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The Yorke Peninsula Harness Racing Club has been rewarded with an excellent field for Friday night's Kadina Pacing Cup meeting at Port Pirie. This year the Club decided to change its cup distance to 1609m to make it the state's number one speed test.   Heading up the field for the $10,000 feature will be local hero Come On Frank, who ran third last week in his first run from a spell. He has drawn the inside gate, while Mark Dennis, which is drawn to be prominent in barrier four, looks well placed on recent form.   Timeless Era, who has performed strongly in SA this season, along with Our Flyin Jazz, also pose as serious threats in what should be keenly run affair, with the track record of 1.55.5 held by Rioli Lloyd Gold possibly under threat.   The Harley Meier Memorial Kadina Trotters Cup, a $6,000 event, will also be run over the mile trip and it features Fred Jones Country Trotters Cup winner, Siegfried.   Both Chuck Wagon and Kasyanov look better off under the free for all conditions compared to last week's race.   As our top trotters rarely run over this trip, it will be interesting to see what time they can run.   The Club has drawn together a strong supporting card, with all races set down to be run over the mile on this "night of speed".   SA BOTRA has supported all of the Country Cup meetings with BOTRA Bonus races again this season; for this meeting it is a C2 - C3 front, also eligible to claimers up to $2,000. Should the winner be owned by BOTRA member/s, a $500 bonus will be paid by BOTRA. It is race 3 on the program.   Racing will commence at 6.50pm, with all races covered on Sky Racing 1. The Pacers Cup is race 5 starting at 8.50pm, with the Trotters Cup race 7 at 9.52pm.   For those who can't make it to the track, Tattsbet will be offering full coverage of the meeting. This will include fixed odds markets on all races.   By Gary Newton

DOVER, Del. ---- Bestofthebunch and Thetruthaboutdavid, both were beaten favorites last time out, head separate Delaware $9,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Male pace divisions on Sunday, March 16 at Dover Downs. After winning two of three 2014 starts, Bestofthebunch, who was beaten by a neck last week and in both of his recent starts, must overcome starting for post 8 in the nine-horse field of younger horses. Ron Pierce will drive for trainer Trish Foulk and owner Foulk Stables. Two of the gelding's rivals won last time out; Jeff Franklin and LeBlanc Racing's Reindance with Ross Wolfenden, the only other three-year-old in the lineup, and Brenda Teague's Sink The McBismark, handled by Montrell Teague. Trainer Lauren Allen's Public Enemy, reined by Vic Kirby, heads the opposition. In the other 3,4&5-year-old section, George Teague's Thetruthaboutdavid (M.Teague), a two-time winner this year and beaten favorite last start, drew the rail, with his expected stiffest opponents starting alongside; Louis Catana's Pantheon Seelster (Jonathan Roberts), Lauren Allen's On The Horizon (Wolfenden) and William Moffett Inc.'s Leyden (Allan Davis), from posts 2,3 and 4 respectively. Driver Jack Parker and Carol Parker's Suits and Arty Foster Jr.'s Champion's Club (Trace Tetrick) have upset credentials. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

Ut Viniere captured today's 45,000e Grand Prix Charley Mills (also named the Grand Prix du Conseil General de la Mayenne) at Laval, the Quinte+ race of the day with a 5.6 million euro jackpot. The six year-old son of Jasmin de Flore scored in 1.14.8kr over 2875 meters (the winner traveled a distance that was plus 25 meters in this handicapped event). Mathieu Abrivard trains and drove the winner for owner Stanislas Seveno as he scored for the seventh time, now for career earnings of 282,230e. The victory was another credit for 17 year-old stallion Jasmin de Flore, whose offspring had a fine winter meet at Vincennes. Jasmin de Flore won the Prix de Selection, Prix de Milan and Criterium des 5 Ans during his racing career. March 12, 2014 Laval, Grand Prix du Conseil General de la Mayenne (Grand Prix Charley Mills), International,‚45,000e, 2850 meters distance handicap up to 2900 meters  1.14.8 1st Ut Viniere (6m Jasmin de Flore-Oasis Viniere-Ouarsenis), trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard up, 3.1/1, 2875 meters 2nd Rezeen Cayennais (9g Flash de Cosse-Juron-Karier Mabon), Franck Nivard driving, 9/1 odds, 2875 meters 3rd Une de Bertrange (6f Fortuna Font-Nottaway de Nath-Vikings Way), J-M Bazire up, 2.2/1, 2875 meters Race replay is attached. Today's race, an annual affair, celebrated the career of Charley Mills, a German of Irish descent that was a legendary European horseman during a career that spanned 60 years. Mills won 4,364 races as driver, trainer and breeder and had great influence on Germany's harness racing development before World War II. His two most famous horses were the US bred Walter Dear and the French champion Gelinotte. Mills' won Europe's most prestigious races, including the 1934 Prix d'Amerique, as shown below: Germany Deutsches Traber-Derby - Raute (1910), Zora (1925), Lebenskünstler (1926), Plutarch (1934), Probst (1935), Fried (1937), Leo (1938), Dachs (1939), Missouri (1942) Austria Österreichisches Traber-Derby - Baka (1919), Plunger Jr (1920), Vickerl (1927) Graf Kalman Hunyady-Gedenkrennen - Tizian (1929), Walter Dear (1931), Rama (1937), Gelinotte (1957) France Prix d'Amérique - Walter Dear (1934) Critérium des 3 ans - Ã'lope (1951), Luth Grandchamp (1958) Critérium des 4 ans - Bleinheim (1949), Chambon (1950), Élope (1952), Gelinotte (1954), Kimono Royal (1958) Critérium des 5 ans - Volcano (1948), Agramant (1949), Enfant des Houlles (1953), Jamin (1958) Italy Gran Premio Lotteria - Gelinotte (1956) Sweden Elitloppet - Gelinotte (1956, 1957) Ã…by Stora Pris - Gelinotte (1956, 1957) Denmark Copenhagen Cup - Guy Bacon (1928), Walter Dear (1931, 1932), Gelinotte (1957)[7] by Thomas H. Hicks, for    

