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Menangle-based harness racing trainer Shane Sanderson has confirmed he will relocate south to be based permanently in Victoria from next month. Shane and his wife Naomi will set up at the growing Charlton Harness Racing Training Centre, in north central Victoria, and will be the third major stable lured to the regional facility. "It's mainly for our kids, Ryan and Abbey, to allow them more opportunities and to give them the chance to grow their careers in the sport," Sanderson said. "But we think Victoria also gives us more options to place some of our lower-grade horses on the country tracks - that's a lot more difficult where we are at the moment," he said. Another NSW team in Anthony Butt and fiancée Sonya Smith hit immediate success when they landed in Melbourne with a strong team last October. They have now made Victoria their permanent base. The Charlton facility already has attracted former Adelaide trainer Greg Norman and up-and-coming trainer-driver combo Michael Gadsden and Denbeigh Wade. The Sanderson team will be another major boost to the well-resourced centre's credentials. The complex offers tenants access to individual stabling complexes, each with a fully serviced 60 x 30 shed, lock-up harness and feed area, internal yoke up and wash areas, two internal boxes and eight adjoining day yards. They also have unrestricted use of the 820 metre Training Track, a 2,000-metre straight track and a swimming dam on site. Fundraising is also underway to install a water walker at the complex. Sanderson said he had been impressed by the enthusiasm and energy of the Charlton officials, when they showed him around last week. "We're bringing a team of 15 and Joe and Andrea (President Joey Thompson and Manager Andrea O'Gorman) have gone out of their way for us - I think they're even talking about building more facilities to accommodate us," he said. "They certainly did a good sell on what Charlton has to offer and the club's obviously having a real crack, so we've really got no hesitation in deciding to go there. "I think facilities like this one are the way for the industry to go - there needs to be something like this in every state because the price of land has just got out of hand for people coming in." Charlton manager Andrea O'Gorman said the club was excited about the new arrivals, describing it as a real "game-changer" for the club and for harness racing in the region. "With Greg, Mick and Denbeigh doing so well, it's another bonus for the local followers - they won't be able to keep up!" O'Gorman said. "But that's what it's all about...creating more interest at the ground level and the development of the training centre is doing just that," she said. "We are just so thrilled with the quality of the trainers we're now attracting - the word's out that Charlton offers a great lifestyle with opportunity to race successfully all over Victoria." Sanderson said recent Menangle winner Loorrim Creek and the promising Smokin Shazza would be among the team to make the move south, along with ex-Victorian Leigha Miller and Flaming Fives; and several now on the comeback trail in Sapphire Swayze, Lucky Lombo and Dikerry. The Sanderson family (L-R Abbey, Shane, Naomi and Ryan) after a win at Menangle with Loorrim Creek The Sanderson family has been based at Menangle for the past four years after Shane got his start in the sport in Queensland. "I didn't grow up in a harness racing family, but we did live at Redcliffe (a bayside suburb of Brisbane) where there was a whole street of trainers near the trotting track," he said. "I'd get down to the Redcliffe trots on Friday night then eventually found my way up to the stables. I started helping out and learning what I could, then eventually got my trainer's licence. "Then when they were setting up Menangle, we put in an expression of interest to give it a go down there." Sanderson has established a more than creditable record since, topping more than a quarter of a million in stakes earnings each season at Menangle. His best was in 2017-18, with 62 winners amassing more than half a million in stakes. In a successful 2020 extended season, he's had nine winners from 43 starts, including a recent treble - two winners at Newcastle and one at Menangle on the same day in December. Shane and Naomi's son Ryan, 17, is a promising junior driver who spent time in Victoria last year, and their 15-year-old daughter Abbey has also recently gained her trials driving licence. "Ryan just loves the sport and Abbey is very keen as well, so we want to base ourselves where they can find opportunities and make the most of them," Sanderson said. "Where we are at the moment, racing is pretty good quality and you need good horses to compete - we race most of the horses we train, and we've got a couple of handy ones, but as everyone knows, they are pretty hard to get!" he said. "From Charlton we think we can access a lot of tracks pretty easily to place our team and we've got all the facilities we need right there, so we're pretty excited to be making the move. "Ryan loved it down there last year, and hopefully he can take up where he left off and build on that. If we're able to supply him with a few horses to drive, that might help him as well." Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

