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On course on Sunday afternoon at the Australasian Breeders Crown finals at Tabcorp Park Melton, the one slightly disappointing run from a Kiwi perspective was undoubtedly that of Follow The Stars. After working early and then getting a lovely run on the back of Menin Gate for the remainder of the race, most expected him to boom home along the passing lane and claim a victory over his arch nemesis Menin Gate. Especially given that My Kiwi Gate had dished it up to Menin Gate for most of the last lap and looked to have Menin Gate in trouble on the corner However Follow The Stars showed nothing initially when moved into the passing lane but half way down he seemed to get a second wind and charged home late for second to Menin Gate who showed all his usual toughness in the straight when looking in trouble on the bend. Post race it has now emerged that Follow The Stars had suffered a tendon tear during the Breeders Crown Final which obviously affected his performance. "Its a 10 per cent tear which means he will be off the scene for a few months" Mark Purdon said There has been a bit of interest in Follow The Stars as a stud prospect in Australia and negotiations are ongoing. Harnesslink Media

Sunday's $84,000 Aldebaran Park Australasian Breeders Crown final for two year old colt and gelding trotters at Tabcorp Park Melton  looked a two horse war on paper and that's how it turned out but it wasn't the two horses everybody thought would fight out the finish. Conon Bridge from the Paul Nairn barn was a warm favourite after drawing barrier one and his main danger was expected to be Sundons Courage from the Chris Angove barn who was drawn on Conon Bridge's back at one on the second line. One driver who thought he might be able to upset those predictions was Todd MacFarlane, the trainer driver of Cyclone Chief who had drawn in close at barrier four. Speaking to Harnesslink pre race, Todd thought that Sundons Courage lack of early speed presented an opportunity for him to get across and trail Conon Bridge. And that is exactly how it turned out. After a false start at the first attempt, Conon Bridge burned off the gate at the second attempt leaving a big gap for Cyclone Chief to slot into with Sundons Courage settling three back on the inner. Conon Bridge's driver Bob Butt was in no great hurry in front and with no mid race pressure he had a pretty soft run in front. Passing the 800 metres Bob upped the tempo with a quarter down the back in 29,8 which had most of the field battling before the turn. Cyclone Chief had dropped off a length or two but was still close enough on the corner to be a threat. Half way up the straight Conon Bridge looked home but late in the piece Cyclone Chief surged up on the inner and injected real excitement into the finish. At which point Conon Bridge ducked sideways and inconveniced Cyclone Chief. No sooner had Conon Bridge being declared the winner, than the siren went with Todd alleging the interference had cost him the win. Sitting in on the enquiry, the point the stewards returned to several times was the fact that Todd, even though he had been checked, had not stopped driving Cyclone Chief over the final stages. After a short adjournment, the stewards came back with a finding that while Cyclone Chief had been checked, Todd hadn't stopped driving the horse over the final stages and the close proximity to the finish line led them to dismiss the objection. They did however fine Bob Butt $250 for failing to correct Conon Bridge immediately when he ducked in. Bob Butt was relieved but confident the right decision had been made. " Conon Bridge did shift down the track but I didn't believe he had done enough to lose the race." " I think the fact Todd never stopped driving his horse helped my case," Bob said. Todd Macfarlane was dumbfounded by the decision. " I am in no doubt that if I hadn't been checked I would have won the race."' " Bob's horse has gone super and I have no complaints with anything he said in the room. " The stewards on the other hand seem to have pre-determined the outcome before the hearing had even been held." "Their performance has left a real sour taste in my mouth" Todd said. In the wash up Bob Butt should be congratulated for adding a Group 1 winning drive to his resume and kudos to Todd MacFarlane for taking the decision so professionally in the room. Harnesslink Media  

Gippsland horse Professor Tom won a consolation of the rich Breeders Crown series at the harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton last Friday night. Bred and owned by long serving Warragul Harness Racing Club committeeman Grant Rathjen, Professor Tom finished strongly to win. The two-year-old is trained by Drouin West's Gary and Debbie Quinlan and was driven by Gavin Lang. Professor Tom is out of the Rathjen family's former brilliant race mare Petes Dream. On Sunday afternoon another Gippsland bred, Our Waikiki Beach, extended its winning sequence to 12 in capturing the Colts and Geldings Final. Bred locally by the Fusinato family, and trained and owned in New Zealand, Our Waikiki Beach heads home undefeated in his first season of racing. Our Waikiki Beach is from the Fusinato's top mare Cyclone Betty. Pearcedale pacer Hectorjayjay, winner of the Warragul Cup earlier this year, won the Entires and Geldings feature, while Cranbourne horse Cruisin Around ran third in the trotting Colts and Geldings Final. These and other horses trained in the region look set to produce an exciting future for Gippsland harness racing.   Kyle Galley

