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An Introduction From The CEO At the Community Clubs Association of Victoria Awards night on October 15, Tabcorp Park was a finalist in the Victorian Club of the Year which is great credit to the venue staff.  Congratulations go to the winner, Buckleys Entertainment Centre in Geelong. HRV Annual Report The HRV Annual Report for 2012/13 was tabled in Parliament on October 16.  Click here for the Premier and Minister for Racing’s press release which coincided with the tabling. Chris Alford – Children’s Tumour Foundation The dust has now settled on the Charity Football Match recently held at Melton. The industry got behind the day which was a fundraiser for Chris Alford’s charity, the Children’s Tumour Foundation (CTF). As we know Chris’ daughter Katie suffers from NF, a tumour related disease and the Alford family have been great supporters of the Foundation. With the support of the Harness Racing Industry Chris and Alison Alford have raised over $85,000 for NF since Katie’s diagnosis – a fantastic achievement. Congratulations go to them both, and HRV will continue to support their efforts in raising awareness of NF. As an unfortunate post script to the football match, Chris suffered an injury in a crunching tackle and missed three weeks in the sulky, which only slightly delayed his quest for 5,000 winners (currently 4,986). Website Usage The harness.org.au website continues its extraordinary growth. For the month of August 2013, the website attracted 780,000 visits, compared to 690,000 last August, a rise of 13%. Most popular area visited remains “Fields” with 440,000 visits (up 15%) followed by “Results” 195,000 (up 15%). Mobile usage of the site for August was 46,000 visits, up from 25,000 the previous August. The HRV Facebook page has over 3000 “Likes” – 80% from within Australia. Brazil is 7th on the list with 16 people liking our page. The Old and the New There cannot possibly be any other sport where the age range of participants who can succeed at the highest level is so varied and where gender is no barrier. Our sport has been infiltrated by young people in recent years. If you take a look at the premiership lists for the 2013/14 season so far, you will see youngsters such as Greg Sugars, Emma Stewart, Nathan Jack, Amy Tubbs, Matthew Craven, Kate Gath, Josh Duggan, Jason Lee, Michael Stanley, all at the top of the tree. Yet only recently, horses driven by Matt Donaldson, Dick Lee and Brian Gath filled the trifecta in a race at Bendigo, with combined ages of 226! Male, female, young or old all compete on an equal basis in our great industry. Harness Review – 20 Years Mid October signified the 20 year anniversary of the popular radio show Harness Review. Congratulations to evergreen Len Baker who has been with the show since its inception. Well done also to long time co-hosts such as Clinton Welsh, Brian Dobson and Alexandra Hurley as well as a band of regular contributors, including our own Craig Rail. The show has a loyal band of followers on Melton 979fm from 8pm to 10pm every Monday night.  The internet now takes the show to a wider audience. Well done to Len and the team! Vale Peter Nova Peter had a long association with HRV, predominantly as a representative for Radio 3UZ and in later years for Sky Racing. He was a hail and hearty character well known across the industry. Sadly Peter passed away in September. Apart from his infectious nature, Peter was top of mind with many of HRV’s corporate supporters. About five years ago, when driving in the annual Go Kart Day, Peter suffered a massive heart attack, and was clinically dead for some time. As a result of several people’s efforts Peter was miraculously brought back to life and we were able to see his smiling face for a few more years. HRV and the Pegasus Club were represented at the funeral. Dick Collinson Dick was one of trotting’s most colourful characters. He passed away in late September at the age of 90. He was a prominent trainer during the Showgrounds era with several top line horses including Grand Monarch, Rich Dale and Sandy Spring. HRV Legend Gordon Rothacker drove for Collinson. Away from the trots, Dick was a keen Bulldog fan and was President of Footscray between 1974 and 1978. Bill Lanyon Bill passed away on September 20, at the age of 75. The Lanyon family have been publishers of newspapers for generations, most particularly in the Mildura region. They have been supporters of the trots industry over a long period. Our condolences go to Bill’s son Ross who continues the family tradition with the Sunraysia Daily and ownership of pacers. Ross is also Chairman of Country Racing Victoria. Did You Know Congratulations go to Tabcorp Park employee Kathleen Mullan, who managed to get her former pacing racehorse MF Hollywood through to the prestigious Garryowen final during the Royal Melbourne Show. Affectionately known as “James,” he became the first ever standardbred to make it through to the Garryowen. Kathleen and James performed with distinction before a large and enthusiastic crowd.

