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On Saturday night, the next leg of the 2021 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit takes place with the running of the $1 million Garrards Miracle Mile at TABCORP Park, Menangle. It is ‘Australasia’s Premier Harness Racing Speed Test’ and first staged in 1967 when Robin Dundee prevailed at Harold Park before switching to its current home since 2009. The list of champions that have won the sprint feature reads deep although some obvious names are missing with the race proving elusive. Six equine freaks have recorded back-to-back victories including Westburn Grant (1989/90), Chokin (1993/94), Holmes DG (1999/2000), Sokyola (2003/04), Be Good Johnny (2005/06) and Smoken Up (2010/11). West Australian Village Kid also won two Miracle Miles, but the wins were split by New Zealand pacer Master Mood. This weekend, King Of Swing is aiming to become the seventh pacer to claim back-to-back titles following his triumph last year in 1:48.0. Oddly, King Of Swing will become the first pacer to record repeat victories with different trainers if successful. Last year, the hulking Rocknroll Hanover entire was prepared by Craig Cross while this year he races under the banner of Belinda McCarthy. King Of Swings boasts an outstanding record at Menangle with 11 wins from 13 starts, he was the runner-up in the other two starts behind Balraj and Ignatius (whom he meets again on Saturday night). The Cobbitty based mentor will be represented by three runners including the defending champion plus Expensive Ego and Alta Orlando. Only King Of Swing and Alta Orlando back-up from last year’s edition – Mark Purdon took the drive behind Alta Orlando who finished third behind King Of Swing and Lochinvar Art. Champion reinsman Chris Alford takes the drive behind Alta Orlando this year. Can history repeat? Last year, Luke McCarthy beat David Moran and the pair will battle again this weekend with McCarthy driving King Of Swing while Moran has been booked for the stablemate, last start Chariots of Fire winner Expensive Ego. If any of McCarthy’s trio scores, she will join her father-in-law John (Be Good Johnny) as a dual winner of the famed sprint after winning back in 2013 with Baby Bling. Also, she will officially become the most successful female trainer in the event’s history. Natalie Rasmussen was the co-trainer of 2019 winner Spankem but not officially recognized in 2016 when Have Faith In Me proved triumphant. Interestingly, the last stable to have a trio of chances in the event was the All Stars (Purdon & Rasmussen) two years ago when Spankem beat Thefixer while Chase Auckland finished fourth. Also, Spankem was the last horse to complete the Chariots of Fire/Miracle Mile double while the McCarthy prepared Expensive Ego is looking to join him this year. If King Of Swing repeats, he will become the 15th richest Australia/New Zealand bred pacer with earnings of $2,298,796. The list of pacers ahead of him includes Blacks A Fake, Im Themightyquinn, Lazarus, Smoken Up, Monkey King, Lennytheshark, Christen Me, Bit Of A Legend, Shartin (mare), Smolda, Terror To Love, Tiger Tara, Chicago Bull and Changeover. Also, he will become the 7th highest earning stallion behind Lazarus, Lennytheshark, Bit Of A Legend, Terror To Love, Tiger Tara and Changeover. The Roy Roots Jnr trained The Black Prince who stamped his ticket via his victory in the Newcastle Mile is looking to become the first pacer since Beautide (2013) to complete the double. Westburn Grant is only other pacer who has completed the double, he did it back