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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

Some cricket followers may already be familiar with the hashtag 'Lynnsanity' and if you follow harness racing as well you are about to see the term a lot more. The sport now has its own equine version thanks to trainers Shane and Lauren Tritton naming a two-year-old they purchased at the Ready2Run Sale last year Lynnsanity. But the association with cricket does not stop there. The colt's namesake, Australian cricketer Chris Lynn who has also been a dominate force in the Big Bash League for Brisbane Heat, has purchased a share in the horse - his first venture into harness racing. "I follow cricket and I've wanted to name a horse Lynnsanity which is a hashtag associated with the cricketer Chris Lynn," Shane said. "I didn't know Chris but I got in touch with him and told him I was naming a horse after him and he was keen on the concept and has taken a share in the horse. "Chris and a few of his closest family and friends including his mum Kym and NRL legend Gordon Tallis have also taken an interest in the colt. "Chris has had shares in gallopers and greyhounds before but never owned a standardbred but he sounds keen to be involved." Lynnsanity, the horse, went around in at education trial at Tabcorp Park Menangle last Tuesday and clocked 1:58 with a last quarter in 27.3s. "He shouldn't be too far off racing . . . he is paid up for Bathurst and the Breeders Challenge," Shane said. "We'll have regular updates on the horse on our Twitter page (@Tritton_Team)."   AMANDA RANDO

Nobody likes stock taking but the new owner of the Tapanui Four Square, Southland trainer and breeder Matt Saunders won’t mind counting the jelly beans today after a big result at the Menangle racetrack last night (Saturday). Saunders and fellow West Otago breeder Graeme Edgar scored a notable double when Salty Robyn (bred by Saunders) beat close relation Stanley Ross Robyn (bred by Edgar) in the $50,000 Group Two Cordina Chicken Farm Hondo Grattan Stakes. “He (Saunders) got in touch at 10 to 7 this morning so he was up and going. It’s take over day today at the shop so he’s busy stock taking,” said Edgar. Both horses were bred and reared in Southland and share the same third dam Ryal Robyn. Salty Robyn’s dam Holly Robyn (Live Or Die - Robyn's Treasure) was given to Saunders by Edgar in 2011 and a year later Salty Robyn was born. “Matt did some work for me with the horses and he wanted to get started so I gave him the mare. You have to support the young ones coming through. Matt’s father and I were best mates and he worked in the area and Matt was born in Tapanui. He can take all the credit for the win. I just bred the mother.”  Salty Robyn was sold to Australia in July 2015 as an unraced two year old. He’d won a workout at Ascot Park in September 2014 when driven by Andrew Armour. Holly Robyn has since left Spike Robyn (Santanna Blue Chip) which was also sold to Australia but is an unraced three year old .She also has a Washington VC yearling filly and her latest foal is also a filly by Art Major. In last night’s feature Salty Robyn sat parked beside leader Our Waikiki Beach for most of the 1609 metre trip with the leaders running their first 800 metres in 55.7 seconds. Salty Robyn took the lead at the top of the straight and won easily in a time of 1-50.8 with Stanley Ross Robyn 5.3 metres back in second. Stanley Ross Robyn came from four back on the inside, got off the running line just before the home straight and ran home nicely. Salty Robyn has now won 15 races and his season is unbeaten in nine starts. Trained by Shane and Lauren Tritton, he's banked $168, 825 for his connections.  “It was a big thrill. I stayed up and watched the race and I’ve watched it 100 times since,” said Edgar. Stanley Ross Robyn was bred by Edgar and had five starts from Hamish Hunter’s Ryal Bush stable, winning his last two races before being sold to Australia. He’s had fifteen starts since; winning three. His biggest pay day was when he finished third in last year’s Group Two Queensland Derby won by Catcha Lefty. “They’ve looked at Stanley Ross Robyn. I think he’ll do a good job over there. He’ll be good over any distance from a mile to two miles. One of the owners rang me after he’d won at Goulburn and said they had money on him at $150 to 1 in the Chariots.” His dam Atomic Robyn (Soky’s