Art Major/Magic Music gelding Scruffy Major returned to the winners list by taking the Porter Plant Hire Country Clubs Championship for C4 & C5 class over 2190 metres at Shepparton. Trained in Gippsland at Drouin by Gary and Debbie Quinlan for Debbie’s parents octogenarians Gordon and June who bred him, Scruffy Major had little difficulty in leading from the pole with Daryl Douglas in the sulky. Pressured mid-race by the roughie Bon Jovi which was pulling extremely hard, Douglas elected to let him go racing for the bell aiming to make use of the sprint lane on turning and that’s exactly what happened, with Scruffy Major sailing home to score untouched by 3.5 metres in advance of Fiery Count which followed him throughout in a rate of 1-58.7. Bon Jovi held on to finish third .3 metres away. It was Scruffy Major’s 12th victory in 28 outings. The Quinlan’s also notched up a double, with Countdown (Nathan Jack) greeting the judge in the Essential Living Curtains & Blinds Pace for C0 class over 2190 metres. By Len Baker (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)

It was Jim Phillips Memorial Cobram Pacing Cup Day on Friday December 28, with a bumper crowd of Murray River holiday makers enjoying the nine race harness racing card. Bannockburn trainer Geoff Webster having won three of the past five - Genuine Star (2008), Mister Zion (2009) and Lets Slash An Burn (2010), was looking to make it four with much travelled gelding Rakarebel, as was Melton based reinsman Greg Sugars aboard the Webster elect, after guiding Genuine Star, Lets Slash An Burn and Jaccka Clive to victory in 2011 for Avenel’s David Aiken. The $25,000 feature for M0 or better class (Discretionary Handicapped) over 2678 metres attracted a small but quality field, with prolific winning Jaccka Clive (one of four runners from the Aiken barn) the 20 metre backmarker. Last year’s successful trainer Tim Butt made it back to back cup victories, when five year old Grinfromeartoear - Against The Wind gelding Pass Them By with John Caldow in the sulky prevailed. Beginning brilliantly from barrier four, Pass Them By pounced on the lead, with Uncle Wingnut from outside the front line moving outside him, polemarker Washmepockets trailing the leader, Rakarebel (barrier two) one/one being followed by Wartime Sweetheart and stablemate Smudge Bromac from the 10 metre mark, with Jaccka Clive last. Composed settled three back the markers, with stablemates Lovable Larrikin and Jaydens Castle trailing him. With no moves being made until the last lap, Wartime Sweetheart was eased three wide to commence a forward move, giving Jaccka Clive a ride home and Smudge Bromac working between runners. Joining Pass Them By on the final bend, Wartime Sweetheart issued a strong challenge, however Pass Them By after a relative easy trip, rallied to gain the day by a head in a punishing finish, with Washmepockets using the sprint lane for third just in advance of Composed which also made use of the inside run. Rated to perfection by Caldow in quarters of 29.6, 30.1, 28.4 and 28.5 for the last mile, Pass Them By raced by a large number of stable clients returned a new track record mile rate of 1-59.5, bettering Mister Zion’s 1-59.9 by .4 seconds. The other highlight of the afternoon being the $15,000 Central Murray Credit Union Cobram Trotters Cup for TM0 or better class (D-H) over 2678 metres, with victory going the way of David Aiken’s all American bred seven year old Ken Warkentin - Kovel rig My High Expectations, obliterating the track record by two seconds. Well in on handicaps to start from a 20 metre backmark, My High Expectations stepped cleanly with old timer Oi You beginning best to lead from barrier three, before surrendering to the Kiwi Thanesan entering the front straight on the first occasion. Biding his time with most of the field ahead of him, My Expectations moved to be one/one mid-race when I See Icy Earl ahead of him eased away from the markers to lead up the outside division before taking cover on Bellingham from last. Taken four wide in the final circuit, My High Expectations quickly joined Thanesan on the home turn and raced away to score by 6.8 metres in a mile rate of 2-01.3 (last half 58 seconds – quarter 28.9) over Thanesan who was game in defeat, with I See Icy Earl (three wide last lap) third 5.1 metres away. It was My High Expectations 23rd victory from only 71 outings. David reaped all of the rewards, as apart from training and driving the winner, he also races him. An interesting winner on the day was nine year old Panorama - Regal Sarnel gelding Regalramapleasure for Chiltern trainer Peter Romero who despite winning eleven races (mostly in three year old and restricted events over the years), started in the C1 class Clydesdale Hotel Pace over 2170 metres thanks to the drop back system. Driven by Nathan Jack, Regalramapleasure led throughout from gate five, defeating Pelling and Smart Sista in a rate of 2-00.3 when having his first outing since Melbourne Cup Day. Videos of the two Cups are attached. by Len Baker Harness Racing Victoria

