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Custom Cantab (David Miller) steals the $132,000 Joie De Vie open mare trot at Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 11). At the start of the race Darling Mearas S (Brian Sears) went on a break and caused Manchego (Dexter Dunn) to go on a break as well. The big favorite Atlanta then got to the front and led to the first quarter in :27.0. Emoticon Hanover (Bob McClure) went in the pocket and followed Atlanta to a :55.0 half and a 1:23.1 third-quarter. Custom Cantab ($65.00), who is owned by trainer Christopher Beaver, Donald Robinson, and RBH Ventures Inc., went first over just before three-quarters. She then would blow right by the tiring Atlanta to win in a lifetime best of 1:52.0. Dream Together (Scott Zeron) finished second with Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt) getting third money. Atlanta finished a disappointing sixth. Custom Cantab is a 4-year-old mare by Mr Cantab. She won for the second time this season and now owns 17 career victories. Speeding Spur N (Brian Sears) charges late to capture the $148,000 Crawford Farms open trot. Mission Accepted (Yannick Gingras) led to the first quarter in :27.4. Speeding Spur N ($18.60) went to the lead as they headed for the stands for the first time. Mission Accepted reclaimed the lead with five-eighths of a mile to go and led to the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:24.2. Speeding Spur N, who is owned by Woodlands Stud NZ Inc. and trained by Linda Toscano, popped out of the pocket as they reached the stretch. He looked like a rocket coming down the stretch and just squeaked by second place finisher Mission Accepted to win in a track record time for aged trotting horses of 1:52.4. Run Director (Sylvain Filion) was third best. Speeding Spur N is an 8-year-old horse by Pegasus Spur. It was win number two of the season and his 28th career victory. It was his first win in the United States. Artie's Ideal (Marcus Miller) wins the $12,500 first elimination for the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) featuring 3-year-old colts & geldings. Rollwithpapajoe (Dexter Dunn) got to the first quarter first in :27.0 and led to the half in :55.0. Major Blake (Jason Bartlett) went first-over on the back stretch and stuck a nose in front hitting three-quarters first in 1:22.1. Rollwithpapajoe reclaimed the lead as they reached the top of the stretch. Artie's Ideal ($24.80), who is owned by Bay Pond Racing and trained by Erv Miller, followed in the pocket and came out to go first-over. Buddy Hill (Brian Sears) then made a three-wide move. Artie's Ideal was too strong in deep stretch and held off second place finisher Buddy Hill to win in a lifetime best of 1:50.3. Covered Bridge (Wally Hennessey) finished third as World On Edge (Matt Kakaley) took fourth. All four qualified for the EBC final next Sunday (August 18). Rollwithpapajoe finished fifth and is the also eligible for the final. Artie's Ideal is 3-year-old colt by American Ideal. It was his first win this season. He now owns three career victories. Hickfromfrenchlick (Matt Kakaley) holds on to win the $12,500 second division. Hickfromfrenchlick ($4.30) charged to the front and led to a first quarter of :28.0. He controlled the pace hitting the half in :56.3. Major March (Jason Bartlett) went first-over just before Hickfromfrenchlick hit three-quarters in 1:24.4. Hickfromfrenchlick, who is owned by trainer Ray Schnittker, Nolamaura Racing, and Thomas Spatorico, battled with Major March as they made the turn for home. Shake That House (Brian Sears) then found an opening on the inside but fell just short as Hickfromfrenchlick won in 1:51.4. Shake That House settled for second best. Major March held on for third. Respect Our Flag (Dexter Dunn) finished fourth with Chatelroll getting fifth place. All five qualified for the EBC Final. Hickfromfrenchlick is a 3-year-old colt by So Surreal. It was win number five this season and career victory number nine. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 16) with a 10 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Tioga Downs      

