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Despite the heavy and constant rainfall on Friday night Young Harness Racing was able to push through and run its 10-race program thanks to the all weather track at the paceway. With rain continuing to fall from early afternoon, an inspection by stewards and a decision to race was accepted by all involved, with the first race, of what was to be curtailed after race nine, went ahead with a small but enthusiastic crowd in attendance. Favourite runners throughout the night continued to flow with race one going to Greggs Legacy ($2.50) driven by John O’Shea for trainer Josh Turnbull. Leading at the bell and posting a 30.2 first quarter, the Modern Art three year old colt was never in danger of winning scoring by an impressive 15 m from Carl Slim Dada ($9.40) and the locally trained Forest Fury ($4.20) for trainer Jeff Brown and driver, young Nic Dewar. The track stood up beautifully with a creditable 2:01.4 mile rating to the winner being recorded and certainly setting the bar high for the remainder of the meeting. The second race again was run in rainy conditions with the first winning double of Josh Turnbull and John O’Shea combining with the roughie of the race Timmy May ($30.50) again leading at the bell to defeat Ima Kennedy Two ($5.30) and another outsider in Prince Kai ($21.30) claiming third money. The 2,100 m event recorded a mile rating of 1:59.9 reflecting the condition of the track and the winning margin of six metres the possible bright future for the five year old son of Dawn Of A New Day.  Steve and Amanda Turnbull combined in race three with the Sealed And Delivered gelding Intransit ($5.70) who came from fourth at the bell to circle the field at the top of the staright to defeat the odds-on-favourite Our Braxton ($1.80) and another Steve Turnbull trained pacer in the four-year-old gelding Dillon ($4.00).  The mile rating of 2:01.8 was again a reflection of the condition of the track and the prevailing weather conditions. Amanda Turnbull came out of the gates flying to lead at the bell in race four with Whosashadylady ($2.00) and quickly steadied the pace to ensure a sprint home. This was achieved when the leader quickly set a last two quarter run home of 29.7 and 29.9 in defeating Mach Sam ($6.10) and Ruth Shannon ($9.70) in winning her first race from eight starts for her delighted owners.  The wins kept coming for Amanda and the team when Moon Over Manhattan (1.10) leading at the bell and again setting a similar tempo with a ‘steady as you go’ tactic early, running home with a 28.6 last quarter in accounting for Lady Warhol ($17.10) and another locally trained pacer in Ma Koo Loo Queen ($61.80) claiming third money.  To say the rain had gotten a little heavier would be an understatement but it did not deter the likes of John O’Shea and trainer Gemma Hewitt sending out Lyka Version ($1.90) a short priced favourite in race six.  The Oberon pacer trained by Russell Reynolds Satelitte Village ($10.70) finished second in the race while the early pacemaker Somerosesomhere ($54.00) claimed third with a mile rating to the winner of 2:02.1 still a creditable performance under the conditions. At this stage it was more than noticeable that the majority of winners were winning from the front, this being the case, Forbes trainer, driver adopted the same tactics with Artful Lombo ($2.10) who was leading comfortably at the bell to run home in 29.8 in defeating Ticket Outa Here ($10.80) and Pretty Foxy ($12.60). Unfortunately heavy rain continued to fall with overnight measurements reaching as high as 55 mm in some local areas. In what was to be the penultimate race of the night, race eight, Amanda Turnbull again made sure she would be part of the action at the pointy end of the race when she drove another copybook race behind Bold Outlaw ($1.30) in defeating the Temora trained Our Red Jack ($24.00) for Ray Walker with the John Vautin trained Riverboat King mare Oceans In The Sky ($82.90) putting in a good performance finishing third. In what was to be the final race of the night, Perthville trainer Chris Frisby made sure his night was to be rewarded sending out Lockton Art ($1.30) another short priced favourite in defeating an improving Speed King mare in Diamond Thief ($10.80) with Peter Sykes picking up loose change with Ma Koo Loo Frankie ($23.80) in third place. An inspection of the track, combined with deteriorating weather and signal interruptions at this point forced the stewards to call a halt to proceedings and those involved retired to a much warmer and drier environment. Racing again on Thursday Young Harness Racing Club will be holding another race meeting on Thursday afternoon May 25 with a seven race program starting from 2.20 pm. The meeting includes the $15,000 Alabar Breeders Challenge heats for three-year-old fillies and the same for three-year-old colts and geldings. TAB 2YO Pace: 1 Ace in Your Pocket, 2 Mackeral, 3 Giant Jackson, 4 Our Uncle Alan, 5 Brads Luck, 6 Ashuring, 7 Pocket of Terror, 8 Roll With Life. Cordina Chicken Farms Pace: 1 The Kiss Principle, 2 Jiggy Rhythm, 3 Ma Koo Loo Hambo, 4 Just Milhouse, 5 Boundtobewild, 6 Fullofnonsense, 8 Oceans In The Sky. Donges Supa IGA Pace: 1 Ma Koo Loo Frankie, 2 Magic Sensation, 3 Lucky To Make It, 4 Barkway Bill, 5 Conrad Kenze, 6 To Alaska, 7 Carl Slim Dada, 8 Wamboyne Tommy, 9 Pinnacle Hope. Hilltops Equine Centre Ladyship Pace: 1 Concertina, 2 Abercrombie Lisa, 3 Smooth Mace, 4 Mah Koo Loo Queen, 5 Catch the Panda, 6 Confederate Girl, 7 Kirra Kid NZ, 8 Lockton Art, 9 Moon Ovr Manhattan. Turners Furniture One Pace: 1 Timmy May, 2 Forest Fury, 3 Thanku Thanku, 4 So Kool Master, 5 Smithstars Lexus, 6 Glencore, 7 Hijacked, 8 Tanyas Past. Betterthancheddar Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO Fillies Heat: 1 Rubies for Tash, 2 Zoemagic, 3 Destiny Belle, 4 Fastestgirlintown, 5 Its All Bliss, 6 Jovial Rock, 7 Rollnlombo, 8 Illinois Beauty, 9 Star Play, 10 Taylors Reason, 11 Lucky Lyla. Art Major Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO Colts and Geldings Heat: 1 Tiwanaku, 2 Always At Night, 3 Sunrising, 4 Blissfulday, 5 The Ides of March, 6 Gregs Legacy, 7 Killara Kaos, 8 Corbie Jolt, 9 Machgower, 10 Deekays Dollar, 11 Twentyeightblack.  Reprinred with permission of the Young Witness

