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Shane Tritton thinks he could be the surprise packet of the Harness Jewels. And today’s barrier draws have only boosted his confidence with his juvenile pair Platinum Revolution and Petes Big Jim both snaring prized pole positions at Cambridge tomorrow (Saturday) week.  Tritton and wife Lauren have tackled the Jewels before so knows the enormity of the challenge, but he insists his two raiders should not be sold short despite not being dismissed by many.  “I know lots of people have written us off and, in the case of Petes Big Jim, even laughed at us going, but I think they’ll be surprised,” he said.  “I had Platinum Revolution underdone first-up at Goulburn, it was my fault. Then she could’ve won by a huge space last time, but she wanted to switch off in front.  “She hasn’t been in many races against the best fillies because she hasn’t been paid-up for those races, but I’ve got no doubt she will thrive on it. She’ll follow any speed and run a great race.  “Drawing the pole is a big plus. It should put us right up there on the speed without having to do much work.”  Petes Big Jim joined Tritton’s team right at the time he landed a Jewels invite which surprised many.  “I’ve liked this horses for a long time. I tried to buy him when he ran second in a big race to College Chapel in super time earlier in the season,” Tritton said.  “He’s certainly nowhere near the best two-year-old in Australia on his form, but I’m sure he’s up there on sheer talent.  “I changed a few things after he came to our stable and you saw the immediate results with that 1min53sec trial win at Menangle the other day.  “Put it this way, we’ve got one of the best two-year-olds going around in Muscle Factory and Lauren (Tritton) said after Petes Big Jim’s trial the other day that if clashed with Muscle Factory, she wouldn’t be sure which one to drive.  “Lauren also said he felt that good in the trial that now he’s drawn to lead in the Jewels she wouldn’t hesitate to hold the front.”  If you needed any reminding how upbeat and great for the game Tritton is, check his tweet just moments after the Jewels’ barrier draws came out: “BRING ON THE JEWELS”! Adam Hamilton

Kiwi-bred two-year-old filly Platinum Revolution has been the latest Australian raider added to the list for the 2018 Harness Jewels to be held at Cambridge Raceway on Saturday 2 June. A Group Three Pink Bonnet winner, Platinum Revolution has accepted an invitation into the 2YO Diamond with a record of three starts, two wins and a third. The win in the Pink Bonnet in early March was over the distance of one mile, in which she recorded a time of 1.54.7. Trained by Shane and Lauren Tritton of Sydney and owned by Rob Jones, Shane was thrilled to receive the invitation and did not hold back on his opinion of the filly. “I’m very happy with Gucci (Platinum Revolution). She has come back better this preparation and is undoubted the best two-year-old filly I have trained,” he stated. “She is versatile and tough and we are very excited to be bringing her to the Jewels.” The daughter of Changeover has a unique to connection to another Australian, now claimed as an honorary Kiwi by the New Zealand racing industry. She was co-bred by commentator Mark McNamara, along with his wife Katie, her father Steve and their good friend Aaron Goadsby. Her dam, Champagne Franco, was lightly raced having just two career starts but won on debut at Rangiora in 2011 for then trainer/driver Mark Jones. Platinum Revolution is her second live foal and first to race, and her career has been keenly followed by her breeders. “I’m really happy for the horse more than anything,” said Mark.  “She was the most beautiful natured yearling an absolute pleasure to have around.” “All the credit has to go to Matt Cross, he broke her in. And to the team at Mark Jones stable who did the early work with her.” “I knew when Shane bought her she was going get her chance but to know now she’s coming for the Jewels is extremely exciting. Her Mum got some extra hay this morning.” Whilst Mark cannot make the Jewels this year, his wife Katie will be present at the meeting to cheer Platinum Revolution home for her breeders. Which is fitting given she gifted the filly her name. “Katie named her. The ‘Platinum’ came from the dam’s ‘Champagne’ factor, and ‘Revolution’ is from the sire ‘Changeover,’” explained Mark. “Katie was away when the horse left, so she is looking forward to seeing her again.” Platinum Revolution joins an impressive Australian assualt on the Jewels in 2018, with invitations already accepted by Custodian, Wobelee, Carla’s Pixel, Shez All Rock and Jilliby Kung Fu. 2018 could potentially see the first year the Australians take a Jewels victory. Jess Smith