Leading harness racing trainer Mark Purdon is always fairly reserved in his judgements when asked to rate his horses so when he labels one of his charges a "champion" it pays to take notice. That horse was Our Waikiki Beach who showed tremendous courage today in the $288,000 Woodlands Stud two year old colts and geldings Breeders Crown final at Tabcorp Park Melton.   Wide early from the outside of the gate, Mark Purdon continued to press forward in search of the lead.   But Born To Rocknroll with Luke McCarthy in the bike had already found the front and wasn't in the mood to hand up.   The two star juveniles went toe to toe for three hundred metres before Luke took a trail with Born To Rocknroll.   Shadow Sax found the chair soon after and then Zee Dana worked around and gave him one by one cover.   Off the back Mark Purdon upped the tempo again and as they straightened for home he put a break on his pursuers.   Mark gave him a couple to keep his mind on the job as he cruised home for an emphatic win.   After the early duel, Born To Rocknroll showed real gameness to stick on for second in front of Shadow Sax.   Our Waikiki Beach paced the 2240 metres in a real smart 2:42, a mile arte of 1:56.4 with closing sectionals of 58.3 and 28.7.   It was the son of Somebeachsomewhere's twelfth consecutive win from twelve starts and took his stake earnings to $510,427   Mark Purdon was all smiles post-race.   "He was really tested today but he came through it in great style..   "I thought he might be a bit vulnerable late after all the work he had done early but when I asked him he really lifted.   "I think he deserves to be called a champion after the season he has had and that run today, Mark said     Harnesslink Media

The $50,500 Mountain View Stud Breeders Crown final for four year old colts and geldings at the harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton today looked like a two horse race on paper but like any race it never quite works out as you think it will. Hectorjayjay and Simone Walker led as expected from barrier 4 and immediately tried to box in Messini who started from barrier 1 but Chris Alford on Messsini was having none of it and worked his way out into the running line. My General Lee and David Morris worked forward in front of Messini and grabbed the lead soon after leaving Messini parked and Hectorjayjay in the trail. From that point it was just a matter of weather Messini or Hectorjayjay would prevail. Approaching the turn, Messini looked to under a fair bit of pressure with Chris Alford becoming very active in the bike. As soon as Hectorjayjay found the passing lane, he quickly put the issue to bed, scooting away for a narrow but convincing win. My General Lee showed real gameness in fighting on for second while Messini was slightly disappointing in third Hectorjayjay paced the 2240 metres in 2:40.5, a mile rate of 1:55.5 with closing sectionals of 55.1 and 27.2 it was the 22nd win for the son of Dream Away at his 45th start and he took his earnings with today’s win to $228,359. Simone was rapt to have finally taken a Group 1 with Hectorjayjay. "I lead really easily but I tried to box Messini in soon after the start but Chris was having none of it" "Off the back I could see that Messini was battling a bit so I was hoping this was his chance. "He didn't want to go into the passing lane initially but once balanced he was fine." "This horse deserved a Group 1 and now he has got it," Simone said.  Harnesslink Media

Harness racing is always in need of pin up starts and in the outstanding filly Our Dream About Me they have one of the highest class. A warm favourite in the $288,000 Betterthacheddar@Alabar Breeders Crown final for two year old fillies at Tabcorp Park Melton, Dream about Me still had some hurdles to overcome to justify that favouritism. Drawn out in the carpark on the second line, Our Dream About Me pushed through her way through early and got onto the three wide- line for driver Mark Purdon. Finding the chair outside the talented Hot Shot Woman and Robbie Morris after 700 metres, Mark Purdon was content to sit parked and applied no pressure to the leader. Going past the 800 metres, Robbie Morris pressed the go button on Hot Shot Woman and she burned down the back straight in 27.9. Momentarilary Our Dream About Me looked in a spot of trouble but when Mark asked her for the big effort, she lifted like the star she is and went to the line an easy winner. Hot Shot Woman went super but just found one better on the day while Zibibbo after trailing the whole way ran third. A minor highlight of the race was the run of Get In The Groove who after being three wide for the last round finished on gamely for fourth. Our Dream About Me paced the 2240 metres in 2:43.6, a mile rate of 1:57.5 with closing sectionals of 55 and 27. It was the eighth win from eight starts for the daughter of Bettor’s Delight and took her stake earnings to $403,877 Mark's smile is getting wider and wider as the day goes on here at Tabcorp Park. "That was a great run today after all the work she did." "I thought Hot Shot Woman was the filly to be wary of so I was keen to get handy to her as I could early. "She really found when I asked her and won like the great filly she is. "She has that X factor that separated the good horses from the great ones," Mark said. Harnesslink Media

