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CANBERRA trainer-driver Frank O’Sullivan made one of his infrequent visits to Bathurst on Wednesday and came away with a win in the Club Menangle Where Horses Fly heat with the intriguingly-named Jugiong. The picturesque village of that name was a popular stop half-way along the old Hume Highway for countless travellers until bypassed by the new freeway a few years back. These days, far fewer tourists take the turn-off, and many motorists would have forgotten about it entirely. That’s pretty much the story of its equine namesake. Frank O’Sullivan had broken in the Always A Virgin gelding, whose owners then dispatched it to the hilly country at Jugiong to do some growing, and it got to do plenty of that because it was still there three years later, when Frank decided to turn off the Hume to go get him. He’s subsequently bought the horse, which began racing this season, aged six. His first win came at start two, at Canberra, and this Bathurst win, qualifying him for the $20,000 final at Menangle , came at just his sixth race start. Charging out of the gate in a 27.6s first quarter -  speeding ticket stuff at Jugiong and nearby Bookham in the good old days - O’Sullivan followed up with a 58.2s middle half that had everyone off the bit. But despite looking very vulnerable half way down the running, Jugiong kept boxing on as the challengers faltered on their runs, and he actually drew away again near the line for a most deserving victory. The slog home in 30.8s brought up a 1:56.1 mile rate for the 1730 metres sprint trip. Jugiong produced a win at Bathurst last Wednesday night for trainer-driver Frank O'Sullivan The win added a small chapter to some Bathurst history. Jugiong’s grand-dam Diamond Intherough was a very classy Joule youngster which won a Tiara heat and Consolation for Wayne Driscoll, and her biggest win came in the George Johnson Mares FFA in Hobart several years later. This win was a little less spectacular than Frank’s previous win at Gold Crown Paceway back in 2017, when he showed his customary vigour to charge down the outside to victory - minus his driving helmet, which lay on the track back up the straight! Being the good sport that he is, Frank was quick to laugh about it when reminded after this latest success. Club Menangle director Bill Ellis was on hand to present rugs to the connections of Jugiong and the earlier Country Series heat winner Freddy Funk NZ (Nathan Turnbull), a tough effort from the death-seat in 1:55.7s, giving the Rock N Roll Heaven gelding five wins from his last seven starts. Turnbull made a fast move at the bell in an effort to grab the front, but Neil Day, driving Arma Hotshot in the death, was having none of that and pressed on to the lead himself, leaving Turnbull parked for the rest of the race. He proved well up to the task, putting paid to the leader before holding on from Shannonstheman and a wall of challengers. Ellis, accompanied by his wife Maureen, enjoyed a country excursion, the pair taking in meetings at both Young and Bathurst before motoring back to Sydney to help prepare for the upcoming Breeders Challenge Finals on Family Fun Day, Sunday July 1 . Steve Turnbull took driving honours at the meeting, Always Rockin working to the death and then the lead in the opening C2-C3 race, and Shandance NZ making a successful Australian debut in a 2260 metres 3YO event, showing a nice turn of foot to come from a fair way back in the straight. The latter winner is raced by prominent New Zealand bloodstock agent Stuart Valentine and his wife, sponsors at Bathurst and responsible for many of the Kiwi horses bought to race at that track. The Art Major daughter is a full-sister to the very promising Shandale, winner of seven races at Gloucester Park in the short time he’s been there, and more than $300,000 in earnings. Other winners: Thats Ideal, in the tactical battle that was the fast-class, Neil Day earning Luke Marlow’s Drive of the Night award, after a patient performance from the one-one Monkeybusiness (Todd McCarthy for Peter Trevor-Jones) in C0-C1 grade, leading throughout in a welcome return to form after an inglorious effort at this track several weeks earlier. A welcome return also for his driver, after his Elitlopp adventure, and back to chasing premierships Our Ultimate Mary (Jarrod Alchin) in 2YO class, living up to expectations by leading throughout at her race debut, repaying patient connections who’ve seen her through a few teething problems befojre making it to the races Better Be Donna NZ (Amanda Turnbull) in a second 3YO event, the night’s easiest win, putting a 25 metres margin back to the pack after leading throughout, two wins from three starts since arriving here Sports Story (Doug Hewitt for Bernie) in the second of the juvenile races, leading all-the-way and a well-deserved win after placing at four of her five starts previously. Doug accepts she’s no star, but says she’s a very genuine youngster that’s a pleasure to train. Bathurst race again on Wednesday night, highlighted by the visit of this year’s Rising Stars drivers, competing in two heats of their series. TERRY NEIL

