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Following his Oberon Cup win James Dean, from KerryAnn Turner’s stable, was being prepared with Orange Harness Racing Club’s Carnival of Cups in mind and harness racing driver Robbie Morris confirmed the champion is still set to run. Morris, who called James Dean a “C5/M2 graded, honest, little horse who came out of New Zealand”, confirmed the Oberon Cup winner is primed to front in February 10’s Banjo Paterson feature race at Towac Park. That’s just one of the races set for February 10 with a number of other finals to be run, the heats are being hosted in this Sunday’s Family Day. “The owners contacted me......and they decided to bring him over here to me which is great because it’s not often horses like that land in your lap. Previously he has been a first emergency in the New Zealand Cup,” Morrish told Orange Harness Racing Club. “He is racing in the Goulburn Cup on Monday (February 4) then up to Orange for the Banjo.  “He has two straight wins under his belt heading into Monday’s race in Goulburn.” And Robbie’s thoughts on James Dean racing on the unique grass track at Towac Park? “It’s something different. James Dean has previously run on the grass in New Zealand recording a slick mile rate of 1.55,” Morrish said. “It's just people’s perception of the grass. It's actually quiet smooth and everyone has to run on the same surface on the day.” Sunday’s Family Day kicks off at 12pm at Orange’s Towac Park. By Matt Findlay Reprinted with permission of the Central Western Daily

A plan hatched over a month ago to target a rich New South Wales Riverina race saw one of the most spine-tingling harness racing performances seen at Leeton by a two-year-old, on Tuesday night. Young successful harness racing duo David Moran and Laura Crossland headed from their Shepparton base to travel nearly four hours up the highway to Leeton for the $30,000 Breeders Plate Group 3 this week with their unbeaten youngster The Tiger Army (Sportswriter-Scottish Glamour (Elsu). And the colt didn’t let them down with a phenomenal display of his ability. “My heart was racing when we got tangled up with a few of the other horses just after the start and lost valuable ground, but he’s such a lovely horse he just wanted to win,” driver Crossland said. Settling near the rear of the field after the skirmish and at least 50 metres off the lead, Crossland gradually made up her ground to move three wide approaching the bell. “I wasn’t really concerned because he still felt full of running,” she said. Crossland simply changed gears down the back straight and in the blink of an eye The Tiger Army launched wide and dashed to the front to score an unbelievable win. “We actually sat down with the owners after winning the first two-year-old event of the season at Maryborough on December 21 and it was tossed around that we might target the Breeders Plate,” she said. “Then when we won at Kilmore about a fortnight later it was unanimous that we head to Leeton for the series.” After a heat win of the rich series on January 11, it was a confident “army” of followers who travelled to watch the final. The Tiger Army (known as Frank the Tank) has a perfect record of four starts for four wins for over $29,000. And there’s an opportunity to purchase his Captaintreacherous half-brother at the Melbourne APG sale on Sunday (lot 115). Crossland, Moran and some stable owners ventured to last year’s sale after looking over the catalogue. “The ones we picked out were going for too much money,” Crossland said. “One of our owners, Peter Lawlor, and David were looking out the back where some were waiting to be paraded into the sale ring, and thankfully, spotted a Sportswriter colt (The Tiger Army) bred by Lauriston Bloodstock. “Then when he came out into the ring, he looked amazing, so we ended up with him for about $16,000.” Crossland said The Tiger Army was like a seasoned horse from day one and was broken in by experienced horseman Doc Wilson, of Ardmona. “He’s just perfect.  He doesn’t wear a headcheck, he’s in an open bridle and no knee boots,” she said. “In the early days he wanted to get up and go a bit too much, but when he settled down, we knew he would make an early two-year-old.” The rising star is now taking a well-earnt spell before his next campaign is mapped out. “It’s really exciting. He’s eligible for all the feature series and with some natural improvement, we are sure there’s fun times ahead,” Crossland said. His race name seemed reasonably obvious, but just to clarify... Sure enough, the majority of the owners are Richmond Football Club supporters in the Australian Football League competition. But in a strange twist, David and Peter - the two who picked out the pacer- barrack for Essendon (known as the Bombers). So surely, in recognition of their uncanny ability to select a good one, it could have carried the name of an Essendon star like Daniher, Fantasia, Saad or Heppell. “That was never going to happen. It just had to have something to do with the Tigers and a few of us are now wishing we had opted for ‘Dusty’ in honor of our superstar player Dusty Martin,” Crossland, a staunch Richmond fan, said. The Crossland-Moran team has 12 in work, with several more to come back in the next few weeks. Last season they prepared 61 winners, while this season is also ticking along okay with 17 wins, 15 placings from 40 starters. They use an 800metre track, nearby to the Shepparton Paceway, to prepare their team. Speedy three-year-old Lochinvar Art, who ran a brave third to Muscle Factory in the Victorian Derby Final at Melton last Saturday, is likely to contest the NSW Derby in February-March. *Hoofnote: 3yo filly Vena May (Art Major-Tara Royale (Live Or Die) and 5yo mare Share The Road (TinTin In America-High Tops Hanover (Western Hanover) gave Crossland a training double at Bendigo last night. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Queensland’s best pacer and the state’s current Horse-of-the-Year, Colt Thirty One, will leave Brisbane early next week in his bid to win the 2019  Chariots Of Fire Pace at Sydney’s Tabcorp Park Menangle. The Group One event, which will be run on February 16, is worth $200,000 and is one race that has eluded his trainer and driver, Grant Dixon. It will be a curtain-raiser to the $750,000 Ainsworth Miracle Mile on the same track on March 2. "The horse has come up well even though he has been beaten in his two runs this time in, he will still head south for the 'Chariots' and then he will come straight back to prepare for the Winter Carnival here," Dixon said. Australia’s leading trainer said Tennyson Bromac and Fame Assured could also make the trip south with Colt Thirty One, depending on how they perform in races four and 10 at Albion Park this Saturday night. "At this stage I'll just take Colt Thirty One and see how the others go. He's up to the 'Chariots' field, but I would liked to have him back winning again," Dixon said. "But in saying that I wouldn't be going all that way if I didn't think he was a winning show.” Colt Thirty One resumed from a month's spell with a 10-metre fourth behind Mach Alert at Albion Park on January 19 and then a week later he finished a close-up second behind Slice Of Heaven on the same track. "He's slowly gearing towards peak condition. I've campaigned horses in New South Wales before and he should be spot on come Chariots Of Fire day," said Dixon. The talented son of Mach Three and Charm Personified (by Perfect Art) has now won 23 of his 35 starts and placed in seven others for $453,345. He went 1:53.2 mile rate when winning the Kevin & Kay Seymour Rising Stars Championship C2/3 Final at Albion Park on April 28 last year. That was an appropriate victory considering their company - Solid Earth Pty Ltd, bred and owns Colt Thirty One. Colt Thirty One is seventh of nine foals of out of the 2000 maiden Vanston Hanover mare, Charm personified. His older sister, Charming Allie (by Mr Feelgood) recorded a 1:53.9 mile and won 18 races and $266,329. She also nailed four Group Two races and ran second in the Group One $75,000 Queensland Oaks in 2014. Colt Thirty One won his first Group One at Albion Park on July 15, 2017 when he was too smart in the $100,000 QBRED 2yo Triad Pace. He also won the QBRED 3yo Triad a year later under Group Two conditions. Colt Thirty One also cleaned up a quality Victoria Derby 3yo field at Melton's Tabcorp Park on on January 27 last year. That race was worth $200,000 pocketing his owners a cool $114,000 for that win. He also placed in the Breeders Crown 2 and 3yo Finals in 2017 and 2018. “I’d love to win my first Chariots Of Fire and I reckon I’ve got the horse to do it. He’s come up good,” said Dixon, who works a team of between 70 and 80. Dixon has won Queensland Horse-of-the-Year previously with 2009 Mach Three brown gelding, Majestic Mach (35 wins and $796,397), and 1990 Jeremy Laurence black colt, Jeremy Lee (22 wins and $216,971). "I was working for Dad (Bill) when he trained Speed Ace (1991 Speed King gelding). He was Queensland Horse-of-the-Year as well. He won 15 races ($130,274)," Dixon said. "I'm very proud of Colt Thirty One and we are all hoping he can go on with it on the national stage.”   By Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

