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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

Miracle Mile winner Lennytheshark should add to his booty of features wins in Saturday night’s $70,000 Group 2 Kilmore Cup (2690m). David Aiken’s star already looked a class above his rivals, but has the added advantage of a perfect barrier (gate three). “He’s come through the Miracle Mile well,” Aiken said. “As I said a few days after it, he was so well he could’ve run in the Cranbourne Cup six days after the Miracle Mile, but we didn’t want to ask that of him. “Kilmore fitted plans well and we’re heading there with him in peak form.” Lennytheshark will dominate betting and looks a big a chance of finding the front, either from Major Crocker (gate two) or noted fast beginner Tact Tate (seven) should he try and spear to the lead early. The other key runners in the Cup include Flaming Flutter (gate four), My Kiwi Mate (six) and Im Corzin Terror (11). Aiken said he had no firm plans with Lennytheshark beyond this week. “He will stay in work. He’s only had a light season so far,” he said. “Eventually he will make his way back to Sydney, but I don’t know when that will be.” In some exciting news, Aiken revealed his other open-class star Hectorjayjay had escaped surgery and would soon be back racing. “We thought he needed a little procedure to remove a bone spur, but when they took a better x-ray and looked at it, they told us it wouldn’t be necessary,” he said, “That’s good news. He could be back racing in a month or so.” In a coup for the Harness Jewels, Aiken said he and owner Brendan James were seriously considering a trip across the Tasman with exciting four-year-old mare Rockstar Angel. “Brendan called me and he’s keen. If he’s keen, then I’m keen,” Aiken said. “We’ve got a really nice opinion of the mare. “Initially I was a bit disappointed when she finished second after leading in the Wangaratta Cup last Sunday, but they told me the inside was quicksand and the winner, Four Ex Dan, is a nice horse.” Another possible Aussie contender for the Jewels, star three-year-old filly Petacular, is a $1.15 Aussie TAB favourite for the Allied Express 3YO Classic (2240m) at Melton on Friday night. Petacular hasn’t raced since a brave second to unbeaten Kiwi filly Partyon in the NSW Oaks on February 25. Other possible Aussie raiders for the Jewels include Shane and Lauren Tritton’s buzz juveniles, Divine State and My Sweetchilliphilly, who tackle heats of their respective Bathurst Gold series’ this week. The Trittons will talk more seriously about the Jewels after the Bathurst finals on Saturday week. Adam Hamilton

The big Bathurst Gold Crown Carnival might not just be all about Shane and Lauren Tritton. For the past two weeks, all the Bathurst talk has been about the Tritton’s star duo – filly My Sweetchillphilly and colt Divine State. On what we’ve seen so far, whatever beats them will win their respective finals. My Sweetchillyphilly is the first of them to step-out in the heats of the Gold Tiara for two-year-old fillies at Bathurst on Wednesday night. The daughter of Betterthancheddar won her only start at Bathurst on February 19 by a staggering 59.7m … and rated a blistering 1min55.3sec mile rate for 1730m. Just for good measure, the filly she beat, Now Eye See, bolted in at Parkes at her only run since. My Sweetchilliphilly should work to the front from gate six and win her heat (race nine) on Wednesday night. Excitingly, Kiwi trainer Tim Butt’s decision to whisk impressive debut winner Lady Chatto across the Tasman to Bathurst has added another dimension to the series. Lady Chatto won her only start at Addington last Sunday week by almost three lengths at Addington and clocked a solid 2min0.5sec mile rate for 2000m. Butt, renowned to travelling and taking on challenges, is well aware of the buzz around My Sweetchillphilly and not afraid to take her on. Lady Chatto has drawn the pole and will dominate betting in race five on Wednesday night. The other Tiara runner with Kiwi interest is Passions Delight, who is trained by Nicole Molander, driven by Chris Alford and owned by the US-based Marc Hanover and Gordon Banks. As exciting as My Sweetchilliphilly looks, the hype around the Trittons’ colt Divine State is even bigger. And you can see why when he won by almost 20m on debut at Menangle in a 1min52.8sec mile on January 31. He then raised the bar against the best babies seen so far this season when he strolled home by 12.8m and broke the Australasian two-year-old mile race record with a 1min51.6sec dash again at Menangle on February 18. Fans will have to wait until next Saturday night to see him in action in the heats of the Gold Crown. Adam Hamilton