Former buzz Kiwi pacer King Of Swing headlines a powerful Kiwi flavour through Australia’s bumper Easter weekend of racing. New trainer Gary Hall Sr is thrilled with the way King Of Swing has bounced-back from a cold and can’t wait to line him up in tomorrow (Thursday) night’s WA Derby prelude at Gloucester Park. “He went so well in his Pinjarra trial last Sunday and has come through it in great style,” he said. “A week ago I thought we really up against it, but he seems right back on track.” King Of Swing will dominate betting from gate three with another talented former Kiwi, Ocean Ridge, the other key runner from gate five. It will be the son of Rocnkroll Hanover’s first run since running ninth to Chase Auckland at Alexandra Park on New Year’s Eve. In his new home state of NSW, Miracle Mile winning trainer Tim Butt carries the Kiwi flavour into Saturday night’s stellar Bathurst Gold Crown meeting. But he is supported by former star Kiwi pacer Franco Nelson, who will dominate betting despite gate 10 in the Lord Mayor’s Cup for Shane and Lauren Tritton. Butt has emerging two-year-old filly Glenledi Babe (gate seven) as second favourite at $5.50 on the Aussie TAB behind Mick Stanley’s Desirable Stride ($1.90, gate one) in the $100,000 Group 1 Gold Tiara final. Butt’s three-year-old filly Lady Chatto also looks an each-way chance from gate five in the Group 2 Gold Bracelet final. That race has been thrown wide-open with NSW Oaks runner and NZ Oaks hopeful Soho Burning Love drawing outside the back row (gate 14). Also on Saturday night, former talented pacers Motu Meteor (gate nine) and Messini (11) head the betting in the $30,000 Ararat Cup from gate nine. Adam Hamilton

A fifth placing in the Canadian Club Sprint last week wasn't enough to secure former Kiwi harness racing pacer Franco Nelson a spot in tonight's $750,000 AInsworth Mirale Mile. Yet Franco Nelson made up for that disappointment with a fabulous win in tonight's $100,000 Group One Bohemia Crystal Free-For-All at Tabcorp Par Menangle. This race is traditionally won by the horse that was unlucky not to be selected in the big race and Franco Nelson's 1:53.2 win proved he could have held his own against the best pacers in Australasia with a superb effort. Victorian visitor San Carlo tried hard to lead all the way but couldn't hold off the flying feet of Franco Nelson in the run to the line, finishing by a half neck with Mach Doro two and a quarter metres away third. Part-owner Ron McKay sang the praises of the Trittons for their efforts with Franco Nelson: "When we came from New Zealand we had great expectations for this horse and by giving him to Shane and Lauren we knew they would bring out the best in him," he said. "It was a magnificent drive by Lauren and the horse didn't disappoint - for the McKay family it is our first time here but it won't be our last - it was so great to win a race like this." Reinswoman Lauren Tritton agreed: "It's a great night tonight and Franco is something special to me," she said. "A lot of people didn't have the faith in us here but he has gone on and won a Group One for us so we couldn't be prouder of him. "Shane's done a super job with this horse." Franco Nelson   6 8:48pm BOHEMIA CRYSTAL FREE FOR ALL (GROUP 1) 2400M $100,000 RBD. Mobile Final Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 FRANCO NELSON NZ  $ 60,000   Fr1 1 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Lauren Tritton   $ 1.70 fav      BAY HORSE 8 by CHRISTIAN CULLEN NZ out of NOTAFELLA FRANCO (NZ) (FALCON SEELSTER USA)  Owner(s): C L McKay, R L McKay, M S McKay  Breeder(s): Spreydon Lodge Ltd 2 SAN CARLO  $ 15,000   Fr8 9 Stephen O'Donoghue Rebecca Bartley HFNK $ 8.00     3 MACH DORO  $ 10,000   Fr6 7 Craig Cross Luke McCarthy 3.00 $ 25.40     4 AZTEC BROMAC NZ  $ 5,000   Fr2 2 KerryAnn Turner Robert Morris 4.10 $ 11.40     5 MY GENERAL LEE  $ 2,500   Fr10 12 Michael Doltoff Josh Willick 9.20 $ 129.10     6 MY ALPHA ROCK NZ  $ 1,500   Fr3 3 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Natalie Rasmussen 15.20 $ 5.60     7 YAYAS HOT SPOT NZ  $ 1,500   Fr4 5 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Jack Trainor 19.40 $ 48.20     8 MOONROCK NZ  $ 1,500   Fr9 10 Sonya Smith Anthony Butt 26.80 $ 17.20     9 ATOMIC RED  $ 1,500   Fr7 8 Steve Turnbull Steve Turnbull 27.90 $ 14.50   (L) f MONIFIETH NZ  $ 1,500   Fr5 6 John McCarthy Andy McCarthy   $ 38.20     Scratchings   LET IT RIDE NZ 4 CROCKETS CULLEN NZ 11 Track Rating: GOOD Gross Time: 2:48:8 Mile Rate: 1:53:2 Lead Time: 56.0 First Quarter: 30 Second Quarter: 28.3 Third Quarter: 27.8 Fourth Quarter: 26.7 Margins: NK x 2.2m   Sean Vella        

