HRV RAD Board Panel - Brian Collis QC, John Denahy, Dr Hugh Millar The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered charges issued by HRV Stewards against Mr Ahmed Taiba. Mr Taiba pleaded guilty to a charge under Australian Rule of Harness Racing (ARHR) 173(1) that reads: A driver shall not bet in a race in which the driver participates. The particulars of the charge being that in Race 2 at the Wedderburn meeting at Maryborough on 20 January 2012 Mr Taiba placed a win bet on the horse Wahush, via a Betfair betting account listed in his name, when he then drove Wahush in the relevant race. After considering submissions from HRV Stewards and Mr Taiba regarding penalty, the HRV RAD Board imposed a fine of $1500. Mr Taiba also pleaded guilty to a charge under ARHR 239A that reads as follows: A person whose conduct or negligence has led or could lead to a breach of the rules is guilty of an offence. The particulars of the charge being that during the period of February 2009 to November 2013, Mr Taiba was at all relevant times the account holder of 3 separate wagering accounts with Sportsbet, Betfair and Tabcorp. During this period, Mr Taiba was negligent in allowing the access and use of such accounts to family members and or associates for betting purposes, when Mr Taiba then participated as a driver in such races. After considering submissions from HRV Stewards and Mr Taiba regarding penalty, the HRV RAD Board imposed a fine of $500. In imposing each penalty, the HRV RAD Board acknowledged Mr Taiba’s guilty plea, co-operation in relation to the investigation and a previous unblemished record in 20 years as a licensed participant in the harness racing industry. HRV RAD Board Hearing – Alison Chisholm HRV RAD Board Panel - Brian Collis QC, John Denahy, Dr Hugh Millar The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard a matter in regards to a charge issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Rule of Harness Racing (ARHR) 190(1) against licensed ‘A’ Grade Trainer Mrs Alison Chisholm. ARHR 190(1) reads as follows: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. The charge under ARHR 190(1) issued by HRV Stewards against Mrs Chisholm related to a pre-race blood sample taken from the horse ‘Yourworthwaitingfor NZ’ prior to it competing in Race 3, the ‘Stan & Bernice Lythgo Pacers Handicap’, at Maryborough on 20 February 2014. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the blood sample collected from ‘Yourworthwaitingfor NZ’’ revealed the sample contained a prohibited substance, that being alkalinising agents as evidenced by a total carbon dioxide (TCO2) concentration in excess of 36.0 millimoles per litre in plasma. Mrs Chisholm pleaded guilty to the charge and after considering submissions regarding penalty, the HRV RAD Board imposed a $7,000 fine upon Mrs Chisholm. In imposing this penalty, the HRV RAD Board noted Mrs Chisholm’s early guilty plea, co-operation with the investigating Stewards and clean record over a period in excess of 20 years as a licensed participant. Under ARHR 195, the HRV RAD Board ordered that ‘Yourworthwaitingfor NZ’ be disqualified from Race 3 conducted at Maryborough on 20 February 2014. Harness Racing Australia
Tabcorp Park Menangle will host two Group 1 events this Sunday afternoon. Miracle Mile and Inter Dominion winner Beautide is set to compete in the Len Smith Mile and looks hard to beat while lightly raced two year old filly Rosie Oreilly looks to be the biggest danger to kiwi youngster Supersonic Miss in the Australian Pacing Gold Final. Rosie Oreilly is trained by Danny Thackeray and has pulled up extremely well after her fourteen metre victory in the semi final. "She has pulled up really well and hasn't missed a feed since her semi final so I couldn't be happier with her," Thackeray said. "I have decided to stay here in New South Wales rather than travelling home, she has settled in really well here at Jack Primmer's property, it is a great set-up and there is plenty of green grass to keep her happy." Thackeray is based at Euroa in Victoria and enjoyed his first trip to Menangle although admitted the supposed 'hoodoo' for travelling horses did concern him before Saturday night's performance. "Rosie Oreilly got a soft lead but it was the first time I have taken runners to Menangle and it was nice to get a winner, my other filly Artistic Angel finished sixth in her semi and wanted to hang a bit in the run and she will compete in the consolation." "I was aware that some horses from Victoria have come to Menangle for the first time and have struggled and that was in the back of my mind but the big track didn't seem to create any issues for my pair." Rosie Oreilly has always showed ability but Thackeray confirmed there has been solid improvement in the lead up to her debut run at Melton earlier this month. "She always showed enough without being a star but as we got closer to the races she just kept on getting better and better, I still think she will be a better three year old, she's very long legged and has a bit of growing still to do." "Rosie Oreilly is paid up for everything so I will take her home after the APG and think about the Vicbred and the Breeders Crown but at the moment I am just concentrating on Sunday." By Greg Hayes - SKY Racing | Harness Racing New South Wales |