As we really started to get into the Group 1 races today at the harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton, the Kiwis were off to a great start, winning the first two with a bit in reserve. Speeding Spur was a warm favourite in the $56,000 Woodlands Stud Colts/Geldings final on the back of his outstanding Victoria Derby win, even though he had drawn out in the carpark at barrier 13.   Driver Josh Dickie was lucky to duck a couple of early breakers in front of him with Speeding Spur but as soon as the speed buttoned off near the mile, Josh was off on Speeding Spur, circling the field to lead with just under 1400 metres to run.   Josh held Speeding Spur back to the field down the back straight until Illawong Armstrong who had broke badly early looped the field and took the race to the Kiwi star going past the 500 metres mark.   These two star three year olds drew clear on the corner and settled down to fight it out but Speeding Spur held Illawong Armstrong by a length.   Cold Crusher ran on well for third ahead of Kyvalley Boomerang but the first two were a class above their rivals.   Speeding Spur trotted the 2240 metres in a smart 2:48.4, a mile rate of 2:1 with closing sectionals of 58.8 and 30.   It was the son of Pegasus Spur's 14 win at start 22 and took his earnings to $331,031.   Josh Dickie was relieved more than anything post race.   " He was a bit off today and I think he is feeling the effects of a long season."   " But he is great trier and thats what got him home today.   " Dad said to me that he was looking for the paddock and that is where he is heading now."   " It is great to come over here and win a Group 1 on their big day so I am rapt, Josh said.   Speeding Spur     Harnesslink Media

The first of the Group 1 races today at Tabcorp Park Melton was the $84,000 Aldebaran Park Two Year old trotting fillies final and the All Star juggernaut started the day as expected with a smart win.   The outstanding filly High Gait has had a great juvenile season with just one nose defeat blotting an otherwise perfect season.   Today from barrier one she looked to have a mortgage on the race if she held the front for driver Mark Purdon and although briefly challenged by Smile Smile Smile, High Gait comfortably held the front early.   Mark Purdon was able to set a sedate lead time but slowly wound up the tempo from the 1600 metres and from the half upped it even more.   Parisian Chic settled back early from her wide draw for Blake Fitzpatrick before circling the field to sit outside High Gait from the 1200 metres mark.   Mark continued to up the tempo off the back and skipped clear by a length as they straightened.   Everybody at this point thought Missandei and Anthony Butt who had trailed High Gait the whole way would put real pressure on the leader up the passing lane but she only battled the last bit and High gait went to the line a comfortable winner yet again.   Parisian Chic was very brave in defeat with Missandei held on for third.   High Gait trotted the 2240 metres in 2:50.9, a mile rate of 2:01.6 with the last 800 metres in 57.9 and 28.3   it was High Gait's eighth win from just nine starts and it took the daughter of Muscles Yankee stake earnings to $151,450.   Mark Purdon was full of praise for the filly's win.   " She is such a natural two year old and that is what you need to be competitive in these sorts of races."   " She does everything right and is such a wee professional and that is a big plus," Mark said.   High Gait     Harnesslink Media

