A night of competitive racing was held at Kilmore on Tuesday November 26, with the Avenel area taking the honours. Former Kilmore trainer Wayne Potter now based at Avenel, snared the Jet Roofing Pace for C4 & C5 class over 1690 metres with sit/sprint specialist Tombstone Eden in a mile rate of 1-58.8. Driven by Nathan Jack, Tombstone Eden from gate two on the second line settled four back in the moving line, before gaining a beaut three wide trail home in the last lap on the back of Gangster Boy ahead of him. Despite making the final bend four wide, Tombstone Eden sprinted home brilliantly to defeat Post It Away (one/one – outside the leader Whosgunnagetit from the bell) and Easy Lighting who was never better than three wide the trip. A five year old daughter of Armbro Operative and Eve Of Eden, Tombstone Eden has recorded nine wins from 37 race appearances. Other Avenel winners on the program were five year old Art Major/Vangold entire Cold Major for David and Josh Aiken who was successful in the Goulburn Murray Credit Union Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2180 metres following a gigantic performance at Shepparton a week earlier and promising mare Vics Cheval who was first up since June in A Harness Christmas At Kilmore 11 December Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2150 metres. Taking a concession, Cold Major bred by Queensland millionaire Clive Palmer had little luck from gate four being trapped wide,before being sent forward to park outside the pacemaker Fifth And Broadway (gate two) who was the favourite. Gaining cover mid-race after Amazing Kano moved to face the breeze, Cold Major when eased wide on turning, finished his race off well to score from Big Zee (mid-field) using inside runs prior to the home turn before easing wide on straightening and Major Deed in a mile rate of 1-59.7. David was to finish the night on a high note when extremely talented Yankee Boy/Vics Lady four year old mare Vics Cheval recorded her 4th victory in 16 outings. Starting from the pole, Vics Cheval raced very roughly as the starter released the field, being given plenty of time to find her feet, settling four back along the markers with the roughie Ifu Seek The Luck leading from barrier three. When Jumeirah Jane ahead of her was eased away from the inside to face the open for the run along the back straight on the final occasion, Vics Cheval immediately latched to her back for a nice ride home. Issuing a strong challenge to Jumeirah Jane on the home turn, Vics Cheval gained the upper hand shortly after and coasted to the wire 17.6 metres in advance of the 60 metre backmarker Miss Southern Land, with Jumeirah Jane a head away in third place. The mile rate 2-07.7. Both Cold Major and Vics Cheval were bred by Queensland millionaire Clive Palmer and are raced by David Aiken. Melton trainer Sue Hunter combined with Gavin Lang to land the Kilmore H.R.C Trotters Mobile for T2 & T3 class over 2180 metres with smart pacing bred 6-Y-0 Elsu/Amanda Woodward gelding Mister Elwood. Having his first outing since May, Mister Elwood starting inside the second line was soon travelling just of the speed in the running line, with Conchs Critter leading from the pole. His task was made a lot easier as two of the main fancies Chevals Racer (gate two) and Star Style (gate five) galloped away. Send forward three wide gradually in the final circuit, Mister Elwood raced clear over the concluding stages to defeat the honest mare Sultry Lady which moved to face the open at the bell from three back the markers after an unsuccessful bid for the front running from gate four, with Tawonga South third off a three wide trail last lap from last on the back of the winner. The mile rate 2-02.4. Glen Park’s Sebastian Steenhuis has a wonderful strike rate and was successful Safari/Truly Sue gelding Bobby Fabulous in the Kilmore HRC 3-Y-0 Pace over 2180 metres with Michael Stanley in the sulky. Leading out from gate two, Bobby Fabulous ran his rivals ragged, accounting for Ruato Bay off a three wide trail from six back in the running line at the bell and Christian Torado (one/two) returning a mile rate of 1-59.8. Dunnstown based Nathan Cahir was also a winner on the night when five year old Metropolitan/Cornelia Lombo gelding No Bettertime greeted the judge in the Ashley’s Kids Rides Pace for C1 class over 2180 metres. Driven by Nathan, No Bettertime was given a sweet passage from gate four trailing the well supported Pass It To Billy which flew the gate from barrier five and was always travelling beautifully. Using the sprint lane, No Bettertime dashed clear halfway up the running to score by 1.7 metres over the flying Dont Wanadie (four back the markers), with Packedtotherafters coming from near last to finish third. The mile rate 2-00.1. Len Baker