The trotting meeting held at Mildura on Tuesday October 8 saw plenty of multiple victories with Victoria's leading trainer of last season Shayne Cramp providing three winners on the program, while reinspersons Nathan Jack and Emma Hamblin each recorded duel victories. Cramp's winners on the night were Local Vicka Lombo (Nathan Jack) in the 1st Heat of the Vicbred Platinum Series D for C0 class over 1790 metres, Embraced (Ryan Hryhorec) in the Mildura Show October 17th - 19th 2013 Pace for C0 class over 2190 metres and Attitude Adjuster (Nathan Jack) in the Tankard Dental Pace for C1 class over 1790 metres. Local Vicka Lombo (Blissful Hall/Bubbly Lombo) outstayed his rivals after racing parked to score from Romantic Bliss and Evening Star Lombo in a rate of 1-59.5, as did ex-Kiwi Attitude Adjuster (Julius Caesar/Marion Jones) who was relentless in defeating the leader Bretaca and Cams Art in 1-58.2. Former South Australian Embraced (Art Major/Tuapeka Reign) led throughout from the pole, accounting for Double Header and Pental Cracker in 2-02.3. Perhaps the most significant wins on the night came from concessional reinswoman Emma Hamblin who gained a belated birthday present by guiding the Boris Devcic (Irymple) trained One Dog One Bone (Dawn Ofa New Day/Raging Eagle) gelding to an all of the way victory from gate three to land the Welcome Club 40 Members 2013/2014 Pace for C2 class over 2190 metres to defeat Glasscutters Spirit and Wrinkle Knutt in 2-00.4, then followed up aboard Robinvale trainer Peter (Zeke) Tyrrell's 9-Y-0 Jet Laag/Kellys Darling gelding Rhys Lightning in the Mildura Pacing Cup Carnival April 8-12th Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 2190 metres. Backed as if there was no settling, Rhys Lightning enjoyed a sweet passage from gate three trailing the pacemaker Los Bravos before joining the leader approaching the home turn and racing away to record a 22.7 metre victory over The Joadstar and Glacial in 2-03. Emma celebrated her birthday on September 19.   Len Baker

Smythes Creek (Ballarat) trainer Emma Stewart and freelance Bacchus Marsh reinsman Gavin Lang each recorded doubles at Saturday's Cranbourne fixture, Stewart with two six year olds - Mister Sheedy in the Tintin In America Pace for C6 or better class over 2080 metres and Tara Toplady the Cranbourne Trainers Bonanza for C4 & C5 class (mares) over 1609 metres, while Lang was successful aboard Gatesys Girl in the Aldebaran Park Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2575 metres and Flaxton Filly in the Bayside Group Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres. Mister Sheedy a gelded son of Presidential Ball and Intoxicating driven by Michael Stanley, was surprisingly able to head off the favourite Astronaut shortly after the start from gate five and after an easy time, proved too strong for Astronaut along the sprint lane in a rate of 1-59.4 (last half 56.9 - quarter 28.3), with the Cranbourne specialist Stylish Jasper close up in third place after following the pair. Bettors Delight/Perfect Passion mare Tara Toplady taking a concession for reinswoman Jaimie-Lee King, was a big winner of her race after being trapped three wide from gate four and eventually working to the lead at the bell.  Joined by Arber for the final circuit, the pair raced away approaching the home turn with the race to themselves, with Tara Toplady giving plenty to hold a margin of a neck on the wire. Jasmine Sheffield (one/one) was 8.2 metres away in third place. The mile rate 1-56.9. Smart 5-Y-0 Conch Deville/Glamor Loch mare Gatesys Girl is good when she's on her game and was at Cranbourne with a tough victory in a mile rate of 2-07.4.  Trained in Gippsland at Longwarry by Michael Hughes, Gatesys Girl stepped cleanly from a 10 metre handicap, with Lang having no hesitation is sending her forward to park outside the pole line leader Mallee Trapper.  Appearing to be under pressure on the final bend with the leader holding a clear margin, Gatesys Girl rallied under desperate driving to score by a head right on the wire in a rate of 2-07.4. The 40 metre backmarker Earl Or Nothing ran on late from last to finish third. Eight year old Village Jasper/Turn To Gold mare Flaxton Filly which had recorded 6 wins from 86 outings prior to the race, was given a cosy trip three back on the marker line from inside the second row, with the heavily supported Obama leading from gate four with Monique Burnett in the sulky for trainer Maree Caldow. Extricated into the clear on straightening, Flaxton Filly came with a brilliant burst of speed to register a runaway victory in advance of Obama which offered no resistance, with Zoomba third after racing in the open. The mile rate 1-59.8. Lara trainer Dean Braun made it three from three with recent stable addition Sals Mo in the Ade Turf Equipment Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2080 metres. Beginning with a wing on every foot for Nathan Jack from gate five, Sals Mo was untroubled to lead throughout, winning by 9.6 metres in a rate of 1-58 from Conflict Of Interest (one/two) and Courageous Spirit which trailed the winner. A five year old Art Major/Dream Chaser gelding, Sals Mo is the 6th winner from the dam, the most noticeable being 18 race winner Detriot Dan (By Oil Burner). Len Baker