New Zealand-bred trotter Speeding Spur arrived in trainer Linda Toscano's barn this summer and quickly made a favorable impression. He hopes to leave a winning one, as well. Speeding Spur, who was last season's Trotter of the Year in New Zealand, has raced twice in the U.S. and trotted 1:51.1 both times. The 8-year-old stallion was fourth behind Manchego, Marion Marauder, and Lindy The Great in his debut and this past weekend finished sixth in the Vincennes on Hambletonian Day at The Meadowlands. On Sunday, Speeding Spur competes in the $148,000 Crawford Farms Open Trot at Tioga Downs, where he is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line. Vincennes winner Mission Accepted is the 2-1 favorite. For his career, Speeding Spur has won 27 of 58 races and hit the board a total of 48 times on his way to $1.09 million in New Zealand dollars ($804,240 U.S. equivalent). He is owned by Woodlands Stud NZ Inc. and will race in North America the remainder of the season before returning home for stud duty. Speeding Spur, a son of Pegasus Spur out of the Chiola Hanover mare Della's Speed, is eligible to a number of stakes, including the Maple Leaf, Caesars Trotting Classic, Dayton Derby, and Allerage. "He's a classy old horse," Toscano said. "It's not easy to make a million dollars in New Zealand and he was able to do that. You can't ask for a nicer horse to be around. He's a beautiful horse, a handsome horse. He's a lovely horse to be around, you can tell he was cared for very well, like the champion he was down there. "They would like to stand him at stud because he's had such a nice career over there, but without North American credentials it's difficult because we ship semen over there. They wanted to send him over and see what he could do. He's eligible to everything from here on in. We'll see if he can step his game up and compete with them. If we can get him a (win) record and make a little bit of money with him, I know the owners will be real happy." Speeding Spur was a nine-time Group 1 winner Down Under. He was trained by John and Josh Dickie, with Josh handling the driving in all but one of his victories. He finished his home career in May with a second-place finish in the Rowe Cup, a race he won in 2018. Last week in the Vincennes, Speeding Spur and driver Tim Tetrick started from post eight in a 12-horse field and raced on the outside for the majority of the mile. Despite the trip, he was beaten only 3-3/4 lengths and only two horses trotted a faster final quarter-mile. "He was unlucky last week, just a bad post," Toscano said. "Four wide, three wide, and four wide around the last turn at The Meadowlands on Hambo Day is not exactly the most advantageous place, but Timmy had no choice. It's what he had to do." This weekend, Speeding Spur will start from post six in a six-horse field with Brian Sears in the sulky. The field also includes Pinkman, Run Director, The Veteran, and Fiftydallarbill. "His owners are thrilled with what he's done," Toscano said. "First and foremost, they want us to take care of the horse. The ultimate goal would be to see if he's good enough to compete in the International Trot (at Yonkers) at the end of the year. "I'm really impressed with his demeanor. He's made it very easy to make the transition (from New Zealand to the U.S). He looks like a million dollars. The people down there absolutely adored him. He's been a pleasure." Sunday's card at Tioga Downs also includes the $132,000 Joie De Vie Stakes for older female trotters. Atlanta is the 6-5 morning-line favorite, followed by Manchego at 3-1. Racing begins at 1 p.m. (EDT) and the Crawford Farms Open Trot and Joie De Vie are races eight and nine, respectively. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

Pegasus Spur is a sire that plies his trade with little fuss! A gun trotting sire, his impact runs very deep. Pegasus Spur is a sire of immense speed and stamina, as reflected in his journey as a sire. Did you know he is sire of Australasia’s fastest male and female trotters! His Elitloppet bound daughter Maori Time is a 1.51.5 is the fastest ‘down under’ female in history and multiple Group 1 winner Flying Isa is the fastest male of all time ‘down under’. At the age of 20, Pegasus Spur still commands high respect as a sire. His ace son Speeding Spur was a multiple Group 1 winner in recent months, amongst those victories was the time-honoured Rowe Cup. The 3200-metre feature is on all owners wish lists and Pegasus Spur’s son delivered in spades, he now has over $880,000 on his CV. Pegasus Spur is the sire of a plethora of $100,000 + earners, these include Paramount Gee Gee, Wilma’s Mate, Monty Python, Sarah Palin, Cool Coober, Rare Opportunity and Unico Pegasus. At this years Australasian Premier trotting sale, held in Melbourne, he averaged $AU 34,000. This was a fantastic result on a service fee of $2640! Breeders and sales purchasers understand that Pegasus Spur is still a relevant sire in these times of frozen semen. He is stallion that gets results on and off the race track! A terrific opportunity beckons to secure a Woodlands bred and raised Pegasus Spur weanling on Friday June 1st at Karaka. Our weanlings are meticulously raised by our stud master Tony Grayling and his staff. Horses purchased from the Woodlands weanling draft have included millionaire My Hard Copy and ace pacing mare Partyon. Information regarding the weanling sale is available on our website. Go to for all the details. You can also contact our New Zealand agent Stacey Markham on 021595492 of contact our Australian agent Mark Hughes 045165707. From Woodlands Stud        