With the Australasian Breeders Crown finals being run tomorrow at Tabcorp Park Melton, we are trying to finish the previews we started. This preview is of  the two year old pacing fillies final 1) Tascott Lady (Modern Art)   Starts 11  -  Wins 2  -  Seconds 2  -  Thirds 0  -  Stakes $11,330 Nice filly but this does look a bit rich. Even from the draw we find it hard to make a case for her here. Not for us 2) Zibibbo (Shadow Play)   Starts 12  -  Wins 2  -  Seconds 2  -  Thirds 1  -  Stakes $14,878 Has improved late in the season and very competitive here Very quick off the gate in her semi final last week and got home well when clear for smart second to Dream About Me. Should lead early and be able to choose who to hand up to. Must include for trifecta and first four takers. 3) Soho Madeleine (Bettors Delight)   Starts 11 -- Wins 3  -  Seconds 5  -  Thirds 2  -  Stakes $51,398 Talented filly who has only missed a first three placing once in eleven starts.  Very consistent  but just half a metre off a couple here. Must include for trifecta and first four takers. 4) Whirily School (Courage Under Fire) (Emerg 1)  Starts 13  -  Wins 7  -  Seconds 1  -  Thirds 1  -  Stakes $69,270 Disappointing  in her semi final last Saturday at Ballarat but bounced back to win a weak consolation on Friday night. To many negatives for us at this point. Not for us. 5) Three Squared (Mach Three)   Starts 11  -  Wins 2  -  Seconds 3  -  Thirds 2  -  Stakes $59,165 Looked very smart earlier in the season but no where near that level at the moment. Finished a long way from them in her semi final after working early. Not for us. 6) Hot Shot Woman (Rocknroll Hanover)   Starts 13  -  Wins 2  -  Seconds 8  -  Thirds 1  -  Stakes $125,683 Great record all season and although she doesn't win out of turn, she is always in the fight. Smart second to Heavens Trend in $125,000 NSW Breeders Challenge Final in a touch over 1:53 means she is a serious player here. Must include for trifecta and first four takers. 7) Celebrity Guest (Mach Three)   Starts 10  -  Wins 3  -  Seconds 1  -  Third 1  -  Stakes $18,664 Nice filly but at a level below what she meets here. Hard to make a case for her as a major player from the poor draw. Not for us.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              SEC0ND LINE 8) Jilliby Jitterbug (Rock N Roll Heaven)   Starts 7  -  Wins 4  -  Second 1  -  Thirds 0  -  Stakes $176,695 Super impressive in her first campaign with three wins and a second but doesn't appear to have come back as good in her second campaign. Should have stuck on a lot better than she did in her heat so the jury is out on her this week.  Draw doesn't help as well so only a trifecta and first four player for us at best. 9) Get In The Groove (Mach Three)   Starts 6  -  Wins 4  -  Seconds 1  -  Thirds 0  -  Stakes $49,497 Has only missed a place once in her short career when she was carved up by Heavens Trend at Albion Park. Nice win in her first start in over a month last week in the semi final and should be a lot sharper this week. Must include for trifecta and first four takers 10) Dancingwithsierra (Modern Art)   Starts 7  -  Wins 4  -  Seconds 1  -  Thirds 0  -  Stakes $36,,330 Started the season with three dominant wins but hasn't really improved as much as some here in the interim. Handy enough on her day but draw and strength of field make her an outside trifecta and first four player for us. 11) Magical Delight (Bettors Delight)   Starts 10  -  Wins 2  -  Seconds 2  -  Thirds 1  -  Stakes $38,998. Has been thereabouts in some big races this season but not in the same form at the moment. Had a lovely run last last week on Get In The Groove's back but lost ground on her in the last 400 metres. Throw in the poor draw and we find it hard to make a case for her. Not for us. 12) Dream About Me (Bettors Delight)   Starts 7  -  Wins 7  -  Seconds 0  -  Thirds 0  -  Stakes $229,632 Champion filly who has silenced her critics several times already in a short career. Her Harness Jewels win from the outside of the gate was outstanding and when Mark Purdon labels her a "special" filly it pays to take notice. Anything less than a win would be a surprise. 13) Heavens Trend (Rock N Roll Heaven)   Starts 9  -  Wins 6  -  Seconds 0  -  Thirds 0  -  Stakes $134,033 Looked a superstar in the making when winning five of her first six but had a hiccup at Albion Park where she raced erratically late in the piece and repeated that again last week in her semi final at Ballarat. Emma Stewart has changed some gear this week because she thought she raced a bit fierce last Saturday. Hard at this stage of the season though to fix problems with an erratic two year old in one week. On class she is the major threat to the favourite and a must include for all trifecta and first four takers. SELECTIONS Dream About Me is a clear first pick for us  Heavens Trend is still the second best filly here and if driven differently may be the major player everybody thought she was before her semi final. After that it is hard to split Zibibbo, Soho Madeleine, Hot Shot Woman and Get In The Groove. Harnesslink Media

With the Australasian Breeders Crown finals being staged at Tabcorp Park Melton tomorrow, we will preview the remaining finals we haven't yet covered. This preview is of the two year old colts/geldings final for pacers. 1) Shadow Sax (Shadow Play)   Starts 10  -  Wins 5  -  Seconds 2  -  Thirds 1  -  Stakes $121,563 Very smart two year old who was huge from the second row in his semi final at Ballarat last Saturday. Really smart overall record and from the ace draw Gavin Lang has plenty of  options. Winning chance and a must include for trifecta and first four takers. 2) Nathans Courage (Courage Under Fire)   Starts 4  -  Wins 2  -  Seconds 0  -  Thirds 0  -  Stakes $ 15820 Visitor from Perth who was just okay in his semi final last Saturday night. Worked very hard early last week from out wide but was was beaten 26 metres when finishing sixth Not for us. 3) Smithstars Lexus (Rock N Roll Heaven)  Starts 8  -  Wins 4  -  Seconds 0  -  Thirds 1  -  Stakes $18,743 Got a lovely run last week and finished on well without looking like threating the first three. Should get a similar run to last week but with the increased depth in the field, he is an outside first four player for us. 4) Born To Rocknroll ( Rocknroll Hanover)   Starts 15  -  Wins 7  -  Seconds 4  -  Thirds 2  -  Stakes $131,209 Tough semi final win after just holding the front early and looking in trouble on the turn.  Never super impressive but always thereabouts in the big races and has won seven this season. Winning chance with run to suit and a must have for trifecta and first four takers. 5) Christmas Jolt (Village Jolt)   Starts 16  -  Wins 6  -  Seconds 4  -  Thirds 2  -  Stakes $73,685 The early season star who was dominant then but the pack seems to have caught up with him as we have moved towards the end of the season. Still going great races but finding a few too smart now. Not for us 6) Catcha Lefty (Village Jasper)   Starts 10  -  Wins 7  -  Seconds 1  -  Thirds 2  -  Stakes $68,543 In his first start out of Queensland last week in the semi final, he showed enough to suggest he is not completely out of it here. Drawn worse this week and in a stronger field but does look a genuine type. Could boost up those trifecta and first four dividends.. 7) Waikiki Beach (Somebeachsomewhere)   Starts 11  -  Wins 11  -  Seconds 0  -  Thirds 0                 Stakes $ 336,181 Outstanding youngster in the best stable in the juvenile game. Eleven from eleven says it all and even from out here at seven, this race looks his to lose. Has high speed and plenty of bottom to him so has plenty of options whatever happens. Clear first pick, should win.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SECOND LINE 8) Zee Dana (Tintin In America)   Starts 6  -  Wins 4  -  Seconds 2  -  Thirds 0  -  Stakes $41,291 Exciting juvenile who produced  a huge effort in his semi final last week. Flew the gate from the outside to lead early and then trailed Waikiki Beach the rest of the way and was comfortably second so following Shadow Sax out on Sunday should see him get a soft run close to the pace. Must have for trifecta and first four takers. 9) Emiliana (Art Major)   Starts 8  -  Wins 2  -  Seconds 1  -  Thirds 0  -  Stakes $13,828 Has got better the deeper into the season we have gone. Really nice run in his semi final, coming from four back on the outer to run a close up fourth in a heat where they ran home from in front in 55.8  First four chance if the breaks go his way. 10) I Will Rock You (Rock N Roll Heaven )   Starts 6  -  Wins 2  -  Seconds 2  -  Thirds 1  -  Stakes $11,586 Never left the inner from barrier one in his semi final and just battled into fourth. New Zealand form okay but away from the smart ones. Not for us from the draw. 11) Soho Tribeca (American Ideal)   Starts 8  -  Wins 1  -  Seconds 4  -  Thirds 1  -  $11,460 Had a lovely run last week when second in his semi final but pushed Born To Rocknroll over the line with no passing lane. Pushed Born To Rocknroll close the start before that and appears the most likely horse to run a place at odds. Include in trifecta and first four selections. 12) Iconic Valor (Jeremes Jet)   Starts 8  -  Wins 3  -  Seconds 1  -  Thirds 0  -  Stakes $17,008 Nice juvenile but the draw is a killer in this race. Hard to make a case for him in this field from the draw. Not for us.   SELECTIONS Waikiki Beach is one exceptional juvenile and even from the draw he is the clear first pick. Shadow Sax, Born To Rocknroll and Zee Dana are all capable of being big players here. Next in line after that would be Catcha Lefta and Soho Tribeca.                                                                                Harnesslink Media

