It was Jim Phillips Memorial Cobram Pacing Cup Day on Friday December 28, with a bumper crowd of Murray River holiday makers enjoying the nine race harness racing card. Bannockburn trainer Geoff Webster having won three of the past five - Genuine Star (2008), Mister Zion (2009) and Lets Slash An Burn (2010), was looking to make it four with much travelled gelding Rakarebel, as was Melton based reinsman Greg Sugars aboard the Webster elect, after guiding Genuine Star, Lets Slash An Burn and Jaccka Clive to victory in 2011 for Avenel’s David Aiken. The $25,000 feature for M0 or better class (Discretionary Handicapped) over 2678 metres attracted a small but quality field, with prolific winning Jaccka Clive (one of four runners from the Aiken barn) the 20 metre backmarker. Last year’s successful trainer Tim Butt made it back to back cup victories, when five year old Grinfromeartoear - Against The Wind gelding Pass Them By with John Caldow in the sulky prevailed. Beginning brilliantly from barrier four, Pass Them By pounced on the lead, with Uncle Wingnut from outside the front line moving outside him, polemarker Washmepockets trailing the leader, Rakarebel (barrier two) one/one being followed by Wartime Sweetheart and stablemate Smudge Bromac from the 10 metre mark, with Jaccka Clive last. Composed settled three back the markers, with stablemates Lovable Larrikin and Jaydens Castle trailing him. With no moves being made until the last lap, Wartime Sweetheart was eased three wide to commence a forward move, giving Jaccka Clive a ride home and Smudge Bromac working between runners. Joining Pass Them By on the final bend, Wartime Sweetheart issued a strong challenge, however Pass Them By after a relative easy trip, rallied to gain the day by a head in a punishing finish, with Washmepockets using the sprint lane for third just in advance of Composed which also made use of the inside run. Rated to perfection by Caldow in quarters of 29.6, 30.1, 28.4 and 28.5 for the last mile, Pass Them By raced by a large number of stable clients returned a new track record mile rate of 1-59.5, bettering Mister Zion’s 1-59.9 by .4 seconds. The other highlight of the afternoon being the $15,000 Central Murray Credit Union Cobram Trotters Cup for TM0 or better class (D-H) over 2678 metres, with victory going the way of David Aiken’s all American bred seven year old Ken Warkentin - Kovel rig My High Expectations, obliterating the track record by two seconds. Well in on handicaps to start from a 20 metre backmark, My High Expectations stepped cleanly with old timer Oi You beginning best to lead from barrier three, before surrendering to the Kiwi Thanesan entering the front straight on the first occasion. Biding his time with most of the field ahead of him, My Expectations moved to be one/one mid-race when I See Icy Earl ahead of him eased away from the markers to lead up the outside division before taking cover on Bellingham from last. Taken four wide in the final circuit, My High Expectations quickly joined Thanesan on the home turn and raced away to score by 6.8 metres in a mile rate of 2-01.3 (last half 58 seconds – quarter 28.9) over Thanesan who was game in defeat, with I See Icy Earl (three wide last lap) third 5.1 metres away. It was My High Expectations 23rd victory from only 71 outings. David reaped all of the rewards, as apart from training and driving the winner, he also races him. An interesting winner on the day was nine year old Panorama - Regal Sarnel gelding Regalramapleasure for Chiltern trainer Peter Romero who despite winning eleven races (mostly in three year old and restricted events over the years), started in the C1 class Clydesdale Hotel Pace over 2170 metres thanks to the drop back system. Driven by Nathan Jack, Regalramapleasure led throughout from gate five, defeating Pelling and Smart Sista in a rate of 2-00.3 when having his first outing since Melbourne Cup Day. Videos of the two Cups are attached. by Len Baker Harness Racing Victoria
