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Sydney's Bankstown Paceway harness racing club members joined a slew of film and television stars and celebrities from reality shows Love Island, Master Chef, Crazy Rich Asians and the Amazing Race, along with KPOP personalities and rappers, converging on Sydney Metro Airport, at Bankstown, this month, for the grand finale of the Miss Auto D'Elegance 2019 beauty pageant. They were joined by scores of Australian and international fashion models, designers and motoring enthusiasts for the cocktail-themed extravaganza held in the NavAir private jet hanger which featured a fashion show set amongst private jets and an armada of custom-built luxury sports cars. The 2019 Miss Auto D'Elegance beauty pageant is designed to promote automotive charity programmes across NSW, Victoria and Queensland - and the vision of the contest is to open opportunities for young women to extend their talents and dreams to work alongside various automotive charity programmes and to challenge themselves to be the best they can be, according to Bankstown Paceway acting president Megan Lavender. This monumental event showcases a beauty pageant inside a massive private jet hanger lined up with more than twenty million dollars' worth of exotic sports cars - on the doorstep of our local trotting track - it's an event where fashion, beauty and community come together as one, Ms Lavender told Harnesslink. "Holding the international Miss Auto D'Elegance 2019 beauty pageant right here at Condell Park - and on the doorstep of our local trotting track which celebrates 55 years of registered harness racing next year - is a considerable cultural coup for our local community which has been showcased on the world stage," she said. "We can now say that Bankstown's Sydney Metro Airport is not only internationally acclaimed for its model runways of tarmac but also for its runway models of high fashion," Ms Lavender added. The event culminated in the crowning of Mongolian-born Shurentsetseg "Sherry" Davaa as Miss Auto D'Elegance 2019 with Madison Croft named as first runner up, Tatiana Bocharova as second runner up, Sara Nhili crowned as third runner up and Maia Fuchs as fourth runner up.   Harnesslink Media

'The newest, fastest and most technologically advanced Formula One (F1) racing cars built by students from University of New South Wales (UNSW) Redback Racing Team have now successfully completed all testing and trials at Condell Park's Bankstown Paceway harness racing track in the lead up to next month's Grand Prix in Melbourne (5 to 8 December 2019),' Bankstown Paceway acting president Megan Lavender has announced. Ms Lavender last week (Friday, November 15th, 2019) launched the new top secret designs together with UNSW students at a gala function at the university's Kensington Campus. 'From racing standardbred "Trots" horses to trialling the latest in F1 racing, Bankstown Paceway is elated to welcome UNSW students from all disciplines at their university who come together to form the UNSW Redback Racing team,' Ms Lavender told Harnesslink. 'Originally established in 1999, the university based team designs, constructs and races small open wheeled race cars and competes against all major Australian and international universities at the annual Formula SAE-Australasia competition, run by the Society of Automotive Engineers, Australasia,' Ms Lavender said. 'Formula SAE-A is an exciting international education program where university students design, build and compete in small open wheeled vehicles. Formula SAE graduates worldwide are considered to be among the most work-ready graduates emerging from the university system,' she said. 'In delivering a fully functioning vehicle, the student teams undertake a full, real-world product development project. They design, build and test their vehicles, but they also must also attend to the non-technical aspects of a project such as fund-raising, marketing and managing a team of people. Each team effectively works as a small start-up business, and it is this experience that makes Formula SAE graduates stand apart from their peers. 'The Formula SAE Australasian competition was introduced in 2000, and attracts entries from Australia, New Zealand and across Asia. Australasian teams have established themselves quickly as world-class competitors by taking outright victories in major US and European competitions. 'Bankstown Paceway wishes the UNSW Redback Racing team every success in December's Grand Prix competition in Melbourne,' Ms Lavender added. Bankstown Paceway acting president Megan Lavender, committeeman Andrew Ho and Terry Lee with UNSW Redback Racing team members and their new F1 cars at the launch. Harnesslink Media  

