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Not every harness racing driver can lay claim to winning a race at the first meeting they compete at but 20-year old Stephanie Lippiatt celebrated the achievement when she scored on Flying Cameron for trainer Noel Morris at Penrith last week. Stephanie's long term partner David Morris is a successful driver and it was through their relationship that she became involved in the sport. "My parents bred heavy horses when I was younger so I grew up around horses, just not harness horses but I was quickly introduced to them when David and I started going out," Stephanie said. "It is quite funny because when I first started jogging a few for David I hated how the rocks keep getting kicked back in my face and I told him that I would never drive another horse." After working for several different stables, Stephanie decided she would like to get a licence to drive in races and went about driving in trials however was forced to take a break from driving after discovering she was pregnant. "When David and I found out that I was pregnant I think I had only eight or nine trials left so I had to put it on the backburner for a while but I think I was back driving in trials two weeks after I had Riley so I was still very keen. "It didn't take me long to complete the rest of my trials and then I finally got the chance to compete last Thursday night in two different races." Stephanie drove Battling Boy in race five and Flying Cameron in the seventh event. "Battlin Boy was my first drive and I was really happy with his effort to finish fourth, I got him off the arm well and he was able to lead so I was pretty happy for him to finish so close to them. "I wasn't expecting Flying Cameron to win but I did think he was a pretty good chance and when he won I was ecstatic, my whip went a little bit crazy too." After driving her first winner Stephanie is keen to get back out on the track soon. "I want to prove to myself that my first couple of drives weren't a fluke and I think I'll have a couple of drives at Penrith again next week. The victory was an early 21st present for Stephanie as she is due to celebrate her birthday this weekend. "After the win I went up to Mudgee and spent some time with my parents, they only recently moved up that way from Badgerys Creek." Greg Hayes

At Penrith on Thursday afternoon, 9 July, 2015, Harness Racing New South Wales Stewards continued an adjourned Inquiry into the circumstances in which, during the running of the Bulli Cup (Listed Classic) 2300 metres at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday, 30 May, 2015, FREYBERG NZ from the vicinity of the 400 metres had left the marker pegs and shifted wider on the track. After taking further evidence from Mr. K Pizzuto, the Trainer/Driver of FREYBERG NZ, and Mr. J Trainor, the Driver of ALTA JEROME NZ, considering the results of two post-race veterinary examinations and reviewing the official vision of the race together with the previous six starts of FREYBERG NZ as well as its two subsequent starts, Mr. Pizzuto was charged under Rule 240. AHRR 240 states; “A person shall not, whether alone or in association with others, do, permit or suffer anything before, during or after a race which in the opinion of the Stewards or Controlling Body may cause someone to be unlawfully advantaged or disadvantaged or be penalised or is corrupt or otherwise improper.” The particulars of the charge laid being;  That at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday, 30 May, 2015 in Race 6 Mr. Pizzuto, being the Trainer/Driver of the horse FREYBERG NZ, from between the vicinity of the 400 metres until the vicinity of the 200 metres in the opinion of the Stewards made no reasonable attempt to drive FREYBERG NZ so as to remain on its racing line against the marker pegs which has resulted in FREYBERG NZ shifting out thereby  improperly disadvantaging SMOLDA which was racing to its immediate outside and affording  ALTA JEROME NZ an improper advantage in that horse was able to proceed unimpeded against the marker pegs.  Mr. Pizzuto offered no plea against the charge. Having considered all the evidence, the Stewards found Mr. Pizzuto guilty of the charge laid. After taking submissions from Mr. Pizzuto relative to penalty, the Stewards adjourned the hearing to allow appropriate consideration to be given to the Trainer/Drivers submissions, including his disciplinary record. On Saturday evening, 18 July, 2015 Mr. Pizzuto was informed that the Stewards had determined a penalty of a suspension of his licence to drive in races and trials for a period of nine (9) months to take effect from midnight on Saturday, 18 July, 2015.  Details of this decision were provided in writing to the Trainer/Driver on Monday, 20 July, 2015. Mr. Pizzuto was informed of his right to appeal the decision. Harness Racing New South Wales