in 1990. Bonny New Zealand mare Stylish Memphis becomes the first pacer to compete in the Chariots of Fire/Ladyship Mile and Miracle Mile in the same year. Prepared by 2003 World Driving Champion Mark Jones, this is his first runner as a trainer although he has driven in the Miracle Mile previously when partnering Mach Beauty (7th) in the 2013 edition. The last mare to win the Miracle Mile was Baby Bling back in 2013 while other mares that have won include inaugural winner Robin Dundee (1967) plus Norms Daughter (1996). Since the Miracle Mile took-up residency at Menangle on the 1400m oval back in 2009, only Kiwi Ingenuity (4th – 2009), Make Mine Cullen (5th – 2010), Baby Bling (1st – 2013), Arms Of An Angel (3rd – 2016) and Bettors Heart (7th – 2020) have competed in the sprint. Stylish Memphis joins that list this weekend. Driver Jack Trainor (Stylish Memphis) is the only driver competing this year for the first time while four drivers have won previously including Luke McCarthy (King Of Swing – 2020), James Rattray (Beautide – 2013), Chris Alford (Lennytheshark – 2017) and Anthony Butt (My Field Marshal – 2018). Robbie Morris (Karloo Mick 2nd in 2011), David Moran (Lochinvar Art 2nd in 2020) and Greg Sugars (Soho Tribeca 3rd in 2018) have all been placed in previous Miracle Miles. Of the eight runners this weekend, only two stallions are duly represented with Bettors Delight (The Black Prince & Stylish Memphis) and Rock N Roll Heaven (Expensive Ego & Wolf Stride) having multiple runners. The fastest time in a Miracle Mile is 1:46.9 set by My Field Marshal back in 2018 while the slowest winning time recorded at Menangle is 1:51.8 back in 2011. Since being staged at Menangle from 2009, here’s a snapshot of times; 2020 – won by King Of Swing – 1st quarter 25.9 – 1st half in 54.7 – winning time 1:48.0 2019 – won by Spankem – 1st quarter 26.9 – 1st half in 55.1 – winning time 1:47.7 2018 – won by My Field Marshal – 1st quarter 26.3 – 1st half in 53.6– winning time 1:46.9 2017 – won by Lennytheshark – 1st quarter 24.8 – 1st half in 55.1 – winning time 1:49.2 2016 – won by Have Faith In Me – 1st quarter 26.4 – 1st half in 53.8 – winning time 1:47.5 2014 – won by Christen Me – 1st quarter in 25.2 – 1st half in 53.7 – winning time 1:49.1 2013 – won by Beautide – 1st quarter in 26.6 – 1st half in 55.4 – winning time 1:50.2 2013 – won by Baby Bling – 1st quarter in 26.1 – 1st half in 54.4 – winning time 1:50.5 2011 – won by Smoken Up – 1st quarter in 26.7 – 1st half in 56.6 – winning time 1:51.8 2010 – won by Smoken Up – 1st quarter in 27 – 1st half in 56.2 – winning time 1:50.3 2009 – won by Monkey King – 1st quarter in 26.2 – 1st half in 55.6 – winning time 1:50.8 And here is a list of the eight starters this year and their quickest time. The Black Prince – 1:51.0 Ignatius – 1:50.2 Expensive Ego – 1:48.9* Alta Orlando – 1:49.8 King Of Swing – 1:48.0 Wolf Stride – 1:49.1* Out To Play – 1:53.3 Stylish Memphis – 1:49.2* *Indicates recorded at their most recent start The 2021 Garrards Miracle Mile is only the second leg of the current APG Grand Circuit and with Hunter Cup hero Lochinvar Art not starting this weekend, it provides reigning Grand Circuit champion King Of Swing a clear opportunity to retake the lead if successful while Alta Orlando is eyeing major points following his second placing in the Hunter Cup last month. Lochinvar Art banked the maximum 100 points with his Hunter Cup triumph while Alta Orlando (60) and King Of Swing (40) are poised to strike. The 2021 APG Grand Circuit takes in seven events throughout Australasia.   by Chris Barsby