Atom – Maree Robyn) is one of the last Soky’s Atom mares being bred from. Her first foal Our Lilly Robyn by Gotta Go Cullect qualified for Gore trainer Trevor Cross almost a year ago as a five year old. According to Edgar ‘she’s got her mother’s temperament’ and Cross has got her in foal to Washington VC. Atomic Robyn also has a two year old by Washington VC. “He’s not far away. He’s at Hamish Hunters. The mare's not in foal.” Maree Robyn is a full sister to New Zealand Oaks and DB Fillies Final winner Robyn’s Treasure. Edgar and Gore trainer Ross Wilson owned the Son Of Afella mare. Stanley Ross Robyn who is named after Wilson (Stanley Ross Wilson) is the mares’ second foal. Her latest foal is a filly by Art Major.   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing  

Is it a fracture, a bone chip or is it nothing at all? Harness racing connections of Arms Of An Angel will not know the full extent of her mystery knee injury until after Christmas. Trainers Shane and Lauren Tritton will have a vet scan her knee again next Wednesday and hopefully give the pair some clarity on the issue. In the meantime, however, connections will have to wait for a diagnosis on their mare which could potentially be career-ending. "It's all a bit surreal at the moment but we haven't given up hope," Shane said. "At this stage we don't know the full diagnosis of her injury but whatever the outcome we'll be giving her every chance to make a racetrack return if we can." Just last Wednesday the Trittons made the grim discovery that there was a problem with the daughter of Elsu who is one of the fastest mares outside of North America. "She has been bright, eating well and jogging well but just wasn't 100 per cent right when she fast-worked," Shane said. "We had the vet look over her and they weren't happy with how her knee was when flexed. "The scan came back unclear and we just have to wait for things to settle in her knee before we can scan it again. "It could be fractures or even bone chips so it could be very serious or not serious at all. "She definitely did it in her last start . . . she has been known to do a few things wrong but not to gallop during the run like the way she did and her overall run after that incident was disappointing." Arms Of An Angel galloped for a short distance at the 1300m mark when leading in the Group Three Teeny Teeny Stakes at Tabcorp Park Menangle on December 10 and subsequently finished sixth. "One thing I've learned with horses is to not panic early," Shane said. "There is not a lot we can do at the moment but to keep her boxed up in the stable. "We'll know more next week."   AMANDA RANDO

Young gun Aussie trainng couple Shane and Lauren Tritton are plotting a shock move to the US.  Shane Tritton exclusively told HRNZ he had been doing “some extensive research” for the past few months.   “We are serious about it. It won’t be before the Miracle Mile (in March) and does hinge on our two stable stars (Arms Of An Angel and Lombo Kotakinabalu) showing the sort of form we expect between now and then,” he said.   “If you make a move like this, it requires a lot of research and that’s what we’ve been doing.  “It wouldn’t be before the Miracle Mile, but if our best horses are going well enough, it won’t be long after that.  “Both Gracie (Arms Of An Angel) and Kota (Lombo Kotakinablu) would be really well suited over there. We’ve got the right horses. We really like Salty Robyn as well.”    Tritton said another driving force was his frustration with the NSW handicapping system.  “The better you are, the harder they make it on you here. The good horses continually get bad draws. It makes it hard. Even top horses like my two will find it hard to keep earning under this handicapping system,” he said.  Arms Of An Angel returns to racing at Menangle on Tuesday.  The Trittons have picked a low-key return, an $A8480 flying mile against horses she has miles on at her best.  Arms Of An Angel will start from the outside gate in the six-horse field.  “She’s ready to go. We’re really happy. We just wanted to give her a bit of an easier race first-up,” Shane said.  Arms Of An Angel has only raced once since her fantastic third to Have Faith In Me in the Miracle Mile on February 28. That lone subsquent run was supposed to be a lead-up to the Harness Jewels, but she broke early, worked to the front, finished third.  Soon after she ran woefully in a Menangle trial and the Jewels’ plans were scrapped.  A few months later she feel ill and was rushed to the vet’s with an escalating “tummy bug.”  “It’s been a tough year at times with her, but she seems great again now and it’s exciting to have her back at the races.”   Adam Hamilton