Fouroeight, the horse named in memory of champion cricketer Phil Hughes, added more runs to the board with a harness racing career-best performance in a C3/C4 Menangle Country Series heat at Group One Feeds Paceway on Wednesday. The Mat Rue-trained and driven four-year-old took full advantage of a favourable barrier three to lead throughout, keeping the tempo brisk with a 59-seconds first half then quickening markedly over the last half in 55.9 seconds, for a 1:54.4 mile rate. His third quarter of 27.7 seconds, reminiscent of a Hughes quick single, kept the chasing pack at bay as they turned for home but he was made to earn the win as Swaggie Shannon came off his back late to flash home for the closest of seconds. "That's the fastest he's ever gone in winning, which is quite surprising because he 's really not a leader, he is actually much better with a trail," commented Rue after the win. And is he capable of picking up one of those lucrative Menangle finals? "Absolutely, if he gets a decent draw and races close enough to the lead, he's capable of winning, and in very quick time as well," his trainer added. The earlier C1-class Club Menangle Where Horses Fly heat also resulted in an all-the-way win, for the Amanda Turnbull-trained My Bettor Bella NZ, the mare stopping the clock at 1:55.1 after maintaining a strong speed throughout. This was the first leg of a driving double for Turnbull, who backed up with Written In Style in a C5- backed conditioned event, using the sprint lane to reel in leader Haka Shannon, who had to be content with the runner-up possie for the third time running. Amanda Turnbull admits it's taken her a while to warm to the Bathurst sprint lane. She says she was impatient previously, bustling her horses as soon as she got into it, but now she makes sure they're balanced up before she really goes for them. Her success rate via the lane this season indicates she's learned that lesson well. Mitchell Turnbull and Robbie Morris also collected driving doubles at Wednesday 's meeting. Cherry Mahoney, all the way in a C1 conditioned sprint with a last half in 56.7 seconds, and Hidden Courage, which finished strongly from mid-field in a 3YO sprint, supplied Mitchell with his wins. Together with Amanda's victory on Written In Style, they gave Steve Turnbull a treble to further increase his runaway lead in the Bathurst trainers premiership. The Robbie Morris double, both trained by his partner Kerryann Turner, was achieved with Smokey Quartz in the fast-class, coming hard along the sprint lane to grab leader Karloo Kix, with a scintillating final quarter in 27.2 seconds, and with debutant Ritchie Bee, which raced behind the leader in the 2YO final event, and finished well to hold off another first starter in Peat Green. This was also a double for the owner, Dorro Nominees, and Robbie Morris was keen to acknowledge the strong support given to the stable by John Dorrington. Machgower was the other winner at the meeting, the Dennis Picker-trained and driven three-year-old finishing a little too strongly for leader Star Play in C0 class, giving him three wins for the term and making up for two recent seconds at the track. Runners in the second race, the conditioned class taken out by Cherry Mahoney, wore black armbands to mark the passing earlier in the week of popular Bathurst horseman Ian Mutton, whose life will be celebrated at Group One Feeds Paceway next Tuesday. Ian trained and drove many good horses in a long and successful career but will be remembered most of all as a smiling, engaging character who always had a joke,or three, to share with everyone. He will be missed by everyone, especially racetrack interviewers who could always depend on him for interesting and forthright commentary. by Terry Neil

It is the biggest race on the Dubbo Harness Racing Club’s calendar, and now preparations are ramping up for the 2017 edition of the Red Ochre Mares Classic. Last Saturday night’s program was the last before heats are held on Sunday, May 21, for the Group 3 event, as well as other finals that will be held at the club’s Carnival of Cups program five days later. Red Ochre organiser Brett Wrigley pours a mountain of work into the race, which over the years has produced the likes of subsequent Ladyship Mile winner Our Sixpence. “Yirribee Stud are the naming rights sponsor this year. They were part of the stallion tender that we use to fund the prizemoney for the Red Ochre,” Wrigley said. “We had a very good response to the stallion tender this year, and we have to thank the studs that gave us services to auction off as part of it. “We took in a little more this year than we did last year, so that helps with being able to maintain the prizemoney at the level we have it. “This is the third year that the race will carry $30,000 in prizemoney and Group 3 status, and being able to offer that black type for these mares not only means the race is worth good money but they become valuable broodmares when they go to stud. With a month or so remaining until the heats, Wrigley is now on the hunt for prospective mares to compete in the series. He is hopeful of perhaps being able to attract the likes of the all-conquering Turnbull stable from Bathurst, and leading Hunter Valley trainers Shane and Lauren Tritton. “It’s hard to get the Sydney trainers now because they race for similar money down there and don’t have to make two trips out here to race,” Wrigley said. “A few years ago we had Luke McCarthy coming out and he had Our Sixpence win the Red Ochre, and Baby Bling also won one of the other races on the program before it went on to win a Miracle Mile. “But I’ll get on the phone and see who has some mares of a suitable grade and try to get them here. No mare goes backwards in value winning a Group 3 so that’s a bit of a selling point for the race. “I’m hoping Amanda Turnbull might bring What A Curtainraiser out. She’s won five on the trot and won here at her last start. “Shane Tritton has won the race a couple of times as well and usually has a couple of mares that are suitably graded.” The Carnival of Cups meeting will be held on the opening night of the Dubbo Show – Friday, May 26, with organisers hopeful of attracting a strong crowd. By Ben Walker Reprinted with permission of The Daily Liberal

