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This season has been a breakthrough one for the well known husband and wife harness racing training partnership of Jason and Megan Teaz. How much credit should go to Jason is debatable as he spends a good part of his time hundreds of kilometers away in Dunedin as the commentator for the Otago region for the Trackside channel and does a fine job of it to be fair. And Jason does commute on a regular basis. Meanwhile his wife Megan is based at Ohaupo in the Waikato training a small team that has a trotting bias. The stable star to date has been Mingara who won 6 in New Zealand with Megan the pilot for all six wins. With few opportunities in New Zealand at this time of year, her owners recently transferred Mingara to Sydney to take advantage of the good stakes on offer at Menangle Mingara did her part, winning first up last Saturday night for new trainer, Nicole Molander. So the Teazs needed a replacement for their stable star and if the win of King Of Cool last night at Cambridge is any guide, they may have a ready made one to take the step up. Sent out of the gate from seven by Megan, King Of Cool made the lead after 150 meters and then proceeded to turn the race into a procession from that point, cruising home  a very comfortable two and a half length winner. By the outstanding trotting sire Monarchy, King Of Cool is from the smart Sundon mare Cool Kahli who won seven on the track. This was the third win from just 14 starts for King of Cool who has been placed on five occasions as well. The ease of last nights win by King Of Cool must have given the husband and wife team plenty of confidence as they plan his immediate racing future. Harnesslink media  

David Aiken's promising two-year-old gelding Eljaykay Phoenix made it four wins from five starts with an impressive victory in the second heat of the Empire Stallions Super Series for trotters at Bendigo's Lord's Raceway last night. The $1.20 favourite rounded up its opposition 1100m out with Gavin Lang finding the top at the post with a lap to go. Lang released the brakes on the final turn and the son of Sundon sprinted away for a 9.9m victory. Black Valley (Robert Shellie/Rebecca Bartley held down second ahead of Bring the Action (Darren Gray/Doc Wilson). Eljaykay Phoenix trotted home the final quarter in 29.9secs for a 2:03.7 mile rate. The first foal of Maple Eve Phoenix (Malabar Maple) was narrowly beaten at its first race start then has gone undefeated at four starts since, winning twice at Melton. HRV Media

The footprint left on the harness racing industry in New Zealand by the brilliant Direct Scooter sire, In The Pocket continues to grow. Not only have his sons made their mark as sires with Christian Cullen and Courage Under Fire excelling in this role, and now Changeover is starting to make some impact with his first crop, but it is his daughters that have done just as well as broodmares. With just six weeks to go to the end of the season, In The Pocket holds a handy $280,000 lead on his nearest rival Falcon Seelster and appears certain to claim his second broodmare title in the last three years. And he has done that with broodmare numbers significantly less than his competition. In The Pocket had fertility issues for most of his stud career and ended up only leaving 1381 foals in his time at stud in New Zealand. Those In The Pocket foals managed to win $18,230,743 on the track and his daughters have already hit the $15,795,276 mark in the broodmare ranks with the promise of a lot more to come in the next few years. In the current season In The Pocket broodmares have not had any huge stake winners but just a steady stream of high quality winners. These are headed by Isaiah 1:54.6 ($241,778) while others to have had a good season include Sky Major 1:52.1 ($142,422), Linda Lovegrace 1:57.7 ($122,789)  Kate Perry 1:56.7 ($116,872) Willow 1:56.3 ($110,265 and Besotted 1:53.5 ($109,296). Isaiah (out of the In The Pocket mare EJ Becks) winning the sale series final The main threat to In The Pocket as the leading broodmare sire in the next couple of years may come from the champion trotting sire, Sundon. Sundon has made steady progress in the last three years and sits on earnings of $2,121,970 in the present season which is light years ahead of the next best in the trotting ranks, Chiola Hanover who has $499,420 on his card this season. With his large number of mares yet to go to stud or just beginning their broodmare careers, Sundon may yet achieve the notable feat of topping both the overall sires and broodmare sires list in his siring career. For a trotting sire like Sundon  to achieve the broodmare title would be the crowning glory to what has already been a stunning stud career. Harnesslink media  

