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As the curtain falls on the harness racing career of one of Emma Stewart’s high-class mares in Victoria Oaks winner Beauty Secret, the Smythes Creek trainer has another one whose star is very much on the rise. Four-year-old Berisari has won all three of her assignments this preparation, including a last-start 3.5-metre triumph over Bettor Downunder in the Angelique Club Cup at Melton last Friday night. On Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton the daughter of Safari will be having her 20th race start and be shooting for an 11th victory in the $100,000 Group 1 Pegasus Club Queen of the Pacific over 2760 metres. “She’s in great form,” driver Nathan Jack said. “She’s a real professional. We haven’t had to get serious with her yet this time. We haven’t had to pull the plugs but she’s beaten plenty of good ones. She’s really in the zone.” Berisari has drawn barrier four in Saturday night’s mares’ classic, a field of 12 to go around in the stand start race. “The stand start is the query, but she’s a laid-back mare and she’s in a good camp,” Jack said. Berisari opened $3 with TAB fixed odds but quickly trimmed into $2.7, while odds-on favourite Frith has eased from her opening quote of $1.75 to $1.85. Reigning race champion Gumdrops will be an outsider on Saturday night but has been specked in early fixed odds betting. Beauty Secret, meanwhile, goes out a 24-time winner from 56 starts, the daughter of Armbro Operative/Secret Life having earned connections $425,921 during a glistening racing career. VIDEO: Beauty Secret’s 2012 Nevele R Stud Victoria Oaks Final victory at Tabcorp Park Melton VIDEO: Berisari winning last week’s Angelique Club Cup at Tabcorp Park Melton ODDS: TAB's fixed odds market for Pegasus Club Queen of the Pacific CODY WINNELL COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA MANAGER

Talented harness racing star Berisari continued her rise to the top with an impressive victory at Tabcorp Park Melton last night.   Making her debut against open class mares, Berisari scored an impressive win with Nathan Jack in the cart.   After trailing the pacemaker, Bettor Downunder, Berisari finished swiftly along the sprint lane to complete a three-and-a-half metre win from the leader.   The Good Times – a stablemate of the winner – was a metre away third.   Completing a hat-trick in the process, the daughter of Safari rated 1:57.7 for the 2240 metres.   Thrilled with the four-year-old’s performance, trainer Emma Stewart believes Berisari is primed for a highly successful campaign.   “She showed she was up with the best of her age last season and has come back in sensation form this time around,” Stewart said. “We couldn’t be happier with the way she is going.   “She was only beaten a short half-head in last year’s Sires’ Final and that will be her main target this time in.   “She is a wonderful mare, which should continue to get better with racing and age.”   Paul Courts

It is the best move I have made... That’s the call from harness racing owner Charlie Debono when discussing his decision to send promising pacer Another Safari to power couple Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin. Debono co-owns Another Safari with his son, Brett. Since joining the duo’s stable Another Safari has won five of his seven starts, with a second and fourth also to his credit. The pacer’s latest victory came at Maryborough yesterday when he outstayed his rivals in 1:59.6 with Gavin Lang in the cart. “They are doing wonders with him,” Debono declared. “I couldn’t be happier. “He got crook on me as two-year-old and didn’t really recover from it even at three. “He had the better part of a year off and has now only come good again this season.” With no major targets in mind for the four-year-old, Debono stated he will leave all plans up to Stewart and Tonkin. “I’ve got no schedule for him,” Debono said. “It’s up to Emma and Clayton. “They’re doing a great job and there is no point in me interfering…that’s why you send them horses.” By former tough pacer Safar – which was also trained by Stewart and Tonkin – Another Safari is from Debono’s former top mare, Living Angel. A member of the Peter Manning team, Living Angel won 23 races, including the Ararat, Echuca, Stawell and St Arnaud Cups. At stud, Living Angel boasts two starters for two winners, with Debono training the mare’s first winner, Teejay Cullen. To Debono’s dismay, the gelding was limited to 28 starts, which netted five wins and three placings. While he is happy to have Another Safari at the Stewart/Tonkin base, Debono also enjoys training as a hobby. “I like to have one or two in work,” Debono said. A passionate industry supporter, Debono’s introduction into harness racing was unusual to say the least. Spending his younger days “riding hacks” around Melton, Debono first crossed paths with standardbreds when he noticed a trainer preparing one of his stable members and basically thought the man in question had lost the plot. “I was riding hacks at the time and we would go all over the place, but I saw a bloke going around and around in circles and I thought he was crazy,” Debono said. “As it turned out that bloke was Frank Scicluna in his Kams Revenge days and little did I know how good she was.” Debono then received the misleading advice that eventually changed his life and passion for the industry. “I had a mate of mine come up to me in the late 1980s when the country was going through the recession, and he said I should buy a harness horse as they are giving them away,” Debono declared. “So I went out and got a colt, which I named Amanadas Bear, and have been hooked since. “He never won a race, only running a few placings, but it was enough to get me right in. “I soon bought more horses and have had a lot of fun. “I like to do a bit of the training myself and now I’m the crazy bloke who goes around and around in circles as I work my horses.” PAUL COURTS

