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CLASSY Kiwi pacer Locharburn is heading to NSW to continue his career. The son of Christian Cullen will be flown to Sydney to join Shane and Lauren Tritton’s stable and be aimed at the Miracle Mile. Owner-trainer Kevin Chapman said it would be an emotional time when Locharburn left the barn for Sydney on Friday. “He’s part of the family, but it’s the right thing to do for him. So much work has gone into getting him back from a tendon and a suspensory. He’s really well now, but he can only run in the best races here,” he said. “He’s also not suited to how the races are run here, just sit-up and sprint home. He can run back-to-back 57sec halves, but not a 59sec and a 54sec. “He also hates Auckland. I know he’s run some good races there as a younger horse, but he just doesn’t go anywhere near as well the opposite way.” Chapman said he chose Tritton because of his record rejuvenating older horses the “drop-back” handicapping system at Menangle. “Shane says they can earn $60,000 a year at Menangle without having to beat the best ones,” Chapman said. “It would be great to see the horse drop back in class and find winning form again. Tritton can’t wait for Locharburn to join the barn. “He’s a really serious horse at his top and I reckon he’ll love the Menangle mile racing,” he said. “It’s a real buzz for us that Kevin’s decided to send him across and give us a go with him. “He’s a bit like Franco Nelson when he came to us. He’s had his issues, but our system here seems to get the best out of these older horses. “We’re really looking forward to getting him across and into our system.” Locharburn’s 39 starts have netted 14 wins, eight seconds a third. He was a superstar at three, winning the NZ Derby and finishing second to Tiger Tara in the Northern Derby and second to Isaiah in the NZ Sales Series’ final. As an older horse, Locharburn’s best win came in the 2016 Eastern Cup at Group 1 level, beating Smolda.   Adam Hamilton

Shadow Sax’s surge towards the Melbourne Inter Dominion gained some serious momentum with an easy Sokyola Sprint win at Melton last night. After some brave runs from bad draws in strong races, Shadow Sax drew superbly in gate three and used it to lead and dominate. With Chris Alford away at Globe Derby for the Australian Drivers’ Championship, Mark Pitt took the reins on Shadow Sax and always looked in control. And he beat fellow key Inter Dominion hopefuls Wrappers Delight and Menin Gate in the process. Shadow Sax clocked a 1min52.5sec mile rate for 1720m – just 1.8sec outside Cruz Bromac’s track record – and closed with splits of 55.0 and 26.6sec. Wrappers Delight’s run was enormous given he sat parked early then took the one-one trail on Menin Gate, but had to swing three-wide and make-up good ground in the blistering last quarter for second. The concern from the race was how sharply Menin Gate, who returned from a long spell with a terrific Swan Hill Cup win – dropped out to finish a distant last. Stewards queried the race and stood him down pending vet tests. ______________________________________________________________________________________________ An emerging star and a rejuvenated veteran stole the show in the Group 3 Nick Robin Free-For-All (1609m) at Menangle last night. And both of them – Joes Star Of Mia and Maximan – could be Inter Dominion-bound. Joes Star Of Mia has made a stunning step into Menangle’s big league, following a ripper fourth and eye-catching second with a sub-1min50sec win last night. Despite being part of a slick 26.5sec quarter as driver Amanda Turnbull fought to lead, Joes Star Of Mia followed with splits of 28.0, 27.3 and 27.5sec to win brilliantly in a 1min49.3sec mile. Most thought the currently sidelined Atomic Red was trainer Steve Turnbull’s next star horse, but Joes Star Of Mia has pinched that title, at least for now. Maximan’s slashing second, coming from a mile off them and finishing well ahead of Let It Ride, has got trainers Shane and Lauren Tritton thinking. “We’re talking with the owners about paying the late entry for the Inter Dominion. He won a couple in a row and he’s smashed the clock finishing second in both runs since,” Shane Tritton said. “I’ll be talking to HRV about it. He’s going well enough to give it a go for sure.” Maximan’s stablemate, My Alpha Rock, tired late but wasn’t disgraced in eighth spot after sitting parked. Let It Ride settled near last and was standing-up the leaders a huge start on the home bend before finishing well for fifth, less than five metres from Joes Star Of Mia. He’s now got two runs under his belt and shows every sign he will appreciate getting over further than a mile. ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Many of the biggest names in Australian driving ranks locked horns at Globe Derby last night. There were eight heats of the Australian Drivers’ Championship and it went right down to the last heat to decide the winner. And it was NSW young gun Todd McCarthy who snatched victory by just two points over Queensland-based Adam Sanderson with WA veteran Chris Lewis another four points away in third spot. McCarthy only won the one heat – heat two about Imprincessgemma – but was consistent through the right races, also snaring a second and three fourths. Final standings were: Todd McCarthy (72pts), Adam Sanderson (70), Chris Lewis (66), Greg Sugars (63), Pete McMullen (63), Dani Hill (62), Ricky Duggan (59), Ellen Rixon (51), Todd Rattray (45), Chris Alford (44), Shannon Suvaljko (40) and Ryan Hryhorec (37). ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Former Kiwi pacer Vampiro continued his rapid rise through the ranks with the biggest win of his career at Gloucester Park last Friday night. Driver Ryan Warwick made the most of a good draw (gate three) and Vampiro’s gate speed to lead and always looked in control in the $50,000 Group 2 James Brennan Memorial (2130m). After cruising through a 61.4sec middle half, Vampiro finished-off in 56.0 and 27.9sec to hold-off a gallant and revitalised stablemate Our Jimmy Johnstone in 1min57sec mile rate. Vampiro’s won five of his past seven starts and 17 of his 38 career runs and with Chicago Bull sidelined he is pressing for the top seeding in WA’s open-class ranks. “I liked him from the start, but Bondy (co-trainer Greg Bond) wasn’t so sure. He rushed through his grades and took a few runs in open-class to take the next step, but he’s into it now,” Warwick said. Vampiro is one of two “Team Bond” pacers being set for the Melbourne Inter Dominion. The other, Galactic Star, is slated to return to racing next Friday night at Gloucester Park. Team Bond’s other emerging open-class player. Mitch Maguire, also impressed winning last Friday night, coming from a 10m handicap to score by 16m in a slick 1min58.8sec mile rate for the long 2503m from the stand.   Adam Hamilton

