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The major races of the 2015/16 season at Tabcorp Park Melton and Victoria’s regional venues have seen a large contingent of track curators recognised for their outstanding efforts, with many track records tumbling in feature events. Regional track records have been obliterated in the Swan Hill, Stawell, Wedderburn, Geelong, Shepparton, Ballarat and Terang pacing cups, with new records also for trotters at Shepparton and Bendigo. Victoria leads the way in the training and mentoring of track curators and has run regular track maintenance seminars for some years. These seminars have grown and been attended by up to 60 curators, including strong representation from Queensland, Western Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania and New Zealand. Last year seminars concentrated on Victorian track staff, with four regional sessions held that focused on practical demonstrations on the track. The HRV Board and Track Sub-Committee have been very supportive and proactive in ensuring the best possible maintenance methods and recognition of the state’s curators. The Sub-Committee focuses on the latest design technology in the construction and upgrading of tracks but also on the continuous monitoring and improvement of track maintenance and encouragement for clubs to have access to appropriate track machinery. The most recent track upgrades at Mildura and Horsham have seen increased cambers, new track bases and surfaces focused on reducing stress on horses. Already new track records have been set at both venues. HRV has stimulated clubs to use a polo citrus dust suppressant when watering, which has proven very helpful in the retention of moisture within the surface material and has gone a step further by initiating a successful trial of applying canola oil to the race track at Shepparton, which has received extremely positive feedback and results. Many clubs have also been proactive in enrolling key staff in an accredited program in track maintenance conducted by the Victorian Harness Racing Industry Training Centre. The Tabcorp Park track team of Jordan Robinson, Chris Lambrecht and Tom Byrne had the track in tip top order on Hunter Cup night as track records went by the wayside in the Del-Re National AG Hunter Cup, Seelite Windows & Doors Australian Trotting Grand Prix and the state’s fastest mile rate was lowered to 1:50.8 for the 1720m journey in the Bertocchi Free For All. Tabcorp Park Melton track manager Jordan Robinson said key to preparing an ideal track was “getting plenty of moisture into it and conditioning prior to the races, which will lead to a nice cushioned surface that the horses will thrive on and run accordingly”. “As has been constantly emphasised at HRV track seminars, the need of providing a hard (road-like) surface to produce speed is not necessary. What we strive for is to apply abundant moisture, which provides a fluffy cushioned surface with plenty of give that will make the horses more comfortable and ultimately keep them sound and hopefully prolong their racing future.” “Plenty of time and effort is required to get the track in perfect order and our track team at Tabcorp Park is meticulous in undertaking regular grading to attain a consistent thickness, ensuring plentiful water is applied prior and during the races to achieve optimum moisture content and conditioning the track to the precise depth. We have found the use of polo citrus not only assists to quell the dust but more importantly helps in holding the material together, which provides the traction to generate speed. “We are fortunate here at major race meetings when presentations can limit preparation time that we have the capability of utilising two conditioners to prepare the track between races. There is no shadow of doubt that conditioning between races provides the best outcome, which is something we have always done.” Track record broken on Cup/Carnival nights (October 2015-April 2016): Pacers: Track Distance Horse Date Mile Rate SWAN HILL 2790m SS ARDEN ROONEY NZ 17 Oct 2015 1:57.3 STAWELL 2590m SS YANKEE ROCKSTAR 6 Dec 2015 1:58.9 WEDDERBURN 2555m SS ARBER 13 Dec 2015 2:01.1 GEELONG 2570mm MS IT ITS BILLY 2 Jan 2016 1:56.6 SHEPPARTON 2190m MS GLORY DAZE 16 Jan 2016 1:55.7 SHEPPARTON 2690m SS OHOKA PUNTER NZ 16 Jan 2016 1:57.0 BALLARAT 2710m MS SMOLDA 23 Jan 2016 1:55.3 TABCORP PARK 1720 m MS COLD MAJOR 6 Feb 2016 1:50.8 TABCORP PARK 3280m SS SMOLDA 6 Feb 2016 1:57.3 BENDIGO 1650m MS HALL OF FAMER 13 Feb 2016 1:52.1 TERANG 2680m MS GLENFERRIE HOOD NZ 20 Feb 2016 1:56.3 KILMORE 2690m MS YANKEE ROCKSTAR 19 Mar 2016 1:58.7 ARRARAT 2570m SS IDEAL SUCCESS NZ 26 Mar 2016 2:00.5 WARRAGUL 2627m MS NIKE FRANCO NZ 27 Mar 2016 1:57.4 MILDURA 2600m MS STUNNING GRIN 5 Apr 2016 1:57.5   Trotters Track Distance Horse Date Mile Rate ST ARNAUD 2120m SS LOMBO SCRUTINIZER 15 Nov 2015 2:06.1 SHEPPARTON 2190m MS GLENFERRIE TYPHOON NZ 16 Jan 2016 1:56.2 BALLARAT 2710m SS MONBET NZ 23 Jan 2016 2::00.1 TABCORP PARK 2240m MS KEYSTONE DEL NZ 6 Feb 2016 1:56.0 BENDIGO 1650m MS GLENFERRIE TYPHOON NZ 13 Feb 2016 1:54.4 CHARLTON 2100m MS UWOULDNTBELIEVEIT 28 Feb 2016 2:02.3 CRANBOURNE 1609m MS KEYSTONE DELNZ 5 Mar 2016 1:56.1 BOORT 2250m SS GIDAH 20 Mar 2016 2:06.1 ECHUCA 2530m SS ROSTEVARREN 2 Apr 2016 2:04.6 MILDURA 2600m SS OUR TWENTYEN NZ 7 Apr 2016 2:02.7