It has been a horror weekend for mighty mare Arms Of An Angel. What was first thought to be a minor “tummy bug” yesterday morning turned into something a lot more scary and saw her rushed to the vet clinic where she spent all last night. Thankfully the diagnosis was much better this morning. “Yesterday was a really tough day, but the vet called this morning so say she seems bright and can come back home,” Tritton said. It all escalated after Tritton scratched Arms Of An Angel from her comeback race – last night’s Les Chant Cup – when she was “a bit off” yesterday morning. “She hadn’t eaten her brekky and then I saw her lying down, which is unusual for her,” he said. “We weren’t going to take any risks so we scratched her, but she seemed ok though much of the day. “Then, later in the arvo, she broke into a sweat, her temperature went up and it got scary. “We rushed her straight to the vet clinic where they did all sorts of tests and spent the night with her. “Anyone who’s had horses knows these things can escalate so quickly. We were really worried.” Tritton said it was a huge relief to get a positive call from the vet this morning. “They say she’s totally fine now and we could work her today if we wanted,” he said. “They say it was some passing bacterial thing. They called it actinobaccillus peritonitis. “She’s simply irreplaceable this mare. We haven’t seen many in the sport as good as her, so it’s such a relief to get the good report.” Given Arms Of An Angel won’t go to the Perth Inter Dominion, there is no urgency for Tritton to get her back to the races. “I’ll see how she is this week before we think about races again,” he said.   Adam Hamilton

A Newcastle harness racing breeder ventured to Tabcorp Park Melton and produced the thrill of his trots life. Owner-breeder David Carpenter’s two-year-old colt, Tingira Beach, was a long-time in the making but the effort paid off when Harrington Park husband-and-wife team Shane (trainer) and Lauren (driver) Tritton delivered him the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series final win. “I’m overwhelmed at the moment,” Carpenter said. “I’ve been racing horses over 25 years and this is my first Group 1 race winner tonight. “I bought the mare (Western Tingira) in America as a yearling, brought her out here and have been able to breed a really nice colt (by Somebeachsomewhere). To see him come out and win a Group 1 race is beyond my wildest dreams. “It’s pretty exciting to be able to produce a horse like this that can win on a night like this.” Lauren Tritton, from barrier four, gently eased Tingira Beach forward, taking the breeze and then the lead with Geoff Webster’s Wrappers Delight taking the box seat. There they settled, with Tingira Beach’s primary threat, Emma Stewart-trained Our Little General driven by Chris Alford, placed three back the pegs. There they remained to the final bend, with Tingira Beach creating a gap in the field with his 28.3 third quarter, which enabled Alford to sweep Our Little General wide and set up a final straight showdown. Tingira Beach held on by a head, winning in a 1:56.4 mile rate, with Wrappers Delight a further 7.8m back in third. “This horse is really tough,” Lauren Tritton said. “He still looks around a bit and I don’t think we will see the best of him until he grows out of that, but tonight I can’t take any credit away from him, he has done the job well. “Full credit to the second horse (Our Little General), he’s gone massive tonight. This fella, he’s got the job done and I couldn’t be happier for the owners, they put a lot of time and money into this sport and they deserve it more than anybody.” Trainer Shane Tritton said it might be only the beginning for his talented colt. “He is very green and up until now, his last two starts, he has only just started to switch on,” he said. “We are very proud of him and Lauren, who handled the pressure well and drove him a treat. He’s probably a better horse when he’s not in front because he is very green, but he is starting to switch on, which is helping. Once (Tingira Beach) learns to race we will see a better horse, but