Well-performed harness racing filly Viva Safari may have run her last race. Concerned with the three-year-old’s hoof, trainer Michael Azzopardi was shocked when x-rays revealed Viva Safari had broken her leg. As such, vets inserted three screws into the bone, with the injury likely to end Viva Safari’s promising career. By former tough campaigner Safari, Viva Safari had won three of her last five starts, while finishing second in the other two. “At this stage it likes her career is over,” Azzopardi declared. “She had what appeared to be an abscess in her hoof, which is what the vet originally thought it was, so we treated her for that. “Normally it would start to come good after a few days, but this didn’t, so we took her to the vet hospital and they thought the same thing. “We got her x-rayed just looking for more answers and couldn’t believe she had a break. “It looks like she may have had a hairline fracture for some time…it just wasn’t enough to really cause her pain. “But with a bit of racing, it’s gotten worse and this is the end result.” To be confined to her box for the next three months, Viva Safari will be sent to the breeding barn next season. With the likelihood of being sidelined for a minimum 18 months, there is an outside chance Azzopardi will attempt a comeback with Viva Safari as a five-year-old. “On a possible bright side she is only three, so there is plenty of time if we were to consider trying her again one day,” Azzopardi said. “For now she will spend three months in a box, then enjoy a spell before we decide on which stallion to send her to. “If after she foals and her leg is given the all clear to at least try we may attempt a comeback with her, but that is a long way off. “For now, I’m more concerned about keeping her comfortable and happy.” PAUL COURTS

The biggest buyers of harness racing bloodstock in the southern hemisphere are turning a new leaf in New Zealand next week when they consign a colt to the Australasian Classic yearling sale. Everytime you looked up in the last few years Merv and Meg Butterworth had been buying yearlings at the sales or snapping up promising racehorses in New Zealand for their huge racing empire. The Butterworths have enjoyed huge success in the last few seasons especially since they hooked up with the leading New Zealand training duo of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. The Butterworths have just enjoyed their best night as owners on Saturday when Arden Rooney scooped the $400,000 Hunter Cup. So next week when Lot 109 walks into the ring at Auckland the Butterworths will have come full circle. Lot 109 is named Bettor Under Fire and just like his vendors, he is from a 100% Australian maternal family. Bettor Under Fire is the first foal from the outstanding Courage Under Fire racemare in Queen Of Fire 1:57.1 ($176,809) who ran second in both the Australian Oaks and the Australasian Breeders Crown final for four year old mares. Queen Of Fire is from Penultimate who has left six other winners including Majestic Emperor 1:58.1 ($186,378) and Major Mac 1:59.2 ($72,163) and the dam of the very promising Machtwister 1:55 ($57,578) Penultimate is a half sister to six winners including Detroit Dan 1:56.8 ($118,639) Mister Motown 1:59.6 (72,163) and to Star Chaser who is the dam of four $100,000 winners including  the champion Australian pacer Safari 1:55.7 ($535,445) as well as Astronaut 1:57.1 ($141,129) Our Maid Marianne 1:57.9 ($110,338) and Major Frank 1:52 ($108,228). Kiwi buyers have had a tendency to overlook Australian bred stock in the past but Mark Purdons successful raids on the Australian yearling sales and the performance last season of Alta Orlando 1:56.2 ($173 486) who is from a West Australian mare has certainly changed that perception on this side of the Tasman. The hardest thing for Merv and Meg to get the hang of next week may well be the inclination to put their hands up when the bidding starts. Old habits are hard to break. Harnesslink Media  