He's just turned 19 yet reinsman Cameron Hart already appears to have the harness racing world at his feet. Hart is relishing his decision to leave the Riverina and take up a role as stable driver for the Menangle-based Shane Sanderson stables. It now has the young reinsman driving winners all over the state and even crossing the border to Queensland where he travelled to land a winning double for Sanderson at Albion Park on Saturday night. Hart’s only temporary setback was at Menangle last week when he thought he was home and hosed aboard Mind The Wire before his big sister Ashley nabbed him right on the line with Epaulette in a rare brother-sister quinella. “I am having a good run, for sure,” said Cameron. “I knew it was close, last week, and I thought I had stolen a march but she got me fair and square,” he said. “I worked to the top in the straight and got the shock of my life when she grabbed me right on the line. Ashley loved it, that’s for sure.” Hart said his move to Sydney had been a great one and he was loving it as Sanderson had continued to build up a strong stable with some consistent performers. “There’s a lot more meetings here and driving against the best drivers in Australia like the McCarthys and the Fitzpatricks week after week can only help your driving,” he said. “You watch how those guys perform and you certainly learn a lot.” Hart has four drives at Menangle today and all are rated some chances of collecting cheques. “Aichbechateaunoir was a little disappointing at her first couple since coming to the stable but she was a lot better last start and she has worked well since,” he said. “She is stepping up in distance so we’re not too certain how’s she’ll go with that but we’re hoping she’ll improve. “Lucky Artist (Race Four) has put in two good efforts at her past couple and should go OK too.” Hart will also be aboard Loorrim Creek in Race Five, which is shaping as one of his best chances on the day. “He’s a nice little horse on the back of his effort at Penrith last week which was really tough,” he said. “He has good gate speed and should be able to grab a nice position in the run.” His final drive for the Sanderson stable will be Franco Revel in Race 10: “He’s a consistent horse who just needs the right trip to be in the finish,” he said. Michael Court

With an influx of new horses into his stable Queensland harness racing horseman Shane Sanderson is happy to call Sydney home for a little longer. Formerly based in Gatton in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley, Sanderson has centred his training operation at the Menangle Park Training Centre for the past 14 months and has returned good results. The 38-year-old mentor this season has already surpassed the amount of winners he had trained in the previous three seasons, respectively. And the horse that has most recently added to Sanderson’s wins this season was Queensland trotter Our Overanova that won at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. Having campaigned in Sydney since February, it was the trotter’s first win this preparation and also his first start with Sanderson. “He was lucky enough to get a win and he deserved it to as he has been racing well,” Sanderson said of Our Overanova. “He’s heading to Melbourne this week for the Australasian Trotting Championship.” Another new horses that will carry Sanderson’s red colours with white stars is Jackka Lonny in Tuesday’s Claiming Pace (1609m) at Menangle. The gelding has recently been racing in South Australia. “We’ve had him for about two-and-a-half weeks and he seems to be settling in well,” Sanderson said. “He is a nice horse to have around but we will know more of his ability after this run. “My wife and I claimed this horse for ourselves just to try and build up a few of our own horses. “It’s all about the numbers and we’re starting to get a few more horses now which is good.” Another horse set to have her first start for Sanderson this Saturday night is the promising New Zealand filly Lady Chatto. Formerly raced by Kiwi horseman Tim Butt, Lady Chatto has been nominated for the Group 3 Pink Bonnet Stakes. “Tim left the filly horses just for this run and then she will most likely head back to New Zealand,” Sanderson said. “She goes very well and struck a good one in My Sweetchilliphilly in the Gold Tiara the other week who is just the next level but this filly is just as good as the other ones.” These new horses have just added to Sanderson’s big season so far. Sanderson achieved the milestone of training 400 winners earlier in the year and is currently sitting on 411 wins to date. This season alone, Sanderson has trained 24 winners and 33 placegetters. AMANDA RANDO