It all came down to the perfect run in the $12,000 Garrard’s Horse & Hound Tamworth City Cup for the harness racing locally trained Gottashopearly to take the line honours. Trained at Tamworth by Richard Williams the win proved to be a popular one for the 2018 Tamworth Horse of the Year with Maitland’s Brad Elder handling the reins. He got a perfect run and when I pulled him out, he just let down super like he does,” Elder said. “Richie has done a terrific job with the horse and has really taken him to another level.” Gottashopearly was purchased by Jake Mitchell, Tracey Lee and Josh Lee back in May 2018 and has achieved five wins for his new owners, which included the Psarakis Accounting Marathon back in August 2018 over the 2730 metres. Gottashopearly (Rocknroll Hanover-Saabette) also made the cut off point for the 2018 Inter Dominion before connections elected to send the six-year-old gelding to the paddock for a “freshen up” before the commencement of the Tamworth HRC January racing carnival.  “For a $3000 claimer Richie has done a good job with the horse,” Elder added. For Williams, who set up his stables at Tamworth two years ago after moving from Queensland it was an achievement. “It is a race we have targeted for a while, it is not the richest race in the country but being the Horse of the Year for last season here at Tamworth he (Gottashopearly) deserved to win it so I am happy,” he said.  Gottashopearly's trainer Richard Williams and reinsman Brad Elder “Brad was always the first option on the horse and he has got a terrific strike rate - he just can’t pull the wrong rein.”  Elder has had three drives behind Gottashopearly for three wins! That would be a 100 percent strike rate. “Full credit to the horse and my partner Ashleigh who does a lot of work with the horse as well,” he said. He is frequently driving up the Highway from Maitland to compete at the Tamworth meetings and was last season’s leading reinsman at the club. “It was a pretty good achievement tonight,” he said. “I come up here all the time and it’s good to win a local race with a local horse.”  READ ALSO:  I’m Norma Jean makes most of good fortune to claim Golden Guitar ‘He’s got speed’: Yesnomaybeso fulfils potential in winning Starmaker “When I saw the fields come out and he drew the eight barrier I thought this is not real good as he might get buried but Hedges Avenue (Mitch Faulkner) did alright and kicked up a bit.” From the eight barrier Gottashopearly took the trail throughout the race behind Hedges Avenue from the Ernie Mabbott stables who commenced from the one barrier. With the field racing out of the final turn for home in the 2360m race Elder extricated Gottashopearly out of the inside running line, gaining the lead and coming away with a 3.9m win over Franco Tariq (Nathan Dawson) with Sam’s Cam (Nathan Xuereb) 5.3m away third. “We got out and he came home strong,” Elder said.  There was no luck for race favourite Blackbird Power (Jimmy Brown) from the Gavin Kelly stables who had travelled the long distance from Tapitalee near Nowra, sustaining a flat tyre and being forced to retire from the race a lap from home. “I thought the horse (Gottashopearly) could win but I thought if Blackbird Power got the chair, I thought he would stick like flies to honey and I would never get out but he got a flat tyre,” Elder said. It was a top night for both Williams and Elder. Williams saw his stable “pin up boy” Midnight Montana take out the Tamworth HRC Volunteers Appreciation Pace with Josh Gallagher taking the reins, while Elder also had a driving double, taking out the Tamworth Harness Racing Club Golden Guitar Consolation with Dawn Magic who is trained by his father Darren. By Julie Maughan   Reprinted with permission of The Northern Daily Leader    