Penrith Paceway’s autumn features got underway with the PFD Cup last week and this Thursday night the time-honoured Renshaw Cup has attracted a strong harness racing line-up. It is the second year the Schweppes Renshaw Cup will be run as part of the TAB.COM.AU Carnival of Cups and the Group 2 has attracted a strong field. Last week’s PFD Cup winner Tiger Tara is backing up again for this week’s $50,000 feature and is the favourite having won his last three starts, including two races last week. Defending champion Yayas Hot Spot is back to attempt to keep his title as well as 2014 Renshaw Cup winner Blazin N Cullen. Others that have added their name to the Renshaw Cup honour roll include Smolda, Michael Frost and Washakie to name a few. Schweppes Renshaw Cup night caters for everybody and there is even a chance to win a Toyota Yaris as well as many raffles and lucky racebook prizes that will be carried out over the night. Entertainment is a priority for Penrith Paceway and the children will have fun when the Easter Bunny arrives.  There will also be live music to kick-start the Easter weekend, Fashions on the Field and fashion stalls. This is supported by our high standard of good food and beverages and a must for the night is a visit to the 140cafe and 3P’s Pizza and Coffee Lounge that has already received plaudits of applause from all quarters.     RENSHAW CUP WINNERS @ PENRITH PACEWAY             YEAR STAKES HORSE DRIVER DISTANCE RATE 2016 50,000 YAYAS HOT SPOT NZ LAUREN PANELLA 2525M 1.58.1 2015 50,000 SMOLDA MARK PURDON 2525M 1.56.7 2014 50,000 BLAZIN N CULLEN NZ JOHN McCARTHY 2525M 1.57.8 2013 50,000 WASHAKIE NZ JOHN McCARTHY 2525M 1.59.1 2012 50,000 TERRORWAY NZ JOHN McCARTHY 2525M 2.00.1 2011 50,000 ROHAN HOME GAVIN FITZPATRICK 2525M 1.58.8 2010 50,000 WESTERN CAM NATALIE RASSMUSSEN 2525M 1.59.6 2009 50,000 JOHNNY EL GRINGO ANTHONY BUCCA 2525M 2.02.2 2008 50,000 BOLD CRUISER NZ DARYL DOUGLAS 2525M 2.01.8 2007 50,000 BLUE GUM FOREST EMMA TURNBULL 2525M 2.03.5 2006 50,000 FIERCE ALLEGIANCE STEVE TURNBULL 2525M 2.01.5 2005 50,000 THE SCORPION KING NORM ABOUD 2525M 2.04.1 2004 30,000 OUR FIRST LAD NZ DENNIS WILSON 2525M 2.02.4 2003 30,000 GIFTED ANGEL NZ DAVID BAXTER 2525M 2.04.7 2002 25,000 JUST SCOOTIN AD TURNBULL 2525M 2.03.2 2001 25,000 FRANCO CONQUEST NZ PETER TRITTON 2525M 2.00.0 2000 27,500 STEP OUTSIDE GRAHAM WATTS 2525M 2.03.5 1999 25,000 ZYUGANOV LEIS WAYNE INNES 2450M 2.03.0 1998 25,000 ALFABEAT DAVID BAXTER 2450M 2.04.4 1997 25,000 LATE BID NZ ROB BYRNES 2450M 2.03.8 1996 25,000 LATE BID NZ ROB BYRNES 2450M 2.02.1 1995 25,000 TYLER JAY TERRY ROBINSON 2450M 2.02.8                 MOBILE START                   1994 25,000 BIG WAL SM MAGUIRE 2420M 2.00.9 1993 25,000 COCO'S DREAM NZ THERESE M GLEESON 2420M 2.02.5 1992 25,000 CARTER RAINBOW DW WILSON 2420M 2.02.1 1991 22,000 OUR AYNSLEY DJ BINSKIN 2420M 2.01.2 1990 20,000 BONZATROSS DA ROYLE 2420M 2.03.8 1989 15,000 LOVE TO SPARE CJ GLEESON 2420M 2.02.3 1988 15,000 LOTS OF KINGS CJ GLEESON 2420M 2.03.4 1987 15,000 BEN'S IMAGE VW FROST 2420M 2.03.1                 STANDING START                   1986 15,000 HURRICANE FURY CJ GLEESON 2350M 1.17.5 1985 15,000 POWDER AND SHOT RW ADAMS 2450M 1.18.3 1984 15,000 DALMEGO J JANDZIO 2450M 1.18.4 1983 12,000 BUNDANOON BP HANCOCK 2450M 1.19.7 1982 12,000 OUT FOR GLORY BP HANCOCK 2420M 1.17.2 1981 10,000 MICHAEL FROST C CAFFYN 2450M 1.19.7 1980 8,500 GRAND THOR VW FROST 2450M 1.17.6 1979 7,500 ABLE AY J BINSKIN 2450M 1.18.5 1978 5,500 CHALLENGE PROOF VW FROST 2450M 1.17.7 1977 5,500 CHALLENGE PROOF W McCLELLAND 2450M 1.21.7 1976 2,400 KARAMEA MINNA DJ HEATH 2450M 1.19.0 1975 2,300 SHY CASTLE K NEWMAN 2450M 1.19.2 1974 3,000 ARMBRO JODIE K NEWMAN 2450M 1.19.3 1973 3,000 ROYAL TOPAZ S BOND 12f 40yds 2.09.6 1971 (Dec) 1,900 PRINCESS LIGHT A YOUNG 12f 40yds 2.08.0 1971 1,500 KIWI LAD VW FROST 12f 40yds 2.07.2 1970 1,500 DAWN PEAK C CASTLES 12f 40yds 2.06.6 1969 1,500 KIWI PETERSON K NEWMAN 12f 40yds 2.08.2 Fields for Penrith, Thursday 13 April 2017 Form guide for Penrith, Thursday 13 April 2017 PENRITH PACEWAY