Queensland horseman Shane Sanderson is looking for his biggest harness racing victory since making the move south earlier this year. Sanderson decided to relocate from his home base of Gatton, west of Brisbane and head for the bright lights of Menangle in Sydney and take on the best. So far, the move has been successful. But he wants more. And he gets that opportunity this Saturday night when he heads to Newcastle to chase the Gr.3 $31,800 AVE Technologies Ross Gigg Newcastle Mile. Sanderson is duly represented with My Jellignite and Expressionist in the sprint feature. “Both horses are in really good form and have recent winning form at Menangle, like most places, draws are so crucial and you need that luck at Menangle. I thought My Jellignite went really well in the Bulli Cup while Expressionist had little luck in his race last week, both can feature with some luck this weekend.” Sanderson said. My Jellignite will start from gate 6 while Expressionist will start from gate 11, the sole runner on the second-line. Queensland reinsperson Narissa McMullen will partner My Jellignite while Michael Formosa lands the drive on Expressionist. Both horses lead the charge for Sanderson and his team of ten at Menangle. “I probably would’ve liked a better draw for My Jellignite, a little closer to the inside but he should end up with a fairly good trip given all the power drawn to his outside and I think the draw is ideal for Expressionist because he’ll just follow through at the start and stay close to the pegs. “The same two horses (Mach Beauty & Bettor Bet Black) who ran that unbelievable opening quarter of 24.8 seconds last week in the Bulli Cup are both engaged again so pressure looks guaranteed. I think we have a sneaky chance if they go hard and we can land good trips. “I’m happy with the way things are going, the facilities are excellent and the team is performing well currently but I’d like to keep building on my numbers, I’ve got room for a few more and I’d interested in gaining a few more clients with those “MO’ type horses.” With a barn of 20 boxes, Sanderson is preparing his team of 10 while McMullen is currently working her team of 6 which is spearheaded by Bettor Draw. The Queensland trained Avonnova proved successful last season winning the Newcastle Mile in a track record time of 1:52.2. Chris Barsby

Former Queensland harness racing trainer Shane Sanderson was the first interstate trainer to make the move to the new Menangle Training Centre earlier this year. In total Sanderson has had 45 starters since making the fulltime move to Sydney and broke through for a metropolitan winner at Tabcorp Park Menangle when My Jellignite won Saturday night's Free- For- All. Ironically Sanderson was at Brisbane's Albion Park on Saturday night cheering home his children as they competed on their mini-trotters and missed the win. "My wife and kids are still in Queensland and it is very hard being away from them," Sanderson said. "Last weekend was one of my trips back to Brisbane to catch up with them so I actually missed my first Saturday winner but it was great to see My Jellignite win." Sanderson confirmed he was a little surprised by the victory but the small field suited My Jellignite and he got the perfect run throughout. "I was a bit surprised by the win but in saying that, at his best, he's never far away from the open company horses. He has won a couple of Free-For-All races in Brisbane with the right run, he can be dangerous in those sort of races especially when the best horses aren't there. "My Jellignite hadn't raced for a month, he had some vet work done during that time because he does have a few maintenance issues as he is getting older. He has been competing mainly at the Tuesday meetings and therefore been drawing poorly because of his assessment but has been getting back and running home quite well." The decision to make the move to Sydney was a difficult one for Sanderson and he is giving himself twelve months to establish himself. "I hope to be in Sydney for good. It is a 'suck it and see approach' and at the end of the year I will talk with my family and see how things are going. I'm happy with how everything is going - I think I've started quite well. " "I've run a lot of placings and have had three or four winners. I've lost count of the number of close seconds I've run but it has been good for the owners so far." From Sanderson's 45 starters he has trained four winners, ten seconds and four thirds. "I bought ten horses down with me and I currently have eleven on the books. I'm hoping to slowly increase the numbers with some good results. "The opportunities that could present themselves in Sydney, the prize money and the state of the art facilities were the reasons I decided to make the move and hopefully the decision turns out to be the right one." Greg Hayes