Dean Braun’s reputation as one of Victoria’s most astute trainers went to another level last season and with the news that Blitzthemcalder will join his Lara stables, there is no doubt the trend will continue. But more immediately focus will turn to the City Of Melton plate as the stable send three runners to Tabcorp Park Melton for the Group 2 contest worth $50,000. That represents a third of the entire field but going by the early TAB.com.au’s fixed odds, the trio comprise almost 60% of the market. History will be against Braun’s favoured runner however, as Chancellor Cullen will be shooting to become the first dual winner of the race for four and five-year-old’s. It’s a feat that can’t be underestimated either with heroes of the sport such as Bitobliss, Melpark Major, Shakamaker and Sokyola all taking out the race on just one occasion. Braun spoke on RSN’s new trot panel ‘Gait Speed’ earlier in the week about Chancellor Cullen’s lead in to Friday’s race. “We’re very happy with him, he has been in work a long time and we’ve taken him along very slowly but he was very good first-up and Chris (Alford, driver) said he wasn’t out of second gear and he has trained on very, very good since,” Braun said. “He’s definitely not wound up yet, he has a big season in front of him but in saying that he’s fairly forward to run a pretty good race on Friday night and he is a natural athlete so he keeps himself pretty right. “He had a blowout last Tuesday while I was away and Nathan Jack drove him and was very happy with him and he trained terrific yesterday (Monday) so we are very happy with him.” As mentioned, Braun won’t be going in with a lone hand as his other two chances drew closer to the pegs in their attempts to upset the favourite. With Chancellor Cullen in seven, Rule Like A King has come up with the ideal alley in one while Magical Telf starts from two. The latter has accrued a record of 13 wins from 18 starts and despite only having had one start in this grade previously; he has always been well touted by Braun. “Luke McCarthy drove them both as three-year-old’s when I took them to Menangle and he said what do you think? And I said well Chancellor Cullen is a standout but I really like the other horse (Magical Telf),” he said. “Coming off the track after having driven both of them he said ‘I don’t think he is as far off as you think and maybe in 12 months’ time who knows’. “We’ve taken him along very slowly and his owners have been patient so he is a horse with a good future anyway.” And the third of the runner from the Lara stables, Rule Like A King, has the big advantage of the polemarking draw and even had his trainer questioning whether he might be the horse to beat following his last piece of work. “I came off the track yesterday thinking that maybe Chancellor Cullen wouldn’t be able to sit outside him (Rule Like A King) and beat him but half an hour later I soon changed my mind after I’d worked Chancellor Cullen,” Braun said. “I really like him (Rule Like A King), he was a bit of a ratbag early doors but we’ve ironed him out. He just keeps stepping up and he’s won all of his last five starts.” To hear the full podcast of ‘Gait Speed’, which includes Braun talking about his recent acquisition Blitzthemcalder, simply click here. By Blake Redden (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)

Great Western trainer Peter Manning’s promising Armbro Invasion/Free Rider gelding Weregonnarock after three consecutive seconds, finally cracked it for a victory when successful in the Oktoberfest At Lord’s Raceway 19 October 3-Y-0 Trotters Handicap over 2150 metres at Bendigo on Wednesday October 2. Driven by daughter Kerryn, Weregonnarock led throughout from barrier two to score by a nose over her nemesis Dell Boy which trailed after coming from a 20 metre backmark (Dell Boy had beaten him on the last two occasions), with Girls Go First a gap away in third place. The mile rate 2-07.6. Wahring’s Daniel Jack was successful with Mach Three/Shards A Flyin filly Shards Secret who greeted the judge in the Johnny Tee Bendigo Horse Of The Year 3-Y-0 Pace over 2150 metres. Making her second race appearance, Shards Secret was driven with plenty of vigour from the pole to hold out all challengers at the start and was never headed, defeating Stunning Grin (one/one) which switched to the sprint lane on turning and the hot favourite Eliseos Falcon which had a torrid passage outside the winner. The mile rate 1-59.2. Nagambie’s Chris Lang (Jnr) is making a name for himself, especially with the trotters and landed the Flying It At Springvale Stud Castlemaine Trotters Mobile for T2 to T4 class over 2150 metres with former Kiwi Lysenko. Sent forward from gate four to park outside the speedy pacemaker Mister Gunsen, Lysenko a 6-Y-0 gelded son of Sundon and Dispride outstayed his rivals to score a strong victory over Just Call Me Earl along the sprint lane from three back the markers and Im Demimondaine which trailed the leader, moving away from the markers to be one/one on straightening. The mile rate 2-02.2. Avenel trainer Wayne Potter combined with Shepparton’s Nathan Jack to land the Chris Alford Premier Driver Pace for C2 class over 2150 metres with 5-Y-0 Armbro Operative/Eve Of Eden mare Tombstone Eden in a rate of 1-59.2. Taken back off the gate from barrier six to settle with most of the field ahead of her, Tombstone Eden gained a beaut ride home three wide on the back of Fergus Mactavish in the final circuit and when taken four wide at the straight entrance, rushed home at a great rate to score from a death-seating Drivingwithtess and Dusty Smiles which led. Another Avenel winner of the night was consistent 4-Y-0 P Forty Seven/Our Lifes A Ball gelding Luke Hobbs for David Aiken in the Haydon Gray Premier Concession Driver Pace for C1 class over 1650 metres. Driven by Greg Sugars, Luke Hobbs led for most of the journey in accounting for Who Broke Our Halo which moved to face the breeze, with Gohardorgohome third after leading out from gate three, before taking a trail on the winner. The mile rate 1-59.4. By Len Baker  