The promising Tintin In America gelding Knockawarwon NZ, a younger brother of champion racemare Shartin, was a very impressive winner at his second start at Menangle on Tuesday (February 23). The four-year-old pinged straight to the front and was never seriously challenged thereafter, scoring untouched in 1:53.6. Watch the race click here! Tintin In America was also represented by The Meadowlands, New Jersey winner God’s Spirit (1:51.8). Yirribee Pacing Stud’s newest addition, Renaissance Man, left a pair of Gloucester Park winners recently. Ourboybart notched his seventh success in runaway fashion in a 1:58.2 rate, while Apologize won for the fourth time. Million Dollar Cam, who has enjoyed a solid start to the year, left winners in three States in Christian Shannon (Tamworth and Newcastle), Camroller (Redcliffe) and Levi Jimmy (Devonport), while world champion Warrawee Needy’s daughter Deprived won again at Northfield Park, Ohio in 1:58.2. Tintin In America, Renaissance Man, Million Dollar Cam and Warrawee Needy are members of the star-studded Yirribee Pacing Stud sire roster.   By Peter Wharton

It’s not every harness racing driver who gets to steer home her first winner with her sister and mentor right by her side. But that was the case for first season Broken Hill reinswoman Stevie Robinson whose breakthrough race win last Saturday night was part of a photo-finish family quinella with her much more experienced sister Cassie. “It was pretty awesome hitting the line.  If you look at the photo, Cassie’s laughing – but I’ve got my ‘race face’ on – and we really didn’t know who had got there!” Stevie said. “I was on Maythehorsebwithu (Always A Virgin – Seyah Tess (Die Laughing), my favorite horse and Cassie was on the stablemate Dribblabill.  He’s got a big boof head and Cassie did say she thought she’d got me by a head,” she said. “But when the result came in and I’d got there with ‘Jed’, I told her I’d beaten her by a lip!”   Maythehorsebwithu trained by Don Pimm gives a memorable first win for driver Stevie Robinson, pictured with her husband Tobias Hack (Photo: Tim Gimbert Images) The Robinson sisters are part of the team at the stables of veteran Broken Hill trainer Don Pimm – Cassie has been there “since she was a kid”, but Stevie is a relative newcomer. They’re also the daughters of dedicated Broken Hill club secretary Tracey Robinson, who is the prime mover ensuring the success of the outback NSW club’s annual summer season – and its feature meeting, the Carnival of Cups on March 12. “Mum absolutely just lives and breathes it – the trots are her life – and Cassie has always been horse mad. But I couldn’t have cared less when we were kids,” Stevie said. “I was interested in friends, socialising, school and sport.  And horses didn’t count because they took me away from my other sport,” she laughed. “But basically, Cassie and Don ended up with too many horses a few years back, to put it politely, and Don’s no spring chicken now, so Cassie first asked me to help out on race nights.  “It’s just gone from there and I’ve gradually got more and more involved from strapping on race nights, to them giving me nice quiet horses to jog, then starting to do fast work a few years back.” The 29-year-old (she celebrated her birthday just a few days after her first winner) said her decision to become a reinswoman was prompted by the limited pool of race drivers in the Silver City. “We rely really heavily on the visiting drivers from Mildura and they’re fantastic, but it does get to the stage where if we get too many horses from the stable in the race, it’s tricky to find drivers,” she said. “So l said to Cassie I was thinking about getting my licence, and she told me to go for it.” But that was only the beginning.  The isolation of the Western NSW mining city meant considerable effort to comply with licencing requirements and Stevie clocked up plenty of miles for trial drives – to Globe Derby (570km), Mildura (300km) and Ouyen (400 kilometres). “The trainers were absolutely fantastic in supporting me, so I got some really great experience at different tracks and different horses, but it was still pretty daunting when I finally made it to the races at our first meeting,” Stevie said. “I was that nervous and I felt so sick but there’s nothing like driving your own horse, and when I got him around safely, I was as happy as Larry from there,” she said. “My first drive was a runner-up, and that was a bit of a ‘holy crap’ moment! Cassie gave me some feedback and hints about my drives, and I applied them this week and got my win.  She’s been great – I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher.” The Pimm-Robinson team has nine in work and Stevie estimates there are around 30 locally-based horses. “Obviously we could always do with more, it’s always our biggest issue.  If all the horses in town were racing, we would just scrape through for the required 30 for a (five race) meeting, but with injuries and spells that really just doesn’t usually ever quite work out,” she said. “We’ve got a good number of horses up here – and there’s one trainer who looks like he might be coming back to the area, so the signs are good.  We’re always on the precipice but the Mildura trainers are fantastic in supporting us and helping us to hold up numbers each week. “We have great sponsor support, and a dedicated bunch of people behind the scenes who work so hard and countless hours to make it all happen. I think that’s the best part.  “It brings people together, a lot of people are active and involved and we’ve got a community that just loves the sport – it makes all the hard work worthwhile.” And if being part of the unique Broken Hill harness racing experience is on your bucket list, the club’s March 12 Carnival of Cups TAB meeting is a must!  It will no doubt again attract the interest of visiting interstate trainers with the $16,000 Rocky Baker Memorial the feature, and all other races on the program with stakes upwards of $8500.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

DESPITE his proven success in harness racing Bathurst horseman Nathan Turnbull would be the first to admit that he has been overshadowed by his younger sister Amanda, who is now recognised as being in the top echelon of trainer-drivers across Australasia. When he left school, the eldest son of champion horseman Steve Turnbull was immediately propelled into the role as stable foreman at Radiant Lodge as the family were riding high on the back of the success of their then star gelding Smooth Satin, who won a plethora of feature races, including the Inter Dominion and Miracle Mile at the famed Harold Park. In the years following, Nathan followed a checkered path that saw him take a complete break from the sport and shortly after returning to the fold, he suffered a nasty and debilitating broken leg. Turnbull trains his team out of The Lagoon and has met with good success with his best-performed pacer being metropolitan winner Power Of Red. Tonight, at his home track of Bathurst, Nathan gets his chance to add another feature race win to his record when he drives exciting prospect Allset in the $16,700 Bedwells Feed Barn Star Trek Final.  He is driving the gelding for sister Amanda, who qualified three horses for the final. Amanda will drive race favourite Bundoran while her stable foreman, Isobel Ross takes the drive on Wattlebank Lass. In fact, the Turnbull family appear to have a stranglehold on the Star Trek with Steve qualifying two runners and Josh one. “Amanda asked me if I would drive Allset for her and I never hesitated,” said Nathan. “I went over and had a drive on him in trackwork and he gave me a great feel, I think he is the makings of a very nice horse. “The horse Amanda is driving is going to be very hard to beat but Allset has the better draw so I should be in front of Bundoran from the start and hopefully I can steal a break on them.  “The Star Trek is a race I would love to win. “I have a couple racing later in the night and think that Red Envy is going well enough to win.  “She is having her second run for David and Chrissy Ford from Dubbo and her first-up fourth impressed me.”    HRNSW MEDIA | MICHAEL DUMESNY

