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Tatura trainer David Abrahams combined with leading harness racing reinsman Nathan Jack to take out the three-year-old colts and geldings’ Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series final with Fabrication tonight at Tabcorp Park Melton. The gelding by Dream Vacation out of Figment bolted in by 12.5 metres, well-tried in the betting ring into $4.70 third-favourite behind Valley Ess Jay and Illawong Armstrong. Punters who took the $2.30 about Illawong Armstrong were shattered shortly after the start, the talented squaregaiter jumping out of his gear and losing enormous ground. Amazingly he fought his way back into contention late in the race, charging into third placing for reinswoman Jodi Quinlan, while Valley Ess Jay finished second for Chris Svanosio. But it was all honours with the winner and Jack was full of praise for Fabrication’s trainer. “I’d like to thank David and the Abrahams family, they’ve been good supporters of mine since day dot,” Jack said immediately after the win. “Dave’s doing a great job. There are not many that do a better job than Dave.” Down the back the final time Jack cut loose on Fabrication, darting past leader Valley Ess Jay. It was a winning move, Valley Ess Jay unable to fight back and regain the lead, Fabrication instead drawing well clear in the lane. “Everything went to plan,” Jack said. “Obviously it was going to be a very tactical race. “I was real happy in the run … even happier when Gavin (Lang) went and Ants (Anthony Butt) decided to post him. That played into our hands. Then that one galloped at the bell, which was good as it left a spot for Gavin to get in, where we didn’t have to go four-wide. Everything worked out perfect.” Fabrication rated 2:00.4 in winning. Watch Fabrication take out tonight's Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final Cody Winnell

The Gr. 3 Ready2Run Stakes at Tabcorp Park Menangle on August 15 is already shaping as an exciting contest.  The $30,000 harness racing event over 2300 metres is restricted to horses sold at last’s year Ready2Run Sale at Menangle and with talented pacers such as Zee Dana, Boundtobemad, Redbank Lenny, Kleened Out, Alesha Maguire and Milias Ideal eligible, the race should be a strong one. Zee Dana is unbeaten after two starts and scored an effortless victory at Shepparton on Thursday night with regular driver Nathan Jack impressed by the son of Tintin In America. “I like him, he is doing a good job now but I think he is going to be an even better three-year old,” Jack said. “At Shepparton he got a comfortable time of it in front but ran home very well and I still haven’t had to pull the plugs on him yet.” Jack confirmed connections will be forced to make a decision on the gelding’s short term future soon. “He is eligible for the Breeders Crown and the Ready2Run Stakes at Menangle, he won’t be able to go in both so Amanda (Turnbull trainer) will have to make a decision either way but we’re leaning towards going to Sydney at this stage. “His next start will be the Tatlow Stakes, he is a big horse, a real good type but I think he will be even better once he has had a spell.” Zee Dana is part owned by Manly fullback Brett Stewart and he is enjoying his first foray into harness racing.  If Zee Dana does compete in the Ready2Run Stakes at Menangle, Stewart was hoping to be trackside to watch the two year old compete but will need clearance from coach Geoff Toovey with Manly set to play the Raiders in Canberra the following day. Another quality youngster being aimed towards the Gr. 3 event is the Steve Harris trained Boundtobemad.  Harris got the opportunity to train the filly after original trainer Dean Cernovskis made his annual journey north to campaign a team of horses in Queensland during the winter carnival. “She was a nice filly and understandably her owners wanted her to be aimed towards the Breeders Challenge and the Ready2Run race at Menangle, her part owner Troy Saddler lives in Wagga so I suggested he send her to Steve Harris,” Cernovskis said. “Dave Reichstein took her down to Wagga for me for her first start and we weren’t expecting her to do too much but she ran a really good race, she was very green and was still learning so Steve has done a great job with her.” Harris took over the filly’s preparation after her debut effort and the daughter of Sportswriter has blossomed culminating in a Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge placing. “Since I’ve had Boundtobemad she has just continued to improve, I was very proud of her at Menangle in the Breeders Challenge,” Harris said. While the Ready2Run Stakes will be a target for Harris he is looking forward to seeing the filly win her first race. “I’d be happy to win an ordinary two year old race with her, we’ll definitely have a look at the Ready2Run Stakes though and the longer distance will be right up her alley. “She is a very tall filly but racy with it, I think she is going to improve with a bit of time and especially once she fills out into her frame.” Harris prepared youngsters for last year’s Ready2Run Sale and will be looking to have more horses in the sale later this year. “I only have a small team of racehorses at the moment but there are a lot of young ones here and I will be having a few for the Ready2Run Sale for sure.”    The Ready2Run Sale this year will be conducted on Sunday 6th December at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Greg Hayes