The Horsham trotting meeting held on Monday October 28 belonged to the Western part of Victoria and South East South Australia with five of the eight winners coming from those areas. The highlight of the day being a driving treble to Terang based reinsman Matt Craven and a double to Hamilton trainer David Lewis, the first of which came up in the Wimmera Roadways 3-Y-0 Pace over 1700 metres taken out by Grinfromeartoear/Joelaura gelding Smileawayjo. Starting from the pole, Smileawayjo making his third racetrack appearance, led throughout from the pole to score by 9.1 metres in a rate of 1-57.5 over Johnos Jet a winner on debut at Swan Hill eight days earlier which was given every chance one/one, with Winterfeel third after following the runner up all the way. Stablemate Twentyfivetolife a 4-Y-0 Life Sign/Royal Franco mare, was a tough winner of the Rosehill Farm Vererinary Practice Pace for C1 class over 1700 metres in a rate of 1-58.7. Despite sitting in the open after starting from gate four, Twentyfivetolife was equal to the task as she defied all challengers in accounting for Mayorofshinetown which trailed the weakening pacemaker Ynobe Coby and Armbro Speedstar three back the markers. The mile rate 1-58.7. The middle leg of Craven’s treble came about when 6-Y-0 Falcons Icon/Evil Eva gelding Iconic Art trained at Barham by Ruth Arthur greeted the judge in the BGS Folly @ Mountain View Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 2200 metres. Spearing away from gate five to lead easily, Iconic Art ($21.40) was untroubled to lead all of the way in a rate of 2-01.3, defeating Panorama Wealth which trailed, with the well supported Ruby Heart (one/two – three wide last lap) third. Glencoe (Mount Gambier) trainer Kevin Von Duve also provided a long shot winner, when 6-Y-0 Modern Art/Good Night Irene mare Joolz Art snared the Moore Bulk Haulage Pace for C0 class (mares) over 1700 metres, paying Supertab odds of $26.90. Sent forward three wide out of gate three by Terang based Tim McLean, Joolz Art was able to angle to the back of the leader Belated inside her, receiving a sweet passage all of the way. Angling three wide on straightening, Joolz Art at start number 27 broke her maiden status by overpowering Belated in the shadows of the post to score by a neck in a rate of 1-59.9 over Belated and Dilingers Princess which raced in the open from the bell. Last season’s “Trotter Of The Year” at Horsham Allawart Ugo registered his fifth success on the track and sixth overall, when victorious in the Conch Deville @ Loddon Valley Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2200 metres. Part-owned and trained locally at McKenzies Creek by veteran Ken Exell, Allawrat Ugo a 8-Y-0 Allawart Ray/Allawart Liz gelding bred in the area by Geoff and Mabel Foreman with Hamilton’s Rod Barker in the sulky, settled four back in the moving line, with the old stager Master Kiesey (13 years of age) leading from the 20 metre mark. Gaining a three wide trail on the back of Champ Devine (one/one) in the last lap, Allawart Ugo despite being four wide on the final bend, finished best to land the major prize by 2.3 metres in a rate of 2-07.2 in advance of a death-seating Ollie Nova and Rusty Bouchea which trailed the pacemaker from the pole when making his race debut. Woorndoo trainer Bob Mahncke’s 8-Y-0 Die Laughing/Forest Flame gelding Extricate put his best foot forward to land the Smiling Shard @ Alabar Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2200 metres. Taking a concession for Ararat based Emma Hamblin, Extricate spent most of the race buried three back along the markers after starting from the pole, with the speedy Manningham Park leading from gate three. Angling away from the inside to be one/one approaching the home turn on the back of Valentino Rustler which had raced in the breeze, Extricate when eased three wide on straightening, ran home solidly to score by 5.7 metres in a rate of 1-59.1 from a game Valentino Rustler, with the Mildura visitor Pirates Plunder (one/two – four wide home turn) 3.9 metres away in third place. Len Baker
IMPECCABLY bred harness racing mare Soho Knightley made an impressive Tasmanian debut in Hobart on Sunday night with a comfortable win in a 3YO and older non-winners event over 2090 metres. Soho Knightley (Mach Three-Pelicanrama) gave her rivals a pacing lesson on her way to a three-metre win over Heres Your Chocky with Chirac a metre astern. The lightly raced four-year-old looked impressive as she strolled to the lead soon after the start with multiple premiership-winning reinsman Gareth Rattray aboard and she had no trouble staving off challenges over the final 400 metres of the $7000 SEW Eurodrive Stakes over 2090 metres. Solo Knightley is trained at Lietinna (near Scottsdale) by Kent Rattray who described the mare as “one of the best brad mares in the state”. The mare was purchased by two of Rattray’s long-time stable clients Nathan and Sandra Bennett at a SOHO dispersal sale for $15,000. The mare had only had three starts but it was her prospects