THE resurrection of classy former Kiwi trotter McLovin has created a “good” problem for Kate Gath. With a string of major trotting races looming, most notably the Great Southern Star on February 6, Gath will inevitably have to choose between McLovin, rising star Majestuoso and long-time stable star Tornado Valley as her drive. McLovin showed he was right when he sat parked and scored arguably the best win of his career in the Group 1 Maori Mile at Bendigo on Saturday night. Despite doing all the work outside the leader, McLovin clocked a 1min54.2sec mile – just 0.1sec outside Tornado Valley’s race and track record. McLovin ran past star mare Red Hot Tooth who led and held-off another glamour mare, Dance Craze, along the sprint lane, to win by a head in closing splits of 55.7 and 27.6sec. The win gave Team Gath their third successive win in the Maori Mile with Tornado Valley having won the past two. “It was a huge run, his form over the short trip is super. I won’t say I was confident of winning knowing we’d have to sit parked, but I was confident he’d run a great race,” Kate Gath said. “He’s really in the zone at the moment, his work at home this time in has been fantastic.” Majestuoso was scratched from the race after hanging in trackwork and not pleasing the stable during the week, but he’s got time on his side of the upcoming features. Kate Gath confirmed Tornado Valley was close to a return. “He’s almost ready. He’s getting older and time will tell if he’s still right up with the very best of them,” she said. Asked if she had a preference to drive when they clash, Gath said: “Hopefully they are all going well at the time and then it’ll be a matter of choosing then, but McLovin is right there with them at the moment.” _________________________________________________________________________________________ EMERGING star Wolf Stride bounced-back from a couple of costly defeats to impressively win the Group 2 Bendigo Cup and effectively snare a Hunter Cup berth in the process. And the win in Saturday night’s feature was the first “major” in Victoria for the training partnership of Anthony Butt and Sonya Smith. Butt touted Wolf Stride as a budding Grand Circuit player early last year and it’s all starting to come together. It was a big effort to come from an outside back row draw, three (albeit with cover) for the last 1300m and still power home to win. Wolf Stride enjoyed the genuinely run affair with a mile rate of 1min55.8sec for the long 2650m trip, just 0.9sec outside the record Cody Bailey set in the Cup last year. The rejuvenated Fourbigmen ran a fantastic race for second for Emma Stewart and Kate Gath and his run served to underline the strength of the form around Lochinvar Art. Fourbigmen’s previous run was second to Lochinvar Art – beaten 30.5m – in the Group 1 Vicbred 4YO final on New Year’s Eve. _________________________________________________________________________________________ GIFTED pacer Bletchley Park is starting to emerge in his own right. Long known as the baby brother of superstar performer Bling It On, Bletchley Park blazed his way to a 16th career win, this time at Group 2 level in the $50,000 Village Kid Sprint at Gloucester Park last Friday night. It took his earnings past $310,000 and underlined the training genius of hobbyis Stephen Reed, who took on Bletchley Park from his father Mike at the end of 2019. Stephen Reed is best known for rejuvenating Lovers Delight to run second to Lennytheshark in a Perth Inter Dominion final, but Bletchley Park represents the best opportunity he’s had yet given he is still just a five-year-old. Bletchley Park had to burn through a 26.6sec opening quarter to hold the lead from gate two for Lindsay Harper and a scocrging 54.8sec first half, but kept finding to beat WA Cup hero Vultan Tin by 3.3m in a 1min52.4sec mile rate for 1720m. The 1min52.4sec mile rate was just 0.8sec outside Chicago Bull’s track record. Owner Albert Walmsley praised Reed’s work with Bletchley Park. “All credit to Stephen Reed for improving Bletchley Park with beach work at Bunbury. He has blossomed since we transferred to Stephen las year,” Walmsley told the West Australian newspaper. “He thrives on being kept in a paddock most of the time.” Walmsley ruled-out a Hunter Cup or Miracle Mile tilt in coming weeks,. “We’ll keep him racing in Perth racing even if the border restrictions are lifted. He’s suited at Gloucester Park and can continue winning here.” Bletchley Park’s dam, Alldatglittersisgold, has had eight foals to race, all winners with Bling It On (49 wins and $1.88mil) and Miracle Mile winner Baby Bling (21 wins, $854,490) being star performers. _________________________________________________________________________________________ RECENT Kiwi import The Croupier snared a Group 3 win for Craig Cross, but upstaged one of his stable “glamour boys” in the process. Chariots Of Fire favourite Expensive Ego was $1.25 favourite to make it four wins from as many starts for Cross, but did a power of work from a wide draw and was nosed-out by The Croupier right on the wire. It was an improved effort by the $61 outsider who could only manage fourth in his heat of the Group 3 Agnes Bank Equine series a week earlier. The son of Roll With Joe, who won four of his 25 NZ runs, has raced five times in NSW for Cross for two wins, a second and a third. Expensive Ego lost no admirers after working three-wide from the outside draw then eventually sitting parked and fighting hard late in a slick 1min50.9sec mile.   by Adam Hamilton

Sadly there was no blockbuster Elvis meeting but that didn't mean the Parkes Harness Racing Club didn't put on another cracker of an evening for participants and supporters of pacing. Track curator Brett Hutchings did a great job to get the track up to scratch following the huge storm, and after a brief early shower punters were treated to a meeting that saw plenty of big value winners. The Elvis Championship headlined the meeting, and Blayney trainer Phil Bourke took out the $10,550 race with his eight-year-old gelding Mister Haywood ($2.70), with talented concession reinsman Tom Pay aboard. After securing the gun draw, Pay was relatively untroubled as the gelding showed good gate speed, leading the whole race to eventually win by a comfortable six metres. Jack Rocks ($4 place) is now proving himself to be a good value expert of sorts, winning his last start at the track at the astounding odds of $61 before securing second in the Championship after being one back on the pegs at the healthy place odds of $4. It was a concession driver treble, with Parkes' William Cassell piloting Jumping Jack Jimmy home ($1.85 fixed place) from three wide down the straight, with the first three all comfortably ahead of the rest of the field. The most impressive win of the night belonged to Semi Sensation ($1.45) who was previously racing in stronger company at Menangle and Penrith before switching to the Bathurst-based Michael Muscat stable. The mare rolled forward from three wide and led for the rest of the race; streaking away on the back straight to record a dominant 26 metre win with the experienced Doug Hewitt aboard. It was Hewitt's second win for the evening, with the in-form Amanda Turnbull also driving a double aboard Lucky Ava ($2.60) and Ideologist ($1.22). The next meeting at the Parkes Harness Racing Club is the Australia Day meeting, which is sure to be a fun and exciting affair for the whole family. By Kristy Williams Reprinted with permission of The Parkes Champion Post