The major races of the 2015/16 season at Tabcorp Park Melton and Victoria’s regional venues have seen a large contingent of track curators recognised for their outstanding efforts, with many track records tumbling in feature events. Regional track records have been obliterated in the Swan Hill, Stawell, Wedderburn, Geelong, Shepparton, Ballarat and Terang pacing cups, with new records also for trotters at Shepparton and Bendigo. Victoria leads the way in the training and mentoring of track curators and has run regular track maintenance seminars for some years. These seminars have grown and been attended by up to 60 curators, including strong representation from Queensland, Western Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania and New Zealand. Last year seminars concentrated on Victorian track staff, with four regional sessions held that focused on practical demonstrations on the track. The HRV Board and Track Sub-Committee have been very supportive and proactive in ensuring the best possible maintenance methods and recognition of the state’s curators. The Sub-Committee focuses on the latest design technology in the construction and upgrading of tracks but also on the continuous monitoring and improvement of track maintenance and encouragement for clubs to have access to appropriate track machinery. The most recent track upgrades at Mildura and Horsham have seen increased cambers, new track bases and surfaces focused on reducing stress on horses. Already new track records have been set at both venues. HRV has stimulated clubs to use a polo citrus dust suppressant when watering, which has proven very helpful in the retention of moisture within the surface material and has gone a step further by initiating a successful trial of applying canola oil to the race track at Shepparton, which has received extremely positive feedback and results. Many clubs have also been proactive in enrolling key staff in an accredited program in track maintenance conducted by the Victorian Harness Racing Industry Training Centre. The Tabcorp Park track team of Jordan Robinson, Chris Lambrecht and Tom Byrne had the track in tip top order on Hunter Cup night as track records went by the wayside in the Del-Re National AG Hunter Cup, Seelite Windows & Doors Australian Trotting Grand Prix and the state’s fastest mile rate was lowered to 1:50.8 for the 1720m journey in the Bertocchi Free For All. Tabcorp Park Melton track manager Jordan Robinson said key to preparing an ideal track was “getting plenty of moisture into it and conditioning prior to the races, which will lead to a nice cushioned surface that the horses will thrive on and run accordingly”. “As has been constantly emphasised at HRV track seminars, the need of providing a hard (road-like) surface to produce speed is not necessary. What we strive for is to apply abundant moisture, which provides a fluffy cushioned surface with plenty of give that will make the horses more comfortable and ultimately keep them sound and hopefully prolong their racing future.” “Plenty of time and effort is required to get the track in perfect order and our track team at Tabcorp Park is meticulous in undertaking regular grading to attain a consistent thickness, ensuring plentiful water is applied prior and during the races to achieve optimum moisture content and conditioning the track to the precise depth. We have found the use of polo citrus not only assists to quell the dust but more importantly helps in holding the material together, which provides the traction to generate speed. “We are fortunate here at major race meetings when presentations can limit preparation time that we have the capability of utilising two conditioners to prepare the track between races. There is no shadow of doubt that conditioning between races provides the best outcome, which is something we have always done.” Track record broken on Cup/Carnival nights (October 2015-April 2016): Pacers: Track Distance Horse Date Mile Rate SWAN HILL 2790m SS ARDEN ROONEY NZ 17 Oct 2015 1:57.3 STAWELL 2590m SS YANKEE ROCKSTAR 6 Dec 2015 1:58.9 WEDDERBURN 2555m SS ARBER 13 Dec 2015 2:01.1 GEELONG 2570mm MS IT ITS BILLY 2 Jan 2016 1:56.6 SHEPPARTON 2190m MS GLORY DAZE 16 Jan 2016 1:55.7 SHEPPARTON 2690m SS OHOKA PUNTER NZ 16 Jan 2016 1:57.0 BALLARAT 2710m MS SMOLDA 23 Jan 2016 1:55.3 TABCORP PARK 1720 m MS COLD MAJOR 6 Feb 2016 1:50.8 TABCORP PARK 3280m SS SMOLDA 6 Feb 2016 1:57.3 BENDIGO 1650m MS HALL OF FAMER 13 Feb 2016 1:52.1 TERANG 2680m MS GLENFERRIE HOOD NZ 20 Feb 2016 1:56.3 KILMORE 2690m MS YANKEE ROCKSTAR 19 Mar 2016 1:58.7 ARRARAT 2570m SS IDEAL SUCCESS NZ 26 Mar 2016 2:00.5 WARRAGUL 2627m MS NIKE FRANCO NZ 27 Mar 2016 1:57.4 MILDURA 2600m MS STUNNING GRIN 5 Apr 2016 1:57.5   Trotters Track Distance Horse Date Mile Rate ST ARNAUD 2120m SS LOMBO SCRUTINIZER 15 Nov 2015 2:06.1 SHEPPARTON 2190m MS GLENFERRIE TYPHOON NZ 16 Jan 2016 1:56.2 BALLARAT 2710m SS MONBET NZ 23 Jan 2016 2::00.1 TABCORP PARK 2240m MS KEYSTONE DEL NZ 6 Feb 2016 1:56.0 BENDIGO 1650m MS GLENFERRIE TYPHOON NZ 13 Feb 2016 1:54.4 CHARLTON 2100m MS UWOULDNTBELIEVEIT 28 Feb 2016 2:02.3 CRANBOURNE 1609m MS KEYSTONE DELNZ 5 Mar 2016 1:56.1 BOORT 2250m SS GIDAH 20 Mar 2016 2:06.1 ECHUCA 2530m SS ROSTEVARREN 2 Apr 2016 2:04.6 MILDURA 2600m SS OUR TWENTYEN NZ 7 Apr 2016 2:02.7