"It was a evening of action and excitement both on and off the track at last Friday (November 8th) night's thrill packed Bankstown Paceway harness race meeting which featured the continuation of live trackside music and drew a standing ovation from racing enthusiasts dining in the oncourse Champions Restaurant," according to Bankstown Paceway committeeman Andrew Ho. "Condell Park's eight hundred metre trotting track, under the ribbon of light, bore witness to stand out wins by seven year old bay gelding Matai Valour NZ, five year old brown gelding True Confessions, seven year old bay chestnut mare Gracie Taljuice, four year old black gelding The Jay Doug, six year old bay horse Goodlookin Rooster NZ, and six year old bay gelding Smoking Zak, ably driven by reinsman Jimmy Douglas," Mr Ho told Harnesslink. "Next Friday, November 22nd, will see the running of the 2019 Canterbury Bankstown City Council Cup and the Mayor's Cup, as well as the presentation of the 2019 Bankstown Paceway Premiership Awards, at a star-studded gala race night," he said. "Bankstown Paceway's Summer Carnival Series of Friday Night Harness Racing then continues on Friday, December 6th (Schweppes Sydney Cup Gala Race Night), Friday, December 20th (Christmas Race Night) and Friday, December 27th, 2019 (Holiday Race Night) - and we look forward to welcoming the harness racing community and all of their families and friends back on track," Mr Ho added.   Harnesslink Media

IN another welcoming boost for the New South Wales harness racing industry the Red Ochre Mares Classic at Dubbo has been elevated to Group 2 status. With an injection of prizemoney, the time-honoured feature will now be worth $50,000 making it the most lucrative mares race in the state outside of the metropolitan basin. The enhanced feature has a new date as well and will be run as early as December 1 this year. Usually held in the cooler month of May, the rescheduled feature is set to attract a number of horses to the Western Districts track. Harness Racing New South Wales chief executive John Dumesny was full of praise of the Dubbo Harness Racing Club.  “All credit goes to the Dubbo Harness Racing Club for their dedication to raising the profile of mares races,” said Dumesny. “This will be the 20th running of the Red Ochre which was first won by Candyrama when the prizemoney was $8000. “To be of Group 2 status with $50,000 prizemoney I would expect the best mares in New South Wales and possibly beyond to be at Dubbo on December 1.” The support card for this race will also include $10,000 races. This feature race meeting is one of five HRNSW has introduced this season across the state with a Group 2 feature and $10,000 support races. The other meetings include the Group 2 Shirley Turnbull Memorial meeting at Gold Crown Paceway, Bathurst, as well as the elevated Group 2 Golden Guitar meeting at Paceway Tamworth. In the metropolitan basin, these feature events will be the Renshaw Cup meeting at Penrith and the Treuer Memorial meeting at Bankstown. This will further enhance a monster calendar in NSW this season and next year, which will also include, for the first time, two $1million races in the Miracle Mile and the TAB $1Million Pace. There will also be the inaugural Group 1 Riverina Carnival at the new track in Wagga Wagga. Amongst this will also be the TAB Carnival of Cups series with the next stop being Griffith on Friday, the Gold Crown Carnival at Bathurst in March as well as the lucrative Breeders Challenge series later in the season. “These are exciting times for participants in NSW,” said Dumesny. “There are feature events in each major region, highlighting harness racing in these areas.”   AMANDA RANDO | MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER HRNSW 

