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Young Victorian reins man Mark Pitt gave a salute to the stars as he scored an amazing harness racing win in tonight's John Gibson Memorial New South Wales Oaks at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The Shepparton reinsman brought Shez All Rock with a burst of speed up the inside running to win by three metres from Soho Burning Love (Greg Sugars) in a world record equalling time of 2:50.4 with the plucky Nostra Villa (Chris Alford) clinging on for third. Pitt drove a patient race with the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven, settling in about seventh spot and biding his time until the field hit the home running. The charges looked to be coming from out wide and just as it looked as if Soho Burning Love and Nostra Villa would fight out the finish Pitt and Shez All Rock appeared from nowhere up the pegs for an amazing win. Now Victorian-based, Pitt showed his delight to be back in his former home state with a mighty flourish of the whip as he crossed the line for a win he rated among the best of his career. "This was always going to be a tricky race but she had a good trip tonight and god the job done," said Pitt. "It's always good when you come away from home and win a race like this and go home with a trophy, it's really special. "I have to thank Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin for all the help they have given me with this horse and I also think Mum and Dad deserve some of the credit too. Without them none of this would be possible.       3 7:17pm JOHN GIBSON MEMORIAL NSW OAKS (GROUP 1) 2400M $200,000 3YO Fillies. RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 SHEZ ALL ROCK      Fr4 5 Mark Pitt Mark Pitt   $ 4.80       BROWN FILLY 3 by ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN USA out of JUST IRISH LOCH NZ (MACH THREE CA)  Owner(s): I D Pitt, L M Pitt  Breeder(s): G F (George) Tennent 2 SOHO BURNING LOVE      Fr10 11 Michael Stanley Greg Sugars 3.2m $ 13.20     3 NOSTRA VILLA      Fr7 8 Emma Stewart Chris Alford 7.5m $ 2.70 fav    4 CALLMEQUEENBEE      Fr8 9 Gemma Rue Mat Rue 9.1m $ 95.30     5 MY SWEETCHILLIPHILLY NZ      Fr6 7 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Lauren Tritton 9.3m $ 35.70     6 WAR DAN BAD GIRL      Fr5 6 Steve Turnbull Nathan Jack 9.5m $ 42.30     7 FAME ASSURED      Fr3 4 Grant Dixon Grant Dixon 10.4m $ 4.60     8 IMPRINCESSGEMMA      Fr1 2 Emma Stewart Luke McCarthy 21.7m $ 6.30     9 IDEAL PLEASURE NZ      Fr2 3 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Natalie Rasmussen 22.5m $ 16.10     10 MACEY JAYDE      Fr9 10 Michael Stanley Michael Stanley 29.8m $ 46.20     Scratchings   REDBANK ADDI 1 PROPHESY 12 Track Rating: Gross Time: 2:50:4 Mile Rate: 1:54:3 Lead Time: 54.9 First Quarter: 29.3 Second Quarter: 30.1 Third Quarter: 27.8 Fourth Quarter: 28.3 Margins: 3.2m x 4.3m   Sean Vella  

Grant Dixon might have one hand on the 2018 NSW Derby with the exciting Colt Thirty One, but the champion Queensland trainer knows his opponents will be lining up to loosen the grip in Saturday night’s harness racing final at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Dixon had a night to remember in Sydney after he booked his chance at a second derby victory with Colt Thirty one in the space of a month, before earning a spot in the NSW Oaks with Fame Assured. Colt Thirty One was rated a $1.90 with UBET after he drew barrier one at Monday’s draw, which following a stunning all-the-way win in Heat 3 at the weekend. There, he was able to hold off the Jess Tubbs-prepared Little Peanut and odds-on pop The Devils Own (NZ) to record a seemingly comfortable 2.8m win. “He knew he’d been around but he hit the line really nicely,” Dixon said. “He has always been a good eater and he has pulled up well.” Double Derby glory now seems well within reach for the Kevin and Kay Seymour-owned pacer, after he claimed a thrilling come-from-behind win in January’s $200,000 Victoria Derby at Melton. “Derbies are particularly hard to win,” Dixon said. “He had a bad draw (in Melbourne) but they went hard early and he was able to finish over the top. This weekend (from barrier 1) the shoe will be on the other foot.” The three-year-old by Mach Three out of the once-raced mare Charm Personified has built an ultra-impressive record since his last-to-first debut win at Albion Park in February 2017. In 17 starts the colt has been unplaced just twice. However, it was his 20m demolition job of some smart rivals in the Group 1 QBRED Triad at Albion Park in July last year that really got tongues wagging. “Even when he was being broken in they had a massive opinion of him,” Dixon said. Dixon said Fame Assured, currently rated a $4 chance to win the Oaks with UBET, had really pleased him this time in. “She’s really stepped up since her two-year-old campaign,” he said. Fame Assured has seven wins and one placing from nine starts and will be out to secure her first Group 1 victory after running a narrow second to Arts Treasure in the QBRED 2YO Triad (Fillies) in July. “I think we have two genuine chances going into this weekend,” Dixon said.  Alex Nolan