The Horsham & District Harness Racing Club in conjunction with naming rights sponsor of the 2018 Horsham Trotters Club, Woodlands Stud NZ, have today launched their 2017/18 trotting stallion service tender. As part of the Cup sponsorship agreement, Woodlands has made available a service to their proven strike rate stallion, Pegasus Spur CA 1:54.0 $US 1,302,599.   Horsham's tender opportunity gives breeders of the squaregaiter a chance to send their broodmare to a quality entire at a discounted price. Interested breeders are invited to submit their tender on the official form, for the service (imported, fresh, chilled semen) to Pegasus Spur (value $AU3300) by Friday September 8th, 2017. For a copy of the tender form, please email the Club at or text/phone Tony Logan on 0427 857411.      

Herbie L trotted home for his 50th career victory, winning the 4th race at Northfield Park on Tuesday (June 6). The nine year-old harness racing veteran, with 248 career starts, also has 30 seconds and 29 third place finishes. Herbie L (Pegasus Spur-Phar Khan-Rule The Wind) has career earnings of $220,983 with a lifetime mark of 1:55.3 at Woodbine Racetrack at age four. The trotter's richest win was in a $16,160 Conditioned Trot at Woodbine Racetrack in 2012. Herbie L is a well-traveled campaigner -- his 50 wins have been spread across 26 different racing surfaces. Herbie L started from post-2 and led his competition at every call through fraction of :28.1, :58.2, 1:27.3 and 1:58.2. Despite a late rush from the runner-up, Herbie L bested his competition by a neck. He returned $18.60 to win. Calvin Hollar trains Herbie L for owner Le Van Stables of Woodstock, Ohio. Robin Miller was aboard for the winning drive. Ayers Ratliff

Resident Woodlands Stud trotting stallion Pegasus Spur is a harness racing sire who plies his trade with little fuss. A closer look at Pegasus Spur reveals he is among the best trotting stallions available down under. Pegasus Spur is a sire of seriously good trotters. In recent time’s top flight trotters Speeding Spur and Wilma’s Mate have won a plethora of age classics and open class events. On May 21st Woodlands Stud has consigned six weanlings by Pegasus Spur at the Autumn sale to be conducted at Karaka. Three fillies and three colts by Pegasus Spur will go under the hammer. We sell a full relation to recent winner Forfeathers, a quality filly from the family of $200,000 winner The Boss Man and a colt from closely related to Musgrove ($179,000) – 16 wins and Flying Hardwick ($172,000) – 22 wins. We invite you to inspect our draft on Saturday 20th May at Karaka. We will parade our draft from 1pm and a BBQ and refreshments will be available. We will be located at Barn C. For all information related to our weanling draft don’t hesitate to contact our New Zealand agent on Charlotte Mooney on 021595492 or Australian Agent Mark Hughes on 0451650707.  Speeding Spur