The Jim Phillips Memorial Cobram Pacing Cup is almost upon us and there’s not a great deal of holiday rest for our hard working trainers and drivers.  Toiling particularly hard under the summer sun will be Avenel trainer/driver David Aiken.  With a large team of nine runners engaged for the day, Aiken will have his work cut out right at the business end of the day, with four competitors in the Cup itself. Stepping out for start number one hundred and two and conceding twenty metres from the standing start is nine-year-old gelding Jaccka Clive. A winner of over $480,000 in career prize money and beaten narrowly by Mah Sish in this year’s Del-Re National Food Group A G Hunter Cup, Jaccka Clive is a winner of the 2011 Cobram Pacing Cup and will be doing his utmost to add another to his trophy cabinet.  Having his first start for over a month, Jaccka Clive should be fresh and ready to perform at his best at Cobram. Lining up 10 metres in front of Jaccka Clive is stable mate and last start Melton winner Smudge Bromac, to be driven by Nathan Jack. A veteran of one hundred and thirty three starts, Smudge Bromac has been extremely consistent over the last two months of his racing career and looks set to be a danger on Friday. To be partnered by the boss himself is six-year-old Courage Under Fire gelding Wartime Sweetheart. Winner of the Sew-Eurodrive Popular Alm (Group 3) two starts ago beating a quality field including Melpark Major, Mah Sish and Broadways Best, Wartime Sweetheart is a quality pacer who will make his presence felt in the $25,000 Cobram Cup. Rounding out the Aiken team is seven-year-old gelding Composed, to be driven off the front row by champion driver Chris Alford, who has been enjoying a purple patch of form over the last few months. In a quality field for the 2014 Cobram Pacing Cup, the Aiken outfit has a strong chance of taking it out with four out of the 10 runners vying for the prize. by Lucy McCormick for HRV  

Kiwi bred Washington VC/No Doubt About It filly Dontdoubtme trained in Sunraysia by Shayne Cramp, made the long trip down from Mildura to Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday with happy results, as she was victorious in winning the $25,000 Harness Breeders (Vic) Gold Chalice for three year old fillies over 2240 metres. Unbeaten in three Australian starts to date, Dontdoubtme had little trouble pouncing on the lead from gate three, with reinsman Nathan Jack well aware of her capabilities allowing her to bowl along at her leisure. Careering away on the final bend, Dontdoubtme in quarters of 29.3, 30, 28.2 and 29.1 after a lead time of 48.3, scored virtually untouched by 11.3 metres in advance of another Kiwi bred in My Bella Starr which raced in the open before dropping down to follow the winner on straightening when pole marker Lies in the trail galloped for no reason when looking likely to fill a place. This allowed the Glen Douglas trained and driven Somedreamsomewhere (four back the markers) to fill third place after making the home turn very wide. Raced by a large group of owners including long time harness participants Dawn Leppard and Gordon Bubb, Dontdoubtme returned a mile rate of 1-58.4. Several champion fillies have won this prestigious classic in the past and gone on to much bigger and better things. Len Baker

The Gunbower Harness Racing Club held a compact eight event meeting at Echuca on Tuesday December 17. Kyabram trainer Mick Blackmore combined with Bendigo based Scott Dyer to land the opening race on the program - the Gunbower Electrical 3-Y-0 Pace over 1755 metres with Sutter Hanover/Grace Anatomy gelding Sutter Man. Beginning best from gate two, Sutter Man led throughout to score by a half neck in a rate of 2-01.2 from Glen Alpine Drive along the sprint lane after trailing from gate three, with Billy Mack third after following the pair. Orrvale trainer Steven Duffy's quality McArdle/Nuclearaccelerator four year old gelding Almost El Eagle notched up his 13th victory in 30 outings, when victorious in the Northern Herd Development Pace Final for C1 class over 1755 metres which qualified in the heats held at the Wangaratta fixture at Shepparton on December 8. Driven once again by Greg Sugars, Almost El Eagle from inside the second row was given a sweet passage trailing the well support pole line leader Khaleesi, before using the sprint lane to gain the day by 5.2 metres in advance of Sicilian Slumber (one/two) and Forever Arma which raced in the open. The mile rate 1-59. Campbells Forest husband and wife Greg and Julie Ryan were successful with 4-Y-0 Live Or Die/Princess Kiara gelding Bronco Apache in the James Godden Designer Tanks Pace for C0 class over 1755 metres in a rate of 2-02.4. Bred by the pair and driven by Nathan Jack, Bronco Apache was trapped four wide from outside the front line as the starter released the field, with Jack angling to be three back in the moving line as In Jet Spirit retained the front running from the pole. Not happy with the tempo, Bronco Apache was sent forward to park outside the leader racing for the bell, allowing Jack to dictate the terms for the final circuit. Surging clear prior to the home turn, Bronco Apache won as he pleased, cruising to the wire 8.7 metres clear of Direct Art along