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At the Geelong Harness Racing meeting on 18 October 2016, Stewards reconvened an inquiry into Mr Nathan Purdon's drive on Ohoka Punter NZ in Race 6 the 'VHRSC Classic' at Tabcorp Park Melton on 8 October 2016. Mr Purdon explained that prior to this race he was unaware of the change of tactics notified for Stunning Grin to be driven less aggressively circumstances permitting and given that, he was satisfied to remain in a position back at the wheel of the leader Stunning Grin during the early and middle stages, despite the relatively slow tempo during the lead time and first quarter. Mr Purdon added that given the manner in which Stunning Grin had been driven to maintain the lead at its previous start at Melton on 29 September 2016 he was reluctant to challenge for the lead and he was also mindful that Ohoka Punter NZ had paced roughly shortly after the start and that an ear plug had also prematurely released. Mr Purdon further explained that due to these factors he elected not to challenge for the lead as he also considered Ohoka Punter NZ may over-race had he of not been able to obtain the lead. Ultimately, Ohoka Punter NZ finished in 3rd place beaten 1.9 metres as a $1.30 supertab favorite. After giving consideration to further evidence from Mr Purdon and Licensed Trainer Mr Dean Braun who was present to assist Mr Purdon, Mr Purdon pleaded guilty to a charge under Rule 239A which reads: 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 Mr Purdon as the trainer and driver of Ohoka Punter NZ in Race 6 at Tabcorp Park Melton on 8 October 2016 was negligent in failing to have an awareness of the notification of driving tactics declared by the connections of Stunning Grin in the aforementioned race and due to not being aware of such publicised information, Mr Purdon failed to progress forward in an attempt to lead during the early and middle stages, when Stewards considered that based on the combination of the declared tactics of Stunning Grin and the times recorded during the lead time of 49.1 seconds and first quarter of 31.7 seconds it was reasonable for Mr Purdon to attempt to do so. In assessing penalty Stewards acknowledged Mr Purdon's guilty plea, relative inexperience as a licensed person, personal circumstances, the expectation that particularly as a licensed driver Mr Purdon and fellow drivers ought to be aware of such information for the professional preparation of driving in a race, especially given that the declaration of intended driving tactics in accordance with Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 44(1) and HRV Change of Tactics Policy is information that can affect the manner in which a race is tactically run and therefore has the potential to influence a drivers obligations under the provisions of AHRR 149. Mr Purdon was fined $500. HRV Stewards intend to recommence an inquiry on Friday, 21 October 2016, in relation to the tactics adopted on Stunning Grin by driver Rodney Petroff and trainer Vince Vallelonga in Race 6 the 'VHRSC Classic' at Tabcorp Park Melton on 8 October 2016. Link to HRV Change of Tactics (COT) Policy. Victoria - Supplementary Reports Yarra Valley – 10 October 2016 RACE 6 – JOHN & MARLENE’S 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY PACE Steve Cleave, trainer or Blue Suede Hooves, has reported that the gelding had pulled up well since the performance. Mr Cleave added that Blue Suede Hooves had worked strongly subsequent to the race and has engaged the gelding at Kilmore on 19 October 2016. Brent Lilley, trainer of Best Scribe, has reported that the gelding had pulled up well since the performance. Mr Lilley added that he was disappointed with the performance of Best Scribe and has sent the gelding to the spelling paddock. Shepparton – 11 October 2016 RACE 7 – BOHBRON PARK PACE (2ND DIV) Danny Thackaray, trainer of Shezarocka, has reported that the mare had pulled up well since the race. Mr Thackeray added a veterinary examination of Shezarocka subsequent to the race revealed the mare incurred some minor grazing and bruising as a result of the incident and had been given a slight let up in her work. Shezarocka is engaged at Shepparton on 20 October 2016. Tabcorp Park Melton – 14 October 2016 RACE 5 – EDITHVALE PROBUS PACE Kerryn Manning, trainer of Jaccka Art NZ, has reported that a veterinary examination has revealed a slight strain in the gelding’s near fore suspensory ligament. Ms Manning added that Jaccka Art NZ has been sent to the spelling paddock. RACE 9 – ALDEBARAN PARK TROT Kerryn Manning, trainer of Matatoki NZ, has reported that the gelding had pulled well since the performance. Ms Manning added that Matatoki NZ has been sent to the spelling paddock. Swan Hill – 15 October 2016 RACE 5 – HARAS DES TROTTEURS JIM ROBERTS SWAN HILL TROTTERS CUP Peter Lindberg, trainer of Robbie Zuve, has reported that the gelding had pulled up well since the race. Mr Lindberg added that he was satisfied with the performance of Robbie Zuve and that the gelding had worked well subsequent to the race. RACE 8 – HELLOWORLD PACE Joe Costa, trainer of Bernies Idol, has reported that a veterinary examination and blood tests taken from the gelding have failed to reveal any abnormalities. Mr Costa added that Bernies Idol had pulled up well since the performance and that the gelding had worked strongly subsequent to the race. Bernies Idol is engaged at Maryborough on 23 October 2016. Harness Racing Victoria

Mario Attard hopes his beloved boy is ready to become a man. Dont Hold Back will step out Friday night in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Pace, the Courage Under Fire colt’s first exposure to open age metropolitan harness racing. “He has got to take it to the next level now,” Attard said. Attard is the just turned four-year-old’s owner, trainer and, more often than not, driver, and was at the centre of jubilant scenes when Dont Hold Back won the Group 1 Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series title on July 2. A season of age racing opportunities still lie ahead, but they will be intermingled with transitioning to M class racing, beginning with Friday night’s Group 3 $30,000 feature. Unfortunately it hasn’t all been smooth sailing. “I had (the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Pace) in mind and wanted to give him a couple of starts before hand, but about three weeks ago I took him down to the beach, where I have taken him plenty of times, and he cut his leg,” Attard said. “That put me back again. It is tough to go into a race like this without races under his belt.” Dont Hold Back trialled at Melton last Tuesday when third to Cruz Bromac and Field Major, and then again last night when he won in a 1:59.9 mile by a head from Wingatui Dew and Charlie Macsheen. The next chapter is clearly still to be written. “He’s got to step up to the next level,” Attard reiterated. “This horse has done what he’s done basically out of the paddock, I’ve nursed him for as long as I can, and now it’s make or break for him as far as making the step to the elite level.  “I will try and race him against four-year-olds. If he comes up to the next level I might go to Perth to contest the Golden Nugget, but that would be more about the holiday and the experience given how Chicago Bull is going. With him you take it day by day and he’ll let me know where we go to from here.” Friday night’s racing at Tabcorp Park Melton will also feature The Pegasus Club Pace, an $18,000 prize that has lured a nominee for Emma Stewart’s smart mare Berisari in addition to Our Missionary Man, Johnny Fox and last start winner Lucky Lombo. Race programme for Tabcorp Park Melton, Friday 21 October 2016 Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)    