Friday night was a red letter night at Gloucester Park for Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg, who completed her first city treble when Shannon Suvaljko drove 9/2 chance Hez Got the Nod to a decisive all-the-way victory in the 2503m Carilley Estate Handicap. She had been successful earlier with The Feather Foot (11/2) and Franco Torres, a 57/1 tote outsider. Her three winners were in the first, second and fourth legs of the quadrella, which paid a massive dividend of $84,593. Her husband John, the managing part-owner of the trio, loves to dabble and he left the course rubbing his hands with typical unihibited glee. Debbie, far less extroverted than her ebullient husband, took the feat in her stride, but admitted it was a thrill to land her first Metropolitan treble after having held a trainer's licence for 30 years. "They're all nice horses, nothing too special, and they will just keep on racing and doing their job," she said. "I think I have had four or five trebles on country tracks." She attributed Hez Got The Nod's success to a return to standing-start racing, saying: "He was in mobiles and was going no good, so we returned to stands with him." This was Hez Got The Nod's second run in a stand after only one placing at his four previous starts in mobiles. He also led when he won a Gloucester Park stand before Friday night's race. He also won two stands at Gloucester Park in September and a stand at Northam in December. "We bought him for $25,000 after he had won once from 22 starts in New Zealand and four times from 11 starts in New South Wales," said John Padberg. The Grinfromeartoear five-year-old now has had 15 starts in WA for Padberg and Jodie Foster for five wins, four placings and stakes of $35,510. The gelding has graduated to an M1 classification with a record of 48 starts for ten wins, 20 placings and $66,216. "He's so reliable that he'll earn a bucket load of money out of the stands," said Padberg. Last-start winner Major Fury was a heavily-backed even-money favourite in Friday night's race, but he scrambled into his gear from the inside barrier and was beaten out by Hez Got the Nod, from the No. 2 barrier. Callan Suvaljko then trailed Hez Got The Nod, who covered the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 30.8sec. and 30.6sec. before sprinting over the final two quarters in 29.5sec. and 28.9sec. to win by just under two lengths from Major Fury, with just over a length to Pacific Black, who sustained a spirited three-wide burst from the rear. Hez Got the Nod's maternal granddam Janet Quill produced good winners Dartmoor and Mevagissey. Dartmoor, who won the Australian Pacing Championship at Gloucester Park in March 2008, beating No Blue Manna and Hayton Brain, is still racing in Victoria and has a record of 33 wins and 48 placings from 214 starts for earnings of $400,551. Mevagissey had 141 starts for 17 wins, 27 placings and $171,709. POLAK AND KIMES, A WINNING COMBINATION Five-year-old Polak and reinsman Clint Kimes are a winning combination and Kimes was more than happy to resume as Polak's driver in the $21,000 Mulberry On Swan Autumn Championship, taking over from champion reinsman Chris Lewis, who is enjoying a break, cruising the high seas. Kimes drove with considerable confidence and aggression to score an upset victory over the 10/1 on favourite David Hercules, who just failed to overcome the disadvantage of starting out wide at No. 6 and being forced to race wide. Kimes now has driven the Mike Reed-trained Polak six times for three wins, a second, a third and a seventh. Polak, second favourite at 10/1, started from barrier three and Kimes drove him hard, three wide, before getting past the polemarker Son of Fergie and into the lead after 300m. Morgan Woodley restrained David Hercules to last in the field of nine and when Gary Hall started a three-wide move with Passion Stride after 500m, Woodley followed with David Hercules, who went four wide at the bell in a bid to breach the gap from the pacemaker. David Hercules fought on with typical grit and determination and was beaten by 2m, with the winner rating a smart 1.54.6 after covering the final sectionals in 28.5sec., 29.3sec., 28sec. and 29.4sec. Passion Stride, who was switched to the pegs in the final few hundred metres, finished gamely into third place, just ahead of This Time Dylan, who sustained a strong finishing burst. Max Wimbridge, a part-owner of the winner, was excited at the win and said: "We've been looking for a good draw and we got it tonight. And I think we proved that good draws win races. "One of the owners (Roy Patterson) will be disappointed because he's on a cruise ship and the other one (Stephen Schmedje) is still down in Esperance county his money after selling his farm." Polak has been an excellent investment for Wimbridge, Patterson and Schmedje, having earned $177,695 from 16 wins and 16 placings from 58 starts. He was purchased for just $15,000 at the 2010 Gloucester Standardbred yearling sale and is a full-brother to Schinzig Buller, who has earned $290,837 from 11 wins and 13 placings from 55 starts. His wins included the group 2 Sales Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings in February 2007 and the group 1 Golden Nugget in November 2008 when he defeated Mysta Magical Mach and Im Themightyquinn. Polak is also a full-brother to three-year-old filly Lipizzaner, who led and won a race at Gloucester Park last Tuesday. BIRTHDAY BOY EDWARDS NOTCHES FIRST CITY WINNER Luke Edwards celebrated his 24th birthday on Sunday in style by driving his first Metropolitan-class winner at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he gave a polished display to score an emphatic victory with The Feather Foot in the 2130m Tony O'Driscoll Pace. Edwards, who was granted a licence to drive in the city in January, had The Feather Foot in the breeze for the first 150m before gaining the one-out, one-back trail behind The Black Lord, who was forced to work in the breeze with the 5/4 favourite Chocolatto having an easy time in front with a dawdling lead time of 38.4sec. and a leisurely first 400m section of the final mile in 31.9sec. Edwards was forced to take off earlier than planned when Kristian Hawkins started a three-wide move with Pembrook Henry 700m metres from home, threatening to put The Feather Foot in restricted room. Edwards switched The Feather Foot three wide at the 650m mark and the WA-bred seven-year-old sprinted fast (with the third quarter whizzing by in 28.1sec.) as he charged past Chocolatto with 400m to travel. The Feather Foot covered the final quarter in 28.9sec. and won by more than two lengths from Pembrook Henry (15/1), with Veitchy (28/1) finishing strongly from the rear to be a close third. The winner rated 1.58.9. The Feather Foot, by former champion pacer The Falcon Strike, started at 11/2 and ended a losing sequence of 29. However, he has proved a wonderful acquisition for owners John Padberg, Edwards, his younger brother Isaac, Kiara Davies and Michael Tenardi. They claimed the gelding last July for a mere $4000 and his 20 starts for trainer Debbie Padberg he has won once and been placed eight times for stakes of $22,603. The Feather Foot now has amassed $157,471 from 13 wins and 21 placings from 89 starts. He won the $100,000 group 1 State Sires Series final for three-year-old colts and geldings in July 2010, beating Erris Lad and Thomas With Steam. His maternal granddam Maybe Rich (a winner of ten races) produced six winners, including Fac Et Spiro, who had 85 starts for 23 wins, 30 placings and stakes of $386,695. Edwards, who drove Myouri to victory in an $8000 Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park in mid-February, said he was confident that The Feather Foot would prove hard to beat on Friday night despite finishing ninth in a field of ten behind Rowchester the previous Friday night. "He had a soft run along the pegs and was climbing all over them, but didn't get a clear run," he said. "And at his previous start he was beaten a nose by Shifting Sand. We put him in the race tonight and he was good enough to do the job. I had to go a bit earlier than I would have liked, but if I hadn't he would have been in a pocket. "He will strip fitter at his next start and I reckon he's got another two or three wins in him." Edwards also is hoping for further successes with Gamblers Power, a filly he trains and has driven to two wins at Northam this season. Edwards has no family background in horses. "About four years ago my boss had horses with Kevin Keys and I had my first involvement with horses, working with youngsters with him," he said. "I started to go through the reinsmen's school and then John and Debbie offered me a job as a stablehand. "Debbie gave me a few horses to drive in trials and when I graduated from the reinsmen's school I started working full-time with the Padbergs." SOUTHERN LEGACY LIVING UP TO EXPECTATIONS Breeding suggests that Southern Legacy will continue her wonderful consistent form and win many more races for owner-trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice. Southern Legacy, a 10/1 chance, raced three back on the pegs before finishing powerfully to score an easy victory over 82/1 outsider La Stella Del Mare and Mene Jaccka (22/1) in the 2130m Sully's Painting Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. It was a dream price for the five-year-old, who was having her seventh start after a spell. Her previous six runs had produced two wins, one second and three thirds. Punters rallied to support the polemarker Bonsu, who was sent out at 6/4 on. Bonsu set the pace for Shannon Suvaljko before wilting to finish fourth, with Southern Legacy charging to the front in the final 50m to win at a 1.57.8 rate and take her record to 23 starts for five wins, ten placings and $69,911. Southern Legacy, by Canadian sire Northern Luck, is out of Lady Legacy. She did not race as a two-year-old and showed early promise when, at her third start, finished second to the brilliant Sensational Gabby in the WA Oaks in May 2012. Southern Legacy's dam Lady Legacy raced 23 times for five wins and one placings for stakes of $23,280 before producing six winners, including Scram jet (172 starts for 24 wins, 42 placings and $235,076) and Pride of Colorado (67 starts for 14 wins, 14 placings and $125,013). Lady Legacy's dam Fiscal Miss (15 wins and $53,854) produced star performers Whitbys Miss Penny (50 starts for 32 wins, six placings and $568,289) and Ace of Whitby (79 starts for 29 wins, 21 placings and $317,247). Fiscal Miss was out of smart mare Remit, whose eight winners included Whitby Heritage (66 starts for 22 wins, 18 placings and $201,758), Whitby Timer (44 starts for 23 wins, eight placings and $314,899) and Whitbys Merit (14 starts for ten wins, two placings and $168,598). FRANCO TORRES BUCKS ALL THE ODDS Six-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding Franco Torres went into the 2130m first heat of the Burswood On Swan Clarke Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night as the rank tote outsider at 57/1 for three reasons: he had drawn out wide at barrier five, he had finished tenth at his most recent start and was an M2-class performer competing against three M3-class pacers and four M4 horses. However, he bucked the odds and caused a major upset when he stormed home from seventh at the bell to race away and score an easy victory, beating Danieljohn by more than two lengths, with Uppy Son (13/4) a half-length away in third place. Lord Coburn, an easy all-the-way winner at his two previous starts and drawn the prized No. 1 barrier, was all the rage and started favourite at 10/9 on. Lord Coburn led easily, with Black Pontiac in the breeze, Uppy Son on the pegs behind the pacemaker and Mighty Flying Thomas one-out and one-back. The pace slackened after about 500m and Morgan Woodley wisely took off with Mighty Flying Thomas after 650m in a bid to move alongside the pacemaker. But the move was foiled when 25/1 chance Black Pontiac's hind legs contacted the sulky and made him pull hard. This left Mighty Flying Thomas out on a limb, three wide. Franco Torres was seventh at the bell and 50m later Shannon Suvaljko switched him three wide to follow Mighty Flying Thomas, who eventually got to second in the back straight. But he was a spent force and Franco Torres burst to the front 250m from home before racing away from his rivals. Uppy Son pulled up lame in the near foreleg. Suvaljko was fined $200 by the stewards for having crossed his hands to use the whip before the final 200m mark. Franco Torres, trained by Debbie Padberg and owned by John Padberg and David and Alison Wiggers, won twice in New Zealand and three times in New South Wales before being purchased for $25,000. He now has raced 67 times for 11 wins, 18 placings and $89,338. He is a half-brother to Franco The Man, who has earned $185,496 from 19 wins and 28 placings from 105 starts. He is also related to This Time Franco (36 starts for ten wins, 11 placings and $249,151), Franco Thunder (178 starts for 44 wins, 43 placings and $199,928) and Franco Tiger (116 starts for 43 wins, 36 placings and $991,387). VOAK'S TACTICS PAY OFF WITH BET THE MAX There was action aplenty in the 2536m Community Newspaper Group Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night before the innovative Chris Voak triumphed with 11/2 chance Bet The Max. The first surprise came when good frontrunner Waipawa Junior, the 13/4 second fancy from the No. 1 barrier, was crossed by 10/1 chance Elusive Courage, who began speedily from barrier three. Christian Banner, favourite at 2/1, was restrained from the outside barrier back to last in the field of ten. Bet The Max started from barrier two on the back line and settled down in sixth position before Voak vacated the one-wide position and urged the gelding forward in a dashing bid for the lead. Bet The Max sprinted fast and got a length and a quarter in front of Elusive Courage, but was unable to cross to the lead. Voak then restrained Bet The Max and tried to slot in behind the pacemaker. But Bet the Max broke into a gallop and Voak had to abandon that manoeuvre as Colin Brown kicked up with Waipawa Junior to retain the position behind the leader. Voak quickly got Bet The Max back into a pacing action and the gelding was left in the breeze. Elusive Courage then dawdled through the opening quarter of the final mile in 32.4sec. before Luke Edwards brought outsider Myouri with a fast burst from the rear to join the leader and stablemate Elusive Courage 1350m from home, thus providing Bet The Max with the one-out, one-back sit. Myouri got to the front 430m from home, but was unable to hold off the strong-finishing Bet The Max and Christian Banner. The final quarter was run in 28.5sec. and the winner, who is owned by Harry Capararo and trained at Northam by Lang Inwood, rated 2.1.8. Bet The Max surged to the front at the 100m mark and went on to win by 2m from Christian Banner, who finished determinedly, three wide, from seventh at the bell to be second, almost a length in front of Myouri. The New Zealand-bred Bet The Max ended a losing sequence of 15, stretching back to an all-the-way Albany win 14 months ago, and he now has had 61 starts for ten wins, 14 placings and $49,064. Voak, who was driving Bet the Max for the first time, was fined $100 for careless driving in that he reduced the speed dramatically when he tried to restrain Bet The Max to obtain the run behind the leader. This caused the gelding to break into a gallop. WOTAVUGOT SHOWS THAT HE HAS GOT WHAT IT TAKES New Zealand-bred six-year-old Wotavugot certainly is not in the same league as his half-brother Chancellor Cullen, but he certainly gave a most impressive display when he outclassed his eight rivals in very modest company in the 2130m Make Smoking History Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Driven with extreme confidence by Chris Brew for Barragup trainer Laurie Groves, Wotavugot, a son of In The Pocket and a heavily-supported 5/2 on favourite, charged to the front 80m after the start and gave a bold frontrunning display to win by just under 11 lengths from Fully Zapped, rating 1.58.6 after final quarters in 28.4sec. and 29.1sec. This ended a losing sequence of 17, stretching back to a win in a stand at Narrogin in June 2012. Chancellor Cullen, who has had 43 starts for 16 wins, 11 placings and $363,752, is remembered by WA harness racing fans for his half-head victory over Bronze Seeker in the group 1 McInerney Ford Classic at Gloucester Park in November 2012. Wotavugot had 24 starts in New Zealand for seven wins and seven placings. His four wins and four placings from 22 starts have boosted his earnings to $61,257. MANTOMAN TOO TOUGH FOR BOOFSHALFBROTHER New South Wales-bred seven-year-old Mantoman gave a strong staying performance to record a fighting victory over Boofshalfbrother and Franco Jackson in the 2130m Spices Group Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Michael Brennan-trained gelding was driven for the first time by Gary Hall jun. and was a well-supported 13/4 chance from barrier four on the front line. Boofshalfbrother (9/1) took full advantage of the No. 1 barrier and he set the pace, with opening quarters of the final mile in 31.6sec. and 30.7sec. Hall moved Mantoman into the breeze after 400m when Colin Brown switched Franco Jackson to take the trail behind the leader after being first out from barrier two, but being unable to cross Boofshalfbrother. After a third quarter in 28.4sec. Mantoman moved alongside Boofshalfbrother and got to the front 150m from the post. Boofshalfbrother fought back grimly and went down by only a neck after a final quarter in 29.1sec. Franco Jackson battled on into third place, with the 2/1 favourite Shnappy faded to eighth after racing three wide in the middle stages. Mantoman, by Art Major, is out of Pretty Inpink, a mare who earned $103,492 from 15 wins and ten placings from 47 starts. Mantoman won 12 times in New South Wales and he has had 16 starts in WA for two wins and one placing. His earnings stand at $89,427. SMOOTH CAESAR UPSETS SOHO JACKMAN Big eight-year-old gelding Smooth Caesar outmuscled the opposition when he finished with great spirit to beat 2/1 on favourite Soho Jackman in the first heat of the 2130m Red Pepper Catering Westbred Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Owned by Marie Bingham, and trained and driven by Pinjarra horseman Kim Young, Smooth Caesar started from the coveted No. 1 barrier, but was a 10/1 chance despite a last-start second at Pinjarra and a win on the same track three starts before that. Last-start winner and a 4/1 tote outsider Oneheart Twofists began brilliantly from barrier six and Matt White had the gelding in front after 220m, giving Smooth Caesar a favourable sit on the pegs. Soho Jackman, from the outside of the back line, settled down in 11th position before Gary Hall jun. took him three wide approaching the bell. Soho Jackman sustained his effort and took the lead 100m from the post. But he was unable to hold out Smooth Caesar, who got the upper hand in the final 50m and scored by 2m at a 1.56.7 rate. Smooth Caesar has had 82 starts for 11 wins, 21 placings and $87,487 in prizemoney. WHOS MISTAKE THE FIRST OF SIX WINNERS FOR HALL Veteran pacer Whos Mistake got leading reinsman Gary Hall junior's weekend away to a flying start when he led all the way in the 2130m Munja Gardens Claiming Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Hall completed a double later in the program when he was successful Mantoman and he travelled to Bunbury on Saturday night where he drove four winners --- Truckers Buckeroo, Rocky Pop, Pelusiac and Ben Cartwright. Whos Mistake, trained by Gary Hall sen., was favourite at 6/4 on and he gave punters little cause for concern as he set a solid pace and scored by 4m from 10/1 chance Pride of Colorado, who put up a great performance to fight on doggedly after racing three wide for most of the race. Whos Mistake, owned by Doug Webster, has been a most reliable performer who has earned $148,710 from 18 wins and 25 placings from 124 starts. by Ken Casellas  