Gavin Lang’s legion of fans found themselves in the winners’ queue three times at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday night. The champion reinsman piloted The Good Times, Supaliner and Classy Western to wins on the nine-race card. Emma Stewart-trained The Good Times ($1.70) kicked things off with a bang for Lang, scoring a strong win in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Pace (2240m). Three-wide for a few strides early, Lang quickly slotted The Good Times one off the pegs back in the field as Mary Mon found the lead up front. Alina (Christopher Shinn) was first to pounce as the field swung for home with Mary Mon getting tired, but when Lang let The Good Times roll it was lights out, the five-year-old mare exploding clear for a 7.9m win in a rate of 1:57.0. Alina was plucky to hold on for second, with Union Belle getting third for Michael Bellman. Lang then combined with Riddells Creek trainer Adam Kelly aboard Supaliner ($4.40) to win the Alabar Pace over 1720m. Lance Justice-trained Magnificent Art found the front early, the heavily backed son of Art Major showing blistering gate speed. Travtiano also began well and was able to drop in behind Magnificent Art, but then he moved one off and allowed Supaliner to punch through and get first shot at the sprint lane at the finish. Magnificent Art had a good kick turning for home and gave Supaliner a perfect drag into the lane, the four-year-old Mach Three gelding relishing the opportunity once in clear air to draw away for a 4.4m win. Magnificent Art held on for second, while Peter Manning’s Boyz Torque continued getting closer to a win, running on well for third for Kerryn Manning. Lang’s third and final winner came in Race 8, the Woodlands Stud Pace over 1720m aboard Classy Western at odds of $15.90. Esbee Doubleyou led from gate two for driver John Caldow with pressure coming from Jason Lee and Arr En Special midrace. The even-money favourite Highview Conall followed the leader from pole for Amanda Turnbull, while Lang took Classy Western back to last off the widest draw on the front line. Turning for home Lang took Classy Western to the outside after making ground off the back, the son of Western Terror hitting top gear in the last 150m to score a 1.3m win over Scruffy Major, who ran on well for Greg Sugars, with Highview Conall pulling out just a fair run for third. Amanda Grieve took training honours for the meeting with a winning double, the Melton trainer preparing Magical Telf ($4.90 with Alex Ashwood in the cart) to win the TAB.COM.AU Pace over 2240m in 1:56.9 by 3.2m over hot favourite Cyrus (Matthew Craven) and La Machane (Sugars), and talented trotter Our Dreamlover to win the feature race of the night, the Seelite Windows and Doors Winter Trotters Cup Final over 2240m. Our Dreamlover ($1.90) with Greg Sugars aboard sat outside early leader Mister Gunsen, the pair setting a strong tempo in the Group 2 trotting race. Our Dreamlover had raced to the lead as the field headed towards the home turn, with Mister Gunsen struggling. Sunset Invasion was warming to its task and Brief Glance emerging from well back also. But nothing was going to catch Our Dreamlover, the son of Love You notching a 10th win at start No.24, while Brief Glance (Amy Tubbs) ran on strongly for second and Sunset Invasion (Jodi Quinlan) finished third. The winner’s mile rate was 1:59.6 and his winning margin 11.7m over the second horse. Bill and Simone Walker took out the Sky Racing Wagon Apollo Trotters Free For All over 2240m with six-year-old gelding Stoned I Am ($14.40). The son of Sundon enjoyed a soft run one out and one back midrace before peeling wide in the home straight to overrun race favourite Brunelleschi by a half-head. Brunelleschi had excuses, having to do the lion’s share of the work out wide on the last lap, while Aleppo Midas finished third for Kerryn Manning. Other winners on the program were This Is Your Life ($3) in the Tabcorp Park Melton Pace Final for trainer-driver George Schembri, Keayang Cullen ($1.60) for Marg Lee and Glen Craven in the 2Construct Young Pedro Free For All over 1720m and Our Eastwood Cullen ($4.40) in the Junction Hotel Claiming Pace for Craig Demmler and Jodi Quinlan. FAST FACTS FROM LAST NIGHT'S MELTON MEETING * Early quaddie paid $2190 on 6-1-6-8 * Quaddie paid $328.50 on 7-9-1-3 * Best mile rate for night was Classy Western 1:56.5 in Race 8 * Most wins by driver: 3 for Gavin Lang * Most wins by trainer: 2 for Amanda Grieve * Biggest first four: $3855.30 in Race 8 on 7-9-1-3 By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)