On Monday, 25 May, 2015 Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) have conducted an inquiry on into results received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that the substances prohibited under the Rules, phenylbutazone and oxyphenbutazone, were detected in the urine sample taken from THE SYSTEM STRIDE following its win in Race 9 the St Marys Band Club Encouragement Stakes over 2125 metres conducted at Penrith on Thursday, 12 March, 2015. Trainer Mr. Robert Gatt appeared at the inquiry.  Evidence was tendered from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) and Racing Analytical Services LTD (RASL).  Evidence was presented by Mr. Gatt, the trainer of THE SYSTEM STRIDE and HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr M. Wainscott. Mr. Gatt pleaded guilty to a charge under Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4) for presenting his horse to race not free of a prohibited substance. Mr Gatt was disqualified for a period of 7 months to commence immediately.  In considering penalty, Stewards were mindful of the nature of the substance (Class 3), the guilty plea entered, Mr. Gatt’s disciplinary history and personal subjective facts. Mr. Gatt was informed of his right to appeal. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, THE SYSTEM STRIDE was disqualified from the abovementioned race. Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 31 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government. To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: Name: Graham Loch Position: Chairman of Stewards

Talented pacer Smolda will begin his Australian harness racing campaign on Thursday night when he races in the Group Two Renshaw Cup at Penrith. Trained by leading New Zealand horseman Mark Purdon, Smolda's last outing resulted in a fifth behind Christen Me in the Easter Cup at Addington on April 4. "There was another race that we could have targeted in New Zealand, but I wasn't sure whether there would be enough starters, so I decided to bring him to Australia and the Renshaw Cup is a good starting point for him," Purdon said. "He hasn't had a lot of racing this season, and if he was to be spelled now, it would be a lengthy break because there would be no reason to bring him back until the New Zealand Cup. He can have a few starts in Sydney and then I will think about taking him to Queensland for the Winter Carnvial." Smolda's last Australia start was in the 2014 Inter Dominion when he finished fourth behind Beautide. "I watched Beautide at Menangle on Saturday night, he's just a great horse and looks to be unstoppable on that track, so he is going to be hard to beat in the Len Smith Mile," Purdon declared. Purdon is unsure of Smolda's ability to handle the smaller Penrith track. "He's always brushed a knee, so the bigger tracks are better for him, but he has been working well at the McCarthy property since he arrived late last week in Australia," Purdon said. "There are some talented horses in the Renshaw Cup and he is going to have to be close to his best off the second row draw." Last season's boom youngster Follow The Stars will also compete at Penrith, with the son of Art Major engaged in a C1 event. With a number of talented horses in his stable, Purdon is considering travelling between New Zealand and Australia more often than he has in the past. "It is quite possible that we will do more travelling now," Purdon said. "With the calibre of horses we have in the stable it makes sense that the better races are targeted." "Nat (Rasmussen) and I have a great staff at home in New Zealand, and with such a good team behind us, it gives us the opportunity to be away from home more often than we have been before." Purdon's smart two-year-old Our Waikiki Beach will compete at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night  in a semi-final of the Australian Pacing Gold. "I was really happy with him after he won his heat, he worked really well this morning (Tuesday) and the draw isn't too bad for Our Waikiki Beach this weekend," Purdon said. "I haven't asked him to leave the gate yet, but he would have plenty of speed early if I wanted to use it." My Mackenzie was beaten as a short priced favourite in a APG heat for two-year-old fillies at Menangle last Saturday night and Purdon will be looking for some improvement when she heads to Melbourne for the semi-finals. "She has a few little issues that we need to straighten out after Saturday night, she is a work in progress but she has her fair share of ability too," Purdon said. - HRNSW Media