the sprint lane off the back of the leader, with Warrior Mac (one/one last lap) third. Narrandera's Shaun Snudden loves coming to Echuca and has a pretty good record on the track, adding another winner to his tally there when tough 4-Y-0 On The Attack/Dainty Lea gelding Brown Rice snared the Mawsons Pace Final for C0 class over 2160 metres which qualified at the Wangaratta meeting. Driven by the stable's Paul Diebert, Brown Rice after starting from the extreme draw settled at the tail of the field, with the almost unbackable favourite Major Meggs leading from the pole. Set alight mid-field to park outside the pacemaker, Brown Rice was able to drop to the back of Major Meggs approaching the home turn as Scott Stewart kicked away. Asked for a supreme effort on straightening, Brown Rice showed a "never give in" attitude to wear down the leader and score by a half head in a rate of 2-00.7, with Miss Tanami running on late from the rear to finish third 17.3 metres away. Jot down the name Amanda Turnbull as a reinsperson to follow as she is likely to be based in Victoria after joining a partnership with Nathan Jack. Amanda was successful aboard Marong trainer Trevor Patching's 8-Y-0 Safely Kept/Westmoor Elegance gelding Sherpa Star in the Joe Newitt's Service Centre Pace for C1 class over 1755 metres. Breaking his duck at start number eleven at the last Echuca meeting, Sherpa Star from the pole repeated the dose on this occasion after a cosy trip three back the markers from the pole as Lerrad Maharg led out before handing over to the heavily supported Mrs Devine a former NSW mare having her first outing in Victoria for Dylan Marshall. Extricated into the clear on the home turn, Sherpa Star finished strongly to defeat Goldiedomic (one/one at bell) through the centre by a half head in 2-00.3, with Look At Russo close up in third place after racing in the open from the bell. Nyah trainer Malcolm O'Bree is no stranger to Echuca meetings and landed the Steve Oliver Plumbing & Gas Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2160 metres with Cashisking, a five year old gelded son of Falcon Seelster and Better Motoring who has done most of his racing north of the border. Taking a concession for Melton based Zac Phillips, Cashisking led throughout from gate two, accounting for Hezfullarunning which shadowed him throughout. Border Patrol finished third off a three wide trail last lap. The mile rate 2-04.2. Yanco trainer Kim Hillier was successful with 4-Y-0 Dream Away/InThe Corner gelding Street Meets in the Brian & Lyn Wills Santa Claus Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2160 metres. Beginning on equal terms with both Double Happy and Gangster Boy inside him, Street Meets was eased to take a one/one trail on the back of Gangster Boy. Becoming pocketed at the bell as the favourite Quadentate moved forward three wide, Blake Jones angled Street Meets into the clear three wide on the final bend and he ran on best to nose out a game Gangster Boy in a mile rate of 2-01.3. Life Of Ted used the sprint lane off the back of the leader to finish third a head away. Bet Bet (Swan Hill) breeder/part-owner/trainer Greg Fleming was in the winners stall at Echuca, when 4-Y-0 Totally Ruthless/Tiny Gigi gelding Oils Jay Bee broke his maiden status in the Gunbower Committee Pace for C0 class over 1755 metres. Driven by Ararat's Michael Bellman, Oils Jay Bee making his 15th race appearance began swiftly from outside the second line to lob one/one trailing Fiddlers Lane, with Kim Hillier's Reckless Valour burning away from outside the front row to lead. Sent forward three wide along the back straight on the final occasion, Oils Jay Bee proved too strong at the business end of proceedings to register a 15.9 metre margin over Kiss ToLive(one/two) and Say Cheese from last in a mile rate of 2-00.4. By Len Baker                                

Former Victorian trainer Ben Yole celebrated his biggest win since he established permanent stables in Tasmania almost two years ago when Slick Bromac powered home to win the $20,000 City of Launceston Cup over 2200 metres on Sunday night. It was also a victory for visiting New South Wales reinswoman Amanda Turnbull who delivered a classic drive to secure the win. Slick Bromac trailed the race leader Ransom Olds while the odds-on favourite Motu Crusader face the breeze to the home turn. But when the favourite started to weaken turning for home it allowed Turnbull to ease her charge off the fence to mount a challenge. The nine-year-old knuckled down to his task and forged clear to win comfortably on the line from Ransom Olds. Slick Bromac paid $49.70 on Tattsbet and $9.40 the place as one of two rank outsiders in the field of seven. It was Slick Bromac's fourth start for Yole but he put the writing on the wall with a game second to Our Chain of Command in the Cannonball Charge in Hobart a week earlier. Maybe Doc worked home well to grab third well in advance of Moto Crusader. It was a great win for Yole who has been patient about how he has gone about establishing himself as one of the state's better trainers. Turnbull, who hails from Bathurst in NSW, was visiting the state with her life partner, reinsman Nathan Jack who drove Moto Crusader so needless to say she would have made the most of bragging rights over a few drinks at the end of the night. Meanwhile Ben's brother Mark, who was reported to be thinking about embarking on a training career in his home state of Victoria, confirmed those plans have been put on hold. "It's not the right time for me to be starting a training career anywhere so I am just enjoying some annual leave from my job at Bondor at Kings Meadows and spending time with my parents (Wayne and Louise) over Christmas but I'll be back home in Tassie on December 28," Mark said. By Peter Staples      