With two months of the harness racing season remaining, the national driver’s premiership title is up for grabs with several contenders still in the mix. Leading the way is Victorian based reinsman Greg Sugars with 200 wins on the board and he holds a two win lead over Queensland based Shane Graham. Fellow Victorians Gavin Lang (189) and Nathan Jack (183) sit next and well within striking distance. Sugars landed his 200th winner on Saturday at Shepparton aboard the Leigh Miles prepared Be Good Juddy. Last season, Sugars finished third behind Chris Alford (298) and Amanda Turnbull (219) with 218 winners. Graham finished 12th with 164 winners. Double century seasons are nothing new for Sugars who has now surpassed the mark in five of the last six seasons. His highest tally of wins in a single season came in the 2012/13 term with 258 victories. Graham is yet to register a double century season. He has posted ten century seasons previously. Interestingly, star Kiwi reinsman Dexter Dunn registered his 200th winner on Friday night at Forbury Park when successful behind Give Me Strength. It is the fourth time he has reached that figure in a season with his best tally, 220 in the 2010-11 season. He has also 199 wins in two seasons. He won 206 in NZ last season. The final two months of the season in Australia offers plenty of feature racing, this weekend, the rich Vicbred Super Series Finals at TABCORP Park, Melton take place while the opening night of the winter carnival gets underway in Brisbane at Albion Park. Both Sugars and Graham will figure prominently. This is a race that looks set to go right down to the wire, so strap yourself in and follow the action closely in the months of July and August. Chris Barsby

“They’ll know he’s in the race,” said Chiltern harness racing trainer Peter Romero of his stable star Wingara, who heads into next Saturday night’s three-year-old colts and geldings Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final in winning form. Wingara was a brilliant semi-final winner tonight at Tabcorp Park Melton, rating 1:57.3 with Nathan Jack in the cart over 2240m. The son of American sire Dawn Ofa New Day out of Bobydeane finished 6.5 metres ahead of The Culture (Matthew Craven) after working to the front early from gate six before reeling off splits of 31.9secs, 29.3secs, 27.7secs and 27.9secs. Polemarker Justbritell, who has had a cracking season, ran third, while Mister Wickham worked hard in the run but held on well for fourth. "He's done a good job. He's a professional and he's got gate speed, as Nathan said," Romero said. "The barrier draw will be important." New Zealand star Follow The Stars was impressive winning the other three-year-old boys’ semi for superstar trainer Mark Purdon, defeating New South Wales Derby winner Menin Gate and Victoria Derby hero Menin Gate in one of the strongest Futurity semis you’ll ever see. Follow The Stars’ mile rate was 1:56.2, out-sprinting his rivals in the straight. Click here for a full list of Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series semi-final results Cody Winnell  

The harness racing breeding industry in Australasia has always been a hard place for young colonial stallions to establish themselves and with the advent of shuttle stallions and frozen semen it has become even harder in the last 15 years. One who is just starting out is Tintin In America 1:53.2 $934,305 who has two year olds on the track this season in both Australia and New Zealand. As you would expect in todays competitive market the son of McArdle has struggled to attract mares to his court and his crops to date have been small to put it mildly. In Australia Tintin In America has just 15 two year olds and has had three starters this season for two winners to date. The best of those is the smart filly Just Wantano who took out the $15,000 Kindergarten Stakes Final at Globe Derby in a 2:00.7 mile rate for the 1800 metres. Of note is that the other winner in Australia by Tintin In America in Aussie Vista is also a filly. In New Zealand where he stood at Nevele R Stud, Tintin In America has had 32 two year olds to represent him this season. He has had five qualifiers to date and one starter in New Zealand in American Flybye who won her only start to date. One of the qualifiers is Dame Puissant who qualified at Ashburton in December last year in 2:00.5 and is now in Perth, Western Australia. A nice second first up where the winner went 1:56.8, Dame Puissant won her only other start and looks very promising. Another one of the Kiwi bred two year olds to make his way to Australia is Zee Dana. Sold by Greg Payne at the Ready To Run sale last December at Menangle for a hefty $71,000, Zee Dana made his long awaited Australian debut at Bendigo yesterday from the Amanda Turnbull barn with Nathan Jack in the bike. Sent straight to the front by Nathan, Zee Dana just brained them by 27 metres in a 1:57.3 mile rate for the 1650 metres with closing sectionals of 56.8 and 28 and appeared to do it with plenty in reserve. So considering the number of mares he served and the quality of most of those mares, Tintin In America has made a good fist of his debut season with horses on the track. The way both his fillies and colts are going it wouldn't be a surprise if he served his biggest books in both Australia and New Zealand in the upcoming breeding season. Harnesslink Media

