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Even 20 hours after achieving his greatest moment in harness racing, Paul Diebert, still hadn’t fully realised the enormity of what he did at Albion Park at 8.35pm on Saturday. “It still hasn’t sunk in. But when you are being contacted by people that didn’t even want to know me this time last week, well then you know something’s up. It’s all very humbling,” Diebert told Racing Queensland. “This is one of the best moments in my life and certainly my most memorable moment on a racetrack. It’s races like this that we all dream of winning. This is why we all work so hard - to achieve results like this,” Diebert said on his way to the Redcliffe Trots on Sunday. Ten years after first doing jog work for his family, 24-year-old Diebert, has driven the Grant Dixon trained Ohoka Punter to his firs Group One victory in the $100,000 Group One Garrards Sunshine Sprint. It was one of three Group Ones, a Group Three, and a Listed race that were competed for on the second night of the 2019 TAB Queensland Winter Racing Carnival. Diebert sat behind stablemate, favourite and eventual runner-up Colt Thirty One (Dixon) and then in the passing lane had enough sprint to win by 1.3m. Ohoka Punter’s sectionals were 26, 32, 27.8 and 27.7. He stopped the clock in 1:56.8 (mile rate 1:53.2) for the 1660m mobile. It was Ohoka Punter’s 27th win in 109 starts. He’s also placed 51 times and banked $1.17m in stakes. It was the 9-year-old Bettor’s Delight gelding’s fourth Group One to go with his 2016 Blacks A Fake, and 2013 Victoria Derby (Melton) and Great Northern Derby (Auckland) victories. “He’s a great old horse who has been there and done that. He’s rising 10 now so he might be getting towards the end of it, which will be a shame,” Diebert said. “But he felt awesome on Saturday. He was jogging it from the 400m. I hope he keeps racing on next season, because the way he is going I think he can go close again in next Saturday’s Blacks A Fake,” Diebert said. Kevin Seymour, who co-owns both Ohoka Punter and Colt Thirty One with his wife Kay, told Diebert he would be a giant if he won on Saturday. “We had a few light-hearted words before the race and I told him he would be seven-foot tall and bullet proof if he could get ‘Punter home’ – and he did,” Mr Seymour said. “It was a fantastic drive and I honestly believe Paul is one of the most underrated drivers going around in Queensland. That was a lovely drive tonight and Kay and I are so proud of him.” Diebert said he was born into a harness racing family in the Riverina region in New South Wales. He said he got the bug from his grandfather and father and (Norm Diebert Sr & Jr). “They never wanted me to get into harness racing, but like I said I got the bug when I was in my early teens and haven’t looked back. I’m proud to be a third-generation member of my family that has taken up harness racing for a living,” he said. “I have worked for a few trainers since starting out in 2010 when I left school. I even left the industry and went to Thailand for a while. I’ve also worked for stables in New South Wales, Western Australia (2016-2017) and Queensland. “I’d worked for Grant previously and this time I’ve been back at his (Tamborine) stables since late last year. He’s a real pleasure to work for. You can see why he’s Australia’s top trainer. Grant leaves nothing to chance and gives a lot of attention to detail,” he added. After admitting he had a slow start to the season, Diebert has now driven 55 winners this season and just over $420,000 in stakes. He said he nailed his first winning drive behind the Shaun Snudden trained Chrissy Styx at Leeton on April 14, 2012. “I drove a double that day and I remember it well, but what happened on Saturday night I’ll never forget either. I just want to thank Grant and Mr and Mrs Seymour for believing in me,” he said. “There are so many other people who have been great to me as well. I just want to thank them all and let them know I’m grateful to everyone for making this happen. It’s taken a wee while, but now that I’m here I want to do it all again – starting this Saturday,” Diebert said. It was a night when the big guns stepped up. The Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained Our Princess Tiffany ran them into the ground when winning the Group 1 TAB Queensland Oaks. An effortless 11.5m win was further bolstered by the fact