as a broodmare that encouraged the Bennetts to make the purchase. The dam Pelicanrama (x Panorama) was a well-performed juvenile winning the Breeders Plate at Leeton before going in to win the Australian Pacing Gold final at Harold Park that carried a purse of $250,000. While prepared by Peter Manning she also won the 1999 Edgar Tatlow fillies final and the NSW 2YO Sires Stakes final soon after. She strung together winning sequences of five and six wins before winning nine in succession between June and December 1999. Pelicanrama ended her racing career a winner of 55 of her 149 starts as well as 37 minor placings for career earnings of $730,271. With such a brilliant pedigree Soho Knightley will be a valuable broodmare and her purchase price could pale into insignificance if she produces a handy young horse or two when she eventually goes to stud. Listen to what trainer Kent Rattray had to say about Soho Knightley. Click on the audio file attached. Peter Staples
Nagambie trainer/driver Chris Lang Jnr’s 4-Y-0 Four Starzzz Shark/Emdomic mare Goldiedomic finally her maiden status, when taking out the Corio Bay Rotary Club Pace for C0 class over 1609 metres at Geelong on Tuesday October 22. Making her 19th appearance at the races, Goldiedomic led throughout from the pole to score from Shapely Hips which trailed and a death seating Hunzarella. The mile rate 1-58.3. Hopetoun Park duo Ross and Greg Sugars were successful with Kiwi bred 6-Y-0 Julius Caesar/Shamrock Bay mare Our Nancy Miles in the Vinmar Homes Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2100 metres. Given a sweet trip three back in the moving line from gate five, Our Nancy Miles was sent forward three wide racing for the bell to park outside the leader Amazing Kano for the final circuit. Drawing clear prior to the home turn, Our Nancy Miles recorded an effortless victory over Atomic Horizon (one/one) and Vinni Gambino (three back the markers) in a mile rate of 1-59.7. Melton’s Joe Borg has picked up a handy stable addition in former New Zealander Frank The Duck which greeted the judge in The James Saliba Pace for C1 class over 2100 metres. A first up Australian winner at Yarra Valley on September 30, Frank The Duck driven by John Caldow enjoyed a perfect passage one/one from gate five and when eased three wide in the final circuit, quickly put the race beyond doubt by leading into the straight and winning by 9.8 metres in 2-00.7 from Antiquities from well back to give Melton the quinella, with Me Mate Les third from mid-field. The Adam Kelly team are back on song and 4-Y-0 Badlands Hanover/Coringa Ruby gelding Rubys Bad Boy first up since June, was an impressive victor of The Ray Beckley Memorial Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class over 2100metres. Starting from outside the 10 metre mark, Rubys Bad Boy settled well back in the field before gaining a lovely three wide trail home in the last lap on the back of The Dip from mid-field. Asked for an effort by Gavin Lang on turning, Rubys Bad Boy ran home stylishly to score from The Dip and Hellfire Angel which trailed the weakening leader Myrniong Panorama in a rate of 2-02.3. By Len Baker
TRAINER Marc Butler has always had a good eye for a horse and the latest to catch his eye and end up in his care scored an impressive win in Launceston on Sunday night. Doyouseewhatisee (Panorama-Love The Look) was noticed by Butler at the trials a few months ago and he decided to keep an eye on the now four-year-old’s progress at the races. The gelding ran a place at his next start for trainer Eric Jacobson but the gelded son of Panorama soon lost his way and that’s when Butler decided to strike. “I had my eye on him and I eventually asked trainer Eric Jacobson whether the owners would be prepared to lease the horse so he asked and they said yes,” he said. Doyouseewhatisee was having only his second start for Butler on Sunday night but he had indicated at his first start for the new stable in Hobart a week earlier that he would be very competitive at this latest assignment. “He got held up in Hobart at his first start for us and never got a crack at them but it all panned out well this time,” Butler said. Driver Ricky Duggan had Doyouseewhatisee settled just beyond midfield in the one-out line with cover. But when he eased him out three-wide to make his charge 700m from home the gelding sprinted quickly, hauled in the leaders and went on to score by just over three metres from City Babe with Chirac less than a metre away third. Doyouseewhatisee notched a mile rate over the 2200-metre trip of 1m.59.17s. Peter Staples