Four-year-old harness racing mares will do battle in the second heat of their Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series at Bendigo tomorrow night.   Queen of the Pacific runner-up Berisari will be favourite in the six-horse field after snaring gate one for Nathan Jack and Emma Stewart.   Tasmanian Barynya is tipped to run a mighty race from gate three for John Caldow and Dick Eaves after her last-start win at Tabcorp Park Melton.   Other mares in this heat are Sweet Kisses for trainer John Nicholson and reinsman Zac Phillips in barrier two, the consistent Quick Draft from the David Aiken camp for Josh Aiken in barrier four, Charlie Wootton-trained Madison Louise in barrier five for Emmett Brosnan and Blitzsuzy for Hopetoun Park’s Ross and Greg Sugars out of gate six.   Cody Winnell

Harness racing trainer Amanda Turnbull is thrilled after snaring a couple of plum barriers for next Saturday’s Harness Jewels meeting at Ashburton. Turnbull’s four-year-old mare Just Cala, racing as Cala, has come up with barrier two in the 4YO Diamond, while Glenferrie Bronte has secured gate four in the 3YO Diamond for fillies. “We were pretty lucky with both of them,” Turnbull said. “I can’t wait now to get over there.” Partner Nathan Jack will drive Glenferrie Bronte and Turnbull will pilot Just Cala herself on Jewels Day. The news out of the barrier draws wasn’t as positive for connections of three-year-old gelding Burnaholeinmypocket, who pulled gate nine – outside the front line. “It’s not good news,” said trainer Andy Gath. “But it is what it is. We appreciate the opportunity to go over there and compete. It’ll still be a good experience for the horse and we'll all have a good time over there. “He can go around in a C1 heat in Victoria next week, which are run regularly, or he can go over there and run in the Jewels. … It’s a great opportunity.” Meanwhile, Blake Fitzpatrick-trained trotter Valerie has got barrier three in the 4YO Ruby Trot and Shane Tritton-trained Salty Robyn will start from barrier three for reinswoman Lauren Panella in the 2YO Emerald. Click here for Harness Jewels final fields CODY WINNELL COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA MANAGER

As the curtain falls on the harness racing career of one of Emma Stewart’s high-class mares in Victoria Oaks winner Beauty Secret, the Smythes Creek trainer has another one whose star is very much on the rise. Four-year-old Berisari has won all three of her assignments this preparation, including a last-start 3.5-metre triumph over Bettor Downunder in the Angelique Club Cup at Melton last Friday night. On Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton the daughter of Safari will be having her 20th race start and be shooting for an 11th victory in the $100,000 Group 1 Pegasus Club Queen of the Pacific over 2760 metres. “She’s in great form,” driver Nathan Jack said. “She’s a real professional. We haven’t had to get serious with her yet this time. We haven’t had to pull the plugs but she’s beaten plenty of good ones. She’s really in the zone.” Berisari has drawn barrier four in Saturday night’s mares’ classic, a field of 12 to go around in the stand start race. “The stand start is the query, but she’s a laid-back mare and she’s in a good camp,” Jack said. Berisari opened $3 with TAB fixed odds but quickly trimmed into $2.7, while odds-on favourite Frith has eased from her opening quote of $1.75 to $1.85. Reigning race champion Gumdrops will be an outsider on Saturday night but has been specked in early fixed odds betting. Beauty Secret, meanwhile, goes out a 24-time winner from 56 starts, the daughter of Armbro Operative/Secret Life having earned connections $425,921 during a glistening racing career. VIDEO: Beauty Secret’s 2012 Nevele R Stud Victoria Oaks Final victory at Tabcorp Park Melton VIDEO: Berisari winning last week’s Angelique Club Cup at Tabcorp Park Melton ODDS: TAB's fixed odds market for Pegasus Club Queen of the Pacific CODY WINNELL COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA MANAGER