These are the barrier draws for the Big 4 harness racing Group One races at Club Menangle on Saturday night, 24th February. $750,000 Ainsworth Miracle Mile 1: Tiger Tara by Bettor's Delight 2: Atomic Red (2Em) by Rocknroll Hanover 3: Anything For Love by Rock N Roll Heaven 4: My Field Marshal by Art Major 5: Jilliby Kung Fu by Four Stazzz Shark 6: Soho Tribeca by American Ideal 7: Lennytheshark by Four Starzzz Shark 8: Charlaval by Four Starzzz Shark 9: Let It Ride (1Em) by Rock N Roll Heaven 10: Lazarus by Bettor's Delight   Macarthur Square Ladyship Mile 1: Rocker Band by Rocknroll Hanover 2: Ameretto by Million Dollar Cam 3: Partyon by Bettor's Delight 4: Our Golden Goddess by Art Major 5: Ima Mystery Girl (1Em) by Village Jasper 6: Carlas Pixel by Courage Under Fire 7: Miss Riviera Belle by Bettor's Delight 8: My Rona Gold by Klondike Kid 9: A Piccadilly Princess by Bettor's Delight 10: Berisari (2Em) by Safari 11: Delishka by Bettor's Delight 12: Shakahari by Courage Under Fire   John Gibson Memorial NSW Oaks 1: Redbank Addi (1Em) by Rock N Roll Heaven 2: Imprincessgemma by Village Jolt 3: Ideal Pleasure by Bettor's Delight 4: Fame Assured by Mach Three 5: Shez All Rock by Rock N Roll Heaven 6: War Dan Bad Girl by Bettor's Delight 7: My Sweetchilliphilly by Betterthancheddar 8: Nostra Villa by Art Major 9: Callmequeenbee by Shadow Play 10: Macey jayde by Shadow Play 11: Soho Burning Love by Auckland Reactor 12: Prophesy (2Em) by Somebeachsomewhere   APG NSW Derby 1: Colt Thirty One by Mach Three 2: Major Times by Art Major 3: Divine State (1Em) by Tintin In America 4: Poster Boy by Somebeachsomewhere 5: Maraetai by Somebeachsomewhere 6: Higherthananeagle by Mach Three 7: All U Need Is Faith (2Em) by Art Major 8: The Black Prince by Bettor's Delight 9: Code Bailey by Christian Cullen 10: Tam Major by Art Major 11: The Devils Own by Art Major 12: Little Peanut by Blissfull Hall For further information contact Club Menangle Racing Manager David Wonson (02) 4645 2200 *Em = Emergency Mandy Madern