Oddly named former New Zealander Frank The Duck was successful in taking the Melbourne Cup Day Pace for C0 class over 2150 metres at Yarra Valley on Monday September 30 when making his first appearance on Australian soil. A winner at Addington on July 26, Frank The Duck hadn’t raced since August 23 and was sent out an almost unbackable $1.30 favourite after starting from outside the front line. Trained by Joe Borg at Melton and driven by John Caldow, Frank The Duck a 4-Y-0 gelded son of Jeremes Jet and Take Her Easy Tiger was given an easy time one/one following Lets Go Happy after being restrained at the starter released the field, with Ryans Lane (gate three) leading for Dianne Giles. Moving outside the pacemaker approaching the final bend when Lets Go Happy had dropped to the back of the leader, Frank The Duck was much too strong over the concluding stages for Ryans Lane and Lets Go Happy in a mile rate of 2-01.5. Raced by Simon Sciberras who has been a staunch stable client, Frank The Duck chalked up his 3rd victory in 15 outings. Popular Romsey trainer Leigh Miles’ 4-Y-0 Four Starzzz Shark/Norwood Abbey mare Sukhovey Wind brought up her second victory when scoring in the Oaks Day Pace for C0 class (mares) over 2150 metres. With Greg Sugars in the sulky, Sukhovey Wind was given an easy time one/one from gate two and when eased three wide in the last lap, finished her race off well in defeating Melegend along the sprint lane from three back the markers, with the last start Cranbourne winner Hunzarella weakening to finish third after leading. The mile rate 2-03.6. The age old adage in racing – the more you win – the better the price certainly applies to Cohuna owner Grant Lunghusen’s 4-Y-0 Browning Blue Chip/Above The Rest mare Joelles Dream who brought up a hat-trick of wins by taking out the Harness Breeders (Vic) Pace for C1 & C2 class restricted to the fairer sex over 1650 metres, paying Supertab odds of $10.60. Trained and driven by Whittlesea horseman Mark Peace, Joelles Dream starting from gate two on the second line settled three back in the moving line, before being sent forward three wide uncovered in the last lap. Asked for a supreme effort on straightening, Joelles Dream responded to the call, scoring by a half head over a death-seating Miss Fidelity in a rate of 2-01.3. Eleventh Command was a half head away in third place after leading in the closest finish of the day. Impressive Kiwi import Macho Commacho a gelded 5-Y-0 son of Royal Mattjesty and Alberts Daughter made it two from two in Australia, when greeting the judge in the Eastland Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class over 2150 metres. Raced by prominent owners Tony and Pam Coniglio, Macho Commacho trained by Dean Braun at Lara and driven by Nathan Jack had little trouble in finding the front running from a 20 metre equal backmark, before toying with his rivals to win in a breeze from Hellfire Angel (three back the markers) along the sprint lane and The Dip (four back the markers - four wide home turn) in an unextended mile rate of  2-02.9. Sidelined Bolinda trainer Chris Alford landed the De Bortoli Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2150 metres with bonny Bettors Delight/Forest Glory 5-Y-0 mare Bellasario. Bred and raced by Jack & Nola Munnerley, Bellasario taking a concession for the stable’s Josh Duggan, led throughout from the pole to defeat Conflict Of Interest which trailed by 2.6 metres in a rate of 2-00.3, with Magical Molly third from mid-field in the running line. By Len Baker      