Almost 4 million euro has been wagered in France on harness racing Victorian trots in 2016 alone. Twenty-eight Victorian races have been exported to France this year with the new Monday night events proving extremely popular with French punters. Following the most recent meeting on February 15, the French export of races saw an aggregate turnover of over 4 million euro (almost $6million AUD), for an average of over 139,000 euro ($212,000 AUD) per race. The meeting held at Tabcorp Park Melton on February 8 has proved to be the biggest to date with over 740,000 euro (over $1.1m AUD) wagered on the last four races of the night. The races have also proved popular with local punters, with Victorian TAB turnover on the meetings exceeding expectations. The races are broadcast via the French racing vision provider with the support of Harness Racing Victoria’s (HRV) broadcast partner, Sky Racing, and are wagered on through the French pari-mutuel PMU.   HRV Wagering Manager Ryan Stanaway said that the results were a positive for the industry. “The results for the year to date are extremely pleasing. To generate almost $6 million in additional turnover for our code without adding new fixtures is a terrific outcome,” Stanaway said. “It’s also a great sign that Victorian trotting is well respected globally and hopefully this will lead to further opportunities to showcase our product in the future. “It is obviously a valuable revenue stream for HRV, and we are very grateful to our participants for their support of the initiative to date. It has required some changes to our schedule, which the industry on the whole has embraced, and now the broader benefits for Victorian harness racing are evident.” French punters will become even more familiar with Victorian trotting action, with a minimum of 44 races scheduled to be beamed into France for the remainder of 2016.  Harness Racing Victoria

The biggest bet of the week with TAB on harness racing in New South Wales was a successful one with the Paul Fitzpatrick-trained Match In Heaven winning at Menangle last Friday afternoon.  One punter placed a bet of $5,000 on the three-year old at the odds of $1.20 and won $1,000 when he made it two wins in a row this campaign.  It was one of a number of large wagers that were successful at Menangle last Friday and Saturday. Largest winning bets (stake) – $4,200 @ $1.60 Lexus On The Beach – Bathurst Jan 20 $3,000 @ $1.35 Have Faith In Me – Menangle Jan 23 $3,000 @ $1.40 Jumping Jack Jimmy – Parkes Jan 26 The punter who placed $2,500 on Idle Bones at Menangle on Saturday night at the price of $4.80 couldn’t believe their luck when race favourite Daryl Boko galloped.  Idle Bones continued to trot boldly out in front and recorded a comfortable victory and in the process returned the punter $12,000 and more importantly a profit of $9,500. Largest winning bets (return) – $1,500 @ $7.00 Don Boston (ret $10,500) – Menangle Jan 22 $750 @ $7.50 Arms Of An Angel (ret $5,625) – Menangle Jan 23 $500 @ $8.00 Macca Kelly (ret $4,000) – Menangle Jan 23 $500 @ $7.50 Ivegottalife (ret $3,750) – Menangle Jan 23 There were some losers during the week as well.  The biggest loser was the punter who placed a $4,000 wager on Modern Dancer at Goulburn on Australia Day at $4.10. After leading the mare finished fourth at her first run back from a spell and while she should strip fitter that was little consolation to the punter. Largest losing bets (stake) – $4,000 @ $1.55 Bettor Together (finished 2nd) – Tamworth Jan 22 $3,900 @ $2.60 Katy Perry (finished 8th) – Goulburn Jan 26 $2,500 @ $6.50 Outlaw Fella (finished 3rd) – Goulburn Jan 26 $2,500 @ $1.55 Skirmish (finished 2nd) – Bathurst Jan 20 Yayas Hot Spot was heavily supported to win Tuesday’s Goulburn Cup but the sprintlane did not come up early enough as the Shane Tritton trained pacer was forced to wait for the opening while Condagen steamed down the outside to score.  One punter placed $2,000 at the odds of $7.00 for a possible return of $14,000. Largest losing bets (potential return) $1,500 @ $7.00 The Brazen Jasper (ret $10,500 finished 3rd) – Tamworth Jan 22 $2,000 @ $5.00 Monifieth (ret $10,00 finished 9th) – Menangle Jan 23 $2,000 @ $4.20 Stone Church Road (ret $8,400 finished 7th) – Tamworth Jan 22 $2,000 @ $4.00 Shardons Sheralee (ret $8,000 finished 2nd) – Tamworth Jan 22

Tabcorp Holdings Limited and News UK have today announced the signing of an agreement to partner in the launch of a new online wagering and gaming business in the UK and Irish markets. The business will be known as Sun Bets and will launch in 2016. The new business will bring together Tabcorp’s capability in global wagering with News UK’s vast customer base and market-leading media assets, including The Sun newspaper (print and digital properties) and associated sports and racing products (such as Dream Team FC, Favourite and Goals). The agreement is structured as a revenue share arrangement with News UK undertaking internal and external media promotion of the business. In return, Tabcorp will provide News UK with a share of the revenue from the new business each year. The agreement is subject to Tabcorp obtaining the necessary licences and regulatory approvals and runs for an initial term of 10 years, with extensions subject to performance. Tabcorp Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer David Attenborough said: “Entering the UK market in partnership with News is an exciting opportunity for Tabcorp as we take our capability into the A$7 billion UK online gambling market. The Sun has more than 10 million readers per week and over 1 million football fans actively engaged through The Sun Dream Team FC fantasy football competition. “This partnership provides us with the opportunity to create a leading online bookmaker in the UK market under the Sun Bets brand over the coming years and fits with our strategy of pursuing close-to-core international opportunities.” Rebekah Brooks, CEO, News UK said: “This deal with Tabcorp marks a pivotal moment in the digital transformation of the company, creating a world-class online sports book that will engage and entertain the betting public in the inimitable style of The Sun. “The two powerful brands of The Sun and our Dream Team fantasy football competition already have incredible reach and I have every confidence that this will be a rewarding partnership, which will see Sun Bets firmly established as a key player in the online betting business.” For more information: Tabcorp - Nicholas Tzaferis, GM Corporate Affairs, +61 3 9868 2529 Lachlan Fitt, GM Investor Relations and Strategy, +61 2 9218 1414 News Corp  - Jim Kennedy, Corporate Communications, 212-416-4064 / jkennedy@newscorp.com and Michael Florin, Investor Relations, 212-416-3363 / mflorin@newscorp.com  News UK - Helen Collier, Head of Communications, +44 7788 364936 / Helen.collier@news.co.uk