The barrier draw is set to be crucial to the outcome on this year’s $200,000 New South Wales Oaks at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. Because the three preludes at NSW’s home of harness racing didn’t throw up a definitive favourite in what shapes as one of the strongest Oaks fields in a decade. Queensland visitor Fame Assured might be the pre-draw favourite after sustaining  a sudden mid-race surge to claim the lead down the back straight to win like a high class filly in the last of Saturday night’s heats. It was the second win for the night for her trainer-driver Grant Dixon after he also won a NSW Derby heat with Colt Thirty One, giving him a great shot at both classics. Another trainer to taste success in both Oaks and Derby heats was Victoria’s Emma Stewart who won two Derby heats then trained Imprincessgemma to down the luckless Soho Burning Love in the second Oaks heat. The opening heat of the Oaks went to young trainer Mark Pitt, who also drove Shez All Rock to a stunning victory. With so many of the 10 starters for the final impressing both bookies and punters will be eagerly awaiting the barrier draw on Monday morning to shed some more light on the 2400m classic. The field for the NSW Oaks is.-- Callmequeenbee, Fame Assured, Ideal Pleasure, Imprincessgemma, Macey Jayde, My Sweetchillyphilly, Nostra Villa, Shez All Rock, Soho Burning Love, War Dan Bad Girl. Emergencies: Redbank Addi, Prophesy. Mandy Madern New South Wales Oaks Heat 1 New South Wales Oaks Heat 2 New South Wales Oaks Heat 3    

Not that he needed any incentive, but the sight of his 90-year-old father Roy striding through the gates of Tabcorp Park Menangle tonight signalled the start of a big night for champion harness racing trainer-driver Mark Purdon. A little over an hour later Purdon landed the first Group One of the evening, the HQ Insurance NSW Oaks, with a masterful drive to score with his latest 'female' stable star in Partyon. Caught behind the leader, Takara Truffle for most of the race, it was always going to be a case of simply being given a chance to get a crack at her rivals in the straight for Partyon ($2.50) to be the one to beat. Still Purdon remained patient and turning for home extricated his filly from the pocket behind the leader coming wide on the track as the $2.40 favourite Petacular (Michael Stanley) made a dash for home. "I was a bit anxious turning for home, I'll admit," said Purdon afterwards. "But once she [Partyon] got a crack at them she was just too good on the night. "She's done a great job for us since joining the stable, this filly and she's now remained unbeaten." Partyon rated 1:56.2 for her last mile to defeat Petacular and outsider Eliza Dushku (Amanda Turnbull) who zoomed home along the pegs to just hold out Shezallapples for third. Partyon is by Bettor's Delight from the Beach Towel mare Beach Parade. Partyon has now won $397,000 from her nine lifetime starts. Purdon was quickly off the podium to chase more Group One glory in later races. Amanda Zammit

The barrier draw for the Group 1 New South Wales Oaks has been conducted this morning at Harness Racing NSW. Early fancies Partyon and Petacular have both drawn the second row. See full field for the $200,000 classic that will take place at Tabcorp Park Menangle this Saturday night (February 25). RBD. 2400m. MS.           1--512                   TAKARA TRUFFLE NZ,  by American Ideal - Mitchell Reese 2--245                  SANNA CRUZA, by Art Major - Josh Aiken (C) 3--124                  ROYAL STORY, by Always A Virgin - Bernie Hewitt  4--237                  MISS AMI SLOY, by Art Major - Vincent Langdon Em 1 5--s22                    MISS GRACELAND, by Rocknroll Hanover -  Chris Alford  6--117                   SHARTIN NZ, by Tintin In America - Luke McCarthy  Em 2 7--475                  WESTERN JEWELS, by Always A Virgin - Adam Sanderson 8--334                  TAYLORS REASON, by For A Reason - Bernie Hewitt 9--s16                  SHEZALLAPPLES, by Sportswriter - Jim Douglass 10--213                DONT THINK TWICE, by Armbro Operative - Jason Grimson (C)  --------------------------Second Row---------------------- 11--111                 PARTYON NZ, by Bettor's Delight - Mark Purdon 12--353                 ELIZA DUSHKU NZ, by Bettor's Delight - Amanda Turnbull  13--226                 ANGEL IN WHITE NZ, by Santanna Blue Chip - Chris Geary (C) 14--211                 PETACULAR, by Somebeachsomewhere - Michael Stanley  Amanda Rando