Just when you thought that Claudys Princess couldn't  get any better, Mick Blackmore's champion mare produces a run that has you reaching yet again for the superlatives. Last night at Tabcorp Park Melton, the daughter of Bacardi Lindy really shouldn't have won after having nothing go her way in the running in the small field. Eased off the gate by driver Gavin Lang, Claudys Princess settled fourth on the inner as Edge Hill and Blake Fitzpatrick set a moderate tempo in front. With just over a lap to go Gavin eased Claudys Princess out into the running line and she began to work forward slowly. Gong past the 800 metres, Blake Fitzpatrick opened the afterburners on Edge Hill and she sizzled down the back straight in 27.7. Claudys Princess stayed in contact but the rest of the field were feeling the pinch. Across the top Gavin slotted Claudys Princess down onto Edge Hill's back to give her a short breather before recommencing battle as soon as they straightened for home. Slowly but surely, Claudys Princess hauled in Edge Hill for a memorable win against the odds. Claudys Princess trotted the 2240 metres in 2:47.5, a mile rate of 2:00.3 with closing sectionals of 57 and 29.3 which Claudys Princess would have bettered by some margin. Last nights victory was number 19 from 30 career starts for stake earnings of $310,281. The staggering statistic is she has only missed a first three finish once in her 30 lifetime starts. A lot of age group starts have trouble making the step up to free for all class as older horses but Claudys Princess looks to have all the attributes necessary to make it in the best company. Harnesslink Media

Leading harness racing trainer Emma Stewart has a clear plan for Philadelphia Man and at this stage everything is falling into place. Tonight at Tabcorp Park Melton, Philadelphia Man was settled back early by driver Gavin Lang before joining the three wide line and finding the death seat outside Marty Monkhouse with just over a lap to go. When Gavin pressed the go button as they straightened for home, the son of Art Major strode clear with ease and won easing down by over six metres from a game Flaming Flutter with an even gamer Cold Major holding on for a close third after doing a lot of work early. Philadelphia Man paced the 2240 metres in 2:42, a mile rate of 1:56.4 with closing sectionals of 57.3 and 27.9. Trainer Emma Stewart  was happy with the run as follows her plan to have Philadelphia Man at his peak for the Perth Inter-Dominion. " He needs racing to reach his peak so there is plenty of improvement in him yet." " I think the Perth Intrer-Dominions will really suit my horse with a return to the old format." " He will thrive on three runs in a week as he is a big gross type of horse so the series format is perfect for him. " The 800 metres track is no problem for him as well whereas some of his major competitors are not quite as happy on the smaller track as he is.' " He is the only one I am taking to Perth for the Inter-Dominions but I may take a couple of mares with me for those nice mares races," Emma said Philadelphia Man seems ideally suited to this years Inter-Dominion series and has all the attributes to take out the title. Harnesslink Media