Terang trainer Marg Lee continued her remarkable strike rate, when first starter Keayang Active greeted the judge in the Bayswater Jayco 3-Y-0 Pace over 2100 metres at Charlton in Central Victoria on Monday September 25, returning a mile rate of 2-02. Driven by nephew Glen Craven who has only just returned to the sulky after having a knee attended to, Keayang Active a well supported gelded son of Art Major and the Fake Left mare Delta Dream began speedily from the pole and despite a serious challenge as the mobile pulled away by Jumbo Asakei (gate six), easily retained the inside running. Travelling boldly under a tight rein, Keayang Active bounded away on the final bend to record an untouched 5.1 metre victory in advance of In The Trenches (one/two – three wide last lap), with Jumbo Asakei which had dropped down to trail the winner after the early burn a further 1.9 metres away in third place. The heavily backed Ellen Tormey trained and driven favourite Done And Dusted also on debut, dropped out after moving to face the open mid-race. Popular Moonlight (Maryborough) trainer John Douglas made a welcome return to the winners stall when lightly raced 8-Y-0 Wind Cries Maori/Lopsided gelding Right Side Up scored in the Charlton & District Community bank Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2100 metres. Making his 30th appearance at the races, Right Side Up with Bendigo’s Chris Svanosio in the cart, led throughout in accounting for a death-seating Sans Frontiere which appeared to have him covered on the home turn, with the 40 metre equal backmarker Allawart Ugo (one/one) third. The mile rate a pedestrian 2-09.5. John Douglas was one of Victoria’s top junior reinsmen in the Showgrounds and early Moonee Valley era when attached to John Harland’s Flemington stable. On a day of short priced favourites, Mildura’s Shayne Cramp combined with Nathan Jack to land the Dunlop Superdealer Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2100 metres with South Australian owned mare Spokeswoman, a 4-Y-0 daughter of Art Major and Fatalistic. Safely holding the inside running from the pole, Spokeswoman ($1.50) was untroubled to lead throughout to score from Tere T which had an early dig for the front from gate four before dropping down to be three back the markers. Aftermidnight Sam (one/one – three wide last lap) finished third. The mile rate 1-58.5. Last season’s leading trainer at Charlton, Rochester based  Mark Thompson snared the Charlton Community Newsletter Pace with classy 4-Y-0 Falcon Seelster/Karamea Toastime gelding Timeseel an unbackable $1.10 chance. Driven by stable reinsperson Ellen Tormey, Timeseel had nothing more than “a stroll in the park”, winning by 14.5 metres from Wealthy Warrior which trailed and Absolootmagic (one/one) in a rate of 2-00.6. by Len Baker

The “Trots” returned to the Swan Hill Racing Centre on Thursday September 12, when the Nyah HRC stages a compact seven event harness racing card. The theme for the night was excitement after a thrilling dead-heat was signalled in the opening event on the program – the Nevele R Stud Pace for C0 class over 1609 metres between Stonethachristian and Nuggetpan. Stonethachristian’s performance was gigantic, as he race three wide for almost the entire journey from gate six before joining the pacemaker and favourite Bazzas Art approaching the home turn. Surging clear in the straight with Nuggetpan in hot pursuit after following him throughout, the pair hit the wire in unison with the judge unable to declare an outright winner. A 5-Y-0 gelded son of Christian Cullen and Life Of Perfection trained by Mark Thompson in Rochester and driven by Michael Bellman, Stonethachristian recorded his 5th victory in 46 outings, while Nuggetpan a lightly raced 6-Y-0 gelding by The Wrath Of Pan from Fly Home trained at Pyramid Hill by Andrew Grogan with Brian Gath in the sulky was making only his third appearance at the races. The Reverend Black (three back the markers) finished third after being wide on the final bend. The mile rate being a brilliant 1-55.9. The Morley Park Stud Pace for C1 class was taken out by Merbein South owner/trainer Jason McGinty’s Kiwi bred 8-Y-0 Live Or Die/Andos Prospect gelding Gone Cruzin in a rate of 2-00.4. Driven by Nathan Jack, Gone Cruzin starting inside the second row enjoyed a cosy passage trailing the poleline leader Macray Divale, before using the sprint lane to score from Woodlea Cosmos (one/three – three wide last lap), with Los Bravos (three back the markers) third after also using the sprint lane. It was an all Mildura trifecta. It was another tight finish in the Global Stallions Pace for C0 class (mares), with Stanhope trainer/driver Gary Pekin’s 4-Y-0 daughter of Grinfromeartoear and Illawong Fabulous Illawong Fantasia greeting the judge. Despite spending all of the race parked outside the leader and favourite Carbon Cate (gate three) drawn inside her, Illawong Fantasia raced by wife Jane prevailed by a nose in a tricky finish over the fast finishing My Lishi (six wide home turn) from last in a mile rate of 1-59.8. Haryda Hanover finished third from three back in the moving line. Strathfieldsaye brothers Glenn and Daryl Douglas who usually win a race or two at most Nyah meetings, landed the Alabar Bloodstock Pace for C4 to C6 class over 2240 metres with 6-Y-0 Live Or Die/Kutas Lass gelding Itsnewstome in a rate of 2-00.2. Restrained from outside the front line at the start to settle at the tail of the field with the stablemate and favourite Run Forrest leading from gate three, Daryl sent Itsnewstome forward approaching the home straight on the first occasion to surprisingly be handed the front running on a platter. After an easy time, Itsnewstome kicked away on the home turn with Run Forrest using the sprint line to issue a half hearted challenge, so much so that Shelby Cruzin (three back the markers) was able to also use the sprint lane to dead-heat for second, with Itsnewstome scoring by 1.8 metres. On returning to the all clear, an interesting protest was lodged by both placegetters against each other which was subsequently dismissed. Glenn Douglas was again a winner when honest 6-Y-0 Flight N Irish/Blueberry Kris gelding Patos Wallet snared the Woodlands Stud Pace for C1 class over 2240 metres. Taking a concession for Bolinda based Josh Duggan, Patos Wallet starting from the extreme draw possied three back in the moving line, with Luke Watson’s East West Star leading from gate three. Easing three wide solo in the final circuit, Patos Wallet surged clear on the home turn, winning by 1.4 metres in advance of Wrinkle Knutt (one/three), with Lerrad Maharg (three back the markers – four wide home turn) running home late for third. The mile rate 1-58.4. It was Patos Wallet’s 5th victory in 47 outings. On what was a great night for the Mildura McGinty’s, former Kiwi gelding Cyclone Mach was successful in the Warwick Stud Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres in a rate of 1-57.1. Trained by Brian (Jason’s father), Cyclone Mach driven by Michael Bellman was taken back from outside the front row to settle at the rear. Sent forward three wide uncovered in the last lap, Cyclone Mach ran to the wire in impressive fashion to score by 4.2 metres from the heavily supported leader Who Broke Our Halo (gate five), with Primo Tapia (gate six) a game third after racing in the open. The Goodtime Lodge Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1609 metres concluded the meeting and the long odds-on favourite Spokewoman was an easy winner in 1-58. Prepared at Mildura by last season’s state leading trainer Shayne Cramp, Spokewoman (gate two) driven by Nathan Jack crossed the pacemaker Lycoming Racer inside her at the bell, before coasting to the wire 6.9 metres in advance of Joe Costa’s Life Of Ted (one/two) and Elle Jasper along the sprint lane from three back the markers. *** The next Nyah meeting will be Cup Night on Saturday October 19. Len Baker    