Anticipating Sunday's 1609 meters autostart (one mile) Gr. I Grand Criterium de Vitesse, sprinters have emerged at Cagnes sur mer to contest mile distance events. Today three such races took place with two won by Italy's invaders Oronte di Cesato in 1.11.9kr in the Prix de Bologne and Onorio in the Prix de Pise timed in 1.11.7. The other sprinter race, the Prix de Naples, went to Quezio de Cayola in 1.13.2 as that veteran defeated a group of claimers in the Prix de Naples. March 7, 2014 Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Bologne, 25,000e, 1609 meters autostart, 14 starters 1.11.9kr (1:55.68) 1st Oronte di Cesato (6m Allison Hollow-Enzaran-Lurabo Blue), Roberto Andreghetti, 1.9/1 favorite, 20th career win for 93,815e lifetime earned, (Italy) 2nd Okay Dei Ronchi (6g From Above-Filu of Brown-Lemon Dra), Eduardo Baldi, 7.3/1, (Italy) 3rd Only One Glory (6m Ganymede-Eva Kant Gar-Indro Park), Eduardo Moni, 30/1, (Italy) March 7, 2014, Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Naples, 16,000e, 1609 meters autostart, 14 starters 1.13.2kr (1:57.83) 1st Quezio de Cayola (10g Cezio Josselyn-Deesse du Plessis-Sebrazac), Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer/owner Benjamin Goetz, 5.1/1, his 13th win for 318,348e in lifetime earnings. 2nd Quiet du Chene (10g Horse du Chene-Flo du Chene-Florestan), Yannick A. Briand up, 2/1 odds 3rd Sam Turgot (8m Look de Star-Kalinka d'Arbaz-Tarass Boulba), Lorenzo Baldi up, 82/1 4th Quoriace Stop (10m Horse du Chene-Herado Chene-Nobody de Retz), Jean-Christophe Sorel up for owner/trainer Anders Lindqvist, 54/1 March 7, 2014, Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Pise, 25,000e, females, 1609 meters autostart, 11 starters 1.11.7kr (1:55.40) 1st Onoria (6f Pine Chip-Noega-Ghendero), Andrea Forolfi up, 1.7/1, (Italy), her 22nd victory for 91,394e earnings 2nd Olivia di Casei (6f Love You-Zinia di Casei-Lemon Dra), 21/1, (Italy), Andrea Guzzinati up 3rd Orki Dea Dus (6f Conway Hall-Antartide Dus), Enrico Bellei up, 3.5/1, (Italy) 4th Open (6f Uronometro-Zufola), Dominik Locqueneux up, 20/1, (Italy) At Gelsenkirchen in the Prix de la Cote d'Azur, Robin Bakker piloted the Paul Hagoort trained Diamond to victory. The gelded son of Classic Photo, from the Yankee Glide mare Gala dei Bessi, scored in 1.14.9kr over 2000 meters autostart. The top three finishers represented Holland. March 7, 2014 Gelsenkirchen, Prix de la Cote d'Azur, 7,000e, 2000 meters autostart, 14 starters 1.14.9kr 1st Diamond (4g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi-Yankee Glide), Robin Bakker for Paul Hagoort trainer, 2.5/1 (Holland), fourth career win for 12,200e 2nd Crazy Lover (5g Ufo Kievitshof-Kathleen Dragon-Super Way), Robbin Bot, 10/1 (Holland) 3rd Dream Well (4f Love You-Resi Bes), Rudolf Pools up, 11/1 (Holland) Gelsenkirchen, Germany by Thomas H. Hicks for  