Broodmare gem Monaloo completed a rare harness racing feat last night. Boasting a perfect strike rate as a matron, Monaloo produced a pair of winners in the space of a couple of hours. Even more impressive is the fact the dam’s progeny were successful in two states. Promising pacer Freds A Safari kicked started proceedings when triumphant at Globe Derby for trainer-driver Darren Billinger. Rating 1:59.6 for the 1800 metres, the four-year-old continued his unbeaten run from three outings this season. By Safari, the feature race winner extended his record to 10 wins and eight placings from 25 starts. Lord Monaloo then matched his half-brother’s feat when victorious at Shepparton for astute horsewoman Kylie Sugars. Driven by Sugars’ brother, Greg, Lord Monaloo enjoyed a three-wide trail during the latter stages before scoring in 1:56.8 over 2190 metres. Racing in consistent fashion this term, the son of It Is I has notched three wins and three placings from six starts for an overall tally of 22 wins and 24 placings from 59 starts. Monaloo next foals is an unraced two-year-old daughter by It Is I. PAUL COURTS

TALENTED Tasmanian harness racing trainer Shelley Barnes celebrated a first at the meeting at Carrick in the North of the state on Friday. Barnes has trained hundreds of winners and driven probably twice as many but when Angel or Demon (Safari-Ima Merry Jasper) led throughout to win the Island Block & Paving pace on debut it gave Barnes her first winner that she bred herself. The four-year-old mare showed great gate speed to easily find the front and when driver Gareth Rattray called on her to extend in the home straight she powered clear and went on to score comfortably from Helenshall and Really Thirsty that flashed home from well back. "She's always shown a bit but has had problems and I was starting to worry that I'd never get her to the races," Barnes said. "They've only been minor injuries but they have meant that she has been in and out of work many times," she said. Barnes was confident the mare could win following an impressive trial win a week earlier and punters also were keen to get on, backing her in to start the $2.20 favourite. While Angel or Demon was impressive the minor placegetters also showed ability and it might not be long before Helenshall and Really Thirsty find their way into the winner's circle. Peter Staples

Queensland warrior Destreos is hoping for a change of luck. The Ken Rattray trained veteran gelding lines up in his fifth Redcliffe Cup this Saturday night at the bayside club and victory is proving to be quite elusive. But this could be the year. The Gr.3 $40,000 Moreton Bay Regional Council Redcliffe Gold Cup has drawn together a very strong field highlighted by a huge representation from the leading stables of Grant Dixon who has five entrants including last year’s winner Only The Brave. While club officials were hopeful of attracting champion pacer Im Themightyquinn who swept all before him recently at Albion Park, a competitive field has been assembled. Destreos returns from a successful three start Sydney campaign and heads to Redcliffe in great form leaving connections hopeful of forward showing. The best result for Destreos so far was back in 2010 when a runner-up behind Nickys Falcon. “He’s returned from his Sydney trip in very good order and knowing that Im Themightyquinn and Avonnova are not starting gives me plenty of confidence. We’ll still need plenty of luck but you can’t knock his recent form, I thought he performed really well in all of his starts in Sydney including his latest effort behind Freyberg and Smoken Up in 1;51.7.” Rattray said. Destreos starts from a 10m handicap and will follow out last start winner and in-form pacer Majestic Major. Regular pilot Kelli Dawson will reunite with the Astreos gelding. “In recent times I’ve tried to restrict his racing to mile events but he’s performing really well currently and I thought he deserved his chance in this race again. We’ve been close on a few occasions in the past including his narrow second to Nickys Falcon so hopefully we can win it this time around. “He’s got a good record at Redcliffe and he’s never had any issues with the track despite boasting a great record at Albion Park. If we get a good trip from the draw, I think he’ll be right in this finish. “His last start sixth in Sydney was very good because we got left without cover and he was still in the mix until the final 75m and the time was very good on a cool night. We went to Sydney to avoid the winter carnival stars but still ran into the likes of Smoken Up and a few others.” Rattray was quick to highlight star mare Forever Gold as one of the hardest to beat despite the fact she must overcome a 20m back mark handicap. The Darren Weeks/Kylie Rasmussen prepared mare caught the eye last start when running on strongly behind Im Themightyquinn in the Gr.1 $100,000 Blacks A Fake at Albion Park on July 19. “That mare went super last start at Albion Park and I’m sure she will prove very hard to beat, she’s such a professional and she always rises to the challenge. “It’s a very even field and most could win it with even luck, this is a race that can throw up a roughie.” The $20,000 Redcliffe Oaks is the other feature on the program and a strong field has also been gathered. Last start Queensland Oaks placegetters Charming Allie and Beef City Safari must overcome second-line draws while speedy fillies Heavenly Cullen and Morethanmeetstheye have drawn ideally. The first of nine races is scheduled to start at 5.35pm. By Chris Barsby (Harness Racing Australia)