Whereibylong pushed her harness racing career winning strike rate to above 50 per cent last Friday night with an all-the-way win in the Harness Breeders Victoria Tailamade Lombo at Tabcorp Park Melton. The Emma Stewart-trained six-year-old mare, a daughter of mighty stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of well-performed Fake Left race mare and producer Bylong Bele,  stormed off the gate to lead at the 1720-metre start for Chris Alford and finished a half-neck clear of Hu Hu R U in the Group 3. “She might be a bit older now but she’s still got her zest for racing,” Alford said. “She stormed off the gate really well and just had a good little breather but really ripped home the last half.” Whereibylong produced a 54.6 final 800m (27.4 and 27.2). Alford said the mares’ Triple Crown races later in the season would most likely be Whereibylong’s aim. Whereibylong has won 20 races from 39 starts for $444,710 in stakes. Both Hu Hu R U and Juliette Bromac, who ran second and third in the Tailamade Lombo, produced strong finishes, Juliette Bromac’s 53.61 second-quickest of the night only behind fifth placegetter Mistressofillusion who also attacked the line. VIDEO: Hear from Chris Alford post-race after winning the Tailamade Lombo Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

The stars of the sulky caught up with Master of Ceremonies Rob Auber for a chat after their harness racing winning drives at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night. The nine-race card saw fast-class star Messini win the VHRSC Classic for Anthony Butt, rising star mare Hu Hu R U too strong in the DNR Logistics Pace for Lance Justice, Champagne Dreams take out the Pace Final for Josh Aiken, Jacks Command win the Melton Pools and Spas Pace Final for David Moran, champion trotter Keystone Del capture the True Roman Trotters Free for All for Butt, consistent Cyrus win the N&J Carlin Painting services Pace for Michael Bellman, in-form Motu Gatecrasher claim the Dehired Pace for Geoff Webster, K D Muscles too strong in the Eight Homes Trotters Handicap for Kate Gath, and Chevaux Rainbow victorious in the Aldebaran Park Trot for Stacey Towers. Race 1 - Lance Justice on Hu Hu R U Race 2 - Josh Aiken on Champagne Dreams Race 3 - David Moran on Jacks Command Race 4 - Anthony Butt on Keystone Del Race 5 - Michael Bellman on Cyrus Race 6 - Anthony Butt on Messini Race 7 - Geoff Webster on Motu Gatecrasher Race 8 - Unavailable Race 9 - Stacey Towers on Chevaux Rainbow Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Brent Lilley keeps raising the bar. The former Kiwi horseman enjoyed one of most rewarding 26 hours of his career with a treble across two countries over the weekend. It started when he rejuvenated veteran Kyvalley Blur opened his NZ raid with a “drive-by” win at Alexandra Park enroute to the free-for-all and Dominion at Addington in Cup Week. Then came a double when Lilley’s two stable stars, Keystone Del and Messini, won at Melton last night (Saturday). Keystone Del, now a nine-year-old, returned from a spell and showed he still had plenty of zip with an easy win in the True Roman Trot (2240m). Anthony Butt has was to settle him off the speed with stablemate Maori Time in front and the classy but underdone Glenferrie Typhoon sitting outside the leader. Keystone Del had the race won a long way out and did it easily in a 1min57.9sec mile rate and 56.7sec closing half. Despite the win, Lilley said it was unlikely Keystone Del would join Kyvalley Blur and Messini at NZ Cup Week. “I’ll chat with Patrick and Michael (Hall, the owners), but I’d prefer to stay here. There are some nice races for him at home, including the Bill Collins (November 12),” Lilley said. It is a different story with Messini after his fast-finishing win in the VHRSC Classic (2240m) at Melton. Now a six-year-old, Messini took a few runs to regain form and fitness this campaign but has won his past two free-for-alls at Melton in good style. In the VHRSC Classic he made the most of the one-one trail and a superb Anthony Butt drive to out-ping a good field in a farcically run race. The leaders – Stunning Grin in front and Ohoka Punter outside him – walked through a 49.1sec lead time and very steady 61.3sec first half of the last mile. They ran home in a staggering 54.4sec and Ohoka Punter, the $1.30 favourite, got past Stunning Grin, but couldn’t stave-off Messini and Flaming Flutter, who used the sprint lane for third. Lilley said Messini will back-up in next Saturday night’s Swan Hill Cup – probably against the likes of Hectorjayjay and Yankee Rockstar – before heading to NZ. “He will go to the Kaikoura Cup and then into the NZ Cup,” he said.   Adam Hamilton

Messini will burst into the start of the Trots Country Cups Carnival in outstanding form and with bold future harness racing plans. Brent Lilley’s head-down bustling pacer will contest next Saturday’s Swan Hill Pacing Cup, the first of the country cups season, before heading across the ditch to contest the Kaikoura Cup, New Zealand Trotting Cup and NZ Free For All in New Zealand. Ownership syndicate manager John Wilkinson revealed the intended journey after his fabulous six-year-old by Art Major out of Mesmerizing won the VHRSC Classic in a 54.4 final 800m at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight, Saturday the 8th of October. “They were sensational sectionals,” Mr Wilkinson said. “It was a slow pace early, but to run those sectionals at the end is a credit to Anthony Butt and the trainer.” The open class race started at a walk with Stunning Grin leading the pack to a 49.1 lead time and 31.7 first quarter, before the fun started as they approached the final straight. Messini came off favourite Ohoka Punter’s (breeze) back and hit the line 1.9m ahead of Flaming Flutter (leader’s back), with the Nathon Purdon trained and driven Ohoka Punter a short-half head back in third. “The first half took forever and I was in a pretty good spot and couldn’t really do anything about it,” Butt said. “I just had to sit there and hopefully have a crack at some stage. “(Messini) really come good tonight, probably the best he’s run since I started driving him. He really come out and sprinted.” The performance helped seal plans to pursue another bold plan in New Zealand. “He’s getting better with each run and Brent’s got a pretty ambitious program for him,” Butt said. “If he heads to New Zealand, he raced really good over there last year. He won’t be out of it. “He loves the standing starts. (The NZ Trotting Cup’s) not going to be easy, Mark Purdon’s got a great team over there, but the two-mile really suits this guy.” Mr Wilkinson, a co-owner along with Peter Males, Robert Owen, Gary Dowling, Adam Wilkinson, Jenny Scott, Scott Benger and Sean Pulverman, said connections were buoyed by Messini’s campaign last year, when he finished second in the Kaikoura Cup and fifth in the NZ Trotting Cup. “The competition is going to be very tough (this year), particularly Mark Purdon’s horses, but (Messini) is a good standing start horse,” Mr Wilkinson said. “He showed last year that he can go very well from the standing start and over the longer journey.” Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