Sires Stakes winner Tiger Tara is also the 2014 Group One $250,000 Woodlands Stud Northern Derby champion. But the three-year-old colt's trainer, Geoff Dunn and driver Gerard O'Reilly were both surprised by the neck victory. "I thought he was flat going into his this race and I did not expect this win. I had his bloods taken during the week and they returned nothing. After last week's run (sixth) I thought he'd go average tonight. It was a pleasant surprise," Dunn said. O'Reilly said he would have just been happy to place after his lack lustre performance in the Derby Prelude seven nights ago. "That was ordinary and even though we won tonight I still don't think he was at 100 per cent. It's very hard to believe the quarters he ran because he can go better than what he did tonight," said driver O'Reilly. Tiger Tara, who was having his second start at Alexandra Park, paced a sensational 54.5 last half, which included a 27.4 last quarter. He stopped the clock in 3:18.10. His winning mile rate for the 2700m mobile was a slick 1:54.8. They are very good times considering favourite Locharburn and Dexter Dunn set a leisurely pace for the first half of the race. But they didn't count on Tiger Tara whipping along the passing lane to get the chocolates. Maxim  (Zac Butcher) was 1-1/2 lengths back in third. Tiger Tara was the second favourite and paid $4.40 to win. He is owned by Dunn, R. L. Sandford & Mrs J. A. Sandford, and J. S. Gould. His breeder was R. P. Anicich. He has now won seven of his 18 starts and placed in seven others for $277,375 in stakes. by Duane Ranger (Courtesy of HRNZ)  