Tom Pay will yet again combine with uncle Brett for a pair of harness racing drives at Parkes Harness Racing Club on Friday evening. The youngster has long teamed up with family members, having driven his first ever winner for his grandfather Greg back in 2015. At Parkes on Friday, Tom Pay will be in the gig of Brett Pay’s Remember Kaiser in the first race of the night, the Jenny Jones Memorial (2040m). The majority of races being run on the night are set to honour former members of the Parkes racing fraternity. Remember Kaiser will be first up from a spell at Parkes, having not raced since seventh-placed Finish at Tamworth in November of last year. He will line up from gate nine. It is then a long wait until the Pay duo combine again, with Suncreen also returning from a spell in the ninth and final race of the night, the Bill and Linda Taylor Pace (1660m). Racing starts at Parkes at 5.59pm on Friday. By Nick Guthrie Reprinted with permission of The Daily Liberal

Harness racing heats for West Wyalong’s award-winning Standing Start Final will be held next week in Dubbo and Wagga. Trainers and drivers are reminded of the need to qualify in a standing start trial prior to be eligible for the Bolt Sulky Innovations Standing Start Series valued at $16,000. Heats will be held at Dubbo on Wednesday April 5 and Wagga on Friday April 7, while the third heat is at West Wyalong on Easter Saturday, April 15, with the final at West Wyalong’s Carnival of Cups on Sunday April 23. As well as $7,420 prizemoney up for grabs, and $1000 cash for the winning driver, trainers will be vying for the latest $7,600 Insain Bolt sulky thanks to major sponsor Bolt Sulky Innovations who has joined West Wyalong Harness Racing Club (WWHRC) to make the event possible. Trainers and drivers are welcome to trial one of the innovative sulkies at the Dubbo and Wagga heats or at the Carnival of Cups meeting. The sulky can be used in a race, with several people trialling it recently at Penrith to try and confirm the claims that the Australian designed-and-built sulky has turned 50 to one long shots into winners. Company director Joe Watkins says it’s the pivoting shaft that gives horses the advantage: “particularly in the turns where direct tracking ability without fishtailing and zero torsional forces greatly assists with balance and speed," he said. WWHRC President Ray Moore welcomed the new sponsor, saying the Club was thrilled to be able to continue to offer the Standing Start Series, after last year’s inaugural event proved a major draw card for competitors. Moore said the final was expected to be a great spectacle for the crowd once again as horses being handicapped according to their grade, gives every entrant the opportunity to win, and usually means a close finish.   Bathurst trainer-driver Amanda Turnbull’s Oh Jonny B Good, overcame a 70m handicap to win last year’s edition by 1.7 metres just beating a CO contender. The favourite Sporty Spook, who won the Wagga and West Wyalong heats, had to start off a 60m but was forced to run an exhausting race three wide and finished last.   ”This exciting race almost saw the front marker Seenohearnospeakno get away with the chocolates, and this is what provides the spectacle where the favourite can run last, the pole marker almost gets home and the winner is forced to run four and five wide on the home turn to catch the leaders,” said Moore. The standing start series is already attracting plenty of interest with Amanda Turnbull mentioning at Young Carnival of Cups recently that she’s planning to return for a chance at another sulky and brother Mitch, who has been driving exceptionally well lately, says he’s also interested. The inaugural standing start event was introduced last year thanks to the assistance of Dubbo and Wagga Clubs who are on board again. “We put a lot of work into the event as a way of building up the program for our Carnival of Cups for both competitors and spectators,” said Moore. And the work paid off when the Club won the Harness Racing NSW Innovation Award for introducing the race to the program in an attempt to grow the race meeting. “It’s an exciting addition to our Carnival of Cups program that we hoped would prove a success,” said Moore. “West Wyalong only runs two race meetings a year but the track is in excellent condition and the racing is expected to be of high quality. “Small clubs like ours have to put in the extra yards to stay viable and keep our meetings on the annual racing calendar.” The nine race program is expected to attract a lot of interest after last year attracting 170 nominations. Races include the $12,240 S and C Clubs Pacers Cup (C4-C7) and two $10,000 Menangle heats. The lead up event on Easter Saturday April 15 is a restricted event, with heats for the standing start as well as C0- C1 four-year-old heats. By Melanie Sincock

An earthquake helped played part in Stuart McDonald’s harness racing career and now the 22-year-old is ready to take New South Wales by storm. The New Zealander has been in Australia for five years and is set to make his mark on the Sydney harness scene. Still currently one of the leading concession drivers in Western Australia having spent five years working in the west, McDonald only arrived in Sydney a couple of months ago but is hoping to make a name for himself here as a freelance driver. “I really want to be a freelance driver here in Sydney and New South Wales,” McDonald said. “I would like to stay here until I at least outdrive my concession claim.” McDonald has been driving for a number of stables since settling into Sydney and has already driven 16 winners since arriving in January. He has a drive at today’s Tabcorp Park Menangle meeting on board the Shane Sanderson Lucia Bromac – a stable he has been driving for of late. “I’m hoping she goes well,” he said. The mare is a former Kiwi, a bit like McDonald himself. “I don’t plan on going back to New Zealand . . . that’s not home for me anymore,” McDonald said. “I left there when I was 16 so for most of my adult life I have been in Australia. “I actually never drove in a race over in New Zealand. “There was an earthquake at my school and because of that we were transferred to another school. “That school would have their classes in the mornings and my school’s classes didn’t start until 1pm so that’s when I started working with horses with Wayne Higgs. “I would work the horses in the morning before I would go to school and it was through Wayne that I started working over in Western Australia with Greg Schofield. “I then worked for Ross Olivieri for three-and-a-half years before heading to Sydney.” After driving for Sydney trainer Kevin Pizzuto during the Perth Inter Dominion series last year, McDonald moved east and spent a stint working for Pizzuto’s stable. For the past two seasons McDonald has been the leading junior driver in Western Australia and ranked amongst the top 10 drivers in that state too. “I love the racing over there, it’s a lot tougher than what it is here with a lot of half mile tracks,” McDonald said. “That’s where I first started driving so it will always be special to me.” AMANDA RANDO | MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

