After a warning from Shane Tritton and Lauren Panella to their harness racing rivals about Arms Of An Angel being prepared to run another 1:50 mile this Saturday night in the Form 700 Chariots Of Fire, leading New Zealand trainer Mark Purdon has offered his own pre-race prediction. Purdon’s Have Faith In Me is the favourite for Saturday night’s Group 1 feature after winning the Auckland Cup against the older horses in his homeland on New Year’s Eve. “I’d be very confident (a mile rate of) 1:50 is realistic from Have Faith In Me,” Purdon said. “He is certainly the right type of horse to sit parked, it is more his forte to maintain a strong clip all the way.” When questioned about what time Have Faith In Me could run in the right conditions, Purdon was quick to respond. “I wouldn’t say he’d do it from an outside draw but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go 1:48.” Have Faith In Me is the younger brother of Australasian mile record holder Adore Me. The mare set the mile record of 1:47.7 in last year’s Ladyship Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle. “You’d think looking at Have Faith In Me, he still needs to mature more, gauging by what he has done to date you’d think if he does improve along the way he’s certainly going to be up with Adore Me.” While Natalie Rasmussen will drive Have Faith In Me on Saturday night, Purdon confirmed he will be driving in some of the feature races during the carnival at Menangle. “I’ll be hoping Smolda gets a start on Miracle Mile day, even if it is in the Bohemia Crystal Free For All and I will be driving him. I’m also planning on driving the three-year-old filly Our Dream About Me.” Greg Hayes
Diminutive Fairfield harness racing pacer, Sumatran Tiger was recently retired and will begin his new life at Riding for the Disabled. A local favourite, proudly raced and lovingly cared for by Prizzy and Glenn Pearce along with Glenn's father Allan Brennan, 'Tiger' as he was affectionately known was an institution at Fairfield Showgrounds where he was stabled. Royally bred by harness racing's Fitzpatrick family and Graham Ross, Tiger did a considerable amount of public relations for harness racing by obligingly posing for photos with children and visitors to the markets, festivals and outdoor events held at Fairfield. Fairfield Harness Racing's general manager, Ross Scherf, has named a race in Tiger's honour at the club's upcoming February race meeting. Although no champion, Tiger was a magnificent little horse who raced consistently and competitively over many seasons. The little bloke's most memorable performance was coming from last with a lap to go for a runaway win at Penrith. Sumatran Tiger was thus named to raise awareness of the plight of the endangered Sumatran Tiger where only several hundred remain in the wild. In more than sixty years involvement in harness racing, Fairfield trainer Allan Brennan has never seen a horse with Tiger's temperament, charm and disposition. "He just loves people, particularly children and is so agreeable it's unbelievable", Allan said. Sumatran Tiger is truly a special horse, now giving disabled riders at the Nepean centre as much joy as he gave his Fairfield connections and many followers. Greg Hayes
He's not even in the big race yet . . . well, not officially! Still two-time Inter Dominion champion Beautide has already been installed as $2.50 harness racing favourite in the TAB's early market for the SEW Eurodrive Miracle Mile in 17 days time. That suggests Beautide's invitation should be a mere formality, following this weekend's harness racing action at Tabcorp Park Menangle. And following the draw for this weekend's Coca-Cola Amatil Sprint, Beautide looks a special to join Victoria Cup winner Lennytheshark in the field by finishing first or second in the $200,000 sprint over 1609m. He has come up with the ideal draw in gate four, which will get even better following the scratching of first emergency, My General Lee, which gets a run in the Cordina Sprint, enabling Bowie to move down to gate three. From there his trainer-driver James Rattray will probably look for an all-the-way win. With the first two home guaranteed invitations into the $750,000 Miracle