Spare Me Days from the Brad Hewitt stable is one of two locally trained harness racing horses engaged in Monday afternoon’s Goulburn Soldiers Club Frank and Edna Day Goulburn Cup. Runner up in the 2016 edition of the cup behind the Dennis Picker trained Condagen, Spare Me Days will be joined by David Hewitt’s Stanley Ross Robyn in an attempt to make it a home town win. The $31,800 Group 3 feature race is scheduled as race seven on an eight race program and has brought together a very even field of fast class pacers. With no standout horses engaged, Spare Me Days looks to have his best chance yet to capture the cup. “It isn’t the strongest Goulburn Cup so he’s a definite chance to win” said trainer Brad Hewitt. Spare Me Days overcame some niggling setbacks before finishing a strong first-up second to Rakaupuka Ruler in the 2240 metres Walla Walla Stakes earlier this month. “I was real happy with his last run” Hewitt said. “He has been good; back on top of things now” Stable mate Stanley Ross Robyn has been a model of consistency since resuming in early December and the 6 year old will be at his top in Monday’s race. Trained by David Hewitt, Stanley Ross Robyn was a close up fourth in the Walla Walla Stakes after working hard to find the lead early in the event. Both of the Hewitt runners have drawn well with Stanley Ross Robyn in gate 3, and Spare Me Days starting alongside in gate 4 following the scratching of the emergency Hollys Miss Molly. While the draws will help the locals, the pair will find strong opposition from the visiting contingent including Inter Dominion campaigner Conviction, the James Rattray performer Pachacuti, and the inform James Dean and Lets Katchmeifucan. Field and comments 1. JAMES DEAN Tr: KerryAnn Turner Dr: Robert Morris Former NZ’er who has won three past four including Menangle 2300m in fast 1:54.9 M/R. Winner Goulburn 2240m in good 1:56.9 M/R, up in class but drawn well and in top form. Will go close. 2. LETS KATCHMEIFUCAN Tr: Bernie Hewitt Dr: Bernie Hewitt Came from well back in Hewitt Memorial 2240m to win with authority two weeks back. Since finished 1.3m 2 nd to James Dean at Bathurst 2260m in 1:56.5 M/R. Up in class but is drawn well and in top form. Hard to beat. 3. STANLEY ROSS ROBYN Tr: David Hewitt Dr: David Hewitt Taken to front last two starts and raced well without winning. Btn 3.1m Rakaupuka Ruler and Spare Me Days in Walla Walla Stakes. Up in grade a little here but near his top after four runs since spell. Will be competitive. 4. SCR 5. SPARE ME DAYS Tr: Brad Hewitt Dr: Brad Hewitt Last win was Group 3 Young Cup Mar 18 when .1 secs outside his track record time. Strong finish in Walla Walla Stakes will have him fitter. Not the strongest Goulburn Cup and with good draw will be hard to beat. 6. LEFT TENNANT Tr: Kerry McDowell Dr: Lachie Manzelmann Huge win this track and distance on December 30 when sat outside leader beating Arma The Gun and Stanley Ross Robyn. Since sixth of 10 at Menangle in 1:51.1 btn 16.2m. Up in class but better suited this distance. A chance. 7. HASGTAG Tr: Craig Cross Dr: David Morris Battled on strongly in Walla Walla Stakes for 1.2m third to Rakaupuka Ruler and Spare Me Days. Since 14.5m eighth of 10 to Tiger Tara at Menangle 1:52.7 mile. Same grade but not drawn well and others look better suited. 8. RAKAROLLA Tr: John McCarthy Dr: Todd McCarthy Good performer at this grade. Beaten 14.3m when 7 th of 10 at Menangle behind Tiger Tara. Raced well in Brisbane before but outside draw will make it difficult. Competitive if he were to slot in without much effort. 9. GOTTASHOPEARLY Tr: Richard Williams Dr: Leigh Sutton Won Thursday night’s Tamworth City Cup but is up in grade here. Drawn behind the one who could lead and with an easy run may sneak a place at big odds. 10. CONVICTION Tr: Steve Turnbull Dr: Amanda Turnbull Raced well in Inter Dominion series Melbourne. Then led & won Melton 2240 in 1:53.5. Since 3m fourth Shirley Turnbull Stakes to Our Triple Play, and 8.2m third Cobram Cup to Buster Brady. Good draw and top chance. 11. GOTTA GO HENRY Tr: Malcom Locke Dr: Jason Grimson Recent winner at Menangle in 1:51.7 and then 12m sixth of 10 to Tiger Tara in 1:52.7 M/R. Draw doesn’t help and looks an outside chance. 12. BLACKBIRD POWER Tr: Gavin Kelly Dr: Jimmy Brown Won Temora Cup beating Mackeral in 1:59.3 M/R. Previously raced well without winning but up in class in this. Poor draw makes his job difficult. 13. PACHACUTI Tr: James Rattray Dr: James Rattray Well performed fast class pacer. Won Menangle November 18, then 12.9m third My Field Marshall Menangle 1:50.9 mile. Since 8.7m fourth of 10 to Tiger Tara in 1:52.7 mile. Strong chance but brought back to field by gate draw. The afternoon also plays host to the $19,080 Hollingworth Crane Hire Service Goulburn Rose, and the Sun Solutions Goulburn Mulwaree Sprint, so an exciting afternoon of harness racing and entertainment is on offer. The Goulburn Club encourages all to make their way to the Goulburn Paceway Monday afternoon to enjoy the talents Goulburn’s own Jamie Agius who will between races throughout the afternoon, mini trotting action, and the display of vintage trucks organized by Convoy For Kids Goulburn charity. “We encourage all to come out to enjoy the day, but to also support the Convoy For Kids Goulburn charity who will collect the $10 entry fee” club secretary Mark Croatto said. Each year the Goulburn Harness Racing Club gets behind a worthwhile cause as part of its charitable purpose. Having supported Goulburn High School and the Goulburn District Hospital in previous years, this season the club committee selected Convoy For Kids to support. “The charity supports local children who are afflicted by cancer, terminal illness, or permanent disabilities; it’s a very important and worthwhile cause, and every cent paid at the gate will be retained by the charity” Croatto said. The afternoon will also have much entertainment for children, and the on-course raffle carries as first prize a 2019 Canberra Raiders jersey which is signed by the whole squad. With the harness racing action scheduled to commence at 1.03 pm the club’s committee also invites harness fans to come out and experience the wonderful facilities of the Grace Millson Centre. Enjoy quality food and a wide range of cold alcoholic and soft drinks whilst watching all the racing action in comfort. Goulburn harness racing is brought to fans by the kind support of Tabcorp, Goulburn Soldiers Club, Hollingworth Crane Hire Service, Randwick Equine Centre, Southern Highlands Equine Centre, Sun Solutions Goulburn, Semco Equipment Sales, RSM Accountants, and a host of smaller businesses including Top Water Carters Crookwell, First National Real Estate Goulburn, Goulburn Livestock Transport, Landmark Southern Livestock Agenices , J A Communications, Crust Gourmet Pizza, Glen Mia ACT Saddlery and Ranvet. For all the latest Goulburn harness racing news visit the club’s website at www.goulburnpaceway.com.au and don’t forget to like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/goulburnpaceway/. Tips Race 1 KEVIN AND KAY SEYMOUR EVOLUTION SERIES 3YO FILLIES HEAT: TIPS: 4 Lilymadimac, 5 Western Belle, 3 Kelli Frost, 1 Shes Pure Aces Race 2 KEVIN AND KAY SEYMOUR EVOLUTION SERIES 3YO COLTS AND GELDINGS HEAT: TIPS: 4 Navua Star, 1 Rockin Marty, 7 Star Major, 8 Reigning Pepper Race 3 RSM ACCOUNTANTS AND TAB.COM.AU PACE: TIPS: 2 Miss Halfpenny, 9 Major Mai, 1 Better Than Grange, 6 Rossini Race 4 SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS EQUINE CENTRE PACE: TIPS: 1 Lettucefirestar, Blackwhiteandblue, Topsie Grinner, Glencoe Reign Race 5 SEMCO EQUIPMENT SALES PACE: TIPS: 1 The Ideal Dancer, 8 Harry Day, 2 Maximus Red, 6 Major Chili Race 6 HOLLINGWORTH CRANE HIRE SERVICE GOULBURN ROSE: TIPS: 6 Bronski Belle, 2 Sams A Blast, 8 Benalong Valley, 3 Always Mysterious Race 7 GOULBURN SOLDIERS CLUB FRANK AND EDNA DAY GOULBURN CUP: TIPS: 10 Conviction, 5 Spare Me Days, 13 Pachacuti, 1 James Dean Race 8 SUN SOLUTIONS GOULBURN MULWAREE SPRINT TIPS: 11 Aztec Bromac, 1 Imthevillagestar, 4 Mackeral, 10 Izzy Watt Reprinted with permission of The Gouldburn Post    