There will be many people cheering on horses carrying the number four saddlecloth at Young's Carnival Of Cups harness racing meeting this Saturday night. And it is all for good causes. The Young Harness Racing Club is showing their support for Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Prostate Cancer Support Group by donating $500 to these charities when the number four horse finishes in the top three placings. Harness Racing NSW will also match this donation meaning $1000 per race could be donated to either charity if number four places first, second or third. "We have decided to go with the number four as that saddlecloth is the colour that the MND and Prostate Cancer Foundation use," said Young HRC Secretary Chloe Powderly. Alternating the respective charities with the races throughout the nine-race program, a total of $9000 could be donated. However, the donations do not stop there. With the Team Teal promotion for 2017 culminating on this night the Young HRC and HRNSW have agreed to donate a further $1000 collectively to the Women's Cancer Foundation if the driver of the number four horse is female. AMANDA RANDO

As the Bathurst Harness Racing Club’s annual Gold Crown Carnival looms, The Lagoon trainer Nathan Turnbull has good reason to feel optimistic. On Friday night he picked up a trifecta in the Graeme Board and Co Sales Graduate Two Year Old Final (1,730 metres), a race which provides a good form guide for the carnival. The field consisted entirely of runners who are eligible for the two biggest races on the Bathurst calendar – the Group 1 Gold Crown and Gold Tiara. A pair of Turnbull’s Gold Crown eligible runners battled it out down the home straight, Our Sams Home getting the nod over stablemate Flash In Sam by a half neck. Gold Tiara eligible filly Lady Zaras Home snared third, a further 10¾m back. “You don’t even dream of things like that, that was unreal,” Turnbull, who drove the runner-up, said. “They’ve shown a bit, so you are always hopeful, but to have it play out is fantastic.” With four members of his team earning their place in the decider after doing well enough in their heats a week earlier, the trainer enlisted the help of his family. Younger sister Amanda steered $2.20 favourite Our Sams Home, he took the job with Flash In Sam ($13), brother Mitch guided Artistic Sam ($21.60) and father Steve drove Lady Zaras Home ($11.80). Nathan Turnbull felt he was set for an upset as Flash In Sam, a Major In Art colt, took the lead as the finish line loomed. But Amanda, who currently sits third in the Harness Racing New South Wales drivers’ premiership, found a way to beat him. “I thought I had her. The boys work together at home all the time and there’s not much between them,” he said. “I thought I had her midway down the straight, but she got me. She really is just unbelievable, I’m lucky to snap her up sometimes.” Though Turnbull will face stiff opposition over the course of the Gold Crown Carnival, the final trifecta will no doubt give him hope. The closest he has come to success in the headline act was two years ago when Sams The Master placed a close third in the Gold Crown Final. It was the fancied KerryAnn Turner trained filly Hannah Mae ($2.40) who rolled to the head of the field once the green light was given. Flash In Sam was out of position for the start, having drawn barrier 11, but quickly made up the ground. As the bell sounded Nathan Turnbull set off on a three wide move with him, one which Amanda Turnbull followed with Our Sams Home.  Steve Turnbull had ducked in behind the leader in third with Lady Zaras Home, while Mitch Turnbull temporarily occupied the death seat with Artistic Sam. As they rolled off the back straight and turned for home, Hannah Mae faded. Our Sams Home, who had punched on into the death seat, took over in the lead. While Flash In Sam came hard and nosed in front with 100m to go, Our Sams Home kicked again to take the honours. It was the maiden win for the Roll With Joe x Our Ladylight gelding, who clocked a 1:57.7 mile rate. The Gold Crown Carnival starts March 15. By Anya Whitelaw  Reprinted with permission of The Western Advocate

Good results at Bathurst tonight will top off a remarkable week for Western Districts-based harness racing horseman Mat Rue. The 27-year-old added another highlight to his resume when winning the Group 2 Miracle Mile Drivers Invitational with Queensland pacer Leos Best at Tabcorp Park Menangle last Saturday night. Rue was invited by Club Menangle to take part in the race after winning the 2013 Miracle Mile with Baby Bling. And driving in front of a large crowd at that very same track last weekend brought back some good memories for Rue. “It was great driving in front of a crowd like that again . . . the crowd was huge,” Rue said. “In the warm up I looked across at the crowd and reflected on how it all came about when I won the Miracle Mile with Baby Bling. “It was also nice to lob up on the night and drive in a race on a nice horse.” Rue will have a bit more work involved than just turning up and driving at Bathurst tonight. He has six drives and trains three of those horses himself. Originally having a two-pronged attack in the opening race, Rue has been reduced to just one runner, Bettor Ranger, with his other pacer Big In America being scratched. “I’m expecting a better run from Bettor Ranger even though he is drawn a bit wide,” Rue said. “He won two races as a two-year-old and this time in made a mistake first up and faced a hard race the following start at Penrith.” Rue’s next three drives are for other stables including the Barry Lew-trained Karloo Damajor. He is very familiar with this gelding having driven the son of art Major in all of his 15 starts which includes six wins. “He has started this campaign well with a win at Dubbo last week,” Rue said. “He faces an awkward draw but we will go back and hope there is a bit of speed on that we can tag onto.” Rue is then looking forward to racing his debutant Billy Braveheart later in the night following that pacer’s trial win at Bathurst on Monday. “He’s produced a couple of nice trials and should run a good race first up even though it is a pretty handy race,” Rue said. And rue is just as pleased with his filly Callmequeenbe in the last. “She goes quite well,” Rue said. “She got a long way back in her first start but ran home some good sectionals and has really tightened up after the run . . . I’m really happy with her.” AMANDA RANDO | MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 • •  @Amanda_Rando Fields for Bathurst, Friday 03 March 2017 Form guide for Bathurst, Friday 03 March 2017