Two of the stallions that appeared on the Alabar Stallion Roster in 2013 will be heading for new farms in the upcoming breeding season. Firstly Major In Art, the 2008 USTA Two Year Old of the Year will be heading north of the border to Darren Reay’s Medowie Lodge on the outskirts of Newcastle. The handsome son of Art Major is not far outside the Top Ten on the Australian Three Year Old Sires List in this current season. He has sired 21 winners of over $310,000 to date including the smart Queensland pacer Major Sam 1:54.7 and the Bathurst based pacers Smack Dab Shannon 2:00.1 and Lagoon Stride 1:59.8. The Two Year Old colt Artillery Major was a fast finishing second in $102,000 Pearl Classic Final at Gloucester Park in mid June. Medowie Lodge is based in the strong Harness Racing area surrounding Newcastle and Major In Art should be a welcome boost for breeders in that area and indeed for breeders throughout NSW. Darren Reay can be contacted by phoning 0429 817 199. The trotting stallion Great Success is the other lad on the move. He will be taking a trip across the Tasman to take up residence at Ken and Jan Wills’ property of Niota Bloodstock at Girgarre (near Shepparton) in Victoria. The now ten year old stallion sired the exciting, but injury plagued gelding, Roy Hobbs tr 2:00.2 in his first crop and has since sired the recent multiple winners Boundary Row, Jeter and Senitas Success. Ken and Jan Wills can be contacted on (03) 5854 6572. Finally an update on Safari, the powerful son of Fake Left. He will be heading back to Alabar’s Echuca property next month to join the other seven stallions that are based at the northern Victoria property. July has been a good month for the progeny of Safari and in particular three fillies. Berisari had only the smallest of noses that separated her from a victory in the $110,000 Vicbred Final for three year old fillies, whilst on the same night Viva Safari finished runner up in the two year old Vicbred Final for fillies to take her seasons earnings past $50,000. Meanwhile in Queensland, the three year old filly Beef City Safari finished second and then a fast closing third to star filly Nike Franco in the Gold Coast and Queensland Oaks respectively. Safari’s service fee will be unchanged from that of last season - $1,650 (incl GST). Alabar Stud

As brilliant as Birdy Mach might be, harness racing punters won’t be ignoring the undefeated Andy Gath-trained Burnaholeinmypocket in the Garrards Horse and Hound Tatlow Stakes for 2YO colts and geldings on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton. The son of Bettors Delight boasts impeccable form lines; beating subsequent Group 1 winners despite starting from awkward draws and working in the run at both his starts to date. Burnaholeinmypocket sprouted wings late in his debut race, beating Justbritell (winner of the Shakamaker Classic at Melton in March) by 1.9m and Feeling Arty (winner of the Group 1 Vicbred Super Series colts’ and geldings’ final) by 7.3m. At start number two, Burnaholeinmypocket drifted a long way back early from gate seven before getting caught three-wide with no cover on the last lap. Despite covering a stack of ground from the bell to the finish post, Burnaholeinmypocket still proved 1.7m too good for Waves Of Fire, who would go on to win the Group 1 Nursery Final at Albion Park in 1:58.4. “He’s pretty gifted,” Gath said of his fledgling gelding. Asked if gate one was a definite bonus, the Long Forest trainer responded: “Always”, adding: “He had the second row at his first start and then seven at his second. I think he’ll hold his own out of the gate. Whether or not he can hold out Birdy Mach, we’ll wait and see, but my bloke’s shown he’s very strong.” Birdy Mach is the likely thorn in Burnaholeinmypocket’s side; the Sydney colt unbeaten in two runs at Menangle and from the powerful Belinda McCarthy yard at Cobbitty. Such is the boom about the son of Mach Three that champion reinsman Luke McCarthy said on Tuesday: “He’s right up there with the best two-year-olds I’ve ever driven”. Birdy Mach has blitzed his rivals in two runs so far, and on debut last month he clocked a 1:53.8 mile rate (last half 55.7secs). Saturday’s Tatlow field is full of top-quality youngsters including Kept Under Wraps, winner of three of five starts and a member of the Brent Lilley team, David Aiken-trained Show Me The Bling, runner-up in his Vicbred Super Series semi-final and the final, and Feeling Arty, who provided trainer-driver Cameron Maggs with his maiden Group 1 success recently in the Super Series at Melton. Gath will line up Looks Like Heaven in the fillies’ Tatlow Stakes and, like her stable-mate in the boys’ section, she’s drawn sweetly. The daughter of Lombo Mandingo will begin from pole if emergency Bubbling Gypsy fails to gain a start. Looks Like Heaven won on debut at Kilmore before trekking north on a Bathurst Gold Tiara mission. She won her Tiara heat by 8.8m but galloped in the final and finished down the track. “She’s going through a growth spurt at the moment ... We’ll see how she goes on Saturday and make a decision on the Breeders Crown after that,” Gath said. Team McCarthy filly Smooth Showgirl resumes in this race from gate 12 after winning the Group 1 Nursery fillies’ final at