Today Tuesday the 16th of June marks John Tapp’s last day as a racing broadcaster after 50 years behind the microphone and in front of the camera. Tapp’s last official hosting role will be a special one-hour episode and the season finale of In the Gig at 6pm tonight on Sky Racing 2 (FOXTEL channel 520), almost 50 years to the day after his career started at 2GB. Special guests, Ray Hadley and Ian Craig will join Tapp on his final show. Tapp can also be heard hosting his last On the Pace radio show on Sky Sports Radio this morning from 10:30am. Tapp has been one of the iconic voices of Australian racing and called more than 50,000 races over his career with his last race call in 1998. Tapp has held various hosting roles at Sky Racing since. When he announced his retirement in April this year Tapp said he will miss sharing his love of racing with the Sky audience. Now that the moment has come, Tapp has stuck with the same sentiment. “The thing I’m going to miss most of all, is having the honour of visiting thousands of Australian homes,” he said. “It’s been a true privilege to talk about my favourite subjects - horses, and horsemen and women.” Tapp was honoured with an Order of Australia Medal in 1996 “for service to horse sports as a national and international racecaller, and to charitable organisations as an organiser and compere of fundraising events” and was bestowed the title of Australia Post Australian Legend in 2007 when he was immortalised in a stamp series. A special tribute show in honour of John Tapp will air on Sky Racing in the coming weeks. REBECCA LUDBROOK  CORPORATE AFFAIRS ADVISOR

John Tapp announced on tonight’s Sky Racing In the Gig episode that he will retire from racing broadcasting in June this year. Tapp’s last official hosting role will be on the season finale of In the Gig almost 50 years to the day after his career started at 2GB. Tapp has been one of the iconic voices of Australian racing and called more than 50,000 races over his career with his last race call in 1998. Tapp has held various hosting roles at Sky Racing since. Tapp said he will miss sharing his love of racing with the Sky audience. “Talking racing has been an absolutely joy and the people involved in racing – you can’t go past them,” Tapp said. “I can’t pinpoint a career highlight. There are so many special horses, races, trainers, jockeys and harness drivers. Every day in racing is like a new frontier and every race has its own story.” Tapp said he will continue to train harness horses in his retirement from broadcasting. “I don’t want to have too many horses, just enough that I can be hands on,” he said. “Apart from that, I will still be keenly watching everything that is happening in racing and will remain an avid Sky Racing viewer.” Tabcorp Chief Operating Officer Wagering and Media, Craig Nugent said Tapp will be dearly missed at Sky Racing. “John Tapp is a true Australian racing legend and Sky Racing is proud to have been part of his illustrious 50-year career,” Nugent said. “I wish John all the best in his retirement. It has been a privilege for the team at Sky to have worked with him.” Tapp was honoured with an Order of Australia Medal in 1996 “for service to horse sports as a national and international racecaller, and to charitable organisations as an organiser and compere of fundraising events” and was bestowed the title of Australia Post Australian Legend in 2007 when he was immortalised in a stamp series. Sky is producing a special tribute to celebrate John Tapp’s racing and media career for broadcast during his final week on-air. His last In the Gig episode will air on Sky Racing on June 16. Rebecca Ludbrook  Tabcorp