Having just faced the likes of harness racing world-class pacers such as Lennytheshark, Smolda and Lazarus has not deterred Yayas Hot Spot. Instead, since his seventh-placed effort in the Miracle Mile almost a fortnight ago, the gelding has flourished according to trainers Shane and Lauren Tritton. "Yaya worked the best he ever has this morning," Shane said on Tuesday. Subsequently Team Tritton will be packing their float with confidence as they head to Young's TAB.COM.AU Carnival Of Cups meeting with Yayas Hot Spot this Saturday night. The son of Jereme's Jet is one of the early fancies for the Group 3 Cordina Chicken Farms Young Cup and the Trittons are out for redemption following the pacer's result in last year's feature where he finished seventh. "Young is the perfect track for him," Shane said. "He should have won last year but he fired up with the hood on and since we've taken that off he has been perfect. "We want to make amends for last year." Drawn on the second row in barrier eight, the Trittons consider Yayas Hot Spot as the one to beat. "He is certainly dropping a bit in grade and not facing Lenny (Lennytheshark) this time," Shane said. "Considering his last three starts have been at Group 1 level, I'm sure he will be hard to beat." The Trittons will only have one other engaged at that meeting being the pacer Lurah after scratching Im Twice The delight and Jango Fett on Tuesday morning. "They both didn't pull up well enough after racing on Monday," Shane said. Team Tritton had a number of horses engaged at Bankstown on Monday and walked away with a double following wins with Rocknroll Legend and Eh Ef El. The later was making his debut for the stable and won by more than 43 metres. "The Carousel is the long term plan for him," Shane said. "At this stage we will look at the Honouree Stakes during the Bathurst Gold Crown Carnival with him." AMANDA RANDO

LENNYTHESHARK wasn’t the only horse to beat the amazing All Stars team on Miracle Mile night.  Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen had runners in the five major races, won three of them and finished second in the other two.  Lennytheshark nosed-out Smolda in that epic Miracle Mile with the other All Stars runners third (Lazarus) and fourth (Our Waikiki Beach).  Their other second came when last year’s Miracle Mile winner Have Faith In Me returned to something like his best with a fantastic effort in the Group 1 Bohemia Crystal free-for-all (2400m).  But the race went to the emerging and exciting Tact Tate for trainer-driver Amanda Turnbull.  It marked the most important step yet for the five-year-old’s charge towards being a genuine Grand Circuit horse.  Tact Tate ran out of racing room late and caught the eye when luckless fifth to Hectorjayjay in the Canadian Club Sprint a week earlier.  Turnbull drove him to his strength – sheer speed – and needed plenty of luck at the time, but it came courtesy of dream runs along the marker pegs late.  Tact Tate found the room he needed, exploded through the inside and stormed past a gallant Have Faith In Me to win by 2.2m in a sizzling 1min53.6sec mile rate. That’s just 0.9sec outside the track record Smolda set in the same race last year.    Tact Tate’s win was 14th from just 39 starts and he’s now won $303,470 in stakemoney.   Have Faith In Me was trapped deep early, worked around to sit parked and ran a mighty race.  SHANE and Lauren Tritton had a Miracle Mile to forget, but they salvaged something from the night when stable buzz pacer Anything For Love smashed a handy field in the last race.  The four-year-old, who ran a close fourth in the Chariots Of Fire, underlined his exceptional potential with a sizzling 1min49.5sec mile.  The time was just 0.3sec slower than Lennytheshark clocked in the Miracle Mile.  “He’s so exciting,” Shane Tritton said. “He’s come a long way so quickly and is still learning.  “He’s run himself into the ground a couple of times, but he’s learning about racing all the time.  “We were happy to let him run (last night) and he just ran them ragged.”  Anything For Love, purchased out of Victoria a few months ago, ran his splits in 26.6, 29.1, 27.1 and 26.7sec.  He easily held-off a game Saloon Passage, who sat parked, and Charlaval, who enjoyed the trail.  Also in the beaten brigade were horses like Blazin N Cullen, Shannonsablast and Monifieth, who have contested Inter Dominions.  It will be interesting to see where the Trittons take Anything For Love next.  FORMER Kiwi trainer Nicole Molander made a triumphant return to the scene of some of her greatest moments on Miracle Mile night.  When Molander and husband Dean first made the move from NZ to live in Australia, Menangle was their backyard.  They won a stack of races there with champion trotter Keystone Del – including the now defunct Group 1 Glenferrie Challenge twice.  Molander was back on the big stage winning another feature trot last Saturday night with another former Kiwi trotter, seven—ear-old mare Dead Cat Bounce.  Taking the mare to Menangle has been an inspired move. She was struggling to regain peak form in Victoria and has won three on end at Menangle.  Last Saturday night was by far the biggest in the $54,000 Group 1 Australian Pacing Gold Trotters’ Cup (1609m).  Just moments after he won the Miracle Mile, Chris Alford produced another gem of a drive, weaving through gaps late to dash past the leaders in a 1min54.1sec mile.  ONE of the highlights of Menangle’s three-week Carnival of Miracles has been the strong presence of the Queenslanders.  And the star of them has been Grant Dixon’s Leos Best, who won all three starts during his Menangle raid.  The four-year-old produced a career-best performance to lead throughout in the $52,000 Group 2 Miracle Mile Invitational Drivers’ race in a blistering 1min54.5sec mile rate for 2400m.  Mat Rue, who won a Miracle Mile on former star mare Baby Bling, took the reins on Leos Best and beat his old boss, Luke McCarthy, aboard Match Point by 5.7m.  In the other invitational race, for Lady Drivers, young Martelle Maguire scored the biggest win of her career when she led throughout on $60.20 outsider Epaulette in a slick 1min50.8sec mile.  IT was great to see champion driver Kerryn Manning back in action at Geelong last Saturday night.  It was Manning’s first night back in the sulky since suffering a string of nasty injuries including three broken ribs, a punctured lung and severe concussion in a fall at Charlton on December 16, last year.  Manning had three drives for a third, a fourth and an eighth placing.  EMERGING star Brallos Pass would not have been out of place in one of the features at Menangle on Miracle Mile night.  So that made him close to a certainty when connections opted to go to the Albury Cup instead.  And the four-year-old won accordingly, sitting parked and cruising home by 9.1m in a 2min3.1sec mile rate for the 2555m trip with Ellen Tormey aboard.  Brallos Pass, who a NSW Derby heat last season, ran second to Lazarus in the 4YO Bonanza on Hunter Cup night.  He’s now won 12 of his 32 runs with another 15 placings and has the makings of a serious open-class player in time to come.  The Albury Derby was won in similarly dominant fashion by Josh Aiken’s talented three-year-old The Defiant.  With Aiken at Menangle to drive Hectorjayjay, Mark Pitt took the reins on The Defiant, who led throughout and was eased right down late to win by 2.8m.  SOME big and luckless runs through last year’s Perth Inter Dominion could have been the making of classy WA pacer Our Jimmy Johnstone.  The Greg and Skye Bond-trained former Kiwi was unlucky to miss qualifying for the final and ran third in the consolation.  There has been plenty to like about his past two wins, the latest in the $50,000 Group 2 Governors Cup (2130m) at Gloucester Park last Friday night in a sharp 1min55.2sec mile rate.  The other feature on the night went to young trainer Justin Prentice, but not with the mare most punters hoped for.  Prentice’s stable star Major Reality was sent out a $1.20 favourite in the $50,000 Group 2 Empress Stakes, but faded after sitting parked in a 1min56.8sec mile rate for 2536m.  It was her stablemate The Parade, driven by Gary Hall Jr, who stormed to victory over Jungle Jewel.    Adam Hamilton