YOU have to wonder if Jimmy Rattray had second thoughts about pulling the pin on an Auckland Inter Dominion raid. His stable newcomer Harjeet made quite an impression and smashed the clock winning his first run for Rattray at Menangle on Saturday night. Harjeet was Tasmania’s best pacer when trained by Rattray’s brother, Todd, in the Apple Isle before being sent to Jimmy to continue his career a few months back. Late last week, Jimmy scratched Harjeet and stable star Ignatius from the Auckland series. Harjeet did a power of early work and copped pressure in front before powering his way to a 1min53.7sec mile rate for 2300m, just 1.1sec outside Clancys Fobwatch’s track record. “He’s settled in well and it was great to be able to get a run in a class below free-for-all for his first try up here,” Rattray said. “It’s exciting to have a horse like him join Ignatius here. “I’ve got no doubt Harjeet will do a terrific job here, but it’ll be interesting to see just how far he goes.” Harjeet draws so many natural comparisons with the mighty Beautide, who won two Inter Dominions at Menangle for the Rattray clan. Both left Tassie as the state’s best pacer at the peak of their careers and with great staying prowess. Meanwhile, Ignatius has his second trial back at Menangle on Monday in preparation for a racetrack return. “I deliberately gave him a soft trial last week, but we’ll be getting a lot more serious this week,” Rattray said. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ LAST year’s Inter Dominion consolation winner Ellmers Image opened his preparation for this year’s Auckland series with a fighting second at Menangle last night (Saturday). Amanda Turnbull’s stable star drew wide, but kept working forward to take the lead from favourite and main danger Alta Orlando after 400m of the 2300m Group 3 free-for-all. Just when it seemed Ellmers Image was doing enough to hold-off Alta Orlando, John McCarthy’s five-year-old Jack Farthing exploded out of the pack to overhaul them both. No doubt Ellmers Image will be fitter for the run and Turnbull will look for another run for him before the Auckland series kicks-off with the first round of heats on November 29 at Alexandra Park. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ FANS may have to wait a little longer to see one of Australia’s buzz horses back in the big league. Former superstar juvenile Lumineer, who made it 12 wins from just 13 starts at Melton last night (Saturday), looks set to bypass a clash with Colt Thirty One and another comeback star Ride High next Saturday. It’s the Group 2 4&5YO Championship, a race Grant Dixon is using to sharpen-up Colt Thirty One for his Auckland Inter Dominon assault. And Emma Stewart has the race earmarked for Ride High’s comeback race from a long injury-enforced stint on the sidelines. He smashed the clock at the Ballarat trials recently. Lumineer has the talent to test them both, but trainer Ange McDowall won’t commit to running. “He’ll be nominated, but he’s only had 13 lifetime starts and it would be a quick back-up from this week, so I’m erring on picking something a little easier for now,” she said. Lumineer was stunning last night, seemingly cruising his way to a 9.6m win in a slick 1min52.8sec mile rate for 1730m. Just 0.8sec slower than Phoenix Prince ran in the Sokyola Sprint, the free-for-all, on the same night. “Jason (Lee, driver) said he did it easily too, which is the main thing,” McDowall said. “I’m sure I’ve got the old Lumineer back, but we’ve got some tinkering to do because he’s so goofy at the races. He wants to loaf, wander about and look around.” ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ FORMER All Stars’ pacer Motu Premier emerged as a key player for WA’s biggest races with a superb Gloucester Park win last Friday night. The now seven-year-old has had his issues during a couple of years with trainer Ross Olivieri in Perth, but he’s right back to his best. Motu Premier sustained a long run from back in the field and lifted after looking beaten to edge-out Perth’s buzz pacer Mighty Conqueror in the Parliamentarians Cup. They blazed a 1min54.4sec mile rate for the 2130m. Mighty Conqueror had a good run then moved to the “death” to control the race, he looked home when he pinched a break at the top of the straight, but Motu Premier wouldn’t be denied. Motu Premier won by a half a neck despite covering extra ground from back in the field in closing splits of 55.5 and 27.7sec. The son of Bettor's Delight was sidelined for a year and the win, one of the best of his career, came at his fifth run on the comeback trail. Another impressive winner on the night was former NZ and Queensland pacer Bill Haley, who made it two-from-two for new WA trainer Deb Lewis. The five-year-old showed his now trademark lethal turn of speed to beat a good field, including last season’s glamour three-year-old filly Dracarys. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ THE brilliant Phoenix Prince lifted off the canvas to win arguably the most important race of his career in last night’s Sokyola Sprint (1720m) at Melton. Emma Stewart’s speedy gelding looked hard to beat when he snared gate two and, even more so, when he led and “pinched” a 30.1sec first quarter. It was game-on from there with splits of 28.1, 26.9 and 27.6sec and Phoenix Prince looked to be headed by Lance Justice’s stable star Rishi in the last 50m before lifting to win by a nose. They went a sharp 1min52sec mile rate. It took Phoenix Prince’s record to an impressive 14 wins from just 26 starts and earnings of almost $125,000.

Usually winning a race means receiving all the glory, however at Bathurst on Wednesday night young Phoebe Betts was awarded the ‘Drive of the Night’ for running second. The 16-year-old took up the position behind the early leader but ended up buried four-back on the pegs with a lap to go. Patience paid off for Betts, following the fence as the runners ahead of her elected to pull wide, she was able to make good use of the sprint lane and only go down by a half-neck margin to the Peter Bullock trained – Mckayler Barnes driven Kyle Shannon. Race-caller Mark McNamara decided that the drive on Arma Augustus NZ should be rewarded and Betts received the ‘drive of the night’. Driver Isobel Ross and trainer Bernie Hewitt both had a good night, bringing up a double respectively.  Ross took out the first on the Amanda Turnbull trained Joe Batters NZ, having to sit outside of the leader the seven-year-old gelding was too strong in the run to the finish, drawing away to win by a comfortable five-metre-margin. Ross’s next win came courtesy of the Josh Turnbull trained Just Won More in the seventh on the card. Having to commence their run just prior to 400 metre mark, the gelding was able to sustain his sprint long enough to beat the Gemma Rue trained Hammertime Harley and Renee Dale NZ. Not having to wait most of the night, Hewitt was able to bring up his double early with Taylors Mill winning race two and Lord Denzel taking out the fourth. Drawing barrier one, Taylors Mill made the most of the favourite Beach Babe Nikky refusing to score up, able to lead all the way for driver Doug Hewitt. Lord Denzel was also able to utilise a barrier one draw, with driver Tom Pay electing to sit behind the leader and prove too quick for the favourite in the run to the finish. Meanwhile, Maximus Red was able to make it three wins in a row for Steve and Amanda Turnbull, making his record this season five wins from six starts. Of the rest, Matamua for Peter Trevor-Jones and Ashley Hart and Everybody Clap for Tony Hagney and Mat Rue both notched up their second career victories, with the Scott Hewitt trained and driven No Doubt NZ making it three wins from his six lifetime starts.   BATHURST HRC