Two meetings were held in Victoria on Thursday December 5, with Geelong racing in the afternoon and Nyah at Swan Hill in the evening. At Geelong, Terang owner/trainer Darren Cole produced a nice juvenile by the name of Spot Ona Shadow to land the Bartletts Enviromental 2-Y-0 Pace over 1609 metres when all runners were making their race debut. With young Tim McLean in the sulky, Spot Ona Shadow a gelded son of Shadow Play and Charlotte Church began with great zest from gate five to lead throughout in accounting for Stitchintime which raced outside him 13.3 metres in a rate of 2-00.6, with Captain Bronze (oneone) third. Beautifully bred Bettors Delight/Top Tempo four year old mare Musical Delight a former outstanding youngster, had an easy 13 metre victory in the Chas Cole Cellars Pace forC0 class over 2100 metres. Trained at Drouin by Gary and Debbie Quinlan, Musical Delight unbackable at $1.10, led throughout for reinsman Nathan Jack to score untouched in advance of Shes His Story and Bye Bye Luv Lombo in a rate of 2-02.4. Winning nine from 14 outings, Musical Delight has stake earnings in excess of $234,000. Exciting Hawkesdale (Western District) four year old Blissful Hall/Weona Rena entire Bliss Man brought up four wins in succession when victorious in the Your Business name Here Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2100 metres in a mile rate of 1-59.4. Taking a concession for Terang's Jason Lee, Bliss Man trained by Graham Gee for wife Christine, had little trouble leading from the pole and was always travelling under a tight grip. Given an inch of rein approaching the home turn, Bliss Man bounded away to record a 13.2 metre margin last half 56.7 - quarter 28.6 ahead of Nimble Jack along the sprint lane from last, with Amazing Kano third after racing in the open. Highly talented four year old Art Major/Maikona mare Glenferrie EJ is starting to show the potential she was touted with and made it two from two this time in when successful in the Zilco Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres. Trained at Parwan by Craig Demmler for Peter Chambers' Glenferrie Farm Pty Ltd, Glenferrie EJ from gate two was beaten for speed by Antiquities (gate five), with Jodi Quinlan immediately easing around her to take over the front running role. After that, it was a procession as Glenferrie EJ coasted to the wire to score by 4.7 metres untouched from the in-form Bit Of A Babe from mid-field, with Howcomewhynot third. The mile rate 1-58.1. At Swan Hill, Echuca trainer Wayne Lear took the honours by providing a stable double - Seven year old Royal Mattjesty/My Halo Broke gelding Who Broke Our Halo in the Swan Hill & Kerang Toyota Sandstorm FJ Pace for C2 class over 1609 metres and four year old Artesian/Glimpse mare Philotes in Swan Hill & Kerang Toyota Crystal Pearl Pace for C0 class (mares) over the same journey. Who Broke Our Halo (Rebecca Bartley) settled mid-field in the moving line from gate two on the second row, before moving forward three wide solo in the last lap. Sustaining the run, Who Broke Our Halo was too strong over the concluding stages for the heavily supported local Cashisking along the sprint lane from three back the markers last lap, with On Fire Within third after facing the breeze before assuming control at the bell. The mile rate 1-56.3. Philotes (Daryl Douglas) spent the first lap in the open from outside the front row, before gaining cover when Madsisteritis came away from behind the leader In Theory heading into the back straight on the final occasion. Taken three wide approaching the home turn, Philotes ran home strongly to gain the day over Maarek (one/one) and Shes A Spy along the sprint lane (three back at bell) in a rate of 1-58. Lightly raced, it was Philotes 4th race appearance. Kerryn Manning snared the Swan Hill Kia Honey Bee Cerato SLI Pace for C3 to C5 class over 2240 metres with Metropolitan/Liberty Print five year old gelding Kickittochris in a rate of 1-57.9. Starting from the extreme draw, Kickittochris spent most of the race at the rear of the field, before latching to the back of Run Forrest ahead of him at the bell, with the Shane Cramp trained Queen Mab at the head of affairs. Eased four wide on the final bend, Kickittochris put the race beyond doubt in a few strides as he exploded away to record a 2.6 metre victory over the local hope Life Of Ted which followed him home. Ezee Duzit Lombo finished third after a chequered passage just off the speed. Avenel's Wayne Potter made the trip to Swan Hill with happy results, when heavily backed five year old Armbro Operative/The Milky Way gelding Teo Enteo captured the Swan Hill Toyota Dark Furnace Kluger Pace for C6 or better class over 2240 metres. Driven by Nathan Jack, Teo Enteo first up since July possied one/one from gate two on the second line, with Kerryn Manning's Jaccka Luke leading from gate three. Easing three wide approaching the home turn, Teo Enteo sprinted brilliantly to join Jaccka Luke on turning, with the pair going head and head to the wire, with Teo Enteo prevailing by a neck in 1-58.1. Centonic (one/three - three wide last lap) finished third. Len Baker      