In an exciting announcement for the Pryde's EasiFeed Great Southern Star, it has been revealed that star US reinsman Corey Callahan will be in Australia for the International extravaganza on March 22. In just its second year, the $400,000 Pryde's EasiFeed Great Southern Star trotting series held across one sensational night at Tabcorp Park Melton has attracted some massive names and it continues with Callahan adding his name to the list of visitors for the richest squaregaiting event in the southern hemisphere. Having only started his career at the age of 27, eight years later he has quickly become one of the leading drivers in North America. Growing up under the tutelage of his father Nick, Corey decided to turn his hand to college ambitions before returning to harness racing where he has driven thousands of winners. In fact since 2010 he has never driven less than 500 winners in a season, an extraordinary statistic that proves just how prolific the talented driver has been. He is also currently leads the United States Trotting Association Drivers' Premiership, 29 ahead of Ron Pierce . And it's not just his consistency that has him on top, he has also mixed it at the top level, taking out the $500,000 Hoosier Cup with Mr Wiggles in 2009 and competed in the World Driving Championship, representing the US. But it was 2013 which was the year that put the 35-year-old on the world stage as he raked in over $9.7 million in stakes earnings, placing him in the upper-Echelon in North America. He drove standout winners like Golden Receiver, D'Orsay and Drop The Ball. But, Australian trots fans will know him for his association with Ma Chere Hall, owned by Australian interests, however his win with Allstar Partner in the $260,000 PA Sires Stakes Championship was the highlight of his season. Callahan has been a fixture of some of the best tracks in America, racking up over 100 wins at The Meadowlands last season. Callahan will be involved during the week of the Great Southern Star and will compete in the Drivers Invitational on the all-squaregaiting night. Callahan arrives in Australia on March 18 and is available for drives. Interested trainers should call the Racing Office on (03) 8378 0200. For media enquiries contact Brett Boyd on (03) 8378 0250. BLAKE REDDEN COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER [Harness Racing Victoria]

DOVER DE - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), harness racing's principal organization for media workers, held its annual meetings this past Saturday and Sunday at the Dover Downs complex, with the weekend culminating in the Dan Patch Awards Banquet held Sunday (Feb. 23) night, attended by almost 400 people and streamed worldwide for live viewing. During the Saturday meeting, the Directors of the Association voted for Bob Marks and Kathy Parker to be on the Communicators Hall of Fame voting ballot this summer. Marks has been a leading force in many harness dimensions over his 50 years in the sport, most recently as Marketing Director for Perretti Farms, while Parker, from a prominent harness family, worked her way through the ranks at the Horseman and Fair World weekly magazine until becoming editor in 1995 and later general manager of the Horseman Publishing Company, positions she maintains to this day. At the conclusion of the meetings, the membership voted in their slate of association Officials for 2014-15. Chris Tully, an MBA marketing specialist and writer whose digital literacy and social media acumen has helped bring USHWA to the cutting edge of communications technology, was elected President of the association, succeeding Steve Wolf of; Tully's "first official act" was to present Wolf, who now becomes the Chairman of the Board, with a gold Lifetime Membership pin. Tim Bojarski, writer/blogger for the USTA, moved up a chair to 1st Vice President, with the 2VP position going to Shawn Wiles, Monticello Raceway chief racing officer and a longtime USTA and USHWA director. Judy Davis-Wilson, who is based in Dover and worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the weekend, especially the banquet, was returned as Treasurer; Alan Prince, who attended his 48th consecutive USHWA meetings weekend, remains as Executive Treasurer. Also elected was Jerry Connors as USHWA secretary. Much of the discussion during the two days of meetings focused on the sport's Halls of Fame in Goshen NY, where plans for renovation and modernization are starting to advance rapidly, and where USHWA makes a significant contribution. In addition to the physical reconfiguration of the Halls of Fame area, the directors and membership discussed several by-law and rules change relating to the Halls, especially the re-establishment of a Seniors category for both. Debate was plentiful, lively, and well-reasoned on all sides, and some of these matters were tabled until a Committee, soon to be appointed, can focus on the merits - and the eventual wording -- of the varied proposed changes. The attendees heard reports from the many committees that keep USHWA functioning throughout the year, and were glad to hear from Davis-Wilson, voted the organization's member of the year, that the treasury was in a very good shape, pointing to future success in USHWA's upcoming progressive efforts. The Dan Patch Awards Dinner was as always the highlight of the gathering, with superstar sophomore trotting filly Bee A Magician "finishing her unbeaten season" by being elected Trotter of the Year and then Harness Horse of the Year; her contemporary, the pacing colt Captaintreacherous, took down overall honors for that gait after a brilliant campaign showing speed and courage in equal amounts. Also honored were the quartet to be inducted into the Halls of Fame Sunday, July 6 in Goshen: Harness Racing Hall of Famers David Miller and William Weaver, and Communicators Hall inductees Carol Cramer and John Pawlak. by Jerry Connors for USHWA