Victorian pacer Lennytheshark scored a thrilling harness racing victory in last night's (Saturday) Gr.1 $750,000 Ainsworth Gaming Technology Miracle Mile at TABCORP Park, Menangle, and the 50th edition of Australasia’s premier speed test. A runner-up last year, Lennytheshark ($5.50) sat without cover in the 1609m contest before holding off Smolda ($10.20) by a half-head margin with race favourite Lazarus ($2.20) a further two metres away in third in a time of 1:49.1. The breakdown was 24.8, 30.3, 28.2 and 25.9 seconds. The time was well outside of the race record set last year by Have Faith In Me at 1:47.5. It was the first victory for Lennytheshark on the 2016/17 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit. The victory was also the first since Smoken Up back in 2010 where the winner of the Miracle Mile has sat without cover – a first over crush! Lennytheshark becomes the 10th pacer to claim the Miracle Mile/Inter Dominion double joining the likes of Beautide, Smooth Satin, Our Sir Vancelot, Westburn Grant, Our Maestro, Village Kid, Preux Chevalier, Young Quinn and Hondo Grattan. It was the 22nd victory in the event by a stallion, the Four Starzzz Shark – Botswana entire becoming the first since the mighty Christian Cullen proved successful back in 1998. And Lennytheshark now becomes the highest earning stallion in the southern hemisphere with earnings of $2,560,890 eclipsing Terror To Love. The overall record belongs to the incomparable Queensland champion Blacks A Fake with $4,575,456. The victory provided both trainer David Aiken and driver Chris Alford with their maiden success in the great race. For Alford, he has now claimed the Australian Grand Slam with victories in the Inter Dominion, Victoria and Hunter Cups and the Miracle Mile. Alford joins Natalie Rasmussen, Chris Lewis, Barry Perkins and Brian Gath as winners of the Big 4! It was his fifth drive in the Miracle Mile following placings previously with Golden Reign (1994 – Chokin), Tailamade Lombo (1998 – Christian Cullen, 2000 – Holmes D G) and Lennytheshark last year when second behind Have Faith In Me. The early burn was set-up by Hectorjayjay who charged across the face the field to lead from the wide draw while Smolda attempted to go with him from his inside draw. The 24.8 opening split is the fastest opening quarter in a Miracle Mile. Hectorjayjay led the way with Lennytheshark parked outside him while Lazarus worked into a one wide trail. As the field hit the half way point, the second quarter was timed in 30.3 seconds. Hectorjayjay continued to lead his stablemate Lennytheshark while the All Stars team of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen lurked dangerously. Smolda was sitting behind Hectorjayjay, Lazarus in the one out, one back trail while Our Waikiki Beach tracked Lazarus. As the field passed the 400m mark, the third quarter was timed in 28.2 with Hectorjayjay still in front while the moves were being made behind him. In the straight, Lennytheshark raced to the front while Lazarus and Our Waikiki Beach loomed on his outside and Smolda probed for an inside run. Under the urgings of Alford, Lennytheshark failed to surrender and fought off his rivals. The last 400m timed in 25.9 seconds. “He’s an unbelievable horse.” Alford said. I’m so proud of him and he deserves this victory. “He gets the job done, I wasn’t sure at the 100m or 50m mark but he wouldn’t give in.” Lennytheshark is owned by Kevin Riseley and his son Martin. The final leg of the 2016/17 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit takes place in the sunshine state with the running of the $200,000 UBET Blacks A Fake at Albion Park on July 15. The latest points table for the APG Grand Circuit; Lazarus – 240 points Smolda – 185 Bling It On – 165 Lennytheshark – 140 Chris Barsby

Exciting Queensland pacer Mattgregor is ready for another big test this weekend. Fresh from his excellent effort in the Gr.1 $200,000 Chariots of Fire two weeks ago when fifth behind champion pacer Lazarus in 1:49.0 after drawing the ten hole, he gets another chance at cracking it in a feature harness racing event. On Saturday night, the fresh faced four-year-old takes on seasoned rivals in the Gr.1 $100,000 Bohemia Crystal Free-For-All at TABCORP Park Menangle. His rivals include last year’s Miracle Mile winner Have Faith In Me, Tiger Tara, Hug The Wind, Aztec Bromac, Major Crocker and Tact Tate among others. Amazingly, Mattgregor is still assessed as a C5 MO, meaning he is eligible for much easier races. Mattgregor is the veteran of 14 career starts to date but has won 8 of those starts. But connections don’t feel out of place in the open class feature. “He deserves his chance and he’s drawn much better this week compared to his past couple of starts so we’re optimistic about his chances. His latest run in the Chariots was the best run of his short career to date; we were absolutely delighted with the effort.” Co-owner Karen Turpin said. The Rob Roy Mattgregor gelding will immediately return to Brisbane after the weekend for a deserving break before being set for the winter carnival at Albion Park. During his Sydney campaign, Mattgregor scored an easy first-up victory in a career best time of 1:51.6 before a slashing second behind Dashofluck in the Paleface Adios Stakes while finishing fifth in the Chariots of Fire at his most recent start. Prepared by Karen’s daughter Chantal Turpin and her husband Pete McMullen, Mattgregor continues to develop and looms as a serious future prospect which has his connections excited. “The main aim for this southern campaign was to give him his chance to contest the Chariots and he did himself well in that series, this is obviously a very strong race this weekend but we’re in with a chance. We think he’ll be mixing at this level in time to come. “The kids have done a great job in Sydney and it’s been a great learning experience for them, it would be nice to end the stint with a big race victory this weekend. “All the family will be there on Saturday night, Jake has the weekend off before the footy season starts next week and he’ll be trackside to cheer on his horse. I’m really looking forward to the night in so many different ways.” Mattgregor is raced by Denis Golinski, Karen Turpin and her son Jake. Jake Turpin is a contracted NRL player with the Melbourne Storm. Chris Barsby