Mile, the only thing standing in Beautide's way are Our Sky Major and possibly the Shane Tritton-trained pair of Easy On The Eye and Suave Stuey Lombo. Victorian visitors Cold Major and Major Crocker are also rated outside chances to grab a spot. Earlier in the evening the Cordina Chicken Farms Sprint, which also offers two invitations to Australasia's richest sprint, looks to be a lay-down misere for Luke and Belinda McCarthy's speedy Grand Circuit newcomer Bling It On. Bling It On is also perfectly-drawn in gate four, giving champion reinsman Luke McCarthy plenty of options with his son of American Ideal. One of the quickest horses out of the gate in Australian harness racing, Bettor Bet Black looks the likely leader, even from gate seven, which should see him in the firing line turning for home, while West Australian visitor My Hard Copy and Tritton's Mach Beauty are logical dangers. And lying in wait for all of them is Lennytheshark, in the best form of his career and already a Miracle Mile certainty and a $3.20 second-favourite for the Group One on February 28. For further information telephone NSWHRC Racing Manager David Wonson on (02) 4645 2200. Greg Hayes
This time, no chances will be taken. Because rather waiting on flights to arrive and take off on time, they’re hitting the road less travelled. Grant Dixon, the reigning Australian harness trainer of the year will venture south of the border as he attempts to qualify his pair of talented three-year-olds Get In The Groove and Frankie Rocks for Sydney features in the coming weeks. The Gr.1 $200,000 New South Wales Oaks and Derby are scheduled for Sunday, February 28 at Tabcorp Park Menangle with qualifying heats set to be staged eight days earlier. And after being left stranded on the tarmac last month when preparing for a tilt at the Victoria Derby, Dixon will travel by road and eliminate any potentials risks. “Our travel plans didn’t quite go to plan for Melbourne so we’ve made some subtle changes and we’re keen to get down there and see where we stand on the big stage, both horses have displayed good ability and have current winning form so a trip south is warranted. Obviously we’ll be meeting some outstanding talents but I think both horses will perform well all being equal.” Dixon said. The obvious hurdles for the Dixon duo and all competitors for that matter will be the freakish New Zealand trained performers Our Waikiki Beach and Our Dream About Me. Both remain unbeaten for Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. But the Queenslanders are heading south in top shape and boast excellent recent winning form at Albion Park, Get In The Groove has recorded back to back victories while Frankie Rocks is unbeaten in four starts to date this season. While Get In The Groove is no stranger to Our Dream About Me after clashing last season during the Australasian Breeders Crown Fillies Final in Melbourne, Frankie Rocks is yet to race outside of the sunshine state. Frankie Rocks took down talented pacer Catcha Lefty two starts ago in a time of 1:53.7 when leading throughout before cruising to a comfortable victory in 1:53.8 last week. “It’s no surprise I’m a big fan of Frankie and I’m thrilled with the way he’s returned this campaign, he’s finally delivering with the enormous potential he’s always shown from the time he joined my stable. He felt very strong last week at Albion Park and he’s trained on well since so I’m happy with him heading into this series. “We know what to expect with the filly, she’s a tradesman-like performer and a very good racehorse and that was evident in her latest victory because she knows where the line is which is handy. I’m happy with the way she is performing right now, this next challenge is steep but she deserves her chance. “Look, both horses clearly need to step it up a gear to match the unbeaten pair of Waikiki Beach and Dream About Me but this is a great opportunity. We’re heading down later this week (Thursday) and will give them plenty of time to settle into their new surroundings.” Dixon will have his duo based at Cobbity with Luke and Belinda McCarthy. And McCarthy will have first option to drive both horses in the heats with Dixon committed to his big stable. “Yes, Luke will be given the option to drive both horses but if he’s obligated to other runners, I’m likely to head down myself but we’ll worry about that next week. “Both Kevin and Kay (Seymour) are happy with that arrangement.” Dixon finished second in the 2013 NSW Derby aboard Majestic Mach behind Lennytheshark. by Chris Barsby