Harness racing driver Anthony Butt bided his time before setting mighty trotter Keystone Del free and the brilliant nine-year-old did as he does best at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight, Saturday the 8th of November. While stablemate and frontrunner Maori Time was able to set the pace as he pleased out front in the True Roman Trotters Free For All, returning guns Glenferrie Typhoon and Keystone Del sat breeze and three-back-the-outside respectively. Come the final straight it was all set for a showdown but Glenferrie Typhoon, returning after an eight-month lay-off, faded while Keystone Del swept past for a sixth straight win, with Maori Time 3.2m second and Savannah Jay Jay just a half-neck back in third. The quinella was a pleasing sight for trainer Brent Lilley, who was rapt to have his famed gelding by Dr Ronerail out of Flipside back on track. “First up for a while you always think they need the run a little bit, but (Keystone Del’s) done a lot of work so we were confident he’d go good, and he did,” Lilley said. “It was a perfect first-up run, just driven off the pace and looming up late, and he won it with plenty in hand.” The race ran to plan for team Lilley, with Gavin Lang steering Maori Time to the front from gate four and holding the lead unchallenged, with Kate Gath happy to sit off the pace in the breeze on second favourite Glenferrie Typhoon. “Maori Time, she’s always a leader, so we thought that she would lead and bowl along,” Lilley said. “I thought maybe Glenferrie might have put a bit more pressure on her, he was obviously needing the run as well, but it worked out how we sort of thought it would.” A third quarter of 28.7 and fourth quarter of 28.0 would see Keystone Del in a class of his own, claiming the Group 3 in a 1:57.9 mile rate. He has now won his last six starts in a row. Keystone Del takes his record to 63 starts for 40 wins 7 seconds and 3 thirds for $1,034,520 in earnings with this win. “He’s still seems to be going as good as he ever has. For a nine-year-old he hasn’t had a hell of a lot of starts really. I think he’s still got plenty of good wins ahead of him,” Lilley said. “To have a horse like that in the team, it’s a pleasure really. It’s great to have him back on the track and back doing what he does best.” And Tabcorp Park Melton trots fans are likely to see plenty more of him, with a trip across the ditch to race in New Zealand  appearing unlikely. “The owners (Patrick and Michael Hall) are over tonight. I’ll have a chat with them and see what they want,” Lilley said. “I’m probably happy to keep him at home. There’s a Free For All on the 29th (of October) and the Bill Collins on 12th of November, so that’s probably the plan.” Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

Having rested their hooves for a winter spell some of the harness racing big boys are back in town. While Perth Inter Dominion favourites Lennytheshark and Hectorjayjay were due to trial at Shepparton tonight, the focus will quickly turn to Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night for the showdown between Keystone Del and Glenferrie Typhoon and the return of Restrepo. The latter, winner of the 2015 PETstock Ballarat Cup, hasn’t raced since February last year, but trainer Emma Stewart was glowing about his prospects.  “He fractured his knee in work, so had to have a year off to heal that up,” Stewart told RSN 927. “So we gave him a year at stud and he’s come back and fingers crossed he is all holding together. “He’s always been my favourite since the first day we’ve had him, so just to have him back at the races is terrific.” Restrepo will run into Ohoka Punter and Messini among others in the VHRSC Classic, but Stewart remains optimistic about his chances. “I think he’s trialling well and he’s working terrific, so we expect him to run a pretty good race,” she said. “He’s such a great racehorse and such a good workhorse at home, he always does his work, whenever he bounces back he’s pretty much ready to go. “I’d be surprised if he didn’t run a really forward race. I expect him to be winning, he has the class factor in this race.” Among those in his path is Messini from Brent Lilley’s stable, the Preux Chevalier Free For All winner at last start whose camp still has visions of the NZ Trotting Cup. “Our intentions are to take him over (to New Zealand), we will give him a run Saturday night and then the Swan Hill Pacing Cup the following Saturday,” Lilley said. “All going well … we will head over the following week to New Zealand. He just has to (put in) a really good race. At that level it’s hard, you can’t win all the time, but I’m sure he’s come on again since his win two or three weeks ago. He is going to be right in amongst it Saturday night and if he continues to go the way I think he is going he will definitely be heading over to New Zealand.” It will be a big night for Lilley, who will also prepare Keystone Del for the True Roman Trotters Free For All, first up like his leading Australian rival Glenferrie Typhoon. “(Keystone Del) seems really well,” Lilley told RSN 927. “He had a nice, solid trial on Sunday morning at Maryborough. He is fairly forward for his first-up run this week. “He’s had a nice, slow prep and he had a lovely trial on Sunday morning, so whatever he does Saturday night he is going to be better for the run. He is pretty ready and class will take him a long way.” As is Glenferrie Typhoon, said trainer Andy Gath, whose camp is excited by the prospect of their terrific trotter returning minus the bladder stone. “After the Great Southern Star he had a bladder stone which he had removed. He had three months off, but we have been quite happy with him," Gath said. “A couple of times (last season) he probably went a little bit rough toward the finish of the race when he was probably feeling (the bladder stone), and was getting a little bit cranky towards the end of his preparation because every time he would run it would move from side to side. “Obviously he is going to be more comfortable with it out of him now and he seems a lot happier at home. He went really good last time in and if he can improve with it out who knows what he can do.” There are many obvious question marks hanging over both after such a lengthy spell, but both think there hope is ready. “It’s a long time off the races,” Gath said. “The main danger, Keystone Del, he is in the same boat. He is first up as well, they’ve had one trial each, probably both are where we want to be at this stage. “(Glenferrie Typhoon) is forward enough to win the race in our opinion. He’ll devise benefit from this run, but he is forward enough to be a chance.” Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator) Fields for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 08 October 2016 Form guide for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 08 October 2016