This weekends three series finales at Cal Expo honor the memory and contributions of Alan Kirschenbaum, Richard Staley and Marvin Shapiro. The Alan Kirschenbaum Series is named for the longtime owner and breeder and past president of the California Harness Horsemens Association, who died in October 2012. Kirschenbaum was a major factor in California as an owner, breeder and amateur driver for many years. With his stallions Little Steven and British Sterling standing at Cherry Tree Farm in Wilton, he helped support the industry in California. In the past, he had even waived his stallion fees to help the California horsemen breed their mares to help the horse population survive in the Golden State. He was also a huge supporter of the California Sire Stakes and amateur races. Richard Staley, who passed away in 1997 at the age of 66, was one of the top owners to ever campaign trotters and pacers in California. He was involved in the sport for more than 25 years and during that entire period had only one trainer, Hall of Famer Doug Ackerman. Over the years Staley and Ackerman would regularly go to the major sales to select and purchase the regally-bred years that became the bulwark of the Staley Stable and provided California harness racing with many of his classiest performers. Marvin Shapiro was the son of L.K. Shapiro, who owned the Hall of Fame thoroughbred and California-bred champion Native Diver. He was the president of Western Harness Racing Inc. in the 1960s and spearheaded legislation that sanctioned night racing in California. He died in 2003 at the age of 83. Marvin Shapiro Finale, Open Pace in spotlight A contentious $7,350 finale of the Marvin Shapiro Pacing Series and an Open Pace headed by One And Only are the main events on Saturday nights Watch and Wager LLC program at Cal Expo. Itsabouttonight and Plum Crazy Baby captured the two divisions of the first leg of the Shapiro, while last week saw one division and it was Majestic Lass who come rolling late to post a $47 upset. An 8-year-old daughter of Art Major, Majestic Lass is owned by Kimberly Andres, is conditioned by Salvador Wenceslao and will have Mooney Svendsen in the sulky. No threat in the first leg of the Shapiro, she came back last week to be up by a head over another longshot in Pips Jenny G., with the $1 exacta returning a cool $515 in that affair. Itsabouttonight will represent owner/trainer Gretchen Smith with Tim Maier at the helm. The Illinois-bred mare dominated her division of the opening leg over a sloppy track, then was a close third last weekend after opening up a large lead at the head of the stretch that evening. Plum Crazy Baby is a 6-year-old Relentless Yankee mare who carries the banner of Derick Takahashi with Dario Solares training and Dave Siegel doing the honors. She was a very convincing victress in the first leg, then was first over in her most recent appearance and had to settle for the fourth as the 8-5 favorite behind Majestic Lass. Completing the field are Red Star Gilda with Williams Hernandez; No Mo Parking for Mike Jarvis; Curvacious with Luke Plano in the sulky; Pips Jeeny G, Patrick Galbraith; and Little Schoolgirl, who leaves from the outside slot with James Kennedy at the helm. One And Only gets top billing in the Open Pace for owners Richard Morita and David Yamada, trainer Lino Pacheco and driver Luke Plano. The son of Bettors Delight rattled off five straight wins between December 21 and February 1 before having the streak broken at most recent asking after doing his work from the demanding No. 10 post position. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness    

Launched by Racing And Wagering Western Australia on the eve of the 2013 Western Australian Yearling Sale the Epona Mares Bonus Scheme has had a remarkable first year of operation. Commencing on 1st March 2013, mares which win in Western Australia earn for their owners an amount equivalent to 10% of the winning stake which is credited against the mare and which can be claimed back when the mare eventually retires to stud. The 10% Epona Mares Bonus is in addition to the winning stake and mares can earn up to $5,000 each in Epona credits. Since 1st March 2013 winning mares in Western Australia have generated more that $260,000 in Epona Credits which in effect means that in winning stakes alone these successful race mares have won more than $2.6 million. The Epona Mares Bonus Scheme had an immediate impact on prices for fillies at the 2013 Western Australian Yearling Sale where the fillies actually averaged more than the colts. The 2014 Gloucester Standardbreds Western Australian Yearling Sale will be held on Sunday 23rd February commencing at 1:00pm and of the 113 lots in the catalogue 53 are fillies. Harness Racing Australia

