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Top Tasmanian harness racing trainer Rohan Hillier was looking forward to taking Denza Doozy to the races for the first time after he started to show some promise at his Beauty Point training complex. That was until he ventured to the trials with the well-bred three-year-old early last week where he galloped and that put some doubt in Hillier's mind as to whether he could win on debut. But the well-bred Parsons Den gelding made no mistakes on debut last Sunday night and delivered a sterling effort to win a 3YO pace over 2200m convincingly and at the lucrative price of $13.50. ``I thought he only had to get around safely to win,'' Hillier said after Denza Doozy ran home strongly to beat Kwiatkowski and Ken Two Stars. ``When I got him from James Rattray (in Sydney) about six weeks ago he told me that the horse went OK but just wasn't quite good enough for up there. ``But he took me by surprise when he galloped in a trial the other day so I would have been happy just to see him get around safely tonight.'' Denza Doozy settle4d one-out-one-back and when Hillier sent him three-wide to make his run he gathered in the leaders and went on to score impressively. The gelding is owned and was bred by Mark Panton who has enjoyed much success over the years and in particular with this horse's half-sister Nola Mayhem that won eight of her 21 starts including a bandbox Stakes at two and a Granny Smith Stakes mares' classic as a four-year-old. Peter Staples

Record-breaking reinsman Gary Hall jun., who has just become the first West Australian driver to have earned more than $3 million in prizemoney in one season, is poised to win the Channel 9 Winter Cup for the sixth time when he handles superstar Im Themightyquinn in the $35,000 feature at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Harness racing owners Aldo Cortopassi and Francesca Minniti are more than happy that a recent deal to sell Franco Renegade to American interests for $35,000 fell through and now they are looking forward to the New Zealand-bred gelding winning further feature events after he had unwound a powerful finishing burst to score an upset victory in the $25,000 Retravision Past Presidents Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Lombo Pocket Watch showed that he would be a leading player in the Winter Cup harness racing events at Gloucester Park with a powerful frontrunning display to win the 2506m Vale Village Kid Pace on Friday night (April 27).

Champion harness racing driver Chris Lewis will be reunited with exciting young pacer Grinjaro for the first time for more than two years when he drives the horse in the $20,500 Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Capel harness racing trainer Andrew de Campo is thrilled at Lombo Navigator's superb performance on Monday night and has high hopes the five-year-old will reproduce his best form when he contests the ninth heat of the V75 interdominion pacing championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

After a succession of near misses on Pompano's last card before Saturday night, Wally Hennessey made no mistake in reaching the 8,000 win career milestone with his very first drive on the February 18 harness racing program.

New Zealand-bred gelding Nimrod emerged as a leading candidate for the $175,000 Golden Nugget Championship on November 25 when he gave an impressive harness racing performance to win the Bazzo Real Estate Pace for three-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night (August 26).

Seemingly indestructible pacer Has The Answers is being aimed at another $1 million milestone early next year. The eight-year-old iron horse boosted his harness racing career earnings to $1,005,759 when he gave a typical powerful frontrunning display to win the Channel 9 Winter Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night (July 8).

The first crop of the Woodrow Wilson winner and millionaire pacer Allamerican Ingot will underpin the upcoming harness racing clearance sale of Royalstar Farm, Bullsbrook, where he first stood stud duties in Australia.

Pinjarra horseman Ron Young has been driving pacers for 42 years and he reached the high point of his harness racing career at Gloucester Park on Friday night (June 17) when he landed his first group 1 winner, courtesy of massive colt Major Catastrophe.

Ross Torre, of Royalstar Farm, who has for many years been one of Western Australia's most prominent harness racing breeders, has sold his property and will therefore be conducting a final Unreserved Clearance Sale through selling agents, Gloucester Standardbreds.

The $101,525 Finals of the Clipsal Western Australia Sales Classics will be run at the home of Perth harness racing - Gloucester Park tomorrow night (THursday April 28) and they bring together a wide range of prices.

Outstanding young harness racing driver Michael George landed his first Group 1 winner when he rated 5/1 chance Seel N Print perfectly in front to score a convincing victory in the $200,000 Sky Racing WA Derby at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

The No. 1 barrier at Gloucester Park from the new harness racing starting distances over 1700m and 2100m continue to prove highly beneficial, with Pamper making the most of the perfect draw by leading all the way in the Veolia Liquid Waste Collection Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night

Half-brothers and sisters to a host of 2011 Perth Yearling Sale nominations have been in sparkling form this harness racing season. Heading the list is the richly talented Jumbo Operator, winner of the WA Navy Cup and Northam Cup and $88,230 in stakes this season. He has a Parsons Den half-brother in the Select Session, Lot 15.

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