she did it in track-record time for 3YO fillies (1.54.7 mile-rate) previously held by 2017 Oaks winner Shartin. “She cruised that tonight. She’s so fit and so well gaited. It was an absolute pleasure to drive ‘a machine’ like this. She has some gears,” said catch-driver, Kylie Rasmussen. The other Group One event – the $50,000 Pryde’s Easifeed Queensland Trotters Cup, went to another Kiwi raider, the Tim Butt trained and Anthony Butt driven Majestic Courtney. It was the Butts’ first Group One trotting victory at Albion Park since the legendary Take A Moment won the $200,000 Interdominion Grand Final in April 2001. “He’s a lovely horse who is still only four and has a bit to learn. We definitely think he will make a nice open class trotter one day,” butt (Tim) said.   By Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

Well-travelled freelance driver Paul Diebert became a member of the 300 Club when he achieved his 300th career victory aboard French Diva at Redcliffe on May 24. Leeton-born Diebert moved to Queensland in February 2014, landing plenty of winners including a victory in the Queensland Young Drivers Championship Series before travelling to Perth for a stint in WA from August 2016. Diebert returned to Queensland in April 2017 and has gained plenty of opportunities from many trainers, including Jack Butler, who he was employed by upon his return. Driver Darren Weeks also achieved his 300th winner as a driver when January owned and trained by his partner Kylie Rasmussen won Race 2 at Redcliffe on June 6. To celebrate Weeks drove a second winner later that night, Darby Brights, who is also owned and trained by Kylie Rasmussen. Weeks returned from a spell winning at his first drive back aboard Skyfella Cam at Albion Park on April 27 and from a total of 22 drives this season, at time of writing, has driven eight winners and six placings – an excellent strike rate   Brett Rail Racing Queensland

Much-travelled 21-year-old harness racing reinsman Paul Diebert landed his first Gloucester Park winner when he guided talented four-year-old Nathans Courage to a smart all-the-way victory in a 2130m mobile event on Tuesday night. Diebert, born in Leeton in the heart of the New South Wales Riverina district, grew up in the Victorian town of Bendigo and has worked in the harness racing industry in NSW, Victoria and Queensland. He is a third generation harness racing performer who has been in Western Australia for seven weeks, working for Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan. Brennan met Diebert when he was working for leading trainer-driver Grant Dixon in Queensland a year or so ago and he offered him a job a year later. On Tuesday night Diebert was having his second drive at Gloucester Park and his ninth in WA when he was successful with the Brennan-trained Nathans Courage. Nathans Courage, favourite at 9/4 on, set a brisk pace and won in fine style from The Storm Chief, rating 1.57.8 over 2130m. “He goes real good,” said Diebert. “But I’ve got to try to settle him a bit more. He’s still a bit revvy, but that’s the Courage Under Fire in him. In the bigger races it is all about settling him. It’s alright winning a C1 event doing things wrong. But in the big ones you’ve got to do everything right. He was on the steel the whole race tonight and instead of running home in 27sec. he’s got home in 27.6sec. which isn’t too bad.” Brennan, who completed a double when Gary Hall jun. drove 9/4 chance Rub Of The Green to victory in a 2503m stand, said that he was aiming Nathans Courage at the rich feature events for four-year-olds in the coming summer. “Whether he measures up or not we’ll have to wait and see,” he said. “He was a bit underdone tonight and will improve.” Ken Casellas

Young harness racing gun Paul Diebert has produced a consistent display in the sulky to claim the 2016 BOTRA Queensland Young Drivers Championship. Competing against nine of Queensland’s best young drivers over three nights at Redcliffe and Albion Park Harness Racing Clubs, Diebert proved too good for his rivals to finish on 63 points overall, ahead of Matt Elkins (58.5 points) and Amy Rees (57 points). The 21-year-old made the most of his opportunities over the course of the six heats to record two wins and a second placing. Diebert outdrove his concession claim at the start of the year after driving 200 winners and the NSW Riverina born talent said he hoped the Championship victory could lead to further opportunities. “It feels fantastic to get the win,” said Diebert. “The other drivers who competed in the series are talented drivers and fortunately I was able to make the most of the horses I drew during the heats and came up with the win. “I haven’t had as many drives since I outdrove my claim so hopefully this win gets me in the spotlight and is the start of some exciting things to come.” View the final points standings View Paul Diebert’s profile here’ Harness Racing Young Guns Communications Manager Adam Gardini