THE harness racing industry was saddened to learn of the passing of prominent Coolamon trainer, owner, breeder and administrator Garry Armstrong. Garry passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer, aged 56. The third generation horseman raced many horses over the years and just before his passing was thrilled to watch his pacer Celestial Arden win the Group 3 J.D. Watts Memorial at Tabcorp Park Menangle. “We were all very happy and Dad enjoyed that win,” Garry’s son Liam said. Other horses Garry had enjoyment watching race included Overtaking Lane, Everything Andmore and Our Marscapony to name a few. Garry also served as the Vice President at the Coolamon Harness Racing Club. A funeral for Garry will take place at St Andrews Anglican Church, Coolamon, on Wednesday June 27, at 11am. The Armstrong family are encouraging Garry’s harness racing friends attending his funeral to form a guard of honour. Harness Racing NSW extends its deepest sympathies to Garry’s family and friends. Harness Racing NSW

The Carnival of Cups will head to the Central West this Sunday afternoon when the Peak Hill Harness Racing Club is gearing up to stage a mammoth program with prizemoney in excess of $70,000 on offer. Club President, Wayne Rosser said that his committee has left no stone unturned to ensure that the historic Club puts on a great day of racing for its feature meeting of the year. “This is the biggest event that is staged in our small town each year, so it means a lot to the community of Peak Hill. We will be hosting a number of leading horsemen and women along with some very smart horses”, Rosser said. “All I heard from those who participated at our race meeting last weekend were positives about how great the track is and how well the day went off which is very satisfying to me and my committee”. Eight races are programmed for this Sunday with the features being the Peak Hill ex Services and Citizens Club Final, two qualifying heats of the Tabcorp Park Menangle Country Series and the Kriden Park Drivers Invitational. “This year we wanted to get some of our local reins people involved in the Drivers Invitational and we have five men facing off against five ladies which will ensure a keen contest”. “And we are really grateful with the support given to us by HRNSW Chairman Rod Smith who is not only sponsoring the race but has also allowed us to set the criteria for the Invitational”, Rosser concluded. Emma Turnbull will contest the Invitational with the right form on the board having landed a winning double at Peak Hill last Sunday. She will be joined in the female ranks by defending champion, Melissa Hawke from Canberra, Broken Hill Cup winning driver, Kasey Hocking, McKayler Barnes, winner of our first Lady Drivers event in 2016 and the very competitive Angela Hedges from Bathurst. Top freelance reinsman, Mat Rue heads the male drivers line-up along with leading Forbes reinsman, Murray Sullivan, Murringo horseman, Nathan Hoy, top Bathurst junior driver, Mitch Turnbull and the talented Parkes horseman, Robert Harris who when at the top of his game was a regular in the winner’s circle at Harold Park. Trainers are encouraged to support the Drivers Invitational, a penalty free event that carries $10,000 in stakes. Nominations close at 9.30am on Wednesday morning.   HRNSW