A casual greeting spawned a mateship and then a partnership that is producing some stunning results for a harness racing trainer almost lost to the game. Trainer Vince Vallelonga and owner Arthur Anastasiou will again unite at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night when Stunning Grin continues his Free For All campaign. Restrepo, Flaming Flutter, Ohoka Punter and Messini will be among those to present quality opposition for Vallelonga’s five-year-old in the VHRSC Classic. “It’s going to be a terrific race and he has never let us down,” Vallelonga said of Stunning Grin. “He always tries his hardest.” The Grinfromeartoear gelding was snapped up for $4000 by Anastasiou and has been one of a handful of success stories since they set up camp at Bolinda. Vallelonga takes up the back story. “I was working for Lance Justice at the time and met Sam Godino, who bought his own stable complex in Riddells Creek,” he said. “I then worked for Sam and met Arthur through him. Arthur had been involved in the horses and the dogs, but we got him a horse in Anvils A Coaster, who won about his first seven in a row and he got hooked. “He then bought another one in Fergus Maccool, who won a few and turned out to be one of his favourites. “Sam Godino wanted to sell his property and move out of harness racing, and I wasn’t sure whether to move to Mildura or hang around Melbourne. “Arthur said why don’t we just go and buy our own property, and so we set one up and it has gone from there. We found a property that was just a house, a shed and a farm and built it from scratch. That was four or five years ago and it has taken off from there and we have got new clients involved. “He’s been terrific support. If it wasn’t for Arthur and a couple of horses who came along I probably would have walked away from the sport myself.” Anastasiou said he bought the property for his “good mate” so that he could continue his flourishing connection with the trots. “It is a hobby, and I get a thrill when they win, even if it’s a $3000 race,” Anastasiou said. “I’ve bought a lot of yearlings and are breeding some now. “ Having started in a syndicate for Anvils A Coaster in 2010, Anastasiou now has 31 horses to his name, most who stand at Vallelonga’s stable. Among that number are Chilled Desire, purchased for $6000 and with stakes of $84,924, three-year-old All Done Up, purchased for $7000 and with $23,978 in winnings, and of course Stunning Grin, the $4000 pick-up who now has $157,588 to his credit and a Group 2 trophy in the closet. “Nobody wanted him,” Anastasiou said of Stunning Grin. “He looked stunning when we got him as a colt. At the farm he’s probably the favourite horse of everyone, he’s a gentleman. He follows you around with no lead on. “Vince has done a wonderful job with him. (Stunning Grin)’s fairly lazy at home, but come race day … wow. He thrives on it. He’s gone to the next level. He’ll win another good race.” It’s an assessment Vallelonga agrees with. “He’s adapted to the Free For Alls pretty well. He’s progressively gotten better as he has kept racing,” he said. “He is a versatile horse. He doesn’t have to lead to win and he’s capable of being anywhere in the race.” Stunning Grin will need to continue to ride that wave of momentum if he’s to gain a ticket to the trots big dance in December, the Perth Inter Dominion. Since his win in the $18,325 Exclusive Homes Pace on August 5 he’s finished outside the top four only once in six starts at Tabcorp Park Melton, but despite three placings ultimate success has evaded him and driver Rodney Petroff. Sitting at 41 in the Inter Dominion rankings, Stunning Grin will need a boost to join stablemate Major Crocker (ranked 20th) in the top 30. “We will make the first payment,” Vallelonga said. ”If he keeps performing at Free For All and can win a country cup it might lift him up the rankings. We will probably aim him at the Swan Hill Pacing Cup (on October 15) after Saturday night.” Anastasiou has little doubt his gelding will get to the west. “He will be off to the Inter Dominion and if he draws on the front line at Gloucester Park he will take some running down. He’s just a superstar.” Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator) Fields for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 08 October 2016 Form guide for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 08 October 2016

“It felt bloody good,” winning driver Jackie Barker said. “It was awesome.” A weekend of triumphant sporting underdogs was kick-started at Tabcorp Park Melton on Thursday night, when the concession driver’s metro harness racing career launched with victory in the Aldebaran Park Trotters Handicap. The John Meade-trained $12.70 shot Glorious Finale was Barker’s sole drive for the night, making for a hearty wait for the 20-year-old who made the journey from Hamilton to Melton “a bit after lunch” and counted down to her race, the night's last. “I didn’t want to be in a rush, especially for a drive like that. I watched a couple of races and then went and had a chat with John about the race,” she said. “I wasn’t really nervous. I’ve had a fair few drives now and I just looked at it as another drive. I didn’t want to think about how big a race it was for a concession driver like me, but just looked at it as just another race.” There were certainly no signs of nerves, with Barker guiding Glorious Finale to a perfectly timed standing start. “It all depended on how well he stepped out and luckily he stepped away really good,” she said. “The aim was to find the front and I was lucky enough to hold it, and then the plan was to hold it unless one of the favourites came around, which happened and I was happy for (Maorisfavouritesun) to find the front.” With a little under a mile to come David Aiken, trainer and driver of $1.80 favourite Maorisfavouritesun, came knocking, overcoming his 10m handicap to take the lead. “David Aiken kept the speed on, which suited my horse really well, and I was lucky enough to get out around the corner at the top of the straight.” For Barker, this was a case of making the most of her opportunities, having diverted from her original plan to take what would prove the winning move. “Down the back I was thinking sprint lane, but I saw David tapping his horse coming around the bend and that the horse outside (Heza Boy Star) had dropped off a bit," she said. “I thought it’s better to get out when you can. I knew that my horse can make up pretty good ground around bends, so it was better to not have to sit and wait for a sprint lane run when you never know what’s coming from the back.” Before the 200m mark Barker eased Glorious Finale off the back of Maorisfavouritesun and by the 50m mark she had captured the lead, from where she survived a sprint lane burst by Kerryn Manning on Illcryifhewinds. “We had the perfect run and the horse went really good,” Barker said. “I didn’t think my first metro drive would get a winner, let along being one on a trotter. Most concession drivers don’t get a go on good trotters, but John has been awesome and given me an opportunity.” And, having relegated trots veterans and stars Manning and Aiken to the minor placings, Barker is hopeful the metro win would be the first of many. “It’s a good way to start off my metro career and hopefully that gets me further drives in the future,” she said. “It’s back to normal, back to work and back to competing at the country races, which I love doing. Hopefully I will pick up a few more drivers from a few different trainers in the future.” CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE RESULTS AND REPLAYS FROM THURSDAY NIGHT'S RACING Michael Howard 