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 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  

A night of competitive racing was held at Kilmore on Tuesday November 26, with the Avenel area taking the honours. Former Kilmore trainer Wayne Potter now based at Avenel, snared the Jet Roofing Pace for C4 & C5 class over 1690 metres with sit/sprint specialist Tombstone Eden in a mile rate of 1-58.8. Driven by Nathan Jack, Tombstone Eden from gate two on the second line settled four back in the moving line, before gaining a beaut three wide trail home in the last lap on the back of Gangster Boy ahead of him. Despite making the final bend four wide, Tombstone Eden sprinted home brilliantly to defeat Post It Away (one/one – outside the leader Whosgunnagetit from the bell) and Easy Lighting who was never better than three wide the trip. A five year old daughter of Armbro Operative and Eve Of Eden, Tombstone Eden has recorded nine wins from 37 race appearances. Other Avenel winners on the program were five year old Art Major/Vangold entire Cold Major for David and Josh Aiken who was successful in the Goulburn Murray Credit Union Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2180 metres following a gigantic performance at Shepparton a week earlier and promising mare Vics Cheval who was first up since June in A Harness Christmas At Kilmore 11 December Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2150 metres. Taking a concession, Cold Major bred by Queensland millionaire Clive Palmer had little luck from gate four being trapped wide,before being sent forward to park outside the pacemaker Fifth And Broadway (gate two) who was the favourite. Gaining cover mid-race after Amazing Kano moved to face the breeze, Cold Major when eased wide on turning, finished his race off well to score from Big Zee (mid-field) using inside runs prior to the home turn before easing wide on straightening and Major Deed in a mile rate of 1-59.7. David was to finish the night on a high note when extremely talented Yankee Boy/Vics Lady four year old mare Vics Cheval recorded her 4th victory in 16 outings. Starting from the pole, Vics Cheval raced very roughly as the starter released the field, being given plenty of time to find her feet, settling four back along the markers with the roughie Ifu Seek The Luck leading from barrier three. When Jumeirah Jane ahead of her was eased away from the inside to face the open for the run along the back straight on the final occasion, Vics Cheval immediately latched to her back for a nice ride home. Issuing a strong challenge to Jumeirah Jane on the home turn, Vics Cheval gained the upper hand shortly after and coasted to the wire 17.6 metres in advance of the 60 metre backmarker Miss Southern Land, with Jumeirah Jane a head away in third place. The mile rate 2-07.7. Both Cold Major and Vics Cheval were bred by Queensland millionaire Clive Palmer and are raced by David Aiken. Melton trainer Sue Hunter combined with Gavin Lang to land the Kilmore H.R.C Trotters Mobile for T2 & T3 class over 2180 metres with smart pacing bred 6-Y-0 Elsu/Amanda Woodward gelding Mister Elwood. Having his first outing since May, Mister Elwood starting inside the second line was soon travelling just of the speed in the running line, with Conchs Critter leading from the pole. His task was made a lot easier as two of the main fancies Chevals Racer (gate two) and Star Style (gate five) galloped away. Send forward three wide gradually in the final circuit, Mister Elwood raced clear over the concluding stages to defeat the honest mare Sultry Lady which moved to face the open at the bell from three back the markers after an unsuccessful bid for the front running from gate four, with Tawonga South third off a three wide trail last lap from last on the back of the winner. The mile rate 2-02.4. Glen Park’s Sebastian Steenhuis has a wonderful strike rate and was successful Safari/Truly Sue gelding Bobby Fabulous in the Kilmore HRC 3-Y-0 Pace over 2180 metres with Michael Stanley in the sulky. Leading out from gate two, Bobby Fabulous ran his rivals ragged, accounting for Ruato Bay off a three wide trail from six back in the running line at the bell and Christian Torado (one/two) returning a mile rate of 1-59.8. Dunnstown based Nathan Cahir was also a winner on the night when five year old Metropolitan/Cornelia Lombo gelding No Bettertime greeted the judge in the Ashley’s Kids Rides Pace for C1 class over 2180 metres. Driven by Nathan, No Bettertime was given a sweet passage from gate four trailing the well supported Pass It To Billy which flew the gate from barrier five and was always travelling beautifully. Using the sprint lane, No Bettertime dashed clear halfway up the running to score by 1.7 metres over the flying Dont Wanadie (four back the markers), with Packedtotherafters coming from near last to finish third. The mile rate 2-00.1. Len Baker