Miracle Mile champ My Field Marshal set another harness racing record even in defeat at Menangle on Saturday night. He blazed off the gate from the extreme outside draw to find the front in the fastest official opening quarter ever run in Australia. My Field Marshal’s mindblowing 24.6sec opening split took 0.2sec off the previous mark set by Hectorjayjay in the 2017 Miracle Mile. Just as it proved too much for Hectorjayjay that day, it also saw My Field Marshal beaten, but only just and by a much-improved pacer. Match In Heaven, previously known as a speedy sit-sprinter, has thrived since being driven more aggressively in recent months and sat parked to beat My Field Marshal by two metres. The overall mile was a cosy 1min52.8sec in Menangle terms, but that’s because Anthony Butt threw out the anchors with splits of 31.3 and 30.6sec after the early burn. The race billed as a showdown between My Field Marshal and the emerging Majordan, but that changed once Majordan tried hard to hold-out his main rival in that blistering first quarter. Majordan was 10.8m away in fourth spot. X X X SOME say Ignatius could be the best three-year-old in Australasia. Yes it’s a massive call, but there is something seriously X-factor-ish about the best pacer to come out Tasmania since the mighty Beautide. And, like Beautide, he’s now in the Jimmy Rattray barn. To say he’s better than the likes of Chase Auckland, Poster Boy, Colt Thirty One, Lumineer, Colt Thirty One and others is bold, but a look at his Penrith win in a heat of the NSW Breeders Challenge last Thursday is well worth it. This was no ordinary win. Ignatius covered plenty of ground, did all the work and blasted away to win – seemingly with plenty left in the tank – by 15m in track record time. His 1min53.6sec mile rate around the tiny, right, old-school track sliced 0.8sec off the record. It was his 11th win from just 12 starts. Ignatius only defeat came when a luckless third in a NSW 2YO Breeders Challenge heat, but he atoned by blasting past Sicario to win that final in a 1min52.6sec mile. Most were surprised when he didn’t appear in the Victoria or NSW Derbys, but he’s making up for now and has the NSW Breeders Challenge and Queensland Derby to come. Next step is a Breeders Challenge semi-final, then the final on the huge Len Smith card at Menangle on July 1. X X X HUNTER Cup winning star Bling It On passed a big test in the eyes of regular driver Luke McCarthy at Menangle last Tuesday. McCarthy was very disappointed with the seven-year-old’s tiring sixth when he resumed from a spell at Menangle on May 19. So he made last Tuesday’s Menangle trial a measuring stick workout. “I needed to see enough to keep him going and he did that,” McCarthy said. “I went there to give him a solid hitout and find out more.” McCarthy worked forward from gate six to eventually find the lead after an opening 28.3sec quarter then kept rolling through a 28.5sec second split. Bling It On went 28.4sec for the third quarter then McCarthy clicked him up for a 26.9sec last quarter where he held-off the fast-finishing former Kiwi mare Rocker Band to win by 1.4m in a slick 1min52.1sec mile. “There’s a 2300m race for him this week we’ll probably head to. He’s not suited to the really fast miles around Menangle these days,” McCarthy said. “If we’re happy with him, he could go to Queensland for the Blacks A Fake.” So it seems you can take Bling It On out of calculations for the $100,000 Group 1 Len Smith Mile at Menangle on July 1. X X X YOUNG gun trainer Anton Golino watched and cheered in NZ on Harness Jewels day as his filly Pretty Majestic snared the $60,000 Group 1 Victoria Trotters’ Oaks (2240m) at Melton on Saturday night. Golino, who had Dance Craze finished a luckless third in the 4YO Jewels Trot, continues to emerge as the biggest force in Australia trotting ranks. Pretty Majestic, a daughter of Majestic Son, scored by a half-head over Andy Gath’s Moonlight Dream in a moderate 2min3sec mile rate. It capped a big night for Golino, who also trained five-year-old Skyvalley mare Aldebaran Eve for an upset win as a $38 shot in the Group 2 4&5YO Mares’ Classic. Nathan Jack drove Aldebaran Eve and also teamed with Golino to win last night’s Group 2 Tatlow 2YO Trot with Always Ready, a Ready Cash colt. Another impressive Melton winner was the rejuvenated Brallos Pass, who scorched over 2240m in a 1min54.9sec mile rate to win the fast class race. Meanwhile Emma Stewart caused a minor upset in the Vicbred Platinum final when Flying Moth led throughout in a 1min53.1sec mile rate for 1720m. Hot favourite General Dodge, who toyed with Flying Moth in the heat, ran well below his best in sixth spot and stewards queried the run. X X X LEVIATHAN owner-breeders Emilio and Mary Rosati notched another big milestone when Cherry Stride sparkled in a 1min51.8sec mile to win the Group 3 Go Girlfriend final at Menangle Saturday night. “That’s the fastest mare we’ve ever bred and KerryAnn (Turner) and Robbie (Robbie) have done a superb job with her,” Emilio Rosati said. Cherry Stride led for Morris and ripped home in 54.6 and 26.8sec to beat favourite Elle Yeah by four metres. Other notable wins on the night at Menangle included Tim Butt’s classy four-year-old Let It Ride in a 1min51.7sec mile and rejuvenated veteran Ultimate Art in a career-best 1min50.3sec mile. X X X ART Major filly Majorpride gave young gun WA trainer Justin Prentice one of the biggest wins of his career in the $100,000 2YO Diamond Classic for fillies at Gloucester Park last Friday night. Prentice had four of the 12 runners in the race and drove sixth-placed Fulfil The Dream while Gary Hall Jr partnered the winner. Majorpride picked the right time to break her maiden given she’s been placed in five of six starts before holding-off favourite Typhoon Tiff last Friday night. By Adam Hamilton

The harness racing community gathered at the Young Paceway last Friday night to show their respects for three highly regarded and popular recently deceased members of the light harness industry.  Local trainer drivers Ray Lennane and Ken Smith together with Grenfell’s Neville Condon were given a minutes silence by the large crowd in attendance prior to the running of race two. Young racing guru Stuart Maxwell said the the racing community was determined to send the three men off in style. “It was an occasion for everyone to get together, for families and friends to reminisce and pay respects,” he said. “Drivers wore black armbands for the entire night and the crowd were very respectful. “It is occasions like this that show how close the racing community is.” Mr Maxwell said family and friends were track-side for the running of the Vale Nev Condon Pace, with the Young trained five year old gelding Bettorbetbig ($6.10) driven by Jimmy Brown for owners Narrelle and Tony Turner crossing the line first. “The eventual winner defeated another local in the fast finishing Lettuce Pray ($5.20) and Limbo Larry ($20.10) with a mile rating of 1:59.4 and a margin of three metres going in favour of the winner now of four races for his ecstatic owners,” he said. Craig Thomson