Every Queensland harness racing fan remembers the deeds of Be Good Johnny. In fact, most involved in harness racing know the name of Be Good Johnny. A dual Miracle Mile champion who amassed more than a million dollars during a highly decorated career from the stables of John McCarthy. He was a true modern day great. Now, there’s another pacer that carries a similar name that could be headed to sunny Queensland for the winter carnival features during the month of July at Albion Park. His name is Oh Jonny B Good. A New Zealand bred colt now based in the stables of outstanding couple Amanda Turnbull and Nathan Jack at their Shepparton base. The Mach Three – Maikona three-year-old created a huge impression when successful first-up at Bendigo on May 12 when he scored by an ever expanding margin and created a new track for 2150m with a mile rate of 1;54.9. In many ways, his speed that night brought back memories of Be Good Johnny. Now connections are looking at their feature race options. Oh Jonny B Good starts again this Saturday night at TABCORP Park, Melton in the Bourne Bathroom and Kitchen Centre Final but where he heads after that is unknown. But options seem endless. “We’re still in the mix with the New Zealand Jewels because he currently ranked 16th and if things fall our way, we would definitely head back because we already have Glenferrie Bronte and Just Cala heading over. If we don’t make the cut off, the Queensland Derby looms as a logical target for him.” Jack said. The Gr.1 $NZ150,000 KPMG Private Enterprise Emerald will be staged at Ashburton on Saturday May 30. The Queensland winter carnival offers plenty including the Gr.1 $150,000 Queensland Derby on July 18, the Gr.1 $100,000 Nursery Fly on July 4 and the Gr.3 $40,000 Gold Coast Derby on July 11. “It’s nice to have options and Queensland definitely makes strong appeal, I don’t think we could do both trips but it’s unlikely we’ll make the field for the Jewels in New Zealand so Queensland is looking likely at this stage. He’s got to hold his form because it won’t be easy up there. When he first arrived we weren’t overly impressed but as it turns out, he’s just a really bad track worker because he was excellent winning first-up and there should be further improvement to come from him. If New Zealand doesn’t eventuate, we’ll look at the E K Bray Country Clubs Cups series next before heading north to Brisbane. He’s a nice horse in the making and his form in New Zealand backs that up, he’s raced some of their best over there and performed well so we’re prepared to give him his chance.” Currently, Nathan Jack sits third on the Victorian Drivers Premiership with 146 victories while Amanda Turnbull is ranked fifth on the Victorian Trainers Premiership 53 winners. With Amanda still driving regularly in her home state of New South Wales for her father Steve, she is ranked second in the driver’s premiership with 89 winners. by Chris Barsby

Talented harness racing star Berisari continued her rise to the top with an impressive victory at Tabcorp Park Melton last night.   Making her debut against open class mares, Berisari scored an impressive win with Nathan Jack in the cart.   After trailing the pacemaker, Bettor Downunder, Berisari finished swiftly along the sprint lane to complete a three-and-a-half metre win from the leader.   The Good Times – a stablemate of the winner – was a metre away third.   Completing a hat-trick in the process, the daughter of Safari rated 1:57.7 for the 2240 metres.   Thrilled with the four-year-old’s performance, trainer Emma Stewart believes Berisari is primed for a highly successful campaign.   “She showed she was up with the best of her age last season and has come back in sensation form this time around,” Stewart said. “We couldn’t be happier with the way she is going.   “She was only beaten a short half-head in last year’s Sires’ Final and that will be her main target this time in.   “She is a wonderful mare, which should continue to get better with racing and age.”   Paul Courts