Breeding wise Poppymalda has a lot to recommend her. By champion harness racing trotting sire Armbro Invasion, Pollymalda is from the Sundon mare In The Sun who is a full sister to the former standout trotter Sundowner Bay 18 wins ($259,856). In The Sun is also a half sister to the dam of the brilliant Enthusiast 1:59.5 ($90,585) who won 11 races as a two and three year old, Inspire 9 wins ($147,468) including the Group One Rowe Cup and Call You Later, 9 wins $73,174. The great race mare Framalda (22 wins) is another standout trotter close up in the pedigree. So it should be no surprise that Poppymalda looks to have inherited all of the family ability. Having just her second lifetime start last night at Forbury, she was sent out a short priced favourite even though she drew the outside of the second line. That was due in no small part to her huge run on debut where she lost a 100 meters early but still finished a close up sixth. Last night she settled last of the bunch before coming out with a round to go to work forward to the death. She remained there until they turned for home where she shot clear with driver Nathan Williamson sitting as quiet as a church mouse as she cruised to the line,an easy winner. The stock of Armbro Invasion are noted for getting better with age so Poppymalda looks to have a big future ahead of her if her first two runs are anything to go by. Poppymalda Harnesslink media

A North Island campaign now beckons for the highly capable Brian Hill trained trotting mare Sunchita, who was victorious on both days of the Nelson Winter Meeting. “There is a $15,000 race for her at Alexandra Park on the 27th of June so we will look at kicking of her campaign there,” said Sunchita’s co-owner, Kristie Hill. “She always works the Alexandra Park way round and handles it very well so going right-handed won’t be a problem,” she added. Sunchita has always possessed immense ability, but has been a heart-break on many occasions, throwing away multiple races with late gallops and poor manners. However, the six-year-old daughter of Sundon has really clicked of late, and finished second behind smart types Doctor Bones and Kincaslough, before notching up her Nelson double. “We watched all her replays and noticed that she always chucked her head in the air before she galloped so we have put an under-check on her and that really seems to have helped,” advised Hill. “We have also played around with her shoeing a bit,” she added. Hill said it was a big thrill for her and her father to win on both days at their local meeting. “I’m thrilled for dad (Brian) as she really has caused us a few headaches and heartbreaks,” she added. Sunchita, who is a daughter 3-win pacing bred mare Carmenchita, has now won six of her 50 starts and looks set to add to that record in the near-future. Hill said she is planning on stabling Sunchita at Michelle Wallis’s Waiuku Stable during her northern sojourn. “I think staying and Michelle and Bernie’s would be a great option as she enjoys beach work,” concluded Hill. By Mitchell Robertson  

Dancing Master broodmare Carmenchita achieved a rare feat when two of her progeny were successful on the same 12-race card at Nelson yesterday. And while this does happen from time to time, the fact that one of Carmenchita’s progeny won as a trotter and the other as a pacer makes it particularly rare. In fact, it may have never been done in this country before?   Kicking off proceedings for Carmenchita was talented but sometimes enigmatic Sundon trotting mare Sunchita, who was on her best behaviour when notching up her fifth career win in a super time of 3-04.3 for 2400 metre standing start journey. Her older pacing half-sister Maddison Hill wasn’t prepared to be outdone by her little sister and came with a well timed run to win the eleventh race for driver Terry Chmiel and trainer Chris Chalmers. Both mares were bred by local Nelson trainer Brian Hill, who trains Sunchita and co-owns both mares along with his daughter, Kristie. Carmenchita has had four foals to the races for four winners, two of them trotters and two of them pacers. Sunny Bill, a well-named Sundon two-year-old trotting colt is the next cab of the ranks. By Mitchell Robertson