A pair of Queenslanders is set to team together and take on Sydney. Following the news that talented young horseperson Narissa McMullen has made the move south of the border, astute harness racing trainer Shane Sanderson left Brisbane today (Tuesday) bound for Menangle. Sanderson will train and operate exclusively from the new state of the art training complex based on course at Tabcorp Park Menangle, in Sydney’s south-west. The move has been on the cards for some time now for Sanderson who left his position in the Queensland mines to become a full-time trainer. And now Sanderson will join forces with McMullen at the state’s premier track. “The barns officially opened across the weekend and I’m looking forward to getting down there and setting up with my team of horses. I have taken a barn that accommodates twenty horses and I have about a dozen to work with while Narissa will have her small team of three or four and just like in Brisbane, she will be my stable driver.” Sanderson said. The combination has combined in recent times at Albion Park with good success and will look to consolidate that partnership once in Sydney together. Sanderson is no stranger to success at the big spacious track after landing the Gr.1 $100,000 Australian Pacing 3yo Colts and Geldings Final at Menangle with Maywyn Jasper back in 2010. “That brings back great memories because he was a very talented horse but he had a lot of issues and unfortunately, we never saw the very best of him. I’m hoping I’ve got the right mix of horses because I need to hit the ground running so hopefully I’ve timed my run to perfection. “I’ve given all my team a blow and trained them back-up again and most are at racing stage now so we’ll be ready to get straight into once we arrive. It’s a mixture of metro class pacers plus some maiden types that have ability including a trio from New Zealand my owners purchased, Mick (Formosa) has looked after them since arriving a few weeks backs and will join my stable. “This is the biggest decision I’ve made and I’m grateful for the support from my wife (Naomi) and family for allowing me to give it a shot, my group of owners have been very supportive and I’m keen to repay the faith they’ve showed me. I want to be a fulltime trainer in Sydney where harness racing is moving in the right direction.” Sanderson is expected to arrive tomorrow (Wednesday) after a convoy of trucks hit the highway today. The Queensland contingent now based at Menangle is growing stronger with Sanderson joining the likes of McMullen, Stuart Hunter and Tahn Camilleri in recent times. by Chris Barsby

Queensland harness racing trainer Shane Sanderson has contemplated a move to New South Wales for several years. He showed interest in relocating when Tabcorp Park Menangle became the state's metropolitan track and there were plans of stabling on the 1400 metre track. While the planning and building of the new Menangle Training Centre was taking place, Sanderson decided to walk away from fulltime horse training and returned to a fulltime job in a central Queensland mine. The family man is taking a calculated risk - walking away from his secure job to take up residence at the new training centre with a team of horses. "I'll be ready to move in when the centre is open at the end of January, it is quite exciting for me but it wasn't an easy decision for me personally," Sanderson said. "I've given up a tough job but one that I enjoy in the mines in an attempt to achieve something that I really want to do, I want to be a fulltime trainer in Sydney where harness racing is moving in the right direction." Sanderson will be leaving behind his family in Queensland in the short term and hopes they will be able to relocate. "The family has made a lot of sacrifices for this opportunity and leaving them behind while I'm in Sydney is the hardest thing for me but hopefully they will be able to join me after a few months once I get fully set up. "I know I need to hit the ground running, I'll be arriving with ten or eleven horses, six of those I've been training here in Queensland while I have purchased three recently from New Zealand so it will give me something to work with." With a small but solid group of owners supporting his move, Sanderson is hoping to attract new clients when he does arrive in New South Wales. "My owners are great, I've been able to put a few of them in together to purchase these horses from New Zealand but I know that I'm going to need other owners once I get started in Sydney to keep the horses coming through the stable. "The only way you attract owners is with success so I need to train my share of winners as soon I arrive, I understand that." Sanderson enjoyed the biggest win of his training career at Menangle in 2010 when Maywyn Jasper won the Australian Pacing Gold final for three year old colts and geldings. "That was a very strong crop of three year olds, Maywyn Jasper beat For A Reason and Renaissance Man when he won the APG and I really thought he was going to be the horse that put me on the map but he had some issues that finished his career. "He had a lung problem and had a throat operation but still struggled to breathe, he was a special horse." Maywyn Jasper won 11 of his 32 starts and Sanderson has also had success with horses like Maywyn Tonz and in more recent times My Jellignite. "My Jellignite has done a good job in the free-for-all grade up in Brisbane and I've won a few races in New South Wales with other horses when I have travelled previously. "I'm looking forward to the challenge, with the family still in Queensland I will be spending 24 hours a day with the horses it is going to be tough but I'm ready for the challenge." Greg Hayes