THE Bathurst Gold Crown will be the largest Carnival in regional Australia again in 2021. With four Group 1 races guaranteed, the finals will remain at $100,000 each. More than $600,000 in prizemoney will be on offer across five meetings in two weeks. All kicking off on Wednesday March 17, the Gold Crown Carnival will continue on March 19, March 22, March 24 and culminate on March 27. At that final meeting will be the Group 1 Gold Crown and Gold Tiara finals for the two-year-old colts and geldings and also the fillies, respectively. Also will be the Group 1 Gold Chalice and Gold Bracelet for the three-year-old colts and geldings and also the fillies, respectively. Whilst the two-year-old finals have held $100,000 in stakes consistently since 2005, the three-year-old finals were boosted to $100,000 in 2019 and Harness Racing New South Wales Chief Executive John Dumesny is proud that this can be maintained for 2021. “Whilst COVID caused constraint in the funding of feature races in 2020 the outlook for the coming year is improved and with such, the support of Group 1 races in all regions can be confirmed,” Dumesny said. “The Gold Crown Carnival was the first of its kind across Australia and remains the only one outside of the major track in any state. “The succession of Bathurst Club Committees and Chief Executives over the past three decades must be admired for the effort for building the Carnival into what it is now with four Group 1 events.”   Bathurst Gold Crown Carnival dates: Wednesday March 17 – Gold Tiara Heats Friday March 19 – Gold Crown Heats Monday March 22 – Gold Chalice and Bracelet Heats Wednesday March 24 – Hondo Grattan & Rowleyalla Sprints and Lombo La Fe Fe Vase Saturday March 27 – Gold Crown Carnival Finals   Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 33 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by a Board of Directors and is independent of Government. HRNSW CONTACT FOR THIS MATTER: SHAUN SNUDDEN | Manager Industry Development   HRNSW MEDIA

A handful of Young harness racing trainers will head to Junee on Tuesday, hoping to secure an early Christmas gift. Monterei Duke for Rodney Blythe is aiming to get back in the winners circle after back-to-back wins at Young in August and September. The five-year-old gelding has failed to make the top three in his last eight starts and will be looking for improvement in the Havashed Pace (1760m). He'll have to come from gate seven in the second row, following the pole marker. Stablemate Hello Miss Kitting has drawn the pole marker position in the front row. The six-year-old mare is set to make her 61st race outing in the Next Meeting 19th January Pace (1760m). Hello Miss Kitty registered three minor placings including two second in November and will be looking to go one better on Tuesday. Victory would be her first since October, 2018. Other trainers from the area will be engaged. David Micallef from Monteagle has seven horses prepared, including two in the Judds Horse Supplies 2YO Pace (1760m). Caribbean Princess will make her second competitive outing after a fourth place finish at Young last week. Stablemate Beryl will have her third race. Both are chasing maiden wins. Michael Prest, Rick Burnett, Allen Smithers, Josh Podwerly, John Downey, Todd Day and Wayne Friend also have runners engaged. Reprinted with permission of The Young Witness

THE festive season always delivers a wonderful atmosphere with several regional harness racing clubs hosting Carnival of Cups features. On Friday, the Dubbo Harness Racing Club celebrated what has been a trying year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic by staging an exciting night of racing with the feature, the $30,000 Trump Bloodstock Red Ochre Mares Classic providing former Queensland driver, Isobel Ross with her first Group race win. Ross was aboard the Amanda Turnbull-trained Gotta Party Doll and she charged the mare out of the gate to eventually find the top after just 500 metres. From there Ross rated the mare perfectly and leaving the back for the final time, she allowed Gotta Party to extend, racing clear to score by almost 18 metres. After the race, Ross struggled to contain her excitement, caught up in the moment of realising what she had just achieved. “I am so grateful to Amanda for letting me drive this girl,” she said. “She has done so much for me in my driving career and I cannot thank her enough. “I love driving this mare, she is such a lovely horse.” Amanda Turnbull dominated the meeting by landing both a training and driving treble, including a powerful win aboard Shoobee Doo in the Quambys Stayers Cup, a race she has won a number of times. The win gives Shoobee Doo automatic entry into next Saturday night’s Group 2, $40,000 Shirley Turnbull Memorial, the headline event for the Bathurst Club’s Carnival of Cups.   HRNSW MEDIA