Harness Racing South Australian Horse of the Year Luncheon will be held at Betezy Park Globe Derby on Sunday 3rd November. The finalist in each category was announced today . Panel members will cast their votes in each category and the winners will be announced at the function. The members will also vote for the SA Horse of the Year, which will come from one of the category winners. The 2 year olds are headed by Southern Cross winners Fred’s A Safari (5 wins from 9 starts) and star filly Flagbearer (who won 5 of her 6 starts in SA & qualified for the Breeders Crown Final in Victoria) joining them in that category is Doug’s Courage (3 wins -8 starts) ,Limestone Bay (6 wins - 8 starts), Major Cruiser (4 from 17) and That’s Rite (3 from 10 but won the Tatlow Stakes in Melbourne) The 2 year old trotters division has just two nominations Boundary Row who won 6 from 9 and Majestic Whiz who won only 1 race but was very consistent with 6 placings. Three year old pacers consists of Victorian trained Getya Wings Out who won the Fillies Southern Cross Final, Glenferrie Rustler who won 9 of his 13 starts, Lord Lincoln 11 wins 14 starts, Nothing In Between 10 from 16 and Quadentate the Andy Gath trained pacer who claimed the Southern Cross Colts & geldings division. Trotters division for 3yo Hackashaq 3 wins, Just Spur Me On 2 wins, Reinforcement 2 wins and Solar Spirit 4 wins in a even division. The 4yo and older are headed by cult horse Come On Frank won 6 races and finished third in SA Cup and the ill-fated Zanardi who won 10 races, others are recently retired star mare Repelem 8 wins, Aitch Cue 3 wins and Country Cups king Shanghai Knight 5 wins and 11 placings from 24 starts. The open trotters: Long May She Reign, Me An Kel, Rejuvenation, Siegfried and Vee Salute. And the claimers get a category, Campbell Wallace, Conte Centovalli, Fourmoore, Silver Ranger, Together We Do and Washies Chance. Panel of 11 members will now cast their votes in each category and the winners will be announced at the function. The members will also vote for the SA Horse of the Year, which will come from one of the category winners. Gary Newton
Weanlings by the well credentialled sires Shadow Play, Art Official, Major In Art, Grinfromeartoear, Tell All and Skyvalley will go up for auction at the Alabar Blue Ribbon Yearling and Broodmare Sale to be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd on Sunday, October 6 at Alabar Bloodstock, Echuca. A total of 27 yearlings have been nominated including four by both Major In Art and Santanna Blue Chip and two by Shadow Play and Art Official. The offering includes a half-brother by Grinfromeartoear to the Spring Championship winner Crimson Knight, a Santanna Blue Chip grandson of Majestic Tess (Breeders Plate), a Kenneth J half-brother to the Inter Dominion heat winner Faking It, an Allamerican Ingot colt out of a half-sister to Wally Walton, a Safari filly out of the Bathurst Gold Tiara winner Donna Lombo, Shadow Play and Major In Art fillies both closely related to Rocknrolla. There’s yearling colts and fillies from the families of ‘black type’ performers Alta Christiano, Saint Flash, Hilarious Guest, Her Sparky Self, Gotanedge, Six Oclock Rock and Newsbreaker. The sale also features broodmares in-foal to leading sires such as Art Major, Mach Three, Rock N Roll Heaven, Armbro Operative, Live Or Die, Shadow Play, Mr Feelgood, Sportswriter, Village Jasper, Roll With Joe, Mister Big and Grinfromeartoear. The online catalogue for the Alabar Blue Ribbon sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from Peter Dow on 0412 195 986 or the office on (02) 6884 8355 or email email@example.com by Peter Wharton
Leading Victorian reinsman Chris Alford showed why he is considered one of the best Australia has to offer, with a brilliant display aboard 5-Y-0 Sundon/Geena Hest mare Maidstone Miss (winner of the 2011 Redwood Classic) in the Lilydale Instant Lawn Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2150 metres at Yarra Valley on Monday September 9. Trained at Clyde (Cranbourne) by owner Jayne Davies with whom Alford has had a long association winning many feature events over the years including the 1995 (Christchurch) Inter Dominion with Golden Reign, it was a classic Alford exhibition to greet the judge. Adopting “catch me if you can” tactics after beginning brilliantly to pounce in front from outside the front line, Alford summed the race up to a nicety, setting his rivals the task of chasing Maidstone Miss all through the race. Showing no signs of stopping, Maidstone Miss scored by 24.1 metres in advance of the hot favourite El Paco off a 40 metre backmark, with My Name Is Earl a further 15 metres away in third place. The mile rate 2-06. Cranbourne trainer Hugh Cathels’ 6-Y-0 Bettors Delight/Star Chaser gelding Astronaut was a tough winner of the De Bortoli Pace for C5 & C6 class over 2150 metres in 2-00.1. Driven on this occasion by Lisa Miles, Astronaut was trapped four wide from outside the front row, before being restrained to the rear of the field, with Franco Jackson retaining the lead from the pole. When Vinni Gambino ahead of him made a mid-race forward move, Astronaut immediately latched to his back, before parking outside the pacemaker for the final half of the journey. Under a tight rein approaching the final bend, Astronaut gained the upper hand on turning and raced clear to register a most impressive 5.6 metre victory over Franco Jackson, with Vinni Gambino third after switching down to the sprint lane on turning. Raced by Hugh and Lorraine Cathels, Astronaut a half brother to multiple winners Our Maid Marianne and Safari, has fronted the starter on 77 occasions, winning 14 times. by Len Baker