The progressive Maryborough HRC renowned for their love of the trotter, held a compact nine event program on Wednesday August 14, featuring four races for the squaregaiters. Local trainer/driver Mark Hayes snared the Freemantle Stock Feeds 2-Y-0 Trotters Handicap over 2190 metres with Bacardi Lindy/Fiduciary gelding Bacardi Breeze, paying Supertab odds of $40.20. Beginning brilliantly from barrier six to lead, Bacardi Breeze was restrained to follow Playboys Dream which moved around him hitting the back straight on the first occasion. Given a lovely trip, Bacardi Breeze eased to the outside on the home turn, surging clear on straightening to score by 6.4 metres in advance of the first starter Girls Go First (three back the markers), with Playboys Dream weakening to finish third. Raced by Mark and Sue Hayes, Bacardi Breeze returned a mile rate of 2-08.8. The Michael & Catherine Tarranto 3-Y-0 Trotters Mobile over 2190 metres went the way of Red River Hanover/Dreamworks gelding Redy To Race for Maiden Gully (Bendigo) trainer David Van Ryn and nephew reinsman Haydon Gray. Given an easy time from gate six trailing the pacemaker Super Zeck inside him, Redy To Race used the sprint lane to perfection, defeating the heavily backed Nico Serrano which raced in the open from the bell by 2.1 metres in a rate of 2-04.4. Secret Kiss ran on late from three back in the moving line to finish third. Ex-Kiwi 6-Y-0 Brylin Boyz /Star Of Pernod gelding Heza Boy Star was successful in the Stock & Land Trotters Handicap for T3 or better class over 2190 metres. Trained and driven by Chris Lang (Jnr) at Nagambie, Heza Boy Star stepped  sweetly from the 10 metre mark to settle one/one, with the rank outsider Adams Crown leading from barrier two. Not happy with the tempo, Lang eased Heza Boy Star around Buntys Bass to control the race which no doubt proved the winning move. Pouring on the pressure approaching the home turn, Heza Boy Star dashed away on straightening to score a 3.2 metre victory over Cameos Moment (three wide last lap) off the back of the third placegetter Im Demimondaine. The mile rate 2-04.8. The PJ’S Timber & Hardware/Primes Discount Store 3-Y-0 Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2190 metres was taken out by Tatura trainer David Abrahams’ Dream Vacation/Why Worry filly I Dreamt It with Nathan Jack in the sulky. Starting from gate three on the second row, I Dreamt It settled in the second half of the field, with the Sydney visitor Dew Drop Girl leading from the pole. Set alight racing for the bell, I Dreamt It led for the final circuit in defeating Dew Drop Girl which held her ground, going down by 2.6 metres in a rate of 2-07.8, with Desert Spur running on late from mid-field in the moving line for third. Six year old trotter Abbotshall upstaged the pacers in the Waste Not Stockfeeds Pacers Handicap for C0 class over 2190 metres in a rate of 2-04.2. Trained at Bolinda by Brent Lilley, Abbotshall a gelded son of Armbro Invasion and Second Guess began safely from barrier five on the second line to possie three back in the moving line after another trotter Maoris Pocket outside the leader Its A Miss went off stride in the back straight on the first occasion. Trailing Pacific Maddi ahead of him three wide into the final bend, Abbotshall ran home strongly to gain the day from Kaka Point Coast which followed him throughout, with Pacific Maddi holding down third after leading into the straight. Videos of all the races are attached. Len Baker  