Franco Nelson and Yayas Hot Spot will spearhead the Victorian Summer of Glory raid by New South Wales harness racing trainers Shane and Lauren Tritton. The pair will target the $500,000 Del-Re National A.G. Hunter Cup on February 3, a race in which Yayas Hot Spot finished runner-up to Bling It On last year. “Yaya has come through the Perth trip extremely well and will line up for another crack at the Hunter Cup to go one better,” Shane Tritton said. In Perth last month, Yayas Hot Spot ran second in a Bunbury Inter Dominion heat behind Galactic Star and defeated Lennytheshark. He went on to run seventh in the Inter Dominion Consolation. Franco Nelson, a $743,093 stakemoney winner with 18 wins from 65 starts, hasn’t raced since May last year when second to Heaven Rocks in New Zealand. He recently won a Menangle trial. “Nelson will look at the Goulburn Cup and then the Hunter Cup if he comes through that well,” Tritton said. Of note, the Goulburn Cup path is the exact journey trekked by Yayas Hot Spot before his runner-up effort in last year’s Hunter Cup. Meanwhile, Tritton said precocious three-year-old Divine State was potentially a VHRSC Victoria Derby contender, however the son of Tintin In America is no guarantee to make the trip. This year’s Summer of Glory will feature the inaugural Summer of Glory Breakfast with the Stars on Wednesday January 31, which will follow the annual Caduceus Club Del-Re National A.G. Hunter Cup Official Barrier Draw the night before at the MCG Members Dining Room on Level 2 (Ted Webster taking bookings on 0417 327 636). Details for the Summer of Glory Breakfast will be announced next week. This Saturday night features the Neatline Homes Shepparton Gold Cup and Summer of Glory contenders San Carlo, Moonrock and Major Secret will lock horns. In South Australia the annual Group 1 SA Cup will feature gun Victorian Shadow Sax on Saturday night, along with fellow Victorians Messini, Sams The Master, Tee Cee Bee Macray and recent former Victorian Major Crocker.  Then on Sunday the weekend Victorian country cups’ double-header heads south-west to Hamilton for the Matthews Petroleum Hamilton Pacing Cup featuring Keayang Kallisto, Bad Billy, It Is Billy and returning top-line mare Berisari. The summer spotlight shines on Ballarat next Saturday night when the big guns step out in the $100,000 PETstock Ballarat Pacing Cup at Bray Raceway. Heats of the VHRSC Victoria Derby and the Group 2 E.B. Cochran Trotters Cup will make for an action-packed night. Then, seven days later, the Tabcorp Park Melton fireworks sparkle as we launch the 2018 Summer of Glory with the $300,000 Pryde’s EasiFeed Great Southern Star the highlight on a night of stars. The Group 1 $200,000 VHRSC Victoria Derby Final, $100,000 4YO Bonanza, $100,000 Alabar Ladyship Cup, $50,000 Group 2 Casey Classic and $30,000 Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Trotting Mares Sprint Championship Final will all be contested. Visit for more information. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Harness racing teenage horseman Lachie Manzelmann is heading interstate. The 18-year-old Queenslander has taken up the opportunity to join the leading Sydney stables of Shane and Lauren Tritton at Menangle. Manzelmann, the son of leading thoroughbred trainer John who is based in central Queensland, has enjoyed stints with leading stables of Chantal Turpin and Pete McMullen while more recently working under the eye of Darrel Graham. The talented reinsman will join his new team later this month. “I just thought it was a great opportunity to expand my knowledge and see things from a different perspective, I’m really looking forward to it because I know I will grow in areas as a trainer and a driver.” Manzelmann said. The mini-trotting graduate landed 23 winners last season while he has 16 winners to date for the current term. He returns to race driving tomorrow (Tuesday) after serving a recent four week suspension. Two weeks ago, Manzelmann prepared his maiden metropolitan winner when Sicilian Slumber proved too good for his rivals. Amy Rees took the winning drive. “That was a great feeling but I’m thinking a winner at Menangle will be even better, I’m looking forward to driving on the big track. “Shane and Lauren have a number of quality performers in their care and I’ll be happy with any opportunities that come my way while the driving colony is high quality and there’s a lot to learn. “Queensland will always be home but this opportunity came at the right time, I’m keen to learn as much as possible.” Shane and Lauren Tritton are currently 5th in the New South Wales premiership with 33 winners to date. Chris Barsby

Harness racing Sydneysider Real Social lit up Tabcorp Park Melton for the second time in as many weeks last night. Trained by Shane and Lauren Tritton, the five-year-old Real Desire/Socialiser gelding had pundits’ eyes wide and mouth agape after a 1:51.9 win from a widest-back-row draw in the Alabar Pace. Driver Lauren Tritton set Real Social alight at the half-mile, the pair staking their claim fiercely down the back straight and sprinting by Moonrock and race leader Star Of Dionysis, eventually coming clear for an 8.2m success. The third quarter was covered in 27.4 and Real Social was looping the field at that point from well-back. “That’s a win and a half,” Tweeted the Tritton team. Real Social had put the writing on the wall last weekend with a similarly impressive performance. Meanwhile, the Trittons combined with Yayas Hot Spot to finish fourth in the Allied Express Victoria Cup taken out by Lennytheshark. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Harness racing exports in the last few weeks have been Beach Skipper, Inner light and Speedy Mach. They will all do their future racing in Australia. The Clive and Rona McKay owned Franco Nelson is in Australia already and will race out of the Tritton stable based at Menangle. Shane and Lauren Tritton have a good record of rejuvenating older horses and have already revitalized good horses like Mach Beauty, Suave Stuey Lombo and a host of others. ____________________________ The Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup futures market has dwindled down to twenty contenders, after the recent withdrawal of the Cran Dalgety pairing of Alpha Rock and Art Union.  The All Stars Stable have a stranglehold on the Cup favouritism with the top four favourites all trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. Last years cup winner Lazarus, is a clear favourite on the FF win futures market at $2.20, with stablemate Heaven Rocks second favourite on $3.00. Have Faith In Me($9.00) and Dream About Me ($12.00) round out the top four favourites for the All Stars Stable.  Titian Banner who ran third in the great race last year when trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen is in the next line of betting at $13.00. Titian Banner is trained by Graeme Anderson and is currently the $1.70 favourite for the Hannon Memorial at Oamaru tomorrow. New Zealand Cup Futures Market Option 986 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Harness link Media  

Boom Kiwi-bred filly My Sweetchilliphilly was a late scratching at Menangle in New South Wales yesterday (Tuesday) after casting a shoe. The winner of all five starts in emphatic fashion, the two-year-old daughter of Betterthancheddar is still on target for the rich Australasian Breeders Crown semifinals at Bendigo, Victoria, on August 19. She was due to clash with classy Mark Purdon-Natalie Rasmussen-trained gelding Sicario ($1.06), who bolted in at Menangle (1609m, mobile) yesterday in her absence, after leading for driver Luke McCarthy.  The Somebeachsomewhere flyer has now won six from nine starts and is also heading for the Breeders Crown. He clocked 1:55.1, the last 400m in 26sec. NSW-based co-trainers Shane and Lauren Tritton elected to play it safe with the unbeaten My Sweetchilliphilly, who is a half-sister to seven-win Kiwi pacer Max Phactor. “It’s nothing serious,” Shane Tritton said. “We don’t want to take any chances with her. “We decided to wrap up her foot [on Monday] and keep her in cotton wool for a few days.” Despite missing the outing, My Sweetchilliphilly will be in peak condition for the semis, according to Tritton. Mid-Canterbury breeder Melissa Tapp always believed My Sweetchilliphilly would be special. Tapp, 31, runs a 2000-cow dairy farm at Hinds with her husband Jimmy Illingworth and they also have a band of five broodmares, including Tact Philly, the dam of My Sweetchilliphilly and Max Phactor, who ran fourth in the 4YO Emerald at the Harness Jewels last season. My Sweetchilliphilly reeled off four straight wins to open her career, including the $A50,000 Group One Gold Tiara at Bathurst by 20.9 metres. Tapp bought her unraced dam Tact Philly (by In The Pocket) at an Auckland sale in foal to champion sire Bettor’s Delight for “way under the stud fee’’ and the mare was later mated with new Alabar Stud stallion Betterthancheddar (1:48), a champion three-year-old in the United States and the fastest ever stallion son of Bettor’s Delight. The result was My Sweetchilliphilly, who was sold to an Australian owner after being developed by West Melton horseman Greg Payne. “We thought she was something pretty special, but how special we didn’t know. Mark Jones [Canterbury trainer] trialled her and said if the [Australian] sale fell through he would take her,’’ said Tapp. “We didn’t get as much as we would have liked, but the market was a bit down at that stage. It was just a matter of numbers and we had to keep moving some along. She was a real cheap buy for them and hopefully they come back again.’’   NZ Harness News

Having conquered Queensland, the All Stars’ juggernaut moves to Menangle this week.  Luke McCarthy is down to drive Mark Purdon’s three Breeders Crown heat runners on Tuesday. All will be commanding favourites.  First out is talented two-year-old gelding Sicario, who should make it five wins from eight starts, now he’s drawn gate two in race three.  NSW Oaks winner Partyon has the right draw (gate four), but faces the biggest challenge against Queensland Derby placegetter My Casino Belle (gate seven) and Shezallapples (five).  Brad Hewitt’s My Casino Belle ran third to Partyon in Queensland’s Provincial Oaks, then turned the tables when second to Shartin in the actual Queensland Oaks. Partyon ran third.  But, My Casino Belle, lifted to another level to sit parked and run a monstrous third to The More The Better and Shartin in the Queensland Derby last Saturday week.  The More The Better, who smashed the clock winning the Queensland Derby, looks a league above his rivals in his Crown heat (race five) at Menangle.    