Star Kiwi filly Parrtyon may not even start favourite in the NSW Oaks.  That sounds amazing given she is unbeaten in eight runs with victories including the Breeders Crown and Harness Jewels finals.  But the filly who ran a game second to her in the Breeders Crown final – Victoria’s Petacular – looks to have at least closed the gap from that last clash five months ago.  On face value, Petacular was at least as impressive winning her heat of the NSW Oaks last night as Partyon was in the second heat.  Some pre-draw Aussie markets for the Oaks final have them equal favourites.  They were contrasting wins with Petacular leading throughout in a 1min57.1sec mile rate for 2400m, while Parrtyon came around the field from near last to sit parked in the middle stages and post a 1min57.5sec mile rate.  In Parrtyon’s case, the race was set up for her when the leaders went a 55.9sec lead time while she sat back relaxing.  To give you perspective. The lead times in the three Derby heats over 2400m were 58.7sec (Motu Meteor), 56.4sec (Atomic Red) and 59.5sec (Vincent).  Petacular went a 59.8sec lead time.  Parrtyon’s closing splits from outside the leader were 59.1 and 28.4sec.  Petacular went 54.3 and 27.5sec.  So much is going to depend on tomorrow’s draw at noon (NZ time) with both fillies have good gate speed.  If there is an upset, it could come from the big and raw Miss Graceland, who ran a six-metre second to Petacular and looks likely to imorove on the run being just second-up.  Adam Hamilton

The all-important barrier draws for the Group 1 New South Wales Oaks and Derby will take place next Monday at 10am at the Harness Racing New South Wales office. Connections of horses qualified for the respective juvenile feature races are invited to watch the draw take place. Both races, which carry $200,000 in prizemoney each, will be part of six Group 1's at Tabcorp Park Menangle on February 25. The culmination of the Sky Racing Carnival Of Miracles will include the 50th edition of the Miracle Mile, the Group 1 Ladyship Mile, the Group 1 Bohemia Crystal Free-For-All as well as the Group 1 Trotters Cup. Meanwhile, the barrier draw for the 2017 edition of the Miracle Mile will be held at a special function at Menangle this Sunday (February 19).   AMANDA RANDO 

Today at Tabcorp Park Menangle, Dream About Me showed once again why she has yet to be beaten in twelve lifetime starts with a display of power that left a talented field of harness racing three year old fillies with no answers. Away from the tricky draw on the inside of the second line early in the $200,000 New South Wales Oaks Final, driver Natalie Rasmussen looped the field with a mile to go to sit outside the leader Rocknroll Magic. Applying pressure from the 800 metres with a quarter down the back in 27.2, Dream About Me surged to the lead on the last corner and that was the race done and dusted. Champion West Australian filly Dodolicious ran on strongly for second nine metres in arrears of Dream About Me with a further nine metres back to the outsider Art Mistress who made ground late for third. Dream About Me cut out the 2400 metres in 2:50.3, a mile rate of 1:54.2 which equalled the track record for a three year old filly and the closing sectionals were cut out in a quick 55 and 27.8. The daughter of Bettor's Delight looked to be cruising in the home straight and looked to have plenty to offer still. Natalie was stoked with the performance  " She just won that with ridiculous ease." " She was waiting for them in the straight, flicking her ears and messing about." " This is an exceptional filly and I don't think people realise how good she is." " I know Lazarus and Waikiki Beach are outstanding colts but I seriously think she is good enough to beat them," Natalie told Harnesslink this afternoon. Leading West Australian trainer Greg Bond was over the moon with the performance of his filly Dodolicious to run second. " It is no disgrace to run second to a champion and my filly was clearly the second best filly out there today so we are thrilled with her run." " The fact I bred the filly makes the result just that bit sweeter" " It was a big call to make the trip from Perth but you never win anything staying at home" " She can go  home now and get ready for the Oaks in Perth," Greg said. A lot of pundits have been arguing over the merits of Waikiki Beach and Lazarus as to who is the best three year old in Australasia. With Natalie's forthwright comments today, two possabilities has now become three and that clash between the three All Stars champions when it happens will be one of the highlights of the season. Our Dream About Me Harnesslink Media 