Team Raboki gained a pass mark. The astute training combination of Shannon Price and Scott Miller ventured to the Albion Park harness racing trials yesterday (Tuesday) with many of their stablestars and walked away contently with their efforts. Classy mares Bettor Promise and Bettorthanspecial headlined their attack and the four-year-olds finished one/two in the 1660m workout in a time of 1:58.6 while the final half was covered in 56.8 seconds. It was Bettorthanspecial who finished best to score after sitting three back on the pegs and sprinting hardest to run down Bettor Promise while stablemates Ideal Situation held third after leading and Chevals Clivesdale made good late ground for fourth. “It was a pleasing start for all involved and we can hopefully build on that now as we look to kick off the New Year. I was happy with both mares and they will certainly improve on that effort but I will definitely look to trial them again before looking at a race return.” Co-trainer Scott Miller said. Both mares enjoyed solid success last season with Bettor Promise winning the Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad 3yo Fillies Final defeating Bettorthanspecial while they both filled placings in other classics throughout the term. The Rising Stars Championships proved to be a goldmine for both mares last season but with the series discontinued, connections are now looking for other alternatives. “They were great because it enabled you to chase some good prizemoney in between other targets throughout the year, it gave you something to aim at and then chase it but they weren’t easy to win. Sure, we got lucky along the way and both mares snared a few but it was never easy. “We actually haven't got anything to aim at right now with these mares now that those races have been scrapped so we’ll just take them along nice and steady and see if we can find something along the way. We will sit down and go through all the programs and see if anything jumps out after their next trial. “Both mares come back on fairly loose marks and we’ll start looking at interstate features in the coming months and see if we can find something suitable south of the border. They would need to keep improving before we look at any major mare’s events but you never know what can happen in this game, things can change pretty dramatically.” Meanwhile, last start Gr.1 QBRED Triad 2yo Fillies winner Special Moment is expected back at the trials next week as she prepares for a busy season of racing ahead. The Bettor's Delight filly will focus on local events but connections believe she has improved during her time away from the track. “The plan is to trial her and Rocknrollhighlight (QBRED consolation winner) next week, both fillies are likely to have two trials before racing again because they both had lengthy breaks following their rookie campaigns. “Both fillies have returned in good shape and we’re hopeful they can measure up again, we know we got lucky winning the Triad with Special Moment. I think Grant Dixon and his fillies (Get in the Groove & Cherish the Moment) look the testing material.” Talented junior reinsman Paul Diebert is set to join the stables in the coming weeks. by Chris Barsby