Albion Park in May. Also off the back row will be highly rated Kiwi Katy Perry, to be steered by Dexter Dunn, and Michael Stanley’s exciting Soho Tokyo, who ran second beaten a head by Tricky Styx in the 2YO Diamond Classic at Gloucester Park last time out. Hamilton trainer David Lewis will line up Luvumum in the Tatlow, the daughter of Grinfromeartoear boasting a one-from-one record after a sensational debut win at Melton in the Sapling Stakes. Luvumum was backed into $1.70 before scoring by 15.2m over Viva Safari in 1:57.6 in the February race. She’s pretty good. Punters aren’t generally a forgiving lot, so one suspects Lovelist might be on the drift. The Emma Stewart-trained Always A Virgin filly was rolled in the Vicbred Super Series semi-final after being sent out a $1.20 pop and then was beaten 11.8m in the final. Her previous form (four wins from four starts) was solid. The Tatlow Stakes races will be Races 5 and 6 at 7.32pm and 8.05pm. by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria Related Links Fields for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 19 July 2014 Form guide for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 19 July 2014

Harness racing trainer Greg Franklin prepares a big team of two. Just two pacers. And both will start this Saturday night at Albion Park, his first runner Beef City Safari will contest the Gr.1 $75,000 Queensland Oaks while his other runner Rakarebel will tackle champion pacer Im Themightyquinn for the second straight week. The popular figure prepares his pair of pacers at the Redcliffe Paceway, where Franklin is the track manager. “I’ve only got time for the two horses between my other commitments at the track but I’m lucky to have two handy types. The filly has been a strong improver all season long while Rakarebel keeps proving he’s got a real zest for racing.” Franklin said. The arrival of Beef City Safari into Franklin’s care came out of the blue following a missed call at Redcliffe on a racenight when Franklin was driving the water cart. Bernie and Carmel Clifton from Rockhampton left a message for Franklin and after making the return phone call, the filly was on her way to his stables. With four wins and nine placings from 21 career starts, Beef City Safari aims up for her shot at Group 1 glory when she locks horns with some of the best fillies in the country this weekend. “I’ve always liked this filly and I think she’s a good little stayer, she enjoys the races when the speed is on and I’m sure these fillies will be running from the start this weekend. Obviously Nike Franco is very talented but we’ll give it our best shot. “She’s trained on really well since her last and keeping her fresh in between runs has agreed with her. It was a very good effort in the Triad Final while her effort in the Gold Coast Oaks was also very strong. “We’re drawn directly alongside Nike Franco and I think Mathew (Neilson – driver) will give her a good run from there. I think she will perform well again and then we will look at the Redcliffe Oaks with her in a couple of weeks.” While Beef City Safari faces a big challenge getting over the top of Nike Franco, spare a thought for Rakarebel.   The well-travelled veteran was a former stablemate of Im Themightyquinn when previously prepared by Gary Hall before popping in and out of many stables since those glory days in Perth where he strung together eight straight victories at Gloucester Park. Last week, Rakarebel ran a cracking fourth in the Sunshine Sprint behind Im Themightyquinn in track record time after starting from a shocking second-line draw. “Everybody keeps telling me he’s past it but his form suggests otherwise, I know he still hasn’t won for me yet but his last couple of starts have been great in super time. “If he puts in another forward showing on Saturday night, he’ll back-up in the Blacks A Fake before we head to the Redcliffe Cup. He’s healthy and happy so we’ll keep chipping away with him." by Chris Barsby Queensland Harness Racing

Niki No No gave on-course harness racing MC Rob Auber a huge thrill tonight, winning the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series two-year-old fillies’ final at Tabcorp Park Melton. Auber is one of the owners in the Kari Males-trained Sportswriter filly, who toiled in the breeze early, eventually worked to the lead and then still had enough left to hold off all comers at the finish. Niki No No, driven by Greg Sugars, was panels ahead of her nearest rivals in this series, because her semi-final win a week ago was equally as gutsy as tonight’s performance. After posting a quick first split of 28.8secs, punters who took the short odds about Niki No No might have been breaking into a sweat despite the chilly conditions. A 32.4secs second quarter however gave Niki No No some respite before she came home in 58.9secs for the last half to hold off Viva Safari, driven by Michael Azzopardi, by 3.6m, with Yankee Showgirl third for Chris Alford. by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Bring on the Queensland winter carnival. That was the message following a super night of harness racing at Albion Park last night (Saturday) which boasted a cavalcade of stars. With the