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Harnesslink is covering the Melbourne Australian Pacing Gold sale today. We have split the harness racing sale into four sections of 50 lots each. This is the report of the Lots between 100 to 150 After a very good clearance rate between lots 50 to 100, the buyers went back into their shell a bit again with ten passings of lots that sold between Lot 101 to 150. However the lots that appealed to the buying bench were keenly sought after with the result we had two six figure yearlings between lot 101 and 150. The first of the six figure yearlings was Lot 112 who is a colt by the champion sire Bettor's Delight from the the imported Artsplace mare Trulyawork Of Art 1:54.1 This makes him a half brother to the millionaire Big Bad John 1:49. ($1,000,559)  who was the leading first season sire in North America. He was sold to Justin Baker for $140,000 The second of the six figure yearlings was Lot 137 who is a filly by Somebeachsomewhere from the smart Art Major mare in Art Shadow 1:557.5 ($114,488) A prolonged duel ended with the filly being knocked down to Merv Butterworth for $125,000 Two sires dominated this section of the sale. Somebeachsomewhere had six yearlings that made more than $30,000 aside from the $125,000 filly. The second highest Somebeachsomewhere was Lot 134 which is a filly from the 1:51.6 Courage Under Fire mare in Artic Fire ($394,262). She is another Neil Pilcher purchase and will head to the All Star barn in New Zealand. The other five Somebeachwhere progeny to make more than $30,000 were * Lot 113 - A half brother to Flaming Flutter ($634,989)  -  $50,000 *Lot132  -  A half sister to Village Green 1:52.1 ($625,585)  -  $62,000 * Lot 135 - A filly from the Village jasper mare in Arkareena 1:56.5 ($130,305)  -  $30,000 * Lot 138 - A colt from the Art Major mare Arterial Way 1:55.8  -  $50,000 * Lot 150 - A half brother to Don't Hold Back 1:53.7  -  $60,000 Art Major had five yearlings in this section that made $30,000 or more. The pick of them was Lot 115 which is a half sister to the champion Smolda ($1,293,989)  - who made $60,000. The others who made $30,000 plus included * Lot 105 - A colt from  the Live Or Die mare The Good Times 1:54.4 ($200,639)  -  $55,000 * Lot 111  -  A colt from a Bettor's Delight half sister Garnet River 1:50 ($525,547)  -  ($52,500) * Lot 121  -  A colt from Vixen Hanover 1:55.4 ($373,313)   -   $35,000 * Lot 129  -  A filly from a half sister to Lierre Noir ($117,085)  -  $ 31,000 Bettor's Delight had a couple of big sales with Lot 147 being a colt from Bollinger Baby 1:56 ($67,256) who made $91,000 and Lot 143 who is a colt from the 1:59.4 mare Brandall Rose who made $40,000 Mach Three also had a couple of strong sales with Lot 106, who is a full brother to Fly Like An Eagle ($699,475) making $67,500 and Lot 126 who is a half brother to Zoey's Boy 1:54.6 who John McCarthy brought for $30,000 The only other lot to make $30,000 was Lot 145, a Sportswriter colt from a half sister to the champion pacer Palone Ranger 1:49.4 ($1,259,545) Harnesslink Media

Mount Gambier Club will conduct their third meeting of the season tomorrow Tuesday Night with a seven event program feature races including the R0 heat of the Border Cup with the final to run at Hamilton on 12th January. These heats and finals across the border have proved very popular so far this season and are a great initiative by the club. The Gambier City Lions 3 year old pace has attracted only a field of 8 but looks to be some nice types involved Mad Robber is a member of the strong Peter Tonkin stable who resumes form a spell here and his form to date includes a solid 3rd at Melton back in August. He has trialled well in the lead up to tonight's run and looks hard to beat in this class. Matthew Craven who drove a double at Betezy Park Globe Derby on Saturday Night has some strong drives on the program including the Rebecca East trained pair Vinderloo Delli & Cheap Trix and Amberlu Lilly for Kevin Brough. The clash between Venus Williams, White Eyed Girl and Amberlu Lilly looks a tantalizing highlight. Venus Williams gets her chance to break through for a win, her recent form solid including minor placings at this track behind Four Starzzz Fella, who went to Globe Derby and won on Saturday night and Big Gorilla. White Eyed Girl for team Finnis must be respected after winning yesterday at Horsham while Cravens drive Amberlu Lilly from the prize draw over the 1790 meter trip will be hard to catch. Action starts at 6.15pm Gary Newton  