Still on the Crown heats at Menangle, and another highlight will be the return of unbeaten juvenile filly My Sweetchilliphilly.  It’s a while since we’ve seen the daughter of Betterthancheddar with trainers Shane and Lauren Tritton, sending her for a spell after a sparkling Pink Bonnet win at Menangle on April 8.  But it was her previous win, when My Sweetchilliphilly sat parked in a 1.54.7 mile rate for 1730m to win the Group One Bathurst Gold Tiara final, which showed her potential greatness.  She wasn’t eligible for the NSW Breeders Challenge, so the Trittons gave her a break with a view to a late season surge towards the Breeders Crown.  My Sweetchilliphilly has sharpened-up for her return to Menangle trial wins on June 20 and July 4.  She looked simply stunning on July 4, when she toyed with older rivals to win by 6.4m in a 1.53.6 mile and closed in a 27.7 split.  My Sweetchilliphilly has gate five in the first Menangle Crown heat and should be untroubled to stretch her unbeaten record to five wins.    Champion driver Chris Alford must have known he was in trouble, on the home bend with buzz juvenile filly Molly Kelly in the Tatlow Stakes at Melton last Saturday night.  Alford surprised many when he opted to drive Molly Kelly instead of the unbeaten stablemate Nostra Villa. He was the regular driver on both.  Molly Kelly led and had a cosy trip, but when Alford tried to pinch a break on Nostra Villa turning for home, he couldn’t shake her off. And then came Peter Manning’s filly, Amelias Courage, along the sprint lane.  In an absolute slugfest to the wire, Nostra Villa found a way to win again, making six wins from as many starts for Emma Stewart.  She beat Amelias Courage by a nose with Molly Kelly another half-head away in third spot. The mile rate was a steady 1.58.7 for 2240m, but they zipped home in 56.2 and 27.4.  Stewart’s dominance in Victoria’s juvenile races continued later in the night when nominal Breeders Crown favourite Poster Boy snared the Tatlow Stakes for colts and geldings with Alford aboard.  The race provided a trifecta for Stewart with Poster Boy working to the front earlier, and easily beating Tam Major and Big Bad Bruce with a 26.5 last quarter.  Poster Boy ran sixth on debut at Menangle in February, but was spelled straight after and has returned with six impressive wins from as many starts.    Chicago Bull is out having a rest, but trainer Gary Hall Sr still found a way to win the free-for-all at Gloucester Park last Friday night.  Classy mare Ideal Alice made the most of gate one to lead throughout in a 1.57 mile rate for the 2536m.  It was only her second run back from a spell, following a successful summer campaign where even beat star Kiwi mare, Piccadilly Princess in the Parliamentarians Cup at Gloucester Park.  The other highlight of the night was popular trainer Gary Elson’s double with his classy four-year-olds Ideal Tyson and Sprinter.  Ideal Tyson, with Aiden De Campo aboard, toyed with his rivals in the opening race by 7.7m in a 1.57.5 mile rate for 2536m.  Sprinter took on a stronger field and won even more impressively for driver Gary Hall Jr by 9.3m in a 1.55.6 mile rate for 2130m.    Classy mare Bettorthanspecial snared the last feature of the hugely successful Queensland Winter Carnival.  The Shannon Price-trained five-year-old caused a minor upset, beating hot favourite Major Cam by a half-head in the Patrons Purse (2280m) at Redcliffe last Friday night.  It took her record to an impressive 51 starts for 25 wins, 18 placings and almost $330,000 in stakemoney.    With some of the big guns away, classy NZ-bred free-for-aller Allblack Stride returned to winning form at Menangle last Saturday night.  But it wasn’t easy going for the Craig Cross six-year-old, who led staved-off a rejuvenated Major Star, to win by a whisker in a 1.52.4 mile.    When Andy Gath took Burnaholeinmypocket home from the 2015 Harness Jewels he thought he had his next stable star.  And anyone who saw the son of Bettor's Delight charged home late for fourth to subsequent Miracle Mile winner Have Faith In Me, in his Jewels final would have said the same thing.  Instead, Gath’s had a largely frustrating two years.  But, Burnaholeinmypocket is now starting to at least show glimpses of that potential from 2015.  The five-year-old has now won four of his past six starts, including his first in genuine open-class in the Our Maestro free-for-all (2240m) at Melton last Friday night.  “It was the first time he’d drawn the front row in eight starts, and we thought he was a great chance of leading, which he did. It was great to get a draw to use his gate speed again,” Gath said.  It was his 17th win from just 42 starts and took him past $200,000 in earnings.    Fresh from his triumphant Group One Blacks A Fake win on Hectorjayjay a week earlier, young gun driver Josh Aiken snared another feature at Melton last Saturday night.  Aiken teamed with top trotting trainer Anton Golino and the huge Yabby Dams operation to win the Group Three Sumthingaboutmaori free-for-all (2240m) aboard Glenferrie Burn.   Adam Hamilton