Following the recent success of JR Mint gelding Hugo Play at Melton a fortnight ago, bookings to the son of Northern Luck have been flowing at regular intervals, but it has not always been plain sailing for JR Mint since he was purchased by the late John Jetson. JR Mint's journey as a sire has been very disrupted to say the least. He was originally purchased by John Jetson, one of Tasmania’s top breeders for many years before his untimely death, to stand at Leigh Plunketts stud. The first hurdle came when Leigh was diagnosed with cancer, a battle he tragically lost soon after. He and his family decided due to his poor health, he could not continue to stand stallions. Jetson sent out a SOS to John Coffey at Alabar and JR Mint was sent to Echuca to stand his first season in Australia’s at the country’s biggest Standardbred nursery. JR Mint had 30 live foals in his first season which includes Hugo Play, who has won 11 races from just 22 starts including the Globe Derby Final (Tasmanian Sires Stakes) as a 3yo and the ill-fated Royal Sniper who won at his only 2 starts for Ian Dornauf. In his second season JR Mint re-located back to Tasmania to became the foundation sire at Lyndon & Gail Medegon, Big Park Stud. He served 34 mares that year , producing Island Disco & Black Centurian both 5 times winners as well as smart filly Really Fayfay who won the Premiers Blue Bonnet as 2yo and has gone on to win the 3yo Champion Fillies and Clamorus who won 3 times from just 5 states and been placed at her only two starts and Er El Jays Magic who looks a star in the making having won 2 of her 3 starts and finished second in the other. His third crop now current 2yo ‘s has produced Little Jethro a 3 time winner from just 7 starts, and Prisoner who won the Tasmanian Sales Classic . Part three in the journey of JR Mint after the untimely death of his owner John Jetson, is that he moved to NSW last season to stand at Lonsdale Stud near Young the stud, his sire Northern Luck stood at Lonsdale prior to his passing in 2012. JR Mint on the racetrack won 17 of his first 20 starts as a two and three-year-old in the USA and Canada including winning the elimination and final of the $500,000 Hoosier Cup. The bay entire that stands 15.2 hands high, comes from the hottest maternal family lines of the past few decades being out of Kiss & Candy an outstanding producer with four sub 1:55 winners . His grand -dam Beckys Love is a half sister to Blue Horizon, who we know in Australia is the dam of Panorama and grand-dam of Grinfromeartoear. This amazing family has also produced the highly successful sires Safely Kept and Real Desire as well as the champion racehorses Rocknroll Hanover, Red River Hanover and Tell All. Despite his continual movement, JR Mint is fast becoming one of Australia’s best percentage sires with just 88 foals of racing age. JR Mint has had 32 of those grace the starter for 14 individual winners who have notched up nearly $300,000 in prize money. All in all JR Mint must be one of the best value stallions standing at stud this season at only $1200 his semen is available in all states contact Lonsdale Stud near Young on (02) 63833270 By Gary Newton
It might have been just a humble R 0 class event, but there were “right royal” celebrations following the Aussie debut win of Smokin Bopper NZ at last Wednesday’s Bathurst meeting. It was the first race starter for a number of the owners, a dream result that explained the excited handshakes and backslaps for trainer-driver Nathan Hurst and syndicate manager Mark Johnston, the on-course bookmaker at the Bathurst meetings. Back at the Royal Hotel in nearby Orange, where the syndicate was formed, there was a similar reaction, from patrons who’d strongly supported the horse into $1.50 favoritism in anticipation of such a performance. Hurst settled the five-year-old midfield before taking the lead mid-race. A 59.0 seconds last half was enough to easily hold off trailer Call Me Anytime and stablemate Blacks A Buzzin. The 2:00.8 rate for the 1730 metres was impressive for this grade, and suggestive of further success. Mark Johnston indicated that the immediate goal for the new horse was the upcoming Canola Cup at Eugowra, Australia’s richest C 0 series. Along with his bookmaker father Alan and bagman Heath Cubbin, he won a consolation race at last year’s carnival with the Hurst-trained Ignite Ted, and would love to go one better this time around. Hurst’s