Friday night @ Tabcorp Park Nevele R Stud Victoria Oaks heats @ 6pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm Australian Pacing Gold 2YO Fillies heats @ 10pm and 11.05pm Harness Breeders (Vic) Ian Daff Memorial @ 8pm Saturday night @ Mildura Park Douglas Printing Mildura Pacing Cup Final @ 9pm Mark Gurry & Associates Cup Final @ 8pm Tankard Dental Mildura Guineas @ 8.30pm Get the full fields and form via harness.org.au   - FEATURE OF THE WEEK - PARK DOUGLAS PRINTING MILDURA PACING CUP FINAL 2600 metres -- mobile start -- $50,275 -- Group 2 1: HOTASEL Trainer: Murray Jardine Driver: Simon Jardine Form comment: Ouyen gelding who qualified for the Cup with a third placing behind Major Crocker and Cut For An Ace in the heat. Drawn for a soft run and could sneak a place with a bit of luck in transit.   2: MAJOR CROCKER Trainer: Vince Vallelonga Driver: Greg Sugars Form comment: Super four-year-old who won his heat by a head over Cut For An Ace. Won last year's 3YO Breeders Crown Final and also swept the Southern Cross Series in South Australia. Drawn to get the pegs and he's the main danger to Arden Rooney for mine. Can he beat the Hunter Cup champ though? Greg Sugars says they're not going out to run second!   3: BEACHSTAR Trainer: Joe Costa Driver: John Justice  Form comment: Won back-to-back races in February and loves Mildura. Should get a nice run here from the good barrier and did defeat Hotasel recently. Place hope.   4: OUR WALDEN BURY (EM1) Trainer: Robert Hyder Driver: Damian Wilson Form comment: He's an honest gelding but form isn't good enough to be winning here if he does gain a start.   5: CUT FOR AN ACE Trainer: Adam Kelly Driver: Zac Phillips Form comment: Big run in the heat to finish a close-up second to Major Crocker. Ultra-consistent seven-year-old who always seems to be around the mark.    6: CHILLI PALMER Trainer: Dean Braun Driver: Gavin Lang Form comment: Sat without cover for the last lap and a half in his heat when third behind Arden Rooney and Lets Elope. Sit-sprint specialist, but seems to have a few extra strings to his bow of late - having sat without cover to win the Gawler Cup recently. He's better than his heat third would suggest and with luck in running he's a knockout chance despite the wide alley.    7: LETS ELOPE Trainer: Brent Lilley Driver: Anthony Butt Form comment: Showed plenty of early speed in the heat and finished second to Arden Rooney. Previous second to Hectorjayjay is good form and stable confident they've got him back to his best. Has to be considered right in the mix.     8: SAINT FLASH Trainer: Glenn Douglas Driver: Ellen Tormey Form comment: Has been solid enough of late but is likely to find this a pretty tough task from the back row.    9: UNCLE WINGNUT Trainer: Joe Costa Driver: Michael Bellman Form comment: Scored a rock-solid win in the Ouyen Cup two runs back and then last time out sat outside the leader and battled away gamely behind Major Crocker. With the right run he's capable of running a mighty race. Include.    10: ARDEN ROONEY Trainer: Kerryn Manning Driver: Kerryn Manning Form comment: Brilliant gelding who has won six straight races, including the Hunter Cup and cups at Terang and Geelong. He's the class runner of the field and on the strength of his form if he's 100 per cent then he'll win.    11: FRANCO LEDGER Trainer: Geoff Webster Driver: Geoff Webster  Form comment: Just racing a shade below what we know he can produce. Didn't fire in his heat at his first go at Mildura. It's a track that you're either suited to or you're not. But you don't write anyone off after just one average effort. This fella won a Group 1 three starts back and if he produces the lightning sprint that carried him to second place in the Hunter Cup then look out when the heat is on!    Tips: 10 Arden Rooney, 2 Major Crocker, 11 Franco Ledger, 6 Chilli Palmer. (By: Cody Winnell)     BIG6 Jackpot TONIGHT @ Melton Get your mates together and have a crack at landing the BIG6 tonight at Tabcorp Park Melton. The TAB is pumping $20,000 into the BIG6 pool (Races 3-8) with the first leg under way at 7pm.  So get trackside, visit your local TAB outlet, visit the TAB website or bet on your TAB app.      TAB Trots/AFL Special: Round 2 If Adam Cooney kicks one goal or more against Hawthorn this Sunday and Arden Rooney wins the Mildura Pacing Cup on Saturday night, punters who back the Rooney and Cooney TAB Trots/AFL Special will collect! The Tab has put up $2.50 about the double, a great price given many form experts believe Arden Rooney will start long odds-on on Saturday night and Cooney jagged three goals first-up for the Bombers against Sydney last weekend. Access the special online by clicking here, have a crack at the track, at your local TAB outlet or via the TAB app. Have a crack on track this weekend, at your local TAB outlet, online at tab.com.au or on your TAB app.     #Girls #Trots #Oaks #APG The fastest fillies in the trots will clash tonight at Tabcorp Park Melton. Three heats of the Nevele R Stud Victoria Oaks will pit the best three-year-old girls against one another over 2240m, all vying for a start in the Victoria Oaks final on April 18. And two heats of the rich Australian Pacing Gold 2YO Fillies series will also be decided, while the Harness Breeders (Vic) Ian Daff Memorial will feature open-age female pacers over the 1720-metre short-course trip. READ THE FULL STORY  

Those who backed Victorian harness racing star Lennytheshark when Inter Dominion markets first opened will be happy with themselves. A stylish winner of his heat at Tabcorp Park Melton last night, Lennytheshark is expected to play a major role in the Final. The $750,000 TAB.com.au decider is scheduled to be run at Menangle on March 1. Posted at $8 on the original TAB Fixed Odds Market, the David Aiken-trained stallion drifted to $10 before his racing return at Shepparton on January 24. Lennytheshark is now the second elect at $3. Defending champion Beautide is listed at $2.10 in his bid to become just the sixth pacer to retain his title. Hondo Grattan was the ground breaker in 1973 and ’74, followed by Gammalite in ’83 and ’84, Our Sir Vancelot in 1997, ’98 and ’99, Blacks A Fake in 2006, ’07 and ’08 and Im Themightyquinn in 2011, ’12 and ’13. Opening at $4.20, Beautide drifted to $6 before dropping to $3.40 when Christen Me was scratched from the series before last night’s Supplementary heat at Menangle. Following his effortless qualifier victory, Beautide was cut to $2.40, with solid support seeing his quote dropped to $2.10. TAB’s Adam Hamilton believes a favourable draw could see the son of Bettors Delight start an odds-on favourite.  “I think he’ll continue to shorter between now and the draw on Saturday night,” Hamilton said. “He’ll start odds-on regardless of draw, but could be as short as $1.60, or even $1.50, with an ideal barrier. “He looked right back to his best in the heat, will be even better for just his second run in 11 weeks and the step from 2400 to 3009 metres in the Final suits him far better than any of his rivals.” The shortest-priced favourite in recent times was Elsu, which paid a meagre $1.55 in 2005. PAUL COURTS

TAB has released its harness racing markets and prices for the Inter Dominion heats which will be run throughout Australia on Saturday night. Spaced 15 minutes apart, the Victorian heat at Tabcorp Park Melton will kick-start proceedings at 8:30pm, followed by the first of two qualifiers from Tabcorp Park Menangle. Albion Park in Queensland, Menangle and Western Australia’s Gloucester Park will round out the heats. TAB.com.au Inter Dominion favourite Christen Me will contest the second heat at Menangle and has installed a hot $1.75 favourite  in front of fellow Kiwi, Terror To Love at $3.80. Defending champion Beautide has opened up $2.10 in his heat, while in the Victorian qualifier, Lennytheshark ($1.75) and Guaranteed ($3.40) dominate the market. Guaranteed has fared better with the draw and will begin from the pole, with noted speedster Lennytheshark to come from three. Avonnova ($1.30) and David Hercules ($1.65) are the standout picks in the Brisbane and Perth heats. The finalists will be determined shortly after the running of the Gloucester Park heat. The TAB.com.au Inter Dominion Final is scheduled to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on March 1. VIC Inter Dom Heat– TAB Fixed Odds Lennytheshark                $1.75 Guaranteed                    $3.40 Franco Ledger                $6.00 Chilli Palmer                   $7.50 Beauty Secret                 $21 Im Corzin Terror             $21 Others from                    $35 NSW Inter Dom Heat (1) – TAB Fixed Odds Beautide                         $2.10 Suave Stuey Lombo       $3.00 For A Reason                 $7.00 Lochinver                        $10 Seel N Print                     $10 Monifieth                         $16 Teo Enteo                       $18 Others from                     $35 QLD Inter Dom Heat – TAB Fixed Odds Avonnova                       $1.30 Forever Gold                  $4.50 My Jellignite                   $6.50 Brigadier Bronski           $17 Others from                    $31   NSW Inter Dom Heat (2) – TAB Fixed Odds Christen Me                   $1.75 Terror To Love               $3.80 Easy On The Eye          $6.00 Bit Of A Legend             $7.00 Blazin N Cullen              $21 Ultimate Art                    $21 Others from                    $31 WA Inter Dom Heat – TAB Fixed Odds David Hercules               $1.65 Pacific Warrior                $4.50 Bettors Fire                     $6.50 Dynamite Dude               $8.00 Hokonui Ben                   $14 Shardons Rocket            $14 Others from                     $26 TAB.com.au Inter Dominion Winner – TAB Fixed Odds Christen Me                   $4.00 Beautide                        $4.80 Lennytheshark               $4.80 Guaranteed                   $7.00 Terror To Love              $10 For A Reason                $14 Franco Ledger               $16 Avonnova                      $21 David Hercules              $21 Bit Of A Legend             $31 Easy On The Eye          $31 Seel N Print                   $31 Suave Stuey Lombo      $31 Others from                    $35