Conviction secured a second piece of silverware in as many weeks with a harness racing victory in the $12,240 Tri Tech Refrigeration Cowra Cup on Sunday afternoon, one week after winning the Dubbo Presidents Cup. The four-year-old gelding did it with relative ease too, busting away from the field at the top of the straight to go on to win by 11.3m from defending champion Parramatta in a winners’ mile rate of 2:00.00s. It marked his second straight feature race victory for trainer Steve Turnbull, who was pleased to notch Conviction’s 13th career triumph featuring in the gig at Cowra Paceway.  “He always works really well and he has a lot of ability and he’s shown that on and off through the years. Today he went well. I always knew he had the ability,” Steve Turnbull said. Conviction speeds home to win 2018 Cowra Cup   Conviction and Turnbull had a perfect run from gate six and settled in behind Nathan Turnbull’s trained Parramatta who led for most of the 2520m journey. Entering the home straight Conviction peeled wide of Parramatta under Turnbull’s reins and sped home to win comfortably. Amanda Turnbull and My Bettor Bella filled the placings. It gave Steve Turnbull a winning double after Art Series won the Charlie Muddle Memorial earlier in the day. Amanda Turnbull steered Art Series who edged out the Dennis Picker-trained Bella Ball Terror by a neck.  He has a lot of ability and he’s shown that on and off through the years. Today he went well. Steve Turnbull It capped off a driving race-to-race double for Amanda Turbull who trained and drove Sir Cracker to victory in the Marks Pumps and Cowra Veterinary Centre Pace the race before. Nathan Turnbull also had success on the day driving Glenferrie Crest to her maiden win in the TAB.com.au Maiden Pace and backing that up with victory in the Sam Agostino Memorial with Freddy Funk. Brad Hewitt’s My Casino Belle and Neil Day’s Blackwhiteandblue booked tickets to Menangle after winning the two Country Series Heats respectively. Other winners on the day were trainer Tony Hagney and driver Trent Rue with Tim McGee in the Lachlan River Produce Pace and Ellen Bartley who celebrated driving her trained Glenisla to victory in the Mr Embroidery Pace. The meeting was the second of two weeks of racing for the Cowra Harness Racing Club and there biggest meet on the calendar. Reprinted with permission of The Cowra Guardian

The trip back to Hay was made a lot easier after harness racing driver Alanah Pitt scored her first win at Wagga on Friday. Pitt has been driving since January and brought up her first win with Lancelot Hall. It was her only drive on the eight-race card and the 21-year-old was pleased to get the monkey off her back. “It was really good,” Pitt said. “Especially now that I own him it was real good.” Lancelot Hall had to overcome a horror draw but Pitt swooped around the outside to take out the Palm & Pawn Motor Inn & Tavern Pace (1755m) by 2.1 metres. The pair went within a nose of break through at Junee last month, but they were able to run down leader Presidential Ball this time around. Pitt is no stranger to harness racing after following parents Darryl and Rose into the sport. However she was a relatively late bloomer to driving. A lack of confidence held her back, before receiving plenty of encouragement from Shane Hillier to give it ago. Hillier trains Lancelot Hall and Pitt gave him plenty of credit for her breakthrough.     +6       “I didn’t have enough confidence in my really,” she said. “I have Shane to thank for that and it is all on him. “If it wasn’t for him I don’t think I would be here now to be honest with you.” Pitt grew up in Leeton but moved to Hay last year. It means plenty more kilometres to get to the races but Pitt didn’t mind after getting the win. The win was also a breakthrough for Lancelot Hall who scored just his second win at start 65. By Courtney Rees Reprinted with permission of The Daily Advertiser

Cowra Harness Racing Club president Darryl Davis couldn’t be happier with the fields for this Sunday’s Carnival of Cups meeting. The biggest race day on the club’s calendar has attracted some of region’s best trainers and horses who will go head-to-head in the eye-catching nine race program. “There’s some really nice horses isn’t there. There’s talent in every race to be truthful,” president Darryl Davis said. Nathan Turnbull and his pacer Parramatta are aiming to defend their Cowra Cup victory on Mother’s Day last year when they go around in Sunday’s $12,250 Tri Tech Refrigeration Cup (2520m).  The Lagoon's Nathan Turnbull is for a busy day on Sunday.   The Lagoon-based gelding is a serial feature race winner having already this year won the Smooth Satin, Oberon and Parish Cups on his home track at Bathurst. “The Cup will be strongly contested. It should be a really good race with plenty of a talented horses. The whole day should be good,” Davis said. Davis’-trained nine-year-old gelding Fantasy Level was the initial emergency for the Cup however he has since scratched the veteran pacer to start in the Mr Embroidery Pace (2110m). “He ran well the other day. It takes a few for him to get going with his older age but he certainly didn’t disgrace himself,” Davis said of Fantasy Level’s fifth placed finish last start. Stablemate Dot Ayou is aiming for a third straight victory and a spot in a $20,000 Country Series Final to be raced at Menangle next Saturday. She’ll be driven by Nathan Turbull in the second of two Menangle Series Heats. “Dotty is in a fairly tough Menangle heat with some really nice horses. She’s going well now five starts for five checks so I’m very happy with her. Nathan’s driving so there’s someone good to steer and the horse is fit but there’s plenty in it and there’ll be pressure all the way. I just hope she can get out and lead,” Davis said. Other Cowra interest on the day are Colin Fliedner’s trained Gold Onyx in race four and Gregory Cattell’s Mammals Spark in race two. Davis wanted to thank all the sponsors including NSW Harness Racing, Tabcorp Park and TAB as well as local sponsors including Tri Tech Refrigeration, the Agostino and Muddle families, Mr Embroidery, Marks Pumps, Cowra Veterinary Centre and Travealy Horse Drawn Carriages. Racing starts from 11.44am with the Cowra Cup to jump at 3.47pm. Reprinted with permission of The Cowra Guardian