Echuca on the Campaspe River close to the Victorian/N-S-W border, held a neat eight event harness racing card on Tuesday August 6, with border hoppers Kenmor Albertina and Victoria May both saluting the judge. Kenmor Albertina a 4-Y-0 gelded son of Artiscape and Sky Hy trained at Narrandera by David Kennedy was successful in the Carmel Ryan Memorial Pace for C1 class over the sprint trip of 1755 metres. Driven by Shepparton's Nathan Jack, Kenmor Albertina settled three back in the moving line from gate two on the second line, with The Numbers Man leading from gate three. Despite being pushed wide in the final circuit by Earls Reign (one/one) inside him, Kenmore Albertina proved too strong over the concluding stages for Earls Reign in a rate of 2-00 even, scoring by 1.9 metres, with Hezupnabout (three back the markers) using the sprint lane for third. Four year old Holmes Hanover/Ides Of May mare Victoria May also trained at Narrandera by Shaun Snudden snared the Christies Welding Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2160 metres in a mile rate of 2-00.1. Taking a concession for stable "apprentice" Paul Diebert, Victoria May came out running from gate two, safely holding out Hellovanite (gate four) which issued a serious challenge. Even though she was inclined to over race after being revved up early, Victoria May kicked clear on straightening to record a 5.9 metre victory in advance of the Elmore mare Madam Altissimo which trailed using the sprint lane to no avail, with Donoson first up for 12 months running home late from near last for third. Nagambie's Chris Lang notched up yet another winner in the trotting ranks when 4-Y-0 Kadabra/Kyvalley Diva gelding Kyvalley Rap scored in the Peats Office Equipment Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2530 metres. With Chris in the sulky, Kyvalley Rap starting from inside the 10 metre mark, possied three back along the markers, before moving to trail the leader Dabbsey when Family Decision galloped. Coming away from the inside on the final bend, Kyvalley Rap quickly put the race away to record a 14.6 metre victory in 2-07.2 from Dabbsey which battled on well to hold off a death-seating Sans Frontiere. Ballarat trainer Craig Knowles combined with Greg Sugars aboard 4-Y-0 Modern /ArtHitch To Fitch mare Modern Hitch to land the Awards Night September 21 Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 2160 metres, leading throughout to comfortably defy all challengers, accounting for A Chance Taken which trailed and Longtan Tigerman which followed the pair in a mile rate of 2-05.1. Orrvale (Goulburn Valley) trainer Steven Duffy also used the services of Greg Sugars to capture the Echuca Moama Storage 2-Y-0 Pace over 1755 metres with Safari/Delldale gelding Hooper Road which was making his second appearance at the races. Settling at the tail of the field after starting from the extreme draw, Hooper Road gained a lovely three wide trail home in the last lap following the well supported Sutter Man which quickly moved outside the leader Macworthy on debut approaching the home turn. Joining Sutter Man on turning, Hooper Road wasn't knocked around in winning by a neck, with Macworthy holding down third. The mile rate 2-01.2. Undera (G-V) trainer Glenn Freeman has revitalized 8-Y-0 Panorama/Lady Bye Bye stallion Goforzoe airborne at present, resulting in an all of the way victory from the pole in the Moama Bowling Club Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2160 metres. Driven by Daryl Douglas, Goforzoe was allowed to bowl along at his leisure with the well supported Charlotte Two (gate four) caught in the open. Still travelling on the final bend, Goforzoe never looked like being beaten, coasting to the wire 4.3 metres in advance of Charlotte Two and Hes Real from last in a rate of 2-02.6. Union Guy/Velcro gelding Whos That Guy landed the Like Us On Facebook 3-Y-0 Pace over 1755 metres from gate three in almost identical fashion, giving Daryl Douglas a driving double. Given his head approaching the final bend, Whos That Guy trained at St Arnaud by Leon Clohesy bounded away to score by 7.2 metres in a rate of 2-02 from Del Rosario (three back the markers) and a death-seating Black Jasmin. Corowa trainer John Low joined forces with Nathan Jack to land the Follow Us On Twitter Pace for C0 class over 1755 metres with 4-Y-0 Precious Bunny/Yeronga Quicksilver mare Bunny Rapid in a rate of 2-01.9. Settling mid-field in the moving line from gate four on the second row, Bunny Rapid sprinted with a wing on every foot in the final circuit to lead on turning, defeating the pacemaker Nolagalile and Artois Stone which faced the breeze. Len Baker Len Baker firstname.lastname@example.org 03 9307 5265 0401 679 745
