Long Forest husband and wife Andy & Kate Gath back home after a week in Christchurch with Caribbean Blaster competing at the New Zealand Cup Carnival, took the honours at the Shepparton meeting held on Tuesday November 19 with a stable double – Jeremes Jet/Millpac Maid colt Gowan Brae taking the Elite Horse Transport 3-Y-0 Pace over 2190 metres and 6-Y-0 Yankee Paco/Katie Daley mare Jumeirah Jane the Hunter Home Hardware Trotters Handicap for T0 class over the same journey. Gowan Brae raced by Greg Brodie of Courage Under Fire fame, was first up since April and led throughout from the pole to easily account for the first starter Major Crocker off a three wide trail from near last in the final circuit on the back of the third placegetter Provocatator (one/one) in the last lap. The mile rate 1-59.3. Much improved mare Jumeirah Jane raced by Bullengarook’s Wendy Harrison in partnership with mother Jean Johnstone, was probably the most popular winner on the night when making her 16th appearance at the races. Starting from barrier three, Jumeirah Jane crossed Giacomo inside her shortly after the start and was always travelling boldly under a tight rein. Showing no signs of stopping, Jumeirah Jane scored by 7.7 metres in a rate of 2-06.1 over Thumbs Up Jerry (three back the markers) and the roughie Unsolved Mystery from last. The Goulburn Valley, Bendigo and Echuca areas provided five winners on the program. Moama breeder/owner/trainer/driver Mal Whiteford’s 4-Y-0 Artesian/Kamwood Toy mare Kamwood Dawn snared the Quest Shepparton Pace for C0 class over 1690 metres in a rate of 1-57.8. Given the run of the race from gate three trailing the pacemaker Art De Triumph (gate five), Kamwood Dawn was taken away from the markers on straightening and finished best to score by a half neck from the leader, with Rosemary Lane third after following the pair. Shepparton’s Patrick Ryan combined with Chris Alford to land the Neatline Homes Pace (first division) for C0 class over 1690 metres with 4-Y-0 Rollon Bigred/Chocaholic entire Turnoffate, Raced by Kevin Riseley’s Sheron Park Pty Ltd, Turnoffate despite racing in the open, prevailed by a half head in 1-57.6 in defeating Lets Go Rabbitoh which followed him all of the way. Tuxedo Toff (one/two) finished third after joining the leaders approaching the home turn. Goornong trainer Peter Salathiel joined forces with daughter Katrina to capture the Grenada Park Standardbreds Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class over 2190 metres with 4-Y-0 Courage Under Fire/Be All Dilinger mare Cheval Charette which did her early racing in King Island. Jumping straight to the front from the pole as the tapes released, Cheval Charette was rated to perfection, running out an easy 8 metre victor in 2-02.3 from a death-seating Illawong Bill and Junie Jasper which trailed the winner. Popular local trainer Geoff (Marto) Martin took advantage of a concession for Bolinda’s Josh Duggan to land the Ausure Insurance Brokers Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres with ex-NSW Real Desire/Nepeans Last Bird 5-Y-0 gelding Mister Desirable, leading for the majority of the journey to gain the day in advance of Saint Liliana (one/one) which joined the winner on the home turn, with Tom Grainger third. The mile rate 1-59.8. Kyabram trainer Greg Caldwell’s honest 4-Y-0 Union Guy/Orta Be Ruthless gelding Ortabe Good saluted the judge in the Neatline Homes Pace (second division) with Tooleen reinsman Nigel Milne in the sulky. Given a cosy trip three back in the moving line from gate three with the polemarker Kentucky Sands leading, Ortabe Good ran home strongly off a three wide trail last lap to gain the day by 4 metres in advance of Donated which raced in the open from the bell, with The Muse (one/one) third. The mile rate 1-58.9. Other winners on the nine event card were : Jingling Silver (Paul Davies – Baddaginnie) with Daryl Douglas in the sulky and Our Warwick Lad (David Aiken – Avenel) and Nathan Jack. Len Baker
The Shepparton Harness Racing Club is thrilled to announce a new sponsorship agreement with national General Insurance Broker, Ausure Insurance Brokers, and highly respected Goulburn Valley breeder Helen Head. For Ausure Insurance Brokers it is their first foray into Harness racing sponsorship. Ausure Insurance Brokers are the new naming right sponsors for the two-year-old colts and fillies classics to be conducted on Shepparton Cup night Saturday, January 18, 2014. These two events have been included in the program to replace the previous Lombo Series finals. One of the fastest growing insurance brokerage firms in Australia, Ausure Insurance Brokers is a privately owned organisation of motivated, creative insurance experts who collectively have expertise in all areas of business, equine, sporting and personal general insurance. Each Ausure Insurance Broking Office is owned and managed by individually selected authorised representatives who are positioned to provide localised and personal service. These brokers are backed by the financial strength and knowledge of the Ausure Insurance Broking network. Shepparton HRC chairman Chris Hazelman said that the club was indeed fortunate to have such a well-respected company sponsoring these two feature classics as it gave the club the scope to raise the stakes for the two events to $15,000. Each year the two-year-old features create enormous interest