It’s a case of strength in numbers for harness racing trainer Grant Dixon. But there is plenty at stake rather than just the attractive prizemoney for the leading combination of Grant Dixon and his loyal owners Kevin and Kay Seymour. Fresh from their success last week when they combined to win both the Redcliffe City Gold Cup and the Oaks, they venture back to the bayside club looking for more feature race success. Cup winner Majestic Major along with Majestic Mach, Supreme Mach, Field Major and Highview Teejay will represent the Dixon/Seymour combination in the $30,000 Chris Garrard Patrons Purse tomorrow night (Friday). Only The Brave is the other member of the black and white army in the final feature of the 2014 Queensland harness winter carnival. So, with six of the ten runners engaged, success is highly likely although connections of Terror Time, American Legend, Missing Letters and Condagen won’t concede defeat just yet. Punters have been given a good lead with Dixon opting to drive former juvenile star Majestic Mach in preference to his stablemates. Majestic Mach hasn’t reached the dizzy heights like most expected this season as a four-year-old but he has still managed to win 7 of his 17 starts while banking more than $90,000. The Mach Three gelding finished sixth at his most recent start in the Gr.3 $45,000 4yo Championship at Albion Park on July 19 but has trialed impressively at Albion Park since in preparation for his first Redcliffe start. “It’s been a bit of a mystery his form this season but Grant continues to pinpoint the problem and hopefully he can return to his best form. His trial victory the other week at Albion Park was impressive and Grant was pleased with the way he pulled up.” Owner/breeder Kevin Seymour said. Importantly, the feature race also doubles as a trial for a possible Victorian campaign with connections eyeing off the Australasian Breeders Crown series with heats scheduled for Sunday, August 17 at TABCORP Park, Melton. The $682,000 earner was set to venture to Melbourne last year for the Breeders Crown before a virus ruined those plans. “If he performs well at Redcliffe, we will be keen to go to Melbourne with him to tackle the Breeders Crown series. Grant has Feel The Faith and Alleluia qualified for their respective divisions also. “We also race Feel The Faith but we won’t lock in a campaign until Majestic Mach races this weekend, we will let the horse do the talking for us. “It won’t be easy for him considering this is his first start at the track and he’s got strong opposition with the likes of Majestic Major and Supreme Mach among others. Both Majestic Major and Supreme Mach performed really well last week in the Cup and for mine, they’re a little under estimated.” Dixon has engaged Kylie Rasmussen (Majestic Major), Mathew Neilson (Supreme Mach), Trent Moffat (Field Officer), Paul Diebert (Highview Teejay) and John Cremin (Only The Brave) for his other runners in the feature event. The Dixon/Seymour combination is looking for back to back success in the Garrards Patrons Purse after winning last year with former Kiwi gelding Alberto Contador. Related Links Fields for Redcliffe, Friday 08 August 2014 Form guide for Redcliffe, Friday 08 August 2014 Chris Barsby - Racing Queensland

The Gunbower Harness Racing Club held a compact eight event meeting at Echuca on Tuesday December 17. Kyabram trainer Mick Blackmore combined with Bendigo based Scott Dyer to land the opening race on the program - the Gunbower Electrical 3-Y-0 Pace over 1755 metres with Sutter Hanover/Grace Anatomy gelding Sutter Man. Beginning best from gate two, Sutter Man led throughout to score by a half neck in a rate of 2-01.2 from Glen Alpine Drive along the sprint lane after trailing from gate three, with Billy Mack third after following the pair. Orrvale trainer Steven Duffy's quality McArdle/Nuclearaccelerator four year old gelding Almost El Eagle notched up his 13th victory in 30 outings, when victorious in the Northern Herd Development Pace Final for C1 class over 1755 metres which qualified in the heats held at the Wangaratta fixture at Shepparton on December 8. Driven once again by Greg Sugars, Almost El Eagle from inside the second row was given a sweet passage trailing the well support pole line leader Khaleesi, before using the sprint lane to gain the day by 5.2 metres in advance of Sicilian Slumber (one/two) and Forever Arma which raced in the open. The mile rate 1-59. Campbells Forest husband and wife Greg and Julie Ryan were successful with 4-Y-0 Live Or Die/Princess Kiara gelding Bronco Apache in the James Godden Designer Tanks Pace for C0 class over 1755 metres in a rate of 2-02.4. Bred by the pair and driven by Nathan Jack, Bronco Apache was trapped four wide from outside the front line as the starter released the field, with Jack angling to be three back in the moving line as In Jet Spirit retained the front running from the pole. Not happy with the tempo, Bronco Apache was sent forward to park outside the leader racing for the