TWO down, one to go. That’s the story with mighty mare The Orange Agent’s Aussie raid so far. As good as she was winning the Make Mine Cullen last Saturday week, she raised the bar again with a display of complete dominance from a potentially tricky draw in the Angelique Club Cup (2240m) at Melton last Friday night. The five-year-old blew away some top notch mares to win by 9.6m in blistering 1min53.7sec mile rate, which was just 1.2sec outside the track record Lazarus set winning the Victoria back in January. Next up is the race she really came to Melbourne to win, the $100,000 Group 1 Queen of the Pacific at Melton next Saturday night. Given the form she is in and fact she is such a great stayer, the 2760m next week will be ideal and the race looks at her mercy. Another Kiwi mare, Our Golden Goddess, was heavily-backed to beat The Orange Agent, but ran the worst race of her career. She sat parked in quick time, but was spent before the home bend and weakened to finish almost 50m from the winner in 10thspot. It raises question marks about the Queen of the Pacific and a planned return to NZ for the Harness Jewels 4YO Diamond. Chris Alford, who drove The Orange Agent, also won another of the features at Melton last Friday aboard Emma Stewart’s emerging three-year-old filly in the Argent 3YO Classic (2240m). EMERGING NSW star Anything For Love will raid Melton on Saturday night. Co-trainers Shane and Lauren Tritton are chasing the $75,000 Group 2 4&5YO Championship. “It’s a good chance to give him a run at Melton in a big race ahead of the Vicbred series, which we are setting him for,” Shane Tritton said. Anything For Love, who started his career in Victoria, has roared through the grades and emerged as one of NSW’s most exciting pacers since being bought by clients of the Trittons. The four-year-old has raced 11 times for the Trittons for five wins, four seconds and a third. His only unplaced run was a luckless fourth to Lazarus in the Chariots of Fire. He has won his past two starts, including the Group 2 Carousel at Menangle in a 1min55sec mile rate for 2300m two starts back. IT would be remiss not to pay tribute to the mighty Beautide after his official retirement last week. The former Tasmanian pacer climbed to the height of the sport with wins in the 2014 and ’15 Sydney Inter Dominion finals. Additionally, Beautide won the 2013 Miracle Mile and ran second to Christen Me in the same race the following year. Trained and driven by Jimmy Rattray, he retired with a record of 81 starts for 49 wins, 13 seconds, seven thirds and earnings of $2,183,132. “What a ride he took us on … so many great moments,” Rattray said. The untold story was the fantastic with Rattray did behind the scenes to nurse Beautide through a string of serious injury issues. STILL on Rattray and he had a tonic in an otherwise sad week with a winning pick-up drive for the All Stars’ stable at Menangle last Saturday night. Rattray took the reins on last-start Carousel runner-up Motu Premier, pushed forward to take the front from a wide draw (gate eight) and win stylishly. Talented sit-sprinter Mach Doro challenged strongly on the final bend, but Motu Premier found plenty in closing splits of 55.6 and 27.4sec for a 1min54.4sec mile rate over the longer 2300m trip of the Group 3 Joe and Michael Illsley free-for-all. Motu Premier’s NSW raid has so far returned three wins and a second from just four starts. IT is looking more likely by the day that buzz Victorian juvenile Lumineer will head back to Sydney at the end of the month. Trainer Ange McDowall said the recent Australian Gold winner had continued to thrive during a freshen-up following his Gold triumph just over two weeks ago at Menangle. “He seems quite well and is ticking all the boxes for a return trip (to Sydney), but we haven’t locked it away yet. The signs are positive though,” she said. Lumineer would tackle the last heat of the NSW Breeders Challenge, set down for Menangle on May 30 with the semis on June 10 and final on June 26. His major threat in the series would be Shane Tritton’s exciting youngster Divine State, who won his first starts before a weakening seventh in the Bathurst Gold Crown final when found to have been sick. Divine State sharpened-up for a racetrack return with a 1min55.6sec mile win in a Menangle trial last Tuesday. A SWITCH to standing-start racing and some fantastic early manners were the key to former classy Kiwi pacer Hughie Green’s return to winning form at Albion Park last Saturday night. The Art  Major five-year-old began brilliantly from a 10m handicap and worked his way to the lead after 300m, which effectively meant the race was over. Trainer-driver John Cremin cruised through a comfy 60.7sec middle half, then powered down the back straight in 27.6sec and home in 28.1sec to win the Flashing Red Discretionary (2647m) by 7.8m in a 1min59.1sec mile rate.  