The Gunbower HRC held their once a year annual Cup Day on Sunday November 24 – with the Gunbower Family Hotel sponsored $12,000 Gunbower Pacing Cup for C5 or better class (Discretionary Handicapped) over 2630 metres going the way of six year old Village Jasper/Cultured Lombo gelding Savesomtimetodream, much to the delight of a host of Ballarat owners headed by Ballarat Trotting Club CEO Paul Rowse. Trained at Ross Creek by Paul, Savesomtimetodream driven by Jodi Quinlan began beautifully from inside the 10-metre mark which was actually the pole as there were no front runners to lead, before being crossed by Glenn Douglas’ Boort Cup winner of last season Daylight Dan racing into the first turn. Jodi Quinlan immediately moved away from the inside to change spots with Daylight Dan as the 30 metre backmarker Smudge Bromac was set alight by Nathan Jack to comfortably park outside the leader. With the quick tempo of the last half mile, those back in the field had difficulty in making ground allowing those up front to fight out the finish. In quarters of 31.8, 31.6, 29.1 and 28.2, Savesomtimetodream defied all challengers to score by 2.1 metres over a game Smudge Bromac in a mile rate of 2-01.5. Narra Operative one/one finished a creditable third after a cosy passage, with Thats Mister Ali running on late to finish fourth.. Racing at the elite level for most of his career, Savesomtimtodream coming off a gallant second to Kid Coconut after facing the breeze at Tabcorp Park Melton eight days earlier when first up since June,  registered his 13th victory in 38 outings. The $10,000 Cohuna Car Sales Bill Poxon Memorial Trotters Cup for T5 or better class (D-H) over 2630 metres supplemented the eight race program, which saw former smart juvenile Zedalite successful for Bolinda trainer Brent Lilley with Melton based Rod Petroff in the sulky. Stepping safely from barrier five, Zedalite first up since August was sent forward to cross the polemarker Im Demimondaine, before handing over the front running role to the 20 metre backmarker Cold Sister approaching the bell. When Gavin Lang vacated the prime one/one position with the well supported Lightning Joy to park outside the favourite at the bell, the pair of quality runners appeared to have the race to themselves. Locked together on straightening with Trappers Puzzle easing three wide from the one/one after racing parked for the first circuit, Lightning Joy momentarily hit the front with Trappers Puzzle in hot pursuit and Zedalite poised to use the sprint lane. Finishing best, Zedalite gained the day by a half head in a thrilling finish over Trappers Puzzle which ran the race of his life, with Lightning Joy a head away in third place in advance of Cold Sister. The mile rate 2-04.2. A five-year-old gelded son of Zooma and Rememberance Day bred and raced by Broomfield (Creswick region) residents David (Davo) Davidson and wife Beth, Zedalite has fronted the starter on 58 occasions for 18 victories. The novelty event of the afternoon – the Echuca Steel Gunbower Hot Lap for C2 & C3 class over 1390 metres, was taken out by the Glenn Douglas trained and driven ex-Kiwi five year old Falcon Seelster/Duomo Bromac gelding Conflict Of Interest in a mile rate of 1-56.1, leading all of the way from gate three to account for Shifty Shivas (one/two) which gained a late split halfway up the running, with Life Of Ted (one/two) snatching third out wide on the track. Len Baker

Long Forest husband and wife Andy & Kate Gath back home after a week in Christchurch with Caribbean Blaster competing at the New Zealand Cup Carnival, took the honours at the Shepparton meeting held on Tuesday November 19 with a stable double – Jeremes Jet/Millpac Maid colt Gowan Brae taking the Elite Horse Transport 3-Y-0 Pace over 2190 metres and 6-Y-0 Yankee Paco/Katie Daley mare Jumeirah Jane the Hunter Home Hardware Trotters Handicap for T0 class over the same journey. Gowan Brae raced by Greg Brodie of Courage Under Fire fame, was first up since April and led throughout from the pole to easily account for the first starter Major Crocker off a three wide trail from near last in the final circuit on the back of the third placegetter Provocatator (one/one) in the last lap. The mile rate 1-59.3. Much improved mare Jumeirah Jane raced by Bullengarook’s Wendy Harrison in partnership with mother Jean Johnstone, was probably the most popular winner on the night when making her 16th appearance at the races. Starting from barrier three, Jumeirah Jane crossed Giacomo inside her shortly after the start and was always travelling boldly under a tight rein. Showing no signs of stopping, Jumeirah Jane scored by 7.7 metres in a rate of 2-06.1 over Thumbs Up Jerry (three back the markers) and the roughie Unsolved Mystery from last. The