Former Ballarat Trotting Club Secretary/Manager Colin Holloway returned to the scene of his greatest triumphs when 4-Y-0 Live Or Die /Inclination gelding Excuse To Live greeted the judge in the Seniors Starquest 10/10 Pace for C0 class over 1710 metres at Bray Raceway on Tuesday September 17, returning a slick mile rate of  1-57 Raced by Colin, wife Heather and son Brett, Excuse To Live trained by Colin and driven by Brett, settled three back in the moving line from gate two, before being pushed back a spot when Daryl Douglas urged Desiring Kate forward three wide at the bell after being trapped wide from the outset after starting from outside the front line. Latching to the back of Crazy Dave ahead of him three wide in the final circuit, Excuse To Live received a lovely trail home and when taken wide in the straight, finished strongly to defeat Crazy Dave by 3.6 metres, with the roughie Chesney (death-one/one at bell) third. Excuse To Live was bred by former HRV Board member Peter Bourke. It was welcome back to the winners stall for Campbells Creek trainer/driver Kevin Ford when lightly raced 8-Y-0 Conch Deville /Wringing Wet gelding Will Atone scored in the Diamond Rewards Trotters Mobile for T0 class over 2200 metres. Raced by Kevin and mother Kath who was victorious in winning both the 1988 and 1992 Australasian Trotters Championships aboard Fair Tally and Penny Brown, Will Atone making only his fourth appearance at the races led throughout from gate three, scoring by 1.9 metres in advance of Ballan Road which trailed and Ifu Seek The Luck which moved outside the winner approaching the home turn after a one/one trip. The mile rate 2-04.7. Rocknroll Hanover /Aston Villa colt Yankee Rockstar raced by a large syndicate under the banner of  Peter Tonkin Racing Syndicate No 3 and Lauriston Bloodstock Pty Ltd, had an effortless victory in the Flying Horse Bistro 3-Y-0 Pace over 1710 metres. Touted by many as a star of the future, Yankee Rockstar trained at Smythes Creek by Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin was second up since February and with Michael Stanley in the sulky, led throughout from gate six, coasting to the wire 9.9 metres ahead of Ideal Majority which trailed sticking to his guns well, with Eliseos Falcon third 8.4 metres away after racing in the open. The mile rate 1-56.2. Five year old Armbro Operative /Sexy Lexy Whitby entire Black Caprice chalked up his eighth success in 35 outings, when victorious in the Laser Electrical Pace for C2 class over 1710 metres in a rate of 1-56.2. Trained at Bacchus Marsh by Alan Tubbs and driven by daughter Amy, Black Caprice from gate two was able to cross the red-hot favourite Goodtime Veejay inside him at the start who immediately moved away from the markers to race outside him. With Amy making the favourite chase hard a long way from home, Black Caprice held a handy margin on the final bend, maintaining a 6.3 metre buffer on reaching the wire. Future Operator (one/one) finished third. Len Baker

The Stawell Harness Racing Club paid tribute to those who have assisted the club over the years when a seven event card was held at Laidlaw Park on Wednesday August 7 in very wet conditions. Former Ararat based trainer Aaron Brown now domiciled in South Australia, made a successful trip home when Presidential Ball/Lombo San Jan gelding Whata Player greeted the judge in the Reginald Cooper Life Member 2-Y-0 Pace over 1790 metres. Driven by Greg Sugars, Whata Player led throughout from the pole to defeat the well backed Just Call Me Mac (one/one - three wide home turn) in a rate of 2-05.8, with the first starter In The Trenches third after moving to face the open for the last lap. The Terry McManus Life Member 3-Y-0 Pace over 2175 metres was taken out by the Peter Manning (Great Western) trained and Matt Craven driven Armbro Speedstar in a rate of 2-03.9. Starting from gate two on the second line, Armbro Speedstar (Armbro Operative/Princess Of Stars) settled with most of the field ahead of him, with Sapper Ford leading from gate four. Sent forward three wide solo in the final circuit, Armbro Speedstar was too strong at the finish for the hot favourite Galleons Warrior which did a power of work from the outset to park outside the pacemaker.  When Galleons Warrior surged clear approaching the home turn, Armbro Speedstar was hot in pursuit and finished best to score by 2.2 metres in a rate of 2-03.9, with Rising Power third from mid-field. Ultra consistent P Forty Seven/Just Moonstrike 4-Y-0 gelding Arr En Special notched up his 4th victory for the season in the Leslie McLeod Life Member Pace for C0 class over 1780 metres. Trained at Allendale (Mount Gambier) by David Kemp and driven by David Murphy, Arr En Special was trapped four wide from outside the front row running into the first bend, before angling into the one/one spot. Easing three wide at the bell, Arr En Special raced three wide uncovered for the rest of the journey, exploding to the front approaching the home turn. Although tackled by Peters Ace (four wide last lap from last) on straightening, Arr En Special held a margin to the wire, registering a 4.9 metre margin in a rate of 2-02.1. Kurraca Knight (one/one last lap) finished third. Arr En Special usually races at most Western District meetings and was making his 51st appearance at the races (19 this season). Redan (Ballarat) trainer/driver Michael Stanley may have something special in ex-Kiwi 3-Y-0 Presidential Ball/Pamela Pamela gelding Hilltop Hustler who brought up a hat-trick of wins by taking the Life Members Pace Final for C1 class over 1780 metres. Settling three back in the moving line with the tearaway leader The Kingston Flyer making every post a winner, Stanley wasted no time in sending Hilltop Rustler forward to face the breeze at the bell. Doing a lot of chasing, Hilltop Raider dropped in for a short breather approaching the home turn. When asked for a super effort on straightening, Hilltop Hustler responded in grand style to record a four metre victory in 1-58.2 over the leader, with Roman Abbey a further 26 metres away in third place. Former Portland trainer Peter Tonkin now based in Ballarat, snared the Colin Prockter Life Member Pace for C1 class over 2175 metres with Guvs Boy, a 4-Y-0 gelded son of Artiscape and Natashas Rose. Taking a concession for much improved Bendigo youngster Haydon Gray, Guvs Boy from the pole led throughout,  ccounting for In The Frame Lombo which trailed, using the sprint lane to no avail, with Burston Holme third after following the pair. The mile rate 2-07.7. The Gregory Cooper Life Member Trotters Mobile went the way of Longlea (Bendigo) trainer/driver Paul Morrissey's 5-Y-0 Malabar Maple/Lady Clare mare Canadian Dream. Spending most of the race buried three back the markers from gate three, Canadian Dream was extricated to be three and four wide on the final bend, finishing with a wet sail to blouse the pacemaker A Stylish Jewel in the last stride, with Hezminenotyours a game third after racing in the open. The mile rate 2-11.8. Three year old Artesian/Soky Sue colt Easy Lighting trained and driven by Ahmed Taiba of Sushi Sushi fame, landed the Geoffrey Sanderson Life Member Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1780 metres in a rate of 2-01.7. Held in a firm pocket three back the markers after starting inside the  second line, Easy Lightning finished hard along the sprint lane to tip out  Make A Fuss also along the sprint lane ahead of him after trailing the weakening leader Tara Tom. Mathias a stablemate of the pacemaker finished third off a three wide trail last lap from last. Len Baker Len Baker len-baker@bigpond.com 03 9307 5265 0401 679 745  