It's shaping as a match-race between two of the quickest harness racing pacers to race in Australasia. And two of the best reinswomen ever to grace the Tabcorp Park Menangle circuit will be in the ˜hotseats". The $200,000 Form 700 Chariots Of Fire should ensure a big crowd at Menangle on Saturday night as Miracle Mile invitations go on the line. Star New Zealand-based driver Natalie Rasmussen is here to partner one of Mark Purdon's stable stars in Have Faith In Me, who has drawn gate 11 and should come into 10 when the first emergency, Admiral Bronski is withdrawn. And the Kiwi colt may have to break 1:50, or go very close to that mark if he is to come from the wide draw and account for flying four-year-old former Kiwi mare Arms Of An Angel. Arms Of An Angel will be partnered by premier reinswoman Lauren Panella. This daughter of former Inter Dominion champion Elsu is unbeaten since crossing the Tasman to join the Shane Tritton barn, winning seven in succession with ridiculous ease. Indeed Arms Of An Angel is already a triple record holder at Menangle, with two incredible times of 1:50.7 and 1:50.3 among her string of wins. And her winning margins in Australia add up to an even-more-impressive 114.6m. Panella will be looking for a quick getaway when she comes out of the eight barrier on Saturday night and is expected to cross and find the lead. From there it might be catch-me-if-you can – and break 1:50 if you have to – if you want to beat this dynamic duo. While it shapes as a match race, the presence of Tact Tate, Ameretto, Cruz Bromac and several other smart performers ensures it will be a race to remember . . . with an invitation to the SEW Eurodrive Miracle Mile awaiting the winner. There are at least four other invitations up for grabs on the night with the first two home in the Coca-Cola Amatil Sprint as well as the Cordina Chicken Farms Sprint guaranteed spots in the Miracle Mile on February 28. For further information telephone NSWHRC Racing Manager David Wonson on (02) 4645 2200.
The harness racing barrier draws have been conducted for this Saturday night’s Coca-Cola Amatil Sprint and Cordina Chicken Farms Sprint at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The $200,000 events will be run on night one of the Sky Racing Carnival Of Miracles and both are qualifying events for the $750,000 Miracle Mile on Sunday February 28. COCA-COLA AMATIL SPRINT BARRIER HORSE TRAINER 1 EASY ON THE EYE SHANE TRITTON 2 MY GENERAL LEE (EM 1) 3 BLAZIN N CULLEN JOHN MCCARTHY 4 BEAUTIDE JAMES RATTRAY 5 COLD MAJOR DAVID AIKEN 6 SUAVE STUEY LOMBO SHANE TRITTON 7 MAJOR CROCKER VINCE VALLELONGA 8 LOUS LAD (EM 2) PAUL FITZPATRICK 9 OUR SKY MAJOR BARRY PURDON 10 OUR HI JINX ODM BELINDA MCCARTHY CORDINA CHICKEN FARMS SPRINT BARRIER HORSE TRAINER 1 MY GENERAL LEE (EM 1) 2 FIVE STAR ANVIL ADAM KELLY 3 MODERN RULER JAMES RATTRAY 4 BLING IT ON BELINDA MCCARTHY 5 IAM MR BRIGHTSIDE KERRYANN TURNER 6 MACH BEAUTY SHANE TRITTON 7 LOUS LAD (EM 2) PAUL FITZPATRICK 8 MY HARD COPY GARY HALL SNR 9 BETTOR BET BLACK DARREN MCCALL 10 MONIFIETH JOHN MCCARTHY Greg Hayes
Harness Racing New South Wales advises that it will utilise HRNSW Retention Facilities for all horses, including emergencies, entered in the following Group 1 races to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday 13 February 2016: Coca-Cola Amatil Sprint Cordina Chicken Farms Sprint Form 700 Chariots of Fire Horses entered in the Form 700 Chariots of Fire will be housed within the HRNSW Retention Facility and must be presented at the facility prior to 10am on Friday 12 February 2016. Horses entered in the Coca-Cola Amatil Sprint and the Cordina Chicken Farms Sprint will be housed in separate barns within the HRNSW Training Facility and must be presented at the facility prior to 12 midday on Friday 12 February 2016. All trainers with horses entered for these races will be notified by HRNSW of the requirements for presentation of their respective horses at the retention facilities. Horses will remain under the supervision of HRNSW until released to the raceday stables 2 hours prior to the race. If you have any questions please contact the Integrity Department of HRNSW. Reid Sanders