Harness racing’s free-legged star Avonnova appears certain to qualify for the TAB.com.au Inter Dominion Final. A brilliant beginner, Avonnova has drawn the pole in Saturday night’s heat at Albion Park, which should see the Ian Gurney-trained pacer lead throughout. The $750,000 decider is scheduled to be run at Tabcorp Park Menangle on March 1, with heats being conducted throughout Australia this weekend. Only the winner of the Queensland qualifier will be guaranteed a berth in the time-honoured Final. Successful at seven of his nine starts this season, Avonnova’s only home state defeat this season was a gutsy second behind New South Wales visitor For A Reason in the Queensland Pacing Championship last October. Kept fresh since his victory at Menangle a fortnight ago, the son of Art Major has been installed a prohibitive $1.30 favourite as he looks to stretch his winning sequence to five. An eye-catching winner at Albion Park last Saturday night, classy mare Forever Gold shapes as Avonnova’s main danger after drawing alongside the gelding. Racing in consistent form this campaign, the daughter of Famous Forever is likely to be sent forward early in hope of opening a gap and being slotted onto the pegs behind the leader. PAUL COURTS

The fields for the five Qualifying Heats of the 2015 TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion harness racing series are as follows;                       Heat 1 Tabcorp Park Melton AEDT 8:30pm TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Qualifying Heat - 2240 metres   # HORSE TRAINER DRIVER 1 Guaranteed Emma Stewart Gavin Lang 2 Wartime Sweetheart NZ David Aiken Nathan Jack 3 Lennytheshark David Aiken Chris Alford 4 Flaming Flutter NZ Geoff Webster Geoff Webster 5 Im Corzin Terror NZ Amanda Grieve Anthony Butt 6 Cold Major David Aiken Joshua Aiken (C) 7 Smudge Bromac NZ David Aiken Nathan Jack 8 Franco Ledger NZ Geoff Webster Geoff Webster 9 Chilli Palmer NZ Amanda Grieve Chris Alford 10 Beauty Secret Emma Stewart Gavin Lang 11 Bellas Delight (EM1) Kari Males Greg Sugars   Heat 2 Tabcorp Park Menangle AEDT 8:45pm TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Qualifying Heat - 2400 metres   # HORSE TRAINER DRIVER 1 Lochinver NZ Ashlee Siejka Ashlee Siejka 2 Gaius Caesar NZ (EM2) Darren Binskin Darren Binskin 3 Monifieth NZ John McCarthy John McCarthy 4 Living Lord NZ (EM1) Darren McCall Darren McCall 5 Beautide James Rattray James Rattray 6 Suave Stuey Lombo Shane Tritton Lauren Panella (C) 7 Chariot King John Tapp Jim Douglass 8 Bettor Bet Black Darren McCall Darren McCall 9 Seel N Print NZ Todd McCarthy Todd McCarthy (C) 10 Mark Dennis NZ Shane Tritton Blake Fitzpatrick 11 For A Reason Belinda McCarthy Luke McCarthy 12 Teo Enteo Darren Hancock Darren Hancock   Heat 3 Albion Park local time 8:00pm AEDT 9:00pm Sky Racing Inter Dominion Qualifying Heat - 2138 metres   # HORSE TRAINER DRIVER 1 Avonnova Ian Gurney Shane Graham 2 Forever Gold Darren Weeks Darren Weeks 3 Brigadier Bronski Mick Grant Adam Sanderson (C) 4 Funny Boy NZ Ken Rattray Nathan Dawson 5 Majestic Major NZ Grant Dixon Grant Dixon 6 American Legend Shannon Price Brad Cowen 7 Our Pacquiao NZ Grant Dixon Grant Dixon 8 My Jellignite NZ Shane Sanderson Pete McMullen 9 Majestic Mach Grant Dixon Grant Dixon 10 Bettor Draw Narissa McMullen Narissa McMullen 11 Beau Dandy (EM1) Jim Morris Paul Morris   Heat 4 Tabcorp Park Menangle AEDT 9:15pm TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Qualifying (NSW Supplementary) Heat - 2400 metres   # HORSE TRAINER DRIVER 1 Ultimate Art Michael Formosa Michael Formosa 2 Saucy Legend NZ Shane Tritton Lauren Panella (C) 3 Living Lord NZ (EM1) Darren McCall Darren McCall 4 Gaius Caesar NZ (EM2) Darren Binskin Darren Binskin 5 Easy On The Eye NZ Shane Tritton Lauren Panella (C) 6 Bit Of A Legend NZ Cran Dalgety Dexter Dunn 7 Pub Blitz Paul Fitzpatrick Gavin Fitzpatrick 8 Terror To Love NZ Graham Court Blake Fitzpatrick 9 Freyberg NZ Kevin Pizzuto Kevin Pizzuto 10 Christen Me NZ Cran Dalgety Dexter Dunn 11 Come On Frank Darren Billinger Darren Billinger 12 Blazin N Cullen NZ John McCarthy John McCarthy   Heat 5 Gloucester Park local time 6:30pm AEDT 9:30pm Sky Racing Inter Dominion Qualifying Heat - 2536 metres   # HORSE TRAINER DRIVER 1 Mach Banner NZ Greg and Skye Bond Ryan Warwick 2 Pacific Warrior NZ Ray Williams   3 Our Blackbird NZ Ross Olivieri Chris Voak 4 Our Major Mark NZ Greg and Skye Bond Colin Brown 5 Hokonui Ben NZ Aldo Cortopassi Aldo Cortopassi 6 Wrongly Accused (EM1) Tony Svilicich   7 Crombie Gary Elson Nathan Turvey 8 Dynamite Dude Ross Olivieri Chris Lewis 9 Shardons Rocket NZ Tony Svilicich   10 David Hercules David Thompson Morgan Woodley 11 Bettors Fire NZ Kyle Harper Kyle Harper   Following an assessment of the TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion 2015 heats, the following rankings have been allotted to each heat for places in the Grand Final to be conducted at TABCORP Park Menangle on Sunday 1 March 2015. Heat 1:            VIC Tabcorp Park Melton                                            First 3 Heat 2:            NSW Tabcorp Park Menangle                                    First 4 Heat 3:            Albion Park                                                                  Winner Only Heat 4:            NSW Supplementary Tabcorp Park Menangle          First 3 Heat 5:            Gloucester Park                                                          Winner Only   In accordance with the conditions positions 13 & 14 will be decided as Wildcards.