The Bus still has his wheels spinning and is set to commence from barrier 11 in the running of the $25,000 Hygain Golden Guitar Final at the Tamworth harness racing meeting on Thursday night. With impeccable form going into the final, The Bus, a four-year-old Art Major-Rondel Franco horse will look the early race favourite. After winning The Pub Group Gold Nugget last Thursday night and setting a new track record of 1.56.10 for the 1980 metres, The Bus then contested the Furney’s Stock Feeds Tamworth Golden Guitar Heat 4 with success last Sunday night. Trained by Mark Jones The Bus has been carefully looked after by Singleton Heights caretaker trainer Aaron Goadsby, who is looking for the “golden double” - The $10,000 Pub Group Gold Nugget plus the $25,000 Hygain Golden Guitar Final. If The Bus wins on Thursday night that will make it three wins in eight days with the horse’s owners Grant and Kathy Hatton being trackside in Tamworth, after travelling from their home in Christchurch NZ to witness all their horses runs. “He is a very strong horse and he can be driven with the speed on or he can take the sit, but we will have to wait and see how the Final pans out,” stated reinsman Guy Chapple who will once again take the reins behind The Bus. Chapple is no stranger to winning Golden Guitar Finals himself and is knocking on the door of his third win in the Listed Classic race. The 2013 running saw Chapple take the win with the Shane Tritton trained Mach Beauty with his first success coming behind Neil Shannon in 2006. “I would like to look up the heats to see how many of those I have won over the years,” joked Chapple. In his heat from the seven barrier, Chapple let The Bus settle into stride racing three back on the outside running line before making a three-wide run around the field as they turned into the home straight on the first occasion. The Bus placed race pressure on Maitland pacer Ashark for the majority of the 1980 metre journey before achieving a half neck win over the Melanie Elder trained and Brad Elder driven Ashark who was the race favourite. Tamworth pacer Pure Laughter (Danny Mackney) was 16 metres away third. “He is a strong little horse- strong as a bull - if I had of let him rip at the half, he would have broken their hearts but we wanted to try and get him into the final,” Chapple said. Quarters were covered in 31.2sec; 29.9sec;28.7sec; 29.1 seconds and the mile rate of 1.57.9 recorded. By Julie Maughan Reprinted with permission of the Northern Daily Leader      

Ian Mutton was a man who loved horses, loved a chat and loved a good joke, so when the talented horseman died in 2017 is was a loss felt across the harness racing industry. But such was the personality of the man who Bathurst Harness Racing Club vice president Laurie Clifford calls the ‘mighty Mutto’, his memory is now honoured each year. This Wednesday night at the Bathurst Paceway the Ian Mutton Memorial (1,730 metres) will be staged as part of a special race meeting. The meeting features seven memorial races all up as the Bathurst club pays tribute to Mutton, John Clayton, Keith Colley, Kevin Doherty, BJ Turnbull, Harold Lonard plus Norm, Garth and Audrey Harkham. The Mutton family and their friends will be travelling from far and wide to attend, while there will be plenty of others track side who have fond memories of the The Lagoon legend as well. “Ian had a lifetime association with horses in many forms, from playing polo cross with his father and brother to a lifelong passion for harness racing. Ian wore many hats in his long career as a committee man, trainer, driver, owner, breeder and mentor to young up and coming participants,” Clifford explained. “He had a great relationship with the horse King Frost and his owners Norm and Audrey Harkham. They had many a tussle with the mighty Paleface Adios and Hondo Grattan. “Ian, along with his hard working wife Barbara, had many successes with a number of horses that passed through their stables both at The Lagoon and Brook Lodge at Gormans Hill, Bathurst. “Some of their best performers being Another Country, Green Tree Helen, Bullion Bandit and Toltec in earlier years and over the past few decades, He Can, Garconnet, ZinZan Brook, Spooky Leigh, Money Chimes and his final winner as a trainer in December 2016, Captain Brook. “Ian was also a great mentor to young up and coming participants, with many young men and women spending time at Brook Lodge learning the ropes. “Ian was well known for his sense of humour and is sadly missed by many who enjoyed having a chat or seeking advice to improve the performance of their horses.” In terms of an emotional favourite for Wednesday’s Ian Mutton Memorial, there is no doubt that status belongs to a five-year-old mare called Josephine Brook. She is still owned by the Muttons. She is trained by Robert Clifford, a man who benefited from Mutton’s knowledge, and will be driven by one of the late horseman’s good friends in Tony Higgs. The Roll With Joe x Kassandra Brook mare will go from barrier two in what will be her 25th start at the Bathurst Paceway. Keep up to date with the latest sports news by clicking here “Josie, as she affectionately known around the stables, was also bred by Ian and Barbara at their Brook Lodge Stables at Gormans Hill,” Laurie Clifford said. “Robert Clifford, who joined Ian and Barb at their Brook Lodge stables 24 years ago as a keen 15-year-old teenager, is hoping for success as Josephine Brook has shown consistent form over the past two seasons with 10 placing from 16 starts. “With a little help from above, Josephine Brook may just salute in the sixth and do Mutto proud.” The first race Wednesday night’s meeting will go at 5.54pm. Reprinted with permission of The Western Advocate