The harness racing barrier draw has been conducted for this Saturday night's Form 700 Chariots Of Fire at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The $200,000 event will be run on night one of the Sky Racing Carnival Of Miracles. The Cordina Chicken Sprint and Coca-Cola Sprint will also be conducted on Saturday night. The $200,000 races will also be qualifying races for the SEW Eurodrive Miracle Mile on Sunday February 28. BARRIER HORSE TRAINER 1 LORD ZIN ZAN JOHN MCCARTHY 2 EXPRESS STRIDE BELINDA MCCARTHY 3 AMERETTO ASHLEE GRIVES 4 CRUZ BROMAC DEAN BRAUN 5 AZTEC BROMAC KERRYANN TURNER 6 ADMIRAL BRONSKI (EM 1) TAHN CAMILLERI 7 LETS CUT LOOSE KEVIN PIZZUTO 8 KILCULLEN JOHN MCCARTHY 9 ARMS OF AN ANGEL SHANE TRITTON 10 TACT TATE AMANDA TURNBULL 11 HAVE FAITH IN ME MARK PURDON 12 WINGARA (EM 2) PETER ROMERO . Greg Hayes
The harness racing community in New South Wales was still coming to terms tonight with the news that the successful and well respected trainer Michael Day had been convicted of fraud with respects to a "phantom" horse that only existed in the accounts book. Mr Day arranged for a mare to be served, for all the agistment and associated costs with breeding that foal to be paid and for the costs after the foal was born, broken in, and trained over several seasons to also to be paid. The only problem was the horse who he named Miriyan was never born and Mr Day fraudulently obtained over $25,000 over several years from the "owner" of the phantom horse. The first payment was on October 1, 2012, and payments continued until January 13, 2015. The payments totaled $25,677. Even though the owner was shown two different horses at different times over the years who were meant to be Miriyan, the owner continued to pay accounts that Mr Day sent her. Eventually she became suspicious after being unable to locate the horse and contacted NSW Harness Racing. An investigation commenced and HRNSW discovered that Miriyan had never existed. The horse the client had sighted for years was actually another horse. NSW Harness Racing conducted their own investigation into the matter and disqualified Day from the harness racing industry for 10 years. On October 20, 2015, Day was arrested and taken to Goulburn Police Station where he made a full and complete statement admitting the fraud. In court on Wednesday, Day's solicitor Tim McGrath said his client had been a man of overall good character until this matter. Mr McGrath submitted that the offending was out of character and that Mr Day was a man of good skill and reputation in the harness racing industry and as a result of his offending he was now being treated for depression and that a suspended sentence may be appropriate. However the Magistrate Carolyn Hunstman was not convinced, finding Mr Day guilty and ordered him to undertake an assessment for an Intensive Corrections Order, with a final sentencing in Goulburn Local Court on March 16. Magistrate Huntsman said she had no alternative to a custodial sentence. "It is a serious fraud over a long period of time," Ms Huntsman said. "It is not appropriate to give you a suspended sentence." Mr Day, who has been a harness racing trainer for 38 years, had his biggest moment in the industry in 1982 when he won the Miracle Mile with Gundary Flyer. However after this court case Mr Day will be forever associated with the "phantom" horse that never existed. Harnesslink Media