David Aiken has his stable firing on all cylinders. The Avenel harness racing trainer had four winners at Tabcorp Park Melton last night, with son Joshua Aiken steering three of them. Aiken, who leads the Victorian metropolitan trainers’ premiership by six wins, enjoyed success with in-form trotter Spidergirl in the Glenferrie Farm Kahdon Trot (Group 2) over 2240m with Chris Alford in the cart, before son Joshua drove Aiken's next three winners – Cold Major in the Dimattinas Restaurant Italian Cup over 2240m, rising star Elljaykay Phoenix in the 2240m Group 2 Blue Train Café Tatlow Stakes for 2YO Trotters, and Smudge Bromac in the Tabcorp Park Melton Claiming Pace over 1720m to finish the program. Eljaykay Phoenix looked pretty special winning the Tatlow, the son of Sundon sitting one off the fence outside the leader before kicking away for a 7.9m triumph in a mile rate of 2:03.6. Glintintheeye ran second for Brent Lilley and Chris Alford, while Endsino made up ground late to run third. Meanwhile, the Empire Stallions Vicbred Championship Final over 2240m went to Cyrus, who left his rivals with achy breaky hearts – scoring a 14.4m triumph. Trained in Wallington by Neville Henderson, Cyrus’s driver Matthew Craven made his move midrace and ran to the lead before running the competition off its legs in a mile rate of 1:55.7. Must Be Nice finished second for Greg Sugars, while Three Pints was third for Alison Chisholm. by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

By their normally high standards, brothers Tim and Anthony Butt have been relatively quiet of late. With 29 wins on the board, Premier Stables is on track to record another solid season of racing, but will be relying on some good performances late in the season to push towards to a tidy season tally. That required surge should begin tomorrow with an imposing four-team line up at Nelson – all of whom look set to feature in their respective assignments. And there is an added extra incentive to do well too. The Butts’ lost a valued part of their family this morning (Thursday) when Berry Butt passed away. The wife of the late Wes Butt, who was the matriarch of what has become one of harness racing’s most successful names, Berry was aged 92. “She had a wonderful innings,’’ Anthony Butt said. With sentiment as his main drive for success, Butt seemed eager to honour his grandmother in an appropriate fashion today when he steps onto the Richmond Park track at Nelson. “We have set this team for the meeting and they trialled really well last week,’’ he said. “It wouldn’t surprise me if any of them won to be honest – I think they are all capable.’’ Two of the four runners – Gregory R and Motu Prince Of Peru – are established up and coming stars while the others are relative unknowns aside from their recent performances at trials and workouts. Maiden trotter Pristine is one Butt has plenty of time and a win in the opening race wouldn’t come as a surprise. “If she was to trot the whole way I would like to think she would probably win it. “But you can’t go guaranteeing things like that with a maiden trotter when they are on debut. “She’s going to be alright though.’’ The stables second debutant, Gotta Go Artelect, has plenty of breeding on his side and looks to have inherited a good slice of the family ability. Out of former brilliant pacer, Elect To Live, the Art Major three-year-old has impressed his driver. “He’s just got better and better every time we have taken him away from home. “In time he will become a very nice horse.’’ Butt rated Gregory R as the best of the team’s chances today and held no reservations about his 30 metre handicap. The Sundon gelding has picked up two wins at Premier meetings this season and appears to be a lot more tractable than normal. “I’ve been really impressed with him, he’s grown up a lot this time in and is trotting really well. “I would expect him to be really hard to beat, even off the 30 metres, because he is beginning so quickly. “And Motu Prince Of Peru trialled really well last week, he had bone chips removed last year and we have stopped mollycoddling him at home which seems to have woken him up a bit. “He’s going really well.’’ The stable will also be represented in the North Island when Princess Sophia and Astral Traveller race at Alexandra Park. Butt said both were far from disgraced in their Jewels assignments last week and expected Princess Sophia to turn in a tidy performance this week. By Matt Markham (Harness Racing New Zealand)