winter carnival officially starting on July 5, a great entrée was provided with features including the Gr.2 $50,000 Kevin &Kay Seymour Premiers Cups Final, the Gr.3 $30,000 TattsBet Gold Coast Oaks, the Gr.3 $35,000 QBRED Breeders Classic Finals and the Listed $15,000 Statewide Taxation Services Trotters Marathon. Another highlight was the appearance of Australia’s best three-year-old Bling It On. Staged for the first time at Albion Park, the Premiers Cup Final proved to be a survival of the fittest with Major Moment ($8.20) sprintlaning to beat a gallant Five Card Draw ($21.60) and Alleluia ($1.60 Fav). The 2647m standing start contest was loaded with action from the start with Major Moment leading from his prime draw but the moves soon followed with Alleluia, Slipaslygrin and Five Card Draw all taking off before the mile marker. Alleluia found the lead but gained no peace as Five Card Draw attacked on his outside, Major Moment who gained the perfect trail then used the passing lane to finish best from Five Card Draw and Alleluia. The time of 1;57.0 clearly smashed the track record which was previously held by Devil Dodger. The last mile was run in 1;54.9. It was a case of third time lucky for co-owner and Queensland Harness Racing Board member Greg Mitchell who has been a runner-up the two previous years with Only The Brave and Major Strike. The Gold Coast Oaks was dominated by brilliant filly Nike Franco who toyed with her rivals after working to the lead at the 1500m point of the 2138mcontest. Thereafter, the McArdle filly travelled kindly and was never threatened and scored comfortably defeating consistent fillies Beef City Safari and Freedom Is. The winning milerate was 1;56.2, just outside the race record of 1;56.0 set by Baby Bling in 2011. Recently taken over by Luke and Belinda McCarthy, the filly now heads to the Gr.1 $75,000 Queensland Oaks on July 12. The QBRED Breeders Classic Final for two-year-old fillies was taken out by Bettor Promise who led throughout to beat race favourite Feel The Faith and Bettorthanspecial. Prepared by Shannon Price and Scott Miller, the regally bred filly was rated perfectly in front by Brad Cowen and rated a career best time of 1;56.8. Bred by her owners, Tony and Katy Price, Bettor Promises ranks as a half-sister to former triple Oaks winner All Promises. In the colts and geldings Final, an inspiring drive from trainer/driver Donny Smith aboard A Good Chance saw him take the prize defeating a game Major Coup and Constantlysideways. Race favourite Mista Natural was crossed quickly at the start and Smith quickly followed through at the start before finding the lead before the end of the first quarter leaving the favourite to race without cover. The Mr Feelgood colt fought strongly in the straight and scored by a half head margin in a time of 1;58.7. Talented former Kiwi trotter Our Overanova maintained his unbeaten Queensland record with an all the way victory in the trotters marathon. The Grant Dixon trained and driven Monarchy gelding proved too strong holding out Goldstar Invasion and Its Three By Two in a time of 2;08.9 for the 3157m event. Our Overanova has won nine straight races and eight in Queensland since being purchased by Greg Mitchell. Boom pacer Bling It On didn’t disappoint his legion of fans with another effortless victory in the Knudsens Betta Home Living Pace. The American Ideal colt blasted home in splits of 27.7 and 27.4 seconds while recording a mile rate of 1;57.7. And the weekly $16,000 Seymour Rising Stars Championship Final was taken out by the Bart Cockburn prepared Miss Real in a time of 1;56.5. For further information regarding the Queensland winter carnival, contact either Racing Queensland or the Albion Park Harness Racing Club. by Chris Barsby

Argentan is in the heart of the Normandie breeding industry, and the red dust track which holds Saturday's UET Masters Series, the 100,000 euro Group Two Criterium de Vitesse de Basse Normandie, is near the centre of town. It is fitting then, that so many of the names which have become synonymous with the booming French breeding industry are located near the town. Take Coktail Jet, the sire who is credited as starting the Franco-American revolution, who won this race in 1995, resides not 25 minutes away at Jean-Etienne Dubois' luxurious establishment, which spreads between two former properties at Haras de la Perriere near the village of Belfonds. When Coktail Jet won the race, it was just the second time it had been raced over the imperial mile distance (increasing from 1600m) and he showed his credentials by lowering the from 1.12.8 to 1.11.8 (1.57.1 to 1.55.3MR). Six years later Coktail Jet sired the mare Ivory Pearl for Jean Luc Bigeon to win in 2001 before Jean-Etienne himself captured this race with a son of Coktail Jet, Jam Pridem in 2002. His father, France's greatest modern breeder, Jean Pierre Dubois, whose Haras de la Brosse is 20 minutes north at Nonant Le Pin, captured the race with another son of Coktail Jet, a certain Love You in 2005, who then himself sired another winner Quaker Jet (2012) - owned by Jean Etienne (who also owned and trained 1999 winner Giesolo de Lou). Jean-Etienne will be back again