Harness Racing New South Wales advises that all runners, including emergencies, for the Coca-Cola Amatil Sprint (Group 1) and Cordina Chicken Farms Sprint (Group 1) to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday 13 February 2016 will be stabled in a HRNSW Retention Facility at Menangle. All trainers with horses entered for this race will be required to have their respective horses presented to the facility by 12 midday on Friday 12 February 2016 and will remain under the supervision of HRNSW until released to the raceday stables 2 hours prior to the respective races. HRNSW will announce further integrity strategies for the Carnival of Miracles in the proceeding weeks. HRNSW will notify trainers with horses engaged in these races of their requirements on Monday 8 February 2016. If you have any questions please contact the Integrity Department of HRNSW. 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 31 racing clubs across the State. HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government. To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: Reid Sanders
A pair of Queenslanders is set to team together and take on Sydney. Following the news that talented young horseperson Narissa McMullen has made the move south of the border, astute harness racing trainer Shane Sanderson left Brisbane today (Tuesday) bound for Menangle. Sanderson will train and operate exclusively from the new state of the art training complex based on course at Tabcorp Park Menangle, in Sydney’s south-west. The move has been on the cards for some time now for Sanderson who left his position in the Queensland mines to become a full-time trainer. And now Sanderson will join forces with McMullen at the state’s premier track. “The barns officially opened across the weekend and I’m looking forward to getting down there and setting up with my team of horses. I have taken a barn that accommodates twenty horses and I have about a dozen to work with while Narissa will have her small team of three or four and just like in Brisbane, she will be my stable driver.” Sanderson said. The combination has combined in recent times at Albion Park with good success and will look to consolidate that partnership once in Sydney together. Sanderson is no stranger to success at the big spacious track after landing the Gr.1 $100,000 Australian Pacing 3yo Colts and Geldings Final at Menangle with Maywyn Jasper back in 2010. “That brings back great memories because he was a very talented horse but he had a lot of issues and unfortunately, we never saw the very best of him. I’m hoping I’ve got the right mix of horses because I need to hit the ground running so hopefully I’ve timed my run to perfection. “I’ve given all my team a blow and trained them back-up again and most are at racing stage now so we’ll be ready to get straight into once we arrive. It’s a mixture of metro class pacers plus some maiden types that have ability including a trio from New Zealand my owners purchased, Mick (Formosa) has looked after them since arriving a few weeks backs and will join my stable. “This is the biggest decision I’ve made and I’m grateful for the support from my wife (Naomi) and family for allowing me to give it a shot, my group of owners have been very supportive and I’m keen to repay the faith they’ve showed me. I want to be a fulltime trainer in Sydney where harness racing is moving in the right direction.” Sanderson is expected to arrive tomorrow (Wednesday) after a convoy of trucks hit the highway today. The Queensland contingent now based at Menangle is growing stronger with Sanderson joining the likes of McMullen, Stuart Hunter and Tahn Camilleri in recent times. by Chris Barsby
When your luck runs out, it’s out. But it will change in time. This is the conundrum with talented Queensland trotter Our Overanova who was primed to tackle the nation’s best during the Victorian Summer of Glory harness racing carnival which is currently underway. After being left grounded in Brisbane when his flight was cancelled at the last minute, he’s now battling a low-grade virus. “What’s the old saying, that’s racing or something to that effect? It’s very unfortunate the timing but it’s not all doom and gloom and he is showing signs of improvement. We’re pulling another blood at the end of this week and that will paint a clearer picture and determine what path we take for our southern ventures.” Owner Greg Mitchell said. After resuming from a short let-up, the Monarchy gelding looked set to tackle the Victorian features at Melton after scoring two impressive victories at Albion Park in solid time under mobile conditions. The Grant Dixon prepared trotter was set to tackle a raft of