we are very proud of him and happy to be here.” Michael Howard Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing aficionados will be licking their lips at the thought of next Saturday night’s four-year-old entires and geldings’ Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final after tonight’s semis and barrier draw. Heat winners Ideal For Real and Tee Cee Bee Macray have drawn five and 13 respectively, while reigning Vicbred champ and horse of the year Menin Gate, a fierce warrior when in front, has drawn well in barrier three. Murranji Track in gate two has good gate speed and can run along also, so he will surely create headaches for speed mappers. Tee Cee Bee Macray was ultra-impressive in winning his heat tonight, and while barrier 13 is never ideal, he does his best work when winding up with a big finish. Trained by Alan Tubbs, Tee Cee Bee Macray (Ponder/Way Mya Macray) sprinted powerfully through the final 400m to overhaul pacemaker Solarsonic in the run to the line. Driven by Greg Sugars, Tee Cee Bee Macray rated 1:56.9. “There’s a lot of depth in the (four-year-old) field … but he’s very fast,” Sugars said. “He’s a very good horse.” The win clearly meant plenty for the Tubbs team, who received plenty of congratulations trackside. Ideal For Real (American Ideal/Tamara Hall) was also super-impressive, the Emma Stewart-trained star winning its 10th race from 18 starts with a 1:56.2 run to score by 14.2m over runner-up Sevens Hope with Mister Wickham third. Despite the ease of the win and the high expectations being placed on Ideal For Real, Lang said the entire still had a bit to learn. “He’s got to learn to go straight or he’ll have to cover more ground than the others … he’ll get beat doing that,” he said. “He’s got a good record but it won’t be an easy race next week.” The continued dominance of the Emma Stewart stable was on full display in the four-year-old mares’ Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series semi-finals tonight. The Smythes Creek trainer qualified five mares for next Saturday night’s final, giving her almost half the field. Stewart-trained Starburst Girl (barrier two for the final), Brighty Valentine (three), Lovelist (seven), Delight Me (nine) and Stay And Play (11) will all line up in the big dance. Delight Me (Bettor's Delight/Cornsilk) impressively won her semi-final with Gavin Lang in the sulky, defeating stablemates Lovelist and Starburst Girl in the first semi-final, working wide in the run before finding the line strongly. Stay And Play (Live Or Die/Play Ball) posted a mile rate of 1:56.2 in her 8.3m win over Snip Of Grand in the second semi-final, with third placegetter Brighty Valentine also hailing from the Stewart stable.   Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series 4YO Mares Final barrier draw 1: Diamond Castle 2: Starburst Girl 3: Brighty Valentine 4: Soho Tokyo 5: Boadiceas Fury 6: Snip Of Grand 7: Lovelist 8: Glory Daze 9: Delight Me 10: Morton Plains 11: Stay And Play 12: Keayang Mercedes (em) 13: Miss Dreaming Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series 4YO Entires & Geldings Final barrier draw 1: Repeat After Me 2: Murranji Track 3: Menin Gate 4: Sevens Hope 5: Ideal For Real 6: Lucky Lombo 7: Mister Wickham 8: Solarsonic 9: Stagger Lee 10: Soynwasabi 11: Rule Of Thumb (em) 12: Blacknbrown 13: Tee Cee Bee Macray ............................................................................................................................................................................... Tingira Beach has emerged a frontrunner in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series' two-year-old colts and geldings for New South Wales team Shane and Lauren Tritton, dominating his semi-final and drawing well. Things only got better for the Somebeachsomewhere colt out of Western Tingira after he won his class's second semi-final by 12.9m, having then drawn barrier four in the final. Conversely, fellow semi-final winner Jilliby Kung Fu will start from barrier 12 and will have to do things the hard way in the final on Saturday, July 2. Lauren Tritton, driver of Tingira Beach, warned there was more improvement to come from her colt, who found the front and comfortably beat highly-fancied Victorians Our Little General and Wrappers Delight into second and third place. “(Tingira Beach) is still really green, he still had a look around, but tonight