The barrier draw for the Form 700 New South Wales Oaks has been conducted at the offices of Harness Racing New South Wales this morning.  The runners qualified in heats run at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. Here is the draw for the Group 1 $200,000 event to be conducted on Sunday February 28 with the race to be run over 2400 metres.  1. SOHO MADELEINE   2. MERRYWOOD RUBY (EM 1)   3. DODOLICIOUS  4. CHLOES CLOUD (EM 2)  5. ART MISTRESS  6. HOT SHOT WOMAN  7. ROCKNROLL MAGIC  8. CHERRY MAHONEY  9. GOTTA GO JAZZY JET  10. ALL IN YOUR HANDS    SECOND ROW    11. OUR DREAM ABOUT ME         12. GINA GRACE  13. GET IN THE GROOVE  14. SPORT REPORT   The barrier draw for the Coca Cola Amatil New South Wales Derby has been conducted at the offices of HRNSW this morning.  Runners qualified in three heats conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. Here is the draw for the Group 1 $200,000 event to be conducted on Sunday February 28 with the race to be run over 2400 metres.  1. THREE WAYS (EM 1)            2. SAMS THE MASTER  3. CANT REFUSE  4. KINGOFTHESTARS  5. SOHO TRIBECA  6. CODE BLACK  7. OUR WAIKIKI BEACH  8. EL MAJOR  9. SPRINTER  10. ZEE DANA   SECOND ROW    11. STANLEY ROSS ROBYN  12. BRALLOS PASS  13. MATCH IN HEAVEN (EM 2)  14. ASCOT ENCOUNTER   The barrier draw for the Cordina Chicken Farms Ladyship Mile has been conducted at the offices of HRNSW this morning.  Runners have qualified in races held in NSW, Victoria, Western Australia and New Zealand Here is the draw for the Group 1 $200,000 event to be conducted on Sunday February 28 with all runners set to start off the front row.  1. SWEET MOLLY OSHEA (EM 1)          2. SOPHIES IDEAL (EM2)  3. MY WILLOW  4. BARYNYA  5. FIGHT FOR GLORY  6. QUICK DRAFT  7. BERISARI  8. NIKE FRANCO  9. JULIETTE BROMAC  10. BETABCOOL  11. FRITH  12. START DREAMING   Greg Hayes  

The two heats for the New South Wales Oaks at the harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Menangle last night have laid the groundwork for an enthralling final next Sunday. First Heat The West Australian raider Dodolicious lived up to her billing as the best in the west as she gave her eastern states rivals a good old fashioned thrashing in the first of the two Oaks heats. Driver Luke McCarthy let her find her feet early before taking over after 700 metres and ambling through a middle half of 61.6 before brushing home in a smart 55.3 with the last 400 metres in 26.9 for an easy victory. Luke eased Dodolicious down the last bit but she couldn't have been more impressive in her Menangle debut and looms as a winning threat in the Oaks final. The way the race was run it is hard to make a case for any of the other runners in the first heat to play a major part in the final next week. Dodolicious paced the 2400 metres in 2:55.2, a mile rate of 1:57.5 with closing sectionals of 55.3 and 26.9 The daughter of Bettor's Delight is now the winner of ten races and with five second placings from just fifteen starts, Dodolicious  took her stake earnings to just shy of $200,000 with last nights win. Second Heat The unbeaten Our Dream About Me was pushed to the limit in the second heat of the New South Wales Oaks by a very game Rocknroll Magic and it wasn't until the last 20 metres that Our Dream About Me got her nose in front. Mark Pitt sent Rocknroll Magic, the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover forward early from barrier eight and she found the death seat after 150 metres while Natalie Rasmussen was content to idle along three back in the running line. Rocknroll Magic started to apply some pressure from the 800 metres, brushing down the back straight in a quick 27.3 and Natalie and Our Dream About Me were off in pursuit as they went past the 500 metres mark. However Rocknroll Magic was flying in front and turned for home a couple of lengths to the good of Our Dream About Me and she was still traveling. For the first time in her racing career Our Dream About Me looked very vulnerable but like all champions do, she lifted under Natalie's urgings and put her nose in front where it counted in the last few strides. When the closing sectionals were announced post race it quickly became apparent just how good the first two fillies had gone. The last 800 metres off the front had been covered in a brilliant 53.5 with the closing 400 metres in a sizzling 26.2. Rollnroll Magic had worked harder during the running but Our Dream About Me had somehow made up three or four lengths on a 26.2 quarter and both fillies could take plenty out of their runs heading into next week. The rest of the field was nearly thirty metres away and it is hard to envisage any of them playing a major part in the Oaks Final next Sunday. Overall Our Dream About Me paced the 2400 metres in 2:53.2, a mile rate of 1:56.2 with those sizzling sectionals to finish of 53.5 and 26.2. Last nights win by Our Dream About Me made it eleven straight for the daughter of Bettor's Delight and took her stake earnings over the $440,000 mark. The New South Wales Oaks Final next Sunday looks a three horse race between three very talented fillies. Our Dream About Me deserves to be favourite but as last nights racing showed, Dodolicious and Rocknroll Magic are not going to die wondering. Harnesslink Media  