earlier winner at the meeting, Reservation Road NZ ($4.30 ), was equally impressive. Racing outside the lead in an R4 and better 2130 metres event, he showed stamina and determination to grit out a win from Karinya Hando, which had a three-wide trail from the bell, and leader Hes Magic Red.The 57.7 last half was the quickest at Bathurst in quite a while. The other double from the meeting went to driver Amanda Turnbull, with stable runner Whispering Lass and catch drive Aunty Olive. Whispering Lass ($2.40 favourite) appeared well graded but was the undoubted omen selection for the Alabar-sponsored C1-C2 mares In A Whisper Stakes, named after her illustrious dam, one of our best juvenile fillies in the modern era. The drive was so good it looked simple. From the inside of the second row, Turnbull obtained the trail on leader Express Jet and bided her time until straightening for home before coming out of the trail to record an easy win. Miss Ponder ran on well from the rear for second, and Express Jet held on strongly after pulling very hard in the lead. The overall mile rate for the 2130 metres was 2:00.6, with 30.7 the slowest quarter. Aunty Olive ($2.00 fav.) showed blistering gate speed to lead easily in an R0 sprint event, and the Mike Watson-trained four-year-old got away with comfortable sections to run out comfortably from peg runners Charlottes Delight and Imposing Molly, in a 2:04.9 mile rate. Turnbull was re-united with the mare for the first time in almost two years, but she recalled the juvenile filly’s gate speed, and put it to good use on this occasion. Aunty Olive, Reservation Road and Smokin Bopper provided an Elsu siring trifecta at the meeting, which would have been very pleasing for Alabar’s John Coffey, who will be in attendance on Friday, to conduct a breeding seminar on behalf of Harness racing New South Wales. Elsu will certainly rate a mention. Other winners at the meeting were: Laughing Game ($3.90), a tough effort outside the lead in R1-R2 class, for Amy Day and trainer Mark Rawsthorne. The win continued the exceptional strike rate for the driver in the first race at Bathurst. That’s putting the pressure on! Leigh’s Delight ($3.70) , backing up after a win two weeks ago at the track for Kerryann Turner and Robbie Morris, who brought the Bettors four-year-old three-wide from the bell. The Menangle couple have enjoyed good success with their Bathurst runners in recent months. Stevie Wander ($3.10), all the way in C0-C1 class for Jack Butler and driver John O’Shea. The Mach Three gelding hasn’t had much luck with barrier draws recently, and was always going to hold the lead from his inside draw. Smack Dab Shannon ($4.50), for Michael Munro and trainer Peter Bullock in 3YO class, backing up after a win in the final 2YO race of last season. Not regarded by his stable as mentally strong, he fought back after being headed close to the post, so he might be starting to show some of the tenacity of his classy dam Veloce Cavallo. Bathurst race again this Friday night (Tier One meeting), followed by next Wednesday night, and the annual Awards Night function will be held on Friday September 27 at Rydges Mount Panorama. by Marianne Donnelly
The Hamilton HRC staged a well balanced eight event harness racing card on Thursday August 29 - the highlights being Mt Gambier (Allendale East) trainer David Kemp snaring the quinella in the Taylor Motors Pace for C1 class over 2160 metres with Forced Out and Arr En Special and Terang junior reinsman Jason Lee driving a treble. Four year old Safely Kept/May Be Trouble mare Forced Out driven by Jason Lee from the pole having her 28th outing for the season, settled on the back of the leader Franciselizabeth, before being relegated back a spot when Dam Lucky assumed control. Coming away from the markers to be one/one approaching the home turn, Forced Out when eased wide in the straight, finished best to defeat her stablemate Arr En Special who faced the open for the final circuit at season start number 22 after No Bettertime which had raced parked, strode clear along the back straight on the final occasion. Franciselizabeth weaving in-between runners in the straight finished third. The mile rate 1-58.1. Both horses have raced at almost every Hamilton, Terang, Horsham and Ararat meeting held this season. Jason Lee's second victory came up in the Alexandra House Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1660 metres aboard underrated Ballarat trainer Kelvin Barker's recent stable addition Cyclades, a 4-Y-0 