he raced a lot better," Tritton said post-win. "He still had a good look around in the race and was on and off the bit. Next week he might run a bit better and could get the best of them." Tritton said Tingira Beach's favourable draw, albeit with Geoff Webster's Wrappers Delight inside her, would not be a huge factor. “He’s very versatile and the barrier doesn’t really mean much too him," Tritton said. "He hasn’t got that much gate speed in him, it’s always good to draw a good barrier but that’s not much of a worry.” It could be a worry for Jilliby Kung Fu, though the talented Terang colt is only too happy to run them down from behind. In his semi-final, Jilliby Kung Fu found the front and, though he “gets a bit lonely out there on his own”, according to driver Jason Lee, he had enough of a buffer to win by 2.5m from Geoff Webster’s fast-finishing Misterfreeze. The two-year-old colt by Four Starzzz Shark out of Slip Slop Slap, trained at Terang by Marg Lee, produced a fifth win in 10 starts when from barrier 10 he looped the field to find the front. “I think he’s a better chaser and I probably got a bit of itchy feet and thought I should jump around to the front, but he didn’t really want to go on with the job,” Jason Lee said. “He had a little bit left in the tank.” Misterfreeze kept him close company at Tabcorp Park Melton in the semi-finals and Somebeachshadow, trained by Craig Demmler and driven by Jodi Quinlan, surprised with a third placing having started a $59 shot.   Barrier draws: Two-year-old colts and geldings pacers 1: Wrappers Delight 2: Ruthless Armbro 3: Misterfreeze 4: Tingira Beach 5: Form Analyst (emg) 6: Island Specialmajor 7: Canada Bay 8: Our Little General 9: Bundy Playboy 10: Albarock 11: Somebeachshadow 12: Jilliby Kung Fu 13: Classic Maker (ODM) Cody Winnell & Michael Howard

After spending the best part of May overseas enjoying a rare holiday and getting married, Shane and Lauren Tritton have arrived back in Australia and are hoping for a strong finish to the harness racing season. Shane confirmed star mare Arms Of An Angel was given the all clear to return to work on Thursday and is looking forward to getting her back to the races before the end of the August. "We are slowly getting back into the swing of things here, it took us a few days and we both picked up colds in the final couple of days in Hawaii but it is good to be back," Tritton said. "The first week and a half was stressful because of what was happening with Arms Of An Angel back in Australia but we were really able to relax and unwind in the second half of the holiday. We've received good news with Arms Of An Angel and she's back in work but I'm not going to target anything specifically with her." Tritton is hoping the Miracle Mile placegetter comes to hand quickly. "She hasn't lost too much in the way of fitness, she is lightly assessed considering the races she has competed in so I'd like to get her back to the track and racing through her grades. "Once she is back racing constantly then I will sit down with the owners and work out what races we are going to target with her." Talented two year old filly High Rolling is yet to qualify for the Alabar Breeders Challenge but looks a strong chance to be included in the semi finals on June 11. 22 horses have already qualified and while she isn't among them her form should see her scrape in. "I'm still not fully happy with her. Even on Tuesday in her heat she didn't want to go through the gap on the inside and wanted to switch on and off in the straight. We are trying to drive her off the speed, but if she doesn't click then we might have to go back to the old tactics of running them off their feet." "I would think she would get through to the semi finals on her effort in the heat and the extra time to get her spot on will be a blessing. If she qualifies for the final then the aim will be to have her peak on that day." While the stable hasn't had many runners since the couple arrived back in Australia, it will not be too long before the stable has its full complement of runners competing. "15 horses had a week off, I'd think it will be the end of the month before we have everything back running as normal. Mach Beauty might be ready for the Len Smith Mile and I'd like to take Blue Moon Rising to Victoria but I'll wait and see how it plays out." Greg Hayes

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