Peter Gadsby and Brian Lockwood were great mates, they raced Double Identity and enjoyed some great highs with the Miracle Mile winner. While the pair remained good friends, they pursued other harness racing interests several years ago. However, early last year they decided to go into partnership with trainer Harry Martin again with an unraced son of Blissfull Hall. Gadsby named him Double Event and he won three races in his first season of racing. Tragedy struck on November 24 last year when Brian Lockwood passed away suddenly, but Double Event still races on in the colours that Double Identity made famous, yellow with dark blue hooped sleeves. The five year old resumes from a short break on Thursday night at Penrith in the first heat of the Carousel and Gadsby is hoping he can win again in memory of his good friend. "I've experienced some great thrills in harness racing with my horses but some of the times my wife Wendy and I spent with Brian and his wife Shirley were unforgettable," Gadsby said. "We had just started racing horses together again and reliving the good old days with Double (Identity) when he passed away unexpectedly, it was terrible." Double Event has won three races already this year and has continued to improve with an impressive last start victory over My General Lee. "Harry has always had an opinion of him, but he has just thrived on racing at Menangle and his last start win was very good because he rated 1:52.7 in winning." "I'm hoping that Double Event wins a good race in memory of Brian, and the Carousel definitely fits into that category, first though he has to qualify for the final by winning on Thursday night." Gadsby won the Carousel in 2005 with Smooth Crusa. "He was a nice horse and after winning the Carousel in May of 2005 he was raced in the Tasmanian Inter Dominion less than twelve months later." "The Carousel is a race that is won by nice horses that's for sure." Monifieth (2013), Gold King (2002), Sailors Corner (1999), Warwick Lad (1998) and Highview Ana (1996) are all former winners of the Gr. 2 event. Greg Hayes

The World Driving Championship headed to Penrith tonight for three harness racing heats.  Penrith is a suburb and a major centre in the metropolitan area of Sydney.  Penrith is located 60 kilometres west of Sydney on the banks of the Nepean River.  The Penrith track is 804 metres in circumference.  New Zealand’s Dexter Dunn took a 39 point lead into the night over his nearest rival USA’s Tim Tetrick. Canada’s Jody Jamieson dominated the evening’s proceedings winning two heats but it was his patience that was rewarded in heat seventeen.  Driving the favourite, Strawberry Courage from gate one, he got buried on the marker pegs.  Showing a lot of skill to get away from the inside Jody Jamieson charged home over the top to beat Emerging Art and Finland’s Mika Forss.  Just Pit Boss and Dexter Dunn finished third with Diesel Shannon and Denmark’s Knud Monster fourth. Heat 17 Knud Monster brought up his second win of the Championship when he brought Midnight Lights with a well timed run to win heat eighteen but when Dexter Dunn held onto second placing driving Lombo Final Touch it all but sealed the Championship for New Zealand.  France’s Tony Le Beller weaved through to get third with Flying Crusa while Billion Smiles and Mika Forss finished fourth. Heat 18 Jody Jamieson made it a double when Katsidis charged home late to score a narrow victory in heat nineteen.  Katsidis raced behind the leader for most of the race but when Marquez started to tire, Jamieson was able to extricate away from the marker pegs and build race winning momentum.  Marshal Dale and Tony Le Beller was second.   Norway’s Vidar Hop was third driving Tralee Bromac and Satu for France’s Pierre Vercruysse grabbed fourth. Heat 19 So with one heat remaining in the Championship the point score is as follows   Name Point Score After 19 Heats Dexter Dunn 183 Tony Le Beller 140 Tim Tetrick 137 Mika Forss 135 Jody Jamieson 131 Knud Monster 120 Chris Alford 116 Pierre Vercryusse 112 Vidar Hop 91 Guillermo Adrover 89 Peter McMullen Australia (travelling Reserve) For all of the latest news and replays log onto https://Vimeo.com/channels/wdc15 While Dexter Dunn cannot be beaten in the Championship, four drivers are still in contention for second place.  Tony Le Beller, Tim Tetrick, Mika Forss and Jody Jamieson will battle it out to be the runner up. Australia’s travelling reserve Peter McMullen picked up a drive in a non Championship race at Penrith and went onto win the event. The drivers will spend the next two days resting and enjoying the sights of Sydney before returning to Menangle on Sunday for the final Championship heat.  Sunday’s race will be run at Gr. 2 level. Greg Hayes | Media Coordinator | Harness Racing New South Wales |