The big harness racing weekend at Tabcorp Park Melton got under way tonight with several of the consolations for Sunday's finals being held. Most analysts were surprised that the well performed Lexus On The Beach missed a place in the final in his elimination last week and from barrier one tonight in the consolation he looked very hard to beat. And that was how it turned but not before Lexus On The Beach had been given a thorough examination by his opponents. Away a bit slowly from barrier one for driver Amanda Turnbull, Lexus On The Beach managed to hold the front but was a bit keen early. Keeping up a solid clip in front, Lexus On The Beach looked to be in a bit of trouble down the back straight the last time but grabbed the bit again and showed a bit of grit in the home straight to hold his challengers at bay. Lexus On The Beach paced the 2240 metre in a smart 2:42.8 in the windy conditions, a mile rate of 1:56.9 with closing sectionals of 57.1 and 28.9. Amanda Turnbull was all smiles when talking to Harnesslink post race. " He was a bit slow out of the gate but managed to hold the front." "However he got very keen early but he did came back to me." "Then going down the back the last time he dropped the bit and I had to work on him a bit to get him going again." " In the home straight he really dug in and there was no way they were getting past him," Amanda said The son of Somebeachsomewhere still has a bit to learn as his run showed tonight but looks to have a bright future. Harnesslink Media

With the Australasian Breeders Crown finals at Tabcorp Park Melton almost upon us, Harnesslink has decided to do a preview of all the finals. This peview is of the IMV Technologies three year old trotting fillies final. 1) Vari Perfect (Armbro Variable)   Starts 9  -  Wins 0  -  Seconds 0  -  Thirds 2  -  Stakes $2878 Nine start maiden who is on the improve but the depth of this field makes things difficult.Even from the draw it is hard to make a case for her. Not for us 2) Desert Flyer (Pegasus Spur)   Starts 24  -  Wins 3  -  Seconds 1  -  Thirds 5  -  Stakes $21,203 She has a tidy enough record overall but her performances in the Group races has been poor. Draw a help but still hard to see her as a player here. Not for us. 3) Justines Amore (Love You)   Starts 8  -  Wins 5  -  Seconds 1  -  Thirds 0  -  Stakes $24,476 Her record says she should be a major player here but we are not convinced. Dominant in New South Wales earlier in season but her last couple in Victoria against many of those she meets here have been okay without being top draw. First four player for us at best. 4) Reina Danzante (Armbro Invasion)   Starts 7  -  Wins 5  -  Seconds 1  -  thirds 0  -  Stakes $53,638 Has hardly put a foot wrong in her career todate and from the draw looks the one they all have to beat here. Bred to be something special and trainer -driver combo is outstanding. A clear first pick for us. 5) Zaire Diva (Red River Hanover)   Starts 22  -  Wins 2  -  Seconds 4  -  Thirds 4 $26,245 Hasn't won out of turn right through her career as her record shows. Good enough at different times to be placed or be thereabouts against a lot of those she faces here. Draw no help but outside trifecta and first four player here. 6) Yankee Sister (Yankee Boy)   Starts 17  -  Wins 2  -  Seconds 2  -  Thirds 2  -  Stakes $13,573 Nice enough trotter but just a length or two off the smart ones here. Hard to make a case for here in this field from this draw. Not for us. 7) Alannah Hall (Angus Hall)   Starts 10  -  Wins 3  -  Seconds 1  -  Thirds 4  -  Stakes $20,998 Not the worst here by any means but draw makes it very hard. Given a good blowout in her one Australian start to date so will strip a lot fitter for this. Outside first four player at best from the draw.                                                                                                                                                                                           SECOND LINE 8)  My Arya (Angus Hall)   Starts 24  -  Wins 14  -  Seconds 14  -  Thirds 2  -  Stakes $234,149 Champion filly who has just seemed slightly off her game lately. Has only missed a place once in 14 starts in Australia so underestimate at your peril. Draw terrible but driver Anthony Butt is right in the zone at the moment. A winning chance and a must include for all trifecta and first four takers. 9) Fiery Mountain Girl (Sundon)   Starts 15  -  Wins 6  -  Seconds 3  -  Thirds 2  -  $63,416 Quality filly who ran a great third in the New Zealand Oaks after doing plenty of work, beating home My Arya Carried on the good work in New South Wales winning the Trotting Derby there and has to be a big player here with any kind of luck from the draw. Include in everything. 10) Naked Majesty (Majestic Son)  Starts 19  -  Wins 6  -  Seconds 3  -  Thirds 1  -  Stakes $38,235 Nice filly who was unlucky to not make the field for the final. If she did make it back into the field, she is not a forlorn first four chance.  11)  Glenferrie Burn (Muscle Hill)   Starts 24   -  Wins 8  -  Seconds 8  -  Thirds 2  -  Stakes $61,875 Lovely filly who has built up a smart record to date. Always seems to be one or two better than her but a good chance to get amongst it here. Must include for trifecta and first four takers. 12) Endsino (Angus Hall)   Starts 18  -  wins 7  -  Seconds 2  -  Thirds 2  -  Stakes $97,443 Another beautifully bred filly with a race record to match. Outstanding run for fourth in Victoria Trotting Derby but needed a draw to beat a couple here and ended up in the carpark on the second row. Still a chance from there but hard to see her winning. Must include for trifecta and first four takers. 13) Aldebaran Deebee (Skyvalley)   Starts 12  -  Wins 4  -  Seconds 1  -  Thirds 2  -  Stakes $ 21,220 Continues to step up but another filly who has been hamstrung by the draw. Seems to take each step up in her stride but hard to see her winning this from the carpark. Must include for trifecta and first four players. SELECTIONS From the draw Reina Danzante looks sure to lead and be very hard to run down with all her major competitors drawn poorly If My Arya sees any kind of daylight from her draw, she immediately becomes a big danger to the favourite while Fiery Mountain Girl, Aldebaran Deebee, Glenferrie Burn and Endsino are all capable of running in the first four. Harnesslink Media