Goulburn Valley, Bendigo and Echuca areas provided five winners on the program. Moama breeder/owner/trainer/driver Mal Whiteford’s 4-Y-0 Artesian/Kamwood Toy mare Kamwood Dawn snared the Quest Shepparton Pace for C0 class over 1690 metres in a rate of 1-57.8. Given the run of the race from gate three trailing the pacemaker Art De Triumph (gate five), Kamwood Dawn was taken away from the markers on straightening and finished best to score by a half neck from the leader, with Rosemary Lane third after following the pair. Shepparton’s Patrick Ryan combined with Chris Alford to land the Neatline Homes Pace (first division) for C0 class over 1690 metres with 4-Y-0 Rollon Bigred/Chocaholic entire Turnoffate, Raced by Kevin Riseley’s Sheron Park Pty Ltd, Turnoffate despite racing in the open, prevailed by a half head in 1-57.6 in defeating Lets Go Rabbitoh which followed him all of the way. Tuxedo Toff (one/two) finished third after joining the leaders approaching the home turn. Goornong trainer Peter Salathiel joined forces with daughter Katrina to capture the Grenada Park Standardbreds Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class over 2190 metres with 4-Y-0 Courage Under Fire/Be All Dilinger mare Cheval Charette which did her early racing in King Island. Jumping straight to the front from the pole as the tapes released, Cheval Charette was rated to perfection, running out an easy 8 metre victor in 2-02.3 from a death-seating Illawong Bill and Junie Jasper which trailed the winner. Popular local trainer Geoff (Marto) Martin took advantage of a concession for Bolinda’s Josh Duggan to land the Ausure Insurance Brokers Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres with ex-NSW Real Desire/Nepeans Last Bird 5-Y-0 gelding Mister Desirable, leading for the majority of the journey to gain the day in advance of Saint Liliana (one/one) which joined the winner on the home turn, with Tom Grainger third. The mile rate 1-59.8. Kyabram trainer Greg Caldwell’s honest 4-Y-0 Union Guy/Orta Be Ruthless gelding Ortabe Good saluted the judge in the Neatline Homes Pace (second division) with Tooleen reinsman Nigel Milne in the sulky. Given a cosy trip three back in the moving line from gate three with the polemarker Kentucky Sands leading, Ortabe Good ran home strongly off a three wide trail last lap to gain the day by 4 metres in advance of Donated which raced in the open from the bell, with The Muse (one/one) third. The mile rate 1-58.9. Other winners on the nine event card were : Jingling Silver (Paul Davies – Baddaginnie) with Daryl Douglas in the sulky and Our Warwick Lad (David Aiken – Avenel) and Nathan Jack. Len Baker

The feature event of the evening at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday was the $25,000 Harness Breeders (Vic) Tailamade Lombo, with victory going the way of former top line juvenile filly Shake It Mama. Now five years of age, Shake It Mama bred and raced by Heathcote’s David Sheppard, trained by Emma Stewart and driven by Gavin Lang was sent forward from gate three to cross Fairest One Youare inside her running into the first turn, with stablemate Bettor Give It (gate six) also pressing forward to park in the open. Allowed to bowl along without any pressure being applied, Shake It Mama had plenty in reserve at the straight entrance, before coasting to victory 1.3 metres in advance of Fairest One Youare and Bettor Give It in a sizzling mile rate of 1-54.7. Running her last half mile in 55.6 and quarter in 27 dead, Shake It Mama recorded her 15th victory in 38 race appearances.. Eight year old Falcon Seelster/Sabrina Bromac entire Smudge Bromac notched up his 23rd victory at start number 128, when successful in the Yarra Valley Cup Day Claiming Pace over 1720 metres, returning a brilliant mile rate of 1-56.5. Trained by David Aiken at Avenel and driven by Nathan Jack, Smudge Bromac was immediately taken back to the rear from outside the front line, but enjoyed the electric tempo of the race set by a free running Mister Grizzly. Taken three wide in the final circuit, Smudge Bromac’s quality told on straightening as he strode clear to score by 2 metres in advance of the fast finishing Our Archangel out wide from four back the markers, with the ever reliable Washmepockets holding down third after racing in the open throughout. Tough ex-Tasmanian 5-Y-0 Hugo Play showed his true staying prowess by taking out the $15,000 Tabcorp Park Melton Pace Final for M0 & M1 class over 2240 metres which qualified in the heats held a week earlier. Now in the care of Lance Justice in close proximity of the track, Hugo Play a gelded son of Jr Mint andToy Story was allowed to find his feet three wide after starting outside the front row, with stablemate Alchemy beginning at 100 miles an hour from the extreme draw to park outside the favourite Sals Mo which led from gate three. Once balanced, Hugo Play moved forward to join Sals Mo and once there, Lance made it quite clear that the pacemaker was not going to get it easy. Taking a narrow lead on the final bend, Hugo Play was very strong at the finish, defeating Alchemy which was given every chance on his back due to the “drive of