EXPERIENCED harness racing identity Robert Marshall is the new chairman of Australia’s biggest harness racing centre, Club Menangle. Marshall was elected to the position unanimously by the new board following the club’s Annual General Meeting. He replaces long-serving chairman Ray Sharman, who steps down after serving a maximum six-year term as chairman. Michael Brown has been elected deputy chairman with former harness journalist Bill Ellis retaining the role of executive director. Marshall boasts an extensive background in harness racing as well as club administration. He first joined this club’s board in 1991 before vacating the role in 1999 to take up a position on the board of Harness Racing NSW. He also took a position on the Harness Racing Regulatory Authority before returning to the Club Menangle board in 2013. Marshall has previously been NSW delegate to Harness Racing Australia and chairman of the Inter Dominion Council. “It is an absolute honour to be chairman of the principal club,” said Marshall. “This club has made outstanding progress in recent years and I look forward to working with my fellow directors to ensure that we make the most of the opportunities which lie ahead. “The entire racing industry faces a number of challenges and it is important that our club takes on a leadership role.”    Outgoing chairman, Ray Sharman said it had been a privilege to serve as the chairman for the past 6 years. “During that time the board has continued the momentum we received from the sale of Harold Park and laid the foundation for the future of our club and the harness racing industry,” he said. 

In what was a Turnbull-dominated meeting at Dubbo last Sunday, with seven of the eight races being won by a Turnbull driver, Mckayler Barnes emerged to take out race six aboard pacer Enk Spot Shannon. Trained by Peter Bullock, the five-year-old gelding was able to notch up his 10th career win making it three wins in a row and four from his last five starts. Out of those 10 victories, Barnes has partnered the gelding on seven occasions. “He’s racing in great form at the moment,” Barnes said. “He can be one of those horses who puts in a good run one week and then goes off the next, but lately he just seems to be getting stronger and stronger.” Having to dodge carnage at the start of the race, the pair settled in the one-out-two-back position before taking off three-wide at the bell. Proving too strong for rivals, Enk Spot Shannon hit the lead half-way down the straight, defeating the unlucky Ziggy Rocks who was unable to obtain a clear run. A Deja-vu quinella for the two runners, mimicking the results of last time they met at Bathurst two weeks earlier. Taking out a Country Series Heat last week, the Million Dollar Cam USA gelding is headed to Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday to contest in the final. Barnes will also be contesting in the Indigenous Drivers Invitational on the same day. Meanwhile, Amanda Turnbull was in impressive form driving five winners for the day with brothers Mitch and Nathan taking out the remaining two races on the program. Amanda also notched up a training double with runners Ranieri NZ and Tact Bess NZ and scored a quinella when Isobel Ross steered home Convair Hustler NZ to run second to the latter, unable to hold off the fast finishing stable-mate.   Amy Rees