It is not very often that harness racing trials in winter unearth a really nice horse but thats what happened today at the Banks Peninsula Trotting Club trials at Motukaraara. There were only three horses entered in the qualifying trot but that didn't stop the three year old Sundon gelding, Sunny Pride from showing great manners and a big motor. Running along from the outset he stopped the clock for the 2600 meters stand at 3:25.8, a mile rate of 2:07.3, finishing 39 lengths in front of the runner up and a whopping 15.7 seconds inside the required time. It is the fastest time recorded in a qualifying race for trotters since the all weather track was first opened.. When you have a look at his maternal pedigree you soon understand why he can run like he did today. He is the second foal from a daughter of the smart trotting mare Doncella (4 wins) who left such talented types as New Year Whiz (7 wins), Fizz Pop Bang (6 wins) and Whatariskybizniz (5 wins) Doncella was a half sister to the very speedy Flame Up 1:55.8 (8 wins) It is a family that Murray Edmonds has had a lot of success with over the years and if today's run is any guide then it won't be long before the family has its next smart trotter. Harnesslink Media

With the Harness Jewels nearly upon us, the top twenty in each division are listed as nominations on the Harness Racing New Zealand website. It is from these nominations that the final fields will be selected. We thought an evaluation of the sires represented might be an interesting project so here goes. 2 YR OLD TROT - Surprisingly the sire with the most representatives in this division is the champion sire Sundon with five and this is from just 48 live foals. To all intents and purposes his influence is on the wane but maybe not as much as we think. As you would expect Majestic Son (23 live foals) and Love You (21 live foals) are both well represented with three a piece while Monarchy (74 live foals) and first season sire Bacardi Lindy (25 live foals) both have two. 3 YR OLD TROT - Monarchy and Majestic Son hold a big hand here with four eligible horses each. Of the other sires, four have two eligible with the interesting one being Muscle Mass whose crop of foals that year numbered just five. 4 YR OLD TROT - One sire is completely dominant in this division and that is the Balanced Image sire, Monarchy who has seven eligible including all the favoured runners. Love You with three eligible and Sundon and Monkey Bones with two eligible are the only other sires to have more than one runner nominated. 2 YR OLD FILLIES - Bettors Delight has really stamped his mark on this division with seven horses eligible while Art Major with four and Mach Three with three are the next best. Next in line are Changeover and American Ideal with two each. The ability of Art Major to have four eligible from a 2 yr old crop just 40% the size of that of Bettors Delight is a notable achievement. 3 YR OLD FILLIES - This is undoubtedly the most even division with Art Major, Christian Cullen, Mach Three and American Ideal all having three eligible. The surprise is that noted filly sire Bettors Delight has just two the two eligible fillies while no other sire has more than one. 4 YR OLD MARES - As most would expect, Bettors Delight has the most eligible mares with five while Mach Three was the next best with three. Falcon Seelster and Jeremes Jet both have two eligible while eight other stallions each have one eligible. 2 YR OLD COLTS - There was a real turn up in this division with Art Major being dominant with seven horses eligible trumping Bettors Delight who has four even though the two year crop of Art Major numbers just 87 alongside the 234 of Bettors Delight. Mach Three with two eligible was the only other stallion to have more than one eligible. 3YR OLD COLTS - Three stallions dominated this division with Mach Three with five eligible on top. Art Major with four and Bettors Delight with three were the next best while American Ideal and Badlands Hanover both have two eligible. 4YR OLD COLTS - This division is a Bettors Delight show with the leading sire having a huge eight of the eligible horses. The rest are headed by Mach Three with four, Elsu with three and Christian Cullen with two. Overview TROTTING DIVISIONS - With regards to the trotting divisions it is becoming more apparent by the day that Monarchy, Majestic Son and Love You are in a battle to assume Sundon's crown as the premier trotting stallion. Monarchy has an edge at present due to having more crops on the ground but is under real pressure, especially from Majestic Son. PACING DIVISIONS - Bettors Delight continues to be prominent in all pacing divisions but is not as dominant as he once was. For Art Major to have seven colts and four fillies eligible from a crop of just 85 2yr olds foals is a great result and couple that with Mach Three leading the three year old divisions with five colts and three fillies and the Bettors Delight grip on this series is  loosening. Harnesslink media