Harness Racing NSW has been advised by the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that phenylbutazone and oxphenbutazone has been detected in the post race urine sample taken from MAGICAL TELF NZ after it raced and won Race 3, the Slingsby Holdings Australasian Young Drivers Heat 2 (2300 metres) at Tabcorp Park Menangle Harness meeting on 15 February 2014. This finding has been confirmed by the Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Melbourne. An inquiry into these findings will be held on Thursday 1 May 2014. Mr D Braun the trainer of MAGICAL TELF NZ has been advised. HRNSW
Purdon-Rasmussen juveniles Follow The Stars and Kept Under Wraps look set to dominate the male section of the rich Sydney Australian Pacing Gold series after winning their respective heats with authority at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday. The first of Mark Purdon’s two heat winners was Kept Under Wraps who, despite racing greenly and being headed around the home bend, fought back to win by a ½ head over gun Australian two-year-old Artistic Flite. The two-year-old son of Bettor’s Delight has now won two from two, while Art Major stablemate Follow The Stars extend his win streak to four when unleashing a last quarter of 26.0 and dashing away for a comprehensive 5.9 metre win over Its Only Rocknroll. Follow The Stars was Purdon and Rasmussen’s seventh training success of the weekend after producing four winners at Addington, and one at Alexandra Park, on Friday night. Meanwhile, Interdominion champion Beautide looks set for the upcoming Len Smith Mile after overhauling his rivals late to win $24,000 FFA. By Mitchell Robertson
Washington Heritage may be all the talk in tomorrow night’s Mildura Pacing Cup after winning 13 from his first 14 starts but Geoff Webster’s affinity with the week-long carnival has become almost impossible to resist. He of course trained pacer-turned-trotter Mister Zion to win the 2010 Mildura Pacing Cup before he made the switch. And last season Flaming Flutter crushed his rivals in the Mildura Guineas while this year he has already cruised to a win in his Cup heat on Tuesday night. Now, the stage is set for a showdown of epic proportions as the pair square off again for one of the biggest regional features of the year; Flaming Flutter drawn three, Washington Heritage in seven. The leading Bannockburn trainer couldn’t be happier with his charge going into the race. “He had an easy trip in his heat, it really was a good lead in to the final,” Webster said. “He hasn’t really fulfilled his potential yet; he is always on the improve and he just keeps taking the next step so I’m sure whatever he does this season he be in the top level without any problems next year. “He’s only a four-year-old so probably the Breeders Crown later in the year is his main aim so whether I give him a break now I’m not quite sure but at the end of the day he will have a break after the Crown.” But Webster might have his greatest thrill for the weekend a world away at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday night. The exquisitely bred Mach Doro, a half-brother to Fly Like An Eagle, will tune up for the APG semi-finals when he takes on a small field in his heat. Webster isn’t one for making brash statements but his assessment of the debutante winner is enough to make most stand up and take notice. “He’s the best two-year-old I’ve had, he’s got gait speed and he is very well-mannered, he just ticks all the boxes. It’s going to take a very good horse to beat him,” he said. By Blake Redden (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)