A coveeted cup, a battle between man and horse and raising money for charity – the Bathurst Harness Racing Club’s Oberon Community Night is always a season highlight. This Friday night’s nine-race meeting at the Bathurst Paceway has not only drawn some quality runners, but is expected to attract a bumper crowd which reflects the passion Oberon residents have for the sport. “It would be our third biggest meeting of the year behind the Gold Crown finals night and Shirley Turnbull Memorial. It shows how much the Oberon community get behind it,” BHRC’s Marianne Donnelly said. “It is a big night because the Oberon community are just so great, they really get behind it every year. They also raise on the night around $4,000 for Ronald McDonald House which is an amazing effort for one night. “It’s a special night for the Oberon trainers too, they all like to race on the night. Russell [Reynolds] has got one in the cup, Wayne White’s got one in the race he sponsors and Geoff [Lawson] has got horses racing too.” READ MORE: Turnbull wins her sixth Oberon Cup READ MORE: Mojo Major wins the 2017 Oberon Cup READ MORE: Chris proves he can Be Quick for the Rues READ MORE: Frisby’s star draw gate 10 for Ballarat Cup The feature race is the Oberon Cup (2,260 metres), one which has showcased champions such as Smooth Satin and Karloo Mick in the past. Since its inception in 2002, The Lagoon’s Amanda Turnbull has steered the most winners. When she goes from barrier one with Jonah Jones on Friday night, she will be seeking her seventh Oberon Cup win. However, she faces some stiff opposition with past victors Robbie Morris, Bernie Hewitt, Steve Turnbull and Ashlee Grives all in contention. “The honour roll is certainly impressive, there are some top horses on it and it’s a top race. This year there are some great horses in the field again - Royal Story, Imthevillagestar,” Donnelly said. Keep up to date with the latest sports news by clicking here Aside from the cup, which offers $14,840 in stakes, the program also features the Oberon Council Ladyship Pace and Rewards Series Final. Then there is a race between horse and man. A horse will run two laps of the Bathurst Paceway track while the team of Tyler Colley and Nathan Voytilla-Borg attempt to cover one. First race is at 8.33pm. Anya Whitelaw Reprinted with permission of The Western Advocate

MINISTER for Racing Paul Toole in conjunction with Harness Racing New South Wales Chairman Rod Smith today announced that the new Riverina Paceway Wagga will host four Group 1 races in the coming season. The announcement of four $100,000 races, to be conducted under Heats and Finals during a Carnival, will be a major boost to owners and breeders in NSW with the yearling sales in March. "This latest announcement will give participants and potential owners confidence to purchase at the upcoming yearling sales knowing that there is higher prizemoney available for eligible four and five-year-old pacers," Mr Smith said. "This adds to the opportunity for participants to race in $100,000 events for two and three-year-old horses at the Bathurst Gold Crown Carnival. "There will be separate divisions for four-year-old mares, five-year-old mares, four-year-old stallions and geldings and five-year-old stallions and geldings which are eligible for the NSW Breeders Challenge and/or horses sustained for the Bathurst Gold Crown. "This initiative adds to the support given to the Bathurst Gold Crown Carnival where there are now $100,000 Finals for both sexes in the two-year-old and three-year-old divisions." Mr Toole said a new racing carnival run each April at the state-of-the-art facility in Wagga with four Group 1 races demonstrates the progressive planning of the Board and management of HRNSW. "This wonderful new track combined with the launch of Group 1 racing will prove to be a real game-changer for harness racing in the Riverina," Mr Toole said. "I congratulate Harness Racing NSW on developing this bold new state-wide vision which will ensure the sport keeps growing across the regions." Mr Toole said not only will the new track and Group 1 racing will lift the profile of harness racing in the Riverina and give local breeders more opportunities to showcase their fine horses. "It will also encourage more young people to take up the sport, progressing from mini trots which are very popular in the region," he said. "A modern, comfortable public building will help boost public attendances while spacious race stalls will be welcomed by participants." This latest announcement formed part of the sustainable future developed by the Board for the NSW harness racing industry according to Mr Smith. "Along with my fellow Board Members it is extremely pleasing that we are able to announce yet another strategic initiative for the NSW harness racing industry," he said. "The Board has a long held infrastructure strategy which is demonstrated by this magnificent facility here in Wagga. The Board has also developed sustainable growth in prizemoney across all levels which commenced with the grassroots increases announced last year. "It will also benefit owner/breeders especially those who aim towards racing more mature horses. "In regional NSW we will now provide Group 1 racing for two, three, four, five-year-old and older horses at tracks in Wagga, Bathurst and Newcastle which will complement the racing at Menangle Park. "The racing industry is benefitting from the Liberal/National State Government through Tax Parity and the Point of Consumption Tax which we in harness racing greatly appreciate as it will assist in building a stronger code here in NSW. "On behalf of the industry, I thank Minister Paul Toole for his continued support." Riverina Paceway Wagga will officially open on Sunday March 10 whilst the inaugural Four-Year-Old and Five-Year-Old Championships will be held as a Carnival in April 2020.   AMANDA RANDO MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES

Orange Harness Racing Club has confirmed its two meetings for 2019, with both once again to be held on the grass of Towac Park in February. The club’s Carnival of Cups heats will kick-off the short, two-week season on Sunday, February 3 before with the finals to be run the following week on Family Day. This year the club has also established a battle of the sexes race of sorts, with male and female drivers pitted against each other in one of the second meeting’s races.  Drivers already confirmed for that include Orange’s own Jake Davis, along with Codi Rauchenberger,  Brittany Graham, Amy Day, Isobel Ross, Martelle McGuire, Mat Rue, Anthony Frisby, Mitch Turnbull and Robbie Morris – a stellar cast by anyone’s standards. Brittany Graham will also partake in a number of other duties throughout the day, calling on her Sky Racing talents. “Some of the emerging stars in the female driving ranks will be challenging the established male drivers,” Orange Harness Racing Club’s Frank McRae said. Renowned Australian race caller Mark McNamara, now living in New Zealand, will be travelling across the Tasman to call the finals as well in a big coup for the club. On Family Day there will also be food stalls, jumping castles, face painting, mini trots, performance from local gymnastics clubs and the Orange City brass band, with all welcome to bring a picnic lunch too. Reprinted with permission of The Central Western Daily