the night” by Rod Petroff. Pole marker Mister Orion finished third after trailing the leader and using the sprint lane, while Sals Mo battled on to finish fourth. In quarters of 30.1, 29.3, 28.3 and 28.6, Hugo Play returned a mile rate of 1-56.5 for the journey. The margins a neck by 1.6 metres. Peter Manning’s exciting Elsu/Hanover Chic gelding Eliseos Falcon was once again ultra impressive in landing the Benstud Standardbreds 3-Y-0 Pace over 2240 metres in a mile rate of 1-59. Raced by a group of dedicated harness followers Tony Prochilo, Ange Cammaroto, Rob Merola and Michael Taranto, Eliseos Falcon driven by Kerryn Manning was sent forward from outside the front row to park outside the last start Melton winner Woodlea Beau which was backed for plenty. Despite over racing at times, Eliseos Falcon surged to the front on straightening to score by 12.5 metres over Blackwarrior along the sprint lane after trailing the leader, with Countdown (one/one) third. It was Eliseos Falcon’s 3rd victory in 7 outings. On an entertaining night of racing, Chris Lang’s fully American bred 6-Y-0 Chocolatier/Duo Val Car gelding Kyvalley Blur chalked up victory number 13 when successful in the Prydes Easifeed Trotters Free For All over 1720 metres. Using the sprint lane off the back of the leader Cold Sister, Kyvalley Blur returned a mile rate of 1-58.7 in defeating Cold Sister and I See Icy Earl (one/one) a stablemate of the winner. David Aiken enjoyed a good night “at the office”, with 7-Y-0 Courage Under Fire/Soky’s Sweetheart gelding Wartime Sweetheart winning her 19th race by taking out the Pace for M1 & M2 class over 2240 metres. Taking a concession for Caroline Springs based Rhys Nicholson, Wartime Sweetheart from inside the second row was quickly away from the markers to possie mid-field in the moving line. Easing three wide to follow the favourite Jazz King in the final circuit, Wartime Sweetheart sprinted like a gazelle on straightening to blow his rivals away, scoring by 6.2 metres in a rate of 1-56.5 from Illawong Kath which used the sprint lane after trailing the weakening leader Because I Can, with The Phantom (one/one) third when first up since February.  By Len Baker  

Last year's Central Victorian Pacing Championship winner Restrepo a Breeders Crown placegetter, was victorious in taking out the $30,000 (Group 3) Tooleybuc Sporting Club Nyah Pacing Cup for M0 or better class (Discretionary Handicapped) over 2790 metres at the Swan Hill Racing Centre on Saturday, giving him a free ticket into this Sunday's $70,000 Kilmore Pacing Cup. Trained at Smythes Creek (Ballarat) by the all conquering Emma Stewart/Clayton Tonkin combination, Restrepo (Gavin Lang) was a little slow to begin from barrier two, but quickly regained his composure to settle close and handy one/one. When last year's victor Saint Flash was sent forward early by Daryl Douglas, Lang went ahead of him to again possie one/one, before being shuffled back a spot after the heavily supported favourite Chancellor Cullen circled the field to race outside the lamp lighter Uncle Wingnut. In a race with plenty of action, second elect Abettorpunt commenced a forward move three wide solo from last at the bell, with Restrepo able to latch to his back running into the final bend. When Chancellor Cullen dashed away at the straight entrance, it looked as though he may have pinched the feature, however after the easy passage, Restrepo finished the better to claim him in the shadows of the post, scoring by 2.7 metres in a new track record mile rate of 1-58.4 (last half mile a blistering 54.8 - quarter 27.6). Abettorpunt was game in finishing 2.4 metres away in third place. A 5-Y-0 entire by Art Major from Shes Innocent, Restrepo has recorded 14 wins from only 24 race appearances. The $12,000 Jim Roberts Nyah Trotters Cup named in honour of Nyah legend Jim Roberts a former club President and one time HRV Board member, was taken out by 6-Y-0 Earl/Howdoudo gelding Thewannacallmesue for Shepparton (Lemnos) father and son Russell and Nathan Jack in a rate of 2-07.5. Despite racing in the open throughout from barrier three outside the pacemaker Gluteus Major inside him after a slow beginning, Theywannacallmesue raced by the Shellie family outstayed his rivals to record a strong neck victory over Gluteus Major, with Michael Thomas (one/one) third. One of the highlights of the evening was the $12,000 Ian Ray Betta Home Living Swan Hill Mile for C6 or better class over the true 1609 metre journey, with Hamilton trainer David Lewis' smart Art Major/Jolaura 5-Y-0 stallion Amajorjo victorious. First up since June, Amajorjo driven by Terang's Matt Craven from gate five tried unsuccessfully to head of Jackson Painting's Living Lord (gate two), resulting in him being left in the open for the entire trip. Surging to the front on the final bend, Amajorjo scored a meritorious head margin over the hot favourite Magical Telf off a three wide trail from last in the final circuit, with Our Walden Bury (one/two) third. The mile rate 1-53.5 (last half 55.5 - quarter 27.4) which smashed the track record of 1-54.8. Len Baker

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