AMERICA here we come. That’s something Victorian dairy farmers and harness hobbyists John and Mary Meade never thought they’d say. Now it’s reality as they pack their bags to head to New York of all places with their pride and joy, their star trotter Sparkling Eyes. And, judging by his farewell Aussie run, Sparkling Eyes is primed o do everyone proud in the $US1 million Yonkers International Trot in New York on October 13. John Meade looks to have timed the preparation well with two sound placings to open this campaign then a pair of dominant Melton wins. Sparkling Success sat parked with driver Chris Svanosio controlling the tempo while his only real danger, Kyvalley Blur, two back in the running line. Svanosio put paid to the leader, El Paco, rounding the final bend, opened-up and big league and easily held-off a game Kyvalley Blur to win by 3.4m in a slick 1min55.9sec mile rate for 1720m. They dashed home in56.5 and 27.7sec. What an exciting time for Down Under harness with Lazarus commanding so much attention in North America and an in-form Sparkling Success headed his way. _________________________________________________________________________ NOW we are starting to see why Team Tritton thinks former their Kiwi pacer My Alpha Rock is Inter Dominion material. The sixth year-old posted his fourth successive Menangle win and this time ran a personal best and broke with the 1min50sec barrier with a sparkling 1min49.5sec mile last night (Saturday). All this from a wide draw and being part of a slick 26.8sec opening quarter then splits of 28.1, 27.2 and 27.4sec. “We’ve always liked him and have given him time. He’s really gone to the next level these past few runs,” Shane Tritton said. “The plan is to take him down (to Melbourne) for the Victoria Cup (October 13) and then the Inter Dominion later on.” My Alpha Rock has won eight of his 11 starts since joining Team Tritton at the end of last year, Shane and Lauren Tritton also have Inter Dominion hopefuls Franco Nelson and Gotta Go Ya Hu. The other key winner at Menangle was Steve Turnbull’s emerging five-year-old Joes Star Of Mia, who sat parked to win the Group 3 Dahua final in a 1min50.9sec mile. _________________________________________________________________________ STILL on the Inter Dominion theme and gifted Victorian pacer My Kiwi Mate is another headed that way. Craig Demmler’s gelding has always shown Group 1 potential and his Melton win in The Gammlite (2240m) at Melton last night (Saturday) was the most “complete” of his career. More renowned for his lethal sit-sprint style, My Kiwi Mate worked early, was stuck wide, drifted back to last and then came five and six-wide around the entire field to snatch a half-neck win. All this in a slick 1min55.2sec mile and closing splits of 57 and 28.2sec. It’s been a fantastic training effort from Demmler to nurse My Kiwi Mate back from a bone chip in a back fetlock which required an operation. Demmler has often likened My Kiwi Mate’s potential to Breenys Fella, who he drove in a string of major races for his father, Ted, including second to Shakamaker in the 2000 Inter Dominion final. My Kiwi Mate’s win came at only his second run on the comeback trail, which saw him spend between October 14, last year and August 24 this year off the scene. Some of his best runs so far have included a second in the 2015 Queensland Derby, 3rd in the 2015 Breeders Crown 3YO final and 4th in the 2016 4YO Harness Jewels. _________________________________________________________________________ SAD news during the past week with the passing of popular and highly-talented pacer Messini. The former classy Kiwi juvenile, who spent most of his open-age career in Victoria, passed away last Wednesday. “It’s been a terrible morning for us all at Lilley racing with the passing of our brave warrior Messini. Will be missed around the place that’s for sure. RIP mate,” tweeted Brent Lilley. Messini raced 97 times for 26 wins, 28 placings and earned a thumping $711,711. His major wins included the 2018 Bendigo Cup and Group 1 victories in the 2015 Vicbred 4YO final and 2014 Vicbred 3YO final. _________________________________________________________________________ EMERGING WA pacer Vampiro is one of many who will be glad when Chicago Bull leaves the state for major races in Victoria and NZ. While not in the Chicago Bull league – certainly not yet anyway – Vampiro has raced through the grades for Greg and Skye Bond to be on the next level. And he confirmed it with another impressive Gloucester Park win, this time in free-for-all class, last Friday night. It was his third successive win at the track and he made the most of a good trail and lovely Ryan Warwick drive to easily account for Chicago Bull’s talented stablemate, Runrunjimmydunn, who worked outside the leader, Natural Disaster. Despite the dawdling midrace tempo of a 62.6sec middle half, Vampiro was simply too quick in an official 55.9sec closing half to win by 2.9m.   Adam Hamilton

