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Bendigo based reinsmen Leigh Sutton and Daryl Douglas, together with Melton's Gavin Lang stole the show at the Ouyen Harness Racing Club's fixture conducted at Mildura on Monday May 17, each providing a double during the afternoon.

It was chocolate cake for morning tea at Harness Racing New Zealand headquarters this morning following a winning drive by Charlotte Hunter behind Prince Of Vance at Phar Lap Raceway yesterday (Sunday).

Tuesday harness racing was held in Mildura and as is usually the case, the action was on from start to finish. Four year old Mach Three/Cornelia Lombo mare Three Card Brag opened proceedings with a regulation victory in the Mildura Party Hire Pace for C1 class over 2190 metres for Delacombe (Ballarat) part-owner/trainer/driver Nathan Cahir.

A three year old Pacific Rocket filly by the name of Aziza dented some reputations in last night's (Friday) Nevele R Fillies Heat (1950mobile) at the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club's meeting held at Addington Raceway. The lightly raced filly is trained at Leeston by harness racing husband and wife partnership Terry and Glenys Chmiel.

Bannockburn trainer Geoff Webster's run of luck continued with a double at his home track Geelong on Tuesday April 10, with Ima Spicey Lombo taking the 4th Heat of the Vicbred Super Sires Series for 4-Y-0 Mares over 2100 metres and Lombo La Shelly the Barastoc Pace for C1 class over the same journey.

Victorian pacer Shardons Rocket ended his Tasmanian campaign on a high when he powered home to win the inaugural Plunkett Family Ascot Gold Cup over 2579 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart tonight (Sunday).

One week after his emphatic Christian Cullen New Zealand Derby win, harness racing's new golden boy Captain Peacock was back on the racetrack in an effort to qualify for the Group Two Southern Supremacy final on May 1st.

Before the start of the 2009-2010 harness racing season South Auckland-based junior driver Joshua Dickie set himself a target of 20 wins for the year. Tonight (Thursday April 15) at Manawatu Raceway he virtually dealt to that goal within the space of three races.

Last week's Preferred Pace winner at Western Fair, Pacific Oak, found himself back in the winner's circle today (Monday April 12) thanks to a come from behind 1:54.3 effort. Carnivore, the winner of last week's Preferred 2 event, was the pacesetter for Doug McNair carving out fractions of :26.3, :55.3 and 1:24.2.

Paul MacKenzie and Brad Forward held the hot hands at Western Fair today (Monday) as each visited the winner's circle four times and captured one of the Preferred features on the harness racing card.

Avenel harness racing trainer David Aiken enjoyed a great night at Bendigo on Saturday, with Kiwi bred 4-Y-0 Live Or Die/Lena Dillon mare Tara Royale taking the Symons Dairy Pace for C1 class over 1650 metres and 5-Y-0 Armbro Operative/Lauricks Pride gelding Aubrey James the Bendigo Mitsubishi Pace for C7 or better class over 2150 metres.

Mark Deaton, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's defending trainer champ, is back in action for the 2010 harness racing season. With 27 horses, Deaton has a wide variety of contenders under his supervision from the top to the bottom in both the claiming and conditioned ranks.

A humble Tuesday meeting at Invercargill yesterday (Tuesday March 30) developed into a harness racing highlight for mother of two Carol Graham, when she Steered Doc Martin home to victory recording her first win as a reinswomen.

Grant Campbell believes Shandons Rocket's victory in the $30,000 Metropolitan Cup in Hobart last Sunday night was overdue. The 5-year-old came with a well timed run to outgun the odds-on favourite Tanabi Bromac to register only his second win of the 2009-2010 harness racing season.

Two harness racing meetings were held in Victoria on Wednesday March 24, with Charlton hosting the day fixture and Ararat racing at night.

Outsider Vi Et Animo proved too good for the favourites when he won the the $50,000 Invercargill Harness Racing Club's feature event - the Ascot Park Hotel Invercargill Cup at Ascot Park in Invercargill on saturday (March 20).

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