The Rocknroll Hanover colt Yankee Rockstar became the fastest harness racing two-year-old in Australia this season when he scored effortlessly on debut at Ballarat on Wednesday night (January 16).

Two heats of the "Claiming Masters" Series took place at TP Melton on Friday September 21, with both Cosmic Under Fire and Washmepockets the victors.

A chance to win a holiday on the Gold Coast with accommodation at the Ocean Plaza Resort, Coolangatta is the incentive for patrons attending the big Hamilton Pacing Cup harness racing meeting on Sunday night (January 15).

Mt Pleasant (Ballarat) trainer Ronnie Jewell who stables at nearby Ross Creek, received a great early Christmas present at the Terang harness racing meeting on Tuesday December 20, winning a stable double with half brothers Fist Of Rage and Scarred taking their respective races, both bred and raced by son Brent and driven by Daryl Douglas.

A terrific harness racing meeting was held at Tabcorp Park melton on Friday, with the most elated person on course being Pyramid Hill (Kerang) owner/breeder Teddy Carmody, following the victory of six year old Conch Deville/Boot Scootin Glory gelding Unbundled in the Tabcorp Park Melton Trotters Mobile for TMO class over 2240 metres.

Harness racing six year old Village Jasper/What A Dream gelding Village Of Dreams was a most impressive winner of the $30,000 (Group 3) Tooleybuc Sporting Club Nyah Pacing Cup for M0 or better class (Discretionary Handicapped) over 2570 metres at the popular Nyah circuit on Saturday.

Quality 5-Y-0 Village Jasper/Any Danger gelding Arber notched up his seventh harness racing victory in 18 outings, when successful in the DHL State Plan Pacers Handicap for C2 or better class over 2200 metres at Bray Raceway Ballarat on Thursday October 6.

Two harness racing meetings were held in Victoria on Friday September 30, with Horsham in the Wimmera District conducting the day fixture and the ever progressive Ballarat Club racing at night.

Thursday harness racing was conducted at Lord's Raceway Bendigo, with plenty of well supported runners scoring during the evening.

The all conquering Melton stable of harness racing trainer Brent Lilley fresh from landing the TAB quaddie at Cranbourne on Sunday, continued on a winning role, with former Kiwi 4-Y-0 gelding Abbotshall scoring in the $5,000 Hull Plumbing Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2195 metres at Ararat on Tuesday August 2.

Teak tough NSW Derby-winning harness racing 3YO Excel Stride was the big winner from six Australasian Breeders Crown heats contested on Tuesday afternoon. Sent out a prohibitive $1.04 favourite, Elizabeth Heath's son of Aces N Sevens took over a lap from home in his heat at Tabcorp Park, Menangle before cruising in to win by more than four metres and book his ticket to the semi-final phase of Australasia's most prestigious futurity series.

Boort - the oldest established harness racing club in Victoria, Australia held a super harness racing program at Lord's Raceway Bendigo on Sunday March 20 highlighted by two outstanding features - The Loddon Valley Stud Boort Pacing Cup and the Doyles Boomspraying Boort Trotters Cup, both worth $12,000.

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