IT has been a decade since the last race was run at Harold Park.  On December 17, 2010, Dubbo champion, the late Karloo Mick, etched his name in the history books when becoming the last horse to ever win a race at the Glebe hollow.  The track that created champions and fulfilled many dreams for horsemen and women a like, is now a space that accommodates around 2,500 residents.  This prime land was purchased off the New South Wales Harness Racing Club by Mirvac for $185million and ‘The Ribbon Of Light’ of Friday night trots at Harold Park will be honoured tonight at Tabcorp Park Menangle with the Group 3 Celebrating Harold Park Cup.  Dominate trainer Craig Cross has six of the 10 starters including the TAB Fixed Odds favourite who has firmed from $1.25.  Cash N Flow has won his last 13 Menangle starts and rated a personal best 1:49.0 last August.    iForm Menangle best bet Race 2: Wrangler (9) Can regain some winning form finding this easier than previous assignments.   Around the tracks Newcastle next best Race 4: Pitch Perfect (10) Will prove hard to toss following some useful Menangle performances lately. Play the exotics The Menangle Quaddie  Race 5: 9-8-4 Race 6: 10-7-9 Race 7: 9-8-5 Race 8: 5-1-2 $81 for 100%   HRNSW MEDIA

IT is one of the biggest country race meetings on the New South Wales harness racing calendar. The Dubbo Harness Racing Club tonight plays host to a star-studded line-up of pacers when it hosts its TAB Carnival of Cups meeting at the Dubbo Showground Paceway. And while the $30,000 Trump Bloodstock Red Ochre is the main event, Bathurst’s Chris Frisby is heading to Dubbo confident that he can grab some of the $105,000 stakes being offered by the club over the eight-race program where he has five runners. “I was really keen to get our nice filly Jenden Strike into the Red Ochre but unfortunately she was rated too highly, making her ineligible,” said Frisby. “But we are happy to be contesting the Peter Lew Memorial with her as it’s a race I would love to win because the Lew family are great people in the sport.  “Although she has drawn barrier nine on the back line, her form is very solid, and she is ready to go, so I do think she will be hard to beat.” Frisby is taking his stable star Our Uncle Sam to contest the Quambys Stayers Cup and like his stablemate, he will have it all to do from barrier nine tonight. “Sam has come back well after spending a few weeks in the paddock,” said Frisby. “We freshened him when he returned from campaigning in Queensland and I have been happy enough with his two recent trials at Bathurst. “Towards the end of his last preparation, we discovered that he had a very nasty hoof abscess which thankfully is now cleared up.  “He is a seasoned performer so he should handle the longer journey tonight. “I am satisfied that he is working well enough heading into this race. “And Yep Got Chooks could be a surprise packet in the Lew Memorial despite having to race against Jendens Strike.  “I am not saying he will beat her, but he will be very competitive. “He should have won at Dubbo last week but struck trouble on the home turn.” Tonight’s Red Ochre has attracted a smart and evenly graded field. Arma Naughty, a mare trained at Crookwell by Scott Hewitt, probably deserves to be the favourite as her form over the past few months has been first class. But she will need to overcome a second-row draw and some strong opposition.   HRNSW MEDIA

POPULAR former New Zealand reinsman Jack Trainor continues an upward spiral in the leading harness racing driver ranks in Sydney and now boasts 135 winners for the current season. More recently, Trainor has teamed up with Jason Grimson and between them they are kicking plenty of goals. But he is still very much in demand as a freelance driver and averages around 50 drives a month. His most notable recent win was aboard Our Antonia Rose in the Group 2 New South Wales Breeders Challenge True Blue Series 3yo Fillies Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle at the end of October. Being based at Menangle gives Trainor the opportunity to regularly drive on the leading track where he has booted home 30 winners this term with a further 50 placings, earning stakes of just over half a million dollars. Another track that Trainor is a regular at and where he drives his fair share of winners is Penrith and he heads there this Thursday to take the reins behind four runners. “I like driving at Penrith; It is obviously somewhat different to Menangle given the vast difference in size,” said Trainor. “Looking through my drives, no doubt Hollywood Rooki appears my best chance of winning.  “He has come up very short in the betting, so the pressure is on me to get him home. “Jason [Grimson] has done a great job with him since buying the gelding from the Riverina.  “He won first-up at Bathurst and rated 1:56.5. “Last start his effort to win at Canberra was massive when he rated 1:57.4 on the half mile track, where he led throughout and scored by about 16 metres. “He is still very well graded on points so Jason should have a lot more fun with him.” Hollywood Rooki has drawn well in barrier two which should enable him to lead and win. Another in-form runner that Trainor will handle on Thursday night is Watching You Dreaming from the Brian Portelli stable. “This horse seems to love racing at Penrith and has won two here recently,” said Trainor. “Brian has his team racing well so this bloke should be hard to beat again from the two barrier. “Navua Star (Race 3) has drawn perfectly in gate one and his form is also very sound.”   HRNSW MEDIA