bell, allowing Jack to dictate the terms for the final circuit. Surging clear prior to the home turn, Bronco Apache won as he pleased, cruising to the wire 8.7 metres clear of Direct Art along the sprint lane off the back of the leader, with Warrior Mac (one/one last lap) third. Narrandera's Shaun Snudden loves coming to Echuca and has a pretty good record on the track, adding another winner to his tally there when tough 4-Y-0 On The Attack/Dainty Lea gelding Brown Rice snared the Mawsons Pace Final for C0 class over 2160 metres which qualified at the Wangaratta meeting. Driven by the stable's Paul Diebert, Brown Rice after starting from the extreme draw settled at the tail of the field, with the almost unbackable favourite Major Meggs leading from the pole. Set alight mid-field to park outside the pacemaker, Brown Rice was able to drop to the back of Major Meggs approaching the home turn as Scott Stewart kicked away. Asked for a supreme effort on straightening, Brown Rice showed a "never give in" attitude to wear down the leader and score by a half head in a rate of 2-00.7, with Miss Tanami running on late from the rear to finish third 17.3 metres away. Jot down the name Amanda Turnbull as a reinsperson to follow as she is likely to be based in Victoria after joining a partnership with Nathan Jack. Amanda was successful aboard Marong trainer Trevor Patching's 8-Y-0 Safely Kept/Westmoor Elegance gelding Sherpa Star in the Joe Newitt's Service Centre Pace for C1 class over 1755 metres. Breaking his duck at start number eleven at the last Echuca meeting, Sherpa Star from the pole repeated the dose on this occasion after a cosy trip three back the markers from the pole as Lerrad Maharg led out before handing over to the heavily supported Mrs Devine a former NSW mare having her first outing in Victoria for Dylan Marshall. Extricated into the clear on the home turn, Sherpa Star finished strongly to defeat Goldiedomic (one/one at bell) through the centre by a half head in 2-00.3, with Look At Russo close up in third place after racing in the open from the bell. Nyah trainer Malcolm O'Bree is no stranger to Echuca meetings and landed the Steve Oliver Plumbing & Gas Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2160 metres with Cashisking, a five year old gelded son of Falcon Seelster and Better Motoring who has done most of his racing north of the border. Taking a concession for Melton based Zac Phillips, Cashisking led throughout from gate two, accounting for Hezfullarunning which shadowed him throughout. Border Patrol finished third off a three wide trail last lap. The mile rate 2-04.2. Yanco trainer Kim Hillier was successful with 4-Y-0 Dream Away/InThe Corner gelding Street Meets in the Brian & Lyn Wills Santa Claus Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2160 metres. Beginning on equal terms with both Double Happy and Gangster Boy inside him, Street Meets was eased to take a one/one trail on the back of Gangster Boy. Becoming pocketed at the bell as the favourite Quadentate moved forward three wide, Blake Jones angled Street Meets into the clear three wide on the final bend and he ran on best to nose out a game Gangster Boy in a mile rate of 2-01.3. Life Of Ted used the sprint lane off the back of the leader to finish third a head away. Bet Bet (Swan Hill) breeder/part-owner/trainer Greg Fleming was in the winners stall at Echuca, when 4-Y-0 Totally Ruthless/Tiny Gigi gelding Oils Jay Bee broke his maiden status in the Gunbower Committee Pace for C0 class over 1755 metres. Driven by Ararat's Michael Bellman, Oils Jay Bee making his 15th race appearance began swiftly from outside the second line to lob one/one trailing Fiddlers Lane, with Kim Hillier's Reckless Valour burning away from outside the front row to lead. Sent forward three wide along the back straight on the final occasion, Oils Jay Bee proved too strong at the business end of proceedings to register a 15.9 metre margin over Kiss ToLive(one/two) and Say Cheese from last in a mile rate of 2-00.4. By Len Baker                                