The Blue Chip Farms Breeders Crown series is starting to heat up as we head into the final weeks of July and there is no better advertisement for that than the next two days racing. In all, eight heats of the futurity series will be run and won with four for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Bendigo tomorrow night and a further four for the three-year-old fillies at Ballarat on Wednesday night. The aptly named All Eyes On Us will line up in the first of the qualifiers and with Belinda and Luke McCarthy bringing down a strong hand for the series he is well favoured to kick it all off on a winning note. The colt by Art Major has drawn two in Race 2 at Bendigo and has been rated a $1.20 chance in today’s Herald Sun. Hectorjayjay ($8) was a winner of his Vicbred Super Series heat just a few weeks ago at big odds and will start from the running line in an intriguing race. The following race will see the re-emergence of Vicbred Super Series champion Major Secret however the barrier gods haven’t been as kind this time around. He will have to contend with mobile position six as the arms fold back but has still been marked the $2.10 favourite for the race. The McCarthy’s appear to have the biggest danger with Jedi Mind ($2.30) a close second to stablemate Lettucerockthem in a Breeders Crown heat seven days ago at Menangle. The well-travelled Bespoke Artist ($8) has drawn the extreme barrier for David Aiken and Chris Alford but is still in the market following his sixth in the Vicbred Super Series final. The third of the heats has been blown open with the scratching of likely favourite Zacharia. Mark Purdon’s juvenile was set to play a major role in the overall series before it was announced today he will be withdrawn. Handsome Major, for Adam Kelly, and Gowan Loch, for Andy Gath, will both start from the second row but now loom as the key chances along with the consistent Motor Smoker who won the Shakamaker Classic back in April. The final heat comes in Race 8 on the program at 9pm and Purdon will be searching to exact revenge with Messini who was just touched off in the Vicbred Super Series final last time. The two-year-old colt already has a win at the track under his belt thanks to his Vicbred heat win back in June and has been marked $1.40 from gate four. The claiming drivers will take the reins on those considered the biggest threat with David Moran steering Another Safari from the second row while Zac Phillips will jump in the cart behind Theartofconfusion for Brett Cotterill. by Blake Redden
Fred's A Safari the 2yo Southern Cross Colts & Geldings winner has been sent to the paddock for a well deserved rest by harness racing trainer Darren Billinger, the Safari 2yo has won 5 of his nine starts in his juvenile season with three minor placing's.
Fairy Tales do come true! ….. One did on Saturday Night at Globe Derby Park when Fred’s A Safari led all the way to win the 2yo colts & geldings Southern Cross Final.
More than $11,000 has been raised for the victims of the Leeton Paceway fire where five horses perished in the blaze last month. Donations from Harness Racing NSW, Harness Breeders New South Wales, Alabar Farms, Yirribee Stud, former Board Member Rob Nalder and the general public have contributed to the cause.
In further support for the victims of the Leeton Paceway fire, Yirribee Stud at Wagga and the McCarthy harness racing family have donated a service to For A Reason, the first son of Art Major to stand in New South Wales, with a service fee of $2,500.
The end of a wonderful era came recently with the passing of Horsham-Marong owned harness racing broodmare, Wide Glide.
The 2012 Bathurst Gold Crown Harness Racing Yearling Sale will be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co at the Bathurst Showground next Sunday (March 25), starting at 11am. The sale comprises 163 lots by 55 different sires including the world's fastest ever racehorse Somebeachsomewhere 1:46.8.
There are over 50 harness racing sires represented in the catalogue for the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale to be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo at the Bathurst Showground on Sunday, March 25.
Most of Australia's Top Ten sires from the 2010/11 harness racing season are represented in the catalogue for the 2012 Victorian Premier Harness Yearling Sale, to be held for the first time at the Quest Shepparton Racing Complex Showground, on Sunday, 22nd January.
Standing in only his second commercial season at stud former champion harness racing pacer 'Safari' is proving very popular with the breeders after server a whopping 231 mares in his first year.
Stallion Station this year boasts a stallion roster without doubt the envy of the world when it comes to harness racing stallions. Boasting 15 world class stallions, including proven sires, Mach Three, and Courage Under Fire, who are now well entrenched at the top of most sire lists.