Freelance Shepparton reinsman Nathan Jack enjoyed a great night at Tuesday’s harness racing meeting at Bendigo, finishing the night with four winners on the eight-event card, including two for partner Amanda Turnbull, one for father Russell and another for Flora Hill trainer Dylan Marshall.   Artistic Fella/Seductress gelding Mylightningfella trained at the family complex at Lemnos by Russell, opened the night's proceedings by taking the Hip Pocket Workwear 3-Y-0 Vicbred Pace over 1650 metres.   A winner on debut at Echuca on August 14 last year, Mylightningfella hadn’t appeared since.   Beginning swiftly from gate five to lead, Mylightningfella was restrained to take a trail on Jetstar Lombo (gate three) shortly after the start, before receiving the run of the race.   Using the sprint lane, Mylightningfella ($7) was able to gain the day over the pacemaker in a slick 1-56.4, with Part Time Paradise (three back the markers – four wide home turn) third.   Next to arrive was Dylan Marshall’s Kiwi bred six year old Christian Cullen/Countess Caroline mare Mrs Devine in the Dunlop & Pitson Earthmoving Pace Final for C1 class over 1650 metres.   An eye-catching second to Flying McPocket in her heat on May 3, Mrs Devine ($15.40) was sent forward from gate six to park outside Flying McPocket on this occasion, outstaying her rivals to register a 2.6-metre victory over another heat winner Antiquities (one/one) and the weakening Flying McPocket in a rate of 1-56.4.   There were huge wraps on Amanda Turnbull’s Mach Three/Maikona colt Oh Jonny B Good in the All Seasons Hotel Pace (1st division) for C1 class over 2150 metres which was justified by a most impressive victory in a sizzling mile rate of 1-54.9.   First up since March after crossing The Tasman, Oh Jonny B Good ($1.30) raced by some high profile Goulburn Valley residents along with Amanda’s mum Jenny, led virtually throughout from gate four to treat his rivals with contempt, winning by 23.5 metres untouched from Times A Bonus which did plenty of work in the breeze after going forward from the extreme draw, with Tennaya third after trailing the winner.   Former NSW Oaks winner Shes A Runner ($1.30) a four year old daughter of Jeremes Jet and Runacullen first up since May last year and first up for the Amanda Turnbull stable, had nothing more than a “stroll in the park” to land the Evolve Accounting Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1650 metres.   Taking a mares concession, Shes A Runner starting from the extreme draw settled three back in the moving line, with polemarker Master Mach Manus leading for veteran Bendigonian Brian Gath.   Going forward in the last lap, Shes A Runner  showing a brilliant burst of speed led on the final bend, before racing away to score by 10.1 metres in advance of Master Mach Manus and Our Leo from last in a rate of 1-55.9.   Local Junortoun trainer Danny Beriman combined with Glen Park reinsman Zac Steenhuis to capture the Worlds Best Hoof Oil Concessional Drivers Pace for C0 class over 1650 metres with Anna Blue, a Santanna Blue Chip/Polo One 4-Y-0 mare which broke her maiden status at start number 32.   Leading out from gate two before handing over to a running Gunbalunya (gate three), Anna Blue finished best along the sprint lane to record a 4.5 metre victory in 1-57.8 over Gunbalunya and Space Keeper which raced in the open.   Bolinda’s Kari Males snared the Springvale Stud Vicbred Trotters Handicap for T0 & T1 class over 2150 metres with 5-Y-0 Sundon/Vicki Vale gelding Sunnyvale Comet.   Beginning brilliantly from 10 metres to lead, Sunnyvale Comet ran his rivals ragged to score by 10 metres from Girls Go First (one/three – three wide last lap) and Tella Tall Tale which faced the breeze from the bell.   The mile rate 2-04.3.   Leading trainer Emma Stewart’s Rock N Roll Heaven/All The Magic filly Rocknroll Magic was a convincing winner of the Bendigo Party Hire 2-Y-0 Pace over 1650 metres, much to the delight of loyal stable clients the Cameron boys and partners.   With Gavin Lang in the sulky, Rocknroll Magic was restrained from a solo inside second line draw and as soon a s the speed slackened, was off and running to park outside the leader Diamond Jasper (gate three).   Always travelling smoothly, Rocknroll Magic recorded a soft four metre margin on the wire over the pacemaker and Kenfury Lass in a mile rate of 1-59.6.   Mitchell Park (Ballarat) part-owner/trainer Craig Knowles was successful with five year old Aces N Sevens/Cornelia Lombo gelding Seven And A Half who chalked up his 10th victory in 51 outings when greeting the judge in the Scoe Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2150 metres.   Taken back to the tail of the field from outside the front line with Cardon Merger flying away from gate five to lead, Seven And A Half was set alight by Neil McCallum mid-race to park outside the pacemaker for the final circuit.   In a strong staying performance, Seven And A Half strode clear halfway up the running and just lasted in a tight photo to stall off Melita Bromac (one/one) in a tricky finish, with the heavily supported polemarker Qtown Rip Roaring using the sprint lane off the back of the leader to finish third 1.9 metres away.   - HRV Media

Andy Gath trained a treble and his wife Kate drove all of them at yesterdays harness racing meeting at Charlton on a big day for the Long Forest husband and wife team.   True Stride (a two-year-old son of Christian Cullen/Gina Falcon), Abetta Tiny Dancer (a three-year-old filly by Bettors Delight out of Laurel Franco) and Party Boy (a four-year-old gelding by Bettors Delight out of We Love To Party) all won for Team Gath.   Abetta Tiny Dancer was impressive on debut in the Cricket Club Hotel 3YO Pace over 2100 metres.   Starting from the second row, the filly was given plenty of time to balance up for Kate Gath, settling towards the rear of the main division – with Prince Of Zanzibar the trailer after making an early break. At the bell Abetta Tiny Dancer eased three-wide and commenced her run.   But it was only upon navigating the last bend that Abetta Tiny Dancer really stamped her authority, rounding up the leaders quickly and finishing well for a four-metre win over Give Me Fifty, who ran an improved race for Keith Cotchin and Amanda Turnbull into second, with Box Lu Cove third for Glenn Douglas.   The debutant winner rated 2:00.7.   Party Boy resumed in the Charlton & District Community Bank Pace and was sent out at unbackable odds of $1.10 from barrier four.   Last time in Party Boy looked a serious racehorse in the making with three straight triumphs before being sent for a spell after an out-of-character run at Cranbourne when something was obviously awry.   But the impressive son of Bettors Delight bounced straight back today, rating 2:00.5 (last half 58.1secs) to win by 2.4 metres over a bold Jay Dee Zed, who is nearing another win, with early speedster Splendid Choice poking through for a well-beaten third placing.   True Stride opened the program with a five-metre win in the Natasa Dean 2YO Pace over the mile, the winner posting a 1:59.2 mile rate in defeating Swift Fantasy and Dallas Nikolay.   Other winners on today’s card were Karkarook and Indiana Angel, who brought up a double for trainer John Hallam and reinsman Nathan Jack, Cudgee Boy for Wayne Maher and Neil McCallum, Super Lenny for Keith and Rodney Pratt and Pink Diamond Lombo for Max Jardine and Greg Sugars.   Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria

At his 10th country cup start this season, Road To Rock won his second trophy.   The Keith Cotchin trained seven-year-old edged out Macho Comacho in a thrilling finish to Saturday night’s Renown Silverware Ararat Pacing Cup – adding the victory to his feature race CV alongside his St Arnaud Cup triumph earlier this season.   The gelded son of Village Jasper/Diva La Diva ran to the front after Macho Comacho and Ardle McArdle both held interim leads early.   Ardle McArdle stepped strongly from seven to tackle early leader Macho Comacho out of three, working to the front when Macho Comacho galloped.   Macho Comacho (Chris Alford) quickly got back into stride and hooked off the markers to retake control at the head of affairs, Nathan Jack then seizing the initiative to grab the front aboard Road To Rock when Macho Comacho slowed, which pocketed Ardle McArdle (Amanda Turnbull) three-pegs.   Reigning Ararat Cup winner Savesomtimetodream with Jodi Quinlan aboard then made his move to work to the breeze, giving 2013 Ararat Cup winner Jukebox Music (Glenn Douglas) one-one cover.   Kotare Roland (Neil McCallum) was four-back the markers, Weallwantano (Matthew Craven) on his back, with Turnpike Cruiser (Zac Phillips), Hilltop Hustler (Michael Stanley) and Farmersntradies (Michael Sullivan) in the running line, while Narra Operative (Kerryn Manning) was second-last and Arber (Gavin Lang) made an uncharacteristic bad getaway and settled at the back of the field.   Road To Rock comfortably navigated the opening half of the last mile (31.4 and 30.4 for a 61.8 half) before Jack upped the ante when challenged by Savesomtimetodream down the back.   Road To Rock was still travelling well to the home turn though, shaking off the reigning champ’s challenge with a 28.8 third split.   In the home straight Macho Comacho angled into the sprint lane and charged hard, while Hilltop Hustler and Ardle McArdle were winding up out wide.   But the leader dug deep, Road To Rock holding off all the challengers to score a victory by a head over Macho Comacho, with Hilltop Hustler up for third beaten 3.5 metres.   The winner got home in 29.2 for a 2:02.9 mile rate (last half 58).   Ardle McArdle ran fourth while Kotare Roland showed he was working back into some kind of form with an eye-catching fifth beaten 7.5 metres.   Savesomtimetodream weakened out of the action late to finish sixth beaten 8.2 metres, with Weallwantano heading up the rest in seventh place.   Earlier in the evening father and son Neville and Clinton Welsh combined for victory in the Clive Reid Memorial Ararat Trotters Cup with consistent six-year-old Sundon/Wheels To Go gelding Wildenstein, who led and rated 2:07.2 for the 2570-metre trip.   Wildenstein defeated Death Defying by 3.3 metres with Maorisfavouritesun third.   Meanwhile, trainer Emma Stewart and reinsman Gavin Lang combined with Our Petite Soeur to take out the Angelique Club Vicbred Platinum Mares Sprint Championship (18th heat) by 2.3m over So Demanding with Graceful Affair third.   ROAD TO ROCK’S COUNTRY CUPS RECORD Ararat Cup 1st Echuca Cup 3rd Boort Cup 4th Wangaratta Cup 2nd Stawell Cup 2nd Gunbower Cup 2nd St Arnaud Cup 1st Maryborough Cup 6th Kilmore Cup 8th Swan Hill Cup 2nd   Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria    