TAB have released updated Fixed Odds markets for two of harness racing’s biggest events – A G Hunter Cup and Inter Dominion. There have been several ‘movers’ following last Saturday night’s Victoria Cup at Tabcorp Park Melton, with Christen Me now the favourite for both features. A brilliant winner of last weekend’s Cup, Christen Me is at $3.60 – in from $6 – to defend his Hunter Cup title in five days time. Brilliant Kiwi mare Adore Me is at $3.60 – also in from $6 – with Guaranteed and Terror To Love staying firm at $5. Christen Me has also come in from $6 to $4 to head the Inter Dominion table. Australasia’s ‘Holy Grail’, the Inter Dominion Final is scheduled to be run at Menangle on March 1, with heats on February 14. Defending champion Beautide has drifted from $4.20 to $5 following his disappointing Cup performance. Unplaced at his first run for nine weeks, Beautide was stood down by stewards pending a vet’s examination after he returned to scale “making a respiratory noise”. Exciting Victorian campaigner Guaranteed shares second billing at $5. One noted mover is Western Australian pacer David Hercules, which has been cut from $21 to $13. PAUL COURTS HUNTER CUP $3.60  Christen Me $3.80  Adore Me $5       Guaranteed $5       Terror To Love $14     Restrepo $18     Franco Ledger $18     Philadelphia Man $21     Arden Rooney $21     Bit Of A Legend $21     For A Reason $26     Im Corzin Terror $31     Flaming Flutter INTER DOMINION $4         Christen Me $5         Beautide $5         Guaranteed $6.50   Philadelphia Man $7.50   Terror To Love $10      Lennytheshark $13      David Hercules $14      Restrepo $16      For A Reason $18      Our Jimmy Johnstone $21      Avonnova $21      Im Corzin Terror $26      Bit Of A Legend, Franco Ledger