Young harness racing participant Katie McGill registered her maiden win when successful with The Sleepy Lion at Penrith last night. While McGill enjoyed the thrill of winning, it was business as usual today as she returned to her year 12 studies at Wyndham College. “It was a bit of a surprise that my first winner was The Sleepy Lion because we have had a lot of trouble with him galloping, it was a great relief to finally get that first win,” McGill said. “I was excited. It was a good feeling and I remember looking around after the race and seeing Glenn McElhinney with a big smile on his face and he gave me the thumbs up.” McGill made her driving debut last March, and after a few close finishes, she was questioning whether she would ever drive that elusive first winner. “I think Dad (David McGill, trainer of The Sleepy Lion) was the most relieved after Thursday night because he had noticed how frustrated I was getting,” McGill said. “Dad had been trying hard to find the right race with the right draw, so I think the win meant a lot to him as well.” While The Sleepy Lion is a horse Katie will never forget, she does have a soft spot for others in the stable. “Cantiscape was the first horse I drove in a race and he was the horse I drove when I ran a placing for the first time,” McGill  explained “He doesn’t race anymore, but he was pretty special and I also have a lot of time for Classic Croupier.” Following secondary school, McGill hopes to continue her education further. “I have always wanted to be a vet, so hopefully I can achieve that,” McGill said. “I enjoy working with the pacers, but it is not something that I am looking at doing full-time in the future.” HRNSW Media

Leading harness racing driver Robbie Morris has had some success since returning from a broken ankle earlier this year but believes the past week has been his best since returning from injury. In the space of three days last week Morris drove eight winners including four at Bathurst last Wednesday night and is hoping he can continue the good form when he drives Alchemy in the Max Laughton OAM Carnival Of Cups feature at Penrith on Thursday night. "It has been a good week, I haven't had a week like this since I've come back from the broken ankle and it is nice to be getting on some nice horses and getting some nice results," Morris said. "Kerry Ann (Turner) has nominated Alchemy for the feature race at the Carnival Of Cups meeting at Penrith on Thursday night and after drawing well if he can find the front I think he is going to be very hard to beat." Alchemy was formerly trained by Lance Justice and has now had four runs for the Turner stable. "His first up run was his best effort for KerryAnn, he finished second behind Bling It On and the overall time was very quick so if he can get to the pegs this week and repeat that then he will be in the finish." "It won't be an easy race, obviously the two horses off the back line are the class runners, Monifieth and Living Lord are the horses that have been competing in the strong races but I wouldn't even rule out a horse like Itsnewstome, he was very good winning two starts back." Morris also confirmed Turner has been cleared to return to race driving after suffering injuries from a fall at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Miracle Mile night. "Yeah the good news is that KerryAnn received the clearance from the doctor on Monday so she will be right to drive later in the week, I think she may even be going to Bathurst to drive on Friday." "KerryAnn has driven sixteen winners this season so hopefully she can get straight back into the winners' list." By Greg Hayes Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 31 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government.

Christmas will come a week early at Penrith with the running of the TAB.COM.AU Carnival of Cups harness racing meeting on Thursday.   With more than $92,000 in stakes up for grabs, the program has attracted acceptors for nine competitive race fields. The feature events are the Group Three Max Laughton OAM Carnival of Cups and the Harness Breeders’ NSW Pink Diamond for three-year-old fillies. The $30,000 feature has attracted an even field, with several of the state’s leading trainers represented. The TAB.COM.AU Carnival of Cups promotion will give everyone who purchases a race book the chance to go into the draw to win a new Toyota Yaris. The person drawn out at the race meeting will go into the final draw to win the car at the Harness Racing NSW Awards night to be conducted on Saturday 19, September 2015.  Entrants are drawn at all tracks that conduct TAB.COM.AU Carnival of Cups Meetings. The evening will also be one for everyone to enjoy be it participants, owners, families, horse lovers and patrons who just like to have a little flutter at the trots. Food and drink outlets are well catered for and entry to the Showground is free, with gates opening at 5:30pm. So come along bring the family and have a wonderful night of on course entertainment. The Board of Directors and Management look forward to seeing you all at the Paceway. HRNSW Media

Former Kiwi Alta Jerome will be out to keep his unbeaten Australian harness racing record intact when he lines up in tonight's P J Hall Memorial at Penrith.  The Kevin Pizzuto-trained pacer has won two races at Newcastle since crossing the Tasman, with regular driver Jack Trainor confident he will be a big factor in the feature. “Alta Jerome is a nice relaxed type, and despite drawing the second row, I think he is going to be very competitive again,” Trainor said. “I have been able to find the front both times from wide draws, but going forward at the start is not really an option, so I will just have to wait and see how it all unfolds in front of me.” Trainor believes Alta Jerome has the ability to develop into a metropolitan competitor, which will be suited to Menangle. “Paul and Mitchell Kerr had him in New Zealand, they won six with him from just 17 starts and he is two from two with Kevin, but I really think he will appreciate the big Menangle track when he gets the chance to race there,” Trainor declared. “The long run in will suit him perfectly.” Alta Jerome’s win at Newcastle last weekend was the third leg of a treble for Trainor, the second of his career since relocating from New Zealand. “I got a treble not long after I moved over from New Zealand when I was working for Shane Tritton,” Trainor said. “I have been working for Kevin PIzzuto for a couple of months now and I am really enjoying living in Sydney. “Saturday night at Newcastle couldn’t have been better, The Empires Sister was good running down Chief Fairman… Ready For Takeoff had to do it at the start and finish when he beat Yayas Hotspot and Alta Jerome topped off a great night." GREG HAYES