At his 10th country cup start this season Road To Rock won his second harness racing trophy. The Keith Cotchin trained seven-year-old edged out Macho Comacho in a thrilling finish to Saturday night’s Renown Silverware Ararat Pacing Cup – adding the victory to his feature race CV alongside his St Arnaud Cup triumph earlier this season. The gelded son of Village Jasper/Diva La Diva ran to the front after Macho Comacho and Ardle McArdle both held interim leads early. Ardle McArdle stepped strongly from seven to tackle early leader Macho Comacho out of three, working to the front when Macho Comacho galloped. Macho Comacho (Chris Alford) quickly got back into stride and hooked off the markers to retake control at the head of affairs, Nathan Jack then seizing the initiative to grab the front aboard Road To Rock when Macho Comacho slowed, which pocketed Ardle McArdle (Amanda Turnbull) three-pegs. Reigning Ararat Cup winner Savesomtimetodream with Jodi Quinlan aboard then made his move to work to the breeze, giving 2013 Ararat Cup winner Jukebox Music (Glenn Douglas) one-one cover. Kotare Roland (Neil McCallum) was four-back the markers, Weallwantano (Matthew Craven) on his back, with Turnpike Cruiser (Zac Phillips), Hilltop Hustler (Michael Stanley) and Farmersntradies (Michael Sullivan) in the running line, while Narra Operative (Kerryn Manning) was second-last and Arber (Gavin Lang) made an uncharacteristic bad getaway and settled at the back of the field. Road To Rock comfortably navigated the opening half of the last mile (31.4 and 30.4 for a 61.8 half) before Jack upped the ante when challenged by Savesomtimetodream down the back. Road To Rock was still travelling well to the home turn though, shaking off the reigning champ’s challenge with a 28.8 third split. In the home straight Macho Comacho angled into the sprint lane and charged hard, while Hilltop Hustler and Ardle McArdle were winding up out wide. But the leader dug deep, Road To Rock holding off all the challengers to score a victory by a head over Macho Comacho, with Hilltop Hustler up for third beaten 3.5 metres. The winner got home in 29.2 for a 2:02.9 mile rate (last half 58). Ardle McArdle ran fourth while Kotare Roland showed he was working back into some kind of form with an eye-catching fifth beaten 7.5 metres. Savesomtimetodream weakened out of the action late to finish sixth beaten 8.2 metres, with Weallwantano heading up the rest in seventh place. Earlier in the evening father and son Neville and Clinton Welsh combined for victory in the Clive Reid Memorial Ararat Trotters Cup with consistent six-year-old Sundon/Wheels To Go gelding Wildenstein, who led and rated 2:07.2 for the 2570-metre trip. Wildenstein defeated Death Defying by 3.3 metres with Maorisfavouritesun third. Meanwhile, trainer Emma Stewart and reinsman Gavin Lang combined with Our Petite Soeur to take out the Angelique Club Vicbred Platinum Mares Sprint Championship (18th heat) by 2.3m over So Demanding with Graceful Affair third. >> Re-live Road To Rock's thrilling Renown Silverware Ararat Pacing Cup win ROAD TO ROCK’S COUNTRY CUPS CARNIVAL Ararat Cup 1st Echuca Cup 3rd Boort Cup 4th Wangaratta Cup 2nd Stawell Cup 2nd Gunbower Cup 2nd St Arnaud Cup 1st Maryborough Cup 6th Kilmore Cup 8th Swan Hill Cup 2nd by Cody Winnell