HALF of Bathurst is headed to the Auckland Inter Dominion. Well that’s a slight exaggeration, but the country NSW town best known for its annual car race will certainly be punching above its weight at Alexandra Park with a probable five representatives in the series starting on November 29. Steve Turnbull, already an Inter Dominion winner with Smooth Satin, has three of his stable stars booked on a flight to NZ next month. “Conviction, Atomic Red and Courtsinsession are all on that flight at this stage,” Turnbull said. “Maybe they are a step below the very best ones, but I’m really happy with them all and they deserve a crack at it.” Turnbull’s daughter, Amanda, is adding to the family raid with her classy pacer Ellmers Image making the trip across as well. But it could be a non-Turnbull who represents Bathurst’s best hope in the series through Chris and Anthony Frisby’s Our Uncle Sam, runner-up to Tiger Tara in last year’s Melbourne Inter Dominion final. Our Uncle Sam returned from a spell at Bathurst last night (Wednesday) and won’t race again before crossing the Tasman to chase the NZ Cup ahead of the Inter Dominion. But Ellmers Image, Conviction, Atomic Red and Courtsinsession will only target Auckland. “Conviction won well in quick time first-up at Eugowra and runs at Menangle Saturday night, while Atomic Red and Courtsinsession have come up really well,” Steve Turnbull said from Bathurst trots last night. “Atomic Red would be the best of ours, but he has this condition where he’s been continually growing bone chips and needing them removed. About five months ago we were told he’d stabilised, so we’ve brought him back and he seems great through the trials.” Amanda Turnbull said Ellmers Image would trial Monday. “He won the consolation in last year’s Melbourne series and I think it was the making of him, he won some nice races really well afterwards,” she said. “After this trial, I’ll find a race for him then get him ready for the trip across,” she said. by Adam Hamilton

"The night before of the world's richest horse race is run in Sydney, the flutter of spring racing comes home to Condell Park's very own Bankstown Paceway next Friday, October 18th, 2019, with the start of Canterbury Bankstown's Spring Summer Carnival Series of Friday Night Harness Racing," Bankstown Paceway president David Rosen announced today.   "Race goers will be treated to an avid array of culinary delights and children's activities in a family friendly environment amid all of the on track action that makes our race club renowned for what it is," Mr Rosen told Harnesslink. "Meanwhile, in the spirit of cooperation between all three racing codes - gallops, trots and dogs, I am very pleased to announce that we will also be live streaming coverage of Sydney's very own Million Dollar Chase on multiple screens across our racecourse so that greyhound racing fans can enjoy the thunderous clap of every paw right here at Bankstown without all dramas of Sydney's inner city traffic," Mr Rosen said. "Bankstown Paceway's Spring Summer Carnival Series of Friday Night Harness Racing then continues on Friday, November 8th, followed by Friday, November 22nd (Schweppes Sydney Cup Heats), Friday, December 6th (Schweppes Sydney Cup), Friday, December 20th and Friday, December 27th, 2019 - and we look forward to welcoming racing fans from all three codes and all of their families and friends," Mr Rosen added.   Megan J. Lavender

The darling of Australian harness racing for the past decade is now a mum. Brilliant pacing machine Frith (Four Starzzz Shark-Jackie Kelly (Albert Albert), who amassed almost $1.2 million in a sensational career, recently dropped a filly foal by Sweet Lou USA. Well-known Wagga horseman Bernie Kelly, who bred and owns Frith with his wife Dianne, said the breeding game could be a little trying at times. "We've missed out with her over the past couple of years. So yes, it is very exciting," Kelly said. "Both the mare and foal are healthy - and they're being well looked after!" For the past 22 years, the couple has been based at their "Illinois Stables" at Wagga and Kelly, 82, has been a successful and long-time stalwart of the industry. "I think I first got involved in the late 1950s. We've certainly had great deal of luck over the years with some nice horses. Frith was the best," he said. The new-born foal is the latest generation in Bernie and Dianne's highly successful standardbred dynasty, going back to a filly named Illinois, purchased by Kelly before the pair were married. She produced Bernie's Sister (sired by Gay Reveller), who had Rich Sister (Richmond). She in turn produced Miss Paula (Tompkins Hanover). Miss Paula won 22 of her 64 starts, but her achievements in the breeding barn were out of this world. She had 14 foals including Albert Kelly ($322,000), Mcraes Mate ($482,000) and Greg Kelly ($345,000) along with lightly raced Jackie Kelly, four starts for three wins ($6500). But Jackie Kelly, a daughter of Albert Albert, was to leave her mark as a broodmare. Her third foal was none other than Frith, a winner of 39 races (eight at Group One level) and 14 placings from 63 starts. Her other foals were Jack Hall (16 wins, 27 placings $81,000), Jack Rustler (4w, 36p $44,000), Night Reveller (1p), Stening (20w, 18p $148,000), Sophie Stening (5w, 11p $27,000), Molly Kelly (15w, 13p $304,000), Delightful Jackie (2w, 3p $26,000), and Jacquelyn Annie (1w, 3p $10,000) who is still racing. The Kellys have taken Jackie Kelly to Four Starzzz Shark on four occasions for Frith, Molly Kelly and an unnamed 2016 bay filly. The mare was also served last breeding season. Frith, who thrilled harness racing fans wherever she went, captured the 2yo $100,000 Woodlands Stud Bathurst Gold Tiara Group One Final in March, 2012. Then three months later she won a semi-final of the $25,000 Alabar Breeders' Challenge before running fourth in the $125,000 final to Married to the Mob. The scintillating Frith in action Her three-year-old season was awesome with wins in the Victorian Oaks second heat and $100,000 Group One final; Bathurst $40,000 Gold Bracelet Group Three final; WA Oaks, the Breeders' Challenge and Breeders' Crown. She was the toast of her three-year-old term, with HRNSW unanimously crowning the exciting filly as Horse of the Year. The awards continued in 2015 when Frith was named NSW Aged Mare of the Year and her mother being awarded NSW Broodmare of the Year. After winning her first four races of her career (Young, Leeton and two at Bathurst), it would have been most fitting for the super mare to retire on a winning note. Frith got beaten at Menangle on February 25, 2017, in her grand finale. But she didn't go down in the $200,000 Ladyship Mile without a fight, beaten a whisker by A Piccadilly Princess (Nat Rasmussen) in 1.50-4! And for trivia buffs, Bruce Harpley drove Frith to 29 of her wins. Others to taste victory with the bonny mare included Luke and Todd McCarthy, Chris Voak, Ashlee Grives, Kerryn Manning, Nathan Xuereb and Jake Stockton.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