From disaster came great harness racing success in 2015-16 for Victorian Breeder of the Year, Bruce Edward of Durham Park. Bruce and wife Vicki’s breeding property was razed shortly before Christmas last year but stayed positive throughout and committed to rebuilding his establishment; his stock certainly gave him good reason to remain positive as the year rolled on with horses like Petacular and Ideal For Real cleaning up on the track. Edward was presented with the Woodlands Park Victorian Breeder of the Year award at the IRT Harness Breeders Victoria awards night at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night, one of several premier awards to recognise achievements in the breeding industry across the season. Long-time stalwarts of the Victorian industry, Dr Martin & Kaye Hartnett, were recognised with the Metro Ian Daff Memorial for tenured service to the industry. The Benstud Pacing Broodmare of the Year was awarded to the Gleeson-Cameron managed mare, Celebrity Ball, dam of Celebrity Guest and Starburst Girl; while the Niota Bloodstock Trotting Broodmare of the Year went to Fred Crews’ mare, Sundonna, dam of the impressive Maori Law and Maori Time. Three sires were recognised for their impressive strike rate of starters to winners – the A Rocknroll Dance @ Alabar Juvenile Sire of the Year was awarded to Alabar’s own Courage Under Fire (51.5%); the Niota Bloodstock Trotting Sire of the Year was presented to Rosehill Farm’s Armbro Variable (74%); while the Victorian Pacing Sire of the Year went to Royal Mattjesty, formerly of the Stallion Station (72.5%). Championship trophies were awarded to 2YO fillies Petacular (Bruce Edward) and Kyvalley Kyrie (Aldebaran Park); 2YO colts & geldings The Storm Inside (Helen Head) which tied with Our Little General (Lauriston Bloodstock), and Illawong Byron (Dr & Mrs Hartnett); 3YO fillies Rocknroll Magic (Peter Gleeson, Bruce & Craig Cameron) and Aldebaran Eve (Aldebaran Park); 3YO colts & geldings, Our Waikiki Beach (The Fusinato family) and Cruisin Around (Pauleen Thomson); and aged horses Frith (Dianne Kelly), Maori Time (Fred Crews), Super Zeck (Shane Murphy) and Lennytheshark (Kevin Newbound Family, represented by Dion Gleeson). Breeders were again recognised for excellence in breeding salable stock, with Greg, John & Kath Fusinato being awarded the APG Yearling Sales High Earner trophy for their $150,000 Somebeachsomewhere colt, and the Terry Forster & Heather Lyttleton combination for their $47,000 Majestic Son colt at the Australasian Premier Trotting Sales. Excellence in recorded mile rates were presented to over 100 horses who achieved an exceptional time across the season. Breeders of Group 1 race winners across the country were also presented with plaques for their efforts in 2015-16.   Available for comment: HBV President,  Mr Shannon Nixon, 0487 764 966 Photos will be available on HBV’s social media streams across the night, and further images will be uploaded in the following week. Information about the awards criteria and selection process, and full results from the night, can be found on the HBV website under ‘Made in Victoria’.

With respect to the actions taken by Victoria Police at the Melton harness racing meeting on 28 August 2016 involving four harness racing participants, Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) provides the following update: On 9 September, 2016 HRV Stewards suspended the licences (for no longer than 3 months) of the four participants in accordance with the provisions of Rule 183 of the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) whilst the police investigations continue.  The HRV Stewards also excluded the participants from attending harness racing tracks in accordance with the provisions of AHRR 15 (d). The HRV RAD Board today heard the appeals of all four licensed persons and ordered that the restrictions be lifted, enabling the participants to conduct licensed activities and attend race meetings.  In making this decision, the HRV RAD Board Chairman noted the obligations of the Stewards to consider the integrity of the industry and made no criticism of the decision which had been taken to impose the restrictions in the circumstances, indicating he would have been surprised had such not occurred.  However, the RAD Board Chairman noted the RAD Board's obligation with respect to the presumption of innocence of the parties and determined on the current information before the RAD Board, there was insufficient material to support the continuation of the suspensions and exclusions HRV Stewards will monitor the ongoing Victoria Police investigation and if any circumstances change in the future, HRV Stewards will reconsider whether any necessary protective measures need to be taken. With respect to the further investigation by Victoria Police, HRV is unable to make any further comment at this time.   CODY WINNELL COMMUNICATIONS/MEDIA MANAGER  

Lenny or Hector?  Or both? David Aiken certainly is the latter. But the intra-stable battle between Lennytheshark and Hectorjayjay should add stacks of spice to the 2016-17 Summer of Glory carnival and Perth Inter Dominion. And harness racing fans will take sides. Both Aiken-trained stars will be headline acts all season long. While reigning Inter Dom champ Lennytheshark deserves top billing for now, Hector fans are undoubtedly growing in bullishness. When Hectorjayjay scorched past Lennytheshark in the Len Smith Mile (1:50.5) during June a rivalry was born. Tonight at Tabcorp Park Melton Hectorjayjay (Dream Away-Sheer Finesse) added the City of Melton Plate to his owners’ trophy cabinet. And he did it with plenty of panache. Reinsman Gavin Lang hit the go button off the arm at the 1720-metre start and Hectorjayjay ripped across the face of the field to find the pegs first. Unlike last start when Hectorjayjay had to arc the field before getting upstaged by an unlikely vanquisher in All Eyes On Us, Lang and Hectorjayjay put the issue beyond doubt early tonight. With Maximan sitting outside him and Five Star Anvil in the trail, Hectorjayjay posted a 6.7secs lead time followed by first and second quarters of 29 and 29.9.  His third quarter was 27.2 and his fourth 26.6 – the 53.8secs final looked half a powerful statement. His 1:51.7 mile rate exquisite. In 2015-16 Hectorjayjay won eight races from 17 starts for $279k. He’s launched 16-17 on the right hoof. Five Star Anvil and Stunning Grin filled the Plate minor placings. Chris Alford took driving honours tonight with three winners, while Gavin Lang picked up a winning double in the gig and Aiken won two races as trainer. Kyvalley Blur (Chocolatier-Duo Val Car) notched a strong win in the City of Melton Scotch Notch Memorial for Brent Lilley and Nathan Jack, scoring by 2.1m over The Boss Man (Ellen Tormey), who looks to have taken the next step, and Maori Time in third for Anthony Butt. In the Battle of the Claimers heats trainers Marnie Bibby, Cheyenne King-Davies and Luke Bryant all tasted success with Ubringthedrinks (Panorama-Sorrento Star) (David Moran), Four Needed (Real Desire-For The Don) (Alex Ashwood) and Kenny Trickem (Stonebridge Regal-Alexina) respectively. Larry Eastman had five-year-old Morton Plains (Bettors Delight-Dont Answer That) back to her best with a 1:56 run in the DNR Logistics Pace to beat Michael Stanley-trained pair Soho Tokyo and Soho Berlin, while Lightning Calder (Ganymede-Miss Calder) prevailed for trainer/driver Craig Demmler in the Aldebaran Park Trot, Upanatom (Christian Cullen-Atom Queen) went 1:53.2 to win the Middy’s Industrial Laverton Pace, and talented five-year-old Mister Wickham (Julius Caesar-Bronte Jones) overcame barrier 11 to win the Pace for trainer Lee Evison. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Two of Australia’s most talented Perth-bound harness racing pacers will chase the City of Melton Plate tomorrow night at Tabcorp Park Melton, but they should expect no white flag from the competing class. Vince Vallelonga, trainer of well-travelled Major Crocker, is looking forward to the chance to again test his talented six-year-old against short-priced favourite Hectorjayjay and his recent conqueror Ohoka Punter. Andy Gath’s Maximan, Brent Lilley’s Lets Elope and Geoff Webster’s returning dual Inter Dominion placegetter Flaming Flutter are among the challenges competing to add their names to the time-honoured plate, which bares the likes of Tailamade Lombo, Shakamaker and Sokyola. “He’s been a revelation really,” Vallelonga said of Major Crocker. “He’s been a good horse all along.” The six-year-old ran fourth behind Ohoka Punter and Hectorjayjay in July’s Group 1 Ubet Blacks A Fake, with his Melbourne return producing a Blacks A Fake Free For All win before a brief freshen up. “He was due to race two weeks prior to his last start but he had a little bit of a bruised heel and we sort of backed off on him then, treated him and got it right, fronted him up last week,” Vallelonga told RSN’s Inside Word. On return Major Crocker ran sixth. “He had a pretty tough run last week, but he has done good from it and I think will back up from it OK.” He steps out tomorrow night from barrier eight, where he is drawn behind Flaming Flutter. “It’s a bit tricky, we would have liked to have drawn the front row,” Vallelonga said. “If he’s taken no harm from his run last week, which I think he hasn’t, I think he will be really competitive, it just depends on his luck in running.” Also needing luck will be stablemate Stunning Grin, a winner of two of his last four starts. “(Stunning Grin) is one of those horses who always seems to be a step behind those top ones, but he can be like a sniper,” Vallelonga said. “He can be sitting there doing nothing and can be right in amongst the action. He’s just that sort of horse who has improved as he has gone along in better races and he hasn’t let us down either.” It’s a similar story for Brent Lilley’s hope Lets Elope, who’s generally been found out of his depth against the top shelf but can also sniff out a chance. “He’s an opportunist, he will tuck in and hopefully get past a few. There are three or four that are probably going to beat him home.” Lilley’s stable is likely to be more present in tomorrow night’s Group 3 for trotters, the City of Melton Scotch Notch Memorial, with Maori Time and Kyvalley Blur both among the leading chances. They will likely take vastly different runs at the $20,000 prize. “They have both been racing really well,” Lilley said. “Couldn’t be happier with both of them, looking forward to tomorrow night. “(Maori Time) is back on the front row, (driver) Anthony (Butt) will probably put the handlebars down and look to go for an all-the-way win. “Kyvalley Blur’s best races have been when he’s been tucked away and has one run at them, so I imagine that’s how he will be driven. I think he’s going as well as I’ve ever had him going. Sure, he’s going to need a cart up, but if he is handy to them heading around the corner he’ll be finishing better than most I imagine.” Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator) Fields for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 03 September 2016 Form guide for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 03 September 2016

The race to secure the harness racing trophies on offer at the IRT Victorian Breeders Awards Night is tight, with several close contenders for the top awards, including the Victorian Pacing Broodmare of the Year and Woodlands Stud Victorian Breeder of the Year.   To be held on Saturday 24th September Tabcorp Park Melton, the annual awards hosted by Harness Breeders Victoria see the best of the state’s breeding industry celebrated – and a lot of fun had along the way.   The Benstud Pacing Broodmare and Niota Bloodstock Trotting Broodmare of the Year top the card of over 20 categories of awards, including the APG & APTS Yearling Sales High Earner trophies.   In a recognition of the strength of trotting bloodstock in Victoria, the Niota Trotting Sire of the Year which was added in 2015 will continue.   For the second year running the Victorian Breeder of the Year will be awarded to the member whose had the most successful year, complementing the Metro Printing Ian Daff Memorial Award for long-term service to the industry.   The Pryde’s EasiFeeds Pacing Stallion of the Year and the A Rocknroll Dance @ Alabar Juvenile Sire of the Year round out the gold standard.   The Time Excellence Pins, Championship Trophies, Vicbred & Group 1 trophies will also be awarded on the night.   A hit in 2014, the breeding quiz will be back, pitting table against table to raise funds for life after racing programs.   Guests are treated to a welcome drink, finger food and a delicious two-course meal and the opportunity to win extra prizes on the night, all for the ticket price of $69 (or $690 for a table of 10).   Bookings close September 19 and will sell out fast – enquiries to or download a booking form from the website or Facebook page.   Tabcorp Park are also offering guests a discount on accommodation bookings – contact them directly for details.    Harness Breeders Victoria Inc     

The finish line to the Race to Royalty has arrived. Eight Group 1 races are been contested today at Tabcorp Park Melton for the annual TAB Breeders Crown Finals Day with huge prizemoney on offer and a big harness racing crowd is in attendance. Race 1 - Haras Des Trotteurs Breeders Crown 3YO Trotting Fillies Final By Cody Winnell WILMAS MATE (Pegasus Spur-Mybrotherwasastar) is the first Group 1 Breeders Crown champion of the day at Tabcorp Park Melton. Punters backed the Paul Nairn-trained three-year-old filly into $1.55 fixed with and she didn’t disappoint, taking out the Haras Des Trotteurs sponsored three-year-old trotting fillies final in memorable fashion. Moving to the chair from back in the field in the running line when the bell chimed, reinsman David Butt aboard Wilmas Mate put the pressure to leader High Gait down the back with a 27.8secs third split the result. High Gait rallied fiercely with Chris Alford in the gig.  That filly initially worked to the lead after Aldebaran Ay M found the pegs early and handed up. High Gait posted a 45.5secs lead time and opening splits of 29.9 and 30.4. Down the back it became a race in two as the class fillies gapped their rivals. Shades of Bonecrusher/Our Waverley Star ensued. Or we could compare it to Terror To Love/Christen Me at Cranbourne. High Gait lifted and fought right to the wire but Wilmas Mate always just had her measure, scoring by 1m with a 29.6secs last quarter for a swift 1:57.3 mile rate for the 2240-metre journey. “She got a bit pully down the back, probably not wanting to go so quick but Chris was making a bit of noise wanting to go,” Butt said. “It’s great to win a race like this. She’s a great filly.” That’s 13 wins from 25 starts now for Wilmas Mate, whose earnings skyrocket to almost quarter of a million dollars on the back of today’s win. Sky Majesty (Jodi Quinlan) ran a super race for third. She's had a great season and her run today was full of merit, while Aldebaran Eve was fourth.  