NEXT year’s Chariots Of Fire at Menangle will be the main aim for exciting new pacer Gods Spirit. The New Zealand-bred gelding made his Australian debut at Menangle on Tuesday leading all the way and rating the mile in 1:51.0. Trainers Shane and Lauren Tritton could not contain their excitement when the son of Tintin In America produced his final two quarters in 26.9 and 26.5 seconds. That was Gods Spirit’s second start. “He just has untapped potential,” said Shane. “It’s been a long time coming, we’ve worked him right up from a spell and we’ve pretty much known he’s been good from day one so it’s been pretty hard to hold him back. “But it’s good to get the first one out of the way and look forward to things to come.” This victory made Gods Spirit the fastest three-year-old in Australia for the season, eclipsing Ignatius’ winning time in the Alabar Breeders Challenge Final by three-tenths of a second. “I’m very aware that there are a lot of horses in his so called category like Ignatius, so if he’s going to be really good he’s going to find stiff competition but I’m very excited,” said Shane. “He’s one of the purist speed horses I’ve ever trained, it will be interesting to see what he does when he is fully wound up.” Gods Spirit made his racing debut in New Zealand last December, where he won at Manawatu in a mile rate of 2:03.8. And Tuesday was his first race start since then. “One of the things the owner said is give this horse time, he could be pretty special and we’ve done that and he was 100 per cent right,” said Shane. “He’s very exciting and we’re just trying to not get too ahead of ourselves.” The Chariots Of Fire is the only race earmarked for this impressive pacer at this stage. “The Chariots is the only one we’re aiming at, the rest of it is just him trying to learn how to race,” said Shane. “He’ll predominately stay at Menangle and race over the miles which he relaxed quite well today (Tuesday) which he hasn’t done a lot of his career. “If he can relax that maybe opens a few more doors. “Today was good just to see him get to the track and do what we thought he could do.” Team Tritton will be keeping a close eye on some of Gods Spirit’s potential rivals this Saturday in Semi-Finals of the Breeders Crown in Victoria. The likes of Colt Thirty One and The Black Prince will clash in one of the qualifiers at Bendigo while Ignatius and Poster Boy will go head-to-head in the other.   AMANDA RANDO | MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