A smaller than expected crowd witnessed some exciting harness racing and close finishes at the Young Paceway last Friday night. A highlight of the evening was the winning double by local trainer Peter Schiller with Corporal Jujon and So Much Bettor. Racing opened with an odds on favourite, Isntthatright ($1.80) failing to impress after being three back the pegs and failing to secure a run finishing sixth behind Enk Spot Shannon ($21) for Peter Bullock and McKayler Barnes and minor placegetters last start Canberra winner Impertinent Boy and Billysbredone. The mile rating of 2:01.5 was to be one of the better times on the night with the winner posting a 53/4 winning margin for his seventh win. It was to be a better result for favourite backers when Corporal Jujon ($1.60) led at the bell after setting two first quarter times of below average in 32.7 and 33.1 to come home in 29.7 and a conservative mile rating of 2:05.1 in defeating A Good Ideal and Just Smoken by a 1.2 metre margin. Corporal Jujon has now won eleven races from just over 70 starts. Junee trained six-year-old mare Fastestgirlintown ($5.00) proved to be just that winning race three in grand style for Molly Turton. Locally trained favourite in the race She Owns The Day ($2.15) came from sixth at the bell and just failed to run down the winner in an exciting finish.  Mah Koo Loo Queen ($2.70) wins with a narrow 1/2 head win over I'll Be A Lady. Photo: Martyn Langfield   Another locally trained pacer in Uroc Baby filled the minor placing with the race again not producing any fast times. The winners mile rate being 2.08.6 and a margin of 7.4 metres in favour of the winner. The second of the Peter Schiller trained pacers, So Much Bettor was, as the name suggests, too much better for favourite Arcachon ($2.80) rating a slick 1:58.3 and outsider Soffire Girl ($81.0). The winner started at the good odds of $5.50. The final of the HRNSW Rewards Series resulted in a win for the locally trained Play Up A Storm ($2.40) for John Vautin. A last start Wagga winner in the heats, Play Up A Storm has shown vast improvement over recent weeks and his win was certainly not unexpected with a leaders time of 30.2 for the final quarter and a mile rating of 2:04.4. Racing concluded with race six and here the winner, Mah Koo Loo Queen ($2.70) provided the right medicine for owner Peter Sykes with a narrow 1/2 head win over I'll Be A Lady and early leader Hello Miss Kitty a head away in third. A mile rating of 2:01.7. Unfortunately Peter has not been in the best of health recently and his excitement in seeing his Josh Powderly trained mare win her seventh race from 50 starts was a joy to behold. Young harness racing club will race again on Tuesday, October 22 followed by a meeting on Tuesday night, October 29. By Stuart Maxwell Reprinted with permission of The Young Witness