Breaking news at Lilley Land, the Queen has overthrown the King. Most harness racing analysts believe the coup will be short-lived, with the King currently recuperating. However, some are boldly suggesting there is a changing of the guard at the top of the Victorian trots. In the past fortnight reigning Victorian trotting mare of the year Maori Time has claimed back-to-back victories over more highly acclaimed stablemate, and reigning trotting male of the year, Keystone Del. And last night the Brent Lilley-trained mare was completely dominant, while Del only beat one runner home. Important note, a post-race veterinarian’s examination revealed Keystone Del to be suffering cardiac arrhythmia – irregular heartbeat – and he was stood down by stewards pending a vet’s certificate, ECG and one successful trial. But no matter how you look at it, Maori Time’s win in last night’s $50,000, Group 1 Aldebaran Park Bill Collins Trotters Sprint was dominant. The seven-year-old daughter of stallion Pegasus Spur out of Sundonna burnt the candle at both ends of the 1720m race to record a 1:55.4 mile rate, going coast-to-coast for a 7.5m win over Sydneysider On Thunder Road. Maori Time’s victory – her second straight success in this race – was even more impressive when you consider what she had to overcome in the run, revealed post-event by winning reinsman Chris Alford. “We had a bit of drama… she started belting the wheel out of the gate and wanted to bowl along. She was all right to the winning post and then she wanted to get going again,” he said. Maori Time hummed through the first quarter in 28.6secs, notched a 29.7secs second split, and then went 28.5secs and 29.4secs for the third and fourth stanzas. Her sustained speed was too hot to handle for the opposition. It is also worth keeping in mind there was a stiff breeze up the straight last night, so conditions weren’t conducive to ultra-quick times. The win followed a last-start Derby Royale Trotters Free-for-All triumph where she also had Keystone Del’s measure. “She’s lost none of her zest, that’s for sure,” Alford said, referring to the fact he drove Maori Time four years ago when she was a three-year-old filly. “She’ll probably be targeting the major races (over summer) and she’s not out of them.” Keystone Del is an absolute superstar and has earned over $1 million in stakes. So while the Queen is keeping the throne warm for the time being it must be likely the King will be back where he belongs. Then again, father time waits for no man… Meanwhile, from a squaregaiting viewpoint the upcoming Summer of Glory looks tantalising. On Victoria Cup night (January 30) we’ll see the $100,000 Group 1 Seelite Windows and Doors Australian Trotting Grand Prix, and one week later on Del-Re National A.G. Hunter Cup night the $300,000 Group 1 Pryde’s Easifeed Great Southern Star over 2760m should prove to be one of the races of the summer after the news during the week that New Zealand superstar Monbet is crossing the ditch in search of more riches. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Breeders are reminded that bids for the Horsham Harness Racing Club’s trotting tender close with the Club on Friday September 30th. The tender is for a service to the Woodlands Stud NZ stallion Pegasus Spur CA and represents a great opportunity for the lovers of the trotting gait to breed yet another Group 1 winner from this outstanding strike-rate entire. Interested breeders are invited to tender for a service (imported, fresh, chilled semen) to Pegasus Spur (value $AU3300). Tender forms and further information may be obtained by email from  or by phone on 0427 857411.  Tony Logan

The Horsham & District Harness Racing Club is conducting its annual, trotting stallion service tender in conjunction with sponsor Woodlands Stud NZ. Interested Australian breeders are invited to tender for a service (imported, fresh, chilled semen) to Pegasus Spur (value $AU3300) It represents a great opportunity for the lovers of the trotting gait to breed another Group 1 winner from this outstanding strike-rate entire. Pegasus Spur CA is the sire of this year's 3YO Trotting Fillies Breeders Crown Champion Wilmas Mate, along with the sensational Victoria Trotting Derby, Breeders Crown & Great Southern Star winner Speeding Spur and high quality trotters such as Maori Time, Paramount Gee Gee, and Flying Isa. Further information regarding Pegasus Spur may be obtained at For a copy of the tender form, please email or text/phone Tony Logan on 0427 857 411.      

Wilmas Mate survived an action packed Group 1 to reward harness racing favourite followers and smash a track record at Maryborough in winning the Seelite Windows and Doors Victoria Trotters Derby Locking of wheels twice savaged the hopes of well-rated Victorian hopes Sundons Courage and Cruisin Around and while Wilmas Mate took full advantage to win by 2.5m from High Gait, a protest led to a wait before any champagne could be popped. Wilmas Mate’s connections - trainer Paul Nairn, driver David Butt and owner Richard Cornelius – were forced to dwell after High Gait’s driver Chris Alford protested the result because Wilmas Mate veered into the sprint lane from the lead. HRV Chairman of Stewards Nick Murray said Butt hadn’t explicitly complied with his obligations to prevent the horse shifting further into the sprint lane. Mr Murray said Wilmas Mate then trotted roughly under pressure and Butt restrained him, and it was only then High Gait made late ground, and owing to that and the 2.5m margin the protest was dismissed. Wilmas Mate, by Pegasus Spur out of Mybrotherwasastar, won in a 2:00.3 mile rate, taking 0.4 off Speeding Spur’s Maryborough and District Harness Racing Club track record set in the 2015 Derby. “It’s great to win a race in Australia,” Cornelius said. “I’ve been over here before with horses and gone home with my tail between my legs and for a minute or two I thought the same might happen again, but thankfully we got through it and won the race. “Obviously Paul again showed the master that he is. He had the horse in excellent condition to do what she has done today and David Butt again proved that he is a great driver.” Wilmas Mate found the front at the bell after advancing from the rear of the field, looping Sundons Courage (leader) and Cruisin Around (breeze), who then appeared to briefly lock wheels that led to Pizza Queen galloping. High Gait jumped out from the death to challenge Wilmas Mate who had made a break, with a recovering Sundons Courage and Cruisin Around locking again at the final bend to put paid to their hopes. It became a race in two and Wilmas Mate cleared away, looking all the world the winner only to veer into the sprint lane and lose gait in the dying moments, but being first past the post and surviving the protest. “She was getting pretty tired at the end,” Butt said. “She deserved to be, she put in a big run. They made her work but she came around and went really well.” Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