and have been an integral part of the Cup program. The club encourages all industry participants to look to Dennis Rebbeck (DPR Insurance Brokers – Euroa) or Lindsay Rankin (Ausure Insurance Brokers – Echuca) of the Ausure Insurance Brokers network for any of their personal or business insurance needs. The sponsorship agreement with Helen Head is inclusive of an open feature event for three-year-olds on Shepparton Cup night that will perpetuate the memory of her late husband, Graham Head. All industry participants will be well aware of the impact that Grenada Park Standardbreds has had within the breeding industry and it is very fitting that the event to be known as the Graham Head Memorial will be conducted at the club’s feature night of the year, Chris Hazelman said. Grenada Park principal Helen Head is thrilled to be sponsoring the Shepparton Harness Racing Club and the feature event for three-year-olds. The sponsorship allows the club to boost the stakes for that event to $15,000. Helen Head said that as a commercial yearling producer, Grenada Park Standardbreds aim to produce quality racing horses by maintaining a select band of quality broodmares, by utilizing the best commercial stallions, and then by carefully raising and conditioning their youngsters. “The majority of our horses are destined for the yearling sales; however we occasionally have yearlings or broken-in horses available for private sale,” Head said. Manna Lodge Farm, the home of Grenada Park Standardbreds, is in the heart of the Goulburn Valley, five minutes from the Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital. Manna Lodge comprises approximately 300 acres, providing both irrigated and dry grazing for mares and foals. Facilities include floodlit foaling paddocks, sheltered sand yards for confinement of wet mares with foals at foot, steel yards and breeding barn with wet lab, stable complex and horse-walker. The Shepparton Harness Racing Club would like all breeders to consider the wonderful facilities and level of expertise available at Grenada Park when breeding or looking for your next superstar. By Peter Wharton
The two mandatory harness racing meetings were held in Victoria on Thursday July 11, with Shepparton racing during the afternoon and Ballarat at night.
Avenel harness racing trainer Wayne Potter enjoyed a happy night at Shepparton on Saturday, providing a stable double with exciting 4-Y-0 American Ideal/Elegant Falcon gelding Authorized taking the Fords Coach Travel / GV Plumbing Pace Final for C1 class over 1690 metres and American Ideal/Bring Her Back filly Sophies Ideal the Sherbourne Terrace Pacefor non winners over the same journey.
The Shepparton harness racing meeting on Tuesday June 11 was highlighted by the Vicbred Super Series sponsored by Empire Stallions, with the second round heats programmed for 2-Y-0 Colts & Geldings, 2-Y-0 Fillies, 3-Y-0 Filles and 3-Y-0 Colts & Geldings, all over 2190 metres.
The mandatory two meeting Thursday took place on May 16, with Shepparton harness racing in the afternoon and Bendigo at night.
The Shepparton harness racing meeting on Saturday May 11 was huge for the Bolinda/ Monegeetta area, with Lisa and David Miles almost pulling off the quaddie only to be stopped by neighbour Paul Males.
Bolinda harness racing trainer Paul Males was victorious with 7-Y-0 Brioso Hanover/All Fire N Ace mare Dusty Smiles in the True Value Solar Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres at Shepparton on Tuesday April 23.
There were two harness racing meetings held in Victoria on Wednesday April 17 with Shepparton racing during the afternoon and Bendigo at night, the highlight being heats of the 2013 Goulburn Valley & Central Victoria Young Drivers Challenge.
The second division of the Lyn McPherson Breed For Speed Silver and Gold Series were finalized at Shepparton on Saturday March 16, with Avenel harness racing mentor David Aiken taking both races.
The two Victorian harness meetings scheduled for Wednesday February 27 came to a sudden halt due to torrential rain coming down in bucket loads.
Popular trainer Michael Hayes based on the border of Avenel and Nagambie, snared the Warby Street Butchery Wangaratta Pace for C0 class over 1690 metres at the Wangaratta Harness Racing fixture held at Shepparton on Tuesday with Live Or Die/Forest Drive gelding Forbidden Forest.
On a night full of harness racing highlights, Brett Cargill and Gavin Lang took the top honour when Our White Knight charged across the leaders heels to take the $50,000 Group 2 Nightline Homes Shepparton Gold Cup.
Top harness racing reinsman Gavin Lang is booked to keep his drive on Tallulah Bay and the two-year-old filly appears primed to maintain an unbeaten record when contesting Saturday night's The Lombo Final (1690m) at Shepparton in Victoria.
One of Australia's trotting legends will soon have a special place at Shepparton's Quest Harness Racing Complex with the official opening of the 'Sundons Gift' spectator deck. Minister for Racing Denis Napthine will officially open the new facility at Saturday night's Shepparton Gold Pacing Cup.
Artistic Fella, the Meadowlands Pace winner and Breeders Crown champion and who now stands at Empire Stallions in Victoria, was represented by his first winner when the two-year-old gelding Dashing Dan Lombo emerged successful in a heat of The Lombo at Shepparton on Tuesday night (January 8).