If you build it, they will come... Harness Racing Victoria have hit a home run, not too dissimilar to one of the homers hit by the baseballers in the legendary Kevin Costner movie involving cornfields and ghosts, by changing the summer calendar and launching the TAB Summer of Glory carnival. The TAB Victoria Cup field tonight is packed with stars and more than one trots pundit believes it to be the greatest and most competitive Victoria Cup field that's been seen in the modern era.   TAB VICTORIA CUP Saturday night, January 31. Group 1, 2240m, mobile start. 9.32pm   1: LENNYTHESHARK ($9) “He’s drawn perfectly. He’s second-up from a spell and ran a terrific race first-up in the Shepparton Cup. You don’t want them at 100 per cent first-up and he’ll improve significantly with that run under his belt. Chris (Alford) has options from the draw, so we’ll leave that up to him. Philadelphia Man got away from him at the turn at Shepparton and on the line we were on his wheel.” - David Aiken (trainer)   2: FRANCO LEDGER ($21) “He’s great, we’re really happy with him. He’s in the zone at the moment and we’re drawn well. I’d be really happy to be three back the pegs in the run, but one-out and three-back would be fine too. The quicker they go up front the better it’ll be for us.” - Geoff Webster (trainer/driver)   3: BEAUTIDE ($3.2) “Really happy with how he’s going. He’s trained well and we’re pretty confident he’s better than he’s been all season. He’s had some good trials and has got a good draw. He’ll come out quick; he’s got really good gate speed.” - James Rattray (trainer/driver)   4: PHILADELPHIA MAN ($6) “He was a little bit fresh at Shepparton and he’ll strip fitter for the run. He’s worked terrific during the week. I think he brought himself undone a bit by over-racing last week. I’m happy with gate four. We can run our own race.” - Emma Stewart (trainer)   5: IM CORZIN TERROR ($81) “We’re really happy with his work. The draw’s a bit unfortunate; we’d like to swap his draw with Chilli’s. Some people are putting him down but I think he’s the forgotten horse. You look at his run at Kilmore in the Cup when he gave Guaranteed a start and was running on strongly for second.” - Amanda Grieve (trainer)   6: CHRISTEN ME ($6) “They will fly the gate and from our barrier we are half in and half out, so Dexter will most likely come out and sit in the middle of the track until the dust settles. From then on we are aiming to position up in the front half of the field rather than the back half.” - Cran Dalgety (trainer)   7: TERROR TO LOVE ($16) “We’re getting used to these barrier draws now! It is what it is … I think he’ll come into it later on. It’s the first of a lot of big races coming up. Thinking he’ll just go back and try to work into it at the right time. Everyone sort of forgets how good a sprint he’s got when he’s saved for one go.” - Paul Court (co-trainer)   8: CHILLI PALMER (1EM) ($51) “Absolutely thrilled with Chilli, we’ve just got to hope he gets a start. We’re very happy with how he’s come back.” - Amanda Grieve (trainer)   9: DAVID HERCULES ($41) “I give him a huge chance. We’re not going to have to do half the work a few of the others will have to do. He’s apparently travelled very well.”  - David Thompson (trainer)   10: GUARANTEED ($4.8) “His form’s been terrific and he’s come through every run better and better. His work has been terrific.” - Emma Stewart (trainer)   11: FOR A REASON ($41) “We were disappointed he pulled at Horsham (in the Cup) and then off 30m with those sectionals last week he had no hope. He’s come on good since that run and he’ll benefit from it. This is a tougher Victoria Cup than last year though. This is probably the best cup field in years. We’ll drive him like last year; come with one run. We’d be thrilled if he ran a place.” - Luke McCarthy (driver)   12: ADORE ME ($10) “Adore Me is training very well and we’re pretty excited going into the Victoria Cup. She has travelled really well and it’s a pleasure to be involved with her.” - Duane Marfisi (stable assistant with Mark Purdon)   13: RESTREPO ($41) “We’re hoping he’s getting home well and finishing it off strongly. The draw makes it a bit tricky.” - Emma Stewart (trainer)   ACCESS THE MARKET FOR THE TAB VICTORIA CUP   $200,000 FIRST 4 JACKPOT Tomorrow night's TAB Victoria Cup will carry a $200,000 First 4 pool guarantee. There is also a special bonus offer for TAB customers this weekend. Have a fixed odds win bet on the Group 1 TAB Victoria Cup or the Group 1 Hunter Cup, with your TAB account or TAB rewards card, and if your horse runs second or third, you'll score a Bonus Bet up to $50 or equivalent TAB Rewards points. Bet at the track, your local TAB outlet, via the TAB smart phone app or online at tab.com.au   WIN A $50 TAB VOUCHER Here’s your chance to win a $50 TAB Voucher. To enter, tell us who you think will win the TAB Victoria Cup on Saturday night. All entrants that pick the winner will go into a random draw and whichever lucky entrant is drawn, wins the $50 TAB Voucher! Entries must be in by no later than 8:30pm on Saturday night 31 January. Must be over 18 years of age to enter. Email competitions@hrv.org.au with the subject WIN.  The winner will be notified via email on Tuesday.

Master reinsman Gavin Lang is the favourite to be the winning Inter Dominion driver. In the latest TAB ‘novelty market’ for the time-honoured Championship, Lang is at $3.80 to secure the Final, which could shape as ‘overs’ considering the horseflesh Lang has at his disposal. Lang is the main stable driver for trainer Emma Stewart, who has Guaranteed, Philadelphia Man and Restrepo engaged in the prestigious series. The TAB.com.au Inter Dominion Final is scheduled to be run at Tabcorp Park Menangle on March 1. Lang is yet to enjoy victory in the Pacers’ Final, but has won three Trotters’ Finals – scoring with True Roman in 1988, Game Bid 2002 and Sumthingaboutmaori in ’04. “Our bookies have installed Gavin as favourite to secure one of the few remaining majors that he has yet to win,” Georgiou said. “Lang has been known as one of the best drivers of the last generation and still commands respect among his much younger rivals. “It would be fitting if he could finally lift an Inter Dominion Pacing Grand trophy.” PAUL COURTS Inter Dominion Winning Driver Gavin Lang                     $3.80  James Rattray              $4  Dexter Dunn                $5  Ricky May                     $7  Any Other Driver         $10  Chris Alford                  $10  Luke McCarthy            $10  Grant Dixon                 $21  Lauren Panella            $21  Shane Graham            $21

Despite several setbacks and a lack of racing, Beautide has been installed favourite for what promises to be one of the most exciting harness racing events of the season – Saturday night’s Victoria Cup. After drawing ideally in barrier three, Beautide has been posted at $3 by TAB.com.au. Fourth behind For A Reason in last year’s edition, Beautide heads the market in front of stablemates Guaranteed and Philadelphia Man, which are on $5. Beautide hasn’t raced since finishing second to Christen Me in the Miracle Mile last November. Others under double figures are Christen Me ($6.50) and Lennytheshark ($9). “The TAB Victoria Cup promises to be a race for the ages,” TAB’s Andrew Georgiou said. “Beautide is the favourite, but hasn’t raced since his brave second in the Miracle Mile back in November. “The draw certainly paves the way for trainer-driver James Rattray to slot him into a position close to the speed.” Within moments of yesterday’s barrier draw, a $3000 wager was placed on Beautide at $3.8. After opening at $51, comeback pacer Lennytheshark has been a major mover and is on the fourth line of betting at $9. Lennytheshark was impressive when third in last Saturday night’s Shepparton Cup in his first run since July. Lennytheshark has drawn perfectly in barrier one for trainer David Aiken. PAUL COURTS TAB Victoria Cup – Fixed Odds market Beautide                         $3.00  Guaranteed                   $5  Philadelphia Man           $5  Christen Me                   $6.50  Lennytheshark               $9  Adore Me                       $12  Terror To Love               $14  Franco Ledger                $21  Chilli Palmer (1em)         $41  David Hercules               $41  For A Reason                  $41  Restrepo                          $41  Im Corzin Terror              $71

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