Leading reinsman Mathew Neilson has registered another century season. Neilson posted the milestone moment with a driving double on Tuesday afternoon at Albion Park when successful aboard the Peter Donohoe trained He Gets It and the Shawn Grimsey prepared Pacific Cruza. It becomes the eighth season where Neilson has driven more than 100 winners. During the 2001/02 season Neilson registered his maiden century with a total of 113 while his biggest haul came during the 2002/03 season when he landed his first double century with 204 winners. With his tally currently sitting at 101 for this term, he finds himself second on the Queensland statewide premiership table behind dynamic junior driver Narissa McMullen who has a total of 103 winners to date. McMullen, a third generation horseperson has been in tremendous form this season which includes multiple victories in New South Wales but is currently serving a two week suspension. On Inter Dominion Grand Final day (March 2) at TABCORP Park, Menangle, McMullen landed an all-the-way victory aboard the Peter Walsh trained Essbee Doubleyou in the Gr.2 $50,000 Lexus International Lady Drivers Invitational. The battle between McMullen and Neilson in the final months of the season should be enthralling. “It’s nice to reach that figure again but I’ve just got to keep improving on it, there’s still a long way to go this season with several good drivers competing.” Neilson said. The lightweight driver is now preparing his own team of horses after splitting with leading conditioner Grant Dixon earlier this year and has recently invested in a new property at Toorbul, north of Brisbane where he will expand on his stable. Other Queensland based drivers close to registering century seasons include Grant Dixon, Pete McMullen, Shane Graham and Bart Cockburn. Another milestone moment from Tuesday’s meeting arrived for rookie horseman Hayden Barnes, who prepared his first winner as a trainer when Alberts Flight proved too strong for his rivals in the New Farm TAB Pace in a time of 1;55.5. Barnes prepares the son of Flight N Irish for James McDonogh. Currently employed by Chantal Turpin and Pete McMullen, Barnes previously spent time with Darrel Graham along with his father Al. Barnes has driven 9 career winners to date. By Chris Barsby (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)
Last year’s Rowe Cup place-getter and New Zealand record holder - Boizel – is back in New Zealand and set to tackle the Group races at Alexandra Park within the next month. The Tony Grayling trained 7-year-old gelding arrived back in New Zealand on March 28 after a second, third, seventh and 10th in four races at Tabcorp Park, Melton in Australia from February 15 to March 15. “He went really well in the Cochran Trotters Cup first up and then was an unlucky third in the Free-For-All the following week. Then he went off the boil. “I don’t know whether it was the heat, the bush fires, or he just wasn’t feeling well, but he wasn’t up to competing in the Great Southern Stars Series. Instead we wanted to look after him for the big races back here at Alexandra Park,” Grayling said. The Franklin horseman was referring to the Group One $100,000 Anzac Cup on Anzac Day (April 25), the Group Three $30,000 Greenlane Cup on May 2, and the Group One $150,000 Rowe Cup on May 9. “He was a bit tired when he came home but Chris Alford did a terrific job with him. I went over for the first 10 days and then came back to my team. “I’ll definitely line him up in the Anzac Cup and the Rowe Cup but I’m not sure about the Greenlane Cup. I’d like to get a trial into him before Anzac Day but the Easter break might put a dampener on that. I’m not too perturbed though because he’s bouncing around again and working very well,” said Grayling who works a team of 20 at Pukekohe. Boizel finished third behind Stig and Springbank Sam in last year’s Rowe Cup. Six months later the son of Dream Vacation set a New Zealand 2400m standing start record of 3:01 flat in Free-For-All Trot at Kaikoura. Boizel settle well back in that field that day while Stent and Master Lavros set a solid clip in front. He was three deep and second last down the back the last time and then in the straight Dexter Dunn threaded his way through the field to knock over Stent in the shadows of the post. He won with 2:01.3 mile rate and trotted his last 800m and 400m sectionals in 59.1 and 29.9 seconds. Boizel was the fourth favourite of the nine starters and paid $11.80 to win. “He placed in the Jewels but that was the best race of his career beating good horses like Stent and Master Lavros. The longer the go the better he is because he’s an out-and-out stayer. The Rowe Cup’s 3200m distance is ideal for him. “We will want a hot pace like they went at Kaikoura and then he will be in his element. He can stay all day. He’s a very good one-paced horse who just keeps bowling along,” Grayling said. Boizel has raced 29 times for 11 wins, 10 seconds and 13 thirds. The brown gelding has won $167,469 in stakes. “He’s my stable star and a very good trotter when he’s right. Every trainer would love to win a Rowe Cup. We went close last year. Hopefully we can go two better this time around,” 48-year-old Grayling said. By Duane Ranger (Courtesy of HRNZ)