Lovers of the squaregaiter will be enthralled by Wednesday’s meeting at Maryborough – home of The Redwood, when six of the nine races on the program are for trotters.  With Redwood Day (July 20) not all that far away, the program will feature four races for the Two Year Olds – two heats for Fillies and Two for the Colts & Geldings of the $10,325 Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic over 1690 metres, with some beautifully bred youngsters facing the starter for the first time.  No doubt connections will be eagerly looking forward to participating in the big race should they perform admirably.   Heats of the $7,505 Glenferrie Farm Sweetheart Trotters Mobile for four and five year olds - T0 Only and T1 to T3 class over 2190 metres will also be an attraction on the day.  The T1 to T3 class sees Dizzyinterest, Pride Of Sundon, Frances Annie, Rosemma and I Dreamt It all do battle in an interesting contest which is race eight on the program – last leg of the Quaddie.  Racing commences at 12.22pm.  At Ballarat on Wednesday evening, race seven – the Brett Knight Pace for C6 & C7 class over 2200 metres which is the third leg of the Quaddie and second leg of the Daily Double highlight’s the meeting.  Here we see a clash of the Emma Stewart pair Johnny Quid and Hes Kinky doing battle against former stablemate Fearless Leader and Andy Gath’s Quadentate, plus Narra Operative which returned to form when a huge second at Tabcorp Park Melton last Friday.  By Len Baker (Harness Racing Australia)  

Top harness racing horseman Mark Jones was confident Master Lavros would be declared Rowe Cup champion before entering the inquiry room at Alexandra Park, Auckland, on Friday, May 10. Dexter Dunn, driving runnerup Sheemon, put in a protest after Master Lavros drifted outwards under pressure in the run home, but there wasn’t enough in it to change the result. Mark says the professionalism of all participants in the inquiry was pleasing. “Not just because I won, but it was probably one of the best inquiries I’ve been involved with,” he said. “Everyone stuck to that facts. Dexter was very good. He never went out of his way to overturn it and Kevin Townley (Sheemon’s trainer) was extremely good.” Mark said John Muirhead (Stipendiary steward) was very good and fair with his interpretation of events. “He said Mr Jones had run out but has not made any contact and I cannot say that Mr Dunn would have beaten Mr Jones.” “I would have hated the backlash if we’d been put out,” Mark said after delivering with the $3 favourite. “I think Kevin Townley felt a bit bad about it, but you have to look at it from their situation. They’re doing their best to win the race too.” “Even before we went in there Kevin said I don’t want to protest and I don’t want to win a race like that.” Kypros Kotzikas, the owner of Master Lavros, was asked for his interpretation of events and according to Mark quite simply told the inquiry: “I don’t know why we are here. We did nothing wrong and did not interfere with that horse.” The Judicial Control Authority agreed the home straight movement wasn’t enough to change the placings, although they took $450 from Mark for allowing Master Lavros to shift outwards. Mark says there are adjustments to turn a trotter like Master Lavros around from racing left-handed at Addington, which he prefers, then rig him differently to race right-handed. Mark says Master Lavros was running on empty the final 100m in the Rowe, but when Sheemon challenged, he put his head down and toughed it out. “Probably six months ago he wouldn’t have done that,” he said. “All it boils down to is that good horses just want to do it.” Master Lavros, three back on the outer, zipped up a lap out and strode to the front at the 700m. He held the booming finish wide of Sheemon by a neck, trotting the 3200m in 4:06.4 (2:03.4 mile rate), the last 800m in 60.1s During the race, Mark says it was as good as Master Lavros had trotted. “During the running he felt a million dollars,” he said. Master Lavros had mixed his gait in the Greenlane Cup, and has also broken at other times during the season, but Mark says he can’t find anything wrong with him. “He has a few niggles but nothing that you could say is a problem. What probably makes things a lot worse is that mentally when he does make one mistake and gallops, he loses the plot.” He expects him to come back better at six and is looking forward to the horse proving himself in Australia. The Rowe win was very satisfying for Mark as a horseman, emulating father Peter, who drove Tussle to win the 1985 Rowe and 1986 Dominion, and also won the 1990 Dominion with Sundon. It also came as a bonus as it was a late decision to keep him going another month for the Rowe. He now heads to the spelling paddock the winner of 15 races from 31 starts for $351,468 in stakes. Mark, who was recording his 61st training win of the term in the Rowe, with the team earning over $680,000 in stakes, says the season had exceeded expectations. “We’ve probably won the right races with the right horses,” he said. “But it will probably be my best for a few years. Numbers-wise we’re way down,” he said. However, having a “flagship” horse and the raging favourite to be crowned NZ Trotter Of The Year, is the icing on the cake. “Cran (Dalgety, former boss) always said that. You can win 100 races in a season but no-one really remembers it unless you have a flagship horse that wins some big races.” Maximising their potential takes skill and management. Mark continues to make most of the right calls with Master Lavros and providing he stays sound, the huge Sundon gelding will cement his claim as NZ’s leading squaregaiter. By Jeff Scott (MARK JONES RACING)