Penrith Harness Racing Club will conduct the time honoured P J Hall Memorial on Thursday night. For the fourth consecutive year Lexus of Parramatta are the proud the sponsor of the $15,000 event. Perc Hall is fondly remembered by all knew him as the icon of the industry, not only in Penrith, but throughout Australasia. Rod Smith, proprietor of Lexus of Parramatta, has vivid memories of Hall during the days when he was a resident of Penrith and was an ardent follower of ‘PJ’. Highlighting the program is the Lexus of Parramatta P J Hall Memorial to be followed by the Presidents’ Cup and an excellent card of supporting races. The field competing in the Hall Memorial is comprised of placegetters from heats conducted at Bathurst, Newcastle and Penrith, so there will be plenty of quality to face the barrier in this prestigious event. The KerryAnn Turner stable is in fine form and has drawn perfectly with Im El Diablo in gate three. The colt scorched around Bathurst last Friday night in 1:56 for the 1730 metres. Lexus of Parramatta will make use of space in the centre of the track with a display of the very latest in their line of Lexus vehicles. It will be a great night of racing for the patrons on course with everything for the whole family. HRNSW Media

As part of the promised weekly review of the new handicapping system, Harness Racing New South Wales is set to change the previously advertised prizemoney for meetings conducted by the Penrith Harness Racing Club. “An anomaly had occurred with the scheduling of Secondary Meetings which required immediate attention,” HRNSW CEO John Dumesny declared. “The Board endorsed the rectification of the scheduling as a priority, which should comfort participants who had raised genuine concerns.” The following meetings will become Primary Meetings: Thursday, September 18 Thursday, October 2 Thursday, October 30 Thursday, November 6 Primary Meetings are funded as follows: Race Type  Prizemoney Divided Stakes 1  $ 7,000.00 Divided Stakes 2  $ 6,000.00 Divided Stakes 3  $ 5,000.00 Competitive & Encouragement Stakes  $ 5,000.00 3YO+ NMT 2 LTW  $ 5,000.00 4YO+ MAIDEN  $ 6,000.00 3YO 0 wins this season/1 win this season  $ 6,000.00 2YO Maiden/1 win  $ 6,000.00 Meeting Total  $ 46,000.00 This proactive move by HRNSW involves a restructure of the meeting categorisation at Penrith between the early and latter stages of the 2014/15 season. HRNSW Media

Harness Racing NSW has today stood down Kristysbeachboy from racing pursuant to Rule 183A. The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) has advised HRNSW that phenylbutazone and oxyphenbutazone were detected in the urine sample taken from Kristysbeachboy prior to it running in race 1, the CLUB PACEWAY PACE (1720 metres) conducted at Penrith on Thursday 17 July 2014. The “B” sample has been sent to the Racing Analytical Services LTD (RASL) in Victoria for confirmation. Trainer Mr A Attard has been advised and an inquiry will be set once the results of the B sample are known. Acting under the provisions of Rule 183A, it has been determined that Kristybeachboy, the horse subject of the certificate, shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the outcome of an inquiry or investigation. This has immediate effect. Harness Racing New South Wales