Inter Dominion winner Beautide will return to the scene of his biggest career victories when he steps out at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. The son of Bettors Delight last raced on March 2 and despite having a week in the paddock to recover, trainer/driver James Rattray is expecting a big performance. "I gave him seven days to get over the Inter Dominion, he really appreciated the break and put on a little bit of weight so all things are heading in the right direction with the Len Smith Mile at the end of the month," Rattray said. "Ideally I would have liked to have given him a trial but because the track has been shut undergoing renovations, I've had to do all the work with him at home but I'm still expecting a big performance from him this Saturday night." Saturday's event has attracted the first three placegetters from the Inter Dominion Grand Final with Seel N Print and For A Reason nominated to compete. "It is a nice race for Beautide but the plan is to only give him this one hit-out before the Len Smith Mile, it should tighten him up nicely and have him ready." "After the Len Smith Mile I'm thinking I will give him another short break and get him ready for races like the Miracle Mile so at this stage I'm ruling out going to Queensland." Rattray was happy to see Pachacuti return to the winners' list at Hobart on the weekend and confirmed the four year old pacer will be returning to his stable later in the season. "That win on Sunday night would have done him the world of good, he just needed that for his confidence, he has the four year old Sires Stakes in Tasmania and also the Easter Cup but he will then come back here to Sydney." "Another horse will be joining him on the trip up here too, a horse called Devendra, he has won a few cups down there." By Greg Hayes - SKY Racing (Harness Racing NSW)|
Due to the unprecedented rain which has been encountered during the total resurfacing of the track at Tabcorp Park Menangle the meeting set for tomorrow night has been transferred to the Newcastle International Paceway. The decision taken by the NSWHRC was made in the overall interest of all participants. “This was a difficult decision for the Club however the circumstances of the weather were beyond our control” said Chief Executive John Dumesny. “The easy decision was to simply abandon the meeting” “We acknowledge participants will be inconvenienced by this transfer and humbly apologise .” “Part of the decision was based on the fact that there had been no metropolitan prizemoney on offer last week and there was $148,000 in prizemoney to be distributed for this meeting” “After the weather turned nasty last night and continued this morning the transfer was acted upon early to assist participants with their own personal decisions.” “Our contractors could not guarantee they would finish the track works without 24 daylight hours unless we would guarantee perfect conditions.” “That was beyond the realms of possibility taking into consideration the forecast weather over the next few days. The Club due to the weather forecast for the weekend has also made the decision to transfer the Monday and Tuesday race meetings to Penrith. For further information contact Chief Executive John Dumesny on 02 4645 2200.
Star Queensland mare Forever Gold is ready to return. And the tough as teak mare is hitting the road again. The Darren Weeks trained mare is set to trial next week in preparation for a Victorian campaign which will culminate in the Gr.1 $100,000 Queen of the Pacific at TABCORP Park, Melton, a stand-start feature on May 23. Forever Gold has not raced since her unplaced effort in the $750,000 Inter Dominion Pacing Championship Grand Final on March 2 at TABCORP Park, Menangle behind Beautide. The Famous Forever mare copped the backwash of the controversial interference between Im Victorious and Mach Beauty in the home straight. The proven Gr.1 winning mare was the only qualified finalist of the fairer sex in the Inter Dominion Grand Final following her gutsy all the way heat victory on February 15 at Albion Park. “Tammy is just about ready to go again; I’m likely to trial her next week and then we’ll head south to Melbourne for the mares features before returning for the Brisbane winter carnival.” Weeks said. Forever Gold is yet to venture further south than Menangle during her decorated career but her trainer says the timing is perfect. And she is also unproven under race conditions from the stand-start but is safely qualified. “We looked at these races last year with her but unfortunately we were unable to get away but everything is order and we’re keen to give it a shot. I’m happy with the way she returned from Sydney and she continues to train down nicely. “Obviously we’re going to meet some very nice mares but that is nothing unusual for us considering she’s raced the best available throughout her career to date. There are some good opportunities with those races down there so it would be nice to get a piece of the prize. “The Melbourne campaign should lead us nicely into our carnival back home in July and we will tackle all of the features during that time as well. We know she can match it with the boys and that’s what awaits us during our local carnival, hopefully she returns from Melbourne high on confidence.” Forever Gold is the winner of 33 races from her 59 starts to date while amassing more than $500,000 in prizemoney. Hoofnote; Forever Gold qualified from the stand-start with a trial victory at Albion Park on December 11, 2012 after starting from a 60m handicap. By Chris Barsby (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)