Hughie Green’s had seven starts in Australia for Cremin for four wins, two seconds. JUST when it seemed the old boy had lost his mojo, remarkable Queensland veteran Destreos returned to the winners’ circle at his favourite track, Albion Park, last Tuesday. It was his 93rd win and 70 of those have been at Albion Park. The rising 14-year-old, who has raced a staggering 426 times, had gone almost three months without a win. Destreos returned to form in style, sitting parked and strolling clear to win the free-for-all by nine metres in a slick 1min53.4sec mile rate for 1660m. EXCITING NSW three-year-old Atomic Red keeps showing his upset NSW Derby heat win over Ultimate Machete was no fluke. The Steve Turnbull-trained colt drew poorly and ran fifth in the NSW Derby final and has been unbeaten in three runs since. The latest came in narrow but impressive style at Menangle last Saturday night in a 1min51.3sec mile. IT has been a very satisfying few weeks for husband-and-wife team Andy and Kate Gath. First came the return to form of their one-time emerging star Burnaholeinmypocket, who has won his past three starts. Then came another free-for-all win from their giant, but injury-plagued former Kiwi pacer Maximan. The rising nine-year-old again showed how hard he is to beat in front when he led throughout to upset in-form pacer Major Crocker in a 1min55.7sec mile rate for 2240m in the Bold David free-for-all.   Adam Hamilton

The West Melton horseman Greg Payne can take satisfaction from the brilliant form of the 2-year-old pacing filly, My Sweetchilliphilly. She won the final of the Bathurst Gold series for fillies last Saturday night by 20.9 metres in a scorching 1.54.7 mile rate for the 1730m (mobile). The daughter of Betterthancheddar – Tact Philly has won her two other starts, both by wide margins at Bathurst in 1 55.3 rate. Payne was the co-breeder of My Sweetchilliphilly; broke her in and had her running along until six weeks before her first race. My Sweetchilliphilly, co-bred by Melissa Tapp, of Hinds was exported to Australia early in January after being sold to patrons of the stable of Shane and Lauren Tritton. “She had not been to a trial or a a workout but she ran a half in 56 when Mark Jones trialled her for an Australian agent,’’ said Payne, a licence holder who is mainly in the business of buying and selling horses. He has about 20 in work. Payne and Tapp bought Tact Philly for $5500 at a PGG Wrightson all aged sale in Auckland in August, 2013 when she was offered by Breckon Bloodstock Limited. She was rising 11. “She (Tact Philly) had left a couple of winners and she was in foal to Bettor’s Delight (then standing at a fee of $11,000 and now $16,000),” said Payne. Bettor’s Delight has been the leading New Zealand sire the past five seasons. Tact Philly (In The Pocket – Class Act), who qualified but did not race had left  the winners The Oyster Bar (three in NZ and 12 in Australia) and Tactful Lady (five in NZ and seven in Australia). She has since left winners Max Phactor (five) and Eye Brow. Class Act has left six winners, among them Classical, who won  the 2002 Caduceus Club Classic, the Fillies Championship and Yearling Sales Final at two and Sales Final at three. A brother,The Lead won 30 races in North America and took a record of 1.52. Tact Philly foaled a filly by Bettor’s Delight who was sold to Paulette Screen, of Pukekohe and as Eye Lash ran third at Alexndra Park last Friday. Tayler Strong

Buzz Aussie juvenile filly My Sweetchilliphilly made almost as many waves in NZ as she did in Australia with her stunning Bathurst Gold Tiara win last weekend. Lots of Kiwis tuned-up given Tim Butt’s filly Lady Chatto was backed into favouritism, but no matched for the juggernaut that is My Sweetchilliphilly. One of those Kiwis watching closely, but for a variety of reasons, was Harness Racing NZ’s Darrin Williams, the man who drives the Aussie invites to the Harness Jewels. Like everyone else, Williams was mightily impressed. “That’s one of the most impressives runs by a two-year-old filly you would ever see,” he said. “Of course we’d love to see her at the Jewels. I’ve already spoken to Shane (Tritton, co-trainer) and will stay in touch. “She’s tough and super quick. She looks ideal for a mile at Ashburton where, given the time she ran at Bathurst, she would clearly be capable of breaking the NZ record 1min53.3sec held by Dream About Me. “I’ve also got to say Shane and Lauren (Tritton) are terrific to deal with and always helpful with media and functions when here in NZ.” Tritton said the final call on an NZ trip would rest with the filly’s owners. “Her next run is the Pink Bonnet on Saturday week where she’ll run into Lady Chatto again,” he said. “After that we’ll have to decide whether we give her a break with a view to the Breeders Crown or go to NZ. “It’s a big call whether we do something like NZ with her because we think she’s a bit special and will be an Oaks filly next season and then a Ladyship Mile mare in future.”   Adam Hamilton