with Turbo Jet, who despite his name is a son of Joyau d'Amour and no relation to his namesake. The other prominent member of the Dubois clan Jean Philippe, who resides 15 minutes away from both at Fresneaux to the south-east owned last year's winner Texas Charm, who was driven that day by his son, Julien and stands there at stud at Haras de Fresneaux, which as is usual, has a full training facility. The pair again combine in this race, with trainer Philippe Moulin with Valse Darling while Jean-Philippe's other son Etienne will be behind Voyage de Reve while Jean-Philippe himself will be partner Volcan d'Urzy in a three-way assault on the race. To carry on the family connections, Louis Baudron, who is the grandson of both Jean Pierre Dubois and Roger Baudron, who won the race in 1986 with Navigo, is represented by Vive Majyc, and will be keen to carry on the strong family tradition. None of the other trainers have succeeded in capturing the race although some of the real heavyweights of the game are from this region and have horses entered. Thierry Duvaldesin is also in the "arrondiseement of Argentan" at Le Ferte-Frenel and he fronts with one of the favourites Swedishman, a well accomplished journeyman gelding as is Fabrice Souloy, who has Quinoa du Gers which he trains at his base at Ginai, 30 minutes away in the same region. And leading trainer Sebastien Guarato, originally from Bordeaux, but who learned his trade mostly at Haras de Ginai, and trains at nearby Clopin is represented by Reve de Beylev. And trainer Jean Paul Marmion, who briefly trained with Roger Baudron but trains in Maupertuis in central France, has two runners in one of the favoured runners Roi du Lupin and Talicia Bella. A race so close to home, for so many of the participants will surely provide one of the highlights of the weekend. CRITERIUM DE VITESSE DE BASSE NORMANDIE, Argentan 26/04/14 FR UET MASTERS SERIES Group II Int 1609m (1 mile) 4-10 100 000e 1 Swedishman (g Gogo - Volgana) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 2 Quinoa du Gers (h Ganymede - Targa du Chalange) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 3 Valse Darling (m Prodigious - Fly Darling) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 4 Roi du Lupin (g Fleuron Perrine - Helia de Saint Pol) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 5 Talicia Bella (m General du Pommeau - Illicia Bella) Dr: Antoine Wiels Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 6 Quarry Bay (m Cygnus d'Odyssee - Barcarolle) Dr: Pierre Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 7 Une Fille d'Amour (m Infant du Bossis - Never So Great) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Cyril Raimbaud 8 Reve de Beylev (h Fortuna Fant - Heloise Poterie) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 9 Volcan d'Urzy (h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 10 Quel Chef (g Chef du Chatelet - Herveyer) Dr: Fabien Michel Andrieu Tr: Fabien Michel Andrieu 11 Turbo Jet (h Joyau d'Amour - Elite d'Atout) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 12 Spirit Beji (h Kiwi - Galaxie Cosmos) Dr: Christopher Corbineau Tr: Stephane Provoost 13 Safari Dream (g Gai Brillant - La Memoria) Dr: Loic Peschet Tr: Loic Peschet 14 Seduisant Fouteau (h Gazouillis - Elisalde) Dr: Charles Dreux Tr: Andre Dreux 15 Vive Majyc (m Baccarat du Pont - Mammy Blue) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 16 Voyage de Reve (h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Etienne Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Talented Dean Braun trained gelding I’m Corzin Terror NZ showed that the only thing he has been lacking in recent runs was his share of luck; he got just that in the Petstock Bendigo Pacing Cup on Saturday night and used it to full advantage. Having been narrowly beaten in both the Yarra Valley and Tasmania Cups before more recently running an unlucky fourth in the Horsham Cup, the emphatic fifteen-metre victory in the $50,000 Group Two event was well deserved. Stable mate Mustang Mach NZ, brilliant out of the gates, led early but shortly after the start Im Corzin Terror challenged for the lead and Mustang Mach NZ, with Ellen Tormey in the sulky, was happy to take the trail behind the leader.  Kiwi star Mah Sish NZ worked up to sit outside the leader.  With the tempo of the race being beautifully dictated in front by Chris Alford, with a lap to travel favourite Bitobliss made a move to speed the race to his advantage.  But this was Im Corzin Terror’s night; on the home turn he was given free rein and he sprinted impressively to win easily in a mile rate of 1:57.7, two seconds outside champion Safari’s record of 1:55.7.  Warhorse Wartime Sweetheart NZ extricated himself too late from three back on the pegs to chase him home and run second for David Aiken, with Uncle Wingnut NZ flashing home for third. $2.50 favourite Bitobliss faded to run tenth. Earlier in the night, the two American bred favourites fought out the finish of the Aldebaran Park Maori Mile, with the David Aiken trained My High Expectations USA scoring a well deserved win over Kyvalley Blur USA in a quick mile rate. The Monte race was won by the dynamic combination of Motu Young Jacob NZ and rider Daryl Douglas, who went to the front shortly after the start and was never headed from there.  Kyvalley Rap ran second for French rider Yoann Lagarde, and jumps jockey Paul Hamblin had mixed fortunes with an indifferent start but ran on well for fourth. by Lucy McCormick