feature events in Melbourne culminating with the Gr.1 $300,000 Pryde’s Easifeed Great Southern Star at Melton on March 12. While the aim remains with the March 12 heat/final feature, a revised route to Melbourne appears likely. “All going to plan and with a clean bill of health later this week, I intend on racing him in Sydney at Tabcorp Park Menangle in the Gr.1 Trotters Cup over the marathon distance at the end of the month and then hopefully we head further south straight after that race. “Obviously the depth around is the deepest it’s been for a long time but my horse deserves his chance and I’m keen to give him that shot against the best. I have no doubt he can handle the format of the Great Southern Star with the heat/final on the same night. “We will give him a start at Albion Park before heading to Sydney, he was very fit before the setback so I’m sure he’ll come to hand quickly once he’s up and going again. We should know exactly where we’re at by Friday afternoon and that gives us time to be fully fit before heading south.” The Gr.1 $50,000 TAB Trotters Cup over 3009m is scheduled for Sunday, February 28. And the Dixon stable will be looking at having representation on the feature day of racing with talented three-year-olds Get In The Groove and Frankie Rocks also being considered for the Gr.1 $200,000 Oaks and Derby respectively. The main event that day will be the $750,000 Miracle Mile, the final leg of the Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit for 2015/16. by Chris Barsby
Bankstown harness racing trainer Jim Webb left hospital after seven long months recently and is slowly becoming accustomed to his new routine and surrounds. Jim suffered a spinal cord injury in June last year after falling while working a horse on the Bankstown track and has no movement in his legs and very little movement in his arms and hands. Webb has been amazed at the amount of support he has received from the harness racing industry and has passed on his thanks to everyone who has contacted him passing on their best wishes. Since leaving hospital, Webb has moved into a care facility with his family and plans to purchase a new house equipped with necessary modifications. The family has sold its previous home in Auburn and is looking forward to the future. Webb and his family have asked for some privacy in the short term as they become accustomed to the new care facility and contemplate another move to a new home. Greg Hayes
Lennytheshark has become the first horse into the 2016 SEW Eurodrive $750,000 Miracle Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle, thanks to his masterful harness racing win in Saturday night's Victoria Cup at Melton. Connections were delighted to accept the invitation, even though it means they cannot contest either of the traditional lead-up sprints the Coca-Cola Amatil or Cordina Chicken Farms Sprint on February 13, two weeks before the Miracle Mile. No problem, we'll just come for the one race and hopefully win the one that matters, said Lennytheshark's trainer David Aiken, in Sydney today to inspect Menangle Park's new Training Centre, which officially opened on Saturday. We're taking 10 boxes at the Training Centre, and that's where Lennytheshark will be stabled when he makes the trip, Aiken said. The remaining spots in the eight-horse Miracle Mile field are well and truly up for grabs and will be filled by horses that must contest any of the three $200,000 lead-up features at Menangle. The two Sprints and the Chariots of Fire will decide the rest of the field, said NSWHRC chief executive Bruce Christison. The winner and the runner-up in the Coca-Cola and Cordina Chicken Farms Sprint will automatically qualify for an invitation to the Miracle Mile as will the winner of the Chariots Of Fire run the same night [February 13]. The last two spots and the two emergencies will come from those that contested any of those three races mentioned. Christison confirmed a second runner from the $200,000 Form 700 Chariots of Fire could certainly be invited into the $750,000 Miracle Mile if the club's directors felt he or she should be there. For further information telephone NSWHRC Racing Manager David Wonson on (02) 4645 2200.