Harness Racing New South Wales Stewards advise that two runners from the Mark Purdon stable will undergo a veterinary examination at the Menangle Park Training facility tomorrow morning. OUR DREAM ABOUT ME: "HRNSW Stewards advise that on Tuesday afternoon at Tabcorp Park Menangle they spoke to a representative of the Purdon stable and information was provided in relation to the horse's condition and recent treatment," reported HRNSW Chairman of Stewards Graham Loch. "Following review of the two recent trials of Our Dream About Me at Menangle, having noted that the mare last raced on 31 December, 2016, and having regard to comments made this morning by Mr Purdon on Perth radio, we have advised the trainer that we require our HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian to examine the horse tomorrow morning." HAVE FAITH IN ME: HRNSW Stewards have received information from a number of New Zealand-based Veterinary Surgeons regarding a kidney condition sustained by Have Faith In Me. It appears that the condition was identified and treated prior to the horse racing successfully in Australia last season. "It is our position that we possibly should have been provided with the information in the past but in light of recent performances and public speculation HRNSW Stewards are attempting to gain an understanding of the condition and what, if any, issues may affect performance," said Loch. Loch added that Mr Purdon has been advised to present the horse tomorrow. ULTIMATE MACHETTE: HRNSW Stewards have also received the results of pathology tests undertaken from Ultimate Machete after racing at Tabcorp Park Menangle last Saturday night. Following the race Mr Purdon had expressed disappointment in the performance. Wollondilly Equine Clinic Veterinary Surgeon Dr Andrew Argyle has advised the pathology results were normal other than indicating that Ultimate Machete was exhibiting signs of post virus recovery. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY OFFICER (02) 9722 6600 GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600                AMANDA RANDO   MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER       HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES   22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200   PO Box 1034 Bankstown NSW 1885   T: 02 9722 6600 E: T: @Amanda_Rando   W: | T: | F:              

Just eight months ago there was just one metre that separated stablemates Hectorjayjay and Lennytheshark but that gap has narrowed according to harness racing trainer David Aiken. As the two quality pacers prepare to go head-to-head in this Saturday night's Miracle Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle, it will be just the second time they have raced each other. Their first clash saw Hectorjayjay come out on top in the 2016 Len Smith Mile and Lennytheshark finished a close second, 1.2m away to be precise. "They have trialled against each other but at the races I've tried to keep them separated as much as I could," revealed Aiken. "They were going to race each other in the Inter Dominion but then we had to withdraw Lenny from the Final with his hoof issues. "There isn't much separating the pair of them now. "They are two different types of horses . . . Lenny is tougher and Hector has the speed." Both horses won preludes for the Miracle Mile at Menangle last Saturday night. Lennytheshark was the faster one of the pair, leading throughout in the Group 1 Canadian Club Sprint recording the mile in a rate of 1:50.3. "Lenny is back to his best," said Aiken. "We were really happy with his latest run and is spot on heading into the Miracle Mile." Lennytheshark is currently the equal third favourite at $6 with TAB Fixed Odds to win Saturday's Grand Circuit race after drawing barrier six. His stablemate Hectorjayjay is the second favourite at $3.80 despite drawing barrier 10. He too led throughout to win his Miracle Mile qualifier last week, the Group 1 Allied Express Sprint, in a rate of 1:51.5. "We haven't sat down to discuss what our tactics will be in the Miracle Mile but Hector will be going forward," stated Aiken. "He ran home his last quarter in 25.8 (seconds) last week and he will only benefit from the run considering it was only his third start back from the Inter Dominion." Aiken's son Josh has secured the drive on Hectorjayjay having won seven races and two placings in his 10 drives on the gelding. As the age of 23, Josh is the second youngest driver in this year's 50th edition of the Miracle Mile with Chris Geary on Salty Robyn the youngest at 19 years of age. Meanwhile, Chris Alford will drive Lennytheshark. Alford, a winner of 5893 races, has driven Lennytheshark in every start the pacer has had in Aiken's care.   AMANDA RANDO