Harness racing partners Shane and Lauren Tritton are not fazed by the draws their star two-year-olds will face at this Saturday's Bathurst Gold Crown meeting. 'Team Tritton' has the two early fancies for both the Gold Crown and Gold Tiara Finals with Divine State and My Sweetchilliphilly respectively and their draws have certainly created interest in the race. Divine State has drawn wide in barrier eight but connections say that it is the draw they would prefer for the $104,000 classic event. And it has not bothered punters either as the gelding a $1.04 favourite with TAB Fixed Odds. "I would much prefer barrier eight than barrier one," Shane declared. "He can come across as he wants and he may have to be driven aggressively to get a good position but he likes to run fast miles." Divine State proved this when setting a new Australasian record becoming the fastest two-year-old ever seen outside of North America when winning the Sapling Stakes at Menangle last month in a mile rate of 1:51.6. He was also the fastest Gold Crown heat winner at Bathurst last Saturday night where he stopped the clock in 1:56.2 spacing his rivals by more than 37 metres. "He dead set jogged that and just idled down the straight," Shane said. "He still had at least three or four seconds up his sleeve." 'Team Tritton' also believe there is improvement to be seen in their unbeaten filly My Sweetchilliphilly. She too was the fastest winner out of the six Gold Tiara heats last Wednesday rating 1:55.3 for the 1730m qualifier. And she is also the early fancy for the Gold Tiara Final at $1.50. "We haven't seen the best of her yet," Shane said. "She's only been at about 80 per cent fitness for her two starts so it will be good to see what she can do when she is asked." My Sweetchilliphilly has drawn barrier 10 on the second row for Saturday night's lucrative Gold Tiara Final. "It's not the end of the world as we are following out a horse that I personally believe will lead," Shane said. "Hopefully we can follow through and stay out of trouble and try have a look for the front ourselves." AMANDA RANDO

The barrier draws for both the Bathurst Gold Tiara and Bathurst Gold Crown Finals have thrown up an extra challenge for harness racing trainers Shane and Lauren Tritton as they strive to become the first trainers to win both Group 1 Finals on the same night. The Tritton stars,  Divine State (Gold Crown) and Mysweetchilliphilly (Gold Tiara) fared poorly at the draw with Divine State now having to come from the outside of the front line in eight and Mysweetchilliphilly drawing gate 10 on the second line. The 31st running of the Group 1 Crown and Tiara finals will take place this Saturday Night (March 25) at the Bathurst Paceway and despite the best trainers from Australasia trying to grab the training double it has never been done. The Trittons’ horses are still hot favourites with the bookmakers and driver of both horses Chris Geary is also hoping to become only the second driver in Gold Crown Carnival history by winning both big finals on the one night.  Ricky Thurlow grabbed the rich double in 1998 with Flubber (Gold Crown) and Terricherry (Gold Tiara). For more information – Danny Dwyer (CEO Bathurst Harness Racing Club) 0417 411 449 Fields for Bathurst, Saturday 25 March 2017 Form guide for Bathurst, Saturday 25 March 2017

Not even bad barriers will stop trainers Shane and Lauren Tritton having hot favourites in both major Bathurst finals. Three days after the Tritton’s buzz filly My Sweetschilliphilly demolished her rivals in a Gold Tiara heat, colt Divine State looked every bit as dominant winning his Gold Crown heat at Bathurst last night. Shane Tritton instructed young driver Chris Geary to stay out of trouble and give Divine State time to balance at his first race around Bathurst, wary of it being a fair bit tighter than Menangle where he won his first two starts. “I honestly thought the only danger was him not handling the track because he he can knock himself a bit,” Tritton said. Geary certainly did his part, basically sitting off the pace and in the middle of the track for the first 500m before surging forward to take the lead.\ Despite being wide in a 28.8sec opening quarter then running the next in 29.3sec, Divine State put the race beyond doubt down the back straight in a blazing 27.8sec split. Geary essentially let Divine State run to the wire under his own steam in a soft 31.1sec last quarter as he won by 37.5m. Despite being eased down, the 1min56.2sec mile rate was by far the fastest of the five heats on the night. The second quickest was the 1min57.3sec by Stone Cracker in the opening heat. Divine State has won by huge spaces and run blistering times in all three starts and looks a league above his rivals for next Saturday night’s final. In the Tiara, My Sweetchilliphilly’s only possible threat looks to be Kiwi raider My Chappo from the Tim Butt barn. The other Crown heat winners were Castalong Shadow (1min58.8sec), Maximus Red (1min59.1sec) and Royal Aurora (2min1sec).   Adam Hamitlon

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