Australian Pacing Gold purchase Atomic Red is predicted to have little trouble returning to the harness racing winners’ circle in Dubbo tomorrow night. Runner-up in the Carousel Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle a fortnight ago, Atomic Red won his previous start by 32 metres in 1:53.6. This time around the Steve Turnbull-trained entire is set to contest the Dubbo City Cup, where he has drawn to lead throughout from barrier three. As such the son of Rocknroll Hanover has been installed a $1.45 favourite. “It’s not a bad draw for him,” Turnbull said. “I reckon Amanda (Turnbull, driver) will let him run along at an even clip. “I wouldn’t say he is very speedy, but he is tough. His last three quarters when beaten were 27.8, 27.1 and 27.6 over 2300 metres. “When one his rivals are sitting right on him it can make him vulnerable.” Turnbull believes the biggest threat to that vulnerability is likely to come in the shape of veteran pacer Ultimate Art, which will begin from the outside of the second row. “Ultimate Art is the main danger,” Turnbull said. “He can sprint home pretty quickly and coming from back could give him that opportunity. “That said, Atomic Red is in great shape. He was doing bit of bucking around today, but think they may also have just been to keep warm!” APG Media

Harness racing will focus on Dubbo on Friday night with the massive racing program for the Carnival of Cups meeting, with two Tamworth pacers contesting the $12,000 Club Dubbo Garrard’s Golden Gig Series Final. Mini Masterpiece, from the David Munsie stables, has drawn the nine barrier after the mare won the fourth heat of the series at Tamworth last Friday night.  Bassey, from the Sam Ison stables, has drawn barrier 10. Bassey finished second to Mini Masterpiece in the heat. Mini Masterpiece has won from both the eight and nine barrier while Bassey has won from the seven and nine barriers, and is expected to put in a strong showing in the feature. The winning trainer will receive a gold gig and the reinsman a $250 “pot of gold”, which takes the race value to just over $20,000. Ison also has Seventhirtyseven engaged in the Furneys Horseland Pace, and Pirates Pearl in the Garrard’s Horse and Hound Pace.   Tamworth trainer Richard Williams has The Puritan engaged in the $20,000 Quamby’s Stayers Dubbo Regional City Council Cup. The horse has drawn the five barrier and is looking for three wins on the trot.  This will be only the fourth start for the Williams stables with the The Puritan, who will come up against Ultimate Art from the Michael Formosa stables. The Newcastle meeting on Saturday night will also see plenty of locals in action, with Limousine Livia looking to score a berth at Menangle when she contests the opening event, the Club Menangle Where Horses Fly Pace. Len Simon and his granddaughter Maddison Simon are also ready to compete with Dark Side, Mammals Rockstar and Itz Platinum Plus. Tony Missen has Maz and Smokinapipe engaged while his two-year-old Onahi Delight will make his racing debut.  Ernie Mabbott will head back down with Tralee Rocks looking for a win. Mitch Faulkner has Gottashopearly, Somebeach N Clovelly and Onedin Highlander. So as you can see, there is plenty to keep your eyes on Newcastle. AND for all those TV buffs who take an interest in Married At First Sight, you will know the name Anthony Manton. Well, word is Manton has gone back to his first true love and is doing great – no shock there. Manton is a race caller for SKY Racing and will soon head to Sweden to call the world’s biggest trotting race – the Elitlopp, which Aussie mare Maori Time will contest. He is also enjoying success as an owner with his pacer Angel In White, who had her fourth win on the trot last week at Menangle, going 1.52.7 for 1609m.  Julie Maughan Reprinted with permission of The Northern Daily Leader