“She's going to leave them all crying at the chapel”. That statement from harness racing race caller Craig Easey as he watched Tintin Naturally power down the home straight in the Elvis Championships Final (2,040 metres) on Wednesday might have been a little cringe-worthy, but the winning run was anything but. The Amanda Turnbull trained and driven $1.30 favourite led from start to finish in the annual Parkes Harness Racing Club feature. The five-year-old Tintin In America x Natural Hanover mare was rated nicely in front then kicked away from her rivals after turning for home, finishing 7.3m clear of second placed Reverse Psychology (Nathan Turnbull, $41). Easey, a man known for his entertaining calls across the Western Districts, embraced the spirit of the meeting which is part of Parkes’ Elvis Festival. As they ran down the back straight for the first time he quipped “They’re picking up their blue suede hooves and putting them down nicely” and later as contenders jostled behind the favourite he came out with “It’s now or never as they race down the back, Tintin Naturally out in front.” But the puns aside, Easey’s observations were spot on. Tintin Naturally got away well from barrier one to lead and travelled nicely throughout. A 52.2 first half of the last mile meant she was poised for a strong finish and she produced.  It was her fourth win from her last five starts. Wednesday night marked the fifth time Turnbull had lined up for a drive in the Elvis Championship Final, a race which first featured on the Parkes program in 2013. Turnbull placed third in that inaugural final aboard the $3 favourite Our Buller Boy and in the two years which followed, was off the pace with a 10th (Whispering Lass) and ninth (Cullectomatic). In 2017 the talented The Lagoon trainer-driver finally added an Elvis victory to her long list of feature race successes, Greenngold getting the job done for her as the $2 favourite. Turnbull did not get the chance to go back-to-back, not qualifying a finalist for the 2018 edition, but on Wednesday Tintin Naturally showed exactly why he held favouritism. While that feature win was the highlight of the meeting for Turnbull, it was not her only success. She took out the opening race of the evening, a Club Menangle Where Horses Fly Heat (1,660m) aboard My Secret Beach ($1.30 favourite). Turnbull then made it a winning treble for the meeting as Mach Le More ($1.40 favourite) won an Evolution Series Three Year Old Colts and Geldings Heat (1,660m). By Anya Whitelaw Reprinted with permission of The Western Advocate Want to keep up to date with Bathurst sport? Sign up to our daily newsletter and breaking news alerts here:   FACEBOOKSHARE TWITTERTWEET EMAIL

The Allport family of Crookwell has long been involved in the local harness racing scene, and on Sunday afternoon sister and brother Sallyann and Damon will be hoping their pacer Boyd Writer can take another step forward in his short but promising career. As part of the important Hewitt Memorial race day, the $10,000 Robert Allport Memorial Club Menangle Where Horses Fly heat is the race Boyd Writer has been set for. One of many horses trained by David Hewitt out of his Goulburn stables, Boyd Writer is a last start winner at the Goulburn Paceway and boasts the good record of 5 starts for 3 wins, 1 second and 1 third. “Dad always thought we had a pretty handy horse in Boyd; it’s sad he hasn’t been able to see him get there” explained Damon. Robert and Brenda Allport bred Boyd Writer out of the family owned mare Innocent Art and the prolific winner producing stallion Sportswriter. The couple has since passed, with Robert’s death coming in July 2018; however their siblings are continuing the family tradition of breeding and racing Standardbreds, and with some sadness they are now enjoying the fruits of their parent’s efforts. Boyd Writer kicked off his racing career in July 2017 with a sound third at Bathurst. At his following start, the two year old provided a glimpse of his ability convincingly winning a two-year-old colt and gelding pace in a solid 1:57.2 mile rate at the Bathurst track. Turned out to develop, the horse was severely injured in a paddock accident soon after. He was treated at the Crookwell Veterinary Hospital and then spent a number of months recuperating, firstly at the veterinary Hospital and then under the watchful eye of Robert Allport in the family stables. “Dad did a lot with Boyd; kept him stabled at home and watched over him all the time. He’s racing today because of the work and care dad put into him” said Damon. Missing his entire three year old year of racing, Boyd Writer resumed at Menangle in early December 2018 when he was a close second. He followed that performance with a dominant win at Canberra in mid-December, before scoring an easy win at Goulburn a fortnight back. While Boyd Writer will find Sunday’s race much harder than his earlier starts, Sallyann and Damon will be hoping the family’s pacer can make the transition and in doing so verify the opinion held by Robert Allport. The Hewitt Memorial race day kicks off with race 1 at 1.37 pm on Sunday afternoon at the Goulburn Paceway. Celebrating the memory of Tom and Angela Hewitt, Aubrey Frost and Robert Allport, the day is also a big fundraiser for the Crookwell Community Trust charity. Entertainment has been organised for all the afternoon with Thomas and Lachlan Bensley performing a number of classic song hits. With great raffle prizes to be won, outstanding food and facilities, mini trotting and an action packed program of exciting harness racing, the Goulburn Paceway is the place to be Sunday afternoon. Goulburn harness racing is brought to fans by the kind support of Tabcorp, Goulburn Soldiers Club, Hollingworth Crane Hire Service, Randwick Equine Centre, Southern Highlands Equine Centre, Sun Solutions Goulburn, Semco Equipment Sales, RSM Accountants, and a host of smaller businesses including Top Water Carters Crookwell, First National Real Estate Goulburn, Goulburn Livestock Transport, Landmark Southern Livestock Agenices , J.A. Communications, Crust Gourmet Pizza, Glen Mia ACT Saddlery and Ranvet. Friday’s edition of the Goulburn Post will carry a preview of Sunday’s race meeting including the fields and tips. For all the latest Goulburn harness racing news visit the club’s website at www.goulburnpaceway.com.au and don’t forget to like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/goulburnpaceway/. By Mark Croatto Reprinted with permission of the Crookwell Gazette