Cessnock-based teenage harness racing driver Blake Hughes has created history with a "fab five" night he's going to remember for many years to come. "I thought I had a few nice drives at Tamworth, but it turned out to be amazing," he said. The 17-year-old became the youngest reinsman ever to drive five winners at a meeting - and achieved the record just 11 months into his driving career. And with an ounce of luck it could have been a "sensational six" as he went down by nostril with one of his other drives. "I'm still chuckling a bit about the narrow defeat because I honestly thought I'd got up on that one!" Hughes said. The youngster is working for astute trainer Clayton Harmey and four of his winners were for his mentor. The other one was prepared by Jarred Hetherington, of Narrabri. While Hughes got a treble at Newcastle not that long ago, he's the first to admit that Tamworth has been a "happy hunting ground" for him. "I've probably driven at the track four or five times previously, and each time I've been lucky enough to go home with a winner. I'll make sure I keep going there in the future, that's for sure," Hughes said. While growing up in Maitland, the horse-mad Hughes admits that he would spend every spare minute at the stables of his uncle Paul Morgan. "I'd be around there all the time after school and at weekends. Then when I heard Clayton was looking for someone to help out at his stables, I jumped at it," he said. "I had to convince mum (Jennifer) as I'd only done the first term of Year 11 at school. But she was okay with it and is now my biggest supporter, coming to all the meetings which is great. "Mum was at Tamworth the other night so of course she was pretty excited for me." Hughes said he had a reasonably slow start to his career. "It actually took me about 20 drives before I got my first winner at Newcastle. I ended up with 15 wins last season, but getting a few winners lately is giving me more opportunities," he said. "I get a five claim as a concession driver and other trainers are starting to take a bit more notice, so it's all good." Hughes' older brother Jake was also in the action at Tamworth, landing the winner of the opening event in Three Mugs In (Tell All USA-Taralinger (D M Dillinger), trained by Greg Franklin. Jake is employed by leading gallops trainer Chris Lees. The five winners for Blake at Tamworth were: Chevrons Reward (Rocknroll Hanover-C C Lobell (Christian Cullen); Tap It In (Mr Feelgood USA-Get Happy (P B Bullville); Jimmy The Editor (Bettors Delight USA-Easy Falcon (Falcon Seelster); Platinum Revolution (Changeover NZ-Champagne Franco (Falcon Seelster) and Lady Sharnae NZ (TinTin In America-Lets Appeal (Holmes Hanover USA).   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Yirribee Pacing Stud’s resident stallion Million Dollar Cam was named as the 2018/19 NSW Sire of the Year at the industry Awards Night last Saturday. He left 44 individual winners and progeny earnings of $687,000. Million Dollar Cam was represented by four winners last week including Alimonie, who streeted his rivals in the Reward Series Final at Newcastle in a career-best 1:56.8. Our Millionaire (1:59.2, Ballarat), who was bred and raised by Yirribee, Whatta Conk (1:57.9, Penrith) and Summer Money (1:59.9, Tamworth) were other recent winners sired by Million Dollar Cam. The Yirribee Stud stallions Tintin In America, Caribbean Blaster and Lombo Pocket Watch all led in winners during the week. The Tintin In America mare Lady Sharnae NZ won at her Australian debut at Tamworth, the Yirribee bred four-year-old Cambo Blaster (by Caribbean Blaster) won his second race in 1:59.2 at Bathurst, while Willem (by Lombo Pocket Watch) was a most impressive winner in 1:57.2 at Shepparton. Million Dollar Cam, Tintin In America, Caribbean Blaster and Lombo Pocket Watch are part of an imposing Yirribee Pacing Stud sire roster for the upcoming season. They are joined by Australasian champions Lazarus and Lennytheshark and the revered North American duo, Warrawee Needy and Fear The Dragon.   By Peter Wharton