gelded son of Armbro Operative and San Torini. In a masterful piece of driving, Cyclades possied on the back of the poleline leader Pas Mate from gate two on the second line, easing away from the inside to face the breeze at the bell after Pas Mate was crossed by The Avoca Flyer. Proving to be the better stayer, Cyclades was too strong at the finish, registering a neck victory over Ima Village Casper (three back the markers - one/one last lap) in a rate of 2-00 even, with Cheesy Grin running home late from last to finish third. Leg three came about with 4-Y-0 Mach Three/Jilliby Sparky mare Jilliby Showtime leading throughout from gate three in the Hunt's Auto Spares Pace for C0 class over 1660 metres to score by a nose over Haryda Hanover along the sprint lane which may have momentarily hit the front in the straight. Extra finished third off a three wide double trail last lap from near last. The mile rate 2-02.6. Cudgee (Camperdown) part-owner/trainer/driver John Meade's highly promising home bred Sundon/Maori Daunou 4-Y-0 gelding Maorisfavouritesun is going from strength to strength and brought up his 5th victory from 13 outings (all this season) when a convincing winner of the James & Son Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2160 metres. Coming off a terrific second to Rosalie Bay in the rich Australasian Breeders Crown Series at Tabcorp Park Melton on August 18, Maorisfavouritesun stepped safely from a 30 metre handicap, gradually making ground to settle mid-field in the moving line with Sunnyandcher rushing forward from 10 metres to assume control. Trailing up both Mountain Earl and Knapdale Girl three wide in the last lap, Maorisfavouritesun was taken four wide on the final bend, putting the race away on straightening to score by an untouched 8.3 metres over Knapdale Girl and Earl Of Charity which followed the trio home in a rate of 2-03.6. Glencoe (Mt Gambier) father and son - Barry & Jayson Finnis were successful with 4-Y-0 superbly bred Holmes Hanover/Catch A Boquet mare Burston Holme in the Logical Property Services Pace for C1 class over 1660 metres, coming from last at the bell off a three wide trail on the back of Vee Jay Jazz. Although right of the track on the home turn, Burston Holme sprinted clear on straightening to register a 14.7 metre victory in 1-57.9 from Modern Hitch which was held up in traffic until the race was virtually over, with Panorama Wealth a game third after racing parked from the bell. Len Baker
Echuca on the Campaspe River close to the Victorian/N-S-W border, held a neat eight event harness racing card on Tuesday August 6, with border hoppers Kenmor Albertina and Victoria May both saluting the judge. Kenmor Albertina a 4-Y-0 gelded son of Artiscape and Sky Hy trained at Narrandera by David Kennedy was successful in the Carmel Ryan Memorial Pace for C1 class over the sprint trip of 1755 metres. Driven by Shepparton's Nathan Jack, Kenmor Albertina settled three back in the moving line from gate two on the second line, with The Numbers Man leading from gate three. Despite being pushed wide in the final circuit by Earls Reign (one/one) inside him, Kenmore Albertina proved too strong over the concluding stages for Earls Reign in a rate of 2-00 even, scoring by 1.9 metres, with Hezupnabout (three back the markers) using the sprint lane for third. Four year old Holmes Hanover/Ides Of May mare Victoria May also trained at Narrandera by Shaun Snudden snared the Christies Welding Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2160 metres in a mile rate of 2-00.1. Taking a concession for stable "apprentice" Paul Diebert, Victoria May came out running from gate two, safely holding out Hellovanite (gate four) which issued a serious challenge. Even though she was inclined to over race after being revved up early, Victoria May kicked clear on straightening to record a 5.9 metre victory in advance of the Elmore mare Madam Altissimo which trailed using the sprint lane to no avail, with Donoson first up for 12 months running home late from near last for third. Nagambie's Chris Lang notched up yet another winner in the trotting ranks when 4-Y-0 Kadabra/Kyvalley Diva gelding Kyvalley Rap scored in the Peats Office Equipment Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2530 metres. With Chris in the sulky, Kyvalley Rap starting from inside the 10 metre mark, possied three back along the markers, before moving to trail the leader Dabbsey when Family Decision galloped. Coming away from the inside on the final bend, Kyvalley