Out with the old and in with the new. That’s the best summation of the 2015/16 Australian Pacing Gold Trotting Masters series with boom harness racing four-year-olds Speeding Spur and Monbet clearly stamping themselves as the future of the sport. Following injury setbacks to seasoned stars Stent and Master Lavros during the season, the new fresh faced young bucks stood tall and dominated their rivals in the major races. Both trotters are based in New Zealand and they collected three of the five races available during the term. The five leg Australian Pacing Gold Trotting Masters starts in November at Christchurch with the Dominion before heading to Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix and the Great Southern Star while the series concludes in Auckland with the ANZAC Cup and the Rowe Cup. Prepared by father/son combination of John and Josh Dickie at Clevedon in the north island of New Zealand, Speeding Spur scored a victory in the Gr.1 $300,000 Pryde’s Easifeeds Great Southern Star while being the runner-up in both in the Grand Prix and the ANZAC Cup. Speeding Spur had his season prematurely ended following an injury he sustained during the ANZAC Cup. The Pegasus Spur entire won 6 of his 11 starts this season while being placed in the other 5 events contested and amassed more than $395,000 in stakes. Monbet, prepared in Christchurch by Greg and Nina Hope scored victories in the Gr.1 $91,750 ANZAC Cup and the Gr.1 $145,000 Canam Rowe Cup. He also contested the Grand Prix but finished at the rear of the field after making a break. The Love You gelding has won 12 of his 14 starts to date this season while amassing more than $385,000 in stakes. Speeding Spur amassed 220 points during the series and finished 17 clear of Monbet with 203 points. The full list of Australian Pacing Gold Trotting Masters winners were Master Lavros (Dominion), Keystone Del (Grand Prix), Speeding Spur (Great Southern Star) and Monbet (ANZAC Cup & Rowe Cup). The top five point scorers were; Speeding Spur (220 points) Monbet (203) Keystone Del (110) Master Lavros (100) Glenferrie Typhoon (64) Congratulations to the winning owners of Speeding Spur – Woodlands Partnership Syndicate plus rugby stars Kieran Read, Andy Ellis, Dave Hewett and Commonwealth Gold Medallist Dick Tayler. And a massive congratulations to both John and Josh Dickie. Chris Barsby

Harness racing trainer/driver Todd Schadel, a regular at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, entered five horses in the $15,000 first preliminary round of the Bobby Weiss Series for developing younger females on Tuesday night, and he overcame the outside post eight twice to post identical times of 1:56.4 in taking the two quickest divisions.   First up was the sophomore Southside Hanover, who is also owned by Schadel in partnership with Roger Hammer - the team that brought you Vivid Photo. Certainly gifted with the pedigree for speed (Cantab Hall out of 2000 O'Brien 2TF Sharise Seelster), "South Side" had the fastest 2016 race win time of all of tonight's starters, a 1:57.1 win here last week, but the crowd still let her escape at 7-1, and she never looked back in coming home in 57.4 and lowering her new race mark.   Next up was the SJ's Caviar filly Real Caviar, who lowered her mark, taken in a recent qualifier, by a full second. Out of a half-sister to champion Housethatruthbuilt, Real Caviar came home in 57.2 and held off a serious late backstretch challenge by Grand Canyon in winning for owners Schadel and breeder Dr. John Egloff.   Finally breaking up the run of Team Schadel was the Credit Winner four-year-old mare Stirling Debutant, who lived up to her name in her 2016 bow with a 1:57 win, also overcoming post eight. Anthony Napolitano handled sulky duties for the winner, who made the lead past the quarter and led at the rest of the calls, for trainer Christie Collins and owners J M F Racing LLC.   Team Allard - driver Simon and trainer Rene -- posted overnight triumphs with a pair of classy mares. The Pegasus Spur mare Daylon Miracle passed $600,000 in career winnings when she won a $12,500 trot in 1:53 for the partnership of Allard Racing, Giselle Hebert, Earl Hall Jr., and the ubiquitous Howard Taylor, while Fancy Desire, who won the 2014 Lynch Championship right here at The Downs, pushed her lifetime bankroll over $470,000 as the Real Desire mare took an $11,000 pace for Allard Racing, Yves Sarrazin, and Kapildeo Singh.   The night started off with a mutuel buzz as Rockinthepipes trotted from seventh at the stretch call to win in 1:57.3 and return $71.60 to win. The victory gave Marcus Miller half of the four $50+ winners at The Downs so far this year, and it was the second bomber in five days for trainer Clifton Green, who won with longshot Dark Pool opening day at Harrah's.   PHHA / Pocono  