With the announcement last week by the Premier the Hon. Dr. Dennis Napthine that the Victorian Government have extended further funding support to the VICBRED Platinum program, details are now finalised with regard to the inaugural running of the VICBRED Platinum Home Grown Classic 2YO Series. The additional series has been designed in consultation with Harness Breeders Victoria and the Victorian State Government and will specifically support Victorian bred and branded 2YO & 3YO horses who are yet to win stakes above a prescribed total stakes threshold of $6,000 at acceptance time for the heats (excluding VICBRED First Win Bonuses). Stakes for the races will be spread more broadly with winners taking 50% of the total stake and the balance shared down to last, ensuring that stakes are shared at the grass roots. The inaugural VICBRED Platinum Home Grown Classic 2YO Series, to be conducted in May, will comprise of divisions for colts & geldings and fillies, and will be run for both pacers and trotters. Due to the requirement to conduct this new series within the current financial year and an already congested feature race schedule, the Tatlow series will be relocated and be run later in the season at a time yet to be confirmed. Each division of the new series will comprise of $10,325 Heats into $50,000 Finals. The schedule for the inaugural series will be as follows: Thursday 8 May (Bendigo) - 2YO Pacing Colts & Geldings Heats ($10,325) Thursday 15 May (Geelong @ Tabcorp Park) - 2YO Pacing Fillies Heats ($10,325) Friday 16 May (Tabcorp Park) - 2YO Pacing Colts & Geldings Final ($50,000) Wednesday 21 May (Maryborough) - 2YO Trotting Colts & Geldings and 2YO Trotting Fillies Heats ($10,325) Friday 23 May (Tabcorp Park) - 2YO Pacing Fillies Final ($50,000) Friday 30 May (Tabcorp Park) - 2YO Trotting Colts & Geldings Final ($50,000) and 2YO Trotting Fillies Final ($50,000) To compete horses will need to be VICBRED Platinum eligible (VICBRED and Branded in Victoria) and must not have won more than $6,000 in total stakes at acceptance time for the heats. The inclusion of this new 2YO series and a similar 3YO series in September will see an additional $750,000 allocated to the VICBRED Platinum Program over the next 2 years. This is over and above the already successful VICBRED Platinum Country Series, Mares Sprint Championship Series and Metropolitan races. By Blake Redden (Courtesy of Harness Racing Victoria)
Respected horseman Blake Fitzpatrick will have a three pronged attack in Saturday night's heats of the Australian Pacing Gold for the two year old fillies at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Fitzpatrick has a strong team of juveniles this season and unbeaten filly Our Awesome Girl could be one of the better ones in the stable. "Our Awesome Girl is a very promising filly that's for sure, and in the space of six weeks she has just continued to improve," Fitzpatrick said. "She's quite a big filly and I must admit I had some concerns earlier in the season but she has put it altogether of late and once the penny started to drop the APG became an obvious target." Our Awesome Girl is raced by Fitzpatrick's mother and Pam Usher. "They are going to have a bit of fun with her this season, she won her first race at Newcastle by four or five metres and it was another thirty metres back to third." In the second of the heats, Fitzpatrick will start Star Jasmine and Candy Crush. "Gavin (Fitzpatrick, brother) will drive Star Jasmine, she had her first start at Bankstown and I thought her run was very good." "She was passed in at the APG sales and was retained by her breeder Ron Littler." Candy Crush was only a cheap purchase and looked set to qualify for the Bathurst Gold Tiara last start before veering in at a crucial stage in the straight. "She had never been hit with the whip before and ducked in but she requalified at Penrith on Tuesday and I think she is going to be a filly of the future." by Greg Hayes - SKY Racing (Courtesy of Harness Racing AU)