Brilliant WA-bred filly Dodolicious will leave Perth by air on Wednesday night on the first leg of a trip to Sydney to contest the first heat of the harness racing  New South Wales Oaks over 2400m at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. Dodolicious, bred, owned and trained by Greg and Skye Bond, maintained her outstanding form when she worked hard three wide early and then in the breeze before winning the $50,000 Daintys Daughter Classic over 2130m at a 1.57.5 rate at Gloucester Park last Friday night.     That superb victory boosted her earnings to $187,853 from nine wins and five seconds from 14 starts. She will be driven by Luke McCarthy from barrier three in Saturday night’s Oaks heat and is sure to prove hard to beat. Greg Bond will accompany Dodolicious on the flight to Melbourne and then the filly will travel by truck to John McCarthy’s Cobitty stables in New South Wales. Skye Bond will travel to Sydney on Friday and will prepare Dodolicious for the $200,000 NSW Oaks final on Sunday week. “She will have some good opposition, but she’s earned the right to have a go at the NSW Oaks,” Skye Bond said. Pinjarra trainer Garry Elson will start his classy three-year-olds Sprinter and Ideal Tyson in heats of the NSW Derby at Menangle on Saturday night. They will be driven by James Rattray. Sprinter, winner of the Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park last July and a heat of the Victoria Derby at Ballarat, finished eighth behind crack New Zealand colt Lazarus in the final at Melton. Since then he was not extended in winning over 1609m in 1.54 at Menangle. Sprinter, who has earned $182,339 from ten wins and three placings from only 14 starts, will begin from barrier two in the first heat of the NSW Derby. Ideal Tyson will start out wide at No. 9 in the second heat. by Ken Casellas | GPTV

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

New Zealander Trevor Casey is enjoying a lot of success with his team of harness racing horses both sides of the Tasman. The popular owner has 30 horses including Australasia's best trotter Stent, leading two year olds Our Waikiki Beach and Lazarus and Saturday night's NSW Trotters Oaks winner My Arya. Saturday night's victory meant a lot to Casey as he bred the talented daughter of Angus Hall. "I did breed her and she's the only daughter that Belle Galleon (Stent's mother) has had and I certainly will be retaining her as a broodmare at the end of her career," said Casey. "I raised her right from day dot, watched her grow up, then saw her get broken in and have since watched her all the way through." Casey chose to target the New South Wales Trotters Oaks rather than the NZ Harness Jewels after a narrow defeat in the Menangle feature twelve months ago. "My Arya could have got into the Harness Jewels and she would have been a show but I wanted to win the NSW Oaks because I ran second last year with Daenerys Targaryen and I wanted to come back and have another go at it and we were successful." "We won't be coming back for the NSW Trotters Derby next week, the Victorian Oaks is the week after which means she would have to race four weeks in a row and I just don't think that's fair on her." While at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night Casey took the opportunity to speak with club officials about Stent returning to race on the 1400 metre track. "Stent will be back, I actually said to the team here tonight I'd like to see a mile race here for the open trotters again, I would really love to see the horse at Menangle over the mile again because I think he could go 1:52.0." My Arya's trainer Brent Lilley was excited with the victory and thought her manners took her a long way. "She's proved over here she's the best trotting filly at the moment but I thought the run of the second horse (My Tribeca) was great, My Arya has got manners but the gap between her and the rest is definitely closing," said Lilley. "In saying all that, we still wouldn't swap her for any of them, so after the Victorian Trotters Oaks she will head towards the Breeders Crown and then spell." Greg Hayes