CARRYING the name ‘McCarthy’ in harness racing is a hard act to uphold, but that does not faze Mathew McCarthy. His father Ray enjoyed considerable success with the smart juvenile, Greentree Dancer. McCarthy’s brother John began his career in Bathurst and went on to become one of the best trainer-drivers in Queensland while his sons Luke, Andy and Todd are presently amongst the best drivers in the world. “Yeah, I have to say I am pretty proud of the boys. They have all done well for themselves,” said McCarthy. “Still, I am quite satisfied with my lot in life.  “I am currently working just two horses at my Perthville base and I love my work-life balance.”  McCarthy works for Bathurst Regional Council, outdoors as a truck driver, among other activities. “My role gives me quite a deal of diversity and flexibility,” he said. “When you work for a council in your hometown, it gives you a great deal of satisfaction seeing the fruits of your labor, which are enjoyed by the community in which you live. “Both of the horses that I have in work are going really well at the moment.  “The Weekend is a gelding that has been with me for just a short time.  “When I got him, I put him in the paddock for a spell and he has done a bit too well. “He came back into work with plenty of condition on him, so it took a while to get him back to the racetrack.” But it came as no shock to McCarthy when The Weekend stormed home at juicy odds ($34) to win at Bathurst last week in a qualifying heat of the Club Dubbo Golden Gig. “His work in the lead-up to last week’s race pleased me so I did rate him a good chance,” said McCarthy. “He will head to Dubbo on Friday for the Final and I am hoping for a good draw.  “He will need his fair share of luck, so here’s hoping.”  At Bathurst on Wednesday, McCarthy has Pacman Hammer contesting (Race 4) and to be driven by his good mate, Jake Davis. “Jake knows all of my horses so well and always drives for me when he can,” he said. “I have been friends with his family for as long as I can remember.” Pacman Hammer was only beaten by a metre last start and McCarthy was pleased with the run.   HRNSW MEDIA

FORMER Kiwi reinsman Jack Trainor must wish that 2020 never ends. Despite the travel restrictions due to COVID-19, Trainor is having the season of his life and continues to rack up the winners with 126 this season to sit in sixth place on the overall premiership. Trainor is the man to follow at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday when he partners three of the seven favourites, as well as two other handy drives at the south-western Sydney circuit. “This season has been extended so I guess my winners have been inflated a bit – “normally we’d be into the next season by now but it has been a terrific run and I’m loving it,” said Trainor. His best drive on Tuesday does appear to be Red Reactor for local Menangle horseman David Thorn in Race 4. “He’s been a great horse since he’s come over although he probably races best when he can be saved up for one run,” said Trainor. “But he does look the one to beat there, for sure. Let’s hope so. “Christmas Toyboy [Race 3] also went well last start. He should be able to lead again and he’ll go well. “Navua Star [Race 6] has plenty of ability and early tactics might be the key in this race. “He does have a mind of his own sometimes, this horse, but he’s still a pretty nice pacer and I reckon he’ll run first or second.” Trainor agreed Red Reactor did shape as the best of a good book of drives. The young trainer-driver branched out on his own recently and now has five in work at the Menangle Training Centre, including Chrissy Chic, who won well at Bathurst last week. “They’re all honest and it’s a nice little team,” he said. “Jason Grimson and I work together, and we have 12 between us and it’s all going well.” Trainor is also good friends with Dexter Dunn who has become the No1 reinsman in the US in the past couple of seasons. “He’s just killing them over there,” said Trainor. “I’d love to go over there for a holiday and follow the boys around for a week or two and see what it’s all about. “But at this stage I am happy with the way things are going here. “Hopefully, this run rolls on into next season.”   HRNSW MEDIA

Effective 13 November 2020, all licensed persons and essential staff will only be required to wear a face mask when it may not be possible for social distancing to be achieved. In the following conditions, face masks remain compulsory and all persons MUST wear a face mask. During Sample collection (Pre and Post Race); When attending a Steward’s room; When attending a Driver’s change room/bathroom; At any other time as directed by HRNSW Stewards or Integrity Staff. Any participant with a medical condition or a physical disability which may restrict the ability to wear a mask must wear a scarf or similar face covering. An exemption letter from a medical practitioner must be provided to HRNSW in support of this position.    It will be the responsibility of the individual to bring their own mask to a race meeting. Failure to present with a mask under the compulsory conditions may result in Stewards taking action against the individual pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 238.   AHRR 238 – A person shall not fail to comply with any order, direction or requirement of the Controlling Body or the Stewards relating to harness racing or to the harness racing industry.    Harness Racing New South Wales  