The $12,000 Goulburn Sapling Stakes highlights the seven-race harness racing card scheduled for Sunday afternoon at the Goulburn Paceway. The two-year-old open feature has attracted a small but interesting field of six. Up-and-coming filly Platinum Revolution from the Shane Tritton stable has drawn barrier 5 and will likely go to the start as the public elect. The filly has won two of her three starts and before being sent for a spell was an easy winner of the Group 3 Pink Bonnet at Menangle in early March. On that occasion the Changeover filly sat outside the leader and race away to score easily in a solid 1:54.7 mile. One of four fillies engaged in Sunday’s event, Platinum Revolution will find strong opposition from the well performed Tactical Response. The Big Jim gelding was a last start fifth in the $100,000 Group 1 Bathurst Gold Crown final when beaten by only 11.9 metres by star colt College Chapel. Tactical Response has faced the starter on only three occasions and earned his spot in the Gold Crown final by winning a heat in the good time of 1:57.1. Trained at Leeton by Wayne Sullivan, Tactical Response has drawn well in barrier 4 and appeals as the hardest to beat. While Sunday’s meeting has drawn a strong contingent of Sydney trainers, local trainer David Hewitt will be looking forward to featuring in winner’s circle through the promising three-year-old Sword And Shield. A lightly raced Million Dollar Cam gelding, Sword And Shield has won two of his three starts. Following some solid trial performances, the pacer is set to figure prominently after drawing gate 1 in the Goulburn Livestock Transport Pace. The Hewitt stable also has a strong chance of taking out the last of the afternoon, the Goulburn Soldiers Club pace with the proven performer Stanley Ross Robyn. Owned in the same interests as Sword And Shield, Stanley Ross Robyn hasn’t raced since March when he was a close up sixth at Menangle behind Rakarolla who posted a fast 1:50.6 mile. On that occasion Stanley Ross Robyn came from midfield to be beaten only 6 metres and will appreciate the drop in class on Sunday. Racing on Sunday, May 13 starts at 12.52pm, and with only three race meetings remaining before the close of the season, the club’s committee invites all 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 while watching all the racing action in air conditioned comfort. Goulburn harness racing is brought to fans by the kind support of Tabcorp, Goulburn Soldiers Club, Goulburn Mulwaree Council, ARW Multigroup, Hollingworth Crane Hire Service, RSM Accountants, and a host of smaller businesses including Top Water Carters Crookwell, First National Real Estate Goulburn, Goulburn Livestock Transport, Goulburn Landmark, Albury J Communications, Crust Gourmet Pizza, Glen Mia ACT Saddlery and Ranvet. For all the latest Goulburn harness racing news visit the club’s website at goulburnpaceway.com.au and don’t forget to like us on Facebook at facebook.com/goulburnpaceway. Tips Race 1: 4 My Major Rocket, 1 Cherry Stride, 8 Allstar Sea, 2 Kettering Girl Race 2: 1 Sword And Shield, 2 Lynnsanity, 4 Billysbredone, 9 Speedy Dominic Race 3: 2 Franco Landry, 4 Nadeen Franco, 1 Brian Who, 10 Oscar The Great Race 4: 4 Tactical Response, 5 Platinum Revolution, 1 Sunshine Stride, 6 Cee Cee Ambro Race 5: 9 Sheza Tricky Bridge, 6 Recipe For Dreaming, 2 Boobalaga Road, 1 Valla Swan Race 6: 1 Ballymore Boy, 8 Roarn, 4 Deecaesar, 2 Tavewa Sunset Race 7: 7 Stanley Ross Robyn, 9 Return Ace, 4 Shadow Reign, 5 Iamboogie By Mark Croatto Reprinted with permission of The Goulburn Post

Harness Racing NSW chief executive John Dumesny hopes an operational review of the Newcastle club will help it turn around eight consecutive years of financial losses. Dumesny confirmed HRNSW was conducting a review of Newcastle Harness Racing Club, which had a record loss of about $240,000 for the 2016-17 financial year. That followed annual deficits of $116,910, $171,000, $207,000, $103,000, $122,000, $120,000 and $97,000. The review comes as the club prepares to lose CEO Tony Drew. The 64-year-old confirmed to the Herald almost three weeks ago that he was retiring. The former Wyong Race Club boss is set to leave later this financial year after four years at the helm following the death of long-time chief Ross Gigg. Dumesny told the Herald the independent review at Newcastle was not unusual and was done “to see how clubs are doing and to improve the clubs”. “Each of the past few years we’ve assisted clubs with reducing the costs of conducting meetings,” Dumesny said. “It’s a balancing act between providing a level of prizemoney for participants, but at the same time you also need to provide for the clubs. “Newcastle is one of our ‘A’ clubs, so we’re just looking at it. It’s opportune, but it’s got nothing to do with the resignation of Tony.” He said the harness racing clubs’ committee has “each year put forward ideas on how we can help clubs and that’s what we are doing”.  Newcastle had blamed deficits on the loss of regular TAB Saturday meetings almost a decade ago. However, an increase in Saturday dates in recent years has failed to improve its bottom line. “We just want to look at their model there and how it works and if we can help them further,” Dumesny said. “They’ve made a loss of varying amounts for the past few years now and we’ve worked with the club, changing race dates. “We gave them all those Saturdays, and those Saturdays come at a cost to the industry, but we want to see what it is that continues not to assist them with making a profit.” He said the annual losses were a concern but he was hopeful of a turnaround. “In the next allocation of race dates we looked at the balance and there were indications that a combination of Fridays and Saturdays would work better,” he said. He said wagering revenue was the industry’s lifeblood “but we are also driven to have on-track attendances”. Asked if the review could lead to a change in administrative structure at NHRC, Dumesny said that was a decision for Newcastle’s board. He added that the review will be complete before Drew leaves, “so the club will be privy to what it uncovers and they will be able to address that in their future thinking”. The review comes as Hunter participants await further news on the NSW government’s plans for the Broadmeadow sporting and recreational precinct, which takes in Newcastle Paceway. Harness racing has not been included in plans despite NHRC holding a lease on its facility until 2027, with an option for another 20-year deal. The Herald understands HRNSW and state government authorities have been looking for a site in Maitland and Cessnock to build a new Hunter headquarters taking in a training centre and racetrack similar to Bathurst. “The success at Bathurst is known, we can measure it,” Dumesny said. “We are building Wagga and it’s different to Bathurst, but Newcastle is our second-biggest club on race meetings and the Hunter Valley is a very strong harness racing precinct. So whatever occurs there, HRNSW will certainly be looking after the stakeholders throughout NSW and the future of harness racing in the Hunter.” “There’s a licence agreement there for decades, so there’s no uncertainty for the participants. There is a venue there they can race on once or twice a week. They’ve got a home and they are safe.”  By Craig Kerry Reprinted with permission of The Newcastle Herald