Who will drive the Mark Purdon trained runners during the Miracle Mile carnival at Tabcorp Park Menangle? With an artillery including Have Faith In Me, Our Waikiki Beach and Fight For Glory the harness racing stable is set to be represented in a number of the big races later this month. Last year Purdon left the race driving to Natalie Rasmussen on Inter Dominion Grand Final day at Menangle and she didn't let the stable down winning the Ladyship Mile with Adore Me in Australasian record time and the NSW Oaks. Rasmussen returned to Sydney in April last year to drive Our Waikiki Beach in the APG 2 year old final and Smolda in the Len Smith Mile and won both of the group one events. When asked on Sydney radio over the weekend who will drive the horses in Sydney during the Miracle Mile carnival, Rasmussen gave no clear indication on who would sit behind the Purdon runners. "We don't even know, two weeks in horse racing is a long time so we have to actually get there first," Rasmussen said. "We don't worry about that too much - we'll work it out when the time comes." Rasmussen's record at Menangle is mind blowing. In only 44 drives on the 1400 metre circuit since it opened in 2008, Natalie has won 17 races and been placed on a further 15 occasions meaning she finishes in the top three 72.72% of the time she drives in a race on the track. In her last 18 drives at Menangle, Rasmussen has won ten races and run a further four placings. What is more astounding is her group one record at Menangle. Rasmussen has driven in 16 group one races on the track for eight wins and six placings. The two horses that failed to place at the highest level when driven by Rasmussen at Menangle were Western Cam in the 2010 Len Smith Mile when fourth behind Smoken Up and Blacks A Fake after finishing seventh in the 2009 Miracle Mile. Greg Hayes
The biggest bet of the week with TAB on harness racing in New South Wales was a successful one with the Paul Fitzpatrick-trained Match In Heaven winning at Menangle last Friday afternoon. One punter placed a bet of $5,000 on the three-year old at the odds of $1.20 and won $1,000 when he made it two wins in a row this campaign. It was one of a number of large wagers that were successful at Menangle last Friday and Saturday. Largest winning bets (stake) – $4,200 @ $1.60 Lexus On The Beach – Bathurst Jan 20 $3,000 @ $1.35 Have Faith In Me – Menangle Jan 23 $3,000 @ $1.40 Jumping Jack Jimmy – Parkes Jan 26 The punter who placed $2,500 on Idle Bones at Menangle on Saturday night at the price of $4.80 couldn’t believe their luck when race favourite Daryl Boko galloped. Idle Bones continued to trot boldly out in front and recorded a comfortable victory and in the process returned the punter $12,000 and more importantly a profit of $9,500. Largest winning bets (return) – $1,500 @ $7.00 Don Boston (ret $10,500) – Menangle Jan 22 $750 @ $7.50 Arms Of An Angel (ret $5,625) – Menangle Jan 23 $500 @ $8.00 Macca Kelly (ret $4,000) – Menangle Jan 23 $500 @ $7.50 Ivegottalife (ret $3,750) – Menangle Jan 23 There were some losers during the week as well. The biggest loser was the punter who placed a $4,000 wager on Modern Dancer at Goulburn on Australia Day at $4.10. After leading the mare finished fourth at her first run back from a spell and while she should strip fitter that was little consolation to the punter. Largest losing bets (stake) – $4,000 @ $1.55 Bettor Together (finished 2nd) – Tamworth Jan 22 $3,900 @ $2.60 Katy Perry (finished 8th) – Goulburn Jan 26 $2,500 @ $6.50 Outlaw Fella (finished 3rd) – Goulburn Jan 26 $2,500 @ $1.55 Skirmish (finished 2nd) – Bathurst Jan 20 Yayas Hot Spot was heavily supported to win Tuesday’s Goulburn Cup but the sprintlane did not come up early enough as the Shane Tritton trained pacer was forced to wait for the opening while Condagen steamed down the outside to score. One punter placed $2,000 at the odds of $7.00 for a possible return of $14,000. Largest losing bets (potential return) $1,500 @ $7.00 The Brazen Jasper (ret $10,500 finished 3rd) – Tamworth Jan 22 $2,000 @ $5.00 Monifieth (ret $10,00 finished 9th) – Menangle Jan 23 $2,000 @ $4.20 Stone Church Road (ret $8,400 finished 7th) – Tamworth Jan 22 $2,000 @ $4.00 Shardons Sheralee (ret $8,000 finished 2nd) – Tamworth Jan 22