Courchevel and Princess Phoenix galloped early and left their chances at the gate. Video replay  Race 2 - Aldebaran Park Breeders Crown 2YO Trotting Fillies Final By Cody Winnell KYVALLEY Kyrie (Angus Hall-Aldebaran Maori) has upstaged her rivals in the Aldebaran Park two-year-old trotting fillies Breeders Crown Final at huge odds. Driven to the lead early by Anthony Butt from barrier six, Kyvalley Kyrie defied all comers at $41 at to score by 3.2m in a mile rate of 2:01.7. “I’ve always had a lot of faith in this filly,” Butt said post race. “It was a great training performance by Brent (Lilley) as she performed pretty average last start. “If I handed up I was handing someone the race, so I was keen to hold the lead today.” Kyvalley Kyrie opened her final mile with a 31.2 quarter before middle splits of 29.7 and 29.8. She got up the straight in 31.1 and had 3.2m to spare over Our Regal Love (Chris Alford), who had her chance in second, with Iona Spider finishing with a venomous burst to be 3.8m off the winner in third after missing the start for Jodi Quinlan and Shane Hall. That was a huge run. Derrie Aire also produced a big effort for fourth for Amy Tubbs, while Sval Queen finished fifth. Nieta galloped, a horror start to the day for Anton Golino/Greg Sugars, with two favourites missing away to start the day. On to the third. Race 3 - Aldebaran Park 2YO Trotting Colts/Geldings Final By Cody Winnell CUSTODIAN (Muscle Mass-Maia) is Kiwi trainer Mark Purdon’s first Crown star of the day. The gelded son of Muscle Mass was backed off the map in markets across the country, into $1.9 on the tote and $2.1 fixed with, displacing Illawong Byron as favourite. The winning move was made just prior the mile when Purdon took Custodian around the field and attacked early leader Illawong Byron, who started from pole. Illawong Byron, who has been an absolute model of consistency all season, made a rare mistake and jumped off stride, gifting Custodian the front. To Illawong Byron’s credit he got back down and trotting and by the end of the race had made up good ground to finish a creditable fifth. Eyrish Mist finished second beaten 3.6m for Brent Lilley and Anthony Butt, who are having a good day themselves, while Claudys Prince was gallant in third for Mick Blackmore and Gavin Lang, just holding off Kheiron, who also ran another bottler for Peter Lane and Chris Alford. “He trotted beautifully today,” Purdon said of Custodian, who rated 2:00.7 in winning. “He behaved himself really well. “Jodi’s unfortunately galloped and the race looked to be between the two horses on paper.” Results Video replay Race 4 - IRT Breeders Crown 3YO pacing Colts/Geldings final By Michael Howard THEY threw everything at him including Iceenothink but Mark Purdon’s super Somebeachsomewhere three-year-old, Our Waikiki Beach, held on to win the Group 1 and reaffirm his status. The track’s class record was smashed as they rattled from start to finish, with Our Waikiki Beach recording its 23rd win from 24 starts by claiming the IRT Breeders Crown final for three-year-old colts and geldings. “He’s a champion,” Purdon said. “He can’t do any more than he’s done, he just keep delivering.” It was anything but easy for the $1.04 favourite, who found the lead from the gates but a procession of challenges took the breeze, with fellow Kiwi Franco Cristiano pouring on the pressure with Dexter Dunn holding the reins. A blistering 27.9 first quarter followed a 45.1 lead time and Purdon was concerned.   “He had to burn hard early to hold the top. Even from a lap out they were really humming,” Purdon said. “With a lap to go, I’m not sure what speed we were going, but we were going better than 30 seconds for a quarter. I knew we were going real hard and we couldn’t maintain that for the whole lap.” A 28.8 second quarter was followed by a 28.9 third and come the final straight the early challenges had faded but Iceenothink burst wide, Match In Heaven poured down the sprint lane and Rock In America loomed. In a 28.0 final quarter Our Waikiki Beach held off all challenges for a 1m win, with Match In Heaven second for trainer Paul Fitzpatrick and driver Blake Fitzpatrick. The 1:54.0 mile rate was only 0.8 outside Keayang Cullen’s track record and 0.4 under the class record. “It wasn’t an easy race but full credit to the horse, he really dug deep,” Purdon said. Results Video replay Race 5 - Woodlands Stud Breeders Crown 3YO fillies By Michael Howard IT didn’t all go to script but Emma Stewart’s stable etched its name on a 2016 Breeders Crown trophy when Rocknroll Magic rattled home to win the three-year-old fillies final. The expected playbook – favourite Heavens Trend leads, stablemate Rocknroll Magic sits on her back and they work the rest out in the straight – was torn up when Mark Purdon’s My Mackenzie flew the gates. That placed Gavin Lang leader’s back on Heavens Trend and Chris Alford and Rocknroll Magic buried away three-back on the pegs, and a huge crowd held their breath awaiting the final straight. “Preferably we would have been behind the leader, but when My Mackenzie came out so quick Gavin wasn’t able to get off the fence and do a retake because it was just going a bit too hard,” Alford said. “I was sort of happy, because we were rolling along pretty strong.” After a 59.9 first half and a 28.4 third quarter, My Mackenzie still had plenty left in the tank, with Heavens Trend urging off his back before the sprint lane but unable to open up in the straight. That left the sprint lane for Rocknroll Magic, but still My Mackenzie pressed on and it was only in the dying moments that Chris Alford found the front and recorded a memorable victory. A 27.5 final quarter would see the Owners Enclosure erupte as Rocknroll Magic’s huge loyal following in raptures. “At the top of the straight she was sort of flat out, flat out. She is only little but she just keeps giving,” Alford said. “Fifty metres out she wasn’t going to get there and then she just stuck her head out and hit the line. “She went from fifth to first in about the space of that last 50m, she’s done a great job.” Rockstar Angel ran third for trainer David Aiken and driver Michael Bellman. The first two home are both by Rock N Roll Heaven. Results Video replay   Race 6 - Woodlands Stud Breeders Crown 2YO colts and geldings final By Michael Howard A RAPT Chris Alford and the horse that typifies his determination, Our Little General, produced a brilliant Breeders Crown win. The Mach Three colt just kept on chugging while all the favourites battled around him, with Tingira Beach having a torrid time for Shane and Lauren Tritton’s and Mark Purdon’s Pacing Major looming but then fading. “He’s a great little horse,” Alford said. “He’s only small, but he is all heart. He drives like a little car: He goes forward and drops the bit, goes forward and drops the bit. He still had a great kick at the top of the straight and he well deserved that win.” Tritton was unable to hold the front with Tingira Beach on the polemarker and $1.60 favourite, with Big Gun Johnny sweeping to the front. This pricked Alford’s interest. “I thought Big Gun Johnny had crossed and I thought that’s a great opportunity for me to get the front again like last week,” Alford said. Tingira Beach then galloped twice in the running, falling