Angela Hedges helped to produce the biggest upset of Sunday’s Forbes Harness Racing Club meeting when she steered Roseculledglasses the first win of her career. In the gig for trainer Adam Bellach, the Bathurst driver rated $10.90 chance Roseculledglasses nicely to make it an all the way win in the Kevin and Kay Seymour Celebrating 50 Years in Harness Racing Three Year Old Pace (2,060 metres). Prior to Hedges’ winning drive on Sunday, the closest the Artistic Fella x She Bites filly had come to success was when running a 16.7m third at the same track on April 25. Hedges used Roseculledglasses’ gate speed to see her cross from barrier three and once in front, there she stayed. While favourite Our Chateau Lafite ($1.40, Amanda Turnbull) mounted a challenge down the home straight, Roseculledglasses was a comfortable 5.3m winner in what was her fifth career start. She clocked splits of 29.8, 29.9, 29.5 and 29.8 seconds. Anya Whitelaw

Moonbi trainer-driver Dean Chapple picked up a winning double at the Tamworth Harness Racing Club Old Boys night on Friday. Three Memorial races were conducted as part of the meeting with Chapple kicking his winning streak off in the Sam Ison Memorial with an all the way win behind the Graham-Moon trained Gotta Go Rockin.  “I reckon I have driven 100 doubles now or close enough to it,” Chapple said. “I thought I was in for a long night at the start of the meeting but it turned out good.” Chapple said Moon was confident when the draw came out with Gotta Go Rockin drawing the two barrier. “The horse races better in the front,” Chapple said. “I knew he (Gotta Go Rockin) wouldn’t lay down – I have always liked the horse – he is just a plugger speed wise.” Gotta Go Rockin dictated the terms out in the lead before coming away for a 5.2m win over Olympic Wonder (Anthony Varga) with Saint Stormy (Brad Elder) a head away third. “It was good to win the Sam Ison Memorial – I only ever had one drive for old Sam and that turned out to be a winner at 60/1 – the horse was Thoraz,” Chapple added. The following event – the Stockman’s Supplies Pace then saw Chapple guide Stonebridge Royal to a win for his own stables. “He has had his foot on the till for a while now,” Chapple said of Stoneridge Royal who was racing three back in the outside running line before making a three-wide run around the final turn. “He has been a real good charge to our stables – we brought him as a claimer and he has won two races for us now. He is a lovely old horse.” Stonebridge Royal had a 3.1m win over Sir Pickles Yumyum (Sam Ison) with Our Bushwacker (Jake Hughes) a head away third. Narrabri pacer Limousine Livia then made it back to back wins in taking out the Mervyn Johnson Memorial after a win at Maitland the start prior. “I have driven her a few times before and she goes pretty good,” reinsman Brad Elder said. “She has got a fair bit of ability but she kept doing things wrong early on in her career but she has sorted herself out now and Jarred has done a pretty good job to persevere with her.” Racing three wide for over a lap Limousine Livia went on for a 9.8m win over Captain Chargeover (Stacey Weidemann). Arctic (Darren Elder) was another 7.3m away third. “I pulled out up the back straight with a lap to go and tried to get forward but she was three wide from the 1,100,” Elder said.  “She goes pretty good.” The Puritan, who was having his second run for the Richard Williams stables, then outsprinted his opposition in the Perc Verning Memorial. “I expected him to go well after his first run for the stables,” Williams  said. “I expected the speed would have been on from the start but I was confident.” “He accelerated well – he gave me a good feeling when we raced three wide with a trail at the bell.” The Puritan came away from the field for a 7m win over Jackeroo Shannon (Sarah Rushbrook) with Dark Side (Maddison Simon) another 2.2m back in third. Julie Maughan Reprinted with permission of The Northern Daily Leader    