Racing Queensland stewards today inquired into a report received from the Queensland Government Racing Science Centre that Levamisole was present in a post-race urine sample collected from harness racing pacer REDDY FIRE subsequent to it competing and winning Race 4, the Get the Trot Tips Play Of The Day Pace at Redcliffe on the 15 January 2014. Today evidence was provided by trainer Mr Shane Sanderson who advised stewards he had treated REDDY FIRE with Levamisole in weeks prior to racing. This preparation was used as a worming medication and an immune stimulant, however stewards outlined that this product is not registered for use in horses. Stablehand Glen Greaves tendered evidence in relation to the post-race swabbing procedure, and evidence was also provided by Queensland Government Racing Science Centre Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Bruce Young. After consideration, Mr Shane Sanderson was charged pursuant to AHR rule 190(1) which reads: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. The particulars of the charge being that Mr Shane Sanderson did present REDDY FIRE to race at Redcliffe on the 15 January 2014 when a post race urine sample was found, upon analysis, to contain a prohibited substance, namely Levamisole. Mr Shane Sanderson pleaded not guilty to the charge, however after consideration stewards considered there was sufficient evidence to find Mr Sanderson guilty of the aforementioned charge. When assessing the matter of penalty, stewards took into account: The circumstances of the case The nature of the substance involved The licence history of Mr Shane Sanderson which indicated a previous offence under this rule in 2010. The need for a penalty to serve as a deterrent to illustrate that drug free racing is of paramount importance to the integrity of Harness Racing. Mr Shane Sanderson was disqualified for 8 months. Stewards directed under Rule 195 that REDDY FIRE be disqualified from its 1st placing at Redcliffe on the 15 of January 2014 and the placings to be amended as follows : 1  LEFT IN COMMAND 2  ARK ELAINE 3  JUDAH BEN HUR 4  CARNIVAL PRIDE All other placegetters were amended accordingly. Panel:  D Farquharson, D Aurisch, K Wolsey

Queenslander Shane Sanderson has added another string to his bow. Sanderson, who several years ago was the recipient of the Queensland Harness Racing Board's Chairman's Scholarship, has since gone on to a fine training career. 'Chief,' as he is known from his rugby league-playing days, prepared My Jellignite for a recent Albion Park win from the back row in the best time of the night, returning as 1:53.8 rate performance - faster even than Vegas Bound in the free-for-all. Sanderson in recent months has been dividing his attentions between his racing squad and a team of young pacers he has prepared for next month's 2YO Trialling Sale at Tabcorp Park, Menangle. Sponsored by Garrards Horse & Hound, the trials and subsequent sale of 50 youngsters will be held from 8.30am on Sunday, December 8, with a complimentary breakfast from 7.30am. Sanderson is the only Queensland-based preparer in the catalogue, and proudly points to his draft. "The highlight of my draft is a Real Desire half-brother to three winners of a combined 55 races, and more than $400,000, including Spiritual King (1:54.6) and Star Of Tara (3, 1:58.4)," Sanderson said. "There's a half-brother to Deejayangel, which went 1:58.4 at three, and there's a Shadow Play half-brother to the APG two-year-old heat winner, Jackatac. "I've brought all mine in for a month, then out for a month, then in for a month, so they're well-schooled, and I like an Always A Virgin half-brother to Maywyns Storm (3, 1:56) - he's been here before." The final cog in the five-strong Sanderson wheel is a Changeover colt from the young Safely Kept mare, Cyclone Dora, making him closely-related to Jazzam (1:53.6) and a number of other brilliant winners. Only sales graduates - and there are just 50 of them, so the odds are in your favour if you buy - are eligible to nominate for the rich late season two-year-old Group feature, the C.J. Garrard Classic, over 2300 metres, at Tabcorp Park, Menangle, in late August 2014. As well as the sale, those on-course will be treated to an Industry Day of kindred bodies, a Garrards Horse & Hound Trade Display of equine-related goods and services companies, entertainment from local singer-songwriter Luke Koteras and two mini trot races. Pedigrees are available from www.nswhrc.com.au/triallingsale, while catalogues can be sourced from Kerry Baker on 0402 336 598 or via kausbred@bigpond.net.au  

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