ENJOYING Queensland’s pleasant weather this week, power couple Lauren and Shane Tritton are hoping for a warm reception at Albion Park on Saturday. The duo are set to contest the Australian Pacing Gold Brisbane Sale Final with Muscle Factory, which is the short-priced favourite from his wide draw. Winner of his heat at the same venue last weekend, Muscle Factory will begin from the outside of the front row. Despite the two-year-old’s tough starting position, Shane is positive Muscle Factory can add the Group One to his impressive record. The son of Roll With Joe has won four of his eight starts, with three placings also to his credit. “He has pulled up super from his heat and everything is moving along nicely,” Tritton said. “He needed that run in the heat as he hadn’t one in a while. “His work has been great this week and he will be better again in the Final., “We couldn’t be happier with him going into this race…it is the best he has been all season as he’s started to work out what it’s all about.” Citing Victorian filly For All We Know as the one to beat, Tritton expects Miss Moneybags to improve from a favourable draw. Prepared by Brett Bunfield, For All We Know also won her heat, which followed a second in the Qbred Final at her previous start. Triumphant in the nation-wide APG Consolation last April, the daughter of Art Major has drawn gate two. Fourth behind Muscle Factory in her qualifier, Miss Moneybags will begin from the pole to local horseman Grant Dixon. The daughter of Mach Three is one of four runners Dixon has engaged in the $100,000 feature. Dixon will also be represented by Saint Kilda Beach, Sea Hawke and Bettor Because. “For All We Know is a nice filly, which has proven she is Group One class against girls, is the one to beat here,” Tritton said. “The saying tells us ‘a good colt will beat a good filly’ but For All We Know has to be given respect. “Miss Moneybags has been thereabouts all season and gets her chance from the pole.” APG Media

Rookie Sydney pacer Muscle Factory is fast. In fact, he’s super-fast! And he stamped himself as the horse to beat for next week’s Gr.1 $100,000 Albion Park Gold Final following his scintillating victory last night (Friday) in a time of 1:54.1. He ran sectionals of 28.5, 30.6, 28.6 and 26.6 seconds. The son of Roll With Joe was having his first start at the famed Breakfast Creek oval and scored by a widening margin of 36m defeating Timeless Appeal and Our Ultimate Mary. Prepared by Shane and Lauren Tritton, Muscle Factory has now won 4 of his 8 starts. Prior to his Albion Park romp, all of his other victories have been recorded at TABCORP Park, Menangle. His personal best time to date is 1:53.5 when successful at Menangle on June 5. By comparison, For All We Know who scored in the opening heat rated 1:58.5 for the 1660m distance. But it’s not the fastest time by a juvenile in the Sunshine State. That title belongs to reigning Victoria Derby winner Colt Thirty One. Last season, the Mach Three colt recorded 1:53.9 when successful at Albion Park. In fact, he did it twice, scoring on June 30 and again on July 15. But will that record stand the test of time? There’s every chance that Muscle Factory will be out to claim the rich prizemoney up for grabs plus a track record for a two-year-old pacer next week. It’s the final Gr.1 of the season in Queensland and it now carries plenty of added interest. Only horses sold through the Australia Pacing Gold Brisbane division last year were eligible for this series. The barrier draw will be staged on Tuesday.   Chris Barsby

Who say it’s hard for an Aussie horse to tackle the Harness Jewels and return a major player back home? Certainly not Shane and Lauren Tritton after Petes Big Dream’s first run back in Aussie after his fantastic and very close second at the Harness Jewels. Petes Big Dream, the most surprising of the Aussie invitees to the Jewels, landed some big bets when crunched from $1.80 into $1.40 and toyed with his rivals in a heat of the rich Vicbred series at Bendigo last night (Tuesday). Lauren Tritton used gate one to lead and then rolled through a comfortable 61.3sec first half of the last mile. He then ripped home in 56.3 and 27.6sec to easily hold-off Emma Stewart’s Morengo Magic, who trailed him throughout. Petes Big Jim’s 1min57.1sec mile rate for 2150m was the second fastest of seven Vicbred heats held on the night. Not only did Petes Big Jim’s win stamp him as a major player for the final, but the subsequent defeat of Australian Gold champion Centenario further threw open the series. Emma Stewart won a staggering five of the seven heats on the night and despite Centenario’s shock first defeat in six starts, she still won that heat as well with improving Bettors Delight colt Hurricane Harley. Centenario showed a surprising lack of early speed so Hurricane Harley rushed across the field to lead before taking a trail on his hotpot stablemate. The cruised through a 62sec first half of the last mile, but rounding the home bend Chris Alford said go on Centenario and it was clear Hurricane Harley sit had plenty to offer on his back. Hurricane Harley zoomed past Centenario to win by 6.4m in a 1min56.7sec mile rate and was privately clocked in a 26.6sec closing quarter. Connections felt Centenario “loafed” and lost concentration in front and plan to add blinkers for the Vicbred semis and final. The other big shock came when Australian Gold 2YO fillies’ champ Soho Nolita was also upstaged in her heat and on her merits by Stewart’s improving Bettors Delight filly Two Times Bettor, who simply outstayed the favourite. Stewart’s other wins came with: Blissful Hall filly Kickit Sista in race one; Nostra Ideal (by American Ideal), who upstaged favourite and stablemate Four Big Men in race two and Art Major’s daughter Kualoa, who was the most impressive of the filly winners in race six.   Adam Hamilton