Rap quickly put the race away to record a 14.6 metre victory in 2-07.2 from Dabbsey which battled on well to hold off a death-seating Sans Frontiere. Ballarat trainer Craig Knowles combined with Greg Sugars aboard 4-Y-0 Modern /ArtHitch To Fitch mare Modern Hitch to land the Awards Night September 21 Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 2160 metres, leading throughout to comfortably defy all challengers, accounting for A Chance Taken which trailed and Longtan Tigerman which followed the pair in a mile rate of 2-05.1. Orrvale (Goulburn Valley) trainer Steven Duffy also used the services of Greg Sugars to capture the Echuca Moama Storage 2-Y-0 Pace over 1755 metres with Safari/Delldale gelding Hooper Road which was making his second appearance at the races. Settling at the tail of the field after starting from the extreme draw, Hooper Road gained a lovely three wide trail home in the last lap following the well supported Sutter Man which quickly moved outside the leader Macworthy on debut approaching the home turn. Joining Sutter Man on turning, Hooper Road wasn't knocked around in winning by a neck, with Macworthy holding down third. The mile rate 2-01.2. Undera (G-V) trainer Glenn Freeman has revitalized 8-Y-0 Panorama/Lady Bye Bye stallion Goforzoe airborne at present, resulting in an all of the way victory from the pole in the Moama Bowling Club Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2160 metres. Driven by Daryl Douglas, Goforzoe was allowed to bowl along at his leisure with the well supported Charlotte Two (gate four) caught in the open. Still travelling on the final bend, Goforzoe never looked like being beaten, coasting to the wire 4.3 metres in advance of Charlotte Two and Hes Real from last in a rate of 2-02.6. Union Guy/Velcro gelding Whos That Guy landed the Like Us On Facebook 3-Y-0 Pace over 1755 metres from gate three in almost identical fashion, giving Daryl Douglas a driving double. Given his head approaching the final bend, Whos That Guy trained at St Arnaud by Leon Clohesy bounded away to score by 7.2 metres in a rate of 2-02 from Del Rosario (three back the markers) and a death-seating Black Jasmin. Corowa trainer John Low joined forces with Nathan Jack to land the Follow Us On Twitter Pace for C0 class over 1755 metres with 4-Y-0 Precious Bunny/Yeronga Quicksilver mare Bunny Rapid in a rate of 2-01.9. Settling mid-field in the moving line from gate four on the second row, Bunny Rapid sprinted with a wing on every foot in the final circuit to lead on turning, defeating the pacemaker Nolagalile and Artois Stone which faced the breeze. Len Baker Len Baker firstname.lastname@example.org 03 9307 5265 0401 679 745
Pelicanrama, Miss Galvinator, Lourdes and Cornsilk, four of the best harness racing mares ever raced in this country, will go up for auction at the Soho Standardbreds Weanling and Mares In Foal Sale to be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd on Sunday, July 28 at Tamarin Park, Toolern Vale.
It was 20 years ago next month when Staying Together became, at that time, the fastest harness racing horse on the Chicago circuit when he rattled off three consecutive winning miles of 1:50.2 at Sportsman's Park in July of 1993.
Backers of 7/4 on favourite Your Good Fortune, as well as harness racing reinsman Colin Brown, survived an early scare before the New Zealand-bred gelding gave a stylish frontrunning display to win the $35,000 Alltools Four and Five-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Twelve year old pacer Karloo Mick and his Dubbo-based harness racing trainer Barry Lew know all about competing in the Inter Dominion.
A mammoth 12 event card was held at Melbourne's harness racing headquarters Tabcork Park Melton on Friday December 21, producing some great racing throughout the evening.
The 'Dubbo Destroyer' Karloo Mick and his likeable harness racing trainer Barry Lew will head off for Sydney on Friday (November 30) in preparation for this weekend's Treuer Memorial at the Bankstown Paceway. The weather bureau is predicting the mercury to soar above 40 degrees for the region on Friday, and while it is a concern for Lew he expects his 12-year-old to handle the extreme conditions.
Lightly-raced New Zealand-bred pacer Bettor Reason emerged as a strong candidate for two upcoming rich group 1 feature harness racing events when he gave a powerful frontrunning display to win the $50,000 group 2 TABtouch Four-Year-Old Championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night.