With the Australasian Breeders Crown finals on Sunday at Tabcorp Park Melton looming large, we here at Harnesslink thought we would preview the finals. This is our preview of the three year colts and geldings trotting final. 1) Lively Laughter (Grinfromeartoear)  Starts 9  -  Wins 0  -  Seconds 2  -  Thirds 1  -  Stakes $5145 Maiden trotter in against some high class three year old trotters makes his task very hard Can't see him playing a part here. Not for us 2) Lofty Success (Great Success)   Starts 12  -  Wins 1  -  Seconds 0  -  Thirds 2  -  Stakes $4788 Another three year old who looks to be significantly out of his depth here. Hard to make a case for him to be a chance here. Not for us 3) Fabrication (Dream Vacation)  Starts 18  -  Wins 7  -  Seconds 3  -  Thirds 1  -  Stakes $72,820 Right in the zone at the moment but can still do things wrong every now and again. Galloped for no reason in the Victorian Trotting Derby so not completely foolproof. Can leave the gate quickly so with two lesser lights inside him, he would appear the early leader from barrier three. Must include for trifecta and first four players. 4) Suave Taj (Majestic Son)  Starts 5  -  Wins 1  -  Seconds 1  - Thirds 1  -  Stakes $3805 Looks to be quite a nice trotter in the making but the step up in grade here is huge. Hard to make a case for him in this field. Not for us. 5) Illawong Armstrong (Majestic Son)  Starts 22  -  Wins 9  -  Seconds 5  -  Thirds 3  -  Stakes $107710 Outstanding three year old ability wise but has very little ringcraft to go with it. Does tend to over race something terrible but still sticks on in most of his races. Will head forward but vulnerable if he doesn't get the front Must include for trifecta and first four players. 6) Cold Crusher (Fling It)  Starts 10 -  Wins 0  -  Seconds 4  -  Thirds 1  -  Stakes $8148 Still a maiden trotter after ten starts which gives you an idea of his chances in this field. Hard to make a case for him on exposed form Not for us. 7) Kyvalley Boomerang (Skyvalley)   Starts 18  -  Wins 3  -  Seconds 2  -  Thirds 6  -  Stakes $38,088 Nice two year old who hasn't really kicked on at three. Throw in the outside barrier of seven and his chances look bleak. Not for us                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SECOND LINE 8) Im Starlight Starbright (Monarchy)   Starts 29  -  Wins 4  -  Seconds 0  -  Thirds 5  -  Stakes $25,764 First start in Australia for this Kiwi bred. Does have ability but has been found wanting when racing the top level three year olds in New Zealand. Liable to get well back from the draw. Not for us. 9) Valley Ess Jay (Skyvalley)   Starts 24  -  Wins 5  -  Seconds 4  -  Thirds 4  -  Stakes $49,448 Consistent and game young trotter who has kicked on really nicely at three. Got home well in the Victorian Derby without looking a serious threat but driver change since then is significant. Must have for the trifecta and first four players. 10) Speeding Spur (Pegasus Spur)   Starts 21  -  Wins 13  -  Seconds 2  -  Thirds 3  -  Stakes $297,231 Champion three year old who even from the draw is the horse to beat. Clearly outstayed these horses in the Victorian Derby after being savaged mid race and hard to see how any can turn the tables here. Clear first pick for us 11) Aldebaran Kingsman (Skyvalley)   Starts 2  -  Wins 0  -  Seconds 0  -  Thirds 0  -  Stakes  Maiden trotter who has only had two starts lifetime. Hard to make a case for him. Not for us. 12) Col Du Galibier (Great Success)   Starts 8  -  Wins 0  -  Seconds 0  -  Thirds 1  -  Stakes $3040 Another maiden who has yet to set the world on fire. The draw alone rules him out. Not for us 13) Sonofatrump (Tennotrump)   Starts 15  -  Wins 0  -  Seconds 1  -  Thirds 3  -  Stakes $5093  (Emerg1)  The emergency for the final who even if he made it back into the field does not have the exposed form to challenge most here. Not for us. SELECTIONS Speeding Spur is a clear first pick for us. All class and follows out Fabrication who gets off the gate so draw not as bad as it looks Fabrication and Illawong Armstrong look the next two best with Valley Ess Jay a must for trifecta and first four takers. After that it is a bit of a lottery. Harnesslink Media