They have done it again! The Ison siblings - Emma, Tom and Sam - became possibly the first family to drive a winner each on the harness racing program at an Armidale meeting back in March. The Tamworth based trio repeated that achievement when all three drove winners on the 10-race program at the Tamworth harness meeting on Sunday evening. As a 16-year-old Emma drove her first career winner behind Fear No Evil at the Armidale meeting which on the day was followed by the eldest in Sam when he both trained and drove Bassey to a win which was followed by Tom who won on Gargzdai Girl. It was Emma who kick started the winning process once again when she guided Tepary to a win in the opening event at Tamworth - the TAB App Pace. “She felt like she was going good in the race and she has been working really well so I had high hopes,” Emma said of Tepary. Tepary was notching up her 10th career win at race start 111, with the Ohoka Arizona-U R Whatu Eat eight-year mare having her last win back in October 2017. “I hope I did the family proud,” the now 17-year-old Emma added. After commencing from the eight barrier, Emma was placed second last of the field whilst the Geoff Harding trained and driven Fakes First was leading the field with Dubbo pacer Medonc (Madison Reynolds) racing out in the breeze. As the bell sounded Cronin (Mitch Faulkner) commenced a three-wide run from the back of the field. “They were going pretty slow and I was like kind of hoping he (Cronin) would go and cart us into the race,” Emma said. Tepary went on for a 2.9 metre win over Jackeroo Shannon (Sarah Rushbrook) with Cronin another 1.9m away third. “I think she (Tepary) was getting a bit tired but she finished off well,” added Emma who also won The Pub sponsored Drive of The Night. Tom then continued on the family’s winning streak when he drove the Jarred Hetherington trained Lexy Can Wait to an all the way win in the Hygain Golden Guitar Final Thursday 24th January Pace. “It was awesome,” stated Tom of the win. “I drove him (Lexy Can Wait) the meeting before at Tamworth when he broke the track record.”  Bassey with Sam Ison in the gig going to the line at Tamworth on Sunday. Photo: PeterMac Photography.   Lexy Can Wait clocked a mile rate of 1.55.1 for 1609m for the win back on December 18, before a trip to Dubbo for the Boxing Day meeting resulting in a sixth placing. The win on Sunday night over the 1609m once again at Tamworth was contested in 1.55.4(MR) with Lexy Can Wait having a 27m win over Somebeach N Clovelly (Jarrod Alchin) with Colonel Joy (Madi Young) 2.9m away third. “I was confident” added Tom “Jarred said he was ready to go - he said I have got him as close as I can get him so be confident” “It was good as, just go as fast as we could for as long as we could tactics” added Ison. Sam then rounded out the family affair driving Bassey to victory in the Garrard’s Horse & Hound Tamworth City Cup 24th January Pace. Bassey contested the Maitland Inter City Pace the week prior where the mare finished seventh to the Kevin Pizzuto trained Persimmon. “The draw didn’t help much in the Inter City Pace but she was up near the lead tonight and she loves being there,” Sam said. After landing in the one by one for a few strides he elected to take Bassey up to race outside the leader Kenfury Lass (Caitlin McElhinney). “When Somerosesomewhere didn’t cross like I expected I went to the death anyway. She (Bassey) felt good in the run.” Raced by Rod and Di Hazell, Bassey presented the owners with a 40th wedding anniversary present of her own in producing career win seven. “It is their wedding anniversary today and they are off on holidays,” added Sam Ison of the Hazells. Bassey had a 2.5m win over race favourite Kenfury Lass. Is That So (Dean Chapple) was another 2.1m away third. “Last time Emma got her first winner that’s what happened then - we all got winners - Emma started the night off good for us,” Sam said.  And for the proud father Andy Ison, he was “just as impressed” as when the record was set back in March. “They are just too good - the best part of that was it was Emma’s first winning drive at Armidale and tonight she drove the first winner for 2019 at Tamworth,” he said. By Julie Maughan Reprinted with permission of The Northern Daily Leader

“It wasn’t a surprise as she is probably the best of the four with raw ability” was how Sydney harness racing trainer Jarrod Alchin summed up the win of Our Ultimate Julie in Sunday’s the Pit Express 3YO Starmaker Prelude at the Tamworth Paceway. “She (Our Ultimate Julie) worked with I’m A Mystery Girl last week and I’m A Mystery Girl won at Menangle on Saturday night so it wasn’t a surprise that the filly won.” Alchin said, adding that “she will take a lot of benefit from the win” With four runners in the race from the Alchin stables Our Ultimate Julie had the edge over stablemates Our Ultimate Mary who finished second while My Ultimate Major (Ricky Gordon) finished fourth and My Ultimate Romeo (Darren Elder) ninth. “It was good to quinella the race - we will be back for the Final on the 20th for sure,” Alchin said. Maitland based reinsman Brad Elder was engaged to take the reins behind Our Ultimate Julie, who broke through for her first win at race start eight. “It was a terrific drive by Brad and he summed up the situation - we didn’t expect her to be in front,” Alchin said. From the two barrier Our Ultimate Julie came out strong along with the Ernie Mabbott-trained Tralee Rocks (Mitch Faulkner) from the four barrier, with Our Ultimate Julie gaining the lead and certainly dictating the terms out in front. “When the field came out and Jarrod called me to see if I would like the drive, I thought the filly was  a pretty good chance,” Elder said. “She is a nice strong mare and did it easy.” “She had no problems going around at Tamworth so hopefully I will retain the drive in the final.” “It is the first time I have driven the Mach Three filly but I have driven a couple of times for Jarrod before and had a win or two - but I think she has got a bit of ability - she is a big free running horse.” Our Ultimate Julie held a 6.9 metre win over Our Ultimate Mary (Jarrod Alchin) with Maitland runner Rococo (Jamie Bond) 11m away third.   “Her lead time was pretty quick and I just kept her rolling,” Elder said with Our Ultimate Julie clocking quarters of 30.1 sec; 30 sec;30.2 sec and covering the final quarter in 30.3 seconds for a mile rate of 1.59.1 for the 1980m. “Don’t want to pump the tyres up too quick” added a jovial Elder “but I think she is a pretty good chance in the final.” Elder had a driving double at the meeting when he guided the Jarred Hetherington trained Tap It In to a win in The Pub Group Gold Nugget Race Meeting Wednesday 16 January Pace. “We landed in a good spot out of the barrier,” Elder said. “I won on him last week and he felt good in the run tonight.” Landing in the one by one with Tap It In while Pacific Coin (Stacey Weidemann) led the field, Elder made his race move with Tap It Out as the field raced out of the final turn to seize Pacific Coin by half a neck on the line with Kudos Bert (Dean Chapple) 22m away third. “We took off turning into the back straight and ended up coming away and getting them on the line,” he said. “The horse (Tap It In) is going pretty good - Jarred’s team is flying at the moment.” Hetherington himself also had a training double with Lexy Can Wait taking out the Hygain Golden Guitar Final Thursday 24th January Pace with Tom Ison in the gig. By Julie Maughan Reprinted with permission of The Northern Daily Leader    