Harness racing followers on both sides of the Tasman are never slow to claim the superiority of their racehorses when stock bred in their country have a big day on the Australasian harness racing scene. So it is no surprise today that Kiwi breeders and enthusiasts are feeling very smug after the huge day at Menangle yesterday by racehorses with the prefix NZ beside their name. Their were seven Group 1 races yesterday and Kiwi breds won four with Australian breds winning two and the Europeans one. And all that success on Australia's biggest harness racing day and in their  own backyard makes it all the more memorable for the Kiwis. There were a couple of constants throughout the day and that was the dominance of Bettor's Delight and Art Major in the Group 1 pacing races. Of the six pacing Group1 races that pair won four with the tally being two a piece. Fight For Glory in the New South Wales Oaks and Sky Major in the Chariots Of Fire did Art Major proud while Adore Me and Beautide made sure Bettor's Delight hogged the limelight as well. Both sires had multiple runners in most of the Group 1 races and Bettor's Delight ended up with five placed runners and Art Major two placed runners to reinforce their dominance. A lot of comment has been made in recent years from leading Australian breeders about how they were getting on top of their Kiwi counterparts. They put this down to the ever increasing number of well bred Kiwi mares who now call Australia home and that they saw a time in the not to distant future where the Australian bred horse would dominate racing in Australia. New Zealand breeders from the start of this industry in New Zealand have sold racemares and broodmares to Australia and will continue to do so in the future. It has never affected the ability of the New Zealand breeder to churn our those top horses year in year out. With Bettor's Delight serving 301 mares in New Zealand this year and Art Major over 170 there will be no shortage of horses by these two dominant sires in New Zealand in the next few years. Throw in the likes of Mach Three (130) and newcomers such as A Rocknroll Dance (161) and next year the recently announced Sweet Lou and there is a real confidence amongst New Zealand breeders that the glory days are far from coming to an end. Harnesslink Media

The first of the features on harness racings big day at Menangle today was the New South Wales Oaks and all week it was touted as a two horse war between Delight Me and Fight For Glory. Both of these runners had been super impressive in the heats last week but the draw had treated Delight Me really well with her drawing barrier one where as Fight For Glory had been given the visitors draw of eleven. The pair were even money earlier in the week but as we got closer to the race the money continued to come for Fight For Glory and she started the favourite today. As expected Delightful Lana and Dexter Dunn flew the gate and grabbed an early lead from barrier nine with Makes Every Scents and Luke McCarthy settling into the trail. Delight Me and Gavin Lang were slow out from barrier one while Fight For Glory and Natalie Rasmussen came out fast and ended up in the death seat early with Delight Me getting onto her back. After 600 metres Natalie pushed the go button and surged to the front but not before Dexter made her work for it. That left Delight Me parked and Natalie kept Fight For Glory running making Delight Me's job even harder.  Passing the 800 metres mark Natalie gave Fight For Glory her head and she roared down the back in 27.2 with Delight Me and Delightful Lana starting to feel the pinch a bit. Just when you would think Fight For Glory would be vulnerable she paced away from her competition with another quarter of 27.2 to win with a breathtaking performance. Delight Me fought on gamely for second with Delightful Lana fighting just as strongly for third with Smooth Showgirl finishing on late for fourth. Not only was the performance of Fight For Glory to win from barrier nine super impressive but her overall time of 2:50.3 was a new race record to boot. Fight For Glory is a daughter of Art Major from the former New Zealand record holder Breath Of Life 1:56.9 ($109,034) and has hit a purple patch of form with todays victory her fourth in a row. Harnesslink Media  

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