With the Australasian Breeders Crown finals looming large on Sunday at Tabcorp Park Melton, we here at Harnesslink thought we would preview the finals. This preview is of the $84,000 two year old colts and geldings trotters final. 1) Conon Bridge (Raffaello Ambrosia)  Starts 8  -  Wins 5  -  Seconds 0  -  Thirds 1  -  Stakes $63,072 Looked to be the horse to beat in this division before the draw came out and now it really looks like the final is his race to lose. Was off the unruly earlier this season but hasn't put a foot wrong off the gate since being back in the draw so it shouldn't be an issue here. Seems to have a clear margin on his opposition and barring the unexpected should win. 2) Charlie Runkle (Angus Hall)  Starts 6  -  Wins 2  -  Seconds 1  -  Thirds 1  -  Stakes $37,158 Started the season with a hiss and a roar but last couple of runs have been just okay. However they have both been at Maryborough so maybe back to Tabcorp Park we might see the real Charlie Runkle. From the draw is a must include for trifecta and first four players. 3) Cruisin Around (Bacardi Lindy)  Starts 8  -  Wins 3  -  Seconds 2  -  Thirds 1  -  Stakes $32,772 Has been thereabouts all season, running in the money in six of his eight lifetime starts. Has faced all of these here and been very competitive against them so from the handy draw  he is a must include for all trifecta and first four players. 4) Cyclone Chief ( The Pres)  Starts 9  -  Wins 2  -  Seconds 2  -  Thirds 2  -  Stakes $20,497 Has continued to go from strength to strength since his huge run for fourth in the Harness Jewels. Super run for second to the very smart Isa Smiling at Cambridge last week over the distance of Sundays final and in quick time to boot. Must include for trifecta and first four takers. 5) Greg The Great (Great Success)  Starts 3  -  Wins 0  -  Seconds 0  -  Thirds 0  -  Stakes $690 Has failed to impress in three starts to date. Hard to see him having any chance here. Not for us. 6) War Dan Destroyer (Majestic Son)  Starts 8  -  Wins 2  -  Seconds 1  -  Thirds 3  -  Stakes $12,440 Started the season in great fashion but doesn't seem to have kicked on with it just lately. The draw of six only compounds his problems so hard to see him being a major player here. Outside first four hope at best. 7) Imahe Man (Aldebaran Yankee)  Strats 8  -  Wins 1  -  Seconds 1  -  Thirds 0  -  Stakes $7478 Started very slowly but has really stepped up in his last three runs which makes the draw a big disappointment. Hard to see how he can be a major player from out there at barrier seven. Not for us.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SECOND LINE    8) Sundons Courage (Sundon)  Starts 10  -  Wins 5  -  Seconds 1  -  Thirds 2  -  Stakes $61,798 Has had a great season to date and drawn to have a chance of ending it on a high. The big question is can he hold Conon Bridge's back early as he can really leave the gate and Sundon's Courage is okay without being real quick. If he does hold the leaders back, he is the biggest danger to the favourite. Must include for all trifecta and first four takers. 9) Skyflyer (Skyvalley)  Starts 9  -  Wins 0  -  Seconds 3  -  Thirds 2  -  Stakes $19,333 His performances have varied during the season but at his best he would be a player here. It will depend on which Skyflyer shows up but no doubting the ability. First four player for us. 10) Sun Valley Road ( Skyvalley)  Starts 4  -  Wins 0  -  Seconds 0  -  Thirds 0  -  Stakes $593 Has yet to show anything that would suggest he is a chance here. Not for us. 11) Flash Angus (Angus Hall)  Starts 2  -  Wins 0  -  Seconds 0  -  Thirds 0  -  Stakes $300  (Emerg 1) Another starter who at this stage of his career looks heavily outclassed. Not for us. 12) Hudson Bay (Angus Hall)  Starts 9  -  Wins 2  -  Seconds 2  -  Thirds 2  -  Stakes $16,495 Quite a nice trotter in the making but the draw of four second line makes his job very hard. Is going to have to give a lot of nice trotters a start from there and it may just be too big an ask. Outside first four player at best from the draw. 13) Variance (Armbro Variable)  Starts 3  -  Wins 0  -  Seconds 0  -  Thirds 0  -  Stakes $415 Another starter who has done little to inspire confidence with his three lifetime runs todate. Not for us. SELECTIONS From the draw and with his gate speed, Conon Bridge looks very hard to beat. Distance will suit so he is a clear first pick Sundons Courage is a clear second pick on both form and his draw. After those two Charlie Runkle, Cruisin Around and Cyclone Chief appear the next best Throw in Skyflyer for first fours. Harnesslink

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