The annual Hewitt Memorial race day rolls around again this Sunday afternoon, January 13, and the Goulburn Harness Racing Club is hopeful of another great event celebrating not only the memory of Tom and Angela Hewitt, but also those of Aubrey Frost and Robert Allport. What started off as a race to honour two great stalwarts of the harness racing industry, the Hewitt Memorial race day has evolved into an afternoon of high class harness racing action and community engagement. While also remembering the contributions of Aubrey Frost, and from this year on Robert Allport, the afternoon is also recognized for its support of the Crookwell Community Trust charity. “The Crookwell community has really got behind the day, and each year it seems to get a little bit bigger with really good crowds getting to the track” said club secretary Mark Croatto. “We’re always looking to add to the day, and this year we’ll have the singing talents of brothers Lachlan and Thomas Bensley who perform as Short Notice” added Croatto. The brothers, who are great grandnephews of Tom Hewitt, will perform between races throughout the afternoon. With Thomas commencing his second year at NIDA, and Lachlan to commence his first year at the renowned JMC Academy, both boys are well entrenched in careers in the performing arts and will be a welcome addition to the afternoon. As in the last couple of years, the afternoon of racing also doubles as an important fundraiser for the Crookwell Community Trust. The Crookwell Community Trust provides aid to people of the Upper Lachlan Shire who have experienced extreme difficulties due to personal trauma and or natural disaster. The shire includes Gunning, Crookwell, Taralga, Binda, Bigga and Tuena, and each year tens of thousands of dollars are provided to those who have suffered. Tim McCarthy, Chairperson of the Trust and local solicitor at Crookwell, was delighted with the ongoing partnership between the Trust and Goulburn Harness Racing Club. “We’re looking forward to another wonderful afternoon, and we’re delighted with our ongoing relationship with the harness club. The funds we raise go to help the many people who require our assistance and we are forever grateful to the many who help us do that” said McCarthy. As in previous years, Trust members will conduct a major raffle with multiple prizes including a Reflections Holiday Park accommodation package for a family of four, a $150 dinner voucher at The Argyle Inn where patrons can delight in the delicacies of the world class kitchen. Other prizes include a McGeechans Farm Supplies gift voucher and a carton of quality wine bottles. Community Trust members will set up inside the Grace Millsom Function Centre and the harness club encourages all those attending the race meeting to generously purchase tickets in the raffle. All funds raised on the day will be used to bolster a pool of money that can instantly be made available to people who are in distress, when they needed it the most, which is usually immediately after the emergency has arisen. To meet the needs of those who require help, the Trust must remain financial and Sunday’s raffle is but one of the annual fund raising efforts the Trust conducts. The $12,720 Tom and Angela Hewitt Memorial has been won by an array of quality horses with last year’s event taken out by the Bernie trained and driven Royal Story. One of three sons of Tom and Angela Hewitt, Bernie had not previously met success in the race. Royal Story confirmed her quality as a race horse going on to win a further six races including a $20,000 Country Series Final at Menangle last October. Supporting the Hewitt Memorial will once again be the $12,720 Walla Walla Stakes for the C4 and better grade pacers. With the immortal pacer buried adjacent the Goulburn Paceway’s home straight, the Walla Walla Stakes is being held for the fifth year and provides trainers with the ideal lead up race to the Group 3 $31,800 Goulburn Soldiers Club Frank and Edna Day Goulburn Cup scheduled for the January 28 Carnival of Cups meeting. Goulburn harness racing is brought to fans by the kind support of Tabcorp, Goulburn Soldiers Club, Hollingworth Crane Hire Service, Randwick Equine Centre, Southern Highlands Equine Centre, Sun Solutions Goulburn, Semco Equipment Sales, RSM Accountants, and a host of smaller businesses including Top Water Carters Crookwell, First National Real Estate Goulburn, Goulburn Livestock Transport, Landmark Southern Livestock Agenices, J.A. Communications, Crust Gourmet Pizza, Glen Mia ACT Saddlery and Ranvet. For all the latest Goulburn harness racing news visit the club’s website at www.goulburnpaceway.com.au and don’t forget to like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/goulburnpaceway/ Goulburn Harness Racing Club Reprinted with permission of The Crookwell Gazette 

EARLY tactics will be vital in tonight’s Group 2 Simpson Memorial at Menangle according to reinswoman Lauren Tritton. The premiership winning driver is taking the reins behind the $1.33 TAB Fixed Odds favourite Muscle Factory and drawing barrier one with the colt has not made the situation any easier Tritton admitted. “It’s an awkward barrier for him as he does have early speed but for his whole two-year-old season we drove him with handbrakes on early and just drove him out easy to stay out of trouble,” said Tritton. “This draw won’t allow us to do that and this is a pretty fast front line.” One rival Tritton will have her eyes on early is Victorian visitor Lochinvar Art. The colt is the only other starter in single figure odds at $4.20 and will begin from outside the front line. “It will be interesting to see what they do with him early and it will be interesting to see Muscle Factory and Lochinvar Art race each other again,” said Tritton. “Muscles is tough whereas Lochinvar Art has a quick last half in him. “Lochinvar Art has been running some ridiculous sectionals in Victoria and just drawn where he has, you would expect that they will have to put him into the race at some stage.” Muscle Factory and Lochinvar Art clashed in the Breeders Challenge Final last June with the pair finishing third and second respectively. Lochinvar Art has had two starts this season for a win and a second while Muscle Factory is first up from a spell. “We couldn’t have him any better,” said Tritton. “He went super winning his trial and there has been some good form come out of that trial too.” Meanwhile, Tritton’s other two starters have already raced this season. This includes Petes Big Jim which finished sixth at Menangle on December 18. “He got himself beat last start over-racing, pulling outside the leader which is not his go,” said Tritton. “He is the fastest two-year-old out of the gate that I’ve ever driven so should be suited by his draw.” Tritton’s other starter is Petes Said So. “He has blistering early speed as well,” said Tritton. “He is the highest assessed horse in the race so deserves his spot in the field.” Petes Said So will be driven by Lachie Manzelmann while Josh Aiken has obtained the drive on Petes Big Jim.   AMANDA RANDO MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

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