T will be more than a month since Tabcorp Park Menangle has hosted a race meeting on its world class circuit but Chief Executive Officer of the NSW Harness Racing Club John Dumesny is looking forward to Saturday night's ten race card. Dumesny is confident the track is 'ready to go' but admits it may take time for the surface to settle down. "The surface overall is much softer for the horses which is important for their longevity and durability and that is what the horseman have asked for," Dumesny said. "Our track consultant Dan Coon is of the belief that speed isn't everything and it might be a while before we start to see fast times but ultimately what we are after is a uniformity and consistency." The Menangle surface was put to the test on Tuesday morning and Dumesny confirmed some work will be carried out before this weekend's meeting. "There was one patch which was about 30 metres by 10 metres that the horseman said was too soft on Tuesday and we will be able to fix that by this weekend." "It is a totally different surface to what we had here before, we have been informed that there is a 25 year supply of the material from the quarry and it is important that we are able to source replacement material as it is needed in the future." A similar surface was used when rebuilding the Goulburn track. "It is a sandy material and as was evident from when Goulburn opened it took a while before the track settled in but the surface is now at a stage where Goulburn is a very popular surface." Race 1 will begin at 6:10pm on Saturday with two heats of the Australian Pacing Gold for two year old fillies and three heats of the Carousel highlighting the programme. Courtesy of Harness Racing NSW
The promotion for the female driver’s to wear TEAL driving pants in March to promote awareness of OVARIAN CANCER has been a major success with the girls booting home a total of 61 winners. March was highlighted by the massive night at Tabcorp Park where over $80,000 was raised for the WOMEN’S CANCER FOUNDATION in conjunction with Girls Night Out and the PRYDE’S EASIFEED GREAT SOUTHERN STAR. The leading female driver for the month was WCF Ambassador Jodi Quinlan with seven wins, closely followed by a group of four drivers with six winners – Kerryn Manning, Alison Chisholm, Kate Gath and Rebecca Bartley. For further information or to donate to the fantastic cause please go to http://www.womenscancerfoundation.org.au/ By HRV Media
Relive all the excitement of one of the biggest nights on the trotting calendar – the Pryde’s EasiFeed Great Southern Star & Girls Night Out at Tabcorp Park Melton. History will show that Keystone Del claimed the $300,000 final, but only those on-course will remember all the glamour and excitement that characterises this great event. Plus over $85,000 for the Women’s Cancer Foundation - Ovarian Cancer Institute – the culmination of plenty of hard work and generosity from all involved.
Harness racing prominent breeder-owner Pat Driscoll knocked down the three top-priced lots at the second Pryde’s EasiFeed Australasian Premier Trotting Sale held at Tabcorp Park Melton on March 23. Driscoll, who trades as Yabby Dam Farms, pocketed a cool $119,000 for his three-strong draft including the sale topping colt at $41,000, a son of USA superstar Muscle Hill out of the Malabar Maple mare Calder Luck, a half-sister to the multiple Group 1 placegetter Calder Sensation, Calder Image and Bella Cheval. The handsome youngster was bought for a syndicate by John and Maree Caldow, who developed and trained Calder Sensation, a winner of 16 races and $142,762. An Angus Hall colt out of Maori’s Dream, the grand-dam of the top priced lot, realised the second highest price of $40,000. He was knocked down to Romsey trainer Chris Alford on behalf of stable clients Phil Walshe and Craig Nott. While another of the Muscle Hill progeny, a colt from the USA bred Let’s Be Happy, the dam of Bathurst Gold Coronet winner Verbier, was garnered by Christchurch trainer Tim Butt for $38,000. Two Angus Hall youngsters, one out of the Muscles Yankee mare Lindy’s Two Step (1:57.4) and the other from the useful Sundon mare Pinevale Ellason, realised $30,000 and $28,000 respectively. Majestic Son, a leading sire of juvenile trotters, had three head sell including a gelding out of the R C’s Dee Jay mare Howdoudo, the dam of Vicbred champion Split Image, which was haltered by Chris Lang Jnr for $30,000. Two Majestic Son colts out of strong New Zealand-bred mares from Harness Breeders Vic committeeman Gerard Moloney’s draft sold for $22,000 and $20,000. Former local champion Skyvalley was the sire of the highest priced filly Aldebaran Eve, out of the Victoria Oaks winner Aldebaran Dream, consigned by Aldebaran Park and sold for $18,000, while a Skyvalley colt from the 2YO and 3YO Trotter of the Year Jauriol realised $20,000. Running Pinevale, also a Victoria Oaks champion, was represented by her second foal, a colt by NZ-based import The Pres, who was knocked down for $22,000. Of the 36 lots offered, 31 were sold for an average price of $16,359, up almost 25 percent on last year. by Peter Wharton