Sunday's Cathedral Parish harness racing Day at Bathurst drew a very large crowd, swelled by many once-a- year family groups (the Irish Catholics love a punt!), clergy and school students. They all had a rollicking good time, but it's unlikely anyone enjoyed themselves more than winning owners Dave and Helen Harper, and Rob Davis, whose wins came right on the back of major successes at Saturday's feature Menangle race meeting. The morning (well, almost) after the night before, where the only hangover was the sweet smell of success. The Harpers race Mysweetchilliphilly NZ, which scored a truly amazing win on debut in the opening event for 2YO fillies,  flying the gate, bursting clear of the field in the run to the first turn, then extending her lead throughout to score by a mere 59.7 metres from the chasing pack! She stopped the clock at 1:55.3, which easily lowered the fillies record held by last year's Tiara winner Don't Think Twice, and came close to Bullet Stride's 1:54.7 overall record for that age group. She's a daughter of Betterthancheddar, the Alabar-based sire whose first crop race this season, and a true free-running type, a fact acknowledged by driver Chris Geary and Shane Tritton, who co-trains the filly with his wife Lauren. "We wanted to give her a look at the track before we bring her up for the Tiara in a few weeks, but we knew she was capable of doing this, based on her work at home, where she works with Divine State and keeps up with him all the time," Tritton commented at the presentation. That colt, bought as a going 2YO from New Zealand by the Harpers, set tongues wagging with his own sensational debut  a few weeks ago then followed up with an Australasian record of 1:51.6 in Saturday's Sapling Stakes on his home track at Menangle. He, too, is heading to Bathurst for the Crown, and the Harper youngsters will line up in their respective heats as short -priced favourites to take out the double. In the meantime, Dave and Helen will be cheering on Salty Robyn whose placing in the Chariots Of Fire earned him a run in Saturday's Miracle Mile at Menangle,  together with Yayas Hot Spot from the Tritton team. It's an exciting time for the couple, and Sunday's one minute and fifty-five seconds was an exciting time for everyone at Group One Feeds Paceway, as they witnessed the start of what looks likely to be an exciting career. Rob Davis, whose team all carry the "Red" name which derives from his initials, enjoyed the win of Power Of Red in a C1/C2 2260 metres class, trainer-driver Steve Turnbull dodging some early trouble then bringing him with a strong run from mid-field to score a narrow but convincing win. It brought up a hat-trick for the four-year-old, after heat and final wins the previous two Sundays on the grass track at Orange, but his owner was only thinking back as far as the previous night at Menangle, where the younger full-brother Atomic Red won a heat of the NSW Derby in a world-record 1:54.4 rate over 2400 metres. Rob Davis is known for his exuberant finishing bursts, as he races his horses to the line, but he must have been worn out by all the excitement from the Derby heat, and could manage just a few fist-pumps as Power Of Red came hard down the centre of the track. Steve Turnbull, who scored a training and driving double after an earlier come-from- behind win with Joes Star Of Mia, was also excited by the Derby success. He'd instructed Amanda to be aggressive on Atomic Red, who can be a difficult customer, but he needn't have worried as the youngster launched early on and just kept running. Much in the style of Mysweetchillipilly! Amanda Turnbull also backed up well at Bathurst, scoring a training-driving double with My Bettor Bella NZ, in C0 company, and What A Curtainraiser NZ, in a C1/ C2 sprint, both leading throughout as very warm favourites. The feature G.J. & A.D. Turnbull Cathedral Parish Cup also had a Menangle to Bathurst link, with recent Chariots contender Sams The Master scoring a soft win in 1:56.4 (last half of 56.5 seconds) for trainer-driver Nathan Turnbull, who was joined at the presentation by his children Jett and Lacey, Bishop Michael McKenna and the legend himself, Tony Turnbull. Owner Rod Smith, who has often declared that his childhood trips into Bathurst when A.D.Turnbull was racing is the reason he's involved in harness racing today, will be flattered by A.D.'s call that "Rod Smith is the best thing that's happened to trotting!" Nathan Turnbull is keeping his options open with Sams The Master, with some rich country races being considered, and the Four-Year-Old  Breeders Challenge series in late June as his main goal. Shane and Lauren Tritton featured as part-owners of their other debutant winner Lynnsanity, which sat in the death before scoring a promising win in the 2YOColts/Geldings event. While the mile rate of 1:59.6 was much slower than their earlier winner, it was the manner of the win which impressed, with the Mr Feelgood colt displaying a very professional attitude, and push-button capability. "Just like driving a car," was the trainer's comment to Chris Geary after the win. When the Trittons sought permission from Brisbane Heat cricketer Chris Lynn to name their trialling-sale purchase after him, he decided to take a share in the colt, and though the name isn't listed in the racebook, former Kangaroo and league commentator Gordon Tallis shares in Lynn's ownership. Lynnsanity also made the trip up the mountains to get experience on the Bathurst track before the Gold Crown series, and his trainer is hoping that both Lynn and Tallis can make it to Bathurst at some stage of the carnival. The late, great Artie Beetson never made it to Bathurst carnival, but his namesake did him proud by winning the Crown back in 2010, and he continues to race well, scoring his twenty-seventh career win, for trainer Peter Trevor-Jones and driver Mat Rue, in Sunday's final event. It was a good effort, after striking some bother early in the race. The focus at Bathurst is very much on the juveniles as the carnival fast approaches. This Friday sees the running of heats of the Graham Board & Co. Sales Race, with the finals on Friday March 3. by Terry Neil

The Purdon Express rolled on during heats of the New South Wales Derby at Tabcorp Park Menangle tonight with the champion New Zealand trainer's All Stars harness racing stable winning two of the three qualifying heats. While the defeat of Ultimate Machete appeared to burst that bubble for Purdon, who admitted his Bettor's Delight youngster was beaten a long way from home, Vincent and Motu Meteor both scored strong wins and will give Purdon a hat-trick of hopes in the final with Ultimate Machete still qualifying despite a fading third. Still it was the win of Atomic Red which had everybody talking as the Steve Turnbull-trained and Amanda Turnbull-driven son of Rocknroll Hanover led all the way over the 2400m to score a slashing win in track record time. Taken straight to the front from gate three Atomic Red kept his rivals off the bit and chasing for the whole journey with a final mile in 1:54.4 to win by 2.3m from Astride with Ultimate Machete another three metres back a tiring third. That incredible run knocked two-tenths of a second off Zee Dana's track record run set at Menangle just 12 months ago. While Purdon qualified three runners for the Derby, the night was also a triumph for the country stables: Steve Turnbull qualified two runners, Atomic Red and Conviction for next weekend's $200,000 final; Bernie Hewitt qualified Pretty Hot, Brad Hewitt got Our Triple Play through to the big one and Russell Jack's Warden Express will also be there next Saturday night as will Wilberforce trainer David Brown's Hes My Mate. Atomic Red - Heat two Motu Meteor - Heat one Vincent - Heat three By MICHAEL COURT

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