Exceptional reinsman Blair Orange nailed his second Group One victory in less than a week when guiding Superbowlcheerleader to success in the $100,000 Group One Anzac Cup at Alexandra Park tonight. The much improved trotter, who is now trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, was parked out for the majority of the trip, yet still proved too strong for the fast finishing Aussie raider Zedalite, who is trained by ex-pat Kiwi trainer Brent Lilley. Cool Cobber closed well to finish in third, while favourite Prime Power was a disappointing fifth after enjoying the gun run in the trail. The 5YO Sundon mare, who bought up her tenth career win tonight, will now compete in next week’s Greenlane Cup before eyeing up the $150,000 Rowe Cup, which is the last leg of the Alexandra Park ‘Triple Crown’. Superbowlcheerleader, who is owned by Mrs S Grainger along with Brian West of Studholme Bloodstock Limited, was originally trained by Michelle Wallis and Bernie Hackett before joining the All Stars barn. Meanwhile, Ray Green and Lincoln Farms enjoyed success on the card with smart juveniles Strike The Gold and Beaudiene Boaz, who were both impressive winners, while the Tony Herlihy trained and Emilio Rosati owned Express Stride earned himself a spot in the Sires Stakes Final when winning a non-tote heat of the rich series earlier in the evening. By Mitchell Robertson