It is to be noted that the current open inquiries can be found by the following link. racing/stewards /openinquiries New Inquiries – ·      15 October 2020 – Mr Malcolm Locke - HRNSW Stewards have commenced an investigation in relation to a report from LGC laboratory in the United Kingdom that recombinant human erythropoietin has been detected in an out of competition blood sample taken from TUNGSTEN TERROR at the registered training establishment of licensed Trainer Mr Malcolm Locke on Wednesday 2 September 2020. Acting under the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule 183, HRNSW Stewards have suspended the Trainer’s licence of Mr Malcolm Locke. (original notice at ·      29 October 2020 – Mr Robert Garrett - HRNSW Stewards have commenced an investigation in relation to a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that Heptaminol had been detected in the post-race urine and blood sample taken from BONZA GUY following its win in race 2, the YANCO ALLSERVICEMENS CLUB PACE (1758 metres) conducted at Leeton on Tuesday 18 August 2020. Furthermore, a report from the Australian Government National Measurement Institute (NMI) has detected Cobalt above the threshold of 100 micrograms per litre in urine. Racing Analytical Services LTD (RASL) has confirmed both substances. Mr Garrett has been provided and has subsequently provided submission to HRNSW Stewards as to the reasons why AHRR 183 should not be invoked. Inquiries Concluded - ·      14 October 2020 - Mr Peter Trevor-Jones was disqualified for a period of 3 months to commence from 14 October 2020. This follows an investigation in relation to a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) and Racing Analytical Services LTD (RASL) that Trendione and Epitrenbolone had been detected in the post-race urine sample taken from IM ALL COURAGE following its win in race 7, the BARKERS BUTCHERY PACE (1730 metres) conducted at Bathurst on Monday 20 April 2020. The subject horse was disqualified under the provisions of AHRR 195 and in addition, in accordance with AHRR 190AA (4), HRNSW Stewards ordered that IM ALL COURAGE is not permitted to start in any race or be used for the purposes of breeding for a period of 12 months from 20 April 2020. Mr Trevor-Jones was issued a further penalty of $500 under AHRR 190B (1)(a) & (b) for failing to maintain a log book. Mr Trevor-Jones has appealed the penalty decision of HRNSW Stewards in respect of the period of disqualification. (original notice at   ·      14 October 2020 - Mr James Sutton was disqualified for a period of 3 months to commence from 14 October 2020. This follows an investigation in relation to a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) and Racing Analytical Services LTD (RASL) that Trendione and Epitrenbolone (ARFL Only) had been detected in the post-race urine sample taken from YARRAMAN BELLA following its win in race 6, the GRAPEVINE CAFÉ PACE (2120 metres) conducted at Dubbo on Sunday 26 July 2020. The subject horse was disqualified under the provisions of AHRR 195 and in addition, in accordance with AHRR 190AA (4), HRNSW Stewards ordered that YARRAMAN BELLA is not permitted to start in any race or be used for the purposes of breeding for a period of 12 months from 26 July 2020. (original notice at   ·      27 October 2020 - Mr Joshua Farrugia was disqualified for a period of 14 months to commence from 3 January 2020. This follows an investigation in relation to a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) and Racing Analytical Services LTD (RASL) that Total Carbon Dioxide above the prescribed threshold had been detected in the pre-race blood sample taken from ARE YOU WITH ME prior to race 7, the 57th INTER CITY PACE FINAL (GROUP 3) (2422 metres) conducted at Maitland on Saturday 28 December 2019. The subject horse was disqualified under the provisions of AHRR 195. Mr Farrugia was issued a further disqualification for a period of 6 months to be served concurrently with the above penalty (14 months) as a result of a breach of AHRR 196C (1)(b) & (2)(a) for administering an alkalinising agent within one (1) clear day of the commencement of the race. Mr Farrugia was issued a further penalty of $500 under AHRR 190B (1) & (6) for failing to maintain a log book.   Appeal Decision – ·      7 October 2020 – Mr Danny Gallagher appealed the decision of Stewards to disqualify his licence for a period of 3 months and 3 weeks for betting activities whilst he was a disqualified person and the recommencement of his disqualification imposed by the NSW Racing Appeals Tribunal. The appeal was dismissed by the NSW Racing Appeals Tribunal. (appeal decision at ·      19 October 2020 – Mr Malcolm Locke appealed the decision of Stewards on 15 October 2020 to suspend his Trainers licence under the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule 183 following an investigation in relation to a report from LGC laboratory in the United Kingdom that recombinant human erythropoietin has been detected in an out of competition blood sample taken from TUNGSTEN TERROR at the registered training establishment of licensed Trainer Mr Malcolm Locke on Wednesday 2 September 2020. At this time Mr Locke sought a Stay of proceedings. On Thursday 22 October 2020, the NSW Racing Appeals Tribunal refused the Stay application.   Integrity Information – ·      During the month of October, HRNSW Integrity department has obtained 784 Race day samples. ·      During the month of October, HRNSW Integrity department has obtained 36 Out of Competition tests (OOCT) from various stables in NSW. ·      The HRNSW Retention Facility was utilised for all horses, including emergencies, entered in the NSW Breeders Challenge 2YO Colts & Geldings Final to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday 24 October 2020. All Horses were housed prior to 12 midday on Thursday 22 October 2020 until released to the raceday stables 2 hours prior to the race. ·      HRNSW Integrity staff and contracted security conducted security measures at the registered Stable address of Mr Craig Cross; Ø  Thursday 8th October 2020, Friday 9th October 2020 & Saturday 10th October 2020. Ø  Thursday 15th October 2020, Friday 16th October 2020 & Saturday 17th October 2020. Ø  Thursday 22nd October 2020, Friday 23rd October 2020 & Saturday 24th October 2020. Ø  Thursday 29th October 2020, Friday 30th October 2020 & Saturday 31st October 2020.   For further information on this matter contact: HRNSW Integrity Department (02) 9722 6655

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