The 2015/16 Australian Pacing Gold Trotting Masters continued in Melbourne with the running of the Great Southern Star, a true harness racing test for all involved with the heat/final concept staged on the same night. And star New Zealand trotter Speeding Spur underlined his class with an emphatic victory in tonight’s (Saturday) Gr.1 $300,000 Pryde’s Easifeed Great Southern Star Final at Tabcorp Park Melton. Prepared by father/son combination of John and Josh Dickie, Speeding Spur ($5.40) produced a stunning sprint over the concluding stages to defeat a game Glenferrie Typhoon ($10.20) and Quite A Moment ($26.90) in a time of 1:55.5 for the 1720m event. The star four-year-old started from the inside of the second-line and raced three back on the marker line behind Maori Time and Quite A Moment while race favourite Keystone Del ($1.60) was left without cover. The first half was covered in sectionals of 29.4 and 31.2 seconds. Visiting North American based driver Yannick Gingras continued to control the speed with Maori Time while Keystone Del raced on her outside, as the field headed down the back straight for the final time, Glenferrie Typhoon loomed three-wide and forced the action. Heading by the 400m marker, Maori Time led narrowly from Keystone Del who was put to immediate pressure while Glenferrie Typhoon still loomed deeper off the track. The third quarter was covered in 28 seconds. In the straight, Glenferrie Typhoon raced to a slender lead while Maori Time tried to rally on the inside but Speeding Spur was being angled to the outside and unleashed his finishing burst wider on the track. At the line, Speeding Spur quickly raced clear to score 3.3 metres from Glenferrie Typhoon with a further half neck away to Quite A Moment who came through via the passing lane late. The final quarter clocking was 27.7 seconds. Keystone Del finished fifth. “He raced so well tonight, heat and final and I’m just so proud with the way he’s handled everything this campaign. We’ve got a lot of faith in him and he didn’t disappoint us, he’s such a great horse.” Winning driver Josh Dickie said. The Pegasus Spur – Della’s Speed entire will now return to his Auckland base in readiness for the remaining legs of the Australian Pacing Gold Trotting Masters, the $80,000 ANZAC Cup on April 22 followed by the $150,000 Canam Rowe Cup the following week, both events will be staged at Alexandra Park. Speeding Spur Heat 1; The first $50,000 qualifying heat was dominated from classy Australian trotter Glenferrie Typhoon ($1.60 Fav) who sprintlaned to defeat Maori Time ($13.40) and Sun Of Anarchy ($68.90) in a time of 1:55.7. Big striding mare Maori Time was able to lead comfortably despite her wide draw while Glenferrie Typhoon sat comfortably in the trail throughout. Sectionals were covered in 29.4, 30.1 28.5 and 28.6 seconds. Prepared by Andy and Kate Gath, Glenferrie Typhoon sprinted stylishly over the concluding stages to score by 1.8 metres. Also qualifying for the final from this heat was Claudys Princess, Quite A Moment and Super Zeck. Heat 2; In the second $50,000 qualifying heat, star trotter Keystone Del proved why he was the series favourite with his sensational front-running victory in track record time. Keystone Del ($1.30 Fav) led from his inside draw and proved too strong for Kiwi raider Speeding Spur ($4.10) who sat without cover throughout while Kyvalley Blur ($20.70) filled third place after sitting in the trail. Prepared by Brent Lilley and handled by Anthony Butt, Keystone Del recorded sectionals of 29.3, 29.2, 27.6 and 27.8 seconds. The mile rate was a staggering 1:53.7 – shaving almost a full second off his previous track record at 1:54.5. Also advancing to the final from this heat was former European trotter Daryl Boko. by Chris Barsby