Echuca on the Campaspe River close to the Victorian/N-S-W border, held a neat eight event harness racing card on Tuesday August 6, with border hoppers Kenmor Albertina and Victoria May both saluting the judge. Kenmor Albertina a 4-Y-0 gelded son of Artiscape and Sky Hy trained at Narrandera by David Kennedy was successful in the Carmel Ryan Memorial Pace for C1 class over the sprint trip of 1755 metres. Driven by Shepparton's Nathan Jack, Kenmor Albertina settled three back in the moving line from gate two on the second line, with The Numbers Man leading from gate three. Despite being pushed wide in the final circuit by Earls Reign (one/one) inside him, Kenmore Albertina proved too strong over the concluding stages for Earls Reign in a rate of 2-00 even, scoring by 1.9 metres, with Hezupnabout (three back the markers) using the sprint lane for third. Four year old Holmes Hanover/Ides Of May mare Victoria May also trained at Narrandera by Shaun Snudden snared the Christies Welding Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2160 metres in a mile rate of 2-00.1. Taking a concession for stable "apprentice" Paul Diebert, Victoria May came out running from gate two, safely holding out Hellovanite (gate four) which issued a serious challenge. Even though she was inclined to over race after being revved up early, Victoria May kicked clear on straightening to record a 5.9 metre victory in advance of the Elmore mare Madam Altissimo which trailed using the sprint lane to no avail, with Donoson first up for 12 months running home late from near last for third. Nagambie's Chris Lang notched up yet another winner in the trotting ranks when 4-Y-0 Kadabra/Kyvalley Diva gelding Kyvalley Rap scored in the Peats Office Equipment Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2530 metres. With Chris in the sulky, Kyvalley Rap starting from inside the 10 metre mark, possied three back along the markers, before moving to trail the leader Dabbsey when Family Decision galloped. Coming away from the inside on the final bend, Kyvalley Rap quickly put the race away to record a 14.6 metre victory in 2-07.2 from Dabbsey which battled on well to hold off a death-seating Sans Frontiere. Ballarat trainer Craig Knowles combined with Greg Sugars aboard 4-Y-0 Modern /ArtHitch To Fitch mare Modern Hitch to land the Awards Night September 21 Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 2160 metres, leading throughout to comfortably defy all challengers, accounting for A Chance Taken which trailed and Longtan Tigerman which followed the pair in a mile rate of 2-05.1. Orrvale (Goulburn Valley) trainer Steven Duffy also used the services of Greg Sugars to capture the Echuca Moama Storage 2-Y-0 Pace over 1755 metres with Safari/Delldale gelding Hooper Road which was making his second appearance at the races. Settling at the tail of the field after starting from the extreme draw, Hooper Road gained a lovely three wide trail home in the last lap following the well supported Sutter Man which quickly moved outside the leader Macworthy on debut approaching the home turn. Joining Sutter Man on turning, Hooper Road wasn't knocked around in winning by a neck, with Macworthy holding down third. The mile rate 2-01.2.  Undera (G-V) trainer Glenn Freeman has revitalized 8-Y-0 Panorama/Lady Bye Bye stallion Goforzoe airborne at present, resulting in an all of the way victory from the pole in the Moama Bowling Club Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2160 metres. Driven by Daryl Douglas, Goforzoe was allowed to bowl along at his leisure with the well supported Charlotte Two (gate four) caught in the open. Still travelling on the final bend, Goforzoe never looked like being beaten, coasting to the wire 4.3 metres in advance of Charlotte Two and Hes Real from last in a rate of 2-02.6. Union Guy/Velcro gelding Whos That Guy landed the Like Us On Facebook 3-Y-0 Pace over 1755 metres from gate three in almost identical fashion, giving Daryl Douglas a driving double. Given his head approaching the final bend, Whos That Guy trained at St Arnaud by Leon Clohesy bounded away to score by 7.2 metres in a rate of 2-02 from Del Rosario (three back the markers) and a death-seating Black Jasmin. Corowa trainer John Low joined forces with Nathan Jack to land the Follow Us On Twitter Pace for C0 class over 1755 metres with 4-Y-0 Precious Bunny/Yeronga Quicksilver mare Bunny Rapid in a rate of 2-01.9. Settling mid-field in the moving line from gate four on the second row, Bunny Rapid sprinted with a wing on every foot in the final circuit to lead on turning, defeating the pacemaker Nolagalile and Artois Stone which faced the breeze. Len Baker Len Baker len-baker@bigpond.com 03 9307 5265 0401 679 745  