Four year old Live Or Die/Inclination gelding Excuse To Live had everything go right for a change when successful in the $6,000 Community Day Pace Final for C1 class over 1780 metres at the Stawell HRC meeting conducted on Monday December 30 for those which qualified in the heats held at Terang on Sunday December 22 Trained at Sebastopol (Ballarat) by Colin Holloway and raced by the Holloway family (Colin, wife Heather and son Brett) who drove the horse, Excuse To Live led throughout from the pole to defeat the raging hot favourite Keayang Starzzz from near last by a half neck in 1-57.1, with Dancing Feet running home late from a mile back to finish third. Excuse To Live rarely has any luck in his races and probably should have finished closer in many of them. Popular Sebastian owners Garry and Brenda Jackson finished the year on a high note, when their honest five year old Pegasus Spur/Cassies Miss mare Mosquito Spur landed in the Stawell Windows & Glass Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2175 metres. Trained and driven by Garry, Mosquito Spur began with a wing on every foot from the 10 metre mark to cross Family Decision shortly after the start, with her task being made easier when all of the favoured runners were badly away. Bowling along at her leisure, Mosquito Spur although shortening stride over the concluding stages, scored by 2.5 metres in a mile rate of 2-08.9 over Frances Annie which they away all chance at the start and was meritorious in making up many lengths to get so close at the finish. Rough Voyage (three back the markers) was third. Melton breeder/owner/trainer Charlie DeBono's Safari/Living Angel gelding Another Safari snared the 2nd Heat of the Stawell Veterinary Clinic Platinum Country Series I for Three Year Olds over 1780 metres in a rate of 2-00.5. Driven by Zac Phillips, Another Safari had little difficulty in leading from the pole, just lasting to defeat Always Wantano along the sprint lane after trailing by a half neck, with Notjustanotherlombo (one/one - three wide home turn) third a neck away after racing roughly prior to the post. Another Safari's mother Living Angel a multiple cup winning mare, won the Stawell Pacing Cup in 2001. Peter Manning kept his Stawell record intact by winning the Gold Reef Clothing Pace for C1 class over 2175 metres with in-form Art Major/Ananz filly Znana. With daughter Kerryn in the sulky, Znana led throughout from the pole to defeat her stablemate Additallup which raced outside her by 3.4 metres, with Amberlu Angus (one/one) third. The mile rate an easy 2-04.8. It was Znana's sixth victory. Armstrong trainer Brook Hansen's beautifully bred four year old Blissful Hall/My Cherie gelding Blessed IsThe Boy broke his maiden status at start number 12 when successful in the Carey Covers Pace for C0 class over 2175 metres, returning a mile rate of 2-01.7. Driven by Kerryn Manning, Blessed Is The Boy starting from the extreme draw commenced a forward move from last racing for the bell, being accommodated by the favourite Fearless Courage coming out ahead of him from three back in the running line. Making the final bend very wide, Blessed Is The Boy rattled home at a great rate to blouse the leader Urban Shadow by a half head in a tricky finish, with Onlyeconomyclass third after switching down to the sprint lane from mid-field on turning. Another four year old winner on the day was Jet Laag/Pandoras Reign gelding Pandoras Jet for Marong part-owner/trainer Col Latter in the Stawell farm Supplies Pace for C0 class over 1780 metres. Driven by Terang based "whiz kid" Jason Lee, Pandoras Jet showed blistering speed out of gate four to cross the pole marker Peters Ace on the first turn, defying all challengers to score in a rate of 2-00.7 from Peters Ace which used the sprint lane to no avail and Sir Dasher Dee which followed the pair. Former HRV Board member Peter Bourke now Chairman of Australian Pacing Gold, enjoyed a day of days at Stawell as apart from breeding the main race winner Excuse To Live, also bred and races Garabaldi Union the victor of the Hygain Feeds Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1780 metres. Trained by Peter Manning at Great Western, Garabaldi Union a five year old Union Guy/Miss Incline gelding which has been on fire of late, possied three back in the moving line from gate five, with Secret Ruby leading from the pole being shadowed by Metrofromelle. Easing three wide racing for the bell, Garabaldi Union showed plenty of staying prowess to wear down both Suerte (one/one) which shifted down to the sprint lane on straightening by a head and a game Metrofromelle in a mile rate 1-58.3. This is my final column for HARNESSLINK - thank you for all the support over the years and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2014. Len Baker                                      

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