Former Victorian pacer Shnappy is poised to end a 21-month drought by setting the pace and winning the $50,000 Channel Nine News Binshaw Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The seven-year-old Shnappy's prospects soared when he drew the coveted No. 1 barrier on the front line of the 2130m feature event. The Binshaw Classic has been run only twice and both winners started from the No. 1 barrier and as odds-on favourites. Please Release Me, trained by David Hunter and driven by Chris Brew, led and rated 1.56.8 in defeating Grehawk and Dundee Three in 2012 and last year Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri and champion reinsman Chris Lewis combined to score easily with Red Salute, who set the pace and won at a 1.57 rate from Western Cullen and Gate Bender. Olivieri and Lewis will join forces again in this year's race and Olivieri was delighted when Shnappy drew the inside barrier for his fifth appearance in Western Australia. Shnappy caught the eye in a qualifying heat of the Binshaw Classic last Friday night when he raced in fifth place, three back on the pegs, before finishing fast to be third behind Northern Assassin and Lunar Tide. "He is certainly capable of holding up and leading," Olivieri said. "He's got good gate speed and if we want to lead, he'll lead. Whether we lead or hand up the lead, he's going to get a nice run and I think that he is one of the main chances in a pretty wide-open race." Shnappy led and won at five of his ten wins in Victoria, at Cobram (twice) and at Geelong, Shepparton and Cranbourne. His latest success was when he began speedily from barrier seven on the front line and raced without cover before beating Lovable Larrikin over 2240m at Melton in May 2012. He has managed only three third placings at his subsequent 13 starts. Noted frontrunner Our Amazing Art has drawn favourably at barrier two on Friday night and Shannon Suvaljko is likely to make a bold bid to outpace Shnappy at the start and attempt an all-the-way win with the Debbie Padberg-trained six-year-old. Our Amazing Art began fast from the No. 2 barrier and was untroubled to set the pace and win a qualifying heat last week when he beat the fast-finishing Atlastalone by two lengths. Atlastalone, trained and driven by Garry Butler, is in sparkling form and cannot be underestimated, even from the No. 5 barrier. He is quite versatile and his past five starts have produced two wins and three seconds. Northern Assassin and Copagrin, stylish heat winners last week when they set the pace, will be unable to use their excellent gate speed to advantage after drawing the back line. Northern Assassin will start from No. 3 on the back line, with Copagrin on his immediate outside. Soho Redford, a fighting second to Copagrin last week when he worked hard in the breeze, will start from the inside of the back line and is worthy of consideration. DAVID HERCULES IS AIMING FOR A TILT AT INTERDOMINION GLORY Byford trainer David Thompson is setting his sights on qualifying star pacer David Hercules for the $750,000 interdominion championship final at Menangle on March 2 and the seven-year-old is spot on to win the $21,000 Nine News Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This will be the gelding's final appearance before contesting the $48,000 interdominion championship qualifying heat over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Saturday week. David Hercules has drawn favourably at barrier three in Friday night's seven-horse event and he should prove too good for his rivals. His reinsman Morgan Woodley and Thompson should keep their winning streak going after they had combined to win with Hugh Victor and Guilty Grin at Gloucester Park on Tuesday. Three-year-old Hugh Victor is a full-brother to David Hercules, who has raced 82 times for 27 wins, 29 placings and $767,444. "I would have rather drawn a terrible barrier in Friday's race and get a good draw in the interdominion heat," Thompson said. "We really want to go to Sydney and the barrier draw will play a big part in the interdominion heat. "I am sure David Hercules can hold his own anywhere and over any distance, provided he gets the right run. He is not far off a hundred per cent right now. After his most recent run (when a strong-finishing fourth behind Hokonui Ben in the WA Pacing Cup three Fridays ago) he has had a quiet week or ten days at his owners' place in Serpentine when they rode him in the sand and kept him around the mark. "He then ran a very pleasing trial at Byford on Sunday morning when he led and rolled around before sprinting home nicely over the final half-mile. We're fortunate enough to have such a good horse and we want to give him every chance in the big races." David Hercules should prove too speedy on Friday night for veteran pacers Mysta Magical Mach and Ima Rocket Star. Woodley, who won with Mysta Magical Mach two starts ago and was again in the sulky when the nine-year-old finished solidly to be third behind Livingontheinterest and Hokonui Ben in the Lord Mayor's Cup last Friday night, will be replaced by Chris Lewis. Lewis drove The Oyster Bar (a stablemate of Mysta Magical Mach) to an all-the-way win last Friday night to end a losing sequence of 25 and trainer Tony Svilicich has engaged Aldo Cortopassi to drive the seven-year-old from barrier two in Friday night's event. This is a massive rise in class and The Oyster Bar will be at long odds. INSIDE BARRIER POINTS TO THE FRONTRUINNING FAMOUS ALCHEMIST New Zealand-bred mare Famous Alchemist is unbeatable when she leads, according to her trainer Gary Hall sen., and when she drew the prized No. 1 barrier in the 1730m Alan Vawser Memorial Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night he declared: "She'll lead and win." Famous Alchemist will clash with promising four-year-old Rocky Marciano, who has chalked up three wins in a row in the past three weeks, and former juvenile pacing star Sensational Gabby. "Famous Alchemist is much quicker out of the gate than Sensational Gabby," Hall said. "She is in terrific form and even went well in the WA Pacing Cup. I wouldn't want her to sit on Sensational Gabby and I consider Rocky Marciano is the danger." Rocky Marciano, trained by Peter Anderson, was a Metropolitan maiden five weeks ago and has had a rapid rise to an M4 classification. He has won with great authority at each of his past three starts and was most impressive when he raced outside the pacemaker Your Good Fortune before racing away to win easily from Argent Treasure over 2536m last Friday night. He meets stiffer opposition this week, but is capable of a bold showing from the No. 2 barrier against Famous Alchemist, Sensational Gabby, last-start winner Truckers Ruffnut and Lord Lombo, who caught the eye with his fast-finishing fifth behind Livingontheinterest in the 2130m Lord Mayor's Cup last Friday night. Famous Alchemist has led at five of her 19 outings in Western Australia --- and she has won at all those five starts. The appearance of Sensational Gabby certainly adds spice to Friday night's race. The five-year-old possesses sparkling gate speed and she has set the pace and won 18 times during her 42-start career which has produced 25 wins, three placings and $469,485 in prizemoney. "I think she should lead," said trainer Ross Olivieri. And in reference to the mare's habit of pulling hard and overracing, Olivieri added: "She will be going forward; that will be Gabby's plans." HOYLAKES FIRSTLADY GETS HER CHANCE IN MARES SPRINT Smart five-year-old Hoylakes Firstlady has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier for only the fourth time in her career, boosting the confidence of trainer Greg Schofield that she will prove hard to beat in the 1730m The Voice On Nine Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And Schofield believes it is time for Hoylakes Firstlady to take full advantage of the inside barrier. She has finished second at her three starts from the No. 1 barrier --- at Narrogin in March 2012 and at Gloucester Park last September and October. She has been an honest performer for Schofield, earning $93,917 from nine wins and 19 placings from 64 starts. Schofield said that Hoylakes Firstlady (who will be handled by her regular reinsman Nathan Turvey) would attempt to lead all the way over the sprint journey. "She goes well in front and I think she will hold up from one," he said. "It would wise to overlook her seventh behind Aristocratic Glow last Friday night when she got tangled up and locked wheels with Talk About Mach in the front straight racing for the bell." Hoylakes Firtslady performed strongly the previous week when she raced three wide and then without cover before finishing fourth behind Courage On Fire. Looming as one of the main threats to Hoylakes Firstlady is the New Zealand-bred four-year-old Am Opulent, who has won eight times from 26 starts. At her third appearance after a spell, at Pinjarra last Monday week, Am Opulent surged home from the rear to finish second to Eminence Grise. "It was a really good run at Pinjarra and I expect her to be up there and in the firing line for a long way," said part-owner Greg Bond, who trains the mare in partnership with his wife Skye. "Stablemate Showstopper will start from the inside of the back line and is also capable of a strong showing." PRIDE OF COLORADO TO RESUME IN A CLAIMER Pride of Colorado struggled in Free-For-All company at the end of his most recent campaign, prompting trainer Aldo Cortopassi to start the seven-year-old in claiming company at the start of his current campaign. Pride of Colorado, an M5-class performer, will start from the outside barrier in the field of seven in the 2130m A Current Affair Claiming Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, his first appearance since early last September. "He had three months off and has had a couple of trials and went pretty well," Cortopassi said. "I sat last and just let him run home when fourth behind David Hercules at Byford on Sunday morning. He ran home well and I'm really happy with him. "He struggled against the Free-For-All horses, mainly because he lacks gate speed and is more tough than he is fast. He had a few cracks at Free-For-Alls and was found wanting. So now it's the claimers; there are no other options." Pride of Colorado won six races in 2013 and is capable of a strong first-up showing on Friday night in a race in which he will meet in-form runners On All Fours, Shardons Rocket, Rojen Cruz and Whos Mistake. by Ken Casellas  