The highlight of the afternoon’s racing at Kilmore on Thursday was the driving treble by Tasmanian concessional reinsman Alex Ashwood now attached to the Long Forest stable of Andy Gath. The first to come along was 4-Y-0 Live Or Die/Solberge gelding We Never Say Die who overcame the wet conditions of the Hogans Hotel Motel Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class over 2150 metres. Formerly in the Kilmore stable of Tony Peacock, We Never Say Die raced by Dr Martin Hartnett and wife Kaye is now in the care of Jodi Quinlan at Parwan and after taking a concession, started from a daunting 20 metre backmark. Settling at the tail of the field, We Never Say Die was set alight racing for the bell to park outside the pacemaker Satisfied Grin for the final circuit, before surging to the front approaching the home turn. Holding a margin all the way up the running, We Never Say Die scored by 3.5 metres in advance of The Dip (three wide last lap from mid-field), with Juan Amigo using the sprint lane from three back the markers after a tardy beginning third. The mile rate 2-03.7. Leg two came about when 6-Y-0 Cr Commando/Our Cullenize gelding Military Precision (trained at Parwan by Jaime Madruga) snared the Morning Melodies 15 Aug Trotters Handicap for T2 or better class over 2150 metres in a rate of 2-07.8. Again taking a concession, Military Precision stepped cleanly from the 10 metre mark to spend the majority of the race parked outside the leader Backina Lifetime. Given full rein to lead on the final bend, Military Precision safely held his rivals at bay to defeat Shiraz Cabernet which trailed the leader, with Wildenstein (three back the markers) third. Four year old McArdle/Sokys Number mare Blue Seelster trained by Long Forest co-trainer Peter Thompson gave Ashwood the treble after greeting the judge in the McIvor Estate Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres after using a concessional allowance. Trapped three wide from gate six, but following Hoppy Joe, Blue Seelster was sent forward to park in the open outside the heavily supported pole marker Real Performer which was hard driven to retain the front running. Proving to be the better stayer on the day, Blue Seelster prevailed in a rate of 2-00.9 over Lavra Florence along the sprint lane after trailing the pacemaker which finished third. Ashwood the son of leading Tasmanian reinsman Rodney, showed outstanding potential in the apple isle, before taking up an offer to join Andy & Kate Gath in Victoria. Goulburn Valley based brothers Daniel and Nathan Jack joined forces to land a double at Kilmore with smart Art Major/My Ami Lee filly Priceless Gem taking the Grange Cleveland Winery Pace for C0 class over 2180 metres and extremely talented Art Major/Full Pleasure colt Nowitski the Bendigo Bank Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2180 metres. Priceless Gem led from the pole, before being restrained to take a trail on Lotsa Life at the bell, obviously due to the strong head wind in the back straight. Using the sprint lane, Priceless Gem raced clear in the shadows of the post to score untouched by 1.4 metres in a rate of 2-03.2 over Lotsa Life, with Armbro Higgins off a three wide trail from near last in the final circuit third. Nowitzki had little difficulty in leading throughout from gate two, blitzing his rivals to record a 14.1 metre victory in advance of Rosa Mach (one/one) and Minti Choice in a slick 1-59.5 considering the conditions. Both horses are trained at Wahring by Daniel Jack. All videos from this meeting are attached next to the photos above. Len Baker  

The two Victorian harness meetings scheduled for Wednesday February 27 came to a sudden halt due to torrential rain coming down in bucket loads.

The lightly raced Macha has crushed his rivals from the front in the Caduceus Club Cup in what was dubbed another 'mini-derby'. The three-year-old, who found trouble in the VHRSC Victory Derby, was not to be denied tonight, finding the front early and never being headed in the $25,000 harness racing feature.

Victorian harness racing trainer Gary Quinlan is hoping talented three year old Musical Delight can continue her successful return to the racetrack in the Raith Memorial at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night.

The ever popular Cobram harness racing meeting situated on the Victorian/NSW border, raced on Wednesday January 16, with most races going to the nearby Shepparton area.

Smart four year old Dawn Ofa New Day/Our Madame gelding Daylight Dan resumed with an impressive victory in the Campaspe Valley Motors Pace for C0 class over 1755 metres at the Gunbower Harness Racing Club fixture held at Echuca on Tuesday December 18.

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