The 2012/13 HRNSW Industry Awards night was held at the Hilton Hotel Sydney on Saturday night where the feats of both humans and equines were recognised. Exciting filly Frith was unanimously named NSW Horse of The Year after a scintillating three-year-old season which included the NSW Breeders Challenge, Victorian Breeders Crown, WA and Victorian Oaks. The 3YO of the year was also taken out by Frith whilst Bling It On took the honours in the 2YO category. The Nicole Molander-trained Keystone Del was named Trotter of The Year and Gaius Caesar won the open aged horse division. The Board and staff of HRNSW would like to congratulate the following award winners:   Award Nominees Winner McLachlan Thorpe & Partners Carnival of Cups - Leading Trotting Trainer   Blake Fitzpatrick   Blake Fitzpatrick   Goulburn HRC Carnival of Cups - Leading Driver   Amanda Turnbull   Amanda Turnbull   NSW Standardbred Owners Association Carnival of Cups - Leading Trainer   Steve Turnbull   Steve Turnbull   Albury HRC Carnival of Cups - Leading Horse   Make Some Magic NZ   Make Some Magic NZ   Tabcorp Carnival of Cups - Best Level 1 Meeting   Coolamon HRC Maitland HRC Penrith HRC   Maitland HRC   Tabcorp Carnival of Cups - Best Level 2 Meeting   Eugowra HRC Fairfield HRC Orange HRC Orange HRC   Tabcorp Carnival of Cups - Best Level 3 Meeting   Blayney HRC Broken Hill HRC Griffith HRC   Broken Hill HRC   Tabcorp Centurions   Amanda Turnbull Lauren Panella Blake Fitzpatrick Luke McCarthy Robert Morris Steve Turnbull Shane Tritton Belinda McCarthy   All   Daily Form Service Junior Driver Encouragement Award (Country)   Andrew Pitt Ashleigh Camilleri Grace Grant Paul Diebert Sam Hewitt   Paul Diebert   Lexus of Parramatta Junior Driver Encouragement Award (Metro)   Alex Alchin Kylie Barnes Lauren Panella Todd McCarthy   Lauren Panella   OAMPS Champion Junior Driver   Amanda Turnbull   Amanda Turnbull   OAMPS Champion Driver   Amanda Turnbull Amanda Turnbull OAMPS Champion Trainer   Steve Turnbull Steve Turnbull   National Trotguide Best Coverage by a Regional Newspaper   The Daily Advertiser - Wagga The Irrigator - Leeton The Maitland - Mercury   The Daily Advertiser Wagga   PMG Media Best Coverage by a Regional Television Station   Harbor Television Productions NBN Newcastle Prime 7 Wagga   NBN Newcastle   Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Volunteer Appreciation Awards                         Stephen Hunt Cootamundra HRC Greg Maxwell Young HRC John Den Eugowra HRC  Robert Chew Bathurst HRC Megan Lavender Bankstown HRC Andrew Ho Bankstown HRC Bert Read Bankstown HRC   All Penrith HRC Don Clough Appreciation Award   Richard Earnshaw   Richard Earnshaw   Harness Breeders NSW Broodmare of the Year   Falcon Black Beauty NZ Jackie Kelly Left For Me Full Pleasure Rochelle Hanover   Left For Me   Pepper Tree Farm NSW Sire of the Year   Presidential Ball USA Tinted Cloud USA Pacific Rocket Ifihadyourluck USA John Street North USA   Presidential Ball USA   Yirribee Stud in conjunction with Alabar Outstanding Service to the Breeding Industry   Pepper Tree Farm Pepper Tree Farm   Breckon Farm NSW 2YO Trotter of the Year   My Valerie NZ Swishbye Verbier   My Valerie NZ   Addington Raceway NSW 2YO Filly Pacer of the Year   Denises Legacy Distant Memory Majestic Amy Ocean Diva Spicy Stride   Distant Memory   House of Brook NSW 2YO C&G Pacer of the Year   Allblack Stride NZ All Eyes On Us Bling It On Business In Motion Lettucerockthem   Bling It On   Sky Racing NSW 2YO of the Year   My Valerie NZ Distant Memory Bling It On   Bling It On   Bulli HRC NSW 3YO Trotter of the Year   Duchess Ella Nickys Invasion Vincennes   Duchess Ella   Sir Lincoln NSW 3YO Filly Pacer of the Year                 Frith Gypsy Babe Im Tondelayo Laaganoosh Tarelle   Frith   Yirribee Stud in conjunction with Alabar NSW 3YO C&G Pacer of the Year   Be Brave Caesar Augustus Ee And Em Stride Home Of The Brave Sir Eric NZ Ultimate Art   Home Of The Brave   Tabcorp NSW 3YO of the Year   Duchess Ella Frith Home Of The Brave Frith   NSWHRC NSW Aged Trotter of the Year   Keystone Del NZ King Of Strathfield NZ Neville Vaughan NZ   Keystone Del NZ   Cordina Farms NSW Aged Mare Pacer of the Year   Baby Bling NZ Forever Gold Obahma Joy Our Sixpence NZ   Baby Bling NZ   Harness Racing Travelworld NSW Aged E&G Pacer of the Year   Chariot King Excel Stride Gaius Caesar NZ Ideal Scott NZ Mach Alert NZ Mach Beauty Washakie NZ   Gaius Caesar   Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Aged Horse of the Year   Keystone Del NZ Baby Bling NZ Gaius Caesar   Gaius Caesar   OAMPS - NSW Horse of The Year   Bling It On Frith Gaius Caesar   Frith        