They are Queenslanders through and through but sporting stars Gorden Tallis and Chris Lynn were quite happy to get their first harness racing win on New South Wales' soil. Tallis, a former Australian rugby league player, and Lynn, an Australian cricketer, are proud owners of the pacer Lynnsanity who won on debut at Bathurst last Sunday. The close friends were ecstatic with their colt's performance, living up to his $1.60 favouritism. "It was great to watch but as a punter I was a bit disappointed with his price," Lynn joked. "A win is a win and is doesn't matter if it is at home or away. "I'm up in Noosa for the Pink Stumps Day, a fundraiser for the McGrath Foundation, and I realised the race was coming up as I was driving so I pulled into the pub and watched 10 minutes of Sky Racing." And Lynn did not make it too obvious in his surroundings that he was a winning owner. "I was pretty quiet to be honest because I didn't want to let everyone know in the pub what was happening," he said. Named after the hashtag associated with Lynn, Lynnsanity the two-year-old pacer, is trained by Shane and Lauren Tritton who purchased the son of Mr Feelgood at the Ready2Run Sale. And at his first race appearance he rated the mile in 1:59.6. "We're very happy," Lynn said. "I also gave part of my share to my Mum and also Gorden Tallis who is a great friend of mine. "It's nice to enjoy the experience with a couple of your closer mates . . . that's what it's all about. "I can definitely see myself getting the harness racing bug. "I'm always keen to learn about a new product and it will be nice to get to a harness racing meeting soon." All it took was one email for Lynn and Tallis to become involved with the pacing version of Lynnsanity. "Shane (Tritton) emailed my manager saying he was naming a horse after me and when a share was offered I jumped at the opportunity," Lynn said. "I've owned a couple of greyhounds and always loved my horse racing and a punt. "It's also pretty cool to be recognised from another industry and if my status can help harness racing while increase the exposure of cricket, everyone is a winner." Lynnsanity is being aimed at the upcoming Bathurst Gold Crown series and is also eligible for the New South Wales Breeders Challenge. AMANDA RANDO