Lemnos trained four-year-old gelding Shared Interest is set to make a welcome return to the harness racing track at Ararat tonight in the first heat of the Pegasus Spur @ Woodlands Tontine Trotters Series.   Shared Interest showed ability in his five outings as a two-year-old, including a gallant second to Eljaykay Phoenix in the rich Breeders Crown Final of 2014. Five days later he notched up an 18-metre victory at Melton and looked set for a bright future.   “Then he did a suspensory and didn’t race at all as a three-year-old,” explained trainer Russell Jack. “It’s been a long and slow road back to full recovery but hopefully it will be worth the time and effort.”   Two solid trials at Shepparton in early February showed Jack his charge was finally ready for a return to the pressure of racing.   “The Tontine happened to come up at the right time for the horse,” he said. “It’s always been a nice race but he certainly hasn’t been rushed into it.   “We were taking him to the trials again last weekend but they were called off because of the heat.   “It wasn’t a worry ‘though, with Nathan and Amanda here there’s always plenty of horses to work with so his fitness won’t be an issue tonight.”   Owners of the heat winners at Ararat and Terang on March 9 will receive an inscribed rug donated by Woodlands Stud, New Zealand.   Top points earners from the heats will then assemble at Horsham to contest the $20.5k Group 3 Pegasus Spur @ Woodlands Tontine Trotters Series Final on Labour Day holiday Monday March 14th.   The Tontine Trotters Series is jointly conducted by the South West Zone Clubs (Ararat, Ballarat, Geelong, Hamilton, Horsham, Stawell & Terang) with the inaugural Final taken out by Vivanover (Keith Allen) at Stawell in 1985.   Tony Logan

Life in a smaller harness racing stable and plenty of pampering has been the secret to the rejuvenation of Pegasus Spur gelding Sin Bin.    The well bred squaregaiter started his racing life with Ryal Bush trainer Nathan Williamson who managed to get a win out of him and a number of minor placings.   "He rang me in August and told me he was finished with him." "He's a horse that takes a bit of work. John keeps him right with his chiropracting, and having Franksie (farrier Brendon Franks) in the ownership he keeps his shoeing right." "John does a lot of massage with him." "He seems to get quite sore around the girth and over the bum. He gets a lot of TLC from me and no one else drives him except me." "I think he likes the smaller stable and bigger tracks," said co-trainer Tracie McGrannachan who trains the gelding with John Cox at Winton.    Sin Bin is out of the talented Sundon mare Jo Anne who won twelve races including the New Zealand Trotting Stakes as a two year old. She was bred by Ashburton brothers Keith and Bevan Grice.    "I was just talking to Bevan." "He's going to be ninety in a couple of months and he's absolutely stoked with the win. They ring me every few weeks to see how he's going. They absolutely love it."   Yesterday's win was the geldings second in eighteen starts and caps off two thirds and a last start second.    "The only time he hasn't gone good for us is was when he got pushed over the pegs at Cromwell."    McGrannachan says the big gelding isn't worked by himself as he tends to get keen and is difficult for her to hold.     "A lot of his work is done on the lead. I'm not strong enough to hold him. If I drop in behind John's back he's perfect - doesn't tighten the rein. If we go out by ourselves we're a gone burger."    Sin Bin is owned by Tracie, husband Murray, their nephew Quinn Stewart, Tracie's dad John Cook, Brendon Franks and John Cox.     The win was the first of three for Ryal Bush reinsman Shane Walkinshaw. He won the next race driving Comic Book Hero and won later in the day with The Big Boss.  Bruce Stewart - Southland Harness Racing  -  Check site here  

Horsham HRC in partnership with sponsors of the Tontine Trotters Series, Woodlands Stud, are delighted to offer breeders the opportunity to tender for a service to the proven entire, Pegasus Spur.   Pegasus Spur is the sire of the outstanding 2015 Breeders Crown Champion and triple Trotters Derby winner, Speeding Spur, 2:00.3 & $331,111.   The millionaire son of SJ'S Photo is also the sire of Australasia's fastest trotter Flying Isa, 1:53.2 & $446,114.   His lightly raced 5yo daughter Maori Time, 1:55.6 & $156,716, saluted in the Group 2 Breeders Crown Graduate FFA at Melton to round off a great weekend for the Woodlands stallion roster.   Pegasus Spur stands at Woodlands NZ this season for $AUD 3,300 (inc) GST.   You can contact the Horsham Club on 0427 857411.   Tony Logan

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