back along the pegs and out of contention. “I’m not too sure what happened with Lauren, whether she was going where these was no room or Matty hadn’t quite crossed, we’ll just have to leave that up to the stewards,” Alford said. “Once she was out of the race it changed the complexion a bit and then I thought I would get the front, but Colin McDowell’s horse (Sunset Zeus) just took charge and I just had to sit their patiently and wait for his horse to slow down a little bit so we could make a move.” Alford took the front and was soon joined by Purdon’s well-backed Art Major colt, Pacing Major. “I was really worried when Pacing Major got outside him so early, I thought if he puts the gas on down the back I’d nearly have to let him go,” Alford said. “Little General, he just kept chugging away and Mark’s horse was sort of gone off the back, so I was pretty confident as we straightened and then when I let him go he really kicked.” Our Little General hit the line first, 4.9m clear of Astride who had a big run for the McCarthy camp after being unsettled by a galloping Tingira Beach, with Wrappers Delight third for trainer Geoff Webster and driver Gavin Lang. Results Video replay   Race 7 - Alabar Breeders Crown Series two-year-old fillies final By Michael Howard HE came, he saw and, despite one hell of a run from Petacular, he conquered. Mark Purdon’s stable claimed a third Breeders Crown for the day, winning the two-year-old fillies with his talented Bettor's Delight filly, Partyon, who retained her unbeaten record with a blistering Group 1 win. Partyon stopped the clock at 1:54.4, some 1.8 seconds quicker than the track’s previous distance record for this class, having survived a battle with Michael Stanley’s brave Burrumbeet filly Petacular. “She’s done a great job. She is a beautiful filly and you just can’t fault her record,” Purdon said. “She’s been great from the time she stepped out to cap it off today.” The Kiwi reinsman and trainer steered Partyon to the front from barrier seven. “(Partyon’s) got good gate speed, although in saying that we didn’t cross them by much and we were going early,” he said. Petacular joined her mid-race, with Gavin Lang tucking well-rated Miss Graceland on leader’s back. “I was a little bit worried, because (Partyon) was really getting plenty of pressure, and I was worried how Gavin was going on my back,” Purdon said. “She just stuck to her task all the way up the straight.” Petacular fought on superbly but, having sat in the breeze for much of the running, didn’t have the fuel tickets to win after a 27.5 third quarter, with Partyon winning by 3.1m from Petacular and My Casino Belle finishing off well to claim third. Results Video replay   Race 8 - Breckon Farms Breeders Crown four-year-old entires and geldings By Michael Howard Ideal For Real (American Ideal) reaffirmed his status as a racehorse to be reckoned with, dominating the four-year-old entires and geldings Group 2 final. Emma Stewart notched up her third win to match Mark Purdon’s mighty haul, claiming the Breckon Farms Breeders Crown Championship by 6m when Ideal For Real produced an all-the-way win. “It is a pretty serious little horse this one,” Lang said. Ideal For Real flew the gate from barrier five, with his main rival, Tee Cee Bee Macray, tucked away at the rear of the field from his wide second row draw. “He’s showed a little bit of gate speed today, which he hasn’t had to use much in the past,” Lang said. “He come off the arm pretty good and got a good position, eventually found the front and got it done pretty easy.” Ideal For Real separated from the pack before they reached the straight and the margin only swelled until a late surge when the win was well in hand. Greg Sugars warmed Tee Cee Bee Macray up at the turn and the star swooper stormed home down the straight, but Ideal For Real’s advantage was too great and he hung on to win by 6m, with $195-shot Egodan only a half-neck further back in third for Vince Vallelonga. Results Video replay   Race 9 - Woodlands Stud Breeders Crown for three-year-old colts and geldings By Michael Howard THEY did it on Vicbred night and served up another dose on Breeders Crown night – the Cranbourne crew’s Cruisin Around stood alone when the moment mattered most. The three-year-old Bacardi Lindy trotter stood up to test one, survive the onslaught out of the gate, and driver Greg Sugars kept enough petrol tickets in the bank to steer Michael Hughes’ gelding to a memorable 5.6m win. “There was a lot of pressure on me to get out of the gate and stay in one piece and thankfully he rose to the occasion for me,” Sugars said. Cruisin Around’s rival, Sundons Courage, was ever present for trainer Chris and owner Brad Angove, but despite Chris Alford’s best efforts in the breeze he couldn’t claw back the gap and Cruisin Around held on to win by 5.6m. Sugars gave much of the credit to trainer Michael Hughes. “I’ve driven a few horses for Mick (Hughes). He does do a very good job,” Sugars said. “An important way to measure a trainer’s ability, they might not always have the best horses going around, but if they can run consistently week-in week-out to their ability, that’s all you can ask for from a trainer. “That’s Michael Hughes to a T. Everytime you step out on one of his horses you know it’s going to run a good race.” Temporale ran third for trainer-driver Tony Herlihy, with Maori Law reaffirming his talent for trainer Bill Morgan, placing fourth.  Results Video replay Race 10 - Nevele R Stud Breeders Crown Championship four-year-old mares By Michael Howard Chris Alford drove Lovelist (Always A Virgin) to victory to cap a brilliant night’s racing with a win in the last, which has seen him draw level in the SBG Accountants Metropolitan Drivers’ Premiership. Lang and Alford, who tied for the award last year, are level at 47 wins apiece with the winner to be decided at Wednesday night’s Breeders Crown silver series races. “At the start of the day I thought my best two drives were (trotters) High Gait and Our Regal Love, and they both ran great but weren’t quite good enough on the day, and then you get a bit depressed,” Alford said. “But it’s been a great day, three wins and a couple of seconds and a couple of fourths. These horses are unreal, they are just like driving machines, they never let you down.” In Delight Me, Lang was driving the $1.60 favourite in the Group 2 championship for four-year-old mares, but Delight Me was always going to have to do plenty from her back row draw and she tailed the field for much of the running. Conversely, Lovelist enjoyed cover to sit mid-race early, and then improved on Keayang Mercedes’ back mid-race before rolling all the way to the front well before the bell, and by the time that rang Delight Me had moved from the back to take the breeze. Alford stole a march at the last bend and Delight Me couldn’t go with the leader, with only second-placegetter Cyclone Kate making ground as Lovelist recorded a 4.7m win. “We had a little bit of luck earlier. She got in nicely in midfield, when the speed backed off I took the opportunity to get around and once she found the front she just slipped into another gear,” Alford said. “With Delight Me outside you never know how confident you can be but she felt really good going around the last bend and when I asked her she kicked away really well.” Results Video replay

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