Harness Racing Victoria is pleased to announce that the Victorian representative for the Australasian Young Drivers Championship (AYDC) will be outstanding young talent Joshua Duggan. To be run on the grand stage of Inter Dominion week, the AYDC will pit Duggan against some of the best of his rising contemporaries in a series of races highlighted below. The week will also become a learning experience with stable tours and functions before competing in the final heat on Inter Dominion Final day. Duggan was chosen thanks to his outstanding past two seasons with 43 winners last season and a further 23 already this term. His ability to represent Victoria both on and off the track has culminated to give the 21-year-old a chance of a lifetime on one of the biggest stages in the sport. Originally from Tasmania, Duggan comes from a long line of trotting champions including father Ricky, who continues to be one of the apple isles leading drivers. His potential to become one of the best in the business has been recognised from a young age and this provides the young gun an opportunity to further develop his fledgling skills. Victoria's most recent winner of the AYDC, Ellen Tormey (2012), was last weekend awarded the inaugural Leigh Plunkett scholarship which includes an international educational trip. The 10 heat race series will commence on Tuesday 25 February and conclude on Sunday 2 March at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Blake Redden (Harness Racing Victoria)

Eight races will be staged at the first Warragul trots program for 2014, on this Friday afternoon. A later start time of 2:22pm, with the last race at 6:37pm, designed for patrons to be able to attend after work and enjoy the warm evening.   Patrons can potentially share in a $2000 cash prize for successfully picking the last five winners on the Warragul program.   First race of this contest is race four which kicks off at 4:13pm. Patrons must fill in the free coupon available on track, and the prize will be shared in the event of multiple winners. A bumper card of racing includes two qualifying heats of the Ken Miller Memorial Series for maiden pacers.   First five over the line will book a spot in the $8000 Final at the next Warragul meeting on Monday, February 10.   The three-year-old pace will be run across two divisions as well due to a large amount of entries received.   And a capacity field of 12 will line up in the Trotters Handicap, where local horses Arcupandgo, Zoes Dream, Rhondas Idol, Drop Of Paradise and Dawn Tears will also be chasing a victory.   A free admission coupon for Friday's race meeting can be obtained by visiting the Warragul Harness Racing Club Facebook page.   By Kyle Galley

Stuart McDonald is lovin it – it being the Garrard’s Junior Concession Driver Challenge   After three rounds of heats in the second of the Garrard’s Junior Concession Driver Challenge series Harley Mathew and Dean Miller share the lead with 21 points while overall Challenge leader Stuart McDonald is just a solitary point behind on 20 points going into the $14,999 Final scheduled for Pinjarra on Monday 3rd February.  Unlike Series One, when Kiara Davies dominated, the second series is wide open and any one of the four leaders can win the $500 Garrards Voucher on offer for the winner of Series Two.   25/01/2014 26/01/2014 27/01/2014 Total  BUNBURY NARROGIN PINJARRA Matthew, H J (Harley) 5 10 6 21 Miller, D B (Dean) 10 4 7 21 McDonald, S A (Stuart) 8 8 4 20 Sheehy, K S (Kristy) 7 6 5 18 Wallrodt, C L (Cody) 6 0 8 14 Buchanan, T B (Thomas) 1 2 10 13 Egerton-Green, D (Dylan) 4 3 4 11 Ferguson, M B (Micheal) 3 4 4 11 Dunne, B (Brian) 2 7 1 10 Hayter, K M (Kaiden) 1 5 2 8 Edwards, L R (Luke) 1 1 3 5 Justins, J R (Jack) 1 1 1 3  Winners of each heat in the series earn a $250 Garrards voucher with a $500 voucher for the winner of each series.  After the running of Series Three in May 2014 the points from each series will be added together and the driver with the most points will be declared the winner of the Garrard’s Junior Concession Driver Challenge. The winner of the Garrard’s Challenge receive 2,000 cash from Garrards and will be Western Australia’s representative at the 2014 New South Wales Rising Stars Series.  With the final race of Series Two and four races of Series Three to run the current leader is Stuart McDonald with 42 Points three clear of Kristy Sheehy (39) and Series One winner Kiara Davies (35).  Davies has been unable to take part in Series Two to this point in time due to being injured in a stable accident.   By Alan Parker    

The TAB Rewards stable will launch a two-pronged attack at the Tabcorp Park Menangle meeting this Saturday night. Both The Big Mach and Tom And Grace will be out to do the stable proud in races four and five respectively. The pair will be looking to add to the already impressive total of just over $355,000 which has been won by the stable and been distributed to TAB Rewards members. Every time one of the stable animals competes, randomly chosen TAB Rewards members are picked to be its owner for a day. Getting to enjoy all the benefits an owner would, such as VIP treatment and stable access, members also get to pocket a share of any prize winnings collected on the day! Good luck to The Big Mach and Tom And Grace along with their 20 TAB Rewards owners for a day. For more information on the TAB Rewards stable, head to Andrew Georgiou - Wagering Media Officer    

Longtime owner, breeder and trainer Harold Merriam has passed away following a brief battle with cancer. The native of Nova Scotia was 80. Merriams wife Lexie passed in 1999 and he survived by daughters Cecilia and Sheila and son Essex, along with four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He is the uncle of Pauline Johnson, wife of trainer Bob Johnson. It was all of the sudden, Sheila explained. He was very healthy and still training and riding. He became sick around Thanksgiving and went in for some tests and they found the lymphoma. Bob Johnson was spending a great deal of time with Harold of late, noting his spirits were still very high. Up until very recently he was still training and also riding his beloved Buckskin Prince on the trails. He was a wonderful person and will be missed. When interviewed last year by Leighton Worthey, Merriam was asked about his favorite memory in racing. That would be Almond King, he said. He won the Great Western Pace in 1983. It was Cal Expos most valuable race at the time and I remember Lloyd Arnold presenting the trophy. Almond King was a son of Lumber King who was owned, trained and bred by Merriam. He won 23 of his 77 starts, earned $193,000 and had a 1:55 4/5 lifetime mark. By Mark Ratzky for Cal Expo Harness  

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