Former Kiwi five year old Monarchy/Rob The Nest gelding Just Leave (Nathan Jack) was gigantic in winning the Betta Home Living Cohuna Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2190 metres at the Shepparton trots on Tuesday March 31.   Stepping cleanly from 20 metres to settle nice and handy with Kains Boy jumping straight to the front from barrier four before surrendering to the Kari Males trained Secret Kiss which started outside the front line, Just Leave went into a wild gallop shortly after the start appearing to put himself out of business.   Gradually making up the lost ground to be last in the running line at the bell, Just Leave trailed the 30 metre backmarker Just Call Me Earl forward three wide in the final circuit before making the home turn very wide.   Producing a brilliant turn of speed on straightening, Just Leave charged down the outside of the track to record a runaway 3 metre victory over the pacemaker in a mile rate of 2-05, with Kains Boy holding down third after a cosy trip.   Raced by former Kilmore trucking magnate Jack Knight, Just Leave trained at Avenel by Wayne Potter had recorded three wins since crossing the Tasman.   The wraps were huge on beautifully bred first starter Showgun Thomas in the Betta Home Living Mansfield 2-Y-0 Pace over 1690 metres, however the gelded son of Bettors Delight and Forest Charm could manage only third behind the all the way victor Casino Tommy.   Trained and driven by Kilmore’s Robbie Walters, John Street North/Casino Princess gelding Casino Tommy began brilliantly from gate three to lead throughout in a mile rate of 2-02.6, defeating Combined Interest from last by 2.5 metres. Showgun Thomas (one/one – three wide home turn) was a neck away in third place.   Local Lemnos trainer/driver Mark Pitt provided a shock result to the Betta Home Living Finley 3-Y-0 Pace over 2190 metres, when Village Jolt/Our Beebee Pocket gelding To The Rescue greeted the judge in a mile rate of 1-59.6 at Supertab odds of $38.60.   Leading out from the pole, To The Rescue was restrained to allow the heavily backed Three Mugs In (gate five) to take over giving him the run of the race.   Using the sprint lane, To The Rescue finished best to score by a head from a death-seating Yankee Strutter, with Three Mugs In 2.7 metres away in third place.   Shepparton (Lemnos) partners Amanda Turnbull and Nathan Jack combined to land the Betta Home Living Echua Eureka Series (Heat 4) for C0 class over 2190 metres with Lis Mara/Gee Cam five year old entire Last Issue.   Pushing through from gate three on the second line to receive a lovely one/one passage, Jack not happy with the tempo sent Last Issue forward to take over from Blazing Orion at the bell and was never headed, winning by an easy 14.8 metres in advance of Tragic (three back the markers) and Blazing Orion which trailed the winner after crossing Ok Why Me prior to the bell. The mile rate 1-59.1.   Four year old Real Desire/Live Love Laugh gelding Hazpazzaz brought up two wins in a row when successful in the Betta Home Living Seymour Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1690 metres in a brilliant rate of 1-55.   Trained at Sunbury by Justin Livingstone for the Livingstone family, Hazpazzaz driven by Brian Gath starting from the extreme draw spent most of the race at the rear of the field, with NSW visitor Peking Duck (David Moran for Kim Hillier) assuming control running into the first turn.   Still a “mile” off the leaders on turning, Happazzaz weaving in-between runners sprouted wings halfway up the running to blouse the pacemaker by a nose in a tricky finish, with Glenferrie College (one/four – five wide home turn) a half neck away in third place.   The Betta Home Living Deniliquin Pace Final for C1 class which qualified in the heats held the previous Thursday, went the way of heat winner Nothings Final for Undera trainer Glenn Freeman and Avenel based reinsman Mark Pitt.   Given a sweet trip one/one from gate two on the second line following the favourite Indiana Angel (gate two) also a heat winner which shadowed another heat winner in Magic Moment Lombo (gate three), Nothings Final was eased three wide on turning and ran home strongly to register a neck victory over a game Indiana Angel and Tennaya along the sprint lane off the back of the leader.   The  mile rate a slick 1-55.9.   A five year old gelded son of P B Bullville and Timid Lady, Nothings Final has fronted the starter on 52 occasions for 10 wins.   Bendigo (Junortoun) owner/trainer Gary Donaldson has a terrific percentage ratio and landed the Betta Home Living Kyabram Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2190 metres with consistent six year old Art Major/My Gentle Persuasion gelding Bazzas Art in a rate of 1-59.   Driven by Melton based Zac Phillips, Bazzas Art was eased to the tail of the field from gate six, with polemarker Philtra Phella leading out before being crossed by  Stormed Out, while the hot favourite Smo coming off a second in the recent Echuca Cup was trapped on a limb from gate five before going forward to join the pacemaker.   Gaining a beaut ride home three wide on the back of Riseandriseagain in the final circuit, Bazzas Art cruised up to Smo which had led on turning in the straight, before coasting to the wire 5.8 metres ahead of Forbidden Forest (one/one) after working out of gate four, with Smo weakening to finish 2 metres away in third place.   The mile rate 1-59.1.   Punters went home on a much needed happy note when smart Bettors Delight/Dont Answer That filly Morton Plains trained at Shelbourne (Bendigo) by Larry Eastman scored in the Betta Home Living Cobram Pace for C1 class over 2190 metres.   Driven by Chris Alford, Morton Plains a stablemate of Victoria Derby winner Menin Gate raced in the same interests was first up since mid-January and raced in the open from gate four throughout.   Surging past the leader Bright And Sonny approaching the home turn, Morton Plains ($1.70) although under pressure kept on giving and giving to the wire, scoring by a half head only  in 1-58.7 over Just Knew (one/two) and The Pix (one/three).   Len Baker - Courtesy of Harness Racing Victoria

Smudge Bromac scored a superb triumph in tonight’s harness racing Moama Bowling Club Echuca Pacing Cup. Driven by Nathan Jack and trained by David Aiken, Smudge Bromac (a nine-year-old entire by Falcon Seelster out of Sabrina Bromac) sat parked for the last lap but still had 1.1 metres on runner-up Smo (Laura Crossland, $59.50) at the finish, with Road To Rock (John Caldow, $4.20) third. Smudge Bromac, who started from behind the 20m tape in the 2530m race, rated 1:58.6. The victory was one of two for Jack on the night, his other driving success coming aboard unbeaten Wingara in Race 3. by Cody Winnell

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