Aussie challenger Shane Tritton has learned a valuable lesson about taking on New Zealand's best at tomorrow's Harness Jewels — don't try to be a Kiwi. Tritton and his wife (and stable driver) Lauren train two of the five Australians at tomorrow's huge meeting at Cambridge, with both Platinum Revolution (race one) and Pete's Big Jim (race six) drawn the ace. Which is exactly what the Trittons wanted and an advantage they will not be giving away. "I have learned from campaigning horses like Salty Robyn at the Jewels before and having Suave Stuey Lombo at the NZ Cup meeting," admits Shane Tritton. "We have come over here and tried to race like the Kiwis, almost been fooled into it. "With Salty Robyn at the Jewels at Ashburton we handed up to one of Mark Purdons and I still regret it because you are not going to beat him doing that. "We have to race the way we know best and that is to try to outstay them and get them out of their comfort zone. So we came here this time hoping for draws that we could do that from, to be masters of our own destiny, and we have got them. So we are going to use them." Tritton's horses are well-known for their catch me if you can tactics and just a few months ago he declared a comparative outsider in Anything For Love would lead and run against powerhouses like Soho Tribeca in a Miracle Mile prelude. He did and won his way into the Mile in typical Tritton fashion so his pre-race bravado tends to not be just hot air. His best chance tomorrow looks to be Platinum Revolution, a horse co-bred by the voice of Addington, Mark McNamara. She has good gate speed and is aided by the two All Stars big guns in the race, Princess Tiffany and Kayla Marie being drawn wide, meaning it should take them at least until the 1000m mark to get outside Platinum Revolution and apply any real pressure. "She is a better filly than people realise and Mark Purdon's pair, and the rest of them, are going to need to be good to run past her," Tritton says. Pete's Big Jim meets opposition of more depth and doesn't have the same sparkling formline but has only been with Tritton for the last two weeks. "He has improved a bit coming from a smaller stable and he will fly the gate. He trialled in 1:53 at Menangle last week and if this race was there on Saturday he would pace 1:52. Whether the others in this race can go that quick, I don't know." The answer is, judging on previous years, probably yes, with Jesse Duke maybe the horse peaking at the right time. Tritton says winning in the Australian green Jewels colours at Cambridge would be a career highlight for Lauren and he. "We probably have more respect for the Kiwi horses and industry than just anybody in Australia and about 90 per cent of our horses are from over here. "So to come over here and show everybody we can train with the best of them would mean the world to me."   Michael Guerin

There has been a change of plans for ‘Team Tritton’s’ attack on New Zealand’s Harness Racing Jewels. With just three days to go, driver and co-trainer Lauren Tritton flew over to the Shaky Isles a day earlier than planned. The Group 1 winning reinswoman arrived in the North Island yesterday to put the final touches on Platinum Revolution and Petes Big Jim ahead of their upcoming feature assaults. “I was meant to fly out on Thursday but I changed my flight so that I could drive both horses in fast work,” Tritton said. “I like to drive them in track work too because you get a better gauge of where they are at.” And that has been the case with ‘Team Tritton’s’ recent stable acquisition Petes Big Jim. The gelding was transferred to their stable just over a fortnight ago and will face his biggest test to date when he lines up on the Two-Year-Old Emerald at Cambridge Raceway this Saturday. In preparation for this he won a trial at Menangle in 1:53.5 – more than six seconds quicker than any race he has won. “I really like him,” Tritton said. “After driving him we’ve changed some of his gear and hopple length and we’re really happy with where he is at.” Petes Big Jim has drawn barrier one in his $NZ150,000 test and so did his new stablemate Platinum Revolution  in the Two-Year-Old Diamond. And Tritton will be making the most of these draws. “I don’t want to go home with a hard luck story,” she said. “They are both talented two-year-olds and both drawn well so well so we have to make the most of it.” Shane Tritton claimed Platinum Revolution is “the best two-year-old filly I’ve ever had!” “She’ll definitely hold the front . . . the track favours inside runners so if we get to the front we can control our own destiny.” Back home, Team Tritton will be relying on outside drivers to control other aspects of their destiny starting with Lynnsanity who is engaged in one of tonight’s Breeders Challenge heats at Penrith. He will be driven by Lachie Manzelmann who has also landed the top drive on Yayas Hot Spot at Menangle on Saturday night, while Anthony Butt will also drive for the stable that night. For the record, only 12 Australian horses have taken part in the Harness Jewels in the past 11 years. Amanda Rando

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)

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