Exciting harness racing youngster Blue Moon Rising has been ruled out of the upcoming New South Wales Derby. With heats of the Blue Riband to take place at Tabcorp Park Menangle's second night of the Sky Racing Carnival of Miracles next Saturday, Blue Moon Rising will be in the paddock instead of at the track. Trainers Shane and Lauren Tritton decided to pull the pin on the remainder of the gelding's three-year-old season following his 11th in the Victoria Derby at Melton last weekend. "Blue Moon Rising will go for a long and well-earned spell after pulling up a little jaded after his trip to Melbourne . . . 12 out of 17 isn't bad," the Tritton Team tweeted. And after winning 12 of his 17 starts, connections have decided next year's Chariots Of Fire will be the aim for the son of Santanna Blue Chip. "He will most likely miss the rest of the three-year-old season," Shane said. "He has never had a decent break and will be aimed at the Chariots next year. "He hasn't sustained an injury we are just giving him time to develop. "We may have raced him a little too long as a three-year-old so hopefully we give Blue Moon Rising a better chance to develop. "He is without doubt one of the fastest horses I've trained but needs to mature physically to be able to utilise that speed." Tritton also admitted Blue Moon Rising reminds him of his other pacer Yayas Hot Spot which finished second to Bling It On in the A.G. Hunter Cup at Melton last Saturday. Yayas Hot Spot will be aimed at the Miracle Mile qualifying sprints at Menangle next Saturday night.   AMANDA RANDO

The countdown continues – we are now into February so it is 50 days or less to one of Australia’s best Carnival of juvenile harness racing. February is the starting date for school children to return to their favourite teachers and it is now the time for the equine debutantes to commence their schooling. One of them did so in a blaze of glory at Menangle on the last day of January. So impressive was he that he wrote the favourites name all over the early betting tickets for the Group One Bathurst Gold Crown on March 25. The colt with speed to burn and the name of Divine State gave young reinsman Chris Geary a “Luke Nolan” type ride or in this case a drive. All Chris had to do was touch the accelerator or the brake and steer to the winning post. Divine State, trained by the Menangle Park Training Centre based Shane and Lauren Tritton, ran the gate and blazed an unheard of first quarter for a two-year-old of 26.6. A final quarter in 27.2 stopped the clock from ticking in 1.52.8 – mind blowing for a youngster on debut in this part of the world. “It certainly left me in a divine state,” said part owner Dave Harper recently. Dave and his wife Helen purchased Divine State, a son of Tintin In America, from the Kiwi stables of Mark Jones about 10 or 11 weeks ago as ready to go but unqualified youngster. He certainly is a much travelled young lad as he was bred and reared at Glenferrie Farm, near Goulburn in NSW. Then he was sold to New Zealand connections and named over there as Thrown In. However his next planned float trip is a little shorter – up the mountain to Bathurst for the Gold Crown Carnival, commencing with his heat on March 18. In the meantime Dave and Helen Harper are riding the crest of a wave with a couple of Divine State’s stable mates – Salty Robyn and Blue Moon Rising. Salty Robyn has strung together 10 successive wins including sub 1.50 victory and will take on the Kiwi Superstar Lazarus in the Chariots of Fire later this week. Blue Moon Rising has won 12 of his 16 starts and qualified for the $200,000 Vic Derby. “We’re having a hell of a ride at the moment,” said Dave. “We do realise that runs like this don’t go on forever in the horse racing business. “I have followed Harness Racing for 40 Years but only bought our first horse, Curtis Maguire, about three years ago.” The Harpers had considered five or six trainers in NSW to train their horses but after firstly talking to Marlene Sweeney, they were quickly convinced that Marlene’s son Shane Tritton and his wife Lauren were the ones. At this stage the Harpers are thinking they will be in Bathurst with a filly as well. But that’s another story for another day….. All we’ll say for the moment is that she has a “hot” name. The Sire of Divine State heading for the “Blue” State? Hot on the heals of the amazing debut of Divine State is the rumoured news that his sire Tintin In America has been sold to breeders based in NSW. Tintin In America, by McArdle from an In The Pocket mare, displayed extraordinary speed in his 35 start career. He won 16 races from two through four including five Group one victories in either Australia or New Zealand. From his first crop (three-year-olds in 2015/16) he sired the Group One placegetters Zee Dana (2nd in NSW Derby) and Dame Puissant (3rd in WA Oaks). If the rumours turn into reality, then Tintin In America will be a welcome addition to the NSW Stallion ranks. John Coffee

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