A New Zealand record run by top squaregaiter Master Lavros in the $80,000 Fred Shaw Memorial NZ Trotting Championship at Addington on Friday, April 11, has earned him a Auckland Rowe Cup trip. Master Lavros adds to his Group One tally, wearing down Clover Don in the $80,000 Fred Shaw Memorial NZ Trotting Championship at Addington. Overport Lodge trainer Mark Jones was considering spelling the 5YO Sundon gelding but Friday’s performance has Master Lavros in the frame to attempt a Dominion-Rowe double. “I was rapt with him. At this stage, I will head to the Rowe Cup and look at the Greenlane Cup ($30,000) the week before the Rowe ($150,000, May 9), then the paddock,” Mark said. Master Lavros was a luckless fifth as a relatively raw 4YO in last year’s Rowe Cup, won by veteran Stig from Springbank Sam and Boizel. All honours were with Master Lavros in Friday’s Group One trot free-for-all. He trotted the mobile 2600m in 3:13.1 (1:59.4 mile rate), shaving 0.2 of a second off Ima Gold Digger’s mark set when winning the daytime 2010 NZ Trotting Free-For-All at the NZ Cup meeting. The Kypros Kotzikas-owned squaregaiter, who lost his unruly tag for mobiles after the record-breaking win, came from last of the 10 runners, being timed over his last mile in 1:56.2. After moving up parked over the final lap, Mark was able to drop the big bay down to the markers behind strong front-runner Clover Don when trailer Royal Aspirations couldn’t hold his ground at the 700m. This was probably the winning of the race. Master Lavros was able to renew his energy for a final sprint lane crack at Clover Don inside the final 200m. Master Lavros did the rest, showing his toughness to win going away by three-quarters of a length, with Mark allowing himself a salute in a rare show of emotion. The Overport Lodge trainer had considered missing the Trotting Championship after Master Lavros was defeated in the $25,000 Glenferrie Farm 4 & 5YO Trotters Championship a week earlier. A late decision was made to give the horse his chance, with Master Lavros showing his class, notching his fifth win from 12 starts this term and his 13th win from only 28 career starts for $268,428 in stakes. Mark Jones racked up his 55th training win for the season in the Trotters Championship (following a Forbury double last Thursday). He is third on this season’s premiership by runaway leaders, Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen (112) and second-placed Robert Dunn (75). By Jeff Scott (Courtesy of Mark Jones Racing)  

Six year old Village Jasper/Cultured Lombo gelding Savesomtimetodream landed his third country cup for the season, when successful in the $25,505 Renown Silverware Ararat Pacing Cup for M0 or better class (Discretionary Handicapped) over 2570 metres at Ararat in the heart of the Western District on Saturday March 5.   Raced by Ballarat Trotting Club CEO Paul Rowse and partners, Savesomtimetodream which already had captured both the Yarra Valley and Gunbower Cups, began smoothly from a solo10 metre mark to possie one/one on the back of the roughie Farmersntradies, with Narra Operative (barrier five) going forward after a tardy start to race in the open after competing a lap.   Jodi Quinlan then set Savesomtimetodream forward three wide to tackle the leaders (favourite) Jadahson (barrier three) and Narra Operative (barrier five), parking outside the leader mid-race.   Applying plenty of pressure to Jadahson in the final circuit, Savesomtimetodream outstayed his rivals to record a courageous 1.6 metre victory over Jadahson, with Arber (three back the markers) using the sprint lane for third.   The well supported polemarker Inky Cullen galloped away from the pole, while equal 20 metre backmarker Our Blackbird with Arber, settled at the rear from a 20 metre handicap, before moving three wide racing for the bell, with Inky Cullen following.   In quarters of 31.7. 31.1, 28.9 and 28.8 for the final mile, Savesomtimetodream returned a mile rate of 2-04.6, well outside the track record of 2-01.1 set by 2010 winner I Am Sam.   Race sponsor John Hawke on behalf of Renown Silverware has sponsored the Ararat Pacing Cup for the last 20 years.    Supplementing the program was the $10,505 Clive Reed Memorial Ararat Trotters Cup for T5 or better class (D-H) over 2570 metres which was a blow out for punters with $73.70 rank outsider Idle Suntime scoring for Great Western trainer/driver Michelle Wight (formerly Michelle Manning).   Settling on the back of the leader Im Whitney (barrier three) from the pole, Idle Suntime sailed through along the sprint lane to gain the day by 5.8 metres in advance of Im Whitney which hung rather badly on the final bend, with Wildenstein (three back the markers) running his usual honest race for third. The mile rate 2-07.6.   A six year old gelded son of Sundon and Foreign Interest, Idle Suntime chalked up his 10th victory from 67 outings.   The country cup scene moves to Sunraysia next week, with the Mildura Pacing Cup being held next Saturday. By Len Baker (Harness Racing Australia)

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