There was no kidding around for Kid Montana in the Select Autoglass North West Three-Year-Old Classic at the Tamworth harness racing meeting on Friday night. “He showed he is going to be alright,” reinsman Chris Shepherdson said after the win. “Having a good temperament is the main thing and he got the right run on the night – he is the perfect horse to drive.” Kid Montana commenced off the second line, from the eight barrier, to settle three back on the outside running line while Mary Todd Shannon (Anthony Varga) led the field. “I was three back on the outside running line but after Groovy Miss Annie (Julie Weidemann) made a move I got pushed to four back,” Shepherdson said. “Mitch (Faulkner) was on my back with Cronin and I knew he would want to make a move at the bell so we got going a little bit earlier than we wanted.” Shepherdson pulled Kid Montana three wide just before the bell sounded to place in a solid run against his opposition. “I locked wheels up the back which held him (Kid Montana) up a little bit but once I pulled the ear plugs he put a little bit of a break on the (field),” he said. “He needed the break on the field as he started to stop and wait for them towards the end” Kid Montana went on for a 5.1m win over race favourite Shezlikaterror (Brad Elder). Faulkner, who was looking for three wins on the trot with Cronin, had to be content with third beaten a short half head after being held up in running. Kid Montana was notching up his second career win in taking out the feature and is trained at Narrabri by Peter Shepherdson. “He (Kid Montana) is a relaxed horse in a race but I knew that after the run he had had in the race that he would have a nice finish,” he said. Kid Montana won in his first start for the Narrabri stables at Armidale back in March which was also the Rock N Roll Heaven colts racing debut. “We didn’t get him long before his first start and we weren’t sure what he would be like but he went beyond what we thought he would do at Armidale,” Shepherdson said, with Kid Montana on that occasion having a 32.3m win over the field. “Hopefully we will win a few more races with him,” added Chris Shepherdson. “We don’t normally win feature races but it definitely feels nice to win a feature race”. “He is the horse with the best characteristics of not doing much wrong but we thought he would have gone well if he got a bit of luck and that happened.” “It is a family effort with the horses and Tadd helps us out a lot as well and it was good for Gran to be here tonight to see us win a feature race.” By Julie Maughan Reprinted with permission of The Northern Daily Leader

The Select Auto Glass North West Three-Year-Old Pace is proving to be one of the toughest races to pick a winner from on the nine-race card at the Tamworth  harness racing meeting on Friday night. Newly established Tamworth trainer Mitch Faulkner is pitching his young pacer, Cronin, as being able to make it three wins on the trot in the feature event. “I’m hoping he can be a winner – he has got his back up and racing well although it is a tougher field than his last race,” he said. Cronin comes into the race off a last start win at Tamworth on April 13 after notching his first career winner at Narrabri the start prior back on April 2. Named after Parramatta legend Mick Cronin and racing in the blue and yellow silks, the Art Major-Bronski Flyer gelding has drawn barrier nine. “Hopefully he gets a bit of a run into the race and can finish it off,” Faulkner said.  He has only got the one eye so he has taken a little bit longer learning how to race than others with the one eye but he is getting use to it now Mitch Faulkner Cronin is certainly showing he has got some “true grit” as he races with vision in only one eye. “He has only got the one eye so he has taken a little bit longer learning how to race than others with the one eye but he is getting use to it now,” he said. As the former Uralla trainer flicked his way through the form guide to source his main dangers in the race he summed the result up well. “The whole field has been racing consistently,” he said. “Nathan Hurst from Bathurst always gets a winner when he comes to Tamworth and I think his horse (Tulhurst Terror) will be tough. The Elders (Shezlikeaterror) have drawn the five and the Weidemann’s always seem to find one (Groovy Miss Annie) that could win as well” Faulkner has two other pacers engaged at the Tamworth meeting in last start winner Gottashopearly in the Perc Verning Memorial and Somebeach N Clovelly in the TAB Pace. Onedin Highlander has already had his “hit out” for the week when he contested the Menangle meeting on Tuesday afternoon.  Mitch Faulkner was happy with Onedin Highlander's run at Menangle on Tuesday.  “That was a massive run by Onedin Highlander – even though he finished last the winner (The Golden Cross) went 1.51 for 1609 metres. My horse raced three wide for the whole trip and was beaten 40 metres,” Faulkner said. By Julia Maughan Reprinted with permission of The Northern Daily Leader First race at Tamworth on Friday night is set for 4.42pm with the Tamworth HRC Old Boys Day Pace.

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