FOR the second year in a row Tiger Tara has been crowned the Gallagher New South Wales Horse of the Year. Receiving 100 per cent of the votes, Tiger Tara was handed the honour at the Harness Racing New South Wales Awards Night on Saturday. Tiger Tara certainly had a year to remember on track taking out the Tabcorp Inter Dominion as well as the Hunter and Victoria Cups and pocketing $865,500 in prizemoney along the way. The Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation responsible for Racing, the Hon Kevin Anderson was in attendance and presented Club Menangle Chairman Ray Sharman Australia's highest harness racing award, the JP Stratton Award, for his 26 years of service on that Board. Harness Racing NSW would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of tonight's award winners. Listed below are all of the 2018/19 award winners which were presented in front of a capacity crowd, hosted by Mark McNamara.   HORSE OF THE YEAR AWARDS   Arthur J. Gallagher NSW Horse of the Year: Tiger Tara Club Menangle Two-Year-Old of the Year: Expensive Ego Cockburn & Co NSW Two-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pacer of the Year: Expensive Ego Cockburn & Co NSW Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year: Michelle Lee Mac Cockburn & Co NSW Two-Year-Old Trotter of the Year: Playboy In Paris Club Menangle NSW Three-Year-Old of the Year: Muscle Factory Sydney Morning Herald NSW Three-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pacer of the Year: Muscle Factory Sydney Morning Herald NSW Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year: Miss Streisand Sydney Morning Herald NSW 3YO Trotter of the Year: Caligula Club Menangle NSW Aged Horse of the Year: Tiger Tara KS Black & Co NSW Aged Entire/Gelding Pacer of the Year: Tiger Tara KS Black & Co NSW Aged Mare Pacer of the Year: Major Occasion KS Black & Co NSW Aged Trotter of the Year: Tough Monarch Daily Form Service NSW Broodmare of the Year: Miss Brazillian Daily Form Service NSW Sire of the Year: Million Dollar Cam   PARTICIPANT AWARDS   TAB Kevin Newman Award For Driving Excellence: Anthony Frisby Lexus Of Parramatta Junior Trainer Encouragement Award: Brooke Wilkins Lexus of Parramatta Junior Driver Encouragement Award: Joshua Gallagher KARI Indigenous Participant of the Year: James Sutton Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Leading Hobbyist Driver: Cassie Robinson Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Leading Hobbyist Trainer: Wayne Sullivan Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Leading Trotting Trainer and Driver: Blake Fitzpatrick Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Champion Junior Driver: Cameron Hart Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Champion Driver: Todd McCarthy Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Champion Trainer: KerryAnn Turner GHD NSW Owner of the Year: Greg and Mandy Targett IntelliTek NSW Breeder of the Year: Greg and Mandy Targett Harness Racing NSW Service to the Breeding Industry: Peter and Marie Neil   CLUB MENANGLE AWARDS Lexus of Parramatta Medal: Lachie Manzelmann Lexus of Parramatta Club Menangle First Lady Award: Gemma Rue Lexus of Parramatta Club Menangle Metropolitan Driver: Todd McCarthy Lexus of Parramatta Club Menangle Metropolitan Trainer: Shane and Lauren Tritton   DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS HRNSW Don Clough Award: Lorraine Pozza HRNSW Industry Contribution Award: Jim Bell HRNSW Club Volunteer Awards: Ann Brown (Tamworth HRC), Brian Hay (Wagga HRC), Jan Hay (Wagga HRC), Peter Jones (Eugowra HRC), Terry McMillen (Wagga HRC)   CARNIVAL OF CUPS AWARDS Tabcorp Carnival of Cups Horse of the Series: Ned Pepper Tabcorp Best Community Engagement Club: Coolamon HRC Tabcorp Best Fraternity Engagement Club: Young HRC Tabcorp Best Club with a feature race over $30,000: Eugowra HRC Tabcorp Best Club with a feature race between $13,001 and $30,000: Temora HRC Tabcorp Best Club with a feature race to a max of $13,000: Newcastle HRC   To access photos from the night please click here.   AMANDA RANDO MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES

Grand Circuit pacer Bling It On is making a racetrack return. Having stood at stud and served close to 200 mares, the nine-year-old stallion will trial at Menangle on Monday. Bling It On feels well enough for a racing return according to regular driver Luke McCarthy. “Yank is back,” said McCarthy. “I’ve driven him in fast work and in a couple of private trials around Menangle and he feels as good as he ever has. “I’m pretty confident he will make a strong return based on the way his work has been.” Bling It On had his last race start on June 9, 2018, in the Group 3 J.D. Watts Memorial and the decision was made to pull the pin on his racing career after he finished ninth. He then spent nine months in the paddock but $1.6million earner had other ideas on paddock life. “He was running around and looked really sound,” said McCarthy. “He is a type that does a little too well in the paddock and was getting a bit on the heavier side so the decision was made to jog him over the winter. “He was sound and felt so good, they decided to press on with him and now he is trialling. “If connections thought he couldn’t get back to racing at the top level they wouldn’t entertain the idea of bringing him back in work but his work has been so strong. “He will keep doing stud work and if we are happy with him on Monday we’ll keep going with him.” Bling It On won the 2017 A.G. Hunter Cup in Victoria and three starts later was involved in a race fall at Albion Park and sustained injuries that was then thought to be career ending. After extensive rehabilitation, the son of American Ideal returned to the races five months later and won his first three starts back, including his 1:50.8 career best performance at Menangle. He placed in his three starts after that, however, finished out of the money in his last three starts. In his time away from the racetrack he has sustained a stud career with his oldest progeny now yearlings.   AMANDA RANDO MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

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