The Introduction of a new media centre provides the perfect opportunity for harness racing to enter into a modern era in New South Wales. The brain child of outgoing CEO Sam Nati, the media centre will be a one stop shop for all harness fans and participants. "The great challenge for harness racing is to remain relevant in the market place and on the sporting landscape. We cannot achieve that without sophisticated and modern media presences online," Nati said The new initiative can be found at harnessmediacentre.com.au. The launch, to be streamed live, will commence at 7pm next Tuesday (August 19). The general public simply have to log on to the web address and the streaming can be viewed via Smart TV, Phone or Tablet. "The Media Centre was conceived to consolidate our various online offerings and traditional print content," Nati said. "The Principal Club has built a TV standard studio on course at Menangle so that will be the base for the production of the content available on the website." Tuesday's launch will feature new season breeding initiatives along with information on future content associated with media centre. A small part of that content will be daily racing previews for all NSW TAB harness meetings. The plan is to have preview shows, a magazine style show, and even eventually live streaming of races. "There will be a roll out of content. Video previews will be available from the commencement as will an expansion of trial replays to include Newcastle, Bathurst and Penrith. Previews for each meeting will be recorded after scratchings and will be available to watch at any time during the day," said Nati. "We will also heavily promote these through social media so they will be delivered directly to the customer as well. "Just as importantly the Media Centre will provide the opportunity for HRNSW to deliver important industry messages especially in the area of integrity. "Live streaming from major meetings will come a little later. Interviews are already being done for Trots TV, but they will be more polished and professionally edited as we move forward. Advertising opportunities have also been created. For further details call Dale Walker at HRNSW on 9722 6677. Harness Racing New South Wales            

July has been very rewarding for a number of Owner Association Members, in particular those members whose horses were successful at those meetings covered by the Owners Association Bonus Scheme. Our Owners of the Month for July were: Wayne Dimech; Douglas Johnston and Rob Davis. Wayne received his nomination on the back of multiple wins with Lord Merrywood at Newcastle and Penrith and in the regional Breeders Challenge final at Young, where on top of the prize money he received an additional $1000 courtesy of the Owners Bonus. Wayne was also successful with another of his team winning at Menangle on 21st July, namely Deadly Merrywood. Our second nominee for July is country owner, Doug Johnston who won three races with three horses, namely Swift Approval and Shareapassion at Wagga on 4th July and MightyGift at Penrith on 10th July, where he earnt an additional $500 courtesy of the Owners Bonus Scheme. Our third nominee, Rob Davis is a long-time member of our Association and has invested significant sums in Harness Racing with all his horses trained by the Turnbull family. He won three races in July with Duchess Ella, Written in Red and Gentleman Red, and of late he has campaigned a number of runners in Victoria with Amanda Turnbull. We wish him continued success. Of special mention to all our members is our upcoming Annual Awards Night at Menangle on 20th September which will follow our AGM which will be conducted earlier in the day. Membership of this Association has to be the best value in town given that a member and guest can attend this function free, as well as share in all other benefits, including the Owners Bonus Schemes which currently has paid out $20,000 with meetings at Bathurst and Bankstown still to come. Membership forms can be downloaded from the HRNSW website. Harness Racing New South Wales

In his last three victories the Kevin Pizzuto trained Freyberg has beaten several Gr. 1 performers.  Four starts ago he proved too strong for three time Gr. 1 winner Gaius Caesar, two starts ago he beat 2013 Blacks A Fake winner Ideal Scott and Inter Dominion placegetter Seel N Print and last weekend he spoiled the party when he ran down Smoken Up in what will be the dual Miracle Mile winner's last run at Tabcorp Park Menangle. "He is going really well at the moment, actually it is probably better described as flying because he is just getting better and better," Pizzuto said. "What I am really happy with is that he has developed some gate speed while he has been racing up in the grades, when he first arrived from New Zealand he didn't possess much early speed at all but with the experience against the better ones he is learning and his gate speed is now becoming vital in these races." Freyberg has been driven predominantly by Inter Dominion winning reinsman James Rattray and Pizzuto acknowledges that he will be on the lookout for a new driver next season. "I want to target Freyberg for races like the Miracle Mile and that means he may clash with Beautide at some stage and James won't be able to drive my horse, we will have to cross that bridge when we come to it and it isn't a major worry but it is something that I have been thinking about with all of his good recent runs. "Freyberg arrived in Australia and was eligible to compete in C2 races and I actually took him to Penrith for his first three starts and he ended up winning five in a row before he was beaten for me." Freyberg is no stranger to Gr. 1 level after he placed third in the Treuer Memorial at Bankstown last December behind Washakie. "I'm going to set him a pretty big campaign next season and hopefully he can work his way into some of the big races, it would be nice to have a runner in the big ones." By Greg Hayes (HRNSW)                                                                                                                                         

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