Wagga company Ausmet Roofing has won naming rights to next year's Wagga Pacers Cup following Saturday's night awards and sponsors function. Business owner Warwick Hay is a relatively new comer to harness racing and is a part-owner of consistent filly Grace Artois which is the first pacer he has raced. It's only the second year Ausmet Roofing has been involved in the sponsor's draw with the company to back the Cup on Saturday night, March 8. "It's a real surprise to win. I haven't been involved for too long so it's a bit of a shock," Hay said. The other feature races at the cup night meeting were taken out by Cottontail Winery & Restaurant (Wagga Derby) and Esec Systems (Wagga Oaks). Pat’s Tyres & More won naming rights to the inaugural Rising Stars 2yo, while Signs Plus will back the Christmas Cup on December 20. Meanwhile, the feature award on the night was taken out by champion filly Frith who was named the Riverina and Southwest pacer of the year for the second consecutive season. Frith won four Group 1 races and just under $500,000 prizemoney for the season beaten only once when second in 16 starts. Her trainer Bruce Harpley said it was a memorable season which would never be bettered. “The win in the Western Australia Oaks was something else then she kept it going to win her final race of the season in Victoria,” he said. Wagga owners Dennis and Jo Howe took home two awards courtesy of their Group One winning filly Distant Memory. The two-year-old was named Riverina juvenile of the year while the NWSW Owners Association award was also presented to them. Narrandera trainer Shaun Snudden claimed his first Riverina premiership with close to 100 winners for the season and he also took home the Wagga trainer of the year title. His stable driver Paul Diebert was named the young driver of the year and also finished second in the Riverina premiership behind Blake Jones. For his part, Jones won two awards – the Riverina and Wagga premierships – after a record season with 69 winners alone in the Riverina. “I had close to 100 wins so it was a very good season,” Jones said. The Wagga pacer of the year was claimed by Cousin Dupreez who hardly missed a place and also finished second in the state-wide Carnival of Cups series. The local premierships were taken out by trainer Paul Kahlefeldt and reinsman Adam Jenkins. Leeton trainer Kim Hillier’s record breaking season won her the Special Achievement award. More than 120 guests attended the night where illusionist Jonas Jost kept the crowd entertained with his spectacular magic show. Harness Racing New South Wales

Wagga will host its final meeting of the 2012-13 season on Friday with a massive 12 race program. The premierships have been decided with Narrandera trainer Shaun Snudden in front from Kim Hillier, while Blake Jones will finish ahead of Paul Diebert in the driver's title. Since resuming from a disqualification, Jackson Painting has figured strongly at Wagga and will finish third in both awards. The local trainer award will go to Paul Kahlefeldt, while Adam Jenkiins is the top local reinsman. The Wagga pacer of the year title has been won by Cousin Dupreez who hit the front earlier this month. The awards will be presented at the Wagga RSL Club on Saturday night, September 7. Champion filly Frith will also be recognised with her second consecutive Southwest and Riverina pacer of the year award, while Distant Memory was the leading juvenile performer. World class magician Jonas Jost will perform his amazing show at the sponsors and awards evening. The announcement of the successful tenders for services to Empire Stallion pair Blissful Hall and Village Jolt will also be announced. Tenders will close next Friday. PREMIERSHIPS Trainers Shaun Snudden 162 Kim Hillier 125 Jackson Painting 104 Paul Kahlefeldt 100 Michael Hardy 41 Drivers Blake Jones 159 Paul Diebert 131 Jackson Painting114 Adam Jenkins 76 Michael Hardy 41 Nancy O'Grady || Harness Racing New South Wales |  

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 len-baker@bigpond.com 03 9307 5265 0401 679 745  

Narrandera harness racing trainer Shaun Snudden is running fifth on the NSW Trainers' Premiership and is hoping to add to his season tally of winners on Saturday night when he travels to Tabcorp Park Menangle. Snudden has two runners engaged and believes his best chance is the lightly raced four year old Northern Line which will compete in race six.

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